March 2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
airlifted to hospital
MOTORCYCLIST was airlifted to hospital following an accident on
the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (April
30th). Police, fire and ambulance crews from Burnham were sent
to the northbound carriageway after the rider lost control near
junction 21. More...
in fresh protest march
villagers in Berrow calling for a new pavement to be introduced
along Coast Road will hold their first protest march of the year
on Saturday (May 1st) as their fight continues. Berrow's Local
Action Team is organising the protest, starting at 11am at the
village church. More...
Man enters 'not guilty' plea
man has today pleaded not guilty to the murder of 20 year-old
George Lawson (pictured right). Adam Lapthorne appeared at Exeter
Crown Court where entered his plea and spoke only to confirm his
23 year-old will now stand trial on August 2nd.
sets police priorites
TACKLING vandalism and drug dealing will be the two top priorities
for police in Highbridge over the next three months, residents
in the town have decided this week. Over 20 residents made the
decision at the quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT)
warning after town break-ins
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week urged
homeowners to be extra vigilant after a series of break-ins by
opportunistic burglars. Laptop
computers and other high value personal items have been stolen
during eighteen break-ins over the last three months.
in election walkabout
Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt was in Burnham-On-Sea
on Friday (April 30th) when she visited traders across the town
centre. Tessa's election walkabout included visits to Shickle
Shoes, the Newquay Pasty Shop, Sea Breeze and Truckles farm shop.
Trust concert to be held
local music group the Ginger Hitlas will join four other groups
in playing at a charity concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (April
30th). The event at The Railway Inn in the High Street is being
held to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Four up-and-coming
groups will join the Hitlas. More...
police meeting tonight
residents will be able to have their say about policing in the
town when a quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT)
meeting is held tonight (Thursday, April 29th). PACT meetings
give local residents a chance to influence what happens in their
encounter for town runner!
Burnham-On-Sea runner Jason Vickers has raised more than £2,300
for charity by completing the London Marathon - and he even had
an encounter with Royalty during the event. Jason, who works at
Burnham's Tesco supermarket, ran Sunday's London marathon. More...
watch town election debate
three main general election candidates answered questions on topics
ranging from the economy to assisted suicide and the Severn Barrage
during a public debate in the town on Wednesday evening (April
200 people attended the special 'Election
Hustings Meeting' in Burnham's Baptist Church.
attack parking machine
caused hundreds of pounds of damage early this morning (Wednesday,
April 28th) when they smashed their way into a parking ticket
machine on Burnham seafront. The machine was on The Esplanade,
south of the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village, and was badly
Minister in pylons visit
Secretary of State Greg Clark has today visited the site of the
proposed giant electricity pylons which National Grid wants to
build to connect Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. He was in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Wednesday (April 28th), accompanied by MP David Heathcoat-Amory,
to campaign against the pylons.
injured in multi-car crash
people were rushed to hospital following a multi-vehicle accident
on the M5 motorway at Burnham's junction 22 early on Tuesday morning
(April 27th). Emergency services were called to the southbound
carriageway at 12.14am after a lorry crashed. Two motorists were
taken to hospital. More...
cold calling zone for town
PLANS to launch Burnham-On-Sea's 25th 'no cold calling zone'
in the town have been uneveiled this week. Neighbourhood Watch
organisers, working with police and Trading Standards, plan to
expand the coverage into the St Marks area over the next few months.
May Fayre this Sunday
the fun of the fair comes to Berrow this Sunday (2nd May) when
the village holds its annual May Fayre. Berrow's May Fayre will
take place between 12.30pm and 5pm on the Red Road Playing Fields.
Last year's event was very well attended and raised over £5,500
for the village hall.
reassure town over letters
police have this week reassured residents that an anonymous letter
which is being dropped through letterboxes, alleging that a paedophile
is living in the town, is 'malicious'. Sgt
Ian Kennett told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Some residents in the
Burnham Road and Marine Drive area have received the letters in
the post stating that a paedophile was living at an address.
rescue drama on town beach
owners of this vehicle got a sinking feeling when their car became
stranded on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Monday evening (April 26th)
on the first night of their family holiday. The family of three,
from Wolverhampton, were on their way to nearby Brean to book
in at Pontins holiday camp when they took a detour.
river man rescued
Coastguards were called to Brean on Monday afternoon (April 26th)
after a man was reported to be in a 'distressed' state on a boat.
A lifeboat from Weston-super-Mare was also called to the River
Axe at around 4pm and the man was taken off the boat safely.
boost for cancer charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea singer is set to swap her microphone for running
shoes when she takes up a running challenge for charity in June.
Gemma Saunders, the vocalist from popular local band 'Man from
Funkle', is entered into Bristol's 10 kilometre Race for Life
on June 12th.
announces tomato week
residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to
an event dedicated to one of the world's favourite fruits. Sanders
Garden World in Brent Knoll will be holding a Tomato Growing Week
from Monday May 17th until Sunday May 23rd when a range of tips
and advice will be on offer.
is no barrier for new project
with wheelbarrows, spades and seeds, this group of Highbridge
residents has been busy planting a wildflower meadow. The group
were brought together by an 'intergenerational project' called
'The Company of Voices', run by Somerset County Council and the
Children and Young People's Partnership.
called to sudden death
POLICE were called to a Burnham-On-Sea
street on Saturday evening (April 24th) to investigate a sudden
death at a house. Police and ambulance crews were called to the
property in Exeter Close at 8pm after the death of a lady was
reported to police.
accident shuts part of street
PART of a Burnham-On-Sea town
centre street was sealed off by police on Saturday evening (April
24th) amid safety concerns for passing pedestrians. A pane of
glass was accidentally smashed at an upstairs flat in Victoria
Street, sending shards of glass onto the street and pavements.
complete Burnham Triathlon
120 athletes took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Triathlon on
Sunday morning (April 25th). The popular 'Super Sprint Triathlon',
organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, involved the competitors
swimming 250m in the pool, cycling 10km in the town and running
2.5km along the beach and seafront.
fire chief speaks out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire chief has this week made a robust defence
of the fire service in our area. Burnham Fire Station Watch Commander
Dick Solomon, pictured, spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com following
last weekend's rescues of a goat and a horse, which prompted a
range of negative feedback.
Chi Taster Day raises £400
of Burnham-On-Sea residents took part in a Tai Chi taster day
on Saturday (April 24th). Over 50 people of all ages flexed and
stretched themselves at the event in Burnham Community Centre,
which also included displays on holistic therapy and reflexology.
exhibition opens in town
NEW exhibition of animal artwork has opened at a Burnham-On-Sea
gallery this week. The display at Sea Breeze in Victoria Street
shows the work of twelve artists from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater
and surrounding areas. The new exhibition includes Sophie Jones,
a textile designer.
given taste of uni life
GROUP of Year 12 students at Highbridge's King Alfred School got
a taste of university life when they visited Cardiff University
last week. The students toured the university accommodation and
facilities to get a flavour of independent living and were impressed
with what they saw.
photos: Tom King in Burnham
Special: Former Defence Secretary Tom King visited Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (April 24th) when he joined David Heathcoat-Amory
for an election walkabout. Lord King, who was MP for Bridgwater
from 1970 until 2001, gave his support to Mr Heathcoat-Amory during
his visit to the town.
police priorities are chosen
Tackling speeding, dog fouling and monitoring pubs and clubs
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been chosen as the top priorities
for police in the town. The priorities were set by members of
the public who attended this week's quarterly police community
meeting in the town council's chambers in Jaycroft Road.
dance studio set to open
NEW dance school which opens in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend is
offering a variety of free taster sessions for adults and children.
DanceFit has opened its new studio on the Westman's Trading Estate
in Love Lane. There's no need to book - just wear suitable clothes.
vandals target seafront
have sprayed graffiti across Burnham-On-Sea's jetty and stolen
an inflatable life-ring, angering council bosses this week. Sedgemoor
District Council's cleaners spent several hours removing the painted
messages from the sides of the jetty and parts of the sea wall
arcade plans are approved
PROPOSALS to build a new amusement arcade
in Brean have been given the go-ahead by district council planners
this week. Brightholme Caravan Park had applied for Full Planning
Permission to construct the new arcade on its site in Coast Road
in the centre of the village. More...
to close for triathlon
of Burnham-On-Sea seafront and adjoining roads will be closed
to traffic on Sunday (April 25th) when the town's spring triathlon
is held. The 'Super Sprint Triathlon' will see competitors swimming
250m, cycling 10km and running 2.5km along the Esplanade and the
town's beach. More...
hotel calls on anniversary
and councillors have this week stepped up their calls for work
to begin on developing the former Highbridge Hotel site - exactly
two years after a huge fire swept through the property. The remains
of the once-proud landmark at the entrance to the town remain
clad in scaffolding with no immediate sign of renovation work
starting, two years on.
on anti-social behaviour
police have launched a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the
town following a series of incidents in recent days. Stones and
water bombs were thrown at vehicles in Westfield Road, Burnham
earlier this week. And two deliberate fires have been set in Highbridge
over the last week. More...
trader warning issued
residents have this week been warned to avoid falling victim to
rogue traders who could leave them thousands of pounds out of
pocket. It comes after a Burnham-On-Sea homeowner was visited
by a group of 'rogue traders' earlier this month who tried to
carry out work to replace a roof. More...
tidy up town seafront
who have been sentenced by the courts to do unpaid community work
have been collecting rubbish along Burnham's seafront and along
the River Brue this week. Sedgemoor District Council asked the
probation service if they could bring a team to help out in the
clean-up operaion. More...
new facilities opened
Mayor was the special guest at the opening of a new outside learning
environment at a nursery in the town this week. The Fair Start
Nursery recently received a grant from Sure Start and Somerset
County Council towards the costs of the new facilities. More...
centre gets £45k revamp
A Highbridge sports centre will officially open its new-look
sports hall today (Wednesday, April 21st) following a £45,000
main hall and adjacent rooms at King Alfred Sports Centre have
been closed for several weeks while the project to modernise the
facilities was completed.
in tree planting ceremony
Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have planted
a special tree his week to mark the end of their year in the civic
role. Derek and Christine Cooper planted the new sapling in Jubilee
Gardens in the centre of Highbridge on Tuesday (April 20th). More...
damaged in town centre fire
THIS was the dramatic scene in Highbridge town centre on Tuesday
evening (April 20th) when fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate'
blaze that left a vehicle damaged. A local resident raised the
alarm at 8.05pm after a fence was set alight. A Burnham fire crew
rushed to Market Street to tackle the blaze.
Sooty in Brean this Saturday
Sooty and friends will perform at Brean Leisure Park next Saturday
(24th April). Richard Cadell from Children's ITV will lead the
performance with Sooty, Sweep and Soo at 3pm in front of a crowd
of spectators. The show will be held behind the Farmer's Tavern
at the leisure park in the village. More...
camp is big hit with kids
players from a Burnham-On-Sea tennis club have just enjoying a
week-long holiday tennis camp. The Avenue Tennis Clubs camp
has been hailed a success after attracting the aspiring youngsters.
Head coach Vinny Duddy said another will be held in June and people
can sign up now to join. More...
'shaken' after accident
A motorist was left 'shaken' after crashing
into a wall and ending up embedded in the side of a shed in Brean
on Monday afternoon (April 19th). Police were called to Weston
Road at 12.30pm after the single vehicle accident outside Diamond
Farm Holiday Park
in the resort. More...
groups bid to take over TIC
organisations have come forward to take over Burnham-On-Sea's
Tourist Information Centre, it has been announced this week. The
four unnamed organisations have submitted formal 'expressions
of interest' to the Town Council's working party which was set
up earlier this year to find a new group to run the centre.
Ashdown visits Burnham
Cable, the Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, had to postpone
his visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (April 19th) due to the
continuing air travel problems following last week's eruption
of a volcano in Iceland. The MP for Twickenham was due to give
his support to local parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt. More...
help stricken yacht
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were launched on Sunday night (April
18th) to help a yacht in difficulty. A 26ft yacht had been reported
to Coastguards as being disabled with its steering out of action
and its keel jammed down. Both Burnham RNLI lifeboats were launched
at 7.25pm. More...
Orville coming to Burnham!
entertainer Keith Harris is set to bring his puppet Orville to
Brean for a night of adult comedy next month. Tickets have gone
on sale for the special event, to be held at Brean Leisure Park,
on Saturday May 8th. This event will have adult themes and will
not be suitable for youngsters. More...
Cable in Burnham today
Cable, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and its treasury
spokesman, will visit Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday, April 19th)
during another busy day on the local election campaign trail.
MP will be giving his support to local parliamentary candidate
Tessa Munt during a visit to the Oaktree speedway arena from 11.30am
photographers put in focus
100 photographs went on display when Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club
held its second annual photography exhibition on Sunday (April
18th). The popular event, which was held at the BAY Centre in
Cassis Close, was opened by Ian Burrage, a presenter on radio
station Heart. More...
causes Brean cliff drama
were the scenes at Brean Down on Sunday evening (April 18th) when
fire crews were called to rescue a goat that was believed to have
become stranded on a cliff edge. After two dog deaths on the steep
cliffs during the last month, a walker called out local animal
rescue charity Secret World and the fire service amid concern
that the goat was stuck on a grassy cliff ledge.
tractors chug into Burnham
Special: OVER 50 vintage tractors chugged
their way through Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 18th) during
a fundraising tractor road run that ended on the town's seafront.
North Somerset Vintage Tractor Club
organised the event from Sandford to Burnham's seafront in aid
of BARB. More...
horse rescued by crews
HORSE that was trapped up to its neck in two metres of slurry
was rescued in the early hours of today (Sunday, April 18th) by
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton. The
animal was reported to be in difficulty in Dunwear Lane, Dunwear,
near Bridgwater at 11pm on Saturday evening.
PACT meeting this week
residents will be able to have their say about policing in the
town when a quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT)
meeting is held this week. PACT meetings give local residents
a chance to influence what happens in their area and the meeting
will be held on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm. More...
event attended by 60
Mayor and Mayoress were among 60 people who attended a social
evening organised by the town's 'Friends of The Princess Hall'
on Saturday (17th April). The event, held at the Princess, gave
residents a chance to hear more about the group's strategy. More...
crews tackle heath blaze
from across Somerset, including Burnham-On-Sea, were called to
a huge heath fire on the Quantocks on Friday afternoon (April
fighters from Burnham, Nether Stowey, Williton, Bridgwater, Minehead,
Glastonbury and Street were
sent to Holford Common
just after 2pm. More...
ash spotted by astronomer
A LOCAL astronomy
lecturer says this photo of the moon taken through his telescope
from Burnham seafront this week shows the quantity of ash and
dust in the upper atmosphere following this week's volcanic eruption
in Iceland. Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how he spotted the material.
candidates to attend meeting
three main parliamentary candidates in May's General Election
are set to meet for a lively debate in the town. MP
David Heathcoat-Amory will answer questions with Tessa Munt and
Andy Merryfield at the 'Election
Hustings Meeting' on 28th April.
destroyed by fire in Mark
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Mark on Friday evening (April
16th) to extinguish a car blaze. One fire appliance attended the
car fire in Blackford Road, Mark at 9.56pm. On arrival, the crew
found the car was burnt severely and smoldering
and could not be saved. More...
Festival boss in Burnham
Festival organiser Michael Eavis was among the seafront walkers
enjoying a balmy evening on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade on Friday
night (April 16th). The well-known face behind Somerset's pop
extravaganza was spotted enjoying a stroll
along the town's seafront. More...
radio station plan unveiled
A brand new temporary radio station is to be launched in Highbridge
in June. Local organisation Somerset Film has applied to OFCOM,
the UK's government radio regulator, for a temporary licence to
broadcast across the town for two days on June 12th and 13th.
Families in and around Highbridge will get the chance to go 'on
tackle 'deliberate' fire
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge on Thursday evening (April
15th) when Burnham-On-Sea fire fighters tackled a deliberate blaze
in the town. One
fire engine was sent to the rear of the Highbridge Hotel at 7.10pm
to extinguish a shed and rubbish fire, which fire crews believe
was set alight deliberately.
boost for hovercraft appeal
fundraising appeal to buy Burnham's new rescue hovercraft has
received a major boost this week. A black tie ball held to money
towards the cost of buying the craft for BARB raised a huge £15,000.
Over 140 people supported the event, held at the Batch Country
day jetty permits launched
visitors to Burnham-On-Sea can now launch a boat from the towns
jetty without having to buy a year-long launch permit. A brand
new day permit has been introduced this month by Sedgemoor District
Council to cater for occasional visitors who want to launch vessels
such as boats and jet skis from the beach. More...
homes planned for Burnham
PROPOSALS to introduce 400 new
homes in Burnham-On-Sea over the next two decades have been approved
by town councillors this week. They approved the plans contained
within Sedgemoor District Council's 'Local Development Framework
Core Strategy'. More...
Society seeks new leader
and Highbridge Choral Society is seeking a new musical director.
The Societys long-term Musical Director John Henshaw is
stepping down after 15 years in the role and the Society is therefore
searching for a replacement to take over the group, which was
set up 38 years ago. More...
scrappage scheme launched!
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoe shop is offering customers the opportunity
to trade in their old shoes and help the Salvation Army. Shickle
Shoes in Burnham's High Street is offering £5 off each purchase
of Rohde shoes when you bring in a pair of old shoes for recycling.
Every suitable pair of shoes will be donated to the Salvation
Army to be recycled. More...
foul play or vandalism?
of a parliamentary candidate in Burnham-On-Sea are fuming after
signs promoting their party were ripped down and left scattered
over pavements in the town this week. Several Conservative Party
signs promoting David Heathcoat-Amory were attacked in Berrow
Road and the pieces left around the junction with Gore Road. More...
YOUNGSTERS at Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been continuing to
get creative this week, earning points by making hanging baskets
ready for the town's Britain in Bloom entry this summer. 40
young people have attended the sessions and worked with staff
from Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll and Dreamscheme leaders.
beat surgery next week
police will hold a beat surgery in the town next week when residents
will be able to air their views about local community issues.
The event will be held at Rectory Stores in Rectory Drive on Monday
April 19th from 11am-12pm by Constable Richard Smith, PSCO Peter
Williams and PCSO Andy Dancy. More...
film fundraiser at Ritz
the 1970s musical smash hit film Grease will be heading to Burnham-On-Se's
Ritz Cinema next month when a special theme night is held. Burnham
fundraiser Keith Mitchell from Winchester Road is organising the
Grease film night on May 17th for Scope, a national charity
that helps people with cerebral palsy.
arrests after seafront chase
TWO teenagers have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea following
a dramatic police chase along the town's seafront on Monday (April
were called to The Esplanade to pursue the two teenage boys, who
were suspected of being linked to the theft of a car from a local
flats for Burnham garage site
site of Burnham-On-Sea's former Tucker's Garage will be converted
into two blocks of 27 flats, it was decided by a group of district
councillors on Tuesday (April 13th). Despite some concerns about
potential traffic issues, the Development Committee gave approval.
flats plan rejected
campaigning against controversial plans for a huge block of 13
flats to be built next to Burnham-On-Sea beach were celebrating
on Tuesday (April 13th) when councillors rejected the scheme.
Proposals to build the three-storey property in Allandale Road
were rejected. More...
up island to stop flooding'
has this week called on the Environment Agency to introduce huge
new granite boulders on the Western side of Stert Island to protect
Burnham-On-Sea from flooding. Councillor Neville Jones told Monday
night's Town Council meeting that the island needs to be shored
tractors head into town
vintage tractors will chug through the Burnham-On-Sea area this
Sunday (April 18th) during a vintage tractor road run that will
finish on the town's seafront. North Somerset Vintage Tractor
Club's members are holding the event, which will finish at around
12 on The Esplanade. More...
to make second jump
73-year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner is preparing will make his
second sponsored parachute jump next month. Malcolm Hill will
leap out of a plane on Friday May 28th after a friend, who suffers
from Parkinson's disease, was recently refused medical permission
to jump, leaving a vacancy for Malcolm. More...
thanks regeneration boss
District Council's head of regeneration has this week been formally
thanked for playing a 'pivotal role' in securing £159,000
of funding for Burnham-On-Sea's town centre regeneration. Nicola
Slawski, Group Manager of Regeneration, was praised for her work
as she approcches retirement at the end of this month. More...
photos: Burnham Aquathlon
of athletes of all ages took part in the latest of a series of
aquathlons in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (April 11th). The
event, organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, comprised
of 1000m swim and 10km beach run, followed by a childrens race.
as Christmas lights axed
town centre will not be illuminated with a Christmas lights display
this year due to a major cash shortfall, the town's Chamber Of
Trade revealed on Monday evening (April 12th). Geoff Shickle,
the Chamber's Chairman, announced the shock news when he appealed
to town councillors for funding. More...
plan new Burnham Pod
are considering launching a new police pod in Burnham-On-Sea following
the success of the one in Highbridge. Inspector Roger Tolley,
pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that he would "greatly
like" to launch a similar pod in Burnham. Police have already
approached Morrisons in Pier Street. More...
gets £10,000 surprise on TV
A WELL-known Brean resident got a welcome surprise this week
when she appeared on BBC's Antiques Roadshow and discovered
a family heirloom was worth £10,000. Brean Parish Councillor
Joan Jackman was featured in Sunday's episode of the long-running
BBC1 series with her 19th century family album.
crier's wife helps charities
widow of Burnham-On-Sea's late town crier has made a special donation
to the town's two marine rescue charities this week. Shirley Smith
has handed BARB and the RNLI £350 following a collection
at the funeral of her husband, Fred, last year. Fred was town
crier for 24 years. More...
Club to hold exhibition
Camera Club will be holding its second annual photography exhibition
On Sunday April 18th. Dozens of photos will be on display at the
BAY Centre in Cassis Close from 10am - 4pm. The event will officially
be opened by Ian from Heart FM and the public
will be able to vote for their favourite pics. More...
tennis player is smash hit
YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea tennis player is this week celebrating success
in a regional tournament. Avenue Tennis Club's Rhiannon Parsons,
who also helps with coaching at Burnham's Nathan Edwards Tennis
Academy, has won the Under 16 Nailsea Open. It came after a keenly
fought match. More...
towed to safety in river
Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday evening
(April 11th) after a yacht lost power in Bridgwater Bay. The 20ft
'Dreamer' was towed to the safety of Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons
in the River Brue by a member of the club
shortly after 5.30pm. More...
artists help Indian school
of art lovers flocked to an exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(April 10th) to help raise cash for a school in India. The 'R-Tex'
exhibition at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street raised
funds for the Peter Gilliard Memorial School in Rajahmundry, India,
which is funded locally. More...
triathlon group launches
NEW group aimed at creating triathlon stars of the future has
been launched in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham Swim and Sports Academy
has started a Junior Triathlon group for children aged 8 to 14.
Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the country
and involves running, swimming and cycling. More...
hurt in Marine Drive crash
people inside this car were injured after a two-car accident in
Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday, April 10th). Emergency
services rushed to the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village in
Marine Drive at 4.26pm after the collision between a red Toyota
and a silver Ford Escort. Fire crews had to cut the roof off the
hit election trail
MP hit the election trail on Saturday (April 10th) when he went
on a walkabout in the town centre. With voters going to the polls
across the country in just three weeks, David Heathcoat-Amory
met shoppers in the High Street after earlier visiting Brent Knoll.
crews tackle hedge blaze
Burnham-On-Sea fire crews rushed to Lympsham on Friday afternoon
(April 9th) after a broken power line set a hedgerow alight. One
engine from Burnham-On-Sea was initially sent to Bridgwater Road
at 2.02pm after a tree was on fire, caused by broken power lines.
jet skier rescued
jet skier was rescued by a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew on Friday
afternoon (April 9th) after losing power. Coastguards were called
to Burnham beach shortly before 3.30pm after the jet skier, a
man from Kidderminster in the West Midlands, raised the alarm
when he encountered mechanical problems.
lose your right to vote
residents have been warned that time is running out to get themselves
registered to vote in May's general election. To vote, residents
must appear on the Register of Electors and the last date for
applications to get listed is Tuesday, April 20th - which is not
groups receive cash boost
Youth Groups are celebrating this week after getting a much needed
cash boost. County Councillor John Woodman visited the Highbridge
Dreamscheme and Highbridge Community Youth Club, presenting cheques
to both groups to help them
continue providing youth diversion activities in the town.
head teacher retires
head teacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has retired after
a long career at the school. Staff and pupils have said farewell
to Keith Diffey, who retired last week after 15 years at the Burnham
Road school. He attended his final governing meeting on March
and was handed a photo. More...
homes hit by power cut
of homes across the Burnham-On-Sea area were without power on
Thursday evening (April 8th), following a major power cut. Western
Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a total of 4,177
homes in Burnham, Highbridge and the Berrow area suffered an outage
at 7.13pm following a high voltage fault. More...
fireworks display tomorrow
SPARKLING fireworks display will take place above Brean on Saturday
night (April 10th) when the resort's Leisure Park holds the first
of four free events. The display will get started at 8.30pm, giving
visitors an opportunity to enjoy the fun park rides before the
display bursts into life.
new cottages for Berrow park
A BERROW holiday park has this week been granted permission
to build a new development of more than 30 holiday cottages. Sandy
Glade Holiday Park in Coast Road has won the go-ahead from Sedgemoor
District Council to construct 31 holiday cottages, contained within
five two storey blocks.
backs Dreamscheme project
MP took a brief break from the election campaign on Thursday (April
8th) to support Highbridge Dreamscheme's latest project. David
Heathcoat-Amory dropped in at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll
to visit dozens of young people from the Dreamscheme who were
planting up hanging baskets for Highbridge. More...
photos: Paddy Ashdown visit
Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Thursday (April 8th) to give his support to the party's
local parliamentary candidate, Tessa Munt. Lord Ashdown visited
Wedmore to launch his party's local general election campaign
in the Wells Constituency.
defends £50k TIC decision
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council's decision to spend £50,000
on keeping the Tourist Information Centre open for the summer
season came under attack at the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday
evening (April 7th). Several residents questioned whether the
decision was ill-advised. More..
guitarist to play at Ritz
Ritz Acoustic Club will play host to famed bluesman, guitarist
and songwriter Wizz Jones next Thursday, April 15th. One of the
original bohemian folkies, Wizz was a key influence on both Eric
Clapton and Rod Stewart as well as early folk musicians. More..
to host social evening
'Friends of The Princess Hall' group are holding a Cheese and
Wine social evening on Saturday 17th April. The event will give
local residents the chance to meet, chat and discuss the Friends'
strategy with committee members and pledge their support to the
Easter parade in photos
from Highbridge Children's Centre have enjoyed making Easter bonnets
and showing their parents their singing skills during a special
parade. The nursery children looked colourful in their home-made
hats, while their parents enjoyed hot cross buns as they watched
Man arrested after club break-in
A MAN has been arrested and charged
with burglary after breaking into a Highbridge club earlier this
week. Police were called to Morlands Social Club at 1.45am on
Bank Holiday Monday (April 5th) after the man was spotted entering
Officers arrested the man, who is from Weston, and prevented any
compensation claim won
is to receive £159,000 of compensation from the South West
Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) following its decision last
year not to award the town vital funding towards the modernisation
of the town centre. Sedgemoor District Council's Corporate Director
Doug Bamsey revealed at the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday evening
(April 7th). More...
invited to Cotswolds
gardeners from the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to sign
up for a trip to two gardens in the Cotswolds on Monday (April
19th). Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll is offering people
the chance to visit Cerney House Gardens and Batsford, accompanied
by a member of its horticultural team. More...
dog killed on Brean Down
A FURTHER dog has died this week after falling down the steep
cliffs of Brean Down - the THIRD such incident in just a fortnight.
Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the two year-old black springer cross
cocker plunged to its death on Tuesday (April 7th). The two year-old
pet had been walking without a lead on top of the Down. More...
Council acts over beach debris
District Council acted swifted on Wednesday (April 8th) to investigate
several sets of rusty metal spikes which emerged out of the sand
at the spot where Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool was removed
last month. Burnham-On-Sea.com visited the site on Wednesday morning
and found the debris, pictured.
Burnham United Chairman dies
United Football Club is this week mourning the loss of its former
chairman, who has died after a fatal heart attack. John Smith,
55, was the chairman of the club last season after previously
running the club's bar for many years. The club's members have
this week paid their respects. More...
tax U-turn welcomed
makers across the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcome the government's
decision to drop plans for a 10% tax rise on cider following strong
opposition across the West Country. Ministers have been forced
to rescind the increase, announced in the Budget, due to the election.
Annual Town Meeting tonight
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to quiz town councillors
about local matters of concern when the 37th Annual Towns Meeting
will be held this evening (Wednesday, April 7th). Starting at
7pm in the Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road, the meeting will be
chaired by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge.
over chemist plans
TOWN councillors have raised 'strong objections' against plans
for a new chemist to be built in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham Medical
Centre had applied for planning permission to construct the new
pharmacy on its site in Love Lane - however the scheme has been
given a 'thumbs down' by a planning committee.
your say on nuclear plans
plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will be
in the spotlight later this month when public meeting to discuss
the proposals will be held in Burnham-On-Sea. The evening event
will be held on Thursday 29th April from 4pm 8pm at Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Hall. More...
duo to perform Mark concert
POPULAR contemporary folk duo will be entertaining crowds in Mark,
near Burnham-On-Sea, this coming weekend. Rising stars Chrissy
Mostyn and Rick Pilkington from Blackheart will play a mix of
acoustic tunes at Mark Village Hall on Saturday April 10th. Over
the last three years the duo have successfully toured across the
photos: Police Pod birthday
were celebrations in Highbridge today (Tuesday, April 6th) when
the town's successful police pod marked its first year of operation.
Local police officers, members of the blood bikes emergency team,
a county councillor and council chiefs were just a few of those
deeds to be auctioned
A SET of deeds that includes the signature and official seal
of a well-known Burnham-On-Sea resident of the 1800s has gone
on sale. George Reed's original indenture, dating back to March
1859, covers the sale of a piece of land in Burnham-On-Sea for
the princely sum of over £1,000. More...
starting gun is fired
starting gun for the general election has been fired and Burnham-On-Sea's
candidates have today (Tuesday April 6th) stepped up their door-to-door
campaigns after Gordon Brown's announcement that the election
will be held on May 6th. David Heathcoat-Amory will be defending
his long-held seat.
Club appeals for walkers
of clubs and charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area which need funding
are being invited to pull on their walking boats and rucksacks
to take part in a sponsored walk in the Quantocks next month.
The fifteenth annual walk is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club. More...
issue fresh challenge
Angry villagers in Berrow calling for a new pavement to be
introduced along Coast Road will hold their first protest march
of the year next month on May 1st and have issued a challenge
to county councillors from across Somerset to join them and see
for themselves how dangerous the road is. More...
Subway creates new jobs
FINAL construction work has been completed at Brean's new
Subway store, which opened in Brean over the Easter weekend in
place of the former Flaming Jaes pub in the centre of the village.
Owned by Brean Leisure Park, the store is the first phase of a
major overhaul for the site. More...
Easter Day for fire crew
fire crews were called out to deal with a fuel spill and a car
blaze in the town on Easter Sunday (April 4th). One fire engine
was called to Technical Street, as pictured here, after a local
resident reported a strong smell of fuel. Earlier in the day,
two fire engines were called to Berrow Road to tackle a car blaze.
for popular landlord
have been paid to a popular long-standing Burnham-On-Sea pub landlord
who has died this week. Roy Hodge, pictured, was landlord of the
S&D in Burnham High Street for more than 20 years until 2007.
He died this week following a long struggle with poor health.
in Easter fundraising drive
of motorcyclists, some dressed in Easter costumes, took part in
a fundraising bike run from Highbridge to Minehead on Easter Sunday
(April 4th). Somerset Motorcycle Group oversaw the special event,
which started from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn on the A38
in the town. More...
workshop attracts kids
to Highbridge's Apex Park took part in a wildlife-themed clay
making workshop on Saturday (April 3rd). Led by Burnham-On-Sea
artist Margaret Micklewright, the youngsters were encouraged to
find natural objects at the park to use for clay modelling throughout
the day. More...
appeal after fuel theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have released these CCTV pictures and
video of a man they want to speak to following the theft of some
fuel from a local petrol station. Officers are keen to identify
the man, who may be able to help them with their investigation
into the fuel theft at a garage in Brent Knoll.
paid to speedway rider
of Burnham-On-Sea's Somerset Rebels speedway team have this week
expressed their shock at the news that Paul Fry, a former popular
rider, has died at 45. Fryer', as he was affectionately
known, quickly won the affections of Rebel fans with his commitment
to the club, both on and off the track. More...
showcases local artists
than 100 paintings from eighteen local artists were on display
at an exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea over the Easter weekend. The
town's Community Centre in Berrow Road hosted the three-day show,
which was free to enter. Water colours, acryclics and pastels
were on show. More...
alert at Highbridge Hotel
rushed to the Highbridge Hotel on Friday night (April 2nd) after
concerns that the building could be alight. One fire engine from
Burnham was sent to the property at 10pm, as pictured here, to
investigate. A local resident had reported seeing a red glow inside
the property. More...
survives new cliff plunge
It certainly turned out to be a 'Good Friday' for this lucky
animal after he survived a fall down the cliffs of Brean Down
today (April 2nd). Less than a week after a greyhound was killed
in a plunge over the same cliffs, a new search had to be mounted
for this missing red boxer.
judges Easter competition
Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP judges at an Easter bonnets competition
held in the town on Thursday (April 1st). Derick and Christine
Cooper had the task of inspecting the colourful hats of more than
200 children at Burnham Infants School, as pictured in this report.
on in Burnham at Easter
a busy weekend of entertainment lined up across the Burnham-On-Sea
area this weekend. Our guide takes you through all the highlights,
from a visit by Gilbert The Goose, to live music and a fundraising
badger weekend at a local wildlife centre! Read our complete Easter
fill wind farm meeting
100 residents from two villages near Burnham-On-Sea gathered in
Puriton on Thursday night (April 1st) when their campaign against
a proposed wind farm stepped up a gear. Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger
was among the crowd of concerned residents at the event in Puriton.
bug hits town care home
A CARE home in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been closed to
new admissions after an outbreak of a highly contagious sickness
bug. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that several patients at Frith
House in Steart Drive have been affected by Norovirus, which causes
violent sicknesss and diarrhoea. More...
pod celebrates first year
successful police pod at Highbridge's Asda store will be celebrating
its first birthday next Tuesday (April 6th). Local police officers,
fire crews, members of the blood bikes team and Homes in Sedgemoor
are just a few of the agencies who will be attending a special
award won by town park
of Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park travelled to Exeter this week
to receive a sought-after 'green' award. Apex Park was awarded
a 'Planting Places' award by Sustainability South West, which
shines the spotlight on the best examples of public, sustainable
green areas across the region. More...
airport planned for barrage
A multi-billion pound regional airport could be built on top
of the Severn Barrage next to Brean Down if major proposals unveiled
this week get the go-ahead. Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham
- the man behind the proposed Severn Lake 'energy causeway' between
Brean Down and Lavernock Point.
damage clean-up begins
CLEAN-up operation was underway at Burnham Sailing Club on Wednesday
(March 31st) after gale-forced winds and high tides left a trail
of damage. The wooden walkway leading onto the pontoons was broken,
as pictured, and several boats also slipped their moorings during
the bad weather. More...
farewell for Sheelagh
pupils and parents bid a fond farewell to the head teacher of
a Highbridge school on Wednesday (March 31st) when a surprise
ceremony was held on her final day. The huge crowd gathered in
the school's playground to cheer on Beechfield's Sheelagh Aslett
on her last trip out of the gates. More...
Wheel marks 60th year
60th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel group was celebrated
at a formal dinner on Wednesday (March 31st). The celebratory
event was held at Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham, and was attended
by 145 guests including many from other clubs and the Rotary Club.
cable car plans unveiled
PLANS have been drawn up for a new cable car service to be
launched in Brean Down to make it easier for walkers to get to
the top. The commercial sevice could come into operation for the
start of the 2011 summer season to meet new government guidelines
on accessibility. More...
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