News & General

Two very good sports!

Rhoscolyn heroine, Susan Hanbury, and her equally heroic sister, Mary (left and right respectively above, believe it or not!) valiantly took part in a sponsored swim to raise awareness of  Diabetes; types 1 and 2.  Here Susan tells the story:

Mary suggested that as we both enjoy swimming, the challenge to ‘Swim the Channel’…indoors thankfully, would give us the incentive to swim regularly and to support a worthwhile cause at the same time.

The event is being held, Nationwide, for 12 weeks. I have been swimming a minimum of a mile each session and found that I’d completed the 22 mile (Channel) distance in a few weeks, so decided, having reached ‘Calais’ that I’d try to swim back before the 22nd May, when the event closes.

We are aware that there are many deserving charities and sponsored events being held, but the Swim 22 Appeal, launched by Diabetes UK, attracted our attention as our mother, Sheila Evans, suffered with symptoms from undiagnosed diabetes for many years. Once detected, treated medically and through positive lifestyle changes, her quality of life improved significantly.

If you should decide to support the appeal, you can donate through my JustGiving page online …just type my name; Susan Hanbury. Alternatively, I may be contacted at Haulfryn, Rhoscolyn, LL65 2NQ. 

Thank you, Susan

Andy Short’s local interest walk

Here is Andy’s report of his Easter Monday walk around Rhoscolyn.  Although we were unable to make it this time, we have been around with him before and can vouch for how interesting it genuinely is – highly recommended if he does another one.

Our Easter Monday walk was was very successful this year as, with good weather, 18 people joined us for a very enjoyable stroll around Rhoscolyn. Ages ranged from school aged to retired and included residents and visitors. It’s hard to go wrong with a Rhoscolyn walk when the sun is out and the sea is sparkling. On our way round we spoke of oysters and fishermen, Romans and pirates. We told a story of ice and fire (for all the #GoT followers), super continents, mountain building and Trumpian isolationism a 100m years before Trump.

When the opportunity was given for a return to the cars the crowd yelled for more and an extended loop was taken. All in all a most enjoyable morning spent with a great group of walkers.

News from the Lookout – Caro Wilson

I am standing in for our regular reporter, Mike Shaw, who is recovering from surgery.

We get interesting visitors to the Lookout – over the Easter weekend a Hen Party called by on an Orienteering event!

As you can see, the weather was wonderfully warm over Easter.  Since when, having had a very cold and windy watch at the Lookout station recently, I noted in the Log book that we had not been involved in any incidents last month and Easter with all the fine Summery weather passed without a shout for us. There have however been a number of things around the coast of Ynys Mon that have called out the RNLI including two teenage female kayakers who over turned and had to be recued from the rocks off Trearddur, which you may have seen reported in the local paper.

2019 is the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of the National Coast Watch which started at Bass Point in Cornwall after a local tragedy. It is there that anniversery celebrations are starting off with a visit from our patron, HRH the Princess Royal. There will be I am sure other celebrations at other NCI stations throughout the year including our own on Wednesday  August 7th. We are holding a Coffee Morning and Auction at Rhoscolyn Hall to both celebrate our own 8 years and to raise funds to keep us open. We hope many of our supporters and visitors will come along.

We are also having a Collection day at Morrisons supermarket in Holyhead on Tuesday 28th May, having held them successfully at Tescos in the past we thought we would have a change of venue!!

On a recent visit to Aberystwyth I walked up Constitution Hill (no mean feat! and the Fenicula was shut) to visit the NCI station there. They are only open at weekends so as it was a Wednesday unfortunatly I didn’t get the chance to talk to anyone there. They also have a wonderfull vantage point and as you can see from the photo have a mobile station. It made me think we are lucky to have such a solid Lookout, which I was very gratefull for recently with gale force 9 winds. With the wind being from the West it was extremely difficult to open the Lookout door, and once in I wondered if I’d ever get out again! Lucky for me the next two watch keepers arrived on time so I was released! I always feel it is a priviledge to be a watch keeper and giving something back to  the Rhoscolyn community for all the years of activities I have enjoyed there.

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Caro for this, and we all wish Mike a speedy recovery.

For more information about Rhoscolyn NCI, or if you would like to join the team of watchkeepers,  contact the Station Manager John Wilson through this link and we will forward it to him: click here