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Met Office visit

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A party of 16 Teignmouth NCI Watch keepers visited the Met Office facility in Exeter.

The section of the operations room that handles the shipping and inshore water forecast use our webcams as a reference point for information gathering. They were interested in that they can view the actual weather conditions from our weather station and intend to do so in the future.

A very interesting and informative visit. Many thanks to the staff at the Met Office.

OLSP visit

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On Wednesday 6 February we were delighted to welcome 22 pupils, and their teachers, from Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Primary School to the Lookout.

They are all working on a project about “Our Coast” and combined the day with a visit to the Lifeboat Station.

The children enjoyed using our binoculars and were given information on our role from Watchkeeper's Glynn and Mike who were on duty.

We suggested that if they produced some pictures as a result of their visit there would be a prize for the best.

Teignmouth Council Awards

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On the evening of 28th January at Bitton House, Station Manager Eddy Stephenson & his wife Tricia were guests of Teignmouth Town Mayor, Councillor June Green, at her recognition reception.

Nominated by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Robert Phipps, Teignmouth NCI were among a number of local organisations and individuals that were recognised for their contribution to the community.

The certificate confirming this prestigious award will be displayed in the Lookout.

2018 Another busy year

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Teignmouth NCI Watchkeepers carried out a total of 16,650 hours of service over 365 days, including Christmas day during 2018.

During the 2 snow storms, we only closed for 3 watches in total across both storms.

We undertake 3 watches per day with 2 Watchkeepers on each watch. During July and August, we undertake an additional 4th watch between 18:00 and 20:00hrs.

HMRC VAT Agreement

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After a long campaign NCI has reached an agreement with HMRC that will ensure that the Institution VAT payments for the previous three years will be refunded.

This agreement also means that future VAT incurred as part of our Search and Rescue role will be recoverable.

Waitrose Community Matters

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In August Teignmouth’s NCI was one of three local charities to benefit from Waitrose’s charity box scheme.

Shoppers receive a token when they shop to enable them to donate to a charity of their choice.

Each month Teignmouth Waitrose partners have £1000 to split between the charities.

Our station manager Eddie Stephenson received a cheque for £500 from the (Community Matters Partner) Liz Wilson.

Our thanks go to the Waitrose partners and all the shoppers who gave us their support

Declared Facility Status Assessment

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Wednesday 12th September was a very successful day at Teignmouth NCI having been assessed for and retained our DFS with positive comments from the assessor.

The DFS (Declared Facility Status) is required by HM Coastguard for an NCI Station to be fully integrated with the UK Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation.

The Assessor spent all day observing the skills of the Watchkeepers as they performed their duties.

All in all an excellent day - well done Teignmouth NCI.

Obituary

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing on Tuesday July 31st of my webmaster colleague Dave Pickman.

I started the Teigmouth Coastwatch website in 2014 and was absolutely delighted when Dave joined as a watchkeeper later that year and very quickly joined me to form “the webmaster team”.

Dave was a professional programmer and although he had never been involved in websites, his skills rapidly overtook my amateur efforts. Without Dave’s input the website would be a pale shadow of what it is today.

I will try to keep the flame burning but it is a big task and I will sorely miss Dave’s input.

John

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