2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
injured after M5 crash
TWO people were injured in a crash that closed the M5 motorway
on Sunday night (September 29th). Motorists travelling southbound
along the M5 from Burnham-On-Sea encountered long delays following
the accident involving a motorcycle. Emergency were quickly on
U3A pair to be thanked
Umiversity of the Third Age will be celebrating the accomplishments
of two of its long-standing members later this month. Members
of the U3A, based at the Community Centre in Berrow Road, will
be gathering on 26th October. More...
shortfall shuts care centre
centre set up in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has been forced
to shut down this week due to a funding shortfall. The Care Centre
in College Street opened in September last year to provide facilities
for self-help groups and support for sufferers, their carers and
brews up for charity
of people across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised their coffee mugs
for charity on Friday to join the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'.
Fundraisers held several local events as part of the nationwide
campaign in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which was well supprted.
novel is set in Burnham
features in two new crime novels from an author who lived in the
town for over 30 years. 'As The Crow Flies' is the first in a
series of fictional stories from Damien Boyd, who also has second
book, 'Head in the Sand' set to be pulished soon. More...
crash closes motorway
travelling south along the M5 from Burnham-On-Sea were advised
to expect delays on Sunday evening following a serious accident.
The southbound carriageway between junctions 23 for Highbridge
and 24 at Huntworth was closed after a collision. More...
wins Burnham Bake Off
of home-made cakes and pies went on display when 40 local bakers
competed in The Great Burnham Bake-Off during the town's popular
Food Festival on Saturday. Cathy Bird, pictured above, won the
overall champion's trophy after her delicious chicken and ham
pie was judged to be the best entry. More...
& Photos: WITH cooling pints of milk at hand, contestants
braved the feared 'Dorset Naga' during the first-ever chilli-eating
competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. Part of Burnham's Food
and Drink Festival, it was the ultimate test for chilli fans to
find out whether they could withstand the burn of some of the
hottest food known to man.
photos: 5,000 flock to festival
of around 5,000 people flocked into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(September 28th) for the town's third hugely successful Food and
Drink Festival. After a slow start due to early rain, the event
attracted crowds of visitors to the town centre for the eight-hour
Don't lose your right to vote
of residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area face
losing the right to vote in upcoming elections, the district council
has warned. Sedgemoor District Council's Electoral Services team
is carrying out an annual audit of properties. More...
bike rider injured in crash
bike rider was taken to hospital with leg injuries after a crash
in East Huntspill on Friday. Police, ambulance and fire crews
were called to New Road in the village shortly after 9am. They
found a quad bike being driven by a man in his 20s had left the
silly moo! Stuck cow freed
from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to rescue a cow stuck in a
water-filled in Berrow on Friday morning. One fire engine from
Burnham and a special water rescue team from Bridgwater were sent
to Red Road in Berrow at 9.45am to help free the animal. More...
Cider Festival starts
two-day Cider Festival is being held this weekend with two days
of music and great local apple brews. The festival will take place
on Saturday 28th, coinciding with the town's Food and Drink Festival,
and Sunday 29th September. More...
expected at Food Festival
crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, September
28th) as the town holds its third Food and Drink Festival. More
than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs are taking part from
9am, with several roads in the town centre closed for the day.
Tessa on TV show
MP Tessa Munt has laughed off being called 'pointless' during
a national TV show. She featured in Thursday's episode of the
BBC1 quiz show Pointless where contestants were asked to
name a female MP elected for the first time in 2010. More...
at Burnham bakery
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week appealed for witnesses
after a break-in at a town centre shop. Greggs the bakers in the
High Street was broken into during the early hours of Thursday
morning (September 26th). Police were called to investigate and
the intruders fled empty-handed. More...
star to sing in Berrow
singer who got through to the judges houses on ITV's X-Factor
will be performing in Berrow on Saturday (September 28th). Keri
Arrindell got a thumbs-up from Simon Cowell and the other judges
when she appeared on the hit ITV1 television show in 2010. More...
watch town film's opening
than 140 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
last night (Thursday) for the first screening of a unique film
about community life in Burnham. The Theatre Mélange production
company's film, "Echo Burnham, Portrait of a Coastal Town",
was accompanied by a theatrical performance. More...
van pulled to safety
van driver whose vehicle got stuck in soft sand on Burnham-On-Sea
beach was pulled free by rescuers on Thursday (September 26th).
The Citroen got into difficulty when its wheels sank into the
soft sand while its driver was installing new signs on the nearby
on at Food Festival?
final countdown is underway to this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Food
and Drink Festival. More than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and
chefs will take part in the third festival which will take place
across the town centre from 9am throughout this Saturday (September
centre plans unveiled
MULTI-million pound plans to build a new business centre in
Highbridge have been formally submitted to Sedgemoor District
Council this week. The 'enterprise centre' for small businesses
has been earmarked for land next to Highbridge's Isleport Recyling
Centre and will create new jobs.
man visited Nairobi mall
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident says security
was tight at the Kenyan shopping mall where 72 people died in
a terrorist siege when he visited it earlier this month. Michael
Turner visited the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi on September
3rd when he says security was already high. More...
Lloyds opens in town
Bank in Burnham-On-Sea town centre was re-opened on Wednesday
(September 25th) after undergoing a rebranding. The bank in The
High Street is one of more than 1,300 branches across the country
getting a new look following its split with the TSB. More...
hotel goes on display
annual exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea
dolls house makers has opened this week. A miniature replica of
a Royal-themed hotel has been created by members of Burnham Dolls
House Group and is now on show in the High Street. More...
students celebrate win!
from a Highbridge dance school are celebrating this week after
scooping a top award at the Axbridge Carnival. Movie mania was
the theme of last weekend's Axbridge Carnival and the students
wowed the judges as 'Kids from Fame', clinching a top award. More...
film to launch tonight
are selling fast for this week's screening of a unique film about
community life in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set to be unveiled
this evening (Thursday, September 26th). The Theatre Mélange
has been building a beach-themed set at The Princess Theatre this
PROPERTY prices in Burnham-On-Sea are beginning to show early
signs of a recovery after several years of stable values, local
estate agents have reported this week. Estate agents in the town
say interest among buyers is returning and some property is beginning
to increase in value.
photos: Michael Eavis visit
Festival boss Michael Eavis visited Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday
(September 24th) where he gave a talk on his involvement with
the long-running music festival. Michael said earlier this year
that Burnham is his favourite place in Somerset. More...
strike won't hit safety'
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and
Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be operating a reduced
emergency service during today's industrial action. Firefighters
in Burnham are set to join crews across the country in striking.
to launch its first album
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea folk band is set to launch its
first album after finishing work in the recording studios this
week. Folk band Rustique comprises Burnham residents Rob Brain,
Greg Aylmer, Pete Beach, Chris Wing and John Clist and is well
known in the town. More...
to rise on film tomorrow
TICKETS are selling fast for this week's screening of a
unique film about community life in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set
to be unveiled this Thursday (September 26th). The Theatre Mélange
has been building an impressive beach-themed set at The Princess
this week. More...
bike nights set to return
AWARDS have been presented to some of the bike owners who
have supported a summer-long series of charity bike nights in
Burnham-On-Sea which finished on Tuesday (September 24th). The
bikes gathered in Burnham's Morrisons car park each Tuesday for
home supper raises cash
A HARVEST supper at a Burnham-On-Sea care home has raised
hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Frith House held its annual
harvest supper last Thursday when it was attended by residents
and special civic guest Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Mike
after town drugs raids
people have been arrested by police following a series of drugs
raids in Highbridge. Officers executed drugs warrants at three
properties in the town on Friday September 20th. "One warrant
was executed in Huntspill Road and two were executed in South
Avenue," said a police spokesman.
Walker's lucky escape
is being cared for by wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea after
being accidentally trodden on in the dark, leaving its spines
impaled in the sole of a unsuspecting walker's shoe! Local electrician
Richard Morgan walked out of his garden to go for a drink.
Festival line-up unveiled
final schedule for this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink
Festival has been announced as the countdown to the big event
gets underway. More than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs
will take part in the third festival this Saturday,
September 28th, from 9am. More...
search for missing Chloe
have this week asked for the public's help in finding a missing
teenager who could be in the area. Chloe Fisher, aged 16 is a
white teenager, about 5ft tall with brown/ginger short hair. Police
say she regularly dyes her hair as illustrated in the photos.
fitness, join boxing club
boxing club has issued an appeal for new members to add join its
ranks. Titans Seniors Amateur Boxing Club meets every Wednesday
at the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close. Its weekly sessions
are held from 7.30pm - 9pm.
provide Web safety tips
police sergeant has given Internet safety advice to members of
a computing club in the town. Sergeant Ash Jones, who has recently
joined Burnham police station, gave a talk to members of the UK
Online Centre at the BAY Centre
in Cassis Close, Burnham. More...
700 hit by power cut
of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without electricity on Monday
(September 23rd) after workmen accidentally cut a mains power
line into the town. Western Power Distribution confirmed that
693 households were without electricity following the interruption
to supplies shortly after 10.15am.
over theft of toy owl
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop has issued an unusual appeal for
the return of a stolen owl. Staff at the National Animal Welfare
Trust shop in Regent Street were shocked last week when a 14-inch
tall toy owl, which welcomes customers, was pinched. More...
starts Memory Walk
DOZENS of people strapped on their walking boots to take part
in a fundraising walk at Brean on Sunday. The annual Memory Walk
was held in aid of Alzheimers Society and was started by
children's TV star Sooty at Brean Leisure Park. The walkers set
off to Brean Down. More...
calls for sub-sea power line
DOZENS of concerned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area last
night demanded National Grid bury its planned 400,000 volt power
line under the Bristol Channel instead of building huge pylons
across the Somerset Levels. That was the conclusion at the end
of a heated public debate. More...
500 attend RSPCA fun day
HUNDREDS of people attended a fun day at Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal
centre on Sunday (September 22nd). The event in Brent Road attracted
a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. Bryan Moyse, Chairman,
said over 500 visitors had called in during the day. More...
flock to town arts show
DOZENS of colourful paintings of the Burnham-On-Sea are went on
show at an exhibition in the town over the weekend. Somerset Art
Group held its annual Affordable Art Exhibition on Saturday and
Sunday featuring work in watercolours, acrylics, inks and mixed
TWO Burnham-On-Sea ladies have this weekend completed a swim
across the English Channel, raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Sarah Bowden, 32, and Lindsay Francis, 32, set off at midnight
on Friday (September 20th) to attempt the feat in less than 16
crews called to High Street
FIREFIGHTERS were called to Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday
morning (September 21st) after a vehicle was reported to be alight.
Smoke had been seen coming out of the parked car in the High Street
outside Del Mondo Pizza, as pictured, prompting the incident.
Eavis to visit Burnham
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis will visit Burnham-On-Sea
this week to give a talk on his involvement with the long-running
music festival. Michael - who earlier this year named Burnham
as his favourite place in Somerset - will talk to members of Burnham
Women's Institute. More...
captured on camera
AN elusive otter has been caught on camera near Burnham-On-Sea
by wildlife enthusiasts. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has
worked with residents at Steart, opposite Burnham, to set up the
camera trap that took the photo after seeing otter prints in the
soft mud. More...
damaged by storm waves
STORMY seas have damaged the surface of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty
this week. Gale force winds, combined with high autumn tides,
sent waves crashing onto the structure. On Friday it was found
that several layers of the tarmac surface had been washed away.
fun day tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold a fun day and fete
with a range of animal-themed activities this Sunday (September
22nd). The event will be held from 11am-4.00pm at the centre in
Brent Road, Brent Knoll with all profits going to the charity's
animal care work. More...
crews to join strike
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join crews across the
country in striking this week to protest over pension reforms.
The four-hour walkout will take place on Wednesday (25th September)
from 12noon-4pm. Devon
and Somerset Fire & Rescue will operate a reduced emergency
through to Cup Final
THE Somerset Rebels won through to the Premier League KO Cup Final
by beating Edinburgh last night (Friday, September 20th). They
won on aggregate 100-80 in their semi-final replay against the
Monarchs after the original staging of the tie ended in a thrilling
90-all draw. More...
'chaos' is predicted
Exclusive: MAJOR traffic disruption has been predicted
on roads around Burnham-On-Sea during this year's carnival weekend
when changes are introduced to where carnival carts can park.
For the first time, Queen's Drive will be fully shut from the
Tesco roundabout right through to the M5 roundabout. More...
art on show this weekend
COLOURFUL paintings of Burnham-On-Sea beach will be among the
artwork on show at an exhibition in the town this weekend. Somerset
Art Group is holding its annual Affordable Art Exhibition featuring
work in watercolours, acrylics, inks and mixed media. The show
is being held on Saturday and Sunday. More...
to join Brean beach walk
OVER 200 people are expected to take part in a fundraising walk
at Brean this weekend. The annual Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimers
Society will be started by children's TV star Sooty this Sunday
(22nd September). The walkers will gather at 2pm. More...
truck pulled free
WORK to remove rocks and debris from the town's former Marine
Lake swimming pool on Burnham beach briefly came to an abrupt
halt this week when the town's soft sand and mud caught out these
workers. A truck became stranded near the jetty and had to be
hauled free. More...
boost for good causes
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited
from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket
encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping
tokens into collecting boxes over the past month. More...
sale raises jobs hopes
Exclusive: AN historic building in the centre of Highbridge
is set to be converted into offices after being sold for over
£200,000 this week. Bradbury House in Market Street was
formerly home to Lloyds Bank and more recently the National Blind
Children's Society until it moved out in August.
flouts no fishing rule!
THIS hungry heron has been causing amusement to walkers at Highbridge's
Apex Park this week. The bird has been spotted several times catching
fish in the shallow waters of the main lake - right next to a
'no fishing' sign!
The bird has been enjoying the mild start to autumn. More...
flats attract new objections
TOWN councillors last night raised
fresh objections over new plans to build two blocks of three-storey
retirement apartments in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The scheme
proposes 35 apartments be built on the site of the former Tucker's
group in concert tonight
A TASTE of Ireland comes to Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Thursday,
September 19th) when a popular group plays in the town. The FOS
Brothers will be the special guests at Burnham's Ritz Acoustic
Club in Victoria Street. They deliver unique acoustic music. More...
bulbs offered to groups
COMMUNITY groups across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being offered
free Srping bulbs to add a splash of colour to the area. Sedgemoor
District Council has this week said it will be giving away thousands
of bulbs to community groups as well as local councils. More...
grants for students
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are among a group of Bridgwater College
pupils who have been awarded sports scholarships to further their
aims of careers in football. Caitlin Berry, 16, who is studying
Health and Social Care, has received a football scholarship. More...
surfer and walker rescued
A KITE surfer has been air-lifted to hospital and a beach walker
has been rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach during a busy
week for the town's marine rescue crews. Burnham Coastguards and
BARB's rescue hovercraft were called out at 8.30am on Tuesday
morning (September 16th).
launches Arts Weeks
ARTISTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be showcasing their
work during the 2013 Somerset Arts Weeks festival over the next
fortnight. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics and drawings will be
on show between September 21st and October 6th
across the town and area. More...
crews to go on strike
FIREFIGHTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to go on strike
next week to protest over pension reforms. Almost 80% of members
of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial action in a ballot
earlier this month. A walkout will take place next Wednesday 25th
September from 12noon-4pm.
chefs add spice to festival
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food Festival have unveiled
the line-up of chefs who will be demonstrating their cooking expertise
during the event. More than 70 exhibitors and chefs will take
part in the Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival on September
scenes on seafront
GALE force winds created stormy scenes along Burnham's seafront
yesterday evening (Tuesday). Gusts of up to 50mph sent big waves
crashing onto the sea wall at high tide shortly after 6pm, as
pictured here. The Environment Agency closed several flood gates.
race to top league spot
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team The Somerset Rebels have finished
the league season in top spot in the Premier League table after
a narrow win on Monday evening (September 16th). Somerset and
Ipswich battled it out for the honour
of the top place during the fixture. More...
show heads to town
SONGS from some of Broadway's finest musicals will be performed
in Burnham-On-Sea during October. Clearer Productions, who performed
a highly successful show in Burnham last year, is returning to
The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre on Saturday October 5th.
costs soar to £11,000
Exclusive: THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront
fireworks display have this week appealed for local businesses
to help fund the event's soaring costs. This year's display is
scheduled to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd November with a sparkling
display of fireworks from the town's jetty.
becomes milk carton star!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea girl is set to appear on one million milk cartons
across the UK. The face of five-year-old Iona Patrick has been
chosen to appear on the side of goats milk cartons from Yorkshire-based
St Helen's Farm after she wrote to the firm about the milk.
theatre company to start
A NEW community theatre company is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea
next month. The Princess Theatre Company is being launched by
The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. It will work in close collaboration
with the existing Princess Playwright Group.
anniversary ball for RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station has announced a grand ball
to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The black-tie event will be
held at The Webbington Hotel, near Loxton, on 9th November 2013.
It will feature a three-course dinner, with entertainment.
sponsor for youth team
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea football team is celebrating this week
after clinching a new sponsor. Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football
Club Under 8's have been presented with a new team strip for the
2013/2014 season thanks to the support of Dentastyle.
path overhaul completed
A £7,500 project to repair a flood-damaged footpath
at Highbridge's Apex Park has been completed. Safety concerns
were raised earlier this year about the crumbling surface of the
lakeside path, pictured right, which prompted the work over the
summer months. More...
project 'creating jobs'
A PROJECT to bring thousands of extra coach visitors to Burnham-On-Sea
is already making good progress, creating new jobs and boosting
trade in the town. 'Project Coach' was launched in July after
a £15,000 grant from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.
over shot badger
campaigners have expressed their outrage over the condition of
a recently-killed badger that was taken to Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea
over the weekend. The recently-killed badger was found on Saturday
(September 14th) in the cull zone. More...
audience for Cheddar choir
Male Voice Choir performed in front of a capacity audience in
the town at the wekend. The group sang at a concert in Burnham's
St Andrew's Church on Saturday night (September 14th). They performed
with Burnham soloist Francesca Bowkett. More...
shares her advice
award-winning garden designer shared her advice at a free workshop
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 14th). Residents were
able to join Sarah Milner Simonds for an introduction to garden
design at Marine Cove on Burnham's seafront. More...
on kids centres
with young children who benefit from free Children's Centre services
in the Burnham-On-Sea area may soon have to pay for some sessions
if proposed changes come into effect. Children's Centre services
are currently provided free of charge by the county council. More...
causes M5 delays
TWO-vehicle crash caused delays for motorists travelling on the
M5 through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday evening (September
14th). Fire and police were called to the northbound carriageway
between junctions 23 and 22 just before 7pm after reports of the
vehicles draw crowds
100 vehicles went on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage
& Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 14th). Bright sunshine
attracted crowds of vistors to the show, which was held on the
Balliol Hall Field in Church Road, in aid of the village's historic
given powers to detain
Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Burnham-On-Sea and across
Somerset will get greater powers from this week. The force's 384
PCSOs are now permitted to detain people for up to 30 minutes
and to search them. Chief constables are able to give powers.
marks 70th anniversary
at a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop marked the organisation's 70th
anniversary with a day of celebrations on Saturday (September
14th). The team at Tenovus in Burnham High Street dressed in traditional
clothes throughout the day and held several activities. More...
night to be held in Brean
are on sale for a special night of ladies entertainment which
is set to be held in Brean on Friday 11th October in aid of Breakthrough
Breast Cancer Somerset. The Dream Men Show will visit Dickies
Bar at Brean Leisure Park from 7.30pm until late and all are welcome.
sergeant takes the helm
NEW Sergeant has been appointed to take the helm at Burnham-On-Sea
police station. Sgt Ash Jones, pictured, has this month taken
over the management of Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar Police Stations
and the neighbourhood policing teams based there. More...
cars go on show today
120 vehicles are set to go on display at West Huntspill's annual
Vintage & Classic Car Show today (Saturday). The show is being
held from 11am - 4pm on the Balliol Hall Field in Church Road,
West Huntspill next to the village church with a grrat range of
vehicles on display. More...
crew tackles car blaze
firefighters were called to tackle a car on fire in Brent Knoll
on Friday evening (September 13th). One fire engine from Burnham
was sent to the Bristol Road in Brent Knoll at just before 5.30pm
following reports that the vehicle was well alight. More...
shop shuts after 70 years
A LONG-running shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is to
close down this month after more than 70 years of business. Central
Radio Services, established in 1938, is shutting its electricals
shop in the High Street on September 28th. Owner Colin Watts blames
competition from the Internet. More...
cycles in father's memory
BURNHAM-On-Sea man has raised over £1,400 for charity by
cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of his father
who died last year. Tom Pereira decided to pedal his way across
the country to fulfil a lifelong ambition and raise funds for
a cancer support charity. More...
areas win top awards
playing fields in the Burnham-On-Sea area were last night (Thursday)
named as being among the best in Somerset at an awards ceremony.
Judges from Somerset's County Playing Fields Association announced
the county's top playing fields during their AGM in front of a
big audience. More...
choir set to perform
Male Voice Choir will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
night (September 14th). The group will be singing at a concert
at 7.30pm oin Burnham's St Andrews Church. The Choir will be singing
a varied programme, with soloist Francesca Bowkett, a well-known
Cider Festival returns
is to host a Cider Festival later this month when two days of
music and great local brews will be offered. The festival will
take place on Saturday 28th, coinciding with the town's Food and
Drink Festival, and Sunday 29th September at The Ritz in Victoria
crime advice handed out
have this week been handing out leaflets to shoppers in Highbridge
in a bid to reduce car crime across the area. Burnham PCSOs Pete
Williams and Sarah England, pictured, have been providing advice
to shoppers during special sessions held at Highbridge's Asda
pledges beach clean-up
District Council has this week pledged to carry out a clean-up
of Burnham-On-Sea's beach after rocks and metal from the town's
former Marine Lake swimming pool re-emerged in the sand over the
summer. We first reported on the safety concerns during August.
arrests after car break-ins
Four men have been arrested in Highbridge following a series
of car break-ins in the town at the weekend. Police swooped on
Clyce Road at 1.30am on Sunday (September 8th) after being alerted
by residents that a group of men was acting suspiciously. More...
compete for GB
triathletes from the Burnham-On-Sea area have been selected to
represent Great Britain at the sport's world championships this
week. The athletes, all members of West Country Triathletes, qualified
to represent GB at the ITU Age Group World Championships. More...
to return in 2014
lifeguards have finished their first summer season on Burnham-On-Sea
and Berrow beaches this week - and will return again next year.
Sedgemoor District Council brought in the team of lifeguards to
boost safety - and says they have been a 'great success'. More...
is on for chilli champion!
will quite literally be the hottest place in Somerset on Saturday
28th September when the town's Food & Drink Festival holds
its first chilli-eating competition! The 'Great Burnham Burn Off'
is a new free-to-enter contest where competitors will be encouraged
to go head-to-head. More...
your say on council tax
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to have
their say on how Sedgemoor District Council spends its proportion
of the Council Tax. The district council receives approximately
9p from each pound paid in council tax. More...
design event at Cove
award-winning garden designer will be sharing her advice at a
free workshop in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 14th).
Residents can join Sarah Milner Simonds for an introduction to
garden design at Marine Cove on Burnham's seafront from 10am-12
hurt in accidents near schools
A total of 35 children have been injured near schools in the
Burnham-On-Sea area over the past six years, according to a new
study. An online service launched this week by insurance company
AXA lists the most dangerous areas for child pedestrians. More...
shop for town High Street
A NEW shop is set to open in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea next month in the place of a former dry cleaners.
The prominent premises in the High Street has been available to
let since Johnsons, the dry cleaners, closed its store in August
Syd Little has dig at telly
half of the classic TV comedy duo Little and Large gave a lively
performance in Brean at the weekend. Entertainer Syd Little, 70,
who was part of the popular double act with Eddie Large, performed
in front of 120 people at Brean Leisure Park on Sunday. More...
after £50,000 burglaries
burglars were jailed on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a series
of crimes across Somerset, including Highbridge. Roy Salisbury,
28, from Hayes in Middlesex, was sentenced to three and a half
years in prison for six burglaries between January and March.
therapy group to start
UNIQUE new singing group for people living with dementia is being
launched by Alzheimers Society in Burnham-On-Sea this month.
The group will meet each week at Burnham Baptist Church in College
Street, starting on Tuesday 24th September at 2.30pm. More...
supper raises £520
80 Burnham Moose Lodge members and guests attended a harvest supper
in Berrow on Saturday evening (September 7th). The event, held
in the Village Hall, saw salad and cold meat meals with baked
potatoes and lashings of butter served up for the guests. More...
prompts safety concerns
FRESH safety concerns have been raised this week after this
dramatic crash at a blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea. The occupants
of the car had a lucky escape when their car left the road and
ended up on its side in a water-filled ditch on Sunday morning.
Sherrie's 15,00ft skydive
scared of heights failed to halt Sherrie Steane from Burnham-On-Sea
leaping out of a plane at 15,000ft to raise funds for Secret World
Wildlife Rescue this week. Brave Sherrie was persuaded to take
the plunge by her boyfriend, Simon Butson, who also jumped. More...
teacher joins dance
BURNHAM-On-Sea dance school has this week welcomed a qualified
and experienced singing and piano teacher. Siobhan Johnson has
joined DanceFit in Love Lane to teach private singing and piano
lessons. She will also be starting a musical singing group. More...
raised for Xmas lights
140 people attended a special screening of a hit movie last night
(Monday) to raise more than £1,100 for this year's Burnham-On-Sea
Christmas lights display. The Ritz Cinema held a special performance
of Les Miserables on behalf of Burnham Chamber of Trade. More...
driver held after crash
have arrested a motorist on suspicion of drink driving after an
accident near Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning (September
8th). Police were called at 1.40am when a Ford Fiesta slammed
into a lighting column on the Edithmead roundabout. More...
Barrage is 'dead in the water'
for a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary are "dead
in the water" during the current Parliament, it has been
claimed this week. Hafren Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage
between Lavernock Point near Penarth in Wales and Brean near Burnham-On-Sea.
awards presented to four
residents from Burnham-On-Sea were presented with awards to recognise
their work in the community during the town's annual Civic Service
on Sunday. John Alexander, Mark Newman, Roger Packer and Jason
Vickers received the awards after being nominated for their community
Parkinson's support group
BRAND NEW new support group for people in Burnham-On-Sea who are
affected by Parkinson's, a progressive neurological condition,
launches today (Monday). The Parkinson's UK Burnham-On-Sea Support
Group meets every second Monday. More...
award for Liam Phillips
BMX star Liam Phillips was given a special award during the town's
annual Civic Service on Sunday (September 8th). Mayor Martin Cox
announced an award would go to Liam, who became the BMX World
Champion earlier over the summer. More...
shut town pavement
SECTION of pavement in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street was closed
by police for several hours on Sunday due to safety concerns about
falling masonry. Several pieces of concrete fell from a wall above
Peacocks in the High Street after heavy overnight rain. More...
swapping helps charity
£170 was raised for charity when a clothes swapping and
shopping evening was held in Highbridge on Saturday. The 'Ladies
Swishing & Shopping Evening' was held at the town's Community
Hall in Market Street in aid of Meningitis UK and is part of a
series of 12 fundraising events. More...
film to be unveiled
has been completed for a unique new film about community life
in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set to get its first screening this
month. The Theatre Mélange production company has spent
the summer recording different aspects of the town's community
life for its film. More...
photos: Fun day success
of people braved heavy showers to attend a Burnham-On-Sea fun
day on Saturday in memory of four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned
after falling from Burnham's jetty last summer. Dylan's Memory
Music and Fun Day was held at The Dunstan House. More...
attend village harvest home
of people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday (September 7th)
for the village's harvest home. The annual event was held in a
huge marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village.
After the traditional harvest lunch, there were competitions.
and showers created this spectacular rainbow over Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday morning (September 7th). Bright sunshine and heavy
rain provided ideal conditions for the colourful formations which
were captured on camera by several Burnham-On-Sea.com readers.
screening for Xmas lights
tickets are on sale for a special screening of a hit movie to
raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights display. The
Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street is holding a special performance
of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne
Hathaway, this Monday evening (September 9th). More...
left on its side after crash
services from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a car on its side
in Wedmore in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 7th).
The fire service received a request from the ambulance service
to attend a single vehicle collision on the B3139 at Wedmore at
swapping event tonight
CLOTHES swapping and shopping evening will be held in Highbridge
today (Saturday) to raise funds for charity. The 'Ladies Swishing
& Shopping Evening' is being held at the Community Hall, Market
Street in Highbridge in aid of Meningitis UK. More...
carnival queen selected
year-old Emma Nicholson was selected as Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival
Queen on Friday night (September 6th). At a packed ceremony in
Burnham's Holiday Village, the teenager was chosen by a panel
of judges to lead this year's carnival parade following a special
selection evening. More...
day for rescue services
BURNHAM-On-Sea fun day in aid of the rescue organisations which
helped search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after
falling from Burnham's jetty is to be held today (Saturday). Dylan's
Memory Music and Fun Day will be held at the Dunstan from mid-day.
Syd Little in Brean on Sunday
half of the classic TV comedy duo Little and Large will be performing
in Brean on Sunday. Entertainer Syd Little, who was once the straight
man in the double act with Eddie Large, will be appearing at Brean
Leisure Park's Farmer's Tavern during the evening. More...
chipping urged by council
dog owners are being urged to get their pets microchipped ahead
of new laws coming into force. The law is changing from April
2016 when all dogs will be required to have a microchip. Sedgemoor
District Council has begun offering free micro-chipping. More...
to celebrate centenary
centenary of Burnham-On-Sea's pier is to be marked next year with
a number of celebrations, its owners have announced this week.
Burnham's Pavilion, which is widely regarded as being Britain's
shortest pier, will hold several events to mark its 100th anniversary
party held for food fest
and drink producers from across the region gathered in Burnham-On-Sea
last night (Thursday, September 5th) for a launch party to mark
the start of the countdown to the town's third food festival.
More than 70 exhibitors and chefs will take part on September
of heavy rain today
and persistent rain may cause flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area
today (Friday) and tomorrow, forecasters have warned. The Met
Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain across the region
for both days as a band of very wet weather moves in. More...
approval for crossing
Exclusive: FINAL approval has been granted this week for
a new pedestrian crossing in Burnham-On-Sea which is now set to
be built this autumn. The new crossing will be built in Berrow
Road, outside Kathleen Chambers home, operated by a blind persons'
charity, the RNIB. More...
launches weight project
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week launched a new fitness
project that rewards residents who lose weight by giving them
money for local community projects. Martin Cox was the VIP guest
at the launch of the 'Pound 4 Pound Community Project' on Thursday
morning . More...
queen to be chosen
NEW Queen and Princesses for the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival will be crowned this evening (Friday). The winners will
be picked at a pageant taking place in Burnham Holiday Village
where the judges will choose the girls to lead the November parade.
flats planned for garage site
BRAND new proposals to build two blocks
of three-storey retirement apartments in place of a former garage
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been have been unveiled this
week. The brand new scheme proposes 35 apartments be built on
at risk from new rules
TOP-flight speedway racing will no longer be held at Highbridge's
Oaktree Arena from next year unless vital funding can be found
for a compulsory new £30,000 safety fence. New British Speedway
Association rules being introduced in 2014 require all tracks
to have safety fences to protect riders. More...
ambulance lands in town
air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon
(September 4th) to help a patient in need of medical help. The
yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance landed in the field between
Magpie Close and Brent Broads, as pictured here. More...
goes to Royal nursery
COLOURFUL painting by a Highbridge artist has been hung in Prince
George's nursery after being accepted by The Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge. Tazia Fawley, 43, who has Down's Syndrome, says
the news of the Royal request comes as a "huge honour".
day to help rescue groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea fun day in aid of the rescue organisations which
helped search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after
falling from Burnham's jetty is to be held this weekend. Dylan's
Memory Music and Fun Day will be held this Saturday from mid-day.
group re-starts tonight
and Highbridge Choral Society is inviting local residents to join
its ranks this evening (Thursday 5th September) as its autumn
programme gets underway. The society is now led by new Musical
Director Nicholas Bromilow, who comes with lots of fresh ideas.
walker and pet rescued
DOG walker was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards yesterday
(Tuesday) after getting stuck in mud as she attempted to reach
her stranded Labrador. Rose Prosser tried to wade through thick
mud to reach her pet, called Holly, after it become completely
stranded on the banks of the River Brue. More...
explains his Syria stance
Conservative's parliamentary candidate for the Burnham-On-Sea
area has explained why he would have voted differently to MP Tessa
Munt in last week's House of Commons vote on military action in
Syria. James Heappey served as an officer in The Rifles. More...
for council transparency
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week
called for more transparency around Town Council meetings to encourage
more input from the general public. Sylvia Young, pictured, told
councillors at their meeting that more should be done to open
up the council. More...
called to Stert Island
from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB were called to Stert Island
on Tuesday afternoon (September 3rd) amid concern that several
large gas cylinders had washed up. A walker on Burnham seafront
had seen the objects through a telescope and raised the alarm,
fearing damage to boats. More...
you seen stolen bikes?
have asked for the public's help in finding two mountain bikes
stolen from a Burnham-On-Sea home. The bikes were taken from a
locked shed at a property in Grenville Road, Burnham between August
25th and August 27th - and police have asked for the public's
fitness scheme to launch
NEW fitness scheme that rewards people who lose weight with money
for local community projects will launch in Highbridge this week.
The Pound 4 Pound Community Project will officially start this
Thursday morning (September 5th) at Highbridge's Morland Hall
at 10.30am. More...
presenter towed to safety
lifeboat crew came to the rescue of TV's Grand Designs presenter
Kevin McCloud during Minehead's annual Raft Race at the weekend.
Burnham's Staines Whitfield lifeboat was helping to provide safety
cover at the event on Sunday afternoon when he got into trouble.
pylons route unveiled
route that electricity will take as it is carried from the proposed
new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been revealed today
(Tuesday). 140 new pylons will be built along a route stretching
34 miles across Somerset, including close to the villages of Mark,
East Huntspill and Biddisham. More...
voiced over 62 new homes
TOWN councillors have this week voiced fresh concerns about
controversial plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge
and replace it with 62 new homes. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
in July that developer Property Link is seeking full planning
permission to build the development.
rescued from plane!
it came to teaching her young to fly, an enterprising swallow
mum decided to go one better than the rest of the flock - by building
her nest in an aircraft undercarriage! But the three tiny chicks
suddenly found themselves on the move when their plane was towed.
travelled through town
PRISONER on the run may have travelled on a train through Highbridge
on Sunday morning, police have said this week as they appealed
for the public's help in finding him. Wayne Richard Head, 35,
was last seen in Leyhill Prison at 5.30am on Saturday morning.
parks bid for awards
Marine Cove Gardens and Highbridge's Apex Park are both in the
running to win the title of 'the nation's favourite park'. They
are among 1,448 parks across the UK to have been nominated in
The Peoples Choice Awards, an annual contest. More...
of trophies won by Craig
BURNHAM-On-Sea tennis coach is this week celebrating winning a
trio of trophies. Avenue Tennis Club Coach, Craig Phillips, has
won the Somerset Open Mens Singles and Doubles together
with the Somerset Closed Mens. Craig began learning to play aged
run for cancer charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple will be running a half marathon this weekend
to raise funds for a 10 year-old boy suffering from a rare disease.
Joe Laoutaris, right, has been diagnosed as suffering Ewing's
Sarcoma, a disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone.
consultation starts today
who are fighting plans for a corridor of new power pylons across
the Somerset Levels near Burnham-On-Sea hope to force National
Grid to re-think the scheme as its consultation begins today (Tuesday).
National Grid is offering one last chance. More...
destroyed in fire accident
have concluded that a big blaze which destroyed two cars and left
one person in hospital in East Huntspill on Sunday evening (September
1st) was started accidentally. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea
and Bridgwater were called. More...
upgrade for river footpath
is to begin this month on building a brand new £28,000 footpath
alongside the River Brue in Highbridge. The new route for pedestrians
and cyclists will fill in the 'missing link' in the path between
Alexander Court, near the Highbridge Hotel, and the railway station.
bikers in town charity ride
bikers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took held a fundraising
bike run and fun day on Sunday (September 1st) in memory of Dylan
Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after falling into the sea
from the town's jetty last summer. 100 bikers took part. More...
begins after blaze drama
cars were destroyed and one person was taken to hospital during
a big fire in East Huntspill on Sunday evening. Three fire crews
from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a blaze
at the rear of the Crown Stores village shop in Church Road, East
Huntspill shortly after 5.30pm. More...
call for queen entries
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have a final chance to enter this year's
competiton to find Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen
and Princesses. The entry period has been extended to allow last-minute
entries to be submitted up until September 4th. More...
brew contest returns
brewers are being encouraged to enter their beers and ales into
the second 'Great Burnham Brew Off' at the town's Food and Drink
Festival later this month. The home brewing will return as part
of the autumn Burnham Food and Drink Festival on September 28th.
destroyed in blaze drama
cars were destroyed and one person was taken to hospital during
a big fire in East Huntspill on Sunday evening. Three fire crews
from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a blaze
at the rear of the Crown Stores village shop in Church Road, East
Huntspill shortly after 5.30pm. More...
crowd at FolkFest finale
1,000 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday
afternoon to enjoy the finale of this year's FolkFest. Organisers
said the eighth annual event, which started on Thursday, has been
the 'best yet' with record crowds throughout the weekend, including
on Saturday. More...
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