Five groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week received cash injections from Sedgemoor District Council.

The authority awarded over £12,500 in community grants to groups across the district at its latest Grants Committee meeting on Tuesday (17th November).

Among the local groups benefiting is Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset, based in Burnham, pictured above, which is a weekly support group for people with Fibromyalgia and ME and their family, friends and carers. It has been awarded £800 to help support the group to hire a hydrotherapy pool for weekly group sessions.

Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club, pictured, which has been awarded £750 to assist with the purchase of new anti-wave lane ropes.

Burnham-On-Sea Community Theatre Group, a voluntary group which brings theatre to the streets and shops of Burnham, while providing creating writing workshops, was awarded £1,000 to help fund its ‘Teddy Tell a Tale’ project by working with a co-ordinator in local residential homes and to host a series of community workshops with a theatre director.

Highbridge’s Friends of Apex Park has also been awarded £2,000 towards the costs of providing the national Playday on the first Wednesday of next August. The event provides free activities for children and young people and generally attracts around 6,000 people.

And Burnham Events Social Team, a voluntary group which provide events and entertainment in Burnham, was awarded a grant of between £1,250 and up to a maximum of £2,500 to support the Burnham skating rink installation and running costs of the rink during December 2015 and January 2016. This grant is subject to the remaining project funds required being raised as match funding.

The council’s total grants budget in 2015/16 is £60,500, with £46,873 awarded so far this budget year. To find out more about applying for a small grant, the criteria and to download an application form, click here.