to receive Burnham and Highbridge Civic Awards today
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured
for their service to the community with Civic Awards today (Sunday).
winners of this year's Civic Awards will receive their accolades
during the towns' annual Civic Service this afternoon.
Farrow, David Gordon, Alan & Jan Huddart, and Margaret Williams
are to receive awards in St Andrew's Church.
winners, chosen by the Town Council, were drawn up from a list of
nominees submitted by members of the public earlier this year.
Farrow was nominated for her involvement with Sedgemoor Community
Partnership at Morland Hall in Highbridge. Pat has been volunteering
at Morland Hall for more than eight years.
Petty Officer David Gordon David Gordon has been a member of Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge's Sea Cadet unit for 35 years, first as a Cadet,
then as a staff member, before attaining his present rank of Chief
Petty Officer in 1998. All members of staff are unpaid volunteers
and David has selflessly given up two evenings a week and most weekends
over that time.
and Jan Huddart are described as the backbone of the volunteers
at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. Jan coordinates
the volunteer team with excellent diplomacy and skill and is a great
asset. Without her ability to draw the team members in and allocate
their duties so well, the theatre could not operate as well as it
does. Alan is always happy to jump in at any time when there is
extra help needed and is a trusted key holder in emergency situations
when staff cannot attend to open the building for any reason.
Williams' involvement with Sedgemoor Community Partnership (SCP)
at Morland Hall in Highbridge is also recognised with her award.
Margaret originally became involved with SCP via the Highbridge
Dreamscheme which was started in the Morland Hall Annexe in early
2010 by a local police initiative in partnership with the group.
She was a founder member on the committee and later became its Chair
until the Police withdrew their support.
year's Civic Service will begin with the Mayoral party leaving the
Princess Theatre at 2.50pm for a short procession to St Andrew's
Church, pictured above last year. Following the service all
will return to the Princess Theatre for a tea.
the service the Mayor's guest of Honour, The High Sheriff of Somerset,
The Honourable Edward W G Bayntun-Coward ESQ, will present Civic
awards to the five. A collection will be taken in aid of the Mayor's
chosen charity, which this year will be 'In Charley's Memory'.