2012 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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2012 news archive
2012 news archive
2012 news archive
target drink drivers
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned they face
long jail terms if they are caught drink driving as police launch
their annual summer drink drive campaign today (Friday, June 1st).
Avon and Somerset police will be testing thousands of people across
the area for drink and drug driving. More...
receive Jubilee mugs
CHILDREN in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have
been celebrating the Queen's Jubilee this week with special visits
by the town's Mayor. A total of 1,300 commemorative Jubilee Mugs
have been presented free of charge to all primary school children
in the towns.
car run to visit Burnham
OVER 100 classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
on Saturday evening (June 2nd) during the 19th annual Vale of
Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off
a range of vintage vehicles, from cars to bikes
and emergency vehicles. More...
Exclusive: A CONTROVERSIAL gambling arcade in Highbridge
town centre has closed down after failing to attract enough customers.
Casino Slots opened in Market Street last autumn, after plans
to convert the former tattoo shop into a gaming arcade were approved
last June despite local opposition.
delayed on 95 homes
Exclusive: A FINAL
decision on whether controversial plans to build 95 riverside
homes in Highbridge will go ahead has been deferred by district
councillors this week. Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee
considered the outline planning application.
In The Park this Sunday
AN afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be
performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jubilee Jazz In The Park this Sunday
(June 3rd). The free entertainment in the Manor Gardens will include
music from acclaimed local group The Bob Reynolds New Society
offers low-cost bikes
BRAND new mountain bikes are being offered to Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge sixth form and college students as part of a Somerset
County Council 'green' transport initiative. The Saracen Tufftrax
bikes, worth £270, are available as a school year-long loan
gives community award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week presented a special community
award to a local youth football club. Coaches and players at Burnbridge
Wanderers Junior Football Club were handed the award at the Oaktree
Arena by Mayor Ken Smout, as pictured here.
lucky animal! Sheep rescued
Exclusive Photos: THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday (May 29th) when firefighters were called to rescue
a sheep stuck in a water-filled rhyne. One appliance from Burnham
and a water rescue team from Bridgwater was sent to a field next
to Ben Travers Way at 6.45pm.
plants new Jubilee tree
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor joined in Jubilee celebrations at a school
in the town on Tuesday (May 29th) when he planted a special tree.
Cllr Ken Smout visited St Andrew's School with the Town Council's
Jubilee Committee Chairman, councillor Neville Jones.
Portas bid unveiled
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea is to make a second bid to become
a Portas Pilot town and win a share of regeneration funding, despite
learning at the weekend that its first attempt had failed. Government
Minister Grant Shapps announced last Saturday that Burnham was
not among the 12 towns selected.
death in Highbridge
POLICE and fire crews were called to a home in Highbridge on Tuesday
afternoon (May 29th) following a sudden death. Three police cars
and a fire engine were called out after the body of a man was
reported to have been found inside a property
near to the A38. More...
baskets for town
from Highbridge Dreamscheme have brought a dash of summer colour
to the town this week. They have got together with leaders and
planted scores of hanging baskets in the town's Market Street
and Church Street in readiness for this weekend's Jubilee. More...
delays after roadworks
Exclusive: JUST days after major roadworks
finished in Highbridge's Church Street, the county council's contractors
shut the road again on Tuesday (May 29th) to make fresh repairs
to the newly-laid road surface. Motorists faced temporary closures
after too much bitumen was added to the surface.
hope to return mower
in Burnham-On-Sea are trying to find the owner of a lawn mower
that is believed to have been stolen. A 19-year-old man has been
arrested on suspicion of theft, but so far no-one has come forward
to report the loss of the lawn mower, pictured. More...
torch's 'bean pole' role
Burnham-On-Sea Olympic torch-bearer Sarah Milner Simonds has published
a photo on Twitter of her torch being used as a "bean pole
for her climbers". She posted the controversial photo on
the social networking website on Monday.
Jubilee bunting installed
bunting has been hung along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street this
week following an agreement between Somerset County Council bosses
and the town's Chamber of Trade over where it could be installed.
Contractors hung the patriotic bunting up on Monday. More...
art winners unveiled
designs of a Jubilee art competition in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have been announced this week. Pupils at several local schools
in the towns were challenged to create a picture or image that
would best sum up the feeling of the Diamond Jubilee in our area.
opens mobility showroom
MP, Tessa Munt, officially declared a new mobility showroom run
by a social enterprise company open on Monday (May 28th) in Brent
Knoll. Tessa cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Pluss showroom within
the Sanders Garden World garden centre, as pictured. More...
tax U-turn welcomed
park bosses across the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed the news
that the government is to downgrade its controversial plans to
start charging VAT at 20 per cent on static caravans. Park bosses
met Burnham's MP Tessa Munt to express their concerns about the
proposals, which they claim would have led to job losses across
the area. More...
sandcastle record bid!
builders from across the west country are being sought to join
a world record attempt on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Saturday (June
2nd). An attempt to beat the world record of building more than
571 sandcastles in an hour will be held at 12.30pm on the beach.
Lodge picks its charities
Moose Lodge's new governor has named his two new local charities
of the year, which the group will be fundraising for over the
next year. Governor Brian Mudge has selected a charity in Highbridge
and another in Burnham for his term of office. More...
school to re-open
Infants School will re-open tomorrow (Tuesday) following a week-long
closure caused by a flood last weekend. Water gushed out of a
faulty boiler system along corridors, leaving 2-3 inches of standing
water throughout the building, as pictured here.
beach walk raises £700
sunshine provided perfect conditions for the 25 walkers who took
part in a fundraising beach walk from Burnham-On-Sea to Brean
on Sunday (May 26th) to support families affected by Alzheimers
disease. The 15 mile walk was from Burnham to Brean and back.
music event will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (June 3rd)
to raise cash for a global campaign to halt people trafficking.
The nine-hour music event is being held at Burnham's Pier Tavern
in Pier Street in aid of 'Stop The Traffik' from 2pm. More...
in town walkabout
FIVE of Burnham-On-Sea's
Olympic torch bearers attracted plenty of attention when they
displayed their torches during a special walkabout in the town
centre on Saturday afternoon (May 26th). The group of five attracted
cheers from shoppers along the High Street. More...
hurt in A38 accident
A motorcyclist was taken to hospital following a collision
with a car, which led to the A38 through Burnham-On-Sea being
temporarily closed this afternoon (Sunday, May 27th). A Vauxhall
Zafira and a Kawasaki ZX9R motorbike collided at the entrance
to Edithmead Caravan Park, as pictured here. More...
hits Liam's Olympic hopes
BMX rider Liam Phillips' Olympic hopes hang in the balance after
he broke his collarbone at the BMX World Championships in Birmingham
on Saturday (May 26th). Liam was rushed to hospital after tumbling
over his handlebars and the extent of his injuries later became
rescued at Berrow
hovercraft, lifeboats and Coastguards were called out to rescue
two windsurfers this afternoon (Saturday) after they got into
difficulty in strong winds and thick mud. Coastguards were initially
called to Berrow Beach at 1pm, followed by lifeboats and a hovercraft.
rescued from dinghy
was the moment a teenager was rescued by holidaymakers today (Saturday)
after he was blown out half a mile into the Bristol Channel while
using an inflatable dinghy. Coastguards, lifeboats, police and
an ambulance from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Berrow beach at 10.55am.
Portas bid rejected
bid to become a Portas Pilot town and win a share of £1.2m
of regeneration funding has been turned down today (Saturday),
but the door has been left open for a second attempt later this
year. Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has today announced
the successful towns. More...
get into Olympics spirit
Guides from across the Burnham-On-Sea area got into the Olympics
spirit this week by taking part in their own London 2012 themed
event in Brent Knoll. The event on Thursday night (May 24th) was
held on Brent Knoll Village Green in memory of Connie Robb. More...
reached on Jubilee bunting
bunting will be hung along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street after
all following a meeting of Somerset County Council bosses and
the town's Chamber of Trade today (Friday). Concerns about the
health and safety of pedestrians walking along Burnham High Street
had led to reports that the town would not be able to hang bunting
from lamp posts. More...
kids club starts tomorrow
new children's activity club is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (May 26th). The first Saturday Morning Kids Club will
be held at The Princess Theatre from 10am. Children aged 4-8 are
being invited to join in two hours of games, play, art, craft
and dancing. More...
accident in Highbridge
TWO-car collison in the centre of Highbridge brought the town
to a standstill on Thursday afternoon (May 24th). Police, ambulance
and fire crews were called to Huntspill Road at 3.15pm, as pictured
here, following the collision near to the town's Jubilee Gardens.
pride at carrying torch
resident Tony Bird's tireless efforts with the Air Cadets led
him to carry the Olympic Torch through Wells this week. Warrant
Officer Tony Bird, representing the Air Cadets, has been a volunteer
for the cadets for the past 30 years and joined as a cadet at
photos: Sir Geoff Hurst visits
was a huge surprise in store for the guests at this years
Burnham United Juniors presentation night when England's 1966
hero Sir Geoff Hurst appeared on stage to present the trophies.
The surprise visit was the prize the Club won in an FA competition.
to Jubilee bunting ban
County Council has been criticised for banning patriotic Jubilee
bunting from being hung from lamp posts along Burnham-On-Sea High
Street due to health and safety concerns. Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported that Burnham Chamber of Trade had hoped to install the
stolen from pensioner
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week
urged to residents to be extra vigilant following a distraction
burglary in Berrow. Police were called to a property in the village
on Saturday when a pensioner had a large sum of money stolen after
opening a door to a cold caller. More...
awaits Portas decision
will find out this weekend whether it has won a share of £1m
and been successful in its bid to become a Portas Pilot town.
The long-awaited announcement will be made on Saturday by MP Grant
Shapps, who is the Governments lead on the project. More...
fears halt Jubilee bunting
PATRIOTIC bunting will not be hung from
lamp posts along Burnham-On-Sea High Street during next month's
Jubilee due to health and safety concerns for pedestrians below,
it has emerged this week. The Chamber of Trade had hoped to install
several hundred metres of bunting. More...
for Neighbourhood Plan
A NEW group is to be formed in Burnham-On-Sea
to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the town following a £20,000
funding injection. At the latest meeting of the Town Council it
was agreed to form a new working party to compile the new document.
students earn red belts
group of Burnham-On-Sea karate students are celebrating this week
after achieving red belt status. Four students from Burnham and
Highbridge Karate Club passed their grading on Sunday to achieve
their red belt status. They proudly wwore their new belts. More...
flock to TV speedway
crowds flocked to the Oaktree Arena near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday
(May 22nd) when Sky Sports broadcast a live coverage of the speedway
clash between the Somerset Rebels and the Ipswich Witches. Viewers
were treated to a closely-fought encounter. More...
£20,000 town clock arrives
brand new town clock was installed in the town centre on Tuesday
(May 22nd). The £20,000 four-faced clock was installed in
Jubilee Gardens on Tuesday morning in the place of the old three-faced
structure, which was demolished last month. More...
resident who carried the Olympic torch through Wells on Tuesday
(May 22nd) has decribed the "amazing" reaction he received
along the route. Tony Deahl, who is Chairman of the Hospital League
of Friends, ran with the flame through Wells. More...
pantomime in Somerset'
of Brean's Coastline Players drama group are celebrating this
week after scooping a number of prizes at an annual awards night
for pantomimes across the region. The Players won the Spotlight
Shield for Best Village Pantomime in Somerset at
the Cinderella Awards. More...
Sarah explains eBay sale
Olympic torchbearer has explained her decision to sell her official
torch and uniform on eBay, which were sold for a huge £153,100.
Sarah Milner Simonds, pictured, was nominated as a torchbearer
for her work as a community gardener. More...
fundraiser this Sunday
are being invited to sign up to the Brean Challenge to support
families affected by Alzheimers disease. The annual fundraising
walk will start at 10am this Sunday (May 27th) and will comprise
of a 15 mile walk from Burnham Pier to Brean Down and back. More...
appeal after assault
POLICE have confirmed that a teenager was allegedly assaulted
in Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park earlier this week, leading
to part of the park being cordoned off by officers. Officers sealed
off an area of grass at the eastern side of the park near Newtown
Road on Monday as the investigation began. More...
school stays closed
Infants School will remain temporarily closed for the rest of
the week as it recovers from flooding over the weekend. The ongoing
clean up operation is taking longer than expected. An update will
be issued by the school on Friday. More...
cut hits 3,800 homes
of homes across Burnham-On-Sea were briefly without power today
(Tuesday, May 22nd) following a widespread power cut. 3,800
residents lost power between approximately 1:20pm and 1:45pm,
confirmed Western Power Distribution. More...
in Olympic torch run
Special: A well-known Burnham-On-Sea charity fundraiser attracted
large cheers when he ran through Glastonbury this morning (Tuesday)
with the Olympic flame. Jason Vickers, who has run scores of events
in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising over £11,000
in the process. More...
seller faces £15,000 bill
A Burnham-On-Sea Olympic torch bearer who sold her torch for
£153,100 on eBay says she faces a £15,000 bill to
settle the auction site's selling fees because the winning bidder
has so far failed to come forward. Sarah Milner Simonds, pictured,
has attracted nationwide media coverage in recent days since placing
her official torch and uniform on eBay for charity. More...
prices cut for Sky fixture
TV will be broadcasting live coverage of a speedway fixture from
the Oaktree Arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Tuesday).
Ticket prices have been slashed for Somerset Rebels' first home
league meeting of the season against Ipswich. More...
Katrina in torch relay
BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager was cheered on by a crowd of school friends
when she carried the Olympic torch through Dunster on Monday.
Katrina Doyle, 13, was nominated as a torch bearer after overcoming
leukaemia as a child and going on to raise thousands of pounds
for charity. More...
carries Olympic torch
pensioner Arthur Gilbert - who was last year named the world's
oldest triathlete - has carried the Olympic torch through Minhead
to the sound of loud cheers this afternoon (Monday, May 21st).
Arthur, 91, was handed the world record title last year. More...
Park sealed off in probe
POLICE sealed off part of Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park
today (Monday, May 21st) as they investigated allegations of a
"serious overnight incident." Officers sealed off an
area of grassland at the eastern side of the park near Newtown
Road, pictured here. More...
drama shuts town school
Infants School has been temporarily closed today (Monday) due
to flooding over the weekend. Water has gushed out of a faulty
boiler system along corridors, leaving 2-3 inches of standing
water throughout the building, as pictured here. More...
poisoning alert in Burnham
owners in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be on their
guard after an animal died of suspected anti-freeze poisoning
in the town. One animal has died, another is ill and a third is
missing in the Wallace Wells Road area of Burnham-On-Sea. More...
mugs for town children
1,300 mugs are to be distributed to schoolchildren across Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge to mark the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. A specially-commissioned
commemorative Jubilee Mugs will be presented to all primary school
children in the two towns. More...
A-Z guide to Jubilee events
days of celebrations are to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
this June to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Town Council,
local groups and residents have been working together for several
months to compile a full diary of events over the extended holiday
weekend from 2nd-5th June. More...
torch sells for £153,100
A Burnham-On-Sea Olympic torchbearer has sold her torch and
official uniform on auction website eBay for £153,100. Sarah
Milner Simonds was nominated as a torchbearer for her work as
a community gardener in social housing areas, and is due to run
with the flame through Dunster on Monday. More...
rider air-lifted to hospital
A HORSE rider was air-lifted to hospital with suspected head
injuries today (Sunday) after he was thrown from his animal near
Burnham-On-Sea. Ambulance crews and police were called to Burton
Row in Brent Knoll just after 3pm when the man came off his horse
while riding along the road. More...
torch sale is defended
A Burnham-On-Sea Olympic torch bearer has today defended
her decision to sell her torch on auction website eBay. Sarah
Milner Simonds, pictured, was nominated for her work as a community
gardener in high-density social housing areas across the UK, and
is due to run with the flame on Monday. More...
warned over security
have this week issued a warning to cyclists and bikers in the
Burnham-On-Sea area who may be dusting off and cleaning down their
bikes for weekend rides in the sunshine. They have warned that
more bikes and motorcycles on the road may mean more thefts. More...
Boost for school expansion plans
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week signed a 25-year lease
of Burnham-On-Sea's Winchester Road Playing Fields to Somerset
County Council, enabling work to expand neighbouring Burnham Infants
School to proceed. The lease covers 381m2 of land and will enable
the County Council to provide an additional classroom extension
within the Infants School site. More...
event at Cove
of green-fingered residents joined a special gardening workshop
at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (19th May).
The session provided an opportunity to brush up on basic gardening
skills at the recently-restored seafront gardens. More...
bearers ready for big day
Mayor has wished the town's Olympic torch bearers well during
a visit to a special training session on the town's beach. Burnham's
torch bearers Arthur Gilbert, Jason Vickers, Tony Deahl, Katrina
Doyle and Sarah Milner Simonds were visited by Mayor Ken Smout
on Friday (May 18th). More...
John Inverdale in town
LEADING BBC sports presenter John Inverdale was
the special guest at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club's presentation
night on Friday (18th May). The well-known TV and radio personality
gave a humorous speech about his work and presented the end-of-season
SEDGEMOOR District Council and Somerset Skills
and Learning will be running a Gardening Workshop at Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens today (Saturday) between 10am and 4pm. The
session will provide an chance to brush up on gardening skills.
are cut above rest
from a local hair salon will be presenting an evening of hairdressing
and make-up skills at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday
May 28th at 7.30pm. The show, featuring students from the Lucy
Gunter Dance School, will showcase various skills. More...
boost for hospital ward
staff from Highbridge's Asda supermarket have this week presented
a cheque to the children's ward at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital.
Asda's Kim Blyth and Anne-Marie Wallace presented a cheque for
£144.77 following an event during the Easter period last
hurt in lorry crash
driver of this van was rushed to hospital on Thursday May 17th
after a serious accident in Highbridge. Police, fire and ambulance
crews rushed to the town's Isleport Industrial Estate after a
red van ploughed into the back of a parked lorry in Bennett Road.
MP gets fit of giggles
MP had a fit of the giggles after a Government minister inadvertently
sat on his senior colleague after answering a question at the
despatch box. Tessa Munt had to take a few moments to compose
herself amid protracted laughter. More...
boost for Highbridge
Spelman, Secretary of State for the Environment, visited Highbridge
on Thursday (May 17th) and announced that the town is to get a
multi-million pound investment. A new 'enterprise hub' is to be
built on an area of land next to the town's Isleport Business
Park recycling centre. More...
powers Burnham theatre
A £23,000 project to create a huge solar energy farm
on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has been successfully
completed. 40 photovoltaic cells have been installed on the roof
of the theatre in Princess Street and are already generating around
£400 of electricity per month. More...
mural takes shape
walls along part of Burnham-On-Sea's South Esplanade have been
the focus for a group of local artists this week as they undertake
work on a new mural. Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) in
conjunction with Burnham Sailing Club have been painting a mural.
stride out for charity
from a Burnham-On-Sea dental practice will be pulling on their
walking boots today (Thursday, May 17th) to take part in a fundraising
event for charity. The group, from College Street Dental Practice,
are walking seven miles from Holford to Crowcombe to raise money
for two charities. More...
in weighty challenge!
GROUP of slimmers from Burnham-On-Sea has lost an amazing 139
stone in 12 weeks as part of a weight loss challenge. Five groups
of residents at Burnham's Slimming World took part in the event
and those who lost the most were presented with certificates.
into Hinkley fire begins
investigation is underway to establish the cause of a fire at
Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday
(May 16th). Firefighters were called to Hinkley Point B by owners
EDF Energy on Wednesday morning after a small fire at the plant.
back in the spotlight
possibility of a Severn Barrage being built across the Bristol
Channel from near Burnham-On-Sea to Wales has edged forward this
week following the resignation of former Wales and Northern Ireland
Secretary Peter Hain who is to take up a campaign for a barrage.
boost for Highbridge
ALMOST £34,000 of funding is to be handed out to community
groups in Highbridge as part of brand new community initiative
launched on Tuesday (May 15th). The Highbridge Community First
Programme has been formed after an injection of cash from the
Community Development Foundation. More...
valuation day in town
Antiques Roadshow style event will be held in Highbridge
on Thursday (May 17th) when experts will be on hand to value collectables.
The event at St John Ambulance Hall in Bank Street will be held
from 11am-3pm. Three experts will be offering valuations. More...
event in Burnham
residents who are concerned about memory loss can get free advice
during a special event in the town next week. NHS Somerset says
forgetfulness happens to everyone at some time in their lives,
but can lead people to worry about the symptoms hiding a disease
such as dementia. More...
beaches win awards
quality of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches has been praised
this week in the 2012 Quality Coast Awards. Keep Britain Tidy
announced that our local beaches were among those across England
that had received awards in recognition of their quality of facilities.
Burnham park set to open
to transform a former waste landfill site into a new public park
in Burnham-On-Sea is progressing well and is set to be completed
this year. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in 2009 that Sedgemoor
District Council was to spend £2.4m on clearing up the waste
site in order to turn into a public space. More...
of The Bands announced
are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea's first ever 'battle of
the bands', to be held in the town next month. The organisers
of Burnham's Folkfest have launched the 'Acoustic Battle of the
Bands' competition, which will be held on Friday June 8th. More...
diversion gets underway
nights of controversial road closures through the centre Highbridge
are underway this week. The closure of Church Street from 6.30pm
to midnight each weekday evening until May 23rd has been dubbed
"the UK's longest diversion route" by one local town
Pub receives top award
PUB near Burnham-On-Sea was presented with a top award from the
Campaign for Real Ale on Monday evening (May 14th). The Crossways
in West Huntspill has been named CAMRA's pub of the season and
its bar manager, Steve Dean, received the award during a ceremony
on Monday night. More...
run raises charity cash
LONG line of motorbikes cruised along Burnham seafront on Sunday
(May 13th) at the end of a fundraising bike run in aid of a local
charity. Over 30 Somerset Motorcycle Group members took part in
the charity ride, which started in Highbridge, in aid of BARB.
arrested after pub incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea man was arrested by police following an alleged
racist incident at the Berrow Inn on Saturday evening (May 12th).
Police were called to the pub, as pictured here, after a woman
claimed she had been verbally abused with racist remarks. More...
announces bloom bid
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's entry into
the annual Britain In Bloom competition are this week gearing
up for this year's contest, having reversed their earlier decision
not to enter the contest. The Highbridge in Bloom group had decided
not to enter. More...
to visit Oaktree speedway
TV will be broadcasting live coverage of a speedway fixture from
the Oaktree Arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea next week.
Somerset Rebels' first home league meeting of the season against
Ipswich will be beamed live into millions of homes across the
UK on Tuesday, May 22nd. More...
boss visits BARB AGM
Chief Executive of North Somerset Council was the special guest
at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB
on Friday evening (May 11th). Graham Turner joined 40 people at
Burnham's Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road. More...
plans Royal celebration
first glance you might think St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea
has welcomed a very special Royal visitor this week! However,
the church's IT team has in fact indulged in a little photo trickery
in order to promote its Royal-themed celebration next weekend.
festival will return in 2013
than 750 people visited Burnham-On-Sea's first Beer Festival,
delighting organisers who say it will return again in 2013. The
three-day festival, which was held in the town's Ritz Social Club
over the May Bank Holiday weekend, saw a wide range of real ales
on sale. More...
centre's year of success
tourist information centre made a small overall profit and dealt
with 76,000 visitors in its first year under the management of
a new community group of volunteers, it was confirmed this week.
BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) held its first
annual general meeting. More...
flock to Berrow craft fair
ceramics and cakes were among the wide range of locally-made items
on show at a craft fair in Berrow on Saturday (12th May). Scores
of locally-produced items went on sale during the day-long fundraising
event at the Berrow Inn, where over 40 stalls were set up. More...
talk raises £2,500
£2,500 was raised for a wildlide rescue charity on Saturday
(May 12th) when a newspaper photographer gave a talk in Burnham-On-Sea
about his work in capturing images of animals. Richard Austin
from the Western Morning News gave the talk in Burnham's Princess
concern' over 95 homes
A TOWN councillor has this week expressed "deep concerns"
about the way in which a controversial planning application for
95 riverside homes in Highbridge has been considered. Cllr Helen
Groves said proposals to turn the riverside boatyard in Clyce
Road into a development of 95 new homes should be re-thought.
tackle car blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a car blaze in Rooksbridge
on Friday evening (May 11th). One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea
was sent to Mendip Road at 7.19pm after residents reported the
vehicle was burning. Crews used two hose reel jets. More...
to give talk
PRESS photographer will be giving a talk in Burnham-On-Sea today
(Saturday) about his work in capturing images of animals. Richard
Austin, a senior photographer for the Western Morning News, will
give the talk at 2pm in Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...
£120k sports area planned
A new £120,000 outdoor sports area will be built in
Highbridge's Apex Park under proposals unveiled this week. Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council is to submit a bid for £100,000
of funding for a new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) in Apex Park
similar to the one pictured above in Berrow. More...
death at holiday park
were called to a holiday park in Brean on Thursday (May 10th)
after the sudden death of a woman. An air ambulance was initially
sent to Warren Farm Holiday Centre in South Road after a holidaymaker
was reported to be unwell in her caravan, but she later died.
mile detour: council 'sorry'
SOMERSET County Council has issued an apology to motorists
after putting in place a 47-mile diversion route around a small
patch of roadworks in the centre of Highbridge. The 'UK's longest
diversion route" is to be put in place while Church Street
is closed. More...
stolen lion is returned
a lion, which was stolen from a pub near Highbridge last month,
has been returned in the post. The owners of the Watchfield Inn
issued an appeal last month after the ornate seven inch wide carving
was removed from an old fireplace in the bar. More...
theft at Asda store
police have this week appealed for the public's help in identifying
these two men as part of their investigation into a high-value
theft from a Highbridge supermarket. The incident occurred at
the town's Asda supermarket on 25th March. More...
this UK's longest diversion?
MOTORISTS who want to travel along a Highbridge road next
week will be asked to take a 47-mile diversion across Somerset
in what has been described as "the UK's longest diversion
route". The diversion will be put in place while a short
stretch of Church Street is closed from May 14th. More...
Mayor is elected in town
coverage: TOWN councillor Ken Smout was elected as Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge's new Mayor on Wednesday night (May 9th). The former
police officer was chosen by town councillors to fill the busy
role previously held by Michael Clarke for the past two years.
upgrade for library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library users will soon be able to help themselves
as self-service kiosks are introduced. Burnham's library in Princess
Street will be among several libraries in the county to benefit
from the technology as part of a scheme to modernise it. More...
fair to be held in Berrow
first in a series of free craft fairs will be held in Berrow this
Saturday (12th May). Scores of locally made craftwork items will
be on display during the event at the Berrow Inn from 11am throughout
the day, with some of the proceeds going to local charity. More...
firm sponsors football team
at Burnham United have been given new kits as part of a sponsorship
deal with a local firm. Burnham solicitors Holley & Steer
are sponsoring Burnham United Under 9s and have presented the
delighted youngsters with new clothing, as pictured. More...
hurt in A38 accident
was taken to hospital suffering from cuts and bruising following
an accident in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (May 8th). A motorbike
and van collided at 4.45pm on the A38 roundabout next to the entrance
to Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate. More...
Mayor to be chosen
Mayor and Mayoress will be elected by town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea
this evening (Wednesday, May 9th). Cllr Michael Clarke and his
wife Maria, the existing Mayor and Mayoress, have had a busy two
years in the role and are set to step down at a council meeting.
is a hit at tennis club
of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club enjoyed a game of top flight
football after competing in social tennis tournament on Saturday.
The club's event coincided with the big game, so after the 28
players had enjoyed playing mixed doubles. More...
probe after house fire
POLICE have launched an arson probe after a huge fire destroyed
this vacant farmhouse near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Fire
crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out on three separate days
to extinguish blazes at the property in Withy Road, East Huntspill,
as pictured here. More...
ambulance cleared to fly
ambulances, including Somerset's, have been cleared to fly again,
after half of the UK's fleet of 32 helicopters were grounded over
safety fears on Tuesday (May 8th). The main operator, Bond Air
Services, had withdrawn all 22 of its Eurocopter EC 135 helicopters.
rate rises 3% in Burnham
CRIME rates in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have shown a slight increase over the past year, according to
new figures this week. However, police have sought to reassure
residents that there is no need for concern after the 3% increase.
historian to give talk
of historical photos showing life in Burnham-On-Sea over the past
130 years will be displayed during a special talk in the town
this week. Local historian John Strickland will give an illustrated
talk on 'The Important Dates in the History of Burnham'. More...
creature washed up!
was the fearsome sight that met a kite surfer on Burnham-On-Sea's
beach over the weekend. The creature was washed up on the high
tide line near the town's lighthouse just as a group of kite surfers
was setting off into the sea. It was found by one of the kiters.
of the year is announced
members of Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club's under 13s
side had an extra reason to smile at the club's presentation evening
on Friday (May 4th). The youngsters won the club's trophy for
team of the year, having gone undefeated in their league. More...
after Mayday message
Coastguards and lifeboat crews joined a search of the Bristol
Channel on Monday evening (May 7th) amid concern for a yacht.
Coastguards were called out at 5.30pm after reports that an emergency
Mayday radio message had been heard. More...
Day royalty is crowned!
May Day celebration took place today in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon
(Monday). The event was scheduled to be held in the town's Marine
Cove gardens but was moved to the Bay Centre in Cassis Close due
to the threat of wet weather. More...
cut free from crash
crews cut free a motorist trapped in a vehicle near Burnham-On-Sea
this afternoon (Monday, May 7th). The A370 at East Brent was closed
near the entrance to Dulhorn Farm caravan park for several hours
following the two-car accident, which occurred at 1.30pm. More...
blaze drama in Burnham
were the dramatic scenes outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub late last
night (Sunday, May 6th) when firefighters were called to a blazing
car. A Honda was engulfed in flames after developing an electrical
fault outside the Dunstan House pub in Love Lane at 11.30pm, as
pictured here. More...
photos: Party In The Park
summer season of free outdoor music events kicked off on Sunday
(May 6th) with the town's annual Party In The Park. Large crowds
of people flocked to the town's Manor Gardens for five hours of
entertainment and live music featuring popular local group The
Ginger Hitlas plus Kyotie. More...
Town healing festival success
and mediums were among scores of exhibitors taking part in a 'Living
With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 5th).
The event at the town's Princess Theatre was such a success that
organisers are now planning a follow-up event this autumn. More...
Week-long yard sale underway
than £1,000 was raised for an African charity on the first
day of a week-long yard sale which is being held at a Burnham-On-Sea
home. Sue Stevens and friends are holding the fundraising sale
at 41 Margaret Crescent, just off Burnham's South Esplanade in
aid of Kenya children. More...
Day celebration tomorrow
Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a May Day celebration with
a Royal theme when a king and queen are appointed! The traditional
May Day celebration will take place on Monday 7th May from 1-3.30pm
and will be open to all local people. More...
Two rescued from Brean rocks
people were rescued from rocks at Brean Down last night (Saturday)
after becoming stranded by the incoming tide. Coastguards and
lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean Down at 5.18pm
after the two walkers were spotted to have got cut-off by the
Five fire crews at house blaze
fire crews from across the area tackled a huge house blaze near
Burnham-On-Sea early today (Sunday, May 6th). Crews were called
to Withy Road in East Huntspill after several calls were received
from local residents about the blaze in a derelict property. More...
festival in town
and mediums are among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living
With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday). The
event at The Princess Theatre runs from 10am-5pm and also includes
tarot cards, crystals, healing and therapies and palm reading.
presented to town school
at Churchfield Primary School in Highbridge have been presented
with 50 saplings by a Somerset garden centre to mark their move
into a new school building later this year. The school has received
the small trees from Monkton Elm Garden Centre. More...
man rescued from river
enthusiast was rushed to hospital after being rescued from a river
in East Huntspill this afternoon (Friday, May 4th). Fire crews
from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Merry Lane in
the village shortly after 4pm. The man fell out of his canoe into
the cold wate. More...
fight goes to Westminster
HOLIDAY park bosses from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will
visit Westminster next week to lobby ministers over controversial
plans to begin charging VAT at 20 per cent on static caravans.
It comes after a group of 40 park bosses met MP Tessa Munt on
Thursday (May 3rd). More...
In The Park this Sunday
summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off this Sunday
(May 6th) with the town's 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 Ginger Hitlas. More...
Beer Festival starts on Saturday
is set to hold a three-day beer festival over this May Bank Holiday
weekend. Organisers of the Burnham Beer Festival, which will be
held at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, hope it will
attract devotees of real ale from across the area. More...
Society concert tomorrow
of popular choral music will be performed by Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge Choral Society this Saturday (May 5th) when the group
holds its Spring concert. The event will be performed in St John's
Church from 7.30pm and will include John Rutters Requiem.
dies after crash
have said that a pensioner has died following an accident in Berrow
on Monday morning (April 30th). The 69 year-old had been towing
a caravan when he crashed in Barton Road, as pictured here. He
was airlifted to Weston General Hospital following the crash at
9.30am on Monday. More...
hopes for new ferry service
new plans to launch a cross-channel passenger ferry service between
Burnham-On-Sea and Wales have been unveiled this week, with the
promise of delivering a "significant economic boost."
Businessman Chris Marrow has announced proposals to begin trials
of a service between Burnham and Cardiff. More...
brings town to a standstill!
Photos: THIS deer briefly brought the
centre of Highbridge to a standstill on Wednesday (May 2nd) when
it gave police, residents and wildlife carers the run-around.
Police briefly closed Church Street after the animal was seen
dodging in and out of moving cars along the busy road. More...
for town firefighters
firemen in Burnham-On-Sea have this week received long service
medals. Burnham firefighter Stephen Hand and Crew Manager Keith
Hellier were presented with medals to mark their service of more
than 20 years to the fire brigade during a presentation on Monday.
tennis players sought
players are being sought by Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club
to take part in matches over the summer season. The Avenue Tennis
Club's men's teams have this week begun their first matches of
the new North Somerset Tennis League season. More...
over 'caravan tax' plans
bosses in the Burnham-On-Sea area fear the local tourist economy
could be dealt a serious blow by government plans to begin charging
VAT at 20 per cent on caravans. Holiday park operators say jobs
could be under threat if the proposals to add VAT to the price
of static caravans go ahead. More...
flooded in Edithmead
rain left several homes in Edithmead, on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea,
surrounded by flood water on Tuesday morning (May 1st). Several
days of rainfall caused flooding for several residents in Stoddens
Lane with the standing water being up to a foot deep. More...
acclaim for sea cadets
of 13 sea cadets from Burnham-On-Sea has achieved a clean sweep
of all the trophies in their category at a national drill competition.
The team from Burnham's TS Dulverton Sea Cadets took part in the
National Competition at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth at the weekend.
backs gravestones appeal
MP Tessa Munt has backed an appeal to rebuild the graves of First
World World servicemen in Wedmore. Tessa has this week met the
Manager of the Wedmore War Graves Appeal, which is seeking to
raise £2,250 to rebuild the graves in St Mary's Churchyard.
your say on policing...
residents will be able to have their say about policing in the
town on Thursday evening (May 3rd) when a quarterly public meeting
is held. The 'Have Your Say' meetings give local residents a chance
to influence what happens in their neighbourhood. More...
wall starts to take shape
commemorative wall which is being built in Highbridge's Apex Park
to mark June's Queen's Diamond Jubilee is beginning to take shape.
Following the completion of a foundation slab, a group of apprentices
from Bridgwater College have started building the wall as part
of their construction training. More...
relief lifeboat arrives
observers will notice a change of name on Burnham-On-Sea's Atlantic
75 lifeboat this week. Burnham's lifeboat 'The Staines Whitfield'
has been taken off service for a five yearly re-fit, and has been
temporarily replaced by a substitute lifeboat from the relief
Den contest for town!
groups in Burnham-On-Sea who are seeking funding will be able
to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges during an event that
will be similar to the BBC's hit TV show Dragon's Den next month.
Burnham Lions will be holding their 'Lions Den' event in June.
pub wins beer award
near Burnham-On-Sea has won a prestigious award from the Campaign
for Real Ale. The Crossways in West Huntspill has been named CAMRA's
pub of the season in Somerset for its quality and range of beers.
Landlady Jaime Wallace said: "We're thrilled with the news."
for theatre on birthday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has this week celebrated
its first birthday under the management of the town council and
announced a major programme of improvements for the coming year.
The Town Council took over the theatre from Sedgemoor District
Council and saved it from closure. More...
ethics expert to visit
ethics of bodily enhancement will be explored at Burnham-On-Sea
Philosophy Group's monthly meeting this Wednesday (May 2nd), when
a leading professor will visit the town. A social scientist will
be the speaker at the meeting in the community centre, starting
at 7.30pm. More...
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