FoSB held its AGM at The Sussex Yacht Club on the 23rd February and those in attendance were engrossed by Stephen Marsh’s illustrated talk on the work of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. He shared with us the work BDMIR http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/ had been doing with stranded whales and Dolphins and showed dramatic footage of a rescue undertaken to remove a whale from entanglement in a fishing net.
This AGM was the last to be chaired by Joy Daintree who formally stepped down as Chair. She was instrumental in the setting up of FoSB in 2006 and has been its guiding light and strongest supporter since then. Without Joy there would be no LNR, no new notice boards and no boardwalk, . Her links with the Port, the local Authority and all the nature related Societies have been invaluable and her energy and enthusiasm for both the LNR and the education of others about its habitat will be sadly missed ( although I expect she will hold a watching brief on our future activities!) We would like to thank her for all the hard work in all areas and wish her the best for the future.
Jacky Woolcock was elected as the new Chair and FoSB has been delighted to welcome Trudy McGuigan who has been elected as the new Secretary, John Young remains as Treasurer. The remaining committee members all stood for reelection and were accepted by those present. Lois Mayhew is also joining the committee to improve and update our recording and monitoring facilities and to liaise with the BioSphere initiatives and Lesley Scarff is going to bring some much needed help with the website and allied social media to more fully develop these vital links with the members and friends.
The Chair’s report spoke of the busy year FoSB had just completed and looked forward to a equally busy one for the future. Watch out for a future post outlining the expected upcoming year’s events