2009 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
on indecency charges
25-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man faces a prison term after pleading
guilty to possessing child porn images. John Riches of Aldwych
Close in Burnham appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday
(June 29th). He had previously pleaded guilty to 11 charges. More...
found in Bristol Channel
bodies were found by lifeboat crews in the Bristol Channel on
Tuesday (June 30th), a week after two swimmers went missing at
Weston. Swansea Coastguards took a call reporting the sighting
of a body off Clevedon at just after 1.30pm and a body was later
recovered by a lifeboat crew. More...
photos: St John's Sports Day
Mayor and Mayoress were among the spectators at the annual St
John's School Sports Day in Highbridge. Derek and Christine Cooper
cheered on the youngsters at the popular summer event, where the
budding stars competed in a range of events, including running
and hockey. More...
drive to cut M5 queues
MP David Heathcoat-Amory has this week called for action to tackle
congestion problems on the M5 motorway in Somerset. It comes just
days after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported that motorists on the M5
had faced long delays on Sunday when a car overturned. More...
windfall for Marine Cove
to redevelop Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has this week
been awarded £29,500 of lottery funding. The
Heritage Lottery Fund has announced 'first-round passes' for the
restoration of seven parks across the UK through its Parks for
People programme, including Burnham's vandalism-hit seafront gardens.
work goes on show
students in Burnham-On-Sea held a three-day exhibition showcasing
their work over the past weekend. More than 130 items, including
paintings, wood carvings and stone sculptures, went on show at
the home of Burnham-based artists Sue and Clive Hammond-Lovatt.
backs newsagents campaign
MP has this week given his support to a new campaign to 'Save
Britain's Newsagents'. David Heathcoat-Amory was at the launch
of a campaign in Westminster, pictured, calling on the Office
of Fair Trading to investigate contracts in the news and distribution
welcomed by Mayor
Mayor and Mayoress welcomed a group of German exchange students
to Highbridge's King Alfred School on Monday (June 29th). The
popular exchange with Homberg in Germany has been successfully
running for over twelve years. This year, 14 students are in the
concert tickets go on sale
have gone on sale this week for Burnham-On-Sea's first 'Mid-Summer
Madness' concert, which will be held over two nights at the town's
Princess Theatre. The event, which replaces 'Under A Summer Moon',
will bring together a top line-up of entertainers on Friday 24th
July and Saturday 25th July. More...
President for Rotary Club
Rotary Club has a new President after outgoing President Roy Twining
handed over his chain of office to Jim Tancock and wished him
well for the coming year. During a ceremony at the Battleborough
Grange Hotel last Thursday, Jim thanked Roy for all his hard work
over the past year. More...
set for Parkway opening
THE opening date for Burnham-On-Sea's long-awaited Frank Foley
Parkway has been set for Tuesday July 7th, we can confirm. Work
to build the missing link between Love Lane in Burnham and Pepperall
Road in Highbridge got underway in March and final plans are now
being made for the grand opening.
dictionaries for schools
Twining, President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, has presented
free dictionaries to ten local schools as part of an international
project to boost literacy. Rotary International's 'Dictionary
4 Life' Project aims to promote improved literacy standards across
the world. More...
delays after car overturns
on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea faced long delays on Sunday
afternoon (June 28th) after a car overturned. Fire crews from
Burnham and Bridgwater were called to the motorway between junctions
22 and 23 at 3.12pm. A dog was recsued from inside. More...
ice rink plan for Brean
BREAN Leisure Park has this week unveiled a £3million
plan to turn its outdoor pool complex into a new all-weather attraction
boasting a new ice rink. The
current site, which was built in the late 1970s, boasts an indoor
pool and a children's swimming pool with several flumes.
kiters give BARB a boost
kiting enthusiasts at Brean have raised hundreds of pounds for
the charity which operates Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts.
The South West Association of Traction Kiting (SWATK) held its
annual get-together in the resort and raised £227 for BARB,
the Burnham charity that runs two hovercrafts. More...
search next to Brean Down
that another sea swimmer had gone missing led to a search of the
Bristol Channel besides Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (June
27th). An RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon, plus two lifeboats,
carried out a search from 1.45pm but the rescue crews were stood
down an hour later. More...
photos: Forces Day ceremonies
ceremonies were held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this morning
(Saturday, June 27th) to mark the first Armed Forces Day. Over
30 local residents, including Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Derick
Cooper and Mayoress Christine Cooper, attended. More...
to repay extra £5,000
MP is to repay a further £5,000 of expense claims after
further details of his claims were published on the Parliamentary
website. David Heathcoat-Amory will repay the money to government
coffers after making a series of claims for gardening costs, even
though he says they are within the rules. More...
post office set to re-open
post office was closed to the general public for a whole day on
Friday (June 26th) after torrential overnight rain led to flooding
at the property, raising concerns about the electrical supply.
Alistair Graham, post office manager, spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com
about the closure. More...
park holds green festival
Holiday Village has this week been highlighting its environmentally-friendly
credentials by holding its own 'green' festival. Among the events
held at the park were tree planting, a craft fayre and a fancy
dress contest using recycled materials. "The park prides
itself on being at the forefront of good environmental practice,"
explained a spokesman. More...
train returns to seafront
LAND train is set to be re-introduced along Burnham seafront next
week for the summer tourist season. It comes after town councillors
this week gave their approval to an application to run the 16ft
train, with two people carriages, along The North Esplanade, as
pictured here. More...
storm sweeps Burnham
bolts sizzled over Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (June 25th)
as an electric summer storm gave the town a drenching. Burnham-On-Sea.com
took this stunning image of one fork lightning strike above the
town's pier as crashes of thunder boomed overhead. More...
seized in Highbridge
CANNABIS plants were seized by police
during a visit to a home in Highbridge on Thursday evening (June
25th). Police were called to a house in Walrow in connection with
another matter, but found the plants, which were taken away as
by officers as their investigations continued.
over 'mindless vandalism'
A CLEAN-up operation was underway in Brean this week after
vandals left a trail of damage in the centre of village, leading
to repairs running into hundreds of pounds. Several walls in the
centre of the village were damaged and flowers were also pulled
out of beds along Coast Road and left strewn across pavements.
Neighbourhood Watch volunteer has this week been presented with
an award to recognise her work in tackling crime in Burnham-On-Sea.
June Hill, pictured with Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson, received
the long service award for her efforts with Burnham's Neighbourhood
you recognise this bird?
Burnham-On-Sea resident is seeking help in tracing the owner of
a rare bird that has been visiting his garden in the town. The
thrush-sized bird, a natuve of South Africa, has appeared several
times in the garden of David Neville, near Marine Drive, and he's
keen to trace the owners. More...
for swimmers called off
HUGE search to find two swimmers who went missing in the sea at
Weston was called off on Wednesday afternoon (June 24th). No
sign of the swimmers has been found, despite extensive searches
of the coastline by Burnham's Coastguards, and lifeboat and hovercraft
joins search for swimmers
rescue hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea have this afternoon joined
the search for two missing swimmers in the Bristol Channel. The
hovercrafts were launched at 1.20pm and are now being used to
scour the mudflats and shoreline between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean
Down, a distance of 7.5 miles.
fade for missing swimmers
TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and several local lifeboats
have been searching for two missing swimmers in the sea north
of Brean Down overnight. An RAF helicopter and lifeboats from
Weston also joined in the operation after the men went missing
late on Tuesday evening. More...
property survey shock
BURNHAM-On-Sea has experienced the third-largest
property price falls of any seaside town in the UK during the
past year, according to a new survey out this week. Property price
website Zoopla has unveiled the findings in its 'Seaside Property
Hotspot League', which is published this week. More...
set to return to town
new markets to be re-introduced into the centre of Highbridge
have been unveiled this week. The town's Bank Street Car Park
looks set to become the venue for the new food and produce markets,
which would be run by a third party, MarketForces. The proposals
were this week welcomed by local councillors.
car's tree-mendous day!
GOOGLE'S controversial camera car took
away a 'tree-mendous' souvenir of its visit to Highbridge on Tuesday
(June 23rd) when it became tangled up a low-hanging tree! The
search engine's street view maps service is currently 'branching'
out and the car has been seen capturing images of dozens of roads
across the Burnham-On-Sea area in recent days. More...
breaker visits Burnham
RECORD-breaking pensioner who has flown in virtually every type
of aircraft made a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week. Edwin Shackleton,
82, has already appeared in ten editions of the Guinness Book
of Records for his incredible tally of 860 flights, a number that's
still increasing. More...
in custody after police chase
A man was in custody after being involved in a police foot
chase in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (June 23rd). Witnesses
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a man had been seen running down
Church Street, followed by several police officers. A man was
arrested at around 1.30pm and a short struggle followed, police
delays rush hour traffic
and ambulance crews were called to a two-car collision on the
outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday morning (June 23rd). The
accident, involving a Renault and a Citroen, occurred on the B3140
at Edithmead at 8.45am. The incident led to brief delays for traffic
until the vehicles were moved into a laybay. More...
drive starts in Burnham
TRUANCY sweeps and targeted home calling to school
pupils who are not in schools in the Burnham and Highbridge area
were conducted on Monday (June 22nd) as part of an initiative
to increase school attendance. Police teamed up
with local education officers for the day of action. More...
over rising animal cruelty
at a wildlife charity near Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed
their shock at a spate of local animal cruelty cases. Secret World
Wildlife Rescue has been called to deal with several animals who
appear to have been mis-treated. The charity's founder said that
two weeks ago, a roe fawn was accidentally caught in a mower and
the farmer merely threw the animal to one side. More...
in court after stabbing
Updated: A man has appeared
in court today (Monday June 22nd) following an early morning stabbing
at this road junction in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report how four people had been arrested in connection
with the stabbing at the junction of Cassis Close and Burnham
photos: Burnham YouthFest
A HUGE seven metre tall climbing wall was one of
the attractions at Burnham-On-Sea's first youth festival, held
on Sunday (June 21st). The YouthFest was run by
Burnham Youth Town Council and the Lions and saw a crowd of youngsters
flocking to the town's Manor Gardens for the six-hour event. More...
called to kite surfer
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crew was called out on
Sunday evening (June 21st) to rescue a kite surfer believed to
be in difficulty in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham's Puffin lifeboat
set off to the beach at 4.21pm, and was about to launch
when it was recalled by Swansea Coastguard control. More...
arrests after stabbing
Exclusive: Police have arrested
four men following an early morning stabbing at this road junction
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 20th). Police were called
to the junction of Cassis Close and Burnham Road at around 4am
after receiving reports that a teenager had been stabbed.
cars on show at centre
VINTAGE and classic vehicle owners displayed their
motors at a special two-day event at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
at the weekend (June 20th and 21st). Buses, motorbikes, vans and
cars of all makes and models were on show at Sanders Garden World
at Brent Knoll. More...
wash fun raises over £230
MORE than £230 was raised for Highbridge's
Dreamscheme when members of the group held a fundraising car wash
at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station on Saturday (June 20th). A total
of 63 motorists got their cars washed during the four-hour event,
raising a total of £236.60. More...
Chi event held in town park
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents took part in
a Tai Chi day being held across the country on Sunday (June 20th).
A crowd of more than 40 people of all ages flexed and stretched
their muscles in the Manor Gardens during the event, which was
overseen by the Tai Chi Union. More...
festival in photos
IT'S no surprise that there were few birds in Watchfield,
near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (June 20th) because the village
was holding its annual scarecrow festival! Colourful scarecrows
created by local residents were hung outside homes and on signs
and hedegrows. More...
photos: St John's summer fair
CELEBRATIONS to mark the 150th year of St John's
Church in Highbridge continued on Saturday (June 20th) when it
held its annual summer fair. Sunny weather attracted large crowds
to the event, which was held in the grounds of neighbouring St
6th opening for new store
supermarket will open next month, it has been confirmed this week.
have appeared outside the store in Pier Street, as pictured, stating
the opening will be held at 9am on Monday July 6th. It follows
the completion of a multi-million pound revamp of the seafront
Centre course completed
A GROUP of parents at Highbridge Children's Centre
have this week completed a new course that provided them with
ways to help children learn and get involved in their learning
and development. The 15-week programme has been
run as a partnership with other groups. More...
car wash today
A FUNDRAISING car wash is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea
today (Saturday, June 20th), led by young members of Highbridge's
Dreamscheme. The group's event will be held at Burnham-On-Sea
Fire Station in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm. Highbridge's Dreamscheme
was set up by the town's Local Action Team. More...
Event raises £270
A GROUP of
generous Burnham-On-Sea ladies have this week raised £270
for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice by taking part in the charitys
fundraising tea party. Barbara Fletcher with her team of friends
organised the 'Tea @ 3' event, which was held in her garden
on Tuesday (June 16th). More...
injured in beach fall
man was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle
in an accident on local sand dunes on Thursday (June 18th). An
ambulance and Coastguards were called to Berrow beach on Thursday
after the man stumbled and fell
you recognise these men?
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week asked for
the public's help in identifying three men who could be able to
help with enquiries into a money theft at Berrow. Several CCTV
photos have been released of the suspects after the theft of a
cash box from an electronic gaming machine. More...
investigate sex assault
POLICE in Highbridge are this week investigating allegations
of a sexual assault at this block of flats in the town, Burnham-On-Sea.com
learns. Officers were called to Charlotte Court in the centre
of Highbridge last Saturday afternoon. A man aged 47 was arrested
on suspicion of assault. More...
camera car in Burnham
Google's camera car was spotted in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
for the first time on Thursday afternoon (June 18th), gathering
thousands of images of the town's streets for its controversial
mapping service. Burnham-On-Sea.com captured this image of the
vehicle as it travelled along Burnham Road.
Awards winners announced
names of the four winners of this year's Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Civic Awards were announced on Thursday (June 18th). The four
include Annette Haggitt of Burnham Tourist Information Centre
(pictured) and Hazel Braund of the Burnham Choral Society. More...
car show this weekend
and classic vehicle owners will be displaying their motors at
a special Fathers Day event taking place at a Somerset garden
centre this weekend (June 20th and 21st). Buses, motorbikes, vans
and cars are due at the show at Sanders Garden World at Brent
Knoll, near Burnham. More...
to be deported after raid
TURKISH man found working illegally at this kebab shop in Burnham-On-Sea
is due to be removed from the UK over the coming days after his
arrest by the UK Border Agency on Wednesday night (June 17th).
on intelligence, immigration officers from the Agency went to
Kebab Kitchen, 48 High Street, at about 5.15pm.
revamp for town hospital
is growing among staff and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial
Hospital as builders prepare to start work on a major upgrade
to the hospital's facilities. The work is set to start on June
22nd and should be completed within the next nine months, early
in 2010. More...
held in immigration probe
man was arrested following a police immigration raid on a kebab
shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (June
17th). A team of Border Police were seen outside the Kebab Kitchen
in the High Street just before 5pm. A 20-year-old man was arrested
in connection with border agency matters.
have this week been flocking to St John's Church in the town,
where celebratations are underway to mark its 150th year since
its consecration. The celebrations began on Monday (June 15th)
when the church's wedding and baptism records went on show. More...
warning after break-ins
in Burnham and Highbridge have this week been urged to pay attention
to household security following three burglaries on Tuesday night
(June 16th). The
spate of thefts happened across Highbridge and police say it appears
that the thieves are targeting homes with unlocked doors and open
funding bid to be decided
bid for National Lottery funding to transform Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens will be decided later this month - with hopes
high that some of the financial gloom surrounding regeneration
can be lifted. The ambitious £485,600 project to redevelop
the seafront garden has been several years in the planning. More...
link to man found in river
of a middle-aged man found washed up in a river estuary near Burnham-On-Sea
last month had links with the Royal family, it has been reported
in a national newspaper. The Daily Mail has reported that David
Lowe was the husband of Prince Charles's flower arranger. More...
Mandelson to the rescue?
pressure has this week been put on government minister Peter Mandelson
to reconsider the controversial withdrawal of £750,000 of
funding by the South West Regional Development Agency for Burnham-On-Sea's
last weekend how
David Heathcoat-Amory had asked Lord Mandelson - now a council
leader has written to him too. More...
crew in wildlife rescue
rescuers called on the help of a Burnham-based rescue boat crew
to retrieve an injured swan this week. Secret World staff requested
the assistance of the BARB rescue boat on the Huntspill River
at Burtle, where the animal had been spotted in a distressed state.
photos: Kindergarten fete
of families attended the annual summer fete of Burnham-On-Sea
Southleigh Kindergarten on Saturday (June 13th). A wide range
of entertainment was laid on for the youngsters at the popular
event in Rectory Road. In addition to face painting, drumming
and a treasure hunts, there were games and raffles. More...
is British Champion!
Burnham-On-Sea water skier Toby Duggan is celebrating this week
after winning the title of British Champion... for the third year
running! Toby, 13, was handed this huge trophy after winning the
latest round of the British Championships in Weston-super-Mare
work set to begin
to build a new roundabout at a busy Burnham-On-Sea road junction
is to begin next week. Somerset County Council's Highways Department
has confirmed that work to create the new mini roundabout at the
junction of Pepperall Road and Burnham Road will start on June
photos: Learn To Fish Day
youngsters turned up to try their hand at fishing during a Learn
To Fish Day at Apex Wildlife Park in Highbridge on Sunday (June
14th). The event, organised by local angling shop The Fishing
Tackle Man, was supported by five experienced anglers who handed
out advice and technique tips. More...
searched for missing man
from Burnham-On-Sea conducted a search of Brean Down for a man
reported to be in a distressed state on Sunday evening (June 14th).
Amid concern for the man's welfare, a police helicopter was also
flown in from Portishead to join the air and land search. More...
first YouthFest to be held
line-up of activities from more than 20 local groups will be held
at Burnham-On-Sea's first youth festival this Sunday (June 21st).
The free event is being run by Burnham Youth Town Council and
Burnham and District Lions and will take place in the Manor Gardens.
visit for local Guides
of Brent Knoll Guides were on target when they visited the Berrow's
Coastal Archers group this week. The Guides had chosen archery
as their activity to qualify for their Yearly Challenge Badge,
which they can earn through a wide range of activities of their
visits town pottery shop
youngsters from a Birmingham school visited Burnham-On-Sea on
Thursday (June 12th) and they especially enjoyed dropping in at
a seafront pottery shop. A total of 42 children from Woodside
School and Community Centre painted their thumbs and put their
prints on two bowls.
fall at Burnham triathlon
of 350 athletes took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual triathlon
on Sunday (June 14th), with the perfect weather conditions helping
the winner to finish in a record time. Gary Gerrard, 45, from
the Royal Marines team in Devon won the event in a record fast
helped from mudflats
RESCUE hovercraft and a team of Coastguards rushed to Brean on
Sunday (June 14th) after five people got into difficulty on the
mudflats. Beach wardens raised the alarm after spotting two children,
aged 9 and 12, with three adults struggling in waist-deep mud
approximately half a mile from the shore. More...
letter to Lord Mandelson
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week written to Lord Mandelson
stating his anger at the withdrawal of funding by the South West
Regional Development Agency for the town's regeneration project.
has asked Peter Mandelson to re-consider the decision. More...
of bees land on beach
SEVERAL large swarms of bees descended on parts of Berrow
beach on Saturday (June 13th), sending holidaymakers scurrying
for cover. Beach
wardens called on the help of a bee keeper from Burnham-On-Sea,
pictured above, to remove the insects, which buzzed around cars
and landed on parasols.
photos: Burnham Smile Walk
than 40 colourfully dressed walkers strode out for charity when
Burnham-On-Sea's annual Smile Walk took place on Sunday (June
14th). The fancy dress walk started by the town's jetty and the
walkers then made their way along The Esplanade, passing the Sailing
for school secretary
secretary from Highbridge has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's
Birthday Honours, announced on Saturday (June 13th). Elizabeth
Hughes, who was secretary of Beechfield Infant School in Highbridge,
has been chosen for the award to mark her services to education.
photos: 15th Brent Knoll Fete
flocked to Brent Knoll's annual fete on Saturday afternoon (June
13th). The event, held on the playing field besides the village
hall, was opened by Mike Simmonds, the village's former past master
at the post office on Brent Corner.
Thousands of pounds was expected to be raised at the event. More...
entertains Brean families
children and their fanilies flocked to Brean on Saturday afternoon
(June 13th) to enjoy a special performance by TV's Sooty and friends.
Richard Cadell from Childrens ITV performed two free live shows
with Sooty, Sweep and Soo at Brean Leisure Park in front of several
sentenced after crash
44-year-old motorist who crashed a BMW through the wall of a Burnham-On-Sea
home in an early morning accident has this week been given a two-year
suspended jail term. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in May how Patrick
Caulton, from Bridgwater, had been arrested after careering off
Marine Drive at speed.
prepare for triathlon
of athletes will be taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual triathlon
on Sunday morning (June 14th). The popular event
will start at 6.15am at the Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Acadaemy
in Berrow Road and will consist of a 500m swim, followed by a
20km cycle and a 5km beach run.
after public disorder
a man in Brean on Thursday evening (June 11th) after
a 'public disorder disturbance' in the centre of the village.
police cars were called to South Road, as pictured, after an incident
outside the Pontins holiday camp in South Road at 4.54pm.
bistro to open in Burnham
bistro and coffee house is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea next
month. Yorkshire couple Sam and Steven Crowden have this week
signed a deal to take over the lease of the former French's
cafe in College Street, which shut down more than six months ago.
called to windsurfer
lifeboat was launched on Thursday evening (June 11th) to help
a windsurfer in difficulty in Bridgwater Bay. The surfer got into
problems when the fin underneath his board snapped off, leaving
him floundering in the channel.
fisherman had spotted the man in trouble close to the entrance
of the River Brue.
town art exhibition opens
Lighthouse Arts Group has this week started its annual exhibition
of colourful paintings at a gallery in the town. The
Lighthouse Arts Group comprises of 15 artists with 15 very individual
styles, making for a varied display of art that is well worth
a visit over the next few weeks.
and Sweep come to Brean
stars Sooty and Sweep will be performing a free show in Brean
(June 13th). Richard Cadell from Childrens ITV, pictured, will
be performing a show at 1pm in front of a crowd at Brean Leisure
The event will be free and open to all throughout the afternoon.
injured on seafront
YOUNG woman was rushed to hospital with head injuries on Thursday
morning (June 11th) after a seafront accident involving a car
and a pedestrian. A
large area of The Esplanade, near the top of Cross Street, was
closed to traffic as police began their investigation into what
store to open in July
of a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket from Somerfield
into Morrisons is set be completed early next month. Burnham-On-Sea.com
understands staff have this week been told that Monday July 6th
is the target date for the Pier Street store to be officially
opened for the first time.
views on UFO sighting
A MYSTERY UFO that was spotted in the
skies over Burnham-On-Sea was probably a floating Chinese lantern,
according to our readers. We invited your comments after reporting
how an unidentified orange ball had been spotted in the sky above
Burnham Area Youth Centre on May 30th.
called to car park crash
called to a seafront car park in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening
(June 10th) after a two-car accident. Two
vehicles collided in the Pier Street car park next to the former
Somerfield store at 8pm, leaving one vehicle with severe front-end
damage, as pictured here.
crews help lady locked in car
fire crew was called out to help release a lady who was locked
in her car on Thursday evening (June 10th). One
fire engine from Burnham was sent to the property in Berrow Road
to help release the elderly woman after an electrical fault caused
her to get trapped.
stolen in school break-in
stole a laptop computer and a digital camera from a school in
Burnham-On-Sea last weekend. Police
officers investigating the case have this week issued an appeal
for information following the break-in at St
Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously.
home will shut in July
struggling nursing home on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront is to shut
down this summer, it was confirmed by the property's owners this
week. The owners of Beverley Cottage residential care home, situated
on the North Esplanade, confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that the
home is to close down in July.
spotted in skies above town
A MYSTERIOUS UFO has been spotted in
the skies over Burnham-On-Sea by a group of youngsters, who filmed
the object on a mobile phone. Jordan Gilroy and several friends
watched the unidentified orange ball while they were outside the
Burnham Youth Centre.
baptism held in Burnham
A HIGHBRIDGE churchgoer
was baptized in the sea next to Burnham-On-Sea's jetty this week.
Liz Ryan of Burnham Community Church waded into the waters of
Bridgwater Bay to be baptized by Pastors
Steve Mason and
Andy Selby during the ceremony in front of 50
anger over regeneration
FURIOUS traders in Burnham-On-Sea have expressed their anger at
this week's news that the town is not to receive a single penny
of funding from the South West Regional Development Agency towards
regeneration. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade's commitee, pictured,
released a statement on Tuesday evening (June 9th).
Smile Walk this Sunday!
walkers dressed in fancy dress will be striding along Burnham's
seafront on Sunday (June 14th) when
the town's Smile Walk takes place. The
fundraising event, now in its fourth year, draws dozens of walkers
to the seafront and raises thousands of pounds for a school in
toddlers and their families attended a special party at Burnham-On-Sea's
Octopus Children Centre to mark its first year of operation on
Friday (June 5th). Lots of activities, with the theme of messy
play and a bear hunt, were held at the popular centre in Winchester
FURIOUS Burnham-On-Sea regeneration bosses have reacted with anger
to the news that the town is not to receive a single penny of
funding from the South West Regional Development Agency over the
next two years. We reported on Monday how SWRDA had announced
Burnham's Civic Pride project would not be getting funding. More...
photos: Scouts investiture
Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at the investiture
of eight young cubs on Monday (June 8th). Derick Cooper and wife
Christine handed out certificates to the youngsters during a short
ceremony for Burnham-On-Sea's thriving Kingfisher Cub Pack.
anger over regeneration
MP said on Monday evening (June 8th) that he will be raising the
"disgraceful" decision by the South West Regional Development
Agency to terminate funding for the town's regeneration project
He was speaking after the controversial decision by the SWRDA.
drain covers 'not stolen'
a dozen drain covers had been stolen from Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
have been quashed with the news that Somerset County Council has
simply been replacing them. Many
of the drains along the South Esplanade have been cordoned off
with bollards in recent days.
photos: Panto Society awards
certificates were handed out at Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society's
annual presentation night on Friday evening (June 5th). Burnham's
Mayor Derek Cooper and wife Christine were the special guests
at the event, which was held in the Community Centre in Berrow
dealt a blow
PLANS to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea were dealt a heavy blow today
(Monday June 8th) with the announcement that the town is not to
gain much-needed funding for the project. The South West Regional
Development Agency (SWRDA) announced which regeneration schemes
across the region have gained funding, but Burnham's Civic Pride
project was not on the list. More...
dog killed on Down
A BEACH warden
has repeated his warning for dog owners to keep their pets on
leads while walking on Brean Down after the death of a second
animal in just a week on Sunday (June 7th). Pete
Williams, pictured, was called to the southern side of the Down
on Sunday afternoon.
drama at Burnham church
sent torrents of water flooding through the ceiling of a Burnham-On-Sea
church on Sunday
crews were called to Burnham Methodist Church in College Street,
as pictured here, after the water gushed through the ceiling.
Shocked churchwardens put out buckets to try and catch the water.
Rose ready to leap!
woman is making final preparations to perform a tandem skydive
in aid of a local charity this Friday (June 12th). Rosemary
Le-Marchand, 56, will travel to Devon's Dunkerswell Airfield to
leap out of a plane at 15,000 feet. "I'm not nervous at all,"
she told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.
flock to town jazz event
flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's
Manor Gardens on Sunday (June 7th) for the town's annual Jazz
In The Park. The free entertainment included music from acclaimed
20-piece group Boulevard Swing, who played a full line-up of swing
tunes, during the four-hour free event.
store shuts after 25 years
shop served its final customers and closed its doors for the last
time on Saturday evening
6th) after 25 years of business. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report earlier
this year how JPS Footwear, situated on the corner of the
High Street and Pier Street, would be closing with the loss of
photos: Classic cars in town
120 classic vehicles arrived on Burnham seafront on Saturday evening
(June 6th) for the 16th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle
Road Run. Poor
weather meant the crowd of spectators was down on previous years
- but dozens still turned out to watch.
More... | Gallery
Heathcoat-Amory congratulated Burnham and Highbridge's victorious
Conservative county council election candidates during a visit
to the town on Saturday morning (June 6th). The Burnham MP said
Friday's election results, where the Conservatives won every seat
in the Burnham area, had "exceeded expectations".
swan rescued from lake
RESCUE boat was used to retrieve this injured swan from a Burnham-On-Sea
lake on Friday evening (June 5th) after a razor-sharp fishing
hook became embedded in its beak. The female swan had been spotted
in an agitated state by staff at Lakeside Holiday Park, who contacted
local wildlife charity Secret World.
cars due to arrive in town
100 vintage vehicles will arrive on
tonight (Saturday June 6th) for the 16th annual Vale of Avalon
Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The
organisers hope large crowds will flock to see the rare and vintage
cars on display and donate money to charity.
man helped solve robbery
CCTV camera operator has this week been handed a police award
for his role in helping to catch a thief who stole £40,000
of diamonds from a Burnham-On-Sea antiques shop. Barry Donbavand
collected the commendation on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council's
flower festival opens
THREE-day flower festival has opened at a Burnham-On-Sea church
which is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Burnham's Mayor Derick
Cooper and his wife Christine officially opened the festival at
Burnham Methodist Church in College Street on Friday afternoon
(June 5th). It runs until Sunday evening.
destroyed in field blaze
of pounds of damage was caused to this charred fork lift truck
after a mechanical fault set it alight near Burnham on Thursday
evening (June 4th). Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar
rushed to a field besides Voles Road at 5.24pm when the vehicle
was reported to be on fire.
sweep to victory in elections
Party candidates in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating today
(Friday June 5th) after winning all four county council seats
in the area. Peter
Burridge-Clayton (pictured) won the Burnham North seat, while
John Woodman clinched Highbridge and Burnham South, Mark Healey
won the Huntspill ward and Alan Ham won in Brent.
More... | Election
photos: Weston hotel blaze
fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston-super-Mare
this evening (Thursday, June 4th) after a major blaze swept through
a seafront hotel. Dozens of firefighters from across the area
were battling to save The Royal Pier Hotel after it caught alight
late this afternoon.
take part in seafront race
of runners from across the South West took part in a 5km race
on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Thursday evening (June 4th). The
event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy and backed
by Burnham Harriers Running Club, attracted more than 40 entrants.
close in local elections
eleven candidates contesting the four county council seats in
the Burnham-On-Sea area face a nervous wait until Friday afternoon
(June 5th) to find out the results. Polls closed at 10pm on Thursday
evening after a busier-than-expected day at the polling stations.
More... | Elections
centre gives Lions boost
GARDEN centre has this week presented the Burnham-On-Sea and District
Lions Club with a cheque for £400. The money was donated
by visitors to Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll and will be
used by the Lions Club to support charities in the area,
Childrens Hospice South West.
underway in elections
stations across Burnham-On-Sea opened at 7am this morning (Thursday,
June 4th) as voting got underway in the County Council elections.
Eleven candidates are contesting four County Council seats in
the Burnham area. The results are not due to be announced until
crews battle hotel blaze
fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea fire were called to Weston-super-Mare
on Thursday evening (June 4th) after a major blaze swept through
a seafront hotel. Dozens
of firefighters from across the area were battling to save The
Royal Pier Hotel after it caught alight late this afternoon.
World scheme approved
Controversial proposals to build a new entrance and covered
walkway at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll have this week
been approved by district councillors. Members of the council's
development control committe met in Burnham on Tuesday afternoon
(June 2nd). More...
jazz in town this Sunday
top jazz bands will perform at Jazz In The Park in Burnham-On-Sea's
Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 7th). The free entertainment will
include music from acclaimed 20-piece group Boulevard Swing, who
will play a full line-up of foot-tapping swing tunes during the
rescued from ditch
crews were called to West Huntspill, near Burnham, on Wednesday
(June 3rd) after a sheep became stuck in a roadside ditch. Two
engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater, together with a special
rescue unit, were called at 4.16pm to Sloway Lane in the village.
owner's council anger
THE owner of a prominent Burnham-On-Sea shoe shop which is
set to shut this week after 25 years of business has been left
fuming after the district council said it would not step in and
take on the store for community use to prevent it being boarded
up. JPS Footwear, situated on the corner of the High Street, is
closing with the loss of six jobs this Saturday (June 6th).
Blair unveils Foley plaque
CHERIE Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair,
met members of Highbridge's Frank Foley committee this week during
the unveiling of a brand new plaque in memory of the wartime hero.
Robin Lodge and seven other members of Highbridge's Southwell
Gardens Memorial Trust attended a special ceremony at the Sternberg
Centre in Finchley, on Sunday (May 31st).
provides a complete guide to the 2009 elections taking place across
the area on Thursday (June 4th). Eleven candidates will be contesting
four seats across the Burnham-On-Sea area in this year's county
council elections. All the local County Council seats are up for
grabs - and the Brent seat will be the most keenly contested.
boats cause '999' call
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was launched on Tuesday evening (June
2nd) amid fears that these youngsters could be swept away in their
inflatable dinghies in Bridgwater Bay. A seafront walker raised
the alarm after three inflatable boats were seen being taken into
the sea near the town's jetty.
beach warden injured
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Berrow on Saturday afternoon
(May 30th) after a beach warden was run over by a passing car.
An ambulance and police officers were called to the beach parking
area at 1pm, as pictured here, after the driver allegedly failed
sad day for Highbridge'
THIS once-thriving shop in the heart of Highbridge has this
week been boarded up, having been repossessed as the recession
starts to make a visible mark on the town. Much
to the anguish of local residents and businesses, the glass windows
of Highbridge News in Church Street were replaced by wooden boards
on Monday (June 1st).
for retiring councillor
Burnham-On-Sea County Councillor Mike Facey has this week been
praised for his community work in the town as he steps out of
local politics. Mr Facey has represented the Burnham-On-Sea North
ward for 12 years.
a town council meeting on Monday night (June 1st), his work was
praised by Mayor Cllr Derick Cooper and Deputy Mayor Danny Titcombe.
road set to be surfaced
to surface Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway is going ahead
this week in readiness for the scheduled opening of the road later
this month. Work to build the missing link, between Love Lane
and Pepperall Road, got underway in March and is on track to be
completed in June.
gives boost to Princess
THE group running Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has this
week been handed a £1,000 cash boost from town councillors.
The 'Friends Of The Princess' had requested financial help from
the Town Council to promote the hall's music and entertainment
events over the coming months.
week for beach wardens
BEACH wardens in Brean have been kept busy over the Half
Term holiday period, with THREE vehicles getting stuck in soft
sand and mud. Over the past week, fast flowing tides have caught
out several mototists along the several miles of sand - including
this one here.
fair helps village hall
pounds was raised towards improvements for a village hall near
Highbridge on Saturday (May 30th) when a fundraising craft and
produce fair was held. Dozens
of people flocked to Watchfield Village Hall for the third annual
craft fair, when a range of items were on sale during the day.
backs car campaign
Mayor has this week backed a nationwide campaign supporting classic
car owners. Cllr
Derick Cooper signed a special scroll to back the campaign during
a short ceremony in Highbridge on Sunday (May 31st), as pictured,
watched by local members of the Austin Ten Drivers' Club.
walker's concern for two people in the sea at Brean on Sunday
evening (May 31st) sparked an emergency call-out for Burnham-On-Sea's
marine rescue teams. Coastguards, a lifeboat, and a hovercraft
were called to Brean at 8.50pm after the pair were seen almost
half a mile out from the shore.
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