Chris Horton - Chairman of the Friends
"The Centre was created nearly 25 years ago by a group of local enthusiasts who thought there should be an Educational Centre near the beach. This was needed to inform visitors about the geology of the area, about the importance and significance of the fossils and, very importantly, how to use the beach and collect fossils safely. The group grew and became known as “The Friends” with the aims and intentions of being a support group assisting the Warden in the running and development of the Centre.
Around the country there are nearly 200 members most of whom are not helpers but wish to support the work and continuing development of the Centre. To join as an Associate Member, a subscription of at least £5 is required but all of that goes towards improving the Centre – all of the helpers give their time and expertise without payment."
Would you become a Friend?
Being a volunteer at the Centre is never all work and no play so to speak and these benefits are open to all, whether you are a working Friend or an Associate member. The Friends organisation has a busy social programme that runs throughout the year and includes;
- Two summer barbeques every year ...
Giving volunteers a chance to socialise on a summer’s evening down at the beach, the barbeques and salads are provided by the Centre, just bring yourselves and something to eat and drink.
- Winter lecture programme ...
With a wide range of speakers and subjects covered the Friends meet at the Centre. Past speakers have included Peter Pritchard and the work of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), The Seahorse Trust, and Duncan Murrell (acclaimed wildlife photographer)
- Wednesday Walking Group ...
Every Wednesday throughout the year, Friends get together and walk the surrounding countryside and coastline. This is a great opportunity to discover some of the local gems of our area with knowledgeable guides and a great way to socialise and meet new people with common interests.
- Annual Friends Luncheon ...
Every year the Friends gather together for a well deserved luncheon in February at the Highland’s End, Eype, before the start of the busy season at the Centre.
How to join
- You can download a Friends membership form and fill in the details and send it through to the Centre
- Pop into the Centre and pick up a form
- Or, if you wish to discuss any points further or how you can be of help then please contact; Chairman of the Friends on (01297) 560134