Lifeboat Guild fund-raising programme

THE LADIES of Arbroath Lifeboat Guild are on high alert, planning and looking forward to a hectic few months of fund-raising, said Barbara Cargill, president, at their most recent meeting in the Sea Cadet Hall.

The National RNLI Flag Week begins on June 27, when door-to-door collections will be made by the ladies and friends of the guild. This culminates in the main Arbroath street collection on Saturday, July 2.

On July 23, there will be the usual tented RNLI presence at the Seaside Spectacular, with lots of goodies on sale from the shop at the harbour. Mary Gerrard has been holding the fort there over these past weeks and reports that the sales have been excellent despite the unseasonal weather. Believe it or not but the first Christmas cards for 2011 have arrived!

Tesco have offered a collection site on July 27 and 28, while Morrisons are opening their doors to a ‘bag pack’ on Saturday, August 6. All donations will be gratefully accepted and will go towards the total monies raised for the RNLI by the people of Arbroath.

No year would be complete without the Sea Fest and, of course, the wonderful cream teas produced by the guild ladies. This year will be no exception and plans are already well in hand for this extravaganza.

June has already seen lots of activity. Darlene McLeod with eight friends set out to walk all 96 miles of the West Highland Way to raise funds for the RNLI. Despite wind, rain, the odd midge or two and a bit of sun, everyone finished the gruelling trek. The final sponsorship total has not been arrived at, but Darlene thinks it may exceed £3,000.

Gillian Bains organised a four-ball golfing competition at Panmure Golf Club, Barry, on Sunday, June 12. Fortunately the weather was glorious and 48 golfers enjoyed a superb round with tea in the clubhouse afterwards.

Winning teams were: 1, Mark Batchelor; 2, Malcolm Gray; 3, Scott Milne; longest drive, Tom Ogilvy; nearest the pin, Sandy McDonald; best individual score, Gavin Reid; Mr Meaner prize, Dr Iain Stuart.

After the presentation of prizes and the raffle draw it was agreed that this had been a most successful afternoon and another outing should be considered for next year. Gillian thinks that about £765 will have been raised, a great effort by all those involved.

At the end of the meeting, Ann Watt, treasurer, reported that an impressive £14,944.50 had been banked up to the end of May.

The next meeting of the Arbroath Lifeboat Ladies’ Guild will be held on July 25 at 7 p.m. in the Sea Cadet Hall.