The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association is scheduled to take place at 10:00 on Saturday 28th March 2020 at The Cobb, Tutt Head, Mumbles Road, Swansea SA3 4EX. This is always a great opportunity to meet the committee members either socially or during the AGM, and to share thoughts and ideas. If you can make it, we would love to meet you there? Put the date in your diary now…
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Thank you to Ross-shire and Suntherland District Coastguard Association for their recent donation.
A big thank you to all the long-serving volunteers who have been involved in the Roos-shire and Sutherland branch of the CGA and a delightful welcome to the newly elected officers and we look forward to working with you all in future.
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: