The senior member of Weston-super-Mare RNLI crew receives an award

Lifeboats News Release

Mike Buckland, Lifeboat Operations Manager is presented with his 20 year award by the Vice Chairman of the RNLI


Sir Tim Laurence presenting Weston LOM Mike Buckland with 20 years service award

Mike Buckland was brought up in Weston and joined the Weston RNLI lifeboat volunteers as soon as he was able. He developed his love of the volunteer service during a visit as a Cub Scout when he was inspired by Richard Spindler the longest serving member of the crew.

Mike went through the demanding training to become a helmsman for the lifeboats. As a helm he took part in many rescues and saved many lives. When Richard Spindler retired as Lifeboat Operations Manager some 18 months ago, Mike agreed to take over the role.

On Monday a group of senior members of the RNLI came to Weston to consult with the Weston crew and fundraisers. It was during this event that Sir Tim Laurence, Vice Chair of the RNLI surprised everyone by presenting Mike with his 20 year badge for his long service.

Sir Tim Laurence said;’ The team at Weston have done exemplary service in saving lives at sea despite the difficult conditions they have to work with. At last now we have a definite plan which should give our team the station they deserve. It is good to see what a strong team, crew and fundraisers, we have here.’

Mike Buckland, LOM said;’ Thank you for this award. It is great being part of this fantastic team.’

RNLI notes to editors

The pictures show Mike being presented with his award by Sir Tim and with Richard Spindler, RNLI Weston volunteer when he was a Cub.

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Lifeboats in service at Weston-super-Mare

  • Atlantic 75 class lifeboat named Paul Alexander
  • D-Class lifeboat named Adrian Beaumont

The station was established in 1882 at the request of the local inhabitants and moved into its current boathouse in 1902. In 2013 we had to leave our lifeboat station on Birnbeck Island as the access pier had become too dangerous. The temporary station at Knightstone is until we can get a new station built.

To find out more information about Weston-super-Mare lifeboat and for recent events, please log onto our website or contact Glyn Hayes on 01934 645555.

The RNLI’s annual running costs are around £176.5m (2017) – approximately £485,000 per day – and, as a registered charity, the organisation continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for income


Weston LOM Mike Buckland with Richard Spindler Westons longest serving RNLI volunteer

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