This is the first of its kind for Porthcawl, and the events will take place in a variety of locations in Porthcawl town; including independent restaurants, shops, bars, cafés, the Pavilion and the Porthcawl Lifeboat Station itself with themed events including fashion, beauty, food and drink; food festivals, fashion shows, beauty demonstrations, and all culminating in a dinner, fashion show and entertainment at the stunning Pavilion Theatre.
Further details on how to attend any of the events will be featured in Vale Life magazine or look out for news on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook. com/PorthcawlFashionAndFoodFestival @PorthcawlFFF or visit the Festival’s website at www.porthcawlfashionandfoodfestival.co.uk
If you’d like to be involved by holding your own event or sponsoring an event, please contact Nigel Richards on 07809 524501.
A brief history of Porthcawl RNLI
A lifeboat station was originally established in Porthcawl in 1860 although this was closed in 1902 following the closure of the port.
In 1965 the need for a lifeboat station in the town became evident following an increase in Porthcawl’s popularity as a holiday resort. The RNLI stationed one of their new experimental inshore lifeboats at the town, known as a D Class. Adverts were placed in local newspapers to recruit a crew to man the lifeboat.
In 2015 the station celebrated the 50th anniversary of an inshore lifeboat station being established at Porthcawl. Over the years, several inshore lifeboats have been stationed at Porthcawl and today the station operates both an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a D Class inshore lifeboat.
“This is the first of its kind for Porthcawl, and the events will take place in a variety of locations in Porthcawl town; including independent restaurants, shops, bars, cafés, the Pavilion and the Porthcawl Lifeboat Station itself.”
The station has an operational team of 36 who are all volunteers and generally fall into one of three roles: Launch Management, Crew and Shore Helpers. All carry pagers and are expected to respond to a pager alert within minutes. The crew are normally paged by UK Coastguard who request a launch of one, or both, of the lifeboats. Once on the water, the incident is managed by UK Coastguard although the helmsman of the lifeboat is responsible for both the lifeboat and its crew.
In 2014 Porthcawl RNLI station was the busiest of all RNLI stations in Wales with 73 launches and 60 people rescued.
In 2015 the station was the busiest RNLI inshore lifeboat station in Wales launching 73 times.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Interested in Volunteering?
If you’re interested in volunteering at Porthcawl and you have the spare time required to make a commitment, then get in touch. Contact the station directly by phone, through our website, via our social media pages or by going down to the station to find out more about the volunteer roles currently available at Porthcawl.