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Bournville Yacht and Powerboat Club Viennese Day

The sales team visited the annual Bournville Yacht and Powerboat Club event at Valley Parkway, Bournville Lane where the boats are illuminated for sailing during the evening. A very busy event with lots of people there all afternoon. A good amount of sales on behalf of the RNLI also £321.58 and £52.29 donations. Thanks to the committee for their continued support by inviting the branch along. We have had a great working relationship with them for many years now.

If you would like to know when events are held have a look at their website at

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Gold Award and Bar – Chris beats the odds

On 21 May 2015 Christopher Clifford attended the National Awards Presentation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at the Barbican Centre to receive a bar to his gold award for service to the institution from HRH the Duke Of Kent. Few of these awards are issued each year and this one was more poignant as earlier in the year he suffered an illness which for a time appeared likely to be fatal.
As he recovered from his illness Chris> was determined that despite restricted mobility he would walk across the stage to receive the award which was a key focus of his recovery. Accompanied by his daughter Helen he did exactly that to the delight of the friends and family who had accompanied him.
Chris has been a stalwart of the charity for many many years in his role as a souvenir secretary for the Erdington Fundraising Branch, supported by wife Jacky, and his children David, Helen and Tracey. Even granddaughter Emily has been known to do some education work for the Branch at 13 years old.
Chris was heavily involved in the fundraising campaign iin the mid 1990’s which lead to the building of the Lifeboat “Forward Birmingham” which for many years was the Exmouth Station Boat.

Chris receives his award from HRH the Duke of Kent

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First Collection for 2015

The  branch had a slow but good day at Dunelm Mill  on Saturday and we raised £170-32 it was our first  collection of the year. Dunelm are very good to us regarding collections at the store as Jacky works there.

The Branch are looking forward to more collections when they are passed through.

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Les Bridgewater

Last Friday the Branch lost a great friend and fellow fundraiser when Les Bridgewater passed away after fighting illness for a great many years.

Les will be remembered as a great ambassador for the RNLI. He helped with a number of Branches over the years and was also a presenter. He also contributed articles to local magazines and became, effectively, the Branch historian.

Over the time that I knew Les he provided me with a wealth of historical information that I was able to use in my own presentations. In that respect Les will always be with us whenever I stand up in front of a crowd to present on the RNLI.

Rest in Peace Les

Recent activity

A recent 3 day collection at ASDA Minworth brought in donations of £1602.89

Also we have a photo from the “night shift” at the Bournville Model yacht club “Vienese Night”

the sales group

The “Night shift” at the Bournville Model yacht club “Viennese Night”

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Birmingham Remembrance Parade 9/11/14

Today dawned bright and clear after all the recent storms. I was privileged to be part of the small RNLI contingent at this years Remembrance Parade. Also present were contingents from all parts of the Military, Cadet Corps, Veterans, Emergency and voluntary services – far too many to list individually. Rodger Withers was in charge of the RNLI standard.

Around the edge of the arena was a huge presence from people who had come to watch. It was by far the largest turn out that I have witnessed. There were even people high up on the terrace of the new library.

The atmosphere was electric, I would defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat as the standards marched into the arena followed by all the participants, loudly applauded by the croud until everyone was inside. We had the pleasure of the company of the Veterans of the Parachute Regiment.

Following the playing of the last post and a two minute silence came the laying of the wreaths by numerous Military and service groups, full time and voluntary emergency services and support orgnisations. A wreath was laid  by Marcus Westwood on behalf of the Birmingham and Erdington Branches.

The parade was concluded with a march past by all those assembled. Once again there was the continuous round of applause by the crowd for all the representatives involved. The RNLI standard could be seen billowing out at the front of the parade.

Thanks have to go the the Army escort team who looked after everyone and escorted each of the wreath laying parties, and of course, the organisers.

Finally thanks have to go to all of the adults and children who came along to support the parade.

Proud to be a Brummie? – Too right

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Forthcoming events

Collections to come are October the 3/4 /5 at Tesco Spring Hill this was deferred from the national collections. We then have Asda  Minworth October 10/11, then October 23, we are at Sainsbury Northfield.
November is the  Rememberance  Parade in the City Centre on Sunday the 9th. I have been told that it is going to be a big one, need to wait and see.

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Recent activities

The branch had a busy two days Friday 26 September they held a collection at  Asda Minworth raising over £400.
Saturday 27th was an event at Bournville model boat club raising another £200

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Award Presentation

Last weekend saw a contingent of volunteers from the Branch attend Exmouth lifeboat station.

The occasion was the presentation of Rodger Withers silver badge. The group were given a tour of Exmouth’s new state of the art Shannon class lifeboat 13-03 R&J Welburn and its Supacat launch and recovery system. The systems on the boat give the crew a level of safety and advanced earch and rescue capability never before seen on an RNLI lifeboat.

Following the tour the group and volunteers from Exmouth sat down to a well received fish and chip lunch.
Well done to Rodger on achieving his silver badge

Erdington Branch meet Exmouth RNLI

Erdington Branch visit the volunteers at Exmouth RNLI for Rodger Withers Silver badge presentation

Rodger Wihers silver badge presentation

Rodger Withers receives his silver badge in a presentation at Exmouth lifeboat station

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Catch up

Last weekend the Branch were at the Marston Green Flower and Vegetable show. A wonderful surprise was two cheque donations to the value of £290.


Next weekend 31 August a contingent from the branch will be at Exmouth  for Rodger Withers  Silver badge award.


If you are free this weekend go to the Exmouth lifeboat open day 10am to 4pm both days. The Shannon will be leaving at 3.30 to do a demo at the Dawlish Air Show

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