Burnham-On-Sea skating rink to return for Christmas 2017'
community group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) says the town's
skating rink is now self-funding and will return again this coming
Burridge-Clayton, who is a town councillor and a member of BEST
(Burnham Events Social Team), gave an update on the group's plans
at a Town Council meeting on Monday. It comes after the council
said: "I am speaking on behalf of Burnham Events Social Team,
and I would like to give an update on the success of this years
skating rink. Whilst we are under no obligation to do this, this
year we felt we would like to inform members of the progress made."
would like to thank everybody for the fantastic support we have
been given in our second year. We had an excellent response again,
with day by day figures being comparable with last year, and some
days even better. We are delighted to say we have raised enough
funds to be able to run the rink again for Christmas 2017."
will be having a meeting with officers of Sedgemoor District Council
in the near future about a few more ideas to improve this already
excellent facility for our towns. We are hoping to make it bigger
and better for years to come."
feel we have honoured our commitment to this council and we have
achieved everything we promised to do. We have made the rink sustainable
and self-funding. We would now like to do as Cllr Bill Hancock said
last year, and that is be allowed to continue like any other group
in this town and be left to do what we do best, and that is run
the rink and events as an independent voluntary group. We would
appreciate that being minuted this year."
may know that we were able to purchase a rink in the autumn of last
year, and we have since purchased an extra 200 pairs of ice skates.
We also purchased all the electrical works that we need such as
the cables, sockets, emergency exit lights and safety cut outs etc.
We also purchased a large number of synthetic tiles which will enable
us to almost double the rink size if we so wish to."
is only at the idea stage at the moment but our committee are looking
at the possibility of two marquees, or one twice as long, and having
them open sided, to create more of an atmosphere. We are hoping
to have stalls around the outside of the rink, and hopefully get
a reliable childrens fun fair to provide a number of rides
for at least the opening day or maybe longer. Just thoughts at this
stage, as all this needs to go through our committee and SDC."
would like to put on record our thanks to thank all those that volunteered
their time to make this happen. Some days it was extremely cold,
but they carried on regardless and they deserve a big thank you.
We were able to staff the rink this year entirely with volunteers
as our group is growing, and in fact we gained three extra members
in the first week the rink was open."
feedback we were getting from the users of the rink was excellent,
and it was a very enjoyable experience watching so many have so
much fun. We are looking at exciting times ahead in future years."
now have our own multi-event insurance this year, and we had a specific
separate insurance for the skating rink. We have a number of new
events planned for this year, and we would welcome any more volunteers
who wish to get involved."
have already held a successful quiz night in the Ritz Social Club,
we are also having an evening of clairvoyance with Gary Pullin at
the Ritz Social Club on Saturday 18th February at 7.30pm - tickets
are £5 from the Ritz or Toycupboaard in Pier Street."
are also planning an 80s night, Somerset Day, St Georges Day,
an Armistice event, the August bank holiday Monday fete, and our
war time Blitz in the Ritz event again which was a sell-out within
a few weeks of the tickets going on sale last year."
further details about BEST, contact Kathy Jones on 07743355436,
Peter Burridge-Clayton on 07850240677 or Nora Hayes (Secretary)
secured £16,000 of grant funding from Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council for the rink in the autumn of 2015 to enable the skating
rink to go ahead, as we reported here.