November 2, 2010
Burnham Community Centre given cash boost after £16k shortfall
Community Centre has this week been handed a £5,000 boost
from the town council.
comes after Ken Hindle, Chairman of Burnham and Highbridge Community
Association which runs the centre, approached the council
for cash to continue its regeneration project at the property
in Berrow Road.
He revealed that the association has a shortfall of £16,000.
"The grant request was for £5,000 towards the shortfall
with the community centre raising funds to top up the grants recently
received from environmental firm Viridor," a council spokeswoman
"Members of the centre's management committee have given
personal guarantees up to £20,000 to cover any shortfall
so that the work can start as soon as possible, thus avoiding
any risk of further increases in the costs associated with the
increase in VAT next year or other unforseen costs due to delays."
was first to report
in May that the association had been awarded a £135,000
grant from Viridor's Landfill Communities Fund towards the cost
of the building's much-needed modernisation.
Hindle told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "delighted" at
the town council's decision, adding that the grant would be used
towards the overhaul of the centre, plus outside improvements.
centre is a valuable resource that's home to 60 groups attracting
more than 1,500 visitors every month. This building is the centre
of the community for many people here in Burnham," he added.
is one of the last surviving historical buildings in the town.
Part of Burnham's history would be lost if it ever were to go."
centre dates back to 1837 and is currently used by 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.