The First National MVS Day
What will you and your Unit be doing to support the first National MVS Day?
Since its formation almost three decades ago the MVS has grown and developed into a well-respected charity with a focus on nautical training and community service.
Therefore, to honour Her Majesty the Queen on June 4th this year and thereafter on the first Saturday in June annually, it is proposed that there will be a National MVS Day.
We would like to encourage all units to get involved and help promote the MVS in our local communities by hosting an event, activity or open day which showcases the important work the MVS does.
The Northumbria Unit are organising a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Parade of Sail.
On Saturday 4th June the unit will lead a small procession of vessels along the River Tyne to the Millennium Bridge.
The parade will start at 5pm.
So, what will you do?
The following suggestions might help.
Open Day, to allow public visits to our unit or vessels.
Launch a new project, i.e., environmental, community initiative.
Hold a Parade of Sail on the rivers/waterways in your area.
Demonstrations of nautical skills on the water and/or ashore.
Present long service medals to those qualifying and invite local press along.
Invite TV or radio crew for a voyage down your local river or waterway.
Volunteer to check seaworthiness of lifejackets to local boaters in your area or marina.
Share and celebrate your oldest and youngest members with the media.
Decorate MVS vessels in marinas with bunting/flags.
These types of events can assist us to gain national exposure by simply taking a few good photographs of your event and sending to the National Communication team on the same day, with a short explanation of the activity undertaken for our inaugural MVS day.
This is a national event that we can build upon in years to come with a positive display to our communities of the work we carry out across the UK.
So please have a think about what you could be doing for the first national MVS day.