2006 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
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posts have been added to the forum. RSS
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Pumpkin event attracts crowds
across Somerset visited a Burnham-On-Sea garden centre this week
to attend one of its popular pumpkin carving workshops. Staff
at Sanders Garden World hosted two carving workshops to tie in
with Halloween, attended by over 60 people. More...
Call for road safety changes
road markings at a busy Burnham-On-Sea junction have not made
it any safer, town councillors were told this week. Residents
living near the junction of Priory Gardens say chevrons painted
at the junction to divert traffic have not made it safer.
103 entries ready for Carnival
number of entries for almost 15 years will take part in Monday's
2006 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. A total of 103 entries are ready
to take part in the annual procession, which gets underway at
7.30pm from Love Lane before wending its way through the town.
Huge firework display planned
carnival festivities will get underway on Sunday night (November
5th) with a huge seafront firework display. Starting
at 7pm, the
display will be operated from a platform on the seafront and,
with a high tide, onlookers will see a special display. More...
Hinkley 'must not re-open'
campaign group Parents Concerned About Hinkley has today (Mon
Oct 30th) called for Hinkley Point B to be permanently taken out
of action following the temporary closure of the site's reactors.
its reactors are currently shut down for checks. More...
Brean Park's £8k charity boost
£8,000 was handed over to good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea
area by generous bosses at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday night
(Oct 28th) following another busy summer season. Richard
and Sarah House presented cheques to five local groups.
Halloween sweeps into town!
at The Reed's Arms in Burnham-On-Sea were in for a fright on Saturday
(Oct 28th) when fun-loving staff at the seafront pub celebrated
a Halloween beer festival. Staff
pulled on witches outfits and masks as a 12-day Halloween beer
festival got underway. More...
Drifting buoy sparks search
was launched at Brean Down on Saturday morning (Oct 28th) after
a member of the public dialled 999 after spotting what appeared
to be an orange dingy drifting out to sea. Both
Weston's RNLI lifeboats were launched at around 11.20am.
MP defends rise in expenses
David Heathcoat-Amory, claimed £111,795 in expenses during
the last financial year, according to official figures released
on Friday (Oct 28th). The
figures show a two per cent increase in his spending compared
to last year. More...
Burnham artist's work on show
exhibition of more than 60 paintings by Burnham-On-Sea artist
Michael Squire got
off to a busy on Saturday October 28th. The talented 71 year-old
has been painting water colours for more than 20 years and holding
exhibitions for 16 years. More...
Golf club wins expansion bid
bosses at Brean Golf Club, near Burnham-On-Sea, are celebrating
after this week winning the go-ahead for a major expansion of
their course. Brean Leisure Park applied to extend the 18 hole,
5715 yard course onto agricultural land south of Red Road. More...
Asda's final hurdle is removed
have this week removed the final obstacle standing in the way
of supermarket giant Asda opening a huge new 40,000 square foot
store in Highbridge, we can reveal. Asda wanted to vary its original
planning application to alter boundary enclosures. More...
Farmers' market this Friday
residents will have an opportunity to buy fresh local produce
when the town's monthly farmers' market is held on Friday, October
event takes place from 9am until 1pm along the High Street when
a temporary road closure will be in force. More...
Anger over speed sign plans
Burnham-On-Sea town councillors have this week attacked plans
to introduce a speed warning sign along a quiet stretch of road
in the town as "absolutely pointless." We reported in
May that a speed sign is to be introduced along Marine Drive to
crack down on speeding. More...
January D-day on lap dancing
Burnham-On-Sea residents living near a High Street night club
will have to wait until the New Year to find out whether its controversial
plans to introduce lap dancing and extend its opening hours get
the go-ahead. A court pre-hearing was held this week. More...
£1,300 handed to Kenyan choir
members of Burnham-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Inner Wheel this week
handed over £1,300 to a group of visiting Kenyan schoolchildren
who are in the area hoping to raise enough money to build a new
orphanage. The money was raised at a special event. More...
RAF jet lights up town's sky
IMPRESSIVE light show was visible in the skies near Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday afternoon (Oct 24th) when an RAF aircraft tested its
anti-missile flares during training. The Hercules aircraft was
spotted circling Bridgwater Bay at 2pm, then letting off the flares.
Hinkley Point 'won't re-open'
are being raised about the future of Hinkley Point B nuclear power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea. Both its advanced gas-cooled reactors
are currently shut down and anti-nuclear campaigners say it may
never open again because of its current problems. More...
Cash boost for regeneration
modernise Burnham-On-Sea have moved a step closer with the news
town has been awarded £350,000 in regeneration cash - with
the possibility of several millions to follow. The money has been
given to the Burnham Regeneration Partnership. More...
Fresh appeal after armed raid
police have renewed their appeal for information following an
armed raid at Avon Newsagents in Oxford Street last week. Police
spokesman Dan Mountain said there had been an "encouraging
response" from the public, but more information is needed.
Arctic Star presented to Tony
RNLI Chairman Tony Winterburn has been presented with an 'Arctic
Star' to mark his work during World War II aboard the Russian
convoys between January and December 1948. He said: "I am
extremely pleased to receive this emblem." More...
Parking free in Burnham this Xmas
parking in Burnham-On-Sea is to be completely
free during the run-up to Christmas in a bid to encourage more
shoppers into the town. Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie
Spalding confirmed on Monday (Oct 23rd) that charges would be
removed in December. More...
rock group in action
LOCAL rock group who were a big hit at Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest
in September are due to perform a fundraising concert at Brent
Knoll this Saturday, October 28th. Rockin' Replay will be in action
at 7.30pm at the village's Parish Hall, raising money for the
upkeep of the building. More...
PCSOs join town police
Police Community Support Officers are joining Burnham-On-Sea police
this autumn as part of their ongoing crack down on crime. Five
PCSOs are patrolling Burnham now, with two newcomers having joined
in the last two months and more on the way.
on song for BARB
Burnham-On-Sea musicians raised more than £100 for BARB,
the charity that runs the town's rescue hovercraft, by performing
a concert in the town on Saturday (Oct 21st). Three
young members of Wessex Woodwind Band played at Burnham Sailing
jobs lost as firm closes
LONG-established transport company based near Burnham-On-Sea has
gone into insolvency this week with the loss of around eight jobs.
A.G. Watts Transport Limited - whose warehouse is at Dunball -
transports materials around the UK once they are moved off large
cadets visit hovercrafts
Cadets were given a VIP tour of the town's hovercraft station
this week when they met the crew and also got a chance to see
the two craft up close. The
group of youngsters and leaders were shown around the Spirit Of
Lelaina and Light Of Elizabeth crafts.
centre's Xmas preview
than a thousand visitors attended an exclusive Christmas Preview
Night at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday
night (Oct 19th). The centre invited guests to the event to give
them the chance to see Christmas in its full glory.
Harbour Master for town
Peter Lee, Harbour Master for Bridgwater Bay, is hanging up his
sea-boots this month and retiring from the position after 21 years.
Mr Lee, pictured, is a well-known face in the Burnham and Highbridge
area, as well as with boat users and trade vessels.
In Bloom: Full results
150 green-fingered residents from across Burnham gathered in the
town council's chambers on Friday night (October 20th) to receive
scores of Burnham and Highbridge In Bloom awards. The annual event
recognises the efforts of residents and businesses.
crew frees trapped pair
and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a two-vehicle
accident on the B3151 between Wedmore and Cheddar at 7pm on Friday
night (Oct 20th). Two motorists were trapped in the wreckage of
the cars and Burnham firefighters helped to release them.
farm appeal edges closer
the controversial company behind the failed bid to develop a wind
farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea, is making final preparations
to appeal against the decision. Ecotricity's Jamie Baldwin confirmed
the appeal is on track to be submitted later in 2006.
your say on town shops
in Burnham-On-Sea are to be given their say about how to make
shopping in the town even better. Plans for a shoppers feedback
system were unveiled this week by the town's Chamber of Trade.
Scores of feedback forms will be available at nine shops and online.
fair date announced
POPULAR annual antiques and collectors fair is set to be held
on Carnival Day in Burnham-On-Sea next month. The day-long event
will be held between 10am and 4.30pm in the Princess Hall (pictured)
on Monday November 6th and will raise funds for the carnival.
stride out for charity
than 20 members of the Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club pulled
on their hiking boots to take part in a sponsored walk at Apex
Leisure Park recently. The group were fortunate to have good weather
as they strode around the lakes to raise money for their club.
award for officer
policeman Adrian Jones has been handed an award for his excellent
work in the community. Chief Superintendent John Snell of the
Somerset West policing district has awarded the Burnham-based
officer a District Commander's commendation.
robbery shocks town
police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in
the town on Wednesday (October 18th). A man entered the newsagents
shop in Oxford Street at about 9.20am and threatened staff with
a gun. He made off empty handed. More...
jobs go at supermarket
middle managers at Burnham-On-Sea's Somerfield supermarket have
been laid off this week as part of a cost-cutting move, we can
reveal. The supermarket giant confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Tuesday (October 17th) that seven jobs have been axed.
man to turn on Xmas lights
High Street will glow a little brighter this Christmas with the
news that 19 new sets of festive lights are to be switched on
during November. An afternoon of activities will be held in the
run-up to the big switch-on, it was announced on Tuesday (Oct
skate park plans unveiled
£11,000 scheme to overhaul Burnham-On-Sea's skateboarding
facilities is set to be unveiled later this week. Surrey firm
Fearless Ramps will show how it proposes to introduce new facilities
at Apex Leisure Park during a special meeting at Jaycroft Road.
prepares for shut down
Energy admitted on Monday (Oct 16th) that cracks in boiler pipes
at Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham, are "at the
high end of those previously experienced" and it's therefore
temporarily shutting the reactor, which may be out of action for
fashion shop for Burnham
NEW fashion shop has this week opened its doors for the first
time on Burnham-On-Sea's High Street. Called Spangles, the new
store is at 3 The High Street and replaces the former branch of
Its owner said the first few days had been a busy time. More...
youngsters risk fines
who filmed themselves standing on top of a car whilst it was driven
along a beach in the Burnham-On-Sea area are breaking a bye-law
and risk heavy penalties. Alarming footage of youngsters using
vehicles on local beaches has come to light this week.
reel in bumper catches
anglers took to the waters around Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (Oct
15th) to compete in the first boat fishing competition of the
new season. The event is organised by Burnham Boat Owners Sea
Angling Association and was well supported by 41 anglers.
in 'racist comments' probe
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, is at the centre of an alleged racist
incident in the House of Commons, according to London newspaper
reports on Sunday (Oct 15th). The Evening Standard
says a Labour MP has made a formal Commons complaint.
carnival queen is crowned
2006 carnival queen and princesses were crowned in a ceremony
at Brean on Friday night (Oct 13th). Fears about a lack of nominees
proved unfounded as 42 youngsters came forward to be princesses
and 13 girls stood for the position of queen.
delays M5 motorists
collision on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-sea delayed motorists
on Friday afternoon (October 13th). Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that three vehicles collided at 1.40pm just a few hundred metres
before the southbound sliproad of junction 22.
fundraiser for BARB
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea musicians are to perform a concert
in the town to help raise funds for the town's rescue hovercraft.
members of Wessex Woodwind Band will play a line-up of classical
flute and clarinet music on Saturday October 21st at Burnham Sailing
plans to extend the frontage of a group of shops on Burnham's
seafront have this week been turned down by planners. They strongly
objected to the scheme, which was submitted by the building's
owner, Mr J Corrigan, to increase the shop frontage.
party for town couple
couple were among 6,000 guests to be invited to Buckingham Palace
to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Prince's Trust. Roy Wallis,
pictured here with wife Eve outside the famous London gates, is
a local Princes Trust volunteer. More...
about the big issues affecting Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge is
to be made available following this week's launch of a brand new
quarterly newsletter published by the town council. Town council
leader Cllr Peter Clayton unveiled it on Thursday, Oct 12th.
search launched for boy
Coastguards and police launched a major night search for a missing
17-year-old boy during the early hours of today, Thursday Oct
miles of coastline between the Brue estuary at Highbridge and
Brean Down were searched. More...
lifted from River Brue
MORE than 20 yachts and fishing boats were being winched into
the sky above the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning
(Oct 11th) as the annual winter 'crane-out' got underway.
The operation to move the boats lasted around six hours.
over missing sex offender
are appealing for help in finding a registered sex offender who
is on the run after breaching his sex offender's registration
and could be in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Simon James Walford,
35, is from the St Paul's area but is also known to frequent Burnham.
raid: Police hunt suspects
this week appealed for help in tracing three men who may be responsible
for a burglary at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea.
Several fruit machines on the northbound side were attacked on
Sunday October 1st and money was taken.
'soon' on hall's future
A DECISION about
the future of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall is likely to be made
soon after months of talks about the town centre facility. Discussions
have been ongoing between the current owner, Sedgemoor District
Council, and Burnham Town Council. More...
to perform Xmas concert
at a Christmas Preview Night taking place at Sanders Garden World,
near Burnham-On-Sea, will have a chance to listen to carols sung
by an operatic tenor while they shop. The centre has invited singer
Tim Pitman to its festive night on Thursday October 19th.
group's cash boost
Burnbridge Diabetes Group have helped fund the cost of a child's
diabetes holiday by this week presenting a cheque for £200
to Musgrove Children's Diabetes Department. A cheque was handed
over during a ceremony in which respresentatives from Musgrove
received a cheque. More...
talk for town group
air ambulance was in the spotlight during a talk delivered by
Sir Bernie Knight at the latest meeting of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose
International Lodge. Bernie's good humour and professional style
of presentation made the talk entertaining and educational.
cut back by high tides
of sand dunes running along the top of the beach at Berrow, Brean
and Burnham-On-Sea have been cut back by this week's high tides
and storm waves - but wildlife bosses say there is no need to
worry because the dunes will quickly recover in 'just months'.
flees police in Pier Street
police are searching for the driver of this vehicle after he fled
from the scene after being pulled over in Pier Street on Monday
evening (Oct 9th). Officers were continuing their crackdown on
anti-social drivers along The Esplanade when they pulled over
the car. More...
Lions Club reaches 30!
Lions Club members have this week been celebrating the group's
30th anniversary. The Lions Club was formed in the town exactly
30 years ago this month - and the occasion was marked this week
with a special presentation to the founding member.
hunt burglary suspect
issued a photo of a man they want to speak to in connection with
a series of burglaries in Burnham-On-Sea, Taunton, Bridgwater
and Berrow. Throughout the last month there have been a number
of break-ins which police believe are linked.
They are appealing for help. More...
marks World Sight Day
from the Highbridge-based National Blind Childrens Society this
week experienced at first hand how different life would be if
they were visually impaired. To mark World Sight Day on October
12th, they took part in a blindfolded walk along Burnham seafront.
injured in four-car collision
is in hospital after a four car collision in Berrow over the weekend.
Paramedics, police and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to
the entrance to Unity Farm Holiday Park after the serious accident,
which temporarily closed the road causing delays for motorists.
fans flock to UK premiere
flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema on Sunday (October 8th)
for the UK's first screening of a new sea-rescue blockbuster shown
in aid of the charity that runs the towns rescue hovercraft.
of Kevin Costner fans saw the gala screening of The Guardian.
smash shop windows
caused hundreds of pounds of damage during an attack on a High
Street shop in central Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (Oct 6th).
A large pane of glass at the front of Watermark Financial Services
was smashed in an apparently random attack.
Storm batters seafront
waves battered Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (Oct 6th) as high
tides coincided with gale-forced winds. Waves broke over the sea
wall along the southern Esplanade, leaving pools of sea water
along roads and pavements. The town was earlier put on Flood Watch.
in town for charity event
MP David Heathcoat-Amory was shown how to use Braille during a
special reception held at the National Blind Childrens Society
in Highbridge this week. The MP put himself in the position of
a blind person and communicated without sight using Braille.
group unveils initiatives
A RANGE of
initiatives to boost trade along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street
are to be unveiled this month during a meeting of the town's Chamber
of Trade and Commerce. The proposals will be discussed at a general
meeting on October 17th, to which all businesses
in the town are being invited. More...
artist's work on show
of art by Burnham-On-Sea artist Damian Leigh are set to go on
show at a local garden centre later this month. Damian, 38, will
be displaying and selling his work at Sanders Garden Worlds
Village Square on Saturday October 21st and 22nd.
scheme gets boost
to link police, traders and pub landlords in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge
and Brean is going from strength to strength after winning a grant
this week from the Safer Sedgemoor Partnership. Burnham Radiolink
was set up in April 2000 and has been vital in helping to fight
crime in the area. More...
in fresh arson appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police issued a fresh appeal for information
on Friday (October 6th) about an arson attack on two barns in
East Huntspill. As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the fire happened at about
1am on Sept 24th at Smithy Farm when two barns were destroyed.
welcomes Kenyan group
Mayor and Town Crier were among more than 100 local residents
to give a warm welcome to a group of Kenyan schoolchildren on
Thursday night (Oct 5th). The 24 pupils, who are from a primary
school near Mombasa, are visiting Burnham-On-Sea and other towns.
Watch issued for area
Agency bosses have issued a precautionary Flood Watch for the
Bristol Channel coastline extending from Porlock to Avonmouth
- which includes Burnham, Brean and Berrow - but they are still
saying that the risk of major flooding this weekend is low.
takes on the world!
swimmer Anthony Stephens is making final preparations to compete
in December's World Swimming Championships. The 20 year-old told
Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "optimistic" of success at
the International Paralympic World Swimming Championships.
firm fined £14,000
Council has successfully prosecuted Brake Brothers Foodservice
Limited under the Health and Safety at Work Act following an accident
at their Highbridge-based warehouse. The case was heard at Bridgwater
Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Oct 3rd).
warn over cold callers
in Burnham-On-Sea issued a warning to elderly residents in the
town on Wednesday (Oct 4th) after a spate of distraction burglaries.
In each case, offenders have posed as council workers or water
board officials and duped their way into elderly people's homes.
210 new homes for town?
planning applications to build more than 200 new homes in Highbridge
have been unveiled this week. Derek Mead, the man behind the successful
bid to build an Asda supermarket in Highbridge, has submitted
an application to build almost 170 homes.
high tides warning issued
bosses have warned Burnham-On-Sea residents that this coming weekend's
high tides could raise the threat of flooding if they coincide
with bad weather. The tides on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th October
will be as high as those in September. More...
life saved by electrician
by an electrician in Highbridge helped save a man's life earlier
this week. Becky Wilkinson, a Sedgemoor District Council electrician,
spotted an elderly man had collapsed near to his home in Morland
Road after suffering a heart attack and raised the alarm.
over pavement parking
have this week hit out at motorists who are blocking pavements
in the centre of Highbridge. At this week's meeting of Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, members said the problem in front
of new homes in Church Street is "getting out of control."
start to country festival
country and western music fans have descended on Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea,
this week for a ten-day Country Music Festival. The
2006 event is taking place until October 7th and is drawing large
crowds of fans to pubs and clubs across the resort.
accident shuts junction
A BUSY Highbridge
road junction was closed to traffic on Monday morning (October
2nd) while emergency services dealt with an accident involving
a motorcyclist. Burnham-On-Sea paramedics and police rushed to
the junction of Burnham Road and Church Street.
roadworks start in town
motorists are being warned to expect delays during the next weeks
as major roadworks get underway. The first batch of work along
Oxford Street starts on Monday (October 2nd) and will last for
five days until Friday. Then, next week, work begins on the B3140.
group visiting area
of Kenyan schoolchildren will be performing at a garden centre
near Burnham-On-Sea this month to help raise money to build an
orphanage in their home village. The 24 pupils, who are from Mombasa,
will be singing and playing the drums at Sanders.
marathon beats the rain!
MORE than 330
runners pounded the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (October
1st) during the town's annual half marathon. The weather promised
to be wet, but it was fine for much of the race. We have full
coverage plus results, photos and video.
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at Legion service
across the south west converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon
(October 1st) for the unveiling of the British Legion's new branch
standard. VIPs from branches in Somerset attended a special parade
along The Esplanade then attended a service in St Andrew's Church.
up your computer skills!
residents are being invited to brush up their computer skills
during a series of training courses in the town. Using up-to-date
computer equipment at the town's BAY centre, Lewis Jones and Mike
Turner are giving the public a chance to learn computer skills.
injured swan rescued
AN INJURED swan
which had swallowed a fishing hook and line was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea
hovercraft group's inshore lifeboat crew on Saturday, September
30th. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre contacted BARB, the
charity that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft, for help after
the bird was spotted.
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