2006 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
attend Legion service
across the south west converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon
(October 1st) for the unveiling of the British Legion's new branch
standard. VIPs from branches in Somerset attended a special parade
along The Esplanade then attended a service in St Andrew's Church.
marathon results, video
of runners pounded the streets of Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday
October 1st) during the town's annual half marathon. The weather
promised to be wet, but it was fine at the 11am start where crowds
cheered off the runners from the town's BASC ground. More...
up your computer skills!
residents are being invited to brush up their computer skills
during a series of training courses in the town. Using up-to-date
computer equipment at the town's BAY centre, Lewis Jones and Mike
Turner are giving the public a chance to learn computer skills.
injured swan rescued
AN INJURED swan
which had swallowed a fishing hook and line was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea
hovercraft group's inshore lifeboat crew on Saturday, September
30th. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre contacted BARB, the
charity that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft, for help after
the bird was spotted.
of stolen art released
artist has appealed for the safe return of four of her paintings
which have been stolen during an exhibition at the town's Community
Centre. Catherine Metcalf told Burnham-On-Sea.com that she is
"extremely upset" by the theft of the four prints.
vehicles taken off the road
police launched a major operation to crack down on speeding motorists
along the town's seafront on Thursday night (Sep 28th). In
an operation lasting the whole evening, eleven vehicles were taken
off the road and five fixed penalty notices were issued.
rides into town on UK tour
postman who is peddling his way around the British Isles, visiting
every RNLI station in the country, called in at Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Will Blight started in April and is two thirds of the
way to completing his target of visiting all 198 lifeboat stations.
Live video news updates
has added a live national TV news feed to its recently launched
Video News section. By teaming up with the Reuters news
agency, we now offer constantly-updated international news alongside
our own Burnham video news footage. More...
injured in Berrow kitchen blaze
and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the centre of Berrow
on Thursday evening (Sep 28th) after a fire in a bungalow injured
one person. Paramedics treated a lady for the effects of smoke
inhalation and burns after the blaze started at 4.40pm.
blacked out by fault
fault on one of Burnham's decorative lights was likely to blame
for a six-night blackout along the town's seafront earlier this
County Council's street lighting team were called to the Esplanade
after 17 street lights were knocked out.
grant windfall for towns
and Highbridge were handed a major financial boost on Wednesday
(Sep 27th) when the towns received thousands of pounds of grant
District Council's Executive decided to direct more than £115,000
of funds into the towns.
to expand in 2007
successful Folkfest is set to return in 2007 as a three-day event.
The inaugural event was held over two days earlier this month
and attracted such large numbers of musicians and fans that organisers
have decided to expand it next year with a third day.
tides threat for Burnham
forecasts of gusty winds and stormy conditions for Burnham-On-Sea
during early October are being closely watched by Environment
Agency bosses as they plan for the area's next round of record
high tides. The
forecasts are for October 7-9.
new homes win approval
to build 16 homes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were given
the go-ahead by planners on Tuesday (Sep 26th). Chelvey
Homes had submitted an application to demolish a bungalow in Huntspill
Road and replace it with the new homes.
firm loses planning bid
planning application to turn a shop in the centre of Burnham into
a taxi office has been turned down by planners this week. Members
of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee decided on Tuesday
(Sep 26th) that enforcement action is needed.
arrested after huge blaze
have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a major barn
fire at East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, and a separate blaze
at a nearby recycling centre in the early hours of Sunday (Sep
24th). Police said two people aged 18 and 21 had been held.
check-up for Hinkley
AN inspection of the nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point B power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been brought forward amid reports
of new safety fears. It follows checks on reactors at Scotland's
Hunterston plant, which showed problems with cracked pipes. More...
hike up RNLI funds
A GROUP of
generous pub regulars from Bristol put their best feet forward
in the name of charity when they raised almost £1,000 for
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI from a sponsored walk from to Brean. Asa Davies
and other regulars held a sponsored walk from Burnham to Brean.
to benefit from film show
BURNHAM-on-Seas Ritz Cinema is to hold a special gala
screening of a major new sea-rescue blockbuster called The
Guardian in aid of BARB, the charity that runs the towns
rescue hovercraft. Starring Kevin Costner, the film is an exciting
story of courage. More...
fighting tips for group
security and crime prevention tips have been given to members
of the Burnbridge Diabetes Group by Police Community Support Officers
in Burnham-On-Sea. A
special talk on home security was given by PCSOs Gill Udall and
leads Foley Parkway talks
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, visited the town's controversial Frank
Foley Parkway at the weekend amid renewed efforts to find a solution.
The MP held talks with county council bosses in a bid to push
forward the completion of the unfinished road.
sign praises litter pickers
sign has been unveiled along Burnham-On-Sea's Queen's Drive this
week to recognise the Rotary Club's efforts to keep the road litter-free.
Deputy Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Dave Parry, formally
unveiled the new sign on Sunday (Sep 24th).
Centre extension opened
HIGHBRIDGE paralympic medal winner Anthony Stevens cut the
ribbon to officially open a brand new £200,000
extension at the Burnham Area Youth Centre on Sunday afternoon
(Sep 24th). Crowds gathered at the BAY Centre in Cassis
Close for a special open day. More...
Centre website launched
A NEW official Website for the Burnham Area Youth Centre launched
on Sunday afternoon (Sep 24th). Hosted on Burnham-On-Sea.com,
the BAY Centre Website provides news, what's on information, photos
and background details about the busy, popular facility. More...
crews tackle huge blaze
FIRE crews from across Somerset
tackled a huge blaze on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea in the
early hours of Sunday. The fire service received numerous calls
from the public at 1am alerting them to a fire at Church Road
in East Huntspill. On arrival, they found two large five-bay barns
well alight. More...
fans flock to festival
country and western music fans are preparing to gather in Brean,
near Burnham-On-Sea, for this year's ten-day Brean Country Music
2006 event takes place between September 28th and October 7th
and will attract crowds of music fans. More...
gets new 'green' expert
A NEW Conservation
Officer for Burnham-On-Sea who will help with environmental
projects and work on 'heritage regeneration' in the town has been
appointed this week. English Heritage and
Sedgemoor District Council are jointly funding the new position.
group marks 20th year
A GROUP of
Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are celebrating the 20th year
of their organisation, during which time they have raised a mammoth
£150,000 for the purchase of medical equipment in the town.
The Community Medical Equipment Fund was formed in 1986.
nears for homes bid
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 16 homes on the outskirts of
Burnham-On-Sea could be decided by planners next week. In August,
Chelvey Homes had submitted an application to demolish a bungalow
at 55a Huntspill Road and replace it with new homes. More...
'makeover' for fountain?
fountain in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to be given a
makeover to mark next year's golden jubilee of the Queen. Under
proposals unveiled this week, the 109 year-old structure at the
junction of Sea View Road could be overhauled.
on Xmas lights due
Chamber Of Trade is due to hear this week whether its application
for a £2,500 grant from Sedgemoor District Council to update
the town's Christmas lights is to be given the green light. The
Grants Award Panel is due to decide on a funding
over cat flap burglars
warning residents in Burnham-On-Sea not to get caught napping
by leaving cat flaps insecure. The warning comes after
a spate of incidents in the Somerset West region - which covers
Burnham - when homes have been broken into after entry via a cat
Centre's official opening
new-look Burnham Area Youth Centre is set to be officially opened
this weekend following a major revamp. The
BAY Centre in Casis Close has been brought up to date and fully
renovated during the last two years following a big fundraising
campaign and lottery grant. More...
market to return
continental market looks set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during
the town's popular carnival weekend. Proposals
unveiled this week by Burnham Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie
the market will be held on Sunday November 5th. More...
died after cliff fall
student from Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, drowned after falling
from a coastal path in Greece, an inquest heard this week. Taunton
Coroner's Court was told how a barman battled to save Catrine
Basil, 17, after spotting her body floating in the sea.
autumn hose ban for town
of autumn hosepipe restrictions being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea
remains very low despite falling reservoir levels in our area,
Bristol Water said this week. Cheddar
Reservoir, which supplies the town, is now just 62% full - down
from 86% full in July. More...
defences under scrutiny
residents will have a chance to find out more about Somerset's
flood defences when the Environment
Agency holds an open meeting in Brent
Knoll next month. The
Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee is being held at the Battleborough
raise £4,200 for BARB
80 golfers putted, chipped and drove their way around the fairways
of Brean Golf Course, raising a bumper £4,200 for BARB,
the charity that runs Burnham's hovercraft. Sixteen
teams competed in Coast Radio's Charity Day, which was won by
a local team. More...
gas leak posed no risk
was injured and scores of staff were evacuated at Hinkley Point
power station near Burnham-On-Sea when three tonnes of Carbon
Dioxide escaped during an incident last week. British Energy said
on Monday (Sep 18th) that local people should not be worried.
queen search begins
search has begun for a carnival queen and princesses to lead this
year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. The
annual competition to find a queen and two princesses is set to
be held on Friday, October 13th at the Farmer's Tavern in Brean
We have full entry details. More...
marathon entries to close
in Burnham-On-Sea have just a few days left to submit their entries
for the town's annual half marathon, which is set to return in
October. The Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon restarted last year
after a 12 year absence and will be held on Sunday, October 1st.
boat rescued in Brue
hour bid to retrieve a sunken fishing boat from the treacherous
banks of the River Brue ended successfully on Sunday (Sep 17th)
when the craft was refloated with the help of Burnham's rescue
hovercraft. BARB was called to help refloat the 21ft cruiser.
meets Burnham artists
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory was in town on Sunday
afternoon (Sep 17th) to visit some of the artists exhibiting their
work during Somerset Art Weeks 2006. He visited Phil and Judy
Sharp in Stoppard Road to see their collection of paintings and
anglers reel in eels
MORE than 80 anglers
lined the water's edge at Burnham on Sunday afternoon (September
17th) when scores of eels were caught during a beach fishing competition.
A total of 83 anglers took part in the four hour event, which
said had gone very well.
lovers flock to Burnham
ART enthusiasts from across the country are flocking to Burnham-On-Sea
this week to visit scores of exhibits during Somerset Art Weeks
2006. For a fortnight from September 9th and 24th, artists and
makers across Somerset are extending a warm invite to the public.
ambulance called to Brean
AN 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital by air ambulance
on Thursday afternoon (Sep 14th) after being struck by a vehicle
in the centre of Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. The young girl was
walking with an eight-year-old friend along Coast Road when they
were struck. More...
hoax 999 callers arrested
were arrested on Thursday (Sep 14th) after making a series of
hoax 999 calls which included one to the Coastguard claiming that
people were trapped in mud on a beach near Burnham-On-Sea. A
total of 12 'emergency' calls were made to police.
Mayor at charity party
Second Deputy Mayor helped to celebrate the first anniversary
of a town charity shop's collector's club this week. Cllr
David Poole cut a special birthday cake at the Sue Ryder shop
in the town's High Street to mark the first anniversary of club.
champ visits Burnham
darts champion Keith Deller was in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
(Sep 14th) to compete in a pub's celebrity darts tournament. The
player was at The Lighthouse in Highbridge Road to take on the
pub's regulars in a special tournament over three legs. More...
in warehouse attack
stole thousand of pounds of high-tech equipment during a warehouse
raid on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours
of Wednesday (September 13th). They
targeted a building on the Isleport Business Park owned by a communications
investigate sex attack
POLICE are investigating a sex attack in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea,
just weeks after two girls were allegedly attacked in neighbouring
Highbridge. In the latest incident, an 18-year-old homeless girl
says she was attacked in Technical Street on August 29th.
tremor shakes Burnham
A SMALL earth
tremor briefly shook Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area during
mid-August, it has been confirmed this week. News
of the small quake came when we contacted the British Geological
Survey after receiving an e-mail from a resident who felt the
champion visits town
darts champion Keith Deller will be in Burnham-On-Sea this week
to compete in a pub's celebrity darts tournament. The
player will be at The Lighthouse in Highbridge Road on Thursday
night (Sep 14th) where he'll take on the pub's regulars. More...
damage not serious
a power cable on Burnham-On-Sea's famous beach lighthouse has
not caused any interruption to its power supply, the town's Harbour
Master confirmed on Monday (Sep 11th). The
main power cable that provides electricity to the vital navigational
light is damaged. More...
race may visit Burnham
annual Tour of Britain cycle race could pass near to Burnham-On-Sea
after a deal was signed this week to bring the popular race to
Somerset each year from 2007 until 2011. The
County Council has agreed a deal that will see Somerset as a focal
point for the race.
tenants get their say
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to express
their views about a new 'arms length' management organisation
that has been set up to oversee their homes. A series of meetings
and displays are to be held in coming days.
special: Civic Service
LEADING figures from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented
with civic awards for their service to the community on Sunday
(September 10th). The High Sheriff of Somerset, Brigadier Alastair
Fyfe, handed over the awards at King Alfred School. More...
ceremony held in sea
SIX MEMBERS of
a Burnham-On-Sea church waded into the waters of Bridgwater Bay
on Sunday morning, September 10th, to be baptized in a ceremony
in the sea. The Community Church members picked the sea instead
of the usual swimming pool.
tide passes with no floods
turned out to watch one of Burnham's highest tides for several
years on Saturday evening (September 9th), but calm weather meant
the threatened flooding did not materialise. The Environment Agency
issued a Flood Watch for Burnham-On-Sea.
rods thunder into town
classic American hot rods and trucks thundered through Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (September 9th) in a mass procession of enthusiasts'
vehicles. The Blue Ridge Runners hold their cruise each year at
this time and made through Highbridge and Burnham.
entries at Ritz craft show
bear with a gardening theme scooped one of the top awards at Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Ritz Club Produce and Craft Show on Saturday (September
9th). Jenny Taylor said she was "thrilled to bits" to
have won the trophy for the show's best craft entries.
Radio may go full-time
radio station Coast Radio is considering becoming a permanent
all-year-round service from next year. Owner Josh Haywood, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the station's second summer
of broadcasts had been highly successful.
signs to be repaired
signs at a controversial Burnham-On-Sea road junction are set
to be repaired during the next fortnight after being damaged in
a car accident. The diversion signs along The Frank Foley Parkway
were damaged by a vehicle travelling at speed. More...
of otters progressing well
otters rescued in January this year are embarking on the next
stage of their preparations for life in the great outdoors. The
three siblings - females Splish and Splash and their brother Splosh
- have been reared by Secret World's staff near Burnham.
award for Pubwatch boss
behind Burnham-On-Sea's successful Pubwatch scheme has this week
been presented with a top award for his work in reducing pub crime
in the town. Keith Holman, who runs The Lighthouse pub in Highbridge
Road, was nominated by Burnham-On-Sea police.
tides: When to watch
is set to see some of its highest tides in years over the next
few days. And while fears about potential flooding have receded
with the calm weather, the huge tides are certain to attract plenty
Saturday's tides will be the highest. More...
festival tickets on sale
eighth annual Berrow Classical Chamber Music Festival is set to
get underway later this month at
the village's picturesque St Mary's Church. A
series of three evening concerts will be performed by members
of Goya between September 21st and 23rd. More...
handed seafront book
A NEW book
featuring the drawings and text from Burnham-On-Sea's new seafront
information panels has been officially presented to the town's
Mayor this week. The information panels were unveiled along the
seafront by Cllr Neville Jones and Mike Murphy in August.
fisherman is banned
has been banned from elver fishing for two years after being caught
using an illegal net on the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea.
The Environment Agency said on Wednesday (September 6th) that
Jason Riddle had also been fined £140 and had his net confiscated.
dental provision attacked
of NHS dental provision in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge is "unacceptable"
and needs to be addressed by health bosses according to town councillors
this week. Councillor Joanna Burridge said there are too few dentists
offering NHS dental services.
rehearsals for town show
are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group, which is preparing
to perform its annual show this weekend. The Burnham Excellent
Entertainment Society (BEES) are performing the hit musical Annie
at the town's The Princess Theatre.
tides flood threat recedes
this coming weekend's exceptionally high tides could cause flooding
in Burnham-On-Sea have eased with the latest forecast showing
the weather is likely to remain calm. The Environment Agency had
warned coastal towns could be at risk from the high tides.
race is runaway success
40 local runners paced across the sands at Berrow this week during
the annual Burnham Beach Race. Organised by the Burnham Harriers
running group, the 10km event was won by Steve Masters of Wells
in a time of 35 minutes, 18 seconds.
launches new pilot boat
brand new pilot boat was officially launched on Tuesday evening
(Sep 5th) in a ceremony at the town's sailing club. Sally Denbee,
the wife of the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, poured
a bottle of local cider champagne over the boat.
Club gives cash boost
local worthy causes have this week received large handouts of
cash from Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. The presentation of £2,100
each to Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre and Highbridge's National
Blind Childrens Society came after a busy year of fundraising.
jobs axed in Highbridge
THE Highbridge-based National Blind Children's Society has
axed the jobs of 35 of its telemarketing staff just a month after
announcing it was putting its lottery fundraising activities under
review. The charity had suffered a fall in income from its lottery.
£300,000 kids centre planned
build a brand new £300,000 children's centre in Burnham-On-Sea
moved a step closer on Monday (Sep 4th) when the county council
unveiled plans for the building to town councillors. The proposed
building was originally proposed for the centre of Burnham.
RAF plaque for seafront
A BRAND new
plaque has been unveiled on Burnham seafront to celebrate 60 years
of the Royal Air Forces Association, Burnham-On-Sea and District
branch. A number of RAF personnel attended the official unveiling
on Monday (September 4th) along with town Mayor Eric Gill.More...
Civic Award winner dies
of a Burnham-On-Sea man who has died just days before he was set
to receive a Civic Award have this week collected his award on
his behalf. Tim and Alan Heal received the Civic Award that Mayor
Eric Gill was due to present to Hector, 88, this Sunday (Sep 10th).
rescued by RNLI crew
with two fishermen onboard was towed to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's
RNLI crew after it broke down on an ebbing tide near Stert Island
on Monday evening (September 4th). Global Marine, a D-class lifeboat,
was launched at 5pm to recover the 14-foot speedboat.
service award for Alan
Burnham-On-Sea's longest serving members of the Special Constabulary
has retired after 21 years in the job. Alan Matthews has become
a familiar face in the Burnham and Highbridge areas throughout
his years of service, which began when he joined as a special
in search drama
COASTGUARDS were called to the River Axe estuary at Brean
Down on Sunday night (September 3rd) after three youngsters dialled
999 after getting lost. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston used
searchlights to find the boys - aged 17, 14 and 13 - on the banks
of the river. More...
enjoy 'Folk In The Park'
summer weather and a great line-up musicians attracted large crowds
to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (September
3rd) for the town's annual Folk In The Park concert. This year's
six-hour event started at noon.
special: FolkFest 2006
music events are being held across Burnham-On-Sea during a two-day
folk music festival this weekend (September 2nd and 3rd). Musicians
from across the country are gathering in the town for FolkFest
2006 to play a varied mixture of live music.
expansion is rejected
TESCO will not be given permission to expand its Burnham-On-Sea
store in Love Lane. On Friday (September 1st), the Department
of Communities and Local Government published its report into
the supermarket's bid to double its store - and it was bad news
for Tesco. More...
threat to town recedes
exceptionally high tides could cause flooding in Burnham-On-Sea
have eased with the news that the weather is likely to remain
calm. The Environment Agency had warned coastal towns could be
at risk from the high tides on September 8th, 9th and 10th.
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