Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat – Awards and Reward

//Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat – Awards and Reward

Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat – Awards and Reward

A couple of items, recently reviewed, regarding the Lifeboat that I feel need shouting about:-

The first being a celebration of the 90 years of service by two stalwarts of the station. Judith Richardson, currently the Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer was presented the award for ‘Excellence in Volunteering’, having spent the past 50 years of her life associated with the local lifeboat. Judith’s late husband William was the previous Coxswain whose role was taken over by Stuart Adams who, on the same occasion was recognised for his 40 years of service – having joined at the age of 17. Both were presented the awards at the annual blessing and re dedication service for the stations Shannon class lifeboat.

In attendance and providing beautiful music, as always, were the City of Canterbury Brass Band, who, in turn, were presented with a framed photograph of the lifeboat ‘The Morrell’ (and signed by the crew) in recognition of their 30 years attendance at the memorial meeting.

Also in the news – the lifeboat were presented with a cheque for £1000.00, donated by the family of the late John and Betty Blackwell, following the sale of a private collection of stamps and post cards – purchased by Niko and Rachel Miaoulis – proprietors of the Pilot Inn, here at Dungeness.

The cheque was presented by Ian Blackwell who is one of the volunteer head launchers/drivers.

For further information on this and all other related Lifeboat matters please visit their site – through the ‘Links’ page.

By |2018-11-01T10:46:05+00:00October 6th, 2017|Local Issues|0 Comments

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Born in Ashford a long time ago I have had a lifelong relationship with Dungeness having spent every year here for a fortnights holiday up to the age of 15. In those good old days there was no electricity and hence no radio, no running water and no adequate sewage solutions. Nothing to do other than enjoy the vast expanse of the Ness and all it offered for the young children of that era. Out after breakfast and back before nightfall. There were lakes to swim in. Same lakes to boat on (well large logs). A derelict school in which to play.(Add pic on school roof) Gun emplacements, underground shelters. Sheer bliss. That all ended at 16 when I joined the RAF, finally purchasing a shack – as indeed it was then – in 1971 for the princely sum of £750.00. Only 15 years prior to that we could not afford the £250.00 asking price for what was then known as ‘Windwhistle’, the former Queen Victoria’s Pullman carriage. Still there today but concealed behind painted shiplap. Leaving the mob I travelled, retuning ‘home’ as oft I could, and realistically, only becoming a permanent fixture since 1977. In those days there was a vibrant community here with annual gatherings for the Mayday festival – spit roast and all and open days at the Lifeboat station – with bosuns chairs, zip wires to keep the kids happy. I think Health and Safety put paid to that and other activities, as did the moving away of many locals. The result of which , today there are probably less than 40 persons residing here permanently, in probably less than 20 out of the 80 shacks still here. (I have been told not to use the word ‘shacks’ as now at £3000,00.00 plus they are desirable bungalows in a well sought after locale. So ‘Shacks’ they are! End.

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