The Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild annual general meeting, held on 28th March 2017, saw three of its members receive thanks for their service and contributions to RNLI fundraising.
Retiring Guild Secretary, Mrs Linda Baker, received a certificate and a beautiful orchid in recognition of her four years in post. Guild Chairman, Mrs Beryl Mansell, said that Lin had been an excellent secretary and an invaluable member of the committee. Although she is stepping down from the role of secretary, Lin is to remain on the committee and will continue to provide her enthusiasm, support and creative ideas.
Certificates and pens were presented to Mrs Monica Gepp and Mrs Chris Keay, for their service at the Christmas Bazaar. For the last nine years, Monica and Chris have run and developed the preserves stall and have spent many hours making delicious jams, chutneys and hand-made confectionary. Guild Treasurer, Mrs Pam Coles, estimated that their stall had raised over £4,000.00. Monica and Chris are going to continue with their hand-made confectionary and will continue to support the produce stall.
The presentation ceremony was introduced by Mr Richard Leeds, Cromer RNLI Operations Manager and the presentations were made by Mr Ben Long, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager and Mrs Maggie Leeds, Guild Vice Chairman.
Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild continues to go from strength to strength. It was reported that the Guild had raised a total of £17,134 this year – another record breaking amount! Many thanks were given to the hard work and dedication of both the Committee and Guild members and also many thanks were expressed to the members of the public who continue to support this important cause.
Retiring Committee Member, Mrs Peggy Webster, received a Gold Badge certificate and her husband, Cromer RNLI Station Chairman, Mr Tony Webster, received a Gold Bar to his Gold Badge certificate.
Peggy has been a member of the Guild for 28 years. She was a loyal, supportive and enthusiastic committee member for many years before taking on roles of greater responsibility. In 2006 she became Guild Chairman, taking over the role from Mrs Daisy Spurgeon (now Honorary Life President) and then, on relinquishing her role as Chairman in 2009, became the Publicity Officer. For several years, Peggy and Tony hosted summer garden fetes at their home, enabling the Guild to raise further funds for the RNLI. Although Peggy is now stepping down from her role on the Committee, she continues to be a member of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild.
Tony has been an active member of the Cromer RNLI Station Crew for many years and became the Station Chairman in 1978. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the successful operation of the Cromer Lifeboat, as well as supporting the efforts of the Ladies Guild.
Daisy has been a member of the Guild since its inception in 1973. She was the inaugural Treasurer and then became the Chairman in 1979. She held this role until 2006 and is the longest serving Chairman to date. On her retirement from the role of Chairman, she was invited to become Life President, an honorary role which she happily accepted. Daisy still takes an active role, chairs the annual AGM, and provides invaluable support to both the Committee and the Guild.
Beryl also joined the Guild in the 1970s. She was an active committee member for many years before taking on the role of Social Secretary, followed by a five year period as Secretary. After a break, Beryl returned to the Guild and in 2009, she took on her current role as Chairman.