A part year report July 2013 - blog post image

A part year report July 2013

  • Caister Lifeboats
  • 01 Jul 2013

The beer festival held over the weekend of 14th/16th June was again hailed a success and plans are already in hand for next year’s festival. Unfortunately the Iceni/schools concert had to be cancelled but it is hoped a similar community event will be hosted in October. The Celebration of Christmas concert is planned for December 15th 2013.

Fund raising is a constant agenda at the station and the team cannot afford to relax despite the generosity of the public. The recent refit to the all weather lifeboat Bernard Matthews and the acquisition of a new inshore lifeboat and tractor has broken the back of £200,000 whilst a further six figure sum will be required to pay for the inshore lifeboat shed which should start construction in August.

Despite our bond with water recent fund raising events have featured land and wheels. The station again hosted the early morning gathering and breakfast of the MG Owners club earlier in the year and has since received a very generous donation from the club Members. A photo shoot for the scooter boys followed a few weeks later to promote their rally in Great Yarmouth on 13th to 15th September.

Neil Dyble, a nephew of Fred Dyble in memory of whom the new inshore lifeboat was named, and his wife Michaela will be driving a VW golf from Ormesby to Monte Carlo. A very special passenger will accompany them namely a teddy named Skipper (after Skipper Woodhouse of course) dressed in his ever present sou’wester. The rules state that the car must cost less than £250 and Neil, a garage owner himself, is confident the Golf will cope with the 1000 mile journey through France and Switzerland to Monte Carlo. The event is not a race but a challenge and an opportunity to seek sponsorship for charities.  There are some 75 teams taking part who are meeting in France following the Channel crossing for joint ‘do’ before continuing the four day journey toMonte Carlo.

Finally both lifeboats were on exercise this Sunday (7th July) when a call from HM Coastguard had them heading north at all speed. The incident was reported to be off Caister Camp but it turned out to beCalifornia. The casualty turned out to be a golden retriever dog that was deaf and had swam well out of his depth. Whilst the crew were unable to get him aboard they were able to assist him ashore.

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