Annual Newsletter

Magic Cove News 2020

Nobody mention the C word!!

I really don’t know where to start with this year’s newsletter, but don’t be too disappointed if it takes you less time to read. I have made the executive decision as the boss, that as we only managed to open for half a season this year, the only sensible conclusion would be that you get half a newsletter!!! I imagine Lesley will be laughing (and maybe deleting) when she reads that I have called myself the boss……she usually does!

At the time of writing this, we are just about to go into Lockdown 2 and we have serious concerns over the availability of printing, so there is a possibility that you may receive this newsletter and booking information via email instead. If that is the case, then no doubt two pages will suffice as some of you may not even bother to open the attachment and others may just hit the delete button…!!

I have also decided that I am going to have a stab at writing the whole newsletter without mentioning the C word. I for one, am sick of hearing about it and no doubt you all are too? So here goes….

Improvements Having rushed to be ready for opening on 28th March, Boris kindly introduced lockdown five days before. Two good things came out of this. Firstly, it gave me breathing space to find a new home for Eric the weather vane. I had been running out of time to give him a coat of paint, grease his rear end and re-site him. He now stands proudly at the entrance behind pitch 7. Welcome back Eric…!!

More importantly it gave us time to build the new website that I had promised in last year’s newsletter. Well in truth, the website was built by our daughter Lauren and what an amazing job she has done. We are really pleased with it and hope you are too? On the home page you will find a link to our Trip Advisor page, where you have the opportunity to leave us a review. Please do so if you are able.

The rest of our lockdown was spent with me keeping the site tidy in preparation for opening as well as building a man cave in our garden. Lesley says there is room for a bed in there, I don’t know what she means by that!! Lesley was also busy cancelling everybody’s bookings as and when required. We had hoped for two major improvements for 2021, but it looks likely that only one will now definitely come to fruition. We had hoped to provide Wi-Fi with a vastly greater speed than we currently do, however at the time of writing this, it is not an option, although it is hoped we will be able to make this happen in the future…. We will, however, be providing a new TV system for 2021. This will be Freesat based at the hook up points. For those who have a Freesat box at home, please bring it with you, however we will be providing boxes free of charge for anybody that needs one. All we ask is that you return it to us at the end of your stay.

Prices This will probably come as no surprise, but I am afraid that we have to announce a price increase for 2021. This will be an increase of £1 per night on the basic pitch fee throughout the season. With regards to next year’s bookings, some of you will obviously have a deposit that has been carried forward from missing your holiday this year. For those who do, it will be clear on your provisional slip that you don’t need to pay a deposit for the coming season. So, for the bookings involved, please just complete a booking form. We have also decided that people paying their balance before they arrived this year because of COVID-19 worked really well, so we would like to continue with this next season. For those who would prefer to pay cash on arrival, we are still happy for you to do this...

We will also be sending you the Wi-Fi codes before arrival. Please make a note of these or print them off. Many this season found they could not access the email without the Wi-Fi?!?

Rainfall Figures I have decided to include the figures for March-June, even though nobody was at Magic Cove. This is to show you all what you were missing!! Particularly those who missed May which was extremely dry and hot. Fingers crossed for 2021!

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

Love from

Lesley, Brian, Lauren, Katie & Mawgan xx