Clacton on Sea
                              EASTERN REGION
                                        17 November 2010

News Files for 2005



 Father Christmas Arrives

Father Christmas made his annual visit to the Clacton lifeboat today arriving on the West Beach in the “D” class boat at 11am. The boat had been launched just before 10 o/clock after an emergency call was received by the coastguard when a fisherman was taken ill on an angling boat fishing off-shore. The angler was brought ashore where he was met by paramedics. The lifeboat returned in time to pick up Santa and bring him ashore where the children were waiting for him. They followed him into his grotto in the inshore boathouse and each received a small gift after telling him what they would like for Christmas.

Press Officer Mel Winger 18/12/2005


Santa is coming


Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to the Clacton lifeboat on Sunday December 18. He will arrive by lifeboat on the West beach at 11am and will be in the inshore boathouse on the promenade for about an hour. The gift stall will be on hand for cards, diaries and calendars. We hope to see as many people as possible as this will be the last time Santa will be on the promenade. Next year he will be visiting the new boathouse at Martello Bay.


 Press Officer Mel Winger 05/12/2005


Seasonal Gifts from the RNLI.

Christmas cards, calendars and diaries from the Lifeboats will be on sale at Smiths Service Centre from now until Christmas Eve. The Centre in Orwell Road, Clacton, is open normal shop hours Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings.

 Press Officer Mel Winger 22/11/2005


Annual Dinner



The annual dinner of the Clacton-on-Sea branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution took on a new look this year when it joined forces with the Clacton Rotary Club to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

More than seventy guests sat down to dinner at the Esplanade Hotel on Friday evening, 21st October, all the dishes bearing names associated with the battle.

The guest speaker was Margaret Hyde, Managing editor of BBC Essex, who spoke about local broadcasting in general as well as our area. Having worked in the Liverpool and Lancashire area before coming south to Cambridge and then Essex, Margaret had a wealth of knowledge to draw on and gave a most interesting talk.

First prize in the raffle was a model of HMS Victory donated by William Stevens. Among the others was Lady Hamilton’s garter, although we suspect this was not an original!

Members of the Rotary Club sang a selection of sea shanties to round-off a most enjoyable evening.

The event raised £250 for the Clacton Lifeboat Appeal.


The photo shows, Lifeboat Chairman, David Porter, who organized the evening, with Margaret Hyde and Trevor Norris, President of Clacton Rotary Club.



Press Officer Mel Winger 26/10/2005


Bank Holiday raffle


Over the Bank Holiday weekend the RNLI gift shop on Clacton pier held a raffle for a radio controlled model of a “Severn” class lifeboat. The prize worth £50 was won by a resident of Wellesley Road in the town.


Press Officer Mel Winger 31/08/2005


Trophy returns to home town

A cup presented at the 1893 Clacton regatta has returned to the town. It was won for sculling by John Potter, a member of the town’s lifeboat crew. John’s son Albert also served on the lifeboat and went on to become coxswain from 1950 to 1953. It was John’s step-niece, Eileen Soper, who contacted the Clacton lifeboat to say she had inherited the cup and would we like it. Having nowhere to display it properly it was agreed that it would go to the Gunfleet Sailing Club and be used as an annual trophy.

Eileen paid a visit to the lifeboat house and handed the very handsome cup to Richard Walker, Rear Commodore of the sailing club

The photo shows Eileen with Richard (left) and branch Chairman David Porter.


Press Officer Mel Winger 19/08/2005


Beavers Boost Appeal



Fifteen members of the First Holland-on-Sea Beavers came to the lifeboat house this evening to see the lifeboat and meet some of the crew. As they were walking up the pier the boat was called to rescue a yachtsman who had gone aground. They were just in time to see the maroons fired and watch the lifeboat launch. They were then shown around the boathouse by helmsman Tim Sutton and timed crewman Eddie Vaughan'chatfield changing into his sea-going kit, 67 seconds, not bad!

They presented the station with a cheque for £125 for the Clacton Lifeboat Appeal which they raised by doing jobs at home. Well done.


The picture shows the Beavers with Eddie in his kit.



Press Officer Mel Winger 18/07/2005


A First for the Clacton Lifeboat




This evening the Clacton lifeboat station played host to the First Colchester Cubs group. They came to see the lifeboat and meet members of the crew. They set two “firsts” during their visit when two new cubs were invested in a short ceremony in the boathouse, a first for the lifeboat, and a first for the cubs as they were both girls, the first in the groups 97 year history.

They ended the visit by presenting the branch chairman, David Porter, with a cheque for the Clacton Lifeboat Appeal.



Press Officer Mel Winger 19/07/2005


Chairman Visits


Admiral Sir Jock Slater, Chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, made a flying visit to the Clacton lifeboat station this afternoon. He looked around the boathouse and met members of the crew and branch committee. His visit lasted only 45 minutes before he left for Walton where he was due to inspect the new docking facility. The Clacton and Walton boats were both launched after a “Mayday” called was received from a yacht which had run aground and was taking water. The Chairman took the opportunity to go on the Walton boat and watch the crews in action first hand.

The photo shows the Chairman with crew and branch members outside the Clacton boathouse.

Press Officer Mel Winger 18/07/2005


Awards for branch members.

Two members of the Clacton-on-Sea branch of the RNLI have received the Institutions statuettes for their services. David Snell has completed 25 years as committee member, chairman and president. Dr John Lineen has been with the station for 12 years as medical officer. They were presented with their awards by the stations operations manager Rob Smith.

The picture shows David (right) and John (left) with Rob.


Press Officer Mel Winger 25/06/2005


Sad News

Everyone at the Clacton station was very sad to hear that Tony Glaze of the Burnham-on-Crouch lifeboat had lost his fight against MN.Tony was a founder member of the station in 1966 and went on to become Hon. Sec.We send all at the station our deepest sympathies.

Press Officer Mel Winger 20/06/2005


Annual General Meeting

The127th Annual General Meeting of the Clacton-on-Sea branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was held on June 14.The meeting was opened by the chairman, David Snell, who thanked everyone for coming. His two years as chairman had passed quickly with many new projects at the station. The relocation of the lifeboats to a new building at Martello Bay and the launch of the Clacton Lifeboat Appeal to fund a new boat had kept everyone busy. He thanked the crew for their efforts and the support they gave to the branch.

David Porter takes over as chairman with David Snell becoming president, the rest of the committee were re-elected en-bloc.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Rob Smith reported that the lifeboats had answered 46 service calls during the year, 13 for the “D” class boat and 33 for the “Atlantic 75” with August being the busiest month. The building of the new boathouse was due to start in the autumn and be ready for use in the spring of 2006.

Tim Dye, senior helmsman at the station, said that the crew training program was going well with several new members joining the crew in the past year. The crew were up to strength but there was still room for anyone who would like to join.

Peter Watson, who looks after the local collection boxes, reported that he had made 360 visits to empty them during the year. He wished to express his thanks to all the people and businesses who have the boxes for their efforts in raising £7390.00.

The souvenir shop on the pier had a record year with sales reaching £27,800.00.

However more staff were needed both in the shop and in the boathouse.

The ladies section of the branch had a busy year with coffee mornings once again a big hit.

Stella Dubbin form Eastern Region office who is heading the Clacton Lifeboat Appeal reported that the fund had reached £71,000.00. Many local organisations had held special events and more were planned for the next few months. The Eastern Angles Theatre Group who had toured the region with their play “Beyond the Breakers” had raised £2,500.00 in a bucket collection.


Press Officer Mel Winger 15/06/2005



Open Weekend at Clacton lifeboat station 

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June is Open Weekend at Clacton lifeboat station. The boathouse and gift shop on the pier will be open from 11am until 4pm to give members of the public a chance to come along and see the lifeboats and talk to people involved in the service locally. The boathouse contains many old photographs covering the 127 year history of the lifeboat in Clacton, and records of the many rescues carried-out during that time.

Press Officer Mel Winger 05/06/2005



Annual General Meeting

The 127th Annual General Meeting of the Clacton-on-Sea branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take place on Tuesday 14 June 2005 at the Kingscliff Hotel, Holland-on-Sea, at 8pm.

Press Officer Mel Winger 11/05/2005


Students visit

Thirty-two students from Essex University at Colchester paid a visit to the lifeboat station as part of an evening arranged by Clacton Rotarians. They are overseas students and came from twelve countries. After a talk about the lifeboats given by branch member Richard Walker and crewman Adrian Rose they watched the boat launch on exercise. The evening ended with a buffet supper at the Westcliff Theatre.

Press Officer Mel Winger 05/05/2005


Burnham Cycle Challenge


The final total for the Burnham Lifeboat Cycle Challenge is £19,334-00. The crew cycled from Hunstanton to Southend in October last year visiting all the lifeboat stations in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The money is to be divided between the RNLI and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Press Officer Mel Winger 03/05/2005


Twin Town Visit


Clacton lifeboat was visited today by 48 students from its French twin town of Valence. The students attend the Paul Valary High School and are staying in Rochester, Kent. They spent 45 minutes in the boathouse where they were shown the Atlantic 75 and learned about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.



Press Officer Mel Winger 07/04/2005


Southcliff Masonic Lodge

Southcliff Masonic Lodge of Clacton have donated £1000. to the Lifeboat Appeal Fund. Master of the Lodge, Hugh Heffer, presented a cheque to RNLI branch chairman David Snell during a visit to the boathouse. Also on hand were lodge member Brian Thomasson and crew members Tim Sutton and Tim Dye.


Photo kindly contributed by Alex Bareham.


Press Officer Mel Winger 07/04/2005


Lifeboat man to receive bravery award

Ryan Carvey, a crew member on the Clacton lifeboat is to receive a Testimony on Parchment from the Royal Humane Society for his part in the rescue of a woman and her granddaughter from the sea. Ryan was working for Tendering District Council during the summer of 2004 as a senior beach patrol officer when the two, who were swimming got into trouble near the Palace breakwater on Clacton’s West Beach. Both were floating face down in the water. Ryan swam out about 30 metres to the grandmother and brought her ashore. Phillip Ellison who was on the beach with his family rescued the granddaughter getting her on to the breakwater where Jamie Sacre, a waterfront warden helped to get her to the beach. Both were given first aid until an ambulance arrived to take them to hospital. Phillip and Jamie are to receive the Societies Certificates of Commendation.

Press Officer Mel Winger 07/02/2005



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