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health centre plans on show
for a major new multi-million pound medical centre in Berrow were
on show for the first time at a special open evening in
the village on Wednesday (January 30th). Dozens
of residents attended the meeting in Berrow Village Hall to
hear more about the proposed Berrow
Health Campus in Brent Road.
over car park sell-off
councillor has hit out at Sedgemoor District Council's plans to
sell off Bank Street Car Park in the centre of the town. Cllr
Joe Leach's comments come after the cash-strapped district council
this week advertised the car park (pictured) for sale.
hotel boarded up
historic Highbridge hotel
which was once a key landmark in the town has been boarded up
and could be derelict for several months. The
Highbridge Inn on the A38 is a listed building seen by thousands
of motorists every day as they travel through the town.
for new Morris Men
people across Somerset will receive an invitation to learn the
traditional Morris Dance in an initiative by a Brent Knoll based
group of Chalice Morris Men. The invitations will be delivered
by the Royal Mail to
homes in North Somerset in February.
to attend auction
than 200 tickets have already been sold for a charity auction
being held in Highbridge this Friday (February 1st) to raise funds
for a tennis academy, The Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy, set up
in memory of a young tennis player who died last November. More...
pub loses planning bid
owners of a seafront pub in Burnham-On-Sea have lost their bid
to keep a controversial raised decking area outside their premises.
Sedgemoor planners claimed last year that Chaplins on The Esplanade
had breached planning regulations by installing new patio doors
and a raised decking area. More...
duck at Apex
SELDOM-seen species of duck has been turning heads at Apex Leisure
Park in Highbridge this week. The Greater Scaup is not rare to
Northern Europe, but is fairly unusual to this part of the country
- and has been attracting the interest of bird watchers. More...
award for salon manager
BURNHAM-On-Sea hairdresser has recently been recognised by the
Business Enterprise Centre at Weston College for her work-based
training achievements. Rebecca Lester, 20, who manages Waves &
Shaves, was presented with an Outstanding Apprentice award. More...
attack Marine Cove again
shelters in Burnham-On-Sea have again been attacked by vandals
for the second time in a month. This was the scene that greeted
shocked seafront walkers on Monday (January 28th) after vandals
caused more damage over the weekend, breaking windows and leaving
shards of glass over the seats.
takes pool fight to council
MP has met bosses at Sedgemoor District Council to help the campaign
to save the town's closure-threatened swimming pool. David Heathcoat-Amory
met Council Leader Duncan McGinty and Chief Executive Kerry Rickards.
explorers train with BARB
Arctic explorers who hope to be the first to travel to the North
Pole in a hovercraft have this week begun training alongside the
crew of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. Simon Marshall, from
Wembdon, and friend Alex Henney will be attempting the 500-mile
classes to start in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea tap dance and jazz teacher who recently became
a qualified fitness pilates instructor is to start a series of
weekly pilates classes in the town. Victoria Roberts is a member
of performing arts group Curtain Call, which is organising the
Learning Centre to open
NEW Active Living Centre for residents over 50 is set to open
in Highbridge next week. The facility will launch on Tuesday 5th
February at Morland Hall in Pearce Drive and will be hosted by
the Stroke Club. The opening ceremony will be held at 10.30am
and will include refreshments.
pair win 2008 Brean Rally
duo David Kynaston and co-driver Andy Russell won the Brean Rally
for the second year running on Sunday afternoon (January 27th).
Two days of exciting racing at Brean Leisure Park saw the pair,
pictured, cling onto a slender one second lead overnight.
leads Holocaust ceremony
Pollard joined residents besides Highbridge's Frank Foley statue
on Sunday (January 27th) to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. A brief
ceremony led by the Reverend Robin Lodge, vicar of Highbridge,
included prayers and a two minute silence.
tips on offer from police
can have their bikes security marked and discuss crime advice
and concerns when Highbridge police hold one of their weekly surgeries
in the town's Asda supermarket next weekend. The surgery will
be held on Sunday February 3rd from 10.30am-12.30pm.
crowds watch exciting rally
second separated the top two cars at the end of an exciting first
day of action at the 2008 Brean Rally on Saturday (January 26th).
Last year's winners David Kynaston and co-driver Andy Russell
were in blistering form in their Audi A3 Quattro and finished
the day at the top of the leader board.
target clothes shop
clothes shop faces a repair bill for hundreds of pounds after
vandals attacked it during the early hours of Saturday morning
(January 26th). A large window at the front of New Look in the
High Street was smashed - although bosses say nothing was stolen.
opens Burnham florist
Mayor officially helped to open a new business in the town centre
on Friday (January 25th). Mayor Pauline Pollard was on hand at
the grand opening of Rosemary's Florists in Regent Street - as
pictured here. She met the firm's owner and shop staff.
High Street signs must go
restaurant has this week lost its bid to retain several illuminated
signs outside its High Street premises. Burnham Town Council's
Planning Committee last year called on the Chandni restaurant
at 54 The High Street to remove three illuminated signs outside
its premises (pictured).
meet Berrow residents
met local police on Tuesday (January 22nd) to discuss their concerns
regarding problems in the village. Eighty people filled Berrow
Village Hall for the meeting, which was organised by PC Pete Wills
(pictured) and PCSO Elliot Green.
walker air-lifted to hospital
injured walker was air-lifted to hospital after suffering a suspected
dislocated shoulder in a fall along a riverside cycle path in
Burnham-On-Sea this week. The Devon and Somerset air ambulance
landed near the River Brue on Tuesday (January 22nd) to rush the
injured pensioner to Weston General Hospital.
for Burnham man
of South Western Ambulance Service have paid tribute to a Burnham-On-Sea
man who died this week after several years as one of their Non-Executive
Directors. Local accountant Ray Lock, pictured right, died earlier
this week on Monday (21st January).
and Aquathon 'are safe'
District Council announced on Thursday (January 24th) that two
of Burnham-On-Sea's leading sports events held at Burnham Pool
will go ahead as normal during 2008. The proposed closure of the
pool had cast doubt on the future of the Burnham-on-Sea Aquathlon
and the Burnham Triathlon.
boost for town pupils
a Burnham-On-Sea school have been handed new high visibility jackets
to keep them 'safe and seen' following a new initiative between
police and local businesses. Children at St Joseph's Primary School
have been given the bright yellow jackets.
of a series of a public meetings where local people will be able
to quiz councillors about their progress in finding a new owner
for Burnham's threatened swimming pool were announced
on Thursday afternoon (January 24th).
Five meetings are planned. More...
brother' scheme for Burnham
number plate recognition cameras are set to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea
by local police in a bid to crackdown on travelling criminals
and vehicle crime. Sgt Ian Kennett told the latest meeting of
Burnham Chamber of Trade that the new cameras could have a "major
impact" in helping officers target crimninals.
live on regional radio!
seafront webcam was featured live on local radio on Thursday morning
(January 24th) when this colourfully dressed character was seen
waving to the world! Orchard
FM broadcast live from The Esplanade during its breakfast show,
Ian and Laura In The Morning. More...
public meetings to be held
to save Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool are to hold a series of public
meetings to let local people quiz councillors on their progress
in finding a new owner for the threatened facility.
'task force' of three district councillors is now working to find
a new owner. More...
cycle path on the cards?
councillors gave the green light to 39 new homes near
the controversial Frank Foley Parkway on
Tuesday night (January 22nd) and, in an unexpected twist, called
on the property developer to fund a new cycle path along the half-finished
calls for full barrage study
MP David Heathcoat-Amory said this week he will ensure a new government
feasibility study on the proposed Severn Barrage properly considers
the local consequences of building the structure at Brean. The
study will assess the impact of harnessing tidal power. More...
hopes for Brean movie
blockbuster which was partially filmed on top of Brean Down, near
Burnham-On-Sea, was nominated for two Oscars on Tuesday (January
22nd). A number of scenes in 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' starring
Cate Blanchett (pictured) were filmed at Brean in the summer of
teams ready for Brean Rally
TOTAL of 86 rally teams are set to take part in the 2008 Brean
Rally, which roars into action this weekend. The entry list for
the popular event was published this week - and last year's winners
David Kynaston and co-driver Andy Russell will compete from the
start of the grid. More...
want more volunteers
Scout Group has this week appealed for local residents to come
forward and get involved with running the group. The busy group
caters for over 100 local children, giving them activities and
events that help them develop their interests and talents. More...
for Princess Hall project
plans for a multi-million pound overhaul of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess
Hall edged closer on Monday (January 21st) when town councillors
gave their stamp of approval to the project so far. Nigel
Grainge, the architect, unveiled brand new images of the planned
'21st century modernisation' of the hall.
for busy road crossing
SOMERSET County Council is to upgrade a pedestrian crossing in
the centre of Brean later this month. The highways department
is carrying out five days of work to change the traffic signals
in South Road outside Pontins holiday camp from Monday 28th January.
arrested after incident
confirmed on Monday morning (January 21st) that a 49-year-old
man had been arrested in connection with an incident that brought
the centre of Highbridge to a halt on Saturday.
reported how six teams of officers had rushed to Market Street
amid reports that a white male armed with a crow bar had entered
rescues two children
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft flew to the rescue of two children
stranded on the mudflats at Weston-super-Mare on Sunday (January
20th). The hovercraft had been taking part in a training exercise
on Uphill beach when the alarm was raised by Coastguards who spotted
two girls in difficulty.
panto time in Burnham!
rehearsals are taking place at Burnham District Pantomime Society
this week as it prepares to perform Robinson Crusoe. The
group's 39th annual panto will take place in Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Hall between Friday February 1st and Saturday February
crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire fighters rushed to West Huntspill
on Saturday evening (January 19th) to tackle a chimney blaze.
fire engine was called to Millgreen Close at 8.30pm after residents
raised the alarm. A single hose reel jet was used to extinguish
the blaze. More...
swoop on Highbridge flat
THESE were the scenes in the centre of Highbridge
on Saturday afternoon (January 19th) when police officers armed
with riot shields dealt with a serious incident in a flat. Six
teams of officers rushed to Market Street at 3.05pm amid reports
that a man armed with a crow bar had entered a flat. More...
parking fees introduced
FREE parking along Burnham's seafront during the
winter months is set to be scrapped as part of an income-raising
initiative by cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council. District
council Claire Faun confirmed that parking charges would be introduced
365 days a year. More...
alert empties M5 services
on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was evacuated in a fire
alert on Friday morning (January 18th). Dozens of motorists were
asked to leave the site's buildings at around 11.30am after several
fire alarms were activated
- prompting a call-out for Burnham's fire crew. More...
photo club to restart
enthusiasts are being invited along to the relaunch of Burnham
and Highbridge photography club later this month. The new club
will be based at the BAY centre in Cassis Close, Burnham and its
first meeting will be held on 31st January at 7pm.
clean-up operation is set to go ahead in the Burnham-On-Sea area
during the next few months. Sedgemoor District Council announced
on Friday (January 18th) that its Clean Sweep initiative is to
be extended to focus areas normally out of its jurisdiction.
turnout for barrage debate
campaigners stepped up their calls for the proposed Severn Barrage
to be built at Minehead, instead of Brean Down, during a special
debate held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
evening (January 17th).
filled the town council's chambers to hear Gareth Woodham, the
man behind ambitious plans to build a barrage and Severn Lake.
cut hits 10,000 homes
homes across Burnham-On-Sea were briefly left without power on
Thursday afternoon (January 17th) following an electricty cut.
Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that a tea-time
fault had left 10,000 homes in the dark.
job centre is to close
job centre is to close later this year, it was announced on Thursday
afternoon (January 17th). Somerset
County Council has already expressed its "serious concerns"
about the government's announcement that both the Chard and Burnham
Job Centre Plus sites will shut as part
of a "modernisation" programme.
plans' for McDonald's site
that burger giant McDonald's is planning to open a new restuarant
in Highbridge has been rejected by the company. Rumours
in the town during recent days claimed that McDonald's was considering
a new store near to Asda on the busy A38. More...
losses hit Holiday Village
Holiday Village has this week announced a round of job losses
as part of a management reorganisation. Haven
Holidays confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it has
laid off three staff as part of a restructuring at the holiday
hopes dashed by council vote
of a last minute reprieve for Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool appear
to have been dealt a blow with a decision by district councillors
on Wednesday afternoon (January 16th) that the facility will shut
on May 31st unless a new owner can be found.
a packed meeting inside Burnham's Princess Hall, members voted
in favour of shutting the Berrow Road facility by May 31st.
changes' for seafront store
giant Somerfield has quashed rumours that it has sold or is considering
selling its Burnham-On-Sea seafront store. The
supermarket chain, which is based in Bristol, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that it has no plans to make changes to its Pier Street
tradition lives on!
old Somerset tradition of wassailing - held each year on January
17th (the old 'twelfth night') to ensure a fine crop of cider
apples during the summer ahead - will be performed at a charity
event near Highbridge on Thursday night organised by Burnham Rotary
injured in A38 crash
littered the A38 at Highbridge after a woman suffered minor injuries
following a collision between a car and and this British Telecom
lorry on Wednesday morning (January 16th). Police
were called to the entrance to Highbridge Caravans at 11.15am.
farm appeal thrown out
decision on whether a controversial wind farm on
can proceed was finally announced on Tuesday (January 15th) -
and residents of Brent
celebrating the outcome! Wind farm developer Ecotricity had hoped
to overturn a decision by Sedgemoor planners.
D-Day for Burnham pool
fate of Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool could
be finally be decided known later (Wednesday January 16th) when
district councillors discuss proposals to shut the facility as
part of a cost-cutting measure. A meeting of the full District
Council in Burnham's Princess Hall will take place this afternoon.
for new RNLI crew
RNLI lifeboat station is looking for new recruits to join its
shore crew. The
volunteers need to have some spare time and want to put something
back into their community, to help launch Burnham-On-Sea's two
throughout the year ahead. More...
hands out final cheques
of Burnham-On-Sea fundraising group
Local Emergency Service (LES) handed out their final cheques to
local worthy causes on Tuesday night (January 15th) after 22 years
of fundraising in the town. The group's Jackie Tanner presented
a total of £1,797.14 to Burnham groups. More...
injured in town accident
rushed to hospital on Tuesday morning (January 15th) after an
accident with a bus in Burnham-On-Sea. The youngster was crossing
Burnham Road, near King Alfred School, when the incident involving
a single-decker school bus occurred.
lose your way on the M5
signs designed to help drivers pinpoint where they are if they
break down or want to report a problem on the M5 motorway are
being installed in the Burnham-On-Sea area. The
new roadside driver location signs are being introduced along
the M5 this month. More...
campaigners go on air
residents took to the airwaves to campaign for the future of the
town's swimming pool on Tuesday morning (January 15th). Residents
were invited to join in a live radio debate about the future of
the threatened pool when BBC Somerset visited. More...
tourism booklet for town
booklet promoting tourism in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean
has been launched this week. The
24-page guide provides information about accommodation and places
to visit in our area and has been produced by Sedgemoor Tourism
a beeline for free classes
CHANCE to learn more about bees is being offered by the Burnham-On-Sea
branch of the Somerset Beekeepers Association, which is running
newcomers' classes from this Thursday (January 17th) at Watchfield
The free courses will be held over six weeks. More...
chase ends in crash
Burnham-On-Sea ended in a multi-vehicle accident which closed
Love Lane on Monday afternoon (January 14th). A
blue Volkswagen Golf which had been pursued by Devon and Cornwall
police along the M5 motorway came to an abrupt halt outside the
Dunstan House Inn.
as pool homes unveiled
has obtained shocking evidence that proves 34 homes have been
earmarked for the land currently occupied by Burnham's swimming
battling to save the pool say these images "completely destroy"
the argument that the district council is shutting the pool purely
because it is making a £250,000 a year loss.
phone mast gets the go-ahead
phone giant O2 has won its bid to build a mobile phone mast in
the centre of Brean despite it being rejected by planners last
year. The firm's project to construct a new 12.5 metre phone mast
besides South Road, opposite Brean Leisure Park, was originally
turned down by District Council planners.
shops open in Burnham
has lost one of its shops, but gained several new businesses during
the latest round of town centre changes. Mobile
phone shop Phone Tek-Nation in Cross Street shut its doors for
the final time last week after struggling during recent weeks.
radio to air live pool show
residents are being invited to join in a live radio debate about
the future of the town's threatened swimming pool when BBC Somerset's
Radio Bus visits the town on Tuesday (January 15th). Sedgemoor
District Council is due to decide the pool's fate. More...
health club approved
Exciting plans for a new £1.8million health club and
swimming pool on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have been given
the go-ahead by the district council this week. Last month, Burnham-On-Sea.com
unveiled the plans for the new complex at Home Farm Holiday Park.
Watch remains in place
FLOOD Watch remained in place for the River
Brue in Highbridge on Saturday morning (January 12th) after Friday's
heavy rain led to flooding across the region. The Environment
Agency placed a Flood Warning on the River Brue estuary at Highbridge
as a precaution. More...
fire in West Huntspill
crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to a cottage
in West Huntspill on Friday lunchtime (January 11th) amid reports
of a chimney fire. The crews were quickly on the scene
in Withy Road (pictured) to extinguish the blaze at around 1pm.
There were fears the fire could spread to the roof. More...
crew helps trapped horse
fire fighters performed one of their most unusual rescues this
week when a horse became trapped in a vehicle. The
crew was called to Alstone Riding Centre at East Huntspill after
the distressed animal became stuck on a wooden gate inside a horse
on M5 after accident
of the M5 motorway was closed at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning
(January 11th) after a one-vehicle accident. A
Vauxhall Vectra collided with the central reservation on the northbound
carriageway between junctions 22 at Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater.