2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
February 2011 news archive
2011 news archive
Farm plans to go on show
to develop a large area of land outside Highbridge will go on
show to the public for the first time this Saturday (April 2nd).
Hallam Land Management is holding an exhibition in Bank Street,
Highbridge where plans to develop land at Brue Farm will be displayed.
workshops for kids
from the Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to Sanders Garden World
to find out all about growing seeds during April. The garden centre
in Brent Knoll is offering youngsters the opportunity to take
part in the free workshops on Saturday April 16th and Sunday April
LOCAL runner who is in training to take part in this year's London
Marathon will be holding an unusual fundraising event in East
Huntspill this weekend. Gary Bowden, who is running the London
Marathon, will be holding a mouse racing event on Saturday (2nd
praise school's changes
OFSTED inspectors have visited Highbridge's King
Alfred School and given positive feedback about a series of improvements
that are underway. The report comes less than a year after Andy
Owen, the new head teacher, took up his post. The
Ofsted report finds him and his team to be a "driving force".
guesthouse for seafront?
THIS prominent former nursing home on
Burnham seafront could soon be turned into a new guesthouse under
plans submitted this week. Beverley Cottage residential care home,
which is situated on the North Esplanade, has been vacant since
police warning to vandals
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week
issued a warning to vandals who have causing trouble in the town.
It follows a spate of vandalism incidents in recent weeks - as
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com - when walls, gardens, phone boxes
and cars have been damaged. More...
jetty draws objection
District Council has this week lodged a formal objection against
EDF's plans to build a new temporary sea jetty next to Hinkley
Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea. At a full meeting on
Wednesday afternoon, members voted in favour of objecting.
pool is focus of new film
A NEW film inspired by Burnham-On-Sea's
former beach paddling and boating pool is to be unveiled during
a special screening in April. Called 'For All Our Tomorrows',
the new short drama stars two budding local actors, Alec Cochran
and Jake Morgan, in their on-screen debut.
opens new garden
staff and parents at Pawlett Pre-School braved a morning of rain
on Wednesday (30th March) to officially open their new garden,
which has been sponsored by several Burnham firms. Reverned Robin
Hutt cut a ribbon to officially open the garden and the children
brought colourful windsocks. More...
of an era in Highbridge
Special: THE end of an era unfolded in Highbridge this week
when the towns former Beechfield School came crashing down,
as pictured here. The school closed last year, as reported here,
when Beechfield and St Johns merged to form the new Churchfield
centre celebrates win
at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World are celebrating after being
presented with a top award for the Wales and West region. The
centre has received an award for the Best Home Living Section
in the Wales and West region from the Garden Centre Association
thanks dedicated Sue
Bishop of Bath and Wells made a very special visit to East Huntspill
at the weekend to thank a long-standing church member for a half
century of service. For 50 years, Sue Elsworth has served All
Saints Church in the village as its organist, churchwarden and
protest in Downing St
Kidner, the founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near
Burnham-On-Sea, was among a group of protesters who travelled
to Downing Street on Monday (March 28th) to hand over a huge 16,000
name petition against the culling of badgers
across the UK. More...
of new rides at Brean park
Leisure Park has this week unveiled £2million of new attractions
as it gears up for the start of this year's tourist season. They
include an ice rink, 18-hole mini golf course, indoor surfing
facility, boating lake, glass maze and a new 'dark ride' rollercoaster.
on at The Ritz this week
film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews three of the latest films
currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews
The Eagle. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films
appearing at Burnham's cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week.
shortages hit post delivery
Mail has this week apologised to residents in Burnham-On-Sea after
delays to postal deliveries during the past fortnight. Many Burnham
and Highbridge residents have found that packages passing through
the Dunstan Road delivery office, pictured here, have been delayed
by up to a week. More...
pub calls time
future of this town centre pub in Highbridge has been plunged
into question after it was closed down. The Globe in Newtown Road
has been partially boarded up after landlords Sue and Chris Jefferies
recently called time and moved out, leaving
its doors closed to customers. More...
Environment Agency has said this week that claims that soil around
Hinkley Point nuclear power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, is contaminated
with enriched uranium are "unfounded". The claim was
made by environmental group Green Audit at a public meeting earlier
this year. More...
roads boost welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has welcomed the news that the government
has given Somerset County Council an extra £5m to carry
out road repairs. The cash injection was announced during the
budget last week, but the full details have only been confirmed
this week. More...
wedding fudge unveiled!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fudge
maker is celebrating the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
by making a very special batch of fudge. Burnham's Jonathan Walter,
pictured, is well known for his fudge-making skills, and is making
wedding cake fudge. More...
hovercraft plans unveiled
A new commercial hovercraft service could soon launch in Burnham-On-Sea,
providing commuters and holidaymakers with trips to South Wales,
we can reveal. Chris Marrow, the entrepreneur behind previous
plans to launch a ferry in the Bristol Channel, is investigating
the viability of a hovercraft. More...
fights spread of ragwort
THE team at Highbridge's Friends of Apex Park have
this week launched a battle to halt the spread of a potentially
dangerous weed. The group is concerned about the rapid growth
of ragwort in Apex Park's wild flower meadow, which is gradually
taking over the area. More...
John planning skydive
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Parkinson's sufferer is planning a daring skydive
to raise funds for a charity that helps people affected by the
disease. John Thatcher, 57, will undertake the skydive on April
9th with the aim of raising over £1,000 for Parkinson's
UK, which is seeking a cure for the condition.
dance show in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's DanceFit Club and The Bay Club Dancers are in
final rehearsals for their show at the town's Princess Theatre
this Saturday (April 2nd). The performance - which will be the
first at the building under the new ownership of Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council - will be called 'Chance 2 Dance, A Monopoly Showcase'.
sail into Brent Knoll
members from Weston Operatic Society commandeered the pirate ship
in the childrens play area at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden
World this week to promote their forthcoming production. The crew
of the musical 'Guys & Dolls' entertained visitors at the
garden centre. More...
than 60 athletes took part in the latest Burnham-On-Sea seafront
aquathlon on Sunday morning (March 27th). The popular event, which
was organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of
a 500 metre swim in the town pool, followed by a 5km beach run.
year for RNLI recounted
than 40 lifeboat supporters and crewmembers attended the annual
meeting of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI on Friday (25th March) when a busy
year for the station was recounted. Held at the town's Sailing
Club on the seafront, the meeting included a full look back at
the year. More...
attend Burnham concert
Mayor and Mayoress were among more than 100 people who attended
a fundraising concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday
evening (March 27th). Burnham-On-Sea and District Lions Club organised
the concert, with the town band and Lions youth brass band. More...
boost for BARB hovercrafts
of a Bristol sailing club have presented a £5,000 donation
to Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB. Bristol Cruising
Club members handed over the surprise donation during a promotional
event in the city onboard the club's boat in the Bristol Harbour.
escapes upturned car
A FAMILY had a lucky escape from this upturned car after it
careered off the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (March
27th). Fire, police and ambulance services were called to the
southbound carriageway near junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea just
before 4pm after the Ford Fusion came off the carriageway, flipped
raised for charities
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge Ladies Circle have
this week handed over almost £7,000 to two charities following
a busy year of fundraising. The ladies held a series of coffee
mornings, teas, sales and supermarket collections to raise the
Joseph's gets eco-friendly
BURNHAM-On-Sea school has this week been presented with 50 free
young trees to help improve its grounds. St Josephs Primary
School will use the saplings from Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre,
near Taunton, to make the school more eco-friendly in the coming
leads Apex tree planting
Special: MEMBERS of Burnham In Bloom,
Burnham Dreamscheme and the Friends of Apex Park rolled up their
sleeves on Saturday morning (March 26th) to take part in a nationwide
tree planting project. The trees were supplied by the Royal Horticultural
crews tackle house blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a big
house fire in the centre of Berrow this morning (Saturday, March
26th). Two fire engines from Burnham and a further engine from
Bridgwater were called to the property in Berrow Road at 11.16am,
as pictured here. More...
recycling hours confirmed
Waste Partnership's Board voted in favour of introducing reduced
opening times and charges at Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre
on Friday (March 25th). The decision means that from 4th April,
opening hours will be cut to 40 hours year-round. More...
Weakest Link challenge
POLICE officer who lives near Burnham-On-Sea narrowly missed out
on winning £950 when he appeared on BBC1's Weakest Link
this week, but he didn't manage to avoid an attack from host Anne
Robinson! Mark Vicary, who is a Bristol police officer, appeared
on Thursday's episode of the show. More...
praise for kids centre
and children at Highbridge Childrens Centre had a 'bitter
sweet' celebration on Thursday (March 24th) with the announcement
they had been awarded an 'outstanding' assessment by Ofsted inspectors
- just a week before the centre's manager retires. More...
MP meets PayPoint boss
MP met with the boss of PayPoint this week to press for more facilities
in the town to top-up electricity and gas payment keys. Tessa
Munt met Peter Brooker, Head of Corporate Affairs at PayPoint,
in parliament to discuss availability in the town. More...
demolition to proceed
WORK to demolish Highbridges
former Beechfield School will begin next week following the completion
of an investigation into the possible discovery of a colony of
bats in the building. Wildlife experts were called in by Somerset
County Council earlier this week. More...
RNLI AGM preview
lifeboat station will be holding its Annual Open Meeting at the
town's Sailing Club this evening (Friday 25th March). The evening
will include a short talk by Adrian Carey, RNLI Inspector, who
will discuss latest initiatives in the nationwide lifeboat charity.
starts sailing season
huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Thursday
morning (March 24th) when the annual spring 'crane-in' saw 23
boats hoisted into the River Brue. The annual tradition is arranged
each Spring by members of the Sailing Club to tie in with the
start of the sailing season. More...
centre staff thanked
SMALL event was held today (Thursday, March 24th) to thank the
staff at Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre as the facilities
closed for the final time under Sedgemoor District Council's control.
The centre will close for three weeks and then re-open under the
management of BIARS. More...
Hinkley fears raised
District Council's Executive Committee has this week voice serious
concerns over proposals to expand Hinkley Point power station.
A meeting of Sedgemoor District Councils Executive Committee
was held on Wednesday (March 23rd) when the issue was discussed.
crew tackles shed blaze
from a bonfire caused a shed blaze in Burnham-On-Sea early this
morning (Friday, March 25th). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were
called to the property in Highbridge Road at 3.13am to extinguish
the blaze, which they think was accidentally set alight. More...
look at new town clock
THIS £14,000 four-sided clock has this week
emerged as the front-running design to replace Highbridge's crumbling
landmark. A group of Town Councillors took a first look at the
artwork for the proposed clock at their meeting on Wednesday evening
(March 23rd). More...
concert this Sunday
and District Lions Club are holding a charity concert at the town's
Princess Theatre on Sunday (March 27th). The Lions Brass 4 Youth
Band and Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band will both be
peforming at the event, starting at 7pm. More...
bible reading marathon
WEEK-long Bible reading marathon is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea
during May to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
The event at St Andrew's Church will be held from May 23rd-30th
to celebrate the anniversary of the 1611 King James translation.
owner 'hopeful' for property
THE owner of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel
has told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week he is "hopeful"
that a new owner for the site will be found soon - three years
on from a huge blaze. Derek Mead's comments follow a huge fire
at the building in April 2008. More...
bosses hit the road!
bosses from Brean Leisure Park joined teams from Wookey Hole and
Fleet Air Arm Museum in promoting the area as a holiday destination
to the people of South Wales last week. The promotional tour visited
Asda stores around South Wales, including Cardiff and Swansea.
over tourist panel
TOURIST information display board in Burnham-On-Sea town centre
could soon be moved by the Town Council amid concern that it is
hidden behind a trader's stall during the busy summer season.
The 'You Are Here' board is fixed to the wall of the 99p Store.
bursts into colour
along the main route into Burnham-On-Sea have burst into colour,
thanks to the volunteer work of two local groups. Members of Burnham-On-Sea
Rotary Club and Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group planted 200 crocus
bulbs along Queens Drive last autumn and now the flowers are blooming.
are warning residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to beware of
bogus callers posing as census collectors over the next few days.
The census is a count of the population in the UK that takes place
every 10 years and this year it is happening on March 27th. More...
makers issue flood alert
defences around Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Weston, Sand Bay and
Clevedon could be overwhelmed by global warmings floodwaters,
a new film made by Weston College students for the Environment
Agency has warned this week. The film has been put together as
part of an EA project. More...
damaged by town vandals
have struck yet again in Burnham-On-Sea this week, smashing the
windows of this parked car. The Citroen Xsara was in Winchester
Road when its windscreen, drivers window and rear screen were
smashed by vandals on Sunday night. More...
to delay school demolition?
THE demolition of Highbridges Beechfield School could
be delayed by the possible discovery of a colony of bats in the
roof of the building. Wildlife experts have been called in by
Somerset County Council this week to investigate whether the animals
are nesting in the roof of the former school. More...
MP backs Libya action
MP has this week given her backing to military action in Libya.
Tessa Munt voted in favour of the action during a House of Commons
debate on Monday (March 21st). Her comments come as the US, UK
and France continued raids on Libya. More...
postcard wins contest
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist's drawing of Glastonbury Tor surrounded
by a flock of starlings has won a competition to design a postcard
that best represents Somerset. Rose Marcia, who attends art courses
in Burnham's Somerset Skills and Learning Centre, has been named
the winner. More...
joins Red Nose fun
children and staff at a Burnham-On-Sea nursery have raised money
for Comic Relief by wearing red clothes for a day. The youngsters
at Fairstart Nursery in Princess Street held their own fundraising
event to mark the BBC Red Nose Day festivities, as pictured here.
photos: Beach buggy racing
of kite buggying enthusiasts from across the UK converged on Brean
on Sunday (March 20th) to take part in an endurance race. 22 teams
from as far afield as London, Wales and Plymouth took part in
the event, which was organised by regional group SWATK. More...
to Hinkley plans 'minimal'
firm EDF Energy has said this week that Japan's nuclear crisis
is unlikely to significantly delay its plans to expand its Hinkley
Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea. Energy secretary Chris
Huhne last week asked chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman to
review the safety of nuclear power. More...
set to roar into action
Somerset Rebels will be starting their 2011 season in a big way
this Friday night (March 25th) with the opposition being Elite
League Champions the Coventry Bees. A big crowd is expected to
flock to the Oak Tree Arena near Highbridge to watch the season
opener under the floodlights. More...
week's Ritz films reviewed
film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews three of the latest films
currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews
PAUL, Unknown and Brighton Rock. Read more of Molly's
reviews of the best films showing in Burnham on Burnham-On-Sea.com
each week. More...
celebrate 25th year
youngsters at Burnham-On-Sea Beavers marked the 25th anniversary
of their group with a fun-filled party on Sunday afternoon (March
20th). Over 45 children and leaders joined the special occasion
at Burnham's Scout HQ at the town's BASC Ground. More...
struck by crime
A guesthouse owner in Burnham-On-Sea is counting the cost
of crime after suffering vandalism and a break-in. Mean vandals
pulled up flowers and plants from the award-wining garden of Ashbourne
House in Berrow Road on Saturday night before throwing them over
professional golfer Nick Pope has raised hundreds of pounds for
Comic Relief by helping golfers hone their skills. Nick offered
free golf lessons on Red Nose Day in return for a donation to
the charity - and was delighted to raise a tee-rific £800!
attacks recycling cuts
MP has this week attacked County Council proposals to introduce
charges and slash the opening hours at Highbridge Recycling Centre
as part of ongoing cost-cutting moves. During a visit to the centre
at Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate, Tessa Munt praised
staff for the professional service they provide.
strikes gold in Portugal
from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatics Club have returned home
from Portugal happy after winning a number of medals at the Maia
International Acro Cup Gymnastics Competition. They joined young
gymnasts from eight different countries. More...
photos: Mamma Mia night
110 people dressed in colourful sixties costumes flocked to the
Oak Tree Arena at Edithmead on Saturday night (March 19th) for
a fun-packed fundraising evening. The 'Mamma Mia' themed event
raised over £900 for the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital.
strike again in town
SPATE of vandalism in Burnham-On-Sea has continued over the weekend
with a phone box being attacked and further walls being damaged
in the town. Vandals smashed the glass surrounds of this phone
box in Burnham Road, opposite the entrance to King Alfred School.
quake victims helped
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are rallying round to raise money
for those affected by last week's Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club says there has been an "excellent
response" to its collections at Sanders Garden World in recent
fight goes to London
Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach has taken the fight
to save Highbridge Library from closure to London. Cllr Leach
travelled to the Department for Communities and Local Government
to hand deliver a letter to Secretary of State Eric Pickles. More...
Camera Club is to hold its third annual exhibition of photographs
next month. Visitors to the exhibition at Burnham Area Youth Centre,
in Cassis Close on Sunday April 17th will be able to browse a
selection of images shot by the club's members. More...
takes a spaghetti bath!
manager of a Burnham-On-Sea pub raised £350 for Comic Relief
by taking part in a sticky fundraiser! Shaun Linthorne from The
Rosewood in Love Lane sat in a bath in the middle of his pub for
three hours while customers paid to pour tins of spaghetti over
knit raises £200
of Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) raised £200 by
swapping their painting brushes for knitting needles on Saturday
(March 19th). The group held a sponsored knit at Burnham Community
Centre in Berrow Road to raise funds for their arts festival.
yoga sessions to start
NEW series of parent and baby yoga sessions are set to begin at
Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre this month. The weekly
sessions, which will cost £3 each, are to be held every
Friday morning from 10.30-11.30am, starting from Friday 25th March
swan released into wild
FEMALE swan which survived being shot with an airgun near Burnham-On-Sea
last month has been released back into the wild by wildlife carers.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here how eight birds had been found
shot dead with airgun pellets outside Blackford on 21st February.
photos: Red Nose Day fun
Nose Day was marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge with a day
of colourful fundraising on Friday (March 18th). Hundreds of pupils
at King Alfred School in Highbridge paid a donation to take part
in a 'wear what you want' day, raising more than £1,000
for Comic Relief. More...
calls after child hit by car
A Burnham-On-Sea school headteacher has called for road safety
improvements to be made after a child was knocked down by a passing
car earlier this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Wednesday
afternoon (March 16th) that a four year-old boy had been taken
to hospital. More...
drama at Highbridge home
firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a Highbridge home
last night (Thursday, March 17th). One fire engine was sent to
the Poplar Estate at 10.30pm to extinguish a blaze within an outbuilding
on the side of a home, as exclusively pictured here. More...
knit this Saturday!
needles and yarns of wool will be the focus for members of Highbridge
and Burnham Artists (HABA) this Saturday (March 19th) when they
hold an unusual fundraising event. The group is holding a sponsored
knit from 9.45am-noon at the Community Centre. More...
man found on beach
missing person was found on Brean beach this evening (Thursday,
March 17th) after a big search operation. The 23 year-old man
in a 'distressed' state was reported to be missing at 6pm near
Unity Farm Holiday Park, prompting a search of the beach and surrounding
area by coastguards and police. More...
celebrate rugby victory
group of youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School
have been celebrating this week after winning a local tag rugby
tournament. School teams from across the Burnham-On-Sea area competed
at the annual Sedgemoor TAG festival. More...
picks charities of year
at a garden centre in Brent Knoll have this week selected the
four groups which will be their charities of the year
for 2011. Sanders Garden World is set to host a series of fundraising
activities with the four groups over the coming months to help
them raise money. More...
avoids jail after crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea man who injured another motorist when he drunkenly
crashed his car has avoided a jail sentence this week. Scott Phillimore
of Grenville Road in Burnham had to be cut from his car following
the accident on the A371 on October 23rd last year. More...
TIC set to open in April
SOME of the volunteers who will be running
Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre from mid-April have
visited a thriving centre this week to pick up advice on how it
is run. The BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support) team
were on a visit to Shepton Mallet. More...
appeal after vandalism
have appealed for help in tracing a group of vandals who caused
damage in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend by smashing windows, damaging
cars and kicking down walls. Inspector Roger Tolley said "a
gang of up to 12 youths" had been responsible for the damage.
team react to criticism
of Highbridge In Bloom have this week hit back at criticism of
the town made by several local residents on Burnham-On-Sea.com's
discussion forums. In an open letter to this website, the Highbridge
in Bloom team seek to address the points and 'set the record straight'.
look for Dreamscheme
leaders of Burnham-On-Sea's newly-formed Dreamscheme group have
this week unveiled their new logo as they prepare for their first
fundraising event. The logo comprises of a colourful kite flying
in the sky with the word 'Dreamscheme' twisted along the tail
behind it. More...
Marine Cove revamp begins
A MAJOR project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
Gardens has got started this week. Work to restore the seafront
gardens to their former glory began on Monday (March 14th) and
is scheduled to be completed in September after 23 weeks of work.
Month opens pupils minds
at Highbridge's King Alfred and Churchfield Schools have been
exploring religious faiths during a special Religious Education
Month. The event started with a workshop at Churchfield Primary
School when the pupils gave a presentation all about Islamic beliefs.
4, hurt in town accident
FOUR-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being knocked down
in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Wednesday, March 16th). Police
and ambulance crews were called to the junction of Oxford Street
and Ashley Avenue at 3.20pm, as pictured here, after the youngster
was struck by a passing vehicle. More...
killed at wildlife park
THE owners of a wildlife park near Burnham-On-Sea believe
several deer that were killed early on Tuesday (March 15th) had
been deliberately hunted out of their enclosure. A number of the
animals at Alstone Wildlife Park, near Highbridge, were pulled
free from the muddy banks of the River Brue after being scared
out of their enclosure. More...
school hit by illness bug
have this week been warned that a confirmed case of Hand, Foot
and Mouth disease has been found at a Highbridge school. Churchfield
Primary School's headteacher Wendy Nelder wrote to its parents
on Tuesday (March 15th) to advise them about the illness. More...
becoming a councillor?
wishing to stand for election as a district, town or parish councillor
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have until April 4th to submit their
nomination paperwork. Notice of the election, which will take
place on Thursday 5th May, has been published this week, signalling
the start of the process. More...
brought to life in town
and children at Highbridge Childrens Centre have this week
celebrated World Book Day by dressing up in costumes representing
their favourite book characters. The group dressed up in colourful
book-themed costumes including Batman, Snow White and Lazy Ladybird.
farm consultation starts
consultation has begun this week on plans to build five new wind
turbines on land near East Huntspill. Sedgemoor District Council
has received an application from EDF Energy Renewables for the
proposed new turbines to be built on farmland near East Huntspill.
pays contested rental income
MP has paid around £800 of contested income to Sedgemoor
District Council following a strong of national press stories
over the past year. Tessa Munt last year denied accusations that
she had improperly claimed council tax benefits on her constituency
reassures Hinkley fears
company that operates Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea,
has this week reassured residents about its safety in the wake
of the nuclear accident in Japan. It comes after the Stop Hinkley
group said the explosion demonstrates the risks with nuclear.
spuds into celebrities!
youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to show off
their imaginative skills by creating a model with one of the countys
best-loved vegetables. Sanders Garden World is challenging children
to create celebrities from potatoes during its annual potato festival
in April. More...
arrested after ditch crash
have arrested a man who was rescued by fire crews from an upturned
car on Sunday night (March 13th). His Audi A3 left the A370 at
Lympsham at 9.11pm and ended up on its side in a water-filled
ditch. He was later arrested after officers carried out a breath
volunteer groups from across Somerset attended a special awareness
day in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 12th). Volunteers from
the Royal British Legion, BARB, the RNLI and Police were among
those attending the 'Volunteers In The Community Roadshow'. More...
rescued from car crash
crews from Burnham-On-Sea helped to release a man trapped in an
upturned car on Sunday night (March 13th). Crews were called to
the A370 in Lympsham at 9.11pm after the vehicle left the highway
and ended on its side in a ditch. Emergency services were quickly
on the scene. More...
to hold wedding party
DAY-LONG street party will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on the day
after next month's Royal Wedding. The Victoria Hotel and Burnham's
Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, are organising the
event - to be called The Mayor's Right Royal Do at The Victoria.
stumped by tree cuts'
in part of Burnham-On-Sea have this week hit out at the district
council for 'butchering' scores of trees - even though the council
has defended its work as 'good arboricultural practice'. Several
residents living around Worston Lane have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Sedgemoor's tree cutting team cut back a line of roadside
trees to stumps. More...
days after the curtain fell on this year's Highbridge Festival
of the Arts, organisers have announced a fundraising concert is
to be held in May to raise crucial funds to allow the 65th event
to go ahead. Tickets have gone on sale for a Highbridge concert
to be held on Saturday May 14th. More...
Road closed this week
main road between Berrow and Brean will be close for four days
this week while resurfacing work is carried out. Somerset County
Council's highways team will close Coast Road from the junction
with Hurn Lane to Unity Cottage from Tuesday morning (15th March).
celebrates tourism week
pier joined in a nationwide celebration to mark the start of British
Tourism Week on Sunday afternoon (March 13th). The event, called
Party On The Pier, included morris dancing and entertainment,
plus visits from several local VIPs including the town's Mayor
and Mayoress. More...
photos: Fun run raises £280
DOZEN Burnham-On-Sea youngsters raised more than £280 for
Comic Relief by holding a fundraising run along the town's seafront
on Sunday morning (March 13th). Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress,
Michael and Maria Clarke, were among the crowd of supporters cheering
off the girls. More...
Hinkley plans', calls group
proposed expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea
should be axed in light of this weekend's nuclear accident in
Japan, according to anti-nuclear campaigners on Saturday (March
12th). The Stop Hinkley group claimed that the explosion at Fukushima
nuclear power station in Japan shows the risks associated with
nuclear power. More...
is a 'blooming' success
Special: CROWDS of visitors flocked
to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on
Saturday afternoon (March 12th). Show Secretary David Bryant said
the event, which was held in St Andrew's School, had been a resounding
success with a large number of entries. More...
backs fair trade campaign
MP Tessa Munt has this week joined Fairtrade Ambassador and five-times
Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave at the launch of a new
fair trade campaign. The launch comes at the start of this years
Fairtrade Fortnight, highlighting the Fairtrade Foundations
'Great Cotton Stitch-Up' campaign to end unfair European cotton
artist's work on show
COLOURFUL painting of Burnham-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse by local
artist Tim Smith will among those on display at an exhibition
later this month. Tim's work will be on show between March 26th
and April 3rd at his home studio at 47 Rosewood Avenue in Burnham.
£17m lotto winner in town?
RUMOURS have been circulating in Burnham-On-Sea that this
week's winning £17million National Lottery ticket was bought
in the town. Wednesday night's draw was a triple rollover and
saw one ticket correctly pick the right numbers to win a huge
reveal value of drugs haul
week's drugs raids in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge netted £5,000
of drugs and £7,000 of cash, police said on Friday (March
11th). As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last week, five
people were arrested as police executed search warrants under
the Misuse of Drugs Act. More...
on the Pier this Sunday
pier will be joining in the nationwide celebrations to mark the
launch of British Tourism Week this Sunday afternoon (March 13th).
The Pavilion, which is the shortest in the whole country, will
host a Party On The Pier from 12 noon. More...
joins trees project
of Burnham In Bloom, Burnham Dreamscheme and the Friends of Apex
Park will be rolling up their sleeves later this month to take
part in a nationwide tree planting project. They will be planting
scores of saplings in the grounds of Apex Park on 26th March.
set for 'bumper' year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new 2011 tourist guide was formally launched
on Thursday (March 10th) as local tourism businesses look forward
to what promises to be a 'bumper' season. The 24-page brochure
was officially unveiled by Bob Nicholson, Chairman of Somerset
Tourism Association. More...
Nose Run this weekend
DOZEN Burnham-On-Sea youngsters hope to raise a good sum for Comic
Relief by holding their own fundraising beach run this weekend.
The girls, all aged 8 and 9, have organised the event which starts
besides Burnham-On-Sea's jetty at 10am this Sunday morning (March
boxer receives award
YOUNGSTER at Highbridge's Titans Boxing Club has received an award
for his excellent attendance over the past year. Leon Mills, aged
11, received a pair of boxing boots from Club Coach Pete Stacey
and Assistant Coach John Swansbury this week as a special reward.
win community awards
officers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week won several
prestigious awards in the annual competition to find the best
bobbies on the beat in the Avon and Somerset force area. Esther
Robinson became Somerset West Beat Manager of the year and the
Berrow Beat Team were also praised. More...
visits theatre rehearsals
MP and Mayor have this week given their support to members of
Mark Youth Theatre group as they hold final rehearsals for their
performance of Alice in Wonderland in the town. Tessa Munt wished
them well as they prepare for three days of shows in The Princess.
boost from town carnival
BIG windfall of almost £5,000 was handed out to nineteen
local good causes in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (March
9th) when Carnival President Malcolm Borland and Carnival Queen
Anna Kevan presented the proceeds of last year's collections to
the grateful recepients. More...
new homes get 'thumbs down'
proposals to build 51 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea were given a
thumbs down by town councillors on Wednesday (March 9th). A total
of 55 formal objections have been lodged by residents living near
Lawrence Close, where Persimmon Homes wants to build a new development.
rail monument unveiled
set of train wheels and a short run of railway track has this
week been installed next to a Highbridge roundabout to act as
a lasting reminder of the town's long railway history. The new
'monument' was officially unveiled on Wednesday morning (March
9th) next to a roundabout in Isleport, Highbridge.
target Burnham cafe
Vandals caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a town centre
cafe in Burnham-On-Sea early today (Wednesday, March 9th). Mr
Beans on The High Street is temporarily closed after a large shopfront
window was smashed, as pictured here, sending shards of glass
across the premises.
crews tackle heath blaze
firefighters joined crews from across Somerset in battling a heathland
blaze covering four acres on Tuesday evening (March 8th). Fire
beaters and water jets were used to bring the fire under control
at Hurley Beacon near Crowcombe on the Quantock Hills.
farm plans scaled back
plans to build nine wind turbines on farmland near Burnham-On-Sea
have been scaled back following protests from residents nearby.
EDF Energy has this week submitted revised plans to have just
five turbines at Withy End Farm
in the outskirts of East Huntspill. More...
ownership is secured
and Highbridge Town Council is to take over full ownership of
the Princess Theatre from April, it has been announced this week.
Sedgemoor District Council has agreed to sell it for a nominal
fee of £1, as opposed to the original offer of a lease of
for Civic Award nominees
and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns'
annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who
are deemed to have given outstanding service to the community.
They will be presented at the Civic Service later this year.
festival: complete results
64th annual Festival Of The Arts in Burnham-On-Sea is proving
to be another success as hundreds of youngsters compete in a range
of classes. Burnham-On-Sea.com has all the results from the popular
which is being held at The Princess Theatre. More...
raise a tasty amount
than £170 was raised for a local charity when fundraisers
in Highbridge held a Pancake Party on Tuesday (March 8th). Dozens
of freshly made pancakes were munched during the popular event
held at the home of Val Breach in Church Street in aid of St Margaret's
arrests over swan deaths
THREE men have been arrested today (Tuesday, March 8th) in connection
with the spate of swan shootings in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Police
announced that three men aged 45, 37 and 34 had been held following
the shooting of at least 40 swans over the
past few weeks. More...
lodges arcade objection
TOWN councillors are to make an official objection over the
controversial decision to allow a former tattoo shop in Highbridge
to be turned into a gambling arcade. Plans to convert Highbridge
Ink in Market Street into a fruit machine and gaming arcade were
approved by Sedgemoor District Council.
volunteers to help library
total of 20 volunteers have now expressed an interest in helping
to run Highbridge Library from this September when Somerset County
Council closes it. An appeal for volunteers by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council has yielded plenty of support to keep the building
in Market Street open. More...
up for top award today
POLICE officers in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow will find out later
today (Tuesday, March 8th) whether they have won awards in the
annual competition to find the best bobbies on the beat. Constable
Esther Robinson, pictured, from Burnham Police has been nominated
as top Beat Manager. More...
to be downsized?
Exclusive: Town councillors have this week pledged their
continuing financial support to plans to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street even though the project is now likely to be downsized
amid new delays. At a meeting on Monday evening (March 7th), councillors
voted in favour of earmarking £45,000 of funding to the
MORE than 30 people took in a fundraising aerobathon in Highbridge
on Monday evening (March 7th). King Alfred Sports Centre was one
of a dozen gyms and health centres across the south west taking
part in the event to help nationwide children's charity NSPCC.
photos go on show
ALMOST 200 historical photos showing life in Burnham-On-Sea during
the 1900s will be shown during an illustrated talk in the town
this week. North Sedgemoor Local History Group is holding the
event at King Alfred School this Wednesday evening (March 9th).
for kerb safety repairs
Exclusive: A town councillor in Highbridge has this week
backed residents calls for several cracked pavements to be urgently
repaired after an accident on Saturday (March 5th). Cllr Joe Leach
has called on Somerset County Council to fix broken kerb stones
in Church Street. More...
will be Princess' first
BURNHAM-On-Sea DanceFit club and The Bay Club Dancers are set
to join forces to perform a show at The Princess Theatre on Saturday
2nd April. The performance will be the first at the building under
the new ownership of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.
swan rescued on lake
A RESCUE boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Sunday
(March 6th) to help animal carers reach this swan that had become
tangled up in fishing line. Secret World Wildlife Rescue contacted
BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) at 3.30pm to assist them.
leads in shootings probe
Exclusive: SEVERAL new leads are being examined by the
police and RSPCA in the investigation into the shooting of 41
swans near Burnham-On-Sea. As previously reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com,
dozens of swans have been found dead after being shot by an airgun
user in recent weeks. More...
Photo Special: MORE than 50 athletes took part in Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront aquathlon on Sunday morning (March 6th). The popular
event, which was organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy,
comprised of a 250 metre swim at Burnham Pool followed by a 2.5km
run along the beach and seafront. More...
boss praises festival
Exclusive: A TOP theatrical director has praised the high
standard of entries at this year's Highbridge Festival Of The
Arts. Chris Harris was in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 5th)
to judge the dance categories, which are taking place at Burnham's
Princess Theatre this week. More...
compete in Portugal
A GROUP of young gymnasts from Highbridge is in Portugal this
weekend competing against countries from around Europe. Fourteen
of the gymnasts from Monarchs, which is based at King Alfred School
in Highbridge, are in Portugal for the MAIA International Acro
New village hall opens
Special Coverage: BERROW'S
new village hall was officially re-opened today (Saturday, March
5th) following a major £340,000 refurbishment project. Over
50 people attended a ceremony to watch the new hall opened by
Berrow Parish Council Chairman Jenny Bentley.
seize weapons and drugs
Exclusive: SWORDS, knives, imitation guns and over £5,000
of drugs were seized by police in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
during a series of drugs raids on Friday (March 4th). Following
intelligence from the local community, officers in Highbridge
carried out search warrants made several arrests.
fire started house blaze
Exclusive: INVESTIGATORS have concluded that a Highbridge
house blaze earlier this week was accidentally caused by a gas
fire. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Tuesday how two people
had managed to escape unhurt from the three-storey property at
Lakeside as five fire crews tackled the blaze.
scores win over Clegg!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt enjoyed this light-hearted moment
with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg when he made a visit to Somerset
on Friday (March 4th). The Lib Dems were nursing their wounds
after finishing in sixth place during the Barnsley by-election
- not that it showed. More...
pea festival underway
A WEEK-long festival dedicated to growing sweet
peas is underway at at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea. Sanders
Garden World in Brent Knoll is hosting its annual Sweet Pea Festival
between Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 13th
which is open to the public. More...
gritter arrives in town
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has this week taken delivery
of a new road gritting machine for use in wintry weather. The
new yellow grit spreading equipment sits on the back of an existing
council truck to convert it into a gritting lorry
and will be stationed in Burnham. More...
Animal Farm plans unveiled
THE owners of a popular tourism attraction
in Berrow have submitted new plans to extend their facilities.
Animal Farm wants to expans its park with a number of new attractions
at its site in Red Road, including an animal-themed carousel,
animal adventure boats and a water-based playground.
lose your right to vote
residents have been warned that time is running out to get themselves
registered to vote in May's elections. To vote, residents must
appear on the Register of Electors and the last date for applications
to get listed is Tuesday, April 14th.
driver in seafront crash
Exclusive: THE elderly driver of this car
was treated for shock on Thursday (March 3rd) after losing control
of her vehicle on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. Paramedics rushed to
help the lady - aged in her 70s - after her Fiat careered off
The Esplanade and slammed through two metal bollards outside Burnham's
Tourist Information Centre. More...
CONCERNED residents who are fighting plans for
a new Burnham-On-Sea takeaway near their homes have won their
battle. A full planning application was submitted for the Indian
eatery at the former Castle Antiques shop in Victoria Street,
as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com.
search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have today (Thursday) issued
an appeal for help in tracing this wanted man. Shane Ponting,
32, is wanted on two separate court warrants for failing to appear
at Sedgemoor Magistrates Court on 15th February.
Numerous enquiries made in Burnham and Highbridge have failed
to locate him. More...
cuts hit town kids centres
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre is to
be merged with Highbridge and Cheddar under cost-cutting proposals
that will see a cluster of centres being formed, Somerset County
Council announced this week. None of the centres will close,
but jobs will be lost. More...
Street plans are delayed
PLANS to pedestrianise part of Burnham-On-Sea High Street have
been put on hold until the autumn. At a meeting of Burnham's Chamber
of Trade this week, traders were informed that the Civic Pride
group had decided the scheme would not go ahead before September.
Festival Day 1: photos & results
HIGHBRIDGE'S 64th annual Festival Of The Arts got
underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 2nd) with a day
of dance competition. Dozens of talented youngsters from the ages
of three upwards took part in the first day of competition
at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...
town choir hits right note
BURNHAM-On-Sea's newly formed community choir is striking a chord
with musical residents. The choir - which was formed last December
- has already attracted more than 20 singers to take part in its
regular, informal singing sessions. Burnham-On-Sea.com
visited the lively group this week. More...
killer reward rises to £26k
AUTHOR Sir Terry Pratchett has increased the reward to catch the
killer of 31 swans near Burnham-On-Sea to £26,080. Three
supporters of Secret World Wildlife Rescue originally provided
£16,080 as a reward to find the culprit.
On Wednesday, the reward was further increased by £10,000
by Sir Terry. More...
captures town 'shoplifter'
Exclusive: POLICE swooped on a suspected shoplifter in
the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 2nd) after tracking
him through the town using CCTV cameras and a shop-to-shop radio
security system. The man was arrested in Victoria Street, as pictured
by a Burnham-On-Sea.com reader.
prepares for comedy
FINAL rehearsals are underway at a Berrow drama group as it prepares
for the curtain to rise on its production of 'Fringe Benefits',
a comedy and farce by Peter Yeldham and Donald Churchill. Members
of Stage 2 have spent a year without a production
due to the village hall refurbishment.
coaches ITV ice stars
BURNHAM-On-Sea rhythmic gymnastics coach Sarah Binding has been
helping out some of the stars from ITVs hit show Dancing
on Ice as they headed when they headed west to take part in a
session in Bath. Sam Attwater and Brianne Delcourt held a training
session with Sarah. More...
pool to open in April
Exclusive: A new £1.5m swimming complex in Brean
is on track to open its doors for the first time next month and
create 10 new jobs. Burnham-On-Sea.com took a first look inside
the new Brean Splash waterpark at Brean Leisure Park this week
to see the new facilities which include a 25 metre indoor pool.
wishes flood in for Eileen
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has passed on his best
wishes to Town Clerk Eileen Shaw after she suffered an accident
on the eve of her 60th birthday this week. Eileen, pictured, broke
a thigh bone when she tripped up on Monday.
was due to celebrate her 60th birthday on Tuesday.
escape house blaze
TWO people managed to escape unhurt from this Highbridge home
in the early hours of today (Tuesday) after a huge fire. Firefighters
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Lakeside in Highbridge at 1.43am
after receiving a call that the three-storey property was alight.
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