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Burnham residents honoured with community award
FOUR well-known Burnham residents have been presented with awards to mark their contribution to the community.
John Alexander, Mark Newman, Rodger Packer and Jason Vickers received the accolades during the town’s annual Civic Service after being nominated for their community work.
The awards were handed out at the ceremony at St Andrew’s Church by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Martin Cox and Brigadier Tom Lang, deputy lieutenant for Somerset.
Residents will recognise John Alexander as the founder of Burnham Dreamscheme and a member of the Rosewood Action Team. He also works as a volunteer for Burnham Police and chairs their Have Your Say meetings, as well as acting as the Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch coordinator.
Mark Newman is chairman of Burnham Chamber of Trade and BARB, as well as being a founder member of BiARS, which runs Burnham’s Tourist Information Centre. He also runs a community website which promotes groups and events in the area.
Jason Vickers is a charity marathon runner who was a torch bearer at the 2012 Olympics. He works for local charities and at the town’s Tesco. He is also a member of Burnham Lions Club.
Roger Packer has been ringing the bells at St Andrew’s Church for 55 years for Sunday services and events. He became Captain of the Ringers 35 years ago and is responsible for teaching new recruits, maintaining the bells and meeting other ringers.
Mayor Cox said the four were “all highly deserving” of the awards for their “commitment and dedication to the community over the years.”