January 01, 2020

Angle RNLI’s 150th birthday becomes a royal occasion

Angle RNLI’s 150th birthday

becomes a royal occasion

Angle RNLI’s 150th anniversary celebrations won a royal seal of approval on Thursday (October 5), when the Duke of Gloucester visited the lifeboat station.


His Royal Highness was fulfilling three engagements in the village that day and his first port of call was Angle RNLI.


The Duke, who was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Sara Edwards, was welcomed by the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Julian Hammond; RNLI Council Member Rear Admiral Mark Kerr; RNLI Regional Safety Manager Adam Forrest and Coxswain Lewis Creese.


In the boathouse he met Navigator and Deputy Second Mechanic Paul Smart; Deputy Launch Authorities, the Rev. Michael Brotherton, Mark Newton and Davy Barrett; station Treasurer Linda Foulstone and Community Safety Officer Bevis Musk.


The Duke was shown the relief all weather Tamar class lifeboat, the Frank and Ann Wilkinson, which is on station at Angle while its Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason is undergoing maintenance at RNLI headquarters at Poole.


He then proceeded to the crewroom, where he was introduced to Ted Goddard, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer; Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild members Daphne Bush (chairman and press officer) and Sandra Thompson (minute secretary), and Head Launcher David Digby Jones.


In the crewroom to welcome the Duke were crew members Sarah Lunn, Carl Morgan, Jordan Tuckwell, Martyn Brock, Ian Foulstone, Penny Harris, Alan Hitchcock, Wendy Moore and Bruce Moore.


Refreshments were served by Julie James and Emma Williams.


Before leaving, the Duke cut a special Angle RNLI 150th anniversary cake, made by Mary Young, and he also signed the station’s visitors’ book.


Moored off the lifeboat station for the Duke’s visit was Angle RNLI’s former Watson class lifeboat, Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds. She served at Angle from 1957 to 1987 and is now owned by the station’s Community Safety Officer Bevis Musk.

August 10, 2018

Angle RNLI charts a course to proud accolade of history

Angle RNLI celebrated its 150 years in style on Saturday (August 11) at a memorable open day, when its proud record of saving lives was recognised with the presentation of an anniversary vellum.


The framed vellum was presented by Rear Admiral Mark Kerr, a member of the RNLI Council, who was welcomed by Angle’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Julian Hammond.


Admiral Kerr spoke of the hundreds of call-outs and many lives saved by Angle lifeboats since the station was established in November 1868. Despite world events over that century -and-a-half, including two world wars, Angle had remained steadfast – ready 365 days of the year, round-the clock, to help those in trouble at sea. Station awards had included seven Silver Medals and six Bronze Medals for bravery.


“You have done so much to deserve this accolade,” he told Angle RNLI personnel.


Wet weather conditions on Saturday failed to dampen the spirit of the open day and some 350 people visited the station, including actor John Altman, well remembered as playing ‘Nasty Nick’, Dot Cotton’s son, in the BBC soap ‘Eastenders’. Nick was the guest of Angle RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, the Rev Mike Brotherton, retired Royal Navy Chaplain.


Visitors, who were welcomed by Julian Hammond and Coxswain Lewis Creese, met crew members and enjoyed tours of the £1.2m boathouse and the £2.6m all weather state-of-the art Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason. They also viewed the £41,000 D class inshore lifeboat SuperG II.


Crew members Paul Smart and Karl Morgan operated a barbecue near the entrance to the station. In the crewroom, RNLI souvenirs were sold by the station’s treasurer Linda Foulstone and there was also a brisk trade at the cake stall, where Linda Hammond was assisted by young Andrea Stringer.


Refreshments were served by Daphne Bush, chairman and press officer of Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild, and Sandra Thompson, Guild minutes secretary.


Children were delighted to meet RNLI mascot Stormy Stan (Ian Foulstone) as he toured the station. Youngsters also enjoyed a number of competitions, including ‘Pick Your Card Right’ and ‘Find Barnaby Bear on Holiday’ (Anna Foulstone) and ‘Spin the Arrow’ (Sharon Duffield). The raffle was organised by Elaine Richards.


The open day culminated with the launch of the all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which led a parade of historic ex-RNLI lifeboats into Angle Bay, to the delight of those gathered at the nearby Old Point House Inn.


The former Angle Watson class lifeboat, Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, was followed by the Liverpool class lifeboat The Chieftain and the ex-St Davids Watson class lifeboat Joseph Soar.






The Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which served at the station from 1957 to 1987, is now owned by Bevis Musk. Owner of the Portishead-based The Chieftain, which was stationed at RNLI Barmouth from 1949 to 1982, is Tony Gatt.


The last Watson class lifeboat to be built, in 1963, was the Joseph Soar, now owned at Coleraine in Northern Ireland by Bernard Condon. She served at St Davids from 1963 to 1985, before being transferred to Dunbar (1986-88) and then Shoreham Harbour (1988-90). She was sold in 1992 and renamed City of Bristol, but reverted to her original name Joseph Soar in 2000.


On Sunday (August 12), to mark the 150th anniversary, a short service was held at a marquee at the Old Point House Inn, when the blessing was given by the Rev Josh Maynard, Team Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Monkton. It was followed by a programme of singing by Dunvant Rugby Club Choir.

August 04, 2017

Angle RNLI Open Day

Historic lifeboats on parade for Angle RNLI’s open day

Angle RNLI’s open day sailed to success on Saturday (August 5), with nearly 300 visitors touring the station and a parade of four lifeboats completing the event in style.


The parade was led by Angle’s £2.7 million Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, which was followed by the ex-RNLI Watson class lifeboats Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds and Pentland, and the ex-RNLI Liverpool class lifeboat The Chieftain.


The Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which is owned by Bevis Musk, is a former Angle lifeboat built in 1956. She served at the station from 1957 to 1987, when for some years among her volunteer crew members was Danny Richards, who is now Second Coxswain of the Tamar lifeboat.


Danny has over 43 years’ service with the RNLI, having also served in the Tyne class lifeboat The Lady Rank at Angle from 1987 to 2008 and in various relief lifeboats sent to the station.


For the open day parade Danny joined the Pentland, which is owned by the Rev Mike Brotherton, retired Royal Navy Chaplain and Deputy Launch Authority at Angle RNLI.


The Pentland was built in 1957 and was based at Thurso, Scotland, from 1957 to 1970; The Mumbles, Swansea, from 1974 to 1985, and then Workington until 1990.


Oldest of the veteran lifeboats was The Chieftain, which was built in 1948 and was stationed at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982.


This year’s open day coincided with Angle Regatta and the Mark Mason led the veteran lifeboats into Angle Bay to the delight of the crowds lining the shore outside the Old Point House inn.


Open day visitors, who were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager Julian Hammond and Coxswain Lewis Creese, met crew members and enjoyed tours of the station and the state-of-the-art Tamar lifeboat.


They also viewed the relief £41,000 D class inshore lifeboat, Northern Light, which is on duty at Angle, while the station’s own inshore lifeboat, SuperG II, undergoes maintenance.


Volunteer crew members Richard ‘Rags’ Davidson and Paul Smart operated a barbecue near the entrance to the station and refreshments were served in the crewroom by Linda Hammond, Daphne Bush, chairman and press officer of Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild, and Hooi Stringer.


RNLI souvenirs were sold by the station’s Treasurer Linda Foulstone, and there were also several activities for children and competitions to ‘Play Your Cards Right’ with volunteer shore crew member Ian Foulstone and ‘Guess the Bear’s Name’ with Sharon Duffield.

July 29, 2017

The Sea Sunday service

Angle RNLI service is tribute to courage of lifeboat crews

The courage of all who follow the call of the sea and launch and sail lifeboats around the coast of the British Isles and beyond was remembered at a special service at Angle RNLI on Sunday (July 30).


The Sea Sunday service was conducted from the all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason, inside the Boathouse, by the Rev Mike Brotherton, the station’s Deputy Launch Authority and retired Royal Navy Chaplain.


Those attending were welcomed by Coxswain Lewis Creese and the address was given by the Rev Brotherton, who also led the prayers and gave a reading from the John Masefield poem ‘Sea Fever’


Particularly poignant during the service was the singing of the hymns ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’, and ‘Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life’ as the all weather lifeboat stood ready for her next call-out and the sea lapped against the slipway.


In his address, the Rev Brotherton spoke of the bravery of all seafarers, particularly lifeboat crew members, and recalled his own experience of violent storms, both on board a coaster in the North Sea and crossing the Atlantic in HMS Marlborough, a Type 23 Duke class frigate.


He unfurled a memento of that Atlantic storm - the warship’s weather-ravaged white ensign.


To the delight of all present, particularly the children, he also produced a mascot of the fictional cartoon character Popeye to illustrate his address.


After the service, refreshments were served in the crewroom, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway.

July 20, 2017

New in!!

We now have our very own Angle pin badges, fridge magnets and pens!

May 03, 2017

Clive and Frances Coward visit the station

We were pleased to welcome Clive and Frances Coward ( Coward Endowment ) to our station again on Thursday 4th May to view the launching of both the Mark Mason ALB and SuperG II ILB on exercise. The Coward Endowment donated our ILB and have made other donations to the RNLI over the years and as a family are hugely supportive of our Lifeboats at Angle.

On arrival in the village on Wednesday 3rd they were entertained by the Crew at Rev. Mike Brotherton's ( Station Chaplin and DLA) home at North Studdock where a buffet prepared by Linda Foulstone (Treasurer) and Rev. Mike was enjoyed by all.

April 05, 2017

Angle RNLI’s lifeboat Mark Mason was the busiest all-weather lifeboat anywhere in Wales last year

The official RNLI statistics have been released this week and in 2016 Angle RNLI launched 57 times, rescuing 57 people, of which 28 were in darkness and 2 in winds of force 7 or greater.

The crew spent a total of 1778 hours at sea, 1172 training and 606 on services.

Angle RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was the busiest all-weather lifeboat anywhere in Wales last year and averaged almost one call out a week with 50 launches. The volunteers also spent the most hours at sea on services.

March 14, 2017

Double celebration as St Davids RNLI marks two historic milestones

Some of the Angle Lifeboat crew were lucky to take a trip to St Davids Lifeboat Station, as their new lifeboat was named and their new boathouse declared officially open.

More than 200 dignitaries, invited guests and lifeboat volunteers were in attendance as the station’s £2.7M Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley was named on one of the biggest days in the station’s 148-year history.


St Davids’ new state-of-the-art £10M lifeboat station, which took two years to build in one of the most remote corners of the Welsh coastline, was also officially opened.

March 02, 2017

Crew receive long service awards

Two members of the Angle Lifeboat crew received long service awards at the quarterly crew meeting on the 2nd of March.

Frank Penfold, now retired from the crew, received a commemorative velum. Adam Seaton, who is still an active crew member received a medal.

Julian Hammond, the Lifeboat operations manager said 'I've had the honour of going to sea with both our Awardees over the last 30 odd years and can attest to the courage and commitment shown by them in the 'hour of need'.

I feel it's a privilege for me to be able to present these awards to two personal friends and fellow crew members'

March 02, 2017

Adam Seaton receiving his 20 year service medal.

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