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Bembridge Guild



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 2019 (25th May - 2nd June) - by Ken Orchard

The “Yellow Welly” event at Bembridge lifeboat station was a huge success, with around 2,500 visitors to the lifeboat station’s offshore boathouse during the week.

This event was both educational with support of the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign – an initiative aimed at reducing the number of water-related fatalities, and fun, with activities in the boathouse and on the beach for youngsters and adults alike.
Valuable safety information was on offer to the public on how to keep safe in a marine environment with the RNLI’s Community safety stand manned by The RNLI’s Coastal Safety Team who conducted a ‘lifejacket clinic’ for boat users, with 11 lifejackets being checked for safety compliance. In all, over 100 ‘meaningful discussions’ took place on safety matters, many of them on the issues of coastal dog walking.

The Bembridge Street fair attracted large crowds to the Bembridge Lifeboat Guild education and retail stands with the “D” class inshore lifeboat on display, allowing children to dress up in junior lifeboat kit and go aboard for photos to be taken.   Many people visited the education and sea safety stands over the week and discussed safety issues, with nearly 100 children attending the two education days.  On the less serious side, there was something for all ages, with dressing-up in junior lifeboat kit and storytelling for the younger ones, to safety line throwing and “welly-wanging” competitions on the beach for older children and adults. One young visitor to the station was ‘lifeboat-mad’ 4 year-old Teddy Orford-Kemmish from Shoreham, who had so far visited
27 lifeboat stations around the country and whose bedroom is decorated in RNLI colours with pictures of every lifeboat type.

The training launch and demonstration of the all –weather Tamar lifeboat “Alfred Albert Williams” on the Tuesday evening attracted around 300 people to the offshore boathouse, which was followed by hotdogs and drinks provided by the Bembridge Lifeboat Guild in the inshore boathouse.

Whilst the week was primarily aimed at promoting the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” safety message, it was also a fun occasion and continues to be a popular and important event in the Bembridge lifeboat calendar.

Ken Orchard
Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat Guild Press Officer