Open Day Extravaganza

08/10/12 10:58

Saturday 6th October was our first ever Open Day and didn't it go well! We were lucky with the weather - the sun shone down, the sky was blue, all very different from recent (and indeed current) weather conditions. The RNLI were here checking lifejackets - they checked over 300 and replaced and condemned where necessary. Meanwhile the Bomb Disposal Unit took away over 2,000 out of date flares - we can all feel safer with those out of the way. Lorna modelled the Bomb Suit and looked ....unrecognizable! The Bomb Disposal guys also brought with them their remote controlled devices and a combat uniform as worn in Afghanistan and let the kids try on the helmets!

The tenants opened their workshops to visitors while there were a whole range of stalls from cards and crafts being sold by the RNLI and by Grandma's Hands with lavender products from local business Lordington Lavender. Retro Alfresco showed off their clever vehicle with the kitchen built into the boot. This allows them to offer dining in style at a beauty spot of your choice. They were also handing out chocolates and prosecco .... More delicious goodies were on offer from the Deck who had opened a ground floor stand for the occasion serving baguettes, sausage rolls, cakes and tea and coffee. Also on site were a number of vintage cars while alongside the visitors' pontoon were Ocean Pearl and Minden who were later joined by the small RNLI lifeboat from Hayling Island.

The Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the Friends of Chichester Harbour and Emsworth Cruising Association were also represented while the Sussex Police were in attendance promoting Project Kraken, the marine crime initiative, and we were also joined by a  Hampshire fire engine and crew. Music was provided by berthholder Paul Oram and his band Manhattan Nights who were great (my apologies to those who found the music too loud).

The afternoon concluded with the berthholders' raffle with first prize of a windlass - donated by the Harbour Chandlers and Lemar. There were also four sets of tickets up for grabs for the London Boat Show courtesy of the British Marine Federation. A further Open Day raffle had prizes donated by the Emsworth School of Navigation, Taylor Engineering, The Trust Team and The Deck.

Finally there was also a Marina Duck hunt for the children which mine thoroughly enjoyed although it took us a while to track down all the ducks  - I particularly liked the one perched on the crane. We also found a bonus duck in Ollie Taylor's workshop.....

Once again thanks to Lorna for her organisation and to Peter, Jack and James for their sterling work parking cars and other duties. Also to Nigel and Sarah from the Trust Team who not only let us take over their office but also manned the raffle and the duck hunt and provided help and information to visitors. Some photos from the day are now available in the gallery .....



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