A joint fundraising event is being organised at The Oaktree Arena by Burnham-On-Sea’s Rotary Club and community group BIARS, which runs Burnham tourist information centre.

The event will be held on Saturday March 9th and will see musical entertainment from the 1960s-style pop group Monopole and as well as a raffle and auction plus two wooden race horse events.

Tickets are selling fast and only a few are left at £12.50 each, to include a basket meal. The last few can be bought by either leaving a message at the tourism office on 01278 787852 or the President of Rotary, Ashley Edwards, on 01278 794304

Over 70 prizes have already been donated to the raffle and a number of auction items include a 44-piece cutlery set from Homehardware, golf lessons from David Haines PGA Head Professional at Burnham and Berrow Golf Course, and local cider and cheese from former MP Tessa Munt.

Burnham-On-Sea’s tourism office has been run by volunteers since April 2011 and over 60,000 people visit the premises every year. 60% of those visitors are local people seeking information on buses, tide tables, as well as purchasing items crafted by local artists. It is financed mostly by the support of tourism attractions and accommodation providers, as well as donations, raffles and even car boot sales run by its volunteers.

Both the Rotary Club’s Ashley Edwards and Tom Ashton, Chairman of BIARS, say they are confident the fundraising event will be very successful and ask that further raffle or auction items be either left for collection at Burnham’s Coffee Corner, located at the southern end of the High Street where it joins with Abingdon Street, or the tourist centre office on The Esplanade.

Pictured are Zena Driver of Coffee Corner with Tessa Munt locking horns in a horse race where in a previous tourism event they were placed first and second. The two races, at The Oaktree, will be very competitive and great fun as usual. (Photo: Mike Lang)

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