June 25, 2011
Point boss visits Burnham rescue hovercraft charity's AGM
The boss of Hinkley Point power station was the special guest
at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB on
Friday evening (June 24th).
Cann, who is the Site Director of the proposed Hinkley Point C,
joined almost 50 people at the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft
Road, where he heard about a busy year of rescues, fundraising
and visits for the life-saving charity.
Mr Cann told the audience he is a "great supporter"
of Burnham's marine rescue services and was "honoured"
to be invited as the guest.
During the meeting, an update was given on the project to buy
a new replacement hovercraft for the Light Of Elizabeth, which
is showing heavy wear and tear after extensive use as a training
and rescue craft.
Chairman Mark Newman said the charity had conducted over a year's
research on all current commercial hovercraft and had also carried
out visits and meetings with various firms and users - including
a full commercial tendering process - to ensure the new craft
meets BARB's needs.
He said the process is nearing completion and an announcement
is due shortly. He thanked those who have donated funds to buy
the new craft.
Certificates were presented during the evening to the charity's
key recent fundraisers by Mr Cann and BARB President Neville Jones.
They included Brean's Diamond Farm Holiday Park and Burnham's
Trinity Close Christmas Lights fundraising team, Bristol Yacht
Cruising Club, and the Inner Wheel of Wrington Vale.
During the election of officers, Chairman Mark Newman and Vice
Chairman David Bailey were re-appointed, while a new Operations
Manager, Mike Lowe, and Deputy Operations Manager, Clive Wheal,
annual telescope award, given to the BARB crewmember who has contributed
most to the welfare of the organisation over the past year was
given to Al Humphries, who led a programme of extensive mechanical
and structural repairs to The Spirit Of Lelaina craft following
a recent engine failure.
Outgoing Operations Manager Steve Perks was also thanked for
his considerable work over the past year, which included the renovation
of BARB's office and crew area.
BARB Treasurer Mike Ross noted that while the charity's finances
are in good shape, several significant purchases are due to be
made over the coming year, including the much-needed replacement
of the charity's two tow trucks, so the focus on fundraising will
Mr Cann was given a tour of the seafront hovercraft station and
was also taken on a flight in The Spirit Of Lelaina and visited
Pictured: (top) Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria
Clarke with BARB President Neville Jones, BARB Chairman Mark Newman,
Hinkley Point's Nigel Cann and BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe;
The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft; Diamond Farm fundraiser Jayne
Collins receiving a certificate; and (above) Al Humphries receiving
the telescope award
BARB's Deputy Operations Manager Clive Wheal with Mr Cann
(centre) and BARB Vice Chairman David Bailey
Roger Flower, right, receiving a certificate from Mr Cann
on behalf of the Trinity Close Christmas lights fundraisers
Mr Cann also visited Burnham RNLI during the evening and is
pictured with Tony Deahl
(Photos: BARB & Mike Lang)
Official BARB Web site