2012 Burnham-On-Sea News
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extension on cards?
Oaktree Arena speedway track is seeking permission to extend the
days on which it can hold bike races following a summer of wet
weather causing cancellations. Somerset Speedway wants to hold
meetings six times a year on another weekday evening besides Fridays.
plans Clyce judicial review
50 members of a new campaign group who are striving for a brighter
future for Highbridge have this week begun drawing up plans to
launch a judicial review into controversial plans for 85 new riverside
homes in the town. Members of the 'Fight For Highbridge' campaign
group met on Monday. More...
group heads to town
GROUP who performed on ITV's hit talent show The X-Factor will
be appearing in Burnham-On-Sea later in August. The Lovettes -
who were one of the groups that appeared on the eighth series
of the ITV1 show - will appear at The Princess Theatre on August
hosts Morris Men display
Marine Cove Gardens will play host to a special performance by
a group of Morris Men this Thursday (August 2nd). The Chalice
Morris Men will be performing in the seafront gardens at 7.45pm
for a 30-minute display of their traditional dancing. More...
tackle 'deliberate' blaze
were the scenes at a property in Highbridge last night (Monday)
when fire crews battled a blaze at a property that is suspected
to have been set deliberately. Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea
rushed to Grange Avenue at 10.16pm, as pictured, after reports
of flames being seen.
Olympic ceremony role
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have spoken of their pride at taking part
in an historic ceremony to mark the opening of the London 2012
Olympics. Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New and his wife Jayne
travelled to Weymouth at the weekend where Bridgwater Carnival's
unique squibbing ceremony took place.
Play Day countdown
children and their families are set to descend on Highbridge's
Apex Park on Wednesday (August 1st) for a day of fun-filled activities
on National Play Day. This year's Play Day will be held between
10am and 3pm and will feature more than 40 activities. More...
takes on RSPCA job for day!
MP has spent a day working with Somerset's RSPCA to find out at
first hand the work they do. Tessa Munt joined Chief RSPCA Inspector
John Pollock on several calls, discovering what inspectors face
when they go about their local work. More...
appeal after man dies
PENSIONER from Burnham-On-Sea has died in hospital following a
three-vehicle road crash earlier this month, police have confirmed
today (Monday). The collision took place on the A39 at West Quantoxhead
at about 9am on Saturday July 14th and the man died last Thursday
in hospital. More...
farm 'will hit TV reception'
THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will face
TV reception problems if a controversial wind farm is built, campaigners
have claimed this week. Energy firm Broadview wants to construct
four 130-metre tall wind turbines - each as tall as Brent Knoll
- on land south of Rooksbridge.
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged not to put
out too much cardboard with their kerbside recycling after a summer
surge of bulky waste. Purchases of TVs to watch the Olympics are
increasing the amount of cardboard put out. More...
Society presents awards
Pantomime Society has presented awards to its hard-wording members
after a busy year for the group. The group, which performed Sleeping
Beauty in January, handed out awards to its members during its
annual presentation night in Burnham. More...
art show draws visitors
STEADY flow of visitors attended an arts and crafts fair in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (July 28th). Organised by Highbridge and Burnham Artists
(HABA), the event in the town's Princess Theatre saw a wide range
of locally-made crafts and skills on display, as pictured. More...
photos: Stert Island Swim
of swimmers completed Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling Stert Island
Swim on Sunday (July 29th), watched by large numbers of spectators.
A large crowd lined the jetty and seafront to watch the annual
2,400m sea race from Burnham to Stert and back, which began at
high tide at 3.45pm. More...
spill causes M5 delays
on the M5 approaching Burnham-On-Sea faced further delays on Saturday
(July 28th) after a lorry shed part of its load of straw across
the carriageway. One lane of the motorway's northbound carriageway
near junction 23 at Highbridge was closed following the mid-morning
ready for Stert Swim
swimmers will dash into the sea at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday (July 29th). The unique 2,400m
race will this year start later than normal at 3.45pm, watched
by crowds of onlookers along the seafront and the jetty. More...
alert issued to residents
health officers have this week issued a warning to shoppers in
the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on the look out for a brand of olives
that may pose a health risk. Sedgemoor District Council has contacted
over 120 food premises about the scare. More...
battle roof blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea, Taunton, Street and Bridgwater tackled a
house fire on Friday morning (July 27th). One fire engine from
Burnham was among six called to Holford Road in Bridgwater shortly
before 11am, as pictured here, where a roof was alight. More...
fun held in Berrow
in Berrow have this week been getting in the Olympic spirit by
taking part in sporting events. Several members of Berrow Juniors
Football Club took part in a football fun day on Tuesday (24th
July) to celebrate the start of the London 2012 games. More...
after M5 accidents
accidents on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea caused lengthy
delays for motorists on Friday (July 27th). Police from Burnham
were called to a multi-vehicle accident between junction 22 at
Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 at Weston at lunchtime. More...
day since July 2009
experienced its hottest day for three years on Thursday (July
26th). Temperatures at a weather station in Brent Knoll reached
29.9C (85.8F) shortly before 5pm on Thursday, the hottest day
of the year so far - and it was also the hottest since July 2009.
honour for couple
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple will be taking part in an historic ceremony
to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympics this weekend.
Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New and his wife Jayne, pictured,
will be travelling to Weymouth on Saturday where Bridgwater Carnival's
tradition of squibbing will be held. More...
fraud checks begin
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to ensure
they are not incorrectly claiming council tax benefits as a clampdown
on fraud begins. Across Sedgemoor, there are approximately 16,000
single people who claim a discount on their bills. More...
day for Dreamscheme
young members of Burnham-On-sea Dreamscheme have this week struck
gold in recognition of their community work. Thomas Jefferies,
Ellis Crennol and Joe Clark received Gold Award certificates,
Dreamscheme hoodies and gold badges in recognition of their efforts
at the group. More...
open for 45th show
have opened for Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Societys 45th
annual show, which is set to take place during August. Green-fingered
residents across the Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to show
off their gardening and craft skills at the event. More...
takes over ex school
A FORMER school in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to
become a YMCA young person's housing project as part of a £300,000
project announced this week. Sedgemoor district councillors have
this week agreed to give financial support for the YMCA to bring
the ex La Retraite school back into use. More...
influx at wild charity
hedgehogs suffering from hypothermia or orphaned have been flooding
in to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea
during recent weeks. Their plight will be highlighted at the charitys
Hedgehog and Tortoise Open Weekend this weekend.
Play Day next week
of children and their families are set to descend on Highbridge's
Apex Park next Wednesday (August 1st) for a day of fun-filled
activities on National Play Day. This year's Play Day will be
held between 10am and 3pm and will feature more than 40 activities.
exhibition is extended
art exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea that is focusing on the work
of emerging local artists has proved so popular this week that
it is being further extended. The display of work from up-and-coming
artists is underway from 10am-3pm each day at The Princess.
serves up success
tennis player has a big smile on her face this week after being
selected to represent Somerset. Megan Rundle, 9, from Burnham-On-Sea's
Avenue Tennis Club and Mark First School, represented the county
in its 9 years and under team this week. More...
walkers spark beach search
and Coastguards carried out a search of the mudflats at Brean
this evening (Wednesday, July 25th) after a group of four people
were reported to be in difficulty. Brean's beachwarden alerted
Coastguards at 5.15pm after spotting the walkers struggling through
waist-deep mud. More...
Island Swim this Sunday
swimmers will dash into the sea at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Stert Island Swim this Sunday (July 29th). The unique 2,400m
race will this year start later than normal at 3.45pm, watched
by crowds of onlookers along the seafront and the jetty. More...
Portas bid is rejected
hopes of becoming a Portas Pilot town, securing vital regeneration
funding have been dashed for a second time, it was announced today
(Wednesday, July 25th) - however the town could still gain government
support. Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has announced
that Burnham is not among the second wave of 15 towns. More...
weather leaves 'smog'
weather conditions led to a thick brown smog building up in the
skies over the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday evening (July 24th).
The lack of wind and hot summer temperatures caused the thick
brown haze to form in the sky, creating unusual sunset scenes.
backs milk protest farmers
MP Tessa Munt has this week supported the National Farmers Union's
campaign to highlight a drastic reduction in milk prices for dairy
farmers and she has called for a reversal in the cuts in Parliament.
Up to a 2p per litre cut has been announced.
photos: Centre opens extension
carers and staff from the Highbridge Medical Centre have celebrated
the completion of building works and the official opening of a
brand new extension. Mrs Jane Barrie OBE, the Chairman of NHS
Somerset, cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the extension.
blaze causes M5 delays
faced long queues on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater
on Tuesday evening (July 24th) after a minibus fire. Two fire
appliances from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called to the
scene at 4.56pm and fought the flames with hose reel jets.
farm events start today
SERIES of roadshows organised by campaigners against a controversial
wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea is set to begin today (Tuesday,
July 24th). Energy firm Broadview wants to construct four 130-metre
tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm
near Rooksbridge. More...
spill brings A38 to a halt
busy A38 through Highbridge was partially closed for almost two
hours on Monday evening (July 23rd) following a mystery fuel spill.
Burnham fire crews were called to the busy Huntspill Road where
more than 30 litres of fuel was found across the carriageway,
making the surface hazardous.
turns out for unveiling
COMMEMORATIVE clock in memory of a popular East Huntspill villager
was unveiled during a ceremony in front of hundreds of residents
on Saturday evening (July 21st). The new digital clock was launched
above the entrance to the village hall,
watched by scores of villagers. More...
show to be held in town
musicians and entertainers will be able to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's
own version of the hit TV talent show Britain's Got Talent
later this year. The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has
this week announced it is to hold its first talent show
and is seeking competitors. More...
donation for tech clinic
Lions Club and Moose Lodge have jointly funded the purchase of
a new laptop computer at a technology clinic in the town. The
Burnham Area Youth Centre holds two weekly technology clinics
on Fridays at 11am and 1.30pm and needed the new kit.
Arrows thrill spectators
were the colourful scenes on Monday (July 23rd) when the Red Arrows
performed a high-flying display during the annual Weston Air Show.
The planes roared through the skies, watched by crowds of onlookers
on Brean Down and along Weston
mugged in Berrow
police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a bike
and a mobile phone from a teenager in Berrow. The incident happened
on Saturday July 14 between 3.30pm-4pm when a 13-year-old boy
was riding his mountain bike along a footpath which runs alongside
called to 'Stert object'
of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats was launched today (Monday, July
23rd) to investigate a 'stranded object' on Stert Island. Burnham
RNLI's Puffin lifeboat was launched at 11.37am amid concerns that
the item could have been a liferaft.
Crews quickly found it was a builder's bollard. More...
on cooker cause blaze
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Brean on Sunday evening
(July 22nd) after a blaze in a holiday apartment, caused by clothing
being left on a hot cooker. Firerfighters were called to Pontins
holiday park at 8.24pm after the park's staff raised the alarm.
last! Sun boosts town trade
weather and the start of the summer school holidays gave traders
in Burnham-On-Sea a much-needed boost over the weekend. Temperatures
reached 23.7 Centigrade (74F) on Sunday as the town enjoyed non-stop
sunshine, bringing visitors flocking to the town and beach, as
photos: Fire drama at farm
THOUSANDS of pounds of damage was caused
to a tractor during a dramatic blaze near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(July 21st). A fuel leak caused the tractor to burst into flames,
sending flames and thick black smoke into the air in the village
theatre group to start
NEW youth theatre group is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea next
month. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge (BOSH) Youth Theatre is being
run by the Princess Theatre. A launch day is to be held on Tuesday
14th August when newcomers will be welcome.
RNLI station has this week welcomed home its Atlantic 75 lifeboat,
called The Staines Whitfield. At the end of April the lifeboat
was sent to the RNLI's lifeboat repair facilities for its regular
four-yearly refit and it has now returned
to its home town. More...
fu enthusiasts in Berrow
than 65 people from across the country attended Berrow-based Kung
Fu group Fei Lung Kwan's annual National Junior Grading competition
on Saturday (21st July). Held at Berrow School, 35 students took
part in the grading, eight of whom were from Berrow.
in beach scare
mud-covered Spanish holidaymakers were walked to safety by Coastguards
at Brean today (Sunday) after sparking a safety scare on the mudflats
at low tide. The five youngsters, pictured, were seen wading through
deep mud over a mile from the shore at low tide.
club takes on the world!
members of Brean Land Yacht Club have represented Great Britain
at the World Land Yacht Championships this week. The trio - Ron
Frewin, Martyn Hale and Caroline Hart - travelled to Cherrieux
in France to take part against competitors
from across the world. More...
Carnival Queen selected
year-old Jenna Picton was selected as Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival
Queen on Saturday evening (July 21st). At a packed ceremony in
Burnham's Princess Theatre, the King Alfred School student was
chosen by a panel of judges to lead this year's carnival parade
following a special selection event.
marks Green Flag
CEREMONY has been held to mark Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens
being handed its first ever Green Flag Award. The seafront gardens
- which was re-opened last year after a major refurbishment -
formally received the award on Friday afternoon (July 20th).
queen to be chosen today
and Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses will be
chosen at a special event tonight (Saturday).
The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Selection Evening will
be held from 6.45pm, with judging at 7.15pm, at the Princess Theatre.
artists hold exhibition
WEEK-long art exhibition which will focus on emerging artists
in Burnham-On-Sea is set to start on Tuesday (July 24th). The
exhibition of work from up-and-coming artists will take place
from July 24th-28th from 10am-3pm each day at The Princess Theatre.
swimmers make a splash
Swimming Club made a splash when their members took part in a
regional contest at a new Olympic-sized pool this week. The club
had an invitation from Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club to
attend a relay gala at a new 50m pool.
to Olympic coach
have been paid to a world-renowned fencing coach from Burnham-On-Sea
who died in a horror road crash just days after his top student
was selected for the Olympic Games. Professor James Perry, 65,
who has tutored many of Britains top fencers, was killed
in a crash near Burnham last Friday.
awards for mud rescue
courageous Burnham-On-Sea police officers who saved the life of
a woman from thick mud on Brean beach are to receive special bravery
awards to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it has been
announced this week. PC Ryan Dinham, PC Adrian Jones and PCSO
Peter Williams will receive a new 'Act of Bravery Award'.
farewell after 30 years
WELL-known doctor is set to leave Highbridge Medical Centre after
three decades in the role. Dr Ciaran Clapham, who was one of the
original group of GPs who merged three separate practices to form
the current Highbridge practice, is leaving after 30 years in
raises £500 for charity
than £500 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
charity during a special community concert this week. Over 150
people attended the Mudlarks Community Choir concert in the town's
Catholic Church on Monday in aid of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue
in Olympic challenge
summer's London Olympics was the theme for a whole week of activities
at Highbridge's King Alfred School. During the final days of term
before the summer break, the Year 7 and 8 youngsters at
Highbridge's King Alfred School took
part in a number of events.
fun day this Sunday
Marine Cove Gardens will be celebrating 'Love Parks Week' with
a special day of fun this Sunday afternoon (July 22nd). Traditional
games, refreshments and garden activities will be held in the
seafront gardens between 1pm and 4pm. The Friends will also have
drama school to start
dancers, actors and singers will have the chance to join a week-long
summer school aimed at developing their skills. The special event
is being led by Victoria Roberts from Burnham-On-Sea based Dancefit
Somerset and will run from Monday 6th to Friday 10th August.
duo cheered into town
local cyclists who are peddling their way across the UK in memory
of a 7-day-old boy who died last year were met by a crowd of friends
and supporters as they rode into Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Thursday).
Richard Lambert and Craig Tuck were met by loud cheers.
fears at new school
FRESH concerns have been raised this week regarding pupil
overcrowding at a new £4.6m school being built in Highbridge
which is set to open this autumn. The new 420-pupil Churchfield
School in Highbridge is scheduled to open in September following
a year-long construction project.
and donkey racing returns!
month sees the return of Brean Leisure Park's annual pig and donkey
race nights, which will be held throughout the summer for local
charities. The fundraising race nights will take place in the
park's arena every Tuesday evening until August 28th.
to appear on signs
NEW-look road signs will soon to be
installed at the entrances to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge thanks
to the work of a local artist. Judith Champion, pictured right,
has been commissioned by the Town Council to design the official
for local roadsides. More...
police pod re-launched
community police pod has been re-launched this week ahead of a
busy summer of special events. Located in the car park at the
town's Asda supermarket, the Pod was initially opened in 2009
and provides advice and community information
to visitors. More...
Flag delight at gardens
of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens are celebrating this week
after the park received its first Green Flag Award. The seafront
gardens - which re-opened last year following a major £360,000
four-year refurbishment project - will formally receive the award
on Friday (July 20th).
woman murdered in Egypt
BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has been murdered in Egypt, according to
a national newspaper this week. The Sun says 69 year-old Fran
Rossiter died in the city of Hurghada in June. The paper has dubbed
her a "Shirley Valentine gran" amid claims that she
moved to Egypt to be with her younger partner.
caller alert from police
have this week warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to
beware of bogus callers. It follows several distraction burglaries
across the police force area where criminals have gained entry
to people's homes by either pretending to be from a water firm.
unveiled in Highbridge
CEREMONY has been held to unveil a new plaque at a Highbridge
monument marking the town's long railway history. A set of bogie
wheels was installed next to the Walrow roundabout in Isleport,
Highbridge last year and this week's ceremony saw a plaque being
up for top awards
teachers from Highbridge's King Alfred School have been nominated
for highly prestigious teaching awards. Steve Wood and Headteacher
Andy Owen, pictured, have been put forward for 2012 Pearson Teaching
Awards. Both teach maths at GCSE level.
arrests after robbery
have arrested two people after an armed robbery at a post office
near Burnham-On-Sea. Two men aged 28 and 43 have been held following
the daylight robbery at Lympsham Post Office at 2.30pm on Friday
(July 13th). The men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery
and released on bail.
singer at Princess
and western artist Raymond Froggatt will perform an evening of
music in Burnham-On-Sea this Thursday night (July 19th). The Princess
Theatre will play host to Raymond Froggatt during his nationwide
'Movin On Tour'. The event will start at 7.30pm.
show to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea textile design teacher will be leading a fashion
exhibition and show in Weston this weekend. Nicola Stent, who
teaches A Level Textile Design at Weston College, is holding the
show in the Sovereign Centre this Saturday (July 21st).
defends hotel silence
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this
week defended its decision not to make any comments on the future
of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel despite the owner speaking
out about his plans for the site. It comes after owner Derek Mead
spoke out last week.
calls for centre repairs
ANGRY members of a sports centre in Highbridge have launched
a petition calling for urgent repairs to be made to the building's
damaged roof following the lengthy closure of a squash court.
Structural damage to a roof has led to one of the squash courts
being put of action for safety reasons.
to fight for council seat
Democrats in Burnham-On-Sea have this week announced town councillor
Helen Groves will be standing as a candidate during the county
council elections next May. Helen, pictured right, has been selected
as the Burnham North candidate.
fails to stop play for pupils
from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School enjoyed a morning of fun at
the town's Avenue Tennis Club despite the weather doing its best
to spoil the visit! Teacher David Quint and several teaching assistants
walked the pupils from the school to the club.
air-lifted to hospital
air ambulance was called to a holiday park in Burnham-On-Sea on
Sunday afternoon (July 15th) to fly a heart attack victim to hospital.
The yellow Devon and Somerset air ambulance, pictured here, landed
in the grounds of Burnham Holiday Village shortly after 3pm.
Burnham man killed in crash
have issued an appeal for witnesses following a fatal accident
near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (July 13th). As reported
here, a 65 year-old man was killed in a two-car accident on the
Causeway, between East Huntspill and Woolavington, at 7.20am.
Apex arts festival is a success
flocked to an outdoor arts festival at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife
Park on Saturday (July 14th). The sun shone on the event, called
'Denizens of the Deep', which was run by Highbridge and Burnham
Artists and is now in its fifth year and continuing to grow in
Awards for unsung heroes
residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with
awards to recognise their work for the community during the town's
annual Civic Service on Sunday. Derick Cooper, Ian Jefferies,
Mary Lawrence and Pam Lyes received the awards
during the service. More...
rescued in Brean cliff drama
THESE were the heart-warming scenes on Brean Down this evening
(Sunday) when Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard's Cliff Rescue Team saved
a dog stranded on rocks. Charlie, a Border Collie, tumbled down
the steep cliffs at Brean Down Fort at arpound 4pm, prompting
his desperate owners to call 999. More...
festival attracts crowds
of colourful patriotic-themed blooms filled a tiny church on the
outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend during its annual
flower festival, which ended on Sunday (July 15th). A steady flow
of visitors flocked to Edithmead Church on both days. More...
One hurt after chemical leak
person was taken to hospital after a chemical leak at a property
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 14th). Fire crews from Burnham
and Bridgwater were sent to Louvigne Close in Burnham at 12.53pm
after reports of chemicals leaking, causing gas. More...
Classic car show on Sunday
classic car display in aid of local charities will be held in
Brean on Sunday (July 15th). The free 'Classic Car Day and Autojumble'
will be held at Warren Farm holiday park's market field from 10am
to 4pm when all will be welcome. The event will be include children's
robbery at post office
have begun an investigation following a daylight robbery at a
post office near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (July 13th) - the second
this year. Two men entered Lympsham Post Office and demanded cash
from staff before fleeing with an unknown quantity of cash. More...
on duty for summer
beach is again in safe hands this summer after the town's lifeguards
this week completed an extensive training course in preparation
for the holiday season. Amy Sellick, Emma Trunks, Dave Goffe and
Chris Bowker have undergone a safety course. More...
Apex Park art festival today
preparations are underway for a free arts festival taking place
today (Saturday, July 14th) at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park.
Highbridge and Burnham Artists is organising the festival, called
'Denizens of the Deep', from 10am to 4pm, when all are welcome.
65, killed in accident
A motorist has been killed in a two-car accident near Burnham-On-Sea
this morning (Friday, July 13th). Fire, police and ambulance crews
were called to the Causeway, between East Huntspill and Woolavington,
at 7.30am after two vehicles collided and ended up in a ditch.
lights to be removed
DECORATIVE lights along part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
look set to be removed after a council survey of lighting columns
revealed many have become "unstable". Town councillors
discussed the future of the illuminations along the North Esplanade
during a meeting on Wednesday (July 11th). More...
at excellence award
which supports elderly patients with dementia and their associated
memory problems has been awarded a much-coveted accreditation
status by the Royal College of Psychiatrists this week. Staff
at the Burnham Memory Assessment Service offer support in the
roof tiles stolen in town
have appealed for witnesses to come forward after 1,000 roof tiles
were stolen from a building site in Highbridge. The materials
have been removed from the site of the former Canal House building,
which was bulldozed by property developers during June. More...
arts festival tomorrow
preparations are underway for a free arts festival taking place
tomorrow (Saturday, July 14th) at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park.
Highbridge and Burnham Artists is organising the festival, called
'Denizens of the Deep', from 10am to 4pm when all are welcome.
and blues in Berrow
of top quality rhythm and blues is in store at a concert in Berrow
Village Hall this Saturday night (July 14th). A popular two man
band called The Jives will be playing Essex-style blues, RnB
and rock, alongside other local and regional acts during the evening.
new homes for hotel site
owner of the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel has this week confirmed
that a youth hostel and 60 homes are under consideration for the
site. In an interview with Burnham-On-Sea.com following our story
earlier this week, Derek Mead confirmed the plans. More...
traffic-free zone for town?
THE pedestrianisation of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and the
launch of a new seafront splash park are among a list of proposals
unveiled this week to rejuvenate the town. The launch of a traffic-free
shopping zone is at the top of a list of town centre improvements
proposed by the Town Team.
medical centre expands
carers and staff from Highbridge Medical Centre will be celebrating
the completion of a major building project next Tuesday (July
17th) with the official opening of a brand new extension. The
centre is holding an 'open house' afternoon as part of the celebrations.
On The Green preview
of Music On The Green will see the return of The Fabulous Top
Mix this weekend in Brent Knoll. Residents and visitors to Brent
Knoll will be able to enjoy a night of music from the 1960s through
to the 1980s, performed by the band The Fabulous Top Mix. More...
for £250k art project
A bid for £250,000 of European
funding to transform part of Highbridge town centre into an 'arts
quarter' has been turned down, it was announced this week. Town
councillor Phil Harvey had submitted the outline bid for the Market
Street funding from Europe. More...
22 mile walk for charity
teenager is seeking sponsors for a 22 mile walk in aid of Help
For Heroes. Frank Parker, 16, is preparing for the sponsored trek
from the seafront in Burnham-On-Sea to Cheddar Reservoir and back
on Saturday August 25th to raise charity cash. More...
enterprise centre opens
enterprise centre which aims to help small businesses flourish
is to open in Berrow this weekend. The new 'Craft and Enterprise
Centre' will be launched on Sunday 15th July at the Berrow Inn.
It will offer local crafters and traders a base to sell their
for police constables
Burnham-On-Sea Special Constables have received awards during
Avon and Somerset Constabulary's annual parade and awards ceremony.
There are currently over 400 Special Constables in the force with
113 across Somerset West, including Burnham. More...
THE multi-million pound expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco
supermarket is set to be completed in mid-November, it has been
confirmed this week, despite council concern about some of the
new facilities. The supermarket says its expanded store is to
open on November 12th. More...
shortage at Secret World
rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea has been hit by a food shortage
following an influx of animals caused by wet summer weather. Secret
World in East Huntspill says it has been inundated with orphans
and casualties in recent weeks. Food has been depleted. More...
braced for heavy rain
RESIDENTS across the south west - including
Burnham-On-Sea - have been warned to expect more heavy rainfall
this week. The Met Office has issued a 'yellow warning' and predicted
heavy rain will sweep across the area on Wednesday, Thursday and
to hold summer concert
community choir will be holding a fundraising concert in aid of
a town charity on Monday evening (July 16th). The Mudlarks will
be holding their summer concert at 8pm in the Roman Catholic Church
in Highbridge Road, Burnham, in aid of rescue hovercraft charity
rates re-think urged
MP has this week called for a re-think to the law that sets "unfair"
business rates. Tessa Munt, pictured, wants a change to legislation
after being contacted by a local businessman. Publican Steve Wilson
says his business rates are unfair. More...
fun day this Sunday
Wildlife Trust is holding a family wildlife day at Highbridge's
Apex Park this Sunday (July 15th). The event, taking place from
1.30pm-4.00pm, will provide an afternoon of wildlife-themed fun
for all ages including guided walks by the lakes and meadows.
creates 30 new jobs
PORTABLE buildings firm Portakabin has this week said it will
be creating 30 new jobs at its new premises in the town. As first
reported in February by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the firm is building
a new centre on Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Park next to
the roundabout at the junction of Bennett Road. More...
plans for hotel site
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week declined to confirm
or deny rumours that the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel could soon
be transformed into a major new youth hostel. Residents say they
have heard plans are being drawn up by the building's owner to
overhaul the former landmark. More...
weather warnings issued
across the south west - including Burnham-On-Sea - have been warned
to expect more heavy rainfall this week. The Met Office has issued
a 'yellow warning' and predicted heavy, persistent rain will sweep
across the area on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. More...
Society sing at Albert Hall
of 11 singers from the Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society travelled
to London on Sunday (8th July) to take part in an unforgettable
performance at The Royal Albert Hall. The group sang with Britain's
largest choral society, The Really Big Chorus. More...
fun day on town's beach
family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach next month.
The free family event is to be held from 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday
August 12th on the town's beach next to The Pavillion. Events
being planned include a fancy dress competition. More...
cash plan attacked
CAMPAIGNERS fighting controversial plans for a major wind
farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have this week attacked
the developer's proposals to introduce a new community fund. As
we first reported last week, Broadview has submitted a formal
planning application. More...
of the annual competition to appoint this year's Highbridge and
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses have extended the
entry period for the contest following a low number of entries.
The search has been extended until Sunday July 15th. More...
lucky to escape jail'
have given their reaction to a 44-year-old Highbridge man being
found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice after
trying to outwit police rather than accept a speeding offence.
Edward Osgood from Highbridge was caught speeding. More...
club's apology to walker
BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club has this week issued an apology
to a dog walker who says she narrowly avoided being struck by
a golf ball while using a footpath across the course. Angie Dibble
is keen to warn other dog owners about the dangers of crossing
the course at Berrow. More...
judges in town today
launched a big clean-up operation in Highbridge on Sunday (July
8th) ahead of the town being assessed by judges from the Britain
In Bloom competition. Members of Highbridge in Bloom were out
in force alongside youngsters from the Dreamscheme. More...
cruise through Burnham
than 20 Minis cruised through Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon
(July 8th) during a fundraising event. The vehicles were taking
part in a Charity Mini Show at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World
which was held in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. More...
and chips' raises £800
£800 was raised for charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area
during a fundraising concert at the town's Princess Theatre on
Saturday (July 7th). A capacity audience attended the 'Rock and
Chips' event, organised by Burnham's Moose International Lodge.
aid honours for air cadets
of air cadets from Burnham-On-Sea's 290 Squadron have achieved
a first aid qualification following an intensive course. The ten
cadets gained a St John accredited first aid qualification after
being tutored in 25 subjects ranging from severe bleeding. More...
in court on drugs charges
FOUR men are to appear in court this month after
being charged with drug production offences following the discovery
of four separate cannabis cultivation set ups in the Burnham-On-Sea
area. Over 300 cannabis plants were seized by local officers in
the space of two weeks earlier this year. More...
festival countdown begins
at nursing homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll have been working
with local artists this week to make sea creatures for an arts
festival taking place on Saturday (July 14th). The arts festival
'Denizens of the Deep' takes place at Apex Wildlife Park. More...
photos: Picnic In The Park
crowds took full advantage of good weather on Sunday afternoon
(July 8th) to flock to Burnham-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park. Organisers
breathed a sigh of relief as sunny weather attracted big crowds
to the Manor Gardens for four hours of music. More...
praises young artists
and Highbridge's Mayor has praised the standard of work on display
at an art exhibition in the town. More than 70 art students at
Highbridge's King Alfred School displayed their artistic skills
at a one-off exhibition of their work on Wednesday evening (July
rain causes disruption
rain has caused disruption across the Burnham-On-Sea area this
weekend, flooding roads and causing several events to be cancelled.
The annual Sedgemoor Vintage Vehicle Show, which was due to take
place this weekend at Highbridge's Isleport Farm, was cancelled
on Saturday due to flooding. More...
cancels vehicle show
annual Sedgemoor Vintage Vehicle Show, which was due to take place
this weekend on the outskirts of Highbridge, has been cancelled
due to flooding caused by heavy rain. Dozens of vintage tractors,
classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and stationary engines were
to go on display at Isleport Farm. More...
In the Park to go ahead
are keeping a close eye on the latest weather forecast as they
make final preparations for Burnham-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park,
which is due to be held tomorrow (Sunday, July 8th). The free
event in Burnham's Manor Gardens is from 12.30pm-5pm. More...
for new Carnival Queen
search is underway for this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival Queen and Princesses. Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club has kicked
off the annual hunt for this year's contestants, who will take
a leading role in this autumn's carnival, which is on Monday November
crash at A38 blackspot
were called to a two-car collision at an accident blackspot on
the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (July 5th). A
Rover and a Ford collided at the entrance to Burnham Moor Lane,
with one vehicle ending up in a ditch, as pictured here. More...
cloud spotted near town
WEATHER experts have confirmed that a funnel cloud was spotted
over Stert Island, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday afternoon
(July 5th). Several residents and motorists in the Huntspill area
reported seeing the cloud forming, as pictured here. More...
farm plans are submitted
HOTLY-debated multi-million pound plans for a major new wind
farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have been formally submitted
to Sedgemoor District Council by a developer this week. The controversial
proposed Pilrow wind farm is to be located on agricultural land
adjacent to the M5. More...
haw! Wild West fun day
to Brent Knoll will be able to sample a taste of the Wild West
this weekend while raising funds for a good cause. The Boots &
Saddles Western Re-enactment & Living History Club - which
is based in Somerset - will be performing on Sunday (July 8th).
GROUP of Germans from Burnham-On-Sea's twin town of Fritzlar have
visited the area this week. The group of 30 people arrived on
Saturday, and were treated to a civic reception by Burnham's Mayor,
Cllr Ken Smout, in the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road.
night booze bid concerns
TOWN councillors have this week expressed
concerns over proposals by a Highbridge supermarket to begin selling
alcohol until midnight every day of the week. Highbridge's Asda
store in Springfield Road has submitted a request to Sedgemoor
District Council to amend its premises license. More...
phone box bought for £1!
A DISUSED phone box near Burnham-On-Sea
has been given a new lease of life at the centre of the community
after being bought from BT for just £1. West Huntspill Parish
Council has taken over the redundant red kiosk in Alstone Gardens
and turned it into an information point. 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 Highbridge. More than 70 vintage tractors,
cars, trucks and bikes will be on show at Isleport Farm on Saturday
and Sunday. More...
after window smashed
POLICE have issued an appeal for information after
this shop window in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea was smashed at
the weekend. A large pane of glass at Berryman's estate agents
in The High Street was shattered between Saturday afternoon and
CROWDS of visitors from across the UK are expected
to visit East Huntspill this weekend when a popular annual Healing
Weekend is held at Secret World Rescue Centre. Now in its fourth
year, The Healing Weekend will be held on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday 8th July. More...
wants fairer school funding
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt will lead a delegation
of representatives from the Somerset Schools Forum and other Somerset
MPs to meet the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove,
later this month. The meeting comes after a constructive meeting
last week. More...
award winners unveiled
Coverage: THE names of four community-spirited residents in
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who are to receive Civic Awards
has been announced this week. Derick Cooper, Ian Jefferies, Mary
Lawrence and Pam Lyes have this week been officially named by
the Town Council as winners of the awards.
photos: Cider music festival
350 people attended a day-long cider and music festival held in
Brent Knoll on Saturday (June 30th). The Cider, Beer and Food
Festival featured a free local food festival plus a ticketed evening
of quality music and entertainment at Westcroft Cider Farm. More...
dance stars head to town
TWO stars of BBC1's hit TV series Strictly
Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance will be
coming to Highbridge next month for several special dancing events.
Professional dancer Camilla Dallerup appeared on Strictly Come
Dancing for five years. More...
bearer opens school fair
Olympic torch bearer Jason Vickers was the special guest who opened
West Huntspill School's annual summer fair at the weekend. The
youngsters got a chance to have their photos taken with the torch
and meet Jason during the afternoon event. More...
arrests after sex assault
have arrested two people following a sexual assault in Burnham-On-Sea
last week. Officers were called to Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway
at 2.30pm on Thursday (June 28th) after a woman was attacked by
an Asian man aged between 20 and 30 and of a stocky build.
hurt in town accident
PENSIONER was taken to hospital following an accident in a car
park in Highbridge this morning (Tuesday). Police and ambulance
crews were called to Highbridge Medical Centre in Pepperall Road
after a blue vehicle was in collision with an elderly lady.
action over 'garish' snack bar
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week said it will not
take action against the owners of an "unauthorised"
snack bar on Burnham-On-Sea seafront despite concerns it is out
of keeping with the Conservation Area. The Town Council contacted
Sedgemoor's planning enforcement team after the brightly-coloured
shed was installed. More...
raise £2,000 for charity
Burnham-On-Sea residents raised £2,000 for charity by completing
a 100km night cycle between London and Brighton at the weekend.
Louise Crew, Toria Taylor, Marcus Medd and Alan Clarke took part
in the Moon Ride in aid of Breast Cancer Care. More...
calls for arms trade treaty
MP has this week thrown her weight behind an international campaign
calling for a robust, human rights-based arms trade treaty to
be negotiated by the United Nations. Tessa Munt took part in an
action event in the House of Commons organised by The Control
Arms Coalition. More...
to cruise along seafront
of minis will be cruising along Burnham-On-Sea seafront and through
Brean on Sunday afternoon (July 8th) during a fundraising event.
The vehicles will be taking part in a Charity Mini Show, being
held at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World, in aid of Dorset and
Somerset Air Ambulance. More...
to hold AGM tomorrow
organisers of the Highbridge Festival Of The Arts will be holding
their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday (July 4th) when all
will be welcome to find out more about the long-running event.
The meeting will be held at 7.30pm in Highbridge Community Hall.
cricket star visits town
cricket star Marcus Trescothick MBE visited Burnham-On-Sea today
(Monday, July 2nd) as part of a nationwide scheme to promote the
sport in schools. Staff and pupils at St Joseph's School in Oxford
Street welcomed the sportsman as part of a scheme run by the Cricket
medals for BARB crew
volunteer crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity
BARB have been presented with Jubilee medals this week in recognition
of their work. Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Martin
Cox handed over the medals outside the seafront hovercraft station.
regatta sails to success
annual sailing regatta ended on Sunday evening (July 1st) after
a weather-interrupted fortnight. The stormy conditions meant the
number of races taking place in Bridgwater Bay over the past two
weekends was cut - but there was still some keen competition.
opens Southleigh party
of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten summer
garden party on Saturday afternoon (June 30th). Burnham's Mayor,
Cllr Ken Smout, opened the event in Rectory Road and judged a
colourful fancy dress competition, pictured. More...
singers to star in opera
and dancers from Burnham-On-Sea will be taking part in a specially
commissioned opera in Somerset later this month. Burnham singers
Lewis Coleman, Mary Crowe, Kate Gibson, Fran Bowkett and Julian
Plested are making final preparations for the shows near Wedmore.
Portas bid submitted
has submitted its second bid to become a Portas Pilot town and
win a share of regeneration funding. Government Minister Grant
Shapps announced in May that Burnham was not among the first 12
towns across the UK to be selected in round one. More...
end to Berrow fair!
rain brought Berrow School's annual summer fair to a soggy end
on Saturday afternoon (June 30th). As pictured, a downfall of
unseasonally heavy rain flooded the playground and sent most people
running for cover - although some children loved it!
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