Burnham Overy Staithe
Subject to any operational requirements, our inshore lifeboat will be at Burnham Overy harbour on the morning of 18 June for the 2022 Norfolk Superhero Challenge. In 2015, competitors, organisers and supporters of this stunning quadrathlon event raised over £60,000 for Wells RNLI towards the cost of our forthcoming Shannon lifeboat for which we are hugely grateful.
This year, the Superheroes will be raising money for the Holt Youth Project which supports young people with mental health difficulties, Asperger's, Autism or learning disabilities and those aged 16-23 not in employment, education or training.
Taking part in pairs, competitors complete four consecutive events... a 1 mile tidal swim, a 4 mile kayak course around the creeks, a 45 mile cycle ride and an 8 mile coastal run. Please support the event if you can or come along and cheer the competitors on For more information, see the event's website.
Norfolk Superhero Challenge
The Quay, 14.30am*
Back after a two year absence, a rare opportunity to see these popular and remarkable rescue dogs in action at the quayside in Wells next-the Sea on Saturday 9th July. The event is free to watch (just turn up and bag a good spot) but a collection for the RNLI will be taken during the display. The inshore lifeboat will launch and come down to the quayside if available. Our thanks to the dogs and their owners for coming down and putting on a show.
*Please note that the start time can vary a bit on the day depending on both the dogs and the tide so it's best to arrive a bit early and find somewhere with a good view.
The Quay, 7pm
Join crew, launchers and station volunteers along with local residents and supporters on Wells Quay for a short Sunday service and celebration of the lifeboat. Both lifeboats launch and run up to the quayside for a service with hymns and readings. The lifeboats are joined by a flotilla of local small boats which anchor in the channel to take part and Fakenham Town Band provides the music. The lifeboats will launch from the boathouse around 6.20pm, mooring on the quayside pontoons by 6.30pm. Please arrive at the quayside in good time if you'd like to attend. The service will last approximately 45 minutes. There is no charge to attend but a collection for the RNLI will be taken. Small boats are welcome to take part as a waterborne congregation, ideally anchored to the east of the pontoons leaving space for the all-weather lifeboat to manoeuvre. The inshore lifeboat will distribute service sheets and take a collection from vessels at the end of the service.
Please note that we do not yet have dates for our new Shannon lifeboat coming to Wells or details of public events marking its arrival which is due to be sometime in the Autumn. We will publicise the dates and events when we have them!
The RNLI is building a new lifeboat station at Wells ready for a new Shannon-class lifeboat be delivered to the town later this year. See boathouse build pages for the latest progress on construction work.
The new boathouse will take around 18 months to complete and is expected to be finished in August 2022.
It will house our inshore lifeboat and the forthcoming Shannon-class lifeboat which is currently being built at the RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. The new boat, no. 13-46, will be named 'Duke of Edinburgh' and is expected to arrive in Wells in the Autumn.
The new lifeboat was funded 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 further afield.
We are delighted to be able to welcome vistors to the station once more but we remain keen to protect our crews and ensure the lifeboats can be manned if needed while the virus is still in circulation. Casual visitors can pop in when the station is manned but please contact us in advance for groups or organised visits and please leave it for another day if you or someone you have recently been in close contact with has Covid symptoms or a positive test.
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