Four residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their outstanding service to the local community by being presented with Civic Awards at a special service today (Sunday).

The annual Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service takes place at St Andrew’s Church.

Janet Chalmers, Dom Gregory, Dave Parsons and Bernard Spilsbury will receive the awards for their service to the community.

The winners, chosen by the Town Council, were drawn up from a list of nominees submitted by members of the public.

Janet Chalmers has been nominated for her involvement as a volunteer for over 23 years at Abbeyfield care home in Burnham. She has also been secretary of the Mothers Union for a similar length of time as well as being involved with girl and granny guides groups.

Dom Gregory is the highly-respected Commanding Officer at TS Dulverton, Burnham and Highbridge Sea Cadets. He has been involved with Sea Cadets for many years, and became Commanding Officer three years ago.

Dave Parsons has been involved with Burnham RNLI for over 16 years, and is currently tractor driver for one of the tracked vehicles that launches the lifeboats. Dave also assists the RNLI treasurer and has been chairman and treasurer of the Burnham Allotment Holders Association for 28 years.

Bernard Spilsbury has been nominated for his involvement with the Friends of Burnham War Memorial Hospital for over 10 years, serving as Chairman for three years. He has also been involved with the King Alfred Concert Band for the past ten years.

Mayor Andy Brewer told that the standard of nominations this year was again “exceptional” and he added: “It is testament to the wonderful community work that so many people put in across our local area.”

The awards will be presented by Cllr Brewer and the High Sheriff of Somerset on Sunday.

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