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Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges
Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges

 

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our web site and hope you can help us celebrate 40 years of the CGA.

 

Year 4 students raise £500 delivering a Sea Safety Day!

During the final week of the Spring Term, Year 4 at St. Laurence in Thanet Junior Academy embarked on an ambitious fun-filled day, raising money and awareness for The Coastguard Association. The children had been inspired by a visit from Mike and Stuart, both volunteers with the HM Coastguard, where they learnt about the work of the Coastguard to keep us safe around the coastline of Thanet. They were determined to show that they could make a difference for such an important cause.

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Working together, the children planned a variety of activities including a sponsored fun run, Easter egg trail, a fair, which included games and stalls. There was also a raffle, where the children wrote letters explaining what they were doing to local businesses, asking for their support in any way possible. There were many generous contributions, not only from parents and friends, but also from; Wildwood, Tesco, Waitrose, Bugsy Bowling, Quex Paintballing and McDonalds.image

Mrs Palmer, Head Teacher from St. Laurence said, “This was a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about the Coastguard and all the wonderful work they do. I was really impressed with their fundraising and proud of the amount of money they raised.”image

Reuben (Year 4) spoke about how proud the class felt having raised money for such an important cause. An impressive total of £500 was raised by the children and they were eager to present this cheque to Mike and Stuart. All the children agreed that this had been a fantastic project and had helped raise both a better awareness to the valuable work of HM Coastguard, and an increased understanding of how to stay safe near water.

image Mike Emptage  said  The reason we got involved is because I am a CRO at Margate and try to promote sea safety as much as possible in my local area and through a friend was asked to go and see the children and talk about sea safety and what our job is all about.”image

We spent an afternoon firstly giving a talk to the whole school and then speaking to Year 4 who were doing the project, we dressed them up as Coastguards and talked about the uniform and the types of jobs that we do. On returning a week later the children had produced posters about staying safe at the beach and what to do in an emergency. the work was of an excellent standard and you could clearly see that the children had really enjoyed what they were doing and also it was clear to see that they had learnt a great deal from the visit.”

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Just Giving Page

We are delighted to announce that the Coastguard Association now has it’s very own presence on the Just Giving Website, which means that you can easily start fundraising for us online by:

  • Organising your own event in aid of the CGA – a fun run or coffee morning, or perhaps a sponsored kayak
  • Setting yourself a Personal Challenge in aid of the CGA – maybe your first 10k run, perhaps a sponsored swim or even a sponsored weight loss!
  • Want to make your 10th year anniversary with the coastguard? – then why not set up a special occasion fundraising event… perfect for birthdays too!
  • Or you can create a page to raise support or in memory of someone close to your heart…

It is really easy to do – just follow this link for more details: Virgin Just Giving for the Coastguard.

Just Giving with Virgin
Just Giving with Virgin

Did you know you can also use this web site to:

  • Make a donation to the Coastguard Association or
  • Make a monthly donation

Please share this exciting news by clicking the share links below or sharing the web address: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/coastguardassociation  … we can’t wait to share with you details of the first planned fundraising event – do drop us an email to pr@coastguardassociation.org.uk if you would like to share your story or get others to donate to donate to your great cause!

Create your own Fundraising event for the Coastguard Association

 

100 Years of Jutland..

May 31st 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of Battle of Jutland, where Coastguards were mobilised into the Royal Navy.

“Most of the Coast Guard were mobilised into the Royal Navy and they suffered very heavy losses. Three old cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue were torpedoed by a German U-boat in September 1914 while they were patrolling the southern approaches to the North Sea. Because the weather was so bad, it was thought that the submarines could not operate so the destroyer escort was withdrawn. Of the 2,200 men aboard these ships, more than 1,400 were drowned and most of these were Coast Guards. Other reserve ships, partly manned by Coast Guards which were lost, were the cruisers HMS Hawke, torpedoed off Scapa Flow with a loss of 600 men, and HMS Formidable, torpedoed of Start Point with a loss of 547 men. A temporary mortuary was set up at what is now the Coastguard Training School and according to one report, it was so full of bodies that fishermen were told to leave in the sea any other bodies trawled up. HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth also partly manned by Coast Guards were sunk in an engagement with the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at the Battle of Coronel off the Coast of South America. The entire companies of these ships were lost.”

The above is a transcript from a history of the coastguard. Although I think coastguard casualties were slight at Jutland. There were major actions and casualties over the  1914-18 period. “

The information above was kindly forwarded to us Ian Stewart, Station Officers at HM Coastguard Seahorses.

If you would like to read more about what is widely considered the only major naval battle of World War One please follow the links below:

The CGA 40th AGM

The Coastguard Association’s 39th AGM was held on the 19th March 2016 at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham by kind permission of the Chief Coastguard – Keith Oliver.

The event was attended by various representatives from around the UK, including Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive, Retired and servicing coastguard, Coastwatch, RNLI and Severne Rescue.

Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operatons Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operations Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operatons Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operations Centre

We were delighted to have Don attend from the Gideon’s who presented the chair with a commemorative bible and helped us launch the CGA / Gideon bible as part of our 40th year celebrations.

Launch of the Gideon's Bibles
Launch of the Gideon’s Bibles
CGA AGM - 40th years celebrations
CGA AGM – 40th years celebrations
Presentation to Terry for 40 years service to the CGA
Presentation to Terry for 40 years service to the CGA

Mark Rodaway, Maritime Operations Commander gave a fascinating insight into the developments in the Coastguard Agency at the National Maritime Operations Centre.

Presentation by Mark Rodaway, Chief Commander Operations about the changes in the Coastguard Service.
Presentation by Mark Rodaway, Chief Commander Operations about the changes in the Coastguard Service.
National Martime Operations Centre
National Maritime Operations Centre

The CGA AGM attendees were then invited to tour the new state of the art training centre and the flight at HMS Daedalus and were shown how HM Coastguard is embracing the future.

A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
Tourof the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tourof the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus

The secretary on behalf of the CGA would like to thank everyone for coming and helping make the day so special.

A copy of the Coastguard Association AGM Minutes 2016 and the CGA Accounts 2015 are available here.