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

Please contact the Chairman for opportunities at this branch or check our volunteering vacancies.

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

Recent activities in our branch

On Saturday 25th January twenty one teams took part in our RNLI Super Quiz in Shipham Village Hall; our first fund raising event for 2020. This year there was a new Quizmaster, Chris Greenwood who offered some new ideas and new challenges. Without exception Tina’s Ploughman’s Supper got the highest score of the evening and the most praise. However, after fourteen question rounds, a photo round in the interval and a concurrent music round as the tie breaker, the undisputed winners were “The Quizzy Rascals”. The final total from the Team Fees, bar, raffle, auction and loose change jars was £1,777.  

Our second event for 2020 was our Winscombe Folk Night on Saturday 1st February in St James’ Hall, Winscombe which sold-out in advance. We were well entertained by singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist Jez Lowe who treated us to another evening of top quality folk music with excellent vocals and brilliant guitar playing. In addition to guitar, Jez played the mandocello (large mandolin) and mandolin and the harmonica with either stringed instrument at the same time. The varied programme covered his songs from the Durham area and ended with two comic songs “Talk Dirty Geordie to me” and “A Roman Soldier in Newcastle” that had the audience howling with laughter! Thanks again to James, Ann and the Barattini family for organising and running the whole evening that made a profit of £1,200.

The Branch AGM will be on Tuesday 24th March at 7:30pm in Winscombe Cricket Club when there will be a review of all 2019 activities, the presentation of accounts and our 2019 fundraising total. Everyone is welcome at the AGM and there will be access to the Cricket Club Bar for liquid refreshment.” 


Events around Winscombe District Fundraising Branch