Rochester Bridge Trust News Archive 2012

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Orchestra ONE Wins Art Award

Orchestra ONE (Orchestra of New Experiences), funded by the Rochester Bridge Trust, has won the Music Award in the Medway Culture and Design Awards 2012. Organised by music education charities Kent Music and Rhythmix, Orchestra ONE offers 12 – 19 year olds from all musical backgrounds the chance to work together to create and perform […]


Southern Gas Networks will close the offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, carrying the A2 from Rochester to Strood, from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5. Delays are expected during busy periods. Southern Gas Networks are undertaking work to repair a gas main adjacent to the Old Bridge. The work […]


Southern Gas Networks will close the offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, carrying the A2 from Rochester to Strood, from 9.30am on Wednesday, November 28. Delays are expected during busy periods. Southern Gas Networks are inspecting the gas main, which runs alongside the Old Bridge, for a suspected leak. A spokesman for Rochester Bridge Trust […]


The offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, which carries the A2 from Rochester to Strood, will be closed on Monday, November 26, from 10:00 a.m. while emergency repairs are undertaken. Delays are to be expected during busy periods. In a change to the previous announcement of an all-day closure, the Bridge Engineer Hyder Consulting has […]

Assistant Warden Mike Snelling

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Assistant Warden Mike Snelling. Senior Warden Russell Race said: “This terrible news has come as a great shock, and my thoughts are with Mike’s family at this difficult time. Mike was a committed member of this ancient organisation and always gave the best of […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Community Grants Inspire Young Engineers and Conserve Historic Buildings

The Bridge Clerk Sue Threader announced today the distribution of just under £25,000 in Rochester Bridge Trust Community Grants to inspire young Kent engineers and scientists and to repair significant features in some of the county’s most historic buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set to receive £3,000 towards the cost of equipment for a […]

Historic Medway Bus Restoration

The Rochester Bridge Trust has awarded a £4,500 community grant to The Friends of Chatham Traction to restore an historic Gardner engine. Work on the engine, which will power a restored 1939 Bristol K5G double-deck bus registered GKE 68, is being undertaken at Tivoli Manufacturing in Chartham. The Friends of Chatham Traction are restoring the […]

Bridge Model Gallery Celebrates Engineering Excellence

The Brompton Bridge Study Centre has now opened its doors to engineers and bridge enthusiasts at the Royal Engineers Museum. Development of the study centre and bridge model gallery, which cost more than £200,000, was supported with grants from the Rochester Bridge Trust of £10,000 in 2007 and £15,000 in 2009. The charity’s Bridge Clerk, […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Begins Restoration Work

The Rochester Bridge Trust is currently undertaking restoration works of the Kent peg tile roof and the Victorian Burt & Potts metal frame windows of the Bridge Chamber at 5, Esplanade, Rochester. The project commenced on 6th August 2012 and is expected to take ten weeks to complete with anticipated cost to the Trust in […]

Science Proves a Hit with Students

Hundreds of Maidstone pupils came face-to-face with the world of science and engineering when they took part in this year’s Growing Scientist Expo at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The event, which was sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, featured a range of exhibits designed to show students the practical applications of science-related subjects. The displays […]

Knollys Rose Ceremony

The Junior Warden, Tony Goulden, and Bridge Clerk, Mrs Sue Threader, of the Rochester Bridge Trust were honoured to be invited as guests to an ancient ceremony in the City of London. The Knollys Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and is organised by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River […]


The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited to act as its new Bridge Engineer to advise the Trust on maintaining and improving the three bridges the Trust owns across the River Medway at Rochester. Hyder Consulting will be responsible for asset management, monitoring and inspection, provision of structural and highway engineering advice […]

US Air Force Veterans Visit Rochester

US Air Force veterans paid a flying visit to Medway during a trip to the UK to commemorate colleagues killed during the Second World War. Rochester Bridge Trust hosted the five veterans from 457th Bomb Group at a special lunch in the Trust’s medieval chapel. They had earlier been given a tour of the Cathedral […]


The Rochester Bridge Trust is pleased to announce that the recent repair work to the Grade II listed Old Bridge at Rochester has been completed. Over the past few weeks damage caused by road traffic collisions and vandalism has been repaired. The work included replacing a granite block and carrying out significant repairs to one […]

Lane Closures for Repairs to Old Rochester Bridge

Dave Rowe from Mott MacDonald Limited, principal engineer for the portico repairs to the Old Bridge, has announced the following schedule of works that will necessitate limited lane closures on the upstream side of Rochester Bridge between 8 May and 21 May 2012: Tuesday, 8 May (9:30-15:30) Traffic management will be put in place after […]

Schools Bridge the Gap

Youngsters from Riverside Primary School in Gillingham walked off with the top honours in this year’s Bridge Building Challenge, which was sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust at the Royal Engineers Museum on Friday, 9 March. Using just some string, four drawing pins, two lengths of dowel, three short paper sticks, a few pieces of […]

Solar Rig Helps Apprentices Shine

Thanks to a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust, two plumbing and heating engineering students at MidKent College have learned to install the latest low-carbon technologies and have recently been recognised as among the best apprentices in the country. Paul Hopper, of Swanscombe, and Richard Pettitt, of Rochester, have both gained national apprenticeship awards to […]

Update on Old Bridge Repair

Drivers and pedestrians crossing Rochester Old Bridge will have noticed scaffolding and sheeting in place on one of the porticos. Some of the 100-year-old stonework was damaged by a vehicle, and works are in progress to replace the damaged section. Scaffolding was erected in February, and the top of the portico was removed with the […]

Orchestra ONE Takes To The Stage

Young musicians from Kent and Medway will be taking to the stage at the New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone, for their second public performance as Orchestra ONE (Orchestra of New Experiences) – on Sunday, April 1. An innovative two-year project sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, Orchestra ONE is bringing young people with different abilities […]

Bridge Trust Calls for Community Grant Bids

The Rochester Bridge Trust is inviting applications from charities and charitable organisations to the first round of its 2012 community grants programme. Applications are welcome from across the historic county of Kent including the boroughs of Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham. Grants are also available to organisations in Holme with Conington, Cambridgeshire, where the Kent-based […]

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