I would like to wish you a Very Happy New Year and say a big “THANK YOU’ for your continued support during the past year. The amount that has been raised by the Appledore Lifeboat Supporters in 2017 is a fantastic total of £49,573.36. All the money raised has come from events organised by the Fund Raising Guild, and also from local organisations, individual donations, box and bucket collections outside Tesco’s and Morrison’s in Bideford as well as from bequests made to us
I would like to thank everyone who supported our many events during the year, and to all those who came along and gave their time and helped with the various events and collections. Your help is invaluable and very much appreciated.
We are pleased to tell you that we have a new Chairman, Pat Hughes, who has been on the Committee for a number of years, and was previously Hon. Secretary.
We would like to thank Phil Sargent for organising the box collectors and thank them for all for their hard work and support. The monies which they have raised from the boxes in the local community is an important part of our fund raising efforts, and is greatly appreciated. During 2017 a total of £7,891.47 was raised from the boxes.
A big thank you to Shooey McCall and her great team of volunteers for making such a successful job of Souvenir Sales both at the Station and also at the many outside events. Their help makes a massive difference to the fundraising for our Station, and last year they raised in excess of £4,929. If you would like to help with the sales of Souvenirs, please do let me know on 01271 861 291
NEWS FROM THE LIFEBOAT STATION: There was an increase in activity in 2017 over the previous year with 60 launches in 2017 as opposed to 48 in 2016. One life was saved, 15 people were assisted who would have got into a more serious situation without assistance and the crew had the unpleasant task of recovering 3 bodies.
Around 75% of the launches were for services within the estuary and both the Taw and Torridge rivers. The station has seen a significant increase over the last couple of years in the volume of launches for potential or actual suicides and searches for missing persons with mental health problems.
In October the Lifeboat Operations Manager – Wendy Dale retired after some 13 years of service and she will be sorely missed by many. Her replacement as the Lifeboat Operations Manager is Tony Merrill.
The main Fund-raising events held in 2017 were as follows:-
SOS DAY - This took place at the Appledore Lifeboat Station on January 28th and was a great success as always with Ian Hudson and his musical friends, who entertained us with Sea Shanties. We would like to thank Heard’s butchers of Westward Ho! who donated the sausages for the hotdogs, and to everyone who made the Shortbread, and all those who came along and enjoyed the day. The Lifeboat Crew were the chefs for the day, and £285.00 was raised
QUIZ AND SUPPER - This was held at St Mary’s Church Hall on 17th February, and was a very successful evening raising £1,400.00
FUN EVENING OF FASHION, BEAUTY AND MUSIC - This was a new event that was held at St Mary’s Church Hall. It was good fun evening, thank you to the RNLI Ladies for modelling the clothes, which were kindly loaned by Bon Marchè of Barnstaple, and also the lady members of the Lifeboat Crew who modelled their uniforms. Thank you to Natalie for her lovely music. We raised £600.00 and hope to run this event again in spring 2018.
BIG SHEEP EVENT – Growing Old Disgracefully, for recycled teenagers - This was an exciting new event, and proved to be a lot of fun, and we would like to thank the ‘Big Sheep’ for putting on this fun evening. We raised £785.00 and we will be holding this event again during May 2018 and hope a lot of you will come along and have fun without the children!
BOAT JUMBLE AND CAR BOOT SALE - Due to bad weather, this event was cancelled twice, however we are hoping to go ahead in 2018, with the back-up plan of using the Skern Lodge Hall. It was disappointing, but beyond our control.
TEA AT TAPELEY PARK - We were extremely lucky with the great weather last August for this annual event, we had a good number of visitors and just over £1,000.00 was raised. We served cream teas and had the Torridge Male Voice Choir to entertain us. Along with the Border Morris Dancers, always popular. Also thank you to the Kenwith Model Boat Club for coming along once again with their lovely collection of models.
STATION-to-STATION SPONSORED WALK - We had another disappointment with this event which we were advised to cancel by the Coastguards, due to so much rain the footpath was considered unsafe. However, we would like to thank those wonderful walkers who came and did the walk at other times, and still managed to raise £2,816.00. We will have a backup plan if we experience bad weather again this year, so please if you are likely to want to enter for the walk in 2018, please be assured it will be on.
OCTOBER SEAFOOD MEALS - We had a great number of pubs and restaurants in the area, who participated in this, and we raised £782.74, thank you to everyone who joined into this event.
THE ART SHOW - this was held at the North Devon Yacht Club from 19 – 22nd October, and was once a wonderful exhibition. We would like to thank Judith James for organising this event for us. It is a very prestigious event enjoyed by all and raised £3,128.94. This figure includes the money raised by ‘THE ACORNS’ who gave a Concert after the show on the evening of 26th October and once again thanks to Ian Hudson and the Acorns for their great performance.
QUIZ AND SUPPER - This was held on 17th November at the Appledore Community Hall, and was once again well attended, and enjoyed by all. We thank Sally Hughes and her team for providing a lovely Lasagne Meal. Thank you to Dennis and Julie Ford for compiling the questions and being quiz masters for the evening. We raised nearly £900. Thank you to everyone for their help and support.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT - This was held at the Lifeboat Station with music provided by the Appledore Silver Band and the Appledore Lifeboat Choir. Mulled Wine and mince pies were served and £206.26 was raised by a bucket collection. A lovely start to the Christmas Season.
WHAAM CONCERTS - There were two main ones this last year. One held in March and one in September. We would like to thank John Barton for organising these events and raising over £1,194.35. These events were thoroughly enjoyed by both the musicians and the audience, and were well supported. The concerts will be held again in 2018, so hopefully you will be able to come along and have a great night out.
We had two ‘Volunteer Recruitment Coffee Mornings’, which prompted some new volunteers both to join the Fundraising Guild and also the Lifeboat Crew. We always need help with the Fund Raising Events, and if you think you have a little time to spare, please come along and join us, you will be made very welcome and also be much appreciated.
CHANGES TO THE GUILD COMMITTEE:
We also are saying farewell to Sally Hughes. Sally has been on the Committee for 14 years, and has been our main catering organiser at all our events, many of you will have enjoyed her wonderful meals during the past. We wish Sally all the best in the future.
Once again we would like to thank you all for your support throughout the year. The funding of the Appledore Lifeboat and the RNLI is vital to maintaining the wonderful work that they do on a voluntary basis both ashore and at sea, where the crews often risk their lives in all weathers to rescue people at sea, from our beaches and also our rivers
If you no longer wish to receive information about forthcoming events, please let me know on 01271 861 291 and I will delete you from our mailing list. We only wish to inform you of any activities you may wish to support, the list of proposed fundraising events is attached.
Sandy Peace - Honorary Secretary. (Home telephone number 01271 861 291)
23rd March Quiz at Appledore -Appledore community Hall. 7:30pm Teams of 6 if poss £7 per hd Incl soup/bread and nibbles. Licensed bar and Raffle.
24th March Boat Jumble & Car Boot at Skern Lodge. (In doors if bad weather Times 8am sellers 9am buyers . £5 per car and £8 per van £1 entry. refreshments avail plus Free lifejacket check. CANCELLED NEW DATE TO BE SET
20th April- Junior WHAAM (Music event at the Pier House) start 7pm
18th May- BIG SHEEP EVENT- Adults behaving badly starts 6pm
8th July Sea Sunday Event at the Lifeboat station with Appledore Band.
5th August Appledore & Instow regatta
11th August tea at Tapely Park 2 pm start cream teas and entertainment
19th August Appledore carnival
8th September Sponsored walk from Clovelly to Appledore start 8am
26th September Senior Whaam concert. 7pm start at the pier house Westward ho!
18th-21st October Arts and craft Exhibition at the north devon Yacht club.
25th October Ian Hudson and Acorn in concert at the North Devon Yacht Club start 7:30
2nd December Christmas Carol Concert at the Lifeboat Station with Appledore Band TBC
- Ilfracombe Shipwrecks. This is a great site that highlights just some of the many shipwrecks that dot the Devon Coastline. Fascinating, but tragic.
- The "Kathleen and May". This beautiful 3-masted topsail schooner is a piece of living history and is located in nearby Bidford. Apart from the beautiful and sensitive restoration, this boat has another feature worthy of note.The original reefing gear fitted was the first known example of Appledore roller-reefing, the sail being reefed by a ratchet lever that engaged the cogs on the gaff boom thereby winding the sail around it and then locked to prevent the sail unwinding from the boom. She worked out of Appledore for some years, (as the "Lizzie May" - named after her first owner's daughters), and thereafter many more years working out of Youghal, Co.Cork in Ireland, (as the "Kathleen and May" after her new owner's daughters)
- St.Mary's Chuch, Appledore: The connection here is that the wooden screen in this Protestant church is made from timbers of the sailing ship Marco Polo. The church was founded in 1836 on Appledore's quays.
Coxswains at Appledore
Coxswains at Braunton Burrows
In the early days before Coxswains were appointed the first senior man arriving at the Boathouse would take the boat as Coxswain, these men are listed among the occasional Coxswains. It may be note that there is some overlapping as some Coxswains near retirement.
Appledore's long and proud tradition with lifeboats goes back to 1829 - before the RNLI was even formed. The station's history is so rich that only a brief summary can be made here. We hope that you will be able to get a little of the effort and human endeavour that has gone into keeping this voluntary service running for those in peril at sea from this synopsis.
There were, at times 3 stations open at the same time! All of these were manned by the Appledore Crew, and which boat went was decided by where the casualty was. The Braunton Burrows Boat would go for a casualty anywhere from the North Tail, or Airy point to Saunton or Woolacombe. The Northam Burrows Boat would go for anything from the South Tail down to Westward Ho! And the Appledore Boat was for anything inside Bideford Bar. All that changed when the RNLB Jane Hannah MacDonald arrived at the Appledore Boathouse in 1889.
This history has been broken down and summarised under the following linked sections...
Crew, Shore Crew & Officials.
Below is a list of those currently serving at Appledore RNLI lifeboat station, along with their wide and varied backgrounds. There are many who have served over very many years also that are no longer on the team - we cannot display these at present but hopefully that will be rectified in the future.