2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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tackled at wildlife park
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called
to tackle a small blaze at a wildlife park near Highbridge on
Thursday evening (June 30th). One fire engine was sent to Alstone
Wildlife Park at 8.20pm, as pictured here, where a bonfire had
burned out of control. More...
Club has new president
Rotary Club appointed its new president for the coming year on
Thursday evening (June 30th). The club's members elected Ian Breed,
who takes over from outgoing president Frank Clegg. Ian is a strong
community fundraiser in the Burnham area. More...
and wine-making festival
BEER and wine-making festival will be held at a Burnham-On-Sea
health food shop this Saturday (July 2nd). Kyffins in Victoria
Street will be holding free tasting sessions from 11am-2pm plus
demonstrations from an expert on how to make your own alcoholic
bull rescued by fire crew
crews were called to Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday
afternoon (June 30th) after a farmer reported a bull had got stuck
in a ditch. Two fire appliances from Burnham and a special animal
rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Mendip Road at 2.49pm.
falls on Belmont House
bosses have confirmed this week that a mental health therapy centre
in Burnham-On-Sea will close this summer. We first reported here
on the concerns of users of Belmont House in Technical Street.
The NHS says services will continue elsewhere in the Burnham area.
safety boost welcomed
Residents living along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea have
this week welcomed the County Council's decision to introduce
new safety measures in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of
serious accidents. New signs and road markings are to be installed
by the council at two separate accident blackspots in Stoddens
Road following a long-running campaign. More...
raise £2k for hospice
BRENT Knoll couple have raised £2,000 for a children's hospice
by holding a strawberry tea in memory of their late grandson.
Ian and Janet Breed, pictured, attracted more than 150 supporters
to the outdoor fundraiser held in their garden on Sunday afternoon
(June 26th). More...
attacks mobile library cuts
MP has this week attacked proposals by Somerset County Council
to slash its mobile library service as part of an £80million
cost reduction programme. Tessa Munt's comments came after the
County Council unveiled cost-cutting plans. More...
checking tool proves a hit
of people interested in sea water quality on Burnham-On-Sea beach
have used a new online checking tool launched recently by Wessex
Water. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in May how the new website
allows users to check beach water quality.
braced for strike action
schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be affected by a national
strike by teachers today (Thursday, June 30th). Churchfield School
in Highbridge and Brent Knoll School will both be closed to all
pupils. And King Alfred School will close to pupils in years seven
to ten. More...
homes contracts signed
of repairs to council properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
came a step closer this week with the formal signing of contracts
for Homes in Sedgemoors Decent Homes Programme. The group
plans to make many improvements over the coming months. More...
Club to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club will be holding its annual
open day on Sunday (July 3rd) when members of the public will
be able to receive free coaching and visit its facilities. The
club in The Grove will be offering coaching for all the family
from 10.30am-12.30pm. More...
praises town tourist centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised the team of volunteers who are
running the town's seafront information centre. During a special
visit, Tessa Munt met members of the community group that is running
the centre and heard how it is dealing with 300 visitors a day.
experts target Berrow
DOZENS of archery enthusiasts from across the UK gathered near
Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend to compete in a top tournament.
Berrow's Coastal Archers hosted the eighth Somerset meeting of
the British Long-Bow Society on the village's Red Road playing
fields at the weekend. More...
star performs bird release
Exclusive: A well-known children's TV presenter was filmed
helping wildlife carers release a gannett from the top of Brean
Down today (Tuesday, June 28th). Dominic Wood, one half of children's
TV duo Dick and Dom, was recording a new show in which he is helping
Secret World's wildlife rescue team. More...
new homes draw objections
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this
week raised "strong objections" over proposals to demolish
this former care home and replace it with 12 new homes. At a meeting
on Monday evening (June 27th), the council's Planning Applications
Committee raised a number of concerns about the plans. More...
crews tackle barn blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were among several crews who
tackled a big barn blaze on Monday (June 27th). Fire engines from
Cheddar, Winscombe, Blagdon and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to a
barn fire in Hythe Lane, Cheddar shortly after 2pm, which was
well alight. More...
to hold three day show
THIS local group of Burnham-On-Sea artists will be displaying
their work during a special exhibition this weekend. For three
days only, the students of Burnham artists Clive and Sue Hammond-Lovatt
will be showing the work they have made over the past year to
the general public. More...
injured after town assault
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued an appeal for witnesses
after a serious assault in the town at the weekend. A man in his
30s suffered head injuries during the alleged attack, which took
place late on Saturday night, police confirmed. More...
a logo for Marine Cove!
CHILDREN in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being
encouraged to enter a competition to design a new logo for the
town's Marine Cove gardens. It comes as the project to refurbish
the seafront gardens gathers pace ahead of its grand opening in
art helps Indian school
DOZENS of art lovers flocked to a fundraising art exhibition in
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 25th). The 'R-Tex' exhibition
at Burnham Baptist Church Hall in College Street raised £280
for the Peter Gilliard Memorial School in Rajahmundry which is
named after late Highbridge resident Peter Gilliard. More...
boosts tourist trade
THIS week's mini heatwave is giving the Burnham-On-Sea area a
welcome financial boost. As temperatures reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit
on Sunday, Brean beach saw an influx of hundreds of day trippers,
as pictured above. Accommodation providers in Burnham-On-Sea also
have been boosted. More...
charity marks 25th year
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea charity is to celebrate its 25th
anniversary with a special dinner and dance. Burnham-On-Sea Community
Medical Equipment Fund has given £250,000 of equipment to
needy people in the area since it was formed in 1986 and is marking
its birthday. More...
scare for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's marine rescue services were called to Brean on
Sunday evening (June 26th) amid concerns for the welfare of several
people in a dinghy. A beach warden spotted a small inflatable
floating out into the Bristol Channel on the falling tide at around
to open after revamp
Community Centre will be holding an open day on Saturday July
9th when its newly-refurbished facilities will be officially opened
after a £150,000 project. The centre in Berrow Road has
been given a new lease of life over the past year. More...
For The Few' raises £260
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among
dozens of local residents who helped raise money for the Royal
Air Forces Association during a special coffee morning in the
town on Saturday (June 25th). The local RAFA organised it on the
same day as Armed Forces Day. More...
boss visits BARB AGM
boss of Hinkley Point power station was the special guest at the
AGM of Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday
(June 24th). Nigel Cann, Station Director at Hinkley Point B,
joined almost 50 people at the Town Council Chambers for the annual
charity meeting. More...
backs circus animal ban
MP has this week given her backing to calls for a ban on the use
of wild animals at circuses. Tessa Munt backed a motion calling
for the Government to use its powers under the Animal Welfare
Act 2006 to ban the use of all wild animals. More...
photos: Armed Forces Day
Forces Day was marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Saturday,
June 25th) with two ceremonies. Dozens of residents attended the
flag-raising ceremonies in Highbridge, outside the Community Hall,
and in Burnham next to the Pier Street fountain. More...
probe 'deliberate' fire
BURNHAM Police are investigating a deliberate fire
which occurred at a block of flats in Highbridge early today (Saturday,
June 25th). One Burnham-On-Sea fire engine was sent to Parsons
Road at 2.33am after reports of a fire in a building in two seats
of the property. More...
Day ceremonies today
ARMED Forces Day will be marked in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge today (Saturday, June 25th) with two ceremonies.
The Town Council is inviting residents to join flag-raising ceremonies
in Highbridge at 9am, and in Burnhams Pier Street fountain
at 9.30am. More...
publishes finance data
SOMERSET County Council has this week published
the full details of its staff's financial transactions using credit
cards over the past five years. The cards are routinely used by
councils to quickly and easily pay for low-priced items in line
with government guidance. More...
to close during strike
schools in Highbridge will be closed next Thursday (June 30th)
when staff join a national strike to complain about changes to
their pensions. Churchfield School will be closed to all pupils
and King Alfred School will close to pupils in years seven to
ten, both organisations said on Friday. More...
join guided Berrow walk
than 40 people joined a free guided walk around Berrow's Nature
Reserve on Tuesday (June 21st). The event, led by Bob Corns from
Natural England, saw the group get a tour of the nature reserve,
which includes part of Berrow beach and sand dunes. More...
lights under threat
Traders in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned that
the town's Christmas lights display could be in jeopardy due to
a financial shortfall. Burnham's Chamber of Trade held its AGM
on Wednesday evening (June 22nd), where the stark warning was
End concert to be held
have gone on sale this week for a special outdoor concert in Brent
Knoll where top singers will perform the best music from the West
End and Broadway. The village's 'Music Of The Night' will be held
on Saturday 16th July on Brent Knoll Village Green. More...
Internet 'by 2015'
MORE details about the super-fast broadband
service being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea were revealed this
week. Somerset County Councillor David Hall, portfolio holder
for economic development, said Internet speeds of around 20Mbs
will be available. More...
expansion steps closer
multi-billion pound expansion of Hinkley Point power station near
Burnham-On-Sea came a step closer on Thursday (June 23rd) when
the government announced the nuclear plant is on a list of eight
sites deemed suitable for new power stations by the year 2025.
over gambling arcade
in Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the district council's
decision on Wednesday (June 22nd) to give the go-ahead to controversial
plans to convert this town centre tattoo shop into a new gambling
arcade. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing and Gambling Panel
made the decision.
Torch may visit town
A HUGE community celebration
will be held in Highbridge next year if The Olympic Flame comes
through the town. The Olympic torch is due to arrive in the UK
from Greece on 18th May 2012 and visit Taunton on 21st May and
Bristol on 22nd May, when it could come to our area. More...
boost for artists group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group which organises art events
in the town has received a financial boost from the Town Council
this week. The Highbridge and Burnham Artists group (HABA) runs
an annual arts festival in Apex Park and mural painting at Burnham
Sailing Club. More...
praises wind farm consultation
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week praised an energy
firm which plans to build a new wind farm on the outskirts of
the town. Tessa Munt met with representatives from Broadview Energy
Limited to hear about their plans for a six-turbine wind farm
on land close to the M5 near Rooksbridge. More...
reward for missing dog
A £100 reward has been offered for the safe
return of this dog, which went missing a week ago from a caravan
park outside Burnham-On-Sea. Sophie, an eight year-old famale
black greyhound, ran off from Dutch Cottage Caravan Park last
Thursday (June 16th). More...
appeal finds helpers
of volunteers have come forward to offer their help in running
Highbridges closure-threatened library. It comes after an
appeal was published on Burnham-On-Sea.com last week amid fears
by town councillors that the library would not be viable. More...
thefts warning for town
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week urged bike owners
in the town to be extra vigilant following several thefts. A mountain
bike worth £400 was stolen last Friday evening and an off-road
scramber was taken the following night, police have said. More...
for new Queen begins
THE search has begun on for this year's Highbridge
and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses. Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club has this week kicked off the annual hunt for this year's
contestants. The competition is open to girls aged 16 and over.
Bruno in surprise visit
Exclusive: FORMER world boxing champion
Frank Bruno was a surprise visitor to Brean Beach on Monday (June
20th) when he took part in the filming of a children's TV programme.
The celebrity boxer was the VIP guest during an episode of ITV's
The Sooty Show featuring the long-running kid's puppets. More...
garden sessions at Cove
SOMERSET Skills and Learning will be holding a
series of training sessions on garden restoration at Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens during July. The taster courses will be carried
out over two half days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during next
month - which are open to the public. More...
attack kids centre
Exclusive: MEAN-spirited vandals caused
widespread damage during an attack on a Burnham-On-Sea children's
centre over the weekend. The thugs set fires, broke toys and left
smashed beer bottles and empty alcohol boxes at the Octopus Centre
in Winchester Road. More...
Day to be marked
ARMED Forces Day will be marked in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge this Saturday (June 25th) with two ceremonies.
The Town Council is inviting residents to join flag-raising ceremonies
in Highbridge at 9am, and in Burnham-On-Seas Pier Street
fountain at 9.30am. More...
stolen from phone box
smashed their way into this phone box in Berrow at the weekend
before removing cash from inside. Burnham-On-Sea police - who
have appealed for information - were called to the Berrow Triangle,
opposite the Berrow Inn, on Saturday night (June 18th). More...
is a sell-out success
A NIGHT of cabaret music from the 60s, 70s and
80s attracted an audience of more than 100 people for a fundraising
event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (June 18th). Burnham's
Moose International Lodge 123 held 'Pop and Chips' at The Princess.
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Neighbourhood Watch volunteers
and police will be marking National Neighbourhood Watch Week with
a special stall in Burnham High Street this Thursday (June 23rd).
Officers will be on hand from noon until 4pm, offering information
and crime prevention tips. More...
fails to hit church fair
A LARGE crowd of supporters of St John's Church
in Highbridge braved wet weather on Saturday (June 18th) to attend
its annual summer fair. The popular event, which is usually held
outside, was brought in under the cover of the church hall where
a number of stalls and entertainment was held. More...
St John award for Thomas
A 15-year-old St John Ambulance Cadet from Burnham-On-Sea
has this week received the highest award a cadet can achieve.
Thomas Fincham received his Grand Prior Award during the Highbridge
and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadets Presentation Evening. More...
party raises £2,100
OVER £2,000 was raised for a local cancer
charity when a Berrow couple held a successful tea party on Saturday
(June 18th). For a fourth year, Steve and Hilary Cox served up
hundreds of teas to the public at their home in Brent Road for
Marie Curie Cancer Care. More...
photos: Kindergarten party
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Southleigh
Kindergarten summer garden party on Saturday (June 18th). The
popular event went ahead in Rectory Road despite the threat of
poor weather. Burnham's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, opened the
response' to wind farm
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living near the site
of a proposed new £20million wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea
have this week given a 'mixed reaction' to the plans during a
series of consultation events. Over 120 people attended the five
consultation events, held from Thursday to Saturday. More...
photos: East Huntspill Fair
DOZENS of residents flocked to the annual summer
fair in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (June
18th). The event went ahead despite poor weather and included
a country dancing display plus a majorettes show by Bridgwater's
Kestrels club. More...
elected as president
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Sandra Moon has this week
been elected as the new President of the town's Inner Wheel group.
It's her second term as president in the past eight years and
she told Burnham-On-Sea.com she is looking forward to another
busy year ahead. More...
is up, says report
NEW figures published this week have proven that
incidents of fly-tipping have increased since the introduction
of new charges at recycling centres across Somerset. A report
for Somerset Waste Board found a "clear increase" in
district councils dealing with cases of fly-tipping. More...
Exclusive: A TEAM of police volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea
have been honoured for their work at a national awards ceremony
this week. Russell Fletcher, Linda Britton and John Alexander
were invited to the National Policing Improvement Agency's annual
Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards. More...
hurt in M5 accident
A MOTORIST was treated for head injuries following an accident
on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (June 17th).
Fire and ambulance crews were called to the northbound carriageway
of the motorway at 4.10pm after a car struck the central reservation.
awards for town duo
TWO staff from Highbridge's King Alfred School have been presented
with top awards this week in recognition of their high teaching
standards. Miss Baylea Charles and Miss Hannah Stuart both received
Pearson Teaching Awards for their commitment to teaching. More...
celebrates 150th year
Photo Special: BRENT Knoll Primary School
maked its 150th anniversary on Friday (June 17th) with a day of
celebrations. Youngsters at the school held a mass balloon launch,
took part in a musical performance, visited an exhibition of the
school's history and unveiled a commemorative mosaic. More...
'eyesore' petition starts
A PETITION calling on Sedgemoor District Council
to make safe the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been launched
this week. Members of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forums have
launched the online petition following our recent report about
safety at the site. More...
cars set to go on show
DOZENS of classic vehicles will gather at Brent Knoll's Sanders
Garden World this weekend (June 18th and 19th) for its eighth
annual Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display. The event, which coincides
with Fathers Day, will take place from 10am-3pm on both
featured on BBC1 show
THE work of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft rescue charity BARB was
featured on a BBC1 television series this week. Real Rescues
featured video of rescues carried out by the hovercrafts and
an interview with pilot Dave Bailey, who explained why the crafts
are important in keeping the coast safe. More...
after indecent exposure
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police arrested a man following
an indecent exposure incident on the town's beach earlier this
week. Officers were called to Burnham beach at 6.30pm on Monday
(June 13th) after a boy reported that the man had exposed himself
to him. More...
to hold tea fundraiser
A BERROW couple will be raising a cuppa for charity this Saturday
(June 18th) when they hold a fundraising cream tea in aid of Marie
Curie Cancer Care. For a fourth year, Steve and Hilary Cox will
be serving up hundreds of teas to the general public at their
home in the centre of Berrow. More...
receives lifeboat award
TONY Deahl, Education Officer at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat
Station has been awarded a award in recognition of his work at
the station. The bronze medal was presented at the RNLI Lifeboat
College in Poole by the coxswain of Brixham lifeboat during a
short ceremony. More...
medal found in town
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea resident has discovered a wartime
medal while digging in her front garden. Angela Jones, pictured,
this week told Burnham-On-Sea.com how she made the find outside
her house and is now researching its past. She made the find while
installing a new path. More...
rescued at Hinkley Point
WORKERS at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station, near Burnham-On-Sea,
showed their adaptability when they had to rescue a stranded seal
this week. An atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming around in
the power station's cooling water intake chamber. More...
bids to help disabled group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt met members of a threatened disabled
users group this week. Burnham's Over 60s Disabled Group,
which meets at the town's Baptist Church every Monday, offers
essential support services to disabled people throughout the area.
hotel safety fears raised
FRESH concerns have been expressed about the safety
of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel this week after children
were seen playing inside. Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach
told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is concerned that youngsters may be
injured playing in the crumbling building. More...
services halted by death
TRAIN services through Highbridge were halted this morning (Wednesday
June 15th) after the body of a man was found on the railway tracks
outside Weston. The body, believed to be that of a Weston man
in his mid-50s, was discovered on the line near Weston at 6.10am.
farm consultation starts
PLANS for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge, near
Burnham-On-Sea, go on show this week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com,
Broadview Energy is in the early stages of plans to build six
wind turbines on farmland east of the M5, one kilometre south
of the village. More...
thinking wins £1,000!
students from Highbridge's King Alfred School are among a group
of 14 year-olds who have won money for their 'green thinking'.
Teams of 14-year-olds entered the Dragons Den
to present their proposals for low carbon projects at the EDF
awards held in Taunton. More...
boat permits launched
NEW process for acquiring boating permits for Highbridge's Apex
Park has been introduced this month. The permits are now being
issued by Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team
and can be applied for online
via the district council's website or by phone. More...
Southleigh Kindergarten will be holding its annual summer garden
party this weekend. The kindergarten at 11 Rectory Road will be
holding its popular annual event on Saturday 18th June from 2pm-4pm.
The community event will see police, fire and BARB attending.
face graffiti mystery
police have this week issued an appeal for help in tracing the
culprit behind a spate of graffiti on walls in the town centre.
The smiley face logo pictured here has been spray-painted on several
walls in and around Cross Street
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. More...
Reserve guided walks
guided walks around Berrow's Nature Reserve are to be held by
the conservation team from Natural England later this month. The
event, to be held on mid summer's day, Tuesday 21st June at 7pm,
will be led by conservation expert Bob Corns from Natural England
raised for local charity
from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week handed over
more than £1,000 to a local charity helping people with
eating disorders following a series of events. Jackie Tanner organised
a sponsored walk and quiz night for South
West Eating Disorder Association.
show a blooming success
turned out to see displays of roses and sweet peas at an two-day
festival at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll over the weekend
(June 11th and 12th). The centre provided the venue for the eighth
annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show,
which attracted dozens of entries. More...
appeal for library helpers
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council
has this week urged volunteers who have expressed an interest
in helping run Highbridge Library to get in touch as negotiations
to save the facilities from closure continue. Town Clerk Eileen
Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (June 13th) that helpers
shoudl come forward. More...
stages 25th triathlon
300 athletes from across the country completed Burnham-On-Sea's
grueling annual triathlon on Sunday (June 12th). The event, now
in its 25th year, was staged despite wet and windy weather conditions.
Will Massey from Cromhill Tri won the event
in a fast time. More...
water disruption for town?
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been warned that they may
experience low water pressure over the next few days as maintenance
work takes place. Bristol Water says specialist teams from its
water mains flushing programme will be working at night in the
Burnham and Highbridge area from Sunday (June 12th) through to
Friday morning (June 17th).
Club marks 150th year
Cricket Club held a very special celebration on Sunday afternoon
(June 12th) when it marked its 150th anniversary. The club, based
at Burnham's BASC ground, held a celebratory lunch and tea for
more than 100 former players
and the town's Mayor. More...
photos: Berrow fayre fun
MARCHING band, majorettes and kung fu were some of the activities
on display at Berrow's action-packed summer fayre on Saturday
afternoon (11th June). The popular event - which was held on the
village green - included many popular displays
and attractions which drew big crowds. More...
attend Brent Knoll fete
crowds flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday
(June 11th). The spectators were treated to a variety of traditional
music, games and stalls plus entertainment during the course of
the afternoon. The event was held on the village green
next to the village hall. More...
cancels Jazz In Park
annual Jazz In The Park has been cancelled due to bad weather,
organisers said this morning (Sunday, June 12th). A top line-up
of jazz and swing music was due to be held in the Manor Gardens
over the course of four hours, including groups such as Boulevard
leap for Coastguards
staff from Burnham-On-Sea's Skye Bar will be making a 15,000ft
parachute jump on August 5th to raise money for the Burnham Branch
of the Coastguard Association. Kate Panayi, Manageress, and Simon
Murdie, DJ at the bar in the High Street, will be travelling to
hit by power cable theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club has been left with a huge repair
bill after thieves ripped up a long length of power line and stole
the copper wire inside on Friday night (June 10th). A total of
130 yards of copper wire running between the club's compound and
the pontoons on the River Brue was removed - leaving the club
with a repair bill of up to £5,000.
25th annual triathlon is being held on Sunday morning (June 12th).
Hundreds of athletes will be running, swimming and cycling their
way around the course. The race starts at 6.15am with a 500m swim
in the pool, a 20km cycle and a 5km run
through the area. More...
90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion was marked in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (11th June) by the town's Mayor, Mayoress and supporters
of the group. A special event was held at the Legion's Burnham
HQ in Victoria Street, as pictured, to mark the milestone.
appeal after fuel theft
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week appealed for help in identifying
a motorist who stole fuel from a petrol station in the town. They
have released these CCTV pictures of a silver transit van which
was driven onto the forecourt of the Esso service station in Oxford
joins school politics debate
MP took part in a lively political debate with students at a town
school on Friday (June 10th). Tessa Munt fielded answers to questions
on a wide variety of topics from sixth form pupils at King Alfred
School, as pictured here.
The event was such a success that it over-ran. More...
rose show this weekend
SANDERS Garden World in Brent Knoll will be the venue for an annual
Rose and Sweet Pea Show in June. The event, organised by members
of Burnham-On-Sea and Nailsea Horticultural Societies, takes place
on both Saturday June 11th and Sunday 12th
pond is centre attention
pond at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove was the centre of attention
during an unusual community event on Thursday (June 9th). Over
20 people attended a 2-3 hour training session on pond management,
run by Iain Turner from The Cannington Centre
at Bridgwater College. More...
cuts hit town crier decision
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge will be without a town crier
for at least another year due to the high costs of employing one,
the Town Council has decided this week. A meeting of councillors
on Monday approved a recommendation from the council's own Policy
centre wins top awards
at Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre are celebrating this
week after winning several top awards. The facilities won the
coveted Centre of the Year Award at the annual Somerset Leisure
Trust Awards. The Highbridge centre's manager, Toni McKinlay,
was also honoured for a second year.
join schools folk festival
of schoolchildren from the Burnham-On-Sea area will join more
than 2,000 youngsters on Wells Cathedral Green later this month
to dance the day away as part of an annual folk dance festival.
The 37th festival will be held in Wells on Saturday 18th June.
burglary outside church
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an
appeal for witnesses after £25,000 of building machinery
was stolen from outside the town's catholic church earlier this
week. The incident occurred between 5pm on Monday 6th June and
6.30am on Tuesday 7th June. Unknown offenders gained access to
the rear of the building works.
removed from sea wall
WORK to remove graffiti from Burnham-On-Sea's
sea wall was carried out by district council workers on Wednesday
(June 8th). Power cleaning equipment was brought onto The Esplanade
by the staff from Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team.
safety clinic success
RNLI Lifeboat Sea Safety advisors Dave Humphries and Bob Hitchings
held a lifejacket clinic at the town's Sailing club at the weekend.
The event saw more than 100 lifejackets checked over from 35 sailing
club members during Saturday.
airlifted from Down
Exclusive: A teenager had to be airlifted to hospital after
suffering an injury during a cycling accident on Brean Down on
Monday night (June 6th). Two ambulances were called to the top
of the Down at 6.40pm after the boy fell off his bike, suffering
what is understood to be arm injury. More...
100 new jobs look set to be created after a Highbridge company
was this week given the go-ahead for a major expansion. As first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here in April, Isleport Foods submitted
a formal planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to
expand its factory.
wind farm plans unveiled
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge,
near Burnham-On-Sea, have been unveiled this week. Broadview Energy
Limited, a renewable energy company, said on Tuesday (June 7th)
it is in the early stages of the new project. More...
library viability fears
fears were raised by town councillors on Monday evening (June
6th) regarding whether Highbridge Library can be saved from closure.
Several councillors expressed concerns about the viability of
the library during a full town council meeting. More...
names official cadet
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke announced
the identities of his offical cadet and chaplain for the coming
year on Monday evening (June 6th). Corey Hayes, 16, became the
Cadet while Paul Kingdom was named as Mayor's Chaplain. More...
WEEKS of training have again proven to be worthwhile for youngsters
at Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Gymnastics Club. Four competitions
have been conquered by the club over the past couple of months
including Novice and Prep A and B Prelims and Finals. More...
hit by spending cuts
TWO local support groups based in Burnham-On-Sea look set to lose
their support workers due to government spending cuts. Both the
'The Way4ward' and 'Sunflower Clubs' - which are based at Burnham's
BAY Centre - are peer support groups that provide vital support
to users. More...
power cut hits Burnham
A POWER cut left 10,000 homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
briefly without power early on Monday morning (June 6th). Electricity
went off at 7.37am and the cut lasted just a few seconds before
supplies were automatically reconnected by Western Power Distribution.
cannabis plants seized
Exclusive: Over 250 cannabis plants have been seized by
police after a drugs factory was found in a home in a quiet area
of Burnham-On-Sea. These exclusive photos from inside the property
show the scale of the operation that police discovered during
their raid at 18 Rectory Road on Sunday (June 5th). More...
discover cannabis factory
Exclusive: A cannabis factory has been discovered by police
during a raid on a home in a quiet area of Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea
fire crews helped police officers gain entry to a house during
the raid in Rectory Road on Sunday afternoon (June 5th), as exclusively
pictured here. More...
for water compensation
Exclusive: BRISTOL Water confirmed on Sunday night that
a 'temporary fix' had been put in place to begin restoring normal
water supplies to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge following a weekend
of disruption - but the firm faces numerous calls for compensation
from affected businesses and residents. More...
A NEW report out this week shows the
attendance levels of Burnham-On-Sea councillors at district council
meetings over the past year. Sedgemoor
District Council issues the annual report to highlight the amount
of work that goes on behind the scenes. More...
water on offer
EMERGENCY water supplies are being offered to residents in Burnham-On-Sea
tonight (Sunday June 5th) as more taps run dry in more parts of
the town following last night's major water mains burst in Love
added that supplies should be reconnected later tonight and be
back to normal on Monday. More...
run dry after mains burst
Several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have had to close today (Sunday,
June 5th) as taps in the town have started to run dry following
last night's major water mains burst. Several areas of central
Burnham are without water following the mains burst in Love Lane
last night. More...
turn out for car run
120 vintage vehicles visited Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening
(June 4th) during the 18th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle
Road Run. Police cars, fire engines, classic cars, lorries and
motorbikes were among the vehicles taking part in this year's
popular event. More...
burst causes flooding
A WATER mains burst left a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea under several
inches of flood water on Saturday night (June 4th). Bristol Water
was alerted to the incident next to the Love Lane roundabout,
near to the town's Tesco supermarket, shortly after 10pm.
over sea wall graffiti
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea Town Council has this week hit
out at vandals who have scrawled graffiti over part of the town's
sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove
the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade.
cars in Burnham today
DOZENS of classic cars will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
this evening (Saturday, June 4th) for the 18th annual Vale of
Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off
a range of vintage vehicles, from cars and military vehicles.
skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks tonight
(Saturday, June 4th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its second
display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge,
there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities.
appeal after lady killed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses and information
after a woman fell from the over-bridge at junction 21 of the
M5 motorway at Weston-super-Mare and died. The incident occurred
on the southbound carriageway on Thursday (2nd June),
delaying motorists heading to Burnham. More...
week for Dreamscheme
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's newly-formed Dreamscheme have
had a busy half term. The group of 36 children carried out a planting,
weeding and litter-picking session in Burnham town centre, as
pictured here. Flower troughs were planted in Pier Street
and the High Street. More...
reassures Belmont users
bosses have this week reassure users of a mental health centre
in Burnham-On-Sea that its services are not under threat. Belmont
House is based in Burnham's Technical Street and provides vital
health assessment and treatment of patients through therapy.
controlled cars in action
RADIO-controlled motor racing enthusiasts from across the UK will
gather near Brean this weekend. Round three of the British Radio
Car Association (BRCA) National Championships series will be held
on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June at the Mendip Model Racing
Circuit in Accommodation Road. More...
name and look for theatre
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea theatre has this week been
given a new name as a major programme of improvements is kicked
off. 'The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre' is the new identity
for the facilities in Princess Street, which
were taken over by the Town Council earlier in the year. More...
Highbridge flats approved
proposals to convert the prominent Canal House building in the
centre of Highbridge into a development of 14 flats and shops
have this week been granted approval by the district council.
Sedgemoor's planners considered the application.
boost for carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club received a welcome financial
boost on Wednesday evening (June 1st) when it was presented with
a donation from the town's Lions Club. A group of Burnham-On-Sea
Lions handed over £1,000 to the team from Hillview
at the Oaktree Arena. More...
power brightens town!
YOUNGSTERS from Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been getting creative
this week, earning points by making hanging baskets ready for
the town's Britain in Bloom entry this summer. Thirty young people
from the Highbridge Dreamscheme met on Wednesday (June 1st).
target drink drivers
POLICE in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be putting the heat on
drink drivers during Avon and Somerset Police's month-long 'Operation
Tonic' campaign which started on Wednesday morning (June 1st).
They are promising to stage high-visibility stop checks in the
naming contest launched
A COMPETITION has been launched by Burnham-based charity BARB
in which the public can suggest names for its new inshore rescue
boat. The new boat replaces BARB's old inflatable and will be
used for carrying out rescues on lakes and rivers
in the Burnham area. More...
Pig Week proves a hit!
CHILDREN in the reception class at Berrow Primary School and Berrow
Pre-School have been taking part in a number of activities around
the theme of 'Peppa Pig goes Camping'. The youngsters spent most
of the week outside and lessons were all taught in tents.
fears hit care centre
CONCERNS about the future of a closure-threatened community mental
health centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week. Belmont
House, based in Burnham-On-Sea's Technical Street, provides adult
mental health assessment and treatment services.
boost for groups
TWO Highbridge groups have this week been given a financial boost
by supermarket Waitrose. Highbridge Dreamscheme and Highbridge
Community Youth Club have received a total of almost £500
from Waitrose in Weston after receiving donations
from its community fund. More...
hall plans win approval
to extend a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been
approved by Sedgemoor District Council. Brent Knoll Parish Council
has applied for permission to build a single storey extension
on the north east elevation of Brent Knoll Hall.
races for lifeboats
A LOCAL man will be pulling on his running shoes to take part
in the a half marathon this autumn. Steve Quinton has entered
the Bristol Half Marathon on 11th September, and will be raising
money for RNLI Lifeguards across the South West.
He visited Burnham lifeboat station this week. More...
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