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 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. 

Richard Martin


Sunday 13th October 2019

Generous Donation

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.'


Sunday 21st July 2019

Annual Blessing of the Lifeboat

The annual blessing of the lifeboat and the volunteers took place today.

The event has ran for many years and signifies the start of the annual lifeboat week culminating in Lifeboat Day on Sunday 28th July 2019.

Once again the service and blessing was well supported with the popular Salvation Army and St Marks singers taking a role also.

After the service the Ladies Fundraising Team provided refreshments for the gathered guests.

The blessing was the first one for our new lifeboat chaplain the Reverend Anthony O'Grady who upon blessing the lifeboat cast holy water over the vessel and the volunteers standing nearby.

Get on board and volunteer with Newbiggin RNLI

Volunteers at Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station are inviting potential crew members to be part of their lifesaving team.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Newbiggin by the Sea is looking for extra volunteers to join their lifeboat team.

The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life and new recruits don’t need to have sea-going experience to get involved. Team players with good general fitness and the ability to learn new skills would be ideally suited to the role.

Potential recruits must live or work within five miles of the station and be between 17 and 55 years of age.

Mark Hopkins RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, explained: ‘Only 10 percent of our new recruits come with professional maritime experience, our current lifeboat crew is testament to this as we have a builder, car mechanic and a surveyor.

‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the RNLI in Newbiggin.

‘Around 95 percent of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience an extremely rewarding one. It’s a great way to make new friends whilst helping to save lives at sea.’

To qualify as lifeboat crew, volunteers need to be:

· Aged 17 to 55

· Living or working within 5 miles of the station at Newbiggin

· Generally fit

For more information, contact Mark Hopkins on Tel: 01670 817320 or email:

Saturday 25th May 2019

Early morning call to drifting fishing coble.

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out early today to assist a drifting fishing vessel.

The UK Coastguard Humber Operation Centre received a distress call from a Blyth fishing coble with two persons on board that had sustained engine failure. Shortly afterwards at around 6.30am Newbiggin RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach with four volunteer crew on board.

The lifeboat headed to a position around 3 mile east of the station and located the casualty vessel. Once a tow was established both vessels made their way to Blyth. With assistance from the Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team the casualty was safely secured in the harbour then the lifeboat returned back to Newbiggin where it was refuelled and made ready for service again.


Monday 13th May 2019

Lifeboat called to drifting boat

Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station were called out today following reports of a small cabin boat drifting ashore to the north of here at Lyne Bay. The UK coastguard at Humber had relayed the request for lifeboat assistance during lunchtime Monday and shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' with three volunteer crew on board was launched from the beach.

The un-named casualty vessel who was out for a fishing trip, had launched from Newbiggin earlier in the day but unfortunately suffered issues whilst at sea which caused it to drift ashore.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and with the tow secured the casualty vessel and its two crew were brought ashore safely to Newbiggin and into the care of the Newbiggin Coastguard Rescue Team who had assisted throughout the rescue process.


Sunday 28th April 2019

Champion Knitter Thanked

Volunteers at Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station welcomed one of our supporters for a special presentation today.

Brenda Cribbes is a champion knitter making hundreds of small wool toys for Newbiggin's fundraising events. Her recent creations include a lifeboat bear, maypole dancers complete with maypole, mice and rabbits. Today Brenda was presented with a special certificate of thanks to acknowledge our appreciation of this tremendous support over the years.

Speaking after the event Brenda said 'I have always admired the lifeboat service with family connections in sea rescue going back to the last century.'

Brenda also donated today another batch of her special characters which will be part of the next fundraising event. Well done Brenda and thank you for your continued support.


Sunday 14th April 2019

Newbiggin Easter Fair Success

Newbiggin Ladies Fundraising Team held a successful Easter fundraiser where over £700 was raised.

The Easter fair was held on a cold Sunday afternoon but this weather thankfully did not impact upon footfall to the sea front. Our boathouse once again provided the venue for the fundraising with stall including refreshments, souvenirs, raffles and fancy goods been popular to our many supporters.

Ann Main Chair of the Fundraising volunteers extended her thanks for a successful day adding 'the fundraising work by the volunteer team and all those who supported as well as donated items both before the event and on the day was incredible and we look forward to the next event planned in the coming summer months' - more details to follow.


Thursday 14th February 2019

Newbiggin lifeboat launches to fishing coble

  • Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station were called out yesterday by Humber Coastguard to go to the assistance of a fishing coble that had suffered engine failure.
  • The Newbiggin coble had been operating a mile north east of Church Point when their engine failed. Newbiggin s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon was launched with three volunteer crew on board and proceeded to the search area.

    The casualty vessel was quickly located then it was towed back with its two crewmen back to Newbiggin.

    The Newbiggin Coastguard Coast Rescue Team were also called out providing assistance and support throughout the rescue operations.

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 Christmas Lights Donation

Saturday 1st December 2018

Local lifeboat supporter Mark Turnbull switched on his Christmas lights to raise money for Newbiggin li

Wednesday 18th November 2015


Two fishermen rescued off Northumberland Coast

Two fishermen whose boat sank off the Northumberland coast this morning have been rescued following a search operation involving four RNLI lifeboats. The alarm was raised by the crew of another fishing boat who spotted a man clinging to a lobster pot marker just before 9am today. They radioed for help after pulling him on board their vessel 'the Boy Liam'. Amble RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to search for the second fisherman and Newbiggin and Seahouses RNLI lifeboats were later requested to join the search. After about an hour the Amble RNLI inshore lifeboat crew spotted the man on the beach at Coquet Island which is about a mile off the Northumberland coast.They recovered him onto the lifeboat and he was airlifted to hospital by a Coastguard helicopter. Amble RNLI Coxwain, John Connell said its thought the man managed to swim the short distance to the island after his boat overturned and sank this morning. He added: "These are two extremely lucky fishermen. The water is very cold and they were in the water some time but they did what they could to look after themselves until help arrived. We always hope for a positive outcome but we are all very, very relieved that the two fishermen have been found and we wish them well for a speedy recovery following their ordeal."

Friday 28th August 2015

Newbiggin lifeboat was launched to assist an angling boat which was unable to make the shore due to propulsion issues.The call from Humber coastguard came in at around 1.40pm when a request for lifeboat assistance was made. Shortly afterwards Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched from the beach with four volunteer crew on board. On arriving at the casualty a tow was secured and the vessel with its two occupants was brought into the safety of the River Wansbeck moorings. With no further assistance required the lifeboat returned to station.


Monday 10th August 2015

Newbiggin's Second Call in 12 Hours

Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station received a call earlier today to assist a local fishing coble. The call came in shortly before 8.00am when the Newbiggin coble 'Endeavour' requested assistance due to propulsion issues.
Newbiggin's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was soon underway with four volunteer crew on board and headed north to Snab Point. Once on scene and with shore support from Newbiggin coastguard the lifeboat stood by whilst the coble problems were resolved.
With no further assistance needed the lifeboat returned to station and the incident was closed.

Sunday 9th August 2015

Volunteers were called out by Humber Coastguard tonight after it was reported that a 17 foot speedboat with four persons on board was drifting out to sea. The call came in around 7.20pm after the vessel, which had launched earlier in the evening from Newbiggin Bay ,had suffered engine failure and was drifting out to sea due to a fresh offshore breeze. Newbiggin's Atlantic 85lifeboat 'Richard Wake Burdon' was launched shortly afterwards from the beach and with four volunteer crew on board headed south to locate the casualty vessel with Newbiggin Coastguard overseeing the rescue from the shore. After ashort time Newbiggin lifeboat located the drifting speedboat Maggie-May with four persons on board a mile out to sea from Cambois. After checking the safety of the four persons on board the lifeboat volunteers secured a tow and headed north back to Newbiggin.By 8.15pm the vessel was safely brought to the beach with further help from lifeboat crew and coastguards.