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25th April 2017


Marks and Spencers support Ramsgate RNLI


For the past year Ramsgate RNLI has been the chosen charity of the local branch of Marks and Spencers which has resulted in a total of £4626.20 being raised.


Yesterday Ramsgate lifeboat station’s representatives Jan Pearce, collections organiser, Ray Noble Lifeboat Operations Manager and Joan Jenkins, fundraiser (pictured extreme left and extreme right respectively) visited the store to thank the management and staff for their support and present them with a plaque and certificate.


The staff at the store, situated in the area’s popular ‘out of town’ shopping centre, Westwood Cross, raised some of the money and facilitated the station’s fundraisers to carry out a bucket collection for two days in each month.


The station's thanks go to all involved and especially Jan Pearce for all of her hard work in organising the collections.


Photo RNLI/Jan Pearce

13th April 2017


Local archers present cheque to Ramsgate RNLI


Representatives from Ramsgate lifeboat station were recently invited to attend an East Kent archery event to receive a donation of £320.


Members of Canterbury, Folkestone and Thanet Archery Clubs were meeting in the grounds of Saltwood Castle near Hythe on Sunday 9 April and the money donated came from funds raised at their various events. The three clubs involved meet regularly and each year a different club chooses the charity to which to donate. On receiving the cheque Ramsgate RNLI management committee chairman Eric Burton thanked the archery club members for their support.


After receiving the cheque the RNLI visitors spent an interesting hour with the club members learning about long bow archery.


Photo: Cheque presentation to Ramsgate RNLI's Eric Burton (centre)

Photo RNLI/Malcolm Rendle

8th April 2017


Early morning call to assist ex-lifeboat


Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 6.10am today to assist an ex-RNLI lifeboat with one person on board having difficulty entering Ramsgate harbour.

Once alongside two of the ILB crew transferred to the ex-RNLI 46ft. 9in. Watson and assisted in getting it into harbour under its own power and helped with mooring.


Both Humber and Walton and Frinton lifeboats have previously assisted this vessel which was the Lytham St. Annes station lifeboat from 1951 - 1978, then named Sarah Townsend Porritt, and after a brief period in the relief fleet sold out of RNLI service, in 1983.

Photo Mark Stanford

25th March 2017


Cambridge Motor Boat Club donation to Ramsgate RNLI


On the weekend of 17th-19th. March 2017 40 members of the Cambridge Motor Boat Club, along with 10 members of the Denver Cruising Club visited Ramsgate, staying at the town's Comfort Inn Hotel.

During Saturday evening a raffle was held raising £200.00. The money was presented to Ray Noble, Ramsgate RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, at the RNLI shop on Sunday morning by Sid Fisher a member of Cambridge Motor Boat Club who organised the weekend on behalf of members and friends. Our thanks to all concerned.

Photo: Ramsgate LOM Ray Noble receiving donation from CMBC member Sid Fisher

Photo RNLI/Sid Fisher

25th March 2017


RNLI Kent Coast Challenge


Congratulations to all members of the Whitstable RNLI relay team and supporters who are running between all of the Kent RNLI stations today, leaving Gravesend at 04.00hrs and planning to arrive at Dungeness by 23.00hrs, to raise money for the RNLI. They called in at Ramsgate at around 15.00hrs for a short comfort and refreshment break.

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Photo Sarah Hewes

19th March 2017


Cheque donation to Ramsgate Lifeboat


Thanks to the fundraising efforts of two local businesses and the support of three local councillors cheques totalling £900 were presented to Ramsgate RNLI on Friday 17 March.


Local artist and owner of Ramsgate’s York Street Gallery, Mike Samson, agreed to donate one of his paintings for a raffle organized by Paul and Clare Ionescu, proprietors of the harbour-side café/bar ‘Coco Latino’ to raise funds for Ramsgate RNLI.


On the night of the raffle draw at the café/bar local town and district councillors Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing and Janet Falcon attended and, being impressed by the fundraising work done and in support of the cause, offered to help using their charity fund. Their colleague, town and district councillor Sarah Larkins, subsequently also expressed a wish to help and all concerned raised the excellent sum of £900. The cheque was received on behalf of the station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Ray Noble and Crew/ILB Helmsman Wayne Goldfinch.


Pictured on board Ramsgate lifeboat are (l – r) Paul (also a station shore helper), Sarah, Ray, Mike, Clare, Janet, Hunter and Wayne.


Photo John Ray

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13th February 2017


Ramsgate attend 'Channel Dash' anniversary ceremony


On Sunday 12 February Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat Esme Anderson visited the inner harbour in support of the commemoration of the 75th. anniversary of the ‘Channel Dash’.

The ceremony held around the memorial in Ramsgate Royal Harbour’s Pier Yard was attended by many including RNLI past Chairman The Lord Boyce who is Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.


Following the ceremony the lifeboat accompanied the classic US Navy Patrol Boat P22 to the turning circle outside the harbour to lay a wreath in memory of those lost on both sides during the operation.


Photo Steve Burton

11th February 2017


'Francis Forbes Barton' returns to East Kent


The Francis Forbes Barton is a 1896 Lifeboat built by Rutherfords of Birkenhead and served at Broadstairs from 1897 to 1912 when the station was closed.

She then saw service through the Great War at North Deal before being sold out of service in 1926. She is a rare survivor - possibly the second or third oldest surviving lifeboat and has returned 'home' for a full and sympathetic restoration after which it is planned that she will go on public display near her old station in Broadstairs.


The lifeboat was transported by road from Lincolnshire, where she has rested, uncared for over the past seven years, back to a temporary home in Ramsgate Harbour on 10 February thanks to the efforts of a newly formed group of local RNLI enthusiasts, 'The Friends of Francis Forbes Barton'. She is in poor condition but with tender loving care and hopefully the support of national and local funding, she will return to her former glory thus reflecting and remembering the brave crews who manned her all those years ago both at Broadstairs and Deal.

Photo Sarah Hewes

29th January 2017


Successful SOS day for Ramsgate


Ramsgate RNLI's team had a successful day collecting a total of £755.50 at their local Sainsbury's superstore last Saturday.

Members of the crew and the station's fundraisers group spent the day at the store in support of the RNLI's SOS Day appeal where they additionally sold £114.40 worth of RNLI souvenirs.


Sarah Hewes, chair of Ramsgate's fundraisers, thanked all who had helped on the day with special thanks to the store's management and staff for allowing the collection and, above all, the store's customers who had so generously donated.


Photo: Crew member Simon Ellis, fundraiser Joan Jenkins with Sainsbury's staff on SOS Day 2017


Photo Sarah Hewes

14th January 2017


Ramsgate launch to sinking cargo vessel


Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched at 11.54pm yesterday to a 90m cargo vessel with seven crew aboard which had sent out a Mayday call reporting she was sinking 38 miles north east of Ramsgate in Force 9 north westerly winds.

As the AWB headed to the location the vessel sank with the crew taking to liferafts. Two other ships closer to the sinking vessel managed to rescue them all and from which they were subsequently airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Lydd. The UK Coastguard tasked the AWB crew to search for the sunken vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPERB) which they located and recovered and after being stood down returned to Ramsgate, arriving at 5.10am.

Whilst this launch was underway the UK Coastguard also requested, at 12.33am, the launch of Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) following a report of five people in the sea at Viking Bay, Broadstairs. The ILB crew searched the area with the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team carrying out a shoreline search. With nothing found both teams were stood down with the ILB returning to station at 1.45am.

12th January 2017


Ramsgate RNLI team saddened by supporter's death


All at Ramsgate Lifeboat station are sorry to learn of the recent death of long time supporter Warren Tuddenham and send their sympathies to his family.

Warren was an active and generous member of the station's fundraisers for many years, serving on the committee and holding the posts of treasurer and president.

Warren's funeral service is to be held at the Sailors Church, Military Road, Ramsgate Harbour at 12.30pm on Monday 23 January.

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