Grey Friars Lodge, No. 5169, in Colchester, raised £1,000 at its Ladies Festival for the West Mersea Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), continuing the lodge’s long association with the area’s lifeboats. The branch is local to Colchester and is currently raising funds towards purchasing a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat in 2014 – the latest generation of RNLI B-class Atlantic inshore lifeboats. West Mersea was one of the first 10 inshore lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and carries out rescues for water users in the area. Volunteers from the lifeboat station rescued a mother, child and baby from a car in late 2012 after they got stuck on the causeway to Mersea Island.