message issued by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor
and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, has issued a Christmas
message to residents.
it, he looks back at a busy year of events in the two towns and
wishes residents a happy holiday period.
says: "Being your Mayor for the last six months has been
a tremendous experience and I have been overwhelmed by the warm
welcome I have received."
have had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting people and
attending a wide range of functions and events since last May."
of the first events I attended was Burnham's Food Festival. This
is now being held every Spring and Autumn and is run by Beverley
and Sarah, two local residents on a non-profit basis. As you probably
know, this event is to promote local food and drink producers
and provides all of us with an interesting few hours sampling
the many wares on offer."
after, I opened the Burnham Dreamscheme community garden. I learnt
that the Dreamscheme is based on a simple concept of work, points
and trips. Young people, aged 8 to 14, carry out community-based
work projects for which they earn points. These points can be
exchanged for trips and activities of their choice. One of their
projects this year has been creating a lovely community garden."
seems to be more and more events in Burnham and Highbridge - or
is this just because of all the invitations I now see as Mayor?"
September, my wife - Mayoress Mrs Arlene Cox - and I held our
Annual Civic Service at St Andrews Church. During this service
four local citizens were presented with a Civic Award for their
recipients were Roger Packer who has for the last 55 years overseen
the ringing of St Andrew's church bells; Mark Newman for chairing
BARB Search & Rescue, Burnham Chamber of Trade and running
Burnham-On-Sea.com; John Alexander for leading Burnham Dreamscheme
and being a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator; and Jason Vickers,
a tireless marathon runner who has raised thousands of pounds
for the Multiple Sclerosis Society."
was one additional Mayor's special award to Liam Phillips who
became BMX World Champion in July. Liam, now 24, had been an active
member of the local Burnham BMX Club since the age of 4."
are some fun moments for the Mayor, such as doing the countdown
to start the annual fireworks display on the seafront and helping
to switch on the Christmas lights."
more highlight of the year was at The Oaktree Arena in October
when the Somerset Rebels created club history by becoming Premier
League Champions. We now have one of the finest Speedway tracks
in the country as well as the top team."
is a very special time for all of us, a time to spend with family
and friends, reflect on a year passed and plan for the New Year
ahead. Im personally looking forward to spending some quality
time relaxing with my wife Arlene and my family."
is a time for sharing and for caring for each other. Its
a time for reaching out the hand of friendship and reconciliation.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous
Martin Cox, Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge