NCI Penzance Station History
At a meeting at the Queens Hotel, Penzance in 2001 it was decided to try and open a NCI lookout in the derelict Gunnery Observation Tower at Chyandour. The tower is not in a romantic position, being just above the railway station, but has excellent visibility over most of Mounts Bay, particularly Penzance Harbour and the popular windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches towards Marazion.
Kevin Sansom was appointed our first Station Manager. Volunteer teams led by Dick Brown completed gutting the interior, "temporarily" repaired the roof, replaced the upstairs joists and floor, and installed double-glazed windows and new electrics. Finally the tower was decorated inside and out with paints which had strange colours, but cost us nothing! Watches were started early in 2002.
An external staircase has recently been added to the tower to improve access to the upper floor.
Today we have a team of 40 highly trained volunteer watch keepers. We run the station 365 days a year keeping a visual and listening watch on maritime users in and around Mounts Bay. We now have a marine VHF transceiver and we also have a new AIS (Automatic Identification System) operational.
During the winter months we are open from 08:00 - 16:00
During the summer months we are open from 08:00 - 20:00
More volunteers are needed so that we can continue our valued work for our community. If you can help please contact us.