2010 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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new Queen is selected
Special: Sixteen year-old Anna Kevan was selected by a panel
of judges to be Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen on Saturday
night (July 31st). At a packed ceremony in Burnham's Princess
Theatre, the King Alfred School student was chosen by four judges
to lead this year's carnival parade.
visitors given send-off
of visitors from Burnham-On-Sea's German twin town have been given
a formal send-off at a civic dinner attended by local dignitaries.
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria
Clarke, plus local councillors, attended the event. More...
wins industry awards
at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World are celebrating after being
presented with two top industry awards. The centre has received
a Highly Commended Award from the Garden Centre Association (GCA)
and has also been named as best for 'Point of Sale Signs'. More...
home scheme to launch
people in the Burnham and Highbridge area will soon have a new
service available to them if they need a roof over their heads
in an emergency. Called Nightstop, the scheme provides short term
emergency accommodation for young people in the Sedgemoor district.
destroyed by fire
crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to out to
tackle a series of shed blazes in Watchfield on Friday evening
(July 30th). At 6.11pm crews from Burnham were sent to a report
of a single shed on fire - but on their approach they could see
large volumes of smoke.
art show opens in town
Art Group kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with the
opening of a week-long exhibition at the town's Community Centre
on Friday evening (July 30th). Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress officially
opened the event at a preview evening in the centre. More...
for seagull cull in Burnham
Concerned residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
called on the district council to do more to reduce the town's
ever-increasing seagull population. Rachel Burland, pictured,
wants Sedgemoor councillors to examine the possibility of culling
bomb attacks - latest
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have identified the four youngsters
who carried out two 'potentially dangerous' smoke bomb attacks
in the town last week. As first featured on Burnham-On-Sea.com,
a bundle of burning paper was pushed through a pensioner's letterbox
and another incident occurred at a nearby school. More...
Play Day next week
and families are being invited to celebrate National Play Day
at a special event in Highbridge's Apex Park next week. The free
annual event at Apex Park will take place on 4th August from 10am3pm.
Organisers say it will be bigger and better than ever this year
with even more to do. More...
theft - CCTV appeal
POLICE have released
CCTV photos of two men they want to speak following an incident
at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket where a knife was used to try
and gain access to a display case containing a mobile phone. The
incident occurred on 13th July, say police. More...
expansion 'on track'
that Tesco had axed its multi-million pound expansion plans for
its Burnham-On-Sea store - and consequently pulled the plug on
£300,000 of regeneration funding for the town - have been
quashed this week. The supermarket giant has confirmed the expansion
proposals are still going ahead. More...
safety in the spotlight
COUNCILLORS in Brean hope scenes like
this will become a problem of the past with the publication of
a brand new beach safety leaflet warning of the dangers that lie
along our coastline. The parish council
has published 60,000 copies of the new brochure. More...
Flag Award won by Apex
Special: THERE were celebrations at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife
Park on Wednesday (July 28th) when a flag-raising ceremony was
held to mark it receiving a sought-after Green Flag Award. Judges
have assessed the park and praised its excellent use of green
space and well-maintained facilities.
in Burnham-On-Sea have chosen tackling anti-social behaviour,
illegal parking and speeding as the top priorities for police
in the town for the next three months. Dozens of residents attended
the latest PACT meeting, held on Wednesday
evening (July 28th). More...
are cut above rest
and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress were among the VIP judges
at a hairdressing competition held on Tuesday (July 27th). Michael
and Maria Clarke visited the L&F Academy in Church Street
to offer their support and encouragement to the business. More...
causes rush hour delays
and ambulance crews were called to a two car accident in Highbridge
on Wednesday evening (July 28th). A Volkswagen and a Ford Fiesta
collided in Burnham Road at the junction with Morland Road at
6pm. Queues of traffic built up in the area while the emergency
services were at the scene.
leads police on chase!
runaway sheep brought traffic to a standstill along a busy road
in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (July 27th). Traffic ground
to a halt in Queen's Drive at 7.40pm as the animal pulled wool
over the eyes of officers as it went on a runaround, dodging in
and out of vehicles.
praised by inspectors
inspectors have this week praised standards for patients at Burnham-On-Sea's
War Memorial Hospital. Every year, the National Patient Safety
Agency publishes comparative information showing the standards
across a range of patient services.
honour for town councillor
long-standing Burnham-On-Sea councillor and his wife have returned
from a 'very memorable' visit to the Queen's Royal Garden Party
at Buckingham Palace where they met several famous names, including
former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
visitors arrive in town
visitors from Burnham's German twin town were formally welcomed
by the Mayor and Mayoress on Monday (July 26th). Michael and Maria
Clarke met the group of 37 people from Fritzlar at a ceremony
held at the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road.
Jagger concert this week
acclaimed musician and song writer Chris Jagger will be performing
at a concert in Brent Knoll this Friday (July 31st). The brother
of Mick Jagger, who is an artist in his own right, will be at
Westcroft Cider Farm for a special one-off concert.
boost for jamboree fund
WEEKEND of fundraising by two Burnham-On-Sea youngsters has raised
more than £200 towards their cost of attending the World
Scout Jamboree. Explorer Scouts Emily Burland and Rebecca Roseff
held a coffee morning and a car wash to raise cash.
plans to build a mini golf course on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
have been axed after the district council ruled today (Monday,
July 26th) that it could not award a lease to the entrepreneur
behind the project. Sedgemoors
Executive Committee met this morning to make the decision. More...
justice for vandals
police are using restorative justice against two youths who caused
criminal damage in the town by setting a deliberate fire. The
restorative justice orders have been served against the duo after
they set a fence on fire in the area of Burnham Road.
look for football team
TEAM of young football players in Burnham-On-Sea has proudly unveiled
its new kit for the coming season, having secured enough local
funding to buy a new strip. Burnham United Juniors have begun
their pre-season training and have managed to buy new clothing.
blaze visible from town
black smoke seen here rising into the sky south of Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday evening (July 24th) was caused by a deliberate lorry
trailer blaze. Two fire engines from Bridgwater were sent to the
A38 at Dunball at 4.45pm after several reports
of the lorry trailer being alight. More...
£1,100 raised for roof repairs
Special: MORE than £1,000 was
raised towards the cost of repairing a church roof in Burnham-On-Sea
during a well-attended summer fete on Saturday (July 24th). A
crowd of supporters flocked to the town's St Andrew's Church for
an afternoon of fun activities.
MP opens community garden
COLOURFUL new community garden has been officially opened in Highbridge
by the town's MP and Mayor this week. MP Tessa Munt, Mayor Michael
Clarke and Deputy Mayor Janet Keen were among the special guests
at the grand opening of the new facilities at the rear of Morland
fun day raises funds
of pounds was raised for good causes when staff at a Highbridge
factory held a fun day in the town's Apex Park on Saturday (July
24th). Stalls, refreshments and entertainment were laid on for
Brake Brothers staff and their families,
raising money for the Children's Hospice South West.
over garden vandals
A furious guesthouse owner in Burnham-On-Sea has hit out at
vandals who attacked his award-winning garden by smashing flower
pots and throwing flowers across pavements on Friday night (July
23rd). Police were called to Ashbourne House in Berrow Road shortly
Week events begin
who want to find out more about attracting butterflies to their
gardens are being invited to a Brent Knoll garden centre during
Save Our Butterflies Week. The event runs from today (Saturday
July 24th) until August 1st at Sanders Garden World
near Burnham-On-Sea. More...
racing returns to Brean
month sees the return of Brean Leisure Parks annual Pig
and Donkey race nights, which are held throughout the summer.
Brean is once again expecting crowds of onlookers to flock to
the first pig races and donkey derby this coming Tuesday (July
when all will be welcome. More...
award for Burnham mum
mother of four from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after
being crowned 'South West Carer Of The Year'. Sarah Stacey has
been a foster carer with Somerset County Council for four years
and in that time has looked after 21 children alongside her own
ball marks end-of-term
and staff at Highbridge Children's Centre have celebrated the
end of the summer term by holding a colourful Bug Ball this week.
Children made costumes, colourful outfits and hats representing
ladybirds, beetles, spiders, lice and many other 'mini beasts'.
£6.3m school is approved
construction of a brand new £6.3m school in Highbridge will
go ahead despite the government scaling back its spending
on the country's schools modernisation programme, it has been
announced this week. Somerset County Council says building
work for the multi-million pound Churchfield Primary School will
go ahead as planned.
spotted over Burnham
BRIGHT UFO has been spotted in the skies above Burnham-On-Sea
this week, it has been claimed. Michael Nixon says he spotted
the unexplained object hovering above the town during the early
hours of Wednesday morning (July 21st) at around 1am.
Several other sightings have also been made. More...
drinkers help hospice
drinkers in Burnham-On-Sea raised more than £400 for St
Margaret's Somerset Hospice on Wednesday (July 21st). The 'Tea
At 3' event was held in the town's Baptist Church Hall in College
Street to celebrate 30 years of caring by the well-known hospice
set new local priorities
in Highbridge have this week chosen tackling anti-social behaviour
and drug dealing as the two top priorities for police in the town.
Dozens of residents attended the latest Partners and Communities
Together (PACT) meeting on Thursday (July
you recognise this man?
police have issued these two CCTV photos of a man they want to
speak to folowing the theft of two handbags from a local garden
centre. Two bags and their valuables were taken from Sanders Garden
World in Brent Knoll at 1.22pm on 25th June.
warning signs welcomed
NEW warning signs have been introduced on Brean Down by the
National Trust following a series of dog deaths on the steep cliffs.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this month how pet owners
had stepped up their calls for improved warnings after five deaths
on the Down this year.
of ITV's 'X-Factor' to visit
Dickson, the voice of ITV1's The X-Factor,
will be visiting a Brean holiday park this weekend when he joins
up with a pop group to perform a summer hit. Members of the public
are welcome to visit Pontin's Brean Sands on Sunday 25th July
at around 9pm.
earns Nick top award
THIS eye-catching image of a violinist
has earned a well-known Burnham-On-Sea photographer a top award
in a prestigious national competition. Nick Tolley has won a gold
award in The Society of Portrait and Wedding Photographers' print
appeal for funding help
Scouts from Burnham-On-Sea who have been selected to represent
Somerset at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden this summer
are holding two fundraising events this weekend. Emily Burland
and Rebecca Roseff each have to raise £2,000 to attend.
flock to flower show
flower festival attracted crowds of visitors to a tiny church
on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Over a dozen
colourful flower displays were on show at the two-day event in
Edithmead Church, which ended on Sunday afternoon (July 18th).
boosts town charity
staff at a bank in Burnham-On-Sea have given a local charity a
boost by holding a fundraising walk. Staff at the Britannia in
College Street have raised over £280 for hovercraft charity
BARB by holding a sponsored walk from Burnham to Berrow and other
farm 'poses M5 risk'
A PROPOSED wind farm that could be built next to the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea would "create long, moving shadows across
the carriageways", causing confusion to motorists and raising
the risk of accidents, a leading wind farm protester told a packed
meeting on Tuesday evening (July 20th).
for St John Badgers
of Highbridge's St John Ambulance Badgers have been celebrating
success after receiving awards during the group's annual presentation
evening. Three 'Superbadger' Awards were handed to Katie Watts,
Paige Heyward and Jaymie Whitehouse
during the evening. More...
to halt 13 seafront flats
THE campaign to prevent this Burnham seafront home from being
demolished and replaced with a block of 13 flats has been relaunched
this week after the developer lodged a formal appeal into the
decision to reject the scheme. Moose Roper Limited has appealed
to The Planning Inspectorate.
U3A marks milestone
and Highbridge's Mayor was the VIP guest at a special event to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of a popular group this week. Cllr
Michael Clark opened Monday's event to mark Highbridge University
of the Third Age's 10th birthday.
A celebratory lunch was held in the community hall. More...
week in Burnham
at a Burnham-On-Sea nursery have been holding a week of fun-filled
events in aid of two good causes. Children at the Fairstart Nursery
in Princess Street enjoyed a visit to a park and took part in
a fun Olympics to raise money for BARB and British Heart Foundation.
judges visit Highbridge
judges were 'blooming impressed' when they made a tour of Highbridge
during their assessment of the town for the Britain In Bloom competition
on Monday (July 19th). Judges Tony Moore and John Bowden were
given a guided tour of the town after being welcomed.
meetings this week
and Highbridge residents will be able to have their say about
policing in the towns when quarterly Partners and Communities
Together (PACT) meetings are held over the next few days. PACT
meetings give residents a chance to influence policing.
school gets beach treat
300 pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school were treated to a morning
on the town's beach to mark the end of the summer term on Monday
(July 19th). The youngsters, aged between 3 to 11, from St Joseph's
enjoyed a fun-filled morning on the sands.
to South Africa
BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager and his friend are set to to cycle from
John O'Groats to Lands End to raise money for a special trip to
South Africa where they will be helping underprivileged children.
Jack Bennett and his friend Daniel Wright are both 17
and local to the area. More...
station visits Burnham
of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront was turned into a radio broadcasting
studio on Monday (July 19th) when a local radio station visited
the town. BBC Somerset's bus pulled up on The Esplanade, allowing
presenter Emma Britton to broadcast her Morning Show live.
pets compete at show
of dogs were on best behaviour when the RSPCA held its annual
dog show in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. The
event, held in Manor Gardens, attracted a wide range of pooches
and owners, who competed in classes ranging from best puppies
tracks victim is named
lady who was killed in last Friday's railway station horror in
Highbridge has been named today (Monday, July 19th) as Lynette
Rawles. The 61 year-old from Church Street in Mark was officially
named by coroner West Somerset's Michael Rose
on Monday morning. More...
hurt in town accident
PENSIONER suffered head and leg injuries in an accident in the
centre of Highbridge this afternoon (Monday, July 19th). Police
sealed off Market Street for several hours while officers investigated
how the woman had been struck by a blue Volvo near the William
that a flag pole or O2 mast?
FROM a quick look, you'd think this
new structure on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is simply
a flag pole. Yet
in fact it is actually a cleverly disguised high-tech mobile phone
mast which O2 has installed on the cinema roof in Victoria Street
over the past week.
enthusiasts held a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Nature Reserve
on Saturday (July 17th) to help raise awareness of the importance
of the land. A range of activities for all ages took place, including
pond dipping, moth identification and a
plant hunt, sand craft, badge making and a guided walk.
On Green hits right note
CROWD of more than 100 jazz fans headed to Brent Knoll on Saturday
night (July 17th) for the village's annual Jazz On The Green.
Terry Williams Ambassadors of Jazz provided the entertainment
for this year's 14th event, which was held on a dry evening.
festival hailed a success
of people visited Burnham-On-Sea's Birds and Beasts Art Festival
over the weekend, with organisers hailing it a big success. Local
arts group Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA) organised an
array of visual treats at Apex Park
over the course of the three day festival. More...
photos: Stert Island Swim
swimmers sprinted into the sea at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Stert Island Swim today (Sunday, July 18th).
unique 2,400m race
participants swimming from the beach to Stert and back in front
of large crowds of spectators on The Esplanade.
hits back over press claims
Burnham-On-Sea's MP has today (Sunday) hit back at a national
newspaper which claims she faces police action after falsely claiming
a council tax discount while sharing her house with a BBC DJ.
The Mail On Sunday reported that Tessa Munt is locked in
a row with Sedgemoor District Council.
prepares for judges
preparations are being made in Highbridge this weekend for the
town to be assessed by judges from the Britain in Bloom competition
on Monday (July 19th). The Highbridge in Bloom committee members
will be out in force all day on Sunday,
cleaning up the town. More...
in council tax probe
MP is reportedly facing police action over allegations that she
falsely claimed a council tax discount while sharing her house
with a DJ, according to a national press article today (Sunday,
July 18th). The Mail On Sunday reports that Tessa Munt
is locked in a row.
praises town art winners
MP handed out prizes to the winners of an art competition on Saturday
(July 17th) during the second day of the town's arts festival.
Munt visited the
Burnham Birds and Beasts Arts Festival at
Apex Park, where she took a tour of the exhibits
before presenting the awards. More...
opposes home plans
build a new two-storey house and wind turbine in Burnham-On-Sea
have been met with a 'thumbs down' from town councillors this
week. Members of the council's planning applications committee
voted unanimously to object
against the scheme. More...
Island Swim preview
EIGHTY swimmers will dash into the sea
at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday
(July 18th). The
unique 2,400m race
will this year start earlier than normal at 12 noon. The
participants will swim from Burnham to Stert Island and back.
spectacle draws crowds
of dancers attracted big crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on
Saturday (July 17th) when a day-long special fundraising event
was held in aid of a cancer charity. 'Dance
On The Beach' was held on the seafront outside the Bay View Cafe
after the high tide caused a late change of location.
festival starts in Burnham
Birds and Beasts Art Festival got off to a great start on Friday
(July 16th) despite variable weather. Local artists placed these
sculptures around Apex Park's lake and lots of people took advantage
of free tuition for 'Painting in the Park'. More...
play area celebrations
Special: CHAMPAGNE corks were popping
in Berrow on Friday (July 16th) when Burnham-On-Sea's former MP
officially opened the village's newly refurbished play area. David
Heathcoat-Amory led the celebration on Berrow Village Green for
the new facilities. More...
horror in Highbridge
middle-aged woman committed suicide at Highbridge Railway Station
this morning (Friday July 16th), halting rail services through
Somerset. Shocked commuters at the station told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how the woman, who is believed to be a local person,
had walked onto the track. More...
help local charities
of pounds was handed over to several local charities this week
following a succesful fundraising swim by members of Burnham-On-Sea
Swimming Club. Sixty youngsters took part in the sponsored swim
at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy
in Berrow Road. More...
roll towards a record!
teenagers who are on track to beat the UK's distance skateboarding
record by rolling from John O'Groats to Lands End travelled through
the Burnham-On-Sea area on Thursday (July 15th). Matt Elver (18),
Charlie Mason (19) and Lee Renshaw (17) are on schedule to break
judges 'impressed' at town
hopes of achieving success in the annual Britain In Bloom competition
were given a boost today (Thursday, July 15th) when two judges
visited the town. Judges Ian Thompson and John Goulden were met
by Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke.
plea: 'Let there be light'
Rugby Club has this week unveiled plans for a £25,000 project
to introduce more flood lighting at its ground in the town. The
club, which is based at Burnham's BASC ground, wants to purchase
three new floodlights and upgrade its existing lighting to enable
more play on winter evenings. More...
arts festival preview
arts festival is taking place in Highbridge's Apex Park this weekend.
The Birds and Beasts Festival runs from Friday 16th July to Sunday
18th July from 10-4pm each day, with free entry. Highbridge and
Burnham Artists (HaBA) is organising the special event. More...
recycling bins in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Berrow are set
to be a problem of the past, according to Sedgemoor District Council.
The authority this week announced that it is increasing the frequency
of its collections of waste in our area. More...
voice merger concerns
DOZENS of worried parents from Highbridge's soon-to-merge
St Johns and Beechfield Schools expressed their concerns over
the amalgamation during a stormy meeting on Wednesday afternoon
(July 14th). New headteacher Wendy Nelder faced questions from
60 parents during the meeting.
On Green this Saturday
of jazz fans will be heading to Brent Knoll this Saturday night
(July 17th) for the village's annual Jazz On The Green. Terry
Williams Ambassadors of Jazz will be providing the entertainment
at this year's 14th event. The performance starts at 7pm on the
village green. More...
for Hillview float
Hillview Carnival Club is "struggling" to raise enough
cash to build this year's float, it said this week as it prepares
for a big fundraising event. The club needs to raise up to £14,000
to complete its new float in time for this year's winter carnival
parades in November. More...
new town crier until 2011
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge will be without an official
Town Crier until next Spring at the earliest, councillors have
decided. Town councillors have decided not to appoint a replacement
for the former town crier Fred Smith (pictured), who died last
for boundary plans re-think
for electoral boundary reform in the Burnham-On-Sea area would
lead to electors in the area being more poorly represented at
District level than before, it has been claimed this week. Cllr
Bob Filmer has written to The Local Government Boundary Commission
dress bikers raise cash
MEMBERS of the Somerset Motorcycle Group donned
fancy dress for a fundraising bike run to Minehead for a Burnham-On-Sea
charity last weekend. Eighteen bikers
took part in the event, held in aid of Burnham hovercraft rescue
charity BARB, and raised a sum of £140.
night to remember!
A BURNHAM hairdesser's friends wanted
to give her a night to remember when they gathered to celebrate
her upcoming wedding. More than 30 pals - all dressed as bridesmaids
- took to the streets of Burnham at the weekend to celebrate the
local couple Sarah Walters, from Haircraft, and her long-time
boyfriend, Steve Kidd. More...
Photos: POLICE have arrested two people after uncovering a
drugs factory in the centre of Highbridge today (Tuesday, July
13th). These were the scenes as drug-making equipment worth thousands
of pounds was seized as officers executed a search warrant in
Market Street. More...
golf plans approved
proposals to build a new mini golf course on this part of Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront were approved by district council planners on Tuesday
(July 13th) - the first of two hurdles before the scheme can proceed.
Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee narrowly voted in favour
of the plans. More...
regatta has ended with an awards ceremony for the winners. The
presentation was held at the end of the popular event, run by
Burnham Sailing Club, which was held over the past two weekends.
The regatta was won overall by Steve Short.
prepares for bloom judges
preparations are underway in Burnham-On-Sea this week for the
yearly visit by judges from the Britain In Bloom competition.
are being urged to tidy their gardens and keep the town litter-free
ahead of the judges' visit this Thursday (July 15th).
Curtain Call School of Performing Arts has joined a new initiative
encouraging children across Somerset to take part in out-of-school
activities. The group has been added to Somerset County Council's
new 'Give It A Go!' scheme, allowing free acitivies.
after man attacked
have appealed for witnesses following an assault in Highbridge
in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 11th). The incident
occurred in Newtown Road when a man was punched in the face and
kicked to the ground. The victim was approached by a group of
males aged approximately 17-18 years.
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this
week been warned to watch out for jellyfish along our tide lines
after several paddlers suffered stings while enoying a cooling
dip. The Moon Jellyfish pictured here was washed up on Brean beach
on Sunday (July 11th).
pay their respects
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have paid their respects to a
prominent district councillor who died on Sunday (July 11th).
Sedgemoor District Council Labour Leader Roger Lavers, pictured,
died of a brain hemorrhage, shocking fellow members.
dancers head to town
of dancers will hold a day-long spectacle on Burnham-On-Sea beach
this Saturday (July 17th) when they take part in a special event
for a cancer charity. 'Dance On The Beach' will be held on a covered
stage near Burnham's beach jetty from 11am-4pm.
at pylons protest meeting
of villagers filled a public meeting near Burnham-On-Sea this
week to discuss stepping up their protests against National Grid's
proposed 37-mile line of huge power pylons through the area. More
than 80 people crowded into Mark Village Hall
for the special public meeting. More...
search for missing man
Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched at 1.50am this morning
(Sunday, July 11th) to search for a missing person. Two
RNLI lifeboats and a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards searched
for the man, who was believed to be in the sea water in Brean.
artist's work on show
work of Burnham-On-Sea artist Tim Smith has gone on display at
a town art gallery this week. Born in Bridgwater and now living
in Burnham, Tim enjoys painting local landscapes, and his work
includes scenes of Brent Knoll, the Mendips and the Quantocks.
backs RAFA fundraiser
Mayor was among the local residents helping to raise money for
the Royal Air Forces Association during a special coffee morning
in the town on Saturday (July 10th). The Burnham branch of the
RAFA organised the "Brew for the Few" event.
donkey goes on show!
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist has put the finishing touches to one of
her most unusual commissions yet - a painted donkey. Judith Champion
has created this rugby-themed donkey is among 40 on display across
Weston-super-Mare to celebrate 200 years of tourism.
arrested after drugs raid
51-year old man was arrested following the seizure of hundreds
of pounds worth of drugs on Friday (July 9th). Cannabis
with a street value of over £240 was removed from a property
in Church Street during the raid at 9.30am. He was charged with
possession of cannabis and will appear in court soon.
golf course protest
PROTESTERS fighting plans for a new mini golf course on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront have launched a poster campaign to halt the scheme. They
have put up posters along The Esplanade next to the grassy area
where entrepreneur Paul Chatwin hopes to build a mini golf park,
as pictured here.
shut as lorry sheds load
was the scene that greeted motorists when they tried to access
the sliproad onto the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday
morning (July 9th). Police and the Highways Agency shut the entry
onto the motorway at Edithmead after a lorry shed its load.
festival gets underway
crowds are expected to flock to East Huntspill's Secret World
Wildlife Rescue centre this weekend for a special healing festival.
The three day Healing Weekend- which runs from Friday 9th July
to Sunday 11th July - includes 150 stalls and exhibitions plus
gets new seafront mural
GROUP of 30 youngsters added a splash of colour to Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront on Thursday (July 8th). A brand new mural was introduced
on the walls outside Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club as part of the
run-up to the town's Birds And Beasts Art Festival.
air-lifted from M5
MOTORIST had to be air-lifted to hospital on Thursday evening
(July 8th) after his careered off the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea.
These were the scenes on the M5 motorway just north of Sedgemoor
Services at 6pm when five fire crews were called to deal with
Mad Hatters Tea Party
were the scenes on Brent Knoll Green on Thursday evening (July
8th) when youngsters in the village took part in a Mad Hatters
Tea Party. Dozens of members of Brent Knoll Rainbows, Brownies
and Guides dressed up in colourful costumes for the fun-filled
leaks shuts business park
A large part of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate was sealed
off this evening (Thursday, July 8th) after a gas leak. Police
and fire crews closed the business park and several factories
were evacuated when a postman's van accidentally struck a gas
mains outside Jester Prints in Hooper Close.
is UK's biathlon champ!
A WELL-known sportswoman
in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after becoming British
Modern Biathlon Champion. Sara Cox-Conklin, who runs Burnham-On-Sea's
Swim and Sports Academy with her husband Mark, travelled to Liverpool
hunt town car vandals
POLICE are hunting vandals who caused hundreds of pounds of
damage to this luxury car in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Deep
scratches and profanities were etched into the paintwork of the
black Jaguar, which was parked in Coleridge Gardens, on Saturday.
run over and hit like a ball'
SHOCKED resident in Burnham-On-Sea has told police how he saw
a group of youths run over a cat with a car and then start playing
football with its body. The resident - who has asked to remain
anonymous - told police how the white cat was run over in Stoddens
is named Mayor's Cadet
Rogers was named as the official cadet for Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor
on Wednesday (July 7th). The 14 year-old, pictured here, said
being chosen to accompany Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria
Clarke at civic functions is a "great honour".
Leaflets warning to residents
and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity has this week warned residents
in Burnham-On-Sea not to be confused by a commercial company which
has been carrying out doorstep collections of clothing, jewellery,
toys and other items in the area during recent days. More...
show comes to Brean
A FUNDRAISING fashion
show is set to be held at Brean Leisure Park next week. The event,
starting at 8pm on Wednesday 14th July, is being held to raise
cash for the RNLI lifeboat charity. Charlie Symes-Thompson is
organising the event after a similar event last year. More...
fine for Apex dog fouler
HIGHBRIDGE resident has been fined £200 for failing to clean
up after his dog when it fouled a grassy area in Highbridge's
Apex Park. The man has been prosecuted after work by Sedgemoor
District Council's Environmental Protection Unit saw the mkan
brought before Sedgemoor Magistrates.
for £6m new school in doubt?
THE merger of two Highbridge schools and the construction
of a modern new £6.3m school in its place has been plunged
into confusion this week. It
comes after the government announced it is scaling back spending
on the country's schools modernisation programme to cut the budget
picks charities of year
Mayor has this week announced that two local good causes will
be his charities of the year. BARB, the organisation that runs
the town's rescue hovercrafts, and The Friends of Burnham Hospital
will both benefit from a series of events.
MP's maiden speech in full
MP has made her maiden speech in the House of Commons over the
past week. Tessa Munt's first speech in parliament covered a range
of local issues, including the contentious one of pylons being
built through the countryside near Burnham.
prompts fireworks re-think
seafront fireworks display may be held on a barge in the middle
of Bridgwater Bay this year after organisers discovered there
is an exceptionally high tide due on the night of the event. Organisers
from Burnham-On-Sea Town Council face a bill of up to £2,500
extra this year. More...
backs Sunday carnival
TOWN councillors have this week
given a thumbs-up to the proposed move of Highbridge and Burnham
Carnival from Monday to Sunday nights from 2012. John Hodgson
of the Carnival Committee outlined the proposed move during a
toiwn council meeting held on Monday. More...
beach gets big clean
beach is looking a lot cleaner this week thanks to the work of
a group of over 20 youngsters. On Monday (July 5th), Burnham Scout
Group's Kingfisher Cubs took part in a beach clean as part of
'The Big Tidy Up' run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
Alfs pupils hold reunion
of former pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School have gathered
together for a special reunion. The class of 1982-1987 met at
Michael's Fun Pub in Burnham on Thursday evening (July 1st) for
a fun-packed night of old memories and meeting fomer pals.
medals for Monarchs!
from Highbridge's Monarchs Acro Gymnastics Club competed in the
South West Championships in Sherbourne on Sunday (July 4th) and
came away with another haul of medals. Leoni Warbarton, Natalie
Hughes and Emily-Kay Smith performed a flawless routine.
security tips on offer
police will be handing out crime prevention advice and security
tips during a special event in the town's High Street on Tuesday
(July 6th). PCSO Sarah England and PCSO Eliot Green will be offering
crime prevention advice and other tips
from a special stand in the High Street. More...
appoints new chaplain
and Highbridge's Mayor appointed his official chaplain for the
coming year on Monday evening (July 5th). Reverend Graham Witts,
vicar of St Andrew's Church, was welcomed to the position by Cllr
Michael Clarke outside the town council chambers.
appeal over cashpoint attack
This cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea was attacked over the
weekend in an apparent attempt to get money inside. Police were
called to the machine outside Burnham's Tesco store in Love Lane
at 3am on Sunday (July 4th) after a passer-by noticed the damage.
lotto boost for Marine Cove
THE project to redevelop Burnham-On-Sea Marine Cove gardens
has been given a massive boost today (Monday, July 5th) with the
news that it is has been awarded £344,200 of National Lottery
funding. Sedgemoor District Council has been successful in being
awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
photos: Burnham Youthfest
of young people from the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area flocked
to the town's annual youth festival today on Sunday (July 4th).
Overseen by Burnham's Youth Town Council in association with Burnham
Lions, the event included a wide range of fun.
re-opens after car fire
M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was closed to all traffic this
morning (Sunday, July 4th) when fire crews tackled a car blaze.
These were the scenes on the southbound carriageway next to the
exit of Sedgemoor Services as crews tackled the fire, which completely
destroyed the car.
shines on Berrow School Fete
summer sunshine attracted large crowds of Berrow School pupils,
parents and their families to its annual fete on Saturday (July
3rd). A wide range of entertainment, activities and stalls were
set-up around the school field for the event, which was bathed
trio pass through town
CHEERING residents welcomed three Burnham-On-Sea
cyclists into the town today (Sunday) as they passed through during
their fundraising ride from Lands End to John O'Groats. Martin
Rogers, Kevin Crenol and Jason Emmett are hoping to complete the
1,000 mile feat in just seven days.
go on parade at fete
Special: A FUN dog show was one of the
attractions at West Huntpsill's annual summer fete on Saturday
(July 3rd). The event drew crowds
of spectators to the grounds of St Peter and All Hallows Church,
where stalls, games and a barbecue were laid on.
A new report out this week shows the
attendance levels of Burnham-On-Sea councillors at district council
meetings over the past year. The
publication of the report comes just days after the expense claims
of local councillors were published on Burnham-On-Sea.com.
run' held for Stert Swim
just a fortnight to go until Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island
Swim, a group of participants took part in a practice this morning
(Saturday, July 3rd). The
unique 2,400m sea race takes
place on Sunday July 18th, starting at mid-day, and 80 swimmers
will take part.
regatta gets underway
of yachts are taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual regatta over
the next fortnight, with a series of sailing races being held
along the estuary. The
popular event, run by Burnham Sailing Club, started on Friday
and runs both this weekend and next.
seafront recycling service
NEW litter recycling bin has been installed on Burnham seafront
near the jetty this week. The bin has been sited to encourage
beach users and seafront walkers to recycle their waste. The bin
on the seafront will be emptied daily by Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings
boost for good causes
Tancock, the outgoing President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club,
has this week presented a final round of cheques to several local
good causes. The benefiting groups included Brent Knoll Guides,
Burnham Sea Cadets, Sounds and Voices, the Cateway Club and RNLI.
over motor home thefts
A MAN has been arrested after
the discovery of two stolen motor homes in Burnham-On-Sea this
week. The vehicles had been stolen from Staffordshire and were
identified by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras
installed in the town.
hovercraft to launch?
PROPOSALS for the launch of a
new commercial hovercraft service offering trips around Bridgwater
Bay is being considered by local councillors. Sedgemoor District
Council has received an application from a firm called Hovabout
Limited to launch
the service. More...
dog killed on Brean Down
FRESH calls for better warning signs on Brean Down have been
made this week after another dog plunged to its death over the
cliffs - the fifth this year. The
animal tumbled down the steep rockface near Brean Down Fort at
3pm on Wednesday afternoon (June 30th).
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