2009 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
fears over race track
living on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea fear plans to start
banger racing in a local field will cause a sharp increase in
noise and traffic problems. The field, which is located next to
the A38 at Edithmead close to the M5 junction 22, is being prepared
for its first banger racing event later in April.
day of carnival change?
CARNIVAL bosses have this week been
considering proposals to change the day on which Burnham-On-Sea's
annual winter carnival is held. Each November's Burnham and Highbridge
carnival is always held on a Monday, but it could move to a Friday
your say on barrage plans
public meetings are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean
during April to discuss controversial plans to build a Severn
Barrage across the Bristol Channel. Burnham's
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has organised the two meetings for
local people to discuss and ask questions about the Severn Tidal
in Highbridge drugs raid
A MAN was arrested after a quantity of drugs was seized in
a dramatic police raid on a property in the centre of Highbridge
on Monday morning (March 30th). These were the scenes in Church
Street as officers swooped on a home at 10am, forcing their way
in through the front door, before carrying out a search.
yachts hoisted into river
huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Monday
morning (March 30th) when the annual spring 'crane-in' saw 19
boats hoisted into the River Brue. The event is arranged by Burnham
Sailing Club every year at this time
to mark the start of the new sailing season. More...
fayre is just the ticket
and brides-to-be were able to pick up information about tying
the knot when Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall held its first ever
wedding fayre on Sunday (March 29th). A steady flow of visitors
throughout the day meant the inaugural free event was declared
grows for missing man
issued an appeal on Monday (March 30th) for the public to help
in tracking down this Burnham-On-Sea man, who has gone missing.
Robert Hands, 52, attended a family funeral in Worcestershire
more than a week ago, but has not been seen since
- prompting the police appeal. More...
arrested over car attack
A MAN was arrested in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on
Sunday (March 29th) following an attack on a car. Police were
called to Jaycroft Road at 7.30am after residents were woken by
the sound of breaking glass. A Vauxhall car's windscreen and several
side windows had been smashed.
photos: Aquathon in action
athletes from across the South West took part in the second of
three Burnham-On-Sea Aquathons on Sunday (March 29th). The
by the town's Swim and Sports Academy, comprised
a 750m swim and a 7km run and was won by 17-year-old Tom Derrick.
scenes of Burnham on show
colourful coastline is featured in a new art exhibition that is
currently underway in the town. Local artist Graham McPherson
is holding an exhibition at Sea Breeze gallery in Victoria Street.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm glad to be portraying something
of the drama and atmosphere we have."
complete Easter egg race
of youngsters took part in the annual Easter run to the top of
Brent Knoll on
Saturday (March 28th). The
annual race is held from outside the village's primary school
and this year's event saw almost 100 children and parents making
their way to the summit and back.
Knoll footpath is opened
to the top of Brent Knoll is now a lot easier thanks to the completion
of an £11,000 project to introduce new steps and a footpath.
villagers and councillors held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday
morning (March 28th) to officially open the new route, as pictured
celebrate 80 years together
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple who are both aged 100 celebrated another
major milestone on Friday (March 27th) when they reached their
80th wedding anniversary. Great-great-grandfather Walter Postings,
known as Wally, and wife Beatrice, known as Pete, are understood
to have Britain's second-longest marriage.
lights to be turned on
illuminations along Burnham-On-Sea seafront will be lit up for
the summer season in the middle of April. Town councillors have
decided to switch on the lights from Good Friday (April 10th)
for the remainder of the summer tourist season. They will be lit
each night from 9pm-11.30pm.
warned after sheep stolen
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to be on their guard
following the theft of livestock from a field in West Huntspill
earlier this month. Police said on Friday (March 27th) that the
incident had occurred between approximately 5pm on Thursday 12th
March and 5pm on Friday 13th March 2009.
stolen in break-in at kids centre
MEAN thieves broke into Highbridge Childrens Centre during
the early hours of Thursday morning (March 26th) and stole a laptop
computer worth hundreds of pounds. A cleaner found the centre
in Coronation Road had been struck for a third time in as many
months when she discovered a window had been smashed.
fayre to be held in town
WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall
this Sunday (March 29th). The day-long free event is being arranged
by the theatrical group BEES in association with Sedgemoor District
Council and the 'Friends of The Princess'.
We have a full preview of the event. More...
closes one lane of M5
lane of the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was briefly closed on
Thursday afternoon (March 26th) after a car collided with the
central reservation. This
was the scene on the southbound carriageway between junction 22
at Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater after police and fire crews were
called out at 3.20pm.
club extension approved
Proposals for a major new extension at Burnham-On-Sea rugby
club were approved by district council planners today (Wednesday,
March 25th). The Burnham Association of Sports Clubs had submitted
an application to build a single storey extension with a flat
roof to form a new viewing terrace at the BASC ground.
down! Sign warns drivers
A FRESH drive to slow down speeding motorists travelling
through Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, is underway with the installation
of this flashing speed sign. Funded by the county council, the
sign flashes up the speed of passing traffic if a vehicle exceeds
the limit of 30mph. More...
gets new hi-tech security
A church near Burnham-On-Sea has become one of the first
in the south west to invest in a high-tech forensic security system
to prevent the theft of lead and copper from its roof. Warning
signs have been installed outside St Mary's Church in Berrow to
alert would-be thieves that SmartWater is in use. More...
of body 'not suspicious'
say the discovery of a body at a property in Burnham-On-Sea on
Tuesday (March 24th) was not suspicious. Officers were called
to a house in Winchester Road at about 11.20am where the body
of a man, believed to be in his 50s, had been found. Police have
referred the incident to the coroner. More...
year for Burnham RNLI
70 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club to hear about
a busy year for the town's lifeboat station last Friday (March
20th). Burnham RNLI Chairman Graham Wills welcomed the audience
to the group's AGM, before giving his thoughts on an active year
for the station. More...
top land yachts in action
of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on
Brean beach at the weekend. Strong onshore winds on Saturday and
Sunday provided ideal weather conditions, helping them to flash
across the sand at speeds of up to 60mph. We have a full photo
and results round-up. More...
confirms election run
Burnham-On-Sea Conservatives have this week officially announced
that the town's Mayor will be on ballot papers at June's County
Council elections. Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, has been
selected as the Tory candidate for Burnham North/South for the
County Council elections.
bemoan lack of fish!
sixty anglers lined Burnham-On-Sea's beach for a charity match
on Sunday (March 22nd)... but the fish stayed away! The long-established
competition, organised by Weston Outcasts Sea Angling Club, was
well supported by 64 anglers, however they were disappointed by
the catches. More...
celebrates 150th year
John's Church in Highbridge is to celebrate the 150th year since
its consecration with a week of events in June to mark the milestone.
The celebrations will begin on Saturday June 13th with a Victorian
Children's Tea Party. An exhibition of Highbridge life from many
local organisations and businesses will be open during the week.
twinning group visits
GROUP of residents from Sedgemoor's twin district in Germany of
Schwalm-Eder-Kreis visited Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend to celebrate
30 years of twinning activities. The visit has been arranged by
the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis Twinning Society on behalf of Sedgemoor
under the Presidency of Sedgemoor District Council, Chairman Dennis
Princess Hall group formed
A NEW group
of Burnham-On-Sea residents who want to take on the running of
the town's ailing Princess Hall has been unevield this week. Called
'Team Princess', they have been working behind the scenes for
several months on plans to revitalise the theatre and community
building, pictured here.
expansion put on hold
A multi-million pound expansion project at an events venue
near Burnham-On-Sea has been put on hold due to a planning wrangle.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this month how Rookery
Manor had unveiled plans for a new £6m health centre, plus
other facilities at its centre near Rooksbridge.
carring train catches fire
from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to the M5 motorway
on Saturday afternoon (March 21st) after a lorry carrying a steam
train caught fire. Two
lanes of the southbound carriageway, near Sedgemoor Services,
were closed while fire
crews dealt with the incident, pictured here.
group calls it a day
based Burnbridge Diabetes group has decided to call it a day after
several years of successful operations. The group held their final
meeting at the Berrow Inn last week, where the group was officially
wound up. We have photos from the final meeting. More...
called to trapped car
of Burnham-On-Sea's two rescue hovercrafts was called to Brean
on Saturday morning (March 21st) to check whether anyone was inside
a vehicle trapped in mud almost a mile from the shore. A
local resident raised the alarm at 7am after spotting the Vauxhall
Corsa, pictured here, stuck on the mudflats near Brean Down.
supports fundraising day
BURNHAM-On-Sea pottery shop owner who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis
held a day of fundraising at her seafront shop on Saturday (March
21st) to raise money for a charity that helps fellow sufferers.
Anya Burridge held the event at her shop for a local MS Therapy
prices fall 13% in a year
AVERAGE property prices in Burnham-On-Sea have fallen 13.47%
over the last year, according to new figures out this week. The
gloomy figures, from the Land Registry, show the average price
of a home in Burnham is now just 2.38% higher than in 2004. It
comes as a new survey reveals the town's top 20 most expensive
Rd re-opens after crash
was taken to hospital with leg injuries after an accident partially
closed a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (March
19th). Paramedics and police rushed to Berrow Road at 6pm after
a collision involving a motorbike and a car
outside the Warren Guest House. More...
your own food to cut bills
who are keen to beat the recession will be able to pick up advice
about how to grow their own vegetables during an event at a garden
centre near Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Sanders
Garden World at Brent Knoll will be holding a 'Grow Your Own Weekend'
on March 28th and 29th. More...
crashes off M5 into ditch
TRAFFIC on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was reduced to
a crawl on Thursday morning (March 19th) after this lorry careered
off the southbound carriageway into a ditch. The juggernaut ploughed
through a metal barrier on the hard shoulder near junction 22
at Burnham, went down an embankment, and landed in a ditch.
football training at Berrow
people in the Berrow and Brean area are being invited to sign
up for free football coaching sessions as part of an initiative
from Avon and Somerset police. Local police officers have worked
with Berrow Parish Council, who own the Multi Use Games Area in
Berrow, to establish twice weekly football sessions. More...
firm closes in Burnham
A CARPETS and flooring business based in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
has this week closed with the loss of several jobs. Stephen Woods
Floor Contractors shut its shop in Victoria Street, pictured,
due to the downturn in the housing market. Ten employees have
been laid off over the last year. More...
signs for Burnham seafront
District Council has officially unveiled a series of new beach
safety signs in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this week. The
signs, pictured, provide maps of the beaches, emergency contact
details, lifeguard service times and also explain useful safety
and beach information.
hotel plans unveiled
PLANS to renovate the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel
have finally been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by its
owner this week - almost one year after a huge blaze swept through
the building. Mead Realisations, the owners, have submitted an
application to carry out "fire clearance and partial demolition."
duo stranded in river
men became stranded for several hours in an inflatable boat in
the River Parrett estuary, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Tuesday afternoon
(March 17th). The pair, pictured here, became trapped in their
large dinghy when it ran aground in the muddy estuary about two
miles from Combwich. More...
WORK got underway on Tuesday
(March 17th) to dismantle a disused storage building in Highbridge
that has been struck by arsonists and vandals during recent years.
The property is situated next to the railway line at the rear
of the town's Somerfield supermarket. More...
to cut truancy underway
Council and local police will be launching a drive to reduce truancy
in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the next few weeks. Education
Attendance Officers will be conducting truancy sweeps, together
with Avon and Somerset Police, in the lead up to the Easter holidays.
mud tests cadets
BURNHAM-On-Sea's beach was transformed into a military training
ground on Monday afternoon (March 16th) when the physical ability
of a group of young cadets was put to the ultimate test. Eighteen
cadets from Taunton took part in a series of rigorous tests aimed
at assessing their fitness. More...
is 'Young Artist 2009'
TALENTED youngster from East Huntspill, who is just five years
old, has won the title of 'Somerset Young Artist 2009' for under
ten year-olds. Kimberly Shepherd, pictured, attends Mark First
School, who entered her self portrait into an exhibition in Taunton,
where judges chose her work for the sought-after award. More...
appeal after shop attack
POLICE issued an appeal for information on Monday (March 16th)
after a brick was thrown through the window of this shop in Highbridge.
were called to the former BIBIC charity shop in Church Street,
pictured, on Sunday morning after a youth was seen running away
following the incident.
shop owner's fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea pottery shop owner who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis
will be holding a day of fundraising at her seafront shop this
Saturday (March 21st) to raise funds for a charity that helps
fellow sufferers. Anya Burridge of Purrr-fect Pottery on the Esplanade
will be donating £1 from every piece of pottery painted
towards the West of England MS Therapy Centre. More...
boost for youth club
of Highbridge Youth Club are celebrating this week after receiving
a bumper grant windfall from a Somerset charity. The club has
received a grant of £2,686 from Somerset Community Foundation
that will enable them to provide a sports worker to run weekly
sports activities and co-ordinate sporting activities during holidays.
photos: Burnham Hospital Friends party
170 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital's League
Of Friends attended the group's annual party on Saturday evening
(March 14th). The party, held at Lakeside Holiday Park, had a
'black and white' theme this year and this was reflected in the
clothes of those who attended. More...
new jobs at Rookery Manor
MULTI-million pound expansion scheme at an events venue near Burnham-On-Sea
looks set to create 80 new jobs. Rookery Manor has this week unveiled
plans for a new health centre. The new facilities will include
six saunas and steam rooms, a small swimming pool, hydro pools
and treatment rooms.
Nose fun raises thousands
sponsored chest shave was one of several fundraising events held
in the town on Friday (March 13th) to raise money for Comic Relief.
The Somerset and Dorset pub's chef bared his chest in front of
a large crowd to help raise hundreds of pounds for charity on
the BBC's annual Red Nose Day. More...
Guides celebrate awards
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea Ranger Guides were celebrating on Saturday
(March 14th) after receiving their silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The six girls have been working hard on practical and educational
tasks over a period of 18 months, including volunteering and expeditions.
revamp for town hospital
War Memorial Hospital is to get a major refurbishment over the
coming year, thanks to £300,000 of funding from the hospital's
League of Friends. NHS Somerset, formerly the Somerset Primary
Care Trust, is also providing further investment for the project.
Nose Day fun at King Alfs!
and students at King Alfred School in Highbridge raised more than
£1,000 by holding a non-uniform and fancy dress day for
Red Nose Day on Friday (March 13th). The students and staff did
the school proud, with each year group chosing a cause to help,
said the school's Assistant Head Teacher. More...
centre holds orchid show
blooms will go on show when a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
holds its annual Orchid Weekend this weekend (March 14th and 15th).
A representative from the West of England Orchid Society will
be attending the event at Sanders GardenWorld at Brent Knoll.
was found on town beach
heard this week how a psychotic church-goer drowned after being
swept out to sea as he tried to baptise himself - and his body
was later found washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Gary
Lane, of Clarence Road North, walked out into treacherous waters
off Anchor Head, near Weston, last May after apparently being
told in his prayers to cleanse himself, an inquest heard.
smoking shelter approved
for a new permanent smoking shelter to be built outside a Burnham-On-Sea
town centre pub have this week been given the go-ahead by council
planners. The Railway Inn on Burnham High Street had applied for
planning permission to build the structure in place of a temporary
held after attempted robbery
A 22 year-old man has this week been charged with attempted
robbery after an incident outside a Highbridge supermarket. Police
were called to the Asda store in Caxton Road at 9pm on Saturday
(March 7th) after a 28-year-old woman was approached while using
the cash machines.
strike at sign factory
THIEVES stole hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment
from a Highbridge sign-making company in a raid early on Thursday
(March 12th). A van, computers, tools and other high-value equipment
was stolen when the thieves smashed a window to gain entry to
Bespoke Signs on the Walrow Industrial Estate. More...
of live music for FolkFest
DAY of live music is to be held at a Burnham-On-Sea pub next month
to raise money for the town's annual FolkFest. Ten acts will be
performing at the Railway Inn on Easter Sunday, April 12th, to
raise cash towards the ever-increasing costs of holding the September
boost for Oak Tree Arena
Sports will broadcast live speedway racing from Burnham-On-Sea's
Oak Tree Arena for the first time ever next month, it has been
announced this week. Somerset Rebels General Manager David Croucher
confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that Sky will be broadcasting
live from the track on Tuesday April 28th. More...
look at £140k play area
RESIDENTS in Highbridge are to be asked
for their views about plans for a £140,000 revamp of Apex
Wildlife Park's children's play area. The facility is to get a
revamp thanks to £60,000 of lottery funding and a further
£80,000 from local property developers' contributions.
work gets started
construction of the final section of the partially complete Frank
Foley Parkway in Burnham-On-Sea has finally got underway this
week. Work to build the missing link between Love Lane in Burnham
and Pepperall Road in Highbridge got underway. More...
health centre wins approval
of a proposed £2.5million medical centre at Berrow, near
Burnham-On-Sea, are celebrating this week after the scheme won
the approval of district council planners. The
new Berrow Health Centre, on
to the north of Brent Road, was granted appoval at a district
council meeting in Bridgwater on Tuesday (March 10th).
speed camera for A38
NEW high-tech digital camera is to replace a traditional speed
camera at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, to help improve road
safety, the partnership behind the scheme has announced this week.
The new equipment will be installed on the A38 at Rooksbridge
during the next few weeks. More...
appeal to letter writer
in Highbridge are keen to speak to a mystery author of over 50
letters containing information that outlines criminal activity
in the area. The police and Sedgemoor District Council have received
anonymous letters over the past few months containing useful information
about local crime. More...
calling fight stepped up
NEW 'no cold calling zone' has this week been launched in Highbridge
to help protect residents from distraction burglars and rogue
the past months, the Highbridge police team has been working with
Sedgemoor District Council to set up the scheme in Apex Drive.
guest at school ceremony
rugby player Danielle Waterman was the special guest at this year's
annual sports presentation evening at Highbridge's King Alfred
School. Danielle opened the proceedings, talking about her experience
and triumphs as an international rugby player, much to the students'
50 finish town Aquathon
50 athletes took part in the first of three Burnham-On-Sea Aquathons
being held this year at the town's Swim and Sports Academy on
Sunday (March 8th). Steve
Ferguson from Plymouth won the event, comprising a 500m swim and
a 5km run, in a fast time of 28 minutes and 19 seconds. More...
window contest announced
Chamber of Trade is set to hold its annual 'Spot the Odd Item
in the Shop Window Competition' next month. The contest will be
held between Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th inclusive
and the 'odd items' will be goods not normally sold in the businesses.
assaulted on bus trip
issued an appeal for information on Monday (March 9th) after a
woman travelling to Burnham-On-Sea was assaulted at Bridgwater
Bus Station. The
incident occurred last Thursday (March 5th) at the bus station
in Rope Walk at about 8.30am when the 38-year-old was waiting
at the Burnham-On-Sea bus stop.
alarm for lifeboat crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crew was called out on Sunday afternoon
(March 8th) after a sighting of a possible windsurfer in difficulty
in Bridgwater Bay. The Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched
at around 4pm to investigate, but the object was found to have
been a buoy.
probe hair salon break-in
POLICE have begun their investigations into a break-in at
a hair salon in the centre of Highbridge during the early hours
of Sunday morning (March 8th). A window was smashed at Inspired
Hair Academy in Church Street, as pictured, at 3.40am and almost
£100 of hair products were stolen by the thief, who fled
photos: Lorry rescue drama
QUIET drive across the Somerset moors turned into an afternoon
of high drama for a Burnham-On-Sea motorist when the rescue of
this stranded lorry unfolded in front of him. Marcus Smith was
near Westhay when he came across this juggernaut teetering on
the side of the road verge.
marathon effort for charity
A long-distance lorry driver, Jon Cassin is quite comfortable
clocking up thousands of miles a week by criss-crossing Britain.
But at the end of March he will have to go through the ultimate
pain barrier just to complete a mere 13 miles when he relies on
his feet to complete a half marathon.
photos: Mayor tree ceremony
TREE was planted in memory of Denis Hewings, a former Mayor of
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, during a special ceremony on Saturday
afternoon (March 7th). The
short ceremony in remembrance of Mr Hewings, who died in 2007,
was held outside the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close,
as pictured here.
youth cafe opens in town
BRAND new youth cafe was officially opened in Burnham-On-Sea on
Friday afternoon (March 6th). The long-awaited opening of the
Burnham Area Youth Centre's cafe in Cassis Close was attended
by a crowd of youngsters and supporters of the centre.
We have the first photos from the opening. More...
blaze tackled overnight
fire crews were sent to investigate a blaze at a home in Burnham-On-Sea
during the early hours of Saturday morning (March 7th). One fire
engine from Burnham and another from Bridgwater rushed to Mendip
Way. On their arrival, the crews found this was a fire involving
the fuse of the electricity main supply.
Deceased man named
THE identity of a man who was found dead in a Highbridge
property last week was revealed by police on Friday (March 6th).
Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report how a Highbridge man had
been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after police made the
grizzly discovery of a body at a home in the town centre last
Police were called to an address in Market Street at 4.45pm on
health centre set for approval
NEW £2.5million medical centre near Burnham-On-Sea looks
set to win approval from district council planners next Tuesday
(March 10th). Plans for the proposed Berrow Health Centre, on
to the north of Brent Road, are set to be considered at a meeting
in Bridgwater. The
new-look scheme includes two new NHS dentists and extra medical
Scouts earn rewards
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea Beaver Scouts who have learning all about
healthy eating and living have this week been presented with badges
to mark their new knowledge and skills. Mandy Williams has been
working with the group to help them gain their badges
over the last few weeks.
escape after car plunge
A Burnham-On-Sea fire crew rushed to West Huntspill on Wednesday
evening (March 4th) after this car careered off the road into
a water-filled ditch. The
driver of the silver Daewoo lost control as he tried to negotiate
a bend in Langlands Lane at 6.15pm. All three people inside escaped
childrens scheme launched
PIONEERING scheme to strengthen the bond between parents and children
in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been launched by Highbridge Children's
Centre this week. The centre in Coronation Road has been picked
to launch an innovative 'Partnership With Parents' scheme.
held by police after body found
A Highbridge man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter
after the grizzly discovery of a body at a home in the town centre.
learns police were called to an address in Market Street at 4.45pm
last Friday (February 27th) following a report of a sudden death.
Trapped lorry causes chaos
THE centre of Highbridge came to a complete standstill on
Wednesday afternoon (March 4th) when a cement mixing lorry became
trapped in a trench. The
35-tonne vehicle became stuck when one of its rear wheels plunged
into a trench in Church Street during the current roadworks.
police pod opens at store
information pod was opened at Highbridge's Asda supermarket on
Wednesday morning (March 4th). The
is being jointly funded by Asda, Avon and Somerset Police and
Somerset County Council, aims
to give the public access to local police info within the near
vicinity of their communities.
of the arts starts today
Festival of the Arts gets underway on Wednesday (March 4th). The
popular festival, which is now in its 62nd year, will feature
talented youngsters from the age of three at The Princess in Burnham-On-Sea
until March 14th. Entries this year total almost 1,600, which
is a slight increase on last year.
anger over town roads
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week called on Somerset County
Council to repair the "worryingly poor" condition of
many roads in the town. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton says a winter
of harsh weather has left many roads littered with deep pot holes
and crumbling surfaces which pose a danger to users.
couple's wait for insurance
A BREAN couple
who lost their home in a devastating fire are still waiting for
their insurance company to pay them compensation more than three
months after the horror blaze. Burnham-On-Sea.com
broke the news last November that a devastating fire had swept
through their wooden chalet.
to be held this Sunday
time to enter this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Aquathon, which is
going ahead at the town's Swim and Sports Academy on Sunday (March
Aquathons of varying distances will be held this year, instead
of the normal single race. We have a full preview of the first
barriers hailed a success
BOLLARDS placed along lay-bys on Burnham-On-Sea seafront to
prevent groups of 'boy racers' congregating there have this week
been hailed a success after a fall in anti-social driving. Town
councillors said at their meeting on Monday night (March 2nd)
that the bollards had helped to reduce the problems since being
introduced last December.
fish reeled in by angler
bumper-sized Thornback Ray has been reeled in by a sea angler
from the waters off Burnham-On-Sea. Delighted
Bristol angler Tony Cox is pictured holding the 14lb 12oz specimem,
which he caught from his fishing boat, The Sea Sprite, near Stert
Island. It comes during a poor season of catches for local anglers.
open despite tile problems
swimming pool will be open as normal this week, despite major
new tile problems that have emerged on the bottom of the pool.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last week, Mark and
Cox-Conklin, owners of the Burnham
Swim and Sports Academy, discovered
large 15x3 metre area of tiles had worked free in the middle of
of spring burst into colour
weeks after Burnham-On-Sea was shivering under several inches
of snow, signs of spring are now bursting into colour across the
town. These colourful blooms were spotted next to the car park
at Apex Wildlife Park on Monday (March 2nd). Daffodils and crocuses
are pushing up through the grass in several places.
Wrinkly Rappers in action!
A GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea
who are set to appear on ITV's Britain's Got Talent later
this year performed at a charity's fundraising event on Sunday
(March 1st). The Wrinkly Rappers appeared at a busking
event at the Sue Ryder charity shop on Burnham High Street.
to be planted for ex-Mayor
A TREE is to be planted in memory of a former Mayor
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge later this week. The
special ceremony will be held in remembrance of the late Dennis
Hewings on Saturday 7th March at 2pm at Burnham Youth Centre in
Cassis Close. Mr Hewings, pictured, died in 2007.
boosted by £400 donation
of Burnham-On-Sea Moose International have this week handed over
a chqeue for £400 to BARB, the charity that runs the town's
two rescue hovercrafts. BARB Secretary Roger Flower was handed
the cheque by Moose Brother John Cuff, Moose Lady Treasurer Doreen
Ateyo, and Moose Lady President Yvonne Cornelius.
crews in helicopter drill
lifeboat crews took part in a training session with an RAF helicopter
from Chivenor in Devon on Saturday (February 28th). Both Burnham
lifeboats launched at 10am for the trip along the Bristol Channel
coast towards Minehead, where the exercise was held.
serves up ace performance!
Burnham-On-Sea tennis player Tom Colls reached the semi-finals
of an Under Tens county tennis tournament in Bristol last week.
The under 10 players were split into three groups at the David
Lloyd Tennis Centre and Tom, 9, won his group by wining two out
of three games to advance into a play-off.
in search for teenager
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crew was called out at 3am on Sunday morning
(March 1st) to help search for a missing teenager in the River
Parrett near Combwich. Two helicopters and Coastguards from Minehead
and Watchet were also involved in the night-time operation.
you recognise these men?
police have this week appealed for help in tracing these two men
who they believe may be linked to a theft at a farm shop near
Highbridge in January. Photos taken from CCTV cameras show two
white males walking into the farm shop in the village of Watchfield.
search for missing OAP
TEAM of Coastguards, police and volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea
rescue charity BARB conducted a search for a missing person on
Sunday afternoon (March 1st). A
frail, elderly man in his 70s went missing from a residential
nursing home on Sunday morning, prompting worried staff to call
emergency services for help.
killed in Brean cliff fall
COASTGUARDS have issued a safety warning after a dog plunged to
its death on Brean Down on Thursday (February 26th). Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguards were alerted after the dog tumbled down the steep
cliffs while chasing a goat, but there was nothing they or the
animal's owners could do to help.
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