2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
fete attracts big crowd
of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Hospital's League Of Friends
on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (August 31st) when the group
held its annual summer fete. The town's Manor Gardens were filled
with large crowds throughout the afternoon. More...
party boosts carnival club
than £500 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival
Club when a town centre pub held a popular outdoor street party
on Sunday evening (August 30th). A 70 year-old steam engine was
also on show outside the Somerset and Dorset for the event, which
featured live music and entertainment. More...
fundraisers boost BARB
BUSY summer of fundraising at a Brean holiday park has seen thousands
of pounds being raised for the charity which runs Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercrafts. Scores of events have been held throughout
the summer holiday at Diamond Farm to help BARB, with a big cheque
being handed over this week. More...
trapped in car overnight
An injured motorist has been freed from this car at Brean this
morning (Monday August 31st) after spending the night trapped
crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rushed to Warren Farm
caravan park at 8.10am after a holidaymaker spotted the vehicle
trapped in a ditch.
of huge whale found in river
body of this huge 10 metre long whale was spotted floating in
the River Parrett, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday afternoon (August
skier Derek Jones and his son Sean, 12, from Bristol, spotted
the mammal drifting in the estuary at around 5pm in between Combwich
and Burnham. More...
crews tackle car blaze
Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was sent to West Huntspill on Sunday
evening (August 30th) after a car was set alight. One fire engine
rushed to Old Pawlett Road at 10.14pm after a nearby resident
raised the alarm. Fire crews quickly extinguished the car next
to the roadside. More...
rail buffs roll into town
of model train enthusiasts from across the UK gathered in Burnham-On-Sea
over the Bank Holiday weekend for a popular two-day exhibition.
The 27th annual Sedgemoor Rail show, run by Burnham and District
Model Railway Club, was held on Saturday and Sunday. More...
hula hooping record set!
people simultaneously hula hooped at the same time to
set a new British record on
Berrow beach today (Sunday,
the number of people taking part fell far short of the 2,290 needed
for a world record, organisers said they were still delighted
to have achieved a new British record.
evacuated in fire drama
were the scenes at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket this morning
(Sunday, August 30th) after a fire broke out in an oven, causing
the evacuation of the store. Two
Burnham fire crews rushed to the premises in Ben Travers Way at
9am after the store's alarms sounded.
party to be held tonight
High Street will be closed to traffic on Sunday evening (August
30th) when a town centre pub holds one of its popular outdoor
street parties. A huge lorry will stretch across the street to
become a make-shift stage for musicians outside the Somerset and
Dorset pub. More...
photos: Berrow fete fun
Church's vicar, Reverend Sally Lacey, joined in the fun at Berrow's
summer fete on Saturday (August 29th) by dressing up as a clown!
Large crowds attended the annual event at Berrow Church, where
a wide range of entertainment and was laid on for the large numbers
of crowds. More...
gives rugby club a boost
rugby players in Burnham-On-Sea raised hundreds of pounds towards
their club's extension project during a fundraising event in Highbridge
on Saturday afternoon (August 29th). Dozens of children from Burnham
Rugby Club spent five hours packing shopping bags at Asda. More...
250 mile mercy mission!
A well-known Burnham-On-Sea resident has travelled more than
250 miles to hand a lost handbag to its owner after finding it
on a train. Fomer Mayor Peter Burridge-Clayton was travelling
home with his family afer a day out when they spotted the handbag
under a seat. More...
ahoy at holiday club!
fun has been enjoyed by over 70 children at a holiday club in
Burnham-On-Sea over the past week. Burnham Baptist Church's annual
summer club, for children aged 5-11, ended on Friday afternoon
(August 28th) after a busy week of activities and fun at the church
in College Street. More...
250 mile mercy mission!
A well-known Burnham-On-Sea resident
has travelled more than 250 miles to hand a lost handbag to its
owner after finding it on a train. Peter Burridge-Clayton was
travelling home with his family from Didcot Parkway last week
afer a day out when they spotted the handbag under a seat.
on M5 and A38
on the M5 and A38 in the Burnham-On-Sea area are facing long delays
this evening (Friday, August 28th) after police partially closed
the M5 near Bristol earlier in the day. Police shut the northbound
side of the Avonmouth Bridge near Portishead this afternoon after
a vulnerable man was spotted there.
bailed after town drugs raid
pensioner has been arrested and released on bail by Burnham-On-Sea
police following a drugs raid in the town on Thursday morning
(August 27th). A 71-year-old from Weston was held by police after
officers seized a quantity of cannabis from a house in Oxford
Street, Burnham. More...
house prices increase
PROPERTY prices in Burnham-On-Sea have started to rise again,
according to brand new figures out this week. During the past
three months, house prices in the town have risen by 2.67 per
cent, the first signs of a possible recovery in the property market
in the Burnham area.
Cove plans go on show
of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Thursday
(August 27th) when a special open day was held to display plans
to restore the facility. Sedgemoor's Park and Open Spaces Officers
encouraged residents to visit
the gardens during the special event. More...
train exhibition to begin
of model train enthusiasts from across the UK will gather in Burnham-On-Sea
this Bank Holiday weekend for a popular two-day exhibition. The
annual Sedgemoor Rail event will be held on Saturday 29th August
from 10.30am and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The general public are welcome. More...
achieves best-ever GCSEs
and staff at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating their
best ever GCSE results today (Thursday August 27th).
school has achieved a 51 per cent pass rate for pupils getting
five A*-C grades including maths and English. This has increased
from 39.5 per cent last year.
world record hula hoop bid!
world record attempt is set to be held on Berrow beach this Sunday
(August 30th). The
bid is set to be held from 11am-2pm, with the record attempt itself
taking place at 12 noon. Over 2,290 people are needed to claim
the world record.
will have to be able to hoop continuously for two minutes.
seized from house
are continuing after police officers seized a quantity of cannabis
from a house in Oxford Street on Thursday morning (August 27th).
News of the raid first broke on Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion
forums this morning when passers-by spotted police at the scene.
walker coming to town
DEVON pensioner will be striding through Burnham-On-Sea on Bank
Holiday Monday (August 31st) when he's joined by police officers
from across Somerset for a fundraising charity walk. Doug Hamilton-Cox
will be putting his best foot forward during his charity walk
from Devon to Wiltshire.
cyclist will pass town
triple Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will be cycling through
the Burnham-On-Sea area next month when he competes in the 2009
Tour of Britain. The
first day of the South West Stage of the race, on Thursday September
17th, will see the 96 riders travel
through Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill. More...
film crew visits Highbridge
SIR Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer,
joined an American TV crew for a special visit to Highbridge last
week to film a documentary about the town's wartime hero Frank
Foley. Filming took place at the Frank Foley Statue and included
interviews with Rev Robin Lodge of St John's Church and members
of Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee.
wins bid to keep mast
THIS mobile phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea will
remain in its current position for at least a further nine months,
the Planning Inspectorate has ruled this week. The 15 metre tall
mast, which is mounted on a portable trailer, was first installed
at the rear of Somerfields, which is now a Morrisons store, in
runner in video prank
CHEEKY streaker raised a few eyebrows when he ran naked through
Burnham-On-Sea town centre and then posted the video online. The
youngster was spotted running along the High Street last Friday
and a video clip of the prank appeared shortly after on video
sharing website YouTube. More...
gift shop to shut down
A LONG-running gift shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
is closing down after becoming a victim of the recession and high
business rates. Magpie Gifts in the High Street is to close its
shopfront shutters for the final time at the end of October when
its owners close the business. More...
for people power!
were celebrating on Tuesday evening (August 25th) after proposals
to build 69 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea were turned down by the
district council. Persimmon Homes had applied to build a new estate
on the former Worston Tip to the west of Lawrence Close, pictured
jetty to be repaired
£80,000 project to repair Burnham-On-Sea's ailing jetty
is set to begin next month, it was announced by Sedgemoor District
Council on Tuesday (August 25th). The
work will start on September 7th after the main holiday season
when the council's contractors, Boley and Skuse, will replace
a large section of missing road surface.
rider recovering well
YOUNG speedway rider from the Burnham-based Somerset Rebels who
was placed in an induced coma last week has been moved out of
intensive care as he makes a strong recovery. We were first to
report that 17-year-old Brendan Johnson was injured in a high-speed
crash last week. More...
car retrieved from mud
stricken car at the centre of Saturday's dramatic incident on
Brean beach was recovered from the mudflats on Monday (August
was first to report on Saturday how the Ford Fiesta had become
stuck on the beach.
Its occupants had swum out to try and pull it back to the shore.
bird spotted in Burnham
RARE part albino blackbird with a white head and a black body
has been spotted in a garden in Somerset. The bird is a regular
visitor to the home of Terry Fairchild, and his wife Lorraine,
at their home in Burnham-On-Sea. The Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds (RSPB) has said this week that semi-albino birds are
club's future saved
future of Burnham-On-Sea's speedway club has been secured after
the team's promoter, Dave Pavitt, shocked fans by saying he could
not continue to financially support it. The long-term future of
the Somerset Rebels had been put in jeopardy, but has been secured
after what team bosses said were "two frantic hours."
held after river police chase
A SUSPECTED thief jumped into the River Brue to try and avoid
being captured during a police chase through Highbridge on Friday
(August 21st). The man - whose face has been obscured in this
photo - was reported to have stolen a quantity of alcohol from
the One Stop Shop in Market Street. More...
photos: Berrow Gig On Green
afternoon of live outdoor music and entertainment attracted large
crowds to Berrow on Saturday afternoon (August 22nd). The first
'Gig on the Green' was held on Berrow Village Green - and it was
so successful that organisers Mike Wills and Carol Dyer say it
is set to become an annual event. More...
fun day is smash hit!
BUSY day of tennis-themed actitvities raised hundreds of pounds
for Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy on Saturday
(August 22nd). Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa
Munt was among those supporting the fun day, held at Burnham's
Manor gardens. More...
cars converge on village
than 100 classic vehicles were on display at an annual show near
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 22nd). The third annual Classic
and Vintage Vehicles Show was held at the Balliol Hall Field in
West Huntspill, and attracted large crowds of enthusiasts and
families in glorious summer weather. More...
desperate bid to save car
were the dramatic scenes at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday
evening (August 22nd) as two desperate motorists swam out to try
and save their car from the fast-incoming tide, the SIXTH vehicle
to have got stuck in the past week. The two occupants waded out
into the water in a last-ditch attempt to try and save their vehicle
after its wheels became stuck in mud. More...
attack parking machine
THIEVES cracked open this car parking
cash machine on Burnham seafront early on Saturday morning (August
22nd) and stole cash from inside. It's
not known whether any of the coins inside the machine, which is
located on the South Esplanade, were taken in this incident. More...
rider seriously injured
A young speedway rider from the Burnham-based Somerset Rebels
team is in hospital after being seriously injured in an accident.
17 year-old Brendan Johnson, pictured, was taking part in an Isle
of Wight National League fixture on Thursday evening (August 20th)
when he sustained head and other injuries. More...
police praise public
POLICE have this week arrested a man following a spate of
burglaries in Brean and also praised the public for their help
in coming forward with valuable information. PC Stuart Curtis
said: "I would like to thank the public for information regarding
the recent spate of burglaries." More...
tributes for Jon
of flowers have been laid at the spot where a 20 year-old Burnham-On-Sea
man was fatally injured in a car accident earlier this week. Flowers
and messages of condolence have been left besides the A38 in Highbridge
where Jon Puddy suffered multiple injuries in a horrific crash
on Sunday night.
cars go on show
100 classic vehicles will be on display at an annual show near
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 22nd). The third annual Classic
and Vintage Vehicles Show will take place at the Balliol Hall
Field in West Huntspill off the A38. "It
promises to be an excellent day, with more than 85 classic cars,"
said organiser Rev Geoff Walsh.
crew tackles small blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a small fire in
the centre of Highbridge on Friday morning (August 21st). One
engine was sent to the rear of a shop in Church Street at 11am
after several nearby residents reported a wheelie bin alight.
The fire was quickly brought under control. More...
look at new clock plans
THE controversy surrounding plans to board up Highbridge's
town clock due to a lack of council funding for repairs takes
a new twist today as we reveal proposals to replace it with this
brand new clock instead. Highbridge Chamber of Trade has drawn
up detailed plans to replace the three-faced structure.
help grounded boat
Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Thursday afternoon
(August 20th) to help re-float a grounded 20ft fishing boat on
Gore Sands in the Bristol Channel. Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat Operations
manager Ricky Holmes had spotted the boat from Burnham. More...
to feature marching group
NEWLY-formed marching group set-up in Burnham-On-Sea with the
aim of possibly reaching ITV's Britain's Got Talent television
series was visited by a BBC radio team on Thursday (August 20th).
BBC Somerset is airing a special feature about the team on Friday
where the members will be interviewed. More...
held over regeneration
talks have this week been held between regeneration bosses and
the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) over the decision
not to award Burnham-On-Sea hundreds of thousands of pounds for
the development of the town centre. More...
cars stuck on beach
safety warning about the dangers of driving on beaches in the
Burnham-On-Sea area has been issued by beach wardens after FIVE
vehicles became stuck in the incoming tide on Wednesday evening
(August 19th). Three cars were engulfed by the incoming tide at
Berrow and a further two were swamped at Brean.
'A' level results success
A-Level students in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating today (Thursday
August 20th) after receiving their exam results. Emotions were
running high when 100 pupils aged 17-18 from King Alfred School
gathered to open their results envelopes and learn their fate.
paid to crash victim Jon
been paid to the 20 year-old man who was killed in an accident
in Highbridge earlier this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported on
Wednesday that Jon Puddy of Berrow Road had died in hospital after
suffering multiple injuries in an horrific crash on the A38 on
Sunday night. More...
CCTV cameras approved
TOWN councillors have this week given the go-ahead to CCTV
cameras being introduced on Burnham-On-Sea seafront to tackle
anti-social behaviour and speeding. Members of the council's Policy
and Finance Committee voted in favour of the scheme at a meeting
on Wednesday night (August 19th).
84, retires from town band
LONG-standing member of Burnham and Highbridge town band has blown
his cornet for the final time. Reg Lewis, pictured, has decided
to cut back his playing commitments at the age of 84 and has retired
as a playing member. He has, however, been made a non-playing
life-member by the band's committee. More...
crash victim dies
20-year-old man who was seriously injured in a crash in Highbridge
on Sunday night has died, police said today.
The Highbridge man, named as Jon Puddy, suffered multiple life-threatening
injuries in the accident on the A38. However, on Wednesday morning
(August 19th) police confirmed that he had sadly passed away.
pool plans 'hit by red tape'
RED tape is delaying the £330,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's
Swim and Sports Academy, it was claimed this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported earlier this year how Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin
wanted to build a modern, two-storey extension at the front of
the Berrow Road property.
bomb scare on Brean beach
scare led to the closure of several hundred metres of Brean beach
on Tuesday morning (August 18th). Metal detector enthusiast Mike
Bailey, pictured, raised the alarm after discovering a large cylinder-shaped
metal object partially uncovered in the mud and soft sand at the
foot of Brean Down.
of a three year project to boost community development in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge was celebrated at a special event at the weekend.
Burnham's Mayor Derick Cooper and Rosemarie Parsons, the outgoing
chairwoman of the Regeneration Partnership, were among the audience
at the function in Highbridge Community Hall. More...
appealed for help in gathering evidence about Sunday's serious
accident in Highbridge, which has left a 20 year-old man fighting
for his life in hospital. Police signs have appeared at the scene
of the crash on the A38 Huntspill Road, requesting the help of
call tests RNLI's Stuart
lifeboat helmsman who was on a training session in Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday evening (August 19th) was
called to carry out a real rescue.
Lacey had launched Puffin, the D-Class lifeboat, under the watchful
eye of assessor Nigel Jones when the call came from Coastguards.
fire tackled by crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was sent to West Huntspill on Tuesday
morning (August 18th) to tackle a deliberate blaze. One fire engine
rushed to the Ringstone play area at 7.20am after a nearby resident
raised the alarm. One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the
'remains critical' after crash
20 year-old man seriously injured after a two vehicle accident
in Highbridge at the weekend remained in a critical state in hospital
on Tuesday morning (August 18th). As
we reported yesterday, emergency services rushed to the A38 Huntspill
Road at 10.30pm after the two car collision.
boost for clock campaign
£2,300 has been collected towards saving Highbridge's iconic
clock from being boarded up since we first featured the campaign
last week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report earlier this month that two of the three faces
are set to be boarded up with decorative panels due to a lack
of council money.
cafe creates six town jobs
jobs have been created with the opening of a new cafe in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday August 18th). The
new BOS Cafe has opened its doors at 54 The High Street following
a three month refurbishment programme of the property. Manager
Tanya Russell said the team are delighted with the end result.
star's visit to charity to air
personality Michaela Strachan's recent visit to East Huntspill
wildlife charity Secret World is set to be broadcast on TV this
week. Michaela, pictured, will be shown in Wednesday's episode
of Michaela's Animal Road Trip meeting one of the animal
care managers looking after a badger at the centre.
play area revamp delayed
£140,000 project to modernise the play area at Highbridge's
Apex Wildlife Park has been delayed until the autumn. The brand
new play area, which is being partly funded by National Lottery
money, was due to be completed by the start of the summer holidays
but has now been put back due to equipment shortages.
injured in serious A38 crash
has been left with life-threatening injuries following a serious,
two vehicle accident which caused the closure of the A38 near
Burnham-On-Sea for six hours on Sunday night (August 16th). Emergency
services rushed to the A38 Huntspill Road at 10.30pm after a Ford
Mondeo taxi heading towards Bridgwater collided into a Volkswagen
Golf travelling in the opposition direction.
highlights of ESCAPE Day
video highlights from Sunday's ESCAPE Day show Burnham's lifeboat
crew rescuing a sinking boat, the hovercraft and Coastguards retrieving
a man trapped in soft sand, a fly-past of micro-lights, a display
by the police dog team and the final moments of the tug-of-war.
of 6,000 at ESCAPE Day
6,000 people crowded onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (August
16th) as dozens of local rescue organisations from across the
West Country took part in a joint safety awareness day featuring
displays and demonstrations. ESCAPE took place on Burnham seafront
and involved hovercrafts, lifeboats, micro-lights and even police
of this event
stolen in raid on factory
appealed for the public's help following a night-time raid on
a Highbridge factory. The
premises in Evercreech Way, pictured, was broken into some time
between 5.30pm on Friday 7th August and 10am on Saturday, 8th
offenders forced their way into the building.
regatta is underway
of yacht owners are taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual regatta
this week, with several sailing races being held up and down the
river estuary. The first race was held at 12.30pm on Saturday
(August 15th) and was followed by a duck race and a further sailing
competition on Sunday. More...
duck race hits trouble!
spectators turned out to watch the unusual sight of 600 rubber
ducks floating down the River Brue on Saturday afternoon (August
15th) when Burnham-On-Sea's annual duck race was held at the start
of the town's regatta... but things didn't quite go to plan!
leave Highbridge land
GROUP of travellers who moved onto a strip of land near the entrance
to Highbridge's Asda supermarket have left the area. The convoy
of vans and caravans besides Caxton Drive left on Saturday morning
(August 15th) after an eviction notice was set to be served on
Huntspill Show in photos
West Hunstspill's annual horticultural show had their hands full
on Saturday (August 15th) when they had to assess a record 850
entries! The number of flowers, vegetables, fruit and craft entries
was well up on previous years, delighting the event's organisers,
Bill Fisher and Jane Moreton. More...
close encounter with PM
A Burnham-On-Sea family could hardly believe their eyes when
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his family boarded a boat in front
of them while they were on holiday in the Lake District this week.
John Llywarch grabbed his camera and took these shots of the Premier
and his wife, Sarah.
ticket prices up by 20%
cost of travelling by train from Highbridge railway station to
London is set to rise by up to 20 per cent next month. From 6th
September, First Great Western will introduce new restrictions
on its cheapest off-peak return tickets for people travelling
to the capital city. More...
show comes to fun park
action came to Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday (August
12th) when a stunt team held one of its regular summer displays.
Almost 2,000 holidaymakers crowded into Brean Leisure Park's arena
to watch Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show,
lasting over an hour. More...
plunge shock at Brean
THE owner of this 4x4 has described his 'shock' at seeing
his vehicle plunge into a fishing lake at a Brean holiday park
earlier this week. Holidaymaker
Andy Ellis, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com how his Ford Maverick
rolled into deep water at Warren Farm holiday park after he inadvertently
left his handbrake off.
team's 'thank you meal'
of Highbridge's bid to win the Britain in Bloom competition this
week held a special meal to thank Sedgemoor District Council's
street cleaners for their help in getting the town ready for the
judges. The 'thank you lunch' was held on Wednesday afternoon
(August 12th). More...
box sealed off after crash
POST box in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has been sealed up by
Royal Mail after being damaged by a passing vehicle earlier this
week. The main post box at the junction of Adam Street and the
High Street was struck by a vehicle earlier in the week. Fears
that the heavy metal structure could topple over have led to it
being coned off. More...
move into Highbridge
group of travellers has moved onto land near the entrance to Highbridge's
Asda supermarket. The convoy of vans and caravans moved onto disused
land besides Caxton Drive late on Wednesday evening (August 12th).
The vehicles were still in place this morning, Thursday.
part of fire-hit hotel to go
SEVERAL large sections of the former Highbridge Hotel are to be
removed when fire clearance work finally gets underway shortly.
The formal plans, pictured here, show the areas of the building
in red that are due to be removed while retaining its historical
starts this weekend
weekends of sailing events will be held during this year's Burnham-On-Sea
Regatta, which starts this weekend. The first race begins at 12.30pm
on Saturday (August 15th) and will be followed by a further competition
at 2.30pm on Sunday, which is also the annual ESCAPE Day. More...
contest judges in town
and runner beans were among the plants being inspected when judging
took place for the annual Highbridge In Bloom Allotment Trophy.
Judges Mary and John Silverthorne from Bristol are pictured touring
the allotments in Highbridge as they graded rows of plants. More...
drill squad aims for TV
NEW marching drill squad was formed on Wednesday (August 12th)
with the aim of possibly reaching ITV's Britain's Got Talent
television series. Organiser Allan Roberts, who is a former army
sergeant and retired police officer, wants to help youngsters
in Burnham and Highbridge beat boredom during the school holidays
while boosting their team-working. More...
of thefts hits camp sites
A SPATE of thefts and burglaries at camp sites across the
Burnham-On-Sea and Brean area has this week prompted police to
issue an appeal for the public's help. The sites have suffered
a lot of damage and some thefts and burglaries to awnings during
the last few nights. More...
club to close
BURNHAM-On-Sea's longest-running club is set to close down
after a history dating back over 100 years, we can reveal. The
Burnham Institute in Regent Street is to permanently shut at the
end of this month due to a lack of funds. The club's bosses have
taken the "difficult decision" to avoid their financial
scheme for town seafront
PLANS to introduce CCTV cameras on Burnham-On-Sea seafront
to tackle anti-social behaviour and speeding have taken a step
forward with news of a major funding boost. Burnham
Holiday Village has agreed to give £10,000 towards the purchase
and installation of the cameras on the South Esplanade.
market on seafront
outdoor continental market is being held on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
this week. Stalls selling a wide range of traditional European
food and other items are lining the Esplanade, as pictured, until
Sunday (August 16th). They are offering crepes, breads and cheese,
among other items. More...
bridge opened on footpath
NEW bridge has been opened in Highbridge, giving walkers easier
access between Isleport and the centre of the town. A wooden bridge
has been constructed on the pathway between Isleport Road and
Springfield Road, much to the delight of nearby residents. The
old bridge over the ditch was a rail sleeper and it had collapsed.
summer for Dreamscheme
of Highbridge Dreamscheme have been busy over the last two weeks,
earning lots of points for some free trips at the end of the summer
holidays. On July 28th, the youths' first work task was to design
a logo for the Highbridge Dreamscheme to print on T-Shirts and
this was another success. More...
to save clock started
A brand new campaign, backed by Burnham-On-Sea.com, was launched
in Highbridge on Monday (August 10th) to save the town's iconic
clock from being boarded up. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported
last week how two of the three faces are set to be boarded up
with decorative panels. More...
holds Gig On the Green
afternoon of live outdoor music will be held in Berrow on Saturday
August 22nd to raise money for the refurbishment and extension
of the village hall. 'Gig on the Green' will be held on Berrow
Village Green in Berrow Road between 2pm and 6pm. The event will
be free of charge. More...
crash causes long delays
faced long delays on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday
(August 10th) after a car accident. Queues of stationery traffic
backed up on the southbound carriageway for several miles for
between junction 23 at Highbridge and junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea.
calls after motorbike crash
THE safety of a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea is in the spotlight
this week after a motorbike accident. A motorcyclist came off
Pople's Bow and careered into a verge, leaving the bike badly
damaged and police to tape off the scene. A Highbridge District
Councillor has suggested the road be partially shut. More...
hotel has star appeal!
owners of a seafront hotel in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this
week after receiving official certification from the UK's national
tourism board. Visit Britain, the national tourism agency, has
given the Royal Clarence on The Esplanade a sought-after three
star award. More...
Day fun this Sunday
of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering
in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (August 16th) to take part in a
joint safety awareness day featuring several action-packed rescue
displays. ESCAPE Day will be held on the town's seafront from
photos: Horticultural Show
than 500 entries went on display at the 42nd annual Burnham-On-Sea
Horticultural show over the weekend (August 8th and 9th). The
two-day event was held at Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll
on Saturday and Sunday and featured ten sections and 133 classes.
twice in 10 minutes!
was another evening of high drama on Brean beach on Saturday (August
8th) when a family of three was rescued twice in ten minutes after
being rescued by a lifeboat crew after getting stuck on rocks
by the incoming tide - then requiring a beach warden to pull their
van free from the soft sand, as pictured here.
crafting marathon success
enthusiasts in Burnham-On-Sea got out their scissors and glue
to raise cash for a good cause on Saturday (August 8th). A card-making
marathon was held at the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road
during the day by members of the Burnham Card Crafters group.
scare shuts Berrow beach
of Berrow beach was sealed off this afternoon (Friday, August
7th) when a Royal Navy bomb disposal team and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards
investigated a suspicious object in the sand. Several hundred
metres of the beach, north of the car park, was sealed off at
4pm after a metal detector enthusiast uncovered the object. More...
TOP quality vegetables, flowers and crafts are
on show this weekend (August 8th and 9th) at Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Horticultural Show. The 42nd
show, run by Burnham & District Horticultural Society, is
being held at Sanders Garden World. The
show is open to the public on Saturday from 1pm and on Sunday
from 10am. More...
exhibition starts in town
THE work of two talented photographers has gone
on show at an art exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. The
free-to-enter display is being held at Sea Breeze Gallery in Victoria
Street until Saturday 22nd. Martin Uglow is based in Somerset
and takes coastal photos and the other snapper is from London.
launched to help boat
of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats was launched on Friday morning (August
7th) to help a 16ft boat in the River Parrett. The Staines Whitfield
was launched just after 10am to assist the craft in the estuary
upstream from Combwich after a member of the public said the craft
was in difficulty. More...
owners for town night club
A NIGHT club in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to re-open
next weekend with brand new managers. Shakers in the High Street
has been closed for over a year since being put up for sale in
July 2008. But Weston couple Tracey Coopland and Glen Howard plan
to re-open the club on Saturday, August 15th. More...
drama at nursing home
elderly people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation
after a kitchen fire at a nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
evening (August 6th). Two
fire engines and two ambulances rushed to Elizabeth Court in Mendip
Way at 7.07pm, as pictured here, after alarms sounded at the property.
raised at park celebration
official flag-raising ceremony was held at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife
Park on Thursday (August 6th) to celebrate it receiving a Green
Flag Award for 2009-2010. Cllr Jane Moreton, Chairman of Sedgemoor
District Council, and Marina Turner, Sedgemoor's Parks and Open
Spaces Project Officer led the ceremony. More...
and donkey races underway
and hooves were pounding around Brean Leisure Park this week as
the first of this summer's pig and donkey races got underway.
The annual tradition has been held at the park for several years
and helped to raise many thousands of pounds for local charities.
runner wins seafront race
40 runners from across the South West took part in the latest
in a series of monthly 5km races on Burnham seafront on Thursday
(August 6th). The event was organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and
Sports Academy with the backing of Burnham Harriers Running Club
and was well supported. More...
4x4 pulled from mud
This vehicle was left rather worse for wear after being pulled
from the mudflats at Brean on Wednesday (August 5th) following
a two-hour retrieval operation. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
on Tuesday how a fisherman had driven the Honda 4x4 almost a quarter
of a mile from the beach and got stuck.
market back in town
SIX-day continental market is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea
next week. Many stalls will be set-up along The Esaplanade from
Tuesday 11th August until Sunday 16th August. They will be offering
many continental products including food items and jewellery,
plus other items from across Europe. More...
mocked in expenses video
TONGUE-in-cheek film has been published on YouTube mocking Burnham-On-Sea's
MP over his expense claims in a week when new revelations have
emerged. The film, entitled 'DHA: The Movie', has been posted
on the video sharing website over the last week by an anonymous
photos: Apex Park Play Day
1,000 children and their families from across Somerset flocked
to Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (August 5th) for a fun-packed
day of holiday activities. Called 'Sedgemoor Playday', the event
included more than 30 workshops and activities including climbing,
rope and bridge building. More...
over 'neglected' beach pool
The "neglected and crumbling" condition of Burnham-On-Sea's
beach paddling pool has this week been attacked by a prominent
town councillor. The
district council has been criticised by Councillor Neville Jones
for allowing the state of the familiar Burnham landmark to deteriorate.
car stuck on beach
THE owner of this 4x4 was counting the cost of driving out
onto Brean's notorious mudflats after getting stuck and losing
his vehicle to the incoming tide. The Honda could not be saved
before being swamped by sea water almost a quarter of a mile from
the beach. More...
clock to be boarded up
IT IS a sign of tough times, but the
appearance of Highbridge's iconic town clock is about to change
for the worse. Two
of the three faces are to be boarded up with decorative panels
due to a lack of district council money to keep all the clock's
faces running on time. More...
rugby club project starts
LONG-awaited £250,000 project to redevelop Burnham Rugby
Club's changing rooms has been launched with a turf cutting ceremony.
District Council chairman Jane Moreton led the event at the BASC
Ground alongside the club's committee and Burnham Mayor Derick
wins High Court legal fight
mother who believes her daughter was born disabled after she was
exposed to industrial toxins during pregnancy has won a landmark
High Court battle. Barbara Mallin blames her 22-year-old daughter
Dawn's birth defects on an industrial clean-up at a former British
Steel works between 1984 and 1999.
hurt in road accident
crews treated an elderly man for cuts to his face after an accident
on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (August 4th).
Burnham-On-Sea police, ambulance and fire crews were called to
the A38 junction with Lympsham Road after the vehicle collided
with a roadside bollard. More...
on target at local event
from across Britain gathered at Mark College, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Saturday (August 1st) to compete in a longbow tournament. Hosted
by the Coastal Archers, the tournament was a two-way western event,
involving the release of 96 arrows by each of the 34 competitors
over distances of 60 and 80 yards. More...
contest winner named
COLOURFUL drawing of buildings on Burnham's Esplanade has been
judged the winner of a competition to sketch scenes around the
town. Bill Edwards was awarded first place in the 'Draw Burnham-On-Sea
Day' competition, held on Saturday (August 1st) during the River
Brue Arts Festival. More...
TV chef visits Brent Knoll
CELEBRITY TV chef visited a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (August 1st) to officially open a new part of the
centre. Martin Blunos, who has a regular slot as a guest chef
on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, showed off his cooking skills
at Sanders Garden World. More...
injured in A38 crash
were the scenes on the A38 at Brent Knoll on Monday morning (August
3rd) after a two-car collision left one vehicle upturned in a
roadside ditch. Police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea
were sent to the area near Harp Road at 7.35am after a Mitsubishi
Shogun collided with a Volkswagen Passat.
bosses snub meeting
Chamber of Trade this week expressed its "disappointment"
at the decision by South
West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) not to attend a public
meeting in Burnham to explain why the town had
missed out on £750,000 of regeneration funding. More...
Queen is crowned!
new Carnival Queen and her Princesses have been chosen at a ceremony
in the town on Friday (July 31st). Jessica Rogers, 15, was selected
as Queen and Danielle Hockey and Bethany May Ellis will be this
year's two princesses. The event to choose the winners was held
at Burnham's Ritz Social Club. More...
festival hailed a success
impressive willow sculpture was one of the many attractions on
show along the banks of the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(August 1st), when local artists created a unique arts trail as
part of a two-day visual arts festival. Crowds of art enthusiasts
braved poor weather to see numerous artworks.
rescued from Brean Down
TEENAGE boy has been rescued by a Coastguard helicopter after
getting stuck on the steep cliffs of Brean Down on Friday evening
(July 31st). The
15-year-old boy was airlifted to safety from the south-facing
cliffs near Brean Cove after becoming stranded while attempting
to climb up from the beach.
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