Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Autumn Newsletter

Good afternoon all,

Time for another update on all things FILB.

Firstly your advance notice that the AGM and dinner will be held at Freshwater Bay House, The HF Holidays Country House Hotel in the Bay, on Saturday 4th November. Doors open at 6pm and the AGM will commence at 6.30.  

It has been quite a busy time for the boats, the coastguard making several calls on their services. Probably the most challenging was the rescue of a team of cross Atlantic rowers who were practicing off the Island. One of the rowers became ill and disoriented and the coastguard launched both boats to assist. It ended up with a difficult tow lasting over 2 hours in sometimes nasty seas, getting the large rowing vessel around to Yarmouth where Paramedics were in attendance. The D class stood close by in case further help on the rowing boat was needed during the tow.

The boats will be out supporting the local community on the 1st October keeping watch over the Samaritans Solent Swim.

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The 3 summer open days went well but last one was a fantastic record success. For once we had great August bank holiday weather and raised a record £3668 on the day. We sold nearly £1000 worth of ice cream and drinks and I spent most of Monday refilling the freezers and drinks fridge!! Music was provided free of charge all day by the amazing Brass Monkeys. We held the Grand Summer Draw on the day and the wonderful Middleton quilt was won by an Island resident who plans to display it in their nursery. The draw took nearly £1000 over the summer, thank you Faith and Maria for you months of work making it all possible.

Training is still ongoing with the newly acquired RWC (jetski) provided with funds won in the Dept For transport Grant bid earlier in the year, and I have just completed another paper in this years round of bids from the Dft fund for new comms kit and some new personal protective equipment for the crew. People often forget that drysuits etc perish and need to be regularly replaced. Keep your fingers crossed!

It looks as though in the not too distant future we will be launching major and very expensive fundraising projects to carry out work on the slipway and the purchase of a new tractor unit. This will likely total not tens but hundreds of thousands of pounds – so stand by for announcements as to how we plan to go about raising this. Meanwhile of course any donations, both large or small, are always very gratefully received. Don’t forget if you are feeling benevolent you can always donate online or your phone via the Just Giving links on this web site home page. If you are a tax payer don’t forget to say yes to gift aid.

One piece of sad news -our stanch lifeboat team member and past Vice President Don Wright, passed away this month after a long illness. Known as “Mr Lifeboat” he was part of the FILB for 34 years and will be sorely missed.

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FILB will be displaying a special driftwood tree at the Brighstone Christmas Tree festival again this year. It will be on display at IW Pearl from 7th Dec until Boxing day.

The shop will be open when staff allow during October but will definitely be open for the October half term, It will then close , except for the Grotto on 9th December. It will reopen again full time on 30th March 2018.

Thank you all for your custom and support this year.

On Saturday 9th Dec Santa will again be visiting the FREE grotto his elves set up in the boathouse from 12-3.30.  Free gift for the children and a free mince pies for all. Last year 104 children came and spoke to Santa in the 3.5 hours - a record -he was exhausted!!  Let’s make it even better this year. Yes -it is free – but of course any donations for the FILB will be gratefully received.

Rod Adams, MBE

FILB Principal Fundraiser