July 12, 2011
for £10,000 Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration unveiled
primary school child in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could receive
a free commemorative mug to mark next year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee,
it was revealed this week.
Town Council confirmed on Tuesday (July 12th) that it has set
aside £10,000 to help fund the celebrations in June 2012.
free mugs were one of a number of proposals considered during
a special meeting at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre on Tuesday
night where a new Jubilee Working Group was formed to oversee
the four days of events.
only eleven months to go and that doesn't give us a lot of time
to plan and organise the large number of events that are being
planned in Burnham and Highbridge. We want our towns' celebrations
to be the best in Somerset," said Cllr Neville Jones.
The new Jubilee Working Group, to be headed by Mike Murphy from
Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society,
has been set up to co-ordinate a wide range of public events and
avoid event clashes.
It will also take forward some of the suggestions made at Tuesday's
meeting - listed in the box on the right.
They include the long-awaited unveiling of Highbridge's new town
clock, the restoration of the water fountain in Burnham's Seaview
Road and several entertainment events, including a beach concert.
A family fireworks spectacular was also put forward, but this
has been struck off the list due to the late start time that would
be needed due to the late arrival of darkness in June.
Mr Murphy was appointed Chairman of the working group, while
Roy Adams from the BIARS Tourist Information Centre, the BAY Centre's
Julia Elswood, Martin Lloyd from the Victoria Hotel and Burnham-On-Sea.com's
Mark Newman were also appointed alongside representatives
from other key groups.
the organisations represented at Tuesday's meeting were Burnham
In Bloom, the Royal British Legion, Moose Lodge, Burnham Chamber
of Trade, Highbridge Chamber of Trade, Rotary Club, Burnham Coastguard,
BARB, Apex Park Improvements Group, Burnham Churches Together
Jubilee Working Group's next meeting will be held on August 18th
at 7.30pm in the BAY Centre in Cassis Close when further volunteers
will be welcomed.
The new working group will work alongside the Town Council's
Jubilee Projects Committee, headed by Cllr Jones. Many of the
will be taken forward by the council while the community working
will co-ordinate events. It is expected that two members of the
will also be co-opted onto the Town Council's committee.
Some of those who attended Tuesday's meeting of the newly-formed
Burnham and Highbridge Jubilee Working Group and, above, Chairman
Mike Murphy with Cllr Neville Jones holding the official logo