I know, I know, mea culpa.
2017 wasn’t a good year for the Waverley nor, by extension, for the Pier. Bad weather and mechanical problems lost us four visits and associated income and Waverley lost even more down South. She started well this year, however, with her first visit here on 26th May and the season proper begins on 23rd June. We look forward to a better year for Waverley and the Pier.
The Pier Gala Day is on 7th July, when there will be the usual stalls, burgers and ice-cream and a short cruise on Waverley at prices similar to those of last year. Do try to come and see what we’re doing.
We have a full-blown wedding and reception on the Pier on 19th July and painting and preparations are in full swing. Very romantic,the first of many, we hope. All in all, a brighter prospect for 2018.
A Hearty Welcome to 2017!
The AGM was held on December 3rd, 2016. Graeme Hogg was re-elected as a Director and continues as Chairman. The other Members of the Board continuing in office are Don Clark, Anne Hewitt, Steve Neilan and Geoff Newton.
The Association’s main business continues to revolve around PS Waverley but we are also developing Tighnabruaich heritage information, especially in relation to Pier usage, steamers and yachting. We also invite interest for use as an unusual venue for birthdays, weddings, barmitzvahs or other group celebrations, especially if there is a local connection.
This year sees the 70th Anniversary of Waverley’s entry into service; her first visit this year will be on May 27th, then from June 17th onwards to August 26th, (all Saturdays), then a final short visit on Sunday, October 15th. For full details of Waverley’s programme see the website.
The Pier Association Gala Day will be on Saturday, July 1st and will follow the format of previous years with a variety of produce stalls, our own souvenir stall, popular food and a short afternoon cruise aboard PS Waverley, (by kind permission of the Waverley Trust), prices for which will be as last year, namely: Adults £7; Students to 18, £3; Primary schoolchildren, Free.
2016 has been a year of mixed fortunes – Waverley missed her scheduled visits on two occasions owing to adverse weather, otherwise ‘no shipwrecks and nobody drownded’. The Pier Association will have a stall at the ‘Seasonal Fair’ at Portavadie Marina, (in the Leisure Centre), on 26th/27th November and our usual Pier mementoes will be on sale. Come along and have a nostalgic wallow! More news after the forthcoming AGM.
PS. The private accommodation in the Pier building has now been sold.
Welcome to 2016, a bit belatedly but nonetheless hearty!
At the AGM, (held in the Pier, courtesy of Donald Clark, who continues as a Director), George Willoughby announced his retirement from the Pier Association, in order to devote more time to his family! We offer him grateful thanks for all his hard work over many years. George’s retirement required two(!) new Directors to be elected and we are pleased to welcome Steve Nielan and Anne Hewitt. Steve will act as Secretary/Treasurer and Anne will concentrate on Sales and Presentation. Graeme Hogg continues as Chairman and Geoff Newton, having retired by rotation was re-elected for a further two years. The Board is in good heart and looks forward to another successful year serving the Pier and the local community.
Gala Day will be on 2nd July this year and there will be trade stalls and food as usual. There will also be a short cruise by PS Waverley of about one hour mid-afternoon prices for which we anticipate will remain as last year, i.e. £7 for adults, £3 for U-18s, primary school children FREE. Tickets will be on sale at the Pier on the day and in local outlets beforehand. This is our main fund-raiser so we hope for good weather and good support!
PS Waverley has a new Skipper this year. The first visit will be on Saturday, 28th May between about 2.45/4.00 pm. Thereafter, weather permitting, she will call on Saturdays from June 18th to August 27th and finally, a brief call on October 16th. For full details of Waverley’s sailings, see their website.
George Willoughby has stepped down as Chairman of the Pier Association to enjoy a well-earned rest and we are most grateful for his sterling work for the Pier and the Association. George continues as a Board member.
Our new Chairman is Graeme Hogg, fresh from his stint with the Waverley Trust and we look forward to his contribution on this side of Waverley’s gangway.
This blog aims to highlight the history of Tighnabruaich Pier and also to outline recent steps taken to address the difficulties of conserving such a significant structure: essentially the reasons for establishing a Pier Association, together with what has so far been achieved and what is planned.
The restored Waiting Room is available for use, along with the former Piermaster’s office, where a DVD of Clyde steamer archive film can be viewed, together with photographs of steamers and old Tighnabruaich scenes; we have several interesting new ones this year.
Pier souvenirs will be available for sale on Waverley days, as usual including copies of the steamer photographs and the new ‘Steamer’ ‘fridge magnets, which have proved to be very popular; again, we have some new ones for your delectation and delight!
We are grateful to everyone who supports the project with time or money; donations may be made to our Chairman, Mr. Graeme Hogg. We look forward to seeing you on the Pier!
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