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 new building will will take around 18 months to complete with work preparing the foundations and piling for the building and ramp scheduled to take 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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