Sunday 8th March 2020
Newbiggin Volunteer Celebrates International Women's Day
A new crew member at Newbiggin had their first sea training on International Women's Day.
Jess Harvey, one of the volunteers at Newbiggin, was at sea for the first time today which coincided with this special international day. Jess already has sea experience in her employment with Carnival Cruises where she is part of the Youth Staff team.
Jess in commenting on her sea training today said 'I really appreciate the support and learning opportunities available to me at Newbiggin lifeboat station. Today was my first training exercise at sea and it was enjoyable working with other volunteers on station.'
Whilst Jess is part of the operational team we also have a valuable group of ladies in our fundraising team who play an equally important role in raising funds for the vital sea rescue operation.
For generations, women have launched lifeboats, heaved people out of the water and fundraised millions to help keep the charity afloat. Women have played a hands-on role in lifesaving since the RNLI was formed in 1824.
Twenty-two women have been awarded Medals for Gallantry by the RNLI. Nineteen of these medals were presented in the 19th century, awarded to women who rescued or helped to rescue those in peril on the sea.
One of those women is Grace Darling, from the Victorian era. In 1838, she risked her life rowing to rescue the stranded survivors of the wrecked steamship Forfarshire. She was the first woman to be awarded an RNLI medal.
Other lifesaving heroes are less well known. Like May Stout Hectorson Moar, who saved two men who had capsized in a boat off the Shetland Islands in 1858. She attached a rope to herself and climbed down a cliff to throw a lifebuoy to the men. May hauled them through the surf, safely to the shore.
And then there’s the seriously impressive Margaret Armstrong who helped at every single launch of Cresswell lifeboat, saving lives for 50 years – until her death in 1928. You can learn about these women and others like them in Sue Hennessy’s book, Hidden Depths.
At Newbiggin our women have a special place in history with our women lifeboat launchers been the most decorated in lifeboat history receiving a vellum award in 1927 and again in 1940 for their meritorious service during difficult rescues.
Sunday 5th January 2020
Four Legged Heros
Members of the Bedlington Terrier North East group and their terriers were welcomed at a recent visit to Newbiggin lifeboat station.
More details to follow
Sunday 5th January 2020
Christmas Lights Donation
Local lifeboat supporters Marc and Debbie Turnbull presented a generous donation following their fundraising initiative.
This successful lifeboat fundraising team came along to present a cheque to Newbiggin lifeboat station today for £1020 following a well supported Christmas lights fundraiser.
The work to deck out their Ashington home had taken over a week to complete and judging by the many positive comments it has been worth it.
Marc and Debbie's interest in Newbiggin RNLI follows a rescue undertaken over 20 years ago and over that time regular donations and fundraising has taken place.
Thursday 26th December 2019
Another Massive Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip
Hundreds of competitors braved the chilly North Sea to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip despite poor weather conditions including strong winds and rough seas.
The large crowds estimated to exceed 1000 on the beach and over 200 hardy souls who braved the sea were up on last year's count thanks to this established tradition of Boxing Day which was begun during the 1980's by the Ashington Lions. The throng of Boxing Day dedicated and resilient dippers, in an array of brightly coloured costumes and attires, were huddling on a chilly beach then at 11.00am as they sprinted into the freezing sea watched by the hundreds of spectators on the beach and promenade. After a few minutes in the sea the dippers all eventually retreated, up into the care of their respective groups for drying off and to reflect on their successes.
The event was organised by Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station and has raised over £1330 today in donations for the RNLI that were realised through generous support via sponsorship together with other donations. The Newbiggin Ladies Fundraising Team volunteers also had a busy morning providing refreshments that were served during the morning from the lifeboat station. Meanwhile on the beach Newbiggin's lifeboat volunteers along with the local Coastguard teams from Newbiggin and Blyth marshalled and controlled the event on the beach with the lifeboat at sea providing seaward safety cover. Newbiggin lifeboat to provide the essential event seaward safety cover. Apart from money raised for the RNLI a multitude of other charities were represented at the event and they will benefit from considerable support also.
On behalf of Newbiggin Lifeboat Station can I pass on my thanks for everyone who made this event such a success and we look forward to welcoming you again next year.
Thursday 19th December 2019
Call to stranded angler
Lifeboat volunteers from Newbiggin were called out to a stranded angler following concerns for his safety.
The request for assistance came in around 7.20pm when the solo angler was seen on the Newbiggin north breakwater fishing during the fast flowing tide and rough seas. The access to the breakwater was now cut off due to the rising tide with the only safe extraction option using the lifeboat.
Newbiggin's B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board arriving off the breakwater within seconds. The lifeboat was brought up to the rocky structure to safely transfer the angler on board then returned to station.
The angler was checked over and handed into the care of the local coastguard rescue teams who had been dealing with an earlier incident in the area. They offered the appropriate safety information regarding the dangers of fishing at this location with such rough sea conditions and a flowing tide.
Christmas Lights Event
An Ashington house is lit up to raise funds for Newbiggin lifeboat station.
Hundreds of people gathered in the street despite poor weather conditions to support the lighting display turned on and after a countdown the area was lit up, the inflatable Santa's came to life and the crowds cheered.
Refreshments were well received and all money raised on the night and in the garden collecting bucket will be donated to the RNLI at Newbiggin.
The work to deck out Marc's home has taken over a week to complete and judging by the many positive comments on the night it has been worth it. Last year Marc and Debbie raised around £800 with the Christmas lights and he hopes to exceed this amount.
Mark and Debbie's interest in Newbiggin follows a rescue undertaken almost 20 years ago and over that time regular donations and fundraising has taken place to support the station.
Newbiggin Lifeboat Christmas Fair
Today's Christmas fair raised over £1000 over a busy Sunday afternoon
Autumn brightness brought out many supporters for the Newbiggin Lifeboat Christmas Fair earlier today which took place in the boathouse. The event began with traditional Christmas carols performed by the Choir by the Sea group which was well appreciated, a welcome preamble to this established event. A cheque for £100 was presented to the Choir by Gail Penman on behalf of the Newbiggin Community Fundraisers from money raised over the last three months.
Hot drinks along with a plentiful supply of donated cakes all round, together with the tombola and bric-a-brac sale helped along brisk sales.
Many thanks to everyone who supported the Newbiggin Lifeboat Fundraising team on the day as well as those who donated and baked for the event. After counting up today over £1,000 was raised with further money still to come in. The Christmas raffle sold out and whilst a few of the prizes have been claimed further details of the winners are posted outside the boathouse and in local shops.
Anne Main Chair of the Newbiggin lifeboat fundraising team said' on behalf of the volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat station can I send out a big thank you to everyone who has made this local fundraising event such a huge success, it is greatly appreciated by us all.'
The final fundraiser for 2019 is the Boxing Day Dip on 26th December, registration before 10.30am ready for the Dip at
11.00am. People raising funds for other charities are welcome to take part in our event. For more details and how to get a registration form please contact 01670 817320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Further information on this event will be advertised early in December.
Sunday 3rd November 2019
Newbiggin Great North Run Donation
Lifeboat supporters Debbie and Marc Turnbull visited the station today to present a cheque for £852.
Debbie and Marc have a long connection with Newbiggin lifeboat station continually supporting this important establishment and its volunteer team. This donation came about as a result of sponsorship for this year's Great North Run which occurred earlier in the year.
On behalf of everyone at Newbiggin thank you both for this continued support.
Sunday 13th October 2019
Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station welcomed family and friends of the late Bill Jefferis at the weekend.
The visit to the station was to present a generous donation amounting to £1060 to the lifeboat volunteer team.
The money raised was realised by a fundraising event at the Newbiggin Central Club where a raffle, domino cards and other table competitions. In addition local businesses including the 'Shaj Tandori' along with the 'New Butcher by the Sea' donated prizes for the fundraiser.
Our thanks go out to everyone who made this donation happen - it is really appreciated. Thank you.
Wednesday 28th August 2019
Lifeboat rescues two people from drifting inflatable
The dangers of inflatables at sea were once again highlighted this week during an incident at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
UK Coastguard Humber Operations received a call of an inflatable with two persons on board in difficulty off the Church Point headland at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. A fresh offshore wind was blowing which was compromising the safety of the inflatable and it’s two occupants as it was blown further out to sea.
The Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon to assist and recover the casualty. Newbiggin’s Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and took up position to locate and coordinate the lifeboat onto the casualty. The lifeboat was quickly on scene to find the drifting inflatable well out with the two persons on board suffering from the effects of the cold. The lifeboat returned to the bay where the two persons were checked over and treated following their ordeal with assistance from the coastguard who additional gave safety advice on the significant risks involved of using inflatable dinghies in the open sea.
Monday 26th August 2019
Lifeboat launches to sinking boat
Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station received a call around 10.30am today from UK Coastguard at the Humber Operations Centre reporting a small boat and two persons in difficulty at the Sandy Bay caravan park area.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach and arrived in the search area a few minutes later. Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to the incident. Once on scene, two persons were observed in the water at the north end of Sandy Bay along with a partially submerged vessel. The volunteer crew quickly recovered the two persons from the sea and checked them over for any adverse affects due to their time in the water. Assistance was given by the Coastguard team during the incident. With everyone safely accounted for the lifeboat secured the casualty vessel and brought it north to Newbiggin Bay.
The lifeboat, casualties and casualty vessel arrived safely back into Newbiggin Bay where the casualties were handed into the care of the Coastguard.
Newbiggin RNLI call after distress flares sighted
21 August 2019
The volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard Humber just after midnight on along with Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team to a report of red flares off the River Wansbeck.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched with four volunteer crew on board shortly afterwards and began the search. The lifeboat carried out a thorough search of the Cambois Bay area while the Coastguard team searched the shore area.
After almost two hours of searching and nothing found the incident was closed.
Thursday 15th August 2019
Lifeboat launches to drifting inflatable
Newbiggin lifeboat was launched today following reports of persons getting blown out to sea.
Newbiggin lifeboat station was contacted early afternoon by UK Coastguard's Humber Operation Centre requesting the immediate launch of the lifeboat to a report of two persons in difficulty in the sea off Cresswell. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was quickly launched with four volunteer crew on board and headed north.
Newbiggin's Coastguard Rescue Team also were requested to attend to the incident.
Shortly after launching further information was received to say that the persons were safely ashore and the incident was closed.
Tuesday 13th August 2019
Lifeboat diverts from training for rescue
Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station diverted from tonight’s training exercise to attend to a vessel requiring assistance.
Newbiggin’s Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat ‘Richard Wake Burdon’ diverted from the exercise to a small local fishing boat that had propulsion issues. The casualty vessel had been operating at the south end of Newbiggin Bay next to the reef when the problems occurred. Once alongside the four lifeboat volunteer crew set up a tow and brought the vessel safely to the beach then returned to the evening training.
Crossroads Donation to RNLI
Sunday 28th July 2019
Newbiggin lifeboat volunteers received a generous donation of £700 during their recent Lifeboat Day event. Mary Millar and Doreen Longstaff who work in the Crossroads Coffee shop in Ashington came along to present the cheque.
The money was raised since Easter 2019 from tips given at the shop.
The Crossroads team are very active in fundraising along with supporting local ventures and we are grateful that Newbiggin RNLI was chosen to benefit from their generosity.
Mark Hopkins Lifeboat Operations Manager for Newbiggin RNLI said ' we are very grateful to the team from Crossroads for coming along today and presenting us with this generous donation.'
Sunday 28th July 2019
Another record fundraising day at Newbiggin RNLI
Volunteers are celebrating at Newbiggin lifeboat station after another record day of fundraising realised over £5,000.
After a week of extreme temperatures the afternoon had settled weather. Once again the boatpark had a variety of stalls giving brisk trade to hundreds of supporters who had come along for this major event in Newbiggin's summer calendar. Stalls including souvenirs, tombola, home made cards, nearly new, bric a brac, raffle and home made cakes enjoyed a roaring trade with stock cleared out. Elsewhere in the main arena there was live music by West Coast Band along with the local band Steel by the Sea. The Ladies fundraising team also kept the visitor's appetite for home made cakes and refreshments going throughout the afternoon within the boathouse as well as those wanting to escape the sun. Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team along with the 4X4 teams provided other displays around the boathouse area. A large array of handmade model lifeboats and fishing boats was also on display.
At sea Newbiggin lifeboat kept the visitors entertained with rescue demonstrations in the Newbiggin Bay area.
With the afternoon concluding the various raffles and competition results were announced with all prizes claimed on the day. A full list of winning tickets and prizes is on display outside the lifeboat station.
Anne Main Chair of the Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Fundraising Team commented ' on behalf of the volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat station can I send out a big thank you to everyone who has made this local fundraising event such a huge success today, it is greatly appreciated by us all.'