SHS MAY 2021 Newsletter.
This May Newsletter aims to keep you up to date in these challenging times against the background of the ongoing Pandemic. The Committee aim to keep services as normal as regulations permit. COVID REMAINS A SERIOUS THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITY and all Welsh Government recommendations and regulations must be followed. It has been necessary to introduce measures to help contain the threat and to reduce overcrowding on Trinity Quay Slipway.
The Lift In was carried out successfully on 29th April, over 33 boats were Lifted In, thank you to the lifting team. All chocks, wedges and rubbish must be removed promptly after lift in.
From 1st May, only members and visitors allocated Moorings with current boat stickers are permitted to launch from the Trinity Quay Slipway. The public are not permitted to launch paddle boards and kayaks from Trinity Quay. For Covid safety congestion must be avoided at all times. Public access launching and recovery can take place from Sand Quay only and the fee must be placed in the Honesty Box. The fee applies to launching and recovery and includes paddle boards. The public are not permitted to leave trailers or vehicles on the Sand Quay, they must be parked in the Harbour Inn Car park and the parking fee paid.
Members are reminded that current 2021 boat stickers must be placed on the transom of their vessels. Car passes must be displayed on member’s own car when parked on the Quay. Only members are allowed to park on the Quay, limited drop off for elderly and disabled is permitted, but cars must be removed to the Harbour Inn Car Park. Clients of the Café on the Quay are not permitted to park on the Quay.
Members are required to maintain their moorings and to ensure that they are weed free and suitably weighted to allow safe transit of vessels through the moorings.
Nicola Evans, the Clerk to SHS, is present in the Office on Wednesdays from 10-1400hrs for administrative matters. The management team meet every Wednesday from 0900hrs to 1000hrs every Wednesday to manage the Quay.
At the time of writing, Covid Restrictions remain in place, meaning that until group meetings of greater than 30 persons are permitted that the first General Meeting cannot yet be held. However, subject to regulations changing and restrictions being lifted, we plan to hold the first general meeting of Solva Harbour Society on Saturday 31st July 2021. A final decision will be made in early June, so please keep the date free in your diary. Members will receive formal notice and papers as soon as restrictions permit.
A new kayak rack is being built over the next few months. When it is completed, kayaks which have a current sticker will be moved from the old rack and allocated a numbered space in the new rack. Members will have priority and be allocated a space for their kayaks and they will be issued with a sticker. At the present time we cannot accept applications for kayak storage or visitors. Fees for 2022 will be reviewed in the near future when the new Committee meets. If you have one of the 23 kayaks currently on the shelf which is not registered, please remove it as soon as possible.
The Chair and Vice Chair wish to thank those who have assisted in keeping things running during the Pandemic, Jon James, Dave Taylor, Sian Churchill, when demands for ever increasing administration, for example, Port Waste Management Plans, Harbour Safety documentation, FCA returns have had to be produced. Jon James, as a Director of SHS has taken on a temporary role as Assistant to the Treasurer. Dai Phillips as Company Secretary of SHS Ltd will have to produce and submit the annual returns.
As outlined above, we hope we will soon be able to have our First General Meeting, appoint the new Committee Members and return to a formal process of monthly meetings in addition to the weekly meetings. Members of the Committee will be expected to take on an active role in the management and day to day running of the Society.
Please keep a regular eye on the website for further information and updates, the website is our primary means of communication. Please ensure that the clerk has up to date email addresses and contact details. The next Newsletter will come out in early June.
SHS Ltd has to be compliant with all Covid Regulations as Covid remains a profoundly serious threat and restrictions will only be eased further if we are sensible. Please observe Social Distancing and encourage the public to follow Government guidance on the Quay, we are all responsible for the Quay. The Kent variant is very infectious and hopefully we will avoid a third wave. Get vaccinated as soon as you are offered the vaccine, they are all safe and very effective.
Keep safe and enjoy your Sailing, Fishing and time on and in the water and thank you for your patience and support.
Best Wishes, Stay Safe.
Dai Phillips, Chairman and Company Secretary.
Iain Robertson-Steel, Vice Chair. 30 April 2021.