Sunday 20th January 2019
Newbiggin lifeboat launches to windfarm vessel
As the lifeboat was preparing to launch on exercise today a mayday distress was overheard on the radio. The windfarm vessel Wind Transfer had made the call after suffering partial engine failure and was taking in water.
The lifeboat launched and met with Blyth lifeboat who had been tasked by Humber coastguard to the incident. The two lifeboats then escorted the casualty boat into Blyth harbour then assisted with pumping operations to keep the boat afloat. Blyth coastguard were already on scene and the rescue teams were joined by the local fire brigade who completed the pumping operation.
Saturday 12th January 2019
Newbiggin's Four Legged Supporters
Members of the Bedlington Terrier North East group and their terriers were welcomed at a recent visit to Newbiggin lifeboat station.
Newbiggin's Fundraising Team organised refreshments at the lifeboat station and thanks to the generosity of all those visiting on the day over £250 was raised.
The famous Bedlington Terrier is the focus of this group who are based in Northumberland but have a membership across the region and beyond. Their visit to Newbiggin enables the terrier owners and others to get together for a formalised walk with over 60 of this unique breed enjoying the fresh sea air.
Peter Arris Chair of the group said: 'This is our first walk of the 2019 and we are pleased to visit Newbiggin by the Sea along with supporting our local RNLI lifeboat station. We will be doing further walks during the year and as part of that will be raising money for local charities.'
Wednesday 26th December 2018
Boxing Day Dip 2018
Hundreds of competitors braved the chilly North Sea to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip which was blessed with wall to wall sunshine and blue skies which further boosted dippers and spectators.
The large crowds on the beach and the many 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 event was organised by Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station and has raised over £1075 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. Lifeboats from here at Newbiggin and our flank station at Blyth also took part to provide the essential event seaward safety cover.
One of the event supporters was Stephen Gray from Christchurch who had travelled to the area for a visiting Christmas but also to support the Newbiggin RNLI and make his annual donation.
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. One of these groups was Calmer Therapy who support children with additional needs and are based at Guidepost. Donna Swan from the group said 'we are having a brilliant day here and hope to raise some extra money for our services thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Part of our efforts today are with 'Dressed for the Prom' a community group that provides free outfits for young people attending special events.'
Another group raising funds was the Butokokan Judo Club.Butokokan Judo is a family based judo club, ran by a father, Michael Douglass, and two sons, Glen Douglass and Andrew Douglass, as well as a family friend, Steve Smith in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Ashington. Together, we teach the art of Judo to students, aged 5 onwards, including senior students. Butokokan Judo was founded on 18th June 2011, and have now seen 7 years of success, with many more to come.
Andrew Douglass from the club said ' thanks for Newbiggin RNLI in organising this fantastic event and our supporters where we will be raising funds for our judo group at the Sports Centre here in Newbiggin.
Lisa Secombe from Cancer Research and her team of volunteers are also taking part. Lisa said' we have raised over £51,000 and this event will be a preamble to next years programme including the Northumberland Relay for Life and Women v Cancer Cycle Costa Rica with this team building event today leading to next years 250mile cycle ride in Costa Rica.
Almost 200 dippers took part at around 11.00am as they sprinted into the chilly sea watched by hundreds of spectators on the beach and promenade. After a few minutes in the sea the dippers all eventually retreated and reflected on their successes.
Get Ready for Boxing Day
The annual Newbiggin by the Sea Boxing Day Dip takes place at 11.00am on the Boxing Day morning.
Organised by Newbiggin RNLI Lifeboat Station will be hosting this year's Boxing Day Dip event will take place from the promenade adjacent Bridge Street on the seafront. Anyone interested in taking part can obtain a registration form from Newbiggin Lifeboat Station any Sunday morning between 10.00am and 1.00pm otherwise they will be available on the day of the dip at 10.30am on the promenade adjacent Bridge Street.
Refreshments will be available in the lifeboat station during the event.
Sponsorship forms to raise funds for the RNLI are also available in the lifeboat station - BUT also, anyone wishing to raise money for their own chosen charity is encouraged to join us at the Boxing Day Dip.
Further information is available on Sunday mornings from the Lifeboat Station or call 01670 817320 or email Newbiggin@rnli.org.uk
Newbiggin Christmas Lights Donation
Saturday 1st December 2018
Local lifeboat supporter Mark Turnbull switched on his Christmas lights to raise money for Newbiggin lifeboat.
Lifeboat supporter Mark Turnbull came along with his partner hope to have another successful Christmas lights fundraiser.
The work to deck out Mark's home had taken over a week to complete and judging by the many positive comments it has been worth it.
Mark's interest in Newbiggin follows a rescue undertaken almost 20 years ago and over that time regular donations and fundraising has taken place.
Sunday 6th December 2015
Lifeboat Christmas Fair Success
The bad weather held off for the Newbiggin Lifeboat Christmas Fair on Sunday 22nd November, and people enjoyed a cold but sunny afternoon on the seafront. Hot drinks and cake all round, along with the tombola and bric-a-brac sale. Stormy Stan borrowed Santa's sleigh to pay us a visit as well. Many thanks to everyone who supported us that day, we raised £415.
Over Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th December the Newbiggin ladies Fundraising Team will be running a stall within the Newbiggin Maritime Centre where a large Christmas Fair is taking place..
The final fundraiser for December is the Boxing Day Dip on 26th December, registration before 10.30am ready for the Nippy Dippy at 11am. People raising funds for other charities are welcome to take part in our event. For more details contact 07802 155509.