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May  2014


The above concert performed by the Halesworth Festival Voices was a great success.

The singing was superb and everyone who attended agreed that it was a very enjoyable evening.

The choir raised £452 for the Aldeburgh Lifeboats, which is a fantastic figure.

Many thanks from The Aldeburgh & District Lifeboat Guild to Halesworth Festival Voices for their very welcome support.


The Easter Ball Sweep and Mixed Foursomes held at the Aldeburgh Golf Club was a great success.

The net combined sum raised was £623 – an excellent result!

The Guild’s thanks go to the ladies who gave up their time to sell raffle tickets over the Easter weekend.

Also, our grateful thanks to the Captain and Lady Captain of the Aldeburgh Golf Club, who are never failing in their support of our Lifeboats.


March  2014

The AGM on Monday, 31st March  was very well attended, with over 50 Guild members and 14 crew members present


We were entertained by Sean McMillan, Chairman of Spirit Yachts, Ipswich who gave a very informative and interesting talk, with slides, on the history of his company.  He is pictured here with Rufus Gilday, the outgoing Chairman of the Guild.




Also pictured is Veda Crane, who now takes over as Chairman of the Guild.




During 2013  community support for the Aldeburgh Lifeboats has been very strong and reflects the pride that is felt at having our own station, here on the coast. The efforts of many residents to donate time and money helps enable our station to continue to play an important role in our town.


December 2013

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“Christmas Tree, decorated by the Aldeburgh Guild, at the request of the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Aldeburgh”


October 2013

Aldeburgh Golf Club very kindly hosted a Rubber Bridge Afternoon on 31st October.  which was very well attended and, I’m told, thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The Committee provided an excellent tea and everyone very generously bought Raffle tickets.  As a result, the Guild raised just over £1,000 for the Aldeburgh Lifeboats and we wish to thank the Golf Club and everyone who participated.


October 2013

Thorpeness Golf Club Captain helps Aldeburgh RNLI David Radford dedicated his year as Captain of Thorpeness Golf Club  to raising funds for The Aldeburgh Lifeboats. The events he organized  during his term of office included  a dinner dance, quiz night, Golf Charity Day, and an indoor putting evening. David also marched 16 miles from Aldeburgh to Southwold over the May bank holiday  weekend on a sponsored walk, with an RNLI flag fluttering above his backpack. In all, his efforts raised the fantastic sum of £1,900 for our lifeboats. On October 12th, his final day in office, on the green of the Thorpeness Golf Club, David presented a cheque to Steven Saint,Coxswain of the “Freddy Cooper” and Rufus Gilday, Chairman of the Aldeburgh & District Lifeboat Guild, who expressed their thanks to David for all his hard work and support



August 2013 

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated items to our annual Street Fair held on a VERY WET Saturday, 24th August.  The weather didn’t deter visitors and residents who flocked in looking for bargains and just for a fun morning out to help the Aldeburgh Lifeboats.

The response to our appeal for cakes, biscuits, jams etc, was absolutely amazing. The Cake Stall is always very popular, but this year exceeded all expectations!!

Unfortunately, we don’t know the names of everyone who donated, so please accept our very sincere thanks for all your efforts.   The Cake Stall took £658.65, almost doubling last year’s total.

All the other stalls also did extremely well, and we raised a grand total of £3,503. compared to £3,009 last year.

Many, many thanks from the Committee and the Crew for your generosity.

Veda Crane, Vice Chairman


August 2013

The RNLI flag week and house-to-house collections in and around Aldeburgh raised almost £ 5500 which is 3.35% more than in 2012. We thank everyone for their generosity and the volunteers for the time. In addition, we raised another £ 380 on the beach on Carnival Day.


April 2013

The fashion show last week was very successful and great fun!  A very big thank you goes to Sue and everyone at O C Butchers for their hard work at organising the ‘models’, the Guild and crew for everything else.  There were some fantastic draw prizes and, through the generosity of everyone who attended and all our local businesses who donated prices and auction items, an amount of £1,810 was raised for the RNLI.



The Guild was fortunate in 2012 with a number of new supporters coming forward to provide fund raising events. Artist Nicholas de Maid generously provided attractive prints of Aldeburgh beach for us to sell, and the White Lion helpfully allowed them to be displayed in their lobby, generating good sales. Otley College Centre for the Disabled, invited us to share their stand at the Suffolk Show, and when the Show was cancelled due to a gale, generously gave a large donation anyway. Similarly O&C Butcher, gamely gave a generous cheque when the Spring Fashion Show had to be cancelled. To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, there was a Proms by the Sea and the Town Council gave us a share of the collection. Aldeburgh Yacht Club held a charity auction in July and shared the considerable proceeds with us. On receiving the freedom of the Town, Army Air Corp Squadron 653 made us their nominated charity. Artist Sue Boddy, put on a raffle of one of her paintings, and Local artist Theronda Hoffman was also very generous in donating a selection of her art.
In addition to these contributions, the members of the Guild and volunteers manned the Shop under the organization of Michelle Bloor, and the determined management of Rosemary Trigg, who refused to let the Shop refurbishment stop the selling. Once again we were among the top ranks of RNLI shops nationally. A noteworthy result. The Annual Flag days and arduous house to house collections were heroically supported by many committed volunteers, from Saxmundham, Leiston, Aldeburgh, Orford and smaller locales in between. Our annual Street Fair was manned by cheery volunteers and managed to find a weather window when the heavens did not open. Reverend Nigel overcame a lack of power to lead the Beach Service, a’cappela.
Dr. Adam Turnbull has reluctantly decided to retire after several decades of dedicated support. He and Jo have both been pillars of the Guild and leave with our gratitude.
Despite the clouded economic outlook your Guild managed to raise the very creditable sum of £100,594.

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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