Christmas comes early for the Coastwatch Team.
The Coastwatch Team got into the Christmas spirit during the first weekend of December when they took part in the three day Festive Fair event at The Heights Hotel, Portland, it was a chance to sell the crafts made by Watchkeepers as well as spreading the word about the work they carry out at the Lookout on a daily basis.
The Hotel organised a Tree of Wishes, the proceeds of which will be split between Coastwatch and Munstys, both local Charities.
There was a steady flow of Christmas shoppers all looking for locally made festive goods and these were certainly in evidence with a variety of items on sale, you could say something for everyone!
Report by Pam Peters
Fantastic Support at Coffee Morning
By Pam Peters
The Team from Coastwatch, Portland Bill hosted yet another very successful Coffee Morning at the Methodist Church Hall, Easton, Portland. Their Coffee Mornings are always very well supported by local people who enjoy coffee and a chat whilst taking part in the Tombola & Raffle. As well as plenty of homemade cakes there were also crab sandwiches and lobster wraps on offer.
The morning raised £607 which will go towards the running cost of the Lookout. This amount was further boosted by a presentation from Councillor Sandie West of £350, the money raised throughout her Mayoral year in 2016.
Photo shows Station Manager, Geoff Peters, receiving the cheque from Sandie, watched by the hardworking Team who helped make the Coffee Morning such a success.
Weymouth Esplanade Stall
Pam Peters – 27th July 2017
Our annual charity Stall on the Esplanade in Weymouth threatened to be a total washout with so much rain forecast for the days before Thursday 27th July and also for several following days. With a ‘dodgy’ forecast of ‘heavy showers and gale force winds’ our intrepid team of Fundraisers set up the Stall at 9am in drizzle and strong winds. We decided to ‘go for it’ in true British style.
It definitely wasn’t a day for the beach but we had a very steady flow of customers all day, buying books, crafts and bric-a-brac and also taking part in our Tombola. We became experts in retrieving flying objects from the Stall before they reached the beach as the gusts of winds became stronger, whilst hanging onto the billowing gazebo at the same time! All was saved, nothing lost and our gazebo remained intact for other events.
We did have one very satisfied little customer who purchased a crochet baby jacket and stayed for a while modelling the baby wear and re-arranging the Stall for us (see photo). We’ll be happy to sign her up as a Watchkeeper in 17 years time but we forgot to give her an application form, we were all too busy having “fun” with our little model!
The day raised a total of £569, which given the weather conditions, was a fantastic boost to our funds. In the words of Punch, which we kept hearing all day, ‘That’s the way to do it!’
The Poole Boat Show
by Geoff Peters – Station Manager
On Saturday 20th May two teams of Portland Bill watchkeepers decamped to Poole Harbour to man the new NCI portable stand. The watchkeepers attending were Roger Harrington, John Huggins, Paul Sapsworth, Pam Peters, Ron Brooks, Peter Tambling and Geoff Peters.
This was the first time that the new NCI exhibition stand went public and its flexibility and convenience for those manning the stand received numerous plaudits from those who saw it, this is particularly true of the ease of deploying and closing the stand.
All of those who manned the stand were very pleased with the number of boaters and non-boaters who took time to attended the stand and find out about NCI and how it can help all of those who enjoy the coast.