2010 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
January 2010 news archive
fails to halt clean-up
group of hardy conservation volunteers braved heavy rain and strong
winds to spend Sunday (February 28th) tidying up Berrow's sand
dunes. The Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers made their annual
visit to the nature reserve to plant marram and buckthorn. More...
visit for Moose lodge
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge joined members of
other lodges from across the West Country for an annual trip to
Torquay. The three-day event included a grand black tie ball on
Saturday night, attended by the Vice Chairman of Torquay District
cadets in fundraising drive
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Army Cadet Force launched a
new fundraising drive on Saturday (February 27th) to help boost
their funds and raise their profile in the local community. Cadets
were helping customers pack shoppers' bags at Asda whilst raising
money for a number of planned development projects. More...
flying visit to school
at East Huntspill School and Pre-School got a lesson in beach
safety this week when one of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts
made a special visit. Rescue charity BARB was invited to bring
its Light Of Elizabeth craft to the school, where pupils heard
about some of its rescues and discovered how it works. More...
car gutted in arson blaze
Exclusive: STAFF at a vehicle repair centre in the centre
of Highbridge have been counting the cost of a deliberate fire
which damaged four cars on Friday night (February 26th). As first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, two fire crews and a team of police
officers from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to CJK Vehicle Repairs in
Kings Street. More...
break drama in Burnham
Special: BURNHAM-On-Sea police
station was the centre of attention when a jail break took place
on Saturday (February 27th) - but it was all in aid of a Weston
charity. Seven teams of 24 people donned colourful
costumes to take part in the event, for Weston Hospicecare, with
the aim of getting as far away from Burnham as possible. More...
win science competition
TEAM of pupils from King Alfred School's Science and Engineering
Club in Highbridge took on an unusual challenge this week when
they competed in a competition to create a device capable of moving
one litre of water in one minute. The six Year 8 pupils travelled
to Chilton Trinity to compete against five other local schools.
crews tackle arson attack
crews from Burnham-On-Sea have tonight (Friday) been battling
a blaze at a vehicle repair centre in Highbridge that has left
a vintage car badly damaged following an arson attack. Two fire
crews and a team of police officers from Burnham-On-Sea were called
to CJK Vehicle Repairs in King Street at 8.41pm.
giant creates 50 local jobs
is to get a welcome economic boost after technology giant IBM
announced it is creating 50 new jobs with the launch of a new
IT support centre. The high-tech facility is scheduled to open
on the Isleport Industrial Estate by the middle of this year and
bosses are recruiting new staff. More...
launch new CCTV cameras
MOTORISTS driving along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront have this
week been warned that 'Big Brother' is watching following the
introduction of several new police CCTV cameras. The high-tech
cameras have been installed next to the junction of The Esplanade
and Pier Street, and another has been is opposite the Tourist
Information Centre. More...
refurb gets 'knockout' boost
at a Highbridge boxing club have this week received a welcome
donation of hundreds of pounds towards their gym's refurbishment.
County councillor John Woodman met members of King Alfred Amateur
Boxing Club on Wednesday evening (February 24th). More...
picks charities of year
at a garden centre in Brent Knoll have this week selected the
four groups which will be their charities of the year
for 2010. Sanders Garden World is set to host a series of fundraising
activities with the four charities over the coming months, which
include local wildlife rescue charity Secret World. More...
clock to retain Royal link
NEW town clock which looks set to be built in the centre of Highbridge
is to be dedicated to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. At the latest
town council meeting, councillors voted in favour of trying to
secure funding to purchase a new three-faced clock for Jubilee
award win for craft shop
Burnham-On-Sea shop owners John and Katharine Edwards are celebrating
this week after scooping THREE top awards in a national competition
for a second year running. Material Needs in Burnham High Street
has been voted 'Stitching Retailer Of The Year' for the whole
inspires Burnham runner
BURNHAM-On-Sea teacher is set to pull on her running shoes to
raise money for a charity very dear to her heart. Sam Stockham,
who works at Brent Knoll School, is running the Bath Half Marathon
on March 7th to raise money for the MPS Society, an organisation
that is close to her family. More...
steal lifeboat man's bike
LIFEBOAT crewman in Burnham-On-Sea had his bike stolen while he
was inside the RNLI station on a training session. Crew member
Ian Tench, pictured here on the far right, had his mountain bike
pinched from outside the Pier Street station last Wednesday while
he was taking part in a training exercise. More...
new jobs at town pasty shop
new jobs will be created in Burnham-On-Sea next week with the
opening of a new cornish pasty shop in the town centre. The Newquay
Pasty Shop Company will officially open its doors to the public
at 36 The High Street on Monday morning (March 1st), it was confirmed.
for Berrow play area
residents in Berrow are celebrating again this week after securing
£15,000 of funding from environmental firm Viridor towards
the village's new play area project. The
parish council announced on Wednesday (February 24th) that Viridor
is to provide the funding through its Landfill Communities Fund.
solar plans approved
school is set to be partially powered by sunlight after local
councillors this week gave it the go-ahead to install new solar
panels. St Joseph's Primary School has applied to Sedgemoor District
Council to install two sets of panels at its Oxford Street premises.
Club opens town shop
Mayor and Mayoress were on hand at this week's official opening
of a temporary shop being run by the town's Rotary Club. The former
Threshers off-licence shop in College Street has been turned into
an information centre for one week only by the club's members.
boost for Burnham club
helps people with learning disabalities across the Burnham-On-Sea
area has this week been handed a financial boost of hundreds of
pounds. Somerset County Councillor John Woodman has given the
Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club a cheque for £500. More...
music star visits town
country and western musician George Hamilton IV - who used to
tour with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers - was the special
guest at a one-off concert in a Burnham-On-Sea church on Tuesday
(February 23rd). Pastor Kelton Black welcomed him to the College
Street Baptist Church. More...
to clean up dunes
dunes will be tidied up by a group of conservation volunteers
this coming weekend. The Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will
make their annual visit to the nature reserve to plant marram
and clear sea buckthorn on February 28th as part of a day of conservation
find halts pool work
WORK to dismantle Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool has
been dramatically halted this week after asbestos was found in
part of the landmark's crumbling concrete structure. The landmark
was due to have been fully removed by owners Sedgemoor District
Council, but Burnham-On-Sea.com learns workmen given the task
of taking away have been asked to halt the work. More...
road repairs for area
SEVERAL road closures in the Burnham-On-Sea
area have been announced this week while winter road repairs are
carried out. Somerset County Council has closed Ham Road/Station
Road in Brent Knoll while resurfacing goes ahead. The route wll
remain shut until Friday February 26th. More..
MPs launch pylons attack
West Country MPs, including Burnham-On-Sea's David Heathcoat-Amory,
have this week joined forces to step up their attack on plans
to build a long line of huge electrcity pylons across the Somerset
trio have submitted a joint paper to parliament regarding the
shuts town hospital ward
bosses have said today (Monday, February 22nd) that the Noro Virus
bug is to blame for an outbreak of sickness which has shut a ward
War Memorial Hospital. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns one ward has
been closed after five patients went down with the Noro Virus
tennis camp is a hit
HOLIDAY camp for young tennis players in Burnham-On-Sea over the
half-term holiday has been hailed a success. Despite
the wintry weather, a large group of youngsters attended the camp
at The Avenue Tennis Club during the week, said the group's Head
Coach Vinny Duddy. More...
cadets seek new members
290 Squadron Air Training Corps have launched their new website
this week and also appealed for new members. The
new-look website has been produced with the help of staff and
cadets and has an updated look with a programme of what you can
films come to town's cinema
movies will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea's cinema for the first
time later this week. The
Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street has invested £75,000 in a
new state-of-the-art digital projector, which is being installed
this week in readiness for Friday's first 3D screening of the
blockbuster Avatar. More...
homes hit by power cut
of homes across the Burnham-On-Sea area were without power this
evening (Sunday, February 21st) following a major power cut. Western
Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a total of 10,000
homes in Burnham, Highbridge and the Berrow area suffered an outage
at 7.38pm following a high voltage fault.
weather leaves thick smog
on Burnham seafront was shocked to take this snap of a thick smog
drifting over the Bristol Channel on Sunday afternoon (February
21st). Calm weather led to the thick brown haze drifting along
the South Wales coastline, stretching for miles
from Aberthaw to Weston-super-Mare. More...
dancers back from Russia
members of Highbridge-based dance group Kazdanz, who come from
the town's King Alfred School, have just returned from a week
in Russia where they were hosted by students and dancers from
a secondary school in the town of Pereslavl-Zalessky, near Moscow.
community award for BARB
LIFE-saving Burnham-On-Sea charity has received a financial boost
from British Telecom this week. Hovercraft rescue charity BARB
has been awarded £150 through BT's Community Champions award
scheme thanks to the voluntary work of one of the organisation's
crewmembers, Eddie Fey. More...
A field near Burnham-On-Sea is set to be divided up into dozens
of allotments for the general public. Sanders Garden World has
submitted a planning application to the district council to turn
land to the south of the Brent Knoll garden centre, pictured here,
into 100 allotments.
gather for centenary
Special: MORE than 250 youngsters and leaders from girl guiding
groups across the Burnham-On-Sea area gathered together on Saturday
(February 20th) to celebrate 100 years of the guiding movement.
The groups attended a special event at King Alfred School to mark
'World Thinking Day', one of several events.
wakes up to snow
residents woke up to a dusting of snow on Saturday morning (February
20th). A light covering of the white stuff fell during the early
hours of the morning and, with temperatures dipping to minus three
centigrade, pavements and roads were left icy, as pictured. More...
from Highbridge's King Alfred School gave up a day of their half-term
holiday on Thursday (February 18th) to record news stories for
local blind and partially-sighted people. They read news items
from Burnham-On-Sea.com and other publications for the town's
talking newspaper. More...
Woman faces trial
year-old Highbridge woman will face judges charged with perverting
the course of justice over the death of Burnham-On-Sea man George
Lawson. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month how Debbi Huxtable
from Southwell Crescent had been arrested in connection with the
investigation into the murder.
council tax rise approved
in Burnham-On-Sea will pay three per cent higher council tax charges
in the coming year after the district council this week voted
in favour of a small rise. Sedgemoor District Council set its
proportion of the council tax at three per cent for the coming
year, leading to a small rise in tax bills. More...
Busy week for Dreamscheme
Special: DOZENS of members of Highbridge's
Dreamscheme have had a busy half-term week. 43 young people, three
of whom were new, have been earning points by applying for funding
for the organisation and also creating a new code of conduct for
and the leaders. More...
Park celebrates new award
WILDLIFE park in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been named as one
of the top ten green spaces in the South West. Apex Park has been
awarded a 'Planting Places' award by Sustainability South West,
which shines the spotlight on the best examples of public, sustainable
green areas across the region. More...
death 'not suspicious'
POLICE were called to a home in Highbridge earlier this week
following the sudden death of a resident. Officers and ambulance
crews were called to an address in Burnham Road at 1pm on Sunday
after the body was found but police have confirmed that
the death is not suspicious. More...
history site launches
NEW online history of Highbridge, supported by funding from the
National Lottery, has been launched this week. Called Capture
Highbridge, the site builds upon the work of the Highbridge History
Project and its contributors. Together, they created a book in
2004 and have no pooled their pictures for the website. More...
club hailed a success
Over 500 people have signed up as members to a multi-million
pound Burnham-On-Sea leisure club during its first year of operation.
Fusion opened in the grounds of Home Farm Holiday Park last January
and, since then, the facility has grown in popularity. Owner Steve
Atkinson told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: More..
judicial review rejected
County Council has this week rejected calls from Protestors demanding
a judicial review into National Power's controversial proposals
to build a line of new, 46-metre tall electricity pylons across
the Somerset countryside near Burnham-On-Sea from Hinkley Point.
cafe receives cash boost
of Highbridge Ladies Group have this week handed a £150
financial boost to the town's Shed Youth Café. PCSOs Sarah
England and Eliot Green introduced themselves to the Highbridge
Ladies Group at the beginning of last year and updated them on
a new cafe.
for Civic Award nominees
and Highbridge town council is 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.
They will be presented to the winners at the Annual Civic Service
in the summer. More...
singer to perform in town
singer will be performing a concert in Burnham-On-Sea next month.
Jonathan Veira will be singing a line-up of popular songs, accompanied
by opera, jazz, classical and country music, at Burnham-On-Sea
Baptist Church in College Street on Wednesday 10th March.
housing scheme for Highbridge
Controversial plans to build a huge £6million housing
development in Highbridge have this week sparked concerns from
businesses, residents and users of a community hall which would
be demolished. A consultation letter has been distributed to dozens
of residents living around Morlands Industrial Estate. More...
restaurant to open in town
BRAND new family-friendly restaurant serving home cooked food
is to open in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea next month. Truly Scrumptious
will open for the first time on Friday March 5th at 20 College
Street in place of Crowdy's Bistro, which recently closed down.
schools get new name
Primary School will be the name of a new school opening its doors
in Highbridge this autumn following a controversial merger. The
name for the amalgamated St John's and Beechfield Schools was
chosen over the past week during a special governors meeting.
recycling service expands
of new bins and recycling boxes will be distributed across Burnham-On-Sea
over the next fortnight during the latest expansion of the district
council's recycling service. This phase covers 11,000 homes in
parts of Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and rural communities. More...
golf course for seafront?
Ambitious plans to transform part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
into a £200,000 mini golf course were unveiled at a town
council meeting this evening (Monday, February 15th). Birmingham
entrepreneur Paul Chatwin wants to turn a grassy area of The Esplanade
into a large, purpose-built golf park.
win for sixth year in row
group of Burnham and Highbridge Sea Cadets have this week won
their area drill competition for the sixth year year in a row.
Leading Cadet Wookey, Able Cadet Tutton, Able Cadet Hayes, Cadet
Edwards and Cadet Jefferies have won the competition every year
since 2004 - quite a feat! More...
photos: Brent Knoll craft fayre
of local craftmakers showed off their talents during a two-day
craft fayre at a garden centre near Burnham over the weekend.
The event at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll attracted crowds
of visitors on both Saturday and Sunday - and also raised £400
for a lcal charity. More...
seek town volunteers
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have received more than 50 expressions
of interest from residents keen to become new police volunteers
in the two towns. It comes after PCSOs and officers held several
roadshows across the Burnham area during the last few days to
explain how locals can join the new volunteer scheme. More...
wins 3am opening bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's recently-opened Subway store has been granted
a new premises licence so that it can open until 3am at weekends
- despite a petition signed by 16 residents objecting to the proposal.
first reported earlier this month that Mike Bond, the owner of
the Burnham franchise, had applied to Sedgemoor District Council.
meal won by couple
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple enjoyed a slap-up Valentines Day meal after
winning a competition in Highbridge. Denise and Steve Lynham were
delighted to win the contest organised by the Asda store in Highbridge
for a meal for two at the White Cottage Restaurant in West Huntspill.
for Burnham gymnasts
of Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Acro Gymnastics Club are celebrating
this week after scooping several medals at the South West Schools
Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Sherborne. The gymnasts
have been competing against more than 200 entrants from across
the region. More...
ready for London Marathon
Burnham-On-Sea runner Jason Vickers is in training to take part
in this year's London Marathon. Jason, who works at Burnham's
Tesco supermarket, is currently running 45 miles a week to get
ready for the 26-mile race, which is this year being held on Sunday
April 25th. More...
pedals for town lifeboats
Price, a Yatton Rotary Club member, has pedalled hundreds of miles
to raise over £1,500 for lifeboats in Burnham-On-Sea and
Weston. Mr Price completed a sponsored cycle ride from Land's
End to John'O'Groats in 2009 and has this week handed over the
money to the RNLI. More...
photos: Mayor's quiz night
than 80 people sharpened up their pencils and put on their 'thinking
caps' to take part in a fundraising quiz organised by Burnham
and Highbridge's Mayor on Saturday evening (February 13th). The
event, held in Highbridge Community Hall, raised £515 for
the Friends of Burnham Hospital. More...
crews tackle blaze in flat
were the scenes in Berrow Road on Saturday (February 13th) when
two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to tackle a
fire in a flat. Firefighters used two sets of breathing apparatus
and a hose reel jet to tackle a small fire in the kitchen of an
upstairs flat at Ashcombe House in Berrow Road. More...
cannabis factory found
have uncovered a high-tech drugs factory in a quiet village near
Burnham-On-Sea. A huge haul of cannabis with a street value estimated
at £500,000 was recovered from a quiet farm in Tarnock,
which is a usually sleepy village on the A38 on the outskirts
of Rooksbridge. More...
clothes shop opens in town
NEW women's clothing shop opened its doors for the first time
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 13th). Eve Fashion and
Accessories opened at 44 The High Street following a two month
re-fit. Owner Fiona Stevens already runs a similar store in Winscombe
and says the new business will be a success. More...
surfer in Coastguard drama
WALKER'S concerns for a kite surfer in the sea at Brean led to
a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Saturday afternoon
(February 13th). A
walker on Brean Down spotted the surfer apparently struggling
in the water at the mouth of the River Axe and called 999 on a
mobile phone to alert Coastguards.
Monty group raises £1,700
GROUP of 'Full Monty' style dancers handed over a bumper cheque
for over £1,700 to a cancer charity on Friday night (February
12th) following a successful fundraising event in Burnham-On-Sea.
A cheque for £1,749.35 was handed over to Cancer Research
at the Somerset and Dorset pub by organisers. More...
recover stolen necklace
in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Friday, February 12th) made an arrest
after recovering a £900 necklace that was stolen during
a house burglary last month. Four people had already been arrested
following the burglary on January 8th and officers followed up
information from the public. More...
seize cannabis resin
of pounds worth of cannabis resin was seized by police during
a raid on a property in Highbridge this morning (Friday, February
12th). Police officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of
Drugs Act at a property in Morland Road. A quantity of cannabis
with a street value of more than £300 was recovered. More...
off-licence set to open
manager of Burnham-On-Sea's former Threshers off-licence is to
launch a new shop selling alcohol at a vacant premises next door.
EW Heath's Opticians in College Street shut its doors to the public
last year and is now being transformed into a new off-licence
just a few metres away! More...
overhaul for church
A £130,000 project to modernise the interior of a Burnham-On-Sea
church is on track to be completed during the next few weeks.
Builders have been working inside St Andrew's Church on The Esplanade
since last October, carrying out a six month project, which is
on schedule to finish during March. More...
boost for Highbridge group
of Highbridge's Local Action Team received a welcome financial
boost during the group's annual general meeting on Thursday evening
(February 11th). The town's County Councillor John Woodman handed
over a cheque to the group's Chairman, Jason Adams, for £250.
car wash plan rejected
to convert part of this parking area in Burnham-On-Sea into a
car washing centre have this week been turned down by district
council planners. The land owner had applied for full planning
permission to turn the car park at the rear of Morrisons supermarket
into a valeting service. More...
drive to attract tourists
new 2010 tourist guide has been launched this week with the aim
of encouraging more visitors to our area during what could be
a challenging year for the local tourist trade. A 24-page glossy
brochure was officially unveiled on Wednesday (February 10th).
fair to be held this weekend
enthusiasts from across Somerset will be gathering at a charity
craft fayre taking place at a garden centre Brent Knoll this weekend.
The event will take place at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll
on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th to raise
cash for a local charity. More...
shop to shut this weekend
A BUSY shoe shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
will be shutting down this weekend to allow a new business to
open in its place. The
Footwear For You outlet store, which is located at the corner
of Pier Street and the High Street, replaced JPS Shoes last summer.
safety in spotlight
JOHN'S Primary Junior School in Highbridge worked with local police
on Tuesday (9th February) to raise awareness of online safety
and in particular Safer Internet Day. Burnham-On-Sea PCSOs Claire
Chambers and Gill Bawler visited the school and spoke to Year
6 pupils during the event. More...
donation packs a punch!
of a Burnham-On-Sea boxing club wer this week punching the air
with delight after receiving hundreds of pounds from Somerset
County Council. Titans Amateur Boxing Club, which is based at
the town's youth centre in Cassis Close, received £250 from
County Councillor John Woodman. More...
accident on M5
was the scene on the M5 motorway this evening (Wednesday) when
emergency services were called to a serious accident involving
three cars and a lorry near junction Burnham-On-Sea. Fire
crews from Burnham and Weston rushed to the northbound carriageway
after the serious collision near Sedgemoor Services at 7.25pm.
issues barrage warning
a Severn barrage across the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea
could increase the risk of flooding and adversely affect wildlife,
the RSPB has claimed this week. The conservation charity has made
comparisons to a storm surge barrier that has been causing problems
in the Netherlands. More...
hopes for pedestrianisation
to pedestrianise Burnham-On-Sea's High Street could soon be back
on the cards if Sedgemoor District Council is successful in its
claim for £150,000 of regenaration compensation. The district
council said this week that it has begun a claim from the regional
development agency. More...
wedding goes up in smoke!
A BERROW couple's wedding day almost
went up in the smoke when fire crews were called to tackle a blaze
at their wedding reception. Nathan and Lexi Mead, from Julians
Acres, had just tied the knot when they were told a fire had broken
out at their reception venue nearby. More...
stolen from arcade
A group of youths stole cash from fruit machines at this seafront
amusement arcade in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (February
8th). Police rushed to Sunspot Amusements on The Esplanade, as
pictured, after several machines were smashed open by four youths.
150 flock to fashion show
150 bargain hunters filled the main hall at King Alfred School
in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (February 9th) when an annual
fashion show was held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club
and the Inner Wheel group, the third annual event raised money
for local charity groups. More...
photos: Brean panto preview
rehearsals are underway this week for the annual winter performance
by Brean's Coastline Players drama group. The award-winning group
is preparing to perform "Humpty Dumpty" in Brean Village
Hall for a week-long run from Monday 15th February to Saturday
20th February. More...
flood in for Louis, 18
have been flooding in for an 18 year-old teenager who was found
dead in Burnham-On-Sea last week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
last week how Louis Doran, pictured right, was found dead last
Monday evening (February 1st). Dozens of tributes have paid on
the man's Facebook page. More...
set for new snowfall?
scenes like this could be set to return to Burnham-On-Sea this
week, with forecasters predicting the town will get a dusting
of snow. Temperatures are expected to plunge as low as -4 degrees
Centigrade, and light snow showers could leave a dusting of the
white stuff. More...
confiscated from drug dealer
A Burnham-On-Sea man who has been convicted of drug dealing
has had thousands of pounds confiscated by police. The 41-year-old
from the town has been forced to hand over £3,400 under
powers given to officers through the Proceeds of Crime Act. Once
an offender has been convicted, police and the courts can investigate
family raises £1,300
BEREAVED family has raised £1,300 for the Intensive Care
Unit at Weston General Hospital through a sponsored fishing match.
Jonathan Puddy, 21, of Burnham-On-Sea was a keen angler before
his death in a crash last August. His brothers organised a fundraising
fishing event. More...
'Sorry for expenses mistake'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this weekend apologised to voters
for "making a mistake" over his controversial expense
claims. Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com on the town's seafront,
Mr Heathcoat-Amory admitted that he regrets his expense claims,
which famously included £380 for horse manure. More..
a week rise in council tax
tax bills in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will rise by less than
20p a week after town councillors this week approved a small increase
for the coming year. For
2010-11, the town council's precept demand to Sedgemoor District
Council will be £416,472, which means the Town Councils
share for the year will be £60.99 for an average Band D
guides to be delivered
District Council is sending a leaflet to every household in the
Burnham-On-Sea area in a drive to encourage more residents to
register to vote or check that they are registered for the forthcoming
general election. Councils across the UK are being encouraged
to make sure that voters are on the Electoral Register. More...
Surprise! Cilla's in town
personality Cilla Black was spotted in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday morning (February 7th). Several shoppers claim to have
seen the TV presenter walking along the High Street near Shickle
Shoes and she apparently stayed at a guesthouse in the town. More...
win is blooming great!
of Highbridge In Bloom are celebrating this week after learning
they have scooped a National Lottery funding grant of £1,759.
The money has been awarded by Awards for All, a Lottery grants
scheme which supports small, community projects across the UK.
washes raise £1k for RNLI
lifeboat station's second car wash on Saturday 6th February has
was hailed a success after being supported by dozens of local
motorists. Over the course of two weekends, a total of £1,083.70
was raised for the RNLI when 106 vehicles were washed by the team.
festival tickets now on sale
music of one of England's greatest composers, Edward Elgar, will
be celebrated during a two-day festival being held in Burnham-On-Sea
later this month. The town's University of the Third Age (U3A)
and lecturer Julian Williamson have joined forces to present a
Elgar Weekend starting on February 27th. More..
acoustic act heads to town
of the UK's leading acts on the acoustic music scene will be playing
at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club later this month. Ember
will be performing on Thursday February 18th from 8pm, with tickets
priced at £5 each. Ember comprises of Welsh violinist Emily
Williams and Utah-born steel string player Rebecca Sullivan. More..
falls 12.6% in Burnham
CRIME in Burnham-On-Sea has fallen 12.6% over the past year,
residents were told by police this week when officers held their
quarterly community meeting in the town. Over
20 members of the public attended Thursday's PACT (Partners and
Communities Together) meeting at the Town Council chambers.
windfall for local schools
local schools shared financial boosts of several thousand pounds
on Friday (February 5th). Delighted pupils and staff at Brent
Knoll Primary School and Lympsham School received donations from
a regional 'Cash For Schools' competition run in conjunction with
Barclays Bank. More..
£28,000 for tourist centre
in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Friday) welcomed the news that Sedgemoor
District Council is to contribute £28,000 towards keeping
the cash-strapped Tourist Information Centre open. Sedgemoor has
decided to pledge a further £28,000 to keep it open for
the next financial year. More..
destroyed in blaze drama
were the scenes in Brent Knoll this morning (Friday) as fire crews
from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a lorry blaze. Two fire crews were
called out at 11.20am after a 17 tonne vehicle was reported to
be alight at Sanders Garden World garden centre just off the A38.
Two appliances from Burnham were sent to the scene.
bids for 3am licence
recently-opened Subway store wants a new premises licence so that
it can open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays - but a group of
local residents has objected to the proposals. Mike Bond, the
owner of the Burnham franchise, has applied to the council. More...
wins seat in parliament!
BURNHAM-On-Sea school student will be representing Sedgemoor and
Mendip in the UK Youth Parliament. Jodie Gregg, a Year 11 pupil
at King Alfred School, has been voted to represent Sedgemoor and
Mendip in the UK Youth Parliament. This is the first time a student
from the school has put themselves forward. More..
play area shuts due to mud
mud-soaked play area at Highbridge's Apex Park has been temporarily
closed this week by Sedgemoor District Council after problems
worsened. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last month that
parents and children are furious about the muddy conditions at
the park. More..
attend funeral of vicar
DOZENS of mourners, including current and past
Mayors, paid their last respects to a popular former Burnham-On-Sea
vicar on Thursday afternoon (February 4th). Raymond
Dean, who was vicar of St Andrew's Church from 1970-1993, passed
away last month and a special thanksgiving
service was held in his memory. More...
repays £29,000 expenses
MP David Heathcoat-Amory has paid back almost £30,000 in
expense claims for gardening and cleaning items, it was confirmed
this evening (Thursday). He said the payment was made earlier
this week. It comes after a day of national media attention on
the controversial subject.
bidders for town's Princess
Four bids have been made by groups wanting to take over Burnham-On-Seas
Princess Hall, it was revealed by the district council on Wednesday
(February 3rd). Sedgemoor District Council confirmed that four
firms have submitted formal 'expressions of interest' to take
over the management of the loss-making hall. More...
opens new pool facilities
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the
special guests at the unveiling of new disabled facilities at
the town's swimming pool on Wednesday morning (February 3rd).
Burnham's Medical Equipment Fund has donated £2,100 towards
the purchase of a new set of specialised steps. More...
Burnham's BARB gets £3k boost
THE charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercrafts has been given a financial boost this week
with the donation of more than £3,000. Residents in Trinity
Close have handed over a cheque to BARB for £3,127.71 to
help fund the replacement of one of its life-saving hovercrafts.
found dead in town
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are investigating the death of an
18-year-old youth in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com
understands the body of the man was found at an undisclosed address
in the town on Monday evening (February 1st). Police are not treating
the death as suspicious at this time.
Cove plans unveiled
Exclusive: A £360,000
project to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has taken
another step forward this week with the formal submission of a
planning application for the scheme. The scheme covers the restoration
of the seafront public park and modernisation of various facilities.
split on £50k lifeline
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this
week voted in favour of spending £50,000 on keeping Burnham-On-Sea's
cash-strapped Tourist Information Centre open over the summer,
but several councillors have expressed their deep concerns about
the plan - and proposed a smaller funding package. More...
arrested over Brean crash
Exclusive: A MOTORIST
has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following late
night accident in Brean at the weekend. Police were called to
Brean Leisure Park at just after 1am on Saturday morning (January
30th) after the collision. Inspector
Roger Tolley confirmed the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More..
firm may fund new clock
people who donated money towards the repair of Highbridge's crumbling
town clock may be given their money back if a local housing developer
provides up to £15,000 towards the cost of a new clock.
Raglan Homes may give the money for a new town clock as part of
a commitment to support the community. More...
toast sparks fire drama!
PIECE of burnt toast sparked a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea's fire
crew on Tuesday morning (February 2nd). Fire fighters were called
to the David Salisbury factory on Highbridge's Isleport Industrial
Estate at 9.45am to investigate after the alarms sounded. One
fire engine was sent to the scene. More...
on sale for Brean show
have gone on sale for the annual winter performance by Brean's
Coastline Players. The group will be performing "Humpty Dumpy"
in the village hall from Monday 15th February to Saturday 20th
February. Tickets, costing from £4, are now available from
the post office. More...
to change several electoral boundaries across the Burnham-On-Sea
area have been formally uneveiled by the district council this
week. The Boundary Committee for England is reviewing the boundaries
of Sedgemoor District Council's electoral wards, along with the
number of district councillors required.
Night celebrated in town
bagpipes and haggis were the order of the day when members of
Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club celebrated Burns Night at
the weekend. The popular event attracted dozens of people to the
club for an evening of traditional Scottish entertainment, which
included a traditional meal. More...
joins pylons protest march
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, and Liberal Democrat parliamentary
candidate Tessa Munt both joined a protest march on Saturday (30th
January) to campaign against National Grid's plans to build a
huge network of electricity pylons. The proposed route of the
pylons crosses two constituency boundaries. More...
award for town policewoman
POPULAR member of Highbridge's police team has today (Monday)
been named as one of the region's top police officers. PCSO Gill
Bawler has been named 'PCSO Of The Year' for Somerset West in
the annual Community Policing Awards. Gill was instrumental in
setting up the successful Highbridge Dreamscheme.
collectors raise hundreds
across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised hundreds of pounds towards
the Haiti Earthquake Appeal over the weekend. Burnham Lions Club
collected in the foyer of the town's Tesco store, raising £376,
while a special coffee morning in Brent Knoll raised £495.
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