March 27, 2011
year for Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station recounted at AGM
than 40 lifeboat supporters and crewmembers attended the annual
meeting of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI on Friday (25th March) when a busy
year for the station was recounted.
Held at the town's Sailing Club, the meeting included a recap
of the year by Chairman Graham Wills, a review of recent rescues
by Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes, and
an update on fundraising by branch treasurer Jan Pearce.
said it had been a quiet year for launches, with the lifeboats
being called to 17 incidents, however crewmembers had been busy
with training, fundraising and visits.
He thanked the crew for their support over the year and said
an appeal had been launched for additional shore crewmembers to
Education officer Tony Deahl, who was unable to attend the meeting,
gave a written account of the school visits that the RNLI, BARB
and Coastguard stations had hosted during the year.
And safety officer Dave Humphreys provided an update on the sea
safety checks provided to local boat owners.
Carey, RNLI regional Inspector, reviewed the charity's national
fundraising initiatives, saying that 2010 had been a tough year
financially for the national charity during the economic downturn
- although the overall balances remain healthy.
During the meeting, a period of silence was held in memory of
fundraiser Roy Hall and Sue Johnson, a partner of one of the crew,
who have passed away in recent months.
Pictured (top) are Chairman Graham Wills, Lifeboat Operations
Manager Ricky Holmes, Adrian Carey, RNLI regional Inspector, and
Burnham Mayor Michael Clarke; (middle) the Puffin lifeboat and
(above) the Mayor with crewmember Tim Walters
website for Burnham-On-Sea