News 2012

Fire Service Kayak event raises over £2000

Pete Walmsley RNLI, and Lin Malt Fire Fighters Charity, receiving cheques.

As reported below, last September the Round Hayling Kayak Event, organised in partnership between Hampshire Fire and Rescue (Havant and East Hants – Group South) and Hayling RNLI station attracted over 20 competitors who enjoyed fine weather and calm seas for their challenging adventure.

The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity and the Hayling RNLI Station and as predicted at the time they have raised a magnificent £2100. In mid December Watch Managers Martyn Elliott and Perry Dodgson met at Havant Fire Station with the third organiser Mark Pannell to present the cheques to representatives from the RNLI and The Fire Fighters Charity. Mark said “It was a fantastic effort both on the day and since both to succeed in the challenge and raise this much money.’ Perry, who is the local representative for the Fire Fighters Charity said, ‘It was a massive team effort between the Fire Service and the RNLI and we are looking forward to an even bigger event next year.’

Receiving the cheque for £1000 RNLI Launch Authority Peter Walmsley said ‘We are most grateful for this donation which will help to support us in maintaining our high standards of safety equipment.’ He was joined by Lin Malt, Service co-ordinator for the Fire Fighters Charity who received a cheque for £1100 and said ‘I am totally amazed at what the guys have achieved here and am most grateful to all the brave kayakers who took part and to the RNLI crew who supported us.’

Recruitment Drive a success.


'Stardrift' towed into the harbour

As recently reported the Hayling Island RNLI lifeboat station has been short of boat and shore crew so a recruitment campaign has been running and on Sunday 25 November 17 potential volunteers visited the station. They had a programme of chatting to crew, being shown the boats and personal safety equipment, experiencing the boats launching and then after refreshments a talk on the life of the station.

Sunday 2 December dawned with the 5th call-out that weekend  to rescue a fishing boat ‘Stardrift’ (pictured on tow) with a lobster pot line round its propeller, so that by the time the station was then welcoming new recruits, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat had already been out. Ten further potential recruits visited the station and followed a similar programme to the previous week.

Twelve volunteers have now returned to the station and signed up as crew members. They have started a training programme which will get them all to experience the shore crew role and then eight of the twelve will go onto become boat crew. Gil Carter, Training Manager said ‘They will all follow a rigorous RNLI training programme which meets national standards across all lifeboat stations and synchronises with the national search and rescue services.’

Lifeboat Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury said ‘We are delighted with the number of volunteers we have recruited and are grateful to all who came to see us, as well as the businesses and local organisations that supported our recruitment campaign.’


‘Amanda James and Ben’ D642 returns home

On Monday 3 Dec our station D-Class Lifeboat was returned from its regular refit at the RNLI boatyard on the Isle of Wight. We have been using D-Class 640 ‘ Mabel Davies ‘ which, after sterling service on Hayling, is being returned to the RNLI Relief Fleet. Our boat has come back with a new engine but to optimise on RNLI resources, the other equipment we needed has been moved from the ‘old to the ‘new’ boat and this picture shows Hayling crew members and the RNLI driver making that equipment move.

Family Fun Day launched the Co-op Community Support Card.

So the Family Fun Community Party has launched the Southern Co-operative  Community Support Card and we hope all of our supporters both old and new are now using it when you ‘shop at the Co-op.’ Every time you use the card a donation is made to 3 charities on Hayling Island – The First Responders, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Hayling Island RNLI. The card scheme will run for a year and in September 2013 each of these charities will receive one third of the sum raised, and we are talking about £1000’s not £10’s with each charity potentially getting up to £10,000.

The Southern Co-operative and the charities were at the Community Party on Sunday 28 October at the Hayling Community Centre and the families that joined us had fun with face-painting, a cake competition, a clown act, Zumba dancing and some great music. We were sorry that more families didn’t make it to enjoy all the free food and fun, and we would like to thank the Southern Co-operative for both organising and funding this event.


Round Hayling Kayak Event

Kayaks set off from Hayling RNLI Station

On Sunday 16 September the Round Hayling Kayak Event, organised in partnership between Hampshire Fire and Rescue
( Havant and East Hants – Group South ) and Hayling RNLI station attracted over 20 competitors who enjoyed fine weather and calm seas for their adventure.

The kayaks, accompanied by rescue boats crewed by Hayling RNLI members, set off from the Hayling RNLI Lifeboat station en route for their first stop at Langstone SC. In the reasonable conditions they made this stop and then continued through Langstone Harbour and out into Hayling Bay where they met more challenge in terms of wave action. Undaunted they made it to the second ‘watering hole’ at the Inn on the Beach. Leaving there they then went along the seafront, round Eastoke Point and arrived back at the RNLI Station tired but happy to complete their journey.

The purpose of the event was to raise  funds  for the Firefighters Charity and the Hayling RNLI Station and it looks like the brave kayakers have raised in excess of £2000. (Update to follow later).

Congratulations to all to who took part and to the Fire & Rescue personnel who organised this event, destined to become an annual challenge. Mark Pannell, main organiser said, ‘I was very pleased with the number who turned out on the day and am delighted with the level of sponsorship. We hope perhaps next year to make this an even bigger event.’

Relief Lifeboat ‘ Peterborough Beer Festival III’ (B-815) on Station

All change at the Hayling Island Lifeboat Station on Saturday 25/8 when the ‘Peterborough Beer Festival III (B-815)’ was delivered as a replacement   Atlantic 85 – The previous relief Atlantic 85 “Norma Ethel Vinall” (B-825)  was suspected of having  developed a defect in the ‘A’  frame and needed to be taken out of service.  As its name suggests this boat is one of a series of  now 4 that have been generously funded with  contributions from  visitors to the CAMRA organised Peterborough beer festival – now in its 35th Year.

RNLI CEO Makes Flying Visit to Station

On August 14th, we were honoured to meet  Paul Bossier the RNLI CEO (pictured) who visited the station. This was one of a number of station visits and today’s schedule also included Selsey and Littlehampton.

Paul was met and shown round the station by Jonathan Bradbury the Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station Operations Manager. There to meet with Paul were other station officials together with  representatives of local RNLI fundraising branches from Emsworth, Winchester and Hayling Island.

During what was a very informal visit Paul took the time to express his personal thanks to the representatives of the fundraising  branches for their tireless efforts on behalf of the RNLI.




Relief Lifeboat “Norma Ethel Vinall” (B-825) on Station

Hayling’s much loved Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Derrick Battle’ was taken away on  Wednesday 8th August   for an extended refit. This is usual for lifeboats and part of the normal operational cycle since it is essential that the boat performs at 100%. The ‘Norma Ethel Vinall,’ an equivalent Atlantic 85, and one of the RNLI relief fleet, arrived on the same day and will be here until early 2013 when ‘Derrick Battle’ will be returned in tip top condition. So without a pause the Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station can continue to save lives in the waters around Hayling Island.



‘Norma Ethel Vinall’ being launched.



RNLI Open Day on Hayling a great success


The Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station opened its doors on Sunday July 29th and over 600 people from far and wide came to join in the fun and spectacle.

Both lifeboats launched several times in the day and the highlight of the afternoon was a fly-past by the Coastguard Helo 104 helicopter accompanying the two lifeboats. (see picture) Adults and children alike were captivated and 4 year old Milo Grant-Turton from Liss Forest said, ‘I want to be a lifeguard when I grow up and this is so exciting.’ He is a member of the RNLI Storm Force Club for children, and he is intent on visiting all the RNLI stations in the UK! So far his parents have managed to take him to Tenby, Poole and now Hayling Island.

Many families and supporters lived locally, but Koos Landzaad from Johannesburg S.A. came to see us with Hazel and John Armstrong, originally from Zimbabwe but now living on Hayling. Other visitors were from Reading, Basingstoke, Manchester and even Dubai. Alex Reid from Coventry said ‘It’s a great privilege to see the RNLI Lifeboat crew in action. They do such a valuable job in saving lives.’ Almost the first visitor to the station was from Le Havre, France staying with his brother who lives locally and who worked as a boat builder including building lifeboats.

Families enjoyed the quizzes and competitions, all were thrilled by the lifeboat displays, and the souvenirs and light refreshments stalls were kept busy all day. The model lifeboats kept young and old happy manoeuvring around obstacles, whilst the Hants Fire & Rescue and First Responders displays were added attractions.

RNLI Organiser Nigel Roper said ‘We were lucky with the weather and the bonus was the helicopter fly-past. Our thanks to Solent Coastguard for arranging it.’ RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury added ‘What a magnificent Open Day. Thank you to all who created it and who visited us, everyone I spoke to seemed to be having a good time. We are delighted to have seen so many people and of course to have raised over £1500 to support our work’

The day had a sting in its tail when at 22:15pm the duty crew was called out to help a fishing boat in the harbour with engine problems. So for some a very long day working as RNLI volunteers.


SOS Day a great success


On and cold January morning a good number of supporters joined us at the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station, had fun, sampled our streaky bacon butties and generously supported the RNLI SOS Day.

A warm welcome was given to the group on January 29th, who saw the D-class inshore and Atlantic 85 lifeboats driven in their carriages across the beach to launch and perform manoeuvres in the harbour, including rescuing volunteer crew member Becky Brunton in a Man Overboard Drill. Becky said ‘It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be!’

From the sale of cakes, bacon butties and souvenirs, plus donations, £325 was raised. In addition the Slipper Sailing Club at Emsworth donated £545 from their recent pantomime, to give a magnificent total of £871 for the day. Our grateful thanks go to all who supported us in these events.




Jason’s legacy helps equip the crew

A charity dinner organised in memory of Jason Matthews, who died tragically in a car crash on Hayling last September, has raised £4000 for the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Jason had visited the Hayling Lifeboat Station only two weeks before the accident and had always wanted to join the RNLI to save lives at sea. Scott, his brother, organised a charity dinner at his restaurant, the Relentless Steak and Lobster House in Southsea, and was delighted when it raised a considerable sum which he then made up to £4000.

The donation will be used to buy 10 new design lifejackets which cost £330 each and will equip the volunteer crews with an improved jacket and sprayhood. Presenting the cheque to the volunteer crew members Steve Hulatt and Kara Parry, Scott said, ‘JJ always wanted to join the RNLI and so I wanted to help to support the charity in saving the lives of others.’ Jonathan Bradbury the RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘We are immensely grateful for this generous donation, which will certainly make the crews lives easier. ‘

Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) onSunday, 19 September 2021
Low Tide:04:05 ( 1.10m )
High Tide:11:43 ( 4.60m )
Low Tide:16:27 ( 1.10m )
High Tide:23:51 ( 4.60m )

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