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 Events 2019 details awaited. Below are 2018 events many of which will be repeated arund the same dates.
NOTE: Items in yellow indicate possible interventions
APRIL 3 Talk at Castle Cove Sailing Club Castle Cove Sailing Club 8pm
11 Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun Run Hotel Riviera
2-6 100th Anniversary of the RAF Event
8 Osprey Sprint Triathlon Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland
22 Yeovil Car Club Pavilion Forecourt 11am – 4pm
25 Anzac Day Service Weymouth Seafront 11am
MAY 5 Quayside Music Festival Weymouth Harbourside
12-13 Weldmar Colour Run and Bubble Rush Lodmoor Country Park 13 Watersports Open Day Osprey Quay, Portland
13 Transport of Yesteryear Jubilee Clock
20 The Hard Way Half Portland 26-27 Fayre in the Square A celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groups and wider Rotary charities. 26-27 Quayside Music Festival Rendezvous Weymouth
26 Egdon Easy 10k Run Lodmoor Country Park
27 Vintage and Classic Rally Jubilee Clock, Weymouth 27-28 Portland Marina Open Days
28 US Memorial Day Service and.Wreath Laying Weymouth Seafront, 11am
JUNE 1-3 Wessex Folk Festival Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.
2-3 Weymouth Volleyball Club Event Weymouth Beach
3 Hardy Country Classic Tour Riviera Hotel
6, 13, 20, 27 Bustinskin Aquathlon Series Bowleaze Coveway 8-10 A Class National Championships
10 Transport of Yesteryear Static car display, Jubilee Clock, 10am-4pm
17 Race to Bill Triathlon WP Sailing Academy
23-25 Weymouth & Portland Armed Forces Military displays, vehicles and re- enactmentsDay Celebrations
23 Military Vehicle Display Charity Stalls and Convoy to Portland
24 Service of Remembrance and Parade Weymouth Seafront, 11am
25 Armed Forces Flag Raising Weymouth Council Offices, 10.30am
30 & 1 July Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show
30 Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic Coast Lodmoor Country Park JULY
1 Portland 10 Mile Road Race
Every Wed. Bustinskin Aquathon Series Bowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm
7-8 Tag Rugby Festival Weymouth Beach 7-8 OMRA Model Powerboat Racing Pleasure Pier, Weymouth
8 WMD Triathlon Pleasure Pier, Weymouth
13 Porsches on the Prom Weymouth Seafront, 6pm-9pm 14-15 Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival The UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in Weymouth Harbour. Local seafood, great chefs, and more. 19-22 Byte World Championships Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy 22-29 Weymouth Lifeboat Week Events every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see
22 Tea on the Quay Music Festival, Rendezvous Weymouth, 12pm-10pm
29 Dorset Tour Lodmoor Events Area, 2pm-4pm
26 Battens Charity Volleyball Event Weymouth Beach
27-29 Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Part of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF and
Volleyball England. AUGUST
1, 8, 15, Bustinskin Aquathon Series Bowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 26 & 27
4-25 RS 25th Anniversary Games
5 Party in the Park hosted by Air FM Lodmoor Country Park
12 Round the Rock 10k Run Portland 14-15 Weymouth Carnival & Fireworks Two days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.
17-18 Ragged Victorians Nothe Fort
19 Weymouth Classic Sprint Triathlons Bowleaze Cove
25-26 Quayside Music Festival Harbourside 26 Dragon Boat Racing Organised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis ?? Radipole Park open day SEPTEMBER 3 National Merchant Navy Day Honouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during both World Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.
4 Dumble Bimble Charity Fun Portland 8-9 Weymouth Keelboat Regatta Weymouth Sailing Club
8-9 Military Weekend
15-16 Bart’s Bash 2018 When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!
16 Weymouth World Tour Biathle Greenhill Gardens
22 The Heroes Challenge Run West Fleet Farm, Chickerell
23 Ironman 70.3 Weymouth OCTOBER ` 13-19 Weymouth Speed Week
14 Osprey Sprint Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland
20-27 Halloween Half Term Fairground Pavilion Forecourt, open daily from 12 noon
21 Weymouth 10 Weymouth Seafront, starting 9am
28 Lions Beach Motocross Weymouth Beach, organised by Weymouth Lions Club NOVEMBER
4 Royal British Legion Festival Weymouth Pavilion 5 Guy Fawkes Celebrations & Fireworks Weymouth Seafront. Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground, bonfire and fireworks display.
11 Remembrance Sunday Service Weymouth Seafront
25 Sparkle in the Park Lodmoor Country Park, 3.30pm DECEMBER
2 Wyke Square Christmas Fayre Wyke Regis, Weymouth
15-5 Jan Dick Whittington Pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion
16 Chase the Pudding Santa Run Weymouth Beach 25 Christmas Day Harbour Swim Annual fundraising swim across Weymouth Harbour. 11am
150th Anniversary - Parade of Boats
Local Directives
A PHA directive regarding kite surfing in Portland Harbour can be read HERE
Portland Harbour Authority Directive re. Kite Surfing
Weymouth Harbour Authority Directive re. Pontoon Safety
150th Anniversary Events
Tuesday 1 st May 2018 – Station AGM (150 th anniversary of the very first AGM in 1869). Saturday 26 th January 2019 (the actual day of the anniversary) - Lifeboat Station Dinner. Friday 22 nd March 2019 - a major function to be held at the Pavilion (see notes below). Sunday 23 rd June (to be confirmed) – Participation in Veterans Street Parade Sunday 28 th July 2019 (Lifeboat Week) - Boat Parade before or after blessing of the lifeboat. Wednesday 14 th August 2019 (Carnival Day?) - Lifeboat Float in Weymouth Carnival.
Steering Group Meeting Notes
150 th Anniversary of Weymouth Lifeboat Station - Notes of steering group meeting 15 th November 2018 In 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 Assn Apologies: Teresa, Christine Payne (mv Freedom), Louise Baker (Nothe Fort) Summary & Action points re the events currently programmed: Boat Parade Sunday 28 th 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 Fort Agreed we should ask Weymouth SC if their RIB could act as safety boat Agreed Clive’s boat act in “shepherding” role before and at start We have now heard from Keith that a 13.00 Bridge Lift has been approved and will go ahead as requested. CE/GP
22/11/2018 Lifeboat Station Dinner Saturday 26 th January Andy reported everything in hand and on track so no need for further discussion Event at the Pavilion, Friday 22 nd 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 "150 th 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 150 th Birthday Party at the Pavilion However 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 22/11/18 We 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 course Street Parade Sunday 23 rd 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 23 rd 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 below
If 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. 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 meeting Marketing & Publicity it was agreed that Ken would undertake the PR and marketing activities associated with all the 150 th anniversary Events Date of next SG meeting: Thursday 17 th January 2019 starting at 19.30 hours
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