Shotley Pier

Shotley Pier is 122 years old and has been for sale for years. Our community group wants to buy and renovate for working and leisure use

by Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd in Shotley Gate, Suffolk, England

We did it
On 31st July 2017 we successfully raised £35,425 with 163 investors in 60 days

Shotley Pier is a 122 year old Victorian working pier, sited on the peninsula, bounded by two beautiful rivers, River Orwell and River Stour. The area is  a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and UN Ramsar Convention Wetlands with protection from over-development.

The pier has been for sale for several years. Our community group wants to buy and renovate the pier, to enable people to walk on it, and to enable activities such as leisure fishing, crabbing and other activities that interact with the water such as kayaking, rowing, boarding of ferries and boats for day trips.  

The pier was used from its earliest days to ferry foot passengers between Harwich and Shotley, saving hours of road travel from Essex to Suffolk.  British Railways Motor Boat Services issued this poster, showing the railway heritage links of the pier.

 The views are stunning, the sunsets are amazingly beautiful and photographers, artists and the public love taking pictures and creating art from the changing scene at all times of the day. Many artists and photographers visit for the sunsets, the beauty of the mudflats and the ever changing tidal scenes.

Our group is made up of local people who have watched the pier decline, who wanted to get involved to restore the pier, and create an asset for the community.   Viewing it from the pub window or walking along the prom are the main ways to enjoy it these days, and we want to see it repaired.

The pier has a great history of seafaring use by the Royal Mail, the Royal Navy, and local fishing boats. Local inshore fishing ceased to use the pier more than 10 years ago. The local community now uses the landside area for walking,  launching kayaks and small craft on a short nearby public slipway.   The heritage links to railways,  postal history are well known, and we know that the coal merchant who resided at the Bristol Arms used the pier to unload coal shipped by barge. The coaldust is evident on this photo, along with the turretted tollgate. 

 Local legend had it that there were lamp-posts on the pier, this photo is great proof the story is true, and gives us the ideal look to aim for in our restoration.

The bay has Harwich port and Felixstowe port within view, so the pier has a fantastic close up view of large numbers of shipping movements rather than a distant sea horizon. People come from miles around to enjoy the busy river views, and to enjoy the mild weather conditions of the sheltered harbour.  Imagine being able to stand at the end of the pier to watch monster cruise ships float by,  they feel almost within arms reach  of the hammerhead.

There is an historical link with the Arthur Ransome book "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea" and the pier is mentioned in the plot as well as pictured in the book. His work is being celebrated locally in 2017.

HMS Ganges was a large Royal Navy base a few hundred yards from the pier and has a long honourable history of use. We have a lot of photos showing that the trainees at the base used the pier on a daily basis to assist its use of the Admiralty pier nearby. Here is Rear Admiral Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt walking along Shotley Pier as he relinquished his command of the Harwich force in 1919.

The community shares you buy will give you membership of The Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd. Your involvement could be as active as helping to repair and paint it, attend meetings or keep in touch by email and occasional visits. This should be viewed as an investment in community rather than to get a financial return as there won't be any dividends payable. The focus is on restoring it to working use as well as leisure use such as strolling and fishing.

We are aiming to create several apprenticeships to give young people skills to enter the regional industry of coastal civil engineering, and we will repair the pier out into the water by stages if funds are too limited to do the whole task at once. We already have many skilled volunteers ready to get stuck in.

The Society has formed a large steering committee, which brings together more than 40 years of collective experience in pier operations, engineering skills,  maritime communities expertise, and social enterprise know how.  In order to ensure continuity of service,  as soon as funds permit, the Society will appoint an experienced project manager, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, overseen by the Directors.

We invite you to review our share prospectus and look at our website for further details of our project.

Join us, and own a piece of this unique  Victorian pier. 

Important documents
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Levels of Investment

£50 or more

£50 Investment

Get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with two £25 shares. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers. You choose whether to have a share certificate by post or email

£50 or more

£50 Investment

If you just want shares without any reward, you can offer any amount from £50 to get shares in the Pier. You will get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with one vote as all other members do. You will qualify for future member -only benefits and the warm feeling of knowing you are supporting this wonderful community owned co-op

£75 or more

11 of 50 claimed

£75 Investment

One bottle of our own "Pier Rum" which has been created by a prize winning distillery exclusively for Shotley Pier. This will be a delicious treat as well as a collector's item with our own label. This reward includes framed share certificate, your name on our “Pioneer Shareholder Scroll,” and you will own three shares

£75 or more

7 of 200 claimed

£75 Investment

Get the satisfaction of knowing you are a part owner of the pier with three £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will receive a Share Certificate by your choice of email or post, and will qualify for member-only offers

£100 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£100 Investment

Become a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Celebrate with Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea on the Quay, the cafe opposite the Pier. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£100 or more

14 of 50 claimed

£100 Investment

If you like fishing, choose this reward. You will be a member of the fishing group, with exclusive access to fishing on the pier for the first year the pier is open. You will be a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares, get a framed share certificate and access to other member-only offers . Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored.

£100 or more

£100 Investment

Choose the reward of a very special limited edition ice cream, created for the Pier investors at "Tea on the Quay," the cafe opposite the pier. Get the satisfaction of being part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£200 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£200 Investment

Become a part owner of the Pier with eight £25 shares, and join a special beekeeping experience day on the Shotley Peninsula. Find out more about bees and enjoy some local honey. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£250 or more

39 of 100 claimed

£250 Investment

Choose a "Pioneer Plaque" to commemorate a loved one with your own choice of words. The high quality metal plaque will be installed on pier railings when the Pier is opened and will never be removed. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will own ten £25 shares and a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£400 or more

2 of 50 claimed

£400 Investment

Enjoy two seats on our "Naturewatch" half day boat trip on the River Stour, travelling from Shotley towards Mistley. The estuary is a protected site of outstanding natural beauty, and has global RAMSAR wetland status. You will own sixteen £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£600 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£600 Investment

Enjoy a day trip experience for two people. First a boat trip " Around the Pier" to enjoy stunning landscape and busy shipping lanes, a personal tour at HMS Ganges Museum, and a delicious lunch at Bristol Arms. You will own twenty four £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£750 Investment

Enjoy a half-day art masterclass workshop with renowned local artist Nick Carter in his studio. You will own thirty £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£750 Investment

Have our very special Rum. It's a limited edition, with numbered bottles in a presentation box . This bespoke "Pier Rum" was distilled to a secret recipe by a world class, prize winning distillery. You will own thirty £25 shares, your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£2,500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£2,500 Investment

Fly over the pier in a small plane with our private pilot. Take off from a local airfield and fly along the stunning coastline of the River Stour and the River Orwell. The pilot will point out items such as sunken wreckage visible from above and local landmarks. You will own one hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£5,000 Investment

Enjoy our amazing Land, Sea and Air experience for three people. Start at a local airfield and fly with our volunteer pilot over the pier. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bristol Arms, and a tour of HMS Ganges museum. Then onto a boat to see the Pier from the water. A framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£10,000 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£10,000 Investment

Be the person who completes the construction of the pier by inserting the final rivet with a boat-full of your guests taken by our volunteer crew to see the moment when the pier is completed. Our film crew will record the event for posterity. You will own four hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

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