CHESTERFIELD: RNLI branch members boost funds

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Over the weekend of July 13,14 and 15, the Chesterfield an North East Derbyshire branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution had one of its busiest weekends ever.

On Saturday morning, branch chairman John Grubb gave a talk about the work of the RNLI to members of the Men’s Breakfast Club at Whittington Moor Methodist Church. He followed this up by running sales stall, along with Meryl Ashton, at the garden party at Bolsover Church.

At the same time, sales stalls were also in operation at Harthill Carnival, manned by Joanne Dale, wife of souvenir secretary Tony Dale, along with children Mark and Jessica and Jessica’s boyfriend Liam; at Poolsbrook Armed Forces Weekend, manned by Mary Rhodes and Hilary Gilliver; and at Whitwell Carnival, manned by souvenir secretary Tony Dale and daughter Abigayle, until a heavy downpour forced them to abandon the event - thanks go to the Army cadets who helped salvage the souvenir stock.

On Sunday the Dale family manned the stall at the Poolsbrook Armed Forces Weekend, and nine other members of the branch kept busy at the open gardens event at 257/261 Chesterfield Road, Temple Normanton, gardens opened by courtesy of Peter and Janet Wright and Stephen Wright. A souvenir stall was in action here, and light refreshments were served throughout the afternoon, as well as a raffle with five prizes and a ‘Guess the Squares’ competition organised by Meryl Ashton, using a cross-stitch picture of the Humber lifeboat. An added attraction at the open gardens event was a performance by children from Grassmoor Primary School, under the direction of teacher Claire Leyland, who sang the lifeboat song ‘Home, home, home from the sea’, and other community singing.

Well over £1000 worth of souvenirs was sold over the weekend’s events, while the open gardens raised £300 which is going to the appeal for a new tractor and trailer for the new All Weather Shannon Class Lifeboat to be placed at Ilfracombe next year.

To round off the weekend, chairman John Grubb was back in action on Monday evening, this time talking to members of Calow Women’s Group. This resulted in generous donations of £43, and souvenir sales of nearly £150.

Last Saturday ten members of the branch were busy collection at Morrison’s superstore at Staveley, and their efforts raised over £380. Thanks go to everyone who supported the work of the Lifeboats, to the collectors for their efforts, and to the manager and staff at the store for their help and support.