Civic Service shines spotlight on town's 'unsung heroes'
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented
with awards to recognise their work for the community at the town's
annual Civic Service on Sunday (July 15th).
Cooper, Ian Jefferies, Mary Lawrence and Pam Lyes received the
awards after being nominated for their community work with numerous
groups - read full details here.
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Ken Smout, was joined by
The High Sheriff of Somerset, Sylvana Chandler, in presenting
the awards at the annual ceremony in St Andrew's Church.
service was preceded by a procession through the town by the dignitaries,
pictured below, who included Sedgemoor District Council Chairwoman
Gill Slocombe, local Mayors and Inspector Roger Tolley from Burnham
church was filled with a congregation of around 200 dignitaries,
community leaders and representatives from groups across the area.
Smout thanked the residents for their "considerable commitment
and dedication to the community over many years."
the service, which was led by Rev Andrew Jackson from Highbridge's
Hope Baptist Church, Burnham's Mudlarks Community Choir gave superb
performances of three songs, which prompted loud applause.
bible reading was given by Deputy Mayor Cllr Martin Cox followed
by prayers from Mayor's Cadet Lance Corporal Lucia Blackmore,
Town Clerk Eileen Shaw and Phoebe Harling from the Mayor's Charity,
the BAY Centre.
service ended with a collection for the BAY Centre, the singing
of the National Anthem and was followed by a Civic Reception at
the Princess Theatre.
procession wended its way through Burnham from the Princess Theatre
High Sheriff of Somerset, Sylvana Chandler, was welcomed
by the Mayor
Slocombe, Chair of Sedgemoor District Council, leaving the service
winner Ian Jefferies with Burnham Coastguard Station Officer Steve
Bird and their wives
Ken Smout with Town Clerk Eileen Shaw at the Civic Reception