Clacton on Sea
                              EASTERN REGION
                                        17 November 2010

News Archive Files for 2002


Father Christmas Arrives on Clacton's West Beach

Father Christmas arrived at Clacton lifeboat station this morning. Braving the rough sea and the wind and rain he came ashore on the West beach to meet the many people who had gathered to see him. About forty youngsters paid him a visit in his grotto in the inshore boathouse each receiving a small gift. He stayed for an hour before continuing on his way, wishing everyone at Clacton a Happy Christmas.

The picture shows Santa arriving in the Clacton “D” class lifeboat.

Press Officer Mel Winger 15/12/2002


Horse Race Night.

Clacton branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution held its annual race night at Highfields Holiday Park on Saturday 16th of November. One hundred and fifty people came along to a sausage supper and an evening of nine races. A cake made by Violet Dunn from Littlehampton, and decorated with a picture of the Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat was auctioned, helping the total raised for the R.N.L.I. on the night to £1500.00. Many thanks to everyone for their support.
The picture shows members of the Gunfleet Sailing Club with the cake after their successful bid.

Press Officer Mel Winger 17/11/2002


Fun Run  

A team of four crew members from the Clacton lifeboat took part in the Stena Line Discovery 10 KM fun run held in Harwich. The race is for individuals and teams from Holland and the U.K. and raises money for the two lifeboat services. Clacton’s crewmen were up against a Dutch crew for the team prize between the lifeboat services and pulled-off an unexpected victory. They were rewarded with a magnificent trophy, and a cheque for 750Euros for the R.N.L.I.


 Press Officer Mel Winger 30/09/2002


The photo shows Tim Sutton, Chris French, Rob Bradbrook and Tim Dye with the trophy.


Horse Race Night

 Horse race night this year is Saturday 16th November at the Dolphin Suite, Highfields Holiday Park, Clacton-on-Sea. Tickets are £6 including sausage and chip supper and race card. Supper at 7.30pm, first race off at 8.15pm

Press Officer Mel Winger 28/09/2002


Minutes Silence for New York 

Clacton lifeboats maroons were fired today to mark a minutes silence for those who lost their lives in New York last year. The first was fired at 1.46pm and the second at 1.47. A short memorial service was held outside the Town Hall.

Press Officer Mel Winger 12/09/2002

 New Boathouse Plans Approved

The plans for Clacton’s new boathouse have been approved, and work is expected to start at the end of September and be completed at the end of March 2003. The new boathouse will replace the old one on the Western Promenade and will house the “D” class lifeboat.  

Press Officer Mel Winger 12/09/2002

Sponsored Boat Pull

Forty soldiers and airmen based at RAF Honington in Suffolk undertook a twenty-two mile boat pull to raise money for the R.N.L.I.. They all came from G Squadron, Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Regiment- part of the United Nations Rapid Reaction Force.

The event was organised by Corporal Jim Allen who said, “most of us in the squadron have some interest in water sports, so the R.N.L.I. was an obvious choice to support”.  



They left Clacton Lifeboat Station accompanied by the pipes of the Royal Tank Regiment at 9am pulling a twenty foot dive rescue boat heading for the Walton station where the members of the Ladies Guild were waiting with refreshments. From Walton they marched to Harwich arriving at  the towns new lifeboat house at 5pm

The Mayor of Clacton was there to see them off in the morning, and also to meet them with the Mayor of Harwich at the end of their long day.

Corporal Allen is hoping the event will raise over £2000 for the lifeboats based in East Anglia

Press Officer Mel Winger 31/08/2002


Coffee Morning 

A coffee morning held by Fran Fone in Holland-on-Sea on Saturday the 17th of August 2002 raised £155 for the R.N.L.I. The souvenir stall was also kept busy taking £124. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

Press Officer Mel Winger 21/08/2002


The street collection held in Clacton on Saturday 27th July in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution raised a total of £977.77. The total amount for the flag-week, with just a few more boxes to come in from local schools and churches, including the above is £1,801.53. Many thanks to everyone who helped and those who donated.

Press Officer Mel Winger 18/08/2002


  Clacton Carnival

Clacton lifeboat was well represented in Clacton Carnivals procession on Saturday evening, 10th August, when members of the crew and their families joined the other floats for the parade. An Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat lead the way in this years record breaking procession, over £6000 being raised for local charities, including the R.N.L.I.

Press Officer Mel Winger 14/08/2002


Valley Farm Raffle

Members of the Clacton branch of the R.N.L.I. went along to the Valley Farm Caravan Park on Friday 12th of July to take part in a raffle during the evenings entertainment. A total of £185 was raised for the Lifeboats. Many thanks to all who took part and those who donated prizes.

Press Officer Mel Winger 10/08/2002


Drive Britain


Four divers from Clacton lead by Tony Manners spent six days on a sponsored dive and drive around Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mick Brown, Joel French, Gavin Stribling and Tony Manners started on Friday the 12th of July from Clacton Pier and drove to Newhaven for their first dive, and then on to Swanage for dive two. On Saturday into Wales and dives in Pembroke and Holyhead. Sunday saw them across the Irish Sea in Larne near Belfast. Monday saw them back on the ferry and across the boarder into Scotland and a dive at St. Abbs, followed in the afternoon by a dive at Whitby. On Tuesday, inland to the diving school at Stoney Cove in Leicestershire and back to the coast at Sea Palling, Norfolk. Their last dive was back in Clacton on Wednesday where they were met by the Lifeboat crew and members of the local R.N.L.I. branch. A presentation cheque was handed to Jayne Parsons from the Eastern Region Headquarters at Hadleigh for more than Two Thousand pounds.

With ten dives in four countries in depths from 4 metres to 38 metres and a drive of 1800 miles the boys were glad to put their feet up and relax.

Many thanks to all the people who helped at the various locations and the companies who gave their support.

Mel Winger. SHPO.



Picture shows the dive team with Jayne Parsons(eastern region) and Tendring Council Chairman John White and pupils from Clacton County High School who helped to raise some of the money. Tony Manners is caretaker at the school.


Press Officer Mel Winger 30/07/2002


Father and Son

Sunday the 21st of July 2002 was a day with a difference for the Clacton Lifeboat. Crewman and mechanic Dave Carvey spent his last day exercising with the crew and his son Ryan his first. Dave had reached the retirement age for inshore boat crews of forty-five and now takes on the job of Deputy Launching Authority and Ryan, who was eighteen earlier in the month, came back from his initial training course at the R.N.L.I’s Inshore Lifeboat Headquarters at Cowes to join the local crew. He will start on the “D” class inshore lifeboat and hopefully progress to the larger “Atlantic 75” fast inshore boat. This is the first time for twenty years that a father and son have been on the station together.


Press Officer Mel Winger 26/07/2002


Prize Cake

An award winning cake maker has donated one of her creations to raise money for the R.N.L.I. Violet Dunn who lives in Littlehampton, West Sussex, has won many awards including the “Whitbread Award” and is a renowned “International Charity Cake Maker” and “Cake Painting Artist”. 72 year old Violet’s latest creation shows the Clacton “Atlantic 75” lifeboat the “Robert George Alexander”, and will be raffled at a charity night to be held at the “Waverley Hall Hotel” on Friday 26th July. The hotel are running a “Fish supper night” and raffle starting at 7.30pm and the draw for the cake will be made during the evening. Violet has made cakes for many of the R.N.L.I.s lifeboat stations and other charities supporting those who go to sea. Raffle tickets are available from the hotel on Marine Parade West.


Press Officer Mel Winger 26/07/2002


Tesco collection

A collection held at the Tesco store in Clacton town centre on the 14th and 15th of June, raised a total of £195.62 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Many thanks to everyone for their support.

Press Officer Mel Winger 04/07/2002


Awards for lifeboat volunteers

Two members of the Clacton branch of the R.N.L.I. have been given awards. Peter Edwards received the Institutes Gold Badge at a national presentation at London’s Barbican Centre in May for more than thirty years fundraising, and Fran Fone received a Silver Badge for her many years with the Ladies Guild. Fran’s presentation was made by Eastern Region Area Organiser, Jayne Parsons, at the recent Branch Annual General Meeting.

The picture shows Peter Edwards (left) with Graham Crame, (Branch Chairman), Jayne Parsons and Fran Fone.

Press Officer Mel Winger 01/07/2002


Long service award for helmsman.


Clacton Lifeboat’s senior helmsman Rob Bradbrook has received the R.N.L.I.’s “Long Service Award” for Twenty years as a crew member. He joined when the “Oakley” class lifeboat, the “Valentine Wyndham- Quin” was on station, and has seen through the change-over to the “Atlantic” class fast inshore lifeboat that the station has today. The presentation was made by Station Hon. Sec. Rob Smith at the recent Branch A.G.M.


The photo shows Rob Bradbrook on the left and Rob Smith on the right.

Press Officer Mel Winger 19/06/2002


Police concert raises £1660 for R.N.L.I.

A concert by the Essex Police Band and the Essex Police Choir held at the Westcliff Theatre on Sunday 7th of April has raised £1660 which will help to fund the new inshore lifeboat house to be built on the Western Promenade later this year.

The concert was the seventh to be organised by George and Phyllis Constable, and proved to be the most successful. Many thanks to everyone for their support.  

Press Officer Mel Winger 18/06/2002  


Relief Lifeboat Arrives.

Clacton’s Atlantic 75 Lifeboat B744 “Robert George Alexander” has gone to the R.N.L.I;s inshore lifeboat centre at Cowes for its first refit. The boat has been on station for three and a half years, and has launched more than one hundred times to answer calls for help. A relief boat, B755 “London’s Anniversary 175” which has been used at Burnham, came by trailer to Brightlingsea on Thursday 6th June and the change-over took place on the Town Hard during the evening. The relief boat is expected to be on station for about three months.

 Press Officer Mel Winger 10/06/2002


Garden Centre evening raises £389


A garden centre evening organized by the Clacton Branch of the R.N.L.I. raised £389. Held at the Craft Nurseries, Lawford, on Saturday 11th May about 100 guests enjoyed looking around the plant displays and talking to members of the staff. A hanging basket demonstration was given by Andrew, co-owner of the nursery, the finished product being raffled. A beautiful arrangement of sweetpeas was also donated to be raffled and drew a lot of attention with 95 tickets being bought. Despite the weather being overcast the evening remained dry and an interesting time was had by all. Many thanks to all the staff at the nursery for their help.


Press Officer Mel Winger 13/05/2002  


Souvenir Shop to open.

The lifeboat souvenir shop on Clacton pier will be open daily from Saturday 25th May until the end of September. If anyone is interested in helping out in the shop or looking after visitor to the boathouse they can contact the Lifeboat press officer on 01255 814808

Press Officer Mel Winger 13/05/2002  


Lifeboat Crew Run The London Marathon

All three members of the Lifeboat crew who took part in the London marathon on Sunday 14th April completed the course. They crossed the line together in a time of 5 hours 45 minutes. They are hoping to raise over £4000 from sponsorship to go to the charities they were supporting.Well done, and may your blisters be small ones!

The picture shows Chris French, Tim Sutton and Tim Dye.

 Press Officer Mel Winger 22/03/2002  


Wrapping for the Lifeboats

Two members of staff at the Safeway store in Little Clacton were raising funds for the R.N.L.I. by offering a gift wrapping service for Mothers Day. Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March, Sheila Perry and Wendy Box were kept busy wrapping several hundred gifts, mostly flowers and pot-plants, and made a total of £260.Many thanks to the girls and their customers.

 Press Officer Mel Winger 13/03/2002

Up to their eyes in Flowers Sheila & Wendy



Lifeboat to Run in London Marathon

Three members of the Clacton Lifeboat crew are taking part in this years London marathon. Chris French and Tim Sutton are running for the RNLI and Tim Dye is supporting the Macmillan Cancer Appeal. Training is going well and we will keep an eye on their progress. Good Luck!

 Press Officer Mel Winger 22/03/2002  


Fish Supper Night   

On Friday the 1st March the Clacton branch of the R.N.L.I. held a fish supper night to mark the Institutions birthday. Organised by David Porter and held at Jackals restaurant in the town the main dish of the evening was sea bass, excellently presented by the chef and his staff. After the meal the Station Hon. Sec.-Rob Smith- made a presentation of a framed letter of thanks from the Institutions Chairman, Andrew Freemantle, to Ian Mantripp who retired from the Lifeboat crew after more than 25 years service. A raffle and lucky draw raised £187 many thanks to everyone who donated prizes.

Rob Smith (Hon Sec) Dave Carvey Ian Mantripp & Rob Bradbrook

 Press Officer Mel Winger 06/03/2002


How the towns new Lifeboat station may look

Artist's impression for the new boathouse

This is how Clacton's new Lifeboat Station will look if   the scheme gets the go-ahead. Plans have been submitted to Tendring Council and will be discussed by a future meeting of the planning committee.

Funds are already in place for the building, which will replace the current base for the inshore boat on the lower promenade. The cliffs will have to be excavated back to make room for the improved station.

If the scheme gets the all-clear, work is due to start at the end of the summer season and should be finished by the end of March. The plans will not affect the town's other station for its larger boat on Clacton Pier.

Press Officer Mel Winger 13/02/2002


Awards for Clacton Lifeboat Members.

Two members of the Clacton branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have been rewarded for their work. Mrs Fran Fone has been awarded the Institutes Silver Badge for her individual services, and Peter Edwards receives a Gold Badge. Peter has been a long-time supporter of the Lifeboats, and joined Clacton Branch in 1974 as it’s Flag Day organiser. Since then he has organized the mobile souvenir stall and become Chairman of the fund-raising committee, helped by his wife Margaret, who also chairs the Ladies Guild.


The photo shows Peter [left] receiving the congratulations of the Branch Chairman Graham Crame.

The awards ceremony will take place at London’s Barbican Centre in May.

Press Officer Mel Winger 30/01/2002



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