The story of a garden shed
In 2006, the Coverack branch managed to sell well over £5,000 of RNLI Souvenirs. This might not seem that special until you realise that the village only has a population of a few hundred people and the shop is in fact a 2.5m x 1.2m garden shed!
Coverack is a small fishing village on the East side of the Lizard Peninsula, probably best known for its annual lifeboat service on ‘Songs of Praise’ in the 1960’s and 70’s. The station in fact closed in 1980 but the local RNLI Branch has never let this affect its support of the RNLI.
In the 1980’s Mona Hart used to sell Christmas cards on the seafront in the Summer and from her front room in the Autumn. When the retired Coxswain Archie Rowe died, his fishing loft became vacant and Paddy Brion continued the local tradition by selling souvenirs and cards from this rather damp outlet. Then in 1999, Ray Vaugham, who was Chairman at the time, donated a garden shed to the village and it was decided it should become the RNLI shop. From then until 2015 Elaine Daw (whose husband was a crew member of the Coverack Lifeboat) ran the shop with her team of volunteers.
The Harbour Company kindly allows it to be situated on the harbour free of charge and it is open on weekdays from Spring Bank Holiday to the end of September.
Now in 2015 the RNLI have kindly provided us with a brand new shop.
As they say…
“From small acorns, a garden shed grows!”