Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News
given 'right to bid' powers
Exclusive: THE future of key community buildings and facilities
in Burnham-On-Sea is to be safeguarded through new government
legislation that gives community groups the right to bid for them.
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has this week approved plans
to draw up a formal asset register. More...
shopping night tonight
OVER 50 shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when
a special Christmas shopping evening with festive music is held
tonight (Thursday, December 5th). Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade
has organised the initiative to give shoppers a chance to visit
and support local traders. More...
rescued from chimney top
AN owl is recovering at Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea
after being rescued from a chimney. The bird became trapped at
a house in Wellow near Bath and was only found thanks to his increasingly
desperate hooting, prompting the roof-top rescue. More...
seize cannabis plants
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have seized cannabis plants in a swoop
on a town centre home. Officers entered the Regent Street property
after noticing a strong smell outside the building. They found
several cannabis plants, which were taken away and destroyed.
unveils new wall hanging
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's University of Third Age unveiled this
colourful wall hanging at Berrow Medical Centre on Wednesday (December
4th). The U3A Patchwork 1 Group made the wall hanging to mark
the 20th anniversary of Burnham U3A. More...
given standing orders!
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councilllors will have to stand to their feet
before speaking in formal debates from next year. In a bid to
bring more formality and order to debates in the Town Council
Chambers in Jaycroft Road, councillors have this week approved
the proposals. More...
Bank sees record demand
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food Bank, which helps feed
local people encountering severe economic hardship, is helping
record numbers of struggling people. The Highbridge and Burnham
Food Bank is run by volunteers from a number of churches across
the area and has seen a big upsurge in visitors. More...
Xmas post service starts
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scout Group are gearing up to launch
their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across
the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the
group for many years and is one of their key fundraising activities.
Burnham boutique opens
A BRAND new women's dress agency opened for business for the first
time in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (December 3rd). Just Labels
Boutique Dress Agency welcomed its first customers at its brand
new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Court, located in Victoria
50 shops to open late
OVER 50 shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when
a special Christmas shopping evening is held this Thursday (December
5th) alongside festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of
Trade has organised the initiative to help shoppers. More...
Youth Council to meet
A NEW Burnham and Highbridge Youth Town Council has been formed
to give young people a voice in the two towns. The Somerset Rural
Youth Project is overseeing the meetings and is inviting young
people aged 11-19 to get involved as the freshly formed group
in row over kids centres
A WAR of words has broken out between Somerset County Council
and Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt over statements she made in the
House of Commons regarding financial cuts to children's centres.
Tessa spoke about the matter in Parliament last week. More...
fall man flown to hospital
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon
(December 2nd) to fly a man to hospital after an accident. The
yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance landed on the playing
fields next to the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, as pictured here.
of seafront lights begins
Exclusive: A TRIAL of new decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea
seafront has got underway this week. The new LED lights, which
change colour, have been installed along the raised walkway on
the South Esplanade near Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club following
lentghy discussions. More...
over £1.4m hotel plan
town councillors have this week attacked Sedgemoor District Council
for changing the major redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site
without consulting them first. At a meeting last night (Monday),
councillors raised concerns about the deal. More...
open in Xmas contest
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas
lights competition have issued a call for entries this week as
the entry period begins. The Town Council is encouraging residents
to illuminate their homes across the towns and it will be judging
the very best displays. More...
Prize winner announced
THIS clever entry was judged the winner of Somerset's annual Turnip
Prize awards on Monday night (December 2nd). The winning artwork,
named 'A play on words', comprised of a dictionary with a copy
of a Shakespeare play on top, and was displayed at the awards.
gets into festive spirit!
SCORES of Christmas events were held across the Burnham-On-Sea
area at the weekend as the town's festivities got underway. A
Christmas fayre was held at Burnham Nursing and Residential Home
in Oxford Street where visitors and residents enjoyed a fun day.
threat to Hinkley expansion
THE European Commission is close to concluding that Britains
nuclear expansion programme at Hinkley Point breaches EU state
aid rules and may have to be revised, a move that could lead to
long delays and even cause the complex deal to unravel, according
to national press reports. More...
as new rail bridge opens
Exclusive: NETWORK Rail has this week come under attack
for building a new footbridge at Highbridge Railway Station without
introducing access for disabled and elderly travellers. The old
concrete footbridge was removed on Sunday (December 1st) as part
of a Network Rail modernisation project. More...
shops event on Thursday
of shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when a special
Christmas shopping evening is held this Thursday (December 5th)
alongside an evening of festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber of Trade has organised the event. More...
rail footbridge dismantled
A HUGE piece of Highbridge history was removed early on Sunday
morning (December 1st) when the town's railway station footbridge
was removed. A huge crane was brought in by Network Rail to remove
the huge concrete structure, as captured here by our photographer.
rainbow for family
A BURNHAM-On-Sea widower has described the emotional moment a
rainbow formed over the town's lighthouse soon after his wife's
ashes were scattered there. Deryk Walker's wife, Vera, 84, recently
passed away and was a keen Burnham beach walker who loved the
Close switches on lights
CROWDS of people turned out to watch the grand switch-on of a
Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of Christmas lights
this evening (Sunday, December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes
switched on their display - which frequently appears in the national
press - following festive music. More...
calls in at Highbridge!
SANTA called in at Highbridge over the weekend to meet children
and give his support to two ladies who are holding a year of fundraising
challenges. Nicola Noad and Tamara Ellis made a new years
resolution to get healthy and have held 11 of their 12 events.
bazaar draws visitors
A FESTIVE atmosphere swept into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
on Saturday (30th November) when a Christmas Bazaar attracted
visitors. The event, organised by The Friends of The Princess,
was opened by Burnham and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard.
cycle ride raises £520
THREE Burnham-On-Sea youngsters raised £520 for the Philippines
typhoon disaster fund by completing a sponsored cycle ride on
Saturday (November 30th). James Biddiscombe, 12, Oliver Davies,
13, and Chris Wood, 15, raised the money through sponsorship by
lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights were formally switched on by the
town's Deputy Mayor last night (Saturday). A group of residents,
councillors and MP Tessa Munt gathered outside the Community Centre
in Market Street for the gathering, led by Deputy Mayor Pauline
Pollard, as pictured. More...
Close switch-on tonight
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of thousands
of Christmas lights often features in the national press will
burst into festive colour this evening (Sunday, December 1st).
The eight Trinity Close homes will switch on their illuminations
at 7pm. More...
hurt in 3.50am crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital following an early morning crash
near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (November 30th). Fire,
ambulance and police crews were called to the Old Pawlett Road
in West Huntspill at 3.50am after a car, pictured, left the road
and ended up in a ditch. More...
Academy 'is not on sale'
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy have
this week dispelled rumours that the business is up for sale.
Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, pictured, said they are bemused why
the rumours have been circulating in the town in recent weeks.
waste charges to rise
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision
to increase charges for Burnham-On-Sea residents who use its garden
waste bin collection service. The council has this week approved
an increase in the annual charge for green bins to £46.50
from next April. More...
hurt after power line hit
swan was rescued from a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon
(November 29th) after injuring itself by flying into a power line.
A walker alerted East Huntspill based Secret World Rescue Centre,
who sent its carers to retrieve it from a ditch. More...
play area is opened
NEW-look play park near Burnham-On-Sea has been re-opened this
week following a £25,000 overhaul. Sedgemoor District Council
bosses have formally opened the East Brent play park in Red House
Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week, as pictured here.
charges hike approved
PARKING charges are set to rise in Burnham-On-Sea next year
following a decision to hike up the rates by Sedgemoor District
Council this week. The council's Executive has approved income-generating
plans to increase certain parking fees from April 2014 despite
weekend of Xmas events
PACKED weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place
across the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We have a full preview
of all the main events, from Christmas fayres to festive art exhibitions
and visits by Father Christmas and church services! More...
to hold typhoon cycle ride
Burnham-On-Sea youngsters are holding a sponsored cycle ride tomorrow
(Saturday, November 30th) to raise funds for the Philippines typhoon
disaster fund. James Biddiscombe, 12, and his friend Oliver Davies,
13, will cycle from Highbridge to the village of Mark to raise
stars help raise £2,748
£2,700 was raised when almost 200 people flocked to a successful
darts fundraiser on Wednesday evening (November 27th) to see two
of Britain's top players in action. Justin Pipe and Gary Anderson
took part in an exhibition match at The Oaktree, watched by a
big crowd. More...
Manager to be recruited
NEW Town Centre Manager for Burnham-On-Sea is set to be appointed
early in 2014, town councillors have proposed this week. The creation
of the new role is among several improvements that are being funded
by £440,000 of cash from Tesco community funding. More...
team makes a splash!
Swim and Sports Academy's Swim Team have made a big splash at
their first ever open competition this week. The Academy Swim
Team travelled to Exeter for the regional event and came third
overall out of 15 teams, a great result for the new team. More...
deal agreed on hotel
LONG-running plans to redevelop the Highbridge Hotel and former
cattle market site have taken a leap forward this week with the
agreement of a £1.48million grant funding deal. Sedgemoor
District Council's Executive has agreed to give a grant worth
£1,481,000 from its New Homes Bonus Fund. More...
raises charity funds
£300 was raised for a cancer charity during a sponsored
spinathon in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Seventeen fundraisers jumped
onto the exercise bikes at King Alfred Sports Centre to pedal
for two hours in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
BENEFIT fraudster has been handed a fine and a community order
of unpaid work after being prosecuted. The District Council has
prosecuted Robert Karlsson (61) of Waliscote Road, Weston for
failing to declare he'd sub-let his SHAL-owned property in Highbridge.
plane crash man dies
Skinner, the last survivor of the crew of an American B17 Flying
Fortress which crash-landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach on December
31st, 1943, has died peacefully back home in the United States.
He never forgot the town that came to the help of the crew. More...
Art Market this Saturday
and artwork created by artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea
area will go on show at Christmas Art Market this weekend. Highbridge
and Burnham Artists (HABA) are holding their annual Christmas
Art Market on Saturday 30th November from 10am. More...
drive campaign starts
Police have this week launched a Christmas campaign to crack down
on drink-related issues over the festive period. At this time
of year around one in every five arrests across the region are
for assaults and many are drink-related. More...
to hold Xmas craft fair
TOWN centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a two-day craft
and gift fair this weekend. Flowers and Things in the High Street
is organising the event on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December
1st from 10am-4pm. A wide range will be on show. More...
gift appeal launched
of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have launched their annual Christmas
gift appeal this week. The club is encouraging shoppers at Highbridge's
Asda supermarket to donate gifts, toys and food to needy people
in the area by placing them in a collection box. More...
to town crash victim
have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea man who has died in a tragic
incident. Keith Randall, 45, was killed when he became trapped
under the wheel of a tractor in East Pennard last week. Keith
worked as a depot manager at a plant hire firm and was driving
a flat bed lorry. More...
petrol station approved
ASDA'S plans to build a controversial petrol station outside
its Highbridge store have this week been given the go-ahead despite
a high profile campaign to halt the scheme by residents. Sedgemoor
District Council gave the go-ahead for the eight-pump petrol station
on Tuesday. More...
stars in action tonight
of Britain's leading darts players will be in action at Highbridge's
Oaktree Arena tonight (Wednesday November 27th). Justin Pipe and
Gary Anderson will be taking part in an exhibition match. Justin
is currently number 9 in the PDC order of merit in the world.
lights up for Xmas
Christmas lights will be formally switched on this Saturday evening
(November 30th). A group of residents and town councillors will
gather outside the Community Centre in Market Street to watch
the ceremony at 6.45pm, led by the Chamber of Trade. More...
collects for typhoon fund
of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club were so shocked at the scenes
of devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan that
they had to help. In recent days, the club's members have been
collecting for the Philippines Typoon Disaster Appeal. More...
new homes approved
plans to build 105 new homes in Highbridge have moved a step closer
this week with the approval of an outline planning application.
Permission has been granted for the development of the former
Delta Engineering factory site in Newtown Road, pictured here.
trail plan unveiled
GROUP of artists in Burnham-On-Sea hope to replicate the success
of Bristol's Gromit trail by launching a trail of mini lighthouses
next year. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) are leading a
project to build 20 6ft-tall replicas of Burnham's famous beach
lighthouse to be installed across the town. More...
rescue lady stuck in lift
crews rescued a distressed pensioner who became stuck in a lift
at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Monday (November 25th). Two
fire engines from Burnham were called to Allandale Court in Rectory
Road, pictured, at 4pm. Crews were mobilised following a call
from staff. More...
Burnham gift shop opens
NEW gift shop selling locally-produced products has opened in
Burnham-On-Sea this week. With Love has opened in Cross Street
with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Burnham Mayor Martin Cox. Janet
Probert and Jimi Sculley have opened the new business this week.
risk views wanted
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been invited to have
their say on plans to manage the risk of flooding in Somerset.
The Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out the approach that
the County Council proposes to take to limit the impacts of flooding.
grant for war project
Heritage Lottery Fund has this week awarded £10,000 to a
project near Burnham-On-Sea marking the centenary of the First
World War. The 'Isle of Wedmore Remembers the First World War
1914-19 Project' has received the grant for its history research
Brean Rally announced
80 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 18th annual Brean
Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during
January. The 2014 Brean Stages Rally will be held over the weekend
of January 25th and 26th with plenty of fast-paced action in store.
£64k play park takes shape
WORK to construct a brand new £64,000 play area in Highbridge
is underway and is on schedule to be completed in the New Year.
Sedgemoor District Council is working with building firm Halcrow
on delivering the new facilities in the town's Southwell Gardens,
as pictured here. More...
rower visits Burnham
Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell make a special visit to
Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 23rd) when he visited the
town's rescue hovercrafts and met traders in the High Street.
James Cracknell OBE, made the visit with parliamentary hopeful
Hames Heappey. More...
saved from bankruptcy!
at a Burnham-On-Sea care home who are looking after a VIP dog
whose owner died several years ago have this week thanked a group
of fishermen who have raised £2,000 to save the pooch from
bankruptcy! Bob, a Labrador, lives at a ursing home. More...
cause £600 of damage
motorist is counting the cost of vandalism after his car was attacked
last week, causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Ian Cook's VW
Polo was damaged with a key outside Burnham's Tesco store in Ben
Travers Way on Thursday (November 21st). More...
Sharkz gig raises £1,900
was raised for charity when popular Burnham-based band The Lone
Sharkz reunited after ten years apart on Saturday night (November
23rd). A sell-out concert was held at The Oaktree where the crowd
were also entertained by Snappa and
The Talk Show Hosts.
number finish Knoll run
number of runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling
race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll on Sunday (November
24th). Recent rainfall left slippery conditions for the 153 runners
during the annual 5.5mile run, which was won by an 18 year-old.
line falls onto Brean road
closed a main road through Brean on Sunday morning (November
a power line came down. Police shut Warren Road after a motorist
found the fallen power line stretching across the road. Western
Power Distribution worked to restore power throughout the morning.
photos: Christmas switch-on
of people turned out to watch Burnham's world BMX champion Liam
Phillips and BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton switch on Burnham-On-Sea's
Christmas lights on Saturday (November 23rd). The switch-on included
an all-day outdoor Christmas street market and an afternoon of
Town festive switch-on
video highlights of Burnham's annual Christmas lights switch-on.
Hundreds turned out to watch Burnham's world BMX champion Liam
Phillips and BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton light up Burnham
on Saturday (November 23rd). Many groups took part. More...
Brent Knoll Run
100 runners from across the South West will take part in a gruelling
race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back today
(Sunday, November 24th). The annual 5.5mile run will start at
11.30am from the BASC Ground in Burnham-On-Sea. More...
visitors join carol singing
of people got into the festival spirit during a free Christmas
carol concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove on Saturday (November
23rd). Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Marine Cove
held the special event at the seafront gardens. More...
to shut M5 junction
have been warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will
be temporarily closed during overnight roadworks next month. The
Highways Agency is currently undertaking work to improve safety
between Burnham and Weston. More...
fayre on Sunday
fayre is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Sunday
(November 24th). Doors open at 11am and a wide range of craft
and gifts will be on display until 5pm. Entry to the event is
just £1 and there will be a number of gifts on show and
for sale. More...
receives boost from Asda
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 - and those that attract the most
receive a donation. More...
photos: Bloom awards night
20 residents were presented with awards when the town's annual
Burnham In Bloom prize ceremony was held on Friday night (November
22nd). Scores of residents and business owners gathered in the
Town Council Chambers for the annual presentation night. More...
reunites for town concert
Burnham-based band The Lone Sharkz are getting back together after
ten years this evening (Saturday 23rd November) to raise money
for charity. Supported by Snappa and The Talk Show Hosts, the
event will be held at the Oaktree Arena at Edithmead. More...
hurt as car leaves road
was taken to hospital after this car plunged into a water-filled
ditch near Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of today (Friday).
Fire, police and ambulance crews from Burnham were sent to the
A370 at Lympsham shortly before 6am where the Ford Fiesta had
left the road. More...
firm in administration
building firm in Burnham-On-Sea has gone into administration with
the loss of more than 20 jobs. Boley and Skuse Ltd was established
in 1952 and was based in Berrow Road. The firm had a turnover
of over £1.5-2million per year and was a supplier of building
couple renew their vows
couple from West Huntspill have renewed their vows in an emotional
ceremony in the chapel at Weston Hospicecare. Julie Trott, 53,
who has secondary cancer, and her husband David, 54, held their
ceremony in the chapel at Weston Hospicecare. More...
preparations are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights
switch-on, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, November 23rd).
An outdoor Christmas street market with festive food and craft
stalls will be held from 10am, followed by entertainment. More...
welcomes school pupils
from a Burnham-On-Sea school have swapped their classroom for
the Town Council chambers during a special visit to councillors.
Members of the St Andrew's School Council met members of the Town
Council, including Mayor Cllr Martin Cox during the visit to the
council's base in Jaycroft Road. More...
raise cash for BARB
of fundraising motorcyclists has presented a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft charity BARB this week. Somerset Motorcycle
Group holds regular charity bike runs throughout the year, with
each one starting in Highbridge, and raising cash for good causes.
of Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard team have new looks this month
as they join the ranks of moustache-growing supporters of a charity
campaign. The crewmembers have been growing moustaches since the
beginning of the month in support of Movember. More...
ban served by court
has this week issued a Drinking Banning Order on a Burnham-On-Sea
man which means he is no longer able to visit pubs across the
area. The middle-aged man was served with the order by magistrates
in Taunton after police said he had caused 'trouble and public
concern' at several pubs in the area. More...
hair salon opens in town
Mayor cut a ribbon to officially open a new hair salon in the
town on Wednesday (November 20th). The new business, called Freshair,
opened in Victoria Street and specialises in wedding and special
occasion hair and make-up. More...
in action this Saturday
boxers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be in action at
a special event in the town this Saturday (November 23rd). Highbridge's
King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club is hosting the event at Burnham
Holiday Village with a visit by a local boxing champion. More...
hurt in two-car crash
crash partially blocked a main road near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday
morning. Part of Mark Causeway on the B3139 was blocked due to
an accident involving two vehicles shortly after 9am. Police and
fire crews were called and said the injuries were not serious.
to appear on TV show
of a Highbridge dance group will be appearing on TV alongside
pop group B*Witched this Sunday (November 24th). Youngsters from
the Burnham-On-Sea area were featured alongside the Irish pop
quartet for the new ITV series of The Sooty Show. More...
off-licence wins go-ahead
A PROMINENT former electrical shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
has this week moved a step closer to being transformed into a
new off-licence and convenience store. Sedgemoor District Council
granted a new premises licence to Shreeji Enterprises to transform
the shop. More...
council web costs attacked
A HIGHBRIDGE councillor has this week attacked Somerset County
Council for spending £40,000 on a new website that aims
to promote how it is saving money. District councillor Helen Groves,
right, submitted a Freedom of Information request to the County
Council to reveal its costs. More...
stars in action next week
of Britain's leading darts players will be in action at Highbridge's
Oaktree Arena on Wednesday November 27th. Justin Pipe and Gary
Anderson will be taking part in an exhibition match. Justin is
currently number 9 in the PDC order of merit while Gary is ranked
at number 19. More...
to hold carol singing event
festive carol concert will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine
Cove this Saturday (November 23rd). Sedgemoor District Council
and the Friends of Marine Cove are holding the event at 1.30pm.
The King Alfred School Youth Band will be at the gardens. More...
than £200 was raised at a quiz night towards the cost of
holding next year's Burnham-On-Sea fireworks display - and organisers
are appealing for more support of future fundraising events. The
quiz night at The Oaktree last Friday raised £207 for the
award for Colin
Burnham-On-Sea man has been presented with an award to acknowledge
his willingness to go the extra mile to help neighbours. Colin
Clark received the award during the annual Residents Day for Homes
in Sedgemoor tenants, held at Bridgwater College Academy in Sydenham.
crashes into store's wall
A CAR was left embedded in the wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco
supermarket after a crash on Monday (November 18th). Police and
fire crews were called to the store in Ben Travers Way after a
motorist briefly lost control of her Volkswagen, sending it crashing
into a wall. More...
in world record bid
at a Burnham-On-Sea dance school took part in a world record bid
for the most tappers tapping at the same time in multiple venues
across the UK on Sunday afternoon (November 17th). 30 people ranging
from 7 years-old to 60+ took part from the Burnham area. More...
launched in town
of Burnham-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Army Cadet Force have carried
out a litter-pick and a bulb planting session in the town this
week. The litter licking sesion was held along Queen's Drive and
daffodil bulb planting took place in Frank Foley Parkway. More...
shopping night planned
shopping evening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday December
5th when shops across the town centre are set to stay open during
an evening of festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of
Trade is organising the event for local shoppers. More...
contest for Food Festival
Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink festival will play host to the official
South West England Chilli Cook-off on 24th May 2014. Popular in
America, the Chilli Cook-Off phenomenon is now in the UK and entrants
will have four hours to cook a gallon of Chilli con Carne at the
breakfast with Tessa
breakfast with Burnham-On-Sea's MP is to be held in the town on
Friday December 6th. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is organising
the special event for local businesses to meet Tessa Munt and
discuss local issues with her during the event at The Princess
to Xmas switch-on
countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on
which will take place this Saturday (November 23rd). An outdoor
Christmas street market with festive food and craft stalls will
be held from 10am, followed at 2.30pm by entertainment. More...
over car wash plans
A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket has unveiled plans to build a
new permanent car wash outside its store, raising fears among
some nearby residents about extra noise. Burnham's Tesco store
in Ben Travers Way has submitted a planning application to Sedgemoor
District Council outlining its plans. More...
photos: Berrow festive fair
of people got into the festive spirit by attending Berrow's annual
fundraising Christmas fair on Sunday (17th November). The event,
called 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', raised over £650
for Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer at Berrow Village Hall.
of Oz' comes to town!
classic stage musical 'The Wizard of Oz' is set to be performed
in Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend. Members of Burnham Excellent
Entertainment Society (BEES) will perform the hit show in front
of audiences at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...
wins runner-up award
carnival club has finished the season with further second places
at Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury Carnivals. Hillview Carnival
Club's entry, called Luck Of The Irish, received plenty of support
from spectators at each event on the circuit. More...
planting session held
shrugged off recent vandalism at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove
gardens to hold a successful bulb planting session. Dozens of
daffodil bulbs were planted around the seafront gardens on Saturday
(November 16th) by the Friends of Marine Cove. More...
raised for Poppy Appeal
£23,000 was raised in Burnham-On-Sea for the Royal British
Legion during the annual Poppy Appeal - and the group had further
good news this week when it received a unique donation. The legion
was presented with a very special collection of poppy petals.
centre reassures users
of a Burnham-On-Sea Children's Day Care service have been reassured
that its future is not in jeopardy in light of the possible closure
of the Octopus Children's Centre. The Daycare Centre is based
in the same building as Burnham's Octopus Children's Centre which
is in jeopardy of closing. More...
flock to see Santa
Christmas made a grand arrival for the start of the festive season
at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World on Saturday (November 16th)
by arriving on a double decker bus! Over 200 people flocked to
see Santa's arrival outside the garden centre at its entrance.
attacks energy price rises
MP has called on energy firms to lower their bills but attacked
Labour's plans for a price freeze during a House of Commons debate.
Tessa Munt said Labour's proposed energy price freeze would not
solve the problem of soaring prices in the longer term. More...
holds festive market
Pavilion is holding a two-day Christmas market this weekend. The
event is being held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm,
giving visitors a chance to see a wide selection of hand-made
gifts. A range of gift baskets are among the items. More...
photos: Children In Need
nail painting event was among the many fundraising activities
taking place across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (November
15th) for Children In Need. Scores of schools and local businesses
joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon, raising thousands
of pounds. More...
estuary bridge proposed
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has this week proposed a new bridge
be built across the River Parrett estuary to open up more of the
coastline to walkers. Cllr Phil Harvey, right, told a Town Council
meeting that a bridge could run across the river from south of
car keyed at store
A SHOCKED shopper in Highbridge has been left with an expensive
repair bill after having her car keyed. Tara Baker parked her
Renault outside Asda's Caxton Road store on Thursday (November
14th) and found a long scratch along its side when she returned.
book launched in Burnham
book featuring short stories and poems written by recovering sufferers
of addictions has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Called
Looking In, the book was launched at the town's Princess Theatre
on Thursday (November 14th) where several of the emotional stories
were read. More...
In Need events begin
of pounds are expected to be raised for Children In Need across
the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday, November 15th) during a
series of fundraising events. Schools, clubs and businesses will
be joining in the annual BBC fundraising marathon. More...
set to arrive tomorrow
Christmas will make a grand arrival for the start of the festive
season at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World on Saturday (November
16th). Santa's arrival will take place at 11am and the centre
is encouraging local children and families to come along and meet
spectacular fireworks display may have dazzled spectators last
week - but organisers are already planning next year's event by
getting fundraising underway. The Oaktree in Highbridge will be
raising funds for the event over the coming year. More...
shock at disaster
Mayoress - who has family in the Philippines - has this week spoken
of her 'complete shock' at the devastation left by Typhoon Haiynan
which has killed thousands of people. Arlene Cox, Mayoress of
Burnham and Highbridge, says she has been overwhelmed by the support
shown locally. More...
museum raises funds
pupils at a Highbridge school have raised funds for two local
charities by creating their own history museum. The Year 3 students
at Churchfield School have been creating historical artwork and
crafts with a Roman theme as part of a project, which then went
on display. More...
flats to replace offices?
A BLOCK of prominent former solicitors offices in Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre could soon be turned into flats. The owner of the
building at 9-11 Abingdon Street has this week submitted a planning
application to convert the premises, pictured, into flats. More...
fair this Sunday
fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (17th November) to raise
funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The event, 'Shop for a Cure
for Christmas', is being organsied for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
and will be held from 10.30am-3pm at Berrow Village Hall. More...
star to sing in town
Irish country singer will be performing at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess
Theatre on Friday evening (November 15th). Jimmy Buckley will
perform for one night only at the Burnham theatre in Princess
Street with the show starting from 7.30pm. Tickets are available.
star helps fund hall's refurb
BBC TV sports presenter has helped to raise thousands of pounds
for a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea. John Inverdale was the
VIP guest at the fundraising quiz night in Mark which raised £2,000
towards the refurbishment of part of Mark Village Hall. More...
of awards for golf couple
couple are celebrating this week after scooping three accolades
at a leading golf awards ceremony. Nick and Carole Pope - who
live in Burnham and are the golf professionals at Wedmore Golf
Club - picked up three awards at the ceremony. More...
appeal after Tesco theft
police have this week appealed for help in identifying these two
people following a shoplifting incident at a supermarket in the
town. Officers are investigating the theft of more than £670
worth of alcohol and nappies from Burnham's Tesco store. More...
centre's future in doubt
future of Burnham-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre has been
thrown into jeopardy this week after Somerset County Council unveiled
a major cost-cutting initiative. The controversial restructuring
plans will see the merger of many of Somerset's existing children's
raises £10,000 for charity
pub has donated more than £10,000 to Cancer Research UK
following fundraising over the holiday season. The pub held various
events in aid of the charity and raised a grand total of £10,595.90
which has been handed over to the cancer charity this week. More...
backs 17,000 name petition
MP has joined several MPs in presenting a petition to the Speaker
in Parliament with 17,000 signatories from across the UK calling
for a better deal for our rural areas. Tessa Munt says government
funding is weighted more to urban areas and this hurts counties
like Somerset. More...
planting session at Cove
are being sought to join a bulb planting session at Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (November 16th). The event will
be held at the seafront gardens from 10am when the Friends of
Marine Cove will be planting daffodil bulbs throughout the morning.
celebrates its tenth year
than 200 people attended a black tie ball on Saturday (November
9th) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat
Station. Supporters, crewmembers and their families joined the
event at The Webbington Country Hotel near Burnham. More...
appeal after girl followed
issued an appeal for witnesses today (Tuesday) after a Highbridge
schoolgirl was left shaken when she was followed by a man. Police
say the incident occurred near the alleyway that runs between
the Pepperall Road roundabout and Worston Lane between 3-3.30pm.
over parking fees hike
COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voiced their
concerns at proposals to hike up parking charges in the town.
Sedgemoor District Council wants to boost its revenue from parking
in Burnham by increasing the annual cost of season tickets from
£560 to £650. More...
tastes sweet success!
confectionery store in Burnham-On-Sea has tasted sweet success
by being named among the UK's top 100 small businesses. Bessies
Sweet Shoppe in the High Street has been included in the list
set up by Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and
fundraiser on Friday
spectacular fireworks display may have dazzled spectators last
week - but organisers are already planning next year's event by
getting fundraising underway. The Oaktree in Highbridge will be
raising funds for the event, starting with a 'Quiz & Curry
Night' on 15th November. More...
mark Armistice Day
of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in special
ceremonies to mark Armistice Day on Monday (November 11th). The
ceremonies took place next to the fountain in Burnham's Pier Street
and at Highbridge's Memorial Garden to honour those have died
in conflicts. More...
loses wheels on M5
wheels came off a coach as it drove along the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea,
causing damage to the road and long tailbacks for motorists on
Monday afternoon (November 11th). The southbound carriageway between
Weston and Burnham-On-Sea was partly blocked following the incident.
return is a sell-out
Burnham-based band The Lone Sharkz are getting back together after
ten years on Saturday 23rd November to raise money for charity.
Supported by Snappa and The Talk Show Hosts, the event will be
held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena at Edithmead. More...
Crews at landfill site blaze
from across Somerset were called to tackle a big blaze at a waste
landfill site near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (November 10th). Several
hundred tonnes of green waste went up in flames at the Walpole
Landfill Site in Puriton shortly before 11.30am. More...
clinch second spots
carnival club clinched second place in its class at both Weston
and North Petherton Carnivals over the weekend. Hillview Carnival
Club's entry, called Luck Of The Irish, was given plenty of support
along the route by big crowds at both events. More...
Smidge is found safe
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family who issued an appeal to
find their lost cat says he has been found safe and well. Smidge,
a large tabby, went missing last week just days after his owners
moved into the town from Devon, as we featured last week. Fortunately,
the cat has been found safe and well. More...
visits Highbridge ceremony
Munt joined residents in Highbridge to mark Remembrance Day on
Sunday. The town's event began with a parade along Church Street
of local groups followed by a service at St John's Church and
a wreath-laying ceremony at the town's war memorial. More...
of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Service on Sunday
to pay tribute to those who died in the two world wars. Burnham's
Mayor Martin Cox was among 500 dignitaries, representatives of
local groups and residents who gathered at the war memorial for
the ceremony. More...
bank for Burnham
centre building society in Burnham-On-Sea got a new name and and
a fresh look on Saturday (November 9th). Workmen were taking down
the Britannia Building Society branding from the branch in College
Street as it became a Co-Operative Bank. More...
toy show a success
of local toy makers gathered in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November
9th) when the town's first ever toy model show was held. Trains,
planes, buses, fairground scenes and dolls houses were among the
items on display in Burnham's St Andrew's Church Hall. More...
home remembers war
residents at Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House - some of whom are war
veterans - have taken part in their own special remembrance service.
Dozens of pensioners, staff and families took part in the service
at the care home and members of local services. More...
cut hits 10,000 homes
of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were briefly left without electricity
this evening (November 9th) after a power cut hit the town. Western
Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that 10,618
households were without electricity following the interruption
to supplies at 5pm.
arrested over school incident
A 24 year-old man has been arrested by police in Burnham-On-Sea
after he approached several schoolgirls in the town earlier this
week. Police say on Monday afternoon the man allegedly approached
several girls in Highbridge. A man was later arrested by police.
to remember war dead
services will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Sunday
(November 10th) as residents remember those who died at war. The
Burnham-On-Sea branch of The Royal British Legion is holding a
Remembrance Day ceremony at 11am. More...
you seen lost Smidge?
who has just moved into Burnham-On-Sea is seeking help in finding
their lost cat. Smidge, a large tabby, has gone missing and the
family is desperate to be reunited with him. Owner Emily Green
has asked Burnham-On-Sea.com readers for help. More...
show in Burnham today
of toys from the past few decades will go on show at a toy model
show in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 9th). The event will
be held in St Andrew's Church Hall in Manor Road, Burnham from
10am-4pm. Models will include trains, planes and buses. More...
cars torched overnight
POLICE are investigating these two car fires in Burnham-On-Sea
during the early hours of Friday morning (November 8th). Firefighters
were called to separate incidents in Marine Drive and Sutherland
Avenue within minutes of each other at just before 2.30am in the
switch-on parking free
Exclusive: VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights
switch-on on Saturday November 23rd will be able to park for free
in the town centre in a bid to boost trade, it has been announced
this week. Burnham's Christmas lights are this week being installed
across the town centre. More...
today, gone tomorrow!
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has raised more than £500 for Children
In Need by having her hair shaved off this week! Gilly James-Parry,
56, had her locks removed during the fundraiser at Peter's Hairdressers
in Cross Street, Burnham on Thursday afternoon (November 7th).
show comes to Burnham
of toys from the past few decades will go on show at a toy model
show in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 9th). The event
will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall in Manor Road, Burnham
from 10am-4pm. Models will include trains, planes and buses and
22-metre mural unveiled
residents and their children joined representatives from Raglan
Housing, Sedgemoor District Council, the Homes and Communities
Agency and artist Andrew Bolton this week to unveil a brand new
22-metre wide community mural at a housing complex in the town.
target Marine Cove again
Exclusive: VANDALS have struck again at
Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove this week, setting fire to one of
the seafront shelters. The latest incident took place at around
1.30am during the early hours of Wednesday (6th November). Sedgemoor
District Council has confirmed the damage.
Asda plans withdrawn
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket
has this week withdrawn its controversial plans to open the store
24 hours a day following concern from nearby residents. We first
reported last month that the Town Council had raised a number
of objections regarding the supermarket's plans. More...
awards for four officers
FOUR members of Burnham-On-Sea's police team who
risked their lives to prevent a motorway tragedy have received
national bravery awards this week for their part in the incident.
They include Philippa Baskwill, Ryan Dinham, Sarah England and
Tracey Grobbeler. More...
of cannabis seized
more than £20,000 of cannabis during a drugs raid in Highbridge
last night (Wednesday). Officers swooped on a property in Worston
Road following community intelligence and took away over 24 plants
and a quantity of dried, cultivated material. More...
star to appear at quiz night
personality John Inverdale will be the special guest at a fundraising
event near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (November 8th). The
BBC sports presenter will be leading a celebrity quiz night being
run on behalf of Mark Community Association. More...
collected at fireworks
Rotary Club has thanked the spectators at last Sunday's rain-soaked
seafront fireworks for donating almost £1,300. The club
oversees the collection at the annual event, which went ahead
despite torrential rain, as we featured on Sunday evening. More...
you recognise this man?
have this week asked for the public's help in identifying this
man outside a Highbridge supermarket. Officers from Burnham Police
Station want to identify him as part of their investigation into
the use of a stolen credit card at the town's Asda supermarket.
hurt in 'hit and run'
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a pensioner
was injured in a 'hit and run' incident in Highbridge this morning
(Wednesday). At about 6.45am, a car was in collision with a 69
year-old man who was crossing Pepperall Road at the junction with
Burnham Road. The man suffered a broken leg. More...
A TOTAL of £10,765 was collected from spectators
during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - an increase of
over £1,300 on last year. Organisers thanked supporters
for donations, which help to run the event and also boost local
after 'arson' attack
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a suspected
arson attack in Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of yesterday
(Tuesday). The fire service was initially called to Chichester
Close at 12.32am after reports of a fire alarm activating. There
was a fire within the laundry building. More...
presenter opens shop
radio presenter has opened a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town
centre selling power tools this week. I M Tools has opened in
Regent Street in place of a former chemist by its owners Ian and
Mel Everett Giles, who is a radio presenter. More...
hurt in separate crashes
services in Burnham-On-Sea had a busy morning on Tuesday dealing
with two accidents in the space of an hour. In the first incident
shortly before 8am, a car and cyclist were involved in a collision
near the Esso petrol station in Love Lane. More...
named as top cadet
A TEENAGE army cadet from Burnham-On-Sea has been
rewarded for his hard work by being name Lord Lieutenant's Cadet
for Somerset. Cadet Serjeant Owen Bishop, a member of the Somerset
Cadet Battalion Army Cadet Force, is one of five cadets chosen
in the area. More...
solar energy plant opens
MP Tessa Munt joined fellow local investors at the official opening
of a £1.1 million community solar plant at the weekend.
Many of the 150 people have ploughed their funds into Wedmore
Community Power Co-operative's one-megawatt plant. More...
photos: Carnival spectacular
crowd of up to 30,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets to
see the town's spectacular carnival last night (Monday). A cavalcade
of illuminated carts rolled through the town for the 66th annual
Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. The results saw Ramblers Carnival
Club win the award. More...
Great night for Hillview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has thanked spectators
for their warm support during Monday's carnival. There were loud
cheers all along the route for the club whose cart, called Luck
Of The Irish, impressed the judges, helping it win several awards.
Carnival night fire drama
A FLAME-thrower left his mark on Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street by accidentally setting fire to a hanging basket fixture
during last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival! The Gremlins' entry,
called Xtinct, included flame throwers at the front and one briefly
set alight the fixture. More...
results from 2013 carnival
Carnival attracted scores of top-quality entries - from colourful
carts from the leading clubs across Somerset to entertaining masqueraders.
We have the full results from last night's event with all the
top placed entries and those in the placings. More...
invite for town student
student is carrying out research at the Natural History Museum
in London as part of a study on human ancestors. Katie Chedzey
of Year 13 at Highbridge's King Alfred School was invited into
the research laboratories of the museum to carry out her study.
fest hoarding unveiled
Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is to return in 2014
with double helpings and to promote the events, the organisers
have decorate a town centre hoarding with the dates. The organisers
confirmed that there will be two festivals in May and October.
day arrives in town
of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening
(Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part
in the 66th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. The weather
for tonight's procession - which starts at 7.30pm - is forecast
to be overcast and dry. More...
laid at war memorial
were laid next to Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on Sunday (November
3rd) during a special ceremony to dedicate the ground where the
town's Remembrance Day commemorations will be held. Sunday's ceremony
was held in Love Lane outside the town's hospital. More...
crews in new strike today
crews in Burnham-On-Sea are staging another walkout today (Monday)
in the continuing nationwide row over pay and pensions. The strike
comes after the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) said the Government had
worsened its offer on retirement over the past week. More...
firms' action pledged
MP has this week welcomed an announcement by the government that
it is to clampdown on 'phantom firms'. The Coalition Government
has pledged to make public the names of who actually owns and
controls British companies in the clampdown. More...
train with RAF heli crew
air cadets from Burnham-On-Sea took to the skies on Sunday (November
3rd) during a day of training with RAF Search and Rescue. A dozen
cadets travelled to Chivenor in Devon where they met the RAF crew
that operates the life-saving helicopter and then took a flight.
fails to halt seafront fireworks
rain failed to halt Sunday's seafront fireworks in Burnham-On-Sea
which were watched by a crowd of around 3,000 people. Umbrellas
were out in force along the seafront, but spectators were rewarded
with a spectacularly colourful display that lasted more than 20-minutes.
of carnival carts have arrived in Burnham-On-Sea ahead of tomorrow's
66th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which looks
set to attract bumper crowds. The carts arrived in Burnham's Queen's
Drive last night from the Bridgwater Carnival. More...
road closures in force
roads in Burnham-On-Sea are closed during the town's carnival
with diversions in place. Unlike previous years, carnival entries
will only line up along Queens Drive between the Tesco and M5
roundabouts. This ensures that the Frank Foley Way remains open.
whip up stormy seas
force winds whipped up stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea this
evening (Saturday, November 2nd). The Met Office issued a yellow
warning as a deep area of low pressure tracked through the region,
bringing a spell of very windy weather with gusts of up to 70mph.
fireworks set to dazzle
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display
are keeping a close eye on the weather ahead of tonight's scheduled
display (Sunday, November 3rd). This year's fireworks are due
to begin earlier than usual at 6.30pm on The Esplanade, timed
around the high tide. More...
boosts Poppy Appeal
of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion held a 1940s-themed dance
in aid of the Poppy Appeal on Saturday evening (November 2nd).
The event took place at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street,
with all funds raised going to The Royal British Legion. More...
re-open after vandalism
Marine Cove gardens have been partially re-opened after being
vandalised earlier in the week. Sedgemoor District Council, which
oversees the seafront gardens, temporarily shut the facilities
after widespread damage on Monday but re-opened them on Friday.
called to flooded home
firefighters were called to help residents at a sheltered housing
complex in the town last night (Friday, November 1st) when water
poured through a ceiling. Fire crews were called to a property
in Barton Close at 9.20pm where residents were concerned.
Appeal dance preview
of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion are holding a fundraising
1940s-themed poppy dance this evening (Saturday). The event will
take place at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from 7pm
with all funds raised going to the British Legion. More...
warning this evening
residents have been warned that gales could bring disruption to
the area this evening (Saturday). The Met Office says a deep area
of low pressure will track eastwards during the course of Saturday,
bringing a spell of very windy weather to the area. More...
bus tour through town
celebrating Somerset Rebels speedway team were given an open-deck
bus tour through Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (November 1st). The
club made history when they became Premier League Champions last
Monday after beating Edinburgh Monarchs to win. More...
searched for missing lady
helicopter and a team of Coastguards launched a search for a missing
person in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday). Several miles
of coastline were searched after the concerned family of a vulnerable
43 year-old lady reported her missing. More...
gets into Halloween spirit
residents in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated Halloween with a whole
host of spooky events. Scores of young people got into the spirit
of the day by going 'trick or treating' while others decorated
their homes to raise funds for charity. Burnham residents Gemma
and Ricky Baillie decorated their house. More...
local heroes thanked
unsung heroes in Burnham-On-Sea area have been congratulated by
Somerset County Council this week. The council's Chairman, Cllr
David Fothergill, congratulated Sedgemoors unsung heroes
for services to their community during a special awards ceremony.
festival in town today
and mediums will be among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living
With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November
2nd). The event at The Princess Theatre runs from 10am-5pm and
will include tarot readers
and workshops. More...
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