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closes in Brent Knoll as rising costs take their toll
POPULAR Brent Knoll hotel has closed down this month, becoming
the second in the area to close in recent weeks. More...
flag accolade for Apex
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has this week been
officially recognised by the nationwide Green Flag Award Scheme
as one of the very best parks in the country. A ceremony was held
at Apex Park on Wednesday (September 20th) to raise the new flag.
raises £25k for charity
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea runner has raised
over £25,000 for charity by completing his 59th half marathon.
Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket
and is a member of Burnham Harriers Running Club, hit the milestone.
'needs improved signs'
A GROUP of Highbridge firms has called for
improvements to travel information at the town's railway station.
Eileen Shaw, secretary of Highbridge Chamber of Trade, says members
are concerned visitors to Highbridge Railway Station struggle
with little information. More...
art goes on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea Woodturning Club is holding
a special Open Day this Saturday (September 23rd) when its work
will be on display. To celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Association
of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), a free-to-enter Open Day
is being held. More...
shave is a family affair!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician will be joined
by his entire family as they all have either their heads shaved
or hair cut this Friday (22nd September) as part of National Eye
Health Week and to raise money for the Royal National Institute
for the Blind (RNIB).
inspectors visit Pontins
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park has been inspected
by environmental health officers following complaints from holidaymakers
about the resort's cleanliness. Pontins has come under scrutiny
several times in recent years - and this summer by frustrated
open evening tonight
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host
its annual Open Evening today for all Year 6 parents, carers and
students who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers
and students from other years are also welcome to attend the event
this evening. More...
PROPOSALS to build a new drive-thru Costa
Coffee restaurant at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea
have been given the go-ahead this week. The new 990-square-metre
facilities will be located at the southbound Sedgemoor Services.
features Highbridge firm
A HIGHBRIDGE cleaning firm's work featured
in a new ITV1 primetime series called 'Call the Cleaners' on Tuesday
(September 19th). The Groves Xtreme Clean team were shown clearing
a rental home in Highbridge's Church Street where years of rubbish
had been hoarded.
family in world's top 25!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family dubbed 'Britain's
Fastest family' by the national media is celebrating this week
after four members competed for Great Britain at the World Triathlon
Championships at the same time. The Rogers headed for the contest
in Rotterdam. More...
cuts power to 450 homes
HUNDREDS of homes and businesses in Highbridge
were without power on Tuesday after an electricity line was accidentally
cut by workmen. Western Power Distribution spokeswoman Tracey
Carr said 451 customers were without power. More...
Proms night Burnham
A PATRIOTIC evening of music and fun has
raised hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Burnham
Rotary Club organised a Last Night Of The Proms fundraiser earlier
this month in the town in aid of the town's BARB Search &
completes ride challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has battled
her way through heavy rain and wind during a charity cycle ride
from Land's End to John O'Groats. Linda Macbeth took part in the
Deloittes ride across Britain to raise money for Cancer Research
called to 'sudden death'
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Technical
Street on Monday evening (September 18th) after reports of a sudden
death. Several nearby residents told Burnham-On-Sea.com they saw
Police officers at a garage in the street during the evening.
reach 'tipping point'
SOMERSET Police bosses have this week issued
a stark warning to the government, saying the force has reached
a 'financial tipping point' and cannot sustain further funding
cuts without "extremely serious consequences." Cuts
cannot be sustained, they say. More...
cartel details revealed
THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
has this week published new details of the findings against a
group of six Burnham-On-Sea estate agencies which fixed commission
rates. The agencies agreed to fix their minimum commission at
1.5 per cent. More...
picks Trust for upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this
week issued an update on the process of 'academisation', which
was impacted by their Ofsted report of April 2017. In June the
Somerset local authority commissioned Clevedon Learning Trust.
club unveils changes
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club has unveiled new
upgraded darts facilities to encourage more local participation
in the game. The popular club, based in Church Street, has invested
in improved sports facilities and new safety features in recent
star! Praise for caterers
THE catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred
School are celebrating after achieving a five star food hygiene
rating. Inspectors from Sedgemoor District Council visited the
school earlier this month and awarded the school a five star rating
for a sixth time. More...
to celebrate Schubert
TICKETS are on sale for a special event
near Burnham-On-Sea celebrating the music of classical composer
Schubert. Organised by the Friends of St Michael's Church, the
event will included an illustrated talk about the Austrian composer's
life and music. More...
'dragon' slays potholes!
A FIRE-breathing 'dragon' is the latest
weapon being used to slay potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area
and other parts of Somerset. The 'dragon patcher' so called
because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface
is currently on trial. More...
fun day draws crowds
CROWDS of people headed to Brent Knoll's
RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 17th) when it held its
annual Fun Day. The popular event was held at the Brent Road centre
over the course of four hours with a range of activities and displays
set up. More...
centres in shake-up
CHILDREN'S centres in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge could be set for big changes under proposals set to
be unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority has released
draft plans showing which of its centres would stay open as part
of a reorganisation. More...
bomb safely detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was
found in the Bristol Channel not far from Hinkley Point C was
safely detonated on Sunday (September 17th). The 250lb device
was the fourth to be found during recent weeks by the team building
the power station. More...
turnout for beach clean
THE first anniversary of the formation of
the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach was marked on Saturday (September
16th) with a beach clean. The volunteers met at the entrance to
the River Brue to remove rubbish washed up along the banks and
Model rail's 50th year
HUNDREDS of people attended an event to
mark the 50th anniversary of West Huntspill Model Engineering
Society over the weekend. The well-attended event, held on Saturday
and Sunday, took place at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway
in New Road. More...
RNLI ball tickets available
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI ball tickets are selling
out fast with just a few remaining available. Over 80 per cent
of the tickets for the black-tie RNLI ball on 14th October have
been sold, with only five full tables of ten left. It will be
a chance to hear popular local band 'Six Machine'. More..
bank prepares to close
NATWEST is preparing for the closure of
its Burnham-On-Sea branch in October by appointing a new 'community
banker' to help customers. Robbi Maggs has taken on the role in
Burnham where NatWest's branch is shutting down on October 10th.
warning after burglary
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea
residents to be extra vigilant after a burglary in the town on
Friday night (September 15th). Police say a property in Priestley
Way was broken into and property stolen from inside during the
car wash raises £400
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters washed dozens
of cars at their station on Saturday (September 16th) to raise
funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. A line of vehicles turned
up at the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive where the team
of firefighters took part. More...
pub gets £200k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Railway Inn has re-opened
this week after being given a £200,000 revamp. Landlords
Antony Doble and Jade Parkes, pictured, unveiled the new-look
pub this week. Antony says: "It has been a total refurbishment"
with a new bar and decor. More...
over missing Phoebe
POLICE have appealed for the public's help
to find missing 14-year-old girl Phoebe Sheldon. The teenager
was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on Tuesday (September
12th). A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're
concerned for her welfare." More...
reassured on terror level
AVON and Somerset Police has reassured residents
that there is "no known terrorism threat to the South West"
despite raised concerns nationally. The UK terror threat has been
increased to 'critical' following Friday's terror incident on
a tube train. More...
tackles PM over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week asked
Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to prevent 'illegal' traveller
encampments in the local area. James Heappey raised the issue
during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons.
completes 105-mile race
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed
a gruelling 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise
money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at
Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, headed up to Scotland this
'still busy despite algae'
SEDGEMOOR District Council says new water
quality tests in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week
have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger.
However, the council says there are plenty of activities ongoing
at the busy park. More...
group's 2nd year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Bereavement Cafe is set
to mark its second anniversary this weekend. The support group
is held on the third Sunday of every month in the town's St Andrew's
Church at 4pm, and this weekend's event on September 17th will
mark the second anniversary. More...
M5 signs halted by costs
IMPROVED signage is needed on the M5 motorway
to promote Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist destination, town councillors
have agreed at their latest meeting - however the huge costs have
halted the plans. Councillors have considered a £34,000
after buoy washed up
A COASTAL research company is hoping beach
users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow or Brean will be able to find
the other half of this survey buoy. The 7ft yellow marker buoy
was washed up on Brean beach this week, as pictured, but the other
half has gone missing. More...
Park living art planted
A NEW 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's
Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been
planted this week. The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor
District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley from
the Friends of Apex Park. More...
bikers ride laps for funds
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club have
jumped on their bikes to raise funds this week. A sponsored bike
ride has been held at the club, based at Highbridge's Apex Park,
to raise funds for a new gazebo to help provide shelter to the
children at competitions. More...
attend harvest home fun
OVER 280 people attended Lympsham's Harvest
Home at the weekend as the seasonal celebrations came to an end.
The village's traditional, long-running event is held every autumn
and is one of several harvest homes held across the Burnham-On-Sea
dies on Brean Down
THE ambulance service says a man sadly died
after suffering a cardiac arrest on Brean Down at the weekend.
Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, landed on the Down
on Sunday afternoon to help the man. Three ambulances and Coastguards
were sent. More...
dog scoops award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog has been judged to
be one of the friendliest in Britain in a nationwide competition.
Ness Holbrow entered her border terrier Jack by submitting a photo
to the 'Dog Friendly' judges, who had the job of selecting the
most friendliest dogs. More...
TV star in Highbridge
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star
John Partridge made a special visit to Highbridge at the weekend
to lead two musical theatre singing workshops for juniors and
adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held
at Churchfield School. More...
cut hits 180 homes
DOZENS of homes were without power in the
Burnham-On-Sea area as strong winds caused by Storm Aileen swept
through the region overnight. Western Power Distribution told
Burnham-On-Sea.com that over 180 homes were without power in Brent
Jeep rescued from mud
A US Army jeep driven onto Brean beach got
into a sticky situation when it became stuck in mud at the weekend.
The beach warden says the vehicle, pictured here, was a US Army
WW Jeep which got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon (September
boost for area
SEVERAL communities in the Burnham-On-Sea
area are to be connected to a new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband
network that will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds
in the UK. They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be
connected in the broadband rollout. More...
return from Rome
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from
King Alfred School have returned to their studies following a
summer trip to Rome.nb A group of sixth form students enjoyed
a special trip to the Italian city over the summer, visiting many
well-known tourist destinations. More...
bike ride raises £560
A TEAM of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club to hold a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday
(September 10th) which raised hundreds of pounds for a little
boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers held a static sponsored
cycle ride. More...
rescued from stuck car
A FAMILY of four people was rescued after
getting stranded in a car on Brean beach on Sunday (September
10th). BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called
to the beach at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into the
Highbridge flats opposed
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a
prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs
down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Wednesday
(September 6th), members of the Council's Planning Applications
Committee voted against the plan.
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