2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
March 2011 news archive
2011 news archive
2011 news archive
world record set in town
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.
crowds at Mayor's 'wedding do'
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.
photos: Wedding street parties
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.
collections on Sunday
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...
Burnham's wedding day fun
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...
fireworks next weekend
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...
make Burnham bloom!
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.
groups share windfall
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...
is new Moose governor
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.
skier rescues stricken boat
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.
booze sales approved
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.
to wedding day
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.
decision' on stunt shows
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 Mays Daredevil Stunt Show.
wedding fever in town
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
fishy treat for your feet!
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.
boost for Folkfest funds
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.
probe election 'vandalism'
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.
escape 4x4 accident
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.
arcade plan delayed
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...
minutes go on show
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.
coffee shop opens in town
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.
boosts Burnham trade
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.
crews tackle grass blaze
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.
charity auction this week
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)
jet skier seeks sponsors
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.
team celebrate success
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.
helped off Berrow beach
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...
71, makes fundraising jump
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.
race boosts carnival club
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.
watch water ski action
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.
photos: Jail break drama
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.
fair raises almost £500
£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...
delays start of water skiing
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.
and car in town accident
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...
visits local bowling club
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...
gardens receive boost
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.
author to speak in town
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.
star visits Burnham
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...
on show this weekend
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...
finds Hinkley backing
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.
given to local groups
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.
of cosmetics stolen
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...
saves girl from sea
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.
charged in swans probe
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.
new jobs may be created
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...
hotel changes hands
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...
Rebels star in town today
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...
over rise in fly-tipping
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.
lights up for summer
illuminations along Burnham's seafront will be switched on for
the summer this Friday (April 22nd). The Town Council has delayed
this years 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...
in CCTV appeal after thefts
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.
warning after dog killed
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.
over postal vote error
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.
donates kit to soccer side
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.
centre wins award
people in Burnham-On-Sea can feel reassured they are receiving
a first class service when they visit the town's medical centre.
Thats because Burnham Medical Centre is the first practice
in Somerset to be awarded 'Youre Welcome' status
by the NHS. More...
craft fair this Saturday
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...
on at The Ritz this week
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...
news service recorded
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...
run in memory of Cliff
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.
water skiers head to town
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
group plans 'on hold'
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...
set to return to Highbridge
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.
fundraiser nets £7k
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.
visit camera club's show
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.
ice cream van rescued!
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...
ceremony held on Knoll
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...
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.
Crown Court heard that Clark had continued to deny the offences
despite being found guilty.
photos: VW vehicle cruise
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...
attend debut of film
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...
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...
after town accident
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.
fair is just egg-cellent!
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...
swoop after shop theft
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.
set for London Marathon
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.
water park to open in May
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.
Water issues apology
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.
exhibition this Sunday
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...
work starts in town
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.
Interview with Michael Eavis
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...
photos: New tourist centre opens
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.
leader faces sex charges
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.
hurt in two-car accident
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
arcade D-day looms
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).
tourist centre opens today
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.
backs guesthouse plan
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...
made at carnival's AGM
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.
fun this Friday
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...
photos: Trust beach clean
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.
after purse thefts
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.
pool expansion on track
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...
history talk tonight
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
to new TIC opening
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.
bird rescued from roof
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...
singer returns to Burnham
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...
warning over metal thefts
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...
meets legend Pat Cash
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
theme for shops contest
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...
your say on policing
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...
arrests after drugs raids
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.
get weather boost
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...
fans remember Emil
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...
raises charity cash
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.
Arthur does it again!
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.
photos and results
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...
as car slams into garden
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.
coax man from sea
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...
aboard! Beach train starts
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
at Choral Society concert
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 Stainers 'Crucifixion'
and 'Requiem'. More...
in wind farm protest
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...
sees fall in crime
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...
calls for recycling re-think
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...
choral concert tonight
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 Andrews Church. The society, directed by Ray Willis,
will be joined by John Bodiley as organist for the special event.
gardening clinics today
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...
enjoy building site visit
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
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
centre fears expressed
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.
Cinema gets £30k upgrade
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...
break drama to unfold
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...
chippy opens its doors
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...
in shock closure
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...
after weapons seized
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...
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.
Cider lorry spills load
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...
for 13 homes unveiled
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.
receive funding boost
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.
after lorry overturns
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...
rejects purchasing plan
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...
farm protests stepped up
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...
tackle car blaze
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...
centre starts roof appeal
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...
candidates are named
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...
saved from closure
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.
park and ride to 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
Princess group proposed
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.
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.
team reaches final
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...
retrieves 'mystery object'
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...
bistro opens in town
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.
dance show is a sell-out
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.
new homes welcomed
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...
song filmed on seafront
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...
take part in Easter race
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...
to open tourist centre
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...
bids for web upgrade
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...
music video filming
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
shop opens in Burnham
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...
probe lead thefts
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...
beach clean at Brean
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...
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...
in search for man
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.
handover is today
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.
rollercoaster for town?
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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