2020 Hopefully we didn’t make you too jealous during lockdown by posting lots of sunny beach pictures on our social media pages from our daily walks. We are so lucky to live where we do and the lockdown made us appreciate it so much more. We were extremely relieved to be given the green light from the Government to open on Saturday 4th July, it had been a worrying time and if we hadn’t been permitted to open, we may have been living on bread and jam!! Enquiries for pitches went ridiculously mad and we had no option but to change our answerphone message accordingly, as we were completely full throughout the remainder of our season, as per usual. Think everyone had gone stir crazy in lockdown and needed a holiday. It was certainly really lovely to see everyone again, but we did miss all of the hugs!!
This year has been a challenging and very different season for us all so it has been hard to find any funny stories to share with you all. Both Lesley and I would like to say a big thank you to almost everybody for being sensible and adhering to the rules. This does not include one of our first customers of the season however, a one-night casual, who decided to walk right into Lesley’s face and shake her hand, as Lesley backed away, she kept coming forward. Lesley was straight off to the sanitiser!!
Despite us only being open for half a season, with the added stresses it seemed more like we had been through a full season!! By the end we certainly needed a holiday and thankfully Boris was kind to us. Lesley & I enjoyed a relaxing week on the Isle of Wight, then we had another week with Katie at Chessington World of Adventures and Torquay. On our return home, Lockdown 2 was announced….Phew!!!
Zoom The new word of the year, which I am sad to admit, I had never heard of prior to 2020. It was a nice touch when many of the Spring Bank Crew invited us both to join them in a zoom meeting to reminisce about Magic Cove in the week that they were due to be here. Thank you for inviting us.
Lucky Escape Many of our new customers and even some of our regulars spend most of their holiday worrying about negotiating the hairpin bend above the Merrymoor with their caravans. However, it was a big shock to some visitors, who were not staying with us, but were having a day on the beach. A car coming down the hill failed to negotiate the bend and ended up on his roof on top of their tent on the beach. Thankfully they were in the sea at the time. The driver of the car, who was a local also walked away unscathed. Luckily it was a dull day and the beach was fairly quiet. If it was a sunny day, we are sure the beach would have been so much busier and dread to think what the outcome could have been.
Marver Chalet Development These continued to be built throughout the time we were open and apologies for the dust/noise which was beyond our control. We saw you continually washing off the dust!! Thankfully, they will all be completed before next season arrives, including the replacement of the fence between us and the new development, which was damaged by the contractors on several occasions earlier in the year.
Coffee Morning We decided to proceed with our yearly fundraiser, by way of a socially distanced cake sale. Thank you to everyone who provided cakes and raffle prizes. We raised an amazing sum of £500 on the day which was astounding especially in current times. Magic Covers never cease to amaze us with their generosity, many thanks to you all for continuing to support those wonderful Macmillan Nurses.
Party Sadly we were unable to have our end of season party or bowling evenings this season for obvious reasons. Fingers crossed things will be a little more normal in 2021.
And finally, you will notice that I have not picked on, or mentioned anyone in this newsletter. I felt that to be inappropriate, but hopefully I will be back to my sarcastic best next year!!
Also………to quote the words of Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers, one of my favourite characters:
"Don’t mention the COVID-19, I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it”
Fingers crossed, we will see you all at Magic Cove in 2021!!
With very best wishes and stay safe
Lesley, Brian, Lauren, Katie & Mawgan xx