June 2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
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2008 news archive
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tackle Highbridge blaze
fire crews were called to deal with a suspected arson attack on
a disused building in Highbridge on Thursday evening (July 31st).
Burnham fire crews rushed to tackle the blaze in a property besides
the railway line at 7.25pm, as pictured here. Several gas cylinders
were removed from the building. More...
swan seats for Apex Park
to Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park now have a new animal-themed
place to take the weight off their feet. Two wooden, swan-shaped
seats have been introduced besides the park's main car parking
area and they were formally unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday
afternoon (July 31st). More...
over beach barbecues
Angry residents in Burnham-On-Sea have been
left fuming after parts of their garden fences were pulled down
by party goers to provide fuel for beach barbecues earlier this
week. This was the scene on Burnham beach near Allandale Road
after leaflets, bottles and pieces of wood were left strewn over
the beach following the barbecues.
cafe plans step closer
for a new youth café
in Burnham-On-Sea have taken a step forward with the decision
to set it up in the town's youth centre. The Burnham Area Youth
Centre, pictured, has been selected as the preferred location
for the café,
which could be up and running within weeks.
prepare for night sail-by
preparations are underway for this Friday's annual illuminated
procession of boats, which will mark the start of the town's annual
sailing regatta. This year, tide and daylight timings will test
the Sailing Club's yacht and boat skippers to the limit. The event
will commence at around 9.30pm. More...
play area gets the nod
build a new play area in the centre of Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea,
have this week been given the go-ahead. Berrow Parish Council
has been granted full planning permission to build a new multi-use
games area featuring a range of play equipment. More...
arrests after pool break-in
men have been arrested after a break-in at Burnham-On-Sea's recently-opened
Swim and Sports Academy in the early hours of Wednesday morning
(July 30th). Owner Mark Conklin told Burnham-On-Sea.com how he
found the two when he arrived to open up the premises at 5.30am.
call for parking review
businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the district
council to review 'damaging' seafront parking restrictions which
limit visitors to a maximum stay of four hours. Traders in the
town say holidaymakers should be able to buy all-day parking tickets
along The Esplanade. More...
driver arrested at Berrow
has been arrested and charged with drink driving after crashing
his vehicle into an electricity pylon at Berrow earlier this week.
Burnham-On-Sea police rushed to Barton Road, close to the junction
with Church House Road, at 12.15am on Saturday. More...
Club says 'sorry' for noise
BMX Club has issued an apology to residents living near its track
at Apex Park after complaints about noise during last weekend's
two-day cycling event. Matt Duckering, Club Secretary, said the
group is sorry about the late night noise created during last
Saturday's event. More...
display is saved!
annual seafront fireworks display has been saved thanks to the
financial support of local businesses and residents, the Town
Council announced on Tuesday morning (July 29th). Cash-strapped
Sedgemoor District Council withdrew its financial support for
the event in March, due to the authority's huge £1.8m financial
arrives for protesters
in Burnham-On-Sea fighting plans by a developer to turn a seafront
property into a block of apartments could find out on Tuesday
(July 29th) whether the controversial scheme will be thrown out.
Allandale Road residents are up in arms over plans to build 14
in place of a seafront home. More...
anger festival organisers
have forced organisers of this week's River Brue Festival in Highbridge
to move one of their key exhibits to another location. Artist
Stefan Jennings has been working with local youngsters on the
banks of the river in recent days to create a huge willow sculpture
fish, but vandals have damaged it. More...
losses at Highbridge firm
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's biggest employers is laying off
20 staff, just months after a previous round of redundancies.
at furniture maker Woodberry Brothers and Haines say the firm
has just made 20 staff redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise,
news that was confirmed on Tuesdy. More...
BMX bikers in action in town
of BMX bikers from across Europe descended on Burnham-On-Sea at
the weekend when the town's BMX Club hosted two rounds of the
British Cycling National BMX Series along with a Pre-Olympic European
invitation race. Top elite and junior BMX riders took part. More...
blaze watched from town
firefighters tackled a huge blaze at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare
on Monday morning (July 28th) which was clearly visible from across
the Burnham-On-Sea area. Black smoke and flames billowed into
the sky which were visible from as far away as Cardiff and Bristol.
crowds watch Stert swim
swimmers raced into the sea in front of huge crowds at the start
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday afternoon
(July 27th). The event was won by a swimmer
from Lyme Regis in a fast time of under 27 minutes. The swim went
ahead in brilliant sunshine. Photos
held in memory of Archie
mother whose son tragically died of cot death at just three days
old has led a sponsored beach walk to focus more attention on
the syndrome and raise money for two local charities. Dawn Carter
lost young Archie to cot death in April, devastating she and her
wildlife in the spotlight
visitors to Berrow Nature Reserve near Burnham-On-Sea were given
a guided tour of the local wildlife up close during a special
Dune Discovery Day on Saturday afetrnoon (July 26th). A range
of activities for all ages took place, including guided tours
and walks around the reserve. More...
night club's lease on sale
lease of Burnham-On-Sea's Shakers Night Club has been put up on
sale at £55,000 for three years by its owners. The club
and bar on the High Street (pictured here) has been closed for
several months and has undergone a substantial refurbishment
in recent years. More...
photos: Summer Moon 2008
LARGE crowd flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Under
a Summer Moon concert on Saturday evening (July 26th) when a line-up
of music acts performed at the town's BASC ground. Top of the
bill was 'Geno Washington and his Ram Jam Band' (pictured), supported
by The Move. More...
injured in freak accident
is believed to have broken both his ankles during an accident
on an inflatable castle at Burnham-On-Sea's Under a Summer Moon
concert on Saturday (July 26th). St John ambulance volunteers
were able to provide fast treatment to the middle-aged man who
was understandaby in a lot of pain. More...
swim set for this Sunday
swimmers will run into the sea at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Stert Island Swim this Sunday (July 27th). The
entry period for the popular event began in May and was due to
remain open until mid-July, but all 80 places were quickly filled
ahead of schedule.
star performs in Brean
ITV's X Factor contestant Ben Mills
will be performing live in Brean later this week and during August.
The 28-year-old will be performing a wide variety
of songs that have appeared in the X-Factor TV series at Pontins
in Brean on Thursday evening (31st July).
alert at holiday park
the scene at a caravan park in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning
(July 25th) after twenty firefighters from across Somerset were
called to a chemical leak. Six fire crews rushed to Home Farm
Holiday Park at 10.36am after fumes were released when two chemicals
were accidentally mixed together.
barrage schemes considered
for a range of different barrages across the Severn Estuary, near
Burnham-On-Sea, are being considered as part of plans to develop
tidal power in the UK, the Government confirmed this week. A list
of ten projects is being examined by a feasibility study.
down, but burglaries up
crime in the Burnham-On-Sea policing area has fallen by nearly
20 per cent over the past year, although burglaries have risen
by 10 per cent, according to official new crime statistics just
released. The report shows robberies have been cut by 33%, although
several types of crime actually rose.
cinema mast wins backing
phone giant O2's plan to build a five metre tall phone mast disguised
as a flag pole on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema was given
a green light by town councillors on Thursday (July 24th).
first reported last year how O2 had
submitted the application to build the mast on the cinema roof.
Historic ship visits town
along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade were treated to a glimpse of
the historic 60 year-old ship Balmoral as it glided past the town
on Thursday morning (July 24th). The Balmoral was on its annual
trip up the River Parrett to Dunball to collect passengers
for a excursion around the Bristol Channel. More...
tickets selling fast
are selling well for Burnham-On-Sea's annual Under a Summer Moon
concert, which will be held this Saturday night at the BASC ground
(July 26th). Top of the bill will be 'Geno Washington and his
Ram Jam Band' (pictured), supported by The Move and Hogg. More...
child found at Brean
police were put on alert on Wednesday afternoon (July 23rd) after
a young child was reported to be missing from a Brean holiday
five-year-old boy went missing from Unity Farm caravan park at
lunchtime, prompting a full-scale police search which included
the force's helicopter, pictured right.
grant bid turned down
organisers of this year's Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest have been dealt
with a financial blow after they being turned by the Arts Council
for a £5,000 grant. The costs of running the popular autumn
music festival in the centre of Burnham have reached a whopping
show revs into action!
action came to Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday evening
(July 23rd) when a vehicle stunt display held the first of its
summer displays. Hundreds of holidaymakers crowded into Brean
Leisure Park's main arena to watch the 90-minute action-filled
turnout at charity party
Mayor and Mayoress were among the guests at a special 'Tea At
Three' fundraising event held in the town on Wednesday (July 23rd).
Throughout June and July supporters of hospices across Britain
are raising cups and funds during 'Britains biggest tea
festival raises hundreds
A COLOURFUL flower
festival held at a church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea attracted
crowds of visitors earlier this week. The two-day event was held
to raise money for Edithmead Church and over a dozen flower displays
were on show inside,
helping to earn the church over £200. More...
saves suicidal woman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been hailed a hero after he prevented
a suicidal woman jumping off an M5 motorway bridge into passing
traffic below on Monday afternoon (July 21st).
Smith, pictured, was travelling from
Burnham to East Huntspill at 4.30pm when he spotted the woman
in her 60s.
in search for robber
A POLICE helicopter hovered over Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday evening (July 22nd) when it was used by officers on
thr ground to help search for a man following a robbery in the
19 year-old man was arrested by police outside the Burnham Swim
and Sports Academy.
races are runaway success!
THE first of a series of summer pig races got underway
in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Tuesday evening (July 22nd)
when over 350 people cheered on the animals as they raced around
a circuit at the village's leisure park.
races will be held until Tuesday August 26th.
new homes for Tesco site?
SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has this week controversially revealed
it wants to build seventeen new homes on land at the western end
of its Burnham-On-Sea store in Love Lane. Plans for the new homes
emerged on Tuesday (July 22nd) at a special exhibition in Burnham's
Princess Hall where shoppers were encouraged to give their feedback
on plans to expand the supermaket.
boat retrieved in river
A 17ft sailing boat which sank when it was swamped with
sea water in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend was successfully
retrieved by Sailing Club members on Monday (July 21st). The boat,
called 'She's Mine', had been moored on the banks of the River
Brue near Burnham Sailing Club when it started to take on water
held near Asda store
SMASHED bottles were strewn over a Highbridge road
on Monday evening (July 21st), as pictured, after a suspected
shoplifter was caught running away from a supermarket with a large
amount of alcohol. A
16-year-old from Burnham was arrested by officers in Accommodation
welcomes Fritzlar group
of visitors from Fritzlar in Germany - which is twinned with Burnham-On-Sea
- were welcomed to the town on Monday evening (July 21st). Mayor
Peter Clayton led a formal ceremony at the town council chambers
for the group of 40 visitors who had arrived by coach during the
that shop' contest starts
centre shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to 'name that
shop' during a three-week competition being run by the Chamber
Of Trade. Cryptic photos of various shops across Burnham have
been taken and the public is being invited to match the names
to the pics. More...
drama shuts town road
DRAMATIC crash left a vehicle upturned and a busy town centre
road closed in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (Monday July 21st).
Police, fire crews and paramedics rushed to the scene in Burnham
Road, as pictured, after a Ford Escort slammed into a row of parked
cars and ended up on its side.
look pool opens in town
underway at Burnham-On-Sea's new Swim and Sports Academy on Monday
(July 21st) when the facility opened for business. Sara
Cox-Conklin and Mark Conklin have spent six weeks modernising
the Berrow Road facility since taking over its lease in May after
months of uncertainty about its future.
train service begins
STEAM train which passes through Highbridge railway station on
its run to the Devon coast has begun its summer service for the
sixth year in a row. The Torbay Express passed through Highbridge
Railway Station on Sunday morning (July 20th) on its way to Paignton
and the Devon coastline. More...
probe fatal accident
police were called to help investigate a fatal road accident in
Woolavington on Sunday afternoon (July 20th). A male motorcyclist
died when his bike collided with a Peugeot 106 on a road bend
on the outskirts of the village, as pictured. Police were diverting
traffic around the scene on Sunday. More...
photos: Burnham Fun Day
of fun-lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club's first fun
day, which was held in the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon
(July 20th). The five-hour event included a range of entertainment,
games and stalls including displays by local groups. More...
Burnham-On-Sea businesses have this week pledged their financial
support to helping save the future of the town's threatened seafront
fireworks display, but organisers have warned that they may pull
the plug on the event at the end of July if enough cash is not
raised. Burnham's Bay View Cafe and Home Hardware have this week
pledged their financial support.
carnival queen announced
year-old Tara Moxey was officially named Burnham-On-Sea's 2008
Carnival Queen on Saturday afternoon (July 19th). The annual competition
to find a queen and two princesses to lead November's carnival
parade was held at Home Farm Holiday Park in Burnham. More...
burglary hits town shop
A TOWN centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea which was hit by a hit
and run robbery earlier this month has been struck by a second
stunned shop owner, who has asked not to be identified, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how a man claiming to be a previous customer walked into the shop
on Friday (July 18th), distracted him while he took goods worth
a high value.
hold Burnham Fun Day
Lions Club is holding its annual Fun Day in the town's Manor Gardens
on Sunday afternoon (July 20th). The event, which is open to all
from 11am-4pm, will include a range of entertainment, games, atractions
and stalls. We have a full preview of the schedule. More...
Conservatives have this week chosen their candidate to contest
the Highbridge ward in next year's County Council elections. John
Woodman, 45, was named on Friday evening (July 18th) as the person
who will contest the Burnham South and Highbridge ward.
destroys traffic lights
SET of traffic lights was sent to crashing to the ground during
an accident in the centre of Highbridge on Thursday evening (July
17th). A transit van collided with the lights recently installed
next to the new pedestrian crossing on Burnham Road, pictured
here. Police were quickly on the scene. More...
Blue Peter man visits town
BBC Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker visited Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday (July 17th) when he recorded a radio interview with
the town's rescue hovercraft crew. Matt, who presented Blue
Peter for seven years, now works as a presenter on BBC Radio
Four and recorded a segment for a show. More...
over 'costly' newspaper
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident this week
hit out at Somerset County Council for spending large amounts
of money on printing and distributing thousands of copies of a
free newspaper while public serices, such as toilets, are closed
in the town due to council financial cutbacks.
expansion plans unveiled
has formally unveiled plans to extend its Burnham-on-Sea store
in order to offer a wider product choice and reduce congestion
at peak times. The new plans include a smaller extension than
proposed in 2005, with an extra 1,150 square metres of shopping
'may be harmed forever'
Burnham-On-Sea fighting plans by a developer to turn a seafront
property into a multi-million pound block of apartments this week
claimed 'the character of the town's seafront is at threat' by
the controversial scheme. Residents
of Allandale Road are up in arms over plans to build a three-storey
block of 14 apartments.
bird released at Brean
exhausted gannet has been released from the top of Brean Down
this week after being nursed back to good health by animal rescuers.
The injured bird was spotted in a poor condition on a nearby beach
last Friday, having been blown ashore by strong winds and storms.
meeting set for tonight
benefits to Burnham-On-Sea of the Tour of Britain cycle race coming
to the town this autumn will be discussed at Burnham-On-Sea Chamber
of Trade's latest meeting this evening (Thursday July 17th). Somerset's
Tour Of Britain cycle race project manager will be the speaker.
to be held for academy
CONCERT will be held this weekend to raise
funds for a tennis academy set up in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea
tennis player who died last year. King Alfred Concert Band
will be performing at The Princess Hall on Sunday evening (July
20th) at 7.45pm, raising funds for the Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy.
caller alert for hoteliers
police have warned hoteliers and guest house owners in the town
to be on their guard against cold callers asking for customer's
bank details. A police spokesman said: "A series of incidents
have been reported from businesses in the Burnham area."
crime warning from police
in Burnham-On-Sea issued a warning to motorists on Wednesday (July
16th), asking them to do their bit in ensuring they do not become
victims of car crime this summer. Many thousands of holidaymakers
stream into the area during the summer months. More...
barrage scheme unveiled
Brand new plans for a £15billion Severn Barrage that
would protect the Burnham-On-Sea area from flooding in the Bristol
Channel are unveiled today, Wednesday (July 16th). Speaking
for the first about the project, engineer Rupert Armstrong Evans
told Burnham-On-Sea.com about his plans for a 15-mile barrage
that will run from Minehead to Aberthaw in Wales.
set to re-open this week
work is underway at Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool, which is set
to officially re-open this coming weekend as the new-look Burnham
Swim and Sports Academy. The pool's new bosses Sara Cox-Conklin
and Mark Conklin have spent six weeks modernising it and are ready
to re-open the facility. More...
judges visit Burnham
from the annual Britain In Bloom competition visited Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (July 15th) and gave an upbeat assessment of the town.
Organisers showed the judges around parks, businesses and private
gardens during their visit to the town throughout the day. More...
in surprise landing
MILITARY helicopter made an unscheduled landing near Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (July 15th) after developing a technical problem. The
Royal Navy helicopter landed at 2pm in a field besides Langlands
Lane in West Huntspill.
It had a crew of three onboard and landed due to a malfunction.
glitch hits medical centre
Medical Centre issued an apology to people trying to contact it
on Tuesday (July 15th) after technical problems struck its telephone
switchboard. A problem at Cable & Wireless led to some calls
not getting through to the centre, prompting a warning to be issued
to patients. More...
photos: Nicola's charity leap!
was the moment when a Burnham-On-Sea resident hurtled through
the clouds to raise money for a local charity. Nicola Henshaw,
a nurse from Burnham, made the brave tandem jump to raise funds
for St Margaret's Hospice, where she works. A photographer captured
the jump on camera. More...
attempted to steal money from a cash machine outside a Burnham-On-Sea
supermarket on Monday morning (July 14th). One of the two ATM
machines at the northern end of Tesco's store in
Ben Travers Way was attacked, as pictured here, overnight into
joins volunteer network
rescue charity BARB has this week been named as one of the sixteen
local groups to join a county-wide network of emergency services
that will help deal with the aftermath of major incidents - such
as severe flooding - in the future. The group has just been formally
at vintage vehicle show
of vintage vehicles trundled into Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea,
over the weekend as they took part in the annual two-day Sedgemoor
Vintage Show. After being cancelled last summer, the organisers
were anxious for this year's event to be a success and they were
not disappointed. More...
day enjoyed by pupils
children from a Highbridge school attended a special activity
day at King Alfred Sports Centre last week. Pupils
from St Johns Primary School in the town spent two hours taking
part in various team challenges that tested teamwork and communication.
for Registry Office's future
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week raised concerns
about the long-term future of the town's Registry Office following
a three-month 'temporary closure'. The office, based at Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council's chambers in Jaycroft Road (pictured),
has been shut for over three months. More...
Regatta schedule unveiled
BUSY line-up of activities will be held over ten days during Burnham-On-Sea's
2008 Regatta, which gets underway in August. The event will start
on Friday August 1st with a spectactular illuminated procession
of boats through Bridgwater Bay in view of the seafront. More...
photos: Picnic In The Park
eleventh annual Picnic In the Park has been hailed 'the best ever'
after huge crowds flocked to the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday
(July 13th) to soak up the sunshine and music. The entertainment
included music from the 20-piece Boulevard Swing Big Band.
crews tackle M5 blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the M5 motorway on Saturday
evening (July 11th) to tackle a campervan blaze. The hard shoulder
and one lane of the southbound carriageway were closed, as pictured
here, while fire crews dealt with the blaze. The vehicle was damaged
in the incident. More...
runs aground at Berrow
and Burnham's rescue hovercraft were launched on Saturday evening
(July 12th) amid concern for the safety of a man onboard a yacht
that had run aground on the mudflats at Berrow. Coastguards were
alerted when the yacht, called Reds, ran aground on the falling
tide, leaving a middle-aged man stranded onboard.
causes hole lot of worry
A DISPUTE between BT and a local council
over who is responsibility for maintaining a manhole has left
one in a "very dangerous state with an accident waiting to
happen", according to concerned local residents. The manhole
is located on a green near the town's rail station.
children's centre opens
£500,000 Octopus Children's Centre was officially
opened during a special ceremony on Friday afternoon (July 11th).
The centre - which has been developed by Somerset County Council
in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, the local parish
council and other groups - was officially opened.
thanks over convictions
in Burnham-On-Sea have thanked the community for their intelligence
after two men were this week convicted of being involved in drug
dealing and use. Sgt Ian Kennett (pictured) thanked the community
on Friday (July 11th) for their help in securing the convictions.
store looks to expand
giant Tesco announced on Friday (July 11th) that it is to hold
a public meeting in Burnham-On-sea later this month when new expansion
proposals will be on show. The
store has been under pressure to expand since rival Asda opened
its new store in Highbridge. More...
accident causes delays
the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was reduced to a crawl on Friday
morning (July 11th) following an accident.
Volkswagen Convertible collided with the central reservation and
flipped over at 7.35am, leading to delays for motorists going
prices fall back to 2006 rates
estate agents say gloomy property forecasts that claim property
values are falling faster now than during the recession of the
1990s are not being seen in our area - although local prices have
fallen back to 2006 levels. Julian
Frost of Abbott and Frost estate agents in College Street spoke
form new action group
residents in Highbridge have this week launched a new police-backed
Local Action Team to tackle problems in the town. Over 20 local
people, including police officers, gathered in the town's Morland
Community Hall on Thursday evening (July 10th) to form the new
group, which will deal with a range of problems.
seized by town police
police have issued over 25 warnings, 100 fixed penalty notices
and seized at least two vehicles in an operation to crackdown
on anti-social driving in the town so far this year. We reported
last month how a speeding crackdown had been started. More...
safety plans welcomed
in Highbridge have this week welcomed the news that a much-needed
traffic calming scheme looks set to go ahead later this year.
The County Council's highways department said this week it plans
to install road humps at two locations in Worston Road.
seafront runs announced
all abilities are being encouraged to take part in a series of
5km road runs being held in Burnham-On-Sea this summer.
Martin Rogers from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy (pictured)
is organising the three races in July and August on the town's
rating for town food outlets
businesses in the Burnham area have been awarded a maximum five
stars for their food hygiene practices in the latest survey by
Sedgemoor District Councils Food Safety Team. Every
food premises in the district gets inspected on a regular basis
and the results are recorded. More...
Club reaches 20th year
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Stroke Club marked the 20th anniversary
of the group with a celebratory event on Tuesday (July 8th). Deputy
Mayor Derrick Cooper was the special guest at the event and praised
the group for its important work over the decades. More...
pulled from roadside ditch
recovery service was called to winch this vehicle from a roadside
ditch at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday morning (July
9th). The Ford Escort came off Brean Road, near Hope Farm cottages,
leaving it badly damaged, as pictured in our photo here.
walker injured by gull
WOMAN was taken to hospital after being
attacked by a seagull on Burnham seafront on Wednesday morning
(July 9th). The 36-year-old was walking along The Esplanade, near
the pier, at 8.45am when a gull swooped onto her head and pecked
her several times, leaving her with several wounds. More...
target town churches
thieves have stolen strips of lead worth thousands of pounds from
the roofs of two churches in and around Burnham-On-Sea during
the past few days. Police
are investigating separate incidents at St Andrew's Church in
Burnham (pictured right) and Berrow Church, both of which have
crew called to car blaze
the scene in the centre of Highbridge on Wednesday morning (July
9th) when a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called to a vehicle fire.
One fire engine rushed to Coronation Road, besides Church Street,
at 8.20am after a Citroen C5 was reported to be smoking.
set for Picnic In The Park!
eleventh annual Picnic In the Park is set to be held in the town's
Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 13th). The entertainment will
be headed up by the 20-piece Boulevard Swing Big Band, who played
at the event in 2006 (as pictured in our story). More...
fear for local post offices
MP has this week expressed his fears for the future of post offices
in our area if post office card accounts are scrapped. David Heathcoat-Amory
visited two post offices in the Burnham area, just days after
the government announced the closures of nine more post offices
in the Wells Constituency. More...
anger over toilets sell-off
Burnham-On-Sea town councillors this week threatened to withdraw
£35,000 of funding for the district council in protest at
the authority's decision to shut down and sell the town's seafront
toilets. At a meeting on Monday evening (July 7th), several councillors
proposed the controversial move in a bid to "force Sedgemoor
District Council to sit up and take notice." More...
to headline town concert
line-up for this summer's annual Under a Summer Moon concert in
Burnham-On-Sea has been announced this week. The popular concert
will be held on Saturday 26th July at Burnhams BASC Ground.
Top of the bill will be Geno Washington (pictured). We have a
full preview of the summer event. More...
aims to keep town clean
community-spirited Highbridge residents has launched a scheme
to tackle the problem of overflowing recycling bins in the town
centre. The group will check on the busy recycling centre in Bank
Street at least once a day on a weekly basis to monitor whether
it overflows. More...
cuts power in town
homes in Highbridge were without power on Monday afternoon (July
7th) after a blaze at a furniture factory in the town. These were
the scenes at Woodberry Brothers and Haines in Commerce Way as
fire crews from across the area battled a blaze at a power sub
station on the company's site.
damages water park
freak whirlwind caused extensive damage at a water park near Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday afternoon (July 6th). Middlemoor Water Park bore the
brunt of the extreme weather conditions, which saw sudden strong
winds bring down fencing and cause damage. More...
shopping guide launches
NEW guide to the best of Burnham-On-Sea's independent shops has
been officially launched this week by the town's Chamber Of Trade.
group has launched the pocket-sized booklet, which provides an
A-Z guide to Burnham's leading independent shops and includes
75,000 copies. More...
boutique to open in town
NEW women's clothing boutique that aims to "bring fashion
and flare to Burnham-On-Sea" is set to open its doors in
the town this week. Scarlet Boutique in Victoria Street will officially
open on Tuesday morning (July 8th) and will sell a range of womens'
clothes and accessories. More...
aid cadets in UK top three
St John Ambulance cadets from Highbridge and Burnham are celebrating
this week after finishing in the top three places at the national
finals of the St John Ambulance First Aid Competition. Charlotte
Aldred, 16, and Lucy Westlake, 14, travelled to Croydon. More...
completes global race
SPECTACULAR welcome greeted Burnham-On-Sea yacht skipper Mark
Preedy on Saturday (July 5th) when he and the other crews of the
Round the World Yacht Race arrived back in Liverpool at the end
of their 35,000-mile circumnavigation. The return to Albert Dock
marked the end of a challenge of a lifetime. More...
fails to hit school's fair
downpours of rain failed to dampen spirits at the annual King
Alfred School Summer Fair in Highbridge on Sunday afternoon (July
6th). A large crowd of pupils, friends and families filled the
school's main hall where stalls, music, entertainment and games
were laid on. More...
photos: Summer fete fun
painting was among the activities taking place during the annual
summer fete at Highbridge's St John Church on Saturday (July 5th).
The event, held at St John's School, also saw a performance by
King Alfred Band and demonstrations by Canine Capers plus lots
of games and stalls. More...
burglary at town shop
A SMASH and grab raider fled with almost £6,000 of stock
during a daring daytime burglary at a town centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea
on Friday afternoon (July 4th). The stunned shop owner, who has
asked not to be identified, told Burnham-On-Sea.com how the man
smashed the front window of his shop before fleeing. More...
show tickets go on sale
rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea performing arts group
as it plans to hold its annual summer show next weekend. Curtain
Call School of Performing Arts is to hold two performances full
of well-known Broadway and West End show tunes and dances. More...
kids centre to launch
new £500,000 Octopus Children's Centre will be officially
opened next week. The centre - which has been developed by Somerset
County Council and other groups - will be opened at 2pm on Friday
July 11th with a celebration and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
photos: Art exhibition opens
colourful work of six local artists has gone on show this week
at an exhibition in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The display
of photos, paintings and other artwork is open to the public at
Sea Breeze Gallery in Victoria Street, opposite the town's cinema,
throughout the month of July. More...
injured in A38 accident
MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital with back injuries after an
accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (July
3rd). Our photo shows police at the scene of the accident, which
occurred shortly after 5pm and led to the road being blocked for
a short time. More...
helped from mud
were helped to safety by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Thursday
afternoon (July 3rd) after they got into difficulty on the mudflats
at Brean. The village's beachwarden raised the alarm shortly before
4pm after three teenagers were struggling waist-deep in mud near
presents community award
BURNHAM-On-Sea charity worker's tireless efforts have been recognised
this week with the presentation of a special community award by
the town's MP. Barbara Thorogood has been a leading light for
many years within Burnham's Gateway Club and BAY Centre. More...
publish Hinkley policy
BURNHAM-based group campaigning against Hinkley Point power station
has this week published its policy about the future of the nuclear
plant - and called for the immediate closure of Hinkley B. The
statement came from Parents Concerned About Hinkley (PCAH). More...
backs widow's campaign
of residents from a village near Burnham-On-Sea are supporting
a widow's campaign for road safety changes following the tragic
death of her husband in a road accident earlier this year. Gordon
Ireland was knocked down on the A38 in Rooksbridge in January
and this week his wife Pat is at the forefront of a campaign to
get a safe crossing point to avoid more fatal accidents.
cadets celebrate success
A GROUP of
Burnham Sea Cadets is celebrating this week after winning a trophy
and medals during a regional boat pulling competition. The team,
pictured, won first place after competing in three races and now
go on to represent the district in the area competition. More...
fish caught from jetty
bass was caught by an angler on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty on Wednesday
evening (July 2nd). Michelle Mewdell reeled in the 6lb 8oz catch
on the falling tide using a rod and line. The fish is among the
biggest bass caught from the beach during the current bass fishing
festival opens today
Chamber Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a
three-day event in St Mary's Church which opens today (Thursday
July 3rd). A wide range of music will be performed at the festival,
including Schubert's Trout Quintet, over the course of the popular
crew called to kitchen blaze
A FIRE engine
from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Wednesday evening (July
2nd) after a kitchen blaze broke out at a seafront property. On
arrival on The Esplanade, the crews confirmed the small fire had
already been extinguished in the kitchen area of a bedsit and
for town Coastguards
& Photos: SIX members of
Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard team were awarded Commendations by
the UK's Chief Coastguard during
a special ceremony in Weston on Tuesday (July 1st) following their
work during the 2007 Gloucestershire floods. The six were praised
for their efforts in helping flood victims.
crackdown 'a success'
police have confirmed that a crackdown against speeding motorists
along the town's seafront last Friday was a success. Several drivers
were issued with speeding tickets by officers equipped with speed
cameras along The Esplanade during the operation. More...
to feature in TV series
will take centre stage in a brand new primetime BBC One drama
series due to hit our TV screens later this month. An
episode of Bonekickers was filmed on Brean Down, near the
wartime fort, earlier this year and the show will be broadcast
later in July, it was confirmed this week. More...
call for safety changes
residents living in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea launched a campaign
on Monday (June 30th) to get double yellow lines introduced a
"dangerous" road junction where they claim "an
accident is waiting to happen." They say urgent changes are
needed in Jubilee Street. More...
awards for Coastguards
the Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team will be awarded with
Chief Coastguard commendations later today (Tuesday July 1st)
for their efforts during the 2007 Gloucestershire floods. Following
unprecedented levels of rainfall on 20th July 2007, the civil
infrastructure of both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire was overwhelmed,
resulting in substantial damage to property.
over town clock vandals
historic three-sided clock has been struck by vandals who have
smashed one of its glass faces. Highbridge town councillor Joe
Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (June 30th): "It's
very sad that someone would damage this wonderful old clock, which
has been a part of Highbridge's history for many decades."
£29,000 CCTV camera?
introduce a new £29,000 CCTV camera in Burnham's vandalism-hit
Manor Gardens received luke warm support from town councillors
at a meeting on Monday evening (June 30th). Cllr John Swayne,
who represents the district council on Somerset's Crime and Disorder
Reduction Partnership, outlined plans to introduce a new permanent
CCTV camera in the park. More...
hit charity target!
from across the South West converged on Berrow at the weekend
when a local group held a fundraising tournament. The Coastal
Archers hosted the annual Jellybow Challenge on Berrow playing
fields, with all profits going to the Children's Hospice charity
at Wraxall. More...
signs promote Cove plans
explaining the plans to restore Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens
have been introduced on the boarded-up seafront shelters this
week. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported last week how an
online petition had been launched to drum up support for the £670,000
dodge seafront traffic!
walkers wondered whether the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's beach donkeys
had introduced a new seafront route to walk her animals on Monday
(June 30th) after seven were seen wandering along The Esplanade,
as pictured here. It all turned out to be due to a broken down
horse box. More...
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