Weymouth RNLI lifeboat week 2018

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Weymouth RNLI’s lifeboat week takes place from Sunday 22nd July to Saturday 28th July with a fun packed week of events planned.

All the lifeboats and helicopter taking part in the Nothe Gardens display.

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth lifeboat week display

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and as part of the ongoing need for fund raising and our aim to pass simple but important safety messages to the public of all ages, Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station is holding this year's lifeboat week from Sunday 22nd July to Saturday 28th July.

Lifeboat week is the main Weymouth RNLI fundraising week with a fun packed week planned with something for all the family.

Starting with the traditional service of the blessing of the lifeboats on Sunday 22nd to the lifeboat open day on the 28th July when the Weymouth lifeboats are open for members of the public to get onto the lifeboats and meet the volunteer crew members.

Sunday 22nd The blessing of the lifeboats will take place at 7.30pm at the lifeboat Station and will be led by the clergy team from Holy Trinity Church

Monday 23rd At 7pm, the first of two lifeboat displays will take place. The Nothe Gardens is the best place to watch from and to enjoy all the other things happening. The RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards will be working with the Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and, operationally dependent, the Coastguard helicopter to give a fabulous display show casing the work that our volunteer lifeboat crews undertake on a daily basis.

At the Nothe Gardens from 6pm there will be a bar selling beer and soft drinks, a hog roast provided by Dennis from the Famous Sausage Factory, stalls for bric-a-brac, jewellery, tombola, raffle and Grand draw, the RNLI shop, Punch & Judy show, vintage cars, tug of war and live music from The Speedway Snails.

At the same time as the Nothe display, a fishing competition is being held on the Stone Pier. Run by Billy Short from Weymouth Angling Club the event will be from 6.30pm -8pm

Tue 24th Following on from the success of last year's Stand Up Paddleboard event, it is now to be an annual event. Organised by Weymouth Water Sports at Ferrybridge near Billy Winters, this is a team event where up to 10 people race in relay around a set course. After a number of heats a final is run to determine the overall winning team. It is £50 per team to enter and teams need to register in advance by ringing 07743 346468

Wed 25th is the second lifeboat/lifeguard/Coastguard display, this time at Bowlease Cove. The display starts at just before 7pm

Thur 26th is a crabbing competition on the quay from the Cove to the Sailing Club, from 2pm to 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the largest number of crabs caught, the biggest crab and the crab with the most barnacles. Again organised by Billy Short from Weymouth Angling Club.

A night of Folk music is being held at Pilgrim House in Hope Sq featuring; Doc Clarks Remedy, Gregory Schofield and the Two Peas from 7.30pm -11pm Tickets are limited and cost £7 and are only available from Teresa on 07917 163459 or Dave on 07789270934

Fri 27th A sandcastle competition for the whole family to join in is being held on the beach opposite Rossies Ice Cream Parlour. The event runs from 1pm to 3pm with judging being carried out by Weymouth's own Mr Sandman- Mark Anderson

Sat 28th from 10.30am to 4pm Weymouth all-weather and Inshore lifeboats are open to the public to look around and talk to the volunteer crew.

Teresa Drage who is the main organiser for lifeboat week said, 'We have put together a week of events which we hope will be suitable for the whole family. The week aims to show the public the great work that our volunteer lifeboat crews do and raise money for the RNLI, the charity that is dedicated to saving lives at sea. I would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors of our Grand Draw for the wonderful prizes that they have donated to us;

1st prize, a short break at Haven Littlesea

2nd £100 David the jeweller

3rd £50 Weyline Taxi vouchers

Other prizes donated by; Finishing Touches, The Swan,Chips Ahoy, Weymouth Bay Rib Charter, Marlborough Fish and Chips, Crows Nest. Red Lion. Time for Tea. The Shop. Nautico Lounge. Stanley's Coffee Shop. Crown Hotel. Tuga Restaurant. Fantastic Sausage Factory. The Bear Shop. Marys Tea Room. MV Freedom. Coastline Cruises. Jurassic Coast Activities. Sandford. Rio Grande Minature Railway. Leisure Ranch. The Front Skate Park. Pitch and Putting. The Ivy Coffee House, Antonio's Coffee shop, Rendezvous and Print Team for the posters & Weyprint for the Draw Tickets.'

For more information visit our Face Book page; Weymouth Lifeboat Fundraising

Ken Francis

Volunteer press officer

Tel. 07843781712


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.