2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News
killed in road crash
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...
flats proposed for garage site
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...
mark Dylan's birthday
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...
of shop contest named
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.
win district competition
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.
boost for ten local groups
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.
£26m water plant opened
£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
fears over roadworks
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...
paid to local fundraiser
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...
shop receives award
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...
club donation for BARB
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...
brew contest launches
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...
plea to town voters
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...
issue tide warning
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...
completes charity walk
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...
in 'rogue trader' operation
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
jabs offered to children
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...
for town boxing club
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...
charity shop's appeal
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.
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.
Lake debris removed
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.
complete art course
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...
play gets underway
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.
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.
service cuts 'threaten lives'
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.
'in favour of solar park'
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.
Vinnie, 8, in charity walk
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.
film launched in town
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...
cub rescued after crash
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.
C 'on verge of collapse'
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.
Team recounts busy year
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).
and Judy back in town!
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...
image campaign starts
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.
rider in World Cup win
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
Liam battled his way into the finals. More...
School pupils return
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.
farmers quiz minister
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.
burglary at town store
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.
comedian coming to town
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...
for town Choral Society
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...
hairdresser turns heads!
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...
Club show a success
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...
air-lifted to hospital
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.
marathon for town trio
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...
'drama' was RNLI drill
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.
photos & full results
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
leisure shop opens
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.
video: Brimar classic car run
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...
92, completes triathlon
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.
Terns pictured at Apex
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.
School closure: Update
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.
florist opens in Highbridge
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...
head to town triathlon
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.
Club show on Sunday
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...
future is safe, says owner
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...
handed to Rotary Club
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...
admission places up
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.
joins youth parliament
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...
St George's Day supper!
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...
Society holds concert
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
day 'to change in 2015'
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...
Town crier judging starts
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.
voted top police priority
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...
quiz local candidates
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...
look for centre's play area
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.
raise road safety fears
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...
goes ahead for trio
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.
School shuts for a week
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.
111 helpline launched
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...
gull is released
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.
villagers quiz river boss
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...
teenager found safe
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...
paid to Chairman
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.
Beer Festival returns
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...
members flock to village
of members of Womens Institutes from across Somerset gathered
in East Huntspill this week. The Somerset Federation of Womens
Institutes held its annual Spring Show in the village hall, as
pictured here. Margaret Bigg, County Chairman openied it. More...
farm plans are unveiled
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.
rescued from river
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.
duo to perform in town
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.
the election candidates!
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).
for missing teenager
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.
mum opens florist shop
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...
share £20,000 injection
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).
becomes house band
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...
arrests after store drama
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...
starts cycle ride for author
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...
attend Lions dinner
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...
police to meet residents
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...
gather for awards night
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.
open for Stert Island Swim
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...
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...
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...
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.
fund launched by parents
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.
Costa Coffee cafe opens
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...
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...
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...
rescued from ditch
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...
pays tribute to Thatcher
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...
Coffee ready to open
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.
look unveiled for theatre
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
week for town fire crews
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
on sale for comedy
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...
votes on £11m hotel plan
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.
rescue halts town centre
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.
shop to open in Burnham
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.
praise for coach team
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.
to hold art week display
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.
recalls tragic 1973 crash
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.
ban urged by pier boss
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...
Council cuts meetings
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.
farm developer to appeal?
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...
visit for football pupils
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...
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.
visit for Vince Cable
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.
wind farm rejected
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...
Mayors thank Eileen
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.
crews tackle tractor blaze
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.
car washes raise £1,400
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.
club announces show
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...
boost carnival club
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.
vet wins top UK title
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...
photos: Burnham Aquathlon
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.
care agency for Burnham
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.
author unveils new book
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.
St George's Day supper!
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...
and chips' raises £700
£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
hurt in two-car A39 collision
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.
garden work starts
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.
appeal after store theft
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...
hurt in Brean Down rock fall
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...
wins district swim gala
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.
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...
up for top tourism award
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...
candidates are named
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.
hotel plans 'draw support'
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
reactions to hotel plans
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...
air-lifted to hospital
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
fireworks show in Brean
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.
your car washed by RNLI
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...
moves as tickets sell
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
rig' mystery explained
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...
67, named top UK runner
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...
plans go on show today
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...
compete in Portugal
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...
launches crime survey
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...
draws sweet shop raffle
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...
criticised over iPad costs
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...
take control of budgets
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 governments Health and Social Care Act.
seeks young musicians
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...
for volunteer drivers
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...
centre's boost for BARB
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...
House 'on track for May'
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...
tackle cottage blaze
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...
boost for town's Folkfest
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...
visit for young players
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...
in fitness challenge
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...
crash causes delays
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.
gets its own perfume
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.
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