Skippers Report 2014

Another busy and rewarding year!

In January the boat was painted inside & outside. The toilet was refitted.
The 2014 season commenced in the last week of March. In April the Mayor was taken on his annual trip. We organised a volunteers day in May and from this I am pleased to report we signed up five new volunteers.
In June New Horizons was in attendance at the Whaley Water Weekend. Saturday was a very wet day, Sunday was just wet! We also attended the Marple carnival in June.

This year we ran a raffle from the start of the season through to the food fair in August. This worked very well and raised approx £600.00
The rest of the season was very busy through until early October with a total of 2,045 passengers enjoying trips on the New Horizons.
The following jobs on the boat were completed at the end of the season; A new hot water pump, 2 batteries for the lift, a starter motor, 4 engine mounts, 1 battery for the starter.
The year ended with the New Horizons once again transporting Father Christmas into Marple on the evening of 5th December. On the evidence of the crowds in attendance this event has grown in popularity each year.
I would like to express my thanks & appreciation to all volunteers for their help & assistance throughout the season. Sincere thanks to the skippers for their help. Many thanks also to Marion Eyres for her help in taking & co-ordinating bookings throughout the year. Special thanks to Dave Sherratt for his support.
The support from everybody in the ‘Team’ helps to make the New Horizons the success it undoubtedly is and allows us to continue to offer a much valued service.

Peter Sharp,  Skipper.        January 2015.


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