Lifeboat team powers towards a new future

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By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 05:00

WORK on building Portishead's new £1.5 million lifeboat station is to start next month.

RNLI chiefs revealed this week that work to start demolishing the former Masonic Lodge, at Pier Road, will start at the end of November.

Once the dilapidated building – the former home of Eldon Lodge – is demolished, work on constructing the new lifeboat station will start with the hope it will be completed by November 2014.

News that work on the project is to get under way comes at the same time as Portishead Town Council awarded a grant of £30,000 towards the project. The money will go to the RNLI's Bristol Channel Fundraising Appeal to raise £180,000 towards the cost of the new station.

The appeal, which was launched in January, had already raised £72,000 thanks to fundraising, events, grants and donations.

The new building will feature modern changing facilities for crew-members, and a multi-purpose crew room for operational planning, local training and meetings. Toilets, a small workshop and store area, and a souvenir sales point will also be included in the development.

A new 65m ramp, from which the boat will launch, will also be built.

RNLI trustees have already agreed, in principle, to pursue the adoption of the Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat from the Portishead Lifeboat Trust.

The Portishead lifeboat has been based at Sugar Loaf Beach since 1996. But the facilities are no longer suitable.

Trust chairman John Gittings said: "This grant will make a fantastic difference to the appeal and takes us over the £100,000 mark. The town council has always been a fantastic supporter of the lifeboat trust.

"We have a number of events planned over the coming months which we hope will enable us to hit our target of £180,000."

The Portishead Lifeboat Trust was launched in 1996 after the Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club suspended its service after 25 years. The feeling in the local community was that the area still needed a sea-rescue service and, after a campaign, volunteers established the trust.

Since the trust's formation the lifeboat, which is manned by volunteers, has assisted 465 people.



  • Profile image for thurti365

    Good for "angiwitch" for highlighting this past story and the comment. Particularly as the Post is now running a repeat story very similar to the last one. Probably why they picked out this article. I like your tongue in cheek comment though jimmielizzard as it will give us all a laugh at coffee time. Ps shame that PortisheadAH1 appears to have abandoned the Post website. Their facts sheets and opinion though are still circulated amongst a group of followers.

    By thurti365 at 07:13 on 10/01/14

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    That's a bit random that you should pick up on a post made 4 months ago? Why wouldn't this action be legal?

    I for one support the RNLI and our great councils decision to provide assistance to build a new life boat station. God bless our council.

    By JimmieLizzard at 00:14 on 10/01/14

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    I totally agree with you portisheadAHI. We too support and donate to the RNLI but is it really actually legal for a council to behave in this way???

    By angiwitch at 16:41 on 09/01/14

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    It is uncomfortable reading that the town council has so much money in reserve that it was happy to donate a huge sum of 30,000 to a national charity but the same councillor who proposed this motion felt there was no money for a local skatepark group who had planning permission and town council support at the beginning. Portishead Lifeboat has always been a worthy cause and I support the new lifeboat station but the hypocrisy of decision making and allocation of public money is unbelievable in Portishead. Disappointing too that the reporter neglects to mention the true history of the Masonic Hall which is the town's industrial railway station. I donate to the RNLI regularly but am unhappy with them receiving a 30,000 grant when other local charities could have benefitted.

    By PortisheadAH1 at 10:24 on 15/10/13

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