How Garry turned old wellies into a fun fund
What to do with the Lyme Regis lifeboat crews' worn out yellow wellies was
the puzzle for long serving RNLI volunteer Garry Gibbs. Landscape gardener
Garry took the redundant footwear home to his workshop.
And 8 hours and 7 boots later the result was a dog-shaped model which will
become a star attraction during lifeboat week this summer.
Garry, a member of the lifeboat crew for 22 years, said " A dog seemed the
obvious answer to the recycling issue with the old wellies. I hope to make
another animal when more old wellies become available.”
organisers of Lyme Regis lifeboat week - starting on July 28 - are
planning to run a competition to name this very rare breed and to raise
funds for the RNLI charity.
13 January 2018
Lifeboat launched to ‘two cut off by tide’
Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched today following a report that two people
were thought to be cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
alarm was raised by National Coastwatch volunteer Howard Lyne on duty at
the Charmouth look-out station.
lifeboat was at sea within seven minutes of the coastguard request to
launch at 2.40pm.
comprehensive shoreline search by the lifeboat crew nothing was found and
coastguards called off the operation.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said ;’It seems the two people made
their own way to safety but this shout demonstrated how well the
Coastwatch volunteers, the coastguards and ourselves can work together.
And it is always better to be safe than sorry.’
Lifeboat launched to ‘three cut off by
Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (New Year’s Day) when
coastguards were alerted that possibly up to three people had been cut off
by the tide on the beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
The volunteer crews’ pagers
sounded the alarm at 4.20pm and the lifeboat crew were quickly on the
scene east of the harbour. It was soon established that one man was
involved and was able to leave the beach, making his own way to safety.
He was then met by coastguards ashore and the lifeboat crew were stood
10 December 2017
tributes at Christmas party
An award for 30 years’ voluntary
service, tongue-in-cheek tributes and a Christmas dinner all contributed
to the success of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew’s annual presentation party
last night (Saturday).
Some 50 people – RNLI crew members,
their friends and family – attended the event at the Harbour Inn.
Among the awards were the White Star
Line award to helm Mark Colley, the Watch Your Language award to John Bird
and the Bent Propeller trophy to Brian Street.
Consultant surgeon Ken Lavery, who is
a Deputy Launching Authority, received a photograph of himself on the
ground – not needing hospital treatment ! –after failing to clear a fence
during a crew visit to an Exeter Chiefs rugby match.
Most popular award of the night,
receiving a standing ovation, was to postman Andrew Rice who has just
completed 30 years as a volunteer member of the lifeboat crew
1 December 2017
School visits to
lifeboat station are a hit with youngsters
The RNLI’s lifeboat station in Lyme Regis is
becoming a regular favourite for organised visits, particularly by school
parties from a wide area.
The latest visitors (yesterday, Thurs) were
44 nine to ten year olds from Wheatley primary school in Oxford.
The youngsters visited the station during
their stay at Hooke Court, the residential field study centre near
They heard a talk by volunteer Deputy
Launching Authority Ian Marshall who told them about the way the RNLI
works and discussed beach and water safety. He also gave them a guided
tour of the lifeboat station and the lifeboat itself.
Mr Marshall said: ”We are always pleased to
welcome school parties. It is a great opportunity to stress safety issues
for the youngsters when they are enjoying themselves in or near the sea.
It also gives them the chance to ask me some tricky questions !”
A party visit can be organised by leaving a
message for Mr. Marshall on the lifeboat station telephone number 01297
27 November 2017
Photo Club puts
lifeboat in the picture with £250
Former members of the Lyme Bay Photographic
Club performed one of their last acts together at the weekend with a
cheque presentation to the RNLI.
The club recently closed and at their last
meeting they decided to split their remaining funds equally between the
Dorset Air Ambulance and the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.
A cheque for £250 was presented to RNLI Lyme
Regis Deputy Launching Authority Ken Lavery at the town’s lifeboat station
18 November 2017
Christmas Day swim plans get the go-ahead
Plans for the traditional
Christmas Day swim at Charmouth have been approved by the parish council,
and once again swimmers and dippers in weird and wonderful costumes are
expected to brave the waves.
Last year an estimated
2,000 people watched as some 250 swimmers took a dip in costumes ranging
from penguins to dinosaurs…and, of course, Santa.
Nearly £2000 was raised
for the RNLI at last year’s event which again this year starts promptly at
The swim is being
sponsored by the new landlords of Charmouth’s Royal Oak pub, Sue and Matt
Bracey, and they will be serving mulled wine to warm up the swimmers and
Chairman of the
organisers, Irene Roper, of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild,
said: ”Fancy dress is not compulsory but it certainly adds to the fun. We
are hoping for another bumper turn out by swimmers and spectators alike.”
As usual volunteer
members of the RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew will be on hand to keep an
eye on the swimmers.
5 November 2017
Gig club in safety exercise with RNLI crew
first of a series of exercises involving Lyme Regis’ successful gig club
and the town’s RNLI lifeboat crew was held today (Sunday).
club coach Chris Waller, who is leading a safety management team for the
rowers, said:”Our aim is to manage a better culture of safety for gig
have a comprehensive plan and we will be making safety recommendations,
based on our exercises with the RNLI, to the Cornish Pilot Gig
exercise with a gig crew of seven and their 32 foot vessel, Prospero,
involved the lifeboat going alongside the gig and a session to practise
exercises are expected to involve scenarios including capsize, man
overboard, swamping, and casualty recovery.
Lyme Regis Gig Club now has 180 members.
Lifeboat assists with search after ‘wreck
The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat yesterday (Thurs) assisted with
a shoreline search along Chesil beach following reports of debris that
could have come from a wreck. Weymouth all-weather lifeboat and a
coastguard helicopter were also involved.
Lyme Regis lifeboat launched at 3.30pm to assist Weymouth lifeboat and a
coastguard team from Wyke Regis. There had been sightings of a number of
floating boxes and other debris off Chesil beach and Ferrybridge. .
During the search, a number of fishing boxes and other debris were
retrieved from the sea. The coastguard called off the search at 5pm.
16 October 2017
Volunteers in joint
exercise to save lives at sea
An exercise at sea to improve still further
radio communication skills between the volunteers of the National
Coastwatch Institution and the crew of the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat in Lyme
Regis was staged yesterday (Sunday).
Scenarios involving a kayaker in difficulties
and ‘man overboard’ were used to enable the Lyme Bay Coastwatch teams at
look-out stations at Charmouth and Burton Bradstock to practise directing
the lifeboat crew towards an incident.
David Last, deputy station manager of Lyme Bay
Coastwatch at Burton Bradstock, said: "The exercise achieved its aims for
us and we were very pleased with the result, and in particular our
involvement with the scenario to rescue a capsized kayaker."
RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks
said: ”This was a very useful exercise in developing the working
relationship between the lifeboat crew and our local NCI look-outs. Close co-operation between both teams is
essential in promoting our overall goal of saving lives at sea.”
15 October 2017
Tasty result as fish suppers raise £450 for RNLI
Two fish suppers in Lyme Regis over the weekend raised a
total of £454 for the RNLI’s life-saving charity.
One was held at the town’s sailing club where at least 54
fish and chip meals were served on Friday evening, and the other, on
Saturday, invited diners to a chalet above the bowling green where hostess
Petrina Muscroft served fish curry and rice, salmon salad or vegetarian
Diners made a donation for their meals and Petrina,
Herbies, Baboo Gelato and the sailing club presented their profits to the crew at
the lifeboat station today (Sunday).
Lifeboat answers two calls for help
The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat
answered two calls for help yesterday (Saturday), both of which were false
alarms with “around good intent”. Coastguards were alerted after a man and
his dog reported to be cut off by the tide at Black Ven, East of the
On arrival the lifeboat crew found a man
who did not need assistance. While still at sea, a report of a 'sail' in
the water off Burton Bradstock turned out to be a floating sack.
A lifeboat spokesman said “While both
these calls turned out to be false alarms, we always consider it be best
safe rather than sorry”.
Regis lifeboat crew have now answered 21 calls for help this year.
7 October 2017
Two rescued aboard
broken down cruiser
The crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat were
called to assist today (Sat) when a 30ft cabin cruiser broke down 16 miles
west of Portland Bill.
Weymouth RNLI’s ALB – All Weather Lifeboat –
towed the cruiser, with two people aboard, to Lyme Regis where the town’s
ILB – Inshore Lifeboat crew –took over and towed the vessel the short
distance to the safety of the harbour.
The Lyme Regis crew received the request to
launch from Solent coastguards at 2.48pm and returned to harbour just
5 October 2017
Wanted – volunteer lifesavers to join
Volunteers who run the RNLI lifeboat station
in Lyme Regis are appealing for new recruits to bring the crew up to full
Two Deputy Launching Authorities – DLAs – and
three shore crew members are being sought.
The DLAs are members of the management team
and are the first point of call for coastguards when they make a request
for the lifeboat to be launched.
They then take charge of the operation in the
boathouse during any emergency.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said:
”The DLAs tend to be senior members of the team operating on a duty rota,
and shore crew should be aged between 18 and 40 with good fitness levels
and living and working in Lyme Regis or close by. Training can take up to
two years for those who want to be sea-going crew members.
“Everyone is a volunteer and training and
other events can account for around 12 hours a month.
“Full training is given to all new recruits,
and there is a genuine team spirit and plenty of social activities in
addition to the serious business of saving lives at sea.”
Anyone interested in joining the crew should
call 01297 442230 and leave a message or come along to the next training
session at the lifeboat station at the harbour from 9a.m. on Sunday
plans a fun fish supper to support the lifeboats
Former chef and lifeboat supporter Petrina
Muscroft is opening her Lyme Regis holiday home to stage a special fish
supper in aid of the RNLI.
On the menu: lifejacket potatoes, crew cut
chips and fresh haliboat.
“No, that’s the joke menu,” said Petrina, “but
there will be fish curry and rice, salmon salad and vegetarian pasta.”
Petrina’s supper is from 4pm to 8pm on
Saturday October 14th and is part of the RNLI’s annual
fundraising event with volunteers hosting meals countrywide. Suppers
will be served on the hour at Perina’s chalet called Ammonite, No 6,
Bowling Green, and is reached by walking through the bowling green after
parking in one of the two Monmouth beach car parks. “I hope it will be a
fun evening, “ said Petrina “and we aim to have a raffle and a quiz as
A minimum donation of £5 provides a meal and
diners are asked to bring their own drink.
Call Petrina on 07967 145035 to book a table in advance
Lyme Regis lifeboat rescues 5
lifeboat launched in early hours to rescue 5 teenagers from stricken
lifeboat was requested to launch to assist a 35' sailing yacht that had
broken free from its mooring off Lyme harbour at 2.45am this morning
(Wed). The sailing boat had drifted towards the shore and ran aground on
the beach near Lucy's Ledge in Lyme Regis. There were seven people on
board including five teenagers.
launched and was alongside the casualty vessel 15 minutes after the
Coastguard requested the launch. The five teenagers were rescued off the
casualty boat and taken to the lifeboat station, all were safe and well
with no injuries.
crew of the lifeboat then returned to the casualty vessel and managed to
tow the boat away from the beach back to a mooring.
The boat was a
Tradewind 35 sailing yacht called TS Vigilant, part of the Sea Cadets
fleet. The boat and crew were on route from Plymouth to Poole, stopping at
Lyme Regis for the night. The five Sea Cadets were from the London and
Edwards said "I was pleased we were able to get the teenagers to safety of
the lifeboat station and then recover the casualty vessel from trouble.
The lifeboat crew performed really well and the all the training we do was
put to good use!"
Lifeboat crew awards for volunteer service
the RNLI crew in Lyme Regis and their families and friends got together at
the town’s Powerboat Club (last Saturday) for the traditional end of
season party and for presentations to former volunteers.
received an award for seven years service as a member of the crew. He is
the nephew of former crew member Dave Street and current helm Brian Street
Ritchie completed part of his Duke of Edinburgh's award with the lifeboat
at the age of 14 before signing up as volunteer crew at 17.. He said: “It
is the best thing I have ever done and I miss it tremendously. You learn
so much from the other members of the crew and there is something about
the respect you gain for the sea”
Dave Street received his award for 24 years service, 14 of which were as
helm. During his service with Lyme Regis RNLI the lifeboat rescued 74
Outgoing Lifeboat Management Group Chairman John Dover
received an award for nearly nine years service, first as lifeboat
treasurer, then Deputy Launching Authority and finally chairman of the LMG.
A letter from the RNLI’s Operations Director George Rawlinson, referred to
Mr Dover’s ‘time, commitment and sheer hard work.’
Lyme Regis lifeboat
launched to motor boat reported to be spinning in circles near Seaton,
Lyme Regis RNLI volunteer crew
launched last night (Thurs) just after 7pm to assist following reports of
a boat spinning in circles with two people on board. The Atlantic 85
lifeboat was at sea only minutes after pagers alerted the crew and were on
scene at the entrance to Axmouth harbour about 20 minutes later. The
lifeboat crew entered the harbour to discover that the 30 foot motor
cruiser with three people on board were safe and well. They were preparing
their boat for mooring by getting ready the fenders which caused the
vessel to spin.
Lyme Regis helm Mark Colley said “It
was good to see that the boat and people on board were well equipped and
that everyone was safe and well. The coastguard were alerted by a
concerned bystander and it is better to be safe than sorry.”
7 September 2017
Lifeboat Week raises
£30,000 for life-saving charity
Lifeboat week in Lyme Regis this year raised
£30,000 for the RNLI charity, the organisers have announced.
Treasurer Brian Cursley revealed the figure at
last night’s (Weds) meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.
It was the first meeting of the organising
committee since the week’s events, and Mr.Cursley said:”The total raised
simply underlines a very successful week.”
The top five donation-earning events were the
water or wine stall, the glossy programme of the week’s events, the lucky
dip, breakfast baps, and the duck race.
Guild chairman Irene Roper said:”It’s an
astonishing result to raise £30,000 this year despite the rain.
“Once again, it demonstrates the generosity of
visitors and residents alike, local traders and, of course, the hard work
of all our volunteers.
“Our local media also played an important role
in publicising the week extensively.
“The money raised is a significant
contribution to the life-saving work of our RNLI volunteers.”
2 Sept 2017
Lifeboat book signing
The author of the new book telling the story
of lifeboats and lifeboat people, who have served Lyme Regis since 1826
will be signing copies this weekend.
Retired journalist Richard Horobin, the RNLI’s
volunteer press officer in Lyme Regis, will sign books at the lifeboat
shop on the Cobb from 10.30am on Sunday Sept 10th.
The book is the latest in a series published
by the RNLI charity and was launched at the start of the recent Lyme Regis
lifeboat week. All proceeds from the sale of the book, priced £8.95 go to
1 Sept 2017
Lifesaver Andy swaps
the Thames for Lyme Bay
The latest recruit to join the
volunteers who crew Lyme Regis’ lifeboat is swapping the River Thames for
Andy Butterfield, 42,, joined the
RNLI at Teddington on the Thames 13 years ago and has just moved to Uplyme
with his wife Jacqui and children Harry,7,and Alexandra, 11.
“It’s a massive difference operating
on the Thames to going to sea, so there’s plenty of learning to be done,”
“The decision to move was made on a
work/life balance, and we felt we wanted to enjoy the countryside and the
coast as much as possible,”
Andy was a crew member for six years,
and at the helm of the D-class lifeboats on the Thames for a further seven
“The Thames involved much first-aid
work, and assisting the police and other emergency services, and many of
our calls for help were at night.”
Despite his years on the Thames Andy,
who works in I.T. as a customer experience specialist, is a trainee crew
member at the lifeboat station on the Cobb illustrating the huge
differences between the two locations..
“Like many of my volunteer colleagues
I joined the RNLI because I wanted to help those in trouble, but also, of
course, there is a great sense of camaraderie,” said Andy.
29 August 2017
Sea anglers donate
another £1,000 to RNLI
Members of Seaton Sea Anglers Club
have presented the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat with yet another
Over a number of years it’s estimated
that the club has raised in the region of £12,000 for the life-saving
The latest donation was presented to
lifeboat crew member Tom Crabbe at the August barbecue held at Axe Yacht
More than 150 members of the angling
and yacht clubs enjoyed the barbecue. This year’s donation was raised at
last year’s barbecue. And this year’s event raised another £1,070.
The RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations
Manager in Lyme Regis, Nick Marks, said: “The fundraising efforts of the
angling club and their generosity is just amazing. We are very grateful.”
12 August 2017
The pilot of the helicopter that
thrilled crowds with a surprise fly-past during Lifeboat Week in Lyme
Regis was today presented with a souvenir photograph of the event.
Lt. Cdr Tom Burrows,32, received the
framed memento from the chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI
Guild Irene Roper.
Cdr. Burrows , Operations Officer
with 845 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton, flew the Merlin
helicopter with crew members Lt. Ollie Everett and Sgt Mike Lewis.
6 August 2017
Two ‘shouts’ for Lyme
Regis lifeboat crew
Volunteers who crew the RNLI lifeboat
in Lyme Regis answered two calls for help yesterday (Sat).
The first was to a small inflatable
dinghy with one man aboard reported to be drifting out to sea near Eype
The lifeboat crew, who launched at
6.56pm, found the man was safe and in control of the dinghy and were stood
down by coastguards at 7.20p.m.
Just over three hours later the
inshore lifeboat was launched again following reports of a fishing boat
taking in water and sinking seven miles south of West Bay. Weymouth all
weather lifeboat was also on scene along with the coastguard helicopter.
The fishing boat, with two men on board,, was stabilised and towed to
The Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, who had
launched at 10.19pm., were stood down at 11pm and returned to the lifeboat
station at 11.30pm
Lifeboat Week beats
the weather with hope of £20,000
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis came to a soggy
end in heavy showers yesterday (Sat), but organisers are confident of a
significant boost for RNLI funds.
The Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose
members plan the week, believe donations to the life-saving charity will
be in the region of £20,000.
Only two events – the cricket match and the
Friday night fireworks display – had to be called off because of the
Irene Roper, who is retiring as chairman of
the guild after five years, said: ’Visitors, residents and traders
have been very generous as usual. It has been a great team effort. But
there have also been some superb individual achievements.
‘One classic example is 13 year old Josh
Denning, who raised no less than £473 with his collection bucket and help
from his family.’
The week ended with a performance by the
shanty singers, Harbour Voices of Lyme Regis.
There were two surprises to come as the week
officially concluded.. Irene Roper was treated to a celebration
get-together with other volunteers to mark her retirement as chairman.
And Emma Hughes, from Whitchurch Canonicorum,
joined the celebration to hand over a cheque donation for £420 raised at
her recent 40th birthday party.
She said: ’I wanted to raise money for the
RNLI as an active member of Bridport Gig Club and my dad is a keen
fisherman with a boat at West Bay.
‘I asked all my guests not to bring a birthday
present but to make a donation to the RNLI.’
27 July 2017
Sylvia gets a
lifeboat week surprise
Supporters of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth
RNLI Guild – organisers of the town’s Lifeboat Week –sprang a presentation
surprise on a retiring member today (Thurs).
Sylvia Marler was a member of the guild’s
committee for 18 years and has just retired.
A tea party and presentation was held at the
lifeboat station in Sylvia’s honour. Sylvia received an award for
excellence in volunteering and a letter praising her efforts from Leesa
Harwood, the RNLI’s Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising. The
presentation was made by the guild’s chairman Irene Roper.
25 July 2017
Family of four and
dog rescued as yacht sinks
A family of four and their labrador dog were
rescued this evening (Tuesday) by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis
lifeboat after their yacht was swamped by waves and sank at Charton Bay,
west of Lyme.
The yacht was being sailed from Lyme Regis by
Joe Coles,56,from East Coker, Yeovil. Also on board were his wife Tania,
sons Theo,9, Hector,19, and their 14 month old Labrador Suki.
Mr Coles said: ”We had been having a picnic
and were close to shore. Suki would not get on the boat. We got out of
the boat to get the dog and two big waves hit the yacht and pretty much
“We were all safely ashore but wet and cold,
and very pleased when we saw the lifeboat. The whole thing was Suki’s
The family had left Lyme in the 18 foot
vessel, called Llewellyn, just as the Red Devils were giving their display
as part of Lifeboat Week.
The lifeboat crew brought the family back to
the safety of Lyme Regis. Later it was decided it was too unsafe to tow
the stricken yacht back to Lyme Regis. The lifeboat crew secured the yacht
by anchor a quarter of a mile off Pinhay Bay. This was the 13th
shout for the Lyme Regis crew so far this year.
The lifeboat had launched from the slipway at
6.50p.m.just as the Lifeboat Week charity auction was under way in the
But later the water polo match between the
lifeboat crew and the lifeguards was affected by a shortage of players. A
depleted lifeboat crew team lost by a large margin, according to players.
25 July 2017
Lifeboat week off to
a flying start
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis got off to a
flying despite heavy showers on the first two days.
Irene Roper, chairman of the organisers, the
Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild, said: ”The weather, to start with,
was not brilliant, but we have had great support.”
Irene, who is retiring as chairman after five
years, once Lifeboat Week is over, added: ”Visitors and residents, in fact
the whole town, have been incredibly good to us and all indications are
that we will raise a substantial sum for our life-saving charity.”
The fire and rescue demonstration last night
(Monday) was preceded by the presentation of a 20 year long service and
good conduct medal to Lyme Regis fire chief Virgil Turner
The demonstration, watched by a large crowd,
involved a scenario in which an explosion had occurred filling the
lifeboat station with smoke. Firefighters from Lyme Regis and Charmouth
then ‘rescued’ three ‘casualties.’
85 competitors took part
in the fun run. winner holidaymaker Ross Jones, 37, completed
the the 3k run in7mins 16secs. The lifeboat crew lost the tug of
war across the harbour entrance by two pulls to one. They were beaten by a
combined team from Lyme Regis Sailing Club and the town's football club.
23 July 2017
A soggy start for
Heavy showers and squally conditions
got Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week off to a soggy start yesterday (Sat).
But the first day’s programme was not
affected and started with the launch of a new book on the history of a
voluntary lifeboat service in the town from 1826 to the present day.
Among the many guests at the launch
were Philip and Lisa Burgess who were rescued after the helicopter Philip
was flying plunged into Lyme Bay in dense fog on Easter Monday 1999. Lisa
was expecting their daughter Charley-Nicole at the time, and she was also
at the book launch.
Dorset-based impressionist and
actress Debra Stephenson officially started Lifeboat Week, holding an
umbrella in the rain on Marine Parade, and the Eastern Promise belly
dancers braved the showers to entertain a large crowd.
The RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat
staged their traditional welcome display along with the coastguard
helicopter and the day ended in relatively calm weather with the bathtub
Eight bathtub crews took part, and
after winning the event six years running the Dorset firefighters were
forced into second place by a young team representing Lyme Regis Sailing
Club and Lyme Rib Rides. They established a big lead to win in their
‘vessel’ named Cat-Astropphe.
Despite fitting a two stroke engine
to their bathtub –strictly against the rues-the six men aboard the
lifeboat station’s entry almost sank and had to give up.
21 July 2017
Gym boss boosts
lifeboat fund with a dance
A dance at Uplyme Village Hall organised by
the owner of a gym and his wife has resulted in a bumper cheque for the
RNLI in Lyme Regis.
Craig Bernhardt and his wife Sarah staged the
dance to raise donations for the lifeboat charity and the Macmillan Cancer
The RNLI received £1,174 and the cancer
charity a similar sum.
Craig, who opened the gym, B! Health and
Fitness, two years ago said: ”It is not until you live or work in a town
on the coast like Lyme Regis that you realise just how important the RNLI
Four rescued by
Lyme Regis RNLI crew as powerboat 'drifts towards rocks'
people, including an 11 month old boy, were rescued by the volunteer crew
of Lyme Regis lifeboat last night (Saturday) when their 32 foot powerboat
broke down and was reported to be drifting towards rocks
powerboat had suffered power failure off Beer Head. The lifeboat was
launched at 6.27pm just 6 minutes after the crew's pagers alerted them to
a mayday call to coastguards from the stricken vessel. The lifeboat crew
reached the powerboat 20 minutes after launching and took it in tow.
were Tom Montgomery-Swan, 29, from Exeter, his wife Aisha, baby Edward,
crew member Nick Dodge from Seaton and the family's pet dog Winston, a
"The lifeboat crew arrived incredibly quickly and we were delighted to see
them. We were 400 metres off Beer Head when our power failed and there was
a danger that we might have drifted towards the rocks."
life boat towed the powerboat, with its four 'crew' to the safety of Lyme
Regis harbour, arriving at 8pm. None of those aboard the powerboat needed
volunteers celebrate a new look
Volunteers who run the RNLI’s harbour-side
shop in Lyme Regis today celebrated the completion of a total
refurbishment of the charity’s outlet just in time for Lifeboat Week which
starts on July 22nd.
The shop was chosen for a make-over because
it regularly appears in the top five of all the lifeboat shops throughout
Irene Roper, chairman of the Lyme Regis and
Charmouth RNLI Guild, cut the ribbon to mark the re-opening of the new
Emma Ludford, Retail Development Manager for
the RNLI’s south region, said:”Lyme Regis was chosen as a flagship store
because it is one of the most successful in the country.
“The RNLI’s faith in the shop is a tribute to
the hard work of all the volunteers who run it.”
Volunteer manager of the store Krys Lavery
said:”We are thrilled with the way the shop now looks, and delighted that
the RNLI chose us for this major re-design.”
Survivors will be
guests at RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat book launch
A couple who were rescued after their
helicopter plunged into Lyme Bay and a woman in her seventies seriously
injured on rocks near Charmouth will return to Lyme Regis for the launch
of a book which includes their remarkable stories.
Also among guests at the launch at
the town’s lifeboat station will be the parents of a severely disabled
young woman who died when her wheelchair fell into the harbour.
The book is part of a history project
by the RNLI charity and tells the story of almost 160 years of a lifeboat
service in Lyme Regis.
Author Richard Horobin, the lifeboat
station’s volunteer press officer, said: “We are delighted that some
people featured in the book will be coming back to meet their rescuers
again, including lifeboat crew, coastguards and fishermen.”
Philip and Lisa Burgess were rescued
after the helicopter Philip was flying crashed in dense fog on Easter
Monday 1999. Lisa was pregnant at the time, although her rescuers did not
know, and her daughter Charley-Nicole will be paying her first visit to
Mariola Constandinou, from the
Midlands, was 71 when she slipped on rocks and was seriously injured near
Charmouth in May two years ago and is looking forward to meeting her
rescuers again. Mark and Paula Perkins, whose daughter Claire died when
her electric wheelchair fell into the harbour will once again be visiting
Lyme Regis to help with Lifeboat Week events and will also be at the book
Also at the book launch will be John
Bradley, the great great grandson of Thomas Bradley a coxswain of the
pulling and sailing lifeboats for 30 years, who joined the crew in 1851.
Dorset-based actress, impressionist
and comedian Debra Stephenson will be opening Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week at
12.30pm on July 22nd and will also be at the book launch. She
co-starred in the BBC,s The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson
and currently stars in Radio 4’s Dead Ringers.
Richard will be on Marine Parade during the
afternoon to sign copies of the new book.
Lifeboat launched to
‘youngsters in trouble’
crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat and local coastguards were alerted today
(Sat) after reports that youngsters using an inflatable rubber ring
were in difficulty in the water near the town’s harbour.
The lifeboat was
launched at the request of Solent coastguards who reported that two girls
were in difficulty in the Broad Ledge area east of the harbour. It later
transpired that a boy had also been in difficulties. The three
youngsters, all aged 15, made their own way ashore. The boy needed some
attention for the effects of cold water. Otherwise all three were said to
be safe and well. The lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded at 3.10pm and the
lifeboat returned to harbour at 3.45pm
19 June 2017
Two rescued in broken
Two men aboard a broken down boat
were rescued on Saturday evening (June 17th) by the volunteer
crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat.
The boat suffered engine failure two
miles south of West Bexington. The lifeboat towed the 6metre vessel and
its crew to the safety of West Bay harbour.
The lifeboat launched at 8.45pm and
returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 10pm.
volunteers – their dramatic life and times in a new book
The life and
times of Lyme Regis lifeboat men and women – and the lifeboats themselves
– are captured in a new book from the RNLI and due to be launched on 22
July, the first day of this year’s Lifeboat Week.
Written by the lifeboat station’s
volunteer press officer, retired newspaper and BBC journalist Richard
Horobin, the fully illustrated book is part of the charity’s history
It tells how a makeshift lifeboat
service started in the town in 1826, and how a Christmas tragedy led to
Lyme Regis getting a ‘proper’ lifeboat, powered by sails and oars, 27
With much help from local historians
and lifeboat supporters, the author has brought to life a fascinating
collection of stories about dedicated volunteers who ran a lifeboat
service in the town, despite all the odds, over a period of nearly 160
years. How they would row the lifeboat for hours to reach a stricken
vessel….no twin 115hp engines such as power today’s lifeboat.
There is the crew member who was
shipwrecked eight times as a mariner; the coxswain who served the lifeboat
for 34 years and was famed for his strength, picking up a man with one arm
and placing him on a table. He also salvaged a huge barrel of alcohol from
a shipwreck and carried it single handed up a cliff !
The story of an MP who vanished
without trace over Lyme Bay after being trapped in a hot air balloon makes
incredible reading. The dramatic episode when a ship was torpedoed by a
German submarine a short distance from Lyme Regis harbour, and yet had an
amusing twist amid the tragedy and chaos.
And in more recent times the amazing
survival of a couple whose helicopter crashed into Lyme Bay in dense fog;
the tragic tale of the severely disabled woman whose wheelchair fell into
Lyme Regis harbour and the desperate attempts made to save her.
There are the lighter moments, too,
such as the crew Christmas dinner when the annual awards are
presented…including the Bent Propeller trophy !
The story of Lifeboat Week, from the
early 70s, includes the ditching of a Navy helicopter in the sea, which
wasn’t part of the event, although the hundreds who witnessed it thought
The new book will be available from
the lifeboat shop on the Cobb and other outlets in the town, from 22 July
price £8.95 with all proceeds going to the RNLI, the charity that saves
lives at sea.
20 May 2017
Debra Stephenson to
launch lifeboat week
Dorset-based actress, comedian and
impressionist Debra Stephenson will officially declare open this year’s
Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week on 22 July.
As an impressionist Debra is,
perhaps, best known for her co-starring role in BBC One’s The Impressions
Show with Culshaw and Stephenson. As an actress Debra, from Poole,
played Shell Dockley in Bad Girls, the feisty Frankie Baldwin in
Coronation Street and Diane Powell in Playing the Field.
She also plays major parts in BBC
Radio 4’s Dead Ringers and ITV’s Newzoids
Debra, who owns a speedboat with her
husband James, said they were looking forward to coming to Lyme Regis,
and plan to make it a family day out with children Max,14, and Zoe, 10.
Debra added: “My husband enjoys our small boat for fishing, and so far we
have not had to call out the RNLI. But it’s very comforting to know the
volunteer crews are there if we need them.”
Debra will launch Lifeboat Week at
12.30pm on 22 July on Marine Parade.
On July 28th Debra will be
performing her Night of 100 Voices show as part of her current tour at the
Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne.
25 May 2017
Dive Boat Towed
RNLI lifeboat was launched this evening to assist a broken down dive boat
with 13 people aboard two miles south of West Bay.
lifeboat towed the ten metre vessel, which had developed engine problems,
to the safety of West Bay harbour
21 May 2017
Boats are blessed in the sunshine at Lyme
lined the slipway in the sunshine at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme
Regis today to join the annual Blessing of the Boats service.
inter-denominational service, hosted by local clergy the Rev. Chris
Woodman and the Rev. Keith Vivian, acknowledges and blesses those who go
to sea professionally, or for fun, and remembers those who have lost their
lives to the waves.
Representatives of the town’s gig, sailing, and powerboat clubs took an
active part in the service along with the volunteer lifeboat crew.
written and read to the congregation by 11 year old Millie-Jade Ellis,
daughter of recent lifeboat recruit Mark Ellis, drew appreciative
Woodroffe School pupil Millie called her poem ‘What the Sea Means to Me.
She wrote: ‘The sea feeds me and excites me. It can take me to new
countries aboard a ship. Sailing away on a really long trip. The sea is
fun but sometimes rough. This is when I need to be careful and not act
tough. If I am ever in trouble. Call the lifeboat at the double. So do not
be afraid just be safe at sea. That is what the sea means to me.’
service ended with the local club members and the Royal British Legion
presenting wraths to the lifeboat crew who then took the wreaths aboard
the lifeboat to be laid at sea.
aboard a small dory class boat were rescued today by the crew of the Lyme
Regis RNLI lifeboat after their vessel suffered engine failure.
They were two miles south of
West Bexington when the problem arose and the lifeboat crew towed the dory
to the safety of West Bay harbour.
Lifeboat launched to ‘drifting yacht’
to coastguards turned out to be false alarms with good intent when the
crew of Lyme Regis RNLI launched the lifeboat this evening (Sun).
A 20 ft yacht
with two people aboard was reported to be drifting towards rocks near the
mouth of the River Axe.
lifeboat crew arrived on scene it was clear that the yacht, with two
people aboard, was not in difficulty.
was launched at 6.57pm and returned to harbour at 7.35pm.
12 May 2017
How a yellow welly and a penny farthing set
out to boost lifeboat charity
A lifeboat crew
member on a penny farthing bicycle, a vintage Jaguar, the RNLI’s mascot
Stormy Stan and more than a hundred schoolchildren all took part in the
Lyme Regis stage of the marathon journey of a yellow welly yesterday
welly is being relayed all along the south-west coast as part of the
RNLI’s Mayday fundraising campaign during which the charity hopes to raise
£750,000 towards the cost of the kit lifeboat crews have to wear.
Members of the
Sidmouth branch of the RNLI brought the welly to Lyme in a 1967 S-type
Jaguar. It was delivered to pupils at St. Michael’s School, Lyme Regis,
and they handed it over to lifeboat crew member Seb Cope who arrived at
the school on his penny farthing bike with the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan.
Seb and Stan
then took the welly to Lyme Regis lifeboat station.
Today (Sat) the
welly was taken by the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew to Portland Bill where it
was handed over to the three-masted tallship TS Pelican and later
collected by RNLI volunteers from Weymouth to continue its journey.
All invited to
Blessing of the Boats
The annual Blessing of the Boats
service will be held at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis on Sunday
The open air, inter-denominational
service, starting at 3pm, will be led by Baptist Minister the Rev. Chris
Woodman with the Rev Keith Vivian, and visitors and residents are invited
to take part.
The service is held every year on
Rogation Sunday to remember those who have given their lives at sea.
This year the service will be
supported by the town’s gig, sailing and powerboat clubs. At the end of
the service three floral wreaths and a poppy wreath from the British
Legion will be taken aboard the RNLI lifeboat and laid at sea.
8 May 2017
Yellow welly fund
raiser to get a lift on a penny farthing
A yellow welly will be driven to Lyme
Regis in a vintage car on Friday (May 12), delivered to children at a
local school and then taken by penny farthing bicycle to the lifeboat
It’s all part of the RNLI’s Mayday
fundraising campaign during which the charity is hoping to raise £750,000
towards the kit lifeboat crews have to wear such as lifejackets,
helmets…and yellow wellies.
The yellow welly coming to Lyme
started out at Portsihead in Somerset and has called at lifeboat stations
around the south west with RNLI volunteers organising their own forms of
transport for the iconic footwear,
It will arrive by vintage vehicle
with members of the Sidmouth RNLI Guild. They will hand it to children at
St Michael’s School and the children will then give it to lifeboat crew
member Seb Cope, who rides a penny farthing bicycle in his spare time. Seb
will then take the welly to the lifeboat station accompanied by the RNLI
mascot, Stormy Stan.
The following day the welly will be
taken aboard the Lyme Regis lifeboat before making its way to Weymouth.
Adrian Ragbourne, volunteer Deputy
Launching Authority with the RNLI in Lyme Regis, said:”We were determined
to play our part in the welly relay, and we thought it would be bit of fun
to involve the children, and, of course our penny farthing cycling crew
member !” THE YELLOW WELLY IS DUE TO ARRIVE AT ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL
AT 2.30PM ON FRIDAY.
Lone sailor drifting
in sailboat rescued by RNLI crew
A lone sailor
whose sailing boat was drifting near Charmouth was rescued by the
volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI yesterday (Sun).
The lifeboat was
launched after reports that the ‘clinker’ style wooden boat had problems
with its mast and outboard engine and was drifting in the Black Ven area
east of Lyme Regis.
crew towed the broken down vessel to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.
had been paged at 4.14pm and the lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, was
launched six minutes later. This was the fifth emergency call for the
lifeboat crew so far this year.
23 April 2017
exercises with lifeboat crew and coastguards
The coastguard helicopter
crew taking over search and rescue duties from the team based at Portland
dropped in to Lyme Regis today (SUN) to meet the volunteers of the RNLI
and the land-based coastguards.
Coastguard helicopter 175
based at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, and its crew of four landed on
Woodroffe School’s playing field to give the lifeboat and coastguard
teams a chance to familiarise themselves with the new aircraft, and to
exercise winching into and out of the Augusta 189 eight seater.
Coastguards and the
lifeboat crew were shown all over the helicopter by the aircraft’s captain
Simon Cree, co-pilot Will Warboys, winch operator Ritchie Waterton and
winchman Rob Sanches.
Capt. Cree, a former
Seaking pilot with the RAF, said the £26m coastguard helicopter’s
endurance is three and a half hours with a top speed of 130/135 knots.
He added: ”The visit to
Lyme Regis is all about hearts and minds and learning how best we can work
together in the future.”
John Broome, volunteer
training co-ordinator at Lyme Regis lifeboat station said: ”This exercise
was invaluable. We have had a thorough explanation of the capabilities of
the new helicopter by its crew. We have already exercised with this
helicopter at sea, but to get to close quarters with the aircraft and its
crew on land is just a very useful bonus and prepares us for any future
incidents when we will need to work together as a team.”
9 April 2017
‘Three and a dog
cut off by tide’
Three people and a dog were reported to be cut
off by the tide when the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched today
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 12
20pm and returned 20 minutes later after the people and their
dog made their own way to safety from rocks on Broad Ledge east of the
6 April 2017
RNLI charity by £65,000
Volunteer fund-raisers in Lyme Regis and
Charmouth boosted the RNLI’s income by more than £65,000 last year.
Members of the local fund-raising arm of the
RNLI – the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild - received the news at
their annual meeting last night (Weds) when treasurer Brian Cursley
delivered his report.
The total included a variety of events and
donations as well as £27,000 raised during lifeboat week.
Chairman Irene Roper said it had been a record
breaking year and she had been heartened by the many messages of
congratulations received from the public during and after lifeboat week.
Volunteer manager of the lifeboat shop, Krys
Lavery, said the outlet had taken £122,000 and was the sixth best
performing shop in the UK.
In his annual report to guild members,
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said volunteer crew members had
answered 27 calls for help last year and were credited with saving three
He said there now appeared to be a familiar
pattern of emergencies – almost half of calls for help were from people
getting into difficulty ashore when out walking and cut off by the tide or
falling on rocks. The other half were incidents involving boating,
fishing and surfing.
Guest speaker was Nigel Jones, the RNLI’s Area
Lifesaving Manager, who told guild members about many changes throughout
the organisation’s structure and the aim to reduce drownings around the
Volunteer press officer Richard Horobin gave
members a brief preview of his book on the history of lifeboats and
lifeboat people in Lyme Regis.The book is due to be published in time for
this year’s lifeboat week which starts on July 22nd.
5 April 2017
returns after three month refit
Regis’ RNLI lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, returned to the town yesterday
(Tues) after a major, three month refit in Poole and at the charity’s
inshore lifeboat centre on the Isle of Wight.
The four year old boat was met by volunteer
crew as it arrived by road on a trailer after its upgrade.
Lifeboat helm Elliott Herbert took the boat to
sea for a test run, and said: ”We are very impressed with the refit which
includes state of the art navigation equipment, directional finder and an
automatic information system.”
Mark Gage,the lifeboat’s mechanic added:”The
vessel performed beautifully during the sea test. She has been fitted with
new steering and the engines are running very well. It’s a pleasure to
have her back in such superb condition.”
The relief boat, Douglas Murray, was returned
to Poole once Spirit of Loch Fyne had completed the sea test..
3 April 2017
Four lifeboats in
Four volunteer lifeboat crews – one each from
the RNLI stations at Lyme Regis and Exmouth and two from the independent
Sidmouth station – took part in an exercise lasting some three hours
The operation, officially known as a Multi
Vessel Search Exercise, took place off Sidmouth and included towing and
Brian Street, helm of the Lyme Regis RNLI
lifeboat : “This was a large and important exercise for everyone involved
and I know we all found it a valuable experience.”
27 March 2017
exercise with new search and rescue helicopter
Volunteer crew members of the RNLI lifeboat in
Lyme Regis have taken part in their first exercise with the helicopter
team assuming the search and rescue role in the next few weeks.
The helicopter crew, from Lee–on–the–Solent,
Hampshire, are due to take over from those based at Portland.
Two lifeboat crews took part in the exercise
during their regular training evening last week.
Helm Jon Broome, who is also the lifeboat’s
training co-ordinator, said:” The exercise was very worthwhile.
“I spoke to the helicopter captain afterwards
and he said he was very impressed with the skill and competency of the
lifeboat crew, and explained that was why he was felt happy to lower a
winchman to our boat during the exercise.”
20 March 2017
Coastal Review team
visits Lyme Regis RNLI
Top officials of the RNLI today (Monday March
20) met volunteers who run the Lyme Regis lifeboat station as part of the
charity’s ‘Coastal Review.’
A delegation led by Vice Admiral Sir Tim
Laurence spent two hours discussing the running of the lifeboat station
and hearing the views of management, crew members and fund-raisers as
well as their hopes for the future.
Sir Tim, who is chairman of the RNLI’s
Operations Committee, explained that he and his colleagues visit four
sections of the organisation each year during the Coastal Review.
He said a key focus was the gap between
Exmouth and Weymouth, and that the charity’s target of community
lifesaving had two strands…to make sure all volunteers were closely linked
with the lifeboat and crew, and education and prevention to make the coast
Sir Tim said the RNLI saved 350 lives a year,
but between 150 and 180 died around the coast each year.
After discussing ideas for improvements to the
Lyme Regis station and its equipment, Sir Tim praised the fundraisers –
the local RNLI Guild and the lifeboat shop team – as ‘star performers.’
Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations
Manager, said: ”The Coastal Review was a great opportunity for us to
explain how we work as a part of the community and with the coastguards
and lifeguards and to make our recommendations for improvements to our
“The delegation now take our comments back to
headquarters in Poole for thorough consideration.”
Lyme Regis RNLI
lifeboat station gets a makeover
The RNLI’s lifeboat
station in Lyme Regis is undergoing a makeover to make it a more
interesting attraction for visitors.
Facts and figures, photos of the crew and
historic detail are all part of the project led by the RNLI’s Visitor
Experience Manager Amanda Woods
with input from Lifeboat Operations
Manager Nick Marks and volunteer press officer Richard Horobin.
Part of the exterior of the lifeboat
station has been re-decorated in ‘RNLI blue’ with new identity boards,
including invitations to visit the boathouse. Inside, visitors will find
plenty of detail about the role of the life-saving charity and models of
Amanda Woods said: ’The RNLI values
its supporters and appreciates that they are interested in the work of
its volunteers. Lyme Regis welcomes many thousands of visitors every
year, so we wanted to improve our presence in the town by making a visit
to the lifeboat station a more rewarding experience.’
Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager
Nick Marks said: “The timing of these improvements to the overall look of
our lifeboat station could not be better with summer and, of course,
Lifeboat Week not far away.”
12 March 2017
Lone sailor rescued by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew
owner of a classic 22ft wooden yacht was rescued by the crew of the Lyme
Regis RNLI lifeboat yesterday (Sat).
lone sailor, from Bridport, was reported to have ‘encountered navigational
difficulties’ two miles west of Lyme Regis during a trip from Exmouth to
lifeboat volunteers, who launched at 3.24pm, towed the yacht to the safety
of Lyme Regis harbour, arriving an hour later.
6 March 2017
freefall team will drop in on Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week
The Red Devils – the
British Army’s official parachute display team – have confirmed they will
be a star attraction at this year’s Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.
The week starts on July
22 and the Red Devils will be performing during the afternoon of Tuesday
July 25 . The time will be confirmed later.
The Red Devils, based at
Netheravon Airfield on Salisbury Plain, are a team of 15, all of whom have
seen active service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra
Leone, Afghanistan or Iraq.
They are widely
acknowledged as among the best display parachutists in the world, and
every year carry out spectacular shows at public events worldwide
promoting the British Army and the Parachute Regiment, known as ‘The Paras’.
A classic Red Devils
display will see up to ten team members jumping from an altitude of
10,000ft. Trailing smoke to demonstrate their speed and movement, the
highly skilled skydivers will freefall at speeds up to 120mph before
opening their parachutes. Then they will demonstrate breathtaking
high-speed ‘swoop’ landings and spectacular ‘canopy formations’, both
unique to parachute displays in the UK.
A commentary will keep
everyone informed throughout the event, and the skydivers will be
available afterwards to meet spectators.
Irene Roper, chairman of
the organisers of Lifeboat Week, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild,
said: ”We are absolutely delighted that the Red Devils are coming to
support our charity. They will be a big attraction in the middle of our
Jeremy Kyle popped into Lyme Regis lifeboat station
during Sunday morning's training session and met the RNLI
crew. He said he was very impressed with the RNLI volunteers
and that his mother used to be a volunteer in the lifeboat
shop on the Cobb.. He said he liked Lyme very much and
that he had his first birthday in the town some 50 years ago
and has been visiting the resort ever since.
20 February 2017
Lifeboat launched in search for
RNLI lifeboat was launched just after midnight today to assist coastguards
and police in a search for a woman reported as ‘vulnerable.’
volunteer lifeboat crew carried out a shoreline search between West Bay
and Freshwater, but there were no sightings and they returned to Lyme
Regis after nearly two hours at sea.
Shop volunteers praised for dedication to
run the RNLI charity shop next to the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis have
celebrated another successful year.
thirty people enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Hunters Lodge, Raymonds Hill,
and heard that their shop had been placed sixth in the ‘league table’ of
hundreds of lifeboat shops around the country.
In a letter to
the volunteers, the RNLI’s Retail Operations Manager, James Thompson,
praised their ’incredible hard work, dedication and skill.’
He said the
RNLI’s shops had reached an income of £6,300.000. in 2016.The English
Channel division, of which Lyme Regis is a member, had a record breaking
income of £1,000.405.
presentations for Excellence in Volunteering, were made at the Lyme Regis
lunch. Carys Lowe received a framed certificate and letter of thanks for
her 15 years as secretary of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.
was presented with a crystal award marking his 23 years as a volunteer in
the shop and collector during Lifeboat Week. The RNLI’s letter to Mr.
Bennett mentioned how people would seek him out on Red Arrows day in
Holmbush car park to hand him a donation.
Mr. Bennett has
now decided he can no longer work in the shop on a regular basis, but will
remain on the reserve list.
Store donates a Fat £600 to Lyme Regis lifeboat
at the FatFace store in Lyme Regis have donated more than £600 to the
local RNLI lifeboat charity.
donation was raised during Black Friday weekend in November last year.
Staff members added £40 to the £562 raised in store..Under the ‘Thanks for
Giivng’ initiatve the FatFace chain nationally donated some £200,00 to
charities from its 221 stores.
Regis the store chose the RNLI as its charity. Store manager Kayleigh
Billson said:” We organised a few extra competitions to help raise money
for our fantastic lifeboat station, a cause dear to everyone in Lyme and
Ex - Army chief joins
the RNLI lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis
A retired Lieutenant
Colonel with the Royal Engineers has joined the volunteer management team
of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.
Mike McAlpine, 61, served
in many trouble spots including Kuwait, where he commanded a construction
squadron involved in the restoration of essential facilities to Kuwait
City immediately after the unsuccessful invasion by Iraq, and the ‘clean
up’ of unexploded bombs and landmines.
Mike, a chartered civil
engineer and graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, spent 20 years in
the Royal Engineers, had two spells in the Falklands and commanded a
regiment in Northern Ireland for three years before becoming the technical
authority for UK counter landmine warfare. Mike, married to Karen
with three daughters, moved to Lyme Regis from Dalwood, near Axminster, in
His last job was with BP
in Iraq where he was involved in opening up the second largest oilfield in
the world at Rumaila, south of Basra.
Mike, a keen sailor with
his Yachtmaster ‘ticket’ has become a DLA – Deputy Launching Authority –
at Lyme Regis lifeboat station. He said: “I spent a lot of time on
the water and it was always comforting to know the RNLI was there if
necessary. Since I missed the camaraderie of the military, I thought I
would offer my voluntary services to the RNLI and I am thoroughly enjoying
A member of Lyme Regis
Golf Club, Mike chairs the Axminster Hospital Community Hub Steering Group
and was a founder member of the Axminster Patient Group.
Manager Nick Marks said: “We welcome Mike to the management team. His
wealth of experience will be an asset, and his arrival has added even more
strength to the Lyme Regis crew.”
15 January 2017
Lifeboat crew start the year with
Members of the RNLI’s volunteer
lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis and their families and friends got the new
year off to a celebratory start with their annual awards dinner.
The event at the By the Bay
restaurant yesterday (Sat) was attended by around 70 crew members and
Among the awards was a long service
certificate to landscape gardener Garry Gibbs, a crew member for 20 years.
Senior helm Tim Edwards was voted crew member of the year, and the much
coveted bent propeller trophy went to helm Mark Colley.
A new award, Anchor Aweigh, went to
tractor driver Richard Beviss.
Another new award, for their
conscientious ‘office’ work, went to John Cable and Mark Gage.
13 January 2017
Top surgeon joins Lyme Regis RNLI
A leading cancer surgeon has joined the
volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme Regis.
Mr Ken Lavery, a retired head and neck
surgeon, has joined the local RNLI team as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA).
Mr Lavery, 67,who recently retired as lead
surgeon and Medical Director at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead,
West Sussex, is married to Krys who manages the team of volunteers running
the successful RNLI charity shop on the Cobb. They met at the
hospital where Krys was a senior ward sister and have two sons.
Scots-born Mr Lavery is a qualified
Yachtmaster and has strong family connections with the RNLI. Both his
grandfather and great grandfather were volunteers with the lifeboat at
Campbeltown that covers the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. Mr Lavery
said: “I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the lifeboat crew in
Lyme Regis. “They are clearly a dedicated team and the camaraderie
is very similar to that which I found when I was involved in rugby.”
10 January 2017
RNLI crew swap boats for a refit
The volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in
Lyme Regis said a temporary farewell to their vessel yesterday (Mon) as
Spirit of Loch Fyne left the town for an upgrade of its equipment.
The four year old lifeboat was taken on a
trailer by road and will eventually have a refit at the RNLI’s Inshore
lifeboat centre on the Isle of Wight.
Lifeboat mechanic Mark Gage said: ” Our boat
is due for an upgrade of its electronics ,including communications and
navigation equipment, and will be away for about three months.”
As Spirit of Loch Fyne left, a replacement
boat, number B830 and named Douglas Murray, arrived from the RNLI’s relief
‘dunked’ as he retires from Lyme Regis RNLI
One of the
longest-serving members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI lifeboat in Lyme
Regis, Dave Street, has retired because of work commitments.
Dave, 48, served for 22
years, starting as trainee shore crew and becoming one of the team of
helmsmen 15 years ago.
Dave joined the crew for
two main reasons. He was working as a barman in the Cobb Arms when he
overheard crew members saying they were short of volunteers. “The other
reason was more personal “ said Dave. “A cousin of mine drowned at
Bournemouth and I thought if there was anything I could do to prevent such
accidents then joining the RNLI was it.”
Dave, a self-employed
builder, added: “Of course I shall miss taking the lifeboat out, and the
camaraderie with the crew. But I won’t lose touch with all my old
Dave’s last voluntary
duty with the crew was helping out with safety at the Lyme Lunge on New
And his lifeboat
colleagues gave him a thoroughly wet send off with a ceremonial dunking in
Ordeal in the
dark for broken leg victim rescued by lifeboat crew
A man who broke his leg
after slipping on rocks staggered and crawled for three quarters of a mile
for more than two hours in the dark before he was found by a lifeboat crew
and his worried wife.
Tim Robinson,54, fell
during a walk at about 4.30pm yesterday (Sat) on the beach under Golden
Cap, east of Lyme Regis.
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat
crew launched at 7.10pm to assist coastguards in a search for Mr
Robinson. They located him during a shoreline search eight minutes later.
Two first-aid trained
crew members, Tom Crabbe and Tom Wallis, went ashore to help coastguards
assess Mr Robinson’s condition. Meanwhile the lifeboat returned to Lyme
Regis to pick up three further crew to steady the vessel in the surf when
it was beached to take Mr Robinson aboard.
Mr. Robinson’s wife,
Paula, who raised the alarm, started to walk along the beach from Seatown
looking for her husband.
She said: ”Luckily, Tim
had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it
must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t !”
Jon Broome, who was in
charge of the lifeboat for his first ‘shout’ since qualifying as a helm,
said: ”It was a very well organised rescue by all involved. It seems Mr.
Robinson used sticks to help him stagger and crawl towards Seatown after
From his hospital bed in
Dorchester Mr Robinson, who is a full time member of the Territorial Army,
said: ”I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg.
Everyone who helped me was just terrific.”
Mr Robinson was taken
aboard the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour. The
lifeboat returned at 8.49pm
Mr and Mrs Robinson, from
the Derby area, had been staying in Bridport on a short holiday.
swim is a crowd puller
One of the biggest crowds
in its 20-plus years history turned out on a mild Christmas Day morning
for the Charmouth fancy dress swim
An estimated 2,000
watched as around 250 ‘swimmers’ braved the chilly waters of Lyme Bay in
costumes ranging from penguins, to dinosaurs and of course to Santa.
The event raises funds
for the RNLI charity, and chairman of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI
Guild Irene Roper said: ”The support this year was just fantastic, and
those who took part in the swim and the spectators have been very generous
once again.” The swim raised £1,933 for the RNLI, which included £400 in
donations from the sponsors Karen Phillips and Ian Hendry of the Royal Oak
Volunteer crew members of the RNLI in Lyme
Regis kept a watchful eye on the ‘swimmers’ and one long-serving member
Garry Gibbs said: “It was great fun and there were some wonderful
costumes. We are very grateful for the support we receive for our
11 December 2016
New man at the helm of Lyme Regis lifeboat
Regis RNLI lifeboat has a new man at the helm after crew member Jon
Broome passed a tough assessment with flying colours.
volunteer with the Lyme Regis crew for 26 years, achieved a 90%
result…80% is the pass score. He had been training for some three years.
now one of six helms, fully qualified to take charge of the lifeboat and
its crew at sea.
his assessment last week, Jon was tested by the RNLI’s Divisional
Operations Manager Nigel Jones in a scenario involving a vessel on fire
with casualties on board and in the water. The assessment, in poor weather
conditions at sea, took almost two hours.
Jon: ”Safety of the crew is paramount during an emergency call. As a helm
I have to go to sea with a crew of three and I have to bring us all back
safely. And, of course, I have to deal with the emergency and rescue any
49, an office manager with Royal Mail, is married to Emma and they have a
daughter Sophie, ten.
had a big grin on my face since qualifying as a helm, and I must thank my
family who, like other volunteers with the lifeboat, receives fabulous
support from loved ones, ” said Jon.
7 December 2016
‘Pamper’ evening raises £200 for RNLI
A ‘pamper evening’ for Dorset business women
produced a £200 donation for the RNLI charity in Lyme Regis.
The Lyme Bay Ladies – a group of around a
thousand women in business throughout Dorset and Devon-held the pamper
evening at the Dower House Hotel, Rousdon, enjoying an evening of topics
including jewellery, clothing and make-up.
The cheque was presented to Lyme Regis
lifeboat crew member Seb Cope by the hotel owners Rosemarie Baker and her
30 November 2016
Teens ‘amazing’ six months with RNLI
Four teenagers have just completed six months
learning what it takes to be a volunteer member of the RNLI crew in Lyme
The youngsters, all from Year Ten at the
town’s Woodroffe School, were carrying out the volunteer element of the
bronze certificate for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The 14 year olds are Tyler Street, Freddie
Whitehead, Charlotte Tucker and Alicia Briggs-Harrison.
They attended the twice monthly lifeboat crew
training sessions and were instructed by Deputy Launching Authority Ian
Marshall and helm Brian Street. Mr. Marshall said:” They were all very
attentive and enthusiastic, and I think some of them may be future crew
members. We dealt with tying knots, navigation, launch and recovery of the
lifeboat and much more. But I think the most exciting part for them may
have been the trip in the lifeboat.”
Student Tyler Street said: “It has been an
amazing experience and good fun, and maybe one day I will follow my dad
and my uncle and become a member of the lifeboat crew.”
All four also held their own fundraising
events and presented the Lyme Regis RNLI crew with a donation of £317 at
their final training session last night (Tues).
16 November 2016
Bowlers roll up a boost to RNLI
Members of Lyme Regis Bowling Club raised £300
for the RNLI when they staged their annual drive and raffle event which
has been held for more than sixty years.
Club president Philip Stephens presented the
donation (yesterday) to Krys Lavery, volunteer manager of the RNLI’s
charity shop on the Cobb.
The bowling club
is keen to recruit new members and anyone interested can go to an open
evening held every Wednesday from April to October
6 November 2016
Sailing Club supporting local RNLI
On 14th October,
Lyme Regis Sailing Club hosted a fish and chips dinner evening raising
money for the RNLI with a particular focus on showing support to the local
lifeboat in Lyme Regis.
Organised by keen
sailing club members Paul and Gillian Bryant and local fish and chip shop
Herbie's, over 50 people from the sailing club enjoyed local fish and
chips. The event was well attended by members and their families.
Paul Bryant was
very pleased with how the evening went, thought it was a brilliant
evening. "The sailing club was full with both junior and senior members of
the club, about 50 meals were served and we raised £261 for the RNLI,
nearly enough to buy a new helmet!"
They are definitely
planning to make it an annual event. Lyme Regis Sailing Club is an
active and open club to all who desire to sail or have an interest in the
Lifeboat launched to
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew launched for the
second time today following a report that a person had entered the sea
fully clothed at Seatown.
The crew, launched at 5.48pm, carried out a
shoreline search and one crew member went ashore to liaise with
coastguards and the person who reported the incident.
It was later established that the person had
returned to the clothing and had left the scene.
The lifeboat was stood down at 6.25pm.
4 November 2016
Two men and a dog saved as their boat
men and a dog were saved by the volunteer crew of Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat
today after their fishing vessel sank off the Dorset coast.
The men told the lifeboat crew were hauling
pots when their boat, Tracey, listed and sank within seconds some 13 miles
east of Lyme Regis off West Bexington.
The lifeboat was launched at 11.57, and was
joined in a search for the men by around five other vessels and two
It’s understood an Royal Navy Lynx helicopter first
spotted the men in the water. The lifeboat raced to the scene and found
the two men and the dog close to each other in the water. The men were
wearing lifejackets and oilskins and were also using a life ring.
It’s thought they had been in the water for
around 40 minutes. All three were taken aboard the lifeboat and given
immediate first aid. One man was winched up to the coastguard helicopter
and it’s understood he was taken to hospital in Dorchester. The lifeboat
crew took the other man and the black labrador called Lottie to West Bay.
Both men were said to be cold and exhausted.
A member of the lifeboat crew, Mark Colley,
said: “Thank goodness they were found fairly quickly. But staying together
and wearing lifejackets undoubtedly saved their lives.”
2 November 2016
Lifeboat crew rescue fire chief after
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew answered a
Mayday call today from the town’s fire chief.
Virgil Turner was fishing from his 21ft open
sports boat when it began to take on water a quarter of a mile offshore
between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
The pump on Mr Turner’s boat, At Last
11,failed and the lifeboat crew used their salvage pump to control the
The lifeboat crew, who launched at 8.39a.m.,
towed At Last 11 to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour at 9.03.
Deputy Launching Authority at the lifeboat
station, Adrian Ragbourne, said: ”This was a very fast and efficient
rescue. Mr Turner did exactly the right thing in issuing a Mayday call
and he was very grateful for the prompt actions of our volunteer crew.”
30 October 2016
Lifeboat volunteers search for new
Wanted - two more volunteers to help run the
RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.
The vacancies are for Deputy Launching
Authorities – DLAs – who are members of the management team of the station
and who authorise the launch of the lifeboat when an emergency call
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks is
looking for male or female volunteers who live within ten minutes of the
He said: “Ideally we need people with some
maritime experience with an understanding of tides and coastal issues.
“But there’s plenty of training, including a
week-long course at RNLI headquarters in Poole”
DLAs provide cover four days at a time on a
rota. When a request to launch the lifeboat is received by a DLA he, or
she, is then in charge at the station.
Nick Marks added: “There’s a good team spirit
at the station and plenty of social events. Obviously we are all
volunteers, so instead of being paid we get a free pager for alerts and a
free pair of yellow wellies !”
DLAs are regarded as members of the crew and
are expected to attend training sessions which are held twice a month.
Anyone interested in joining the crew as a DLA
should contact the station on
Lyme-Regis@rnli.org.uk or call 01297 442230 and leave a message or
call Nick Marks on 07568 187582.
17 October 2016
Sailing club fish supper lands cash
Friday night was fish supper night at Lyme
Regis Sailing Club, and it raised
in the region of £250 for the RNLI.
With the help of Herbie’s fish and
chip shop, organisers Paul and Gillian Bryant made sure around 50 diners
enjoyed the traditional dish.
Another fish supper in aid of the
RNLI was held by Petrina and Chris Muscroft at their holiday chalet in
Lyme Regis. Salmon salad and fish finger sandwiches were included in the
Jack Tomas Young, Herbie's representative & sailing club member, Paul
Bryant, Gillian Bryant, LRSC Commodore Jerry Rook & Lyme Regis RNLI DLA
14 October 2016
Tracey Emin print raises £1,100 for
An original print donated by the artist Tracey
Emin to Lyme Regis RNLI has raised £1,100 for the life-saving charity.
The work, described as a mono print, failed to
reach its reserve but was sold by Lyme Bay Auctions to a private collector
in the southwest.
Simon Watson, managing director of Lyme Bay
Auctions, said: “We were delighted to be able to sell the print for the
RNLI. It did not reach its reserve on the day, but through our publicity,
including the internet, we were contacted by a private collector who was
delighted to purchase it.”
Chef Mark Hix helped to obtain the print and
RNLI volunteer John Dover sought permission from the Tracey Emin studio to
sell it at auction.
Lyme Bay Auctions say they are already
planning their appearance next year at a special event during Lifeboat
Lifeboat Week raises £27,000
Lifeboat Week this year raised £27,000, the
Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild announced this week.
Members of the guild – who organise the week
with the volunteers of the lifeboat crew – were given the final figure by
treasurer Brian Cursley at their monthly meeting.
Chairman of the guild Irene Roper said:” This
is a quite remarkable figure, and a testament to all those volunteers who
help us organise seven days of family activities.
“ The weather was pretty kind to us and once
again visitors and residents of the town were incredibly generous to our
life-saving charity. And it is always heartening when people come up to us
during the week to thank us for the effort we put in to make the week a
“The final net sum is particularly tremendous
when you consider we were unable to afford the Red Arrows or the Falcons
parachute display team.”
Members of the guild are already planning next
year’s week which will run from July 22nd to 29th.
Lifeboat launched to ‘missing person’
Lyme Regis lifeboat was
launched at 2.33pm today after a report that a person was in the water and
missing from an open fishing boat off Burton Bradstock.
Shortly after the RNLI
crew had launched the West Bay harbour launch reported that all aboard
the fishing boat were safe and well and the lifeboat was stood down by
coastguards at 2.48pm.
Lifeboat crew alerted after clothes
found on beach
Coastguards requested the launch of
the RNLI lifeboat at Lyme Regis today after a member of the public
found a pile of clothes and an unattended dog on the beach at Charmouth.
The volunteer crew were about to
launch the lifeboat at 9.46am when the owner of the clothes, and the dog,
returned to the beach safe and well after a recreational swim. The
lifeboat crew were stood down at 9.52am.
Lifeboat chief in safety video shoot
The man at the helm of the RNLI dropped in at
the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis today ….to shoot a health and
Paul Boissier, chief executive of the charity,
is aiming to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding everyone involved
in activity for the RNLI.
“Whether it’s travelling to the lifeboat
station, operating machinery or even holding a fund-raising event we all
need to be aware of the dangers around us,” said Mr Boissier.
“We need to make sure we arrive with eight
fingers and two thumbs and go home with the same number.”
Mr.Boissier was shown round the lifeboat
station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks as they discussed
potential dangers for the video which will be distributed throughout the
Awards for retiring lifeboat crew
Three former volunteers with the RNLI lifeboat
in Lyme Regis and one new recruit received awards at the
end of season party.
Former helm Martin Croad who served for 15
years was presented with the RNLI’s framed certificate on vellum. He was
credited with helping to save 47 lives during his service.
Jedd Whittington received a letter of thanks
for his five years’ service, and John Dover, who was a Deputy Launching
Authority and is now chairman of the local group which manages the
lifeboat, also received a letter of thanks.
A new recruit to the crew, Mark Ellis, was
presented with his emergency pager.
The presentations were made by Lifeboat
Operations Manager Nick Marks. More than a hundred crew members, family
and friends attended the party at the Powerboat Club.
25 September 2016
Christening makes history at lifeboat station
was made at Lyme Regis lifeboat station today when the town’s vicar
conducted a christening service for two children of an RNLI volunteer and
Six months old Lottie and five years old Millie-Rose, whose father
Elliott Herbert is a lifeboat helm, were christened by the Rev. Jane
Skinner during a service in the boathouse with a congregation of some 70
family, friends and lifeboat crew members. It is thought to be the first
time a christening service has been held at any of the town’s lifeboat
stations since the lifeboat service began in Lyme Regis in 1826.
A ship’s bell, which has hung in the lifeboat station since it opened in
1997, was used as a font during the service.
The bell, from a 100,000 ton oil tanker, was presented to Fred Day, former
honorary secretary at the lifeboat station, when he retired from BP. He
in turn presented it to the RNLI to mark the opening of the Lyme Regis
Proud dad Elliott Herbert said: ”Lifeboats and lifeboat people have been
such an important part of our lives that Laura and I thought it would be
appropriate, and great fun, to hold the christening at the lifeboat
station surrounded by many of the people who are vital to the success of
the work of the RNLI.”
The Rev Jane Skinner said: “It was a joy to conduct the service at the
lifeboat station, and it was the first time I had used a magnificent
ship’s bell as a font.”
God parents to Millie-Rose are Lyme Regis lifeboat helm Murray Saunders,
Oliver Mallinson, Operations Manager (Lifeboats) at RNLI headquarters in
Poole, and Emma Darke, and God parents to Lottie are William Elwood, helm
with the Tower lifeboat in London and crew Assessor/Trainer and Nicola
Davis and Gemma Dunford.
22 Sept 2016
Lifeboat launched in search for missing man
The volunteer crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat launched to-night to
assist police and coastguards in the search for a man missing and in a
reportedly distressed state.
The lifeboat launched at 7.38pm and the crew carried out a shoreline
search of the Monmouth beach area to the west of Lyme Regis harbour.
Nothing was found by the crew, and the search was called off after some 15
minutes when it was understood that the man had been found safe and well
Supermarket boosts lifeboat funds
A weekend of fundraising at Tesco’s Axminster
store resulted in donations of £358.75p for the lifeboat charity, the
The weekend was organised by the supermarket’s
Community Champion Rob Cope.
A total of 27 Tesco stores, mainly throughout
Somerset and Devon, took part in the weekend and the combined donations
are expected to total more than £10,000.
launched to false alarm
RNLI lifeboat crew launched last night after a member of the public
reported a speedboat in possible difficulties a short distance outside
aboard the speedboat were found to be fishing and in no difficulty. The
incident was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.
Nikky qualifies for the lifeboat crew
only female volunteer at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis has just
become a fully qualified member of the sea-going crew.
Williams, 22, became a probationer crew member in July last year and
completed her training on Tuesday last week (Aug. 30). Her final
training session at sea was to assess her competence in the use of the
lifeboat’s radar system. Her assessor was Will Elwood, the RNLI’s
a sailing instructor, said :”I am very pleased to have finished my
training to become a fully qualified member of the crew. I really enjoy
the challenge and look forward to working with the Lyme Regis team and
playing my part when we answer emergency calls.”
the long-serving members of the crew, senior helm Tim Edwards, said:
”Nikky has done well in her training and was helped by her experience as a
sailing instructor. She will be a valuable addition to the crew and we
hope her example will encourage more female volunteers to come forward.”
is only the second female member of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew. The
first was Grace Wadsworth who joined when she was 17 in 2008. She left
after six years to go to university and travel.
sailor rescued as gear fails
Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched last night when a Laser dinghy
with one person aboard suffered gear failure just outside the harbour.
dinghy, and its sailor, were towed to safety ashore by the lifeboat crew.
lifeboat was launched at 6.57pm and returned to harbour some twenty
Lifeboat launched after cliff fall
Regis RNLI lifeboat was on a training exercise tonight when it received
two emergency calls within a few minutes.
first call was to a broken down fishing boat off Beer, but before the
lifeboat crew reached it coastguards asked them to divert following
reports of a major cliff fall at West Bay.
Sidmouth’s independent rescue boat was launched to tow the fishing boat
into Lyme Regis harbour while the RNLI crew headed for West Bay.
Lyme Regis lifeboat crew carried out a coastline sweep in the area of the
cliff fall, assisting coastguard teams ashore.
call to West Bay was received by Lyme Regis RNLI at 7.55pm, and
coastguards stood the crew down at 9.28pm..
Regis Lifeboat Week raises £25,000 for the life-saving charity
At the end of a week of sunshine, and some
showers, organisers of Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis announced that they had
raised in the region of £25,000 for the RNLI charity.
Irene Roper, chairman of the Lyme Regis and
Charmouth RNLI Guild, whose volunteers organise the week every year, said:
“It is a great result and we are so grateful to all those who gave so
generously during the week.
“ We also owe a great debt of gratitude to
those groups who gave their time and their talent to help us stage some
superb events, ranging from the Eastern Promise belly dancers to the
Weymouth and Portland Model Boat Club and the Three Counties Swing Band to
those brave souls who took part in the bathtub race and the swimming
The duck race saw 1,140 little plastic
competitors cheered on by hundreds watching from the banks of the River
Lym and no less than eight thousand tickets were sold at the wine or water
lucky dip stall. Dozens of youngsters met members of the lifeboat crew,
and their parents took advantage of a photo opportunity aboard the
Irene Roper added:” We must thank all our
sponsors, including local traders who donated so generously to so many of
“And, of course thanks to our volunteer
collectors and committee members without whom the week simply could not
Rosie remembered in Lifeboat Week
The parents and sisters of 11 year old Rosie
Perry Jones handed out the prizes at the pavement artists’ competition
which was dedicated to the memory of the youngster.
Rosie died from ovarian cancer last year, and
the Nottingham school she was about to attend sent a donation of £1,500 to
Lyme Regis RNLI because she always loved her many family holidays in the
Rosie had also entered, and won, the pavement
art competition a number of times, so the organisers decided to invite her
family to Lifeboat Week.
And today Rosie’s mum, Diane, dad Guy and
sisters Jessica and Millie were also presented with a gift – an
embroidered heart bearing Rosie’s name – made by the organiser of the
competition, Tammy Garner.
A cheque for £1,500 was today donated to the RNLI's Lifeboat
Week in Lyme Regis. It was presented by Phillip Evans, of the
View From newspaper group who organised the Red Arrows visit
to the town last week, two days before the start of Lifeboat
Week. Mr. Evans handed the cheque to the RNLI mascot Stormy
Stan on the lifeboat slipway. Far left is John Dover, chairman
of the Lifeboat Management Group and far right is Irene Roper,
chairman of the Lifeboat Week organisers, the local RNLI
Firefighters win the bath tub race for a sixth time
of Lyme Regis firefighters won the bathtub race for a sixth successive
year on the first day of the town’s Lifeboat Week yesterday (Sat). But it
was the lifeboat crew members in their bathtub and the Colyton Butchers
family trio who made the headlines.
bathtubs set out from Cobb Gate aiming for the finish in the harbour. The
Colyton bathtub with a crew of three – Mrs Sarah Bolton and her son Dan
and daughter Chloe - began to drift some distance from the finish.
lifeboat crew decided to tow the butchers tub using a rope of bunting, and
all three members of the Bolton family chose to swim the rest of the way
with Dan clinging to a tub. Mrs Bolton received brief treatment once
Bolton said: “We started to drift quite badly, and we were pleased the
lifeboat crew helped us out. I think we might have a bigger crew next
firefighters were presented with the Perry Marine cup by Mrs Enid Perry
and second prize prize went to Axe Skip, whose bathtub was made from the
contents of several skips.
third place were Sink and Swim and fourth Kersbrook Banger/Chaos with the
lifeboat crew fifth, towing Colyton Butchers. Seventh place went to the
bathtub called Heavy Treble.
Lifeboat Week gets off to a sunny
Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week got off to a sunny
start as thousands packed the town and the seafront. For the first of
dozens of special events.
The first major display involved the town’s
lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, the Shannon-class lifeboat based at Exmouth
and named R and J Welburn
and the coastguard helicopter
The lifeboats staged a winching
exercise before showing their paces and manouvreability.
Next up were the belly dancers known
as Eastern Promise who entertained a large audience on Marine Parade.
Last planned big event of the day was
the bath tub race.
Two bonus events have been announced
for Tuesday…a fly past by RAF Puma helicopters at 1.30pm, and before that
at 11.30am a flypast by a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton.
land £1000 cheque for RNLI
Members of Seaton Sea
Anglers Club staged their annual barbecue at the Axe Yacht Club… and
crowned the occasion by presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Lyme Regis RNLI.
Chairman of the club
Steve Wainwright said: “We are all aware of the great job done by the
volunteers of the RNLI, and raising donations for them is our way of
contributing to that umbrella which we all hope we never need to open.”
Lyme Regis RNLI is the
Sea Anglers designated charity and since it was formed the club has raised
more than £13,000, the vast majority going to the RNLI.
added:”The barbecue was a great success due to the generosity of SSAC
members their partners and friends and not least the Axe Yacht Club who
supported the event.”
‘Unique’ rug is latest auction lot
A rug, described as having a unique design,
has been donated by Axminster Carpets to the grand auction in Lyme Regis’
The auction, with many interesting lots, is
being held at 6pm on July 26th at the lifeboat station.
The rug was presented to the organisers of the
auction, Gerry and Peter Hampton, at the last meeting of the local RNLI
Guild before Lifeboat Week, which starts on July 23rd.
The rug was handed over to the Guild by Maggie
Sullivan, sales administrator at Axminster Carpets, who is also the new
secretary of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.
Other outstanding lots at the auction include
a £100 voucher for Mark Hix’s restaurant and the print depicting the
lifeboats of Lyme Regis which has been adapted for the cover of this
year’s Lifeboat Week souvenir programme.
Archie, 11, wins school contest
for lifeboat charity
Archie Sowerbutts, 11, gave a presentation on
the history of the RNLI to the rest of his school….and then handed a
donation to the life-saving charity.
Archie, a pupil at Chard School, last night 6
July) presented a cheque for £59 to Nick Marks, the Lifeboat Operations
Manager in Lyme Regis.
Archie said: ‘I am very interested in
lifeboats and the RNLI and one day I may join the lifeboat crew.’
the history of the RNLI and gave his presentation in the competition for
pupils in their final year at the school. His presentation was voted the
best and all the children donated £1 to Archie’s chosen charity
RAF helicopters will mark lifeboat
week first day
A flypast of RAF Puma helicopters will be part
of the opening day of Lyme Regis’ Lifeboat Week on July 23rd.
The local RNLI Guild, organisers of the week,
reacted with delight at the RAF’s gesture. At the moment no time has been
announced for the flypast.
Chairman of the Guild, Irene Roper, said: “We
do not have the Red Arrows in Lifeboat Week this year so this is
“We fully understand that this is a flypast
but it is a most valuable contribution to the opening day of our week for
which we are truly grateful.
“The RNLI in Lyme Regis has received
tremendous support from the RAF over a number of years and we are
delighted that this will enable us to maintain the link between our
charity and the air force.”
360 mile paddle for charity
Marathon kayaker Roy
Beal, a 44 year old auto electrician from Seaton, will be visiting Lyme
Regis during Lifeboat Week just days before he sets off to paddle 360
miles from the Thames to his home town.
Roy and his 17 foot sea
kayak will be appearing on Marine Parade on the first day of Lifeboat Week
– July 23rd – as he seeks more sponsors for his charity paddle,
which starts on July 29th from Tower Bridge.
He is raising money for
three charities including the RNLI during his journey which he estimates
will take three weeks. He plans to call in at as many lifeboat stations as
possible on the way.
He will be passing ports
such as Dover and Portsmouth and tidal races including Beachy Head and
Roy said:’ Sleeping
arrangements will vary from the wilds of beach camping to camp sites and,
with any luck, the occasional bed and breakfast.’
Lifeboat Week musician Jimmy Purvis
dies, aged 91
One of the most popular entertainers and
fundraisers for many years at Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis, Jimmy Purvis,
has died at the age of 91.
Jimmy could be found every year on Cart Road,
close to Jane’s Café, with his melodium and collection bucket.
Over the years Lifeboat Week organisers
estimate that Jimmy raised thousands of pounds for the RNLI charity. He
had to give up playing and his last Lifeboat Week performances were in
Jimmy was often accompanied by his wife,
Jessie who died last year. Some years ago his efforts were officially
recognised with an award from the RNLI.
Jimmy and his wife followed their daughter and
son in law, June and Mike Burke,and their grandchildren to the west
country from Hertfordshire in 1990 and settled in Lyme Regis.
Chairman of the local RNLI Guild, Irene
Roper, said: ’The crew and the Guild were deeply saddened to hear of
Jimmy’s passing. He was a truly lovely man and a committed volunteer,
always cheerful and welcoming to everyone. Lifeboat Week hasn’t been the
same without him, and we will remember him with affection for the joy he
brought supporting the RNLI’s pledge to save lives at sea.’
RNLI stall is a winner at the big
Volunteers from the Lyme Regis and Charmouth
RNLI Guild won a top prize at the Axe Valley Show.
Their stall, organised by Brian Cursley, Gerry
Hampton and her husband Peter won the Best Presented Charity Stand awarded
by sponsors Axe Skips.The trio were presented with a certificate and a £50
The RNLI stall also included a wine and water
raffle and a children’s lucky dip.
24 June 2016
A lifeboatman called ‘Myrtle’ leaves the crew after 15 years
lifeboat crewman known to everyone as Myrtle has left the volunteer team
in Lyme Regis after serving for 15 years.
– real name Martin Croad – was at the helm of the lifeboat for five years.
Martin,37, his wife Kerry and children Bradley,3, and Phoebe,7, recently
moved to Seaton which meant he had to leave the lifeboat crew.
said; “I leave with mixed feelings. They are a great bunch at the lifeboat
station, a terrific team who all pull together when it really matters.
shouts are ever exactly the same, and it’s going to feel very strange not
putting my pager on my belt in the morning and keeping it close by all
through the night.
family have been fantastic. I have left food on the table when my pager
sounded the alarm, and I even left clothes at the launderette on one
joined the crew after going through a traumatic experience. He was aboard
a fishing boat whose crew found a body. Afterwards he found difficulty in
going back to sea, But after encouragement from friends at the lifeboat
station he applied to join the RNLI crew.
he broke his wrist rescuing a man from the sea. The RNLI wrote a letter of
thanks for ‘answering an emergency well above the call of duty.’
was also a member of the Lyme Regis RNLI flood rescue team.
that nickname ? “There was a local radio station that featured an old lady
called Myrtle Haybaler.Members of the crew heard her. I had a farming
background and somehow the name of Myrtle just stuck. If anyone calls me
Martin I know I am in trouble,” said Martin…er Myrtle.
Lifeboat Week plans are finalised
have now been finalised for this year’s Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis,
thought to be the 44th consecutive year of the event in the
detailed programme will be published towards the end of this month, and
despite the absence of the Red Arrows, organisers are promising a week
full of fun and interest for all the family.
the highlights on day one, July 23rd, is the hotly-contested
bathtub race, which was won for the fifth year running in 2015 by Dorset
Fire and Rescue.
Crier Alan Vian credited the firefighters with a ‘world record’ time of
eleven and a half minutes. However, organisers of the week, the RNLI
Guild, are expecting more entries this year and plenty of determination
from crews to take the title from the record breakers. One Guild member
said: “The firefighters have had a good run, but it is now time for
another crew to show them a clean pair of heels.”
fire chief Virgil Turner said: ”We feel we can beat anyone, but of course
any other crew is welcome to try and stop us. However, we have a plan A
and a plan B, and they do not involve smuggling an engine on board !”
by accomplished speaker Paul Atterbury of the BBC’s Antiques Road Show
will feature at Uplyme Village Hall on the second day, and tickets at £3
and £1.50 will be on sale at the lifeboat shop from July 4th.
Monday July 25th the produce stall on Marine Parade will
include judging for the Great Lyme Regis Bake Off Competition, in which
entrants have made lifeboat-themed cakes.
highlight on Tuesday is the Grand Auction at the lifeboat station. This
was a huge success last year with the first appearance of a comedy duo of
professional auctioneers, Simon Watson from Lyme Bay Auctions and Harry
Ballin, from Windsor. There will be plenty of eye-catching lots, including
a superb rug from Axminster carpets and a £100 voucher for Mark Hix’s
Oyster and Fish restaurant.
week includes all the favourites, the duck race, tug ‘o war across the
harbour mouth and yard of ale. And there is plenty of music including for
the first time the much-admired Three Counties Swing Band.
Motorcyclists ride in with £400 for
Twenty motor cycle enthusiasts rode
into town today (Sunday), parked their treasured machines and presented
the volunteers of the RNLI in Lyme Regis with a cheque for £410 for the
The riders are members of the Bath
Classic Motorcycle Club and support a number of lifeboat crews in the
south west, Including Lyme Regis.
Oldest machine making the journey to
the Dorset coast was a 1955 Triumph and the newest a 2016 Yamaha.
19 May 2016 Lyme Regis
Farewell party for RNLI stalwart
Members of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild – the fundraising arm of the lifeboat charity – said a fond farewell to one of their long serving officials at a special party.
Carys Lowe has retired after 15 years as secretary of the guild, and the event was marked at a presentation evening at the Hunters Lodge, Raymonds Hill.
Carys, an art lover, was presented with membership of the National Gallery by guild chairman Irene Roper. A letter to Carys from Angela Rook, Business Services and Support Director of the RNLI, said her commitment to the charity ‘has been greatly valued and admired by all.’
Irene Roper also praised the work of Janet Clayton who has retired as membership secretary after nine years.
14 May 2016 Lyme Regis
Lifeboat launched in search for ‘distressed woman’
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched today to carry out a shoreline search following reports of a distressed young woman on the coast between Seaton Hole and Beer.
The lifeboat crew carried out an extensive search, but there was no sign of the woman. Coastguards stood down the lifeboat crew at 11.44a.m. although they continued their search during their return to Lyme Regis harbour.The lifeboat had launched at 10.59a.m.
It was later established that a young woman was found in undergrowth just off the coastal path.
22 April 2016 Lyme Regis
Powerboat and gig clubs to join in boat blessing
Members of the town’s powerboat club, the gig club and the sailing club
are all expected to take part in this year’s Blessing of the Boats service at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis on Sunday May lst.
The inter-denominational service, led by representatives of local churches, starts at 3pm and all are welcome. Hymns will be accompanied by the Lyme Regis Town Band. The service, to remember those lost at sea, will be attended by a large number of the volunteer lifeboat crew.
Wreaths will be carried by members of the three nautical clubs, and at the end of the service the wreaths will be taken aboard the lifeboat by the crew.
The lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, will then be escorted into the bay, from the harbour mouth, by a powerboat to the wreath laying area at sea.
17 April 2016 Lyme Regis
Five rescued from broken down powerboat
Five people – two men, two boys and a woman – were rescued today (Sun) by the volunteer crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat when their powerboat broke down two miles east of West Bay.
All five were taken aboard the lifeboat when their vessel began to take on water.
The lifeboat crew towed the powerboat to West Bay harbour where an ambulance was waiting to treat one man for the effects of cold. The lifeboat was launched at 4pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour two hours later.
14 April 2016 Lyme Regis
Lifeboat fundraisers boost charity kitty by £54,000
A packed annual meeting of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild – the local fundraising branch of the charity – was told it raised £54,678 last year.
Treasurer Brian Cursley revealed the figure at the meeting yesterday (Weds). Lifeboat Week alone raised more than £25,000 and that was without the RAF Red Arrows and the Falcons parachute team, both called off because of the weather.
This year there will be no displays by the RAF teams during the week, but the Red Arrows are performing on July 21st, two days before the start of Lifeboat Week, thanks to a campaign spearheaded by Philip Evans, of the View From newspaper group and local businesses.
The Red Arrows could not have displayed during Lifeboat Week this year because of holiday commitments, but in any case the RNLI Guild would have been unable to cover the costs – around £13,000. For many years the Red Arrows and the Falcons have performed free of charge.
But there was good news when it was announced that Mr Evans would be arranging a donation of £1,500 to the RNLI. Guild chairman Irene Roper said: “We are deeply grateful for this gesture. We were very sad that we could not get the RAF teams this year, but there is always the possibility that they may be able to
visit us during Lifeboat Week in the future.”
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks told the meeting that the volunteer crews answered 26 emergency calls last year and almost half were to people walking along the coast, cut off by the tide or stuck in mud. “A factor here is almost certainly the poor signage on beaches to the east and west of Lyme Regis and at
Guest speaker was Alice Higgins, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for Weymouth and West Dorset. She said there was close co-operation between the lifeguards, coastguards and the lifeboat crews and joint exercises would continue. There will be 25 lifeguards, aged 18 and upwards, on duty in the region throughout the summer.
Krys Lavery, team leader for volunteers in the lifeboat shop, said she was looking forwa4rd to a bumper year. Last month the Lyme Regis shop was lying 12th in the ‘league table’ of RNLI outlets.
Two long serving members of the guild are standing down, Carys Lowe, secretary for 15 years, and Janet Clayton, membership secretary and a committee member for nine years. Carys Lowe said that during her 15 years as secretary she had attended 169 lifeboat-related
meetings, and worked in the lifeboat shop, acted as minute secretary and Lifeboat week event organiser. "The worst times have been the rainy event days, but the best were the success of Lifeboat Week and the team work of the committee and the crew."
3 April 2016 Lyme Regis
Harry,8, visits his 111th lifeboat station…in Lyme Regis
An eight year old boy from landlocked Cheshire is nearly half way to achieving his ambition….to visit all 200-plus lifeboat stations in the UK.
And yesterday (Sat) he chalked up number 111 when he popped into Lyme Regis lifeboat station with his mum and dad.
So far Harry has raised in the region of £2,700 on his travels using justgiving.
At the Lyme Regis lifeboat station Harry and his parents, Jane and Tim Mascall were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks and several crew members. He was presented with an RNLI banner, a signed photo of the lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne, and a special crew shirt is on its way.
Harry said: ‘When we went on holiday in Northumberland I could see the lifeboat, and that was when I became interested, and we had the idea to visit lifeboat stations and raise money at the same time.”
Mum Jane added:” Harry is absolutely obsessed. We visit lifeboat stations during every school holiday. But the way we look at it is that we get to see some lovely places that otherwise we would not visit.
“Of course Harry wants to join a lifeboat crew when he is 17, but we will have to move house when that happens.”
Before Lyme Regis, Harry visited Plymouth lifeboat station. And where next ? “Well, Harry is very keen to visit the lifeboat stations on the Isle of Wight,” said Mrs Mascall.
The address for donations is www.justgiving.com/harrymascall.
25 March 2016 Lyme Regis
Lifeboat called to ‘trapped walkers’
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat was launched to-night (Friday) following a report of a group of people cut off by the tide in the Black Ven area east of the town.
The lifeboat was launched at 7.15pm and the crew carried out an extensive shoreline search east and west of Charmouth, assisting coastguards ashore and the rescue helicopter.
Nothing was found and coastguards stood down the lifeboat crew at 8.15pm
21 March 2016 Lyme Regis
RNLI Lyme Regis launch to a mayday call early Monday morning
The coastguard received a mayday call early Monday morning to a fishing vessel taking on water. A mayday call means there is life in danger so the launch request went out straight away and was responded to by the volunteer crew at Lyme Regis.
The launch request went off on volunteer pagers at 7.51, some crew members were at work, some on their way to work and a few just waking up but all responded and the lifeboat was launched by 8.00 am and on it’s way to the fishing boat MV Charisma, roughly three quarters of a mile off West
The RNLI Lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne was on scene by 8.15 am and fortunately the skipper of MV Charisma, Tom Copps of Bridport, had the situation under control and was pumping water out of the engine room. Two crew members from the lifeboat boarded the fishing with the RNLI salvage
pump to offer assistance. MV Charisma under it’s own power was escorted back to West Bay by the RNLI where she safely tied up and was met by the Coastguard.
With all safe and sound the Spirit of Loch Fyne returned to the lifeboat station at Lyme Regis where volunteer shore crew met the boat and in short order she was cleaned down, returned to the lifeboat station and reported as being back in readiness for any further incidents by 9.09 am.
Volunteer crew member Tom Wallis, one of the crew who boarded the MV Charisma said, ‘ it was all straightforward and the situation was pretty much under control by the time we arrived but clearly a mayday call where a boat is taking on water is potentially life threatening and it is great we can get
launched and on scene so quickly. Fortunately we only had to play a supporting role in this instance’
11 March 2016 Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew and coastguards rescue man trapped in mud
Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew and local coastguards tonight rescued a man trapped up to his waist in mud on the beach under Golden Cap.
The lifeboat was launched at 5.55pm. Two crew members went ashore to assess the situation while the remaining lifeboat crew ferried five coastguards from Seatown to Golden Cap so that they could perform a mud rescue.
The 34 year old man was trapped for some two and half hours about ten metres from the water’s edge.
The man and his 32 year old female companion were taken by lifeboat to Lyme Regis harbour and treated for the effects of cold by paramedics at the lifeboat station.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks said: ’This was a first class rescue operation, and a classic illustration of teamwork between our volunteer lifeboat crew and the coastguards.’
28 February 2016 Lyme Regis
Shooting club target RNLI for donation
East Devon Field Target Club Secretary Jeremy stamp attended this Sundays training session at RNLI Lyme Regis to present a donation the Club had raised for the RNLI at one of their competition events
EDFTC organised a competition in December with all money raised to be donated to the RNLI Lyme Regis. The competition had local connections with Jeremy’s daughter being the partner of lifeboat volunteer crew member Dave Bisson. The connection didn’t stop there, Dave actually made the specially commissioned medals for the
event at his workshop in Lyme Regis.
Jeremy told the RNLI, ‘we regularly have events where we raise funds for a charity and the RNLI with all their life saving work was an obvious choice. The event was very well supported with entrants from Truro to Bristol coming along for the day. Everyone was really impressed with the special RNLI medals Dave made for
the competition’ Over £350 was raised on the day and the picture shows Jeremy presenting the cheque to the returning crew of the first boat out on training on Sunday morning
Volunteer Deputy Press Officer Eddie Browne said “It is wonderful to see the appreciation of the work the RNLI do from so many diverse sources and in this instance the personal connections make it even more special. Donations like these are the lifeblood of the RNLI and ensure the volunteers continue to receive the
training and have the equipment they need to carry out their life saving activities’.
29 January 2016 Lyme Regis
Former nurse Krys now takes care of the lifeboat shop
A former senior sister with the NHS has taken on the role of team leader running the record-breaking lifeboat charity shop in Lyme Regis.
Krys Lavery, who moved to Lyme with her surgeon husband Ken less than two years ago, will lead a group of some 35 volunteers who staff the RNLI shop next to the lifeboat station on the Cobb.
The tiny shop has regularly featured as one of the best performing of hundreds of RNLI outlets and last year was in the top ten. Bournemouth-born Krys, 55, a lifelong supporter of the RNLI, said: ‘I started doing one shift selling in the shop, then two, and after thinking long and hard I decided to become the
volunteer leader. ‘We have a tremendous group of enthusiastic helpers and it is simply great fun and very exciting. It is so completely different to nursing, and we all hope we can break a few more records to help the RNLI’s aim to save lives at sea.’
The RNLI’s Visitor Experience Manager, Amanda Woods, said: ‘I am delighted Krys has taken on the role of team leader. She has a very positive outlook and I am sure the shop will continue to be one of our top performers under her team leadership.’
Anyone who would like to help in the shop should contact Krys on 0753 8607753 or email@example.com
27 January 2016 Lyme Regis
South west lifeboat crews saved 90 lives last year
Official figures released by the RNLI show that volunteer crews in the south west launched lifeboats a total of 1,485 times and rescued 1,531 people in 2015.
And with more than nine million people visiting the region’s beaches last summer, the charity’s lifeguards dealt with 11,100 incidents, assisted 12,845 people and saved 55 lives.
Volunteer lifeboat crews across the region’s 36 lifeboat stations saved a total of 90 lives and spent 9,989 hours at sea dealing with emergencies.
Locally, the volunteers in Lyme Regis answered 26 calls for help assisting 16 people, and were at sea for 117 hours. Ten of the emergencies were in the dark.
Nick Marks, the RNLI’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager in Lyme Regis, said: ‘It was a relatively quiet year for us. Nearly half the calls were to assist coastguards with people in trouble on the shoreline or the cliffs which just goes to illustrate the care needed by those who set out on foot to
enjoy our Jurassic coast.
‘We urge everyone to take note of the tides and be wary of slippery rocks.
‘Looking at the number of call-outs I would like to think that the majority of people who use the water are taking all the right precautions before setting out.
‘As for our volunteers, I can only praise their commitment to give up their own time, day or night, to help those in trouble. ‘I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 2016 and urge them to remember to respect the water.’
DATE 18 January 2016
Christmas continues in Lyme Regis for the RNLI
Crew members and shore based volunteers gathered for a late Christmas Dinner at By the Bay in Lyme Regis on Saturday 16 January to celebrate a safe and successful 2015.
The evening started with volunteers and their wives and partners arriving from 7 pm for pre dinner drinks and entertainment from the magician Zap who’s up close magic and sleight of hand left the partygoers genuinely amazed and applauding.
The staff at By the Bay then served a wonderful dinner, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The organisers of the evening, helms, Elliot Herbert, Murray Saunders and Martin Croad had ensured the contribution of wives and partners were recognised with a gift and an entry in to a raffle.
The raffle was drawn after dinner with some wonderful prizes donated by local businesses in Lyme Regis. Too many to mention individually but it was a clear demonstration of the affection and appreciation that the local business community has for it’s Lifeboat Station volunteers.
After dinner came the highlight of the evening with a number of awards being handed out, some light hearted which drew laughter and applause from all. The main award of the evening was to Tom WallIs who won the Crew Member of the Year, it was Tom’s second award of the evening, as well as being
sea-going crew he is one of the Stations Tractor mechanics and his first award was for his diligence in this role.
The camaraderie and atmosphere at the party is evidence that the RNLI in Lyme Regis is in safe hands. This was eloquently summed up by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks as he said ‘This is a great opportunity for everyone on the crew to have a night out together and to say a big thank you to
our wives and partners for all the support they give us. The organiser's of tonight's party have done a really good job to recognise this and the team spirit we have at the station.’
DATE 4/1/2016 Lyme Regis
False alarm for Lyme Regis RNLI first shout of the year but is a timely reminder of Sea Safety.
The first proper working weekday of the year saw a call to the coastguard reporting walkers possibly cut off between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. The call was placed from the café at Charmouth Beach by some concerned members of the public early Monday (4 January 2016) afternoon.
The Coastguard alerted Lyme Regis RNLI volunteers by pager at 1.27 pm and in less than 10 minutes the crew had assembled and got the lifeboat out to sea to look for the reported walkers. It didn’t take long to identify three walkers by the sea where the reported call had placed them.
There were three walkers who were not cut off and in conjunction with shore based members of the coastguard it was agreed they were not at risk and no rescue was needed. The Lyme Regis lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne and it’s four crew observed the individuals form the sea for a short while before
returning to station just after 2 pm.
Back on shore helm Tim Edwards said “We saw them quite quickly as one of them was wearing an orange jacket, they were not in any distress or danger so we observed for a few minutes and were then stood down by the coastguard. A false alarm but better safe than sorry and it’s good that people make a
call if they have concerns”
Clearly no one was in danger but it serves as timely reminder for all that activities by the seashore can put you at risk very quickly. Anyone undertaking activities in or near the sea would be well served going to the RNLI online and reading their advice, especially the Respect The Water initiative
that clearly identifies some of the risks. See http://rnli.org/safety/respect-the-water/Pages/what-is-respect-the-water.aspx
DATE 1/1/2016 Lyme Regis
New Years Day brings the Charge of the Lyme Lunge Brigade
The annual Christmas Day swim at Charmouth beach saw volunteer A week after the Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew ensured the safety of swimmers at the Charmouth Christmas Day swim the volunteer crew were on hand again for a repeat performance at the annual Lyme Lunge .
Following New Years eve celebrations a 1 pm start was more in accordance with allowing revellers to recover from the previous nights indulgences. The foreshore at Lyme Regis began to get busy from late morning as the swimmers began to arrive in all manner of costumes.
The Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were in attendance, some coming straight from helping out at the annual duck race in the town. The conditions were very similar to a week previously at Charmouth with wind and rain and pounding surf. In a well practised manner the crew
members entered the water shortly before the start to ensure the swimmers had a safe area to enter and leave the water.
Just after 1 pm Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian set the swimmers off and The Stig, members of the clergy and a multitude of other costumes charged with gusto in to the sea. All had a great time and within 10 minutes everyone was back ashore enjoying hot drinks. One the
RNLI lifeboat crew said “Unbelievable turnout and well done to all for braving the elements and following our advice”
Following the Lunge the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were invited to the Lyme Regis Sailing Club for a drink to say thank you for recovering their rib after an incident a few weeks ago.