Friday, 30 March 2012

Meet the Team - Dean & Karl

Dean is our Clippesby plumber and Karl the electrician.  Although they are both sub-contractors, we consider them part of our team.

At the moment Dean can be found putting in the new bathrooms in Braemar & Wenlock - the clock is ticking, they have to be ready for Easter.   Here at Clippesby most of our water comes from our own well and one of the biggest jobs Dean has carried out so far was to  get the well water connected up to supply the three shower blocks on the campsite and all of the self catering properties.

Karl used to come to Clippesby on holiday as a child, so he has seen loads of changes over the years.  Karl now lives in the neighbouring village of Fleggburgh and has been looking after the electrics at Clippesby for around the last 18 years.   This year so far he has re-wired 'Skye', put the wiring in for the new showers in 'Braemar & Wenlock' and as we speak is working in the Rabbits Grove putting the electricity supply to the new pitches ready for our Easter campers.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mid-March Notes

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The  next Lenten Services for our Benefice will be on this coming Sunday, the 25th of March, in the newly restored Church of St. Edmund at Thurne. The church stands on the hill just outside this very pretty village and it has a wonderful view overlooking the valley and marshland of the river Bure with its sailing boats and cruisers.  Our speaker will be Mrs. Nicola Hems who is the curator of the Broads Museum at Stalham, which has a large and fascinating display of Broads boats and memorabilia. Nicola is passionate about her work and we are looking forward to her talk very much. Afterwards some of us will probably wander down to the village and see Sid at the Thurne Lion for lunch or a drink.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Meet the Team - Chris Haycock

Chris moved to Clippesby in 2003 and started his part time bicycle hire business from Clippesby Hall around 2005.

'Clippesby Cycle Tours' as it was then known was started with just 16 bikes but this quickly grew and now Chris has around 100 of various sizes & styles,   child seats, tag-a-longs, buggies and the very popular Weehoo.   Although Chris now manages the day to day running of Clippesby Hall he still loves tinkering with the bikes and arranging days out for guests staying on the park.  Chris says his favourite part of the job is walking around the campsite talking to guests and making sure everyone is happy and having a good time.

It will come as no surprise to some that Chris was instrumental in bringing 'Real Ale' to the Muskett Arms, considering himself to be somewhat a 'connoiseur' in this field (he has had lots of practice!) and also instigating the first Clippesby Beer Festival - now in it's 7th year.  Chris also co-wrote 'Discover The Broads' which is our guide to days out in the area.

Chris's other passions are drumming and running.  He is in the band 'One Hand Clapping'which plays in local pubs in the Broads area and this year will play in the 'Muskett Arms' at Easter,  Wednesdays throughout the season, and a special performance for our own Music Festival (18th, 19th & 20th May). He has run in the London Marathon three times and the Loch Ness Marathon twice.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Countdown to Easter

It's all hands on deck here at Clippesby with the countdown to Easter, it's just 22 days until Good Friday.

Ben & Malc are busy finishing off in the Rabbits Grove and Pinewoods improving the pitches, trimming back trees and generally getting everything ready for the new season.  The park is looking lovely, the daffodils are out and the spring blooms in bud.

Sarah and her girls are getting the Muskett Arms all spic and span for re-opening on the 30th March.  The shop and coffee shop have already been spring cleaned all ready for re-stocking.  This year in the shop we will be offering a new 'fresh frozen' meat selection so that you can buy your bar-b-que supplies on site.  More about this soon, we hope to be able to offer a pre-order service so that your order can be collected when you arrive.

Karl is finishing off the electrics in 'Skye', what a transformation they have made in there, and Dan is now busy putting in new bathrooms for 'Wenlock' and 'Braemar'.

Lee is interviewing for new bar & coffee shop staff, and also introducing new 'Specials' for the bar menu.  We are putting a poll on 'facebook', please help and vote for your favourite dish.

We have just a few camping pitches left for the Easter break and a limited amount of self catering accommodation.  Give Jane or Kaye a call to check availability  01493 367800.

We're all looking forward to seeing you.

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Meet the Team - Ben Clarke

Ben began working at Clippesby when he was 17, part time in the Coffee Shop to start with, he has now been here 7 years.  For the last four seasons Ben has worked as a Park Ranger with Malc, helping with both site and cottage maintenance during the winter months and working directly with our guests during the summer on the park and in the Muskett Arms.

Ben says the best part of the job is working with the public, in particular helping with the Clippesby Beer Festivals.  He also enjoys the winter when he and Malc take on larger park projects and in particular he likes driving the dumper truck.

Ben is instantly recognisable by his BIG curly hair and smiley face.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

St. Peter's Church, Clippesby.

The beautiful, little Church at Clippesby is well worth a visit. It is around a thousand years old with Saxon, Norman, Mediaevial and Victorian influences all visible in it's stonework and the sturdy walls of Norfolk flint.

Clippesby shares its priests with the neighbouring parishes of Martham, Thurne and Repps-cum-Bastwick and, during this time of Lent especially, services are shared too. Tomorrow's service is in "The Cathedral of the Fleggs", the magnificent parish church of Martham. The service starts at 10-30am and Dr. Karen Mitchell a local GP will be the guest speaker.

The next service at Clippesby will be at 10-30 on the 11th of March, when our guest speaker will be John Mitchell. John farms at Hall Farm in the adjoining Broadland village of Repps-cum-Bastwick.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Meet the Team - Malcolm Guymer (Happy Birthday)

Malc started work at Clippesby at just 16 years old, initially as a Horticulturalist working in the garden centre.  36 Years later (it's his birthday today), Malc is still here, now in his role as 'Head Ranger'.

During the winter months, Malc maintains the 36 acres of ground which make up the park at Clippesby Hall.  This years winters project has been the addition of more 'all weather pitches' in the Rabbits Grove, it's all looking lovely and smart in there.

Malc - Head Ranger (and all round good chap!)

In the summer Malc keeps on top of general site and cottage maintenance, looks after the swimming pool and shows guests to their pitches on arrival.  Unflappable and always with a smile on his face makes Malc a very popular team member.

Happy Birthday Malc, from all the staff. xx