January 2012 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

New £4m animal hospital planned
A NEW multi-million pound wildlife hospital and education centre is set to be built near Burnham-On-Sea to help animals and provide practical experience for trainee vets from across the UK. On Tuesday, Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre launched a 'Call of the Wild Appeal' to raise £4.4 million. More...

Power costs 'over-estimated'
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a line of new power pylons through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed a new independent report published on Tuesday that showed National Grid has greatly over-estimated the costs of burying the cables underground. More...

Scout leader denies allegations
FORMER Burnham-On-Sea Scout leader David Burland has told a court this week that the allegations against him are a "complete invention". David Burland, 54, is standing trial accused of carrying out 33 sexual offences during the course of a 23-year period. More...

Protesters issue photo challenge
CAMPAIGNERS fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have this week released a new photomontage showing how the controversial turbines will tower over the countryside - and they have challenged the developers to produce their own image. More...

Princess opens new box office
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre is opening a brand new box office facility and cafe this week. The new box office launches this Wednesday (February 1st) to help the public with booking tickets. The facility will be open from 10am-3pm a few days a week. More...

£5,000 boost for good causes
RESIDENTS of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac who transformed their homes into a Christmas wonderland featuring thousands of fairy lights have collected over £5,000 for two local charities. The residents of Trinity Close this week handed over the proceeds to the charities. More...

Seaside trip for China visitors
A GROUP of Chinese students made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week when they experienced the seaside for the first time. The students from China and Hong Kong - who are studying in Wells - were invited to visit Highbridge's Churchfield School and then visited Burnham. More...

Spots and stripes raise £344
PUPILS at Highbridge's Churchfield School swapped their normal green uniforms for spots and stripes on Friday (January 27th) to raise cash for the RNLI. The pupils joined the lifeboat charity's nationwide SOS fundraising day by dressing in Spots Or Stripes. More...

Gritters out in force this week
SOMERSET County Council's gritters will be out in force in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the next few nights as temperatures are predicted to plunge below freezing. The Met Office says temperatures across Somerset could drop as low as -8c. More...

Crews tackle bungalow blaze
TWO people have been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Monday, January 30th). Firefighters used breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze in the bungalow in Burnham's Balmoral Drive at 10.40am. More...

Counterfeit money alert in town
Exclusive: BUSINESSES and residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to watch out for counterfeit bank notes circulating in the town. The managers of a Chinese restaurant in the town centre were shocked to find they had accepted a counterfeit £20 note on Friday (January 27th). More...

27lb cod caught by town angler
ONE of the heaviest cod to be caught in the Burnham-On-Sea area for almost ten years was reeled in by this fisherman on Sunday (January 29th). Local boat angler Terry Garrett landed the bumper 27lb 2oz specimen after launching from Burnham beach in ideal conditions. More...

Busy road closed from today
A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea road is scheduled to temporarily shut to all traffic for ten days from today (Monday, January 30th) while long-awaited safety improvements are made. Stoddens Road is closing to allow safety changes to be made by Somerset County Council. More...

Brownies get first aid badges
A GROUP of Berrow Brownies have completed their first aid badges after receiving expert advice from local St John Ambulance volunteers. Two of the team from Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance have attended the group's meetings over several weeks. More...

Brean Rally: Peter wins again!
THE turbo-charged team of Peter Lloyd and Carl Sorenson have won Brean's Rally for a fourth consecutive year - the first rally team to ever do so. The race aces were in blistering form as they led the event throughout the two days of action at Brean Leisure Park. More...

Rail station gets dash of colour
THE platform at Highbridge railway station has been given a dash of colour this week by artistic youngsters from the town's Dreamscheme. Children from Highbridge Dreamscheme, helped by members of Highbridge In Bloom, have refreshed the showcases. More...

MP joins power line protest
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among more than 100 residents who joined a protest today (Sunday) aimed at putting pressure on National Grid to bury a controversial 400,000 volt electricity line underground. Campaigners met on the outskirts of Burnham ahead of an expected announcement by National Grid. More...

Free trees available to 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 up to 100 saplings to community groups in the town. More...

Winter weather warning
THE Met Office has issued a severe weather alert for the south west, including Burnham-On-Sea, warning of potential snowfall on Sunday and Monday. The 'yellow alert' states: "Rain pushing in from the west is expected turn to snow on the leading edge with the potential for accumulations." More...

Over £700 raised at car wash
MORE than £700 was raised for the RNLI during a fundraising car wash at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on Saturday (28th January), the first of two such events. Ninety vehicles were washed by the station's volunteers over the course of four hours, raising £712. More...

Rugby victory is celebrated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club's Under 12s team have been celebrating a regional tournament. The team travelled to Yeovil’s Ivel Barbarians to take part in their 2012 Festival of Rugby Tournament, competing against seven other quality teams from across the area. More...

Brean Rally led by 2011 winner
PETER Lloyd and Carl Sorenson are on course to become the first team to win the Brean Rally for four years in a row. The speedy duo were leading the rally at the end of Saturday's first day of racing at Brean Leisure Park in their Subaru Impreza. Day two of the rally will be held on Sunday. More...

School wins athletics contest
PUPILS from a Burnham-On-Sea school were celebrating on Friday (January 27th) after winning the Sedgemoor Area Primary Sports Hall Athletics Competition. Held at Chilton Trinity Sports Centre, six local schools were involved in a series of sporty events over the course of the day. More...

New hospital leaflet published
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have this week published a new edition of their information leaflet. This updates the blue and red leaflets that have been in circulation in recent years and gives a brief history of the hospital plus examples of the facilities it has funded. More...

RSPB Birdwatch underway
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to get involved in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) latest campaign to record sightings of gardeners’ feathered friends this weekend. Sanders Garden World is taking part. More...

Thieves steal history plaques
Exclusive: MEAN metal thieves have struck again in Highbridge, stealing three historical plaques. Three of the distinctive, oval-shaped blue plaques like the one pictured here have been removed from walls across the town, angering residents and members of the Highbridge War Memorial Trust. More...

Big Brother winner visits club
THE winner of last year's Big Brother reality TV series made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (January 27th). Aaron Allard appeared at Burnham's Skye Bar in The High Street with fellow contestant Faye Palmer during a promotional visit. More...

In photos: Holocaust ceremony
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Friday (January 27th) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service, which was led by members of the town's clergy and the Mayor. More...

RNLI charity car wash today
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual fundraising car wash today (Saturday, 28th January) and on Saturday 4th February. Each car will be carefully soaped using professional car wash chemicals in return for donations. More...

Chinese New Year celebrated
PUPILS at Berrow Pre-School and the reception class at Berrow have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week. Youngsters from the foundation stage learned all about the colourful oriental traditions and enjoyed a Chinese banquet during the celebrations on Thursday. More...

TV's Big Brother winner in town
THE winner of last year's Big Brother reality TV series will be in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday, January 27th). Aaron Allard will appear at Burnham's Skye Bar in The High Street with fellow contestant Faye Palmer during a promotional visit and a Big Brother themed party night. More...

New town clock is ordered
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S long-awaited new town clock has been purchased following the completion of a successful £17,000 fundraising campaign. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has this week praised the generosity of the many businesses and residents who have come forward to give donations. More...

Holocaust ceremony today
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Friday (January 27th) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the service at noon, which will be conducted by members of the Highbridge clergy. More...

Long delays coming off M5
COMMUTERS faced long delays coming off the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Thursday). Queues of vehicles stretched back almost two miles along the northbound carriageway after a horse box broke down, blocking one lane of the slip road. More...

Pier in row over demolition order
Exclusive: A row has broken out between the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's famous Pier and Sedgemoor District Council over whether a conservatory built at the front of the property should be demolished. The council has issued the UK's shortest pier with an Enforcement Notice. More...

MP hits out at 'spoiling tactics'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at the 'spoiling tactics' of a group of MPs who caused a parliamentary bill proposing the UK's clocks move forward by one hour to fail because it ran out of time. The Daylight Saving Bill has received its third reading. More...

Brean Rally starts on Saturday
THE smell of burning rubber and the sound of screeching tyres will be in the air at Brean this weekend when dozens of cars take part in the village's annual car rally. Brean Leisure Park is hosting the 16th annual popular Mitsubishi Rally on Saturday January 28th and Sunday 29th. More...

An un-frog-ettable fundraiser!
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens are encouraging residents to hop onto their latest fundraising initiative. The Friends of Marine Cove have adapted the seafront gardens' colourful logo into a knit-your-own frog pack which is proving a hit! More...

1p a week tax increase proposed
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week proposed that council tax bills in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge should increase by just one pence a week to help residents feeling the financial pinch. Members of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee proposed implementing a 'standstill' budget. Mor...

Police praise residents' goodwill
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have praised residents for their 'goodwill and understanding' during last Friday's explosives investigation in the town. Scores of residents were evacuated around Beatty Way when a 100-metre exclusion zone was put in place around a property where explosive substances were found. More...

In photos: Burnham panto to open
FINAL tickets are available for Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society's annual show, which opens this Friday evening (January 27th). The group will be performing Sleeping Beauty at The Princess Theatre between Friday January 27th and Saturday February 4th. More...

Pylons axed by National Grid
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for an unpopular 400,000 volt power line through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed the news that a similar scheme in Lincolnshire has been turned down. Plans for the 50-mile line of pylons have been scrapped, raising hopes of the same action her. More...

Substances posed 'risk to life'
THE amount of explosives found in the shed of a Burnham-On-Sea man's home was allegedly enough to cause structural damage up to 50 yards away and posed a significant risk to life, a court was told this week. Philip Leonard, pictured, faces four charges after the police raid last Friday. More...

New park set to be completed
A MAJOR project to create a new public park in Burnham-On-Sea is due to be completed later this year despite delays caused by wet weather, it was confirmed today (Tuesday). Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in 2010 on the work to transform the former Rosewood Farm landfill site into a new park. More...

'Boy was forced to watch porn'
AN alleged child sex abuse victim was forced by former Burnham-On-Sea scout leader David Burland to watch a pornographic film, a jury heard on Tuesday (January 24th). Mr Burland, 54, is accused of 33 sexual offences against children aged under 16 during his time in the post. More...

MP backs Holocaust memorial
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week signed a 'Book of Commitment', pledging her backing to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust. This Friday, 27th January, marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. More...

Dance club reaches 10th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BAY Club Dancers are planning a number of special performances to celebrate the group's tenth anniversary. The club is to perform in Burnham and Highbridge over the next few months to mark the birthday and the Queen's Jubilee and London Olympics. More...

MP calls for gambling curbs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has called on the Prime Minister to force gambling firms to show fewer TV ads due to their aggressive publicity techniques. Tessa Munt asked for David Cameron's backing when she posed a question during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House Of Commons. More...

Stuck horse freed from rhyne
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a trapped horse from a rhyne in Highbridge on Monday evening (January 23rd). Crews from Burnham and Weston were called to Pople's Bow in Highbridge where the distressed animal was found in a muddy ditch. More...

Music marathon raises £800
A MUSIC marathon held at a Highbridge church throughout Saturday (January 21st) more than £800 for a local youth project. The 12-hour event in St John’s Church included music from more than 20 performers, including organ players, choirs and local bands. More...

Councils raise Hinkley fears
CONCERNS with transport, tourism and accommodation are just some areas that need to be improved in EDF Energy’s planning application for a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea. That's the view of Somerset County Council, issued on Monday. More...

Scout leader's trial begins
THE trial of a former Burnham-On-Sea scout leader accused of committing a string of sex offences started today (Monday). David Burland, 54, denies 33 charges including indecent assault, sexual activity with a child, indecency and exposure. He allegedly subjected three boys and a girl to a series of abuse. More...

Explosives raid: Man in court
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man accused of making explosives appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on Monday (January 23rd). Philip Leonard, from Beatty Way, faces four charges of making explosive substances for unlawful purposes between 31 December ands january 21st this year. More...

Crews called to Highbridge fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a property in Highbridge this afternoon (Monday, January 23rd) after smoke was seen emerging from the building. Two fire engines from Burnham were called to Marconi Drive at 1.54pm when the smoke was seen emerging from the building. More...

Explosives raid: Man charged
POLICE named and charged a 36-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man with offences under the Explosives Act on Saturday night (January 21st). Phillip Leonard has been charged with four offences of making explosives following the search by army and police in Beatty Way on Friday. More...

Half-term circus set to return
ROLL up, roll up! Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World is to welcome back a popular circus during February's half-term holiday week. Paulo’s Circus Americano, one of the country’s best known circus troupes, will be hosting shows at the centre from February 11th for a whole week. More...

Residents praise evacuation
ALMOST 50 residents who were evacuated from their homes during Friday's explosives incident in Burnham-On-Sea used an emergency rest centre set up in the town. Burnham Community Centre was converted into the rest centre by Sedgemoor District Council - and many praised the authority. More...

Teenager escapes jail term
A TEENAGER who smashed into a car carrying three children, causing his own car to overturn, has escaped a jail term. Christopher Seabourne, 19, of Trevenna in Mark admitted dangerous driving during an appearance at Taunton Crown Court on Friday. More...

Explosives raid: Cordon lifted
A property in Burnham-On-Sea which was at the centre of an explosives raid by police yesterday (Friday) has been declared safe. The property in Beatty Way was declared safe shortly after 10pm on Friday night following a search by police and the army bomb disposal team. More...

Town music marathon today
A MUSIC marathon is to be held at a Highbridge church today (Saturday, January 21st) to raise money for a local youth project. The 12-hour event begins at 10am at St John’s Church. It will include music from more than 20 performers throughout the day to raise cash. More...

Job cuts to save council £500k
SOMERSET County Council has revealed details of how it will make in excess of £500,000 in savings in senior management costs. The Council announced on Friday afternoon (January 20th) that two corporate directors and a service director will leave the Authority by April. More...

Bomb drama delays recycling
SOMERSET Waste Partnership says that some recycling collections in Burnham-On-Sea were unable to be made on Friday due to the discovery of explosives at a home in the town. The incident in Beatty Way resulted in a large area being cordoned off with no immediate end in sight. More...

Video: Army bomb disposal
THIS exclusive video coverage from the scene shows army bomb disposal experts at the scene of Friday's drama in Burnham-On-Sea. The explosives raid unfolded in the town's Beatty Way during Friday and seventeen people were evacuated from around the home. More...

In photos: Police explosives raid
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com takes a close look in photos at how the explosives raid unfolded in the town's Beatty Way throughout Friday. Seventeen people were evacuated from homes around the property as police and army bomb disposal teams investigated the incident. More...

Explosives find 'not terrorism'
Latest: A man has been arrested and an area around a home in Burnham-On-Sea has been sealed off by police after they executed a search warrant under the Explosives Act. Officers set up a 100-metre cordon around the property in Beatty Way following the raid at 7.45am. More...

Man held in explosives drama
Latest: A man has been arrested and an area around a home in Burnham-On-Sea has been sealed off by police after they executed a search warrant under the Explosives Act. Officers set up a 100-metre cordon around the property in Beatty Way following the raid at 7.45am. More...

Sport Relief Mile comes to town
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday 25th March. As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active and raise cash for good causes across the world. More...

Fears on influx of Hinkley staff
TOWN councillors have expressed concerns regarding the potential impact that extra construction workers at the proposed Hinkley Point C will have on Burnham-On-Sea's resources. EDF's planned development of a new nuclear power station is a worry for some. More...

Future of clothes store in doubt
THE future of a clothing shop on Burnham-On-Sea's High Street has been thrown into question this week after the nationwide clothing chain went into administration. A notice appeared in the window of Peacocks' Burnham High Street store on Thursday (January 19th) after administrators were appointed. More...

New hours for library confirmed
OPENING hours at Burnham-On-Sea library are to be increased from February 6th, it has been confirmed this week. Somerset County Council is reinstating the opening hours of its libraries following a legal ruling regarding last October's reduction of the opening hours. More...

Town club's £500 donation
DORSET and Somerset Air Ambulance have been presented with £500 this week from members of Burnham and District Model Railway Club. Railway club member John Langley visited the charity's headquarters in Wellington to present the cheque to the group. More...

Music marathon this weekend
A MUSIC marathon is to be held at a Highbridge church this weekend to raise money for a local youth project. The 12-hour event begins at 10am on Saturday (January 21st) at St John’s Church. It will include music from more than 20 performers including choirs and bands. More...

UFO mystery or just stars?
Exclusive: TWO mysterious UFOs have been spotted over the skies of Burnham-On-Sea. According to a leading UFO website, two brightly lit objects were sighted over the town on Wednesday evening, 11th January. The sighting of the lights was made at around 5.45pm. More...

£30k solar plans submitted
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new £30,000 solar energy farm on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre have been formally submitted this week. The town council has raised a planning application to introduce the solar panels on the building's south-facing roof. More...

Pond repaired after fish killed
REPAIR work is underway at Burnham-On-Sea's recently-opened Marine Cove gardens after several fish died in the pond over the past week. Sedgemoor District Council, which manages the seafront gardens, called in a specialist firm this week to investigate the problems. More...

In photos: St John awards night
SCORES of well-deserved awards were handed out to members of Highbridge and Burnham St John Badgers and Cadets during the group's annual presentation night on Tuesday evening (January 17th). Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke were among the guests. More...

Man wins cut in jail term
A HIGHBRIDGE man who stole £27,000 of shopping vouchers has had his jail sentence cut from 20 months to 12 months at the Court of Appeal in London (pictured). Jamie Neil Short, from Main Road in Highbridge, was jailed at Taunton Crown Court in October last year. More...

£700 raised for arts festival
A SPECIAL fundraising matinee screening of the critically-acclaimed movie Mamma Mia has been hailed a success, having raised over £700 for the Highbridge Festival For The Arts. Dozens of people attended the screening in the Ritz Cinema on Monday afternoon. More...

Somerset time zone proposed
A TORY MP has proposed that Somerset should have its own time zone, with its clocks running up to 15 minutes behind the rest of the UK. Jacob Rees-Mogg has put down an amendment to a Commons bill arguing for Somerset to be able to set its own time locally. More...

PM hears local transport fears
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP met the Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday (January 16th) to raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by residents in the area - including concerns about public transport. Tessa Munt met with David Cameron in Downing Street. More...

Safety boost at crash blackspot
Exclusive: LONG-awaited safety improvements are to be made to an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea following a series of car crashes. Stoddens Road will be closed from January 30th for ten days to allow the county council to make a number of changes to the sharp bend near the BASC sports ground. More...

Swimming fundraisers sought!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club seeking volunteers to take part in a fundraising swimming event in February. The Swimarathon is being staged at Brean Splash on Sunday February 5th, starting at 9am, with the proceeds going to several local and regional charities and good causes. More...

Night rescue drill for crews
HELICOPTER, Coastguard and lifeboat crews have practised rescuing people from a boat during a night-time training exercise in Burnham-On-Sea. An RAF Sea King helicopter flew in to take part in the drill, which also involved the Arco Dart dredger in the River Parrett. More...

New jobseekers club to launch
JOBSEEKERS in Highbridge will soon be able to draw on the support of a new job club launching in the town. Sedgemoor Community Partnership at Morland Hall in Highbridge is to host a new weekly Job Club from February 16th with the support of Homes in Sedgemoor. More...

Country theme for Moose party
DOZENS of members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge gathered for the group's annual Governor’s Party on Saturday evening (January 14th). Held in Berrrow Village hall, this year's event had a country and western theme and the members were entertained. More...

Sponsorship deals announced
TWO Burnham-On-Sea football teams have shown off their new kits this week after clinching new sponsorship deals. Burnbridge Wanderers Under 11s are being sponsored by Haven's Burnham Holiday Village and the Under 11s also have a new Burnham-On-Sea backer. More...

Euro issues debated by MEP
SIR Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament for the South West, was the special speaker at a dinner in West Huntspill on Saturday (January 14th). Over 40 members and supporters from the Branch came, including Burnham and Highbridge MP Tessa Munt, attended. More...

Wind farm visit is offered
WIND farm developer Broadview Energy is inviting residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to see at first-hand one of its existing wind farms in operation. The invite comes from the firm behind the plans to develop the proposed Pilrow wind farm at Rooksbridge, near Burnham. More...

Hate crime help service starts
POLICE in Somerset have this week launched a new service to make it easier for victims of hate crime to come forward. A new system of third party reporting has been introduced that means victims of hate crime can report an offence to the police via several agencies. More...

Brean on route of new data link
Exclusive: A MAJOR project to lay a new multi-million pound fibre optic cable underneath the Atlantic from Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, to Canada has begun. The high-speed data link between Brean and Halifax in Nova Scotia is being laid as part of a $300m project. More...

Race team gear up for season
A HIGHBRIDGE-based Formula 2 sidecar racing team hopes to fulfill their dream of winning the British Championships in 2012 with the help of a new sponsor. Dean Nicholls and Anne Garnish hope to follow up their hugely successful debut season in 2011 with another winning season. More...

Mamma Mia fundraiser today
A FUNDRAISING movie screening will be held today (Monday, January 16th) in aid of Highbridge Festival Of The Arts. The Ritz Cinema in Burnham's Victoria Street is to hold an afternoon screening of the critically-acclaimed Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters. More...

Solo artist heads to Burnham
POPULAR solo artist Graham Parker returns to the Burnham-On-Sea area for two peformances this week. During a mini-tour, he is playing in Bristol and Cardiff later this week before headlining Brent Knoll's Westcroft Cider Farm Wassail on Saturday (21st January). More...

Floristry course to start in town
A UNIQUE five-part course focusing on wedding floristry is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea later this month. The hands-on 'Essential Wedding Flowers' course will give those attending the ability to make a range of popular wedding flower designs and decorations. More...

Big crowds flock to wassailing
BIG crowds turned out to watch the centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing - when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year - near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (January 14th). Organisers from Burnham Rotary Club and Rich's Cider teamed up to hold the ceremony. More...

Mystery film to be shot on Down
Exclusive: BREAN Down is to be turned into a film set next month when the rocky outcrop becomes the focus of a mystery movie. The film, called 256 Steps, will be shot on location on the Down over three days during early February. The fictional film will be a wartime tale with a modern twist. More...

Street party guidelines issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents who are planning to hold street parties during this year's Royal Jubilee celebrations are being urged to plan ahead. Sedgemoor District Council has this week issued guidance on what permissions and licences will be required - and the timescales involved. More...

Club takes tennis into schools
THE coaches from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club made a special visit to two local schools this week to introduce youngsters to the sport. Head Coach Vinny Duddy and Club Coach Craig Phillips visited Berrow School and Burnham-On-Sea Infants School. More...

Ceremony held at new school
A CEREMONY has been held this week to mark the start of the final phase of a major £4.6m project to build a new 420-pupil school in Highbridge. As pictured here, a topping out ceremony was held at Churchfield School on Thursday (12th January) as the last stage of the work began. More...

50th blood donation praised
A BURNHAM-On-Sea blood donor has this week been praised for notching up his 50th donation. Nick Wynn was presented with a gold award by the NHS to mark his milestone. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I feel proud to have donated 50 times and intend to carry on giving." More...

Pupils win garden competition
PUPILS at East Huntspill Primary School have won a competition organised by Sanders Garden World and Cossey Produce. The school’s gardening club won the items after entering a contest organised by the Brent Knoll garden centre and the fruit and veg delivery service. More...

Countdown to wassailing fun
THE centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing - when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year - is to be held near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Burnham Rotary Club and Rich's Cider are teaming up for a ceremony on Saturday 14th January. More...

New reservoir to serve town
WORK to build a huge new reservoir which will provide water to the Burnham-On-Sea area could begin in 2016. Located in the Hythe Lane area of Cheddar, the spot was chosen after Bristol Water ruled out the other potential locations in Wookey and Axbridge. More...

Holocaust Day to be marked
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on January 27th to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the service at 12 noon, which will be conducted by members of the Highbridge Clergy. More...

Wind farm 'PR stunt' attacked
Exclusive: A campaign group fighting proposals for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea has this week labeled the developer's announcement that it is downsizing the scheme as a 'publicity stunt'. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Tuesday that Broadview has reduced the size of its wind farm. More...

U-turn on town cuts praised
Exclusive: OPENING times at Burnham-On-Sea library will be increased from next month and the threat of closure hanging over Highbridge library has been lifted, the County Council has confirmed this week. Self-serve technology is also to be introduced at Burnham. More...

Girl band to perform at dance
LOCAL girl band Triple Vision are to perform at a fundrasing Supper Dance in Berrow later this month. Berrow Community Association is organising the event in Berrow Village Hall on Saturday 28th January at 7pm. Triple Vision have attracted local acclaim in recent years. More...

Photographer of year named
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club's annual award for its top photographer of the year has been announced this week. Lesley Rands was presented with an engraved cup on Tuesday night (January 10th) after winning the most points over the past year in the club's competitions. More...

New pizza take-away to open
A NEW pizza take-away is to open in Burnham's High Street over the next few weeks. The new business, called Pizza Planet, is to be launched in place of the former Magpie Gifts shop at 63 The High Street. The business has applied for permission to display signage. More...

Town crash victim is named
A Highbridge pensioner who died after losing control of his vehicle and colliding into a garden wall has this week been named. The 80-year-old man was rushed to hospital following the accident in Lower Seagry, near Chippenham. Police said that the man's Ford Fiesta left the road on 30th December. More...

Poetry contest launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to join a poetry challenge this month. People aged 18 and over are being invited to submit a poem of 250 words or less about what they like most about the county of Somerset. The poem should be about Somerset's rich history, personalities or coastline. More...

Police appeal over sex offender
A paedophile who has been held in secure hospital units for more than 45 years has gone missing - for the third time - and could be in our area, police have warned this week. Convicted child sex offender David Marker, 75, vanished from a hospital unit in Taunton on Monday. More...

Mayor delivers cash boost
FOURTEEN local groups have this week received cash hand-outs from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. Mayor Michael Clarke presented the cheques to representatives from each of the groups during Monday's monthly town council meeting at the council chambers. More...

Wind farm plans reduced in size
ENERGY firm Broadview has this week announced that its proposed wind farm at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, is to be reduced in size from six wind turbines to four. Initial assessments had indicated that the site may be suitable for a wind farm of six turbines. More...

In photos: Xmas lights awards
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition received their prizes and awards on Monday (January 9th). Town councillors Ken Smout, Dennis Davey, Pat Burge and Tom Nicholls visited dozens of displays in the towns before Christmas. More...

Last chance to halt bus cuts
THE last chance for residents and bus passengers to have their say on plans to axe several bus services in the Burnham-On-Sea area comes this Friday. Somerset County Council's consultation that began on 12th December ends on 13th January. Two well-used services are earmarked to halt. More...

Risque charity calendar on sale
STAFF at a shop in Burnham-On-Sea became models for a day when they posed for a risque charity calendar. The team at BOS Interiors visited a studio in the town to capture a series of amusing, scantily-clad images - as pictured on the right - in aid of Cancer Research. More...

£500k of drugs seized in raid
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have been involved in a major drugs raid in which more than half a million pounds of cannabis plants have been seized. The raid in Burtle was executed early on Friday morning (January 6th) after police received intelligence from a police helicopter using its thermal imaging camera. More...

Hannah is county's top cadet!
BURNHAM and Highbridge St John Ambulance Cadet Hannah Dowell has been named Somerset Cadet of the Year for 2012. Hannah, 15, spent Sunday (January 8th) at the County St John Headquarters in Bridgwater where she competed against cadets from across Somerset. More...

Pensioner hurt on Brean Down
A PENSIONER suffered injuries during a fall on Brean Down on Sunday (January 8th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an ambulance crew were called to the Down at 9am after the elderly man stumbled over while walking along the outdrop into the Bristol Channel. More...

BBC TV actor visits Burnham
ACTOR John Challis took a break from his pantomime work in Weston to visit Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station on Friday (January 6th). Challis - who used to play Boycie in the BBC's Only Fools and Horses - was invited to meet the station's volunteers and see the equipment. More...

New £4.6m school takes shape
Exclusive: THE final phase of a major £4.6m project to construct a new 420-pupil school in Highbridge is to begin this month. A topping out ceremony is to be held at Churchfield School on Thursday 12th January when the final phase of work gets underway. More...

Centre holds computing event
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents who are interested in finding out about computing courses at the town's Somerset Skills and Learning centre are being invited to an informal drop-in session this Tuesday morning (January 10th) at the adult learning centre in Princess Street. More...

RNLI announces car washes
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual fundraising car wash on Saturday 28th January and Saturday 4th February. Each car will be carefully soaped using professional car wash chemicals and cleaning materials in return for donations. More...

Bus firm defends fare increase
BUS fares for travellers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been increased by First Bus as the firm deals with 'increasing pressures' on its finances. Adult single and returns have increased by 10-55 pence, while child single and return fares have also risen. More...

£35m check-up for Hinkley
HINKLEY Point B's second nuclear reactor is back to full power after a planned period of maintenance. Reactor 4, which had been shutdown since 14th October for its three-yearly inspection and maintenance check-up, was synchronised to the National Grid on 4th January. More...

Pensioner killed in crash
A Highbridge pensioner has died this week after losing control of his vehicle and colliding into a garden wall. The 80-year-old man was rushed to hospital following the accident in Lower Seagry, near Chippenham. Police said that the man's Ford Fiesta left the road on 30th December. More...

MP's surgeries move to cafe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has moved her monthly surgeries into the informal surroundings of a town centre cafe. Tessa Munt held her monthly meeting with several residents on Friday morning (January 6th) in Mr Beans cafe in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street for the first time. More...

Car destroyed in village blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a car fire in the village of Mark on Friday morning (January 6th). Two fire engines from Burnham were called to Vole Road at 11.38am after a nearby resident spotted a large amount of smoke issuing from the vehicle in the area. More...

Swan hurt after hitting spikes
THIS swan was rescued by wildlife carers in Highbridge this week after it slammed into the spikes of a metal fence. East Huntspill's Secret World was called to help the bird - the charity's first casualty of 2012 - when it hit the sharp spikes at a factory site, injuring itself. More...

School expansion wins approval
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to expand Burnham Infants School have been given a green light by town councillors this week. A new single storey extension comprising an additional classroom, cloakroom and toilet facilities has been proposed by Somerset County Council's education department. More...

Cove team seek garden tools
THE group of volunteers who are maintaining Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is to hold a 'gardening tool amnesty' later this month. The Friends of Marine Cove has appealed to residents to donate unused or unwanted gardening tools for use in maintaining the recently-opened facilities. More...

Cash boost for town groups
FOURTEEN local groups are to receive cash windfalls from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. The council has announced the names of the groups and clubs which it is giving donations to over the coming year. They will share almost £2,000 from the council's grants budget. More...

Boost for towns' library users
OPENING times at Burnham-On-Sea library could soon be increased and the threat of closure hanging over Highbridge library could also be lifted after a report this week recommended that a series of library cutbacks should not go ahead. Council officers have recommended that a series of cuts not go ahead. More...

New milkshake cafe to open
A NEW cafe specialising in milkshakes is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre shortly. Final preparations are being made for the opening of Milshakes 'n' More in Abingdon Street. The new business aims to be open around the year, catering for residents and visitors. More...

Second day of gales hit town
BURNHAM-On-Sea was hit by a second day of severe gales on Wednesday, as 60mph gusts and heavy rain swept in. This street light outside the Bay View cafe on Burnham seafront was one of several to be damaged during the storms, requiring the county council to repair it. More...

Police congratulate Pam
POLICE across the region have this week congratulated Pam Whitehead, an Enquiry Office Advisor from Burnham-On-Sea Police Station, who was awarded an MBE in this year's New Year's Honours list for her services to the constabulary over the past 38 years. More...

100 fined in parking crackdown
Exclusive: A crackdown on town centre crime in Burnham-On-Sea during December led to police issuing more than 100 car parking tickets and arresting five shoplifters. Extra foot patrols by PCSOs and police officers were introduced in a bid to reduce town centre crime. More...

Make a beeline for new classes
A CHANCE to learn about beekeeping is being offered by the Burnham-On-Sea branch of the Somerset Beekeepers Association this month. The long-running group is running a new series of six beginners classes over six weeks, starting from January 19th, at Highbridge's King Alfred School. More...

Recycle your Christmas tree!
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling service aimed at gardeners has this week been launched at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World. The centre is giving people across the Burnham-On-Sea area the chance to recycle their fresh tree for free - and then collect the remains later if required for compost. More...

Charity seeks unwanted gifts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Weston Hospicecare charity shop has this week appealed for donations of unwanted Christmas gifts and winter clothing. The shop in College Street has been given a number of donations in recent days, ranging from toys to jewellery. More...

Gales blow roof off lorry
GALE force winds swept through the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Tuesday), blowing the roof off this lorry on the M5 motorway and causing other damage. The 60mph winds took the roof off this Co-Op lorry on the northbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Highbridge. More...

Fears raised over gossip website
CONCERNS have this week been raised about a social networking website on which pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School are making offensive comments about each other and staff. The 'Little Gossip' website allows people to post offensive comments, which users can then rate as true or false. More...

MP's shock over SWEDA cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt says she is "shocked" that Somerset Partnership NHS has completely cut its financial support for Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA), which supports members with eating disorders across the Burnham area. More...

Community party held in town
DOZENS of residents living in Burnham-On-Sea's Grove, Marlborough Court and Gardenhurst areas celebrated the start of 2012 with a community party. Over 100 residents gathered together on New Year’s Eve for the event at Burnham's Avenue Tennis Club, as pictured here. More...

Weather warning issued
RESIDENTS across the south west - including Burnham-On-Sea - have been warned to expect severe gales and heavy rainfall on Tuesday (January 3rd). The Met Office has issued an 'amber warning' and predicts winds gusting up to 60mph and heavy rain will sweep across the area. More...

Wassailing tradition lives on!
THE centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing - when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year - is to be held near Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Burnham Rotary Club and Rich's Cider Farm are teaming up to hold a ceremony on 14th January from 7pm. More...

Tickets on sale for pantomime
TICKETS have gone on sale this week for the Coastline Players' annual pantomime performance in Brean. The award-winning group will be performing 'The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe' in Brean Village Hall from Monday 13th February until 18th February at 7.30pm each day. More...

Cooker blamed for Pontins blaze
Update: THE official investigation into a major fire which left five people hurt at Brean's Pontins holiday park early today (Monday) has concluded that it was started accidentally. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, five people were treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at 2.14am. More...

Five hurt in Pontins blaze
FIVE people were treated for smoke inhalation early today (Monday) after a major blaze destroyed a group of chalets at Brean's Pontins holiday park. Seven fire crews were across the region were called to the holiday park in South Road at 2.14am after eight chalets were on fire. Fire engines from Burnham, Bridgwater and Avon Fire and Rescue were called. More...

In photos: New Year Sea Dip
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 charity sea dip. Four swimmers took part in the sponsored event next to Burnham jetty to raise funds for hovercraft charity BARB. More...

Two arrests after drugs raids
Exclusive: POLICE have arrested two people and seized a large quantity of cannabis during two drugs raids in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the past few days. In the first raid on Thursday (December 29th), officers found a purpose-built cannabis tent at a house in Rooksbridge. More...

Town police seek bike's owner
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police are appealing for the owner of this mountain bike to come forward. The bike was stolen in the early hours of Boxing Day, between 2am-3am, from the Winchester Park area of Burnham, including Exeter Close and Gloucester Road. More...

Burnham celebrates New Year!
NEW Year revellers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have celebrated the start of 2012 at events across the area. Pubs and clubs held a number of events to mark the start of the new year. Our photos show some of the people who joined in the celebrations at the Royal Artillery, Pier Tavern, S&D and Dunstan. More...

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