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Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 10 Jul 2019 - Tuesday 16 Jul 2019

Wells RNLI 150th Anniverary Exhibition

Wells Maltings, Staithe Street

Celebrating our 150th year as an RNLI lifeboat station, a free exhibition of paintings, photographs and memorabilia will be open daily at the Maltings art centre on Staithe Street. It will include work local to Wells and to the wider RNLI along with a section on volunteering for the RNLI today.

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

Saving lives at sea - videos and chat

Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, 7pm

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, we will be presenting video footage of real life RNLI rescues from the popular 'Saving lives at sea' television series. Some of our current crew members will be present to answer questions and discuss their work. Tickets priced £5 from the Maltings.

Friday 12 Jul 2019

Fish and Chip supper and shanty evening with the Wild Rovers

Wells Sailing Club, 7pm

A fine evening at Wells Sailing Club with a fish and chip supper and shanties in the company of the Wild Rovers. Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre at the Maltings on Staithe Street. Bar will be open.


July 2019

Wednesday 10 - Tuesday 16

Wells RNLI 150th Anniverary Exhibition
Wells Maltings, Staithe Street

Thursday 11

Saving lives at sea - videos and chat
7pm, Wells Maltings, Staithe Street

Friday 12

Saturday 13

150th Anniverary Celebration and Open Day
11am - 5pm, Boathouse, Outer Harbour, Quay

Monday 15

The Perfect Storm
7pm, Wells Maltings, Staithe Street

Tuesday 16

Lifeboat Dinner at The Crown
The Crown Hotel, Buttlands

Wednesday 31

Lifeboat Open Evening
6.30pm, The Boathouse

August 2019

Wednesday 7

Lifeboat Open Evening
6.30pm, The Boathouse

Sunday 11

Wednesday 14

Lifeboat Open Evening
6.30pm, The Boathouse

Wednesday 21

Lifeboat Open Evening
6.30pm, The Boathouse

Wednesday 28

Liifeboat Open Evening
6.30pm, The Boathouse

November 2019

Saturday 16

Christmas Bazaar
10am - 1pm, Congregational Hall

December 2019

Sunday 15

150th Anniversary

Wells Lifeboat is celebrating 150 years as an RNLI station this year with a week of events around the station and town...

13th July Open Day

Exhibition at Maltings
Open 11am-4pm, free entry

Historic Lifeboats on display
Outer Harbour, 11am-3.30pm

Presentation Ceremony
A private presentation by invite only at the boathouse, 12noon-1.30pm

Boathouse open
Come look round the lifeboat station and meet the crew, refreshments on sale, 2pm-4.15pm

Lifeboat Flotilla
Past, present and future lifeboats sail from the outer harbour to Wells quayside, passing the harbour office before returning to the boathouse. View from the beach bank or the main quay, free (donations welcome). 4.30pm-5.15pm. The current all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat will be recovered and rehoused from around 5.30pm and can be viewed from the beach-end of the beach bank.

Volunteers' supper
Invited guests, 7pm.


Exhibition at the Maltings
11th-16th July, 11-4
The RNLI in Wells past and present, photographs and exhibits, free entry

Launch and preview
Wednesday 10th July, 5.30pm
Evening preview of our exhibition

Saving Lives at Sea
Thursday 11th July, 7pm-9pm
Episodes of the BBC TV series and discussion with Wells RNLI crew members. Tickets £5 from the Maltings

Fish & Chip supper
with the Wild Rovers

Friday 12th July, 7.30pm
Fish, chips and shanties with the Wild Rovers at Wells Sailing Club. Tickets £12 from the Maltings.

Open day and flotilla
Saturday 13th July
Lifeboats on display 11am to 3.30pm, flotilla to quay 4.30pm-5.15pm, boathouse open to public 2pm-4.15pm, private presentation of 150th anniversary vellum by invitation at the boathouse from 12noon-1.30pm.

The Perfect Storm
Monday 15th July, 7pm
Film screening at the Maltings, tickets £5 from the Maltings

Lifeboat Dinner
Tuesday 16th July, 7pm
A celebatory dinner at the Crown Hotel on the Buttlands. Tickets £35 from the Crown Hotel.

Shannon Latest

Planning permission has been granted for a new lifeboat station at Wells to house our forthcoming Shannon-class all weather lifeboat but legal work relating to the new site has taken longer than expected and we are now hoping that building work will be able to start in September 2019. This will take around 18 months to complete so our new Shannon-class lifeboat should then come into service late in 2021.

Funding for the new lifeboat was raised in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and across the UK and even further afield. Your contribution is appreciated and will help to save lives and keep our volunteeer crews safe in the years to come. Read more about the station appeal

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