Awards winners in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge announced
names of four
community-spirited residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
who are to receive Civic Awards have been announced this week.
Cooper, Ian Jefferies, Mary Lawrence and Pam Lyes have this week
been officially named by the Town Council as winners of the awards,
which will be presented on Sunday 15th July during the 26th annual
gongs will be handed out by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout
and the High Sheriff of Somerset, Mrs Sylvan Chandler, in St Andrew's
first award will go to Ian Jefferies, a Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard,
who is also very involved with the Burnham Area Youth Centre and
also played a key role in Burnham and Highbridge's preparations
for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June including
the world record sandcastle building bid, pictured above.
often works hard 'behind the scenes' and does not seek attention
for himself. He has also been heavily involved with the success
of BIARS, the voluntary group that runs Burnham's seafront tourist
Lawrence, right, is a music teacher at both Churchfield School
and St Joseph's School and also in her own home.
many years she has taught hundreds of children to play piano,
flute and recorder - many of whom have reached various levels
of ABRSM exams and also claimed many medals at the Highbridge
Festival of Arts.
is also musical director of the award-winning Coastline Singers,
who entertain churches and care homes for charity.
Lyes, right, was nominated for her award due to her dedication
to Highbridge over many years.
fundraised for the building of the Highbridge Community Hall in
recently, she has been secretary of Highbridge Memorial Trust,
the project to build a statue for war hero Frank Foley. She also
plays a key role in organising Highbridge in Bloom each year.
Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper is also to receive
a Civic Award for his extensive community work in the two towns.
He previously served on the Town Council and had a very busy period
right, also served for many years on the Board of Governors at
Churchfield School in Highbridge and is a hard-working churchwarden
at St Johns Church in Highbridge.
awards service will be preceded at 2.45pm by a procession through
Burnham town centre by the civic dignitaries from The Princess
Theatre to St Andrew's Church.
the service, a collection will be taken in aid of the Mayors
chosen charity, the BAY Centre in Cassis Close. At
approximately 4pm the Civic Party and other guests will return
to The Princess where afternoon tea will be served.