2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
break-ins warning issued
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...
carried along seafront
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...
bonnets go on display!
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...
service award for leader
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...
Day Folkfest fundraiser
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
drama at Katie Price wedding
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.
into Huntspill blaze
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...
holds book signing
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...
holds local celebrity wedding
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...
weekend of Easter events
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...
Clerk retires from role
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...
pedal for charity
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...
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...
parks shake-up revealed
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...
tour guide role for a day
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...
town market on Friday
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...
8, progresses in contest
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...
club raises over £7,000
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...
not Hear'say! TV singer visits
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...
shops contest to begin
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'.
thieves target church
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...
raises laughs and cash!
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.
attacks 'unjustified costs'
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...
group theatre fundraiser
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...
leads church parade
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...
escape after car flips
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.
rescued from hotel roof
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...
of drugs seized by police
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.
concert tickets on sale
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...
boost for town hospital
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...
shop re-opens for Easter
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...
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.
ceremony beats weather
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...
given a Spring clean!
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...
fun for pupils!
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.
shop opens in Burnham
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...
user hurt in collision
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...
£80k games facilities open
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...
boost for trio of groups
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...
exhibition draws visitors
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...
find missing person
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...
TV star in Burnham
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...
called to seafront arcade
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...
weather alert for area
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...
seek Asda Pod helpers
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...
crews at fatal train crash
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...
£350k park finally opens
brand new long-awaited £350,000 park and play area in Burnham-On-Sea
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...
flooding hits Scouts hall
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...
Malone opens in town
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...
Zumbathon this Saturday
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...
makers attack tax hike
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.
anger over Hinkley
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...
welcomes tax decision
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.
hotel plan revealed
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...
to hold Folkfest screening
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.
unhurt after crash
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...
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.
crews rescue stuck horse
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...
Point C gets approval
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.
sniff cards posted
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.
tributes for crash victim
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.
visible from Burnham
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.
tourist season ahead'
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.
trapped in car rescued
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.
calls for flooding action
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.
crash victim named
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...
performers in 10 days!
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
drops in at BAY event
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...
flock to Easter fair
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...
shuts Highbridge street
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.
Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their rescue operations.
The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UKs
coastal search and rescue capability as part of Her Majestys
Coastguard to perform rescues across the UK. More...
starts sailing season
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...
injured in dog attack
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.
crews at Burnham home
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.
paid to former Mayor
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...
announce Easter event
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...
pass horsemeat tests
in the Burnham-On-Sea have this week been reassured that school
meals are free of horsemeat. Somerset County Councils Trading
Standards team has completed testing of school meals in response
to concerns about the horsemeat scandal. More..
MP at tourism meeting
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.
Nose fun raises charity cash
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
new homes for farmland
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..
celebrates seventh win
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..
Fun Day announced
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
awards for town police
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...
morning crash in town
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.
MP gets locked in library
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
and tried to leave at 11.40pm. More..
ban starts at park
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
owner for seafront hotel
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..
photos: Choirs song contest
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.
beach clean-up exercise
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.
Point permits granted
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.
against metal thefts
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..
unveils expansion plans
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.
Book Day celebrated
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...
ice washed up in freeze
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.
man honoured by RNLI
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.
for young camera users
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...
raise over £5,500
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...
achieve top results
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...
£80k play area to open
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...
TV stars in Brent Knoll
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...
pylons in spotlight
MP will be among 80 politicians attending a meeting later this
week aimed at halting National Grids plans for more "monstrous"
pylons across the UK, including Somerset. The meeting on Thursday
(March 14th) will involve MPs from constituencies across the country.
passport scheme starts
Avenue Tennis Club and Lympsham School have signed up to a national
programme aimed at recognising the achievements of young players.
The Childrens University Programme aims to encourage youngsters
aged 514 take part in exciting quality activities outside
of school hours. More...
pick election candidates
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.
fires prompt warning
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...
wash raises £600 for RNLI
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.
festival: Latest results
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...
weather warning issued
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...
brave cold conditions
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...
for town festival duo
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...
Show attracts 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.
course in Burnham
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...
voice wows judges
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
Objections over pub demoliton
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...
house fire in Highbridge
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...
to hold charity car wash
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.
£350,000 park set to open
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...
Flower Show tomorrow
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...
tackle chimney blaze
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...
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...
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...
scoop medal wins
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.
fume over power cuts
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.
into deliberate car fire
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...
Do you recognise man?
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...
football pitch approved
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...
Arrows date is announced
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...
town shop to close
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...
after town drug raids
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...
for Civic Award nominees
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...
trains for 36-hour swim!
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...
to hold annual car wash
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...
pub unveils new look
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...
sale in Burnham
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
erupts over council decision
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...
escapee could be in area
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...
video seen by 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...
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...
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...
erosion cut by project
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 Councils conservation
team and Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder project have built
a line of wooden fencing. More...
parade plan gets boost
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 O2s Think Big scheme. More...
help local charities
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...
tackle thatch blaze
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...
holds awards night
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...
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.
anger over graffiti
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...
course is a success
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...
bike nights to begin
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...
satire show this evening
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
arrests as weapons are seized
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...
lights trial approved
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...
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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