The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to their web site and hope you can help us celebrate 40 years of the CGA.

Celebrating 40 years

The Coastguard Association are celebrating 40 years, and have produced a special limited edition commemorative badge, in a presentation box which is now available direct from the CGA, and has been fully approved by HM Coastguard.

Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges

We have been granted special permission for the badges to be worn during 2016 from HM Coastguard.

HM Coastguard Uniform Policy in CG4 states the following:
13.3.5.    Other Insignia

“Other insignia such as pilot or observer wings, submarine, parachute or diver badges, etc. and other insignia from previous employment are not to be worn on Coastguard uniforms.”

However, as a special dispensation, the Chief Coastguard has agreed that the Coastguard Association 40 year pin badge may be worn as follows:

  • On Half Standard A and B uniform only.
  • It is not to be worn on Full Standard Uniform.
  • It is not to be worn on overalls during incident working.
  • Badge to be worn positioned to the outside of the name badge
  • Badge may be worn from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2016 only, after which time it must not be worn on Coastguard uniform.

Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badgesLimited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges

They are £5 each including postage and packaging.

Discounts are given for multi purchases, so why not talk to you team and your colleagues and purchase an order together.

CGA 40 year limited edtion badges

All money raised is for the Coastguard Association.

2016 Calendars for Christmas

The Coastguard Association are delighted to be able to share with the news that the CGA 2016 calendar is now available for purchase.PRCalendar_2016_01

The Calendars showcases just some of the work HM Coastguard do around the UK, photos have been selected from a vast range of photographers and Coastguard team members and have been kindly donated to this years calendar

It makes a great gift from Christmas too.
PRCalendar_2016_02You can buy your calendar now through our ebay shop. (Click on shop – to see the lastest listings… 100% of the money raised will go into Coastguard Association funds nationally – so please support us again this year, or you can purchase directly from us below.

Choose Quantity

If you would like to bulk purchase the calendar for all the members of your Coastguard team or to sale at any fundraising events you are hosting then please contact the CGA secretary – Helen for further details. Secretary@coastguardassociation.org.uk


Congratulations to our Vice Chairman

Congratulations to Terry Bearpark, the vice-chairman of the Coastguard Association, who was presented with his 40 year bar by MCA CEO Sir Alan Massey Thursday 12th November.


The presentation took place at Dunedin Country House in Patrington, East Yorkshire and was attended by members of   Withernsea Coastguard, Mike Bill and Fran Wilkins of Humber Coastguard and Stuart Arundel (CGA Chair), Alan Fisher (CGA Treasurer) and Paul Davig (CGA Almoner).

Terry started as an  Auxiliary Coastguard at Humber MRSC when it was based at Kilnsea, he then moved to Spurn Point in 1975 as a channel 16 radio operator.  In the 80s in transferred to Withernsea CG after Humber CG moved to Bridlington.

 Terry was also awarded Chief Coastguard’s Commendation in the early 90s.

 Terry is a founder member of Humber Coastguard Association which started about 40 years ago and has been their Chairman for many years,  we are also delighted to say that he is a founder member of the National Coastguard Association too, and has given us around 40 years of service too – as in 2016 we celebrate 40 years of the CGA.

During his time in service Terry has been involved in numerous rescues and searches.

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Photos kindly provided by: Peter Harbour


Voices from the Look Out

Coastguard Association member Clive Edwards is hoping that fellow CGA members may be interested in providing inputs to a project that he has embarked upon in terms of publishing a book featuring articles, anecdotes, stories etc by former members of HM Coastguard about their more interesting experiences and incidents whilst on-watch.

The project has been discussed with  Sir Alan Massey the current chief executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and he has approved the idea. The CGA would also like to offer their support to Clive, and look forward to following the project.

Clive himself was in the Look-Out section at Portland Bill Coastguard for eighteen years until the station was closed, and he was also a member of the Portland Coastguard GP Boat crew for several years before retiring and subsequently setting-up the NCI Lyme Bay National Coastwatch Station where he was Station Manager for three years and where he still does watches. Clive is currently Commodore of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club and runs their SeaVue Maritime Safety & Surveillance Scheme with some 50 boat owners who keep watch afloat (see www.seafarersafloat.com)

He would be delighted to receive members’ stories either in writing, by email or by post, or he’d be happy to arrange to meet any members who would prefer to talk about their watchkeeping experiences rather than write about them; Whichever method members prefer it would be nice to see our Coastguard’s watchkeeping experiences recorded for posterity and making what must be a valued contribution to the nations maritime history.

If you would like to get involved in this project please contact Clive directly:

  • email:  clivecgedwards@gmail.com
  • post: Clive Edwards, Hornbeam Cottage, Litton Cheney, DORCHESTER DT2 9AU
  • telephone: 01308 482605