Award winners in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge announced
community-spirited sporty couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
are to receive Civic Awards, it has been announced today (Tuesday).
and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy,
and Tony and Sue Merrett, who oversee the long-running Highbridge
Monarchs Gymnastics Club, are to receive the accolades.
awards will be handed out by Mayor Cllr Martin Cox and the VIP
guest Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis CBE on September
14th at the town's 28th annual Civic Service.
and Mark Cox-Conklin will receive an award for their work in saving
Burnham's swimming pool from the axe six years ago and then transforming
it into thriving Burnham Swim and Sports Academy.
couple took on the pool when Sedgemoor District Council intended
to close and sell off the site in 2008 due to budget cuts.
the ensuing years, due entirely to their vision and determination
they have made an enormous success of this Academy," said
the Mayor. "They
not only brought this old facility up to modern requirements at
great expense, but have also added to it over the years with a
fitness centre and various outdoor activities; all facilities
for keeping people fit."
pool is now the hub for other activities including runs, triathlons
and semi-marathons and is an enormous asset to Burnham. It would
certainly not have been here today but for Mark and Sara, who
of course are international athletes themselves."
and Tony Merrett, pictured right, will also receive Civic
Awards for their work in running Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics
and Sue have given huge amounts of their time and expertise over
the last 15 years with youngsters of all ages.
tirelessly to raise funds and recruit young people, they have
also given encouragement and regular training sessions to the
children. The club's members have consistently reached high standards
that have enabled them to compete locally, nationality and internationally,"
said the Mayor Cllr Martin Cox.
transformed an old warehouse in Highbridge into the nerve centre
of the successful gymnastics enterprise, Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics
Club. A transport company in Highbridge had faith in their vision
for creating the club, and provided part of their warehouse. The
club has now expanded and has every facility for over 100 youngsters.
year's Civic Awards service will take place on Sunday September
14th and be preceded at 2.50pm by a short procession through Burnham
by the dignitaries from The Princess Theatre to St Andrew's Church.
The Civic Party will be greeted by a guard of honour from the
cadet services. Then at 3pm in St Andrew's Church The Civic Service
will take place when Michael Eavis CBE will present the awards.