2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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wait for window fix
A Highbridge resident whose council home is plagued by damp
has this week attacked Homes In Sedgemoor for telling her the
soonest they can fix the problem is January 2013. Tina Gray says
faulty windows in her home are causing condensation to build up
and create damp. More...
praised by inspectors
inspectors have this week praised standards for patients at Burnham-On-Sea's
War Memorial Hospital. Every year, the Patient Environment Action
Team (PEAT) publishes comparative information showing the standards
across a range of patient services.
town sign wins approval
A 10-metre wide sign displaying the word 'Highbridge' is to
be introduced next to the town's clock. Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council's application to introduce the new sign in Jubilee
Gardens next to the A38 has this week been granted approval. More...
walk on water!
were able to experience walking on water when the unusual activity
of water zorbing came to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea at
the weekend. Sanders Garden World had several giant bubbles, filled
with air, which youngsters were able to climb into. More...
rail fans flock to show
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 annual Sedgemoor Rail event, run by Burnham and District Model
Railway Club, was held on August 27th and 28th. More...
business feels pinch
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea
enjoyed a busy August Bank Holiday weekend, but trade over the
whole summer has been generally disappointing. Somerset Tourism
Association says the Burnham area has seen more day-trippers and
short-stay visitors. More...
from Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have ended their busy summer
of community activities with a well-deserved trip to a fun park.
The 42 members of Burnham Dreamscheme ended their hectic month
with a day trip to Crealy Adventure Park on the final day of the
Pubwatch group grows
long-running Pubwatch group is linking up with schemes in Bridgwater
and Taunton. The Burnham group - which represents 14 pubs and
clubs - has amalgamated with the two other towns to strengthen
its operation. Burnham Pubwatch has been running for over 11 years.
Burnham rivals Med!
weather combined with one of the highest tides of the year generated
idyllic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (August 30th).
The 11.79m high tide at 8.43pm was among the six highest tides
of 2011, sweeping beaches clean of litter and touching the foot
of the dunes at Berrow. More...
Mission visit beach
members of Burnham-On-Sea's Lighthouse Childrens Mission
have taken to the town's beach for two days of fun and games.
The event, sponsored by The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, was
held on the sand next to Burnham Pavilion over the past week.
called to walker
for a man spotted walking half a mile from the shore across mudflats
prompted a call-out for a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on
Tuesday evening (August 30th). Five Burnham Coastguards were called
to back up Weston Coastguards. More...
arrests at harvest home
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have arrested four people
after trouble flared up at the end of the East Brent Harvest Home
at the weekend. Officers were called to the village by on-site
security staff at 11pm on Friday amid reports of fighting and
countdown has begun to the sixth annual Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest,
which is being held this weekend (September 2nd-4th). Vibrant
young folk trio Uiscedwr will play at the FolkFest 2011 grand
opening concert at the Princess Theatre this Friday, kicking off
the big weekend. More...
plans for new hotel screening
A community group is being sought to decorate the new screening
that has been installed over the past week at the front of the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel. Following pressure from local residents
and councillors, hotel owner Derek Mead has introduced the wooden
hoarding to help tidy up the site. More...
'Bury power lines underground'
MP has this week called for a proposed 37-mile line of new power
lines to be buried underground instead of running across Somerset's
countryside. The National Grid wants to install the 152ft tall
pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. More...
fete raises £4,000
Special: A BRAVE fundraiser spent the
afternoon of Burnham hospital's annual fete sat in a padding pool
while passers-by poured baked beans over her! Rose Brooks from
Mencap, pictured, helped to raise hundreds of pounds for her charity
and Burnham Hopsital. More...
rescue three in trapped car
crews removed the roof of a car to rescue three people trapped
inside following an accident in East Brent earlier today (Monday,
August 29th). Emergency services were called to the A38 at 2.50am
after the car left the road, ending up in a roadside ditch. More...
photos: Mark Flower Show
MP was the special guest at the annual flower and vegetable show
in the village of Mark on Saturday (August 27th). Tessa Munt presented
the trophies, cups and certificates to the 19 winners of this
year's event, which was held in the village hall. More...
jailed over rape charges
A former East Huntspill man has been given a life jail term following
the rape and indecent assault of two young girls. Vaughn Glynn,
48, has been convicted of nine counts of rape, four charges of
sexual assault and two counts of making indecent images of children.
granny leads walk!
Special: A CHARITY walker dressed as the grandmother of popstars
Jedward was among the colourful participants taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Smile Walk on Sunday (August 28th)! A small crowd turned
out to watch the start of the fancy dress walk. More...
16, gets big local send-off
A teenage water skier from Burnham-On-Sea is jetting off to
Australia this week to compete in the World Water Skiing Championships
- and he was given a big send-off by friends and family on Saturday
(August 27th). Toby Duggun, 16, will be representing Great Britain
in Brisbane. More...
photos: Berrow church fete
crowds flocked to Berrow Church's annual summer fete on Saturday
(August 27th). Bright sunshine attracted large numbers of supporters
to the popular event at St Mary's Church, where a line-up of entertainment
was held alongside traditional stalls and games. More...
history records on show
historical birth, marriage and death records from the past century
are on display to the public at a village church near Burnham-On-Sea
this weekend. East Huntspill Church is holding an exhibition of
parish records, some of which date back to 1911, throughout this
jumper prompts concern
Coastguards were called to Bridgwater this evening (Saturday,
August 27th) to assist police with an incident in which a man
had jumped from a tall bridge into the River Parrett. A team of
four Coastguards was called to the roadway over the river in Western
Way at 6.10pm. More...
thunders through town
and Video: DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and
classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
on Saturday (August 27th) during a mass convoy for charity. Over
50 vehicles from the Blue Ridge Runners set off from the Oaktree
Arena along the A38 and then drove in procession to Burnham via
the A38 and Marine Drive. More...
Smile Walk today!
dressed fundraisers will pull on their walking boots when Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Smile Walk is held on Sunday (August 28th). The fancy dress
walk will start next to the town's jetty at 2pm and the walkers
will make their way along The Esplanade.
homes plan gets backing
PROPOSALS to build a new developent of nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea
have this week been given a thumbs-up by the Town Council. An
application for outline planning permission for nine dwellings
on land to the rear of 24 Golf Links Road was considered by members
of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee. More...
photos: East Brent Harvest Home
of people took part in traditional festivities at the annual East
Brent Harvest Home on Friday (August 26th). Over 400 people filled
the event's show tent to tuck into a hearty meal and enjoy a day
of entertainment, which included Burtle Brass Band, live music
acts and fairground rides. More...
car convoy heads to Burnham
100 classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will
thunder through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday lunchtime (August 27th)
in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will be setting
off from the Oaktree Arena at around 12.30pm. More...
appeal over racist abuse
Transport Police have today (Friday) appealed for the publics
help in identifying a man they would like to speak following an
incident on board a train in Highbridge. Officers have released
a CCTV image of a man they believe will be able to help the investigation.
West hits Brent Knoll!
to Brent Knoll will be able to get a taste of the Wild West this
Bank Holiday weekend while raising funds for a good cause. Sanders
Garden World will be hosting a Wild West Weekend from this Saturday
(August 27th) right through until Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
give library support
A NEW group of volunteers that has been
formed to help run Highbridge Library when the County Council
closes it down later this year met for the first time at a public
meeting on Thursday evening (August 25th). The group gathered
at the Town Council chambers. More...
warning after 4x4 rescue
FRESH warning has been issued to motorists driving on beaches
in the Burnham-On-Sea area after this stranded 4x4 had to be towed
to safety at Berrow on Thursday (August 25th). Beach wardens called
on the help of Burnham-based rescue charity BARB after a holidaymaker's
Land Rover became stranded. More...
on at The Ritz cinema?
film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing
at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews The Inbetweeners.
Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's
Ritz Cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
GCSE results celebrated
students at Highbridge's King Alfred School were celebrating on
Thursday morning (August 25th) after achieving a fantastic set
of results. 68% of students managed to achieve the headline figure
of 5 or more GCSE grades at C grade or above including English
and Maths. More...
rail show this weekend
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, run by Burnham and District Model
Railway Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday at King Alfred
hopes for local trio
THREE well known local residents in
Burnham-On-Sea have this week been officially nominated to become
Olympic Torch Bearers and carry the symbolic flame through the
area next year. The sucessful candidate will learn in December
if they have been chosen. More...
tax proposals attacked
gaming taxes could threaten the future of amusement arcades in
Burnham-On-Sea, according to the manager of the town's pier. Louise
Parkin, who runs Burnham's Pavilion, has warned that proposals
by the government to introduce new legislation and taxes. More...
could still win jet ski title
jet skier Nick Edrich narrowly missed out on winning the British
title this week when he competed in the penultimate round of action.
Riding his Hydrospace S4 at Grendon lakes in Northants, Nick could
have lifted the British title but will have to wait for another
City player in Burnham
Manchester City player Tommy Hutchison and Bristol City's Sam
Downes were the two special guests at a football school held in
Burnham-On-Sea this week. The two players coached a group of students
at an event organised by Burnham United. More...
3G coverage exposed
patchy nature of 3G mobile data coverage in the Burnham-On-Sea
area has been exposed this week by a major new BBC study. Despite
operator claims of high 3G coverage, there are still many so-called
'notspots' in the Burnham and Highbridge area, according to the
map, where no coverage is available. More...
nominated for Olympic roles
THREE well-known residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
been officially nominated to become Olympic Torch Bearers and
carry the symbolic flame through the area next year. Burnham's
90 year-old triathlon runner Arthur Gilbert, charity runner Jason
Vickers and Sara Cox-Conklin are among them. More...
lamb rescued from ditch
crews successfully rescued a stranded lamb trapped in a ditch
in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (August 23rd). Crews from Burnham
and Bridgwater were called to the Isleport Industrial Estate at
7.41pm after a farmer discovered the animal stuck in a rhyne.
union expands in town
NEW collection point for Bridgwater and District Credit Union
has been opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The new service in
Elizabeth Court in Mendip Way was opened on Monday morning (22nd
August). The union's aim is to provide a safe place to save and
provide loans. More...
uncover 45 car offences
HIGH-profile police operation in Brean targeting vehicle crime
uncovered more than 40 offences at the weekend. Dozens of vehicles
were checked during one of the village's busiest weeks of the
year. Three vehicles were either seized or banned from the road,
while other motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices.
searched in drug raids
searched two homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge when they
executed drugs warrants at the weekend. Properties in Burnham
High Street and Burnham Road, Highbridge were searched by officers
during their ongoing campaign to clampdown on drug dealing in
the two towns. More...
visits rescued kittens
11-year-old boy who rescued four kittens has this week been reunited
with the tiny creatures during a visit to a wildlife centre near
Burnham-On-Sea. Young Jamie crawled through a hedge to rescue
the kittens after finding them discarded, crying and hungry. More...
beach walkers sought
of The Alzheimer's Society will be pulling on their walking boots
to take part in the charity's annual Sponsored Memory Walk in
Brean on Sunday 18th September. This year's event is being sponsored
and promoted by Brean Leisure Park and will start at 2pm. More...
tips from top player
young Burnham Rugby Club players have been picking up tips and
advice for how to improve their game from former England World
Cup player Mark Regan. The youngsters took part in a three-day
rugby camp at Cheddar RFC when Mr Regan coached them
in various rugby skills. More...
Park needs your vote!
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Widlife Park is in the running
to win the title of 'the nations favourite park'. It is
one of 1,290 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The
Peoples Choice Awards, an annual online competition that
gives the public the vote for their favourite parks. More...
tackles dunes erosion
Exclusive: A NEW conservation project to
strengthen the sand dunes along Berrow beach and reduce the risk
of erosion is underway. Members of Berrow Conservation Group,
Sedgemoor District Councils conservation team and Bristol
University's Conservation Group have built a 40-metre line of
wooden fencing in the sand. More...
volunteers set to meet
A FIRST meeting of the volunteers who will be helping
to run Highbridge Library from later this autumn is to be held
on Thursday (August 25th). The open meeting to consider the way
forward for Highbridge Library will take place at 7.30pm in the
Town Council Chambers. More...
'shouts' for Coastguards
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to two incidents on Monday (August
22nd) where children had got into difficulty on Weston beach.
In the first incident, at 4.15pm, Coastguards were called to Uphill
amid concern for two children in difficulty on the beach.
costs in the spotlight
CASH-strapped Sedgemoor District Council wants Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge Town Council to take over the cost of running CCTV
cameras in the towns as part of a new round of cutbacks. Alison
Griffin, Sedgemoor's Corporate Director for Customers and Communities,
outlined the controversial plans to the Town Council this week.
show sees 650 entries
than 650 entries - ranging from flowers and vegetables to artwork
- went on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show on Saturday
(August 20th). John Inder won the trophy for the most points in
the horticultural classes and Sarah Puddy, pictured, won the flower
visits German twin town
Special: A GROUP of residents from Burnham-On-Sea's twinning
group have just returned from a visit to Burnham's German twinned
town. The delegation of 11 residents from Burnham and Highbridge
travelled to Fritzlar on an official visit, led by Chairman Chris
photos: BMX fundraiser
enthusiasts jumped onto their bikes to raise money for a charity
in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (August 19th). Burnham BMX
Club and Sue Ryder Care organised the 'BMX Ride for Ryder' at
the town's Apex Park BMX track, as pictured here.
lead cake-making project
of Highbridge Dreamscheme made dozens of cakes for elderly residents
in the town during their ongoing summer programme of community
work this week. The young people made over 50 cakes, scones and
pastries as part of an initiative to help the elderly.
holds summer kids club
FUN-packed holiday club for children aged 5-11 is being held at
a Burnham-On-Sea church this week. Burnham Baptist Church in College
Street is holding Mission Rescue, a spy-themed summer holiday
club from Monday August 22nd - Friday 26th each day from 10am.
boosts Folkfest funds
SPECIAL concert was held on Saturday night (August 20th) to raise
funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Folkfest. The award-winning Portishead
Band performed a line-up of well-known tunes in front of a packed
audience at the town's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre.
launch new phone line
in the Burnham-On-Sea area who wish to contact police regarding
non-urgent crime or anti-social behaviour will be able to do using
a new phone number from next month. On Monday September 19th,
police will be changing their non-emergency number.
delays as caravan flips over
was the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon
(Saturday, August 20th) after a serious crash led to a caravan
overturning onto the central reservation. Long queues of traffic
built up approaching the accident, which occurred on the southbound
£1.6m pool opened
UK's Minister for Tourism joined a Burnham-On-Sea
athlete in cutting a ribbon to officially open the latest section
of Brean Leisure Park's new £1.6m swimming complex on Friday
(August 19th). John Penrose MP and Romana Winstone, who recently
won five medals at the World Transplant Games in swimming, were
the special guests at the opening. More...
photos: Burnham RNIB fete
SUMMER fete held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (August 18th) raised
hundreds of pounds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
The fete, held at the RNIB's Kathleen Chambers House, was attended
by a good number of supporters including
the town's Mayor and Mayoress. More...
prompts CCTV appeal
in Highbridge have this week appealed for the public's help in
identifying thes two people captured on CCTV as part of an investigation
into a theft. Officers are keen to trace the two women who they
think may be able to help with their enquiries
into an alleged theft. More...
village shelter opened
NEW-look bus shelter in Berrow that puts Banksy to shame has been
formally opened this week - almost a year
after it was partly demolished in an accident. Berrow Parish Council
successfully submitted an insurance claim and then gave village
artist Malcolm Dormer the task of decorating it in an eye-catching
pilot hopes soar
A BURNHAM-On-Sea student's hopes of fulfilling her ambitions of
becoming an airline pilot soared on Thursday (August 18th) when
she received her A level results. Madison Brown, 18, from Lawrence
Close in Burnham, is a high flier in more ways than one after
doing well in her exams this week. More...
lights hopes boosted
Exclusive: HOPES of saving Burnham's annual Christmas lights
display from the axe were given a major boost last night (Thursday,
August 18th) when the town council pledged £3,500 to help
the display. Rhonda Mills, Chairman of Burnham Chamber of Trade,
told councillors at a meeting of the council's Policy and Finance
Committee that the display is in jeopardy. More...
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme enjoyed a ride on Weston's
big wheel on Thursday (August 18th) as a reward for their community
work. The youngsters have this week been handing out safety leaflets,
which they recently designed, to children on Burnham's seafront.
A-level students celebrate!
Special: PUPILS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are today
(Thursday) celebrating some of the best A-level results in the
40 students opened their envelopes this morning - and the vast
majority were delighted at how they'd done. More...
Garage flats rejected
COUNCIL planners have this week rejected
plans for a block of 27 new elderly people's flats at Burnham-On-Sea's
former Tucker's Garage site. At a meeting on Tuesday (August 16th),
Sedgemoor District Council threw out the application
due to concerns about funding. More...
finds transplant donor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cancer sufferer's search for a
bone marrow donor appears to have been successful after a German
man was identified as a 'perfect match'. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
last month that Jo Burridge-Clayton had been diagnosed with chronic
ORGANISERS of the annual Highbridge and Burnham
Carnival are holding a free skittles evening this Friday (August
19th) aimed at thanking its supporters and encouraging new helpers
to come forward. The event will be at The Ritz Social Club from
7.30pm and is open to all. More...
mast gets go-ahead
PLANS for a temporary mast to collect wind data
at the proposed Pilrow wind farm site at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea,
have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The meteorological
mast, which is a steel tubular pole measuring between 70m tall,
will be built shortly. More...
drama on town seafront
Exclusive: AN ARMY bomb disposal team was called to Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday evening (August 17th) after this World War 1 device
was brought to the town's Coastguard Station. A team from the
Royal Logistics Corps was called to The South Esplanade when a
member of the public handed in the device that he had uncovered
in his garden. More...
new jobs at M5 services?
Exclusive: Up to 40 new jobs could be created at Sedgemoor
Services on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea if proposals for
a major new expansion get the go-ahead from council planners.
Roadchef, the owner of the site on the M5 southbound at Brent
Knoll, has this week submitted the expansion plans to Sedgemoor
District Council. More...
swimmer strikes gold
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer who received a kidney transplant from
her husband less than two years ago is celebrating success after
winning a haul of medals at the World Transplant Games. Crohn's
Disease sufferer Romana Winstone used to swim when she was a young
wins for tennis academy
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy have
enjoyed more great results this month. In recent days, its players
have taken part in the Clevedon Tennis Tournament where the standard
is always very high in the younger age groups. More...
backs betting shops bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing
to a new parliamentary bill to control the amount of betting shops
on high streets. The current law means that no planning application
is needed if a bookie wants to open at a site previously owned
by a bank or estate agent. More...
beach van rescued
A council cleaning vehicle had to be rescued on
Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (Tuesday) after getting stranded
in soft sand and mud. One of Sedgemoor District Councils
Clean Surroundings vans became trapped at 2.30pm when its wheels
got stuck during a beach clean-up. More...
robbed of cash
Detectives are appealing for information after
a teenager was robbed of cash during an incident in Burnham-On-Sea
at the weekend. The 18-year-old man was in Steart Drive on his
way home from a night out during the early hours of Sunday morning
(August 14th). More...
racing fun in Brean tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will hold one of its summer
pig racing nights this evening (Tuesday, August 16th). Crowds
of onlookers are expected to flock to the family event, which
will get underway at 7pm. In addition to pig races there will
also be donkey racing and a tote. More...
Court enjoys fete fun
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for charity when
a Burnham-On-Sea housing association held its annual summer fete
on Saturday (August 13th). A steady flow of visitors attended
the Treasure Court fete in Berrow Road, where stalls and entertainment
were laid on. More...
on your bike for charity!
FUNDRAISERS are being encouraged to get on their
bikes for charity at an event in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (August
19th). Burnham BMX Club and Sue Ryder Care have organised the
'BMX Ride for Ryder', which takes place from 6-9pm at Apex Park's
BMX cycling track. More...
calling fight stepped up
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge have
this week welcomed the launch of a new scheme to combat cold callers
in the town. The introduction of the new 'no cold calling zone'
is part of a bid to tackle the often-unwelcome practice of doorstep
selling on the Morland and Poplar estates. More...
paid to Teresa, 42
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Highbridge
school pupil who has died this week after a long battle with drink-related
problems. Teresa Hurley, a former student at King Alfred School,
died on Sunday at the age of 42. A number of tributes have been
in court after car attacks
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been arrested and is due
to appear in court later this month following two car break-ins
in the town. The 27 year-old has been charged with two offences
of theft from motor vehicles in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow and
the theft of a pedal cycle. More...
POLICE have launched a clampdown against
inconsiderate parkers along a busy route through Highbridge. Following
residents' concerns about parking along Church Street, officers
have stepped up their patrols and been making bookings in recent
of Highbridge Dreamscheme are having a busy summer holiday - with
a charity car wash being the latest in a series of community activities
to be held in recent days. The group, pictured, washed dozens
of cars outside Burnham Fire Station on
photos: Horticultural Show
350 gardening and craft entries went on display at Burnham-On-Sea
and District Horticultural Societys 44th annual show over
the weekend. While the number of entries was down on previous
years, organisers said that the judges were impressed
with the quality. More...
attend town's Civic Service
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with
awards to recognise their work for the community during the town's
annual Civic Service on Sunday (August 14th). Graham Cook, Frankie
Gratton, Mike Ross, Rosemarie Parsons and three members of the
Pusil family received awards. More...
'rescued' by lifeboat crew
MP experienced at first hand how lifeboat crews rescue people
on Sunday (August 14th). Tessa Munt was herself retrieved by the
town's lifeboat crews when she plunged from a yacht into the chilly
waters of Bridgwater Bay, as pictured here.
charity trek completed
members of Burnham Sailing Club pulled on their walking boots
to take part in a 45-mile fundraising trek from Dunkery Beacon,
the highest point in Somerset, back to the town this week. Sue
Mount, Chrissie OBrien, Trish Windle and Dave Fisher did
the walk. More...
cream tea raises £750
OVER £750 was raised for the Highbridge Festival of the
Arts during a fundraising cream tea in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
afternoon (August 13th). Burnham and Highbridge Mayor and Mayoress,
Michael and Maria Clarke, were among the guests at the special
event in Rectory Road. More...
accident causes delays
were delayed on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (August
12th) after a trailer toppled over, blocking a lane. The trailer
fell onto its side on the southbound carriageway just a few hundred
metres from Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22.
actor shows off tennis skills
actor who is well known for his appearances on television showed
off his tennis skills during a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week.
Tristan Gemmill, who has appeared in several TV series on BBC
and ITV, including Eastenders and The Bill, competed
in Burnham. More...
owners head to car show
owners from across the South West will be displaying their vehicles
at a charity event in Brent Knoll next month. The Mini Show will
take place at Sanders Garden World on Sunday September 25th in
aid of Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.
of gardening and craft entries are on show at Burnham-On-Sea and
District Horticultural Societys 44th annual show this weekend
(August 13th and 14th). Sanders Garden World is the venue for
the popular annual show which boasts over
350 entries. More...
and buckets are ready!
FUNDRAISING car wash is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea throughout
Saturday (August 13th) led by young members of Highbridge's Dreamscheme.
The group's event will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station
in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm
in aid of the group. More...
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned
residents to be extra vigilant following several break-ins. In
the latest incident on Thursday evening (August 11th), police
were called to Golf Links Road, as pictured, after a house had
been burgled. Police have asked residents to report suspicious
steps in to save loos
A PUBLIC toilet block in Brean which
was closed by Sedgemoor District Council earlier this year to
save money has been re-opened by the parish council after it took
over the ownership. Holidaymakers had complained about the closure
and reduced facilities. More...
airlifted after accident
THESE were the scenes in East Huntspill this afternoon (Thursday,
August 11th) when a man was airlifted to hospital following a
serious accident. Burnham ambulance and fire crews rushed to The
Causeway in East Huntspill at 2.46pm after a man trapped his right
foot on the metal prongs of a drag fork. More...
joins Commons riots debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt joined a debate in the House of Commons
today (Thursday, August 11th) regarding this week's riots. Tessa,
pictured, said the media has a responsibility to report any criminality
they witness to the police and asked whether footage has been
passed on. More...
'committed' to expansion
that Tesco has axed the multi-million pound expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea
store - and thereby pulled the plug on providing £300,000
of community funding to the town appear to have been quashed this
week. The supermarket giant says it is 'still committed' to the
expansion of its store. More...
tackle caravan blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a caravan blaze
on Wednesday afternoon (August 10th). Crews were called out at
2.09pm to reports of a caravan in flames on the A38 at Pawlett.
Fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea
Orville to visit Burnham
entertainer Keith Harris is set to bring his famous puppet Orville
to Burnham-On-Sea for a night of adult comedy next week. Tickets
have just gone on sale for the special event, to be held at Home
Farm Holiday Park on the evening of Wednesday August 17th.
wash fundraiser success
40 members of Burnham Dreamscheme spent the morning on Wednesday
(August 10th) washing cars for charity. Despite a last-minute
change of venue, dozens of cars queued up to be cleaned outside
the town's fire station, raising money for
two causes. More...
Twist gets a new twist!
GROUP of 28 children aged 4-11 have performed a show called 'Olivia',
a female version of Oliver Twist, in the town. The show was rehearsed
during a summer school held at Burnham-based dance and fitness
centre, DanceFit in Lane and then performed
at The Princess. More...
centre's charity boost
at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World have helped raise more than
£1,830 for charity by selling tickets to a 'Get Gardening
Raffle'. The centre in Brent Knoll sold the tickets throughout
May, June and July in aid of Greenfingers, which creates gardens
at childrens hospices. More...
shuts Burnham road
person was taken to hospital with neck injuries following an accident
in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Wednesday, August 10th). Police
and ambulance crews were called to the junction of Queen's Drive
and Stoddens Lane at 10.25am after a three vehicle collision.
Community Partnership is to launch a new public internet facility
at the Community Café in Highbhridge's Morland Hall this
autumn and to mark this is holding a series of free workshops
from September. The first of the courses, called 'Get Online -
Surfing the Internet', will be held on Wednesday 7th September
from 9.30am 12.30pm. More...
after indecent exposure
in Highbridge are appealing to the public for information following
an incident in which a man indecently exposed himself in Bank
Street. The incident occurred at around 9.15pm on Friday August
5th near to the recycling bins in the car park when the man exposed
himself to a small group of people. More...
animals impress judges!
characters created from fruit were among the humorous entries
on display at East Huntspill's Flower Show at the weekend. This
creature - made from kiwi, grapes, blueberries and apricots -
won the category for an animal made from fruit at Saturday's annual
safety changes urged
URGENT safety improvements are needed
to a busy road in Highbridge before a serious accident happens,
a town councillor has warned this week. Cllr Helen Groves has
called on Somerset County Council to make a number of changes
to Pepperall Road. More...
learners raise funds
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea adults with learning difficulties has
been raising funds for East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife
Rescue. The group has recently completed an NOCN Employability
Award at Somerset Skills & Learning in Princess Street and
held a fundraising coffee morning. More...
surfer in difficulty
requested the launch of a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat on Monday afternoon
(August 8th) after the town's jetty attendant spotted a fallen
surfer in difficulty in the sea. The attendant recognised the
danger the surfer was in, with an outgoing tide. More...
target Marine Cove
WORK to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is
still 'on track' despite an attack by vandals earlier this week,
claim project bosses. Two people gained entry to the gardens early
on Sunday morning, pushing over metal fences protecting the site,
before dumping a concrete ball into the refurbished pond along
with a metal scaffold. More...
drove wrong way on M5
DRUNKEN motorist is facing jail after she this week admitted speeding
down the M5 motorway past Burnham-On-Sea in the wrong direction
while twice the drink-drive limit. Deborah Hunt, 43, almost collided
with a police car with its blue lights flashing and other vehicles.
car wash tomorrow
of Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme will be holding a charity car
wash in the town tomorrow (Wednesday, August 10th). The youngsters
will be washing cars outside the fire station in Burnham's Marine
Drive between 10am and 1pm in aid of BARB and the Dreamscheme.
TV stars Ben and Holly will be visiting Berrow's Animal Farm Adventure
Park this Wednesday (August 10th) during the attraction's ongoing
summer entertainment programme. The Nickelodeon TV duo will be
at the park from 9am-6.30pm. Peppa Pig will also visit the park
later this month. More...
show boosts church funds
of classic cars from across the region trundled into West Huntspill
on Saturday (August 6th) for the village's fifth annual classic
car show. The Balliol Hall field next to the church hall was filled
with motors of all models at the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show,
which also helped to raise £2,000 for the church. More...
washed up on beach
Coastguards and lifeboats were called out this morning (Monday,
August 8th) to investigate an upturned dinghy found drifting in
the sea off Brean beach. The boat, pictured here, was spotted
by a beach walker 50 metres from the shore and was soon washed
up on the beach. More...
Wheel's autistic help
of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel have helped raise funds for autistic
children during a fundraising event near Winscombe. President
Sandra Moon and seven other members of the Inner Wheel Club manned
a lucky dip stand during a fete at Barton Camp, as pictured. More...
boost for soldiers charity
Pier Tavern has raised hundreds of pounds by holding a series
of pub quizzes in aid of Help the Heroes. Charity fundraiser John
Shaw joined forces with landlord Martin Taylor and quiz masters
James Crenol and Becky Crump to raise a total of £309. More...
walker in beach scare
WALKER who was spotted by a beach warden struggling in mud a mile
and a half from the shore at Berrow sparked a call-out for two
rescue hovercrafts and a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea
this evening (Monday, August 8th). Both BARB's rescue hovercrafts
were called to the scene. More...
keeps singing in rain!
weather failed to dampen spirits at Berrow's Gig On The Green
on Sunday (August 7th). The event on Berrow Green was hailed a
success by organisers following a day of top-class live music,
which was enjoyed by a good number of spectators from across the
Day enjoyed in Burnham
Lions Club held a Family Fun Day in the town's Manor Gardens on
Sunday (August 7th). While the event was affected by the poor
weather, many of the planned attractions, competitions, trade
stands and displays still went ahead and were popular. More...
aid skills for youngsters
of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme have been brushing up their first
aid skills during a special session. More than 40 youngsters from
the group received first aid tips and advice from a Highbridge
and Burnham St John ambulance volunteer, as pictured in our story.
hits Highbridge event
weather hit the attendance of an outdoor concert held in Highbridge
on Sunday (August 7th). But the 150 people who braved the rain
were treated to some great music during 'Music On The Green'.
The event was headlined by Adam and Alex Lipinski. More...
services day in photos
big crowd lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 7th)
for the town's annual rescue services day. Dozens of emergency
services from across the West Country held displays and demonstrations
in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 people on the South Esplanade.
hurt in three-car accident
was the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon
(Sunday, August 7th) after a serious accident closed two lanes
of the northbound carriageway. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston cut the roof from a car to access a person inside shortly
after 3pm. More...
golfers head to Burnham
STRONG international field of golfers is set to contest the UK's
national Boys Amateur Championships in Burnham-On-Sea in the coming
days. Burnham-On-Sea golf player Jamie Clare (pictured) will be
hoping that local knowledge counts when he takes part in the tournament,
starting on Tuesday. More...
day of events in Burnham
and visitors to Burnham-On-Sea will be spoilt for choice for free
entertainment today (Sunday, August 7th) on one of the busiest
days of the year for the town. Dozens of emergency services from
across the West Country will be gathering on the South Esplanade
from 10am. More...
award for garden centre
Knoll's Sanders Garden World was celebrating this week after winning
a top prize for its show garden at Taunton Flower Show. The garden
centre won a gold award for its display - named 'A Lost Piece
of the Mediterranean' - on Friday afternoon (August 5th).
after cars damaged
POLICE in Highbridge have issued an appeal for
information after two cars were damaged in the town last weekend.
Officers were called to a party in Caxton Road during the early
hours of last Saturday morning (July 30th) following complaints
from residents. More...
raises £1,000 for charity
SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week handed over more
than £1,000 to charity, having completed two fundraising
triathlons. 90 year-old Arthur Gilbert presented £1,085
to The Musgrove Leukaemia Group - after collecting the money from
photos: Art Club show opens
WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea
artists is underway in the town this week. Dozens of paintings
by Burnham Art Club are on display at Burnham Community Centre.
The event was opened on Friday evening by the Mayor.
airlifted to hospital
MOTORCYCLIST was air-lifted to hospital following a serious accident
on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday, August
5th). The man was flown by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital
in Bristol following the incident shortly after 10.30am.
for missing person
HUGE search operation was launched along Burnham's coastline this
afternoon (Friday, August 5th) after a 44-year-old man went missing.
Stephen Ball - who police believe is in a depressed state - went
missing at about 1pm after leaving his girlfriends house
in Westonzoyland. More...
car show tomorrow
Huntspill will hold its fifth annual classic car show on Saturday
(August 6th) when dozens of vehicles will be on show to the public.
The Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show will be held from 11am-4pm
on West Huntspill's Balliol Hall field adjacent to the church
star returns to Berrow
TV star Paul Merton will be returning
to Berrow beach on Monday (August 8th) to complete his filming
of a new TV show. As we reported last month, the star of BBC1's
Have I Got News For You visited the beach near Burnham
to film a Channel 5 TV series. More...
is voted top concern
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have picked speeding and anti-social
behaviour as the top two priorities for police in the town over
the next three months. Almost 30 residents attended a community
police meeting this evening (Thursday, August 4th) in Burnham
Community Centre. More...
Chairman steps down
in Bloom's Chairman and Treasurer has announced this week he is
to give up his high-profile roles this autumn following three
decades in the job. Dave Perrett, 65, said he is stepping down
to give "the younger generation a chance to get more involved."
CELEBRATIONS were held at Highbridge's Apex Leisure
and Wildlife Park this week when it was formally given its Green
Flag Award for a fifth year. A short flag-raising ceremony was
held at the park on Wednesday, where this year's Green Flag was
formally unveiled. More...
craft fair this weekend
Garden World in Brent Knoll will be holding a fundraising craft
fair over three days of this weekend. The event - being held from
Friday (August 5th) to Sunday (August 7th) - will be open each
day from 10am until 5pm and will be raising money for Freewheelers.
bids for longer opening
THE owner of a soon-to-open gambling arcade in Highbridge
town centre has launched a formal appeal against a council ruling
that restricts his opening hours. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
in June, businessman Mike Childs won approval to convert Highbridge
Ink into a gaming arcade.
line-up at Berrow gig
annual Gig on The Green is due to be held this Sunday (August
7th) with a great line-up of live music acts. Opening the show
will be 'The 335' from London, followed by well-known local band
'The Trisexual Winkers' and Two Choices from Brighton. More...
help stranded yacht
TWO Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were launched on Wednesday
evening (August 3rd) to help a yacht that had run aground on the
banks of the River Brue. The yacht, called Kate, initially got
into difficulty on Wednesday morning when its owner misjudged
the incoming tide and ended up stranded on the banks near the
entrance to the river. More...
photos: Apex Fun Day
AN estimated turnout of 7,000 people descended
on Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (August 3rd) for a day
of fun-filled activities on National Play Day. The free event
included more than 35 workshops and activities including dragon
boats, climbing, circus skills, rope building, art activities,
bouncy castles, craft making, adventure sports and dancing.
World appeals for help
EAST Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre
has this week issued an appeal for more animal lovers to become
volunteer animal carers at weekends. The charity says it needs
many more willing hands to help look after dozens of injured or
orphaned animals. More...
season for anglers
SEA anglers in Burnham-On-Sea are enjoying a bumper season of
catches following several lean years. Dave Harding reeled in this
9lb 12oz bass from his boat near Burnham on Sunday afternoon (July
31st), which is one of several big catches during recent weeks.
safety talks to be held
SOMERSET County Council and Network Rail are to meet to discuss
the safety of a train crossing on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
following the death of a Burnham man last month. Martin Robert
Handel, aged 47, from Burnham High Street, was killed.
heritage project launched
TWO Burnham-On-Sea history enthusiasts have this week launched
a project to return a piece of the town's railway heritage to
the seafront. John Strickland and Terry Temlett are planning to
restore an old railway buffer stop - identical to one that used
to be located in Pier Street - and get it located outside the
Reed's Arms. More...
Fun Day this weekend
Lions Club will be holding a Fun Day in the town's Manor Gardens
this Sunday (August 7th) between 11am and 4.30pm. The event will
include a number of attractions, including a bouncy castle, a
terror slide and a barbecue plus lots more for all ages. More...
Apex Park Fun Day
THOUSANDS of children and their families are set to descend on
Highbridge's Apex Park this Wednesday (August 3rd) for a day of
fun-filled activities on National Play Day. The free event runs
from 10am-3pm and will include over 35 workshops and activities
for children of all ages. More...
raises £800 for church
OVER £800 was raised for a Burnham-On-Sea church when it
held its annual summer fair at the weekend. Dozens of supporters
- including the town's Mayor and Mayoress - attended the event
at Burnham Methodist Church in College Street on Saturday (July
over closing date
COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this
week expressed concern about the mixed messages from the NHS regarding
the closing date of a mental health care centre in the town. Belmont
House in Technical Street is set to close this summer. More...
Exclusive: PLANS to pedestrianise part of Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street have been dramatically thrown out by town councillors
this evening (Monday, August 1st). The plans would have seen traffic
banned from the Town Centre during the daytime between Cross Street
and Adam Street. More...
solar power plans approved
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will soon
be partially powered by solar energy as part of a £30,000
project to reduce the building's electricity costs. The Princess
Theatre and Arts Centre has put forward proposals to the Town
Council for a number of solar panels to be installed.
arts shop opens today
A NEW art and crafts shop is set to open in Highbridge
today (Monday, August 1st). Labelled With Love Crafty Locals Shop
will open its doors to customers for the first time at 16 Church
Street. Manager Nic Noad is offering a wide range of handmade
arts, crafts and gifts. More...
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