Thursday, 31 January 2013

Take a chance on a great night out

Calling all super troupers and dancing queens! The Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers are sending out an SOS: you’re invited to join us from 6.30pm on Friday 15 February at the Old Malthouse in Langton Matravers for a Mamma Mia! sing-along evening.

The ‘name of the game’ is a viewing of the hit 2008 musical – with a difference: everyone is positively encouraged to join in and sing along!

There’ll be an optional ABBA fancy dress theme for the night and a prize up for grabs for the best outfits, so don your highest platforms and simply say ‘I do, I do, I do, I do, I do’, and help raise funds for your local lifeboat while enjoying a great evening out.

Children are very welcome at this family-friendly event and soft drinks will be on sale throughout the evening, but guests are free to bring their own alcoholic drinks.

For those feeling lucky, we'll also be holding a raffle with plenty of locally-sourced prizes.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the RNLI shop in Swanage town centre, as well as Corbens Estate Agents and at the door on the night – adult tickets cost £8 each and child/concession tickets are just £5.

So why not opt for a Valentine’s Day treat with a difference? Just make sure your mother knows that you’re out! For more information, email

Monday, 28 January 2013

SOS Day 2013 - the results!

For those of you who joined us on Saturday to have your car washed, sample a bacon butty or a slap-up, homemade lunch, you'll know that our volunteers were out in force at the weekend for SOS Day, the RNLI's annual day of fundraising.

The lifeboat crew were out in the chilly January air, scrubbing cars clean in exchange for donations; several dedicated fundraising volunteers held a collection outside the supermarket; and a whole gang of volunteers from the Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers held a charity lunch - even the local scouts got together to provide some delicious homemade puds!

It was fantastic to see our community rally together to show such support for its local lifeboat, and we're absolutely thrilled to say that you raised a whopping £1,710 - a phenomenal achievement! We're incredibly grateful to everyone who donated both time and money - thank you.

So, now we turn our attentions to our next fundraising event: a Mamma Mia! sing-along night on Friday 15 February in Langton Matravers! We'll be bringing you details of that very soon so keep your eyes peeled...

Thursday, 24 January 2013

SOS Day 2013

Tomorrow is SOS Day – the RNLI’s annual day of fundraising. The order of the day is having fun while raising vital funds to support the work of our lifesaving charity and its volunteers. Lifeboat stations and RNLI supporters all around the country will be taking part in fundraising events to brighten this otherwise rather chilly month. And there’s plenty to get involved with in Swanage this weekend:

From 9.30 on Saturday morning, the lifeboat crew themselves will be out in force at the car park at King George’s playing fields, armed with sponges and buckets, to wash your cars in exchange for a small donation – simply drive over to see us and we’ll do the rest. What’s more, we’ll be serving bacon butties and hot drinks to keep you warm while you wait.

And if you fancy treating yourself to a tasty, home-cooked lunch on Saturday, why not head over to the Catholic Hall on Rempstone Road, where volunteers from the Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers will be serving up a range of delicious homemade soups and puds – including crumble, trifle and banoffee pie made by Fourth Swanage Scouts! Between 12 and 2pm, you can enjoy a two-course meal with tea or coffee for just £6 – pick up a ticket from Corben and Son Estate Agents on Station Road.

Our volunteers will also be holding a fundraising collection outside Co-op tomorrow on SOS Day itself, so if you’re stopping by to do your shopping, please feel free to give whatever you can – it’s all for a great cause!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend and, please, spread the word! Thanks in advance for your support, from all at Swanage RNLI.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

ILB launch on 01/01/13 at 11:13

The first shout of 2013 was not long in coming. Portland Coastguard requested the launch of the Swanage's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat to go the aid of a black and white springer spaniel that had run over the cliff at Old Harry Rocks. A passing fishing vessel reported that the dog was swimming in shallow water but they couldn't reach it. Swanage's volunteer crew pagers were activated and the lifeboat launched 7 minutes later. Once on scene two crew were put into the water to try and locate the dog. The dog was soon found safe and well on a ledge just out of the water. The crew recovered the dog and took her to South Beach, Studland and handed her over to the owners who by this time had been taken there by the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard. With the situation resolved the lifeboat returned to Swanage to be washed down and made ready for the next service.

Crew: G. Steeden (Helm), Mt Steeden, D. Tomes
Launch time: 11:13
Recovery time: 11:55
Weather: W2, part cloudy, slight sea