Thanks to Johnty Dickinson and Hugh De Las Casas for this tribute to Margaret Howard – someone who all of us at the Project owe a debt to.
All of those at The Woolverstone Project and her many friends who knew her were saddened to note the recent death of Margaret Howard.
Without Margaret the Woolverstone Project would never have come into existence. She was a woman of remarkable inspiration and great organizational powers. She was Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club from 1992-1995 and it fell to her to organize their 150th anniversary celebrations.
As part of these celebrations, she persuaded three members, Johnty Dickinson, Simon Tozer and Peter Hooper to set up some form of recreational sailing for people with disabilities. It was to be called The Woolverstone Project. In the first year alone they had raised sufficient funds to buy their first two boats and held a National Regatta of Challengers at Woolverstone. This initiative proved startlingly popular and attracted both customers and helpers in amazing numbers.
Margaret gave constant encouragement to The Project as it grew to its present size and was always pleased that it remains firmly rooted in The Royal Harwich. The continuing success of The Woolverstone Project is a fitting legacy for a fine woman and she will be fondly remembered by many sailors on the East Coast.
There will be a memorial service for Margaret on Tuesday, 15th May 12.00 noon at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Great Wenham.