Devauden Running a Profit for the Village and SARA

Posted in Beachley, Donation, News on July 29th, 2015 by Be the first to comment

The 4th Devauden Races, held of May Day this year, raised just over a £2,000 for SARA, Severn Area Rescue Association, and the Hood Memorial Hall in the village.

SARA commander Mervyn Fleming accepted their 50% share from Race organiser John Brooks and committee member Sarah Trim. Watching on are her husband Matt and children Floelyn, 6, and Brereton, 4. Matt is wearing the race T-shirt awarded to those who completed the 10k course in under an hour while the children have their race medals given to all children that competed. Well over 300 children and adults took part.

4th Devauden Races

4th Devauden Races

The Hood Memorial Hall committee plan to use their share of the money towards a new rustic play area for 2-7 year olds, plans for which are currently before Monmouthshire County Council.

Nathan James Estate Agents sponsored the T-shirts and CLS Performance, the children’s medals and prizes. The main sponsor was again Western Power Distribution.

This year neither the male nor female course records were broken so remain 36.05, set by Fairwater runner Mark Jennings, and 39.54 for the female record set by Chepstow Harrier Katherine Matthew. The prize money donated by Spectrum Internet was therefore unclaimed and went into the charity pot.

You can get a flavour of this year’s successful event by viewing a short video on

Next year’s race will be held on Monday May 2nd

New boat ordered

Posted in Beachley, News on June 16th, 2015 by Be the first to comment

SARA Beachley has engaged Delta Power Group of Cheshire to construct an 8 mtr rescue craft for operational duties on the Severn Estuary.

Picture below: Mr Mark Carwardine, SARA’s Executive Vice Chairman signs the build contract with Mr  Gordon Gillespie of Delta Power Group.

Signing Contract with DeltaThe craft will be a custom built R.I.B. (Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat) designed to meet the environmental situations faced by SARA’s lifeboat crews on some of the most dangerous waters in the UK.

Merv. Fleming, SARA’s western division area commander and chairman of Beachley lifeboat rescue station said, “We are very excited about the building of this vessel. Once again we have challenged Delta to design and build a Lifeboat specific to our requirements. They came up trumps in 2012 with SARA-3 and we are aiming for a unique vessel which will still be ‘state-of-the-art’ in ten years time.
The tidal currents in the estuary are fierce – with one of the highest rise and falls of tide in the world. Safety for our crews is paramount as is the need to get to vessels in distress with the utmost speed.”
It is anticipated that the new craft will be going through “working-up” trials before the end of July.
The cost of the development, production, power-plant, instrumentation and kitting out of the craft is being met with a grant from the UK Department of Transport: the first of its kind to be awarded to a Lifeboat Association.

Handing Cheque to Delta


Mr Ryan Hewitt, SARA Beachley’s  Boat Manager and Coxswain presents a cheque for the deposit on the new vessel.




Donation of Phone System

Posted in Beachley, Donation on May 31st, 2015 by Be the first to comment

SARA are very pleased to announce that they have received a donation of a telephone exchange system (PBAX) for its Beachley station.
The phone system has been donated, fitted and is being maintained by Indigo Telecom Group based in Caldicot.

The system will allow SARA’s crew to contact the control room and vice versa from anywhere in the station, this will save time when passing important messages. Until this system was installed the crew had to walk around the building to pass the messages.

In an emergency situation every minute counts and being able to pass a message quickly can save time and lives.
The exchange phone system allows two phone calls in to the station at the same time, this enables them to be able to speak to other emergency services while also contacting the crew and pass vital information quickly.

Haydn Lyall, Communications Officer for Beachley station said “This phone system is a big help and will improve our responses to emergencies. Thank you to Indigo Telecom Group for donating the equipment and the staff to fit the system as well as maintaining it. This was a part of our control room and station that has been missing. The ability to transfer calls internally around the station and still be able to use the second line is a big help to us. Thank you to Indigo Telecom Group and their engineers for their support”

SARA are funded by donations from Business’s and the public, Without donations and support like this SARA would have to raise a lot more money each year and would not have the technology and luxury items such as this phone system.

Indigo Telecom Logo

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”.