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Thank you Barley Brigg & Lewisham Concert Band

Thr 7 Sep 2017

Barley Brigg dancing for Wells RNLI at Blakeney 2/9/17

Barley Brigg dancing for Wells RNLI at Blakeney 2/9/17

... and on Wells quay 3/9/17

... and on Wells quay 3/9/17

Our thanks to Suffolk-based morris side Barley Brigg who came up on a brief tour of North Norfolk last weekend. Dancers and musicians performed in Fakenham, Walsingham, Blakeney and Wells over the two days and collected £595 for Wells RNLI.

Thanks also to Lewisham Symphonic Concert Band who delighted the audience at a concert at St Nicholas Church in Wells on Saturday night organised by Wells RNLI Guild, raising £767 for lifeboat funds.

Alex Ellis-Roswell calls in at Wells

Thr 7 Sep 2017

Alex arrives at Wells lifeboat station

Alex arrives at Wells lifeboat station

Alex with the crew at the boathouse

Alex with the crew at the boathouse

Alex Ellis-Roswell called in at Wells lifeboat station on Tuesday evening where he was welcomed by members of the crew along with chairman Peter Rainsford and Operations Manager Chris Hardy. Alex has spent the past 3 years walking the entire coast of Britain and Ireland raising money for the RNLI. He's on the home stretch now, having walked around 9000 miles since starting setting out from Margate in Kent in August 2014 but still has 500 miles or so left to go.

His epic journey has so far raised over £60,000 for the RNLI and Alex arrived in Wells at dusk having walked from Hunstanton, with a further £66 in his RNLI collection bucket.

We are hugely grateful for his support for the lifeboats and wish him the best in the final weeks of his walk. Our thanks too to those who helped with Alex's bags and lifts and to Ben and Imelda for putting him up.

You can follow and support Alex on Facebook

www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell

or on Twitter

https://twitter.com/@ELLISROSWELL

or make a donation at

www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats

Do say hello if you see Alex on his way down through Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, London and Kent. He'd also be grateful if anyone could help with putting him up along the route...please message him on Facebook. 

Alex Ellis-Roswell en-route to Wells

Tue 5 Sep 2017

Look out on the Norfolk coast path for Alex Ellis-Roswell who is walking the entire coast of Britain and Ireland. Alex started his epic journey in 2014 and so far as walked over 9000 miles and raised over £55,000 for the RNLI. He's on the home stretch now but still has hundreds of miles and the wonderful coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk to go.

We hope to welcome Alex in Wells in the next day or so.

You can follow and support Alex on Facebook

www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell

or make a donation at

www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats

Alex would be hugely grateful if anyone could help with putting him up overnight along the route...please message him on Facebook.

Barley Brigg dancing for the lifeboat

Tue 29 Aug 2017

Barley Brigg at Layer Marney Tower earlier this year

Barley Brigg at Layer Marney Tower earlier this yearGeoff Russell Grant

Look out next weekend for Suffolk-based morris side Barley Brigg on a brief tour of North Norfolk kindly raising funds for Wells RNLI.

Barley Brigg, a mixed morris side from Yoxford in East Suffolk dances the North-West tradition of morris which means colourful costumes and clogs with bells. They are instantly recognisable, with their patriotic colours of red, white and blue and impressive flowery hats!

You can catch Barley Brigg at:

Saturday 2nd
Fakenham Market Place, 11-11:45am
Black Lion, Walsingham, 2-2.45pm
Blakeney quay, 4.30-5.30pm

Sunday 3rd
Beach Cafe, Wells, 11.30am-noon
Wells quay, 12.30 1pm
Globe Inn, The Buttlands, Wells, 1.20-2pm
Wells quay, 3.15-3.45pm
Beach Cafe, Wells, 4.30-5.15pm

Our thanks to Barley Brigg for supporting the lifeboat. Please do come along and enjoy the show if you can...

Sheringham lifeboat celebrates 150th anniversary

Wed 12 Jul 2017

Congratulations to our flank station at Sheringham which is celebrating 150 years as an RNLI station this Sunday 16th July. There will be a parade from Station Road car park to Lifeboat Plain at 13:00, the unveiling of a plaque and then various displays and activities around the town until 17:30. All are welcome to attend.

  More information...

Fundraising for Tommy's

Wed 12 Jul 2017

Wells RNLI station's former Divisional Operations Manager Neil Hancock will be running The Great North Run in September raising funds for Tommy's, a charity which funds research into pregnancy problems and provide pregnancy health information for prospective parents. Neil has worked for the RNLI in various roles for over 38 years but says nothing he's seen there had prepared him for a tragedy that overtook his family last year. 

You can read more of Neil's story and support his fund-raising effort at the link below...

  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilHancock

Westminster to Wells cycle ride for Lifeboat Fund

Tue 23 May 2017

Jon and Claire Davies with some of the crew at the end of their 5 day ride from London

Jon and Claire Davies with some of the crew at the end of their 5 day ride from London

Jon and Claire Davies who both work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London cycled from Westminster to Wells to raise money for the Lifeboat Fund as part of its 150th Anniversary Appeal to contribute over £1m towards the cost of our forthcoming new Shannon-class lifeboat. The ride started on Friday 19th May at Tower RNLI on the Thames and covered over 250 miles cycling to Southwold, Lowestoft and Norwich before arriving in Wells today. Jon and Claire were welcomed by some of the crew and both boats on display behind the boathouse.

The ride has so far raised almost £1000 for the Lifeboat Fund's appeal which with widespread support from civil service personnel and others across the country stands at £890,000. We are grateful for their support as well as the contributions of all those who've donated to or fund raised for the appeal.

You can see some pictures from the ride on Jon and Claire's on Twitter at @jonandclaired and read more or contribute to their effort at the link below.

  Jon and Claire's JustGiving page

Shannon update

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Skegness' new Shannon lifeboat 13-17 arriving in Skegness on 28th January

Skegness' new Shannon lifeboat 13-17 arriving in Skegness on 28th January

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 making a brief visit to Wells (5/2/17)

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 making a brief visit to Wells (5/2/17)

Shannon class 13-07 approaching Wells harbour (5/2/17)

Shannon class 13-07 approaching Wells harbour (5/2/17)

Relief Shannon-class lifeboat 13-07 Reg made a flying visit to Wells earlier this month while on passage from Skegness to Lowestoft, with a crew led by Lowestoft Coxswain John Fox. Volunteers from Wells crew were invited aboard to examine the boat and her equipment.

The lifeboat had been in Skegness to assist in crew training as the station changed over from its Mersey class 12-008 Lincolnshire Poacher to a new Shannon class boat. The new boat 13-17 Joel and April Grunnill arrived in Skegness on 28th January after a four day passage from Poole, and officially went into service as Skegness lifeboat last week.

Work continues in Wells with plans and preparation for a new boathouse to house our forthcoming Shannon lifeboat, with an environmental study into the new building having been completed.

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