April 2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
2010 news archive
rescued in mudflats drama
Coastguards helped to rescue a family of nine stuck on mudflats
at Uphill on Monday evening (May 31st). A team of five Burnham
Coastguards was called to the scene, near the north side of Brean
Down, at 5.50pm after the group was spotted over half a mile from
A Knockout at Apex Park
team challenges were the order of the day when a Highbridge park
hosted a comeback of the classic gameshow 'It's A Knockout' at
the weekend... without a single TV cameras in sight! Somerset
Rural Youth Project organised the annual fun day at Apex Park
on Saturday (May 29th). More...
sets sights on nationals
BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has an extra spring in her step this
week after winning a regional trampoline competition. Hannah Bird,
11, competed in the South West Regional Grading Competition on
Sunday (May 30th) and came away with a trophy. Hannah is a member
of Cheddar's High Flyers Trampoline Club. More...
Malcolm in 13,000ft jump
PLUCKY 73-year-old pensioner from Burnham-On-Sea raised over £550
for charity when he completed a second parachute jump on Friday
(May 28th). Malcolm Hill leapt out of a plane at 13,000ft after
one his friends was refused medical permission to make a jump
and he took his place. More...
photos: Burnham Street Party
£500 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's carnival club when
a fundraising street party was held in the centre of town on Sunday
(May 30th). Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, was among the crowd of supporters
at the event, which took place in Burnham High Street over six
trains attract big crowds!
railway layouts of all shapes and sizes were on show at an exhibition
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 29th). Burnham and District
Model Railway Club held its annual summer open day at the town's
Community Centre in Berrow Road, where its members displayed over
a dozen layouts. More...
rescued after mayday call
yacht was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats this evening (Sunday,
May 30th) after its skipper made a 'mayday' distress call in the
Bristol Channel. Burnham's
two lifeboats were launched at 5.25pm to help the 58 year-old
skipper after he got into difficulty in strong winds and heavy
seas to the south west of Stert Island.
stride out for charity
fundraisers pulled on their walking boots to take part in a charity
walk from Burnham-On-Sea to Brean Down on Sunday (May 30th). The
weather was breezy, but dry, for the seventh annual Alzheimer's
Society walk, which saw energetic residents walking either 15
or 7 miles. More...
sent to 'struggling' yacht
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was launched on Sunday morning (May 30th)
amid concern for a yacht in Bridgwater Bay. A walker on Burnham's
Esplanade contacted Coastguards after he spotted that the yacht
appeared to be struggling during rough seas and strong onshore
festival opens in town
THREE day Festival Of Marriage is being held at a Burnham-On-Sea
church this weekend. St Andrew's Church is hosting the one-off
event, where wedding dresses, cakes and floral displays are on
show. Among the items is a 1931 wedding dress, which is in excellent
drop-in sessions planned
Grid has announced a series of events to give people in the Burnham-On-Sea
area more information about controversial plans for a huge power
line through Somerset. The energy giant will hold the extra drop-in
events in our area during June and July to seek more views. More...
O2 mast for Burnham in July
Exclusive: MOBILE phone
giant O2 has this week said its new phone mast on top of Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Cinema is set to be installed during July.
Planning Inspectorate gave the proposed mast the go-ahead in 2009
after several years of discussions between O2 and Sedgemoor District
retires after 50 years
A WELL-known butcher in Burnham-On-Sea hung up his meat cleaver
for the final time on Saturday (May 29th) after a 50 year career.
Keith Britton, 65, has been a familiar face at the butcher's counter
in Burnham's Tesco supermarket for the past 13 years, and previously
worked at Palmers in the High Street. More...
special: It's prom night!
than 170 pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School attended
an end-of-term prom near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (May
28th). Stretch limousines, Porches and even a jeep were out in
force as the Year 11 students arrived in style at Rookery Manor,
where the formal Prom Night dance was held. More...
goodbye for local farmer
of mourners crowded into a Highbridge church on Wednesday (May
26th) for the funeral of well-known local farmer Arthur Duckett.
80 year-old Arthur died earlier this month following a short spell
in Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. His coffin was taken to
St John's Church on a horse drawn carriage, as pictured. More...
visits 'Sounds and Voices'
newly-elected MP Tessa Munt was in town on Friday (28th May) to
record an interview to be broadcast on the Sounds and Voices audio
news service. The new Liberal Democrat MP visited the group's
studios in the town council buildings in the Old Courthouse in
Jaycroft Road. More...
elected fire authority boss
COUNTY Councillor from the Burnham-On-Sea area was elected Chairman
of Devon & Somerset's Fire & Rescue Authority on Friday
(May 28th). Huntspill county councillor Mark Healey, pictured,
was chosen during the group's AGM which was held on Friday at
Clyst St. George in Exeter. More...
warning over illegal parking
in Burnham-On-Sea had their vehicles clamped and were issued with
hefty fines on Thursday (May 27th) after leaving their vehicles
illegally parked outside the town's lifeboat station. The owners
of this van and a car were given fines of more than £100.
party in town this Sunday
STREET party will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend to raise
funds for the town's carnival club. The event will take place
in Burnham's High Street on Sunday evening (May 30th) outside
the Somerset and Dorset pub in aid of the town's Hillview Juvenile
Carnival Club. More...
£1.8m housing project opens
NEW £1.8m, 15-home affordable housing project has been opened
at the site of a former Burnham-On-Sea church hall this week.
The 14 flats and one house were officially opened at the site
of the former St Peter's Hall in Highbridge Road by Raglan Housing
Association's Chief Executive, Nick Harris, and Sedgemoor District
Council's Chairman, Cllr Jane Moreton. More...
justice' for shooter
teenager accused of shooting a boy in the face with a BB gun in
a Highbridge park last weekend has been dealt with by means of
restorative justice, police said on Thursday (May 27th). The youngster
was called into Burnham police station this week where he met
his 10 year-old victim. More...
views on seafront golf course
plans to build a mini golf course on Burnham's seafront have this
week been attracting mixed reactions from residents and local
first reported in February how Birmingham entrepreneur Paul Chatwin
wants to turn a grassy area of The Esplanade into a large, purpose-built
golf park to act as a tourist attraction.
fined in safety drive
cyclists have been fined by Burnham-On-Sea police as part of a
safety initiative to reduce the number of night-time accidents
involving unlit bikes. A 23 year-old man from Highbridge and a
21 year-old man from Burnham have both been stopped while using
a bicycle without lights and given fines. More...
blow for Christmas lights
future of Burnham-On-Sea's annual town centre Christmas lights
display was plunged into fresh doubt on Tuesday (May 25th) when
Sedgemoor District Council reduced the funding for the display.
Burnham Chamber of Trade had hoped for £2,500 towards the
that's a 'leaflet drop'!
were the scenes at a busy Burnham-On-Sea roundabout on Wednesday
morning (May 26th) after a lorry shed its load of thousands of
leaflets. Police and council cleaners were called to the Edithmead
roundabout next to Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22 of the M5 at 8.38am.
sworn in as new MP
new MP, Tessa Munt, was sworn in during the official state opening
of parliament on Tuesday (May 25th) and enthusiastically welcomed
measures in the Queen's Speech. She said she is "genuinely
pleased" about the formation of the new coalition government.
boost BASC funding
members of a Burnham-On-Sea running club have this week handed
over a £500 donation to the town's BASC sports club to help
fund its expansion project. Burnham-On-Sea Harriers Chairman Brian
Beale presented the cheque to BASC Chairman Neil McKen. More...
UFO' over Burnham
SILVER, orb-shaped UFO was spotted in the skies above Burnham-On-Sea
at the weekend, it has emerged. The unexplained object was seen
by a visitor on Saturday afternoon (May 22nd) at 1.55pm when it
travelled "very fast from east to west across the Bristol
Channel over Burnham." More...
won't move to Fridays
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual carnival have expressed their disappointment
that the event will not move to Friday nights from 2012. Representatives
from carnival groups across Somerset met this week and voted in
favour of Weston-super-Mare getting the sought-after Friday night
slot when Bridgwater Carnival moves to Saturday nights in two
residents thank Gill
and Highbridge's MP, Tessa Munt, is among the local people who
have this week thanked PCSO Gill Bawler for her work in the town
as she moves to another job. Gill has been a familiar face about
Highbridge in her role as a PCSO for five years and earlier this
year was named 'PCSO Of The Year' for Somerset West. More...
bursts into bloom!
of colourful hanging baskets have been installed along the streets
of Highbridge this week by the town's Dreamscheme members. More
than 40 youngsters from the Highbridge Dreamscheme made a total
of 76 baskets during the April half-term holidays earlier this
tug-of-war this weekend
BRENT Knoll pub is to hold a fundraising tug-of-war in aid of
a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Bank Holiday Monday (May 31st).
Teams of six people are being sought for the Brent Knoll Inn's
annual tug-of-war competition, which will be held during its four
day beer festival over the weekend. More...
10, shot at Highbridge park
A ten year-old boy was shot in the face with an airgun at
Highbridge's Apex Park at the weekend, police confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com
today (Monday). Police said the youngster suffered injuries to
his mouth after being shot by a teenager on Saturday evening (May
22nd) near the Mallard Place entrance.
crew called to hedge blaze
firefighters were called to a put out a hedge blaze next to a
town supermarket today (Monday, May 24th). One fire crew was sent
to Ben Travers Way at lunchtime after a walker spotted a hedge
on open land next to the huge Tesco supermarket site was alight.
to popular town PCSO
in Highbridge have bid a fond farewell to a popular PCSO, who
is moving to another job this week. Gill Bawler, pictured here
on the right, has been a familiar face about Highbridge in her
role as a PCSO in the town for five years. She is moving to Somerset
County Council shortly to take on a new community role. More...
air-lifted to hospital
crews from Burnham-On-Sea had to remove the roof of a car trapped
in a roadside ditch near Cheddar on Sunday to help a casualty
inside. Fire engines from Cheddar and Burnham, together with a
Rescue Tender from Glastonbury, attended the accident at 12.01pm.
brings crowds to town
of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront over the weekend
when temperatures in the town were warmer than many Mediterranean
holiday resorts. This was the scene on Burnham's Esplanade on
Sunday morning (May 23rd) when crowds of walkers thronged the
seafront and beach users filed onto the sand. More...
Road protest cancelled
A FOOTPATH protest march in Berrow that
was planned to take place on Bank Holiday Monday (May 31st) has
been cancelled. Campaigners in Berrow who are calling for a new
pavement to be introduced along Coast Road said that policing
issues are to blame
for the cancellation. More...
girl reunited with family
the emotional moment that a missing six year-old girl was reunited
with her father after a huge search this afternoon (Sunday) involving
police, coastguards, hovercrafts and lifeboats on Berrow beach.
The alarm was raised at 2pm when distraught father Russell Webb
from Wells reported his daughter, Lilly, missing.
Huntspill pub boarded up
A ONCE-popular pub on the outskirts
of Highbridge has closed its doors and been boarded up. The Royal
Artillery Arms in Alstone Lane was shut earlier this month by
its owners after the pub struggled to survive during the financial
It is one of several pubs to have closed in recent years. More...
called to dinghy user
TEENAGER was helped by lifeboat crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(May 22nd) after he got swept away on an inflatable dinghy.
The 17 year-old, from Burnham, had paddled out on his dinghy to
reach an inflatable but when his oar snapped in half, he struggled
against the receding tide.
event proves a draw
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist led a creative workshop at the town's Apex
Park on Saturday (May 22nd). The special sketching and painting
session was overseen by local artist Margaret Micklewright, who
helped a group of youngsters draw wildlife and several locations
around the park. More...
Huntspill concert tonight
opera singer Tim Pitman will give a performance in West Huntspill
in aid of charity on Saturday (May 22nd). The concert will be
held at 7pm in the parish church of St Peter and All Hallows in
West Huntspill with a line up of talent including Mr Pitman and
a local concert band. More...
£50k play area taking shape
to create a new £50,000 play area in Berrow using funding
from the National Lottery is set to be completed over the next
three weeks. The project on the village green is being overseen
by Berrow Parish Council and is on schedule to be completed in
June. The project will see the old play area turned it into a
modern new facility.
photos: Tony Bullimore visits
yachtsman Tony Bullimore was the special guest at a Burnham-On-Sea
charity's AGM on Friday night (May 21st). Mr Bullimore, who famously
survived for five days in an upturned boat during the 1996/97
round the world yacht race, visited BARB's AGM in the town. More...
trash into high fashion!
CREATIVE student from Burnham-On-Sea was among a group who staged
a unique fashion show and photography exhibition earlier this
week using an environmentally friendly theme. The aptly named
'Trash to Fashion' show and exhibition took place in Weston earlier
this week. More...
homes approved by council
TWO new homes will be built on a Burnham-On-Sea
housing estate despite objections from town councillors and local
residents. Sedgemoor District Council has this week granted permision
for two new homes on an area of green land in Winchester Road.
awards for young players
teenagers from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club have achieved
the English Lawn Tennis Associations Junior Tennis Leaders
Award. The players completed a course developed by the LTA to
encourage more young people into tennis volunteering and give
them the opportunity to take their first steps into tennis careers.
in CCTV photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have released these CCTV photos of a
man they want to speak to following the theft of £80 from
a town supermarket's cash machine earlier this week. The man,
who has short dark hair and was wearing a dark blue V-neck top
and jeans, was captured on CCTV cameras at around the same time
that the money was taken from a cash point at Tesco. More...
night club set to re-open
A controversial night club in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
is set to re-open this weekend with a new name under new management.
Shakers in the High Street has been renamed Skye Bar and Club
by new licensees, Weston couple George Panayi and wife Katie.
The new-look club will open its doors to the public for the first
time this Saturday. More...
over illegal charity collectors
Residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to
look out for bogus charity collectors carrying out door-to-door
visits on behalf of a fire fighters charity. Several illegal charity
collectors were reported to Burnham police on Wednesday (May 19th)
after being challenged while collecting coins in Berrow Road.
a night of silver band tunes
Silver Band will perform a concert in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday
(May 23rd). The popular group will be playing their first concert
of the summer season at Burnham's Princess Hall. The event will
start at 7.45pm and tickets will be on sale from the organisers
on the door at £5 each. More...
power line costs explained
Grid has said this week that it still wants to build electricity
pylons across Somerset's countryside rather than bury them, despite
opposition from residents. The energy company wants to build the
37-mile network from Hinkley Point power station to Avonmouth
near Bristol. More...
house for town fashion show
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers pulled on the latest fashions
and paraded on a catwalk in front of almost 100 people during
a charity fashion show in the town on Wednesday (May 19th). The
'Handbags and Gladrags Show' was held at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC
ladies unleash inner divas!
dozen dancers unleashed their inner divas when they took part
in a Burlesque workshop at a new dance studio in Burnham-On-Sea
earlier this week. DanceFit was visited by Burlesque teacher Charlotte
Holland on Sunday afternoon (May 16th). Burlesque has been made
popular by celebrity dancer Dita Von Teese. More...
ejected from meeting
A group of residents was asked to leave a stormy Burnham-On-Sea
council meeting on Monday night (May 17th) after they confronted
town councillors over controversial proposals to build an extension
to the block of flats where they live. A group of 14 residents
of Brue House in Berrow Road arrived en masse.
for volleyball players
players from Highbridge's King Alfred School competed in the South
West Junior Mini Volleyball Championships at the weekend. The
tournament, held in Taunton, attracted teams from across the region
covering Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset.
film fans at Ritz fundraiser
the 1970s musical smash hit film Grease headed to Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Cinema on Monday night (May 17th) when a special funraising
theme night was held. Burnham fundraisers Keith and Jane Mitchell
from Winchester Road organised the special film night to raise
funds for Scope, a charity that helps cerebral palsy sufferers.
World opens its doors
Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill will be opening its doors to
the public later this month for a special fundraising weekend.
The 'Wildlife Babies Weekend' will be held on May 29th, 30th and
31st from 10am to 4pm each day, when visitors will get an insight
into the work of the busy centre.
bike security marking today
can have their bikes security marked and get road safety advice
when Highbridge police hold a special bike marking event today
(Tuesday, May 18th). The marking session will be held during a
regular police surgery at 6pm at the Police Pod in the Asda car
park in Highbridge. More...
guilty over indecent photos
BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been handed a sixteen week prison sentence
after admitting making indecent photographs of a child. Garry
Arthur Capel, 51, of Westmere Crescent in Burnham-On-Sea pleaded
guilty when he appeared before Sedgemoor Magistrates last week.
Tony Bullimore visits
yachtsman Tony Bullimore will be the special guest at a Burnham-On-Sea
charity's AGM later this week. Tony Bullimore, who famously survived
for five days in an upturned boat during the 1996/97 round the
world yacht race, will give a talk about his experiences during
Friday's annual general meeting of BARB, the charity that operates
Burnham's rescue hovercrafts. More...
of thefts hits holiday park
TVs, handbags and other valuables have been stolen during a spate
of thefts from caravans at a holiday park in Burnham-On-Sea over
the weekend. Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (May 17th)
that over a dozen caravan awnings were slashed at Home Farm Holiday
Park when the thieves struck.
escape after lorry crash
Photos: THIS was
the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this morning
(Monday May 17th) when a lorry crashed through the central reservation
and ended up facing the wrong way on the opposite carriageway.
Incredibly, the lorry driver narrowly missed several oncoming
vehicles at a busy time of day. More...
open day for kids centre
of people attended an open day at Highbridge Children's Centre
on Monday (May 17th). The centre, based in Coronation Road, threw
open its doors to give the general public a chance to see its
modern facilities. Centre Manager Julian Plested said it was a
busy day, with many visitors. More...
comedian visits Burnham
TOP TV comedian from the 1970s was the main act at a variety show
held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (May 15th). Don Reid,
a frequent performer on the original The Comedians TV series,
was at Burnham's Princess Hall for the one-off special 'Bring
Back Variety'. More...
Point plans 'delayed'
date for the Hinkley Point C planning application to be submitted
to the Infrastructure Planning Commission has slipped by four
months from August to December, it has been claimed this week.
from the Stop Hinkley pressure group say the delay comes amidst
new uncertainty for the project.
wins best panto award
Coastline Players drama group has won a haul of awards, including
best village pantomime, at Saturday's Somerset equivalent of the
panto Oscars. The group were delighted to win the sought-after
Spotlight Shield for the best panto at the Cinderella Awards.
Coast Road march planned
campaigners in Berrow who are calling for a new pavement to be
introduced along a dangerous stretch of road in the village will
hold their second protest of the year on Bank Holiday Monday (May
31st). Berrow's Local Action Team will start the march at 11am.
art workshop at Apex Park
FREE event for children aged between 7-12 years who enjoy sketching
and painting will be held at Apex Park in Marine Drive this Saturday
(May 22nd) between 10am and 12 noon. The sketching and painting
workshop will be run by Burnham artist Margaret Micklewright.
for missing woman
Coastguards were called out to search for a missing person on
Saturday night (May 15th). A woman in her 40s was reported to
be in a 'distressed state' and had last been seen in the vicinity
of Uphill Sailing Club next to the River Axe at around 10pm. More...
for Burnham youth cafe
LOCAL County Councillor has presented a proportion of his community
fund to Burnham-On-Sea's Youth Cafe this week. The Shed at Burnham
Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close has been given £250 by
Burnham and Highbridge councillor John Woodman to supports its
ongoing work. More...
opens school's new HQ
Special: BURNHAM'S Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests
at an opening ceremony held on Saturday (May 15th) for a local
performing arts school's new premises in Highbridge. Curtain Call
School of Performing Arts' new premises in The Old Creamery on
the Huntspill Road in Highbridge were opened. More...
concert raises over £700
£700 was raised for charity when a leading cellist performed
a concert in Brent Knoll on Saturday night (May 15th). Anup Kumar
Biswas played at St Michael's Church in front of an audience of
more than 60 people. The event raised £749 for Mathieson
Music Trust. More...
visit is music to the ears!
High Sheriff of Somerset, Pat Hunt, made a special visit to Highbridge
Youth Club on Friday evening (May 14th) where she was shown its
new juke box, which has been bought through a countywide scheme
to promote improved quality of life through the prevention of
for well-known farmer
have been paid to a Highbridge farmer who was a big name on the
national farming scene. 80 year-old Arthur Duckett died on Thursday
following a short spell in Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
He shot to fame when one of his bullocks, called The Field Marshall,
was officially named the UK's biggest. More...
bowled over by donation!
BURNHAM-On-Sea club has been 'bowled over' by a £1,250 donation
this week. Burnham Short Mat Bowls Club has received £1,000
from The Somerset Community Fund and £250 from County Councillor
John Woodman's community fund, delighting the club's members.
tackles beach erosion
40 tonnes of new sand was added onto Burnham-On-Sea beach
today (Friday, May 14th) in a bid to replace sand that has been
swept away during recent weeks. Contractors working for Sedgemoor
District Council used tractors and diggers to spread the new material
onto the beach.
showcases local artists
art and photography exhibition by two local artists has opened
in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Graham McPherson and Wendy Asplin,
pictured, are displaying paintings, photoart and photography at
Seabreeze Gallery in Victoria Street - their second exhibition
arrested after tip-off
MAN who Burnham police believe is responsible for two burglaries
in the area has been arrested following a tip-off by a suspicious
local resident. Peter
Davies Smith from Highbridge was arrested on Thursday (May 13th)
for an attempted burglary in Burnham-On-Sea and another in Highbridge.
may move to Fridays
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's winter carnival have this week
made a formal application to change the night on which it is held.
At the AGM of the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Committee, members
voted in favour of switching the event to Fridays. More...
station plans gather pace
for the launch of a temporary radio station in Highbridge have
continued this week with the recording of several programmes and
jingles. It comes after Ofcom, the UK's radio regulator, formally
accepted the station's application and gave it approval. More...
Euro MP makes visit to Berrow
A MEMBER of
the European Parliament who represents the Burnham-On-Sea area
made a special visit on Thursday (May 13th). Julie
Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West of England, visited
Berrow Guides and Brownies at St Mary's Church Hall, as pictured.
goose raises £400!
goose has helped to raise more than £400 for a childrens
charity while in residence at a Brent Knoll garden centre. Gilbert
the Goose, a talking interactive display, has been entertaining
visitors at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll during recent
beach wins award
quality of Burnham-On-Sea's beach has today (Thursday) been praised
when it was given an 'A' grade in the 2010 Quality Coast Awards.
Britain Tidy announced 150 beaches across England have received
Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards in recognition of their high
privacy fears in Burnham
Concerned residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voiced
fears that a new CCTV camera that is due to be switched on over
the next few days will affect their privacy. The new 30ft camera
has been installed outside the entrance to Apex Park in Marine
Drive and is set to help Burnham police monitor traffic and activities
in the busy car park.
picked for GB team
A BURNHAM-On-Sea athlete has won a place on the Great Britain
team for this autumn's World Duathlon Championships. Martin Rogers,
from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, has been selected to represent
his country at the event this September. More...
make Burnham bloom!
streets will soon be bursting into colour - and organisers of
the town's annual Burnham In Bloom competition are urging residents
to join in by making it the most colourful year yet. Home owners
and firms across the town are encouraged to enter. More...
year for town Watch team
Watch organisers have gathered together for their annual general
meeting over the past week. Invited guest speakers at the event,
which was held in Saxondale Avenue, were Burnham-On-Sea PCSOs
Sarah England and Eliot Green, as pictured.
probe ditch discovery
POLICE have launched an investigation after this stolen vehicle
was found upturned in a rhyne near Brent Knoll today (Wednesday,
May 12th). Officers
were called to Harp Road this morning after this red Vauxhall
4x4 was spotted by a passing motorist.
group seeks more helpers
Friends of Apex Park has this week appealed for new members to
come forward to join their active group of up to 20 members. The
aim of the group is to provide opportunities for the community
to improve and promote the use of and awareness of the facilities.
the teacher' proves a hit!
'PIE the teacher' contest at Highbridge's King Alfred School has
helped to raise £400 for Amnesty International. The school's
Year 8 students have taken part in a week of events organised
by the Sixth Form Amnesty group that aimed to raise awareness
of the charity. More...
teams compete in golf event
thirty teams took part in the annual Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament
at Brean Golf Club on Tuesday (May 11th). A total of 33 teams,
which is believed to be a record number, took to the greens on
a dry, cold day as they attempted to avoid the many hazards. More...
farm concerns expressed
100 West Huntspill residents voiced their concerns about controversial
plans to build five new wind turbines in the village during a
special open day on Tuesday (May 11th). Green electricity company
Ecotricity put its proposals for the 'Black Ditch' project on
crews at suspicious blaze
A PLUME of smoke towered over the outskirts of Highbridge
on Tuesday afternoon (May 11th) when fire crews were called to
tackle a "suspicious" blaze. Firefighters
were called to Alstone Road at 1pm, as pictured here, when a resident
reported seeing the thick black smoke.
a blast from Burnham's past
residents are being invited to take a trip down memory lane when
the town's history goes under the spotlight during a special historical
talk this Wednesday (May 12th). North Sedgemoor Local History
Group is holding 'A Time Travel Walk Around Burnham' at King Alfred
visit for students
GROUP of Highbridge geography students have completed an action-packed
weekend of activities and fieldwork. The Year 9 students from
King Alfred School travelled to Barton Hall in Torquay, where
raft building (pictured) was one of the activities on offer. More...
centre to hold open day
Children's Centre will be throwing open its doors to the general
public when it holds an Open Day next week. The centre, based
in Coronation Rd, will be open on Monday 17th May from 1.30pm
4.00pm. Visitors will be welcome to come in and look around.
Mayor and Mayoress elected
Clarke and his wife Maria became Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's
new Mayor and Mayoress on Monday evening (May 10th). The
Burnham couple, pictured here, were chosen by town councillors
when Derick and Christine Cooper's year in the posts came to an
smash delays traffic
travelling near the roundabout next to Burnham-On-Sea's junction
22 of the M5 faced long queues of traffic on Monday afternoon
(May 10th) following an accident. A two-car crash left one woman
passenger shaken and another with a minor head injury. More...
arrested over pub attack
This was the scene outside a Burnham-On-Sea town centre pub
at the weekend after a man suffered serious head injuries when
he was attacked with a glass. Police rushed to the Somerset and
Dorset in Abingdon Street on Saturday night (May 8th), as pictured
here, and arrested the alleged attacker.
MP thanks supporters
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP, David Heathcoat-Amory,
has formally thanked those who voted for him in last week's General
Election and talked about how he will miss leading the constituency.
He talked to Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Monday (May 10th) about the result and his thoughts. More...
win through to finals
first aid team from the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea's St John
Cadets Division are celebrating after winning the South West regional
first aid competition, held in Devon on Saturday (May 8th). Lucy
Westlake, Rhiannon Parsons and Hannah Dowell were competing against
teams from across the region. More...
celebrates its 30th year
30th anniversary of St Margaret's Hospice was celebrated during
a fundraising concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (May
9th). Over 100 supporters attended the event in The Princess where
Berrow's Coastline Singers and Burnham's King Alfred Concert Band
flock to Party In Park
season of free outdoor music events kicked off on Sunday (May
9th) with the town's annual Party In The Park.
town's Manor Gardens were alive with five hours of live entertainment
and music acts including
Burnham's Ginger Hitlas and The Fallen Apples. More...
visit to rescue groups
youngsters from a local school picked up beach safety advice during
a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft, Coastguard
and lifeboat stations on Saturday (May 8th). The group from Shapwick
School were given guided tours of the three services. More...
boost for community centre
Celebrations are underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre
this week after it received a massive £135,000 windfall.
The centre in Berrow Road has been awarded a huge grant by environmental
company Viridor's Landfill Communities Fund towards the cost of
its much-needed modernisation. More...
Day marked at Marine Cove
WARTIME-themed open day was held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
gardens on Saturday (May 8th), marking 65 years since the end
of WW2 in Europe. The event was held to commemorate VE Day and
also to highlight plans for the seafront site. More...
workshop hailed a hit
ran wild when a special writing workshop for children who enjoy
writing stories was held at Highbridge's Apex Park on Saturday
(May 8th). Creative writing teacher Debby Grice, dressed as a
witch, oversaw the fun workshop at the Apex Information Point.
fans flock to Brean
of Volkswagen enthusiasts have descended on Brean this weekend
for the annual Van West festival. Over
500 VW vans are on show at Warren Farm in the village during the
popular two-day festival. More than 1,000 visitors are expected
at the annual festival. More...
arrested after burglary
police have arrested two people as part of their investigation
into a burglary at a town centre bakery shop earlier this week.
was broken into during the early hours of Tuesday morning (May
4th). Two males aged 48 and 50 from South Wales were arrested.
MP gets straight to work
freshly-elected MP Tessa Munt wasted no time in getting straight
down to work today (Friday, May 7th) when she made a visit to
a Highbridge community hall within hours of being voted in. Tessa
visited Highbridge's Morland Hall where she discussed current
issues affecting the facilities with residents and leaders. More...
crash shuts M5
motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was closed for over an hour on Friday
afternoon (May 7th) after a three-vehicle accident. Fire,
police and ambulance crews rushed to the southbound carriageway
between junctions 22 at Burnham and 23 at Highbridge at 2.45pm.
of Tessa's historic night
coverage of Liberal Democrat
Tessa Munt's historic election night when she clinched victory
in the General Election race in the Wells constituency, which
includes Burnham-On-Sea. She
won with a slender majority of just 800 votes from David Heathcoat-Amory.
photos: Tessa wins election
Democrat Tessa Munt has clinched victory in the General Election
race in the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea.
won with a slender majority of just 800 votes from second-placed
David Heathcoat-Amory, the long-standing Conservative who had
been MP for 27 years.
causes delays in town
was briefly brought to a standstill this afternoon (Thursday)
after this car accident in the centre of the town. Queues of traffic
built up in Church Street after a car slammed into the back of
a lorry, as pictured here, at around 2.30pm. The driver was shaken.
menus get a makeover
in Brean is among ten local food retailers that have taken up
an opportunity to give their menus a Jamie Oliver style makeover.
Unity Farm Holiday Park is one of 50 firms that have received
direct training on how to introduce healthier menu options.
got five star appeal!
food businesses in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after being
awarded a maximum five stars for their food hygiene practices.
The Newquay Pasty Company in the High Street and Truly Scrumptious
in College Street have been praised in the latest council survey.
arrive in Highbridge
THIS large convoy of travellers
has moved onto an empty field in Highbridge's Isleport Industrial
Estate. Over 25 vehicles took up residence on the field next to
Brake Brothers food factory, opposite the recycling centre, on
Wednesday night. More...
arson blaze of the week
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling a SECOND deliberate
blaze of the week at the rear of the former Highbridge Hotel.
fire crews rushed to the site at 7pm on Tuesday evening (May 4th),
as pictured here, just 24 hours after they battled another deliberate
blaze at the same location.
close in general election
stations across Burnham-On-Sea have closed and counting has begun
in the local General Election battle. It follows a very busy day
at the polls across the Burnham area, with the turnout expected
to be one of the highest for many years. The results of the battle
between the six candidates is expected to be announced at around
5am on Friday.
underway in election
stations have opened across Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday) as
voting gets underway in the General Election. After weeks of campaigning,
the six candidates are facing voters, who have until 10pm tonight
to cast their ballots in what could be a very close race. More...
car-free zone launched
A NEW car-free zone has been introduced on the beach next
to Brean Down this week. The zone - which covers the area between
the Brean Cove Cafe and the cliffs - was launched on Tuesday (May
4th) by the National Trust. A long line of wooden stakes which
stretches out into the mud, as pictured, marks the edge of the
undecided on who to vote for in tomorrow's General Election? The
six election candidates for the Wells constituency, which covers
Burnham-On-Sea, have been asked by the BBC to make three pledges
on what their priorities would be if they were elected. More...
station seeks helpers
who want to get involved with Highbridge's soon-to-launch community
radio station can find out more about the project this weekend
when a special open day is held. The event will be held this Saturday
during the day at Highbridge Community Hall. More...
In The Park this Sunday
summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off this Sunday
(May 9th) with the annual Party In The Park. The
town's Manor Gardens will be alive with entertainment and live
12.30pm to 5.30pm featuring the Ginger Hitlas and The Fallen Apples.
for more carnival helpers
organisers of the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea winter
carnival have this week warned that the event's future could be
under threat unless more volunteers come forward to help. Members
of the event's committee, pictured, have issued an appeal for
more helpers to come forward.
farm plans to go on show
electricity company Ecotricity is to hold an open day next week
where its controversial proposals for five new wind turbines in
West Huntspill will go on display. The exhibition on the 'Black
Ditch' project is being held on Tuesday 11th May at Balliol Village
date for weather-hit fayre
village fayre has been rearranged for Saturday June 5th after
damaging gales caused the event's cancellation at the weekend.
High winds damaged marquees and tents on the village's playing
field on Saturday, as pictured, leaving them strewn in trees.
fire drama at Highbridge Hotel
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling a new deliberate
blaze behind the Highbridge Hotel this evening (Monday, May 3rd)
- the fourth such incident in the town in just three weeks. Fire
crews used a hose reel jet to douse the flames and extinguish
the blaze in a shed at the rear of the damaged hotel. More...
super spellers shine!
Burnham-On-Sea students have completed a gruelling spelling challenge
in front of a big crowd at the regional heats of The Times
2010 Spelling Bee Competition. The Year 7 pupils from King Alfred
School finished in an impressive third position overall. More...
sign retrieved by police
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week helped to re-unite a
stolen village road sign with its rightful owners on the other
side of the country. The metal sign for Breamore in Hampshire
had taken pride of place in the centre of the village for many
decades until it mysteriously went missing.
surfer rescued at Brean
KITE surfer was rescued at Brean Down on Sunday (May 2nd) after
getting into difficulties. Weston-super-Mare's RNLI lifeboat was
called out after the woman was reported to be struggling in the
water. Crews found the woman's harness had become twisted. More...
cash boost for groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea youth club and a disabled group have received financial
boosts following donations from a County Councillor's community
fund. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton has given £1,000 to The
Shed Youth Club and £250 to the Burnham Gateway Club. More...
group plays in Burnham
POPULAR folk band will be performing a one-off concert in Burnham-On-Sea
next month. Magenta will play a mixture of original and traditional
music when they take to the stage of Burnhams Princess Hall
on Saturday June 12th. Tickets have just gone on sale, priced
medal wins for Monarchs
members of Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Gymnastics Club have returned
from a top regional competition with a haul of medals. The group
qualified to represent the South West Team in the Southampton-based
Inter-Regional Team Competition in March. More...
Circle seeks members
Story Circle is appealing for more members of the public to join
their monthly meetings. The group meets on the last Tuesday of
each calendar month in the Dunstan Hotel in Love Lane and is appealing
for extra members of the public to get involved. More...
contest comes to town
Avenue Tennis Club has been selected to host Somerset's County
Tennis Championships next month. The closed competition will be
held over three weekends, with the finals taking place on the
day of the Wimbledon Men's Finals Day, Sunday 4th July. More...
winds cancel Berrow Fayre
Berrow May Fayre was cancelled after high winds caused havoc overnight,
marquees and tents on the village playing field. This was the
scene on Red Road Playing Field early on Sunday as
organisers cancelled the event and launched a big clean-up.
Cove plans go on show
open day is to be held at Marine Cove on Burnham seafront next
Saturday (May 8th) to highlight the restoration plans for the
gardens. The event, organised by the Friends of Marine Cove in
partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, will be held from
tricks' claim as signs go
politicians in Burnham-On-Sea believe 'dirty tricks' are behind
the removal of scores of signs promoting their candidates in this
week's Election. Sixteen Lib Dem signs were removed in Burnham
Road and Marine Drive early on Sunday morning (May 2nd). More...
Station reunion is held
staff of the BT Radio Station in Highbridge held a reunion on
Friday night (April 30th), ten years to the day since the station
closed down. Over 120 guests attended the special function at
the Battleborough Grange, with many travelling from afar to attend.
raises £800 for Trust
was raised for a cancer charity when a successful fundraising
concert was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (April 30th).
Dozens of people flocked to the event at The Railway Inn in the
High Street, which raised a total of £816 for the Teenage
Cancer Trust. More...
West fun in Brent Knoll!
West has arrived in Brent Knoll this weekend as Native Americans,
cowboys and horses take part in a three-day fundraising event
for local charities. A re-enactment will take place at Sanders
Garden World each day from Saturday (May 1st) until Monday (May
turnout at path protest
angry campaigners in Berrow held their first protest march of
the year today (Saturday, May 1st) to place more pressure on Somerset
County Council to introduce a new pavement along Coast Road. Berrow's
Local Action Team organised the protest. More...
Clegg backs Tessa in visit
Special: NICK Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats,
made a flying visit to our area this morning (Saturday, May 1st)
to give his support to Tessa Munt, the party's parliamentary candidate
for Burnham-On-Sea. Hundreds of people turned out to hear Mr Clegg
give a rallying election call. More...
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