Selsey Lifeboat Station - Station News

£18,300 Raised This Week!!! What a Fantastic Amount!!!

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The annual week of fun and fundraising in aid of the Selsey Lifeboat got underway on Sunday 29th July with A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving in the Lifeboat House. This new venue replaces what was previously called 'Service on the Green' and allows us to finally ignore the weather forecast for this important event – no more need for ‘alternative arrangements’ in case of rain!

Monday provided an opportunity for Selsey residents and visitors alike to have a close up view of both the new Shannon Class All-Weather Lifeboat 'Denise and Eric', and the D-class inflatable Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore' with a guided tour of the station led by those who know them best – the crew who man them.

Following these indoor activities, on Tuesday it was time to get out and about and see areas of Selsey that you might not have come across before, or at least not really looked at closely. Once again Steve from Mulberry Divers devised a route for the Walking Treasure Hunt that took in some of the less well travelled byways of the town. The weather was kind to the hunters this year and this was reflected in the number of entrants who happily donned their walking shoes in search of the 'treasure' and culminating in a well-deserved rest at The Seal where Steve and his team of volunteers sat waiting to mark the entry sheets.

We were back indoors on Wednesday for more brain-challenging activity with Malcolm's Quiz at The Seal. This is always a very popular event during Lifeboat Week and this year was no exception with 26 teams vying for 1st place. Kiki and her team made everyone feel welcome and did a marvellous job keeping the large crowd of quizzers supplied with their tipples of choice thereby keeping brains whirring.

The Royal British Legion once again played host to another popular event, Race Night. If you have never attended one of these, make sure you put it on your list of things to do next year! You will be treated to a fabulous evening of fun with all the excitement of real horse racing on the big screen and the opportunity to have a flutter knowing that even if you don’t win, Selsey RNLI will.

It was outside again on Friday, this time to Lifeboat Green where the Fun Dog Show, Tug of War and Grand Firework display were held. The Dog Show increases in popularity each year, and this year saw a record number of entries in all 6 classes. Two new categories were introduced this year, Best Veteran for dogs over 7 years, and Best Rescue which is an open class. If you have a pet you think could wow the judges bring them along next year. You never know, you could be walking away with a rosette and doggie bag.

This year saw 5 teams contending for the honour of being crowned Tug of War champions: Selsey Lifeboat Crew, The Lifeboat Inn, The Deadbeats, S-Fabs and Selsey Tradesmen. After a very hard-fought competition, Selsey Tradesmen were the winners.

Since the dismantling of the old Boathouse and its gantry people may have doubted that the firework display would be as impressive as in previous years now that it needs to be held on the beach. If that was you, then you didn't give Selstar Fireworks enough credit. They rose to the challenge and provided a display of pyrotechnics that was as thrilling as those that have gone before.

After all the excitement and hectic activity of the preceding 6 days, Saturday provided a day of rest and an opportunity to recharge batteries before the main event, and culmination of Lifeboat Week with a Grand Afternoon Tea at East Beach Church.

Lifeboat Day is always a whirl of activity with so much to see and do on the green, on the water and in the sky. There were craft and charity stalls to wander round if you were bargain hunting; face painting for kids and portrait sketching for those wanting a unique memento of the day; the RNLI Face2Face team with lots of information about the RNLI and important beach safety advice as well as Shaylers Funfair; the ever popular Raft Race, which this year attracted a record number of 21 entries, and the highlight of the day the Lifeboat launch and Rescue Display with additional demonstrations by visiting boats and the HM Coastguard Helicopter.

So that's it again for another year. Time to start planning for 2019!

The Selsey RNLI Fundraising Team would like to thank everyone who contributed to another successful Lifeboat Week, all the advertisers, contributors, sponsors, host venues for the various activities, programme selling and, of course, everyone who dug deep to fill the buckets and help us keep the Lifeboats and their crews afloat to help all those who need their services. Remember, the RNLI receives no government funding, it relies entirely on voluntary contributions, donations and fundraising events like Selsey Lifeboat Week.

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