The Boathouse, 6.30pm - 9.30pm approx
The first of our popular Summer open evenings where you're warmly invited to come along to the boathouse to meet the crew and see the boats. There's usually a short talk about the station followed by a chance for visitors to ask crew and station volunteers any questions they have and an opportunity for some of the children to dress up in full RNLI kit. After this, you can go aboard the all-weather and inshore lifeboats and be shown through their equipment. These events are very popular so you may have to queue for a short while or you may prefer to come a little later in the evening. Souvenirs will be on sale.
Bayfield Hall, Holt, 4pm - 8pm
The stunning 18th century Bayfield Hall, set in Repton-styled grounds and nestled in the Glaven valley near Holt, plays host to a unique maritime event in aid of the Rescue Wooden Boats charity and the Wells Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.
Both traditional and new wooden boats and other examples of local boat building craft will be displayed on the lawn while inside the house there will be a fascinating selection of model boats and ships including some steam-driven craft.
There is also an exhibition of recent work by The East Anglian Society of Marine Artists with an emphasis on East Cosat traditional working craft. Paintings will be for sale with a share of the proceeds to be donated to the Shannon lifeboat appeal.
At 7pm there will be a charity auction offering the chance of a passage on the historic Liverpool-class lifeboat Lucy Lavers as she makes a return voyage next year from Wells to Dunkirk. Stationed originally at Aldeburgh but with stints as a relief boat at Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham, the Lucy Lavers is currently being restored by Rescue Wooden Boats in Stiffkey. She took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and is to return there 75 years on. One place on each of 9 separate legs (5 outward and 4 return) of the journey will be sold during the auction.
Lots also include an original framed 20x24" oil painting Bona entering Lowestoft by acclaimed marine artist Richard Dack plus a lobster fishing trip for two out of Blakeney with Willie Weston on his fast fishing boat Leeson Lady.
Entry price to the event is £5 per person which includes a glass of Nelson's Blood in keeping with the nautical flavour of the event and parking. A tempting selection of refreshments will be provided by Yetman's Bar, Willie Weston's Sea Food Bar, Chakula's mobile deli and Ronaldo's Ice Cream.
More details at Rescue Wooden Boats
The Boathouse, 6.30pm - 9.30pm approx
Come along to the boathouse to meet the crew and see the boats on our popular summer holiday open evenings. There's usually a short talk about the station followed by a chance for visitors to ask crew and station volunteers any questions they have and an opportunity for some of the children to dress up in full RNLI kit. After this, you can go aboard the all-weather and inshore lifeboats and be shown through their equipment. These events are very popular so you may have to queue for a short while or you may prefer to come a little later in the evening. Souvenirs will be on sale.
Come to one of our popular open evenings on Wednesday nights throughout the school summer holidays. We're open from 6.30pm to around 9.30pm and the evening usually includes a talk and a chance to step on-board the all-weather lifeboat to look at her equipment. Children also get the chance to climb into the inshore lifeboat and dress up in crew kit.
Sara Phillips, wife of one our crew members, has donated a traditional fisherman's gansey, which she has hand-knitted, as a prize draw in aid of the Shannon Appeal. Knitted in the round on multiple needles, the sweater features a yoke pattern that combines the traditional Norfolk rig-and-fur bands with marriage lines and coils of rope from a 1970s pattern based on the ganseys worn by the Wells lifeboat crew in the 1930s. These ganseys are remarkably warm and durable even when wet. If you are around a 40" chest or know someone who is, you can enter at the Tourist Information Centre on Staithe Street in Wells.
p.s. If you're interested in ganseys, don't miss the exhibition A Shoal of Ganseys at the excellent museum in Sheringham this summer, which runs until 10 September 2014.
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