Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station houses an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat to save lives and assist with emergencies around Wells and off the North Norfolk coast. Manned by volunteer crews, the boats are ready to launch within minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This website will tell you more about the station and give you a taste of what we do and the traditions of the lifeboat service.
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After discussion, it was decided to launch the ILB in the first instance to try to locate the yacht and, if found close by, to tow it to Wells. The crew were paged at 08:34. Launching from Holkham Bay at 08:58 the ILB began a search towards Burnham Overy harbour but without result. The ALB was taken from the boathouse to use its VHF direction finding equipment, giving a NW bearing to the yacht. At the same time the local coastguard team reported sighting a vessel estimated to be 5 miles north of Brancaster harbour. With this information and sufficient crew already available at the boathouse, it was decided to launch the ALB. As the ALB was in the process of launching from Holkham Bay at 09:50, the ILB reported that it was alongside the Ra and would begin to tow the vessel towards Wells. The lifeboats rendezvoused at 10:15 where the tow was transferred to the ALB and the ILB released to return to station. Passage resumed to Wells and the casualty was moored on the quayside pontoons at 12:00. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled and ready for service at 11:30 and the ALB by 13:00.
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Members of Wells RNLI Guild attended a presentation evening on 8th November to recieve a cheque for £800 towards the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal raised by the Hempton Dog Training Club at a fun dog show held in August. The event also made an £800 donation to Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue which finds foster homes for rescued dogs. Our thanks to the club (and the dogs) for supporting us.
The prize draw for our competition to win a traditional style fisherman's gansey, hand-knitted by crew member's wife Sara Phillips, took place at a busy Wells RNLI Guild Christmas Bazaar at the Maltings on Saturday 8th November. The gansey was won by Wells resident Paula Baldry.
Our thanks to Sara for coming up with the prize and to all who bought tickets. The competition raised £650 for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal, helping bring the total to almost £60,000 so far.
Norfolk Superhero, North Norfolk's amazing quadrathlon event, will be raising money for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal in 2015. Wells RNLI is delighted that the organisers have chosen us as their selected charity in 2015 and their support will make a major contribution towards a new all-weather lifeboat to provide vital life-saving cover off Wells and along the North Norfolk coast. We hope people will support the event and will come and cheer the athletes on or even sign-up and take part.
Competitors enter in teams of two who must both complete four consecutive events set around the village and harbour of Burnham Overy Staithe... a 1 mile tidal swim, a 4 mile kayak course around the creeks, a 45 mile cycle ride around some of the area's best roads and scenery and finally a gruelling 8 mile coastal run including sand, mud and marsh.
Recent Superhero events have raised money for Nelson's Journey, The Big C and Wells Community Hospital. Next year's challenge will be held on 6 June 2015.Norfolk Superhero website
The Crown hotel on the Buttlands is putting on a Jazz evening with a three course meal and a glass of Beaujolais on 28th November. Tickets include a donation to our Shannon Appeal. For more information, see our events listing.
RNLI Christmas cards and calendars are now on sale at Standard House Chandlery by Wells quay as well as at our usual guild events. A selection of RNLI gifts and souvenirs is also available at the Edinburgh pub at the top of Staithe Street.
The Globe's 'Talk of Wells' evenings have proved very popular and continue through the winter. Treat yourself and a friend to a lovely meal and an after-dinner talk at this traditional inn on the Buttlands in Wells. Tickets are £20 per person for a two course meal with a glass of wine and include a £5 donation towards our Shannon lifeboat appeal. See our events listing or contact the Globe for more details.
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