News 2014

Kayak event supports adventuring Scouts

Dom and Criag receive cheques from DLA Jules Hewson.

Dom and Craig receive cheques from DLA Jules Hewson.

The annual Round the Island Kayak Event (see story below) has this year supported its usual two main charities (the RNLI and Fire Fighters Charity) but also decided to reward supporting services on Hayling. Every year the Hayling Scouts support the Hayling Island RNLI with a number of our open events including the Kayak Event. They lend us, free of charge, a marquee and tables, and several of the lifeboat crew who are scouts, provide the expertise and muscle to erect the marquee and smaller tents.

This year two scouts are going to the 23rd World Scouts Jamboree. Dom Allgood aged 16 is heading off to Japan to join around 40 thousand scouts from all over the world and to take part in this 3 week adventure. His fellow scout Craig Cooper aged 15 is going to a similar event in Iceland where he will join some 20 thousand others and explore the dramatic scenery. Both are involved in some community service, and will live some of the time with a host family. To undertake these adventures the two boys have to raise £5000 and they have already raised some £4000+. At the lifeboat station (pictured) they were presented by DLA Jules Hewson with cheques for £100 each, to assist them and to thank the Hayling Scouts for their continuing support of the RNLI.

Kayak Event supports the Hayling Lifeboats

L&S team presenting cheque to the RNLI and Fire Fighters Charities.

L&S team presenting cheque to the RNLI and Fire Fighters Charities.


Last summer thirty-nine kayakers tackled the 18 miles round Hayling Island and have raised a magnificent £4400 for local charities. They presented the cheques this week at the Havant Fire Station.

Each year this event, organised by Mark Pannell of the Fire and Rescue Service, gets bigger and this year, in a stiff SW wind, was much more challenging. One team of four from Lift &Shift Waste Management (pictured above) led by Matthew Trace and with Mike Balch, Dominic Sales and Steve Kirby, did the event for the first time and said ‘It was breezy in Langstone Harbour but the team came together and supported each other to get through.’ They raised a fantastic £2500 and were presented with the Oar Trophy for the team raising the most sponsorship. Mike Balch said ‘We encouraged our customers and suppliers to contribute!’ They were clearly very persuasive!

The event has raised £4400 so the organisers have been able to give Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station £1850 and a similar sum to the Fire-Fighters Charity. Perry Dodgson and Martyn Elliot of the Fire & Rescue Service and who both took part in the event, presented the cheque to Jules Hewson from Hayling RNLI who said ‘Thank you for this superb donation. This event just gets better and better every year and already a number of the lifeboat crew are planning to take part in 2015.’ A cheque for £500 will go to Frank Dunster who runs Hayling Rescue and some smaller donations to members of the Hayling Scouts to support their adventure challenge.

Harvey + friends ride to save lives.

Harvey Robertson and friends took on a challenge to ride a 40 mile route in aid of the Hayling RNLI Station. The four boys are from the Stoke Poges

Harvey( 2nd from riight) hands the cheque to Jonathan Bradbury.

Harvey( 2nd from right) hands the cheque to Jonathan Bradbury.

Focus School where all pupils have to perform projects to benefit society as a whole.  Fourteen year old Harvey was joined by his three buddies who back in the summer pedalled away and raised a considerable amount via sponsorship. Harvey is the younger brother of Joel Robertson who back in 2011 raised a considerable sum for the Hayling RNLI in a similar event. Inspired by this, Harvey with his friends, organised and planned the cycle ride, duly succeeded in completing the route,and then set about collecting sponsorship. The four riders visited the Station in August to present us with a wonderful cheque for £623. Receiving the cheque (pictured) Station Manager Jonathan Bradbury said ‘We are now doubly grateful to the ‘cycling family Robertson’ for their efforts on behalf of the RNLI which will support us in our task of saving lives at sea.’


Kitesurfers’ Armada sets sail for the RNLI

Judy Tonkinson the oldest participant

Judy Tonkinson the oldest participant

On Saturday 11 October 362 kitesurfers’ set out to sail a measured mile in aid of three charities, the RNLI, Virgin Unite and Snow-Camp.

They were trying to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Parade of kitesurfers’ ever assembled but although 362 took to the water only 344 managed the mile, so the record of 352 still stands. They had to wait for a fair wind as the day started with grey skies and rain and little/no wind, but after a few hours the wind picked up and the sun shone and off they went making it a fantastic day for all. Dan Charlish, Director of Snow-Camp and the Kitesurfing Armada said ‘ It’s been a phenomenal response from the kitesurfing community. Although we had enough kitesurfers on the water, due to disqualifications the offical result was 344 which is a fantastic result nonetheless.’

Notable amongst the armada were Olympic Windsurfer Nick Dempsey, 11 year old Adam Farrington, the youngest participant and 73 year old Judy Tonkinson (pictured). Judy started kiting 13 years ago and taught herself. She said ‘I love the RNLI and hope I will never need to be rescued by them. They make me feel very secure in joining an event like this, as should I need them I know they have incredible expertise and skill. I’m here for the charities, that’s what the Armada is all about. Having fun and beating the youngsters is just an added bonus!’

So thanks to Judy and all who took part, and to Dan Charlish the organiser of a very well run event. We look forward to the sponsorship rolling in.


Sunshine & Sponsors make the RNLI ‘Haven’ Fete a success

Siri and Amanda with the Raffle Prizes

Siri and Amanda with the Raffle Prizes

Back in August the annual Hayling RNLI Garden Fete was held by kind permission of Peter and Gusti Taylor in the garden of their house ‘The Haven’ on Hayling Island. The weather was kind to us with hot sunshine and not a cloud in the sky.  Once again we were generously supported by a number of local firms including Brittany Ferries, The Southern Co-op, Co-op Funeralcare, Funlands, Heidi’s Swiss Patisserie, The Langstone Hotel, Meadow Farm Nursery, Sainsburys (Farlington) and Sinah Warren Hotel, who all contributed raffle prizes (pictured with the main organisers) to make the raffle a significant event.

The D-Class Lifeboat and a number of crew were on hand supporting the event which was, once again, very well attended. The visitors were faced with a wide variety of quality crafts and items to buy including RNLI merchandise and they clearly dipped their hands in their pockets so that the event raised a grand total of £2750.97. We would like to thank all who came to support us and special thanks to the sponsors and to Peter and Gusti Taylor. We look forward to seeing you at next years event.

Novices stand up and paddle for the RNLI

Danielle hands over the cash.

Danielle hands over the cash.

At the Ship Inn Raft Race last July two young enthusiasts encouraged folk to have a go at ‘Stand Up Paddling’ and donate to the Hayling RNLI.

Danielle and Phil who run Get Windsurfing, encouraged beginners to try out Stand Up Paddle Boarding by running demonstrations and letting visitors to the race have a go. They simply asked for a donation to the Hayling RNLI Station. The weather was kind to the event with glorious sunshine and a light breeze and so a number ‘had a go’ and their donations added up to nearly £50.

Recently Danielle and Phil came to the Station to present us with the cash (pictured) and Danielle said, ‘We had a lovely tour of the lifeboat station yesterday and will for sure be raising more money in the future for RNLI. It’s a charity very close to us in our lives and our profession and seeing it all last night re-enforced why we need to raise money where possible to help.’ Receiving the cash Conrad Davies (Treasurer) and Jonathan Bradbury (Operations Manager) said ‘We are grateful for this donation which will go to running the station and enable us to keep the waters round Hayling safer.’


Gil Carter praised for his work with the RNLI.

Gil receiving awards

Gil receiving awards

Gil Carter is a long standing supporter of the RNLI, and has worked tirelessly for them for over 30 years. It was in 1982 that Gil and his wife Carol joined the Fundraising branch of Molesey on the River Thames, and he took over as Branch Chairman in 1984, a position he held till 2000. He worked during this period at the London Boat Show promoting RNLI membership, and became the Port Officer for the Annual Kingston RNLI Regatta organising 200 boats, including the Dunkirk Little Ships, from some 20 river clubs.

On moving to Hayling Island Gil continued to help with promoting membership both at the London and Southampton Boat Shows and at other events in Portsmouth where he met John Grumbridge who introduced him to the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station. Gil joined the station in 2002 as shore crew and then became a Deputuy Launch Authority leading a watch team. Later he was persuaded by our current Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury to become the Training Co-ordinator, which is a complex task and not easy.

In presenting Gil with a framed Certificate and an RNLI statuette Jonathan said ‘On behalf of everyone at Hayling Island Lifeboat Station and across the wider RNLI family, I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you have put in over the years, both here and in Molesey. It is with great pleasure that I give you these awards and a letter of thanks from the Chief Executive.’


Lifeboat Landlady raffles meat for Hayling RNLI

Hayley AwardEvery Sunday at the Lifeboat Inn on Hayling Island, vivacious landlady Hayley Wallage raffles a variety of meat joints in aid of the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station. Since starting this in 2002 her efforts have raised over £18000 with nearly £10000 in the last five years.

Hayley’s magnificent efforts have been recognised by the RNLI who have presented her with a signed Certificate thanking her for her work. Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI, signed the certificate which reads’ The Chairman and Council of the RNLI wish to record their sincere thanks to Hayley Wallage, of The Lifeboat Inn, in recognition of her dedicated support for the RNLI on Hayling Island, raising funds to help save lives at sea.’ Hayley was presented with the award (pictured) by Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury and Peter Walmsley Deputy Launch Authority who both praised her tireless efforts on behalf of the crew.

Each week Hayley purchases about £80 of mixed meats from butchers Alan Rae on Hayling and raffles 10 items ranging from chicken, duck, gammon steaks, beef to bigger legs of lamb. Customers buy tickets at £1 per strip of five and at 3pm the sales stop and the raffle is drawn midst an increasing excitement in the two bars.

Hayley said afterwards ‘I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful surprise. I was so shocked by what was happening! My customers have just been so good over the years supporting me in my endeavour to support the RNLI. It is wonderful that so much can be raised by something so relatively simple.’

Siri Young, RNLI Fundraising Chairman who nominated Hayley for this award said ‘These certificates are quite rare and only go to outstanding people. Hayley certainly fits this bill and we are so grateful to her for all her fundraising, which together with other items as well as the meat raffle has raised over £11000 in the past 5 years.’


Asda Store supports Hayling Island RNLI

ASDA cheque 3

The Asda Store in Havant has been running a ‘Chosen by you …given by us’ token scheme for two months and the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station has received a cheque for £50.

 Becky Collins, Community Life Champion explained, ‘When the charities were chosen there had been the spate of very bad weather over the Dec/Jan period and we thought it seemed very appropriate to nominate the local RNLI station. I had recently been on a visit to the station and was impressed with the equipment and the dedication of the crew, all of whom are volunteers.’  Shoppers put their tokens into one of three boxes and each nominee received a proportionate cheque.

Asda Havant store manager Steve Matthews said ‘This scheme reflects our commitment to supporting the local community. We’re thrilled to give Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station this donation and would like to thank everyone for taking part.’  Receiving the cheque Lifeboat Operations Manager Jonathan Bradbury said ‘We are most grateful for this donation which will help us to continue to save lives around Hayling Island.’

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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