February 14, 2011
20 volunteers offer their support to keep tourist centre open
More than 20 volunteers have signed up to help run Burnham-On-Sea's
tourist information centre
it comes under the management of a new
charitable group this Spring.
BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support)
a successful public meeting this week where the volunteers came
forward to offer their help in running the seafront centre from
this April when it is handed over by Sedgemoor District Council.
Neville Jones, Chairman of BIARS, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's
very uplifting that such a good number of people have come forward
to offer us their time in running the centre - it shows the amount
of support and enthusiasm there is in keeping the facilities running."
the meeting, it was also confirmed that more local businesses
have pledged their financial support to BIARS, with almost the
whole of the £5,000 needed for it to gain official charity
status being raised.
Tom Ashton, Treasurer of BIARS, warned that the momentum needs
to continue. "We will need more volunteers and continued
financial backing to keep the centre running, so this is just
the beginning of our work. We would urge anyone who can help us
to get in touch."
The seafront centre was plunged into jeopardy in 2009
when the cash-strapped district council announced
it could no longer afford to run it, but BIARS stepped forward
to save it and now plans to turn the centre's fortunes
Two local charities, BARB and the Coastguard Association, will
be selling merchandise at the centre in addition to providing
sea safety advice.
Pictured are, top, BIARS volunteers who will be helping to
run Burnham's tourist information centre from April