The parks opened last friday and we are rapidly settling down into the various routines. Many of the Caravan Holiday Home Owners are down and several of our regular touring caravans visitors have turned up on the first weekend – we served over 100 meals in the bar last night and we have 150 booked for sunday lunch to celebrate mothers day so with the sun shining and the rain staying away we are really up and running.
The refurbished and renamed shop – ‘The Cowshed’ has partially opened and the main extension providing a coffee shop will be ready for May. I am sure our visitors will love the amazing view across to Thorncombe Beacon while enjoying a cup of coffee.
We have advised all the owners at Golden Cap about the planning application which was submitted last week to re-organise some parts of the park and includes an new Indoor Swimming Pool and Restaurant. I am giving a presentation about the proposals to Chideock Parish Council on Monday morning and hopefully some of the local residents will come along. So far everyone who I have spoken to have been positive…….. the response of the local councillors tomorrow will be interesting.
Immediately after the meeting I have to leave for London and then Helsinki for a meeting of the European Association – so busy week ahead
Getting ready for summer
Crowds gathered at West Bay last Sunday to watch the diggers and trucks clearing the harbour ready for the summer season. You fully appreciate the power of the sea with the diggers taking days to remove the material which the sea could move over one night. It is an annual event to ensure that boats can use the harbour and it indicates that winter is nearly over.
I have been very busy over the last few days with the parks getting ready to open this friday – 16 March – over the weekend I walked around the parks and started to make the final checks for the big day.
We have advised all our owners about the two most exciting planning applications we have submitted for at least 20 years. At Highlands End we are applying to reorganise the Caravan Holiday Homes for hire which includes moving some of the homes into an additional area next to the Golf Course and at Golden Cap are asking for permission to build an indoor swimming, bar and restaurant with some re-organisation of the caravans on the parks. Over the next few weeks, I will give you more information.
Last week I attended an excellent event in London with People 1st, the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism in the UK, and I was very impressed by the six key project streams, which aim to raise the skills of the hospitality sector’s workforce and its profile and reputation as a professional career choice. If you know of anyone who is looking to hospitality as a career, please mention the People 1st website.
The next morning I travelled to Paris for the EFCO Management Meeting and returned on friday evening with minutes to spare to join Vanessa at the Henry Smith Ball. We help to sponsor the ball which over the last 20 years has raised a considerable amount of money for local charities with Henry raising most of the money for transplant support charities having had a heart transplant himself over 20 years ago.
As soon as the parks are open I have to leave for the EFCO General Meeting in Helsinki which will be my last major commitment away from the park until the autumn.