Dorset Parks compete at Gig racing
Rex and Jackie from Newlands Holiday Park are keen on Gig racing which is very popular in the West Country and last Tuesday they organised a training and racing day for inexperienced teams from four West Dorset Holiday Parks – Highlands End Holiday Park, Newlands Holiday Park, Wood Farm Holiday Park and Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.
In the morning the teams were trained on how to row the boats by experienced members of the Lyme Regis Club.
In the afternoon the four teams lined up for a knockout competition and Vanessa and I were there to give our encouragements and congratulations to the Highlands Team (James, Lucy, Juliet, Dan, Richard and Peter) who were the winners and were award the Trophy presented by David Lakins of KeyMultiMedia.
The races were followed by a presentation and a very good meal in the Harbour Inn overlooking the harbour. All the team member were happy on the way home and the only disadvantage was a few aching arms and muscles; but there is already talk about next year’s competition!!
It was a very enjoyable day and it was also great to have a few hours in Lyme Regis on a nice clear day looking back up the coastline towards Golden Cap – the Dorset coastline is a wonderful view even for the locals who see it everyday.
Golden Cap Lodge
The new lodge at Golden Cap is nearly ready and I had the chance early last week to take this photograph which shows the wonderful view from the front window. All the park team are very excited about this new addition to our hire fleet and James and Lucy decided to spend one night to ensure that the home is ready for our first visitor
Before I give you any more news I must apologise to those of you who have been waiting for the last week………I went away for a couple of days and when I returned I downloaded Explorer 9 which did not like my blog – it kept disappearing……….I have now sorted the problem out and I am up and running again.
This week we have changed all the beer taps in the bar at Highlands and we have added an additional pump for a guest beer – let us know if you would like to make a recommendation – we have started this week with Palmers ‘Dorset Gold’ which is already proving a popular summer beer.
I am also busy trying to sort out the insurance for the Fire Engine which many of you will have seen in the bar – it is definitely coming out and we are booked into the Vintage Rally organised by the West Dorset Vintage Tractor Club at West Bay on 12/13 June. The fire engine has not been out for 15 years and the rules and regulations have changed and I am chasing around looking up MOT, insurance and tax requirements – whatever you want to do it always involves lots of paperwork. Talking about red tape, I added my entry to the Red Tape Challenge today – probably wasting my time.
Next Blog entry will be fairly quick as I want to tell you about the Gig racing…….
South West Tourism Alliance
Yesterday I attended the first meeting of the South West Tourism Alliance as one of the BH&HPA representatives. The Alliance is an industry-led consortium which plans to manage key projects supporting the tourism industry since the closure of South West Tourism at the end of March 2011. The SW Branches of BH&HPA have decided to work together to be able to participate in the Alliance.
The first meeting was very promising and all those present were committed to the future of the industry and ensuring that we meet customer expectations and provide excellent service. We have a challenging time over the next few months and it was encouraging to see that some of the destination management organisations in the South West are starting to emerge with goods news from VisitDevon and VisitWiltshire where private and public sector are moving towards working together in one organisation.
In the evening we joined colleagues for dinner at the Portland Heights Hotel to give us the opportuntiy to look around the hotel and confirm the arrangements for the Best of British Conference in October 2011 which we are helping to host.
Having dinner overlooking the chesil beach and coastline at sunset reminded us how lucky we are to live and work in Dorset. I should have taken my camera!!
First Lodge arrives at Golden Cap
What an exciting day to day – the first Lodge arrived at Golden Cap Holiday Park – we have waited years for this.
Vanessa, James, Robert and several members of the park team were up at 0630hrs this morning to see the first section of the Lodge being unloaded on the main road in Chideock. A BIG thank you to the patience of all the drivers held up for about 10 minutes while the Lodge was being attached to the Land Rover for the journey across the farm to the park. ( I expect they were pleased it was only a Lodge and not the protestors pressing the button on the level crossing!!)
By lunch time the two halves of the Lodge were united and on Saturday morning we will be handed the keys and a new era will start on the park with the Lodge available for hire from Whitsun. Check this blog on Sunday for photos of the Lodge and the views from the window!!
The website has been updated this week and we now have new pages for videos and special offers. Our new park videos have been viewed over 4,000 times in the last 3 weeks. Hopefully, it will be easier to use and give more information – we are always looking for suggestions.
The six ducks which hatched over Easter are growing up and enjoying their run in the garden being closely watched by the dog and cat; in 6 weeks time they will be ready to release on the pond. The seats by the pond are already proving to be popular and the geese and ducks are enjoying their extra food.
April showers during May! Lots of heavy rain and thunder storms over last 24 hours. Quietly working in the office this afternoon when four friends from Bridport arrived to watch the football ……ended up packing up the office work and joining them in the bar to watch Man Utd beat Chelsea 2-1 …..so now they should win the championship.
The European Cup Final on 28 May should be a good – need to see if I can sort out the big screen and make it clearer by then – one or two complaints this evening. Technology has moved on; it was impressive 3 years ago, but now looks poor against the TV screens.
Also, had a very good meal in the bar – Chris who joined our team of Chefs is very experienced with seafood and the special this evening was his excellent fish cakes. ….fortunately I had the last two!
After a busy bank holiday weekend, the park team and our contractors are getting the second phase of caravans ready for Whitsun.
We are very pleased with the front balcony on this new hire caravan which was completed today and the grass is improving – the rain this evening will help. Our weekend visitors will not be veryhappy, but looking on the bright side the flashes of lightning makes the coast look very spectacular
Our contractor also started the next stage of the project at Golden Cap today with the building of the new housekeeping and linen store – no sooner we finish one job and we start the next!!
Look at this….we have bought ourselves an old VW camper van – a camping legend over the last 60 years
James has admired the VW campers for some time and gradually persuaded the rest of the family that during the 40th anniversary of Highlands End, it was a good idea – so we are now the proud owners of FUY 61S.
Steve Bowles a local coach trimmer and upholsterer who is passionate about Volkswagons has already given us ideas about restoring and improving the camper.
I am not sure how far we are going to travel with the camper, but fellow VW owners are already stopping on the way into the park and exchanging ideas and stories with the boys. All we need is a couple of surf boards and we will be on our way to the beach……….