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RECORD turnout of over 150 runners from across the South West
took part in the annual gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to
the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 30th). The
5.5 mile Brent Knoll Run has been held for more than 20 years
and is popular wit local runners. More...
Eavis lights up Burnham
turned out to watch Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis light
up Burnham-On-Sea's colourful
Christmas illuminations on Saturday evening (November 29th). Mr
Eavis said he was "delighted" to be asked to perform
the switch-on of over 60 lights across the town centre from
a special stage outside
the Victoria Hotel.
opens new sports centre
Olympic BMX rider Liam Phillips performed the official opening
of Berrow's new flood-lit multi-use games area on Saturday afternoon
(29th November). The facility, located next to the Phoenix Pavilion,
was officially opened to the public at mid-day watched by local
Catering service launches
NEW Burnham-On-Sea party planning and catering company has launched
in time for the Christmas party season. Occasions Catering, which
is based in Axbridge Close provides
a wide range of food and party planning services for functions
and events from 15- 250 people. More...
attack Highbridge shop
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a vandalism incident
in Highbridge left a shopfront damaged. It comes after a fish
and chip take-away in the town centre had a large pane of glass
smashed in an overnight attack late on Friday night, into Saturday
visits Highbridge fair!
in for a visit to Highbridge when members of the town's Local
Action Team held a Christmas fair on Saturday (November 29th).
Residents were able to buy Christmas presents, cards and stocking
fillers during the event at Morland Hall in Pearce Drive.
to light up town from Xmas
preparations are underway for the switch-on of
Christmas later today, Saturday November 29th. Over 60 lights
have been installed on lamp posts and buildings in recent days
to add a splash of festive colour to Burnham's
main shopping areas.
The switch-on goes ahead at 5pm.
fares set to rise in January
COMMUTERS using Highbridge Railway Station will
face higher fare charges from the New Year. First Great Western
has confirmed this week the level of fare increases that will
come into force from January 2nd. Fares from Highbridge to Weston
will rise from £3 for single journeys to £3.20.
art event underway
Burnham-On-Sea's leading artists are opening up their studios
to the public this weekend for a special three-day Christmas event.
Five studios are open across Burnham from Friday until Sunday
evening, giving the public a chance to see various colourful works.
at risk at 'danger junction'
Exclusive: A WORRIED Burnham-On-Sea
resident has this week launched a campaign to get a pedestrian
crossing introduced at what he calls an "extremely dangerous
junction where an accident is waiting to happen." Terence
Williams wants safety improvements made at the junction of Burnham
Road and Pepperall Road.
just round the corner!
may be less than a month away, but Spring was on the minds of
a Burnham-On-Sea group on Thursday (November 27th) when its members
planted hundreds of bulbs at Apex Wildlife and Leisure Park. Green-fingered
members of The Friends Of Apex Park were all armed with spades,
gloves and trowels.
day of Christmas events
A BUSY day
of Christmas events is being planned in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
this Saturday (November 29th).
Residents in Highbridge will be able to buy Christmas presents
and stocking fillers at a craft fair being organised by the Local
Action Team at Morland Community Hall. More...
crowned top Rotary chef
BUDDING young Burnham-On-Sea chefs battled it out
on Thursday when they took part in the nationwide Rotary Club
Young Chef Of The Year cooking competition. Six students from
King Alfred School were invited to prepare a healthy, two-course
meal on a budget of £7.
for town farmers' markets
Exclusive: THE future
of Burnham-On-Sea's regular farmers markets seems to be secure
after the Town Council this week pledged its financial support
to the events. Members of the Town Improvements Committee voted
in favour of giving £1,200 of funding - or £100 per
month - towards the cost of organising the markets in the High
photos: Foley plaque unveiled
Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee have attended a special ceremony
at London's Foreign and Commonwealth Office where Foreign Secretary
David Miliband unveiled a plaque commemorating Frank Foley and
others who helped Jews escape from the Nazis.
injured in town accident
of Burnham-On-Sea came to a standstill on Wednesday (November
26th) after a car crashed into a wall. The Peugeot careered into
the side of Burnham Funeral Services next to the Esso roundabout
just before mid-day, leading to the temporary closure of Oxford
banks to be removed
card recycling banks are set to be removed from several locations
in the Burnham-On-Sea area due to the effects of the economic
downturn. Recycling company Perry's has said it is removing paper
banks from Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village and the Seagull Inn
in Brean. More...
make a splash
the region's top triathletes, including one who competed in this
year's World Triathlon Championships, were in action at Burnham-On-Sea
swimming pool this week. West Country Triathletes held a 'turbo
swim' at the pool in Berrow Road attended by more than 30 athletes.
medical centre plan unveiled
a £2.5million medical centre at Berrow, which will provide
extra health facilities for the Burnham-On-Sea area including
two NHS dentists, are set to be submitted to planners shortly.
months after the first set of plans were withdrawn after concerns
that the building, pictured below, was out-of-keeping, the scheme
is now poised to move forward.
Club boosts BARB funds
Club of Great Britain has handed over a donation of almost £1,400
to the Burnham-On-Sea charity that runs the town's two life-saving
hovercrafts. BARB's secretary, Roger Flower, received a cheque
for £1,395.23 from David Palmer, Chairman of the Somerset
branch of the Caravan Club for Great Britain, during a presentation
at Hugh Sexey's School in Blackford. More...
re-opens after break-in
School in Highbridge will be fully open as normal today (Wednesday,
November 26th) after a break-in led to hundreds of pupils being
sent home on Tuesday. The school's A Block was struck by burglars
and around 750 students were sent home yesterday to allow police
to start their investigations. More...
start Xmas post service
the Burnham-On-Sea area are gearing up to provide their popular
Christmas post service, which launches shortly. The 1st Huntspill
and Highbridge Scout Group is providing the annual festive delivery
service for the cost of 12p per card. We have a full preview explaining
how you can use the service. More...
attack childrens centre
off part of Highbridge's Childrens Centre on Monday (November
24th) as they began their investigations into a burglary over
the weekend. Mean vandals smashed their way into the centre in
Coronation Road, causing widespread damage to the front of the
facility, as pictured here.
probe blames power fault
fault is being blamed for the devastating fire which destroyed
this chalet at Brean and killed two pet dogs on Sunday afternoon
(November 23rd). The remains of the home, pictured above, were
still smoldering on Monday afternoon after Sunday's horrifying
Alfred School break-in
pupils were sent home from King Alfred School in Highbridge this
morning (Tuesday, November 25th) after an overnight break-in.
The school's A Block was struck by burglars and students in years
7, 8 and 9 were not in today as police began their forensics work
at the scene. More...
Indian opens in town
A NEWLY expanded
Indian restuarant opened its doors for the first time in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 24th). Burnham's
Mayor and Mayoress were among the special guests at the opening
of Chandni's new larger premises in Burnham's High Street.
buggy racer injured in fall
A KITE buggying
enthusiast suffered head injuries after an accident on Brean beach
at the weekend. An ambulance was called to the beach at lunchtime
on Sunday (November 23rd) after a sudden gust of strong wind lifted
the man and then sent him down onto the hard sand.
to Xmas switch-on!
are underway for the switch-on of Burnham-On-Sea's
Christmas lights this Saturday (November 29th). Over 60 lights
have been installed on lamp posts and buildings in recent days
to add a splash of festive colour to Burnham's
main town centre shopping areas.
celebrates 100th year!
pensioner celebrated her 100th birthday with a special visit from
the town's Mayor and Mayoress and a telegram from the Queen on
Monday (November 24th). On Sunday, the day of her special birthday,
Marjorie Brown enjoyed wine and cakes with friends and residents
at Tudor Lodge. More...
fire destroys home
FIRE CREWS from
across Somerset have been tackling a huge fire that completely
destroyed a home beside Brean Down on Sunday evening (November
23rd). Fanned by gusty onshore winds, flames tore devastated the
wooden home close to Brean Down Bird Garden. Police, ambulance
crews and at least five fire engines were at the scene at 4pm
on Sunday evening.
arrested over beach incident
police have arrested a 26 year-old man following an incident on
the town's beach. Police and an ambulance were called to the beach
at Maddock's Slade, pictured, at the northern end of the Esplanade,
last Saturday night after a late night incident.
members in clean-up
Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club performed their annual litter picking
and bulb planting sessions in the town on Sunday morning (November
23rd). A group of eight members collected several sackfuls of
discarded rubbish along Queen's Drive and planted bulbs elsewhere
in the town. More...
star backs charity campaign
Exclusive: ACTOR Tony
Head was the special guest at a ball near Burnham-On-Sea in aid
of local wildlife charity Secret World on Saturday evening (November
22nd), where he gave his backing to the group's campaign to halt
badger culling. Mr Head, who has appeared in the BBC's comedy
show Little Britain, lent his support to the East Huntspill-based
charity during its annual ball.
bikers roar into town!
the colourful scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 22nd)
when a group of circus performers, accompanied by 30 motorbikes,
roared through the centre of the town to promote the start of
a series of Christmas circus shows at a local garden centre.
exhibition opens in town
exhibition showcasing the artistic talent of local people is being
held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The free event is being held
at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road on Saturday (November
22nd) and Sunday (November 23rd).
It features paintings, photos, cards, and acrylics. More...
eye screening clinic opens
diabetes living in and around Burnham-On-Sea now have their own
diabetic eye screening clinic at the town's hospital. Somerset's
NHS Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service as just opened and
its weekly eye screening clinics are already proving a convenient
option for some 1,650 diabetic patients living in and around Burnham.
arrests in tax evasion probe
near Burnham-On-Sea have been arrested on suspicion of income
tax evasion, VAT evasion and money laundering offences amounting
to around £400,000. HM
Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigators, assisted by local
police, searched properties and vehicles in the Highbridge and
Bridgwater area on Thursday (November 20th).
grows for tidal reef
a multi-billion pound proposed tidal reef across the Bristol Channel
between Minehead and Aberthaw, which could protect Burnham-On-Sea
from tidal surges and flooding, is growing with a new study out
this week backing the scheme. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively featured
the proposals for the Severn Tidal Reef in July this year.
spots' visited by task force
Exclusive: A TASK force
of councillors, police and council bosses performed a walkabout
of Highbridge on Thursday (November 20th) to see for themselves
the 'grot spots' in the town that need improving. They were there
to see the areas of the town that need attention and draw up a
hit-list of what needs to be done.
launch festive appeal
SHOPPERS at a Highbridge supermarket are being
invited to spread a little Christmas cheer by donating gifts to
needy people in the local area. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club has
this week launched a collection box in the entrance foyer of Highbridge's
Asda supermaket to collect the gifts. More...
crews tackle kitchen blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a kitchen blaze
in the town on Wednesday evening (November 19th). Two
fire engines rushed to a house in Stoddens Road at 8pm after the
occupants dialled 999 to report a dishwasher in their property's
kitchen had caught fire.
The blaze was quickly extinguished. More...
for residents fighting flats
Exclusive: A GROUP of residents in Burnham-On-Sea who have
been fighting plans by a developer to turn a seafront property
into a block of apartments were celebrating on Wednesday (November
19th) after learning they had won their bid to get the controversial
scheme thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.
members details publicised
THE contact details of three members of the British
National Party (BNP) living in Burnham-On-Sea have been posted
entire BNP membership list, including the names, addresses and
telephone numbers of more than 10,000 people, has been published
on the Internet by a former member. More...
charged after supermarket theft
A THIEF has been given a 12-month community order after Burnham's
radio link scheme and Sedgemoor CCTV operators helped the police
in his arrest following the theft of toiletries from a supermarket
in the town. The
man was arrested at the Somerfield store in Pier Street after
he stole more than £200 worth of toiletries.
work goes on show
STUNNING landscapes and breathtaking scenes of
wildlife are on show at a new photography exhibition that has
just opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The exhibition at Seabreeze
Gallery in Victoria Street features landscape, flora and fauna
photos plus wilflife images. More...
fire causes M5 delays
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday afternoon (November 18th) after a lorry fire. Two
fire engines from Burnham rushed to the southbound carriageway
between junctions 22 at Burnham and 23 at Bridgwater at 1.55pm
after a lorry carrying straw bales burst into flames on the hard
officer's work praised
A BURNHAM-On-Sea police officer has this week been
presented with a District Commander's Commendation after being
recognised for his outstanding work. PC Pete Wills was commended
for his work with the Burnham Radiolink scheme. He has been instrumental
in managing the initiative and has worked hard to build strong
helicopter conducts search
POLICE in Highbridge used a helicopter to track a group of five
youths after the theft of a scooter in the town on Tuesday afternoon
(November 18th). Police
were alerted after the scooter was stolen in the town on Tuesday
lunchtime and then driven around the streets of the town.
overhaul hit by delays
A DECISION on the future of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall is
to be put on ice for at least a year because of problems in finding
enough funding for the regeneration of the building. Nicola
Slawski, Group Manager of Regeneration at Sedgemoor District Council,
(November 18th) that problems in finding enough cash for the ambitious
plans to overhaul the hall, pictured, mean she wants to delay
the project by 12 months.
history panels unveiled
A SERIES of
new history panels highlighting Highbridge's colourful past are
set to be introduced across the town during the next few months.
Highbridge History Group has been working with the Burnham and
Highbridge Regeneration Partnership to create the information
gives £300k boost to town
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week given a 'thumbs-up'
to proposals by Tesco to expand its Love Lane store and inject
£300,000 into the town. At
a meeting of the town's planning applications committee on Monday
evening (November 17th), councillors gave their backing to the
multi-million pound expansion of the store.
garden case adjourned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man appeared before Sedgemoor magistrates on
Tuesday (November 18th) following a dramatic accident in which
this Bentley convertible careered through a wall into the front
garden of the town's vicarage earlier in the month. Police rushed
to the property in Rectory Road on November 5th to find the car
had ploughed through a wall.
wins second at Weston
carnival float came second in its class at the annual Weston-super-Mare
Carnival on Monday night (November 17th) - the final event of
this year's carnival season. Hillview
Carnival Club's 'Jester's Parade', impressed the crowds and judges
during Monday's parade. More...
crews win praise
of staff at Burnham-On-Sea ambulance station have been presented
with long service awards this week after several decades of hard
work. South Western Ambulance Service's chairman Heather Strawbridge
handed over the awards to Martin Robinson, Noel Young and Julie
Williams during a ceremony in Illminster.
AGM open to all
AGM of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership
will be held this evening (Tuesday, November 18th) at 7pm in Burnham's
Princess Hall. The event includes a presentation by Fred Foax
of The Highbridge History Group
and an update on progress with the Civic Pride project. More...
donation for BARB
couple celebrating their silver wedding anniversary have turned
down gifts from friends and instead made a donation of hundreds
of pounds to the charity that runs the town's rescue hovercrafts.
Valerie and Trevor Hills celebrated their milestone
with a party. More...
MP welcomes post office decision
MP David Heathcoat-Amory has this week welcomed the Government's
decision to reissue a vital contract to the Post Office. The Post
Office Card Account, which allows people without a bank account
to withdraw money, was put out to tender to see if other private
companies would bid for the contract.
walkers boost academy
pounds were raised for a Burnham-On-Sea tennis academy on Sunday
morning (November 16th) when local residents took part in a fundraising
beach walk. A crowd of over 30 local residents strode out along
the beach, from the jetty to the lighthouse.
begins at fire-hit hotel
clean up the site of the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel has begun during
the last week. At the request of the town and district councils,
litter and debris outside the front of the former hotel has been
removed, as pictured here, and new signs warning trespassers to
keep out have been introduced.
on sale for Knoll event
history of Brent Knoll will be recounted by members of Brent Amateur
Dramatics group when they hold their Christmas show later this
month. Tickets have gone on sale for 'Brent Amateur Dramatics'
(BAD) History of Brent Knoll' on Friday November 28th and Saturday
festive lights installed
Christmas lights are being installed across the town centre this
week ahead of the official switch-on later this month. Over 60
lights are being added to lamp posts and buildings to add a splash
of festive colour to the town
centre's leading shopping areas. More...
to open new sports centre
Olympic BMX rider Liam Phillips is to perform the official opening
of Berrow's new flood-lit multi-use games area later this month.
The facility will be officially opened to the public on Saturday
29th November at 12 noon in the Games Area, which is located to
the north-east of the Phoenix Pavilion in Berrow.
water quality falls in area
in the Burnham-On-Sea area will not receive Blue Flag awards this
coming year because the water quality is not up to standard, the
Environment Agency said this week. Tests were carried out on sea
water at various locations along our coastline between May and
September, including Burnham-On-Sea jetty.
toasts wine festival
of wine lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club's 47th annual
Wine Festival on Friday evening (November 14th). Over 160 people
flocked to the event at Lakeside Holiday Park to try seventy top
wines from eleven countries.
The event has been successfully running for many years. More...
photos: BBC Children In Need fun
across the Burnham-On-Sea area helped to pour thousands of pounds
into the BBC's annual Children In Need coffers on Friday (November
14th). Staff at Boots the chemists on Burnham High Street wore
colourful clothing for the day and collected over £100.
make charity splash
Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club raised money for the BBC's annual
Children In Need fundraising event by dressing in colourful swimming
clothes! "The swimmers paid £1 each to Children In
Need to wear whatever they liked to train in," said Head
Coach Sarah Pusill.
rescues fishing boat
BURNHAM-ON-SEA RNLI launched on Friday morning
(November 14th) to help a fishing boat in difficulty in the River
Parrett. The 17ft boat had experienced a critical steering gear
failure upstream of Combwich and the boats owner was unable
to control the boat. The boat was towed to safety. More..
fly over 'illegal' food sellers
sellers in Burnham-On-Sea were left out of pocket when unlicensed
fast food vans pitched up along roadsides in the town just minutes
before the start of last Sunday's fireworks display. Huge crowds
flocked to the town to watch the spectacular fireworks display,
but several food traders who stayed open late to serve hot food
were disappointed by poor trade.
hits out at £68m BBC plan
MP has hit out at the BBC over its plans to spend £68 million
on setting up a local online video news service across the UK.
David Heathcoat-Amory has written to Andy Burnham, Secretary of
State for Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on his views.
festival comes to Burnham
Rotary Club will be holding its 47th annual Wine Festival on Friday
evening (November 14th). A few last remaining tickets are available
for the event, which will be held at the town's Lakeside Holiday
Park from 7pm.
The event has been held each year for many years in aid of charity.
praised for disabled access
food shop has been nominated for a top award recognising its friendliness
to disabled customers. Kyffins in Victoria Street has been put
forward for a 2008 Accessible Somerset Award, run by Somerset
County Council and the district council, by a member of the public.
collected at fireworks
Rotary Club has announced that it collected a bumper £2,270
for charity during the town's seafront fireworks display last
Sunday. Twenty five members of the club wandered up and down the
Esplanade collecting coins from the huge crowds
that lined the street. More...
attack former church hall
FORMER church hall in Burnham-On-Sea has been attacked by vandals
this week, putting pressure on district councillors to approve
plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new block
of flats. Rocks have been thrown through the windows of St Peter's
Hall in Highbridge Road.
crews film beach camels!
A BEACH near
Burnham-On-Sea looked more like a Middle Eastern desert on Wednesday
(November 12th) when a BBC camera team filmed a programme about
camels. The BBC's Natural History Unit visited Berrow where a
programme featuring camels was filmed
to test a trial presenter. More...
win second at Shepton
carnival float came second in its class at the annual Shepton
Mallet on Wednesday night (November 12th). Hillview
Carnival Club's 'Jester's Parade' impressed the crowds and judges
at the fourth carnival of the season following Burnham on Monday.
firm mast plan approved
signals in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea are set to be boosted
after district council planners approved proposals to introduce
several new antennas in the town. Vodafone will install three
new antennas to a mast in Dunstan Road
to enable 3G access to be provded across the town. More...
hours for tourist centre
Tourist Information Centre has this week to switched to shorter
winter opening hours. The centre on Burnham's Esplanade will be
open for the winter season on Monday to Saturday from 9.30am-12.30pm
and 1.30pm4.30pm. The centre's hours are reduced following
the town's carnival. More...
seeks to resolve legal row
residents in Highbridge have met bosses from supermarket giant
Asda in a bid to resolve a legal row over shoppers' use of a private
drive to access the store. Residents are unhappy that shoppers
visiting Asda from Highbridge town centre are being encouraged
to take a short-cut from Church Street into the store's car park
using a private drive which they own.
retires after 20 years
firefighter has retired after 20 years of tackling blazes across
the area. Phil Hemmings was presented with a mounted axe by Burnham
station commander Ian Hazelton, as pictured, during a special
retirement party at the Avenue Lawn Tennis Club in Burnham.
seized during carnival
more than 100 cans and bottles of alcohol during Monday's Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival when they took action to prevent anti-social behaviour
in the town centre. Officers patrolled the streets during and
after the procession and had a high-profile presence
in the town. More...
recovered after jetty plunge
A STOLEN car
was recovered from Burnham's beach early on Tuesday morning (November
11th) after being driven off the side of the town's jetty. The
car, a blue Vauxhall Vectra, plunged off the southern side of
the jetty at around 2am.
It was restrieved by a commercial recovery service on Tuesday
crew to film beach camels
A FILM crew
will descend on Berrow beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday
(November 12th) when a new BBC series is shot there. Two camels
will go head-to-head in a beach race being filmed by the BBC Natural
History Unit to test the skills of a new presenter
who is being trialled. More...
donations fall £1,400
of money collected during this week's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival
was down on last year due to smaller-than-expected crowds. Members
of the Lions Club shook collection buckets all along the parade
route and the amount raised was down by approximately £1,400.
highlights of town carnival
WATCH some of the best bits
of the 2008 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival in this eight minute video
highlights package. This video features coverage
of Burnham's local entries and some of the very best carnival
floats from Somerset's top carnival clubs who took part in the
annual parade. More...
minutes silence in Burnham
war veterans and local residents joined millions of people across
Britain in remembering those who have died at war during a two-minute
silence to mark Armistice Day on Tuesday (November 11th). The
silence was held at the 11th hour of the 11th day.
photos: Burnham Carnival fever
struck Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 10th) when large
crowds of spectators lined the town's streets to watch a colourful
procession of 97 entries. More than 90 entries took part in the
big parade, which was held in cold, but dry conditions.
in full for 2008 carnival
of Gremlins Carnival Club were celebrating on Monday (November
10th) after scooping the top prize at the 2008 Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival. Their impressive float - called 'Nemesis' - impressed
a majority of the event's 60 judges to win the overall 'best entry'
award . More...
2008 stars 'honoured'
Olympic BMX rider Liam Phillips and Paralympic swimmer Anthony
Stephens said they were "greatly honoured" to be near
the front of Monday's carnival procession. Burnham Rotary Club
created a special float for the pair to be paraded through the
during the event. More...
Burnham Carnival Day!
A CROWD of
up to 35,000 people is expected to line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea
this evening (Monday November 10th) for the town's annual carnival.
With weather forecasters predicting light showers and temperatures
of six degrees Centigrade, spectators are being advised to wear
warm, waterproof clothing.
carnival news in brief
News Shorts: LONG
of carnival traffic built up along Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Drive
on Monday afternoon (November 10th) after this burger van became
stuck on a muddy verge. Heavy rain had left the grass verges very
sticky and the van had to be towed free.
crowds watch fireworks
A HUGE crowd of
over 10,000 people were treated to a spectacular fireworks display
on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (November 9th).
The 24-minute display went ahead despite forecasts of high winds,
and the organisers told Burnham-On-Sea.com they were "delighted"
with how it had gone and "relieved" that they had not
had to cancel the event.
photos: Remembrance Day
MP David Heathcoat-Amory was among 200
dignitaries, former service personnel and representatives from
local groups who gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on
Sunday morning (November 9th) to mark Remembrance Day. Wreaths
were laid by the town's MP, Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Peter
Burridge-Clayton, and other town leaders.
remembers war dead
Highbridge residents turned out to remember the town's war dead
during annual Remembrance Day commemorations on Sunday (November
9th). A procession from the Bank Street car park to the town's
war memorial was held and a wreath-laying ceremony
followed near St John's church. More...
anglers reel in catches
anglers lined Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday (November 9th)
for an annual shore fishing competition. A poor season of catches
continued for the anglers who found fewer codling than normal
for this time of year.
James Redman was the winner. More...
theft photos issued
released these CCTV images of a woman and man who they believe
could help with their inquiries into a theft at a Highbridge caravan
sales shop. Police said this week that the incident took place
on Tuesday afternoon September 9th at 4.38pm.
The pictures show a man and woman at the shop. More...
concert raises £630
pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy
when popular local rock group The Ginger Hitlas performed a concert
at the town's Ritz Social Club on Friday (November 7th). The academy
was set up in memory of Nathan, 17,
who was killed in a car crash. More...
'will go ahead'
Burnham-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display are keeping their
fingers crossed that forecasts of poor weather for Sunday (November
9th) will not affect the event. Sunday evening's 20-minute spectacular
is due to burst into life from Burnham jetty at 7pm.
complete sea checks
TWO Burnham-On-Sea yachtsmen have been presented with RNLI sea
safety stickers after completing safety checks conducted by David
Humphrey, Sea Safety Advisor at the town's RNLI Station. A
Sea Safety Check is not a pass or fail, a survey or an inspection,
but a free discussion about safety. More...
attends event in Brean
MP was the VIP guest at a Conservative party event in Brean on
Friday evening (November 7th). David Heathcoat-Amory was present
at a meal in the Seagull Inn, attended by almost 200 local members
of the Conservative party
in the resort including Burnham's Mayor. More...
carnival float wins third place
BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival float came third in its class at the
annual Bridgwater Carnival on Friday night (November 7th). Hillview
Carnival Club's 'Jester's Parade', pictured here during Friday's
parade, suffered a few mechanical problems, but the club's members
were in "high spirits."
date set after crash drama
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is due to appear before Sedgemoor magistrates
later this month after a dramatic accident in which this Bentley
convertible careered through a wall into the front garden of a
vicarage in the town on Wednesday (November 5th). As first reported
by Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this week, police rushed to the
property in Rectory Road at 8.30pm.
rules threat to guest houses
Exclusive: OVER half of Burnham-On-Sea's guest houses are
under threat because new fire safety regulations require them
to spend up to £10,000 on upgrading their premises. That's
the opinion of a new local campaign group that has been launched
Sedgemoor Tourism Association and Burnham's Lib Dem parliamentary
candidate Tessa Munt to raise awareness of the problem.
World care for third seal
at animal charity Secret World, near Burnham-On-Sea, are caring
for a third seal that has been washed up on a Bristol Channel
charity was called to Weston earlier this week after a young,
underweight grey seal was washed up on the beach.
arrested after car accident
Bentley convertible careered through a wall into the front garden
of a property in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (November
5th). Police rushed to the scene, in Rectory Road at 8.30pm, but
fortunately no-one was injured in the accident. One person has
since been arrested. More...
clock stands test of time
HIGHBRIDGE'S historic three-sided clock
has been repaired after being damaged by vandals earlier this
year and is more resilient than ever. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first
to report in June how one of the faces on the iconic clock had
been smashed by mean-spirited vandals.
in town for remembrance
of people are expected to turn out at Remembrance services in
the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (November 9th) during the 90th
year since the Armistice agreement was signed.
The town's main Remembrance Service will start with a parade at
plans go on show in town
Burnham-On-Sea residents took up the opportunity to quiz power
bosses about their plans to extend Hinkley Point power station
at a day-long exhibition in the town on Thursday (November 6th).
had the opportunity to see the plans in detail in the Princess
of season party for traders
100 tourism bosses and holiday camp staff from the Burnham-On-Sea
and Brean area let their hair down at a traditional end-of-season
party on Thursday (November 6th). Sedgemoor Tourism Association
organised the event at Brean Leisure Park
where a fancy dress competition was held. More...
arrests after town assault
were arrested and then bailed following an assault near this Burnham-On-Sea
car park - and police have now appealed for the public's help
in solving the crime. The
incident occurred on Saturday October 25th at 11.15pm near the
Lynton Road car park just off Marine Drive.
boost for rugby club
at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club are celebrating this week after being
handed an early Christmas present of £10,000. The
club has received the substantial grant funding from Burnham County
Councillor Mike Facey, who handed over the money from Somerset
County Council's Local Initiatives Budget.
musicians off to Albert Hall
people from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been chosen to
perform at the finale of the BBC School Proms concert at the Royal
Albert Hall in London later this month. The concert, to be held
on Wednesday November 12th, will feature more than 500 children.
mast 'mystery' solved
PHONE mast which appeared in Highbridge over the last few days
is run by Network Rail, Sedgemoor's planning team has confirmed
this week. The huge mast pictured here bemused residents living
near the town's Asda supermarket when it was constructed behind
the store without notice.
supports computing event
Mayor was among the guests who attended a special event in the
town to mark UK Online Day. The Burnham Area Youth Centre welcomed
Mayor Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton to the event, who tried his
hand at online gaming, and helped other users with their PC questions.
centre charity proposals
King Alfred Sports Centre could soon be
run by a new non profit-making leisure trust under proposals unveiled
by Somerset County Council on Wednesday (November 5th). The creation
of the new trust was confirmed by the county council on Wednesday
residents sign town petition
Burnham-On-Sea residents have signed a new petition calling for
action to tackle anti-social behaviour along a busy road in the
town. Marine Drive residents, led by Dennis Jones, have this week
handed the petition to district councillor Joe Leach, pictured,
calling for action.
award for Belinda
from Highbridge, is one of several residents aross the county
to have been presented with awards by the Chairman of Somerset
County Council for their work in the community. The Chairmans
Awards for Service to the Community recognise individuals, partners
boosts town's Ritz cinema!
new-look cinema has been given a boost this week... thanks to
James Bond! Large audiences have been flocking to the renovated
Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street, where the new blockbuster Bond
movie 'Quantum of Solace' has been playing to large crowds. More...
motorists in firing line
who exceed speed limits while driving through a Burnham-On-Sea
estate are being warned they risk having their details passed
to the police. The Rosewood Action Team, armed with speed cameras,
have already carried out 'speedwatch' sessions.
clean-up costs £2,500
cost of cleaning up Burnham-On-Sea's town centre streets after
next Monday's carnival will be £2,500, Sedgemoor District
Council revealed this week. A huge overnight clean-up operation
of the town centre is being planned, as normal, so that the town
centre is restored to pristine condition by 7am the following
centre praised in survey
quality of customer service at Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information
Centre has been praised in a new report out this week. The centre
on Burnham's Esplanade has once again received excellent results
in the annual 'Mystery Shopper' test run by regional tourism boards.
renovation edges closer
work to renovate the fire-hit former Highbridge Hotel looks set
to begin shortly following a meeting between its owner and regeneration
bosses. Property developer Derek
Mead met with Sedgemoor District Council's Corporate Director
Doug Bamsey and members of the regeneration partnership where
he said his successful insurance claim now makes the renovation
consider selling Princess'
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged to secure
the future of the town's Princess Hall. Burnham resident Tony
Lynham told a meeting on Monday (November 4th): "It is vitally
important that Sedgemoor District Council should not be allowed
to sell it off." More...
award for town police team
TEAM of police officers from Highbridge is to be presented with
an award for their "outstanding commitment" to working
with the local community later this week. The Highbridge police
beat team will be given the Ray Robinson Award for helping reduce
crime in the Highbridge area.
arrests on Halloween night
people were arrested by police in the Burnham-On-Sea area on what
police described as an "unusually quiet" Halloween in
the town. In
the Burnham and Highbridge area, police also made three alcohol
seizures and one fireworks seizure. They also received five calls
relating to anti-social behaviour.
scheme gets thumbs down
PLANS to replace this former church hall in Burnham-On-Sea
with a new block of 14 flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by
town councillors despite changes to the proposals. Raglan
Homes applied for planning permission earlier this year to knock
down St Peter's Hall, opposite Burnham's Catholic Church in Highbridge
Road, to create the new development.
FINAL preparations are underway for next Monday's
61st annual Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which will feature 94 colourful
year's Carnival Queen Tara Moxey, 17, from Highbridge, and her
princesses, Burnham girls Katie Lawson, 10, and Cali Rae Brown,
7, (pictured right) will lead the procession through the town
on November 10th. More...
Rover trapped on mudflats
STRANDED Land Rover had to be pulled to safety after getting stuck
on notorious mudflats besides Brean Down on Saturday afternoon
(November 1st). The vehicle got into difficulty when owner Roger
Proctor drove out too far while collecting fire wood along the
base of the Down.
Halloween music show
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family transformed the front garden
of their home into a colourful Halloween light show on Friday
evening (October 31st) to raise money for charity. Keith and Jane
Mitchell of Winchester Road created the music and light extravaganza
in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation. More...
ride is a roaring success
FUN-loving members of Mid-Somerset and South Bristol
Motorbike Club raised money for the Burnham-On-Sea charity that
operates the town's rescue hovercrafts during a Halloween-themed
bike ride at the weekend. Members roared off on Saturday (November
1st) in colourful seasonal costumes. More...
bosses boost for charities
THOUSANDS of pounds was handed over to two local
good causes at the weekend by bosses at Brean Leisure Park. Burnham
Sea Cadets and the Burnham and Highbridge branch of St John Ambulance
each received bumper cheques worth £3,000 from the park's
fireworks woo crowds
CROWDS of spectators braved heavy rain and gusty
winds in Brean on Saturday evening (November 1st) when the resort's
leisure park held its final fireworks display of the year. Several
hundred people watched a bonfire and 15-minute fireworks display
at Brean Leisure Park.
NEW seafront plaque to replace one stolen from Burnham's sea wall
to celebrate 60 years of the town's Royal Air Forces Association
was formally unveiled on Friday (October 31st). Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported in September how the Royal Air Forces Association
plaque near the top of the jetty had been stolen by thieves.
fireworks show preview
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with fireworks
tonight Saturday ( November 1st) when the resort's leisure park
holds its final display of the year. While there will be no admittance
charge, there will be collections on the night for several local
charities and good causes. More...
photos: Halloween party fun
FANCY dress Halloween party for children in the Highbridge area
attracted dozens of children on Friday evening (October 31st).
Morland Hall was the venue for the colourful event, which was
hosted by Highbridge Community Youth Club and supported by several
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