and Highbridge groups given £14,000 boost by Town Council
and Highbridge town councillors have this week approved over £14,000
of grants to community groups in the two towns.
of the council's Policy and Finance Committee considered seven applications
for grants during their meeting this week, scrutinising each bid
Chamber of Trade is to receive £4,000 towards the cost of
this year's Christmas Lights display in Burnham town centre and
its festive switch-on event in November.
Chamber of Trade is to receive £3,174 towards the cost of
its smaller festive lights display and switch-on event.
Janet Keen said she wants to see the "two chambers working
together to achieve economies of scale," and she could not
support the applications seperately.
Cllr Bill Hancock told the meeting that the displays are "wonderful
for our towns at Christmas and the costs don't get cheaper."
Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts Development Society (CADS),
which holds music events in Burnham's Manor Gardens, is to receive
£3,775 towards the cost of three 2019 outdoor music events.
Andy Brewer said: "I support this. CADS put on very good events
in Burnham and Highbridge that are always very well supported."
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for Sedgemoor is to receive £2,700
towards the cost of providing its service in the Burnham-On-Sea
Phil Harvey said the CAB application was "the easiest decision
of the evening - they have a 1,500 local client base wo are all
in need. They provide extremely good value for the money."
Chorley from the Sedgemoor CAB, pictured below, reassured councillors
that while Somerset County Council's funding cuts would mean its
service across the region would be reduced, "there are no plans
for cutbacks in Burnham and Highbridge."
Meanwhile, Sedgemoor Community Partnership is to receive £2,500
towards the cost of Highbridge's Morland Hall.
Search and Rescue received £495 towards the costs of the recent
rescue services day sound system, and the West of England MS Therapy
Centre received £300 towards its work.
stressed that they are keen to encourage local groups to seek grants
from other funding organisations alongside the Town Council to share
David Hoggarth explained: "We get less and less funding from
central government every year - our coffers are getting tighter
week's grant recommendations are subject to the final agreement
of the full Town Council at their next meeting in October.