2012 Burnham and Highbridge News Archive
February 2012 news archive
2012 news archive
re-opens after £10k blaze
SEAFRONT cafe in Burnham-On-Sea which was forced to temporarily
close following a fire re-opened for business on Saturday (March
31st). Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here on Monday how a
fire had broken out on the ground floor of Jacks after an electrical
fault in a tumble dryer. More...
4, hurt in Brean rock fall
four year-old girl was rushed to hospital on Saturday afternoon
(March 31st) after suffering injuries when she fell onto rocks
at Brean. The youngster suffered cuts to her head and face after
tumbling on rocks at the top of Brean beach, near the entrance
to the parking area. More...
Rice visits Burnham
and radio presenter Anneka Rice made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft station on Saturday (March 31st). She met volunteers
from the charity and had a tour of the station, which she built
as part of her popular BBC Challenge Anneka TV series.
phone outage hits Burnham
Telecom has blamed a 'computer error' for a problem which left
thousands of residents across Burnham-On-Sea without their telephone
service on Friday morning (March 30th). Outgoing and incoming
calls were unavailable for thousands of residents for more than
two hours, BT confirmed. More...
school expansion approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea school is among two in Somerset which are to benefit
from a £550,000 expansion investment to give them more space.
St Andrew's School in Burnham is over-subscribed and has been
making the most of its current space, meaning that some classes
number up to 38 pupils. More...
a wrap! Portas bid submitted
bid for a share of £1million of regeneration funding for
the town, backed by retail guru Mary Portas, has been formally
submitted this evening (Friday). Burnham's application for £99,000
was submitted just before the deadline after several weeks' work
by the recently-formed Town Team. More...
school wins swim gala
of swimmers took part in Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's
third annual Sedgemoor Schools Swimming Gala on Wednesday (March
28th). The team from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School, pictured,
won the event with a superb 10 points overall. More...
cafe re-opens after fire
A SEAFRONT cafe in Burnham-On-Sea which was forced
to temporarily close following a fire is set to re-open this Saturday
(March 31st). Burnham-On-Sea.com reported on Monday how a fire
had broken out on the ground floor of Jacks after a fault with
a tumble dryer. More...
plaques unveiled in town
A SPECIAL ceremony was held in Highbridge on Thursday
(March 29th) when the town's Mayor officially unveiled the new
replacements for two wartime plaques that were stolen by mean
thieves last year. The plaques were dedicated to Frank Foley and
US soldiers. More...
bus service launches
A UNIQUE vintage bus service running between Burnham-On-Sea and
Weston-super-Mare launches this weekend for the Easter holidays.
Crosville Motor Services is operating the new hourly service between
Burnham and Weston Super Mare via Brean and Berrow using two distinctively
coloured green buses. More...
buying at petrol stations
PETROL stations in the Burnham-On-Sea area are
reporting long queues as motorists panic buy fuel ahead of a potential
tanker driver strike. Queues formed at petrol stations including
the Total garage in Burnham Road and the Texaco garage in Berrow
Road. Demand has shot up across the country. More...
join Knoll Easter run
of youngsters have taken part in the annual Easter run to the
top of Brent Knoll and back. The race is held each spring from
outside the village's primary school and this year's event saw
more than 50 children making their way to the summit of the hill
and back. More...
THE funeral of a long-time Burnham-On-Sea businesswoman
will be held this Friday (March 30th). Iris Brown of local company
Brown, Brown and Rogers passed away surrounded by her family on
March 21st. Her funeral will be held on Friday at 2pm at St Andrew's
helps Churchfield School
AN education expert has been drafted in to help Highbridge's Churchfield
Primary School to improve its results before it settles into a
new £4.6 million campus. Claire Axten, pictured, who is
a National Leader of Education, is visiting the Highbridge school
office flats plan rejected
to convert Highbridge's Post Office building into a development
of seven new flats have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate
this week following a formal appeal. The owner of 9 Church Street
applied for the change of use of the building.
cadets head skywards!
off and landing practice, air navigation and aerobatics were just
some of the activities that this group of Air Cadets from Burnham
& Highbridge's 290 Air Squadron got up to during an action-packed
trainining session this week at Colerne airfield, near Bath. More...
recounts Titanic rescue
A Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week published a new
book recounting how one of his family members escaped from the
sinking Titanic liner a century ago. Peter Crimmins, 78, has written
'Titanic: From One Extreme To The Other', which outlines how his
father's cousin worked on the ill-fated ship. More...
sold to equity group
Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, has a new owner this week after
a multi-million pound deal was announced. The Garden Centre Group,
which currently owns the Brent Knoll business, has agreed to sell
its brands to Terra Firma in a deal worth £276m. More...
report slammed by school
Churchfield School is "failing to deliver a satisfactory
standard of education" and has been placed under special
measures by government education inspectors from Ofsted. The damning
new report on the school has been published this week and has
been formally challenged. More...
is a cover model!
beach and its iconic lighthouse are to be featured on the front
page of a national magazine. Sedgemoor District Council has entered
into a licence agreement with Future Publishing to allow a series
of images to be taken of the building today. More...
fundraiser raises £140
and Highbridge Karate Club has raised over £140 for Sport
Relief with a morning of fundraising this week. The club invited
people to a taster session at Highbridge's King Alfred School
gym where it invited donations and also held a number of fun charity
outage' at Hinkley
Energy, Britain's biggest nuclear
power producer, stopped output at its Hinkley Point B power station
near Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday, March 27th) due to an 'unplanned
outage'. A spokesman confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Reactor
4 at Hinkley Point B power station came offline at 9.50am."
raise fears in hotel survey
HUNDREDS of residents have taken part
in a survey to air their concern about potential plans for a new
housing development on the site of the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel.
Over the past few days, 440 residents have taken part in the survey
organised by Cllr Helen Groves (pictured). More...
Rappers on Sky 1 show
A COMEDY rap group from Burnham-On-Sea
are making a fresh bid for stardom by taking part in a Sky 1 talent
show. The Wrinkly Rappers have filmed a segment for the satellite
channel's brand new talent series, which is broadcast every Sunday
and is called Don't Stop Me Now. More...
role for Burnham inspector
police inspector Roger Tolley is taking on an expanded role in
covering the whole of Sedgemoor from the start of April. He is
to be appointed to a new post as the command of the new single
Sedgemoor policing area from the start of April in a restructuring
conditions for 'crane-in'
huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Monday
morning (March 26th) when the annual spring 'crane-in' saw 21
boats hoisted into the River Brue. The annual tradition is arranged
each Spring by the Sailing Club for the new sailing season. More...
rolls in at skater's event!
have been rolling in for a Highbridge fundraiser's unique netball
challenge which was held on Sunday afternoon (March 25th) in aid
of Sport Relief. Jessica Norris took part in a sponsored netball
goal challenge in the village of Mark while wearing roller skates!
tackled at seafront cafe
tackled a blaze at a seafront cafe in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon
(Monday, March 26th). Two fire engines were called to Jacks Cafe
Bar on The Esplanade at 1.44pm, as pictured, after a blaze in
the kitchen caused an evacuation of staff and customers. More...
Photos: POLICE have said the pilot of a light aircraft which
crash-landed into a field near Wedmore on Sunday (March 25th)
suffered only minor injuries in the accident. Emergency crews
rushed to the scene at 4.34pm after the two-seater aircraft came
down, as pictured. More...
weather boost for traders
temperatures gave Burnham-On-Sea a welcome financial boost at
the weekend as the good weather attracted large numbers of visitors.
Temperatures peaked at 21°C (69.8°F) on Saturday in Burnham
- and the good weather created queues for ice creams and left
High Street shops busier than normal. More...
team wins the league
Burnbridge Wanderers U13s are celebrating this week after being
crowned champions of Woodspring League Division 2. The youngsters
have clinched the overall title and gained promotion to Woodspring
First Division next season after a final win of their season.
day for town Coastguards
Coastguards had a busy day on Sunday (March 25th) after being
called to two separate incidents. In the first incident, shortly
after 10am, Coastguards were called to help a lady who had fallen
off her horse on Berrow Beach - and then they were called to help
a man in the River Axe. More...
photos: Sport Relief Mile
150 runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Sport Relief Mile today
(Sunday, March 25th), raising hundreds of pounds for the BBC's
nationwide fundraising appeal. Blue skies and sunshine swelled
the numbers at the seafront event as the runners pounded the pavement
along the River Brue. More...
called to water skier
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a water skier in difficulty
near Brean Down on Sunday morning (March 25th). The crews were
taking part in a training session near Berrow beach when they
were diverted by Coastguards at 9.30am to assist the man. More...
crash near Wedmore
photos: THESE were the scenes outside Wedmore this evening
(Sunday, March 25th) after a light aircraft crashed into a field,
injuring one person inside. Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed
to the scene at 4.34pm after the two-seater aircraft came down,
injuring the pilot inside. More...
stuck in mud on beach
CAR had to be towed to safety after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea
beach this morning (Sunday, March 25th). The front wheels of the
Volkswagen sank into the mud, stranding the vehicle next to Burnham
jetty, after its owner attempted to recover a jet ski. More...
attend hospital fundraiser
and black was the colour theme for a fundraising buffet dance
held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital on Saturday night (March
24th). Over 100 people attended the successful event at the Oak
Tree Arena, where hundreds of pounds was raised towards the upkeep
and maintenance of Burnham's War Memorial Hospital. More...
sandwich bar opens
visitors and seafront walkers in Burnham-On-Sea have a new venue
to buy tasty snacks from after a new business launched on Saturday
(March 24th). Beach's Sandwich Bar has opened next to Sunspot
Amusements on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade. More...
hurt in second A38 crash
THE driver of this car was taken to hospital on Saturday night
after losing control on the A38 near Highbridge. Burnham-On-Sea
police, ambulance and fire crews rushed to the Isleport roundabout
at around 6.30pm after the vehicle demolished a lamp post and
ended up in a ditch. More...
crash shocks villagers
have spoken of their shock following a three-vehicle accident
on the outskirts of Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (March 24th),
which left one motorist with head injuries. A lady was taken to
hospital after a Citroen was involved with a collision and careered
through a wall. More...
sports bursaries awarded
King Alfred School has awarded Sports Bursaries to four of their
most outstanding students post-16 sports players. The bursary
of £250 is awarded annually to all sixth form students who
compete at county, national or international level to help with
their travel costs. More...
expert giving advice
Spring flowers are on show at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
as it holds its annual Orchid Weekend this weekend (March 24th
and 25th). The President of the South West Orchid Society will
be the special guest at the event at Sanders Garden World in Brent
crew visits town nursery
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Playaway Day Nursery
had a special visit from one of the town's fire engines on Thursday
(March 22nd). The nursery's Julia Gaskell told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The children were able to go in the engine, sound the sirens
and generally explore the vehicle."
orphan fox cub rescued
fox cub, who is so tiny he sits in the palm of a hand, is the
first orphan of the spring breeding season to arrive at Secret
World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea. The tiny creature,
called Pedro, has been rescued after its cries were heard coming
from of a bramble bush in Lympsham. More...
Burnham's Sport Relief Mile
still time to sign up to Burnham-On-Sea's Sport Relief Mile, which
takes place on Sunday 25th March as part of the BBC's nationwide
fundraising drive. Dozens of fun runners will be taking part in
the seafront run to raise cash for charity while running several
Portas team finalising bid
THE finishing touches are being made to Burnham-On-Sea's
bid to secure a share of a £1million pot of regeneration
funding for the town, backed by retail guru Mary Portas. A group
of 23 residents attended a meeting in The Princess on Thursday
(March 22nd). More...
FINAL tickets are available for a fundraising dance
which aims to boost the finances of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital. The
Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital will be holding their annual
buffet dance at the Oaktree Arena in Edithmead this Saturday (24th
war plaques to be unveiled
A SPECIAL ceremony is to be held in
Highbridge next week to officially unveil the new replacements
for two wartime plaques that were stolen by mean thieves last
year. Plaques dedicated to war hero Frank Foley and a group of
American soldiers were stolen. More...
convicted after stabbing
A BRIDGWATER man has been convicted of grievous
bodily harm with intent to wound following a stabbing in Highbridge
last year. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last year how Highbridge
man James Hobbs, 37, had to use a donner kebab to stem the flow
of blood. More...
fire in Burnham High Street
were called to tackle a car blaze in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon
(Thursday, March 22nd). One fire engine from Burnham was sent
to the street outside Boots at 3.14pm where a car was alight.
The vehicle sustained moderate fire damage. More...
crisis' hits carnival
WORRIED carnival organisers have this
week begun distributing thousands of leaflets across Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge warning the event is in 'crisis' due to a lack
of volunteers. The attention-grabbing leaflets warn the carnival's
future is in jeopardy. More...
£300k boost for town
TESCO has this week confirmed that the
multi-milion expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store is finally
set to begin, with the new-look store opening before Christmas
and delivering a major financial boost to the town. The supermarket
giant told Burnham-On-Sea.com that long-awaited construction work
at its store in Ben Travers Way will begin shortly. More...
theatre overhaul begins
SCAFFOLDING has gone up outside Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Theatre this week as work begins on the building's £50,000
external overhaul. Town councillors in Burnham recently approved
a raft of improvements to the exterior of the theatre, including
roof repairs. More...
support Fairtrade scheme
GROUP of children from St Andrew's School in Burnham-On-Sea held
a successful coffee morning on Wednesday (March 21st) to highlight
the issues of Fairtrade. The event turned the spotlight on the
differences between the First World and the Third World, whose
farmers produce many of our food products. More...
joins UK beach clean
MAJOR beach clean-up will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend
as part of a nationwide initiative to rid the UK's beaches of
litter. The Big Spring Beach Clean will be held this Saturday
morning (March 24th) from 11am on Burnham-On-Sea beach when all
will be welcome. More...
company to visit town
PROFESSIONAL touring theatre company will be visiting Highbridge
next week to perform a new comedy. The Riding Lights Roughshod
Theatre Company will perform 'Take The World' in which five actors
come together to put their personal spin on contemporary life.
in CCTV bank fraud appeal
have this week issued an appeal for help in identifying this man
as part of their investigation into an attempted fraud offence
in Highbridge. It follows an incident where a man entered Highbridge's
Natwest Bank in Huntspill Road and attempted to cash a fraudulent
cheque to the value of £2,500. More...
200 back Mary Portas bid
HIGH Street pedestrianisation and extra street markets are
among the suggested improvements proposed by more than 200 people
who have completed a survey supporting Burnham-On-Sea's bid to
secure a share of £1million of Mary Portas regeneration
Saturday search for Ollie!
owners of a lost parrot in Burnham-On-Sea are appealing to residents
to join a town-wide search for the bird over the next few weekends.
Pauline and Ade Hale have launched a 'Find Ollie Saturday Campaign'
in the hope that residents will search outside ocer the next few
fears over fire-hit hotel
ALMOST four years after a huge fire swept through the Highbridge
Hotel and turned it into a crumbling eyesore, fresh concerns have
been expressed this week about long-overdue proposals to redevelop
the site. Highbridge district councillor Joe Leachsays he is "increasingly
event in Burnham
from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School children will be hosting
a coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in the town on Wednesday
(March 21st). Ten children will be making and serving coffee to
visitors to promote the idea of 'Fairtrade' which they have been
studying as part of their lessons. More...
flats plan approved
A FORMER mental health centre in Burnham-On-Sea which was
controversially shut down and sold by the NHS last year will be
turned into a block of holiday apartments by its new owner. Sedgemoor
District Council has this week approved the plans. More...
back from closure threat
CUB pack near Burnham-On-Sea which was on the brink of closure
has bounced back after support from the local community. Berrow
Cubs faced a real danger of closing last year due to low numbers,
but has since been boosted by the arrival of new members and a
cash injection. More...
2012 torchbearers named
Sarah Milner Simonds and Jason Vickers are among several local
people who have this week been officially announced as torch bearers
in this Spring's Olympics torch relay. Jason, who has raised more
than £11,000 for charity over the past seven years, will
be carrying the flame in Glastonbury on May 22nd. More...
age gremlin for Arthur
A 91 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who holds the title
of the world's oldest triathlete and is set to be a torchbearer
during the London 2012 torch relay has laughed off an error on
the official Olympics website which states he is aged eight!.
set to relaunch
Dreamscheme is set to hold a grand relaunch later this month with
a day of fundraising fun. The organisation is to hold a family
fun day at Highbridge's Morland Hall throughout Saturday 31st
March from 11am until 3pm. There will be refreshments, tombola,
cakes, raffle and bric-a-brac. More...
for BAY Centre roof fund
Camera Club has donated £80 towards the BAY Centre's roof
replacement fund. The money has been handed over this week following
a fundraising raffle held by members during the club's recent
meal at the Oak Tree Arena at Edithmead, near Highbridge. More...
to hold cyber surgery
in and around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to chat
directly to their local police inspector from the comfort of their
own home this week. Inspector Roger Tolley is holding a live web
chat between 7pm and 8.30pm on Thursday March 22nd. More...
announce Easter event
arts group HaBA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) will be holding
an Easter arts and crafts exhibition at Burnham-On-Sea Community
Centre on Saturday 31st March. A wide range of work from talented
local artists, including paintings, will be on show and be available
to buy. More...
skydiving Alex is no fool
18 year-old Highbridge leisure assistant who does not have a head
for heights is planning a skydive on April 1st to help raise funds
for Sport Relief. Alex Crocker, who works at King Alfreds
Leisure Centre in Highbridge, is planning to make the jump as
part of a tandem team at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon. .
show to open at theatre
tickets are available for a series of performances of The Lion,
The Witch and Wardrobe at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre, which
start this week. More than 40 youngsters from Mark Youth Theatre
Group will be performing the family show from Thursday. More...
cadets are best in west!
Sea Cadets are celebrating again after winning a south west drill
competition at the weekend. Following their success last month,
Burnham's TS Dulverton unit took part in the South West area competition
by travelling to HMS Raleigh in Plymouth. More...
air cadet corps re-opens
air training corps has re-opened after a temporary closure caused
by a shortage of leaders. The detached flight of 290 Squadron
Air Training Corps is now welcoming new cadets, aged between 13
and 18, to its weekly Thursday evening meetings. More...
warning after dog accidents
THE National Trust has issued a fresh safety warning to dog owners
using Brean Down after two animals tumbled down the cliffs this
weekend. National Trust staff scrambled down the rockface near
Brean Fort this morning (Sunday, March 18th) to help a dog owner
reach his stranded Alsatian. More...
fire teenager praised
BRAVE teenager who helped holidaymakers out of a burning building
at Pontins in Brean earlier this year has received an award for
his courage. Liam Whitworth, 15, kept a cool head when a fire
broke out at 2.14am on January 2nd while he was staying on a break
at the holiday park. More...
after shop vandalism
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a
shop window in Highbridge was smashed by vandals in the early
hours of Saturday (March 17th). A glass pane in the William Hill
bookmakers shop in Market Street was broken, as pictured here,
prompting the appeal. More...
taster session on offer
and Highbridge Karate Club will be marking BBC Sport Relief with
a morning of introductory sessions next Sunday (March 25th). The
club is inviting people aged five and over to its taster session
at Highbridge's King Alfred School gym and to make a donation
to Sport Relief. More...
plans aired at RNLI AGM
than 30 crewmembers and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat
station attended its AGM on Friday evening (March 16th). The meeting,
which was held at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the seafront,
began with a talk by guest speaker David Eccles from EDF Energy.
house for Princess concert
SELL-out audience of more than 200 people filled Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Theatre on Friday night (16th March) to watch an adrenaline-filled
performance by a top Queen tribute act. Mercury are regarded as
one of the world's most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury
and Queen. More...
to stand in election?
MP Jacob Rees-Mogg may stand against Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa
Munt at the next General Election, according to a national newspaper
report this week. The Daily Mail's political columnist Quentin
Letts questioned how secure the Wells parliamentary seat is for
Tessa Munt. More...
to appear on TV show
HIGHBRIDGE student is to appear in a TV documentary about cyber
bullying on Monday evening (March 19th). Gemma Cain, 16, from
King Alfred School will be featured in a BBC3 documentary called
The Anti-Social Network focusing on the problems around cyber
called to dog walker
Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Friday afternoon
amid concern for the safety of a
dog owner after his pet was thought to have tumbled down steep
cliffs. A spaniel went missing just before 1pm, prompting the
owner to raise the alarm by contacting Coastguards. More...
parking request rejected
TOWN councillors have turned down a
request from Burnham-On-Sea Police for a new permanent parking
bay to be installed along the town's High Street. Councillors
considered the proposal at their latest meeting where they raised
concerns about the lack of parking spaces. More...
run for Somerset team
young Burnham-On-Sea athletes have been selected to represent
the Somerset Schools Cross Country team in the English Schools
National Championships this weekend. Matt Dickinson and Luke Prior
from King Alfred School have both been selected to take part in
the event this Saturday (17th March). More...
areas receive cash boost
THOUSANDS of pounds of improvements are set to be made to
play areas across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge as part of a modernisation
programme, it has been announced. Sedgemoor District Council is
to use cash from housing developers' community contributions to
proceed with the work. More...
£500 Folkfest boost
of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Folkfest this week when
a successful fundraising event was held in the town's cinema.
The Ritz Cinema's owners, Pat and Beryl Scott, provided a screen
free-of-charge and a packed house watched Les Miserables. More...
fundraiser for BIARS
Friends of Marine Cove have presented a cheque to the group that
runs the town's seafront information centre following a recent
fundraising event. A pancake flipping fundraiser was held at the
gardens on Shrove Tuesday and raised £30 for BIARS. More...
Day charity car wash
CHARITY car wash is to be held in Brent Knoll on Mother's Day
in aid of a cancer charity. The event will be held at Sanders
Garden World from 10am-4pm this Sunday (March 18th) to raise funds
for Breast Cancer Care. The event will see 50% of the cost being
hosepipe ban' for Burnham
firm that provides water supplies to the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
area has this week said it has no plans to introduce a hosepipe
ban in our area despite one of the driest winters on record. Across
the West country, reservoir levels are down by up to one fifth.
singers are on song
local singers from the Burnham-based Siobhan Johnson Singers who
sang at the Highbridge Festival of the Arts all won silver medals.
For three of them it was their first time performing at the festival
and three of them gained "distinctions" for their performances.
arts plan for town unveiled
A BRAND new £250,000 project to
regenerate part of Highbridge town centre by creating an 'arts
and crafts quarter' has been unveiled this week. Under the proposals,
a dozen boarded-up shops along Market Street would be transformed
into workshops, studios and retail outlets for artists. More...
road trip feat!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner is seeking
a mechanic to join him on an incredible fundraising road trip
across Europe in a three-wheeled vehicle. Keith Saunders, pictured,
is currently planning the huge charity trip, which he hopes to
undertake next summer. More...
HIGHBRIDGE woman is among a group of Weston College friends celebrating
after all getting places on the same university course. Emma Bobbett,
33, along with Leanne Preston, Alex Brammer and Lamisa Agilah
are all on a Higher Education course and have qualified to go
to the same university. More...
plans 'wholly inadequate'
Executive of Sedgemoor District Council has this week said that
EDF Energy's transport plans during the construction of a proposed
nuclear power station at Hinkley Point are "wholly inadequate".
The comments came at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. More...
date for RNLI car wash
POSTPONED car wash to raise money for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI will
be held in April. Volunteers from the lifeboat station in Pier
Street had to cancel the second of their charity car washes due
to wintry weather in February. Now, a new date has been set. More...
Portas bid gathers pace
A successful public meeting was held in Burnham-On-Sea on
Tuesday evening (March 13th) when more than 20 residents gave
their backing to the town's bid to win a share of £1million
of Mary Portas funding to improve the town centre. 24 people representing
local groups attended. More...
sign up for Sport Relief Mile
than 100 runners will be taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's Sport
Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March as part of the BBC's nationwide
fundraising drive. Burnham's event has this week received the
backing of the town's Mayor, along with the organisers. More...
found for record bid
Sunspot Amusements has come forward as the main sponsor of the
town's attempt to set a new sandcastle building world record this
Spring. The event is to be held atr 12.30pm on Saturday June 2nd
during Burnham's Royal Jubilee celebrations. More...
crash probe 'is ongoing'
POLICE inquiry into the cause of November's M5 motorway crash
in which seven people died and another 51 were injured, is continuing.
Reports in some media suggested the probe had concluded that smoke
from a nearby fireworks display was not to blame. More...
MP calls for tax cuts
MP Tessa Munt has called for tax cuts for millions of people across
the UK during a speech at the Liberal Democrat's conference. She
addressed the party's members during its annual Spring conference
in Gateshead on the benefits of tax cuts. More...
blaze tackled in Brent Knoll
firefighters were called to tackle a car blaze in Brent Knoll
on Monday night (March 12th). One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea
rushed to the A38 running through the village at 10.41pm after
reports from passers-by that a vehicle had been seen in flames.
group marks 15th year
Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group has celebrated its 15th
anniversary this week. The group has raised more than £300,000
towards supporting people with the disease and was originally
formed in 1997 by a group of people, including Christine Piper.
joy for Sarah
A 'dream has come true' for Burnham-On-Sea gymnastics coach
Sarah Moon, who is set to take Britain's Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior
Group to this summer's Olympic Games. Sarah - a former King Alfred
School student - has coached the team at Bath University for the
past year. More...
attended arts festival
65th annual Highbridge Festival Of The Arts has been hailed a
success by its organisers after attracting 1,700 entries and more
than 1,500 spectators. The ten-day event was held at Burnham's
Princess Theatre and Arts Centre between February 29th and 9th
in court on porn charges
PENSIONER from near Burnham who stored thousands of images of
child pornography on his computer has been handed a community
order. Raymond Cox, 62, of Church Close in East Huntspill, pleaded
guilty to ten counts of making indecent photographs. More...
Burnham man in focus
THE life and times of a Burnham-On-Sea investor who is credited
with funding the construction of many of the town's historic buildings
will go under the spotlight this week. The late George Reed will
be the focus of a presentation on Wednesday evening at King Alfred
racing is runaway success!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International club's latest
fundraising evening took on a new streak with these battery-operated
pigs! Around 50 Moose and Ladies Circle members gathered at Berrow
Village Hall on Saturday (March 10th) for the evening of racing.
wins football competition
A FOOTBALL-mad Burnham-On-Sea youngster enjoyed a day to remember
after winning a top club's competition. Niall Francis won an official
shirt signed by all the members of the title-chasing Premiership
team Manchester City and met a former boxing champion. More...
Jubilee mosaic workshops
A SERIES of glass mosaic making workshops with a Royal Jubilee
theme are to be held in Highbridge over the next few weeks. Sedgemoor
Community Partnership is running the workshops in Morland Hall.
Participants will make a Mosaic Art Creation based on the Queens
Diamond Jubilee Logo. More...
rescued from thick fog
AN inflatable boat from Watchet was rescued by lifeboat crews
this morning (Sunday, March 11th) after its crew became disorientated
in thick fog. Burnham's RNLI crews were taking part in regular
training when they were tasked by Swansea Coastguard. More...
search for girl lost in fog
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, rescue
hovercrafts and police launched a major search for a missing autistic
teenager in thick fog on Brean beach this afternoon (Sunday, March
11th). The carers of the 14 year-old contacted Brean's beachwarden
at 1.45pm to report the girl missing. More...
arrested after theft
people have been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police following the
theft of a box of valuables from a garden on Friday (March 9th).
Police were called to a block of flats in Berrow Road at 12.30pm
after a box of household items was stolen from outside the property
while a family was moving home. More...
at Apex Park's entrance
group that runs Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park says it faces
a repair bill of several hundred pounds after a car demolished
part of its wooden entrance on Friday evening (March 9th). Police
were called to the entrance to Apex Park at 6pm. More...
converge on Hinkley
LARGE crowds of protesters gathered at Hinkley Point nuclear power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (March 10th) to mark
the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The
protesters walked around the perimeter fence to call for an end
to the government's 'nuclear renaissance'. More...
Spring show hailed a hit
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's
annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 10th). Organisers said the
event in St Andrew's School had beenCrowds of visitors flocked
to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on
Saturday (March 10th). More...
give £4k to hospice
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has this week handed over thousands
of pounds to Childrens Hospice South West following a successful
fundraising event. Burnham Rotary Club President Ian Breed presented
£4,744 to the charity's fundraising representative at a
function on Thursday. More...
for heating bills on offer
PEOPLE living in cold homes or struggling with heating bills in
the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be able to pick up
free help and support at a special event this month. The event
will take place at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre on Friday 30th
for super-fast Web hopes
THE campaign to bring superfast broadband Internet to homes in
the Burnham-On-Sea area has been given a boost with the news that
15,000 individuals and businesses across Somerset have responded
to a survey being run by the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.
called to stranded girl
A YOUNG girl became stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach this
afternoon (Friday), prompting a call-out for the town's emergency
services. Burnham Coastguards, BARB's rescue hovercraft and a
fire rescue crew were called to the South Esplanade at 4.40pm
after the family reported the youngster in difficulty. More...
of Brean jobs on offer
DOZENS of job opportunities for the coming summer season will
be go on offer in Brean this weekend. Brean Leisure Park and Holiday
Resort Unity will be holding their annual recruitment open day
for seasonal positions this Sunday (11th March) between 10.30am
and 4pm. More...
arrests during police raids
OFFICERS across the Somerset West police area,
which includes Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, arrested over 30
people during its Operation Relentless clampdown on crime throughout
Wednesday (March 7th). Officers executed ten misuse of drugs act
warrants in the area. More...
exhibition on Sunday
COUPLES who are planning on tying the knot will
be able to pick up ideas on how to make their big day extra special
by attending a wedding exhibition near Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday
(March 11th). The event is being held at The Battleborough Grange
Hotel from 10am. More...
for Civic Award nominees
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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 rendered outstanding
service to the community and will be presented at the Civic Service.
pub to hold 'Ska Fest'
THE West Country's critically acclaimed pop group
The Communicators will headline a music festival in Berrow on
Saturday (March 10th). The Berrow Inn is holding a Ska Fest featuring
performances by The Communicators, Sole Room DJ and Weston Scooter
wildlife plans approved
PLANNING permission has this week been granted
to create one of the UK's largest areas of new wildlife habitat
on the Steart Peninsula near Burnham-On-Sea. Over the next two
years 400 hectares of the Steart Peninsula will be turned into
wildlife-rich habitats including saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands.
fears over 95 new homes
concerns have been expressed this week about plans to turn this
boatyard in Highbridge into a development of 95 homes. At a meeting
last night (Wednesday), town councillors raised concerns about
access to the site and the types of properties. More...
Spring Show on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society will hold its
colourful annual Spring Show this Saturday (March 10th). As well
as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography,
floral art, domestic and junior classes. The event takes place
at St Andrew's School in Dunstan Road. More...
Portas bid team to meet
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is to hold an open meeting next
week to discuss the town's bid for a share of a £1million
cash injection from TV star Mary Portas to improve the town centre.
The meeting is being held for everyone who has expressed an interest
win haul of medals
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Monarchs Acro Gymnastics Team are celebrating
after winning a haul of medals at their first competition of the
year. A group of 35 gymnasts from the club travelled to Taunton
to compete against 15 other clubs for medals and came home with
a number of wins. More...
gets new Commons role
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has been given a new role at the heart of
government this week. Tessa Munt has been appointed as Parliamentary
Private Secretary to Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business,
Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable. The role of PPS is widely
seen as a starting point for many MPs who are looking to become
ministers themselves. More...
apprentice scheme starts
SANDERS Garden World in Brent Knoll has launched an apprenticeship
programme this month. The garden centre is offering the scheme
to people aged 16 and above and all apprentices who successfully
complete the programme will receive a work-based diploma. More...
pizza takeaway opened
A NEW pizza take-away opened for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street on Wednesday evening (March 7th). The new business,
called Del Mondo Pizza, has opened in place of the former Magpie
Gifts shop at 63 The High Street in the north of the town. More...
of drugs seized in police raid
Video and photos:
DRUGS with a street value of more than £30,000 were seized
by police during a raid in Highbridge on Wednesday morning (March
7th). Over a dozen police stormed a flat in Highbridge Quay at
7.39am and a man was arrested, as pictured here, during Avon and
Somerset Constabulary's annual Operation Relentless initiative.
Russian twin for towns?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge
could soon be twinned with a town in Russia. Burnham and Highbridge
Council has been approached by a dance group based at King Alfred
School to see whether a formal link with Pereslavl Zalessky is
selling fast for pop act
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
will play host to the Queen tribute act Mercury on Friday 16th
March. Mercury are widely regarded as being established as one
of the world's most authentic tributes to the pop legend Freddie
Mercury and Queen. More...
authority boss resigns
HUNTSPILL county councillor Mark Healey has resigned from the
post of chairman of Devon and Somerset Fire Authority this week
after a row about a 25% rise in allowances. Mark Healey and his
deputy have stepped down after being criticised by council leaders.
arrested over drugs find
Exclusive: A man has
been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police after dozens of cannabis
plants were seized at a property. A 21 year-old man was held and
later arrested on bail after the raid on a property near Lympsham.
More than 30 fully grown plants were seized. More...
found by town road
police are seeking the public's help in finding out how a cannabis
plant became to be dumped next to a road in the town at the weekend.
Officers were called to Pople's Bow on Sunday afternoon after
the fully grown plant was spotted besides the road. More...
new homes approved
MULTI-million pound plans for 550 new homes on this farmland in
Highbridge have been given the go-ahead today (Tuesday, March
6th) - and the town is also set to receive a huge financial boost
as part of the scheme. Sedgemoor District Council's Development
Control Committee granted outline planning permission. More...
centre wi-fi plans unveiled
to introduce super-fast wireless Internet access across Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre received a cool welcome from town councillors last
night night (Monday, March 5th) when they expressed concern about
the £40,000 cost of the project. More...
record sandcastle bid
BUCKETS and spades will be at the ready when a world record attempt
to build the most sandcastles in one hour is made on Burnham-On-Sea
beach. Sponsors are currently being sought for the event, which
will be held on Saturday June 2nd, during the Jubilee celebrations.
Mary Portas bid boosted
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's bid for a share of a £1million
cash injection from TV
personality Mary Portas to
improve the town centre was given a boost on Monday (March 5th)
when the town council gave its backing to the proposal. The council
is supporting Burnham Chamber of Trade's application. More...
on your bike for charity!
SUPPORTERS of East Huntspill's Secret World wild animal rescue
centre are being invited to get on their bikes to help the charity's
£4m fundraising campaign. The charity is holding a Willows
and Romans fundraising cycle ride on Sunday April 15th across
the Somerset levels. More...
punches way to victory
AN up-and-coming young boxer from Burnham-On-Sea's Titans Boxing
Club punched his way to a well-deserved win during a hard-fought
bout in Devon at the weekend. Lewis Stacey was in action in Bideford
where he faced a local favourite, James Hill Perrin. More...
Arts Festival results
results are in for the latest competitions at this year's 65th
annual Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters
from the ages of three upwards are competing for dozens of top
honours at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea. More...
nominated for police award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea policeman has been nominated to become Avon and
Somerset Constabulary's Special Constable of the Year. Special
Constable Ian Phillips has been put forward by residents as part
of the annual Community Policing Awards, which seek to shine the
spotlight on the best police on the beat. More...
for pedestrian crossing
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE councillor has this week called
for a new pedestrian crossing to be introduced outside the town's
medical centre amid increasing concern about road safety there.
Town councillor Pat Burge wants Somerset County Council to introduce
a crossing in Pepperall Road to help residents. More...
all grow for town pupils!
GREEN-fingered pupils at a Highbridge school are taking part in
a nationwide growing challenge. The Gro-Sure Challenge is encouraging
children to grow their own vegetables from seeds and is taking
place at more than 570 Asda stores across the UK and involving
primary schools. More...
order for purse thief
MAN has been given a six-month exclusion order preventing him
from entering Somerset after stealing shoppers' purses in Burnham-On-Sea
and the surrounding area. The man was arrested after his car was
stop-checked in the town last month. More...
cut hits 10,000 homes
MORE than 10,000 homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were
briefly plunged into the dark on Sunday evening (March 4th) following
a widespread power cut. The cut lasted just 10 seconds, but affected
homes across the Burnham area following a high-voltage fault.
'People power saved bus'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP says the county council's
decision to save a vital bus service from the axe is an example
of how 'people power' can work. We first reported last week that
Somerset County Council had decided not to axe the 113 bus service.
halts UK championships
of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on
Brean beach on Saturday, competing in the British Land Yachting
Championships, but today's racing was halted by wet weather. Over
30 pilots from across the country took part in Saturday's British
Land Yachting Championships. More...
Cove to hold plant sale
group that runs Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be holding
a fundraising plant sale on Monday morning (March 5th). Residents
are being encouraged to visit the seafront gardens, located next
to St Andrew's Church, between 10am and mid-day. More...
Frank marks 25 years
organiser of Highbridge's Festival Of The Arts was presented with
a special award on Saturday (March 3rd) to mark his 25 years of
involvement with the event. Frank Burton received a certificate
from the town's Mayor and Mayoress during a ceremony at Burnham's
Princess Theatre. More...
joins BBC music event
and Highbridge Choral Society held a short concert this evening
(Saturday, March 3rd) as part of the BBC's nationwide Music Nation
project. 35 members of the Society sang an Olympics-themed programme
of music at a Burnham Holiday Village event. More...
tributes laid at crash scene
family and friends of the two men who died in a tragic car accident
in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, last weekend have been laying
floral tributes at the crash scene. A number of flower bouquets
have been left along the verge in Coast Road where the two men
died last Sunday (February 26th).
Arts Festival: latest
THE results are in for the first few
days of competition at this year's 65th annual Highbridge Festival
of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of
three upwards are competing at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
in Burnham-On-Sea. More...
dressed up for book week!
at a Burnham-On-Sea kindergarten were invited to dress up as their
favourite literary characters to celebrate World Book Day and
the start of Book Week. The children at Southleigh Kindergarten
in Rectory Road were encouraged to come as book characters. More...
shop is named best in UK
DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea shop are celebrating this
week after scooping several top awards in a national competition
for a fourth year running. At the British Craft Awards in Birmingham,
Material Needs in Burnham High Street was named the UK 'Stitching
Retailer Of The Year'. More...
tackle Highbridge fire
from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a blaze in the centre of Highbridge
on Friday evening (March 2nd). Fire crews were called to the Walrow
shortly before 7.30pm after a bonfire accidentally spread and
set alight a stretch of fencing and a shed. More...
RSPCA shop for Burnham
charity is set to open a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre
on Monday (March 5th). The RSPCA is opening the new shop at the
junction of Burnham High Street and Cross Street. The charity
is closing its existing small shop in Regent Street. More...
scare at council offices
District Council has resumed normal operations following the lifting
of a cordon caused by a bomb scare and evacuation in Bridgwater
on Friday afternoon (March 2nd). An unexploded World War II bomb
was the cause of the incident, which caused the evacuation. More...
fireworks clash debated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display will be held on
the evening before this year's winter carnival, despite a clash
with Remembrance Sunday. At a meeting on Wednesday night (February
29th), councillors considered the date of the event. More...
to be unveiled in April
HIGHBRIDGE'S brand new town clock will be fully installed
by the end of April, the town council has said this week. The
new £20,000 four-faced clock will be installed in the town's
Jubilee Gardens to replace the existing crumbling structure, as
land yacht racers in action
of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action
on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting
Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land
Yacht Club and begins on Saturday March 3rd and cotinues on Sunday.
author to visit town
Philosophy Group will be visited by a leading philosophy author
next week. Gary Cox, who is widely regarded as one of Britain's
top philosophers, will be talking at the group's meeting on 7th
March at 7.30pm in Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...
MP branded 'a lunatic'
MP Tessa Munt has been branded a "publicity-hungry lunatic"
by Conservative Bridgwater
MP Ian Liddell-Grainger
this week after she was filmed with anti-nuclear campaigners who
were occupying a barn on the site of Hinkley Point's proposed
nuclear power station. More...
visit is a smash hit
from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club have made a special visit
to pupils at a school in the town this week to introduce youngsters
to the sport. Head Coach Vinny Duddy and Club Coach Craig Phillips
visited the town's St Andrews Junior School. More...
attack line of cars
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed
for witnesses after vandals damaged a line of parked cars in the
town centre earlier this week. Four vehicles parked in Burnham
High Street outside Lloyds Bank had their wing mirrors damaged
early on Sunday. More...
boost for town centre
A £186,000 project to modernise
Burnham-On-Sea town centre is set to go ahead over the next few
months. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns a Sedgemoor District Council
'task and finish' group has met over the past week to approve
a list of improvements. More...
receive bravery awards
THREE Burnham-On-Sea police officers who saved
the life of a woman stuck in mud on Brean beach have this week
received bravery awards. PC Ryan Dinham, PC Adrian Jones and PCSO
Peter Williams were awarded Royal Humane Society Awards on Wednesday.
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