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    raise locally was achieved in just two years due to the help of the local lifeboat fundraising branches at The Lizard Coverack Porthleven and Helston and because of the amazing response from many local and national businesses and individuals too numerous to mention The rest of the cost of the lifeboat was met by donations from Trusts major donors and legacies There was also a donation of over 1 3 million from an anonymous donor for the naming rights During the time the appeal ran the lifeboat station was demolished and a new larger station now replaces it on the same site at Kilcobben Cove BAM Nuttall were employed and set about the challenging task of extending the concrete base on which the original station was built in 1961 They then built a state of the art station suitable to take The Lizard RNLI into the 21st century The Lizard lifeboat chairman Mike Lord says We are all looking forward to the boathouse opening and the dedication of our new lifeboat It is something we have all been waiting for for a long time It s amazing to look back at what has been achieved here over the last two years From the station being demolished in May 2010 and the lifeboat having to be moved around from moorings off Cadgwith and Polpeor or in extreme weather taken to Falmouth to the shelter of the harbour Having our Coxswain Phil Burgess retire in October 2010 and new Coxswain Andrew Putt arrive the Tyne class all weather lifeboat David Robinson being replaced by the Tamar lifeboat in July 2011 and now our new station being completed This building is phenomenal so much bigger and better than the old with fantastic facilities which can be used by so many When the rebuild commenced local photographer Geoff Squibb from Cornishpixels Photography Porthleven thought it would be a good project to document in photographs He aimed to visit the build site once a week to take photographs hoping to gather together a collection which could be kept as an historic record for people to look at in years to come But Geoff found the work compulsive and before he knew it he was turning up in Kilcobben Cove daily Gradually the workmen and lifeboat personnel got used to Geoff being around as he became part of the fixtures and fittings and they kept him up to date with what was happening Sometime into the project Geoff felt he had enough material to produce a book about the build He approached some of the companies for sponsorship and BAM Nuttall and Royal Haskoning agreed to donate enough money for 1000 copies of a book to be produced Geoff through his friend and fellow photographer David Penprase approached local Penryn printers R Booth Ltd to print his book Kilcobben s Rose The feat that Geoff undertook would have been amazing anyway due to the amount of time and effort he has put in at Kilcobben getting the images that show just how interesting and challenging this project was for the builders but what makes this even more amazing is the fact that Geoff has been confined to a wheelchair since being paralysed in a motorcycle accident 22 years ago He had to use his quad bike to get to locations in fields above the build site so he could capture the fantastic shots which now appear in this outstanding book This in itself sometimes proved quite wet and cold but on one particular occasion Geoff had been at the build site all day eventually arriving home in the early evening only to find that his wheelchair wasn t strapped to his quad and without it he was unable to get into his bungalow He turned around and drove the 15 miles back to The Lizard to find it lying in the field as he had forgotten to tighten the straps that held it on back of his bike Geoff says Being born and brought up in a tight knit community like The Lizard you can t help but know the lifeboat crew and their families you also become aware of some of the conditions the lifeboat sometimes has to go out in therefore the station has always been a familiar part of my life For me having a huge passion for photography and a fascination at looking at photos from years gone by documenting the rebuild of the station and leaving an archive of images for generations to come was my real driving force behind the whole project Just a few months in I had taken far more images than I had set out to at the start and was often asked by many of the workmen what are you going to do with all the images to which I would reply I m not entirely sure As time went on I soon realised it would be a crime not to try and piece some kind of document together So after many conversations with the contractors regarding raising funds to cover the costs a book would entail and with many generous donations from local people the book became a reality If anyone in years to come gets half as much pleasure looking through Kilcobben s Rose as I did going through the old black and white images of the first build in Kilcobben then my mission will be accomplished Geoff will be launching his book Kilcobben s Rose at Coast Coffee Bar Bistro The Lizard from 7 30pm to 11pm on the evening of Friday 20 April The launch is open to anyone who wants to come along Currently Geoff has planned to have 900 paperback and 100 hard backed copies printed He will be holding a raffle on the evening where there will be a chance of winning a hard backed copy Geoff will then be at Coast from Saturday 21 April to Friday 4 May from 10am to 2pm daily Geoff Squibb website www cornishpixels co uk giving details and photographs of Geoff s book Photo credits fro this article John Harris Geoff Squibb Bernice Putt 20 February 2012 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat coxswain visits Grade Ruan C of E School The Lizard lifeboat coxswain Andrew Putt today visited Grade Ruan School Ruan Minor to accept a cheque for the RNLI SOS day At this morning s school assembly Andrew met the pupils and staff before being presented with a cheque for 220 21 The pupils at Grade Ruan Church of England School had held a cream tea organised by Mrs Nicky Jose at the school on Friday 27 January with all the proceeds going towards replacing the lifejackets currently worn by the crew of The Lizard RNLI lifeboat At the cream tea retired Lizard coxswain Phil Burgess and crew member Brett Jose talked to the children about the work of the RNLI also showing them the foul weather gear the crew have to wear when going to sea in an emergency The pupils put together an SOS day board with pictures of different lifeboats and information leaflets about the RNLI which is displayed in the school hall During the assembly today Andrew thanked the children and teachers for raising the money before inviting them to visit the lifeboat station early in March 7 February 2012 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat second coxswain retires The Lizard lifeboat second coxswain Louis Mitchell has decided to step down from his position after over 20 years on the crew Louis finished lifeboating at the end of last year after deciding it was time to devote more time to his fishing business as he works a small fishing boat Victoria Anne out of Cadgwith It takes a lot of dedication and time to be part of a lifeboat crew especially in a remote area like The Lizard The Lizard lifeboat mechanic Dan Atkinson said On board the lifeboat Louis was always the same whatever the weather or conditions He just took it all in his stride He was good to have on board as he didn t get ruffled no matter what was going on Recently the crew held a farewell party for Louis and his wife Helen where they were presented with a couple of framed photographs Louis told everyone at the event that he would miss being on the crew as he had enjoyed every minute He went on to say he had attended a number of incidents over the years that had been challenging but that s what being a crew member on the most southerly lifeboat is all about 28 January 2012 LANDEWEDNACK SCHOOL S VISIT TO THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT STATION ON SOS DAY Children and Staff from Landewednack School at The Lizard celebrated the RNLI s annual SOS fundraising day in style when they all visited the brand new Lizard Lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove Having made their way down to the station via the many steps that lead to it they were welcomed by Coxswain Andrew Putt and other members of the stations crew shore crew and committee The children were given a guided tour of the pristine station and were delighted to also been shown around RNLB Rose who sat immaculately in position in her new home However an even bigger surprise was waiting for the children when just as they thought they were leaving to head back to school the crew emerged in full gear and boarded the boat to show their very excited audience just how Rose leaves her boathouse As Head Launcher Jeff Ashby assembled his crew for launch the children began counting down and a huge cheer went up as Rose slid down the slipway With the station being open to the public during the afternoon the year 6 children were invited to stay and help with the serving of refreshments and help in showing visitors around the boathouse The whole school had made a selection of biscuits the previous day with the help of Teaching Assistant Liz Hill these were donated to the station in aid of SOS day Teaching Assistant at the school and Deputy Lifeboat Press 0fficer Lyndsay Bray said Everyone at Landewednack School is so grateful to The Lizard Lifeboat Station The children experienced the most fantastic morning this is certainly one special school visit that will never be forgotten 23 January 2012 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station will be open to the public for SOS Day The Lizard s new lifeboat station will be open for the public to look around this Friday 27 January between 1pm and 3pm to celebrate the RNLI SOS Day The lifeboat station in Kilcobben Cove The Lizard has been under construction since May 2010 after the previous station was demolished as it was too small to house the new Tamar class all weather lifeboat Rose The new state of the art station has been built in the cove on the site of the old boathouse The builders BAM Nuttall Construction Ltd completed the exterior of the station at the end of 2011 and the Tamar lifeboat has been safely housed in the station since the handover Although the exterior is completed the interior is now being fitted out To date the crew and shore crew kit rooms have been completed and work is continuing in the mechanics workshop crew room and training room The RNLI SOS Day is an opportunity for the public to come and have a look around The pupils of Landewednack School The Lizard are baking cakes to sell to visitors to the station and the year 6 pupils will be on hand with members of the lifeboat crew to show people around the station and lifeboat Currently the lift is being refurbished and we are unable to guarantee it will be available on Friday 27 January to take any disabled visitors down to the station If you are unable to walk down and back up the 200 steps it will be advisable to contact The Lizard Lifeboat Press Officer Bernice Putt on 07896522176 to check if the lift is working The first photo shows some of the pupils from Landewednack School The Lizard getting ready to celebrate SOS Day with the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan Credit Lyndsay Bray The second photograph shows the interior of the new station Credit Geoff Squibb Cornishpixels The third photograph shows The Lizard lifeboat about to launch on exercise Credit Bernice Putt 21 November 2011 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat needs your support The Lizard lifeboat station fundraising section is currently undergoing a restructuring exercise to bring it in line with other branches within the RNLI The Lizard Tamar lifeboat appeal has recently closed after two and half years and from December 31 The Lizard Guild and the old fund raising team will no longer exist and a new fund raising branch will be formed Anyone wanting to be involved with fundraising for The Lizard lifeboat will be welcome to be involved There are a number of positions on the new committee that will need to be filled and the new fund raising branch will work closely with the Lifeboat Management Group which ensures the station runs smoothly The appeal for our new lifeboat was a spectacular success said The Lizard lifeboat chairman Mike Lord thanks to the thousands of people all over the country who contributed Our local Tamar Lifeboat Appeal committee set out to raise 300 000 in three years towards the national appeal for 1 8 million and we beat that target handsomely in just two years Support from our local communities gave us a tremendous platform and we can t thank enough everyone here who helped in whatever way they could Meanwhile the big changes in the RNLI s fund raising organisation are designed to meet the new challenges of raising the vital cash to keep its life saving service at the top of its game The RNLI has recently invested 7 8m for a new station and with the new Tamar class all weather lifeboat costing 2 7m it really is vital that funds are raised locally to keep the station running The annual running costs of the station are more than 200 000 With the successful close of the Tamar Lifeboat Appeal we now have to revamp and refresh our fund raising for the future with a whole new set up to meet changing circumstances Mr Lord said We would love to hear from anyone who would like to be part of this exciting chapter in The Lizard s lifeboat story and help with our future fundraising Volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI and new faces are always welcome so if you are interested in helping please contact me at mikealixlord live co uk or by phone on 01326 290981 Currently although the lifeboat is housed and operating from the new station it is not fully in use as it still needs to be fitted out The lift winch house is being refurbished and will hopefully back in use in the next couple of weeks This will then allow the work inside the station to get underway It is hoped that the station will be open to the public early in the New Year 14th January 2012 Members of The Lizard Lifeboat welcomed a group of young musicians to the station on Saturday 14th January They had come to present Coxswain Andrew Putt with the money they had raised from playing their brass instruments to the residents of Mullion on Christmas eve The children who play the trumpet cornet trombone and tuba played a medley of Christmas carols outside the Spar shop owned by Mark and Diana Bailey The children and their families were treated to a tour of the brand new station and were delighted to be shown around the immaculately presented RNLB Rose Joining the Coxswain were Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum Second Mechanic Johnny Bray and Head Launcher Jeff Ashby The children were thanked for the super donation of 110 88 with special thanks to Jos Hearn who had donated to the station for the second year running For further information on The Lizard Lifeboat and for details on how the station will be supporting this years SOS Day which is on Friday 27th January 17 November 2011 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station rebuild to feature in a new book Over the past 19 months the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has invested 7 8m in rebuilding the lifeboat station in Kilcobben Cove The Lizard Throughout the rebuild local photographer Geoff Squibb from Cornishpixels in Porthleven has been capturing every step of the way on his camera He has visited the site on most days in all winds and weather What started off as an idea to just photograph any monumental changes ended up with Geoff visiting several days a week so he didn t miss any of the action Geoff explained When the building work got underway I thought I would come down to the site maybe once a week but on each visit something new would be happening or I would be told what was planned and it seemed to make sense for me to be there to capture it Before long I found myself driving down to Kilcobben most days Gradually everyone from the main contractors Bam Nuttall and the lifeboat station personnel all started to get to know Geoff as he became almost permanent fixture taking photographs from alongside the winch house He was introduced to everyone visiting the building site and most would explain what work they were there to carry out Geoff began to gather a good insight into what was going on what was involved with building the new station When there was work going on down on the base that couldn t be viewed from the winch house Geoff would get his camera taken down to the slab by one of the workers so that bits and pieces which were instrumental in the build were photographed Geoff ended up with over 6500 photographs of the rebuild most of them feature on The Lizard lifeboat station website and have also appeared individually in a variety of publications Geoff went on to explain Once the work was completed it seemed to make sense that I should put together a book of photographs documenting the rebuild He continued I looked into the cost of producing a book and it is going to be expensive so I approached all the contractors involved in building the new station to see if they would be interested in donating toward the cost of a book I have had a really good response and Bam Nuttall Ltd agreed to donate over 4000 with Civil Engineers Royal Haskoning also donating 2000 toward the project On Wednesday 9 November Lloyd Wickens Senior Agent for Bam Nuttall Ltd met with Geoff and representatives from The Lizard lifeboat station to present him with a cheque for 4300 toward the book Geoff said I can t thank Bam Nuttall and Royal Haskoning enough This money along with some smaller donations I have received from a few of the companies who were involved in the station build means I am able to get this book published early in the New Year Currently Geoff is in the process of trying to come up with a name for the book and would like help with this So if anyone has any ideas or would like to know more about Geoff s project you can contact him at geoff cornishpixels co uk 17 October 2011 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station nears completion The first important milestone has been achieved at the RNLI s most southerly mainland lifeboat station On Wednesday 5 October BAM Nuttall Construction Company handed over the lifeboat station to the RNLI after completing the structure on time Work commenced in May 2010 and has taken 18 months in all winds and weather to complete The old boathouse which was built in 1959 and opened in 1961 was demolished and the concrete base extended to accommodate the larger structure which now houses the Tamar class all weather lifeboat RNLB Rose On Thursday 6 October RNLB Rose was housed in the new station for the first time much to the relief of the coxswain and crew just before the winter weather and rough seas set in The interior will now be furnished with bench seating in the crew room and drying areas built in the clothing stores It is anticipated this will take 4 to 6 weeks While this work is being carried out the lift house and lift are being refurbished The lift winch house is being re rendered and will have a new roof fitted by Symons Construction from St Ives The winch and lift cage are being replaced This will be completed in time for the crew to move in to the boathouse fully At present although the lifeboat is housed safely in the station the office and crew foul weather clothing still remains in the temporary buildings in the car park Photo The Lizard RNLI The Tamar class all weather lifeboat RNLB Rose on the new station slipway preparing to launch on exercise The Lizard Lifeboat Slipway Trials A new era of The Lizard Lifeboat Station moved another step closer on Tuesday 2nd August when RNLI personal carried out a day long operation of Slipway Trials With the new station near to completion the launching and rehousing of the new Tamar Class Lifeboat was a vital operation and it was carried out with complete precision Huge credit for the success of the trials go to Project Manager Jonathan Kirkland Site Agent Lloyd Wickens and to General Foreman Glen Parrott and his team of principal contractors BAM Nuttall who have produced such an impressive construction in the new lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove The trials enabled some key station personnel to operate the new winching equipment and to witness first hand the unique lifeboat tipping cradle device at the head of the slipway in actual operation Jeff Ashby who is Head Launcher at the station said how delighted he and his team were with every aspect of the trials and in particular the very useful demonstrations and guidance they were given with all of the new equipment and machinery adding that it had been a memorable experience for us all The day involved using two Tamar class lifeboats including our new station lifeboat Rose and Coxswain Andrew Putt who had been aboard both vessels expertly carried out a series of precision recoveries onto the new slipway throughout the day later adding how pleased he was with all of the new systems RNLI Slipways Trials Director Neil Chaplin said This had been the most successful slipway trial I have ever undertaken and everything has gone entirely to plan I very much look forward to the station handover to the RNLI in October Lizard Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum thanked the trials team and congratulated Royal Haskoning and Bam Nuttall for delivering such a magnificent building and slipway highlighting the huge milestone for the project and the giant step closer we are to a new era of lifeboating at the most southerly station For more information news and up to date photographs on the Lizard Lifeboat and the construction of the new station visit www thelizardlifeboat org uk Photographs courtesy of Geoff Squibb RNLI Lyndsay Bray Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer The Lizard Lifeboat Coxswain of The Lizard Lifeboat Andrew Putt recently accepted a cheque from Brian Buxton who is President of the Helston and District Sea Angling Club Mr Buxton presented a donation of 185 to go towards The New Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal which is one of the beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Peter Collins Memorial Cup The competition is held annually in Memory of Peter Collins who was a major figure in the clubs history Thanks go to Mr Buxton and all at the Angling Club for their very generous donation SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST 2011 A Barn Dance and a spectacular Air Sea Rescue demonstration heralded the success of The Lizard Lifeboat Weekend which took place in The National Trust car park at The Lizard Point Organised by members of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Committee the Barn Dance began the festivities on the evening of Saturday 20th August The beautifully decorated marquee had again been kindly donated to The Lizard Lifeboat committee by Trevarno Marquees There was a licensed bar run by Adam Weston from The Witchball Restaurant who himself is a crew member of The Lizard Lifeboat and a tasty pasty to enjoy during a rest from dancing Music was supplied from The Other Band who entertained the revelers throughout the evening Thanks go to everyone who supported the event a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW The Barn Dancers The Witchball Restaurant manning the bar and members of The Other Band SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 2011 A gloriously sunny morning followed and the marquee was cleared in preparation for The Lizard Lifeboat Day visitors were treated to a vast selection of gifts crafts and lifeboat souvenirs There was also a raffle and The Lizard Lifeboat Calendar 2012 was also on sale The calendar contains beautiful pictures of the new Tamar class Lifeboat RNLB Rose and the recently retired Tyne Class Lifeboat RNLB David Robinson The Guess the Weight of the lifeboat cake was won by the Charity family from the village and children were able to have their faces painted by Jenny Wren A huge cake with a photograph of both Lifeboats was also cut and sold very quickly to those who wanted something sweet having just enjoyed the BBQ which was run by local volunteers Local beach Lifeguards were there to explain their role within the RNLI along with The Coastguards The National Trust and representatives from Natural England were also there with activities to keep the children entertained The Lizard Lifeboat Rose also made her first of many appearances at lifeboat day The arrival of the helicopter from RNAS Culdrose added to the excitement as they carried out their first public air sea rescue demonstration together Huge crowds had gathered and lined the cliffs and footpaths to watch the display Coxswain Andrew Putt was accompanied by second mechanic Johnny Bray and crew members Steve Tattersall Marcus Atkinson Robert Edgerley and Perran Pryor Huge thanks go to the 771 Naval Squadron from RNAS Culdrose crew members of the Sea King HU MK 5 Helicopter were Pilots Lieutenants Rob Spinks and Al Summers Observer and SAR Commander Simon Daw and Petty Officer Air crewman Craig Gabraitis Thanks go to The National Trust the team of volunteers who manned the BBQ to The Witchball for providing the bar for both events to Trevarno Marquees and to everyone who came and showed their support for The Lizard Lifeboat Photographs show Photographer Geoff Squibb with his father Roger Face Painter Jenny Marquis having painted Lifeboats onto Harry and Matthew Representatives from The Girl Guides with Keith Johnson and his ceramic artwork The Lizard Lifeboat Chairman Mike Lord cutting the first slice of Lifeboat cake The BBQ team RNLB Rose working with the helicopter from RNAS Culdrose 26th JULY 2011 The beautiful gardens at Bonython Manor near Helston set the scene for a fund raising event hosted by members of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Committee The superb gardens which are owned by Mrs Sue Nathan were open as usual for the day on Tuesday 26th July however on this occasion the days takings were all kindly donated to The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Mrs Nathan s garden features in the South West Gardens for the Lifeboats and Lifeguards 2011 The gardens cover 20 acres which includes a walled garden potager garden and 3 lakes in a very picturesque valley Teas and scrumptious light refreshments were served by members of the Coverack RNLI Branch children were able to venture out on a Lifeboat theme adventure trail and gifts and souvenirs were also available Over 600 was raised for the appeal huge thanks go to Mrs Nathan and all at Bonython Manor for their support of The Lizard Lifeboat and to everyone who helped make the day such an enjoyable success Photographs show Members of Coverack RNLI Branch serving refreshments Rachel Tonkin selling RNLI souvenirs Lyndsay Bray Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer The Lizard Lifeboat 25 July 2011 The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station says goodbye to RNLB David Robinson A Rescue Helicopter from 771 Squadron RNAS Culdrose joins in the tribute to RNLB David Robinson Several local residents and holiday makers lined the cliff top at Lizard Point to wave goodbye to the Tyne class all weather lifeboat David Robinson as she made her final passage to Royal National Lifeboat Institution Headquarters at Poole Dorset Onboard the lifeboat was Phil Burgess retired Coxswain at The Lizard who had the privilege of bringing David Robinson to the station 22 years ago Also onboard was Louis Mitchell 2nd Coxswain Richard Woodmansey who is retiring from the crew after 28 years but is remaining as a shore helper and Johnny Bray 2nd Mechanic The Lizard lifeboat The David Robinson then made her way along the coast to Cadgwith where she has been moored on a temporary mooring while the new boathouse is built again there were a number of locals lining the beach and cliff wanting to give the lifeboat a warm send off An air sea rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose carried out a flypast and as is tradition on such occasions dipped her nose in recognition of the lifeboats departure Both the lifeboat and helicopter crews have worked together on numerous rescue missions over the 22 years that David Robinson has been on service at The Lizard Dr Geoffrey Wood The Lizard lifeboat President said It was a poignant moment when we said goodbye to our lifeboat David Robinson on a lovely Saturday morning at Cadgwith Cove She had served us faithfully for the last 22 years never faltering while on active service I had seen her accepted into service in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh and have attended some of her services Now it was time to say farewell as she disappeared from view on her way to Poole with our retired Coxswain Phil Burgess on board quite an emotional moment she was escorted by our new Tamar RNLB Rose of which we expect great things The end of an era at The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station The Lizard lifeboat station will be saying goodbye to its Tyne class all weather lifeboat David Robinson this Saturday 23 July when she leaves to go to Poole to take up a position with the relief fleet The David Robinson arrived on station in 1988 when she replaced the Barnett class lifeboat The Duke of Cornwall The David Robinson was the new Tyne class lifeboat which was twice the speed of the Barnett and was fitted with the latest up to date safety equipment Crewed by 7 crew members she could respond to casualties quickly with a top of speed of 17knots Now things have progressed and the Tyne class has been replaced by the faster Tamar class lifeboat which has a top speed 25 knots The Lizard s new Tamar RNLB Rose arrived at Cadgwith on Sunday 10 July The crew have now carried out extensive training at the Lifeboat College in Poole and on station and after one final exercise to test the boat and crew RNLB Rose was passed fit to take over as the station boat ready to respond to any incident Everyone at the station is very sad to see the David Robinson go as she has served the station very well and has dealt with many challenging incidents One of the most memorable callouts was in 2004 when launched to the assistance of the yacht Gellie Coxswain Philip Burgess was awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum in recognition of his leadership seamanship and determination when the lifeboat saved two people and the yacht Gellie on 7 July 2004 The service took place at night in severe weather conditions approximately 35 miles south of Lizard Point The winds were north easterly 11 to 12 and the seas were 6 to 7 metres The condition precluded evacuation or transfer of crew and a tow was successfully passed and established This Saturday it is planned for David Robinson to go to Polpeor Lizard Point at 9 30am for everyone to give her a last wave before she sets off to Poole she will then call into Cadgwith at 10am to say a final farewell Onboard will be 2nd Coxswain Louis Mitchell 2nd Mechanic Johnnie Bray and crew members Richard Woodmansey and Phil Burgess retired Coxswain of The Lizard who had the privilege of bringing the David Robinson to the station nearly 23 years ago While the crew are taking David Robinson to Poole the fundraising team will be hard at work on Sunday 24 July on The Lizard village green holding their annual summer fete The fete which will feature many stalls and games starts at 12 noon and continues until 4pm weather permitting If the weather is wet then the venue will change to the Reading Room To find out more about The Lizard lifeboat station and to see the latest views from the RNLI webcam visit the station website at www thelizardlifeboat co uk The photo of the David Robinson taken on Sunday 10 July by John Harris RNLI The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station welcomes its new Tamar class all weather lifeboat The cliffs at Cadgwith and Lizard Point were lined with many excited well wishers when RNLB Rose arrived yesterday afternoon For the last week the new Tamar class all weather lifeboat Rose has been at the RNLI headquarters in Poole with five of The Lizard crew carrying out pre commissioning training Coxswain Andrew Putt Mechanic Dan Atkinson and 3 volunteer crew members Assistant Mechanic Johnnie Bray Robert Edgerley and Nick Tattersall have been put through 7 long days of emergency drills and training to ensure they know every inch of the new craft The Tamar class lifeboat is fitted with up to date navigation radio and search equipment which is run through the electrical management system SIMS The crew were instructed in its use and finer complexities and then given the opportunity to take the boat to sea and try out all the equipment ensuring they understand fully how it all works Andrew Putt explained The SIMS is as straightforward as anything once you have had the chance use it but it is a different system to what the crews have been used to before The Tyne class currently on station at The Lizard isn t fitted with this type of system He went on to say Then once the instructors were happy we had mastered the technology we then had to show them that we could put it all in to practice This meant some long days and a fair few miles on long runs to carryout simulated emergencies whilst also planning search areas looking for simulated casualties We would be given a scenario of a missing yacht and then find that our engines weren t working or the fire alarm bells in the engine room would sound and we would have to deal with our own emergency onboard while also continuing to search for the yacht The crew was then passed out from the lifeboat training college in Poole but the training wasn t over for the volunteers The Divisional Training Inspector and Engineer then joined the crew to put them through their paces once more before declaring the lifeboat and crew fit for purpose Then came the best bit bringing Rose home to The Lizard RNLB Rose and crew met up with The Lizard station Tyne David Robinson off Black Head and both

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    at The Lizard Lifeboat Station by coxswain Phil Burgess mechanic Dan Atkinson shore helper Sarah Legge who baked a cake specially for the occasion and branch chairman Mike Lord This is a super gesture of support for our Tamar Lifeboat Appeal from our friends in Falmouth and we are really grateful to them he said We hope the bruises wear off soon Picture details the attached pictures show the team at the start of their journey and being thanked by coxswain Phil Burgess on their arrival at The Lizard The very last launch of the David Robinson down the slipway and the last for a Tyne class boat in the South west as ours is the only one left The builders take over the whole site tomorrow Monday and demolition will begin any day now The boat will then go out on a mooring for the next 18 months or so Bows on at final launch 30 April 2010 Credit Paul Richards Final launch down the slipway30 April 2010 Credit Nicholas Leach Final launch splashdown 30 April 2010 Credit Paul Richards The final launch Tyne at sea 30 April 2010 Credit Nicholas Leach The Lizard Lifeboat Station welcomed members from St Mellyon Masonic Lodge on Friday 23rd April as Worshipful Master Jim Osborne presented Coxswain Phil Burgess with a cheque for 1000 towards the Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal St Mellyon Lodge based in Mullion has a strong connection with the Lizard Lifeboat as several members past and present are involved with the lifeboat operation Peter Greenslade Charity Steward for the Lodge is also Lizard Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer Ken Bright is Deputy Launcher and John Harris who was a crew member for several years is now Head Winchman Our thanks go to all at St Mellyon Lodge for their support Picture from left right Robert Osborne St Mellyon Lodge Ned Nuzum The Lizard Lifeboat Operations Manager Jeff Ashby Head Launcher Josh Legge Crew Member Jim Moran St Mellyon Lodge Phil Burgess Coxswain Jim Osborne St Mellyon Lodge Peter Greenslade Education Visits Officer Lodge Member John Harris Head Winchman Lodge Member Mike Lord The Lizard Lifeboat chairman Ken Bright Deputy Launcher Lodge Member Dan Atkinson The Lizard Lifeboat Mechanic Children and staff from Cury Church of England School were visited by representatives of The Lizard Lifeboat before the Easter holidays Lifeboat Education Visits Officer Peter Greenslade was accompanied by Guild Secretary and Appeals Committee Member Rachel Tonkin The children were given a talk about the history of the lifeboat service and the new Lizard lifeboat They were then given the opportunity to help with the purchase of the new Tamar Lizard Lifeboat by donating 20p for a steel bolt a lifeboat needs thousands of these bolts and the children from Cury can now claim to have purchased 72 of them Thanks go to Headteacher Miss Whetham and the children of Cury School for their support Visits may arranged by contacting Rachel Tonkin 01326 290781 or Lyndsay Bray 01326 290478 Photograph by Rachel Tonkin 771 BOSS SHARKY S FINAL MARATHON MISSION FOR THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT In a fine and fitting manner on his final day in command of the famous 771 Naval Air Search and Rescue Squadron at RNAS Culdrose Lieutenant Commander Sharky Finn was overwhelmed with joy when he was surprisingly winched down to The Lizard Lifeboat on exercise Having completed the gruelling London Marathon last year Sharky had raised a staggering 3007 71 for his favourite charity The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal and had promised The Lizard station Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum he would personally deliver a presentation cheque for display alongside all the others in the station So it was decided to arrange a surprise for Sharky on his final day in command as is the tradition for outgoing commanding officers at Culdrose On Monday March 29th after making a final address to all 771 Squadron personnel Sharky was whisked away in one of the squadron s rescue helicopters on exercise not knowing quite what was in store for him personally Meanwhile also on exercise at this time was The Lizard Lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess with a very enthusiastic crew Mechanic Dan Atkinson Deputy Second Coxswain John Hill Second Mechanic Jonny Bray and Crewmen Adam Weston and Josh Legge Coxswain Burgess steered a steady course off Kilcobben Cove as the rescue helicopter arrived overhead for the winching part of the exercise Meanwhile within the aircraft Sharky not knowing what was going on was promptly handed the presentation cheque and instructed to don the rescue lifting strop before the rear door of the aircraft was opened and the surprise struck A very delighted and overwhelmed Sharky clutching the cheque was promptly winched out of the aircraft and down to a very welcoming reception from Coxswain Burgess and his crew before the lifeboat headed back to the comfort of the station boathouse Upon arrival back Sharky helped wash the lifeboat down before rehousing and then joined the assembled crew and shore team for a well earned cuppa and presentation in the crewroom Coxswain Burgess thanked Sharky for his generosity and his unstinting support of our lifeboat over the past couple of years Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum highlighted the very important contribution Sharky had made in support of the station s training and in particular for helping to foster such good relations between our station and RNAS Culdrose On behalf of everyone at the station Coxswain Burgess presented Sharky with a framed photograph appropriately of a rescue helicopter carrying out a winching exercise with the lifeboat and thanked him for a job well done Finally Sharky removed his flying gear for the last time and departed the lifeboat station a very proud and happy man destined for a spell flying a desk Holiday cottage help for our appeal The Lizard Lifeboat Station was visited by staff from Cornish Cottages to mark the Mullion based holiday home company s initiative in making our Tamar Lifeboat Appeal its Charity of the Year Visitors who book a holiday with Cornish Cottages are given the opportunity to donate to the appeal at the same time Coxswain Phil Burgess and Mechanic Dan Atkinson welcomed Peter Collins and his team to the station and showed them around the current lifeboat as a thank you for supporting the appeal Picture 1 From L R Dan Atkinson Phil Burgess Peter Collins Cornish Cottages Team Picture 2 From L R Phil Burges Peter Collins Cornish Cottages Team Dan Atkinson Cornwall Masons boost our appeal A generous donation of 750 from the Cornwall Masonic Benevolent Fund to our appeal has been gratefully received by Coxswain Phil Burgess at a presentation in The Lizard Lifeboat s boathouse The cheque was presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Cornwall Mr Peter George The Benevolent Fund supports Cornish Charities and has this year already donated 7000 to local causes Mr George said he and his members were very proud to be supporting The New Tamar Lizard Lifeboat Appeal and that he was especially delighted for a personal reason his wife was brought up in The Lizard village so he felt even more privileged to be able to support the appeal Pictured from left to right Tony Muller Deputy Launching Authority Peter Greenslade Education Visits Officer Coxswain Phil Burgess Peter George Dan Atkinson Station Mechanic Ned Nuzum Lifeboat Operations Manager Another generous cheque towards the new tamar lifeboat was given to members of The Lizard Lifeboat Station on Saturday 6th March 2010 when 500 was presented to station Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Second Mechanic Johnny Bray The donation was given by members of the Wool Bere Regis Agricultural Club who had travelled down from Dorset to present the cheque and visit the station Mr Mrs Ireland who are from Dorset but who also have a home in Cornwall came along with other members of their group and were shown around the station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum Our thanks go to them all for supporting the appeal for our new lifeboat which is due to arrive in early 2011 The Tamar class lifeboat which is now being built will be housed in a new station at Kilcobben Cove with work due to commence on the rebuild with the next few weeks Lyndsay Bray The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Committee The RNLI s annual SOS day in The Lizard was marked by a series of events based around the village school and Reading Room raising around 300 Children and staff from Landewednack School welcomed members of The Lizard Lifeboat to join them in a special assembly on Friday 29th January 2010 Coxswain Phil Burgess was accompanied by Relief Mechanic Malcolm Richardson Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum Class teacher Adrian Bolton showed the children a film on the invaluable work carried out by everyone involved with the RNLI Lifeboats and Beach Lifeguards The children were then given the opportunity to talk to their visitors and ask them many questions Throughout the week the children had been invited to join in a competition organised by members of The Lizard Lifeboat Guild They were asked to produce a Lifeboat themed model made from fruit vegetables or paper materials Prizes were awarded at the end of Friday afternoon when parents were also able to come in and view all of the wonderful models that had been made The children were also allowed to come into school without the usual uniform in exchange for a donation to the RNLI Thanks go to the members of The Lizard Lifeboat Station and to The Guild Meanwhile members of the public were invited to a fund raising soup and sweet lunch prepared by the ladies of the Guild in the Reading Room A WELCOME 150 000 KICKS FOR THE LIZARD TAMAR LIFEBOAT APPEAL A multitude of Taekwondo club members with Lizard Lifeboat Mechanic Dan Atkinson receiving the mammoth cheque accompanied by back row from left Peter Greenslade Education Visits Officer Ned Nuzum Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Rogers 3rd Dan Instructor and Mike Beard Chief Instructor 6th Dan World Champion A kickathon by the First Defence Taekwondo Black Belt Schools in Cornwall was described by their Chief Instructor Mark Beard as a phenomenal success 50 000 kicks were achieved in a mere 20 minutes resulting the staggering sum of 2238 16 being raised for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal through sponsorship and a raffle At the club s annual presentation evening in St Michael s School Helston attended by a huge number of members parents supporters and representatives of The Lizard Lifeboat station Chief Instructor Beard commented that the money was raised in a fun and highly spirited manner by everyone in the club to go towards the new Lizard Tamar lifeboat During the evening s proceedings including a spectacular series of demonstrations by almost every member of the club a mammoth cheque was handed over by four of the youngest competitors to The Lizard lifeboat mechanic Dan Atkinson in the company of Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum and the station s Education and Visits Officer Peter Greenslade Peter and Ned gave an account of the new lifeboat and the rebuilding programme for the station and slipway and were able to explain that the money raised by First Defence would be used to purchase two of the most important pieces of equipment aboard the lifeboat a salvage pump and a basket stretcher Peter and Ned thanked everyone at First Defence for their collective support in raising such an exceptional sum of money for the new lifeboat Beer Festival boost Thanks to the second annual beer festival held at The Witchball Restaurant during the summer Coxswain Phil Burgess received a cheque for 3 017 38 towards the appeal for the new Tamar Lifeboat Crew member Adam Weston and his family who run The Witchball Restaurant in the Lizard village hosted the event over three days and gave customers to chance to sample over 20 Cornish beers from many local breweries Entertainment was provided throughout the weekend and the event was declared a resounding success Our thanks go to everyone at The Witchball for their hard work and support MV ARDGARRY DISASTER REMEMBERED One year on following a hugely emotive memorial service and the un veiling of a granite memorial stone at The Lizard Lifeboat station Patrick Slattery has made an emotional return to visit many friends in The Lizard Patrick s father tragically perished along with 11 other crewmen when the vessel MV Ardgarry got caught in a ferocious storm and sank off Lizard Point close to new year s eve 1962 The Lizard Lifeboat launched in vain to search for survivors In what he describes as an emotional return to a place deeply steeped with his father s spirit Patrick once again praised the efforts of The Lizard Lifeboat crew for their endeavours on that ill fated night Philip Burgess present day Coxswain said the launch itself was dramatic and dangerous Patrick Slattery hands the cheque to Rachel Tonkin Secretary of The Lizard Lifeboat Guild with Coxswain Phil Burgess Mechanic Dan Atkinson looking on He said It was so rough when the lifeboat went down the slipway that the shore helpers were convinced she would wash straight back into the boathouse The first wave lifted her bow right up into the air and for a moment it was thought she would be capsized but somehow rode the wave and then disappeared in the raging black of the night The volunteer lifeboat crew on board Duke of Cornwall that night were out in that storm for 14 hours In those conditions and with that lifeboat I reckon the crew had only a 50 50 chance of surviving It takes some courage to put to sea knowing there s 50 percent chance you wont come back and I admire their bravery During the time they were at sea their radio set packed up and for several hours no one could make contact with the lifeboat Many families thought she d been lost and that s how bad conditions were that night full story www ardgarrycrewmemorial com During his visit Patrick on behalf of his family back home in Canada very generously presented the station with 200 towards the new Tamar Lifeboat appeal fund Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum thanked Mr Slattery for this very kind gesture and in reflection of the Ardgarry memorial event commented that the station and village as a whole had made many new friends following momentous event Memories of this ferociously stormy night lived on in the minds of many in particular those of former lifeboat crewmen Peter Mitchell and Bobby Roberts who vividly remembered the events of that sad night back in 1962 Do With A View boosts our appeal A beautiful view overlooking Cadgwith Cove was the setting for A Do With A View a fund raising event held in aid of the new Lizard Lifeboat Appeal A large marquee in a field belonging to Gwavas Jersey Farm owner Will Bowman was packed to capacity with guests enjoying a magnificent Hog Roast and live enterainment throughout the evening The bar facilities were set up and run by Adam Weston owner of The Witchball Restaurant in The Lizard and the Hog was roasted and served by village butchers Colin and Elaine Retallack and Steve Vincent With so many to mention organisers of the event want to thank everyone who helped in making the evening so successful A special mention of thanks must go to Gillian Cuff and Sarah Drummond who worked tirelessly to ensure the evening ran smoothly All the proceeds from the event will be going towards the Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Village Butchers Colin Retallack Steve Vincent Carving the Hog John Bruce Katey Susie Lisa Ros Rachel Chris Judith Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum Press Officer Claire Julier Will Hayley Adam 300 thanks for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Not missing a chance to boost the funds of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat fundraising appeal Lizard Lifeboat Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Operations Manager Ned Nuzum grasped a very generous donation of 300 from South West News Service on August 27th They were answering a request to use Ned s boat to 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