14th July 2019. At the suggestion of Chris Colledge, a retired clergyman and Watchkeeper at Hengistbury Head, a combined service was held at St Nicholas’ church to celebrate Sea Sunday and the NCI's 25th anniversary.  

 Sea Sunday is traditionally held on the second Sunday in July to celebrate and remember all those who go to sea, their families and those, like the NCI, who support them.

 The service was attended by 25 Watchkeepers, as well as the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Eddie Coope, Director of the Environment BCP Council Larry Austin, the local Councillor and Tim Colquhoun NCI Liaison Trustee along with partners, members of the church and the local community - a congregation of some 60 people.  Reverend Chris College officiated in a delightful service which included all the classic seafaring hymns.  After the service, the attendees were marshalled for photographs before enjoying tea and cakes provide by the parish. 

 The afternoon also gave Tim Colquhoun the opportunity to visit the Lookout as Liaison Trustee to see what has been achieved by the Hengistbury Head team over the past year.

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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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