Chester can often be found in our reception area.
He has the important job of making people feel welcome when they arrive at Park Cliffe. He sits on the reception counter and says ‘hello’ to the customers. Sometimes, if he likes the sound of someone’s voice, he will let them stroke him. But if people talk very loudly, or rush at him, he will run away – he is very particular! Chester sometimes does some filing (throwing papers on to the floor) or some computer work (walking up and down on the keyboard) but he isn’t meant to do these jobs and gets told off. If there aren’t many visitors, he will fall asleep!
Chester likes reception, because it is warm and dry.
Further adventures of Chester…
At Park Cliffe we have a lot of wildlife: badgers, deer, rabbits and many different types of birds. You can see the swallows nesting by the pot wash, and blue tits like the nesting boxes we have around the site. Chester is very keen on wildlife too, he really enjoys bird watching! But if he gets too close the birds will shout out a warning, and the swallows will ‘dive bomb’ him to make him go away. The birds are very clever.
Chester lives at Park Cliffe with another cat, called Taylor. Taylor is very shy, unlike Chester, and you will be very lucky to see her. She came to live here when Chester was about 2 years old, and at first he didn’t like her very much, but now, most of the time, Chester and Taylor get on well, and like to play and hunt together. Taylor is very good at resting! She likes to be warm and dry, and she is very reluctant to go outside if it is wet (so sometimes she is inside for most of the time!) She is also very greedy, and sometimes has trouble squeezing through the cat-flap!
At the back of Park Cliffe there is a hill called Moor How, where you can get lovely views of Lake Windermere. One day Chester decided to follow his human mum, Arlene, when she went for a walk up the hill. It is a long way for a cat, and he had to have a rest on the way. And then he had to stop and admire the view from half way up (Arlene was pleased to stop and have a rest too!) Chester didn’t quite make it to the top, but he walked a long way, and had to have a long sleep when he got home.
Chester likes to play out when the sun is shining. He likes the Park Cliffe play area because there are lots of things to climb and balance on. Cats are very good at climbing, and can balance on very narrow ledges. He likes the team swing so long as it doesn’t go very high. Boys and girls visiting Park Cliffe also like to play in the stream, but Chester doesn’t like to do that, as he likes to be warm and dry.
We have some very sad news to share with you about Chester the Campsite Cat. Chester was found 12 years ago underneath a caravan owned by a Mr and Mrs Chester and was taken by Mr Schofield, another caravan owner, to the office. At this moment in time, Arlene the Park Manager adopted him and he became part of her family. Shortly after he began living in the farmhouse with Arlene he was joined by Taylor, who is black and white, and now shares his territory. Together they enjoy sleeping on the sofa and bird watching outside in the garden. Chester, in particular, likes to lie on the keyboards in the office and observes all the families arriving at reception from the counter. As many of our returning customers and friends may know Chester guards reception and has even terrified dogs from venturing into the office. Alongside this, Chester thoroughly enjoys controlling the mice population at Park Cliffe and keeping a watchful eye over staff in the office. Chester has had a very fulfilling life at Park Cliffe and could not have had a better experience that what he has had with Arlene. Recently, as we are sure many of you are aware; Chester has been poorly and has not been getting better. Unfortunately he has been suffering with throat cancer, which has got increasingly worse over the last month and very sadly he is no longer with us. We hope Taylor will cope with his absence and that she will make more appearances in reception, which are not just for food! I am sure many of you will understand that this is a very sad time for us all and we are sure many of you will miss him.