Chairman visits Burnham rescue hovercraft charity's AGM
Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council was the special guest at
the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB on
Friday evening (May 23rd).
Peter Downing joined 40 people at Burnham's Town Council Chambers
to hear about a busy year for the long-running life-saving charity.
told the audience he is a "strong supporter" of Burnham's
marine rescue services and was honoured to have been invited,
adding that he was impressed with the team work.
was given a tour of the seafront hovercraft station by BARB's
volunteers and also visited Burnham RNLI and Burnham Coastguards.
the AGM, BARB's Chairman Mark Newman said proposals are to be
unveiled soon about expanding the hovercraft station to add extra
thanked BARB's fundraisers and supporters for their "hugely
appreciated support" in helping the charity meet its £30,000
annual running costs. Among those highlighted were Burnham's Trinity
Close Christmas Lights Team, Somerset Motorcycle Group, the Lions
and Burnham's Inner Wheel.
and Operations Manager Mike Lowe praised BARB's volunteer crew
for their tremendous team spirit over the past year, particularly
during the recent flood relief work on the Somerset Levels.
were presented during to several of the charity's fundraisers
and volunteers by BARB President Neville Jones and Cllr Downing
- including treasurer Mike Ross, above.
annual telescope award, given to the crewmember who has contributed
most to the welfare of the charity over the past year, was presented
to Mike Lowe.
the election of officers, those re-appointed were Chairman Mark
Newman, Vice Chairman Julie Dean, Operations Manager Mike Lowe,
Deputy Operations Manager Graham Hallsworth, BARB Treasurer Mike
Ross and BARB Secretary Roger Flower.
RNLI's Operations Manager Matt Davies and Chairman Graham Wills
both attended the meeting and praised the close working and co-operation
between the organisatons.
Mayor Martin Cox and Deputy Mayor Dennis Davey were also both
in attendance, representing the Town Council.
BARB crew with council chairman Cllr Peter Downing at Friday's
AGM and, above, with Burnham RNLI members (Photos: Imagery.org.uk)