Education News from Penlee Lifeboat Station

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Goonhilly Sports and Social Club Torrey Canyon talk

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer gave a presentation on the Torrey Canyon Disaster

14/09/2016 
 

 

Porthleven lifeboat day 2016

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer gave presentations at Porthleven

14/08/2016 
 

 

Torrey Canyon Disaster talk in Paul Church

Raising more funds for the Church, our Visits Officer presented his talk

26/07/2016 
 

 

Torrey Canyon Disaster talk for Brea Gardening Club

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer gave a presentation at Heathcoat's Social club

18/05/2016 
 

 

Torrey Canyon Disaster talk for Phoenix Masonic Lodge

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer gave a presentation on the Torrey Canyon Disaster

16/05/2016 
 

 

Parkinson's UK (West Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Branch talk

Fun had by all and hopefully a little learning about Penlee and the RNLI

10/05/2016 
 

 

St Mary's Catholic School visit Penlee station

Fun had by all and hopefully a little learning about Penlee and the RNLI

30/04/2016 
 

 

Torrey Canyon Disaster talk at St.Ives

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer gave a presentation on the Torrey Canyon Disaster

05/04/2016 
 

 

Heritage talk for Kerrier North U3A

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to give one of his heritage presentations

09/03/2016 
 

 

Heritage talk for Rotary club of Redruth

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to give one of his heritage presentations

29/02/2016 
 

 

Mounts Bay Academy Water Safety lessons

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer and a crew member delivered water Safety lessons

27/01/2016 
 

 

Heritage talk for Flushing Sailing club

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to give one of his heritage presentations

05/01/2016 
 

 

Penlee education volunteer at Constantine School

Our Youth and Heritage education presenter giving 'Life skills' classes

07/12/2015 
 

 

RNLI education classes at Ludgvan School

Our Youth and Heritage education presenter giving 'Life skills' classes

02/12/2015 
 

 

Heritage talk for Redruth Ladies Tuesday Club

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to give one of his heritage presentations

03/11/2015 
 

 

Heritage talk at St.Just Royal British Legion Club

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to give his heritage presentation

30/09/2015 
 

 

Heritage talk at 'One and All' Masonic Lodge in Bodmin

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer was invited along to a meeting of the 'One and All' Lodge

14/09/2015 
 

 

Penlee attend open day at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Penlee went to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum to talk about lifeboat communications

13/09/2015 
 

 

Heritage display and talks at Porthleven Lifeboat Day

Find out about Penlee Heritage team working hard at Porthleven lifeboat day

09/08/2015
 

 

Station visit by Penzance/Madron Cubs

Davy Pack visited Penlee Lifeboat for a talk and a tour

07/08/2015
 

 

Heritage talk for the NCI Gwennap head team

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer attended a meeting of the NCI Gwennap head team

22/07/2015
 

 

Heritage talk for Redruth WI

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer attended the July Redruth WI meeting

14/07/2015
 

 

School Assemblies at Bodriggy Academy

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer attended Bodriggy Academy at Hayle to give 2 assemblies

07/07/2015
 

 

School Assembly at GEMS Bolitho

Our Lifeboat Visits Officer attended Bolitho school to give an assembly and support the launch of their fundraising for the Penlee appeal

01/07/2015
                                                                                                                                          

  

 

14/09/16    top of page
Goonhilly Sports and Social Club Torrey Canyon talk

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman,  was invited along to present his Torrey Canyon talk at the Blue Anchor Helston. The Presentation was for members of the Goonhilly Earth Station Sports and Social club and members of the Communication Workers Union. There were some other guests who attended including the Mayor of Helston.

It was a brilliant evening organised by Mr Geoff Hodge (Pictured) with lots of questions, stories and new images, especially from a couple who lived on the Scillies at the time of the disaster.

All rounded off by a raffle, £225 raised for Penlee.

Thanks all who attended, organised and donated.

  

 

14/08/16    top of page
Porthleven lifeboat day 2016

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman,  along with our volunteer Press Officer (and Heritage officer), Elaine Trethowan, set-up an impressive heritage display at Porthleven Lifeboat Day.

Based in the old lifeboat station at Porthleven the space shared with local photographer Carla Regler, the team, assisted by other RNLI volunteers engaged with the visitors sharing the history of both Penlee and Porthleven lifeboats.

Throughout the day Martin gave talks and for the first time in over 80 years the sound of lifeboat stories echoed around the building. The history of Penlee lifeboats, including the tragedy of the loss of 9 volunteers during service over the years and a specially written presentation on the history of Porthleven lifeboats (Adapted from the Book by Stuart Pascoe).

Thanks to all who came over to see us and donate.

  

 

26/07/16    top of page
Torrey Canyon Disaster talk in Paul Church

 

The Penlee Visits and Heritage Officer, Martin Brockman, presented his illustrated talk on the Torrey Canyon Disaster at Paul Church. The church is raising funds towards the repair of one of it's iconic stained glass windows.

Paul Church was packed with a very interactive audience. Some of whom were involved in the clean-up after the disaster and also a retired crewmember of the Solomon Browne lifeboat, Nim Bawden.

Nim shared some of his memories with the audience and also some of the fun he had with Martin's father, Nigel, who was also a Penlee crewmember attending to the Torrey Canyon and was lost in the Penlee disaster of 1981.

  

 

18/05/16    top of page
Torrey Canyon Disaster talk for Brea Gardening Club

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman,  had the pleasure of presenting his Torrey Canyon disaster talk at Heathcoat's Social Club for the Brea Gardening Club.

Lots of reminiscing by audience members of their experiences and memories of the disaster in 1967. Some of them remembered the bombing, some the clean-up... 

Thanks Brea Gardening Club for your donation of £112.

This is not the first donation from them towards our lifeboat, they  donated £205 in March 2014 after one of Martin's talks.

  

 

16/05/16    top of page
Torrey Canyon Disaster talk for Phoenix Masonic Lodge

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman,  had the pleasure of presenting his Torrey Canyon disaster talk at Phoenix Masonic Lodge in Perranporth.

It was a great evening, enjoyed by all with lots of audiance participation of their experiences and memories of the Torrey Canyon disaster.

Thanks Phoenix Lodge for your donation of £150.

The Freemasons of Cornwall have been extremely supportive of the Penlee Lifeboat Appeal and have collectively donated nearly £4,500.

  

 

10/05/16    top of page
Parkinson's UK (West Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Branch talk

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk to the Penzance Parkinson's UK group.

The meeting was attended by several members who had a shortened version of the history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the members of the Penzance Parkinson's UK group who put personal donations into Martin's collection box totalling an amazing £81.84 for Penlee Lifeboat station.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. His talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

  

 

30/04/16    top of page
St Mary's Catholic School visit Penlee station

 

Our volunteer Visits officer, Martin Brockman,  hosted a special visit to the Penlee station by the staff and children of Class 1 from St.Mary's Catholic School, Penzance.

Our Cox (Patch) was on holiday and our mechanic (Tony) at our HQ in Poole, so the relief Cox (Francie) and Staff mechanic (Paul) helped out.

The children had a great time, they each had a go at sitting in the different seats on the lifeboat and had some very interesting questions for Paul about the below decks of the lifeboat!

Thank you very much St.Mary's for visiting us and being so polite, a credit to your school!

  

 

05/04/16    top of page
Torrey Canyon Disaster talk at St.Ives

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman,  had the pleasure of presenting his Torrey Canyon disaster talk at Trenwith Masonic Lodge in St.Ives.

There were 60+ people there, including members of the St.Ives RNLI branch.

It was a great evening, enjoyed by all with lots of audiance participation of their experiences and memories of the Torrey Canyon disaster.

Thanks Trenwith Lodge, those who attended and the St.Ives Branch for your support.

  

 

09/03/16    top of page
Heritage talk for Kerrier North U3A

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk to the Kerrier North U3A group. The meeting was attended by nearly 150 members who had a shortened version of the history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the members of the Kerrier North U3A who put personal donations into Martin's collection box totalling a staggering £345.29 for Penlee Lifeboat station.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

  

 

29/02/16    top of page
Heritage talk for Rotary club of Redruth

Rotary

Club of Redruth

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk to the Rotary Club of Redruth. The presentation was attended by many members who have an interest in the RNLI, including a member of the Redruth RNLI Branch.

Martin was 'Wined and dined' after which he gave a shortened version of the history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the members of the Rotary club who put personal donations into Martin's collection box totalling £97.80 for Penlee Lifeboat station appeal. The Rotary clubs are huge supporters of the RNLI and other Charities and we thank them for their support.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

  

 

27/01/16    top of page
Mounts Bay Academy Water Safety lessons

 

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth education volunteer), Martin Brockman, and volunteer crew member, Sam Kent, spent 2 days giving Water safety advice to 180 students at Mounts Bay Academy.

The underlying aim of the sessions were to make the students think about their own safety and the safety of others whilst still having fun near the water.

Group sessions identifying hazards and what to do if you get into trouble accompanied by some real life experiences on video of those who suffered loss or injury from what started out as simple trips to the coast.

Thanks to the staff and students at Mounts Bay Academy, you were brilliant and we hope that you've taken 'On board' our 'Respect the water' campaign.

  

 

06/01/16    top of page
Heritage talk for Flushing Sailing club

getting ready for the talk

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Heritage Officer), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk to the Flushing Sailing Club. The presentation was attended by many members who have an interest in the sea. After the Presentation Martin was told many stories of how the individuals present linked to the RNLI or how they remember hearing the sad news of the disaster.

Martin gave the full version of the history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the members of the Flushing Sailing club who collected £54.50 for Penlee Lifeboat station appeal. They are huge supporters of the RNLI and even sell our Christmas cards in their clubhouse on behalf of Falmouth Branch.

 

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

  

 

07/12/15    top of page
Penlee education volunteer at Constantine School

One of the many thank you letters received

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, attended Constantine Primary School to visit Kenwyn class. Martin told the children about being aware of seaside dangers, the history of the RNLI, Penlee Lifeboat station and hero's and heroines, showing the children his fathers bronze medal.

Martin also took along a set of waterproofs and a lifejacket that the crew wear on the 'Ivan Ellen' and Miss Puxley had the opportunity to wear the kit, she got into it in well under 2 minutes! The children then had a go at wearing the lifejacket and also one from the 1980's, similar to the ones worn by the crew of the Solomon Browne.

 

The children asked some very well constructed questions about the Penlee disaster, trying to get an insight into how it affected Martin who was only 10 days before the loss of his father on the lifeboat. Afterwards Martin commented that it was one of the best and most moving educational visits he has done so far!

A great time was had by the children, Mr Roberts (School governor) and Miss Puxley.

The story of our lifeboat station lives on with the children and we are very proud to share it with them.

  

 

02/12/15    top of page
RNLI education classes at Ludgvan School

Photo: Ludgvan School

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, attended Ludgvan School to give 2 classes on life skills. Martin told the children about being aware of seaside dangers, the history of the RNLI, Penlee Lifeboat station and hero's and heroines, showing the children his fathers bronze medal.

Martin also took along a set of waterproofs and a lifejacket that the crew wear on the 'Ivan Ellen' and Mr Barnard had the opportunity to wear the kit, he got into it in an amazing 1minute 20seconds (With a little help from Martin!).

A great time was had by the children and teachers, with a little bit of 'Respect the water', an important lesson for this time of the year!

 

 

03/11/15    top of page
Heritage talk for Redruth Ladies Tuesday Club

 

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Heritage Education), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk to the Redruth Ladies Tuesday Club. The presentation was attended by 15 local ladies. After the Presentation Martin was given a cup of tea and told many stories of how the individuals present linked to the RNLI or how they remember hearing the sad news of the disaster.

Martin gave a shortened version of the history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the members of the Redruth Ladies Tuesday club who presented Martin with £30 for Penlee Lifeboat appeal.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

 

 

30/09/15    top of page
Heritage talk at St.Just Royal British Legion Club

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Heritage Education), Martin Brockman, was invited along to give his heritage talk at St.Just Royal British Legion Club. The evening was organised by Raymond Tonkin a retired crew member who served on the Solomon Browne. The presentation was attended by nearly 30 locals and visitors. After the Presentation had finished Martin was introduced to a Lady and Gent from Frome, Somerset, who are staying in the Penlee Caravan Park and they made the journey to St.Just to hear it.

Martin gave the full history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was, as usual, very well received. Thank you to the members and guests of the St.Just RBL who presented Martin with an amazing £100 for Penlee Lifeboat appeal.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

 

 

14/09/15    top of page
Heritage talk at 'One and All' Masonic Lodge in Bodmin
 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Heritage Education), Martin Brockman, attended a meeting of the 'One and All' Masonic Lodge in Bodmin. Some of their members had heard Martin's superb talk on the history of the lifeboats at Penlee and decided to invite him along to one of their meetings which was attended by nearly 50 Freemasons, partners and guests.

Martin gave the full history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received. Thank you to the members and guests of the 'One and All' Lodge who presented Martin with an amazing cheque for £250 for Penlee Lifeboat.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu. Our talks last from 30 minutes to 1hour 20mins.

 

 

13/09/15    top of page
Penlee attend open day at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Photos: RNLI/Elaine Trethowan

 

As part of the National Heritage Open Days, the country’s largest FREE heritage festival, The Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno invited the Penlee heritage team along to the event. We were asked to put on a display and deliver some presentations about the history of lifeboat communications to add to their 'Ship to Shore' theme.

Our Lifeboat Press Officer - Elaine Trethowan, Lifeboat Visits officer - Martin Brockman and Crew member - Sam Kent went along with an impressive display of old and new.

Starting with Semaphore flags, through Morse signal lamps, right up to modern radio communication, the history of the lifeboats at Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee was told particularly how they communicated. The team also took along children's dress-up and some actual crew kit for the visitors to try on. Colouring-in, 'Stay Safe' Magazines, flags and pencils were well appreciated by the children, whist the adults listened to Martin presenting a brief history slide show and asked the team many questions about Penlee's rich Heritage.

Many thanks to all of those who attended the day (Over 400 visitors streamed past) and those who showed an interest in what we had to display and talk about. Many thanks to the team at the Telegraph Museum for hosting the event, inviting us along and making the tea!

Images: Top - Martin in mid flow presentation on lifeboat communications, Mid - Sam demonstrating radio etiquette to two very enthusiastic supporters, Bottom - Zara, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum Events & Learning Assistant  trying on the Crew kit (I think we've signed her up!)

  

 

09/08/15    top of page
Heritage display and talks at Porthleven Lifeboat Day

Photo: RNLI/Suzanne Tanner

 

Photo: RNLI/Elaine Trethowan

 

It was a long and busy day for Martin Brockman (our Lifeboat Visits officer) and Elaine Trethowan (Our Lifeboat Press Officer) at Porthleven lifeboat day on Sunday 9th August.

We were located in the harbour head marquee, Martin was answering queries from supporters about the heritage and history of Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee stations, also giving his illustrated heritage talks throughout the day and running to the other end of the harbour to commentate  on the public address system.

Elaine was answering questions and talking to the locals who were naming the people in the Porthleven lifeboat day photographic heritage displays. Throughout the day there was a constant flow of locals in the Marquee, pondering over the photos, all keen to add names to the faces. In total they were able to name 65 people, young and old, who've been involved with Lifeboat Day since 1980. Most of the boats that have fished out of the port over the years were also named.

A brilliant result and a perfect way to preserve the history of Porthleven and its Lifeboat Day.

Thank you all who supported us and came and said 'hello'.

Congratulations to the committee and volunteers of the Porthleven and District RNLI Branch for putting on a superb 40th lifeboat day.

Diary date: Sunday 14th August 2016 - See you all next year!

  

 

07/08/15    top of page
 Station visit by Penzance/Madron Cubs

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, and Penlee Lifeboat Mechanic, Tony Rendle, received the Penzance/Madron Davy pack of cubs at the station on Friday 7th August. Martin gave a short talk on who the RNLI are and what they do, staying safe on the beach and a brief history of the lifeboats at Penlee.

They then went onto the pontoons and saw the Penlee Inshore Lifeboat 'Paul Alexander'. Tony told them all about the boat and the training that a crew member has to go through to be allowed aboard. They then went onto the All-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen', where they had a chance to sit in the seats of the crew and have the various jobs explained to them. They saw the survivor area and engines and had a chance to ask Tony technical questions (Mainly about the rations the lifeboat carries!!!)

Thank you Davy pack for coming to see us and also thanks for the donation to our station appeal.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu.

  

 

22/07/15    top of page
 Heritage talk for the NCI Gwennap Head team

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, attended a summer meeting of the National Coastwatch Institution Gwennap Head team. Martin gave the full history of the Penzance, Newlyn and Penlee lifeboat presentation which was very well received.

Thank you to the NCI for allowing Eric to sell our draw tickets, for which the sales and other donations realised an amazing £103.76 towards our appeal.                        

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu.

  

 

14/07/15    top of page
 Heritage talk for Redruth WI

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, attended the Redruth Women's Institute July meeting. Martin gave a talk lasting about 45 minutes followed by about 15 minutes of very thought provoking questions.

Martin was treated to a 'Cup of Tea and a biscuit' which after an hour of talking went down well!.

If you are interested in requesting an education talk on the RNLI or Penlee Lifeboat station, please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer - under the 'contact us' menu.

  

 

07/07/15    top of page
 School Assemblies at Bodriggy Academy

 

 

Our volunteer Visits officer (Youth and Education), Martin Brockman, attended Bodriggy Academy in Hayle in July to give 2 assemblies. Martin told the children about being aware of seaside dangers, the history of the RNLI, Penlee Lifeboat station and hero's and heroines, showing them a short RNLI film on 'Grace Darling'.

Martin also took along a set of waterproofs and a lifejacket that the crew wear on the 'Ivan Ellen' and a teacher had the opportunity to wear the kit.

A great time was had by the children and teachers, with a little bit of 'Seaside safety' just in time for the holidays!

  

 

01/07/15    top of page
 School Assembly at GEMS Bolitho

 

 

On 1st July Penlee LVO visited GEMS Bolitho school to give the children an assembly presentation on the history of Penlee and our current appeal.

The children and teachers at Bolitho are supporting our appeal by doing a sponsored "coast to coast" walk, please support them and see the details of their efforts in our main news section.