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is latest car victim
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea county councillor has become
the latest victim of a spate of car vandalism in the town. Cllr
Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, had two wing mirrors stolen
from vehicles parked outside his home in Highbridge Road on Thursday
night (December 30th). More...
drive arrests fall again
POLICE have praised drivers for heeding their warnings not to
drink and drive over the festive period. Since December 1st, police
have arrested 132 motorists following Operation Tonic stop checks
across the force area, which is down on previous years .
to celebrate New Year
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2011
in style with a line-up of entertainment tonight, New Year's Eve.
Local group Ginger Hitlas will be in action at the Railway Inn
in Burnham High Street, playing a line-up of popular music from
photos: 2010 in review
WHAT a year! Burnham-On-Sea.com looks back at a dozen of
the memorable moments of 2010. It was the year that Burnham and
Highbridge got a new MP, saw heavy snowfall on several occasions,
and enjoyed great success in the nationwide Britain In Bloom competition.
appeal after cars attacked
are appealing for witnesses after five vehicles were vandalised
in a Highbridge street earlier this week. The yobs struck in Worston
Lane during Boxing Day evening by damaging and removing the wing
mirrors of parked cars. Anyone with information
should call Crimestoppers. More...
Hinkley group formed
fighting the expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea
have this week joined a new nationwide group that aims to halt
the development. Communities Opposed to New Nuclear Energy Development
(CONNED) brings together groups across the
baffles with shop move
NATIONAL bookmaker's chain has confused some residents in Highbridge
this week when it shut its town centre shop, then opened a new
one just five doors away the following day! William Hill closed
its Market Street shop next to the busy A38 roundabout
but opened a new shop just 20 paces away down the same street!
issues lanterns warning
A BERROW farmer has urged residents in Burnham-On-Sea not
to let off Chinese lanterns during this weekend's New Year festivities
after six of the burning objects landed within a few metres of
her hay barn this week. Wendy Welland, from Faircott Farm, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com the lanterns which came down on Christmas Night
could easily have caused a fire. More...
waste and recycling is being cleared this week in the Burnham-On-Sea
area by Somerset Waste Partnership collection crews and recycling
staff. After a week of severe weather when they were disrupted,
kerbside services have been underway since Tuesday.
County Council Leader Ken Maddock has this week spoken of his
optimism for the year ahead despite the threat of further multi-million
pound financial cutbacks across our area. The comments come in
his New Year's Message issued
on Wednesday (December 29th). More...
week's Ritz films reviewed
Includes Video Trailers: BURNHAM-On-Sea
film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the latest films
currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street
- Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers. Read more of Molly's
reviews of films showing in Burnham here each week. More...
boost for golf range
of golfers from across the area swung into Burnham-On-Sea Golf
Range during the snowy weather after most local golf courses were
closed by the extreme conditions. Collecting the white golf balls
in the snow proved to be the proverbial needle in the haystack,
but Burnham Golf Range remained open every day during the wintry
ruined by burst pipe flood
FRESHLY-opened Christmas presents were ruined after a burst
pipe sent water flooding through ceilings in a basement flat on
Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this week. The water gushed into the
flat on The Esplanade early on Monday morning (December 27th)
at the start of this week's thaw. More...
dip to be held in Burnham
GROUP of brave fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea will dash into the
sea during a sponsored dip on the first day of 2011. Two local
charities will benefit from the event, which is scheduled to start
at 3pm this Saturday afternoon (January 1st) next to Burnham's
brings burst pipe floods
rise in temperatures has caused flooding after a number of water
pipes burst in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. Burnham's town
fountain in Pier Street is among the structures to be affected,
with water flowing out across surrounding pavements and streets.
led to railway suicide
DEPRESSED mother who committed suicide just a week before her
daughters wedding ended her own life because the stresses
of life had become too much, a court heard last week. Lynette
Rawles, 63, killed herself by crouching in front of a train in
boost for Shelterbox
CHRISTMAS raffle by Burnham-On-Sea
Scouts has raised hundreds of pounds for an international disaster
relief charity. £500 was raised for Shelterbox by the youngsters,
who sold hundreds of raffle tickets for cash prizes and meals
in local restaurants. More...
starving swans rescued from ice
carers and a rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea have today (Sunday)
rescued more than 20 swans from a frozen waterway on the Somerset
Levels. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue captured
21 birds, with the help of Burnham-based rescue charity BARB.
Christmas in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea woke to a white Christmas for the first time
in many years. There were icy scenes throughout the Burnham area.
A week of sub-zero temperatures meant last weekend's snowfall
had not melted away, leaving the town under a coating of the white
shop to close?
A long-running shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
could close after suffering its worst-ever Christmas trade. Graham
Cook, owner of GC Music in Cross Street, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
he is considering shutting his shop. The firm had its worst-ever
year of Christmas trade.
Xmas post raises £800
of scouts have made their final deliveries of Christmas post across
the Burnham-On-Sea area as part of an annual fundraising drive.
The 1st Huntspill and Highbridge Scout Group delivered thousands
of items of post, raising more than £800 for the
District Council's legal team has this month targeted alleged
benefit fraudsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area by taking cases
to court. Two local men have appeared at Bridgwater Magistrates
Court over the past week in connection with cases of alleged
roads claim two more cars
Eve turned out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons for these
two unfortunate motorists. Icy side roads in the Burnham-On-Sea
are still proving to be treacherous, almost a week after the last
main snowfall swept in and blanketed our area. More...
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week celebrating Christmas
at numerous services. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled a guide
to a selection of the main religious services
taking place across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge areas on
December 25th. More...
staff struggle with backlog
services in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been severely disrupted
by the wintry weather, with some residents not receiving any mail
for the past week. While the team have been catching up with a
huge backlog of post at Burnham Sorting Office, some Christmas
deliveries may not be made in time. More...
players boost charities
local charities have this week been given a Christmas financial
boost by a group of Burnham-On-Sea bingo players. Burnham's Wednesday
Bingo Club, which meets weekly in The Princess Theatre, has held
a series of raffles and fundraisers during the year. More...
spark ice safety alert
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have today (Thursday) issued a warning
to residents about staying well clear of icy lakes after several
youngsters were spotted walking across thin ice at Apex Park in
Highbridge. Inspector Roger Tolley from Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that people put themselves in great danger by going on the ice.
services to go ahead
services at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church are set to go ahead
as planned after the danger from falling icicles decreased on
Thursday (December 23rd). We first reported on Wednesday morning
that the church in Highbridge Road had been sealed off as a safety
are reminding people in the Burnham-On-Sea area of some simple
crime prevention tips to help ensure they have a crime-free Christmas.
Before heading off to visit relatives and friends, police are
encouraging residents to ensure their homes are safe and fully
enjoy Dickens celebration
100 people braved snow and ice to attend an evening of festive
family entertainment in Brent Knoll's St Michael's Church. The
event - called 'A Dickens Of A Christmas' - featured traditional
carols, songs, poems and readings along with a special performance
of Oliver. More...
and rubbish collections face continued disruption today in the
Burnham-On-Sea area as Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) crews
struggle to get through the snow and ice to carry out collections
and catch up with past missed services over the past few days.
Poppy Appeal boost
at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll have handed over a cheque
for more than £13,000 to The Royal British Legion. The cash
has been raised from the sales of the charitys poppies at
the garden centre during the past seven years for the Poppy Appeal.
donation for children
at Homes in Sedgemoor have raised almost £200 to buy sweets
for local children in the Burnham and Highbridge area this Christmas.
The team have collected £180 throughout December by holding
various activities including raffles and auctions to raise the
rescued from icy Apex lake
crews in Burnham-On-Sea used ropes and ladders to rescue a man
who became trapped in a lake in Highbridge this afternoon (Wednesday,
December 22nd). Two
fire engines and an ambulance rushed to Apex Park at 3pm after
a man got into difficulty in one of the lakes.
welcomes power talks
MP has this week welcomed the start of a public consultation period
on burying new power lines in our area underground in place of
building huge pylons across the countryside. National Grid had
planned to build a 37-mile line across the county. More...
danger shuts town church
crews in Burnham-On-Sea have sealed off a busy church in the town
centre today (Wednesday, December 22nd) amid concerns that icicles
may come crashing down onto passing pedestrians. Entrance
routes to Burnham Catholic Church have been sealed off with fire
lights displays named
winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition
were announced on Tuesday (December 21st). Town councillors Ken
Smout and Phoebe Harling visited the best displays in the two
towns last week before choosing the winners of the various categories.
skiing 'better than Alps'
THIS week's heavy snowfall in Burnham-On-Sea has created perfect
cross-country skiing conditions along the town's seafront, according
to one resident. Sara Cox-Conklin, who runs Burnham's Swim and
Sports Academy, strapped on her skis today Tuesday (December 21st)
and found the snow on The Esplanade is "better than the Alps."
injured on town seafront
A furious dog owner has hit out at seafront fishermen in Burnham-On-Sea
after his spaniel was injured after swallowing a discarded fishing
hook, line and bait on Monday night (December 20th). Ashley Wyton
was walking his seven year-old dog, Archie, along The Esplanade
when it found the fishing kit. More...
set for white Christmas
looks set to have its first white Christmas for years after forecasters
predicted this week's freezing weather is due to continue into
the weekend. The Met Office has issued new weather warnings for
ice and snow
over the next few days for the Burnham area. More...
against wind farm plans
THE RSPB has this week formally objected against plans for
a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea. The Royal Society for the
Protection of Birds has written a letter of objection regarding
the proposals by Ecotricity to build four 120m tall wind turbines
at West Huntspill. More...
that Burnham or North Pole?
Christmas must have felt at home when he dropped in at the town's
hovercraft rescue station at the weekend! Dozens of families braved
the snowy weather to visit him during a special festive fundraiser
at the BARB hovercraft station on The Esplanade. More...
in store for shoppers
foyer of a Highbridge supermarket has been a hive of festive activity
this week as carol singers entertain shoppers. The Burnham and
Highbridge Town Band, Coastline Singers and a group of Churchfield
School pupils have been singing at the Asda store for charity.
makes surprise visit
Christmas delighted scores of children at Highbridge Childrens
Centre when he dropped in on the final day of term. Santa handed
out presents to the youngsters, as pictured, during a surprise
visit during the centre's last day before the festive holidays.
Town snow updates
is affecting various services and events across the Burnham-On-Sea
area this week. This regularly-updated list shows which services
and events are being hit during the bad weather. Get in contact
if you have an update that should be added. More...
inches of new snowfall
heavy snow fell on Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday), covering roads
and pavements in the town with a fresh covering. Forecasters said
freezing temperatures overnight will create more hazardous driving
conditions, prompting a fresh police plea. More...
grit bins for residents
THE Town Council has placed four grit bins in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge to help residents keep pavements free of ice. The
council says it is working alongside Sedgemoor District Council
and Somerset County Council to try and keep roads and pavements
in the two towns safe. More...
crews provide snow help
BURNHAM-On-Sea rescue charity BARB is helping health
carers reach patients across the area during today's severe weather.
This morning (Monday, December 20th), BARB's two 4x4 trucks are
being used to transport local doctors and community nurses on
their rounds across the Burnham area. More...
birds stolen from aviary
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for the public's
help after the theft of several rare aviary birds from a property
in the town. Two separate thefts of birds have occurred this month
and in October, prompting the appeal from officers investigating
the cases. More...
fume over icy High St
TRADERS in Burnham-On-Sea have been left reeling after snow
turned the town's High Street and pavements into an 'ice rink'
on what should have been the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
Shop owners say Somerset County Council should be gritting the
High Street and removing snow and ice. More...
eye view of town in snow
THESE stunning photos of Burnham-On-Sea were shot by an aerial
photographer high above the town this weekend. Jeff Thomas took
the 'birds eye' photographs of the snow-covered town from inside
his microlight 1,500 fee soaring along the coastline.
newspaper reports suggest that the prospects for the cash-strapped
Pontin's chain of holiday camps is 'darkening' as property bidders
descend upon the business with proposals to bulldoze the holiday
parks. The firm went into administration during November.
Burnham-On-Sea mother has hit out at heartless vandals who destroyed
her daughter's snowman. Nikki Triggol says her three-year-old
daughter, Jasmine, was left "distraught" when the two
teenage vandals struck her garden in Cheddar Close on Saturday
inches of snow falls on town
six inches of snow fell on Burnham-On-sea overnight and residents
have today (Saturday) been warned to expect more in the hours
to come. These were the wintry scenes across the Burnham area,
which created treacherous driving conditions for motorists.
causes road accidents
have been urged to take extra care after treacherous road conditions
in Burnham-On-Sea caused a number of accidents on Saturday (December
18th), including this one in Stoddens Road. Up to six inches of
snow in Burnham created hazardrous driving conditions.
gesture helps residents
community-spirited group of Highbridge youngsters have come to
the aid of residents struggling with slippery pavements caused
by this weekend's snow. Lucas Adams, 12, Sophie Adams, 10, and
Megan Adams, 6, spent Saturday clearing snow and ice
along Church Street. More...
Jingle Run postponed
annual Jingle Run, which was due to take place on Sunday morning
(December 19th), has been postponed due to the wintry weather.
The event has been rearranged by the organisers for Sunday 2nd
instead when it's hoped the weather will be milder. More...
careers off M5 into ditch
THREE people had a lucky escape after an accident on the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 17th). In slippery
wintry weather, a motorist lost control of his vehicle and ended
up leaving the southbound carriageway and careering into a ditch.
at Choral Society concert
HIGHRIDGE'S Mayor Michael Clarke was among a congretation of more
than 150 people who filled the town's St John's Church on Thursday
evening (December 16th) for a festive choral concert. Burnham
and Highbridge Choral Society performed a festive programme. More...
'stole £4k from town firm'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was caught stealing from the company
he worked for in Highbridge could face a possible prison term.
Sedgemoor Magistrates Court heard how 59 year-old Stephen James
Whild admitted six charges of theft from the Highbridge firm.
A blanket of snow covered the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday)
with more forecast for this weekend. Around two inches of the
white stuff had fallen by Friday evening, creating these wintry
scenes around the town as captured by Burnham-On-Sea.com readers.
gritters in action
SOMERSET County Council's gritting teams are working through the
weekend to help main roads roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area passable
despite the heavy snowfall. 23 gritters have been working to pre-treat
key roads which consists of 870 miles. More...
warning for Burnham
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect
snow and ice over the next few days. Scenes like these in Burnham
earlier in the year could be repeated as the Met Office predicts
icy weather will sweep in, with snow following on Saturday. More...
evening in Brent Knoll
AN evening of festive family entertainment is to be held in Brent
Knoll's St Michael's Church this Saturday (December 18th). The
event - called 'A Dickens Of A Christmas' - will be filled with
traditional carols, songs, poems and readings along with musical
THE coalition government has torn up its pledge of 'no subsidies
for nuclear power' by this week unveiling a series of measures
aimed at financially supporting the construction of new nuclear
power stations like Hinkley Point C, according to the Stop Hinkley
protest group. More...
heads to Burnham!
Christmas is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station
this weekend (December 18th and 19th) - and families are being
encouraged to come and meet him. Part of the BARB rescue hovercraft
station on Burnham's South Esplanade has become a Christmas grotto.
display stolen property
POLICE are asking people in Burnham-On-Sea to help identify almost
50 items of suspected stolen property. Residents in the town who
have suffered a recent burglary are being invited to view the
property during a special police event being held next month.
talks 'are continuing'
Exclusive: TALKS to safeguard the future of Burnham-On-Sea's
closure-threatened Princess Theatre are still ongoing with a positive
announcement expected over the next few weeks. The Town Council
and Sedgemoor District Council are in talks about the future of
the facilities. More...
assess festive displays
of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition
got underway on Wednesday evening (December 15th). Town councillors
Ken Smout and Phoebe Harling visited over 20 of the best displays
in the towns over the course of several hours.
start for Dreamscheme
Exclusive: OVER 20 children and three volunteer helpers
have come forward to join the soon-to-launch new Dreamscheme youth
group in Burnham-On-Sea. Officers at Burnham Police Station want
to repeat the success of Highbridge's award-winning Dreamscheme
with a new group. More...
library on cuts hit list
that the County Council may withdraw all funding for Highbridge
Library moved a step closure on Wednesday (December 15th) when
it was named on a list of threatened libraries. The council wants
Highbridge Library to be community run with no authority funding.
week's Ritz films reviewed
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the
latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria
Street. This week, she reviews the latest Narnia film. Read more
of Molly's reviews of films showing in Burnham here on Burnham-On-Sea.com
each week. More...
raises court travel fears
in the Burnham-On-Sea area may be able to attend courts in Weston,
instead of having to travel to Taunton when Sedgemoor Magistrates
Court in Bridgwater closes next year, the government announced
during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday.
photos: Youth cafe party
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea youth cafe were in a festive mood
on Tuesday evening (December 14th) when they held their annual
Christmas party. More than 30 members of Burnham's Shed Youth
cafe donned fancy dress for the special event held at the BAY
light for 13 new homes
A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for 13 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea
was approved by district council planners on Tuesday (December
14th), despite concerns from residents and town councillors. The
application was given a green light at a district council meeting.
competes in TV contest
A Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger sharpened up his knife to take
part in a televised competition where the title of 'Young Fishmonger
of the Year' was up for grabs on Tuesday evening (December 14th).
Mat Murray, 24, has worked at Sea Foods on Burnham High Street
for six years.
mile trip to nearest court
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon have to take a
20 mile trip to Taunton - instead of a ten mile trip to Bridgwater
- to visit the nearest magistrates court. Controversial cost-cutting
measures announced by the government on Tuesday (December 14th)
will see Sedgemoor Magistrates Court in Bridgwater (pictured)
'Why I abstained in vote'
MP has explained why she abstained in last week's controversial
parliamentary vote about raising students' university fees. Tessa
Munt decided not to vote for or against the motion to increase
university tuition fees in England to up to £9,000 per year.
becomes Mrs Christmas!
A BRAVE VOLUNTEER helper at Highbridge's St John Ambulance Badgers
has raised hundreds of pounds by dressing as Mrs Christmas for
a day! Neil Adams, pictured, brought smiles to the faces of his
group's members by agreeing to the crazy festive fun-raiser.
safety of youngsters at Berrow School has been boosted this week
with the donation of new fluorescent jackets. The clothing have
been given to the Reception and Year 1 pupils to help increase
their safety when travelling from the school on dark winter's
concert this Thursday
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society will be holding its annual
Christmas concert in Highbridge's St Johns Church this Thursday
(16th December). Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm,
will cost £3 on the door for adults with children being
admitted free of charge.
TV crew visits Burnham
A Burnham-On-Sea street's dazzling display of Christmas lights
attracted international media attention on Monday night (December
13th) when a TV crew from Germany visited the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported earlier this month how Trinity Close had switched
on its illuminations. More...
centre set to expand
Medical centre has this week uneviled proposals for a huge expansion
of its facilities. The
centre, based in Pepperall Road, has submitted a planning application
to build a new single-storey extension on its south west elevation.
The plans cover the creation of an extra four additional consulting
rooms and two treatment rooms.
warn drink drivers
POSTERS drawn by three local youngsters to highlight the dangers
of drinking and driving will be appearing in pubs and shops across
the Burnham-On-Sea area this week after being declared the winners
in an annual police competition on Monday evening (December 13th).
attend Christmas concert
MORE than 100 people attended a Christmas concert in Highbridge's
St John's Church on Saturday (December 11th). King Alfred Concert
Band performed an entertaining line-up of seasonal classics alongside
solo items and performances from the St Joseph's Singers.
lights deadline today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents who decorate their homes
with colourful lights are being urged to enter the towns' annual
Christmas lights competition. The Town Council is inviting residents
and businesses to enter the yearly contest by today (December
fayre boosts lifeboats
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats during
a festive fayre in the town on Saturday (December 11th). The Christmas
Fayre was held at Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church and included
games, a raffle, a white elephant stall and plants
and more. More...
looms on 13 homes
Exclusive: A controversial planning application for 13
new homes in Berrow looks set to be approved this week, despite
concerns from residents and town councillors. The application
at 181 Berrow Road has been recommended by approval by the council's
tree festival opens
A fortnight-long Christmas tree festival has opened in Burnham-On-Sea
with a dozen sparkling trees on display. St Andrew's Church is
holding the seasonal festival, along with a display of its life-size
crib, every day until Christmas Eve.
Entry by members of the public to the Christmas Tree Festival
is free. More...
fire safety warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to take extra care with
fire safety over the Christmas period. A new video has been released
by Devon & Somerset Fire to demonstrate how quickly a small
fire in a Christmas tree can spread
to a whole home in the space of one minute.
fume over petrol prices
Exclusive: PETROL prices in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have reached record highs this week, angering local motorists.
Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach is among the local people
who are fuming. Unleaded prices have this week hit a record average
of 121.76p per litre across the UK.
issues Christmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Michael Clarke, has issued
the following Christmas message to residents of the two towns...
"Christmas is upon us, and as we prepare to celebrate this
special time of year I would like to wish you all a very happy
week fun raises charity cash
pupils at King Alfred School have been taking part in a range
of crazy events during the school's annual fundraising Rag Week.
Sponsored fancy dress competitions and fundraising events have
been held throughout the week in aid of several local charities.
More than £3,000 was raised last year.
weather hits town trade
Exclusive: WINTRY weather over the past fortnight has hit
the Christmas trade of many businesses in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre as shoppers headed to indoor shopping malls instead. Several
shop owners say their early December trade was down on previous
years due to the sub-zero temperatures.
band holds Xmas concert
AN evening of festive music that's guaranteed to get you in the
mood for Christmas will be held in Highbridge on Saturday night
(December 11th). King Alfred Concert Band's annual Christmas Concert
will be held in St John's Church starting at 7pm
when all will be welcome. More...
set on fire deliberately
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have tackled two rubbish bin fires in
the town over the past 24 hours which may have been set deliberately.
One fire engine was sent to Southwell Cresent in Highbridge on
Wednesday - then again to Burnham town centre on Thursday. More...
Singers on top form
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Highbridge-based charity when
a carol concert was held in the town this week. The Coastline
Singers were on top form as they sang a collection of modern and
traditional Christmas songs in Highbridge Community Centre
for a local charity. More...
fundraiser this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS-themed concert to raise money for a Burnham-On-Sea
church's restoration fund will be held this weekend. St Andrew's
Church Choir and Sunday School will perform 'A Night Of Miracles'
at St Andrew's Church on Sunday December 12th.
lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE has put the final finishing touches to its display
of Christmas street lights, which was marked on Thursday evening
(December 9th) with a short ceremony. More than 30 lights and
Christmas trees have been installed on buildings in the town centre.
abstains in student vote
MP has abstained in the controversial vote about raising students
university fees today (Thursday December 9th). The coalition government
won the vote to raise tuition fees in England to up to £9,000
per year amid violent protests in Westminster.
poster worth £1,000?
THIS iconic tourism poster promoting
Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal holiday destination is expected to
sell for more than £1,000 when it's auctioned this week.
The poster is emblazoned with the words 'Burnham-On-Sea - The
Favourite Family Resort' is on sale. More...
hall's future secured
Exclusive: Users of a popular community hall in Highbridge
have a good reason to smile this week after a deal was struck
with Sedgemoor District Council for a new five year lease for
the building. Sedgemoor Community Partnership, which oversees
Morland Community Hall in Pearce Drive, announced the good news
about the deal during its AGM. More...
open evening at Brean
A CHRISTMAS open evening will be held at Brean Cove Café
on Tuesday (December 14th) when the public will be able to hear
about the National Trust's plans for the area. The National Trusts
Somerset Countryside team will be on hand to discuss the proposals.
A NEW Dreamscheme youth group is to
be set up in Burnham-On-Sea during the early part of 2011, with
organisers appealing for volunteers this week. Highbridge's Dreamscheme
group has been highly successful, winning several awards, and
Burnham wants to repeat the success. More...
joins candle-lit service
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among a congregation
of over 50 people during the town's annual Light Up A Life Service
on Wednesday (December 8th). Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman
Jane Moreton also joined Mayor Michael Clarke at the event. More...
on WikiLeaks list
A LOCATION in Highbridge has this week been named as being crucial
to US security in the latest batch of documents to be published
by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. The transatlantic undersea
cable station in Highbridge has been named as a top security location.
clock to get fourth face?
HIGHBRIDGE'S crumbling town clock looks set to be replaced with
a new four-faced clock in 2012 costing between £20,000 and
£25,000. The Town Council confirmed this week that it is
awaiting detailed drawings and plans from two clock manufacturers
for the new design. More...
spirit keeps going!
THE carnival season may be over until next year, but that's not
stopped generous members of Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club building
this mini illuminated cart to transport Santa around the streets
of the town to raise cash for two good causes
over the next fortnight. More...
over wind farm 'tactics'
fighting energy firm Ecotricity's controversial plans to build
a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have expressed their concern
at the 'tactics' being used by the firm after it lodged its formal
planning application this week. Ecotricity's plans for the Black
Ditch site outside East Huntspill have been slightly amended to
include four turbines instead of five.
heads to Burnham!
Christmas is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station
over two days on December 18th and 19th - and families are being
encouraged to come along and meet him. Part of the BARB rescue
hovercraft station on The Esplanade will be transformed into a
arrest after drugs checks
Over 100 people were screened for drugs use during a series
of police checks at two Burnham-On-Sea night clubs at the weekend.
Officers carried out the checks on partygoers at Michael's Bar
on The Esplanade and Skye Bar on Burnham-On-Sea High Street.
wins Rotary chef contest
economics students at King Alfred School in Highbridge have been
putting their catering skills to the test by competing in the
first round of the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition, organised
by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club.
Joe Harrington was judged to be the winner. More...
fined for alcohol sales
in Burnham-On-Sea have welcomed a court's decision to fine two
traders in the town caught selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.
Ismet Dogan from Zara's Mini Market in Abingdon Street pleaded
guilty to selling alcohol to a person under 18
before Sedgemoor Magistrates. More...
'recovering' after attack
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor who has spent the past month in
hospital after suffering a serious heart attack is slowly recovering,
the town's Mayor said on Monday night (December 6th). Cllr Eric
Gill suffered the attack at the start of November, shocking fellow
ban to cover both towns
public areas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge look set to become
alcohol-free zones after a police proposal was unanimously approved
by town councillors on Monday evening (December 6th). Officers
are keen to see the existing no drinking by-law covering several
streets extended to cover the whole of Burnham and Highbridge.
over bus service cuts
A town councillor has warned this week that many bus services
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are under threat due to the County
Council's budget cuts. Cllr Chris Williams says six services in
Burnham and Highbridge are at risk because the council is due
to announce huge cuts to its subsidies.
band festive music in town
and Highbridge Band will hold their annual Christmas concert on
Sunday 19th December at 7.45pm in the town's Princess Theatre.
This is a regular, popular performance and the last three years'
events have proved to be so popular that they have been almost
select Knoll candidates
Conservative Candidates who will contest next year's district
council elections in the new Brent Knoll ward, covering Brent
Knoll, part of Burnham Without, East Brent, East Huntspill and
Lympsham, have this week been selected by the party's members.
centre refurb begins
A MAJOR £150,000 project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea
Community Centre has got underway this week. The building in Berrow
Road - which is home to over 60 groups - is being given an overhaul
and work is scheduled to finish next April.
The historic building will be given a new lease of life with improvements
to the kitchens and toilets. More...
protesters issue appeal
CAMPAIGNERS calling for a new footpath to be introduced along
Berrow's Coast Road have this week urged local people to put pressure
on Somerset County Council to include the project in its new transport
policy. Their plea comes as Somerset County Council this month
starts a public consultation about its Future Transport Plan.
landlords for town pub
future of a long-running pub in Highbridge has been secured after
new lease holders took over it this week. Sue and Chris Jefferies
have become the new landlords at The Globe in Newtown Road. The
couple say it is an "honour" to take over the historic
town centre pub.
Christmas lights lit up
UNIQUE Christmas display of more than 10,000 lights whose sequence
is determined by the beats of festive tunes, has been switched
on in Burnham-On-Sea. Keith and Jane Mitchell have switched on
their impressive display at their Winchester Road home.
drops in at kids centre
Children's Centre staff and families have begun their seasonal
celebrations with a festive fayre. Its Christmas Fayre saw in
the region of 150 visitors and guests being treated to a wide
variety of stalls run by staff, volunteers and parents
- and a visit by Santa. More...
spring into action
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to burst into colour next Spring after
hundreds of bulbs were planted on Sunday morning (December 5th).
Several sackfuls of daffodil bulbs were buried along the grass
verges of the town's Frank Foley Parkway
and Queens Drive. More...
drive warning issued
in the Burnham-On-Sea area who drink and drive risk big fines
and prison terms if caught, police have warned this week. The
stark warning was issued by Avon and Somerset Constabulary as
it launched its annual Christmas drink driving campaign.
support Indian school
exhibition of paintings and photos by local artists in Burnham-On-Sea
raised more than £200 for an Indian school when it was held
on Saturday (December 4th). Dozens of people attended the fundraising
'R-Tex' and bric-a-brac sale at Burnham's Baptist Church.
backs permanent clocks change
MP has this week voted in favour of the UK's clocks being permanently
moved forward by an hour. She supported proposals to permanently
move the clocks forward, saying it would save money and lives,
generate jobs and boost tourism.
light up for 10th year
BURNHAM -On-Sea couple switched on their spectacular annual display
of 20,000 Christmas lights for a tenth year on Saturday (December
4th). Mike Perrin and wife Denice of Wilde Close decorate their
home to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice.
cheer across town!
Special: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and
Mayoress were among the local people getting in a festive mood
on Saturday (December 4th) when they attended a number of Christmas
events in our area. Christmas fairs and coffee mornings were among
water gets EU thumbs-up
quality of sea water in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow has been
praised this week after meeting strict EU guidelines in a new
survey by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency's staff,
pictured on their visit to Burnham earlier this year, take 20
samples from beaches throughout the bathing season from May to
gift giveaway at pier
CHILDREN in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to claim a free Christmas
present from the town's pier when it holds a festive give-away
during December. Bosses at Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion on The Esplanade
are giving all children who register in advance a free gift. More...
day of Christmas events
A BUSY day of Christmas events is being held in the Burnham-On-Sea
area today (Saturday, December 4th). The events include several
Christmas fayres, coffee mornings, a festive craft fayre in aid
of charity, a lights switch-on and several appearances by Santa
Ellie reaches finals
UP-and-coming young singer Ellie Rialas from Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea,
is among 13 young bands and musicians who have reached the semi-finals
of a regional music competition. Ellie has been competing in 'Live
and Unsigned', a competition run by Avon and Somerset Police.
community choir formed
DOZENS of local people have formed a new community choir in Burnham-On-Sea.
Almost 50 people attended the group's first singing session at
Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road - and a further
session is now being planned for early in the New Year. More...
packs survival boxes
DOZENS of survival boxes for use in disaster zones across the
world have been created by members of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel
Club this week. Rita Jolliffe, Sue Newbery and President Janet
Breed helped pack the Water Survival Boxes during a special session
earlier this week. More...
revamp for restaurant
A popular Italian restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea
has re-opened this week after an £85,000 refurbishment.
La Vela in Abingdon Street has re-opened its doors after a two-month
makeover that has seen it get a new look and introduce a new menu.
pool project takes shape
to create a £300,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's swimming
pool stepped closer to completion this week. The steel structure
of the new building at the front of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy
in Berrow Road swung into place, as pictured, as the new pool
and two-storey fitness complex started to take shape.
Xmas gift is a new boy!
DELIGHTED Amy Furber has already had the ultimate surprise Christmas
gift - a new baby boy. The 19-year-old from East Huntspill has
given birth to tiny David just a fortnight after discovering she
was pregnant. She had no idea she was expecting. More...
restaurant calls it a day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre restaurant which opened its doors
for business in March has shut down this week. Truly Scrumptious
at 20 College Street has closed after struggling to attract enough
customers, the third such business to close there in the past
three years. More...
meets Sedgemoor boss
SEDGEMOOR District Council's leader has discussed the challenges
facing local authorities with Prime Minister David Cameron during
a visit to Downing Street. Council Leader Duncan McGinty and Chief
Executive Kerry Rickards were invited to Number 10 alongside other
council bosses. More...
crews rescue stranded horse
A STRANDED horse was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews after
it got into difficulty in a ditch in the village of Mark on Thursday
morning (December 2nd). Crews were called to Vole Road in Mark
when a farmer raised the alarm after finding the animal stuck.
survey 'not representative'
A survey which shows there is strong support among of Burnham-On-Sea
residents for a proposed vehicle-free area in the town's High
Street has been drawn into question this week. Just 23 people
sent back feedback to the district council by the end of a formal
consultation period on the proposed partial pedestrianisation
of the High Street.
approved at former club
FORMER gentleman's club in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea will be
turned into four new flats after the district council this week
approved the scheme. The former Burnham Institute in Regent Street
will be converted into two and one bed flats. More...
Rise lights up for Xmas
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of Christmas
lights has been featured in the national media has this week burst
into festive colour. A large crowd of people saw Trinity Close
switch on its decorations on Wednesday evening (December 1st).
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