February 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Diesel thefts prompt warning
POLICE 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...

Mayor opens art exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Phone scam warning issued
RESIDENTS 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. More...

Parents tell how tragedy unfolded
THE 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...

Coroner gives verdict on tragedy
WEST 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...

£440k town revamp approved
Exclusive: £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...

'High value' theft from store
Exclusive: 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...

Dylan Cecil inquest today
WEST 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...

Michael traces Drake footsteps
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

New safety system for jetty
Exclusive: 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...

Council deal safeguards loos
HOLIDAYMAKERS 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. More...

Town volunteer service starts
Exclusive: 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...

Town to hold scarecrow day
THE 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...

RAF leader to talk at RNLI AGM
RAF 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...

35 new police officers sought
AVON 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...

MP vows to keep up pylon fight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Call for more dog waste bins
Exclusive: 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 mess. More...

Masons give boost to BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Spring craft fair this Saturday
A 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...

Food and tree projects boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

MP becomes a postie for a day!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Town museum plans unveiled
Exclusive: 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...

Shrub cleared from sand dunes
BERROW'S 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...

Table top sale boosts hall funds
HUNDREDS 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...

Swim club presents donations
A 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. More...

Craig blows away competition
A 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...

Pair's beach walk raises funds
TWO 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 year’s resolution to get healthy and are undertaking 12 challenge. More...

Weather balloon goes missing
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Arts festival countdown starts
THE 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...

Taylor makes his radio debut
AN 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...

Beach racing continues today
BITTERLY 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...

Top guitarist in area tonight
ONE 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...

Folded club's final act of goodwill
A 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...

Retirement home boss retires
A 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...

Don't lose your chance to vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Missing man found safe
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Search for a new town crier
Exclusive: 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...

Cyclist hurt in Burnham crash
A 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. More...

Bugsy Malone comes to town
TICKETS 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...

Join dunes clean-up on Sunday
BERROW'S 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...

Vandals damage mobility scooter
POLICE 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...

Quarter of children in poverty
Exclusive: 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...

Punch and Judy set to return!
A 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...

Long-running town club closes
Exclusive: 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...

Blimp flies over wind farm site
A 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...

Lib Dems announce candidate
Exclusive: 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 2nd. More...

8.5p a week council tax hike
COUNCIL 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...

Wind farm decision to be delayed
Exclusive: 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...

MP joins eating disorders debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

'Music legend' to play in town
BURNHAM'S 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...

Sea cadets off to winning start
SEA 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...

Wartime theatre drama appeal
A 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. More...

Hi-tech planes fly over Hinkley
IT 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...

Dylan inquest date announced
WEST 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...

Garden waste cost rises to £45
THE 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...

Invention could cut drink spiking
A 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...

Icy weather set to return
MAKE 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 weather. More...

Duo stride out for 12 charities
TWO 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 year’s resolution to get healthy. More...

Moose boost for air ambulance
MOOSE 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 Valentine’s 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. More...

Over 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 website. More...

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...

Funds 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...

Free 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...

Chimney blaze extingushed
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...

Motorhome 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...

Garden 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...

Comedy 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...

Short 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 screened. More...

New 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. More...

Fire 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...

Horsemeat 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...

Urgent 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, pictured. More...

Dreamscheme's third birthday
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...

Daring 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. More...

Sedgemoor 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...

Author's 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. More...

Holiday 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. More...

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...

Charity thief escapes arrest
Exclusive: 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 connection. More...

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 sum. More...

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. More...

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 teams. More...

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 and leaders. More...

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 Close. More...

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. More...

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. More...

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 victory. More...

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. More...

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. More...

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. More...

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 cause. More...

New 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. More...

Paramedic 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 essential. More...

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...

Oaktree 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. More...

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. More...

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. More...

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...

2.6% council tax hike agreed
Exclusive: 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 1995. More...

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...

Tories select election candidate
THE 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...

5p council tax hike proposed
Exclusive: 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...

Teacher to publish first novel
A 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...

Cash boosts for town projects
NINE 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...

Kitchen blaze at Burnham home
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Flat Holm island up for sale
A 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. More...

Council cuts petition launched
Exclusive: 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...

Love is in the air at craft fair!
LOVE 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...

Dozens attend storytelling day
DOZENS 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...

Pensioner hurt in car collision
A 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...

Woodlands decision welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Raise cash at sponsored swim
CHARITY 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...

Council tax changes announced
SEVERAL 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...

Gales whip up storm waves
STRONG 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...

Superfast broadband 'by 2016'
HOMES 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...

Valentines gift fair tomorrow
A 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. More...

120 flock to town fashion show
OVER 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...

Beach waste 'suspect' found
Exclusive: 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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