message issued by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor
and Highbridge's Mayor, Ken Smout, has issued a Christmas message
to residents of the two towns...
"2012 has seen a year when many communities came together
and enjoyed celebrating various events in our two towns of Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge. I could not fail to be impressed by the amount
of work, and dedication, unpaid volunteers perform for the benefit
I decided that we should recognise these people who organise
activities and events for others to enjoy. These stalwarts are
the unsung heroes in society who are sometimes taken for granted
and do not get the recognition and public thanks they richly deserve.
I have visited numerous organisations who enjoyed taking on the
challenge of doing something to try and make a difference to peoples
Since May I have awarded 17 Mayors Awards to these groups and
the certificate states that it is 'on behalf of the council and
the residents of our towns, to say thank you.'
June we celebrated the Her Majesty the Queens Diamond Jubilee
and I was pleased to be able to represent the towns at many events,
including a wide range of community-led activities.
August saw the national spirit continue with the Olympic Games
taking place in the UK and we had two local participants who represented
our country - with Liam Phillips on his BMX cycle, and Anthony
Stephens in the Paralympic swimming events. Although they both
just missed out on the medals, they performed well and were a
credit to their country.
My year so far has been busy and the Mayoress and I attended
many different events including charity events, fetes, garden
parties, schools, musical evenings, presentations and award ceremonies,
nursing homes, care centres and many more. We met many people
and enjoyed taking the time to speak to them where possible.
October I was invited to BARB and Burnham Coastguard to see them
in training on a Wednesday evening and was extremely impressed
by the dedication and professionalism of the crews in their attitude
preparing themselves for real-life emergencies. We should remember
in particular that our sea rescue services and other emergency
services will be on alert over the Christmas period whilst we
enjoy the festive occasion with our families.
I should single out in particular the fantastic support given
by BARB, the Coastguards and the RNLI as well as other emergency
services following the tragic death of a small child on the beach
in August, and the community spirit shown by some businesses who
provided refreshments for the crews free of charge.
was invited to attend several events to raise funds for charities
that rely on the generosity of people to maintain their organisations
activities including MacMillan, Parkinsons, British Legion,
and many more.
I have visited various residential and nursing homes where I
witnessed a warm feeling of family life and togetherness as they
shared their days with both privacy and community gatherings when
The many carers and staff involved are a credit to our society
for the help and support they provide and I look forward to visiting
some of them at Christmas.
have witnessed a good community spirit during the first eight
months of the year and it has shown what can be achieved when
we work together, and help each other, combining our skills and
I have tried to encourage a more positive attitude in which we
all have a part to play to help those less fortunate.
We have developments planned for the future which could benefit
our towns but, in this economic climate, funding for some projects
will require us working with partners to make things happen.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising
all the events I have attended, together with the fund raisers,
and sponsors and caterers. Also I want to thank my two Deputy
Mayors for helping me with the engagements
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful