Monthly Archives: December 2013

Erdingtons Education Activities

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and have recovered from all the food, drink and entertaining. I’ve just got around to opening my latest RNLI magazine and found this article about the Branch visit with the Education Team to the fundraising friends at Thornton School. The Branch would love to work with other local schools in a similar way.

article about thornton junior school

Thornton Junior School once again prove to be true fundraising friends


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Exmouth Coxwain Tim Mock retires this Christmas

Erdington Branch has had a long association with Exmouth Lifeboat Station. This Christmas sees veteran Coxwain / mechanic Tim Mock hang up his pager after a 33 year career at the station.

2014 should see the arrival of the new Shannon class boat and associated Supacat launch and recovery system arrive at the station. The transition to a new Coxwain and Mechanic will allow them to start from the beginning with the new technology.

From everyone associated with the Branch we would like to wish Tim well in whatever he chooses to do next and to thank him for his invaluable service over the last 33 years.

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Remembering the brave – Penlee 19 December 1981

Today is the 32nd anniversary of the loss of all hands on the Penlee lifeboat Solomon Browne whilst attempting to save the crew of the cargo vessel Union Star off Cornwall.

A brief version of events is on this site or watch this youtube video Loss of Penlee Lifeboat 1981

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ASDA collection November 2013

The Branch Committee were at Asda, Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham between21 and 24 November 2013.

Souvenirs and Christmas cards were sold as well as doing a bucket collection.

Donations of £938.22 and souvenir sales of £334.93 made for a good end to the year

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SOS Day 2014

Just a reminder to everyone that SOS day is approaching and will be on Friday 31 January 2014.

SOS Day, RNLI,fundraising, volunteers

2014 SOS day graphic

Now is the time to start thinking about those activities in schools and workplaces to have a bit of fun and raise money for our front line crews.

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UK Storms

Nice to see that the crew remained operational in yesterdays storms even though nearly a dozen stations were flooded and / or damaged. Flood rescue teams were called out to the East Coast and North Wales to assist with the flooding that occurred.

I cannot but wonder about the intelligence of some members of the public however. I read a facebook post from one woman complaining that the Police had blocked access to the pier so that she couldn’t go and get soaked by the storm water flooding over the wall and along the pier. In the next breath she mentions seeing as a child the pier flooding and the one arm bandits floating away. The search and rescue teams have enough to do without having to go and save people like this.

Mother nature has a dark side and if she turns on you it will happen quickly and without mercy. Please, please keep away from the sea front in storm conditions. It only takes a second to be swept away leaving a distrought family to pick up the pieces.

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