Monthly Archives: July 2014

Water Safety for Children

The summer holidays have arrived and with it the opportunity to hit the beach or inland waterways.

I’d like to share a  simple memory joggers for the children (applied to adults too – we’re watching you )


Spot the dangers – look around where you are to make sure it is safe to be there. Look out for broken glass on the beach, slippery rock areas. Avoid the panic of a lost child by agreeing a meeting place if you get separated from the family.


Always go with a family member or friend – divers always talk about the buddy system, someone there to help if something happens. The same applies when out and about around the waterways, always have a buddy in case something happens.


Flags and signs – check out the signs at the entrances to beaches for warnings about tides and local conditions. Remember the flags – RED, don’t go in the water,   RED/YELLOW, lifeguarded area swimmers should stay here, Black / White chequered, For surfers and hard craft only.


Emergency – if you get into trouble in the water put one arm up and shout as loudly as you can for help to attract attention. If you see someone doing this at the seaside ring 999 or 112 and ask for the COASTGUARD.




Don’t forget in hot weather to put on a t-shirt and hat, slop on the sunscreen and have plenty of water to drink.


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Hazel Oak School, Shirley

On Friday 18 July Hazel Oak School was revisited after a successful visit to their garden party. During their awards assembly a cheque was presented for £187.89 together with an envelope of thank you letters from the children.


Kevin Cleaver the RNLI education volunteer attending said, ” It was a great effort from the children and parents. On the day of the garden party a cake sale raised just under half of the money and a collection by the children bolstered the final figure. Seeing some of the awards that the children were getting was great as was the film that the senior classes produced which had been shown to parents the night before at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham. A great effort.”

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Concentric Pumps Open Day

Yesterday we attended the Concentric Pumps open day for their staff.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather which meant that all the attractions for the children were available, inflatables, climbing walls, bungee trampolines etc.

We were able to raise £163.57 through souvenir sales and quite a few children visited the publicity lifeboat to hear about what the RNLI does for people.



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Perry Barr Fire Station open day 13 July 2014

A good afternoon made better by the absence of rain for a change. The fire service provided both a normal fire appliance and one of the new response vehicles for visitors to see.

The RNLI and Fire Service charity had their souvenir stalls which attracted many visitors.

Entertainment was provided by the Fire Service, the Young Firefighters and the cadets together with Gems Dance School and The Fire Service Pipers.

D class lifeboat D-523P was in attendance and a number of families availed themselves of the opportunity to be photographed with the boat.

Perry Barr Fire Station open day

Pictures from Perry Barr Fire Station open day by What a Picture Photography


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Weekend events

Saturday 12 July sees us at Bellfield School fete in Northfield from 1200-1400 with  souvenirs and D class inflatable .

Sunday 13 July we will be at Perry Barr Fire Station open day with the souvenirs,D class and What a Picture Photography will be joining us to provide 9 x 6 prints of children with the boat.

If you are around near either event please come along and support them.

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Acocks Green Carnival

The team visited Acocks Greens Carnival once again this year.

Slightly less people than usuall but Wimbledon and the football may have played a part.

We still raised £44 donations  + sold  souvenirs to the value of £167

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