May Newsletter

May Newsletter:

First item is about YOU!

Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.
As well as helping others, Volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting volunteers in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem. There are many voluntary organisations in the UK that rely on volunteers to help others.
First established in 1984 by Volunteering England, the event is now coordinated by NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations). During the week stories about volunteering are shared on social media and hundreds of celebrations and events take place.
Every Volunteers Week has a different theme which is designed to help organisations think about how they can successfully open up volunteering opportunities to all and increase diversity in their volunteer base and trustees.
Further information about Volunteers Week and information about becoming a volunteer can be found at

Recent Events:
Bucket collection @ Morrisons on 16 April raised £363.05 so many thanks to those who helped that day.  The Coffee Morning at the Harbour Light in Paignton raised £350 was very well attended and the staff looked after us really well, it is a really pleasant venue and even better, they want us back!!

Dave Smithson reported that sadly the Mayday Stalls & Cover the Flag suffered from a grim, drizzly wet day with occasional bouts of dry weather, and even with the town being busy for the Pirate Festival it wasn’t going to be our best Mayday fundraiser.  Stalls took £472.95 and CtF £239.05 a total of £712 compared to the 2021 event of £1,188.59 when the weather was bright, sunny and warm.  Nonetheless again many thanks to those who braved the inclement weather for “the cause”.

Future Events:
We have added a Stalls and Cover the Flag to the Programme outside the LBS on Sunday 5 June to celebrate our Royal Patron’s Jubilee.  Cathy Craig would welcome a few volunteers for Cover the Flag and I would appreciate some help on the Stalls please, so get in touch with either of us.

Our next Coffee Morning takes place on 8 June at Brixham Rugby Club 10-Midday, Raffle and Cake Stalls.

Quiz Night at Brixham Yacht Club, Wednesday 15 June.  This is an additional Fundraising Event from the printed programme we sent out in March.  £5 per person, maximum players of 6 per Team, also a Raffle.
To book your Table call the Yacht Club Bar 01803 853332.  Food is available to order from 6.30pm.  Quiz will start at 8 p.m.

Paignton Craft Market – RNLI Souvenir Stall:
Our Friday evening programme commences on 17 June from 4pm – 8pm and is held each Friday throughout July and August.
Last year’s experience suggests that it is preferable to divide this into 2 x 2-hour sessions 4pm – 6pm and 6pm – 8pm.  That way the 4 volunteers can get their evening meals at a reasonable time.
I will set the stall up and return at the end of the Event to pack things away.  If you can spare 2 hours during the programme we would be really grateful.  We have a nice spot outside the Harbour Light and we do some very good business, so please let me know which dates you would be able to do and whether you would like the first or second shift.

Souvenirs and Cover the Flag – Paignton Green/Eastern Esplanade:
On Sunday 19 June we are running this Event from 10 am – 4 pm and we would like volunteers to help on Cover the Flag (just a one-hour slot) and help on the Souvenirs Stall.  Again, please contact me if you can assist on either of these.

Proms in the Garden – Berry Head Hotel Sunday 10 July:
After a three-year absence due to “you know what” we are back in the Walled Garden and Mulberry Room at Berry Head. Doors open at 6pm and the Concert featuring the Britannia Royal Naval College RN Volunteer Band and Soprano Kate Walker starts at 7pm. Tickets £20 per person (no concessions) are now available on-line at or contact Jill Passmore on 01803 431752.  

After more years than she wishes to remember Joan Gibbard would like to stand-down from organising the Raffles at our Coffee Mornings and other Fundraising Events.  It isn’t a particularly arduous role but since Maurice our Past President passed away Joan has been assisted by John & Mary Jeffrey especially with transport.  We are sure John and Mary will continue to assist the new person who comes forward to replace Joan.  Please DO give this some serious consideration as the Raffle is a very simple but reliable method of fundraising and many of our Members donate the prizes on each occasion.

A couple of “false alarms with good intent” for the ILB during April but the ALB went to the aid of a 10-metre motorboat in the Lyme Bay area which was disabled near Thatcher Rock with two people on board.  The lifeboat crew towed it into Brixham Marina and helped it to its berth.
Then the ALB was called out again to assist an 11-metre yacht stuck on a weather buoy off Torquay.  The vessel was released by the LB Crew who then towed it into Torquay Harbour.

Kilimanjaro Challenge:
Staying with the Crew, they take on their first challenge, a Skydive, this Sunday 22 May at Dunkerswell airfield where the Team will jump out of an aircraft at 15,000 feet.  Well done folks and good luck.  Don’t forget you can donate to the Challenges at

Until next time.

Kind Regards


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