Angle’s celebration on Sunday (13 July) took the form of a service, led by the Rev Geoffrey Howell, Team Vicar for the Monkton Rectorial Benefice, with the Port Chaplain for The Mission to Seafarers, the Rev Steve Traynar.
It began at the small 15th Century Seamen’s Chapel of St Anthony in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Angle. Afterwards, the congregation of local residents and visitors made their way to RNLI Angle lifeboat station.
There, the service continued in the crew room, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway. The Rev Howell continued the service and provided musical accompaniment for the hymns. Particularly poignant was the singing of the Seafarers’ hymn, ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’, during which a collection was taken in aid of The Mission to Seafarers and the RNLI.
The Rev Traynar gave the address, during which he spoke of the work of The Mission to Seafarers’ teams of caring chaplains and volunteers all over the world. They work tirelessly to bring help, hope and a safe haven for sick, lonely exhausted and troubled seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs in over 260 ports in 71 countries.
He told of his own work as Port Chaplain, visiting oil and gas tankers on the Milford Haven Waterway, bringing vital support and care and assistance to seafarers on board, those injured or who fall sick and are admitted to hospital locally, and of the welcome given to merchant crews from all the world at the charity’s Milford Haven International Seafarers Centre in Robert Street.
RNLI Angle’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Allen-Mirehouse, welcomed everyone to the lifeboat station, and spoke of the work of its all-weather and inshore lifeboats, which provide a 24-hour search and rescue service 365 days of the year.
The Angle station, which was founded in 1868, is one of 237 RNLI lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The charity is independent from Government and relies on voluntary contributions and gifts in wills for its income.
After the service, visitors were able to tour the station’s all-weather state-of the-art Tamar class lifeboat, Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson. She is on relief duty at Angle, while its own Tamar lifeboat, Mark Mason, is away undergoing modifications.
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Sea Sunday: Pictured on board RNLI Angle’s relief all-weather lifeboat are (left to right): David Dillane (Crew Member), Lewis Creese (Coxswain), Simon Taylor (Shore Crew), Rich Bowles (Mechanic), David Jones (Shore Crew), the Rev Steve Traynar (The Mission to Seafarers’ Port Chaplain, Milford Haven), and the Rev Geoffrey Howell (Team Vicar for the Monkton Rectorial Benefice).
Photo: RNLI Angle.
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