NATIONAL COASTWATCH HAVE BEEN GRANTED USE OF THEIR OWN DEDICATED RADIO CHANNEL BY OFCOM. CHANNEL 65 IS NOW IN FULL USE AT NELLS POINT. SO WHY NOT GIVE US A CALL FOR LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS OR A RADIO CHECK?
Already we have had 5 incidents so far this year, but but only 2 have related to Sully Island. For full details see the incidents section at the top of the page.
RNLI MAYDAY EVENT
On 12 may we had a stand at the Barry Dock RNLI Mayday event on the promenade at Barry Island. The weather was fine, vistors aplenty and it gave us the opportunity to chat about what we do. Below are some of our crew at the stand with local Westminster MP and Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns
An autumn 2017 Nells Point NCI were delighted to be accepted by ASDA's Barry Waterfront store, as one of their 3 nominated charities for their Community Life Fund. Over a period of a month or so, customers were given tokens at the checkout which they could use to indicate their preferred charity of the 3, and Nells Point NCI came out on top, which resulted in us receiving a £500 donation from ASDA.
A big thank you to ASDA for accepting Nells Point as one of its charities and a further thank you to every one of ASDA's customers to put their token in Nells Point's box.
During 2017 we were involved in 24 incidents, 18 of which related to people being stranded by the tide on Sully Island. As a result a total of 43 people were safely evacuated to the mainland by Penarth Lifeboat, or managed to wade back across. For more details see the incidents section at the top of the page
On 6 August we held our annual Open Day, when we invite the public to come and visit us and see what we do. The weather stayed dry and the visitors thoroughly enjoyed their tours. We also had a visit from the Red Arrows (well it did coincide with the Transport Festival on Barry Island) and the Station made a perfect vantage point for watching their display and allowing some of our watchkeepers to take some photos.
And no........we were not involved in a major plane crash incident on the day. It was just an interestingly timed shot from one of our supporters!
More photos can be seen in our picture gallery.
NCI VISIT H.M.C.G, MILFORD HAVEN
In May some of our crew visited the Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) Milford Haven. Wes were welcomed by the newly appointed NCI Liaison Officer who updated us with progress on their recent reorganization and answered the many questions asked. We were then taken into the Operations Centre, where their technology and software were demonstrated. Each workstation had four screens enabling each operator to transfer information from one screen to the other thus keeping all relevant information available at all times.
The whole experience was very interesting and informative and promoted good channels of communication channels between us
10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF NELLS POINT NCI STATION
On 16 February 2017 we held a celebratory dinner at the Seashore Grill to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Nells Point. The occasion was attended by both past and present watchkeepers, the Mayors of Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan, the President and Chairman of National NCI, representatives of 2 of our sister stations in South Wales and some of our major supporters. It proved to be a successful evening and enabled the NCI president to present 10 year service badges and certificates to 9 of the original group of watchkeepers who helped set up the station back in 2007 and who are still active today.
NCI Chairman, Lesley Suddes and President Jon Gifford present Clive Wilton with his 10 Year Service award. Clive is our longest serving member who played a huge part in setting-up the station and was its original Manager
VISIT OF THE MAYOR OF BARRY, COUNCILLOR CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS
On 9 January 2017 we were visited by the Barry Town Mayor, Charlotte Williams, who congratulated us on the work that we do. It also gave us the opportunity for us to thank her and the Barry Council for their recent grant which had enabled us to purchase a new internet router and printer.
Mayor, Charlotte Williams and her young consort with Manager Terry Ewington and Senior Watchkeeper Clive Hoskin
VISIT FROM THE MAYOR OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN, COUNCILLOR STUART EGAN
Over the years Nells Point has recieved good support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and in particular with the Office of the Mayor and we were delighted to receive the Mayor, Councilor Stuart Egan at the station in late August 2016. Councillor Egan had previously visited the station 8 years previously, when he was Barry Town Mayor, and he was delighted to see the progress that had been made since his previous visit.
Manager, Terry Ewington and Deputy Manager Jeni Sweet with the Mayor Councillor Stuart Egan during his visit.
Barry Dock Lifeboat and one of the St Athan based Coastguard Rescue helicopters training at Nells Point
On 18 August - 2 swimmers needed assistance in Whitmore Bay and were evacuated by helicopter
Nells Point Exhibition Room.
Why not come and visit our Exhibition Room? It is open most Sundays (weather permitting!). Media Design, a graphic design company based in Crickhowell, Powys. re--designed the display boards and it is now an interesting and stunning visual display about NCI, Nells Point, the local area and SAR . Funded by a grant from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and matched with funds from the Local Tourist Office.
Exhibition space at Nells Point