All change at Fawley Power Station

It could soon be time to wave goodbye to that iconic chimney…..

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Calshot Castle – photographed by Lewis Horsley

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New Forest Volunteer Fair

Very busy day at Lyndhurst…great interest in joining us by a variety of ‘volunteer explorers’. Many invitations given out for visits to the Tower…by Brian Howells, Tony Cowell, Barry Clarke and Colin Lewis, also a visit from our MP Julian Lewis who has always supported us.IMG_1019.JPG

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Calshot NCI – 6 years on…

It’s 6 years to to the day that we booked the Waterside Sports and Social to find out if any locals would be interested in resurrecting Calshot Tower on behalf of the National Coastwatch Institution.

We thought perhaps we’re get 20-25 people at best… we ran out of chairs at 104 people so it was standing room only from there on in!

The meeting was lead by Honorary President Jon Gifford OBE boosted by support from Calshot RNLI, Southampton Coastguard, ABP, local Councillors plus representatives from the blue light services.

Calshot is now one of NCI’s busiest stations manned 364 days per year in daylight hours by 84 volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers, so long as you can climb the 84 steps and have good eyesight we’ll teach you the rest, and it’s only a few hours a month to fit in with you.

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Bembridge all weather Lifeboat

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Bembridge all weather Lifeboat

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Cowes and Bembridge visit Calshot…Sunday day trip?

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VHF Marine Radio Practice…

Are you studying for your RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate and need some ‘hands-on’ extra practice with colleagues?  If so there is a very useful app  called Zello that could easily allow you to emulate a two-way radio set-up including PTT and simplex operation.

Zello is free and can be used with Apple, Android and Windows Smartphones\tablets + Windows PCs

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Day 1 of the London Boat show

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Calshot watch keepers Deirdre Blore and Phil Bridges helping on the NCI stand.

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Sea Scouts Presentation

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Meeting with the 13th Eastleigh Sea Scout Group
With growing concern over the number of incidents involving young people on the Solent and in particular Kayaks, NCI Training Officer Peter Brown thought it would be a good idea to put our training expertise to good use.
We need to be more proactive in helping to prevent incidents before they happen rather than having to react to people in distress.
The NCI Calshot Tower committee agreed, so an informative course was designed to:
• Introduce the work of the NCI
• Stress about Safety on the Water
• Cover some basic Chartwork skills

The meeting went ahead on Friday 16th October with about 25 young people aged between 10 and 15.
It started with lots of pictures and stories about the NCI and rescues.

We then explored the Safety on the Water aspects with the following given as a handout

Safety on the Water
Before you go:
Check the tides
Check the Weather
Tell a responsible person where and when you are going and when you expect to be back
When you go:
Take adequate/correct clothing
Wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid
Find and read any signs on the beach, shore or water side
Do NOT go alone
Know how to signal for help – waving arms, shouting
Carry a better means of signalling for help – A whistle

Finally we ventured into chartwork covering basic Latitude & Longitude, Using a Portland Plotter and Plotting a bearing and distance on the chart.
It was a very different and enjoyable evening and very refreshing to hear the Sea Scouts views, who are certainly not slow at coming forward.
Feedback more pictures, more stories and less words on the screen, can we see pictures of the life jackets.
I deemed this first meeting a success, no- one got stabbed with the dividers, all equipment remained in one piece and by the banter they did take a lot of it in.

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Map reading, it’s easier than you’d think!

As well being trained to interpret  admiralty chart(s) for their local area ALL NCI watch keepers are also trained to read an Ordnance Survey 25k map.  This enables an NCI station to provide a 6 figure grid references to the emergency services as and when the need arises.

It’s easier than you might think as Steve Backshall explains…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXuo_ocVMVU

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