Big Swim and Big Swim Ball.
By Syd Bateman
On Friday 1st September, Matthew Flux of Formotion Clinics Ltd, Weymouth, swam with a group of friends and kayakers from Overcombe beach to the beach near Bats Head, to spend the night under the stars before swimming back to Overcombe beach the next day. (10miles total)
In the evening he arranged a Big Swim Ball with nibbles, also there was a local musician Toby de Kretser who played to about 85 guests. The proceeds (£335) of the evening were donated to Portland Bill Coastwatch.
The Coastwatch banner was displayed with leaflets and VHF 65 cards to highlight the service the NCI Portland Bill team provide to the sailing community.
The Things Some People Do For Coastwatch!
By Pam Peters – 22nd July 2017
The garden party which Alex & Peter planned to host at their home in Southwell, Portland was threatened to be a ‘wash out’ with thunderstorms and strong winds forecast for the whole day. Never to be beaten, together with their family & friends, a decision was made at 9pm the night before to hold the garden party in the Avalanche Church Hall, rather than cancel the event.
The hall was packed with both locals and Portland Bill Watchkeepers and the fantastic display of delicious cream teas, homemade cakes, crab sandwiches & lobster wraps were soon devoured. The kitchen volunteers were kept busy with an endless queue for teas & coffees and the Tombola Stall added to the fundraising with a fine display of prizes and plenty of winners.
The highlight of the day was the silent auction which also raised funds for Coastwatch when Dr Peter was put in the stocks and the highest bidder had the privilege of throwing a cream pie in his face. What a good sport!
All in all it was a lovely afternoon, great company, super food and a fantastic amount was raised and donated to Coastwatch, Portland Bill.
Station Manager, Geoff Peters, says he cannot thank Alex, Peter and everyone who made the day possible, enough. This is the second year a day has been arranged to fundraise for their local Coastwatch Station, who would have thought that last year’s fantastic amount could have been exceeded? He added that he was glad his silent bid wasn’t quite the highest as he couldn’t possibly have been the one to throw the cream pie, after Dr Peter had helped to raise so much money for the Lookout!
Chickerell Steam and Vintage Fair
By: Stan Zapiec
Portland NCI attended the Chickerell Steam and Vintage Fair on 1st July. The team met at the venue in good time to have our stand up and running by the Fair opening time of 1000.
The day started a little grey and cloudy but soon brightened up into unbroken sunshine. The volunteers manning the stand were kept busy informing the public about the role of NCI in general and Portland in particular and the Tombola was a popular attraction. There was even time during the day for a wander around the other attractions.
All too soon it seemed, it was 1700 and time to pack up as we were only able to man the stand for one day. The overall impression was that this was a well organised and popular event and it was good to be there to “show the flag” for Portland NCI . Special thanks to all the watch keepers and fundraisers who turned up to help.
Photographs supplied by: Tony Marshall
Portland Marina Open Days
By Ron Brooks
In recent years a Fish & Ships Boat and Food Festival was staged at Portland Marina by the operators Dean & Reddyhoff. These drew in the crowds who enjoyed the food, other stalls and stands, music and visiting groups and clubs which included vintage cars, motorbikes and cyclists among others. However, this detracted from the aim of the festival to promote the facilities and activities in and around the Marina. This year a different approach was undertaken in the form of a live marina open days on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of June. The open days were intended for anyone interested in boats, boating and water based activities to come along to find out how to get involved and to have a go.
An invitation to attend was taken up by NCI Portland Bill as this was an opportunity to promote our operation and to engage with the marine community, newcomers and others. Also attendance maintains our links with Dean & Reddyhoff, who operate Portland and Weymouth Marina’s and are regular contributors to and supporters of our operation.
On Saturday morning it was sunny but breezy, we were located on the grassed area facing the marina pontoons and across Weymouth Bay. It was quiet in terms of visitors so Julian Andrews and James Kirkpatrick took the initiative to visit the boats in the marina armed with Channel 65 cards. One notable contact they made was Christine Swain the new Commodore of Portland Yacht Club, who requested a presentation on our operation.
As the day wore on visitor numbers remained quiet also the weather deteriorated later in the day. Having consulted with the Marina Manager and members of the team and with the weather forecast indicating rain and strong winds for Sunday it was decided to cancel our attendance on the 4th.
We were pleased to receive an invitation from the Marina Manager Russ Levett to utilise the Marina for fund raising should we have any proposals.
Easton and Fortuneswell Co-op Stores and Customers Support Local Charities
As part of the Co-op ‘Divi’ reintroduction scheme, whereby customers with a Co-op card receive a cashback based upon the total value of CWS products.The Co-op also offer a 1% cashback divided between nominated charities. On Wednesday 19th April 2017 a party of watchkeepers from NCI Portland Bill attended the presentation of nominated charity cheques and were both pleased and surprised in equal measure to receive a cheque for £1,942.00.
This donation will be used to help maintain our search and rescue equipment at the Portland Bill Look-out and thereby assist us in our monitoring watch on the waters around Portland Bill, thereby helping us to provide assistance, if required, to all users of those waters whether professional, amateur, commercial or leisure.
The team at the presentation led by Stan Zapiec, together with the whole of NCI-Portland Bill watchkeeping team, thank all of the Easton and Fortuneswell Co-op stores customers and staff for making this tremendous donation possible.