On the 1st of August this year the Mersey Divers Team took part in the Yorkshire Classic Tough Mudder to raise funds for the club and also to donate to the RNLI.
Tough Mudder Classic is a 10-mile challenge of mud-soaked mayhem. Loaded with 25 of the world’s craziest obstacles. With no competitive element and no timing, it’s just you, your teammates andmuddy strangers working together to conquer the course and earn the world-famous orange headband.
It was hard going at times, there was lots of mud and lots of getting wet, some of the obstacles really pushed us, but I don’t think anyone stopped laughing throughout the whole day. Except maybe on the Artic Enema! A drop down a drainpipe into a skip full of water and ice cubes with a crawl under a barrier in the middle. Not sure anyone really enjoyed that one but we all worked as a team and no one got left behind……
We’re still adding up the donations and sponsorship but it looks like we will just break £800. Which is a great result for the club and once it’s all collected we will be donating 25% of whatever we get to the RNLI. Watch this space for the final update.
The team on the finish line.
Back Row: Dave Barlow, Dave Edwards, Dave Roberts, Jake Mills, Kelly Baird, Lorna Larkin
Front Row: Kate Mills, Chris Mills, Martin Campbell, Hannah Williams
A gathering of Dive Ribs from around the UK, making a passage from the launch site at Dinas Marina, through to Beaumaris for a chippy dinner, then passing through the Swellies under the two Menai Bridges to Caernarfon for an Ice Cream, then back to Dinas Marina to recover the boats.
Sadly, due to the Covid19 Pandemic, the Menai Boat Run has had to be cancelled for 2020.
The November Quiz night was another fantastic success. A great time had by all and another late night. But best of all, lots of money raised for club and in particular, the new boat fund.
This years winning team was led by Geoff and they took home the main prize, but there were plenty of other winners in the prize draws and everyone seemed to enjoy the food.
A big thanks to all those who came and took part and an even bigger thanks to all those who helped in the organising and running of the event on the evening. Especially Bell for the cake, Tony Fitz for his curry and both John and Dave for running the bar.
As part of this years river festival Branch 5 sent two boats and a tug of war team down to New Brighton to take part in the event.
There was one boat on the waters of marine lake, with some brave members demonstrating their low visibility diving skills, and another on the side with other club members collecting for the RNLI and selling try dives.
A big thanks to Chester SAC for jumping in at the last minute to take part in the tug of war. The best of three pulls was close but the practice Branch 5 gained against the RNLI at New Year paid off and they took the day 2-0. Hopefully the edge was taken off the defeat by the food laid on back at the clubhouse for everyone.
Thanks to everyone from the club who gave up their time to to take part and to collect for the RNLI. Update to follow on the amount raised.
This years early Easter quiz and curry evening was an amazing success. A big thanks to everyone that came and made it such an enjoyable evening.
Competition was fierce but in the end the Majors team won by more than ten clear points, sweeping up the star prize…. along with a fair few of the many raffle prizes !
Someone always has to loose and unfortunately this year it was Steve Barnes team that scooped the wooden spoon of shame trophy.
The chilli and vegetable curry went down well and there were no reports of food poisoning so looks like we got away with it.
As well as being about having a good time the evening was to collect funds for the club. In the end the between the quiz, raffle and bar about £500 was raised so thanks again to everyone involved in running the evening and everyone who came.
After incredible support from BSAC clubs around the UK, sadly the 2019 event had to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. In all, 43 boats entered and their donations raised £2,000 for the Beaumaris RNLI, which was gratefully received by the volunteer crew.
Thanks must go to the organizing crew, Sophie Heptonstall, Dave Parry and Chris Holden from Chester Branch and of course Paul from Dinas Boatyard, who, without his support, this event could probably not happen. Thanks too, to David O’neil from the Caernarfon Harbour Trust and Jamie Johnson from Plas Menai, who were really helpful with their support and advice.
This years tug of war was another great success, apart from the RNLI winning again! There was a huge crowd out to watch this years event, which was started and refereed by His Worship the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Geoff Watt. This is the second annual running of the event in aid of the RNLI and the well organised lifeboat crew again proved too strong for Mersey Divers, winning 2-0.
The main aim of the event was to raise money for the RNLI, and on the day just short of £500 was collected. It was also a good opportunity to promote Mersey Divers so Tony Fitz and John Rice had one of the club boats out with banners and leaflets advertising the club.
So, big thanks to the New Brighton Lifeboat Crew for organising the day as well as providing a great buffet afterwards. Thanks also to everyone from Mersey Divers who took part and came to support their side as well as all those who provided pictures.
Thanks guys and girls for making The Major’s Late Late Xmas Bash happen. I thought besides anything else the atmosphere was just great with everybody in the mood for a bit of a session. Of course, Martin’s 50th birthday bash just added to the occasion and how good was that cake (and the T shirts)? Thanks to Jan Heath for all her work in that direction. And the real good new is that the club made £262 on the sale of ticket and the raffle.
So all that remains is to wish you all again a very happy and festive Christmas and I look forward to diving with you all in the New Year.
This years Branch 5 annual dinner, held at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, was the best attended in many years. Over one hundred members, family and friends enjoyed a fantastic meal and a great evening of awards, raffle prises and entertainment, including an amazing set from the ‘Forty Thieves’ which had nearly everyone up and dancing until late.
The evening raised an estimated £1,500 for the club so a big thanks to Alan Jones, Vince Clegg, Dave Edwards and Robbie Edwards for organising such a memorable evening.
Vince has created a dvd of pictures from the evening which can be purchased from Dave or John behind the bar. These will cost £6 and will come with one or two 8x6in prints, all money going to the club funds.