2009 Burnham-On-Sea News
Rally - Day One photos
cold weather reduced the number of spectators at the opening day
of the annual Brean Rally on Saturday (January 31st), but the
action on the track was just as hot as ever. Brean Leisure Park
once again echoed to the sound of high octane engines for the
thirteenth annual Brean Stages Rally.
meeting for Marine Drive
Burnham-On-Sea are to hold a public meeting this Wednesday (February
4th) in response to mounting concerns about vandalism, speeding
and crime in nearby Marine Drive. The 'street briefing' will be
held on Wednesday at 12.30pm in Apex Park. More...
robbery at town shop
were investigating an attempted robbery at a shop in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (January 30th). Officers
rushed to Victoria Street at 4.23pm after two people burst into
a shop. Police have appealed for witnesses to get in contact with
in town for Conservative AGM
MP was the special guest at the annual general meeting of the
town's Conservative Party on Friday evening (January 30th). Over
30 people attended the AGM of the Burnham branch of Wells Conservative
Association in the town's Princess Hall, where the MP spoke about
his recent constituency work. More...
in town speeding crackdown
in Burnham-On-Sea are this week stepping up their efforts to rid
the town of speeding motorists with the launch of a fresh crackdown
on those that break speed limits. More speed checks are being
introduced at known trouble spots, including The Esplanade (pictured
here) and Marine Drive, where motorists are being pulled over.
panto fun starts tonight
groups are making final preparations for their shows, which open
over the next few days. Burnham-On-Sea District Pantomime Society's
annual show, pictured right, opens to the public on Friday evening
(January 30th) and then runs until Saturday February 7th (except
washes to help town's RNLI
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to get their cars washed by the
town's lifeboat crew this weekend... and raise money for the RNLI
at the same time. Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station in Pier Street
is taking part in the RNLI's SOS Day nationwide fundraising event
this Saturday (January 30th). More...
roadworks to cause delays
using a main road into Burnham-On-Sea will be faced with nine
weeks of disruption when roadworks get underway in February. The
County Council's Highways Department this week that Western Power
Distribution would be laying new high voltage cabling along Love
Lane from February 2nd. More...
callers get cold shoulder
new 'no cold calling zones' have been launched in Highbridge this
month to help protect residents from distraction burglars and
rogue traders. Over
the past months, the Highbridge police team has been working with
Sedgemoor District Council to set up the scheme in Trowbridge
Close and Kiln Drive.
problems to be swept away
problems in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea could soon be swept away
following a decision by the town council to invest in a dedicated
street cleaner. Councillors
this week voted in favour of spending £12,500 on employing
a person to keep the streets of Burnham clean.
kids freed from car
distraught Highbridge father had to smash one of the windows of
his car to free two young children after they became accidentally
Dominic Walcott received a frantic phone call from his girlfriend
on Tuesday (January 27th) after the children were locked inside.
race for Princess Hall
THREE groups are now in the running to take over
Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall. One is a commercial group of local
businessmen, the other is a group of local arts and music enthusiasts,
and the third is the Friends of The Princess, set-up by Sedgemoor
last year. More...
chain not coming to town
that DIY chain store Wilkinsons could soon be opening in Burnham-On-Sea
has been denied by the firm. The company had been rumoured to
be considering buying Burnham's former job centre at the end of
the High Street, pictured here, but a spokesman said on Wednesday
there are no such plans.
duo shown live on Sky!
excited young football fans from Burnham-On-Sea got their faces
shown live on Sky Sports and also met several top players when
they became mascots for a Division One game. Fraser McDiarmid,
11, and Finley McDiarmid, 7, walked out with the Leicester City
players during a game against Yeovil.
set to hold barrage debate
MP is considering holding a public meeting to discuss local concerns
about plans to build a Severn Barrage stretching from Brean Down
to Wales. David Heathcoat-Amory's proposal comes a day after a
short-list of five schemes was announced.
photos: BARB pub quiz event
Burnham-On-Sea charity that runs the town's rescue hovercrafts
received a cash boost on Tuesday evening (January 27th) when Burnham's
Adult Learning Centre held a fundraising pub quiz in the town.
A crowd of supporters flocked to The Reed's Arms for the BARB
photos: World Holocaust Day
Memorial Day was marked in Highbridge on Tuesday (January 27th)
with a short service next to the town's Frank Foley Statue. Dozens
of residents attended the ceremony, which was led by Highbridge's
vicar, Reverend Robin Lodge, in Bank Street, as pictured here.
fame beckons for musicians!
A GROUP of fun-loving musicians from Burnham-On-Sea are set
to entertain millions of people across the UK by appearing on
ITV1's Britain's Got Talent. The 'Wrinkly Rappers', who
comprise Brenda Brooks (56), Marion Bower (66), Belinda Marks
(46) and Terry Reynolds (65), are heading to Cardiff next week.
months of queues begins
centre of Highbridge was brought to a standstill on Monday (January
26th) when three months of roadworks began. Despite assurances
from Somerset County Council that the work would not cause too
much disruption, motorists faced long queues in Church Street.
firm launched by students
Sixth Form students at Highbridge's King Alfred School have formed
their own company selling greetings cards. A number of sixth formers,
accompanied by several keen Year 11s, have formed Kings Kards,
selling quality greeting cards to the general public through shops
backs new police centre
shoppers can now pick up crime-fighting advice and discuss concerns
with local police when they visit the town's Asda supermarket.
A police information point has been set-up in the store's car
park and is being run by the beat team and two PCSOs from the
lagoon could cut flood risk
£4bn tidal lagoon that could protect Burnham-On-Sea from
coastal flooding was officially named as one of the five barrage
schemes being considered a shortlist by the government on Monday
(January 26th). The 'Bridgwater Bay Tidal Lagoons' scheme is one
of the projects selected from the ten examined.
'shaken' by accident
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner was left "shaken" after
a two car collision in the town centre on Monday morning (January
26th). A Ford Fiesta collided with a parked vehicle near Palmers,
the butchers shop, in the High Street and then slammed into a
agents see rise in interest
THE property market in Burnham-On-Sea
could be showing very early signs of a small recovery, according
to estate agents in the town.
Nick Puddy from Saxons, based in the High Street, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There's definitely been more interest now than in the last
few months of 2008." More...
offered as vandals attack
THE furious owner of a Burnham-On-Sea shop has offered a financial
reward to try and catch the vandals who attacked his business
for the fifteenth time in as many years on Sunday (January 25th).
Mark Woods, owner of Watermark Financial Solutions at 62 High
Street, faces a repair bill of several hundred pounds following
the early morning attack.
Rally 2009 - full preview
Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea, will once again echo to the
sound of high octane engines this coming weekend when the 2009
Brean Stages Rally gets underway. The two-day event takes place
on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February and will attract
top teams from around the UK. More...
give BAY Centre new look
youth centre has been given a fresh splash of colour thanks to
the efforts of a group of volunteers from the town's Lions Club.
Five members donned their overalls on Saturday (January 24th)
to give the BAY Centre in Cassis Close a new lick of paint in
time for the opening of its new youth cafe.
Coastguard group formed
group to help Coastguards, their widows and families in times
of severe hardship, distress and illness, is being set-up in Burnham
- and the organisation, which is called the Burnham-On-Sea branch
of the Coastguard Association, will hold its first fundraising
event next month.
shop quells closure fears
down' posters plastered across the front of a Burnham-On-Sea shoe
store have been misleading some shoppers this week. Concerned
customers thought High Street shop Shoe Zone, pictured here, was
set to follow the credit crunch-hit Woolworths and shut down.
crews tackle M5 car blaze
fire crews were called to a car fire on the M5 motorway on Saturday
evening (January 24th). Two fire engines from Burnham were called
out at 7.02pm after the vehicle was reported to be alight near
the motorway's junction 22 for Burnham-on-Sea.
coach campaign launched
Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a new campaign to encourage
more coach companies to bring visitors into the town centre. Plans
to launch the campaign were first featured on Burnham-On-Sea.com
earlier this month amid growing concern.
health club opens this week
A brand new £1.6m health club is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea
next Saturday (January 31st). Home Farm's new health club, called
Fusion Leisure, is creating ten new jobs and features a 15 metre
swimming pool plus a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room plus gym equipment.
picks charities of year
at Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea have this week picked
four organisations as their charities of the year for 2009. The
centre will be holding fundraising events with the Somerset Air
Ambulance, BIBIC, Freewheelers and Secret World throughout the
found dead at property
investigating the sudden death of a woman in Burnham-On-Sea say
there is no reason to believe the incident is suspicious. Burnham-On-Sea.com
understands officers were called to a property in Broadhurst Gardens
earlier this week amid concern for the welfare of a middle-aged
reactions for Cove plans
A BRAND new image showing how Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
gardens will look after a renovation project is completed was
unveiled for the first time on Thursday (January 22nd) - but the
proposals have drawn mixed reactions. Harley
Cook, Sedgemoor's Parks and Open Spaces Officer, displayed the
3D image at Thursday's meeting of Burnham Chamber of Trade and
attacks light bulb plans
MP this week clashed with a government minister over controversial
plans to ban the use of traditonal light bulbs in the UK. Burnham's
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, was speaking in a Commons debate about
environment issues on Thursday (January 22nd).
jobs go at Highbridge firm
full-time jobs have been lost at a Highbridge joinery company
as the recession continues to bite. David Salisbury Joinery, which
is based on Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate, specialises
in quality conservatory and hardwood goods and announced the job
loses this week. More...
falls 15 per cent in town
in Burnham-On-Sea has fallen 15 per cent during the last year.
Residents were given the statistics by police officers at a packed
meeting in the town on Thursday evening (January 22nd) where local
people were able to set police priorities for Burnham for the
coming months. More...
cuts threat to scout hut
A SCOUT group in Highbridge could be set to close if the district
council proceeds with the possible disposal of its headquarters
under cost-cutting plans. The 1st Huntspill and Highbridge Scout
HQ is included in a council list of premises that could be sold
off to save money by the district council. More...
crews attend fatal crash
ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a fatal accident
on the M5 motorway on Thursday evening (January 22nd). The M5's
southbound carriageway was closed following the collision between
junctions 24 and 25 at about 6.40pm. A young child is believed
to have been killed. More...
boost for Apex Park
Apex Park is to receive a £140,000 windfall that will see
its play area modernised. The project, which is being partly funded
by the National Lottery, aims to deliver a 'natural play space'
which will use existing grassy areas and natural materials
in the Highbridge park. More...
bosses visit Burnham
Exclusive: BOSSES from fast food chain Subway visited Burnham-On-Sea
this month to view a former restaurant on the town's High Street
which was being considered as the location for their new store.
were first to report in December that Subway wants to open a store
in the town in 2009. More...
get new night flares
SAFETY fears about the use of
emergency flares appear to have eased after Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards
were this week issued with a new stock of the devices. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported last October how fears had been raised
after a government to stop their use. More...
dancers to visit town
of Highbridge's King Alfred School Youth Dance Company, KAZDANZ,
will soon be re-united with friends they met a year ago in Russia.
February 2008, members of the group travelled to the old town
of Pereslavl Zalessky to spend a week at a Russian school, get
to know students, and learn all about Russian dance.
quiz for town rescue charity
from Burnham-On-Sea's Adult Learning Centre are to hold a fundraising
pub quiz in aid of the charity that runs the town's two rescue
hovercrafts. The event will be held on Tuesday January 27th at
The Reed's Arms on Burnham's seafront, starting at 7.30pm.
Entry to the event will cost just £1 per person. More...
to shut for repair work
BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool is to close for ten days during
February when the facility gets an overhaul costing tens of thousands
of pounds. Following a partial collapse of the pool's wall last
when several metres of tiles fell off the side of the pool, the
Swim and Sports Academy said the pool would be shutting for maintenance
between February 13th and February 23rd.
cash for crumbling jetty?
stormy weather have worsened the condition of Burnham-On-Sea's
crumbling jetty during recent weeks, prompting town councillors
to step up their search for sources of funding to get the structure
cracks have appeared in the tarmac near the bottom of the landmark,
raising fresh concerns.
blaze tackled on M5 m-way
fire crews tackled a car fire on the M5 motorway on Tuesday evening
(January 20th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and one pump
from Weston-super-Mare were called out at 7.30pm after the vehicle
was seen well alight on the northbound carriageway.
couple 'thrilled' with tickets
who lost their home in a devastating fire have this week been
handed free honeymoon tickets following a community fundraising
broke the news last November that a devastating fire had swept
through their chalet
next to Brean Down. More...
boss to star on poster
of Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre is to feature on
a new nationwide publicity poster depicting the 'face of British
Haggett, pictured, entered a competition run by VisitBritain,
the UK's national tourist board,
to star on the tourism posters - and won! More...
comes to Burnham
Somerfield supermarket in Pier Street is to be rebranded as a
Morrisons store after a change of ownership. Confirming
rumours which appeared first on Burnham-On-Sea.com, the supermarket
giant announced the move on Tuesday (January 20th). More...
kids attend Dreamscheme
Highbridge have launched a new youth project this week which will
encourage young people in the area to help improve their local
Dreamscheme initiative sees people aged between 8 and 16 years
old come together
and do community work in return for rewards. More...
images released after theft
this week released these CCTV photos of a man they want to identify
following the theft of alcohol from a Highbridge supermarket.
The in-store security cameras captured the pictures of the man,
who police think may be able to help them with their investigations
into the theft at Somerfield last year.
plans to be discussed
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea businessmen who are considering
buying the town's Princess Hall to turn it into an arts and music
centre will be meeting district council bosses this week to discuss
their plans. The group are due to discuss the ambitious proposals
at a meeting
on Wednesday (January 21st). More...
night tickets now on sale
130 tickets have already been sold for a fundraising charity race
night which will be held in Burnham-On-Sea next month. The event,
on Saturday February 7th is being jointly run for Burnham Medical
Equipment Fund, Burnham-On-Sea Lions and the Speedway Riders Fund.
months of roadworks to start
Businesses in the centre of Highbridge are bracing themselves
for disruption when THREE MONTHS of major roadworks begins later
this month. Gas mains along Church Street are due to be replaced
during the work, which will begin on January 26th and last until
the end of April.
seeks town tractor drivers
lifeboat station is seeking two volunteer tractor drivers to join
its shore team to provide daytime cover. The tractor drivers play
an important role within the RNLI shore crew, using specialised
tractors to launch and recover lifeboats on the beach.
campaigning Burnham-On-Sea residents who successfully fought plans
by a property developer to turn a seafront home into a block of
apartments held a celebration to mark the decision on Sunday (January
was first to report last November that Allandale Road residents
of had won their bid to get the application thrown out by the
rises on Burnham panto
rehearsals are underway this week for Burnham-On-Sea District
Pantomime Society's annual show, which opens to the public later
this month. The group's 40th performance, Cinderella, will be
staged in Burnham's Princess Hall from Friday 30th January until
Saturday February 7th (except Monday).
cut to 80 homes by winds
STORM force winds of up to 70mph gave Burnham-On-Sea a battering
on Saturday evening (January 17th), leaving almost 80 homes without
power and causing damage. The winds and heavy rain struck at around
7pm, bringing down trees and signs and causing a low voltage substation
failure in Highbridge which left 79 properties without power for
players raise charity cash
charities have received a financial boost from a group of bingo
The Burnham Social Bingo group, which meets regularly at the Ritz
Social Club, presented £545 to BARB and a similar amount
to Secret World, following a year of fundraising events.
video: Wassailing ceremony
tradition of wassailing - when good health is wished on apple
crops for the coming year - was performed at three ceremonies
in the Burnham area on Saturday (January 17th). The Rotary Club
organised an event at Rich's Cider near Highbridge
which was attended by 220 people. More...
group formed for Cove
Exclusive: A NEW group of volunteers is to be formed
in February to look after Burnham's vandalism-hit Marine Cove
District Council is holding a 'Marine Cove Gardens Awareness Day'
on Thursday 19th February at the Princess Hall, from 3pm - 7pm,
when the new 'Friends of Marine Cove' group will be formed.
bosses in insurance hope
BOSSES at Highbridge's Morland Community Hall are in talks
with their insurance company about compensation after the ceiling
broke through in one area, causing an estimated £4,000 of
damage. The hall has been closed during recent days due to the
accident, causing by recent winter weather. More...
photos: Carnival awards night
OVER 150 people from carnival clubs across Somerset gathered
in Brean on Friday evening (January 16th) for Burnham and Highbridge
Carnival's annual presentation night. Carnival
Queen Tara Moxey and Carnival President Malcolm Borland handed
and tankards to the winning clubs. More...
set their priorities for area
SPEEDING vehicles in Brean and Berrow are among the problems
that local police will be focusing on during the coming months,
it was decided this week. A
list of the priorities that police will be tackling was drawn
up at a meeting in Burnham on Wednesday (Jan 14th).
otter is in safe hands
A WILDLIFE charity based near Burnham-On-Sea has admitted
its first otter of the year. Secret World is caring for the young
male, which was originally admitted to a vet in Carmarthenshire,
Wales. The vets were keen for him to get care from somewhere with
the proper experience. More...
league tables published
league tables published by the government on Thursday (January
15th) show how Highbridge's King Alfred School compares against
schools across Somerset. The league tables show that during 2008
a total of 39 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A*- Cs,
but there were mixed comparisons. More...
after M5 lane is closed
of traffic built up on the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon
(January 15th) after a lorry broke down, causing one lane of the
motorway to be closed for over an hour. The Highways Agency shut
the hard shoulder and inside lane while recovery services attended
the scene. More...
windfall for Apex Park
Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group has this week been awarded
a £2,615 grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. £1,615
will be spent on providing events and a further £1,000 will
be spent on activities for children during 2009
Play Day on 5th August.
smashed in 4am attack
residents living along a Burnham-On-Sea road have this week called
for police action to stamp out vandalism after several homes had
their windows smashed. One home owner in Marine Drive had her
windows smashed for no apparent reason at 4am earlier this week.
crunch hits animal charity
charity based near Burnham-On-Sea is feeling the effects of the
credit crunch, with donations falling by tens of thousands of
pounds. Secret World at East Huntspill says the "worrying"
fall in donations has come during a particularly busy winter period
for the charity. More...
launch new 'drop-in centre'
Burnham-On-Sea residents who recently formed an action team to
tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour on their estate
launched a new drop-in service on Wednesday (January 14th) and
received a £2,000 funding boost. The
Rosewood Action Team held their first drop-in session at Rosewood
donation for kids!
in Highbridge have been kitted out with new high visibility jackets
to keep them safe around the town. Highbridge Childrens Centre
has been donated 45 high-visibility jackets with the help of Highbridge
police and Somerset County Council, and the children proudly showed
off the new clothing this week. More...
boost for audio news group
BURNHAM On-Sea group that provides local news on audio cassettes
for blind and visually impaired residents has this week received
a windfall of more than £3,000. Sounds and Voices provides
cassette tapes of news and information to 75 blind people
throughout the Burnham area. More...
invite to kids
in Highbridge aged between eight and sixteen are being encouraged
to take part in a new project to help improve the town. The first
session of The Dreamscheme will be held this Saturday afternoon
(January 17th) at 1pm when community-based work will be rewarded.
further delays work
months of roadworks which have brought a busy junction in Burnham-On-Sea
to a standstill are being further delayed by a wrangle over land
ownership. Deep trenches, dozens of cones and temporary traffic
lights have been in place at the junctions of Abingdon Street
and Pier Street since October.
residents' group is formed
and landlords at a housing development in Highbridge met local
police this week to discuss ways of improving safety and setting
up a new residents' association. The meeting took place at Highbridge
Quay on Monday (January 12th), where plans for the new multi-agency
group were discussed. More...
proposals to expand Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket were given
the go-ahead by council planners on Tuesday (January 13th). Members
of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee
debated plans to introduce an extra 1,200 square metres of shopping
blaze tackled in town
chip pan has been blamed for causing a kitchen fire inside a Burnham-On-Sea
bungalow on Tuesday afternoon (January 13th). Two fire crews from
Burnham-On-Sea were called to St Mark's Road at 12.49pm when a
neighbour raised the alarm after seeing smoke at the property.
Guild boosts RNLI funds
£150 has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station
following a fundraising event by the town's Trefoil Guild. The
group was launched over five years ago and each year chooses a
different project to raise money for, with Burnham's RNLI benefiting.
Club gears up for busy year
Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club are gearing up for a competitive year
as they us seek to bring home more silverware this year. We have
a full preview of the season ahead for the club and focus in on
some of the club's upcoming stars of the future, plus our town's
Olympic hopefuls. More...
felling aims to boost safety
are one of the reasons for the felling of dozens of trees at a
Burnham-On-Sea holiday camp. Work
has been taking place this week at the entrance to Burnham Holiday
Village in Marine Drive to remove a long line of trees during
the quiet period before this year's tourist season.
photos: Fancy dress party fun
costumes with a movie theme were worn by fun-loving members of
Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International group on Saturday (January
10th) when they celebrated the start of 2009 with a fancy dress
New Year party. The event attracted a big crowd
to Berrow village hall. More...
coaches back to Burnham'
A NEW campaign to encourage coach companies to bring more
visitors to Burnham-On-Sea town centre - instead of other local
attractions - is set to be discussed at a meeting in the town
later this month. Many
firms have expressed concerns about the falling number of coaches
visiting the town in recent years. More...
crews called to Berrow
fire crews were called to Berrow on Monday afternoon (January
12th) after steam was seen billowing from a building. The alarm
was raised by a resident near to the building in Church House
Road at 3.22pm - and two fire engines from Burnham investigated.
and hounds visit beach
the scenes next to Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse on Saturday morning
(January 10th) when members of a local hunting group exercised
their hounds on the beach. Over
40 hounds from the Mendip Hunt ran along the sands between Brean
and Burnham due to the cold weather.
shops beat the recession
NOT all businesses in Burnham-on-Sea are
feeling the financial pinch
- and some seem to be actually benefiting from the countrywide
shops in Burnham are among the traders that are doing well in
the downturn. We've spoken to some of the firms that are doing
tourism guide launches
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 the Burnham area and has been produced by Sedgemoor
Tourism Association. More...
photos: Icy weather continues
plunged to minus nine degrees Centigrade
during one of the coldest weeks that the Burnham-On-Sea area has
experienced in many years. Our photographers ventured outside
to some of the incredible icy scenes that were around the area,
as the cold snap continued.
backs low-cost homes
petition signed by 27 Burnham-On-Sea
supporting the construction of more affordable homes in the town
was presented to councillors this week to support a planning application
for a new low-cost home. Eric
Mackenzine has collected the names in recent weeks to support
his planning application.
look inside £1.6m club
A NEW £1.6m
health club on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea is set to open
its doors to the public later this month. Construction
work on Home Farm's new Leisure Centre is slightly behind schedule,
but is due to be completed during the next few weeks.
photos: Xmas lights ceremony
and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who won the towns'
annual Christmas lights competition have this week been presented
with their awards. Mayor
Peter Burridge-Clayton, handed over the certificates during this
week's council meeting.
re-opens after fault
West Huntspill Primary School, near Burnham-On-Sea, were back
behind their desks on Thursday morning (January 8th) after the
failure of the building's heating system caused the school to
close on Wednesday. Work
to rectify the fault was completed by engineers on Wednesday.
store's days be numbered?
Burnham-On-Sea town councillors have this week expressed concern
after it emerged that Tesco expects the proposed expansion of
its Love Lane store to hit sales at rival Somerfield by over half
a million pounds, potentially putting the store in jeopardy. Members
of the town council's planning applications committee met to discuss
Tesco's application on Tuesday (January 6th).
'could generate 50 jobs'
new jobs could be created in Burnham-On-Sea if a cross-channel
ferry service launches in the town in 2011. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report last October how businessman Chris Marrow
is planning to set-up a £5million Bristol Channel service.
hold community meeting
inviting residents from the villages surrounding Burnham-On-Sea
to a meeting where they will be able to discuss any issues they
feel are affecting their local community. The 'Partners and Communities
Together' meeting will take place on January 14th. More...
B partially back in use
of Hinkley Point nuclear power station's reactors was restarted
on Tuesday morning (January 6th) after shutting down unexpectedly
last Friday, a spokeswoman for the energy giant confirmed. Data
from the National Grid showed the reactor was running at 11am
on Tuesday morning. More...
found after six days missing
A DOG that
went missing for six days has been dramatically rescued by a fisherman
from the foot of Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, this week. Max,
a 12-year-old Border Collie, ran away from his owners during a
beach walk at Uphill on December 29th and was missing until a
fisherman spotted him on January 4th.
fashion show to be held
will be strutting along a catwalk in Highbridge next month when
a fashion show is held in town. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and
the Inner Wheel Club will be holding their annual fashion show
and sale at King Alfred School on Tuesday 3rd February to brighten
the winter gloom.
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-On-Sea
hit by power problem
Energy is working on a restart plan for Hinkley Point power station
after it was shut down early on Monday morning (January 5th),
a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. The 610-megawatt Hinkley
B8 reactor near Burnham-On-Sea tripped at 12.09am, added the spokeswoman.
over 99p pints in town
chain JD Wetherspoon is under fire for selling cut-price alcohol
at its seafront pub in Burnham-On-Sea. From today (Monday, January
5th) pints of beer are being sold at the reduced price of just
99p at The Reed's Arms, pictured, and over 710 other Wetherspoon
pubs nationwide. More...
photos: Icy start to 2009
may have missed out on a white Christmas, but the icy start to
2009 created these wintry scenes along the town's beach on Sunday
(January 4th). A bank of ice was washed up along the high tideline,
creating these unusual scenes in Burnham and further alonfg the
coast at Brean. More...
more homes planned for town
A PROPERTY developer has submitted a planning application
to build a further 13 new homes at the former British Telecom
Radio Station site in Highbridge. Bellway & George Wimpey
had originally intended to build a new nursing home on the site
in Worston Road, but it has now removed the building from its
plans and wants to build 13 extra dwellings in its place.
group's tickets on sale
have gone on sale for Burnham-On-Sea District Pantomime Society's
annual show. The group's 40th annual performance, Cinderella,
will be staged in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall from Friday 30th
January until Saturday February 7th (except Monday). We have a
line up for Brean Rally
than 80 rally drivers have already applied to join the starting
line-up of this year's Brean Rally, which will roar into action
later this month. The event's organiser, Rod McKenna, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that the popular rally, which is held each January, is already
fully subscribed. More...
images of £2.5m health centre
BRAND new images showing how a proposed new £2.5million
medical centre near Burnham-On-Sea will look have been unveiled.
exclusively reported in November how fresh
plans for Berrow
Medical Centre in
Brent Road had been resubmitted for
consideration by planners
eight months after the first set of proposals were withdrawn.
injured in pub altercation
have appealed for witnesses following an altercation on Wednesday
(December 24th) in Burnham-On-Sea. At around 10.30pm two men were
involved in an altercation outside the Reeds Arms Public House
in Pier Street. Shortly afterwards, a man was pushed from behind
and sustained a head injury.
end to 2008 in Burnham
ended 2008 with 24 hours of sub-zero temperatures. These were
the wintry scenes along the banks of the River Brue, near Highbridge's
Apex Park, where air temperatures failed to climb above zero degrees
all day and the wind chill was predicted to be minus seven degrees.
wishes all its readers a happy and prosperous 2009. With a brand
new year upon us, the dates of several leading Burnham-On-Sea
events for 2009 have been announced. We've listed the main events
so you can update your new diary and calendar and stay up-to-date
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