Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary

Posted in Beachley, Donation, News on May 21st, 2015 by Be the first to comment

On Thursday 14th April SARA attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show and was formally handed the keys to the new Discovery Sport by Land Rovers new ambassador, the TV presenter Adam Henson.

“Land Rover UK announces TV presenter and well known farmer, Adam Henson as its latest Ambassador. Henson who has become synonymous with the countryside and runs the Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire is a perfect fit with Land Rover and complements its support of rural communities.Mobile 20 handover

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show today, Henson’s first appearance for Land Rover saw him formally hand over a new Discovery Sport to The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary beneficiary SARA. SARA will use the vehicle for their vital search and rescue operations on the Severn Estuary. The Land Rover Bursary, part of a three year partnership with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, serves to award innovative projects helping to revitalise and preserve British countryside communities and rural traditions. SARA is one of five bursary winners who will benefit from the use of a new Discovery Sport for a year.

Commenting on his ambassadorial role, Henson said, “I am really excited to be associated with Land Rover. Farming and agriculture has been my life’s work and if ever there is a vehicle for the countryside, it has to be a Land Rover.

“I’ve got great admiration for the life-saving work that the team at SARA do and it’s a real privilege to present them with the new Discovery Sport which will give them enhanced capability to continue their vital operations.”

Land Rover UK continued its 2015 Defender Celebrations with a parade drive through the Windsor Great Park. Vehicles included a Series I, IIa, III, Defender 90 and an exposed aluminium Defender 90 which was built to commemorate 50 years of Land Rover in 1998. The drive took in iconic scenery including the Golden Jubilee Statue, the Village Post Office and the Copper Horse.”

Mervyn Fleming Area Commander for SARA West said “We are thrilled to receive this support from the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Land Rover. The vehicle will see considerable use with our Mountain Rescue and Land Search teams who are frequently called upon to assist Police forces with searching for lost or missing vulnerable people in rural areas.” mobile20-1

The very night following the presentation at Windsor the Disco Sport was in action at Chepstow Park wood to familiarise designated drivers with its computerised off-road capabilities.

The bright red vehicle will be a highlight at the SARA Lifeboat & Rescue Station’s Public Open Day at Beachley, Chepstow on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th May.

In 2014 SARA’s teams were called to over 150 emergencies. SARA is also the Lifeboat service to the Severn Estuary with commitment to the National Flood Rescue Plans for England and Wales.”

Beachley Station OpenDay

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News on May 21st, 2015 by Be the first to comment

Beachley Openday 2015

The Severn Area Rescue Association (affectionately known as SARA) will be holding a “Public Open Day” on Sunday 24th May 2015 at their Chepstow based Lifeboat Station & Rescue Training Centre.

On display will be “Swiftandbold” the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) serving the Newport, Avonmouth, Chepstow & Gloucester areas of the Severn Estuary. There will also be demonstrations by SARA’s other life-boats including Beachley’s largest vessel the “Joe Harris” which is due for replacement later this year at a cost of approximately £220,000.

Mr Mervyn Fleming, SARA’s Western Region Commander and Chairman of the Beachley Lifeboat & Rescue Centre said, “SARA has been the lifeboat service on the Severn Estuary for over forty years; from small beginnings at Tutshill near Chepstow SARA has grown into one of the largest multi-disciplined rescue agencies in the UK with rescue stations at Chepstow, Sharpness, Kidderminster, Tewkesbury and Newport (South Wales). Not only serving the estuary and it’s tributary rivers as the designated Lifeboat Service, SARA is also the Mountain & Land-search centre for the area with highly trained flood-rescue teams capable of responding to national disaster.”

During the Open Day there will be displays of SAFRA’s specific Casualty, Rescue, Mountain, Mud, Ice and Lowland-search equipment and skills and supporting displays from police, fire and rescue emergency services.

Beachley Openday 2015-2On display for the first time will be the newest addition to the SARA fleet of ambulances will be a cutting edge “Incident Support Vehicle” simply bristling with aerials and technical equipment to assist the teams when involved in emergency incidents (it makes good tea too!).

Also on show will be “Mobile 20” a 2015 Land Rover – Disco Sport on loan from Jaguar Land Rover through The Prince’s Countryside Fund and recently presented to Beachley Lifeboat & Rescue Station by TV presenter and well known farmer Adam Henson.




Parking for over 200 cars courtesy of the 1st Battalion the Rifles. From Chepstow take the A48 for Gloucester and follow signs for Sedbury and “Old Ferry Slipway”.

Call out 04/04/15

Posted in Beachley, News, Tewkesbury on April 9th, 2015 by Be the first to comment

SARA’s Land Search & Mountain Rescue teams from Beachley and Tewkesbury stations were called out on 04/04/15 at 23.50 by Gloucestershire police to assist in searching for a missing woman in the Wotton under Edge area of Gloucestershire.

Teams from Beachley and Tewkesbury were deployed, whilst still retaining crew back in their local areas to cover the Lifeboats if needed elsewhere.

The search teams were briefed by Gloucestershire police search specialists and deployed to various areas around Wooton under Edge to search for a missing 20 year old female.
“SARA Search Control” called for the assistance of South Wales Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA).

At around 5am SARA called in fresh crews from its Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations to take over and assist the teams that had been out all night. At this point “Search Control” also called in Longtown Mountain Rescue team based in Abergavenny, South Wales to assist.

At around 11.30am on Sunday (05/04/15) the missing woman was located: she had suffered injuries but was conscious and talking and, after receiving medical attention from Paramedics, SARA and Longtown Mountain Rescue crews carried her out of the area to the waiting ambulance.

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After a debrief with police the teams returned to their stations / homes to clean all the equipment and put it away ready for the next callout. Beachley crews got back to station at around 2.30pm 05/04/15 having been away for nearly 14 hours.

The search involved over 30 volunteers from SARA Tewkesbury, SARA Beachley and Longtown Mountain Rescue stations plus 3 Search dogs from SARDA South Wales.

SARA Newport Lifeboat and Flood Rescue Equipment Hub

Posted in Beachley, Newport, News on October 9th, 2014 by Be the first to comment

The Severn Area rescue Association (SARA) has established a Rescue Equipment Hub within the Newport city area. The specially modified twenty-foot shipping container houses a selection of specialist equipment for Lifeboat, Swift Water or Flood emergencies and incidents on the Rivers Usk, Ebbw and Afon Llwyd.

SARA Show General Dynamics & Celtic Recycling the new Container and resuce boat they will locate at celtic recycling at NewportThe D-Class lifeboat “SARA-14”, a customised rescue Landrover and other specialist equipment such as ropes, technical hardware, stretchers, casualty recovery devices, protective clothing, scene lighting etc. is housed in the Dark Blue container which was kindly donated by General Dynamics UK Ltd who have an electronics division based at Oakdale Business Park, Blackwood.

During the Winter and Spring the container underwent considerable modifications and customisation, mostly carried out by voluCeltic recyclingnteers from SARA’s Chepstow station with help from a community team from Siemens Water Technologies, Portskewett . It is now installed within the secure grounds of Celtic Recycling Ltd., a specialist electrical plant recycling and recovery facility. The site is manned 24 hours a day providing security and rapid access for rescue crew responding to emergencies within the Newport/Gwent area.

SARA’s Newport Project Manager, Richard Dainty from Risca, said: “The companies have offered considerable support for this much needed project which is now operational. We would particularly like to thank General Dynamics UK ltd and Celtic Recycling Ltd. (Newport) for their professional advice, support and time given to SARA. All contributing sponsors will be keeping a close watch on how the project progresses.”

Mervyn Fleming, SARA’s Western Region Commander, from High Cross, said: “SARA is tasked to maritime emergencies on the Severn Estuary from Newport to Gloucester and its tributary rivers by H.M. Coastguard. SARA also assists Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue Services across ten county boroughs in England and Wales.”

For the past ten years SARA crews have worked alongside and supported uniformed colleagues from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, frequently working closely with the specialist rescue teams based at Newport’s Malpas Rescue Station. The ‘Newport Rescue Kit Hub’ will greatly speed up responses to life-threatening incidents on the River Usk as well as strengthening SARA’s ability to respond to flooding incidents in the city and local communities in the low-lying coastal areas between Caldicot and St Mellons.” He said, “ The ‘Hub’ also houses emergency lifejackets, torches, survival blankets for distribution to trapped victims in the first hours of a major flooding incident”

During 2013 SARA’s local teams were called to action on over fifty occasions.

Newport’s lifeboats receive no funding from the RNLI and are supported almost entirely by public donations and community groups: should you wish to make a donation towards Newport’s lifeboats, please call General Enquiries on 0844 846 0226.

Waitrose show support for SARA

Posted in Donation, News, Tewkesbury on September 18th, 2014 by Be the first to comment


On the 5th August Severn Area Rescue were presented a cheque for £433 as a result of the support from Waitrose Alcester and their customers.

Shoppers voted with their tokens to support the life saving work of the charity, placing their tokens in the ‘Community Matters’ box for SARA. Since its launch in 2008, the Waitrose scheme has donated £14 million to local charities across the country, all chosen by you.

“We are very proud here at Alcester to support the great work done by the Severn Area Rescue Association. Although here in Alcester you could not get much further from the coast, we have a lot of inland waterways which are equally as dangerous, where Severn Area Rescue continue to save lives in addition to supporting the police with missing person search activities.”
Yvette Butler & Nicky Rainbow – Waitrose Alcester

Every month each Waitrose branch donates £1000.00 to the local community. They choose three nominated charities per month and customers vote for their preferred charity with their green tokens. At the end of the month the tokens are counted and the funds are divided up accordingly. Waitrose Alcester alone has given £70,000 since we opened five years ago.

“The support we receive from the public and through schemes like Waitrose Community Matters is essential to the charity. We are extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us and to Waitrose for their continued support.”
Rob Jervis, Acting Station Manager – SARA Tewkesbury