Each year the town council recognises those people who have demonstrated outstanding service to the community, made a significant contribution to public life in Burnham or Highbridge and have shown real dedication in helping local residents.
Mayor Cllr Mike Facey says, “We always receive lots of nominations in respect of outstanding people in our community and it is never an easy task to select just four to receive civic awards”.
“These awards have been presented after initially being announced last year. It was my intention as Mayor for these people who put so much into our community to receive their awards as soon as possible. But with the current conditions as they are, we couldn’t hold an event indoors. We have been able to go ahead with a Covid-safe ceremony at Marine Cove instead and it has been a great pleasure for myself and the Deputy Mayor to present these awards to show our gratitude for all the voluntary work that is carried out in Burnham and Highbridge.”
Jan Bonus nominated as Secretary of the Bay Club for five years, responsible for the admin and for securing many thousands of pounds of grants, without which the club could not survive. Since her retirement in 2009, Jan also helps to run the UK Online computer club at the Bay club, computer support for the U3A and Secretary of the Camera Club, organising a monthly competition.
John Chinn nominated as a supporter of many local charities and events in Burnham-on-Sea. John has also been Chairman of the boat owners club, vice chairman of the Burnham and District Horticultural Society (2014- current), voluntary acting building and services manager of the Freemasons Hall and charity steward to Burnham- on-Sea’s own Rural Philanthropic Lodge No 291, of which he has been a member for 27years. He has successfully raised over £70,000 for freemason charities nationally and locally.
Terry Cornelius nominated for celebrating 50 years’ service with Moose International, having been Governor on four occasions. He has organised many charitable events in Burnham- on-Sea, including the popular Jazz and Chips event. Terry is the driving force behind welfare and ensuring that Moose assists the local community through its charitable actions. Since 1970 Terry has always been on a committee, holding the position of president and chairman, he has been Moose secretary for 7 years.
Pauline Smith nominated as Secretary of Burnham United Football Club, a role she has held for 18 years. The club’s 160 players, including an all-female team and a veterans’ team, play in three separate leagues. Pauline is responsible for ensuring that all of the club’s players are signed on, forms are correctly completed, pitches booked and fixtures organised and much more.