2009 Burnham-On-Sea 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
tackled at holiday park
were the scenes at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Wednesday
evening (September 30th) when a fire crew was called to tackle
a blaze. A team of firefighters used a single hose reel jet to
extinguish the fire in a waste compressor at Home Farm Holiday
Park, as pictured here.
bug hits town school
An outbreak of the highly contagious viral illness Hand, Foot
and Mouth has broken out at a Highbridge School, we can confirm.
Burnham-On-Sea.com understands several pupils have gone down with
the highly infectious bug and are currently away from St JOhn's
School in Highbridge.
store deal falls through
SUBWAY'S hopes of opening a fast food store in Burnham-On-Sea
this autumn have been dashed after a deal to acquire a town centre
premises fell through. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns a deal to turn
the current JJ Welsh's restaurant into a Subway has been scrapped
after the owner pulled out.
eel caught off Burnham
23lb 9oz conger eel was the catch of the day when Burnham-On-Sea's
first boat fishing competition of the winter season was held on
Sunday (September 27th). Bristol fisherman Jeff Clarke reeled
in the eel to win the first event of Burnham-On-Sea Boat Owners'
new season. More...
crew tackles trees blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to a West Huntspill farm on
Monday evening (September 28th) after several trees were set alight.
The firefighters rushed to the property in Withy Road at 6.20pm
after an out-of-control bonfire spread to two trees. Crews used
a thermal imaging camera and a hose reel jet to bring it under
pensioner's 13,000ft leap
the moment a plucky 72-year-old from Burnham-On-Sea leapt out
of a plane at 13,000ft to fulfill a lifetime ambition and raise
thousands of pounds for charity. Malcolm Hill told Burnham-On-Sea.com
how his "exhilarating" jump with the Red Devils Parachute
Regiment Freefall Team last Friday had been the "most wonderful
experience of his life." More...
renovation starts... at last
SCAFFOLDING was installed outside the fire-ravaged Highbridge
Hotel on Monday (September 28th) as work to renovate the property
finally gets underway. This
week's work comes 17 months after the property
was left in an unstable condition following
a huge fire in April 2008. More...
in river bank drama
police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the banks
of the River Parrett on Monday afternoon (September 28th) after
a walker suffering suspected heart problems dialled 999 for help.
The emergency services were called to an area of the river at
West Huntspill at around 3.40pm.
boost for hovercraft charity
A BUSY summer of fundraising at a Brean caravan
park has raised over £5,000 for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft charity. Dozens of holidaymakers at Diamond Farm in
the village have taken part in a series of events, ranging from
hair colouring sessions to auctions and raffle for BARB. More...
lost 15 stone in 15 months'
BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has lost an incredible 15 stones in 15
months says he has a total new lease of life and is planning to
climb the highest mountain in Africa. Keith Mitchell of Winchester
Road has twice won a National Slimathon competition in recognition
of his efforts. More...
in fighting mood at Brean!
MP was in fighting mood when he visited Brean's annual Country
Music Festival on Sunday (September 27th). David Heathcoat-Amory
met business owners and chatted with music fans, including one
dressed as an 1860s American Sharp Shooter, pictured here. More...
pulled through Brean
TWO-mile sponsored pull of Burnhams rescue hovercraft through
the streets of Brean raised hundreds of pounds for BARB, the charity
behind the life-saving rescue service, on Sunday (September 27th).
The Light Of Elizabeth was tugged along Coast Road by the group
of country and western fans. More...
hurt after jet skiers collide
people were hurt after two water skiers collided at a water park
near Woolavington on Saturday afternoon (September 26th). Three
fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea, plus a special
rescue unit from Bridgwater and a rescue tender from Taunton were
called to Middlemoor Water Park at 3.10pm.
probe launched by police
POLICE have launched an investigation
after a car collided into the roof support of a Burnham-On-Sea
petrol station and then allegedly sped off. CCTV footage of the
incident on the forecourt of the Esso petrol station in Love Lane
is being used to try and find the motorist. More...
called to walkers
of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was diverted from a beach
training session on Saturday (September 26th) to check on the
safety of four people spotted walking across the mudflats at Brean.
The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was training at Berrow at 3.30pm
when it was tasked to investigate. More...
march held in Berrow
in Berrow held another protest on Saturday (September 26th) as
part of their long-running campaign to get a pavement introduced
along Coast Road. Berrow's Local Action Team organised the protest
in order to put pressure onto Somerset County Council to re-consider
its decision not to fund a pathway. More...
raises a mug for charity
Mayor was among hundreds of local people raising their coffee
cups for charity on Friday (September 25th) when the 'Worlds
Biggest Coffee Morning' was held. The Friends of Apex Park joined
in the nationwide event, in addition to numerous pother groups
in the Burnham area. More...
haw! Country week is back
of country and western music fans are in Brean for the resort's
annual Country Music Festival, which started on Thursday (Sepember
24th). The festival runs until Sunday 4th October and, as with
previous festivals, top names in country music are performing.
hopes of regeneration cash
A group of Burnham-On-Sea residents made a last-ditch attempt
to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds towards funding the
town's regeneration plans on Thursday (September 24th). Neville
Jones, Alex Turco, Tony Lnyham and John Edwards (pictured) travelled
to Taunton to attend the AGM of the South West Regional Development
appeal after garage theft
police have this week issued CCTV photos of two men they want
to speak to following a theft from a garage shop in Burnham-On-Sea.
The men took alcohol without paying from Central Garage in Berrow
Road at about 10.15pm on July 27th - but were captured on security
work nears completion
Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Derek Cooper, is sponsoring a
concert in aid of The Friends of Burnham Hospital, to help boost
its funds during the ongoing redevelopment project. The event
will take place at The Princess on Friday 16th October - and tickets
are now on sale in the town. More...
attack charity shop
have left a charity in Burnham-On-Sea with a repair bill for hundreds
of pounds after smashing a window during a break-in this week.
The front window of Sue Ryder Care in the High Street has been
boarded up after vandals broke the front window late on Sunday
woman goes on display
artist Clive Hammond-Lovatt has constructed this huge Victorian
Lady, made from willow, for Somerset Art Weeks. The huge structure
is on show at Musgrove Willows in Westonzoyland for the festival,
which runs for the fortnight from September 19th to October 4th.
post' sounded for box
box in Brean which was in the spotlight earlier this year after
we reported a post man had been bitten by a snake hiding inside
is to be permanently discontinued. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that
Royal Mail has decided that the post box at Brean Cove is to be
completely removed on health and safety grounds.
look at £330k pool plans
THE proposed £330,000 expansion
of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy took a step forward
this week with the formal submission of the plans, which are pictured
here for the first time. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin want a modern,
two-storey extension. More...
holds FolkFest screening
fans can grab their 1970s glam gear and sing along at a special
screening of smash hit movie musical Mamma Mia! in aid
of FolkFest 2010 next month. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is screening
the movie on October 5th and will donate cash to the folk festival.
'Town resilient in recession'
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea are proving resilient to the
recession despite continuing difficult trading conditions, the
town's MP said this week after a special visit to the town centre.
David Heathcoat-Amory called in at several businesses
during his walkabout in the town. More...
drama at Highbridge home
army bomb disposal team was called to Highbridge on Tuesday
(September 22nd) after a gardener uncovered part of a wartime
bomb shell. Police were called to a property in Isleport Lane
just before 11am when the resident found the metallic object,
which turned out to be part of a wartime bomb shell.
car wash raises over £300
than £300 was raised by Highbridge's Dreamscheme and Burnham
Fire Service when both teams joined forces to hold a fundraising
car wash at the town's fire station on Saturday (September 19th).
Burnham's firemen were helped by young members of the Dreamscheme
mast decision approaches
phone giant O2's bid to build a five metre tall phone mast on
top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema looks set to be finally decided
next month. The
Planning Inspectorate is holding a public inquiry on the proposals
on Wednesday 7th October in the town's Princess Hall, which is
scheduled to last two days.
Orville coming to Burnham!
Keith Harris is set to bring his puppet Orville the duck to Burnham-On-Sea
for a night of adult comedy this November. Tickets have just gone
on sale for the special event, which will be held at Home Farm
Holiday Park on the night of Saturday November 14th. More...
Alfred reunion planned
Alfred School pupils from 1980 to 1985 are searching for old classmates
for a reunion to be held in October. Around eight friends including
Darren Noad, Sue nee Baker, Adrian Guy, Nicola nee Putt and Nicola
nee Solomon, are organising the event on Satirday Ocober 3rd.
day for town's fire crews
fire crews had a busy start to the week, dealing with two incidents
in three hours on Monday (September 21st). Two people were treated
for smoke inhalation after a faulty washing machine caused a fire
in a conservatory at West Huntspill. A man and a woman were treated
at the scene. More...
of fun for tennis club
Avenue Tennis Club celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special
Centenary Open Day at the weekend. The Open Day, held on Saturday
(19th September), attracted large numbers of current and past
members, plus supporters and families.
set to return this winter
will be returning to Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea
this winter during the run-up to Christmas. One of the countrys
best known circus troupes, Circus Americano, will return to the
site at Brent Knoll and host shows from December 7th until January
3rd, 2010. More...
praises care homes staff
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has visited two care homes treating
autistic people in the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory began his visit
at Stafford Lodge before moving on to Holly Tree Cottage where
he was served lunch by one of the care home's residents, Robin
assaulted in night time attack
in Burnham-On-Sea are investigating an alleged assault in the
town which occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning (September
20th). A 30 year-old man was attacked as he walked home along
Oxford Street after a night out with friends. He was treated by
paramedics a short time later.
off to celebrating students!
students from Burnham and Highbridge were among those celebrating
as they were honoured at a graduation ceremony held by Weston
College. Lauren Organ, of Finches Way, and Hayley Dudley of Briar
Court, both graduated with Foundation Degrees. More...
athlete's day of success
well-known sporting faces from Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating
on Sunday (September 20th) after a momentous day at a leading
event in France. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run the Burnham
Swim and Sports Academy, have been competing at the 11th annual
World Biathle Championships in Monaco.
angler lands bumper catch
reeled in this huge skate while fishing from Burnham-On-Sea's
beach on Sunday evening (September 20th). Paul Skeen from West
Huntspill netted the fish, thought to weigh around 20lb, while
fishing in the mouth of the River Brue near Burnham-On-Sea Yacht
roar into action for charity
Deputy Mayor and Mayoress officially started a fundraising bike
ride in aid of a local charity on Sunday morning (September 20th).
Danny Titcombe and his partner Jo Hughes sounded a horn at the
Bristol Bridge Inn to send more than 20 bikers on their way. More...
attend civic service
from across Somerset gathered in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Sunday afternoon (September 20th) for the annual Sedgemoor
Civic Service. Mayors and Mayoresses from across the county attended
the special service in West Huntspill, including local councillors.
9, climbs tennis ladder
member of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy is proving
a smash hit. Tom Colls, 9, has finished third in the Taunton Mini
Tennis Green Series, held over the past few months - much to the
delight of the Academy's staff and coaches. Fifteen boys entered
from Somerset, Devon and Avon. More...
team celebrate in Highbridge
of Highbridge's entry into the Britain In Bloom competition were
celebrating over the weekend after winning an award in their first
year in the contest. As first reported last Thursday by Burnham-On-Sea.com,
Burnham won a silver award in the Sargent Cup while Highbridge
went one better by scooping a silver gilt.
weeks displays get underway
work of dozens of local artists has gone on display across the
Burnham-On-Sea area with the start of Somerset Art Weeks. Over
450 artists are showcasing their work in 98 venues across Somerset,
from September 19th to October 4th, at group exhibitions and displays.
quilt to be raffled by U3A
PATCHWORK quilt that has taken eight months to complete by talented
members of Burnham-On-Sea's University Of The Third Age is being
raffled to raise funds for the town's Community Centre. Eleven
members of the U3A Patchwork Group have spent the year completing
the piece. More...
chief seeks volunteers
and Highbridge's new police inspector is hoping to boost the number
of local police volunteers in the two towns. We reported earlier
this month that Roger Tolley had returned to Burnham, where he
was the Inspector for five years. He worked in Taunton for two
and a half years. More...
star at speedway event
Cricket Captain Justin Langer was among the VIP guests at Burnham-On-Sea's
Oaktree Arena on Friday evening (September 18th) for a testimonial
speedway meeting for long-time rider Mark Lemon. The veteran of
105 tests has been a key factor in helping Somerset to get to
the top of top-flight cricket. More...
duo reach their goals!
young footballers from Burnham-On-Sea have reached their goal
of securing places at Somerset FAs Centre of Excellence.
Megan Robinson, 8, and Karis Durrant, 9, were two of just seven
girls chosen at the trials involving more than 50 hopefuls from
across the whole of the county. More...
and their parents in Burnham-On-Sea joined a nationwide celebration
to mark the growth of childrens centres across the UK on Friday
(September 18th). Burnham's Octopus Centre in Winchester Road
marked the Sure Start Children's Centre Week with a range of activities.
talks held at junction
THE safety of a busy Burnham-On-Sea
road junction was in the spotlight on Thursday (September 17th)
when councillors met a road engineer to discuss much-needed improvements.
want improvements made to the Pier Street junction where
they claimed an 'accident is waiting to happen.
In Bloom delight for towns
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's entries in the Britain In Bloom
competition were celebrating on Thursday (September 17th) after
winning sought-after awards. Burnham won a silver award, while
Highbridge went one better and received a silver gilt in its first
year in the competition. More...
cyclists speed through area
gathered along roads in Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill today
(Thursday, September 17th) when dozens of cyclists taking part
in the Tour of Britain sped through the Burnham-On-Sea area.
96 riders travelled through Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill on
their way to Bridgwater.
protest marches planned
in Berrow are to hold another two protest marches as part of their
long-running campaign to get a pavement introduced along Coast
Local Action Team has announced protests on Saturday 26th September
and Saturday 24th October, both starting 11am at Berrow Church.
high voltage lines for area
NEW 37-mile 400,000 volt overhead pylon line connecting Hinkley
Point to a new sub-station in Avonmouth is likely to run through
the Burnham-On-Sea area, it was announced on Wednesday (September
National Grid has been asked to connect the proposed new
nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to the sub-station near
cyclists to pass our area
triple Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will be cycling through
the Burnham-On-Sea area tomorrow (Thursday Septenber 17th) when
he competes in the 2009 Tour of Britain.
first day of the South West Stage of the race will travel through
East Huntspill and Mark. More...
backs schools merger
planned merger of two Highbridge schools moved a step closer on
Wednesday (September 16th) when the County Council's Cabinet gave
its thumbs-up to the plans. Proposals to amalgamate Beechfield
Infants School and St Johns Church of England Junior School
are being considered by Somerset County Council. More...
a plate of Berrow nettles?
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant
have quite literally 'grasped the nettle' by launching a new menu
featuring a rissotto made of local stinging nettles! The freshly-picked
stingers, which come from Berrow, are being dished up at Crowdys
in Cross Street as part of its new autumn menu. More...
welcome move of ugly bins
group of Burnham-On-Sea traders who have been campaigning to get
a set of "ugly" recycling bins moved away from the town's
only coach park are celebrating this week. Somerset
Waste Partnership confirmed on Tuesday (September 15th) that the
recycling facilities in the Pier Street car park are to be moved
to the nearby Lynton Road car park instead.
pubs in Good Beer Guide
pubs and a brewery in the Burnham-On-Sea area have made it into
the new Good Beer Guide 2010, published this week by the Campaign
For Real Ale. The 37th annual edition of the pub guide shines
the spotlight on 4,500 of the country's top real ale pubs, says
its authors. More...
sign school merger petition
than 30 parents have signed a petition calling for the proposed
merger of two Highbridge schools to be halted. As
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in April, proposals to amalgamate
Beechfield Infants School and St Johns Church of England
Junior School are being considered by Somerset County Council.
kitten put down by vets
KITTEN that was found dumped in a plastic bag next to a road in
East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, last weekend has been put
down. The animal was taken to a vet surgery by wildlife rescue
charity Secret World after being found in a poor condition in
New Road last Saturday. More...
do well in Bulgaria
members of Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs gymnastics club travelled
to Bulgaria at the weekend to take part in a top competition and
came home with armfuls of medals and trophies. Mixed pair Ashley
Payne and Katie Hoskins won three silver medals each and there
was success for the others too. More...
fight plans for flats
group of Burnham-On-Sea residents who are opposing plans to build
a two-storey block of flats next to their homes spoke out against
the proposals at a town council meeting on Monday evening (September
14th). The group is concerned about the scheme to build a two-storey
extension consisting of four one bedroom flats at Brue House in
photos: Sea baptism service
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea churchgoer waded
into the sea near the town's jetty on Sunday afternoon (September
13th) to be baptised in a special ceremony. Watched by her family
and friends, Jamie Craig took the plunge in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham
Community Church holds several baptisms each year. More...
arrested for shoplifting
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been arrested and charged with theft
after leaving the town's Asda store at the weekend with a trolley-load
of shopping. The
39 year-old man was caught by officers in Bank Street after allegedly
leaving the store with a trolley
full of goods that had not been paid for. More...
give MP a grilling
MP found questions from school students can be tougher than in
the House of Commons when he visited Highbridge's King Alfred
School on Monday (September 14th). During the visit, Mr Heathcoat-Amory
faced two question-and-answer sessions and met several teachers.
help sessions to begin
in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to pop into the town's Princess
Hall for help and advice on housing and benefits issues from later
this month. Sedgemoor District Council is launching the free weekly
advice sessions at the buildiung from Tuesday 22nd September.
anger over legal threat
angry Highbridge businessman has this week accused Sedgemoor District
Council of hindering business in the town after being told to
remove these advertising signs or face legal action. Russell Chedzoy
of Baytree Upholstery has been told to take down the signs on
the side of his property at the junction of Church Street and
Grange Avenue, pictured here.
swaps city suit for wet suit!
MP experienced at first hand the work of the town's marine rescue
services on Sunday (September 13th) when he was 'rescued' during
a joint training exercise. David Heathcoat-Amory had a flight
in a rescue hovercraft and a trip on a lifeboat when he became
a 'casualty' and was retrieved by the crews of BARB and the RNLI.
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donation for Steven
A DISABLED man in Burnham-On-Sea has
been handed a life-changing piece of mobility equipment thanks
to a charity's help. The Burnham Community Medical Equipment Fund
has provided half the £2,000 needed to buy a vital mobility
hoist for Steven Heywood, who lives in Highbridge. More...
car wash this Saturday
of Highbridge's Dreamscheme youth group will be helping wash cars
when the town's fire brigade hold their annual charity car wash
this Saturday (19th September). The youngsters will be working
alongside the fire team between 10am and 2pm to get vehicles cleaned.
club celebrates 30th!
of a long-running Burnham-On-Sea club for people with learning
disabilities have been celebrating the group's 30th anniversary.
Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club held its annual awards night
of the group received accolades for their work. More...
crews tackle car blaze
Burnham-On-Sea fire engines were called to tackle a car fire in
Highbridge on Saturday night (September 12th). The
fire crews were called out at 10.03pm to reports of a car fire
near to a property in Burnham Road. On arrival, the crews confirmed
the car was well alight, but clear of the property.
gets wedding role!
of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was at the centre of a
wedding ceremony on Saturday (September 12th) when a long-serving
crewmember tied the knot. Chris Gammon has been part of BARB's
volunteer crew for over five years and was keen for fellow crewmembers
to join his special day when he married his partner Emmalene at
St Andrew's Church on Burnham seafront. More...
jazz in town
have gone on sale for a special concert by award-winning modern
jazz band Portico Quartet, to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
October 1st. Portico Quartet, who are ex-winners of the music
industry's Mercury Award, will be at The Princess Theatre during
the south west leg of their UK tour. More...
found dumped by road
THIS was one of five kittens found dumped by a roadside in
East Huntspill earlier today, Saturday September 12th. A shocked
resident contacted local animal rescue charity Secret World after
finding a plastic Asda shopping bag containing the animals next
to New Road at 8am. More...
draws crowds to town fete
of pounds was raised for a children's charity when a Burnham-On-Sea
housing association held its annual summer fete on Saturday (September
12th). Brilliant late summer sunshine attracted the crowds to
Treasure Court in Berrow Road, where a range of stalls and entertainment
were laid on. More...
club celebrates 100 years
Avenue Tennis Club will be marking its 100th anniversary next
weekend with two days of celebratory events when members of the
public are invited to join in. The club is holding a Centenary
Open Day throughout Saturday (September 19th), starting from 11am.
blaze tackled by crews
fire engines races to St Michaels Road in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday
morning (September 11th) when a cooker was reported to have set
alight. On arrival, crews confirmed this was a grill pan on fire,
and removed it from the cooker to open air," said a fire
holds coffee fundraiser
of espressos and lattes across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being
invited to the 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' later this
month. Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll will be offering free
tea and coffee in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Supports
at the special fundraising day on Friday September 25th. More...
fortnight for sixth form
formers at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been taking part
in a university-style Freshers Fortnight as they begin the
new academic year. Organised by the sixth form committee, events
included team-building challenges, a quiz night, a party and a
curry night in Burnham. More...
was the car I lost in 1973!'
owner of a car which has resurfaced from Brean's mudflats after
being lost for almost 40 years has come forward to claim the vehicle!
was first to report on Wednesday how the car had been spotted
by beach wardens Dave Furber and Pete Williams. Now, the owner
has come forward.
cow rescued from river
crews from Burnham and Glastonbury were called to retrieve a cow
stuck in the River Brue at East Huntspill on Thursday evening
(September 10th). Two fire engines from Burnham and a rescue tender
from Glastonbury attended the incident in Catherine Street at
drama at town holiday park
at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village are counting the cost of a fire
which has closed the site's fish and chip shop today (Thursday,
September 10th). Two
fire crews from Burnham were called to the park in Marine Drive
at 4.55pm after reports that the Foodworks chip shop was on fire.
new jobs at Brean Pontin's
450 new jobs are to be created when Brean's Pontins holiday park
gets a multi-million pound expansion next year. The company announced
on Thursday (September 10th) that the facilities at its park in
the centre of Brean will be "extensively developed"
during 2010. More...
over carnival music bill
Burnham-On-Sea's annual carnival say local charities will miss
out on almost £1,300 of funding after a huge bill for musical
royalty payments was received this week. Members of the Highbridge
and Burnham Carnival Association met on Wednesday (September 9th),
having received the bill.
and tulips go on display!
staff at a Burnham-On-Sea tyre centre have turned an exhaust,
a set of tyres and a pressure pump into a colourful flower display!
The team at GH Tyres in Adam Street have put together this unique
display which will be assessed by judges during this year's Burnham
In Bloom competition. More...
hall expansion approved
DISTRICT planners have this week given
the go-ahead for the extension of Berrow's Village Hall. Berrow
Community Association, which oversees the building in Parsonage
Road, had applied for full planning permission to develop the
Its application for the construction of a new extension to the
south and east. More...
group meets tonight
Local Action Team is holding a public meeting today (Thursday
10th September) when a variety of local community topics will
be discussed. The meeting will be held in Morland Youth Club in
Pearce Drive, with doors opening at 7pm for tea and biscuits,
and the meeting following at 7.30pm. More...
fire at Rookery Manor
fire crews were called to Rookery Manor hotel on Wednesday afternoon
(September 9th) after a small blaze broke out in a roof. Two fire
engines from Burnham-On-Sea and a water carrier were sent to Edingworth
Road in Edingworth at 1.50pm on Wednesday afternoon. More...
UK's longest married couple!
Burnham-On-Sea couple have this week become Britain's longest
married couple. Great-great-grandfather Walter Postings, known
as Wally, and wife Beatrice, known as Pete, have taken the title
after one half of the previous record holders died in Plymouth
for Princess revealed
of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall will not be appointed until
next spring at the earliest. Sedgemooor District Council told
Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it will formally commence the
tendering process next month when it places an OJEC notice. More...
1960s car resurfaces
A CAR which became stranded on Brean's
mudflats 40 years ago has this week resurfaced, much to the surprise
of residents and the village's beach wardens. After a busy summer
of car rescues, this latest stricken vehicle has been the centre
of attention this week for local beach wardens. More...
clock set to be replaced
town clock is to be boarded up while a financial appeal is underway
to find the up to £20,000 to fund a new clock, town councillors
decided this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report that
two of the three faces are set to be boarded up with decorative
panels due to a lack of district council money to make much-needed
repairs and keep the clock running on time. More...
DEEP pot holes along a road in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
have this week been repaired, thanks to Burnham-On-Sea.com's news
item about the problem last week. We published an article last
week highlighting the poor condition of Adam Street and since
then the holes have been repaired. More...
Mayor's Chaplain appointed
THE position of Mayor's Chaplain in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
has changed this week following the arrival of a new minister.
Andrew Jackson, minister of Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge,
has replaced Reverend Robin Lodge, the outgoing vicar of St John's
Church, who is moving to Taunton. More...
ship passes Burnham
morning seafront walkers in Burnham-On-Sea were treated to a glimpse
of the historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral as it glided past the
town this morning (Tuesday, September 8th). The Balmoral was on
a trip up the River Parrett to Dunball, near Bridgwater, to collect
several hundred passengers booked on an excursion.
welcome back inspector
police officer has this week been welcomed back to the town's
police station. Inspector Roger Tolley, pictured right, has replaced
Sam Williams, who has moved to Taunton to head up that beat. Roger
lives in the Burnham area and left for Taunton in April 2007.
rubbish! Bin plans attacked
couple have this week urged town councillors to step in and halt
the introduction of thousands of extra recycling waste bins across
the town. Mike and Sylvia Young, from St Michael's Road, told
town councillors on Monday evening (September 7th) that plans
to issue new food waste recycling bins to all residents are "a
step too far." More...
group marks its 60th year
Burnham-On-Sea's Royal Air Forces Association have this week celebrated
the 60th anniversary of their group by handing a certificate to
the town's Mayor to thank residents for their support over the
years. Cllr Derick Cooper accepted the certificate on behalf of
Burnham's residents. More...
group reduces crime
behaviour in Highbridge has been 'drastically reduced' following
the launch of a new landlords group. HALT, the Highbridge Landlords
Together group, has been formed in recent months to stamp out
petty crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly in and around
Highbridge Quay. More...
repairs begin at last
project to repair Burnham-On-Sea's ailing jetty began on Monday
(September 7th). The
work started on Monday morning and the district council's contractors,
Boley and Skuse, will be replacing a large section of missing
road surface, resetting coping stones and repairing the flank
walls over coming weeks.
month's jail for van driver
man has been arrested after failing to stop at the scene of this
accident on the A38 at Highbridge on Saturday evening (September
first reported on Saturday that police had been called to the
junction of Alstone Road and the A38 Huntspill
a two-vehicle collision.
furniture store in Burnham
councillors have welcomed the opening of a new furniture shop
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Jerome Andrew
opened JD's Home Comforts at 17 Victoria Street on Saturday morning
(September 5th) with the help of his partner Sam Burn,
as pictured. More...
could expand next year
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Folkfest are considering expanding
the music festival following the success of this year's event.
Large crowds flocked to Burnham for the weekend, which began on
Friday night with a concert at the Ritz Social Club and ended
on Sunday with the Folk In The Park concert.
crash raises safety questions
weeks after a man was killed in an accident on the A38 at Highbridge,
an accident occurred on Saturday evening (September 5th)
just metres from the same spot, raising
new questions about the safety of the road. Police
were called to the junction of Alstone Road and the A38 Huntspill
around 5.30pm. More...
next stop is Land's End!'
groups of fundraising cyclists who are peddling from John O'Groats
to Land's End have passed through Highbridge this week. Tony Dixon
from Macclesfield is pictured calling in at the Asda store in
Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (September 5th), where he was
welcomed by the store manager. More...
show hit by wet weather
winds and heavy rain during recent days reduced the number of
entries at the annual Watchfield Flower and Vegetable Show, held
near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 5th). The event, now
in its 23rd year, attracted 240 entries, well down on previous
porpoise found on beach
of what is thought to be a young porpoise or dolphin was washed
up on Berrow beach this morning (Saturday, September 5th), the
second such discovery this summer. Sedgemoor
District Council's Clean Surroundings Team was called at around
8.30am to remove the carcass. More...
crowd at opening Folkfest gig
CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club
on Friday night (September 4th) for the opening performance of
this weekend's Folkfest music festival. Hundreds of people watched
top folk group Mad Dog McRea in action, as pictured here, at the
first event of the music festival. More...
steps up drive to cut queues
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, is set to meet senior police officers
in a bid to find a solution to ongoing congestion problems on
the M5 motorway near the town. It is the second time in recent
months that the MP has voiced his concerns over problems on the
M5 in the Burnham area. More...
causes Burnham fire
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to extinguish
a blaze in a carport on Friday afternoon (September 4th). One
fire engine was sent to Broadhurst Gardens, as pictured, at 4.40pm
after residents reported a small blaze in a covered garage area.
The blaze was quickly put out.
weather has forced the cancellation of this weekend's annual procession
of illuminated yachts in Burnham-On-Sea. The colourful display
of decorated yachts had been due to be held this Saturday evening
(September 5th), but strong winds and bad weather has forced a
exploded on town beach
THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday
afternoon (September 3rd) when a wartime bombshell was detonated
by the army's bomb disposal team. Burnham
police officers were called to a property in Berrow Road at 1pm
after home owner Glynes Smith reported finding several bullets
and a wartime anti-aircraft shell in an outbuilding.
firework display at Brean
A SPARKLING fireworks display will take place in
Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (September 5th) when the
village's Leisure Park holds its penultimate show of the season.
The display will start at 9pm, giving visitors plenty
of time to enjoy the fun park's rides before it begins.
new homes for Berrow park?
OVER thirty new homes could be built
at a holiday park in Berrow, if plans unveiled this week get approved
by the district council. Sandy
Glade Holiday Park in Coast Road has applied for permission to
construct 31 holiday cottages, contained within five two-storey
will be turned into power
DEAD whale that was first spotted in the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea
last weekend is to be turned into bone meal to be used as fuel
for power stations. The 10 metre whale carcass, which was was
washed up near Barry, is being held at a compound in Cardiff.
to open on High Street
IT'S official! Fast food chain Subway
is to open on Burnham-On-Sea High Street this autumn. Burnham-On-Sea.com
can exclusively reveal today (Thursday) that the company is opening
at 36 The High Street, currently the home of JJ Welsh's
when its owners retire later this autumn. More...
silence marked by RNLI
minute's silence was held at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on
Thursday afternoon (September 3rd) in memory of rescuers who have
lost their lives at sea. At 12.20pm, a one-minute silence was
observed by lifeboat crews and supporters across the country as
held after police chase
A man has been arrested on suspicion of 'drink riding' after
being pursued by police officers through the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
on a motorbike on Wednesday evening (September 2nd). Officers
were called to the town centre just before 5pm after the 38-year-old
local man was reported by shoppers to be riding at speed.
hit artist's project
A PROJECT to
decorate two seafront shelters in Burnham-On-Sea with colourful
seaside scenes has been delayed by an embarrassing mix-up. Paula
Lundy has been employed by the district council to illustrate
the vandalised seating shelters in Marine Cove gardens with scenes
of the town's famous lighthouse. More...
fun starts this Friday
days of top quality, live music will be performed in pubs and
clubs across Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when the town's third
annual Folkfest gets underway. Organisers are making last minute
prepations for the festival, which starts this Friday evening
(September 4th). More...
starts on £140k play area
TURF-cutting ceremony was held at Highbridge's
Apex Park on Wednesday afternoon (September 2nd) to mark the start
of a major project to create a new £140,000 play area. Cllr
Ann Bown, the district council's portfolio holder for health and
well-being, led the ceremony.
welcome new ministers
Mayors of Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were
the special guests at a church service in the town to welcome
two new ministers on Wednesday (September 2nd). Reverend Andrew
Biggs has been appointed a methodist minister for Burnham, Brean
and West Huntspill.
girl recovering well
young girl who was air-lifted to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital following
an accident at a Brean holiday park at the weekend is making a
good recovery, it has been confirmed. The Somerset and Dorset
Air Ambulance were called to Unity Farm on Sunday (August 30th)
after the youngster was struck by a passing vehicle.
is fishmonger of the year!
fish shop is celebrating this week after one of its staff was
awarded the title 'Britain's Young Fishmonger of the Year'. Matt
Murray, 23, has worked at Sea Foods in Burnham High Street for
over five years and is delighted to win the sought-after award.
raised over pot holes
residents living along a busy town centre street in Burnham-On-Sea
have this week called on the County Council to make 'urgently
needed' repairs to a series of deep pot holes. Several
residents in Adam Street have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
season for town's traders
CROWDS of holidaymakers gave Burnham-On-Sea's economy a welcome
boost during the final summer holiday weekend of the year - but
trade for the whole season was still poor, traders said this week.
Almost all hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Burnham were occupied.
welcome for ex-soldier
A DEVON pensioner was given a warm welcome to Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday morning (September 1st) when he strode through the
town during a 200-mile walk to raise funds for British soldiers
wounded in conflicts. Collection buckets were rattling
as Doug Hamilton-Cox, 65, walked through the centre of Highbridge.
appeal after town robbery
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued an appeal for witnesses
following a late night robbery in the town. The
incident occurred at about 10.50pm on Sunday August 23rd in Rectory
Road. "The woman victim was walking along the road when she
was approached from behind.
Whale body washed up
body of this huge 30ft whale which was spotted
floating in a river estuary near Burnham-On-Sea was washed up
on the South Wales coast on Tuesday (September 1st). Burnham-On-Sea.com
was first to report on Sunday how the huge mammal had been spotted
in the River Parrett estuary. More...
hits nursing home
scooters worth tens of thousands of pounds have been destroyed
in a suspicious fire at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home. Burnham
fire crews were called to BUPA's Nursing and Residential Centre
in Oxford Street at 5.25am after reports that a shed was on fire.
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