This year’s annual Civic Service organised by the Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke is to be held on Sunday 4th October 2015. The annual Civic Awards are drawn up from a list of nominees, submitted to the Town Council by members of the public.


At approximately 2.50pm the Mayoral party will leave the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre for a short procession to St Andrews Church, where it is hoped the Civic Party will be greeted by a guard of honour from the cadet services.

3.00pm   St Andrews Church – The Civic Service will take place. During the service the Mayor’s guest of Honour, Mrs James Nelson, the High Sheriff of Somerset, will, in recognition for their service to the community, present Civic awards to the following people:


Les Barber   Les has worked tirelessly to ensure that Project Coach gained the Coach Friendly status for Burnham-on-Sea, which it retained the following year and continues to promote the town throughout the coaching industry. Burnham has seen a huge increase in coach visitor numbers over the past 2 years because of the work he has done. He is also a member of the Burnham-on-Sea Lions Club, being President last year. Les puts many hours into many projects and local events including logistics, road closures and PA equipment.


Alun Davies   The Foodbank only functions through the commitment and determination of willing volunteers like Alun Davies. He is there day-in day-out ensuring that the emergency food is there to help people through a short term crisis.

Since the Foodbanks launch in 2012 he has been involved in sorting the food ready for distribution at the warehouse in Burnham-on-Sea and helps with the logistics of donated food from across the area, from Berrow and Lympsham through to Huntspill and beyond.


 Neville Jones OBE   Neville has been the driving force over the decades to many organisations and community groups and has worked endlessly to secure funding and continuation of community services.

  • 30 years as a Town Councillor of which he had served as Mayor on four occasions
  • Somerset County Council from 1977 and Sedgemoor District Council from 1985, including Chairman of The Tourism & Leisure Committee
  • Chairman of the Federation of Economic Development Authorities for which he received his OBE
  • He secured funding for improvements to the Princess Theatre for the installation of special seating
  • Instrumental in the setup and gave continual support to the Burnham Medical Fund which ran for 27 years
  • He was active in saving the local swimming pool when it was threatened with closure
  • When the Tourist Information centre was to close, he was influential and played a crucial contributory role in the setup of Burnham Information & Rescue Service (BiARS) 
  • Currently he is President or Patron of four prominent local organisations; Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB), Sounds & Voices (recording for the blind), Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club and Royal British Legion (Burnham-on-Sea)


 During the service a collection will be taken in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charity

At approximately 4pm the Civic Party and guests will return to the Princess where afternoon tea will be served.

There will be photo opportunities when the Civic party arrives at/leaves the church, during the service itself when the certificates and badges are presented to the Civic Award winners, and at approximately 4.30pm in the Princess for a group photo of all the winners with the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham on Sea & Highbridge, Cllr and Mrs Michael Clarke, and the High Sheriff.

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