Bumper year for Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild

The AGM of the Lifeboat Ladies Guild took place in the British Legion halls on Friday afternoon.
The AGM of the Lifeboat Ladies Guild took place in the British Legion halls on Friday afternoon.

ARBROATH Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild announced another year of bumper fund-raising at their annual general meeting on Friday.

At the meeting, held at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Helen Street, the total of £46,426 was revealed to the assembled ladies.

Where the previous year had seen a massive £8,000 rise in donations, the slight decrease this year of around £1,500 was still hailed as a success by Guild president Barbara Cargill.

Mrs Cargill extended her thanks to the general public for its continued generosity, as well as to the lifeboat crew and the Guild committee for their hard work in organising and carrying out the various fund-raisers throughout the year.

“Our crew are great at helping us whenever we need them and to continue to raise funds is greatly appreciated. It shows their dedication to the RNLI.”

During a sponsored ‘Shave Our Scalps’ day during which the crew raised £7,050 “a few dodgy looking characters were transformed into handsome chaps in minutes,” according to Mrs Cargill.

Other events included a pair of evening concerts held at Hospitalfield House in April and the Meadowbank Inn during September which raised nearly £2,900.

Mrs Cargill made light of the fact that there had originally only been one concert planned, but a “bitty stoor” from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano had delayed two of the performers, paving the way for another, even more successful concert.

The RNLI shop also had a successful year, with a net profit of just over £6,100. This year’s Sea Fest raised more than £1,850, while house to house, Tesco, and Flag Day and afternoon tea collections garnered close to £6,500.

The ladies were also in for a surprise when it was announced that their efforts had been formally recognised by Perth headquarters and were to be honoured with a certificate at the RNLI annual meeting next month.

Mrs Cargill told the meeting that they were not in the Guild for praise: “No, not for awards. We give our time for those who give of their time to help those in danger on sea or land.”

A letter was also read out from a recently rescued yachtsman, thanking the Arbroath crew calling them “all very professional and are a credit to the lifeboat service.”

Committee member Gillian Bain also announced that she had organised a fund-raising ‘four ball tee off’ on behalf of the Guild, to take place on Sunday June 12, at 12.15 p.m.

There are 12 tee times in all, with some slots still to be filled. The entry price of £160 for each four-person team includes a two-course meal. For further information contact Gillian on 01241 877438.

The meeting also heard that Mary Gerrard and Elizabeth Ferris are to receive their Gold Badges, while Rhona Goodfellow will receive the Silver at the Annual RNLI (Scotland) meeting in Perth on June 16.

Office members and committee members are as follows: president, Barbara Cargill; vice-president, Mo Morrison; secretary, Maureen Fulton; treasurer, Ann Watt; souvenir secretary Mary Gerrard; flag week secretary, Kath Hughes; box secretary, Monica Clark; subscriptions secretary, Lillian Fraser and pyramid box secretary, Jean Wallace.

Committee - Muriel Robb, Margaret McAndrew, Rhona Goodfellow, Sonia Nelson, Audrey McGregor, Darlene McLeod, Glynis Stewart, Alison Marnie, Barbra Chapel, Irene Farnell, Gillian Bain, Elaine Milne, Elizabeth Ferris.