events group warns of cutbacks without extra funding
community group which holds a series of free outdoor music events
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge each year has warned that its
programme could be cut back without extra funding.
Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society (CADS)
organises a series of popular summer concerts each year in Burnham's
Manor Gardens, including Picnic In the Park and Jazz In The Park.
Mike Murphy, the Chairman of CADS, right, has told a Town Council
meeting that more funding is needed to avoid the number of events
the past 15 years we have brought a lot of culture to the town,"
he said. "Our events have progressively got bigger with exhibitions,
family attractions and bars."
year, we've faced extra problems because of the wet conditions
- our Jubilee Jazz event made a loss because of the weather and
others have also been affected."
are also under pressure because performers are asking to be paid
more, first aiders are now required at events and additional toilet
facilities are also often needed. We also to replace gazebos and
other capital equipment over time."
warned: "It simply is not possible for us to run our usual
programme of four events each year with £1,500 of council
love running the events, but are faced with having to cut them
back. It really is up to the Town Council to decide how we proceed."
Ken Smout told the meeting he supports an increase in grant funding.
"These events do a bring a lot to the town and are always
excellent shows that are appreciated by residents and visitors
alike," he said. "I am very supportive and would agree
we should reappraise the amount."
Phil Harvey added: "These are excellent events and I'd agree
we should re-visit the amount we give."
Peter Burridge-Clayton proposed that the CADS grant be raised
to £2,500 for 2013-14 and be revisited in a year's time
- a recommendation that was unanimously backed. It will be considered
at the next full Town Council meeting.