Sunday, 27 November 2011

AGM, awards and a retirement

It was nice to see so many people at our AGM last week, thanks again to The Pines Hotel for their hospitality.

As well as the usual reports and speeches we also had a few awards to give out. One to Ros Bishop for her service in the Lifeboat Shop, one to Kevin Dimarco (pictured below) for his 13 years service to the RNLI from May 1997 to Nov 2010 and one to Paul O'Connell for his service from Mar 2004 to Nov 2010.

At the end of the meeting our Chairman, Robin Tiller, announced that he would be standing down and handing over the reigns to Peter Foster. Robin assures us that he will continue with fundraising for the RNLI but he felt it was time for him to handover as Chairman. The photo below shows Peter (pictured right) presenting Robin with a gift from all at Swanage Lifeboat Station to thank him for all his efforts over the years.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Annual Open Meeting - Thurs 24 Nov

Its that time of year again. We'd like to invite everyone who is able to attend to our Annual Open meeting that also includes the Swanage Lifeboat Guild AGM. The meeting is held at The Pines Hotel in Swanage and starts at 19:30.

Our Coxswain, Martin Steeden, will give a short report on the year's activities. Our Chairman, Robin Tiller and Lifeboat Operations Manager, Neil Hardy will also give their reports. This year we have a number of awards to present people with and as normal we have a guest speaker. We are delighted to welcome Chris Eves from RNLI HQ in Poole. Chris is the FCB2 Project Manager and will be giving us all an update on FCB2 (The Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat).

If you are able to join us you'd be more than welcome.

Monday, 14 November 2011

New Training Room

We were delighted that Rear Admiral John Tolhurst was able to open our new training room last week.
Rear Admiral Tolhurst is the Chairman of the RNLI's Operations Committee and also one of the RNLI's Trustees. He was in Swanage with the Coast Review Team for our 5 yearly review meeting.

The new training room used to be the Coastguard's Cliff Rescue Equipment store and has been transformed into a classroom and meeting room for us. It will also be used to give talks to school/youth groups before they go to the lifeboat station to see the boats.

Here's a before shot

Here's after!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Buster the Beach Runner

We had a surprise visitor at the Lifeboat Station today. Buster the dog!
Buster is raising money for the RNLI as he runs up and down all the beaches in Dorset! Buster would like to run on all the beaches in the country, but it's best to start in a modest way. This is to be with beaches in Dorset, beginning in Poole, the home of the RNLI. If this is successful, he may move on to other sections of coast.

Buster and his owner stayed for a while, took a couple of pictures and then it was time to head off to the beach for a run.

If you'd like to be Buster's friend then check out his Facebook page -

You can also donate online -

Thanks Buster, hope you had a good run!