Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

June 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Bin collection days to change
RUBBISH collection days for thousands of residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to change this month in a bid to increase efficiency. From the week starting 8th July, the day of the weekly recycling and fortnightly refuse collections will change for many residents across the area. More...

Shop logo contest starts today
£470 of shopping vouchers can be won in a competition in Burnham-On-Sea this month to mark National Independent Retailers Month. Burnham's Chamber of Trade and Town Team have linked up to organise the contest, which runs throughout July. More...

In photos: Berrow summer fete
YOUNGSTERS in Berrow enjoyed a day of fun at the village school's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 29th). Large crowds of people attended Berrow Primary School's annual fete where activities ranging from face painting and singing to dancing were held. More...

VIP visitor at village flower show
BRENT Knoll Flower Show's entries were inspected by a VIP visitor when the event was held on Saturday afternoon (June 29th). Edna Duncombe, 90, pictured here, was previously a flower arranger for the Queen and members of the Royal household. She enjoyed her visit to the show. More...

In photos: Towans charity fete
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for charity when a Burnham residential home held its annual summer fete on Saturday (June 29th). Bright sunshine attracted a crowd of visitors to the event at Towans Residential Home in Berrow Road, held in aid of Rotary charities. More...

Seafront art festival success
A TWO-day art and craft festival Burnham-On-Sea's seafront was hailed a success by organisers in after attracting crowds of visitors. Over 30 exhibitors from across the area displayed their work at the inaugural event, which looks set to begin a regular fixture in Burnham's calendar. More...

£200 raised for RAF charity
OVER £200 was raised for the Royal Air Forces Association when a Burnham-On-Sea pub hosted a special coffee morning on Saturday (June 29th). The Burnham branch of the RAFA organised the 'Brew For The Few' event on Armed Forces Day at The Railway. More...

Armed Forces Day in Burnham
THE centre of Burnham-On-Sea briefly came to a silent halt today (Saturday, June 29th) when residents marked Armed Forces Day. A flag-raising ceremony, organsied by the Royal British Legion, and one miniute's silence in memory of those who serve in the country's armed forces, was held. More...

£215k extension for town school
WORK has just been completed on a £215,000 extension at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrews Primary School to deal with an increase in pupil numbers. The new classroom built at the school in Dunstan Road will provide space for 30 more students from later this year. More...

Three hurt after M5 crash
THREE people were treated for minor injuries after an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (June 28th). Firefighters from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to the M5 southbound exit sliproad at junction 23 shortly before 4.30pm on Friday afternoon. More...

Rotary Club selects President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has a new President following a handover of the roles this week. Hugh Mackay, outgoing President, is pictured installing Bernard Raines as President for the the Rotary year 2013-2014. The handover was held on Thursday. More...

Mayor to open summer fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor will be opening a residential home's annual summer fete today (Saturday). The event at Towans Residential Home in Berrow Road will be held from 2.30pm and will be raising money for local Rotary charities. It will feature a number of fun-filled activities. More...

Pub landlady strangled in Egypt
A CORONER has this week recorded a verdict of unlawful killing for a former Burnham-On-Sea pub landlady who was found dead in Egypt. West Somerset coroner Michael Rose delivered his verdict at an inquest held on Thursday (June 27th) into the death of Fran Rossiter in the Egyptian city of Hurghada last June. More...

Liam Gallagher calls in at pub
Exclusive: POP musician Liam Gallagher made a surprise visit to a pub near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (June 27th) on his way to the Glastonbury Festival. Singer and songwriter Liam, who was formerly the frontman of Oasis, dropped in at the Crossways Inn in West Huntspill. More...

'Brew For The Few' tomorrow
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub will be hosting a special coffee morning on Saturday (June 29th) to raise money for the Royal Air Forces Association. The Burnham branch of the RAFA has organised the 'Brew For The Few' event on Armed Forces Day which will be held at The Railway Pub in Burnham High Street. More...

Seafront arts festival to begin
AN arts and craft weekend is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this weekend. Exhibitors from across the area will be displaying their work on the South Esplanade during the two-day event which starts on Saturday June 29th and continues on Sunday June 30th. More...

Photos: Pudsey visits Burnham
PUDSEY Bear was welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Thursday (June 27th) as he called in to promote a fundraising event for Children In Need. The BBC mascot visited Churchfield School, where was he was greeted by cheering children, and the Asda store. More...

Sailing Club walkway unveiled
A PROJECT to construct a new £13,000 walkway at Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club has been completed this week. The walkway gives members access onto the club's pontoons in the River Brue at high tide, replacing an old walkway that had been in place for years. More...

£10bn 'energy claw' plan revealed
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build a 'radically different' £10bn alternative to the Severn Barrage near Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week. Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, pictured during a visit to Burnham, is drawing up proposals for a 2.5-mile wide 'energy claw' with power turbines. More...

Scarecrows and royals at Cove!
A SCARECROW festival and a Royal garden party is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea next month. The town's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting the sea-themed Scarecrow Day on July 6th when residents and local groups will be invited to display their own scarecrow. More...

Busy summer for dance studio
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dance studio is lining up a busy summer of activities for youngsters in the town. DanceFit in Love Lane is organising activities and workshops for all ages over the school holidays - and is inviting parents to get their children signed up. More...

New beautician for town salon
MANICURES, pedicures and eyelash extensions are among several treatments available at a Burnham-On-Sea beauty salon with the arrival of a new beautician. Unique Hair and Beauty in College Street has been joined by local beautician, Charlotte Roberts, who specialises in the treatments. More...

Three-vehicle crash on A38
THREE vehicles were involved in a collision on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday after one smashed into a live electricity pole. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to the A38 at Badgworth at 12.49pm after reports of the collision. More...

Tax bill puts shop in jeopardy
Exclusive: A CHARITABLE business in Highbridge that sells second-hand furniture to residents on low incomes could be forced to shut after being landed with a £2,000 rates demand by Sedgemoor District Council. Kim Chatwin and Tina Gray, who run Highbridge Furniture Ltd in Morland Road, say the organisation is run on a very tight budget. More...

Loo opening times attacked
Exclusive: ANGRY councillors and tourism bosses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for longer opening hours for public toilet facilities over the busy summer holiday season. Visitors have complained about the restricted opening hours on the seafront. More...

Pop group in Brean for filming
POP group B*Witched have been in Brean this week to take part in the filming of a children's TV show alongside local dancers. Youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area were featured alongside the Irish pop quartet for the new ITV series of The Sooty Show. More...

Womens business group starts
A BRAND new networking group for professional and business women launched near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (June 25th) with a visit by a TV auctioneer. Claire Rawle from the BBC's Flog It! programme was the special guest at the event in West Huntspill. More...

Funeral today for former Mayor
THE funeral for the former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, who died last week, will be held today (Wednesday). Hilary Rose was a town councillor from 1991-1999 and also stood from 2003-2007, during which time she was Mayor between 1995-1998. More...

MP in Burnham care home visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited a nursing home in the town to mark National Care Home Open Day. Tessa Munt took time out to call in at Burnham Nursing and Residential Centre where she met staff and residents. The Open Day is one way it links with the community. More...

Volunteer crisis at carnival club
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club held an 'emergency meeting' last night (Monday) to discuss the future of the club amid a volunteer crisis. The club has seen many of its vital helpers who design and build its float moving to Bridgwater clubs in recent months. More...

Two arrests after Tesco theft
Exclusive: POLICE have arrested two men who allegedly tried to flee from Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket with hundreds of pounds of alcohol. Three police cars swooped on the store in Ben Travers Way at 3.45pm on Sunday (June 23rd), as pictured here. More...

Second porpoise washed up
THIS young porpoise was washed up on Brean beach on Monday (June 24th) - the second such discovery in a fortnight. The body of the young mammal was found near Brean Down after the morning's high tide following stormy sea conditions over the weekend. More...

Sports award for Burnham man
A BURNHAM-On-Sea volunteer is celebrating this week after winning a top award at the annual Somerset Sports Awards. Dozens of sportsmen and women plus volunteers gathered at Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton for the awards ceremony. More...

School to hold summer fun day
STAFF and pupils at a Highbridge school are preparing to hold a summer fun day. Churchfield PTFA is hosting the event in the grounds of Churchfield School on Saturday 6th July from 11am-3pm when all will be welcome to join in a day of fun with numerous outdoor activities. More...

Coaches complete school tour
POTENTIAL Wimbledon stars of the future received tips and advice from coaches from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club when they visited a local school this week. Coaches Vinny Duddy and Craig Phillips visited East Huntspill Primary School this week on their tour. More...

Pirates ahoy! Cove fun day
A MINI Pirate Day held in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been hailed a success by organisers. The event was organised last week for pre-school groups and parents to join in a number of fun-filled pirate-themed activities with their youngsters at the seafront gardens. More...

Inspector thanked on retirement
BURNHAM-On-Sea's top policeman, Inspector Roger Tolley, has been thanked for 33 years of service on his retirement this week. Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox and Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Cllr Peter Downing joined his family, friends and colleagues for a farewell function. More...

New manager at town theatre
Exclusive: A NEW manager has taken over the helm of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Andy Morgan has 16 years of experience in the arts world and says he is excited to take on the role of running Burnham's theatre following the departure of the former manager earlier in June. More...

Gales whip up stormy scenes
STRONG onshore winds created unseasonably stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (June 23rd). Large waves whipped up by the gales splashed onto the town's seafront in several places at the height of the incoming tide after 7.30pm. More...

Brean fundraisers make splash!
FUNDRAISERS at a Brean holiday park splashed the cash to raise over £1,000 for charity on Saturday (June 22nd). Crowds of spectators attended the beach party-themed summer fete at Warren Farm, held in aid of Cancer Research UK and Renegades Carnival Club. More...

Day of fun for cancer charity
A DAY of fun raised funds for a Somerset cancer charity on Saturday (June 22nd). Supporters of Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer flocked to the summer fair at Brean Village Hall. In addition to fun games and attractions for children, there were craft stalls. More...

Crews rescue man stuck in lift
FIRE crews rescued a man stuck in a lift at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Sunday (June 23rd). Two fire engines from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to Allandale Court in Rectory Road, as pictured, shortly after 12.15pm. The man had been visiting a relative when he got stuck. More...

Police appeal after cash theft
POLICE have this week appealed for help in identifying three people as part of their investigation into a theft of money at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. Officers are keen to speak to the trio seen here in CCTV footage following the cash theft. More...

Summer fair attracts visitors
A STEADY stream of supporters of St John's Church in Highbridge attended its annual summer fair on Saturday (June 22nd). The popular event, which is often held outside, was brought in under the cover of the church hall due to the threat of wet weather. More...

X-Factor finalist sings in town
A FINALIST from ITV's The X-Factor performed in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (June 22nd). Jamie Archer, also nicknamed 'Jamie Afro' due to his hairstyle, appeared on the 2009 series of the hit TV show. He performed at Burnham Holiday Village on Saturday night. More...

Air show thrills crowds at Brean
THE world-famous Red Arrows and a Vulcan bomber took to the skies over Brean on Saturday during the annual Weston Air Day. The planes roared through the skies, watched by crowds of onlookers on Brean Down. Tens of thousands of people flocked to Weston seafront to see the display. More...

Down searched for walkers
COASTGUARDS and lifeboats conducted a search of Brean Down last night (Friday) amid concern that two people had been cut-off by the incoming tide. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and two lifeboats from nearby Weston were called to the Down to search the rocks and cliff faces, as pictured here. More...

Weston Air Day preview
THE world-famous Red Arrows will take to the skies over Weston and Brean today during the annual Weston Air Day. The event will take place this afternoon and is being organised by North Somerset Council and will feature a number of famous aviation names. More...

Question Time debate in town
LOCAL representatives from the UK's five political parties took part in a Question Time style debate in Highbridge on Friday (June 21st). King Alfred School's Sixth Form Committee hosted the annual event where they quizzed the politicians on hot topics. More...

Church's summer fair today
A CHURCH in Highbridge will be holding its annual Summer Fair today (Saturday, June 22nd). St John's Church, pictured, is holding its Grand Summer Fair from 10am until mid-day. A wide range of stalls and family attractions will be set up in the grounds of the church. More...

Speedway organiser's apology
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway side The Somerset Rebels have issued an apology after Tuesday's Knockout Cup quarter-final against Workington Comets was abandoned after just one heat. The meeting was called off due to a waterlogged track even though there had been no rain. More...

Two top town policemen retire
BURNHAM-On-Sea's two top policemen are retiring this week after several decades in their jobs. Inspector Roger Tolley and Sgt Ian Kennett have both bid a farewell to colleagues at Burnham Police Station this week after taking retirements from their roles at Avon and Somerset Constabulary. More...

Tributes paid to former Mayor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who has died this week. Hilary Rose was a town councillor from 1991-1999 and also stood from 2003-2007, during which time she was Mayor between 1995-1998. Town Clerk Denise Emery said all councillors had been informed. More...

Warmest night of the year
BURNHAM-On-Sea saw its warmest night of the year so far, according to local weather forecasters. The average temperature on Tuesday night into Wednesday was 16C. Temperatures reached 26C a bit further inland, but a sea breeze cooled the town. More...

Prime Minister quizzed on floods
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week quizzed David Cameron on what is being done to protect local farmland from flooding. During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, she asked about government progress in changing the priorities for land owners. More...

Russian orchestra to visit town
A RUSSIAN children's orchestra is to perform in Burnham-On-Sea for the first time this Saturday (June 22nd). The Sobinov Children’s Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments have arrived in the UK this week to play a series of concerts after travelling 3,500 miles by coach. More...

Guides flock to Burnham beach
OVER 50 Brownies and Guides took part in an evening of fun on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday evening (June 20th). The youngsters from Burnham and Berrow gathered to take part in a sandcastle building competition and other traditional summer games. More...

Asda petrol plan draws objections
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week formally lodged an objection over plans by Asda to build a new low-cost petrol station outside its Highbridge store. During a meeting last night (Wednesday, June 19th), members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee expressed traffic concerns. More...

Trio of young owls rescued
THESE three wide-eyed young owls are the latest arrivals at a busy wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea. Carers have named the tiny tawny owlets Ollie, Oscar and Ernie after finding them orphaned and in distress. They are in good hands at Secret World. More...

New president for Lions Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club has announced its new President for the coming year this week. Outgoing Burnham Lions President Greg Kelloway handed over the club's badge of office to Les Barber during a ceremony held at The Oaktree on Wednesday (June 19th). More...

Florists in national competition
A GROUP of Highbridge floristry students have been showing their blossoming talents by competing in a national competition. The group - who are studying at Bridgwater College - entered the 2013 WorldSkills Floristy Competition, held in Dorchester last week. More...

Boxing club seeks new fighters
A BURNHAM-On-Sea boxing club has issued an appeal for new members to add join its ranks. Titans Seniors Boxing Club meets every Wednesday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close. Its sessions are held from 7pm - 9pm with the aim of improving fitness and competition. More...

School holds teddy bear picnic
A TEDDY bear's picnic with an inspirational theme was held at Brent Knoll Primary School on Wednesday (June 19th). The children, parents and staff were invited to the traditional picnic and tea where Burnham's Arthur Gilbert, 92, was the special guest. More...

Mini Pirate Fun Day today!
A MINI Pirate Day is being held today (Thursday, June 20th) in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the seafront. The event will be held from 10am until 1pm for pre-school groups and parents to take part in a number of fun-filled pirate-themed activities. More...

£10,000 boost for BASC ground
Exclusive: BOSSES at a Burnham-On-Sea sports ground are celebrating this week after a £10,000 windfall was announced. The Burnham Association of Sports Clubs (BASC) has secured funding from Viridor Credits through its Landfill Communities Fund for new grass cutting equipment. More...

Crews extinguish grass blaze
FIRE crews were called to tackle a small grass blaze on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (June 18th). Two fire engines were sent to the scene on the carriageway near to junction 23 for Bridgwater at just before 9.15pm. More...

In photos: Sandcastle contest
MORE than 300 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across Sedgemoor gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 18th) to take part in a mass sandcastle building competition. The youngsters took part in the 13th annual contest. More...

Unemployment fall welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week welcomed new figures that show unemployment has fallen in our area. The new figures show local jobless rates have fallen to their lowest levels for the past couple of years, according to the new data released by the government. More...

Pirate Day contest winner named
THE winner of a competition to design a poster for Burnham-On-Sea's upcoming Pirate Fun Day has been annoounced. Members of Burnham Dreamscheme took part in the contest to promote the fun event, which will be held on the town's beach on July 27th. More...

MP's money laundering fight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week joined calls for a public register of company owners and an end to so-called 'shell' companies to help the fight against worldwide poverty. The MP held up a copy of 'An Idiot's Guide to Money Laundering' during a parliamentary debate. More...

Council attacked over legal action
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea cafe owner has criticised Sedgemoor District Council for "unfair discrimination" for taking him to court after he put up a sign promoting his business. Keith Holman, who runs Brit Chips in Adam Street, has been prosecuted for using a mobile advertisement to promote his business. More...

Dancers' festival wins praised
YOUNG dancers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are celebrating this week after scooping a number of awards at a local festival. Members of Highbridge's Lucy Gunter Dance Centre impressed the judges at the Taunton Dance Festival, held at the weekend. More...

Two escape from car in ditch
A COUPLE had a lucky escape after their car left the road and ended up in a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 16th). Police and an ambulance were sent to Burnham Moor Lane at Edithmead on Sunday afternoon. A Mercedes car had left the road. More...

Busy year for town trade group
MEMBERS and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade gathered to hear about a busy year of activities for the group when its AGM was held last week. The meeting at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre was attended by a number of local traders. More...

Craft fair boost for BARB funds
A FUNDRAISING craft show in Burnham-On-Sea has raised money for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. Organiser Kerry Mason has presented the seafront-based charity with a cheque for £130 after a craft fair held last month at St Andrew's Church Hall. More...

Tennis fun for schoolchildren
COACHES from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club have visited a local school to give youngsters tips and advice on learning the game. Coaches Vinny Duddy and Craig Phillips visited West Huntspill Primary School to teach the kids fun tennis games. More...

Boost for history trail plans
Exclusive: A new high-tech history trail looks set to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage visitors and residents to explore the town's heritage. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has this month earmarked £1,500 towards the project, led by North Sedgemoor Local History Group. More...

Tandem bike ride raises £1,000
TWO cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea have completed a fundraising tandem bike ride to raise more than £1,000 for charity. Natasha Salter and Clare Kingston have ridden from Torquay to Burnham-On-Sea over two days in aid of the charity MacMillan Cancer Support. More...

Athletics success for pupils
A GROUP of pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School were celebrating yesterday (Sunday) after success at a regional athletics event. Students from Year 7 achieved individual and team success at the South West Regional Schools Biathle Championship. More...

Town centre pub goes on sale
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre pub has gone on the market. Enterprise Inns is offering the lease of The Somerset and Dorset for £45,000 per year. "The Somerset and Dorset is a fantastic pub with huge potential for a new operator," says the firm. More...

Dozens at villager's book launch
DOZENS of people attended the launch of a new family history book written by a well-known Brean resident on Saturday evening (June 15th). Joan Jackman held a book signing session in Brean Village Hall for her publication 'Goldrood: The History Of A Quaker Family'. More...

Summer fete this Saturday
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to a beach party-themed charity event in Brean this Saturday. Warren Farm Holiday Centre will be hosting a fun filled Summer Fête in aid of Cancer Research UK and Renegades Carnival Club on Saturday. More...

Dog owners fined over fouling
SEVERAL dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been issued with fines for allowing their pets to foul public places. The animals were spotted being walked in public areas and leaving mess on pavements over the last fortnight. Since the start of June, there have been ten fixed penalty notices. More...

Road speed cameras re-think
THE Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has this week revealed that he wants to see fixed speed cameras switched back on. Nick Gargan said he has written to local councils, offering to help them reactivate the cameras which were turned off in 2011. More...

Carriage surprise for couple
SHOPPERS in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street were forgiven for thinking they'd stepped back in time on Saturday when this traditional horse-drawn carriage came through the town. Newly-wed Burnham-On-Sea couple Dan and Charlotte Power enjoyed the trip. More...

Cyclists set off for Land's End
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP supported a group of local cyclists as they set off on a fundraising ride to Land's End today (Saturday). Tessa Munt joined Lympsham rugby fan and cycling enthusiast Dave Madsen just after 6am this morning to watch him set off from Wincanton. More...

Medal for Ken in Queen's honours
THE Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which was announced last night (Friday, June 14th). Ken Hindle has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to adult education, it was announced. More...

Local police target bike crime
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are marking National Bike Week by stepping up their efforts to beat bike thieves. Officers will be out and about at main cycle routes and schools in the area. They will be speaking to cyclists about keeping their bikes secure. More...

Gym club given £1,000 boost
A GYMNASTICS group in Highbridge has received almost £1,000 in grants from a community fund to help finance new equipment for toddlers. The Monarchs have received £996 from the Community First Highbridge Fund and buying new equipment including a balance beam. More...

Join trampolining challenge
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this been invited to sign up to take part in a nationwide charity challenge that aims to get one million people bouncing across the country on the same day. Children from the area are being encouraged to take part. More...

World championships for Mark
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy co-owner Mark Conklin has been selected to take part in the Ironman World Championships later this year. Mark, 49, has won a sought-after place to compete in the event in Hawaii which comprises a swim, bike ride and run. More...

Horses canter onto seafront!
A COLLECTION of horses on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this summer look set to be a runaway success. Yodel Kids has been awarded a concession by Sedgemoor District Council to set up a temporary play area featuring children's toy horses on The Esplanade. More...

Youngsters visit cricket stars
A GROUP of young cricketers from Burnham-On-Sea picked up tips from some of the world's best players when they visited an international match this week. A dozen Year 9 cricketers from Higbridge's King Alfred School visited Edgbaston Cricket Ground. More...

Panto group seeks newcomers
AN award-winning Brean pantomime group has this week announced its next production and issued an appeal for new members to come forward. The Coastline Players have say their next pantomime will be "Peter Piper" and a first script read-through is to be held. More...

Injured beach porpoise dies
Exclusive: AN INJURED porpoise that was washed up on Brean beach on Thursday was rescued by wildlife carers, but has died of its injuries. Volunteers from Secretworld and BARB were called to the beach at 4pm after the 1.4m-long creature was spotted by a walker in a rock pool. More...

Fireworks costs soar to £11,000
Exclusive: THE cost of holding this year's Burnham-On-Sea seafront fireworks display is set to soar to £11,000, it has emerged this week as organisers begin a search for sponsors. Town councillors were told the cost of organising the November spectacle will be £2,000 more. More...

New aerial photos of coastline
THE ever-changing coastline between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean has been captured on camera from 1,500ft above the town this week. Burnham resident John Woodman took these impressive photos during a microlight flight along the coast with a friend. More...

Volunteer of 12 years thanked
A BURNHAM-On-Sea volunteer who has retired as Chairman of the town's Friends of Apex Park group following more than a decade in the role has been formally thanked this week. A celebratory buffet was held on Tuesday (11th June) to thank Joyce Beard. More...

Burnham Chamber AGM today
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to attend the AGM of the town's Chamber of Trade this evening (Thursday, June 13th). The meeting will be held at 7pm in the Pizey Room at Burnham's Princes Theatre in Princess Street when all traders will be welcome. More...

Crop growing project begins
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham's Marine Cove gardens have been planting flower beds with edible crops this week as a new summer project gets begins. The community-led project is being undertaken with funding from Sedgemoor District Council's Health Promotion Team. More...

Cycle ride in memory of Chris
A CHARITY cycle ride is to be held next month in memory of a Brent Knoll man who died after losing a three-year battle with a lung condition. Chris Evans, who lived in the area for 25 years, passed away two years ago while awaiting a double lung transplant. More...

A38 shut tonight for roadworks
MOTORISTS in Highbridge have been warned to expect delays from tonight when part of the A38 temporarily closes for roadworks. Somerset County Council's highways team will be carrying out resurfacing between the Isleport roundabout and Church Street roundabout. More...

£100k expansion for attraction
Exclusive: A tourist attraction in Berrow is set to expand with the introduction of £100,000 of new facilities. Animal Farm in Red Road, Berrow has been given permission by Sedgemoor District Council to build a huge outdoor play castle, pictured right, and extend its existing play barn. More...

In photos: Sky visits Highbridge
MILLIONS of TV viewers watched live speedway racing from Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena on Tuesday (June 11th). A Premier League match between the Somerset Rebels and Edinburgh Monarchs was broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 - only the fifth televised event. More...

Explorer returns to Panama
BURNHAM-On-Sea adventurer Michael Turner has returned from Panama where he dived to Sir Francis Drake's resting place on the bottom of the sea. Michael, 57, has spent much of his life writing about the British explorer Sir Francis Drake and following his footsteps. More...

MP's bid to boost road safety
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited a local accident blackspot this week to investigate how safety could be improved. Tessa Munt invited the Senior Traffic Engineer at Somerset County Council to join her on the visit to the stretch of road between Wedmore and Cheddar. More...

10 new homes win approval
SEDGEMOOR District Councillors have this week given a controversial development of ten new homes near Burnham-On-Sea the go-ahead. The owner of land next to Alstone Lane and Alstone Gardens in West Huntspill was seeking outline planning permission. More...

Mayor visits computer group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has visited the town's UKOnline Centre to mark National Volunteers Week this week. The volunteer-run service is based at Burnham's BAY Centre in Cassis Close and holds regular free computer training classes for people in the local area. More...

New owner at town's Manor House
Exclusive: WORK to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £330,000 refurbishment is nearing completion and its new owner has moved in this week. Burnham's Watermark Financial Solutions bought the building last year and has given it a complete revamp. More...

Last day for town theatre boss
THE manager of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has been thanked on his final day in the job this week. Andy Pulleyn, pictured, has left the high-profile role to become Marketing Manager of Exeter's Phoenix Arts Centre and to be nearer his partner. More...

Gardens competition begins
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's entry into the nationwide Britain In Bloom competition have this week appealed for residents to get involved in the 2013 contest. Highbridge has won Silver Gilt Medals in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and is bidding for more glory. More...

Bird's nest causes lorry fire!
A BIRD'S nest in a lorry's engine is believed to have caused a vehicle fire in Brent Knoll on Monday evening (June 10th). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Brent Street at just before 6pm after passers-by reported a fire in a small horse box lorry. More...

MPs say 'no case' for barrage
PLANS for a £25bn barrage across the Severn Estuary from Brean Down to Wales should not go ahead in their current form, a committee of MPs has said this week. Hafren Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage between Lavernock Point near Penarth, to Brean. More...

Sky TV returns to area
SKY Sports will be broadcasting live coverage of a speedway fixture from the Oaktree Arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Tuesday, June 11th) and visitors will be able to experience the action at a special low entry price with all tickets slashed in cost. More...

Crews tackle sports club blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea and across the county were last night (Sunday) battling a huge blaze in Bridgwater. The former Bridgwater Sports and Social Club in Bath Road was reported to be well alight, as pictured, shortly after 8.30pm and was still in flames in the early hours of today. More...

Prince Charles hands MBE to Bob
Exclusive: PRINCE Charles has asked about the future of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival while presenting town resident Bob Nicholson with an MBE award in recognition of his services to tourism. Bob travelled to Buckingham Palace on Friday where he received the award for his 50 years of work in tourism. More...

New craft cafe opens in Burnham
A UNIQUE cafe that is serving up tasty snacks alongside craft-making activities has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. The Crafty Teacup Cafe has opened for business in Victoria Street, opposite St Andrew's Church. Owner Gill Hills has overseen its opening. More...

280 complete town triathlon
OVER 280 athletes from across the country completed Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling annual triathlon on Sunday morning (June 9th). The event, now in its 27th year, was staged in warm, sunny conditions that were described as 'ideal' by several competitors of Sunday's race. More...

Jazz In The Park draws crowds
OVER 600 music lovers filled Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens today (Sunday, June 9th) for the town's sun-soaked Jazz In The Park music event. The free entertainment included music from The Panama Jazz Band, Roger Bond Band and Nick and Chris Elswood. More...

Charity cash stolen from shop
Exclusive: POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a burglary at a Burnham-On-Sea shop in which charity boxes and cash were stolen. Thieves gained access to Seafoods in the High Street this week and stole a cash box and two charity collection boxes full of coins. More...

In photos: Highbridge fun day
BRIGHT sunshine attracted scores of visitors to a charitable furniture shop in Highbridge on Saturday (June 8th) when it held a family fun day. The event was held at Highbridge Furniture Ltd, which provides second-hand furniture to residents on low incomes. More...

Mad Hatters' tea party success
COLOURFUL costumes were out in force when a Mad Hatters' tea party was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 8th). The unique event at the town's Marine Cove seafront gardens saw visitors being invited to take part in a range of games and see voluntary stands. More...

Seafront arts festival planned
AN arts and craft weekend is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea seafront later this month. Exhibitors are being encouraged to sign up for the two-day event, taking place on June 29th and June 30th. This event will begin a seafront events programme in Burnham over the summer. More...

Big crowds at Brent Knoll fete
RECORD crowds flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 8th) as bright sunshine boosted the turnout. A traditional line-up of music, games, performances and stalls at the event attracted large numbers of visitors to Brent Knoll Green. More...

Safey fears shut damaged path
SAFETY concerns have led to a flood-damaged footpath at Highbridge's Apex Park being closed as the district council prepares to carry out repairs. The lakeside footpath has crumbled away after a winter of heavy rain and flooding, as featured here last year. More...

Film shot in Burnham to launch
TWO local film makers have finished work on producing a new fictional documentary set in the Burnham-On-Sea area. James and Kate Cameron, pictured, worked with local actor Stefan Andrews and drama student Thomas Llywarch on the short film which will be launched next month. More...

Cadets run into second place
THREE Burnham-On-Sea army cadets who represented the county in a regional Pentathlon are celebrating coming second overall. Cpl George Manchip, Cpl Peter Cebulak and LCpl Angel Mortimer all competed in the gruelling two-day completion which was held in Cornwall. More...

Lighthouse repairs underway
YOU certainly need a head for heights to do this job, carrying out maintenance work on this familiar Burnham-On-Sea landmark. An abseiling workman attached to climbing ropes has been carrying out maintenance of Burnham's 33 metre tall lighthouse this week. More...

Later post deliveries for town
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could soon have to wait until the afternoon for their daily postal deliveries, Royal Mail has said this week. A shake-up is being introduced this month that may result in customers not receiving post by lunchtime. More...

Villagers tackle speeding issue
VILLAGERS in Brent Knoll who are concerned about speeding motorists have this week been handed new equipment to tackle the problem. Cllr Peter Downing, Chairman of Sedgemoor, presented members of the village's speedwatch group with a speed detector kit. More...

Crews called to M5 diesel spill
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to deal with a big fuel leak from a lorry on the M5 on Thursday evening (June 6th). Two fire engines from Burnham and a water carrier from Bridgwater were sent to initial reports of a lorry fire between Burnham and Weston at 8.20pm. More...

Ladies night for carnival club
A LADIES night is being held to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club on Saturday (June 8th). The event will be held from 6pm-9pm at the Oaktree Arena near Highbridge. Beauty treatments, tarot readings, reiki and even arts and crafts will be on offer during the event. More...

£7k play equipment unveiled
NEW state of the art play equipment worth almost £7,000 has been officially opened in Brent Knoll this week. Cllr Peter Downing, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, opened the new equipment on Thursday (6th June) on the Village Green on front of local villagers. More...

Family fun day in Highbridge
A CHARITABLE business in Highbridge selling second-hand furniture to residents on low incomes is to hold a family fun day on Saturday (June 8th). The event will be held at Highbridge Furniture Ltd in Morland Road from 1pm-4pm, which is led by volunteers. More...

Four arrests after assault
Exclusive: FOUR people have been arrested following an assault in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police were called to the junction of the High Street and Cross Street just before 7pm on Tuesday evening (June 4th) after a middle-aged man was reportedly attacked. More...

Beach scare prompts warning
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this week warned beachgoers not to put themselves in danger during the current spell of hot weather - after these two walkers sparked a scare at Berrow. Coastguards were placed on alert on Tuesday evening after the two were spotted. More...

Dance show to be held in town
YOUNG dancers from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be staging a spectaular show filled with super performances, singing and drama this weekend. The Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre will be hosting 'I Like the Way You Move!' at the Princess Theatre on Saturday and Sunday (June 8th and 9th) More...

A38 to close for roadworks
MOTORISTS in Highbridge have been warned to expect delays when part of the A38 temporarily closes for roadworks. Somerset County Council's highways team will be carrying out resurfacing between the Isleport roundabout and Church Street roundabout. More...

Brent Knoll fete this Saturday
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete will take place this Saturday (June 8th) with a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls on offer. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the hot weather continues, with the event expected to attract crowds. More...

Weekly markets start on Friday
THE first of a series of weekly summer markets at Burnham-On-Sea youth centre will begin this Friday (June 7th). The BAY Centre in Cassis Close is holding the events each Friday in June and July with profits going towards running costs and improvements. More...

Mad hatters' tea party in town
A MAD hatters' tea party is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (June 8th). The unique event will be held at the town's Marine Cove seafront gardens from 11am. Visitors will be able to take part in fun games and also find out about how to volunteer. More...

Nuclear waste concerns raised
PROPOSALS to transport nuclear waste to Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea ignore public health and safety, it has been claimed this week. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is considering using Hinkley Point A to store waste from Dungeness power station in Kent. More...

Asda unveils petrol station plans
PLANS have been formally submitted to build a new petrol station at the entrance to Highbridge's Asda supermarket. The firm wants to build an eight-pump automated petrol station at the entrance to its Caxton Road store. The application states that the facilities would see the removal of 31 car parking spaces. More...

£46k roof repairs for chambers
A £46,000 project to carry out repairs to the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's Town Council Chambers has been completed. Burnham's Mayor Cllr Martin Cox formally re-opened the council's official chambers in Jaycroft Road this week after three months of building work. More...

Jazz In The Park this Sunday!
AN afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 9th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from two well established jazz bands between 12.30pm and 5pm with plenty of refreshments. More...

MP's concerns over bus cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for more measures to protect Somerset's bus services from financial cutbacks. Tessa Munt has asked the Treasury for more protection in the next Spending Round. She stressed the importance of bus links. More...

Golfers hit the greens in Brean
OVER 20 teams took part in the annual Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Brean Golf Club on Tuesday (June 4th). Local teams did well in this year's event by managing scoop the top awards in the competition, which was held for the Injured Jockeys Fund. More...

Bike nights raise charity cash
ALMOST £400 has been raised for charity during a series of summer motorbike nights in Burnham-On-Sea - despite bad weather cancelling two of the weekly events. 77 bikers gathered in Morrisons car park on Tuesday (June 4th) for the latest event. More...

15-minute parking plan backed
Exclusive: PARKING outside Burnham-On-Sea's Post Office will soon be restricted to 15 minutes in a bid to encourage a faster turnaround of vehicles, councillors decided at a meeting last night (Monday). The decision comes after a petition was signed by dozens of Post Office customers. More...

Mayor appoints official roles
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor formally appointed his official chaplain and cadet for the coming year on Monday evening (June 3rd). Cllr Martin Cox named Reverend Graham Witts from Burnham's St Andrew's as his Chaplain and Harry Jackson as his cadet. More...

Ticket prices cut as Sky returns
SKY TV will be broadcasting live coverage of a speedway fixture from the Oaktree Arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea next Tuesday (June 11th) and visitors will be able to get into the event at a special low rate. The Rebels have cut their admission prices. More...

Gateway Club heads off on hols
OVER 30 members of Burnham-On-Sea's Gateway Club set off for a week's holiday in Minehead on Monday (June 3rd). The group of adults, who all have learning disabilities, were waved off by Burnham's Mayoress, Arlene Cox, and Cllr Neville Jones at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close. More...

Coronation celebrations held
CHURCHGOERS in Burnham-On-Sea have marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation with a colourful celebration. Members of the congregation of St Andrew's Church celebrated on Sunday (2nd June) by wearing red, white and blue clothing. More...

Dozens in gym competition
DOZENS of young gymnasts gathered in Highbridge at the weekend to take part in a tumbling competition. The competition was held at Monarchs Gymnastics Club in Brue Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate. Among those taking part were the club's groups. More...

Speedway pairs win in style!
AT the seventh time of asking, the Somerset Rebels, in the shape of Jason Doyle and Josh Grajczonek, have finally won the Premier League Pairs speedway championship on home soil at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena after beating Scunthorpe in a thrilling final on Friday night. More...

'Crop circle' appears on beach
THE unusual site of a huge 'crop circle' appeared in the sand on Brean Beach on Sunday (June 2nd). But, unlike the mysterious circles in fields across the west country, there is no suggestion of a UFO having caused this one! Sand artist Julian Richardson created it. More...

Police take action over graffiti
Exclusive: THREE youngsters have been interviewed by police after graffiti was daubed on play equipment at a new £350,000 park in Burnham-On-Sea that opened just two months ago. Many of the benches and play equipment at the Rosewood Green public park have been been scrawled with wording. More...

Stert Island searched by crews
STERT Island was searched by Burnham's Coastguards and hovercraft crews last night (Sunday) amid concern that a dog walker could be in difficulty. Crews were alarted at 9.33pm after two seafront residents reporting seeing a dog on the island in the dwindling light. More...

Festival boss praises Burnham
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis has named Burnham-On-Sea his favourite place in Somerset and praised the town for being 'laid back and unspoilt.' In an article in The Guardian newspaper's travel section on Saturday, he said he frequently visits Burnham. More...

Bloom entry period begins
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close on Saturday (June 30th). This year's competition has sixteen categories to enter for individuals and businesses. More...

100th birthday celebrations
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has celebrated her 100th birthday this week with a visit by the town crier. Ruth Groves received a visit from Burnham's Town Crier Alistair Murray to mark her special day. "Ruth is such a lovely lady and was delighted with the visit," said Alistair. More...

Councillor reveals book plans
JOAN Jackman, a well-known Brean resident and parish councillor, is set to launch a new book about her family's history later this month. Joan discussed her plans this week during an interview with Burnham's talking newspaper for the blind and partially-sighted. More...

Crowds turn out for car run
LARGE crowds turned out to watch over 120 classic vehicles arrive in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (June 1st) during the 20th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. Fire engines, classic cars, lorries and motorbikes were among the 120 vehicles on show at this year's event. More...

Dancers perform with TV stars
EXCITED youngsters from a Burnham-On-Sea dance school performed in a show alongside stars from the BBC's hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing this week. The 38 children from local dance school DanceFit performed two routines during a show in Weston. More...

Drink drive crackdown starts
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned they risk long jail terms if they are caught drink driving as the police's annual summer drink drive campaign launches. Police will be stopping hundreds of people across the area to check for drink and drug driving during 'Operation Tonic'. More...

Charity team visits parliament
CLIENTS and staff from Burnham-based charity Somewhere House joined the town's MP for a guided tour of Parliament this week. Somewhere House provides a therapeutic service to anyone in the local area suffering from addiction, whether that be alcoholism. More...

Hundreds at Riverbrew concert
HUNDREDS of people attended a special gig by a Burnham-On-Sea band on Friday night (May 31st) as it celebrated a decade of performing. The Riverbrew held the popular concert outside The Dunstan House in Love Lane, ten years to the day since they started. More...

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