Last week another customer fell between their boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. The lady was unable to get herself out of the water despite desperate attempts and was rescued by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. The following points should be considered by berth-holders: •Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat? •Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one?•Think about following the harbour staff's example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons. •A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out.•Likewise please familiarise yourself with all emergency equipment on the pontoons.Please act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position. Do not under-estimate the difficulty in getting out of the water when you are shocked and cold.
WEYMOUTH LIFEBOAT COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM
LOCAL NEWS & INFORMATION
Weymouth Events 2019 details awaited. Below are 2018 events many of which will be repeated arund the same dates.
NOTE: Items in yellow indicate possible interventionsAPRIL3Talk at Castle Cove Sailing ClubCastle Cove Sailing Club 8pm11Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun RunHotel Riviera 2-6100th Anniversary of the RAF Event 8Osprey Sprint TriathlonOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland22Yeovil Car ClubPavilion Forecourt 11am – 4pm25 Anzac Day ServiceWeymouth Seafront 11amMAY5Quayside Music FestivalWeymouth Harbourside12-13Weldmar Colour Run and Bubble RushLodmoor Country Park13Watersports Open DayOsprey Quay, Portland13Transport of YesteryearJubilee Clock20The Hard Way HalfPortland 26-27Fayre in the SquareA celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groupsand wider Rotary charities.26-27Quayside Music FestivalRendezvous Weymouth26Egdon Easy 10k RunLodmoor Country Park 27Vintage and Classic RallyJubilee Clock, Weymouth27-28Portland Marina Open Days28US Memorial DayService and.Wreath Laying Weymouth Seafront, 11amJUNE1-3Wessex Folk Festival Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a rangeof traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along thepicturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.2-3Weymouth Volleyball Club EventWeymouth Beach3 Hardy Country Classic TourRiviera Hotel6, 13, 20, 27Bustinskin Aquathlon SeriesBowleaze Coveway 8-10 A Class National Championships10Transport of YesteryearStatic car display, Jubilee Clock, 10am-4pm17Race to Bill TriathlonWP Sailing Academy 23-25Weymouth & Portland Armed ForcesMilitary displays, vehicles and re- enactmentsDay Celebrations 23Military Vehicle DisplayCharity Stalls and Convoy to Portland24Service of Remembrance and ParadeWeymouth Seafront, 11am25Armed Forces Flag RaisingWeymouth Council Offices, 10.30am30 & 1 JulyChickerell Steam & Vintage Show 30Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic CoastLodmoor Country Park JULY1Portland 10 Mile Road Race Every Wed.Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 7-8Tag Rugby FestivalWeymouth Beach7-8OMRA Model Powerboat Racing Pleasure Pier, Weymouth8 WMD TriathlonPleasure Pier, Weymouth13Porsches on the PromWeymouth Seafront, 6pm-9pm14-15Pommery Dorset Seafood FestivalThe UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in WeymouthHarbour. Local seafood,great chefs, and more.19-22Byte World Championships Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy22-29Weymouth Lifeboat WeekEvents every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see www.rnliweymouth.org.uk22Tea on the QuayMusic Festival, Rendezvous Weymouth, 12pm-10pm29 Dorset Tour Lodmoor Events Area, 2pm-4pm26Battens Charity Volleyball EventWeymouth Beach27-29Weymouth Beach Volleyball ClassicPart of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF andVolleyball England.AUGUST1, 8, 15,Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 26 & 274-25RS 25th Anniversary Games 5 Party in the Park hosted by Air FMLodmoor Country Park12Round the Rock 10k RunPortland14-15Weymouth Carnival & FireworksTwo days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.17-18Ragged Victorians Nothe Fort19Weymouth Classic Sprint TriathlonsBowleaze Cove 25-26Quayside Music FestivalHarbourside 26Dragon Boat RacingOrganised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis??Radipole Park open daySEPTEMBER3National Merchant Navy DayHonouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during bothWorld Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.4Dumble Bimble Charity FunPortland 8-9Weymouth Keelboat RegattaWeymouth Sailing Club8-9Military Weekend 15-16Bart’s Bash 2018When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!16 Weymouth World Tour BiathleGreenhill Gardens22The Heroes Challenge Run West Fleet Farm, Chickerell 23Ironman 70.3 Weymouth OCTOBER`13-19Weymouth Speed Week14Osprey SprintOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland 20-27Halloween Half Term FairgroundPavilion Forecourt, open daily from 12 noon21Weymouth 10Weymouth Seafront, starting 9am28 Lions Beach MotocrossWeymouth Beach, organised by Weymouth Lions ClubNOVEMBER4Royal British Legion Festival Weymouth Pavilion5Guy Fawkes Celebrations & FireworksWeymouth Seafront. Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground,bonfire and fireworks display.11Remembrance Sunday ServiceWeymouth Seafront25Sparkle in the ParkLodmoor Country Park, 3.30pm DECEMBER2Wyke Square Christmas FayreWyke Regis, Weymouth15-5 JanDick WhittingtonPantomime at Weymouth Pavilion 16Chase the Pudding Santa RunWeymouth Beach25Christmas Day Harbour SwimAnnual fundraising swim across Weymouth Harbour. 11am
Tuesday 1st May 2018 – Station AGM (150th anniversary of the very first AGM in 1869).Saturday 26th January 2019 (the actual day of the anniversary) - Lifeboat Station Dinner.Friday 22nd March 2019 - a major function to be held at the Pavilion (see notes below).Sunday 23rd June (to be confirmed) – Participation in Veterans Street Parade Sunday 28th July 2019 (Lifeboat Week) - Boat Parade before or after blessing of the lifeboat.Wednesday 14th August 2019 (Carnival Day?) - Lifeboat Float in Weymouth Carnival.
150th Anniversary of Weymouth Lifeboat Station - Notes of steering group meeting 15th November 2018In Attendance: representing Weymouth Lifeboat station: Clive, Malcolm, Andy, Phil, Rob, Ken, Heather, Jane, Gareth; Representing other organisations - Keith Howorth, Weymouth Harbourmaster. Charlie Sheppard, Weymouth Events Manager, Rebecca Hodges, RNLI Poole, Alvin Hopper, Merchant Navy AssnApologies: Teresa, Christine Payne (mv Freedom), Louise Baker (Nothe Fort) Summary & Action points re the events currently programmed:Boat Parade Sunday 28th July: Gareth summarised the current situation and the following points were agreed:Keith to look into possibility of additional bridge opening at 13.00 *Keith to investigate possibilities for reduced rate harbour dues for privately-owned ex RNLI lifeboats (between 4 and 12 might be expected, and for HMS Pickle)Blessing of the lifeboat – Agreed the Fish Quay likely to be the best location; Rob to chase up the possibility of the Bishop doing the blessing.Starting Gun: Agreed best to keep Stone Pier clear and cannon to be fired from the Nothe FortAgreed we should ask Weymouth SC if their RIB could act as safety boatAgreed Clive’s boat act in “shepherding” role before and at startWe have now heard from Keith that a 13.00 Bridge Lift has been approved and will go ahead as requested. CE/GP 22/11/2018Lifeboat Station Dinner Saturday 26th January Andy reported everything in hand and on track so no need for further discussionEvent at the Pavilion, Friday 22nd March Following discussions concerning the likely costs for the band and catering it was agreed that even though this is NOT a fundraising event the likely ticket cost would still be £30.00+ per head, it was agreed that the event on 22nd March will be a "150th Birthday Party” with a good band but without involving any food and with a ticket price of no more than about £10 per head we should indeed be able to sell a lot more tickets, maybe even 300+ which will be good.It was agreed that the Events Team would now press ahead with all the necessary arrangements and ticketing procedures for the 150th Birthday Party at the PavilionHowever there was some discussion about the idea of inviting a number of guests (some of whom would be paying guests) to some sort of function with food included and with a format suitable for a presentation and/or speeches.Following a discussion about this with Malcolm he and I feel that an appropriate response to this suggestion would be to have a reception at the Royal Dorset yach Club between (say) 18.00 - 20.00 immediately before the party at the Pavilion to which a strictly limited number of "guests" might be invited FOC, and which would be an "optional extra" as far as everyone else purchasing a ticket for the bash at the Pavilion is concerned - this would enable people travelling to Weymouth from a distance to have something to eat before the party at the Pavilion - The "optional extra" price would of course depend on what we decide as regards food etc (presumably a buffet) at the RDYC, in respect of which I've already spoken to the caterers and "pencilled in" the venue for that evening - I have now spoken with Kristin at the RDYC and the caterers have said they can offer a “posh cold buffet” at £10.00 per head – CE 22/11/18We will need to let Kristin know withing the next week if we want to go ahead with this, and if so give her some indication of the likely numbers, although the exact number can be confirmed nearer the time of courseStreet Parade Sunday 23rd June The situation as regards the RNLI’s involvement in the Vets Parade was discussed at some length, with a number of ambitious suggestions involving having lifeboats on trailers (including even a Shannon) participating in the parade, but it was agreed that essentially the parade on 23rd June is the Veterans Parade per se and whilst the RNLI have been invited to participate (including with their Standard, as in the past) it is still essentially the Vets Parade and not an RNLI parade.Since the meeting Charlie Sheppard has kindly sent me an email to which I’ve responded to re-assure her that we have no intention to do anything that may be seen as trying to "hi-jack" the Vets Parade, and that the proposed RNLI participation would assuredly fit in with the Vets Parade format - RNLI participants would follow the Sea Cadets ahead of the "civilian" participants and Charlie agreed that there should be scope for us to include an ILB on a trailer.Members of the HMCG CRTs, the local NCI stations, the local branch of the Merchant Navy Association etc are already routinely invited to join the vets Parade but there is no reason of course why we shouldn't encourage greater participation than is normal by these groups to celebrate our 150th anniversary.However Charlie and I both appreciate that this arrangement is not what Ken had in mind for a street parade originally and may therefore be a disappointment to some of the SG members, so Charlie has taken that possible disappointment on-board and has made an alternative suggestion outlines in her email in italics belowIf it is considered that we should take up the chance to have a separate dedicated Weymouth Lifeboat street parade, and provided we can fund the likely £1,000+ outlay for a rolling road closure then we need to find someone who is willing to take on organising this. I assume that given that it would be “an event” it would be something that would need to be considered and organised by the Events Team.?The following is the text of Charlie Sheppard’s email to me:Hi Clive Thank you for inviting me to your meeting last night, I was just wondering whether you would like to share the attached short clip with your steering group members which gives a overview of the Annual Armed Forces / Veterans Parade.www.vimeo.com/101390825 The Council and Parade organising committee (made up of local association representatives) welcome current / Past RNLI members, Coastwatch, standards etc. to join the Parade next year. You may have already discussed the pros and cons of having your own / joining the annual Parade, however, a couple of years ago the Sea Cadets undertook a Freedom Parade from Westham Bridge, Westham Road, down St Thomas Street, Town Bridge, Trinity Road through to Hope Square. On this occasion, there wasn’t a full road closure and as the majority of the route is through the town, however they did have to utilise a traffic management company to undertake the rolling road closure and this cost in the region of £900. As I said, you all are welcome to join the June Parade, however, I just thought I would throw in this option. Should you require any further details, please let me know or I am happy to meet up for coffee / discussion. Regards, Charlie.Weymouth Carnival ? August: Given that the date for this has yet to be finalised it was agreed that discussions about any potential participation in the Carnival be deferred until the next SG meetingMarketing & Publicity it was agreed that Ken would undertake the PR and marketing activities associated with all the 150thanniversary EventsDate of next SG meeting: Thursday 17th January 2019 starting at 19.30 hours