Six community groups in Burnham and Highbridge share £9,227 funding boost

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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge City Council this week awarded a grant worth a combined total of £9,227 to six local groups and charities.

City councilors on the finance and resources committee met Monday evening (July 4) to review funding requests.

They approved £2,500 for Somewhere House Somerset, £2,500 for Highbridge Youth Theatre, £2,200 for Burnham and District Pantomime Society, £1,000 for Sedgemoor Play Day at Apex Park, £527.99 for King Alfred Concert Band and £500 for BARB Search & Rescue at the expense of this year’s Rescue Services Day on August 28.

But councilors have postponed a decision on whether to grant funding to Burnham-On-Sea Pride, which had asked for £1,800 for the cost of holding its first event on July 16.

Cllr Peter Clayton told the meeting: “I am very keen to see a Pride here at Burnham – it would be a very worthwhile event. It could become as successful as other major Pride events such as Exeter, which I have attended. The grant application leaves many questions unanswered – it does not explain all intentions or timing as there is another event on the same day in Taunton. I think we need a discussion with the group.

Cllr Sharon Perry added: “I support what Cllr Clayton said. I think it’s an important event for the city, but the application needs more details.

Cllr Clayton moved that councilors defer a decision on the Burnham Pride grant application, which was unanimously accepted by councillors. Discussions with the organizers are planned.

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