Good afternoon members, at last a little good news. Most of you will have received the email from Salcombe Harbour Authority about changes to their Covid 19 restrictions. If you haven’t received it, go to  https://www.salcombeharbour.co.uk/covid19 where all is revealed.  Basically you can go afloat but only if you can satisfy the standards laid out in the SHA document. 

You might have noticed that the Salcombe Harbour web site has undergone a face lift.  It is worth having a look at the new site.

Boatwatch coordinator Richard Benton has emailed the Police and Harbour Office for an opinion as to the wisdom of restarting normal Boatwatch activities.  He will be in touch with the teams as soon as he has a response. 

Your committee continues to meet by Zoom monthly.  At our last meeting we talked briefly about events that might become possible if Coronavirus restrictions are lifted further.  Obviously we could come to no conclusions but be assured we are thinking of you and the Club, and will resume club activities once it becomes safe to do so. 

In the meantime stay safe in what some commentators believe may be the most dangerous phase yet of the pandemic in England.

Tony Watson.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues and grows, the Club’s activities remain on hold.  Boatwatch members are not functioning in their normal manner but, as they take their permitted exercise, they do keep an eye on the water and the craft on it.

As many of you will be aware, Salcombe Harbour Authority has banned all craft from the water except those on Harbour duties, the fishermen and the RNLI.  Additionally local authorities, the police, tourist agencies and the local population are asking people who are not permanently resident in the area to stay away and remain in their own main residencies.  People who ignore this are being fined and turned back by the Constabulary  The biggest problem is that our Health Service can only just cope with the resident population, additional patients will result in all of us receiving sub standard services with unpleasant results.  The SHDC leader’s letter can be viewed here >

Consequently, if you are not a Devon resident restrain the urge to come down for Easter, stay at home and let others in your area know they will not be welcomed in the West Country.

Sorry to be a bit negative, but at least the weather has improved which makes life more bearable.  Never has so much gardening, house painting and decorating been done.  There might be light at the end of the tunnel, let’s hope so and look forward to some late summer’s boating and some KEBC social events.

Above all, stay safe.

Tony Watson. 

CORONAVIRUS MEANS NO MEETINGS

It is not possible to predict when we will be able to resume normal service.  We will keep you informed.

In the meantime various organisations in Kingsbridge are developing support systems for residents. 
The Town Council have rolled out their Guardian Angels programme – see their web site for details.  Kingsbridge Food Bank are extending their services to cover homes facing difficulties in addition to their normal service.
Age Concern are offering a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service within Kingsbridge.

We were approached by the Food Bank for financial assistance and your committee voted to donate £200 from KEBC funds.  If individual members would also like to contribute please see the Food Bank flyer at the end of this message.  They are also looking for more volunteers to deliver food.  There would be no personal contact.  Call Gerrie or Paula on the numbers below.

We are aware that Google is still not finding the new web site.  We are working on this but, in the meantime, other search engines are having no trouble and, if you simply enter www.kebc.co.uk/ or click on the link at the top of this newsletter, you will reach our web site and you can always save it to your favourites for future use. Google will catch up. Eventually. In its own time.

Southampton Boat Show has not yet been cancelled, so our request for responses to the possible outing is repeated here.

So for now, stay safe and keep an eye on your neighbours.  Try phoning a couple of friends each day.  Preparing the boat for launching at the end of the month is a form of self isolating, so you have plenty of things to get on with.

Tony Watson, Chairman.

POSSIBLE CLUB OUTING TO SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW!

Several members have requested that we look at doing a Club Trip to the Southampton Boat Show in September 2020; the Committee would like to know if there is a sufficient level of support to make it viable.

Monday 14th September leaving Kingsbridge Quay at 7.30am arriving 11.30am on
Tally Ho Coach 32 Seater.

Pickup time from The Boat Show approx 4.00 pm arriving Kingsbridge 8.00pm.

Estimated Cost including entrance to the Boat Show in the region of £50 per person.

To make it happen we would need a commitment of about 30 people and the money would have to be paid as soon as the Coach is booked and the Group Tickets purchased. (32 people would bring the cost down to about £45)
If you are interested please contact  events@kebc.co.uk 

 


Kingsbridge Food Bank flyer.

Gerrie  07759 683567 OR  Paula 07746 937514

Citizens of the Kingsbridge Parish Cluster + Kingston, Ringmore, Modbury, Blackawton & Strete

Community Appeal to
Keep Us All Safe

Copy of Mail Just Sent to Kingsbridge Gazette

Check out Gerrie’s plea below, and read the Emergency Plan.

Churches, Parish Councils, the Food Bank Christians, the Food Bank Non Christians and other providers need to hold hands so we can deliver food & pastoral care to the those in our care that are in need of our help over the next few weeks, and beyond.

Gordon Roberts is coordinating with Grandad Roger for the churches as Graham F is away.

Parish Councils are signing up:

Jean Turrell at East Allington did when I called her last night, as Clerk, but she’s even older than me (sorry Jean) so she’s looking for a younger version of herself to take it on.

In second place will come East Portlemouth  I have £5 on it.

Thank you to Kingsbridge Town Council see their website for supporting us with their Guardian Angels scheme join with us by contacting Gerrie or Paula.

If you would like to donate now or regularly:

Kingsbridge Area Food Bank at

Lloyds Bank

77 09 24

17928860

Thank you

MEETING WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th. 2020

This will be a double Bill

Ali Jones from Sea ‘N Shore will give a presentation on Safety and Lifejackets Please bring along your lifejackets and she will check them over and advise on their condition for your safety.

Debbie and Norman have devised a Quizwith a nautical theme

This is designed to be fun and not too challenging so come and share. You don’t need a team we can sort that out on the night!

Meeting as usual at The Seven Stars, Kingsbridge 7.30pm

There will be a small Raffle for our Club Charities

Wednesday 18th March : Club Meeting 7.30pm at The Seven Stars

Ali Jones – Lifejackets/Norman Hore – Nautical Quiz

Wednesday 8th April      : Committee Meeting 7.30pm at The Seven Stars 

Wednesday 22nd April    : Club Meeting 7.30pm at The Seven Stars
(not the 15th to avoid Easter holidays)

Mike Austin – The Voyages of the Liberdade 188 and 2000
This talk covers the events that led to the building of the Liberdade in southern Brazil when Joshua Slocum, America’s most famous sailing captain, was shipwrecked in a storm whilst at anchor. He then sailed it back to America with his wife and two young sons.    

Wednesday 13th May  : Committee Meeting 7.30pm at The Seven Stars

Wednesday 20th May :  Club Meeting 7.30 pm at The Seven Stars

Nigel Whitemore – First Aid at Sea


POSSIBLE CLUB OUTING TO SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW!

Several members have requested that we look at doing a Club Trip to the Southampton Boat Show in September 2020; the Committee would like to know if there is a sufficient level of support to make it viable.

Monday 14th September leaving Kingsbridge Quay at 7.30am arriving 11.30am on
Tally Ho Coach 32 Seater.

Pickup time from The Boat Show approx 4.00 pm arriving Kingsbridge 8.00pm.

Estimated Cost including entrance to the Boat Show in the region of £50 per person.

To make it happen we would need a commitment of about 30 people and the money would have to be paid as soon as the Coach is booked and the Group Tickets purchased. (32 people would bring the cost down to about £45)
If you are interested please contact  events@kebc.co.uk  

The RNLI in Salcombe and Kingsbridge is celebrating their 150th year, saving local lives at sea.

In September 1869, the first Salcombe Lifeboat, The Rescue, was launched at Dodbrooke Quay, Kingsbridge and rowed to her new home at South Sands.

Since then, the brave volunteers and their lifeboats have launched on service over 1,600 times, saved nearly 500 lives and brought a further 1,350 people to safety.

The culmination of the Salcombe 150th anniversary celebrations took place across the weekend of 20¬22 September with a Lifeboat Festival and the unveilng of two fantastic statues one in Kingsbridge and the other in Salcombe.

The RNLI will show the new celebration film at our club meeting on the 13th November.

Report by Norman Dilley

Some twenty KEBC members were warned by our Chair that we were in for a fairly hard walk. In practice this seemed less arduous than keeping up with and absorbing the huge knowledge imparted by our guide Mike Pearce, whose enthusiasm and experience kept us going for nearly two and a half hours!

We started at the college entrance overlooking the parade ground and the Captain’s garden where a certain Elizabeth met a certain Philip (now the Lord High Admiral) for the first time in 1939.

The college arrived in Dartmouth from the Solent aboard two old wooden ships in the 1863, following two rejected mooring sites along the way. Life would have been quite tough for the youngsters, some only just into their teens. Shore based activities, parades and sports were on land at Sand Quay. This was made available by the Raleigh family (of Walter fame).

The College employs approximately 200 people and is the largest single employer in Dartmouth. Standing high on the hill overlooking the town and harbour, the college building was completed in 1905 on land compulsorily purchased from the Raleigh family for around £25,000. The whole site extends to well over 100 acres.

To this day college entrants bound for the UK Navy must pass Admiralty Board mental and physical tests. Even well into the 20th Century, fees would be paid by the entrants’ families.

The BRNC produces officers, not just for HM Naval forces but also, some Middle Eastern countries. France, and Germany (the only nationality who do NOT wear swords at the Lord High Admirals Divisions, the passing out parades).

Our tour continued into the Chapel with its magnificent roof beams, did you know that on 21st October (The anniversary of Trafalgar) at approximately 1615 in the afternoon a shaft of sunlight falls onto the right hand of the statue of Christ behind the altar, from a window high on the west wall of the Chapel.

The time being around the Death of Nelson and the realisation of Victory during the battle? This was discovered by accident and maybe a little puzzle left by the architect. There are many magnificent displays, pictures and paintings of naval history throughout the college, one example being HMS Hood, sunk in the Battle of Denmark Strait by the Bismark with enormous loss of life. More was to be found in the college museum, worth a visit on its own.

With thanks to Mike Pearce, we returned home, an afternoon well spent.

Report by Steve Arblaster

On 16th October the Club’s winter lecture programme featured a fascinating talk by Alice Henderson about her exploration of Patagonia and Antarctica.

Clearly addicted to adventurous pursuits from an early age, Alice enthralled her audience with tales from her recent adventures in the deep South, enriched by a variety of photography.

After “warming up” with a solo exploration of the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, Alice travelled to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego and took passage for some three weeks in the tall ship “Europa” for a voyage to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Passages in and out of the ice were interspersed with treks ashore, enlivened by encounters with a rich variety of wildlife, all brought to vivid life by Alice’s photography.

The variety of questions raised at the close of her enthusiastic presentation was testament to the interest it created.

An excellent evening!

Report by John Elliot