Published on March 30th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

Lifeboat March 2018 News

West Mersea Lifeboat news.
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer. March 2018

It has been a quiet month shout-wise at West Mersea Lifeboat Station, but shouts or no shouts we never stop training. We have persistently launched through freeze and thaw on navigation and boat-handling exercises sometimes at night and sometimes in the daytime. In the station we have practised first aid and boggled our newest recruit (now a dab hand at a double sheet bend) with our knot-tying skills.

We are very pleased to welcome Jess Bewers. Jess is a student at Thurstable school and is volunteering with us as part of her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Jess has been joining in with gusto; here she is helping prepare the boat before a night time training exercise. Well done Jess!

Exciting Times

Flirting with the limelight, we have been talking to the researchers from Blast Films. Blast make the television series ‘Saving Lives at Sea’. They have been asking us an awful lot of questions and wading through hours of our shout footage. It is early days and we are all holding our breath but there is a definite possibility West Mersea Lifeboat might feature in series 3.

Shop and Station Open

Our little station shop – and the station itself – is now open to visitors for the summer season. Run by the hardworking Anthea Wade and her merry team of helpers, the shop is open on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays between 11.30am and 4pm. Do pop in, come and see our lifeboat, visit the shop, and you might even catch a passing crewmember.


Thanks to Sheila Gray

Sheila Gray put hours of painstaking work into making a great big piratey quilt, which she then kindly donated to West Mersea RNLI.  Myrtle and Rose, the lovely little shop by the library, displayed the quilt for us and oversaw ticket sales. A draw was held, the quilt went to a lucky winner and a wonderful £445 was raised for our lifeboat. Thank you so much Sheila Gray.

Thanks to the Motley Crew

A jolly bunch of bestriped old seadogs (also known as The Motley Crew) came over from Brightlingsea to Mersea to sing sea shanties to a packed audience in the Mersea Museum. A steaming hot fish and chip supper was supplied by the Mersea Island Fish Bar and the pirate quilt draw was held.  This event, organised by the Mersea Lifeboat Guild, raised an amazing £1,100 for the lifeboat.  Well done the Lifeboat Guild and thank you to the Motley Crew, the Island Fish Bar and all of you for coming and making this such a great evening.

Guild AGM

The Mersea and District Lifeboat Guild are a great group of dedicated people who work very hard to help enable us to keep the lifeboat running.

The Guild AGM is on Thursday 12th April 2018 at 7.30pm in the West Mersea Yacht Club.  Do come.  There will be film clips showing and news of lifeboat doings. The Guild would be delighted to welcome anyone new along.


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 142,200 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

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