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Bembridge Guild

In Memoriam

It is with the deepest regret that we have to tell you that one of our Vice-Presidents, Joan Crabtree passed away on Saturday evening (12th January).  She moved from St Marys to the hospice a couple of days ago.
Joan was our longest serving Guild member, have occupied most committee posts at one time or another in a period spanning many years.  She was still serving in our shop and an active member up until last year, and appeared in the ‘150 Years of the Bembridge Lifeboat’ film made by Melvyn Dennett.
This is an end to an era, and she will be sorely missed.  
Joan’s funeral is to be held at the Methodist Church at 1230 on Friday 1st February.   There will be a gathering at the Spinnaker Hotel afterwards.
If you intend to come to this gathering could you please let Lesley or me know asap so that we can give Janet some idea of numbers for catering.

Bembridge Guild

The Bembridge Guild is a very active organisation with a membership of over 130 members.  In addition to carrying out fundraising activities and looking after the RNLI shop based in the new Inshore Lifeboat Station, Guild members also provide "visitor" cover for the Offshore Boathouse and guides for the numerous school & youth group visits each year.   Weekly talks & accompanied visits to the Offshore boathouse are provided for guests of the Bembridge Coast Hotel, where there is also a weekly raffle.   Opening times for the shop & the offshore boathouse are at the footer to each webpage.

The Guild meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 14:30 in the Bembridge Methodist Church Hall. (NB: the second Monday in May).

New members are always welcome; contact any of the Committee members shown below who will be delighted to tell you more about the Guild and how to join.  There is a minimal annual subscription of £2.00.

Regular Coffee mornings are held in the Bembridge Village Hall - see dates below.  Do come and join us from 10:00 onwards (finishes at 12:00).

Crew & Guild socials are run at least twice a year.

2019 Dates:

Sat 16th February - Coffee Morning - 10:00 - Bembridge Village Hall
Sat 13th April - Coffee Morning - 10:00 - Bembridge Village Hall
Wed 15th May - Guild AGM - 19:00 for 19:30 - Bembridge Village Halll
Sat 25th May - Sun 2nd Jun - Yeloow Welly Week
Mon 27th May - Bembridge Street Fair
Sat 8th June - Coffee Morning - 10:00 - Village Hall
Sat 10th August - RNLI Flag Day for the Isle of Wight
Sat 17th August - Station Open Day - Inshore & Offshore Boathouses
Sat 14th September - Coffee Morning - 10:00 - Bembridge Village Hall
Sat 26th October - Isle of Wight Lifeboat Board Lunch & AGM - RYS
Sat 30th November - Coffee Morning - 10:00 - Bembridge Village Hall
Thr 12 December - Christmas Carols (tbc)
Sat 14th December - Christmas Dinner (tbc)

Key Committee members are as follows:

Chairman - John Gulliver (01983 873248) -

Vice-Chairman - Noel Stimson (01983 874204)

Hon Secretary - Lesley Gulliver (01983 873248) -

Hon Treasurer - Tim Woodcock (01983 872519)

Volunteer Shop Manager - Di Hawes (01983 875296)

School & Youth Visits, & Education - Deborah Meadows (01983 874408)

Box Secretary - Sandra Beany

Membership Sec (& Flag Day Co-ordinator) - Chris Grant

Warners Raffle Coordinator - Pam Young

Boathouse Rota Coordinator - Deborah Meadows

Coffee Morning Coordinators - Sheila Sowerbutts & Trish Beckett

Press Officer - Ken Orchard (01983 873139)

 Yellow Welly Week 2018 - by Ken Orchard

The week-long programme of activities at the Bembridge lifeboat station’s “Yellow WellyWeek” have been a huge success with the accent firmly on the issues of safety in the marine environment as well as fun and entertainment.

In support of the RNLI’s national “Respect the Water” campaign, the Bembridge lifeboat’s Coastal Safety team of Alan Doe and Colin Hawes put out the safety message to the visiting public with the main theme of how to react if you go into the water unexpectedly, particularly at this time of the year with the sea temperatures of only around 10 -12 degrees C.  

The advice is not to panic but lie on your back with arms and legs outstretched in a ‘starfish’ form and float until the initial shock wears off before attempting to swim or call for help.  Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and may cause you to breathe in water which can lead to drowning. Boat owners and users of lifejackets were also encouraged to bring their lifejackets along to be checked for worthiness – it’s surprising how many owners do not realise that their lifejackets would not function correctly when needed. Dog owners were reminded of the hazards of their pets getting into difficulties in the water and ‘Maisie’ the Labrador was on hand to model the dog buoyancy aid.

On the less serious side, there were a range of activities for children of all age groups, ranging from story-telling and dressing-up in junior lifeboat kit, drawing and colouring and “Rescuing Teddy, by throwing a safety line” in the boathouse and the popular “welly wanging” competition on the beach.

Tuesday evening saw the exercise and demonstration launch of the all-weather lifeboat “Alfred Albert Williams” with around 350 visitors in the boathouse to watch the spectacle.  Having launched she then carried out some towing trials  with one of Hovertravel's new hovercraft which added to the experience.  Afterwards there were drinks and hot dogs provided by the Bembridge Lifeboat Guild in the Inshore Boathouse.

Over the course of the week it is estimated that there were around 1,200 visitors to the lifeboat station.

“Yellow Welly Week” was an outstanding success with potential lives saved as people learn to “Respect the Water”. Remember – if you are in difficulty or see anyone else in trouble on the coast or sea, then call 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD.

Bembridge featured in the Yellow Welly video produced by the RNLI -