Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 26, 2008
Chairman of Somerset County Council visits Burnham hovercraft's AGM

The Chairman of Somerset County Council visited Burnham's hovercraft station on Friday (April 25th) to meet crewmembers and act as the special guest at the charity's Annual General Meeting.

Alan Gloak and sister Gill, pictured, received a tour of the BARB hovercraft station and were also shown around the town's lifeboat and Coastguard centres before moving on to the charity's AGM in the town council chambers.

BARB President Neville Jones opened the 16th annual meeting by praising the crewmembers who had again been a "credit to Burnham."

BARB Chairman Mark Newman reviewed a busy year of incidents, which had seen the organisation called to 19 incidents. He praised the "the dedicated and enthusiastic team" around him.

"Since the launch of BARB in 1992, the charity has attended over 200 incidents - such figures clearly illustrate what an essential service this is," he added.

Outgoing Operations Manager Pete Emery was given a special vote of thanks for all his hard work over the past year and was presented with the Heathcoat-Amory Award - an antique telescope as pictured above - for his services to the charity. New Operations Manager Steve Perks was elected into his position.

Treasurer Mike Ross said the funds of the charity were in "good shape" following a successful year although donations had fallen on the previous year due to a substantial donation in 2006/07.

He thanked all those who had contributed to the group and certificates were presented to Fran and Roy Newall of Diamond Farm, Maria Hobden of Clevedon's Oliver's Angling shop, and Barbara Newman of Chevron Country Music Club.

Mr Gloak, who also visited the RNLI and Coastguard stations during his visit to the town, said he had enjoyed his visit. "Without the work of BARB over the years many lives would have been lost, so it's difficult to put into simple words how we appreciate your invaluable work," he said.

Mr Gloak and sister Gill also visited the Burnham lifeboat station where they were shown around by Operations Manager Ricky Holmes

Coastguard Dave Ilsley discussed his group's role with Mr Gloak and sister Gill.

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site

 


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