Civic awards handed out to four residents
who serve our community
leading figures from Burnham and Highbridge received civic awards
for their service to the community on Sunday June 26th.
awards were presented at the Annual Civic Service in St Andrew's
Church, attended by MP David Heatcoat-Amory and more than 200
community leaders and representatives from groups across the two
photo shows the recepients Dave Perrett, Mrs Alex Davies, Mrs
Di Monaghan and Christine Chapman (nee Deacon) who stood in for
Steve Fear, alongside Mayor Eric Gill, Mayoress Gillian Gill and
Kerry Rickards, the district council chief executive.
service was preceded by a procession of civic dignitaries from
Burnham's Princess Hall to the church and then followed by a Civic
Reception in the Manor Gardens.
the service, Reverend Graham Witts (vicar of St Andrew's) paid
tribute to the numerous people who are involved in community work,
not just in Burnham and Highbridge but around the world.
mentioned how the Internet has created a global community where
people can easily follow controversial issues not covered in the
mainstream media. Drawing on the atrocities being carried out
in Zimbabwe as an example, he stressed the importance of building
a responsible community around the world. He also mentioned the
importance of the upcoming G8 Conference, at which poverty will
be a key issue.
David Heathcoat-Amory and Cllr Jean Whitehouse both read readings
while Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society performed 'Brother
James Air' before leading the congregation in the hymn 'Old Hundreth'.
the civic awards were handed to the recepients by Mayor Eric Gill
and Kerry Rickards of Sedgemoor District Council, prayers were
led by Revd Stephen Hill and the national anthem closed the service.
A collection was made on behalf of the RNLI
2005 Burnham and Highbridge civic award recepients were:
Dave Perrett has been involved with the Britain in Bloom committee,
in one capacity or another, be it treasurer, secretary, or vice-Chairman,
for at least 15 years.
has worked tirelessly in co-ordinating hanging baskets in the
town centres of Burnham and Highbridge, as well as co-ordinating
floral competitions for local schools, private houses and businesses,
holiday parks, and co-ordinating entries into the South West in
Bloom competition. It can be truly said that without his continued
involvement, our towns would not look as lovely as they do in
has been said that civic awards should be presented to those who
have brought worthwhile prestige to the twin towns of Burnham
and Highbridge, and in this respect, Mr Perrett certainly deserves
Steve Fear has been nominated for his fundraising for meningitis
research in memory of his niece, Sophie Deacon, who died from
meningitis in 1993.
1994 Mr Fear has been part of a partnership with Steve Dayman
from North Bristol that has raised over £1 million pounds
for Spencer Davies Meningitis UK, an organisation which funds
research into this dreadful disease at laboratories in Bristol,
Oxford and St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
does this largely by undertaking sponsored walks the length and
breadth of Great Britain. This has benefited a great many families,
including local families, dealing with this life-threatening illness.
having a large family of her own, Mrs Alex Davies still finds
time to help local children in a number of ways.
many years she has been involved with swimming for disabled children.
She is also one of the founder members of the Friends of the Children's
Hospice group based in Highbridge, helping with various fundraising
local Infant School also benefits from her help with listening
to children read, and she also helps with fund raising for children's
activities at St Johns Church.
Davies organises and prepares refreshments for competitors and
visitors during the week long Highbridge Festival of Arts.
and by no means least, Mrs Davies helps children with craftwork
and cookery at the BAY Centre during the school holidays.
Di Monaghan was nominated for her tireless work for the community,
particularly for young people.
was the co-founder of the K.A.S. kids, a nursery school based
at the King Alfred School in Highbridge and campaigned to raise
funds for equipment and improvements in the provision for pre-school
children at the nursery.
recently Mrs Monaghan has been involved in the running of the
BAY Centre in Cassis Close. She has been responsible for overseeing
many improvements to the fabric of the building, and driving the
committee to obtain as many grants as possible to restore the
building to its present very useable condition.
much has been achieved by her committee that some 20 clubs, involving
some 300-400 people, use the BAY Centre every week.
award winners for 2006 announced
award service 2005