Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week approved over £14,000 of grants to community groups in the two towns.

Members of the Town Council considered seven applications for grants during their meeting on Monday (October 1st) and then presented the cheques to the organisations.

Burnham-On-Sea 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.

Highbridge Chamber of Trade is to receive £3,174 towards the cost of its smaller festive lights display and switch-on event.

Meanwhile, 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.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for Sedgemoor is to receive £2,700 towards the cost of providing its service in the Burnham-On-Sea area.

Meanwhile, Sedgemoor Community Partnership is to receive £2,500 towards the cost of Highbridge’s Morland Hall.

BARB 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.

Councillors stressed that they are keen to encourage local groups to seek grants from other funding organisations alongside the Town Council to share the burden.