Our History

We've been a cohesive choir, though in many different guises since 2012.

Below are some of our treasured memories as well as some of the lovely feedback we've received from people over the years...

Crossing the bar

RNLI Lifeboat Disaster Centenary Concert 2016

A very special point in time for our lifeboatmen, our choir and for Salcombe as a town.

On the morning of October 27th 1916, in the middle of the First World War, the small community of Salcombe suffered a terrible loss when the lifeboat William and Emma capsized on Salcombe Bar after returning from an abortive mission. Thirteen of the fifteen-man crew were drowned.

The lifeboat had been called out to render assistance to the Western Lass, wrecked in a storm near Prawle Point. In spite of the huge waves breaking on Salcombe Bar, the crew succeeded in getting out to sea, but on reaching the wrecked schooner, found that her crew had already been rescued by the rocket apparatus team at Prawle. Battling against near hurricane force winds the crew returned for home, but on attempting to re-cross the Bar their little craft capsized.

The disaster was one of the worst in the history of the RNLI and, for Salcombe’s close-knit community, the loss was devastating. Many of the townsfolk had seen the lifeboat capsize as it attempted to return to the safety of the harbour. For them, the sight of those brave men – husbands, brothers and sons, friends and neighbours – battling for their lives within sight of their homes, had been almost too much to bear.

Salcombe Gospel CD for Chernobyl Children's Life Line 2016

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Testimonials

Dear Caroline,

On behalf of Friends of Salcombe Lifeboats I am writting to express our thanks to you and the Salcombe Gospel Choir for the tremendous concert you held to raise funds for RNLI Salcombe Lifeboats on 9th June 2016. Everyone that I have spoken to  post event has told me how much they enjoyed the concert. In total you raised £2,425.37 which was a fantastic result.

Please pass on my thanks to all members of the choir,

With many thanks,

Yours sincerly

Chris Hillaby

Chairman

Friends of Salcombe lifeboats

Dear Salcombe Gospel Choir,

We just wanted to thank you so so much for your beautiful singing at our wedding on the 4th of June. It really made the church feel so full and made the ceremony so special.
You really were all so fantastic and we are so grateful for your time and effort. James and I had a fabulous wedding – made ever more so by your wonderful singing!

With Love
Helen & James