Congratulations to Terry Bearpark, the vice-chairman of the Coastguard Association, who was presented with his 40 year bar by MCA CEO Sir Alan Massey Thursday 12th November.
The presentation took place at Dunedin Country House in Patrington, East Yorkshire and was attended by members of Withernsea Coastguard, Mike Bill and Fran Wilkins of Humber Coastguard and Stuart Arundel (CGA Chair), Alan Fisher (CGA Treasurer) and Paul Davig (CGA Almoner).
Terry started as an Auxiliary Coastguard at Humber MRSC when it was based at Kilnsea, he then moved to Spurn Point in 1975 as a channel 16 radio operator. In the 80s in transferred to Withernsea CG after Humber CG moved to Bridlington.
Terry was also awarded Chief Coastguard’s Commendation in the early 90s.
Terry is a founder member of Humber Coastguard Association which started about 40 years ago and has been their Chairman for many years, we are also delighted to say that he is a founder member of the National Coastguard Association too, and has given us around 40 years of service too – as in 2016 we celebrate 40 years of the CGA.
During his time in service Terry has been involved in numerous rescues and searches.
Coastguard Association member Clive Edwards is hoping that fellow CGA members may be interested in providing inputs to a project that he has embarked upon in terms of publishing a book featuring articles, anecdotes, stories etc by former members of HM Coastguard about their more interesting experiences and incidents whilst on-watch.
The project has been discussed with Sir Alan Massey the current chief executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and he has approved the idea. The CGA would also like to offer their support to Clive, and look forward to following the project.
Clive himself was in the Look-Out section at Portland Bill Coastguard for eighteen years until the station was closed, and he was also a member of the Portland Coastguard GP Boat crew for several years before retiring and subsequently setting-up the NCI Lyme Bay National Coastwatch Station where he was Station Manager for three years and where he still does watches. Clive is currently Commodore of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club and runs their SeaVue Maritime Safety & Surveillance Scheme with some 50 boat owners who keep watch afloat (see www.seafarersafloat.com)
He would be delighted to receive members’ stories either in writing, by email or by post, or he’d be happy to arrange to meet any members who would prefer to talk about their watchkeeping experiences rather than write about them; Whichever method members prefer it would be nice to see our Coastguard’s watchkeeping experiences recorded for posterity and making what must be a valued contribution to the nations maritime history.
If you would like to get involved in this project please contact Clive directly:
The Coastguard Association provide a variety of support in a number of ways, we are don’t share every case that we support as those families in need do not always wish to be identified but recently we have provided financial assistance to two families who stories we can share:
A C.R.O. in the Hartlepool area – who had had an operation, he was self employed, and currently off work so was having financial difficulty.
A C.R.O. in the Rhyll area who had been made homeless, and the CGA was able to give him the assistance he required to enable him to raise a deposit for rented accommodation.
We received a lovely thank you from the Hartlepool team, and we would like to continue to wish the station officer a speedy recovery.
To enable us to continue to support our fellow Coastguards please join the CGA
Our thoughts and memories are with the fallen, and they will live on in the future of the Living.
If you were lucky enough to get your poppy ordered in time for 2017 – congratulations, and please wear it with pride … if you didn’t – there is time to order for 2018… in the meantime you are welcome to save this image and use it as a profile picture on facebook, twitter and other social media platforms.
You can download the image here – Social Media Poppy Image – just click on the link, right click to save and upload it to your relevant platform.
Poppy pins is a company that produce a number of special poppies for Remembrance that have Regimental badges incorporated into the design, and are available for online purchase. Every poppy badge that is purchased from the site includes a 20% donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.
In recent years they have brought out a brand new HM Coastguard Poppy design and have asked us if we would share the details with you. The badges should be around £10.00 including postage and packing in the UK and are available directly from their web site.