Scarborough RNLI

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✱ Today Sunday 5 December 2021 ✱

Sorry there are no special events today.

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Official handover of new ILB

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Scarborough RNLI's new inshore lifeboat will be officially handed over at a naming ceremony on Saturday (9 OCTOBER).

It is the lifeboat station's fourth D-class lifeboat to be paid for by Gay and Peter Hartley's Hillards Charitable Trust.

The John Wesley Hillard IV, which cost £89,000, will be formally presented to Scarborough RNLI by a trust representative.

In 2016, the foundation stone of the new lifeboat station was laid by Peter's grandson Oscar Hartley, 15, on behalf of his father Simon, who bid for the opportunity to dress and lay the year-stone in the Yorkshire Post's Christmas 2014 appeal.

The appeal raised £17,000 and helped Scarborough RNLI reach the £200,000 target it needed to part-fund a launch-and-recovery vehicle for its new Shannon-class lifeboat.

Peter said: "The RNLI is a marvellous charity manned by volunteers who risk their lives to save others, often in hazardous conditions. Scarborough lifeboat station is an integral part of the community."

Scarborough RNLI chair Colin Woodhead said: "The Hartley family has shown amazing support for Scarborough RNLI over the years. This latest act of generosity means we have the most advanced boats available to continue to save lives at sea."

Lifeboat chaplain Rev Richard Walker will officiate at the dedication service, which starts at 2pm. It will be attended by nine members of the Hartley family, RNLI chair Stuart Popham and deputy chair Janet Cooper, with music by Scarborough Salvation Army Band.

Weather permitting, and if it isn't on service, the new lifeboat will then be launched.


John Wesley Hillard was born into a Somerset Methodist family in 1857. After leaving school at 15, he worked as an apprentice in London's tea trade for seven years before managing a grocery shop in Paris, followed by a chain of three shops in Tralee, Ireland.

In 1885, he settled in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, and opened a grocery shop with a £50 loan. Within 15 years, he had over 20 shops. He later acquired a corn seed business to supply local farmers and in 1922 bought a rival chain of 13 shops.

Hillards was a family grocery business that traded from 1885 to 1987, employing more than 7,500 people at 40 supermarkets in 40 towns including Scarborough (where Tesco is today). Hillards ceased trading in 1987 after being bought out by Tesco.

In 1988, using part of their share of the sale proceeds, Peter and Gay Hartley set up the trust. Based on the public-spirited values of the company's founding family, its mission is to support social welfare opportunities in the towns once served by Hillards stores. In particular, it welcomes applications from charities that work with older people, and those that engage with children's welfare, educational projects and physical and mental health issues. Applications can be made via its website www.hillardstrust.org.

Posted Tuesday 5 October 2021 09:33 am by


New date for 80's night

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An 80s-themed charity night in aid of Scarborough RNLI has been postponed because of the corona virus outbreak.
Featuring a disco and an 80s-style buffet, it was due to be on 28 March at the Royal Hotel, where a similar function raised £1,250 for Saint Catherine's last year.
All being well, it will now take place on 1 August.
Tickets cost £20 and can be booked by ringing 361774 or emailing admin738@britanniahotels.com.

Posted Friday 20 March 2020 10:08 am by


New date for 80's night

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An 80s-themed charity night in aid of Scarborough RNLI has been postponed because of the corona virus outbreak.
Featuring a disco and an 80s-style buffet, it was due to be on 28 March at the Royal Hotel, where a similar function raised £1,250 for Saint Catherine's last year.
All being well, it will now take place on 1 August.
Tickets cost £20 and can be booked by ringing 361774 or emailing admin738@britanniahotels.com.

Posted Friday 20 March 2020 10:08 am by


Charity night cancelled

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The 80's themed charity night has been cancelled until next year.

Posted Saturday 18 July 2020 10:04 am by


Model boat show 18 April 2020 10.30am CANCELLED

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There is a model boat show at Scarborough Lifeboat Station on April 18th 2020. If you wish to attend as an exhibitor or need more information please leave a message on this post or email
Scarboroughlifeboateventsteam@outlook.com, and give how many boats you will be bringing and how many attending please.
Visitor entrance is £1.00 per person and £0.50p for U12�'s.
The event opens to the public at 10.30am and will close at 16:00. Teas and coffees will be available alongside a tombola and a display pool throughout the day.

Hope to see many of you there!

Posted Thursday 9 January 2020 07:21 am by


80's dance night at Royal 28 March 2020 CANCELLED

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An 80s-themed charity night will raise funds for Scarborough RNLI next year.
Featuring a disco and an 80s-style buffet, it will be on 28 March at the Royal Hotel, where a similar function raised £1,250 for Saint Catherine's in August.
Tickets cost £20 and can be booked by ringing 361774 or emailing admin738@britanniahotels.com.

Posted Monday 16 September 2019 07:47 pm by


Ladies guild coffee morning - Tuesday 24th March 10.30 CANCELLED

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Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild fundraiser with coxswain Lee Marton and other crew members.
At Park Manor Hotel, Northstead Manor Drive 10.30-12.00

Posted Tuesday 4 February 2020 09:52 am by


Ladie's Guild Meeting 18th February

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The next Ladie's Guild meeting will be at the Red Lea Hotel on 18 February

Posted Thursday 6 February 2020 10:26 am by


Love your lifeboat 2020 10am at boathouse

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Love YOUR Lifeboat is returning for 2020! In the theme of Valentines we are opening our doors on Saturday 15th February between 10:00-16:00. The day consists of activities and games upstairs in the crew room with Teas, Coffee's, juice and biscuits available for all. Exclusive VIP tours will also be available around the station and onboard our Shannon Class Lifeboat for a small donation. Hope to see you there!

Posted Thursday 9 January 2020 07:16 am by


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Scarborough RNLI's annual memorial service takes place at St Mary's Church on Sunday 8 December.
The service marks the 65th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in the lifeboat's history.
Three crew died when the ECJR lifeboat overturned in the south bay in a terrible storm on 8 December 1954.
In atrocious conditions, with enormous waves and a howling gale, the lifeboat had been at sea all afternoon, escorting fishing boats back to the harbour.
With its rescue work complete, the ECJR was engulfed by waves and capsized close to the harbour mouth.
The deaths of coxswain Jack Sheader, second coxswain John Cammish and signalman Francis Bayes devastated their families and numbed the whole town with shock and grief.
Every year since then, the anniversary of the tragedy has been commemorated by a church service remembering those three in particular but also other lifeboat crew who have perished at sea. They include Frank Dalton, who died in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9 December 1951.
The service is due to begin at 6.30pm.


Posted Thursday 31 October 2019 03:23 pm by