April Newsletter

Well, I certainly wasn’t going to compose this yesterday (Friday the 1st)!! so a nice quiet Saturday beckons. I have just delivered all the Souvenir Stall and CTF “goodies” to Debbie, David, Lynne and Roger over at Torquay for the first of our new Programme of fundraising Events so good luck to them.

Next Coffee Morning;- takes place on Tuesday 12 April at the Harbour Light pub Paignton Harbour. If you are not familiar with it, pay meter on-street parking is available at the far end of the Eastern Esplanade or in the multi-storey on Cliff Road. Usual format, 10 – Midday with Cake Stall & Raffle.

Mayday Stalls;- Sunday 1 May sees our first Event outside the Lifeboat Station with Crafts, Books, Cakes, Tombola plus Cover the Flag. If you would like to help on any of the Stalls please let me know thorppeter13@gmail.com 855329 or for CTF Cathy Craig nick.craig13@outlook.com 857106.  A word of advice…this is also Pirate Festival weekend so parking in town will be at a premium, so if you are travelling into Brixham we suggest you perhaps use the Park & Ride facility.

Parking at Kiosk/LBS;- On behalf of Mark and the Crew could we remind members NOT to park in the bays marked for the Crew. One bay outside the Kiosk is “reserved” during opening hours for the Kiosk Volunteers but that is all, we must NOT interfere with Crew access when responding to a “shout”.  Many thanks.

Call us No 1;- The outcome of all your efforts during 2021 was that TLF were the highest fundraisers in the country.  So all those Coffee Mornings,  CTF and Souvenir Events, all the great work by the Shop and Kiosk volunteers really paid dividends. Only “challenge” now is….to keep our “crown”.!!

Keeping “up to speed”;- This past month has seen the installation of new Tills at our retail outlets.  New “touch-screen” tills are now up and running following a day of “one-to-one” training by Lucy one of our Regional Retail managers. Whilst the prospect of “change” might have seemed a bit daunting to some Volunteers, everyone seems to have taken to them like a duck to water, so Thank You everyone for rising to the challenge.  The new tills will make sales a great deal easier and the internal features also provide greater opportunities to receive donations and better financial information/management.

Wow! That was a close shave;- When 3 regulars from Ye Olde Roundham Club in Paignton decided they would like to do something on our behalf they opted to have their bushy beards shaved off for our charity. They were aware of just how much it costs to fully kit-out a lifeboat crew member and the result of their efforts has brought £1,540 into the TLF account. We hope to have an article in the local press and on our Facebook page soon so you can read more.

“Shouts”;-Seven shouts received in March including one “assembly only”. Most of calls were for the ILB and thankfully nothing of a too serious nature.

Two incidents involving swimmers;- one where the ILB stood by and accompanied one swimmer until they were in the care of the Coastguard whilst the other swimmer was assisted to safety just before the Crew arrived.

At the end of the month the ILB responded to a seven-metre yacht outside Torquay Harbour where the yachtsman seemed confused.  ILB crew member went aboard and helped navigate the yacht into the Harbour where the Coastguard secured the vessel.

That’s All for this Newsletter

Take Care


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