and Highbridge Civic Awards presented to four residents
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic
Awards and honoured for their service to the local community on
Sunday (September 16th).
crier Alastair Murray, Burnham In Bloom's Jo Brown, former Mayor
Dennis Davey, and RNLI operations manager Matt Davies were presented
with their awards during the annual Civic Service at St John's Church
in Highbridge, which was attended by over 150 local residents and
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 High Sheriff of Somerset, Denis Burn. He
praised the winners for their "huge commitment and dedication".
a welcome from Rev Sharon Crossman, the Mayor's Chaplain, there
was a prayer led by Evie Milburn, the Mayor's cadet.
a bible reading from the Mayor Cllr Hancock, there followed a thought-provoking
address from Rev Crossman with the theme of respecting our earth
four winners then received their Civic Awards from the Mayor and
Mayoress and High Sheriff after testimonials were read for each.
the presentations, local Burnham-On-Sea group Anchors Aweigh, sang
sea chanties and The Town Clerk Tatiana Cant then gave an introduction
to the council's theme for the coming year, 'clean and safe beaches'.
from the Mayor's two chosen charities, Phil Counsell and Mark Newman,
introduced the RNLI and BARB.
prayers and hymns, a collection took place for the Mayor's charities
and the service ended with the singing of the National Anthem followed
by a civic tea at the Oaktree Arena.
winners of the awards, chosen by the Town Council, were drawn up
from a list of nominees submitted by members of the public earlier
has held the role of Town Crier since 2013 and is often heard ringing
his bell to inform residents and visitors about community events.
He supports the Mayor by attending many official functions and visits
and helps to 'meet and greet' coach visitors in the town. He is
also a founding member of the Panto Society and a regular performer.
is currently the Operations Manager at Burnham RNLI Lifeboat Station
where he has put in many hours of volunteer time. He is one of the
first people suffering from diabetes to be accepted by the RNLI
as operational boat crew and has been instrumental in lifesaving
joined the Rotary Club in 1995 and became its President. He's an
active member of the Fritzlar Twinning Society Committee and is
Vice Chairman. He served for 16 years as a town councillor, was
chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and is a former Mayor.
was nominated for her long involvement with Burnham In Bloom, helping
to brighten our streets with fantastic floral displays. Jo has been
the group's children's co-ordinator for 13 years and encourages
schools to take part. Jo is also well known as the friendly face
at Burnham and Highbridge's post offices.
and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr, Bill Hancock, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was a wonderful afternoon for four deserving members of
our community - four people who have been an important part of community
life in both the towns for many years."
were made by the Mayor to those who had helped make the event a
success, including High Sheriff of Somerset, Denis Burn and his
wife, Hillary plus Rev Sharon Crossman - the Mayor's Chaplain, Tatiana
Cant - Town Clerk, and the council's Lorna Brewer, Lorna Williams
and Sally Jones, plus Debbie Hancock for the civic function and
Rhiannon Parsons, who created a large landscape beach art scene
for the event.
plastic art installation showed a fish made up of plastic bottles
collected by parishioners during August
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock, and Mayoress
Francess Hancock, with High Sheriff of Somerset, Denis Burn and
his wife Hillary
Hancock at the civic function with Rhiannon Parsons, who created
a stunning landscape beach art scene for the event
Clerk Tatiana Cant and the town councikl team were thanked by the
Mayor and Mayoress