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leave town seafront
A group of travellers has moved from Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
this week following the start of legal action. More...
called to car blaze
A CAR was left severely damaged after a
fire in Brean last night (Tuesday). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters
were called to South road in Brean shortly before 8.20pm. A fire
crew from Burnham-On-Sea was mobilized to reports of a car fire
on South Road in Brean.
half marathon for Jason
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to jet
off to America to take part in the New York Half Marathon. Jason
Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco supermarket, has raised
over £23,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society since he
started running. More...
fair hailed a hit
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea
area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February
21st) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor
District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre.
fouling paint action begins
A NEW scheme that aims to 'shame' dog owners
into preventing their pets fouling pavements and play areas in
Highbridge has launched. Mike Murphy from Highbridge Chamber of
Trade, pictured, and local traders are spray-painting around dog
waste on pavements. More...
in father's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has donated over £200
to the RNLI in memory of his late father. Burnham photographer
David Whatley recently visited Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station
to hand over a funeral contribution in memory of his late father.
jailed for burglary
A MAN has this week been jailed for four
and a half years after admitting conning a vulnerable man out
of more than £40,000 as well as a burglary and theft in
Burnham-On-Sea. John McCann, 42, of Naaz Lane in Gloucester, was
described as "cowardly".
new homes turned down
CONCERNED town councillors have turned down
proposals for 400 new homes in Highbridge amid fresh fears about
a lack of new schools and medical centres to support the population
growth. The Planning Applications Committee voted against the
Gull rescued by crew
A SEAGULL trapped in netting on the roof
of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre property was rescued by firefighters
on Monday (February 20th). One Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called
out to the High Street to bring down the bird using an extension
O'Grady praises library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library got a mention on
national radio at the weekend when it was featured on BBC Radio
2's Paul O'Grady show. Nathan Crook, Burnham-On-Sea Library Supervisor,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were delighted to get a shout-out."
flats plan gets go-ahead
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building looks set
to be turned into flats after a planning application was backed
by town councillors this week. The former Nat West bank building
in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014 and has been
vacant ever since. More...
fever cases on the rise
PUBLIC Health England is reporting an increase
in the number of scarlet fever cases across Somerset so far this
winter - despite a decrease in cases across the whole south west
region. Somerset saw 27 cases last year but 34 cases in the same
period this year. More...
ambulance lands in garden
AN air ambulance landed in a Burnham-On-Sea
garden on Sunday (February 19th) to help a patient following a
'medical emergency'. The Great Western Air Ambulance landed in
the gardens of the alms houses in Berrow Road at 9am, surprising
Burnham patisserie opens
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream
and patisserie items has opened this month in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre. Treats in the High Street offers a wide range of freshly-made
produce to suit all sweet tastes. The premises has a new modern
THE organiser of Burnham-On-Sea's Farmers
Market has defended the event after a councillor called for a
re-think on whether the monthly farmers markets should be held
in the town's High Street. It was questioned whether the High
Street should close each month.
thanks fiancée's helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has thanked local residents
who came to his aid when his fiancée passed out in the
town on Sunday (February 19th). Ashley Plant says he was walking
along Marine Drive, pictured, on Sunday morning when Victoria
called to Weston beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called
to Weston on Sunday evening (February 19th) after a man was reported
to be in difficulty in mud. BARB's volunteer crews were paged
at 9.06pm by Milford Haven Coastguards to assist with an incident
on Weston Beach.
return to seafront
A GROUP of travellers returned to Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront over the weekend - the first to arrive in the town this
year. Several vehicles, including three caravans, are parked on
the South Esplanade. The caravans are pitched on land near Burnham
flies in to help child
AN air ambulance landed at Apex Park in
Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (February 18th) to help a young
patient. The red Devon air ambulance hovered above the busy park
before surprising walkers by landing on a grassy area near the
flood project 'on track'
A £5million scheme by Wessex Water
to help alleviate flooding is 'progressing well' in Brent Knoll
and Burnham-On-Sea. The project involves building a new sewage
pumping station, installing new sewers, and making improvements
to the existing sewerage system. More...
O' Bells reunion planned
PAST customers of Burnham-On-Sea's former
Ring O' Bells pub are set to gather together for a big reunion
this summer. The pub in Oxford Street, pictured, was built by
traditional methods with no solid foundations - and it survived
until Burnham's 1981 floods. More...
health advice for firms
BUSINESSES across the Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge area are being invited to an evening workshop to help
them address mental health issues within the workplace. The workshops
are being held in many venues with the local one on Monday 27th
joins national spring clean
VOLUNTEERS at Highbridge's Apex Park will
be holding a big clean-up next month to mark the nationwide Great
British Spring Clean. Helpers are being encouraged to get involved
in the event at Apex Park on Tuesday 7th March from 10am-2pm.
gold trading shop opens
A NEW gold trading shop has opened in Highbridge
town centre this month. Burnham businessman Steve Thomas has opened
'Vault of Gold' in Church Street, Highbridge. Steve, a local resident,
has lived in Burnham-On-Sea and the area for 28 years.
opens after big upgrade
A TOWN centre hotel and pub in Burnham-On-Sea
has re-opened this week with the support of the town's MP and
Mayor following a £300,000 refurbishment. The Victoria Hotel
in Victoria Street has seen its bar, lounge, six letting rooms
and exterior all upgraded. More...
bus times are announced
USERS of a popular bus service which runs
between Taunton, Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea are set to see
new times introduced later this month. Brand new timetables have
been announced by The Buses of Somerset because of ongoing roadworks.
loses seven stone
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over seven
stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the
town. Jodie joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World,
held at the Baptist Church in College Street, and has lost 7 stone,
5lb in 40 weeks.
to perform in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host
a concert by an acclaimed singer-songwriter on Thursday 23rd February.
Philippa Hanna will be performing at the theatre in Burnham's
Princess Street for the latest stop on her nationwide 'Speed Of
Light Acoustic Tour'.
Mania hailed a success
DOZENS of children flocked to a special
fun day in Burnham-On-Sea celebrating Lego this week. Lego Mania
was held on Wednesday at the town's Lakeside Holiday Park. "This
was a fantastic and busy day. The children did some amazing work,"
said an organiser.
for markets re-think
A TOWN councillor has called for a re-think
on whether Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers markets should be
held in the town's High Street. Cllr Louise Parkin questioned
whether the number of stalls at the events justifies the High
Street being shut.
Social Club gets upgrade
WORK to refurbish a popular social club
in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has begun this week. The Ritz Social
Club in Victoria Street is giving its Gatsby Lounge Bar a 'long-overdue'
overhaul as part of a modernisation project that will be finished
pie enters production
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival's
Champion Baker has seen her winning pie go into commercial production
this week. Cathy Bird was judged to have the designed the best
pie filling during a competition held during last autumn's festival.
club holds film screening
ORGANISERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth
Club are to hold a fundraising cinema screening as part of their
campaign to try and save the group from closure. The club - based
at the BAY Centre - was set to shut when its funding from the
council ran out. More...
II status for memorial
AN historic war memorial in Highbridge commemorating
the lives of dozens of local railway workers who died in World
War 1 has been given Grade II listed status. The Secretary of
State has announced the status for Somerset and Dorset Railway
War Memorial. More...
plans draw mixed support
PROPOSALS to build a new Aldi supermarket
in Highbridge are attracting support from residents and ongoing
opposition from some local businesses. As we first reported, town
councillors and businesses are concerned at the proposed store
in Bennetts Road. More...
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