The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a voluntary association that runs the lifeboats, their stations and crews around our coasts.
The crews are all local people who know the seas in their area. On the Thames there are four stations and the busiest of them all is the Tower Bridge one which has about one call-out every day.
We will visit this one and the station manager, Janet Kelly, will tell us about the Institution, the various boat types and what happens in London.
She said she would talk in case the crews are out on a call. There are two boats at this station. The station is on a pontoon by Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House.
HMS Belfast is one of the most powerful large light cruisers ever built. It is now the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during the Second World War.
Serving Britain for 32 years, she played an important role in both the Second World War and the Korean War as well as performing peacekeeping duties throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Saved from destruction in 1971, HMS Belfast is now part of the Imperial War Museum and is the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson’s Victory.
Martin Olutniks, a blue badge guide, will take us over the ship and tell us of its history (www.hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk)
£25 each with a maximum of 20. This includes a donation the RNLI. Refreshments at cost.
The nearest stations are Waterloo, Charring Cross, Embankment and Temple.