2009 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2009 news archive
POLICE have seized this mini-motorbike after angry residents complained
it was being riding on play equipment at Highbridge's Apex Park.
swooped on the 17 year-old rider this week and issued him with
a warning, before seizing the bike because it had no insurance.
band appeals for members
Scout Group's concert band has launched an appeal for new and
former members to get in contact to help with the group's upcoming
performance. The small group of Scouts and Guides is set to perform
The Lion King medley later in the year and wants to boost the
numbers taking part.
opens new internet cafe
Mayor cut the ribbon to officially open a new Internet cafe in
the town on Friday afternoon (February 27th). Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
was joined by Alex Turco, Burnham's Chamber of Trade Chairman,
to open the new venture called The Link in Cross Street.
prepare for 10,000ft jump
Burnham-On-Sea residents whose families have been affected by
Cancer are preparing to do a 10,000ft parachute jump to raise
funds for a charity that helps people affected by the disease.
Danny Sutton and Andy Low, who both work at Burnham's Tesco store,
are raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Rappers set to perform!
GROUP of rapping pensioners who are set to appear on ITV's Britain's
Got Talent later this year will perform in a Burnham High
Street shop this weekend. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on
'The Wrinkly Rappers' in January as they headed off to perform
held on town ferry plans
of a multi-million ferry service coming to Burnham-On-Sea moved
a step closer this week when ferry bosses met councillors in the
town for talks. The group, which included businessman Chris Marrow
and senior officials from Sedgemoor District Council, were spotted
on Burnham's jetty.
Parkway work to start
construction of the final part of the partially complete Frank
Foley Parkway in Burnham-On-Sea will begin next week, Somerset
County Council announced on Thursday (February 26th). This final
section of the Burnham Eastern Distributor Road will complete
the link between Love Lane in Burnham and Pepperall Road in Highbridge.
"delight" at Foley Parkway
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has expressed his "delight"
at the news that work to complete the Frank Foley Parkway will
finally get underway next week. He said on Thursday evening (February
26th) that the County Council's announcement was very welcome.
pensioner robbed of savings
elderly pensioner was robbed of her savings in a sickening distraction
burglary in Highbridge on Wednesday afternoon (February 25th).
were called to Grange Avenue at 3.20pm, as pictured here, as their
investigations into the crime got underway
at the scene. More...
problems hit town pool
have been found with the floor of Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool
this week. Mark
Cox-Conklin, owners of the Burnham
Swim and Sports Academy, discovered
large 15x3 metre area of tiles had become dislodged
on Tuesday night,
requiring more repairs. More...
lake project is opened
£30,000 project to create new fishing platforms and two
new islands at Highbridge's Apex Willdlife Park was officially
opened on Wednesday (February 25th). Dennis Davey, Chairman of
Sedgemoor District Council, and Iain Turner, the Environment Agency's
Fisheries Technical Officer for the Wessex Area, were at the opening.
in fresh bid to build mast
giant O2 has this week submitted a formal appeal in its bid to
build a five metre tall phone mast on top of Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Cinema. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported in 2007 that O2 had
submitted an application to build the mast, disguised
as a flag pole.
box may go for good
has this week admitted it may not replace a Highbridge phone box
that was badly damaged after a car accident. The phone box in
Walrow was left severely dented and mangled last week, as pictured,
after a car smashed into the structure. Now, BT says it may not
photos: Action-filled holiday!
sixth form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School spent
part of their half-term holiday at the Outward Bound Trust in
Wales where they enjoyed various challenges that tested their
own survival skills and their ability to work together. We have
a full photo round-up from the trip.
legal fight starts in city
mother who says her daughter was born disabled because she was
exposed to industrial toxins during her pregnancy has this week
begun giving evidence at the High Court in London. Barbara Mallin,
from Highbridge Road, blames her 22-year-old daughter's birth
defects on an industrial clean-up.
at Highbridge school
are appealing for witnesses after a break-in at a Highbridge school
at the weekend.
Staff at Beechfield School in Highbridge found that the property
had been broken into when they arrived to open up on Monday morning
(February 23rd). Police have asked for the public's help.
'needs urgent repairs'
Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre have this week launched a campaign
to raise thousands of pounds to pay for urgently needed repairs
at the 150-year-old property. The campaign, backed by Burnham-On-Sea.com,
aims to generate enough cash to modernise the popular building
in Berrow Road.
crew tackles rubbish blaze
smoke and flames soared into the sky above Burnham-On-Sea on Monday
evening (February 23rd) as fire crews tackled a large rubbish
blaze. One Burnham fire engine was called to Players Lane, off
Berrow Road, in the town at 8.05pm after a garden fire burnt out
boxes stolen in our area
appealing for information following the theft of three Royal Mail
post boxes in villages surrounding Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend.
The traditional red boxes were stolen from Cornmoor Crescent in
East Huntspill, The Causeway in Mark and Mudgley Crossroads near
in Brean rescue exercise
Coastguards are preparing for another busy summer of rescues,
and on Sunday (February 22nd) they took part in an airborne training
exercise with the Royal Air Force next to Brean Down. The RAF's
169 rescue helicopter flew in to Uphill
Devon to work with Coastguards from Burnham and Weston.
seize illegally parked car
on this illegally parked vehicle in Highbridge after it brought
the town to a complete standstill on Sunday (February 22nd). Incredibly,
its owner had parked opposite the roadworks in Church Street,
preventing larger vehicles from getting through the town centre.
car could not be saved
fault caused a serious fire that destroyed this car at East Huntspill
on Sunday afternoon (February 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters
were sent to the B3141 at 12.04pm to extinguish the blazing vehicle
- but it could not be saved, as our exclusive photos show.
to be rebranded in April
has announced the date when its seafront supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea
will close in order for refurbishment work to begin as it becomes
a Morrisons store. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported in January that the Somerfield store in Pier Street
is being rebranded after a change of ownership.
reward for youngsters
Highbridge who have been taking part in a week
of community work as
part of the town's new 'Dreamscheme' project
were rewarded with an afternoon of ten pin bowling on Saturday
(February 21st). Dozens
of youngsters travelled to Stardust Amusements.
cafe names opening date
date of a brand new youth cafe in Burnham-On-Sea has been announced
this week. Final preparations are being made for the launch of
the cafe at the Burnham Area Youth Centre at 4pm on March 6th.
As well as refreshments, it will offer access to PCs with Internet
access, games consoles and a pool table.
hurt in road collision
in Burnham-On-Sea was briefly closed by police on Friday evening
(February 20th) after an accident involving a cyclist. The Esso
petrol station roundabout at the junction of Love Lane was shut
at 8.10pm for several minutes while emergency services were at
alert on Brean Down
fire crews rushed to Brean Down on Friday morning (February 20th)
after a walker reported seeing large plumes of black smoke on
the rocky outcrop. Fire spokesman Paul Slavin told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Two fire engines from Burnham were sent to Brean Cove at
shops attacked by vandals
are appealing for witnesses after five shops in the centre of
Burnham-On-Sea had windows smashed in the early hours of Thursday
(February 19th). One shop, The Esplanade Fish Bar, had three windows
smashed and a back door kicked in, as pictured here, as the vandals
went on a wrecking spree.
for Civic Awards nominees
and Highbridge town councilors are inviting nominations for the
towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people
who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community
and they will be presented at the Civic Service, held each summer.
crews tackle kitchen blaze
the scenes in part of Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (February
19th) as two fire crews were sent to extinguish a kitchen blaze.
Two Burnham-On-Sea fire engines were sent to Stiling Close, just
off Paddock Drive, at 5.20pm, as pictured here,
and the blaze was quickly brought under control. More...
dealing crackdown urged
in Highbridge is the top concern of residents in the town and
will be the focus for police over the next three months, it was
decided at a public meeting on Thursday evening (February 19th).
Thirty residents crowded into Morland Hall for the town's first
Marine Cove group formed
of volunteers was formed on Thursday (February 19th) to look after
Burnham's vandalism-hit Marine Cove Gardens. Sedgemoor District
Council held a 'Marine Cove Gardens Awareness Day' in the Princess
Hall where regeneration plans were on show and the new group was
anger over road cutbacks
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week criticised Somerset County
Council for slashing its highways budget by £1.25m as part
of a cost-cutting move. The MP said on Wednesday (February 18th):
"It is inexplicable that they are cutting essential expenditure."
vehicle rescued in a week
the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday (February 18th)
when a third vehicle in a week got stuck in mud and had to be
rescued. A survey quad bike became trapped on the mudflats near
the paddling pool on the town's beach at 10.30am, prompting a
park fees and council tax up
tax rates in Burnham-On-Sea will rise by an average of 4.5 per
cent in the coming year at the same time as car parking charges
in the town are also set to increase under budget plans approved
by the district council on Wednesday (February 18th).
students from Highbridge's King Alfred School gave up a day of
their half-term holiday on Wednesday (February 18th) to record
news stories onto audio tapes for local blind and partially-sighted
people. They recorded the tapes in a studio in Jaycroft Road,
Hall gets grant boost
Morland Hall received a welcome boost on Wednesday (February 18th)
when a new dedicated development worker started her job, thanks
to grant funding. Sedgemoor Community Partnership has received
a 'grass roots grant' from the Somerset Community Foundation to
pay for the dedicated worker.
lake project completed
£30,000 project to create these two new islands and 21 new
fishing platforms at Highbridge's Apex Willdlife Park is nearing
completion this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last
year how the park had been chosen to receive £25,000 from
the Environment Agency and £5,000 from the District Council.
wins £26k on TV show
Highbridge school teacher has won £26,000 on Channel 4's
hit TV quiz show Deal Or No Deal this week. Nagib Ghafar will
be a familiar face to former students of King Alfred School, where
he taught maths for several years and ran an after-school chess
He appeared on Tuesday's show. More...
repairs 'progressing well'
to repair Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool is progressing well,
its owners said this week. Burnham Swim and Sports Academy has
drained the Berrow Road pool and temporarily closed it until next
Monday (February 23rd) to allow much-needed repairs to its wall
and modernisation elsewhere in the building. More...
store is top of the shops!
Burnham-On-Sea shop owners John and Katherine Edwards are celebrating
this week after scooping three top awards in a national competition.
Material Needs in the High Street was voted 'South West Stitching
Retailer Of The Year' at the 2009 Craft Hobby & Stitch International
Awards for the third year running.
in tidy-up operation
in Highbridge tidied up the town's Apex Park on Monday (February
16th) as part of a new youth project that encourages them to improve
their local community while earning rewards. Dozens
of youngsters are taking part in the Dreamscheme initiative, in
conjunction with local police. More...
bid for holiday jobs
of job seekers flocked to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park's summer
recruitment day on Saturday (February 14th) as the affects of
the recession were clear to see. The Holiday Village's Josh Haywood
said: "It was an incrediby busy day. We saw around 500 people
applying for the 100 vacancies on offer."
your say on policing issues
in Highbridge can have their say about the priorities for police
in the town at a public meeting this week. Highbridge police are
holding a Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting at
Morland Hall in Pearce Drive at 7.30pm this Thursday evening (February
fundraiser visits town
Brighton who is using his free bus pass to travel around the UK
while raising funds for the RNLI visited Burnham-On-Sea this week.
Bill Walton, who is lifeboat Sea Safety Officer for Newhaven and
Brighton, is making his month-long journey around the UK this
finale axed by organisers
FALL in donations has forced organisers of this year's Highbridge
Festival of the Arts to cancel their grand finale show. The popular
festival, which is now in its 62nd year, costs almost £7,000
to run and organisers say not enough cash has been collected this
year to allow the usual grand finale performance to be held.
boat towed to safety
notorious mud caught out this fisherman on Sunday afternoon (February
15th) when his boat and trailer briefly became stuck on the town's
beach. They sank into the soft sand and mud near Burnham's jetty
at 1.40pm as he returned from a day's angling.
damaged by town vandals
left a trail of damage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on
Sunday morning (February 15th). Several wing mirrors were smashed
and broken in South Street, as pictured here, and nearby Adam
Street. It comes after a recent spate of town centre
crimes in recent weeks. More...
backs traders over roadworks
MP visited angry traders in the town on Saturday (February 14th)
to see for himself the disruption being caused to their trade
by major roadworks. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, businesses
along Church Street say their trade has been badly hit by the
three months of work.
boost for BASC revamp
BASC sports ground has been awarded £115,000 of grant funding
towards a major refurbishment of its facilities. As
first covered by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the BASC ground
has embarked on an ambitious project to refurbish its existing
sports facilities and create new changing rooms.
of the bands' hits town
UP-and-coming bands from the Burnham-On-Sea area
will get a chance to win a day at a recording studio and a photo
shoot during a 'battle of the bands' competition being held on
Wednesday (February 18th). The event is being held at the Pier
Tavern in Burnham's Pier Street. More...
appeal for witnesses
issued an appeal for witnesses after a series of serious incidents
in Highbridge this week. Police officers were first called to
a disturbance at a property in Charlotte Court, Highbridge at
5pm on Tuesday (February 10th).
This was followed by other incidents around the town soon after.
cause road delays
commuters in the Burnham-On-Sea area suffered delays on Friday
evening (February 13th) after two separate road accidents. Burnham-On-Sea
police were called to the A38 Bristol Road, as pictured here,
after it was partially blocked in both ways by an accident at
opens school's power scheme
MP officially opened a new £24,000 solar panel power project
at a school in Brent Knoll on Friday (February 13th). Brent
Knoll Primary School has installed an array of solar photovoltaic
panels on the south facing roof of its new school extension, thanks
to grant funding.
claim Burnham man's car
owner of this car was quite literally left with a 'sinking feeling'
when his vehicle was written off during this week's floods. Jonathan
told Burnham-On-Sea.com how he was forced to abandon his Citroen
Picasso after it was overcome by flood water in south Somerset,
as pictured here.
performs beach survey
swept over Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Thursday afternoon (February
12th) as it carried out a study on erosion in Bridgwater Bay.
The twin-engine aircraft performed several sweeps of the bay over
the course of 15 minutes
as it gathered data about the changing sands and mudflats. More...
after car park brawl
FIGHT in a Highbridge car park involving up to 30 youths led to
one person being arrested and another being rushed to hospital.
Police were called to Bank Street car park in the centre of the
town on Tuesday evening (February 10th)
at around 6pm. Police arrested one man at the scene. More...
outside town's Tesco store
sign was left badly damaged after a car accident outside a Burnham-On-Sea
supermarket on Wednesday evening (February 11th). One eyewitness
told Burnham-On-Sea.com a vehicle ploughed into the sign outside
Tesco in Ben Travers Way,
but fortunately no-one was injured. More...
at town centre shop
thieves struck at a shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea late
on Wednesday evening (February 11th). Police officers were called
to Sentiments on the High Street at around 11pm after a front
window at the premises was smashed. Two people were quickly held
media attention on UFO
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com's exclusive story about a cylinder-shaped UFO
being spotted in the skies above Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, has
generated national news headlines. Our story has been followed
up by the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and The Sun plus many other
regional newspapers. More...
new homes for Burnham
SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has this week been given
a green light to build 17 new homes on land at the western end
of its Burnham-On-Sea store in Love Lane. The company's planning
application was considered by Sedgemoor District Council's planners
and given a green light. More...
scouts given trailer boost
Scouts have been given a trailer-full of good news, thanks to
the donation of £750 of funding. The group has received
£500 from Burnham Lions, a £100 grant from Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, and £150 from Highbridge Caravan
Centre to fund a new trailer.
in town jetty drama
the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty during the early hours of
Wednesday (February 11th) after a teenager was spotted in the
sea in a distressed state. Coastguards, police and RNLI lifeboat
crews were called to Burnham's jetty at 12.40am to an 18 year-old
mystery in skies over Brean
Exclusive: VIDEO footage
of a cylinder-shaped object floating in the skies above Brean,
near Burnham-On-Sea, has raised speculation that it could have
been a UFO. The object, pictured here, was seen travelling over
Brean whilst shocked onlookers at a caravan park watched on.
break-in shocks MP
investigating an attempted break-in at the home of Burnham-On-Sea's
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory. Mr Heathcoat-Amory, pictured, has praised
police for their speedy action following an attempted break-in
at his Pilton home
at the end of last month while he and his wife were away. More...
traders in 'ghost town' warning
Exclusive: FURIOUS traders
in the centre of Highbridge say three months of disruptive roadworks
are hitting their trade, putting their future in jeopardy, and
turning the shopping area into a 'ghost town'. They claim trade
has been badly hit in recent weeks by the major roadworks in Church
Street, causing endless queues.
centre expansion approved
for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
were approved by district councillors on Tuesday (February 10th).
Sanders Garden World boss Peter Burks told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Tuesday evening that he was "very pleased" by the
pupils receive awards
of Burnham-On-Sea's brightest students have been honoured at a
glittering awards ceremony held at Weston College. Eighteen year-old
Emily Dodd of College Street in Burnham was awarded the 'Care
and Early Years Student of the Year' prize and Helen Hurley, of
Friars Way won the 'Animal and Equine Student of the Year' award.
group's quiz fun
group set-up to help Coastguards, their widows and families in
times of severe hardship held its first fundraising event on Tuesday
evening (February 11th). The Burnham-On-Sea branch of the Coastguard
Association held a quiz night
at the S&D in the High Street. More...
saved from flood water
firefighters used water pumps to remove hundreds of gallons of
flood water which threatened to swamp a home at Watchfield on
Monday evening (February 9th). Heavy rain and melting snow from
nearby fields surrounded the property near the Watchfield Inn.
day for garden centre
plans for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near
Burnham-On-Sea could be given the go-ahead by district councillors
today (Tuesday February 10th). Plans to extend Sanders Garden
World at Brent Knoll were unveiled by store boss Peter Burks in
March 2008 and are due to be considered by members of Sedgemoor's
Development Control Committee.
re-opened after accident
Agency was carrying out repairs to a barrier on the M5 motorway
near Burnham on Monday night (February 9th) after one lane had
been closed earlier in the evening by an accident. A vehicle ploughed
into a barrier on the northbound carriageway, causing delays to
falls again in Burnham
of snow was making driving conditions hazardous in Burnham-On-Sea
this evening (Monday February 9th). Heavy rain had gradually turned
into sleet and then snow by 9.30pm. With
plunging temperatures and bitterly cold notherly winds, the snow
quickly settled on cars and streets.
aims for TV quiz fortune
FORMER Highbridge school teacher is appearing on Channel 4's hit
TV quiz show Deal Or No Deal this week. Nagib Ghafar is a familiar
face to former students of King Alfred School, where he taught
maths for several years and ran an after-school chess club. He
has already appeared several times on the show in recent days.
charity needs volunteers
the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's life-saving hovercrafts
and an inshore rescue boat, is to hold an open day for new helpers,
crewmembers and fundraisers this Sunday (February 15th). The charity
is encouraging new volunteers to come forward to help the organisation.
photos: Race night fun-raiser
£2,100 was raised for three good causes when more than 170
people attended a fundraising race night in Burnham-On-Sea on
Saturday (February 7th). The event was jointly run for Burnham
Medical Equipment Fund, the Burnham Lions and the Somerset Speedway
and surf at new internet cafe
visitors will soon be able to sip their cappucinos while surfing
the Web when a new Internet cafe opens in the town centre. Final
preparations are underway for the opening of The Link at 10, Cross
Street which is scheduled to open during the final week of February.
hall demolition begins
to demolish a familiar public building in Burnham-On-Sea has begun
this week after its owners recently won permission to turn it
into a block of 14 flats. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in December
how Sedgemoor District Council had approved the proposals by Raglan
Homes to demolish St Peter's Hall, located opposite Burnham's
Catholic Church, in Highbridge Road.
Avenue Tennis Club kicks off a year of centenary celebrations
this week with a Valentines Day Buffet and Bar evening. The event,
to be held on Saturday February 14th, will include refreshments
for both members and non-members and will start at 7.30pm. More...
police chief for Burnham
new police inspector has been welcomed to the town this week by
the town's Mayor and Town Clerk. Sam Williams formally takes on
the busy post this week. "I'm delighted to be here and look
forward to the challenges that I will be facing," he said
when he met town councillors. More...
action group to meet
in Berrow who recently formed a Local Action Team (LAT), supported
by local police, to address issues affecting their community are
holding a public meeting this week to discuss a raft of projects.
The Berrow LAT will meet on Monday evening (February 9th) in the
village hall to discuss more planned initiatives. More...
eye view of Burnham snow
NO-ONE got a better view of Burnham-On-Sea's snowfall than
flying enthusiast Jeff Thomas on Saturday morning (February 7th).
He took these two 'birds eye' photographs of the wintry scenes
in a microlight 1,500 feet above the town. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how he'd taken the photos.
jobs go as store set to close
THE recession and the high costs of business rates are being
blamed by the owner of a long-running Burnham-On-Sea shoe store
which announced its closure on Friday afternoon (February 6th).
JPS Footwear in the High Street will close with the loss of six
jobs on June 6th. More...
snow blankets Burnham
snow has fallen in Burnham-On-Sea, causing the closure of roads
and schools in the area today (Friday, February 6th).
Schools closed include King Alfred School, Burnham Infants, St
Andrew's School, Brent Knoll Primary School, St John's Junior
School, Highbridge Childrens Centre and West Huntspill School
Under Fives Group. More...
re-opened after fire
restaurant is still open for business despite a fire that destroyed
one of its outbuildings on Wednesday morning (February 4th). As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this week, fire crews
were called to the Brent House Restaurant at 5.20am on Wednesday.
arrested after accident
A MOTORIST has been arrested after allegedly running away
from his car after an accident in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police
were called to Marine Drive at 5am on Wednesday (February 4th)
after a Ford Probe skidded across a grass verge, collided with
a sign post, and ended up in a front garden. More...
after traffic lights failure
ground to a halt in Highbridge on Friday evening (February 6th)
after the failure of a set of four-way temporary traffic lights.
Long queues of vehicles built up along Church Street and the A38
for several hours after the lights became stuck on red during
the roadworks. More...
scenes of Burnham in snow
were the scenes in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea late on Thursday
night (February 5th) as fresh snowfall covered roads and pavements
in the town. The flurries began at 10.30pm and by midnight there
was already three centimetres of snow covering streets in Burnham,
with more still falling.
jetty to be repaired
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of repairs are to be carried out
to Burnham-On-Seas crumbling jetty to stop its condition
further deteriorating. Sedgemoor
District Council is drawing up plans to start a restoration project
this September with the overhaul expected to be completed
by the end of 2009.
crews at electrical blaze
fire crews were called to a small blaze in the town on Thursday
evening (February 5th). The crews were sent to Trinity Rise at
7.04pm after a shower caught fire in a bathroom. Crews checked
the fire had not spread using a thermal imaging camera. More...
gets new dusting of snow
again fell in Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Thursday February
A severe weather warning was issued by the Met Office for our
area, with further downfalls predicted during today. But
while light snow fell in Burnham on Wednesday evening and overnight,
there was not as much as earlier this week.
that's one cool postman!
postman Les Wadley clearly doesn't feel the cold... for even in
this week's snow he continued to wear his familiar shorts! The
postie got a few surprised looks when he was out delivering letters
and parcels in the town this week, with severa inches of snow
Drive concerns debated
police held a public meeting on Wednesday (February 4th) in response
to mounting concerns about vandalism, speeding and crime in Marine
Drive. The 'street briefing' was held at the Park Ranger's Office
in Apex Park and was attended by residents. More...
show attracts crowds
of bargain-hunters filled King Alfred School's main hall in Highbridge
on Tuesday evening (February 3rd) when a fundraising fashion show
and sale was held. Almost 200 ladies flocked to the event, which
was organised by Burnham Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club.
delight for students
bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards were presented to dozens of students
at Highbridge's King Alfred School this week following a year
of expeditions and community work. A total of 41 students received
bronze awards and eight students received silver awards at a presentation
snow for Burnham forecast
is bracing itself for more snow tonight and into Thursday (February
5th). A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office
for our area, with further downfalls are predicted. Forecasters
predict a band of snow will fall this evening and early tomorrow.
crews at Brent Knoll blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a property fire in Brent Knoll on
Wednesday morning (February 4th). Two fire engines from Burnham
and Weston were sent to the rear of the Brent House pub at 5.20am
after reports that an outbuilding near the property was alight.
probe 'deliberate' van fire
was deliberately set on fire in a quiet country lane near Brent
Knoll during the early hours of Wednesday morning (February 4th).
One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Wick Road at around
4.45am where they found this scorched van alight in a laybay.
policing and CCTV needed'
Chamber of Trade has this week called for more night time police
patrols and an extension of CCTV coverage in the town centre following
a spate of attacks on businesses. Chairman Alex Turco has written
to Burnham police and local councils calling for action amid growing
concern about rising crime during the recession. More...
park creates 150 jobs
park is creating 150 jobs, thanks in part to an expected upsurge
in the number of holidaymakers buying low-cost British seaside
holidays during the recession. Brean's Holiday Resort Unity announced
on Tuesday (February 3rd) that it is about to start recruiting.
blamed on icy roads
road conditions led to several road accidents in Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (February 3rd). A Peugeot parked in Southern Lea Road,
pictured here, suffered hundreds of pounds worth of damage after
being struck by another vehicle that seemed to lose control when
coming out of a nearby road. More...
to clean up dunes
dunes will be tidied up by a group of conservation volunteers
later this month. The Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will make
their annual visit to the nature reserve to plant marram and clear
sea buckthorn on February 22nd as part of a day of conservation
Knoll attracts sledgers
slopes of Brent Knoll turned into a hive of snow sports activity
on Tuesday (February 3rd) when several inches of snow coated the
hill. Youngsters were able to dust off their sledges for the first
time in several years, and slide down the fields at rapid speeds,
as pictured here.
shut as snow disrupts town
schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area are closed today (Tuesday,
February 3rd) due to the severe winter weather. Somerset County
Council announced that King Alfred School, Beechfield, Burnham
Infants, Highbridge Children's Centre, Berrow School and St John's
would not open due to the slippery conditions.
revamp for Brean Pontin's
Pontin's is to completely refurbish its holiday park in Brean,
near Burnham-On-Sea, it was announced on Tuesday (February 3rd).
The company is investing £50m into its six UK sites, creating
over 2,000 new jobs, including many at the Brean camp, which was
its very first. More...
photos: Burnham in the snow!
are being advised to take extra care in Burnham-On-Sea after the
town got a covering of snow on Monday (February 2nd). Burnham
police urged motorists and pedestrians to take special care when
using icy roads and pavements in the town after a downfall of
the white stuff.
cash windfalls for groups
from more than a dozen Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups received
grant funding boosts from the town council on Monday evening (February
2nd). The town's Mayor, Peter Burridge-Clayton and Cllr Danny
Titcombe handed over £2,250 to thirteen groups. More...
men sought in raid probe
on Monday (February 2nd) that three men may have been involved
in last week's attempted robbery at an antiques shop in Burnham-on-Sea.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last Friday (January 30th),
the incident happened at 4.23pm in Victoria Street. More...
drivers win Brean Rally
drivers Peter Lloyd and Graham Handley roared to overall victory
at the Brean Rally on Sunday (February 1st). The duo's newly-acquired
Subaru Impreza S12 World Rally Car, previously owned by former
World Rally champion Petter Solberg, proved too fast
for the rest of the competitors. More...
swan had hit power lines
flew into electricity lines, breaking one of its wings and a leg,
is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by
a rescue boat crew and wildlife experts from Burnham-On-Sea on
Sunday (February 1st). An inshore rescue boat from BARB was called
to help. More...
braced for snowfall
could see wintry scenes like these this week, when the town is
forecast to get a covering of snow. The Met Office is predicting
Burnham and the rest of the West Country could see temperatures
falling well below zero on Monday (February 2nd) and Tuesday (February
shuts as recession bites
shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has become the victim of
the recession - and shut its doors for the final time on Saturday
(January 31st). The photography shop in the High Street has closed
after 12 years' business on Burnham's High Street, much to the
sadness of its owner. More...
queue up for RNLI washing
£300 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI on Saturday (February
1st) when dozens of motorists got their cars washed during a fundraising
event. Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crewmembers in Pier Street took
part in the RNLI's nationwide SOS Day - or 'Soap Our Saloons'
Rally - Day One photos
cold weather reduced the number of spectators at the opening day
of the annual Brean Rally on Saturday (January 31st), but the
action on the track was just as hot as ever. Brean Leisure Park
once again echoed to the sound of high octane engines for the
thirteenth annual Brean Stages Rally.
meeting for Marine Drive
Burnham-On-Sea are to hold a public meeting this Wednesday (February
4th) in response to mounting concerns about vandalism, speeding
and crime in nearby Marine Drive. The 'street briefing' will be
held on Wednesday at 12.30pm in Apex Park. More...
robbery at town shop
were investigating an attempted robbery at a shop in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (January 30th). Officers
rushed to Victoria Street at 4.23pm after two people burst into
a shop. Police have appealed for witnesses to get in contact with
in town for Conservative AGM
MP was the special guest at the annual general meeting of the
town's Conservative Party on Friday evening (January 30th). Over
30 people attended the AGM of the Burnham branch of Wells Conservative
Association in the town's Princess Hall, where the MP spoke about
his recent constituency work. More...
in town speeding crackdown
in Burnham-On-Sea are this week stepping up their efforts to rid
the town of speeding motorists with the launch of a fresh crackdown
on those that break speed limits. More speed checks are being
introduced at known trouble spots, including The Esplanade (pictured
here) and Marine Drive, where motorists are being pulled over.
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