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.
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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