Pier Pier The Coastline Magazine
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Where can you find Pier2Pier? Pier2Pier Magazine is distributed along the coastline and you can pick up a copy from many of the attractions, shops and galleries located between Brighton and Worthing Piers. You can also read the latest issue online at www.pier2pier. biz If you wish to receive notification via email when the latest issue is released, please let us know. Pier2Pier Magazine is published monthly by Sue Dove. Please contact Sue for editorial and advertising enquiries: t. 07748 726052 e. email@example.com Production: JD Smith Design firstname.lastname@example.org www.jdsmith-design.com Pier2Pier is an independent magazine and does not endorse the products or services that appear in the magazine. Pier2Pier magazine does not accept any responsibility for alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors. Opinions expressed in the magazine are those of our advertisers and contributors and do not necessarily represent those of the editor. No part of this publication, including pictures, may be copied, used or reproduced without prior written consent. © Pier2Pier Magazine
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Meet the Artist Welcome to November! Beach News It’s a SHORE thing… The Beach Diary B-Fit Beach Huts – Traditional v Modern Pier2Pier in Focus Title Wave RNLI News If You’re Happy and You’re Snappy… Local Business Directory
Meet the artist Erica Sturla Erica trained at art school in Epsom, Surrey in the 1980â€™s and specialised in Fashion illustration and journalism. Her working background is graphic design and illustration and we love the digital illustrations she has provided for our front and back covers! Now living beside the sea in Worthing, Erica has worked extensively in Polymer clay and acrylics for the last 10 years, creating scenes with colourful, 3-dimensional and quirky characters set against painted canvas backgrounds.
Erica can be commissioned to create special, unique pieces to celebrate any event. Weddings, birthdays, or even iconic characters or scenes can be given the polymer clay treatment and individuals or whole groups can appear in your chosen setting. Why not give one as a gift this Christmas? Erica is happy to discuss your ideas with you personally, with no obligation. Her designs also appear on a range of greetings cards featuring the humorous clay figures which are sold throughout the UK and exclusively online by www.holy-mackerel.co.uk To see more examples of Ericaâ€™s work or to contact her direct, go to www.ericasturla.com
Welcome to November! Welcome to November and the very first edition of Pier2Pier Magazine! Dedicated to the particular stretch of coastline between Brighton and Worthing Piers, Pier2Pier magazine is designed with beach residents and visitors in mind. Whether you’re interested in beach art, business, books, clubs, events, fishing or watersports... Pier2Pier is all about what goes on down at the beach and really does have something for everyone! This month we look at beach huts and find out why owner Katy Sayers prefers traditional over high-tech, our resident health and fitness guru, Pete, tells you all about the
benefits of eating seafood, local fisherman Steve B gives us the latest on the fishing front and we have a fantastic fishing recipe from the Fish Factory in Worthing for you to try out at home. We’re hoping to grow the magazine over time so do please get in touch if you want to air your views, submit an article, publicise an event or advertise with us. And don’t forget to check out the website at www.pier2pier.biz and let us know what you think. Enjoy the month, whatever you do! Susan x
Copy deadline is 07th November for December’s edition EMAIL us at: email@example.com or give us a call on 07748 726052 You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @Pier2PierMag
Photo Competition! Don’t forget to enter our monthly photo competition on page 17. For your chance to win a £25 Jessops voucher, get out and about with your camera and take a snap of whatever you come across between Brighton and Worthing Piers.
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Beach News Friends of Shoreham Beach In June 2006 Shoreham Beach was declared a Local Nature Reserve because of its unusual vegetated shingle habitat. There are few other vegetated shingle beaches in the South East of England, and even fewer in New Zealand and Japan, so it is a rare habitat worldwide. Approximately 90 species of plants have been recorded on the local nature reserve including Sea Kale, Red Valerian, the Yellow-horned Poppy and Starry Clover, which is very rare in the UK. Being situated on the edge of an urban environment is a mixed blessing. On the one hand the nature reserve can be enjoyed by many residents and visitors, but on the other it can suffer from human carelessness. Although the plants can survive the salt winds, the scarcity of fresh water and poor nutrients in the shingle, they are easily damaged by trampling. Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) work to support the local nature reserve through raising public interest in the plants and animals that reside there and also raising awareness of their fragility in the face of inappropriate human activities. FOSB organise beach cleans, monitor rare species and remove invasive ones. In this way they hope to preserve the habitat for present and future generations. Their next beach clean will take place on Sunday October 14th. If
you would like to join them, simply turn up at the beach entrance where Shingle Road meets the Old Fort Road on Shoreham Beach at 2.15pm and bring some gloves. There will be a further opportunity to join them for a beach clean on Thursday 27th December. Meet at the Ferry Road entrance to the beach at 10.30am. For further information or for details on joining Friends of Shoreham Beach, email gordonjoy. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. fosbeach.com.
Worthing’s new pool has a name - Splashpoint! ‘Splashpoint’ is the name for Worthing’s brand new £17.5m pool. The name was jointly chosen by sisters Caitlin (8) and Lois (6) Hedger who live in Durrington and attend Durrington First School in Worthing. “They learnt to swim at the Aquarena and can’t wait for the new pool to open” says mum, Vicky Hedger, “They were so excited about entering the pool naming competition and decided to enter ‘Splashpoint’. Their inspiration came from their love of roller skating at Splash Point nearby and splashing around in the pool. Each time they go for a lesson in the old pool they always take a keen interest in how much the new pool has grown next door!” The sisters each get one year Fit4 membership worth over £500! The new pool will replace the 1960’s Aquarena and is planned to open early summer 2013. Award winning architects Wilkinson Ayre designed the structure and contractors Morgan Sindall are building it.
Green Brighton Guide Launched! The City Council’s official destination marketing body, VisitBrighton, (www. VisitBrighton.com), has collaborated with VisitEngland and Greentraveller Limited, to produce a guide that shows visitors and locals alike how to make the most of the city and its surroundings in a way that has a low environmental impact while having a positive impact on the region’s economy. Building on the success of the guide to Green London released in March 2011, the handy, pocket-sized Green Brighton Guide features sustainable places to eat, sleep, shop and have fun in the city. Adam Bates, VisitBrighton’s head of tourism & leisure, says: “Brighton & Hove has a great mix of city, coast and countryside attractions and if we’re to preserve our special landscape for future generations we need a proactive approach to sustainable tourism.” The aim of the map is to demonstrate that a ‘green’ weekend in Brighton is accessible, affordable, and attractive for all visitors. From well known, centrally located hotels like the Holiday Inn Brighton to hidden gems like the FARM café, there are recommendations that will impress travellers and surprise locals. There are also some tips for getting around, encouraging visitors to leave their cars at home and explore on foot or by bike. Richard Hammond, founder and chief executive of Greentraveller, says: “Everyone knows Brighton rocks, but there’s so much more to the city than the beach and the shopping. Hopefully, this guide will help visitors discover the greener side to the city from the local perspective: the dozens of parks and gardens, the proud cultural
heritage, and the many local, visionary independent traders that give Brighton its edge.” James Berresford, chief executive, VisitEngland, adds: “Sustainability is an integral part of our industry. Following the enormous success of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – the most sustainable Games the world has seen – we are growing more accustomed to seeing ‘green’ credentials combined with great beauty, functionality, fun and success.” We are delighted to be launching the Green Brighton Guide, which makes it easy for travellers to discover all that Brighton has to offer as a city. It highlights recognisable brands with excellent sustainable practices such as Thistle and Mercure hotels alongside smaller, innovative businesses that specialise in offering locally-sourced and Fairtrade goods.” Free copies of the Green Brighton Guide are available from the Visitor Information Centre, 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, and at any of the map’s featured businesses. Alternatively, download the interactive PDF at www. visitengland.com/greenengland
It’s a SHORE thing... First off a small apology as I have been asked to write this article some weeks before it goes to print, so some of the information written will be out of date as you are reading it but I will do my best to offer a flavour of what’s been happening of late and likely prospects (something of a local angler meets Mystic Meg report!).
Est. 25 years Come down or call for all the latest tackle, advice and information about fishing in the local area. Fresh & frozen baits always available! 74 Brighton Road Worthing BN11 2EN t. 01903 821594
It’s October 1st and an interesting time for anglers as, when conditions allow, the summer fish are still about and feeding hard before departing for the winter (pause...looks out window at the rain lashing down and the wind blowing a force 5) and the winter fish are slowly making a move inshore. Mackerel, Garfish, Scad, Golden Grey mullet, Gurnads, Plaice, Black bream, Bass, Eels, Rays, Dogfish etc...are being caught from various locations along the Pier to Pier stretch while after dark has seen some nice Cod/Codlings and a few whiting. How long the Summer fish hold on will depend on what the weather does. The week ahead is forecast windy but the summer fish will just move off to deeper water and if it does settle back down they will make a return inshore. It’s a good time of year for a big Bass and some nice ones have been caught.
The windy week ahead should lend itself well to anglers fishing a big bait like Squid or Mackerel. The main problem anglers are facing while bottom fishing at the moment is weed (Bottom fishinganchoring the bait to the sea bed. Weed – seaweed, not the stuff you put in Rizla’s!). Too much weed on the line and it will trip the lead. Amounts of weed you are likely to encounter will depend on various factors like your exact choice of fishing location, the weather both on the day and preceding, size and state of tide, capability of your tackle and of course your own ability in knowing how to fish through it using all the tricks in the book… and when to throw the towel in and re-group!
The main buzz on the angling grapevine of late has been the Codling which are being caught throughout the region. Most have been between 1lb 12oz and 6lb with a double figure fish reported to have been caught from Shoreham’s West breakwater. Now is your best chance of a shore caught Cod. As time goes on serious numbers of Whiting will be moving in and they will be on your baits faster than flies on a hot turd, which in turn will reduce your chances of a cod getting to the bait first. Enjoy the current Smorgasbord of species and fishing on offer this month. Slack lines! Steve B
The Beach Diary Beach of the Dead - Saturday 20th October
start location a short time before the walk begins and follow the Zombie Code!
‘When there is no more room in Hell, the dead shall walk Brighton...’
Meet at the West Pier old paddling pool just before 3pm. The walk takes approx 2 hours and is followed by an 80’s Zombie Prom at the Concorde 2 on Madeira Drive from 4pm – 8pm (Tickets £3). Be there if you dare…
Brighton Town is famous for it’s stunning heritage, from the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the traditional seaside fun of Brighton Pier and pebble beach... This is no more. The Brighton you once knew no longer exists. The undead count is up, fashion is no longer hip, and universities are empty. Each year proves even bloodier than last and fears are rife that this could lead to the largest zombie outbreak in recorded history, the potential ramifications of which extend as far as the end of civilization as we know it! Beach of the Dead is Brighton’s worldrenowned annual Zombie Walk. Now staggering towards it’s 6th year, it attracts 1000’s of lost souls who embrace the macabre spirit and wear some incredibly creative costumes, all in the name of Halloween. Beach of the Dead is FREE to attend - You’ll just need to dress as a zombie, get to the
Whalefest 2012 – 27 & 28th October WhaleFest returns to Brighton this autumn with a wild weekend of whale and dolphin inspired activities from 27-28 October at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Following the huge success of last year’s event which was attended by over 2,500 people, WhaleFest 2012 will be the largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins in the world. Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s event will see conservationists, divers, whale and dolphin experts and celebrities from across the globe sharing their passion for whales and dolphins with members of the public. A shoal of ocean inspired enjoyment, WhaleFest will be jam packed with exciting activities for visitors of all ages including
11 sailing on a real-time virtual whale watching trip, coming face to face with a 55 foot long life sized Blue Whale, stepping inside the belly of a Sperm Whale, or diving into crystal waters at the try dive pool, all while experiencing the sights and sounds of the deep blue ocean. WhaleFest will also feature jewellery, artwork, photography, books and DVDs all inspired by whales and dolphins, alongside exhibitors including whale watch tour companies and conservation charities. WhaleFest is the culmination of a whole week of WhaleFest Fringe activities in Brighton offering a host of music, arts and cultural events themed around whales and dolphins, backed by Visit Britain and Visit Brighton. Ian Rowlands, co-founder of Planet Whale, the organisers of WhaleFest, comments: “Bringing together whale and dolphin experts from as far afield as the Maldives and Mozambique, WhaleFest 2012 will offer the most fun that can be had on dry land this autumn! From unforgettable ocean experiences to awe inspiring exhibitions, WhaleFest is about sharing the passions of people worldwide for protecting whales and dolphins while also inviting the public to share their thoughts on how we can ensure a safe future for thesebeautiful creatures in our oceans. For anyone with an interest in the oceans, whales, dolphins and worldwide conservation, this is one weekend not to be missed!” Advance tickets to WhaleFest are now available from £9 per adult at www.whale-fest.com. FREE entry
for children under 16 all weekend.
Worthing Pavilion Christmas Fair – 25th November 70 varied stalls to browse or buy from! Stall items available may include a selection of antiques and collectables, crafts, greeting cards, jewellery, paintings, books, postcards, bric a brac, fashions, haberdashery, handbags, charity stalls, toys, cakes, fudge and more… 10.30am to 4.30pm
The Happy Mondays – 30th November Intergalactic music and We, Like You present... After selling out much of their UK comeback tour earlier this year, the full original line-up of the Happy Mondays will be bringing their classic Madchester sound to the seaside. On the 30th November 2012, the band will be performing a full live show at the Brighton Centre with Hacienda and acid house legends 808 State Sound System providing the support.
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The Fish Factory. The freshest ﬁsh at honest prices. 51-53 Brighton Road, Worthing BN11 3EE For bookings call: 01903 207123. www.protorestaurantgroup.com/the-ﬁ sh-factory
B-Fit Should I Eat More Fish? By Pete Lowe. Personal Trainer. Fitness Coach. Physical Activities Coordinator. Should I eat more fish? Yes, most definitely! Eating fish can have a tremendous effect on your overall health as well as being very quick and easy to prepare and cook. Generally speaking, fish delivers a great amount of high quality protein and very low levels of saturated fats, this makes it a ‘super food’ for anyone attempting to lose weight. At the same time, eating around 2 portions a week gives your body a massive boost of omega 3’s (Healthy fatty acid). Don’t be fooled, these fatty acids help reduce a wealth of symptoms and illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression and asthma, along with many others. The Omega 3 in your 2 portions a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to a third! Marine life is also naturally rich in a full range of vitamins and antioxidants which also help keep your body in top form. To give a couple of examples… Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)- known for helping produce energy which, in turn, can reduce feelings of tiredness and depression. Vitamin D- Promotes strong muscle fibres and healthy looking skin. Along with supplying you with key minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium which can all help to boost your immune system, eating fish also increases energy levels and help to lower blood pressure. With all this evidence it becomes obvious that fish is a fantastic source of nutrients! When trying to choose your 2 portions a week, try to stay away from lean fish like Haddock and Cod as they don’t offer even half the goodness of oily fish such as Salmon, Trout and Mackerel. Remember, when cooking…for the healthiest meals try to avoid battering and frying your
fish. Consider lightly brushing it with oil and grilling or baking instead to keep it low in calories. Happy Fishing! Pete
Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hubs ‘Small changes make a BIG difference’ Would you like to feel healthier or happier? Are you concerned about your own health, or the health of your children, parents or other family members? The Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hubs can show you how making a small change can make a really big difference in your life. The local Wellbeing Hubs provide a free, friendly and impartial service for you to find out more about what support is available locally to help with things like getting your family fitter, doing some regular exercise, coping with stress, kicking a habit, reducing social isolation or simply improving your general wellbeing. Trained Wellbeing Advisors work face to face with individuals to provide information, advice and signposting to local services. Drop in services and appointments are available at our outreach locations throughout Adur and Worthing. The service is a partnership between the district and borough councils, NHS Sussex and West Sussex County Council Small changes can make a big difference perhaps today is the day to take that first step to a brighter future. To find out more, visit the website at www.adur-worthingwellbeing.org.uk or give us a call on 01903 221450
Beach Huts – Traditional v High Tech With the inclement weather we suffer here in the UK each year it is little wonder that British holidaymakers head for sunnier climes abroad come vacation time. But this summer Virgin Media came up with a plan which they think will attract British holidaymakers back to the beaches of the UK: cram a beach hut with as many cool gadgets as you can!
• Bubblescope (a smart phone lens attachment) Television presenter Suzi Perry popped along to check out the hut. She said, “as more of us are embracing ‘stay-cations’, spending time at the beach has become an integral part of British family holidays. I think gadget-enhanced huts like this will become increasingly desirable, as it means the whole family will be entertained - whether there’s rain or shine, or simply just to keep in touch with friends and family while away from home.” I met up with Shoreham resident and beach hut owner Katy Sayers to see what she thinks…
Virgin Media took a simple 10x8 beach hut in Shoreham and kitted it out with 15 technological must-haves to help sand lovers ‘enjoy the seaside in a very modern way’: • Virgin Media Tivo Box • Virgin Media Broadband Superhub • Sonos wireless hi-fi system • The Firewinder Mini (wind-powered lighting) • Samsung 3D TV • Xbox 360 Kinect • Gamescon Headset • Nikon Sportstar Ex Binoculars • Oregon Complete Home Weather Station • Nikon AW100 Camera • Ipad • Oregon Handheld UV Monitor • Portable Audio Laboratory • MEEP! Children’s Tablet
Katy and her family have had their beach hut for the last 6 years and Katy describes it as ‘a home from home’. The interior couldn’t be more different than that of the Virgin Media hut and, with not a high-tech gadget in sight, Katy says the three essential items for her are simply: tea, a comfy chair and a wineglass. With regard to huts getting more technology orientated Katy says, “I like to bring the kids away from that. We like to escape from technology and the slow pace means you have more time for people. We bring a mobile phone with us for
15 emergencies but we don’t have it on.
hut completely misses the point of having
You meet all sorts of people out for a walk and they always want to stop and have a chat. Everybody knows everybody and there’s always someone around to borrow stuff from.”. With toilets, a small kiosk selling ice-cream and chips and a play area nearby Katy says, “chips and toilets, what more could you possibly need?!”
a beach hut. You can’t have much of a
For Dr Kathryn Ferry, author and Britain’s beach hut expert, this goes some way to explaining the inherent appeal of these simple seaside structures: the sense of community they inspire and the desire to escape to a simpler life. Dr Ferry says, “Call me old fashioned but I think the Virgin
hut - for most hutters it’s about leaving the
seaside experience if you’re glued to your computer or other high-tech gadget. And I have to say that red interior looks anything but relaxing. I think they’ve jumped on the band wagon without any comprehension about why people want to have a beach stresses of modern life behind and getting back to more simple pleasures like listening to the waves crashing against the shore. I personally can’t think of anything worse than a high tech beach hut!!”
Goring Beach Huts A well-established, small, family run beach hut maintenance company specialising in the renovation and supply of beach huts.
Hut Stuff is an online shop for those with a passion for huts, be they beach, garden, allotment or even that special place in your home that reminds you of lazy, hazy hours. Hut Stuff features beautiful deck chairs, picnic sets, gift sets, cards, pictures and bespoke wooden/driftwood items. Tel: 01903 812103 www.hutstuff.org.uk
Goring Beach Huts owner Keith Richardson and his skilled team of craftsmen can offer a personal service in painting, carpentry and all other needs for maintaining your beach hut. We cover from Shoreham to Ferring and are fully insured. Keith Richardson t. 01903 244379 m. 07767 716849 www.goringbeachhuts.com
HAZYDAZE WINDBREAKS Hazydaze bespoke, fabric windbreaks are made from 100% woven cotton in a selection of colourful stripes. We have designed windbreaks especially to fit on the side of your beach hut or chalet. They come with three six foot hardwood poles. All this comes in a matching storage bag. Our traditional design have three handy pockets of varying sizes and have four sturdy poles that are topped and tipped with galvanised steel for easy assembly. They have integral ties and carry strap.
To see our range, photos and more information visit our website: www.hazydazewindbreaks.co.uk
Pier2Pier in Focus Pier2Pier is looking for the best images of life between the Piers. So get out and about and see what you can find to take a snap of, give it a caption and then email it to us at: email@example.com The winning entry each month, judged by Shoreham photographer Scott Wright(www.sussexphotos.co.uk) will be published in the magazine and the winner will receive a £25 Jessops voucher, so don’t forget to include your name, address and telephone number.
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For competition rules and guidelines please see the competitions page on our website at: www.pier2pier.biz
Title Wave The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond ISBN: 978-0330520539 RRP: £6.99 Meet thirty-something Evie Flynn, the quintessential ‘Black Sheep’ of the family and self-confessed dreaming drifter. Having tried everything from acting and singing to photography, but now stuck in ‘temp hell’and living with her spreadsheet-loving boyfriend Matthew in Oxford, she feels that life is passing her by. She’s just about to give in to the pressure from her sisters and high expectations of her parents by settling down and becoming a teacher, when her beloved Aunt Jo dies leaving her an unexpected inheritance — the beach café. Evie briefly imagines an idyllic life on the Cornish coast running the café with Matthew but is plagued by indecision when her family decide for her that she should sell-up straight away. Initially, she tries to keep the café going by attempting to manage things from Oxford. However, the arrangements at the café slowly start to fall apart and a surprise announcement from Matthew means that Evie has no choice but to take charge of her café and, for once, her life. Leaving behind the ‘Oxford office world’ and its gridlocked ring roads, Evie heads off to the small seaside village of Carrawen Bay determined to prove that she can make a success of the café and, perhaps, finally win her family’s approval. The hustle and bustle of anonymous life in a large town is contrasted well to that of a close-knit village as we are shown how the residents of Carrwen Bay close ranks against outsiders by their treatment of Evie before they even get to know her but she slowly manages to gain their acceptance by using the cafe to bring people together. An interesting mix of characters such as: Betty the ‘stout, pinny-wearing, blue-rinse lady’ owner of the village shop, Phoebe the young runaway, and of course, the mysterious but compelling Ed, make this a funny and heartwarming tale of love, friendship and, above all, community. About the author: Lucy Diamond (aka children’s book writer, Sue Mongredien) is the author of
six adult fiction novels (her latest, Summer with My Sister, is out now and available in all good bookshops). Lucy was born in Nottingham, lived for a while in Brighton, and now lives near Bath with her husband and three children. She is a self-confessed beach bum at heart and lists Brighton Beach as one of her top five favourites. www. lucydiamond.co.uk **Competition** To win a signed copy of The Beach Café, simply answer this question: What is the name of the seaside village where the beach cafe is located? Email your answers to: info@ pier2pier.biz Please include your name, address and telephone number along with your answer. Closing date: 30th November 2012 The winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 weeks of the closing date.
Sheds on the Seashore: a tour through beach hut history by Dr Kathryn Ferry ISBN-10: 190671097X ISBN-13: 978-1906710972 RRP: £10.79 For a more in-depth look at the fascinating and often comic story of how the humble beach hut evolved from a mobile changing cubicle into a highly desirable piece of seaside property, check out Kathryn’s Ferry’s Sheds on the Seashore: a tour through beach hut history. Taking the beach hut as a starting point to explore the broader history of the seaside, this book also includes an account of Kathryn’s two-month trip around the English coast and the stories of the people she met along the way. A must-have for anyone who loves beach huts! You can buy a signed copy direct from Kathryn at: www. beach-huts.com
Lifeboat volunteers in Sussex committed to saving lives in another busy summer Volunteer lifeboat crews across Sussex proved they’re as reliable as ever in a crisis during the summer months, collectively launching lifeboats a total of 206 times. The biggest change at the eight coastal stations between 2011 and 2012 were at Hastings and Newhaven – the former had more than double the launches they had in summer 2011, while the latter had just half the number of last year’s launches. On the whole, lifeboats at Rye Harbour, Hastings, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Brighton, Shoreham Harbour, Littlehampton and Selsey had a busy summer as expected – the total of 206 launches was just one more than for the same period in 2011. The volunteer crew at Hastings launched a total of 36 times, a 140 per cent increase on 2011’s figure of 15 launches. Among the incidents they were called to were kite surfers in distress, stranded yacht crews, and reports of a missing diver. One particular launch – to a report of a swimmer in distress – turned out to be quite the opposite, when the man was actually found to be overly excited by the fact he was swimming alongside a rather playful seal! The figures also reveal that Hastings lifeboat crew conducted a search in the worst weather conditions anywhere in the south east – in a south-westerly severe gale force 9 and sea conditions described as ‘very rough’. This happened in June when the lifeboat was tasked to assist a vessel with a history of electrical failure which was overdue on its passage from Boulogne to Eastbourne. Meanwhile, Newhaven’s volunteers had fewer interruptions to their family and working lives, as the number of launches halved – from 20 in 2011 to 9 in 2012. The rescues they carried out during the summer included assisting people who had been cut off by the incoming tide, a search for a missing child, and calls to several broken down vessels. Andrew Ashton, Divisional Inspector for the RNLI, said: ‘Apart from a noticeable change for Hastings and Newhaven, elsewhere in Sussex the year-onyear changes were small, meaning it was pretty much business as usual for our volunteers. As ever, our brave volunteer crews remained committed
to their pagers, heading out to sea to help others whenever the alarm was raised.’ Andrew continued: ‘Summer 2012 was a rather mixed bag. On the one hand we’re told that 2012 was the wettest summer for 100 years in parts of the UK. But then reports also say that June, July and August were, technically at least, warmer than 2011. Perhaps people were forced to assess the weather and take last minute decisions on whether to visit the coast or go afloat. Either way, our crews did the RNLI and the general public proud by being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’ The full breakdown and annual comparison of lifeboat launches across Sussex can be found in the document attached to this news story. Across the RNLI, lifeboats launched a total 3,575 times, a slight drop on last year’s total of 3,633. The figures, which cover the period June 1 to August 31 2012 and include all the charity’s lifeboats across the UK and Republic of Ireland, are down two per cent compared to the 2011 figures, which is probably due to the rainy weather at the beginning of the summer. Michael Vlasto, RNLI Operations Director, said: ‘This has been another busy year for the RNLI despite the poor weather at the start of the summer. It was also a memorable summer as our lifeboats and volunteer crew were involved in both the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant and the London Olympics. ‘Once again our volunteer crew men and women have shown that they are committed and brave individuals, on standby to save lives at sea come rain or shine.’ Tim Ash PR Manager RNLI East/South East/London.
If You’re Happy and You’re Snappy Raise Your Hands! Dogs Trust Junior Canine Carer for a day and would like to enter the competition, simply take a picture of your dog (or a friend or family member’s dog) going about his or her normal day with a short caption. You can send your photo to us one of three ways: • By post to: Dogs Trust, Junior Canine Carer competition, 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ [please note that we are unable to return photos]; • By email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dogs Trust has announced the launch of its 2012 Junior Canine Carer competition with a nationwide search for the best photo capturing “A Dog’s Day”. The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, which has 18 UK rehoming centres is urging budding photographers aged 7-13 to get snapping to be in with a chance of winning a top of the range Pentax camera* and a behind-the-scenes, hands-on day at their nearest Dogs Trust rehoming centre.
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