Welcome to our blog!

visit-nci-ct-official-siteHere you will find informal news about events at and around the NCI Calshot Tower Coastwatch Station…

Visitors – for official information about NCI Calshot Tower, the National Coastwatch Institution, and useful Solent and Southampton Water marine information, please visit our main web site – https://nci.org.uk/calshot

Calshot Watchkeepers – you can contribute to this blog – please email Peter Taylor to find out how!

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More on the Royal visit

Good coverage of HRH the Princess Royal’s visit in the November issue of the Herald

HRH Cashot-Herlad

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Royal Visit – more photos

Did you wonder how HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the National Coastwatch Institution, travelled by helicopter but arrived at Calshot Tower by car? Here are some photographs taken by Alison Lewis as HRH left Calshot following her visit to NCI Calshot Tower on the 25th October 2018. The field used as a landing place for the helicopter is at the southern end of the Calshot shingle spit and accessed via a footbridge.


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Royal Visit

HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the National Coastwatch Institution, visited NCI Calshot Tower on Thursday, 25th October 2018.

The Princess who arrived by helicopter, was met by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Hampshire, Vice-Admiral Sir David Steel, and introduced to Councillor Elaine Still, leader of Hampshire County Council; Councillor Mel Kendall, Chair of New Forest District Council; Commander Lesley Suddes, and Blake Holt, NCI Chair and Deputy Chair; and Stephen Kingdon, Deputy Launching Authority Calshot RNLI, along with Roger Taylor, Calshot NCI Deputy Station Manager and Colin Lewis, senior watchkeeper.

After visiting the NCI Calshot operations room (reached by climbing 100ft of ladders), the Princess met each of the watchkeepers, assembled in groups outside the Tower. In a short ceremony within the RNLI Station, the Princess presented epaulettes to the new Deputy Station Manager, five-year certificates to four watchkeepers, and unveiled a plaque which will be fixed to the tower.

Here are some photographs of the visit (click to enlarge).

Below are photographs of HRH Princess Royal meeting the NCI Calshot watchkeepers (photos: Mike Ford – click to view full images)

Our thanks to all those who helped initiate, organise and manage the Royal visit of HRH The Princess Royal including Calshot RNLI for the use of the Lifeboat Station.


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Rescued by Bladerunner

Watchkeeper Andrew Walking writes: “we monitored a request for help by a motor boat that lost power. Bladerunner 2 contacted HM Coastguard and offered a tow and they arrived at Calshot pier with the casualty. Luckily, with the help of an incoming tide and a NE wind, the motor boat drifted in and came alongside the pier.”

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RNLI Quiz – October 22nd – Hythe

We’re not entirely sure who is reserving places for this quiz night, probably best to call Ebenezers on 023 8020 7799….


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