February 2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

January 2011 news archive

Traders call for markets move
Exclusive: TRADERS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the organisers of the town's monthly farmers markets to consider moving them. At a meeting of Burnham's Chamber Of Trade on Monday (February 28th), several shop owners raised concerns about the market's adverse effects on business. More...

Swan reward rises to £10,000
FIVE more dead swans have been found by members of the public as the reward on offer to find the airgun user responsible for shooting the birds rose to £10,000 on Monday (February 28th). Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre founder Pauline Kidner said the reward had been raised. More...

Police convoy 'were training'
A CONVOY of police roared through Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (February 25th), raising fears that a major incident was underway. However, the convoy of motorbikes and five police vehicles - which made their way through town to Highbridge. More...

Pupils win 'best team' award
STRONG team working paid off for this group of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School after they won a top award at a regional technology event. Year 9 pupils Matt Bolitho, Ismail Abdelrahim, Becky Jones, Alice Dymond and Hannah Dowell won the award. More...

Mobile libraries under threat
RESIDENTS near Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a campaign to save Somerset's mobile libraries, which are due to be cut from six to just two vehicles as part of the County Council's £80 million cuts programme. Over 1,100 locations are visited by the service. More...

Group wins medal after medal!
GYMNASTS at Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnasts Club enjoyed a weekend of success as they competed in the South West Preliminaries Acrobatics Competition in Taunton. More than 20 clubs from across the South West came together to compete for medals at the event. More...

MP backs payment key calls
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing to local residents who are campaigning for more shops in the town to offer facilities to top-up electricity and gas payment keys. Tessa Munt say she fully sympathises with frustrated residents who say Burnham is poorly served. More...

Long-service awards for pair
TWO dedicated members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge have been presented with well deserved long service awards this week. Jim Dolan and Laurie Lillycrop have been given their ten and twenty five year service awards for their work with the town's lodge during a short ceremony. More...

Marines event raises £670
A DAY of fundraising in Brent Knoll raised more than £650 for marines and their families on Saturday (February 26th). Burnham's Wrinkly Rappers performed rap music and the town's Bubbling Springs Tai Chi group held a morning of demonstrations during the event at Sanders Garden World. More...

Daredevil Dot ready for jump
A DAREDEVIL pensioner from Burnham-On-Sea who is planning to do a fundraising parachute jump for charity has collected over £2,000 of promises. Dot Anderson, 71, is planning to jump out of a plane in April during the daring fundraising feat to raise cash for local hospices. More...

Family rescued on Brean beach
A family of five people from Bristol were rescued by a hovercraft and Coastguards on Saturday (February 26th) after getting stranded on mudflats at Brean. Burnham-On-Sea's Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft and two teams of Coastguards were called to Brean beach at 4.10pm to help the family. More...

In photos: Nursery fundraiser
OVER £200 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Fairstart Nursery when it held a fundraising table top sale on Saturday (February 26th). The nursery, located next to Burnham Library in Princess Street, was open to the public for the afternoon and a number of stalls were set up outside. More...

Death disrupts rail services
TRAIN services through Highbridge station were severly disrupted on Friday evening (February 25th) after a man was killed when he was hit by a train in Bridgwater. The driver of a First Great Western train travelling from Cardiff to Taunton reported the incident at 9.15pm. More...

Rotary club toast wine festival
DOZENS of wine bottles were uncorked when Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club held its annual wine festival on Friday evening (February 25th). Armed with wine glasses, almost 100 people supported the event and hundreds of pounds were raised for local charities. More...

Digital artist's work on display
THIS impressive computer-generated image of Bath is among the work of Burnham-On-Sea digital artist Tim Duke on show at a gallery in the town this month. Sea Breeze in Victoria Street is showcasing the work of a large number of local artists until February 28th. More...

£5,500 reward to find shooter
A £5,500 reward is being offered to find the culprit who killed eight swans with an airgun near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this week how wildlife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue had expressed their shock at finding eight dead swans. More...

Two awards for Burnham shop
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea shop owners John and Katharine Edwards are celebrating this week after scooping two top awards in a national competition for the third year running. Material Needs in Burnham High Street has been voted 'Stitching Retailer Of The Year' at a top ceremony. More...

Art course to start in Burnham
BUDDING artists in the Burnham-On-Sea area can brush up their painting skills at a new training course starting in the town on March 1st. Somerset Skills and Learning is launching the course, called 'Painting in a Range of Media', at its learning centre in Princess Street. More...

EDF pledges £100m for area
EDF Energy is to invest around £100million into the community as part of its plans to expand Hinkley Point C, it has announced this week. The funding has been pledges as part of a 'lasting benefit' that aims to improve the quality of life for people by investing. More...

MP backs new cancer campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor were among the local dignitaries at the launch of a local charity's cancer awareness campaign in the town on Thursday (February 24th) in memory of a local lady who died of the disease last year. Over 20 people, including MP Tessa Munt, attended the event. More...

Residents kick up a stink!
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea kicked up a stink after several tonnes of manure was accidentally dropped along a busy town road on Thursday afternoon (February 24th). Somerset County Council's highways team was called to the junction of Berrow Road and Allendale Road. More...

Safety fears over beach wreck
Exclusive: Stormy sea conditions over the winter have washed away the buoys that usually surround Berrow’s famous beach wreck, prompting safety concerns. Six buoys have marked the location of the wooden hull of the SS Nornen, which pokes out from the lower beach near Berrow Church. More...

100 jobs created at Brean park
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has this week announced that it is creating 100 new jobs. The new posts at Holiday Resort Unity, incorporating Brean Leisure Park, include management roles and seasonal positions. The roles cover a mixture of full and part time positions. More...

2oz badgers are smallest seen
THESE cute baby badgers, each weighing less than four spoons of sugar, are the latest animals to arrive at wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea this week. The 2oz cubs are just over a week old and are the smallest ever seen by the care team at Secret World. More...

Land train plans win backing
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a new seafront land train to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist attraction received the backing town councillors this week. The plans for a land train near the Bay View Cafe were considered at a meeting on Wednesday evening (February 23rd). More...

Sea buckthorn fight stepped up
MORE than 20 conservation volunteers gathered in Berrow this week to help stop the spread of an invasive plant in the sand dunes. Members of Berrow Conservation Group and Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers made their annual visit to the nature reserve. More...

Highbridge festival set to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S 64th annual Festival Of The Arts is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea next week. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards will compete at The Princess Theatre from Wednesday 2nd March for nine days in scores of catogeries. More...

Bus cutbacks unveiled for area
BUS services across the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to be reduced from April when the cash-strapped County Council cuts its subsidies to public transport services, it has been confirmed this week. However, Cllr Chris Williams from the Town Council, said the cutbacks are not as bad as feared. More...

Road safety device approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week voted in favour of introducing a new speed indicator device near an accident black spot in Stoddens Road, just days after an accident there. Cllr Dennis Davey proposed that the device be introduced to help boost safety. More...

£220 raised at Royal fundraiser
THE team behind plans to hold a huge street party in Highbridge for this spring's royal wedding held their first fundraising event on Tuesday (February 22nd). Highbridge Residents' Association is organising the party in April to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage. More...

MP launches Dreamscheme
ALMOST 50 youngsters attended the launch of Burnham-On-Sea's long-awaited Dreamscheme on Tuesday (February 22nd). The new organisation was officially opened by Burnham-On-Sea's MP, Tessa Munt, during a formal open day celebration at the town's BAY Centre. More...

Shock as swans slaughtered
WILDLIFE carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area have expressed their shock after eight swans were found slaughtered on Monday (February 21st). These were the distressing scenes that carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue found when they were called to the West Ham road out of Blackford. More...

Dreamscheme starts today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's long-awaited Dreamscheme youth club is to launch today (Tuesday). We first reported last year that Burnham Police wanted to repeat the success of Highbridge's award-winning Dreamscheme by setting up a Burnham group - and now it has formed the organsiation. More...

Care home seeks volunteers
MEMBERS of Burnham Nursing and Residential Centre have launched a new volunteer group called 'Friends of The Burnham' this week. The Burnham runs a varied selection of residents' activities and events and is keen to hear from volunteers who can give up time. More...

Sleeping Beauty opens in Brean
Photo Special: THE 25th annual performance by Brean's Coastline Players has opened this week. Sleeping Beauty is being performed each night from February 21st until February 26th at 7.30pm with an extra matinee show at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. We have a full preview of the special performance. More...

Four arrests after burglaries
Exclusive: POLICE have made four arrests following two burglaries in Highbridge during the early hours of this morning (Monday, February 21st). Highbridge's Morland Social Club and Churchfield School were broken into by a group of men shortly after 2am, who were later held by officers. More...

Town tai chi group visits centre
A TAI chi club from Burnham-On-Sea will this weekend be performing for charity at an event in Brent Knoll. Bubbling Springs, which is based in Burnham, will be hosting demonstrations at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll this Saturday morning (February 26th). More...

Sudden death 'not suspicious'
POLICE say they are not treating the sudden death of a man in Burnham-On-Sea town centre at the weekend as suspicious. Police officers were called to Abingdon Street at 10.45pm on Saturday evening (February 19th) amid reports that an elderly man had died. More...

Man fined over shop attack
Exclusive: A MAN has been issued with a fine following a 'senseless' attack on a charity shop in Burnham town centre last week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that a large window at Weston Hospice Care's shop in College Street had been smashed, angering its staff. More...

Glee inspires new music group
A NEW children's musical theatre group based around the tunes from the hit TV show Glee is to launch in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Dancefit Studios, based on the Westman's Trading Estate in Love Lane, is holding a free trial class on Tuesday 22nd February. More...

Hall to re-open after £340k revamp
Exclusive: BERROW'S new-look village hall is set to re-open in March following a major £340,000 refurbishment project. Building work has just been completed on the extended facilities, which include a new meeting hall, meeting room, hallway, kitchen and toilet facilities. More...

Rotary book shop to re-open
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's popular book shop is to re-open this week as part of a fundraising drive to support a campaign to wipe out polio. The former Threshers Wine shop in College Street will open throughout half-term week to support the Rotary's 'End Polio Now' fundraising scheme. More...

Students serve up success!
THIS characterful meal was one of the dishes prepared by students during a six-week cooking course in Highbridge this month. The latest 'Food for Special Occasions' course arranged by Sedgemoor Community Partnership has been hailed a success by the organisers. More...

Man fined after seafront crash
AN East Brent man who crashed his car on Burnham's seafront last November has been fined by Sedgemoor Magistrates. This was the scene on The Esplanade after a 20 year-old man from Old Bristol Road collided with several bollards and a lampost. He has also had points deducted from his driving licence. More...

Cheddar Choir in town tonight
CHEDDAR Male Voice Choir will be performing at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea this month during a special fundraising event. The concert, taking place tonight (Saturday 19th February), will be raising cash for the cash-strapped Highbridge Festival of the Arts. More...

In photos: 'Go Orange Day'
FUNDS were raised for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB when its volunteers took part in a nationwide fundraising day for independent lifeboat stations on Friday (February 18th). Several events were held across the area on 'Go Orange Day'. More...

Teacher's talk raises £1,000
BRENT Knoll Parish Hall and the Children's Hospice South West have shared a £1,000 donation following a successful fundraising talk by a former head teacher earlier this month. Brian Freestone recounted amusing anecdotes during the talk at the village hall on February 5th. More...

Circus to perform for troops
TAUNTON marines and their families will be enjoying a free circus performance at Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea later this month. The centre in Brent Knoll has donated 20 tickets for Paulo’s Circus Americano on Saturday February 26th to the 40 Commando Royal Marines. More...

£25m boost for council homes
COUNCIL houses in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are set to receive improvements following a huge £25m cash injection this week. Homes in Sedgemoor and Sedgemoor District Council have this week been allocated £25million of 'Decent Homes' funding from the national housing and regeneration agency, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). More...

Speedway boss fights election
BRENT Knoll Liberal Democrats have this week selected their candidates to take part in his May's District Council elections. Bill Hancock, 67, is a well known face locally who runs the Oak Tree Speedway Arena outside Highbridge and who now lives in Edithmead. More...

Beavers in healthy eating visit
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea Beavers picking up tips about healthy eating during a special visit to a Highbridge supermarket this week. The group of more than 20 Beavers were invited to Highbridge's Asda store by the staff on Thursday evening (February 17th). More...

Town group given rally cash
THE organisers of Brean's rally handed over a total of £2,460 to two good causes during the event's annual presentation night on Thursday (February 17th). Youngsters and leaders from Highbridge's Dreamscheme travelled to Weston to receive their bumper share of the proceeds. More...

15 library volunteers found
Exclusive: HOPES that Highbridge Library can be saved from closure have been boosted this week after 15 volunteers came forward to offer their help in running the service following an appeal by town councillor Chris Williams. The library will otherwise shut on October 1st. More...

Fish moved in lake operation
Exclusive: THESE were the scenes at Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday (February 17th) when a huge operation was launched to move hundreds of fish from one of the lakes. A team from Bridgwater College's Fisheries Programme was drafted in by Highbridge Angling Association and Sedgemoor District Council to help move large quantities of carp and bream. More...

Council makes £1.4m of cuts
CUTS of £1.4m for the 2011/12 budget were approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors on Wednesday (February 16th). The district council proposed town and parish councils pay for the running of town halls, although this transition will cost it a total of £180,000. More...

New take-away plans unveiled
Exclusive: A VACANT gift shop in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street could soon be transformed into a new hot food take-away. A local businessman wants to overhaul the shop at 63 High Street, previously occupied by Magpie Gifts, into a brand new take-away employing five people. More...

Eco-friendly homes approved
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build ten new eco-friendly homes in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been given the go-ahead by the district council this week. South Western Housing Society's planning application has been approved by Sedgemoor despite residents' concerns. More...

New Dreamscheme to launch
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's long-awaited Dreamscheme youth club is to launch later this month. We first reported last year that Burnham Police wanted to repeat the success of Highbridge's award-winning Dreamscheme by setting up a brand new group in the town, which is now set to launch. More...

What's on at the Ritz Cinema?
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. This week, she reviews Gnomeo and Juliet, Black Swan and Sanctum. Read more of Molly's reviews of films showing in Burnham here on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week. More...

Princess saved from closure
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has been secured, Sedgemoor District Council announced on Wednesday. From April, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council is to enter into a 125-year lease agreement with Sedgemoor District Council to take over and operate the building. More...

Streaker spotted in town
POLICE are investigating multiple reports that a naked man has been seen wandering the streets of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge wearing only a bobble hat. Burnham Police this week said they have been called out several times over the past few months to the sightings. More...

Berrow Road closed this week
A BUSY road between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean will be closed later this week for two days while road repairs are carried out. Somerset County Council's Highways team will close Berrow Road for resurfacing on Thursday and Friday. Diversions will be in operation over the two days.
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What a day to remember!
MEMBERS of Burnham United's Under 8s football team experienced a day to remember at the weekend when they were invited to a top Bristol City game where they took a special role in welcoming the players onto the pitch. They formed a guard of honour for the players at the start of the game. More...

Giant bottle arrives in town!
MEMBERS of the Round Table have delivered a huge 'SOS' message in a giant bottle to Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station as part of a relay challenge that aims to cover all 235 RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. The message calls on support for the national RNLI charity. More...

Egypt holiday woes for couple
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple who are on holiday in Egypt have this week spoken of their anger at an airline's plans to cut their trip short due to the political unrest over recent weeks. Peter O'Reilly and his partner Jacquie Chorley are in Sharm el Sheikh on a month-long winter break. More...

Road safety calls at crash scene
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents living next to an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the County Council to improve road safety measures there after three accidents in four months. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported at the weekend how a family had been lucky to escape injury after the latest accident in Stoddens Road. More...

Councillor hits back over cuts
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea county councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has this week hit out at the town's MP over comments she made in the House of Commons regarding the potential closure of Highbridge Library and Somerset County Council's financial cuts. More...

Arcade plans win approval
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a tattoo shop into a new gambling arcade in Highbridge town centre have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council this week - but its opening hours will be restricted. Local businessman Mike Childs wants to convert Highbridge Ink in Market Street into an arcade. More...

School wins gardening contest
GREEN-fingered pupils at Berrow Primary School are celebrating after scooping a top prize in a fruit and vegetable growing competition. The school pupils, who competed against ten other schools from across the whole country, submitted diary evidence of their growing exploits. More...

BARB joins 'Go Orange Day'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB will be taking part in a nationwide fundraising day for independent lifeboat stations this Friday (February 18th). The seafront headquarters of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) will be open from 10am-4pm to mark 'Go Orange Day'. More...

Weather fails to halt Knoll walk
HEAVY rain failed to stop this hardy group of walkers completing a seven mile walk from Burnham-On-Sea to Brent Knoll on Sunday (February 13th). Over 20 members of SWAG (Somerset Walking and Activity Group) gathered on the town's seafront to pull on their waterproofs and boots. More...

Volunteers back Burnham TIC
Exclusive: MORE than 20 volunteers have signed up to help run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre when it comes under the management of a new charitable group this Spring. BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support) held a successful public meeting this week. More...

Four fined for dog fouling
FOUR irresponsible dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been issued with fines following increased patrols by council dog wardens. Sedgemoor District Council's Dog Wardens have stepped up patrols in known problem spots and issued four fixed penalty tickets in three weeks. More...

Tessa backs Internet sessions
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has made a special visit to the town's UK Online centre where she has praised its work in helping more local people to use the Internet. Tessa Munt visited the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close on Friday (February 11th) to hear about the work of the UK Online team. More...

Three escape town car crash
Exclusive: THE occupants of a car had a lucky escape in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday, February 13th) after being involved in a crash at an accident blackspot. Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to sharp bend in Stoddens Road at 9.40am. More...

Anniversary banner completed
TALENTED young artists at Berrow Primary School have been presented with books and certificates for their work in designing and making a new banner. Pauline Dodds, from the Diocese of Bath and Wells Education Centre, has this week handed over the rewards to the school. More...

BBC beach scenes on CBBC
A BBC CHILDREN'S TV series which features scenes filmed on Berrow Beach will begin airing this week. Last October, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported how 'The Sparticle Mystery’ had been filmed on the sands. The series will broadcast on kids channel CBBC from 14th February. More...

Vandals attack town charity shop
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop is counting the cost of vandalism after one of its shopfront windows was smashed this week. Weston Hospice Care in College Street has had to board up one of its windows, as pictured, after vandals smashed it in an overnight attack. More...

MP: Improve heart attack care
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for action to improve care for people who have suffered heart attacks. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s biggest killer with an estimated 140 deaths each year in Tessa Munt's Wells constituency, which also covers Burnham-On-Sea. More...

'No bill for road lines error'
COUNCIL tax payers in Burnham-On-Sea will not have to foot the bill to remove double yellow lines that have been mistakenly painted along a busy town road this week. Contractors working on behalf of Somerset County Council have admitted that they added the lines along Marine Drive in error. More...

100th birthday celebrations!
A BURNHAM pensioner celebrated her 100th birthday with a special visit from the town's Mayor on Friday morning (February 11th). Sandra Rosina Cornish, from Love Lane, received a traditional card from the Queen and a visit by Cllr Michael Clarke on her special big day. More...

CCTV appeal after wallet theft
BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) has appealed for the public's help in finding this woman folowing the theft of a wallet on board a train near Burnham-On-Sea. They have released CCTV footage of the woman, who they think may be able to assist them with their enquiries. More...

Burlesque workshops this Sunday
LADIES in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to take part in a Valentines Burlesque dancing workshop in the town this weekend. Dancefit Studios on the Westman's Trading Estate in Love Lane is holding the event on Sunday (February 13th) for local ladies to brush up their dance skills
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Recycling centre hours to be cut
THE opening hours at Highbridge Recycling Centre are set to be reduced as part of ongoing cost-cutting moves from the start of April, it was announced on Friday (February 11th). Somerset County Council has decided that around £1.9 million in savings over two years will come from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP). More...

Three drugs raids in a week
THESE cannabis plants have been seized by police during THREE drugs raids in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in the space of one week. Sgt Ian Kennett told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday: "Three drugs warrants have been carried out in Burnham and Highbridge this week." More...

Trio of groups get Rotary boost
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have this week handed over cheques to a trio of good causes. The Gateway Club and The National Blind Children's Society each received £1,200 donations during a ceremony on Thursday night (February 10th) and a third is also receiving money. More...

Yeovil Town starts kids centre
YEOVIL Town Football Club has announced the launch of a new children's development centre at Highbridge's King Alfred School. The new centre, launching in March, will offer youngsters across the Burnham-On-Sea area a chance to develop their game with qualified coaches. More...

Library closure goes to Commons
THE threatened closure of Highbridge Library has been brought up in the House of Commons this week by the town's MP. Tessa Munt criticised Somerset County Council's cost-cutting programme during a debate about local government finance on Wednesday (February 9th). More...

One arrest after town drugs arrest
Exclusive: POLICE have made an arrest after raiding a home in Highbridge on Thursday (Febuary, 10th) when they seized cannabis plants and drugs. Officers entered the home in South Avenue at 3pm after receiving information that the home was allegedly being used for drugs production. More...

Mamma Mia event for hospital
TICKETS have gone on sale this week for a Mamma Mia themed fundraising event to raise cash for the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital. The 'Mamma Mia' evening will be held at the Oak Tree Arena at Edithmead on Saturday 19th March from 8pm with proceeds going to the town hospital. More...

Council in phone scam alert
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week warned Burnham-On-Sea residents to check that phone callers requesting bank details are actually from the council. The authority has had several calls from worried residents in recent days who have received phone calls from people purporting to be council workers. More...

Late Xmas boost for lifeboats
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club were in a festive mood this week when they held their delayed Christmas meal. The club's members tucked into a hearty Christmas feast at the Oak Tree and the restaurant even laid out the tables with crackers and Christmas serviettes. More...

Man jailed after town rape
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been sent to prison for three and a half years after being found guilty of a rape in the town. Nathan John Miller, 20, of Steart Avenue, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court following the rape of a woman, aged 19, last January. More...

TIC public meeting tonight
VOLUNTEERS who want to help run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre when it comes under the management of a new charitable group later this Spring are being invited to an open meeting in the town this evening (Thursday, February 10th) at 7pm in the town council chambers. More...

Burnham plans big Royal party
Exclusive: A GIANT street party is being planned for the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on the day of this Spring's Royal wedding. The town's Hillview Carnival Club is organising the High Street event to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the day of the wedding, Friday April 29th. More...

Martial arts gala cancelled
Exclusive: A MARTIAL arts gala which was set to be held in Brent Knoll later this month to raise money for the Royal Marines has had to be cancelled. Scores of martial arts clubs from across the region had been invited to take part in the high-kicking event on Saturday February 26th. More...

MP attacks youth club cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week hit out at Somerset County Council for threatening to close two youth groups in the area as part of its latest cost-cutting exercise. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that Lympsham and Wedmore Youth Clubs are under threat of closure. More...

Town police braced for cutbacks
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are braced for job cuts after Avon and Somerset Constabulary announced it is shedding nearly 200 members of civilian staff and 40 police officers over four years. Avon and Somerset Police Authority also said on Wednesday (February 9th) there would be a recruitment freeze. More...

Fashion show attracts crowd
OVER 150 bargain hunters filled the main hall at King Alfred School in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (February 8th) when a fundraising fashion show was held. It was organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Inner Wheel ladies group and raised hundreds for local charities. More...

Garden waste service restarts
SEDGEMOOR District Council is inviting residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to sign up to its garden waste collections in readiness for the spring growing season. Those signing up to the scheme, which costs £40 per annum, will receive 25 collections a year spread throughout the year. More...

Village police up for awards
POLICE officers looking after Brean and Berrow have been nominated for awards in the annual competition to find the best bobbies on the beat in the Avon and Somerset force area. Esther Robinson, pictured, has been nominated as Beat Manager of the year in the annual Community Awards. More...

Car flips over in M5 accident
MOTORISTS faced delays on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (February 8th) after a car overturned and crashed into a roadside ditch. Burnham fire crews and police were called to the northbound carriageway junction 22 at Burnham and 21 at Weston. More...

Top award for town policeman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea police officer has this week been presented with a top award after saving the life of a man who had been stabbed. PC Adrian Jones, who is based at Burnham Police Station and works on the Highbridge beat, was presented with a Chief Constable’s Commendation on Tuesday (February 8th). More...

Appeal for library volunteers
HIGHBRIDGE Library could be saved from clsoure if 15 volunteers are found to help run it as a community facility, a town councillor has said this week. At a town council meeting on Monday, Cllr Chris Williams appealed for helpers to come forward to run the Market Street service. More...

Kebab 'saved life of town man'
A HIGHBRIDGE knife attack victim saved his own life after having his throat slit - by stemming the blood with a doner kebab, a national newspaper revealed on Tuesday (February 8th). The Sun newspaper reports that James Hobbs held the snack to his neck to cover the gash. More...

£70k earmarked to save Princess
Exclusive: HOPES that Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre can be saved from potential closure were given a major boost on Monday night (February 7th) when town councillors gave it a huge £70,000 boost. The council voted unanimously in favour of earmarking the cash to run it in the future. More...

29p a week tax hike approved
TOWN councillors have this week approved a 29p a week council tax hike in Burnham and Highbridge to pay for the cost of the Town Council taking over the maintenance of public toilets, dog litter bins and the town's Princess Theatre from the district council. More...

In photos: Coat of arms ceremony
Photo Special: THE 50th anniversary of the granting of the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Coat of Arms was marked at a special function on Monday evening (February 7th). Over 30 people attended a special celebration at the Town Council Chambers, hosted by Mayor and Mayoress. More...

'Wheel of death' act on show
THE wheel of death is set to return to Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll this month as one of the headline acts in a circus show. One of the country’s best-known troupes, Paulo’s Circus Americano, will be back at the garden centre along with its whole team from February 19th. More...

Hinkley award for council team
STAFF at Sedgemoor District Council were celebrating this week after scooping a top national planning award at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) annual awards ceremony in London. The district council was short-listed from more than 120 entries by the judges. More...

'It's time to stamp out dog fouling'
Exclusive: DOG wardens in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to step up their patrols amid concerns about increasing fouling of pavements and grass verges in the two towns. Highbridge Residents' Association has raised concerns about fouling in several areas, including Highbridge's Morland estate. More...

Busy day for town fire crews
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea experienced a busy day of call-outs on Sunday (February 6th), being called to several incidents. Burnham firefighters were among ten crews called out on Sunday afternoon to help fight a major thatch property fire at East Coker, near Yeovil. More...

Tony swaps gifts for donations
A MAN from Mark, near Burnham, has made a generous donation to two local good causes this week after refusing presents at his 60th birthday celebrations and inviting charity donations instead. Tony Buncombe received £600 from friends and family members at a special party held in Mark Village Hall. More...

Historic ship in focus at talk
THE SS Great Britain will be the topic of North Sedgemoor Local History Group's meeting in Highbridge this Wednesday (February 9th). Janet Brinnand, a trustee of the SS Great Britain Trust will be one of two special guests at the special talk being held at King Alfred School. More...

£1,380 raised at car washes
TWO days of car washing at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station, in conjuction with the RNLI's National SOS Day, have raised over £1,300 for the charity. The first event - on January 29th raised £677.29 - and the second on Saturday February 5th - raised £703.61. More...

Cheddar Choir to sing in town
CHEDDAR Male Voice Choir will be performing at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea this month during a special fundraising event. The concert, on the evening of Saturday 19th February, will be raising cash for the long-running Highbridge Festival of the Arts. More...

Police in mobile phone warning
POLICE have this week warned motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area about the dangers of using their mobile phones whilst driving. The force has teamed up with RAC to emphasise that using a mobile phone whilst driving is a lethal combination - a potentially 'fatal distraction'. More...

Seafront battered by gales
STRONG winds created stormy seas in Burnham on Saturday morning (February 5th). Big waves were sent crashing into the town's sea wall at the height of the morning tide at 8.10am, as pictured here. Gales with gusts of up to 60mph swept through the Burnham area. More...

In photos: Chinese New Year
CHILDREN in Burnham and Highbridge have been celebrating Chinese New Year with a range of colourful activities. At Highbridge Children's Centre, the youngsters learned how to write simple Chinese symbols, use chopsticks and taste traditional Chinese food. More...

Youth clubs face council axe
TWO youth groups in the Burnham area which are run by Somerset County Council could be set to close, it has been announced this week. Lympsham and Wedmore youth clubs are both among 18 which the council is seeking to close or hand over to the community to run. More...

Man's body found at town home
Exclusive: POLICE say the discovery of the body of a man at his Highbridge home earlier this week is not being treated as suspicious. Officers were called to Kennedy Close at 4pm on Thursday afternoon (February 3rd) amid concern for the welfare of the man inside. More...

Street party fundraiser in town
THE team behind plans to hold a big street party in Highbridge to mark this spring's royal wedding are to hold their first fundraising event later this month. Highbridge Residents' Association is organising the party in the town in April to celebrate the big Royal marriage. More...

TV duo's visit to air this month
POPULAR childrens TV presenters Dick and Dom visited East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre last year to film their new series 'Dick And Dom Go Wild', which being broadcast during February. The series, on kids channel CBBC, featured rescue centres across the UK. More...

School visits Burnham posties
A GROUP of youngsters from Berrow made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's Sorting Office on Thursday (February 3rd). Over a dozen children from Berrow Pre-School and the Reception Class at Berrow Primary School enjoyed the visit during a week of Postman Pat themed activities. More...

Beach race may move to Burnham
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to move Weston-super-Mare's famous annual Beach Race to Burnham-On-Sea, Brean or Berrow are under consideration. RHL Activities, the organisers of the annual race have been in discussions with Sedgemoor District Council in recent days regarding the possible move of the race. More...

Access fears over 11 new flats
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a Burnham-On-Sea residential home into a block of 11 flats have this week been given the thumbs-down by town councillors amid concerns about access onto the busy Berrow Road. The scheme centres on Newton Lodge residential home at 139 Berrow Road. More...

Crime maps 'may hit house prices'
A NEW police website which provides crime maps showing the streets where crimes have occurred could hit property prices in some parts of Burnham-On-Sea, it has been claimed this week. The controversial site, www.police.uk, went online for the first time on Monday and provides the number of crimes in every street across the UK. More...

Groups receive Lions boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions have this week handed over £1,700 to a group of local good causes. Members of the club gave out four bumper cheques during their annual presentation night, which was held at The Oaktree Arena's restaurant on Wednesday evening (February 2nd). More...

Crews tackle chimney fire
BURNHAM fire crews were called to tackle a chimney blaze in Highbridge on Tuesday (February 1st). Two fire engines were called to a property on the A38 at 1.08pm after a resident raised the alarm. Crews used breathing apparatus to tackle the fire due to the amount of smoke. More...

Library closure re-think urged
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week urged Somerset County Council Leader Ken Maddock to re-think his decision to close the town's Library. In recent consultations with libraries across the county, nine were declared to be saved but Highbridge was not among them. More...

School's PTA may have to close
Exclusive: THE long-running Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Highbridge's King Alfred School is under threat of closure due to a lack of volunteers, its leaders have warned this week. The King Alfred School Association, which has raised thousands of pounds for vital school equipment including a minibus, has said it may have to close down this year. More...

This week's Ritz films reviewed
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. This week, she reviews Tangled and Morning Glory. Read more of Molly's reviews of films showing in Burnham here on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week. More...

Man hurt in warehouse burglary
Exclusive: A man was taken to hospital after being attacked during a violent burglary at an industrial park in Highbridge at the weekend. Officers were called to a warehouse used by Isleport Foods in Gass Close in the early hours of Saturday morning (January 29th) after a staff member was hit from behind. More...

Air cadets take to the skies!
AIR cadets from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's 290 Squadron took to the skies this week during a visit to Colerne Airfield near Bath. The cadets - aged between 14 and 17 - had the opportunity to take the controls of the RAF's primary training aircraft during their special visit. More...

MP 'horrified' at forestry plans
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week said she is "horrified" at a consultation on selling off Forestry Commission land across the UK. Tessa Munt has met with Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State, twice over the past week to discuss the proposed sales and express her concerns. More...

Man in court over stabbing
A HIGHBRIDGE man appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Tuesday (February 1st), charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Jamie Edney, 34, from Charlotte Place, is alleged to have slashed James Hobb's throat in an attack on January 15th. More...

Tourist centre plans gather pace
PLANS to open Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre under the management of a new charitable group this Spring are progressing well, with fundraising on track and the date for the handover being confirmed this week. The newly-formed charity BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support) has also announced that it will hold an open meeting. More...

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