Various events have been organised, in Aldeburgh, on Saturday 30th April to help raise essential funds for the RNLI. RNLI stations around the UK organise events during the MAYDAY fundraising week (26th April – 2nd May), which is also used to raise the awareness of its importance to the charity. These events are being held between 10am and 4pm, so come along and help support your local RNLI station :-
- Charity Car Wash at Saxmundham Road Co-Op.
- Cake Bake Sale, Virtual Balloon Race and other events at the IceCreamery on Aldeburgh High Street.
- Visit the Gazebo’s at the Co-Op on Aldeburgh High Street and Saxmundham Road.
RNLBs FREDDIE COOPER & CHRISTINE were launched by Humber Coastguard to Belgian motor Cruiser JITNIE aground on Orfordness after the Aldeburgh Coastguard team had found the JITNIE when investigating a report of red flares to the South of Aldeburgh. The JITNIE was towed to the mouth of the River Ore and the CHRISTINE took over the tow to Orford Quay. The sole crew on the JITNIE was unharmed but the JITNIE sustained damaged to her rudder.
We would like to thank HM Coastguard Aldeburgh and Ann Marie Jacobs for the use of their photgraphs.
On Thursday 14th April, Suffolk Folk band The Broadside Boys release their 2nd Studio Album “Plenty more fish in the sea” with a launch event at the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Aldeburgh. The album comprises of 12 self penned tracks, all with a coastal theme and documents the geography and history of the Eastern shoreline.
The RNLI station on the town’s Crag Path, plays host to the event which runs throughout the afternoon from 1 to 5pm for public attendance, followed by a live performance of their album in the evening to a limited audience of press and specially invited guests.
Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station is recruiting volunteers now!
Shop volunteers, Shop Co-ordinator, Fundraisers, Lifeboat Crew, Shore Crew and other roles…
What’s in it for you?
First Class training and development, guidance & support.
Learning new skills & gaining valuable experience.
Meeting new people in your community.
Knowing that you have contributed to saving life at sea.
Please call the station on 01728 452552 or email
or call in and see us
Charles Walker has been appointed as Lifeboat Operations Manager. He took up the post in January on the retirement of Simon Reid. Simon has become Chairman of the Branch.
Charles became a member of the Shore Crew in 1972 and has served as Deputy Head Launcher before becoming Lifeboat Operations Manager. He was also a Coastguard Rescue Officer and Station Officer of HM Coastguard Aldeburgh from 1972 to 2012.
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.
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.