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Date has been confirmed for the annual Barbican Raft Race.

The announcement many of you have been waiting for with great anticipation!

Barbican Raft RaceThe annual Barbican Raft Race will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday 14th May. Teams of 4-6 will hit the Barbican waters in homemade rafts and race to victory in aid of Jeremiah’s Journey. The cleverly and carefully constructed rafts, comical team outfits and a fantastic family fun atmosphere makes this event more and more popular each year.

Come along and enjoy the fun and laughter, cheer on your favourite team and bring your water pistols to keep the other teams refreshed

If you would like to take part in this popular event, raise money for an incredible local charity and have buckets of fun, please email  clare.phillips@plymouth.gov.uk



Youngsters prepare to set sail on ASPIRE 360 sailing trip around the UK

Eight young people are preparing to leave Plymouth and set sail on the adventure of a lifetime to circumnavigate the UK aboard a 57ft tall ship.

ASPIRE 360 is an exciting expedition organised by The Mórvargh Sailing Project, a social enterprise offering inspiring sail training trips for young people on board tall ship the Helen Mary R, so they can learn about leadership, resourcefulness and teamwork.

On Sunday, April 2nd, a group of eight students aged between 14-19 will leave The Marina at Sutton Harbour in the historic heart of Plymouth to embark on a 1,735 nautical mile voyage around the UK, visiting 16 ports in two different countries, and learning how to sail – and live aboard – a traditional tall ship.

The eight young people taking part are from Westcountry locations including Plymouth, Tavistock, Torquay and Torbay, as well as one from East Sussex, and have met just once after being selected following a demanding application process, including a challenge activity day. They will spend the next five weeks learning everything they need to know about setting sails, steering and keeping watch, as well as cooking, cleaning and living aboard a tall ship in close quarters to each other and the staff on board.

Most have never sailed before, and they will all need to work as a team as they swap home comforts for single bunks, a moving deck, freezing temperatures and rough seas.

The Marina at Sutton Harbour has supported the ASPIRE 360 project by providing the Mórvargh team with a specially subsidised annual berthing rate for Helen Mary R in Plymouth’s 5 Gold Anchor marina, as part of the marina’s aim to support pioneering youth sail training schemes and become a national hub for projects inspiring young people to engage with their natural environment.

Helen Mary R is currently berthed at Guys Quay (opposite Cap’n Jaspers) as preparations are completed ready for her departure on April 2nd, and she is due to return on May 4th.

Matthew Barraud, director of the Mórvargh Sailing Project, said: “ASPIRE 360 will be a life-changing experience for the young people taking part, many of whom have no previous sailing experience. This will be a feat of pure physical, mental, emotional and academic endurance, and one which will leave the young people changed forever, instilling them with the confidence to know they can try and excel at anything.

“We expect to be battling strong winds and rough seas at times, but we will also be visiting 16 amazing ports with lots of educational visits planned, and there will be unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the beautiful coastline on our sail around the UK.

“Organising a major expedition like this has required huge support and we are enormously grateful to The Marina at Sutton Harbour, as well as to our many fundraisers and dedicated team of helpers.”

ASPIRE 360 represents the relaunch of the Mórvargh Sailing Project following three long years of fundraising to get the 57ft ketch re-coded and back into the water to inspire more lives through sail training opportunities.

The Marina at Sutton Harbour has previously supported the Mórvargh team by accommodating Helen Mary R whilst the team was fundraising in 2015 to pay for major repairs. This current subsidised berthing deal is a bespoke package created through the Marina’s S-Class service, which provides specialist berthing agreements for elite vessels.

Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said: “We firmly believe in the life-changing potential of sail training trips for young people, and the Marina regularly supports expeditions and projects like this whenever it can, recently welcoming the Challenge Wales team to Plymouth for example.

“The Mórvargh Sailing Project is a wonderful local social enterprise helping thousands of young people through its sail training trips. We have been delighted to support the ASPIRE 360 project this year, and we are sure it will be a wonderful experience for the eight lucky young people picked to take part.”

The ASPIRE 360 team will be hosting a small reception and blessing on Sunday April 2nd at The Marina at Sutton Harbour for parents and guests, who will be able to hop aboard and see the close quarters on the boat which the team will be living in for the next five weeks.

Members of the public are invited to wave off the Helen Mary R as she sails off at 1.30pm; the vantage point of Whitehouse Pier on the corner of Quay Road (alongside Cap’n Jaspers) in Sutton Harbour will offer a good view of the boat slipping the lines and heading towards the lock gates and out into Plymouth Sound.

During the journey, the young people will be uploading regular updates to the website at www.morvargh-sailing.co.uk/roundbritainchallenge

You can also follow the boat’s journey on a tracker and read updates on the social media channels at www.facebook.com/morvarghsailing and www.instagram.com/morvarghlife/
and https://twitter.com/MorvarghSailing 

Creatures Great and Small – Exhibition at 45 Southside, 8th April to 23rd May 2017

At one time or another we have all had our hearts touched by furry or feathered friends. And so have our talented artists. Gwen Vaughan and Tracey Benton together with 45 Southside continues its series of exhibitions. Both artist are well known for their humorous and collectable work.

Tracey Benton is predominantly felt making and her favourite subject is our native wildlife, such as hares, foxes and more recently bees. Each piece takes hours of precise needle felting which gives them their shape. In the last stage she adds the defining features of the face, forming each creatures individual and adorable character.

Gwen Vaughan a ceramic artist is equally captivated by creatures great and small. Her quirky animals are captured with minimalistic features nevertheless they are very recognisable species. For her latest range she created cashmere jumpers for her figurines, making them softer to the touch. There are polar bears, whales, foxes, badgers, owls, dogs and of course little birds. Each of her creatures cleverly conveys a element of the nature of each animal. Gwen’s wolf in a sheep’s coat is a beautiful example.

As a independent gallery we are very passionate about promoting our Devon or Cornwall based artists. Since opening in 2009, 45 Southside has become known for exhibiting high quality and innovative craftsmanship all year round. We are all to happy to help and share our passion for craft and design, especially when it comes to finding you the right piece for a collection or the perfect gift for loved ones.

The exhibition will run from 8th April to 23rd May 2017.
The opening view will be held on Saturday 8th April from 3pm to 6pm, all are welcome.


Images courtesy of  Felicity Bell

Major £100K upgrade for prime Plymouth car park

Harbour Car Park, Plymouth

Harbour Car Park, Plymouth

One of Plymouth’s main city centre car parks has undergone a £100,000 makeover to make it safer and more user-friendly with brighter, eco-friendly LED lighting installed.

The Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay is a 340-space multi-storey car park regularly used by visitors to the adjacent National Marine Aquarium in Sutton Harbour, as well as people heading for the nearby Barbican Leisure Park in Coxside, or visiting the Barbican via the Sutton Harbour lock bridge.

Owner Sutton Harbour Holdings plc has invested £70,000 in installing a sustainable LED lighting system at the long-stay car park to make the facility much brighter in the evenings and improve safety conditions, as well as reducing energy use.

A further £20,000 has been spent on larger, clearer signage, including bright, colourful, fish-themed signs for each level to help people remember where they parked their car. The remaining investment has funded an updated payment machine system which will be easier for motorists to use, as well as the cost of repainting areas of the car park with bright white reflective paint.

Paul James, Asset Manager for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “The Harbour Car Park is well used by people visiting the aquarium as well as the cinema and the Barbican Leisure Park, and people often park here then cross the lock bridge to reach the Barbican area of Sutton Harbour or the city centre on foot.

“We felt it was a priority to ensure the facility was as welcoming and safe an environment as possible, especially given that the car park remains open until 11.30pm each night, so we invested in a brighter LED lighting system and will be redecorating using bright white reflective paint. This is a very environmentally-friendly approach with reduced carbon emissions due to more efficient lights which will ultimately decrease the amount of electricity consumed.

“In addition there are newly painted columns within the car park and clearer signs for each parking level, as well as at the entrance, and bright, colourful signs on each floor with fish designs which are fun for children and families using the car park, and link up to the aquarium next door. New payment machines will operate a vehicle registration recognition system, which we hope will be easier and more straightforward for people to use.”

The new payment machines will accept card, cash and pay-by-phone payments.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc also owns a 51-space surface car park on Lambhay Hill on the Barbican side of Sutton Harbour, and both facilities are managed for the company by Britannia Parking Limited, a specialist parking agency.

The Harbour Car Park is open every day from 6.30am until 11.30pm, and from 8.30am-11.30pm on Sundays.

Hidden Inspiration – Art Exhibition of Martin Bush’s New Work at The Hidden Olive

Exhibition runs from 8th April – 27th May at The Hidden Olive

This exhibition is inspired by not what we see, but what we feel.

As an artist for over 20 years, Martin Bush expresses that to find those hidden inspirations and connections when painting is the reason behind his creative work. Intertwine your inner-self with flow and free spirit using colour and movement, his paintings glow with life. Martin has selected some of his most vivid and striking works from his collections, which we hope you will enjoy. He has also added some of his Jazz inspired paintings which capture his music in paint and a real favourite to all.

Book your FREE ticket for Martin Bush’s “Hidden Inspiration” Artist Preview Events 

Opening Times:
Monday – Tuesday: 8 am – 4 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 4.30 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 9.30 pm
Friday – Saturday : 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: 1 Pinnacle Quay, Sutton Harbour, The  Barbican, Plymouth PL4 0BJ (See on Map)

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