Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Press Release Burnham Christmas Tree

Press Release Burnham Christmas Tree

Town Council Christmas lights & location of town trees.

2020 is the first year of a new Christmas lights contract managed by the town council to provide lights in both Burnham and Highbridge.

The council agreed to step-in to provide and manage a new lights contract when both Highbridge and Burnham chambers were unable to continue to do it. The new festive designs are intended to enhance the street scene and will bring a number of changes, one of which is the siting of one of the 20ft town Christmas trees in Burnham.

Sam Winter, Town Clerk says, “Covid 19 has meant that there can be no town centre switch-on event in Victoria Street this year and the council has recognised that it should seek to display the town Christmas trees in a suitable public space that doesn’t compromise social distancing. Due to the way the council is funded by the taxpayer, it should exercise caution when using public money to support a business. Councillors therefore agreed not to apply to the new owners of the Victoria Hotel to site the tree on its business premises, or any other business premises.”

The town council continues to provide and install three town trees across the parish; one on the public green adjacent to Abingdon Street, one on the public green adjacent to the Highbridge Community Hall and one outside the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre. 

The tree outside the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre is not intended as a long-term solution and it is hoped that the tree will become a focal point for a public square at a nearby location in the future. 

Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Facey says, “The new owners of the Victoria Hotel have said they intend to continue to display a tree in their grounds and have plans to use it to raise funds for charity. Although the council is unable to provide the Victoria Hotel with a Christmas tree, we will be pleased to assist the new owners in promotion of their charitable initiatives and hope they will enjoy the new lights display decorating Victoria Street.”



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Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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