July22 nd . Boat Jumble and car boot sale @skern Lodge. 8am sellers 9am Buyers(SORRY CANCELLED YET AGAIN DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH)
July 30th Appledore & Instow regetta
August 5th Tea at Tapely Park Instow 2pm
August 12/13th Appledore Festival & Carnival
Sept Station to Station sponsored walk TBC
October Various Dates Fish Suppers at Various venues.
October 19th-22nd Art Exhibition @North Devon Yacht Club
November Quiz & supper TBC
December 3rd Christmas Concert with Appledore Band @ the Lifeboat Station
- Ilfracombe Shipwrecks. This is a great site that highlights just some of the many shipwrecks that dot the Devon Coastline. Fascinating, but tragic.
- The "Kathleen and May". This beautiful 3-masted topsail schooner is a piece of living history and is located in nearby Bidford. Apart from the beautiful and sensitive restoration, this boat has another feature worthy of note.The original reefing gear fitted was the first known example of Appledore roller-reefing, the sail being reefed by a ratchet lever that engaged the cogs on the gaff boom thereby winding the sail around it and then locked to prevent the sail unwinding from the boom. She worked out of Appledore for some years, (as the "Lizzie May" - named after her first owner's daughters), and thereafter many more years working out of Youghal, Co.Cork in Ireland, (as the "Kathleen and May" after her new owner's daughters)
- St.Mary's Chuch, Appledore: The connection here is that the wooden screen in this Protestant church is made from timbers of the sailing ship Marco Polo. The church was founded in 1836 on Appledore's quays.
RNLI Appointed Coxswains.
Coxswains at Appledore
Coxswains at Braunton Burrows
In the early days before Coxswains were appointed the first senior man arriving at the Boathouse would take the boat as Coxswain, these men are listed among the occasional Coxswains. It may be note that there is some overlapping as some Coxswains near retirement.
Appledore's long and proud tradition with lifeboats goes back to 1829 - before the RNLI was even formed. The station's history is so rich that only a brief summary can be made here. We hope that you will be able to get a little of the effort and human endeavour that has gone into keeping this voluntary service running for those in peril at sea from this synopsis.
There were, at times 3 stations open at the same time! All of these were manned by the Appledore Crew, and which boat went was decided by where the casualty was. The Braunton Burrows Boat would go for a casualty anywhere from the North Tail, or Airy point to Saunton or Woolacombe. The Northam Burrows Boat would go for anything from the South Tail down to Westward Ho! And the Appledore Boat was for anything inside Bideford Bar. All that changed when the RNLB Jane Hannah MacDonald arrived at the Appledore Boathouse in 1889.
This history has been broken down and summarised under the following linked sections...
Crew, Shore Crew & Officials.
Below is a list of those currently serving at Appledore RNLI lifeboat station, along with their wide and varied backgrounds. There are many who have served over very many years also that are no longer on the team - we cannot display these at present but hopefully that will be rectified in the future.