2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
2009 news archive
celebrated across town
Special: SCORES of Halloween events were held across Burnham-On-Sea
throughout Saturday (October 31st) and our photographers were
out and about getting the best snaps from the festivities. From
pumpkin carving to bat box making and displays of illumninated
Halloween lights, Burnham had it all! More...
photos: Halloween Ball at King Alf's
150 people dressed in gory and spooky costumes attended a Halloween
charity ball in Highbridge on Saturday night (October 31st). The
event at King Alfred School is expected to have raised thousands
of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, delighting organisers.
The school's main hall was specially-decorated for the event.
strike halts post deliveries
the scene at the entrance to Burnham-On-Sea's sorting office this
morning (Saturday, October 31st) as Royal Mail staff in the town
held a second strike, halting deliveries and collections across
our area. The second strike involves over 40 staff, who set up
a picket outside the delivery office in Dunstan Road.
project 'could be scrapped'
has denied a national newspaper report claiming that the project
to build a Severn Barrage across the Bristal Channel could be
Times reported on Friday (October 30th) that the project will
be shelved as part of a cost-cutting drive by the government.
in Halloween safety drive
in Burnham-On-Sea will launch a high-profile operation this evening
(Saturday, October 31st) to ensure Halloween is a happy night
for residents. They have pledged to crackdown on any anti-social
behaviour and are working with shopkeepers to keep people in the
town safe. More...
Utd mascot drops into town
the Red, the official club mascot of Manchester United,
visited Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (October 30th) during a tour
of Somerset. The mascot appeared at Britannia Building Society's
branch in College Street, where he was met by a group of fans.
The mascot is on a half-term holiday tour of the county. More...
takes part in volunteer day
BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop hopes to raise hundreds of pounds
by taking part in a nationwide volunteering day on Saturday (October
31st). The Sue Ryder Shop on Burnham's High Street is taking part
in 'Make a Difference Day' when local people are able invited
to pledge treasured items or volunteer for an hour to help in
the shop. More...
speedsters in Burnham
motorcyclists dressed in Halloween costumes roared through Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday morning (October 31st) at the start of a sponsored
35 mile bike ride. Members of the Somerset Motorcycle Group organised
the ride from Burnham to Watchet for BARB. More...
service hopes suffer blow
brand new ferry service will launch in the Bristol Channel early
next year, but hopes that Burnham-On-Sea would be included on
the route have been dashed. Operator Severn Link announced on
Thursday (October 29th) plans to create a regular passenger ferry
service between Ilfracombe and Swansea.
help for small businesses
Burnham-On-Sea mums are proving you don't have to be tied to an
office to get the job done. Sarah Bradley and Georgina Della-Valle
have set up a new online firm called Help Ahoy to offer a lifeline
to small businesses. They offering a virtual help service for
small businesses and entrepreneurs. More...
play area hit by new delays
week's planned opening of a new £140,000 play area at Highbridge's
Apex Park has been postponed due to delays in getting hold of
some of the equipment, the district council said this week. Duncan
McGinty, leader of Sedgemoor District Council, said: "Apex
Park's new play area was meant to be open this week." More...
for more carnival helpers
of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival have this week appealed
for more volunteers to come foward to help with collections of
money along the route on the night. Thousands of pounds needs
to be raised to keep the carnival running and also help local
good causes. More...
power line to be debated
PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, next
month when residents will be about to learn more about plans to
build a high voltage power line connecting Hinkley Point to a
new sub-station in Avonmouth. The line could pass through the
East Huntspill and Watchfield area. More...
over 'plane in flames'
surrounds an apparent sighting of an aeroplane in flames over
Brean on Wednesday evening (October 28th). Sharon Witcombe of
Warren Road claims to have seen the craft engulfed in a fireball
and flying lower than usual as she walked home at around 5.15pm
last night. More...
hurt in car accident
MOTORIST suffered leg and head injuries after crashing into a
telegraph pole near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday, Ocober
29th). Police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called
to the A38 outside Biddisham at around 7.40am. At 8.42am a temporary
closure of the A38 was enforced.
walks out of meeting
A STORMY meeting of Brean and
Berrow Residents' Association came to a dramatic halt this week
when six villagers walked out after the Chairman of more than
20 years was voted from her position. Almost 50 residents crowded
into the Village Hall for the annual meeting. More...
photos: Beavers earn badges
Beavers have had a busy few weeks visiting the town's police,
Coastguards and rescue hovercraft crews while earning their safety
badges. The youngsters visited Burnham police station to learn
about 'stranger dangers' and beach safety at the BARB and Coastguard
clashes with Prime Minister
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP issued an
environental challenge to Gordon Brown during Prime Minister's
Question Time in parliament on Wednesday afternoon (October 28th).
David Heathcoat-Amory asked Gordon Brown if he would dim Downing
Street's lights at night to help save the environment. More...
issued after play area fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews
have issued a warning to children about the dangers of playing
with fire after they tackled a blaze at a play area in the town
on Wednesday afternoon (October 28th). One fire engine was sent
to the Winchester Road play area at 3pm, as pictured.
go in the spotlight
enthusiasts are being invited to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea
this weekend for a two day event dedicated to the prickly creatures.
Maria Fountain, who works at Secret World, will host the Hedgehog
Roadshow at Sanders Garden World on both Saturday and Sunday.
'Don't sell off our town'
residents in Highbridge have this week launched a petition calling
for the long-term future of two public gardens in the town to
be secured. It
comes amid concern that Jubilee Gardens, next to Highbridge's
town clock, and the Town Green could be sold off to developers.
dating dished up in town!
FOOD lovers in Burnham-On-Sea
will be able to enjoy a lip-smacking meal while meeting a possible
new partner next month. Crowdy's Bistro in College Street is holding
a unique speed dating dinner where attendees switch between chairs
between each of the four courses. More...
attacked with baseball bat
A 24-year-old man has been arrested after a serious assault
in the centre of Highbridge on Monday evening (October 26th) when
a man was struck over the head with a baseball bat. The injured
man, also in his 20s, was taken by ambulance to Weston General
Hospital with head injuries.
meets Burnham footballer
was the moment that a young footballer from Burnham-On-Sea met
former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson at the weekend. Steven
Leaf, 15, who is a player for Burnham United Under 16s side, met
Sven while visiting Notts County's match against Crewe at the
shop opened in Burnham
NEW shop in Burnham-On-Sea opened its doors for the first time
on Monday (October 26th). Called Hooky Street, the business in
Chapel Street sells a wide range of catalogue items, including
clothes and toys. Its owners hope it will do well during the recession
due to the nature of its business. More...
carnival gets sign boost
just a few weeks to go until this year's Burnham-On-Sea carnival
parade, organisers have been given a boost. Fusion Leisure Centre,
based at Burnham's Home Farm Holiday Park, has donated £1,000
towards the cost of a dozen new advertising signs for the popular
November event. More...
launches poppy appeal
Mayor and Mayoress have this week launched the town's annual poppy
appeal. Derek and Christine Cooper launched the appeal with members
of Burnham's Royal British Legion outsoide the town council chambers
and urged local people to dig deep to help the fundraisers. More...
police appeal after robbery
POLICE have issued new descriptions of the three men who robbed
a man in Burnham-on-Sea last week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com,
the 28-year-old man was attacked last Monday night (October 19th)
as he walked along Berrow Road near the junction to Stoddens Road.
preparations are being made for Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront
fireworks display, which will take place on Sunday 8th November
at 7pm. The colourful spectacle is being organised by the Town
Council with the financial backing of several generous local firms.
purge on 'sign clutter'
of road signs across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been removed
by Somerset County Council during the past four months as par
of a bid to cull the number of redundant signs along our roads.
Across the county, 550 have been removed in total to crackdown
on roadside 'sign clutter'. More...
town crier dies
have been paid to Burnham-On-Sea's town crier of 24 years, who
died on Friday (October 23rd) following a long struggle with poor
health. Fred Smith, 72, had suffered serious health problems in
recent years but continued to attend civic functions and shout
the traditional cry of 'Oh Yeaz, Oh Yeaz' with gusto.
60th year celebrated
ninety people celebrated a special milestone for a well-known
Burnham-On-Sea couple at the weekend. District and town councillor
Neville Jones and his wife Margot celebrated their 60th anniversary
with a special dinner at West Huntspill on Saturday evening (October
spark beach alarm
Coastguards and a rescue hovercraft were called to Brean beach
on Sunday (October 25th) following concern for two kayakers seen
almost half a mile out on the mudflats. Beach warden Dave Furber
raised the alarm at 1.55pm after spotting the pair, from Bristol,
wading through mud to reach the sea. More...
defects to Lib Dems
balance of political power on Somerset County Council has shifted
with the surprise defection of a Conservative councillor to the
Liberal Democrats. Conservative County Councillor for Bridgwater
South, Steven Gill, has crossed the floor from the Conservatives
to join the Lib Dems. More...
Video: A YACHT whose sails were ripped to shreds in storm-force
winds in the Bristol Channel has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's
lifeboat crews this morning (Sunday, October 25th) Two lifeboats
were called by Coastguards to help the yacht Jekeeda II after
its skipper reported problems west of Stert Island. More...
£4m scheme steps closer
Leisure Park's £4million development project has moved a
further step closer with the submission of a planning application
over the next few weeks. The park plans to install a roof to cover
a new 25m, six lane pool featuring an ice rink, water flumes and
a mini indoor river. More...
crews sent to tractor blaze
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a tractor blaze on the
outskirts of the town on Saturday afternoon (October 24th). They
were called to Rookery Farm in Vole Road at 3.45pm. The fire was
already out on arrival but had damaged a vehicle, said a spokesman.
boost for bloom organisers
of Highbridge's annual allotments competition have been presented
with their awards during a ceremony this week. Highbridge County
Councillor John Woodman presented the awards and also gave the
Highbridge In Bloom team a donation of £500 from his community
offers hope to path protesters
MP has today (Saturday, October 24th) offered fresh hope to protesters
calling for a new pavement to be introduced along Berrow's Coast
Road. David Heathcoat-Amory joined almost 50 marchers at the protest,
who also included Somerset County Councillor Leader Ken Maddock.
smash cafe's window
POLICE are examining CCTV footage of
Burnham-On-Sea High Street to see whether it provides any clues
about who smashed a cafe's window earlier this week. JJ Welshs,
which is soon to become a Cornish pasty cafe, was attacked early
on Friday morning (October 23rd)'. More...
protest march in Berrow
MP will be among the protesters joining a march through Berrow
on Saturday (October 24th) as part of a long-running campaign
to get a new pavement introduced. Berrow's Local Action Team is
overseeing the march along Coast Road, which starts at 11am at
Berrow Church. More...
School welcomes BARB
of pupils at Burnham-On-Sea's Infants School met crewmembers of
the town's rescue hovercrafts on Friday (October 23rd) when the
school held a fundraising event. The school's scarecrow day and
harvest festival raised hundreds of pounds for BARB and Oxfam.
halts town post services
collections and deliveries in Burnham-On-Sea have been halted
today (Friday, October 23rd) as Royal Mail workers hold a one
day strike. A picket line of over 40 staff was set up outside
the sorting office in Dunstan Road. "Today's action is not
about pay, it's about safeguarding mail services for our customers,"
said a worker. More...
hands Elizabeth her MBE
A FORMER school secretary from Highbridge has this week received
her MBE award during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Elizabeth
Hughes, who was secretary of Beechfield Infant School in Highbridge
for several decades, was chosen earlier this year for her services
to education. More...
dispersal areas launched
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week been given the
go-ahead to launch new disperal areas in car parks in the town.
Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report earlier this month that
Inspector Roger Tolley wanted to use Dispersal Orders to stamp
out anti-social behaviour in local car parks. More...
groups given cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft crew and a local group
of brownies have been given a financial boost this week with the
donation of hundreds of pounds following a fundraising bike ride.
Over fifty motorbikes took part in the 160-mile
Pasty Run from Puriton to Swanage.
trio saved life of teenager
residents and a policeman from Watchfield, near Highbridge, have
been presented with bravery awards this week after they saved
a teenage girl trapped in a pond. Martin Chandler, Kim Tripp and
PC Alan Alsford were presented with the Royal Humane Society Award
on Wednesday. More...
striker presents pub award
Bristol City striker Alan Walsh was in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
night (October 22nd) to present a pub owner with a nationwide
award. It follows The Railway Hotel being named one of the UK's
top skittling venues during the British Skittle Championships.
raid at Tesco store
DARING robbers attempted to carry out a raid on Burnham-On-Sea's
Tesco store by creating a hole in the roof of the supermarket,
we can reveal. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns Tesco's maintenance team
discovered a hole in the roof of the supermarket in Ben Travers
Way on Monday (October 19th) lunchtime.
winched out for winter
yachts were raised into the skies above the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday morning (October 21st) during the annual spectacle
of the winter 'crane-out'. Organisers from Burnham's Yacht Club
took advantage of the high tide and calm weather conditions for
the event. More...
bulb costs threaten carnival'
MP has warned this week that the future of some Somerset carnival
clubs could be placed in jeopardy by new EU regulations requesting
the phasing out of old-style light bulbs with more expensive ones.
David Heathcoat-Amory was talking on Wednesday (October 21st).
players to visit Burnham
Bristol City footballers are due to visit a Burnham-On-Sea pub
this evening (Thursday, October 22nd) to present an award to its
owner. It follows The Railway in the High Street being named one
of the UK's top skittling venues in a nationwide awards scheme
in the Blackthorn British Skittle Championships. More...
welcome for shop card
to introduce a shopping loyalty card in Burnham-On-Sea to boost
business in the town centre are to be further investigated, it
was decided this week. Members of the town's Chamber of Trade
gave a cautious welcome to the scheme at a meeting on Tuesday
evening (October 20th). More...
mugged in late night attack
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man was robbed of his iPod and a mobile
phone during a late night mugging in the town on Monday evening
(October 19th). The man, aged in his mid-20s, was walking home
along Berrow Road at 11.30pm when three hooded youngsters approached
him near the junction with Stoddens Road (pictured). More...
accident in town centre
RESIDENTS in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have this week called
for more police action to crackdown on speeding motorists late
at night following a 4am crash in which a car careered through
a bollard, sending debris across pavements, although no-one was
duo dig up the past
youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea have been unearthing pottery and
historic glass works during an archaeology study near Kilve in
West Somerset this week. Mark Bidgood and Amanda Hubbard have
been excavating a trench at Fairfield as part of a community archaeological
photos: King Alfred convention
of pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School were able to try
their hand at scores of new activities when a fun-filled 'out-of-school
convention' was held on Tuesday (October 20th). The popular event
was organised by the Highbridge Beat Team from Burnham Police
held over wind farm plans
District Council revealed on Tuesday (October 20th) that it has
held preliminary talks on controversial plans to build a new wind
farm near Burnham-On-Sea. The
council's planning department said it had met with Ecotricity
to discuss plans to construct five new wind turbines at East Huntspill.
project receives cash boost
PROJECT based near Burnham-On-Sea which is encouraging species
of wading birds to the Somerset Levels has received support from
Wessex Water this week. Wildlife charity Secret World is aiming
to attract a greater variety of birds to its centre at East Huntspill
and has received £500 funding. More...
United mascot visits
the Red, the official club mascot of Manchester United,
will dropping in to Burnham-On-Sea later this month during a tour
of Somerset. The mascot will appear on Friday 30th October at
Britannia Building Society's branch in College Street, Burnham-On-Sea,
from 10am. More...
to return to town
regular market is set to return to Highbridge town centre from
November, it was announced on Monday (October 19th). Following
the closure of the weekly Sunday markets which used to operate
from the cattle market site, Sedgemoor District Council has been
in discussions with a company called Market Forces.
meeting this evening
Chamber of Trade is holding a meeting in the town this evening,
Tuesday October 20th, when local businesses are welcome. Subjects
to be discussed include CCTV, Christmas lights funding, plus business
rates, plus the proposed launch of loyalty shopping card. More...
driver, 22, held after crash
A MOTORIST has been arrested on suspicion of
drink driving after an accident in Highbridge town centre on Saturday
evening (October 17th). Officers were called to Market Street,
pictured, after a car and a bike collided near the town's community
centre - and police were called to the scene. More...
Half term film-making fun
Half Term film-making activities are to be held in Highbridge.
The free event, organised by Family Connections, will be held
in Highbridge Community Hall between October 26th and 30th. No
previous experience is required, and all kit is provided.
will be able to learn about animation and photography.
Rappers aim for Xmas No.1!
GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea are set to release
their first album and a single in time for the busy Christmas
season, with the hope of clinching a high place in the seasonal
pop charts! The Wrinkly Rappers told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are
planning to record a Christmas hit to raise money for charity.
braced for post strike
of pieces of mail in Burnham-On-Sea are set to be delayed when
postal workers old a strike in the town later this week. Staff
at Burnham-On-Seas sorting office in Dunstan Road are planning
to down tools on Friday (October 23rd) as part of a nationwide
boost for Berrow school
Mayor performed the official opening of a brand new pre-school
at Berrow on Saturday (October 17th). Cllr Derick Cooper and Parish
Council Chairwoman Jenny Bentley cut a ribbon, as pictured here,
to open the new facility at Berrow School. It comes after a £112,000
grant boost from Somerset County Council. More...
called to boat in distress
lifeboat crew was called out to rescue a boat in difficulty this
evening (Saturday October 17th). Two people became stranded on
a small boat in the River Parrett at Highbridge after its engine
failed. The passengers onboard, who were not injured, called Coastguards
at 6.15pm. More...
mounts £40m challenge
Council has joined three other local authorities in issuing a
legal challenge over the government's decision to withdraw millions
of pounds of funding for council house improvements. Sedgemoor
was expecting to receive £40million to bring council homes
up to a minimum standard.
Mayor's concert raises funds
120 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Friday
(October 16th) for a fundraising concert hosted by the town's
Mayor and Mayoress. The annual Mayor's Charity Concert was organised
by Derick Cooper and Mayoress Christine Cooper
and reaised over £1,000. More...
crews tackle tractor blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea battled to control this dramatic blaze
in Highbridge on Friday monring, October 16th, when an oil leak
caused a tractor and trailer to burst into flames. One fire engine
was initially called to Watchfield at 11.13am after a large column
of smoke was spotted almost a mile away.
shut at Burnham after crash
the scene on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning,
October 16th) after police completely closed the northbound carriageway.
It follows an accident at 4.20am near Bristol when a car left
the motorway and struck an electricity pole between junctions
20 and 19.
applying for planning permission in Burnham-On-Sea is to be made
simpler and cheaper from November. Sedgemoor District Council's
Development Management section will be offering a new service
for giving pre-planning application advice. The prices and service
has fully changed. More...
to be held this Saturday
items will go under the hammer at a special auction being held
in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre this Saturday (October
17th). The 50/50 auction will be held at the centre in Berrow
Road to raise money for the 'Save our Burnham Community Centre'
wall plans unveiled for town
sea wall may be replaced "with a far higher structure"
to protect the town from coastal flooding in the future, the Environment
Agency said this week as it outlined its proposals to protect
the town from floods and coastal erosion over the next few decades.
Dozens of Burnham-On-Sea residents attended a special meeting
in the town on Tuesday (October 13th). More...
held over firearms offences
Burnham-On-Sea have arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences.
Officers were called to Maple Drive at 3.30pm last Wednesday (October
7th) and a middle-aged man was arrested.
A man in his 50s was arrested as a result of intelligence received
by the local community. More...
club celebrates windfall
at Burnham-On-Sea United Football Club are celebrating after hearing
earlier this week that they have received a huge £12,000
grant windfall from Sedgemoor District Council. The council has
awarded a huge £12,346 to Burnham United Junior and Senior
Football Club. More...
to repay more expenses
MP has this week agreed to pay back more of his expenses after
a review by a Parliament auditor. David Heathcoat-Amory hit the
headlines in April over expense claims he made for bags of manure
and other gardening items. On Monday, he was among many MPs sent
a letter asking for more money to be repaid.
lifeboat donated to RNLI
has donated this replica of a lifeboat to Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat
station. Mick Knowles has been constructing miniature ships, boats
and galleons for around 30 years, and has just completed a 1/12th
scale model of a Waveney class lifeboat, which he has donated.
decision angers traders
Chamber of Trade has this week described as "shameful"
a decision by the district council not to provide free parking
in the town during the run-up to Christmas. Weekend parking charges
have often been waived by the council during December in an effort
to attract more visitors. More...
vessel moored off Burnham
look like an oil platform, but this oddly-shaped vessel moored
off Stert Island, near Burnham-On-Sea, is actually carrying out
borehole drilling work. The vessel, called Excalibur, is a jack-up
platform accompanied by a supporting tug boat that is working
in the Hinkley Point area for two months. More...
the scenes at the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel this week as work
to renovate the property progresses. This week's work comes 17
months after the property
was left in an unstable condition following a huge
occurred late at night in April 2008. More...
drivers in firing line
drivers have quite literally been in the firing line of Burnham-On-Sea
police this week. After several complaints about speeding and
noisy exhausts from residents of Abingdon Street, officers have
been out in the force using speed guns, as exclusively pictured
arrested after drugs found
year-old Highbridge man has been arrested and four cannabis plants
with a potential street value of £1,000 have been removed
from his home. The man was arrested at his property in Smith Way
following community intelligence received by Highbridge's beat
academy gets new home
Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy is moving home and is now based
at King Alfred Sports Centre. The decision follows several meetings
between the Academy's committee and the Avenue Tennis Club to
resolve various issues
- but the talks ended without an agreement. More...
seized by Burnham police
police seized two cars after they were spotted being driven in
an anti-social manner in the town over the last week. A Peugeot
206 was pulled over in Cassis Close at 7.20pm on Friday evening
(October 9th) when police were alerted. Another car was pulled
over on Monday evening. More...
shelter plans hit opposition
plans to build this new £17,000 youth shelter in Berrow
were debated at a stormy public meeting in the village on Monday
evening (October 12th). Fifty
residents filled Berrow Village Hall, as pictured, where a petition
signed by 81 people opposing the plans was handed to parish councillors.
event being held today
in Burnham-On-Sea will today (Tuesday, October 13th) be able to
have their say about coastal erosion and how our coastline and
its estuaries should be managed. The Environment Agency is holding
the event in the Princess Hall when members of the public will
be welcome to attend. More...
shop to close this week
pottery shop is to close this week when the business goes mobile
instead. Owner Anya Burridge is closing her seafront shop this
Thursday (October 15th) after 18 months - but she will continue
as a mobile operation around the local area instead. More...
music nights launch in town
of live music events for fresh talent are launched in Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Called Pier Pressure, each event will feature the best
young bands and will be held fortnightly at The Old Pier Tavern
in Pier Street starting this coming Friday night, October 16th.
windfall for football club
in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after receiving grant
winddfalls from Sedgemoor District Council. The council announced
on Monday (October 12th) that its Grants Award Sub Committee has
awarded almost £14,000 of funding to two groups - Burnham
FC and Burnham Scouts. More...
hospital facilities open
first phase of a £300,000 project to modernise Burnham-On-Sea
Hospital's facilities is completed today (Monday, October 12th)
with the opening of its new-look outpatients area. Staff
at the 22-bed hospital are delighted with the results of three
months of work to overhaul the facilities.
slimmer scales Snowdon
man who lost 15 stone in 15 months and is in training to climb
up the Kilamanjaro next year has completed one of his most ambitious
training sessions to date. Keith Mitchell has twice won a National
Slimathon competition after dropping from 33 stone. More...
photos: Burnham Aquathlon
athletes took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday
morning (October 11th). Over 40 adults and almost 50 youngsters
took part in a series of races that were organised by Burnham's
Swim and Sports Academy. We have a full photo round-up of the
boost for hovercraft
has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft charity by
generous holidaymakers at a Brean holiday park. Members of Diamond
Farm last month presented £5,800 to BARB, and a second cheque
for £4,400 was handed over to crewmembers on Saturday night.
pilgrimage raises £250
the Burnham-On-Sea area has completed a sponsored pilgrimage from
West Huntspill to Wells to raise money for two charities. Rev
Geoffrey Walsh walked from West Huntspill to Wells to raise £250
for the Children's Society and Kit for Kids, supported by parishioners
from his two churches. More...
'Get Online Day' in Burnham
Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be giving people who have never
used the Internet before a chance to take their first steps in
computing during a special 'Get Online Day' being held on Friday
23rd October. The BAY Centre's volunteer staff will be on hand
to help. More...
skier stranded on mudflats
Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was called to Weston on Saturday
afternoon (October 10th) after Coastguards reported a water skier
in difficulty on the mudflats. The man, from South Wales, had
skied across the Bristol Channel from Porthcawl to watch Weston's
annual motorbike beach races.
house blaze tackled
from Burnham-On-Sea and other parts of Somerset have been tackling
a major overnight fire at a poultry house near Bridgwater. A call
was received at 2.55am on Saturday morning (October 10th) reporting
the blaze in a poultry house at Fiddington. Six fire crews were
mobilised to investigate.
road to retain church link
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week approved proposals to name a
new road after a church hall that was demolished to make way for
a new development of flats. The road running alongside the former
St Peter's Hall will be named 'Saints Close'. More...
exhibition opens in town
A NEW exhibition of photography, photoart and acrylic
paintings has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Sea
Breeze in Victoria Street is showcasing the work of talented artists
Graham McPherson and Wendy Asplin. The free entry exhibition,
with exhibits available to purchase, runs until Saturday 24th
October 2009. More...
festival gets underway
A TWO-day festival dedicated to apples and cider
is being held at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, this
weekend (October 10th and 11th). Visitors to the
Brent Knoll garden centre will be able to make their own apple
juice as part of the special apple and cider weekend event. More...
seize 12 year-old's bike
Burnham-On-Sea police seized this motorbike on Thursday (October
8th) after it was spotted being ridden in a dangerous manner by
a 12-year-old. The youth was seen riding the mini moto without
a helmet along the cycle path besides the River Brue, stretching
from Highbridge to Burnham.
held over body in river
of Prince Charles's former florist killed himself because of money
problems, an inquest heard on Thursday (October 8th), five months
after his body was found in a Burnham-On-Sea river estuary. David
Lowe, 52, was found drowned in the River Parrett at Burnham in
for town fountain photos
District Council and the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens have appealed
to residents and visitors in Burnham-On-Sea for old photographs
of the Edwardian Cherub Fountain which once stood in the centre
of the pond at Marine Cove Gardens.
Sedgemoor would like to restore the gardens to their former glory.
opening bid raises fears
TOWN councillors have this week raised concerns that a Highbridge
take-away's plans to extend its weekend opening hours until 1.30am
could lead to public disorder issues. Yummies Pizza in Market
Street has applied to extend its opening hours until 1.30am.
photos: King Alfred reunion
of former classmates from Highbridge's King Alfred School were
brought together for the first time in over 25 years for a special
reunion. More than 60 pupils who attended the school between 1980
and 1985 gathered at the Oak Tree Arena for the catch-up on Saturday.
injured in A38 accident
were the scenes on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon
(October 7th) after a two-vehicle accident left a woman in hospital
with neck injuries. Police,
fire and ambulance crews were called to the Bristol Road at 2.40pm
after a Range Rover and a tractor collided.
shortfall hits Xmas lights
A £4,000 shortfall means Burnham-On-Sea's display of
Christmas lights may have to be scaled down this year unless more
money can be found during the next few weeks. Burnham's Chamber
of Trade, which organises the colourful display along the High
Street and adjoining roads, said this week that the display may
have to be cut back. More...
anchor from Berrow wreck?
of this rusty old anchor found washed up on Berrow beach is attracting
the interest of local historians amid speculation that it could
from the Berrow wreck. The anchor was recovered from the mudflats,
with talk now about whether it is from the SS Nornen. More...
your say on town's future
District Council has this week published a new report showing
how Burnham-On-Sea could grow and change in the future - and it
wants to hear the opinions of residents about how the town should
develop over the next 20 years. The Council has published a new
report for consultation. More...
on nuisance drivers
BURNHAM-On-Sea police could soon have extended powers to move
on groups of vehicles congregating in supermarket and council-run
car parks as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour. Town
Councillors have this week given their support to the plans, which
were unveiled by Inspector Roger Tolley
this week. More...
shopping scheme unveiled
SHOPPERS in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be able to support local
traders, earn discounts and help a local charity by using a brand
new loyalty shopping card. The
town's Chamber of Trade has been discussing the innovative scheme
with fundraisers from the Friends of Burnham War Memorial Hospital
in recent weeks and the scheme is set to be formally unveiled
at a traders meeting.
gives FolkFest a boost
of pounds were raised for Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest when a special
screening of the hit movie musical Mamma Mia! was held
at the town's cinema on Monday (October 5th). Ritz Cinema owners
Pat and Beryl Scott presented Graham Cook a cheque for £434.
bin collections to start
collections in parts of Burnham-On-Sea will be cut in frequency
from weekly to fortnightly next month when a new kerbside recycling
service begins. Somerset
Waste Partnership announced the changes on Monday (October 5th)
to encourage residents to recycle more.
fans flock to races
was flying and engines were revving when autograss fans from across
the country flocked to Highbridge at the weekend for the annual
National Autograss Grand Prix. Large crowds turned out to watch
two days of high-speed action at the Somerset Raceway
run in Half Marathon
of runners sprinted off at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual
Half Marathon on Sunday morning (October 4th). Over 200 runners
of all abilities from across the region took part in the 13-mile
event, which was organised by the Burnham Harriers running club.
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Swine Flu case in town
pupil at a Highbridge school has become the latest youngster in
the Burnham-On-Sea area to be affected by Swine Flu. A youngster
in Year 1 at Beechfield
Infants has been confirmed with the flu virus, the school told
Burnham-On-Sea.com. There is also an outbreak of
chicken pox. More...
exhibition a success
200 people have attended an exhibition of unique patchwork items
in Burnham-On-Sea over the past fortnight. Enthusiasts from the
Levels and Moors Embroiderers group have held the display at Material
Needs in the High Street as part of this year's Somerset Arts
new jobs at pasty shop
A brand new restaurant and take-away specialising in quality
Cornish pasties is to to open in Burnham-On-Sea this winter. The
property currently occupied by JJ Welsh's Tea Rooms in the High
Street is to be refurbished and transformed into the Newquay Pasty
race gets underway
sixty runners took part in Burnham's first monthly 5km seafront
run of the winter season on Thursday (October 1st). The event,
which is run by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, was won by the
Academy's Martin Rogers in a fast time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
visits Scouts AGM in town
MP was the special guest when Somerset Scouts held their AGM in
the town this week. David Heathcoat-Amory joined the town's Mayor
and Mayoress, Derick and Christine Cooper, at the meeting which
was held in Burnham Scout Headquarters in Stoddens Road.
hurt in town accident
CYCLIST was taken to hospital after being knocked off her bike
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (October 1st). An
ambulance crew and a rapid response paramedic were sent to the
High Street at 8.12am after the accident outside an optician's
survey for town clock
OVER £2,300 has been received in public donations to
fund a new Highbridge town clock, but councillors are awaiting
the results of a structural survey before proceeding with the
project. The money has poured in since August, when we repored
that two of the clock's three faces are set to be boarded up.
owner reaches 50th year
in Brean held a surprise party for the owner of the village's
beach horses on Thursday morning (October 1st) as he reached his
fiftieth year of business. John Vowles, 64, first started looking
after the ponies and horses at the age of 14 when left school
jazz group performs in town
award-winning modern jazz band were in Burnham on Thursday night
(October 1st) when they performed in front of a large audience
at the town's Princess Hall. Portico Quartet were nominated for
the Mercury Award, one of the music industry's top accolades,
earlier this year.
player set to tackle MP!
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea rugby player has been chosen by the
Labour Party to tackle the town's MP at the upcoming General Election.
Andy Merryfield will be contesting the Wells parliamentary seat,
currently occupied by Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory, at the
hour search for missing man
Coastguards joined a huge five-hour search for a missing person
near Weston on Wednesday night (Septeber 30th). Coastguards from
the town scoured a large area between Birnbeck Pier and Sand Bay
to find the "distressed" man, who was understood to
be aged in his 30s.
look at town carnival float
THE finishing touches are being made to a huge £14,000
carnival float which has been built in Burnham-On-Sea. With just
a few weeks to go until the Burnham Carnival on Monday November
9th, members of Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club are busily preparing.
bill for street light tests
SEVERAL groups in Burnham-On-Sea face a bill for thousands
of pounds following the introduction of new regulations that require
frequent testing of street lighting columns. The Town Council
has been handed a £5,000 bill to test 75 columns in the
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