groups win £73,000
lottery funding windfall
groups from across the Burnham-On-Sea area received a huge £73,000
lottery funding windfall last night (Tuesday) after taking part
in a unique 'Dragon's Den' style event in the town.
groups competed for grant cash from the Big Lottery Fund by presenting
their case to a capacity audience at Burnham's Princess Theatre.
The spectators and judges then cast their votes for their favourite
groups to win the money.
ten successful groups were Burnham and Highbridge Mens Sheds (£9,300),
Hillview Carnival Club (£4,581), In Charley's Memory (£10,000),
Hands Of Change (£10,000), Somerset Time For Youth (£10,000),
Apex Play Day (£2,550), Cheddar Community Partnership (£9,200),
Towards Tomorrow Together (£4,000), Bridgwater Parent Support
Group (£3,450), and Ups And Downs (£9,990).
Time For Youth received £10,000 towards a new minibus and
the group's Lisa Prout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are over
the moon at this news, which will make such a difference for our
group, helping us buy a minibus to transport special needs young
people across the Burnham-On-Sea area."
and Highbridge Men's Sheds will be using its £9,300 to expand
its service and the group's Mark Canfield said: "We are overjoyed
at getting this funding - it will mean we can expand and further
grow the group, and also push forward with our new 'Women's Sheds'
Burridge from In Charley's Memory, which received £10,000,
added: "We are really chuffed to have received £10,000
- this is such a huge boost for us and will make a difference in
providing mental health support and services in the Burnham area."
Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club was delighted with its £4,581
of funding, with Lyn Burland saying: "This is a huge boost
for us as a small carnival club. It's a hugely welcome boost that
will really help us this coming year!"
Of Change received £10,000 and leader Kay Barrett told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are thrilled to have received this funding, which will
allow us to launch a new 'Smiles For Miles' minibus service in Burnham-On-Sea
Apex Play Day's Rosie Pike added: "We are thrilled to have
received exactly what we asked for - £2,550 - which means
the whole of this summer's Play Day is now funded!"
Tim Temple from the Big
Lottery Fund explained that "Somerset has been under-funded
for several years with lottery grants and therefore this event has
been held. We are still looking for strong local applications. Events
like this help to raise the profile of the groups and also show
how lottery funding is acccessible to all."
He thanked Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District
Council and Bridgwater Town Council for their support.
judges for the evening were Cllr Mike Facey of Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell of Sedgemoor District Council,
Cllr Kathy Pearce of Bridgwater Town Council, and Tom McCulloch
from the Big Lottery Fund. The evening, organised by Spark, was
expertly MC'd by Ade Bowen.
local groups were not successful on the night - Burnham Pilot Gig
Rowing Club, Burnham In Bloom, Burnham Railway Heritage, Somerset
Activity and Sports Partnership, and Wembdon Parklands and Community
Together. However, Tom McCulloch of the Big Lottery Fund assured
them they would still be applicable for funding and would receive
audience was entertained by Brent Knoll Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist
Gracie Wickens-Sweet during the interval when the votes were counted.
Tomorrow Together gave an emotional presentation about its work
in helping parents in Somerset with the loss of new-born babies.
Time For Youth's humorous presentation included a minibus setup
on the stage of The Princess.
Activity and Sports Partnership demonstrated some of their local
activities that they would like to offer in the Burnham area.
Of Change explained in its presentation why a 'smiles for miles'
minibus is needed in Burnham and Highbridge.
Burridge and Dawn Carey from In Charley's Memory explained the charity's
work in mental health support.
Carnival Club, with props from its 2017 cart, explained how it helps
packed audience cast votes on the best presentations to help the
groups win the lottery funding.
people helped the Apex Park Playday pitch.
Popham outlined Burnham Railway Heritage Group's project to add
an old signal box to Old Station Approach.
In Bloom's Dave Perrett arrived in a wheelbarrow to give his group's
Gig Rowing Club came completed with an oar for their presentation.