This is the highlight of our Cromer RNLI year! The Lifeboat Station is open throughout the day and there will be a number of events and displays taking place (details to follow). The Ladies Guild will be running numerous fundraising stalls, including cakes, books, tombolas and children's games. Come along, have fun and support our stalls.
The Guild will be holding their annual collection at Morrisons, Cromer.
Our Ladies Guild are hosting an evening of singing and dancing at Northrepps Village Hall. The entertainment is being provided by Hushwing (musicians from Rig-a-Jig-Jig) and the ever popular Fiona Davies. Ticket price includes a hog roast.
This year's Ladies Guild autumn supper is to be held at The Virginia Court Hotel. Guild members only. Further details to follow.
The Ladies Guild will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar in Cromer Parish Hall. There will be a number of stalls selling wonderful homemade produce, crafts and plants, as well as books, toys and bric a brac. There will also be the opportunity to take part in prize winning games, a tombola and a raffle with an array of wonderful prizes.
A lovely start to the festive season - Cromer Parish Church will be adorned with beautifully decorated trees and nativity scenes, produced by local community groups, from Wednesday 30th November - Saturday 3rd December. Look out for our Ladies Guild tree and nativity scene. The Guild also have a fundraising stall selling homemade crafts and produce on Saturday 3rd.
Welcome to the web site for Cromer lifeboat station. This is the site run from the station itself, at the all-weather lifeboat's boathouse built on the end of Cromer's Victorian pier.
Cromer lifeboat was launched in the early hours of 5th June after a Mayday call from a yacht off the north Norfolk coast. Arriving on scene, the lifeboat found a yacht, being sailed single handed, driven ashore on the beach at Cley. The yachtsman had made his way onto the beach where he was met by coastguards and then an ambulance. Cromer lifeboat was joined by Wells lifeboat; both lifeboats stood off to wait for daylight and a rising tide. When conditions permitted, a line was established to the yacht 'Jenny' and the Cromer boat was able to tow it into deeper water. The tow was then transferred to Wells lifeboat so that the vessel could be taken into Wells harbour, and the Cromer boat returned to station, arriving back at 5.30am. Pictures show beginning the tow from the beach and transferring the tow to Wells lifeboat.
There are many aspects to the running of a lifeboat station. All RNLI stations around the British Isles are organised from Lifeboat Institution headquarters at Poole in Dorset, but they all have an individual identity, reflecting their own character, community and coastline.
In Cromer there are two boathouses, one as we've mentioned for the All-Weather Lifeboat Lester on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. You'll find more about the history of the station in other places on this site.
Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.
The sea hasn't changed, recent gales exhibit the same ferocity as ever, but the technological skills of the lifeboat crews have had to develop to deal with a wider range of types of vessel, from the smallest wind-kite to the largest of ocean cruisers.
Likewise the support of the community, through bodies such as the Ladies Lifeboat Guild, remains as vital as ever but also needs to develop in our world of social media and instance information.
On this site you'll be able to access material provided by a variety from the lifeboat team in Cromer. You'll find pages from crew members, including the shore crew who compliment the sea-going team, the Ladies' Guild, the Visits team, the Heritage team - providing, we hope, something to meet all interests.