September 2, 2014
Vote for Burnham's Food and Drink Festival for Lloyds grant award

Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival is appealing for residents' votes to secure a funding boost.

The town's festival has this week been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014.

By encouraging the public to vote, the festival has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable its organisers to continue to grow the free-to-attend, volunteer-run community event.

The festival is a locally-focused event that brings together the best food and drink from across Somerset into Burnham town centre for two events each year.

The festival incorporates a large market, demonstrations, workshops, talks and free competitions.

If the event is successful in gaining the funding, the organisers say it will be invested into the growth of the event, adding in more farming elements, free workshops and growing its support of new local businesses.

Festival organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: "The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will make a huge difference to the Food and Drink Festival by enabling us to add more children's activities, more workshops and to provide a fantastic, free day out to thousands of residents and visitors to Burnham. Please vote for the festival to benefit from the Community Fund award."

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a branch of Lloyds bank from 2nd September until 10th October 2014.

To Tweet for the food and drink festival use #COMMFUND DPG or go online to and search for Festival. To vote via SMS text the word VOTE and DPG to 61119 SMS (text message votes will be charged at the mobile users’ standard message rate).

You can also pop into the Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar, Wells or Winscombe branches of Lloyds and drop a token into the voting stand (you don’t have to be a customer to vote).

You can find out more about the Community Fund and the festival and cast your vote by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at: Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.


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