Christmas on the
Christmas 2013 on the Pier starts on Saturday 7th December and continues until Sunday 5th January.
On Saturday 7th December the Trust will have a stall at the Herne Bay Christmas Showcase to be staged in Mortimer Street starting at 10:30am. Look for the Red Gazebo at the William Street end.
It is anticipate that 100-120 shops & stalls will be taking part and will include face painting, food tastings, Tombolas, drinks tasting, Santa's grotto, raffles, product demonstrations, special offers & freebies, craft demonstrations, theatre workshops and more.
At the Trust’s stall you will be able to become a member or to pay your subscription if it has lapsed and we will be selling our range of Pier memorabilia.
We will be raffling a big mounted poster of Dr Who (David Tennant) and The Tardis - don’t miss out on this - £1 per ticket.
Other activities planned for Mortimer Street on this day are music on the main stage, street musicians, entertainers etc. top of the bill is a Michael Buble tribute act, Children's Christmas Pudding Hunt (similar to the Easter egg hunt), Spot the "real" Santa competition,
Dr Who's Tardis and maybe, just maybe Daleks and Cybermen
Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Del Boy's Van
The proposed running order is:-
10.30 Official opening
11.00 The Crooner
12.15 David Shepherd
2.00 Michael Buble Tribute
3.15 Jodie South
3.50 Theatrecraft Panto
4.10 Michael Buble Tribute
4.20 Special mystery guest
4.30 Christmas Lights Switch On by ‘ The Grinch’
4.40 Michael Buble Tribute
5.15 Christmas Parade assembles at the main stage.
5.30 Torch light procession will make its way to the Pier led by the
“real” Father Christmas in his sled.
5.40 Christmas Lights Switch On at the Pier.
Father Christmas will then stay in his new Beach Hut Grotto until Christmas.
On the Pier after the 7th December the Retail Village will be open Fridays to Sundays until the 5th January and also on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.
Kids come and visit Santa’s Grotto and receive a gift.
He will be there on the Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Monday 23rd from 12:00 to 1:30 and 2:00 to 4:30.
Bring a grown up with you so that they can give Santa £3 towards feeding the reindeer.
Ray Rogers will be on hand to take a picture of you all with Santa at a fee of £5 which will be framed and ready to take away within 10 to 15 minutes.
Santa will also be on the Pier Christmas Eve 12:00 to 2:30 just to chat to all believers.
A market will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December from 11:00am until 4:00pm at the entrance to the Pier.
There will music and entertainment.
Stalls will include sales of children’s books, gifts for Christmas, toys, bread & cakes, specialised beers (one for the Dads) retro toys (perhaps another one for the Dads) and handmade gifts.
Cancer research will also be there.
The Retail Village will of course be open as normal.
………… and back by popular demand is the Helter Skelter
but this time it won’t be alone there will be other fun fare attractions presented by Swales Bailey. It will be open from the 7th December until the 5th January.
The Trust’s shop at the White House will be open every Saturday & Sunday as normal until the 5th January where we will be running our PierBola for the second time this year.
As we did last year we will be collecting tins and dry goods for distribution to those who are less fortunate. The charity who will make the distribution will be St Vincent de Paul usually known as the SVP. Please bring anything you can spare along to the White House shop.
The Trustees and Friends of the Pier wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and hope to see you all on the Pier before the start of the January School Term.
If you want an email copy of these updates then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Newsletter from Chairman and Trustees
2. EGM Minutes
3. Autumn suggestions for activities on the pier
Well, very few people in Herne Bay can have missed the developments taking place on the pier this year. The Pier Trust obtained planning permission for 18 Pier Trust pier retail outlets and Herne Bay watched, intrigued, as the first 12 beach huts appeared along the leg. Flags went up, the white building and the windbreak were painted, and on July 7th the opening of the pier village took place with Sandi Toksvig cutting the ribbon. Then the helter skelter made its appearance.
The positioning of the huts on the right-hand side of the pier walkway was all we were allowed to have planning permission for as the left-hand walkway, wider with tarmac floor, is the CCC designated fire escape route from the platform.
Next year, funds permitting, the Trust intends to put see-through panels in the windbreak to allow the huts to be seen from both directions. All the painting work has been done by the volunteers and a successful bid covered the costs of the white paint and materials. The fire service came to our rescue and saved volunteers the job of pressure-washing the windbreak by hosing it down for us.
There is still work to do as the funds come in – the window panels in the windbreak and the painting of the front of the huts by local artists from Beach Creative. These paintings will be reminiscent of old saucy seaside postcards to carry through our quirky, retro theme. On the back of each hut we shall be adding a single big letter to spell out “Herne Bay Pier” and we are putting better signage at the entrance for which we have to get more planning permission. Hopefully, in time, we shall also be able to add festoon- lights to the pier for our Christmas market. Anyone who can obtain sponsorship for this, please contact us.
Liaising with the Herne Bay Festival organiser, we invited the lit up procession of sea creatures on the night of the burning of the Kraken to march up the pier and the platform was definitely a prime viewing site for the aerial display and the fireworks. Duchamp festival organisers were given two weeks free in the community hut and they added a wow factor reminder of Duchamp’s shock tactics with a giant urinal on the pier.
The helter skelter which was on the platform throughout the summer will be returning for the Christmas Holidays along with The Trusts Chrsitmas Fair.
The current trustees are:
Chairman: Doreen Stone
Treasurer and responsibility for Volunteers: Lynn Faux-Bowyer
Health and Safety and Events: David McCormick
Membership and much more: Aileen Barker
Andrew Cook with responsibility for practical aspects of village
External Contacts: Joe Howes
The trustees have spent a lot of time duing the summer completing necessary paperwork - risk assessments for the leg walkway, the platform activities and one for each hut, an operational manual, the transfer of tenancy for utilities and the legal documentation required for all the tenants’ leases as well as our own. We have been on a steep learning curve and by allocating specific responsibilities to each trustee we have organised ourselves into a competent working team.
We are so lucky to have our energetic group of volunteers supporting the Trust and without them we would be lost. Thank you everyone who has given their time and effort in arranging events, painting, selling Trust goods, manning the shop, covering admin jobs and acting as marshals. This voluntary group is swelling all the time and if any of you can spare an hour or two occasionally please email the office and let us know what you would like to do. We have expanded our working areas this year. We have an office for administration in the Pier Gallery, the white building at the entrance to the pier as a shop and information gallery open Friday to Sunday, 12 huts to manage and lots of events to plan. This autumn the trustees will need to concentrate on presenting the best application for the advertised lease of the platform. This will be crucial to our plans for next year and for ensuring the people of Herne Bay get the best deal.
To improve our management skills, 8 trustees and hut tenants have recently attended a course and have also now been certified as competent to manage safe fire evacuation on the pier. David McCormick, our new trustee, is taking a recognised national qualification in health and safety and three trustees attended a course on searching for funding sources.
The platform lease
Our application for the lease of the platform never found its way through the maze of departments at CCC so the markets and activities we planned have not been possible. We have attached the remains of our programme at the end of this newsletter, some of the activities we may be allowed to follow up before Christmas. Some of you may have seen the CCC advertisement “Blue Skies” on the CCC website inviting interest in the lease of the pier platform. The Trust will certainly be putting in a bid for this lease to ensure the platform is used for a range of activities for all tastes and age groups. We would want to build a covered community stage next year for many groups, schools and bands to use. We would like to build more retail huts and also an all-weather building for community activities, toilets, a larger café, museum/ educational space and whatever other suggestions we think would be popular. Email us your wish list. With your support we can make the platform of the pier the place to visit.
We are seriously considering a suggestion from one of our members that an all-weather building could be produced via the Royal Institute of British Architects competition system for the most attractive design. Another idea is to find out if we could bring the metal shell of the old pier head café to shore. It is interesting to note how well the Victorians and Edwardians built their structures – it was the weak replacements built in the mid twentieth century to join the pier together again after the war which fell foul to storm damage not the Victorian parts of the long pier.
Rebuilding the long pier
We have by no means been neglecting plans for the rebuild. The Board of Trustees is fully committed to extending the Pier and we shall be revisiting various grants that previously the Trust thought to be impossible to receive. The Board is involved in positive discussions with an international businessman the feasibility of putting forward a proposal to create a Long Pier using educational training as a driver which would require support from central government. He is offering both his engineering background and business experience to support the proposals. We shall be able to provide members with more information as the proposal is discussed.
The Board also strongly believes that by making what we have already, 'the platform and walkway' a vibrant business we will be able to attract private funding whilst giving an excellent attraction to the town at the same time. Proving we can generate income on the pier which will pay for its future maintenance will strengthen our bids.
Retail Beach Huts
We now have a thriving community of tenants in all of the huts.
Scrumptious pancakes with a wide range of fillings and Victorian lemonade and hot chocolate is provided by Nadia in Hut 3.
You can have a cup of tea in china pots and cups 1940’s style with home made cakes and snacks from Stacey in hut 12.
Daniel, a qualified goldsmith, designs beautiful silver jewellery; Katy in hut 11 sells goodies in her vintage retro sweetshop; Ray our photographer is also a bespoke master picture framer and the non-reflective glass he has on offer was a revelation. Have a look – he is very interesting to talk to and featured as a profile in the Gazette last week. Stacey was also a feature in the same paper earlier.
We also have two sisters, Claudia and Alexis, selling a range of goods. Claudia sells ladies’ craft-made bags, scarves and hats with designer style. Alexis sells beautiful home decorative goods many hand-made and many imported from the Far East.
Trina in hut 11 also sells beautiful beaded items for gifts and decorative effects.
Gary made his aromatic debut selling candles, home gifts and seaside decorative items.
We have two new tenants coming to sell new and second hand books and seaside goodies and beach wares. There are more on the waiting list for the new huts – Petit Poisson, a Thai food seller, a whitebait stall and more. We are hoping to keep the goods on sale quality, retro, quirky while avoiding competition with each other and town traders.
The Community hut has been home to the Roller Skating Girls, Demelza, Cancer Care and the Duchamp festival during the summer months. All charities and non-profit making groups are welcome use the free hut to publicise their cause.
When the council have completed their renovation on the wood of the platform, we can go ahead with phase 2 - a further 6 huts or possibly a triple tea shop hut and three other food ones.
Thank you for you continued support for the Pier Trust. We are currently renewing our website through a volunteer with computer skills.
Doreen Stone, Chairman HBPT on behalf of all the trustees.
Suggestions and actual events
Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 7-8, Dec 14-15, Dec 21-22, Santa in Xmas grotto and huts organize a German style market - school choirs singing carols.
Concessions on the Pier
Bring your business onto the pier and provide goodies for the summer visitors
The Council have been working with the Pier Trust assessing the mix and suitability of the applications from a number of businesses for a spot on the pier. Beach hut rentals are available for this year. We welcome further applications for quality goods and services with hopefully a retro seaside theme – so if you are interested in a concession on the pier, get in touch with the Pier Trust at The Shop 81a Central Parade or The White house on the pier to obtain the application form.
An hour or two to spare?
Your skills and experience will be appreciated by the Trust
We are looking for volunteers with the following experience who can spare a few hours helping us with – carpentry, book-keeping, office skills, driver with a van, membership, general willingness to give our team a hand when needed. We promise not to over-work you.
Herne Bay Pier Trust is proud to announce they opened their new shop in Herne Bay during June 2013.
“In response to the need to create a visible presence and hub for the Herne Bay Pier Trust, the Trust are are now sited at the entrance to The Pier within The White house
Alan Beales has said “We are planning to have a greater programme for the future to enable us to encourage the people of Herne Bay to help us move forward"
Opening hours are 11am – 6pm. Friday-Sunday inclusive each week The Herne Bay Pier Trust welcomes interested volunteers to help between Fridays-Sundays inclusive during the summer season.
For all enquiries please contact Colin Barker on email: email@example.com, or Alan Beales firstname.lastname@example.org