days of Jubilee celebrations planned in Burnham and Highbridge
days of celebrations are to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
this June to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Town Council, local groups and residents have been working together
for several months to compile a full diary of events over the
extended holiday weekend from 2nd-5th June.
In addition to a new four-faced town clock being officially unveiled
in Highbridge, a childrens parade will be held from Apex
Park to the seafront, and commemorative mugs will be presented
to every primary school child in the two towns.
The Town Council has allocated £9,000 towards the Jubilee
celebrations, which will be spread over two years, equating to
65p per household per year, in order to ensure there is minimal
impact on Burnham and Highbridge taxpayers.
the funds available are limited, the council's Jubilee Committee
said this week it will be considering a limited number of applications
for small grants of up to £100 from groups planning some
form of lasting memorial for the Jubilee. Applications should
be made through the Town Clerk's office.
The Jubilee Committee, under the chairmanship of councillor Neville
Jones, is co-ordinating the four-day programme of events and commemorative
Cllr Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Now that the Jubilee
celebrations are getting ever closer, I will be interested to
see which street in either town will be the first to confirm that
it will be organising a street party."
"I anticipate that there will be at least 20, most likely
on Monday 4th June which will be a public holiday. It is the Town
Councils intention that the Mayor or one of his deputies
will visit each one, to present the organiser with a framed commemorative
certificate. The Town Clerk, at the Council offices in Jaycroft
Road, would like to hear from street party organisers to ensure
the events are included in the civic diary."
The schedule of official events will run as follows...
A giant sandcastle-building event will be held on Burnham
beach, just north of the Pavilion, which is expected to attract
large numbers of children and adults with the aim of breaking
the official world record for the most built in an hour.
A childrens parade from Apex Park, to be headed,
it is hoped, by a marching band. The parade will make a brief
stop at the water feature in Marine Drive to mark the planned
extension of the grassed area, before moving on to The Esplanade
and, possibly, via the town centre.
A childrens event in the restored Marine Cove
Gardens on Burnham seafront will follow the sand castle record
Highbridge Town Clock:
The Town Council has already commissioned a new four-faced pillar
clock, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
This will be sited in Jubilee Gardens and will replace the now-defunct
clock. Nearly half of the cost of the clock comes from a developers
contribution (Raglan Housing), with much of the remainder coming
for local businesses and residents, many of whom responded to
a personal approach from Cllr Mike Mansfield, and includes a very
generous single donation of £5,000. A small plaque commemorating
the Jubilee will be unveiled. Suggestions as to who should unveil
the plaque at a small ceremony on the Saturday afternoon are being
Saturday evening will see the Vale of Avalon vintage
car run from Glastonbury arriving on the seafront, as they have
done for the past eight years. A special trophy, donated by Cllr
Dennis Davey, will be presented to mark the Jubilee.
Sunday 3rd June
As with the 40th and Golden Jubilee celebrations,
invited guests will be able to drink a glass of water from the
lions mouth at the Victorian water feature in Sea View Road,
This feature, originally erected to mark Queen Victorias
Golden Jubilee, is to be cleaned and restored by Wells Cathedral
Stonemasons and the Royal cypher 'ER II 2012' will be added to
A live afternoon of jazz music, organised by the Cultural
Arts Development Society, will take place in the Manor Gardens
between noon and 5pm. This years event will have a special
Jubilee theme, and will be hosted from the bandstand in the Gardens
which the Town Council is arranging to be refurbished. A small
plaque recalling past concerts and commemorating the Jubilee will
Working with Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club, the
Town Council is planning to light a Jubilee beacon at the northern
end of the beach, some ¼ mile further on than the beach
lighthouse. This will be part of a national chain of beacons being
lit around the country the precise time will be dictated
by the number of other beacons but is expected to be between 10pm
Street parties - it is anticipated that this day will
prove the most popular for street parties in Burnham and Highbridge,
it being a public holiday.
Tuesday 5th June
Many residents will watch the TV coverage of the Queen
in procession to St Pauls Cathedral and returning through
the streets of London in the morning.
event will be held in Burnham's Marine Cove Gardens
in the afternoon, with details to be announced soon.
The Town Council is also planning to produce a souvenir booklet
to mark the special occasion, which will be available at the two
libraries, the information centre on The Esplanade and from the
Town Council offices on request. The publication will go to the
printers in the first week of May - and anyone organising an event
not mentioned here is invited to ensure full details are sent
to the Town Clerk by the end of April to ensure inclusion in the
booklet. The town clerk can be reached on 01278 788088 or by email