Time Capsule Boxes to mark Salcombe RNLI’s 150th Anniversary

As part of Salcombe RNLI’s 150th anniversary celebrations, two commemorative sculptures by local sculptor Jim Martins, are to be unveiled in Salcombe Cross Gardens and Kingsbridge Quay on September 21st.

Why two statues?  It represents the enduring link to saving life at sea associated with all on and around the estuary over the last 150 years, with a clear pointer to sustain that critical voluntary commitment into the future.  On Saturday 21st September the first memorial will be unveiled in Kingsbridge followed by a second unveiling in  Salcombe, which will follow a review of Lifeboats – new and old – off Salcombe.  The day will complete with a RNLI fundraising bazaar at Cliffe House.  The weekend rounds off on Sunday 22nd with a 10:00 am service of celebration at Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe, followed by a parade, accompanied by the Britannia Royal Naval College Band, to the War Memorial.

The Cookworthy Museum at Kingsbridge and the Maritime Museum at Salcombe are both taking part in the project and are planning to insert Time Capsule boxes in the plinths of the sculptures..

The sealed boxes will be about the size of a small/thin suitcase, and local people are invited to help fill them by donating items of memorabilia that tell the story of their town and/or their families, both now and in the past. Family photographs, family trees and documents, particularly from those with connections to the lifeboat and rescue services, as well as local trades, will be very welcome.

Drop-in sessions, at which items can be donated, will take place in Salcombe Library on Thursday, August 22nd between 1:15 pm and 5:30 pm and at Kingsbridge Library on Saturday, August 24th between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. (Please contact the museums if you can’t make these times – Cookworthy on 01548 853235 and Salcombe MM on 854108). Donor contact details and captions to photographs should be included and items should not be any larger than 5cm high or 35cm long. The boxes will be formally sealed at the Kingsbridge Show on September 7th.