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Wells Lifeboat Guild

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.

Wells Lifeboat Guild members 2019

Lifeboat guild committee members 2019

Join the Guild

The Guild always welcomes new members. Please contact us for more information.

Lifeboat viewing day

Viewing Day

Sunday 24 September 2023

Our Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat 13-46 Duke of Edinburgh will be on display outside in front of the boathouse from 10am-4pm on Sunday 24 September (unless, of course, she is required to launch for an emergency). There will be public access to walk around the boat and look at the 'Launch A Memory' names on the bow. The shop and visitor centre will be open and volunteers on-hand to chat about the work we do.

New Shannon lifeboat
and boathouse build

New boathouse build
Latest update 28/11/2022

We've moved in... Wells RNLI is now operating from the new building. See the boathouse build pages for the latest information and the story of how the new station was built.

The new Shannon 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're keen to protect our crew to ensure the lifeboats can be manned when needed. Please don't visit the station or shop if you or someone you have recently been in close contact with has Covid symptoms or a postive test.

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