We are one month from completing the Watchet Visitor Centre, Boat Museum build and it’s all getting extremely exciting. We have commissioned furniture, chosen paint colours, ordered the light fixtures and are now in the midst of choosing stock for the Visitor Centre shop, creating internal displays and not forgetting a lovely new website. Those 30 or so days are going to fly by and then we will launch and open to the public in time for the summer holidays. (At least – that is the plan, subject to any last minute crisis!).
We plan to open 7 days a week, and will be a first stop shop for visitors to Watchet. Arriving by train, car or bus the new Boat Museum and Visitor Centre will clearly herald Watchet’s strong maritime heritage and the Visitor Centre will be the perfect place for visitors to start their trip to Watchet. Its main aim is to attract more visitors to Watchet, and once they are here to show them all the brilliant things there are to do in Watchet so that they stay longer and spend more of their hard-earned cash.
The new build will also include offices for the Town Council, as well as a new office for taxi company Cliff’s Cabs. The main Visitor Centre space is flexible and in the evenings can be used for Council chambers, talks and community events.
What we need now is a team of knowledgeable volunteers who enjoy talking about all the fantastic stories in Watchet, who know the many points of interest in the town, and who would like to help visitors enjoy their time here. We would be asking for no more than 3 hours at a time, although of course timings are flexible and we would look to tailor volunteers with their skillset. So for example if you enjoy working in a shop, that would be great, but if you are happier talking to visitors that is also an extremely valuable role.
If you would like to give some of your time to help Watchet we would absolutely love to hear from you. Call Georgie on Tel: 07940 950396 or email me at Georgie@onioncollective.co.uk We will need volunteer support from Monday 18th July 2016.
We are also looking for volunteers who are handy with their hands and enjoy working with timber. We are building, as a community, the new timber structure that will house the boats. The frame has already started to go up, and now decking and the staircase need to be made. The sessions are being led by experienced builder Iain Lambert and will run over the next few weekends. Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July from 10am. If you, or anyone you know is interested in ‘putting your mark’ on Watchet Boat Museum’s future, and would like to come and work with us on any of these weekends, please do contact us, we would love to hear from you.
Image: The incredible Molly Quint who works tirelessly, giving her time for Watchet. Molly - we salute you!