23, 2017 Burnham
and Highbridge Civic Awards presented to four residents
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic
Awards on Sunday (October 22nd) in recognition of their service
to our local community.
Burge, John Strickland, and Colin and Eileen Rufus, were honoured
during the annual Civic Service held at St John's Church in Highbridge,
which was attended by hundreds of local residents and dignitaries.
award winners, chosen by the Town Council, were drawn up from a
list of nominees submitted by local residents earlier this year.
service was preceded by a short procession of civic dignitaries
along Burnham Road to Church Street, past the war memorial to St
John's Church, pictured above.
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock, led Sunday's
ceremony alongside the Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, Brigadier
Tom Lang. He praised the winners for their "huge commitment
a welcome from Rev Sharon Crossman, the Mayor's Chaplain, there
was a prayer led by Rebecca Fear, the Mayor's cadet.
a bible reading from the Mayor's daughter, Debbie Hancock, there
followed a thought-provoking address from the Right Rev Peter Hancock,
Bishop of Bath and Wells, pictured above arriving at the Highbridge
of songs were performed by Siobhan Johnson's singers - Emily Thomas
gave a powerful rendition of 'Feeling Good', Fiona Williams gave
a confident, spirited performance of 'Almost There' and Brent Knoll
School's Choir sang a stirring version of 'This Little Light Of
four winners then received their Civic Awards. In a change to previous
years, those who had nominated the winners explained why they'd
Anderson explained why former Mayoress Pat Burge is deserving of
her award, pointing to her long involvement with Highbridge Community
Hall, St John's Church, Moose, Sea Cadets and as a former councillor
of 16 years.
Tolley talked about why he'd chosen Colin and Eileen Rufus, drawing
attending to their long-term dedication and loyalty to Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club plus fundraising, marshalling and involvement with local
Cub and Scout Groups and school supervisory work.
Turco explained why he'd nominated John Strickland, discussing his
role as a mainstay of North Sedgemoor History Group, the Capture
Burnham history project, and the town's history trail.
Mayor asked for a "special moment of thought" for a fifth
person, the late Brian Saunders, who had been nominated for his
outstanding involvement in the community at The Princess Theatre
and other community groups, but sadly passed away recently.
the awards presentations, young up-and-coming Burnham-On-Sea band
Drop The Mic performed a lively, upbeat performance of 'Summer Of
'69' and 'Twist and Shout', pictured below.
members of Somerset Time For Youth, the Mayor's chosen charity for
the year, explained their group's work. Lisa Prout talked about
the group's aims and fundraising plans for the coming year, and
thanked the Mayor for his support. 10% of the service's collection
also went to St John's Church's window appeal.
prayers and hymns, the service ended with the singing of the National
Anthem and a civic tea at the Oaktree Arena.
were made by the Mayor to those who had helped make the event a
success, including Brigadier Tom Lang and his wife, plus Rev Sharon Crossman
- the Mayor's Chaplain, Rebecca Fear - the Mayor's Cadet, Tatiana
Cant - Town Clerk, and the council's Lorna Brewer and Lorna Williams,
plus Debbie Hancock.
Mayor told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "It was a superb
afternoon for four deserving members of our community. I was also
keen for the service to highlight the young talents we have in our
area and the work of our local young people and groups."
and Highbridge's MP James Heappey was among those in attendance
at Sunday's event in the town.
four winners with the Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, Brigadier Tom
Lang and his wife, plus Mayor Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances
Mayor and Mayoress with Somerset Time For Youth's Lisa Prout, Jenny
Edwards and Maxine Brookes - the group is the Mayor's charity of
Mayor with Rev Sharon Crossman - the Mayor's Chaplain, and Rebecca
Fear - the Mayor's Cadet.
Knoll School Choir singing during Sunday's Civic Service in Highbridge.
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