January 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Two-car crash causes delays
A TWO-vehicle accident caused delays for motorists in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Thursday, January 31st). A taxi and a car collided on the busy roundabout where Marine Drive meets Highbridge Road shortly before 4.20pm. Police and an ambulance were called. More...

New £320k town plans unveiled
Exclusive: A NEW alternative scheme has been put forward to spend £320,000 of Tesco funding on boosting businesses in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC) has submitted alternative proposals for how the development money should be spent. More...

Care home plan for town B&B
Exclusive: A FORMER bed and breakfast on Burnham-On-Sea seafront is set to be transformed into a new care home. The National Autistic Society has applied for full planning permission to turn Fernery House at 7 The Esplanade into the new facilities. More...

Olympian hands student award
AN OLYMPIC gold medallist has inspired a Highbridge apprentice at the student awards evening at Weston College. Amy Williams MBE, who won Gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada spoke to staff, employers, governors, sponsors, family and friends. More...

Cove hosts storytelling day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be marking National Storytelling Week with a special event this Saturday (2nd February). The Friends of Marine Cove, with the support of Sedgemoor District Council, will be hosting a storytelling day. More...

Concerns grow for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week said they are increasingly worried about the disappearance of a resident who has been missing for over two months. David Trebble, 51, went missing from his home in Abingdon Street, Burnham in November and has not been seen since as first reported by us. More...

Film makers gather in Burnham
FILM-makers and media creatives from across the Sedgemoor area will be gathering in Burnham-On-Sea next Thursday (February 7th). Somerset Film is holding a free networking and screening evening at the town's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Biker hurt in A38 accident
A MOTORCYCLIST suffered 'serious' injuries in a collision on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning. Police were called to Biddisham shortly before 7.30am where the motorbike and a coach had collided. A male motorcyclist suffered a leg injury. More...

Club in plea to find new home
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has this week issued an urgent plea for help after discovering it will soon be homeless. The long-running club looks set to lose its existing premises in Highbridge, leaving it with nowhere to build this year's float
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Tourism tax 'would hurt town'
Exclusive: GOVERNMEMT proposals to allow local authorities to impose tourist taxes could harm the tourist industry in the Burnham-On-Sea area, it has been claimed this week. MPs have recommended that town councils should be able to introduce a 'tourist tax'. More...

Film screening raises £740
A SPECIAL film screening in Burnham-On-Sea has raised more than £700 for the Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Over 100 people attended the charity presentation of 'The Best, Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street, Burnham. More...

Charity fashion show tomorrow
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday evening (January 31st) when a popular annual fashion show is held. The event is organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club. More...

MP welcomes boundary decision
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed a decision by the House of Commons today (Tuesday) to halt proposals to redraw constituency boundaries across the UK. MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept changes made by peers, meaning the planned shake-up will be postponed until 2018. More...

Frustration over repair delays
Exclusive: FRUSTRATION over the continuing wait for "vital" play area safety improvements in Highbridge has this week prompted town councillors to consider recruiting their own project manager to get the work done. They are unhappy that Sedgemoor District Council has delayed the work. More...

Pub named best in Somerset
DELIGHTED regulars and staff at a pub near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after it was named Somerset's Pub of the Year 2013 by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the prestigious county award for the first time. More...

Storm raises local flood risk
GALES and heavy rain could lead to more flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week, the Met Office has warned. A 'yellow warning' has been issued for heavy rain and strong winds today (Tuesday) as the latest set of stormy weather sweeps through our region. More...

Citizen course is announced
YOUNG people in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to sign up to take part in the Government's new flagship personal and social development programme. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a scheme which offers 16 and 17 year olds life experiences. More...

Builders waste dumped on beach
Exclusive: Sedgemoor District Council is investigating how several tonnes of builder's waste has appeared on Berrow beach in recent days. Several beach walkers have been shocked to find discarded bricks, breeze blocks, earth and even wooden stakes with exposed nails, as pictured here. More...

New tourist website launches
THE community group that runs Burnham's Tourist Information Centre has this week launched a new information website. The new BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) website includes accommodation and attraction listings plus a calendar of events. More...

Club unveils new town HQ
HIGHBRIDGE'S Monarchs Gymnastics Club celebrated the official opening of its new premises in the town on Sunday (January 27th). The long-running club opened its brand new HQ at Unit 1B in Brue Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate during a special open morning. More...

Torrential rain raises flood risk
Updated: TORRENTIAL rain could lead to more flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week, the Met Office has warned. A 'yellow warning' has been issued for heavy rain and strong winds this afternoon and evening (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday). More...

Workshop for older motorists
A WORKSHOP is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this week offering expert advice to older drivers, helping them to remain on the road for many more years. The Burnham workshop will be held on Tuesday and is one of several being held across Somerset. More...

Dramatic win for Brean Rally duo
STEVE and Yvonne Furzeland had plenty of reasons to smile in their Subaru Impreza World Rally Car on Sunday (January 27th) after dramatically winning the 2013 Brean Rally. Rivals Peter Lloyd and Carl Sorenson had been all set to claim victory for a record fifth year running after racing into a big lead. More...

Holocaust ceremony in town
A special ceremony took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue today (Sunday) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Wreaths were laid at the foot of the statue by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor, Ken Smout, and the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Gill Slocombe. More...

Thrills and spills at Brean Rally
TURBO-charged Peter Lloyd and Carl Sorenson are on course to become the first team to win Brean's Rally for a fifth year in a row despite slippery conditions. The speedy duo are leading the rally in their Subaru Impreza at the end of Saturday's first day of racing at Brean Leisure Park. More...

Dance centre holds open day
HIGHBRIDGE-based Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre is holding an open day this Sunday (27th January) for youngsters to get a taste of what activities are on offer. Free classes in ballet, modern dance, tap dance and street dance for children aged 2 to 8 years. More...

House blaze started in kitchen
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a kitchen blaze at a property in the town on Saturday afternoon (January 26th). Crews rushed to the home in Fraser Close at 2.50pm after a concerned neighbour reported seeing smoke emerging from the property. More...

Weather halts town roadworks
WINTRY weather has delayed roadworks in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Resurfacing work that was scheduled to be carried out in Love Lane, Manor Road, Oxford Street, St Andrew's Road and Rosewood Avenue between January 22-24 did not go ahead. More...

Thieves target charity shop
Exclusive: MEAN thieves have stolen a musical instrument worth hundreds of pounds from a charity shop's window in Burnham-On-Sea. The £300 saxophone was stolen in a daylight robbery from the Sue Ryder charity shop in the High Street on Thursday (January 24th). More...

Dog bins cost reaches £24k
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the news that the Town Council faces a £24,000 bill for emptying dog waste bins this year. Cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council passed on the costs to the Town Council after saying it could no longer afford it itself. More...

Lib Dems celebrate election win
LIBERAL Democrats were celebrating in Highbridge last night (Thursday) after their candidate, Helen Groves, won the Highbridge and Burnham Marine district council by-election. Helen Groves won the seat on Sedgemoor District Council with 379 votes while Bill Hancock (Con) was second with 288. More...

Brean Rally roars into action!
OVER 80 entries will take part in the 17th annual Brean Rally, which is taking place at the village's Leisure Park during this weekend. The 2013 K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally will be held throughout today (Saturday, January 26th) and on Sunday (January 27th). More...

Former Mayor dies, aged 76
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who has died this week, aged 76. Brenda Brown, who served as Mayor from 1994 to 1995, passed away after a short illness. She was elected a councillor in Burnham North in 1987. More...

Holocaust ceremony on Sunday
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Sunday (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...

Jack and The Beanstalk opens
BURNHAM and District Pantomime Society's Jack and The Beanstalk opens in the town today (Friday). The classic show - which is full of comedy, song and audience participation - runs at the town's Princess Theatre in Princess Street until Saturday February 2nd. More...

Fire crew rescues stuck pigeon!
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out today (Thursday) to perform one of their more unusual rescues. The fire service received a request for help from the RSPCA just after 4pm when a pigeon was spotted to be trapped on the roof of a property in Maple Drive. More...

Life ring vandals 'put lives at risk'
Exclusive: VANDALS who have damaged the life rings besides the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park have put lives at risk, Sedgemoor District Council has said this week. Several of the distinctive red rings have been removed from their holders and the emergency number obscured, as pictured. More...

Drama during helicopter visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea air cadets got to see more than they bargained for when they were taken on an RAF helicopter flight over North Devon as a real rescue incident unfolded. The cadets, many who have never flown before, were shown around the RAF’s Westland Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter. More...

New Monarchs HQ set to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S Monarchs Gymnastics Club will be celebrating the opening of its new premises in the town this weekend with an open morning for youngsters to see what's on offer. The long-running club will be holding free taster sessions from 10.30am until 1pm on Sunday. More...

Flood warning from Met Office
MELTING snow and heavy rain could cause some flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the next few days, the Met Office has warned. It has issued a yellow warning for the whole of the south west region on both Friday and Sunday as temperatures rise. More...

School closed today after fire
A SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea will be closed today (Thursday) after a fire broke out. Fire crews from Burnham and Wells were called to Hugh Sexey Middle School at Blackford, near Wedmore, at around 10.30am after receiving reports of a roof blaze at the property. More...

Weather to hit election turnout?
THE candidates battling to win tomorrow's Highbridge and Burnham Marine by-election fear this week's wintry weather will hurt turnout. Polling stations in the town will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday (January 24th) in the district council election. More...

Drivers warned after snowfall
POLICE have warned motorists in Burnham-On-Sea to take extra care on local roads after fresh snow fell in the town. Several centimetres of snow has fallen and then frozen, causing hazardous road conditions for drivers and slippery pavements for pedestrians. More...

Police issue Cove CCTV appeal
POLICE have this week released these CCTV photos of two youngsters who they want to speak to in connection with their investigation into an act of criminal damage in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens. The stills show two males playing in the gardens. More...

Super-fast broadband delayed
HOPES that super-fast broadband Internet access will soon be available in Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a blow. A deal to bring superfast broadband to Somerset and Devon has been delayed over "contract issues", it has emerged this week in local reports. More...

Town MP in bid to save bees
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has caused a buzz by backing an environmental campaign to support Britain's threatened bee population. Tessa Munt has this week joined a giant bumble bee and other campaigners from Friends of the Earth to draw attention to the decline in bees. More...

Missing sex offender arrested
POLICE officers searching for a missing registered sex offender in the Burnham-On-Sea area have located and arrested him. Lee Ronald Whitting was arrested in Plymouth on Friday (January 18th) following a lengthy and ongoing investigation to find him. More...

Fresh snow falls in Burnham
FRESH snow is falling in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Tuesday, January 22nd) as the Met Office warns of further accumulations overnight. An amber warning has been issued for the area of snow falling throughout this evening, with several centimetres likely. More...

£3m Portakabin site opened
PORTABLE buildings firm Portakabin has invested £3m into Highbridge by opening its largest and most sustainable hire and visitor's centre to date. The firm says 30 new jobs are being created at the development on the Isleport Business Park. More...

Snow White heads to Brean!
FINAL rehearsals are underway for the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players. After an award-winning success with last year's show 'The Old Woman That Lives In A Shoe', the group is busy preparing to perform 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs'. More...

Weather halts RNLI car wash
PLANS to hold a fundraising car wash at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station this weekend have been postponed due to the continuing wintry weather. The icy conditions means the event at the lifeboat station in Pier Street will not be go ahead as planned this Saturday. More...

Dance group seeks members
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea youth dance group is hoping to attract more members to its ranks. KAZDANZ, which has been running at King Alfred School in Highbridge for over 20 years, is aiming to recruit more members over the coming weeks as it aims to expand. More...

More snow forecast for town
THE Met Office has warned that Burnham-On-Sea could see more snowfall over the next 24 hours. A yellow warning has been issued for sleet and snow in the area around Burnham on Tuesday morning, with the possibility of accumulations of snow during the day. More...

£8,000 sports boost for town
An £8,000 health initiative has been launched at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge this week to give local people free sports sessions. Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman has unveiled a health and fitness initiative in conjunction with 1610 leisure trust. More...

Traders criticise snow response
Exclusive: TRADERS in Highbridge have criticised the Town Council for not clearing snow from pavements while Burnham 'received all the attention'. Highbridge Chamber of Trade says pavements in Market Street, pictured, were left uncleared and slippery after Friday's snowfall, hurting local trade. More...

80 cars head to Brean Rally
OVER 80 entries will take part in the 17th annual Brean Rally, which is scheduled to take place at the village's Leisure Park this coming weekend. The 2013 K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally will be held in the village on Saturday January 26th and Sunday 27th. More...

Fundraisers beat the weather
THERE was 'snow' stopping this group of fundraisers on Sunday (January 20th) when a charity table-top sale went ahead despite the wintry weather outside. A steady stream of visitors ensured the sale at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close was hailed a success. More...

Appeal after shop burglary
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after burglars stole a large quantity of mobile phones in a break-in at this shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre early on Saturday (January 19th). A window was smashed at Bits and Pieces in College Street and a large quantity of mobile phones was taken. More...

RNLI to hold annual car wash
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual fundraising car wash on Saturday 26th January and Saturday 6th April. Each car will be carefully soaped using professional car wash chemicals and cleaning materials during both events. More...

Photos: Wintry beach scenes
SNOW and freezing temperatures have created wintry scenes on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. Brean Down is coated in snow and a long line of ice and slush has been washed up along the tide line, stretching along to Burnham. More...

Shave raises £120 for charity
TWO Highbridge residents have raised over £120 for charity by having their heads and bodies shaved! James Newsome and Michael Mullen, pictured, held their sponsored shave in the town on Saturday afternoon in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. More...

Horse rescued in snow drama
Exclusive: FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater have been thanked after the dramatic rescue of a horse trapped in an icy water-filled ditch on Friday. Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to a field near Berrow on Friday morning after the horse became trapped. More...

BARB helps surgery during snow
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB have been helping the town's doctors reach patients across the area during this week's severe winter weather. On Friday, BARB's two 4x4 trucks were used several times to transport doctors. More...

Readers' photos of snowy town
SEVERAL inches of snow blanketed Burnham-On-Sea on Friday, causing school closures, slippery roads and public transport disruption - and here we publish your photos of the snow in the town. Burnham's Southleigh Kindergarten remained open on Friday. More...

Oops! Lorry gets stuck in snow
THIS recycling lorry found itself in a sticky position in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. The vehicle was making its regular collection in Palmer's Close during the snow when it appeared to slide on the icy road, sending it onto a soft verge where it became stuck. More...

Video: Snowfall in Burnham
SEVERAL inches of snow blanketed Burnham-On-Sea today (Friday), causing school closures, slippery roads and public transport disruption. Three inches of snow fell during the day, creating hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians in the area. More...

Snow fun enjoyed in town!
TODAY'S heavy snow in Burnham-On-Sea may be disruptive for motorists, but for others it's brought a day of fun. With many schools closed, many families and youngsters have been out and about making the most of the icy conditions, making snowmen and sledging, as pictured here. More...

Photos of snow in Burnham
SEVERAL inches of snow blanketed Burnham-On-Sea today (Friday), causing school closures, slippery roads and public transport disruption. Three inches of snow fell during the day, creating hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians, as pictured here. More...

Power restored to 62 homes
DOZENS of homes in Highbridge were without power for several hours during today's wintry weather. The snow began to fall in the Burnham-On-Sea area at around 4am and by mid-morning several inches covered roads, as pictured here, causing the outage. More... | Schools shut

Burnham snow gritter in action
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council's gritting vehicle will be in operation in the town centre today (Friday). The yellow grit spreader sits on the back of an existing council truck to convert it into a gritting lorry and was bought by the council in 2011 to help spread grit. More...

Sparks cause house fire alert
SPARKS from a rubbish fire caused concern that a house in Burnham-On-Sea was alight last night (Thursday). Two fire engines from Burnham were called to a house in Berrow Road at 9.30pm amid reports of a fire in the area, however the incident was not all it seemed. More...

Over £600 raised for festival
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Lucy Gunter Dance Centre have raised over £600 for the town's Festival of the Arts by holding several special performances. The centre's youngsters held two Hollywood-themed events in aid of the annual festival, which netted £602. More...

Anger over 'mindless' vandals
Exclusive: PLANS to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £250,000 refurbishment suffered a setback this week when vandals caused widespread damage inside the building. Burnham-based Watermark Financial Solutions took over the building last year and work is currently underway on a major revamp. More...

Burnham braced for heavy snow
FORECASTERS have warned that Burnham-On-Sea could see wintry scenes like these today (Friday) when up to 10 centimetres of snow falls in our area. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the Burnham area of heavy snow falling from early morning. More...

Lifeguard service boosted
THE RNLI is to provide a new beach lifeguard service in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow from this summer, it has been announced this week. RNLI lifeguards will be joining the beach team on Burnham beach for the summer season onwards while a new lifeguarding service will also be introduced on Berrow beach. More...

New police chief is confirmed
THE appointment of the new Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset, Nick Gargan, was approved by the Police and Crime Panel on Wednesday (January 16th). Nick Gargan, 46, was put forward as the preferred candidate following a rigorous and open interview process. More...

Youth centre hosts sale
BARGAINS galore will be available at a table-top sale in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (January 20th) in aid of two local good causes. The sale will be held between 10.30am and 2.30pm at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea in aid of the centre and the disabled swimming club. More...

Protesters set for wind farm fight
Exclusive: A week-long public inquiry is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea next month as an energy firm seeks to reverse a council decision to turn down its plans to build a new wind farm. Ecotricity has submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to reverse the decision. More...

Snow warning for Burnham area
HEAVY snow could leave the Burnham-On-Sea area under a blanket of snow on Friday (January 18th), according to forecasters. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy snow for the region, including Burnham-On-Sea, and it predicts snow will fall during Friday. More...

Tool box spill leaves punctures
A BURNHAM-On-Sea roundabout was partially closed by police on Tuesday morning (January 15th) after several vehicles suffered punctures when a tool box fell from a passing van. Police were called to the Edithmead M5 motorway roundabout at 8.30am, as pictured. More...

Double bill of live music in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club will play host to an exciting double-headline concert featuring FolkFest favourite Phil King and renowned London singer songwriter Julia Biel. Doors will open at 8pm for the concert, which will be held this Thursday (January 17th). More...

Moose Lodge steps back in time
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Moose International lodge 123 went back in time for their annual Governor's New Year Party on Saturday evening (January 12th). Over 80 members and guests gathered together for the Old Time Music Hall themed night at Berrow Village Hall. More...

Delight at new road crossing
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge have this week welcomed an announcement by the county council that a "much-needed" pedestrian crossing is to be installed outside the town's medical centre. It follows long running safety concerns about the busy junction next to Pepperall Road. More...

Manslaughter charges dropped
MANSLAUGHTER charges have been dropped against the organiser of a fireworks display held on the night of a crash on the M5 in which seven people died. Geoffrey Counsell, 50, was arrested after the crash, which involved 34 vehicles and left 51 people injured in 2011. More...

Two arrests after drugs raids
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested two men following a drugs raid in Highridge on Friday. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, officers carried out a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act and seized 40 cannabis plants. They later arrested two people. More...

Hair today... gone tomorrow!
IT will be a case of hair today, gone tomorrow for two Highbridge residents this weekend when they have their heads and bodies shaved to raise cash for charity! James Newsome and Michael Mullen are holding the sponsored event in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. More...

Firms told 'back Living Wage'
FIRMS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to pay its workers the Living Wage rather than the Minimum Wage. Sedgemoor District Council passed a motion at its full council meeting on Monday (January 14th) to actively promote the Living Wage. More...

Motorists warned of delays
MOTORISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to expect delays while more roadworks go ahead this week. Princess Street is closed this week for five days while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs, but both the Princess Theatre and Library are open. More...

Tenants given winter warmer
TENANTS of Homes in Sedgemoor in the Burnham-On-Sea area are benefitting from Winter Warmth Packages. Several tenants have been provided with new electric fan heaters and the money to run the equipment for 12 hours a day for three months in a bid to help them. More...

Two-vehicle crash on A370
A MAIN road between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston was partially closed today (Monday) after a crash involving two vehicles. Police were called to the A370, near the junction with Accommodation Road. Police were called to the collision at 7.47am. More...

Firemen thanked at shop opening
THE daughter of a Burnham-On-Sea couple whose home was badly damaged in a blaze has thanked town firefighters for their work during the opening of her new business. Kirstie Isom held the official opening of the Sweet Shack in Burnham High Street on Saturday. More...

Tory explains election decision
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has this week explained why he is standing for the Conservatives in this month's district council by-election even though he is an Independent town councillor. Bill Hancock is standing in the Highbridge by-election later this month. More...

Jack and The Beanstalk preview
FINAL rehearsals are underway at Burnham District Pantomime Society for Jack and The Beanstalk, which is to be performed in the town later this month. The classic show - which is full of comedy, song and audience participation - opens on Friday 24th January. More...

Teens rescued in cliffs drama
TWO young cliff climbers were taken to hospital with suspected hypothermia after being rescued by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Sunday evening. The 15 year-olds got into difficulty at Uphill on a 110ft cliff face after their climbing ropes got tangled up. More...

Beach busy despite winter chill
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea made the most of a crisp winter's morning today (Sunday) as the Met Office warned of icy conditions to come. Temperatures in Burnham fell to -1.2C on Saturday and did not rise above 3.9C during the whole of Sunday. More...

Crowds turn out for wassailing
HUNDREDS of people braved heavy rain and freezing temperatures to watch the centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Saturday). The traditional ceremony at Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield saw good health wished on apple crops for the coming year. More...

New look unveiled for theatre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has this week unveiled plans for a brand new look. The theatre in Princess Street is introducing new signs on its north-facing wall during £50,000 of ongoing refurbishment work. Councillors approved the plans. More...

Warning of ice issued for area
THE Met Office has issued a fresh warning to motorists of ice in the Burnham area on Saturday evening and Sunday. It says "outbreaks of rain and sleet will gradually clear southwards during Saturday night. With temperatures falling, there is a risk of ice." More...

New police chief is announced
THE next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been proposed as Nick Gargan. Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens announced her choice on Saturday (January 12th). She said: "Nick is an experienced chief officer who has been working on a national level as Chief." More...

Video: Deputy PM visits Highbridge
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Highbridge on Saturday to launch the Liberal Democrats' county elections campaign in Somerset. Mr Clegg was joined by Paddy Ashdown and local MPs Tessa Munt, David Heath, Jeremy Browne and David Laws at Morland Community Hall. More...

In photos: Nick Clegg visits Highbridge
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Highbridge on Saturday to launch the Liberal Democrats' county elections campaign in Somerset. Mr Clegg was joined by Paddy Ashdown and local MPs Tessa Munt, David Heath, Jeremy Browne and David Laws at Morland Community Hall. More...

Deputy PM to visit town today
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be visiting Highbridge today (Saturday) to support the Liberal Democrats' bid to regain control of Somerset County Council. Mr Clegg will be joined by Paddy Ashdown and local MPs David Heath, Tessa Munt, Jeremy Browne and David Laws to launch the Lib Dems campaign. More...

Two hurt as van overturns
FIRE crews were called to an accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (January 11th). A fire engine came across a van on its side near Dunball shortly after 12.40pm. Two casualties were treated at the scene by paramedics after being helped out of the vehicle. More...

£40k of cannabis plants seized
Exclusive: CANNABIS plants with a street value of £40,000 were seized during a drugs raid in Highbridge on Friday morning (January 11th). Officers swooped on several garden sheds where they found around 40 plants at various stages of cultivation, as pictured here. More...

Wassailing fun this evening
THE centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing - when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year - is to be held in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday). Burnham Rotary Club and Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield are organising the event. More...

Asda's boost for trio of groups
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes and the one that gets the most wins the cash. More...

Icy weekend forecast for town
WINTRY scenes like these could be making a return to Burnham-On-Sea over the next fortnight as a period of icy weather arrives. A yellow warning of icy conditions has been issued by the Met Office for our area this Saturday and Sunday at the start of a cold snap. More...

New community garden in town
A NEW community garden is to be created in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage youngsters to get involved with growing food. A former ornamental garden at rear of the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, which has suffered in recent years from neglect, is to be transformed into the new facility. More...

'Keep up the drugs fight'
Exclusive: DRUG dealing continues to be the 'public enemy number one' in Highbridge, residents told police on Thursday (January 10th). Those who attended a quarterly community meeting in the town's St John Ambulance Hall in Bank Street voted for police to keep targeting drug dealing in the town as their top priority. More...

Volunteers thanked after floods
SOMERSET County Council has this week formally thanked voluntary agencies for their help during the recent floods, who included Burnham-On-Sea's rescue charity BARB. The Chairman of Somerset County Council, Cllr John Edney, held a reception in Taunton. More...

Carnival returns to Monday night
Exclusive: IT now looks likely that Burnham-On-Sea's carnival will return to a Monday night this year following a meeting of carnival representatives on Wednesday (January 9th). Several carnival clubs met to discuss controversial proposals by Burnham Carnival Committee to hold it on Friday November 1st. More...

Rarely-seen gull causes a flap!
A RARELY-seen glaucous gull has flown several thousand miles from Russia and amazingly set down at Highbridge's Apex Park this week. The juvenile gull, more commonly seen in the Arctic, has been enjoying the lakes this week, only metres from visitors. More...

Cash needed for extra schools
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night (Wednesday) demanded that property developers pay larger contributions towards new schools and health facilities in Highbridge as it was claimed the town will be unable to support hundreds of proposed new homes earmarked for the town. More...

£10,000 refurb for Brean cafe
Exclusive: THE Brean Cove Cafe is to receive a £10,000 refurbishment and expansion in time for Easter. The cafe, run by the National Trust, has temporarily closed this week to allow the work to begin. The cafe will be opening up its upstairs area to the public, providing great views. More...

Inquest held into lady's death
AN inquest has been held this week into the death of a popular Burnham-On-Sea woman who died last June. Lorraine Dibble, 49, was a well-known Burnham-On-Sea driving instructor and the treasurer of Burnham United Football Club for several years. More...

Cash stolen in theatre break-in
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has improved its security following a break-in. Thieves gained entry to the theatre in Princess Street and stole a quantity of cash. Princess Chairman Peter Burridge-Clayton said the thieves had got in to the building via a window. More...

Seafront lights trial 'back on'
Exclusive: A TRIAL of proposed new decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea seafront could still go ahead, it has emerged this week. The trials were due to go ahead last year, but the Town Council said in December that the habourmaster had said the lights "could cause confusion". More...

Trinity Xmas lights raise £5k
RESIDENTS of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of thousands of Christmas lights featured in the national press are celebrating this week after collecting over £5,000 for charity. Eight homes in Trinity Close had an estimated 100,000 lights. More...

New beach traders sought
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week formally invited interest in a range of beach and other concessions for the next three seasons - 2013, 2014 and 2015. Interested parties are invited to contact the council for an information pack before 15th February 2013. More...

Speedway 'cracker' promised
SOMERSET Rebels will be hoping that it is a case of 'second time lucky' as they aim to stage their Christmas Cracker speedway meeting next Friday (January 18th). The originally-scheduled event was due to take place at Christmas but fell foul of the torrential rain. More...

Police chief loses court bid
A BID by the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police to block the recruitment of his replacement was thrown out by a high court judge on Tuesday. Colin Port claimed he had been "unlawfully induced to retire" by the Police and Crime Commissioner. More...

Vote sees £440k boost for town
Exclusive: THIS was the moment last night (Monday) when town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea approved £440,000 of improvements for the town centre. After months of discussions, councillors voted to proceed with a raft of improvements, listed below, to boost the town centre using Tesco funding. More...

Bird strike caused power cut
A BIRD striking a power line is the likely cause of a power cut which plunged over 300 homes in West Huntspill into darkness during the early hours of last Friday morning (January 4th). Western Power Distribution says 385 homes were without power for 10 minutes. More...

Local groups get cash injection
OVER a dozen local groups have this week shared a grant boost from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. The council has decided on the clubs and organisations it is giving grants to during 2013 and on Monday evening (January 7th) the money was handed over. More...

Town fire crew at house blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a big house fire near Blagdon on Monday (January 7th). Fire crews from Burnham and Cheddar were called to Compton Martin at 1.40pm to help several fire crews on scene from Avon Fire and Rescue Service. More...

Xmas lights awards presented
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition gathered to receive their prizes on Monday evening (January 7th). Town councillors Dennis Davey, Pat Burge and Tom Nicholls visited dozens of displays across the towns in the run-up to Christmas. More...

Appeal over missing town man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for the public's help in finding a resident who has been missing for over six weeks. David Trebble, 51, went missing from his home in Abingdon Street, Burnham in November and has not been seen since. Police are keen to ensure that he is well or to offer help. More...

Deadline for 102 new homes
RESIDENTS living near a proposed development of more than 100 new homes in Highbridge have just a few hours remaining to submit their feedback on the scheme. Gaia Partnership and Wessex Water are seeking outline planning permission to build the new development. More...

Burnham panto tickets on sale
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham District Pantomime Society's annual show, which opens later this month. The group will perform Jack and the Beanstalk from Friday 24th January until Saturday 2nd February at the town's Princess Theatre in Princess Street. More...

New sponsor for football side
YOUNG players at Burnham-On-Sea Football Club are celebrating clinching a new sponsorship deal this week. Burnham United Under 14s have a new sponsor after their manager, Jon Spence, of Burnham Plastering and Drylining Limited, decided to fund their new kit. More...

Fire crews tackle huge pub blaze
DOZENS of firefighters from across Somerset - including Burnham-On-Sea - were called to tackle a huge fire that destroyed a pub in Yeovil early on Sunday. Sixteen fire appliances and crews from Yeovil, Burnham-On-Sea, Martock, Somerton, Sherborne, Chard and others were called. More...

Have your say on policing
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be able to have their say about policing in the town this Thursday (January 10th) when a quarterly public meeting is held. The 'Have Your Say' meeting will give local residents a chance to influence what happens in their neighbourhood. More...

200 attend carnival awards night
CARNIVAL clubs from across Somerset gathered for the annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival presentation night on Saturday (January 5th). Over 200 people put aside recent discussions about the date of this year's Burnham Carnival to focus on the positive outcomes of last year's procession. More...

New chip shop to open in town
A NEW fish and chip shop is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this month. Frydays will launch at 36 The High Street in the middle of January in place of the former Newquay Pasty Shop which closed its doors for the final time last year. The shop will open in mid-January. More...

Comedy film to help festival
A FILM is to be screened at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema to raise funds for a popular annual Highbridge event later this month. The Highbridge Festival Of The Arts will benefit from a matinee screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Ritz Cinema. More...

Landslip prompts warning
Exclusive: THE National Trust has warned visitors to Brean Down to take extra care around cliff edges after a small landslip caused by recent wet weather. An area of earth and rocks has fallen on the south side of the Down next to an area used by rock climbers, as pictured earlier this week. More...

Road closures announced
MOTORISTS have been advised of a series of road closures in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the next few days during roadworks. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing a section of Berrow Road near the town's lighthouse, causing its closure from January 7th. More...

Tickets on sale for village panto
TICKETS are on sale for the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players. After an award-winning success with last year's show 'The Old Woman That Lives In A Shoe', the group is busy rehearshing for 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs'. More...

CCTV appeal after store theft
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week appealed for help in identifying this woman following a theft from a shopper at a Highbridge supermarket. Officers want to identify the lady, pictured on CCTV footage, to see whether she can help their investigation. More...

Carnival date up in the air?
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to move Burnham-On-Sea's 2013 Carnival date to the day before Bridgwater are in doubt following a meeting of carnival clubs last night (Thursday) where the proposals were discussed. Over 60 representatives from clubs in Bridgwater attended the meeting. More...

Christmas shoppers thanked
TRADERS in Burnham-On-Sea have thanked local residents for supporting them in the run-up to Christmas after a generally buoyant festive shopping season. A majority of shops in the town centre reported a good Christmas period despite continuing economic gloom. More...

Crews tackle small blaze at pub
FIRE crews tackled a small blaze at a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Wednesday night (January 2nd). Firefighters were called to The Rosewood in Love Lane, pictured right, just before midnight. Two fire engines attended and crews used breathing apparatus to tackle the small blaze. More...

Join story-telling day at Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be marking National Story Telling Week with a special event in February. The Friends of Marine Cove, with the support of Sedgemoor District Council, will be hosting a story telling day on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-3pm. More...

Town dance show opens today
A FUN-packed dance, drama and music show opens at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre tonight (Friday, January 4th). The Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre will perform 'Hooray for Hollywood!' on the evenings of both Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January.More...

Man held after vandalism
Exclusive: A man has been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police following a night of vandalism in the town centre on New Year's Eve. Several windows in Abingdon Street were damaged, including this one at a vacant shop, and a wall was demolished during the early hours of New Year's Day. More...

Tickets on sale for wassailing
THE centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing - when good health is wished on apple crops for the coming year - is to be held in the Burnham-On-Sea area this month. Burnham Rotary Club and Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield are holding it on 12th January. More...

MP hits back in fly-tipping row
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has hit out at a county councillor in a row over the cost of cleaning up fly-tipped rubbish in Somerset. Tessa Munt has responded to Burnham Conservative County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton's call for her to apologise. More...

Council defends beach closure
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has defended its decision to keep the entrance to Berrow beach locked on New Year's Day despite dozens of cars flocking to the site. Motorists lined the access road up to the gates on Tuesday, as pictured here. More...

Police appeal after assault
British Transport Police officers have today appealed for the public's help in identifying two men they want to speak to in connection with an incident on board a train in Highbridge. Officers have released CCTV images of two men they believe will have information which can assist the investigation. More...

Call for MP fly-tipping apology
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has this week called on the town's MP to issue a public apology after a "wildly inaccurate" attack on Somerset County Council in the House of Commons regarding the cost of fly-tipping. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton claims Tessa Munt's comments in Parliament were wrong. More...

Recycle your Christmas tree
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling service is being launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week, with proceeds going to charity. Keith Mitchell from Winchester Road will be collecting Christmas trees across the Burnham area during the weekend of January 4th - 6th. More...

Pool re-opens after refurb work
BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool will re-open this Thursday (January 3rd) after a closure over Christmas for refurbishment work. The Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow Road closed on Christmas Eve to allow work to refurbish the pool's sand filter to go ahead. More...

180 arrests for drink driving
A TOTAL of 180 drivers were arrested for drink drive or drug driving offences across Somerset - including the Burnham-On-Sea area - in the run-up to New Year. Police say they made the arrests as part of Operation Tonic since it was launched on December 1st. More...

Dental staff raise charity cash
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea dental surgery have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing a fun run. The College Street Dental team pulled on their running shoes to compete in the 10km Christmas Cracker run and raised more than £300 for Weston Hospice. More...

New Year walkers flock to area
A BRIGHT start to 2013 brought crowds of New Year's Day walkers to beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday. Large numbers of visitors took advantage of the dry, bright conditions - rarely seen in recent weeks - to flock to beaches in Brean and Burnham. More...

Busy year in store for Burnham
A WHOLE host of new events will be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2013. In addition to several popular returning events, the town's new tourism manager at BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support) has organised several brand new family events. More...

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