Visit to Ganges Museum, Shotley - 6 May 2017
The weekend visit to Shotley Marina was attended by 12 boats, the temperature was disappointing but this did not prevent everyone from thoroughly enjoying themselves. On Saturday afternoon we visited the Ganges Museum which proved to be most interesting. This was follwed by a walk to the Bristol Arms where we were able to see the 44th East Sussex Regiment of Foot in all their glory. They are one of the UK's most respected Napoleonic re-enactment groups. We saw a Court Marshal (the wrong man was shot! Very funny spoof), inspected their kit and in the evening, following drinks on the pontoon, we walked back to the Bristol Arms for dinner and enjoyed a wonderful evening singing shanties with the 44th. The Club raised £100 for the Shotley Pier fund which was gratefully received by the Pier Group Fund Chair.
Members' Reception - 5 May 2017
A good turnout of both new members and current members. Ivan and his team provided us all with canapes which were delicious and the wine was enjoyed by all. Dan Waynforth the Junior Photographic competition winner was presented with his trophy and glassware. Flag Officers gave a brief introduction into what HPYC is about and Mike Perkins thanked Mike Spear, the Club's President, for having the insight all those years ago to establish SYH and the Lightship, if it were not for him there would not be a Haven Ports Yacht Club.
After the formalities, the evening continued upstairs in the Lightship with a lovely atmosphere.