Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

February 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

New safety calls after bus crash
Exclusive: FRESH concerns have been raised about the safety of Berrow's Coast Road following an incident yesterday in which two passengers were hurt when a bus fell onto its side. Two people were taken to hospital after the bus pulled over to let a car through when the verge gave way. More...

Spring starts at Cove!
WITH the arrival of Spring, Burnham-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove are set to hold a number of events in the seafront gardens over the coming weeks. The first event is to be held today (Saturday, March 1st) when visitors can join a free gardening session. More...

Cadet represents UK in Canada
AN army cadet from Burnham-On-Sea is set to represent the UK at a expedition in Canada. Cdt L/Cpl Prewett, an army cadet from Burnham, has been selected as one of twelve British Cadets to attend a Cadet Expedition Course in Camp Argonaut, New Brunswick, Canada
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Illegal anglers fined by court
TWO men from Highbridge are among several anglers have been given fines after being caught illegally fishing in the county. The Environment Agency has caught more than a dozen fishing without licences. They have been sentenced at Taunton Magistrate's Court
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20 back Neighbourhood Plan
A GROUP of 20 Burnham and Highbridge residents last night (Thursday) gave their backing to plans to create a new Neighbourhood Plan for the two towns. Strong support was given to the proposals during an open meeting held in the Town Council Chambers
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Noël Coward tribute tonight
A SPECIAL tribute to the wit and song-writing of Noël Coward will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre today (Friday, February 28th). Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill, pictured, will present 'The Wit and Song of Noel Coward', starting at 7.30pm in the theatre. More...

Two hurt in Berrow bus crash
Two people were injured this afternoon (Thursday) after a double decker bus with 17 passengers onboard fell onto its side in a ditch in Berrow. The bus toppled over in Coast Road at 12.50pm, prompting a big response from local emergency services. Several people inside, including a pensioner, were helped free. More...

MP seeks tourism flood funding
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the government to provide funding to help promote local tourism which has been suffering from the effects of Somerset flooding. Tessa Munt met with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, on Wednesday to discuss the bid. More...

Have your say on town's future
BURNHAM Highbridge residents are being invited to an open meeting this evening where the first steps towards creating a new Neighbourhood Plan for the two towns will be made. Once in place, the plan will provide residents with new powers under the 2011 Localism Act. More...

Pot holes pledge from council
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists have this week been assured by Somerset County Council that pot holes in the town will be repaired soon. A series of storms and heavy rain over the winter has left a number of pot holes on crumbling roads in Burnham, as pictured. More...

Wind farm plans thrown out
CONTROVERSIAL proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have been thrown out by the Secretary of State. Green energy firm Ecotricity wanted to install four wind turbines at West Huntspill, but its scheme was turned down by Sedgemoor District Council and the company appealed. More...

'Me and My Girl' comes to town
TICKETS have gone on sale for a performance of the musical 'Me and My Girl' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre during March. Mark Youth Theatre group will be performing the show over three days at the town theatre. Organisers say the show is coming together well and promises to be fun. More...

Youth Council to hold disco
BURNHAM and Highbridge Youth Town Council is to hold a fundraising disco in March. The youngsters are organising a 'onesie disco' to raise funds for the group's new youth facilities called The Zone. The disco will take place on 4th March at the Bay Centre. More...

Anger grows over disruption
WORK to build a new 48-home housing development in Burnham-On-Sea is causing 'huge disruption' to residents it has been claimed this week. Homeowners in Lawrence Close say Persimmon's work to build the new Mulberry Park estate is unreasonable. More...

Asda plans divide council
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have voiced concerns about the impact that Asda's plans to expand its Highbridge store will have on local shops. The supermarket giant announced last month that it wants to refurbish its Caxton Road store and add a new 10,000 sq ft mezzanine floor with a cafe. More...

Join town's Sport Relief Mile
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday 23rd March. Highbridge's King Alfred’s Sport Centre, together with Burnham Harriers, will be hosting the Sport Relief Mile and runners are being encouraged to come forward. More...

Spring begins at Marine Cove!
WITH Spring almost upon us, Burnham-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove are busily planning a number of events for the next few months. The first of the events will be held on Saturday morning (March 1st) when visitors will be welcome to join a gardening session. More...

Council budget plans revealed
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will see an increase in their council tax bills from April after Sedgemoor District Council this week voted to raise its council tax charges. Sedgemoor has raised its proportion of council tax by 1.99% and the town council has also raised its. More...

Rugby player stars for England
A RUGBY player who used to play for Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club made a big impact for England in the Six Nations tournament at the weekend. British and Irish Lions' prop Mako Vunipola helped England clinch an exciting 18-13 victory over Ireland at Twickenham at the weekend. More...

Burnham firms swap tech tips
A SPECIAL technology meeting was held by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade on Tuesday (February 25th) when social networking was the hot topic. Members of the trade organisation heard how local businesses are successfully using services such as Facebook. More...

Fire crews' parking concerns
Exclusive: FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea say lives are being put at risk due to motorists' poor parking in the town centre. They say crucial seconds are frequently being lost by crews getting to incidents due to fire engines having to negotiate their way around parked vehicles. More...

Mixed half-term for tourism
TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area saw mixed fortunes during the half-term holiday with some saying flooding on the Somerset Levels has caused a downturn. Some holiday parks in Brean have seen a 25% drop-off in trade due to floods in recent days. More...

Artists sought for shops guide
ARTISTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given the opportunity to have their work displayed in 40,000 copies of the town's new shopper's guide. Burnham Chamber of Trade is currently working on a new 2014 edition of the pocket-sized publication. More...

Boost for Burnham bowls club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Short Mat Bowls Club has been given a financial boost this week to help members with disabilities play. County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton presented a cheque for £300 to Clive Pearce, chairman of the club, last night (Monday February 24th). More...

£700 injection for six groups
SIX groups in the Burnham-On-Sea have this week shared a £700 cash injection from the town's Moose International Lodge. It follows the organisation's recent 'jazz and chips' fundraising event. Organiser Terry Cornelius presented the funds this week at the latest meeting. More...

MP spends a day in surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP swapped her political surgery for a medical surgery when she spent the day with local doctors. Tessa Munt was keen to experience firsthand how a busy surgery operates when she was given a tour and met patients at the practice. More...

£25,000 boost for town centre
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been given a £25,000 boost this week to offset the impact of the expansion of a local garden centre. Sanders Garden World has been granted approval to go ahead with a 3,200 square metre expansion of its store. More...

Floods fundraiser announced
A COMEDY and music night is to be held in Highbridge to help raise cash for those devastated by flooding in Somerset. The Oaktree Arena will be holding an evening of entertainment including a buffet, live music, auction and raffle on Friday March 7th. More...

Crews called to petrol station
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a smoking car at a petrol station in the town on Sunday (February 23rd). One fire engine rushed to the Esso station in Oxford Street just after 2.20pm. The fire service received a call reporting a car on fire on the forecourt. More...

Records tumble at swim gala
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club's members enjoyed a night of success at the second Cotswold Series swimming gala held in Brean on Saturday evening (February 22nd). Burnham narrowly missed out on the top spot during the event, which was held at Brean Splash. More...

Funds raised for flood victims
A GROUP of fundraisers near Burnham-On-Sea has raised hundreds of pounds for Somerset flood victims by holding a special event. A 'Stay and Play' event was held in Lympsham on Friday where a range of fun-filled activities for families raised £185 for the appeal. More...

Crews save heart attack victim
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have saved the life of a jogger who suffered a cardiac arrest while running near Highbridge. Two off-duty firefighters were driving along Huntspill Road on Thursday afternoon when they saw the jogger fall to the ground. They immediately put their first aid training to practical use. More...

New Burnham hair salon opens
A NEW professional hair salon has opened for business in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Chelsea Pearce, 22, has opened Beaux Cheveux in The High Street after receiving start-up funding from a government enterprise scheme for young people across the UK. More...

Sharon wins photography title
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has named its Photographer of the Year for 2013 this week. The club's Chairman, Mike Barnard, presented Past Chairman Sharon Stevens with 'The Argos Cup' after she accumulated the most points during the past 12 months, winning the award. More...

Noël Coward tribute at theatre
A SPECIAL tribute to the wit and song-writing of Noël Coward will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (February 28th). Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill, pictured right, will present 'The Wit and Song of Noel Coward', starting at 7.30pm at the theatre. More...

Drama group to meet today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea drama that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is holding a special event today (Sunday) to encourage past members and newcomers to get involved. Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) will be gathering for the meeting. More...

Pub demolished for new homes
Exclusive: A once-popular pub on the outskirts of Highbridge is being demolished this week to make way for a new development of homes. The Royal Artillery Arms in West Huntspill's Alstone Lane shut in 2012 after struggling to survive during the financial downturn. More...

Singers raise £7,500 for charity
A GROUP from Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society have enjoyed a busy day of singing at the Colston Hall in Bristol to raise over £7,500 for Cancer Research UK. The singers, pictured here, took part in David Pitts Scratch Chorus and Orchestra. More...

Isleport centre escapes cuts
HIGHBRIDGE'S Isleport Recycling Centre has escaped the latest cost-cutting changes being made by Somerset Waste Partnership, which were announced on Friday afternoon (February 21st). Two recycling sites at Coleford and Middlezoy will close from April. More...

Music festival plans announced
THERE will be a departure from the roar of speedway bikes at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena later this year when it stages a two-day music festival. The event, called Summerset Live, will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May featuring local talent. More...

Motorway delays after crash
A MULTI-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway caused delays between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Friday afternoon (February 21st). Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway at around 3.30pm and two lanes were closed. More...

Quake 'raises Hinkley concern'
THURSDAY'S earthquake served as a warning that proposals to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point should be halted, an independent European candidate has claimed. Richard Cottrell says the quake was "a signal warning of the follies of constructing the Hinkley Point C power station." More...

Speed camera decision praised
Exclusive: A WIDOW whose husband was killed by a speeding car near Burnham-On-Sea has welcomed the news that six speed cameras across Somerset are to be switched backed on again. Among the cameras which are set to be switched back on is one on the A38 in Rooksbridge. More...

Sara swaps lattes for lengths!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee shop barista will be swapping lattes for lengths when she begins a sponsored swimming challenge for charity this weekend. Sara Ward, who works at Burnham's Costa Coffee store, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Diabetes UK. More...

Dog owner wants to thank duo
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owner is keen to thank two youngsters who returned his lost dog following a chase around the town centre earlier this week. Boots, a seven month old pedigree Havanese, ran off on Tuesday after being scared by a clattering dustbin lid. More...

Town backs flood relief appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are rallying to help victims of flooding on the Somerset Levels. Thousands of pounds have been collected for Somerset Community Foundation's emergency flood relief fund in recent days. Burnham Rotary Club is among the groups helping. More...

Stunning rainbow over town
THIS stunning double rainbow appeared in the skies over Brent Knoll on Thursday afternoon (February 20th). Bright sunshine and rain showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation, which was pictured here from the town's BASC ground looking west. More...

Earthquake shakes Bristol Channel
A SMALL earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale occurred under the Bristol Channel today (Thursday). A spokesman for the British Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 1.21pm at a depth of 5km. Centred on an area to the north of Ilfracombe, there were no reports of damage. More...

New £2m pool set to open
Exclusive: A NEW £2million swimming pool complex at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park is on track to open next month. Burnham Holiday Village is building the new facilities, which are set to be opened by Burnham's World BMX Champion Liam Phillips and Highbridge Paralympic swimmer Anthony Stephens. More...

Work begins on 59 new homes
Exclusive: WORK to regenerate the former Highbridge cattle market site has begun this week. 59 residential dwellings are to be built on the old cattle market site, which is next to the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel, as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment project. More...

Badgers rescued from floods
TWO badgers stranded on a tiny strip of land in the middle of the flooded Somerset Levels have been rescued by wildlife carers this week. The two animals, named Storm and Noah, were retrieved by a team from Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning. More...

Labour picks 2015 candidate
THE Labour Party has chosen its prospective parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea. Chris Inchley will represent Labour at the 2015 General Election and will be fighting the seat against incumbent MP Tessa Munt. More...

Coastguards called to Berrow
CONCERN for the welfare of a group of four people seen far out on the mudflats on Berrow beach led to a call-out for Burnham Coastguards and BARB this week. A beach walker spotted the group over a mile from the shore on Tuesday afternoon (February 18th). More...

Council boss leaves £160k job
SOMERSET County Council's chief executive, who has been absent from her £160,000-a-year job since November, has left the authority "by mutual agreement" it has been announced this week. Sheila Wheeler has not worked since before the flooding crisis began. More...

MP's call for 'unfair' tax overhaul
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the Chancellor to undertake a 'fundamental shake up' of business rates across the UK. Tessa Munt has says the overhaul is needed in order to "remove the disincentive to invest in and improve property and promote growth in jobs." More...

Shop's top award for 8th year!
Exclusive: DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea craft shop are celebrating this week after scooping a top award in a national competition for an eighth year running. At the British Craft Awards in Birmingham, Material Needs in Burnham High Street won two of the coveted awards. More...

Wall collapse area sealed off
AN area around a wall that collapsed in Burnham-On-Sea during last week's storms has been cordoned off for safety. A 15-metre long section was blown over next to the grounds of St Andrew's Church, as pictured here. "It came down with a huge crash," said a spokesman at the businsess next door. More...

Sisters to cycle across China
TWO sisters from Burnham-On-Sea area are set to pedal 450km on their bike across China to raise cash for charity. Jessica and Melissa Vearncombe will be taking part in the Action for Charity bike ride, however they need to raise £6,400 in order to enter it and get the go-ahead. More...

Drama group marks 20th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea drama that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is holding a special event this weekend to encourage past members and newcomers to get involved. Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) is holding the event on Sunday. More...

Hundreds attend jobs fair
HUNDREDS of job seekers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 18th). Sedgemoor District Council, supported by EDF Energy, organised the popular event which was held at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Men jailed after 'brutal assault'
TWO men were sentenced to prison at Bristol Crown Court on Monday (February 17th) after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and actual bodily harm. Stephen Waters, 54, from Brean and Justin Weldon, 37, from Weston pleaded guilty earlier in the year. More...

Puffins rescued after high winds
A PUFFIN has been rescued by RSPCA wildlife carers in Brean after being blown off course during the recent high winds. Dozens of birds have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre near Taunton over the last few days. They include four tired puffins in the south west. More...

Burnham holds jobs fair today
JOB SEEKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town today (Tuesday). Local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment will be welcomed at the council-run, all-day event. More...

BARB receives £3k from Lloyds
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has received a £3,000 financial boost from Lloyds Bank. The long-running charity that runs an inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts, was nominated by Lloyds Bank's staff in Burnham to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. More...

Brownies welcome newcomers
A SPECIAL ceremony was held this week to welcome nine new members at 5th Burnham-On-Sea Brownies group. Girls in guiding are encouraged - through the 'Promise and Brownie Law' - to be honest, helpful, considerate and to face challenges and to speak out. More...

MP helps collect for flood fund
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has helped local Lions fundraisers collect hundreds of pounds for the Somerset floods relief fund. Tessa Munt joined Lions members in Street on Sunday in helping to collect £2,318 for those who have been affected by the floods in the county. More...

Half-term panto fun underway!
PETER Piper has burst onto the stage this week as Brean's Coastline Players hold their annual fun-packed pantomime. The award-winning group is performing their 28th annual pantomime over the course of a week at Brean Village Hall - with all welcome. More...

£20k road scheme to go-ahead
Exclusive: A £20,000 project to increase safety on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea is set to go ahead. County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, has secured the funding for a new traffic calming scheme in Stoddens Road. The work is aimed at reducing traffic speeds following accidents. More...

Pumps to be switched back on
HIGH capacity water pumps are set to be pressed back into action today (Monday) after being switched off over the weekend because of damage to the banks of the River Parrett. The Environment Agency said the riverbanks had been eroded at Dunball. More...

Dreamscheme set to launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Dreamscheme is set to launch its annual programme of activities for local youngsters this week. Organisers of the town's Dreamscheme organisation will be holding their 2014 launch this Wednesday (February 19th) between 10am and 1pm when all will be welcome. More...

£250 boost for garden project
EAST Huntspill Primary School's plans to create a new wildlife garden in part of their grounds has received a funding boost this week. The school's gardening club, which has helped design the plans with parents, teachers and children, has received £250 from Wessex Water. More...

School holidays survey starts
PARENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to have their say about proposed school term and holiday dates for the academic year starting September 2015. Every year Somerset County Council consults with schools, staff, governors and parents. More...

TV date for father and daughter
A Highbridge resident and her father are set to appear as contestants on TV's Bargain Hunt tomorrow (Monday). Amanda Ham and her father Gerald, pictured, will appear on the BBC1 show at 12.15pm when they will be shown competing to buy antiques and collectables to be sold at auction. More...

Tesco raises £1,800 for flood
SHOPPERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have donated more than £1,800 to the Somerset Flood Appeal Fund over the course of a week. Collection buckets have been filled with coins throughout the past few days by customers keen to help flood-hit residents. More...

Top wrestling comes to Brean
AN afternoon of top wrestling action comes to Brean this week during the half-term holiday. Some of the UK's best up and coming grapplers will be in action at Holiday Resort Unity on Tuesday, 18th February. There will be plenty of opportunities to boo and cheer. More...

Stunning sunset in Burnham
BEACH walkers in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed this stunning sunset on Saturday (February 15th) as stormy conditions headed away. The arrival of more settled weather was a welcome change following a series of storms during recent days and weeks which may have come to an end. More...

Horse rescued from ditch
A HORSE was winched free after getting stuck in a water-filled ditch in Stretcholt, near Bridgwater, on Saturday afternoon (February 15th). Fire crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Seymour Farm, along with a vet, at around 12 noon to help the animal. More...

60mph winds cause damage
STRONG winds left a trail of damage in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening, keeping the town's fire service busy. Gusts of wind of up to 60mph hit the area during the latest in a series of winter storms. Burnham fire crews were called to the Esso petrol station in Highbridge Road shortly after 8pm. More...

Stranded bull rescued by crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out to rescue this trapped bull from a water-filled ditch on Friday afternoon (February 14th). Crews were called out to Gold Corner near East Huntspill after the animal had become stranded, prompting a call for help from the owner. More...

Young poet thanks readers
A YOUNG poet from Highbridge has thanked Burnham-On-Sea.com readers for helping her become the runner-up in a nationwide competition. Shannon House, 16, was one of 12 young writers from more than 32,000 entrants who reached the finals of the annual contest. More...

Kids centre meeting to be held
SOMERSET County Council is to hold two open meetings in Burnham-On-Sea for local people to have their say about proposed changes to the town's Octopus Children’s Centre. The Burnham centre is among 18 across Somerset that could be altered in the changes. More...

Fourth flood pump operational
A FOURTH high-capacity water pump from the Netherlands started to remove millions of tonnes of water from the flooded Somerset Levels on Friday (February 14th). Thirteen Dutch pumps were brought in by the Environment Agency and are being used to divert water. More...

Council counts cost of storms
COUNCIL bosses in Burnham-On-Sea are counting the cost of continuing stormy weather. The high winds and stormy seas have caused thousands of pounds of damage in recent weeks which Sedgemoor District Council is hoping to get repaired, while it also deals with higher priority flooding relief work. More...

U3A membership reaches 600
BURNHAM-On-Sea's growing University of The Third Age has attracted over 100 new members during the past year as it has broadened its activities. Membership has increased to nearly 600 as the U3A offers more than 50 different activities led by its own members. More...

Curtain raises on Brean panto!
PETER Piper will burst onto the stage when Brean's Coastline Players hold their annual fun-packed pantomime from Monday (February 17th). The award-winning group will perform their 28th annual pantomime over the course of a week at Brean Village Hall. More...

Dozens of jobs on offer
DOZENS of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment open day between 11.30am and 3pm when those interested will be able to attend and find out more. More...

Dutch flood pumps start work
HIGH-capacity water pumps from the Netherlands have begun to remove millions of tonnes of water from the flooded Somerset Levels. Thirteen Dutch pumps were brought in by the Environment Agency and are being used to divert water to try and cut levels. More...

Town swimmers celebrate wins
MEMBERS of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy's swimming team achieved an incredible 72 personal best times when they took part in a regional competition this week - and a local school swim team has also been celebrating this week too after further success in the pool. More...

New storm set to hit today
THE Met Office has issued another warning as more severe weather is set to effect the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (February 14th). Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph are predicted to sweep across the area during the daytime on Friday and into the evening. More...

Jobs fears at business park
FRESH fears have been raised that jobs could be lost when a business park in Highbridge is demolished to make way for over 60 new homes. Sedgemoor District Council approved the re-development of Morland Industrial Park, leading to job concerns at the site. More...

Carnival route change unveiled
Exclusive: THE route of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival is set to be changed in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the town. Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New says the proposals are aimed at easing traffic congestion and diversions which plagued motorists travelling in and out of the town. More...

Roof-top call for town fire crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a Highbridge home on Wednesday (February 12th) after high winds caused damage to a chimney pot. Crews used ladders and ropes to reach the damaged structure on top of the building in Burnham Road, pictured here. More...

Brace yourself for new storm
THE Met Office has issued another warning as more severe weather is set to effect the Burnham-On-Sea area this Friday (February 14th). Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph are predicted to sweep across the area during Friday, adding to flooding issues on the levels. More...

Countdown to 67th festival
FINAL preparations are underway for the 67th annual Highbridge Festival Of The Arts which will be held across several venues this year. With hundreds of entries from across the south west, this year's festival promises to have something for everyone whatever their specialism. More...

Scouts help BARB and RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts have raised hundreds of pounds for the town's BARB and RNLI rescue services. The youngsters held an 18-mile sponsored cycle ride along the Strawberry Line and raised £929 which has been equally split between the two rescue organisations. More...

New novel launched by author
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is to launch his third book at the end of this month. Damien Boyd has completed work on the novel, Kickback, which is in final editing ready for publication on February 28th 2014. Readers will be on the edge of their seats, he promises. More...

Share your love of wildlife
THE team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea are asking local people to share their love for animals this Valentine's Day. The charity, based at East Huntspill, is offering adoptions of rescued animals such as a fox, badger, otter or owl for the special day. More...

'Burnham open for business'
A CAMPAIGN has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to promote the message that Somerset is still open for business despite the ongoing flooding in other parts of the county. The launch comes amid concern that holidaymakers will be put off from visiting Burnham and Brean this half-term. More...

Asda plans receive backing
SHOPPERS have given their backing to the proposals by Asda to expand its Highbridge store. The first of two public consultation session was held on Tuesday (February 11th) where plans to extend the store by 10,000 sq ft by creating a new floor and a new cafe went on show. More...

Pupils receive web safety tips
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police handed out safety advice to local schoolchildren during a special event to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. PC Ian Bartlett visited pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School where leaflets and guidance were given out along other information. More...

Flower power lives again!
A 'FLOWER power' themed party was held by a Burnham-On-Sea group to raise funds for a good cause at the weekend. Members of Burnham's Moose International Lodge donned sixties clothing for the club's annual Governor's New Year’s Party on Saturday evening. More...

MP's call for EU flooding cash
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has called on the Government to apply for European Union funding to help flooded areas of Somerset. Tessa Munt wants cash from part of the European Union Solidarity Fund to be earmarked to helping those areas affected across the region of Somerset. More...

Beavers taster session tonight
A new group of Beavers and Cubs in Berrow is holding a series of taster sessions tonight (Wednesday) when newcomers are welcome. The 1st Berrow Scout Group is holding the open evening for children of Beavers age (5¾ - 8) and Cubs age (8-10½). More...

Lorry stranded in ditch
A HUGE recovery operation was underway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening after this lorry ended up on its side in a ditch. Police temporarily closed Burnham Moor Lane after the lorry slid into the rhyne on the outskirts of the town, as pictured here. More...

Weather warning for area
THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the westcountry - including the Burnham-On-Sea area - with gusts of up to 80mph expected to hit from tomorrow (Wednesday). Forecasters have issued an amber warning for wind as the stormy weather arrives. More...

Flood pumping plan revealed
A LONG convoy of massive pumps and drainage equipment has been imported from the Netherlands to help drain the areas of Somerset still underwater. Four Dutch engineers with enough equipment for 21 pumps have been lining the A38 at Dunball this week. More...

Fears raised over library revamp
Exclusive: FEARS have been raised this week that the library service will be cut back in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring when new 'smart office space' and other changes are made to the town's library this Spring. Somerset County Council will be temporarily closing the library in Princess Street during May. More...

Safer Internet Day today
POLICE in Burnham will be joining hundreds of other organisations across the country in holding an event to mark Safer Internet Day today (Tuesday) and promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet Day 2014 is being held across the country and at Burnham library. More...

Food Fest offers bursaries
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival have this week launched their Festival Bursary scheme, which provides up to five free trading pitches at the event on 24th May. The bursary scheme is open to food and drink producers not in retail trade. More...

Asda plans go on show today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket is holding an public consultation session today (Tuesday) where its plans to extend the store are on show. The supermarket giant announced last month it wants to refurbish its entire Caxton Road store, adding a brand new floor with a cafe. More...

MP thanked by tourism bosses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has been thanked by tourism bosses for her role in halting the government's plans to introduce a 'caravan tax' which could have cost hundreds of jobs in Somerset. Tessa Munt was thanked this week following a speech at a holiday industry conference. More...

Warning over drinking craze
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel owner has issued a stark warning to local parents about a 'dangerous binge drinking craze' which is growing in popularity among local young people. Paul Chatwin, owner of The Royal Clarence Hotel on the seafront, is keen to raise awareness of the dangers. More...

RNLI pair praised for rescue
TWO Burnham-On-Sea RNLI crew have this week received personal letters of commendation from RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier for their part in the rescue of two girls in an incident last July. The girls were spotted desperately clinging onto the jetty chains. More...

Town promoted at travel show
TOURISM representatives from Burnham-On-Sea promoted the town to travel bosses during a regional exhibition on Saturday (February 8th). Bosses from Burnham's information centre and 'Project Coach' initiative attended the 2014 'South West Group Travel Show'. More...

BARB helps flood-hit Muchelney
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue helped residents in the flood-hit village of Muchelney on Sunday (February 9th). BARB's inshore rescue boat and its volunteer crewmembers helped over 20 villagers get between Langport and Muchelney. More...

£2,500 raised at Swimarathon
OVER £2,500 was raised for local charities and groups when 110 people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 9th). The annual Swimarathon involved 15 teams swimming lengths of the Brean Splash pool to raise funds. More...

Flooding disrupts rail services
RAIL travellers in Somerset are being warned to expect continuing disruption this week after flooding left railway lines submerged. Network Rail said on Sunday that the routes to Exeter and Taunton from Bridgwater and Castle Cary are still under water after flooding. More...

Police probe gas cylinders fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have launched an investigation after several propane cylinders were set on fire. A fire crew from Burnham was called out at 11pm last night (Saturday) to reports of a cylinder on fire in the open in the area near Mudgley, Wedmore. More...

In photos: Floods evacuation
THESE were the scenes on the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Saturday (February 8th) when crewmembers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were tasked with helping the ongoing evacuation. Volunteers from the Burnham charity worked alongside other organisations to help. More...

150 at launch of history project
OVER 150 people attended the launch of a new project on Saturday (February 8th) to create a new archive of Burnham-On-Sea's history plus a new historical trail in the town. The 'Capture Burnham' project was officially started at a free event in the town's theatre. More...

Hillview holds awards night
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (February 8th). Hillview Chairman Mark Bishop was joined by club President Molly Simmonds in handing out the awards. More..

TV magician wows theatre fans
LEGENDARY TV magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee performed in front of a sell-out audience in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (February 8th). The well-known duo took to the stage at Burnham’s Princess Theatre as part of their continuing national tour. More...

Flood relief appeal starts in town
A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea for local people to help those affected by flooding across Somerset. Burnham Lions Club is co-ordinating the appeal, which aims to raise funds for those worst hit by the continuing floods. The funds will be used for various items... More...

Join Swimarathon this Sunday
DOZENS of charity swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be taking part in a sponsored Swimarathon this weekend. The annual event is being organised by Burnham Rotary Club and will be held from 10am at Brean Splash this from Sunday morning (February 9th). More...

PM visits flood-hit Somerset
THE Prime Minister met with flood-hit residents and council bosses on Friday (February 7th) as he visited Somerset to see the ongoing effects of flooding across the county. David Cameron met farmers and waded through flood water in boots to see the problems. More...

1.8% council tax rise for town
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week approved a tiny 1.89% increase in council tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help residents feeling the financial pinch. Despite the increasing cost of providing public services in the towns, members proposed a small budget increase. More...

70mph winds set to hit area
SEVERE gales and more heavy rain are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area overnight tonight (Friday) and during tomorrow. The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain and 70mph winds as the latest in a series of fresh storms is set to arrive. More...

150 attend town fashion show
OVER 150 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday evening (February 6th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the seventh annual event was hailed a success after raising hundreds of pounds. More...

'Capture Burnham' to launch
A NEW project to document Burnham-On-Sea's history and launch a new historical trail in the town will be launched on Saturday evening (February 8th). The 'Capture Burnham' project will be officially launched at a free event being held in the Princess Theatre. More...

Film-makers work with boy band
THREE young film-makers from Burnham-On-Sea had the chance to work with and photograph the big boy band Blue and Triple Threat this week. Jessie Hawkes, Jake Hodge and Fran Inman have been dedicating themselves for over a year to filmmaking. More...

Join Library fun day tomorrow
A WEEK of events at Burnham-On-Sea library to mark National Libraries Day will culminate with a day of fun-filled activities this Saturday (February 8th). Storytelling for children plus crafts and jewellery making for adults took place on Monday, as pictured here. More...

Headteacher to retire this year
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has announced he will be retiring this summer. Andy Owen has written to parents to let them know he will be leaving at the end of this academic year in August. He will have completed 30 years as a teacher. More...

Bike run quits Weston for town
Exclusive: ONE of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle runs is switching from Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-On-Sea this summer. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club usually finishes its annual charity bike run on Weston seafront. More...

Flood work continues for BARB
CREWMEMBERS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to help in ongoing flood relief work across Somerset on Wednesday (February 5th). Volunteers from the charity were called out by the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit after further heavy rain. More...

£150k refurb for funeral firm
A FUNERAL directors in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a £150,000 refurbishment and a special event was held this week to mark its completion. Reverend Graham Witts blessed the premises and its staff during the function at Burnham Funeral Services. More...

Town fashion show tonight
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School tonight (Thursday) when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel, the event is held for local charities. More...

Town police station set to close
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station is set to close when its staff move to a smaller, new location as part of a cost-cutting programme, it was revealed this week. Sgt Ash Jones discussed the plans with town councillors when he addressed this week's Town Council meeting. More...

More wild weather for town
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to brace themselves for more extreme weather over the next few days. Forecasters from the Met Office say the region is set to be hit by a new series of storms which will bring high winds and heavy rain. More...

Kids centres 'will not close'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Octopus Centre will not close under proposals being prepared for consultation by Somerset County Council, the authority has reiterated this week. It follows a debate in Parliament this week where the centres' future was discussed by members of parliament. More...

Crews tackle garage blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a blaze in a garage and outbuilding this evening (Tuesday, February 4th). Two appliances from Burnham and a third from Bridgwater were sent to Kingsway Road at 4.15pm. Crews found a domestic garage and outbuilding on fire to the rear. More...

Caitlin to play for England
A YOUNG footballer from Burnham-On-Sea has been selected to play the sport for England. Caitlin Berry, who is a member of Bridgwater College’s Team BC female football squad, has been selected for the England Colleges under 19 Women’s National Squad. More...

Prince meets BARB volunteers
THE Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels today. BARB's Mark Newman and Roger Flower were among scores of local organisations invited to the event in Stoke St Gregory to thank those who are providing support in the area. More...

Help shape Burnham's future
Exclusive: BURNHAM and Highbridge councillors last night (Monday) took a step towards creating a new Neighbourhood Plan for the two towns - and residents are being encouraged to get involved. The formal 'plan' would provide residents with new powers under the 2011 Localism Act. More...

Appeal after windows smashed
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after this car had two windows smashed at the weekend. Police were called out at 2.20am on Saturday morning (February 1st) to the parked Ford Fiesta which was damaged in Worston Lane. More...

Jobs fair to be held in Burnham
JOB SEEKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town later this month. Local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment will be welcomed at the council-run event later in February. More...

Town boxer turns professional
A FIGHTER at a Highbridge boxing club has turned professional and has signed a three-year contract with a promoter. King Alfred's Amateur Boxing Club Michael Hughes has been signed up by Bristol promoter Chris Sanigar, who runs a pro gym in the city and is a keen supporter. More...

Mayor hands out awards
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have received their prizes this week. Mayor Martin Cox handed over the trophies and certificates before the Town Council's monthly meeting which was held on Monday evening (February 3rd). More...

Tessa re-selected for election
TESSA Munt has been re-selected as the Liberal Democrats' parliamentary candidate for next year's general election. At a crowded meeting in Wells Town Hall on Friday evening (31st January), Burnham's MP was re-selected by Wells Liberal Democrats. More...

Hinkley waste 'to go into sea'
ANTI-nuclear campaigners have this week attacked proposals to release treated nuclear waste into the Severn Estuary from Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea. The campaign group Stop Hinkley has strongly critcised the plans from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). More...

Dunes cut back by storm tides
SAND dunes along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline have been severely cut back during this week's high tides and storms - leaving the most erosion for more than seven years. The dunes on Brean and Berrow beaches, pictured here on Sunday, have been cut back 10-20 feet by the stormy seas. More...

Join in national libraries event
BURNHAM-On-Sea library will be marking National Libraries Day today (Monday, February 3rd) with an afternoon of fun-filled activities. The event is being held from 2-4pm and will include free storytime sessions, jewellery making and a parchment demonstration. More...

Car wash raises cash for RNLI
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for the RNLI during a fundraising car wash at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on Saturday (February 1st). Over 70 vehicles were washed by the station's volunteers at their station in Pier Street, Burnham over four hours. More...

Internet safety advice offered
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police will be joining hundreds of other organisations across the country in holding an event to mark Safer Internet Day and promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet Day 2014 is being held on February 11th across the UK. More...

Berrow Tesco rumours quashed
RUMOURS that a village pub near Burnham-On-Sea is to be turned into a Tesco Express have been quashed by the estate agents handling the sale of the property. The Berrow Inn has twice failed to sell at auction over the past year and last month went on sale for £325,000. More...

Seafront battered by high tide
RESIDENTS living along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday evening (February 1st) as high tides and gale force winds failed to cause any flooding. Waves over-topped the sea wall in several places, especially around the Pavilion, where plumes of water rose into the air. More...

WW1 cententary walkers visit
A GROUP of fundraisers who are walking around the whole of Britain's coastline to mark this year's centenary of World War 1 will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea during the summer. To commemorate the centenary, they are holding a 4,000 mile walk around the UK. More...

Tessa: 'Why I oppose fracking'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the Prime Minister to ensure that any income generated from the controversial process of 'fracking' is kept local and given to parish councils in the areas most affected. Tessa Munt wants to see cash stay local from the process. More...

Adam is apprentice of the year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has been named apprentice of the year by a nationwide trade association. Adam Niblett, 19, a former King Alfred School pupil, has won the prestigious Apprentice Of The Year award from the British Engineering Manufacturers' Association (BEMA). More...

Film raises £750 for festival
A SPECIAL film screening in Burnham-On-Sea has raised more than £750 for Highbridge's Festival of the Arts. Over 100 people attended the special matinee screening of Quartet at the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. A total of £756 was raised for the festival. More...

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