and Highbridge Civic Awards presented to five residents
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic
Awards on Sunday (October 2nd) in recognition of their service to
the local community.
Farrow, David Gordon, Alan & Jan Huddart, and Margaret Williams
were honoured during the service at St Andrew's Church, which was
attended by hundreds of local residents and dignitaries.
service was preceded by a special procession by local dignitaries
through Burnham town centre from The Princess Theatre to St Andrew's
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke, led
Sunday's ceremony and praised the winners for their "huge commitment
a welcome from Rev Sharon Eldergill, Gracie Wickens-Sweet sang a
powerful performance of 'Over The Rainbow'. Cllr Michael Clarke,
Denise Emery and Dawn Carey gave readings, while Tim Pitman provided
two uplifting, pitch-perfect opera songs.
were led by Rev Graham Witts and an address about community spirit
was given by Rev Sharon Crossman. Burnham and Highbridge Town Band
gave stirring renditions of popular music, finishing with the National
winners of the awards, chosen by the Town Council, were drawn up
from a list of nominees submitted by members of the public earlier
the service the Mayor's guest of Honour, The High Sheriff of Somerset,
The Honourable Edward W G Bayntun-Coward ESQ, presented Civic awards
to four of the winners, with Margaret Williams unable to attend.
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 has been involved with numerous local groups.
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.
was taken in aid of the Mayor's chosen charity, which this year
is 'In Charley's Memory'.