BURNHAM’S last remaining carnival club has been saved from becoming ‘homeless’ and is back on track to mark its 40th anniversary this year.
As first reported here, Hillview Junior Carnival Club was in “urgent” need of a dry place to store its cart after moving from its base at Woodberry Brothers and Haines Furniture Group, on the Walrow Industrial Estate, in Highbridge, after the firm went into administration.
But now, Terry Rickards, who owns Burnham Waste, has stepped in and offered the club the temporary use of a large sheltered area on his site in Highbridge.
Hillview chairman Mark Bishop said: “Terry offered us a temporary site for this year. He’s such a community minded chap and he’s been a great supporter of Hillview over the years.
“Burnham Waste has always given us fantastic support over a number of years and we’re really grateful.
“It’s been the hardest year we’ve ever had. We lost our cart building site twice this year due to changes in circumstances. We’d like to thank everyone who has let us build on their sites over the years – but now time is of the essence.
“We’re hoping we can pull out all the stops and get something on the road, but we’re not sure of the size and scale of the entry. It’s a question of time; it might be vastly scaled down, but we’re hoping to definitely take part.”
It was feared that without a sheltered base the club wouldn’t be able to take a cart out to this year’s procession.