The Wells-next-the-Sea Ladies Lifeboat Guild was formed in the spring of 1969 to raise funds locally for the RNLI and Wells Station in particular. In the autumn of 1996 it was decided to expand the membership by inviting men to join and, therefore, "ladies" was dropped from the title.
The Guild remains very active, with over 40 members putting on at least 12 to 15 fund-raising events each year. When planning the events, the members try to have as much variety as possible so as to cater for different tastes.
The Guild also manages the sale of RNLI souvenirs at the small shop at the boathouse during open days and special events and also at many other events throughout the year and this is always a successful fundraiser. Souvenirs, Christmas cards and calendars are, of course, very popular and would-be customers are advised to purchase early before stocks run out (the same can also be said for the Guild's famous cake stalls and regular plant sales).
Open evenings are held at the Wells Lifeboat House on Wednesdays during the school summer holidays and the souvenir shop is open on these occasions. For mail order from the RNLI directly, you can visit the RNLI's on-line shop.
The Guild always welcomes new members. Please contact us for more information.
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
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity, registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). This website is managed and maintained by local volunteers at Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat Station and is not the main RNLI site. All text and images copyright (C)2005-2019 RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station, or as indicated, and may not be downloaded, copied or reproduced elsewhere without prior permission of the station or the relevant copyright holder. #1#