May 2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

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Sam shadows Kevin Keegan
A DREAM came true for a football-mad youngster from Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (May 30th) when he met several of his soccer idols. King Alfred School student Samuel Harkness, from Bathurst Close, won a competition organised by league sponsors nPower. More...

In photos: Sky speedway visit
MILLIONS of TV viewers watched live speedway racing from Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena on Monday night (May 31st). The Premier League match between the Somerset Rebels and Sheffield Tigers was broadcast live on Sky Sports 1, but the night was not a good one for the home side's fans. More...

New £220k health club to open
Exclusive: THE £220,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool complex is to officially open on June 13th, it has been announced this week. Construction work on the new health and fitness club at the front of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow Road began last year. More...

Jet skier races time and tide
THE owner of this 4x4 encountered a race against time and tide on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Bank Holiday Monday evening (May 30th). Two jet skiers got into difficulty while recovering their machines at 6pm next to the town's jetty. The wheels of one of their towing vehicles sank into the soft sand. More...

Carnival club party raises £300
SEVERAL hundred pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club on Sunday (May 29th) when an outdoor fundraising party was held. The event, at The Lighthouse Inn in Highbridge Road, attracted a steady flow of supporters and raised £300. More...

Anger over allotments traffic
Exclusive: A GROUP of concerned residents in West Huntspill say a quiet lane running past their homes is being plagued by a 'constant stream of noisy traffic' since the opening of dozens of new allotments nearby. The West Huntspill Allotment Society has introduced the popular allotments off Cadwells Lane. More...

New venue for shop sought
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club is seeking a new venue in the town centre for its fundraising book shop. The successful Rotary Bookshop in College Street is having to close next Saturday (4th June) as the landlords need it, prompting the group's appeal for help to find new premises. More...

Sky Sports in Highbridge
THE Sky Sports cameras will be returning to Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena tonight (Tuesday, May 31st) for what will be a third successive season that they have broadcast a live meeting from the home of the Somerset Rebels. The speedway meeting is against Sheffield. More...

Brean Down turned into film set
BREAN Down Fort has been transformed into a film set over the past month during the production of a 90-minute independent film. The movie, Fulll Firearms, tells the story of a woman who inherits a fortune from her arms manufacturer father and then uses it to build a home to house the ghosts of those killed by his company's weapons. More...

Business crime is targeted
A NEW group has been formed to help reduce crime across West Somerset, including Burnham-On-Sea. Taunton Retailers Against Crime has merged with the Bridgwater and Burnham Security Group to form a new business crime reduction partnership called Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC). More...

Fireman marries in style!
Exclusive: FIRE was the theme of a special wedding in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (May 28th). Burnham-On-Sea fireman Darren Robinson tied the knot with Natasha Wynn, the daughter of fireman Mike Wynn, at Burnham's St Andrew's Church. The ceremony had a red hot theme. More...

Marine Cove gets community boost
WORK to renovate Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens was given a boost on Saturday (May 28th) when a team of volunteers joined the community project. Members of Burnham's Dreamscheme teamed up with the Friends of Marine Cove to spend several hours renovating the crumbling walls. More...

M5 crash causes 16 mile queue
QUEUING traffic of up to 16 miles developed along the southbound carriageway of the M5 past Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 28th) after a serious two-vehicle accident shut the motorway. A car and caravan collided between junction 23 at Bridgwater North and junction 24 at Bridgwater South. More...

Beer festival this weekend
A FUNDRAISING beer and cider festival is being held at a pub near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The Brent Knoll Inn in Brent Road, East Brent is holding the four day event between May 27th and May 30th, when a wide selection of cask ales and ciders will be on sale. More...

Wildlife babies weekend
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea is opening to the public throughout this weekend. Secret World in East Huntspill is holding its annual 'Wildlife Babies Open Weekend' on Saturday May 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th. It will be open from 10am-4pm each day.
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In photos: King Alfred School Prom
MORE than 200 pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School arrived in style at an end-of-term prom near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (May 27th). Stretch limousines, porches, jeeps and bikes were out in force as the Year 11 students pulled up outside Rookery Manor for the annual Year 11 Prom.
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Superfast broadband coming
SUPERFAST broadband will soon be coming to Somerset after the Government today (Friday, May 27th) announced the results of a highly competitive battle for a share of a £50m investment treasure chest. Somerset County Council has won a joint bid worth over £30m.
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£185k compensation for man
A WEST Huntspill man whose life was permanently changed when he shattered his foot in an accident at work has been awarded £185,000 of compensation. The man – who has not been named – was working for a company on the refurb of an Asda store when the accident occurred. More...

Local beaches win more praise
BEACHES in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have scored well in the new edition of the Good Beach Guide, which was published on Wednesday (May 26th). The latest edition shows Berrow and Burnham beaches both have both improved from 'basic' to 'recommended'. More...

Second wartime plaque stolen
Exclusive: Upset residents in Highbridge have called on police to step up patrols after discovering that a SECOND plaque has been stolen from a public garden in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report earlier this week that a bronze plaque dedicated to wartime hero Frank Foley had been removed.
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Pirates invade Brent Knoll!
LOCAL Brownies celebrated the 40th anniversary of guiding in the South West on Thursday evening (May 26th) with a pirate-themed party. The group of more than 20 Brent Knoll Brownies enjoyed a fun-packed party on the pirate ship at the village's Sanders Garden World.
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Guesthouse plans approved
Exclusive: PLANS to convert a prominent former nursing home on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront into a guesthouse have been given final approval by the district council this week. It passed a 'change of use' application for the Beverley Cottage care home on The Esplanade. More...

We get mention in Commons!
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com was mentioned in a House of Commons debate about broadband Internet access in Somerset this week. Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, highlighted this website as an example of how Internet access can be successfully used during the parliamentary debate. More...

Burnham Scouts in litter pick
A GROUP of 20 Burnham-On-Sea Scouts, Cubs and Beavers carried out a litter pick at Berrow's Nature Reserve this week. The group, pictured, collected over seven sackfuls of rubbish during the event, which was organised by the 1st Burnham-On-Sea Cub Scouts. More...

Band to perform on seafront
A TRADITIONAL silver band will be entertaining walkers along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront during the height of the tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council has this week given Burtle Silver Band permission to perform on The Esplanade near the jetty. More...

New £1.6m Brean pool opens
THE first phase of a new £1.65m swimming pool complex opened in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday (May 25th). Brean Splash features a six-lane heated 25m swimming pool, a children's indoor splash park area and a cafe. The facilities, at Brean Leisure Park, incorporate water slides and river rapids. More...

Anger over theft of war plaque
Exclusive: A bronze plaque laid in honour of Highbridge's wartime hero Frank Foley has been stolen from a memorial statue in the town, angering residents. Members of Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee say the theft of the plaque - which is pictured on the right in Southwell Gardens - is an "utter disgrace". More...

Jellyfish on beach 'are safe'
Exclusive: BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean have been reassured that a number of large jellyfish washed up along local beaches this week are harmless. Over 20 of the jellyfish - some measuring up to 40cm long - have washed up along the shoreline in the Burnham area this week. More...

Tourist firms in Midlands push
TOURIST attractions in the Burnham-On-Sea area have joined forces this week to promote the region as a tourist destination. Staff from Brean Leisure Park, Wookey Hole and Brean Pontins took part in a promotional push in the Midlands. They visited Asda stores across Birmingham. More...

£1,000 boost for roof appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Youth Centre's fundraising appeal to replace its leaking roof was handed a welcome boost on Tuesday evening (May 24th). Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club presented a cheque for £1,000 to the BAY Centre team towards the £33,000 costs of the project. More...

What's on at The Ritz this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews three of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews Attack The Block and the new Pirates Of The Caribbean. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week. More...

Bike run raises charity cash
DOZENS of motorcyclists took part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity on Sunday (May 22nd). Somerset Motorcycle Group organised the 100 mile bike run, which started from Highbridge and involved a circular tour of the county before finishing on Burnham seafront. More...

Mayor backs UK Online event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among the visitors to the town's BAY Centre on Friday (May 20th) when a Spring Online day was held. The centre's volunteers were kept busy all day, teaching visitors how to use Skype, email and digital photography software. Move...

Learning difficulties club starts
A NEW day centre has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week aimed at helping people with learning disabilities. The BAY Centre in Cassis Close has launched the Monday Club to provide local people with learning difficulties a chance to meet and socialise with like-minded people. More...

In photos: Air Cadets action!
Photo Special: YOUNGSTERS from Burnham-On-Sea's air cadet corp have lifted off in an RAF helicopter, taken part in an army exercise and joined in emergency scenarios with police and ambulance crews during an action-packed month. We have a full photo round-up. More...

Bible reading marathon starts
THE Archdeacon of Wells has launched a week-long Bible reading marathon in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The event at St Andrew's Church started on Sunday (May 22nd) with the Venerable Nicola Sullivan reading the first verses. More...

Decision delayed on 51 homes
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build 51 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been recommended for approval despite dozens of objections from local residents - however a final decison on the scheme won't be made this week after all. A total of 55 formal objections have been lodged by residents. More...

Bill publishes antiques book
A LOCAL antiques and collector is to publish a new book about the hobby. Bill Jackman - who has been dealing in antiques and collecting them for 40 years - is publishing 'Investing in Silver, Toys and Miniatures' on June 1st. Bill has made a study of silver toys from the 16th century. Move...

Public hearing begins
PLANS drawn up by Sedgemoor District Council that will shape the way that Burnham-On-Sea grows over the next two decades are to be examined in public this week by a government appointed inspector in Burnham. It will be held at the Princess Theatre. More...

'No risk' over nuclear plans
MAGNOX, the firm that runs Hinkley Point A near Burnham-On-Sea, announced on Monday (May 23rd) that it plans to release radioactive gas and liquid into the Bristol Channel as part of decommissioning work. However, the firm says there will be no risk to public health or the environment. More...

Carnival won't move to Fridays
Exclusive: THE Highbridge and Burnham Carnival will NOT be moving to Friday nights from 2012 after all, it has been decided this week. We first reported that the town's carnival committee had hoped the date of Burnham's carnival would be moving from Monday to the Friday night before Bridgwater in 2012. Move...

Tennis club mourns players
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club have been remembering two well-known players who have died. The club's President and Acting Chairperson, Pooh Jenkins, announced at the club's AGM the sad passing of former Chairman Norman Green (pictured) on 17th May. More...

MP supports BARB open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among several hundred visitors who called in at the town's rescue hovercraft station during an open day on Sunday (May 22nd). Tessa Munt visited the BARB headquarters on The Esplanade, where she met crewmembers and heard about beach safety. More...

High winds cause disruption
Updated: HIGH winds caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, May 22nd) with several trees being brought down. Sedgemoor District Council's tree wardens were called to Burnham Road at 10.15am, as pictured, after this tree tumbled onto a garden and partly blocked the road. More...

Town footpath reinstated
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE War Memorial Trust has been awarded a £2,000 grant from Somerset Community Foundation to reinstate a footpath which runs through Southwell Gardens in the town. The news comes after long-running discussions between the trust and Sedgemoor District Council over the path. More...

New tsunami study released
Exclusive: ANTI-nuclear campaigners have this week released details of a new study showing the effects of a huge tsunami hitting Hinkley Point power station. The Stop Hinkley group says the new analysis has been prompted by Japan's Fukushima accident. More...

No cycle race visit for town
THE Tour of Britain cycle race won't be coming through Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge this September but its 100 participants will pass through our area. Stage Six of Britain's biggest cycle race will take place on Friday 16th September, beginning in Taunton and ending in Wells. More...

Annual rose show announced
SANDERS Garden World in Brent Knoll will be the venue for an annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show in June. The event, organised by members of Burnham-On-Sea and Nailsea Horticultural Societies, takes place on Saturday June 11th and Sunday 12th June. More...

Inquest held into teen's death
AN inquest into the death of 19-year-old Billy Davis, whose car burst into flames after crashing on the A370 in East Brent last September, has been held this week. Somerset coroner Michael Rose issued a narrative verdict after considering the Weston teenager's injuries following the crash on September 18th. More...

In photos: £2.5m centre opens
JANE Barrie OBE, Chairman of NHS Somerset, unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the official opening of Berrow's brand new £2.5m health campus on Friday (May 20th). The new centre introduces significantly improved health facilities to the area. More...

Bikers to roar into Burnham
DOZENS of motorcyclists will be roaring through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this Sunday (May 22nd) when a fundraising ride-out is held and there's still time for local bikers to join in. Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising the 100 mile run from Highbridge. More...

Top author opens bird hospital
SFantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett visited East Huntspill's Secret World wildlife rescue centre on Friday afternoon (May 20th) to open a new bird hospital. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the official opening, as pictured. Sir Terry performed the opening. More...

Street lights go out to cut cash
SOME street lights in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon be switched off between midnight and 5.30am as part of a money-saving project by Somerset County Council. The council has been awarded £500,000 in funding from the South West Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership. More...

Police appeal after purse thefts
BURNHAM Police have this week appealed for help in identifying this man who may be able to help them with their enquiries into several thefts. The release of the CCTV image comes after three purses were stolen from a hotel in Brent Knoll on 7th April 2011. More...

Town arts show underway
A THREE-day art and crafts exhibition opened on Friday in Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church. The show includes displays of work from local schools and artists, including photographs, paintings, patchwork items, crafts and flowers. More...

Final comedy tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are available for a comedy play being performed by the West Huntspill Players this week. Ten Times Table, a play by Alan Ayckbourn, is being performed by nine members of the drama group tonight (Friday, May 20th) and on Saturday evening (May 21st). More...

New £2.5m centre opens today
MRS Jane Barrie OBE, Chairman of NHS Somerset, will be unveiling a commemorative stone to mark the official opening of Berrow's brand new £2.5m health campus this Friday (May 20th). The centre in Brent Road welcomed its first patients last week, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Rail club delivers £1,100 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Model Railway Club has raised more than £1,000 for the town's community centre by selling dozens of specially-commissioned miniature railway wagons. The club's John Langley designed the tiny replicas of Somerset brewery wagons to raise the cash. More...

Teen arrested after break-in
Exclusive: A TEENAGER has been arrested following a break-in at Highbridge's King Alfred School this week in which a computer monitor was stolen. Police were called to the school after a group of former students was spotted by CCTV cameras in the grounds. They were identified by staff. More...

Funding blow for concert group
Exclusive: Town councillors have controversially decided to withhold grant funding from a popular local group which organises a series of free outdoor concerts - because they say it does not hold enough events in Highbridge. CADS (the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society) organises a series of outdoor musical events each year. More...

45 years of work praised
A LONG-serving trustee at the Burnham Area Youth Centre was formally thanked for his work during the past four decades during the group's AGM on Wednesday (May 18th). Retiring management trustee Douglas Down has held the position for over 45 years and was formally thanked. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
Exclusive: SOMERSET'S air ambulance landed in the centre of Highbridge on Wednesday (May 18th) after a man was reported to be seriously ill. Crews landed the helicopter on the former cattle market site opposite The Globe Inn just after 10am, as pictured here. More...

New chairman for Sedgemoor
COUNCILLORS at Sedgemoor District Council elected a new Chairman on Wednesday afternoon (May 18th). Cllr Gill Slocombe, a Bridgwater councillor, took over the role from West Huntspill's Jane Moreton during an annual ceremony held in Bridgwater's district council chambers. More...

Round Tablers head to town!
DOZENS of Round Table members from across Somerset gathered in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday night (May 17th) for an action-packed evening. Over 50 people from as far afield as Shepton and Crewkerne gathered at Brent Broad Farm in the town for an evening of Somerset activities. More...

Wildlife carers in plea for food
A FRESH plea for food and supplies has been made by wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week because they have so many hungry mouths to feed. The East Huntspill charity says it has been inundated with orphans during the mild weather. More...

Flats scheme meets objection
Exclusive: PLANS to convert and expand Highbridge's Post Office building into seven flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors. The owner of the property in Church Street has applied to the council for a change of use, conversion and extension of the building. More...

Bible festival starts on Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is to hold a week of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The event begins with an Arts and Crafts exhibition featuring work from local schools and individuals this weekend and also includes several other activities. More...

MP: 'Pylons hurt Heritage bid'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has told parliament this week that proposals to build a controversial line of power pylons across the Somerset Levels will ruin the area's chances of becoming a World Heritage Site. Tessa Munt said the pylons had killed the prospects. More...

School bids for academy status
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week unveiled plans to apply for academy status. The school's Governing Body has submitted an application to the Department For Education to convert to academy status under the government's Academies Act 2010. More...

Mix-up almost costs Alan role
HIGHBRIDGE town councillor Alan Miller became the Chairman of the town council's influential Planning Applications Committee on Monday (May 16th), but he almost missed out on the role after an administrative mix-up when councillors decided who should be chosen to take on the job. More...

Public hearing on 20 year plan
PLANS drawn up by Sedgemoor District Council that will shape the way that Burnham-On-Sea grows over the next two decades are to be examined in public next week by a government appointed inspector in Burnham. It will be held at the Princess Theatre in the town from May 24th. More...

Official launch for £2.5m centre
MRS Jane Barrie OBE, Chairman of NHS Somerset, will be unveiling a commemorative stone to mark the official opening of Berrow's brand new £2.5m health campus this Friday (May 20th). The centre in Brent Road welcomed its first patients last week, as we first reported. More...

Mayor's boost for town charities
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor handed out cheques to his two chosen charities of the year on Monday night (May 16th). The Friends of Burnham Hospital and BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) each received a share of the proceeds from the Mayor's recent fundraising Royal Wedding street party. More...

Pupils reach EDF contest final
PUPILS from Highbridge's King Alfred School are among five schools getting ready to enter the 'Dragons' Den' as finalists of the EDF Energy Somerset Green Schools Challenge. Youngsters from King Alfred School have reached the final of the challenge along with four other schools. More...

A wheely good fundraiser!
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club were among 180 ladies from across the region who took part in a fundraising ride on the Weston Ferris Wheel on Sunday (May 15th). The ladies are all members of the Inner Wheel's District 20 group covering Soneret and Wiltshire. More...

Mayor and Mayoress re-elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress were unanimously re-elected to their roles for a second year by members of the Town Council tonight (Monday, May 16th). Councillors also elected Ken Smout as Deputy Mayor and Allan Miller as Second Deputy Mayor. More...

Cannabis plants seized by police
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have arrested a man following a drugs raid in Lympsham on Friday (May 13th) when 80 suspected cannabis plants were seized, When the search warrant was executed, officers found a cannabis cultivation set-up and a large quantity of suspected cannabis. More...

New Brean police point opened
BREAN police have opened a new information point in the centre of the village and have issued an appeal for local volunteers to come forward to help run it. Local residents have donated the static caravan, organised planning permission for it, and also redecorated it. More...

Move over Turnip Prize!
BRENT Knoll's very own version of Somerset's spoof art competition The Turnip Prize attracted over 40 humorous entries on Sunday (May 15th). Organisers of the Bilge (Brent Knoll Individual Lacklustre Golden Egg) Awards said they were delighted with the entries. More...

Police officers go on the run!
POLICE officers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge pulled on their running shoes to take part in a fundraising event in Bristol today (Sunday, May 15th). The officers were among a large number of police from across the region taking part in the Bristol 10km race. More...

Climber rescues stranded lady
Exclusive: A marine biologist was rescued by Coastguards today (Sunday, May 15th) after getting cut off by the incoming tide at the end of Brean Down. Liz Francis, 68, from Washington in America, got into difficulty while photographing sea anemones at the base of Brean Down near the wartime fort. More...

Dozens at festival fundraiser
DOZENS of supporters of Highbridge's Festival of The Arts flocked to a fundraising concert in the town on Saturday evening (May 14th) including the town's Mayor. Under the direction of Musical Director Sheila Philip, the King Alfred Concert Band played a varied programme of tunes. More...

BARB to hold special open day
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft station will be able to pick up beach safety advice and find out how to become new crewmembers during a special open day. BARB will be opening its seafront station to the public throughout Sunday (May 22nd) from 11am-4pm. More...

Knoll spring festival today
A SPRING celebration of gardens and art will be held in Brent Knoll village hall today (Sunday, May 15th) between 10.30am and 5pm. More than ten gardens across the village will also be open to the public, along with St Michael's Church from 11.30am, to raise money for the village's church. More...

Pilgrimage 'water walk' is held
CHURCHGOERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a unique 20 mile walk on Saturday (May 14th) to raise awareness of this week's Christian Aid Week. Reverend Geoffrey Walsh and parishioners from East and West Huntspill joined the special walk. More...

Dogs rescued from River Brue
Exclusive: THE owners of two dogs have thanked fire crews after the pets were rescued from the River Brue in Highbridge this evening (Saturday, May 14th). Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, plus the brigade's Swift Water Rescue Team from Bridgwater, were sent to Huntspill Road at 6.18pm, as pictured here. More...

Man arrested after drugs raid
Exclusive: POLICE swooped on a property in Highbridge on Friday evening (May 13th) where they seized a quantity of cannabis and arrested a man. The search warrant was executed at the same address in Market Street where four people were arrested earlier this year. More...

Man fined over gun licence
A MAN from Wedmore who was charged with possessing a shotgun without a firearms certificate as part of the police probe into a spate of swan shootings in the Burnham area has this week been found guilty. Shane Alway appeared before magistrates in Bridgwater. More...

Bee swarm causes a buzz!
Photo Special: A swarm of hundreds of bees caused a buzz in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Friday, May 13th) when they settled on this car. Vehicle owner Melissa Dell had to call for a beekeeper to remove the swarm after it covered part of her VW Polo parked in Gloucester Road. More...

Fresh fly-tipping fears raised
Exclusive: A Highbridge councillor has this week expressed his concern about increased fly-tipping in the town. Cllr Chris Williams' comments come after a large quantity of builders waste was dumped in a lane just off Pople's Bow this week, just weeks after new recycling centre charges were introduced. More...

Charity gig in town tomorrow
A BURNHAM-On-Sea club is holding a gig this Saturday (May 14th) to raise money for a local hospice. St Margaret's Hospice will benefit from the event at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from 7pm-1am. Those performing include local band Vermin, Nick Elswood and MegaRat. More...

'Wait a minute, that's the Queen!'
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea horse owner could hardly believe her eyes when she brushed shoulders with the Queen at a horse trials earlier this week. Julia Cox was attending the Windsor Horse Trials on Wednesday (May 11th) to watch two of her horses compete when Her Majesty wandered by. More...

Police target troublemakers
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week launched a campaign to make sure local people and thousands of summer visitors to Brean and Berrow stay safe. Over the summer officers will be using a hi-tech car number plate recognition system to check and stop vehicles. More...

Burnham Library hours cut
OPENING hours at Burnham-On-Sea Library are set to be cut by a fifth from this autumn, Somerset County Council has announced this week. Burnham Library in Princess Street will see its opening hours reduced by 20 per cent from October 1st as part of the council's ongoing spending cuts. More...

New £2.5m health campus opens
Exclusive: A brand new multi-million pound health campus in Berrow has opened for the first time this week. The £2.5million centre in Brent Road, pictured, welcomed its first patients on Monday (May 9th). In addition to a new GP surgery, the site also includes a pharmacy, new NHS dental services and day services supporting people with dementia. More...

Golfers hit greens for charity
OVER thirty teams took part in the annual Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Brean Golf Club on Tuesday (May 10th). Local teams did well in this year's event by managing scoop the top awards in the competition, which was held to raise money for three charities. More...

Local beaches win awards
THE quality of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches has been praised this week in the 2011 Quality Coast Awards. Keep Britain Tidy, who oversee the annual awards, announced that our local beaches were among those across England that had received awards in recognition of their tidy facilities. More...

Five picked for regional squad
A GROUP of young volleyball players from Highbridge has represented the south west during a series of regional matches. Following a full season of training, five players from King Alfred’s School Volleyball Club were selected for the South West U14 regional squad. More...

Rotary book shop raises £8k
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's charity bookshop has raised over £8,000 for good causes. The shop, situated in the former Threshers’ wine shop in College Street, is open each week from Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm and has raised cash for local and national good causes. More...

Kitchen fire in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a small kitchen fire in the town on Tuesday afternoon (May 10th). Two engines were sent to The Grove at just before 5pm after a resident reported smoke and fumes emerging from a cooker. The crews made safe the appliance. More...

Residents in new homes protest
Exclusive: DOZENS of concerned residents in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, have this week launched a campaign to stop 11 new homes from being built in the village. Over 30 residents attended a parish council meeting in the village on Tuesday night (May 10th) to lodge their opposition. More...

Superbikes star visits Burnham
LEGENDARY world superbike rider Carl Fogarty made a surprise visit to a Burnham-On-Sea cafe on Tuesday morning (May 10th). Carl Fogarty dropped in at the Bay View Cafe on The Esplanade where he and a friend enjoyed a coffee while sitting outside enjoying the sea air. More...

BBC man visits Burnham group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Philosophy Group welcomed author and TV broadcaster Julian Baggini to its monthly meeting this week. Julian is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and appears on TV shows such as BBC2's Newsnight Review and spoke about his latest philosophy book. More...

Xmas returns for party night!
PUB goers in Burnham-On-Sea could be forgiven for thinking they'd stepped back in time five months this week! For Santa suits and tinsel were out in force when this group of revellers hit the town for a hen party. Nikki Triggol and her pals visited five pubs. More...

Lions Club appeals for walkers
MEMBERS of clubs and charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area which need funding are being invited to pull on their walking boots and rucksacks to take part in a sponsored walk in the Quantocks this month. The 16th annual walk takes place on Sunday May 22nd. More...

Film screening raises £220
FIFTY people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema on Monday evening (May 9th) for a charity screening of the film Africa United. Arranged by local churches, the event raised £227 for The Grace School and Orphanage in South Africa, delighting the event's organisers. More...

Tennis club welcomes kids
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has this week welcomed a visit by East Brent School. The visit was held as part of the club's ongoing work to encourage more young players into tennis. East Brent School Year Group 3's enjoyed a fun morning of tennis and games. More...

Jet skier Nick makes a splash
BURNHAM-On-Sea jet skier Nick Edrich competed in Round 2 of the British Championships in Oxford over the weekend and came away with maximum points. Riding his Hydrospace S4, Nick won full points in his class and was second in the expert class - much to his delight. More...

Man arrested after police drama
Exclusive: THE centre of Highbridge came to a standstill on Sunday (May 8th) when police swooped on the driver of a stolen van after it crashed into a police car in the town. Five police cars were called to the junction of Church Street and Market Street just after 4.30pm when officers created a road block to prevent the stolen van being driven away. More...

Town Lib Dems pick new leader
Exclusive: BURNHAM and Highbridge Liberal Democrats have chosen a new Town Council leader in the wake of last week's elections. Cllr Phil Harvey, pictured, who is a newly-elected Lib Dem councillor in the Burnham East ward, has been unanimously backed by the party to take on the role. More...

Record crowds at Party In Park
RECORD crowds of spectators flocked to the first event of Burnham-On-Sea's summer season of outdoor music events on Sunday (May 8th). Hundreds of people filled the Manor Gardens for the annual Party In The Park, which offered five hours of live music. More...

Beach walkers raise £700
OVER £700 was raised for a good cause when a sponsored beach walk was held from Burnham to Berrow and back on Sunday (May 8th). Fundraiser Jackie Tanner organised the seven mile walk to Berrow and back in aid of Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association. More...

National success for sea cadets
MEMBERS of Burnham's Sea Cadets were celebrating on Saturday (May 7th) after winning a national drill competition. Burnham's Sea Cadet Unit, TS Dulverton, competed against units from across the country during the National Drill Competition at HMS Raleigh near Plymouth. More...

Quiz night fundraiser for club
A FUNDRAISING quiz night is to be held in aid of Burnham United Football Club's juniors this week. The club is holding the event at the Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street, Burnham this Tuesday evening (May 10th) from 7.30pm. Entry will be just £1 per person with all proceeds going to the club. More...

Anger over vandal's paint attack
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea resident has issued an appeal for help in identifying a vandal who threw a large quantity of paint over his home on Saturday morning (May 7th). Police were called to the house in Heal Close following the incident at 7am when blue paint was thrown over a wall and fence. More...

Beach alert for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards rushed to Brean this morning (Saturday, May 7th) amid concern that several people had been cut off by the incoming tide. A beach warden contacted Burnham Coastguards at 9.30am after spotting three people on the rocks at Brean Down. More...

Sponsored town beach walk
A SPONSORED beach walk will be held from Burnham-On-Sea to Berrow and back this Sunday (May 8th). Local fundraiser Jackie Tanner has organised the seven mile walk to Berrow and back in aid of Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association. The event starts at lunchtime. More...

Full Burnham election results
VOTERS headed to the polls in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday, May 5th when parish and district council elections were held. We have all the results from every town and district ward across the Burnham area. See how your favourite candidates performed in this week's elections. More...

New reservoir for Brent Knoll?
Exclusive: A NEW reservoir could soon be built on the slopes of Brent Knoll if new proposals unveiled this week get the go-ahead. Bristol Water has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for full planning permission to construct a covered storage reservoir on the site. More...

Mixed fortunes for Conservatives
CONSERVATIVES in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating after winning almost a dozen district council seats in Thursday's local elections. The Conservatives won 11 district council seats in Berrow, Brent Knoll, Burnham, Highbridge, Huntspill and Wedmore while the Lib Dems won two and independents two. More...

Lib Dem leader loses town seat
LOCAL Liberal Democrat leader Joe Leach has expressed his disappointment at losing his town council seat in this week's elections. Joe lost his seat to independent candidate Mike Mansfield in the Burnham Marine ward by 40 votes but retained his district council seat. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off this Sunday (May 8th) with the annual Party In The Park. The town's Manor Gardens will be alive with entertainment and live music from 12.30pm to 5.30pm featuring The Fallen Apples and Nicky Swann Duo. More...

Residents set police priorities
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have chosen illegal cycling on pavements and anti-social behaviour as the top two priorities for police in the town to tackle over the next three months. 20 residents attended the latest PACT meeting on Thursday (May 5th). More...

In photos: Burnham elections
VOTERS across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge headed to polling stations today (Thursday, May 5th) to cast their votes in the parish and district council elections. After many weeks of campaigning, the candidates now face a nervous wait until Friday's results. More...

Gardeners seek Kate's flowers
PEOPLE keen to buy flowers and plants that match Kate Middleton’s bouquet have been flocking to a Brent Knoll garden centre this week. Sanders Garden World says it has received "hundreds of requests" from customers keen to have similar wedding flowers. More...

Scout leader denies sex charges
A Burnham-On-Sea scout leader has today (Thursday) pleaded not guilty to a number of child sex abuse offences. David Burland, 53, appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court. He was charged with 14 counts of sexual assault, 12 indecent assaults, six counts of inciting sexual activity and one count of exposure. More...

Voters head to the polls
VOTERS in Burnham-On-Sea will be heading to the polls throughout today (Thursday, May 5th) as parish and district council elections are held. Residents will also be taking part in the UK referendum on whether the current voting system should be replaced. More...

Brean Down turns blue!
Photo Special: A MONTH of warm sunshine has helped to turn the grassy slopes of Brean Down blue! Thousands of bluebells have been in full bloom on the northern slopes of the rocky outcrop in recent days. Large numbers of walkers have been enjoying them. More...

New charity song is released
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rock group has formally released a new song and music video this week which is raising funds for two local good causes. The Ginger Hitlas' single, Hey Little Lady, was recorded last month in Burnham and has been launched in aid of two charities. More...

Berrow hosts Royal wedding
BERROW Primary School pupils have celebrated the Royal Wedding with a special fun day which included a mock royal wedding. All the staff and children came to school wearing their wedding finery and the school's hall was arranged like a church and decorated with flowers. More...

750 people fight wind farm plans
Exclusive: MORE than 750 people have submitted formal objections against plans to build a controversial wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea, we can reveal. EDF's plans for five turbines on farmland next to the Huntspill River have attracted 338 formal objections and just 38 letters of support. And Ecotricity's proposals have drawn a huge 427 objections. More...

Election countdown underway
THE final countdown is underway for tomorrow's local elections when voters in Burnham-On-Sea will head to polling stations to elect parish and district councillors. Residents will also be able taking part in the UK referendum on changing the country's voting system. More...

Have your say on town policing
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will be able to have their say about policing in the town when a quarterly public meeting is held this Thursday (May 5th). The 'Have Your Say' meeting gives local residents a chance to influence what happens in their neighbourhood. More...

Royal pub celebrates wedding
VISITORS to a Royal-named pub in West Huntspill raised a glass to celebrate the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William during a three day beer festival in the village. Over 20 real ales were on offer during the special event which was held at the Royal Artillery Arms. More...

Check sea quality before swim
A NEW website has been launched by Wessex Water this week which lets beach users check the quality of the sea water in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean before they take a swim. Visitors and residents can quickly assess bathing water quality before paddling or swimming. More...

Yacht in Mayday rescue call
THIS YACHT was towed to safety by two lifeboats after making a dramatic Mayday call as it was blown onto rocks at the foot of Brean Down on Monday evening (May 2nd). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards rushed to the scene and two Weston lifeboats were called to help. More...

Two car crash shuts Berrow Road
Updated: A two-car accident closed Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road on Tuesday evening (May 3rd). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene at 6.15pm after two Peugeot cars collided, as pictured here. Fire crews removed the roof of one of the vehicles to free a person inside. More...

Town footballers win the treble
A TEAM of young Burnham-On-Sea football players is this week celebrating after completing a treble victory. Burnham United U13s beat Bath City Youths 5 - 1 in the County Cup at the weekend to lift the silverware. It comes after beating teams from Yeovil and Bristol. More...

Dighy trio thank rescuers
Exclusive: THESE three men have thanked Burnham-On-Sea's emergency services for saving them after they were swept out to sea on an inflatable dinghy at Brean on Monday (May 2nd). Troy Fellows, Aaron Dunn and Rob Dunn praised the response of the crews after two were treated for hypothermia. More...

Bumper Bank Holiday for town
Exclusive: TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday weekend of trade as sunny weather attracted crowds of visitors. Newly-opened ice cream parlour Flavours on The Esplanade had a busy first weekend, says owner Nigel Burrow. More...

Craig becomes LTA club coach
BURNHAM Avenue Tennis Club player Craig Phillips has achieved his third British Lawn Tennis Association Club Coach qualification. Craig, who lives in Brean, has been training hard recently and is delighted to have qualified as an official LTA Club Coach at the Avenue Club. More...

Gunfight drama in Brent Knoll
THIS was the scene in Brent Knoll on Monday afternoon (May 2nd) after a dramatic gun fight broke out. But there was no need for concern as Burnham's Boots And Saddles Western Re-enactment and Living History Display Club was demonstrating a famous battle. More...

Youth club seeks new manager
HIGHBRIDGE Youth Club is set to re-opening later this month and is seeking new volunteers to help run it. The first night back after its break will be Friday 27th May from 6-8pm. The club is seeking a new manager who will deal with the weekly running of the successful group. More...

Stricken speedboats rescued
Exclusive: Two speedboats were rescued within the space of ten minutes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (May 1st) after they both got into difficulty. Burnham's lifeboat and Coastguards were called to help the first speedboat, which encountered engine problems. More...

Church to shut for five months
BURNHAM-On-Sea's catholic church will be close for five months from later in May to allow a major refurbishment project to proceed. The 'Our Lady and the English Martyrs' church in Highbridge Road, pictured, will be closed from Monday 9th May when the work gets underway. More...

Tomato festival this month
TOMATO growers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to a special week-long event dedicated to the plants at a garden centre in Brent Knoll. Sanders Garden World is holding a festival dedicated to growing the fruit from May 15th until 22nd. More...

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