Sincerest apologies for the lack of blogs recently, but we seem to have been really busy! Not only have we been putting the final touches to our truly fabulous facilities building which we hope will be totally up and running from the 1st December, but we have been busy welcoming new boaters to the marina too, which has been (and still is of course) lovely.
Since our last blog, we have held two very successful open days both of which tied in with the Nene Valley Festival . The second open day also incorporated our annual craft fair. Luckily the weather was fabulous and the sun shone on both occasions. There was a wonderful carnival atmosphere at our small but perfectly formed craft fair. Haydn from Drifter provided some superb music throughout the day, and Mildred and Jones were on hand with their delightful little truck to provide teas, coffees and cakes. We had an increased number of stalls this year, which was encouraging. and we are now looking forward to next year when we hope to be able to extend it still further as we will have the use of the new boathouse.
Also at the end of September we took part in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan and raised a terrific £342.10. Many thanks to everyone who supported our efforts, it is such a terrific cause. Luckily yet again, the sun shone so we were able to host the event outside in a marquee which was perfect.
At the end of October, boaters put their creative skills to the test at our annual "pimp your Pumpkin" challenge - the calibre of entries was amazing. Paul Richards scooped first prize, second prize went to Tailor MacInnes and 3rd Prize to Jackie Kane. Paul is pictured receiving the much coveted trophy and bottle of fizz from Princess Pumpkin!
As we said earlier the facilities building will be up and running by the end of the next week. Being a waterside venue our preferred name for our lovely new building although not hugely original, was the boathouse So for the first time, here is our logo for our brand new boathouse and we hope you approve. We love it!