2010 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
cadets achieve Royal awards
group of air cadets from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston are celebrating
after completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The youngsters
- all aged between 14 and 17 - achieved seven bronze and two silver
awards by dedicating their time to completing various tasks over
several months. More...
shows town's got talent!
top local entertainers and musicians battled it out during a talent
contest at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Saturday night (January
30th). Lakeside Holiday Park in Westfield Road held the grand
final of its Parkstars competition in which the acts entertained
a large audience and a panel of judges. More...
photos: Brean Rally 2010
Lloyd and Graham Handley dominated this year's Brean Rally, winning
the event for a second year in a row. The
speedy duo, driving an Impreza S12 World Rally Car, finished Sunday's
event 42 seconds ahead of David Kynaston and Andy Russell in a
Audi A3. Peter said he was "very pleased" with how the
weekend had gone.
shock over car drama
The owners of this car got the "shock of their lives"
when they found themselves locked out of their vehicle on Brean
beach with a fast-incoming tide nearby on Saturday (January 30th).
and Jane Roberts, from Street, parked their Renault Scenic on
the sands near Brean Cove to take their two dogs for a walk.
students dazzle at awards
local students from the Burnham-On-Sea area were recognised for
their academic achievements at a glittering awards ceremony in
Weston this week that was watched by BRIT Award nominee Beth Rowley.
They all received awards at a 'Celebration of Success' event,
held at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. More...
on to save town markets
Organisers of Highbridge's weekly outdoor markets have begun
talks with Sedgemoor District Council to try and secure their
future. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last year how the district
council had struck a deal with Market Forces to operate the weekly
events on a three month trial basis.
cars set alight in Mark
are investigating why three cars were set alight in Mark, near
Burnham-On-Sea, late on Thursday night (January 28th). Burnham
firefighters rushed to the Kingsway in Mark at 10.21pm and were
shocked to find three vehicles well alight. The Incident Commander
requested the attendance of a second appliance. More...
centre meeting - full report
coverage: THIS is
the new group that was formed on Thursday evening (28th January)
to save Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre from closure.
new working party - comprising business, council and tourism chiefs
- was appointed during a meeting attended by almost 60 people
at the Town Council Chambers. More...
hurt in road accident
were the scenes in East Huntspill this evening (Thursday) after
a woman was cut free from a vehicle that crashed into a ditch.
ambulance and three fire crews were called to New Road, close
to the entrance to Secret World, at 7.38pm. A female casualty
inside a blue Chevrolet Kalos was suffering from neck pain.
arrested in murder probe
27 year-old Highbridge woman has been arrested and charged with
perverting the course of justice by police officers dealing with
the investigation into the murder of Burnham-On-Sea man George
Lawson (pictured) on Christmas Eve. A police spokesman said she
had been released on police bail, pending further enquiries. More...
cost of removing pool revealed
cost to the tax payer of removing Burnham-On-Seas beach
paddling pool will be almost £10,000, it was revealed by
Sedgemoor District Council on Thursday (January 28th). We
reported in December that the council had made the decision to
remove the crumbling pool mainly due to health and safety
bidders to be revealed
The future of Burnham-On-Seas Princess Hall will take
a step forward next week when the list of firms in the running
to take over it will be revealed. Sedgemoor District Council is
expected to announce the firms who have submitted bids as part
of the commercial competition to manage it. More...
travel award for Sanders
STAFF at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll
are celebrating this week after hearing the garden centre has
been recognised for its sustainable travel initiatives. Mark Horler,
Deputy Manager, accepted a Smarter Travel Management Award from
Somerset County Council's transport team. More...
peril for seafront drivers!
County Council's highways team has this week launched a high-profile
project to disuade motorists from stopping to load or unload along
parts of Burnham's seafront. Hundreds of new yellow vertical stripes
have been painted along The Esplanade's kerbs to warn about parking
photos: Town marks Holocaust
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's
Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Wednesday (January 27th)
to commemorate World Holocaust Day. The
service was conducted by the Hope Baptist Church Minister Reverend
Andrew Jackson, assisted by Reverend Christine Judson of St John's
centre meeting tonight
A WORKING party of local tourism bosses is
to be formed tonight (Thursday 28th January) when talks to save
Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre from closure get underway.
The new group is expected to be created at a meeting to be held
in the council chambers at 7pm. More...
jailed over teenage sex
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been jailed for having sex
with a 15-year-old girl he met using a mobile phone text messaging
service. The matter only came to light when the girl visited Brian
O'Sullivan, 23, of Vardy Court, last year and missed her train
home to Wales
- prompting a visit by a member of her family. More..
family thank public
THE family of a popular Burnham-On-Sea hairdresser
who was attacked earlier this month have thanked the public for
their support. Peter Noad, owner of Peter's Hair Stylists on Cross
Street, was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol after suffering
serious head injuries on January 14th. More..
opens in town on Friday
FINAL rehearsals are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's
annual pantomime, which opens to the public on Friday (January
29th). Burnham and District Panto Society will be performing Aladdin
at The Princess in Burnham until February 6th. Performances are
being held at 7pm and 3pm. More..
pub staff found by police
SECURITY investigators have this week joined local police
in carrying out a check of door staff working at pubs and clubs
in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean. The operation was conducted after
police had received intelligence that door staff were working
illegally in the area. More...
farm boss defends plans
Exclusive: THE boss of green energy company Ecotricity has
this week defended his plans to build a new wind farm on land
at West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea. Dozens
of residents attended a public meeting where Ecotricity formally
unveiled its plans to construct five wind turbines on land next
to Pawlett Road.
tax freeze for Burnham
COUNCIL tax bills look set to be frozen in the Burnham-On-Sea
area as Somerset County Council seeks to cut £40m from its
spending over the next year. The proposals announced on Tuesday
(January 26th) are due to be discussed at the County Council's
next Cabinet meeting in February. More...
takes place for George
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church was filled with mourners
on Monday afternoon (January 25th) when the funeral took place
of George Lawson, the 20-year-old who was murdered in the town
on Christmas Eve. The service took place at St Andrew's Church
with a huge congregation. More...
fans head to Brean Rally
BIG crowds of motor racing fans are expected to converge on Brean
this weekend when more than 70 rally teams take part in the village's
annual car rally. Brean Leisure Park will host the popular K&R
Mitsubishi Stages Rally on Saturday January 30th and Sunday January
causes town disruption
Exclusive: A BUSY road
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea was closed for a second day on
Monday (January 25th) after resurfacing work was held up by a
motorist who ignored warning signs and parked their vehicle along
the street. Businesses along Adam Street suffered a second day
of disruption due to the roadworks.
golf expansion proposals
A NEW golf clubhouse and 12 new jobs are set
to be created at Brean Leisure Park. The owners have submitted
a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to renew
an existing proposal for the leisure site - a single-storey golf
clubhouse featuring a bar, dining area and club shop. More...
dance classes start in town
NEW series of dance and fitness classes for children and adults
has launched in Burnham-On-Sea this month. DanceFit is a new venture
run by qualified dance and fitness professional Victoria Roberts.
The firm offers 'Boogie Babies' and 'Boogie Boppers' classes plus
chief visits town hospital
Deahl, Chairman of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial
Hospital, was joined by Ian Tipney, the Chief Executive of NHS
Somerset, for a special visit to the facilities this week as the
hospital's £740,000 refurbishment continues to progress
well. He saw the facilities. More...
raise £620 for Haiti
of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club raised more than £600 for
people affected by this months earthquake in Haiti last
week. The volunteers were at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll
to help raise funds to send out 'ShelterBoxes' to the homeless
in the quake-affected areas of Haiti. More...
set to re-open this week
HUGE £56,000 project to replace every tile in Burnham-On-Sea's
swimming pool has been completed and the facilities are scheduled
to re-open this Thursday (January 28th). Burnham
Swim and Sports Academy's pool in Berrow Road has been closed
since mid-December and final work is now underway for this week's
centre group to be formed
A WORKING party of local tourism bosses is
to be formed later this week as talks to save Burnham-On-Sea's
Tourist Information Centre from closure get underway. The new
group is expected to be created at a meeting this Thursday evening
(28th January) when it is held at the town council chambers. More...
accolade for St John cadet
A St John Ambulance cadet from Burnham-On-Sea
became Somerset's Cadet Of The Year on Sunday (January 24th).
year-old Lucy Westlake competed against eleven other cadets from
across Somerset during a selection event held at the South West
Ambulance Station in Taunton. More...
start to town fishing season
two cod were the only fish reeled in by more than 20 anglers during
Burnham-On-Sea's first sea fishing competition of the year on
Sunday (January 24th). Organised by Burnham Boat Owners Association,
the event was well attended by a flotilla of ten boats.
injured in A38 accident
FEMALE motorist was rushed to hospital with suspected spinal and
neck injuries following an accident in Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Sunday morning (January 24th). Four fire engines plus police
and ambulance crews, were called to the A38 at 6.55am after a
car collided with a tree.
seized by Highbridge police
HIGHBRIDGE police have seized five cars and made four arrests
in their continuing fight against drug dealing and anti-social
use of motor vehicles in the town. The figures were revealed by
Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police at the latest Highbridge PACT
(Police and Communities Together) meeting. More..
restaurant shuts down
A RESTAURANT and bistro in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has
shut down after falling victim to a downturn in trade. Crowdy's
Bistro in College Street closed after its owners, Sam
and Steven Crowden, pulled
the plug on the business. The site was previously home to French's
cafe, which shut in December 2008.
awards night in photos
120 people from carnival clubs across Somerset gathered for Burnham-On-Sea's
annual carnival presentation ceremony on Friday evening (January
event, held at Brean Leisure Park, saw more than 40 trophies and
cups handed to the winners of last November's procession by Carnival
Queen Jessica Rogers.
pedal for quake victims
GROUP of 20 Burnham-On-Sea cyclists got on their bikes to raise
cash for Haiti's earthquake victims on Friday evening (January
year-old pensioner Arthur Gilbert was among the group of West
Country Triathletes taking part in the fundraising event at King
Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge.
hold fundraising car wash
at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding a fundraising
car wash on Saturday January 23rd and Saturday February 6th. Payment
will be by donation, and the fundraisers will also be selling
refreshments during the event at the RNLI station in Pier Street.
awards for tourist centre
has been showered on the tourist information centre based at Sedgemoor
Services on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea, after it scooped
three prestigious awards. The centre, run by Somerset County Council,
has been ranked ninth out of 302 Tourist Information Centres.
plans receive £3k boost
PROPOSALS to introduce a new CCTV camera
in the centre of Highbridge have been given a boost this week
following the donation of £3,000 to the project. Highbridge
County Councillor John Woodman handed over the money from his
county council community fund to Sgt Ian Kennett, watched by Jason
out mud-clogged play area'
of parents and children are unhappy that a brand new £140,000
play area which opened in Highbridge last month has been turned
into a muddy quagmire and are calling for action from the district
long-awaited revamp of Apex Parks play area was completed
24 hours for town fire crew
rushed to Burnham-On-Sea hospital on Thursday morning (January
21st) after several fire alarms sounded. One engine was called
to the War Memorial Hospital in Love Lane at 8.20am to investigate,
but it all turned out to be a false alarm - press spokesman Paul
Slavin told Burnham-On-Sea.com. More..
store opened in town
food giant Subway has opened its new High Street store in Burnham-On-Sea
this morning (Thursday, January 21st). The business opened to
the public at 21 The High Street following a £140,000 investment
by Burnham-On-Sea franchise holder Mike Bond and his son Lee.
gym gets a new look
gym has started the new year with a £50,000 refurbishment.
The first phase of Fit 4 All's modernisation, which was completed
last week, consists of the replacement and upgrade of all the
resistance and strength equipment at the Love Lane facilities.
over boundary proposals
has expressed his shock at "misguided" proposals to
split up the boundary lines between council seats across the Burnham-On-Sea
area. Cllr Chris Williams believes the initial proposals from
the UK Boundary Committee have not been properly considered. More...
fears for hospital funding
MP this week demanded that hospital charity donations must not
become regarded as part of general NHS budgets. David Heathcoat-Amory
made the comments during a debate in the House of Commons, where
he drew attention to Burnham Hospital. More...
raise funds for Haiti
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are rallying round to raise money
for those affected by last week's devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Members of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club will be at Sanders Garden
World on Thursday (January 21st) and Friday (January 22nd). More...
break in Burnham-On-Sea!
police station will be the centre of a jail break next money to
help raise money for a Weston charity. The event, in aid of Weston
Hospicecare, takes place on February 27th and 28th with the aim
being to get as far away from Burnham as possible within 24 hours.
seafront hotel on sale
seafront hotel in Burnham-On-Sea has gone on sale with a guide
price of £750,000. The Royal Clarence at 31, The Esplanade
has gone on sale due to the ill health of its owners. The property
was Burnham-On-Sea's first hotel and is believed to have been
built in 1796. More...
cycle route moves closer
A new cycle route between Brean and Weston-super-Mare moved
a step closer this week when council planners gave approval to
the path. Sedgemoor District Council approved the renewal of a
planning application for a change of use of land at Diamond Farm
in Brean for it to become part of the national cycle network.
service returning to normal
SOMERSET Waste Partnership is continuing to catch up on missed
waste and recycling collections in the Burnham-On-Sea area following
the recent cold snap. The group's contractor, May Gurney, is putting
all available resources into catching up with the backlog and
gave us the latest situation. More...
show tickets go on sale
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to coverge
on King Alfred School in Highbridge on Tuesday February 9th when
an annual fashion show and sale is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea
Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the event will raise money
for several local charities.
club appeals for helpers
carnival club is seeking volunteers with electrical and mechanical
experience to help out with this year's float. Hillview Juvenile
Carnival Club won its class during the 2009 season with its 'Gee
Wizz' entry and now it needs new helpers as work begins on its
new float for 2010. More...
crash victim is named
victim of Sunday morning's head-on crash in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea,
has been named by police. Eighty year-old Bryan Green, from Brean,
died when his car, a Honda Civic, collided with a Land Rover Discovery
in Barton Road at 10.44am. Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed
to the scene.
remains in hospital
WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea hairdresser is continuing to be treated
in hospital for head injuries following an incident in the town
last week. Peter Noad, who runs Peter's Hair Stylists in Cross
Street, was taken to Frenchay Hospital following what police called
a "serious domestic incident." More...
trade testers sought
VOLUNTEERS aged between 14 and 16 are being sought
in the Burnham-On-Sea area by Somerset County Council's Trading
Standards team to help enforce laws relating to the underage sale
of age-restricted products such as cigarettes, alcohol and fireworks.
Youngsters are needed for the checks. More...
Burnham book launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week been presented
with a new book featuring the colourful history of the town's
community centre in Berrow Road. Written by Veronica Richardson,
the archivist of Burnham's University of the Third Age, the book
was handed to the MP. More...
visits Burnham PC group
LIBERAL Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa
Munt visited the Burnham Area Youth Centre during one of the group's
regular computer sessions on Friday (January 15th). She also was
given a tour of the building and heard about the various clubs
that use it. More...
killed in crash horror
A MOTORIST was
killed in a horror crash in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday
morning (January 17th). A Land Rover Discovery and a Honda Civic
collided head-on in Barton Road, as pictured above, just before
11am. Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene, including
an air ambulance. More...
tackles road potholes
five specialist pothole teams are being deployed by Somerset County
Council to tackle potholes after the end of the big freeze. One
effect of the icy weather is to raise the surface of the road
slightly and when the freeze ends, the road's foundations return
to their level. More...
unveils expansion plans
A HOTEL near Burnham-On-Sea is set to grow if council
planners approve its expansion plans. The Fox and Goose Inn on
the Bristol Road in Brent Knoll has submitted a planning application
for a two-storey extension. If
approved, the new wing would form additional bedrooms. More...
rally ready to roar again!
of burning rubber and the sound of screeching tyres will be in
the air at Brean later this month when dozens of teams take part
in the village's annual car rally.
Brean Leisure Park will host the popular two-day K&R Mitsubishi
Stages Rally on January 30th and 31st. More...
sessions for tourist firms
SEDGEMOOR District Council will be holding a free
training event for caravan and holiday park operators in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on health and safety issues. The event, on March 2nd at Brean
Leisure Park, is being organised by the Health & Safety Executive
seriously hurt in attack
A MAN aged in his 60s was today (Friday) in hospital
with serious injuries following an assault in Burnham-On-Sea.
It comes after officers rushed to a "serious domestic incident"
in Jaycroft Road at 4.40pm on Thursday. Police said a man was
taken to Frenchay Hospital.
after bus shelter attack
A MAN has been arrested following an attack on
this bus shelter in Highbridge on Friday (January 15th). The 48
year-old was arrested after a tip-off from residents when a window
in the Bank Street shelter was smashed. The man was charged with
criminal damage. More...
bird watch flies into town
STAFF at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea are
this month backing the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds'
(RSPB) latest campaign to record sightings of gardeners' feathered
The team at Sanders Garden World are supporting the Big Garden
pool project nears completion
A MAJOR £50,000 project to replace every tile in Burnham-On-Sea's
swimming pool is nearing completion this week. The
refurbishment of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy's pool in Berrow
Road started last December and is on track to be completed later
this month despite several setbacks.
service award for PCSO
A BURNHAM-On-Sea police officer has been presented with a long
service award this week after 22 years on the beat. Inspector
Roger Tolley presented PCSO Andy Dancy with his Police Long Service
Ribband. Andy has been a dedicated servant to the public in Sedgemoor
for the past 22 years.
closure delayed by snow
A TWO week closure of a busy route between
Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow has been postponed due to the wintry
weather. Somerset County Council had announced that Berrow Road
would be shut to all traffic from Monday January 11th between
Links Gardens and Ash Tree Road.
D-Day for tourist centre
of Burnham-On-Seas Tourist Information Centre looks set
to be decided at a new meeting being held later this month. Last
week's wintry weather led to the postponement of a meeting in
Burnham, but the rearranged meeting will be held on Thursday 28th
January at 7pm in the town council chambers in Jaycroft Road.
Day event to be held
will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market
Street on 27th January to commemorate World Holocaust Day. The
service at 12 noon will be conducted by the Hope Baptist Minister
Reverend Andrew Jackson, assisted by Reverend Christine Judson
of St. John's Church Highbridge. More...
to open next week
giant Subway will open its new High Street store in Burnham-On-Sea
next week. The sandwich shop will open to the public during the
week commencing January 18th, it confirmed. Subway franchise holder
Mike Bond told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Final work to renovate
the building is underway." More...
arrests after burglary
three arrests in Highbridge on Tuesday (January 12th) after an
alleged assault and burglary at a home in the town. Police were
called to Worston Lane at just before 2pm on Monday following
a break-in and an alleged attack on an occupant. Three from the
West Midlands were later arrested. More...
drama in Berrow
crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle
a garage blaze in Berrow on Tuesday evening (January 12th). Two
fire engines from Burnham and a water carrier from Bridgwater
were sent to Monkstone Drive at 9.15pm. On arrival, the crews
confirmed the garage was well alight.
cash for Coast Road
calendar is helping to raise hundreds of pounds towards Berrow's
campaign for a much-needed path alongside a busy road. Hundreds
of copies of the 2010 calendar have been sold to help finance
the long-running battle for a new path alongside Coast Road. More...
path cleared on seafront
residents has used shovels, brooms and sacks of grit to clear
a pathway through the snow and ice along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade.
Many walkers have been unable to safely use the seafront following
last week's heavy snowfall, which left it in a treacherous condition.
raise £3k for charities
students at Highbridge's King Alfred School raised more than £3,000
during their recent Rag Week and have this week handed over the
funds to local good causes - Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance,
Guide Dogs for the Blind and BIBIC. One student, Millie Taylor,
who helped oversee the event, met representatives to present their
shares of the money. More...
acoustic band in Burnham
Ritz Acoustic Club will play host to popular Irish acoustic rock
group The FOS Brothers later this month. Featuring Belfast-born
brothers Dave and Sam McCrory, plus West Country percussionist
Rom Dobbs, the band were a hit at Burnham's FolkFest 2008 and
in court over town murder
23 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man appeared in court today (Monday)
accused of the murder of a 20 year-old on Christmas Eve. Adam
Lapthorne appeared at Exeter Crown Court accused of the murder
of George Lawson, 20, (pictured) of Abingdon Street, Burnham.
Freeze disruption eases
to return to normal across Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (January 11th)
as the big freeze showed signs of easing. While scores of schools
across Somerset remain closed for a third successive day, those
in the Burnham-On-Sea area were all re-open. More...
in compensation claim
is to make a bid for financial compensation from the South West
Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) following its decision last
year not to award the town £750,000 of funding towards the
modernisation of the town centre. He added that Somerset County
Council did not want to deliver the Civic Pride scheme. More...
photos of Burnham's snow
snow has blanketed Burnham-On-Sea
with a layer of the white stuff. Burnham-On-Sea.com's readers
and contributors have been out across the area, capturing the
scenes and fun on film. This special photo gallery records some
of the wintry weather across the Burnham area. More...
charity's snow relief work
from Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB have been helping
carers and ambulance crews to reach patients across Somerset during
the severe weather. On Wednesday, BARB's 4x4 trucks were used
to transport a local doctor and a community nurse on their rounds.
return stolen bicycles
bicycles that were seized by Burnham-On-Sea police last month
went on show on Saturday (January 9th) as officers tried to reunite
the bikes with their rightful owners. The bikes went on display
during a special open day held at Burnham Police Station during
the day. More...
celebrates birthday in style!
teenager celebrated her sixteenth birthday in style this week
with a special performance by a top music group. Amy Stacey's
birthday, held at Lakeside Holiday Park, followed the format of
MTV's Super Sweet Sixteen Party. Mother Karen organised for top
music group KIG to perform at the event. More...
raises pylons in Commons
MP raised controversial proposals to build a new line of electricity
pylons across the Somerset Levels pylons in the House of Commons
on Thursday (January 7th). David Heathcoat-Amory's question was
answered by David Kidney, an energy minister. More...
donations may be returned
of pounds of money donated towards the cost of repairing Highbridge
Town Clock will have to be returned in three months' time unless
the work goes ahead in the meantime. Town Clerk Eileen Shaw revealed
£2,000 may have to be returned in April. More...
and house damaged in blaze
was destroyed in a blaze in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon
(January 7th). Fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to
the scene in Martins Close at 3.35pm. As the crews arrived they
found the fire had started to spread to two nearby bungalows.
welcomes YMCA move
have this week welcomed the news that a council-run home which
provides emergency accomodation for homeless people and families
in Highbridge is to be transferred to the YMCA. Duncan Harvey
of Sedgemoor District Council discussed the plans at the latest
council meeting. More...
Burnham from above
stunning photos of Burnham-On-Sea were shot by an aerial photographer
on Thursday (January 7th). Jeff Thomas took the 'birds eye' photographs
of the wintry Burnham area from a microlight 1,500 feet above
the town. "It was a stunning view," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
bridge shut by black ice
black ice prompted police and highways bosses to closed this usually
busy bridge in Highbridge on Thursday evening (January 7th). With
temperatures plunging to minus seven degrees Centigrade, the bridge
besides Highbridge Railway Station was shut temporarily. More...
over dumped body of fox
carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were
shocked to find the body of this dead fox had been dumped on their
doorstep on Wednesday (January 6th). Its tail had been cut off,
a hunting tradition, and it had been stamped on, according to
the charity's Pauline Kidner. More...
snow hits Burnham
swept into Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Wednesday (January
6th), closing schools and leaving slippery conditions for motorists.
and roads were again left in a dangerous state as several inches
of snow fell on the town - closing many schools.
destroyed in 'suspicious' fire
engine from Burnham-On-Sea was called to tackle this dramatic
car blaze in West Huntspill on Tuesday evening (January 5th).
Firefighters used a water jet to extinguish the fire on the A38
Main Road, but the vehicle could not be saved from being destroyed.
over £50k roof repairs
to the roof of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's roof will
cost over £50,000 it emerged this week. Cllr Dennis Davey
told a town council meeting on Monday evening that that the roof
of the main Council Chamber needs to be replaced and modernised
- but at a cost of £53,500. More...
for Xmas lights winners
entries in Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition
received their awards this week. A panel of judges from the town
council toured both towns during December to decide on the best
Christmas lighting displays and on Monday, the winners received
their awards. More...
flurries sweep into Burnham
swept into Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Tuesday (January 5th),
blanketing the area and leaving slippery conditions for motorists.
Pavements and roads were again left in a dangerous state as the
wintry snap continued. Police warned motorists to take extra care.
seek to return stolen bikes
want to reunite stolen bikes with their rightful owners in the
Burnham-On-Sea area. It comes after officers seized 15 bikes from
a property in Burnham last month following a search. The bikes
were identified as having been stolen and, although five have
already been reunited with their owners, ten are still waiting
refurb nears completion
latest phase of Burnham-On-Sea hospital's £740,000 refurbishment
has been completed over the past week. A
new men's ward, The Arnold Pople Ward, is now occupied and the
new Ward Entrance and Nurses' Station (pictured right) is also
operational. Within a few days the hospital kitchen will be moving
to a new location.
groups receive cash boost
groups and clubs from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have begun
2010 with a financial boost, thanks to the town council. Representatives
from each of the organisations were handed cheques by Mayor Derick
Cooper on Monday evening (January 4th). More...
safety alert issued for area
icy weather has frozen lakes, rivers and ponds across the Burnham-On-Sea
area, prompting a safety warning from Somerset fire brigade. These
were the scenes at Apex Park in Highbridge on Monday (January
4th) as temperatures sank to minus 7 degrees Centigrade overnight.
tennis player impresses
Burnham-On-Sea tennis player has been praised after coming runner-up
in a regional tennis tournament. Johnnie Bougourd, 7, is the newest
member of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy and competed
in the annual David Lloyd Tournament. More...
breaks out over pylons
ROW has broken out in Burnham-On-Sea over controversial plans
to build a new line of 150ft tall electricity pylons across the
Somerset countryside. Liberal
Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has expressed her
"deep disappointment" that MP David Heathcoat-Amory
did not bring up the matter when he spoke in parliament last week.
weather causes accidents
conditions led to two serious accidents in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Saturday morning (January 2nd). The A38 through Pawlett
was closed for several hours after an accident, caused by black
ice, blocked the road.
Police, fire and ambulance crews from Burnham were at the scene
during Saturday. More...
panto tickets on sale
have gone on sale for Burnham-On-Sea's annual pantomime. The Burnham
and District Panto Society will be performing Aladdin at The Princess
Hall in Burnham town centre from Friday January 29th to Saturday
Evening performances will be held at 7pm and 3pm each day. More...
Xmas trees for charity
in Burnham-On-Sea can have their Christmas tree collected and
recycled while raising money for a good cause. Well-known Burnham-On-Sea
charity fundraiser Keith Mitchell is organising the tree recycling
service in aid of Scope, a UK disability organisation. More...
guide to 2010 in Burnham
wishes all its readers a happy and prosperous 2010. With a brand
new year upon us, we've gathered together all the key dates of
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's leading events for the next twelve
months so you can update your new diary and calendar. More..
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