year reviewed at Burnham rescue hovercraft charity's AGM
of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (June 1st) when a busy
year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed.
charity's volunteers and supporters gathered at the Burnham and
Highbridge Town Council Chambers for the annual meeting.
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens was
the charity's special guest for the evening, and she was given a
tour of the seafront station and met crewmembers before presenting
several awards to the charity's volunteers. She said she was keen
to visit the charity during national Volunteers Week and praised
BARB's close working with the Police and other services.
Neville Jones Shield, presented to BARB's volunteer of the year,
was awarded to the charity's Training Officer Adrian Cunningham,
were also presented to many of the charity's key fundraisers, including
Burnham's Trinity Close residents who raised over £8,000 last
Christmas for BARB with their festive lights display.
GW Hurleys newsagents was named the business that had collected
the most for the charity over the past year with its coin collection
MP James Heappey was also among the special guests who thanked BARB's
volunteers for their work in working to keep the coastline safe.
Chairman Mark Newman and President Roger Flower thanked the charity's
fundraisers, crew and supporters for their dedication, with the
volunteers putting in over 5,000 hours of time for the charity.
Manager Mike Lowe also thanked BARB's team for their commitment,
working closely with Burnham Coastguards, the RNLI, Police and other
Cox was thanked for his 25 years of involvement with the charity
Mark Newman was presented with a long-service award for his 15 years
Burgess was thanked for his five years of service with BARB
Kilgallon was thanked for his five years of service with BARB
Croker received an award for his 10 years of volunteering with BARB
Michael Lowe was applauded by crewmembers and Burnham's MP
Harley Owners Group Bridgwater Chapter were thanked for their fundraising
Blue Ridge Runners also received a cetificate of thanks for fundraising
Chinn from Burnham's Masonic Lodge receiving a certificate of thanks
Day Lewis Pharmacy team receiving an award for their BARB fundraising
Friday's night's AGM of BARB Search & Rescue (photos Paul Aston)