to receive Burnham and Highbridge Civic Awards today
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set be honoured
for their service to the community today (Sunday).
Cllr Michael Clarke will lead the annual Civic Service to recognise
those who have helped the two towns.
Barber, Alun Davies and Neville Jones are to receive this year's
awards during a special service in St Andrew's Church at 3pm,
led by the Mayors guest of Honour, Mrs James Nelson, the
High Sheriff of Somerset.
Mayoral party will leave the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
for a short procession to St Andrew's Church, pictured above.
Following the service they will return to the Princess Theatre
for a tea.
council spokeswoman said: "Les Barber has worked tirelessly
to ensure that Project Coach gained the Coach Friendly status
for Burnham-On-Sea, which it retained the following year and continues
to promote the town throughout the coaching industry. Burnham
has seen a huge increase in coach visitor numbers over the past
two years because of the work he has done. He is also a member
of the Burnham-on-Sea Lions Club, being President last year. Les
puts many hours into many projects and local events including
logistics, road closures and PA equipment."
Davies has been a key organiser of the town's food bank. The council
says: "He is there day-in day-out ensuring that the emergency
food is there to help people through a short term crisis. Since
the Foodbanks launch in 2012 he has been involved in sorting the
food ready for distribution at the warehouse in Burnham-on-Sea
and helps with the logistics of donated food from across the area,
from Berrow and Lympsham through to Huntspill and beyond."
Jones OBE is also being awarded a Civic Award to recognise the
number of activities he has been involved in over the years. They
include his 30 years as a Town Councillor of which he had served
as Mayor on four occasions; Somerset County Council from 1977
and Sedgemoor District Council from 1985; Chairman of the Federation
of Economic Development Authorities for which he received his
OBE; He secured funding for improvements to the Princess Theatre;
was instrumental in the set-up of the Burnham Medical Fund which
ran for 27 years; helped to save the local swimming pool when
it was threatened with closure; and when the Tourist Information
centre was to close, he was influential and played a crucial contributory
role in the set-up of Burnham Information & Rescue Service
(BiARS). Currently, Neville is President or Patron of four prominent
local organisations; BARB Search & Rescue, Sounds & Voices
(recording for the blind), Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club
and Burnham's Royal British Legion.