Find out more about the lifeboat service at Wells RNLI open day

Wells Lifeboat station held an open day to raise money for the new lifeboat - Oliver Parr (8) with c

Wells Lifeboat station held an open day to raise money for the new lifeboat - Oliver Parr (8) with crew member Angel Eaglen. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Wells lifeboat crew will be demonstrating their skills in saving lives at sea at their open day on Sunday.

From 12pm to 5pm at the boathouse on Wells Beach there will be various demonstrations including man-overboard and launching the inshore lifeboat while visitors can also meet the crew, go on board the main lifeboat and enjoy a drink and a barbeque as well as a chance to see if you have the skills to become a fully trained member of the lifeboat crew.

In addition to all this activity, at 2.30pm there will be the Newfoundland dogs rescue demonstration up at Wells quay.

Then on Wednesday July 29 the crew hold a Lifeboat Open Evening at The Boathouse, from 6.30pm - 9pm.

This is the first of the popular summer open evenings to meet the crew and see the boats. There is usually a short talk about the station followed by a chance for visitors to ask crew and station volunteers any questions they have and an opportunity for some of the children to dress up in full RNLI kit.


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After this, the visitors can go aboard the all-weather and inshore lifeboats and be shown through their equipment. Souvenirs will be on sale.

The RNLI Charity Golf Day will be held at Weston Park Golf Club in Weston Longville at 10.30am on Thursday, August 27.

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Team entries are invited and the closing date is August 20.

Coffee on arrival then 18 holes Texas Scramble with a 12pm shotgun start followed by a two-course meal and coffee. Price £34 per person with teams of up to four.

If you'd like to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize, please contact the lifeboat press officer John Mitchell on 07831 103166.

At all the events funds are being raised towards the new Shannon class Lifeboat for Wells.

The Shannon is the RNLI's latest class of lifeboat and will replace the current Mersey which, after 24 years, is approaching the end of her operational life expectancy.

The station is aiming to raise £250,000 towards the £2m cost of the Shannon. She will also require a new boathouse as she is too large for the existing premises. The total cost of the lifeboat, launch and recovery equipment and the boathouse, will be about £5.5 million.

To find out more and to support the appeal, visit www.rnli.org/howtosupportus/donatenow/appeals/Pages/wells-appeal-donate.aspx.

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