All change at Criccieth Lifeboat Station following Annual Open Meeting
At the recent Annual Open Meeting of Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat Station, major changes were announced with the departure of the Station’s long-serving Chairman Dr Elwyn Tudor Jones and changes at Lifeboat Operations Manager and Senior Helmsman.
Dr Tudor Jones, a retired local General Practitioner had served the Station since 1961; first as Assistant Lifeboat Medical Adviser, before taking up post as the Medical Adviser in 1976 and retiring in 2005. In addition, he was elected Chairman of the Station in 1984 during which time he was awarded a Gold Badge and Bar for long and distinguished service. Dr Tudor was also awarded an Excellence in Volunteering Award in March 2018 by the RNLI.
Peter Williams, the Station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager since January 1991, announced he would step down from the role on the 1stof March 2019 to take up Chairmanship of the Station, in place of Dr Tudor. Peter first joined the Crew as a Shore Helper in 1965 before going afloat in 1969. He was awarded a Long Service Badge in 1988 and has since been awarded a Gold Badge and Bar as well as an Excellence in Volunteering Award.
Peter’s present role will be filled by William Walker-Jones who served on the Crew between 1986 and 2009. William has been the Station’s Deputy Launch Authority since 2014. During his career with the RNLI, William has been awarded a Long Service Badge and a Chairman’s Letter of Thanks for the rescue of two people from the yacht, Lady Amanda in October 1993. Recently retired Helmsman Gordon Emery, will replace William as one of the Station’s Deputy Launch Authorities.
Paul Filby also announced his departure from the role of Senior Helmsman, a post he has held since 2004. Paul will remain on the Crew and has taken up post as the Flood Rescue Manager for Wales. Paul first joined Station as a tractor driver in 1984, later becoming a Crew Member and Helmsman. Paul has also been awarded a Long Service Badge and 30 Year Service Bar too. In addition, Paul has served with the Flood Rescue Team for 18 years, receiving a commendation letter from the RNLI’s CEO following his service during flooding at Cockermouth in 2009. Paul also received a Chairman's Letter of Thanks for his part in the same service as William.
Paul’s position of Senior Helmsman will be taken over on the 1stof January 2019 by Clive Wright. Clive has been a Crew Member since 1993, serving as the Station’s Lifeboat Training Coordinator in recent years. Clive was awarded a Long Service Badge in 2013.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.