Aldeburgh & District Lifeboat Guild is proud to announce that Mrs. Sandra Saint has been awarded a Gold Badge by the Council of the RNLI.
A Gold Badge is awarded for a significant level of dedication, commitment and length of service. This award is a long-awaited recognition of Sandra’s tireless and willing commitment within the sphere of her voluntary work for the RNLI.
The Aldeburgh Lifeboats are a major feature of Sandra’s life. She has been a Committee member of the Guild for 40 years. Her late husband, Nigel, was the Mechanic of the Aldeburgh Lifeboats for 33 years. Her son, Steven, is currently the Coxswain and has served the RNLI for 27 years, a combined total of 100 years of service to the RNLI by the Saint family. A most remarkable achievement.
Jack Lowe, the actor Arthur Lowe’s grandson, has started a mammoth project visiting every lifeboat station, in his converted ambulance, photographing members of the crew. What is different and unique, is the method by which the photographs are being taken. Jack is using a 100 year old camera and the prints derived from glass plates, that are developed in trays of chemicals. He recently visited Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, the above photo of Steve Saint, the Coxswain and other results can be seen on his blog on:-
‘Lucy Lavers’ was built in 1940 for Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station but, during the Second World War, the lifeboat’s first service was participating in the Dunkirk Rescue operation. She served at Aldeburgh, as the second lifeboat, for 19 years. She then became the relief boat around the East Coast until 1968, having being called out 89 times. ‘Lucy Lavers’ was given to the charity ‘Rescue Wooden Boats’, who have restored her to her former glory as seen in the above photo. To celebrate 75 years after the evacuation from the Dunkirk Beaches, ‘Lucy Lavers’ will sail from Well-next-the-sea to Dunkirk. She will stop en route, including Aldeburgh. It is anticipated she will arrive at Aldeburgh on 11th May, leaving on 14th May. If anyone wishes to come and see ‘Lucy Lavers’, she will be moored at Aldeburgh Yacht Club.
This year’s street fair will take place outside the Lifeboat Station, on Crag Path, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. A variety of stalls will be there, including tombola, cake stall, second books, face painting and may others. Everyone is welcome to come along and support the RNLI. If it is raining it will be held in the Lifeboat Station.
Paul Rosher, one of the All-Weather Lifeboat crew, completed the IronMan UK recently, achieving a finish time of 14hrs and 15mins. This included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a full Marathon (26.2 miles). This was an amazing achievement and he also raised money for charity.
This Saturday, 9th August, Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station will be holding it’s successful Open Day. Come and meet the crew, look at the equipment they use, then watch a demonstration launch. This will occur between 10am and 1.30pm, with the launch at 2pm. As the boat will be on active service, the launch may be subject to change.
A cheque for £500 will be handed over to RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station at 10.30 on 8th July, the opening day for the new Tesco in Aldeburgh.