The truly sad loss of a wonderful character. Neville put his heart and soul into Burnham on Sea & Highbridge, and bought about many changes over the years. He fought long and hard to ensure that the people of our towns had a voice that was heard in the district council, county council & national government. His achievements were many, and he will indeed be very sadly missed.
Cllr Michael Clarke
Mayor of Burnham on Sea & Highbridge
Neville Jones was a Town Councillor for 30 years of which he served as Mayor on four occasions He served on Somerset County Council from 1977 and Sedgemoor District Council from 1985, including Chairman of The Tourism & Leisure Committee
He had been Chairman of the Federation of Economic Development Authorities for which he received his OBE
Neville secured funding for improvements to the Princess Theatre for the installation of special seating, he was 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
And 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)
Until recently he was 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)
A strong personality and advocate for Burnham on Sea and Highbridge, he will be missed.
Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Town Council
I am really saddened at this news, Neville was one of a kind and I was privileged to have known him and Margot. A very sad day.
Kerry Rickards, Chief Executive, Sedgemoor District Council
Commenting on the death of Neville Jones, OBE, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty said “it was with great sadness that I learnt of Neville's death. Neville Jones was a larger-than- life character who felt passionately for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge. Neville fought hard for what he believed and his long career in Local Government had a lasting influence on the local area we have today. Neville commanded a great deal of respect both far and wide; he was one of a kind and will be sadly missed.”
With great sadness we learn that Neville Jones has passed away. Neville was a great supporter of Bridgwater Town Council recognising from our inception in 2003 the common ground with his beloved Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge as principal communities within the Sedgemoor District.
One of Neville's many talents came through with a major interest in Tourism and did much good work through the south-west tourism organisations promoting Somerset and Sedgemoor and the coastal and inland attractions. He in 1992 opened the then new Bridgwater TIC as Chairman of the SDC Leisure & Tourism Ctte. - sadly no longer a main stream service. He was a longtime supporter of twinning and recalls especially links with French and German towns for both Bridgwater and BoS and the Czech town of Uherske Hradiste.
Neville was also a contemporary and friend of our own long serving Councillor Ken Richards; indeed both vied for serving their respective towns the most times as Mayor - fittingly a 5-5 draw I think.
On a personal note Neville was a good friend and always had a story to tell.
Alan Hurford - Town Clerk Bridgwater Town Council