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.