and Highbridge Civic Award winners unveiled
Mike Murphy is among four community-spirited residents in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge who have this week been named as winners of Civic
Buckler and Ron Parker have been named by the Town Council
as recepients of the annual awards. The awards will be formally
handed to each of the four during Burnham and Highbridge's annual
Civic Service this coming Sunday (August 8th), to be held in St
Andrew's Church, and followed by a reception in the Princess.
Burnham-On-Sea.com takes a look at each of the four's work below.
Murphy served as a member of the Town Council from 1995-1999,
becoming Mayor in 1998. During his term of office, he established
the Youth Town Council and was involved with the first national
youth town council conference in Brean.
Some fourteen years ago, Mike founded the Cultural Arts Development
Society (CADS) which organises the successful free concerts held
in Manor Gardens (and from time to time in Highbridge), such as
Jazz in the Park, Picnic in the Park and Folk in the Park to name
but a few. He is also a member of the Folk Fest committee, which
organises the popular Folk Fest each year.
For nine years Mike was a member of the Regeneration Partnership
for the joint parish, two years as its Chairman, and helped to
create and deliver lighting in the Manor Gardens, the gardens
at Alpha House in Highbridge, the information panels on the Esplanade,
the Burnham to Highbridge cycle path, and You-are-Here panels,
some of the successes delivered by the partnership.
For many years he has been the Chairman of the Highbridge Chamber
of Trade, and oversees the Christmas lighting in that town, and
he is a past member of both the Lions and the local Rotary Club.
Mike also runs his own business in Highbridge so it is all the
more noteworthy that he still finds the time to be involved in
working for the community in this way.
over 25 years Lyn has been instrumental in the success of Burnham-on-Seas
last remaining local carnival club, the Hillview Junior Carnival
Currently the Clubs treasurer, every year Lyn organises
and participates in all of the activities needed to raise around
£15,000 needed for the club to take part in the November
carnivals. From running the clubs fundraising stalls at
various fetes and donkey derbys, she also undertakes, along with
other club members, stewarding duties at many local pop festivals.
Every year, she also makes over 25 fantastic costumes for local
children to wear in the carnival.
Lyn is reliable, responsible and highly respected by all club
members, and without her hard work, the club would not function.
She is also highly respected amongst Carnivalites
For her, Carnival represents hard work all year round, not just
two weeks in November, and she has been nominated to receive this
award in recognition of her outstanding contribution, not just
to the local carnival club, but to carnival itself.
Buckler has been involved with the Scouting movement since 1987,
firstly as a helper for the Burnham on Sea Scout groups
band, which involved many dedicated hours of support, especially
in transporting members across the country for competitions.
For over thirteen years she acted as a Beaver Helper and Leader,
organising activities for up to thirty young people at a time.
She has selflessly spent many hundreds of hours in community fundraising
to boost funds, aiding the completion of the building and furnishing
of the new scout headquarters at the BASC ground. Known throughout
the Burnham on Sea scouting group for her passion for the welfare
of members, for keeping the group fed and watered when out on
activities, she took active retirement from duty in 2009 but is
still a member of the support group, and provides a much appreciated
uniform and badge service from her own home.
She has been a member of the Burnham District Pantomime society
for over 30 years, and the childrens branch of the society,
being a committee member and Hon Treasurer for most of that time,
a Governor for Burnham Infants School, and an active fundraiser
for the Liver Foundation, having lost her only daughter to a liver
condition many years ago. Nita has been important to the local
community in helping its young people to develop into successful
adults and is recognised as a generous, warm kind soul. Nita
is pictured above with Mary Matthews during a recent presentation
to mark their retirement as Beaver Scout leaders.
over 40 years Mr Ron Parker has been the honorary treasurer of
the well-established Highbridge Angling Association and the North
Somerset Association of Anglers, devoting much of his spare time
to this important leisure facility, which is so enjoyed by people
of all ages.
Not only does Ron prepare the Associations accounts, he
also deals with all the necessary licenses. He has also worked
hard to improve fishing sites for able-bodied and disabled fishermen
Only last year Ron was instrumental in obtaining a grant to improve
both the Apex Park and Walrow Ponds, facilities that attract anglers
from many parts of the South West. He was present at the official
opening, as pictured above.