January 2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

2010 News Archive

Mark completes gruelling climb
In 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. More...

Residents fight take-away
Exclusive: 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...

New audio book service starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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. More...

Double celebration for cafe
Exclusive: 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...

Awards for town army cadets
MEMBERS 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...

Icy scenes on local beaches
SUB-zero 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. More...

Vandals target town centre cars
Exclusive: 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. More...

Top award for St John cadet
HIGHBRIDGE 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. More...

Rugby players in VIP city visit
YOUNG 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. More...

New residents group formed
POLICE 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...

Woman in court over 'glassing'
A 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...

£670 raised at RNLI car wash
MORE 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. More...

Potato festival gets underway
VISITORS 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. More...

Snow readiness stepped up
A 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...

New owner saves Pontin's jobs
THE 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...

Church project gets £25k boost
Exclusive: 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...

Town card shop to close down
A 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. More...

Stab victim 'recovering well'
A 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. More...

Holocaust ceremony held in town
A 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. More...

Top water ski racing to return
Exclusive: 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 week. More...

Huge flock of Dunlins snapped
A 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 25th). More...

£54k boost for sports facilities
SKATERS 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. More...

Social club's fortunes revived
HIGHBRIDGE 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 facility. More...

Bike marking service launches
CYCLISTS 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 way. More...

Join RSPB Birdwatch this week
GARDENERS 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...

29p a week tax hike for towns
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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 tax. More...

Secretary of State visits Hinkley
THE 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. More...

No last-minute library reprieve
RESIDENTS 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 libraries. More...

MP: 'Cut back free bus passes'
PEOPLE 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 government. More...

Busy town route to close
Exclusive: 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...

Brean Rally: Peter wins again!
THE 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. More...

Olympian and TV star visits town
OLYMPIC 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...

Latest action from Brean Rally
PETER 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...

School issues Swine Flu warning
Exclusive: 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 21st). More...

Electrical fault caused blaze
AN 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...

Evening of anecdotes on offer
AN 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...

Caitlin heads to England trials
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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 competition. More...

New florist opens in Burnham
A 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...

MP hears Hinkley concerns
MP 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). More...

Police divers in search of river
POLICE 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 Huntspill. More...

First phase of park finished
THE 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. More...

Fashion 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
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Sue running for late husband
A 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...

Drugs and arcade fears raised
TACKLING 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...

Prestigious title for advisor
A 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...

CCTV appeal after shop theft
POLICE 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...

Prestigious title for advisor
A 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...

Oops! Beach drama for BBC crew
BURNHAM-based 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...

400 new homes get council backing
PLANS 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...

Club's cushions help patients
MEMBERS 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 Hospital. More...

Commons speaker makes visit
OVER 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...

Car smashes into bungalow
Exclusive: 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. More...

Vandals target cars and homes
Exclusive: 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. More...

Jazz club's ball raises £1,600
OVER £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 Hotel. More...

It's panto time in Burnham!
FINAL 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 5th. More...

Huge mudflats plan unveiled
PROPOSALS 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. More...

Stabbing: Man in court today
A 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...

GCSE success at town school
STUDENTS at King Alfred School have this week been celebrating success as they received the results of November’s 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...

Michael Eavis in library protest
GLASTONBURY 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...

Telegram and gift for Royals
THE 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...

Dot, 71, plans parachute jump!
A 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...

RNLI hold fundraising car wash
VOLUNTEERS 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. More...

Moose party boosts charity
MEMBERS 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'. More...

Second arrest after town assault
POLICE 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. More...

Carnival is set to move to Friday
THE 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...

Brean Rally countdown begins
THE 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...

Man, 37, critical after town assault
Latest: THESE 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...

Carnival awards night success
OVER 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. More...

In photos: Wassailing events
THE 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. More...

TV chef opens new show home
TV 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. More...

Door-to-door seller arrested
Exclusive: 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...

Cutbacks 'delay pothole repairs'
Exclusive: 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...

Circus 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...

Police warning after 10 break-ins
Exclusive: 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...

Oops! Kettle causes fire alert
STEAM 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. More...

51 new homes draw objections
Exclusive: 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...

22lb cod caught near Burnham
A 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. More...

Animal Farm plans rejected
Exclusive: 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. More...

MP praises drug rehab centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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. More...

Royal street party is planned
HIGHBRIDGE 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. More...

School posts 2% fall in GCSEs
HIGHBRIDGE'S 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 year. More...

RSPCA calls out rescue boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

£38k grant saves town's toilets
Exclusive: 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...

Music stops here for trader
A 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 shopping. More...

Holocaust Day to be marked
A 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...

Top award for town photographer
THIS 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. More...

£15,000 plan to save library
TOWN 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. More...

Council plans for more snow
EXTRA 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. More...

Former Mayor 'improving well'
A 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...

Woman rescued from beach mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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. More...

Town groups given £3k boost
MORE 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 (January 10th). More...

Xmas winners receive awards
THE 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. More...

Man 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 children. More...

Tree 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. More...

Mark 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...

30 swans released back into wild
Photo 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 Burtle. More...

Petition calls for library re-think
Exclusive: 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. More...

Martial arts gala in Brent Knoll
MARTIAL 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 Royal Marines based in Taunton. More...

Council to consider ice complaints
Exclusive: 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. More...

Bike shop's future secured
A 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...

Ambulance staff won't strike
AMBULANCE 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 Western Ambulance Service. More...

Free tree giveaway for groups
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...

Jazz event for Afghan Heroes
A 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 January 14th. More...

Residents' shock at arcade plans
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in 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. More...

Burnham motorists face delays
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Pupils 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.
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Town police to hold meeting
HIGHBRIDGE 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 at 7.30pm in the St John Ambulance Hall in Bank Street Car Park. More...

Cllr 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 cuts
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Beach to be turned into film set
Exclusive: 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 January. More...

Save 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...

Fresh hopes for Pontin's staff
TEN 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. More...

Don't shut library, council urged
DOZENS 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...

Free 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. More...

Higher 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...

Busy New Year for town police
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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. More...

Piled-up 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...

Swan 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...

Seldom-seen 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...

Explore 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 Mary’s Church in Berrow is holding an Alpha Course, focusing on the basics of the Christian faith, from later this month. More...

Have your say on library plans
RESIDENTS 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...

Met 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...

Fresh 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...

Get 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...

Anglers 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...

In photos: Burnham Jingle Run
ALMOST 100 fun runners braved chilly temperatures to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' this morning (Sunday, January 2nd). The popular event is usually held before Christmas, but was postponed last month during the town's heavy snowfall and wintry weather. More...

Wassailing 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...

Parking 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...

Brrr-acing 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. More...

Revellers 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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