Social Life

CELEBRATIONS

The townspeople of Highbridge has always been ready to celebrate special occasions and the reports that we have unearthed, together with a few photographs, show that everyone has been prepared to, not only dress up themselves…Read more here.

ROYAL VISIT BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

On the morning of 5th December 1958 Highbridge came to life with growing excitement in anticipation of the visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Bunting, pictures and flags adorned Market Street and Church Street the route the Royal party were to take to the Radio Station..Read more here.

HIGHBRIDGE GUY FAWKES CARNIVAL

In 1945 at the end of the Second World War the first Highbridge Carnival was organised by the Welcome Home Fund for the forces.  The first consisted of a carnival procession, a giant bonfire,  and a squibbing display on the Town Square…Read more here.

HIGHBRIDGE CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY

The first Highbridge Chrysanthemum Show was held in 1936, when a Society was formed to promote an interest in the growing of chrysanthemums.  This brought back an earlier interest in flower growing after the demise of the Highbridge Flower Show….Read more here.

HIGHBRIDGE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

In 1948 a former Headmaster of Highbridge V.C. School, Mr A Mason with few teachers and a group of enthusiasts decided to form the Highbridge Music Festival. The object was to encourage the appreciation of music, both vocal and instrumental….Read more here.

HIGHBRIDGE YOUNG FARMERS CLUB

The club was officially formed in 1935, when four farmers donated £5.00 each, they were Mr. Tom Tripp, Mr. Gilbert Gilling, Mr. Ben Arney and Mr. Jim Tewksbury.  The club started as a type of “calf club” where sons and daughters (approx ages 10 – 26 years) of farmers..Read more here.

HIGHBRIDGE SOCIAL CLUB

“Probably a no more generous action has ever been done for the welfare of the town of Highbridge” was a statement made in the “Burnham Gazette”& “Somerset Advertiser” in October 14th 1913.  This referred to the erection of a handsome building in Church Street, to be known as the Highbridge Social Club…Read more here.

TOWN BAND

The Burnham and Highbridge Town Band which was originally known as the Burnham and Highbridge Services Band, was first formed in 1945 at the end of the hostilities in Europe.  Mr. C.W. King, a local musician undertook the teaching and conducting; he was latterly the Band’s President for many years…Read more here.

SCOUTS, CUBS AND GIRL GUIDES

This is an international Organisation formed by Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell in 1908 (and the Girl Guides in 1910); the aim was to produce good citizenship in the rising generation.  As a young Cavalry Officer he had served with…Read more here.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE

The Ambulance Division was first registered on 24th June 1932 as Highbridge & Burnham Division, single sex Divisions only were operated – Ambulance for men, Nursing for ladies and corresponding for Cadets. Today there are combinations of Quadrilateral – one Division with all members- men, women, boys and girls;…Read more here.

AIR TRAINING CORPS

The Air Training Corp has been in Highbridge and Burnham since 1940 the current headquarters being just off the Highbridge Road. The Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadets had been in existence for some years and upon the outbreak of hostilities in 1939…Read more here.

BRITISH LEGION

Women’s Section – Formed in September 1929 it covered Highbridge, East and West Huntspill, Watchfield, Mark and Burtle; the agreed subscription being 1s. 00d per year. The first general meeting was held on 21st November 1929 with 96 members being present…Read more here.

BURNHAM AREA YOUTH (BAY) CLUB

The B.A.Y. club was built in 1966 on the playing fields next to the King Alfred School at a cost of £10,000.  The local community raised 25% of the money.  The floor area was 5000 sq. ft. with a hyper para’boloid roof, designed to reflect the maritime nature of the area….Read more here.

STROKE CLUB

This club meets every Tuesday at Morland Hall, Highbridge where everyone is made welcome.  The club is independent, self-supporting and is run by a committee of volunteers and club members…Read more here.

THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED (V.I.) CLUB

Can you imagine, suddenly to be plunged into a world of not being able to see to do the little things you enjoyed doing, or being able to go out on your own. Blindness can make a person feel very lonely and vulnerable…Read more here.

U.3.A. OF HIGHBRIDGE

The U3A of Highbridge is 5 years old in the town and is one of over 500 within the United Kingdom; its full title is the “University of the Third Age”. The idea originated in France around 1972, the idea being…Read more here.

CHARITABLE ASSOCIATIONS – NATIONAL BLIND CHILDREN’S SOCIETY

This Society was originally called “Help the Blind” being set up in 1995 by Rod Carne.  It then became a Charitable Organisation and the charity was renamed “The National Blind Children’s Society”….Read more here.

AGE CONCERN SOMERSET

As a member of a federation of many Age Concern organisations, which are active in this country and across the world, Age Concern Somerset is a non-profit making charity which gets financial support from local institutions, to solely help older people in Somerset….Read more here.

PRIMARY CARE TRUST

Under the auspices of the Primary Care Trust, a Group has been set up in the town; this is concerned with catering for the elderly and people who have mobility problems. Many elderly people, especially if suffering from rheumatism or a similar problem, suffer falls and the resulting hospitalisation and aftercare that follows is very costly to the National Health Service. In an attempt to reduce the instances of ‘falling’ the Group has undertaken the task of trying to encourage the elderly to be a little more careful when moving around both their homes or when out side, shopping or whatever.

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