2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2010 News Archive
completes gruelling climb
Video: BURNHAM-On-Sea businessman Mark
Woods has told of his "exhaustion" and "elation"
at completing his climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to
raise money for local charities. In the video above, which was
filmed in the crater of the mountain, Mark, who runs Watermark
Financial Solutions in Burnham High Street, explains the many
challenges he faced.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a former
antiques shop into a food take-away in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
have this week been strongly opposed by town councillors and residents.
It centres around the former Castle Antiques shop, which is located
in Victoria Street. More...
audio book service starts
and Highbridge library members can now download hundreds of audiobooks
for free following the launch of a new online library service
this week. The service is being provided to library users across
Somerset by a consortium of South West libraries.
celebration for cafe
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant
are enjoying a double celebration this week after re-opening their
business following a £7,000 refurbishment and receiving
a top accolade. Cottage Cafe in College Street has been given
an overhaul. More...
for town army cadets
of Burnham and Highbridge Army Cadet Force have this week been
celebrating their achievements of the past year at their annual
awards night. There were numerous successes for the unit to celebrate,
from a whole range of activities carried
out during 2010. More...
scenes on local beaches
temperatures left these wintry scenes on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea
area over the weekend. A layer of ice was left along the high
tide line stretching between Burnham and Brean Down, as pictured
here, after temperatures fell to -4°C overnight.
target town centre cars
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after several cars in the
centre of Burnham-On-Sea were attacked by vandals over the weekend.
Eight cars in Abingdon Street were targeted on Saturday night
(January 29th), with wing mirrors being smashed and damaged.
award for St John cadet
and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadet Holly Mackman has been presented
with the highest award a cadet can achieve. During the group's
annual presentation evening, held last week at the group's HQ
in Bank Street, Highbridge, she was handed the Grand Prior Award.
players in VIP city visit
Burnham-On-Sea rugby players have made a special visit to Bristol
Rugby Club where they paraded around the Memorial Ground before
a top-flight match. A total of 119 players and parents from Burnham
Rugby Club boarded two coaches for the Memorial Ground.
residents group formed
in Highbridge are seeking volunteers from the Highbridge Quay
area of the town to come forward and join a new local residents
group. Police are setting up the new group to help residents address
local issues and improve community life
in their area of the town. More...
in court over 'glassing'
HIGHBRIDGE woman who allegedly glassed a 16-year-old boy in the
face will appear in court on Tuesday (February 1st). Lisa-Marie
Plummeridge is accused of throwing an empty pint glass at the
youth following an exchange outside a kebab shop
in the town centre. More...
raised at RNLI car wash
than £670 was raised for the RNLI when volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea
lifeboat station held their annual fundraising car wash on Saturday
(29th January). Over 70 vehicles were carefully soaped using professional
car wash chemicals and cleaning materials.
festival gets underway
to Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll can this weekend (January
29th and 30th) learn all about spuds and the benefits of growing
them during the centre's annual Potato Weekend. This is the 10th
year the Potato Weekend has been held at the centre.
readiness stepped up
NEW mobile road salting spreader is to be introduced in Burnham
and Highbridge, along with extra grit bins, in a bid to reduce
the impact of heavy snowfall causing disruption in the two towns
in future. The Town Council is increasing its readiness for more
heavy snowfall. More...
owner saves Pontin's jobs
jobs of hundreds of staff at Brean's Pontin's holiday park have
been saved with the announcement that the company has been bought
by Britannia Hotel Group. Administrator KPMG announced on Friday
(January 28th) that Pontin's five parks, where were put into administration
last November, have been saved. More...
project gets £25k boost
A major £70,000 project to introduce more cost-efficient
heating at a West Huntspill church has received a huge grant boost.
St Peter and All Hallows Church has been awarded £25,000
from environmental firm Viridor and work is now progressing quickly
on the project. More...
card shop to close down
GREETINGS card shop in the centre of Highbridge is set to close
down next month after struggling to compete against supermarkets.
Ace of Cards in Market Street will shut for the final time soon
after Valentines Day, its owner Beryl Scott has said this week.
victim 'recovering well'
MAN who was stabbed in Highbridge earlier this month is making
a good recovery, his family have said this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported earlier this month how 37 year-old James Hobbs
had been attacked outside Charlotte Court on January 15th.
ceremony held in town
SHORT service took take place at Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue
today (Thursday) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. The Mayor,
residents and local councillors attended the ceremony, which was
organised by members of Highbridge's War Memorial Trust.
water ski racing to return
Dozens of the UK's top water skiers will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea
this spring when a round of the UK's national water skiing championships
is held. Over 50 water skiers will be action during the two-day
spectacle over the Easter weekend, it has been announced this
flock of Dunlins snapped
LOCAL wildlife photographer captured this busy scene at Brean
this week when a flock of several thousand wading birds passed
through the area. Paul Bowyer photographed the flock of around
5,000 Dunlins at high tide on Brean's shoreline on Tuesday (January
boost for sports facilities
and footballers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are celebrating
after two community sports projects were given a £54,000
boost. Sedgemoor District Council's Grants Awards Sub-Committee
has approved bids to improve community facilities in the towns.
club's fortunes revived
Social Club has bounced back from the brink of closure with growing
membership numbers and takings. The club was under a threat of
closure for several months last year, but its committee have worked
hard to restore people's faith in what is an important community
marking service launches
in Highbridge can now get their bikes security marked at a cycle
shop in the town centre. Police are working in partnership with
Skidmarx Cycles in Church Street to provide cyclists with the
opportunity to get their pedal cycles marked in a police approved
RSPB Birdwatch this week
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to support
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' (RSPB) annual event
to record sightings of wild birds. The charity's annual Big Garden
Birdwatch will be held this coming weekend. More...
a week tax hike for towns
residents face a 29p a week council tax hike to pay for the cost
of the Town Council taking over the maintenance of public toilets,
dog litter bins and the town's Princess Theatre from cash-strapped
Sedgemoor District Council. The Town Council's Policy and Finance
Committee met on Monday night (January 24th) to assess council
of State visits Hinkley
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne
MP, visited EDF Energy's site at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday (January 24th). Mr Huhne was taken on a tour of Hinkley
B and the site of the proposed new power plant.
last-minute library reprieve
and councillors in Highbridge have reacted with dismay to this
week's announcement by Somerset County Council that there will
be no last-minute reprieve for the town's library. The chances
of the closure-threatened library in Market Street being saved
have dimmed after the council announced plans to retain nine threatened
'Cut back free bus passes'
aged over 65 should have their free bus passes scaled back so
that the saved money could allow more young people to get to college,
Burnham-On-Sea's MP has said this week. Tessa Munt made the comments
after last week's axing of EMAs by the coalition
town route to close
A BUSY route through Highbridge is to close for a week during
February. Somerset County Council has announced that 'essential
repairs' are to be carried out on the Walrow railway bridge from
Monday Ferbruary 7th, forcing its temporary closure.
Diversions will be put in place. More...
Rally: Peter wins again!
turbo-charged team of Peter Lloyd and Carl Sorenson have won Brean's
Rally for a third consecutive year - the first rally team to do
so. The speedy duo led the rally at the end of Saturday's first
day of racing and continued their blistering form on Sunday.
and TV star visits town
swimmer and TV celebrity Mark Foster visited Burnham-On-Sea on
Sunday (January 23rd) to hold a special coaching session at the
town's swimming club. Mark, who competed for Great Britain at
the 2008 Olympic Games and appeared on BBC1's Strictly Come
Dancing, visited Burnham. More...
action from Brean Rally
Lloyd and Carl Sorenson are on course to become the first team
to win Brean's Rally for three years in a row. The speedy duo
are leading the rally at the end of Saturday's first day of racing
at Brean Leisure Park in their Subaru Impreza.
The action continues on Sunday. More...
issues Swine Flu warning
Parents of pupils at a Highbridge school have this week been
warned to keep a close eye on their children after a youngster
showed signs of suspected Swine Flu. Churchfield Primary School's
headteacher Wendy Nelder wrote to all parents on Friday (January
fault caused blaze
ELECTRICAL fault is thought to have caused a fire that destroyed
this tractor on a farm in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (January
21st). One Burnham fire crew was sent to Brent Road at 5.22am
amid reports that the tractor was alight.
It was caused by an electrical fault. More...
of anecdotes on offer
evening of amusing anecdotes from a former primary school head
teacher will be held in Brent Knoll on February 5th during a special
fundraising event. A three-course meal will be followed by an
after dinner speech by Brian Freestone, pictured, in aid of two
local charities. More...
heads to England trials
youngster Caitlin Berry has reached the final stages of the England
Squad trials that the Football Association is holding in London
this weekend. This trial is being held by The FA to select the
next batch of England U15 and U17 youth players for international
florist opens in Burnham
NEW florist's shop has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea this
week. Flowers & Things has launched in Victoria Street, replacing
previous flower shop Fleurtations, which shut down at Christmas.
Run by Julie Dean, the new shop opened on Thursday and is selling
a wide range of blooms. More...
hears Hinkley concerns
Tessa Munt has this week discussed Hinkley Point health concerns
with members of the Burnham-based group 'Parents Concerned About
Hinkley'. Tessa Munt met Jo Brown, the group spokesperson for
the long-running group Parents Concerned about Hinkley (PCAH).
divers in search of river
divers carried out an underwater search of a river near Burnham-On-Sea
on Friday (January 21st) in a hunt for dumped stolen property.
Divers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Underwater Search
Unit carried out a day-long search of the Huntspill River at West
phase of park finished
first phase of work to create a long-awaited new public park and
open space in Burnham-On-Sea has been completed this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported last year that work had begun to transform the
former Rosewood landfill site into a new public park.
show tickets on sale
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to coverge
on King Alfred School in Highbridge on Tuesday February 8th when
an annual fashion show and sale is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea
Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel, the event will help local charities.
running for late husband
BURNHAM-On-Sea woman will be running the London Marathon this
Spring in memory of her late husband. Sue Nicholls, pictured,
will be taking part in the 2011 London Marathon on Sunday 17th
April to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
She hopes to raise thousands for the charity. More...
and arcade fears raised
drug-related crime and concerns about a proposed new amusement
arcade have been voted as the top two issues for police to tackle
by Highbridge's residents during a Partners and Communities Together
meeting on Thursday (January 20th). Over
20 residents attended the open meeting. More...
title for advisor
DIRECTOR at a Burnham-On-Sea financial advice firm is celebrating
this week after being awarded the prestigious title of 'Chartered
Financial Planner' by the Chartered Insurance Institute. Alex
Turco of Positive Wealth Creation has passed 13 exams over the
past ten years. More...
appeal after shop theft
in Highbridge have issued these photos of a man they want to identify
following a theft from a shop in the town. Police think the man
may be able to help them with their enquiries into a case of theft
which occurred at the One Stop Shop in Market Street at 1.16pm
on 13th January. More...
title for advisor
DIRECTOR at a Burnham-On-Sea financial advice firm is celebrating
this week after being awarded the prestigious title of 'Chartered
Financial Planner' by the Chartered Insurance Institute. Alex
Turco of Positive Wealth Creation, has passed 13 exams over the
last decade. More...
Beach drama for BBC crew
rescue charity BARB helped the BBC when two of its vehicles got
into difficulty during filming of the BBC1 programme Casualty
on Berrow beach on Wednesday (January 19th). The BBC had given
a donation to the charity to have its crewmembers on standby throughout
the day. More...
new homes get council backing
to build 400 new homes on fields on the outskirts of Highbridge
over the next two decades have this week been given town council
backing. Councillors met to discuss their response to Sedgemoor
District Council's consultation on the future development of the
land at Brue Farm. More...
cushions help patients
of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel have this week been praised by
Weston Hospital for making dozens of cushions for their patients.
The Burnham club's President, Janet Breed, and member Rita Jolliffe
have handed over 27 breast cushions to staff at Weston General
Commons speaker makes visit
30 local people and representatives from local groups attended
a Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Community Forum at Morland Community
Hall on Tuesday (January 18th). The audience heard from Naomi
Kent, a Parliamentary Outreach Officer, who gave a tall about
the relevance of the politicians. More...
smashes into bungalow
AN elderly driver was treated for shock after losing control
of her car and crashing into a bungalow in Burnham-On-Sea this
evening (Wednesday, January 19th). Ambulance, fire and police
crews rushed to Golf Links Road just after 6.45pm when the red
Nissan Micra careered across several gardens and came to a halt
next to the front wall of the property.
target cars and homes
POLICE have stepped up patrols in Burnham-On-Sea this week
after vandals caused hundreds of pounds of damage to cars, homes
and windows. One of the victims of this week's vandalism spree
is the owner of this vehicle, who awoke on Tuesday morning (January
18th) to find her rear car window had been smashed with a brick.
club's ball raises £1,600
£1,600 has been raised for the soldiers' charity Afghan
Heroes during a jazz ball organised by a club of musicians based
in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Jazz band 'Adrian Cox and his Chosen
Six' performed at the inaugural annual black tie ball at the Webbington
It's panto time in Burnham!
rehearsals are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's annual pantomime,
which takes place later this month. Over 30 members of Burnham
and District Panto Society will be performing Dick Whittington
at The Princess from Friday January 28th to Saturday February
mudflats plan unveiled
to deliberately flood an area of coastline near Burnham-On-Sea
to create 296 acres of new mudflats have been put out to public
consultation this week. Bristol Port Authority plans to create
the new 'compensatory habitat' in 2012 on land near Steart.
Man in court today
man has appeared in court today (Tuesday) in connection with the
police investigation into a serious stabbing in Highbridge at
the weekend that has left a man in a critical condition. As first
reported here, officers were called to Charlotte Court at just
before 5.25pm on Saturday evening when a 36-year-old male suffered
serious injuries in a stabbing. More...
success at town school
at King Alfred School have this week been celebrating success
as they received the results of Novembers GCSE exams in
English and Maths. All Year 11 students took exams in November
and the results show they are on track for record GCSE results
this year. More...
Eavis in library protest
festival organiser Michael Eavis is among several well-known names
that are set to appear in a new 'Save Our Libraries' campaign
film aimed at halting the proposed closures of libraries such
as Highbridge's. MP Tessa Munt, House of Lords member Julian Fellowes,
and Anne Chisholm, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, will
also take part in the film. More...
and gift for Royals
Town Council will send a telegram and a small gift on behalf of
Burnham and Highbridge to Prince William and Kate Middleton when
they tie the knot this Spring. Town councillors agreed on Monday
evening (January 17th) they will also send a present, likely to
be a painting. More...
71, plans parachute jump!
BRAVE 71 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner is set to perform a
parachute jump to raise cash for three hospices. Dot Anderson,
a former Burnham nurse who now lives in Berrow Road, is planning
to undertake the daring tandem parachute jump with her nephew
this April. More...
hold fundraising car wash
at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual
fundraising car wash on Saturday 29th January and Saturday 5th
February. Each car will be carefully soaped using professional
car wash chemicals and cleaning materials before being rinsed.
party boosts charity
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge held their annual New Year fundraising
party on Saturday (January 15th) when hundreds of pounds was raised
for a local charity. Dozens of members attended the event in fancy
dress with the theme of 'grand hotel'.
arrest after town assault
have today (Monday) said a second person has been arrested following
a serious assault in Highbridge at the weekend which has left
a man in a critical condition. Officers were called to Charlotte
Court at just before 5.25pm on Saturday evening when a 37-year-old
male suffered serious injuries in an assault.
is set to move to Friday
Highbridge and Burnham Carnival is set to become the first event
on the annual carnival circuit in the year 2012 by being held
on a Friday night for the first time. The committee announced
their decision to move Burnham's carnival during the event's presentation
night on Saturday. More...
Rally countdown begins
smell of burning rubber and the sound of screeching tyres will
be in the air at Brean this coming weekend when dozens of teams
take part in the village's annual car rally. Brean Leisure Park
is hosting the 15th annual popular K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally
on January 22nd and 23rd. More...
37, critical after town assault
were the scenes in Highbridge today (Sunday, January 16th) as
police launched an investigation into a serious assault that has
left a man with serious injuries. Officers were first called
to Charlotte Court at just before 5.25pm on Saturday evening when
a 37-year-old male suffered serious injuries. More...
awards night success
100 people from carnival clubs across Somerset gathered for Burnham-On-Sea's
annual carnival presentation ceremony on Saturday night (January
15th). The event, held at Laburnum House in West Huntspill, saw
a total of 44 trophies and cups being handed out.
photos: Wassailing events
centuries-old Somerset tradition of wassailing - when good health
is wished on apple crops for the coming year - has been performed
at two events near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Westcroft Cider
Farm and Rich's Cider in Watchfield both held traditional events.
chef opens new show home
chef Lesley Waters opened a new show home at a housing development
in East Huntspill, near Burnham, on Saturday morning (January
15th). The celebrity chef opened the first property at Bellway's
new Church Meadow development and provided cookery demonstrations.
POLICE have praised
the quick actions of residents near Burnham-On-Sea following the
arrest of a unregistered door-to-door seller. Police were called
to East Huntspill this week after residents reported a teenager
'cold calling' at homes in the village
and surrounding area. More...
'delay pothole repairs'
POTHOLES like these on Burnham-On-Sea's
Esplanade may take longer to be repaired than in past years due
to Somerset County Council's financial cuts, it has been claimed
this week. Scores of potholes have appeared in roads across the
Burnham area in recent weeks following recent snow. More...
returns to Brent Knoll
ONE of the country's best-known circus troupes is set to return
to Brent Knoll during next month's half-term holidays. Paulo's
Circus Americano will be hosting a week of daily performances
at Sanders Garden World near Burnham from February 19th until
February 27th. More...
warning after 10 break-ins
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued a warning to
residents to check their homes are secure after a spate of ten
burglaries in just four days. Jewellery and money has been stolen
by the opportunistic burglars, who are targeting insecure homes
across the Burnham area. More...
Kettle causes fire alert
from a boiling kettle caused a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea Fire
Brigade on Thursday morning (January 13th). One engine rushed
to the Co-Operative supermarket in Southwell Crescent shortly
after 8am. Crews checked over the building as a precaution.
new homes draw objections
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build 51 new
homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been re-submitted by a property developer.
More than 15 formal objections have been lodged by residents living
near Lawrence Close, where Persimmon Homes wants to build a new
housing development. More...
cod caught near Burnham
MASSIVE 22lb 10oz cod has been landed in the sea off Burnham-On-Sea
by a local fisherman. Boat Owner Association member Steven George
from Bridgwater reeled in the catch while on his boat three miles
from Burnham-On-Sea during December, it's been confirmed.
Farm plans rejected
PROPOSALS to expand a popular tourism
attraction in Berrow have this week been rejected by district
council planners, who claim the project would adversely affect
the surrounding countryside. Animal Farm wanted to build three
attractions in time for the summer tourist season.
praises drug rehab centre
MP has made a special visit to a residential drug and rehabilitation
centre in the town this week where she praised the work of its
staff. Tessa Munt visited Somewhere House in Berrow Road, where
she met staff and clients and got to see the facilities.
street party is planned
is preparing to hold a big street party to remember as part of
this Spring's Royal wedding celebrations. Highbridge Residents'
Association is organising a street party in the town in April
to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
posts 2% fall in GCSEs
King Alfred School has seen a slight fall in its GCSE performance
over the past year, according to new government figures released
on Wednesday (January 12th). The Department for Education's Performance
Tables show a 2 per cent fall at the school over the previous
calls out rescue boat
BARB inshore rescue boat was in action on Tuesday morning (January
11th), helping the RSPCA. The boat and its crew were called to
Combwich to help animal carers reach an injured swan on the River
Parrett. A net was used to capture it, but it later had to be
put down. More...
grant saves town's toilets
THE future of Burnham and Highbridge's public conveniences
has been secured for at least another year after town councillors
this week voted in favour of spending £38,000 on keeping
them open. It comes after cash-strapped Sedgemooor District Council
said it may not be able to afford keeping public loos open in
the towns. More...
stops here for trader
LONG-running musical instruments shop in Burnham-On-Sea has begun
its closing down sale after its owner decided to shut for good
later this year. GC Music, in Cross Street, suffered its worst-ever
Christmas sales in the weather and has also been hit by online
Day to be marked
SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley
Statue in Market Street later this month to commemorate World
Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the
service at 12 noon on Thursday 27th January, which will be attended
by the town Mayor. More...
award for town photographer
dramatic picture of the sea cascading over a lifeboat and tractor
on Burnham-On-Sea beach has won a national award for a town photographer.
Mike Lang, a member of Burnham's lifeboat team, has been recognised
at the RNLI Photographer of the Year Awards.
plan to save library
councillors have this week considered a proposal to spend £15,000
on securing the future of Highbridge Library. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
proposed at a town council meeting on Monday evening (January
10th) that the money is used to keep the service open.
plans for more snow
grit bins are to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
in an effort by the town council to avoid more icy scenes like
these in the future following heavy snowfall. At a meeting on
Monday (January 10th), councillors considered their response.
Mayor 'improving well'
FORMER Burnham-On-Sea Mayor who suffered a serious heart attack
last November is 'improving greatly' it has been confirmed this
week. Cllr Eric Gill, pictured, suffered the attack at the start
of November and was rushed to Weston hospital, then Bristol Infirmary
for surgery. More...
rescued from beach mud
Coastguards, hovercrafts and lifeboats were put on alert on Monday
evening (January 10th) after a woman was spotted in difficulty
in mud on Berrow beach. The middle-aged woman was spotted by police
in a distressed state at 4.35pm almost 150 metres from the beach.
groups given £3k boost
than 20 groups and charities in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have this week received grant donations from the town council.
Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke handed out cheques
worth over £3,000 to the organisations on Monday evening
winners receive awards
winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition
received their awards on Monday evening (January 10th). Mayor
Michael Clarke handed out trophies and certificates to the winners
of the two towns' 2010 lights competition, as pictured.
arrested in sex probe
A 53-year-old man from Burnham-On-Sea has been
arrested by police in an investigation into several alleged sexual
offences. Officers have arrested the man, who has not been formally
named, as they begin a probe into several suspected offences against
recycling raises £140
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling service in Burnham-On-Sea
has raised hundreds of pounds for Cerebral Palsy sufferers. Keith
Mitchell and Victor Mitchell, pictured, have collected dozens
of Christmas trees across the Burnham area over the weekend in
aid of SCOPE.
heads off to Kilimanjaro
BURNHAM-On-Sea businessman Mark Woods is this week setting off
on an expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in honour
of his father. Mark, who runs Watermark Financial Solutions in
Burnham High Street, will be clambering up the mountain
to raise cash for three charities. More...
swans released back into wild
Special: OVER 30 swans that were rescued during last month's
wintry weather near Burnham-On-Sea have this weekend been released
back into the wild. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue
and Burnham-based BARB retrieved many of the birds on Boxing Day
after they were found to be starving on frozen-over rhynes near
calls for library re-think
HUNDREDS of residents who are concerned at the County Council's
plans to shut 20 libraries across Somerset - including the one
in Highbridge - have signed a petition calling for a re-think
about the controversial plans. Residents who arrived for a special
open day at Highbridge Library on Saturday morning (January 9th)
were urged to sign the petition.
arts gala in Brent Knoll
arts clubs in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to sign
up to take part in a high-kicking charity gala taking place in
Brent Knoll next month. The fundraising event will be held at
Sanders Garden World on February 26th in aid of the 40 Commando
based in Taunton. More...
to consider ice complaints
THE 'lethal' state of Burnham-On-Sea's icy High Street pavements
before Christmas will come under the spotlight on Monday (January
10th) when the town council considers several traders' complaints.
A number of businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have called for answers.
shop's future secured
POPULAR bicycle shop in Highbridge which was under threat of closure
is to stay open, its owners have announced. Notices promoting
a 'closing clearance sale' appeared outside Skidmarx last week,
but owners Antony and Jane Brooks have now reconsidered
their closure plans. More...
staff won't strike
services in Burnham-On-Sea will not be affected by industrial
action being planned in the West Country over the next few weeks.
South Western Ambulance Service, which operates Burnham Ambulance
Station, said it is not involved with the action planned by Great
tree giveaway for groups
schools and charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being offered
the chance to claim dozens of free young trees. Monkton Elm Garden
and Pet Centre at Monkton Heathfield near Bridgwater is offering
between 50 and 100 saplings to community groups
in the area. More...
event for Afghan Heroes
JAZZ club based in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding its
inaugural annual ball later this month and has chosen to donate
all its proceeds to the soldiers' charity Afghan Heroes. Jazz
band 'Adrian Cox and his Chosen Six' will be performing on Friday
shock at arcade plans
Highbridge have this week expressed their concern at proposals
to convert this town centre tattoo shop into an amusement arcade.
Highbridge Residents Association says it is "appalled"
at plans by a local businessman to convert Highbridge Ink in Market
Street into a new arcade.
motorists face delays
motorists face diversions and delays during a series of roadworks
over the next few weeks. Somerset County Council's highways team
has announced several road closures in the Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge area during January
and into February. More...
in world record bid
CHILDREN from across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be taking
part in a world record attempt for the most people signing and
singing at the same time next month. The national charity SignHealth
is hoping 15,000 schoolchildren, including several hundred from
Burnham, will join the event in February.
police to hold meeting
residents will be able to have their say about policing in the
town when a quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT)
meeting is held later this month. A PACT meeting is to be held
on Thursday January 20th at 7.30pm
7.30pm in the St John Ambulance Hall in Bank Street Car
attacks 'pathetic excuses'
Exclusive: A SENIOR Highbridge councillor has this week
attacked Somerset County Council for considering closing the town's
library, claiming it is breaking government guidance and making
up 'pathetic excuses'. Cllr Joe Leach is unhappy about the proposed
to be turned into film set
BERROW Beach is to be transformed into a film set later this
month when the BBC records an episode of a major primetime drama
series. A helicopter and outside broadcast unit will be used to
film the beach scenes for the BBC1 programme on Wednesday 19th
fuel costs by car sharing
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are feeling the pinch
due to this month's increases in fuel duty and VAT are being encouraged
to consider saving cash by car sharing instead. Carshare Somerset
helps drivers across the county to share local trips
and save money. More...
hopes for Pontin's staff
companies have come forward to make firm offers for holiday chain
Pontin's, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon (January 5th)
amid fresh hopes for the future of the park at Brean. KPMG said
the majority of bidders are interested in keeping Pontin's going.
shut library, council urged
of residents attended a special public consultation event in Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (January 4th) to air their views about controversial
council plans to withdraw funding for Highbridge Library. The
Council held a consultation roadshow
in the town. More...
training courses on offer
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can brush
up their first aid skills, cooking and food hygiene knowledge
by taking part in a series of free courses from later this month.
Sedgemoor Community Parntnership has received grant funding to
run the courses
over the next few months.
parking charges begin
HIGHER car parking charges came into effect across
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Tuesday (January 4th) at the
same time as a nationwide VAT increase. Sedgemoor District Council
has hiked up the charges at its car parks and street parking bays
across the two towns. More...
New Year for town police
police were kept busy over the New Year holiday weekend with more
than 70 incidents. Inspector Roger Tolley of Burnham Police told
Burnham-On-Sea.com that in the 48 hours covering Friday (December
31st) and Saturday (January 1st), they received 71 calls.
rubbish 'health risk'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their concerns
that delays in collecting rubbish and recycling are causing a
'public health hazard'. Darren Lloyd, from Bathurst Close, spoke
out amid ongoing delays in collecting recycled waste in the town
following the recent snowfall. More...
rescued by residents
TWO quick-thinking residents in Burnham-On-Sea rescued a swan
at Highbridge's Apex Park on Monday (January 3rd) after spotting
that it had got tangled up in fishing tackle. With help of passers-by,
Joy Russell and Graham Hall coaxed the bird to the shore from
the main Apex lake. More...
bird in Berrow
THE sighting of a flock of seldom-seen birds caused a flap among
twitchers in Berrow on Monday (January 3rd). A dozen Waxwing were
spotted on the outkirts of the village. The plump bird, which
is smaller than a starling, has a prominent reddish-brown crest
and a yellow tail. More...
the meaning of life!
AN OPPORTUNITY to explore the meaning of life is being given to
residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area during a unique 10-week course.
St Marys Church in Berrow is holding an Alpha Course, focusing
on the basics of the Christian faith, from later this month. More...
your say on library plans
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are this week being invited to
have their say about controversial plans by Somerset County Council
to withdraw funding for Highbridge Library. The council is holding
a public consultation exhibition at Burnham's Princess Theatre
on Tuesday (January 4th). More...
Office issues ice warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists have been
warned to expect icy road conditions overnight and into Tuesday
(January 4th) after several hours of sleet and light snow. The
Met Office forecasts temperatures will fall in the Burnham area
to -2°C, making untreated roads slippery. More...
boost for barrage plans
Exclusive: THE entrepreneur behind plans to build a multi-billion
pound Severn Barrage between Brean Down and Wales is set to meet
the government this month to discuss how to take the project forward
without government financial backing. Gareth Woodham is overseeing
the Severn Lake project. More...
your Xmas tree recycled
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling service is being launched
in Burnham-On-Sea this week, with all proceeds going to charity.
Keith Mitchell from Winchester Road will be collecting Christmas
trees across the Burnham area during the weekend of January 8th
and 9th. More...
land haul of cod
A HAUL of cod was reeled in during Burnham's first
sea fishing competition of the year on Sunday (January 2nd). A
flotilla of more than 15 boats headed out into the Bristol Channel
for the day-long contest, which was organised by Burnham Boat
Owners Association. More...
photos: Burnham Jingle Run
ALMOST 100 fun runners braved chilly temperatures
to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' this morning
January 2nd). The popular event is usually held
before Christmas, but was postponed last month during the town's
heavy snowfall and wintry
tradition lives on
THE centuries-old Somerset tradition of wassailing
- when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year
- is to be performed at two events near Burnham-On-Sea later this
month. Rich's Cider in Watchfield is organising its event on Saturday
January 15th. More...
charges rise in town
Exclusive: Car parking charges across Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge are set to rise this month. Sedgemoor District
Council hiking up the charges at its car parks and street parking
bays, including at Burnham's Pier Street Car Park, pictured here.
Parking for four hours will rise by 10p, while all-day costs will
rise 20p. More...
sea dip raises cash!
A GROUP of hardy Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers dashed
into the icy waters of Bridgwater Bay today (New Year's Day) to
take part in a bracing sea dip. Six swimmers took part in the
sponsored sea dip from Burnham beach to raise funds for rescue
hovercraft charity BARB and the Coastguard Association.
celebrate New Year
PARTYGOERS in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated the start
of 2011 long into the early hours. Local group The Ginger Hitlas
played at a sell-out concert in the Railway Inn in Burnham's High
Street, the final performance for one of its singers, Curly.
The music continued long into the early hours. More...
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