In a spin for the RNLI

Warwickshire is almost as far as you can get from the sea in Britain, but when Team Over The Rainbow heard that this year’s Britspin charity was the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) they’d found a cause close to their hearts.

The team’s mascot, an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier called Barney, owes his life to the crew of the St Davids lifeboat. On a clifftop walk while on holiday in Wales with his owners, Barney chased a gull and disappeared over the edge of the cliff.  Unable to reach him his distraught owners called for help.  Fortunately the St Davids crew were returning from a training exercise and were able to rescue him. Amazingly Barney was unhurt and was soon reunited with his grateful owners. A video of his recue can be found at

From 14th to 18th of October Team Over The Rainbow, sponsored by the Leamington based ‘Wool Warehouse’ (, will be competing in the Britspin - British Wool Spinning Marathon ( against spinners from all over the country to produce the greatest total length of yarn, and other challenges. The team, all members of the Stratford upon Avon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (, came fifth out of seventeen teams last year and, with Barney as a lucky mascot, is aiming to improve on that, raising money for the RNLI on the way. (Donations can be made at 

And Barney? Did he learn from his experience?  No.  A few weeks later he chased a fox through a culvert under a road and had to be rescued again!

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