August 2015 update

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RNLI Dart monthly update. August 2015

Operations update.
2015 has been a quiet year to date. The number of “Shouts” has been down on previous years. This is most gratifying to our dedicated crew. We suspect that the indifferent and erratic weather may have deterred people from enjoying the coast and venturing onto the water. Year on year, as the only “Stand alone” RNLI station on the South coast we remain a busy little station. The training of our volunteer crews remains at a high level. In the week after Regatta we are planning further training scenarios with the RNLI lifeguards and several local Fire and Rescue teams will be coming for an exercise on the river.
The crew have been practicing hard on the river and at sea to all complete their Capsize boat training. As an addition to the Regatta programme there was a demonstration of how the capsized boat is righted. This all went well and took place in the Boatfloat at 4pm on Wednesday 26 August. The lifeboats are fitted with specially adapted engines that can be restarted after immersion in sea water. Unfortunately on this very public occasion one of the 4 carburettors had not dried out sufficiently and the crew had to suffer the ignominy of a tow home by the escorting Dart lifeboat.
No sooner had the two lifeboats returned to station after the capsize demo. than a Pan Pan call was heard on the radio from a 31ft yacht with engine failure some 15ft from the Mewstone. A lifeboat crewman was put on-board the yacht and she was towed back to her mooring in the Bight.

Descriptions of all our call-outs, photos and films can be found on the website.
Rob Clements
Lifeboat Operations Manager

The RNLI Visitor Centre on the South Embankment has now been open for seven weeks and there has been a steady stream of visitors to the shop. From this week locally produced RNLI Dart Christmas cards will be available, along with Mugs and Jigsaws. Do ask the volunteers to show you our special range.
The first 3D diagrams of the proposed educational area of the Centre have been drawn up and content for this is being put together. It looks extremely interesting. We still have no definite opening date but progress on this aspect has certainly speeded up. We may know more at the time of the current volunteers update meeting in a month. There is still room for extra people to join the shop team or to declare an interest in helping in the educational area. Please contact Tracey Lucas on 01803 770233 for any enquiries about the Centre.

Chairman’s Corner Aug 2015

The weather may have been atrocious this month but the amount of money raised locally should make us all feel sunny.

Well done to everyone who helped with our major events this month which included the Flag Day collection, the Fete and the Car Rally. All of this added up to about £3,500. On top of that we must add our first instalment cheque from Rockfish of £3326, which comes from a voluntary donation of £1 per bill to the customers. More of that to come over the next 8 months. Then we have our good friends the Face to Face (F2F) Team who I have invited to as many events in town as possible. Every national member they sign up, we are credited with the first year’s membership fee. That’s another £500 so far. Finally, we have our Visitor Centre, all run by local volunteers where, in only 7 weeks, we have shown a profit of £5,500. With other donations and the proceeds of the annual angling competition, organised by Ops Team member Owen Malia, we have raised over £13,000 which is a splendid effort by all of us.

Looking forward, we are starting to get closely involved with Sainsburys Dartmouth, who have made us their local charity of the year. Note their collecting tins and buckets around the store. Our first event with them is a Bingo Night in the store café on Sunday 6 September at 7pm. Entrance, bingo cards and delicious food all for £5 each.

On 25 September there is an evening of music and food at Kingswear Village Hall, featuring the ever popular “Sax Appeal”. Proceeds will be donated to RNLI Dart and the Air Ambulance.

On 23 October we will be collecting and bag packing at M&S Dartmouth. If you can help for an hour please let me know.
Ed Featherstone

RNLI Dart Fundraising Chairman

Posted on Wed 26 Aug 2015 by J Fenton Lifeboat Press Officer

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