photos: Burnham and Highbridge Civic Awards Service
residents from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards
for their service to the community during the town's annual Civic
Service on Sunday (August 8th).
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Michael Clarke, was joined
by The High Sheriff of Somerset, Mrs Pat Hunt, to hand out the
awards during the service held in St Andrew's Church. Over 200
invited dignitaries, community leaders and representatives from
local groups were in the congregation.
Buckler, Lyn Burland, Mike Murphy and Ron Parker received the
awards, having been nominated for their years of community work
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service was preceded by a procession of civic dignitaries through
Burnham town centre, pictured right, which included Sedgemoor
District Council Chairman Jane Morton plus Mayors and Mayoresses
from across Somerset.
hour-long service was led by the Mayor's Chaplain, Rev Graham
Witts, vicar of St Andrew's.
Michael Clarke thanked the four for their "huge commitment
and dedication to the community".
Pat Hunt told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "They are all
very worthy people who thoroughly deserve these awards. I was
delighted to hand them their certificates and medals."
the service, Curtain Call Performing Arts School student Sophie
Woods gave a faultless, powerful performance of Ave Maria which
prompted applause from the congregation.
reading was given by Cllr Neville Jones, followed by prayers from
Mayor's Cadet Lance Corporal Ben Rogers, Deputy Mayor Pauline
Pollard, BARB Chairman Mark Newman and Tony Deahl, Chairman of
The Friends of Burnham Hospital. The service ended with a collection
for the Mayor's charities of the year. This was followed by a
formal civic reception in The Princess.
award winners with the Mayor and Mayoress, High Sherrif and Mayor's
dignitaries were greeted by Reverend Witts as they left the service
councillors Arthur Thorogood and Cllr Ken Smout, followed by former
Mayor Derick Cooper and Mayoress Christine Cooper, leaving the
district councillor Neville Jones and wife Margo at Sunday's event
and other dignitaries from across Somerset paraded through Burnham
Police Inspector Roger Tolley with Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard
saluted the Mayor and High Sherrif as they left the church
Proud Nita Buckler displays her certificate after the service
Round Table's Nick Tolley and Tim Walters were among the groups
represented at the Civic Service