BARB volunteers thanked during the charity's AGM
Two long-serving hovercraft pilots at Burnham charity BARB
were thanked for their eight years of volunteering during the
group's AGM on Friday (May 24th).
EDF regional boss David Eccles was the special guest at the meeting,
held at Burnham's Princess Theatre. He heard about a busy 12 months
for the life-saving charity, which is now in its 21st year.
told the audience he is a "strong supporter" of Burnham's
marine rescue services and was honoured to have been invited,
adding that he hoped the visit would "create stronger links
between Burnham and Hinkley Point."
was given a tour of the hovercraft station by BARB's crew and
also visited Burnham Coastguards, the RNLI and Burnham's community-run
tourist information centre during the evening.
volunteers Dave Bailey and Clive Weal, who have retired after
eight and a half year's service as hovercraft pilots, were thanked
for their dedication and involvement. They were presented with
certificates and the annual telescope award, which is given to
those volunteers who have contributed most to the charity's welfare.
Chairman Mark Newman thanked the charity's many fundraisers and
supporters for their "hugely appreciated support" over
the year. Among those highlighted were Brean's Diamond Farm Holiday
Park, Burnham's Trinity Close Christmas Lights Team, Somerset
Motorcycle Group, Burnham Lions and Burnham Moose Lodge.
Manager Mike Lowe praised BARB's volunteers and their families
for their "tremendous support and team spirit" during
a busy, and at times challenging, year.
were presented to several of the charity's recent fundraisers
and crew by BARB President Neville Jones and Mr Eccles.
the election of officers, those re-appointed were Chairman Mark
Newman, Operations Manager Mike Lowe, Deputy Operations Manager
Graham Hallsworth, BARB Treasurer Mike Ross and BARB Secretary
Roger Flower. A new Vice Chairman, Julie Dean, was elected.
Mayor Martin Cox was also in attendance, representing the Town
Council, and in a brief speech recounted the early history of
BARB when he was involved in helping to found the charity.
volunteers Dave Bailey and Clive Weal with David Eccles
and, above, the BARB committee and BARB crewmembers (pics Mike