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 2nd) when a busy
year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed.
charity's volunteers and supporters gathered at Burnham's Town Council
Chambers for the annual meeting.
present heard the charity's hovercrafts and rescue boats have been
called out more than 50 times over the past year to help people
in difficulty along the coastline.
Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell, and
his wife June, were the VIP guests. He said he is a "huge supporter"
of BARB and praised all those involved for their volunteering work.
Ryan Edwards from Avon and Somerset Police also thanked the BARB
volunteers for their time in keeping the coastline safe.
the meeting, BARB's Chairman Mark Newman thanked the charity's fundraisers,
crew and supporters for their "hugely appreciated work"
and he praised the close working with the RNLI and Coastguard.
meeting included a brief period of silence in memory of the late
Neville Jones, who was BARB's founder and President of 24 years,
until he passed away last summer.
Flower was elected as the new President, as pictured, having previously
been a long-standing crewmember and BARB's secretary.
annual telescope award was retired and a new award, the Neville
Jones Shield, was introduced which is now presented to the volunteer
of the year, which was won by Operations Manager Mike Lowe.
talked about some of the rescues that had taken place and also thanked
BARB's crewmembers for their "huge dedication".
Treasurer Mike Ross was also presented with a long-service award,
recognising his involvement with the charity since it was formed.
were also presented to several of the charity's fundraisers, supporters
and crew who have put in time to help the charity over the past
the election of officers, those re-appointed were Chairman Mark
Newman, Vice Chairman Adrian Hooke, Operations Manager Mike Lowe,
Deputy Operations Manager Graham Hallsworth and BARB Treasurer Mike
Lowe receiving the Neville Jones Shield from Sgt Ryan Edwards
Mike Creswell and his wife June at the AGM meeting
Friday's night's AGM of BARB Search & Rescue (photos Mike Lang)