Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Poetry Pin Commission

Purpose of Report
To offer a solution to engaging and developing new audiences for The Princess

In a time when we must adapt to long term life with COVID restrictions, The Princess needs to reconnect, non-traditionally, with audiences and develop new whilst maintaining relevance. COVID 19 has meant for an extended period of time we have been unable to link with a number of demographics. It is also the case that The Princess has previously not accessed or catered for the tourists who arrive locally.
By offering outside creative and cultural activities we can introduce The Princess to new audiences and revitalise old connections.
The Poetry Pin provides a COVID secure and naturally socially distanced system to engage with the environment and community of Burnham on Sea and Highbridge without entering buildings and without direct contact with other people. A similar idea to geocaching, participants geotag words and responses to locations, and for these words to be only accessible in that same specific location through the user’s mobile phones. The activity offers specific health benefits including outdoor physical engagement – getting out and active – new opportunities to interact and create digital art – creative family opportunity.
An Example: The Tarka Trail (2019) – Peddling Poetry Project was able to geotag over 300 poems along a public cycle path without any signage or physical intervention in the landscape. The project raised awareness with locals and visitors to connect with their landscape and the North Devon Biosphere.
Over the 4 months of the project there were approximately 1200 participants, which included 13 workshops of which 9 were public and four in schools close to the trail.

Financial implications
£1200 for set up and 6 months’ web rental
£750 3 x Workshop sessions @ £250 per day (remote delivery is possible and should include schools)
£430 materials and marketing

£120 contingency
Total £2500
Policy implications
Corporate Plan: 2 Culture and Community, 3 Economic Development and
Tourism, 4 Healthy and Safe Environment.
I would like to recommend we offer this project over the 6-month period (May – October 2021) Government guidelines allowing.
The Poetry Pin will be a bespoke project specific to Burnham on Sea, Highbridge and The Princess, with a local theme (TBD).
 To engage new audiences with creative activities within our Towns
 To encourage tourists to explore our Towns and seascapes
 To reconnect with Princess audiences and our community
Objective: To raise the profile of The Princess Theatre
Author: Beccy Armory
Title: Business Development Officer

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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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