GEORGE RAWLINSON was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Wargrave branch of the Royal
GEORGE RAWLINSON was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Wargrave branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Mr Rawlinson, who is director of operations at the charity, grew up in the village and lived in Victoria Road until moving away in 1990.
He regularly returns to attend the annual Wargrave and Shiplake regatta.Â
Dozens of branch members attended the meeting at the Old Pavilion, off Recreation Road, onÂ Friday. There was a reception with drinks and food served by caterer Sheila Thorne, whose husband Nick is a committee member.
Mr Rawlinson talkedÂ about the charity’s work and a new campaign to prevent deaths by drowning.
Branch secretary Wendy Porter said: “George is a very good speaker, very relaxed and easy to listen to. He emphasised the new campaign and also showed us some slides of the RNLI helping with refugees in Lesbos. He was given a very good reception.”
Long-serving committee member John Fryer announced at the meeting that he would be stepping down.
Mrs Porter said: “John is going to be a great loss. He was always very good at our collections and car boot sales.”