2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
January 2008 news archive
attacks arcade law changes
MP has this week tackled a senior government minister over the
"serious" impact that competition from new casinos and
changes to laws is having on seaside amusement arcades. During
Tuesday's parliamentary debate, Mr Heathcoat-Amory clashed with
Andy Burnham - the Secretary of State.
sign online petition
petition to save Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool from closure has
become one of the UK's top 200 best-supported petitions on the
Prime Minister's official Number 10 Downing Street website. By
Friday morning (February 29th), a total of 766 people had signed
boost for charities
HUGE £2,300 cheque was handed over to the Dorset and Somerset
Air Ambulance by members of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club on Thursday
(February 28th) following a successful fundraising event earlier
in the year. The
money was raised at a wassailing
to help local Morris dancers
AN EXTRA skip
and jump has been put into the performances of morris men in Brent
Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, with the news that British Telecom
is to give the group a grant worth several hundred pounds. The
group sent out leaflets to 15,000 homes last month.
information point to close
Council Information Point is set to permanently close at the end
of March in the latest of a long line of council cost-cutting
moves. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that the Information Point based
in Burnham Library in Princess Street (pictured) will shut on
pair continue training
TWO Arctic explorers who hope to
be the first to travel to the North Pole in a hovercraft are back
in Burnham-On-Sea this week, training with the town's rescue hovercraft
crew. Simon Marshall, from Wembdon and Alex Henney will attempt
the 500-mile trip in the spring of 2009.
shop visit for guides
girl guides were treated to a visit to a Burnham-On-Sea fudge
shop on Wednesday evening (February 27th) when they saw how the
sweets are made and even got to taste a few samples! The
group of 35 Brent Knoll guides visited Roly's Fudge Pantry.
bridge to close again
Walrow Railway Bridge is set to close for up to three months from
mid-March when work to strengthen it gets underway. Network Rail
has confirmed this week that the controversial bridge - which
has only been partially open to light vehicles since last September
amid fears about the safety of its structure - will shut from
looms for local post office
A POST office
near Highbridge has this week been earmarked for closure by the
announcement made on Tuesday (February 26th) revealed that Bason
Bridge post office near Highbridge is being considered for the
axe as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
seize alcohol in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea took action against under-age drinkers during
the half-term break. Officers from Burnham seized alcohol from
teenagers, mainly those drinking in parks and open spaces, and
the youngsters concerned were spoken to and given words of advice,
and some parents also informed.
clean for seafront signs
A WINTER of
storms and high winds has left signs along Burnham's seafront
looking worse for wear, so work has begun this week on refurbishing
them in time for the start of the tourist season. Town
councillor Peter Clayton and several friends sprung into action.
attack shelters again
has been hit by a new wave of petty vandalism this week with the
town's Marine Cove gardens and seafront being targeted. Vandals
attacked the boarded-up seafront shelters in Marine Cove by removing
roof tiles from the top of the buildings.
glimpse at Burnham's future
A FUTURISTIC set
of images released to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (February 25th)
show how the town centre could look in a few years' time if multi-million
pound regeneration plans get the go-ahead.
The photo montages show how the High Street and Victoria
Street will look if the plans to modernise and pedestrianise Burnham
get the green light.
spill update: Agency appeal
MEMBERS of the public could hold vital clues to
last week's serious oil spill in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea,
where a pollution clean-up operation continued on Monday (February
25th). The alarm was raised last Thursday after thick black oil
was discovered in the Mark Yeo.
crews tackle M5 blaze
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to a vehicle blaze on the
hard shoulder of the M5 motorway near the town on Monday evening
(February 25th). On
arrival, the crews confirmed that the car was well alight and
several hose reel jets were used to extinguish it. More...
crash causes M5 chaos
came to a standstill along the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday morning (February 25th) after an accident involving
this tanker resulted in fuel being spilt over all three lanes.
northbound carriageway was closed for several hours.
fights to save post offices
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week launched a new campaign
to stop the closure of post offices in our area. Ten
post offices across the Wells parliamentary constituency are under
threat and the MP will be holding a series of public meetings.
RNLI announces AGM
THE date of Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI's Annual General Meeting has been announced.
The lifeboat station volunteers will be joined by a guest speaker
from RNLI headquarters in Poole on Friday March 7th for the event,
which will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. More...
season for cod anglers
fish were reeled in by the 20 anglers taking part in a sea fishing
competition off Burnham on Sunday (Februry 24th). Disappointed
members of Burnham Boat Owners Association had taken to the waters
of Bridgwater Bay in a flotilla of ten boats. More...
awards £4.1m to family
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea
family has been awarded £4.1 million in compensation after
their daughter was left blind and suffering from severe brain
damage when doctors in Bristol took more than 20 minutes to resuscitate
her. Laura Gaines, now 29, was born with a defect.
crews tackle vehicle blaze
PARKED vehicle in Burnham-On-Sea was set alight in what fire crews
believe was a deliberate blaze during the early hours of Sunday
morning (February 24th). Two
fire crews from Burnham were called to Stoddens Road at 1.39am
after several 999 calls from worried residents.
term fun at sports centre
A BUSY week
of activities was held at Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre
as dozens of children enjoyed an active half-term holiday. The
centres Half Term Junior Activity scheme included a wide
range of activities ranging from trampolining to squash and football.
town councillor dies
Burnham-On-Sea businessman and former councillor has died at the
age of 62. Mike
Turco, pictured, passed away last week after a short illness.
He was leader of Sedgemoor District Council and oversaw the introduction
of Burnham swimming pool.
forward for charity walk
being encouraged to step forward to take part in the annual fundraising
walk between Burnham-On-Sea jetty and Brean Down and back to raise
money for the Alzheimers Society. The
15-mile beach walk will start at 11.30am on Sunday May 25th.
shop is 'best in west'
Burnham-On-Sea shop owners John and Katharine Edwards are celebrating
again after scooping a top award in a national competition for
the second year running. Material
Needs in the High Street has been voted 'South West Stitching
Retailer Of The Year'.
re-opens after dispute
dispute over a Burnham-On-Sea footpath has finally been resolved
after years of negotiations. A new, modern path was opened this
week between Marine Drive and the Catholic Church's car park following
agreement between Somerset County Council and the Clifton Diocese
over the right of way.
dog by-laws 'won't change'
District Council has denied press reports that it is considering
introducing changes to the laws which ban dogs from Burnham-On-Sea
beach all year-round. It had been claimed that the town's beach
could come under tougher, new proposals being considered by the
problem for churchyards
in Burnham-On-Sea have been cordoned off following a health and
safety check of the town's churchyards. Five headstones in Burnham
have been deemed to be in such an unsafe condition that they have
been taped off by Sedgemoor District Council.
Lane closed after crash
road was shut to all traffic following an accident involving two
vehicles on Thursday night (February 21st). One person was taken
hospital in an ambulance following the collision in Love Lane,
near the Tesco supermarket, at around 9.30pm.
young local chefs who won Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club's Young Chef
Of The Year competition were presented their awards on Thursday
night (February 21st). Natalie Peeke and Kelly Linthorne received
their prizes from Rotary President Colin Durston.
Parkway misses out on cash
million injection of money into Somerset's highways and transport
infrastructure was approved by the County Council on Wednesday
(February 20th), but there was disappointment that Burnham's Frank
Foley Parkway will not be completed with the cash. County
Councillors agreed their budget for the next year, which will
enable improvements across the county.
birds rescued after spill
rescuers from the Burnham-On-Sea area were called into action
on Thursday (February 21st) after an oil spill polluted a mile-long
stretch of a stream running through Mark village. Several
oil-covered birds were rescued by volunteers from Secret World,
helped by a rescue boat crew from Burnham-based BARB.
plans given boost
pound plans to regenerate the centre of Burnham-On-Sea took another
step forward on Wednesday (February 20th) when the district council
approved the detailed design for the Civic Pride project. Sedgemoor's
Executive Committee approved the designs for the scheme.
tackled at cattle market
were the scenes in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (February 20th)
after a fire broke out in an outbuilding at the town's cattle
market. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the
scene just before 7pm after smoke was reported to be billowing
out of a covered building.
race boost for town
of Europe's top cyclists will be rolling into Burnham-On-Sea this
autumn when the town will take centre stage in the Tour of Britain
Cycle Race. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that Burnham will be formally
announced next month as one of the finishing points for the Somerset
stage of the 2008 Tour of Britain. More...
cut free after accident
removed the roof of this badly damaged car to get to a passenger
inside following an unusual accident
the centre of Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (February 19th).
driver of the Mercedes lost control of the vehicle in the Somerfield
supermarket car park after the vehicle's accelerator pedal apparently
workshops prove popular
BUDDING young Steven Spielbergs of the
future were able to try out their film-making skills during a
series of half term workshops in Highbridge this week. The 'Make
A Film in A Day' workshops were held in the town's Morland Community
Centre in Pearce Drive. More...
boxing returns to Brean
enthusiasts from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be gathering in
Brean next month when the Leisure Park holds its 23rd annual Dinner
Boxing evening. The
boxing event, to be held on Thursday 6th March, will include many
boxers from clubs across the West Country. More...
pool's lease advertised
appear in the press this week inviting bids from companies who
want to take on the lease of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened
swimming pool. Sedgemoor District Councils Task and
Finish group has been considering various ways of keeping
the pool open in recent weeks. More...
CCTV camera for gardens
A BRAND new CCTV camera was installed in Burnham's vandalism-hit
Manor Gardens on Monday (February 18th) in a fresh attempt by
local police to crack down on crime. The new CCTV camera, pictured
here, was installed in the northern part of the gardens where
it will have good views of the area. More...
kit boost for RNLI
MEMBERS of Berrow Social
Club have presented Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager
Ricky Holmes with a new electronic weather station. The gadget
was handed over during a brief presentation ceremony held on Saturday
evening following a quiz. More...
pool hit by vandals
operation was underway at Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool this week
after vandals painted graffiti over the glass windows of the facility
and damaged a door. Racial
comments and other offensive terms were spray painted over windows.
crews sent to town blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to a Highbridge home during the
early hours of Tuesday morning (February 19th) after a blaze broke
out. Two fire engines were sent to the fire at River Bed House
in Sparks Way at 3.29am. The occupants had evacuated. More...
clean up dunes
volunteers armed with shovels, saws and wheelbarrows were out
in force in Berrow Dunes on Sunday (February 17th) when a day
of scrub clearance took place. Twenty green-fingered local residents
met in the Berrow nature reserve. More...
years of Civic Awards marked
DOZENS of Burnham and Highbridge Civic Awards winners gathered
together at a special tea party to mark the 20th anniversary of
the awards on Monday afternoon (February 18th). The event also
saw the unveiling of a brand new Honours Board by Mayor Pauline
Pollard and Deputy Mayor Neville Jones.
re-opens after power fault
swimming pool re-opened to the public on Monday evening (February
18th) after a 36-hour closure caused by a technical problem. The
pool was closed on Sunday morning and Monday due to an electrical
problem in the plant room. More...
gets that sinking feeling!
owner of this motorbike got a sinking feeling when his machine
became trapped in thick mud on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday
afternoon (February 17th). The scrambler had been riding along
the beach close to the town's pier when his machine sank into
the notorious mud at around 3pm, sparking a rescue bid by sympathetic
fault shuts pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea swimming pool was shut to the public
on Sunday (February 17th) due to a technical problem and is likely
to remain closed later on Monday. "The pool closed at 7am
this morning due to an electrical problem in the plant room,"
said Duty Manager Jeff Smith.
goat sparks rescue
rescuers launched a mission to rescue this goat on Sunday (February
17th) after it was believed to be injured and trapped on steep
cliffs at Brean Down, near Burnham. East
Huntspill based Secret World were alerted to a goat reported to
have been stranded. More...
house gains 4 stars
owners of a Burnham-On-Sea guest house are celebrating this week
after achieving four star status from both the AA and Visit Britain.
Magnolia House in Manor Road is the only guest house in the town
to hold both these sought-after awards simultaneously. More...
hours to be cut back
hours at Burnham-On-Sea Library are to be cut back from March
when a new opening schedule is introduced. Somerset County Council
has decided to reduce opening of Friday hours, but at the same
time start Wednesday opening. From
March 31st, the library will no longer open on Fridays after 6pm.
chill leaves icy scenes
THESE were the unusual scenes on Brean beach, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Sunday morning (February 17th) as sub-zero temperatures left
a bank of ice along the high tide line. The ice was deposited
along the beach after thermometers
fell to -6°c.
garden's expansion rejected
to expand a busy tourist attraction at the foot of Brean Down
have this week been turned down by district planners. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported last year how Brean Down Bird Gardens at Brean
Cove (pictured) had submitted a planning application to extend
its facilities in time for the summer.
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 writes about the "darkening
economic picture", the decision to turn down the bid to build
a Brent Knoll wind farm, and plans for a Severn Barrage. More...
due on farmers' market
is to be held between Burnham-On-Sea Town Council and the organisers
of Somerset's Farmers Markets later this month to secure the future
of the monthly events. The loss of Town Centre Manager, Anne-Marie
Spalding had put a question mark over the future of the markets.
local restaurant opened
MORE than 150 people were invited along to the
official opening of a new £450,000 restaurant on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (February 15th). The Oak Tree
was formally opened at the Oak Tree Arena speedway track by the
Chairman of British Speedway. More...
attack phone box
SHARDS of broken glass were strewn over pavements
near a Highbridge school on Friday (February 15th) after vandals
attacked a phone box. The glass surrounds of the box on the corner
of North Avenue, opposite the entrance to King Alfred School,
was kicked in.
seized in new police raid
recovered hundreds of pounds worth of cannabis following a raid
on a home in Highbridge on Thursday morning (February 14th). The
intelligence-led operation involved Burnham police officers executing
a warrant under the misuse of drugs act.
community bid gathers pace
fighting to save Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming
pool met this week to discuss a possible community bid to take
on ownership of the facility. Tom Ashton, Chairman of the Save
Our Swimming Pool campaign group, met local Liberal Democrats
to discuss the plan.
fun comes to Brean!
are underway in Brean this week as the village's Coastline Players
prepare to perform their annual pantomime, which this year is
Aladdin. Tickets are on sale now for the colourful show, which
will be held in Brean Village Hall from Monday February 18th-23rd.
calls for road re-opening
of angry beach users have signed a petition calling for Berrow
Beach to open to vehicles all-year-round. The petition, signed
by 200 people, comes after Sedgemoor District Council took the
decision to shut the entrance onto the beach over the winter months
at the end of last year.
braced for lighting bill
Exclusive: SEVERAL groups
in Burnham-On-Sea face bills for thousands of pounds due to tough
new regulations requiring them to test street lighting columns.
Tighter health and safety regulations have recently come into
force that require lighting columns to be tested for their structural
award nominees sought
Highbridge Town Council is soon to consider nominations for this
year's annual Civic Awards. The
awards are given to people deemed to have rendered outstanding
service to the community and will be presented at the Annual Civic
council's 4.5% tax rise
District Council will boost its coffers by around £200,000
following a decision on Wednesday (February 13th) to set its proportion
of the Council Tax at 4.5 per cent. The
increase equates to a rise of £5.23 per year for a Band
D property, totalling £121.38. More...
swan rescued on lake
A SWAN that had been shot in the eye with an airgun
is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by
an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning
(February 13th). BARB and Secret World conducted the rescue in
town be pedestrianised?
businesses are this week being asked for their opinions on controversial
plans to pedestrianise the town centre. Hundreds of survey forms
have been sent to firms in the centre of the town to assess their
feelings about restricting traffic along the High Street (pictured)
at certain times of the day.
find drugs at Highbridge pub
police found traces of Class A drugs during a search at a Highbridge
pub on Tuesday (February 12th). A warrant was carried out at the
Coopers Arms at 9am as a result of intelligence given to police
from the community that drug misuse was going on at the premises.
for Berrow volunteers
volunteers are being invited to help with a day of scrub clearance
and other work at Berrow Dunes this Sunday (February 17th). Sedgemoor
Conservation Volunteers will be visiting the nature reserve to
undertake a day of work, including marram grass planting. More...
shelters boarded up
in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens have been boarded up in
an attempt to protect them from ongoing vandalism. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported on two incidents during January when the windows of the
seafront shelters were smashed. More...
steps up footpath pressure
A BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has written to the Transport
Minister, Rosie Winterton, to try and push forward a scheme to
build a footpath and cycle way along a dangerous stretch of road
at Berrow. The
scheme for Coast Road has been blocked. More...
arrested after crash fight
A MOTORIST was arrested for assault after allegedly fighting with
another driver following a road accident outside Highbridge on
Tuesday morning (February 12th). Police
were called to a two-vehicle collision involving a Ford Transit
and a Ford Escort on the Isleport Road. More...
steps in to river bank row
THE Environment Agency has stepped in to stop residents felling
trees and cutting back bushes along the banks of the River Brue
in Highbridge. Several
new residents living in Clyce Road have cleared away greenery
along the side of the river bank in recent days without the permission
of The Environment Agency.
crews tackle major blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset were called to tackle
a major fire in a building in the centre of Bridgwater on Monday
morning (February 11th). Three
people were rescued from the property as eight fire crews from
Burnham, Bridgwater, Taunton and Street fought the blaze. More...
plea after tyres slashed
police are seeking the public's help following a spate of criminal
damage to parked vehicles in the town. Thirteen cars had their
tyres slashed or bodywork damaged on January 30th and 31st in
and around the town centre of Burnham-On-Sea, as first reported
by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
photos: Charity night fun
200 people filled the main hall of Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday
Park on Saturday evening (February 9th) when more than £2,000
was raised for a town charity. The event included a race night
and auction for Burnham's Community Medical Equipment Fund. More...
TV drama filmed at Brean
BREAN Down was transformed into a film set over the weekend when
a BBC film crew recorded scenes for a major new TV drama series.
The six-part, primetime BBC One series Bone Kickers is
being filmed across the West Country, with the Brean Down scenes
shot on Sunday (February 10th).
weather pulls in visitors
warm weather brought crowds of visitors to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday
(February 10th), giving businesses in the town a boost. The
sushine and mild temperatures saw dozens of walkers strolling
along The Esplanade and creating a surge in ice cream sales. More...
re-opens station shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's shop is re-opening
for business on Saturday 16th February following
its winter break and is looking for new volunteers to help run
shop is located in the lifeboat station compound at the rear of
Somerfield Supermarket in Pier Street. More...
Love Week celebrated!
Burnham-On-Sea residents flocked to a health food shop in the
town on Saturday (February 9th) to take part in a nationwide food-tasting
event. Kyffins in Victoria Street is one of 600 shops nationwide
involved in the third annual 'Purple Love Week'. More...
CCTV boost for gardens
than £5,000 has been spent upgrading the CCTV camera in
Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens in an effort to stamp out
ongoing vandalism. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported on two seperate
incidents last month in which the windows of shelters in the gardens
were smashed and fences were torn down.
shop owner to retire
Burnham-On-Sea's longest running shops is to close at the end
of February when its owner retires after 46 years of business.
Keith Cox, 72, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he has "enjoyed every
minute" of his time running the electrical store on the High
joins search for angler
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was called to Weston-super-Mare
on Friday (February 8th) to help Coastguards in their search for
a missing fisherman. The Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was launched
from Uphill beach with several Weston Coastguards onboard to conduct
a search of more than 14 miles of mudflats. More...
message on pool talks
"PROMISING progress" is being made in the search to
find a new owner for Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming
pool, bosses from Sedgemoor District Council told 150 people at
a packed meeting in the town on Thursday
(February 7th). The
public meeting gave residents a chance to grill the council.
group's charity boost
CHEQUE for £1,000 has been handed over to local animal rescue
charity Secretworld this week in Burnham. Marion Day from local
dog training and agility group Canine Capers handed over the money
to Secretworld's Pauline Kidner in a ceremony at St Andrew's Hall.
blaze in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to a chimney blaze in a private
house in the town on Thursday evening (February 7th). A team of
firefighters was sent to Stoddens Road after a resident near the
junction with Rectory Road reported his chimney alight. More...
'threatened by reform'
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge fear medical centres in the town
could be put under threat by new government reforms that seek
to introduce longer opening hours. GPs at the two medical centres
are urging patients to contact local MPs amid concerns that government
pressure to extend opening hours could put the future of the surgeries
cop pledges more patrols
MORE visible policing looks set to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea
following a meeting between by the region's top cop and town councillors
this week. Chief
Superintendent Sandy Padgett said that she would like to see PCSOs
patrolling the town centre on foot. More...
causes Brean fire alert
THESE were the scenes in Brean on Wednesday afternoon (February
6th) when thick, billowing smoke led to a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea
engine was sent to the Three Acres Caravan Park in the centre
of the resort at 5.15pm after residents raised the alarm. More...
Club gives charity boost
of Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club handed out £2,000 to two grateful
charities on Wednesday evening (February 6th). In a ceremony held
at the Oak Tree Arena at Edithmead, near Burnham, the club gave
£1,000 to the National Blind Childrens Society and BIBIC.
of Stert Island Swim saved
of Burnham's annual Stert Island Swim has been safeguarded thanks
to a local athletics group. Nigel Roderick, Leisure Manager at
the council confimed to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday morning
(February 6th) that West Country Tri-athletes would be taking
over the event.
of 48 trees is approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans by a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park to fell 48
protected trees on its property have been met with objections
by town councillors. Burnham Holiday Village wants to fell a long
line of trees that have grown beside homes in Maple Drive, pictured.
wall struck by more graffiti
sea wall has been attacked again by graffiti vandals, prompting
a renewed clean-up operation. A racist slur and various four-letter
words have been daubed in paint over the structure near the top
of Cross Street - much to the anger of the town council. More...
Spring bursts into colour
of an early Spring are already starting to show at Burnham-On-Sea's
Apex Wildlife Park this week. It may only be early February, but
bunches of colourful daffodils are already in full bloom at the
park, as pictured here on Wednesday morning. More...
fashion show is a hit
of bargain-hunters filled King Alfred School's Main Hall in Highbridge
on Tuesday evening (February 5th) when a special fashion show
and sale was held. Almost 200 ladies flocked to the event, which
was organised by Burnham Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs. More...
set for more repairs
Energy has announced this week that it is to shut the nuclear
reactors at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, later this year
for further inspections. Hinkley Point was shut down for seven
months for boiler repairs last year and has been running at 60-70
25% jump in council tax rates
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to brace themselves
for a 25 per cent hike in council tax rates. Town councillors
in Burnham approved the inflation-busting increase at a meeting
on Monday evening (February 4th). It means a cost of £57.65
per Band D property, a jump of £10.
Active Living Centre opens
BRAND new Active Living Centre for residents over 50 opened in
Highbridge on Tuesday (February 5th). The facility, in Morland
Hall, was officially opened during a ceremony attended by Highbridge
County Councillor Rosemary Parsons, local PCSOs and the Stroke
up for Secret World funds
COFFEE morning to raise funds for local wildlife rescue charity
Secret World is to be held this Saturday (February 9th) at Burnham-On-Sea's
Methodist Church in College Street. Open from 10am to midday,
the event will feature many stalls including bric-a-brac and raffle.
hands out grants boost
from more than a dozen Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups received
grant boosts from the town council on Monday (February 4th). The
council awards grants to local groups every year at this time
and Mayor Pauline Pollard handed over £2,500. More...
safety advice for sailors
members of Burnham Sailing Club were treated to a specially arranged
sea safety talk by newly appointed Burnham RNLI Sea Safety officer
Chris Spencer. Chris and his two deputies, Nick Redding and Dave
Humphrey, examined club members lifejackets.
new homes for Highbridge
development in Highbridge could be set to grow still further if
plans for nine new homes are given the go-ahead by local planners.
Housing has just applied for planning permission to build nine
dwellings, within two buildings, on land north of Worston Road,
set to attend fundraiser
than 200 people are set to enjoy a 'Mysterious Night Of Fun and
Laughter' this Saturday (February 9th) when a special fundraising
event is held in Burnham-On-Sea. In addition to a race night,
there will be a star cabaret, Irish bingo and a charity auction.
sell-off town's car park'
traders in Highbridge have officially launched a campaign to save
Street Car Park from closure. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported last week
how the car park faces the axe by Sedgemoor District Council as
part of its cash cutbacks.
roll up for security day
of cyclists had their bikes security marked and were given crime
advice when police in Highbridge held one of their weekly surgeries
in the town's Asda supermarket on Sunday (February 3rd). PCSOs
Claire Chambers and Gill Udall handed out crime reduction advice.
night raises £850
AUCTION of well-known people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area
has raised more than £880 for a tennis academy set up in
memory of young tennis player Nathan Edwards who died last year.
Dozens of people flocked to Oaktree Arena on Friday evening (February
40 attend public meeting
than 40 worried residents attended a 'street
briefing' in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Saturday (February
2nd) to air their concerns about vandalism and crime in the area.
Burnham police organised the event, which was held at the band
stand in the gardens, to explain what it is doing to tackle the
donate their winnings
members of a Burnham-On-Sea bowling club have donated their winnings
from last season to the life-saving charity that runs the town's
rescue hovercrafts. June Bridges, ladies captain at Burnham Bowling
Club, handed £90 to BARB on Saturday (Feb 2nd). More...
crew rescues trapped babies
of their most unusual call-outs, firemen in Burnham-On-Sea released
two babies from a locked vehicle on Saturday lunchtime (February
fire engine from Burnham was sent to St Mark's Road at 12.05pm
after the parents of two 18 month old babies reported the youngsters
stuck in a car.
warned of faulty buoy
in Burnham-On-Sea are this week being warned to take extra caution
when sailing into the town's bay due to a faulty buoy. An
official Notice to Mariners has been distributed to water users
due to 'number two buoy' being unlit due to a technical problem.
Dems back pool protesters
battling to save Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool from possible closure
have been given the support of the town's Liberal Democrat prospective
parliamentary candidate this week. Tessa Munt (pictured) met Tom
Ashton, Chairman of the SOS group. More...
bird's eye view of Burnham
what Burnham-On-Sea looks like from a bird's eye view? These new
photos show various views of the town from high above the land.
para-motoring enthusiast Pete Emery took advantage of the calm
weather conditions to fly over the town. More...
to hold public meeting
police are to hold a public meeting in the town's Manor Gardens
this Saturday (February 2nd) in response to mounting concerns
about vandalism and crime in the area. During
the last five weeks Burnham police have received and responded
to 17 calls from the public regarding problems.
camera club relaunched
camera enthusiasts gathered together on Thursday night (January
31st) for the relaunch of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Photography.
20 camera users, ranging from professionals and enthusiasts to
beginners, gathered at the BAY
slashed by town vandals
are investigating a spate of attacks on car tyres in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea this week. The
tyres of several vehicles were slashed by vandals in Jubilee Street
and Summerville Terrace late on Tuesday night (January 29th) -
much to the anger of local residents.
Park to host trade fair
businesses are getting ready to hold Brean's first ever holiday
home, touring caravan and motor home show. The
free event will take place on the weekend of Saturday March 8th
and Sunday March 9th and will be run by retailers and holiday
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