2008 Burnham-On-Sea News
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power overturns plans
fighting plans by developers to build two new houses on a patch
of green land besides their homes are celebrating today (Monday
June 30th) after being told they have been successful in getting
the scheme thrown out. A petition signed by over 40 Winchester
Road residents was handed to the council in March.
ordains town Reverend
Christine Judson, Curate of St John's Parish Church in Highbridge,
was ordained as priest on Saturday (28th June) by the Bishop of
Taunton. She was ordained alongside two of her fellow curates,
the Revd Dr Gilly Bunce from Worle and the Revd Julie Sims from
system to beat burglars
Exclusive: BURGLARS will
get a nasty shock if they try to break into supermarkets in Burnham
and Highbridge when they get sprayed with a fluorescent liquid.
SmartWater, an invisible, colourless liquid that shows up under
UV light, has just been introduced at Somerfield's stores in Pier
Street, Burnham and Highbridge. More...
attend Caribbean Night
were the order of the day when Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club held
a fundraising Caribbrean night on Saturday (June 28th). Over 250
people attended the successful event in Mark, which was held to
raise money for two life-saving Somerset charities. More...
photos: Tai Chi Taster Day
Burnham-On-Sea residents took the opportunity to try out Tai Chi
during a special martial arts taster day being held across the
country on Sunday (June 29th). More than 50 people of all ages
flexed and stretched their muscles in the town's Manor Gardens,
as pictured here. More...
book sale raises £200
£200 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion
during a two-day fundraising book sale which ended on Saturday
(June 28th). Organiser
Bob Northcombe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were very pleased
to raise £217 over the two days." More...
buoys to be introduced
using the waters of Bridgwater Bay now have several new buoys
to help them navigate their way past Burnham-On-Sea. A
formal Notice To Mariners has been issued this week by Burnham's
Harbour Master Chris Spencer alerting water users to the changes.
launched to save gardens
Exclusive: A PETITION
has been launched this week to assess public support for a £670,000
project to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens. In
March, Sedgemoor District Council made a submission to the Heritage
Lottery Fund's 'Parks For People' programme to restore the seafront
target seafront speeders
police launched a crackdown on speeding motorists on the town's
seafront on Friday evening (June 27th). Several drivers were pulled
over and issued with warnings as officers equipped with speed
cameras monitored traffic along The Esplanade over the course
of the evening.
boss at badger rally
of East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue charity will
be joining a demonstration in Wales this weekend to campaign against
the culling of badgers. Pauline
Kidner and supporters will take part in the protest in Cardiff
on Saturday lunchtime (June 28th) in the centre of the city. More...
of fire-hit hotel removed
the scenes at the former Highbridge Hotel on Thursday (June 26th)
as workers dismantled the roof of the fire-hit property. The charred
roof beams at the top of the building were removed to allow fire
safety inspectors to begin assessing the property over the next
boost for Lions Club
to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea have helped raise £1,500
for the town's Lions Club by dropping their loose change into
a 'wishing pool'. Peter
Burks, the General Manager of Sanders Garden World this week presented
a cheque to the club. More...
crews film chariot racers
BERROW Beach was turned into a scene from the ancient
Egyptian desert on Thursday (June 26th) when a film production
company recreated a chariot scene from the Battle of Kadesh. The
programme for National Geographic TV will about about an Egyptian
photos: Teachers win awards
TWO teachers from Burnham and Highbridge have been
recognised for their work when they received awards at a ceremony
in Bath this week. Sheila
Bellingham from St Joseph's Primary School and Martyn Ellis from
Highbridge's King Alfred School both received recognition at the
plush ceremony. More...
boss opens public loos
SEDGEMOOR District Council's Chairman Dennis Davey
cut the ribbon to open a revamped block of public toilets at Berrow
on Thursday (June 26th). The block of public conveniences has
been given a new lease of life in a joint partnership which has
improved facilities for visitors.
Fire crews tackle major blaze
from across Somerset, including Burnham-On-Sea, are among dozens
of fire fighters tackling a major blaze at a scrapyard near Glastonbury.
blaze near the site of the Glastonbury Festival has led to tailbacks
around the site and two people were taken to hospital with
praises 'outstanding' school
and pupils at a pre-school near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating
this week after OFSTED inspectors praised the facility as "outstanding".
Brent Knoll Tadpoles Pre-School, which opened last year in Brent
Street and has less than 20 pupils, is one of only a handful of
schools in the area to achieve the top rating.
for fashion show on sale
A FUNDRAISING fashion show will be held at Highbridge
Community Hall on Tuesday July 8th to raise money for Burnham-On-Sea's
annual folk festival. Quality clothes of all sizes will be modelled
on the night and then sold at low prices, with High Street brands
- all to raise money for this year's FolkFest. More...
photos: Bird catches attention
THE colourful plumage of this cormorant has been
catching the attention of walkers at Highbridge's Apex Park this
week. The bird was perched on one of the lake's 'no fishing' signs
on Wednesday (June 25th), waiting to dive in after unsuspecting
One reader has sent in these wonderful photos. More...
halt new homes scheme
Exclusive: PLANS to build five new homes in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea have been halted by a sett of badgers. Sedgemoor
District Council's planners have this week turned down an application
to build five dwellings on land at 13 Rectory Road due largely
to badgers living in the area.
for carnival queen starts
THE search has begun this week for a carnival queen and princesses
to lead this year's Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival. The
annual competition to find a queen and two princesses will be
held on Saturday July 19th at Home Farm Holiday Park in Burnham.
We have full details about how to sign up for the event. More...
incident causes delays
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists faced queues along a busy road into town
on Tuesday evening (June 24th) after a lorry carrying two mobile
homes partially blocked the route. One
of the vehicle's trailers developed a fault, leaving a mobile
home teetering at a steep angle as pictured here. More...
and daughter rescued
A MOTHER and
daughter have been flown to safety onboard one of Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercrafts after becoming stranded in an inflatable dinghy
on the mudflats at Uphill, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday
(June 24th). BARB, the Burnham-based charity that operates two
life-saving hovercrafts, was called out by Weston Coastguards
is icing on the cake!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cake maker is celebrating this
week after being named 'Cake Designer Of The Year.' Val
Bagateles, who runs Especially For You 2 in Cross Street, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com she is "over the moon" to have won
the sought-after award from Weddings Review UK. More...
up our town's streets'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on refuse collection
teams to spend more time tidying up the town's streets after litter
and debris was left strewn across pavements following the latest
refuse collection. Home owners in John Street and Kingsway Road
say the roads were left in an "appauling" condition.
arrested after crash
POLICE confirmed on Monday (June 23rd) that a teenager
had been arrested following a dramatic accident in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. A 19-year-old
man was held following an accident in Oxford Street in which a
car careered into a garden wall. More...
'n' ride plan confirmed
FREE 'park and ride' scheme will be in operation in Burnham-On-Sea
this September when the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain
cycle race ends in the town, it was confirmed on Monday (June
first reported the plans to introduce a free parking scheme last
launches information boards
Mayor and Mayoress officially launched the town's new information
panels on Monday afternoon (June 23rd). The boards, which aim
to help visitors navigate their way around the town, feature a
street map of Burnham-On-Sea illustrated with images.
housing meeting in town
the public are being invited to share their views on Somerset
County Council's future provision of Extra Care Housing at a meeting
in Burnham-On-Sea next week. The
public consultation meeting will take place on Friday 27th June
in Rosewood Close, Burnham. More...
line up to join pool
for up to two hours to join Burnham-On-Sea's new Swim & Sports
Academy on Saturday (June 21st) when the new owners of the town's
swimming pool held a successful enrolment day. A long line of
people stretched out of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall
and onto the street. More...
toilets get a makeover
BLOCK of outdated public conveniences has
been given a new lease of life which has improved facilities for
visitors and residents who visit Berrow Beach. The council-owned
loos were rapidly approaching the end of their economic life with
the prospect of closure already being considered. More...
swim is full for this year
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have stopped
taking entries almost a month earlier than planned due to all
the places being filled. The entry period for the popular event
began in May and was due to remain open until mid-July, but all
80 places have now been filled. More...
give beach a clean
of rubbish were collected from Burnham-On-Sea beach when members
of Burnham and Highbridge's Youth Town Council held a special
litter-pick at the weekend. Mayor Peter Clayton and Mayoress Jo
Burridge organised Saturday's two and half hour beach clean.
Photos: Burnham Smile Walk
colourfully dressed walkers strode out for charity when Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Smile Walk took place on Sunday afternoon (June 22nd).
The popular fancy dress walk started next to the town's jetty
and the walkers made their way along The Esplanade and then onto
the Sailing Club and back.
film boosts town charity
Ritz Cinema hosted the gala screening of Disney's new blockbuster
movie 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of a Burnham
charity on Friday evening (June 20th). The movie is not due to
be released across the UK until June 27th but the Burnham cinema
negotiated the special gala screening. More...
in shock after crash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family says they are fortunate to have escaped
injury after a car dramatically ploughed into the front of their
home during the early hours of Saturday morning (June 21st). The
car was being driven at speed along Oxford Street when it came
off the road at around 6am, destroying a wall and sending bricks
and concrete through the front windows of a house.
fails to stop play!
people filled the garden of a Brent Knoll home on Saturday evening
(June 21st) when a professional theatre company gave an outdoor
performance of Shakepeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Heavy rain
failed to halt the performance,
but the audience was forced to shelter under umbrellas. More...
cut blacks out 50 homes
of homes in Highbridge and West Huntspill
were without electricity on Saturday morning (June 21st) following
a power cut. Western
Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that supplies
had been cut at 6.38am, affecting 53 homes,
following a fuse fault. More...
photos: David Bellamy visit
star David Bellamy visited a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Friday
afternoon (June 20th). The botanist, author and broadcaster made
a special appearance at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village for the
park's 'Big Green Weekend'. We have a full photo round-up of his
fire tackled in Berrow
was all that remained of a car that was deliberately set alight
in Berrow late on Friday evening (June 21st). One fire engine
from Burnham-On-Sea was called to extinguish the blaze at 10.09pm
in Red Road near to Rose Farm.
Our photo shows the badly damaged vehicle on Saturday morning.
man air-lifted from road
MAN was air-lifted to hospital with "life-threatening injuries"
following a serious crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (June
20th). Burnham police were called to the A38 after a pedestrian
was struck by a passing car, leaving the route shut for two and
a half hours.
information panels for town
SERIES of new information panels are being installed around Burnham-On-Sea
this week to help visitors find their way around the town. The
panels feature a street map of Burnham illustrated with images
of key landmarks such as churches and public gardens
painted by a local artist. More...
Walkers ready to stride out
of brightly coloured costumes will be on show at Burnham-On-Sea
annual's Smile Walk this Sunday (June 22nd). The popular fancy
dress walk will start at 2pm next to the town's jetty and is open
to all. The walkers will then wander along the Esplanade
to the town's Sailing Club. More...
expert thanked by Mayor
BOMB disposal expert who defused a device on Burnham-On-Sea beach
during World War II was welcomed back to the town on Thursday
(June 19th) by the Mayor and Mayoress. Albert Holmes, 83, was
officially thanked for his work by Cllr Peter Clayton and Jo Burridge.
future to be discussed
THE owner of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel plans to hold a
meeting during the next fortnight to unveil his plans for the
site. Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday (June 19th), Derek
Mead said he hopes to unveil his plans for the market site and
former hotel (pictured) at a special meeting.
re-opened after crash
TWO-car collision led to the main road through Mark being closed
by police on Thursday evening (June 19th). Police and paramedics
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the B3139 Church Street in
Mark following the rush-hour accident.
had to take diversions around the scene.
yacht pulled to safety
pulled to safety by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews on Wednesday
evening (June 18th) after its owner got into difficulties in gusty
winds next to the town's jetty. With Burnham's two lifeboats standing
by, three crew members entered the water to help pull the 17ft
cabin sailing yacht from the sea and onto its trailer.
swan rescued by boat crew
swan is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved
by an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday
afternoon (June 18th). BARB, the Burnham-based charity, was contacted
by animal rescuers from East Huntspill's wildlife centre Secret
World after a walker spotted the injured bird.
crew heads for Berrow beach
Beach will be turned into a scene from the ancient Egyptian desert
next week when film production company Atlantic Productions recreates
a chariot scene from the Battle of Kadesh. The
programme is being made for National Geographic TV and is about
an Egyptian Pharaoh. More...
denies new store rumours
this week denied that it is considering opening a convenience
store in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The supermarket giant has
been linked to the building previously occupied by Burnham's job
centre, situated on the junction of the High Street and Regent
issue update on child alert
Bridgwater CID who are investigating a recent attempted abduction
incident in Wedmore confirmed on Tuesday (June 17th) that they
are also probing a separate incident in Highbridge. There
is nothing to suggest the man was trying to pose as a woman, as
some media have reported.
shortages ease in town
of petrol and diesel were delivered to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday
(June 17th), helping to ease the shortages in supply following
several days of panic buying. However, several petrol stations
still had limited stocks on Tuesday evening,
as shown in our exclusive guide. More...
stylists take part in show
Burnham-On-Sea hair stylists were among 30 'apprentices' who took
part in a hair and beauty show held on Monday evening (June 16th)
to shine the spotlight on the talents of those being trained at
Weston College's Business Enterprise Centre.
arts festival to be held
Brue estuary running through Burnham and Highrbidge will be a
hive of activity during August when a three day visual arts festival
is held along its banks. The
event, from August 1st to 3rd, is being hailed as a 'celebration
of local creative arts'
and preparaions are already underway. More...
gives signs fresh look
Mayor, Peter Clayton, installed one of several newly refurbished
signs along the town's seafront this week when work to spruce
them up in time for the summer holiday season was completed. A
winter of storms and high winds had left many worse for wear.
pilots retire after win
zapcat racers Ryan Jones and Ashley Chappell announced their retirement
from the sport this week, just days after winning a round of the
national championships. The duo took to
the Cornish waters of Newquay on Saturday (June 14th) where they
issued with warning
in Burnham-On-Sea were warned on Monday (June 16th) to be on the
look out for a possible child abducter in the area. Schools
in the town sent out warning letters to parents following two
incidents - one in Highbridge's Apex Park - in which children
were approached by a man wearing a woman's wig.
on flats scheme delayed
in Burnham-On-Sea who are fighting plans for a seafront property
to be be turned into a multi-million pound block of apartments
are celebrating a small victory after planners delayed their decision
on whether the controversial scheme should proceed. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report in March how residents of Allandale Road are
up in arms over the plans.
family thank air rescuers
youngster Jack Dyer, 3, is recovering well after being air-lifted
to hospital following a serious garden accident last month. And
to show their appreciation for the swift response of the Air Ambulance
team, Jack's family, friends and the Round Table have given £850
to the service.
ready to download
and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership has published a new issue
of its quarterly newsletter. The publication
is available to download online for free from the group's official
website, which is hosted exclusively here on Burnham-On-Sea's
town website. More...
put on blooming show
gardeners from the Burnham-On-Sea area displayed a colourful collection
of blooms when the
town's Horticultural Society held its annual Rose & Sweet
Pea Show during the
weekend. A steady flow of visitors came to the show, held at Sanders
Garden World for a fourth year. More...
cyclists complete event
of Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station supporters completed a 90-mile
sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the charity on Saturday
(June 14th). The team set off on their bikes from Burnham lifeboat
station in Pier Street and then rode to RNLI headquarters in Poole,
buying runs pumps dry
of petrol left several Burnham-On-Sea fuel stations turning away
customers on Saturday (June 14th) as their supplies ran out. Staff
at the Esso station in Love Lane closed the forecourts at lunchtime
and brought out signs, as pictured, to explain why the station
band entertains crowds
and Highbridge's Town Band was in top form at a charity concert
in the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (June 15th). Despite
rain during the afternoon, the outdoor event still attracted over
200 people, which was held in aid of St Margaret's Hospice.
seal removed from beach
seal was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Friday afternoon
(June 13th). The dead animal, pictured here, weighed approximately
150kg and was spotted near the high tide line by a walker when
the sea receded. Volunteers from Secret World and BARB carried
the animal away.
photos: Brent Knoll fete
weather attracted large crowds to Brent Knoll's annual fete on
Saturday afternoon (June 14th). The event was opened by Tim Dean,
the village's postman, and featured entertainment from Brent Knoll
School's young dancers and the village's Chalice Morris Men. More...
cyclists set off
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station supporters set off on a 90-mile
sponsored cycle ride on Saturday morning (June 14th) to raise
funds for the charity. The team - called 'Coast To Coast' - set
off on their bikes from Burnham lifeboat station in Pier Street
on their way to Poole in Dorset. More...
estate agent set to move
Burnham-On-Sea estate agent is set to move into a High Street
property in the coming week. Saxons, currently based in Abingdon
Street, is moving into a vacant building on the corner of Burnham's
High Street and Victoria Street this coming Wednesday
£160,000 cafe to open
A NEW £160,000
cafe is set to be officially opened in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea,
later this month. The
Sundowner Cafe, located besides the main sliproad onto Brean beach,
is run by Beachside Holiday Park and will be formally opened on
the morning of Thursday June 26th.
car fire extinguished
from Burnham-On-Sea was called to Wick Lane in Brent Knoll on
Thursday evening (June 12th) to tackle a deliberate car blaze.
On arrival, soon after 10.30pm, the Burnham firefighters confirmed
that the vehicle was well alight next to the main railway line.
fine for Apex dog fouler
are stamping down on pet owners who let their animals foul community
spaces in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. Sedgemoor
District Council said on Thursday (June 12th) it had prosecuted
a walker at Apex Park for failing to pick up after their pet.
re-opens one day early
was the scene on Highbridge's Walrow railway bridge on Friday
morning (June 13th) as it re-opened one day earlier than scheduled
as work to strengthen it was finally completed.
follows a long-running 18-month saga that saw the bridge completely
closed in 2007.
to hold enrolment day
new Swim & Sports Academy is to hold a swimming lesson enrolment
day later this month when swimmers of all ages will be able to
sign up for tuition and find out more about the classes and activities
on offer. The event will be held on Saturday June 21st. More...
support fireworks event
was raised towards securing the future of Burnham-On-Sea's annual
seafront fireworks display on Thursday (June 12th) when dozens
of local business people attended a special fundraising business
Tourism Association and Burnham Chamber of Trade organised the
month road closure starts
living on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea are facing more disruption
as a three month closure of a busy country road came into force
this week. Network
Rail is carrying out bridge strengthening work along Ham Street
and Station Road in Brent Knoll, prompting the closure. More...
stolen from disabled man
appealed for help in tracing a car belonging to a disabled man
and his wife which was stolen while they were on holiday in Brean
earlier this week. George
and Jenny Nunn's black Vauxhall Astra estate has the registration
number VA57 NNY and is similar to the one pictured here.
£160,000 cafe set to open
A NEW £160,000
cafe is set to be officially opened in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea,
later this month. The
Sundowner Cafe, located besides the main sliproad onto Brean beach,
is run by Beachside Holiday Park and will be formally opened on
the morning of Thursday June 26th.
appeal after Brean attack
appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted in a homophobic
attack in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, earlier this week. The
men, aged 35 and 20 years, were drinking in the centre of Brean
at Krackers pub shortly after 10pm on Monday (June 9th).
axes Seaside Fun Day
long-running Seaside Fun Day has been axed by the district council,
it was confirmed this week. The
event has been held on Burnham's Esplanade at the height of the
busy tourist season in early August for the last five years and
attracted large crowds of families.
official: Public toilets sold
of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea is to be sold off by Sedgemoor
District Council, it was announced on Wednesday (June 11th). Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report last month how three bidders had expressed
an interest. The bids were reviewed by council bosses.
set to hold flower show
displays of roses and sweet peas will be on display when Burnham-On-Sea
Horticultural Society holds its annual show this
weekend (June 14th and 15th). Sanders
Garden World has been chosen for the fourth year running as the
venue for the popular event.
bridge set to re-open
Walrow railway bridge is set to finally re-open for the first
time in 18 months this Saturday (June 14th) when work to strengthen
the bridge is completed. It
follows a long-running saga that saw the bridge completely closed
in March 2007, then partially re-opened to light traffic last
future of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display is
expected to be secured this week when thousands of pounds is raised
towards running the event at a special business breakfast. Sedgemoor
Tourism Association is holding the meeting at the Oaktree Arena
at Edithmead. More...
shutters are 'hurting town'
shops which shutter their windows after closing time are putting
off visitors coming to the town, a town councillor claimed this
week. Councillor Ken Smout told a meeting that too many High Street
shops in Burnham use metal shutters after closing time, as pictured
photos: Scouts beach contest
Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the district gathered
on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 10th) for a mass
sandcastle building competition. Scouts
from packs including Burnham, Highbridge and Bridgwater took part.
told 'phone mast must go'
phone giant O2 has this week lost its bid to keep a 15 metre tall
'temporary' phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The
mast, which is mounted on a portable trailer, was first installed
in May 2007 after O2 was forced to remove a controversial mast
in nearby Marine Drive.
reaches 25th year in job
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, said this week he has no intention
of stepping down from his job any time soon as he marks his 25th
year in the role. His remarks came at a Conservative Group meeting,
when he was asked if it was correct that June 9th marks his 25th
year of being a MP.
set for Royal Albert Hall
singers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will join over 500
singers from across the county in representing Somerset at the
last night of the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall later
this year. Somerset
has been invited to take part in the event
for the first time in the event's history. More...
Club sets off on trip
70 Burnham-On-Sea people who suffer from learning difficulties
boarded a coach at the start of a special summer break on Monday
(June 9th). Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Gateway Club has organised
a five-day break in Minehead for the group
and some of their carers. More...
walker air-lifted after fall
helicopter joined Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston in
rescuing a walker who suffered multiple injuries after falling
30 feet down a steep cliff-face on Sunday evening (June 8th).
Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to Sand
Point, near Weston, at 5.45pm after the 34-year-old man missed
his footing and fell down the cliffs onto the rocks below. More...
crowds attend Jazz In Park
summer weather and a great line-up of jazz bands attracted large
crowds of spectators to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Jazz In The Park
event on Sunday (June 8th). The Manor Gardens were filled with
deckchairs and picnic parties for the popular summer concert run
crowds flock to car rally
of spectators filled Burnham's
seafront Saturday afternoon (June 7th) to see more
than 100 vintage vehicles arrive in town for the 15th annual Vale
of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. Burnham's
Mayor Peter Clayton and Mayoress Jo Burridge were on hand to judge
movie to help BARB
Ritz Cinema is to hold an exclusive gala screening of a major
new Hollywood blockbuster on June 20th called 'The Chronicles
of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of BARB, the Burnham charity
that runs the town's two rescue hovercrafts
and an inshore rescue boat. More...
Day hailed a success
work of volunteers in the Burnham-On-Sea area came under the spotlight
when a special volunteer day was held on Saturday (June 7th).
The event was run by the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Regeneration
Partnership as part of National Volunteer Week
at Highbridge Community Hall. More...
visits new-look Legion HQ
MP visited the newly refurbished headquarters of Burnham-On-Sea
Royal British Legion on Saturday morning (June 7th). David
Heathcoat-Amory met members of the group at their new-look Victoria
Street premises, which has recently undergone a major revamp.
TV auctioneer to visit area
antiques expert who is a regular contributor to BBC One's Antiques
Roadshow will be the guest auctioneer at a fundraising event near
Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Philip Taubenheim will be leading
a charity fundraising auction at Sanders Garden World on June
gets a spring clean
GROUP of youth volunteers carried out a clean-up of Burnham-On-Sea's
beach this week following recent reports about the poor state
of the sands. A dozen members of the Somerset Youth Volunteering
Network from across the county aged between 16 and 25 held the
special clean-up on Thursday (June 5th).
calls time on phone boxes
BRITISH Telecom has this week called time on six telephone
boxes in the Burnham-On-Sea area, announcing that they are to
be removed as part of a cost-cutting programme.
The half dozen pay phones - some of which are the traditional
red boxes - have been chosen because BT says they are used less
than once a month. More...
jazz fans in for a treat
fans are in for a treat this Sunday afternoon (June 8th) when
three of the region's top bands play at Burnham-On-Sea's annual
Jazz In The Park concert. The popular event will be held in the
Manor Gardens from 1pm onwards. We have a full preview and times
of the key acts. More...
club winners announced
superb photo of rays of sunshine over a beach
has won the latest monthly photography competition organised by
Burnham-On-Sea Photography Club. The
image and two runners-up can be seen on the club's recently-launched
website here on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
hurt in Berrow crash
were the scenes in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday afternoon
(June 5th) after a two vehicle accident caused delays for motorists.
and paramedics were called to Barton Road at 3.15pm following
the two vehicle collision, which involved a Ford and a Vauxhall.
beach wins award
beach has been awarded a Quality Coast Award, delighting tourism
bosses in the town. The awards, which were announced on Thursday
(June 5th), shine the spotlight on the UK's beaches that offer
the best cleanliness and facilities. Burnham has won the award
for several years. More...
guitar to be auctioned
electric guitar autographed by by the legendary Status Quo drummer
John Coughlan is to be auctioned off to help a group of young
musicians in Burnham-On-Sea. The instrument will be given to one
lucky person at Burnham's Under a Summer Moon concert next month.
injured in cement accident
24-year-old man was rushed to hospital after an accident on a
Burnham-On-Sea building site on Thursday morning (June 5th) that
left wet cement sprayed over nearby homes. Two ambulances were
sent to Oxford Street at 8.43am, as pictured here, after the incident
at the building site of the former Crown Inn.
cut hits local homes
homes in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, were still without
electricity on Thursday morning (June 5th) after a series of power
Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that a fault
had occurred at 10.21pm, affecting 23 homes in the village.
academy picks players
TENNIS academy set up in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea
tennis player who died last autumn has picked the group of eleven
young players it is going to train. The first training session
of the Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy was held on Wednesday afternoon
(June 4th). More...
revamp for town church
MAJOR £200,000 renovation project is underway at a Burnham-On-Sea
town centre church. A brand new entrance is being built at the
eastern end of Burnham Methodist Church in College Street. The
work is due to be completed in August and a second phase of development
will then start later in 2008.
David Bellamy visits town
star David Bellamy will be visiting a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park
later this month. The botanist, author and broadcaster will make
an appearance at Burnham Holiday Village for the park's 'Big Green
Weekend'. The star last visited the Burnham area in 2006 when
he was in Brent Knoll. More...
photos: Burnham In Bloom
SPLASH of colour has been added to Burnham-On-Sea's streets in
recent days as the town gears up to take part in this year's Britain
In Bloom competition. Hanging baskets have been hung along the
town's High Street and flower beds and pots have been planted
in preparation. More...
race ends in Ireland!
of the 250 balloons which lifted off from Burnham-On-Sea High
Street last month at the start of a fundraising balloon race has
been blown all the way to Ireland! Hundreds of the balloons were
released outside Sue Ryder Care's High Street shop on May 23rd,
as we reported at the time. More...
to open in Burnham
STARBUCKS, the world's biggest coffee chain, is to open in
Burnham-On-Sea later this summer. The firm has this week signed
a deal with Burnham swimming pool's new bosses, Sara Cox-Conklin
and Mark Conklin, to sell its coffee in the building's new cafe
when it opens later this year.
in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be offered trips around Bridgwater
Bay in a hovercraft if plans by a commercial hovercraft company
are given the go-ahead. Hovercraft Rental wants to launch the
service in Burnham this summer and is in discussions with Bridgwater
Bay's Harbour Master, Chris Spencer, and local councils.
ball tickets go on sale
have gone on sale for a special summer ball being held later this
summer to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat station.
The Grand Summer Ball will be held on Saturday 26th July from
8pm at Rookery Manor in Lympsham (pictured)
and tickets are now available from several sources. More...
makes a song and dance!
all-female cast of performers from a Burnham-On-Sea drama group
will perform a foot-tapping line-up of music and cabaret in the
town this weekend. The cast from BEES, the Burnham Excellent Entertainment
Society, will perform in The Princess Hall this coming Saturday
and Sunday. More...
toilets sale decision due
decision on whether a
block of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea should be sold off will
be made by the district council next week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported last month that three bidders have come forward to express
an interest in buying the Sea View Road
Mayor appoints VIPs
Mayor, Peter Clayton, officially named several important council
positions on Monday evening (June 2nd). Tom Barker was confirmed
as the Mayor's Cadet for the year and Christine Judson, Curate
of St John's Church in Highbridge, became Mayor's Chaplain. More...
car hauled from sea
CAR was hauled from the sea by a team of rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday evening (June 2nd) after its owner misjudged the fast-incoming
tide. Volunteers from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB were called
to the beach at 6pm to pull the stranded vehicle onto the steps
of Burnham's sea wall.
begins on £1.6m club
has begun this week on a new £1.6m health club and swimming
pool on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The
first concrete piles have been driven into the ground at Home
Farm Holiday Park as a team of builders starts the six-month construction
project. The complex should open in January 2009. More...
Volunteer Day to be held
work of volunteers
in the Burnham-On-Sea area will come under the spotlight on Saturday
(June 7th) when a special Volunteer Day is held. It will be run
by the Burnham and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership as part
of National Volunteer Work. Fifteen groups are set to take part.
duo's ordeal - new pics
photos show the two teenagers who sparked a Coastguard rescue
near Burnham-On-Sea last week. The
images were taken on a waterproof camera by the pair and show
them floating about in their £4.99 dinghies before getting
vehicles roar into town
100 vintage vehicles are set to converge on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
on Saturday (June 7th) for the 15th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage
Vehicle Road Run. The South Esplanade will be closed to traffic
for several hours to allow the crowds to wander around and see
the vehicles. More...
photos and results
Arthur Gilbert was among the finishers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual
Triathlon on Sunday (June 1st). A total of 250 athletes ran, swam
and cycled their way around the challenging route, but it was
87-year-old Arthur (pictured) who got the loudest cheers from
the spectators when he finished. More...
launched for parachute
of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts joined Coastguards in searching
four miles of Somerset's coastline on Sunday morning (June 1st)
after reports that a parachute had been spotted in the skies above
Burnham. The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was launched at around
food markets to begin
WEEKLY outdoor food markets are set to be held
at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea starting during June. Food
market operators Good Food Wales are to host a series of 'Good
Food Markets' at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll on Tuesdays
from 10am-3pm. More...
called to pier incident
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea pier on Saturday
afternoon (May 31st) after a customer allegedly became abusive
after being asked to stop taking photos in the building. Burnham
Pavilion has a strict rule that photographs of children cannot
be taken inside its gaming area and amusements. More...
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