4th September 2019. The National Coastwatch station at Calshot Tower have received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group.

In June it was announced that NCI Calshot Tower were amongst this years proud recipients of the award. “We are all so proud and excited to have been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK" was the response by NCI Calshot Station Manager Diana Roblett when she first heard  news of the award

Three months later, in a ceremony held in the Kinkead Room of the Calshot Activity Centre today, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq., presented the station with a certificate signed by the Her Majesty the Queen along with a domed glass crystal in recognition of the Award. Special guests at the event included Deputy Lieutenant The Hon. Hugo Cubitt and Mrs. Cubitt; Allan Glass, Chair New Forest District Council; Cllr. Alexis McEvoy, Hampshire County Councillor for the Fawley District and Mr. M McEvoy; Waitrose representatives Jo Hobbs, Adam Truscott, and John D’Arcy (ex-Watchkeeper); Alistair Palmer, Acting Manager, Calshot Activity Centre; Jon Dyer-Slade, Strategic Manager, Countryside Service, Hampshire CC and Kate Parkinson, P.A. to the Lord Lieutenant.

The photograph shows the Lord Lieutenant presenting the certificate to Station Manager Diana Roblett and the team at NCI Calshot Tower

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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