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

Coastguard Association Support

The Coastguard Association provide a variety of support in a number of ways, we are don’t share every case that we support as those families in need do not always wish to be identified but recently we have provided financial assistance to two families who stories we can share:

  • A C.R.O. in the Hartlepool area – who had had an operation, he was self employed, and currently off work so was having financial difficulty.
  •  A C.R.O. in the Rhyll area who had been made homeless, and the CGA was able to give him the assistance he required to enable him to raise a deposit for rented accommodation.

We received a lovely thank you from the Hartlepool team, and we would like to continue to wish the station officer a speedy recovery.

Thank you

To enable us to continue to support our fellow Coastguards please join the CGA or purchase our 2016 Coastguard Calendar.


We will remember

Live On - Poppy - Remembrance Day 2015
Live On – Poppy – Remembrance Day 2015

Our thoughts and memories are with the fallen, and they will live on in the future of the Living.

If you were lucky enough to get your poppy ordered in time for 2015 – congratulations, and please wear it with pride … if you didn’t – there is time to order for 2016… in the meantime you are welcome to save this image and use it as a profile picture on facebook, twitter and other social media platforms.

You can download the image here – Social Media Poppy Image – just click on the link, right click to save and upload it to your relevant platform.


Poppy Pins for Remembrance

Poppy pins is a company that produce a number of special poppies for Remembrance that have Regimental badges incorporated into the design, and are available for online purchase. Every poppy badge that is purchased from the site includes a 20% donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.

HM Coastguard Poppy
HM Coastguard Poppy
Poppy on Blue Shirt -
Poppy on Blue Shirt –
Coastguard Poppy - New 2015
Coastguard Poppy – New 2015

In 2015, they have brought out a brand new HM Coastguard Poppy design,  and have asked us if we would share the details with you. The badges are now £10.00 including postage and packing in the UK and is available directly from their web site.


HM Coastguard Angus & Mearns in Action in Scotland

We are delighted to share with you this lovely film of the HM Coastguard in Action. The Coastguard Association’s role is to offer support to volunteers like this if there is a time of need, as they so an amazing job around out coastline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vtc7elzlHw best viewed in HD

Filmed with the kind permission from the custodians of Dunnottar Castle and the team at HM Coastguard Angus & Mearns whilst on vacation in Scotland.

The coastguard team allowed me to film one of their training sessions at Dunnottar Castle in Scotland. Risk assessments and PPE were all used while close working with the team. The coastguard requested to use my footage which I have happily provided pro-bono to assist them with their recruitment efforts https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency/about/recruitment .

Music licensed from Premium Beats (http://www.premiumbeat.com).
Filmed and Edit by Mark Westguard
Story and Coordination by Scott Wallace (CRO Montrrose)