2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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hailed as 'best ever'
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual FolkFest have hailed this year's event
the 'best ever' after huge crowds flocked into the town to watch
100 hours of live music over the weekend.
three-day event opened on Friday evening when Dragonsfly took
to the stage at the Ritz Social Club in front of 200 people.
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restaurant owner retires
owner of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant hung up his apron for the
final time on Sunday afternoon (August 31st) after 45 years in
the restaurant trade. Costas Partakis, 61, has run Regency Joes
on the town's High Street for the last six years but has decided
to retire to spend more time with his family. More...
shave raises BARB funds
£500 was raised for BARB, the Burnham-On-Sea charity that
runs the town's two life-saving hovercrafts, when holidaymakers
at Brean held a sponsored head shave. Members of the Brean Diamond
Farm Fundraising group held the event on Saturday (August 30th).
centre residents in Burnham-On-Sea looked on in disbelief when
a huge articulated lorry was driven through narrow streets in
the town, leaving a parked vehicle dented in the process. A car
parked at the junction of Victoria Street and College Street was
left with side damage. More...
Action Team update
recently-formed Local Action Team has just finished a number of
summer holiday sessions for local youngsters in partnership with
King Alfred Sports Centre using funding from the Town Council.
Five sessions were held at Highbridge's Morland Hall over the
last two weeks. More...
boy found after search
rescue hovercraft was called out by Coastguards on Saturday evening
(August 30th) to join the search for a six year-old boy who had
been missing for four hours. The Light of Elizabeth hovercraft,
run by Burnham rescue charity BARB, scoured the tideline along
Brean beach from 5pm.
crews called to M5 services
crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Sedgemoor Services on the
M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (August
30th) after a camper van fire. Burnham fire brigade, along with
a gas detection monitor from Bridgwater, were sent at 3.17pm.
careers into shop window
CAR careered into a shop window in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
this week after a motorist accidentally hit the accelerator pedal
on her car. Two shopfront windows and a brick panel were destroyed
in the accident at Carpets and Flooring in Victoria Street, pictured
fun gets underway
folk band Dragonsfly opened Burnham-On-Sea's third annual FolkFest
in front of a capacity audience on Friday evening (August 29th).
pictured here, took to the stage at the Ritz Social Club in front
of around 200 people to perform the opening gig at the three-day
Burnham's Half Marathon!
hoping to take part in this autumn's Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon
have just a few weeks remaining to complete their entry forms.
Organisers from Burnham Harriers running club are inviting entries
for the annual 13 mile run, which will be held on October 5th
starting at 11am. More...
cause long M5 delays
motor home was left with one side badly damaged following a collision
with a lorry on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday
afternoon (August 29th). Although
no-one was injured, it was one of several incidents that led to
long delays for motorists
during the day. More...
in petty crime spree
WAVE of petty crime has left residents in Burnham-On-Sea cleaning
up this week. Several
litter bins were set alight along Berrow Road in the town by vandals
in the middle of the week, leaving unsightly melted plastic surrounds,
as pictured here on Friday (August 29th).
FolkFest starts today
100 hours of live music from 60 different groups is set to be
played in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend, as the town's third annual
FolkFest gets underway on Friday evening (August 29th.
three-day event will see pubs, clubs and other venues across the
town laying on a quality line-up of live entertainment.
race day events announced
A HOST of events and activities is to be held in
Burnham-On-Sea on September 9th to celebrate the arrival of the
worlds best cyclists, including British Olympic Gold medal
winners, as they race into the town to complete the South West
Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race. More...
fire brings town to halt
of Highbridge briefly came to a halt on Thursday afternoon (August
28th) as Burnham firefighters tackled a car blaze. One fire engine
was sent to Market Street at 1.56pm, as pictured here, after local
police raised the alarm that a blue Rover 214 was smoking outside
the Coopers Inn.
phone mast rejected
phone giant O2's plan to build a five metre tall phone mast disguised
as a flag pole on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has been
rejected by district council planners this week.
first reported in 2007 how O2 wanted
to build a mast on the roof of the cinema in Victoria Street.
boost for Xmas lights
ORGANISERS of Burnham's Christmas lights
display have been handed an early festive gift, with a cash injection
from a local county councillor. Cllr
Mike Facey, who represents Burnham North, has given £1,000
from his community fund to Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade. More...
comedian spotted on seafront
4 TV presenter Justin Lee Collins was spotted on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront on Wednesday evening (August 27th). The comedian, who
presents The Friday Night Project on terrestrial TV, was visiting
Burnham-On-Sea during a holiday in the area. We spoke to him on
the seafront. More...
cash shock for group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Carnival Club is counting the cost of crime
after receiving £100 of counterfeit bank notes at a street
party held in the town on Sunday (August 24th). Hillview
Carnival Club raised more than £700 towards the cost of
building its float during a street party in the town, but found
had been given several fake £20 notes.
called to town incident
were called to a Highbridge home on Tuesday evening (August 26th)
amid concern for the welfare of a resident inside. A long line
of police cars and six officers was seen outside a property in
Main Road, Highbridge, at 11.30pm, as pictured here. The man was
later taken to hospital for treatment. More...
homes planned for Berrow
build four new homes on a patch of derelict land at Berrow, near
Burnham-On-Sea, have this week been unveiled by a property development
Housing Limited has applied for permission to build four new homes
on land to the south of 181 Berrow Road.
stage Coast Rd protest
Holiday traffic ground to a halt in Berrow on Monday morning (August
25th) when 200 protesters staged a march to call on the County
Council to complete a much-needed footpath along Coast Road.
have been campaigning for safety improvements along the busy road
for many years and Monday's protest was timed to cause as much
disruption as possible.
fete attracts big crowds
fairgound games and stalls were among the many attractions which
attracted large crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's annual hospital fete
on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25th). Hundreds of holidaymakers
and residents crowded into the town's Manor Gardens in glorious
boost for tennis courts
courts in Burnham-On-Sea have received a £650 funding boost
from the district council to repair recent vandalism. The tennis
courts in Manor Gardens, pictured here, were
previously managed by Burnham Swimming Pool when it was operated
by Sedgemoor. More...
photos: Burnham Civic Service
from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards for their
service to the community during the annual Civic Service in the
town on Sunday afternoon (August 24th). The Mayor of Burnham and
Highbridge, Peter Burridge-Clayton, handed over the awards during
the Annual Civic Service at St Andrew's Church.
home fire tackled
cigarette has been blamed for starting a fire that completely
destroyed the interior of a £45,000
motor home in Brean on Saturday night (August 23rd). Two
fire crews from
Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Warren Farm Holiday Park at 10pm after
several holidaymakers raised
skier rescued by lifeboat
lifeboat crew was back in action for a second launch of the Bank
Holiday weekend when they were called to help a jet skier in difficulty
on Saturday morning (August 23rd). Burnham
RNLI's Staines Whitfield was launched at 11.57am to assist the
disabled jet ski in the Bristol Channel, south of Brean Down.
wedding in Burnham
and Highbridge's Mayor married his fiancé in a colourful,
medieval-themed wedding on Saturday (August 23rd). Cllr Peter
Clayton and Jo Burridge tied the knot in a ceremony at Bridgwater
Registry Office on Saturday morning before a blessing in Highbridge.
van found in ditch
deserted on its side in a ditch near
morning (August 23rd) had been stolen from Weston earlier this
are believed to have careered off the road in the Astra (pictured
here) while negotiating a sharp bend along Wick Road on the outskirts
East Brent Harvest Home
people gathered in East Brent, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Friday
(August 22nd) for the village's annual harvest home. Over
400 people crowded into the event's show tent to tuck into a hearty
meal and enjoy a day of traditional entertainment, which
included live music and fairground rides. More...
woman found by river
and a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called out
on Friday evening (August 22nd) to search for a missing person
at West Huntspill. Both
Burnham RNLI's lifeboats were launched from the jetty (pictured)
after a 54 year-old female went missing. More...
aircraft crashes near Cheddar
from Burnham-On-Sea was among the emergency services called to
a light aircraft crash near Cheddar on Friday evening (August
engines from Cheddar, Weston, Bridgwater, Street and Burnham were
mobilised to the crash site near Perrow Farm in Clewer (pictured).
crime warning from police
police issued a warning on Friday (August 22nd) to local residents
to keep their cars locked following a series of thefts from vehicles
in the area. Since
Sunday August 17th, there have been 19 reported incidents relating
to car crime in Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar.
aground sparks alarm
Coastguards were called to West Huntspill on Friday afternoon
(August 22nd) after a yacht ran aground on the banks of the River
Parrett, prompting concern for the person onboard. A dog walker
spotted the large yacht on the top of the banks at 3.30pm.
bus fire tackled
were the scenes in Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (August 21st)
when fire crews tackled a bus fire in the centre of the town.
A Burnham-On-Sea fire engine was called to the bus stop outside
The George Hotel, in Church Street, at 4.11pm after reports of
emerging from the vehicle. More...
success at King Alfred School
students at King Alfred School were celebrating their GCSE results
on Thursday morning (August 21st). 51% of the year group achieved
five or more passes at grade C or above, much to the delight of
teachers. He added that there were some outstanding individual
champ wins town run
world triathlon champion won the final 5km seafront run of the
summer season on Burnham's seafront on Thursday evening (August
Smith, pictured, narrowly won the third race of the summer series
from Burnham Harriers runner Kevin Crenol, who has won
two previous races. More...
art exhibition begins
of arts and crafts from seventeen Burnham-On-Sea artists is set
to be held in the town's Community Centre over the Bank Holiday
Arts Society is holding the three-day art show and exhibition
in the Burnham Centre in Berrow Road (pictured). More...
economy faces '£4m dent'
economy could lose up to £4million per year if plans to
expand a local garden centre get the go-ahead, the Chairman of
the town's Chamber of Trade warned on Wednesday evening (August
20th). Alex Turco said the plans to extend Sanders Garden World
would have a major impact on trade. More...
plans for newsagent
to convert this former newsagent shop in the centre of Highbridge
into a restaurant and take-away were given a luke-warm welcome
by town councillors on Wednesday evening (August 20th). The former
Highbridge News in Church Street could become a take-away. More...
party to be held in town
High Street will be closed to traffic on Sunday evening (August
24th) when a pub holds a fundraising street party. A huge lorry
will stretch across the street to become a stage for live musicians
outside the Somerset and Dorset pub in the town centre. More...
Mayor to tie the knot
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor
is set to marry his fiancé in a ceremony in Bridgwater
later this week. Cllr
Peter Clayton and Jo Burridge, pictured, will tie the knot in
a ceremony in Bridgwater on Saturday morning (August 23rd). The
pair initially announced their engagement earlier this year. More...
Olympic dream is over
BMX cyclist Liam Phillips represented Great Britain at the Olympic
Games in Beijing during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday
August 20th). Liam,
19, competed in the seeding runs and made it through to the quarter
finals where he took part in a series of action-packed, thrilling
More... | How
accident causes delays
police and ambulance crews rushed to the Edithmead roundabout
besides the M5 motorway on Tuesday evening (August 19th) after
a rush-hour accident. A long tailback of traffic stretched back
onto the motorway's northbound carriageway at junction 22. More...
football coaches visit town
football players in Burnham-On-Sea can get playing tips from the
pros this Friday (August 22nd) when The Football Association holds
an FA Skills Coaching Roadshow in the town. The event will be
held at Burnham's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way from 11am-3pm.
PCs will be replaced
equipment stolen from the Burnham Area Youth Centre looks set
to be replaced by the district council. Burnham-On-Sea.com was
first to report how the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Casis Close
had been broken into on Saturday August 9th. A large amount of
PC equipment was taken in a break-in. More...
display 'fully insured'
year's Burnham-On-Sea seafront fireworks display will be fully
insured just in case bad weather forces another cancellation like
last year, organisers said on Monday (August 18th). The display
will take place on November 9th thanks to the support of local
calming plan rejected
councillors reacted with dismay on Monday evening (August 18th)
to the news that Somerset County Council has rejected calls for
a traffic calming scheme on the town's Esplanade. We recently
reported how police and town councillors were pushing for road
appeals for cat food
POOR weather means animal carers at Secret World
Wildlife Rescue centre, near Burnham-On-Sea, are being kept busy
with an influx of hedgehogs and birds and they have this week
appealed for donations of cat food and kitchen roll to keep up
with their demands. More...
Rd campaigners hold walk
residents who have been campaigning for safety improvements along
a busy stretch of road in the village will hold a special 'community
walk' on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25th) to draw attention to
long-running concerns about safety along the narrow roadway.
stars to visit Burnham
of Britain's Olympic cycling stars will be in Burnham-On-Sea next
month, it was announced by the organisers of The Tour of Britain
on Monday (August 18th). Cycling fans will have the chance to
welcome home the Beijing stars when the tour visits Burnham on
in aid of wildlife charity
known musician Neil H will be performing a special concert in
aid of Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
next month. The
concert will be held at 7pm on Saturday 13th September in East
Huntspill Village Hall. Tickets have just gone on sale. More...
Dems enter recycling debate
and Highbridge Liberal Democrats have called on the Somerset Waste
Partnership and Sedgemoor District Council to address the issue
of the 'appalling' conditions around the Highbridge recycling
facilities in Bank Street car park.
It comes after a Burnham-On-Sea.com story last week. More...
hits out in sign row
Exclusive: THE owners
of a Highbridge angling shop have hit out at the "heavy-handed"
tactics of the district council after being told to remove a small
promotional sign outside their store or face legal action. Sedgemoor
District Council asked the owners of 'The Fishing Tackle Man',
to remove a yellow advertising sign placed on a fence near the
entrance to the Morland Industrial Park.
drama at Ritz Social Club
town centre club was evacuated on Sunday evening (August 17th)
after a fire broke out in a kitchen. Two
Burnham fire crews were sent to the Ritz Social Club in Victoria
Street, as pictured here, after an electrical fault in a extractor
fan unit caused a small fire.
re-opens after car blaze
developed on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning
(August 17th) as emergency services tackled a car fire. Fire
crews were called to the southbound carriageway, several hundred
metres south of junction 22 at Burnham, at 9.30am after the car
was well alight.
crowds attend vehicle show
Special: DELIGHTED organisers have hailed their second International
Vehicle Festival held in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday
(August 17th) a success. Over 250 vehicles were on display at
the show, which is run by the members of Mark Community Association.
photos: West Huntspill Show
weather led to a drop in the number of entries at the annual West
Huntspill Show on Saturday (August 16th), but the event was still
declared a success by organisers. The
quantity of entries fell from 775 last year to 600 this time,
but the quality was still high. More...
brings traffic to a halt
faced lengthy queues in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (August
16th) after an accident on a busy town centre roundabout. One
car was badly damaged, as pictured above, after colliding into
a motorhome on the roundabout besides the Esso petrol station.
rubbish causes outcry
residents are calling for action after rubbish littered streets
in the town this week due to overflowing recycling bins. This
was the scene in the town's Bank Street car park on Thursday (August
14th), a sight that is not uncommon according to nearby residents.
concert tickets on sale
have gone on sale for the opening event of this year's Burnham-On-Sea
FolkFest. Dragonsfly will perform at the Ritz Social Club on Friday
August 29th from 7pm and tickets are already selling quickly,
organisers confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.
visitor numbers soar
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool
has soared since the facility re-opened as the Swim and Sports
Academy almost a month ago. The new bosses, Mark Conklin and Sara
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week they have been overwhelmed by
the support shown. More...
find missing man
from Burnham-On-Sea joined a major search for a missing elderly
man in Weston which stretched into the early hours of Thursday
morning (August 14th). The
71-year-old was reported missing from his holiday accommodation,
sparking a full search of the beach at Weston and surrounding
praises sports centre
STAFF and youngsters at Highbridge's
King Alfred Sports Centre are celebrating this week after being
praised by inspectors from OFSTED. The centre's holiday club opened
just 12 months ago and operates from sports halls, courts,
and rooms at the centre. More...
festival set for Sunday
of vehicles will be on display in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea,
this weekend when the third annual International Vehicle Festival
is held. Organisers are busily putting final arrangements in place
for the festival for this Sunday (17th August).
pass rate celebrated
of delight were heard from A-Level students in Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday morning (August 14th) when they received their eagerly-awaited
exam results. Pupils from King Alfred School gathered to receive
their A Level and AS results - and most were pleased.
is named funniest student
STUDENT from near Burnham-On-Sea has this week been crowned Britains
funniest student of 2008. Jack Heal, 21, took the 'Chortle Student
Comedy Award' at this week's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He said
after the awards ceremony: "It was a real surprise to win
- it hasn't sunk in." More...
man air-lifted after crash
A MAN from
West Huntspill was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance after
breaking six ribs and puncturing a lung in a motorbike accident
in Wales. Steve Evans, 54, was riding a three wheeled motorbike
at Cwmavon, near Port Talbot, when he lost control of the machine.
race bosses visit Burnham
OFFICIALS from the Tour of Britain cycle
race visited Burnham-On-Sea this week to see for themselves the
quality of roads in the town. It
comes after Somerset County Council last week reassured town councillors
that they should not be concerned about Marine Drive.
food has star appeal!
of food hygiene at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital has
been praised as 'five star' in the latest survey by Sedgemoor
District Councils Food Safety Team. Under
the 'Somerset Food Scores' scheme, every food premises
in the district regularly gets inspected.
to reward safe cyclists
in Burnham-On-Sea and the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust have
launched an initiative this month to reward youngsters for wearing
a bicycle helmet. 'Helmet Watch' aims to promote children's bicycle
safety during the school summer holidays in Burnham and other
parts of Somerset. More...
dispute finally resolved
Rail and Sedgemoor District Council have resolved a dispute over
who is responsible for repairing a damaged manhole outside Highbridge
Railway Station. The manhole on the green in the station car park
had been left in a dangerous state, but has now been fixed by
Network Rail. More...
heads to Beijing Olympics
BMX cyclist Liam Phillips is making final preparations to fly
out to compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing later this week.
Burnham teenager Liam, 19, who made the cut for Team GB earlier
this year, flies out to China this Friday (August 15th) to represent
his country in BMX, which is making its Olympic debut this year.
cameras 'on track'
PLANS to introduce new roadside number
plate recognition cameras in Brean are on track despite lengthy
delays in getting them set up, frustrated councillors in the village
have been assured this week. The cameras were to be introduced
but have been delayed. More...
photos: Vintage farming show
VINTAGE Hay and Harvest Show in Highbridge showed visitors how
farming was done 50 and 100 years ago during the weekend. The
show at Isleport Farm was held on Saturday and Sunday to raise
money for the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance.
We have a full photo round-up. More...
music concert in town
music fans flocked into Highbridge on Sunday (August 10th) for
an afternoon of live outdoor music. The event, called 'Acoustic
Music On The Green', was held next to the Community Hall by Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society.
M5 accident near Burnham
PREGNANT woman had to be cut free from the wreckage of this vehicle
after a serious accident caused major delays on the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (August 10th). These were
the scenes on the motorway at 4pm as fire crews, police and paramedics
from Burnham were called to a two car collision involving a silver
BMW estate and a red Nissan Micra.
weather hits show entries
growing weather was blamed for a reduction in the number of entries
at Burnham-On-Sea & District Horticultural Societys
41st annual show on Sunday (August 10th). The two-day event was
held at Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll and attracted around
450 entries, which was down on last year.
given as Regatta ends
of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Regatta have celebrated the end
of another successful event. The winners of the annual ten-day
event (pictured right) were presented with awards on Sunday afternoon
(August 10th) as this year's regatta came to a close.
pub sets world record
at a Burnham-On-Sea pub have broken the world record for the largest-ever
synchronised wine tasting, it was confirmed this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report in May how more than 30 wine lovers had gathered
at The Reeds Arms to take part in the nationwide feat.
photos: ESCAPE Day 2008
rain failed to dampen the spirits of the sixteen emergency services
taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual safety awareness day on
Saturday (August 9th). While the number of spectators was down
on previous years, the organisers hailed it a success.
stolen from youth centre
thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds worth of computer equipment
in a break-in at the town's youth centre. The Burnham Area Youth
Centre in Casis Close was broken into overnight into Saturday
morning (August 9th).
"A window was smashed in the cafe, and a large quantity
of computer equipment was stolen," said a spokesman. More...
grant boost for group
A GROUP of community-minded residents
in Highbridge who have launched a new police-backed Local Action
Team to tackle problems in the town have this week been handed
a funding boost. Over 20 local people have joined the new action
which aims to resolve a variety of social issues.
'try a sail' day cancelled
forceast of bad weather for Saturday (August 9th) has prompted
Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club to cancel its 'try a sail' day. Ken
Sowden, Burnham Sailing Club Vice Commodore and Sailing Master,
said on Friday: "I am afraid that winds are predicted force
5 - 7."
trapped in loo is released
embarrassed man who locked himself in a lavatory at his Highbridge
home was released by a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew on Friday (August
8th). One fire engine from Burnham was sent to Wessex House in
Highbridge at 10.24am after residents reported the man was trapped.
Burnham's phone boxes'
Telecom's plans to remove several telephone boxes in the Burnham-On-Sea
area as part of a cost-cutting programme
have this week been criticised by town councillors. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report in June that call boxes in Rectory Drive (pictured)
and the Walrow in Highbridge are under threat because, according
to BT, they are used too infrequently.
circuit caused kitchen fire
short ciruit is being blamed for a kitchen fire at a Burnham-On-Sea
pub in the early hours of Friday (August 8th). Burnham fire crews
were called to a pub in Love Lane at 1.36am after the owners reported
a kitchen microwave on fire.
The microwave was slightly damaged by heat and smoke. More...
alert at Highbridge Hotel
services from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the fire-damaged Highbridge
Hotel on Thursday evening (August 7th) after a local resident
spotted smoke rising from the area. Three fire engines, a police
car and an ambulance rushed to the rear of the former hotel at
around 10.40pm amid initial fears of a new blaze.
buoy! It's the end of an era
special: THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea
beach on Thursday (August 7th) when a huge buoy that has been
in place for many years in the waters off the town was 'retired'.
'Number two buoy' has been a familiar sight for boat owners and
anglers off Stert Island.
legend visits Highbridge
Scottish World Cup football player Tommy Hutchison was the VIP
referee at a special soccer event held in Highbridge on Thursday
(August 7th). The Football Fun Day was held at Highbridge Football
Ground and was supported by dozens of youngsters
from across the area.
in secret Berrow visit
boy band McFly made a secret visit to Berrow Beach on Wednesday
(August 6th) to film a segment for the group's forthcoming new
music video. The multi-million selling band used the beach for
the video, which is based around the theme of Mad Max.
The filming was overseen by the district council.
in CCTV photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week
released this CCTV image of a man they want to identify in connection
with an investigation into a series of local shoplifting incidents.
A police spokesman said: "We would like help with identifying
him." It follows several recent shoplifting
road is 'not a problem'
SOMERSET County Council has moved to
reassure anxious town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea that they
should not be worried about the state of the surface along Marine
Drive, which will be the finishing line for the south wesrt stage
of the Tour of Britain cycle race in Septemer. More...
photos: Apex Park Playday
of children and their families flocked to Highbridge's Apex Park
on Wednesday (August 6th) to take part in an annual fun day. The
Sedgemoor Playday, which this year had the theme of 'Give us a
Go', was run in conjunction with Sedgemoor District Council
and the County Council. More...
crash causes delays
police rushed to West Huntspill, near Highbridge, on Wednesday
morning (August 6th) after a three car collision left the road
partially closed. The incident, on the A38 Main Road, occurred
near the junction with Withy Road at 11.30am,
but police said there were fortunately no serious injuries. More...
aim, fire! Archers on form
were the colourful scenes in Berrow at the weekend when the village's
Coastal Archers hosted the fifth Somerset meeting of the British
Longbow Society. Archery enthusiasts from as far away as Kent,
Cheltenham, Pembroke and Exmoor travelled to join in the event.
cash boost for Apex
Highbridge's Apex Willdlife Park is to get a £30,000
cash injection to develop it into one of the west country's leading
angling facilities. Burnham-On-Sea.com
can reveal the park has been picked to receive £25,000 of
funding from the Environment Agency and a further £5,000
from Sedgemoor District Council towards creating a range of new
contest winners unveiled
eye-catching photo of a group of bicycles in the River Brue has
this week been declared the winner of a competition to capture
scenes of Burnham and Hghbridge. HaBA, the Highbridge and Burnham
Artists group, invited entries earlier this year to mark the Brue
Arts Festival. More...
over race road surface
town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed fears
about the state of the road surface along Marine Drive, which
this autumn will be in the national media spotlight when it becomes
the finishing line for the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain.
arrested after air search
POLICE helicopter and dogs were involved in a four-hour search
in Brean in the early hours of Tuesday morning (August 5th). Police
cars cordoned off roads and the force's performed sweeps over
the village with its infra-red camera after a wanted man was reported
to be in the village.
Burnham mural completed
finishing touches have been made to a colourful painted mural
on a wall outside Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club. The painting
was co-ordinated by Cora Stock, a local artist, with the help
of her artist daughter Catherine Metcalf and pupils from the InAura
School in Godney. More...
regeneration 'on hold'
to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea's seafront as part of multi-million
pound plans to upgrade the town have been put on hold, Sedgemoor
District Council revealed on Monday evening (August 4th). Doug
Bamsey, Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council, told
a meeting of town councillors that the Esplanade is no longer
included in the plans to regenerate Burnham.
cinema to get a new look
Ritz cinema is to get a fresh new look thanks a £6,000 grant
from the UK Film Council, it was announced this week. The cinema
has been awarded a cut of £475,000 of funding being handed
out to 56 independent cinemas from Bournemouth to Glasgow. More...
award winners announced
five winners of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Civic Awards were announced
by the town's Mayor on Monday evening (August 4th). John
Coombes, Bob Nicholson, Barbara Thorogood, Hilary Rose and Jean
Whitehouse have all been nominated for their work in the Burnham
and Highbridge community.
flats protest will continue
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea fighting plans by a developer to turn
a seafront property into a block of 14 apartments will have to
wait at least another two months before they find out whether
the controversial scheme will be thrown out. The
appeal has been delayed until October. More...
Office is set to re-open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Registry Office will re-open this autumn
after a five-month 'temporary' closure, Somerset County Council
announced on Monday (August 4th). We exclusively reported in July
that the office, based at Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's
chambers in Jaycroft Road (pictured), had been shut for over three
diver opens new shop
Olympic diver joined Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor in officially opening
a new shop in the town on Monday (August 4th). Tony Ally, three-time
Olympic and Commonwealth champion and fitness coach for the British
diving squad, opened The Hearing Room in Burnham's Victoria Street.
Day fun this Saturday
from across Somerset will be gathering in Burnham-On-Sea this
Saturday (August 9th) to take part in a joint safety awareness
day featuring a wide range of rescue demonstrations and displays.
ESCAPE Day will be held on the seafront from 10am.
race is sail-away success
annual tender race saw a dozen colourfully dressed members of
the town's sailing club take to the waters of Bridgwater Bay on
Sunday evening (August 3rd). Showers of rain failed to dampen
the sprits of the participants, who rowed from the beach to the
sailing club. More...
aground causes alarm
were alerted after this yacht went aground on mudflats at the
entrance to the River Brue estuary in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday
afternoon (August 3rd). The yacht, pictured, was spotted high
and dry at the junction of the Rivers Brue and Parrett. More...
festival hailed a success
sight of a huge upturned whale was among the artworks on display
during Highbridge's three-day River Brue Festival this weekend.
Dozens of people wandered along the river banks and seafront at
Burnham to see a wide range of eye-catching art created especially
for the inaugural two-day event.
a blooming good show!
entries made this year's annual East Huntspill Horticultural Show
the best-ever supported on Saturday (August 2nd). The show's President,
Bill Fisher, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the organisers had been
delighted that the weather had not adversely affected the entries.
raised at fun day
balloons soared into the skies above Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
afternoon (August 2nd) at the start of a fundraising race. The
colourful spectacle was one of several events laid on during a
fun day at the Rosewood Inn in Love Lane to raise funds for the
Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club.
boats launch regatta
dozen boats took part in a colourful illuminated procession that
marked the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual sailing regatta on
Friday (August 1st). This year, tide and daylight timings tested
the Sailing Club's yacht and boat skippers to the limit, as they
switched on their lights at 9.20pm.
called to help speedboat
lifeboat was launched on Friday evening (August 1st) to help a
speedboat that had broken down in Bridgwater Bay. The Staines
Whitfield Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched from Burnham-On-Sea
jetty to help tow the stranded boat, with its occupants, to safety.
seize drugs in Highbridge
from Burnham-On-Sea executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrants in
Highbridge on Friday morning (August 1st). Police raided a home
in Morland Road, Highbridge, where an unspecified amount of suspected
Class C drugs, an imitation firearm and a machete were seized.
watched from Burnham
lecturer Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley captured this image of the partial
eclipse of the sun through his telescope from Burnham seafront
on Friday morning (August 1st). "The conditions were very
good to view today's partial eclipse," Greg told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
garden centre plan logged
Exclusive: A HUGE
expansion of a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea has taken a step
forward this week with the planning application being formally
broke the news in March that Sanders Garden World wanted to extend
its store. More...
festival gets underway
River Brue Festival gets underway today (Friday August 1st) with
a host of events taking place in the town. After vandalism in
the early part of the week, artist Stefan Jennings moved his sculpture
to Wall Eden Farm in East Huntspill and is now due to return it
to the river banks on Saturday and Sunday. More...
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