2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
January 2011 news archive
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...
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...
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...
win 'best team' award
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.
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...
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...
backs payment key calls
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.
awards for pair
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
event raises £670
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...
Dot ready for jump
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...
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...
photos: Nursery fundraiser
£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...
disrupts rail services
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...
club toast wine festival
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.
artist's work on display
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.
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...
awards for Burnham shop
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.
course to start in Burnham
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
pledges £100m for area
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
backs new cancer campaign
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
kick up a stink!
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.
fears over beach wreck
Stormy sea conditions over the winter have washed away the
buoys that usually surround Berrows 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...
jobs created at Brean park
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.
badgers are smallest seen
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.
train plans win backing
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...
buckthorn fight stepped up
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.
festival set to open
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.
cutbacks unveiled for area
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...
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...
raised at Royal fundraiser
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
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.
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...
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...
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.
Beauty opens in Brean
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.
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...
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).
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.
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...
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.
to re-open after £340k revamp
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...
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...
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.
fined after seafront crash
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.
Choir in town tonight
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.
photos: 'Go Orange Day'
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'.
talk raises £1,000
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
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 Paulos
Circus Americano on Saturday February 26th to the 40 Commando
Royal Marines. More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
library volunteers found
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.
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...
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
take-away plans unveiled
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...
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'
Dreamscheme to launch
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. More...
a day to remember!
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...
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...
holiday woes for couple
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...
safety calls at crash scene
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.
hits back over cuts
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...
plans win approval
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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
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
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...
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 UKs biggest killer with an estimated
140 deaths each year in Tessa Munt's Wells constituency,
which also covers Burnham-On-Sea. More...
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.
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...
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
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.
centre hours to be cut
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).
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."
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...
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
Xmas boost for lifeboats
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.
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,
public meeting tonight
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.
plans big Royal party
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...
arts gala cancelled
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
Saturday February 26th.
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.
police braced for cutbacks
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...
show attracts crowd
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...
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...
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...
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...
award for town policeman
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 Constables
Commendation on Tuesday (February 8th).
for library volunteers
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...
'saved life of town man'
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.
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...
a week tax hike approved
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.
photos: Coat of arms ceremony
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
of death' act on show
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 countrys best-known troupes, Paulos Circus
Americano, will be back at the garden centre along with its whole
team from February 19th. More...
award for council team
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.
time to stamp out dog fouling'
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...
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
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.
ship in focus at talk
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
raised at car washes
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.
Choir to sing in town
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.
in mobile phone warning
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
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...
photos: Chinese New Year
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.
clubs face council axe
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.
body found at town home
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.
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...
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...
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...
race may move to Burnham
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.
fears over 11 new flats
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
hurt in warehouse burglary
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...
cadets take to the skies!
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...
'horrified' at forestry plans
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...
in court over stabbing
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.
centre plans gather pace
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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