Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

 

November 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

New flats to replace offices
PLANS for a new development of flats in Highbridge town centre, in place of office space, have this week been unveiled by Sedgemoor District Council. The authority has submitted proposals to build new 'Social Rented Housing' at the rear of Alpha House. More...

Xmas tree is full of memories
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel is encouraging visitors to attach colourful baubles and ribbons to a Christmas tree to serve as touching tributes to loved ones and raise funds for a local charity. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham’s Victoria Street is selling festive baubles and ribbons. More...

£26,000 boost for tennis club
OVER £26,000 of council funding has been awarded to Lympsham Tennis Club for it to carry out a project to upgrade the village’s tennis courts. The club has been given £26,168.41 from the Coastal RLT3 funds pot, which comprises of housing contributions. More...

Pupils join county maths event
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Brent Knoll students have shown their numbers skills by taking part in a maths challenge this week. Two teams of children, representing St Andrew's Junior and Brent Knoll Primary, travelled to Wellington School to take part in the annual event. More...

Support Christmas toy appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to support a Salvation Army toy appeal campaign for Christmas. Brean Play at Brean Leisure Park is joining forces with the Salvation Army for its annual Christmas Toy Appeal, to provide a happy Christmas for children. More...

New appeal over explosion
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week issued a fresh appeal for information after a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves earlier this month. The machine in the High Street was deliberately targeted on Tuesday November 14th just after 4am. More...

Council defends £3,000 gates
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to spend almost £3,000 on installing gates around a small building on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. Walkers have always been able to wander around the building to walk from the seafront to The Esplanade. More...

Scouts start Xmas post service
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scouts have launched their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for nearly 30 years and is a key fundraiser with hours of work by the youngsters. More...

Santa's in town this weekend
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB station on the seafront on Saturday December 2nd and Sunday December 3rd from 10am-4pm. More...

Xmas concert to help charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 'Siobhan Johnson Singers' - who include Burnham On Song and Burnham Youth Choir - will be performing their annual 'Carols by Candlelight' Christmas concert at St Andrew's Church this Saturday (2nd December) in aid of 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Pupils learn about Diwali
STAFF from Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea donned brightly coloured Indian dress and performed a traditional dance at Burnham Infants and St Joseph’s School this week to celebrate Diwali. Pupils at both schools learnt about the Hindu festival of lights. More...

Crash at Fox & Goose junction
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and firefighters were called to a two-vehicle accident in Brent Knoll this morning (Tuesday). They were sent to Bristol Road in Brent Knoll shortly before 7am at the junction of the Fox and Goose pub and Harp Road, as pictured here. More...

Parking proposals under attack
PROPOSALS to introduce an hour's free parking and reduced-rate season tickets at a Highbridge car park sparked a heated debate at a town council meeting on Monday evening (November 27th). As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here last week, a group
of Lib Dem town councillors has put forward the plan. More...

Sue, 72, finishes top marathons
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age if no barrier to fitness by running all six of the world's major marathons over the last two years. Sue Nicholls completed her 13th marathon earlier this year at the age of 72 and has been awarded a special medal to mark her accomplishment. More...

Burnham youth club praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club has been praised by town councillors this week after a 'monitoring visit' took place to see how a grant donation of £3,500 from the council is being used. The club was set to close last year when its original funding ran out. More...

Gallery celebrates 12th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea art gallery and gift shop is celebrating its 12th anniversary this week. Sea Breeze in Burnham's Victoria Street is marking the special milestone with a raffle to win several pieces of artwork created by local Burnham-On-Sea artists. More...

Carbon monoxide scare
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to a house on Monday afternoon (November 27th) to investigate reports of a Carbon Monoxide alarm sounding. Two appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwter were sent to Dunball near Bridgwater at 4.40pm. More...

Murder: Bail hearing today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Thornton in the town is set to appear in court again on Tuesday (November 28th). Police have charged Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road with the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Accolades for food festival duo
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food Festival organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are celebrating this week after winning two accolades. The duo, who are directors of Eat:Festivals, have been named 'Best Event Organisers of the Year' and picked up 'Tourism Event Of The Year'. More...

Photos: Burnham switch-on
BIG crowds of spectators turned out to watch BBC Points West presenter David Garmston switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening. A flurry of 'snow' moments after the switch-on added to the festive feel, in keeping with the freezing weather. More...

School re-opens after bug
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school has re-opened today (Monday) after an outbreak of a sickness bug led to its closure on Friday. Burnham Infants School Headteacher Janet Sadiq sent a letter home to parents defending its sickness policy in light of the closure last week. More...

'Shop in Burnham this Xmas'
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to 'shop local' and support town centre shops this Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade and MP James Heappey have this week issued a rallying call to coincide with Small Business Saturday, which takes place this coming weekend. More...

100th birthday is celebrated
AN 'inspirational' Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and visiting local dignitaries. Peggy Bessant received her traditional card from The Queen and a telegram congratulating her on the milestone. She was visited by Burnham's MP and town crier at the weekend. More...

Bail hearing in murder case
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Thornton in the town is set to appear in court again on Tuesday (November 28th). Police have charged Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road with the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

130 compete in Brent Knoll Run
MORE than 120 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 26th). The annual Brent Knoll Run was won in a fast time by Chris McMillan. The first local finisher was Charley Owen. More...

Photos: St Andrew's Xmas fair
A STEADY stream of visitors headed to Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday (November 25th) for its annual Christmas Fayre. The event, which was held in the Church, saw a wide range of traditional stalls and Christmas activities set p throughout the day. More...

Photos: Burnham switch-on
BIG crowds of spectators turned out to watch BBC Points West presenter David Garmston switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening. A flurry of 'snow' moments after the switch-on added to the festive feel, in keeping with the freezing weather conditions. More...

Highbridge Xmas switch-on
DOZENS of people turned out to watch Highbridge's Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday evening (25th November). The children from Churchfield School’s choir, the Churchfield Voices Choir, sang carols and festive songs outside the Community Hall in Market Street. More...

Fire crews called to Puriton
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton fire crews were sent to reports of a possible fire at a conmercial property on the Dunball Industrial Estate Road in Puriton on Saturday (November 25th). Crews were called out at 11.04am following a call from site security. More...

Xmas bazaar boosts charity
A CHRISTMAS bazaar was held on Saturday (November 25th) in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, raising funds for town charity In Charley's Memory. The event included stalls selling gifts such as jewellery, sweets, food and drink and Christmas and traditional craft merchandise. More...

Man appears in court after murder
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Thornton in the town appeared in court on Saturday. Police said on Friday evening that Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road had been charged with the murder of the woman, whom Police named as Lisa Marie Thornton, 36. More...

AJ's Band to perform in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming AJ's Big Band for a Christmas special on Sunday 3rd December. Tickets are on sale now at £16 and £15 from the theatre's box office on 01278 784464. The West Country's premier big band makes a welcome return. More...

See Xmas switch-on today!
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment today (Saturday). The event, in Victoria Street, will include an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Dog owner given ban by RSPCA
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after her underweight springer spaniel suffered with a painful untreated skin condition. Sarah Taylor of Cookson Close, Burnham, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her pet. More...

Highbridge to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE will be holding a special event to turn on its Christmas lights this Saturday (November 25th). The event starts at 3pm with a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in the Community Hall in Market Street. The Churchfield Voices School Choir will perform. More...

Charity Xmas bazaar today
A CHRISTMAS bazaar will be held today (Saturday) in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, raising funds for town charity In Charley's Memory. The event will run from 12pm-4pm with stalls selling gifts such as jewellery, sweets, food and drink and merchandise. More...

Man charged with town murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have charged a 42-year-old man with the murder of a woman in the town on Thursday morning (November 23rd). Police said on Friday that Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road had been charged with the murder of Lisa Thornton, 36. More...

School shuts after sickness bug
AN outbreak of a sickness bug has forced a Burnham-On-Sea school to close early on Friday - and the head teacher has sent a letter to parents defending its sickness policy. Burnham Infants School sent pupils home this morning after scores of youngsters went down with the bug this week. More...

Crash brings down BT poles
TWO BT telegraph poles came crashing down across a road near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (November 23rd) following a two-car collision. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called just before mid-day to Blackford Road in the village of Mark, as pictured, where the collision occurred. More...

Police probe 'unexplained death'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have begun an investigation into the 'unexplained' death of a woman in the town on Thursday (November 23rd). Police arrested a man after being called to a property next to the Co-Op store in Berrow Road soon after 7.30am. An Western Air Ambulance landed nearby
. More...

Taxi warning for local revellers
CHRISTMAS revellers in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been warned to stay safe by booking taxis in advance of their evening out. Sedgemoor District Council says that when parties are over and you need to get home, there are guidelines to follow. More...

BBC man to light up Burnham
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Highbridge to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE will be holding a special event to turn on its Christmas lights this Saturday (November 25th). The event starts at 3pm with a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in the Community Hall in Market Street. The Churchfield Voices School Choir will perform at the event. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts competed against teams from across the UK when they took part in a prestigious competition this month. Seven gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics Club headed to the Pat Wade Classic in Stoke on Trent to compete. More...

Woman dies in Burnham incident
POLICE have arrested a man in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday) after a woman suffered serious injuries and died in an incident. Police were called to a property next to the Co-Op store in Berrow Road soon after 7.30am, as pictured here. An air ambulance landed at the nearby golf course. More...

Hour's free parking is proposed
PROPOSALS to introduce an hour's free parking and reduced-rate season tickets at a car park in Highbridge have been unveiled this week in a bid to give the town centre a boost. The plan for the Bank Street Car Park in Highbridge has been drawn up by a group of councillors. More...

Video: Police called to car park
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street car park last night (Wednesday) after several motorists were seen performing 'doughnuts' and driving at high speed. A nearby resident shot this video of four vehicles in the car park at around 9pm. More...

MP welcomes 'positive' budget
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed this week's "positive" budget. The MP says he's pleased to see the Chancellor unveil some positive changes to universal credit and £7.5billion of extra funding for the NHS plus give a boost house building. More...

Design firm receives boost
A DESIGN company in Highbridge is celebrating this week after getting a boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. The Design Hive, who are based in Highbridge, received a Twitter Boost from Theo when Melanie Downing, owner of The Design Hive, tweeted him. More...

Choral Society Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert will be held on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church when a festive line-up of music will be performed. The group will be singing a selection of music. More...

Hinkley 'will hit poorest worst'
A GROUP of MPs has said that the £18bn cost of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea will hit the country's poorest the hardest. The Public Accounts Committee said that households had been "locked into an expensive deal" for 35 years. More...

Mayor's praise for BMX star
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week praised the accomplishments of the town's former BMX world champion Liam Phillips, who has announced his retirement from the sport after failing to recover from "career ending" injuries which he suffered back in February. More...

'Budget did not go far enough'
THE Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce says the Chancellor did not go far enough in delivering change to support the economy. Responding to Philip Hammond’s Budget speech on Wednesday, Dale Edwards gave his reaction to the Chancellor's speech. More...

Plan for four new homes rejected
PLANS to build four new homes in the grounds of a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home have been rejected by district councillors this week amid concern that the scheme would result in the loss of protected trees and affect the character of the surrounding area. The land had been earmarked for four homes
. More...

Photos: Litter turned into art
LITTER discarded in Burnham-On-Sea has been transformed into art that has gone on show at a unique exhibition this week. Pieces of plastic bottles, aluminium cans and other rubbish have been collected by Burnham-On-Sea artist Janine Wharmby for her colourful art collection. More...

High winds warning for today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to be hit by high winds and heavy rain today (Wednesday), the Met Office has warned. It has issued a yellow warning, saying there is a risk of 70mph gusts around local coastlines this evening when heavy rain is also forecast to sweep in. More...

Shoe boxes become gift boxes
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers running club members have filled up their empty running shoe boxes with gifts for children in the third world. The kind-hearted members wanted to help the annual 'Operation Christmas Child' campaign that brings gifts to the world's poorest children. More...

Holiday park boosts charity
A BREAN holiday park has raised over £3,300 for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Northam Farm Holiday Park presented a bumper cheque for £3,344.78 to the charity on Tuesday (November 21st). The money was raised thanks to country and westerners in the autumn. More...

Aladdin coming to Burnham
WELL over 70 per cent of tickets - 500 tickets - have already been sold for local drama group's Re:ACT performances of 'Aladdin: The Magical Pantomime Adventure!' which is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this December. The shows will be held from 7th - 9th December. More...

Missing woman found safe
POLICE have thanked the public for their help in finding missing woman Linda Pruvedenti who had not been seen in several days since being spotted in Highbridge at the weekend. Linda, who is from Bridgwater, was last seen in Highbridge on Sunday and polie were concerned for her welfare. More...

'4,000 new jobs' to be created
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week welcomed the sale of land near to Junction 23 of the M5 motorway from BAE Systems to Salamanca Group, saying that the deal will unlock 'huge potential' to deliver economic and financial benefits across the area given its closeness to Hinkley Point C. More...

Ambulance boss 'must resign'
AMBULANCE staff have called for their boss to quit as they "struggle to maintain a crumbling service." GMB union members from South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) have written a letter "apologising" to the public for "potentially putting them at risk" due to cutbacks. More...

15 new parking spaces in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week given their backing to plans to create an extra 15 car spaces in residential parts of Highbridge. Town councillors considered two proposals at last night's meeting of the planning applications committee. More...

Pole dancing raises £2,865
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean has raised over £2,800 for a local charity. Local pole dancing fitness group Pole Essence organised the annual charity showcase event on Saturday 18th November, with members performing a number of routines at The Beachcomber pub in the village. More...

Church to hold Xmas Fayre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is holding its Christmas Fayre this Saturday (November 25th). The event will be held in the Church from 10.30am-12.30pm, and will feature a variety of traditional festive stalls and Christmas activities plus fun through the morning for families. More...

Beauty spa to hold open day
BEAUTY Oasis Spa in Burnham-On-Sea High Street will hold an open day on Wednesday (22nd November) when vistors will be able to find out more about what it offers. Starting at 3pm and going on to 7pm, the open day will showcase their new facilities and treatments. More...

Footfall in Burnham up 6%
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is up year-on-year, according to new figures from the Town Council’s two footfall counters. The counters show a 6 per cent increase in visitors overall compared to the same time a year ago and show the town as a busy shopping centre. More...

Hillview finish as runners-up
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are celebrating this week after finishing the carnival season as runners-up. The club's cowboy-themed cart, called 'Yee Ha!", featured colourful western decorations and came second overall in the county carnivals. More...

Photos: Xmas fair raises £700
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on Sunday (19th November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was held in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now in Berrow Village Hall during Sunday. More...

New window cleaning service
A BRAND new window cleaning service for Highbridge, Brean, Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding areas has launched this week. The father and son team, Lee and Josh Hall, use a "hot, pure water window cleaning system to ensure high quality results and cleaner windows." More...

Horse box stranded on beach
A HORSE box became stuck in soft sand on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (November 19th). The lady driver from Bristol had parked the vehicle at the top of the beach on the soft sand where its wheels had become stuck fast, stranding it in on the beach. More...

450 at Princess Xmas bazaar
OVER 450 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (November 18th) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale. The annual Grand Christmas Bazaar was held in the theatre's main hall in Princess Street, raising funds for the theatre's friends group. More...

Three crashes cause M5 delays
THE M5 northbound between Burnham-On-sea and Weston-Super-Mare was temporarily closed on Sunday afternoon (November 19th) after three separate collisions. Motorists faced long delays on the M5 motorway after the spate of incidents during the afternoon. More...

Police numbers set to grow?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Police hope to increase the number of officers in the towns over coming months, it's been revealed this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards from Burnham-On-Sea Police gave an update on local policing matters at this week's council meeting. More...

Tesco seeks food volunteers
VOLUNTEERS are being sought in Burnham-On-Sea to help with a nationwide food collection to help people in need this Christmas. Leading food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust are looking for members of the public to help with donation points at Tesco. More...

'Don't misuse doctors and A&E'
A NEW survey has found that too many people turn to busy emergency services when suffering minor ailments or illness. Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week been advised of the simple things they can do to help themselves to avoid trips to doctors or A&E. More...

Children In Need success
THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area during a series of fundraising events. Schools, local businesses and groups joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon by holding fun events. BBC Somerset's Claire Carter broadcast her radio show from Burnham. More...

Princess Xmas bazaar today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar today (Saturday, November 18th) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts will go on sale. The event will be held from 10am-1pm inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street during the day. More...

Hinkley builder boosts RNLI
BUILDING firm Costain - which is working on the Hinkley Point C project - has handed over a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea RNLI this week. Representatives from the company visited Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station to present a cheque for £2,825 to the charity. More...

£4m cash boost for Somerset
SOMERSET'S County and District councils have bid to be part of a pilot scheme that could mean an extra £4m of funding for local services. The Government has asked local authority areas if they want to be part of a Business Rates retention trial next financial year during 2018. More...

One week to Xmas switch-on
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Photos: Cow rescued from tree
THESE were the remarkable scenes when a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew rescued a cow with its head stuck in a tree on Thursday (November 16th). Crews were called to The Kingsway in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea at 9.03am when a farmer raised the alarm. More...

Mixed feedback on homes plan
PROPOSALS to build new affordable homes near Burnham-On-Sea attracted mixed feedback from 80 local people during a special event to display the plans this week. Sedgemoor District Council and Brent Knoll Parish Council hosted a 'Housing Project Drop in Session on Wednesday. More...

Pyjama disco held for charity
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Gateway Club held a pyjama-themed fundraising disco on Thursday (November 16th) for Children In Need. Supporters and helpers made cakes and biscuits to help the fundraising push, and Members dressed up in their pyjamas. More...

GP service in special measures
THE Care Quality Commission has told Vocare, known locally as Somerset Doctors Urgent Care, that it must make further improvements to its NHS 111 service and its GP Out of Hours service following a recent re-inspection of its services by CQC. More...

Camera club's catwalk shoot
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club hired Berrow Village Hall this week for a catwalk shoot. The hall's pack-away staging was set up to create a long cat-walk, approximately 5ft wide, and members took turns to model and photograph organised by the club's Phil Thorne. More...

Success for triathlon juniors
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Junior Triathlon Superstars team is celebrating success in this year's South West Triathlon Series. The series comprises of five very competitive multi-sport races throughout the summer at various locations in the south west region. More...

'Improve road safety' plea
WORRIED residents living in Highbridge's Walrow have this week spoken out about road safety during a Town Council meeting - calling on councillors to step in and avoid a serious accident. Homeowners say they have "growing concerns" about road safety in the road. More...

Medical centre praised by CQC
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been praised in a new inspection report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The centre now holds a 'Good' rating in all five areas of the CQC inspection for providing high quality healthcare services. It was in 'special measures'. More...

Driver challenges parking fine
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has lodged an appeal against a parking fine he received in the town's High Street during a "confusing" closure last week. Contractors working in the town centre gained permission from Somerset County Council for parking to be suspended. More...

Brean, Berrow beaches praised
PADDLERS and swimmers using Brean and Berrow beaches have this week been told the sea water quality there is of a high standard. Sedgemoor's Bathing Water Quality Group has this week warmly welcomed the news that Brean beach is 'excellent' and Berrow 'good'. More...

Two seen at cash machine
CCTV cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street captured the moment that a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves early on Tuesday morning (November 14th). Two people were seen in dark clothing in the street near the cash machine. More...

'Chrumble' sale to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Hands of Change community group is holding a 'chrumble' - a Christmas jumble sale - this Saturday (18th November). The fundraiser will be held from 11am till 3pm at Hope Baptist church in Highbridge when all will be welcome to attend. More...

BBC show to visit Burnham
CLAIRE Carter, presenter of BBC Somerset's breakfast show, will be broadcasting her show live from Burnham-On-Sea on Friday 17th November during a Children In Need fundraising challenge. During this week Claire is walking 75 miles in wellington boots! More...

Awards for Brean holiday parks
HOLIDAY parks in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating after winning several top accolades at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. The awards, held at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton, saw staff from businesses across the county gather to watch the ceremony. More...

CCTV of attack captured
CCTV cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street captured the moment that a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves early on Tuesday morning (November 14th). Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun confirmed their cameras captured the incident
. More...

MP's call over poor sea quality
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey spoke in Parliament on Tuesday (November 14th) when he called for a better understanding of what is causing the town’s bathing water to fall short of expected standards and continue to be rated as poor in a new survey out this week. More...

£9,000 boost for local groups
OVER £9,000 has been raised for local charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area following a summer of fundraising at Brean Leisure Park. A total of £9,361 has this week handed over to the local groups during a special presentation evening held by Brean Leisure Park. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (19th November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The annual 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas' is being organsied for Somerset Breast Cancer Now and will be held in Berrow Village Hall from 10.30am. More...

New sponsor for rugby team
BURNHAM-On-Sea RFC Under 10s rugby team have unveiled their new kits, which are being sponsored by the town's Dunstan House pub. "The shirts look great - and the children were really excited to be wearing them for the first time this week" says the club. More...

Cash machine attacked in town
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea High Street this morning (Tuesday) after thieves attacked a cash machine to steal cash inside. The junction of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and Adam Street was closed for much of the day, as pictured here, while police carried out an investigation
. More...

Power cut hits 352 homes
A POWER cut left 352 homes in Brean and Berrow in the dark this evening (Tuesday November 14th). A Western Power Distribution spokesman confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had 352 properties without electricity in Brean for about an hour this evening from 5.05pm." More...

Blind veteran gets to Cenotaph
JOHN Brice, a local blind veteran, marched at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday with the help of military charity Blind Veterans UK and Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers. The 71-year-old joined more than 100 other blind veterans in attending Remembrance Day in London. More...

Row erupts over 'privatisation'
A ROW erupted between Burnham-On-Sea councillors last night (Monday) over the 'privatisation' of childrens centre services in Somerset. Burnham Lib Dem town councillor Phil Harvey, right, spoke out during a debate at Monday night's town council meeting about his concerns. More...

Man in court over burglaries
A MAN has appeared in court charged with burglaries in Burnham-On-Sea and Somerton. A 39-year-old from Morland Road in Highbridge has been charged with a burglary at a house in Woodfield Close, Burnham-On-Sea in which jewellery was stolen in a raid. More...

Video: 'Mesmerizing' winds
STRONG northerly winds created these incredible scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, as large quantities of sand were blown along the beach to the fascination of walkers. The northerly gusts blew the swirling soft sand along the beach toward Burnham. More...

Town care home congratulated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Frith House care home has marked its 'outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a celebration for residents, staff and visitors. Celebrations began at the Burnham-On-Sea care home with breakfast and a Buck’s Fizz. More...

Firearms surrender campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for people to hand in any unwanted guns during a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, which starts on Monday 13th November. Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked. More...

Affordable home plan on show
PROPOSALS to build new affordable homes on land in Station Road, Brent Knoll will go on display at an event in the village. Brent Knoll Parish Council and Sedgemoor District Council will be hosting a 'Housing Project Drop in Session' on Wednesday, 15th November. More...

New fish and chip shop to open
A FISH and chip shop is set to re-open in Highbridge this week with a new name and a new owner. Elliott Hector is opening 'Ellliott's Chip Stop' in Church Street this Friday (November 17th). It replaces Moore's fish and chip shop which was a Highbridge landmark. More...

Royal painting to go on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Michael Squire is set to hold a week-long exhibition of his original paintings later this month - including a special painting of Windsor Castle to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. It takes place from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th November. More...

Band found, thanks to appeal
THE marching band that led Burnham's Remembrance Day parade through Burnham on Sunday morning came forward after reading an article on Burnham-On-Sea.com. We ran an appeal last month for the organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day ceremony due to them not having a marching band. More...

Photos: Burnham remembers
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day ceremony to honour those local people who have died in conflicts. Burnham's Royal British Legion organised Sunday's ceremony, which was watched by a record turnout of residents in Love Lane. More...

Highbridge remembrance day
SCORES of residents in Highbridge took part in a Remembrance Day ceremony in the town. Sunday's event began with a parade of dozens of youngsters along Church Street to St John's Church. A special remembrance service was led by Rev Sharon Crossman before the ceremony. More...

New Xmas charity shop opens
A FORMER town centre leisure shop in Burnham-On-Sea has re-opened as a temporary Christmas charity shop. Educate the Kids, a Burnham charity that provides schooling for children in Kenya, has opened in the High Street in place of a walking supplies shop that shut earlier this year. More...

Bike group's boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a £2,500 boost by members of a local motorcycle group. The Bridgwater chapter of the HOG (Harley Owners Group) made the Burnham group their charity of the year. A series of fundraising activities was held for BARB. More...

BBC radio show visits Burnham
CLAIRE Carter, presenter of BBC Somerset's breakfast show, will be broadcasting her show live from Burnham-On-Sea on Friday 17th November during a Children In Need fundraising challenge. During the week Claire is walking 75 miles in wellington boots to raise funds! More...

Photos: Armistice Day marked
DOZENS of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in poignant ceremonies to mark Armistice Day and commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One today (Saturday, November 11th). The traditional two-minute silence at 11am took place. More...

Towns to remember war dead
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge are to hold remembrance ceremonies this weekend. Today (Saturday) is Armistice Day, which is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I at 11am. More...

New phone scam warning
A NEW warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents this week to be aware of a new council tax scam. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of a scam were homeowners are offered 'deals' to reduce monthly payments or reduce council tax banding. More...

Carnival crew suffer eye issues
SEVERAL crewmembers on a carnival float at last weekend's Bridgwater Carnival suffered 'minor, short-term effects' to their eyes after the entry reportedly used UV bulbs. Several people needed medical treatment on the entry called 'Halloween in Deadman's Hollow'. More...

Brean holiday park wins award
A HOLIDAY park in Brean was named 'Holiday Park Of The Year' at the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards this week. Warren Farm Holiday Centre won the gold award in the 'Holiday Park Of The Year' category at Thursday's awards evening for the tourism event. More...

School creates mini carnival!
PUPILS at a Burnham-On-Sea school created their own miniature version of the town's carnival this week. Burnham Infants School's Year 1 and 2 children made class carnival floats during a 'wow day'. They then had a whole school carnival assembly on Wednesday. More...

Six crews called out for flare
FOUR lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter and a team of Coastguards were called out on Thursday night (November 9th) after a red distress flare was fired. Amid concern that someone was in distress at sea, Coastguards asked for the launch of several lifeboats. More...

Xmas switch-on role for David
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Roger to march by Cenotaph
A HIGHBRIDGE resident will be marching with veterans on Remembrance Sunday as they salute at the Cenotaph in London. District councillor Roger Keen says he has been given the "huge privilege" of marching with the veterans of his Regiment during Remembrance Sunday in London. More...

Have you got the BOS Factor?
BUDDING stars of the future are being encouraged to enter a talent competition in Burnham-On-Sea which is set to be held during an event to turn on the town's Christmas lights. The 'BOS Factor' contest will be held on Saturday November 25th through the day and all can enter. More...

Pool league seeks new players
THE ever-growing Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Pool League is inviting new teams and players to get involved. The Sunday night fun league is holding its registration night and AGM this Sunday (November 12th) at 7pm in The Ritz Social Club in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Photo: Crews at tractor blaze
THIS was the smouldering remains of a tractor after a blaze in East Huntspill on Thursday evening. The fire service received a call from a member of the public just after 6.15pm reporting that a vehicle was on fire in the village, prompting the call-out for crews. More...

Newsagents burglars are jailed
JAIL sentences totalling more than 23 years were imposed this week on five burglars who raided GW Hurley newsagents in Burnham-On-Sea, plus a Co-op store in Gloucestershire and led police on a dramatic high speed chase. Three of the gang carried out the burglary at Burnham-On-Sea's GW Hurley store. More...

Brean holiday park up for sale
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has gone on sale this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village. Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has this week been instructed to sell the Lazy Days Holiday Park in Brean, which is near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Huge power cut investigated
AN investigation is continuing into what caused a power cut that briefly blacked out over 10,000 homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Monday evening (November 6th). Western Power confirmed 10,497 customers were affected by the brief blackout on carnival day. More...

Matt achieves national award
BURNHAM-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiast Matt Palfrey is this week celebrating after winning third place at the British Championships. Matt, 28, who trains with the TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Club based at Highbridge's King Alfred School, competed in Birmingham. More...

New family swing at Apex Park
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park is to get a new family swing as part of an upgrade of its play area. The swing - the first of this type anywhere within Sedgemoor - is called a 'tango seat'. Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says "it promotes interaction and communication". More...

Record collection at carnival
A RECORD total of £13,430 was collected from spectators during Monday's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival after a bumper turnout. The figure was up by £486 on last year, delighting organisers following a massive turnout of more than 30,000 people along the route of the procession. More...

VIDEO: Cows herded from M5
A LOOSE herd of cows caused disruption on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston yesterday evening (Tuesday). Highways England said there were long queues on both carriageways between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...

Pat given long-service award
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Pat Pusill has been presented with a prestigious award this week to mark her service to aquatic sport over 37 years. Swim England has named her as the 'South West Region Winner for Service to Aquatics in 2017'. Pat was presented with the award. More...

Huge clean-up after carnival
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre as council staff began a huge clean-up operation during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team started work at 4.45am to ensure roads were clean. More...

Triple success for town pupil
AN inspirational student at Highbridge's King Alfred School has just won a triple hat-trick of awards - despite having to battle a mystery illness. Year 9 student Max Bradley has been awarded his 1st Dan Black Belt by the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain. More...

Herd of cows halts motorway
A LOOSE herd of cows caused disruption on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston this evening (Tuesday). Highways England said there were long queues on the northbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...

Results for last night's carnival
HUCKYDUCK Carnival Club took the top spot at last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with this stunning entry. The club's cart, called 'The Flying Dutchman', comprised of a complete wooden ship with pirates and covered in real seaweed and shells to the delight of spectators. More...

Hillview's off to a great start
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are celebrating this week after getting their carnival season off to a great start. The club's cowboy-themed cart, called 'Yee Ha!", features colourful western decorations and was a hit at Bridgwater and Burnham. More...

£2,400 collected at fireworks
A TOTAL of £2,400 was collected for local charities during last Sunday night's seafront fireworks display in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, the official collector at the event, says it is grateful to all those who dug deep to donate to the good causes. More...

Unusual items found on beach
A LAMINATED City and Guilds certificate, a rowing boat oar and a plastic inflatable seat were among the unusual finds found washed up during a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 4th). 20 sackfuls of rubbish were collected from the River Brue. More...

Photos: Carnival draws big crowd
THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday) to watch dozens of illuminated floats and entertainers take part in the 71st Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Over 80 entries paraded through the town in a cavalcade of colour and excitement. More...

Photos: Car crashes into ditch
THE driver of this car was lucky escape without injuries after ending up in a roadside ditch at the weekend. The silver Daewoo Matiz was being driven along New Road towards East Huntspill when its male driver lost control after hitting a fence and then careering off road. More...

Countdown to tonight's carnival
THOUSANDS of people are expected to line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday) to watch dozens of colourful illuminated floats take part in the 71st annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Tonight's procession starts at 7.30pm, and spectators are being advised to wrap up warm. More...

Fire drama caught on camera
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called out to tackle this dramatic blaze in the town on Sunday evening (November 5th). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to Mendip Way at around 7.45pm where a hedge had been set alight outside a property. More...

Video: Highlights of fireworks
SAFETY concerns over hot firework embers being blown towards spectators caused an interruption to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display - but the crowds were still treated to a super show. These video highlights show some of the best moments of Sunday's seafront display. More...

'Don't buy from street pedlars'
VISITORS to tonight's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival are being urged not to buy from unofficial 'street pedlars.' Burnham-On-Sea is among 14 towns across Somerset that have joined forces to crackdown on 'street pedlars' this carnival season and organisers are asking for support. More...

Mayor welcomes Dutch band
A TRADITIONAL Dutch carnival band was formally welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea by the town's Mayor and Mayoress on Sunday (November 5th). Cllr Bill Hancock welcomed the C.V. de Wallepikkers band from Zaltbommel in Holland during a reception. More...

Drifting embers halt fireworks
HOT firework embers being blown towards spectators caused an interruption to Sunday night's Burnham-On-Sea seafront fireworks display amid safety concerns. Thousands of people lined The Esplanade to watch the sparkling display which was delayed at the start and paused in the middle. More...

Town MP backs Poppy Appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP supported the towns' Poppy Appeal on Saturday morning (November 4th) by selling poppies at a local supermarket. The town's MP James Heappey helped to sell poppies to shoppers and residents at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store. More...

'Spectacular' fireworks tonight
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this evening (Sunday November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music not to be missed. More...

Community gardener thanked
A COMMUNITY gardener has been thanked by the team that run Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this week as the project came to an end. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week, the £344,000 restoration project came to an end this week. More...

Town cart heads to Bridgwater
THE team beind Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart have put the finishing touches to their entry ahead of tonight's Bridgwater Carnival. Called 'Yee Ha!', this year's Hillview entry is a cowboy-themed float with colourful western decorations and will be popular with spectators. More...

Man evacuated from barge
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats and Coastguards were called out late last night (Friday) to perform a medical evacuation of a person from onboard a barge near Hinkley Point. Both Burnham's RNLI lifeboats were called out soon after 10.00pm after reports that the man was unwell. More...

Photos: Bloom awards evening
DOZENS of residents were presented with awards when the annual Burnham In Bloom awards ceremony was held on Friday (November 3rd). Scores of residents, children and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the award presentations. More...

MP visits booming local firm
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey has paid a visit to Offsite Solutions in Highbridge to view the latest offsite technology as well as their expanded production facilities. At the Offsite Solutions factory, whole bathrooms are manufactured along with other products. More...

Berrow play area gets upgrade
BERROW Green's play area has been given an upgrade this month with new equipment for local children to enjoy. The play area has a new lighthouse slide, pictured here, and a timber trail suitable for children of all ages who are active and love fun in the great outdoors. More...

Burnham beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (November 4th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

£15,000 road survey kit stolen
THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds of roadside surveying equipment in thefts fromn building sites across the area, including Highbridge. Three items – each worth in excess of £15,000 – used to carry out specialist survey work have been taken between 24th October and 1st November. More...

Seafront fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this Sunday evening (November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music. More...

Marine Cove project finishes
A PROJECT to restore Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has officially finished this week - seven years on since it received a huge Lottery funding windfall. Back in 2010, we reported the restoration of the Cove gardens had won £344,000 of lottery funding. More...

Photos: Club's set for carnival!
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are working round the clock to put the finishing touches to their cart in time for the start of the new carnival season. Called 'Yee Ha', this year's Hillview entry is a cowboy-themed float with a western look. More...

Book fayre returns to village
THOUSANDS of books are available to buy as a special Book Fayre is held in Brent Knoll this weekend. The event will be held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall on Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th from 10am-4pm on both days when all will be welcome. More...

Flu jabs available to more kids
PUBLIC Health England is urging parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area whose children have not yet been vaccinated against flu to do so before the winter flu season begins. For the first time children in year four (aged eight and nine) will be added to the vaccination programme. More...

Fast food restaurant approved
A NEW fast-food restaurant has moved a step closer to opening in Highbridge this week after town councillors approved proposals for a drive-thru. The owners of Isleport Business Park won the go-ahead for 'outline planning permission' for the change of use of the land to allow hot food takeaway sales. More...

Seafront fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this Sunday evening (November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music. More...

Air ambulance lands at crash
AN air ambulance landed in a field next to the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday morning (November 1st) to help a motorist after a crash. The southbound carriageway between junctions 21 and 22 was temporarily shut after a car overturned. More...

Join Burnham beach clean
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (November 4th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Food Fest up for three awards
THE group that organises Burnham-On-Sea's food festival has been shortlisted for three awards at the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2017. Eat: Festivals are finalists in three separate award categories at the association's ceremony. More...

Mayor 'impressed' at centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor said he was "hugely impressed" by the wide range of groups at the town's Community Centre when he visited its open day earlier this week. Mayor Bill Hancock, Mayoress Frances Hancock and Town Crier Alistair Murray attended the event. More...

Splash team help lifeboats
THE fitness staff at Brean Splash's gym have taken part in a hilly, muddy obstacle course called 'The Devil Mud run' in Gloucestershire to raise money for the RNLI. Facing miles of Muddy swamp conditions and gruelling obstacles along the way, a total of £266.50. More...

15 years in jail for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has this week been jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of historic sexual offences. Maurice Wall, 76, of of Ramsey Way in Burnham-On-Sea, appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Monday for sentencing. More...

Send us your news! Contact us at Burnham-On-Sea.com:
Contact us directly with your news stories - contact us here

Archive of previous year's Burnham-On-Sea news stories:

2004 news archive
2005 news archive
2006 news archive
2007 news archive
2008 news archive
2009 news archive
2010 news archive
2011 news archive
2012 news archive
2013 news archive

   

 

Got a news story for us? Contact us here

.NEWS ARCHIVE

October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016

December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

Burnham-On-Sea Seafront Webcam
Burnham-On-Sea Webcam
24-hour live pictures
See live images of the seafront and beach with Burnham's Webcam. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Shops
Burnham-On-Sea Shopping Guide
Buy in Burnham!
Support local traders by shopping in town - see our A-Z index of businesses. Click here

Follow Burnham-On-Sea.com on Facebook Follow Burnham-On-Sea.com on Twitter Follow Burnham-On-Sea.com on YouTube BURNHAM NEWS
This week's weather
News for Burnham-On-Sea
Tide times for Burnham

BURNHAM COMMUNITY
Events diary
Burnham-On-Sea library
Council & utilities
Housing associations
Doctors and dentists
Burnham Groups & Clubs
Schools in Burnham
Mother & toddler groups
Churches in Burnham
Refuse disposal points
Advice services in Burnham
More Burnham Websites
Contact Burnham's MP
LocalTV listings today

TOURISM INFORMATION
Visiting Burnham
Guide books on Burnham
Hotels and B&Bs
Places to visit in the area
Carnivals

BURNHAM TRAVEL
Maps for Burnham-On-Sea
Rail travel to Burnham
Visit Burnham by coach
Buses & public transport

BURNHAM SHOPPING
Restaurants in Burnham
Somerset souvenirs
Property hunting in Burnham
Chemists in Burnham
Banks & building societies

ABOUT THIS SITE
Who we are
Contact Us
Advertise on this site
Bookmark this site