March 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Car break-ins warning issued
POLICE have this week issued a warning to motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure valuables are kept out of sight in parked vehicles to avoid tempting opportunistic would-be thieves. The advice comes as police say thefts from vehicles tend to increase. More...

Cross carried along seafront
A SYMBOLIC cross was carried along Burnham's seafront during a procession to mark Easter Day. Around 20 members of Burnham-On-Sea Community Church took part in the parade along The Esplanade between the jetty and Marine Cove. The procession was followed by an outdoor religious service. More...

Easter bonnets go on display!
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been getting into the Easter spirit by making traditional bonnets. Brent Knoll schoolchildren paraded through the village for a special church service, while in Burnham Mayor Ken Smout judged a competition. More...

Long service award for leader
THE Commanding Officer of Burnham-On-Sea's Sea Cadets has been presented with the 3rd Clasp to his Cadet Forces Medal. The medal is presented after a minimum of 12 years good service as an adult, with the clasps representing each additional six year period. More...

Easter Day Folkfest fundraiser
THE organisers of Burnham's FolkFest will be holding their traditional Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon this weekend. The event - which this year will be held at Burnham's Princess Theatre - will see live music from 2pm throughout the afternoon until 11pm. More...

Fire drama at Katie Price wedding
Exclusive: THERE was a dramatic end to the celebrity wedding of model Katie Price near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night when fire crews were called to the venue. A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Rookery Manor in Rooksbridge shortly before 10pm when a fireworks display at the wedding went wrong. More..

Probe into Huntspill blaze
AN investigation is underway into the cause of a huge blaze at a timber supplier near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (March 30th). Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater were sent to the Wood Pile in West Huntspill at 10pm. More...

Author holds book signing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author signed copies of his new book in the town on Saturday (March 30th). Andy Cruickshank, a former Head of PE at Highbridge's King Alfred School, started writing in the 1990's and his first book, a novel, has just been published. More...

Model holds local celebrity wedding
GLAMOUR model Katie Price had her wedding blessed in a Willy Wonka-themed event near Burnham-On-Sea on Good Friday. Katie, 34, had her marriage to stripper Kieran Hayler blessed in a high-security wedding with a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory theme at Rookery Manor. More...

Busy weekend of Easter events
THERE'S a busy weekend of entertainment lined up across the Burnham-On-Sea area this Easter holiday weekend. Our guide shows you the main highlights of all the events - from a music marathon to several Easter egg hunts and family outdoor activities. More...

Town Clerk retires from role
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Town Clerk Eileen Shaw was toasted by friends and colleagues on Thursday (March 28th) when she retired after 14 years in the role. Over 20 people gathered for Eileen's last day of work at the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road. More...

Fundraisers pedal for charity
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers is in training for a challenge to raise cash for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research. The group is determined to help find a cure for MND after the death of their friend, local resident Nigel Boley, last November. More...

Rubbish collections delayed
RUBBISH collections in Burnham-On-Sea will go ahead a day later over the Easter holiday period. Collections due on Good Friday 29th March will be made on Saturday 30th March while collections on Friday 5th April will also be delayed until Saturday 6th April. More...

Car parks shake-up revealed
Exclusive: A brand new half-hour car parking charge is to be launched in Burnham-On-Sea next week to make the town more friendly to shoppers - but there will also be small increases in charges at car parks across the town. The new 30p fee for 30 minutes parking is being introduced on April 2nd. More...

MP's tour guide role for a day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP swapped her job in parliament to become a tour guide for a day this week to mark English Tourism Week. Tessa Munt joined staff at Cheddar Gorge and Caves to learn some of the key skills in becoming a guide and promote Somerset tourism. More...

Easter town market on Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Easter farmers market will be held in the town centre on Friday (March 29th). A wide range of food and drink will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street in the town centre between 9am and 1pm. More...

Gracie, 8, progresses in contest
EXCITEMENT is growing for a young singer from Brent Knoll who could soon be performing at London's O2 Arena after getting a thumbs-up from the judges of a nationwide music competition. Gracie Wickens-Sweet made it through to the regional finals of TeenStar. More...

Golf club raises over £7,000
MEMBERS of Brean Golf Club have raised thousands of pounds for a local charity that helps cancer sufferers. PETAL - The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust was chosen as the Captain's Charity of 2012 as chosen by Stewart Garrett and £7,385 was raised. More...

It's not Hear'say! TV singer visits
Exclusive: A POP star from chart-topping band Hear'say was in Brean this week where he performed at a holiday park. Danny Foster appeared in the inaugural 2001 series of ITV's Popstars, and went on to become a founder member of the pop group Hear'say. More...

Easter shops contest to begin
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers will be able to win £100 by taking part in a competition to find unusual items hidden in 20 shop windows across the town this Easter. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window'. More...

Lead thieves target church
Exclusive: MEAN thieves have stolen thousands of pounds worth of lead roofing panels from the top of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church over the past week - the third such theft in five years. Police believe the panels have been stolen from the roof of the church for their scrap metal value. More...

Zumba raises laughs and cash!
A UNIQUE event organised by two charity fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has raised vital funds for Save The Children. A dozen people supported a Zumbathon at Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street on Saturday, raising £100 for the charity. More...

MP attacks 'unjustified costs'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week hit out at the £100 billion cost of replacing Trident. Tessa Munt attended a public debate on the issue in Wells where she spoke out regarding the huge costs of the project. She said: "I cannot fathom how such a massive expenditure can be justified." More...

Rock group theatre fundraiser
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea rock group will be performing a concert to raise funds for the town's Princess Theatre on Saturday night (March 30th). The Ginger Hitlas are holding a 'Mad Hatter's Party' from 8pm onwards at the theatre in Princess Street. More...

Donkey leads church parade
A DONKEY led a group of 80 Burnham-On-Sea residents on an annual Easter parade through the town on Sunday (March 24th). The annual Palm Sunday procession left St Andrew's Church and wended its way along Victoria Street, before returning to the church. More...

Lucky escape after car flips
Exclusive: A COUPLE had a lucky escape after their car overturned on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (March 24th). Police and ambulance crews were called to the southbound sliproad of the M5 at junction 23 for Highbridge after the driver lost control. More...

Fox rescued from hotel roof
THIS lucky fox is recovering well after being rescued from the roof of a hotel by wildlife carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. The animal was spotted in a confused state wandering around the roof of the Webbington Hotel where it was stuck. More...

£50k of drugs seized by police
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have seized thousands of pounds of drugs this week after a series of new property raids. Cannabis plants with a street value of £50,000 were seized in Wedmore on Monday and other raids have taken place in Brent Knoll and Burnham. More...

Choral concert tickets on sale
TICKETS have gone on sale for a Spring special concert by Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society. The society's members will be performing Vivaldi Gloria and excerpts from Les Miserables. The concert will be held at St Andrew's Church on Saturday 20th April. More...

£700 boost for town hospital
MORE than £700 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Hospital at a fundraising party on Saturday (March 23rd). Over 130 people attended the event, organsied by The Friends of Burnham Hospital, at the Oaktree Arena. The theme of this year's event was 'black and white'. More...

RNLI shop re-opens for Easter
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's fundraising volunteers have pulled out all the stops to re-open the lifeboat station's shop this week in time for the Easter holidays. The revamped shop in Pier Street has a new stock of souvenirs, plus a sale of some of last year's items. More...

Scout leader loses court appeal
FORMER Burnham-On-Sea Scouts leader David Burland - who was jailed last year for his abuse of children - has failed to convince Appeal Court judges that his trial was unfair. Burland, 55, was jailed for 15 years with an extended six-year licence period last February. More...

Easter ceremony beats weather
A GROUP of local people braved icy winds to clamber up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll on Sunday (March 24th) to take part in the village's traditional blessing of three Easter crosses. Churches from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were represented at the 20-minute Palm Sunday service. More...

Beaches given a Spring clean!
Photo Special: OVER 30 volunteers gave beaches in Burnham and Berrow a Spring clean during a litter cleaning exercise on Saturday (March 23rd). The Big Spring Beach Clean was overseen by Sedgemoor District Council with the help of teams from the Friends of Marine Cove and Surfers Against Sewage. More...

Eggs-cellent fun for pupils!
DOZENS of children took part in Brent Knoll School's annual Easter Egg hunt at the weekend. The school held the traditional fun event during its Easter Fair, which went ahead despite bad weather. However, the usual run to the top of Brent Knoll was cancelled. More...

Sweet shop opens in Burnham
A TRADITIONAL sweet shop selling old-fashioned confectionery has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Burnham residents Les and Sue Barber have opened the new business, called Bessie's Sweet Shoppe, at 44 The High Street. Alongside jars of sweets and seaside rock, the shop is selling locally-made items. More...

Scooter user hurt in collision
AN elderly woman was hurt in an accident in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (March 23rd). A silver car and a mobility scooter collided at the junction of Pier Street and Abingdon Street at around 12.15pm, as pictured by a passer-by here. More...

New £80k games facilities open
A NEW £80,000 multi-use games area was officially opened in East Huntspill on Saturday (March 23rd). The brand new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) has been built on the playing field and a ceremony was held on Saturday attended by local villagers, councillors and dignitaries. More...

Asda's boost for trio of groups
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes and those that attract the most receive a cash donation. More...

Art exhibition draws visitors
ARTS group HaBA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) held its annual Easter arts and crafts exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (23rd March). The work of many talented local artists went on show and was available to buy at the Community Centre. More...

Police find missing person
A POLICE helicopter joined a search for a 'vulnerable' missing person in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (March 22nd). An elderly lady had been reported missing by her concerned family, prompting a search operation by police officers across the area. More...

Hollyoaks TV star in Burnham
Exclusive: A FORMER star of the Channel 4 TV soap Hollyoaks performed an exclusive set of songs at a concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (March 22nd). Lee Otway, 31, is best known for his role as David 'Bombhead' Burke on the Channel 4 soap. More...

Crews called to seafront arcade
A FIRE has temporarily closed a seafront amusement arcade in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday). These were the scenes on the Esplanade when two fire crews were sent to Sunspot Amusements at 5.50pm amid reports of a small blaze inside the main gaming area. More...

Severe weather alert for area
THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) as heavy rain raises the risk of flooding. A yellow weather warning is in place as bands of rain accompanied by strong winds will sweep through the region. More...

Police seek Asda Pod helpers
NEW volunteers are being invited to sign up to help run Highbridge's Police Pod. The Asda Police Pod has been open in the town since 2009 and offers local people and visitors the opportunity to speak to an officer about policing or community issues. More...

Town crews at fatal train crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were among the emergency services called to deal with the aftermath of a fatal crash on Thursday (March 21st) when a train hit a car on a level crossing. The train was travelling from Exeter to Paddington when it crashed at around 6.30am. More...

New £350k park finally opens
A brand new long-awaited £350,000 park and play area in Burnham-On-Sea has finally opened today (Thursday, March 21st) after wet weather delayed its launch by five months. Work to construct the new Rosewood Green public park had been completed last October. More...

Severe flooding hits Scouts hall
Exclusive: SEVERE flooding caused by a burst pipe has left Burnham-On-Sea Scouts Hall under several inches of water this week. A torrent of water flooded into the building, leaving the facilities at the BASC Ground temporarily closed. Several cubs and scout meetings have been cancelled. More...

Bugsy Malone opens in town
A PRODUCTION of the classic crime caper Bugsy Malone is underway in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Members of Mark Youth Theatre Group will be performing the show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre from March 21st-23rd at 7.30pm each day. More...

Join Zumbathon this Saturday
TWO charity fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea will be holding their third event of the year this Saturday (March 23rd) when members of the public will be welcome to join them for a zumbathon. Nicola Noad and Tamara Ellis are running the event in Highbridge. More...

Cider makers attack tax hike
CIDER makers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have reacted with dismay to the Chancellor's Budget announcement that cider tax duty is to increase by 2p a pint. Chancellor George Osborne announced on Tuesday that drinkers will pay 2p a pint extra for cider. More...

Protesters' anger over Hinkley
ANTI-nuclear campaigners say this week's Government decision to grant planning permission for EDF's Hinkley C project is no surprise - but leaves "serious questions" hanging. Theo Simon slammed the public consultation process as 'undemocratic' and hit out at the Government. More...

MP welcomes tax decision
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed the Chancellor's Budget announcement that the income tax threshold will rise to £10,000, meaning that thousands of Somerset residents will not be paying any tax at all by April 2014. The Chancellor lifted the level. More...

Long-awaited hotel plan revealed
FIVE years after a huge fire tore through the Highbridge Hotel, long-awaited plans for a re-development of the site have been unveiled this week. Owner Derek Mead has announced plans to build 59 residential homes at the old cattle market site to include 23 three-bedroom homes and 31 two-bedroom homes. More...

Ritz to hold Folkfest screening
FILM and music fans will be able to sing along to a special screening of a legendary rock classic in aid of the town's FolkFest next week. The organisers of Burnham's FolkFest are presenting a one-off performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at Burnham's Ritz Cinema. More...

Motorists unhurt after crash
A BUSY Highbridge road was partially closed on Tuesday evening (March 19th) after a two-vehicle crash. Police were called to Burnham Road at just after 4.30pm to divert traffic around the scene of the collision, which occured near the convenience store. More...

Hinkley approval welcomed
THE news that the Government has given the go-ahead to a new £14bn nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, has this week been welcomed by local authorities. The Government's announcement on Tuesday removes the last obstacle. More...

Fire crews rescue stuck horse
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea rescued a horse stranded in a rhyne in Rooksbridge on Tuesday evening (March 19th). Crews were called to Rooksbridge Road at 6pm after reports the animal was stuck in a water-filled rhyne and was sinking rapidly into the water around it. More...

Hinkley Point C gets approval
THE development of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been given approval today (Tuesday). Energy Secretary Ed Davey told MPs in the House of Commons that he was granting planning consent to French energy giant EDF. More...

Cannabis sniff cards posted
MARIJUANA-scented scratch cards are to be posted to households in the Burnham-On-Sea area in a bid to detect illegal cannabis farms. Crimestoppers, which runs the campaign, says it hopes the cards will help people to recognise the smell of cannabis. More..

Floral tributes for crash victim
FLORAL tributes have been placed at the spot where motorist Patrick Barr was killed in Highbridge on Sunday evening. Bouquets of flowers have been attached to the railings in Church Street where the tragic two-car crash occurred. Local man Patrick Barr, 46 who was known to his friends as 'Paddy', died. More...

Comet visible from Burnham
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer has this week taken these stunning photos of a comet in the skies above the town. The Panstarrs comet is currently visible each night and it was spotted here at dusk on Monday evening (March 18th) by local man Stuart Anderson. More...

'Buoyant tourist season ahead'
TOURIST businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area could enjoy a bumper summer season as cash-strapped Brits take holidays in the UK rather to save money, it has been claimed this week. Parliamentary candidate James Heappey made the comments during a visit. More..

Baby trapped in car rescued
A YOUNG baby has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters after getting stuck in a car this evening (Monday, March 18th). A Burnham fire crew was called to Berrow Road at 7.26pm after reports that an eight month old baby had accidentally become locked in a car. More..

MP calls for flooding action
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has called for action to prevent future heavy rain causing a repeat of the damage recently brought to low-lying areas of Somerset. A flood summit took place in the county on Friday in the wake of the floods that struck late last year. More..

Highbridge crash victim named
A 46 year-old man has died after a two-car collision in the centre of Highbridge last night (Sunday). Church Street was shut to all traffic for several hours after the vehicles collided at 8.20pm near the junction of Grange Avenue. The incident involved two vehicles – a Honda Civic and a Volvo V70. More...

1,800 performers in 10 days!
HIGHBRIDGE'S 66th annual Festival Of The Arts has been hailed a huge success after ending its 10-day run in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 16th). Over 1,800 talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards competed at Burnham's Princess Theatre over the course of the festival. More...

Mayor drops in at BAY event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among the visitors to a fundraising sale in aid of the town's youth centre on Saturday (March 16th). Ken and Janet Smout called in at the BAY Centre's table top sale. The couple visited the Sue Ryder stall. More...

Crowds flock to Easter fair
OVER 150 people flocked to a Highbridge church's annual Easter fair on Saturday morning (March 16th). A wide range of stalls selling Easter-themed items, such as traditional cakes and bonnets, was set up in St John's Church Hall along with entertainment. More...

Crash shuts Highbridge street
THE centre of Highbridge was closed off on Sunday evening following a serious two vehicle collision. Church Street was closed to all traffic after two cars collided near the junction with Grange Avenue. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their rescue operations. The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard to perform rescues across the UK. More...

Crane-in starts sailing season
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Saturday morning (March 16th) when 21 boats were hoisted into the River Brue for the town's annual spring 'crane-in'. The annual tradition is arranged each Spring by the Sailing Club. More...

Teenager injured in dog attack
Exclusive: A teenager was taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday morning (March 16th). Toby Duggan was running along the beach with a group of triathletes when he was bitten by the animal near the lighthouse on the beach. More...

Fire crews at Burnham home
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to a house in the town last night (Saturday, March 16th) amid reports of a smell of electrical burning. Crews rushed to St Peter's Road at 7.18pm to investigate. The firemen used a thermal imaging camera and tools to investigate. More...

Tributes paid to former Mayor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who has died this week, aged 82. Christine Booth was a former town and district councillor and was Mayor in the late 1970s. Mrs Booth and husband Ron came to the area from Yorkshire. More...

Artists announce Easter event
LOCAL arts group HaBA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) will be holding an Easter arts and crafts exhibition at Burnham Community Centre on Saturday 23rd March. A wide range of work from talented local artists, including paintings, will be on show. More...

Schools pass horsemeat tests
PARENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea have this week been reassured that school meals are free of horsemeat. Somerset County Council’s Trading Standards team has completed testing of school meals in response to concerns about the horsemeat scandal. More..

Town MP at tourism meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week demonstrated her support for local tourist businesses during a visit to a trade meeting. Tessa Munt attended a reception in Parliament hosted by BALPPA, the non profit-making trade association which represents the interests of owners, managers and suppliers. More..

Red Nose fun raises charity cash
RED Nose Day has been marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge with a day of colourful fundraising today (Friday, March 15th). Hundreds of fundraisers of all ages donned red noses and fancy dress during a number of fun-filled events to raise money for the BBC's Comic Relief. More..

550 new homes for farmland
MULTI-million pound plans for 550 new homes on farmland on the outskirts of Highbridge have moved a step closer this week. Outline planning permission for the Brue Farm development was granted by Sedgemoor District Council last year and a deal has been struck on the developer's community contributions. More..

Shop celebrates seventh win
DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea craft shop are celebrating this week after scooping a top award in a national competition for a seventh year running. At the British Craft Awards in Birmingham, Material Needs was named 'South West Stitching Retailer Of The Year'. More..

Easter Fun Day announced
A FREE Easter family fun day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens. The event on Easter Saturday will be held from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 30th March. Free activities will include flower art making, egg decorating and bonnet-making during the day. More..

Bravery awards for town police
FOUR members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's police team who risked their lives to prevent a motorway tragedy are to receive national bravery awards. Philippa Baskwill, Ryan Dinham, Sarah England and Tracey Grobbeler saved a 6ft 5ins man. More...

Early morning crash in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to an early morning accident in the centre of Highbridge today (Thursday, March 14th). One fire appliance from Burnham was sent to The Clyce after reports of a road traffic collision shortly after 2.40am. More..

Oops! MP gets locked in library
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt found she had plenty of time to do extra background reading last night (Wednesday) after accidentally getting locked into the House of Commons library. She was working late in the Commons library and tried to leave at 11.40pm. More..

Smoking ban starts at park
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has this week become one of the first no smoking children's play areas in the south west. New signs have been installed at the play park after it recently received thousands of pounds of funding to launch the scheme by Smokefree South West. More...

New owner for seafront hotel
Exclusive: A WELL-known seafront hotel in Burnham-On-Sea is under new ownership this week. Local entrepreneur Paul Chatwin has taken over The Royal Clarence at 31 The Esplanade this week. Paul said he and his wife are "very pleased" to have taken over the running of the property. More..

In photos: Choirs song contest
HUNDREDS of youngsters were in good voice during a unique singing contest held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 13th) as part of the Highbridge Festival of The Arts. For the first time in the festival's history, the choirs category was held in St Andrew's Church. More..

Join beach clean-up exercise
VOLUNTEERS are being invited to take part in a big beach cleaning exercise at Berrow later this month. The Big Spring Beach Clean will be held on Saturday 23rd March between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Sedgemoor District Council is joining up with Surfers Against Sewerage. More..

Hinkley Point permits granted
THREE environmental permits that enable the operation of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, have this week been granted. The Environment Agency permits allow the discharge and disposal of radioactive waste and cooling water. More..

Battle against metal thefts
ARRESTS have been made and property seized as police in Somerset and across the South West continued their clamp down on metal thefts. Officers across the region have been carrying out stop checks on commercial vehicles and vans in a fresh bid to halt metal crime. More..

Store unveils expansion plans
Exclusive: A supermarket chain has unveiled controversial plans to expand its store in Burnham-On-Sea. Lidl in Oxford Street wants to extend the south elevation of its store, pictured here, by 122 square metres. Under plans submitted to Sedgemoor District Council, it will remove car parking spaces. More...

World Book Day celebrated
SCHOOLS in and around Burnham-On-Sea were taken over by bookworms as pupils joined in celebrations for World Book Day. Children around the town swapped their usual uniforms to dress up as their favourite literary characters. Pupils went the extra mile by creating their home-made costumes. More...

Beach ice washed up in freeze
SUB-zero temperatures have created these icy scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. A bank of ice and slush has been left along the high tide line after being washed up by the sea. Temperatures fell to -3°C early on Tuesday morning and only reached 4°C. More...

Lifeboat man honoured by RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's new deputy launch authority has been honoured during the lifeboat station's annual open meeting. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes thanked the recently-appointed Deputy Launch Authority Matt Davies for his dedication. More...

Awards for young camera users
YOUNG photographers at Burnham-On-Sea's St Joseph's Primary School have this week been presented with awards after taking part in a photography competition.The school's photo club, run by Natalie Harris, was visited by the Chairman of Burnham Camera Club to present the awards. More...

Residents raise over £5,500
A GROUP of residents in Burnham-On-Sea who decorate their street with thousands of Christmas lights to raise money for local charities have this week handed out the cash to three good causes. The residents of Burnham's Trinity Close held a presentation. More...

Pupils achieve top results
STUDENTS from Highbridge's King Alfred School Sixth Form have just received record numbers of A and B grades following the release of their January modular exam results. 35% of Year 13 students achieved either an A or B grade while 26% of Year 12s did. More...

New £80k play area to open
A NEW £80,000 multi-use games area is set to open in East Huntspill later this month. East Huntspill Parish Council has secured funding for the new facilities from Sedgemoor District Council's RLT3 funding from local property developers. The brand new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) has been built. More...

Circus TV stars in Brent Knoll
CLOWNS, acrobats and jugglers will be returning to Brent Knoll this Easter when one of the UK's top circus groups arrives. Paulos Circus troupe will be performing at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll from 28th March until 14th April. The opening night will start at 7pm. More...

'Monstrous' pylons in spotlight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP will be among 80 politicians attending a meeting later this week aimed at halting National Grid’s plans for more "monstrous" pylons across the UK, including Somerset. The meeting on Thursday (March 14th) will involve MPs from constituencies across the country. More...

Tennis passport scheme starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club and Lympsham School have signed up to a national programme aimed at recognising the achievements of young players. The Children’s University Programme aims to encourage youngsters aged 5–14 take part in exciting quality activities outside of school hours. More...

Tories pick election candidates
BURNHAM and Highbridge Conservatives have this week selected their two candidates to fight May's County Council elections. Incumbent councillors Peter Burridge-Clayton and John Woodman, pictured, have been chosen for the Burnham North and Highbridge seats respectively. More...

Chimney fires prompt warning
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea have issued a safety warning after being called to three chimney fires over the past few days. Crews were called to Harp Road at 7.40pm on Sunday evening (March 10th) where a chimney had been alight and was safely put out. More...

Car wash raises £600 for RNLI
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for the RNLI during a fundraising car wash at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on Saturday (March 9th), the first of two such events. 70 vehicles were washed by the station's volunteers over the course of four hours, raising £600. More...

Arts festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at this year's 2013 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top awards over the course of the 66th annual festival until March 16th. More...

Icy weather warning issued
SLEET and snow is set to fall across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday, forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west which predicts that a spell of wintry conditions will sweep in. The Met Office is predicting up to 4cm of snow. More...

Runners brave cold conditions
ATHLETES of all ages braved chilly weather to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring aquathlon on Sunday morning (March 10th). The popular event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 250 metre swim at the pool followed by a 2.5km run. More...

Awards for town festival duo
TWO long-standing organisers of Highbridge's Festival Of The Arts were presented with special awards on Saturday (March 9th) to thank them for their years of involvement with the event. Marilyn Banks and Anne Bannister received certificates from Festival President Chris Harris, as pictured. More...

Spring Show attracts crowds
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 9th). Organisers said the event, which was held in St Andrew's School, had been "a resounding success" with more than 250 entries on display. More...

Calligraphy course in Burnham
A NEW calligraphy course is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The unique course will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Library and will begin with a free taster session this Tuesday morning (12th March) from 10am to 11.30am when all will be welcome. More...

Gracie's voice wows judges
A BRENT Knoll youngster has impressed the judges of a national singing competition. Gracie Wickens-Sweet was given a 'thumbs-up' when she took part in the auditions for TeenStar, a new nationwide talent competition. Gracie has made it through to the regional final. More...

Objections over pub demoliton
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to demolish a once-popular pub on the outskirts of Highbridge and replace it with five new homes have been opposed by a group of nearby residents. The Royal Artillery Arms in West Huntspill's Alstone Lane shut last year after struggling to survive during the financial downturn. More...

Small house fire in Highbridge
TWO fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to reports that a house was on fire in Highbridge on Friday night (March 8th). Firefighters rushed to the town's Morland Road at 8.10pm where they found a small blaze had started in the kitchen of the property, causing the alarm. More...

RNLI to hold charity car wash
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual fundraising car wash on Saturday morning (March 9th). Each car will be carefully soaped using professional car wash chemicals and cleaning materials during the event at the Pier Street station. More...

New £350,000 park set to open
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited new £350,000 park and play area in Burnham-On-Sea will finally open this month after wet weather delayed the opening by five months. Work to construct the new public space, called Rosewood Green, was completed last October but wet weather delaying its opening. More...

Spring Flower Show tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show is set to take place on Saturday (March 9th). As well as exhibits of spring flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography, floral art, domestic and junior classes on show at the event in St Andrew's School. More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
A CHIMNEY blaze prompted a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea firefighters on Thursday evening (March 7th). Crews were called to West Road in Lympsham at 7.48pm where a resident had raised the alarm. Crews had to remove a wood burner to gain access to the hearth. More...

Parliamentary candidate visits
THE Conservative's parliamentary candidate for the Burnham-On-Sea area was the special guest at an event in Brean on Thursday evening (March 7th). James Heappey was selected as the prospective Conservative candidate for the Wells constituency earlier this year. More...

Highbridge festival begins
BURNHAM'S Mayor opened the 66th annual Highbridge Festival Of The Arts on Thursday (March 7th) as ten days of competition got underway. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three are competing at The Princess Theatre until March 16th. More...

Gymnasts scoop medal wins
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club are celebrating this week after winning two gold medals, one silver and two bronzes at the South West Acrobatics Gymnastics Prelims. The event saw them competing against 15 clubs from across the south west region. More...

Traders fume over power cuts
Exclusive: THREE days of power cuts along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street have left shop owners fuming this week after many have had to turn away customers. Over thirty homes and businesses at the southern end of The High Street have suffered supply problems since Monday. More...

Probe into deliberate car fire
POLICE are investigating a 'deliberate' car blaze in Berrow late on Wednesday (March 6th). A Burnham-On-Sea fire engine was called to Brent Road at 10.48pm where the vehicle pictured above was found alight. Crews used breathing apparatus to put out the blaze. More...

Police: Do you recognise man?
POLICE have this week appealed for help in identifying a man in this CCTV footage following a theft at a Highbridge supermarket. Officers are keen to speak to the man at the front of the photo who may be able to help police with their probe into a theft at Asda in the town during mid-February. More...

Beach football pitch approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to introduce an inflatable football pitch on Burnham beach this summer have been given the go-ahead by town councillors this week. A local youth football group called Somerset Soccer Schools sought approval for the new beach attraction. More...

Red Arrows date is announced
THE world-famous Red Arrows will take to the skies over Brean this summer during the annual Weston Air Day. The event will take place on Saturday June 22nd and is being organised by North Somerset Council and will feature a number of famous aviation names. More...

Prominent town shop to close
Exclusive: A PROMINENT clothing shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is to close this Spring after becoming a victim of the ongoing recession. DP Menswear in the High Street has started a final closing sale this week ahead of the shop's closure. Owner Dennis Preedy said it has been a difficult decision. More...

Arrests after town drug raids
A SERIES of drugs raids in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the past week has resulted in a number of arrests by police. Officers have searched ten addresses over the past week and seized a variety of drugs, including cannabis and amphetamine. More...

Call 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 locals who have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented at the Annual Civic Service. More...

Greg trains for 36-hour swim!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer is to take part in a 36-hour sponsored swim to raise money for two good causes. Greg Kyd and Rich Hill will be holding their marathon swim on Wednesday 29th May for both Cancer Research UK and Somerset Rural Youth Project. More...

RNLI to hold annual car wash
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding their annual fundraising car wash this Saturday (March 9th). Each car will be carefully soaped using professional car wash chemicals and cleaning materials during the event at the RNLI's Pier Street lifeboat station. More...

Village pub unveils new look
A PUB in West Huntspill has recently re-opened following a major refurbishment. The Huntspill Arms has introduced a number of internal and external improvements as part of an upgrade and it has also introduced a new menu featuring home-made food. More...

Jewellery sale in Burnham
A WIDE range of hand-made jewellery will go on sale at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 6th). Burnham-On-Sea resident Nikki Stent will be holding the Fashion and Jewellery sale at the Dunstan House in Love Lane in time for Mothers Day gifts. More...

Row erupts over council decision
Exclusive: BURNHAM and Highbridge councillors last night voted to scrap controversial plans to create a new Neighbourhood Plan amid claims that the project would 'waste' up to £100,000 of tax payers' money. Town councillors exchanged bitter words during a heated debate on Monday night. More...

Jail escapee could be in area
POLICE have asked residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to look out for a missing man who has absconded from prison and is thought to be in Somerset. John Loveridge, 28, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 for offences including burglary and theft. More...

Dylan video seen by thousands
THOUSANDS of people have viewed an online video released over the past week in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died in Burnham-On-Sea last summer. The video shows a number of photos of the youngster with an emotional sound track. More...

Hinkley benefits plan proposed
BURNHAM-On-Sea could receive more community benefits as a result of the construction of Hinkley Point C power station under proposals unveiled this week. A House of Commons Committee has endorsed the use of community benefits to build trust. More...

Golf club to hold taster day
BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club is to hold a taster day this month for ladies and youngsters to try out the game. The special event will be held on Sunday March 17th from 10am-12 noon for youngsters and 12-2pm for ladies. All abilities will be welcome during the day. More...

Dunes erosion cut by project
Exclusive: THE second phase of a conservation project to strengthen the sand dunes along Berrow beach and reduce the risk of erosion is underway. Members of Sedgemoor District Council’s conservation team and Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder project have built a line of wooden fencing. More...

Youth parade plan gets boost
PLANS to hold a Burnham-On-Sea youth parade through the streets of the town this summer have been given a boost by a national youth campaign initiative. Burnham's Jonathan Smith, 21, applied for funding from mobile phone giant O2’s Think Big scheme. More...

Crafters help local charities
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for charity when a Spring craft fair was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 2nd). The event, called Creative Gifts for Spring, was held inside St Andrew's Church Hall and raised £240 for three local charities. More...

Crews tackle thatch blaze
Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were among crews from across Somerset and Dorset tackling a blaze at a thatched house near Ilminster on Sunday afternoon. The alarm was raised by the owners in Donyatt at around 1.30pm when smoke was seen coming from the thatch. More...

Hillview holds awards night
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (March 2nd). Burnham's Mayor Ken Smout joined Hillview Chairman Mark Bishop in handing out dozens of awards. More...

Carnival club finds new home
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has found a new home after issuing an urgent appeal for help in January when it found it could soon be 'homeless'. The long-running club told Burnham-On-Sea.com in January that it was set to lose its existing premises in Highbridge, which are being sold, leaving it with nowhere to build this year's float
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Mayor's anger over graffiti
Exclusive: BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week hit out at vandals who daubed graffiti over an official new town sign. A 'tag' was scrawled in white paint over the brand new sign at Isleport last week, as pictured here. The Town Council acted swiftly to remove the paint. More...

Cycling course is a success
THIS group of youngsters from Burnham and Highbridge proudly showed off their certificates on Saturday (March 2nd) after completing a unique course at the town's King Alfred Sports Centre. The youngsters, aged between 2-5, have taken part in the six-week course. More...

Weekly bike nights to begin
A SERIES of fundraising motorbike nights are to be held in Burnham-On-Sea over the summer months to raise money for local good causes. Dozens of bikers will be gathering at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons seafront car park each Tuesday from May 7th. More...

Music satire show this evening
THE funniest songs of the last 100 years will be performed during a 90-minute performance in Brent Knoll this evening (Saturday). Entertainer Peter Gill, right, will be returning to the village for a third visit, bringing an amusing and relaxed evening's satirical entertainment. More...

13 arrests as weapons are seized
POLICE have this week arrested 13 people and seized drugs and daggers during raids on homes in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater. Officers discovered four types of drugs - including cannabis, heroin and amphetamines - and cash as they searched 12 properties on Thursday (February 28th). More...

Seafront lights trial approved
Exclusive: A TRIAL of new decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea seafront will go ahead, town councillors voted on Wednesday. The trial was due to go ahead last year, but the Town Council feared that the habourmaster had safety concerns about them. More...

Dozens 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 (3rd March) from 10.30am. More...

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