Penlee Lifeboat Station Fundraising Appeal

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The crew at Penlee need your help to build a new Lifeboat Station.  The current lifeboat station was built in 1983 and comprises office space, crew room and a small crew changing area.  Unfortunately, now 31 years on, the station is no longer fit for purpose.

With around 25 volunteer crew and additional shore crew as well as fundraisers, there is an urgent need for more space.  The small crew changing room can see anything up to 10 volunteers changing at any one time and is simply not adequate.

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A dedicated crew training room is now essential as fewer RNLI crew are coming from maritime backgrounds and need access to an appropriate environment in which to complete the continuous training required in order to operate the charity’s state of the art lifeboats and navigation systems.

Subject to planning permission, the new station will be rebuilt on the site of the existing boathouse.  It will be a two storey building – twice as long as the current station – and will include a larger crew changing and shower room, a galley area and larger crew room where they can rest and get warm after a shout, a dedicated office, a visitor attraction and a separate training room.  The training room will be available  for use by groups in the local community working and training in the maritime area such as MCA, sea scouts etc.

England rugby player, Jack Nowell, recently paid a visit to Penlee lifeboat station to show his support for the new appeal. Jack grew up in Newlyn and could see the lifeboat launching from the station from his window.

To support the appeal you can donate online via Virgin Money Giving or, for more information contact Guy Botterill, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager – 07774 436265 –  guy_botterill@rnli.org.uk

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Newlyn Arts Festival in the Studio Café, Newlyn Art Gallery

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As part of 2014’s Newlyn Arts Festival, four artists took up residence in the village, creating work in various locations including The Fishermen’s Mission.  The work, or documentation of their residency, is exhibited in the Studio Café at Newlyn Art Gallery.

From 27 January 2015 to 7 February 2015, the exhibited artist is Faye Dobinson with “All at Sea”.

Faye spent her residency sketching, talking and finding out about navigation from fishermen at The Mission.  She listened to their tales and made small art works, ten of which were sent off in bottles (akin to a ‘message in a bottle’).  The work was sent out with the fishermen who threw the art from their boats at a point they believed would give the bottle the best chance of it travelling furthest afield.  Faye will present some of her artworks and documentation relating to her residency.

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From 10 – 21 February 2015, the exhibited artist is Biljana Lipic with “Fishermen’s Hands”.

During her residency, using photography, Biljana observed and attempted to ‘catch’ the Newlyn fishermen’s individual characters and life stories, as embodied through their hands.  She moved about the village to find the fishermen in their working and leisure environments.  Her goal was to show in as personal and intimate way as possible, the work and the lives of these men who are also some of our last hunters.

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

Call 01736 363715 or visit the website.

Studio Café and shop at Newlyn Art Gallery are open Tue-Sat, 11am – 4pm, free admission, donations welcome.

The galleries are now closed for maintenance work, reopening on Saturday 21st March 2015 with Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014.

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