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RNLB Freddie Cooper returns from refit on 21st December 2016


Freddie Cooper in the boat lift at Levington Marina having arrived by road from Poole.

Margaret Jean 12-21 and Freddie Cooper 12-34 were moored alongside each other and equipment was transferred to Freddie Cooper

Waiting for the cox’n to finish the paperwork

Freddie Cooper leaving Levington Marina

Freddie Cooper arriving home at Aldeburgh



RNLB ‘Freddie Cooper’ at the Maintenance Facility at RNLI Headquarters in Poole undergoing a refit. The RNLI has a purpose built unit for building and maintaining Lifeboats and Hovercraft.

Photograph courtesy of Neil Rush

Change in Shop Hours at Aldeburgh



Aldeburgh Lifeboat ‘Freddie Cooper’ Goes for Refit


Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station’s All Weather Lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, is heading down to Poole for a refit.  Some of the crew went down to Ramsgate, earlier in the week, as the station will have a relief lifeboat, another Mersey called Margaret Jean. The crew brought the relief boat to Aldeburgh from Ramsgate on Tuesday 11th October, arriving at the beach at approximately 1pm.  Crew then sailed the Freddie Cooper down to Levington Marina on Thursday 13th October, where she was lifted out and then driven down to Poole by road.  The refit is expected to take about 2 months.

Summer Events

Several events have been planned though out the summer, so we hope you can come and join us :-

6th August – there will be an Open Day between 10am to 4pm for everyone to come and meet the crew and view the boats.

15th August – both boats will be launching at Aldeburgh Carnival at 11am.

27th August – RNLI Street Fair, 10am – 1pm at the Lifeboat Station.

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station to get a new boat

library image of Shannon class lifeboat

RNLI Headquarters have announced that Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station will be getting a Shannon to replace the current boat, a Mersey, to the delight of the Coxswain, Steve Saint and all the volunteers.  Please find the link below for the full press release.



Successful MayDay Event

A tremendous day was had by all, including some very wet feet and George, the station dog, had to be coned off in the car park as it became too much..!!  A grand total of £1646.68 was raised to go to the charity – a big ‘thank you’ to Chris who organised all the events. Also to all the crew, volunteers, shopkeepers and public who made the week so successful.

May Day Fundraising Events – April 30th

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 :-

  1. Charity Car Wash at Saxmundham Road Co-Op.
  2. Cake Bake Sale, Virtual Balloon Race and other events at the IceCreamery on Aldeburgh High Street.
  3. Visit the Gazebo’s at the Co-Op on Aldeburgh High Street and Saxmundham Road.

Service to JITNIE – 16th March 2016

Jitnie 1 Jitnie 3 Jitnie 5 Jitnie Helo



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.

Jitnie 6 Jitnie 7

We would like to thank HM Coastguard Aldeburgh and Ann Marie Jacobs for the use of their photgraphs.


‘The Broadside Boys’ Fundraising Event

The Broadside Boys

The Broadside Boys

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.

Next Exercise

The next Lifeboat exercise is on:-

Monday 21st August 2017 at 11am.

Launches are subject to change.

ILB exercises – every Sunday at 9.30am and Thursday 6.30pm, subject to weather and operational requirements

Guild Events

2017 Aldeburgh Annual Treasure Hunt

2pm Saturday 27th May

Start and finish at the Railway Inn, Aldeburgh

£5 per head (£2 for under 16's) - picture puzzles, clues and route map supplied

Light snack available at finish


Treasure chest prize for the winners plus medals

Steven Saint Coxswain

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Weather feed provided by Slaughden Sailing Club
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