Long service presentations at New Quay RNLI's five yearly Coast Review
The five yearly Coast Review of the New Quay RNLI lifeboat service took place on Tuesday 5 April.
New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Couch welcomed everyone to a crew room packed with people - crew, fundraisers, supporters and members of the local community - all volunteers having an interest in the work and future of the service.
The review was conducted by Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P), Chairman of the RNLI Operations Committee and a team of people representing the Trustees and the Council of the Institution.
The key purpose of the Review is to examine the levels of optimum lifeboat coverage in the area and to look at the longer term strategic objectives through the provision of lifeboats, lifeguards, coastal safety and flood rescue.
It looked at the performance of the station over the last five years, particularly lifeboat operations, training, relationships with the community, neighbouring RNLI stations, lifeguards and coastguard. The Lifeboat Station Management and crew were given and took ample opportunity to contribute and to raise various issues. In concluding Sir Timothy remarked that they were going away with an impression of an enthusiastic team and an efficient and well run station.
Following the meeting Sir Timothy presented awards to three very long serving members of the station.
Roger Davies was presented with an Honorary Life Governorship of the Institution, having served 54 years to date and having occupied the role of Deputy Launching Authority in recent years.
Trevor Evans received a 50-year service award, having spent most of that time as crew member and recently as one of the shore crew, deputising at times as a Launching Authority.
Rees Tom Jones, Deputy Second Coxswain, was reaching two milestones in his career, not only receiving an RNLI 40-year service award but at the same time achieving 40 years’ service with Western Power. He was also presented with the Western Power long service award from his manager, who had attended the meeting to do so.
All three recipients continue in their volunteer roles at the New Quay RNLI lifeboat station.
Notes to editors:
In the picture, courtesy of Morlais Davies, from the left are Heddwyn Jones, District Manager Western Power, Rees Tom Jones, Roger Davies, Sir Timothy Lawrence and Trevor Evans.
New Quay lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.
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