2011 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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2011 news archive
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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.
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...
£220k health club to open
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...
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
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.
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.
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...
Sports in Highbridge
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.
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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. More...
photos: King Alfred School Prom
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. More...
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. More...
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.
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...
wartime plaque stolen
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.
invade Brent Knoll!
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
£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...
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...
on beach 'are safe'
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...
firms in Midlands push
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
boost for roof appeal
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...
on at The Ritz this week
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.
run raises charity cash
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...
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...
difficulties club starts
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...
photos: Air Cadets action!
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...
reading marathon starts
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...
delayed on 51 homes
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.
total of 55 formal objections have been lodged by residents.
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...
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...
risk' over nuclear plans
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
tsunami study released
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...
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...
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
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
£2.5m centre opens today
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...
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.
arrested after break-in
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
scheme meets objection
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...
festival starts on Friday
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.
'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...
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...
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.
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
launch for £2.5m centre
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
plants seized by police
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
'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.
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.
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...
fined over gun licence
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.
swarm causes a buzz!
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
fly-tipping fears raised
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...
gig in town tomorrow
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.
a minute, that's the Queen!'
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 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...
Library hours cut
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...
£2.5m health campus opens
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...
hit greens for charity
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...
beaches win awards
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...
picked for regional squad
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 Alfreds
School Volleyball Club were selected for the South West U14 regional
book shop raises £8k
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...
fire in Burnham
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...
in new homes protest
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
star visits Burnham
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
man visits Burnham group
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...
returns for party night!
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
Club appeals for walkers
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...
screening raises £220
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.
club welcomes kids
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...
skier Nick makes a splash
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...
arrested after police drama
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...
Lib Dems pick new leader
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...
crowds at Party In Park
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...
walkers raise £700
£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.
success for sea cadets
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.
night fundraiser for club
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...
over vandal's paint attack
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...
alert for Coastguards
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...
town beach walk
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...
Burnham election results
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.
reservoir for Brent Knoll?
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
on the site. More...
fortunes for 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...
Dem leader loses town seat
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.
In The Park this Sunday
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
12.30pm to 5.30pm featuring The Fallen Apples and Nicky Swann
set police priorities
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).
photos: Burnham elections
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...
seek Kate's flowers
keen to buy flowers and plants that match Kate Middletons
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
leader denies sex charges
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...
head to the polls
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...
Down turns blue!
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...
charity song is released
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.
hosts Royal wedding
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.
people fight wind farm plans
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...
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.
your say on town policing
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.
pub celebrates wedding
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
sea quality before swim
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...
in Mayday rescue call
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.
car crash shuts Berrow Road
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.
footballers win the treble
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.
trio thank rescuers
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.
Bank Holiday for town
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.
becomes LTA club coach
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...
drama in Brent Knoll
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.
club seeks new manager
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
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.
to shut for five months
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.
festival this month
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.
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