John belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
John grew up in tynemouth and has been a volunteer in the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade since the 1960s. He is an honorary Secretary, member of the Instant Response Team and committee member.
John was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 18 January 2006. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and lasted 16 minutes and 23 seconds.
Routine meetings at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
"We usually come down every Wednesday just for a bit chat"
We usually come down every Wednesday just for a bit chat, maybe a bit of training, see some new people. Every month there is a formal drill, which is on even months of the year on Wednesday, on odd months it’s on a Friday. And the following Monday after each of those drills, there’s a committee meeting. And the committee meets downstairs in the committee room where we’ll sort out various things that need to be sorted out. The captains tend to look after the men, and there is a house committee which I happen to be the chairman of as well, and then there is the main committee. The TVLB was formed into a company limited by guarantee so although we’re a committee we’re also the directors with the limited liability of a pound.
John has 9 memories in the memorynet:
- Routine meetings at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Changes at the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Attending call outs
- Sound of the breeches buoy rocket
- The sound of the Stanley Bell
- What does the sea mean to you?
- Plodging with his Dad
- The Brigade preparing to fire a breeches buoy rocket
- The Stanley Bell
This memory has these themes:
Sounds and Smells