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19 – Aug : All aboard the RNLI station at Waterloo Bridge

Nestling gently and unassuming on a pontoon on the River Thames, next door to Waterloo Bridge, is the UK’s busiest lifeboat station. Freeman Stephen Wheatley, himself part of the volunteer crew which operates 24/7 has organised a very special Guild tour at 2pm on August 19th–the perfect afternoon out for Guild members and their families.
This fascinating insight into the workings of this essential charitable service will keep you and your family entertained and thrilled as the trials and tribulations of the crew are unveiled in the station’s own conference suite. The guided tour of the facilities will showcase the hightechlife-saving equipment employed and deployed at the drop of a hat to protect residents and visitors alike on this fast moving stretch of the 236 mile-long river that has served London and the surrounding counties’ inhabitants since before Roman times.
Our speaker is Martin Stewart from RNLI. He’ll give a thrilling talk on how the lifeboat service started, how many lives it has saved, the surprising running costs each year –how the different lifeboat classes cope with Great Britain’s shore line. And, closer to home, how lifeboats on the Thames operate 24/7 to protect us all.
Join us on 19thAugust from 2pm for this fascinating insight into the hidden life savers that keep the City safe. Afterwards we’ll make way to a local eatery for refreshments on a pay as you go basis.
To get onboard, please register for this free event here  (charitable donations welcome on the day). We only have 18 spaces for this unique event so please book soon.
**Unfortunately, the pontoon is not wheelchair friendly and Freemen and their guests are requested