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Sunderland Point 2018 Calendar

Sunderland Point 2018 Calendar

Posted Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 15:58 PM

The Sunderland Point 2018 calendar is now on sale at £6 plus £1. 35p for postage & packing. Please order by sending a cheque for £7. 35p made out to Sunderland Point Community Association to Alan Smith, The Haven, 7 First Terrace, Sunderland Point, Morecambe, LA3 3HR. All profits from the sale of this calendar will be used to further the aims of the SPCA. The association is continuing to plan and carry out an ambitious, comprehensive scheme to provide protection to Sunderland Point from coastal erosion and tidal flooding, and seeks to maintain and improve access and facilities for the visiting public, thank you.

Shipping

Shipping

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017 15:51 PM

Glasson Dock which lies opposite Sunderland Point was a very busy little port in the 1800s when sailing vessels used to frequent, to this day it is still very busy with vessels up to three and a half thousand tons using the port facilities to off load cargoes to do with the cattle feed business of Glasson Grain, also a small coaster called Silver River ( see photo ) plies between Glasson Dock and Ramsey in the Isle of Man with general cargo, a small car and farm trailer can be seen on deck, Silver River has been a regular sight since the mid eighties.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017 15:19 PM

The Plover Scar Lighthouse that I mentioned had been damaged earlier this year has now been repaired and is now back on duty guiding shipping up the River Lune estuary, it is not exactly as the old one when it used to have a lantern room and a single room with fireplace and stairs but with modern automation they had to by pass certain old build designs, we are thankful that this grand old building still represents as close to how it used to be.

Tea By The Sea

Tea By The Sea

Posted Sunday 09 Jul 2017 19:41 PM

The last Tea By The Sea was on Sunday the 2nd July, it was held on a lovely warm sunny afternoon and it turned out to be a record breaker, by that I mean record attendance which resulted in record takings. The moneys raised go to the Sunderland Point Community Association (SPCA) with a donation to the Reading Room for the use of the facilities. We are constantly raising money for the SPCA to enable us to carry out essential improvements to flood defences and to repair ones that have been destroyed in times past plus we have ambitious plans for future developments all being well. The finances for such schemes are very hard earned and money is not readily sat on a shelf for easy pickings, hence another avenue constantly being followed is outside funding. To those that have supported our Teas By The Sea past present and hopefully in the future a very big thank you from us all at Sunderland Point and to all the volunteers who make the teas and coffee, those who sweat and toil washing up, the ones delivering the goodies to our eagerly awaiting supporters and to all the cake manufactures who draw in the crowds to enjoy, a massive thank you.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Posted Saturday 01 Apr 2017 16:06 PM

On the River Lune estuary close to Sunderland Point we have a lighthouse called Plover Scar Light this iconic building was erected in 1847 and has been a valuable aid in channel navigation ever since. In early March 2016 it was hit by a coaster on it's way in to Glasson Dock and received substantial damage literally dislodging the top half from the bottom. I am very pleased to say that repairs are now being carried out to restore this very important landmark to its' former glory. It has had to be dismantled virtually to the base before rebuilding could start, the rebuilding team have of course only a short window each day to work between low water and the next flood tide, we look forward to completion. I shall endeavour to update on progress.

Tea By The Sea

Tea By The Sea

Posted Saturday 01 Apr 2017 13:19 PM

Two confirmed dates for Tea By The Sea 2017 are May 21st and July 2nd at the Reading Room on Second Terrace 14. 30 'Till 16. 30pm the tides of course are in your favour regarding causeway access.

Spring Is In The Air

Spring Is In The Air

Posted Sunday 26 Feb 2017 15:57 PM

It is so long since I last updated due to circumstances which, are still on going but not as frantic, so much so that we are now well into another year with all its trials and tribulations. The winter so far has been reasonably kind weather wise, very mild, a little frost, plenty of calm quiet days but of late it has altered all that with plenty of strong winds. The wildlife with the waders and wildfowl have been and still are the usual fantastic spectacle, only today I went for a walk down the lane to the west shore and the first thing to greet me close to on the marsh were c4000 Knots roosting over high water, a forever ongoing wow factor whenever I encounter this fantastic spectacle that nature provides us with. Now with the snowdrops out in full force (who pollinates them?) and crocus not far behind and daffodils out in some places whilst others are bursting at the seams and days lengthening things are looking good, as my father used to say "whatever winter throws at you at this time of year it is never as bad as early January". To you all who have purchased a 2017 S/Pt calendar, or supported us in any other way a very big thank you

Calendars

Calendars

Posted Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 14:24 PM

Sunderland Point Calendars for 2017 are now available at £6-00 plus £1-35 postage.

If you visit the Point, you will see several signs advising you of where to buy a calendar; if you cannot visit, please contact Alan Smith by e-mail - alandsmith7@hotmail. Co. Uk - to arrange for payment and posting.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Posted Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 19:42 PM

As an Island nation and if you are interested in wildlife then we are very lucky that we are never more than seventy miles from the sea and some fabulous coastline, you are especially fortunate if like me you live on the coast because at this time of year we are again witnessing the marvellous spectacle of the returning wader birds from their summer breeding grounds, ranging from the local moors of The Forrest Of Bowland to Scotland, Arctic Norway and Russia, Iceland, Greenland and Arctic Canada, using the mudflats here at Sunderland Point and the entire Morecambe Bay complex as a re-fuelling pit stop before continuing their journey south and later, our resident waders staying with us for winter, let me introduce you to who they are, we will have, Dunlin, Knot, Grey and Golden Plover, Bar Tailed and Black Tailed Godwit with Curlew, Oyster Catcher and Lapwing all ready here in good numbers, if they could tell of their epic journeys we would be in for some spell binding stories that's for sure, but at least we can marvel on their return and enjoy watching.

Tea by the Sea 17/6/16

Posted Saturday 09 Jul 2016 17:27 PM

The next Tea by the Sea will be on Sunday July 17th.

Fund Raising

Fund Raising

Posted Thursday 26 May 2016 11:59 AM

Fund raising events namely "Teas By The Sea" are organised by the SPCA we held our first for 2016 on Sunday 21st May when we raised £520 which was a record breaking event, a huge thank you to all who supported us and enjoyed all the home made fayre on a wonderful warm sunny day when S/Pt looked it's best. The moneys raised go towards coastal defences and tidal flooding protection and to maintain facilities for the visitors to S/Pt. The weather in general is still slow to get in to seasonal mode with one week warm and hot and the next suffering another northerly arctic blast, but with the air now being filled with the smell of Hawthorne blossom and everything in full leaf all things looks wonderful.

Tea by the Sea

Posted Saturday 16 Apr 2016 13:15 PM

Two Tea by the Sea events have been planned for May and July. Please see the Events tab for details.

Better Things To Come

Better Things To Come

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2016 12:19 PM

The wind is howling with grey skies it is cold but the wood burner looks good with it's warm glow, myself along with the rest of the country reckon that this winter is well past it's sell by date, but there is a glimmer of hope, go outside and marvel at the snowdrops with daffodil following on showing encouraging signs that spring is on the way, indeed I was observing a large flock of wader birds and the Black Tailed Godwits are starting to show their chestnut red breeding plumage and in a few weeks will be migrating to their Icelandic breeding grounds. Hopefully we can all look forward to better things weather wise very soon.

Calendars £5 pp

Posted Wednesday 06 Jan 2016 10:59 AM

There are a few Sunderland Point Calendars left. These are now £5. 00 plus postage. Please call in to houses on the Point where you see them advertised or send an e-mail to the address on the Friends tab on this website: sunderlandpoint@hotmail. Co. Uk

Handing Over

Handing Over

Posted Tuesday 05 Jan 2016 11:05 AM

After ten years or so at Sunderland Point, I will be moving to be closer to family and handing over the blog to Alan Smith and other residents of Sunderland Point. The photos that I've added to the blog over the two years it has run have been mainly snaps of mine but they have been superbly supported by some far better - proper photographs - from Alan. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures in coming months and reading about life at the Point.

As I've just flicked back through the blogs, I've noticed that the pictures I've added have had one thing in common - they were all from the land. Since sailing, fishing and other water activities have been so important to the origins and development of the Point, I've added the one above to remedy this.

The view you get from the water is like looking at the Point through a differently shaped lens. What you see is recognisable but different. The houses from the land are individual, from the water they are part of a ribbon onto the water, showing you just how united they are and give an indication as to why living at the Point has a strong sense of shared community. As for the Point end itself, from the land it is a scramble of large rocks, but from the water it looks small and (since the rocks have been added) white in the distance and a marker of home at the end of the sailing channel and the flat marsh around it.

And, whether you take in the view from the land to the water or from the water to the land, it is constantly the same and constantly changing. Like all rivers. But, because of the scale of Morecambe Bay and the tidal range of the Lune, even more so. Enjoy it.

Watching

Watching

Posted Wednesday 18 Nov 2015 10:47 AM

As I write this, I'm looking out at the rain as we are hit by the end of the storm called Barney. Most of it missed the Point apart from a couple of hours of heavy winds last night. The rain, though, is still coming down, so I thought it would be better to cheer us all up with Alan Smith's picture of the heron.

It was taken from the river at the end of the wooden bridge gully about a year ago. You can not only see the alertness of the heron very clearly, but also the marsh vegetation and the striation of the mud as it has built over the years. If you talk to people who grew up here 50 or more years ago, they will tell you how much flatter the marsh was at the time. The lines in the mud show just how much it has steadily built up.

In the Distance

In the Distance

Posted Wednesday 18 Nov 2015 10:25 AM

The picture shows Sunderland Point as a whole. It was taken from Hall Greaves, Overton, where the triangulation point is. The view gives a perspective that is not often seen as it captures both the houses and the Point end in conjunction with the marsh and the causeway leading across to the village.

Tea by the Fire

Tea by the Fire

Posted Monday 02 Nov 2015 23:14 PM

Tea By The Fire at the Reading Room 2. 0pm - 4. 0pm

On Sunday November 8th the Reading room will be operand refreshments available to buy for those who call in.

Sunderland Point Calendar

Sunderland Point Calendar

Posted Monday 02 Nov 2015 21:42 PM

The Calendar for 2016 is now available. If you visit the Point, you will see several signs advising you of where to buy a calendar; if you cannot visit, please contact Alan Smith by e-mail - alandsmith7@hotmail. Co. Uk - to arrange for payment and posting.

PS The picture is the sunset we had over the weekend.

In flight

In flight

Posted Sunday 27 Sep 2015 14:08 PM

A second snatched picture off the phone as the bird flew from the top of the mast, the silos at Glasson in the background over the river.

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