William Cantrell Ashley was the New Quay
lifeboat from 1907 to 1948, and was the last sailing lifeboat in the
RNLI. After retirement from the lifeboat service, it went to the
Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey where it was renamed
The new boathouse was built in
1992 to accommodate the Mersey class life boat 'Frank and Lena Clifford of
Quay Lifeboat Station News:
QUAY'S RNLI SHOP OPENING SOON AND LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER
The RNLI shop at New Quay has enjoyed successful
sales over the last few years and opens for the coming
summer season on Sunday, 28th March. Situated next to
the RNLI lifeboat station, it sells a range of good
quality RNLI souvenirs, including clothing , toys and
The shop will be open from 12 noon to 4pm daily and Shop
Manager Carol Humphries is interested to hear from
volunteers who can work on one or more afternoons per
week during the period up to the end of October.
Previous shop experience is not required as training is
Carol says, "Working in our shop is very worthwhile. It
raises funds for the RNLI, which is a charity relying on
fund raising and legacies, and is an opportunity to play
a role in our local community, meeting interesting
people in a relaxed holiday atmosphere".
Carol can be contacted on 01545 581126.
flare sighting leads to first shout of the year for New
Quay RNLI lifeboat.
New Quay’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch
for the first time this year at 5pm on Wed 27th February
following a report of a flare sighting 10miles north of
Aberaeron by a member of the public.
The lifeboat, crewed by Daniel Potter (coxswain), Ben
Billingham (mechanic), Steve Hartley, Tim Harrison,
Hefin Davies, Joe Quayle and Ellis Jones, was launched
within minutes and in relatively calm sea conditions was
soon en-route to the reported scene. On arrival in the
reported area, the Aberystwyth lifeboat assisted in a
shoreline search while the New Quay lifeboat and two
local fishing vessels conducted a detailed search
further from the coast.
After approximately two hours searching by sight and
radar the search was called off and both lifeboats
returned to station to be recovered and refuelled. As no
explanation was found for a flare to be fired or sighted
it is believed that this was a false alarm but one
raised with good intent.
Roger Couch, New Quay Lifeboat Operations Manager
commended the volunteer crew for responding very
promptly on their fist launch of the year.
WEST TABLE TOP SALES TEAM DONATES GENEROUS SUM TO NEW
For the last few years a group of ladies with
holiday homes at Quay West have joined together to raise
funds for the Lifeboat Station by holding table top
sales and other initiatives throughout the season.
This year was no exception and they got busy selling
books and bric a brac, holding "Name that Teddy" and
other competitions and making collections. They were
greatly indebted to all the holiday home owners on the
site who contributed items for sale and also gave
generously to the funds. By the end of October they had
raised £2,000.00, which they were pleased to hand over
to the RNLI.
Cheryl Latham, a member of the group, said, "We think of
the RNLI as a worthy charity as its aim is to save lives
at sea, often at great peril to the crews. The local
lifeboat station plays a big part in the life of New
Quay and we are very pleased to support it and
contribute to the equipment that it needs".
Quay West management, on behalf of Bourne Leisure
Group,are also very supportive of the RNLI, having
recently donated the proceeds of collection boxes and a
Race Meeting to the station.
QUAY RNLI REMEMBERS A PAST HONORARY SECRETARY
at New Quay RNLI paid their respects to Dennis Leworthy of Maenygroes
at his funeral on Monday, 29th October.
Dennis, born and brought up in New Quay, spent a lifetime associated
with the sea. He was a long serving volunteer at the lifeboat station,
having served as a crew member between 1943 and 1952 and later a shore
helper between 1952 and 1980. Following his retirement as a Coastguard
Officer, he took the post of Harbourmaster in the town and became a
Deputy Lifeboat Authority at the lifeboat station.
In 1984, Dennis was appointed Hon. Secretary (a post which is now known
as Lifeboat Operations Manager) and, as such, managed the service in
New Quay. He retired from this responsible position in 1996.It was a
fitting tribute that at his funeral the four bearers were long serving
crew members Daniel Potter, Rees Tom Jones, Bernard Davies and Steve
Roger Couch the present Lifeboat Operations Manager in New Quay said,
"Dennis was the eighth Hon. Sec to serve at the lifeboat station since
it was founded in 1864 and regrettably, another personality and another
piece of history has been lost. During his tenure, the all weather
lifeboat, "Birds Eye" was in service as were 3 inshore lifeboats and in
1992 Dennis was responsible for the introduction of the present Mersey
Class all weather lifeboat, "Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge".
When he finally retired from his RNLI role, Dennis was succeeded by
18 September 2012 - First call out
for new RNLI lifeboat at New Quay
Less than a
week after entering service at the Ceredigion station, New Quay's new
inshore RNLI lifeboat has been called into action. The inshore lifeboat
which is called Audrey LJ was called to assist a cruiser experiencing
problems just north of Aberaeron Harbour.
First on scene was the all-weather RNLI lifeboat which was launched at
7.30pm last night (17 September). The new inshore RNLI lifeboat was
requested to launch shortly afterwards.
RNLI mechanic Ben Billingham was transferred from the all-weather
lifeboat on to the stricken vessel to help set up a tow as conditions
were particularly challenging due to a heavy swell.
He says: 'We were sad to see our former inshore lifeboat Amy Lea leave
the station but were delighted to welcome D-754 Audrey LJ, which was
placed on service last Wednesday. Less than a week later, she has been
out on her first rescue offering valuable assistance to the all-weather
'Once the tow was established the casualty's anchor was cut away as it
couldn't be recovered. RNLI crew member Bernie Davies from the inshore
RNLI lifeboat was put on board.'
The boat was skilfully manoeuvred into Aberaeron Harbour which was made
difficult due to the swell coming into the harbour and failing light.
Shore lines were thrown aboard the casualty vessel which was pulled
round to the visitor's berth where the Harbourmaster and the Coastguard