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30th November 2016


Boat auction supports Ramsgate RNLI


Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Thanet District Council, has presented £470 to Ramsgate RNLI on behalf of local auctioneers Hobbs Parker.


The auction, facilitated by Hobbs Parker Auctioneers for the council at no cost, raised £470 for the Ramsgate Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity which relies entirely on voluntary contributions. The £470 represents the buyer’s fees attracted by council lots.


The auction not only facilitates the council selling abandoned boats, including those which have not adhered to council fees and charges for mooring in the harbour, but also creates an event where members of the public and businesses can enter maritime related lots for public auction.


Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing presented the cheque to Ramsgate’s RNLI Cox, Ian Cannon on Tuesday 22 November and he said: ‘This donation is a positive way to contribute to the Thanet community. I was delighted to be able to present the cheque in person to team members of Ramsgate RNLI, and also be given a tour of the boat house. I know the money will be put to good use.’ A further £4.49 was collected at the auction.


Photo: RNLI members, (from left) Phil Mace (Mechanic), Ian Cannon (Cox), Cllr Stummer-Schmertzing, and Paul Ionescu (Volunteer).

Photo TDC

3rd November 2016


Donation from St. Augustine's Golf Club


Thursday 3rd November saw representatives of Ramsgate Lifeboat attend the Ladies Section AGM at St. Augustine's Golf Club to collect a donation. Pictured left is Michael Bon, receiving a cheque for £639.35 from Pauline Goldsack, outgoing Ladies Captain. Thank you to all the ladies at St. Augustine's for their generous support of the RNLI in Ramsgate.


Photo Steve Burton

24th October 2016


Congratulations to two of our crew members


Congratulations from everyone at the Station to Mark Bray and Jodie Winch who have recently both 'passed out' as fully trained ILB Crew Members. This is in addition to already being fully trained AWB Crew Members. Their commitment and dedication, along with the rest of the volunteer crew is greatly appreciated by us all. Well done!!

Photos Steve Burton

12th September 2016


Award presentations


Members of the crew, fundraisers and management team and their families joined together at the boathouse in Sunday afternoon’s glorious sunshine to enjoy a barbecue and congratulate three of their colleagues who received RNLI service awards.

Pictured (l-r) are Harvey Cole, who was retiring from the crew after 15 years’ service, Ron Cannon who joined the crew in 1964 and was retiring after 51 years of service which included 25 years as cox’n and, latterly, the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager and Neil Morgan who was retiring as ILB crew but will be continuing as crew on the ALB.

Congratulations to all three!

Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2017

Featuring Ramsgate Lifeboats Past & Present

£5.00 each

Available from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Shop – Customs House, Ramsgate
& the Broadstairs Kiosk.

Also available on eBay, delcampe & eBid

Also available from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Shop are the Ramsgate Lifeboat range of Postcards – 50p each & the paperback Ramsgate Lifeboat Station by John & Vanessa Ray - £8.95

18th July 2016


Jodie's Channel swim


Many congratulations to our crew member Jodie Winch (pictured 2nd. left) who successfully swam the Channel in a team with four others, Gail Crompton, Samantha Evans, Sharon Robinson and Anne Shepherd on Saturday last. They made the crossing in 15hrs. 50mins. in difficult conditions and Jodie was sponsored to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.

11th July 2016


Sainsbury Westwood Cross Charity of the year


Many thanks to everyone that voted online and in store to help us win the Sainsbury Westwood Cross Charity of the year vote. We look forward to joining with Sainsbury staff and customers in a year of fundraising activities.


We would also like to thank Marks and Spencer Westwood Cross staff for choosing us as their Charity of the year and giving us the opportunity to spread the sea safety message and hold collections at the store.

4th July 2016


Congratulations and thanks from Ramsgate RNLI


All at Ramsgate lifeboat station wish to congratulate two of their crew members, Jason Crome (left) and Sam Jenkins (right), for their recent attainments and thank their local Marks and Spencers store for their considerable support.


Jason, who owns a Ramsgate seafront restaurant/bar and was enrolled as a crew member in November 2013, was recently ‘passed out’ as an ILB helmsman. Sam, who works for the RNLI as a service technician based at their Ramsgate depot and was enrolled as a crew member in June 2012, was ‘passed out’ as mechanic for the station’s Trent class lifeboat.


All at Ramsgate RNLI would also like to thank the management and staff at the nearby Marks and Spencers store at Westwood Cross shopping centre for selecting the station as its charity for the year. As well as staff raising money for the RNLI this will also enable the branch fundraisers to spend two days each month collecting within the store - the first such event raising over £500.

Photos Steve Burton

13th June 2016


Local Sainsburys charity


Ramsgate RNLI has been short-listed as one of three local charities that could become Westwood Sainsburys’ Charity of the Year. The final selection will be made by customers/the public so please will you and your family and friends vote for us!

Votes can be cast this week in store with the orange tokens given when you shop. Just place them in the RNLI compartment of the display box at the front of the store as you leave. Alternatively, you can vote on line at -

Voting starts today - Monday 13th June 2016!!

21st April 2016


Walmer and Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat volunteers called to capsized angling boat


Walmer and Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crews were paged during the early evening of Tuesday 19 April to reports of a capsized angling boat with two people in the water, just north of Deal pier.


Walmer's Atlantic 85 and the new D class inshore lifeboats launched and began a search for the 18ft vessel. Both of Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather Trent and inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboats also launched to take part in the search.


The lifeboat crews were able to establish that a teenage boy, who was one of the two people originally on-board, had managed to swim ashore and raise the alarm.


Walmer’s RNLI crew soon located the second angler, a man in his forties, and took him ashore where he was handed into the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service. He was then flown in the Costaguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd to William Harvey hospital in Ashford.

12th April 2016


Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat crew need your help!


Following some retirements and resignations due to relocation Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station, situated in the town’s Outer Harbour, is currently seeking new volunteers to join its crew.


The lifeboat station is appealing to men and women who are aged between 17* and 60 years of age, physically fit and live and/or work nearby to consider becoming a volunteer lifeboat crew member and potentially save lives for years to come.


Volunteer crew members make a huge commitment to train and be available to go on rescues, but the reward is becoming part of a hugely reputable organisation, and a whole new social group.


Indeed, the RNLI charity has relied on volunteers to crew its lifeboats since 1824,and today has some 4,700 volunteer crew members.


The reason prospective crew members need to live and/or work near the town is because a crew member must normally be able to reach the lifeboat station within 10 minutes of an alert via the crew pager.


Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain, Ian Cannon, said: ‘Sometimes people read that the RNLI is on the lookout for more crew members, but they immediately discount the idea because they don’t feel they have any or enough relevant maritime experience.


‘What they don’t realise is that nowadays only one in ten lifeboat crew members has a maritime background. For instance, on the Ramsgate crew we currently have people carrying out a variety of jobs including an electrician, gas engineer, publican and estate agent – it makes for a real community feel but also means anyone with the right attitude can get involved.


‘Being a volunteer lifeboat crew member can be hugely rewarding as you get to help a lifesaving cause. The crew training provided by the RNLI charity is second to none and all you really need is to be keen, enthusiastic and willing to commit to the cause.’


Anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunity to be a lifeboat crew member should send their details for the attention of Ian via the web sites contact page.


Photo Clive Lawford

20th February 2016


Service Call 9


On Friday 4 March at 9:20am the all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to the assistance of a Polish three-masted sailing vessel with a person on board reported to have had a heart attack, 22 NM NE of Ramsgate. At the same time rescue 163 (Coastguard SAR Helicopter) was tasked to the same casualty, but the lifeboat was requested to continue and stand by in case rescue 163 was unable to winch to and from the casualty. Once the winching from the sailing vessel was completed the AWB returned to station

Photo Phil Mace



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 Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2017

Featuring Ramsgate Lifeboats Past & Present
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