A hand putting money into an RNLI Lifeboats fundraising bucket

Winscombe District Fundraising Branch

Our team of community fundraising volunteers in and around Winscombe devote their time to raising vital funds for the RNLI.

Contact us

Name: Allan Cooper

Role: Chairman

Email: allan.coop@tiscali.co.uk

Additional Contact Details

Name: Mary Wallace

Role: Branch Secretary

Email: mary.wallace@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone: 01934 842075

Branch information

This branch includes the area around Winscombe from Nailsea in the north through Winscombe south to Wedmore and east from Winscombe through Cheddar, Priddy, Wells, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury to Street.

Our principle aims are raising money and the profile of the RNLI locally. Last year we celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a special Spectacular Firewalk. In particular, we like to raise funds for our local Lifeboat stations at Burnham-on-Sea and the New Lifeboat Facilities at Weston-Super-Mare but also for the whole RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards organisation.

Fundraising events include formal dinners, annual quiz, annual plant and garden sale, supper nights, folk and gospel concerts, day trips, village and town fairs, and garden centre and supermarket collections.

We are always looking for new volunteers and would love to hear from you. 

To increase our fundraising, we are looking for a dedicated crew of volunteers:

Branch Members

Volunteers who are willing to collect for an hour or more 1-3 times a year at a branch event local to you. 

Volunteers who are willing to support or organise a branch event during the year. This is a vital role and a very easy way to get involved.

Branch friends

People who are willing to help with the set-up or organisation of branch events. This is a great way to really get involved, without the formality of joining the committee.

Committee Members

Volunteers who are willing to help the branch on a formal basis and take on a specific role and responsibilities. The committee meets four times a year and the events are organised by a team of committee members and branch friends.

We need your help

  • Collecting for 1 hour 1-3 times/year at supermarkets and garden centres
  • Helping or organising social and fundraising events
  • Join the committee

The branch committee meets four times a year. Contact us for more information.

Recent activities in our branch

On Thursday 14 March the Queen Victoria Inn at Priddy provided a superb 3-Course Fish Supper Night. The event was sold out by the end of February with a large reserve list such that 60 diners sat down in every corner of the 'Vic' to enjoy a choice from 3 starters followed by one of 3 mains and finishing with a trio of puddings. All the choices were delicious catering for a range of meal styles and the feedback on the night was full of praise while the charge was 'Pay what diners thought the meal was worth'; the resulting sum of £1,730 received said it all! After the meal, the eight members of 'High and Dry' completed the evening’s theme with some rousing Sea Shanties sung unaccompanied. Our thanks go to Mark Walton the Landlord and his staff for all their support, culinary expertise and service.

On Monday 25 March we held our AGM when our Chairman Tina reported that 2018 had been a very successful Golden Anniversary Year. She reported there had been 29 separate events: 7 collections at supermarkets/garden centres; 6 fairs/fetes; 6 charity card/souvenir sales events; 4 RNLI Meetings; and 7 Branch organised events. The Piéce de Résistance had been the Fire Walking outside the Cricket Club in October. Our Treasurer Steve reported a profit in 2018 of £24,787 but funds are still being received in 2019 from 2018 activities. This was our Chairman Tina’s last act in the chair as she stood down after 11 years in the role. Our Treasurer Steve reported that under her leadership the RNLI Winscombe and District Branch had raised a profit total of £143,126 since 2008. By way of thanks, committee members had donated cash and Steve presented Tina with a framed photograph of the Firewalk volunteers signed by all the Committee together with Garden vouchers. The meeting was attended by Ellie Walker RNLI South West Area Community Fundraiser who presented Tina with a RNLI Commendation Certificate signed by the RNLI CEO. Alan Cooper then assumed the role of Branch Chairman for 2019.

Events around Winscombe District Fundraising Branch