2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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new homes for Berrow?
Exclusive: PLANS to
build a hew housing development in Berrow have been unveiled by
a property developer. ARC Homes has applied for full planning
permission to build 13 dwellings plus garages on open land to
the east of Manor Way. The scheme will be considered shortly.
attack town shop
have caused hundreds of pounds of damage in an attack on a Burnham-On-Sea
jewellery shop. The front window of Caboodle in the High Street
was smashed in two places early on Friday. Nothing was taken but
the window had to be boarded up. More...
crowned Carnival Queen
Full Coverage - SIXTEEN year-old Jenny Yip
was selected to become Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen last
night (Saturday, July 30th). At a packed ceremony in Burnham's
Princess Theatre, the King Alfred School student was chosen by
a panel of five judges to lead this year's carnival parade. More...
band performs in Burnham
TICKETS are still available for a concert by the
Royal Air Force Association Concert Band being held in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday August 6th. The event, to be held at The Princess
Theatre, will raise funds for Help For Heroes and 290 Squadron
Air Training Corps. More...
trapped on Brean rocks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean
Down on Saturday evening (July 30th) amid concern for two teenagers
cut off by the incoming tide. Two members of the public who were
climbing on the cliffs nearby managed to escort the girls to safety.
car towed to safety
Exclusive: A TRACTOR had to be used to retrieve this car
and trailer after they became stranded in mud on Brean beach this
afternoon (Saturday, July 30th). A Brean farmer hauled the Ford
Mondeo and its trailer from the mudflats shortly after 4pm after
as beach warden raised the alarm. More...
award for dental practice
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP joined in the celebrations at a dental surgery
in the town on Friday (July 29th) when it was presented with a
top award. Burnham's College Street Dental Practice has been awarded
the British Dental Association's Good Practice Award. More...
station's licence cut
A LOCAL radio station which is heard in Burnham-On-Sea
has had its licence cut by a year for illegally boosting its transmitter
levels, the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled on Friday. Total
Star FM boosted its transmitter levels 10 times higher than it
was allowed under its licence. More...
shows return to Brean
A DAREDEVIL stunt show is set to return to Brean Leisure Park
this August. The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show
at Brean Leisure Park will include monster trucks, car-crushing
action, motorcycle stunts, quad and all-terrain buggy jumps and
car crashes. More...
alcohol ban approved
for public areas in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean
to become designated 'no drinking zones' have this week been given
the go-ahead. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing Committee
has approved the plans to introduce new Designated Drinking Orders.
queen to be chosen today
THIS year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses
will be chosen during a special ceremony taking place in the town
this evening (Saturday, July 30th). The Carnival Queen and Princess
Selection Evening will be held from 7.15pm at The Princess Theatre.
event this weekend
HEDGEHOGS and tortoises will be in the spotlight during a special
event at East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Centre this weekend.
The charity in New Road, East Huntspill, will be open to the public
from 10am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday
for visitors. More...
evacuated after fire
FIRE crews were called to extinguish a blaze at
a Highbridge factory on Thursday evening (July 28th). Crews from
Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea rushed to David Salisbury Joinery
in Bennett Road on the Isleport Industrial Estate at 9.22pm
to tackle the machinery fire. More...
photos: Gateway awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress handed out awards to members
of the town's Gateway Club during their annual presentation night
on Thursday (July 28th). Michael and Maria Clarke were among the
guests at the BAY Centre for the annual
fire 'was deliberate'
are investigating a 'deliberate' fire which occurred at a block
of flats in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday, July 28th). Two
fire engines were called to Crown Gardens in Oxford Street at
8.27pm after a fire in an electrical fuse box.
Awards winners unveiled
THE names of the community-spirited residents in
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who will receive this year's Civic
Awards has been announced this week. Graham Cook, Frankie Gratton,
Rosemarie Parsons, Mike Ross and the Pusill family were all named
today by the Town Council as winners of the awards.
heads to Bath
A BUSY week of activities for members of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme
continued on Thursday (July 28th) when 40 youngsters headed to
Bath's Victoria Park. The visit was their 'treat' for completing
a number of tasks earlier this week, including
making safety leaflets. More...
video: Fire at Burnham flats
FIRE crews tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea
this evening (Thursday, July 28th). Two fire engines were called
to Crown Gardens in Oxford Street shortly before 8.30pm after
thick black smoke was seen pouring out of windows.
Crews used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze. More...
killed by train is named
THE man who was killed after he was struck by a
train in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend has today (Thursday) been
identified. Martin Robert Handel, aged 47, from Burnham High Street,
was pronounced dead on the tracks near to the town's Home Farm
Holiday Park. More...
after car break-ins
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have
this week urged motorists in the town to be extra vigilant following
several opportunistic break-ins. Car radios and satellite navigation
systems have been stolen by thieves in Burnham and Highbridge
over the past few days, prompting the security warning. More...
Club pupils celebrate
HIGH-kicking members of Burnham and Highbridge Karate Club have
this week been celebrating after getting through their grading
exams. Nick Smith, the club's 7th Dan and Chief Instructor, said
"It was great to see so many juniors - and one adult - pass
in one day." More...
jailed for five years
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been jailed for five years
after having admitted to committing burglary and several other
offences. Peter John Smith, 32, burgled a house in Somerton on
August 21st last year and he also forced entry into another home
and stole several shotguns. More...
Members of Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have been
designing new safety advice leaflets during the first week of
their summer holidays. On Wednesday (July 27th), they spent the
day at the BAY Centre creating the new tourist leaflets which
will be handed to youngsters visiting Burnham. More...
boost for Sea Cadets
GENEROUS shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea dug deep into
their pockets to donate over £400 to the town's Sea Cadets
at the weekend. Members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets'
TS Dulverton Unit collected along Burnham High Street and seafront.
a short on shortest pier!
to Burnham-On-Sea's Pavilion can now enjoy a 'short' on Britain's
shortest pier for the first time! Following the approval of its
new alcohol licence, the pier has this week put on sale a selection
of wines, beers and spirits at its refreshments kiosk. More...
defends roads disruption
Exclusive: SOMERSET County Council has this
week defended its decision to carry out five weeks of major roadworks
along a key road through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at the
height of the tourist season. Burnham Road will be partially closed
from 1st August to 2nd September for five weeks while the council's
highways team resurfaces pavements. More...
mounts on hotel boss
A PETITION calling on Sedgemoor District Council
to make safe the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been signed
by hundreds of residents in recent days as pressure mounts on
the owner to improve the site. The petition was first launched
online last month amid safety fears at the site. More...
expansion for school
BURNHAM Infants School could soon benefit from
a £300,000 expansion, creating around 30 extra places for
pupils. Somerset County Council has agreed with Sedgemoor District
Council to lease an area of land at Winchester Road to build the
new classroom and facilities. More...
A BURNHAM-On-Sea doctor is pulling on his running shoes to raise
funds for a local hospice. Dr Stuart Anderson, a GP at Burnham
Medical Centre in Love Lane, is in training to run the 26.2 mile
Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham on 11th September
in aid of a local hospice. More...
Potter at The Ritz cinema
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews
the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week,
she reviews the final Harry Potter film. Read more of Molly's
reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema on
teacher 'recovering well'
Exclusive: THE head
teacher of Burnham Infants School has been 'recovering well' in
hospital this week following an accident. Janet Sadiq was rushed
to Weston General Hospital after suffering an accident in the
school grounds. A spokeswoman confirmed she was in medical care.
end term with drama
YEAR 6 pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's
School ended their primary school years by performing two memorable
nights of drama. Parents and friends of the pupils filled the
school's hall to watch them perform an upbeat, entertaining and
modern version of Romeo and Juliet. More...
Doo to visit Berrow!
SCOOBY Doo will be the special guest during a children's
open day at Berrow's Animal Farm Adventure Park on Wednesday (July
27th). The attraction in Red Road will also be unveiling its new
Dexter's Tractor Ride. The special event will run from 9.30am
- 6.30pm. More...
tackle town grass blaze
A DISCARDED cigarette is thought to have caused
a big grass blaze next to Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway
on Tuesday, July 26th. These were the scenes when fire crews were
called to the scene at 4.20pm to extinguish the blaze. An area
of grassland measuring 40 metres by 20 metres was destroyed.
bids to save Xmas lights
A NEW group of volunteers was formed last night
(Monday) by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade to save the town's
threatened Christmas lights display from the axe. It comes amid
concern that a £5,000 funding shortfall will mean the festive
illuminations cannot go ahead. More...
wins top tennis contest
YOUNG Megan Rundle from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue
Tennis Club Academy was celebrating this week after a fantastic
win at the Bournemouth Open. The youngster is pictured being congratulated
by participants during the first day of the club's annual Summer
Tennis Camp. More...
charity tea raises £800
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among
the supporters at a fundraising tea which raised £800 for
a local hospice. For the fifth year running Burnham Masons and
their wives organised a 'Time 4 Tea' event in aid of St Margaret's
wins Green Flag Award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park has this week been
awarded a Green Flag Award for a fifth year running. Judges have
praised its excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities
and high standards of safety and security.
A ceremony at the park will be held next week. More...
incident closes A38
A SECTION of the A38 on the outskirts of Highbridge was sealed
off to traffic on Monday evening (July 25th) after emergency services
were called to help a man in a distressed state on a rooftop.
Police, ambulances and three fire engines attended
shortly before 7pm. More...
attend wind farm meeting
Exclusive: MORE than
200 concerned residents filled a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea
to air their concerns about plans for a controversial new wind
farm at Rooksbridge. There was standing room only in East Brent
Village Hall as residents flocked to take part.
raises crossing concerns
Exclusive: THIS train crossing on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea where a man was killed on Sunday (July 24th)
should be removed altogether, according to the owner of a nearby
holiday park. We reported yesterday that a man had been fatally
struck by a passing train on the crossing, next to Home Farm.
boost local charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea Beavers have raised more than £100
for a local charity that provides a life-saving blood bikes service.
The group of youngsters have been growing sunflowers and collecting
cash as part of their 'Grow a Life, Save A Life' project
in aid of the Freewheelers blood bikes. More...
social event tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is holding a business-to-business
networking and social evening tonight (Monday, July 25th). The
informal event will be held at 6pm in The Princess Theatre and
Arts Centre when a range of topics will be covered.
talents go on show
DOZENS of colourful blooms filled a tiny church
on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend during its
annual flower festival. A steady flow of visitors flocked to Edithmead
Church where a number of displays were on show on Saturday and
Visitors flock to open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Centre of Somerset Skills and Learning threw
open its doors to the public on Wednesday (July 20th) for an open
day featuring a wide range of free activities. The well-attended
event at the centre gave visitors a chance to enjoy a number of
killed on railway line
A PERSON has been struck dead by a passing railway train near
Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday, July 24th). Train services
through the Burnham-On-Sea area are being disrupted after police
sealed off an area of the line near the Queen's Drive bridge,
pictured here. More...
call for Stert swim entries
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have this week made
a final call for entries to this year's event. The entry period
for the popular swim began earlier this year and 20 places remain
available. The unique 2,400m race will this year take place on
photos: Berrow FC fun day
BERROW Football Club celebrated its championship winning season
and promotion to the Somerset County Premier division with a special
fun day on Saturday (July 23rd). The club's first team had been
due to take on a team of Bristol City Legends,
they pulled out at the last minute. More...
rescue services gather
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will
be gathering in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday August 7th to take part
in the annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and action-packed
demonstrations will be held on the beach and seafront from 11am
to 4pm. More...
and drugs top priorities
Exclusive: DRUG dealing and illegal parking have this week
been chosen by Highbridge residents as the top two priorities
for police to tackle over the next three months. 20 residents
attended this week's quarterly police community meeting in Highbridge's
St John Ambulance Hall, as pictured, where the top issues were
club folds after 30 years
Exclusive: A ONCE-thriving Burnham-On-Sea group that supported
partially-sighted people in the town has closed down this week
after running for almost 30 years. Dwindling numbers of members
and poor finances have resulted in the Somerset Sight Burnham
Social Club folding. More...
festival this weekend
A COLOURFUL flower festival will be held at a church
on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Over a dozen
flower displays will go on show during the annual two-day festival
in Edithmead Church, pictured. The church will be open from 11am-5pm
on both days. More...
face Bristol City team
BERROW Football Club will take on a team of Bristol
City legends to celebrate Berrow's championship winning season
and promotion to the Somerset County Premier division. The game,
at the Red Road playing field in Berrow, will kick off at 2pm
and there will also be refreshments and more available. More...
halts library closure
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Highbridge's library from closure
have this week welcomed the news that a judge has granted an injunction
to postpone library closures across Somerset. The interim injunction
means Somerset County Council will have to postpone its planned
cuts to library funding. More...
success for gymnasts
IMPRESSIVE gymnastic routines have produced more top medal wins
for Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club over the past few weeks.
The youngsters have competed in a series of competitions in the
South West Championships, achieving excellent results.
complete beach run
THIS group of fun-loving fundraisers completed a beach run from
Brean to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 21st) dressed in fancy
dress. 14 youngsters from Highbridge's King Alfred School are
aiming to raise £14,000 to enable them to go on a trip to
Marine Cove logo unveiled
THE winner of a competition to design a new logo for The Friends
of Marine Cove was named by the judges on Thursday morning (July
21st). Sam Morris from Churchfield School in Highbridge was announced
as the overall winner and was presented with a prize of £50,
as pictured. More...
owner's shock at blaze
Exclusive: THE owner of this car says he got the 'shock
of his life' when the vehicle dramatically burst into flames outside
a Burnham-On-Sea pub today (Thursday, July 21st). Firefighters
rushed to the car park of the Dunstan House in Love Lane at 12.50pm
after the VW Golf suffered an engine fault.
'touched' by town's support
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cancer sufferer says she has been touched by
the support of potential bone marrow donors who have come forward
after hearing about her condition. Jo Burridge-Clayton was diagnosed
with a rare chronic myeloid leukaemia last year
and is awaiting a crucial operation. More...
at risk from poor parking'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have this week warned
that lives are being put at risk by motorists who carelessly block
access to emergency vehicles. The blunt message comes after two
incidents in Alstone Road, Highbridge, where fire crews attending
incidents have been unable to drive by cars parked on both sides
of the street. More...
off to world jamboree
FIVE venture scouts from Burnham-On-Sea will be among 38,000 youngsters
from dozens of countries flocking to the World Scout Jamboree
in Sweden this weekend. The group had a formal send-off at a special
barbecue in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (July 18th).
A FAT cat that could barely walk or even stand up because of its
weight has been put down after it was found in Burnham-On-Sea
severely injured and infested with maggots by the side of the
road. The RSPCA says the black and white male cat weighed 23.5lb.
office flats plan rejected
plans to convert and expand Highbridge's Post Office building
into seven flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by the district
council this week. The owner of 9 Church Street, pictured, applied
for a change of use and conversion. More...
appeal after crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following an accident in Marine
Drive early today (Wednesday, July 20th). Two cars were involved
in the collision, which saw one car demolishing a roadside sign,
as pictured. A Mercedes and a Fiesta were involved in a collision
at around 2am. More...
rollercoaster for Brean
A NEW 'dark ride' rollercoaster is set to open at Brean Leisure
Park. Called Astro Storm, the park's promotional literature says
the ride will promise to "plunge riders into the depths of
space, experiencing 2 Gs in pitch black drops while spinning through
meteor storms." More...
mark final school week
OVER thirty pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school marked their final
week of their primary school years with a special party on Tuesday
(July 19th). The Year 6 youngsters from St Joseph's School, pictured,
enjoyed a disco and evening of entertainment
at Berrow Village Hall. More...
PayPoint machine in town
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed
the decision by a town centre shop to introduce new facilities
to top-up electricity and gas payment keys. The Toy Cupboard in
Pier Street has introduced a PayPoint machine following a campaign
by residents. More...
hit by lead thefts
Exclusive: TWO schools have been targeted by mean thieves
who have stolen large amounts of lead sheeting from roofs in the
Burnham-On-Sea area over the past week. Similar incidents have
occurred at Burnham Infants School, Berrow Pre-School and homes
in East Huntspill and Axbridge. More...
Club's fun day success
DOZENS of families attended a fun day at Burnham-On-Sea's rugby
club at the weekend. The event, held at the town's BASC ground,
gave youngsters a chance to register to join some of this season's
youth teams and also find out more about the sport
and the club. More...
blow for seafront plans
Exclusive: PLANS for a major leisure complex on Burnham's
seafront have been dealt a blow after Sedgemoor District Council
indicated it would not be giving £60,000 of funding to the
project. We first reported earlier this month that entreprenuer
Paul Chatwin hopes to build a £200,000 complex. More...
police meeting tonight
residents will be able to have their say about policing in the
town when a quarterly public meeting is held this evening (Wednesday).
The 'Have Your Say' meeting starts at 7.30pm and gives residents
a chance to influence what happens in the neighbourhood.
club seeks new members
A BURNHAM-On-Sea boxing club has issued an invitation for new
members to add join its ranks. Titans Seniors Boxing Club meets
every Wednesday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close.
Its weekly sessions are held from 7.30pm and last an hour.
All are weclome. More...
EAST Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre has this
week issued a warning to gardeners to watch out for hedgehogs
when strimming long grass or clearing out their potting sheds
at this time of the year. Britain's favourite mammal often nests
in gardens. More...
win first aid trophies
MEMBERS of Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadets are
celebrating this week winning two trophies at the weekend. On
Sunday (July 17th), the team of cadets competed in the South West
Regional First Aid competitions in Gloucester where they performed
well in the tests. More...
calls for halt to pylons
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP presented a petition to Parliament on Monday
evening (July 18th) from residents across the area calling for
a halt to National Grids consultation on the plans to build
152ft high pylons across the Somerset countryside. Tessa Munt
handed in the petition. More...
your hand at a new hobby
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Centre of Somerset Skills and Learning will be
throwing open its doors to the public this Wednesday (July 20th)
when it holds an open day featuring a wide range of free activities.
The event at the centre in Princess Street runs from 12.30pm-4pm.
arrested after crash
A MAN has been arrested following a crash on Burnham-On-Sea seafront
at the weekend that left a councillor's car badly damaged. Police
said today (Monday) that a 35 year-old man had been arrested following
the collision, which badly damaged Cllr Neville Jones' parked
car, pictured here. More...
leader appears in court
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea scout leader appeared in court on Friday
(July 15th) in connection with over 30 alleged sexual offences
involving children. David Burland, who was previously leader of
the 1st Burnham Scout Group, appeared at Taunton Crown Court.
backs wind farm protests
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build six 140-metre
tall wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea met the town's MP at the
weekend to discuss the plans and present her with a model showing
the scale of the plans. The 'No Pilrow' group - which last week
published several photomontages - met MP Tessa Munt, as pictured.
centre given cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has given the town's Octopus Centre
a cash boost this week to help it buy new play equipment. The
group's Frank Clegg, Immediate past President of Burnham Rotary
Club, presented a cheque for £500 to Rachel Bailey, cluster
manager for the North Sedgemoor Children's Centre Cluster of which
the Octopus Centre is a part. More...
gets police training role
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to become a training centre
for Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Dog Training Unit. As a result
of the positive relationship that the school has with local police,
the school was approached by the police's Dog Training Unit
to become a training centre. More...
nursery holds fun week
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Fairstart Nursery have enjoyed
a busy week of events during a special Fun Week. The children
took part in a number of fun-filled activities and also welcomed
some special visitors. BARB and Burnham police were among the
guests invited along. More...
blaze was 'suspicious'
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among fire crews from across
the area who tackled a big barn blaze near Wedmore on Sunday (July
17th). Fire engines from Cheddar, Winscombe, Blagdon, Bridgwater,
Street and Burnham were called to the blaze at Crickham.
hit Apex Park art festival
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's 'Alice In Apex Park' arts festival
say the final day of activities - which were cancelled on Sunday
due to stormy weather - will be rescheduled at a later date. Organisers
from HaBA called off the festival on Sunday morning due to gales.
video: Brean Down rescue
A GROUP of eight people stranded on rocks at Brean Down by the
incoming tide were rescued last night (Saturday, July 16th) after
an operation involving Coastguards, an RAF helicopter, two RNLI
lifeboats and a BARB crew. The alarm was raised at 7.15pm when
the group got into difficulty. More...
car in town crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a crash on Burnham-On-Sea
seafront left a town councillor's car badly damaged early today
(Sunday, July 17th). Officers were called to The Esplanade at
3.20am after councillor Neville Jones dialled 999 to alert police
to the incident. More...
rescued from Brean Down
A GROUP of eight people stranded on rocks at Brean Down by the
incoming tide were rescued last night (Saturday, July 16th) after
an operation involving Coastguards, an RAF helicopter, two RNLI
lifeboats and a BARB crew. The alarm was raised at 7.15pm when
the group of three children and five adults got into difficulty
after getting cut off by the incoming tide.
opens Burnham fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival Queen was the special guest who performed
the opening of a church's annual summer fete on Saturday (July
16th). Anna Kevan cut a ribbon to open the popular annual event
at St Andrew's Church, attended by dozens of supporters.
dog show cancelled
annual dog show, which was due to take place today (Sunday, July
17th), has been cancelled due to bad weather. The RSPCA was due
to hold the annual dog show and fundraising fair in Burnham-On-Sea's
Manor Gardens from 11am until 4pm. More...
Exclusive: A GROUP of councillors in Burnham-On-Sea has
expressed concerns at the cutbacks to the regional Coastguard
service announced by the government this week. Liberal Democrat
councillors Joe Leach, Helen Groves and Kate Lawson say the decision
to close Swansea will lead to extra pressure.
crash on M5 today
EMERGENCY services were called to a three-vehicle accident on
the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday,
July 16th). Two lanes of the northbound carriageway near to junction
22 at Burnham were blocked by the crash at 12.35pm,
causing delays. More...
arts festival continues
A THREE-day visual arts festival with a theme of Alice In Wonderland
is bring held in Highbridge's Apex Park this weekend. Called 'Alice
in Apex Park', local artists have placed many wonderland characters
around the lakes for visitors to see alongside art-related activities.
hurt after M5 accident
FIVE people were taken to hospital following an accident which
led to the closure of the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway
near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (July 15th). The collision
- involving seven vehicles - occurred shortly after 1pm. More...
star films beach camel polo!
BERROW beach looked more like a Middle Eastern desert than a Somerset
seaside village on Friday (July 15th) when a celebrity camel race
took place! TV personality Paul Merton, who is a familiar face
on BBC1's Have I Got News For You, visited the beach near
Burnham-On-Sea to film a new show. More...
Royal Mail boss is jailed
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea Royal Mail delivery office manager who
stole foreign currency going through the postal system has been
jailed after admitting theft and money laundering. Jayne Hopkins,
43, stole more than £14,000 while overseeing staff at Burnham
and Bridgwater. More...
concert this evening
BURNHAM-On-Sea's community choir, The Mudlarks, will peform a
fundraising concert in the town tonight (Friday, July 15th) -
just days after holding their first public performance. The newly-formed
group of Burnham singers will perform a line-up of popular songs.
family cafe for seafront
A SEAFRONT night club in Burnham-On-Sea is being re-opened this
weekend as a family-friendly cafe and bar. Richard Bamsey, owner
of Micheal's Bar, has completely refitted the premises and it
will be opening this Saturday (July 16th) under the new name and
look of @Jacks. More...
appeal after shop thefts
Burnham-On-Sea police have released CCTV images of two men they
would like to speak to following shoplifting incidents in the
town earlier this week. The incidents occurred at Boots and Superdrug
in the High Street on Tuesday (12th July) at around 4.30pm and
collect coins for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Kingfisher Cub Pack have turned pennies into
pounds by collecting coins for a local good cause. The youngsters
have collected hundreds of 1p and 2p coins in aid of the Freewheelers
Emergency Blood Bikes service this term and have been seeing how
far the coins will stretch. More...
MP joins hacking debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP this week joined the debate in the House of
Commons regarding phone hacking by national newspapers. Tessa
Munt attended both the Statement by the Prime Minister and the
debate called by Labour on phone hacking, where she asked the
PM a question. More...
grows for Manor House
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
expressed concerns about the deteriorating condition of a once
proud town landmark. The Manor House in Burnham's Manor Gardens
has been attacked by vandals in recent weeks, with eight windows
boarded up by a security firm while others are smashed, as pictured.
to get arty this weekend!
A THREE-day visual arts festival with a theme of Alice In Wonderland
is to be held in Highbridge's Apex Park this weekend. Called 'Alice
in Apex Park', local artists will be placing many wonderland characters
around the lakes for visitors to find plus other activities. More...
gun used by town police
Exclusive: POLICE in Highbridge used a taser gun to subdue
an aggressive teenager during an incident in the town earlier
this week. Officers deployed the gun - which issues an electric
shock - when the man become aggressive on Tuesday afternoon (July
12th) in the town. More...
photos: School beach treat
MORE than 300 pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school were treated
to a morning on the town's beach to mark the end of their school
year on Wednesday (July 13th). The youngsters, aged between 3-11,
from St Joseph's enjoyed a fun-filled morning on the beach. More...
festival set to begin
GARDENERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to find out
more about how to attract bees and butterflies to their gardens
during a free event this month. Sanders Garden World is holding
a free event called a Bee and Butterfly Festival from July 16th
until July 31st. More...
fire was 'false alarm'
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to a building on the town's seafront
this evening (Wednesday, July 13th) after alarms sounded in a
flat. Two engines and a 4x4 were sent to the North Esplanade,
as pictured, at 9.20pm after concern from local residents. More...
your say on policing
and Highbridge residents will be able to have their say about
policing in the towns when quarterly public meetings are held
shortly. The 'Have Your Say' meeting gives local residents a chance
to influence what happens in the neighbourhood.
is music to the ears!
GROUP of singers from the Burnham-On-Sea area has this week handed
over hundreds of pounds to a local hospice charity following a
fundraising concert. The Coastline Singers presented £800
to Childrens Hospice South West on Tuesday evening (July 12th).
crews tackle house blaze
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fire engines were sent to tackle a house blaze
in the town on Tuesday evening (July 12th). Crews arrived to find
smoke coming from a first floor window of the home in Beatty Way.
A window frame and a window ledge has been set alight by an unattended
jobs go as firm closes down
Exclusive: FOURTEEN staff in Highbridge have lost their
jobs following the closure of a firm making double glazing windows.
Hill Leigh Glazing had been trading on the Walrow Industrial Estate
since 1998 but has recently suffered from a fall in demand combined
with increased costs. More...
show leadership skills
KING Alfred School's Sports Leadership Academy has been hailed
a success following a number of activities over the past few weeks.
A group of students from Years 7 and 8 were recently nominated
by their PE teachers to undertake training to take on the leadership
Jubilee celebrations unveiled
Exclusive: EVERY primary school child in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge could receive a free commemorative mug to mark
next year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee as part of the two towns'
celebrations, it was revealed this week. The Town Council confirmed
on Tuesday (July 12th) that it has set aside £10,000 to
help fund the celebrations in June 2012. More...
farm photos 'misleading'
Exclusive: BROADVIEW Energy, the company behind plans to
build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea, claims the photo montages
released by campaigners this week to show how the wind turbines
might look are 'misleading'. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
on the photos on Tuesday. More...
celebrates 102nd birthday
A WEST Huntspill pensioner celebrated his 102nd birthday this
week with a special visit from Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor. Cllr Michael
Clarke dropped in to wish Bill Gascoigne many happy returns during
a celebration held at the West Huntspill Day Centre this week.
rescued in glue ordeal
carers from Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea were
called to Weston's Winter Gardens this afternoon (Tuesday) to
help a family of baby ducklings stuck on a roof. Staff and volunteers
worked hard to remove the glue with white spirit and then gave
the ducklings a bath in fairy liquid. More...
farm fight gathers pace
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting against plans for six 140-metre
tall wind turbines to be built near Burnham-On-Sea have published
these photo montages of how the countryside might look if the
scheme gets the go-ahead. The newly-formed No Pilrow group argues
the Somerset levels around Burnham would be "spoilt forever"
if the plans were to win approval. More...
river rescue in 48 hours
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called back to the River Axe estuary
next to Brean Down this evening (Monday, July 11th) after two
women sparked the second safety incident there in 48 hours. Two
22-year-olds got into difficulty at 5pm while attempting to walk
across from Brean to Weston. More...
rally hailed a success
DOZENS of classic machines from the past century went on show
at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
at the weekend. One of the highlights of the two-day show was
a fly-past by Lancaster and Spitfire war planes. More...
judges praise Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor welcomed two Britain In Bloom competition
judges to the town on Monday (July 11th) as they visited to make
their formal assessment. Judges John Bawden and Ian Thompson were
met at Apex Park by Mayor Michael Clarke for a grand tour of the
thanks yacht race rescuers
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea sailing enthusiast whose boat capsized
during a regatta race at the weekend, leaving her floating in
the sea for 15 minutes, has thanked fellow Sailing Club members
for coming to her rescue. Burnham Coastguards were alerted on
Saturday (July 9th) when Sue Walker's boat, called Cameo, overturned
near Stert Island. More...
judges in town today
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme and Burnham In Bloom
groups carried out a tidy-up of the town centre on Sunday ahead
of today's visit by judges from the Britain In Bloom competition.
The group carried out litter picks yesterday and tidied planted
queue outside newsagent
Exclusive: A QUEUE
formed outside a Burnham-On-Sea newsagent at 5am on Sunday morning
(July 10th) as residents snapped up collectable copies of the
final edition of the News Of The World. Hurleys Newsagents sold
out of its final copies by 10.30am after a busy morning of sales.
photos: Picnic In The Park
HUGE crowds enjoyed an afternoon of live music
during Burnham-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday (July
10th). The Veroneka Big Band led the free event in Burnham's Manor
Gardens, and were followed by The Randy Swindlers, Phil King and
Matt Wescott. More...
celebrates its 30th year
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Concert Band celebrated
its 30th anniversary in style with a special concert on Saturday
night (July 9th). The event took place in the main hall at King
Alfred School and attracted an audience of more than 70 people.
It included a display of the band's history. More...
spark mud rescue drama
Exclusive: THREE people
stuck in mud in the River Axe estuary next to Brean Down sparked
a rescue bid by Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on
Saturday evening (July 9th). One of the three men was stuck waist-deep
in mud while attempting to cross from Weston to Brean. More...
object shuts beach
Exclusive: PART of
Brean beach was cordoned off by Coastguards for over an hour on
Saturday (July 9th) after a 'suspect device' was found. Two beach
walkers came across the rusty ten-inch cyclindrical metal object
while walking to Brean Down and then reported the find to the
beach warden. More...
New-look centre is opened
NEWLY-refurbished Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre
was officially opened by the town's Mayor during a special ceremony
on Saturday afternoon (July 9th). A plaque and photograph were
unveiled in the centre by Mayor Michael Clarke to mark the occasion
before a ceremonial cake was cut. More...
Take a flight over town
THESE unique birds-eye views of Burnham-On-Sea
have been captured on film from a radio controlled aircraft. Burnham
resident Greg Willis attached a video camera to his mini glider
and then directed it over the town while filming hundreds of metres
puts safety in spotlight
Exclusive: THE safety
of Stoddens Road in Burnham-On-Sea was back in the spotlight on
Friday (July 8th) following a car accident. The driver of this
Ford Fiesta suffered minor injuries after losing control of his
vehicle and slamming through a fence near the entrance to Balmoral
school project starts
Exclusive: A 'ground
breaking' ceremony was held in Highbridge on Friday (July 8th)
to mark the start of a year-long construction project to build
Churchfield Primary School's new multi-million pound classrooms.
VINCI Construction has been awarded a £4.6million contract
for the work. More...
Exclusive: TOWN councillors
have this week given a 'thumbs down' to a controversial proposal
that they take over the management of Burnham-On-Sea's Civic Pride
regeneration project. Sedgemoor has written to the Town Council
with the suggestion that it takes over the project. More...
judges praise Highbridge
Exclusive: BRITAIN In Bloom competition judges were left
'blooming impressed' when they visited Highbridge during their
formal assessment of the town on Thursday (July 7th). Judges Tony
Moore and Nick Jones were given an official welcome to the town
by Mayor Michael Clarke and Highbridge In Bloom. More...
to hold celebratory concert
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Concert Band is celebrating its 30th
anniversary by holding a special concert this Saturday night (July
9th). The event will take place in the main hall at King Alfred
School at 7pm, when members of the public will be very welcome
to attend. More...
charity marks 25th year
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea charity celebrated its 25th anniversary
with a special dinner and dance earlier this week. Burnham Community
Medical Equipment Fund has given £250,000 of equipment to
needy people in the area since it was first formed in 1986. More...
vehicles to go on show
CLASSIC vehicles from the past century will go
on show when the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally is held this weekend
on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. More than 70 vintage tractors,
cars, trucks and bikes will be on show at Isleport Farm on Saturday
and Sunday. More...
star to film on Berrow beach
TV personality and comedian Paul Merton - who is
well known for his appearances on the BBC's Have I Got News
For You - will be on Berrow Beach next Friday (15th July)
to film a new Channel 5 TV series featuring an offbeat look at
the British seaside. He will film a match of camel polo! More...
or vandals who target Wessex Water's sewage treatment works in
Highbridge could find themselves quite literally caught 'red-handed'.
The firm has taken steps to forensically mark its equipment after
a series of unwanted security breaches. More...
for more public toilets
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea
resident has this week urged councillors to introduce more public
toilet facilities in the town. Mike Young told town councillors
at their meeting on Monday evening he is "disgusted"
by the poor facilities for visitors in Burnham. More...
fundraising gets boost
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner received a cheque
from Burnham Lions on Wednesday evening (July 7th) after he completed
the town's triathlon last month. 90 year-old Arthur Gilbert has
raised almost £1,000 for charity completing two triathlons
this year. More...
boss agrees to meeting
Exclusive: A CRUCIAL meeting is set to be
held later this month when the future of the fire-ravaged Highbridge
Hotel could finally become clearer. The building's owner, Derek
Mead, (pictured) has agreed to meet Highbridge councillors Chris
Williams, Mike Mansfield and Joe Leach, along with senior officers
from Sedgemoor District Council, on July 19th.
In The Park this Sunday
AN afternoon of free live entertainment will be
on offer at Burnham-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park this Sunday (July
10th). The Veroneka Big Band will lead the event in Burnham's
Manor Gardens from 2pm which will include The Randy Swindlers
and Phil King (pictured).
boost for town festival
A TOTAL of £2,500 has been raised for Highbridge Festival
of the Arts by a fundraising raffle and concerts. Organiser Ann
Burridge has this week thanked all those who supported the events,
which were held to raise much-needed cash towards running the
annual festival. More...
owners given fouling fines
TWO dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have picked up
fines after letting their animals foul streets in the two towns.
Sedgemoor District Council has successfully prosecuted two residents
for failing to pick up excrement left on pavements by their pets.
bill clears first hurdle
MP spoke in parliament on Tuesday (July 5th) about controversial
plans to build a long line of new power pylons across Somerset.
Tessa Munt led the debate on the Protection of Landscapes Bill,
which has won a second reading in parliament in November. More...
backs town alcohol ban
Exclusive: ALL public
areas across the whole of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and
Brean could soon be designated 'no drinking zones' under controversial
plans being put forward by Sedgemoor District Council. The alcohol
ban for all public places has been proposed by the council in
a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour. More...
ready for bloom judges'
MEMBERS of Highbridge In Bloom are making final preparations for
this week's visit by judges from the Britain In Bloom competition.
The group has been sprucing up the town centre and the railway
station ahead of the judging going ahead this Thursday morning
(July 7th). More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for information
following a burglary in Lympsham. A number of radio controlled
planes were stolen from the garage of an address located on the
main A370 through the village last week, prompting the appeal
by police officers investigating the incident. More...
to perform on seafront
A TRADITIONAL silver band will be entertaining
visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (July 10th).
Burtle Silver Band will be performing two hours of traditional
seaside tunes on the Esplanade between the jetty and Bay View
Cafe from 2.30pm-4.30pm. More...
centre bistro shuts down
Exclusive: A restaurant
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has closed down this week, becoming
the fourth such business to close at the premises over the last
four years. Geri's Wine Bar & Bistro has shut its doors at
20 College Street after poor daytime trade since opening in April.
appeal after fish stolen
POLICE have appealed for help in finding a thief who stole 17
koi carp from a collector's pond in Highbridge at the weekend.
Officers were called to North Avenue on Monday (July 4th) after
the owner reported to police that the fish had been removed sometime
man rescued from mud
A NAKED sninny dipper had to be rescued on Brean
beach early today (Tuesday, July 5th) after getting stuck on the
mudflats. The 32 year-old man, who was not wearing any clothes,
was pulled to safety by Coastguards at 4am after he became stuck
in mud 200 yards out from the beach. More...
rescue group formed
Exclusive: HOPES that
Highbridge Library can be saved from closure were given a further
boost on Monday (July 4th) when a new group was formed to concentrate
on the rescue of the facilities. The group of seven town and county
councillors has been formed to save the library. More...
names official charities
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week named
their official charities of the year which they will be supporting
at events over the coming 12 months. Cllr Michael Clarke announced
the names of the four local good causes at Monday's council meeting.
House concerns raised
CONCERNED town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea
have this week expressed their disappointment at 'conflicting
statements' regarding the future of Belmont House mental health
therapy centre. The centre in Technical Street has been earmarked
for closure. More...
leisure complex planned
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a major new leisure complex on
Burnham-On-Sea seafront were unveiled by an entrepreneur on Monday
(July 4th) to mixed reactions from town councillors. Paul Chatwin,
who last year proposed a mini golf course be built on The Esplanade,
announced brand new plans for an entertainment and leisure complex
called Burnham Point.
prepare for Sweden trip
TWO scouts from Burnham-On-Sea are among 28 from the Sedgemoor
area who are getting ready to jet off to the World Scout Jamboree
in Sweden. Emily Burland and Rebecca Roseff were among the youngsters
who this week got a formal 'send-off' for the trip. More...
24 hours for Coastguard
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to FIVE
incidents in 24 hours during their busiest weekend of the year
so far. On Saturday, the team were called to help people in difficulty
on the mudflats at Brean and Weston and also led a search for
a missing man. More...
photos: Regatta tender race
BURNHAM-On-Sea's week-long sailing regatta continued on Sunday
evening (July 3rd) when the town's traditional tender race was
held. A small flotilla of boats took part in the annual race between
Burnham jetty and the sailing club's pontoons, safely navigating
into the Brue estuary. More...
firms buck the recession
Exclusive: A number of new businesses are
bucking the recession and opening their doors in Burnham-On-Sea.
While many towns are seeing shops closing down and being boarded
up, Burnham has only a handful of shuttered properties - and new
firms are springing up in the town. More...
fry-up raises £500
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents enjoyed a hearty
breakfast with a difference on Sunday morning (July 3rd) when
they tucked into their meals for a good cause. Macmillan Cancer
Support's fundraisers served up full English breakfasts to more
than 70 people, raising £500. More...
club's open day is a hit
DOZENS of people attended a summer open day at
Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club on Sunday (July 3rd). Free
coaching and tours of the club's facilities were available at
the club, which is located in The Grove. The Somerset Closed Finals
were also held during the afternoon. More...
guides to hold reunion
BRENT Knoll Guides are holding a reunion later this month and
are keen to hear from as many former members as possible. The
event will be held on Friday 15th July at Brent Knoll Parish Hall
from 7pm when all former Brent Knoll Guides will be welcome. The
event marks the 30th anniversary of the leader. More...
regatta gets underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual sailing regatta is underway
this week, with a range of races and events being held at the
town's sailing club. A beach party for the club's members was
held on Friday evening and this was followed on Saturday (July
2nd) by the first of several yacht races. More...
launch £14k fundraiser
SPONGES and buckets were at the ready at Highbridge's
King Alfred School this week when pupils held a fundraising car
wash. A group of 14 youngsters from the school are aiming to raise
£14,000 to enable them to go on a once-in-a-lifetime educational
trip to Morocco. More...
visitor calls in at homes
RESIDENTS of two local nursing homes welcomed a 'royal' visitor
this week when members of Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA)
called in to promote their upcoming arts festival, which this
year has the theme of 'Alice in Apex Park' and includes the characters
of the famous play. More...
beach search launched
HUGE beach search was conducted in the Burnham-On-Sea area this
morning (Saturday, July 2nd) amid concern for the welfare of a
missing person. Search teams from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and
BARB conducted a three hour search of the beach and dunes between
Burnham and Brean. More...
week rose festival starts
to Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll will this month be able
to receive free advice about roses during a special event dedicated
to the nations favourite flower. The garden centre is holding
a Rose Festival from July 2nd until 17th with displays and a competition.
debate hits Parliament
MP has won a ballot to speak in parliament next week about controversial
plans to build a long lines of pylons across Somerset. Tessa Munt
- who has been campaigning against plans by National Grid to construct
a 37 mile stretch of pylons from Hinkley Point to Bristol - will
lead the debate. More...
overturned kayaker suffering from hypothermia was air-lifted from
the sea near Brean Down on Thursday afternoon (June 30th). Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguards were called to Brean at 3pm to conduct a search for
the kayak, with two people onboard, which was reported to be drifting
in difficulty. More...
photos: Students art display
of young artists from the Burnham-On-Sea area displayed their
work during a special exhibition in Highbridge on Thursday night
(June 30th). King Alfred School opened its doors to parents and
friends of the art students to see their colourful artwork at
the event. More...
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