Branch formed in 1993

The branch was formed by a small group of dedicated supporters who live in and around the Wotton-under-Edge area.
(Charfield, Kingswood, North Nibley and Wotton itself)

We support as many of the local fayres and shows with our Souvenir Stall as we can (weather permitting!) as well as holding our own fundraising events.

We no longer collect door to door but still have our Flag Day when we undertake a street collection in the High Street in Wotton.

We have also held illustrated talks by notable speakers at Cotswold Edge Golf Club.

Our Chairman and Treasurer have given and continue to give educational talks to local groups and schools.
For further details of opportunities for talks please contact John Barnett.

We also have contacts for additional members who will give talks to any group or organisation - All age groups.

See 'Links' page for details of Safety and Educational material and information from the RNLI.
(Also on the same page is a link to the RNLI main site)





2017 EVENTS
  • See Events Page



  • GLOUCESTER - 29th & 30th July 2017


    150th Anniversary of the Gloucester Lifeboat

     

              On 9th April 1867 following a Grand Parade through the City streets, the R.N.L.I. lifeboat “City of Gloucester” was launched into Victoria Basin, Gloucester Docks. The ceremony was conducted by the Mayor and the lifeboat was launched by the Lady Mayoress.

     

              The cost of the lifeboat and carriage was £420 and this was raised by public subscription in the City following an enthusiastic campaign headed by the Dean of Gloucester, the Mayor, the Corporation and a number of prominent citizens. Raising the required amount took just 9 months and the order for the lifeboat was placed with a prominent London company of boat builders in November 1866. The lifeboat was built and completed its “sea trials” on the River Thames by April 1867.  It was transported from the Thames to Gloucester by the Great Western Railway.

     


    The ”City of Gloucester”

     

              The launch took place before an enthusiastic crowd of over 10,000, just close to where the Soldiers of Gloucester Museum currently stands. After the launch the lifeboat gave demonstrations of its capabilities, including the rescue of some over-enthusiastic members of the crowd who accidentally fell into the Basin.


    The Launching Ceremony

     

                    The Great Western Railway arranged for the transport of the lifeboat to Falmouth RNLI station where it went on to provide 20 years’ sterling service. The lifeboat was Falmouth’s first and so the dual anniversary is also being celebrated there.

     

              2017 see the 150th anniversary of the launch and the Gloucester branch of the R.N.L.I. intends to mark the anniversary with an event to be held in the Main Basin of the Docks on 29th and 30th July 2017, alongside the Gloucester Food Festival.  It is intended that the event will include a parade of current and restored RNLI lifeboats, demonstrations by RNLI lifeguards, a pulling lifeboat similar to that launched in 1867, sea-shanty singers, model boats, souvenirs and a variety of stalls devoted to the work of the RNLI promoting safety at sea and on the beach. Coincidentally, 2017 also marks the 10th anniversary of major flooding in Gloucestershire, where the RNLI helped to rescue and support those affected, and it is intended that the flood rescue teams will also be included in the event.

     

              There will be more about this event closer to the time and it is hoped that the people of Gloucester and the local business community will give their support to this commemoration of a significant event in the City’s history and heritage.


    Event Poster for Details can be found Here

    Also @RNLI Gloucester 150th Anniversary 


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    Downend Branch - MayDay Fundraising

    Featuring Frampton Shantymen at the Salutation Inn, Ham (near Berkeley) on Saturday 20th May.

    See 'Poster for details'


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