National Coastwatch – FROWARD POINT

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Froward Point news

September 2020

The Station is now open again 7 days a week from 10.00 to 16.00 until further notice.

April 2019

Another successful year’s fundraising at Two Mile Oak Inn near Abbotskerswell has seen two local charities, Devon in Sight and Froward Point Coastwatch received £1165 each. Devon in Sight is close to everyone at Two Mile Oak since this Devon-wide…

March 2019

Dartmouth Yacht Club was the venue for a fun RNLI fundraising skittles evening. Two Froward Point NCI skittles teams competed with six other teams including those from Dart RNLI, H.M. Coastguard and the Fire Service. One of the Coastwatch teams…

March 2018

It was a cold and blustery Easter weekend for most of us as temperatures hovered just above freezing but there was a warm welcome at Café Alf Resco, Dartmouth. Café Alf Resco owner Kate Ryder hosted an afternoon cakey tea…

March 2018

Three more Froward Point Watchkeepers, Bob Eaglesfield, Mark Layton and Michael Powell (see picture) have completed 10 years’ service and received their badges from Station Manager Glyn Watkin. A further 3 Watchkeepers, Malcolm Dando, John Firmin and Sheila Silcock received…

September 2017

Despite a week’s illness intervening, Royal Tunbridge Wells resident Kate Tremlett has raised £720 for the Coastwatch station at Froward Point near Kingswear by running 72 miles during September. Kate’s grandfather Alan Barrett from Paignton is a Watchkeeper at Froward…

August 2017

Froward Point NCI Watchkeepers Tim Trent and Ian Nuttall proved their worth on the evening of Tuesday 15th August when just after 6.15 pm, a 27 ft. yacht with engine failure needed help. Liaising with Falmouth Coastguard, the Watchkeepers were…

August 2017

On Saturday the 12th August, NCI was informed by Buckingham Palace that ‘The Princess Royal will be delighted to accept Royal Patronage of the National Coastwatch Institution’. This is tremendous news for the Charity and is a great recognition of…

July 2017

The Friends of Froward have raised a magnificent £654 toward the funds of the Coastwatch station at Froward point near Kingswear. Based at the Tea Hut in Royal Avenue Gardens in Dartmouth on a breezy but sunny July day, the…

June 2017

Froward Point NCI participated in a rescue exercise on the morning of Sunday 4th June. Organised in conjunction with Dart Sailability and Dart RNLI, the exercise was intended to explore the potential problems of an emergency involving people with disabilities…

May 2017

The Since joining Froward Point NCI in 2005 Peter Roberts has reached the magic total of 500 watches, only the third Froward Point watchkeeper to do so. In May 2017 Station Manager Stuart Rostron presented Peter with a framed Paul…

2017

At the beginning of February 2017 Froward Point welcomed Capt. Mark Cooper, the new Dart Harbour Master. Mark was keen to see how we operate and our capabilities. It was an interesting and mutually beneficial visit with Froward Point NCI…

2017

NCI Froward Point is clear to operate for another year after a successful reassessment of their Declared Facility Status (DFS) involving both morning and afternoon watches on Palm Sunday 2017. Retaining their DFS ensures that Froward Point NCI remains an…

2017

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Valeport Ltd. of Totnes a fully automatic defibrillator has been provided at the Froward Point National Coastwatch station near Kingswear. The sponsorship allowed Coastwatch volunteers to produce a 2016 calendar and £1,250 of the proceeds…

2017

Two NCI Froward Point watchkeepers, Austin Guy and Tony James, received an unexpected visit from NCI President Jon Gifford and Station Manager in January. Unbeknownst to them they had both completed 500 watches, the first to do so in Froward…

2017

On 21 January 2017, Dr Sarah Wollaston, M.P. for Totnes, took time off from her busy parliamentary schedule to open the updated Visitor Centre at the Froward Point National Coastwatch Station. This was a notable moment for the Station as…

2016

In September 2016 the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company sailed the iconic paddle steamer Kingswear Castle for a two-hour evening picnic cruise to Froward Point and then back up the Dart before returning to Kingswear. Over 130 passengers enjoyed…

2016

On 20 May 2016 an article in the Dartmouth Chronicle covered the Orpheus Male Voice Choir’s performance in the Kingswear Parish Church which raised £485 for NCI at Froward Point.

2016

Moreton and Fyfield Scouts from Essex made a pre-arranged visit to Froward Point on a balmy August Sunday morning. Ten scouts and 2 leaders visited the lookout in groups to see the watchkeepers in action. Our visitors seemed to enjoy…

2016

NCI Froward Point recently had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Hallberg Rassey Owners Association. 24 yachts of the HROA assembled for a 3-day visit to Dartmouth. After walking from Kingswear to the former home of D’oyly Carte, Coleton…

2015

Two NCI stations in South Devon, Froward Point and Torbay, each received £400 donations from Paignton’s Preston Rotary Club before Christmas. The Rotary Club has supported NCI previously and their continued generosity is a key element in each Stations fundraising….

2015

Before Christmas 2015 NCI Froward Point welcomed two Dutch visitors, Jan Nijborg and Anna de Jong, who regularly visit the U.K. for long distance walks, especially the South West Coast Path. After talking to watchkeepers Paul West and Sheila Silcock…

2015

The National Coastwatch station at Froward Point ended its 10 year anniversary celebrations with an awards ceremony at Royal Dart Yacht Club. Eight watchkeepers have completed 10 years’ service, together with two members of the fundraising Friends of Froward group….

2015

After several frustrating delays our brand new generator was delivered to Froward Point in mid-July and is now in operation. The Froward Point team thanks the donors from all over the country very, very much indeed for their patience, support…

2015

Rarely does a picture summarise a scene as well as Paul Barclays’s drawing of the isolated NCI Froward Point station near Kingswear. Paul is an internationally known Dartmouth painter and illustrator, who was moved to produce his own generous tribute…

2015

Over 120 Coastwatch watchkeepers and guests enjoyed a spectacular September river cruise and music evening on the Kingswear Castle paddle steamer, thanks to the generosity of Andrew Pooley, Managing Director of the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, who made…

2015

Generous traders helped to turn a raffle at Dartmouth Conservative Club into an evening of charity fundraising. NCI Froward Point watchkeeper Mike Wilton was one of the first to offer a prize, a bottle of whisky, and the event snowballed…

2015

A magnificent £729 was raised for the Coastwatch station at Froward Point, thanks to the generosity of Kate Ryder, owner of Café Alf Resco and the efforts of the Friends of Froward. Kate provided premises, staff, lunches, cakes, biscuits and…

2013

During the afternoon of Saturday 20 July, on a fine day with a moderate easterly wind, the duty watchkeepers at Froward Point were contacted by their colleagues at Prawle Point and asked to keep a look out for a dory…

2013

Friends of Froward Point held a fund raising surprise tea, coffee and cake sale at the lookout on Easter Sunday and raised just over £200 towards the £10,000 a year Lookout running costs. This event has become a regular Easter…

2013

A joint exercise was conducted on 11 March 2012 with NCI Froward Point working with the RNLI’s Dart Lifeboat and with Brixham Coastguard. NCI watchkeepers “conned” the lifeboat to a “casualty” several times in both the morning and afternoon with…

2013

Twenty two Watchkeepers and Friends of Froward Point packed bags at Sainsbury’s in Paignton throughout Friday 30 March in shifts. A seriously valuable total of £680.74 was collected.

2013

Frank Allen, a newly qualified watchkeeper and former Commonwealth Games athlete, carried the torch in Torquay on Day 2 of the Olympic Torch Relay. “Although the Olympic Torch Relay is travelling 8,000 miles around the United Kingdom, I doubt if…

2013

On Saturday 26 May 107 people participated in the Salcombe Coastal Marathon with income from entry fees (after modest expenses paid) donated to NCI watchstations at Froward Point and Prawle Point. The picture shows a water stop with NCI Prawle…

2011

At 16:50, a walker reported a dinghy in trouble in Newfoundland Cove with 5 passengers. They had trouble with the outboard motor which was not responding to attempts to restart it. One of the watch team descended to a viewpoint…

2011

In June 2011 South Hams Vintage Machinery Club (SHVMC) organised an outing of vintage tractors on a road run, whilst collecting donations for their chosen charity – the National Coastwatch Institution at Froward Point. The cheque was presented to Station…

2011

At 1350 on 27 April, the duty team were informed of an elderly lady walker who was experiencing breathing difficulties a short distance away. They immediately notified Brixham Coastguard who summoned an ambulance. Within 10 minutes, an ambulance and rapid…

2011

At 1350 on 27 April, the duty team were informed of an elderly lady walker who was experiencing breathing difficulties a short distance away. They immediately notified Brixham Coastguard who summoned an ambulance. Within 10 minutes, an ambulance and rapid…

2011

Sunday, 24 April 2011 was a busy day at NCI Froward Point as Friends of Froward laid on refreshments for coast path walkers to raise funds for the operation of the station. In addition to the fine weather and splendid…

2011

Our local MP, spent a few days in April walking from Bantham to Broadsands in Torbay. In the course of her walk she raised funds for five coastal charities including NCI and she visited NCI Froward Point on Tuesday 12…

2007

At 1430 the duty watchkeepers observed a yellow inflatable boat emerging from the river at high speed, with only one person visible. The boat was lost from view as it was obscured by a large tree. When it did not…

2007

On logging in with Brixham Coastguard at 0900 the duty watchkeepers were asked if they could see a steel hulled catamaran, the Jose Jacqueline. Its reported position was a little over quarter of a mile South of the Mewstone rock….

2007

ITV South West visits the station The ITV Southwest Regional Evening News has been running a series of short features on Winter Walks in the region, presented by Martin Hesp. On 14 February 2007 the walk was from the Brownstone…