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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. 

 

 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/07/2016 10:40
28/06/2016 10:06
20/03/2016 15:37
20/03/2016 15:27
18/11/2015 09:28
10/08/2015 07:56
09/08/2015 19:19
02/08/2015 07:33
20/06/2015 08:18
04/05/2015 17:08

Latest news from this station

  • Lifeboat Day Success

    Lifeboat Day Success

    31-07-2016

    The Newbiggin Fundraisers had a successful day today after our annual lifeboat day.

  • Lifeboat Day 2016

    Lifeboat Day 2016

    14-07-2016

    Newbiggin's Blessing of the Lifeboat service this Sunday 24th July 2016 signals the countdown to next weekend's lifeboat day on Sunday 31st July 2016.

  • Mum of Newcastle girl who was swept out to sea urges others to respect the water

    Mum of Newcastle girl who was swept out to sea urges others to respect the water

    09-06-2016

    The mum of Newcastle teenager Caitlin Ruddy, who died after being swept out to sea by a freak wave in January, is backing the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign to halve accidental coastal deaths.

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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:

Pauline Cooksey

Visitor contact telephone:

07802 155509

Shop opening times:

Sunday

10am-1pm

 

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.

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2016

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat

    Newbiggin Lifeboat

  • Lifeboat blessing by Rev. Peter Sinclair

    Blessing of the Lifeboat

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & S

    Richard Martin

  • Easter fair in the boathouse

    Newbiggin Easter fair

  • Easter fair in the boathouse

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Easter fair in the boathouse

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Easter Fair in the boathouse

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Lifeboat volunteers attend to the safety of the casualty

    Mary Jane on the beach

  • Mary Jane in Newbiggin Bay

    Mary Jane assisted by lifeboat

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Newbiggin Easter Fair

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Newbiggin Easter Fair

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Newbiggin Easter Fair on Easter Sunday

    Newbiggin Easter Fair

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Newbiggin's dedicated volunteers receive awards in recognition of their loyal service.

    Newbiggin Awards Night

  • Left to right Brenda Brown, Anne Main, Gill King RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Carol Robinson and Jean Thompson with their awards in recognition of their continued voluntary commitments in raising funds for the RNLI. Gill made the presentations and thanked the volunteers for their dedication.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Station Awards

  • Left to right Brenda Brown, Anne Main, Carol Robinson and Jean Thompson with their awards in recognition of their continued voluntary commitments in raising funds for the RNLI. Gill King RNLI Community Fundraising Manager carried out the presentations and applauded the dedication of the volunteers.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Station Awards Evening

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • A selection of images from today's dip. Thanks to everyone who made the event happen and supporters along the foreshore.

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • A selection of images from today's dip. Thanks to everyone who made the event happen and supporters along the foreshore.

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • A selection of images from today's dip. Thanks to everyone who made the event happen and supporters along the foreshore.

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip

  • A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.

    Newbiggin Christmas Fair

  • A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.

    Newbiggin Christmas Fair

  • A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.

    Newbiggin Christmas Fair

  • A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.

    Newbiggin Christmas Fair

  • A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.

    Newbiggin Christmas Fair

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

  • Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

    Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2014

  • Library picture of Amble RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Library picture of Amble RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Newbiggin lifeboat

    Newbiggin lifeboat

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat

    Newbiggin Lifeboat

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £3025 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Lifeboat day in rescue demonstration

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Images from today's service.

    Newbiggin approaches the coble Endeavour

  • Images from today's call out

    Newbiggin approaches the coble Endeavour

  • Fishing coble hauling fixed gear

    The coble Endeavour

  • Photograph showing the casualty vessel and the lifeboat arriving on the beach at Newbiggin

    Newbiggin Landing with Maggie-May

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Lifeboat landing after rescue demonstration. Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team and Volunteers realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Despite mixed weather conditions Newbiggin Lifeboat Station's Fundraising Team realised over £2250 following a busy afternoon in and around the station. The images are a selection from the day.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat was called out at around 07.30am today to assist a drifting cabin boat who had suffered engine failure. The lifeboat took the vessel in tow and its two an crew were grateful for the help.

    Lifeboat Call to Drifting Boat

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat was called out at around 07.30am today to assist a drifting cabin boat who had suffered engine failure. The lifeboat took the vessel in tow and its two an crew were grateful for the help.

    Lifeboat call to Drifting Boat

  • Newbiggin's lifeboat was called out at around 07.30am today to assist a drifting cabin boat who had suffered engine failure. The lifeboat took the vessel in tow and its two an crew were grateful for the help.

    Lifeboat Call to Drifting Boat

  • Newbiggin's annual Blessing of the Lifeboat was held today with a large congregation packing into the boathouse.

    Newbiggin annual Blessing of the Lifeboat

  • 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

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.