• CORRESPONDENCE FOR NOTE:
  • Notification from the Brightlingsea Christian Ain Co-Ordinator that Christian Aid Week takes place from 10th – 16th May 2015.
  • Copy of Action Essex, Spring 2015 publication from the Essex Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
  • Copy of The Essex Playing Fields Magazine, Spring 2015.
  • Information from the Director of Social Change on its current training events.
  • Copy of the Countryside Voice, Spring 2015 publication from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
  • Copy of the Friends Update from the Fields in Trust (FIT).
  • CORRESPONDENCE REQUIRING ACTION:

2.1 Brightlingsea Regatta and Boat Show have asked if the Lower Park Playing Fields can be used over the weekend of 4th and 5th July (opening times 10am – 5pm) as a free car park. They normally sponsor the local Scout group to oversee good parking and governance.

2.2 Allotment Association would like to hold a meeting of the National Allotment Society (Essex Branch) on the Chapel Road Allotments on Saturday 18th July 2015 from 10.30am – 1pm for 20-30 people.

2.3 E-mail from Fiona Brown – “You may remember that we were in contact last spring to arrange use of some space on the public gardens/seating area next to the harbour master’s hut for the launching of a new Brightlingsea One Design.  The Town Council very kindly allowed us to do this and we were able to run a great launching party for the boat which attracted good publicity for both the class and the town as well as providing a fun spectacle for the public.

I am delighted to say that another new Brightlingsea One Design has been built this winter and we would therefore like to request permission to use the space again for another launching party, this time on Saturday 9 May 2015.  This boat belongs to Sue and Adrian Bouckley and Sue’s daughter’s Hannah and Abbi Stodel. Sue is Brightlingsea born and bread and indeed you may well have known her mother Elaine Green who was very well known in the town and sadly passed away last spring.  Sue was a very successful sailor as a youngster, representing Britain in the 420 and 470 classes, and her daughter Hannah is one of our leading Paralympic sailors, representing Britain in the Sonar Class.

Our plans would be much the same as for the last launching.  This time the tide is at 16.30 so we would set up the space after lunch with a 3m x 6m pop up marquee branded with BOD banners and some nautical bunting.  We would initially position the boat next to the marquee so people can inspect her when they arrive. Guests would be invited to assemble about 30 minutes before launch time, when they will be offered refreshments, and then at about 16.00 the boat would be pushed down onto the hard and formally launched. The guests would watch her off on her maiden voyage and I would anticipate them being fully dispersed by around 17.00.  We would have the site fully packed up and cleared by early evening.

Brightlingsea Residents and visiting members of the public will be very welcome to join in the fun and inspect the boat and we will probably have some helium balloons printed with the BOD logo as these were very popular with the kids last time.  Weather permitting there may also be opportunities for people to try sailing in a BOD too.

Please may we request permission to use the space again on Saturday 9th May for this launching?  If you need any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me.”