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PUBLIC WARM ROOMS

The price of energy rose again on 1st October and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council are keen to work with the community to develop a network of public warm rooms across the area to help people keep warm this winter.

Public warm rooms are safe, welcoming and non-judgemental spaces for people to come together to stay warm and perhaps enjoy a hot drink and a biscuit.  These venues will also have information to help people who might be keen to learn more about the support available to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Somerset Community Foundation has set up a fund to offer grants of up to £1,000 to voluntary organisations to help them stay open longer and offer warm spaces across Somerset. Details and application forms can be found at https://www.somersetcf.org.uk/warm-somerset-spaces.  Applications for grants must be submitted by 31st October, and we urge any groups that can help to utilise this fund and offer up space over longer hours.

The sorts of venues that might be suitable for hosting public warm rooms include community buildings, sports venues, places of worship, libraries and any organisation willing to make a space available for people to use.

In addition, we would love to publicise existing events, activities and clubs where people can go to participate in social activities and make new friends.  This would enable groups to offer a warm space without adding additional cost to open a building beyond current hours.

Our goal is to create a directory of all the places available to our residents across the public, private, health and voluntary sectors and to ensure this information is clearly promoted so everyone who is feeling the cold knows where they can go to get warm, stay warm and enjoy a little company and some hot refreshments.

To enable this we are inviting any groups or organisations that can offer a space to send details to info@burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk or complete our online registration form : https://burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/forms/warm-spaces-directory-registration-form-2022 by Friday 28th October so we can make a start, although we will always welcome additions to the directory later

The details should include the location, the times that a space is available, any related activity that attendees would be participating in, venue accessibility, any costs, if hot refreshments are available and details of your organisation including contact details.

Venues that are in the directory will be offered a window card to advertise their support for this initiative.

Councillor Gudka, Chairman of the Finance and Resources Committee said “Although unit prices have been capped, they are still higher than last year, so it is clear that in order to save money this winter, we need to help everyone reduce the amount of energy they use to heat and power their homes.  Sharing warmth and friendship in community spaces is an ideal way for us to work together to bring something positive out of this crisis, and I hope we can all contribute to this effort in some way.”

We hope to bring the whole community together to share warmth, reduce energy usage and beat this crisis which is not of our making – Burnham and Highbridge at its best.

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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. 

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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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