Tony Webster, our previous chairman, has been appointed President. He had previously been a dedicated and inspirational Chairman for the past 36 years before taking a well deserved retirement from the role.
The position of President, although mainly promoting the well being of Cromer RNLI locally and in the wider community also includes ceremonial duties, presenting awards, hosting receptions and attending events as an official representative of Cromer RNLI.
During his long tenure as Chairman, Tony said there had been many highlights including:
• Meeting the Duke of Kent at naming ceremonies in 1986 and 2008
• Attending several Inshore Lifeboat naming ceremonies.
• Inviting the late Ronnie Corbett to open the Henry Blogg Museum. Ronnie had started his stage career in 1953 in Cromer.
• Liaised with the late Peter Cadbury to achieve the return of the H F Bailey – Henry Bloggs lifeboat in Cromer during the war years. This is now the number 1 exhibit in the henry Blogg Museum.
• During his chairman tenure, his wife Peggy was Chair of the Cromer ladies Lifeboat Guild.
Tony said he was taking on a role which had been vacant for many years since Dr Barclay had given up the position.
Derek said that he was delighted that Tony had accepted the role of President and added that the Management Group and Crew welcome this deserved appointment.
The volunteers at RNLI Cromer were busy today. Due to the adverse weather this morning, the crew participated in dry training.
There were various tasks which included:
Undertaking a challenge to move dead Fred from one side of the gantry to the other, splitting into two teams.
Each team had to set set up a breaches buoy system and move dead Fred successfully.
Later activities involved updating with RNLI crew Horizon notices, local knowledge LOP, and initial training PPE, Roles and responsibilities, fire evacuation plan.
An excellent morning from our hardworking crew
Saturday 6 January 2018 saw 30 people of all ages taking part in a challenge on the beach and pier, raising funds for Cromer RNLI. Unity, a new gym based in North Repps, organised a fitness event involving many challenges.
After a warm up, the volunteers took part in a 5km run along the promenade and beach, it was followed by a bodyweight fitness session of press-ups, squat sits ups etc. Finishing with a 1km uphill run, amazing that the first person to finish managed to do it in 54 minutes.
Matthew Green, who runs Unity, said ‘The event was mainly to raise funds for Cromer RNLI, but also meant the volunteers who took part not only had a good time but were able to set ne personal best targets. Some people came from as far as Beccles to support the event’
Besides the competitors, there were other volunteers who gave out water, marshalled the course etc and were helping for over 3 hours.
Cromer RNLI Operations Manager Richard Leeds commented ‘Matthew hopes to repeat this challenge on a yearly basis, encouraging more people who attend the gym to take part. We really appreciate how these volunteers support the crews who ensure Cromer RNLI are available every day’
Our Lifeboat Operations Manager Richard Leeds, was honoured by Cromer Town Council at the annual awards ceremony held on 15 March 2017.
Cromer RNLI sends its congratulations.
Members of Cromer RNLI crew, Life Savers and Face to Face Team all joined together to spread the safety message from the RNLI. Lots of adults and children enjoyed meeting everyone on the Carnival Field on Tuesday 16th August and Wednesday 17th August 2016. Many photos were taken of people trying on dummy kit as well as being able to ask questions on the role of the RNLI and safety.
Later in the evening the D class Inshore Rescue Lifeboat accompanied by the team above joined in the procession around Cromer, although they were on constant alert for their pagers sounding.
A Casualty care course has been held in the main boathouse for all crew to attend. The crew had the option of voluntarily giving up 8 evenings or 3 full days to attend a course which covered all aspects of caring for casualties.
Our congratulations are to be given to all our volunteer crew who attended and all passed.
D-755 Peggy D has arrived for relief duties while station ILB George and Muriel goes away for a refit.
Our Inshore lifeboat D734 has gone away for a refit.
Until it returns we have the relief D Class 'Peggy' D755. The crew who helped out today were Chris Key, 'Nelson' Kirk, David Syer, Wes Stokes, Paul Watling and Colin.
Thanks to the crew for assisting with this.
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.
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.