February 24, 2009
launched to secure future of Burnham Community Centre
at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre have this week launched a campaign
to raise thousands of pounds to pay for urgently needed repairs
at the 150-year-old property.
campaign, backed by Burnham-On-Sea.com, aims to generate enough
cash to modernise the popular building in Berrow Road amid fears
that its future could be in jeopardy due to financial cutbacks
at Sedgemoor District Council.
Hindle, Chairman of Burnham and Highbridge Community Association,
which oversees the building, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
building is in need of repairs costing totalling approximately
£300,000 but our landlord, Sedgemoor District Council, is
not in a position to help us financially so we are dependent on
our own resources and local support."
the short term, we urgently need £50,000 to pay for roof
repairs, new floor timbers, the plastering of walls, new ceilings,
a modern disabled toilet and essential decoration."
centre is a valuable resource that's home to 50 groups which attract
more than 1,000 visitors every month. If the centre were to disappear,
it would never be replaced."
is one of the last surviving historical buildings in the town.
Part of Burnham's history would be lost if it were to go."
open day is to be held at the centre on Saturday March 28th, from
11am-4pm, when visitors will be able to show their support and
sign up to a new 'friends' group.
Hindle added: "Our secretary, Mary Miles, is launching the
'friends' group to attract a new band of supporters to the centre."
aims of the group will be to oversee fundraising activities, to
undertake minor works inside, and to promote the centre across
resident Alan Lovell is also helping the centre with its campaign
and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The centre is under threat,
and no-one wants it to die. With strong support, though, it can
be here for many years to come."
centre dates back to 1837 and is currently used by more than 50
groups whose subject matter is as diverse as arts, crafts, exercise
and faith groups. It is also home to Burnham Model Railway Club
and Burnham War Games Society. The hall was taken over by the
Community Association in 1971 and has 60 years left on its full
repair lease. To help, contact Mr Hindle on 01278 787831.
photos show the centre in Berrow Road and, beneath, Ken Hindle
and Alan Lovell holding a poster promoting the open day on March