Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

 

October 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Rail show is runaway success
MODEL train enthuasists of all ages from across the region gathered at a unique show in Highbridge on Saturday (October 31st). The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association held their Vintage Hornby Train Show at the school. More...

TV champ makes surprise visit
THE winner of ITV1's series BBQ Champ was a surprise visitor at Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival on Saturday (October 31st). Simon Dyer, 52, was crowned the nation's champion griller in a summer TV series hosted by celebrity Myleene Klass and visited Burnham. More...

Runner raises £600 for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea runner James Warren gives his finishig medal a kiss after completing the Bristol + Bath Marathon and raising hundreds of pounds for charity in the process. James has completed the inaugural marathon and also organised a successful quiz night. More...

Food Festival draws thousands
SUNNY weather brought a huge crowd of 16,500 people into Burnham-On-Sea's town centre today (Saturday) for the town's seventh Food and Drink Festival. Over 100 traders offered tastings and samples of products, which ranged from local specialities like cider and cheese, to foreign cuisine. More...

Murder mystery at lighthouse
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse features at the centre of a new murder mystery novel by a local author. 'Murder at the Lighthouse', a short murder mystery set in the fictional town of Exham on Sea, is the third novel by mystery writer Frances Evesham. More...

Funeral date is announced
THE date of the funeral has been announced for a well-known Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who died last week after many years of charity fundraising. Tributes have poured in for Arthur Gilbert, who received an MBE for his fundraising. He passed away last week, aged 94. More...

Rail show in Highbridge today
MODEL train enthuasists from across the region will be flocking to a unique show in Highbridge on Saturday (October 31st). The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association will hold their seventh Vintage Hornby Train Show which attracts crowds. More...

Long service awards for four
FOUR members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Ladies Circle have received long-service awards this week. They were each presented with their 25 years membership certificates, in two separate ceremonies, that were held by the group over the past week. More...

Halloween fireworks at Brean
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display for Halloween on Saturday (October 31st). The resort's Brean Theme Park will hold its final spectacular display of 2015 and, as part of a special fun Halloween evening, there will also be entertainment. More...

Crews rescue walker at Brean
A WALKER who suffered a suspected broken ankle in a fall on top of Brean Down on Thursday (October 29th) was rescued by a medical team using this special multi-terrain ambulance. The elderly lady was taken to Weston General Hospital after ambulance crews required the unique vehicle. More...

£400k project may wait to 2022
ALMOST £400,000 of earmarked community funding for Highbridge may not be spent in the town until the year 2022, it has been confirmed this week. Sedgemoor District Council says the cash was obtained as part of a Section 106 agreement in 2012. More...

Food Festival fun tomorrow
THE final countdown to tomorrow's Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival is underway ahead of its seventh event in the town. The free festival this Saturday (October 31st) wil start at 9am across four streets in the town centre, with more than 100 stalls to explore. More...

Lions appeal for volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club are holding an open 'coffee and chat' session at a cafe in the town centre this Sunday (November 1st) where residents can find out more about how they can get involved. The Lions will be holding the event at BOS Cafe. More...

Rail show arriving on Saturday
MODEL train enthuasists from across the region will be flocking to a unique show in Highbridge on Saturday (October 31st). The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association will hold their seventh Vintage Hornby Train Show in the school. More...

Highbridge car blaze drama
CREWS were called to a car on fire in Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (October 29th). Two appliances from Burnham-On-Sea fire station were sent to Caxton Road, Highbridge just after 4.30pm after an initial call reporting that smoke was emerging from a building. More...

Shops angry over dog fouling
Exclusive: ANGRY traders and councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week urged pet owners to be more responsible amid escalating problems with dog fouling along town centre pavements. Shop owners in the High Street say they are constantly having to clear up. More...

Town skate rink to open early
A CHRISTMAS skating rink in Burnham-On-Sea is set to open a week earlier than originally planned, the organisers have said this week. The rink will be open to the public one week earlier and run through to January 2nd in Burnham-On-Sea's Lynton Road car park. More...

Town duo cycling to Lands End
TWO Highbridge residents who are cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End for charity were met by a crowd of supporters when they peddaled into the town this week. Shane Pengelly and Dave King are completing the challenge to raise funds for 'Cots for Tots'. More...

All change for town Coastguard
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have welcomed three new recuits to their ranks. Ollie Saunders, Andy Hutton-Young and Jon Jacobs have formally joined the team after completing their initial training. It follows a successful recruitment drive earlier in the year. More...

Free flu jabs offered in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being urged to get the flu jab to protect themselves and others from flu this winter. Somerset's public health experts have this week urged those at greatest risk of flu in the area to get a jab to protect themselves. More...

Captivating play in Burnham
AWARD-winning drama group AsOne Theatre Company are set to perform 'a captivating twist on an original tale' in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday). Powerful storytelling, puppetry, shadow play and animated imagery, plus live music and song all combine. More...

Man killed at rail station named
A MAN who died after being hit by a train at Highbridge Railway Station last week has been formally named. Simon John Heyes, of no fixed address, died of traumatic injuries after colliding with a train last Thursday at 12:09pm, according to an interim post mortem. More...

Politicians clash over tax vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey and former MP Tessa Munt have clashed this week following the government's defeat in the House of Lords over controversial tax credit cuts. Mr Heappey said "the Tax Credits system has become far too expensive and the country can no longer afford it". More...

Lady struck by car in Burnham
AN elderly lady suffered head injuries after a collision with a passing car in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (October 27th). Police closed Berrow Road near the Texaco petrol station shortly after 6.15pm after the lady, understood to be in her eighties, was hurt. More...

RNLI ball raises almost £6,000
A BALL held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station's new lifeboat appeal has raised almost £6,000. The Burnham-On-Sea station, based in Pier Street, is well on course to raising a total of £41,000 to fund the replacement of its D-class lifeboat Puffin by next Spring. More...

Star of BBC's The Voice to sing
A STAR of the BBC1's The Voice will be performing at a special halloween event in Brean on Saturday (October 31st). Jamie Johnson reached the semi-finals of the hit TV show in 2014 and will be singing at Brean Leisure Park's Halloween Party from 7pm on Saturday. More...

Ball in memory of Charley
A HALLOWEEN ball is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea in memory of a teenager who died in the town last year. The event at the Ritz Social Club will raise funds for the town charity In Charley's Memory, which was launched following the death of Charley Marks, 18. More...

Waste warning for residents
RUBBISH left out in bins and bags can be a risk for both waste collectors and other local people, residents in Burnham and Highbridge have been warned this week. From ash or broken glass through to rubbish bins too heavy to safely empty, refuse is often a hazard. More...

New homes plans revealed
THOUSANDS of new homes could be built at five sites in Burnham-On-Sea under plans unveiled this week for the future development of the town. Sedgemoor District Council's Local Plan, known as its Core Strategy, has been launched for public consultation this week and names five locations. More...

Motorcyclist hurt in collision
A MOTORBIKE rider was hurt after a collision with a vehicle in Berrow on Monday evening (October 26th). A male motorcyclist travelling from the Brean direction was in collision with a Vauxhall Vectra in Parsonage Road at the junction with a side road heading to the village hall. More...

Tasty return for Food Festival
THE final countdown to Saturday's seventh Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival is underway. The autumn festival - which has a harvest theme - will see around 100 stalls set up around Burnham-On-Sea town centre in streets and venues selling a wide range of products. More...

1,500 flock to wildlife weekend
OVER 1,500 visitors discovered the 'secret world' of bats, hedgehogs and harvest mice at a local wildlife rescue centre’s open weekend. The Bats and Bobs weekend held last weekend delighted visitors of all ages at Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Gymnasts head to Germany
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have scooped several top medals at a regional competition. Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, competed in four adult classes at the SE England Tae-Kwon-Do Championships. More...

Tae-Kwon Do medals for trio
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have scooped several top medals at a regional competition. Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, competed in four adult classes at the SE England Tae-Kwon-Do Championships. More...

Cider farm's double award win
A CIDER maker near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating a double award win this week after its drinks won regional acclaim. The cider farm has won the coveted Best Drink award at the Somerset Food and Drink Awards - and the same title at Weston Food Festival. More...

Selling poppies for 43 years
A DEDICATED fundraiser in Burnham has been presented with an award by the town's MP to mark her 43 years of selling poppies. Mavis Martin, 84, received a Poppy Collector's Merit Badge during the launch of this year's Poppy Appeal in Burnham and Highbridge on Saturday afternoon. More...

Housing plans to be debated
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being offered a chance to have their say on future housing in the area. The town's Neighbourhood Planning Group is meeting to consider possible policies on housing on the evening of Tuesday November 3rd at 7pm. More...

Crews tackle blaze in flat
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among several crews called to extinguish a blaze in a flat on Sunday morning (October 25th). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar, Blagdon and Weston were all sent to the property in St Mary's Street, Axbridge early on Sunday at 7.30am. More...

New sponsor for youth side
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth football side has unveiled its new sponsor this week. Burnbridge U13s have announced that they are being sponsored during this season by Webtek UK, a manufacturing company based on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park. More...

Tributes paid to Arthur, 94
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who has died this week after many years of charity fundraising. Arthur Gilbert, who was named the world's oldest triathlete four years ago and received an MBE for his charity fundraising, passed away on Friday evening at the age of 94. More...

M5 junction set for closure
MOTORISTS have been warned that Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction will be closed on two nights over the coming week. Resurfacing work is set to take place, leading to the northbound exit slip road at junction 22 being temporarily closed. More...

First local Xmas fayre today
THE first local Christmas market of the festive season is to be held in Berrow today (Sunday, October 25th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market will be held from 12 noon until 3pm in Berrow Village Hall with over 30 stalls displaying local crafts and home-made items. More...

Carriage drivers head to Brean
SCORES of horse-drawn carriages gathered for a regional competition in Brean this week. Horse driving enthusiasts from across the South West flocked to take part in the competition held on the village's beachm which is deemed to provide ideal conditions. More...

Have your say on 20-year plan
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to grab an opportunity to have their say on how the district of Sedgemoor should grow and change over the next twenty years. Sedgemoor District Council is updating its Local Plan. More...

Traders to leave Apex Park
TWO popular food traders at Highbridge's Apex Park are set to leave for the winter while the council re-competes the concessions. Lizzie’s Kitchen and DiMascio’s Ice Cream Van will be leaving the park from the end of October, says Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Queen to open charity's fayre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival Queen is set to open an autumn fayre and fun day in the town today (Saturday). Somerset Time For Youth, a local youth club for children and young people with special needs, is holding the event at the Baptist Church in College Street. More...

Award given for 'inspiring care'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursing sister has been presented with a special award to recognise her work at the town's hospital. Angela Conway, Senior Sister at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Community Hospital, was recognised for her leadership qualities at a ceremony. More...

Man jailed over hoax call-out
A MAN has been jailed for three months for lying to police and raising a false emergency which saw lifeboat crews search for a 'missing' swimmer for more than an hour last weekend. Kyle Farr, 29, has been jailed by magistrates for wasting police time over the call-out. More...

M5 delays after car overturns
TWO lanes of the M5 motorway were closed between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston this morning (Friday) following a collision. One vehicle overturned on the northbound carriageway between Weston and Burnham, leading to long queues for motorists in the area. More...

Crews hunt for missing person
THE discovery of a bicycle on top of Brean Down led to a search for a possible missing person by rescue crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Thursday (October 22nd). Coastguards from Burnham and Weston, plus BARB Search & Rescue were called out. More...

Stop Hinkley group fights on
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the £18bn development of Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea have vowed to keep up their fight on. The Stop Hinkley campaign has declared its campaign against the proposals to build a new nuclear station is ongoing. More...

New walkers group formed
A GROUP of volunteers has come forward to help a new project to make Burnham-On-Sea the first coastal town in the south west to gain Walkers Are Welcome accreditation. At a meeting in Burnham this week, a number of interested groups came forward to help. More...

Group fills gift boxes for needy
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea group have filled scores of shoe boxes with presents to help needy children. Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge have gathered the boxes and then filled them with gifts this week to support Operation Christmas Child. More...

Centre holds wildlife weekend
THE harvest mice at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea are always a favourite for visitors of all ages, and for the first time this weekend visitors can go further into their world. The centre in East Huntspill will be open on both this Saturday and Sunday. More...

Unicef role for town student
A HIGHBRIDGE sixth form student has taken on a prestigious role as one of only two Unicef Youth Ambassadors in the UK. Thrinayani Ramarishnan of King Alfred School's Year 13 has been appointed, having survived a rigorous interview process to get the top role. More...

Man killed at rail station
POLICE closed Highbridge railway station on Thursday afternoon after a man died when he was struck by a passing train. Emergency services were called to the station shortly after mid-day when the incident occurred, said a British Transport Police spokesman. More...

Cinema opens £160k new screen
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema will open a brand new £160,000 third screen this Friday (October 23rd) following a major project to expand its facilities. The popular cinema in Victoria Street - which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year - is opening the new 72-seat auditorium. More...

CCTV released after burglary
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to identify following a local burglary earlier this month. The incident took place at the Stables Business Park in the village of Rooksbridge near Burnham at approximately 10pm on Friday 2nd October. More...

Burnham reacts to Hinkley deal
AFTER years of talks, EDF and the Government have finally unveiled an agreement to build the first UK nuclear power station in a generation with the help of Chinese funding. The deal for Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, was signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Prime Minister. More...

Shop window contest begins
A SHOP window competition is underway in Burnham-On-Sea this week to coincide with the half-term holisays and town's Food Festival. The Harvest Spot The Odd Item Trail tests the observational skils of visitors to the town centre, where items are hidden. More...

Deliberate caravan blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called tackle a caravan blaze that is believed to have been set deliberately. Crews were called to Catherine Street in East Huntspill shortly before mid-day on Wednesday (October 21st). Three fire appliances were sent to the scene. More...

James' marathon charity effort
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident will be pulling on his running shoes to take part in the inaugural Bristol & Bath Marathon this Sunday (25th October) for charity. James Warren hopes to raise a good sum for Cancer Research - a cause that is close to his heart for good reason. More...

Footpath safety call issued
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents has called on local councils to step forward and make long-awaited safety improvements to a 'neglected' footpath. Residents at Retreat Holiday Park say mounds of sand have built up along the public footpath that runs besides their homes. More...

Michael Eavis to light up town!
GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis is to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights next month during a day of festive entertainment. Burnham Chamber of Trade is overseeing the grand switch-on in the town centre to be held on Saturday November 21st. More...

Grant rules to be tightened up
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea want clearer rules put in place around how grants are given to local groups in a bid to increase accountability and reduce duplication of some costs. More than 20 event organisers attended a meeting on Monday where it was discussed. More...

Causeway to shut for 18 weeks
MAJOR roadworks will see a busy road near Burnham-On-Sea closed for 18 weeks from later this week. Wessex Water will be shutting the Mark Causeway from later in October until the end of February to carry out sewerage network improvements under the ground. More...

Medal wins for town gymnasts
EIGHT gymnasts from Highbridge-based Monarchs Gymnastics Club are celebrating after earning medals. The club was invited to take part in the Honiton Invitation competition and came away with a medal haul after a very successful event for the club as a whole. More...

Beethoven in focus for evening
BEETHOVEN, one of the greatest composers of all time, will be the focus of a special event in Brent Knoll this weekend. An illustrated talk with musical excerpts created by the composer will be held on Saturday evening, 24th October, at 7.30pm in Brent Knoll Parish Hall. More...

Video: Beach bomb detonated
THE discovery of a live wartime artillery shell on Brean beach caused part of the village to be sealed off by police on Monday - and this was the moment that the device was detonated by army bomb disposal experts. Beach angler Barish Odemis told Burnham-On-Sea.com how it unfolded. More...

Dog rescued 20ft down cliffs
THIS was the scene when a lucky Jack Russell was safely rescued after falling down the cliffs at Brean Down on Monday evening (October 19th). Fire crews and Coastguards were called to help a dog walker who raised the alarm when his pet tumbled 20ft down the rocks. More...

Hair students up for awards
THREE local students from a Highbridge hair studio have been nominated for top awards in a national competition. The trio have been trained at L&F Training Academy in Church Street, Highbridge and have been nominated for Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards. More...

New walking project launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea aims to become the first coastal town in Somerset to be awarded 'Walkers Are Welcome' accreditation in a bid to encourage more walkers to visit the seaside town. A project has been launched to seek official accreditation for Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Hinkley C deal to be unveiled
AFTER years of talks, EDF and the Government will this week finally unveil an agreement to build the first UK nuclear power station in a generation. The approval for the £25billion Hinkley Point C plant near Burnham-On-Sea will be hailed as a landmark milestone for the country. More...

Bomb discovery in Brean
THE Discovery of an old wartime bomb at Brean led to part of the village being closed earlier today (Monday). A beach angler accidentally tangled his fishing line on the device, then dragged it up the sands to a path before calling the police. An army bomb disposal team More...

Arrest after 'malicious hoax'
A MAN has been arrested following a 'malicious hoax' in which lifeboat crews were called out to Brean Down on Saturday night (October 17th). Police and Weston lifeboat crews were called out by Coastguards at 11.18pm after a report from a member of the public. More...

Shops art scheme launched
A PROJECT to turn shopfront shutters in Burnham-On-Sea town centre into colourful pieces of artwork to add an extra dash of colour is underway this month. Six traders have taken part in Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's shutters art scheme, which is being partially funded by 106 funding. More...

Community rallies for Jessica
SCORES of local people converged on Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday (October 18th) to join a fundraising Welly Walk for a brave youngster who has Cerebral Palsy and wants to walk. Sunday's sponsored 'Welly Walk' was well supported for Jessica Avery. More...

Cadets welcome VIP visitor
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets has welcomed the Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps for the first time in the group's 43 year-history - and unveiled the name of a new rowing boat. During his visit, Captain Phil Russell RN met with all of the cadets and heard about the group's future plans. More...

More success for swimming club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club is about to enter its 42nd year of delivering teaching and coaching to the community of Burnham and the surrounding area. Still going extremely strong, the club is now swimming at Brean Splash, and entered a record 18 swimmers at a regional contest. More...

£5k boost for carnival club
A LONG-running carnival club in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a £5,000 boost this week to buy a new building to construct its entry next year. The club's Duncan Britton appealed for financial help from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council for the project during a meeting held on Wednesday. More...

New look for park entrance
FLOWER beds at the front of Apex Park in Highbridge are to get a fresh new look. The Friends of Apex Park, with advice and support from Sedgemoor’s Ecologist, have taken over the management of the beds next to Marine Drive after a wildflower seeding event. More...

Video: Harvest mice released
SEVERAL harvest mice have been successfully rescued and returned to the wild by the carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. Animal Carer Samantha A’Court oversees Secret World’s breeding and release programme, which was recently on TV. More...

Gifts collected for Albania
SCHOOLCHILDREN and churchgoers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have donated dozens of gift boxes of Christmas gifts for needy youngsters in Albania. Pupils from St Andrew's School are among those who have given more than 90 shoe boxes to the overseas appeal. More...

Two to fight town by-election
THE Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have confirmed they are to field candidates in Highbridge when a by-election is held there next month. Two people put forward their names before the nominations closed on Friday evening to compete for a vacant position on the Town Council. More...

Fundraising walk for Jessica
A FUNDRAISING walk is to be held in Highbridge on Sunday (October 18th) to raise funds for a youngster who has Cerebral Palsy and wants to walk. Jessica Avery, 6, arrived 11 weeks early and spent the first weeks of her life in special care but bravely came through it. More...

Carnival team set for big day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival organisers are gearing up for one of the biggest processions through the town in recent years. Over 100 entries will be taking part in this year's big parade on Monday November 9th, including more than 50 full-length carts, they said this week. More...

Top darts players to visit town
TWO top stars of the darts world are set to play near Burnham-On-Sea next month. Justin Pipe and Scott Mitchell will be visiting The Oaktree in Highbridge to provide an exhibition of their skills. Tickets for the event - which is being held on Wednesday November 4th - are on sale. More...

Car blaze at M5 services
PLUMES of thick black smoke rose into the sky above Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (October 16th) during a car fire. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were sent to the M5 Southbound after it was well alight. More...

Electric blanket sparks fire
AN electric blanket caused a bedroom fire at a property in a village near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday). Fire crews from Cheddar and Burnham-On-Sea were called out just before 9.20am when the occupant inside raised the alarm as smoke issued from a room. More...

Three bailed after car attacks
THREE men have been released on bail by police after the tyres of more than 20 vehicles were slashed in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of last Saturday (October 10th). Vehicles parked along Willis Court, just off Marine Drive, and Highbridge's Morland Estate were attacked with a knife. More...

New Bishop visits Highbridge
THE new Bishop of Taunton visited Highbridge on Thursday evening (October 15th) to perform her first confirmation service since her consecration. Bishop Ruth Worsley was consecrated earlier this month in London's St Paul's Cathedral and made her first visit to the town. More...

Buffy in emotional charity run
A FOMRER Highbridge school student has run a half marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of her much-loved grandfather who passed away from the disease. Buffy Beck is now at Cardiff University and ran the Cardiff Half Marathon. More...

Appeal after caravan is stolen
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to be on the look out for this stolen caravan. It was stolen from a storage area at the park at Northwick Farm in the village of Mark at the start of this week. Owner Elaine Maisey says: "We are all so upset by this." More...

Kids shows begin at theatre
A SEASON of great children's entertainment gets underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this weekend. First on the menu this Saturday (October 17th) is Science Mania, a crazy introduction to mad cap science designed to excite younger minds in the audience. More...

Medium at theatre tonight
A LEADING Spiritualist Medium will be holding a show in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday, October 16th). Nikki Kitt will be on stage at The Princess Theatre in Princess Street at 7.30pm. She says: "I aim to provide evidence of 'life after life' by giving people messages." More...

Crews tackle dramatic blaze
THESE were the scenes in Brent Knoll last night (Wednesday October 14th) as fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a fierce blaze that was visible for miles around. Fire crews rushed to Brent Road soon after 6.30pm where a large outbuilding was well alight, as pictured here. More...

MP in talks over Morrisons
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week met campaigners battling to save the town's Morrisons store from closure. The town's MP James Heappey met with two residents - Gaynor Brown and Lyn Salvidge - who are trying to get Morrisons to re-think its plans. More...

Britain's Got Talent - photos
BUDDING stars of the future from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in the auditions for ITV's Britain’s Got Talent in Brean on Wednesday evening (October 14th). The team behind the top ITV talent show were at Brean's Holiday Resort Unity holiday park. More...

Shops boost for Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE is to get an £8,000 funding injection to improve its town centre shopfronts. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council last night (Wednesday) pledged to give £4,000 towards the scheme, matching a similiar amount from Sedgemoor District Council. More...

160m wide starfish appears!
THIS huge starfish has appeared on Brean beach this week in the latest work by renowned sand artist Simon Beck. Simon and a team of five helpers spent over six hours creating the 160-metre starfish design on the sands next to Brean Down, as pictured here. More...

Town logo contest launches
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to design a new brand identity for the town. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week launched a public competition to find a new brand identity for Burnham town centre. More...

New bar wins council go-ahead
A NEW cocktail bar has this week been given the go-ahead to open in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea despite opposition from some nearby residents. Michael Whitfield, the owner of The Vapoury at Unit 2 in Chapel Street, applied to Sedgemoor District Council for full planning permission. More...

Recycling banks to be removed
ALL recycling banks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's car parks will be removed next month as the firm that collected and processed the material has ended its service. The recycling banks were serviced by waste firm DS Smith to boost kerbside collections. More...

MP opens new school canteen
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor have opened a brand new kitchen at a school in the town. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery celebrated the official opening of their school kitchen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the two VIPs and watched by pupils. More...

Veteran remembers WW1 hero
A BURNHAM-On-Sea war veteran has taken part in a ceremony to remember a WWI heroine this week. Burnham's Neville Jones laid flowers in memory of Edith Cavell, who helped hundreds of allied troops escape from behind enemy lines before she was executed. More...

Warning over bogus cold caller
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week been warned to be on the look out for cold callers pretending to be from Somerset County Council. Bogus calls are being made in the area by a person claiming they are from the council, asking for information. More...

School holds open mornings
BRENT Knoll School will be holding its annual Open Mornings on Wednesday (October 14th) and Thursday (October 15th) for prospective pupils and their parents to see the school and its facilities. Tours of the school will be held at 9.30am and 10.00am. More...

Fortnightly bin collections start
RUBBISH collections for almost 450 homes in Burnham-On-Sea town centre are changing from weekly to every two weeks as services are standardised across Sedgemoor. Every home affected is on a Tuesday collection and will soon receive an individual letter explaining the collections. More...

£612k 'scandal' claim denied
SEDGEMOOR District Council has denied that money given by developers to promote Highbridge town centre has been whisked away for other projects, despite claims from a group of local councillors. We first reported on the councillors' claims at the weekend. More...

Theatre heads into town shops
A PROJECT to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea to boost visitor numbers has been given a £5,000 cash injection by the Town Council this week. Organisers Selina Keedwell and Jacqui Strong discussed the plans at a meeting on Monday. More...

Sue runs Chicago Marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner jetted over to America to compete in the Chicago Marathon at the weekend. Sue Nicholls, 70, completed the marathon in an impressive time of three hours and 58 minutes, which made her the fastest runner in her age group at the event. More...

Event signs 'put off visitors'
THE benefits of introducing roadside traffic management signs in Burnham-On-Sea have been debated this week amid claims that they are putting off drivers coming into the town. The blue and white signs are being trialled by the council for key events in the town centre. More...

Hundreds raised for hospital
HUNDREDS of pounds were raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Hospital when a fundraising night was held on Saturday (October 10th). The Friends of Burnham Hospital held its annual music fundraising night at the Oaktree Arena, with a packed audience enjoying a night of fun and music. More...

RNLI prepare for sell-out ball
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station's crewmembers are making final preparations for their sell-out fundraising ball on Saturday 24th October. The organisers have sold a total of 312 tickets and potentially filled Batch Farm at Lympsham to the brim for the annual fundraiser. More...

Roundabout changes defended
A NEW-look roundabout on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has been defended by council bosses after criticism from some motorists. Several drivers have got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com regarding the "confusing traffic flows" and "dangerously narrow lanes" follow a series of improvements. More...

104th birthday celebrated
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who is thought to be the town's eldest resident has celebrated her 104th birthday. Katherine Owen, known as Katie, pictured, has marked her 104th birthday with a celebration at Broughton Lodge with friends and residents over the past week. More...

Post office shuts for overhaul
HIGHBRIDGE Post Office has temporarily closed a refurbishment work this month, ahead of new facilities opening there. The premises at 9 Church Street will re-open on Tuesday October 20th with a new-look. The new owners say the premises will get a coffee shop and new facilities. More...

Photos: Burnham Aquathlon
OVER 110 runners of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday (October 11th). The adults competed in a 750m swim at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy followed by a 7.5km run along the seafront and on the town's beach and seafront. More...

Ladies night raises over £2,400
OVER £2,400 has been raised for a local breast cancer support charity from a successful ladies night held at Brean over the weekend. Somerset Breast Cancer Now - formerly known as Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer - held its annual ladies night on Friday. More...

Asda funding row in Highbridge
MONEY given by developers to promote Highbridge town centre has been whisked away for other projects, according to a group of local councillors. When Asda opened its Highbridge store, the developer paid just under £612,000 to "promote the viability of the town." More...

Fire crews rescue stuck horse
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to rescue a stranded horse in a ditch in Brean on Saturday evening (October 10th). A specialist rescue team from Bridgwater plus a crew from Burnham were called to Diamond Farm Caravan Park in the village shortly after 7pm. More...

Cycle ride raises over £3,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cyclist who pedalled from Geneva to Nice for charity has raised more than £3,000. Paul Dyer completed the 340 mile route through the Alps by cycling about 85 miles a day as part of a group of 38 people from across the UK, all helping Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Coastguards called to Brean
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean beach yesterday evening (Saturday) after a walker reported concern about seeing several lights. The team was alerted shortly after 7.15pm and travelled to Brean Down to investigate the cause. More...

Arrests after tyres slashed
THREE people have been arrested after scores of tyres were slashed by vandals in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Saturday. Nine vehicles parked along Willis Court, just off Marine Drive, were attacked with a knife, leaving their tyres deflted, as pictured here. More...

Carnival countdown for club
FINAL work is underway to complete this year's carnival float from Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club in time for the start of the carnival season in just a few weeks time. The club's Christmas-themed entry is called 'It's A Cracker' and will this year feature a giant Santa and Snowman. More...

Movie magic from town band!
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band are back in action tonight (Saturday) with a concert celebrating movie magic. The band will deliver one of its popular themed concerts featuring the super musical scores from films and Hollywood over the many decades covered. More...

Bike Knights hand out awards
A CLUB of motorcycling enthusiasts from Burnham-On-Sea have held their annual awards presentation this week. Burnham Bike Knights hold a series of events through the year and organise weekly summer bike displays in Burnham's Lynton Road car park for the public. More...

'Allo 'Allo gets an extra night
TICKET sales for a stage performance of the sitcom 'Allo 'Allo near Burnham-On-Sea are proving so brisk that an extra night of the show is to be held. West Huntspill Players are set to perform a stage version of the French wartime comedy television classic show 'Allo 'Allo. More...

Man rescued from beach mud
RESCUE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston beach this afternoon (Friday) after a man digging for fishing bait got stuck in deep mud. The middle-aged man had been digging in the mud near Knightstone Harbour when he became trapped in mud, prompting a seafront walker to raise the alarm. More...

M5 lorry blaze caused by fault
A MECHANICAL fault has been blamed for a lorry fire on the M5 motorway which caused queues of up to five miles between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Thursday afternoon (October 8th). All three lanes of the M5 northbound were temporarily shut while crews were at the scene. More...

Wildlife photo day announced
BUDDING wildlife photographers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have a chance to get up close to wildlife, under expert tuition, when a wildlife photography day is held. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre is holding a Photography Day on Sunday 18th October. More...

Veteran's round Britain visit
EX-soldier Mark Newton is in Burnham-On-Sea this week as he undertakes a mission to record the country's war and lifeboat memorials. The former Queens Dragoon Guard is making his journey on a disability scooter, pulling a tiny trailer, round UK and is currently in our area. More...

Food Festival launch - Photos
THE countdown to this month's seventh Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival got underway on Thursday night with a special launch party. Local businesses and food retailers were among the 50 guests at the function that was held at Calm Cafe in Burnham's High Street. More...

Hospital fundraiser tomorrow
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital is to hold its annual music fundraising night this Saturday (October 10th). The group's event, starting at 7.30pm at the Oaktree Arena, will feature music from the King Alfred Concert Band and the New Society Jazz Band. More...

Wildlife photo day announced
BUDDING wildlife photographers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have a chance to get up close to wildlife, under expert tuition, when a wildlife photography day is held. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre is holding a Photography Day on Sunday 18th October open to all. More...

Morrisons closure date revealed
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons store have this week been formally told that the supermarket is set to close down at the end of November. The 100 staff were formally told that the last day of trading at the Burnham-On-Sea store will be Sunday November 29th. More...

Remarkable journey for fawns
TWO very special orphans have been given a second chance thanks to the work of a wildlife charity's carers near Burnham-On-Sea. The two fallow fawns were rescued in the summer and were brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill to be cared for. More...

Jayne inspires musical award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club has launched a new award scheme this week aimed at young performers. Mike Price, a member of the Ritz Acoustic Club whose partner Jayne Young died of Motor Neurone Disease, is providing a bursary for the young performers. More...

Cider Festival this weekend!
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting its annual Cider Festival this weekend with two days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place over the two days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October at The Ritz in Burnham's Victoria Street when all are welcome. More...

Gruelling grading completed
SEVERAL students from Berrow's Fei Lung Kwan Kung Fu Club have successfully completed their Junior Black Sash Grade during a special grading event held in the village. The students were Cerys Thomas, Sophie Butt and Rhiana Sinclair from Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Ruling will cut local water bills
A WATER company which serves thousands of customers across the Burnham-On-Sea area has been told it must cut average water bills by 16% by 2020. The company planned to reduce its bills by just 6%, but regulator Ofwat said it should be 19% instead. More...

Can you help Poppy Appeal?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion has this week issued an appeal for more Poppy Appeal collectors to come forward. The group is seeking volunteers to help in both Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during this autumn's annual collection where the poppies are sold. More...

Business rates overhaul for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea has this week given a mixed welcome to the news that the government is to allow local councils across England to keep the proceeds from business rates raised in their area. Under plans unveiled by Chancellor, local councils will be able to cut the rate. More...

Bid to save village pub boosted
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after their bid to save their village pub was given a major boost. The Watchfield Inn has been closed for over eight months and the Parish Council and residents have fears for its future. More...

Burnham artists work on show
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea artists are displaying their colourful work as part of this month's Somerset Art Weeks. Artists Clive and Sue Hammond­Lovatt, Margaret Micklewright and Cora Stock are showing their latest work at 112 Berrow Road from 10am­5pm each day. More...

Call for street pastors to return
Exclusive: A TOWN councillor has this week called for the re-introduction of street pastors in Burnham-On-Sea. Cllr Janet Keen unveiled the proposals during Monday's Town Council meeting. It is six years since Burnham-On-Sea last had street pastors in place in the town centre. More...

Girls offered football coaching
NATIONAL Girls' Football Week is to be marked in the Burnham-On-Sea area with a special free coaching session for local youngsters this Friday (October 9th). The Football Association has organised the week from 5-11 October to encourage more involvement. More...

Fly-tipping puts mum in court
A DEAL made on Facebook to get rid of rubbish has cost a resident £290 and a 12-month conditional discharge after the rubbish was found fly tipped in a quiet lane outside West Huntspill. At Taunton Magistrates Court, Kimberley Tierney of Weston was fined. More...

Protest over Morrisons closure
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to prevent the closure of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket held up banners during a protest at a Town Council meeting last night (Monday). Staff and residents who are opposed to the store's proposed closure waved banners stating 'save our store' and 'death knell for our town'. More...

'Veil of Apex secrecy' attacked
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week voted to formally oppose controversial proposals to lease part of Apex Park to holiday firm Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal. Proposals to grant Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground lease for the BMX site were considered. More...

New boost for skating rink plan
THE group behind the project to set up a skating rink in Burnham-On-Sea this Christmas is lining up a range of activities to support it. It comes after the organisers from Burnham Events Social Team were last month successful in their grant funding bid. More...

Fort is focus for arts display
A GROUP of artists are bringing the story of Brean Down fort to life for the duration of Somerset Art Weeks between 3rd–18th October. The ‘Sense of Place’ exhibition involves four Somerset-based artists; Donna Vale, Joy Merron, Amanda Boyd and Jon England working alongside a conservation scientist. More...

Kite surfers rescued at Brean
TWO kite surfers in difficulty at Brean Down were rescued by lifeboats on Monday morning (October 5th). Lifeboat crews from Weston were called out just before 11am after a member of the public saw the two apparently in difficulties near the north of Brean Down. More...

Power restored to 96 homes
DOZENS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea town centre were without electricity on Monday following a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that homes in and around Abingdon Street were without supplies following the fault to the network. More...

Civic Awards presented to trio
THREE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with Civic Awards on Sunday (October 4th) in recognition of their service to the local community. Les Barber, Alun Davies and Neville Jones received the honours during the service at St Andrew's Church. More...

Max, 11, leads club's victory
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have scooped nine medals at a regional competition. Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, competed in junior and adult classes at this weekend's Southern Championships. More...

Carnival sponsor announced
A LOCAL firm has this week been announced as the main sponsor of this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Queen. The local business Highbridge Caravans is giving its backing to the popular event, which is set to be held on Monday evening, November 9th. More...

Gala concert held in Burnham
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have scooped nine medals at a regional competition. Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, competed in junior and adult classes at this weekend's Southern Championships. More...

Half Marathon: Video & results
Results & Photos: OVER 170 runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 4th) amid ideal running conditions. Winner Josh Davis, 24, from Nailsea, crossed the finishing line in a fast time during the popular annual event that started at the BASC Ground. More...

Man charged with murder
A 59 year-old man who was arrested on Burnham-On-Sea beach last week on suspicion of murder has been charged by police. David John Lancaster from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has been charged with the murder of a woman in the same last week. More...

Car crashes into ditch on A38
EMERGENCY services were called to help the driver of this car following a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 3rd). The blue Chevrolet left the A38 in the village of Rooksbridge, close to the junction with Mendip Business Park, as pictured here. More...

Clubs join forces to help Lara
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club and Rotary Club have worked together to purchase life-changing equipment for a local young disabled woman. The groups were asked by 'Homes Caring for Autism' whether they could help Lara Baggott, who has various health conditions. More...

Civic Awards service today
THREE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set be honoured for their service to the community this afternoon (Sunday). Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke will lead the annual Civic Service and procession at 3pm to recognise local community heroes. More...

Rebels celebrate cup victory
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway side Somerset Rebels are celebrating becoming 2015 Premier League KO Cup Champions. It follows an exciting performance on Friday in which the Rebels narrowly lost to the Edinburgh Monarchs but won 92-88 on aggregate. More...

Nursing home plans rejected
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursing home's plans for a two storey extension have been turned down this week due to concerns about road safety. Burnham Lodge Nursing Home in Berrow Road applied for permission to build a two-storey extension with 13 bedrooms. More...

Town Half Marathon preview
MORE than 120 runners will be taking part in Sunday's Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon. The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run. Motorists are being advised to take extra care as the runners pass through. More...

£450,000 revamp takes shape
WORK is underway to transform Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre into a state of the art leisure centre thanks to a £450,000 refurbishment scheme. The latest technology is being installed to create a new dance studio and fitness room at the centre. More...

2,000 call for Morrisons rethink
OVER 2,000 people have signed a petition urging Morrisons to rethink the proposed closure of its Burnham-On-Sea store. We first reported last month that the firm had announced the proposed closure of 11 stores across the UK as part of a cost-cutting move. More...

MP on target in archery visit!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has tried his hand at archery during a visit to the Burnham Company of Archers. The group welcomed MP James Heappey as their special guest to present the awards their annual club championships held at the town's BASC sports ground. More...

History unearthed by workmen
WORKMEN building a new petrol station in Highbridge were this week surprised when they began uncovering local history from the earth. Hundreds of perfectly preserved glass bottles have been found in the clay under the site of the new Asda petrol station. More...

Town swim team celebrates
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team has celebrated its second birthday this week and was delighted to learn that the Amateur Swimming Association's National have granted the club a coveted 'swim21 status', delighting the members and management at the academy. More...

Optician marks its tenth year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea opticians has marked its tenth anniversary this week with the start of a 10-day celebration. Specsavers in Burnham High Street has been welcoming customers through its doors since 2005 and is marking the occasion with celebrations over several days. More...

Veterans to ride into Burnham
A GROUP of 30 veterans from the UK and the US are taking part in a 120-mile cycling challenge - which will visit Burnham-On-Sea next week - to aid their rehabilitation after injury. The event, named SR UK, will pass through various points across Somerset and Wiltshire. More...

£100k revamp for town church
A familiar landmark in Burnham-On-Sea is getting a £100,000 overhaul as part of a major new project. Scaffolding has gone up around the main tower of St Andrew's Church in Burnham, as pictured here, to allow the repair to the stonework to get underway. More...

Seafront lions - first opinions
50 concrete lions have been installed on Burnham's seafront this week at the start of a display for Somerset Art Weeks. The concrete structures are symbolically guarding the coastline as part of a unique art project on the Esplanade for the whole of October. More...

Newts hold up firm's expansion
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE company's proposed extension has been turned down by council planners this week due to concerns about Great Crested Newts living on the site. SmithBrewer Limited is based on the Isleport Business Park and applied for full planning permission. More...

Britain's Got Talent in Brean
BUDDING performers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to audition for ITV's Britain’s Got Talent. The team behind the ITV talent show is coming to Brean on Wednesday October 14th to scout for performers for the upcoming new series of the popular TV show. More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A NEW shop officially opened its doors for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea this week. M&F Carpets and Flooring in Abingdon Street is run by husband and wife team Mike and Fiona Fear. The firm, which opened on Monday, stocks a wide range of carpets and vinyls. More...

Coffees raise cash for charity
SEVERAL locations across the Burnham-On-Sea area have held fundraising coffee mornings over the past week as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for charity. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship fundraiser. 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

.2015/14 NEWS ARCHIVE

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