March 17, 2011
centre team prepare for April 14th opening
of the volunteers who will be running Burnham-On-Sea's tourist
information centre from mid-April have visited a thriving centre
in another part of Somerset this week to pick up advice on how
it is run.
of the 27 members from BIARS (Burnham Information
And Rescue Support) were
invited to meet the staff at Shepton Mallet Tourist Information
Centre, as pictured above.
Chairman Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a
very useful visit - the team got valuable advice on the best merchandise
to sell, the kind of information to give, and how Burnham's own
Tourist Information Centre could grow in the future."
centre will close its doors for the final time under its current
control of Sedgemoor District Council next Thursday (March 24th)
before BIARS takes over.
The grand opening of the new-look Burnham TIC has been scheduled
for Thursday April 14th.
Arrangements for the opening were discussed at a meeting of the
BIARS volunteers this week.
Treasurer Tom Ashton said that over £5,500 has been raised
so far from local tourist attractions to form the new BIARS charity.
"That's a good start, but more funding will be needed in
the months to come to keep the TIC running," he warned.
BIARS is also seeking more volunteers to join its ranks and anyone
who can spare an hour or more on a regular basis to help in the
TIC is invited to get in contact via the BIARS web page on Burnham-On-Sea.com
new BIARS logo and other branding has been finalised this week,
having been donated by Burnham-based digital artist Tim Duke.
Two local charities, BARB and the Coastguard Association, will
be selling merchandise at the centre while also providing sea
The centre was plunged into jeopardy in 2009
when cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council announced
it could no longer afford to run it, but BIARS stepped in to save
it and now hopes to turn the centre's fortunes around.
Pictured are, top, BIARS volunteers during the visit to Shepton
Mallett TIC and, above the BIARS logo and Burnham's seafront centre