The Quay, 6.30pm
Having been cancelled last year due to the pandemic, our annual lifeboat service on the quay returns this year on August 22. 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 at 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.
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 at the end of the service.
The second phase of our new boathouse project is underway, with the building frame now nearly complete. See boathouse build pages for more information.
The new building will will take around 18 months to complete with work preparing the foundations and piling for the building and ramp having taken place from September 2020 to May 2021.
The building is required to house our forthcoming new Shannon-class lifeboat which 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 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
Wells lifeboats and the lifeboat crew remain operational and ready to launch if needed during the coronavirus outbreak. New procedures have been adopted during service calls, training and exercises to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. For example, crews muster outside the boathouse before a service call and only those selected remain on station and boats, equipment and the boathouse are cleaned and sanitised after use.
All public visits to the lifeboat station are cancelled. Please do not enter the boathouse except by prior arrangement.
All our usual public and fund-raising events and activities over the year have also had to be cancelled, including our annual lifeboat service and our open day and open evenings. We're sorry not to be able to meet and chat with you as we usually do and thank you for your support during these difficult times.
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