22nd May 2019. NCI Portland Bill was extremely privileged to be granted a Charity Day at Highwood Gardens, Charborough Park by MP Richard Drax on May Bank Holiday Sunday,

A team of 43 volunteers made up of Watchkeepers and their partners workeded together to ensure the event was a success. Whether it was parking cars, barbecuing homemade sausages, preparing cream teas or playing in the Durnovaria Silver Band, the Team had it covered! They had a vast array of homemade cakes both to sell and keep the Tea Stall supplied, all made and donated by the Watchkeepers, and even had fresh crab sandwiches and lobster wraps, locally caught off Portland Bill by fishing vessel Boy Lynham and an array of plants grown by Watchkeepers, along with a variety of handmade crafts on sale.

After a bit of a chilly start and a few spots of rain, the day was a mix of cloud and sunshine which was just right for the visitors at Charborough to stroll in the Bluebell Woods which were picture perfect with rhododendrons & azaleas all in bloom. After the leisurely stroll a Cream Tea was the order of the day whilst enjoying the musical interludes from The Durnovaria Silver Band throughout the afternoon.

Station Manager Geoff Peters said “This year NCI year celebrates 25 years of keeping watch along the coast - something we are all very proud of. The Team, seen here, were photographed by Drone by one of our Watchkeepers, I did say we have a multi talented Team! We also mustn’t forget the Watchkeepers who maintained a watch at Portland Bill throughout the day, whilst we were all having fun in the woods!”

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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