Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Thornham Marina, Chichester Harbour- Wins Local Business Award!

The team at Thornham Marina are delighted to announce that we have been presented with the award for Highly Commended Business of the year at the Chichester Observer 2009 business awards!

The awards took place at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel near Arundel on 26 March 2010 and was hosted by TV presenter and newsreader Fred Dinenage.

Jeanette went up to collect the award and had a chat with Fred who agreed to come and have a look round the Marina and come for a sail!

Everyone had a fantastic evening with dinner, wine and plenty of dancing to celebrate!

Congratulations to the team who were very pleased to receive the award and we would like to thank all of our customers who made it possible for us to be nominated. The award recognises sole traders and small companies whose size does not prevent them delivering excellent service and quality products.

We will put some more information and photos up of the night soon, so check back then.

Jeanette and the team

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Thornham Marina Summer BBQ 2010

Its nearly spring and here at Thornham its time to start thinking about our plans for the upcoming warmer months.

Here's an Important date for your 2010 diary:

Our 2010 summer BBQ at Thornham Marina will be held on:

Saturday 24th July 2010 from 2.00pm

We hope you will all be able to make it, its sure to be another successful day with food and drink for all the family. We will keep you updated nearer the time with the all the details, so keep checking back on our website and blog!

As all that attended our Summer BBQ last July 2009 know, a great time was had by all and we were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine throughout the day. Have a look back at the video to see what we got up to last year:

Check out some of the snaps of last years bash here: 2009 Summer BBQ Photos

We hope to see you this all again this year,


Jeanette and the team

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Customer Loyalty Survey Results- Thornham Marina

We recently sent out a ‘Thornham Client Survey’ of which we had a fantastic response. I have listed below a couple of the questions that were in the survey and the responses. We hope you find it interesting.

How do you rate our welcome upon your arrival at Thornham Marina?

Excellent/V Good - 94%
Good - 4%
Fair - 2%
Poor - 0%

How do you rate the way your boat is cradled or blocked off?

Excellent/V Good - 81%
Good - 16%
Fair - 3%
Poor - 0%

Are you happy with the information you receive when asking questions?

Excellent/V Good - 95%
Good - 5%
Fair - 0%
Poor - 0%

How would you rate the general Marina Facilities?

Excellent/V Good - 52%
Good - 31%
Fair - 16%
Poor - 1%

How would you rate the way your boat is looked after/during your stay?

Excellent/V Good - 69%
Good - 27%
Fair - 4%
Poor - 0%

How do you rate your overall experience at Thornham Marina?

Excellent/V Good - 89%
Good - 10%
Fair - 1%
Poor - 0%
If you would like to see a full copy of the survey results just drop us an email on info@thornhammarina.com

Everyone who filled out the survey was entered into our prize draw to win 3 Bottles of wine! The lucky winner was Neil Burns who received his wine from Jeanette after entering his survey into the competition. See Picture below:

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Berths available at Thornham Marina in Chichester Harbour- An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Would you like to moor your boat at a small friendly Marina within Chichester Harbour? Then Thornham Marina is the place for you.
Check out our website- Look at our blog, see what our boat owners have to say about us. If you like what you see and want to be a part of it, then call Laura or Jeanette on 01243 375335 or email info@thornhammarina.com.

You can moor your boat on one of our drying pontoon berths, on one of the pontoon berths within a deep water pool or on a swinging mooring in the Prinsted Channel. For berth holders free storage of boat trailers, cradles or dinghies is provided.

We also provide winter storage packages at competitive prices to suit your needs. Phone us on 01243 375 335 to discuss one of our cost effective packages, you won’t be disappointed!

You will find everything you need all in one place at Thornham Marina.We can offer you more than just Berthing or winter storage, read on to explore what Chichester Harbour and Thornham Marina has to offer:

Chichester Harbour is internationally recognised for its wildlife. There is an area of marshy grassland at the Eastern end of the Marina which is home to a diversity of wetland birds including waders. There is a car park nearby and an observation hide. In the summer, Chichester canal embraces a array of water plants and numerous different families of Coot, Mallard and Moorhen. Salterns Copse is an 8 acre woodland opposite the shoreline of Chichester harbour just North of the main lock. The wood is now separated into sections and coppiced on a 10-year rotation. By managing it in this traditional way, it allows wildlife and wildflowers to thrive. Bluebells and birdsong are present in the spring and Butterflies later in the year.

The western side of Thorney Island homes wildlife both sides of the sea wall. The interior nearest the marina used to be tidal but was enclosed in 1870. There are waterbirds here and the reed beds are alive in the summer with noisy warblers.

Thorney Island can be explored right round the perimeter but you must remain on the path as most of the island is restricted due to a military base. A public footpath follows the coastline around the island, but this allows no access to the interior of the island. This spot is popular with walkers and ornithologists as Chichester harbour is an internationally key area for migrating birds. The island is flat and rises to little above sea level.
Unusual plants such as Golden Samphire (glossy leaves with yellow daisy flowers) develop on the sea wall. The walk west from Emsworth passes through a variety of habitats including woodland and freshwater marsh. There is an option of an inland route past Warblington Church.

You will find that walking around Chichester Harbour is always a pleasure. There are over 90km of public rights of way which go through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and various paths will take you right along the shoreline giving beautiful views of the water and harbour. Other walks will take you through unploughed farmland and through the charming harbour villages.
Below is a link to descriptions of suggested walks:
Suggested walks

There is an annual walking festival including walks in Chichester harbour: The 2010 festival will be held on the 4th- 7th May.
Click here for more details

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Thornham Marina has been shortlisted for The Chichester Observer business of the year award!

Thornham Marina are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Business of the year award (up to 5 employees) at the Chichester Observer business awards on the 26th March 2010.

'This award recognises sole traders and small companies whose size does not prevent them delivering excellent service and quality products' - http://www.chichester.co.uk/ , 4th Feb 2010

We will be attending the awards ceremony on the 26th March at the Hilton Avisford park hotel in Walberton and we could be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award! TV personality Fred Dinenage will be hosting the evening and everyone here at Thornham are really looking forward to the night and meeting all the other businesses in the running. Look out for our blog letting you all know how we got on. Wish us luck!

Have a look at this link on the Chichester Observer website to see more information about the awards: Chichester Observer business awards