Cemaes Classic Lifeboat.

                               Charles Henry Ashley


LAST UPDATED 11th November 2014

         The village of Cemaes Bay is proud to be the caretaker of the Charles Henry Ashley, a 38ft Watson designed lifeboat built in 1907 and stationed at the nearby ‘Porth yr Ogof’  lifeboat station by Wylfa Head until she was taken out of service in 1932.   After several years in private ownership, she was re-launched after total renovation in April 2009.  She is now a major attraction to visitors at her mooring in the harbour during the summer   months.

         A team of dedicated local enthusiasts now maintain and sail the vessel.  Membership of the Cemaes Boat Club is open to those who wish to share the enjoyment of this historic lifeboat.  For further information, contact the Club Membership Secretary (Mike Thompson) on 01407 710552.   On designated sailing days, visitors can, by taking up temporary membership, qualify to join the crew for a sail or row in Cemaes Bay.   She is also available for sail/rowing training and as a film and advertising set.  Contact the Boat Club Secretary for details.  (Please be aware that availability is totally weather dependent and the Coxswain of the day makes the final decisions)  


         The boat is not fitted with an engine, so faithfully reproduces the authentic practice of the early 20th century, being propelled from the harbour under oars and then hoisting her sails in open water.   She is rigged with a jib, a dipping lug mainsail, and a dipping lugsail on the mizzen mast.  These days, this is an unusual rig which can prove to be difficult to master.      However, she may be old, but in a breeze of wind she slips along at a very respectable speed and provides a rewarding sailing experience as can be appreciated in the video clip below.  There is always a core crew of trained sailors, with safety as their prime consideration, so novices are welcome.


Cemaes Harbour, home to the restored Cemaes lifeboat, Charles Henry Ashley

Hi Everybody.

On Saturday December 13th 2014 the Charles Henry Ashley Boat Club will be holding its Christmas Party at the Harbour Hotel, Cemaes Bay.

This year we are inviting all members, their partner or spouse and if you so wish family or friends.  Also included in the invitation are all crew members and supporters from this year’s Anglesey Adventure which took place in July.

Last year we had 50+ guests at the dinner so with that in mind I have reserved 70 seats (the restaurant holds 83).  As always I will require a £5 deposit per person to secure your seat. The deposit and your Menu choices will be required NO LATER than Wednesday 19th November.  The remainder will need to be sent NO LATER than Monday 1st December.  Please send Cash or Cheques to my home address shown at the end of this letter.

It may appear a little early to be paying deposits but the venue need to start planning how much food to order and how many staff they will need for our party.  Seventy guests is a very large party.

Just like you I want to enjoy the party and not have a great deal to do on the night which is why I pay our final money before the event happens.

If you have any questions email me laura.m.d@btinternet.com or if it is urgent phone me on 01407710315.  I prefer emails it is easier to track a request.

The menu is attached to the end of this letter.

Hope to see you soon.

Laura Downs.
Membership Secretary  

Daresbury, Ffordd Caergybi, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey.  LL67 0LG.

Charles Henry Ashley Christmas Party Menu

At The Harbour Hotel

Saturday 13th December, 7p.m.


Cream of vegetable soup served with slices of warm French bread (v)
(Contains dairy & celery, egg and wheat)

Classic prawn cocktail served with granary bread and butter
(Contains mollusc, egg & mustard & wheat)

Chicken & brandy pate served with dressed leaves, red onion marmalade & melba toast
(Contains dairy, mustard, egg & wheat)

Fan of honeydew melon, fresh raspberry coulis & mint (v)


Roast Norfolk turkey breast or Roast free range pork served with cranberry and sausage meat stuffing, new and roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables & gravy
(Contains wheat & egg)

Pan fried halibut steak in a parsley & lemon butter served with fine green beans & sauté potatoes
(Contains fish & dairy)

Ratatouille & goats cheese filo basket served with dressed salad & new potatoes
(Contains wheat, dairy, egg & mustard)


Christmas pudding with brandy sauce (Contains wheat, egg, sulphur dioxide & nuts)

Sherry fruit trifle with cream (contains wheat, egg & dairy)

New York strawberry cheesecake & cream (Contains dairy)

Cheese & Fruit platter (contains wheat, barley, oats, egg, dairy & celery)

3 course £18.95
2 course £15.95
1 course £12.95

FREE Glass of RED or WHITE wine included with the meal
(a soft drink will be available if preferred)