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?
So far this year we have been involved in 24 incidents, 18 of which have related to people being stranded by the tide on Sully Island. All were safetly 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 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
In 2016 we were involved in 22 incidents whhich is the highest annual number in the history of Nells Point. 10 of these have related to people being stranded on Sully Island due to the flooding of the causway at high water, and have required the evacuation of some 34 people. Full details of the incidents from Nells Point and from all other stations can be accessed from the' incidents' section above
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.
VISIT FROM DINAS POWYS ROTARY CLUB
On the evening of 4 August 2016 a party of 15 members of Dinas Powys Rotary Club paid a visit to the station, and after a tour, presented us with a cheque for £500. The presentation was made by their president Kevin Fowler. They had been invited to visit the station following a talk on NCI given to their members by Station Manager, Terry Ewinton earlier in the year.
Their considerable donation is greatly appreciated and will help substantially with our running costs. So a big thank you to everyone at Dinas Powys Rotary
Station Manager, Terry Ewington and Fund Raising Officer, Alan Morgan recieving a cheque for £500 from Dinas Powys Rotary Club president Kevin Fowler as other Rotarians look on
Eatlier in 2016 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. On 8 July Mrs Lynette Griffin of ASDA's Community Life fund attended the station and presented a cheque for the £500 to Alan Morgan (Nells Point's fundraising Officer who had been responsible for liaising with ASDA) and Station Manger, Terry Ewington.
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.
Alan Morgan (right) and Terry Ewington (left) receiving a cheque for £500 from ASDA's Community Life Manager, Lynette Griffin
Barry Dock Lifeboat and one of the new 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 NCI recently acquired a new tide board giving high and low water times every day.The new window signs also give the name of the Station, the telephone number,and our VHF radio channel 65. Both can be seen at a great distance from the station - even out at sea.
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