News 2013

Hayling Ladies stories to raise cash for the RNLI


Book launch 1

Eight ladies, all residents of Hayling have written and published a short book called ‘Pieces of Eight’ the proceeds of which will go to the the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station.

The group meet together regularly to write creatively and decided to publish some of their short stories in aid of the RNLI. At the launch of the book in early October, Lesley Drew (pictured with crew member Simon Heaver and Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury ) who leads the group, explained that the writing bit was relatively easy compared to finding the money to fund the publishing costs. By their own fundraising efforts however, and by getting sponsorship they have achieved it. They ran a Table Top Sale, a Coffee morning and also tapped into family for donations, but by far the biggest contribution came via County Councillor Frank Pearce who made use of his devolved community budget to support the group.

At the launch books were sold and a shirt signed by Paul Lawrie, a Scottish Ryder Cup golfer, and donated by Aberdeen Asset Management was auctioned which together raised over £200. Books will be on sale at Tesco’s Store in Havant on November 1st and at the Hayling Bookshop from now on. We look forward to the book sales continuing and to this project being a success and we are grateful to the group for choosing us as their charity.

On Nov 1 the ladies and helpers plus two lifeboat crew members Lloyd Cavill and Grant Bennett, spent most of the day in Tesco’s Havant selling the books and accepting donations. They sold over £300 worth of books which was a very creditable sum. Book sale at Tesco'sLloyd and Grant also had RNLI collecting buckets and raised £311 between them


They are pictured LtoR Grant, Daphne Vardy the eldest author, Lloyd, and Derek Drew husband of the group leader.



Annual Charity Disco raises funds for Hayling

The Over-50’s Club in Cosham is for ladies and gentlemen ‘over a certain age’ who enjoy music and dancing in a friendly and safe environment. Each year the Anuual Disco is held and one particluar charity is named as the benificiary. This year organiser Denis Knockton suggested that Hayling Island RNLI Station could be named and the Club agreed. On Bank Holiday Sunday Aug 26 folk gathered and had a good evening of fun, music and dancing and raised the considerable sum of £526 which has been duly presented to the RNLI. We are immensely grateful for this support and thank the club and Denis in particular for thinking of us. We hope that Denis, who has a boat moored at Northney Marina on Hayling doesn’t need to call on us for help, but if he did he could do so knowing that he and club members have helped to keep our lifeboats and crews active in saving lives at sea.


£10,000 Donation to Station from Hayling Co-op for Kitting out Crew

From Portsmouth News 1491797657

                                                     From left, Co-op store manager Pete Raynor, RNLI crew member Paul Nelhams,and                                                                                                                               RNLI Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury receiving the cheque

HAYLING Island RNLI Lifeboat Station is immensely grateful to the Southern Co-operative for naming them in this year’s Community Support Card Scheme, which has donated £10,000 to enable the station to continue its work in saving lives at sea.

In September last year the Hayling Island Co-op store launched the scheme whereby shoppers carry a green plastic card which is swiped at the tills when they have completed their shopping. Each time, dependent upon the amount spent, a sum of money is added by the store to the gradually increasing ‘pot of gold.’ A target was set of £30,000 to be shared between three charities on Hayling: the RNLI, the First Responders and Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Although by early summer the sum raised was some way off the target, the fine weather encouraged a high number of visitors and locals to shop and use the cards and by late August the target was reached.

Providing the level of equipment needed to keep lifeboat crew safe and to enable them to carry out the work they do saving lives at sea is an ongoing task and it’s not cheap. The nature of the work means that crews are out in some of the worst weather and in challenging conditions which puts a strain on equipment as well as people. The RNLI as a charity relies totally on donations and the cheque is a significant contribution to funding lifesaving equipment. Crew members often spend time during both training and on active rescues waiting for further instructions and news of potential casualties and in a gale force wind in January this can make for a very cold experience

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Lily’sFest a big success

On Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June Lily Sugar’s in Creek Road pulsated to music and all in aid of the RNLI. On Saturday there were a number of local singers who  performed through the afternoon and evening, and on the Sunday some live bands were there keeping everyone entertained. The collections for the RNLI raised a superb £506 and we are very grateful to the pub for this wonderful event.



Rachel Madocks School cake sale raises funds

Bradley denton handing over the cheque

Bradley Denton handing over the cheque

Rachel Madocks Special School in Waterlooville has been running a community programme alongside the charity MENCAP with its post-16 year old students. As a part of this the students have been making and selling cakes and one of the students Bradley Denton (pictured holding the cheque) insisted that the proceeds of this should go to the  RNLI at Hayling. With the donations received they raised the magnificent sum of £125.57 which they brought to the Station recently on a visit. One of the station crew Graham Chapman (far right in the picture) works at Rachel Madocks and said ‘The students have been really motivated to make the cakes and raise this money.’ Jonathan Bradbury RNLI Operations Manager gratefully received the cheque on behalf of the station.

Kayak Event on 7 July a success

RNLI and Fire Service raise the kayak!

RNLI and Fire Service raise the kayak!


The Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service once again organised the round-the-island kayak event supported by RNLI crew members in their own boats. Last year the event raised over £1000 and a bigger entry of 44 took part this year on a very sunny, hot, calm day.  The sponsorship money will be split between the Hayling Island RNLI Station and The Firefighters Charity and looks like being over £3000 this year.  The participants paddled anti-clockwise the 18 miles round the island, starting and finishing at the Lifeboat Station, and were very grateful in the heat to pause at the two en-route resting and refreshment stations to take on water and sustenance.  This year all the 44 participants finished the course including the oldest, 76 year old Jim Shine, and the youngest teenager Tom Burgess with his dad Tim who is in the Fire Service.   Well done to all who took part and to the organisers, and to whoever arranged the fine weather!


Busy day for lifeboat crews

D-boat crew rescue windsurfer

On Sunday 28 April Portsmouth Atlantic 85 lifeboat joined the two Hayling island lifeboats in a joint exercise. Volunteer crew from both RNLI Stations became casualties for the day and presented various problems to the rescuing crews.  The day started with a ‘sailor’ on his boat in Mill Rythe with a nasty broken leg. He was carefully treated and splinted to bring him back on the lifeboat and then transferred to the shore crew to continue treatment. He said later that the way the crew dealt with him was excellent.

Almost too soon after this for any relaxation the crews were called out to go and investigate a life raft with seriously ill casualties two miles south of the Beacon. On arrival it was found that there had been 8 on board the yacht but only 7 were in the life raft and one of these was beyond help. Others were unconscious and hypothermic and so all three lifeboats were involved in dealing with this major issue. One lifeboat immediately started a search for the missing crew member and continued to do so for some time using standard search techniques. Casualties were treated at the scene and transferred to lifeboats who took them back to shore for further treatment. Once again the crews were seen to use good judgment and appropriate first -aid techniques in dealing with this complex issue, and we are pleased that ‘Fred’ was found in the water and rescued.

Finally a windsurfer (pictured) with severe hypothermia was rescued from the harbour and brought ashore again using standard practice for slow warming and recovery.   She too praised the work of the crew.

All this happened under the eyes of observers who looked both on the water and ashore for the right actions and for any lessons to learn,and this was fed back to the crews immediately after the boats had all returned. Portsmouth Operations Manager praised the Hayling Station for it’s efficient management of a creative exercise and especially the work of crew member Jamie Bray from Hayling who masterminded this event. He also said how valuable it had been for all involved and how much had been learnt.


Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Derrick Battle’ returns home

@Derrick Battle' on exercise


As we reported last year (see 2012 News page) Hayling’s much loved lifeboat ‘Derrick Battle’ was taken for an extended refit last August, as part of the normal process to ensure that the lifeboat is in tip-top condition.

The first replacement ‘Norma Ethel Vinall lasted less than a month with us when she developed a suspected defect in the essential strengthening ‘A’ frame and had to be taken out of service. The replacement Atlantic 85 ‘Peterborough Beer Festival III’ came as a replacement and has done good service for us since late August.

Now this week on Wednesday January 24 we welcomed ‘Derrick Battle’ back to the Hayling Island Lifeboat Station and she went out on exercise that evening. We are delighted to have the lifeboat with all equipment checked and fully functional and with any parts upgraded or reconditioned where necessary, and to know that we can be totally confident in the boat’s performance as we continue to save lives around Hayling Island.


Trafalgar Wharf supports Hayling RNLI

Presenting the cheque


Trafalgar Wharf Ltd at Portchester extended its Christmas cheer to the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station in the form of a cheque for £100, raised by not signing 500 Christmas cards!

Sales Manager Corinne Marshall (pictured 2nd from left) came up with the idea that instead of the 15 staff all signing the 500 Christmas cards to customers, they would donate a sum of money to equate with the man hours saved. The boatyard in Portchester has over 300 boats in its yard including The Drystack facility and is always keen to support a charity at Christmas. Corinne said ‘ We like to do more than just send greetings cards to our customers and because of the nature of our business, see the RNLI as an important charity to support. You couldn’t really be without the RNLI since the sea is a scary place.’ Each card, which was an RNLI card, contained a message explaining why they were not signed and an estimate that assuming each signature took 10 seconds equated to many hours of signing and lots of tired fingers!

As she presented the cheque for £100 to Jonathan Bradbury Lifeboat Station Manager on Sunday January 20th, in a flurry of snow and with the temperature at zero, Corinne continued, ‘The work the RNLI do is invaluable and the crews do a sterling job. They are very brave.’

The Company decided to support the Hayling Island RNLI since the Customer Service Manager, Leah Davis, (pictured right) used to work alongside Senior Helm Paul Lewis (pictured in full lifeboat crew kit). Jonathan said ‘We are very grateful for this donation, raised in such an imaginative way, as it will to help us continue to save lives at sea.’

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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