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20th April 2018

Love is in the air!


This evening 20th April on a gloriously sunny day, Volunteer crew member Harry Hughes proposed in style to his pregnant girlfriend Kerry Ewer.


Weeks of planning had gone into his surprise proposal helped by his good friends Mark Gull and Ciara Watts, as well as his RNLI crew mates. Whilst Mark and Ciara took Kerry for a walk on the beach, Harry was out on exercises in the Inshore Lifeboat. Onboard he had a big banner asking Kerry to marry him which was shown as they approached the shore. Harry then waded ashore, dropped to one knee in front of a slightly embarrassed Kerry and asked her to marry him. Thankfully she said yes, much to the delight of the onlooking sunbathers on the beach who applauded and cheered loudly.


After a quick embrace Harry then returned to the Inshore lifeboat and sped back to finish the exercise.

Just two hours later Harry’s celebrations with his family were cut short when his pager went off and he had to dash back to the RNLI station although thankfully it turned out to be a good intentioned but false alarm.

18th April 2018

Broadstairs Kiosk due to reopen


The Broadstairs Kiosk refurbishment is now nearly complete and has lots of new exciting items in stock. We shall be open on the weekend 28th & 29th April 2018, and will be open 7 days a week starting from 5th May 2018. Our Kiosk volunteers are looking forward to serving you all.


We would like to express our thanks to Tatti and Emma from the RNLI for all their hard work which is much appreciated support. We would also like to say a big thank you to all at the Broadstairs Sailing Club and RNLI Margate Lifeboat for all their help and kind co-operation during the refurbishment and restocking period.


18th April 2018

Upcoming interview


This afternoon the Boat House in Ramsgate had a visit from BBC South East reporter Charlotte Wright to interview our very own Becky Cannon.

The reason for the interview is that Becky has been nominated by the Lieutenancy of Kent to share in part of the wedding day of HRH Prince Harry of Kent to Ms Megan Markle, for her volunteer work with RNLI. She is one of the youngest people to be invited to Windsor Castle for the event. Becky described herself as honoured to have received the invitation and will be taking her mother with her to enjoy the day.

Below are a couple of images of the reporter and Becky around the Boat House and the interview is scheduled to be on the BBC South East news tomorrow 19th April at 6.30pm. - subject to editorial changes


1st April 2018

Easter festivities interrupted to save a lady and two children cut off by the tide


Easter Sunday festivities were interrupted when Ramsgate RNLI received a call to launch to the rescue of a lady and two children cut off by a rising tide at Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs.


At 11:23am the Inshore Lifeboat was launched after a 999 Call to UK Coastguard from a woman with 2 children cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, with an hour of rising tide to go. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived promptly on the scene and put one of their crew ashore to assist with the casualties. Once all three casualties were safely aboard they were brought back to the Lifeboat Station, where they were given blankets to get warm. The station then dried their clothes in the station tumble drier and provided an assortment of plastic bags to put their hiking boots into. Once their clothing was dried they were then dropped off at the RNLI Charity Shop as requested before making their way by train back to London.


When visiting the seaside please take extreme caution as it is very easy to get stranded by a rising tide. The lady did exactly the right thing by calling the coastguard, always dial 999if you see anyone or are yourself in danger.

29th March 2018

East Kent Catering College visit Ramsgate RNLI for Community Day


Today Thursday 29th March staff and students from East Kent Catering College in Broadstairs paid a visit to Ramsgate RNLI station bearing home made goodies made by the students as part of their Community Week.


Earlier in the day they had taken Easter themed cakes and savoury food to Ramsgate Fire Station, Bradstowe Court and after visiting the RNLI they planned to drop food off at Margate’s A&E . A further team were out in Broadstairs giving food to the homeless and also to the volunteer staff in the charity shops. Each year the first year students, as well as some second year students do something different but the aim is to give something back to the local community.


Ramsgate RNLI’s crew were happy to receive their gifts, which were enjoyed by everyone and as a thank you took them on a tour of the RNLI All-weather boat ,the Esme Anderson which delighted the students. Maybe a few budding volunteers were amongst them?


Karen CoxPhoto by Karen Cox from left to right

Julia Blackman - Lecturer of Catering, Alex Spratt, Chloe Sargeant, Samira Hassan, Phoebe Cook , Kieran Redpath, Roger Phillips - Head of Catering, Kelly McDonald - LSP, Kai Haswell, Natalie Stone - Work Placement Office for Catering and Hospitality.

18th March 2018

RNLI Ramsgate honours it’s retiring crew


Recently a presentation evening was held at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in the presence of 70 guests and crew, to honour and thank four people who between them have selflessly served the RNLI as crew for a combined time of 143 years. An RNLI spokesman said, The RNLI is the charity that Saves Lives at Sea and without courageous volunteers like these honoured tonight we would be unable to do our job.


The introductions and welcome was done by Coxswain Ian Cannon with the presentations being done Ramsgate RNLI Chairman Eric Burton.


Cpt.Philip Lloyd Toghill joined in 1989 as Deputy Launch Authority until 2017 and also served as Hon Sec from 1989-1992.


Raymond William Noble started as ILB crew and helmsman  in 1982 until 1997. He was also ALB crew member from 1982-2002. Then Shore crew from 2002-2011 before becoming Deputy Launch Authority from 2011-2016 and then  Lifeboat Ops Manager from 2016-2017, he continues today to raise money for the RNLI as Collections Manager.


The longest serving member is Derek Austin Pegden who joined in 1964 -1976 as ALB crew, also ILB crew and helmsman from 1974-1996. From 1976-2000 he was 2nd Coxswain and Assistant Mechanic, then from 2000-2001 he was 2nd Coxswain and 2nd Mechanic and then became Deputy Launch Authority from 2005-2016.


When asked if he had his speech ready, it was short and sweet “No I haven’t, no I’m not!” Much to the amusement of everyone present.


Also honoured was Dr Malcolm Reeves who has looked after the health and well being of the crew and served Ramsgate for 27 years as Lifeboat Medical Advisor.


They were all presented with long service awards as well as a framed photograph of Ramsgate by RNLI Ramsgate Treasurer and photographer Steve Burton.


Photo Chris Cox

17th March 2018

RNLI Ramsgate Mechanic receives 20 year service Medal


Phil Mace RNLI Ramsgate’s full time Mechanic being presented with his 20 year Medal by Coxswain Ian Cannon during a presentation evening at the Royal Temple Yacht Club last night.  

Photo Chris Cox

9th March 2018

RNLI CEO Paul Boissier visits Ramsgate RNLI Station


The crew, volunteers and supporters with CEO Paul Dunce. Photo by James Uren

On Wednesday 21st February the head of the RNLI called in to the Ramsgate Branch of the RNLI for a social visit to meet crew and volunteers.


It's not every day that the Chief Executive of the RNLI  pays a visit to the local RNLI station especially for a social occasion, a quick chat and to see how everything is progressing. So the local crew and volunteers were very keen to brave the cold weather and come and meet him.


To give him his full title, Vice Admiral Paul Boissier CB MA MSc joined the RNLI in 2009 and is now the Chief Executive. After graduating in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University he joined the Royal Navy where he specialised in navigation and served on a variety of submarines. This led to two submarine commands - HMS Onyx and HMS Trafalgar before he moved into the surface fleet as the Captain of HMS Chatham. He then moved ashore as the Commander of Portsmouth naval base before moving to Bristol as the Chief of Fleet Support. His naval career finally ended with two years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy, based in Portsmouth.


He still managed to find time during his busy naval career to spend a year at the London Business School were he graduated with a Masters degree in Business Management and for a bit of variety at a younger age spent a year working for Guinness, where he trained as a Brewer.


During his visit he spent time with the crew listening to any concerns that they had which he promised to feedback to Poole and also meeting the volunteers, fundraisers and supporters. Upon his return he sent a lovely email thanking the crew for their warm hospitality and saying how pleased he was to meet everyone.


He finished by saying that Ramsgate has a great team and he appreciates everything that they do to keep people safe on this stretch of water.

5th March 2018

RNLI Lifejacket clinic raises concerns


On Sunday 4th March RNLI Community Safety Volunteer Andy Mills held a lifejacket clinic hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.


With the sailing season fast approaching the local community was invited to attend a free RNLI lifejacket clinic arranged by Andy Mills. It was a well attended event with many sailors taking the opportunity to have their lifejackets checked over. However there was also cause for concern with 41 out of the 72 jackets tested failing due to a variety of reasons. This meant that now forewarned people are able to make repairs before they take to the water.


A representative from the RNLI said that people should always ensure they have floatation devises when they take to the water, but as your life may depend on them always ensure that they are serviced regularly.

Due to the success of the event there are plans to hold further sessions.

Photo right - rust inside a lifejacket. Photo by Andy Mills
Photo left - John and Andy checking Lifejacket.

4th February 2018

Ramsgate says farewell to Ron


Over 500 people attended the funeral service of retired Ramsgate coxswain Ron Cannon MBE at St George’s Church, Ramsgate on Friday 2 February.

Amongst those attending were a large number of past and present Ramsgate lifeboat crew who had served with Ron during his 37 years with the RNLI. They formed a guard of honour as the coffin entered and left the church. Also amongst the congregation were many friends and colleagues from around the country connected with the RNLI who wished to show their deep respect for Ron, who during his time as coxswain had twice been awarded the RNLI’s Silver Medal for gallantry.

In all, such a large congregation was a wonderful testimony to how much Ron was admired and respected. He will always be part of Ramsgate Harbour’s history and will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. He was a dear friend, colleague and father figure to many.

Photo Steve Burton

2nd February 2018

Spreading the Respect the Water campaign


I spent a very informative morning with Andy Mills Margate RNLI Community Safety Officer discussing #Respectthewater and all aspects of water safety. Andy has only been in the role about 8 months and as an extremely new LPO (Local Press Officer) for Ramsgate, it was great for me to sit down and discuss how to use social media in all forms to promote our mutual message, which is of course safety at sea.


Most of you have probably never heard of me before, my name is Karen Cox and I am taking over the LPO role from long term Press Officer, and extremely hard act to follow, John Ray. I was asked to take over the role when I was brought to the attention of the Ramsgate RNLI through my social media role on the committee of the local Royal Temple Yacht Club.


Being so fresh to the role it was great to exchange ideas and contacts with Andy. He is passionate about his role and keen to spread the RNLI safety messages. If you would like Andy to give a talk to your local sailing club or group then please send us a message and we will put you in touch. Or follow him on twitter on @Thanet_CommSafe.

1st February 2018

Quiz Night


Thank you to everybody who kindly supported the fundraising quiz at Grosvenor Casinos in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat. We raised £555 thanks to the generosity of the attendees & Grosvenor Casinos. A special thank you to Glenn for being such a wonderful host & quiz master.

Photo Sarah Hewes

You can now follow us on twitter as well @RamsgateRNLI.

Help us spread the message and Save Lives at Sea.

28th January 2018

Ramsgate in Goodwin Sands Rescue


The launch of Ramsgate RNLI's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested at 3.35pm yesterday by UK Coastguard to assist a 15m. yacht aground at the Goodwin Sands.


On scene the ILB crew determined that due to the sea swell and wind conditions, the station's Trent class all weather lifeboat (AWB) would be required to tow the yacht into Ramsgate Harbour. At 3.52pm the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the AWB to assist with the tow.


On arrival on scene, the AWB crew passed a line to one of the ILB crew members that had gone aboard the yacht. Once the tow was ready the yacht's crew, with the assistance of the ILB crew member, winched the yacht's anchor aboard. When completed the AWB towed the casualty safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

Photo Ian Cannon

8th January 2018

Death of former Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain


All at Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station are very sorry to learn of the death of Ron Cannon MBE on 7th. January, after a period of ill health.


Following family tradition Ron had been actively involved with the station for over 53 years including 37 as a crew member. He was appointed the station’s Coxswain/ Mechanic in 1976 and during his 25 years in this role was twice awarded the RNLI’s silver medal for gallantry. In the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was awarded the MBE for services to the RNLI.


He will be sorely missed both as a friend and a ready source of information about the RNLI and local maritime history.


Photo John Ray


22nd January 2018

For those wishing to attend Ron Cannon’s funeral service, the arrangements are as follows.

St Georges Church, Ramsgate
Friday 2nd February 2018

At 1:30 PM

All welcome

The family have asked no flowers, if you wish to make a donation please make it to Ramsgate RNLI or Margate Hospice.

(Please clearly state where you would like your donation to go, donations to be given to Twyman and Holmes Ramsgate)

27th December 2017

Ramsgate RNLI crew member rescues person from harbour


At 11.31am on Boxing Day the launch of Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested to assist a person who had jumped into the town's inner harbour.


After a concerned member of the public reported the matter to the owners of the harbour-side Mariners Bar, knowing their connection to the RNLI, Natasha Crome telephoned to report the incident whilst her Ramsgate crew member partner Jason Crome (second mechanic and ILB helm) attended the scene opposite his Bar.


Jason waded in down the harbour access steps and pulled the person out of the water all before a full lifeboat crew had assembled. With the help of ambulance staff and fire crew, the person was carried up the steps and placed on to an awaiting stretcher.

Photo Steve Burton

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Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2018


The Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar for 2018 is now available at £5.00 each (now reduced to £3). They are available from the RNLI Ramsgate Shop, Broadstairs Kiosk, Mariners Bar, Royal Temple Yacht Club, Coco Latino & Your Bar & Grill. They will also be available on eBay, delcampe & eBid.

Many thanks to all the locations who have kindly agreed to sell them for us & to all the contributes who have kindly agreed for us to feature their photographs in the calendar.


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