2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
collection days to change
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...
logo contest starts today
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...
photos: Berrow summer fete
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...
visitor at village flower show
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
photos: Towans charity fete
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...
art festival success
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...
raised for RAF charity
£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...
Forces Day in Burnham
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...
extension for town school
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...
hurt after M5 crash
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...
Club selects President
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...
to open summer fete
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.
landlady strangled in Egypt
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...
Gallagher calls in at pub
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
For The Few' tomorrow
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...
arts festival to begin
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.
Pudsey visits Burnham
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...
Club walkway unveiled
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...
'energy claw' plan revealed
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...
and royals at Cove!
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.
summer for dance studio
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...
beautician for town salon
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...
crash on A38
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...
bill puts shop in jeopardy
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...
opening times attacked
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...
group in Brean for filming
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...
business group starts
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
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
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...
crisis at carnival club
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...
arrests after Tesco theft
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.
porpoise washed up
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
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
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
Coaches complete school tour
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
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
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
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
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!
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...
of fun for cancer charity
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.
rescue man stuck in lift
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...
appeal after cash theft
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...
fair attracts visitors
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...
finalist sings in town
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
Air show thrills crowds at Brean
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
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...
Air Day preview
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...
Time debate in town
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...
summer fair today
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 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.
Two top town policemen retire
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
Tributes paid to former Mayor
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
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
MP Tessa Munt has this week quizzed David Cameron on what is being
done to protect local farmland from flooding. During Prime Ministers
Questions in the House of Commons, she asked about government
progress in changing the priorities for land owners. More...
Russian orchestra to visit town
RUSSIAN children's orchestra is to perform in Burnham-On-Sea for
the first time this Saturday (June 22nd). The Sobinov Childrens
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...
flock to Burnham beach
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...
petrol plan draws objections
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
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
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
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.
Boxing club seeks new fighters
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
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!
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
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
Crews extinguish grass blaze
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
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
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
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
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
Council attacked over legal action
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
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
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
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
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.
Tennis fun for schoolchildren
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...
for history trail plans
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.
Tandem bike ride raises £1,000
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.
Athletics success for pupils
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
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
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'.
Summer fete this Saturday
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Local police target bike crime
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.
Gym club given £1,000 boost
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
Join trampolining challenge
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
New aerial photos of coastline
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...
of 12 years thanked
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...
Chamber AGM today
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...
growing project begins
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...
ride in memory of Chris
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...
shut tonight for roadworks
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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...
TV returns to area
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
Crews tackle sports club blaze
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
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
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
280 complete town triathlon
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.
Jazz In The Park draws crowds
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...
cash stolen from shop
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
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
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...
arts festival planned
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
crowds at Brent Knoll fete
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...
fears shut damaged path
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...
shot in Burnham to launch
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
run into second
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...
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.
post deliveries for town
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...
tackle speeding issue
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...
called to M5 diesel spill
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.
night for carnival club
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...
play equipment unveiled
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
fun day in Highbridge
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...
arrests after assault
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
scare prompts warning
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.
show to be held in town
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)
to close for roadworks
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...
Knoll fete this Saturday
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.
markets start on Friday
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...
hatters' tea party in town
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.
waste concerns raised
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
unveils petrol station 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...
roof repairs for chambers
£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.
In The Park this Sunday!
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.
concerns over bus cuts
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...
hit the greens in Brean
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...
nights raise charity cash
£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...
parking plan backed
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...
appoints official roles
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...
prices cut as Sky returns
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.
Club heads off on hols
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...
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...
in gym competition
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...
pairs win in style!
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...
circle' appears on beach
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
take action over graffiti
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...
Island searched by crews
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...
boss praises Burnham
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...
entry period begins
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.
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...
reveals book plans
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.
turn out for car run
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...
perform with TV stars
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...
drive crackdown starts
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...
team visits parliament
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...
at Riverbrew concert
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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