2012 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
March 2012 news archive
2012 news archive
2012 news archive
air-lifted after crash in Berrow
motorist has been air-lifted to hospital with potentially life-threatening
injuries following an accident in Berrow this morning (Monday).
A man in his 50s was taken by air ambulance to Weston General
Hospital after his car, towing a caravan, crashed into a wall
in Barton Road at 9.30am. More...
Richard raises £1,800
runner Richard Thomas has raised over £1,800 for charity
by completing last week's London Marathon. Richard completed the
course in four hours, forty seven minutes and ten seconds and
sponsorship for the National Blind Childrens Society. More...
bill after storm damage
trees caused up to £55,000 of damage to static caravans
at a holiday park in Brean during yesterday's 65mph gales. Several
caravans were seriously damaged when large trees, weakened by
heavy rain, tumbled onto them. While fortunately no-one was inside
them at the time, the bill for the owners will likely be in the
region of £55,000. More...
artist's work to travel far
artist Cora Stock has completed work on making 60 very special
plates that will be travelling to 27 countries across Europe.
The plates, which commemorate the European year of volunteering,
have this week been handed over to the organisation. More...
growing contest starts
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been invited to enter a marrow
growing competition at a Brent Knoll garden centre. Sanders Garden
World will be giving away marrow plants, while stocks last, to
youngsters to take home and grow - then return in the autumn.
battle severe weather
of athletes braved gale-force winds and heavy rain to take part
in Burnham-On-Sea's spring triathlon on Sunday (April 29th), which
partially went ahead despite the horrendous conditions. The severe
weather led to the organisers cancelling the cycling stage of
the event. More...
power raises £1,300!
night of pedal-powered horse racing raised more than £1,300
for a wind farm protest group near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (April
27th). Nearly 100 people gathered in Mark Village Hall to support
the NoPilrow campaign, opposed to a wind farm. More...
peel away garage's roof
force winds caused the closure of this petrol station near Burnham-On-Sea
today (Sunday, April 29th) after part of its metal roof started
to peel away in the storm. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were
called to the BP garage in Lympsham on the A370. More...
gales hit Burnham-On-Sea
Photos: HEAVY rain and gale-force winds are sweeping through
the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Sunday, April 29th), causing road
closures and damage. Stoddens Lane was closed after the tree pictured
above was blown down just after 7am in the 65mph gusts. More...
teen found safe and well
missing teenager who prompted a police appeal in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Saturday (April 28th) has been found safe and well. Jack
Thompson, 19, had been reported missing since around 3am on Friday
when he left his home, but was later found. More...
opens town glazing firm
and Highbridge MP Tessa Munt was the special guest at the opening
of a new glazing firm in Highbridge on Friday (April 27th). The
M5 Glass Centre has opened on the town's Walrow Industrial Estate,
replacing a company that went into liquidation last year. More...
Beer Festival planned
is set to hold a three-day beer festival over the May Bank Holiday
weekend. Organisers of the Burnham-On-Sea Beer Festival, which
will be held at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, hope
it will attract devotees of real ale from across the area. More...
of heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea
area during the first half of Sunday (April 29th), prompting the
Met Office to issue a severe weather warning. The yellow warning
is valid until midnight on Sunday evening ahead of the expected
bad weather. More...
appeal over missing man
have today (Saturday) appealed for the public's help in finding
a vulnerable missing teenager who has been seen in the Burnham-On-Sea
area. Jack Thompson, aged 19, was last seen at around 3am yesterday
morning (Friday April 27th) when he left his home in the Croxley
area, near Wells. More...
head to town triathlon
of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea
tomorrow (Sunday, April 29th) when the town holds its annual spring
triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy,
the SuperSprint Triathlon will be held from 7am. More...
'died of hypothermia'
who was found dead by railway tracks near Highbridge is likely
to have died from hypothermia, an inquest was told this week.
The body of Edith Joan Batten, 79, was found on October 25th last
year at Dunball foot crossing, two days after leaving her home
in Highbridge's Dunstan Road. More...
to hold charity open day
beauty salon is celebrating its first anniversary with a special
charity open day on Saturday (28th April). Belle Vie Beauty in
Abingdon Street's celebrations will be held from 10am-5pm when
it will be offering mini beauty treatments. More...
plans draw objections
FRESH concerns were raised over plans to turn this riverside boatyard
in Highbridge into a development of 95 new homes during a heated
town council meeting last night (Thursday). Councillors raised
fears about access and the type of properties. More...
side celebrates victory!
Under 12s rugby team showed great character and spirit this week
by winning a tough tournament in tremendous style. After disappointment
at the recent Wells Tournament, the team bounced back by winning
the Hornets Tournament against teams. More...
boost for local groups
than £2,000 was handed out to local good causes by members
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge on Thursday evening (April 26th).
After a year of fundraising activities, the group held its annual
presentation night in Berrow Village Hall where many groups received
record bid countdown
Jubilee Celebrations in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday
June 2nd is underway, with a youth parade and a world record sandcastle
building bid being planned. The day will start with a youth parade
from Highbridge's Apex Park. More...
Portas bid decision in May
Town Team hopes to find out in late May whether their bid for
a £1m share of Mary Portas funding to regenerate the town
centre has been successful. Burnham's bid, which was submitted
last month, outlines how £99,000 of funding would be spent.
photos: Water Minister's visit
Benyon MP this week visited the Burnham-On-Sea area to see work
being undertaken by the Somerset Drainage Boards to manage water
in Somerset's wetlands. The MP was shown around several parts
of Sedgemoor on Tuesday (April 24th). More...
Fun Day plans unveiled
Jubilee Family Fun Day is set to take place in Burnham-On-Sea
on June 4th. The free event, which will be held on the playing
fields next to the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close,
will feature live music from local musicians and choirs plus fun
races, bouncy castles and a craft tent. More...
planning 15,000ft leap!
brave Guides from Burnham-On-Sea are planning to leap out of a
plane at 15,000ft to raise funds for a trip to Mexico. Berrow
Guides Beth Lavis and Vicky Simmons, pictured, will be doing the
tandem jump on May 13th at Dunkeswell Airfield, near Honiton in
supports local cricket club
and District Cricket Club has this week celebrated the start of
a new season with a welcome donation from Natwest Bank. The bank
is a supporter of grassroots cricket across the UK and picked
Huntspill as its focus club for a 'Natwest Cricketforce Weekend'.
church crosses recovered
police have recovered two brass crosses from the bottom of a pond
after they were stolen from a church in the town earlier this
month. The ornate crosses were removed from St Andrew's Church
during the past fortnight and were recovered by officers on Wednesday.
to fight wind farm appeal
group of campaigners says it expects to have to raise up to £50,000
to fight a formal appeal by EDF and Ecotricity following yesterday's
rejection of their huge wind farm plans near Burnham-On-Sea. Sedgemoor's
Development Control Committee refused applications by Ecotricity
and EDF. More...
warning issued for area
WEATHER forecasters have warned residents in the
Burnham-On-Sea area to expect more heavy rain and potentially
damaging winds today (Wednesday). The Met Office has issued a
yellow warning for the area as a band of heavy rain and gales
across the region. More...
you seen stolen lion?
staff at a pub near Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued an appeal
for the return of this wood carving of a lion, which was stolen
at the weekend. The ornate seven inch wide carving was removed
from a fireplace in the bar of the Watchfield Inn at the
dig deep for Marines
CHARITY collection at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket has this week
raised hundreds of pounds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.
Four members of the Bridgwater Royal Marines Association collected
£979 at Morrisons supermarket in Pier Street, Burnham.
for five and a half years
A MAN was jailed for five-and-a-half years on Tuesday (April 24th)
for cutting the throat of a Highbridge father, narrowly missing
his vocal chords. Jamie Edney, 36, (pictured right) was convicted
on Tuesday of grievous bodily harm with intent to wound. More...
farm plans rejected
plans to build a wind farm comprising nine new turbines near Burnham-On-Sea
were thrown out by district councillors today (Tuesday).
More than 120 people crowded into the Princess Theatre in Burnham
for a special meeting of Sedgemoor's development control. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea Dreamscheme has struck a deal with
the owners of an area of overgrown land to transform it into a
new community garden. Royal Mail is lending Burnham Dreamscheme
a strip of land adjacent to the post sorting office in Kingsley
investment at new firm
A NEW glazing firm opens in Highbridge this week
in place of a firm that went into liquidation last year. The assets
and building of Hill Leigh Glazing on the Walrow Industrial Estate
have been purchased by new firm M5 Glass Centre, which has invested
delight at Royal letter
A ST John Ambulance Badger from Highbridge has
spoken of her delight at receiving a letter from the Queen thanking
her for a Jubilee card she made. Leah Adams, 10, decided that
she would produce the special greeting card as part of her Creative
Badger activities. More...
Team to hold meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town team - who put together a
bid for £1m of Mary Portas funding - will hold a public
meeting in the town on Tuesday evening (April 24th).The meeting
will be held at 6pm at Burnham Football Club in Cassis Close when
all will be welcome to attend. More...
Man held after Superdrug raid
man has been arrested following a break-in at Burnham-On-Sea's
Superdrug store in the early hours of Monday. Police were called
to the High Street business on Monday morning after a front window
of the property was smashed to gain entry to the shop.
Man arrested after foot chase
MAN has been arrested by police in Highbridge following a foot
chase through the town centre. Officers were called to Grange
Avenue at around 7pm on Friday evening (April 20th) after police
became suspicious of the man, who gave chase.
rejection is overturned
Exclusive: THE Planning
Inspectorate has this week overturned a council decision that
rejected the creation of a new development of 11 flats in Burnham-On-Sea.
The inspectorate has given a controversial green-light to Newton
Lodge in Berrow Road to be extended into a complex of 11 self
Charity 'in the pink' in Berrow!
BURNHAM'S MP and Mayor were among a crowd of people who attended
a special shopping event in Berrow on Sunday (April 22nd) to raise
funds for a local cancer charity. A stream of visitors supported
'Shop For A Cure' in aid of Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Pier boss starts 170-car display
MORE than 170 classic cars took part in a fundraising vintage
vehicle run through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (April 22nd).
The Brimar Vintage and Classic Car Run was held in aid of Children's
Hospice South West (CHSW) and started at Brent Knoll's Sanders
Garden World. More...
Visitors flock to photo exhibition
THE work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea photographers went on
show at an exhibition in the town on Sunday (April 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea
Camera Club held its fourth annual exhibition, where visitors
were able to browse over dozens of eye-catching shots.
Police issue appeal after car fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued an appeal for information after
a burnt-out car was found in a quiet lane outside East Huntspill
this morning (Sunday, April 22nd). Firefighters from Burnham were
sent to Long Moor Drove in East Huntspill at 11.19am. The crew
discovered a burnt-out Rover 75. More...
Baby owls rescued by carers
THIS pair of tiny baby owlets are lucky to be alive after having
to be rescued by wildlife carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area.
The little tawny owls, named Cheddar and Cheese by carers from
Secret World, were found at the base of a tree by a woman enjoying
a walk with her two daughters. More...
New charity shop for Burnham
A SOMERSET-based animal rescue centre opened a brand new charity
shop in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 21st). The National
Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has opened in Regent Street to raise
money for the care and re-homing of needy animals. More...
Hinkley expansion in jeopardy?
PLANS to expand Hinkley Point nuclear power station
near Burnham-On-Sea have been thrown into doubt, according to
a report in the Financial Times. The paper says that power company
Centrica, which owns British Gas, is threatening to abandon its
Police investigate car crash
POLICE were called to a Highbridge roundabout in the early hours
of this morning (April 21st) following an accident. A car overturned
at the Isleport roundabout on the A38 Bristol Road shortly before
2am. The vehicle was left with significant damage. More...
Sea water quality in spotlight
THE failure of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow's sea water in
meeting strict new European water quality standards will be in
the spotlight when the Environment Agency holds a special event
in the town next month. Last year, Burnham failed to meet the
new EU standard after passing the EU test in 2010. More...
Gymnasts celebrate 34 medals
YOUNG gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Club
have been celebrating success after competing in the South West
Schools Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships. Almost the entire
club took part in the event and returned with 34 medals between
Busy route to close in town
A MAIN road through Highbridge will be shut on several evenings
during May while major roadworks go ahead. Somerset County Council
has this week announced that Church Street will be closed from
May 14th-23rd from 6.30pm-11.30pm while resurfacing work is undertaken.
Photo exhibition this Sunday
THE work of scores of Burnham-On-Sea photographers will go on
show at an exhibition in the town this Sunday (April 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea
Camera Club is holding its fourth annual exhibition, where visitors
will be able to browse a selection of images taken by members.
for wildlife charity
concert and fun day is to be held in Berrow on Saturday (April
21st) to raise money for East Huntspill's wildlife charity Secret
World. A day of entertainment and music will be held at the Berrow
Inn from 2pm, including live music from local group Trramp. More...
mixer overturns on A38
driver of this cement mixer was lucky to escape without injuries
after an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (April 19th).
Fire, police and ambulance crews rushed to East Brent at 2.15pm
after the cement mixer overturned on the A38 Bristol Road. More...
for a Cure' this Sunday
shopping event will be held in Berrow this Sunday (April 22nd)
in aid of local charity Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The
'Shop For A Cure' event will be held in Berrow Village Hall from
10.30am until 3pm when all will be welcome. Entrance will be free
of charge. More...
cut to over 100 homes
than 100 people were without power near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
afternoon (April 19th) after an overhead electricity line was
cut. Police from Burnham were called to Pound Road in Pawlett
at 2.45pm after a passing vehicle struck the line, damaging it.
boost for Jubilee Wall
District Council has this week handed a £600 boost to Burnham-On-Sea
Rotary Club's project to build a special wall to commemorate the
Queen's Jubilee. The council has announced that cash is to be
given to several groups across the district. More...
star's son robbed
A FORMER world snooker champion had
an unfortunate stay in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend when his
son became a victim of crime in the town. Mark Williams MBE, who
has been world snooker champion twice, in 2000 and 2003, stayed
at a holiday park. More...
farm plans set for approval
plans to build nine wind turbines on farmland near Burnham-On-Sea
look set to be approved by Sedgemoor District Council next week.
Despite 550 complaints from residents, the council's planning
officer has recommended that the contentious schemes be granted
contest winners named
winners of Burnham-On-Sea's annual shop window competition have
been announced, after attracting more than 130 entries. The annual
'Spot the Odd Item in the Shop Window Competition', run by Burnham's
Chamber of Trade, ran for a fortnight over Easter. More...
arrested after town fight
has been arrested by Burnham police following an early morning
fight in the centre of Highbridge this week. Officers from Burnham
Police were called to a brawl involving several people in the
town's Church Street during the early hours of Sunday morning
(April 15th). More...
classic cars head to rally
170 classic cars will be taking part in a fundraising vintage
vehicle run through the Burnham-On-Sea area this Sunday (April
22nd). The Brimar Vintage and Classic Car Run will start at Sanders
Garden World in Brent Knoll and is being held to raise charity
pulls out of Bloom contest
BURNHAM-On-Sea has pulled out of this year's Britain In Bloom
competition amid concerns about the safety of lighting columns
along the town's High Street. It means colourful hanging baskets
like these will not be hung from lamp posts along the town's High
Street this summer. More...
screened at London event
young filmmakers from Burnham-On-Sea whose production was screened
at the London Independent Film Festival earlier this week have
described the experience as "magical". Jessie Hawkes
and Jake Hodge travelled to see their short film shown on a big
thanks crew for rescue
skier who was briefly knocked unconscious after a fall during
Sunday's water skiing event in Burnham-On-Sea has thanked the
lifeboat crew who rescued him. Jack Lynch, from Hunstanton in
Norfolk, came off his skis at high speed during Sunday's racing.
group S Club play in Brean
members of the chart-topping band S Club entertained a big crowd
of holidaymakers in Brean on Saturday night (April 14th). Jo,
Bradley and Paul were on top form, belting out many of their chart
topping hits from the last decade at Brean's Holiday Resort Unity.
islands plan unveiled
THE developer behind plans to build a Severn Barrage between
Brean Down and Wales says he has begun discussions with Sedgemoor
District Council over proposals to create a dozen new islands
around the structure when it is built in the Bristol Channel.
sorry for price 'glitch'
holiday park operator Pontin's has this week issued an apology
to customers who were affected by a 'computer glitch' which caused
holidays to be sold online at cut-price rates - only to be later
withdrawn. The Mirror reported that around 20 families
were affected. More...
cancer support group starts
cancer support group is to launch in Burnham-On-Sea next week.
Burnham resident Gaynor Brown, pictured, is to hold weekly sessions
of the "friendly and supportive" group each week from
Monday morning, 23rd April, at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow
Town in Cup victory
from Highbridge Town FC had plenty of reason to celebrate on Saturday
(April 14th) when they beat Sampford Blues to win the Rowbarton
Charity Cup. Highbridge fought back from 2-0 down to beat Sampford
4-2 in the final of the cup at Fairfax Park in Bridgwater. More...
Day celebration announced
Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a May Day celebration with
a Royal theme when a king and queen are appointed! The traditional
May Day celebration will take place on Monday 7th May from 1-3.30pm
and will be open to all local people. More...
leader stands down
leader of Somerset County Council announced on Monday (April 16th)
that he is standing down in order to run for office to become
the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner. Ken Maddock,
pictured, has held the role of Leader since the 2009 local elections.
firm urges 'sensible use'
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this
week been urged to 'be sensible with their water usage' by the
firm that supplies tap water to the town as drought conditions
worsen. The advice from Bristol Water comes after Somerset was
added to a list of official drought zones by the Environment Agency.
begins on Jubilee Wall
young members of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme have designed and
made more than 90 tiles which are to appear on a special wall
being built in the town to mark this year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
David Lemon of Haven Pottery taught the youngsters. More...
Living Centre to open
Active Living Centre for residents aged over 50 is set to open
in Highbridge today (Monday, April 16th). The facility, provided
by Sedgemoor Community Partnership, will be available at Highbridge's
Morland Hall in Pearce Drive and will be held on a regular basis.
owners join mutt strutt!
walkers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area joined a sponsored
'mutt strutt' in Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday afternoon (April
15th). The 2.5 mile walk was held in aid of the RSPCA and is expected
to have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity. More...
flock to water ski event
of Europe's leading water skiers were welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday when the town hosted an international water skiing competition.
Dozens of skiers competed in three hours of racing that may lead
to a round of the European Water Skiing Championships being held
in Burnham. More...
accident on seafront
collision briefly blocked part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on
Sunday morning (April 15th). Police were called to the busy junction
of The Esplanade and Pier Street following the accident. An ambulance
was called and several occupants were treated for shock. More...
photos: U3A 20th anniversary
U3A celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday (April 14th) with
a celebratory open day in the town's Community Centre. Dozens
of residents visited the event, which included an exhibition of
activities and the unveiling of a wall hanging. More...
at BIARS in a year!
seafront information centre received almost 76,000 visitors during
its first year under new management, it was revealed on Saturday
(April 14th) as its volunteers celebrated the centre's first anniversary.
Community group BIARS took over the centre a year ago from Sedgemoor
marks Gardening Week
of seeds were planted besides a Highbridge roundabout on Saturday
(April 14th) when the town's Mayor joined local groups at a special
planting session to celebrate National Gardening Week. Free wildflower
meadow seeds have been given to the town. More...
at M5 Sedgemoor Services
crews were called to a blaze at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Saturday). Two crews from Burnham-On-Sea
and one from Bridgwater rushed to the scene at 6.05am after reports
of a fire in a commercial kitchen area.
farm photos 'misleading'
ANGRY campaigners fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea say new images released by the developer are
"misleading and unrepresentative". Energy firm Broadview
wants to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow
Farm south of Rooksbridge. More...
walkers join 'mutt strutt'
DOG walkers are being invited to take part in a 'sponsored mutt
strutt' in Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday afternoon (April 15th).
The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA, with registration
starting from 2pm and the walk itself beginning at 2.30pm. More...
celebrates first birthday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront information centre will celebrate its
first anniversary on Saturday (April 14th). Community group BIARS
(Burnham Information and Rescue Support) took over the centre
a year ago from Sedgemoor District Council, saving it from closure.
explosives man jailed
Burnham-On-Sea man has today (Friday) been sentenced for making
explosives in a shed at his home in the town. Phillip Leonard,
35, pleaded guilty to four counts of making explosives when he
appeared at Taunton Crown Court in February and today he was sentenced
to two years in prison for each offence. More...
water ski action on Sunday
of Europe's leading water skiers will be in action in Burnham-On-Sea
this weekend when the town hosts its first international water
skiing competition. Dozens of skiers will be competing in three
hours of racing during Sunday afternoon, April 15th. More...
Comedy farce to be performed
WEST Huntspill Players will be stepping back in
time later this month when they perform the comedy farce 'See
How they Run'. The three-act play is set in a rural village in
1944 and includes hilarious performances by a bishop, vicar, actress
and a prisoner of war! More...
New owner for Burnham shop
A LONG-running greetings cards shop in Burnham-On-Sea
is under new ownership. Weston couple John and Karen Lyons have
taken over Sentiments in the High Street. Former owners Tim and
Sue Potts had run the shop for 25 years and have moved onto a
new venture. More...
man to be charged
BURNHAM-On-Sea man is due to be sentenced in Taunton today (Friday)
after pleading guilty to possessing dangerous explosives. Thirty
people had to be evacuated from their houses in Burnham in January
after Phillip Leonard's home in Beatty Way was raided by police.
Comedy Night tomorrow
tickets are on sale for a comedy night at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess
Theatre. The evening of comedy will be held this Saturday (14th
April) and will feature a compere and three comedians. Gary Coleman,
Taylor Glenn and Yianni Agisilaou will all perform. More...
Farewell to the 'three-faced liar'
HIGHBRIDGE'S historic town clock - known as the
'three-faced liar' because its three clock faces rarely told the
same time - was demolished this morning (Thursday) to make way
for a new one. The familiar landmark was taken down by workmen
in a delicate operation that started at 10am. More...
Town U3A to celebrate 20 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea U3A will celebrate its 20th anniversary
this Saturday (April 14th) by holding an open day in the town's
Community Centre. The event in Berrow Road will be open to the
public from 10am until 2.30pm when an exhibition of the group's
activities will be held as part of the celebrations. More...
fireworks this Saturday
skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display
this Saturday (April 14th) 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 Burnham's Sea Cadets. More...
in court over images
A HIGHBRIDGE man has appeared in court accused
of having thousands of indecent images of children and extreme
pornography. William Blake-Moore, 62, allegedly possessed almost
2,500 indecent pictures of children, including still images and
movies in Plymouth.
Man injured in M5 accident
AN accident on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea
caused rush-hour delays on Wednesday evening (April 11th). Two
fire engines from Burnham were sent to the crash between junction
22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Bridgwater North shortly at 4.15pm.
Carnival saved by new volunteers
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual
carnival appears to be safe again after dozens of new volunteers
came forward this evening (Wednesday, April 11th) following a
desperate appeal for helpers. More than 50 people attended the
AGM of the Carnival Association at the Ritz Club. More...
Explosions heard at Brean fire
EXPLOSIONS were heard in Brean last night (Tuesday,
April 10th) after a blaze set a gas cylinder alight. Two Burnham-On-Sea
fire crews rushed to a caravan park in the village at 10.52pm
after a trailer tent was reported on fire, which was tackled with
a hose reel jet. More...
Carnival 'crisis' meeting tonight
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual
carnival are hoping for a good turnout at their AGM tonight (Wednesday,
April 11th) after warning that the event is in 'crisis' due to
a lack of volunteers. The organisers have distributed thousands
of leaflets across the area in recent weeks. More...
£90,000 hall extension starts
A £90,000 project to extend Brent Knoll Parish
Hall has reached an important milestone this week with the start
of building work. A special 'ground cutting ceremony' was held
in the village on Tuesday (April 10th) when members of the Parish
Hall Committee, Parish Council and building contractors came together.
Western group's £4k donation
A BURNHAM-On-Sea western re-enactment club has
this week presented cheques worth £4,000 to two charities.
Members of the Boots and Saddles Western Re-enactment and Living
History Club handed £1,000 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
and £3,000 to Help For Heroes. More...
Birthday surprise for Elizabeth
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor was among the special guests
at a pensioner's 90th birthday celebrations at the weekend. Elizabeth
Johnson of Berrow Road was a long-serving Chairman of Wells Conservative
Association and a fundraiser for Mcmillan Nurses in the town.
Horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater have
rescued a horse trapped in a water-filled ditch in Brent Knoll
this evening (Tuesday, April 10th). A fire engine from Burnham
and a special rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to the scene
at 6.22pm to oversee the rescue. More...
Camera Club to hold exhibition
THE work of scores of Burnham-On-Sea photographers
will go on show at an exhibition in the town on Sunday April 22nd.
Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club has announced its fourth annual exhibition,
where visitors will be able to browse a selection of eye-catching
images taken by its members. More...
Paris marathon for Berrow man
A MAN from Berrow and two friends will be taking
part in the Paris marathon this weekend in aid of a local charity.
Rob Kilduff, 36, of Penmoor Road in Berrow, will be running along
the Champs-Elysées on his first marathon with friends Stu
Walker and Will Denyer this coming Sunday, April 15th. More...
Guides see music stars perform
AN excited group of 106 Guides from Berrow, Highbridge
and Brent Knoll travelled to Birmingham's LG Arena on Saturday
to see some of the UK's top music acts perform. Olly Murs, Alexandra
Burke, The Saturdays and Rizzle Kicks were among the stars at
the show in the West Midlands. More...
Council won't save bus service
A BUS service that runs between Highbridge and
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturdays has been formally axed after the cash-strapped
town council decided it would be too expensive to run. The 113
service was saved from Somerset County Council cuts to services.
raised for town Folkfest
TOTAL of £1,100 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest
during an Easter Sunday music marathon. Crowds of supporters attended
the event at the Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street, where a wide
variety of acts played live on the stage throughout the course
of the day. More...
welcomes new high sheriff
MP has welcomed the appointment of Somerset's new High Sheriff
during a ceremony in Wells Cathedral. Sylvana Chandler has succeeded
John Cullum, who held the post for the previous year. The role
is an independent, non political appointment. More...
bursts into flames on M5
A WALKER captured on his mobile phone
the moment a car burst into flames on the hard shoulder of the
M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Easter Sunday. Two Burnham
fire engines were called to the blazing vehicle, pictured here,
which was on the southbound carriageway. More...
arrests after 'mass fight'
THREE people were arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police following
a fight in the centre of the town on Sunday evening (April 8th).
Police were called to Pier Street at around 10.30pm following
reports of a disturbance in the area of the Somerset and Dorset
pub and Tates bar. More...
roar through Highbridge
LONG line of motorbikes roared through Highbridge on Sunday (April
8th) at the start of a fundraising bike run in aid of Dorset and
Somerset Air Ambulance. Over 20 Somerset Motorcycle Group members
took part in the charity ride out from the town's Bristol Bridge
raised at RNLI car wash
of all shapes and sizes were given a wash during Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI's latest fundraising car wash on Saturday (April 7th). The
event raised around £500 for the lifeboat charity, taking
this year's total to £1,200 following an earlier car wash
in January. More...
saves life of attack victim
BREAN beachwarden Dave Furber has been praised
for saving the life of a walker by reviving him with a defibrillator
this evening (Easter Sunday) when he suffered a huge heart attack
on the steps of Brean Down. The 47-year-old walker suffered the
attack half way up the steps of the Down. More...
Day parade held on seafront
SYMBOLIC cross was carried along Burnham's seafront during a procession
to mark Easter this morning (Sunday). Around 20 members of Burnham-On-Sea
Community Church took part in the parade along The Esplanade between
Morrisons supermarket and Marine Cove. More...
beacon to be lit on Knoll
BRENT Knoll will be among 2,600 locations across
the UK joining a nationwide chain of beacons to celebrate the
Queen's Jubilee in June. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council had
also hoped to light a beacon on the town's beach on 4th June,
however a high tide means this will not be possible. More...
window contest begins
annual shop window competition is underway, with shoppers being
challenged to find 'odd items' hidden in displays. The annual
'Spot the Odd Item in the Shop Window Competition', run by Burnham's
Chamber of Trade, runs until Sunday April 15th. More...
flock to Easter fun day
Special: CROWDS of families flocked to an Easter fun day in
Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens today (Saturday). The event, organised
by Burnham Dreamscheme and Burnham Lions, attracted a steady flow
of visitors over the course of four hours. A wide range of entertainment
was laid on. More...
over town graffiti vandals
AN angry Burnham-On-Sea cafe owner launched a clean-up operation
today (Saturday) after a daylight graffiti attack in the centre
of the town. Police have appealed for witnesses after orange paint
was sprayed over pavements, an electricity sub-station and waste
bin at 3.30pm. More...
farm plans to be unveiled
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a new wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea are set to gather speed this month when a formal
planning application for the scheme is submitted. Energy firm
Broadview wants to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines, which
would be as tall as Brent Knoll. More...
fun day in town today
DAY of family fun will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme's
Family Fun Day throughout today (Saturday, April 7th). The group
is holding a 'Fab Funday' in the town's Manor Gardens from 11am-3pm
featuring a wide range of activities and events. More...
POSTPONED car wash to raise money for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI will
be held today (Saturday, April 7th). Volunteers from the lifeboat
station in Burnham's Pier Street had to cancel the second of their
charity car washes due to wintry weather during the cold snap
in February. More...
crash partially blocks A38
MAIN road near Burnham-On-Sea was partially blocked this afternoon
(Friday, April 6th) following an accident involving a motorbike.
The A38 through Brent Knoll was partly blocked, as pictured here,
after the accident occurred at around 4.30pm. Police and an ambulance
were called. More...
removed from hospital
ASBESTOS has been removed from the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's
hospital over the past month during a major refurbishment of the
property. The potentially hazardous material has been safely taken
away during work to improve energy efficiency at Burnham-On-Sea
War Memorial Hospital.
councillor in MP row
A BURNHAM-On-Sea district councillor has called
on Bridgwater's MP to consider stepping down after an alleged
'information breach'. Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger posted
a letter from a member of the public, showing his full address
on the Internet. More...
centre is new nursery
Thorndike Day Care Centre has become a new nursery. Hayley and
Terry Azzopardi of 65 Thorndike Way in Burnham have worked hard
over the past two years as childminders and have achieved their
ambition of becoming a nursery. More...
Easter events guide
a busy weekend of entertainment lined up across the Burnham-On-Sea
area this weekend. Our guide takes you through all the highlights,
from an Easter egg hunt to live music and a fundraising badger
weekend at a local wildlife centre plus claymaking workshops!
Night tickets on sale
have gone on sale for a comedy night at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess
Theatre. The evening of comedy will be held on Saturday 14th April
and will feature a compere and three comedians. Gary Coleman,
Taylor Glenn and Yianni Agisilaou will all perform. More...
water ski event for town
MANY of Europe's leading water skiers
will be in action in Burnham-On-Sea later this month when the
town hosts its first international water skiing competition. Dozens
of skiers will be competing in three hours of racing on Sunday
April 15th that could lead to the European Cup being held in Burnham.
arcade goes 24 hours
A BURNHAM-On-Sea amusement arcade has
put in place new security measures after introducing 24 hour opening
hours this week. Sunspot Amusements on Burnham's Esplanade is
among several arcades across the UK to be open round-the-clock.
Day Folkfest fundraiser
organisers of Burnham's FolkFest will be holding their traditional
Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon this weekend. The event
- which this year will be held at the Old Pier Tavern in Burnham's
Pier Street - will see live music from 1pm until late. More...
rescued by fire crews
crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rescued a horse stuck
in a water-filled ditch in Lympsham on Wednesday (April 4th).
A fire engine from Burnham, plus a specialist rescue team from
Bridgwater, were sent to the incident in Lympsham shortly after
to be demolished shortly
town clock is set to be demolished over the next few days to make
way for a brand new one. Town Clerk Eileen Shaw confirmed this
week that work to demolish the three-faced structure in the town's
Jubilee Gardens is to begin shortly to make way for the new £20,000
four-faced clock. More...
arrested after vandalism
SIX people have been arrested following a spate of vandalism
in Burnham-On-Sea which police have described as 'thoughtless'.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Monday that angry residents
in Rosewood Avenue, Briar Close and Rosewood Drive face repair
bills for thousands of pounds. More...
car wash this Saturday
POSTPONED car wash to raise money for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI will
be held this Saturday (April 7th). Volunteers from the lifeboat
station in Pier Street had to cancel the second of their charity
car washes due to wintry weather in February. It will take place
from 10am this Saturday. More...
Day procession planned
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Community Church will
be celebrating Easter Day with a procession along the town's seafront
with a large cross this Sunday (April 8th). The church's morning
celebration will be preceded by a walk with the cross from at
10am along the seafront. More...
school wins contest
BUDDING young cricketers from Highbridge's Churchfield
Primary School have won Huntspill and District Cricket Club's
annual Primary School Indoor 6-a-side competition. The 10-week
competition has been held at King Alfred Sports Centre and 50
boys and girls have taken part. More...
screens Portas bid video
A VIDEO which has been produced to promote Burnham-On-Sea's
bid to win a share of £1million of Mary Portas regeneration
funding is being screened at the town's Ritz Cinema over the Easter
holidays. Burnham's bid was formally submitted last Friday and
hopes are high that the town will do well. More...
wardens start season
BEACH wardens are back on the beach at Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea
for the Spring and Summer season. Last week, the Sedgemoor District
Council wardens completed training on first aid at work, plus
defibrillation and manual handling ahead of the new holiday season.
on pet care charges
BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has appeared before magistrates on charges
that she failed to provide a suitable environment for animals
in her home. Jennifer Parnell, 67, of The Esplanade appeared before
magistrates on two counts of not providing veterinary care. More...
boost for charities
regional charities have this week been presented with more than
£10,000 by members of a Burnham-On-Sea club. Childrens
Hospice South West and Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance have received
the bumper donation from Burnham's Moose Lodge. More...
market funding axed
TOWN councillors have this week axed funding for Burnham-On-Sea's
farmers markets, putting the future of the monthly events in jeopardy
despite a recent survey which showed public support for them.
At a meeting on Monday (April 2nd), councillors voted in favour
of removing all grant funding. More...
for 'full pedestrianisation'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors
to reconsider plans to fully pedestrianise the High Street in
a bid to encourage more shoppers into the town. Tony Lynham, pictured,
said the work should be funded using Tesco funding. More...
up for Easter tennis camp
are still places available for an Easter Holiday tennis camp taking
place at Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club. The club's camp
got underway this week with several new young faces and a couple
of young players from the club's Mini Orange Academy Squad. More...
centre overhaul begins
NEW trees have been planted along Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street this week during the first phase of a £186,000
project to give the town centre an uplift. We reported last month
that Sedgemoor District Council had approved a list of improvements.
leave trail of damage
VANDALS have caused thousands of pounds of damage to garden
walls in part of Burnham-On-Sea. Angry residents in Rosewood Avenue,
Briar Close and Rosewood Drive say they face expensive repair
bills after five walls were pushed over, as pictured here, during
the past fortnight. More...
completes 15,000ft jump
18 year-old Highbridge leisure assistant who does not have a head
for heights performed a 15,000ft skydive on Sunday (April 1st)
to help raise funds for charity. Alex Crocker, who works at King
Alfreds Leisure Centre in Highbridge, carried out the jump.
leads Burnham parade
Sunday was marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a special seafront procession
of 70 people, led by a donkey. The congregation gathered outside
St Andrew's Church for the procession, which started with prayers
and a song in the churchyard. More...
attend Easter fair
200 people flocked to a Highbridge church's annual Easter fair
on Saturday (March 31st). 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,
face painting and refreshments. More...
AGM held in town
from across the UK gathered in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March
31st) for the annual general meeting of the national Coastguard
Association. The 35th AGM was held at the Clarence Hotel on Burnham
seafront and was attended by over 30. More...
than 140 people took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual aquathlon
on Sunday morning (April 1st). The popular event, which was organised
by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 500 metre swim
at Burnham Pool followed by a 5km run along the beach and seafront.
unveils new look
Dreamscheme relaunched for the summer season by unveiling its
new logo during a day of fundraising fun on Saturday (March 31st).
A good turnout of youngsters attended the event in Highbridge's
Morland Hall when games and refreshments were laid on. More...
fish and chip shop opens
NEW-look fish and chip bar has this week opened its doors on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront. The re-launched Esplanade Fish Bar opened on Saturday
morning (March 31st) after being given a complete revamp over
the past few months in time for the start of the tourist season.
mystery over Berrow
WALKER has appealed for help in identifying a mystery object seen
hovering in the sky above Berrow beach during the past week. Beach
walker Ken May photographed the circular, black object several
hundred metres over the sands near the Berrow beach car park.
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