This week’s photo

Righting the boatAt training on Sunday, Crew Leader Tom Dobson and veteran Helmsman Mike Sewell demonstrate how to right the Rescue Boat should the worst happen and she is tipped over in the surf on a service.

The crew of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat give up their time to train every Sunday morning throughout the year and Wednesday evenings in the summer.

Bridge Day Fund Raiser

A Bridge Day, held on Sunday 8th July to raise funds for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat made £857.

Bridge Day

Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.

The event was held in Hinderwell Village Hall where twelve tables played duplicate bridge in the morning and afternoon with a superb lunch in between. The bridge was kindly directed by Vicky Hirst.

The day finished with prize giving and a raffle. The buffet lunch was provided by sponsors and helpers. Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper won the first prize: the Day Lewis Perpetual Trophy and card sets. Second prize went to Mary Winspear and Pauline Armstrong, also card sets. The best slam prize went to Roger Cohen and Sue Cheeseley. Rory O’Connor won the prize for last trick won with a two.

This was the fourth year of this event which has been sponsored by: Mr Bridge, Day Lewis Pharmacy, R H Ford and Son, Family Butchers, Glaisdale, The Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay and Whitby Bridge Club as well as many individuals.

The Chairman of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat Committee, Ken Lydall, thanked Karen Sewell, Jan Walker, Sue Cheeseley and Mo Metcalfe as well as the many other contributors and explained that the money raised would kit out a volunteer crew member.

Picture – Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.

Dog Rescued at Runswick Bay

Dog RescueOn Monday 25th March 2012, a walker approached one of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat’s launching authorities to report a dog on Kettleness Beach that seemed in poor health and could not walk. He had carried it as far as he could but had to leave it.

Humber coastguard was contacted and a crew raised at 3pm. After a search from sea proved fruitless, crew went ashore to continue the search and eventually found a black border collie. The dog couldn’t walk so crew carried it clear of rocks and onto the boat, recovering the dog to shore.

Humber coastguard contacted the RSPCA and a vet from Clevedale Veterinary arrived on scene. The dog was assessed and taken by the vet. Crew stood down at 6:35pm.

It is believed the dog could have been missing for a couple of days but was relatively healthy despite its ordeal.

After the vet’s investigations the owner was found and re-united with their pet.

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat crew would like to thank the gentleman who raised the alarm and the couple who offered assistance to the crew on site.

Another Monster Fundraising by the Scaifes

Nick and Christine Scaife’s annual music spectacular, just one of a number of events they run each year for RBRB, has again been a resounding success.  A terrific £820 was raised at the Friendship Rowing Club and at other venues around Whitby with the help of the Whitby International Pirates.
Whitby Gazette
There was a nice write up in the Whitby Gazette (left).

Whitby Gazette – 2nd March 2012

The Whitby Gazette ran a supplement on Friday entitled “We Love the Emergency Services” and very kindly split the advertising revenue gained from the supplement between all the local emergency services. 

RBRB is proud to have featured and very grateful to the Whitby Gazette for their support.

The services featured in the supplement included the local Police, Fire Brigades from Whitby, Goathland and Robin Hood’s Bay, the Ambulance Service, the RNLI from both Whitby and Staithes & Runswick, the local Coastguard teams, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, the ‘Helicopter Heroes’ including the RAF from Leconfield and the Great North and Yorkshire Air Ambulances and of course RBRB.
Whitby Gazette
A copy of the RBRB section of the feature is  included as a link from the picture on the left, just in case you missed the original.

Here at the Rescue Boat we are gearing up for the 2012 season which will start in earnest from 6th April 2012 (Easter).  There has been a huge amount of work done throughout the winter and there will be some very visible new additions in the 2012 season (both kit and faces) and some new technology.

We are very much looking forward to showing our supporters how we continue to adapt.

New Year Ball at Raithwaite Hall

Raithwaite Ball
The annual RBRB New Year Ball was held this year at the new and exclusive Raithwaite Hall Hotel on Friday 30th December 2011.

The evening was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Entertainment was provided in the way of live music from the Lee Smith Trio. More pictures to follow!

Auction at The Runswick Bay Hotel

RobbieThe fantastic sum of £1,000 was raised at a charity auction on Saturday 22nd October at the Runswick Bay Hotel. Robbie Stewart, landlord, auctioneer and organiser off the event, is splitting the funds between the local RNLI and RBRB. As a helmsman on the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat himself, Robbie was keen to acknowledge the invaluable help and support that has been given to RBRB by Whitby RNLI. “It is absolutely right that we raise money for all the local voluntary services and I particularly wanted to say thank you to Whitby RNLI because of everything they have done to help us” said Robbie.

Model Lifeboat
The main auction lot was this beautiful, hand built, model of a Watson Class lifeboat, the same class as Whitby’s own Mary Ann Hepworth which remained in service until 1974. The donor, who built the model himself, wishes to remain anonymous although it is fitting that we thank him publicly here for such a generous donation.

Brass Binnacle
Another auction lot was this stunning brass binnacle.

Robbie wishes to express his thanks to all of the donors and all of the bidders who combined to make the evening such a success.

Guisborough Scouts Visit RBRB

Guisborough ScoutsA group of cubs from the 3rd and 6th Guisborough Scouts were treated to an educational talk by the crew of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat on Saturday afternoon.

The cubs, who had been staying at Kettleness, walked along the Ceveland Way to Runswick Bay where they enjoyed lunch, fossil hunting and the teachings of RBRB’s new PR and Recruitment Officer, Robbie Stewart. In the picture above, Robbie explains the importance of safety at sea, the workings of the rescue boat and the need for volunteer services such as ours.
Later on the cubs were treated to a display of the capabilities of the boat, and the value of wearing appropriate sea survival kit, when Colin, one of the group leaders, ‘fell’ out of the rescue boat and needed to be ‘rescued’.

RBRB is very grateful for the donation and we hope that everyone benefited from the visit.

RBRB Has a New Crew Leader

After almost three seasons in office, it is time for RBRB to say thank you to Andy Monaghan who stepped down as Crew Leader on 31st August 2011. Andy took on the role of Crew Leader at a difficult time for the charity, when volunteer numbers were diminished and the future was looking decidedly shaky. Andy has been an instrumental part of the team that has revived our fortunes although, as with all volunteer organisations, it will always remain a challenge to find willing crew and committee to continue the important work that RBRB carries out.

We are therefore very pleased to announce the appointment of Tom (Dobbo) Dobson as our new Crew Leader. Tom joined the Rescue Boat in 2008 and has trained and worked hard to win the unanimous support of the crew in this promotion. Tom is a qualified RYA instructor and has enormous skills not just in boat handling and safety but also in all aspects of the maintenance of the service. Tom has also served on the committee since 2009.

Graham Naylor, who succeeded Tom Bottomley as Chairman at the AGM earlier this year, commented; “We are terrifically lucky to have people like Dobbo in our organisation. He is an extremely talented individual who has the full support of crew, committee and supporters alike and we wish him the very best of luck in his new role.”

As part of the ongoing evolution of RBRB, Tom will be supported by a new operational structure and we are also very pleased to announce the following operational promotions to support Tom in his new role:

• Boat and Boathouse Officer, Dave Walker supported by Lewis Clarke and Phil Metcalfe
• Quality Assurance Officer, Mike Sewell
• Training Officer, Simon Blackburn
• Recruitment and PR Officer, Robbie Stewart
• Duties Officer, Neil Suckling
• Communications Officer, Tom Bottomley