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The Lizard Lifeboat’s biggest and most important fund-raising appeal in living memory has been a huge success, thanks to many hundreds of individuals, businesses, organisations and groups of friends who opened their hearts and their wallets for the Appeal.

During a nationwide Appeal of £1.8 million, we raised well above our local target of £300,000 towards the cost of our new Tamar-class lifeboat in little over two years, an amazing achievement in such difficult times.

Throughout this website you can read about our lifeboat’s exploits, its proud history since 1859, our wonderful but dangerous coast and the replacement of our old station with a superb new building that will serve The Lizard Lifeboat Station well into the second half of the 21st century.

Our new lifeboat RNLB Rose will now take us into a whole new era of saving lives: faster rescues with even more safety for our crew. Thank you all.

The fundraising response from individuals, businesses and organisations both locally and nationally was outstanding and we cannot thank everyone enough.

At the beginning of the Appeal in the summer of 2009 we were delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, as principal Patron of our Appeal. Her warm message of support read:


We were absolutely delighted that the previous Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, had agreed to be the principal Patron of our Appeal. Her message of support reads:

“I am very happy to be the principal Patron of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal.
The Lizard Lifeboat has a proud 150-year history of saving lives in the dangerous seas off our most southernmost point, a location and record that make it one of Britain’s best-known and most cherished RNLI stations.

The new Tamar-class lifeboat will be able to reach craft in trouble much more quickly than the present 22-year-old boat, and will give The Lizard’s volunteer crew even greater safety during their “shouts”.

At the best of times, the Appeal for the £2.7 million cost of the new lifeboat would be an enormous undertaking. In today’s economic climate, in such a small community, it is an even greater challenge.

I wish The Lizard Appeal all the very best of success.”

Mary Holborow

… and it certainly worked! We are grateful to Lady Mary, who has just retired after 17 years’ service to Cornwall as Lord Lieutenant, for her unflagging support and interest.

Packed hall says “Farewell” to coxswain Phil

The Lizard village’s Reading Room was packed for a very special public meeting of the local lifeboat on October 11th – a chance to say farewell and warmest wishes to coxswain Phil Burgess. Phil retired on his 55th birthday, October 18th, after 40 years with The Lizard Lifeboat and the last 22 as coxswain. After the formal “business”session, the audience was treated to a teasing video of actor John Challis, Boycie in TV’s Only Fools and Horses, and screen wife Marlene (actress Sue Holderness) wishing Phil all the best – and sharing (imaginary!) adventures – and of TV newsreader Victoria Graham wishing him a happy retirement. He was then presented with a specially-commissioned painting of himself in all his various guises by popular local artist Andre Ellis, plus a tankard from The Lizard Lifeboat Guild.

Picture shows Phil with artist Andre Ellis and the painting.

Cheers! Beer Festival boosts our Appeal

The 2010 Witchball Beer Festival at The Lizard raised more than £4000 for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal in August, a wonderful effort by Lizard lifeboat crew member Adam Weston, the Witchball staff and customers.

The bar/restaurant was in packed to capacity for the three-day event, with revellers enjoying the entertainment and the Cornish real ales and ciders on offer. Staff member Kayleigh Sargent even donated her day's wages to the appeal!

The event was hosted by proprietors Dee, Nick and Adam. and live entertainment throughout the weekend included appearances from Cat Lee-Marr, The Oxford Cider Band, The Blue Anchor Morris Men, Lizard Line Dancers, Steve Harper and the Kingpins, The Generation Gap, Noel Murphy, Nial and Crew and The Roosters.Thanks were also expressed to the sponsors - Ann's Pasties, C&E Retallack, Classic Steel Blackburn, Corporate Toolkit Company, D&J Bray, Gwavas Farm, Steps, Jolly's, M C Transport, Marshall Wooldridge, NDT Financial LTD, Ned Nuzum, North 2 South Cycle, Sharps Brewery, Skinners Brewery, St Austell Brewery, The Top House, The Witchball, Total Access and Westcountry Fruit LTD.

Plans are already underway for next year's festival, which will be held over the weekend of the 5th,
6th and 7th August 2011.

Tired legs and smiling faces

There were tired legs, sore feet and thousands of happy faces at the end of The Lizard Lifeboat’s busiest public fund-raising weekend of the year on August 14th and 15th.

On Saturday 14th, crew members and shore helpers took part in an epic 17 mile walk from The Lizard village to Flambards in Helston to raise money for the Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal - but no ordinary walk. Accompanying them was a D- Class Lifeboat being pushed and pulled the entire way! On leaving the village at 9am the first destinations were the holiday parks in the village of Kugger, from there it was along Goonhilly Downs to The National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek and the final leg of the day was reaching Flambards in Helston at the correctly estimated time of 4pm. Managing Director of Flambards James Hale was there to greet the walkers upon their arrival with some well deserved refreshments.

Huge thanks are expressed to James and his Flambards team, to Ann and Tony Muller for providing pasties for lunch, to the RNLI Lifeguard vehicle which accompanied the walkers, to all the motorists and well wishers for their fabulous support along the way, to Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson who originally came up with the idea for the boat push, and to everyone who helped to make the fundraising event such a success.



The D Class Lifeboat was expected to remain on display at Flambards with a collection box for two weeks. Those who took part in the effort were : Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Second Coxswain Louis Mitchell, Darren Thirlaway, Steven Tattersall, Dave Stevens, Marcus Atkinson, Danny Allerton, Perran Prior, Simon Fayers, Robert Edgerley, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby, Will Duke, Nick Tattersall, Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum and Deputy Launch Authority John Harris.


The crew collected more than £700 on their boat-pull.

Then on Sunday the most ambitious Lizard Lifeboat Day for many years took part on the Lizard Lighthouse car park and at Most Southerly Point in partnership with the National Trust. A giant marquee kindly lent by Trevarno Marquee and Tent Hire almost filled the green part of the car park. Inside were all manner of stalls and stands ranging from live Celtic fiddle music to RNLI souvenir stalls and a host of other stands. Outside on the green area were National Trust children’s games, a Natural England display, RNLI lifeguards, bouncy castle and much more.

And down off Lizard Point, our lifeboat put on a display with a search-and-rescue helicopter from 771 squadron at RNAS Culdrose in front of thousands of spectators lining the cliff path….

All in all, an action-packed weekend!

Rotary Fun Day boosts our appeal

The Helston-Lizard Rotary opened its new Rotary year in July with a splendid donation to our Appeal.

With its well-supported Fun Day on The Lizard Recreation field, the club raised the £1850 that will pay for the new lifeboat's deck lights and water carriers.
The Helston - Lizard Rotary Club would like to thank all those who contributed to this successful result - and so does The Lizard Lifeboat!

Pictured are Club President Chris Irwin {left} presenting the cheque for £1,850.00 to Mike Lord, Chairman of the Lizard RNLI & the Tamar Lifeboat Appeal.

Glorious sunshine heralded the success of this year's event on Sunday 25th July, opened by Tamsin Thomas of the RNLI. There were plenty of things for visitors to see and do with games, raffles and gift stalls on offer throughout the afternoon. For those feeling a little peckish freshly made crab sandwiches were available and proved to be very popular with both the visitors and the locals. St Keverne Junior and Youth Band also entertained the crowds. All the money raised during the afternoon will go towards the appeal to buy The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat. Thanks go to appeal committee member Jeannette Bright for her hard work in organising the Fete and to everyone who helped to make the
afternoon such an enjoyable success.

Picture shows fete opener Tamsin Thomas with a very young crew member!

Birthday gifts - for our Appeal!

Money-raising ideas for our Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal come in all sorts of ways, and some of the most heart-warming are the unexpected ones. For example, here's a kind birthday thought from your friends: when friend of the lifeboat Chris Hosken from Manaccan had a Significant Birthday recently, his friends and family clubbed together to provide a real gift to cherish - a cheque for £277 for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal! That has now gone straight into our ever-growing funds for our new boat, with thanks to all who contributed. And if anyone out there is inspired by the idea, why not try something like that yourselves?

Children help to keep the boat afloat!

Representatives from The Lizard Lifeboat Station visited Parc Eglos School to talk to the children about the new Tamar Class Lifeboat which is due to arrive by the end of next year. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum was accompanied by fund raising committee members Lyndsay Bray and Rachel Tonkin. The children watched a short film of the current Lifeboat off Lizard Point and one unsuspecting youngster was given the opportunity to dress as a crew member and timed to see how long it would take to get all the kit on! As a way of involving local children in the fund-raising for the new Lifeboat, the children were told of the thousands of bolts needed to build the new boat. Each child was invited to donate 20p, (the cost of one bolt) so that they can say that they have helped the new Lizard Lifeboat. Thanks go the children and staff from Parc Eglos School.

Picture shows Lyndsay Bray, Rachel Tonkin and Ned Nuzum with a willing volunteer and friends from Parc Eglos school!


Children and Staff from Mullion Primary School welcomed members of The Lizard Lifeboat to their school on Monday 5th July for a special assembly.

Coxswain Phil Burgess was accompanied by Appeal Committee Members Rachel Tonkin and Lyndsay Bray. The children were shown a dvd of the current Lizard Lifeboat David Robinson on exercise around The Lizard and the children were invited to get involved with the fund-raising by each buying a steel bolt which costs 20p.

"The new Tamar Lifeboat will need thousands of these bolts and this is a great way for local school children to say that they have been able to help purchase the new Lizard Lifeboat," said Phil.

The children asked many interesting questions, with one lucky youngster being chosen to model the Lifeboat Kit of Second mechanic Johnny Bray. Thanks go to all at Mullion Primary School.

11,000 thank yous!

A huge Thank You to the heroic riders of the North2South cycle team, who rode all the way from Dunnet Head in the farthest north of Scotland to Lizard Point to help charities including our Tamar Lifeboat Appeal. Their determination (and suffering!) more than paid off, resulting in a cheque for £11,000 being presented to us - the largest single donation so far.
Details of the team and their effort can be found on their website,

Click here to read all about it!

Three wise RNLI monkeys ride out for charity

Three Falmouth lifeboat crewmen have just completed 1,380 miles of monkey business to help their near RNLI neighbours, The Lizard Lifeboat, and Cornwall-based mental health care charity Sea Sanctuary.

Falmouth coxswain Mark Pollard and crew men Jo Sabien and Alistair Heane, shadowed all the way by Alistair’s brother Richard as support driver, covered the distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back to The Lizard in four days – on tiny, 70-centimetre high monkey-bikes!

And none of the intrepid trio had ever ridden one of the mini-machines before. The idea arose, said Mark, “at the end of a very good night out when as with all mad ideas, we decided this would be a good way to have fun and raise money for two very important charities.”

As well as being an RNLI crew volunteer, Joe is the Chief Executive of a Cornwall based charity, Sea Sanctuary that harnesses the marine environment to aid in the provision of mental health care. Supported by the NHS, the charity runs a sail training yacht called Leopard of Avon.

The team were greeted at The Lizard Lifeboat Station by coxswain Phil Burgess, mechanic Dan Atkinson, shore helper Sarah Legge – who baked a cake specially for the occasion – and branch chairman Mike Lord. “This is a super gesture of support for our Tamar Lifeboat Appeal from our friends in Falmouth and we are really grateful to them,” he said. “We hope the bruises wear off soon!”

Picture details: the attached pictures show the team at the start of their journey, and being thanked by coxswain Phil Burgess on their arrival at The Lizard.

The very last launch of the David Robinson down the slipway (and the last for a Tyne-class boat in the South-west, as ours is the only one left). The builders take over the whole site tomorrow (Monday) and demolition will begin any day now. The boat will then go out on a mooring for the next 18 months or so.

Bows on at final launch 30 April 2010
Credit Paul Richards
Final launch down the slipway30 April 2010
Credit Nicholas Leach
Final launch splashdown 30 April 2010
Credit Paul Richards
The final launch Tyne at sea
30 April 2010 Credit Nicholas Leach


The Lizard Lifeboat Station welcomed members from St Mellyon Masonic Lodge on Friday 23rd April as Worshipful Master Jim Osborne presented Coxswain Phil Burgess with a cheque for £1000 towards the Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal. St Mellyon Lodge, based in Mullion, has a strong connection with the Lizard Lifeboat as several members past and present are involved with the lifeboat operation. Peter Greenslade, Charity Steward for the Lodge is also Lizard Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer, Ken Bright is Deputy Launcher and John Harris who was a crew member for several years is now Head Winchman. Our thanks go to all at St Mellyon Lodge for their support.

Picture from left - right
Robert Osborne (St Mellyon Lodge),
Ned Nuzum (The Lizard Lifeboat Operations Manager), Jeff Ashby (Head Launcher),
Josh Legge (Crew Member),
Jim Moran (St Mellyon Lodge),
Phil Burgess (Coxswain),
Jim Osborne (St Mellyon Lodge),
Peter Greenslade (Education & Visits Officer/Lodge Member), John Harris (Head Winchman/Lodge Member), Mike Lord (The Lizard Lifeboat chairman), Ken Bright (Deputy Launcher/Lodge Member), Dan Atkinson (The Lizard Lifeboat Mechanic).

Children and staff from Cury Church of England School were visited by representatives of The Lizard Lifeboat before the Easter holidays.

Lifeboat Education & Visits Officer Peter Greenslade was accompanied by Guild Secretary and Appeals Committee Member Rachel Tonkin. The children were given a talk about the history of the lifeboat service and the new Lizard lifeboat They were then given the opportunity to help with the purchase of the new Tamar Lizard Lifeboat by donating 20p for a steel bolt - a lifeboat needs thousands of these bolts and the children from Cury can now claim to have purchased 72 of them! Thanks go to Headteacher Miss Whetham and the children of Cury School for their support.

Visits may arranged by contacting Rachel Tonkin 01326 290781 or Lyndsay Bray 01326-290478.

(Photograph by Rachel Tonkin)



In a fine and fitting manner on his final day in command of the famous 771 Naval Air Search and Rescue Squadron at RNAS Culdrose, Lieutenant Commander ‘Sharky’ Finn was overwhelmed with joy when he was surprisingly winched down to The Lizard Lifeboat on exercise

Having completed the gruelling London Marathon last year, Sharky had raised a staggering £3007.71 for his favourite charity ‘The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal’, and had promised The Lizard station Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum he would personally deliver a presentation cheque for display alongside all the others in the station

So it was decided to arrange a surprise for Sharky on his final day in command, as is the tradition for outgoing commanding officers at Culdrose. On Monday March 29th after making a final address to all 771 Squadron personnel, Sharky was whisked away in one of the squadron’s rescue helicopters on exercise, not knowing quite what was in store for him personally

Meanwhile, also on exercise at this time was The Lizard Lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess with a very enthusiastic crew – Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Deputy Second Coxswain John Hill, Second Mechanic Jonny Bray and Crewmen Adam Weston and Josh Legge. Coxswain Burgess steered a steady course off Kilcobben Cove as the rescue helicopter arrived overhead for the winching part of the exercise. Meanwhile within the aircraft, Sharky, not knowing what was going on, was promptly handed the presentation cheque and instructed to don the rescue lifting strop, before the rear door of the aircraft was opened and the surprise struck. A very delighted and overwhelmed Sharky, clutching the cheque, was promptly winched out of the aircraft and down to a very welcoming reception from Coxswain Burgess and his crew, before the lifeboat headed back to the comfort of the station boathouse.

Upon arrival back, Sharky helped wash the lifeboat down before rehousing and then joined the assembled crew and shore team for a well earned cuppa and presentation in the crewroom

Coxswain Burgess thanked Sharky for his generosity and his unstinting support of our lifeboat over the past couple of years. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum highlighted the very important contribution Sharky had made in support of the station’s training and in particular for helping to foster such good relations between our station and RNAS Culdrose., On behalf of everyone at the station, Coxswain Burgess presented Sharky with a framed photograph (appropriately of a rescue helicopter carrying out a winching exercise with the lifeboat) and thanked him for a job well done.

Finally, Sharky removed his flying gear for the last time and departed the lifeboat station a very proud and happy man, destined for a spell ‘flying a desk’.

Holiday cottage help for our appeal

lick to enlargeThe Lizard Lifeboat Station was visited by staff from Cornish Cottages to mark the Mullion-based holiday home company's initiative in making our Tamar Lifeboat Appeal its Charity of the Year. Visitors who book a holiday with Cornish Cottages are given the opportunity to donate to the appeal at the same time. Coxswain Phil Burgess and Mechanic Dan Atkinson welcomed Peter Collins and his team to the station and showed them around the current lifeboat as a thank you for supporting the appeal.

Picture 1:(From L-R) Dan Atkinson, Phil Burgess, Peter Collins & Cornish Cottages Team. Picture 2: (From L-R) Phil Burges, Peter Collins & Cornish Cottages Team, Dan Atkinson.

Cornwall Masons boost our appeal

A generous donation of £750 from the Cornwall Masonic Benevolent Fund to our appeal has been gratefully received by Coxswain Phil Burgess at a presentation in The Lizard Lifeboat's boathouse. The cheque was presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Cornwall, Mr Peter George. The Benevolent Fund supports Cornish Charities and has this year already donated £7000 to local causes. Mr George said he and his members were very proud to be supporting The New Tamar Lizard Lifeboat Appeal and that he was especially delighted for a personal reason - his wife was brought up in The Lizard village, so he felt even more privileged to be able to support the appeal!


Pictured from left to right: Tony Muller (Deputy Launching Authority), Peter Greenslade (Education & Visits Officer), Coxswain Phil Burgess, Peter George, Dan Atkinson (Station Mechanic), Ned Nuzum (Lifeboat Operations Manager).


Another generous cheque towards the new tamar lifeboat was given to members of The Lizard Lifeboat Station on Saturday 6th March 2010, when #500 was presented to station Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Second Mechanic Johnny Bray. The donation was given by members of the "Wool & Bere Regis Agricultural Club" who had travelled down from Dorset to present the cheque and visit the station. Mr & Mrs Ireland, who are from Dorset but who also have a home in Cornwall came along with other members of their group and were shown around the station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum.


Our thanks go to them all for supporting the appeal for our new lifeboat which is due to arrive in early 2011. The Tamar class lifeboat which is now being built, will be housed in a new station at Kilcobben Cove, with work due to commence on the rebuild with the next few weeks.

Lyndsay Bray
The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal Committee.

The RNLI's annual SOS day in The Lizard was marked by a series of events based around the village school and Reading Room, raising around £300. Children and staff from Landewednack School welcomed members of The Lizard Lifeboat to join them in a special assembly on Friday 29th January 2010. Coxswain Phil Burgess was accompanied by Relief Mechanic Malcolm Richardson, Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum. Class teacher Adrian Bolton showed the children a film on the invaluable work carried out by everyone involved with the RNLI Lifeboats and Beach Lifeguards.

The children were then given the opportunity to talk to their visitors and ask them many questions. Throughout the week the children had been invited to join in a competition organised by members of The Lizard Lifeboat Guild. They were asked to produce a Lifeboat-themed model made from fruit, vegetables or paper materials. Prizes were awarded at the end of Friday afternoon when parents were also able to come in and view all of the wonderful models that had been made. The children were also allowed to come into school without the usual uniform in exchange for a donation to the RNLI. Thanks go to the members of The Lizard Lifeboat Station and to The Guild. Meanwhile, members of the public were invited to a fund-raising soup and sweet lunch prepared by the ladies of the Guild in the Reading Room.











A multitude of Taekwondo club members with Lizard Lifeboat Mechanic Dan Atkinson receiving the mammoth cheque, accompanied by (back row, from left) Peter Greenslade (Education & Visits Officer), Ned Nuzum (Lifeboat Operations Manager), Dave Rogers (3rd Dan Instructor) and Mike Beard (Chief Instructor, 6th Dan World Champion).

A kickathon by the First Defence Taekwondo Black Belt Schools in Cornwall, was described by their Chief Instructor Mark Beard as a phenomenal success.

!50,000 kicks were achieved in a mere 20 minutes, resulting the staggering sum of £2238.16 being raised for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal, through sponsorship and a raffle.

At the club’s annual presentation evening in St. Michael’s School, Helston, attended by a huge number of members, parents, supporters and representatives of The Lizard Lifeboat station, Chief Instructor Beard commented that the money was raised in a fun and highly spirited manner by everyone in the club, to go towards the new Lizard Tamar lifeboat.
During the evening’s proceedings, including a spectacular series of demonstrations by almost every member of the club, a mammoth cheque was handed over by four of the youngest competitors to The Lizard lifeboat mechanic Dan Atkinson in the company of Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum and the station’s Education and Visits Officer Peter Greenslade.

Peter and Ned gave an account of the new lifeboat and the rebuilding programme for the station and slipway and were able to explain that the money raised by First Defence would be used to purchase two of the most important pieces of equipment aboard the lifeboat, a salvage pump and a basket stretcher.

Peter and Ned thanked everyone at First Defence for their collective support in raising such an exceptional sum of money for the new lifeboat.


Beer Festival boost

Thanks to the second annual beer festival held at The Witchball Restaurant during the summer Coxswain Phil Burgess received a cheque for £3,017.38 towards the appeal for the new Tamar Lifeboat. Crew member Adam Weston and his family, who run The Witchball Restaurant in the Lizard village, hosted the event over three days and gave customers to chance to sample over 20 Cornish beers from many local breweries. Entertainment was provided throughout the weekend and the event was declared a resounding success. Our thanks go to everyone at The Witchball for their hard work and support.


One year on, following a hugely emotive memorial service and the un-veiling of a granite memorial stone at The Lizard Lifeboat station, Patrick Slattery has made an emotional return to visit many friends in The Lizard.

Patrick’s father tragically perished along with 11 other crewmen when the vessel MV Ardgarry got caught in a ferocious storm and sank off Lizard Point, close to new year’s eve 1962. The Lizard Lifeboat launched in vain to search for survivors.

In what he describes as an emotional return to a place deeply steeped with his father’s spirit, Patrick once again praised the efforts of The Lizard Lifeboat crew for their endeavours, on that ill-fated night.

Philip Burgess, present day Coxswain, said the launch itself was dramatic and dangerous.



Patrick Slattery hands the cheque to Rachel Tonkin (Secretary of The Lizard Lifeboat Guild) with Coxswain Phil Burgess & Mechanic Dan Atkinson looking on.



He said ”It was so rough when the lifeboat went down the slipway that the shore helpers were convinced she would wash straight back into the boathouse. The first wave lifted her bow right up into the air and for a moment it was thought she would be capsized, but somehow rode the wave and then disappeared in the raging black of the night.

“The volunteer lifeboat crew on board ‘Duke of Cornwall’ that night, were out in that storm for 14 hours. In those conditions, and with that lifeboat, I reckon the crew had only a 50/50 chance of surviving. It takes some courage to put to sea knowing there’s 50 percent chance you wont come back and I admire their bravery.

During the time they were at sea, their radio set packed up and for several hours no one could make contact with the lifeboat. Many families thought she’d been lost and that’s how bad conditions were that night”.

(full story www.ardgarrycrewmemorial.com)

During his visit, Patrick, on behalf of his family back home in Canada, very generously presented the station with £200 towards the new Tamar Lifeboat appeal fund.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum thanked Mr Slattery for this very kind gesture and in reflection of the Ardgarry memorial event, commented that the station and village as a whole had made many new friends following momentous event. Memories of this ferociously stormy night lived on in the minds of many, in particular those of former lifeboat crewmen Peter Mitchell and Bobby Roberts, who vividly remembered the events of that sad night back in 1962.

Do With A View boosts our appeal

A beautiful view overlooking Cadgwith Cove was the setting for "A Do With A View", a fund raising event held in aid of the new Lizard Lifeboat Appeal. A large marquee in a field belonging to Gwavas Jersey Farm owner Will Bowman was packed to capacity with guests enjoying a magnificent Hog Roast and live enterainment throughout the evening. The bar facilities were set up and run by Adam Weston, owner of The Witchball Restaurant in The Lizard and the "Hog" was roasted and served by village butchers Colin and Elaine Retallack and Steve Vincent. With so many to mention, organisers of the event want to thank everyone who helped in making the evening so successful. A special mention of thanks must go to Gillian Cuff and Sarah Drummond who worked tirelessly to ensure the evening ran smoothly. All the proceeds from the event will be going towards the Tamar Lifeboat Appeal.

Village Butchers, Colin Retallack & Steve Vincent
Carving the Hog!
John, Bruce & Katey
Susie & Lisa Ros, Rachel, Chris & Judith Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ned Nuzum & Press Officer, Claire Julier
Will, Hayley & Adam    

£300 “thanks” for The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal

Not missing a chance to boost the funds of The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat fundraising appeal, Lizard Lifeboat Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson and Operations Manager Ned Nuzum grasped a very generous donation of £300 from South West News Service on August 27th.

They were answering a request to use Ned's boat to take news photographer Adam Gerrard to a position approximately 8 miles south west of Lizard Point to rendezvous with teenage yachtsman Mike Perham aboard his 50' racing yacht "TotallyMoney.com" as he completed his record breaking circumnavigation of the world - the youngest ever to do so at the age of seventeen and a half.

Together with only two other small craft, Ned's boat "Aquaholic", in the company of HMS Mersey and a Royal Navy Sea King Rescue Helicopter celebrated the moment when Mike Perham fired off his flares when he crossed the imaginary line just over 1mile due south of Lizard Point at 09.47am.

History was made and The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal was the grateful recipient of a very generous £300 donation from South West News Service, as their pictures of the event were immediately beamed off to various news agencies.

The accompanying photographs were taken on Ned's mobile phone. The Lizard Lifeboat Station would like to thank South West News Service for their very generous donation.

TV’s ‘Boycie’ launches our new lifeboat appeal!

The birthday surprise of a lifetime for TV star John Challis, Boycie from the hit series Only Fools and Horses, turned into a huge boost for the £1.8 million appeal for our new Tamar-class lifeboat.

John  Challis, otherwise known as Boycie, steps aboard The Lizard Lifeboat for the very first time.

Hang on tight!  The lifeboat thunders down its slipway into the sea.

Boycie takes the helm with coxswain Phil Burgess at his side.

Posing with the crew. Left to right, Adam Weston, Steve Tattersall, John Challis, Jonathan Bray, Phil Burgess and Dan Atkinson.

The presentation of Phil Burgess’s 20-year service certificate..
Cutting the superb birthday cake.

Boycie, overwhelmed at his VIP welcome by volunteers at our remote lifeboat station, immediately agreed to become ambassador for the charity’s appeal just as it was being officially launched. The money raised will go towards the £2.7 million cost of a Tamar class all-weather lifeboat.

The visit on Sunday 16 August was timed to coincide with John Challis’s 67th birthday and was arranged by his wife, Carol as a surprise. She knew it had been John’s lifelong ambition to visit The Lizard lifeboat in particular, and to support the work of the volunteers. She agreed on his behalf that he would become an ambassador for the new appeal but he knew nothing of the tie-up until he was greeted by RNLI Coxswain Phil Burgess when he arrived at Kilcobben Cove.

Once in the lifeboat station, which will be replaced in a huge build programme starting next spring, Phil asked him if he would be willing to support the appeal. When he agreed, he was surprised with a special announcement from the Coxswain who said:

‘ I believe I’m right in thinking it’s been a lifelong ambition to go on exercise with The Lizard crew. Well never mind Jim’ll Fix It, how about ‘Phil’ll Fix It?’

To a spontaneous round of applause from the volunteer crew and shorehelpers, the famous Boycie then stepped aboard the station’s relief Tyne class all-weather lifeboat The Lady Rank and put to sea to see the work of the charity at first hand.

On his return, Boycie was presented with a huge chocolate and strawberry birthday cake made by RNLI fundraiser Jill Cuff. Still dressed in his RNLI oilskins and lifejacket, he then spoke of his delight at supporting the new appeal:

‘I have literally been blown away today. It has always been my ambition to launch down the slipway on exercise and today – my 67th birthday – this has become a reality. Coincidentally the fundraising appeal for the new lifeboat begins today. It will be a Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and we need £1.8 million.’ Then in the character of Boycie he added: ‘Worth every penny.’

‘I’m honoured and thrilled to be part of this appeal. I hope today will be the start of a very happy relationship between the RNLI and me. I look forward to being closely involved with The Lizard lifeboat station in particular and I’m am glad my wife volunteered my services!’

He then lapsed back into character to surprise Phil Burgess:

‘And now for a little surprise for one of these wonderful crewmembers – Philip – I’m told you have been committed (much laughter at this point) seriously, you have been working tirelessly for this lifeboat station over the last 37 years, as crew and then for twenty of those years as Coxswain. We now have a presentation for you.’

At this point the gathering was joined by Tom Mansell, RNLI Training Divisional Inspector for the south west, who produced a special certificate marking Phil’s 20 years as Coxswain. Presenting it, John Challis added:

‘You’ve made hundreds of memorable shouts in all weathers to save lives at sea. You lead a large team of similarly committed volunteer crew and helpers and our thanks should go to them as well. I’m proud to present you with this certificate and to say thank you from all of us.’

Mike Lord, RNLI Chairman at The Lizard, says:

‘This appeal for our new boat is a huge task for a small community like ours and support from Boycie gives us a wonderful boost right at the start. We will need every penny to raise the £1.8 million we need to give our crew a faster and ever safer lifeboat and I do hope people will be generous. You can donate on line via our station website. It would be wonderful if people could even organise fundraising activities themselves – every contribution will be vital.’

Lizard greeting for Zapcat challenge

The two Zapcats approach The Lizard
at speed.
Neil Bainbridge and Pat Moger grab a quick coffee with lifeboat coxswain Phil Burgess and operations manager Ned Nuzum.

The Lizard Lifeboat has given a warm welcome to a single-handed epic adventurer with a difference: speed-loving Neil Bainbridge, who lost an arm after an horrific land-based accident some years ago, is on a mission to pilot his tiny powerboat right round the UK mainland.
His craft is a four-metre-long Zapcat, an ultra-lightweight rigid inflatable. His mission: to raise money towards the £1.8 million RNLI Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal and for CLIC, the cancer and leukemia in children charity.
He and friend Pat Moger, in a second Zapcat, called in at The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station after setting out from Lyme Regis on their voyage. The Zapcats travel at up to 30 knots and within two days of leaving The Lizard, were already rounding the coast of North Wales and heading towards the West coast of Scotland.

They were met at The Lizard by lifeboat coxswain Phil Burgess and operations manager Ned Nuzum and enjoyed a quick cup of coffee – and wise words of seagoing advice from coxswain Burgess – before heading straight off again.

Neil was left with a paralysed arm after a motor-bike accident more than 15 years ago, and after several operations decided to have the whole arm removed.
“It’s never been in my nature to be ‘disabled’,” he says, and the removal of the arm enabled him to become more active again. He soon started competing in Zapcat races: “This inspired me to the challenge to raise funds for the new Lizard lifeboat and for CLIC,” he says.

The Lizard Lifeboat is just at the beginning of an appeal to raise funds towards its new Tamar-class lifeboat, which will replace the station’s 22-year-old Tyne-class boat. The new boat will be bigger, faster and even safer, and be housed in a brand-new boathouse to be built on the site of the current station.

Building is expected to begin early next spring, with the new lifeboat arriving in 2011.

Details of Neil Bainbridge’s voyage – and how to contribute – can be found at www.mrzapcat.com

Cornwall lawyers support our Tamar Lifeboat appeal

The Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal has become the chosen charity of the Cornwall Law Society, the Society’s President Andrew London of Randle Thomas, Solicitors, Helston, has announced.

Mr London visited the station to see at first hand the work of the RNLI and in particular the launching of the lifeboat on exercise.

He presented a cheque for £750 to Deputy Second Coxswain Louis Mitchell on behalf of the society. Several other members of the crew and shore helpers were also present and Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum thanked Mr London and the Law society for their generous donation.

It is hoped to raise £1.8m towards the cost of an all new state of the art Tamar Class Lifeboat for The Lizard station. Further details may be found on the new station website www.thelizardlifeboat.org.uk

From left: Crewman Simon Fayers Deputy Second Coxswain Louis Mitchell, Andrew London, Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson, (Foreground) Assistant Mechanic Johnny Bray.

Wash-out? Not for the lifeboat fete!

Torrential rain for the whole day failed to drown the success of The Lizard Lifeboat’s annual fete on the village green.

Thanks to the loan of a large marquee from RNLI friends at nearby Porthleven branch, the event went ahead as planned – and raised well over £1300 towards the Tamar Lifeboat appeal with a selection of stalls offering everything from RNLI souvenirs to crab sandwiches and prize games.

Gill Cuff shows off the new 2010
Lizard Lifeboat calendar.
Sheltering from the rain but still selling – the RNLI souvenir stall and helpers.

Lifeguards visit the lifeboat station

NEW RNLI LIFEGUARDS IN TRAINING, as part of their induction programme before patrolling our local beaches for the busy summer season, have made a familiarisation visit to The Lizard Lifeboat Station.

Station Coxswain Phil Burgess gave the enthusiastic bunch a very interesting talk about the role and history of the station and its lifeboat.


The RNLI aims to continue the expansion of the number of beaches patrolled by RNLI LIfeguards. With over 140 lifeguard units around the UK coastline, the seasonal service employs over 700 lifeguards and is increasing the number of volunteers. RNLI Lifeguards operate a fleet of inshore rescue boats and rescue water craft. Lifeguards are equipped with rescue boards, first aid kits, defibrillators and other essential lifesaving equipment.


Big step forward for our new lifeboat house

Our new lifeboat house is on the way!

Cornwall planners have just given the RNLI the official go-ahead for our replacement lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove on the Lizard. The charity needs the purpose-built facility to house a new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and to ensure its life saving role can continue in the area for many years to come.

Philip Burgess, The Lizard’s Coxswain, says the permission marks an historic moment in the history of The Lizard lifeboat station that this year celebrates its 150th anniversary:

'This is brilliant news for everyone at the lifeboat station and the whole community around the Lizard peninsula. I'm delighted as this means we can continue to provide a life saving service for many more years to come. Our 150 years show that this is a vital lifeboat station serving an area which sees more than 400 ships a day moving up and down the channel past Lizard Point, as well as the fishing and pleasure boats that operate locally,' he said.

Designed by architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole of St Ives, along with engineers Royal Haskoning, the new building will replace the existing station, which was constructed in 1961. As well as housing a state-of-the-art Tamar class lifeboat, the new building will provide modern facilities for crew training, a workshop for the mechanic and better access for members of the public.

The new boathouse will represent a £6 million investment, which will be met by the many generous donations made to the charity by the public, including some that have been left in legacies specially for building projects. This will be a complicated project, as the old station will have to be knocked down and the new one built on the same site. Much of the work will be done from seaward using a large jack-up barge.

Adam Littlejohn is the RNLI's Shoreworks Manager for the south west:
'Any building with its feet in the sand and the rest exposed to the forces of wind and wave is a challenge to construct. Design standards and construction materials used for the boathouse structure and fabric will have to be of the highest specification and able to withstand the rigours of the demanding coastal environment,' he said.

However, as Mike Lord, Chairman of the The Lizard lifeboat station explains, there will be an appeal to help towards the cost of the new lifeboat:

'I'm delighted to hear this latest news as it's another major step towards the completion of a new boathouse for The Lizard. Work is due to start next year so the plan is rapidly becoming a reality. The announcement comes just as we are planning to launch an appeal to raise £1.8 million towards the cost of the new £2.7 million lifeboat that will live in the building.'

The new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat is due to be delivered in Autumn 2011.

Lifeboat evening raises £700

A fund raising event held in aid of The new Lizard Tamar Lifeboat Appeal proved to be a huge success on Wednesday June 24th, when the current Lizard Lifeboat put in a very welcome evening appearance at The Lizard Point for visitors and many local people. The evening was held to raise funds for the new Tamar Class Lifeboat which is due to arrive in early 2011.

Many thanks go to Peter and Jackie Hendy, proprietors of The Most Southerly Point cafe who kindly hosted the event and donated to the appeal. Appeal Committee members Jeannette Bright and Rachel Tonkin were also on hand selling raffle tickets, in total a fantastic £700 was raised. Future fund-raising events include The Lizard Lifeboat Fete which will be held on The Lizard Green on Sunday July 26th and this year’s Lizard Lifeboat Day on Sunday August 9th.



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