Postcard from Essex

Alethea (Leafy) Dumas, West Mersea crew member, holding her portrait on 10x12" glass...

I’m writing this shortly before leaving the Essex coastal town of Walton-on-the-Naze.

I’ve now had the pleasure of visiting five of the six RNLI Lifeboat Stations along the Essex coastline:

  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • West Mersea
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Walton & Frinton

Today, I head north to Aldeburgh in Suffolk in readiness for tomorrow (Saturday) before heading south again to work at Harwich — the final Essex station — on Sunday.

There’s so much to share from the last few days but I thought you might like to see some edited highlights.

I’ll write about some experiences in more detail when I return to Newcastle briefly next week…


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Making the Southend-on-Sea crew photograph last Saturday…
The freshly made crew photograph of the Southend-on-Sea RNLI volunteers resting in a wash tray on the deck of their hovercraft...
The freshly made crew photograph of the Southend-on-Sea RNLI volunteers resting in a wash tray on the deck of their hovercraft…

MISSION TWO: REMAINING ITINERARY

As things stand, this is how the remaining itinerary is shaping up:

  • Aldeburgh: Saturday 7th March 2015
  • Harwich: Sunday 8th March 2015
  • Cromer: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March (Cox’n/Crew)
  • Lowestoft: Monday 16th March (Crew)
  • Hunstanton: Wednesday 18th March (Senior Helm TBC)
  • Walton & Frinton: Saturday 21st March (New Cox’n/Crew)
  • Southwold: Sunday 22nd March (Crew)

There may be another date or two added to the mix shortly, so stay tuned!


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Recording the view from Clacton-on-Sea Lifeboat Station
The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
The Clacton-on-Sea crew enjoying a first look at their new group photograph on Sunday…
The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Brand spanking new meets very, very old at West Mersea…
The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
The freshly made portrait sitting in the wash tray of Matthew Haward, West Mersea Senior Helm…
The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Alethea (Leafy) Dumas, West Mersea crew member, holding her portrait on 10×12″ glass…

THE PROJECT’S OXYGEN

I’d like to thank all those who’ve supported the Project to this point — it’s truly moving to see so many of you recognising the value in the photographs I’m making.

Remember, although the RNLI are supporting me logistically, I’m currently raising the funding under my own steam — in essence, my own form of crowdfunding.

Print sales, pre-orders and contributions are, quite frankly, the oxygen of The Lifeboat Station Project:

Find out how you can help by clicking here…


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Retiring Walton and Frinton Cox’n, Gary Edwards, holding his freshly made portrait on 10×12″ glass…
The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Sister and brother, Miranda and Simon, holding their freshly made portrait on 10×12″ glass…

TRACKING THE PROJECT

You can track our progress ‘live’ by following the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds — check out the links down the left hand side of this page.

Remember, there’s a project Newsletter too:

Signup in time to receive Issue No.6 by clicking here

Stay tuned for more news and I shall hope to see you along our coastline soon.


ONE LAST THING…

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