Happisburgh Coast watch is one of an independent group of Coastal Surveillance Stations within (SSG) The Sea Safety Group, a non government organisation in the UK.

These stations assist HM Coastguard in their task of helping people in trouble and saving lives at sea.

Coast watch is a volunteer organisation with its stations and activities supported entirely by charitable donations from the local community.

We have now relocated our watch station to Cart Gap, Happisburgh which will greatly improve our facilities. This gives us better access for our volunteers, allows us to see a broader expanse of beach (from Sea Palling to North of Happisburgh village) and is much closer to the RNLI station.

Waitrose Donation

Thank you to Waitrose & Partners in North Walsham for the donation of £330 to Happisburgh Coastwatch from your Community Matters Scheme, very much appreciated, thank you also to everyone who voted for us.

Happisburgh Coast Watch bags £3286

Happisburgh Coast Watch is delighted to announce it has bagged £3286 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Happisburgh Coast Watch has been awarded £3286.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Up-grade of office equipment, new uniforms and up-graded spotting scope

Val Howson, Fundraiser for Happisburgh Coast Watch said

“we are over the moon to have received this funding, it will enable a full up-grade of the office and office equipment, the new uniforms will allow our volunteers to be recognisable to the general public should they require our assistance whilst on the beach or coastline.”

Voting ran in stores throughout January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


Issued by Happisburgh Coast Watch.

For further information please contact:

Val Howson



  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £71 million to more than 23,000 local community projects.
  • For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants celebrates 100 years of great value for customers and communities by allowing customers to nominate and vote for community projects to receive funding grants of £25,000, £15,000 or £10,000. It will run in July/August and November/December. For any questions on Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants please call the Tesco press office on 01707 918 701.

Summer Thank You Celebration

On behalf of The Trustee’s we would like to thank you for your continued support, which comes in many ways :

From our volunteers time.

To the grant funders which include E.ON Energy, Norfolk Community Foundation Victory Housing Grant and Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club.

Financial donations from the sale of Norfolk Calendars, donations from Chris & Claire at Smallsticks Café and Happisburgh Parish Council.

The Collection Tin holders in various shops & cafes, and Charity collections at Roys of Wroxham & Tesco Stalham.

We have also received donations in kind from Carl Bird Ltd & CB Gardening & Landscaping.

Your continued support allows us to continue this much needed service, so Thank You to you all.



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Vessel in difficulty at Cart Gap 23/08/18

At 9.15am today our volunteer was observing 3 vessels in the water.

By 10.30am one of the vessels was in difficulty with a snapped mast.

Humber Coastguard was talking to the people trying to fetch the vessel back to safety, it was decided to call Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station to assist with rescue.

A deep wade was done and helped pull the vessel in. Everyone was safe and no debris was left on the beach.

Thanks to
HM Coastguard Bacton
RNLI Harwich Lifeboat Station
Humber Coast Guard
And the volunteers at Happisburgh Coast Watch


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Access Ramp

The new access ramp to the look out cabin is now finished and looking very smart.

Our thanks go to

Norfolk Community Foundation, Victory Housing Grant Fund and Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club who’s grants have enabled this project to happen


Also thanks to Carl Bird Ltd for a donation of aggregates and our builder Chris of CB Garden Maintenance & Landscaping.