2008 Burnham-On-Sea News
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2008 news archive
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2008 news archive
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2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
crash shocks residents
RESIDENTS in part of Highbridge got
an early morning wake-up call on Saturday (December 27th) when
a tow truck careered into two parked cars. The 5am accident saw
the vehicle collide with this red mini, which had been bought
for a teenager as a Xmas present. More...
joy for Berrow volunteer
has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. Andrea
Johnstone has been recognised for her voluntary service to the
community in Berrow, near Burnham-on-Sea. She was instrumental
in raising thousands of pounds towards the rebuild of Berrow Football
Club's changing rooms after a huge fire in 2005.
Xmas trade for town firms
Burnham-On-Sea saw a mixed Christmas of trade, although the overall
trend was down on last year. Alex Turco, Chairman of the town's
Chamber of Trade, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (December
29th): "There's been variable feedback about business. Footfall
in the town was lower."
re-opens after tiles problem
swimming pool will re-open to the public on Wednesday (December
31st) after a problem with the pool's tiles was partially resolved.
Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report on Tuesday
how the pool's owners, Sara-Jane
Cox-Conklin and husband Mark, had discovered several metres of
tiles along the pool wall had fallen away overnight.
closed after tiles peel away
swimming pool was shut to the public on Tuesday (December 30th)
after several metres of tiles came off the side of the pool overnight.
A diver was brought in on Tuesday morning to remove dozens of
the loose ceramic tiles, as pictured, as the investigation into
the scale of the problem got underway.
appeal after woman assaulted
are appealing for information following a serious sexual assault
on a 17-year-old woman in Burnham-On-Sea. The assault occurred
in the Burnham area between 10pm on Tuesday 23rd December and
2am on Wednesday 24th December. The victim had spent some time
in the Reeds Arms pub in Pier Street.
team launch drop-in centre
A GROUP of
residents who recently formed an action team to tackle low-level
crime and anti-social behaviour on their estate are to launch
a new drop-in centre in January. The Rosewood Action Team's drop-in
sessions will be held from Wednesday January 14th
on the Rosewood estate. More...
to celebrate New Year
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2009
in style with a line-up of entertainment on New Year's Eve. Local
group Snappa will be in action at the Old Pier Tavern in Pier
Street, playing a line-up of popular music from 9.30pm onwards.
There's also a disco at the Ritz Social Club. More...
memorable images of 2008
WHAT a year! BURNHAM-On-Sea.com looks back at a memorable year
for Burnham and Highbridge in which there have been many highs
and lows, from saving the town's swimming pool from threatened
closure to the devastating fire that tore through the former Highbridge
crews tackle property blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to help fight a major property
fire in Wellington, near Taunton, on Sunday morning (December
28th). Ten fire crews from Wellington, Taunton, Bridgwater and
Tiverton were called to the Cornhill in Wellington before 1am.
Crews were still in place at 7am. More...
road re-opens after crash
A BUSY route into Burnham-On-Sea was partially closed by an accident
early on Saturday morning (December 27th). One lane of Queen's
Drive was closed at 7.30am after a collision on the railway bridge.
were quickly on scene to divert traffic around the incident.
accolade for town pier
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's pier has been named among the
UK's top five piers in a survey published in a national newspaper.
Burnham Pavilion, which is the UK's shortest pier, has been named
the UK's fifth best by the Daily Express. The newspaper reviewed
all the UK's top piers and put Burnham on a list behind four others.
arrested for drink driving
NINETEEN people have been arrested for drink driving in the Burnham-On-Sea
area as police step up their patrols over the Christmas period.
total of 146 drivers were arrested up to December 24th in Somerset,
and 19 of these were in West Somerset. More...
to open store in Burnham
Exclusive: GLOBAL fast food sandwich chain Subway plans
to open a restaurant in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea during 2009,
the company confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. Subway
has already been in contact with several estate agents in the
town about acquiring premises on the High Street. More...
shuts as credit crunch bites
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cafe has become the latest victim of the credit
crunch, its owners said on Tuesday (December 23rd). French's in
College Street closed its doors for the final time after Stephen
and Claire French said they could no longer afford to keep the
business running. More...
brief: Xmas events round-up
CHRISTMAS events have been held across Burnham-On-Sea in recent
days, and our photographers have been there to record the fun.
Here, we present a round-up of events featuring the town's firefighters,
Freewheelers emegency service, local swimmers and churchgoers.
food appeal by group
A WILDLIFE rescue charity near Burnham-On-Sea is
in desperate need of food due to an influx of hedgehogs. Secret
World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill now has more than
100 of the creatures in its care, many of which are underweight.
It needs donations of food for the animals. More...
search finds missing man
helicopter joined a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards in searching
for a missing man on Brean beach on Monday evening (December 22nd).
This distinctive yellow helicopter from Chivenor in Devon was
called in by Coastguards at 7.30pm to help in the search for a
person said to be in a distressed state on the beach.
couple tie the knot
A BREAN couple
whose home was destroyed in a huge fire last month tied the knot
in an emotional wedding today, Monday (December 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea.com
broke the news in November that a devastating fire had swept through
a wooden chalet owned by Brean beach warden Ron Sharrard and his
partner Angela Davies.
lights winners announced
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual
Christmas lights competition were announced on Monday (December
22nd) following a search for the best illuminations. Mayor
Peter Burridge-Clayton and Cllr Pat Burge picked the best residential
properties in the two towns. More...
of the Bands' set to start
UP-and-coming bands from the Burnham-On-Sea area
will get a chance to win a day at a recording studio and a photo
shoot during a 'battle of the bands' competition which starts
on Tuesday evening (December 23rd). The
event is being held at the Pier Tavern in Pier Street. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Peter Burridge-Clayton,
has issued his Christmas message. He says: "2008 has been
a very special year for me in many ways. To be elected as the
Town Mayor again after a gap of 15 years was a great honour and
I am very proud to serve you all once again."
photos: Burnham Jingle Fun Run
fun runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's first 'Christmas Jingle
Run' on the town's seafront on Sunday (December 21st). Fourty
eight runners jogged around the four-mile fun run course, which
started on The Esplanade and took in the Yacht Club and Apex Park
before returning back to the seafront. More...
couple prepare for big day
A BREAN couple
whose home was destroyed in a huge fire last month are making
final preparations for their wedding on Monday (December 22nd).
Burnham-On-Sea.com broke the news on November 23rd that a devastating
fire had swept through the wooden chalet of Brean beach warden
Ron Sharrard and his partner Angela Davies.
children meet Santa in town
children met Father Christmas during a special two-day fundraising
event held in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend.
Santa set up a grotto at the hovercraft station on both Saturday
December 20th and Sunday December 21st, where he welcomed families
and youngsters. More...
lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE has this week put the final finishing touches to its
Christmas street lighting display, which this year sees the return
of a controversial illuminated star on the town's clock. Over
30 lights and Christmas trees have been installed on buildings
across the town centre.
farm food shop in Burnham
A NEW farm food shop has just opened in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea, selling a wide range of locally-made, fresh
produce from across the West Country. Truckles Farm Shop was opened
on the High Street on Friday (December 18th) by Ian and Carol
Keane. We went along to find out more...
barriers to stop boy racers?
barriers have this week been introduced along the entrances to
hard-standing parking areas on Burnham's South Esplanade in a
bid to halt 'boy racers' congregating at night. Sedgemoor
District Council hopes the plastic barriers, which are pictured
here, will reduce anti-social behaviour and cut down late night
noise for nearby residents by preventing vehicles from parking
arrested after shop raids
are appealing for information following burglaries at two shops
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Friday
morning (December 19). The incident occurred shortly after 1.10am
and a BMW was used to gain access to the two shops, Boots and
Superdrug, on the High Street.
leads Xmas lights judging
THE judging of Burnham and Highbridge's annual
Christmas lights competition got underway on Friday (December
19th) when the town's Mayor and Mayoress toured the two towns
in search of the best illuminations. They visited scores of homes
in the two towns during the evening of judging.
fail underage drinking test
A THIRD of Burnham-On-Sea's pubs served drink to
children during a special undercover test by police and trading
standards bosses. Police and trading standards bosses organised
a number of test purchases at licensees across Burnham-On-Sea
earlier this week involving two teenagers. More...
work underway at hotel
Exclusive: WORK to
remove part of the damaged roof of the former Highbridge Hotel
was underway on Thursday (December 18th), eight months after a
devastating blaze swept through the property.
crane was used to lift workmen onto the roof of the fire-damaged
building, as pictured, to allow them to inspect the timbers.
town's first festive fun run
THERE'S still time to enter Burnham-On-Sea's 'Christmas
Jingle Fun Run', which will be held on the town's seafront this
weekend. Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, the four-mile
fun run will start at 10.30am this Sunday morning (December 21st).
jailed after drugs raid
A MAN from
Burnham-On-Sea has today (Thursday December 18th) been sentenced
to three years' imprisonment after appearing at Taunton Crown
Court in connection with a drugs bust in the town. Ryan Andrew,
19, was found guilty of possession of a Class A drug with the
intent to supply.
MP's blog updated
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official
blog on Burnham-On-Sea.com has been updated. In his latest entry,
he gives us his thoughts on the economic recession, proposals
to cut the number of MPs in parliament, and urges action on Berrow's
Coast Road. More...
shortlist to be reduced
is expected to significantly reduce the number of power-harnessing
schemes it is considering for the Severn Estuary at the start
of 2009, it has been confirmed this week. A meeting of senior
ministers was held this week to discuss which of the ten options,
which include a £15 billion barrage.
have a 'flaming' good time
Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a 'flaming' good evening on Wednesday (December
18th) when the recently-launched Play Rangers service held a bonfire
night. Over the last few months, childrens charity Barnardos
South West has hosted almost 2,000 visits.
engineers start research
of young engineers from King Alfred School's Sixth Form in Highbridge
have been working in the engineering laboratories at the University
of the West of England in Bristol this week as part of a nationwide
'Engineering in Education' Scheme.
The four are designing
and building a micro-generator for a disaster relief centre. More...
parking under threat
parking could be scrapped in Burnham-On-Sea's public car parks
under cost-cutting proposals by Sedgemoor District Council. The
cash-strapped council is considering introducing parking fees
for disabled motorists - and will decide on the proposals in the
town roadworks to end
roadworks which have brought the centre of Burnham-On-Sea to a
standstill for two months are finally set to finish this weekend.
Deep trenches, dozens of cones and temporary traffic lights have
been in place at the junction of Abingdon Street and Pier Street
since October 20th, causing delays for motorists.
path gets £11,000 revamp
to the top of Brent Knoll will soon become a lot easier thanks
to an £11,000 project to introduce new steps and other path
County Council funded scheme is getting underway to make the existing
muddy path from St Michael's Church up to the top of the Knoll
easier to use.
centre delight at decision
Burnham Medical Centre this week said they are "delighted"
that their plans for a new health campus at Berrow have been unanimously
backed by town councillors. Town
councillors on the planning applicatons committee gave their backing
a proposed £2.5million medical centre at Berrow last Monday.
to visit this weekend
will be the special guest at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea
this weekend. Santa will be setting up his grotto at Burnham hovercraft
station on the town's seafront, next to the Tourist Information
Centre, where he will welcome families and hand out presents.
pub shuts for final time
pub shut its doors for the final time on Sunday night (December
14th) after its landlords said they could no longer afford to
run the business. The Lighthouse in Highbridge Road was leased
from struggling pub chain Enterprise Inns by landlords Keith Holman
(pictured) and wife Marci, who told Burnham-On-Sea.com the costs
of running it had risen too high in recent months.
needs £50k of repairs
community centre needs £50,000 of repairs, it was disclosed
this week. The committee that runs the building in Berrow Road,
pictured here, has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for funding
to help with major work to its roof
and other modernisation work.
tree festival opens
inaugural Christmas tree festival opened on Sunday evening (December
14th) when a dozen sparkling trees went on display in a town church.
St Andrew's Church is holding the Christmas Tree Festival alongside
its normal life-size crib scene - and on Sunday evening almost
100 people attended a service to formally light-up the colourfully
flock to photo display
from across the Burnham-On-Sea area held an exhibition of their
best shots on Sunday afternoon (December 14th). A steady line
of visitors attended the Burnham Area Youth Centre to see more
than 100 photos taken by the Camera Club members.
Road re-opens after crash
collision which partially blocked a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea
early on Sunday morning (December 14th) may have been caused by
a motorist being dazzled by low sunshine. A passing car collided
with a parked vehicle in Burnham Road, leading to its partial
closure near the entrance to King Alfred School.
attack Burnham shop
have left the owner of this shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
with a repair bill of hundreds of pounds. A large pane of glass
at clothing repair shop Sew and Sew in Cross Street was smashed,
leaving owner Jennifer Mitchell to board it up - and pay a repair
bill of hundreds of pounds.
shuts town centre
had to remove the roof of a vehicle after a two car collision
shut the centre of Highbridge on Saturday morning (December 13th).
Burnham-On-Sea fire crews, ambulance and police officers were
called to Church Street at 11.45am after the accident shut the
route, as pictured here.
Country MEP visits BARB
West Country's Member of the European Parliament, made a 'flying'
visit to BARB, the Burnham-On-Sea charity that runs the town's
rescue hovercrafts, on Saturday (December 13th). Mr Parish joined
a training session and took a flight
in the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft.
consulted in mast row
town council is consulting with its solicitor over a mobile phone
company's bid to extend its coverage in the area. Burnham-On-Sea.com
learns Vodafone wants to use an existing phone mast in a field
next to a Berrow graveyard, pictured here, to boost its signals.
in Burnham, shoppers urged
Chamber of Trade this week urged Christmas shoppers to 'buy in
Burnham' amid concern that a decision by the district council
to scrap free parking in the town's car parks may hurt trade over
the festive period. Chamber Chairman Alex Turco said shoppers
should not be put off visiting the town after Sedgemoor District
Council's decision to scrap free parking.
'could launch by 2011'
pound plans to launch a ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea and
South Wales are still on track, the entrepreneur behind the plans
said this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to exclusively report
in October how entrepreneur Chris Marrow is setting up a £5million
venture called Severn Sea Ferries which will operate ferry services
around the Bristol Channel.
star performs for family
Bristol who ran off to join the circus is looking forward to showing
off his 'wheel of death' skills for the first time in front of
his family at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea this month.
Scott Glass will be entertaining his family with his 'wheel of
death' act. More...
funds boosted by climbers
CHEQUE for more than £3,000 has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea
lifeboat station following a successful fundraising climbing event.
A group of a dozen graduates from Magnox held a climbing wall
fundraising challenge in aid of the RNLI in which they clambered
thousands of metres. More...
Club to hold exhibition
from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding an exhibition
of their best shots this Sunday (December 14th). Burnham Camera
Club members are inviting the public and fellow enthusiasts to
the BAY Centre in Cassis Close from 11am-4.30pm. More...
site theft - police appeal
have issued an appeal for information following the theft of a
£16,500 rendering machine in Highbridge. The theft occurred
at around 6.30pm on 18th November when the machine was removed
from a building site in Worston Road. Police are interested to
hear from anyone who may have seen a car in the area. More...
new flats to replace church hall
A former church hall in Burnham-On-Sea is to be bulldozed
and replaced with this modern development of 14 new flats, it
was decided this week. Sedgemoor District Council has approved
plans by Raglan Homes to demolish St Peter's Hall, located opposite
Burnham's Catholic Church in Highbridge Road.
shivers in icy chill
were the wintry scenes at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park on Thursday
morning (December 11th) as sub-zero temperatures left the Burnham-On-Sea
area shivering. Overnight, temperatures in the town sank to a
low of -6°c, leaving Apex Park's partially frozen over with
tree festival announced
CHRISTMAS tree festival is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this coming
weekend. St Andrew's Church, on the town's seafront, will be hosting
its first Christmas Tree Festival to supplement its life-size
crib scene, which will also be held in the church over the festive
period. We have a preview. More...
arrested after town blaze
HIGHBRIDGE man who was wanted by police has been arrested after
he called emergency services to tackle a kitchen blaze at his
home on Thursday morning (December 10th). Two fire engines from
Burnham rushed to Market Street in Highbridge at 9.45am, as pictured
here, after a faulty toaster set off a fire. More...
of loos could fetch £30,000
controversial sale of a
block of former public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea is set to raise
at least £30,000, Sedgemoor District Council disclosed this
week. The cash-strapped district
council began inviting bids in
March from firms interested
in buying the building in Seaview Road, pictured here.
plunges off road into ditch
THIS Range Rover was left upturned and partially submerged
in a ditch besides a notorious road near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday
(December 9th) after sliding off a slippery road into a rhyne.
The accident along Harp Road, close to Brent Knoll, immediately
prompted renewed calls for safety improvements following many
similar incidents during recent years. More...
Xmas lights contest starts
and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition gets underway
this week when local councillors will be touring the two towns
in search of the best illuminations. The town council will once
again be awarding prizes in a range of categories in both the
switchover date announced
TV signals will be cut off in Burnham-On-Sea on March 24th 2010
when the region switches to digital TV, it was announced this
week. Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process,
said analogue services from the Mendip transmitter would be switched
off in two stages. More...
plans for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near
Burnham-On-Sea were deferred by district councillors on Tuesday
(December 9th). Plans to extend Sanders Garden World were considered
by members of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee at a meeting
in Bridgwater. More...
broadcasts live from town
was in the national spotlight on Tuesday morning (December 9th)
when breakfast TV station GMTV broadcast a live segment featuring
a street's now-famous Christmas lights. Millions of viewers watched
Richard Gaisford in Trinity Close interview several residents.
medical centre wins backing
Exclusive: TOWN councillors
gave their backing to
a proposed £2.5million medical centre at Berrow on Monday
(December 8th). Burnham-On-Sea.com
exclusively reported last month how fresh
plans for the centre in Brent Road had been resubmitted eight
months after the first set of proposals were withdrawn amid concern
that the building, pictured here, was out-of-keeping.
light show dazzles crowds
couple hope to raise smiles - and charity funds - with their colourful
display of more than 20,000 Christmas lights. Mike Perrin and
wife Denise of Wilde Close have decorated their home with festive
illuminations to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice for the
last eight years. More...
day for garden centre
plans for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near
Burnham-On-Sea could be given the go-ahead by district councillors
today (Tuesday December 9th). Plans to extend Sanders Garden World
at Brent Knoll were unveiled by store boss Peter Burks in March
(pictured) and are due to be considered by members of Sedgemoor's
Development Control Committee at a meeting in Bridgwater on Tuesday.
selling fast for Scrooge
rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group as it
prepares to perform its annual Christmas show. Members of the
Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are busily rehearsing
and preparing costumes for 'Ebenezer', which they will perform
in the Princess Hall at the end of December.
church extension opens
£200,000 project to renovate a Burnham-On-Sea town centre
church came to a successful end on Sunday (December 7th) with
the official opening of the building. A
brand new entrance has been built at the eastern end of Burnham
Methodist Church in College Street, and dozens of guests attended
a ceremony to see it opened.
raises £500 for blaze couple
A CONCERT held
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (December 6th) raised hundreds
of pounds for a Brean couple who have been left homeless after
a devastating fire. The Railway Inn on Burnham's High Street held
the Blues Brothers Reloaded gig, pictured here, to raise money
for Ron Sharrard, 58, and Angela Davies, 50, who are getting married
later this month. More...
on the line delay trains!
of cows caused long delays for train travellers in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Saturday afternoon (December 6th) after venturing onto
railway tracks. The group of six cattle managed to escape from
a field near Pople's Bow in Highbridge, causing speed restrictions
to passing trains. More...
photos: Berrow Xmas fair
made a special appearance at Berrow School's Christmas Fair on
Saturday afternoon (December 6th). Hundreds of pupils and their
parents flocked to the annual event, which included stalls, entertainment
and traditional games. We have a full photo
round-up from the event. More...
trapped in ditch rescued
A HORSE trapped
in a water-filled ditch in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
was rescued by fire crews on Saturday afternoon (December 6th).
Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Taunton, Street and Bridgwater
were called out when the animal became stuck at 3.30pm.
into badger homes ruling
application to build five new homes in Burnham-On-Sea that was
turned down by councillors earlier this year amid concerns for
several setts of badgers living on the land is due to be reconsidered
District Council's planners turned down the scheme at 13 Rectory
Road in June partly due to the impact the scheme could have had
on the animals.
local pub is up for sale
pub near Highbridge has gone on sale after its owners decided
to retire. 'For sale' boards have gone up outside the Bason Bridge
Inn, whose freehold is being advertised at £550,000. The
village pub dates back over a century and has been at the centre
of village life there for years. More...
and gun seized in raids
Exclusive: POLICE arrested
three people and seized drugs and a shot gun during two raids
on properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Thursday morning
(December 4th). Officers smashed a glass door to gain entry to
a home in Rosewood Close, pictured, before seizing a substance
suspected of being cannabis.
group hits airwaves
rock group is hitting the airwaves across the West Country on
Friday (December 5th) when they are featured on a live radio programme.
The Ginger Hitlas, who are well known across Burnham, will be
interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset Sound.
crews called to town centre
fire crews were called to a small property fire in the centre
of the town on Thursday evening (December 4th). As pictured here,
two fire engines from Burnham attended a report of an electrical
heater on fire in a property in Shearn Lane, off Cross Street,
at 8.25pm. More...
chaos as lorry overturns
the dramatic scenes on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
morning (December 4th) after a lorry overturned, causing long
tailbacks of commuter traffic. Two lanes of the southbound carriageway
were closed as police and Highways Agency staff dealt with the
wins disability award
a Burnham-On-Sea food shop are celebrating this week after winning
a top award for its disabled access. Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported last month that Kyffins in Victoria Street had been nominated
for a 2008 'Accessible Somerset Award' and now its won!
available to sports clubs
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to claim a share
of £150,000 of funding that has been set aside for introducing
new, local outdoor leisure facilities. Sports groups in the Burnham
area who hold outside activities can submit applications for the
tattoo shop opened
Burnham-On-Sea tattoo business has invested over £100,000
in moving into a new premises in the town. Inked Images has moved
from its former base in Oxford Street into refurbished premises
in College Street, previously occupied by the collectables store
Aladdin's Cave. More...
of Princess Hall brighter
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall could
be brighter following the creation of a new steering group at
a meeting on Wednesday (December 3rd). The loss-making Princess,
pictured here, was discussed by Sedgemoor District Council's Executive
at a meeting i Bridgwater.
in safety call at inquest
investigating the death of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager has called
on council bosses to install additional safety measures at this
dangerous road junction in Long Ashton, near Bristol where the
17-year-old died a year ago. Avon deputy coroner Terrence Moore
made the recommendations at an inquest this week into the death
of Nathan Edwards.
re-opens after accident
to a halt on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning
(December 3rd) after a vehicle ploughed into the central reservation.
The southbound carriageway between junction 21 at Weston and Burnham-On-Sea
at junction 22 was closed at 7.55am. More...
for future of Princess Hall
are set to discuss the future of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall
and consider the possible sale of the town's Community Centre
in Berrow Road at a meeting on Wednesday (December 3rd). The loss-making
Princess, pictured here, and a £5million scheme to redevelop
it will be debated by Sedgemoor District Council's Executive committee
couple's thanks after fire
A BREAN couple
whose home was destroyed in a fire have this week thanked Burnham-On-Sea.com
visitors for their messages of support and offers of help. This
website broke the news on November 23rd that a devastating fire
had swept through their chalet beside Brean Down.
Crier welcomes new care unit
Town Crier, Fred Smith, was among the more colourful patients
to be invited to the official opening of Somerset's new Kidney
Dialysis Unit in Taunton this week. Fred and his wife Shirley
came dressed in traditional period costumes
for the opening ceremony. More...
Students take part in mock trial
lawyers from Highbridge's King Alfred School got a taste of life
in court when they took part in a mock trial at the weekend. The
sixth form legal team travelled to Plymouth to take part in the
regional finals of the Bar Mock Trial competition on Saturday
New cycle route plans unveiled
could soon be able to use a new off-road cycle link between Brean
and Weston-super-Mare under proposals unveiled this week. The
link is among several sustainable transport routes being considered
by Somerset County Council as part of an initiative to encourage
healthy living and boost green links.
MP urges 'support local shops'
MP has this week urged shoppers to and support local shops and
businesses in the town in the run-up to Christmas. He made the
comments on Monday (December 1st) as the Christmas shopping season
got into full swing despite continuing economic concerns.
Rise lights up for Xmas
BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose impressive display of Christmas
lights has been featured on national television several times
in recent years burst into colour on Monday evening (December
1st) when residents lit up their homes
for the start of the festive period. We have a full photo round-up.
group tickets on sale
gone on sale for a Burnham-On-Sea drama group's annual Cristmas
show. The Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES), now
in their 14th year, are busily rehearsing and preparing costumes
for their festive production, 'Ebenezer', which will be performed
in the town's Princess Hall.
in air search of island
A POLICE helicopter
conducted a search of Stert Island, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday
afternoon (November 30th) after reports that a commercial helicopter
had been acting 'suspiciously' over the island earlier in the
day. Police were alerted on Sunday morning at 11.30am by a beach
walker in Burnham.
light display unveiled
display of more than 15,000 light bulbs, accompanied by Christmas
music from a dedicated radio station, was unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday evening (November 30th). Keith and Jane Mitchell unveiled
their electrifying display at their Winchester Road home in front
of a crowd of onlookers. More...
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