April 2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

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New world record set in town
Breaking News: A NEW world record for the biggest rugby scrum was set in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Saturday, April 30th). A total of 191 players joined in the mass scrum at the town's BASC ground, as pictured here, to smash the previous record of 68. More...

Big crowds at Mayor's 'wedding do'
HUNDREDS of people celebrated the Royal Wedding in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 30th) at a fundraising event organised by the town's Mayor and the Victoria Hotel. The Mayor's Right Royal Wedding Do included a day-long programme of live music, entertainment and fun in aid of BARB and the Friends of Burnham Hospital. More... | Gallery

In photos: Wedding street parties
OVER 20 street parties were held across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Friday (April 29th) when residents celebrated the Royal Wedding. The towns were awash with red, white and blue as residents in the two towns marked the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. More...

Rubbish collections on Sunday
RUBBISH collections in Burnham and Highbridge which would normally have been made on Friday will instead go ahead on Sunday (May 1st) due to the Royal Wedding. Somerset Waste Partnership, which runs the services, has announced the change to let its staff have the day off. More...

Video: Burnham's wedding day fun
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com attended scores of events being held across Burnham and Highbridge on Friday (April 29th) to celebrate the Royal Wedding - and we've recorded some of the key moments in these exclusive online video highlights from local events. More...

Brean fireworks next weekend
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks next Saturday (May 7th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its first display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities, including the town's Sea Cadets and BARB. More...

Help make Burnham bloom!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's streets will soon be bursting into colour - and organisers of the town's annual Burnham In Bloom competition are urging residents to join in by making it the most colourful year yet. Home owners and firms across are being encouraged to enter the annual competition. More...

Local groups share windfall
THOUSANDS of pounds of donations were given to local good causes during Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge's annual presentation night on Thursday (April 28th). Moose Governor Eric Gill handed out cheques to representatives from each of the organisations during the evening. More...

Arthur is new Moose governor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Moose Lodge formerly appointed a new Governor to lead the group over the coming year on Thursday night (April 28th). Arthur Thorogood was installed during the group's lodge meeting held in Berrow. Arthur has taken over from Eric Gill. More...

Jet skier rescues stricken boat
Exclusive: A jet skier has told how he rescued a stricken speed boat in difficulty in the sea off Burnham this afternoon (Thursday, April 28th). Jet skier John Murphy managed to tow the drifting speedboat and its three occupants to safety after it broke down in the sea half a mile from Burnham jetty. More...

Midnight booze sales approved
Exclusive: A BREAN convenience store has this week been given the controversial go-ahead to sell alcohol until midnight despite strong opposition from local residents. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing Panel held a meeting in Burnham's Princess Theatre on Wednesday where councillors considered the proposed extension in opening hours for McColl's in South Road. More...

Countdown to wedding day
FINAL preparations are underway for a big street party to be held in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea to celebrate tomorrow's Royal wedding. The town's Hillview Carnival Club is organising the fundraising party in the High Street, which starts at 2pm on Friday. More...

'No decision' on stunt shows
Exclusive: NO decision has yet been made on whether a stunt show will return to Brean this summer after one of its stars died in a human cannonball stunt earlier this week. Brean Leisure Park bosses have expressed their sympathies to the team at Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show. More...

Royal wedding fever in town
BUSINESSES across Burnham-On-Sea are getting into the Royal wedding spirit by decorating their shopfronts. Flags, banners, bunting and even a wedding dress have appeared in the windows of shops this week ahead of Friday's big Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. More...

A fishy treat for your feet!
Exclusive: THERE'S something fishy going on at a new Burnham-On-Sea beauty salon which has opened this week. Fishy Feet Spa in Abingdon Street is offering the latest health craze - a garra rufa fish pedicure spa. Customers dip their feet into the water tanks. More...

£1k boost for Folkfest funds
MORE than £1,000 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's annual FolkFest when a day of fundraising live music was held in the town on Easter Sunday. Among the performers at The Railway Inn on Burnham-On-Sea High Street were the FOS Brothers and Phil King. More...

Police probe election 'vandalism'
Exclusive: Police have been called in to investigate who damaged more than 20 election boards in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the weekend. Frustrated Burnham and Highbridge Liberal Democrats say their boards have been vandalised, with many broken or missing. More...

Two escape 4x4 accident
Exclusive: THE occupants of this 4x4 were lucky to escape injury this afternoon (Tuesday, April 26th) after their vehicle careered into a ditch at Brean. Burnham-On-Sea Police were called to Ham Road just after 1pm when the 4x4 left the road and was reported to be on its side, as pictured here. More...

Gambling arcade plan delayed
PROPOSALS to turn this former tattoo shop in Highbridge into a new gambling arcade have been delayed. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing and Gambling Panel was due to make a decision at its latest meeting on whether the 'Casino Slots' plan should proceed. More...

Historical minutes go on show
THE Minutes of Berrow Parish Council dating back to 1894 together with other items of interest discovered during the recent clearance of the Parish Office will be on display next week. The items will go on show after the village's annual meeting on May 3rd. More...

New coffee shop opens in town
Exclusive: A new Burnham-On-Sea coffee shop has opened in the town centre this week, promising a wide selection of refreshments. The Coffee Corner has opened on the corner of Abingdon Street and Pier Street in place of the former Beijing Buffet. More...

Weather boosts Burnham trade
Businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed one of their busiest Easters for many years after a weekend of sizzling weather. Large crowds of visitors flocked to the town, boosting trade at holiday parks and tourist attractions over the four day period between Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday. More...

Fire crews tackle grass blaze
Exclusive: FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater have this afternoon (Monday, April 25th) been battling to bring a big grass fire under control. Crews were called to River Road in Pawlett at 4pm, where a three acre field was ablaze. Firefighters used hose reel jets to bring the fire under control. More...

Town charity auction this week
AN auction in Burnham-On-Sea this week is set to raise funds for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. JD's Home Comforts at 17 Victoria Street will hold an auction of household goods, antiques, collectables and electricals on Wednesday (April 27th) at 6pm. More...

Town jet skier seeks sponsors
A Burnham-On-Sea jet skier who hopes to compete in the world championships this autumn is seeking the help of local sponsors. Nick Edrich, 37, is currently racing in the Jet Sport Racing Association of Great Britain Championships (JSRA) where he is competing in the IJSBA novice stock class. More...

Rugby team celebrate success
DOZENS of young rugby players descended on Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground on Easter Sunday when it played host to Somerset RFU's under 14 super six tournament. Each of the six council districts of Somerset picked a representative team of 24 players. More...

Man helped off Berrow beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to help a man who collapsed on Berrow beach on Easter Sunday morning (April 24th). Emergency services were called to the beach car park area at 7.30am after the walker suffered an asthma attack and needed help off the beach. More...

Dot, 71, makes fundraising jump
Exclusive: BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea pensioner Dot Anderson has completed a daring fundraising parachute jump to raise £2,500 for three good causes. The 71 year-old daredevil, who is a former Burnham nurse, completed the daring tandem jump with her nephew Michael while on a trip to her family in Australia. More...

Duck race boosts carnival club
A CROWD of spectators turned out to watch the unusual spectacle of dozens of rubber ducks floating down the River Brue on Saturday (April 23rd) when Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club held its annual fundraising duck race. Dozens of ducks were released into the estuary. More...

Crowds watch water ski action
BIG crowds of spectators lined Burnham-On-Sea seafront today (Sunday, April 24th) to watch the opening round of this year's British Water Skiing Championships. Team Captain of the GB squad, Darren Kirkland, was in blistering form and won the main race behind his tow boat The Lions. More...

In photos: Jail break drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea police station was the centre of attention when a jail break took place on Saturday (April 23rd) - but it was all in aid of a good cause. Teams of fundraisers donned colourful costumes to take part in the event, which was held in aid of Weston Hospicecare. More...

Craft fair raises almost £500
ALMOST £500 was raised for Berrow Village Hall when a fundraising craft fair was held on Saturday (April 23rd). Berrow Community Association's entertainment team organised the event in the newly-refurbished village hall. A total of 19 stalls were set up at the event. More...

Fog delays start of water skiing
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Saturday) when thick sea fog almost led to the cancellation of the first day's action in the British water skiing championships. Dozens of the UK's top water skiers are in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend to take part in the first round of the UK's championships - however, Saturday's races almost did not take place. More...

Bike and car in town accident
TRAFFIC through Highbridge was delayed on Friday afternoon (April 22nd) after an accident in the town. Police said Church Street was partially blocked both ways at around 3.30pm following the accident, which involved a car and a motorbike. There were not thought to be any serious injuries. More...

Mayor visits local bowling club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at a ceremony to mark the start of the new summer bowling season this week. Michael and Maria Clarke were invited along to Mark Moor Bowling Club in Vole Road where they met the club's team and managers. More...

Community gardens receive boost
Exclusive: MEMBERS of Highbridge Residents Association are celebrating this week after a project to smarten up a community garden in the town was completed. New fencing and gates have been introduced at the public gardens in Trowbridge Close, as pictured. More...

Top author to speak in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea Philosophy Group has announced that author and TV broadcaster Julian Baggini will be the guest speaker at its next monthly meeting. Julian will attend May's group meeting in Burnham Community Centre, Berrow Road at 7.30pm on Wednesday May 4th. More...

Speedway star visits Burnham
SOMERSET Rebels speedway star Christian Hefenbrock made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (April 21st). The rider visited the recently-opened Burnham Information centre on The Esplanade where he signed autographs and met supporters. More...

Badgers on show this weekend
YOUNG badger cubs are among the animals on show to the public at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when it holds an Easter 'Badger Bonanza Wildlife Weekend'. Visitors can see the young creatures up close and watch them being bottle fed. More...

Poll finds Hinkley backing
A NEW poll published this week shows the majority of people in Sedgemoor think that the £100million of community investment proposed by EDF Energy as part of its plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will have a positive impact on the local community. More...

Saplings given to local groups
EAST Huntspill Cricket Club and West Huntspill Allotment Society have been presented with free saplings this week thanks to a local garden. East Huntspill Cricket Club has received 75 saplings from Monkton Elm Garden Centre and West Huntspill Allotment Society has collected 100. More...

£1,000 of cosmetics stolen
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week appealed for help in identifying this woman who they think may be connected to the theft of £1,000 of cosmetics from a town centre shop. Police have issued the CCTV images in a bid to trace the woman following the March incident. More...

Lifeguard saves girl from sea
Exclusive: QUICK-thinking lifeguard Ed Mander saved a 10-year old girl who was being swept out to sea in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday, April 21st). Ed, pictrured, had spoken to two girls who were playing on the town's jetty, warning them that it was dangerous and asking them to move onto the beach. More...

Man charged in swans probe
Exclusive: A MAN from Wedmore has been charged with possessing a shotgun without a firearms certificate as part of the police probe into a spate of swan shootings in the Burnham-On-Sea area earlier this year. Shane Alway, 37, from Wedmore is due to appear at Bridgwater Magistrates Court on May 10th. More...

100 new jobs may be created
ALMOST 100 jobs could be created if a Highbridge company gets the go-ahead for a major expansion. Isleport Foods has submitted a formal planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to expand its factory on the Isleport Business Park, which could create pover 90 new jobs. More...

Local hotel changes hands
A HOTEL near Burnham-On-Sea has changed hands over the past week. The Laburnum Hotel in West Huntspill has been taken over by Mervyn and Sandy Parrish, who have taken on the lease after Christie & Co was instructed to handle the marketing of the hotel by its owner. More...

Meet Rebels star in town today
SOMERSET Rebels speedway star Christian Hefenbrock will be making a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday, April 21st). The rider, pictured, will be at the recently-opened Bunham Tourist Information centre on The Esplanade from 1pm-3pm this afternoon. More...

Concerns over rise in fly-tipping
Exclusive: DUMPING of waste in the countryside around Burnham-On-Sea appears to be on the increase following the reduction of opening hours at nearby Highbridge recycling centre. Burnham-On-Sea.com has been alerted by several readers in recent days to increased cases of fly-tipping. More...

Seafront lights up for summer
DOZENS of illuminations along Burnham's seafront will be switched on for the summer this Friday (April 22nd). The Town Council has delayed this year’s switch-on until Easter in order to save cash. The lights will be illuminated nightly from 7.30pm-10pm over the next few weeks. More...

Police in CCTV appeal after thefts
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea police have this week appealed for help in identifying two man who they think may be able to help with their enquiries into thefts from petrol stations in the town. A CCTV image of the man pictured on the left has been issued following a theft of alcohol on Friday 1st April. More...

Safety warning after dog killed
Exclusive: The National Trust has this week issued a fresh safety warning to dog owners using Brean Down after an animal was killed in a fall down the steep cliffs at the weekend. Saturday's incident saw a Jack Russell terrier plunge to its death, prompting a renewed warning from the Trust. More...

Apology over postal vote error
Exclusive: POSTAL voting papers arriving in letterboxes across Burnham-On-Sea this week are including outdated advice. Burnham resident Geoff Shickle is among those who have been left confused by the gremlins. Sedgemoor District Council says it is aware of the issue. More...

RAF donates kit to soccer side
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea youth football team proudly unveiled their new kit on Tuesday evening (April 19th), which has been sponsored by the Royal Air Force. Burnbridge Wanderers Under 12s are celebrating after making it through to the Woodspring League Cup Final. More...

Medical centre wins award
YOUNG people in Burnham-On-Sea can feel reassured they are receiving a first class service when they visit the town's medical centre. That’s because Burnham Medical Centre is the first practice in Somerset to be awarded 'You’re Welcome' status by the NHS. More...

Berrow craft fair this Saturday
BERROW Community Association's entertainment team is holding a craft fair in the newly refurbished village hall this Saturday (April 23rd). The event will run from 10am to 4pm and will feature a wide range of crafts, plus food and refreshments from 16 stalls over the course of the day. More...

What's on at The Ritz this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews three of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews Winnie The Pooh and five other new films. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week. More...

Audio news service recorded
A GROUP of King Alfred School students became newsreaders for a day this week when they recorded news items from Burnham-On-Sea.com for the latest edition of a local audio news service aimed at blind and partially-sighted people. Four Year 9 students - Lauren Constance, Colette Adams, Gabrielle Ashford and Charlotte Biggs - read out news items for 'Sounds and Voices'. More...

Sue's run in memory of Cliff
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers Running Club member Sue Nicholls has raised £3,000 for charity by completing Sunday's London Marathon in memory of her late husband. Sue was taking part to raise money for Cancer Research UK and completed the marathon in 4 hours, eight minutes and seven seconds and was an impressive third in her category. More...

Top water skiers head to town
Exclusive: DOZENS of the UK's top water skiers will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when a round of the UK's national water skiing championships is held. Over 50 water skiers will be action during the two-day spectacle over the Easter weekend, as first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com in January. More...

Princess group plans 'on hold'
Exclusive: PLANS to create a new community interest group to run Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre have been put on hold, it emerged on Monday evening (April 18th). Just two weeks after proposals to form the new group were unveiled, the Town Council has decided it will not be setting up the new group after all. More...

Sky set to return to Highbridge
THE Sky Sports cameras will be returning to Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena next month for what will be a third successive season that they have broadcast a live meeting from the home of the Somerset Rebels. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 31st May against Sheffield. More...

Marathon fundraiser nets £7k
WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea runner Jason Vickers raised more than £2,600 for charity by completing the London Marathon on Sunday (April 17th) - taking his total to a massive £7,700 over five years. Jason, who works at Burnham's Tesco store, ran the 26 mile route for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. More...

150 visit camera club's show
OVER 150 people visited Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club's third annual exhibition of photographs on Sunday (April 17th). Mayor Michael Clarke cut a ceremonial ribbon, made of a strip of 35mm film, to open the four hour show which was held at the Burnham Area Youth Centre. More...

Beach ice cream van rescued!
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB were called to help this ice cream van when it became stuck on the town's beach on Sunday morning (April 17th). The vehicle's rear wheels sank into the soft sand next to the town's jetty and BARB's tractor, which was nearby at the time, was used to pull it free. More...

Hill-top ceremony held on Knoll
Photo Special: ALMOST 100 local people clambered up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll on Sunday (April 17th) to take part in the traditional blessing of three Easter crosses. Churches from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were represented at the 25-minute service, which was led by Reverend Andrew Jackson. More...

Man jailed after child's rape
A 52 year-old Highbridge man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of raping a child. Lincoln Clark, of Three Yards Court, was arrested last May after the sickening attack and has just been sentenced at Taunton Crown Court. Taunton Crown Court heard that Clark had continued to deny the offences despite being found guilty. More...

In photos: VW vehicle cruise
DOZENS of Volkswagen enthusiasts drove through Burnham-On-Sea in convoy on Sunday morning (April 17th) during a fundraising cruise. The fifth annual 'Cruise to Weston Prom' was held by Der Blitzen Spinchters in aid of two charities, Weston Hospicecare and the RNLI. More...

100 attend debut of film
OVER 100 people attended the first screening of a new short film on Saturday evening (April 16th) inspired by the history behind Burnham-On-Sea's former beach paddling pool. The first peformance of 'For All Our Tomorrows' was held in Burnham's Princess Theatre, watched by a capacity audience. More...

Students receive certificates
SCORES of adult students in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been celebrating this week after receiving certificates for first aid and food safety following weeks of work. Sedgemoor Community Partnership has been running several courses at Morland Hall in recent weeks. More...

Delays after town accident
Updated: A busy route into Burnham-On-Sea came to a standstill this afternoon (Saturday, April 16th) after a two-car accident. A red Nissan and a blue Ford collided just before the Love Lane pedestrian crossing outside Burnham's Tesco store, as pictured here. More...

Easter fair is just egg-cellent!
OVER 200 people flocked to a Highbridge church's annual Easter fair on Saturday morning (April 16th). A wide range of stalls selling Easter-themed items, such as traditional cakes and biscuits, was set up in St John's Church Hall along with entertainment including raffles and competitions. More...

Police swoop after shop theft
Exclusive: POLICE swooped on a car park next to Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket on Thursday afternoon (April 14th) following a suspected theft. Three police cars rushed to the Pier Street car park after a nearby shop alerted officers to a shoplifting incident. More...

Runners set for London Marathon
FOUR runners from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be among the thousands of people pounding the streets of London during the city's annual marathon this Sunday (April 17th). Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco supermarket, will be running Sunday's race for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. More...

New water park to open in May
Exclusive: The opening date of Brean Leisure Park's new £1.6m swimming pool complex has been announced this week. Richard House, the park's managing director, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the first phase of the new Brean Splash water complex will officially open to the public on Thursday, May 19th. More...

Wessex Water issues apology
Exclusive: WESSEX Water issued an apology to Brean residents during a public meeting in the village on Thursday night (April 14th). It comes after villagers claimed they were not consulted regarding the £26m project to build an extension at a nearby sewage centre. More...

Photo exhibition this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is to hold its third annual exhibition of photographs this weekend. Visitors to the exhibition at Burnham Area Youth Centre, in Cassis Close on Sunday April 17th will be able to browse a selection of images shot by the members. More...

Planting work starts in town
WORK to plant flower beds in the centre of Highbridge has been underway this week with the help of a local garden centre. Sanders Garden World's Claire Smith and her assistants have planted numerous plants in the beds on Highbridge Town Green. More...

Video: Interview with Michael Eavis
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new tourist information centre was opened on Thursday (April 14th) under the ownership of a brand new community group. Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis performed the official opening and in this video interview told Burnham-On-Sea.com why he was keen to be involved. More...

In photos: New tourist centre opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new tourist information centre was opened today (Thursday, April 14th) under the ownership of a brand new community group. Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis performed the official opening of the new-look centre at 12 noon, watched by a crowd of around 100 people and invited guests including the town's Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Scout leader faces sex charges
A BURNHAM-On-Sea scout leader who was arrested in connection with child sex abuse allegations has been formally charged this week. David Burland, 53, of the 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group, has been bailed to appear before Taunton Deane magistrates in May. More...

Man hurt in two-car accident
Exclusive: A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea road was partially blocked following a two-car accident on Wednesday evening (April 13th). Police and an ambulance crew were called to the junction of Seaview Road and Berrow Road shortly after 7pm, as pictured here. More...

Gambling arcade D-day looms
Exclusive: A FINAL decision is expected to be made next week on plans to allow a former tattoo shop in Highbridge to be converted into a new gambling arcade. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing and Gambling Panel will meet next Wednesday (April 20th). More...

New tourist centre opens today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new tourist information centre opens today (Thursday, April 14th) under the ownership of a brand new community group. Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis will perform the official opening of the new-look centre at 12 noon on the South Esplanade. More...

Council backs guesthouse plan
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a prominent former nursing home on Burnham seafront into a guesthouse were given a 'thumbs-up' by town councillors on Wednesday (April 14th). The Planning Applications Committee passed a 'change of use' application. More...

Appeal made at carnival's AGM
AN appeal for more helpers has this week been issued by this year's team of organisers running Burnham-On-Sea's carnival. The appeal was made during the carnival's annual general meeting, which was held on Wednesday (April 13th) in the town's Ritz Social Club. More...

Dreamscheme fun this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's newly-formed Dreamscheme is to hold a Family Fun Day in the town this Friday (April 15th). Burnham Dreamscheme leader John Alexander told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the event, on St Andrew's School playing field, promises to be fun-packed. More...

In photos: Trust beach clean
OVER 20 volunteers from the National Trust held a mass beach clean at Brean on Wednesday (April 13th). The trust's volunteers took part in the first of 27 beach cleans taking place across the South West during April. Sackfuls of waste and rubbish were collected. More...

Warning after purse thefts
Exclusive: SHOPPERS and holidaymakers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to be extra vigilant following several purse thefts over the past week. Burnham Police say two incidents have been reported in Brean and a theft occurred at Highbridge's Asda store. More...

£300k pool expansion on track
Exclusive: WORK to create a £300,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool is due to be completed over the next few weeks. Construction work outside the front of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy began last year and the structure of the new building is now almost complete. More...

Maritime history talk tonight
AN illustrated talk exploring the maritime history of the Bristol Channel will be given in Highbridge this evening (Wednesday, April 13th). North Sedgemoor Local History Group is holding the talk and slide show at the Lecture Theatre in King Alfred School this evening. More...

Countdown to new TIC opening
THE countdown has begun to this Thursday's opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new tourist information centre. The shelves at the centre have been stocked with new tourist information, merchandise and sea safety advice leaflets this week in readiness for the big opening. More...

Trapped bird rescued from roof
Exclusive Photos: BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters carried out one of their more unusual rescues this evening (Tuesday, April 12th) when they were asked by the RSPCA to help retrieve a bird trapped in netting on top of a roof. Crews used a tall ladder to safely reach the pigeon, which was tangled in netting. More...

Folk singer returns to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club will play host to popular New Folk Music singer Pamela Wyn Shannon next week. A huge hit at last year's FolkFest, Pamela will perform a night of music on Thursday evening, April 21st at the Ritz Social Club. Her music is described as 'deep, intricate and haunting.' More...

Police warning over metal thefts
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea police have this week warned residents to be extra vigilant after metal thieves targeted a series of homes in the town. Inspector Roger Tolley told Burnham-On-Sea.com that four homes in the town have been struck over the past week. More...

Oliver meets legend Pat Cash
ONE of the talented youngsters at Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Academy has just met his famous tennis hero. Young Oliver Punt, who recently won the invitation-only Masters final of the Tony Pryce Orange County Tour, met sporting legend Pat Cash, as pictured here. More...

Royal theme for shops contest
A ROYAL wedding themed shop window competition is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this month. 25 shops and businesses will be hiding wedding-themed 'odd items' in their windows, and shoppers have the challenge of finding them to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of £100. More...

Have your say on policing
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be able to have their say about policing in the town when a quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting is held next Thursday (April 21st). PACT meetings give local residents a chance to influence policing and have their say about issues. More...

Two arrests after drugs raids
Exclusive: Two Burnham-On-Sea residents have been arrested after police drugs raids in the town over the past week. The men, both aged 47, were arrested after separate, unconnected raids in Oxford Street and Avebury Close. In the first incident, an Oxford Street man was stop-checked on suspicion of being involved in drugs misuse. More...

Traders get weather boost
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper weekend of trade as warm weather attracted crowds of visitors. The seafront and beach were far busier than normal for an April weekend as the hot spell drew large numbers on both Saturday and Sunday. More...

Speedway fans remember Emil
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels will remember one of their favourite sons, Emil Kramer, who was tragically killed in a road accident in December 2009, when they stage the inaugural Emil Kramer Memorial Meeting this Friday evening at the Oak Tree Arena on April 15th. More...

Concert raises charity cash
OVER 100 people attended a fundraising concert performed by Clevedon Brass Band in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday evening (April 9th). Called 'Brass and Chips', the event was organised by Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge in aid of local goodf causes. More...

Incredible Arthur does it again!
Inspirational 90 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert completed the town's spring triathlon for a 20th time today (Sunday, April 10th). Arthur completed a 250m swim, followed by a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run in a time of one hour, 20 minutes and nine seconds. More...

Triathlon photos and results
A morning of brilliant sunshine provided ideal conditions for the 140 adults and 40 children who took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual spring triathlon on Sunday (April 10th). The Supersprint Triathlon comprised of a swim (250m), bike ride (10k) and a run (2.5km) along the town's beach and seafront. More...

Shock as car slams into garden
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a car slammed through a fence and into a garden early this morning (Sunday, April 10th). Police were called to the junction of Apex Drive and Burnham Road at around 1am to find the car lodged in the fence. More...

Police coax man from sea
Exclusive Photos: MOUNTING concern for the welfare of a fully clothed man in the sea at Brean caused a major rescue operation for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, police, ambulance and lifeboat crews this afternoon (Sunday, April 10th). A police helicopter also hovered overhead after the 'distressed' man was spotted by Brean's beach warden in neck-deep water. More...

All aboard! Beach train starts
A POPULAR tourist attraction made a seasonal reappearance on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday (April 9th). Rides on the motorised pirate train next to Burnham jetty have re-started following the winter break. The five-minute rides cost £1 a time and continue until September. More...

150 at Choral Society concert
MORE than 150 people filled St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (9th April) when Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society held its annual spring concert. The society, directed by Ray Willis with John Bodiley as organist, performed Stainer’s 'Crucifixion' and 'Requiem'. More...

Dozens in wind farm protest
Exclusive: DOZENS of people who are concerned at proposals to build a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea flocked to a protest meeting on Friday (April 8th). Over 60 signatures were collected from people opposed to EDF Energy's plans to build five wind turbines on farmland between the former Royal Ordinance Factory and the Huntspill River. More...

Burnham sees fall in crime
Exclusive: THE number of crimes in Burnham-On-Sea has dropped by two per cent over the past year, according to new figures released this week. Speaking at the annual town council meeting this week, Sgt Ian Kennett said the number of reported crimes in the area have dropped while detection rates have risen. More...

MP calls for recycling re-think
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has launched a petition calling on Somerset County Council to re-think its decision to introduce charges for waste recycling at Highbridge Recycling Centre and others across the region. It has introduced charges for certain items. More...

Town choral concert tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society will hold its annual spring concert this evening (Saturday 9th April). The event will be held at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church. The society, directed by Ray Willis, will be joined by John Bodiley as organist for the special event. More...

Free gardening clinics today
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World is hosting a complimentary 'how to grow your own vegetables' advice clinic today (Saturday) and Sunday. General Manager Peter Burks said: "The clinic is for anyone interested in finding out how to grow their own food." More...

Pupils enjoy building site visit
A GROUP of 60 pupils from Berrow School donned hard hats and high visibility jackets when they visited a building site in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The 5-7 year-olds are currently working on a ‘Houses and Homes’ project and visited Berrow Court as part of their studies. More...

Outgoing councillors thanked
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have this week formally thanked two town councillors for their work in the town as they stand down in May's elections. Michael and Maria Clarke thanked Cllr Phoebe Harling and Cllr Arthur Thorogood for their work as councillors over the past few years. More...

Water centre fears expressed
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing to villagers in Brean who have voiced their concerns at the £26million expansion of the nearby Lympsham sewage treatment centre. Wessex Water is due to start construction of the building next week. More...

Ritz Cinema gets £30k upgrade
Exclusive: FILM lovers in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after the town's cinema completed a £30,000 upgrade of its second screen, making it completely digital. The Ritz in Victoria Street has invested in a second state-of-the-art digital projector system which will enable it to show films and live events. More...

Jail break drama to unfold
A LOCAL hospice is seeking adventurous fundraisers to take part in its annual jail break, which is due to start in Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Volunteers will be imprisoned in a cell on Saturday 23rd April and then have to get as far away from the station within 24 hours. More...

New chippy opens its doors
OLD-fashioned British fish and chips are served up at a new chippy that has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Brit Chips in Adam Street is providing a range of traditional meals. It is being run by Gavin Holman, helped by former Lighthouse Inn owners Marcia and Keith Holman. More...

Pre-school in shock closure
Exclusive: EAST Huntspill Pre-School is set to close at the end of May due to falling pupil numbers and increasing costs. An extraordinary general meeting was held at East Huntspill School on Wednesday evening (April 6th) where concerned parents gathered to discuss the situation, as pictured. More...

Arrests after weapons seized
Exclusive: TWO Highbridge men have been arrested and charged with possession of offensive weapons following a 'disturbance' in the town at the weekened. A knuckle duster, half a pool cue and a large slab of wood were seized on the Morland Estate after Saturday's late night incident. More...

Cancer group receives boost
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea charity supporters has this week been presented with a bumper cheque following a collection at the annual Sedgemoor Civic Service. Sedgemoor Chairwoman Jane Moreton handed over £214.06 to supporters of Somerset cancer charity SURE. More...

Oops! Cider lorry spills load
Motorists faced long delays around Highbridge's M5 junction this evening (Wednesday, April 6th) after a lorry overturned. The lorry toppled over on the Dunball roundabout next to junction 23 shortly after 4pm, spilling the cider it was carrying and diesel fuel. More...

Plans for 13 homes unveiled
Exclusive: Proposals to build 13 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been submitted to district council planners this week. Bloor Homes has applied for full planning permission to build 13 dwellings with associated gardens, garages and parking on land to the east of Cookson Close. More...

Schools receive funding boost
SCHOOLS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to share a £14.5million injection of funding. Somerset County Council has this week approved a multi-million pound package of capital investment, which will benefit both Highbridge's Churchfield School and Burnham Infants. More...

Delays after lorry overturns
Motorists faced long delays around Highbridge's M5 junction this evening (Wednesday, April 6th) after a lorry overturned. The lorry toppled over on the Dunball roundabout next to junction 23 shortly after 4pm, spilling the cider it was carrying and diesel fuel. More...

Council rejects purchasing plan
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week given a thumbs down to proposals to introduce a new scheme for council purchasing that, it's claimed, could reduce costs. A member of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forums asked it to consider the cost-cutting plan. More...

Wind farm protests stepped up
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build a controversial new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have urged local people to attend a special consultation day being held this Friday (April 8th) to rally opposition. The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group is arranging it. More...

Firefighters tackle car blaze
Exclusive Photos: THESE were the scenes in East Huntspill last night (Tuesday, April 5th) as firefighters tackled a blaze that destroyed a BMW. One fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the Causeway in East Huntspill at 8.58pm after reports of the vehicle in flames in a parking area. More...

Youth centre starts roof appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Area Youth Centre has this week launched a new 'save the roof' fundraising appeal. Built in 1966, the youth centre's roof is starting to experience occasional leaks during heavy rain, prompting the start of the fundraising appeal fund this week. More...

Election candidates are named
THE candidates standing in next month's town and district council elections in Burnham-On-Sea have been announced this week. The election on Thursday May 5th will see dozens of candidates battling it out at the ballet box to represent the area on the town and district councils. More...

Library saved from closure
THE future of Highbridge's closure-threatened library was dramatically secured this evening (Monday, April 4th) after a deal to keep it open was struck with Somerset County Council. Councillors Peter Burridge-Clayton, John Woodman, Chris Williams and Janet Keen announced the surprise news during Monday's town council meeting. More...

'Bring park and ride to town'
TOWN councillors have this week called on power company EDF to 'take more seriously' the proposals that a park and ride facility for Hinkley Point workers should be built next to Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction. The council wants it to be built near to junction 22. More...

New Princess group proposed
PLANS to create a new community interest group to run Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre were unveiled on Monday evening (April 4th). The formation of the new group would make it easier for the facilities to be run by the Town Council, which now owns the building. More...

Lifeboat shop re-opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat fundraisers and supporters have been busy re-stocking their shelves with new RNLI branded items as their shop re-opens this week after a winter break. The shop is now open during core hours until mid-December, with the assistance from a team of volunteers. More...

Youth team reaches final
BURNBRIDGE Wanderers Under 12s football team secured a place in the Woodspring Junior League Cup Final with an impressive 8-1 semi-final victory against Weston Crusdaers on Sunday (3rd April). The delighted youngsters will play Portishead Juniors in the final in a few weeks' time. More...

RNLI retrieves 'mystery object'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crew performed one of their more unusual rescues on Monday evening (April 4th) when they were called out to retrieve this floating metallic object from the sea. Three crewmembers in wetsuits waded into the water to bring it ashore next to the jetty. More...

New bistro opens in town
A NEW wine bar and restaurant has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea town cente this week. Ricky Baillie and Gemma Collins, pictured, have launched Geri's Wine Bar and Bistro at 20 College Street with a menu that promises freshly-cooked, locally-produced food. More...

Town dance show is a sell-out
HUNDREDS of spectators flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (April 2nd) when the town's DanceFit Club and Bay Club Dancers held two sell-out performances of a monopoly-themed dance show. It featured a range of different dance styles. More...

450 new homes welcomed
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build 450 new homes next to the River Brue in Highbridge went on show to the public for the first time on Saturday (April 2nd) and attracted mainly positive feedback from local residents. Hallam Land Management held the exhibition at St John Ambulance Hall in Bank Street. More...

Charity song filmed on seafront
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rock group filmed a music video on the town's seafront on Sunday (April 3rd), which will accompany a new charity song being produced for two local good causes. The Ginger Hitlas performed Hey Little Lady in aid of Burnham Hospital and BARB on The Esplanade. More...

90 take part in Easter race
DOZENS of youngsters took part in the annual Easter run to the top of Brent Knoll on Saturday afternoon (April 2nd). The race is held from outside the village's primary school and this year's event saw almost 90 children making their way to the summit and back to earn an Easter egg. More...

Eavis to open tourist centre
Exclusive: Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis will perform the opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new tourist information centre later this month. Mr Eavis, who is a strong supporter of Somerset tourism, will lead the opening ceremony outside the centre on The Esplanade at mid-day on April 14th. More...

Council bids for web upgrade
BUSINESSES in the Burnham-On-Sea area could soon enjoy superfast broadband internet speeds if Somerset County Council's bid for millions of pounds of government funding is successful. Both Somerset and Devon are submitting a joint bid for a slice of the £500million available from Westminster. More...

Seafront music video filming
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rock group will be filming a music video to accompany their new charity song on the town's seafront on Sunday morning (April 3rd). The Ginger Hitlas will be performing their new charity single, called Hey Little Lady, in aid of Burnham Hospital and BARB. More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A BRAND new shop specialising in jewellery opened its doors for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 2nd). The Goldbeach Studio in Burnham's Chapel Street provides jewellery repairs and supplies, as well as handmade items such as necklaces and beads. More...

Police probe lead thefts
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police appealed for help in finding the thieves responsible for a series of lead thefts from buildings in the town over the past week. Officers have revealed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that at least three properties along The Esplanade and High Street have been targeted. More...

Mass beach clean at Brean
VOLUNTEERS from the National Trust will be holding a mass beach clean at Brean later this month. The trust's staff and volunteers are conducting clean-ups at 27 beaches across the South West during April, including next to Brean Down on Wednesday 13th April from 9.30am. More...

Week-long books celebration
CHILDREN at Berrow Primary School have been taking part in a special week of book-themed activities. In addition to reading sessions, the youngsters have been creating colourful bookmarks during the school's annual celebration of books. A scholastic book fair was also held. More...

Coastguards in search for man
TWO teams of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to the River Axe next to Brean Down today (Friday, April 1st) amid concern for the welfare of a person trying to cross the treacherous estuary. Coastguards searched the banks of the river at 11.40am after a walker raised concerns. More...

Princess handover is today
THE ownership of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has today (Friday, April 1st) been formally handed over to the town council by Sedgemoor District Council, safeguarding its future. The milestone comes after months of negotiations between the two councils regarding the closure-threatened building. More...

£250k rollercoaster for town?
Exclusive: EXCITING proposals for a £250,000 eco-friendly rollercoaster on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront have been unveiled by a London entrepreneur this week. The 40 metre tall 'Burnham Powercoaster' has been earmarked for land opposite the Sailing Club. More...

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