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Friends of Bognor Regis Pier Annual Meeting 09.10.15

Our second Annual Meeting for Friends of Bognor Regis Pier (FoBRP) was held in the Regis Centre.  We took over the Alexander Theatre, the Studio and the foyer for the evening. How we have grown in just one year with 150 members attending the meeting.

The foyer had displays showing what work Bognor Pier Trust and the Friends of Bognor Regis Pier have done as well as the Bognor Regis Pier History.

In the theatre we started and ended the meeting with Pier Videos.  The videos were produced by talented FoBRP Colin Clark, who put together these fantastic videos of the history of Bognor Regis Pier. It brought tears to some member’s eyes!!

Our Guest speaker was Jess Steele, Founder Director of Hastings Pier and Bognor Pier Trust (BPT) consultant.  Jess gave a very interesting talk with slide show regarding the rebuilding Hastings Pier and explained their Heritage Lottery Bid experience.  It is very relevant to the aims of BPT work and the bid Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Presentations were also given by Paul Wells (BPT Chairman) and Ken Blamires (BPT Director and Bid Project Manager) in which they outlined BPT’s current position and where they need to be, regarding our Heritage Lottery Bid. The overall message was that a huge amount of work will need to be completed for the Round 1 Bid submission, but everything is moving forward well. There was also a “Massive” thank you to Paul Riley and Lee Balchin, who with their team of local volunteer tradesmen help create and refurbish our Pier Point Visitor Centre on the Pier which opened on 4th May 2015.

Marvyn Turrell (BPT Director) introduced the new cheeky BPT Mascot. It is a smiley crab called Claude and is dressed in a splendid blue and gold livery. Claude just BOUNCED onto the theatre screen then proceeded to give us a guided tour of his brand new Young Supporters’ website which contains lots of activities.  Take a look at Claude’s Corner and the downloadable activity sheets including, ‘Colour-me-Claude, ’Spot the Difference’, ‘What Happened Next’ and ‘Claude-on-the-go which is translated in seven different languages. 

Jan Malpas and her FoBRP team provided Wine and nibbles in the interval for the members. What a fantastic evening which was enjoyed by everyone.

The 150th Anniversary of the opening of Bognor Regis Pier 1865 was celebrated in style on 4th May 2015 – and here’s to the next 150 years!

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