2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
April 2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
2008 news archive
called to pier incident
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea pier on Saturday
afternoon (May 31st) after a customer allegedly became abusive
after being asked to stop taking photos in the building. Burnham
Pavilion has a strict rule that photographs of children cannot
be taken inside its gaming area and amusements. More...
rail show held in town
MODEL railway enthusiasts flocked to Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (May 31st) for a special exhibition of train sets.
Eight miniature layouts created by members of Burnham and District
Model Railway Club were displayed at the group's annual open day
in the town. More...
pool manager is named
Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool manager Martin Rogers has been recruited
by the pool's new leaseholders to run their sports academy. Sara-Jane
Cox and Mark Conklin told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are delighted
to have recruited Martin, who has lived in Burnham all his life.
artist's exhibition opens
AN exhibition of paintings by popular Burnham-On-Sea
artist Judith Champion has opened in the town this week. The colourful
display, called 'Bodies', is open until June 14th at Sea Breeze
Gallery in Victoria Street. Bunham-On-Sea.com spoke to Judith
about the show and has a preview of the exhibition.
bomb crater on island
Special: THE huge crater left in the
mud on Stert Island after a World War II bomb was exploded last
month is shown for the first time in this exclusive photo. The
power of the controlled explosion which detonated the German bomb
on April 12th is clearly illustrated by the size of the crater.
artists receive prizes
THE young winners of a seaside-themed painting
competition have been handed their prizes in Burnham-On-Sea this
week. Sea Breeze Art Gallery in Victoria Street invited youngsters
from local schools to take part and paint their local scenery.
The excited young winners have just collected their prizes. More...
search for missing man
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE police issued an appeal to Burnham-On-Sea
residents to help them t] a missing man on Friday (May 30th).
Adrian Colin Johnson, who is 45 years old, went missing from his
home in Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire, at the beginning of
MP's blog updated
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official blog on Burnham-On-Sea.com
has been updated. In his latest entry, he gives us his thoughts
on his recent official trip to Japan and Korea. As a member of
the all party Foreign Affairs Committee he travels a lot, and
this latest post explains what happens. More...
who got swept out into the Bristol Channel sea in a pair of dinghies
bought for £4.99 were rescued by Coastguards on Thursday
evening (May 29th) after being swept ashore on Brean Down. Coastguards
from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called out to search for the
pair, pictured here.
crash causes long queues
THIS was the scene on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston on Thursday evening (May 29th) after a two vehicle
collision caused long tailbacks of up to six miles. Emergency
services from Burnham rushed to the northbound carriageway at
man opens new charity shop
West presenter Chris Vacher was in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
(May 29th) to open a new charity shop for Weston
who is a patron of Weston Hospicecare, cut a ribbon to officially
open the new shop in College Street shop at lunchtime.
firms hit by fuel rises
in Burnham-On-Sea are bearing the brunt of soaring fuel costs
and are angry that the district council - which sets passenger
fares - is not helping them more. Petrol costs have soared in
Burnham by 8% for unleaded and 14% for diesel since the start
of the year - and local taxi firms are feeling the pinch.
says sorry after slug find
Supermarket giant Asda has apologised to a Highbridge family
after they found a large slug in a bag of salad purchased at its
Highbridge store. Kath Pepperall, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how she has not been able to eat anything except soup for five
days after making the unpleasant discovery last Friday.
injured in Rooksbridge
POLICE, ambulance and fire crews were sent to an
accident at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday afternoon
(May 28th) after a car left the road and careered into a ditch.
Five people were freed from a Ford Fiesta close to the business
park in Mendip Road at 3pm.
show this Saturday
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with fireworks on Saturday
night (May 31st) when the resort's leisure park holds the second
of this year's displays. While there will be no admittance charge,
there will be collections on the night for the two main charities
in addition to local good causes. More...
arrested after road crash
44 year-old motorist has been arrested following this dramatic
accident in Watchfield, near Highbridge, at the weekend. As first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, a vehicle was left upturned on
its roof at the busy junction of the B3139 and the B3141 following
the single-vehicle crash at 6.50am on Saturday (May 24th). More...
could be sold at cut-price
swimming pool could be sold off at a cut price within the next
five years, it has emerged this week. An option in the lease states
that the site in Berrow Road has been valued at around £600,000,
although it could be bought by the leaseholders for just £155,000.
record bid at town pub
and regulars at a Burnham-On-Sea pub had an extra special reason
to lift their glasses this week when they attempted to break the
world record for the largest-ever simultaneous wine tasting. More
than 30 wine lovers took part at The Reeds Arms pub on Burnham's
make birthday donation
COUPLE from Mark who both celebrated their 90th birthdays last
month have handed over a cheque to BARB after deciding to receive
charity donations instead of presents. Arthur Hill turned the
grand age on April 4th, and his wife of 64 years, Win, also celebrated
her 90th birthday on April 29th. More...
urged to back cycle race
in Burnham and Highbridge are being targeted by Somerset County
Council's Tour of Britain team during June. The team want to enable
local businesses to cash in on as many opportunities as possible
when the UK's biggest cycling race comes to the area this September.
crew helps child from car
Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called to Brean on Monday afternoon
(May 26th) after a young child became trapped in a car. The youngster
had accidentally been locked inside a family vehicle at a caravan
park. One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the scene
at 2pm. More...
a Bank Holiday washout!
beach and seafront were uncharacteristically quiet on Bank Holiday
Monday afternoon (May 26th) after heavy rain and wind sent tourists
diving for shelter. Many shops and tourist accommodation providers
reported a poor weekend because of the weather. More...
war hero a knighthood'
Mayor and Mayoress of Highbridge have this week backed a group
of MPs who are calling for war hero Frank Foley to be awarded
a posthumous knighthood. A group of 30 MPs is pushing the Government
to change the rules governing the honours system so Highbridge-born
Major Foley can be recognised for his humanitarian work in saving
the lives of thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany, 50 years after
fails to hit beach walkers
weather failed to dampen the spirits of almost 100 walkers who
took part in the annual fundraising beach walk between Burnham-On-Sea
and Brean Down on Sunday (May 25th). The 15-mile beach walk started
and finished at Burnham Pier, taking in Berrow and Brean. More...
bridge set to re-open
Walrow railway bridge is set to fully re-open for the first time
in 18 months over the next three weeks as work to strengthen the
bridge is completed. It
follows a long-running saga that saw the bridge completely closed
in March 2007, then partially re-open.
injured in road accident
were the scenes in Watchfield, near Highbridge, early on Saturday
morning (May 24th) after an accident left a vehicle upturned on
its roof. One
man was taken by ambulance to Weston General Hospital following
the single-vehicle crash at 6.50am. Police and paramedics were
sent to the busy junction where the B3139 joins the B3141.
damaged in Brean fire
fire crews rushed to the Pontins holiday camp at Brean just after
midnight on Saturday morning (May 24th) after a fire broke out
in four chalets at the site. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea
and a water carrier from Bridgwater were initially sent to the
drugs raids lead to arrest
man has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after police carried out
two drugs raids in the area within 24 hours. Police with sniffer
dogs swooped on a property in Church Street, Highbridge at 7.40am
on Friday, having also raided a home in Ham Lane, Burnham on Thursday.
pass' for local beaches
quality in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean has been highlighted
in a nationwide survey published on Friday (May 23rd). The findings
of the annual study were released on Friday morning by the Marine
Conservation Society and are being published in the 2008 Good
more new homes for town?
PLANS to build almost 20 new homes in
Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled by property developers this
week. Redcliffe Homes wants to construct a development of thirteen
dwellings with garages, parking and associated works on land at
181 Berrow Road.
for triathlon volunteers
preparations for this year's Burnham-On-Sea Triathlon on Sunday
June 1st are underway. Hundreds of competitors have signed up
to take part in the event,
which consists of a 500m swim followed by a 20km cycle and a 5km
beach run. Organisers
have appealed for marshalls. More...
hosts mini Olympics
Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge played host to 150 youngsters
from Mark School this week when it held its second annual 'Mini
Olympics' tournament. The event was part of Mark School's Health
Awareness week and included a wide range of activities. More...
arrested over fake DVDs
50-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man has been arrested and a large quantity
of suspected counterfeit DVDs was seized by police in the town
on Wednesday (May 21st). In a joint operation with Somerset Trading
Standards officers, police swooped on an address in the town on
Wednesday morning. More...
artists work on display
paintings created by more than 50 children from across the Burnham-On-Sea
area have gone on display at a special exhibition in the town
this week. Sea Breeze Art Gallery in Victoria Street invited young
artists from eight local schools to take part. More...
Street car park is saved
in Highbridge were celebrating on Wednesday (May 21st) after the
Bank Street Car Park was saved from potential development by Sedgemoor
District Council. The council's executive committee accepted that
the car park should not be sold at its latest meeting. More...
caller arrested in Burnham
police have this week arrested a 22-year-old man from Coventry
on suspicion of offences related to cold calling in the town.
The man was arrested when Burnham PCSO Andy Dancy, pictured, noticed
him acting suspiciously and investigated the incident further.
seeks to evict travellers
GROUP of travellers who have illegally set up camp on land near
to a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket are set to be faced with an evication
order during the next few days. Tesco is seeking to get the convoy
of caravans and trucks moved from the land near Love Lane, which
is pictured here. More...
lamb freed from mud
STRANDED lamb trapped in mud on a riverbank near Burnham-On-Sea
has been helped to safety by kind-hearted Coastguards. The Burnham
Coastguard team had been called to West Huntspill on Monday to
deal with a seperate incident and later helped free the stricken
call for play area clean up
CONCERNED parents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called
for better enforcement of dog fouling laws in the town due to
the "disgusting" state of play areas. Nikki Triggol
and her 11 month old daughter Jasmine Rose, pictured, are among
the parents who frequently use the Winchester Road play area.
police set priority list
police have this week set out their latest 'hit-list' of priorities
for tackling crime in the town. A PACT (Partners and Communities
Together) meeting was held in the town when residents and Neighbourhood
Watch leaders were given a chance to influence the police's priorities.
Tongue zone extended
Burnham-On-Sea area is now included within the UK's Blue Tongue
protection zone after the restrictions on livestock movement were
extended on Monday (May 19th) to cover the whole of Somerset.
The Burnham area has been added to the zone as a precuation. More...
and ride plan for Burnham
FREE 'park and ride' scheme and extra parking spaces will be introduced
in Burnham-On-Sea when large crowds of spectators are expected
to line the town's streets to see the end of the South
West Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race this autumn. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report that our town had been picked as the final
destination for the September 9th race.
Quo drummer in town
drummer from legendary rock group Status Quo will be performing
in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (May 23rd). John Coghlan,
pictured, was the bedrock of the group during the 1960s and 1970s
until 1981. Playing on drums, he toured all over the world with
the group. More...
for swimmer called off
D-Class lifeboat was called out on
Monday afternoon (May 19th)
to help Coastguards and police conduct a
search for a swimmer. A
school teacher on a walk with his pupils raised the alarm after
spotting a man entering the River Parret, near the sluice gates
at East Huntspill, at around 3pm.
club winners announced
image of a dandelion won the latest monthly photography competition
organised by Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club. The
image and runners-up can be seen on the club's recently-launched
website, which is hosted here on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
party to be held in town
High Street will be closed to traffic on Sunday evening (May 24th)
when a pub holds a fundraising street party. A huge lorry will
stretch across the street to become a stage for live musicians
outside the Somerset and Dorset pub in the town centre. More...
race marshals needed
from Somerset County Council's Tour of Britain team are encouraging
residents from Burnham-On-Sea to be part of the biggest cycling
race in the UK and help make sure the South West stage, which
will end in the town's Marine Drive on September 9th, is a success.
lovers flock to church!
TORTOISE and a dozen dogs were among the congregation at a special
church service held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May
18th). Over 30 animal lovers flocked to St Andrew's Church on
Burnham's Esplanade where Rev Graham Witts led the annual pet
search finds missing man
owner who went missing for more than 12 hours in the Bristol Channel
near Burnham-On-Sea was found safe and well on Sunday evening
(May 18th) after a huge sea search involving Coastguards, lifeboats
and an RAF helicopter. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were among the
four teams tasked with searching for the missing man.
probe 'deliberate' blaze
police are investigating a "deliberate" blaze in Berrow
which destroyed this car during the early hours of Sunday morning
(May 18th). One
fire engine from Burnham was sent to Red Road, near Rose Farm
Touring Park, at 1:39am after local residents reported seeing
promoters save concert
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea music promoters has saved the future of
the town's annual 'Under A Summer Moon' concert. The popular outdoor
concert was left in apparent jeopardy after last year's event
was judged a wash-out after bad weather. But Jamie Roberts of
the Old Pier Tavern, Gordon Clayton and Jeff Ham of Burnham Rock,
and Malcolms PAs, have stepped in to save the event. More...
swim entry period starts
swimmers wanting to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert
Island Swim can now sign up to take part in this year's event.
The entry period for the popular summer event has started this
week - and entry forms are available to download here on Burnham-On-Sea's
'shaken' after accident
motorist was left "shaken", but unhurt, after a two-car
accident in a Burnham-On-Sea car park on Saturday morning (May
17th). The Chevrolet Matiz was left with front-end damage after
colliding with a Land Rover at the main entrance to Somerfield
supermarket on The Esplanade. More...
man to open charity shop
Points West presenter Chris Vacher will be opening Weston Hospicecares
shop in Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Chris,
who is a patron of Weston Hospicecare, will officially open the
doors to the new College Street shop on Thursday May 29th at 1pm
to help raise funds and publicity. More...
offer bogus calling advice
to hold a special public meeting in Highbridge next Wednesday
(May 21st) where residents can learn about protecting themselves
from bogus callers. Burnham police
will be holding the presentation at 10am in Highbridge's
Morland Hall to
about bogus callers. More...
toilets sale edges closer
a block of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea has edged a step closure
this week after several bidders came forward to buy the building.
bidders have come forward and the proposals to sell off the building
are now set to be considered at the next meeting of the district
council's Executive Committee.
in a celebrity-filled film!
film extras are required for a star-filled film being shot in
Brean and the Bridgwater area during the next couple of weeks.
The short film, called Seven and Six, will feature Peter
McGowan (pictured), the star of Emmerdale, Heartbeat and
the film Goal
actress Sharon Duce,
who is a familiar face from Big Deal, Growing Pains and
warns Stert Island visitors
who land on Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea, have this week
been warned they risk heavy fines by putting wildlife at risk.
England manages the wildlife haven and has issued the blunt warning
after several groups of sunbathers were seen on the island in
Bridgwater Bay during this week's hot weather.
more homes approved
development in Highbridge is set to grow further after proposals
to build nine new homes were this week given the go-ahead by local
District Council has given Raglan Housing Limited approval to
construct nine dwellings near Worston Road. More...
cafe - police invite ideas
police are inviting residents to come forward with ideas about
setting up a new youth cafe in the town. Burnham
police community support officer (PCSO) Eliot Green is exploring
the possibility of launching the cafe to give youngsters more
to do in the town.
photos: Charity golf event
sunny weather greeted the 23 teams who took part in the Charity
Pro Celebrity tournament at Brean Golf Club on Tuesday (May 13th).
After having to postpone the popular event in 2007 due to problems
with the greens, this year the course was in top condition. More...
over beachfront flats
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week stepped up their campaign to
stop a seafront property being turned into a multi-million pound
block of apartments. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report in March how residents of Allandale Road are
up in arms over plans to build a three-storey block of 14 apartments
on the beachfront.
found in 'appalling state'
District Council's dog warden is trying to trace the owners of
this Staffordshire Bull Terrier which has been found in an "appalling
condition" near Burnham-On-Sea. A farmer spotted the bitch
in a water trough on the moors near the village of Mark and contacted
the dog warden. More...
approves Pride cash
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week given luke warm backing
to regeneration plans for the town. The council was asked to give
£35,000 of funding towards the 'Civic Pride' scheme, which
will see large parts of Burnham-On-Sea town centre redesigned,
as pictured here. More...
voice choir to perform
Male Voice Choir will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess
Hall this weekend. The highly acclaimed choir will be holding
a concert on Saturday evening (May 17th) from 7.30pm in aid of
St Margaret's Hospice. The concert will include a varied programme.
to hold town beach clean
of youth volunteers has come forward to say it will clean up Burnham-On-Sea's
beach following criticism earlier this week about the state of
the sands. Somerset Youth Volunteering Network is organising a
special beach clean on Thursday June 5th when youngsters from
across the county aged between 16 and 25 will be able to help
in the beach clean-up. More...
spark mudflats alert
and a rescue hovercraft from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Brean
on Tuesday evening (May 13th) after a walker reported three youngsters
in difficulty on the mudflats. The
teams were called to the beach opposite Pontins holiday camp at
8.10pm after a walker spotted three teenagers wading "knee-deep"
new Mayor elected
and district councillor Peter Clayton was elected Burnham-On-Sea's
new Mayor on Monday evening (May 12th). Peter, pictured, has been
a district councillor for 16 years and represents Burnham North.
He is is currently the Leader of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
and Chairman of the town council's planning committee. More...
up Burnham beach'
state of Burnham-On-Sea's beach was highlighted by an angry town
councillor this week as he called for action to clean it up. Cllr
John Morgan wants more regular council cleaning sessions conducted
along the sand between Maddock's Slade and the town's low lighthouse.
park sell-off put on hold
will be taken on the future of Highbridge's closure-threatened
Bank Street Car Park until March 2009. Sedgemoor's Corporate Scrutiny
Committee examined the council's capital expenditure plans on
Monday (May 12th) and decided the controversial proposals to sell
off part of Highbridge's town centre car park should be put on
hold until next year.
mayor misses event
outgoing Mayor, Pauline Pollard, was unable to wish the town's
new Mayor Peter Clayton well on Monday (May 12th) after injuring
herself in a garden accident. Pauline, pictured, broke a bone
in her shoulder during a garden accident and had to miss the meeting.
fears for Walrow homes
living near Highbridge's Walrow railway bridge want new weight
restrictions introduced in order to prevent lorries and heavy
goods vehicles thundering past their homes. Residents in Walrow
Terrace are worried they will be faced with non-stop noise
by huge lorries and heavy goods vehicles. More...
"Protect seaside towns'
MP has this week attacked the government for failing to protect
the interests of seaside towns. Seaside arcades and amusement
centres are in jeopardy due to newly-introduced gambling laws
which restrict the type of machines they can install, claimed
David Heathcoat-Amory in a Commons debate. More...
fitness scheme starts
mums are set to be a more regular sight at Highbridge's Apex Park
from this week as a brand new fitness programme for new mothers
launches. Burnham-based personal trainer Andrea Warren is starting
the twice-weekly 'Buggyfit' classes
at the wildlife park. More...
owner for Hinkley Point?
EUROPE'S biggest power company
has been buying up land around Hinkley Point power station, near
Burnham-On-Sea, and could soon be the plant's new company if take-over
talks are successful. EDF
has been buying land close to two nuclear sites
ahead of making a bid for British Energy. More...
Weather boosts trade
the busy scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (May 11th) when the
warmest day of the year so far saw temperatures in the town hit
75 degrees Farenheit. The hot weather brought crowds to the town's
beach and seafront, with shops reporting busy trade.
residents fight homes
of angry residents in West Huntspill, near Burnham, have stepped
up their campaign to fight plans for 14 new homes to be built
on a field in the village. The residents, pictured above with
the controversial field behind them, held a public meeting on
Saturday (May 10th) to discuss the next stage of their campaign.
comes to Burnham
Lions Club is to hold a special presentation of the film Oliver
on Sunday May 25th at the town's Ritz Cinema to raise funds for
a worthy local cause. The fundraisers are aiming to latch on to
the popularity of BBC One's talent show I'd Do Anything
by screening the movie. More...
air-lifted to hospital
boy was airlifted to hospital from Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
afternoon (May 10th) after he suffered a serious foot injury.
toddler was stabilised at the scene by paramedics, but due to
the nature of his injuries, paramedics decided the quickest way
to get him to hospital was by using a helicopter.
success for cadets
from Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance are celebrating
again this weekend after winning a regional first aid competition.
Christopher Marsh, 9, Harry Pike, 9 and Jaymie Whitehouse, 6,
competed against teams from across the region.
suffers broken ankle
Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Saturday (May 10th) to
help a walker who had suffered a suspected broken ankle in a fall.
The team rushed to Brean Down Fort at 1.30pm after the lady, aged
in her 60s, was reported to be in a lot of pain.
photos: Bluebells at Brean
warm sunshine has created these wonderfully colourful scenes on
Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea. Thousands of bluebells were in
full bloom on the northern slopes of the rocky outcrop on Saturday
afternoon (May 10th), as pictured here by Burnham-On-Sea.com.
safety warning issued
in Burnham-On-Sea have issued a safety warning after the town's
jetty was partially blocked by parked vehicles on Saturday (May
10th). As these photos show, six vehicles were using the slipway,
much to the concern of the town's marine emergency services.
gannet is released
injured gannet which was found in Burnham-On-Sea
earlier this year has been released back into the wild from a
cliff-top in Devon. The
bird had been blown inland during heavy storms back in March and
needed care and attention, which it received at the RSPCA's Wildlife
Centre near Taunton.
on M5 after incidents
incidents - a van fire and an accident - left traffic at a standstill
on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (May 9th). Long
queues of vehicles developed after the incidents near to junction
22. Fire services were called to the northbound carriageway at
9.38am after plumes of smoke drifted across the motorway, prompting
names head to Brean
A WHOLE host
of celebrities will be appearing at Brean Leisure Park's annual
Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Tuesday (May 13th). Top sporting
names including jockey Tony McCoy (pictured), Sam Thomas, Dominic
Elsworth, Dave Crosse, Jimmy McCarthy, Will Kennedy and Carl Llewellyn
are to take part.
There are still places left for those wishing to take part. More...
Point reactor 'tripped'
the nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea,
has been shut down after unexpectedly "tripping" on
Thursday morning (May 8th) following an "engineering issue."
Energy told Burnham-On-Sea.com that Hinkley Point's B8 reactor
stopped unexpectedly and engineers at the plant are working on
a restart plan.
forward for charity walk
being encouraged to step forward to take part in the annual fundraising
walk between Burnham-On-Sea jetty and Brean Down and back to raise
money for the Alzheimers Society. The
15-mile beach walk will start at 11.30am on Sunday May 25th.
shorter, eight-mile walk is also available to the entrance of
Berrow Beach and return. More...
PARISH councillors in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
have this week backed dozens of residents who are campaigning
against plans to build 14 new homes in the village. Over
40 residents attended West Huntspill Parish Council's monthly
meeting on Tuesday evening (May 6th) to air their views about
the controversial and unpopular scheme. More...
Lib Dem stands down
Democrats in Burnham-On-Sea have been rocked by a second resignation
in a month, Burnham-On-Sea.com can reveal. Highbridge town councillor
Chris Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday (May 7th)
he is quitting the Liberal Democrats to become an independent
The surprise announcement comes just a fortnight after fellow
Lib Dem Danny Titcombe stood down. More...
shop opens in town
A NEW shop that invites artistic children and adults to paint
their own pottery has opened on Burnham's seafront this week.
Pottery, which is sited next to Sunspot Amusements, is the idea
of Highbridge crafts enthusiast Anya Burridge. She had the idea
of letting people choose a piece of pottery, paint it and then
allow it to be sent away for glazing and firing in an industrial
kiln before collecting it. More...
on beach is named
A NAKED body washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach
earlier this week has been formally identified as a man from Weston-super-Mare.
Somerset coroner Michael Rose told Burnham-On-Sea.com the man
has been named as 43 year-old Gary Lane, who was living in sheltered
accommodation in the resort. His body was washed up on Burnham
beach on Bank Holiday Monday. More...
donation for lifeboats
resident Belinda Llewelyn-Jones has
just handed over a total of £5,800 to Burnham-On-Sea RNLI
Lifeboat station after completing the London Marathon in five
hours and three minutes.
Belinda, who served in the merchant Navy for four years as a catering
officer, raised approximately half the money online and the rest
from direct sponsorship donations. More...
award for cider maker
A CIDER which is produced in Brent Knoll, near
Burnham-On-Sea, has this week won a top award in a national competition.
Croft Cider's Janet's Jungle Juice was named the silver winner
at the National Cider and Perry Championships, at the Reading
Beer and Cider Festival. The best ciders and perrys in Britain
were sampled over two days by judges from The Campaign for Real
barrage gets boost
a ten-mile barrage across the River Severn, from Brean Down near
Burnham-On-Sea to Wales, moved closer this week with the appointment
of an American engineering company to study the proposals. Parsons
Brinckerhoff will head a two-year assessment of the project. More...
in Burnham falls
Burnham-On-Sea has decreased year-on-year for a ninth consecutive
month, according to the latest official figures. Levels of monthly
crime fell in Burnham between June 2007 and the end of February
2008, when compared to the same months last year. Criminal damage,
assaults, harassment and thefts of vehicles have fallen the most
during the last year.
donated by lodge
Moose International Lodge has handed out over £6,000 of
donations to worthy local groups at its annual charity payout.
The group presented a grand total of £6,306.86 to a long
list of local groups and worthy causes during a ceremony at Berrow
Village Hall. More...
village mascot dies
became such a familiar sight in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea,
that it was named the village's mascot has died. The seven-year-old
bird, called Errol, was often seen in the centre of the village
and its 'fame' rose recently when it was featured on ITV. More...
Mayor to be chosen
will choose Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's new Mayor next week.
The council's annual meeting on Monday evening (May 12th) will
include the election of the Chairman of Council and Town Mayor
for the coming year. Councillor Pauline Pollard is the current
rescued from car in ditch
rescued from her car after it careered into a ditch at an accident
blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea early on Tuesday morning (May 6th).
Ambulance, police and fire crews were called to Stoddens Lane
at 4.45am after the Ford Puma left the road. Fortunately, the
occupant was not injured. More...
tickets for car owner!
of this illegally parked vehicle in Burnham-On-Sea will get a
nasty surprise when they return to drive it away. For the Peugeot
has been given no fewer than FOUR parking tickets and TWO road
tax expiry warning notices by traffic wardens over the last few
days - much to the interest of local residents. More...
of man found on beach
body of a naked man was found washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach
on Monday morning (May 5th). Emergency services were called to
the scene, next to Burnham jetty, shortly after 7am after a seafront
walker made the unpleasant find.
Police have not yet formally identified the man. More...
weekend' for traders
Burnham-On-Sea were disappointed by a poor Bank Holiday weekend
of business. While the town's High Street and Esplanade were busy
with crowds of visitors, many shops and tourism businesses in
Burnham reported a quiet period of trade, according to the Burnham
Chamber of Trade. More...
Frank Bruno visits town
legend Frank Bruno dropped into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (May
4th) to cheer on his son at a rugby tournament in the town. The
former World Heavyweight Champion mingled with the large crowds
at the BASC Ground during the second day of Burnham Rugby Club's
junior rugby festival.
£1,400 BARB boost
cheque for £1,400 was handed over to BARB, the Burnham-On-Sea
charity that runs the town's two rescue hovercrafts, by fundraisers
from the Somerset branch of The Caravan Club on Monday afternoon
(May 5th). The club has chosen BARB as its charity of the year
and will be raising money in coming months. More...
rider treated after fall
AN ambulance crew gave emergency treatment to a horse rider in
Brean on Sunday afternoon (May 4th) after she fell from her horse
when it bolted. Paramedics
were called to Weston Road at 3pm when the lady's horse was startled
by a vehicle passing by, sending her onto the road. More...
warning on sea levels
of the West Country's coastline - including Stert Island and low-lying
land around Burnham - could disappear into the sea within 50 years,
a leading scientist has warned this week. Land could be lost as
sea levels rise by 60cm says Chris Turney, a geologist. More...
wants to keep town mast
MOBILE phone giant O2 has applied for
planning permission to keep a 'temporary' phone mast in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea for another year. The company wants full planning
permission to retain the 15-metre mast south of Pier Street for
an extra 12 months. More...
seized by police
police have stepped up their campaign against underage drinking
this weekend with alcohol being seized from youngsters on the
town's seafront. The
Esplanade has been a no-alcohol zone since 2006 and police can
seize bottles and cans from under-age drinkers. More...
show boosts organ fund
flower festival opened in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Saturday (May 3rd). The show is being held in All Saint's Church
throughout the Bank Holiday to raise funds towards the £5,000
cost of refurbishing the church's organ. More...
Club re-opens after revamp
Community Youth Club officially re-opened its doors on Friday
evening (May 2nd) following a £14,000 revamp. These
were the celebratory scenes when the club in Morland Road marked
the completion of several weeks of renovation work with a ribbon-cutting
donation for RNLI
enthusiast has marked his 65th birthday by handing over hundreds
of pounds to Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station. John Swayne is a
paid-up governor of the charity and decided that to present donations
to the RNLI in lieu of presents. More...
crews rush to town firm
fire crews were sent to a Highbridge furniture company on Friday
morning (May 2nd) after reports of smoke being spotted at the
fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Caxton Furniture in
Commerce Way at 11.15am. More...
for better street cleaning
in Burnham-On-Sea are calling for more frequent rubbish collections
over the summer months. Traders
at the latest Chamber Of Trade meeting called on Sedgemoor District
Council to increase street cleaning along the High Street and
boss attends public meeting
60 Highbridge residents flocked to the town's community hall on
Thursday evening (May 1st) to hear Derek Mead, owner of the fire-ravaged
Highbridge Hotel, speak about his future plans for the property.
The meeting came just hours after two teenagers were arrested
in connection with last Tuesday's blaze.
cafe earns five stars
a Burnham-On-Sea cafe are celebrating this week after officially
being told they offer a 'five star' service. The
Bay View Cafe on Burnham's Esplanade is one of only a handful
of cafes and restaurants in the town to earn 5-star ratings in
Somerset's Food Scores scheme. More...
arrested after hotel blaze
teenagers have been arrested by police in connection with last
week's fire at the former Highbridge Hotel. Burnham police confirmed
on Thursday (May 1st) that a 16 and 17 year old had been arrested.
Police spokesman Dan Mountain told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the
tackles grave problem
on space at Highbridge cemetery will result in the last few remaining
graves being used within the next year. The Chairman of Bunham
Joint Burial Committee, Arthur Thorogood, said on Wednesday (April
30th) that Brent Road cemetery will be used. More...
for better CCTV monitoring
Councillor has called for better monitoring of CCTV cameras following
a night of vandalism at a town car park. Cllr
Rosemarie Parsons told Wednesday's town council meeting that said
she had seen "a large group of youngsters" causing trouble.
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