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Newbiggin Lifeboat Station

Newbiggin lifeboat station and boat

Celebrating over 160 years as a lifeboat station, Newbiggin has had 13 different station lifeboats over the years. Today it operates an inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 16 awards for gallantry. 

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
20/06/2015 08:18
04/05/2015 17:08
04/05/2015 17:05
23/12/2014 15:22
25/10/2014 13:47
07/10/2014 18:26
01/09/2014 20:18
08/08/2014 11:48
23/07/2014 05:40
17/05/2014 17:53

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Station address:

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station
Old Sandridge
Newbiggin Bay
Newbiggin
Northumberland
NE64 6DU

Station telephone:

01670 817320

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking

Visitor contact:

Stan Green

Visitor contact telephone:

01670 817834

Shop opening times:

Sunday

10am-1pm

    

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Volunteer crewman and Lifeboat Press Officer Alan Stewart

    Alan Stewart

  • Amble ALB towing stricken vessel back to safety

    Amble ALB The Four Boys

  • Newbiggin volunteers taking fishing vessel under tow

    Newbiggin Lifeboat the Richard Wake Burton

  • Lifeboats RV with stricken Vessl

    Amble ALB and Newbiggin Atlantic Class

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat at sea tonight as heavy hail showers closed in.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Exercise

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat at sea tonight as heavy hail showers closed in.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Exercise

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat at sea tonight as heavy hail showers closed in.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Exercise

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat at sea tonight as heavy hail showers closed in.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Exercise

  • Little Bay at Church Point

    Newbiggin's Little Bay

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Representatives from Newbiggin Lifeboat receive a generous donation

    Hirst Progressive presentation

  • One of a series of photographs from today's exercise with the new Coastguard helicopter. The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-92, had flown up from its base at Humberside to take part in the afternoon exercise. During the exercise there was a number of winching trials which was ended with a fly past.

    Newbiggin exercises with Coastguard Helicopter

  • Lifeboat crew

    Lifeboat crew

  • Three local lads William Smailes(16) (right), Andrew Bond(16) (back left) and Nathan Riddle (15) centre raised over £660 for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Local Lads Organise RNLI Charity Fishing Match

  • Lifeboat returns from call out

    Newbiggin lifreboat

  • Members of the Newbiggin Slimming Group presented lifeboat volunteers with a £75 donation tonight following a fundraising initiative by the group.

    Newbiggin Slimmers support the lifeboat

  • And there off - note crew taking shelter behind Stormy Stan

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • And there off - note crew taking shelter behind Stormy Stan

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Stormy takes on the official control of the event

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Stormy lines up the competitors

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Spectators and competitors gather on the beach

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Spectators gathering on the beach

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Special visitor at the dip

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Competitors heading along the promenade

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Registration Point

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Registration point

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Presentations to the fancy dress winners Ann Young, Ella Thomson and Lee Foster

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Helm Paul Davison helping two dippers out of the sea

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Dippers on the way to the sea

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Dippers about to go

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • The dippers get ready to race into the sea

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • The event this year was organised by Newbiggin lifeboat station is expected to raise over £800 which was realised through generous support via sponsorship and donations along with refreshments that were served in the boathouse.

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Hundreds of spectators braved the ice covered ground today to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip.

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Lifeboat returns to the boathouse after the long search

    Newbiggin Lifeboat

  • An old picture from the early 1940's

    Newbiggin lifeboat during the second world war

  • Old Newbiggin postcard

    Old lifeboat house picture Newbiggin

  • Training

    Tractor winching exercise

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Service call crew details

    Service call crew details

  • Lifeboat search area

    Newbiggin East Sea Sands

  • The winners gather after a fantastic night of fishing

    Anglers United Fishing Competition

  • Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Bay

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 3

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 3

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 2

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 2

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 1

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 1

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 4

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 4

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 lifeboat keeps watch on swimmers

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 race underway

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 march to start line

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Triathlon 2014 competitors march to start line

    Newbiggin Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Triathlon 2014 presentation

    Newbiggin Triathlon 2014

  • Dr Zoe Critchton

    Dr Zoe Critchton

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat at sea

    Newbiggin Lifeboat

  • Johnathon Armstrong - Shorecrew

    Johnathon Armstrong - Shorecrew

  • David Welsh - Shorecrew

    David Welsh - Shorecrew

  • Allan Jamieson - Shorecrew

    Allan Jamieson - Shorecrew

  • Richard Martin Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Image from the lifeboat fixed camera showing the approach to the kayak that was on the seaward side of Newbiggin's north breakwater

    Newbiggin approaches the kayak

  • Kayak is held safely before transfer ashore

    Newbiggin lands drifting kayak

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • Kayak brought safely ashore

    Newwbiggin lands drifting kayak

  • Lifeboat and helicopter exercise in Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Lifeboat and helicopter exercise in Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Newbiggin and Blyth lifeboats

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Lifeboat on display on the beach

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • View of the main fundraising areana

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Person in distress

    Crew Details

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Richard Wake Burdon

Lifeboat class: Atlantic 85

Funded by: Mr Hylton Burdon

Read more about the B class

 

The station was established by the Duke of Northumberland in 1851, who paid for the lifeboat house.  Management taken over by the RNLI the following year.

 

1851
Silver Medals awarded to John Dent, Philip Jefferson, William Armstrong, Henry Brown and Robert Armstrong who distinguished themselves in endeavouring to save the crews of four fishing boats which capsized on 22 March 1851.

1854
Silver Second-Service clasp awarded to Coxswain Philip Jefferson in recognition of the exertions of his crew in attempting to save the crew of the brig Embla which was wrecked during a heavy gale on 12 January 1854, when all her hands perished.  The lifeboat, not being fully manned, failed to reach the wreck.

1876
Two members of the crew were washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service to a fishing coble on 3 August but were fortunately recovered.

1881
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain John Brown for the rescue of the crew of four of the Northumberland which had run aground during a heavy gale on 14 October 1881.

1888
Silver Second-Service clasp awarded to Coxswain John Brown, who had completed 35 years' service and had rendered many gallant services.

1897
A woman was injured by the explosion of a rocket signal.  The Cotton Powder Co compensated her for the injury.

1898
Mortars supplied in lieu of sound signals.

1905
Socket distress signals supplied.

1914
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Watson Brown for the rescue of 13 of the crew of the ship Arctic Stream in rough seas on 22 February.  The Thanks on Vellum were also accorded to William Brown, Coxswain of the Cresswell lifeboat for the rescue of the other six crew members.

1915
Two members of the crew were washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service but were recovered unharmed.

1926
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain William Robinson for a meritorious service carried out at great risk when the crew of nine of the trawler George R Purdy were rescued.  The trawler had stranded on the rocks at Church Point during a dense fog and heavy surf on 28 April 1926.

1927
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to the women of Newbiggin for a service in January 1927 to the Newbiggin fishing fleet, when a scratch crew was got together, consisting chiefly of miners who had just come off their shift in the mine, as nearly all the regular members of the lifeboat's crew were out in the fishing boats.  But for the help of 25 women it would have been impossible to get the lifeboat afloat in the heavy surf.  As it was she was thrown back on the beach, and to straighten her many women waded waist deep into the surf.

1940
Silver Medal awarded to Second Coxswain George R Taylor, who was in command of the lifeboat in the absence of the coxswain.  It was an outstanding service.  On 4 February 1940 the lifeboat went out to the Belgian motor vessel Eminent of Antwerp in a south east gale with a heavy sea and rescued her crew of 11.  It was a most difficult launch.  The launchers, 30 of whom were women, had to pull the lifeboat up a cliff, over a moor and through sand dunes against the gale which cut their faces with the sleet and the blown sand.  The women of Newbiggin were accorded The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

1951
A Centenary Vellum accorded to station.

1972
On 14 July 1972 the Branch Chairman, Mr Campbell Storey, and Stan Green saw a boat heading towards the rocks. They swam out to give assistance. Unfortunately Mr Storey collapsed onboard the fishing vessel and died. It transpired that the two crew on the fishing vessel had fallen asleep.

1975
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Assistant Mechanic George Dawson who, as acting coxswain of the lifeboat Mary Joicey, displayed courage, tenacity and expert seamanship when a man was rescued from the sea following the capsizing of a rowing boat in Newbiggin Bay in a gentle south westerly breeze and a rough sea on 31 January.  The skipper of the fishing coble Margaret Lisle, John Lisle Robinson, was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for the rescue of a second man from the rowing boat who was also in the sea.  Each member of the lifeboat crew and fishing coble crew received a Vellum service certificate.

1976
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Coxswain George Dawson in recognition of his determination and seamanship when the lifeboat Mary Joicey saved a cabin cruiser and rescued her crew of four who were in difficulties near the mouth of the River Wansbeck in a light south easterly wind and heavy confused surf on 29 August.  Each member of the lifeboat crew received a Vellum service certificate.

1981
Boathouse adapted in order to accommodate the station's new Atlantic 21 lifeboat and launching tractor.  The portside extension to the boathouse was also converted to provide improved crew facilities.

The 37ft Oakley lifeboat was withdrawn on 26 February and replaced with an Atlantic 21 lifeboat on 15 March.

1982
The new station Atlantic 21 B-553 Kirklees has been placed on station.

1998
Adaptation for Atlantic 75 lifeboat drawn up and approved. Work completed in July.

The new station Atlantic 75 lifeboat B-745 CSMA 75th Anniversary has been placed on service 3 August 1998. Lifeboat B-553 Kirklees has been withdrawn.

2001
To celebrate 150 years of service the station was awarded the Gratitude of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

2012
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon arrives on station, replacing the Atlantic 75.

MEDAL RECORD
Ten medals have been awarded, nine Silver and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1940.