Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

April 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

Teenager killed in road crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses and information following a fatal road crash near Wedmore last night (Monday, April 29th). The incident occurred in Cheddar Road in the village of Cocklake, near Wedmore, at around 8.10pm. Police said an 18-year-old died. More...

35 flats proposed for garage site
Exclusive: NEW plans have been unveiled to transform an derelict garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea into a modern block of more than 30 flats. Abracore Limited is seeking planning permission to build two, three-storey buildings to form 35 retirement apartments at 49 Victoria Street. More...

Flowers mark Dylan's birthday
FAMILY and friends of Dylan Cecil, the toddler who died after falling into the sea in Burnham last summer, returned to the town's seafront on Monday (April 29th) to mark what would have been the youngster's birthday. Flowers, balloons and cards were laid. More...

Winners of shop contest named
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's annual shop window competition, held earlier this month, have been announced. The annual 'Spot the Odd Item in the Shop Window Competition', run by Burnham's Chamber of Trade, ran for a fortnight over the Easter holiday period. More...

Pupils win district competition
A GROUP of young footballers from a Highbridge school is celebrating after lifting the winner's trophy at a district competition. King Alfred School's Year 10 football team beat Haygrove to become Year 10 Sedgemoor Champions. Super goals sealed the 3-1 victory. More...

Cash boost for ten local groups
TEN local charities have received donations from Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge during the group's annual presentation night. Each April, the group hands out money to local organisations following a year's fundraising, which this year amounted to £2,000. More...

New £26m water plant opened
A £26m water treatment plant near Brean was opened by Wessex Water on Monday (April 29th). A plaque to mark the occasion was unveiled by MP John Penrose and Wessex Water Chairman Colin Skellett. The improvements have been unveiled to the plant after a lengthy project. More...

Safety fears over roadworks
Exclusive: INCOMPLETE roadworks left unfinished for several weeks at a busy road junction in Highbridge are posing a danger to motorists and pedestrians, a town councillor has warned this week. Cllr Chris Williams has called for the work to be quickly completed before an accident happens. More...

Tributes paid to local fundraiser
TRIBUTES have been paid to an East Huntspill fundraiser who was the 'guiding light' behind a major sports project in the village. Roy Stenning, 79, raised thousands of pounds for the project to build a new East Huntspill Sports Pavilion, which is currently being constructed on the village's playing field. More...

Furniture shop receives award
A CHARITABLE business in Highbridge selling second-hand furniture to residents on low incomes has been praised for its work in the community by the town's Mayor this week. Cllr Ken Smout visited Highbridge Furniture Ltd in Morland Road this week where he handed over a community award. More...

Bowling club donation for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea Ladies Bowling Club has presented a donation to the town's rescue hovercraft charity this week. Ladies Captain Marion Strong handed the donation to BARB during a presentation at Burnham Bowling Club in St Andrew's Road on Saturday morning, as pictured. More...

Home brew contest launches
A HOME brew competition will be held for the first time during Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival next month. The 'Great Burnham Brew Off' will see amateur cider makers competing to see who can make the best farmhouse cider. The cider needs to be delivered on the day of the festival. More...

Election plea to town voters
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to use their democratic right and vote in the County Council Elections taking place this Thursday (May 2nd). Somerset County Council delivers important services across the Burnham area including looking after roads and caring for the elderly. More...

Coastguards issue tide warning
COASTGUARDS have issued a warning to beware of high spring tides over the next couple of days. The advice comes from Dave Jones, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard, after two people had to be rescued after getting cut off by the high tides during separate incidents this week along Somerset's coastline. More...

Vinnie completes charity walk
A BRAVE youngster from Highbridge who suffers from Cerebral Palsy raised over £1,000 by holding a fundraising walk in aid of charity on Saturday (April 27th). A crowd of supporters, friends and family joined Vinnie Triggol in his mile-long walk around Apex Park. More...

Arrest in 'rogue trader' operation
Exclusive: A MAN has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea this week during a police crackdown on 'rogue traders'. Officers were out in force across Somerset to tackle doorstep criminals during National Rogue Trader Week. A trader was arrested in Burnham for a Trading Standards offence. More...

MMR jabs offered to children
PARENTS of children and teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea who missed their MMR vaccines have this week been urged to join a catch-up programme to increase uptake of the vaccinations. The aim of the programme is to prevent measles outbreaks across the UK. More...

Award for town boxing club
A HIGHBRIDGE-based boxing club has this week received an award for the work it does in the community. Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout visited King Alfred Ameteur Boxing Club and presented coach Roger Cross with the community award. More...

Burnham charity shop's appeal
A YOUNG Berrow resident says volunteer work at a charity shop in Burnham-On-Sea has helped to boost her confidence and learn new skills - and she is encouraging others to give it a go. Jessica Doyle, 21, volunteers at Weston Hospicecare's shop in Burnham. More...

Minister hears firm's fuel worries
Exclusive: A GOVERNMENT transport minister visited a Highbridge haulage firm on Thursday (April 25th), where its bosses aired their concerns about the instability in fuel prices. The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited RT Keedwells on Highbridge's Walrow Industrial Estate. More...

Marine Lake debris removed
ROCKS from the former Marine Lake swimming pool on Burnham-On-Sea beach have been removed this week. While the outdoor swimming pool was removed many years ago, debris from the structure continues to re-emerge in the sand and mud every few years. More...

Students complete art course
FIVE learners from Burnham-On-Sea have this week completed an art and design course with the help of the town's Somerset Skills and Learning centre. This was the first level 1 art course of its kind to be run in Burnham-On-Sea for almost ten years, said the centre. More...

Comedy play gets underway
MISTAKEN identities and love at first sight create all the ingredients for a hilarious play by West Huntspill Players, which is underway this week. A few last tickets are still available for for Don't Misunderstand Me, a comedy by Patrick Cargill, in West Huntspill. More...

Salon to hold charity open evening
A BURNHAM-On-Sea beauty salon is celebrating its second anniversary with a special charity open evening tonight, Thursday (25th April). Belle Vie Beauty in Abingdon Street's celebrations will be held from 9:30am-5:30 pm as well as a special evening. More...

Fire service cuts 'threaten lives'
CONTROVERSIAL cutbacks to the Devon and Somerset's fire service could put people in the Burnham-On-Sea area in danger, the Fire Brigades Union has claimed this week. A Government grant to the fire service is being reduced by 17 per cent over the next two years to find £5.5million in savings. More...

95% 'in favour of solar park'
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a new solar energy park in Watchfield, near Burnham-On-Sea, which could power up to 1,900 homes, have been given positive feedback by visitors to a public exhibition this week. Hadstone Energy wants to build the park east of the M5. More...

Brave Vinnie, 8, in charity walk
A BRAVE eight year-old from Highbridge who suffers from Cerebral Palsy is set to hold a fundraising walk in aid of a local charity this weekend. Vinnie Triggol was diagnosed with the condition when he was two years-old and has therefore faced many challenges. More...

Carnival film launched in town
A NEW historical film that tracks 40 years of Somerset's carnivals was launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The 90-minute DVD, called 'Film of the Decades - 40 years of Illuminated Carnivals', had its first public screening at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. More...

Badger cub rescued after crash
AN eight week old badger cub is being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea this week after being found after a road accident. The charity's carers were alerted after the cute cub was spotted lying next to its dead mother. More...

Hinkley C 'on verge of collapse'
LAY-offs at EDF's new Hinkley C development are a sign that the project could be on the verge of collapse, according to local anti-nuclear campaigners this week. Energy giant EDF announced on Tuesday that it is cutting the number of people working on the project. More...

Town Team recounts busy year
MEMBERS and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Town Team have looked back at a busy year during the group's annual general meeting. More than 30 people attended the open meeting at the town's Dunstan House Inn on Tuesday evening (April 23rd). More...

Punch and Judy back in town!
A TRADITIONAL seaside Punch and Judy show has returned to Burnham-On-Sea this week after an absence of many years. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this year, 'Professor' Paul Wheeler secured the concession to set up his seaside show. More...

Body image campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has joined forces with local teenager Ayesha Kirton to launch a new campaign with the national charity Anorexia and Bulimia Care to help young people with body image issues and eating disorders and help to raise their profile. More...

BMX rider in World Cup win
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX rider Liam Phillips and his team-mate Shanaze Reade have plenty of reasons to celebrate this week after each claimed the champions' crown at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester at the weekend. Liam battled his way into the finals. More...

Infant School pupils return
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school which was forced to close for almost a week due to a power surge re-opened for pupils on Tuesday. Burnham-On-Sea Infant School sent its pupils home last Wednesday and advised parents that it would not re-open until April 24th. More...

Flood-hit farmers quiz minister
MORE than 150 farmers, landowners, tenants and smallholders packed a barn near Wedmore to question Richard Benyon, Flooding Minister from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Tessa Munt MP organised the event and was keen the Minister visits. More...

Attempted burglary at town store
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after an attempted burglary at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket this week. Two sets of doors were smashed when an attacker tried to gain entry to Lidl's Oxford Street store in Burnham-On-Sea, as pictured here. More...

TV comedian coming to town
TV comedian Arthur Smith will be performing at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre in May. The comedian - famous for appearing on Grumpy Old Men, QI and Have I Got News for You - was booked to appear at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton but that venue folded and he switched to Burnham. More...

Award for town Choral Society
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society has been presented with a community award for its work in the two towns. Mayor Ken Smout handed over the award to the society's Chairman Bev Hearn during its Spring concert in Burnham on Saturday night, as pictured here. More...

VIP hairdresser turns heads!
A CELEBRITY hairdresser was the special guest at a hair show in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday night (April 22nd). Callam Warrington, right, was invited along to the L&F Inspired Academy Hair Show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. More...

Camera Club show a success
THE work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea photographers went on show at an exhibition in the town on Sunday (April 21st). Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club held its fifth annual exhibition, where visitors were able to browse over dozens of eye-catching shots. The exhibition attracted dozens of visitors. More...

Motorist air-lifted to hospital
A LADY was air-lifted to hospital on Monday afternoon (April 22nd) after a two-car collision near Burnham-On-Sea. Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to the A39 at the junction with the B3141 at Woolavington shortly after 2.30pm. More...

'Emotional' marathon for town trio
THREE Burnham-On-Sea runners took part in an 'emotional' period of silence at the start of the London Marathon on Sunday (April 21st) to remember those who died in last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Sue Nicholls, Jason Vickers and Alison Salvador joined a 30-second period of silence. More...

Tractor 'drama' was RNLI drill
AT first glance it looked as though this lifeboat launching tractor had got stuck on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday morning (April 21st). The tractor's huge wheels ground to a slippery halt after it was driven into a pool of mud near the town's beach lighthouse. More...

Triathlon photos & full results
OVER 200 athletes of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Triathlon on Sunday (April 21st). Sunday's bright sunshine was a far cry from last year when gales and heavy rain forced the organisers from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy to cancel the cycling. More...

Burnham leisure shop opens
A NEW shop selling outdoor clothing and leisure activity equipment in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated its opening on Saturday (April 20th). Mayor Ken Smout cut a ribbon to mark the opening of 'Any Other Business' in College Street in place of Thresher's wine shop. More...

In video: Brimar classic car run
MORE than 150 classic cars took part in a fundraising vintage vehicle run through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (April 21st). The Brimar Vintage and Classic Car Run was held in aid of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) and ended at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World. More...

Arthur, 92, completes triathlon
INSPIRATIONAL 92 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert took the limelight at the town's spring triathlon today (Sunday, April 21st). Arthur - who became the world's oldest triathlete in 2011 - completed a gruelling 250m swim, 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run. More...

Arctic Terns pictured at Apex
THE unusual sight of a a flock of more than 30 Arctic Terns have been spotted in Highbridge this week. Local bird watcher James Packer, who shot several photographs of the birds at the town's Apex Park on Friday and Saturday, said to see so many is unusual. More...

Infant School closure: Update
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school which has been forced to close for a week due to power supply problems has issued an update for parents. We first reported here that Burnham-On-Sea Infant School had said it would not re-open until Wednesday April 24th. More...

New florist opens in Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP and Mayor were the special guests at the opening of a new florist in the town on Saturday (April 20th). Single mum Laura Cooper, 30, has opened The Flower Fairy opposite Highbridge Post Office in Church Street, as pictured. More...

Dozens head to town triathlon
DOZENS of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 21st) 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 and several roads will be closed. More...

Camera Club show on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has is to hold its fifth annual exhibition of photos on Sunday April 21st. Visitors to the annual photography exhibition at Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be able to browse a selection of images by club members. More...

Pub's future is safe, says owner
Exclusive: THE owner of a pub near Burnham-On-Sea which has suddenly ceased trading has this week said that its future is safe. The Brent Knoll Inn in East Brent shut its doors suddenly earlier this month, but its owner, Enterprise Inns, says it will re-open again shortly. More...

Award handed to Rotary Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has this week presented the town's Rotary Club with a community award. Cllr Ken Smout handed over the certificate to the town's Rotary Club President Hugh Mackay during a ceremony held on Thursday evening (18th April). More...

School admission places up
FIGURES announced this week by Somerset County Council show that nearly 91% of children have secured their first choice primary school for the next academic year – an increase on last year. For September 2013, 90.68% of children have received their first choice. More...

Pupil joins youth parliament
A HIGHBRIDGE student has this week been elected a member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP). Thrinayani Ramakrishnan, 15, attends King Alfred School in Highbridge. She campaigned mainly on enabling young people to be ready for the world of work. More...

Join St George's Day supper!
PEOPLE across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to celebrate St George's Day at a traditional British Fish and Chip Supper tonight. The 'Patriotic Fish and Chip Supper' will be held on Saturday April 20th in Brent Knoll Village Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are now on sale, priced £10. More...

Choral Society holds concert
FINAL tickets are on sale for a Spring special concert by Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society on Saturday night. The society's members will be performing Vivaldi Gloria and excerpts from Les Miserables. The concert will be held at St Andrew's Church on Saturday 20th April. More...

Carnival day 'to change in 2015'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's winter carnival looks set to be held on a new day in two years time, it has emerged this week. Phil New, Chairman of Burnham Carnival Association, told the group's AGM that he has applied to Somerset Carnival Association for a change of day from 2015. More...

Video: Town crier judging starts
JUDGING has this week begin in the search to find a new town crier for Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here earlier this year that a person is being sought to take on the traditional role to promote local events in Burnham during the season. More...

Drugs voted top police priority
Exclusive: TACKLING drugs has this week been voted the top priority for Highbridge police over the next three months. At the quarterly 'Have Your Say' meeting last night (Thursday, April 18th), residents picked the concerns they feel need the most attention. More...

Voters quiz local candidates
RESIDENTS were able to meet several of the candidates running in next month's County Council elections in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Thursday (April 18th). Those standing in the Burnham North and Highbridge & Burnham South wards were invited. More...

New look for centre's play area
A BRENT Knoll garden centre has opened its new-look play area after giving it a makeover. Sanders Garden World has transformed its childrens play area into an adventure area complete with a ship wreck and various pieces of modern balance equipment. More...

Residents raise road safety fears
Exclusive: A group of Burnham-On-Sea residents has this week called for road safety signs to be re-introduced along a busy road bend before a serious accident occurs. Home owners in Highbridge Road told a Town Council meeting last night (Wednesday) that they fear an accident will take place. More...

Marathon goes ahead for trio
THREE Burnham-On-Sea runners will be taking part in the London Marathon this weekend despite the Boston Marathon explosions earlier this week. Harriers Club members Jason Vickers, Sue Nicholls and Alison Salvador will be running the 26 mile marathon. More...

Infant School shuts for a week
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school has been forced to close for a week due to power supply problems. Burnham-On-Sea Infants School sent pupils home on Wednesday (April 17th) and has advised parents that it will not re-open until Wednesday April 24th. More...

New 111 helpline launched
A NEW three digit telephone number – 111 - is now available to people in the Burnham-On-Sea area for those who have an urgent need for medical advice or care that it is not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a free helpline to call from landlines and mobile phones. More...

Rescued gull is released
A SEAGULL which got stuck in netting and had to be rescued by a fire crew and wildlife carers in Burnham-On-Sea has been released after receiving a week's treatment. The bird was left dangling from a roof after it got tangled up in netting in Regent Street. More...

Angry villagers quiz river boss
Exclusive: DOZENS of angry residents attended a meeting in Brent Knoll this week to air their concerns about flooding problems in the village. Over 80 villagers attended Monday's public meeting after heavy rain flooded roads and properties, including the Red Cow Inn over the winter. More...

Missing teenager found safe
A 14-year-old girl who went missing from Weston earlier this week - prompting an appeal for people in the Burnham area to look out for her - has been found safe and well. Caitlin Andrew had not been seen at her home address in Bournville, Weston. More...

Tributes paid to Chairman
TRIBUTES have this week been paid to a former Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea Neighbourhood Watch Association, who has died in a car crash. John Chalmers lost control of his car and was tragically killed last week. Tributes have come in from friends and colleagues. More...

Burnham Beer Festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

WI members flock to village
SCORES of members of Women’s Institutes from across Somerset gathered in East Huntspill this week. The Somerset Federation of Women’s Institutes held its annual Spring Show in the village hall, as pictured here. Margaret Bigg, County Chairman openied it. More...

Solar farm plans are unveiled
PROPOSALS for a huge solar park in Watchfield near Highbridge which could power up to 1,900 homes are set to go on display next week. Hadstone Energy wants to build a solar energy park on farm land next to Pillmore Lane, east of the M5 motorway. More...

Cow rescued from river
BURNHAM-On-Sea's firefighters were called to rescue a cow stuck in a river in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, April 16th). One fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea and a specialist rescue team from Bridgwater attended the incident in the village of Mark. More...

Folk duo to perform in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club will play host to an exciting concert featuring renowned young folk duo Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts. Doors will open at 8pm for the performance, which will be held this Thursday (April 18th) at the Ritz Social Club. More...

Meet the election candidates!
RESIDENTS will be able to meet several of the candidates running in May's County Council elections in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this week. The candidates have been invited to a 'meet the candidates evening' this Thursday evening (April 18th). More...

Search for missing teenager
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being asked to look out for a 14-year-old girl who has gone missing from Weston this week. Caitlin Andrew was last seen at her home address in Bournville, Weston at 7.30am on Sunday. Caitlin is 5ft 1ins tall and has long dyed black hair. More...

Single mum opens florist shop
A YOUNG, single mum from Highbridge will officially open a new florist in the town this Saturday (April 20th). Laura Cooper has retrained as a florist, been on a business enterprise course, and is ready to support people across the Burnham and Highbridge area. More...

Projects share £20,000 injection
COMMUNITY projects in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been awarded a share of £20,000 from Sedgemoor District Council. A total of 30 groups across the area will receive cash from the council's grants funding panel, it was announced on Monday (April 15th). More...

Group becomes house band
BURNHAM-based band Rustique has become the new 'house band' at the Waterfront Bar on the town's seafront. Lead singer Pete Beach says there has always been a close working relationship between the band and the pub, with the band performing there. More...

Three arrests after store drama
Exclusive: POLICE swooped on a vehicle and arrested three men following an attempted theft and a crash outside a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket on Sunday (April 14th). The trio were taken into custody by Burnham Police from the town's Tesco supermarket in Ben Travers Way. More...

MP starts cycle ride for author
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP started a group of fundraisers on a cycle ride across Somerset on Sunday (April 14th) to raise cash for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research in memory of a local victim of the disease. The group of over a dozen cyclists started in Berrow Road. More...

Dozens attend Lions dinner
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club's annual Charter Dinner on Saturday evening (April 13th). The Oaktree Arena hosted the annual event, which was supported by more than 60 people. Representatives from clubs across the south west attended. More...

Town police to meet residents
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be able to have their say about policing in the town this Thursday (April 18th) when a quarterly public meeting is held. The 'Have Your Say' meeting will give local residents a chance to influence what happens in their neighbourhood. More...

Archers gather for awards night
ARCHERY enthusiasts from across the Burnham-On-Sea area gathered for their annual awards night on Saturday evening (April 13th). Over 20 members of the Coastal Archers attended the event at The Oaktree in Bristol Road, Highbridge where awards were presented to members. More...

Entries open for Stert Island Swim
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have this week started the entry period for the 2013 event. The registration period for the popular spectacle is underway, with 80 places available. This year's 2,400m race will take place on Sunday July 28th. More...

Walkers sought for beach hike
SUPPORTERS of The Alzheimer's Society will be pulling on their walking boots to take part in the charity's annual sponsored walk in Brean on Sunday May 19th. Now in its 10th year, the 2013 Brean Beach Walk starts at 10am from Burnham Pier and follows a route along the beach to Berrow and on to Brean. More...

Golfers raise £1,500 for charity
£1,500 was raised for Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer when a successful charity golf day was held in Brean on Friday (April 12th). The annual Charity Day at Brean Golf Club is always a popular and competitive event but the main aim is to try to raise charity funds. More...

Teenager hurt on Brean beach
A TEENAGER suffered a suspected dislocated hip in a fall on Brean beach on Friday evening (April 13th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an ambulance crew were called to the sand dunes near the village's Seagull Inn shortly after 7.30pm where the 15 year-old was hurt. More...

Dylan fund launched by parents
THE parents of Dylan Cecil, the four-year-old boy who died after falling into the sea in Burnham last August, have launched a Memorial Fund to help raise money to benefit under-privileged children. Crowds of people turned out to watch a convoy of cars cruise around Kettering this week to mark the launch. More...

New Costa Coffee cafe opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's brand new Costa Coffee cafe opened on Saturday in the town centre. Work to transform the former Sanders greengrocers shop in the High Street into the new modern cafe has been completed and the new store is finally open. More...

Dog 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 14th). 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...

New tots gym classes launch
HIGHBRIDGE'S Monarchs Gymnastics Club has launched new classes for 'gym tots'. The fun-filled mother and toddler sessions are held each Monday from 1.30pm-2.15pm and Thursdays from 9.30am-10.15am. The sessions are aimed at children up to three years old. More...

Woman rescued from ditch
A LADY was rescued from a water-filled ditch in Brean during the early hours of Friday. One fire engine from Burnham and a specialist rescue team were sent to reports of a female trapped in a ditch outside Brean Leisure Park at 2.49am. She had been there for an hour and a half. More...

Tessa pays tribute to Thatcher
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has paid tribute to former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher, who has died this week. MP Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Margaret Thatcher broke the mould of this male dominated profession and to stay in power so dominantly as a woman for eleven years was impressive."More...

Costa Coffee ready to open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's brand new Costa Coffee cafe is set to open in the town centre tomorrow (Saturday 13th April). Work to transform the former Sanders greengrocers shop in the High Street into the new modern cafe has been completed this week and the new store is set to open. More...

New look unveiled for theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has unveiled a new £3,000 makeover this week. Brand new illuminated signs have been installed outside the theatre in Princess Street, as pictured here, as part of a rebranding exercise at the council-owned theatre. More...

Busy week for town fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been called to more than six incidents during a busy few days. On Thursday (April 11th), Burnham fire crews were called to two sheds on fire at Worthy Crescent in Lympsham at just after 5pm. Crews extinguished the fire with hose reel jets. More...

Tickets on sale for comedy
MISTAKEN identities and love at first sight create all the ingredients for a hilarious play by West Huntspill Players later this month. Tickets have gone on sale for Don't Misunderstand Me, a comedy by Patrick Cargill, at the Balliol Hall in West Huntspill from April 24th-27th. More...

Council votes on £11m hotel plan
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night (Wednesday) gave a cautious approval to multi-million pound plans to regenerate the fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel site. Members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee were split on whether to approve the plan, with four in favour and two against. More...

Gull rescue halts town centre
THE rescue of a seagull temporarily brought part of Burnham-On-Sea town centre to a halt on Wednesday (April 10th). A Burnham fire crew was called to Regent Street mid-morning after animal carers from Secret World called for help in reaching the stricken bird. More...

New shop to open in Burnham
Exclusive: A NEW shop selling outdoor clothing and leisure activity equipment is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Two entrepreneurs from North Somerset are opening 'Any Other Business' in College Street in the unit occupied by the former Thresher's wine shop. More...

Mayor's praise for coach team
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised the team of residents who helped the town become a finalist in the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town Of The Year' awards. As first reported here, Burnham has been selected as one of six finalists in the running for the sought-after title. More...

Artists to hold art week display
THIRTEEN artists from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be exhibiting their work during North Somerset Art Week next month. The Lighthouse Art Group is joining forces with Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) to display a wide range of professional quality work. More...

Roger recalls tragic 1973 crash
Exclusive: A Highbridge resident has recalled how he lost his father and grandmother in a devastating aircrash that killed 108 local people exactly 40 years today. On April 10th 1973 nearly 140 people, mainly mothers from the Cheddar area, boarded Invicta Airlines Flight 435 from Bristol Airport. More...

'Grockle' ban urged by pier boss
Exclusive: THE term 'grockle' should be banned in Burnham-On-Sea as part of a bid to make the town more tourism friendly, it has been claimed this week. Cllr Louise Parkin, who runs Burnham's pier, told a meeting that the term is so negative it should be banned. More...

Town Council cuts meetings
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors are to reduce the number of meetings they hold as part of a bid to increase their efficiency. The re-think comes after a record 85 committee meetings were held during 2012, prompting a vote at Monday's meeting. More...

Wind farm developer to appeal?
THE developer behind plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea says it is considering an appeal after Sedgemoor District Council this week rejected a planning application for four wind turbines. Broadview wanted to build the 130-metre tall wind turbines in Rooksbridge. More...

Holland visit for football pupils
OVER 40 pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School have returned from a five-day visit to Holland. A total of 45 students travelled by coach to Valkenburg in Holland to take part in the school's bi-annual football tour, which was hailed a great success by those taking part. More...

Pilrow campaigners 'overjoyed'
OVERJOYED campaigners who fought plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea say they are "extremely pleased" by Sedgemoor District Council's decision this week to throw out a controversial planning application for four giant wind turbines. More...

Freecycling visit for Vince Cable
VINCE Cable, The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited Wedmore at the weekend with Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt. Mr Cable picked up a few freebies at a Freecycle event in Wedmore alongside his parliamentary private secretary. More...

Pilrow wind farm rejected
DELIGHTED campaigners fighting plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after Sedgemoor District Council rejected a controversial planning application on Monday (April 8th) for the proposed wind turbines. Energy firm Broadview wanted to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines. More...

Nine Mayors thank Eileen
PREVIOUS Burnham and Highbridge Mayors from the past 14 years gathered on Monday night (April 8th) to wish long-serving Town Clerk Eileen Shaw well as she retired from the role. Eileen was presented with flowers and gifts from town councillors during a gathering. More...

Fire crews tackle tractor blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to extinguish a tractor blaze near Bridgwater on Monday afternoon (April 8th). Fire crews from Burnham, Street and Glastonbury were called to Moorlinch at around 2.45pm after a tractor was reported to be in flames. More...

RNLI car washes raise £1,400
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station's crew washed 89 cars during a fundraising car wash that raised over £700 on Saturday (April 6th). The crew had a constant stream of cars to wash during the four hour event, held at the lifeboat station in Pier Street. More...

Camera club announces show
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has is to hold its fifth annual exhibition of photos later this month. Visitors to the annual photography exhibition at Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be able to browse a selection of images by club members. More...

Fundraisers boost carnival club
A GROUP of fundraisers have raised a cuppa for Burnham and Highbridge's Hillview Carnival Club. The group of residents organised a coffee morning at Southwell House on Saturday morning (April 6th), which raised over £25 for the town's carnival club. More...

Highbridge vet wins top UK title
Exclusive: STAFF at a Highbridge veterinary surgery are celebrating this week after being named UK Vet Practice of the Year at a national awards ceremony. Bridge Veterinary Surgery in Worston Road impressed the judges so much with its levels of customer service that it scooped the top award. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathlon
MORE than 100 people took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual aquathlon on Sunday morning (April 7th). The 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. More...

New care agency for Burnham
A LOCAL care agency has opened an office in Burnham-On-Sea. Neighbourhood Care claims to be the first local domiciliary care agency in the Burnham area, providing a wide range of care and support. The new office is in the Nat West Chambers in Victoria Street. More...

Local author unveils new book
A BRENT Knoll author has just published a brand new book about the great musical composer Mozart. Retired primary school headteacher Brian Freestone has written the 300 page book called 'A Mozart Jigsaw'. This book focuses on Brian's fascination with the composer. More...

Join St George's Day supper!
PEOPLE across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to celebrate St George's Day at a traditional British Fish and Chip Supper. The 'Patriotic Fish and Chip Supper' will be held on Saturday April 20th in Brent Knoll Village Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets are now on sale, priced £10. More...

'Pop and chips' raises £700
OVER £700 was raised for local charities when Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge held a sell-out 'Pop and Chips' event in the town's Princess Theatre on Saturday night (April 6th). The enthusiastic audience filled the main hall to full capacity as they danced round the tables. More...

Two hurt in two-car A39 collision
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton were called to a serious road traffic collision last night (Saturday, April 6th). Two vehicles collided on the A39 in Bawrdrip at 9.45pm, leaving two people trapped inside and fire crews to cut them free. More...

Community garden work starts
A PROJECT to create a new community garden in Burnham-On-Sea for youngsters to grow healthy food has got underway this week. A disused area of land at the rear of the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close is being transformed into the new facilities. More...

CCTV appeal after store theft
POLICE who are investigating a theft at a Highbridge supermarket have this week appealed for the public's help. CCTV footage has been released by police of a man, who is described as 5ft 7ins tall with grey hair, whom officers would like to identify as part of their probe. More...

Girl hurt in Brean Down rock fall
A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after being struck by a falling rock while walking along the beach next to Brean Down on Saturday (April 6th). An ambulance and Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean beach at 4.50pm after a 13 year-old girl was hurt. More...

School wins district swim gala
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's School was crowned the winners of the fourth annual Sedgemoor Primary Schools Swimming Gala. A total of 96 children from across the district took part in the event, which was held at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow Road. More...

Join trampolining fundraiser!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to sign up to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by getting involved in a nationwide fundraising attempt to have one million people across the UK bouncing on the same day. Get Britain Bouncing is calling volunteers to get involved. More...

Town up for top tourism award
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea could soon become the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town Of The Year' after reaching the finals of a nationwide tourism awards competition. Burnham has this week been announced as one of the six finalists in the running for the sought-after title of 'coach-friendly town of 2013'. More...

Election candidates are named
THE candidates for next month's County Council elections across the Burnham-On-Sea area were officially announced on Friday. The election will take place between 7am and 10pm on Thursday May 2nd 2013. We have the full list of candidates for all the local wards. More...

£11m hotel plans 'draw support'
Exclusive: THE property developer behind a new £11million project to regenerate the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel says he's pleased with the 'mostly positive' feedback on the proposals. Over 100 people attended a public consultation event in Highbridge yesterday (Thursday). More...

Mixed reactions to hotel plans
DOZENS of Highbridge residents attended a public open day on Thursday (April 4th) where plans to regenerate the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel site went on show. Burnham-On-Sea.com spoke to some of those who attended to get their views on the proposals. More...

Pensioner air-lifted to hospital
A PENSIONER was air-lifted to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (April 4th). The Dorset and Somerset air ambulance was called to the village of Mark, as pictured here, after residents raised the alarm. More...

Free fireworks show in Brean
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display on Saturday night (April 6th) 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. More...

Have your car washed by RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI is encouraging people to come along to the town's lifeboat station for its second SOS Day charity car wash of the year. It will take place on Saturday April 6th, from 11am to 3pm, at the lifeboat station on the junction of Pier Street. More...

Concert moves as tickets sell
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church is hosting a concert on the national tour of one of the world's top worship songwriters on Saturday 20th April. The concert will be at Highbridge's King Alfred School as the church has already sold too many tickets to fit everyone in its building. More...

'Oil rig' mystery explained
Exclusive: AT first glance it looks like an oil platform has been built in the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea this week. But the oddly-shaped structure with a crane that is moored near Hinkley Point is actually carrying out drilling work on behalf of EDF. More...

Sue, 67, named top UK runner
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has this week been named the UK's top female half-marathon runner in her age group. Sue Nicholls, 67, has only been running for four years and said this week she is "stunned" to have been named the UK's leading 65+ half-marathon athlete by Athletics Weekly. More...

Hotel plans go on show today
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to find out about the brand new plans to regenerate the fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel site during a special event today (Thursday). Sedgemoor District Council is holding a drop-in session from 3pm. More...

Gymnasts compete in Portugal
FOURTEEN acrobatic gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Club have just returned from a successful six-day visit to Portugal where they competed in an international competition against gymnasts from 14 countries around the world. 579 gymnasts took part in total. More...

Council launches crime survey
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to complete a council survey on crime. Sedgemoor District Council is this week distibuting its crime and anti-social behaviour survey to over 5,000 households across the area to gather feedback. More...

Mayor draws sweet shop raffle
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week shown his support for a new traditional sweet shop in the town by drawing its Easter raffle. Cllr Ken Smout drew the winning entries in a contest to win two giant chocolate eggs at Bessie's Sweet Shoppe in The High Street. More...

MP criticised over iPad costs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is among scores of MPs who have been criticised for receiving free iPads from Commons authorities to work on 'paperless select committees'. The iPad tablet computers have been given to 91 MPs, including Tessa Munt, after they agreed not to receive information in paper form. More...

GPs take control of budgets
FAMILY doctors and clinicians in Burnham-On-Sea have this week taken on responsibility for the planning and funding of local health services. The change is part of a series of far-reaching NHS reforms taking place across the country from April 1st since the passing of the government’s Health and Social Care Act. More...

Festival seeks young musicians
THE organisers of a popular Healing Weekend Festival in East Huntspill have launched a competition to find a young up-and-coming band or musician to play on the main stage at the 2013 event this July. Organisers Ron Tropman and Elaine Fenton are on the look out for young musicians. More...

Appeal for volunteer drivers
A LOCAL hospice charity has this week appealed for volunteer drivers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to come forward. Weston Hospicecare says its charity shops in Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Clevedon are busier than ever and there is a need for deliveries. More...

Garden centre's boost for BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds was donated to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB during three days of fundraising over the Easter weekend. Crewmembers from the Burnham charity were invited by Sanders Garden World to collect outside the store in Brent Knoll. More...

Manor House 'on track for May'
WORK to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £250,000 refurbishment is due to be completed next month. Burnham-based Watermark Financial Solutions took over the landmark last year and work is currently underway on a major revamp. More...

Crews tackle cottage blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were among 12 crews who tackled a big blaze at a thatched cottage on Easter Monday. The Granary Barn, in Thorney, near Langport, went up in flames, destroying the thatched roof and timbers of the property, taking hours to extinguish. More...

Cash boost for town's Folkfest
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest during an Easter Sunday music marathon. Crowds of supporters attended the event at The Princess Theatre, where a wide variety of acts played throughout the day. Acts included Folkest favourites. More...

Football visit for young players
A GROUP of young Burnham-On-Sea football players travelled to Bristol on Easter Monday to watch a top-flight game. Burnbridge Wanderers took around 100 players and parents to watch the crucial Championship match between Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday. More...

Beavers in fitness challenge
BEAVERS in Burnham-On-Sea have been keeping fit while earning themselves their Fitness Challenge and Healthy Eating Badges. Victoria and Rhianne from Burnham's Dancefit dance studio were invited along to a group meeting last week when the youngsters learned about street dancing. More...

Three-car crash causes delays
A SERIOUS crash involving three vehicles caused major traffic delays on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday. Emergency services were called to the scene of a serious collision which closed two lanes of the southbound carriageway between junction 21 and 22. More...

Burnham gets its own perfume
BURNHAM-On-Sea will soon have its very own perfume fragrance — which the makers say will reflect some of the town's attractive seaside smells. The £15 perfume will be a blend of essences including fresh sea air from the Bristol Channel, seaweed and dune grasses. More...

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