February 2010 news archive
2010 news archive
damage clean-up begins
CLEAN-up operation was underway at Burnham Sailing Club on Wednesday
(March 31st) after gale-forced winds and high tides left a trail
of damage. The wooden walkway leading onto the pontoons was broken,
as pictured, and several boats also slipped their moorings during
the bad weather. More...
farewell for Sheelagh
pupils and parents bid a fond farewell to the head teacher of
a Highbridge school on Wednesday (March 31st) when a surprise
ceremony was held on her final day. The huge crowd gathered in
the school's playground to cheer on Beechfield's Sheelagh Aslett
on her last trip out of the gates. More...
Wheel marks 60th year
60th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel group was celebrated
at a formal dinner on Wednesday (March 31st). The celebratory
event was held at Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham, and was attended
by 145 guests including many from other clubs and the Rotary Club.
cable car plans unveiled
PLANS have been drawn up for a new cable car service to be
launched in Brean Down to make it easier for walkers to get to
the top. The commercial sevice could come into operation for the
start of the 2011 summer season to meet new government guidelines
on accessibility. More...
objects to 14 new flats
PROPOSALS to knock down a prominent property in the centre
of Highbridge and convert it into 14 new flats plus a restaurant
and a leisure facility have this week been opposed by town councillors.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first unveiled plans by Property Link earlier
in the month. More...
Huge waves hit seafront
waves gave Burnham-On-Sea's seafront a hammering this morning
(March 31st) after strong gales swept in at the same time as one
of the highest tides of the year. These were the scenes on The
Esplanade by the tourist information centre when the 11.9 metre
tide reached its peak just after 8am. More...
Table bounces back to life
YEAR after almost being wound up due to a lack of members, Burnham-On-Sea's
Round Table has bounced back following an influx of new supporters.
The Burnham-On-Sea group has appointed a new Chairman, Tim Walters,
and President, Nick Tolley, who are breathing new life into the
boost for town air cadets
Air Training Corps was given a financial boost during a flying
visit by a local County Councillor on Tuesday evening (March 30th).
Cllr John Woodman visited Burnham's 290 Squadron Air Training
Corps and presented them with a cheque for £250 from his
community fund. More...
waves batter seafront
of the highest tides of the year combined with gale-force winds
to give Burnham-On-Sea's seafront a battering on Tuesday evening
(March 30th). These were the scenes along The Esplanade when the
11.7m Spring tide reached its peak just after 7pm, with spray
sent over the seafront in several places. More...
denies job centre interest
FAST food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has this week denied rumours
that it is planning to open a store in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea.
The company had been linked to the former job centre in Burnham
High Street, which remains vacant and on sale. A spokesman for
the multi-national company ended the speculation on Tuesday. More...
photos: Hill-top Easter service
than 100 local people clambered up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll
on Sunday (March 28th) to take part in the traditional blessing
of three Easter crosses. Churches from across the Burnham-On-Sea
area were represented at the 20-minute service, held on the very
top of the Knoll. More...
on sale for black tie ball
have gone on sale for a black tie ball to raise funds for a new
£60,000 rescue hovercraft in Burnham-On-Sea. The event is
being jointly overseen by The Rotary Club of Burnham, in partnership
with BARB, and will be held at the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham
next month. More...
boost for Octopus Centre
at Burnham-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre are now able to
use the latest early learning technology thanks to a donation
from computing giant IBM. The company has donated a KidSmart unit
to the centre as one of the benefits from the recently launched
Southwest One. More...
Lodge hands out £10,000
of Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge have this week handed out over £10,000
of charity donations to three local good causes. Members have
been collecting at supermarkets and have held numerous fundraising
activities throughout the year to raise the huge sum for local
30 complete Aquathlon
than 30 athletes ran and swam their way around a course during
Burnham-On-Sea's spring aquathlon on Sunday morning (March 28th).
The annual event, which was organised by Burnham-On-Sea's Swim
and Sports Academy, comprised of a 750 metre swim and a 7km run.
volleyball teams celebrate
of a Highbridge volleyball team are celebrating this week after
scooping four trophies. King Alfred School's volleyball teams
have won the haul of silverware after a successful season in the
South West Junior Volleyball Grand Prix. The school's four teams
have played in events at Weston, Melksham and Bournemouth. More...
overturns in M5 accident
driver of a car was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after
overturning on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon
(March 29th). Emergency services were called to Highbridge's junction
23 at 12.10pm after the vehicle flipped over after hitting the
central reservation on the southbound carriageway. More...
calls after dog killed
body of a dog which plunged down steep cliffs on Brean Down at
the weekend was retrieved by its owners on Monday (March 29th),
who have called for more warning signs to be introduced. A
friend of pet owners Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins found Daisy,
their missing greyhound cross whippet, at the base of the cliffs
near the fort.
poster row flares up
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has strongly
rejected claims that a controversial poster campaign being waged
against the town's MP is 'a front for the Liberal Democrats'.
leaflets accuse MP David Heathcoat-Amory of
"failing our democracy".
for martial arts group
TEAM of Ju Jitsu martial arts enthusiasts from Burnham-On-Sea
have won five medals at a national competition. The group, from
Burnham-On-Sea's KJ2 Martial Arts Club, entered the UK Premier
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Bristol, which were attended
by 400 competitors. More...
alert at town swimming pool
rushed to Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy on
Sunday evening (March 28th) after reports of smoke being seen
above the building. Fire
crews were sent to the property in Berrow Road but they were relieved
to find the incident was a false alarm with good intent. More...
race held in Brent Knoll
of youngsters took part in the annual Easter run to the top of
Brent Knoll on
Saturday afternoon (March 27th). 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. More...
for missing dog called off
extensive Coastguard search for a missing dog which plunged over
cliffs at Brean Down on Sunday (March 28th) has been called off.
team of Burnham Coastguards was called to Brean at 4pm after dog
owners Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins from Bath reported Daisy,
their greyhound cross whippet, had disappeared over the edge of
the cliffs near the wartime fort.
Sunday marked with parade
50 Burnham-On-Sea churchgoers have taken part in a traditonal
procession through the town - complete with a real donkey - to
mark Palm Sunday. Residents carrying crosses and palms walked
from St Andrew's Church into Victoria Street and along The Esplanade.
grows over cider tax hike
cider makers across the Burnham-On-Sea area are backing several
online campaigns to make the Chancellor re-think his increase
on cider duty announced in the Budget. John
Harris of West Croft Cider in Brent Knoll, pictured, is among
many local cider makers who are furious that Alistair Darling
said cider duty would soar by 10% above the rate of inflation.
BASC extension opened
£300,000 extension of a popular Burnham-On-Sea sports centre
was officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday morning (March
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Burnham's BASC Ground to mark
the opening of its refurbished changing facilities and new viewing
wall repairs for car park
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of repairs have been
made to a crumbling wall at a council-owned car park in Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Sedgemoor District Council has completed £5,000
of improvements at the Oxford Street car park in the centre of
town, as pictured here. More...
darts champ in Burnham
A FORMER world darts champion dropped in at a Burnham-On-Sea
bookies on Friday afternoon (March 26th). Bob Anderson, who was
ranked world number one for more than three years in the late
1980s, visited the Bet Fred shop in Burnham's College Street during
a promotional tour.
crews called to climbers
rock climbers who were feared to be cut off by the high tide at
Brean Down prompted the launch of a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat and
a team of Coastguards on Friday afternoon (March 26th). A nearby
resident was concerned for the welfare of the pair and called
Coastguards at just before 4pm. More...
fined over under-age drinking
A SEAFRONT bar in Burnham-On-Sea has been fined hundreds of
pounds for serving alcohol to an under-age customer. The owner
of Chaplins on The Esplanade has appeared before Sedgemoor Magistrates,
where he received a £265 fine plus £250 costs after
a customer aged under 18 was served. More...
£5m Whitehall cash for town
has missed out on £5m worth of government money to boost
employment, businesses and skills in seaside towns across England.
The government announced on Thursday morning (March 25th) that
several resorts would share windfalls across the South West -
but not Burnham. More...
car boot sale today (Fri)
latest in a series of weekly charity car boot sales will be held
today (Friday, March 26th) at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea.
Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service, which transports medical
supplies to hospitals in Somerset, is organising the event at
Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll. More...
rugby duo visit Burnham
rugby players from Burnham-On-Sea, West Huntspill, Berrow and
Pawlett battled it out on Wednesday (March 24th) at the annual
Sedgemoor and Mendip Sports Partnership 'TAG' football festival,
held in Burnham. Two England women's players were the special
guests at the event at Burnham's BASC Ground. More...
attacked in leaflet campaign
leaflets accusing Burnham-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory,
of "failing our democracy" are being posted through
letterboxes across the area. The
leaflets are being distributed by Power 2010, a political pressure
group funded by the Rowntree Reform Trust. More...
quilt raises cash for centre
PATCHWORK quilt that took eight months to complete by talented
members of Burnham-On-Sea's University Of The Third Age has helped
raise hundreds of pounds for the town's Community Centre in Berrow
Road. Eleven members of the U3A Patchwork Group hand- stitched
shops open in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre has been given a recession-busting
boost this week with the launch of three new shops. Larkins 99p
Store has opened in the High Street, Giggles novelty shop is set
to open on the seafront, and Highly Strung is opening in Cross
machine fraud hits town
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been
hit by a wave of cash machine crime in recent weeks. Several members
of Burnham's discussion forums have reported how they have had
money taken from their bank and building society accounts after
using cash machines in the town. More...
starts on £8m pool and cinema
£8million project to create a new swimming pool and cinema
complex in Brean has this week been given a green light by district
council planners. Construction
work is already underway at Brean Leisure Park, as pictured, with
the first phase of work scheduled to be completed this summer.
killed Burnham man
A LETTER written by a deceased Burnham-On-Sea
man has been read out at his own inquest. The dramatic letter
was read out at the inquest into the death of Geoffrey Matthews,
72, who died last year after working with asbestos for a number
postmortem report was also read out at the hearing in Bridgwater.
golf plans boosted
Ambitious plans to transform part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
into a £200,000 mini golf course have been given a boost
this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported last month how Birmingham entrepreneur Paul Chatwin
wants to turn a grassy area of The Esplanade into a large, purpose-built
show opens this weekend
TWO Burnham-On-Sea dance groups are set to
perform a show in the town's Princess Threatre this Saturday (March
27th). Dancers from Dancefit and The Bay Centre Dancers are currently
rehearsing for the event, called Dance School Musical.
audience will be treated to dance numbers from Disney and West
in drive to halt M5 disruption
MP has this week attacked the government over unnecessary restrictions
on local motorways. David Heathcoat-Amory raised the matter during
a debate in the House of Commons with Chris Mole, Parliamentary
Under-Secretary. The MP receives many complaints from constituents
about unnecesary restrictions. More...
crews' water skills tested
fighters from Burnham-On-Sea and across the district gathered
in the town's swimming pool for two days of water training earlier
this week. The unusual sight of a team of fully-clothed firefighters
greeted swimmers at the town's Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow
Road, as pictured here. More...
assaulted in town centre
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted
in an early morning attack on the forecourt of a Burnham-On-Sea
petrol station police at the weekend. Police
were called to the Esso petrol station in Love Lane at just after
1.30am on Saturday (March 20th) following the attack, which left
the victim with facial injuries.
Power night raises £1k
power' was the theme of The Friends of Burnham Hospital's annual
social function at The Oaktree Arena last Saturday night (March
20th). A large number of guests dressed in colourful flower-themed
clothes - including Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper.
group gathers in Burnham
experts from across the region gathered at the Burnham Area Youth
Centre at the weekend when it temporarily became the home of the
Western Counties Photographic Federation, whose members were selecting
entries for their annual 2010 exhibition which will be held in
photos: Moose Ladies Night
90 members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge group met at Brean
Leisure Centre on Saturday night (March 20th) for a special ladies
night. Members of Burnham-On-Sea Moose and Ladies Circle
took over the function room at the park for their annual ladies
drinkers raise £1,350
charity the RNLI has this week been handed a bumper cheque following
a series of coffee mornings at a Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church.
The church's congregation hold regular Saturday fundraising coffee
mornings have given help to the RNLI on one Saturday a month.
descend on M5 services
car park at Sedgemoor Services, near Burnham-On-Sea, was alive
with the sounds of roaring motorbikes last week when a group of
charity bikers gathered. The 200 bikers were en-route to Wooton
Bassett in Wiltshire to join a mass bike ride in support of the
Afghan Heroes and mothers who have lost sons in the conflict.
Pat's Day celebrated at club
Patrick's Day was celebrated with a night of Irish-themed fun
at a Burnham-On-Sea tennis club at the weekend. Members of the
Avenue Tennis Club enjoyed an air guitar performance from youngsters
James Cameron, Cameron and Jarrod Nell during the evening, as
pictured here on the right. More...
cello player in Brent Knoll
of the UK's leading cellists will be performing a concert in a
Brent Knoll church in May. Tickets have just gone on sale for
the special concert by Anup Kumar Biswas, who will be playing
in St Michael's Church on Saturday, May 15th. Anup has
given concerts throughout the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall
and St James Palace. More...
recalled to prison
PAEDOPHILE who was believed to be living in Burnham-On-Sea has
been recalled to prison after concerns that he may have contacted
children on social networking website Facebook. Alain Hegarty
has been arrested by police, who are now investigating the incident
whether or not he is in breach of his licence. More...
callers not welcome'
residents and police have stepped up their efforts to ward off
unwanted doorstep callers with the launch on Sunday (March 21st)
of two 'No Cold Calling Zones'. The zones have been set up by
Burnham North PCSO Pete Williams in the St Pauls, St Andrews,
St Marys, St Johns and Martins Close areas. More...
BASC revamp completed
A £300,000 project to modernise a popular Burnham-On-Sea
sports centre has been completed and an official opening ceremony
is to be held later this week. Burnham's
BASC Ground will officially open its refurbished changing facilities
and new viewing terrace on Saturday morning (March 27th) at 11am.
photos: BARB super hero night
of people turned up in colourful costumes for a super hero themed
fundraising event to help a life-saving Burnham-On-Sea charity
on Saturday evening (March 20th). BARB's 'Super Hero Night' was
held at Brean's Beachcomber Inn in aid of the hovercraft rescue
group's £60,000 campaign to buy a new replacement craft.
unveils major overhaul
A major refurbishment of a Burnham-On-Sea church is being
planned for later this year. The Roman Catholic Church in Highbridge
Road, pictured, has applied for planning permission to make a
number of alterations to its entrance and also modernise the interior
of the building.
bosses take to the road
tourist bosses from Pontins and Brean Leisure Park were among
those who joined forces to promote the Burnham-On-Sea area as
a holiday destination to the people of Wales last week. The Somerset
Tourism Association tour visited supermarkets in the Cardiff and
Swansea area. More...
photos: Huntspill Spring Show
in West Huntspill were full of the joys of spring on Saturday
(March 20th) when the village held its annual Spring Show. A colourful
display of flowers, food and crafts was laid on at the village
hall, impressing the judges with their overall high standard despite
a harsh winter. More...
supports cubs workshop
Cubs had a special visit from the town's Mayor and Mayoress this
week when they supported a photography workshop aimed at encouraging
youngsters to take more pictures of the town. Derick and Christine
Cooper visited Huntspill and Highbridge Cubs earlier this week.
cuts power in village
A DOZEN homes in Brent Knoll were without power for seven
hours on Friday (March 19th) and a man was treated for minor injuries
after a van crashed into an electricity pole, as pictured here.
Police closed Burton Row amid fears that the pole, which carries
a live electricity supply, could topple onto the road.
recycling move welcomed
BUSINESS leaders in Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed
the move of ten 'ugly' recycling banks which had been the first
thing many visitors saw when they stepped off coaches. Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber Of Trade has been campaigning for over a year to get skips
re-located from the rear of Morrisons.
stolen in car break-in
THIEVES smashed a car window and stole a handbag during a
break-in at a Highbridge car park earlier this week. The grey
VW Golf was attacked outside Highbridge Scout Hut in Coronation
Road between 3.05pm and 3.15pm on Monday afternoon (March 15th)
when a passanger window was smashed. More...
photos: Annual yacht crane-in
huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Thursday
morning (March 18th) when the spring 'crane-in' saw 19 boats hoisted
into the River Brue. The annual tradition is arranged each Spring
by Burnham Sailing Club when the boats are lifted out of the yard
down to the pontoons. More...
gala won by town school
members of the swimming team at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School
made a splash on Wednesday (March 17th) when they were crowned
Sedgemoor Schools Swimming Champions. The team won first place
at the Sedgemoor Schools Gala in Burnham, which was held at the
town's sports academy. More...
clay modelling workshop
to Highbridge's Apex Park will be able to enjoy a free wildlife
clay workshop over the Easter holiday next month. Children aged
between 5 and 9 years old are beiung invited to attend the creative,
and messy, activity which will be held on Saturday April 3rd from
10am-12 noon. More...
photos: Peter Pan starts in town
classic British musical Peter Pan opened on Thursday (March 18th)
in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Members of Mark Youth Theatre
are holding four performances of the entertaining show, starting
tonight at 7.30pm and then continuing on Friday and Saturday.
fighting goes high tech!
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are getting a high-tech
weapon to help them in their fight against crime. Police Officers
& PCSOs are being being issued with PDAs to help them out
on their beats across the two towns.
The handheld computers enable officers to access detailed logs
about incidents. More...
hours for tourist centre
Easter fast approaching, Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information
Centre will soon be opening seven days a week as the annual holiday
season gets underway. From Monday 29th March, the centre's opening
hours will be 10.00am 4.00pm daily when visitors can buy
tickets and book accommodation. More...
church event helps charity
of pounds was raised for a cancer charity when fundraisers in
Burnham-On-Sea held a special fundraising day earlier this week.
The event was held at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College
Street during 'Yummy Mummy' week and helped to raise cash for
man receives award
manager of a Brean holiday park has this week been given an award
to thank him for his work with GCSE students at Highbridge's King
Alfred School. Brian Howe, Training Manager, has been working
closely with GCSE Leisure and Tourism classes for more than three
King helicopter visits town
HUGE RAF Sea King helicopter landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday
evening (March 17th) when its crew took part in a local rescue
exercise. The 62ft long helicopter landed at the BASC ground where
it was welcomed by the town's Scouts, Coastguards, RNLI and the
fire service. More...
new flats planned for town
PROPERTY in the centre of Highbridge could soon be turned into
a new development of 14 flats, a restaurant and a leisure facility.
Property Link has submitted an application for Outline Planning
Permission to the district council for the redevelopment of Canal
in runaway wedding!
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have tied the knot in a spur-of-the-moment
wedding at Scotland's legendary Gretna Green. Gary and Rebecca
Jones (nee Tipton) told their family and friends they were going
away for a quiet holiday in Cornwall, but instead they got hitched.
woodturning club launches
NEW club aimed at woodturning enthusiasts is being launched in
Burnham-On-Sea this month. George Foweraker and John Brewer are
starting the new Burnham-On-Sea Woodturning Club to raise the
profile of the hobby locally and help people get started. Members
will be able to develop their woodturning skills.
danger alert for pupils
PUPILS at a Highbridge school have this week been issued with
a 'stranger danger' warning after a man was spotted acting suspiciously
outside its gates on several occasions. Claire Nurse, acting headteacher
at St John's School, has informed all parents about the sighting
in Coronation Road.
arrested after bar incident
are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an incident
at a seafront bar in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week in which
one man was arrested. At around 2.25am on Sunday morning (March
14th) an altercation occurred between a member of door staff and
a member of the public. More...
pool piece won't be saved
A FINAL piece of Burnham-On-Sea's dismantled beach
boating pool will NOT be retained after all, the district council
has decided this week. We reported at the weekend how contractors
working on the demolition had reserved a final chunk of the landmark
to move onto The Esplanade. More...
farm campaign gathers pace
of villagers near Burnham-On-Sea have stepped up their campaign
to prevent huge new wind turbines being built near their homes.
from East and West Huntspill attended a public meeting last week,
as pictured below, where they said the huge structures would blight
the landscape and destroy wildlife.
the world's biggest lamb!
newly born lamb in East Huntspill has been in the national media
spotlight this week after being called the world's largest after
weighing in at a massive 23lb. The stocky-legged animal is three
times the size of a normal lamb and farmer Ken Jones was a little
puzzled about the birth. More...
raises £550 for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea teaching assistant has successfully raised hundreds
of pounds for a charity close to her heart. Sam Stockham, who
works at Brent Knoll School, was among the 11,000 runners taking
part in last week's Bath Half Marathon to raise money for MPS,
a charity that helps her godson. More...
joins conservation workers
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has been giving
volunteers from the Woodland Trust a helping hand over the past
week. Tessa took a break from her preparations for the general
election by joining the volunteers for a tree-felling sessions
on the Mendips. More...
we rescued lady from blaze'
TWO men who rescued an elderly woman from a burning house
in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend have been telling Burnham-On-Sea.com
about their heroic actions. Burnham-On-Sea.com
broke the news on Sunday that three fire crews from Burnham and
Bridgwater had rushed to St Mark's Road at 8.50pm after a lady
in an adjoining property dialled 999.
yachts gather in Brean
onshore winds provided ideal conditions for more than 30 of the
UK's top land yachting enthusiasts in Brean at the weekend. Brean
Land Yacht Club hosted the annual two-day National Regatta on
Brean Beach on both Saturday March 13th and Sunday March 14th.
galore for air cadets
from Burnham-On-Sea's Air Training Corps were rewarded for a busy
year of activities when they held their annual presentation evening
in Weston at the weekend. The
cadets celebrated a busy year which included numerous flying,
shooting, adventure training, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and
other award events.
hailed as heroes after blaze
THREE Burnham-On-Sea residents have been hailed heroes after
helping to save the life of an elderly neighbour trapped in a
burning house on Sunday evening (March 14th). Three fire crews
from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to St Mark's Road at 8.50pm,
as pictured here, after a lady in an adjoining property dialled
999 to report that smoke was emerging from the roof.
meet top Paralympian
GROUP of students from Burnham-On-Sea met one of the country's
top paralympic swimmers during a special event to mark London's
2012 Olympics. Caitlin Berry, Connor McKenna, Fabihha Tarafdar
and Tim Bennett represented King Alfred School at the London 2012
Student Leadership Conference last week. More...
medal wins for gymnasts
of a Burnham-On-Sea gymnastics club were celebrating more success
at the weekend after winning several medals at a regional competition
in Taunton. More than 30 members of Monarch Gymnastics Club competed
in the South West Prelims over the weekend in Taunton. More...
£50k revamp completed
£50,000 refurbishment of a Burnham-On-Sea gym has been completed.
The final phase of Fit 4 All's modernisation, which began in January,
has seen the completion of the upgrade of its resistance equipment,
while the free weights area has doubled in size and other kit
has been modernised. More...
piece of pool is saved
WORK to dismantle Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool was
almost complete on Saturday (March 13th) - but for one final piece
of the concrete structure, pictured here, which is to be retained
as a permanent war memorial. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the final
chunk of the landmark is being kept and will soon be moved. More...
moment for town PCSO
POPULAR member of Highbridge's police team has this week received
a top accolade after being named 'PCSO Of The Year' for Somerset
West in the annual Community Policing Awards. PCSO Gill Bawler
received her award from Dr Moira Hamlin, Chair of the Police Community
Trust and Police Authority, as pictured. More...
spring hits flower show
weather led to a drop in the number of entries at Burnham-On-Sea's
annual flower show on Saturday (March 13th). The event, held at
St Andrew's School, attracted 200 entries but the late start to
spring meant the overall numbers were down. Burnham's Mayor and
Mayoress, Derick and Christine Cooper, were the VIP guests. More...
license conditions on pub
licensing conditions are to be placed on this Brean pub by Sedgemoor
District Council following a number of concerns raised by local
police. It comes after Burnham-On-Sea Police this week took the
premises license of Krackers Bar to a review by the district council's
licensing panel. More...
pressure problem hits town
of homes across the Burnham-On-Sea area were suffering low water
pressure on Friday (March 12th). Bristol Water, the company that
oversees water supplies in the area was investigating a fault.
A spokesman confirmed it was experiencing problems. More...
rescue drama in Burnham
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon
(March 12th) when fire crews were called to rescue a horse trapped
in a muddy rhyne. Two fire crews from Burnham and two from Weston
were sent to a field at Pople's Bow just before 1pm after the
distressed animal became stranded. More...
year for lifeboat service
of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI welcomed the charity's divisional inspector
for the south west to their AGM on Friday evening (March 12th).
More than 50 people attended the annual meeting, held at the town's
sailing club, where the lifeboat service's year was reviewed by
Street View launches
across the Burnham-On-Sea area can now look up their homes online
after Google this week rolled out its Street View technology to
95% of the UK. Anyone
can now journey down the streets of Burnham, Highbridge, Brean
and Berrow and enjoy a 360 degree view without leaving their own
chimney blaze tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a chimney blaze
at a property in Berrow on Thursday evening (March 11th). One
engine was called to the home in Berrow Road at around 6.15pm,
as pictured, after the residents reported their chimney alight.
One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire.
to stand in general election
CANDIDATE from the controversial British National Party will contest
Burnham-On-Seas parliamentary seat at this Spring's General
Election it has been announced this week. Richard Boyce has been
picked by the right-wing party to contest the Wells constituency,
which covers the Burnham area. More...
for Highbridge war hero
bravery of a Highbridge man who saved thousands of Jews from the
Nazi gas chambers has been recognised at Downing Street. A new
award British Hero of the Holocaust was presented
in recognition of the courage of Major Frank Foley, the spy who
risked his life to rescue Jews. More...
buys new hospice bed
of Burnham's Medical Equipment Fund have this week handed over
a bumper £5,000 cheque to St. Margarets Somerset Hospice
to fund the cost of a new bed. The fund's Chairman, Tom Ashton,
presented the funding to Pam Knight, director of fundraising at
the Taunton facilities. More...
A new Wrinkly Rapper!
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea rapping pensioners is looking for a new
member to join their team. One of The Wrinkly Rappers, who auditioned
for ITV's Britain's Got Talent last year, has retired which
leaves a vacancy to fill. The group got together in 2008 but Snowy,
its oldest member, has decided to hang up her bling! More...
re-opens after sickness
hospital has this week re-opened to new patients after an outbreak
of Norovirus was brought under control. Burnham-On-Sea.com first
broke the news in February that the sickness bug had shut the
main ward at the hospital in Love Lane. The hospital put in place
additional cleaning and infection control measures. More...
photo appeal after fraud
police have this week issued two CCTV photos of a woman they want
to speak to in connection with a suspected case of fraud at a
bank in the town. The woman, who is black with tied back hair,
when the fraudulent activity was committed at Lloyds Bank on Burnham
High Street last Wednesday (March 3rd). More...
pool demolition begins
to demolish Burnham-On-Sea's historic beach boating pool began
this morning (Wednesday, March 10th). Building contractors started
the task of breaking up the stone structure and taking away the
huge quantities of rubble. The pool, built in the 1920s, was given
to Burnham by members of the Braithwaite family.
help design pool's extension
Cox-Conklin, one of the owners of Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports
Academy, visited a Highbridge school this week where students
are currently working on designs for the proposed extension of
the pool. King Alfred School's students are doing the work as
part of their coursework. More...
Cove revamp approved
A £360,000 project to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens took another step forward this week with the
approval of a planning application for the scheme. The scheme
covers the restoration of the seafront public park and modernisation
of various facilities. More...
housing plans gather pace
THE developers behind ambitious plans for a new £6million
housing development in Highbridge have this week held a public
meeting to unveil further details about the huge scheme. Burnham-On-Sea
first reported last month how developers Henglade and Property
Link want to build up to 60 new houses. More...
lotto tickets sold in town
mystery Burnham-On-Sea residents have each won over £100,000
on the National Lottery after buying their tickets at a supermarket
in the town. The winning tickets were bought from the cigarette
kiosk at Tesco in Ben Travers Way and posters have been put up
to promote the sale of tickets. More...
new jobs at Brean's Subway
new jobs are to be created with the transformation of this pub
in the centre of Brean into a huge new entertainment venue containing
a Subway fast food store. Burnham-On-Sea.com first revealed last
weekend the plans for the former Flaming Jaes pub in South Road.
flats decision deferred
campaigning against controversial plans for a huge block of 13
flats to be built next to Burnham-On-Sea beach were given fresh
hope on Tuesday (March 9th) when councillors delayed making a
final decision about the scheme. Proposals to build a three-storey
property at the end of Allandale Road were considered. More...
lesson from Coastguards
at a school near Burnham-On-Sea were given a lesson on sea safety
on Tuesday (March 9th) when a group of the town's Coastguards
made a special visit. The Burnham Coastguard truck was driven
to East Huntspill School, where the team gave a talk to the interested
check proves a life saver
NEW county-wide eyesight health check service has proved a potential
life saver for a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner. For the last six months
NHS Somerset has been working with optometrists across the county
developing a new and free eye assessment service called Acute
Community Eyecare Service (ACES). More...
15 home project opened
NEW multi-million pound housing project consisting of 15 new affordable
homes at Huntspill Road in Highbridge has been officially opened
this week. The new homes have been built by Southwestern Housing
Society on the site of a former car lot with the collaboration
of Sedgemoor District Council. More...
recovered in police raid
42-year-old unemployed man from Burnham-On-Sea was charged with
two offences of possession of heroin on Monday (March 8th). Neil
Edward Cartwright was bailed to appear at Sedgemoor Magistrates
Court on 30th March. This follows a police drugs raid as part
of a continuing local police crackdown. More...
Knoll fundraiser in photos
of music fans flocked to Brent Knoll on Saturday (March 6th) for
a night of live music and an auction of rock and roll memorabilia
in aid of a good cause. Music from Gary French, The Ben Pang Experience,
Squirrelcatapult and The Wrinkly Rappers was performed at the
popular event. More...
off-licence opens in town
NEW off-licence opened its doors for the first time in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (March 8th). Mark Brooks, the manager
of the town's former Threshers off-licence, has launched 'Brooks
and Son' in College Street - next door to where the nationwide
chainstore was based. More...
cash boost for hospice
groups of generous Burnham residents have raised hundreds of pounds
for a local hospice charity. The successful weight loss of members
at a Burnham-On-Sea slimming group led to £150 being donated
to St. Margarets Somerset Hospice, while a Christmas lights
display raised more. More...
shuts recycling centre
recycling centre was shut to the public on Monday afternoon (March
8th) after a fire broke out. Two
fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the Isleport Industrial
Estate at 4.15pm, as pictured here, after a large metal container
full of refuse was accidentally set alight.
arrests after crime wave
made eight arrests over the weekend following a wave of incidents
in Highbridge. PCs Adrian Jones and Ryan Dinham from the Highbridge
police team have made the arrests after windows were smashed,
a ticket machine was attacked and stones were thrown at people.
year for town concert band
of Burnham-On-Sea Scout and Guide's Concert Band are celebrating
the group's 35th anniversary during 2010. To mark the special
milestone, Burnham-On-Sea.com looks back at the colourful history
of the long-running group over the past three and a half decades.
Subway store for Brean?
A former pub in the centre of Brean looks set to be transformed
into a huge new entertainment venue containing a Subway fast food
store. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the former Flaming Jaes pub in
the centre of the resort, which is currently derelict, is to receive
a major make-over by its owners.
of hope for town anglers
PAIR of Thornback Rays each weighing more than 10lb helped two
anglers land the two top places during a sea fishing competition
in Burnham on Sunday (March 7th). The decent-sized fish were reeled
in from the waters around Stert Island during what is widely seen
so far as a poor fishing season. More...
organisers give £2k boost
organisers of Brean's annual car rally have this week handed over
a bumper cheque for over £2,000 to a national charity. Club
Rallysport West, the group behind the two-day rally, gave £2,115
to the charity 'Help for Heroes'. The money came from donations
given during the event. More...
pool's history filmed
A GROUP of young film makers from Bridgwater was in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (March 6th), capturing scenes for a 'small screen
drama' about the town's beach boating pool. The
war memorial, which is set to be demolished shortly, is the focus
of a history film by members of Bridgwater's Engine Room studio.
showcases local artwork
NEW exhibition of local artwork inspired by poems has opened at
a Burnham-On-Sea gallery this week. 'The Literary Link' is the
title of the latest exhibition to open at Sea Breeze in Victoria
Street, which features a mixture of drawings produced by local
schoolchildren, as well as adults. More...
warning after thefts
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Saturday) warned residents
to be extra vigilant after an opportunist thief struck twice in
24 hours. Police
are investigating two incidents in Stoddens Lane where a burglar
entered insecure properties on Friday evening (March 5th) and
Saturday morning before taking valuables.
to stop new homes launched
A group of worried Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week
launched a campaign to try and stop a property developer building
53 homes on an area of green space in the town. More than 30 residents
from the Lawrence Close area held a meeting in the town where
they unanimously agreed to fight the plans.
for shop launch
Mayor and Mayoress opened a new shop selling outdoor leisure equipment
in Highbridge on Friday morning (March 5th). Derek and Christine
Cooper were the special guests at the launch of the new Outdoor
Leisure Store at Highbridge Caravan Centre on the A38 Bristol
opens town restaurant
Carnival Queen cut a ribbon to officially open a brand new restaurant
in the town centre on Friday evening (March 5th). Jessica Rogers
was the special guest at the opening ceremony for Truly Scrumptious
at 20 College Street, attended by over 40 guests, as pictured
over 'rising' beach erosion
A REGULAR Burnham-On-Sea beach user has this week raised concerns
over the amount of sand being washed away from the town's beach
and warned the problem could worsen with the removal of the boating
pool. Brian Burt, pictured, warned town councillors at their meeting
attacks £7bn gold losses
MP clashed with a senior Labour politician in the House of Commons
this week over the sale of Britain's gold reserves. David Heathcoat-Amory
demanded an apology from Harriet Harman, deputising for the Prime
Minister, over the $11 billion loss suffered by the government.
celebrates World Book Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea kindergarten celebrated World Book Day on Thursday
(March 4th) with a special reading session attended by a PCSO
from the town's police station. The youngsters listened intently
while a number of books were read aloud by Burnham's PCSO Pete
keeps hospital ward shut
War Memorial Hospital's wards remained closed to new patient admissions
on Thursday (March 4th) following the outbreak of a virus last
week. There are still a small number of patients showing symptoms
of the Norovirus and the hospital's Matron and Infection Control
staff are monitoring them. More...
in £214k compensation claim
MOBILE phone giant O2 is demanding almost £214,500
from cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council following an enforcement
notice it issued in Burnham-On-Sea, it has emerged this week.
The company wants an "award of costs" made against the
over the Pier Street mast decision. More...
jailed after drugs raid
Highbridge man has been jailed for 18 months and had thousands
of pounds seized following a successful police drugs raid in the
town. Darren Sedgebeer was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court
of possession with the intent to supply class C drugs and possession
of class B drugs.
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 6th and 7th).
The event will be held at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll
from Saturday. Visitors will be able to get free advice during
the event dedicated to the exotic plants. More...
ticket machine attacked
have smashed their way into a ticket machine at Highbridge Railway
Station in an attempt to steal money from inside. The
electronic pay machine on the northbound platform next to the
station's car park, was discovered by commuters on Wednesday morning
Arts Festival opens
HIGHBRIDGE'S 63rd annual Festival of the Arts
got underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 3rd). Town
Mayor Derick Cooper officially opened the popular festival, which
shines the spotlight on talented youngsters from the ages of three
up at The Princess.
backing for town charity
PRINCE Edward has this week been unveiled as
the patron of Burnham rescue charity BARB's fundraising campaign
to raise £60,000 for a new hovercraft. The Earl Of Wessex
has given his backing to the campaign following a visit to Burnham-On-Sea's
hovercraft and coastguard teams last April.
pasty shop opens in town
FRESHLY cooked pasties are being served up
at a new town centre shop which opened in Burnham-On-Sea this
week. The Newquay Pasty Shop Company officially open its doors
to the public on Monday morning (March 1st) at 36 The High Street.
can choose from more than 20 varieties of pasties.
new homes planned for Burnham
of 53 new homes could be built on this patch of open space in
Burnham-On-Sea if planning bosses give it the go-ahead. Persimmon
Homes has submitted a new proposal to Sedgemoor District Council
for the homes on land to the west of Lawrence Close and north
of Wallace Wells Road, pictured here.
Grid to justify pylon plans
Grid has announced plans to hold a series of events to further
explain the background to its controversial proposals for a new
overhead electricity line between Hinkley Point power station
and Avonmouth, running past the Burnham-On-Sea and East Hutspill
ace's suit raises £2,800
ONE of Formula One World Champion Jenson Buttons
winning race suits has been auctioned off to benefit the Highbridge-based
National Blind Childrens Society. Jenson
is a long-standing vice-president of the National Blind Childrens
Society, a provider of specialist support for children across
the UK. More...
crews called to nursing home
TWO fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called
to a retirement home in the town on Tuesday (March 2nd) after
a tumble dryer caught fire. Crews
rushed to the home in Berrow Road and found the fire within an
industrial-sized tumble dryer had already been put out. More...
on sale for dance event
Burnham-On-Sea dance groups are set to perform a show in the town's
Princess Threatre later this month. Dancefit and The Bay Centre
Dancers are currently rehearsing for the event, called Dance School
Musical, which will be held on Saturday 27th March at 2.30pm.
The audience will be treated to an exciting feast of dance.
warning for council
SEDGEMOOR District Council bosses visited Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday (March 1st) and issued a stark warning on future funding
of local public services. Alison Griffin, Corporate Director at
Sedgemoor District Council, and Council Leader Duncan McGinty
visited this month's council meeting.
award won by Burnham shop
at a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop are celebrating this week after
winning the title 'National Retail Volunteer Team Of The Year'.
The Sue Ryder shop, based in Burnham High Street, has beaten more
than 350 stores across the UK to win. Judges recently visited
the store and were impressed how the volunteers get involved.
pubs fail police checks
pubs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face possible prosecution
after serving alcohol to under-age drinkers, it emerged this week.
And, separately, two pubs in Burnham-On-Sea are being investigated
by police in connection with breaches of door staff security laws.
flats to get go-ahead?
plans to build a huge new block of 13 flats next to Burnham-On-Sea
beach have been recommended for approval this week. The proposals
to construct a three-storey property at the end of Allandale Road
in place of a current house are set to be debated next Tuesday
(March 9th) when Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control
swaps chains for guitar!
fun-loving Mayor swapped his official chains for a guitar and
dark glasses when he attended a local fundraising event at the
weekend. Derick Cooper was a guest at a cabaret night in Draycott
Village Hall to help raise funds for Fairlands Middle School in
fears over CCTV camera
A CCTV camera introduced on Burnham
seafront last week is set to be moved because of concerns about
health and safety. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last
week how high-tech cameras had been installed next to the jetty
and on the seafront by the police and local councils. More...
centre shop attacked
jewellery shop in Burnham town centre suffered hundreds of pounds
worth of damage when a vandal threw a brick through its window
earlier today (Monday 1st March). Burnham-On-Sea police were called
to fashion accessories shop Spangles at 10a The High Street at
films hailed a success at Ritz
of 3D movies at Burnham-On-Sea's cinema has been hailed a success
by its owners. As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last week, The Ritz in Victoria
Street has invested £75,000 in a new state-of-the-art digital
projector. The first 3D film, blockbuster Avartar, was
watched by film fans at the cinema on Friday. More...
'blip' set to affect Burnham
viewers across parts of Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean could
automatically receive the Welsh version of the BBC by default
after this month's digital switchover. The expected blip is as
a result of a boost to the signal strength of a Welsh TV transmitter,
which is expected to affect almost 30,000 homes. More...
Elgar Festival in photos
of classic music lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
over the weekend for a two-day festival celebrating the work of
one of England's greatest composers. Burnham's University of the
Third Age (U3A) oversaw the Edward Elgar Weekend, which was held
on Saturday and Sunday. More...
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