Hill View CC appeal for new home

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Hill View Juvenile CC at last year's carnival. Photo: Jeff Searle. Hill View Juvenile CC at last year's carnival. Photo: Jeff Searle.

HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham’s only carnival club may not be able to enter this year’s procession if it does not find a new base soon.

Hill View Juvenile CC, which has been established for almost 40 years, has been informed its current site at Woodberry Brothers and Haines Ltd in Highbridge is to be sold.

Now the club is urgently appealing to landowners to help it find new land or a large barn to build and store its cart.

Mark Bishop, chairman of Hill View CC, told the Weekly News: “Time is of the essence. If we don’t find anywhere over the next couple of months we won’t be able to enter this year’s carnival – which will be a disaster, because we always bring out a cart.

“We use two sites - Woodberry’s and the Bristol Bridge Inn. We outgrew the Bristol Bridge Inn and both have been very kind and accommodating over the last three years, but now Woodberry’s is likely to be sold.

“We’ve been fighting to find either land or a building. We have our own portable building so we could use that on land if needed.”

Tina Marshall, secretary of Hill View CC, said until a new place is found, the club cannot even start building its cart.

She added: “It’s extremely vital we find somewhere. The kids will be so disappointed because they really love taking part.”

The junior club caters for children up to the age of 16 and members work very hard throughout the year to raise funds to keep it going.

Jan Paul, secretary of Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Committee, said the club is “essential” to the town.

She told the Weekly News: “It would be such a shame if the club didn’t find somewhere. We’d still be able to hold the carnival but a key piece would be missing.

“It’s important we keep the club as it’s the only one we have for our area. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

If anyone has land or a building of around 50x50ft call the club on 07789682576.

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