2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
Crowds watch fireworks
A HUGE crowd of more than 2,000 people watched
a sparkling fireworks display at Brean on Saturday night (May
30th). The display, captured here on video, took
place at the village's Leisure Park and raised hundreds of pounds
for several local charities, including hovercraft group BARB.
celebrates 150th year
John's Church in Highbridge is to celebrate the 150th year since
its consecration with a week of events to mark the milestone.
The celebrations will begin on Monday June 15th and will include
free concerts, slide shows and religious services. An open-air
service will also be held at Apex Park. More...
train passes Highbridge
first main line steam engine to be built in Britain for 50 years
steamed through Highbridge on Saturday (May 30th). The Tornado
locomotive visited the West Country for the first time, with its
£3m engine hauling several Severn Coast Express excursion
carriages behind it.
crews tackle dunes blaze
were the scenes on Brean beach on Saturday evening (May 30th)
as Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a blaze in the sand dunes.
A barbecue that had been lit on the edge of the dunes, close to
the Seagull Inn, set 20 square metres of grass on fire. Two fire
engines rushed to the scene.
killed in Brean cliff fall
BEACH wardens have issued a safety warning to dog owners after
a pet plunged to its death from Brean Down on Saturday morning
(May 30th). Brean
beach warden Pete Williams was called to the foot of the Down
at 11am after a Staffordshire Bull Terrier fell down the cliffs
close to Brean Cove.
arrests in drugs operation
police have this week arrested two men on drugs possession offences
and searched 20 others during an ongoing crackdown against drugs
use in the town. A specialised drug testing machine was used at
Michaels Bar on Burnham seafront, as pictured, to undertake random
body 'from Gloucestershire'
THE body of a middle-aged man found washed up in a river estuary
near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week came from Gloucestershire,
learns Burnham-On-Sea.com. West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose
told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday (May 28th): "We are certain
the body is not a local person." More...
A SPARKLING fireworks display will take place above
Brean on Saturday night (May 30th) when the village's Leisure
Park holds the second of four free events. The
display will get started at 9.30pm, giving visitors an opportunity
to enjoy the fun park rides before the display begins. More...
photos: Town police open day
and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea held an open day in Highbridge
on Thursday (May 28th) when these young visitors got a chance
to see their work up close. The event, held at the recently-opened
community police pod in the car park outside Asda, also allowed
local people to meet Inspector Sam Williams from Burnham Police
time for regeneration
Regeneration bosses in Burnham-On-Sea are keeping their fingers
crossed for good news, with an announcement due next week on whether
the town has been successful in gaining millions of pounds of
funding. The South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) is
due to announce on June 8th which regeneration schemes across
the region will gain funding. More...
TV fame for Wrinkly Rappers
GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea have this week
expressed their disappointment at not getting shown on ITV's Britain's
Got Talent. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in January how
the 'The Wrinkly Rappers' were heading off to Cardiff to take
part in the programme's auditions.
holding Pod open day
in Highbridge are holding an open day at the recently-opened Police
Pod next to the town's Asda store today (Thursday May 28th). The
Pod will be open from 12pm-3pm, when local people will be able
to meet Inspector Sam Williams from Burnham Police Station
and members of the fire brigade. More...
unhurt after ditch plunge
THE driver of this vehicle escaped unhurt despite ending up
in a roadside ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (May
fire brigade was called to Rooksbridge Road at 1.20pm after the
Mitsubishi Shogun went into a rhyne near the village of Rooksbridge.
light for centre's plans?
Controversial proposals to build a new entrance and covered
walkway at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll look set to be
approved by district councillors next week. Planning officer Colin
Arnold has recommended that the plans are given a 'thumbs up'
when the council's development committe meets at Burnham's Princess
Theatre on June 2nd.
homes plan is rejected
PLANS to turn a block of former public
loos into two new bungalows in Burnham-On-Sea have been thrown
out by district council planners. The
owners of the building in Hall Terrace, off Seaview Road, had
requested full planning permission to convert the property into
one bedroom homes. More...
Jagger comes to Burnham
acclaimed musician and song writer Chris Jagger will be performing
at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre next month. The brother of
Mick Jagger, who is an artist in his own right, will be in town
on Saturday 6th June for the first of a series of concerts over
the summer. More...
park closure 'is temporary'
giant Morrisons has this week reassured motorists that a busy
seafront car park in Burnham-On-Sea will only close temporarily
while work is carried out. A large section of the Pier Street
car park was cordoned off throughout Tuesday (May 26th), with
bollards preventing access to approximately 200 spaces.
day for lorry driver
was the dramatic scene in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (May
26th) as emergency crews dealt with a bizarre lorry accident.
fire crews, paramedics and police were called to Worston Road
at 3pm after the accident left the shocked driver stuck in his
found in river estuary
was the scene at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club this evening (Monday
May 25th) after a body was found in the nearby river. Police,
paramedics and two Burnham lifeboats are at the scene after a
body was spotted near the mouths of the River Brue and the River
Parrett. Police have sealed off the yacht club's slipway and nearby
footpaths with tape, as pictured.
photos: Brent Knoll tug-of-war
of pounds was raised for two good causes at a fundraising tug-of-war
was held near Burnham-On-Sea on Bank Holiday Monday (May 25th).
Seven teams of six tried to out-pull each other during the event,
which was held outside the Brent Knoll Inn in aid of two good
party boost for Hillview
of pounds was raised for a carnival club when a street party was
held in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (May 24th).
Large crowds flocked to the Somerset and Dorset pub for the bank
holiday party, which featured four hours of live music and entertainment.
BMX riders descend on town
of high-flying BMX riders descended on Burnham-On-Sea's BMX track
over the weekend for a three-day cycling competition. The track
in Apex Park was the venue for rounds three and four of this year's
British Cycling National BMX series. We have a full photo round-up
of the weekend.
swamped by incoming tide
BIG rescue attempt to try and save this stranded vehicle took
place on Burnham-On-Sea beach this evening (Sunday May 24th).
The van's wheels became stuck in soft sand and mud near the town's
jetty at 6.10pm, prompting a call-out for rescue charity BARB.
Its crewmembers used a tractor, winches and ropes to try and tow
the vehicle to safety, but they were unable to pull it free.
crew helps trapped horse
and Weston fire crews helped to pull a stranded horse out of a
ditch in Brent Knoll on Sunday afternoon (May 24th). The race
horse had become stuck on farmland near Station Road and the alarm
was raised when a nearby resident spotted the animal in a distressed
contest deadline looms
graffiti artists in Burnham-On-Sea have just a few days remaining
to enter their spray-painted designs into a competition being
run by the town's Youth Centre. The BAY Centre is holding the
contest in order to decorate the exterior of its building in Cassis
Pastor scheme launches
first group of Street Pastors held their first walkabout in the
town on Saturday night (May 23rd) in an effort to reduce anti-social
behaviour and petty crime. As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this month, the Street
Pastor group has been formed to support local police.
kissing couple visit town!
of serial snoggers who found love on a pier are touring dozens
of seaside towns to kiss on every pier - including Burnham-On-Sea's,
which they visited on Saturday (May 23rd). Romantics Hazel Costin
and Jay Preller intend to smooch on all of Britain's 56 piers,
finishing at Weston, where they could become the first couple
to marry at the new pavilion.
expenses in full
claims of district councillors living in the Burnham-On-Sea area
has been unveiled this week. The records show Sedgemoor District
Councillors claimed £315,884 in expenses over the last year,
which was nearly £2,000 up on the previous year. We list
the expense claims of all local councillors.
arrests in police crackdown
in Burnham-On-Sea arrested two people during a crackdown on rogue
traders earlier this week. Officers were out in force across Somerset
and the initiative was part of a nationwide Rogue Trader Day,
when police and other agencies worked together during the special
day of action. More...
Night for 170 youngsters
170 pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School attended an end-of-term
prom near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (May 22nd). Stretch
limousines were out in force as the Year 11 students travelled
in style to Rookery Manor, where the formal Prom Night dance was
held for 173 youngsters.
on this Bank Holiday
a busy weekend of entertainment lined up across the Burnham-On-Sea
area this Bank Holiday weekend. Our guide gives you a quick, at-a-glance
guide to all the highlights, which vary from a street party with
live music to BMX racing, a tug-of-war and an art exhibition!
Parkway 'to open in June'
Frank Foley Parkway is set to fully open to vehicles next month,
it was confirmed on Thursday (May 21st). Work to build the missing
link, between Love Lane in Burnham and Pepperall Road in Highbridge,
got underway in March, as reported here, and plans are now being
made for the grand opening.
time for offenders
that allows magistrates to ask offenders to carry out community
work, instead of going to prison, has this week been put to good
use at Highbridge's Apex Park. Members of the 'Community Payback
Team' have been helping Sedgemoor District Council refurbish the
park's information boards, waymarker posts, bollards and entrance
cadets visit Coastguards
of Highbridge and Burnham St John Cadets made a special visit
to two of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services this week. The
group of 28 youngsters and leaders visited the Coastguard and
hovercraft stations on the town's seafront, where they were given
a talk about beach safety and also got to see the rescue equipment
up close. More...
backs bike safety campaign
widow who lost her husband in a motorbike accident is backing
a new police campaign to reduce serious motorcycle collisions
on Somerset's roads. Heather Bartlett, 36, knows first hand how
important it is to reduce the number of motorcycle collisions
on our roads each year.
oh deer! Fawn causes stir
THIS timid, young deer has been fascinating
residents on a Burnham-On-Sea housing estate this week after spending
several evenings grazing on wasteland. To the surprise of residents,
the fawn has been seen several times in recent days around Wallace
visits town on pilgrimage
Bishop of Bath and Wells made a brief visit to Burnham-On-Sea's
St Andrew's Church on Wednesday (May 20th) during a marathon 330-mile
walk to mark the 1,100th year of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
The Rt Rev Peter Price was met by vicar Rev Witts and parishoners
on Wednesday. More...
blog: Expenses apology
MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official blog on Burnham-On-Sea.com
has been updated. In his latest entry, he apologises over the
expenses rumpus, talks about his recent visit to Afghanistan,
and explains his views about power generation and the Severn Barrage.
coach visits Berrow
Arsenal football coach has been giving youngsters in Berrow tips
on improving their game during a series of special coaching sessions
as part of a new police scheme. Stuart Kennard led a training
session at the new sports facility next to Berrow Village Hall
for more thna 20 kids over the last week. More...
and chip seller calls it a day
Highbridge's longest-running businesses has been put on sale after
its owner this week announced he is retiring after a career spanning
46 years. Dennis Moore, 65, owner of Moore's Fish and Chips, a
Highbridge institution, hopes to sell the business. The shop in
Church Street has been running for 83 years.
bid for £50,000 play area
PROPOSALS for a £50,000 revamp
of a play area in Berrow were unveiled on Tuesday evening (May
19th)... but the scheme will only go ahead if the village wins
a Lottery windfall! Berrow
Parish Council has submitted a £50,000 bid to the People's
Millions scheme for the funding. More...
jobs go at Highbridge firm
FURNITURE-making company in Highbridge has this week announced
it is to shed a further 17 jobs as the recession bites. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported in January that David Salisbury Conservatories,
which is based on the Isleport Business Park, had shed 19 jobs.
arrest motorbike youth
Burnham-On-Sea have seized a motorbike and arrested a 17 year-old
youth in a fresh crackdown on anti-social use of vehicles in the
town. It followed reports from the public that motorcycles were
being ridden in an anti-social manner around the town
by concerned local residents. More...
lines drawn in elections
candidates will be contesting four seats in the Burnham-On-Sea
area in this year's local elections on June 4th. All the local
County Council seats are up for grabs - and the Brent seat will
be the most keenly contested with five local people vying to win
the most votes.
and police get cash boost
groups were handed financial boosts by Berrow Parish Council on
Tuesday evening (May 19th). The council's chairwoman, Jenny Bentley,
handed over £500 to Berrow Primary School and a further
£50 to local police officers towards their new county-wide
Horse Watch scheme. More...
to build 73 homes begins
WORK to build dozens of new homes on
land next to Highbridge's Asda supermarket has begun over the
last week. Land alongside Caxton Road has been landscaped with
new turf, as pictured here, and construction equipment has moved
onto the site to start the work.
evacuated after town fire
were the scenes in Highbridge on Monday evening (May 18th) when
20 residents of a flats complex were evacuated following a kitchen
crews equipped with breathing apparatus were called to General
Higgins House in Southwell Crescent at 6pm after a fire broke
Week event in town
work of volunteers will be in the spotlight when a special event
is held in Burnham's Princess Hall to mark the 25th Anniversary
of National Volunteer Week. Sedgemoor District Council and other
groups will be holding the special open day on Monday June 1st
fun set to return
HIGHBRIDGE'S Dreamscheme is set to kick back into action over
the Half Term Holiday Week. On Wednesday May 27th, the group will
hold a special car wash at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station from 1.30pm
- 5.30pm. The kids will be equipped with buckets, water and sponges
to wash cars.
lifeboat visits Burnham
A LIFEBOAT crew from South Wales made a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea
this week during a training exercise. The RNLI Offshore lifeboat
from Barry moored at Burnham-on-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons and
met members of Burnham's RNLI, BARB and Coastguard.
over road crossing decision
MEMBERS of a Highbridge campaign group have this week expressed
their disappointment after plans for a new pedestrian crossing
on Burnham Road were axed by the County Council. The recently-formed
pressure group RAPYD (Residents Against Proposed Yellow Disaster)
ladies 'race for life'
of women from Burnham-On-Sea were among the 3,000 participants
who pulled on their running shoes for a good cause on Sunday (May
17th). Thousands of pounds was raised for Cancer Research UK at
the annual Race For Life, which was held on Weston Beach, despite
rain and cold winds.
Centre visited by tech boss
boss of the government's UK Online initiative visited Burnham-On-Sea's
Youth Centre to see its technology clinic last week. During a
tour of the South West's UK Online centres, Helen Milner, Managing
Director of UK online centres, discussed the strategy with volunteers
at the centre.
for Berrow players
TEAM of celebrating young footballers enjoyed an open air tour
of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (May 16th) when they travelled
to their annual presentation night. Berrow Boys Under 10s won
the North Somerset Mini League Cup and were delighted to show
off their trophy.
injured as car upturns
person was taken to hospital after this vehicle span off a road
into a ditch in Brean on Saturday evening (May 16th). Two fire
engines, police officers and an ambulance from Burnham-On-Sea
rushed to Weston Road in the village shortly before 7pm after
a passing motorist raised the alarm.
crew tackles van blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a van blaze at Edithmead on Saturday
evening (May 16th). One fire engine attended the blaze in a field
just off Burnham Moor Lane at 7.30pm. The fire had been seen and
reported by motorists on the M5 southbound carriageway.
jailed after shop raids
raiders who stole a BMW car from Bristol and then used it to carry
out smash and grab raids on two shops in Burnham-On-Sea were each
jailed for three years on Friday (May 15th). Southmead men Richard
Hebdidge and Lee Tucker were with an unknown accomplice when they
used the vehicle to batter their way into Superdrug and Boots.
in town for charity's AGM
MP David Heathcoat Amory was in town on Friday evening (May 15th)
to present several awards at the AGM of hovercraft rescue charity
BARB. The MP joined almost 50 people at the Council Chambers in
Jaycroft Road for the annual meeting, which was also attended
by the Chief Exec of Sedgemoor. More...
probe 'deliberate fire'
a suspicious car fire in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday lunchtime (May
15th) believe the blaze may have been started deliberately. One
fire engine from Burnham was called to Rectory Road at 12.06pm
after a nearby resident spotted the vehicle in flames.
gets well-deserved medal
of the local Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadet Division
has this week been awarded a medal at the St John Ambulance County
AGM for her voluntary service. Medals are only awarded on completion
of 12 years' efficient service and Diane has actually been a member
of St John Ambulance for nearly 20 years, having spent some of
the time as a Cadet. More...
visits Highbridge centre
Centre hosted a visit by a highly-respected writer on child development
earlier this week. Author Sue Palmer spoke on several topical
subjects at a conference organised by the centre as part of a
project that seeks to involve parents in their childrens' development.
shocked after accident
was treated for shock after being hit by a passing vehicle outside
a Highbridge school on Friday (May 15th). Police and two ambulance
crews were called to Burnham Road at 3.24pm, where the incident
occurred outside St John's School. The boy was not seriously injured,
said police. More...
seize cannabis plants
police seized thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants and
made several arrests during drugs raids in our area on Thursday
(May 14th). The
plants pictured above were seized from a home in Cuthbert Street
in Highbridge during the police's ongoing 'Operation Relentless'
apply for Morrisons jobs
people have applied to work at the new Morrisons store on Burnham-On-Sea
seafront, the company said on Thursday (May 14th). The job applications
are currently being sifted through to find potential candidates
to fill up to 45 roles, which include checkout operators, bakers,
butchers and other staff. More...
on TV's Come Dine With Me
is looking for contestants in the Burnham-On-Sea area to take
part in a new, prime-time series of the popular Channel 4 show
Come Dine with Me. In each episode, the film crew visits
a different town or city in the UK and picks four amateur chefs
to appear on the programme. More...
machine targeted by crooks
cordoned off several cash machines at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket
on Wednesday (May 13th) after thieves damaged one in a bid to
steal cash from inside. This
was the scene outside the store in Love Lane, when police tape
was placed around the cash points as the investigation got underway.
concerns for town carnival
Burnham-On-Sea's winter carnival have this week spoken of the
group's "financial struggles" as the costs of holding
the popular event continue to rise, while donations fall. Carnival
President Malcolm Borland was speaking at the carnival assocoiation's
on Wednesday (May 13th). More...
A LIVE rock
music concert which was due to be held at The Princess in Burnham-On-Sea
this coming Saturday (May 16th) has been cancelled due to technical
problems. Internationally-known guitarist Larry Miller and his
band and local musician Cliff Moore had been due to perform
at the event. More...
target nursing homes
confirmed they are investigating two burglaries, which are believed
to be connected, at nursing homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Brent
incidents occurred in the early hours of Monday morning at BUPA's
Nursing and Reisdential Centre in Oxford Street and at a second
nursing home in Brent Knoll.
drive to bring back coaches
A NEW voucher
scheme is to be launched in Burnham-On-Sea later this year to
encourage coach drivers to bring day-trippers back into the town.
in Burnham are increasingly concerned that the Pier Street coach
park is often empty because coach drivers receive incentives to
drop their passengers out-of-town. More...
festival in Brean
Volkswagen enthusiasts flocked to Brean at the weekend for a three-day
festival celebrating the vehicles. Van West 2009 was held at Brean
Leisure Park, where car-themed trade stands, exhibitions and entertainment
were laid on
for the large crowds of car fans from across the UK. More...
of Britain returns to area
of Britain Cycle race will be returning to the Burnham-On-Sea
area this September, it was announced on Tuesday (May 12th). The
first day of the South West Stage of the race, on Thursday September
17th, will see the 96 riders start the day in Frome, travel through
Wells, then through Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill on their
way to Bridgwater, as shown on the map above.
MP in expenses controversy
pounds of manure have allegedly been claimed as expenses by Burnham-On-Sea's
Heathcoat-Amory, according to a report in a national newspaper
on Tuesday (May 12th). The
Daily Telegraph reported in a special report about MPs' expenses
that he made 19 claims over a three-year period. More...
Burnham's new Mayor unveiled
and Highbridge has its first Labour Mayor for over 20 years after
town councillors elected Derick Cooper to the position on Monday
evening (May 11th). Outgoing
Mayor Peter Burridge-Clayton congratulated Mr Cooper on his appointment
as he formally passed over the mayoral chain at the Town Council
exhibition of original watercolours and acrylics by local artist
Michael Squire has this week opened at a Burnham-On-Sea art gallery.
display of colourful images from across the West Country is on
show at Sea Breeze in Victoria Street, opposite the Ritz Cinema,
until Saturday May 30th. More...
photos: Stranded 4x4 retrieved
the scenes on Brean beach on Monday afternoon (May 11th) when
the owners of a vehicle that had become stranded in mud at the
weekend managed to retrieve it. Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported on Sunday how the Nissan
Patrol 4x4 had got into difficulty after being driven approximately
half a mile out from the beach near Brean Down.
set to run in county elections
and Highbridge Mayoress Joanna Burridge-Clayton has this week
announced that she is standing as the Labour candidate for Highbridge
and Burnham South in next month's County Council elections. She
will be contesting the seat against Liberal Democrat candidate
Rosemary Parsons and the Conservatives' John Woodman.
wins Coast Award
has achieved category 'A' status in the annual Quality Coast Awards,
it was announced on Monday (May 11th). The
awards seek to highlight resorts across the UK that make the most
of their natural assets and maintain environmental standards to
encourage visitors to return. More...
roar into town for charity
pounds was raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity when dozens of
motorbikers took part in a fundraising cycle ride on Sunday (May
10th). A total of 55 bikers from across the South West took part
in the 110 mile tour of Somerset, which began in Highbridge and
went on to Bridgwater. More...
photos: Highbridge craft show
greetings cards, jewellery and pottery were among the items on
show at a special art and craft fair held in Highbridge on Saturday
(May 9th). Enterprising
students from King Alfred School's Kings Kards organised the event,
which was held in the main school hall. More...
charged after town crash
44-year-old Brigwater man has been charged with aggravated vehicle
taking and driving without insurance following a dramatic crash
in Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning (May 10th). One
man was taken to hospital after a BMW careered off Marive Drive
near Apex Park's entrance. More...
lost to incoming tide
4x4 vehicle which became stuck on the mudflats at Brean beach
on Sunday evening (May 10th) has been completely lost to the incoming
tide. The Nissan Patrol 4x4 vehicle, pictured, got into difficulty
in soft sand after being driven approximately half a mile out
from the beach near to Brean Down.
In Park: Donna's surprise!
crowds filled Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (May 10th)
for the town's annual Party In The Park when they were treated
to five hours of top-quality music... and a spur-of-the-moment
marriage proposal! Members
of Burnham-based Ginger Hitlas were giving out flowers to their
boost for speedway fund
Riders Equipment Fund (SREF) have this week been presented
with a cheque for £100 by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club. Lions
President Andrew Bryant is pictured handing over the cheque this
week to SREF members Diane Phillips and Sue Tomkinson at the Oak
homes hit by power cut
homes across Burnham-On-Sea were briefly without power on Sunday
evening (May 10th) following a power cut. Over 10,000 homes in
the town suffered a short power cut at 5.43pm following a high
voltage fault, confirmed a spokesman for Western Power Distribution.
as car crashes into garden
man has been rushed to hospital after this car careered off a
road in Burnham-On-Sea, demolishing two lamp posts, smashing through
a brick wall and ending up in a front garden early on Sunday (May
10th). Residents in Marine Drive were woken by the sound of a
series of loud bangs at 4.15am.
man in ditch drama
fire crews from across Somerset were called to West Huntspill,
near Burnham-On-Sea, early on Sunday (May 10th) after a drunken
man became trapped in a ditch. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea,
plus others from Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Taunton were sent
to Withy Road.
pan causes caravan fire
crews were called to a caravan fire in Brean early on Sunday morning
(May 10th). One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea, two from Weston,
plus an incident support unit from Taunton were sent to Warren
Farm to investigate the incident, caused by a chip pan left unattended,
shortly before 3am.
held after new drugs raid
were the scenes in Highbridge on Friday morning (May 8th) when
police officers carried out a new drugs raid in the town. Police
entered a building in Church Street at 9.45am, where they seized
suspected drugs and also arrested a man on suspicion of drug dealing.
van pulled to safety
towed to safety on Saturday evening (May 9th) after it became
stuck in soft sand and mud on Berrow beach. Burnham-based charity
BARB was called to the scene shortly after 5pm after being alerted
by a nearby resident.
Volunteers used a tractor and ropes to pull the stranded vehicle
In The Park this Sunday
Manor Gardens will be alive with music this Sunday (May 10th)
when the town's annual Party In The Park is held. The
event will be held in the gardens from 12.30pm to 5.30pm and will
feature live music from the Ginger Hitlas, Dave Chave and a ukelele
phone mast appeal to begin
THE Planning Inspectorate is to hold a public inquiry in Burnham-On-Sea
next week regarding the location of mobile
phone giant O2's 'temporary' phone mast in a car park. The 15
metre tall mast, which is mounted on a portable trailer, was first
installed at the rear of Morrisons supermarket in Pier Street
firm's donation boosts park
Apex Wildlife Park will soon be bursting into colour following
a seed manufacturer's donation of thousands of wild flower seeds.
Seeds has given more than 30 packets of free seeds to the park
as part of a scheme to encourage public parks to plant more flowers.
homes plan wins approval
owner of this block of former public loos in Burnham-On-Sea looks
set to be 'flushed with success' after town councillors this week
gave a green light to plans to turn the building into two new
new owners have requested full planning application for the scheme.
award for take-away
are celebrating this week after officially being told they offer
a 'five star' service. Tasty Bitez in Bank Street is one of only
a handful of food businesses to earn a coveted 5-star rating in
Somerset's Food Scores scheme, run in our area by the district
fair to be held on Saturday
greetings cards, jewelry and pottery are among the items that
will be on show at a special art and craft fair being held in
Highbridge this Saturday (May 9th). Enterprising
students from King Alfred School's Kings Kards firm, ste up earlier
in the year, have organised the event. More...
AN RSPCA shop volunteer has this week
thanked Burnham-On-Sea.com readers for coming to her help after
mean thieves stole her bicycle as she worked inside the charity
shop. Pat Ponting's bike was stolen from outside the RSPCA shop
in Regent Street
last Wednesday. More...
over new flats scheme
PROPOSALS to convert this run-down property in the centre
of Highbridge into new flats have this week prompted objections
from councillors and local residents. Members
of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee gave a 'thumbs
down' to the plans to convert and extend two homes at 29-30 Church
history panel unveiled
NEW sign charting Highbridge's colourful history was formally
unveiled in the town on Wednesday afternoon (May 6th). The
newly created Highbridge History Panel was unveiled during a short
ceremony outside the Asda store attended by Highbridge councillors
and history group members. More...
talks' on hotel's future
councillors have this week been reassured by a local conservation
officer that positive talks are being held with the owner of the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel over long-awaited repairs to the
property. Catherine Saunders addressed the council
on Tuesday evening (May 5th). More...
Pastor scheme to launch
A PIONEERING scheme
to introduce night-time Street Pastors into Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge is set to launch this summer. In an effort to reduce
anti-social behaviour and petty crime in the two towns, the groups
of Christian volunteers will be patrolling the town centres late
crew films charity's work
A CHANNEL Five television crew is in
the Burnham-On-Sea area this week, filming a local organisation's
wildlife rescue work. The TV cameras have descended on Secret
World Wildlife Rescue Centre, based at East Huntspill, to record
footage for the brand new series fronted by a well-known personality.
over £100m 'idea'
Democrats have this week expressed their "utter outrage"
after it emerged that plans for a £100million re-development
of the town were nothing more than an 'idea'. Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report last month how bosses from Property Link had
unveiled the regeneration plans.
summer for town?
STREETS, pavements and beaches in Burnham-On-Sea
should be free of litter this summer following a decision by the
Town Council to employ two new cleaners. A full-time town centre
cleaner is being added to the council's staff to keep streets
in Burnham litter-free over the tourist season. More...
spark RNLI call-out
that this group of climbers had been cut-off by the incoming tide
at Brean Down prompted the launch of two lifeboats on Monday afternoon
(May 4th). The
four climbers had been spotted at around 4pm scaling the cliffs
of the southern side of the Down, with the fast-incoming tide
air-lifted after A38 crash
were the scenes on the A38 at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning
(May 3rd) after a motorist had to be air-lifted to hospital following
a serious accident. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called
to Edithmead at 11.15am following a collision between a car and
boost for local groups
rescue hovercraft charity is among two local groups to share a
funding boost of more than £1,000 this week. The money was
raised at the Tyntesfield Masonic Lodge annual Ladies Night, held
at Cadbury House Hotel near Bristol. Both BARB and a local nursing
home received over £500 each. More...
on sale for town concert
have gone on sale for a night of live music being held at Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Hall later this month. Guitarist Larry Miller and his
band, plus local legend Cliff Moore, bass player Richie Blake
and drummer Tim Price, will be performing at the Princess Hall
in Burnham on May 16th. More...
alert at Burnham post office
FIRE crew rushed to the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening
(May 3rd) to investigate a sighting of smoke rising above the
town's post office. One fire engine was sent to Vicarage Street
at around 4.30pm after a local resident called emergency services
after spotting the smoke. More...
Rappers back net event
GROUP of rapping pensioners who are set to appear on ITV's Britain's
Got Talent are backing an event in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage
OAPs to use the Internet. The Wrinkly Rappers, pictured, are supporting
the Burnham Area Youth Centre Internet awareness day on May 15th.
causes roads chaos
150 protesters held a disruptive protest in Berrow on Saturday
morning (May 2nd) as villagers stepped up their campaign to get
safety improvements introduced Coast Road. Berrow's
Local Action Team organised the protest march to cause maximum
disruption to motorists on one of the busiest weekends.
entertainer raises funds
children's entertainer drew families to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(May 2nd) for an afternoon of fun and fundraising. Pip Critten
performed a line-up of magic and musical fun at the Ritz Social
Club in Victoria Street, where the proceeds went to St Andrew's
Church Choir funds. More...
Flu rumours quashed
officials quashed concerns on Friday (May 1st) that a resident
in Burnham-On-Sea is suffering from suspected Swine Flu. Comments
on Burnham's online discussion forums had raised fears that a
pupil at a local school had been isolated with the contagious
probe mystery fire
and two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a mystery
blaze at a building in Huntspill on Friday afternoon (May 1st).
Firefighters used two water jets to damp down the building in
Ringstone, just off Withy Road, just after mid-day on Friday,
as pictured here. More...
raid attempt on town store
are investigating an attempted ram raid on a supermarket in Highbridge
earlier this week. Police officers from Burnham rushed to Somerfield,
near Bank Street, in the early hours of Wednesday morning (April
29th) after a vehicle was driven at speed into the building. More...
rescue for stranded boat
lifeboats were launched on Thursday morning (April 30th) to help
a fishing boat in difficulty on Brean beach. The boat, which had
also required assistance from emergency services on Wednesday
evening, encountered fresh problems on Thursday morning.
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