Sunday, 27 April 2014

Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 assists 32ft Sail Yacht

Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 launched on service on Friday 25 April at 7.35pm at the request of Dover Coastguard, to go to the assistance of a 32ft sail yacht which had broken down at the Rye Fairway Buoy.

The two occupants of the sail yacht raised the alarm, contacting Dover Coastguard. Rye Harbour Relief Lifeboat B-835 launched at 7.35pm and arrived alongside the casualty five minutes later. It was agreed that Relief Lifeboat B-835 would take the stricken vessel in tow and bring her into Rye Harbour. The casualty was placed on the visitors berth adjacent to the Harbour Masters office at 8.35pm.

The casualty was on passage from Ramsgate to the West Country when she suffered engine failure in Rye Bay

RNLI Stalwart Priscilla Ryan presented with the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge

Priscilla Ryan was presented with the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge by Katherine Vasey, RNLI Area Manager for London and the South East on Thursday 24 April 2014 at Rye Town Hall, in the presence of His Worshipful the Mayor of Rye, Shaun Rogers.

Priscilla started as an RNLI volunteer in London over 68 years ago. When she moved to Rye, she became an active member of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch organising the RNLI’s Annual Flag Day street collection as well as the House to House Collection and many other fundraisers. For many years Priscilla was the President of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch and retained the position when the Rye, Winchelsea and District Branch merged with Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station Branch.

As the years ticked on, Priscilla didn’t shy away from the many challenges and changes that were facing the RNLI, being an active member in helping evolve the fundraising team to what it is today. Before taking steps to slow down, Priscilla could be found in the souvenir shop at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station on a Saturday or Sunday. Priscilla has now retired from the Volunteering world of the RNLI but still promotes the RNLI to the fullest, raising funds where she can.

Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, Steve Tollett said “Priscilla is a true stalwart of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Fundraising Committee at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station felt that it would be appropriate for Priscilla to be nominated for an award for her support and dedication to the RNLI. Priscilla was nominated for the RNLI’s Bar to her Gold Badge; which was awarded 10 years ago.

On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to congratulate Priscilla on her prestigious RNLI award and thank her for all her support she had given to the local fundraising branches over the many years.”

Easter Egg Hunt an outstanding success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station Easter Egg Hunt was a great success raising £138.

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank all who attended the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 19 April 2014.

Lifeboat Management Group Chairman, Steve Tollett said “It was an outstanding success, there were over 50 children who entered the event. On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, I would like to thank Bookers – Tunbridge Wells, Jempsons and Rye Harbour Stores for donating the eggs and sweets for the event.

The RNLI relies on volunteers to provide its lifesaving service. 92% of the RNLI's total income comes from donations