Clacton on Sea
                              EASTERN REGION
                                        16 December 2012

News Files for 2012

 Santa arrives in Clacton on the town's new lifeboat
Paul Evans 16/12/2012




Santa to arrive in Clacton on the town's new lifeboat

 
SANTA is set to ditch his sleigh and sail into Clacton on a lifeboat next weekend.
Father Christmas will be braving the cold seas to deliver presents to youngsters during the free event at the town’s lifeboat station, in Hastings Avenue.
He will be coming to the town in Clacton RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the David Porter MPS, which was funded by a local campaign.
Steven Cole, chairman of Clacton RNLI’s fundraising group, said: “Santa has been coming to the town by lifeboat for almost 20 years, but he took a break last year.
“When he arrives he will be giving gifts to children in his grotto at the station, where refreshments will also be available for grown-ups.
“The lifeboat shop will also be open for anyone who wants to buy last minute gifts.
“We are expecting a great atmosphere down there on the day.
“This is our chance to say thank you to the people of Clacton, who support the lifeboat charity throughout the year.”
Santa will be arriving at the lifeboat station at 11am on Sunday, December 16.


James Dwan Press Officer

 


 
 
Santa hands Christmas gifts to youngsters after arriving in Clacton by lifeboat

HUNDREDS turned out to see Santa sail into Clacton on the town's new lifeboat.
Father Christmas braved the seas to deliver presents to youngsters during the free event at Clacton RNLI's lifeboat station, in Hastings Avenue.
More than 200 youngsters and parents were at Martello Bay to see Santa arrive by Clacton RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the David Porter MPS, which was funded by a local campaign.
Helmsman Tim Sutton said: "We had the biggest turn out we have ever had for Santa's arrival.

"The lifeboat came from around Clacton Pier and did a couple of fly-bys for the crowd.
"The conditions were nice and a lot of people came out.
"Santa came ashore and handed a free present to every child – more than 130 of them – at his grotto, which was built in the lifeboat station.
"There was a fantastic atmosphere and all the children enjoyed it.
"The town gives us so much support throughout the year and this is our chance to say thank you to the town."

James Dwan Press Officer

December 4, 2012

Crews set to take selection boxes to young patients this weekend 

CLACTON’S lifeboat crew are calling on people to donate selection boxes for youngsters who are facing Christmas in hospital.
Clacton RNLI crew members visit Colchester General Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to deliver selection boxes, toys and games ever year.
This weekend the crew will also be visiting the Treehouse Children’s Hospice in Ipswich.
Helmsman Tim Sutton said: “We visit the youngsters in the hospitals every year to bring them toys and selection boxes.
“The reason we do it is because quite a few of our crew have had children who have been treated at the hospitals in the past.
“We are appealing for people in Clacton to donate a few selection boxes so we can take them with us and cheer up even more youngsters this Christmas.”
Selection boxes can be dropped off at the lifeboat house, in Hastings Avenue, at Clacton Town Hall or at Jenny’s Gifts in Station Road.
The crew will be visiting the youngsters on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

James Dwan Press Officer

 

 

Holly Court
GENEROUS residents at a care home in Clacton raised £432 for the town’s lifeboat station.
Residents at Holly Court raised the cash for Clacton RNLI by holding a weekly coffee morning and table top sale.
Crew members thanked the residents for generous fundraising efforts.
A spokesman said: “It is the support of generous people like them that keeps the lifeboat afloat.”

James Dwan Press Officer

 

 

Volunteer lifeboat crew thanks employers for giving them time out to save lives at sea

 PHOTO CAPTION: Clacton RNLI helmsman Tim Sutton hands the certificate of thanks to Tendring Council chairman Danny Mayzes

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew from Clacton have thanked their employers for allowing them to take time out to save lives at sea.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI divisional inspector for the east, presented a certificate to Tendring District Council’s chairman at Clacton RNLI’s boathouse, in Hastings Avenue, on Wednesday, November 7.
The certificate recognises the important role employers play in allowing their staff who are lifeboat crew to respond to emergency calls.
Mr Ashton thanked all employers in the area for their support, including Tendring Council, which has employed many lifeboat crew volunteers over the years.
“It has always been volunteers who have manned our lifeboats,” said Mr Ashton.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is a local council, a private employer or if the crew are self-employed, it’s the fact people are prepared to help us.
“We wish to record our sincere thanks to Tendring District Council for allowing our volunteer crew to be released from their place of work to save lives at sea.”
Tendring District Council’s seafront manager – and Clacton lifeboat station helmsman - Tim Sutton has worked for the council while being on the crew for more than 15 years.
Council chairman Danny Mayzes praised the crew for putting their lives on the line to save others.
He said: “Tendring has the longest coastline of any district in the country, so the support the RNLI gives us is invaluable.
“Therefore as an employer, Tendring Council is willing to support our staff to carry out their voluntary role with the RNLI.

“It is something we can give back to the district.”

 James Dwan Press Officer

 

September 23, 2012
New Clacton lifeboat named by veteran broadcaster and former pirate DJ Johnnie Walker
CLACTON'S new lifeboat has been officially named by veteran broadcaster former pirate DJ Johnnie Walker.
Clacton RNLI's new Atlantic 85 lifeboat was named after the station's former chairman David Porter, who died aged 80 in December, at a special ceremony on Saturday, September 22.
More than 500 people turned out for the event, which included a service of dedication by the station's chaplain, the Rev Dennis Hart, as well as a fly past by the RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter, a demonstration launch of the lifeboat, the Harwich Royal British Legion Pipe Band and the Kings German Artillery's cannon.
The boat was officially named by Johnnie Walker, who broadcast from Radio Caroline off the Tendring coastline from 1966 to 1968.
Johnnie said: "It was a really special day. It had been 45 years since I was out on the North Sea.
"We were out there in both calm conditions and very rough conditions, so it was very important to us that Clacton lifeboat was standing by should anything go wrong.
"Because of that it was a real high spot in my life to be asked to come and name the boat - I consider it a great honour."
The lifeboat has been funded thanks to the generosity of the people of Clacton, who raised £180,000 towards the £204,000 cost of the boat.
The new boat, which has radar and radio direction finding equipment, will replace the station’s Atlantic 75, which is now 14 years old.
It is 28ft in length, can carry four crew and has a maximum speed of 35 knots, compared with the Atlantic 75 which had crew of three and a top speed of 32 knots.
The boat was officially named the David Porter MPS, in recognition of Mr Porter’s qualification as a pharmacist.
The naming ceremony was attended by RNLI deputy chairman Vicky Wright, Clacton lifeboat chairman Richard Walker, retired lifeboat operations manager Rob Smith and current operations manager David Wells.
Mr Wells said: "It is very fitting to name the new boat after David Porter. He was a Clacton man through and through and did so much to raise money for the boat and the RNLI over the years.
"We have had the boat six weeks and it has already had seven service calls, helping people in trouble on the sea.
"We would like to thank the people of Clacton and the Eastern region who generously donated money to the fund for the new lifeboat."
Photos:
Clacton RNLI naming ceremony 1: Johnnie Walker on board Clacton RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the David Porter MPS.





James Dwan Press Officer

New Clacton lifeboat to be named by offshore radio DJ Johnnie Walker

 
CLACTON'S new lifeboat is to be officially named by veteran broadcaster and former offshore radio DJ Johnnie Walker.
Clacton RNLI was last month handed its new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, which will be named after the station's former chairman David Porter, who died aged 80 in December following a long illness.
The lifeboat has been funded thanks to the generosity of the people of Clacton, who raised £180,000 towards the £204,000 cost of the boat.
The new boat will replace the station’s Atlantic 75, which is now 14 years old.
It is 28ft in length, can carry four crew and has a maximum speed of 35 knots, compared with the Atlantic 75 which had crew of three and a top speed of 32 knots.
It will be officially named by Johnnie Walker, who broadcast from Radio Caroline off the
Tendring coastline from 1966 to 1968.

The radio station operated outside the three-mile limit where it was free from Government control, but due to its somewhat precarious position, it occasionally needed assistance from the RNLI.
In August 1967 the Government passed the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Bill, which effectively closed down all pirate radio stations, but Radio Caroline continued in defiance of the Act.
Then on 4 September 1967 the lifeboat was called to help as the ship was dragging her anchor in gale-force winds.
Richard Walker, chairman of Clacton RNLI, said: "That was the first call to an offshore radio station since the Act came into force and those on board the radio ship could have found themselves in a tricky legal position if Caroline had reached territorial waters, but luckily it did not. There was also the question as to whether the lifeboat crew were breaking the law going to the assistance of Radio Caroline.
"Johnnie Walker was one of those on board at the time, and we are very pleased he has agreed to officially name the boat."
Johnnie Walker established himself as one of the country's top DJs, starting at Radio England and later moving to Radio Caroline.
He later went on to work on BBC Radio 1, K-SAN in San Francisco, and BBC Radio 2's drive time show. He currently presents a Radio 2 Sunday show specialising in music from the 1970s, and in 2006 was awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting. 
The boat will be officially named the David Porter MPS, in recognition of Mr Porter’s qualification as a pharmacist.
It also includes radar, night-vision equipment and VHF radio direction finding equipment, which helps the crew to pinpoint the casualty boat's location from their radio broadcast.
The Do Do carriage used to launch the lifeboat has been funded by the generous bequest of Ronald
Whittingham.

The official naming ceremony will be attended by RNLI deputy chairman Vicky Wright and will include a fly past by the RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter as well as a demonstration launch of the lifeboat
The event is open to the public and will take place at 2pm on Saturday, September 22.

James Dwan Press Officer


Radio DJ Johnnie Walker.

August 12, 2012
LIFEBOAT crew in Clacton have been handed their new £180,000 lifeboat.
Clacton RNLIs new Atlantic 85 lifeboat has been named after the towns former RNLI station chairman, David Porter.
A fundraising campaign for the new boat was started more than five years ago, but thanks to the generosity of people in the town the money was raised far more quickly than was anticipated.
Richard Walker, chairman of Clacton RNLI, said: 'The station is delighted to have taken delivery of its new lifeboat, which was funded from public subscription, and is named after the former chairman of Clacton lifeboat's management group who passed away last December.
'It is a fitting tribute to a man who gave his services to the RNLI, as a volunteer, for 46 years.'
Mr Porter, of First Avenue, Clacton, died aged 80, following a long illness. He was the first launching authority for the inshore lifeboat when it first came to Clacton in 1966, to compliment the offshore boat that operated from the pier.
The new lifeboat will replace the stations Atlantic 75, which is now 14 years old.
It new boat is 28ft in length, can carry four crew and has a maximum speed of 35 knots, compared with the Atlatic 75 which had crew of three and a top speed of 32 knots.
Dave Wells, Clacton RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, said: 'We are really pleased with the new boat.
'It has direction finding equipment which we can use when someone calls up on a radio to pick up on their frequency and go straight to the casualty.
'It also has radar which will help navigation when visibility is poor. This new equipment greatly enhances the boat's life-saving capabilities.'
The boat will be officially named the David Porter MPS, in recognition of Mr Porters qualification as a pharmacist. The official naming ceremony will take place later this year.
 
James Dwan Press Officer

Clacton lifeboat crew handed £9,000 by closing residents' association
LIFEBOAT crew in Clacton have been handed £9,000 following the closure of a residents association in Jaywick.
Volunteers at Clacton RNLI were presented with a cheque by members of the Jaywick Sands Freeholders Association on Friday, August 10, 2012.
The association also donated an equal sum to the Essex Air Ambulance, who also collected their cheque at the lifeboat station, in Hastings Avenue.
Richard Walker, chairman of Clacton RNLI, said: ‘It is very generous of the Jaywick Sands Freeholders Association to present the station with this magnificent sum, which will help ensure that Clacton lifeboat continues to provide a 24/7 lifesaving service on this part of the Essex coast. 
Clacton has always had strong links with Jaywick, not least of which was when the station's lifeboat went to the assistance of residents during the horrific 1953 east coast floods.
'We thank the people of Jaywick for this donation.'
The cheque was handed by the association’s trustees Mary Puddick, David Bacon and Carol Hayden to crew members Darren Simper and Alan and Fred Thompson.
 
Picture caption:Essex Air Ambulance’s Ian Dawson and Sabi Blyth, Jaywick Sands Freeholders Association’s trustees Mary Puddick, David Bacon and Carol Hayden and Clacton RNLI volunteer crew members Fred Thompson, Alan Thompson and Darren Simper.
James Dwan Press Officer

August 10, 2012
VOLUNTEER lifeboat crews in Clacton have been handed a cheque for £700 following a charity draw.
The money was raised for Clacton RNLI as part of the last big fundraising effort of Terry Lilley’s year as president of the Lions Club of Clacton on Sea.
The branch held a draw for two meals supplied by 20 local restaurants.
It raised a total of £1,180, the main beneficiary of which was Clacton RNLI.
A cheque was handed to the crew at the lifeboat station by Mr Lilley and current president Wilf Barnes.
James Dwan Press Officer

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CLACTON RNLI's lifeboat station hosted a special ceremony to name a new relief inshore boat.
Crew members and volunteers from Clacton RNLI, in Hastings Avenue, accepted the boat on behalf of the institution from the family of Peggy Doreen Murray-Rochard.
The boat was donated by Wing Commander Alan Murray-Rochard in memory of his wife, who died in 2005.
Peggy, who was born in Felixstowe in 1923, served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) from 1942 to 1945, leaving the navy as a petty officer. She was a regular supporter of the RNLI, so Alan decided to donate and name the lifeboat Peggy D in memory of her.
Richard Walker, chairman of Clacton RNLI, said: “It was a privilege for our station to be selected to host this naming ceremony and service of dedication.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Murray-Rochard and his family to the station, and to gratefully accept the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI.”
Mr Walker accepted the boat during the ceremony on Saturday, June 30.
The Rev David Newman, of St James Church in Little Clacton, led a service of dedication and blessed the boat.
The D class inshore lifeboat is one of a number of relief boats which will be stationed at RNLI headquarters in Poole.
It will be used at stations around the country when their own inshore boats are in need of repair or maintenance.
The boat can reach casualties in places where an all-weather lifeboat would be unable to operate, such as shallow water, close to cliffs or among rocks.
It was built at the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre at the Isle of Wight and is designed to carry up to three crew and has a top speed of 25 knots.

 James Dwan Press Officer

Clacton RNLI hosts naming ceremony for new relief lifeboat

 
CLACTON RNLI's lifeboat station hosted a special ceremony to name a new relief inshore boat.
Crew members and volunteers from Clacton RNLI, in Hastings Avenue, accepted the boat on behalf of the institution from the family of Peggy Doreen Murray-Rochard.
The boat was donated by Wing Commander Alan Murray-Rochard in memory of his wife, who died in 2005.
Peggy, who was born in Felixstowe in 1923, served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) from 1942 to 1945, leaving the navy as a petty officer. She was a regular supporter of the RNLI, so Alan decided to donate and name the lifeboat Peggy D in memory of her.
Richard Walker, chairman of Clacton RNLI, said: “It was a privilege for our station to be selected to host this naming ceremony and service of dedication.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Murray-Rochard and his family to the station, and to gratefully accept the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI.”
Mr Walker accepted the boat during the ceremony on Saturday, June 30.
The Rev David Newman, of St James Church in Little Clacton, led a service of dedication and blessed the boat.
The D class inshore lifeboat is one of a number of relief boats which will be stationed at RNLI headquarters in Poole.
It will be used at stations around the country when their own inshore boats are in need of repair or maintenance.
The boat can reach casualties in places where an all-weather lifeboat would be unable to operate, such as shallow water, close to cliffs or among rocks.
It was built at the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre at the Isle of Wight and is designed to carry up to three crew and has a top speed of 25 knots.


James Dwan Press Officer

LIFEBOAT crews in Clacton have taken part in a special three-day first aid course in preparation for rescues at sea.
Members of Clacton RNLI take part in the course, which was held at the boathouse in Hastings Avenue, every three years.The crew were shown how to use a stretcher in confined spaces, which can be used in the evacuation of a casualty through a the hatch in the deck of a boat.


They also practiced using a spinal board and a basket stretcher, which are all used by the crews during rescues.
A spokesman said: “As well as stretcher scenarios the crews also completed a variety of injury scenarios with multiple casualties.


“One replicated a casualty with a piece of glass impaled in his head, which was treated as a real life situation out on the water.
“They also dealt with a burns scenario, which simulated an explosion on a boat.”
The RNLI’s casualty care teacher used specialist makeup kits and skills to create the effects on people to try and make the scenarios as real life as possible.
Over the three days the crew were taught about dealing with asthma attacks and resuscitation techniques.

James Dwan Press Officer


ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CLACTON ON SEA LIFEBOAT STATION

You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Clacton on Sea Lifeboat Station. Below are
the details and Agenda, and attached are the minutes of the 2011 meeting.

Yours sincerely

Richard O. Walker
Chairman

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CLACTON ON SEA LIFEBOAT STATION
MONDAY 11 JUNE 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
FLAMINGO RESTAURANT, KINGS PARADE, HOLLAND ON SEA


AGENDA

1. Welcome by the Chairman
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 19 July 2011
4. Matters Arising
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Lifeboat Operations’ Report
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Sales Team Report
9. Fund Raising Team’s Report
10. Press Officer’s Report
11. Any Other Business

James Dwan Press Officer

Minutes of the Clacton on Sea Lifeboat Station Annual Meeting
held at United Reformed Church Hall on the 19 July 2011



1. Welcome by the Chairman:
The Station’s Chairman David Porter welcomed all those present to the fourth annual
meeting since the restructure of Clacton Lifeboat Station and the move from Clacton Pier to
Martello Bay.

2. Apologies for Absence:
Barbara Withy, Peter Edwards, Wendy Lockyear, Howard Stoneham.

3. Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
The minutes on the Annual Meeting held on 25 May 2010 were agreed as a true record and
signed by the Chairman.

4. Matters Arising:
There were none.

5. Chairman’s Report:
The Chairman reported that despite an expectation that 2010 would be all doom and
gloom, according to the economy, he was very pleased to say that this had not occurred at
Clacton Lifeboat Station. However other areas had affected the Station, one of which was
the retirement of almost half the Lifeboat Management Group (LMG), with not all vacant
positions being filled as yet.

Rob Smith had stepped down as Lifeboat Operations Manager, after many years of very
dedicated service. The Station was pleased to welcome Dave Wells as his replacement. It
was appropriate, at the Annual Meeting to officially record the thanks of the whole Station to
Rob for a “Job Well Done”.

David Snell had relinquished the position of Chairman of the Fundraising Group, again after
many years of dedicated service in various capacities within the Station, and a sincere
thanks should be recorded to him. David, however, had been elected as President of the
Station – a new position, so it was congratulations at the same time.

Alan Osborn had taken over the role of Press Officer in 2010 from Mel Winger and Barbara
Withy had taken on the running of the Station’s Sales from Graham Crame, again after
many years of loyal service. The above were all roles within the LMG but also recently
retired was Peter Watson who had held the post of Box Secretary for many years and who
had built the operation up into a large area with numerous outlets. This vacant role has
been filled by Peter Edwards and Fred Glander sharing the work.


6. Lifeboat Operations Report:
Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Dave Wells reported that he had taken on the role on
4 October 2010 upon the retirement of Rob Smith whom he wished to thank for his very
many years support and commitment to both the Station and the RNLI as a whole.

In 2010 there had been 68 service calls between both boats, with a range of incidents
including false calls, vessels aground, medical help, taking out pumps; the list was long and
varied. Crew numbers remained strong with 30 crew and launchers and a waiting list to
join. The Station’s D-class “”Damarkand” had gone for its first service and the Station’ 75
“Robert George Alexander” had incurred a problem with it its airbag frame, a common fault,
but this had been speedily repaired.

Each year an annual meeting of Lifeboat Stations on the east coast was held and this
usually took place at Thames Coastguard but in November it was held at Clacton Lifeboat
Station.

The LOM concluded by thanking Tim Dye and the crew and launchers for their loyalty and
commitment, Dave Carvey and Chris French as the Deputy Launching Authority, and to
Chris French for the training he had organised; a special thanks also went to Alan Osborn
for showing people around the Boathouse. The LOM also wished to thank the Fundraising
Group and all the Sales Team for raising the much needed funds, and to Debbie Holmes
the Treasurer for administering the financial side of the Station.

7. Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Debbie Holmes presented a detailed set of accounts for the Clacton Lifeboat
Station for 2010, along with comparison information for the previous year – 2009. She then
highlighted the following information:


On the receipts the donations were split into three sections:Item
2 – General Donations £11,193.09
Item 8 – Donations from schools, youth groups £1,060.10
Item 10 – Misc. Income which was “In Memory” Donations £3,829.77
Total donations were up £2,200 on 2009.
Also included in Item 2 was money raised by an initiative of David Snell which was to have
a fundraising appeal for money to cover fuel to enable the Station’s crew to train regularly.
This appeal had raised £1,390 in 2010 and had been used to pay for fuel at the Station.


Item 3 – Collecting Boxes was up by £150.
Item 4 – Collections, which incorporated Flag Week of £980 and Tesco’s collection of £833
and made a total of £1,813 was down £1,280 on the previous year.
Item 6 – Fundraising Events organised by the Station for 2010 included:


£594 – Pig Race Night
£451 – Ladies Coffee Morning
£219 – Ladies Bric-a-Brac Sale
£452 – Ladies Garden Event
£265 – Ladies Fashion Show


Profit from the Station Calendars amounted to £767 with income of £435 being included in
the 2010 fundraising figure. A further £108.57 was raised by the Station’s mascot “Albert
Edward” and the sale of pin badges.
Item 9 – Campaigns related to money donated for the national SOS campaign.
Item 13 – Headquarters income of £247.50 related to Gift Aid rebate.
The Station showed a total surplus in 2010 of £26,451.97, an increase of £2,443 on 2009.



A legacy of £75,000 had been received from the estate of Mrs Eva Mary Fookes which had
been partially used towards the running costs in 2010 which were £36,711, excluding
depreciation; leaving a balance in the restricted fund of £42,279.

The Treasurer concluded by thanking all the Station’s local supporters, clubs and various
organisations for their continued support and to the fundraisers, Station Group members
and Sales Team for making 2010 such a successful year.

8. Sales Team Report:
Sales Officer Barbara Withy reported that the shop had continued to do well in spite of the
poor weather conditions and wished to thank all the volunteers, and Peter Edwards for
earning the shop good money at the outdoor events he attended.

In 2010 the shop took £29,027, including £3,842.87 raised through the MDU, which was a
drop of 3% compared to 2009 but Head Office was pleased with the Station’s results which
were good considering the recession.

Also during 2010 Graham Crame retired from the position of Sales Officer and Barbara
Withy, having been appointed to this position, thanked Graham for his help and support
during the transition.

The Clacton Lifeboat Shop was awarded a certificate during 2010 for being the most
supportive shop in the South Eastern region. During 2010 the shop had created good
relationships with both Harwich and Walton and Frinton RNLI shops and this enabled all
three to swop stock and for Clacton to order high-volume items and share them with the
two other shops; which individually they would not have been able to order. James
Thompson, Regional Area Manager, presented the award to all volunteers and also put on
a presentation about the history of the RNLI and the retail sector; lunch was also provided
and the day proved very successful.

The Sales Officer finished her report by thanking all the volunteers who turned out every
week; they had ensured the shop was a success.

9. Fundraising Team’s Report:
David Snell, having retired from the position of Chairman of Fundraising on 31 December
2010, presented the report for 2010. There had been a number of events during the year
including:
Little Clacton Garden Show: It rained nearly all day and had been a complete washout;
taking about £25 in the morning and a similar amount in the afternoon.
Little Bentley Garden Show: After the previous success of this Show the Station again
took a stand but this time only managed to take about £400 over the three days. After
paying for the pitch it was felt this event was not worth the effort that had been put into it.
Tendring Show: In 2010 it had proved worthwhile and the crew had provided a display in
the arena which had contributed well to the funds being collected.
Clacton Air Show: Once again the Station had its MDU at the event for the two days
although it was difficult to get a complete figure of the take at such an event, however it did
keep the RNLI profile high in the public view. David then thanked Wendy Lockyear and
Peter Edwards for all their hard work and effort they put into taking out the MDU to the
many events, raising over £3,000 a year.
Santa’s Grotto: Once again this was very popular with some 100 children visiting Santa;
an event not aimed to make money but give something back to families.
Carol Concert: This had also become a regular event, this year with the Frobisher School
Choir. However it was poorly attended and only just broke-even.


Collecting Boxes: Peter Watson retired in 2010 from the position of Box Secretary,
having completed over 30 years with the Station in various positions; the last 10-12 years
as Box Secretary. When Peter took this over the annual income was £930 but in Peter’s
last year the annual income was just over £10,000. David wished to record his thanks to
Peter Watson.
Ladies Group: David thanked the Ladies Group that had, during 2010, raised £1,387.50

10. Press Officer’s Report:
Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Alan Osborn reported that he was requested to take over the
duties of the Station Lifeboat Press Officer in April 2010 and therefore the report covered
media and public relations activity as of that date.

Press Releases: There had been 47 press releases from April to December. A folder,
kept in the RNLI shop, had been introduced which gave details of shouts and copies of
newspaper articles relating to the station and there were a total of 66 service reports
enclosed in 2010. Reports on all shouts were sent to the station website
Media Interviews: In June 2010 Anglia TV and BBC Radio Essex visited the Station, on
behalf of the RNLI East Division, relating to the Institute’s national campaign on
toombstoning.’
Boathouse Visits: There had been 28 groups / 910 visitors to the Station in 2010. These
groups varied from The Colchester Institute to 11 primary schools and from cubs and
brownies to a Lifeboat Enthusiast and RNLI fundraisers group from Petts Wood in Kent.
Outside Presentations: Presentations had been given to 10 groups with a total audience
of 793. Talks given to Clacton County High School resulted in funds being raised for the
purchase of a CPR manikin for the station. Talks were also given to the Masonic
Fellowship and Holly Court Retirement home, both of these being long standing supporters
of the RNLI.
Courses: In October 2010 the LPO had been on a one-day training course with RNLI
Divisional Media Relations Manager relating to posting of news releases directly on to the
RNLI Press website. The station was used as a pilot for the introduction of allowing LPOs
direct access to the national website. On 9-12 November the LPO had attended a Lifeboat
Press Officer course at The Lifeboat College.
General Comments: Contacts were established and developed with most of the local and
regional media but in particular the Clacton Gazette which had been very supportive of the
work of the station, as had The East Anglian Daily Times. Articles and reports had been
sent to the RNLI Magazine supplement ‘Compass’ which had also been published.
The LPO passed on his grateful appreciation to the crew for their patience in providing
details of rescues, for their quotable comments immediately upon their return from a service
and for photographs, often taken under difficult circumstances, to accompany press
releases.

Alan concluded by reporting that he had stepped down from being LPO on 23 June 2011.

11. Any Other Business:
Annual Meeting: A question was raised as to why the Annual Meeting was so late in the
year and the Treasurer explained that the annual accounts were not ready until April of the
following year.

There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 8.10 p.m.

James Dwan Press Officer

A MURDER mystery evening will take place in Holland-on-Sea in aid of Clacton RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The mystery will be acted out by Clacton’s MAD Theatre Company at the Flamingo Restaurant, in Kings Parade, on July 6.
The event, which includes a fish and chip supper, will see those taking part quiz the actors to reveal clues to solve the murder.
Tickets for the event cost £8.75 and are available from the Lifeboat Shop or The Flamingo.

Doors open at 6pm and the meal will be served at 7pm. Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

James Dwan Press Officer

A FUNDRAISING race night will take place in Clacton in aid of the town’s lifeboat station.

The event will take place at Clacton Snooker Centre, in Valley Road, on May 19 at 7.30pm.

The minimum stake per horse is 50p.

Tickets, which cost £5 and include a race card and fish supper, are available from the Lifeboat Shop or by calling 01255 425469.

James Dwan Press Officer

Holly Court

Housing scheme tenants make a difference
 
Tenants and staff at Holly Court Phase1&2 retirement housing scheme have raised £568 for Clacton Lifeboat by holding weekly coffee mornings.
The older people at Anchor’s Holly Court Phase1&2 in Old Road decided to raise money for Clacton Lifeboat because of the outstanding service that they provide.  They raised the funds by raffling tickets at the weekly coffee morning.
Holly Court Phase1&2 Managers Ella Crabtree-Soanes & Anne Miller said:
Tenants and staff were really keen to raise as much money as possible for what we all felt was an important cause.  We’ve been extremely impressed by the hard work of everyone. Over the years we have raised in excess of £2500 for this charity and feel sure that our efforts will have made a difference.”
The cheque was presented to Clacton Lifeboat at the coffee morning on Tuesday 24th April when some of the crew gave a presentation about the ‘RNLI Past and Present’
' a representative from Clacton Lifeboat station expressed the extreme gratitude from all at the station for the continued support from the residents of Holly Court. This year's donation will contribute towards the cost of replacement lifejackets for the crew of Clacton lifeboat'

Alan Osborn

 

RESIDENTS and staff at a sheltered housing complex have raised more than £500 for Clacton RNLI by holding coffee mornings.
Holly Court, in Old Road, holds a weekly fundraising raffle during their coffee morning in aid of the town’s lifeboat station.
This year they have raised a total of £568, which will help pay towards replacement lifejackets for the crew.
Manager Ela Crabtree-Soanes said: “Tenants and staff were really keen to raise as much money as possible for what we all felt was an important cause.
“We’ve been extremely impressed by the hard work of everyone.
“Over the years we have raised in excess of £2,500 for the charity and feel sure that our efforts will have made a difference.”
A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said: “Everyone at the station is extremely grateful for the continued support from the residents of Holly Court.
“This year's donation will contribute towards the cost of replacement lifejackets for the crew of Clacton lifeboat.”

James Dwan Press Officer

 

 

A LIFEBOAT crewman has been presented with a certificate to mark his dedication after spending more than 12 years with Clacton RNLI.
Mark Davey joined the lifeboat station in 1999 as a shore helper before joining the lifeboat crew.
He later became a helmsman on the inshore lifeboat.
During his service in Clacton he helped rescue more than 27 people in trouble in the sea.
He was presented with the certificate by lifeboat operations manager David Wells at the Old Lifeboat House pub, in Carnarvon Road, Clacton.
 
James Dwan Press Officer

 

 


New lifeboat to be named after former station chairman


 

CLACTON RNLI's new lifeboat will be named in memory of former station chairman David Porter 
Clacton lifeboat station has announced that its new £180,000 Atlantic 85 lifeboat is expected to be delivered to the volunteer crews later this summer.
Money was raised for the boat following a local fundraising campaign about five years ago.
Clacton's new station chairman Richard Walker said the boat will be named in tribute to Mr Porter, who died aged 80 in December.
He said: “The Clacton lifeboat station is very proud to announce that when it receives its new Atlantic 85 lifeboat that it is to be named after David.
"David was the first launching authority for the inshore lifeboat when it first came to Clacton in 1966, to compliment the offshore boat that operated from the pier, and he was an active member of the Station until his untimely death 
"It is a fitting tribute to name the new lifeboat after him.
“About five years ago an appeal was launched to raise funds for the new lifeboat, and such was the generosity of the townsfolk and other lifeboat supporters that the money was raised far more quickly than anticipated.
“The station had its busiest year in 2011 and the new lifeboat will ensure an even speedier response to casualties."
The vessel will replace the station's Atlantic 75 lifeboat, which is now 13 years old.
The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat is 8.4 metres in length, can carry four crew and has a maximum speed of 35 knots, compared with the current boat which is 7.3metres, carries three crew and has a top speed of 32 knots.

James Dwan Press Officer

 

 

 


Thanks from the W&fyc and Clacton Sailing Club, photo from Rogers (CSC) Web Site.

Paul Evans

 

 

A LONG-serving lifeboatman from Clacton has died, aged 80.

John David Porter, of First Avenue, died on December 18, after a long illness.

Mr Porter was born in 1931 in Clacton.
He was educated at St Edmunds boarding school and Clacton County High School before serving as a radiologist during his National Service in Malaya and went on to become a pharmacist in Clacton.
Mr Porter was a member of Clacton RNLI for more than 30 years.
Lifeboat operations manager David Wells said: “You couldn’t find a nicer chap – he will be missed by all of us.”
Mr Porter became a Rotarian in 1973.
Derrick Norman, of Clacton Rotary, said: “He was a true Clactonian through and through.
“During his Rotary career he was the epitome of what a Rotarian should be.
“This was duly noted by the Clacton Rotary Club when he was made a Paul Harris Fellow in March 2001.
“He held almost every post in the club and was president from July 1999 to June 2000.
“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but not forgotten.”
Mr Porter was also a member of Essex Wild Life Trust and was involved with Clacton and District Occupational Workshop.
A funeral service takes place at Our Lady of Light Church, in Church Road, on January 23.



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