August’s Committee meeting always combines a bit of a social jolly to celebrate the end of the Britain in Bloom judging and this time Bill, who also volunteers for the Exmouth RNLI, organised a tour of the Lifeboat Station. How fortunate we are to have this incredible self- righting boat and launch vehicle here in Exmouth, helping to keep us all safe in the water. Exmouth in Bloom’s flower-filled boats are named after Exmouth Lifeboats and we were able to hear about the history some of them….. the inshore rib, George Bearman and about how Will Carder lost his life when he fell overboard from the lifeboat Maria Noble on Christmas Day 1956. The lifeboat station itself is incredibly environmentally friendly too with a huge rainwater storage tank under the building for washing the boats down after a ‘shout’. There’s a heat pump for hot water and underfloor heating in the kit rooms to help them dry, and solar panels provide electricity.
We finished the tour with a delicious cream tea, organised by Sandie, in the T- hut at the Cricket Club.
What a brilliant afternoon!