2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
award for Burnham resident
of a Bridgwater children's centre who lives in Burnham-On-Sea
is among those recognised today in the New Year Honours List.
Dr Jaswant Kaur Jutley-Plested, who is manager of Sydenham Children's
Centre in Bridgwater, has received an MBE award (pictured) from
the Queen. More..
for 70m mast unveiled
which plans to build several new wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea
has submitted a planning application for a 70 metre tall weather
monitoring mast. Next Generation Limited wants the go-ahead from
Sedgemoor District Council to construct it in West Huntspill.
over badger death
carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week expressed
their shock after a badger was killed by three men at a sett in
East Huntspill. The trio digging the badger out of its sett near
the Gold Corner Pumping Station on Monday afternoon (December
man was stabbed 13 times
who was murdered in Burnham-On-Sea on Christmas Eve had been stabbed
thirteen times, it has emerged this week. A
police officer found George Lawson, 20, lying dead on a bed in
a flat in Abingdon Street shortly after 9am on Christmas Eve.
A post mortem has been carried out. More...
Christmas for traders
along Burnham-On-Sea High Street experienced a "flat"
Christmas, according to the town's Chamber of Trade. Many shops
in the town failed to benefit from a big seasonal uplift in custom
due to the recession, the trade group said this week. However,
trade was no worse than last year. More...
New Year in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2010
in style with a great line-up of live entertainment on New Year's
Eve (Thursday). Burnham's
Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street will feature live music from
a local version of the Blues Brothers, along with a disco. More...
thefts warning from police
owners in Burnham-On-Sea have been targeted with several thefts
in the town this week. A
BMX bike was stolen from a youngster in Burnham Road. It was left
unlocked for several minutes and when its owner returned, it had
gone. A quad bike was also stolen from a farm in the north of
the town. More...
car collision causes delays
the scenes on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday,
December 29th) after a three-car collision caused long delays
for motorists returning from their Christmas holidays. Police
and ambulance crews rushed to the southbound carriageway. More...
search for woman
TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards was called to Brean on
Monday evening (December 28th) to conduct a
search for a missing person. Police
were also called to the village after a 50 year-old woman went
missing from a holiday park in the centre of the resort. More...
praises Burnham posties
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt saw at first
hand the hard work that postmen and women do throughout the festive
period during a visit to the town's sorting office last week.
joined postie Val Stone at 6am on Christmas Eve on her found.
off unwanted presents
Scouts are appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated
to them for a fundraising 50/50 auction being held in January.
auction will held at Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group's HQ at the BASC
Ground in Stoddens Road on the afternoon of Saturday, January
flats for former garage site
30 new apartments could be built on a former garage site in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre. Sedgemoor District Council has received a planning
application for a three-storey block of 27 apartments at the fomer
Tucker's Garage site in Victoria Street. The
application has been submitted by Abracore Ltd.
update: January court date
23-year-old faced magistrates on
Monday (December 28th) charged
with the murder of a Burnham-On-Sea man on Christmas Eve. Adam
Lapthorne appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court charged with
killing 20-year-old George Lawson (pictured) in Abingdon Street.
charged with murder
has this evening (Sunday) been charged with the murder of 20-year-old
George Lawson (pictured), who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea on
Christmas Eve. It
follows the discovery of the body of 20 year-old Mr Lawson at
a flat in Abingdon Street, Burnham-On-Sea. A man named by police
has been charged with murder.
for retiring Coastguard
Coastguards have this week bid farewell to a retiring member of
the team. Jenny
Thorogood was presented with a glass tankard by Burnham Coastguard
Officer Steve Bird, as pictured here. Jenny was a member of the
Burnham rescue group for nine months. More...
for Coastguard Association
Coastguard Association has received a financial boost following
a fundraising golf day and auction. NFU
Bridgwater and Enmore Park Golf Club held a charity golf day in
aid of the Burnham Branch of the Coastguard Association. Eighteen
holes of golf was followed by lunch, a raffle and and an auction.
paid to murdered George
man who police believe was murdered in Burnham-On-Sea on Christmas
Eve has been named locally as George Lawson - as tributes have
flooded in from family and friends. Scores
of tributes have already been paid to the man, pictured right,
on the social networking website Facebook. More...
take part in fundraising dip!
of fundraisers braved the icy waters of the Bristol Channel
to take part in a bracing sea dip at Brean today (Boxing Day)
to raise hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Over
30 supporters of rescue hovercraft charity BARB ran into the Bristol
Channel during the sponsored event.
in festive mood during visits
MP was in a festive mood when he visited two nursing homes in
the town this week. MP
David Heathcoat-Amory visited Burnham Nursing Home and Elizabeth
Court where he met residents and staff in the run-up to Christmas
Day, joining in a festive party. More...
hurt in Christmas Eve crash
was taken to hospital following an accident on the outskirts of
Highbridge on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th). Police
were called to a two car collision on the A38 at 8pm, as pictured
here, near the entrance to the Lakeside housing development. More...
home sealed off
police chief has confirmed that a cordon placed around this Highbridge
home on Thursday afternoon (December 24th) was linked to Burnham's
Abingdon Street murder investigation. Police
swooped on a home in Kimber Close, as pictured, after the earlier
arrest of four people. More...
held in murder probe
have been arrested following the discovery of a man's body in
a Burnham-On-Sea town centre flat earlier this morning (Thursday,
December 24th). As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, scores of police descended
on Abingdon Street at 9am, as pictured, after the body of a man
in his 20s was found. More...
of man found in Burnham flat
town centre street was cordoned off by police this morning (Thursday,
December 24th) after a body of a man was found in a flat. Scores
of police were seen in Abingdon Street from 9.30am, as pictured
here, as investigations into the grizzly discovery began.
roads cause accidents
conditions led to several car accidents in Burnham-On-Sea this
morning (Thursday, December 24th). A
BMW careered off the Frank Foley Parkway into a ditch, as pictured
above, although no-one was injured. Another accident occurred
near the BASC Ground where a car struck a bus. More...
seal off town centre street
town centre street was cordoned off by police this morning (Thursday,
December 24th) as officers investigated a serious incident. Five
police cars were seen in Abingdon Street at 9.30am, as pictured
here, as investigations into a "serious incident" got
church services guide
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week celebrating Christmas
at numerous services. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled the following
guide to a selection of the main religious services
taking place across the Burnham, Highbridge and Brean area. More...
plea after cash point fraud
police have issued CCTV photos of two men they want to speak to
regarding their investigation into a cash machine fraud at a Highbridge
supermarket earlier this month.
We were first to report earlier this month how
a 'skimming' device had been fitted to a cash machine outside
for town tourist centre
future of Burnham-On-Seas Tourist Information Centre looks
set to be decided at a special meeting in early January. Town
and district council bosses will discuss how the busy centre,
based on The Esplanade, can be funded amid a round of cash cuts
at Sedgemoor District Council.
soap star at Burnham B&B
familiar face from BBC1's EastEnders was in Burnham-On-Sea earlier
this week when he stayed at a bed and breakfast in the town. Wheelchair-bound
David Proud, who plays Adam Best in the hit TV soap, stayed at
Magnolia House B&B in Manor Road with his parents.
crash was 'accidental'
A CORONER has recorded an accidental verdict
after coming to the conclusion that a slow puncture was partly
to blame for a crash which killed a young Burnham-On-Sea man earlier
this year. Jon Puddy, 20, died in August after colliding with
a taxi on the outskirts of Highbridge. More...
lights winners announced
winning entries in Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights
competition were announced on Tuesday evening (December 22nd).
panel of judges from the town council - Cllrs Peter Burridge-Clayton,
Pat Burge and Cllr Dennis Davey - toured both towns over several
nights to decide on a list of the best displays.
photos: Burnham's cold snap
were the wintry scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday morning (December
22nd) when the town was left shivering under a 'sugar coating'
of frost and snow. Temperatures plumetted to minus six degrees
Centigrade overnight, leaving a sharp frost, followed this morning
by a fresh dusting of snow. More...
announced for area
road closures in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been announced this
week while essential roadworks are carried out. Somerset County
Council has announced that Coast Road at Berrow will be closed
for resurfacing on January 7th.
Street in Burnham is also to shut for a day on January 12th. More...
backs pylons pressure group
MP attended a public meeting in the village of Mark on Monday
afternoon (December 21st) where he supported the launch of a new
campaign group fighting plans for a line of 150ft electricity
pylons to be built through our area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth.
probe town break-in
Jewellery has been stolen during a burglary at a Burnham-On-Sea
home. Police were called to Abingdon Street in the town centre
this morning (Monday, December 21st), as pictured, after the break-in
was discovered at a private property in the street. Police are
end to year for toddlers
of Burnham-On-Sea's Music with Mummy and Jolly Babies classes
celebrated their final sessions of the year with a real festive
feel. All the classes wore fancy dress costumes and they were
also treated to a visit and gift from Santa's Sleigh, together
with seasonal music.
award for garden centre
at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating today
(Monday, December 21st) after being presented with an award to
highlight the access available for less able people in its restaurant.
Sanders Garden World's restaurant has been recognised for its
shivers in icy chill
Burnham-On-Sea area was left shivering under a layer of snow and
ice this morning (Monday, December 21st). Temperatures dipped
to minus five centigrade overnight, leaving slippery roads and
pavements, as pictured here. Police said motorists should take
care and only drive if it is absolutely necessary.
boost Burnham groups
of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services have received financial
boosts from members of Burnham Area Evening Flower Club this month.
The club has presented both BARB and the RNLI with cheques for
£400 each following a number of events throghout the past
sweeps into Burnham
streets of Burnham-On-Sea turned white this evening (Sunday, December
20th) when wintry weather swept through the town. Pavements and
roads were blanketed in a layer of hail at 5.30pm, as pictured
here. Police have warned motorists to take extra care if they
photos: 120 compete in Jingle Run
Special: MORE than 120 fun runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's
annual 'Christmas Jingle Run' on Sunday morning (December 20th).
pavements caused by the wintry weather led organisers to switch
the route of the course at the last minute from The Esplanade
to the beach.
off-licence to open in town
THE shutters came down for the final time at Burnham-On-Sea's
Threshers off-licence on Saturday (December 19th) as the store's
manager revealed he is planning to open a new off-licence in the
town soon. Threshers in College Street has been forced to close
down due to the nationwide collapse of First Quench.
boost for Highbridge hall
HIGHBRIDGE community hall has been handed a £1,000 Christmas
boost this week. Burnham
and Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman presented the money
from his council community fund to Sedgemoor Community Partnership,
the charity which runs the Morland Hall.
'shaken' in Burnham crash
driver of this car was left "shaken" after demolishing
a street lighting column in an accident in Burnham-On-Sea early
this morning (Saturday, December 19th). Police were called to
the A38 roundabout close to the Isleport Industrial Estate after
the BMW driver lost control of his vehicle.
drive poster contest held
from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been taking part in a
poster-making competition to highlight the risks of drinking and
driving over the Christmas period. School pupils have produced
scores of posters to encourage drivers to think twice
before puttinng themselves at risk. More...
crews help duo stuck in lift
fire crews have rescued two elderly people who became trapped
in a lift at a care home in the town. Two fire crews were called
to the Kathleen Chambers Care Home in Berrow Road, as pictured
here, after concerned staff reported the pair stuck between floors.
night opening approved
by a fast food outlet in the centre of Highbridge to open until
the early hours of the morning at weekends have this week been
approved by the district council after the owners backed down
on proposals to open until 1.30am. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported in October that Yummies Pizza in Market Street
had applied to open until 1.30am at weekends.
and Highbridge's Mayor, Derick Cooper, has issued the following
Christmas message to residents of the two towns. "Time flies
fast, Christmas is almost here and it is already more than half
way through my Mayoral term. Being Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and
Highbridge is a great honour." More...
photos: Crime prevention day
phone security marking was one of many police activities taking
place across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Thursday (December 17th)
when officers focussed on the prevention of theft and burglaries
during a special day of action called 'Operation Relentless'.
carols for OAPs
from a Burnham-On-Sea kindergarten were in a festive mood on Thursday
morning (December 17th) when they sang Christmas carols for elderly
residents at a residential home in the town. A group of Southleigh
Kindergarten's children visited Allandale Court, as pictured here.
drink driving arrests in town
THREE people have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea on suspicion
of drink driving during the first fortnight of the police's annual
Christmas drink drive campaign. It comes as more than 100 people
have been arrested in total across the whole force area during
Boxing Day dip at Brean!
fundraisers are being sought to take part in a bracing dip in
the sea at Brean on Boxing Day in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity.
Over a dozen supporters of rescue hovercraft charity BARB have
already signed up to take part in the sponsored splash, being
held as a fundraising event. More...
name petition handed in
PETITION containing 1,300 names calling for two
public gardens in Highbridge to be safeguarded from development
in to the Chairman of Council, Councillor Jane Moreton, on Wednesday
(16th December). Campaigners launched it on Burnham-On-Sea.com
in October. More...
couple freed from car
elderly couple was left "shaken" after being trapped
in this car in a water-filled ditch at Brean on Wednesday afternoon
(December 16th). Five
fire crews, police and an ambulance crew were sent to the Weston
Road at mid-day after the Toyota Yaris slid into the roadside
ditch, as pictured here.
Week marked at school
at a Highbridge school have been taking part in a special Reading
Week aimed at boosting their interest in books. The Year 7 pupils
at King Alfred School were given an opportunity to read a book
of their choice over the course of the week during the special
themed week. More...
axed but Civic Pride saved
beach boating pool is to be dismantled and removed next year,
but proposals to axe the towns Civic Pride regeneration
project were given a dramatic reprieve at a meeting this morning
(Wednesday, December 16th). Members
of Sedgemoor District Councils Executive met in Bridgwater
to discuss a list of controversial cost-cutting proposals.
pool revamp hits setback
£50,000 project to replace every tile in Burnham-On-Sea's
swimming pool got underway this week and immediately hit a setback
when it emerged that the scale of the problems is worse than first
thought. The owners of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy have received
the "disappointing" news this week.
offer property crime tips
police are holding several events in the town this week to help
residents prevent property crime. The events will be held as part
of the forcewide police initiative called 'Operation Relentless'.
Throughout the week there will be crime reduction displays. More...
Cove scheme in jeopardy
Exclusive: THE £360,000
project to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the
town's seafront is also under threat by the district council's
funding problems. Sedgemoor District Council had pledged £35,000
to the scheme to modernise the public gardens,
but that could now be re-considered. More...
award for Kathy
staff member at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital has this
week been praised for her "simply wonderful" service
and dedication to patient care over the past 25 years. Kathy Mould,
a Healthcare Assistant at the hospital in Love Lane, has been
presented with a special 25-year long service award by the Chairman
of NHS Somerset, Mrs Jane Barrie OBE. More...
congratulates footie team
Mayor and Mayoress have this week congratulated a Burnham school's
football team who have become county schools' champions. St Andrew's
Junior School Under 11 team won the Somerset large primary school's
tournament final after a close encounter. More...
this week for Burnham?
could get its first sprinkling of snow later this week if weather
forecasts prove accurate. The Met Office forecasters predict temperatures
will plunge over the next few days, with wintry weather expected
to follow across the south west region, including Burnham, by
the weekend. More...
sign Highbridge petition
Exclusive: OVER 1,300
concerned residents in Highbridge have signed a petition calling
public gardens in the town to be safeguarded. A
group of anxious campaigners in the town launched the petition
amid growing concern that the Town Green and Jubilee Gardens could
be sold off. More...
cyclist off to UK awards
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea
cyclist has been invited to attend the British Cycling Awards
and 50th annual gala dinner. Roy Jones, who is a King Alfred School
student in Highbridge, will travel to Manchester on February 20th
2010 for the special awards evening following a win earlier this
is on to save £338k plans
A GROUP of
concerned Burnham-On-Sea residents will this week make a last-ditch
attempt to secure £338,000 of funding towards the town centre's
District Council will be deciding at a crunch meeting on Wednesday
(December 16th) whether to approve plans to modernise the town
centre as part of a 'Civic Pride' project costing a total of £750,000.
safety advice for pupils
a Highbridge School have thanked police for giving them safety
tips during UK Road Safety Week by sending them over 25 thank
you cards! PCSOs Gill Bawler and Claire Chambers held a series
of safety lessons at St John's School, giving road safety tips
and other advice. More...
plans hitting house prices
proposals to build a 400,000 volt electricity line through the
Burnham-On-Sea area are already hitting property prices along
the planned route, it was claimed during a packed protest meeting
on Sunday evening (December 13th). "Why would people want
to buy a house here if they could be moving underneath a long
line of 150ft pylons," asked one villager.
offer free bike marking
can have their bikes security marked and pick up safety tips when
Highbridge police hold a special bike marking event later this
week. A police surgery will be held on Wednesday afternoon (December
16th) from 2.30pm - 4pm at the Police Pod at the Asda
store in Highbridge. More...
group launches new CD
A GROUP of
rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea officially launched their
first album at the weekend with the hope of clinching number one
in the seasonal pop charts! The Wrinkly Rappers performed at Asda
in Highbridge on Saturday morning (December 12th).
drama attracts crowds
flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall over the weekend to
watch a drama group's performance of Alice In Wonderland Junior.
Hundreds of people watched the annual performance held by Burnham
Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES)
on Saturday and Sunday. More...
Claus made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend
when the charity that runs the town's rescue hovercrafts held
a fundraising grotto. Part of Burnham's rescue hovercraft station
has been transformed into a temporary home for Father Christmas
over two weekends. More...
carollers in good voice
MORNING of Christmas carol singing outside a Burnham-On-Sea hotel
raised hundreds of pounds for charity on Saturday (December 12th).
The event, organised by Burnham Lions, was held outside the Victoria
Hotel in Victoria Street besides the town Christmas tree, as pictured
lit protest held in town
CANDLE-lit protest was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening
(December 12th) when local residents joined a campaign for a stronger
global climate treaty. Highbridge resident Ben Metcalfe organised
the gathering on Burnham's seafront on Saturday, as pictured here.
denies expense claim reports
MP has rigorously denied that he claimed expenses for several
packs of slug pellets. Following
the latest release of expense claims published here on the Parliament
website, it was reported that David Heathcoat-Amory had made several
claims for gardening items, including slug pellets.
clear-up project approved
District Council has this week approved spending £2.4m to
clear up a former waste landfill site in Burnham-On-Sea and turn
into a public space and new homes. Once
specialist cleaning work at Rosewood Green, off Worston Lane,
is completed this will allow the currently disused site to be
used for providing 'community green space' and up to 117 new homes.
air cadets receive award
air cadets from 290 Squadron Air Training Corps in Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston received awards when their annual presentation dinner
was held this week in Lympsham this week. The dinner was held
in the Batch Country Hotel this week and attended by Group Captain
Chris Brazier RAF. More...
Week fun raises thousands
students from Highbridge's King Alfred School hit the streets
of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater on Friday (December
11th) when their Rag Week fundraising came to an end with a traditional
walk through the local towns. Thousands of pounds is expected
to have been raised for three good causes.
drama at Burnham pub
fire crews rushed to a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Friday (December
11th) after an electrical fault caused a drama. Three fire engines
from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rushed to The Rosewood on Love
Lane following the report of an electrical fire in the pub's kitchen.
in new expenses revelations
MP claimed £2.69 for a pack of slug pellets, according to
the latest set of parliamentary expenses released on Thursday
(December 10th). According to the expense claims published on
the Parliament website, David Heathcoat-Amory submitted an invoice,
dated 30 April 2008, for several gardening items.
girl at garden centre
POLICE were called to a Brent Knoll garden centre on Thursday
(December 10th) after a young girl was reported missing. Woried
staff at Sanders Garden World called in officers to investigate
and the store was temporarily shut to prevent people leaving or
paid to speedway star
have been paid to Somerset Rebels speedway star Emil Kramer, who
died in a road accident in Sweden on Wednesday night (December
30-year-old first joined the Highbridge-based Rebels in 2006,
quickly becoming a firm favourite, and was due to lead the team
pool set to be axed
The future of Burnham-On-Sea's crumbling beach boating pool
will be decided next week with the district council recommending
that it is removed, much to the sadness of town councillors. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported in August that the concrete base of the landmark was
falling apart. More...
Disney hopes dashed
hopes of becoming twinned with Walt Disney World in Florida have
been dashed this week. Four nominations were put forward for Burnham-On-Sea
to gain the title of 'Walt Disney World's UK Twinned Town' in
a unique competition that closed in November. More...
timetable changes attacked
by bus between Burnham-On-Sea and other towns in the district
is set to become more difficult due to changes to timetable booklets
in the new year. That's the view of Burnham town councillor Chris
Williams, who this week attacked the County Council for unveiling
"short-sighted" changes to timetables.
staff celebrate award
at Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information Centre were celebrating
on Tuesday (December 8th) when they were officially handed a top
customer service award. As we first reported last week, the centre
has been praised in Visit England's Mystery Shopper Programme.
broadcasts live from town
West broadcast a live report on Wednesday evening (December 9th)
from a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac which has been dubbed the 'brightest
in Britain'. Presenter Clinton Rogers interviewed several residents
of Trinity Close, including the Gardner family,
where 100,000 illuminations are lit up.
made on schools merger
proposed merger of two Highbridge schools was given the go-ahead
by the county council on Wednesday (December 9th). Proposals to
amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St Johns Church
of England Junior School were considered by the County Council.
raises pylons in parliament
MP raised controversial
plans to build a new 400,000 volt power line connecting Hinkley
Point to Avonmouth in the House of Commons on Monday (December
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in September, the National
Grid wants to connect the proposed new nuclear power station
at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station near Bristol.
probe at town cashpoint
SCORES of shoppers at a supermarket in Highbridge
may have fallen victim to a scam operating at a cashpoint outside
the store. Bosses at Asda in Caxton Road called in police last
week after noticing a strange device attached to one cashpoint,
as pictured here.
3am booze for new shop
Town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have
this week recommended that a new
food store opening in Burnham-On-Sea should not be allowed to
sell alcohol until 3am. Councillors want
the new convenience store in Abingdon Street to stop booze sales
at 10pm. More...
must help Burnham'
TOWN councillors have this week asked
energy giant EDF to deliver more benefits to Burnham-On-Sea
if proposals for a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station get
the go-ahead. Simon Dunford, EDF Project
Manager, was in town on Monday to discuss the plans with town
police siege ends in town
DRAMATIC police siege at a property in Burnham-On-Sea has ended
this evening (Tuesday, December 8th) after a huge search for a
missing man. Officers were initially called to a home in Rectory
Road on Monday night after 54 year-old Robin Graham was reported
Monty performers in town
very own Full Monty group will be stripping off at a town pub
this Friday (December 11th) in aid of a good cause. The event,
to be held at the Somerset And Dorset pub on Burnham High Street,
hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer research. More...
search for missing man
POLICE helicopter hovered over Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours
of this morning (Tuesday, December 8th) as part of a police operation
to find a missing man. Police have been hunting for a 54 year-old,
Robin Graham, who was last seen at his home in Rectory Road in
Burnham at around 11pm on Monday evening. More...
due over school merger
proposed merger of two Highbridge schools could be decided on
Wednesday (December 9th) when councillors meet to discuss the
plans. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in April, proposals
to amalgamate Beechfield and St Johns are being considered
by the county council.
car crash leaves one hurt
were called to a two car accident on the Edithmead roundabout
next to junction 22 of the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Monday
(December 7th). Police were called to the scene shortly before
10.30pm when a Peugoet 307 collided with a Vauxhall Vectra.
cars seized by town police
introduction of dispersal areas in several Burnham-On-Sea car
parks has this week been hailed a success by the town's police
after four vehicles were seized and reports of anti-social driving
plummeted. Sgt Ian Kennett said on Monday that since the new dispersal
orders came into operation in October one person has been arrested.
pensioners bid for no.1!
GROUP of rapping pensioners
from Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched their first album
with the hope of clinching number one in the seasonal pop charts!
The Wrinkly Rappers' CD, called "Wrinkly Rappers Unrapped",
will hit shop shelves later this week and will be raising money
for charity. More...
camera torched by driver
A disgruntled motorist is thought to
be behind a blaze which destroyed this roadside speed camera near
Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Monday, December 7th). Fire
crews were called to Rooksbridge at 5am to put out the blaze,
which appeared to have been started deliberately by placing a
burning tyre at the base of the structure.
sets up grotto in Burnham
Claus will visit Burnham-On-Sea
over two weekends in the run-up to Christmas - and families are
being encouraged to come along and meet him. Part of Burnham's
rescue hovercraft station on The Esplanade will be transformed
into a grotto for Father Christmas over two weekends.
Prize winner is just pants!
pair of baggy underpants was
judged the winner of Somerset's annual Turnip Prize on Monday
night (December 7th). The winning artwork, named 'Manhole Cover',
was displayed above the bar at the New Inn in Wedmore, near Burnham-On-Sea,
where the winner was chosen. More...
steps up pylons fight
MP told a public meeting of over 170 residents on Sunday night
(December 6th) that he is "optimistic" of halting controversial
plans for a new network of electricity pylons running through
our area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth. The
National Grid wants to connect a proposed new nuclear power
station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station near Bristol.
Emma switches on lights
BBC radio presenter was the guest of honour to help switch on
a Burnham-On-Sea couple's display of 20,000 Christmas lights on
Saturday night (December 5th). Mike and Denise Perrin have decorated
their home to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice for nine years.
attend Xmas charity concert
190 people filled Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Saturday night
(December 5th) for a Christmas concert performed by youngsters
from two local schools. Organised by Burnham Lions Club, the 'Children
Singing For Children' event raised more than £700 for charity.
planted along town road
GRASS verges along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road
will be bursting into colour next Spring after hundreds of bulbs
were planted by members of the town's Rotary Club on Sunday (December
6th). Volunteers from the group grabbed spades and shovels to
bury the daffodil bulbs.
danger' alert at school
at a Burnham-On-Sea school have this week been issued with a 'stranger
danger' warning after a child was approached by a motorist as
he cycled home. The incident occurred last Friday after the boy
left St Andrew's School to cycle home.
The headteacher has written to all parents. More...
trees planted in record bid
Special: OVER 100 new trees were planted
in one hour at Highbridge's Apex Park this morning (Saturday,
December 5th) when residents armed with shovels took part in a
nationwide attempt to set a tree-planting world record. Almost
40 people planted a total of 110 saplings around the main car
park area. More...
attend Bond theme night
of Burnham-On-Sea residents dusted
off their tuxedos and stepped into the world of James Bond on
Friday night (December 4th) when a Casino Royale evening was held
in the town's Princess Hall. The event was organised by The Friends
of The Princess and was well supported. More...
Road shuts for fortnight
Exclusive: A BUSY route
between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow will be closed for two weeks
next month while essential roadworks are undertaken, it has been
confirmed this week. The County Council has announced that Berrow
Road will be shut to all traffic from January 11th between the
junction with Links Gardens and Ash Tree Road.
lights show switched on
A STUNNING display of more than 10,000 light
bulbs, accompanied by Christmas music, has been unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Keith and Jane Mitchell switched on their annual display
at the front of their Winchester Road home this week attended
by neighbours and charity supporters. More...
centre 'is in UK top ten'
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information
Centre were celebrating today (Thursday) after being praised in
a nationwide customer service awards scheme. Over
290 tourist centres across the UK took part in this year's Visit
England Mystery Shopper Programme, with Burnham named seventh
£140k play area opens
long-awaited £140,000 revamp of Apex Parks play area
in Highbridge has been completed and the new facility was officially
opened by Cllr Jane Moreton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council,
on Thursday (December 3rd). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held
at the new play area, attended by parents and children. More...
joins festive celebrations
TURKEY and tinsel were the order of the day
for a group of residents in Highbridge this week when the town's
Mayor and Mayoress were the guests of honour at a special Christmas
luncheon. Over 20 people attended the annual Christmas Dinner
organised by the trustees of Southwell House.
in CCTV video appeal
police have this week released CCTV footage of a man they want
to interview in connection with an alleged public order offence
in Highbridge in June. The man is described as white, in his 50s
with a bald head, 5'6" in height and of stocky build. It
follows an incident in Market Street. More...
water skier scoops award
YOUNG water skier from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week
after making a splash at a national awards ceremony. Teenager
Toby Duggun was presented with the end-of-season winning trophy
and the award for 'most improved skier' at the national water
ski awards in Oxford. More...
Week fun planned in town
formers at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been busily organising
their annual Rag Week, which will take place between December
7th and 11th. The students will be supporting three charities
this year - Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, BIBIC and Guide
Dogs for the Blind. More...
road re-opened after crash
BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea was closed for several
hours today (Wednesday December 2nd) following a car accident.
Stoddens Road was closed by police after a two-car collision on
the bend near the entrance to the town's BASC Ground. A large
amount of oil was spilt and officers sealed off the road. More...
handed in at police station
police felt very fortunate when the bomb disposal team were on
hand to make safe a live shell that had been handed in at the
front desk. The shell
was discovered with other live explosives that had been brought
to the police station's front desk and handed to the front office
pool expansion approved
THE £330,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's
Swim and Sports Academy has this week been approved by district
council planners. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this year
how owners Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin wanted to build a huge new
two-storey extension at the Berrow Road property.
protest in Burnham
protest will be held in Burnham-On-Sea later this month to campaign
for a stronger global climate treaty. Highbridge resident Ben
Metcalfe, pictured, is organising the gathering on Saturday December
12th at 5.30pm on Burnham seafront and wants residents to join
seek speedwatch helpers
A NEW speedwatch
group could soon be set up along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road if
volunteers can be found. Police are seeking volunteers from the
Berrow Road area who are interested in being part of the new group
to help reduce speeding along the busy route. More...
otter is recovering well
otter cub is being looked after by carers at an animal rescue
charity near Burnham-On-Sea. The 10-week-old animal, called Puddle,
was brought to Secret World in East Huntspill after getting separated
from her family in flooding She was swept along a river in the
floods and was found in a distressed state. More...
week closure for swim pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool is to
close for six weeks later this month when thousands of pounds
of repairs to the base of the pool are carried out. Burnham Swim
and Sports Academy's pool in Berrow Road will close at 6pm on
December 12th and not re-open until 6am on January 25th.
Close 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 Tuesday
(December 1st) when residents lit up their homes. A
large crowd of onlookers watched the eight Trinity Close homes
switch on their decorations and residents celebrated with a Christmas
street party featuring live music. More...
arrested after cash theft
have been arrested after the theft of a cash box from a gaming
machine at Burnham-On-Sea's Sunspot Amusements earlier this week.
It came after police received a report from a walker on the town's
seafront on Sunday (November 29th) about suspicious activity on
the beach below.
over new flats scheme
for a controversial block of 13 beachfront
flats in Burnham-On-Sea have been submitted to the district council.
The proposed building, pictured above, is next to the beach in
Allendale Road and is different to the original scheme which caused
uproar last year - however nearby residents are still opposed
to the plans.
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