Lifeboat Week 2012 was held from Sunday 29th July until Sunday 5th August and was preceded by three weeks of selling Selsey Lifeboat programmes outside Kavanagh Budgens supermarket and our thanks to them, as always.
Prior to the official start to Lifeboat Week , on the Saturday evening, several of us went to the Embassy and White Horse Clubs, West Sands and White Horse Caravan Parks, to shake our buckets. Both places were extremely busy and our thanks to Bunn Leisure for, yet again, allowing us to do this.
The first event of Lifeboat Week took place on Sunday July 29th. For the fourth year running this successful event was organised by the Seal Island Gun Club 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. The weather stayed dry although all around us had varying weather; we could even see thunderstorms happening over the South Downs at one point. Burgers and bacon rolls were sold by Simon Mariner who added the profit from his labours to the final amount raised.
The ‘Have-a-Go’ stand once again proved very popular giving children and adults alike the chance to try their hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting.
Our thanks to The Seal Island Gun Club, Bunn Leisure, Panther Hire, and Mr. Heaton of Ham Farm for their help in raising £915.50. Please click here for photos.
Also on Sunday 29th July the Sea Service on Lifeboat Green was held, proving to be as popular as ever. An interdenominational service, it was conducted by the Reverend James Wesson, Chaplain to Selsey Lifeboat, and assisted by the Reverend Ian Field, Pastor Bob Rule, and Father John Healy. Music was by Denmead Brass Band conducted by Estelle Flood.
Our thanks to all who took part.
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Monday July 30th 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.
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This year’s Walking Treasure Hunt, on Tuesday July 31st, started at Hillfield Road car park and led us around the streets of Selsey and back to the Seal Public House, meandering through roads and along footpaths. Steve and Linda Frampton yet again compiled a great Walking Treasure Hunt.
Wednesday 1st August was the day for The Quiz at The Seal. Malcolm Skull was again our Quizmaster and did a marvellous job for us, as always. The evening was as busy as usual, and everyone had a great time with team 'Meddle' being the overall winners. As in previous years, all winnings went back into the Lifeboat Week pot. We had some terrific raffle prizes on offer and these definitely helped raise as lot of money, so our thanks to everyone who donated.
Our very grateful thanks go to Kiki, Niko and staff at The Seal, and also to Malcolm; without them we wouldn’t be able to have such a good time. Please click here for photos.(Top of page)
We held the Race Night on Thursday August 2nd at The Royal British Legion once again and we had yet another very successful evening there. All were made welcome by the British Legion Committee and staff, and lots of money was spent. £1211.50 was the amount raised on the night, together with race sponsorship and raffle money. Our thanks go to all at The British Legion for their hospitality and help. Please click here for photos.
Friday 3rd August brought the ever-popular Tug-of-War competition and it was again a fiercely fought competition with Seal Island Tyres coming in first place and taking possession of the Chichester Observer Challenge Cup. Our thanks 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. Once again our grateful thanks to Peter Cooper and his team.
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Saturday August 4th was Lifeboat Flag Day and it stayed dry even though rain was forecast. Stormy Stan (AKA John Reeves, Lifeboat Crew member) was in attendance again and proved very popular with everyone.
If you enjoy people-watching then you really should volunteer next year to take part; it’s fascinating! Thanks to Ali and Sabina who worked very hard organizing this day raising £1752 including £653 from collections in Sidlesham.
Saturday August 4th also brought the Car Treasure Hunt. Sue Lintott (webmaster) finally retired after 13 years of compiling this event (together with different people over the years) and Jennie (her partner for 5 of those years) was joined by Ali to compile this year’s. Now I could actually take part and I very much looked forward to it!
We were taken to Church Norton, Pagham Nature Reserve, Batchmere, Bracklesham, The Witterings, stopping several times to get out of the car for various answers, and then stopping at The Bell Inn, Birdham, for a proper break where we were treated to tales of a pipe-smoking ghost from the Landlady. Well worth a visit, by the way; the Landlady was very friendly. We then had a trot round Chichester Marina, even having to provide a photo, before driving back to the Lifeboat Inn, Selsey (we also had to re-visit a couple of clues that we’d missed the first time round… )
As always, it was a close-fought contest won by Des, Elaine and Dave (yet again!). My team, Epic, came fifth, and my personal thanks to Sean, Jo, Clive and Riley, my fellow team members, for allowing me to tag along.
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After a torrential downpour the weather turned hot and sunny which helped encourage large crowds to come to the beach and take part.
The Lifeboat Green was crowded for Lifeboat Launch Day with lots of stalls and a fair which was enjoyed by everyone. TS Sturdy attracted large crowds with everybody enjoying their music and later they helped, as always, collecting money in buckets.
The raft race had 16 entrants with the Lifeboat Crew being the outright winners closely followed by the Selsey Firemen. Third place went to Team GB skippered by Ashley Pledger. The best dressed raft and crew was won by Superheroes, which was a nice present for Nick Griffin celebrating his 18th birthday. Second place for best dressed craft went to the Owl and the Pussycat raft and in third place was Jonah and the Whale. The fourth place was given to the Flying Fishers, with their raft made from space hoppers and a big blue fish. The last two teams in were kindly assisted to the beach by the Superheroes who, true to their name, swam out to help them to shore. The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty & Thomas Moore' provided safety cover for all the participants in the race.
At 2.30pm Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore' was launched to rescue two drunks who had fallen out of their dinghy. This demonstration was followed by Selsey RNLI ALB 'Voluntary Worker' being launched to fishing vessel 'Predator' with a simulated fire on board. Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore' rescued the three persons who had jumped into the sea. Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat 'Derrick Battle' evacuated two persons from Predator to the coastguards on the beach. Littlehampton RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat 'Blue Peter 1' rescued another casualty from the water and took them inshore to the coastguards.
At 3.00pm HM Coastguard Helicopter 104 carried out exercises with Selsey RNLI lifeboat 'Voluntary Worker' to show how casualties are lifted and returned to the various lifeboats.
A fast and slow sail past concluded the afternoon’s demonstrations with Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore', Littlehampton RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat 'Blue Peter 1', Hayling Island RNLI Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat 'Derrick Battle', Selsey RNLI lifeboat 'Voluntary Worker', Fisheries Protection Vessel 'Watchful' and 'HMS Biter', First Boat Squadron based at HMNB, Portsmouth taking part.
The 'Voluntary Worker' sailed in close to the beaches plying her hoses on to the waiting crowds, delighting all the children.
Earlier in the afternoon the Balloon Race was a colourful sight as the balloons were released in two batches. The Balloon Race has now finished and the winning balloon travelled as far as Germany and was bought by Mr. Les Cole of Essex. Although he was rather pleased to be the winner Les is unable to take advantage of the prize and asked that it should go to the buyer of the second furthest travelled balloon, which was Holland. The owner of this balloon is a local man, Tim Gainsborough. Over 100 tickets were returned, which is a record, and they came from London, Surrey, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Saffron Walden and Newmarket. Pete Horton Plumbing and Heating sponsored this event which enabled Tracy, the organiser, £800 and our thanks to her and all of her helpers who make this event possible.
Also during the day a raffle was held for a new bike very kindly donated by Area Bikes. This raised the fantastic amount of £630 and was won by Gail from Portsmouth. The winning programme number was 0794 and, if you have the programme with this number on it, then please click here to email the Branch Chairman, Colvin Rae, to claim your prize, or telephone him on 01243 601822.
Gypsy Tiramisu (aka Sue Lintott) attempted to read palms in a nearby garden accompanied by Adele MacDougall (daughter of Gary MacDougall, Shore Helper) doing beautiful face painting. Gypsy Tiramisu managed to raise thruppence ha'penny (3½p) for Selsey Lifeboats and has taken early retirement with immediate effect. Adele, hopefully, will return again next year. Our thanks to Barry and Carol Marsh for all their enthusiastic help and for letting us use their garden!
Throughout the day (in fact from Friday evening, through Saturday, and all day on Sunday) GB4SLB Amateur Radio Station broadcasted from the Lifeboat compound. To read their report please click here.
So, that was the end of another successful Lifeboat Launch Day. 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. You know who you are – we couldn’t do it without you.
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