250 attend Burnham-On-Sea's annual Civic Service
residents from Burnham-On-Sea were presented with awards
to recognise their work in the community during the town's annual
Civic Service on Sunday (September 8th).
Alexander, Mark Newman, Roger Packer and Jason Vickers received
the awards after being nominated for their community work.
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Martin Cox, was joined by
Brigadier Tom Lang QVRM RD DL, Deputy Lieutenant for Somerset,
(pictured right) to present the awards at the annual ceremony
in St Andrew's Church, attended by 250 people.
winner John Alexander is the founder of Burnham Dreamscheme and
is a member of the Rosewood Action Team. He works as a volunteer
for Burnham Police and is chair for what were once called PACT
meetings. He is also Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch co-ordinator.
Newman runs Burnham's long-running community website, Burnham-On-Sea.com,
which has been promoting groups and events across the area for
ten years. He is also Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade
and Chairman of BARB and a founder member of BiARS, which runs
Burnham's Tourist Information Centre.
Vickers, right, is a charity marathon runner who was a torch bearer
at the 2012 Olympic Games. He works tirelessly for local charities
and is a familiar face at the town's Tesco store where he works
and is also an active member of Burnham Lions Club.
Packer has for 55 years rung the bells at St Andrew's Church for
Sunday Services, public events and weekly practices. 35 years
ago he became Captain of the Ringers when he became responsible
for organising ringing, and teaching new recruits, maintenance
of the bells and liaising with visiting bands of ringers, wedding
parties and visiting tradesmen.
church was filled with a congregation of more than 250 people
who heard the Mayor thank the residents for their "commitment
and dedication to the community over the years."
Mayor added: "It's always difficult to pick the winners because
there are many nominees in our towns each year but those we have
chosen are all highly deserving. The Civic Service demonstrates
how local community spirit is very much alive and shows how we
are proud of our town."
further Mayor's Special Award was announced for Burnham cyclist
Liam Phillips, who became the BMX World Champion. Further
service was led by Rev Graham Witts and included community choir
Burnham On Song giving gave a strong performance of 'Sing', the
Queen's Jubilee song, while Burnham and Highbridge Town Band gave
a stirring rendition of 'O Perfect Love'. Felicity Berry also
sang a powerful solo of 'Over the Rainbow' by Eva Cassidy.
were given by Graham Cox and Sharon Davis, Cadet Corporal Harry
Jackson, Cllr Neville Jones and Nick Tolley, and prayers were
given by Rev Sharon Crossman. The service ended with collections
for BARB and the St Andrew's Church Appeal and was followed by
a Civic Reception at The Princess Theatre.
Martin Cox and Brigadier Tom Lang arriving at Sunday's Civic Service
Martin Cox, Brigadier Tom Lang, Cadet Corporal Harry Jackson and
Mayoress Arlene Cox with the four award winners
The procession parading through Burnham before Sunday's service
Reverend Graham Witts and Rev Sharon Crossman with the curates
and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress with Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
and James Heappey (pics courtesy of Mike Lang)