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    Published on April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Our Treasurer Pat Irwin is retiring after a massive 55 years with the RNLI.

    photoPat joined the team as an Auditor back in the 50’s and in the mid 1960’s he took over as Treasurer for the Station.
    Over the course of his time with the the RNLI he has received the RNLI’s Gold badge and was made an Honorary Life Governor, one of only two ever to be awarded to committee members at Hastings. An amazing commitment

    Peter Adams, the Lifeboat Operations Manager at Hastings said. ‘Pat has been a central part of lifeboat activity at Hastings for over half a century. His work, often undertaken out of the limelight, was nevertheless crucial to the running of the station. When people think of lifeboats they often only imagine the volunteers putting to sea in order to save lives. However, the RNLI can only operate as a result of public donations, and people like Pat are just as important to the organisation through ensuring that the public’s generous gifts are looked after and spent wisely. He has been a huge asset to Hastings RNLI and will be sorely missed. That said, we all wish him well, and hope that he has a long and happy retirement.’

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    Published on March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


    WHEN: SATURDAY 12th APRIL 2014, 11am ONWARDS

    WHERE: Hastings Lifeboat Station, The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex

    Browse over our great selection of Bric a Brac and Second Hand Jewellery? Tea, Coffee and Cakes also available

    A1977362_641204272594107_1279286561_nll welcome :)

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    Watch footage from our helmet cam worn by one of our launchers as the Lifeboat came ashore after a service call on the evening of the 4th February 2014!

    Hastings Lifeboat RNLB Sealink Endeavour was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard after multiple reports of red flares off of of Hastings.

    See the video and read all about the call here:



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    February 2014 marks 25 years since RNLB Sealink Endeavour arrived on station at Hastings, so on the 19th Feb 2014 we will be hosting an evening to celebrate her service here…!
    It’s an evening where we can all get together, share stories and photos and catch up with old friends

    1900hrs at The Dolphin Inn, Rock a Nore Road, Hastings

    Contact Steve Warne at Hastings Lifeboat Station (01424 720828) or email hastings@rnli.org.uk for more info or to confirm your attendance….we hope it will be a fun evening

    Please spread the word? mersey

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    Hastings RNLI volunteer to attend the Women of the Year lunch

    Hastings RNLI volunteer Sloane Phillips has been handpicked in recognition of her personal contribution to society to join 400 women from all walks of life at the Women of the Year lunch.

    This year’s event will take place on Monday 14 October 2013 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel. S
    The Women of the Year Lunch and Awards ceremony honours women’s incredible personal achievements. It brings together more than 400 extraordinary women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day.
    Sloane is attending in celebration of her work in support of two charities – The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
    Sloane has volunteered for the RNLI for 18 years and last year became one of few women in the UK to qualify as an all-weather lifeboat coxswain. As a volunteer, Sloane steps in for the permanent coxswain when they are unavailable, taking charge of the all-weather lifeboat and being responsible for the safety of all the crew on board. Read more…

    Over the past 18 years Sloane has stayed committed to her duty of safeguarding and rescuing those in danger, helping to rescue children swept out to sea and towing stranded boats back to the safety of the harbour. 
    Earlier this year, she became a fully qualified Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) paramedic for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The Air Ambulance Trust brings experienced doctors and paramedics swiftly to an accident, allowing Sloane and her team to carry out lifesaving procedures and interventions. Qualifying to become both a Coxswain and a HEMS paramedic involve rigorous assessments of knowledge and strength. 
    Sloane said: ‘I feel hugely privileged to volunteer as a Coxswain for the RNLI. There is no better feeling than helping someone in trouble. When I saw the invitation to the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards, I was so surprised, but I am absolutely delighted. I am immensely proud to not only represent women’s real achievements, but also the charities I work with. It is going to be exciting to get the chance to meet more inspirational women from all over the country.”’
    Sloane 02Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year, said: ‘The remarkable thing about this lunch is that it’s not just about celebrity or success. It’s about seeing the exceptional in unusual places, recognizing women not only for their drive, ambition and tenacity, but for seeing a need and finding a way to make a difference. For taking the hard knocks, surviving them, and sticking at it.’

    At the Lunch, special awards will be presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. The winners are selected by a judging panel made up of prominent female figures in media, business and the charity sector.
    The winners will be announced on Monday 14 October 2013.
    Previous Women of the Year winners include:
    1. 2012 Team GB Olympic & Paralympic women medallists
    2. Doreen Lawrence, campaigner for justice following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993
    3. P. D. James, best-selling crime writer and Life Peer
    4. Zainab Salbi, Iraqi-American women’s rights activist and co-founder of Women for Women International
    5. Katie Piper, who set up a charity to help burns survivors after being victim of a brutal acid attack
    6. Lulu, the singer, businesswoman and charity campaigner
    The 2013 Award sponsors are Barclays, Good Housekeeping, Sacla’ and ITV’s Lorraine.
    Media contacts

    For more information and images please contact Frances Church or Clare Keeling at Four Colman Getty on frances.church@fourcolmangetty.com / clare.keeling@fourcolmangetty.com / 020 3697 4200
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    Hastings crew-members presented with Long Service Awards

    L-R Hastings Coxswain Steve Warne, Martin, Graham & Allen

    L-R Hastings Coxswain Steve Warne, Martin, Graham & Allen

    A pair of Hastings volunteers who have collectively dedicated six decades of their time to helping save lives at sea have been recognised this week for their commitment.

    Crew members Graham Furness and Martin Phillips were presented with long service awards by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at their Annual Summer BBQ last weekend.

    Graham, 62, was awarded a 40 year long service badge,a first in the history of the town’s lifeboat community. Meanwhile Martin, 40, who is also employed by the charity as a staff coxswain, was awarded for 20 years’ service as a volunteer lifeboat crew member .

    Graham first joined the crew at Hastings in 1973, whilst living and working in the area as a highway manager. He mainly volunteered as a crew member on the D-class inshore lifeboat for 23 years but on reaching the statutory retirement age for that lifeboat, he became a crew member on the all weather lifeboat, the Mersey class Sealink Endeavour, and remains crew to this day.

    Martin first volunteered for the RNLI at Rye Harbour lifeboat station in 1993, the town where he grew up. After moving to Hastings in 1998 he joined the Hastings lifeboat crew where he still volunteers today as deputy second coxswain. During that time Martin has also gained employment with the RNLI, holding three different roles: coxswain, divisional assessor trainer, and now staff coxswain.

    The awards were presented by RNLI Divisional Operations Manager Allen Head.

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