2016: Aldeburgh lifeboat charity signals call for help to fill volunteer shortage

As published by East Anglian Daily Times, 4 May 2016

A lifesaving charity has signalled its own call for help in finding new volunteers.


54th AGM of the Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild. The guild is currently experiencing difficulties in recruiting volunteers. Veda Crane (left) is standing down as chairman and there is no one to take her place. Rosemary Trigg (right), who has managed the lifeboat shop for eight years in a voluntary capacity, is also retiring.

The Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild was founded 54 years ago – but it now faces a recruitment challenge.


The Lifeboat Guild in Aldeburgh is looking for more volunteers for the shop.

In 2015, more than £91,000 was raised at the lifeboat shop, run for the last eight years by Rosemary Trigg.

Following her retirement, the guild launched a search for someone to take over. Meanwhile, no one was found to take the place of Veda Crane, who recently stood down as acting guild chairman after two years. Following the 54th AGM, she said: “Of more immediate importance is the lifeboat shop. Rosemary Trigg, who has run the shop for eight years in an entirely voluntary capacity, has now retired and we are seeking someone to take her place. This position would ideally suit someone who has recently retired and would like to help raise funds for the lifeboats. Our shop is eighth in the countrywide league table and last year raised £91,286. We urgently need someone with the commitment and dedication to take over the reins.”

Annie Groves, RNLI visitor experience manager for the east region, said the fundraising activities of the guild and retail element of the RNLI were essential to the service. She added: “Why not come and join a fun and friendly team doing something worthwhile for your community? You will receive first class training in whatever role you take, with ongoing guidance and support, while learning new skills, meeting new people and helping save lives at sea.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to run the shop should call 01728 452552 or email aldeburgh@rnli.org.uk for further information.

To express an interest in joining the guild committee, contact secretary Viv Holt on 01728 688448.

2016: Golden honour for 40 years of supporting Aldeburgh lifeboat

As published by East Anglian Daily Times,  8 February 2016


Sandra Saint, who has been honoured by the RNLI with a Gold Badge for her work. Copyright EADT 2016

A tireless volunteer has been recognised for her “dedication, commitment and length of service” to a lifesaving case on the Suffolk coast.


Sandra Saint (centre), who has been honoured by the RNLI with a Gold Badge. Pictured with Veda Crane, chairman of the Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild, and son Steve Saint, who is the coxswain of the lifeboat at Aldeburgh. Copyright EADT 2016

Sandra Saint has been awarded the prestigious Gold Badge from the trustee board of the RNLI, in acknowledgement of four decades supporting Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station.

Mrs Saint joined the Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild in January 1975 – when it was known as the Lifeboat Ladies’ Guild – and has since been committed to help raise money for the cause, catering single-handedly at the charity’s many fundraising functions, including quiz nights attended by up to 50 people. Her husband, Nigel Saint, was the lifeboat mechanic from May 1961 until October 1993. Their son, Steven, joined the Aldeburgh crew in 1989 and is now the coxswain – meaning that, between them, the Saint family has served the RNLI for a century.

Veda Crane, chairman of the Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild, said: “A Gold Badge is awarded for a significant level of dedication, commitment and length of service. This award is a long-awaited recognition of Sandra’s tireless and willing commitment within the sphere of her voluntary work for the RNLI.”

The RNLI awards three levels of badge – bronze, silver and gold – in recognition of service by guild members.

The concluding paragraph of Mrs Saint’s citation for the Gold Badge reads: “The committee cannot speak highly enough of her popularity, kindness and dedication to the RNLI. “We have no hesitation in recommending Sandra for a Gold Badge award in a long-awaited recognition of her continuing commitment to the RNLI. Sandra is an invaluable member of our committee and guild.”

The first lifeboat in the Aldeburgh area was stationed at Sizewell in 1826 – two years after the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was formed. The lifeboat station was moved to Aldeburgh in 1851 and has since been in continuous service

The Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild was formed in 1962 with the purpose of raising funds to help the local RNLI save lives at sea.

2015: Lifeboat fundraiser honoured for years of charitable efforts

As published by East Anglian Daily Times, 26 June 2015


Jo Turnbull with her letter from RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease OBE celebrating her 30 years of work with Aldeburgh Lifeboat Guild. Copyright EADT 2015

A dedicated fundraiser received a special message of thanks at a gathering held in her honour.


Jo Turnbull, (centre front) is the guest at at a lunch party held by the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Guild commitee to recognise her work over the last 30 years. Copyright EADT 2015

The committee of Aldeburgh and District Lifeboat Guild hosted a farewell lunch for Jo Turnbull at the Wentworth Hotel yesterday.

She joined in July 1987 and helped raise thousands for the lifeboats with her husband, Dr Adam Turnbull, who was treasurer and in charge of collecting boxes for many years. Both are now in their 90s and Mrs Turnbull has decided to leave Aldeburgh for sheltered accommodation in Bury St Edmunds, close to the sheltered housing complex where her husband lives. Mrs Turnbull, already the owner of a silver badge for loyal service to the charity, was presented with a letter of thanks from RNLI chairman Charles Hunter-Pease, OBE.

Guild chairman, Veda Crane said: “The guild and the Aldeburgh crew wish to thank Dr and Mrs Turnbull for their dedication, loyalty and fundraising efforts over the past 30 years, and wish them all happiness in their future home.”