Events Archive

Situated alongside Salcombe’s original lifeboat station at South Sands, the South Sands Hotel is proud to continue supporting Salcombe RNLI through a new partnership. Past support has included a very successful charity dinner held in November 2018 in celebration of Salcombe Lifeboat Station’s 150th anniversary and they are now launching a longer-term working partnership.

Guests at the hotel, visitors and staff all enjoy a wide range of marine activities which, without the support of the local RNLI team, would not be as safe to undertake. The aim of this new partnership will not only be to raise money for the RNLI but will also raise awareness of key safety issues; for example, the danger of ‘cold water shock’, that many of us may not be aware of until too late.

More people are taking to the water for their holiday, swapping their usual holiday abroad for a beach, boat, and seaside holiday in our own tropical Salcombe climate. Many are trying activities for the first time, creating a pressing need for safety education and advice, all of which is readily available thanks to the local presence of Salcombe RNLI, and its constant readiness to save lives at sea.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andrew Arthur said, “A huge thank you goes to the South Sands Hotel for their support, which will go a very long way in helping everyone to stay safe, spread the word and ensure that we can continue our vital role”.



Freya Pearce, General Manager, South Sands Hotel with Mr Mark Dowie, RNLI Chief Executive.

South Sands Employees, wearing RNLI supportive uniforms.

For Salcombe lifeboats the Bank Holiday week was a tale of two halves, on the water there was a response to three requests for help.
The first saw the ILB launch to investigate a report of paddle boarders and swimmers in difficulty near Start Point. Once on scene the shout proved to be a false alarm, with good intent.
The second call saw the ILB responding to a call for help from a 25ft yacht south of Soar Mill Cove that had found himself with a prop caught up in lobster pots. Once freed by the crew of the lifeboat he was assisted in getting into Salcombe Harbour.
In the early hours of Thursday morning the ILB was called to a medical emergency aboard a yacht moored off Ditch End. Casualty was taken ashore to a waiting ambulance for transfer to hospital.
Sunday and off the water things got just a little busier with an RNLI team taking part in a well-attended ‘Touch Rugby’ event at North Sands, organised by Matt Powell and Salcombe Gin Distillery® to raise funds for Salcombe RNLI Lifeboats.
Some 16 teams joined in the fun along with well known ‘referees’ David Flatman, Danny Grewcock, Kai Horstmann and James Parkes.
With the event aimed at being a fun day the main winner was Salcombe RNLI Lifeboats with, more than £2000.00 being raised.
A special thanks goes to Matt Powell and Salcombe Gin for organising the event along with sponsors Crew Clothing, Ribeye Boats, Pol Roger and Yeti @Stone Boatyard.

The Manda Slater Memorial Fund was set up by Manda’s family following her sudden death in September 2020.

Manda’s sister Sarah said “Our family’s love affair with Salcombe began in 1928, when our grandfather visited for a fishing trip, and it has continued with family holidays ever since. Dad is now 88 and still loves to visit! As a family, we have rarely had a year without a trip to Salcombe in the last 93 years”.

Manda’s daughter Mimi said “Salcombe was one of Mums happiest places. One of her last posts on Facebook, during her final holiday, said simply, ‘it’s perfect’”.

“And you could see the contentment on her face in a photo taken at the time, shortly before she was taken ill”, added daughter, Abbie.

Last week members of Manda’s family visited Salcombe RNLI Station and presented a cheque in the amount of £3,000 on behalf of the Manda Slater Memorial Fund, to Lifeboat Operations Manager Andrew Arthur.

Andrew thanked the family for the kind donation and said, “We are truly grateful to Manda’s family for this wonderful donation, which will help Salcombe Lifeboats continue its goal of “Saving Lives at Sea”.

Do you have time to spare to help the Fundraising Crew at Salcombe Lifeboats?

We’re always looking for new people to join our vibrant and friendly team.

For more information please contact Mr. Roger Bryant (details below)  and discover so much more about volunteering with the Fundraising Crew……..

For more information please get in touch:


Telephone: 07552 724204


Parents, daughter, and granddaughters took on the Mayday Mile challenge to raise funds for RNLI Salcombe recently and in doing so raised an amazing £60.

Upon completion of the walk there was a ‘prize giving’ of lifeboat medals and chocolate, to mark their achievement.

The Coxswain and crew send their thanks and hope that in the not too distant future you may be able to visit our station in Salcombe on one of its open days.

Pictured below left to right, are Suzi, Ayda and Ezel with their awards.

During what has been a difficult time for charities and businesses alike, Salcombe Co-op and its employees were enthusiastic in raising funds in support of Salcombe Lifeboats.

Team leader Tracy Darch, whose son is a crew member at RNLI Dartmouth, organised a staff raffle for a hamper of goodies and raised £105.  A further £200 was donated from the Co-op Corporate Giving programme, which supports local charities.

Andrew Arthur, Lifeboat Operation Manager for Salcombe RNLI, said “I would like to thank both the staff and management of the Co-op in Salcombe for their support”.

Pictured – Louise Hawkins, Co-op Manager, Andrew Arthur, Lifeboat Operations Manager & Simon Linsley, Chairman of the Salcombe RNLI Fundraising Crew.

The Coxswain and crew of the Salcombe Lifeboats would like to send a big thank you to six-year-old Isabella Multon from Pangbourne.

During a recent holiday stay in Salcombe Isabella spent a weekend drawing a selection of pictures and then selling them on the quay side. In doing so her efforts raised more than £27 which she then donated to the Salcombe Lifeboats!

Amazing effort Isabella, thank you and when you are next in Salcombe and rules permit please call into the lifeboat shop/museum and introduce yourself, there will be a warm welcome for you.

Salcombe Lifeboats Fundraising Crew 2021 AGM

The Salcombe Lifeboat Fundraisers AGM will be an abbreviated version of the usual meeting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, 29th April at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, please follow the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 7003 1108

Passcode: 561973

RNLI Bounce Back Fundraising Walk

25th October 2020

Help us please with one more BIG push!

• The ‘just giving’ page is open, and donations have started to arrive. The details are on the Salcombe RNLI website and below. Please encourage all contacts, friends & family to donate. Every pound helps in these difficult times.…/salcombe-lifeboat-bouncebackwa…

RNLI ‘Bounce Back’ Fundraising Walk

Sunday October 25th 2020.

Leg 1. Bantham car park to South Milton car park. 2.5 miles

Leg 2. South Milton car park to Bolberry car park. 3.5 miles

Leg 3. Bolberry car park to Overbecks car park. 4.0 miles

Leg 4.Overbecks car park via ferry to Gara Rock. 3.5 miles

Leg 5.Gara Rock to Prawle Point car park. 2.75 miles

Leg 6. Prawle Point car park to Start Point car park. 4.0 miles

Total Distance                                                 20 – 21 miles

All distances are approximate and do not allow for the terrain.

We are looking for at least 20 Team leaders to organise max 4 walkers per team. Choose how many of the 6 stages your team will walk and importantly raise sponsorship for Salcombe RNLI.

You must start your walk from your chosen start point between 09.00 hrs – 11.00 hrs. All teams must check in at the start of their walk with the marshal and check out when finished.

The RNLI have arranged a reception at The Fortescue Inn for all walkers, marshals and any RNLI supporters who wish to attend between the hours of 16.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs on the evening of the walk Sunday 25th October 2020.

You will be able to buy drinks over the bar, pizzas and burgers will be available free of charge although we will have a donations collection available on the evening. The reception will be outside under cover in the beer garden so we can maintain social distancing.…/salcombe-lifeboat-bouncebackwalk2020

For further information, please email Richard Pullan at