Lifeboat Week 2010 was held from Sunday 25th July until Sunday 1st August and was preceded by three weeks of selling Selsey Lifeboat programmes outside Budgens supermarket, our major sponsor, and our thanks to them, as always. Programme sales, including those from all over Selsey, raised £1067.
There was no Photographic Competition this year due to illness
The first event of Lifeboat Week took place before the actual week started, on Sunday July 18th. After last year’s successful event the Seal Island Gun Club again agreed to host this year’s Clay Pigeon Shoot on the Archery Field near White Horse Caravan Park.
Once again it proved to be very popular with people coming from far and wide to take part. Several of us had recently joined the club and were therefore pleased to be able to take part fully in the shoot, and I even got my first ‘full house’ on one of the stands (hitting all the clays), which made my day as I’m still not very good! Burgers and bacon rolls were again sold by Simon Mariner who added the profit from his labours to the final amount raised. Our thanks to The Seal Island Gun Club, Bunn Leisure and Mr. Heaton of Ham Farm for their help in raising £1027.
On Sunday 25th July the Sea Service on Lifeboat Green was held, proving to be as popular as ever. A collection was made at the end of the service which raised a massive £549. Our thanks to all who took part.
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Monday, July 26th was the Selsey Lifeboat Open Evening and we had lots of people come and visit the station and Crew. Visitors were allowed to see over the ‘VOLUNTARY WORKER’ in the offshore boathouse and to sit in the 'BETTY AND THOMAS MOORE' Inshore Lifeboat.
Once again, that evening, several of us went to the Embassy and White Horse Clubs, West Sands and White Horse Caravan Parks, to shake our buckets. We had a good collection, £141, and our thanks to Bunn Leisure for, yet again, allowing us to do this.
After last year’s postponement of Sports Night and Fireworks due to inclement weather the Fund Raising Committee decided to change a few of the events around this year. It was decided that the Walking Treasure Hunt would take place on the Tuesday. Compiled by committee member Steve Frampton, owner of Mulberry Dive Shop (together with his wife, Linda), we had a very pleasant walk along the sea wall towards Pagham and through local roads by East Beach. We walked through Manor Green Park. Onwards to St. Peter’s Church, along the High Street and back towards the Lifeboat Inn, it took about 2½ hours to complete and was very enjoyable. £102 was raised on the evening.
Wednesday July 28th was the day for The Quiz at The Seal. Malcolm Skull was again our Quizmaster and did a marvellous job for us. The evening was as busy as usual, and everyone had a great time. As in previous years, all winnings went back into the Lifeboat Week pot.
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We held the Race Night on Thursday July 29th at The Royal British Legion once again and a very successful evening it was, too. All were made welcome by the British Legion Committee and staff and lots of money was spent. £876 was the amount raised on the night together with race sponsorship. Our thanks go to all at The British Legion for their hospitality and help.
Following the success of the postponement last year of Sports Night and the Grand Firework Display due to bad weather, we decided to hold these events on the Friday of Lifeboat Week, 30th July.
The Tug-of-War competition was again a fiercely fought competition with the Selsey Lifeboat Team coming in first place and taking possession of the Chichester Observer Challenge Cup. Othanks to the Chichester Observer for providing the winning trophy. While we all waited for it to get dark enough to start the Grand Firework Display, the youngsters all had a go at pulling the rope and great fun was had by all.
Then it was time for an amazing show again from Selstar Fireworks. The beach collection taken during and after the Firework Display raised £1415 and once again our thanks to Peter Cooper and his team.
Saturday July 31st was Lifeboat Flag Day and it was a wet and dismal morning. Stormy Stan (AKA John Reeves, Lifeboat Crew member) raised £367 during today; an amazing total!
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Saturday July 31st also brought the Car Treasure Hunt which, because we were running this event at the weekend, we could start at the earlier time of 4 p.m. This year we took everyone around the back roads of the Manhood Peninsula, through Earnley, Bracklesham, Wittering and Birdham, stopping off behind North Street, Chichester for the usual walk around bit. The participants were treated to a lovely walk around the Walls of Chichester before ending up at The Old Cross pub – which was closed due to a private function being held! Not to be thwarted, some of the teams banged on the door and asked questions…
It was a close-fought contest and just after announcing the winners and we were packing away our stuff prior to going home, another car arrived. Duty-bound to mark the paper as we were still present, we were amazed to find that this team was the winning entry (by half a point) and so I had to inform the other winners that they hadn’t won. They took it well. £225 was raised.
Sunday August 1st brought beautiful weather and the stallholders started to arrive and the crowds began to gather for the day’s fun.
Earlier on in the year we were approached by two Harley Davidson Owner Groups who asked if they could attend today’s events and we were more than happy to say ‘yes’. The New Forest HOGS and the Hog’s Back Harleys met up in the Tesco’s Car Park, Chichester, before sweeping along the A27 and down the B2145 to Selsey. Although I didn’t see it, apparently they sent two ‘outriders’ out on to the roundabout and stopped the traffic while 50 or so Harley Davidson motorbikes rode out on to the highway. What a sight that must have been! We held a ‘prettiest’ motorbike competition which Jennie and Sabina judged and, as luck would have it, a bike from each HOG chapter won a prize. Both groups want to return next year and we look forward to seeing them roar along the Kingsway towards the Lifeboat Green.
TS Sturdy once again came to play their music for us and to collect money in buckets. We are enormously grateful to these young people for doing this year in, year out.
We then had a couple of presentations; one to Colin Pullenger for Long Service and one to Keith Lintott for his service to Sea Safety.
The Raft Race took place at 1 p.m. and the fiercely fought race was yet again won by our own Lifeboat Crew’s team. Thanks to all who took part, and thank you so much for donating your prize money to our funds. Thank you to CK Solicitors who sponsored the race.
Next came the aerial display, which this year was performed by Mark Jefferies. Arguably better than one seen at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September, amazing feats were performed in the air and were gasped at by those of us on the ground.
Fisheries Protection Vessel ‘Watchful’ arrived next and did a few sail pasts. Littlehampton and Hayling Lifeboats had also arrived and our thanks to them for again supporting us on Launch Day.
Following on from this came a demonstration by the ILB, 'BETTY AND THOMAS MOORE', who rescued some drunken swimmers and then ‘VOLUNTARY WORKER’ came to the assistance of the fishing boat, ‘Predator’, when a fire started on board.
The always popular demonstration by HM Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 104 came next and they showed us the skills involved in winching a person aboard the helicopter. After the helicopter had carried out several fly pasts it left to go back to base and a demonstration of how to use a Breecher’s Buoy, an apparatus used for rescues and transfers at sea, was then performed by ‘VOLUNTARY WORKER’.
A sail past took place afterwards with the crowds on the beach enjoying the sight of all the Boats which took part in today’s event. Then off went Littlehampton and Hayling Lifeboats, 'BETTY AND THOMAS MOORE' was pulled up the beach and re-housed, and ‘VOLUNTARY WORKER’ was winched up the slipway and re-housed.
Meanwhile, during the day, Neil, Tracy, Julie, Pete, Shaun and Jeannette had once again spent their time inflating the balloons for our second Balloon Race, sponsored by Neil’s employers, Riverside Medical. Tracy had done another fantastic job of selling 600 balloons around the town and beyond, raising the magnificent amount of £1060. With a brisk breeze and several of us helping out by hanging on to ropes, things were getting a little fraught at times, but all the balloons were inflated on time and they were released into the air towards the end of the afternoon. It was quite a sight! The winner was our own Lifeboat Operations Manager, Clive Cockayne. Our thanks to Southern Fabrications who have kindly agreed to sponsor next year’s Balloon Race.
So, that was the end of another successful Lifeboat Launch Day. A lonely Harley Davidson remained in the field, the car parks emptied and everyone helped to clear up the Lifeboat Green. We could all then go home to shower and change, and return to the Lifeboat Inn for some food, drink and socialising.
The Chairman and Committee of Selsey Lifeboat would like to give sincere and grateful thanks to all the people who helped make this year’s Lifeboat Week the enormous success it was, raising £14,000. You know who you are – we couldn’t do it without you.