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VHF Channel 65

Following reports that vessels calling us on Channel 65 have been unable to hear our replies we have carried out a number of tests. We have successfully communicated with the dredger Teign C operating in the channel by the pier and a vessel in the Exe. We therefore conclude that our set is working however it has to be remembered that VHF is essentially "line of site" and with the present low level of our aerials we are probably heavily screened from vessels in the estuary. Our reception will obviously improve when we move to the new Lookout.

Jellyfish found on Beach

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A large and rather nasty jellyfish found on Teignmouth beach today.

Photo reproduced courtesy of Dorothy Dawson (Pictures of Teignmouth)

Temporary Lookout Arrives

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Monday 2nd March

Big day! This morning our temporary Lookout arrived on site and we just hope that the winter storms have passed because this will be vulnerable to a big easterly gale.

Read more on our New Lookout - Project Diary page

RCC Medal for Services for Cruising

The Royal Crusing Club has awarded the National Coastwatch Institution their Medal for Services for Cruising 2014. The citation reads

2014 Winner - National Coastwatch Institution. The Medal for Services to Cruising has been awarded to the National Coastwatch Institution on the 20th anniversary of their founding. They are now an established part of safety at sea and keep watch from 50 lookouts over both the sea and the coastline. Their importance has now been officially recognised with the awarding of their own VHF channel - channel 65. If you are sailing past one of their lookouts they will be pleased to hear from you and in return can offer weather and local advice - don’t hesitate to give them a call. They perform an enormous service as they log our coastal passages, and the 2000 trained lookouts give their time freely. They are worthy winners of the Medal for Services to Cruising.

Lookout Programme

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Last chance for historic photos of our old Lookout!

We will be moving out of our Lookout into a temporary portcabin located just below the existing building during week commencing 2nd March. The following week the existing Lookout will be demolished.

We hope to be back up and running in the new building by mid-June.

During the building process we will be maintaining watches as normal. We also hope that both the weather station and webcam will continue in operation but we won't have radar so please don't get lost in fog.

Except for a couple of days at each end of the programme we should be available during watch hours either by phone 01626 772377 or on VHF channel 65

Our New Lookout

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Building work on our new Lookout will begin shortly!

Thanks to a substantial grant from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company and many other smaller but equally welcome grants and donations, we now have the funds to build our new Lookout and work is expected to begin within weeks.

Once the old Lookout has been demolished, we hope to be temporarily housed somewhere along the esplanade in a mobile unit maintained by National Coastwatch for just such situations.

Our webcam and weather station are proving to be increasing popular, with over 5000 hits in the last month. We hope to keep these running during the building process but inevitably there will be some service disruption. We will add notes about this to the weather and webcam pages when we have more details.

Friends of Teignmouth Coastwatch

We are currently seeking volunteers who are interested in the work we do and would like to help but don't necessarily want to become a watchkeeper.

We would like to form a group of 'Friends of Teignmouth Coastwatch' who would be able to give a couple of hours to help with fundraising and events.

If you are interested please contact us through the website or call in at the lookout where the members on duty will be able to supply more details.

A display and leaflets about our organisation and the work we do can be viewed from 10th January to 23rd January at TAAG in Northumberland Place, who are showcasing local services and charities.

Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Originally published 15th September 2014

Please vote for Teignmouth NCI in the LLoyds Bank Community Fund (until 10th October 2014). Any award received because of your votes will contribute to the New Lookout project.

There are four ways to vote:

  • In a branch of Lloyds Bank;
  • Online Vote Teignmouth NCI. You will receive email with link to activate your vote;
  • SMS Text "Vote NFZ" to 61119;
  • Twitter (details on banner below).

Update November 2014 : This is now closed but we'd like to thank all those who voted for us. We came second and will in due course be presented with a very useful top up to our building fund!

Update 5thJanuary 2015: Teignmouth Coastwatch rewarded in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund

National Coastwatch Institution, Teignmouth has been awarded £2000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in the Teignbridge area.

Following votes from members of the public Teignmouth Coastwatch has been awarded a grant from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.

Nearly 1.5 million votes were cast for good causes across the country during the voting that took place between 2 September and 10 October. Over 700,000 people will be benefit either directly or indirectly from the good work the 1,400 good causes across the country will be able to deliver as a result of receiving a Community Fund 2014 award.

Teignmouth Coastwatch would like to thank everyone who voted for us and also the Lloyds Bank staff for their help in nominating us. The £2000 will be put into our building fund. Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses we hope to start work on the new building in 2015. It will be on the site of the existing lookout at Eastcliff but higher up so we get a better view over the pier and a lot larger so that we can get more than two people in comfortably.

We are continuing our fundraising efforts to secure enough money not only for the building but for the equipment and internal fittings needed.

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