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damage sailing pontoons
repairs have had to be carried out to Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's
pontoons after strong weekend storms caused damage. Heavy
seas and gusty winds caused damage to the walkways during the
early hours of Saturday morning (December 29th).
find lost cyclist
cyclist who got lost in heavy winds and rain at Brean Down was
taken to hospital on Saturday (December 29th) after being found
by Coastguards. The
23-year-old had lost her way in "atrocious" weather
at the eastern end of the Down.
awarded MBE by Queen
pensioner Arthur Gilbert has been awarded an MBE for charitable
services in the Queen's New Year Honours, announced on Saturday
(December 29th). Arthur, 86, is well-known for taking part in
Burnham's annual Triathlon (pictured below), which he has run
help abuse victims
Rotary Club has helped bring a little Christmas cheer to victims
of domestic abuse in the Sedgemoor area. Bridgwater's Daffodil
Club supports women and children across the district who are in
difficult domestic situations and has been given gifts by Burnham
New Year in town
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2008
in style with a line-up of live music across the town on New Year's
Eve. Popular local group The Ginger Hitlas (pictured) will be
playing at Burnham's Ritz Club in Victoria Street from 9pm.
raiders attack Highbridge store
Somerfield supermarket was closed to customers on Friday morning
(December 28th) after ram raiders attacked the store overnight.
were the scenes at the supermarket - as police and staff inspected
the damage to shutters at the front of the store.
your Christmas cards
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being urged to recycle their
Christmas cards and help the environment throughout January. Sanders
Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, will be recycling cards throughout
the month as part of an ongoing recycling initiative.
visits Burnham care home
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has paid a seasonal visit to Frith
House Residential Care Home in the town. David Heathcoat-Amory,
who is no stranger to Frith House, was welcomed by Manager Paul
Cullis before he met some of the 85 residents of the home for
the elderly. More...
outage cuts O2 signals
of O2 mobile phone users across Burnham were unable to make calls
due to a technical fault on Boxing Day evening (December 26th).
was blacked out throughout the Burnham-On-Sea area for more than
four hours due to a power outage. More...
to hit High Street
PART of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street will be closed to
all traffic for six days during January. Roadworks
will mean the northern end of the town's main shopping street,
from the junction with Regent Street to College Street, will be
from January 14th to January 20th. More...
crews called to town blaze
crews rushed to a property in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning
(December 27th) after fears that a kitchen was on fire. One
fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea and another from Bridgwater were
sent to Brunels Way after a fire within a microwave oven. More...
plans 39 new homes
Bloor has this week submitted proposals to build 39 new homes
in Burnham-On-Sea. The
Swindon-based company is applying for full planning permission
for 39 dwellings and garages on land at Rosewood Farm off Ben
Planners will review the scheme in early 2008. More...
for Burnham yacht crew
yachtsman Mark Preedy is spending the Christmas holiday on dry
land in Australia after a medical drama during the latest leg
ten-month Round The World Yacht Race. A crew member onboard one
of the other yachts was taken ill. More...
Play local jigsaws online
a few minutes to spare? Why not have a go at Burnham-On-Sea.com's
new online jigsaws featuring scenes from the Burnham area. See
how quickly you can piece together the jigsaws, featuring the
town's lighthouse, pier, hovercraft and St Andrew's Church. More...
error shocks town couple
lorry driver Colin Cawley had a shock when he opened up his post
this week to find an unexpected bill from the bank for £59million!
letter threatened Mr Cawley with court action if he did not pay
£59,033,166.76 which he allegedly owed to HFC Bank. More...
called to moo-ve cow
police were given the run-around by a cow which caused traffic
hold-ups in West Huntspill on Monday morning (December 24th).
Officers were called to the A38 near the White Cottage pub at
7.40am when several motorists reported seeing a cow on the road.
hits back on cash cuts
of Sedgemoor District Council has written a sternly-worded letter
to Local Government Minister John Healey complaining that services
such as Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Pool are being placed under threat
by cuts in central government funding.
group targets local land
CONTROVERSIAL campaign group Fathers 4 Justice has carried
out two 'graffiti attacks' on land besides the M5 motorway in
Burnham-On-Sea this week. The high-profile group is renowned for
its publicity-seeking tactics and has
spray-painted its name over two sets of farmyard silage bags.
praises town's mail staff
Heathcoat-Amory and district councillor Arthur Thorogood praised
busy postal workers in Burnham this week when they visited the
town's Postal Sorting Office. Mr Heathcoat-Amory met managers
and staff during the special visit.
dig deep for fire fund
tins were rattling along Burnham High Street on Saturday (December
22nd) as firefighters in the town raised funds for needy colleagues.
Festive shoppers dug deep into the pockets and purses to donate
money towards the Fire Services Benevolent Fund.
crews tackle house blaze
FIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset were called to
tackle a major house blaze in Blackford, near Wedmore, on Friday
evening (December 21st). Two fire engines from Cheddar and Burnham-On-Sea
were called to the scene at 6.40pm. More...
light winners announced
colourfully decorated house has been named the winner of Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Christmas lights competition. A group of judges from Burnham
and Highbridge town council have been touring both towns in recent
days to find the best illuminated houses and shops. More...
lotto windfall for Apex
Apex Wildife Park has been handed a huge Christmas windfall from
the National Lottery this week. The
Big Lottery Fund announced on Friday (December 21st) that children
in the district are set to benefit from a £230,000 lottery
windfall over three years. More...
review for graveyards
safety of memorial stones and graves in churchyards across Burnham-On-Sea
is to be tested as part of a major safety scheme next year. Sedgemoor
District Council is to undertake the programme of memorial testing
in closed churchyards and cemeteries in 2008. More...
push to finish Parkway
long-running saga over completion of Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley
Parkway must not be allowed to run on for another 12 months without
resolution, the town's MP has said this week. He
released a statement on the matter on Friday morning (December
turnout at pool meeting
than 200 Burnham-On-Sea
residents packed into a public meeting on Thursday night (December
20th) to have their say on controversial plans to close the town's
swimming pool. A
petition signed by 725 students at Highbridge's King Alfred School
was unveiled and Conservative councillor Cllr Peter Clayton said
he would quit his local party if the closure goes ahead. More...
grant boost delights club
with young people in Highbridge have received an early Christmas
present thanks to a £14,000 funding boost. The
Highbridge Community Youth Club (HCYC) is looking forward to the
future thanks to the grant from the Sedgemoor Area working Panel.
Nathan's memory lives on
NEW tennis academy has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week
in memory of teenage tennis ace Nathan Edwards, who died in a
tragic road accident last month. Nathan's
parents, Sally Edwards and Joe Montgomery, were at the unveiling
of The Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy at Burnham's Avenue Tennis
rewards loyal film fan
lover has this week been handed a special loyalty certificate
by cinema bosses in Burnham-On-Sea after being named the Ritz's
best-ever customer. Gaye
Holman was handed the award and a bottle of bubbly by cinema owners
Pat and Beryl Scott (pictured). More...
£1.8m health club for town
EXCITING plans for a new £1.8million health club and
swimming pool on the outskirts of Burnham are unveiled today for
the first time. Home Farm Holiday Park hopes to construct the
new complex on land at its current site off Stoddens Lane and
open it in early 2009. More...
Lib Dems welcome new leader
Democrats in Burnham and Highbridge have welcomed the appointment
of Nick Clegg as their newly apppointed party leader. Mr Clegg,
who visited Highbridge's King Alfred School in March when he met
students and local politicians, beat Chris Huhne. More...
Burnham-On-Sea have launched a bid to stamp out Christmas burglaries
by issuing a timely warning about how to safely dispose of gift
wrappings and rubbish. Acting
Police Sergeant Mike Whatley and PCSO Gill Udal are working to
cut post-Christmas crime. More...
gig for Highbridge hall
Taunton rock band Evolution will be performing a night of rock
music at Morland Community Hall, Highbridge in January. Aimed
at locak youngsters aged under 17, the event is being organised
to highlight just some of the possible uses of the closure-threatened
pushes Minehead barrage
MP David Heathcoat-Amory has this week asked the govermment to
consider building the Severn Barrage from Minehead instead of
Brean Down. He
has wrtitten to the Secretary of State for Business Enterprise
and Regulatory Reform, John Hutton. More...
confirmed at hospital
bosses confirmed on Monday afternoon (December 17th) that the
Norovirus bug is to blame for an outbreak of sickness which has
shut a ward at Burnham-On-Sea
War Memorial Hospital. We reported last
Friday how the main ward had been closed after five patients
showed symptoms of the Norovirus bug.
crash partially shuts road
in Huntspill was partially closed on Tuesday morning (December
18th) after a lorry crashed into a telegraph pole. Burnham-On-Sea
police were called to the junction of Withy Road and the A38 Main
Road at 6.38am after the lorry collided with the pole. More...
and Highbridge's Mayor, Pauline Pollard, has this week issued
her annual Christmas message in which she praises the 'unsung
heroes' in the community and wishes local residents season's greetings.
full text of her message is published here on Burnham-On-Sea.com.
public meeting announced
residents will be able to have their say on controversial plans
to close Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool at a special open meeting
this Thursday (December 20th). The
event will be held at 6.30pm in Lakeside Holiday Park and will
be open to all. More...
advice day for Burnham
District Council is to hold an open day in Burnham-On-Sea next
month to let residents hear more about how the council can help
with paying rent and council tax. Staff
from the council's benefits, homeless and housing advice sections
will be on hand. More...
shivers in icy chill!
the scenes at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park on Monday morning
(December 17th) as sub-zero temperatures left the Burnham-On-Sea
area shivering with its first proper taste of winter. Overnight,
temperatures in the town sank to a low of -4°c. More...
plea to Berrow motorists
fear lives could be put at risk if motorists continue to block
access onto a beach near Burnham-On-Sea. Coastguard
and rescue hovercraft crews are worried that access onto Berrow
beach has been blocked several times during recent weeks by motorists
parking vehicles in front of the gates.
pool campaigners meet MP
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, held talks with campaigners battling
to save the town's swimming pool from closure on Friday evening
(December 14th). The meeting came after Sedgemoor District Council
recently said the pool would close in April 2008. More...
arrests after Burnham crash
people have been arrested by police after a car demolished a wall
and ploughed into a garden at high speed in Burnham-On-Sea during
the early hours of Saturday morning (December 15th). Police were
called to the accident on the corner of Gore Road at 1.45am. More...
reel in funds for BARB
anglers in Clevedon have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity
that runs Burnham-On-Sea's two life-saving hovercrafts. A fundraising
raffle at Oliver's Angling shop raised a total of £457 for
BARB and grateful crewmembers were handed a cheque by Maria Hobden
on Sunday (December 16th). More...
starts at kids centre
has begun this week on a new Childrens
Centre in Burnham-On-Sea, which will provide local support and
advice for parents and carers of children under five. The centre,
due to open in Spring 2008, will create a single point of access
to services for families.
student wins logo contest
from King Alfred School in Highbridge has won a county-wide competition
that tested young peoples talent for design. The
County Council invited schools across the county to enter the
competition to design a logo for its Transforming School Food
scare shuts hospital ward
ward at Burnham-on-Sea's
War Memorial Hospital was closed on Thursday (December 13th) amid
a virus scare. Five patients at the hospital in Love Lane showed
symptoms of the Norovirus, which causes sicknesss and diarrhoea,
and as a precaution they were not allowed to leave. More...
meeting to be held on pool
is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea next week where residents
and users of the town's swimming pool will be able to air their
views about the controversial plans to shut the facility. The
event is being organised by Burnham campaign group SOS - Save
Our Swimming pool.
future of monthly farmers markets
could be in jeopardy because of the proposed loss of Burnham's
Town Centre Manager. We reported last week how cost-cutting plans
by Sedgemoor District Council have put a question mark over the
future of the Town Centre Manager.
safety in the spotlight
Railway Station commuters have this week called for urgent safety
work to improve 'dangerous lighting' at the station. Burnham-On-Sea
commuter Keith Gough says defective lighting over the footbridge
(pictured) is raising safety concerns for passengers. More...
attraction to expand
tourist attraction at the foot of Brean Down has this week unveiled
proposals to expand its facilities. Brean Down Bird Garden, which
is based at Brean Cove (pictured), has submitted a planning application
to extend its property with new buildings and extra space for
for improved bus services
Highbridge town council has met with county transport bosses in
an attempt to improve public transport services in the area. Cllr
Chris Williams and Town Clerk Eileen Shaw met First Bus and the
County Council after a recent poor transport survey. More...
plans debated in Lords
pound plans to build a Severn Barrage from Brean Down, near Burnham,
to Wales are being debated in the House of Lords on Thursday (December
13th). The environmental impact of the proposals to construct
a barrage from the Down to Lavernock Point. More...
shop brings Xmas cheer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shoe shop has donated more than
2,000 shoe boxes to organisations that are helping to bring Christmas
cheer to needy children in Eastern Europe. Shickle
Shoes manager Geoff Shickle explained how the boxes will be used
by various groups and organisations. More...
choral concert in church
from St Andrew's Junior School will join Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Choral Society members in performing at the group's annual Christmas
concert next week. A wide range of festive tunes will be peformed
in St Andrew's Church on December 20th. More...
cut after crash drama
were the dramatic scenes on the outskirts of Highbridge on Tuesday
afternoon (December 11th) after a road accident brought down power
lines and left a vehicle on its roof. Several
properties in the Walrow Road area were without power following
the lunchtime accident in which a Ford Mondeo ploughed into an
electricity pole at the side of the road.
more years for Hinkley
Energy announced on Tuesday (December 11th) that it has extended
the lifetime of its Hinkley Point B nuclear power station, near
Burnham, by five years. The company said the controversial power
plant will continue operating until at least 2016. More...
sign petition to save pool
people have already signed a petition calling for Burnham-On-Sea's
swimming pool to be saved from closure. The signatures have been
collected in the first three days of the campaign to save the
Berrow Road facility from cost-cutting plans by Sedgemoor District
influx for centre
World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Burnham-On-Sea, is preparing
itself for an influx of hedgehogs who are too small to hibernate.
The rescue centre is already accommodating over 60 hedgehogs,
including thge one pictured above, and more are expected. More...
night for town fire crew
fire crews had a busy night on Sunday (December 9th) when they
responded to two incidents. The crews were called to New Road
in East Huntspill at around 5pm after a fire broke out in a chimney
and were later called to a rubbish fire in Highbridge. More...
thieves strike again
thieves have stolen a charity collection box from a bakery shop
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week. The box, which was
used to collect funds for BARB, was taken from The Crusty Cob
bakery shop in the High Street, pictured here, last Friday afternoon.
leave minor damage
winds caused more damage and disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea
area over the weekend. The Met Office had warned that gusts of
up to 80mph could hit the area on Saturday and Sunday, but the
worst of the weather was confined to Devon and Cornwall. More...
offer Christmas Cinders!
rehearsals are unnderway for a special Christmas performance by
a Burnham-On-Sea drama group. Tickets are on sale for the event,
called 'Cinders and Carols', which is to be performed by BEES,
the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society, on December 14th.
on wind farm 'due this month'
on whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea can proceed is expected by the end of December.
A spokeswoman at the Planning Inspectorate told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Friday (December 7th) that the final decision would be made
this month. More...
damaged in town crash
car was left damaged after an accident at a busy road junction
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (December 7th). Shattered
glass and debris was cleared away by police after the incident
occurred just off the roundabout besides Burnham's Esso petrol
manager to be lost?
looks set to lose its Town Centre Manager under cost-cutting proposals
unveiled by Sedgemoor District Council this week. In addition
to closing Burnham's swimming pool Sedgemoor wants the town council
to take on the costs of town centre management. More...
fun starts on Monday!
themed circus show that includes a 'wheel of death' performance
and an acrobatic trampolining act will open at Sanders Garden
World, near Burnham, on Monday (December 10th). Circus Americano
has a new line-up this year for its daily shows. More...
arrest as drugs seized
man was arrested in Highbridge this week as police continued their
operation to stamp out drug dealing in the town. Police confirmed
to Burnham-On-Sea.com that a 39-year-old man had been held after
a search of a property in Church Street. More...
braced for 80mph winds
residents have been warned to brace themselves for more bad weather
this weekend, as strong winds and stormy conditions are predicted.
The Met Office issued a strong coastal wind warning on Saturday
(December 8th) as it predicted winds of up to 80mph. More...
group vows to fight pool closure
campaign group has been set up in Burnham-On-Sea to fight controversial
plans to permanently close the town's swimming pool. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported on Wednesday
how cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council had announced plans
to shut the Berrow Road pool by April 2008.
lights contest begins
annual Christmas competition to find Burnham and Highbridge's
best decorated homes has begun. A group of judges from the town
council will be touring both towns in the coming days to find
the best illuminated houses and shop windows. More...
crews called to gas leak
were the scenes in the centre of Highbridge late on Thursday evening
(December 6th) after fire crews were called to reports of a gas
leak. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton rushed to Church Street
at 10pm after a strong smell of gas was noted. More...
edges slowly forward
plans to regenerate the centre of Burnham-On-Sea received a cool
reception when the project's consultants unveiled their proposals
at a public meeting on Wednesday (December 5th). Over 70 local
residents filled The Princess Hall for the AGM of the Burnham
and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership.
escape for crash driver
of this car had a lucky escape after the vehicle careered off
a Burnham road and ended up at the bottom of a ditch on Wednesday
(December 5th). Police, fire crews and paramedics were called
to Stoddens Lane after the driver lost control of his vehicle.
'could shut by April 2008'
swimming pool could be set to permanently close next year under
controversial proposals unveiled by the cash-strapped district
council on Wednesday (December 5th). Sedgemoor District Council's
Executive Committee announced on Wednesday it may permanently
shut the pool by April 2008.
Week fun for sixth formers
pupils at King Alfred School in Burnham-On-Sea have been raising
money for worthy causes this week during their annual Rag Week.
The Sixth Formers were free to wear what they wanted on Wednesday
(December 5th) for their Rag Week Walk.
probe town assault
have issued this photo-fit of a man they want to talk to in connection
with their investigations into the serious sexual assault of a
young girl which happened more than two years ago in Highbridge.
In August 2005 a 14 year old girl was walking home past garages.
boost for Morland Hall
The threat of closure hanging over Highbridge's Morland Community
Hall has been dramatically lifted this week, thanks to a huge
£14,000 cash windfall. Delighted
supporters and managers of the hall are celebrating after the
hall was handed an early Christmas present in the form of a huge
AGM open to all
NEW details about the multi-million pound plans to regenerate
Burnham-On-Sea are set to be unveiled to the public at a meeting
in the town on Wednesday evening (December 5th). The AGM of the
town's Regeneration Partnership is set to be held at 7pm in the
Princess Hall. More...
on the run is captured
A MAN who has been
on the run from police for six months after failing to turn up
to court for sentencing has been caught in the centre of Burnham
this week. The man, in his 50s, was arrested by police
on Monday (December 2nd) in Victoria Street. More...
fundraisers light up
man has this week lit up his home with a huge display of over
20,000 Christmas lights! Mike Perrin and wife Denise of Wilde
Close have decorated their home to raise funds for St Margaret's
Hospice every year for the last seven years.
We went along to the switch-on. More...
hits out over rail fare rises
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has issued a strongly
worded statement criticising First Great Western following this
week's announcement by the train operator that its fares are to
increase across the South West railway region from January 2008.
plan gets cool welcome
Controversial proposals to build more than 100 new homes on
land next to Highbridge's Asda supermarket were given a cool welcome
when councillors saw the plans for the first time on Monday night
(December 3rd). Jonathan Layzell, Regional Development Manager
for developer Raglan Homes, unveiled their proposals.
relief lifeboat for town
lifeboat is in operation at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI this week after
the normal boat, the Staines Whitfied, was showing its age and
was taken away for a major refit. The
four-year-old boat is to be stripped down and inspected and returned
in the New Year.
in TV spotlight!
HIGHBRIDGE traffic island labled 'Britain's ugliest roundabout'
by local town councillors was plunged into the regional spotlight
on Monday (December 3rd) when ITV West's cameras visited the site.
The lop-sided structure's design was criticised last week.
Rise lights up for Xmas
cul-de-sac whose impressive display of Christmas lights was featured
on national TV last year burst into festive colour again on Saturday
(December 1st) when residents lit up their homes. Crowds
of onlookers watched the switch-on.
winds batter Burnham
round-up: BURNHAM-On-Sea residents were battening down the
hatches on Sunday (December 2nd) as winds gusting up to 70mph
struck the town. A
team of Burnham Coastguards was called out at lunchtime after
two jet skiers were reported missing in Bridgwater Bay.
centre staff celebrate
VISITOR centre near Burnham-On-Sea has this week been named among
the top five tourist information centres in the whole South West.
The Somerset Visitor Centre, located at Sedgemoor Services on
the M5, achieved the accolade during a 'Mystery Shopper' visit.
earns charity cash
and cups of strong black coffee were handed out to a group of
Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers at the start of a sponsored stay-awake
in the town on Saturday night (December 1st). Burnham and Highbridge
Youth Town council stayed awake all night long. More...
car crash closes A38
TWO-car accident closed the A38 in Highbridge on Saturday night
(December 1st) and led to fresh calls from nearby residents for
safety improvements along the road. Police were called the stretch
of road near the junction with Clyce Road just before 8pm when
the two vehicles pictured here collided.
arrives in town in style!
BURNHAM schoolboys Christmas wish came true on Saturday
morning (December 1st) when he escorted Santa in the real Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang motor car to a local garden centre in time for
his first grotto appointment of the festive season. Jack Kilcoyne,
6, was nominated by his family. More...
more drugs arrests in town
made a further two arrests in Highbridge on Friday (November 30th)
in connection with their ongoing investigations into drug dealing
in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com
learns two people - a male and female - were held after a drugs
warrant was executed in Morland Road.
praised by Ofsted team
SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating after Ofsted inpsectors
lifted 'special measures' from it. Inspectors have been monitoring
the improvements being made at West Huntspill Primary School since
it was placed into special measures in December 2005. More...
evacuated after nursing home fire
eight residents have been evacuated from a Burnham-On-Sea nursing
home after a major blaze left 25 rooms damaged on Friday night
(November 30th). Burnham-On-sea.com
reported earlier how a blaze had broken out in a first floor room
at Hillview Nursing Home in Berrow Road.
hits Burnham nursing home
crews from across the region rushed to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing
home on Friday evening (November 30th) after a big blaze. Several
residents at Hillview Nursing Home in Berrow Road were rescued
by firefighters after a fire broke out in an upstairs room at
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