RNLI lunch at Barnsdale Lodge helps raise £1,000

RNLI lunch. Cllr Alf Dewis (Mayor of Oakham) with Cllr Susan Sandall (mayor of Stamford) and Cllr Jean Douglas (Mayor of Melton Mowbray)'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151210-140505001

RNLI lunch. Cllr Alf Dewis (Mayor of Oakham) with Cllr Susan Sandall (mayor of Stamford) and Cllr Jean Douglas (Mayor of Melton Mowbray)'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151210-140505001

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The Rutland branch of the RNLI held its annual lunch on Wednesday last week with more than 100 members turning out.

President of the branch Ed Burrows welcome everyone to the lunch, which was held at Barnsdale Lodge. He introduced the new chairman of the branch Bill Roberts, who lives in Hoby near Melton and is a semi-retired chartered accountant.

Mayors from Oakham, Stamford and Melton attended the lunch alongside 100 branch members and friends, helping to raise more than £1,000 for the charity, including £375 generated from a raffle thanks to many local businesses donating prizes.

During the lunch they enjoyed a sumptuous lunch then heard how the Rutland Wildlife Trust was working hard to keep the Osprey Project high in people’s minds. The birds’ population and well-being at Rutland Water is carefully monitored and numbers are increasing annually thanks to the intensive work of the Trust.

Kayleigh Brookes, a trust member, explained how eggs and chicks are carefully checked and ringed so that the birds are recognisable across the globe. The birds’ migration to and from West Africa is noted and schoolchildren in Senegal and the Gambia are taught about the birds.

Kayleigh encouraged everyone to visit the new hide at Manton and answered many questions.

Mr Burrows thanked Kayleigh for her talk. He then presented member John Hawkins with a certificate from the RNLI in gratitude for the amazing amount of money John had raised for the charity in many ways over the last five years.