April 2009 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
rescue for stranded boat
lifeboats were launched on Thursday morning (April 30th) to help
a fishing boat in difficulty on Brean beach. The boat, which had
also required assistance from emergency services on Wednesday
evening, encountered fresh problems on Thursday morning.
name for tourism
Sedgemoor Tourism Association is broadening its focus with a new
name that will see it representing the whole of Somerset. Members
of the 100-strong association gathered at the Oak Tree Arena on
Wednesday evening (April 29th) where they unanimously backed the
full of old postcards owned by a Burnham-On-Sea collector has
been valued at hundreds of pounds by experts from the BBC's Antiques
Roadshow. Nikki Triggol travelled to Bath last Thursday to
take part in the taping of an episode of the long-running BBC1
boat towed from mud
boat was towed to safety after its owner got into difficulty on
the mudflats on Brean beach on Wednesday evening (April 29th).
Burnham-based charity BARB used its tractor to pull the stranded
craft from mud and soft sand a quarter of a mile from the shoreline,
as pictured here.
Coast Road protest planned
of mass protest like this in Berrow last year are set to be repeated
on Saturday (May 2nd) when angry villagers step up their campaign
to get safety improvements introduced along a busy road. Berrow's
Local Action Team will hold the protest march in Coast Road on
Saturday, starting at
aces clinch second place
day of rallying saw Burnham-On-Sea Motor Club members Dave Phillips
and Tim Bagg finish second in the annual Somerset Stages Rally
held in Minehead. The duo were competing in their BMW against
150 other crews from across the UK and this was their best-ever
televises speedway match
of TV viewers got the chance to watch live speedway racing from
Burnham-On-Sea's Oak Tree Arena for the first time on Tuesday
evening (April 28th). A huge crowd of supporters flocked to the
track to watch the televised clash between Somerset Rebels and
King's Lynn Stars, which was shown live on Sky Sports 1. More...
home rises from the ashes
work to re-build a Brean couple's home that was completely destroyed
by fire last year has begun this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
last November that a devastating fire had swept through the wooden
chalet owned by Brean beach warden Ron Sharrard and his wife Angela.
steps set to return?
steps leading up the outside of Burnham-On-Sea's historic beach
lighthouse is to be restored almost 25 years after being removed
due to storm damage. Sedgemoor District Council, the owner of
the much-loved landmark, has applied for Listed Building Consent
to make alterations to the town's low lighthouse - and re-introduce
the steps. More...
re-opens after accident
on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea was closed to all traffic this
evening (Tuesday April 28th) after a two-vehicle accident. Police
and paramedics were called to the junction with Burnham Moor Lane,
as pictured here, following the rush hour collision. Two cars
suffered front and side damage.
delight at road re-think
Highbridge are celebrating this week after forcing Somerset County
Council to reconsider its plans to introduce parking restrictions
along a busy road. Members of the recently-formed RAPYD (Residents
Against Proposed Yellow Disaster) group set-up to fight the proposals
for double yellow lines at the junction of Burnham Road and Pepperall
postman's snake shock
box at Brean has been taken out of use after the village's postman
got bitten by an adder lurking inside. Shocked postie Alan Wakley,
pictured, was bitten on the hand by the sneaky snake last Thursday
afternoon as he emptied the contents of the box at Brean Cove.
Governor for town group
town councillor Eric Gill has this week been chosen as the new
Governor of the town's Moose International Lodge. Retiring Governor
Terry Cornelius handed over the role to Cllr Eric Gill and Dot
Anderson became the group's new President Lady, replacing the
outgoing Yvonne Cornelius. More...
charity banner replaced
a local garden centre have given a charity a new advertising banner
to replace one stolen from Burnham-On-Sea in March. Employees
at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll heard that Freewheelers
Emergency Voluntary Service had a banner stolen last month. More...
raise £400 for club
at a Highbridge supermarket dug deep into their pockets and gave
hundreds of pounds to a local youth group at the weekend. Members
of Highbridge Community Youth Club collected £410.22 in
the foyer of the Highbridge's Asda store during Saturday April
lesson for school kids
Burnham-On-Sea have organised an event at West Huntspill School
to promote cultural awareness and diversity to young people. The
event will be led by a group called Storytree, who use story telling,
discussion, painting and song to educate youngsters and children.
police priorities revealed
residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have attended public
meetings over the last few days to set local police's priorities
for the coming three months. The PACT (Partners and Communities
Together) meetings have been held in the two towns to give people
a voice. More...
warned over fake notes
Burnham-On-Sea were warned on Saturday (April 25th) to watch out
for fake bank notes circulating in the town. It comes after a
visitor attempted to use several counterfeit £50 notes to
buy a large quantity of stationery products from Bastins on the
High Street on Saturday morning.
award for Brian
member of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge has been presented with
a scroll of honour to mark his half a century of membership. Brian
Saunders was presented with a special scroll of honour by Moose
Grand Governor Trevor Savage this week to celebrate his 50 years'
membership in the Loyal Order of the Moose. More...
barge passes Burnham
the largest vessels to travel through Bridgwater Bay for several
years glided past Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (April 25th).
The huge 100-metre Terra Marique barge was pulled by a tug past
Burnham at 8pm, having collected industrial equipment from Combwich.
photos: Prince visits Burnham
during Prince Edward's visit to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
station today (Friday, April 24th) when crews were called out
to an incident on the mudflats at Brean. The Earl Of Wessex was
visiting the seafront headquarters of BARB to mark the fifth anniversary
of the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft going into service. More...
prompted rescue call-out
hovercraft crew was called to Brean after two anglers got into
difficulty at the same time that Prince Edward was making a special
visit to BARB, the charity behind the rescue service, on Friday
(April 24th). The anglers had been fishing on rocks at the foot
of Brean Down and were trying to get back to the shore when they
encountered problems in the mud. More...
Prince's visit to Burnham
Edward visited Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (April 24th) when he visited
the town's rescue hovercraft station and Coastguards. Burnham-On-Sea.com
has compiled this special video highlights package featuring still
images and video of the day's activities around the town. Video
in foot chase in Burnham
called to an incident in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (April
24th) involving a group of travellers. Officers halted a convoy
of vehicles in Berrow Road at around 4.15pm, as pictured here,
after one was stopped on suspicion of not having valid insurance.
assaulted in churchyard
an appeal for information on Thursday (April 23rd) following an
assault in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this month. The incident occurred
at approximately 8pm on Tuesday 7th April in St Andrew's churchyard,
pictured, when a 46 year old man was attacked by a group of youths,
including three males and two females.
barriers now permanent
of barriers along lay-bys on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront has been
so successful in halting groups of 'boy racers' congregating there
that permanent bollards are now being installed. The plastic temporary
bollards were introduced last December to stop anti-social driving.
Edward visits town today
will host its first Royal visitor for 14 years today (Friday,
April 24th) when Prince Edward visits the town's rescue hovercraft
charity. The Earl Of Wessex will visit the seafront headquarters
of BARB to mark the fifth anniversary of the Spirit Of Lelaina
hovercraft going into service.
returns to town centre
once again been brought to a standstill this week as disruptive
roadworks returned. Church Street ground to a halt, as pictured
here, as major work to replace gas mains re-started on Monday
morning (April 20th) after a two week break over the Easter holiday
Dems back roads campaign
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has this week
backed new campaign group Residents Against Proposed Yellow Disaster
(RAPYD)'s fight to stop controversial plans for a new roundabout
at a road junction near the soon-to-open Frank Foley Parkway in
starts free bus service
Burnham-On-Sea can take advantage of free buses to Weston-super-Mare
using a temporary service launched this week by a supermarket
in the town. Morrisons, which took over the Somerfield store in
Pier Street, has launched the free bus service to take shoppers
to Weston. More...
crowd at Brean fireworks
1,500 spectators enjoyed a sparkling fireworks display in Brean
at the weekend when the village's Leisure Park held the first
of four free events. The first display of the year was a huge
success with over 1,500 spectators watching a display
that illuminated the skies above Brean. More...
schools set to merge?
to amalgamate two schools in Highbridge to form a single primary
school are set to be considered by Somerset County Councils
Executive Board next week. Beechfield Infants School and St Johns
Church of England Junior School, which are on adjacent sites on
Burnham Road, could merge to form a new primary school.
home could close down
Exclusive: THIS prominent
nursing home on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade is under threat of
closure due to a drop in the number of elderly people staying
there. The owners of Beverley Cottage residential care home confirmed
that closing the home is being considered. More...
over 'chainsaw massacre'
in Highbridge have been left fuming this week after chainsaw-weilding
council workers "butchered" several prominent trees
besides the town's clock. Work to trim back foliage in Jubilee
Gardens, besides Highbridge's town clock, has been carried out
by Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team in order to allow CCTV
cameras to get a better view of the area.
group to fight roundabout
A NEW Highbridge
campaign group has this week been formed to fight plans for a
controversial new roundabout. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to
report last month how Somerset County Council wants to build a
mini roundabout, safety mesaures and new yellow lines on Burnham
farewell to Chairman
Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade praised their outgoing Chairman
during his final meeting in charge on Tuesday (April 21st). Alex
Turco has stepped down from the high-profile role after two successful
years. He was presented with a gift on behalf of the Chamber's
members by member Geoff Shickle and President Gerry Germain during
Tuesday's AGM. More...
contest winners revealed
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual competition to find dozens of odd items
hidden in shop windows in the town were announced on Tuesday (April
21st). Burnham's Deputy Mayor, Derick Coooper, and the Chamber
of Trade's outgoing Chairman, Alex Turco, handed over prizes to
the winners before the group's AGM, as pictured. More...
figures in Burnham fall
crime in Burnham-On-Sea have fallen over the past year compared
to the previous 12 months, according to new figures out this week.
Burnham's Neighbourhood Inspector Sam Williams told Monday's Town
Council Meeting that crime in the town has dropped. More...
plans for Highbridge
a major £100m project to regenerate Highbridge were unveiled
on Monday night (April 20th) amid controversy. Toni
Hammick from development company Property Link unveiled the ambitious
plans for a
huge new development at the town's old boat yard on the banks
of the River Brue featuring a hotel.
arrests from Brean camera
Exclusive: A HIGH-tech
number plate camera which was introduced at a busy road junction
in Brean last autumn has already helped police make six arrests.
Last September the camera was installed in Church Road in the
village in a bid by police to crackdown on travelling criminals.
leaders' service praised
leaders from the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating this week
after receiving awards for good service. Burnham's Dave Burland
and Huntspill's Sue Hunter each received their Medals of Merit
during a ceremony at the Bishop's Palace in Wells on Sunday (April
group holds AGM tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Chamber Of Trade
will be holding its annual general meeting this evening, Tuesday
April 21st. The meeting will be held in the upstairs function
room of the Somerset & Dorset public house in the High Street
and will be open to all businesses in the town.
probe political graffiti
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are investigating a fresh incident
involving political graffiti in the town centre. The
word 'BNP' was scrawled over a wall outside a restaurant in Victoria
Street on Friday night, as pictured here. Burnham police are investigating
whether the incident is linked to a series of attacks last year.
Princess Hall trust formed
NEW charitable trust is being set-up in Burnham-On-Sea to look
after the town's Princess Hall - and business-minded local residents
are being sought to help. The Friends of the Princess is creating
the trust as part of its work to ensure the future of The Princess
as a community facility. More...
holidaymakers who got swept out to sea while fishing on a dinghy
in Bridgwater Bay were rescued by a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew
on Saturday afternoon (April 18th). The couple, from Perth, set
sail from Burnham beach in their dinghy before they were swept
into the sea by the falling tide. More...
rescued from river estuary
HERD of cows trapped in the River Parrett estuary near Burnham-On-Sea
prompted a huge rescue operation on Friday afternoon (April 17th).
fire crews from across Somerset, plus two rescue hovercrafts and
a tractor from Burnham-based charity BARB, were called to West
Huntspill at lunchtime after seven bullocks were reported to be
stuck in deep mud.
photos: Easter holiday fun
have been enjoying a busy week of Easter holiday activities in
the Burnham-On-Sea area over the last few days. Apex Wildlife
Park hosted several well attended kite-making sessions and Punch
and Judy shows, while youngsters also enjoyed an Easter party.
crash shuts busy road
motoryclist was rushed to hospital on Friday morning (April 17th)
after a road accident outside Highbridge. Police and paramedics
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the B3139 Mark Road following
the accident. The road was closed for several hours while investigations
plunges into roadside ditch
driver of this vehicle was lucky to escape without injuries after
careering off a country lane on the outskirts of Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea,
The Vauxhall Astra estate went off Accommodation Road on Tuesday
evening and ended up veering on its side in the ditch. More...
photos: Easter Dreamscheme fun
youngsters in Highbridge have been busy over the school holidays,
creating crime prevention cards with an Easter theme as part of
the town's Dreamscheme project. An Easter Card was designed by
the children featuring crime reduction advice inside.
crew called to factory blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea was called out to help tackle a factory blaze
in Bridgwater on Friday morning (April 17th). Fire crews from
Bridgwater, Burnham, Street and Taunton were sent to a wood factory
on Bridgwater Business Park after smoke was spotted at 7am.
jetty fees hike defended
District Council has this week defended its decision to hike up
the charge for boat users using Burnham-On-Sea jetty by a whopping
150 per cent. The
annual cost of launch permits for water craft using the town's
jetty has leapt from £20 to £50 - much to the anger
of frequent users.
arrested in new drugs raid
drug dealing in the centre of Highbridge swooped on a property
in the town on Wednesday afternoon (April 15th) and arrested a
were the scenes as police drugs officers entered a building in
Church Street for the second time in a fortnight. More...
could be turned into homes
set of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned into
two bungalows if a planning application gets the go-ahead. The
new owners of the building, off Seaview Road, have submitted a
planning application to convert the property into two bungalows.
anglers reel in awards
equivalent of the Oscars in Burnham-On-Sea took place on Wednesday
(April 15th) when over 40 trophies and awards were handed to members
Boat Owners Sea Angling Association.
Dozens of members gathered at the Oaktree Arena for the event.
your say on police matters
and Highbridge residents will be able to have their say about
policing in the town when the next quarterly Partners and Communities
Together (PACT) meetings are held. The regular meetings are on
21st April in Highbridge and 23rd April in Burnham-On-Sea. More...
track' fears for new road
to build the final section of Burnham-On-Sea's long-awaited Frank
Foley Parkway is "progressing well" and is on track
to be completed by this summer, it was confirmed this week - but
fresh fears have been raised about the safety of the new road.
Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the controversial
on schedule to be completed over the next few weeks.
new homes turned down
PLANS to build five new homes in Burnham-On-Sea
have been turned down by Sedgemoor District Council. A planning
application to build the homes on land at 13 Rectory Road was
initially turned down by the council last June, but the land owners
submitted an appeal against the decision. More...
cafe needs volunteers
recently-opened youth cafe has this week appealed for more volunteers
to come forward to help run the facility. More adults are needed
to help organise the Burnham Area Youth Centre's cafe in Cassis
Close, which has become a great success with dozens of frequent
art classes to start in town
County Council's Skills and Learning Centre in Burnham-On-Sea
will be starting two new art courses later this month. Both courses
will be taught by local artist Ade Bowen and will take place at
the Skills and Learning Centre in Princess Street in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea. More...
trade boost for Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed one of their busiest Easter holidays
for many years, despite the recession. Crowds of visitors put
the economic gloom behind them and flocked to the town in large
numbers, resulting in bumper takings for traders. Geoff Shickle
of Shickle Shoes is among the delighted traders.
windfalls for local groups
of pounds have been handed to local good causes by Burnham-On-Sea's
Moose International Lodge 123 during the group's annual charity
donations hand-out. Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance and Weston
Hospice Care were among the groups sharing a pot of £9,000.
swamped by incoming tide
owner of this van got a sinking feeling on Easter Sunday morning
(April 12th) when it became stranded in soft sand besides Burnham-On-Sea
wheels of fisherman Mark Draper's van got stuck in the soft sand
at 7.30am, and within a matter of minutes his vehicle had been
swamped by the incoming tide, as pictured here.
photos: Folkfest fundraiser
DAY of non-stop live music at a Burnham-On-Sea pub raised more
than £1,000 for the town's annual FolkFest on Easter Day
(April 12th). Ten acts performed at the Railway Inn to raise a
total of £1,200 towards the ever-increasing costs of holding
Burnham's annual folk festival. More...
bishop visits Burnham
African bishop was the VIP guest at a Burnham-On-Sea church on
Easter Sunday (April 12th). Bishop Andrew Proud was in town during
a three month visit to the UK and he read the sermon during Sunday's
service at St Andrew's Church. Andrew is the Bishop of the Horn
of Africa giving him leadership of the Anglican Church
in that area. More...
auction to help RNLI
FRAMED version of this photograph of Burnham-On-Sea's Staines
Whitfield lifeboat venturing out into Bridgwater Bay during rough
seas is one of the items that will be go under the hammer at a
charity auction being held in the town this coming weekend. The
event will be held at the Ritz Club. More...
crash in town centre
head-on crash involving these two vehicles closed a busy road
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (April 11th).
These were the scenes in Oxford Street after a Volkswagen Polo
and a Vauxhall Astra collided at the junction of Adam Street.
Seven people inside were left 'shocked' but not seriously hurt.
showcases local art
than 20 art students from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have
been showing off their work at an exhibition in the town over
the Easter period. Sixty pieces of artwork, ranging from acrylics
to water colours, are on show at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre
in Berrow Road. More...
up now for beach walk
CHARITY beach walk from Burnham-On-Sea jetty to Brean Down and
back is set to be held on Sunday May 31st to raise money for the
Alzheimer's Society. This year's 15-mile Brean Challenge will
start at 11.30am on Burnham's beach and organisers expect it to
take 4-5 hours. More...
Coast Road protest planned
SCENES of mass protest like this one in Berrow last summer
are set to be repeated next month when angry villagers step up
their campaign to get safety improvements introduced along a busy
road. Berrow's Local Action Team is planning a protest march in
Coast Road on Saturday May 2nd. More...
hit town internet cafe
shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is this week counting the
cost of crime after being struck by vandals. The Link internet
cafe in Cross Street had a window smashed - leaving its angry
owner to pick up the bill to get the damage repaired. It comes
after a spate of crimes in the town in recent months. More...
photos: Easter open day
residents flocked to an Easter-themed open
day at Highbridge's Morland Hall this week. The event, held on
Wednesday (April 8th), included Easter craft-making sessions and
cookery and healthy eating advice. The day was held to publicise
several new activities at the hall. More...
halts promotional blitz
TOWN council staff have this week halted a supermarket chain's
cheeky attempt to promote its Burnham-On-Sea store as one of its
rivals closed for the final time. A
long line of roadside signs promoting Lidl's store in Oxford Street
were put up along Queen's Drive, just yards away from Tesco, on
the same day that Burnham's Somerfield store shut for the final
on in Burnham at Easter
a busy weekend of entertainment lined up across the Burnham-On-Sea
area this weekend. Our exclusive guide takes you through all the
highlights, from a visit by the Easter Bunny to an art exhibition,
live music and a bingo session! Read Burnham-On-Sea.com's complete
Easter guide. More...
Edward to visit Burnham
Earl of Wessex is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station
later this month, marking the fifth anniversary since the life-saving
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft went on service. He will be arriving
at the seafront headquarters of BARB, the charity that operates
two life-saving rescue hovercrafts, on the afternoon of Friday
April 24th following visits to other parts of the county. More...
of town meeting announced
in Burnham and Highbridge is among the topics set to be discussed
at the 36th annual town meeting, due to be held on Monday 20th
April. The public meeting will be held at 7pm in the Old Courthouse
in Jaycroft Road under the chairmanship of the Mayor Cllr Peter
Park given funding boost
of Highbridge's Friends of Apex Park received a grant cheque worth
£2,615 from the Somerset Community Foundation on Wednesday
(April 8th). The funding will enable them to provide a new events
workshop programme and also to run national activities during
the year. More...
£7k park fence launched
were underway at a Burnham-On-Sea park on Wednesday (April 8th)
when a new two metre high fence costing £7,000 was officially
opened in a bid to stamp out anti-social behaviour. Members of
the Rosewood Action Team launched the project last year. More...
star to play in Brent Knoll
piano player Paul 'Harry' Harris will be performing a special
concert in Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, later this month.
The TV and radio star will be in action at a concert being held
in Saint Michael's Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th April. Tickets
are now available for the event. More...
expansion for pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy is to get a £330,000
expansion, its owners have revealed this week - exactly one year
on from when the pool was saved from closure. Meetings
have already been held with Sedgemoor District Council about the
plans to create a two-storey extension.
surfer found in Wales
Burnham-On-Sea were among the rescue teams searching for a missing
kite surfer in the sea near Brean Down this evening (Tuesday,
April 7th). An RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon plus lifeboats
from Penarth and Weston were called out to help in the search
north of Brean Down.
stolen from post office
FORMER sub-postmistress at Brent Knoll has escaped an immediate
prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing nearly £29,000.
Caroline Chennels, of Brent Street, was told she would have faced
at least two years in jail if she had denied the offence. Taunton
Crown Court heard she had taken about £2,000 a month.
police seize illegal cars
of police held a police operation targeting criminals across the
Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday (April 6th), leading to several
illegal cars being seized. The operation focused on outstanding
offenders, anti-social behaviour and vehicles, which were either
stolen, untaxed or uninsured. More...
owner thanks website
owner of a puppy that has been missing for over a fortnight has
this week thanked readers of Burnham-On-Sea.com for helping her
in the search for her much-loved pet. A notice was placed on Burnham-On-Sea.com's
forums within hours of owner Victoria Aldworth, pictured, placing
dozens of posters around the town.
roundabout plan attacked
Controversial plans to build a new roundabout at a busy road
junction in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been attacked by residents
living in the area. Somerset County Council wants to construct
a mini roundabout, plus a new pedestrian crossing, at the junction
of Pepperal Road and Burnham Road. More...
drugs raids in ten days
POLICE have carried out seven drugs busts in the last ten
days in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, it was revealed on Monday
evening (April 6th). Officers have carried out raids on properties
across the two towns in a concerted effort to crack down on drug
break-in at shop
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to come forward after an
attempted break-in at a shop in the centre of Highbridge early
on Monday morning (April 6th). Officers were called to the One
Stop shop in Market Street at 12.15am after a window was smashed
at the front of the premises.
boost to park security
in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens is set to be boosted this summer,
thanks to £5,000 of council funding. A
brand new infra-red CCTV camera is to be installed after Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council gave £3,000 of grant funding
and Somerset Council handed over £2,000 of cash on Monday
local food, urges town's MP
MP has this week urged shoppers to buy West Country products in
an effort to help local farmers and food producers during the
recession. David Heathcoat-Amory has long been an advocate of
British produce and is asking the public for support.
end to road misery
LONG-suffering businesses in Highbridge have finally been
given some good news after a temporary end to major roadworks
in the town centre. Work
in Church Street has come to a halt for two weeks over the busy
Easter holiday period to avoid additional traffic congestion.
crosses blessed on Knoll
Photo Special: Dozens
of people clambered up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll on Sunday
afternoon (April 5th) to watch the traditional blessing of three
Easter crosses. Churches from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were
represented at the 20-minute service, which was led by Reverend
head teacher retires
and pupils at Burnham-On-Sea Infants School have this week bid
a fond farewell to head teacher Sue Horne. Mrs Horne has retired
from her position after a long and successful career. Staff members
presented her with a cake and held a party on Friday to mark her
fire at Burnham home
A FIRE crew
from Burnham-On-Sea was called to a chimney blaze in the town
on Sunday evening (April 5th). One fire engine was sent to Grove
Road at 6.45pm, as pictured here, when the occupants of a house
raised the alarm after spotting a large amount of smoke
meet TV stars at forum
students from Highbridge's King Alfred School took part in a Somerset
Student Forum last week - and met two TV stars! The group met
other sixth form and college students from across Somerset during
the forum at Somerset College of Arts and Technology in Taunton.
call-out during cadets visit
Burnham-On-Sea's Sea Cadets visited the town's Coastguard hovercraft
rescue teams on Thursday (April 2nd) - and got to see a real incident
unfold around them. The eight youngsters were given a tour of
the Coastguard and BARB stations on Burnham seafront.
man in river bank drama
EMERGENCY services were called to Burnham-On-Sea Sailing
Club on Saturday evening (April 4th) after an elderly man fell
from a boat and briefly became stranded on the muddy banks of
the River Brue. Police, Coastguards, paramedics and a rescue hovercraft
were sent to the South Esplanade at 6.30pm.
jump for Malcolm, 72
A PLUCKY pensioner
from Burnham-On-Sea is set to fulfil a lifelong dream by completing
a parachute jump for charity at the age of 72. Malcolm Hill, of
Herbert Road, served in the Royal Marines during his National
Service but he missed out on parachute jumps
and this is behind his unfilled ambition. More...
Ice cream parlour opens
A NEW ice
cream parlour opened on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday
(April 4th) in time for the start of the Easter holidays. Owner
Robin Luxom is keeping his fingers crossed for a warm spring and
summer, having launched the shop, called The Whole Scoop
on The Esplanade. More...
window contest begins
Burnham-On-Sea town centre businesses are taking part in a 'spot
the odd item in the window' competition throughout this month.
The annual contest sees the public being invited to find items
that shops do not usually display in their windows
during the rest of the trading year. More...
callers zone launched
of East Brent, near Burnham-On-Sea, has this week become the latest
area to be designated a 'no cold calling zone'. Local residents
had raised concerns at the level of aggressive cold callers in
the village and this led to the issue being designated a priority
for local police and it was decided to set-up the new zone.
tumble at seafront run
and calm weather provided ideal conditions for the 68 runners
who took part in a race on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Thursday
night (April 2nd). Records tumbled during the 5km event, which
was the final race of a series of six runs held over the winter
anger over compensation
Exclusive: ANGRY businesses
in Highbridge have this week hit out at Sedgemoor District Council's
offer of financial help during the town's disruptive roadworks
after several firms received cheques of just £20 and less.
Several months' work to replace gas mains along Church Street
began in January, causing endless traffic queues and severely
denting the trade of nearby businesses.
lady in beach drama
AN elderly lady who became disorientated in the dark on
Burnham-On-Sea's beach was helped to safety by Coastguards on
Thursday night (April 2nd). A team of Coastguards was called to
the paddling pool area on the town's beach at 8.45pm, as pictured,
after the lady reported she had got into difficulty.
crew called to garden blaze
firefighters were called to a small blaze outside a house besides
the town's lighthouse on Thursday evening (April 2nd). One fire
engine was sent to the Lighthouse Cottage in Berrow Road at 6.30pm,
as pictured here. A garden fire got out of control and began burning
down several hedges.
Saplings for school
Burnham-On-Sea Community Infant School have been presented with
81 saplings to help them with their environmental projects. The
school on Winchester Road was awarded the saplings by Monkton
Elm Garden and Pet Centre at Monkton Heathfield, near Taunton.
rates relief for traders
District Council is to help traders in the centre of Highbridge
whose trade has been adversely affected by long-running road works.
Work to replace gas mains in Church Street began in January and
has caused endless queues and hit the trade of shops
and businesses. More...
presents MBE to Andrea
PRINCE Charles has this week presented a community-minded
resident from Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, with an MBE during
a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Andrea Johnstone travelled
to London with her daughters to receive the award, which recognised
her voluntary service to the community.
TEAM of nine council staff has this week completed a three-day
clean-up operation on Burnham-On-Sea's beach. Five truckfuls of
rubbish and over 150 sacks have been taken away in readiness for
start of the busy Easter holiday season
by Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team. More...
photos: Easter bonnet parade
on the minds of a group of Highbridge youngsters this week when
they created these colourful bonnets for an annual parade. Pupils
at Beechfield Infants School held the procession on Wednesday
when bonnets of all shapes and sizes were shown
front of friends and parents. More...
revamp for golf club
AN extended golf course is one of the many improvements
being made to a holiday park in Brean this year, which has invested
£1.5m into upgrades. Holiday Resort Unity and Brean Leisure
Park have been undertaking a major upgrade programme during recent
which includes an extended golf course. More...
tower an April fool!
proposals for a £3million viewing tower and visitor centre
to be built on the top of Brent Knoll have been unveiled this
week. The 60 metre tall 'County Tower' will be a concrete and
steel structure that rises from the top of the Knoll and offers
360 degree panoramic views.
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