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18th August 2015 

The Lizard Lifeboat Station hosts another
spectacular lifeboat day

Kilcobben Cove at The Lizard was the setting for another superb lifeboat day hosted by the crew, shore crew and fundraisers from The Lizard Lifeboat station. Visitors were wowed by The Lizard Lifeboat “Rose” and guided tours of the impressive boat took place throughout the day.  

Lifeboat souvenirs and the new 2016 Lizard Lifeboat calendar could be purchased and refreshments including a BBQ and Cornish cream teas were served throughout the afternoon. Visitors could also guess the weight of the huge Cornish pasty which was won by the Pollard family from Cadgwith. The HM Coastguards and Mullion Fire fighters were also in attendance along with the RNLI Face to Face fundraising team.

To the delight of the crowds of people who had lined the cliff paths and in her  usual spectacular style “Rose” launched in preparation for the arrival of the SAR helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.  However the crew from 771 squadron had been tasked to an incident just prior to the scheduled search and rescue demonstration. So sadly visitors were only able to give a wave when catching a glimpse of the Sea King helicopter and its crew as they flew over Kilcobben Cove after their mission had been completed.

A fantastic £2000 was raised during the day with organisers wishing to thank Phil Greet for providing the PA and sound system, Ann’s Pasties for baking and donating the huge Cornish pasty, the HM Coastguards and Mullion Firefighters, to the proprietors of the local restaurants who had donated to the “Eating around The Lizard” raffle, to all of the volunteers who helped during the day and finally to everyone who came and made the event such a resounding success.


Photographs show:

  • The Lizard Lifeboat launching and afloat in Kilcobben Cove.
  • Clover Oats dressed as a young crew member.
  • Visitors arriving at the station.
  • Visitors inside the station.
  • Crowds lining the cliff paths.

 
Credit Lyndsay Bray for the photographs.

 

9th August 2015

 A super “Big Breakfast” is served in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat

Many delicious breakfasts were served on Saturday 8th August all in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat. Organised by members of the fund raising committee, The Lizard Reading Room was the venue for the second successful “Big Breakfast” event.

85 Cornish and English breakfasts were cooked and served by committee members during the morning and just over £600 was raised for the station hailing this meal time a fantastic success.

Huge thanks go to Westcountry Fruit Sales LTD for providing the fresh mushrooms and tomatoes, C&E Retallacks Butchers, to the volunteers who helped during the busiest part of the morning and to everyone who came and supported the event.

The next scheduled event is the annual Lizard Lifeboat Day which is being held on Sunday 16th August from 11am at Kilcobben Cove.  Quite poignantly for all at the station, RNLB Rose will be demonstrating an air sea rescue with the 771 Sea King helicopter from RNAS Culdrose for the last time before the squadron is due to be relocated at the end of the year.

Photographs show:

  • Mrs Thirlaway and the Tonkin family enjoying breakfast.
  • Lifeboat Operations Manager and Coxswain Andrew Putt accompanied by friends.
  • Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson accompanied by his son James.
  • Roger Squibb and Reg Gegg tuck into breakfast.
  • The Gorton family (left) joined by the Collins family (right)

 Credit Matthew Bray for the photographs.

 

1 August 2015 

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat crew supports the campaign to get all teenagers vaccinated

Teygan Sugrue from Cornwall, died of Meningitis B during his first term at Manchester University on 1 Nov 2014, aged just 19.

Teygan had been vaccinated against all strains of meningitis, for which vaccinations were available at that time, but more specific vaccines are being developed all the time. There is a need to encourage all young people about to start University to ask for all the necessary vaccinations, to protect them from this deadly disease.

There are approximately 1,500 reported cases of meningococcal disease each year in the UK. This is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis. Most people will make a good recovery, but it can rapidly result in death or leave people with severe after-effects and teenagers and babies are at the greatest risk.

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterium. There are five main groups that commonly cause disease – A, B, C, W135 and Y. Group B causes the majority of disease in the UK. Around 10% of the population carries the meningococcal bacteria in the back of their throats at any given time. This is healthy carriage, and should help develop immunity. The bacteria are passed from person to person by coughing, sneezing and intimate kissing. Occasionally the bacteria defeat the body’s defences and cause infection. The bacteria break through the lining at the back of the throat and pass into the bloodstream. They can travel in the bloodstream to infect the meninges, causing meningitis, or while in the bloodstream they can cause septicaemia.

Teygan’s family live locally and have a connection with The Lizard Lifeboat as his grandfather, Simon Sugrue, was honorary secretary for The Lizard Lifeboat in the 1980s.

Meningitis Now and the Sugrue family are endeavouring to get this vaccination message out to the widest possible audience which is why they are displaying their message in as many places and against as many interesting backgrounds as possible and The Lizard lifeboat is certainly that. The Sugrue family are very grateful to the lifeboat crew for helping to share their message.

Lizard lifeboat Coxswain Andrew Putt said ‘We are only too happy to help Simon and his family promote this important cause as we really must warn teenagers, college & university students about this deadly disease. I and many of the crew have teenage sons and daughters and it is important that we ensure they get vaccinated ’. 

 

  • A photo of Teygan Sugrue aged just 19 when he contracted and died from meningitis B in his first term at Manchester university.
  • The attached photograph shows Simon Sugrue with his daughter Johanna and granddaughter Samantha on board The Lizard lifeboat. Please credit RNLI
  • The second and third photos show The Lizard lifeboat crew promoting the need for teenagers to be vaccinated against all strains of meningitis. Please credit RNLI

 

27th July 2015 

THE ANNUAL LIZARD LIFEBOAT SUMMER FETE TAKES PLACE DESPITE THE WEATHER.

A little bit of wind and rain didn't prevent the annual Lizard Lifeboat Summer Fete from taking place on Sunday 26th July. Due to the poor weather the event had to change its venue and took place at The Lizard Football Club this year instead of on the village green. Visitors were treated to all of the usual souvenir stalls, cakes, crab sandwiches, raffles and games which were on offer to everyone who came to support the lifeboat. The event also launched the official 2016 Lizard Lifeboat Calendar which has been produced again thanks to the kind generosity of L&S Printing.

The fund raising committee were delighted to welcome the Coastguards and Mullion Fire Fighters to the football field as additional local emergency services. Both were popular attractions to the fete and all at the lifeboat station wish to thank them for their attendance during the afternoon. Sadly, the weather prevented Hayle Town Band from entertaining the crowd as they have done so in previous years.

Huge thanks go to the superb team of volunteers who generously made cakes and scones, donated plants and raffle prizes, manned the stalls and gave up their time all in aid of our lifeboat. Thanks also go to the local restaurants and cafes who each donated a dish for the “Eating around The Lizard” raffle, to The Lizard Football Club, and to everyone who came and supported a fantastic afternoon for The Lizard Lifeboat. Over £1500 was raised which hailed the event as another resounding success.
The next fundraising event is on Saturday 8th August in The Lizard Reading Rooms when everyone is invited to enjoy a “Big breakfast” all in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat.

Photographs show:

  • Coastguards from Mullion with visitors to the fete
  • Gill and Jan on the cake stall
  • Matthew, Joshua and Harry do their bit!
  • Peter Greenslade and Jeanette Bright with the 2016 Lizard Lifeboat Calendar
  • Lizard Lifeboat personal accompanied by Mullion Coastguards and Fire Fighters
  • Children enjoying the fete

 

Credit Lyndsay Bray for the photographs.

 

19 July 2015 

Coverack Primary school pupils present cheque to The Lizard RNLI lifeboat

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat coxswain Andrew Putt was invited to Coverack Primary school to receive a donation from the proceeds of a cake sale.

The pupils from Coverack Primary school recently visited The Lizard lifeboat station to learn about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and in particular the volunteer lifeboat crews.

The children were shown around both the station and the all-weather Tamar class lifeboat Rose. The Lizardlifeboat deputy launching authority’s John Cooper & Mike Pamphilon, along with coxswain Andrew Putt, took the time to explain the work carried out by the crews.

The children were particularly excited to ride up the cliff in the stations lift. On return to school they decided to organise a cake sale to raise funds for the RNLI.

On Wednesday 15 July Andrew visited the school where two pupils Charlotte and Lily, presented him and John Brocklebank a member of the fund-raising committee of the Coverack RNLI branch, with a cheque for £75.

Andrew Putt said’ It was fantastic to go along to the school and to hear how the children were inspired to hold a cake sale to raise vital funds for the RNLI. We would like to thank both the children and their teachers for their efforts, especially Lorraine Brown who arranged for the children to come along to the station’.

The photograph shows Andrew Putt and John Brocklebank receiving the cheque from Coverack school pupils, Charlotte & Lily. Please credit RNLI

 

21 June 2015 

Two Lizard RNLI lifeboat volunteers retire after a joint service of 87 years

Recently lifeboat members past and present came together to celebrate over 87 years of operational service carried out by two stalwarts of The Lizard lifeboat station.

John Harris has given over 47 years service while Phil Burgess who retired as fulltime Coxswain in October 2010, continued on until recently as a volunteer shore crew member.

While John was a lifeboat crew member he and Phil were involved in a number of difficult service calls which included the rescue of the yacht Heptarchy with 12 people onboard, which got into difficulties 40 miles south of Lizard Point. The lifeboat was at sea for over 11 hours, towing the yacht back to the Helford river in hurricane force winds.

John’s extraordinary service with the RNLI was recognised in 1987 when he received his long service badge and in 2012 he received his second bar to the badge in recognition of over 45 years service at the station.

Phil received his second bar to his long service badge in recognition of 40 years service at the crew dinner just before Christmas last year. Phil then decided it was time to stand down from the shore crew.

John has held a number of important positions at the station. From 1967-1985 he was a shore crew member, 1985-1989 winch operator, 1989-1990 all-weather lifeboat crew member, 1990-1999 assistant mechanic, 1999-2003 shore crew member, 2003-2004 deputy winch operator, 2004-2010 winch operator and 2010-2014 deputy launching authority. We’re pleased to announce that John will continue to support the station for many years to come, in his capacity as a Vice President of our branch.

John was born in The Lizard and during his 70 years he has volunteered for a number of different organisations which includes the Holman – Climax Male Voice Choir and he has been a member of the church bell ringers since 1961 alongside his RNLI service.

At the recent retirement party RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson presented both men with service certificates in recognition of their amazing service to The Lizard lifeboat station.

Lizard lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum said ‘Both Phil and John have had a long and distinguished service here at The Lizard and we cannot thank them enough for all their time and dedication. 87 years is a phenomenal amount of time and just shows the calibre of person that volunteer for The Lizard lifeboat and wider RNLI’.

Photos:

  • John Harris and Phil Burgess receiving their service certificates from George Rawlinson, RNLI Operations Director.

  • Credit Lyndsay Bray/RNLI

26 May 2015 

Lizard RNLI lifeboat crew member to take part in a 900 nautical mile single-handed challenge in a 26ft yacht

To follow Simon's progress please click here

Lizard lifeboat crew member Simon Fayers is taking part in the Jester Baltimore Challenge, a single handed yacht race from Plymouth to Baltimore, Republic of Ireland. Simon will then sail to a position just off the Continental shelf, a round trip of almost 900 nautical miles in his 26ft yacht before returning to the Helford River via Brest, France.

Simon, 53, has been a member of the lifeboat crew for over 7 years and is an experienced sailor who owns the 26ft yacht ‘Shebeca’ which is moored in the Helford River. He has taken part in a number of single-handed yacht races but on this occasion he will be completing his challenge without the use of any electronic navigational aids he will be attempting to navigate by only using a sextant and compass. He is currently teaching himself how to use the sextant.

This challenge starts at Plymouth on Sunday 14 June. Simon is hoping to complete the challenge in less than 10 days and during the trip will be celebrating his 54th birthday.

Simon has decided to use this fantastic challenge to raise funds for both The Lizard lifeboat station and also the Fishermen’s Mission, two very worthy charity’s that ensure the safety and wellbeing of seafarers. Anyone can donate using the virgin money giving website at www.uk.virgingivingmoney.com/simonfayers

Simon says ’I have wanted to sail out to the Continental Shelf where there is little commercial shipping for a long time and after hearing about the Jester Challenge I thought it would be a great personal challenge to combine the two. I always thought it would be really good to learn how to navigate using only a sextant and this challenge was what spurred me on. As a lifeboat crew member we get called to yacht’s which have been disabled and are unable to use their electronic navigational aids. I think it is great to be able to use just the basics of a sextant, compass and chart’.

Gina Moore Regional Fundraising Manager (South West) of the Fishermen’s Mission says ‘The Fishermen’s Mission is a charity dedicated to the care of UK fishermen who risk their lives to catch the fish we all love to eat. Our aim is, and continues to be, to provide emergency and welfare assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year whenever and wherever it is needed. In an emergency we will always respond to injured, sick and shipwrecked fishermen. As a charity we know that many fishing families have lost a loved one of their own to the sea, we understand that a lifetime of fishing takes its toll. With that knowledge and years of experience we can help to make life a little better. The Fishermen’s Mission is absolutely delighted that Lizard Lifeboat crew member and highly experienced sailor Simon Fayers has chosen to support both our charity and the RNLI with his amazing single-handed offshore sailing challenge off the continental shelf in June. With his vast experience of the sea, Simon understands both the dangers and the risks both sailors and fishermen face out at sea. We wish him a safe and successful journey and all the very best navigating a circular 900 NM route in his 26ft yacht entirely by sextant and compass’.

Simon is due to leave the Helford River on board Shebeca on Wednesday 10 June to sail to Plymouth for the skippers briefing on Friday 12 June, before the race starts on Sunday 14 June.

8th May 2015

FUND RAISING AUCTION HELD IN AID OF THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT.

The Top House Inn at The Lizard was the venue for a fund raising Auction of Promises held recently in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat. Organised by members of the fund raising committee, the event was hailed as a resounding success with over £2000 being raised during the evening.
Auctioneers on the night were Deputy Launch Authority Mike Pamphilon and former lifeboat crew member and Cadgwith fisherman John Trewin. The Lots on offer included meals out, activity and adventure days, ingredients for a roast meal, pictures donated by local artists and even a cake baked every month for a year!
The fund raising committee wish to express their grateful thanks to everyone who donated an auction lot, adding that the generosity of our villagers and local businesses was as overwhelming as ever. Thanks also to James and Donna Glosby from The Top House Inn for hosting the evening. 

Photographs show:
Auctioneers Mike Pamphilon and John Trewin. (Photograph – Lyndsay Bray)
A busy bar and selection of the auction lots on offer. (Photographs – Jess Putt)

 

 

7th April 2015

THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT RECEIVES A GENEROUS DONATION FROM SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION.

Coxswain of The Lizard Lifeboat Andrew Putt recently accepted a cheque for £858 from Steve Ford, who is the treasurer of the Devon and Cornwall Police Force’s Sea Angling Association.
Steve and his colleagues are all members of the Devon and Cornwall Police Force and are from the Helston area. They organised a fund raising raffle at the national Police Sport UK boat fishing competition which was hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police in Plymouth last autumn. The raffle raised more than £1700 and the proceeds were shared equally between The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat and Cancer Research UK.
Lizard Lifeboat Chairman Mike Lord expressed his thanks on behalf of everyone at the station for the very generous donation.

Photograph shows: Steve Ford Treasurer of Devon and Cornwall Police Forces Angling Association presenting a cheque for £858 to Coxswain Andrew Putt.
Andrew is accompanied by Lifeboat Chairman Mike Lord to the right and Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum to the far right of the picture. 

Please Credit Lyndsay Bray for the photograph.

 

25th February 2015

THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT RECIEVES ANOTHER GENEROUS DONATION

Lizard Lifeboat Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson recently accepted a donation of £170 from Melanie Walters and Christine Morey who own the Pure Bliss Beauty Salon in Mullion.

Melanie and Christine organised the Christmas market which took place in Mullion during the switching on of the village Christmas lights. Thanks to the generosity of visitors to the market and the stallholders, a Christmas raffle was held and seasonal refreshments were severed resulting in £170 being raised for The Lizard Lifeboat Station.

Melanie and Christine were invited down the station at Kilcobben Cove and were delighted to board RNLB “Rose” to present their donation to Dan and his colleagues. They also wanted to thank Dan who had supported the event by dressing in full lifeboat kit during the festive evening. Dan accepted the cheque accompanied by Deputy Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway, Second Mechanic Johnny Bray, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and RNLI Mechanic Paul Gamble.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Photograph shows:

Owners of the Pure Bliss salon Melanie Walters and Christine Morey presenting their generous donation to Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson who is accompanied by Second Mechanic Johnny Bray, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby, Deputy Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway and RNLI mechanic Paul Gamble.

Photo credit: Lyndsay Bray

5th December 2014

The Lizard Lifeboat Station hosts annual
Christmas Carolaire.

Christmas really got under this year when The Lizard Lifeboat Station hosted their annual Christmas Carolaire on the evening of Friday 5th December.

Visitors were welcomed to the station and treated to an evening of festive carol singing accompanied by Helston Town Band and the children from Landewednack School Choir. A Christmas raffle and seasonal refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies were served throughout the evening by members of the fund raising team.

Now in its third year the event was hailed as another success with many visitors saying that it is an evening that really starts the Christmas festivities in The Lizard village and local community.

Grateful thanks and appreciation go to the Rev Deirdre Mackrill and the Rev Steve Swann who compared the evening aboard RNLB “Rose”, Helston town Band, Travis Perkins Helston who kindly donated a generator and outside lighting, the children from Landewednack School Choir, James and Donna Glosby from The Top House Inn, Westcountry Fruit Ltd, Zoar Garage and everyone who donated refreshments and raffle prizes.

All at The Lizard Lifeboat Station would like to thank everyone who attended the Carolaire and wish everyone a very safe and Happy Christmas.

 

29th November  2014

 Crew honoured for service to

The Lizard Lifeboat.

Members of The Lizard Lifeboat have held their annual station dinner at the Housel Bay Hotel giving the RNLI the opportunity to thank and honour members of the crew.
Congratulations have been paid to Dr Robert Edgerley, John Trott and his wife Cara Trott who have recently stepped down as crew members of The Lizard Lifeboat. Each was presented with certificates in honour of their achievements and commitment to the station. Former Coxswain Phil Burgess was also honoured for his 40 year service as was former crew member Richard Woodmansey who has served the station for 30 years. Both Phil and Richard are now members of the stations Shore Crew.

 

 

Darren Thirlaway who was recently passed out as Deputy Second Coxswain was also presented with a certificate in recognition of his bravery during the rescue of the yacht "Marique" in May of this year. Darren jumped aboard the moving yacht from the lifeboat whilst it was being battered by gale force 8 winds and treacherous waves. Having suffered damage to her rigging 18 miles south west of The Lizard Point, RNLB Rose safely towed the yacht into Falmouth. Footage of Darren's leap onto the "Marique" can be viewed on the stations website www.thelizardlifeboat.org.uk and www.rnli.org 

                                                                      
25th October 2014

THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT GOES TO THE RACES!

Crew, shore crew and supporters of The Lizard Lifeboat spent a night at the races on Friday 24th October. The Lizard Football Club was the venue for an evening of horse racing compared by Phil Greet who took hold of the reins all in a good cause.

Eight horse races took place and were shown to the crowd on a large screen, each of the races was kindly sponsored by a local business.

Organised by members of the fundraising group the evening raised just over £300 for The Lizard Lifeboat and was hailed as a really entertaining event.

Huge thanks go to Phil Greet for providing all of the equipment, material and his time, and to race sponsors Ann’s Pasties, D&J Bray Plumbing and Heating, The Top House Inn, The Witchball, The Lizard Football Club, Cadgwith Crab Shop, Lizard Landscaping and The Lizard Lifeboat fundraisers.

Photographs show:

Phil Greet, the lifeboat crew, shore crew and race winners after the races had been run!

Credit Lyndsay Bray for the photograph.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

 

27 September 2014

Children from Landewednack School at The Lizard have recently requested the help of The Lizard Lifeboat

Children from Landewednack School at The Lizard have recently requested the help of The Lizard Lifeboat in their quest for winning new musical instruments for the school. The children have entered a competition run by James Rhodes & The Great Instrument Amnesty and have produced a video which has been uploaded to youtube. Other schools have also been involved in the competition and those with the most hits/likes on youtube will receive the most instruments. 

The short film which was filmed and edited by class teacher Adrian Bolton shows the children discovering that all of the schools instruments have been destroyed by mice. The children then embark on a mission to replace the instruments by entering a competition which they subsequently win. They then visit The Lizard Lifeboat Station to collect their new instruments from Coxswain Andrew Putt and Mechanic Dan Atkinson who have launched RNLB Rose on a special mission to bring the instruments ashore!!

Mr Bolton said "The children and I had great fun in producing the video which we hope will win us some instruments for the school. We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Andrew, Dan and all at The Lizard Lifeboat Station who helped us to produce what we think is a fantastic film"

Children and staff at Landewednack School would like to invite everyone to view the video by going to www.youtube.co.uk and search for 'Landewednack School Needs Free Instruments'. If the video is deemed to be popular enough it could feature on Channel 4's "Great Instrument Amnesty" programme.

Photograph shows: Landewednack School children on board The Lizard Lifeboat accompanied by their teacher Adrian Bolton, Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Coxswain Andrew Putt.

Lyndsay Bray
Teaching Assistant
Landewednack School
&
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

25 August 2014 

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat crew abseil
down to Mount Everest base camp

The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew and shore crew members with help from the public took part in an abseil challenge on Saturday 23 August at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsular.

A perfect flat cliff face above Kynance Cove was selected to abseil down by David Issitt, a member of the shore crew at The Lizard lifeboat station who came up with the idea of the abseil challenge to raise funds, by people abseiling down the height of Mount Everest, in 25 metre stints.

David, a keen climbing enthusiast, organised the event at Kynance Cove with assistance from JP Eatock, owner of Lizard Adventure, a local business that specialises in coasteering, sea kayaking, guided walks, rock climbing and kayak fishing. The perfect rock face was just over 25 metres high and was selected as it had a route to allow participants to walk back up to the cliff top. The event was attended by people of all ages with the youngest at only 5 years old. He was accompanied over the cliff by JP.

The event was well attended with over 163 abseils recorded, making an overall height of 4100 metres, higher than if Mount Everest had been abseiled down from its peak to base camp, and in just 8 hours. The event has raised over £500.

Mike Lord, Chairman of The Lizard lifeboat station said: ‘What a great idea it was. Everyone had a super, exciting time in perfect weather and wonderful surroundings - and raised money for The Lizard Lifeboat at the same time! Many thanks to everyone – organisers, crew, volunteers and all the happy abseilers – who helped make it such a memorable time.’   

  • The first photograph shows the youngest participant at only five years old, taking part in the abseil challenge at Kynance Cove, Credit Bernice Putt.
  • The second photo shows volunteer lifeboat crew member Cat Lee abseiling down the cliff, Please Credit Terry Thirlaway

17th August 2014 

The Lizard Lifeboat Station hosts another
spectacular lifeboat day

Kilcobben Cove at The Lizard was the setting for another spectacular lifeboat day hosted by crew, shore crew and fundraisers from The Lizard Lifeboat station. Visitors were wowed by the The Lizard Lifeboat “Rose” demonstrating an air sea rescue scene with the magnificent Sea King helicopter from 771 Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose in Helston.

Lifeboat souvenirs could be purchased and refreshments including a BBQ and Cornish cream teas were served throughout the afternoon. The day also heralded the launch of the 2015 Lizard Lifeboat Calendar which is now on sale at the station and in various shops in the village and local area. Visitors were also invited to guess weight of the Cornish pasty? Which had been kindly baked and donated by Ann’s Pasties. The RNLI Lifeguards were also in attendance during the day as were the HM Coastguard team from Mullion.

However the Coastguards had to make a hasty retreat as they were called away to attend an incident on a nearby cliff path where their services were required. This in turn cast a doubt as to whether the helicopter would be able to return to the station in time to carry out the demonstration. Proving to the many visitors at Kilcobben Cove that these events can only take place if the rescue services are not actually required.

The crowds that remained at the station and on the surrounding cliffs and footpaths were not to be disappointed as the helicopter returned right on cue to carry out the demonstration with the lifeboat.

Thanks go 771 Squadron from RNAS Culdrose, Phil Greet for providing the PA and sound system, Ann’s Pasties for donating the huge Cornish pasty, The Witchball Restaurant for proving the delicious scones for the cream teas, to everyone who donated refreshments and raffle prizes, to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help during the day and finally to everyone who came and made the event a resounding success yet again.

Another exciting fund raising event is due to take place on Saturday 23rd August. Members of The Lizard Lifeboat and any other willing participants will attempt to abseil a total of 8,848 meters (the height of Mount Everest!) in 25 meter sections down a steep cliff face near Kynance Cove. For further information on the abseil event and how to get involved please contact David Issitt on 07761904060.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Photographs show:

  • RNLB “Rose” air sea rescue demonstration with 771 Squadron from RNAS Culdrose.
  • Rose” accompanied by her sister Y class boat.
  • Crewmen, Darren Thirlaway, Nick Tattersall and Will Duke.
  • Harry Bray, Matthew Bray and Johnny Bray accompanied by the RNLI’s “Stormy Stan”.
  • Visitors entering the station and having the opportunity be shown around The Lizard Lifeboat.

9th August 2014

Fund raisers for The Lizard Lifeboat host a
“Big Breakfast” Feast

Breakfast was well and truly served on Saturday 9th August 2014 courtesy of The Lizard Lifeboat fund raising team. The "Big Breakfast" was held in the village Reading Room in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat Station.

Visitors were treated to a traditional Cornish or English breakfast freshly cooked and served by the members of the fund raising committee from the lifeboat station. Just over £600 was raised in a little over four hours which was hailed a magnificent amount.

Huge thanks and appreciation go to everyone who came and supported the event.

Two more fund raising days are planned during the summer holidays.  The annual Lizard Lifeboat Day is taking place on Sunday 17th August at Kilcobben Cove The Lizard from 12 Noon. Then on Saturday 23rd August members of The Lizard Lifeboat and any other willing participants will attempt to abseil a total of 8,848 meters (the height of Mount Everest!) in 25 meter sections down a steep cliff face near Kynance Cove. For further information on the abseil event and how to get involved please contact David Issitt on 07761904060.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station 

Photographs show:

  • David Gascoigne selling lifeboat souvenirs
  • Coxswain Andrew Putt accompanied by former Coxswain Phil Burgess, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and Second Mechanic Johnny Bray.
  • The Tonkin family enjoying their breakfast.
  • Crew member Darren Thirlaway (bottom left) enjoying breakfast with his family.
  • Some of the Team at work! Fund raising committee members Jan, Gill and Pat accompanied by Crewman Dr Chris Cuff, Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Head Launcher Jeff Ashby.

27th July 2014 

The annual Lizard Lifeboat Fete hailed a resounding success

Beautiful warm weather greeted visitors to The Lizard village on Sunday 27th July as the annual Lizard Lifeboat Fete took place on the village green. The event was opened at 12 Noon by village resident and former Falmouth lifeboat crewman David Muirhead MBE.

A cake stall, crab sandwiches, cream teas, games and raffles were just some of the things to keep the visiting crowd entertained as well as the traditional RNLI souvenir stall. Coastguards from Mullion were also in attendance with examples of the equipment they use during a cliff rescue. Hayle Town Band also enthralled onlookers throughout the afternoon for the second year running.

A raffle with a difference was held this year. “Eating around The Lizard”
which consisted of the local, pubs, restaurants and cafes in our local villages kindly offering dining experiences in their premises. Many many thanks to all those generous owners and proprietors for their kind generosity.

Event organiser Jeanette Bright who has been fund raising for The Lizard Lifeboat for over twenty years was delighted with the ongoing popularity of the annual event adding that almost £2000 had been raised throughout the afternoon for The Lizard Station. Jeannette and the fundraising committee would like to thank everybody who donated their time, prizes, cakes and refreshments for the Fete and to the members of the crew and shore crew who help set up and clear away marquees and furniture before and after the Fete.

The Fund Raising committee have two more events planned during the summer holidays. “The Lizard Lifeboat Big Breakfast” is hoping to attract hungry visitors to the village Reading Room on Saturday 9th August from 8am – 12 Noon and the annual Lizard Lifeboat Day is taking place on Sunday 17th August at Kilcobben Cove The Lizard.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station 

Photographs shows:

  • Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum, David Muirhead and Jeanette Bright.
  • The very popular Crab Sandwich table.
  • Sue Tattersall, June Tattersall and Sharan Tattersall serving refreshments.
  • Lifeboat souvenirs sold by Liz, David and Janet, accompanied by Alan and Roger.
  • Joshua, Harry, Stormy Stan, Joshua and the Mullion Coast guards.

Gill Cuff and Pat Ashby selling delicious homemade cakes and treats.

 

7 July 2014 

Bailey Boat Cat is raising funds for The Lizard RNLI lifeboat

Bailey is a Siamese cat who lives on a boat near Rome, Italy. He is holding a raffle to celebrate his third birthday on 9 July and all the proceeds will be going to The Lizard lifeboat station to help keep her volunteer crew afloat.

Bailey and his owners are keen Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) supporters. His mum Louise Kennedy comes from The Lizard and her grandparents still live in the village, so Bailey is keen to raise funds for The Lizard lifeboat station. Last year he raised £100.

Currently Bailey, who has his own blog about his antics and a book ‘Bailey the Boat Cat – Adventures of a Feline Afloat’ written about him by Louise, is raising money through the ‘Just Giving’ website by holding a raffle. You don’t have very long to support Bailey as his raffle will be drawn on Bailey’s third Birthday this week. Bailey has also donated five signed copies of his new book to the RNLI to be used to raise even more money for the charity.

To take part in the raffle you can enter by going online at:  https://www.justgiving.com/Bailey-Boat-Cat

To find out more about Bailey and his owners or purchase Bailey’s book, where you can get £2 off the recommended retail price, go to the following web address: http://baileyboatcat.com/2014/07/03/my-birthday-raffle-for-the-rnli

Mike Lord, The Lizard lifeboat Chairman, said: “It’s not every day that The Lizard lifeboat gets help from a four-legged friend. It’s great that Bailey and his owners are keen supporters of the RNLI and The Lizard in particular and we would also like to thank them for donating copies of Bailey’s book to the station to help us raise even more funds.”

 

10th January 2014 

Young musicians raise funds for The Lizard Lifeboat.

A group of young musicians entertained the residents of Mullion village on Christmas Eve all in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat. For the forth year running the youngsters who each play a brass instrument braved the cold wet weather and performed a medley of Christmas carols outside the Spar shop which is owned by Mark and Diana Bailey.  

“The Mullion Players” rehearse with Dawn Aitcheson who said that the annual event really starts her Christmas! Over £100 was raised in the space of 90 minutes.

 

On behalf of the station huge thanks go to the youngsters and Dawn for their continued support of The Lizard Lifeboat. Thanks also to Charlie, Bryony and Jody who were in charge of the collection buckets.

Photographs show: “The Mullion Players” - Jos, Jonathan, Rebecca, Sam, Joe, Emily and Joshua.

 

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Photographs Mary Kemp

6th December 2013

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat Station hosts its annual Christmas Carolaire.

Christmas has well and truly arrived at The Lizard Lifeboat Station with members of the fundraising committee hosting their annual Christmas Carolaire from inside the station and on board RNLB “Rose”. Helston Town Band and Landewednack School Choir invited a packed boathouse to join them in singing a collection of new and traditional Christmas carols. 

 

 

 

 

The service was conducted onboard "Rose" by the Reverend Deride Mackrill and the Reverend Steve Swann. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum read a poem entitled "Lifeboat Men so Brave", which was written and dedicated to all RNLI lifeboat crews around the country. Landewednack School children Dora, Luke, Joleigh and Sean also each read a poem during the service.

A festive raffle was held and seasonal refreshments and mulled wine were served in the crew room at the end of the evening, the event was again hailed as a great success.

Derek Johnston, Band Master from Helston Town Band said, "We were delighted to have been asked to perform at the lifeboat stations Carolaire. We are keen supporters of the RNLI and have recently produced a CD with tenor John Trelevan which we hope will soon be on sale in all lifeboat shops around the country”

 

The stations fund raising committee wish to give huge thanks to Phil Greet who provided the PA sound system, Travis Perkins Helston for donating a generator and lighting for the evening, Music teacher Judith Green and the Landewednack School Choir, Helston Town band, Reverend Deride Mackrill and Reverend Steve Swann, James and Donna Glosby from The Top House Inn for generously donating refreshments, Cornish Food Market for the Christmas Hampers and to everyone who came and supported the evening.

Photographs show: The Landewednack School Choir singing aboard RNLB "Rose". The Reverend Deride Mackrill and Reverend Steve Swann aboard "Rose". Helston Town Band aboard the lifeboat and during the Carolaire.

 

 

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

20 October 2013

Members of The Lizard lifeboat crew represent the RNLI at St Paul’s Cathedral service

Three crew members of The Lizard lifeboat were selected from all the stations in the south-west to represent the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at the National Seafarers service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The Lizard lifeboat Coxswain Andrew Putt, Third Mechanic Steve Tattersall and Head Launcher Jeff Ashby were selected to carry the RNLI standard at the National Seafarers service on Wednesday 16 October. The crew, along with their wives, travelled up to London for the afternoon service by train from Penzance, returning home the following day.

The National Seafarers service has been held at St Paul’s Cathedral since April 1905, when a British shipmaster suggested that the centenary of the death of Nelson would be a fitting occasion for the inauguration of an annual seamen’s service in St Pauls Cathedral. The service has been held annually since, except for some gaps during the first and second World Wars.

Many seafaring organisations are represented at the service; this includes the Royal and Merchant Navies, the commercial world, shipping companies, mission and philanthropic societies, schools and museums, veterans’ associations, labour unions and youth and leisure organisations. The service is sponsored by a number of different organisations, with office facilities and staff required to organise the event provided by the Mission to Seafarers.

Andrew Putt said ‘It was a privilege to represent the RNLI and carry the RNLI Standard. There were several hundred people at the service and a number of organisations Standards were marched into St Paul’s at the start of the service. It is really great to think that the work of the lifeboat crews is recognised in this way’.

  • The photo was taken after the National Seafarers Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and shows Steve Tattersall (left) Andrew Putt (centre) and Jeff Ashby (right) with the RNLI Standard. Please credit Paul Fisher/RNLI

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station receives a donation from a local cafe as the lifeboat is launched to assist a fishing vessel

Local cafe owner Jacci Jourdan and son Hector, who run the Fat Apple Cafe at Porthallow, like to raise money for local charities through a weekly book swap held in their cafe, and recently they presented a cheque to The Lizard lifeboat station. These important funds allow the lifeboat to launch and assist a broken down fishing vessel.

They invited The Lizard lifeboat station chairman Mike Lord to collect a cheque for £125 to go toward the funds at the station. Jacci explained they have been running the cafe since opening it last year and decided to hold a book swap which has been gradually gathering momentum, and as both son Hector and daughter Phoebe are keen lifeboat supporters, they were very pleased to be able to present the RNLI with the money raised.

Mike Lord said "It's always doubly welcome when well-wishers give us donations they've raised from ideas they have thought up themselves - it shows such goodwill and imagination, and takes some of the pressure off our hard-working fund-raising team! Mike continues "And Fat Apples Cafe is such a special place, in a beautiful peaceful setting with good food to make it even better. So our warm thanks to Jacci and her team for this boost to The Lizard Lifeboat's funds."

The Lizard lifeboat was launched just after midday today to assist the 11 metre fishing vessel ‘Girl Pamela’ with three onboard, that had suffered engine failure 5 miles south of Lizard Point. The Newlyn based vessel contacted Falmouth Coastguard and asked for assistance. The Lizard lifeboat was launched and took the boat in tow back to Newlyn, returning to station at 4:30pm.

Coxswain Andrew Putt said ‘This was a straight forward incident for the crew and the sort we have to deal with regularly. But the lifeboat is able to respond to this and any incident due to people like Jacci and her family who raise essential funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and we are very grateful to them’.

 

    • The photo shows Mike Lord receiving the cheque from Jacci & Hector Jourdan with Freddie the dog. (Photo Bernice Putt)
    • The second photo shows fishing vessel ‘Girl Pamela’ under tow back to Newlyn by The Lizard lifeboat.
      (Photo Adam Weston)

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station receives a donation from a local cafe as the lifeboat is launched to assist a fishing vessel

Large crowds flocked to see the The Lizard Lifeboat on Sunday 11th August as the station hosted its annual lifeboat day. Visitors were greeted with a variety of stalls including local crafts, raffles, games and displays. There was a BBQ for those feeling hungry along with cream teas and refreshments, all served by members of the fundraising committee. Mullion Coastguards and the RNLI 'Face to Face' team were also in attendance. "Guess the weight of the pasty" competition also drew much attention. The pasty had been kindly baked and donated by Ann Muller who owns The Lizard Pasty Shop. RNLI gifts and souvenirs could also be purchased.

Visitors were invited to make their way down to the station where lifeboat crew and shore crew members were on hand to show the heavy stream of visitors around the immaculate RNLB 'Rose'. Long queues for tours of the boat continued throughout the afternoon.

The main event of the day saw the launching of RNLB 'Rose' and the spectacular arrival from RNAS Culdrose of a 771 squadron Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter, piloted by the Squadron C.O. Commander Martin Shepherd. Crowds lined the cliff tops to watch the thrilling sea and air rescue demonstration. Prior to the arrival of the helicopter Commander Shepard's wife Janette also gave an informative talk to the crowd on the 771 Naval Air Squadron.

The day raised over £1300 for The Lizard Lifeboat and huge thanks go to everyone who came and supported the event. Members of the fundraising committee also wish to thank Phil Greet who provided the PA system and for his running commentary on the days events, the many volunteer helpers who manned the BBQ and stalls, to the crew of 771 Squadron from RNAS Culdrose, and the Witchball Restaurant who kindly baked the scones for the cream teas.

Photographs show: RNLB Rose exercising with a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. Mike, Reg, Gay and Helen manning the BBQ. Catherine on the raffle table. Janet, Pat and Jess selling lifeboat calendars, lifeboat wristbands and inviting visitors to guess the weight of the pasty. Members of the Mullion Coastguards with their display of cliff rescue equipment.

(Photographs taken by Lyndsay Bray)

The Lizard Lifeboat Fete
Sunday 28th July 2013

The annual Lizard Lifeboat Fete was again hailed a great success despite the infrequent weather. The event which took place on the village green was officially opened by Lizard Lifeboat President Dr Geoffrey Wood at 12 noon. Visitors were treated to an array of things to see and do, with games raffles and souvenirs on offer throughout the afternoon. Crab sandwiches, a BBQ (manned by members of the station!) and the delicious cake stall also proved very popular with visitors to the fete. Hayle Town Band were also there to entertain the large on looking crowd. Local resident George Sallybanks had very kindly donated a remote controlled lifeboat with raffle tickets being sold during the week prior to the fete, the winner was a very delighted 7 year old Ben Woodmansey.

The fete also saw the official launch of the 2014 Lizard Lifeboat calendar which contains many photographs of RNLB Rose and her crew and shore crew.

All of the photographs were taken by local photographer Geoff Squibb and the calendar can be purchased in the souvenir shop at the station and at various outlets in and around the village.

Event organiser Jeannette Bright wished to thank the members of the crew and shore crew who set up the marquees and gazebos early on Sunday morning and for their help in taking them down and clearing up afterwards, all of the volunteer stall holders, Hayle Town band and to everyone who had come and supported the event. All of the proceeds of which are still being counted, will be donated to The Lizard Lifeboat station. Jeannette went on to say " Though we did see the sun at times, we managed to weather the occasional storms which fortunately didn't deter the visitors from supporting the fete, thank you to everyone again"

This years Lizard lifeboat day will be taking place on Sunday 11th August from 12 noon at the station. The main event of the day will be RNLB Rose exercising with a rescue helicopter from Culdrose.

Photographs show : Jeanette Bright and Lifeboat President Dr Wood. Gill Cuff on the cake stall. The BBQ Team!. Winner of the remote controlled lifeboat Ben Woodmansey with his sisters Amy and Zoe. Christine, Rachel and Paige manning the raffle. Hayle Town Band. Lifeboat souvenirs being purchased from David and Janet Gascoigne. Ken and Jeannette Bright with the new 2014 Lizard Lifeboat calendar
(Photographs : Lyndsay Bray)

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat
Station

Open Garden - "Trevesco", Mullion.
Sunday 14th July 2013
In aid of The Lizard Lifeboat

The Lizard Lifeboat has benefited from the generosity of Mr and Mrs Read from Mullion who for the second year running have opened their beautiful garden to the public. "Trevesco" in Commons Close, Mullion is a quarter acre garden filled with spectacular herbaceous and exotic plants. The weather was just perfect to show off such pretty suroundings and visitors were invited to wander around the garden at their leisure. Refreshments were served for those who wanted to spend a little longer in the garden and lifeboat souviners could also be purchased.

£190 was raised during the afternoon, huge thanks go to Mr and Mrs Read for welcomimg visitors into their garden and for thier continued support of The Lizard Lifeboat.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

The Lizard Lifeboat has received another generous donation from a keen supporter of the RNLI.

This was a rather unusual donation though as it came from a cat and his family who live aboard a boat based in Rome!
Bailey the Boat Cats owner Lou explained to press officer Lyndsay Bray that as she, her partner and Bailey are currently off sailing indefinitely they are great supporters of the RNLI (especially The Lizard station) and the work that they do. Bailey the cat was 2 at the beginning of July and to mark the occasion Lou and her family wanted to donate £100 to The Lizard Lifeboat Station.

Lou's grandparents Stan and Julie Granville live in the village and very kindly presented the cheque to Coxswain Andrew Putt prior to the lifeboat launching on exercise last Tuesday evening. (23rd July)

Thanks go to Lou and her family and of course to Bailey for their very kind donation. Bailey can be followed on his travels at baileyboatcat.com

Photograph shows: From L-R, Deputy Launch Authority John Harris, Coxswain Andrew Putt, Julie Granville, Lifeboat Operations Manger Ned Nuzum and Stan Granville.

18 June 2013

SEPERATE EVENTS RAISE FUNDS
FOR THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT

The Lizard Lifeboat station has received a very generous donation from The Mounts Bay Inn at Mullion. Fundraising Committee member Rachel
Tonkin was recently invited to accept a cheque for £265.00 from Landlady Cheryl Tonkin. The money had been raised from the weekly quiz
raffles held in the pub during the winter.  Thanks go to Cheryl and her
team for their continued support of the lifeboat.


 

 

An evening at the races has also raised an additional £312.00 for the station. Organised
by the members of the fund raising committee and held at The Lizard Football Club race goers were able to place bets on horses which had been locally sponsored and then watch the action on a big screen in the club. Huge thanks go to compare for the evening Phil Greet without whom the evening couldn't have gone ahead and wouldn't have been such good fun!. Thanks and appreciation also go to the race sponsors, Forth Element Dive Gear, warvas Dairy Farm, D&J Bray Plumbing and Heating, Ann's Pasties, Yoga with Tania, Cadgwith Cove Crab Shop, The Cuff Family and The Drummond Clan.


Everyone at the station would again like to thank all who support the events held in aid of our lifeboat.



Photographs show: Rachel Tonkin accepting a cheque from Cheryl Tonkin, Landlady of The Mounts Bay Inn Mullion. Fundraising committee members accompanied by (in no particular order) Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Second Mechanic Johnny Bray, Crewman Darren Thirlaway and Head Launcher Jeff Ashby with compare for the evening Phil Greet.

21 April 2013 

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station needs new members to join their team

The Lizard lifeboat station is looking for volunteers to help in the boathouse shop and to show people around the station.

The new station at The Lizard has been open for just over a year and as with all lifeboat stations, it has a steady flow of visitors who want to look around. The two fulltime operational crew, the coxswain and mechanic, are on station Monday to Friday but are often too busy to take time out to answer questions or sell items from the shop, which is housed in the station. A small group of volunteers help out, but the station is now looking to increase its number of volunteers so that the shop can be open to the public seven days a week.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone of anyone aged 17 or over to be actively involved at The Lizard lifeboat station. The only qualifications you require are to like people and to want help out the operational staff by dealing with any enquiries.

This position will be a voluntary position but there is tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits waiting for the right person! You might surprise yourself at how fantastic it is to be part of one of the most important maritime lifesaving organisations in the world. This might open up whole set of new opportunities for the right people.

John Harris, Deputy Launching Authority for The Lizard has been a volunteer for 45 years and has held a number of important positions within the station. John says ‘It has been a long standing tradition in my family to volunteer for the lifeboat. I have served as a crew member, winch operator and now deputise for the Lifeboat Operations Manager, having to make the decision to launch the lifeboat to go out on a rescue’. John goes on to say ‘It doesn’t matter what role you have at the station, when the lifeboat launches for a rescue or a training exercise, it is always amazing to watch her go down the slipway.’

If you could spare even just a couple of hours a week and you would like to join the team please contact:

Mike Lord, The Lizard lifeboat station Chairman on 01326 290981 for a chat or to find out more information.

Photo's

    • The First photo shows the new shop facility at the station.
      Photo: Bernice Putt


    • The second photograph shows The Lizard lifeboat launching to go out on an exercise with a search & rescue helicopter from 771 squadron, RNAS Culdrose. 
      Photo: RNAS Culdrose.


    • John Harris, Deputy Launching Authority at the Lizard on board The Lizard lifeboat. Photo: Bernice Putt

12 March 2013

 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station receives an exciting gift

When local photographer Geoff Squibb put together a book about the rebuild of The Lizard lifeboat station, he wanted some of the proceeds to benefit the crew and station.

Recently Geoff visited the boathouse to present the crew with a mobile video camera unit which is waterproof and can be used at sea.

The Gopro Hero 3 camera is a lightweight unit that can be fitted to the lifeboat or strapped to the equipment worn by the crew. This will benefit training exercises both afloat and ashore and also enable the crew to film any emergency incident they attend. The footage can then be sent to the media and viewed by the public which will give a good insight into the work of the charity and its volunteers.

At the presentation on station was Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum, Coxswain Andrew Putt, Geoff Squibb making the presentation to Mechanic Dan Atkinson, crew member Ed Bray and station Chairman Mike Lord.

Andrew Putt said ‘We can’t thank Geoff enough for this camera. It will really enhance our crew training as we will be able to have up to date video of what has happened at sea.

The photo shows Geoff Squibb presenting the camera to Mechanic Dan Atkinson. (Photo shows from left to right Ned Nuzum, Andrew Putt, Geoff Squibb, Dan Atkinson, Ed Bray and Mike Lord) Please

Photo: Bernice Putt

12 March 2013

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station personnel surprise ‘Only Fools and Horses’ Boycie

When the Royal National Lifeboat Institution launched their appeal to raise money for a new Tamar class lifeboat at The Lizard, actor John Challis offered to be an ambassador.

John and his wife Carol have become very good friends to the station and visited Kilcobben Cove last May to witness the christening of The Lizard’s lifeboat Rose and the opening of the new station.

John is currently promoting the second part of his autobiography ‘Boycie and Beyond’ which he has dedicated to the volunteers at The Lizard. He is also donating some of the proceeds from the book to the charity.

On Saturday John was at a book signing in Waterstones, Truro when members of the lifeboat station decided to spring a surprise visit on him. John was very happy to meet up with Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum, Coxswain Andrew Putt, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and crew members Adam Weston and Kevin Kinvig again.

Ned Nuzum said ‘John is a great supporter of the RNLI and particularly of our station and after recently publishing the second part of his autobiography, has delighted us all by his personal dedication. It was primarily for this honour that we chose to surprise him during his recent book signing in Truro. To be able to thank him personally for his continuing support and encouragement as we all endeavour to champion the saving of lives at sea’.

The photo shows actor John Challis with members of The Lizard lifeboat station.

Photo: Jess Putt

Children and staff from Landewednack School at The Lizard celebrated the RNLI's biggest national fund raising event of the year with a visit to The Lizard Lifeboat station on Friday 25th January. SOS Day is an annual event held in January each year to raise funds for the RNLI.

The children from Landewednack always acknowledge SOS Day and for the second year running were invited down to the recently built lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove which houses the Tamar class lifeboat RNLB Rose. Members of the lifeboat crew, shore crew and fundraising committee welcomed the children to guided tours of the station and the immaculately presented RNLB Rose with some even dressing up as possible lifeboat crew of the future!

Many of the children had come armed with questions which they were able to ask the lifeboat personal throughout the morning, whilst the younger visitors to the station turned gingerbread men into lifeboat men and women with the help of some coloured icing! Prior to their visit the children had held a non-uniform day at school and raised £84 for SOS Day and they were each rewarded with a delicious SOS bun for their efforts.

Huge thanks go to everyone at the lifeboat station for making sure the children had such an enjoyable and unforgettable time. The Children never tire of visiting the lifeboat station with many asking when they were able to return before the morning had even ended.

Photographs show the children’s time at the station during the morning.

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Teaching Assistant
Landewednack School

FUND RAISING EVENT IN AID OF THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT.

The Lizard Lifeboat Station received a very generous donation from The New Inn at Wendron recently when licensee Nigel Tongue organised a James Bond themed New Years Eve party.

Mr Tongue explained that guests were invited to come along to the inn dressed as any James Bond character, they were then treated to a Bond style five course dinner followed by games of Roulette.
Pre Christmas raffles and an Autumn quiz also contributed to the £249.00 which was presented to The Lizard Lifeboat's Deputy Launch Authority John Harris.

Many thanks go to Mr Tongue and all who supported the events at The New Inn in aid of The Lizard Lifeboat.

Photograph shows: Nigel Tongue presenting the cheque to John Harris.

Credit Nigel Tongue for the photograph

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Re: The Lizard RNLI lifeboat Open Meeting
Saturday 13 October 2012

A PDF with all the details that were presented to the public about the station and its running costs, last year.

This document can be downloaded by clicking here

The Lizard Lifeboat Station Carolaire 2012

Christmas has well and truly arrived at The Lizard Lifeboat Station with members of the fundraising committee hosting the first ever Christmas Carolaire inside the new station. Landewednack School Choir and St Keverne Male Voice Choir entertained a packed boathouse with a superb collection Christmas carols and medleys.

The service was conducted onboard "Rose" by the Reverend Deride Mackrill and the Reverend Steve Swann. Visitors to the station were invited to join in with the traditional carols and there was even a visit from Father Christmas. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum also read aloud an Irish lifeboat poem entitled "Another Rescue", which was deemed appropriate for the evening.

As the evening drew to a close onlookers were given a real treat as members of the lifeboat crew and shore crew donned their Christmas hats and performed a song they had been secretly practicing with the assistance of Landewednack School's music teacher Judith Green.

Seasonal refreshments and mulled wine were served in the crew room throughout the evening and the event was hailed as a great success.

Paul Triggs, Musical Director of St Keverne Male voice Choir said, "We feel very privileged to have been asked to perform at the lifeboat stations first ever Carolaire, it was a delight to take part in this unique event inside such a fantastic building. The whole evening was brilliant and we would be honoured to be asked to perform there again."

Huge thanks must go to Phil Greet who provided the PA sound system, Travis Perkins for donating a generator and lighting for the evening, Judith Green and the Landewednack School Choir, the members of St Keverne Male Voice Choir, Reverend Deride Mackrill and Reverend Steve Swann, the stations fund raising committee and to everyone who came and supported the station.

 

Photographs show: The Landewednack School Choir singing aboard RNLB "Rose". The school choir accompanying members of The Lizard Lifeboat crew. Father Christmas  with youngsters at the Carolaire. The Reverend Deride Mackrill and Reverend Steve Swann aboard "Rose". The St Keverne Male Voice Choir.

 

Lyndsay Bray
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station

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Landewednack School

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