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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Around 200 people made it down to the boathouse on a cold, crisp and windy evening for the station's annual carol service. Visitors were welcomed by both lifeboats illuminated on the sand outside the shed. The service was led Wells Lifeboat Station's Chaplain, Rev Neil Woodruff and featured a traditional mix of Christmas readings given by the station's President, the Earl of Leicester, and crew members, with the singing ably supported by Fakenham Town Band and the Wells Churches Together choir.
Mince pies, sausage rolls, cake, sweets and hot drinks were enjoyed after the service and a collection raised £450.84 for the RNLI.
We are grateful to pupils at Alderman Peel High School in Wells who raised £1745 for the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal with a sponsored walk from the school to Holkham beach and back. Many of today's lifeboat crew were, of course, educated at Alderman Peel and doubtless some of tomorrow's crew members who will take the Shannon out in future will also attend the school. Pictured presenting the cheque to Coxswain Allen Frary are Deputy Headmaster Barney Rimmer, Harriot Pigney (Head Girl) and Thomas Walduck (Head Boy).
Hand-picked after diligent research by volunteers from Wells Lifeboat crew, the Shannon appeal's own ale is now on-sale at the Real Ale Shop at Branthill Farm just outside Wells. Called The 'Shout', this strong and flavoursome beer is brewed by the Wagtail brewery in Old Buckenham and was the crew's choice in a competition of locally brewed beers organised by the shop. A bottle costs £3.30 with £1 being donated to the appeal for every bottle sold.
(And if that's not quite to your taste, don't forget that our own limited edition cider is in preparation too... bottles can be pre-ordered, with a gift card, at the Whin Hill Cider works in Wells.)The Real Ale Shop
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.
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