August 14, 2011
Civic Service shines spotlight on town's 'unsung heroes'
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with
awards to recognise their work for the community during the town's
annual Civic Service on Sunday (August 14th).
Cook, Frankie Gratton, Mike Ross, Rosemarie Parsons and three
members of the Pusil family - Pat, David and Sarah - received
awards, having been nominated for their years of community work
with numerous groups - read
full details here.
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Michael Clarke, was joined
by The High Sheriff of Somerset, John Cullum, in presenting the
awards at the ceremony at St Andrew's Church.
service was preceded by a procession through the town (pictured
above) and was followed by a Civic Reception at the Princess Theatre
and Arts Centre.
The church was filled with a congregation of 200 dignitaries,
community leaders and representatives from local groups.
Clarke thanked the seven residents for their "huge commitment
and dedication to the community over many years."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "After terrible scenes of rioting
in some parts of the country during recent days, it is wonderful
to see strong communities like this. Burnham and Highbridge are
very fortunate to have such a super community spirit."
the service, Nina Wylde, a gold medallist at the 2011 Highbridge
Festival of the Arts, gave a powerful performance of Mozart's
Alleluja, which prompted loud applause.
were given by Cllr Neville Jones - who also recapped the past
25 years of Civic Awards in Burnham - followed by prayers from
various community representatives.
included Mayor's Cadet Petty Officer Corey Hayes, Cllr Dennis
Davey, BARB's Brian Nicholls, Denise Berry from the Highbridge
Festival of the Arts, and both Charlotte Tolley from Burnham Dreamscheme
and Abbi Fear from Highbridge Dreamscheme.
Clarke said he was delighted with how the event had gone.
was a superb afternoon. I was proud to be Mayor for this 25th
service and to have handed out the 100th award. All seven of the
recipients richly deserve their awards."
The Civic Awards winners with the Mayor, Mayoress and High
The ceremonial procession through Burnham town centre before
The procession wended it way from The Princess Theatre to St
Burnham's MP Tessa Munt was among the 200-strong congregation
St Andrew's was filled with over 200 civic representatives from
Town Clerk Eileen Shaw was thanked by the Mayor for organising
Bristol String Quartet provided music during the Civic Reception
in The Princess
Tolley from Burnham Dreamscheme and Abbi Fear from Highbridge
Dreamscheme read prayers during the service
Colourful displays of flowers at the Civic Reception were prepared
by Highbridge U3A's Jean Williams, assisted by Kay Lloyd