2009 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
held after town centre fight
30 year-old man has been arrested by police in Highbridge after
a fight involving a knife. Three
teams of police officers and an ambulance crew were called to
Market Street on Thursday evening (July 30th) after reports of
an altercation. Police
were called to Market Street, opposite the One Stop Shop, at 7.45pm.
hurt in road accident
CYCLIST was treated for minor injuries after a collision with
a vehicle at a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
on Friday (July 31st). Police
and ambulance crews were called to the Edithmead roundabout besides
junction 22 of the M5 motorway at 7.15am,
as pictured. More...
in race to be carnival queen
new Carnival Queen and two Princesses will be chosen at a ceremony
in the town this evening (Friday July 31st). Organisers said they
had received six entries for the position of Queen and 13 entries
for the role of Princesses by the deadline earlier this week.
TV chef Martin Blunos
chef will be at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(August 1st) to officially launch a new concession. Martin Blunos,
who has a regular slot as a guest chef on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen,
will be showing off his cooking skills at Sanders Garden World
target illegal parking
parking in Burnham-On-Sea town centre is to be tackled by local
police officers over the next three months.
problem was selected as the top priority at the latest Burnham
(Partners and Communities Together) meeting,
was well attended by residents.
football coaching in town
stars of the future will be able to show off their skills at a
special event in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Two free-of-charge
FA Skills Days are taking place on Friday 31st July and Saturday
1st August at
the Tesco store in Ben Travers Way from 11am-6pm.
'Halt anti-social drinking'
MP has this week challenged the Government on what action they
are taking to reduce irresponsible and anti-social drinking. David
Heathcoat-Amory has taken up the matter with the Government to
ensure supermarkets play their part
in stopping the problems.
new homes for Burnham
housing developer has this week been given permission to build
48 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea. Swindon-based
Bloor Homes had applied to construct the properties on land off
Thorndike Way and Cookson Close. The development covers one, two
and three bed "affordable" homes.
bosses have this week granted permission to Tesco to extend its
Burnham-On-Sea store - but placed 19 conditions on the company.
The supermarket giant had applied for permission to build extensions
to its South and East elevations and create a new formation of
its store in Ben Travers Way.
advice at drop-in centre
Highbridge residents can now get fire safety advice and discuss
council housing issues with Sedgemoor District Council bosses
at the Asda police pod in Highbridge. A series of new drop-in
sessions has been arranged over the coming weeks
for the benefit of local residents.
robbed in Berrow Road
issued an appeal for witnesses and information after a robbery
in Berrow Road in Burnham-On-Sea. The
incident occurred on Monday (July 27th) between 10.30pm and 11pm.
The victim was walking from Manor Gardens along Berrow Road, away
from the town centre. More...
for action at danger junction
residents in Highbridge have this week called on the County Council
to improve safety at a road junction where they say "an accident
is waiting to happen." Residents
of Isleport Lane say speed limits should be cut along neighbouring
Mark Road and a fence that "severely hampers the visibility
of motorists" should be cut back.
becomes a London statue!
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident became a 'living statue' in London's Trafalgar
Square at the weekend. Sue
Quatermass, a community development worker in Burnham and Highbridge,
was chosen to be one of the 2,400 people spending an hour alone
on the empty plinth. More...
set for busy summer
beach will again be in safe hands this summer after the town's
lifeguards this week completed an extensive training course in
preparation for the holiday season. They
have undergone a course covering rescue, resuscitation and first
aid plus beach safety skills. More...
to begin on fire-hit hotel
to renovate this fire-damaged former hotel in Highbridge will
finally begin in August after Sedgemoor District Council this
week said it had given permission for the work to begin. The Highbridge
Hotel will be cleared of anything structurally unsound, while
preserving those areas of the property covered by listed building
of porpoise found on beach
of this dead porpoise was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea Beach on
Monday morning (July 27th) - the second such discovery in as many
District Council collected the carcass, pictured here, after a
resident near Maddock's Slade spotted it and alerted the council.
cake wins chef award
decorated cake has won a Burnham-On-Sea school chef a top award
in a culinary competition. Wendy
Bishop, Catering Manager at St Andrews Junior School in
Burnham, has been awarded a Gold award for her Decorated Celebration
'Finishing Touches' competition, organised by LACA, the Local
Authority Caterers Association.
to be debated
future of Burnham-On-Sea's regeneration plans will be debated
at a public meeting in the town on Wednesday evening (July 29th).
Chamber of Trade has invited a rep from the South West Regional
Development Agency (SWRDA) to explain its decision, along with
local council bosses.
hoop record bid at Berrow
world record attempt is set to be held on Berrow beach at the
end of August. The
bid is set to be held on Sunday August 30th from 11am-2pm, with
the record attempt itself taking place at 12 noon. Organisers
need to attract over 2,290 people to beat the record. More...
is dinner lady for a day!
the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Burnham-On-Sea,
spent a day serving lunches in a local school last week to see
for herself how meals have changed since she was a pupil. She
was impressed with the meals on offer and served up a few meals
to the pupils. More...
to film TV series on beach
Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Beaches will come under the microscope
on Thursday (July 30th) when a BBC TV crew will be filming there.
The makers of BBC2's Horizon series will be filming several
scenes on the beaches for a discussion on the programme about
quantum physics. More...
last butcher to close
BURNHAM-On-Sea's last remaining High Street butcher's shop
looks set to close later this year. 'Shop
To Let' boards have been erected outside Palmers and shop manager
Mike Gould (pictured below) confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that
competition from local supermarkets has proved too much for butcher.
fundraiser earns award
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat fundraiser has been recognised for her
dedication. Jan Pearce, Treasurer and Acting Chairman of the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge RNLI Fundraising Branch, was presented with a Silver
Award for Fundraising by Admiral Lord Boyce in Poole. More...
vehicles in difficulty on beach
sand and fast incoming tides on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea
area have again caught out several vehicle drivers this week.
huge crane pictured above got into difficulty on Burnham-On-Sea
beach, near Maddock's Slade, while attempting to reach the low
stranded in mid-air on fair ride
crews from across Somerset were called to Brean Leisure Park on
Friday (July 24th) after four people became trapped on a huge
fairground ride. The Fire Service was called to help four youngsters
stuck on 'Extreme', a high-level fairground ride at the park.
They were evntually lowered to safety with the help of the fire
sweeps over Burnham
were the remarkable scenes in the skies over Highbridge on Thursday
afternoon (July 23rd) as a mini twister swept through our area.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reader Graham Powell took these photos of the
funnel cloud as it moved quickly across the skies in our area.
Several forum users also reported seeing the twister.
tourism group launches
NEW association to unite Somerset's tourism trade and bring more
visitors into the county has been launched this week with a ceremony
at a much-loved local landmark. The
Somerset Tourism Association Community Interest Company (STA)
will allow local tourism businesses to have their say on how the
industry is run.
Flag award for Apex
Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park has this week been awarded a Green
Flag Award for 2009-2010. The results of this year's Green Flag
Award were announced by TV star Michaela Strachan at a Green Flag
Awards Ceremony in Bournemouth on Wednesday afternoon (22nd July).
rescue on Brean beach
MAN trapped in waist-deep mud on Brean beach with a fast-incoming
tide around him has been rescued after a race against time on
Wednesday afternoon (July 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina
hovercraft was called out to help the man at 3.30pm, after a beach
warden spotted him. More...
promoted to teachers!
pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school became assistant head teachers
for a day as a reward for their 100 per cent attendance during
the school year. Oliver Cook and Charlotte Small from Burnham-On-Sea
Infants School, were promoted on Wednesday (July 22nd). More...
'winning war on drugs'
in Highbridge have this week been told by police that they are
winning the war on drug dealing in the town. More than 30 people
attended a special PACT meeting (Partners and Communities Together)
at Highbridge Community Centre on Tuesday (July 21st). More...
concert tickets selling fast
are selling fast for this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Mid-Summer
Madness concert, which will be held over two nights at the town's
Princess Theatre. The event, which replaces 'Under A Summer Moon',
will bring together a top line-up of entertainers on Friday 24th
July and Saturday 25th July. More...
and cash stolen in break-ins
Thieves stole computers and cash during two night-time break-ins
in East Huntspill last week. Burnham-On-Sea police officers are
investigating whether the two break-ins, in Church Road and Willow
Close, are connected although they currently think that they are
In Bloom judges visit town
from the Britain In Bloom competition visited Burnham-On-Sea on
Tuesday (July 21st) and were impressed with the colourful floral
displays on show across the town. The two judges were met by Burnham
Mayor Derick Cooper and Burnham In Bloom organisers Richard Young
and Dave Perrett. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Regeneration Partnership is
being 'mothballed' due to a lack of funding, we can reveal. The
group is being disbanded and its Chairperson, former County Councillor
Rosemarie Parsons, has confirmed she will step down in September
without a replacement being appointed.
crash causes M5 delays
multi-vehicle accident caused delays for motorists on the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (July 21st). A lorry collided with
a Highways Agency vehicle on the hard shoulder of the northbound
carriageway near to junction 23. Police officers, fire crews and
ambulances were called to the scene at 11.30am.
busy end to school term
has been a very busy end to the school term this week for sixth
form students at Highbridge's King Alfred School. The school's
Sixth Form Committee have been busy making preparations for the
new term in September, laying down plans to receive the new Year
12s at a Freshers' Fayre. More...
in spotlight at Berrow
walks were one of the activities on offer during a special Dunes
Discovery Day at Berrow on Saturday (July 18th). Pond
dipping, a wildlife quiz and plant hunting were enjoyed by visitors
to Berrow Nature Reserve. Somerset Moth Group's Bill Irwin was
among the experts at the event. More...
escape for elderly motorist
elderly motorist was treated for shock after this accident in
Brent Knoll on Monday morning (July 20th). Police
were called to Brent Street at 11am after the red Fiat Panda crashed
head-on into a tree, as pictured. Brent Street was partially closed
while emergency services were at the scene.
sentenced over sex photos
25-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man has this week been sentenced to
a three-year community order after pleading guilty to possessing
child porn images. John Riches, of Aldwych Close, blamed a 'troubled
childhood' and his inability to express his feelings for his actions.
He was sentenced on Monday. More...
police meetings this week
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to have their say
about policing at two public meetings this week. Burnham's PACT
(Partners and Communities Together) meeting will be held on Thursday
July 23rd at 7.30pm in the Town Council Chambers and Highbridge's
on Tuesday evening. More...
sickness bug latest
outbreak of a sickness bug at a Burnham-On-Sea school is being
brought under control, with just a dozen pupils still away on
Monday morning (July 20th). A total of 48 pupils at Burnham Infants
School were taken ill last week as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com.
rider Zara in local action
horse rider Zara Phillips competed at a horse trials near Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (July 18th). The daughter of Princess Anne attended
the Stockland Lovell horse trials besides Hinkley Point, as pictured
here, where she competed on three horses and did well in two categories.
Island Swim in photos
swimmer Mark Dunstone won first place in Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling
Stert Island Swim this afternoon (Sunday, July 19th). The annual
2,400m sea swim went ahead despite high winds and choppy seas
making challenging conditions. Several competitors were unable
to finish. More...
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show raises hundreds
A COLOURFUL flower festival held at a church on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea attracted crowds of visitors over the weekend.
Over a dozen flower displays with the theme birthdays and anniversaries
were on show at the two-day event which was held inside Edithmead
in row over Hinkley
A DEAL between
several local councils and a nuclear energy firm to process plans
for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea,
has led to fears that it will by-pass the democratic process.
Campaigners from the Stop Hinkley group say there is a "clear
conflict of interest". More...
helps pair in river
video: A Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew was launched on Saturday
afternoon (July 18th) to help two sailors in difficulty in the
River Brue. The Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched at 4pm
from the jetty to assist a yacht that had run aground on the muddy
banks of the river estuary near to Highbridge's sewer works. More...
photos: Lions Family Fun Day
A DAY of
non-stop fun organised by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club was held on
the seafront at its Family Fun Day on Saturday (July 18th). The
free event was opened by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper
on the South Esplanade and included entertainment from six local
centre celebrates five years
weather failed to dampen spirits at Highbridge Children's Centre
on Friday (July 17th), which celebrated its fifth anniversary
with a busy day of activities. Staff, parents and children flocked
to the centre in Coronation Road for the special event, held throughout
the day at the centre.
circus comes to Brean
circus show has arrived at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea,
and is set to entertain holidaymakers throughout the summer season.
The Voltini Sideshow is taking place in a darkened Victorian-style
tent near the entrance to the leisure park. More...
scare at Burnham bank
fire crews rushed to a town centre bank on Friday afternoon (July
17th) after staff reported a smell of burning. Two fire engines
were sent to Nat West Bank in Regent Street to investigate shortly
after 4pm, as pictured here. No sign of a fire was found during
show raises RNLI cash
A FUNDRAISING fashion
s how held at Brean on Wednesday (July 15th) to raise money for
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI raised more than £300. The event included
entertainment from Burnhams Wrinkly Rappers and comedian
Jim Darch. There were several fashion parades from local retailers.
ready for Bloom judges
FINAL preparations are being made in Burnham-On-Sea this week
for the yearly visit by the judges from the Britain In Bloom competition.
Residents are being urged to tidy their gardens and keep the town
litter-free ahead of the judges' visit on Tuesday July 21st. More...
photo released by police
police have this week released this CCTV image of a man they want
to talk to in connection with an attempted theft from a Brent
Knoll garden centre. Police want help in identifying the white
man who may be able to help with their enquiries into the attempted
theft of a garden strimmer. More...
outbreak hits Burnham school
pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school have been struck down by the
Norovirus sickness bug. The headteacher of Burnham Infants School,
Andrew Marsh, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday morning (July
16th): "I can confirm that 48 of our 210 pupils have caught
Norovirus and are not at school today."
Fun Day this Saturday
non-stop fun is promised by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club when the
group holds its annual Family Fun Day on the town's seafront this
Saturday (July 18th). The free event will be held on the South
Esplanade from 11am-4pm and will include entertainment from six
local groups, plus various attractions. More...
crews called to kitchen blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea attended a kitchen fire in Watchfield,
near Highbridge, on Thursday morning (July 16th). On their arrival,
the fire appeared to be out, but after further investigation the
crews found there were still hot spots from within an oil-fuelled
for community group's future
of one of Burnham-On-Sea's largest community groups could be in
jeopardy if thousands of pounds cannot be found for urgently-needed
repairs to the town's Community Centre. Burnham's University of
the Third Age has more than 500 members and runs over 40 classes
from the centre in Berrow Road.
unveils new history board
board displaying photographs and the history behind the former
brick works at Apex Park in Highbridge was officially unveiled
by the town's Mayor on Wednesday afternoon (July 15th). Members
of he Friends of Apex Park Group has been working on the project
for two years. More...
for horticultural entries
growers, handicraft hobbyists, cooks and amateur photographers
alike are being invited to take part in Burnham-On-Sea & District
Horticultural Societys 42nd annual show. There are 10 sections
and 133 classes to be entered with cups, shields, medals, trophies
and tankards to be won. More...
boosted by recession
the holiday parks company founded at Brean in 1946 by Fred Pontin,
has this week reported a 25% surge in bookings as cash-strapped
holidaymakers turn to cheap stay-at-home breaks. The company is
in the midst of one of its busiest-ever booking periods. More...
boy racers in firing line
residents in Burnham-On-Sea are tackling the problem of speeding
motorists with the launch of a new community speedwatch group.
by speed guns, the group of six reisdents, who include town councillor
Neville Jones, launched the group on the South Esplanade on Tuesday
evening (July 14th). More...
compete in sandcastle event
200 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the district
gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (July 14th)
to take part in a mass sandcastle building competition. The
youngsters from across the area took part in the contest next
to the town's jetty. More...
discovery shocks resident
shocked resident in Burnham-On-Sea was stunned to find this bag
of drugs discarded on a busy town centre pavement at the weekend.
discovery of the bag of cannabis was made by a woman walking home
along Abingdon Street on Sunday evening (July 12th).
vehicle pulled to safety
Land Rover had to be towed to safety after getting stuck in mud
half a mile from the beach at Brean on Monday afternoon (July
charity BARB was called to the scene at 3.15pm after the trapped
vehicle with three people inside was spotted almost half a mile
from the shore by beachwarden Dave Furber.
organisers of the Highbridge and Burnham carnival have come up
with a speedy way of driving up fundraising for this year's event.
have bought this fully-working replica of Lewis Hamilton's Formula
One car and launched a competition for a child to win a ride in
callers not welcome here!
police have this week launched a brand new 'no cold calling zone'
in Pawlett. With zones now in operation across much of Burnham,
additional schemes are now being rolled out into rural areas,
with East Huntspill also set to follow during the next few weeks.
exhibition opens at gallery
of colourful paintings by Burnham-On-Sea artist Peter Howe has
opened in the town this week. The
display of artwork is open each day at Sea Breeze gallery in Victoria
Street until Saturday August 1st. Somerset-born Peter has had
many paintings exhibited across the world. More...
sessions start in town
of a series of weekly 'community drop-in sessions' is being
held at Highbridge's police pod on Tuesday (July 14th). The centre,
which is located in the Asda car park, will be open every Tuesday
from 10am-2pm, when it will be manned by volunteers from Highbridge's
LAT and local PCSOs. More...
at special regeneration meeting
of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade met MP David Heathcoat-Amory
at a special meeting in the town over the weekend to discuss how
to take forward plans for regeneration. It
follows the recent decision
by the South West Regional Development Agency not to
of vital funding
to the project.
sailor swims to Down
fell overboard into the Bristol Channel from his trimaran managed
to swim to Brean Down on Saturday (July 11th) where he was rescued
by a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards. The sailor, from Weston,
had set sail alone from Uphill on Saturday morning, but had got
into dificulty in Weston Bay.
concert draws big crowd
summer weather and a great line-up of musicians
attracted a big crowd to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday
afternoon (July 12th). The 12th annual Picnic
In the Park was headlined by the highly-acclaimed Blues
band ZZ Birmingham. They
belted out almost an hour of top music. More...
starts summer open days
Deputy Mayor and Mayoress were among the visitors to a new series
of summer open days being held at the town's rescue hovercraft
charity BARB. Danny
Titcombe and his partner Jo Hughes met crewmembers and also climbed
onboard the life-saving Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, pictured.
shines on King Alfred Fair
was one of the many fun activities at a Highbridge school's annual
summer fair on Sunday (July 12th). King Alfred School's popular
event included a traditional 'splat the rat' fairgraound game
and a chance to throw a wet sponge at teacher Jean Paul Hoskins!
walker injured in beach fall
the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday morning (July 11th)
when Coastguards came to the rescue of a lady who had suffered
a suspected broken leg in a fall. A team of Burnham Coastguards
carried the middle-aged woman on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance
after she fell near Maddock's Slade.
bistro opened in Burnham
bistro and coffee house opened in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July
11th). Yorkshire couple Sam and Steven Crowden have taken over
the lease of the former French's
Cafe in College Street, which shut down at the end of 2008.
officially opened on
case of Swine Flu emerges
of a Berrow Primary School pupil has become the latest person
in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be affected by Swine Flu, it emerged
on Friday (July 10th). The father has been struck with a suspected
case of the bug, and his child is not attending the school as
a precaution. More...
tidy-up in town
of Highbridge's Dreamscheme launched a big clean-up operation
in the town to ensure it was tidy before the visit of judges from
the Britain In Bloom competition. The enthusiastic group of 20
children and their leaders collected several sackfuls of rubbish
from around the town. More...
judges praise Highbridge
from the annual Britain In Bloom competition visited Highbridge
on Thursday (July 9th) when the town showed off many colourful
flower displays. Organisers
from the Highbridge In Bloom committee have been busy making final
preparations for the special day during recent weeks.
set for Picnic In The Park!
12th annual Picnic In the Park is set to be held in the town's
Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th). The entertainment will
be headed by the highly-aclaimed group Zee Zee Birmingham, who
will bring their unique style of music to the popular free annual
false alarm at Morrisons
FIRE alert at Burnham-On-Sea's newly-opened Morrisons supermarket
on Thursday afternoon (July 9th) turned out to be a lot of hot
air! A Burnham fire engine was sent to the new Pier Street store
at 1.05pm after its alarms were activated - but it later emerged
that a bakery oven had caused the alert. More...
target parking machines
THIEVES have attacked several parking
payment machines along Burnham seafront this week, stealing money
from inside and causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Several
of the solar-powered machines along the North Esplanade have been
attacked and coins taken from inside. More...
drinks licence approved
BURNHAM town councillors have this week
reversed their decision to disallow the town's Princess Hall to
sell alcohol until midnight every day and on special occasions
until 2am. Members
of the council's Planning Committee had rejected the plan,
but the full council has overturned the decision. More...
for carnival queen starts
search is on to find his year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen
and two Princesses. The successful entrants will lead the Burnham
and Highbridge Carnival Procession on Monday 9th November and
also present awards to the winners on the annual carnival presentation
night later in the year. More...
case of Swine Flu reported
PUPIL at King Alfred School in Highbridge was named as the second
person in the Burnham area to be suffering from suspected Swine
Flu on Wednesday (July 8th).
teacher Keith Diffey told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a girl in Year
8 of the school had been diagnosed with Swine flu. More...
appointed Mayor's cadet
Mayor has this week formally welcomed his official new cadet for
the coming year. Cllr Derick Cooper named Burnham Scout Nick Jones
during this week's town council meeting and congratulated him
on his new position, which he got after an interview. More...
show for lifeboat charity
lifeboat supporters will be able to support the life-saving charity
at a fashion show in Brean on Wednesday July 15th. The event,
to be held at Brean Leisure Centre, will include a raffle and
entertainment from Burnham-On-Sea's very own Wrinkly Rappers.
book boost for charity
and visually-impaired children are to benefit from an £80,000
modernisation of a book production department at a charity based
in Highbridge. The revamped, digitalised 'CustomEyes' equipment
has expanded at the National Blind Children's Society and was
unveiled at a special ceremony. More...
raises £750 for helicopter
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge 123 and The Julie
Bowden School of Dancing have handed over £750 to Dorset
and Somerset Air Ambulance following a fundraising event. Members
of the Burnham lodge visited the headquarters of the Air Ambulance
at Sherborne, as pictured. More...
star on BBC1 TV show
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple's search for
a new home was the centre of attention on BBC1's To Buy Or
Not To Buy TV programme on Tuesday morning (July 7th). John
and Shirley Endall appeared on the show with the intention of
moving home from Burnham to their family in Staffordshire. More...
new town drugs raid
THIS was the dramatic moment when police
in Highbridge this week raided a home in the centre of the town
and then arrested a man in connection with drugs charges. Officers
forced their way into the flat in Church Street by breaking down
a front door and then arrested a man inside. More...
Flu alert in Highbridge
teacher at a Highbridge school has this week become the first
local person to contract suspected Swine Flu. A letter was distributed
to parents at St John's School on Tuesday afternoon (July 7th)
telling them about the situation and offering advice, signed by
acting headteacher Claire Nurse.
dunes day to be held
enthusiasts are to hold a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Nature
Reserve to help raise awareness of the importance of the land.
A range of activities for all ages will be taking place at the
event on Saturday July 18th from 2-5pm including pond dipping,
badge making and a guided walk. More...
Parkway is open at last!
more than 30 years of campaigning by local councillors and residents,
the long-awaited opening of Burnham-On-Sea's 'road-to-nowhere',
the Frank Foley Parkway, finally took place on Tuesday (July 7th).
John Edney, Chairman of Somerset County Council, opened the new
section of road.
visits Guides' photo event
MP was the special guest at a fundraising photography exhibition
organised by the town's Guides to raise money for young women
in Liberia. The event was held at Burnham Scout HQ in Stoddens
Road and was visited by David Heathcoat-Amory. More...
crime drops five per cent
figures in Burnham-On-Sea have fallen five per cent compared to
the same period last year, according to new figures out this week.
Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police said at a council meeting on
Monday evening (July 6th): "Crime has fallen 5.3 per cent
compared to the same time last year." More...
to boost safety at junction
this week called for safety improvements to be introduced at a
busy road junction where it is claimed an 'accident is waiting
to happen.' County
councillors Peter Clayton and John Woodman, plus district councilor
Joe Leach, say urgent action is needed at the Pier Street traffic
photos: Burnham dog show
of Burnham-On-Sea pooches stepped into the spotlight on Sunday
(July 5th) when a popular dog show was held in the town. Crowds
of pet owners attended the event in the town's Manor Gardens,
which was held to raise funds for the local branch of animal charity,
the RSPCA. More...
cafe appeals for helpers
of Burnham-On-Sea's youth cafe have this week issued an urgent
appeal for more volunteers to come forward to help run the popular
facility, which currently is threatened with closure over the
summer period. More adults are needed to help run it on Fridays
and Saturdays. More...
Parkway opens at 2.30pm
long-awaited opening of Burnham-On-Sea's 'road-to-nowhere', the
Frank Foley Parkway, is set to finally take place this afternoon,
Tuesday July 7th. Work to build the missing link between Love
Lane in Burnham and Pepperall Road in Highbridge got underway
in March and final plans are now being made for the grand opening,
which will be held at 2.30pm. More...
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Burnham-On-Sea's
new Morrisons supermarket this morning (Monday, July 6th). The
supermarket's General Manager Steve Pearson and Oven Fresh Assistant
Debbie Derrick officially opened the new-look store in Pier Street
at 9am in front of a long queue of over 150 shoppers.
completes charity leap!
Post Office staff member has raised hundreds of pounds for a local
charity by completing a 15,000 foot tandem skydive. Rosemary
Le-Marchand, 56, travelled to Devon's Dunkerswell Airfield on
Friday (July 3rd) where she leapt from a plane for the Freewheelers
rifle seized in police raid
seized this air rifle, a quantity of drugs, a crossbow and fireworks
in a raid on a Highbridge flat where a 40-year-old has been arrested
and sent back to prison. The man has been charged with a firearms
offence following a spate of serious incidents at Highbridge Quay.
Awards ceremony in photos
from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards for their
service to the community during the town's annual Civic Service
on Sunday afternoon (July 5th). The Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge,
Cllr Derick Cooper, and Somerset's Deputy Lieutenant, Lt Col David
Eliot, handed over the awards.
close: The four civic winners
from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards for their
service to the community at the town's annual Civic Service on
Sunday afternoon (July 5th). Here, we take a closer look at the
four and explain their special qualities
that led to them being nominated for the awards. More...
appeal after fatal crash
have renewed their appeal for witnesses following a fatal road
traffic collision on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
evening (July 4th). One
person a woman from the London area died in the
collision, while a man who was air-lifted from the scene remains
in a critical condition at Frenchay Hospital.
killed in M5 crash
were the scenes on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening
(July 4th) after a motorist died in a serious accident that shut
the southbound carriageway. Fire
engines, police and paramedics rushed to the scene, north of Sedgemoor
Services, after a car went off the roadway shortly before 4.30pm.
outbreak of store wars
opening of a new Morrisons supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea has sparked
a fresh outbreak of 'store wars' in the town, with each supermarket
trying to outdo the other on promotion. Tesco, Lidls, Asda, Somerfield
and Morrisons are all competing for the attention of shoppers.
stars for town tea rooms
at a tea rooms in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after
being told they offer a 'five star service'. JJ Welsh's in the
High Street is one of only a handful of restaurants and cafes
in the town to earn a coveted 5-star rating in Somerset's Food
Scores scheme, run with Sedgemoor District Council. More...
cannabis farm uncovered
plants with a street value of over £15,000 have been seized
in a raid in Highbridge, police said on Friday (July 3rd). A
large quantity of cannabis plants (pictured right) were recovered
by officers from a property in the Walrow area of Highbridge last
Thursday, 26th June.
compete in seafront race
four runners from across the South West took part in a 5km race
on Burnham seafront on Thursday evening (July 2nd). Despite high
summer temperatures generating challenging running conditions,
the event was well supported by athletes and spectators, who lined
part of the South Esplanade. More...
ROCK climber was rescued by Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea on
Thursday afternoon (July 2nd) after getting stranded on cliffs
at Bean Down. The Coastguard team were lowered 40ft down the cliffs
to the man, who was in his early 20s and from Weston. The
man was in his shorts and trainers.
safety cordon is lifted
A safety cordon which was introduced around this chemical
drum after it was unearthed by two metal detector users in Highbridge
was lifted on Thursday (July 2nd) after scientists announced that
the contents inside are not toxic. A stretch of the banks of the
River Brue, near The Clyce, had been sealed off by fire crews
and Environment Agency officials. More...
hold sandcastle contest
than 160 Burnham-On-Sea Brownies, Guides and Rainbows took part
in a mass sandcastle building competition on the town's beach
on Thursday evening (July 2nd). The annual event saw dozens of
fun designs being moulded into the sands near the jetty over several
roundabout opened in town
the final pieces of work before next week's long-awaited opening
of Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway was completed early on
Thursday morning (July 2nd). A new mini-roundabout has been completed
at the junction of Pepperall Road and Burnham Road, near the southern
end of the Frank Foley Parkway.
called to River Axe
JUST hours after they issued a warning
about the dangers of crossing the treacherous River Axe estuary
between Weston and Brean Down, Coastguards were called out to
help a group of teenagers spotted crossing the muddy river on
Wednesday evening (July 1st). More...
to open new Burnham store
SHORT ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday morning (July
6th) to mark the opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new Morrisons supermarket.
Store General Manager Steve Pearson and Oven Fresh Assistant Debbie
Derrick will officially open the store at 9am in front of the
crews called to chip shop
fire crews were sent to tackle a small blaze at a seafront fish
and chip shop in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (July 1st).
Two engines from Burnham were sent to the Esplanade Fish Bar at
8.12pm. Crews found that there was a fire withing the deep fat
boosted in heatwave
summer temperatures in Burnham-On-Sea have led to soaring trade
for tourism businesses in the town this week. Visitors
have been buying ice creams and cool drinks in their droves as
temperatures hit 30°C on Wednesday afternoon (July 1st). "The
weather has been wonderful for trade," said Louise Parkin.
contest winners unveiled
winners of a competition to create a new promotional logo for
Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park were named on Wednesday (July
1st). The competition, run by Sedgemoor District Council and the
Friends of Apex Park's Improvements Group, called on art students
from King Alfred School. More...
visit for young scientists
King Alfred School in Highbridge have been on a journey of scientific
discovery to the Science Museum in London. Thirty pupils from
the 'After School Science and Engineering Club' visited the museum
to see a range of exhibitions and take part in interactive displays.
called to mudwalkers
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was called to investigate several people
walking on the mudflats at low tide near the town's famous lighthouse
on Wednesday evening (July 1st). The Staines Whitfield was undergoing
regular training at the time when they were tasked by Swansea
photos: River bank chemical alert
EMERGENCY services cordoned off an area of river bank in
Highbridge today (Tuesday, June 30th) after two metal detector
users unearthed a corroded drum containing chemicals. The discovery
of the industrial drum next to the River Brue led to the call-out
of fire crews and Environment Agency bosses. More...
Coastguards have issued a safety warning after a group youngsters
posted this video of themselves on YouTube claiming to have walked
from Weston to Brean across the River Axe estuary. Coastguard
Steve Bird said "They are taking their lives into their own
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