At any one time there can be as many as 50 active volunteers involved in BHA's work. It is a mark of the commitment of our members and their love of the Harbour and the importance placed by so many in preserving the Harbour’s unique character that so many are prepared to give up their valuable time.
To make our volunteers feel valued, to enable appropriate health and safety controls and training and to provide an identifiable management structure, our volunteering activities are broken down into four distinct categories each with its own committee and chairman.
Our key work is implementing, managing and maintaining buoyage and Harbour infrastructure which is undertaken by the Harbour Buoyage and Infrastructure Committee and chaired by Charlie Ward.
In addition Hannah Kelsey chairs the Membership and Fundraising Committee that continues to drive membership numbers, both individual and corporate, ensuring that BHA is truly representative of local residents, the local economy, traditional activities in the Harbour and its very many visitors. Her committee has great fun in arranging fundraising events and is responsible for promoting BHA through its literature, social media and website.
As a National Nature Reserve and area of Special Scientific Interest it is essential that the environment is given proper consideration. Here Neil Thompson and his team on the Environment Committee are continually dealing with the challenges of disposing of non-degradable fibreglass wrecks and abandoned boats and general rubbish (in partnership with the National Trust) while at the same time helping members dispose of out of date flares, providing advice on pumping out and much more.
Neil also manages a team of 10 Harbour wardens whose job it is to point out when standards of safety and boatmanship aren't quite what they should be!
Last but by certainly no means least, the Audit Committee chaired by Greg Cooper provides invaluable professional advice and guidance to the Board of Trustees and the various operational committees.
So whether your thing is bouncing in boats with shackles and spanners, pulling pints, knowing about VAT(!), having a good understanding of boatmanship, delivering leaflets and so much more – you will definitely fit in somewhere. It's a great club atmosphere and a lovely experience to be part of. Interested? Call Hannah Kelsey on 07881 80 88 94