2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
thefts prompt warning
are warning motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area to make sure
their fuel is secure following an increase in local diesel theft.
In the past six weeks there have been several diesel thefts from
firms on industrial estates in Highbridge and other areas. More...
opens art exhibition
Mayor has opened a town artist's exhibition of colourful paintings
this week. Greg Hamnett-Fry's display of artwork opened in Burnham's
Princess Theatre on Thursday evening (February 28th) and is now
open to the public until March 18th. More...
scam warning issued
across the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to be
aware of a telephone scam in which home owners are offered bogus
council tax reductions. Police said on Thursday they have received
several complaints in Burnham relating to unsolicited phone calls.
tell how tragedy unfolded
parents of four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after being swept
out to sea on a visit to Burnham-On-Sea last August have relived
the heart-breaking moment their son disappeared beneath the water.
Dylan was playing with his two sisters and a cousin on the jetty
when he was swept away. More...
gives verdict on tragedy
Somerset's coroner has today recorded an accidental verdict at
the inquest into the tragic death of a toddler who fell into the
sea from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty last summer. Four year-old Dylan
Cecil drowned after falling into Bridgwater Bay on August 19th
after splashing about on the jetty. More...
town revamp approved
£440,000 of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre have this week been given the go-ahead. Burnham Mayor
Ken Smout said Wednesday's decision by Sedgemoor District Council's
Executive represents a "really significant milestone"
for the town. More...
value' theft from store
BURNHAM Police have appealed for help
identifying these three men following a major theft from a supermarket
in the town. Officers have released the still CCTV images of the
trio after what they have called a "high value" theft
of alcohol on February 12th. More...
Cecil inquest today
Somerset's coroner will today hold an inquest hearing into the
tragic death of a toddler who fell into the sea from Burnham-On-Sea's
jetty last summer. Four year-old Dylan Cecil drowned after falling
into Bridgwater Bay on August 19th, sparking a huge search operation
by the town's marine rescue services. More...
traces Drake footsteps
adventurer Michael Turner has this week returned home after braving
poisonous snakes and scorpions in the jungles of Panama. Michael,
57, has spent much of his life writing about the British explorer,
Sir Francis Drake, and following his footsteps. More...
safety system for jetty
A NEW audible warning system has been installed at the top
of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty as part of a number of new changes to
boost safety after a tragedy last year. It comes just six months
after four year-old Dylan Cecil died in a fall from the jetty
last August. More...
deal safeguards loos
in Brean won't be caught short after the future of a block of
public loos in the village was safeguarded this week. Sedgemoor
District Council has completed the transfer of the Warren Road
south public toilets, near the village hall, to Brean Parish Council.
volunteer service starts
A NEW volunteering service has launched
in Burnham-On-Sea this week where residents can register their
interest in helping local events and groups in the town. The new
service, called 'BOS Jobs', enables residents to join a register
listing their skills. More...
to hold scarecrow day
Friends of Marine Cove in Burnham-On-Sea haas this week appealed
for donations of unwanted clothing and straw material for a unique
scarecrow event being planned for the summer. The seafront gardens
will be hosting a sea-themed Scarecrow Day in July. More...
leader to talk at RNLI AGM
Search and Rescue Squadron Leader Hugh Pierce from RAF Chivenor
in Devon will be the guest speaker at this year's Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI AGM. The annual open meeting will take place on Friday 8th
March at 7.30pm at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. More...
new police officers sought
and Somerset Constabulary is looking to hire more police officers,
including from the Burnham-On-Sea area. The force wants 35 more
officers and is encouraging people to apply before the online
application procedure closes at 4pm this Friday. More...
vows to keep up pylon fight
MP has this week told local campaigners that she is doing all
she can to stop controversial plans for a line of huge electricity
pylons to built across the Somerset Levels. Tessa Munt attended
a meeting of local campaigners at the weekend. More...
for more dog waste bins
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for more
dog waste bins to be introduced in the town and higher fines for
those that let their pets foul pavements. The call comes amid
rising numbers of complaints from residents who are angry at dog
give boost to BARB
rescue hovercraft charity BARB has this week received a £750
donation from three local Masons lodges. Lodges in Somerset, Taunton
and Burnham have raised the money for the life-saving rescue hovercraft
charity which is based on the town's seafront. More...
craft fair this Saturday
SPRING craft fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday
(March 2nd). The event, called Creative Gifts for Spring, will
be raising money for local charities and will be held inside St
Andrew's Church Hall from 11am - 4pm with entry free of charge
to all. More...
and tree projects boost
Food and Drink Festival and a project to introduce more trees
in Burnham and Highbridge has been given a big financial boost
this week. Burnham North County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton
has presented £1,500 from the County Council. More...
becomes a postie for a day!
MP has this week swapped Parliament for the post office by spending
a day working with local posties. Tessa Munt experienced the chilly
and busy life of local postmen and women when she visited a local
sorting office this week, going out on a delivery round. More...
museum plans unveiled
BRAND new plans for a museum to be set up in Burnham-On-Sea
have been unveiled this week. Burnham Town Team is investigating
whether a museum could be set up in the town centre to showcase
the town's colourful history. Mike Young, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
about the plans. More...
cleared from sand dunes
sand dunes were given a big clean-up by this group of conservation
volunteers on Sunday (February 24th). More than a dozen volunteers
from Bristol University Conservation Group visited the nature
reserve to undertake sea buckthorn scrub clearance. More...
top sale boosts hall funds
of pounds was raised for Berrow Village Hall funds when a successful
table top sale was held on Sunday (February 24th). Over 30 stalls
were set up in the hall, selling a wide range of bric a brac,
and large crowds flocked to the hall during the afternoon. More...
club presents donations
GROUP of swimmers from Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club who took part
in a recent fundraising swim in Brean have handed over the money
they raised. The nine Burnham swimmers took part in the annual
Swimarathon at Brean Splash, held earlier this month in the village.
blows away competition
teenager from Burnham-On-Sea beat adult competitors from across
the country to take second place at the British Land Yachting
Championships held in Brean over the weekend. Craig George, 14,
only took up the sport a year ago but performed incredibly well
to finish in second spot. More...
beach walk raises funds
fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge strapped on their
walking boots to complete the second of their year of fitness
challenges on Sunday (February 24th). Nicola Noad and Tamara Ellis
made a new years resolution to get healthy and are undertaking
12 challenge. More...
balloon goes missing
residents are being asked to look out for a weather balloon which
may be washed up on beaches in the area. The balloon was launched
from a school in Pontypridd, South Wales earlier this week and
has gone missing over the Bristol Channel. More...
festival countdown starts
countdown to the start of Highbridge's 66th annual Festival Of
The Arts in Burnham-On-Sea has begun. Hundreds of talented youngsters
from the ages of three upwards will be competing at The Princess
Theatre and Arts Centre from March 7th-16th. More...
makes his radio debut
up-and-coming Burnham-On-Sea musician performed live on BBC local
radio on Saturday (February 23rd) as he seeks to develop his talent
into a career. Taylor Topham, 18, who lives in Burnham, is a guitarist
and singer who writes his own songs. More...
racing continues today
cold winds have not stopped dozens of land yachting enthusiasts
from across the UK gathering on Brean beach this weekend. In fact,
the wind is just what they need for the British Land Yachting
Championships, which continue during today (Sunday). More...
guitarist in area tonight
of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK will be performing
near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night (February 24th). With over
40 years in the business, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own
unique style, much copied, but never bettered. More...
club's final act of goodwill
long-running club for businessmen in Burnham-On-Sea which has
folded this week after more than 40 years has donated its remaining
funds to the town's hospital. Burnham Probus Club, which had dozens
of members at its peak, provided social activities for businessmen
and professionals. More...
home boss retires
LONG-serving manager of a Burnham-On-Sea retirement home has stepped
down from his role this week after a quarter of a century in the
job. Residents at Homelane House in Rectory Road gathered together
on Friday (February 22nd) to thank Terry Tindall. More...
British championships begin
THIRTY of the UK's top sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action
on Brean beach this weekend when they compete in the British Land
Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being overseen by
Brean Land Yacht Club on both Saturday and Sunday. More...
lose your chance to vote
residents have been warned that time is running out to get themselves
registered to vote in May's elections. To vote in the County Council
Elections on Thursday May 2nd, residents must appear on the Register
of Electors before the deadline date. More...
man found safe
Police have today (Friday) said that a resident who has been missing
for over three months has been found safe and well. David Trebble,
51, went missing from his home in Abingdon Street, Burnham last
November and police said they were concerned. More...
for a new town crier
THE search for a new Burnham-On-Sea town crier has been launched
this week. A person is being sought to take on the traditional
role to promote local events in Burnham during this year's tourist
season. Burnham's previous town crier passed away four years ago
and the position has not been filled since. More...
hurt in Burnham crash
CYCLIST was rushed to hospital following a collision with a vehicle
in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police and an ambulance were called
to Love Lane following the accident on Wednesday afternoon (February
20th). A female cyclist in her 20s was hurt in the collision.
Malone comes to town
are on sale for a must-see production of classic crime caper Bugsy
Malone by members of Mark Youth Theatre Group. The group will
be performing the show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre from
March 21st-23rd at 7.30pm each day with a matinee at 2.30pm on
the Saturday. More...
dunes clean-up on Sunday
sand dunes are set to be tidied up by a group of conservation
volunteers this Sunday (February 24th) with members of the public
welcome to join them. Bristol University Conservation Group will
be making their annual visit to the nature reserve. More...
damage mobility scooter
have appealed for witnesses after a disabled pensioner in Burnham-On-Sea
was left 'traumatised' when a thief wielding a baseball bat stole
her mobility scooter and badly damaged it. The intruder took the
electric scooter from outside her flat in Chichester Close. More...
of children in poverty
HIGHBRIDGE has one of the highest rates of child poverty in
the south west, according to a new report published this week.
The survey by the End Child Poverty campaign says 24% of children
grow up in poverty in Highbridge, while 12% do so in Burnham South
and 8% in Burnham North. More...
and Judy set to return!
TRADITIONAL seaside Punch and Judy show will be providing entertainment
to families on Burnham-On-Sea beach this summer following an absence
of several years. 'Professor' Paul Wheeler has secured the concession
to set up his traditional seaside show. More...
town club closes
A LONG-running club for businessmen
in Burnham-On-Sea has folded this week after more than 40 years.
Burnham Probus Club, which had dozens of members at its peak,
provided social activities for businessmen and professionals in
the area. More...
flies over wind farm site
PROTEST group that is fighting a proposed wind farm development
near Burnham-On-Sea has launched a huge air blimp 400ft over the
site - the same height as the proposed wind turbines. The Huntspill
Wind Farm Action Group is overseeing it. More...
Dems announce candidate
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor Tom Nicholls has this week
been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Burnham North
in May's County Council elections. Tom, pictured, will be one
of several candidates standing in the election on Thursday May
a week council tax hike
tax bills will rise by a further 8.5p a week across the Burnham-On-Sea
area from April after Sedgemoor District Council this week raised
its proportion of the council tax by 3.4%. The decision was taken
at a district council meeting on Wednesday. More...
farm decision to be delayed
A public inquiry into controversial proposals to build four
400ft-tall wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea will not be completed
until May after unexpected delays to this week's landscape discussions.
Energy firm Ecotricity is seeking to reverse Sedgemoor District
Council's decision. More...
joins eating disorders debate
MP has this week called for faster help to be available to sufferers
of eating disorders. Tessa Munt and MPs Caroline Nokes and David
Burrowes led a parliamentary debate on the issue after calls from
a Somerset eating disorder charity. More...
legend' to play in town
Ritz Acoustic Club will this week play host to a 'music legend'
who is widely acknowledged as the finest blues and boogie woogie
pianist this side of the Atlantic. He will be performing at the
Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from 8pm on Thursday. More...
cadets off to winning start
cadets from Burnham-On-Sea have got off to a winning start in
their bid to retain the national drill and ceremonial competition
title. The enthusiastic cadets won all of the trophies in their
category in the Somerset and Dorset district competition, held
at the weekend. More...
theatre drama appeal
WORLD War II comedy drama about a family's life in Bethnal Green
will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre in April -
and residents are being invited to get involved. The one-woman
performance will be held at the Princess Theatre on 19th April.
planes fly over Hinkley
might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this hi-tech
unmanned aeroplane is actually being used for survey work at Hinkley
Point near Burnham-On-Sea. EDF Energy is using the fixed-wing
planes with built-in digital cameras to monitor progress. More...
inquest date announced
Somerset's coroner has announced the date of an inquest hearing
into the tragic death of a toddler who fell into the sea from
Burnham-On-Sea's jetty last summer. Four year-old Dylan Cecil
drowned after falling into Bridgwater Bay on Sunday August 19th,
sparking a huge search by the rescue services. More...
waste cost rises to £45
annual charge for having garden waste collected from homes in
the Burnham-On-Sea area is rising by £5 to £45 this
year, Sedgemoor District Council has announced this week. Gardeners
throughout the Burnham and Highbridge area can now sign up. More...
could cut drink spiking
FATHER and son from the Burnham-On-Sea area have unveiled an innovative
drink safety product to prevent bottled drinks from being spiked
by illegal drug substances. Tim and Franz Malessa from East Huntspill
have manufactured Der Cooler, a bottle opener and stopper. More...
weather set to return
the most of this week's Spring-like weather because it's about
to be replaced by a return to wintry conditions, according to
forecasters. Despite blue skies and perfect sunsets over the last
two days, the Met Office has issued a 'yellow warning' of icy
stride out for 12 charities
fundraisers from Burnham and Highbridge have decided to make 2013
a year of change and challenges by setting themselves fitness
tasks to raise money for a dozen charities. Nicola Noad and Tamara
Ellis made a new years resolution to get healthy. More...
boost for air ambulance
International members from Burnham-On-Sea were among dozens of
people from across the south west who attended a special Valentines
weekend of entertainment in aid of charity. Moose members gathered
for the annual Valentines pilgrimage. More...
Carnival delivers £4,500 boost
A POT of £4,500 has been shared by fifteen good causes in
Burnham-On-Sea this week as the town's carnival committee handed
out the proceeds of last year's collection. Carnival President
Malcolm Borland and Carnival Treasurer John Hodgson handed over
the funds. More...
Top land yachts action in Brean
THIRTY of the UK's top sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action
on Brean beach this coming weekend when they compete in the British
Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being overseen
by Brean Land Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday. More...
Tributes paid to Di Monaghan
TRIBUTES have this week been paid to well known Burnham-On-Sea
resident Di Monaghan, who was the former Chairman of the Burnham
Area Youth Centre. Di, who has died at the age of 57, was Chairman
of the BAY Centre from 2001-2006 and a well-known face in town.
1,200 sign floods petition
AN ONLINE petition calling for dredging to stop
flooding on the Somerset Levels - including parts of the Burnham-On-Sea
area - has attracted more than 1,200 signatures. The 'Stop the
Flooding on the Somerset Levels' petition was begun on an e-petition
Dog killed in Brean cliff plunge
Exclusive: A dog plunged to its death after falling down
cliffs at Brean Down on Sunday (February 17th). A visitor from
Bristol was walking his lurcher along the top of the Down when
it gave chase to some goats and plunged down the cliffs on the
south side. More...
Flood defence funds pledged
HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of government funding is to be
provided to improve flood defences in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
A £315,000 project is to be undertaken in West Huntspill
to help alleviate problems of flooding, the Environment Agency
has announced this week. More...
Pub receives top county award
DELIGHTED regulars and staff at a pub near Burnham-On-Sea were
celebrating on Saturday (February 16th) when it received the title
of Somerset's Pub of the Year 2013 from the Campaign for Real
Ale (CAMRA). The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the prestigious
county award for the first time, going one step further than its
'pub of the season' award in 2011. More...
3.30am opening bid rejected
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE club's bid to stay open until 3.30am
for a special event later this month has been rejected. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report last week that Morlands Social Club had applied
to Sedgemoor District Council for a one-off Temporary Event Notice
on February 24th. More...
needed for protest blimp
A PROTEST group that is fighting a proposed wind
farm development near Burnham-On-Sea has appealed for help in
raising £1,500 towards the costs of a huge air blimp that
will be flown 400ft above the site. The group hopes its blimp
will draw attention to the height of the turbines. More...
saplings for Burnham area
SCHOOLS, charities, village organisations and community
groups in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been invited to apply for
free young trees from a Somerset garden centre. Monkton Elm Garden
& Pet Centre is offering between 50 and 100 saplings to local
good causes. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to tackle
a chimney blaze in the village of Mark on Friday morning (February
15th). Crews were called at 9.42am to a home in Yarrow Road, Mark
following a call from the occupant reporting that the chimney
was alight. More...
parking bid rejected
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
given a 'thumbs down' to a request for overnight parking by motorhome
owners in the town's car parks. The Motor Carvanners Club has
written to Sedgemoor District Council asking for the rules to
be relaxed to allow overnight parking. More...
project starts in town
GREEN-fingered youngsters from Highbridge Dreamscheme have begun
work on transforming an area of unloved waste ground in the town
into a colourful community garden. The group has taken over the
upkeep of three gardens on Highbridge's Morland Estate. More...
Night returns to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is promising a night of laughs
when three top comedians hold a night of comedy next week. The
theatre in Princess Street is holding it second annual Comedy
Night on Saturday 23rd February from 8pm-10.45pm in the main hall.
Tickets are on sale. More...
film shot in Burnham
FILMING has been completed this week for a new
short film that has been shot in Burnham-On-Sea by two young aspiring
local filmmakers. Jake Hodge and Jessie Hawkes have been filming
their latest drama production 'Singing Blues' which will be widely
foster carers sought
FOSTER carers are being sought in the Burnham-On-Sea
area as part of an initiative to find up to 150 across Somerset
this year. Somerset County Council currently has around 250 foster
carers and will need another 100 to 150 in the next year to
keep up with the rising number of children coming into care.
crews tackle car blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Lympsham early on
Thursday morning to tackle a car blaze. The vehicle was reported
to be alight on the A370 Bridgwater Road in Lympsham at 5.30am,
where it had burst into flames. Crews extinguished the fire using
hose reel jets. More...
scandal boosts trade
Exclusive: AN independent butcher in Burnham-On-Sea says
he has seen a jump in trade as the horsemeat scandal encourages
shoppers to buy locally-produced food. Ian Keane, owner of Truckles
Farm Shop in Burnham High Street, says shoppers are concerned
about supermarket food. More...
pot holes action sought
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have called
for urgent action from Somerset County Council to repair pot holes
along local roads. Recent heavy rain and icy weather has damaged
the surface of many local roads, including Brean's South Road,
THE young members of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme celebrated the
group's third birthday with an open day and AGM on Wednesday (February
13th) where they decided the tasks and treats they will be undertaking
this year. The youngsters also started to plan work at their new
community garden. More...
rescue for stricken gull
A HERRING gull is lucky to be alive thanks to the
amazing rescue efforts of wildlife worker Mervyn Gratton and three-on-the
spot police dog handlers. The drama unfolded at 2am last Monday
when Mervyn was called to a lake on an industrial estate at Dunball.
is 'Hinkley ready'
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week written to local organisations
who would have a role during the construction of a new nuclear
power station at Hinkley Point urging them to make sure they are
ready if the go-ahead from the government is given. More...
£32,000 windfall for cricket club
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Cricket Club is
celebrating this week after receiving a huge £32,000 windfall
which will enable it to go ahead with a major new project. The
club, which is based at Burnham's BASC Ground, has been awarded
the cash by Sedgemoor District Council. More...
book goes on sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea author Jackie Tanner is hoping to
raise awareness of eating disorders with the publication of her
new book this week which coincides with National Eating Disorders
Awareness Week. Jackie has recovered from an eating disorder.
Village jobs on offer
DOZENS of temporary jobs will be up for grabs at
Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village this Saturday (February 16th) when
the park holds its annual recruitment day. The event will be held
from 10am and will see vacancies being filled in a variety of
summer roles. More...
61 homes hit by power cut
DOZENS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea are without power
last night (Tuesday, February 12th) following a fault. Western
Power Distribution said 61 homes in Highbridge Road were plunged
into darkness at around 8pm and work was underway to restore supplies.
MP wins annual pancake race!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt was among a group
of politicians who won an annual parliamentary pancake race in
Westminster on Shrove Tuesday. Tessa Munt beat teams from the
House of Lords and the media in a fiercely contested event! More...
thief escapes arrest
A man who stole a £300 saxophone from the window of
a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop will not be charged, police have
said this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that
the musical instrument, which was stolen from the Sue Ryder Care
in Burnham High Street, had been recovered. More...
Motorists warned of disruption
MOTORISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to
expect delays as roadworks along several major routes get underway.
Six weeks of bridge maintenance work is to begin in Queen's Drive
on February 18th and the County Council says delays are likely
during the period. More...
Glowing report for care home
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has been given glowing
praise in a visit by a group of inspectors. Beaufort House in
Rectory Road is run by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
(RABI) and has up to 32 residents - many of whom have a farming
Quiz night boost for hospital
DOZENS of quiz fans supported a fundraising quiz
in aid of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital on Saturday night (February
9th). The quiz night, organised by the Friends of Burnham Hospital,
was well supported in Highbridge Community Hall and raised a good
Libraries event well supported
LIBRARIES in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge marked
National Libraries Day with a day of fun-filled activities on
Saturday (February 9th). Burnham and Highbridge Libraries encouraged
children to take part in book-themed activities, which also included
a bear hunt. More...
M5 accident causes delays
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a
two vehicle crash on the M5 on Monday afternoon (February 11th).
Crews were called to the northbound carriageway between junction
21 at Weston and junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 3.30pm.
Couple's lucky escape in crash
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple was lucky
to avoid injury after their 4x4 slammed into this wall in the
centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (February 10th). Martin
and Dee Lloyd, who run Burnham's Victoria Hotel, were travelling
along Oxford Street in their Shogun 4x4 when it crashed. More...
Swimarathon makes a splash!
OVER £2,000 was raised for local charities
when more than 100 people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area
took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 10th).
The annual Swimarathon, run by Burnham Rotary Club, involved 17
Jenson Button's hat auctioned
A FUNDRAISING night at Highbridge's Oaktree arena
on Saturday (February 9th) raised more than £1,300 and was
boosted by the auction of a celebrity sportsman's cap. The auction
of the hat signed by Formula One racing driver Jenson Button attracted
plenty of attention. More...
Scouts seeking new leaders
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scout Group has this week appealed
for new leaders to come forward and get involved with a variety
of fun activities. The long-running scout group, which provides
activities for children aged 6-14, is seeking more parent helpers
Fence thieves target football club
THIEVES have struck at Burnham United Football Club this weekend,
stealing wooden fencing worth thousands of pounds. Since the start
of the year, dozens of sections of wooden fencing have been removed
from around the first team pitch next to the BAY Centre in Cassis
Fears over 3.30am opening bid
Exclusive: POLICE have raised a formal objection to plans
by a club in Highbridge to stay open until 3.30am for a special
event later this month. Morlands Social Club in the town has applied
to Sedgemoor District Council for a one-off Temporary Event Notice.
Non-uniform day raises funds
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea school took part
in a special day of fundraising to raise cash for an international
children's charity on Friday (February 8th). Pupils and staff
at St Andrew's School raised £277.40 by giving donations
to wear non-uniform. More...
Dog prompts beach search
Exclusive: TWO dog owners have thanked Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards
for their prompt response after a beach drama unfolded at Brean
this afternoon (Saturday). The owner of a German Shepherd Cross
raised the alarm after her pet got into difficulty while chasing
a flock of seagulls. More...
Snow warning lifted for town
FORECASTERS have lifted their warning of heavy snow in the Burnham-On-Sea
over the next few days. The Met Office says that Somerset will
avoid the worst of the snow which is expected to hit large parts
of the remainder of the UK on Sunday and into Monday. More...
Dog wardens step up patrols
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council's dog wardens are
to step up their patrols in Highbridge's Apex Park after complaints
about rising cases of dog fouling and animals being left to roam
around the park. It comes after several walkers have expressed
concerns in recent days. More...
Holiday soccer school kicks off
SOMERSET Soccer Schools will be holding two coaching
sessions in Burnham-On-Sea over the half-term holiday for young
footballers to brush up their skills. Somerset Soccer Schools
offers talented local footballers the opportunity to work with
experienced coaches. More...
Hospital to benefit from quiz
A FUNDRAISING quiz in aid of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital
will be held this evening (Saturday February 9th). The quiz night
is being held by the Friends of Burnham Hospital in Highbridge
Community Hall at 7.30pm. Two similar quizzes have been well supported.
School crowned rugby champs!
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been crowned Sedgemoor Area
Schools Rugby Champions this week after its two teams won hard-fought
matches. The Year 8 team competed in an end-to-end battle with
Haygrove School from Bridgwater and played really well to claim
Police's top priorities picked
TACKLING drugs and anti-social behaviour have this
week been voted as the top two priorities for Burnham-On-Sea police
for the next three months. At the quarterly 'Have Your Say' meeting
in the town last night (Thursday), residents picked the issues
which they feel need the most attention. More...
Snow warning issued for town
A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the
Burnham-On-Sea area ahead of possible snowfall early next week.
The Met Office has forecasted that several centimetres of sleet
and snow could fall across Somerset late on Sunday and into Monday.
Coach firm's boost welcomed
Exclusive: A NEW coach service offering
trips across the south west from Burnham-On-Sea is to launch this
Spring. From April, Avalon Coaches will offer more than 30 itineraries,
including day trips, mystery tours and short break holidays -
all starting from Burnham's Pier Street. More...
Libraries join national fun day
LIBRARIES in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be marking National
Libraries Day on Saturday (February 9th) with several free activities.
During Saturday, all DVDs will be available to hire at half price.
There will also be free internet time and a prize draw to win
an e-book reader. More...
Lions Club boost for hovercraft
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club has this week handed
over a bumper cheque for almost £1,000 to a rescue charity
in the town. Burnham Lions President Greg Kelloway presented a
cheque for £980 to BARB, the charity that runs the town's
rescue hovecrafts. More...
Singers in fine voice for charity
MEMBERS of Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society
this week joined more than 280 singers from across the region
in taking part in a musical challenge to raise cash for charity.
The singers gathered at the Colston Hall in Bristol for the day-long
event for Cancer Research. More...
Pub to be demolished for homes
Exclusive: A ONCE
popular pub on the outskirts of Highbridge could soon be demolished
and replaced with five homes. The Royal Artillery Arms in West
Huntspill's Alstone Lane shut last year after struggling to survive
during the financial downturn. Now the new plans have emerged.
New storm over Hinkley plans
Exclusive: FRESH concerns
have been raised this week over the impact that the proposed expansion
of Hinkley Point power station will have on the Burnham-On-Sea
area. Town councillors raised fears about the impact on tourism,
pollution, traffic and health when EDF Energy's David Eccles visited.
Stolen saxophone recovered
Exclusive: STAFF at
a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop are celebrating this week after
a £300 musical instrument that was stolen in a daylight
robbery last month was recovered by an eagle-eyed volunteer. Mean
thieves struck Sue Ryder Care in the High Street. More...
Silence is golden at care home!
SILENCE was quite literally golden for fundraisers
at a Burnham-On-Sea care home this week. Staff and residents at
Frith House in Steart Drive took part in a unique sponsored silence,
led by the centre's administrator, to raise money for a very good
crossing for Burnham road
Exclusive: A BRAND new pedestrian crossing is to be installed
on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea, it has been announced this week.
Burnham councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, has secured
funds from Somerset County Council for the scheme in Berrow Road.
returns to war zone
A BURNHAM-On-Sea paramedic is set to return to war-torn Afghanistan
this Spring to help train medical staff. Nich Woolf visited Mazar
i Sharif in the north of the country in 2011 when he helped prepare
hospital staff to deal with emergencies. That expertise proved
Tessa votes for gay marriage
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP voted in favour of gay marriage during a high-profile
debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Tessa Munt followed
the Lib Democrat party line by backing the controversial proposals
for same-sex marriage in England and Wales. More...
fundraiser on Saturday
SOMERSET Rebels are to stage a fundraising night at the Oaktree
Arena this Saturday (February 9th) to help bring in cash towards
the club's air-fence fund. The entertainment will be provided
by local covers band Combyne Arvester, who play songs written
and performed by many top artists in the style of the Wurzels.
Free energy checks available
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can claim
a free home energy assessment worth £175. The offer is available
from this week as part of an initiative called 'Our Green Deal'
run on behalf of seven local authorities in Somerset by the Centre
for Sustainable Energy. More...
Third birthday for town group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Dreamscheme will be celebrating
its third birthday with a special event next Wednesday (February
13th). The group will be holding a half-term open day plus its
AGM at the town's BAY Centre in Cassis Close, Burnham from 10am
until 1pm. More...
Huntspill wind farm inquiry nears
CAMPAIGNERS will be able to have their say about plans to build
a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea when a week-long public inquiry
into the scheme takes place later this month. Energy firm Ecotricity
is seeking to reverse Sedgemoor's decision to reject the scheme.
Lifeboats gather in channel
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboat crew
have this week taken part in an unusual exercise in which 29 crewmembers
in eight lifeboats met in the Bristol Channel. The drill involved
lifeboats from Barry Dock, Penarth, Weston, Portishead and Burnham.
Biker hurt in crash at Brean
A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital with leg injuries following
a collision with a car in Brean this morning (Tuesday). Police
and ambulance crews were called to South Road outside Pontins
holiday centre at 7.55am where the incident had occurred. More...
council tax hike agreed
COUNCIL tax bills in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge will rise by just 5.5 pence a week this year in
an effort to help residents feeling the financial pinch. Town
councillors last night (Monday) unanimously voted in favour of
raising the Council's total precept demand by 2.62%. More...
Doorstep sellers warning made
SOMERSET Trading Standards officers have this week
warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to think twice before
buying goods and services from 'doorstep sellers'. It comes after
reports of goods, such as chainsaws and power tools, being sold
door-to door. More...
£500 of items stolen from shop
POLICE have appealed for help in identifying these
two people following a theft from a cosmetics store in Burnham-On-Sea.
Two people were involved in the theft of over £500 of items
from the High Street store on 15th January. Anyone
with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers. More...
Minute's silence for ex-Mayor
TOWN councillors bowed their heads during a minute's
silence at the start of their meeting last night (Monday) in memory
of former Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Brenda Brown, who has died.
Brenda Brown served as Mayor of the two towns between 1994 and
Icy weather warning for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to expect a dusting
of snow, sleet and strong winds on Tuesday (February 5th). The
Met Office has said a wintry mixture of sleet and snow will sweep
through the area, creating icy conditions during the day. More...
Hinkley firm pulls out of project
PLANS to build a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point, near Burrnham-On-Sea,
suffered a blow today (Monday) when utility company Centrica pulled
out of the project. Centrica says its decision not to proceed
follows a "detailed appraisal of the project". More...
select election candidate
Conservative Party has this week chosen its parliamentary candidate
to fight against Tessa Munt in the 2015 General Election. James
Heappey, who is currently a Parliamentary Assistant to Dr Liam
Fox MP, was selected on Sunday to be the prospective Tory candidate
for the Wells constituency. More...
council tax hike proposed
TOWN councillors will tonight (Monday)
vote on proposals to raise council tax bills in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge by just five pence a week in an effort to help
residents feeling the financial pinch. A small budget increase
has been proposed. More...
to publish first novel
FORMER school teacher who lives in Burnham-On-Sea has turned to
writing in his retirement and is set to publish his first novel
shortly. Andy Cruickshank, a former Head of PE at Highbridge's
King Alfred School, has written three novels and will publish
his first soon. More...
boosts for town projects
organisations across Sedgemoor - including several from the Burnham-On-Sea
area - have this week received financial boosts from Sedgemoor
District Council. They have received community grants from a one-off
budget of £14,000 set aside for health-focused projects
in the district. More...
blaze at Burnham home
firefighters were called to tackle a kitchen fire at a home in
the town today (Sunday). One fire appliance was sent to Mendip
Way at 10.10am to a report of an automatic fire alarm activating.
They found that a stove had been on fire. More...
Holm island up for sale
FAMILIAR sight in the Bristol Channel just a few miles from Brean
looks set to be placed on sale. It has emerged this week that
cash-strapped Cardiff Council, which owns and runs Flat Holm,
is considering selling it to raise cash after financial cutbacks.
cuts petition launched
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has launched an online petition
in protest at proposed financial cuts to family support services
run by Somerset County Council. Over 70 people have already the
signed the petition, launched by Burnham and Highbridge district
councillor Helen Groves. More...
is in the air at craft fair!
was in the air in Highbridge on Saturday (February 2nd) when a
Valentines Day themed craft fair was held. The event at Highbridge
Community Centre in Market Street attracted crowds of people to
buy early gifts. It had a turnout of around 30 stalls. More...
attend storytelling day
of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday
(2nd February) for a special event marking National Storytelling
Week. Children's entertainer Adrian Beckingham told stories to
families in a large teepee set up in the gardens. More...
hurt in car collision
PENSIONER was taken to hospital with head injuries following an
accident in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Friday morning (February
1st). Police and ambulance crews were called to the High Street
at 10.50am, as pictured, after a woman was involved in a collision
with a passing car. More...
MP Tessa Munt has this week welcomed the news that government
proposals to sell off publicly-owned forests has been scrapped.
She said she is "delighted" that David Heath MP has
accepted the findings of an independent panel on forestry. More...
cash at sponsored swim
swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to take part
in a sponsored Swimarathon. The annual event is being organised
by Burnham Rotary Club and will be held from 10am at Brean Splash
Waterpark in Coast Road on February 10th. More...
tax changes announced
council tax changes that will affect some Burnham-On-Sea residents
have this week been approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors.
The council met on Thursday aimed at reducing current council
tax expenditure levels in the face of funding cuts. More...
whip up storm waves
winds combined with a high tide to send plumes of spray onto Burnham-On-Sea's
Esplanade on Thursday (January 31st). These were the scenes as
the 50mph gusts whipped up big waves, sending them crashing onto
the sea wall along the North Esplanade. More...
broadband 'by 2016'
and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea will get 'superfast broadband'
over the next three years after Somerset County Council this week
announced a multi-million pound deal with the government and BT
to improve Internet connections. Connecting Devon and Somerset
says new jobs will be created. More...
gift fair tomorrow
VALENTINES craft fair is to be held in Highbridge this Saturday
(February 2nd). The charity event at Highbridge Community Centre
in Market Street will be held from 2pm until 5.30pm. It will feature
lots of craft stalls selling a wide range of gifts for all tastes.
flock to town fashion show
120 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge
on Thursday evening (January 31st) for a popular fundraising fashion
show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel
Club, the sixth annual event was hailed a success. More...
waste 'suspect' found
SEDGEMOOR District Council says information about a 'possible
suspect' has been passed to its enforcement officers as it investigates
who dumped several tonnes of builder's waste onto Berrow beach.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that several walkers had been
shocked to find the waste. More...
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