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RNLI Connecting our Communities scroll to visit Jersey

RNLI Connecting our Communities scroll to visit Jersey

Thursday 25 April 2024

RNLI Connecting our Communities scroll to visit Jersey


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On Friday 26 April, the RNLI's 'Connecting our Communities' scroll will pass through both of the RNLI Jersey lifeboat stations to be signed by senior members of the RNLI Jersey team.

This visit is the next event in RNLI Jersey's programme to celebrate 200 years of the RNLI and part of the wider celebrations connecting all of the RNLI communities in the UK and Ireland.

The scroll is inscribed with the RNLI's One Crew pledge, in which all participating lifeboat stations promise to continue saving lives at sea for the next 200 years and counting. Lifesavers and operational teams from across the UK and Ireland, together with the RNLI's patron, president and chief executive will sign the scroll to recognise the Institution's achievements as the RNLI marks its special year.

Situated at each end of the scroll is the scroll spindle. This spindle has been turned by David Martin, a boat technician at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. The wood for the spindle has come from a piece of 19th-century flagpole that was situated outside the Ramsey Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Man. This wood is also featured in the set of cufflinks going on sale on Monday 4 March as part of the special edition 200th range.  

The case that the scroll will travel in has been made by the apprentices and engineers at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in Cowes. They have incorporated the technologies and materials they use for boat-building to create a one-off case that will protect the scroll on its journey. Included in the case is an audio player that plays the pledge out loud to assist those who are blind or have low vision.  

The scroll began its journey on Monday 4 March 2024, at a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark the charity’s official 200th anniversary, where it was signed by RNLI President, HRH The Duke of Kent, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dean of Westminster, the RNLI’s Chair and the RNLI’s Chief Executive. The scroll is concluding its passage through the South West region in the Channel Islands this weekend, visiting Jersey on 26 April, Guernsey on 27 April and finishing up in Alderney on 28 April.  

The scroll will be signed at St Catherine's Lifeboat Station at 12pm and St Helier Lifeboat Station at 3.30pm on Friday 26 April. Local media are invited to attend either station to photograph/film the signing ceremonies. Should media wish to attend, it is suggested that they arrive approximately 30 minutes before the stated times to allow time for set up. Local crew will be available for interview.

Further information about the RNLI's Connecting Our Communities event can be found at the dedicated RNLI web page: https://rnli.org/about-us/our-history/2024/programmes/connecting-our-communities  

For further information in relation to this event, please contact:

Tom Dale,

Regional Communications Manager (South West, Wales and West)

m:07977 157959 | t:01202 641608

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