The Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild annual general meeting saw one of its long serving members and her husband receive prestigious National Awards in recognition of their long service and outstanding contribution to RNLI fundraising.
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. They will receive their Gold Badge and Gold Bar at a special ceremony in Norwich, in September.
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.
As well as celebrating their golden awards, earlier this year Peggy and Tony also celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations were given and they were wished many more happy years together.
The presentation ceremony was introduced by Mr John Davies, Cromer RNLI Coxswain and the presentation of an engraved bowl, flowers and certificates were presented by Mrs Beryl Mansell, Chairman of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild. After thanking the Guild and the Crew for their support and camaraderie, Peggy invited everyone to help her and Tony celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary with wine and canapes.
Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild continues to go from strength to strength. It was reported that the Guild had raised a total of £15,508.00 this year – the highest fundraising amount raised to date! 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.
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.