RNLI Fundraising in Westerham

Sat 26th March 2022 – St Mary’s Church, TN16 1AS

Come and join us in St Mary’s Church at 7pm for an evening of music from the  London Welsh Rugby Club Choir under their musical director Michael Wyn Jones
We are delighted to announce that they will be joined by soloists who are alumni of the Orpheus Centre in Godstone with their musical director Sir Richard Stilgoe.
Tickets are available at £12, £15 or £20 and include a interval drink.  All concert proceeds will go to the RNLI and there will be a retiring collection for the Orpheus Centre.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite by using this link.
Doors open at 6.15.

About the RNLI

Saving lives at sea without losing your own, or the lives of your crew, requires skill, courage and commitment.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is an independent charity, and does not receive any funding from the UK government.

Lifeboat CrewThe RNLI has 238 lifeboat stations around the British Isles and has saved more than 140,000 lives since its foundation in 1824.

Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and they rely on more than 40,000 volunteers – on lifeboats, at lifeboat stations, on beaches, and in fundraising.

The Oxted and Westerham RNLI group is one of many volunteer fundraising groups around the UK.  For more details, or if you would like to get involved in any way, contact the Westerham RNLI fundraising group by calling Stuart Merrylees on 01959 563296 or email him at stuartmerrylees@gmail.com

2019: Shackleton and the Endurance

A supper with a lecture by Dr Cathy Corbishley on the fate of the Imperial Trans-antarctic Expedition,  the Endurance and the voyage of the James Caird Lifeboat.

Dr Corbishley generously donated two items of cyanotype fabric which she had created from  prints from Frank Hurley photos – this one taken by flashlight in 1915 while Endurance was trapped in the ice.

2018: The Cutty Sark

A supper with lecture by Louise Macfarlane, curator of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

The Cutty Sark was built in Scotland in 1869 and was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of perfecting the design of big sailing ships, which came to an end when  steamships took over their routes.

At this dinner, we were delighted to present John Edwards with a bottle of Cutty Sark whiskey and a cut glass tumbler to commemorate his chairmanship fo the Westerham RNLI since 2005.

2016: Samuel Pepys and the British Navy

A talk by John Norton-Doyle, Secretary of the Pepys Club, with traditional dinner by The Courtyard.

Previous fundraising events in Westerham

Lifeboat Crew

We recollect that in 2011 we screened the filmWhisky Galore! A 1949 Ealing comedy film based on the novel by Compton MacKenzie set on the island of Eriskay. It is based on the real-life 1941 shipwreck of the S.S. Politician and the unauthorized taking of its cargo of whisky. The plot deals with the attempts by Scottish islanders to take advantage of the unexpected windfall, despite opposition from British authorities. In the cast are Joan Greenwood as Peggy Macroon, Gordon Jackson as George Campbell, James Robertson Justice as Doctor Maclaren, A.E. Matthews as Colonel Linsey-Woolsey, and Compton Mackenzie himself as Captain Buncher.

In 2006, the Westerham fundraising group organised a showing of Hitchcock’s film Lifeboat.

In May 2007, we took a stand at the Rotary Fair on the Green.  In September we organised an RNLI an Gala Day at the Long Pond, with all sotrs of model boats involving the re-enactment of the ducking of Hanny Saxby.

Ducking Hannah Saxby

2008 saw a Quiz at the Grasshopper and took part in the Day of Music on the Green. The main event was a walk along the Vanguard Way, in relays, from the Lifeboat station at Newhaven back to Westerham.

In September 2009, we took part in the Fair at the Wolfe Weekend at Squerryes.

In January 2010, an RNLI supporters team from Westerham visited Denbies Vineyard near Dorking to take part in a Winter Welly Walk.