6 years on

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April 2015
Spring is here

Well it's definitely spring — the dark nights are behind us and the hedge on the marina drive is starting to burst open with life, oh, and the kids are still working their way through a mountain of Easter eggs and generally refusing to share them with me! I love this time of year. Everything seems so fresh and new and everywhere is finally starting to dry up! I can't wait to get out of my wellies to walk down to the marina. I also can't believe that it's now 6 years since we opened! We still have boats who moved in then and are still with us now — which is really rather special. So what have I learned over the last 6 years? Well the first week of opening I had the sudden realisation that people were going to join me on the marina and I couldn't have it to myself anymore. And not only that, but they were going to want to buy things from me (urgent trip out to buy a till and figure out how we were going to record everything. I discovered that really I knew very little about setting up a new business and it was going to be a very steep learning curve. 6 years on and there are quite a few things I've learned that have been useful, like always zip your pockets up when you're on the jetties; never try a pull a customer's boat in by the centre line when they still have their chimney up and don't walk on the ice on the slipway (it WILL give way). And then there's the big stuff which really matters, like always trying to do something to improve the marina every year; never forgetting how every customer is an important and vital part of our business and never underestimating how kind and supportive people can be (apart from the kids who still won't let me at their stash of easter chocolate, although they do declare it's in my best interests!!)

Further reading

Roadworks in the local area
Janet: Thu 22 Jun

We have been advised of a numer of roadworks in the local area, due to re-surfacing...

A Cheese scone at Cafe at Bridge 80
Janet: Thu 18 May

Alison is delighted to announce that from Saturday 20th May Overwater's Cafe at Bridge 80 will now be open from 9.30am to 4pm every day during the summer. Why not pop in for a leisurely Overwater Breakfast with a nice fresh coffee or try one of her delicious specials for lunch or maybe an afternoon tea and freshly baked...

A delicious meal
Janet: Thu 11 May

Today we welcome Alison who is taking over the tenancy and management of Cafe at Bridge 80. Alison is a fantastic cook who has many years of experince in the restaurant trade and is keen to bring lots of delicious new ideas to our lovely canal side...

Marina News

Roadworks in the local area
Roadworks in local area
Thu 22 Jun
A Cheese scone at Cafe at Bridge 80
Cafe open 9.30am to 4pm EVERY DAY
Thu 18 May
A delicious meal
Cafe at Bridge 80 under new management
Thu 11 May
Tractor Rally
Vintage Tractor Rally
Thu 11 May

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