Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
at bus cuts decision
users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay
to the news that vital services look set to be axed following
a cost-cutting decision by Somerset County Council's Cabinet this
week. Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow, is set
to be withdrawn. More...
opening date under wraps
retailer B&M has said this week it has no firm date to open
its new store to replace Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket.The
discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site and employ
around 50 staff. B&M said this week there's no further update
pub to open new facilities
A Highbridge pub is set to formally open a new functional
room and skittle alley this week. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road
is holding a special launch party to mark the opening this Friday
(12th February) from 8pm. The pub has been doing a project build
over the year. More...
B workers 'bring boost'
MORE than a 1,000 extra workers have been
hired to join Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea
to help carry out a major maintenance programme. Site operator
EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide an economic
boost to the area. More...
contest this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting
the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity
Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and
musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges
at the show. More...
£1,000 boost for BARB
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea
charity by customers at a supermarket in the town. Over the past
week, Tesco in Ben Travers Way has held a raffle in aid of BARB
Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's life-saving hovercrafts
and rescue boats. More...
placed in special measures
Medical Centre has been placed into special measures following
an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The practice in
Pepperall Road, Highbridge has been given an overall rating of
"inadequate" by a specialist team of inspectors in a
new report just published. More...
officer's rallying call
new Coastal Officer is calling on the community to work together
to reduce marine and beach litter in order to improve the town's
bathing water quality. Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign
called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...
Panto fun in Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's
Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime
shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by
Samantha Nicol, this fun-filled show promises to be a hit with
Imogen leaves damage
A clean-up operation is underway in the Burnham-On-Sea area after
Storm Imogen brought high winds and heavy rain on Monday (February
8th). The powerful storm - which saw 70mph gusts of wind in Burnham
- left damage across the area, with trees brought down and fences
set to open base today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity will be formally opening
its new premises today (Tuesday). In Charley's Memory - which
was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks
in 2014 - is opening at the Manor House in the Manor Gardens.
Storm Imogen to hit
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds
and heavy rain as Storm Imogen arrives. Gale force winds gusting
up to 69mph and low pressure will cause Monday's tide levels to
be higher than forecast in tide tables in the Bristol Channel,
warns the Envrironment Agency. More...
up for coach award
has been shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the award
of 'Coach Friendly Destination' in the National Coach Tourism
Awards. The town is up against Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth,
Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth. More...
Fire on M5 at Burnham
Range Rover was left badly damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway
at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (February 7th). Two fire
engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the blazing vehicle on the
hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway. More...
makes a splash!
£2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities
after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took
part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 7th). The
fifth annual Swimarathon was run by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club.
attacks solar cash cuts
former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid
to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected. Tessa Munt, the
Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015, said
she's unhappy about the decision ny the House Of Lords. More...
club's cash boost
Hillview Carnival Club has been given a cash boost towards the
costs of constructing a new shed to build its carnival float this
year. The Ladies Group at St John's Church in Highbridge has donated
£250 towards the carnival club's building project. More...
events guide launched
BUSY programme of more than 90 community events is to be held
in Burnham-On-Sea during 2016, it has been confirmed this week
as local organisers met to agree the dates of a joint guide. Burnham's
new 2016 programme of events is available to download. More...
Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash
today (Sunday, February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved
highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses
raising substantial sums. More...
driver' arrested by police
have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the
influence of drugs. The arrest took place on the Bristol Road
near Pawlett just before midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd)
when the 23 year-old man from Puriton was pulled over. More...
Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong
winds today (Saturday, February 6th) in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
A spell of persistent rain, heavy at times, accompanied by windy
conditions, will affect the Burnham area through the day, raising
the risk of potential flooding. More...
after town man's murder
MAN who falsely accused a Burnham-On-Sea hostel resident of sexual
abuse before killing him had made similar unfounded allegations
before, a formal review has found. Derek Hancock, 42, stabbed
Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox, 24, right, at a hostel in Egerton
Road, Bishopston, Bristol, in 2013. More...
full for TV star's visit
CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
for a special visit by a top TV motorcycle racing commentator
and former champion on Friday night (February 5th). Steve Parrish
has had a long career in motorcycling and was Champion. More...
kwon-do trio head to finals
TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are all set
to prove that they are the best in the South West. Students from
Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, are
competing at this weekend's South West regional Championships.
hunters flock to show
100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge
on Thursday night (February 4th) for a fundraising fashion show.
Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club,
the ninth annual event was hailed a success by organisers. More...
calls for railway upgrade
MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make
improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station to help
it benefit more residents in the area. It follows the release
of official new figures that show an extra 21,500 passengers used
the station. More...
your say on library cuts
and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say
on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
libraries. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see
Burnham Library's opening hours reduced and also the hours in
rescued in town centre
GREATER black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after
it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat.
The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with
fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight
fined by court over noise
District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident
for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice. Mr Ferenczi of 9 Regal
Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before magistrates at
Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. More...
gather for workshops
latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's
Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series
of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring.
Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed. More...
make city zoo visit
GROUP of Highbridge pupils have visited Bristol Zoo for a day
of animal learning. The Year 12 and 13 students from King Alfred
School visited the city's zoo for a fascinating lecture which
involved observing many types of animal behaviour over the course
of a day. More...
car park for town centre?
Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing
new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options
that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as
it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists. More...
EU deal criticised by MP
MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU
reform announced by the Prime Minister this week. James Heappey
has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave the
way for the UK's EU referendum later this year - possibly in June.
hurt in collision with car
YOUNGSTER was hurt following a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea
yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 3rd). Police and an ambulance
crews were called to the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Ashcott
Close shortly after 3.30pm after the collision. More...
collection changes on way?
residents could see rubbish collections being made every three
weeks next year if proposals are approved. The six councils which
make up Somerset Waste Partnership are considering reducing the
frequency of collections to three weeks to cut costs. More...
fun day planned
'Legomania' will be coming to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on
Friday 19th February. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding an afternoon
of Lego themed fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts open
to all children aged 4-11 when all will be welcome. More...
store and homes approved
THREE new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in
place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this
week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee approved
a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle,
during their meeting on Tuesday. More...
agent marks 25th year
CJ Hole estate agents is celebrating its 25th anniversary this
month. Since first opening in Burnham in February 1991, the agent
CJ Hole has grown from strength to strength, selling thousands
of properties in the Burnham area during that time. More...
project director quits
THE executive in charge of EDFs project to build
an £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near
Burnham-On-Sea has quit the French state-controlled electricity
company for a job in the United States. He was project director
for EDF at Hinkley Point since 2011. More...
our iconic sign posts'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors
to do more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across
the area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding
for their upkeep. Sylvia Young told councillors about her 'disbelief'
at the decision. More...
returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes
place at Brean Splash this Sunday (February 7th). The Rotary's
Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations
and businesses, raising substantial sums over the past four years.
rejects Apex Park deal
and Highbridge Town Council has this week firmly rejected a proposal
for it to take over the management of the town's Apex Park. Last
night's debate follows Sedgemoor District Councils Executive
asking the Town Council to consider "taking over the financial
and physical management of the park." More...
emotional visit to Judith
HIGHBRIDGE woman whose heart stopped just minutes before a performance
of The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome has been visited by the
star of the show. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, the musicals
leading actress, met with Judith Mansfield, who suffered the heart
defends decision to close
Co-Operative Bank has this week defended its decision to shut
down its Burnham-On-Sea branch. As we first reported here at the
weekend, the bank has confirmed that it is shutting its College
Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on the afternoon of Thursday May
show returns to town
of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King
Alfred School this Thursday, February 4th, when a popular annual
fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club
and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held for local charities. More...
recruitment drive starts
and Somerset Police has today (Tuesday) begun a recruitment drive
for new police officers and is encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea
area from all backgrounds to consider a career. The force says
is looking to recruit 120 officers per year. More...
speaks out against EU
of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have attended
the launch of a new pressure group that is campigning for local
people to vote against staying in the European Union. The new
group 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' was launched in Brent Knoll on Friday.
pancake races cancelled
to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses
about the impact on their trade. Burnham's Town Centre Manager
Bev Milner Simonds had proposed a location. More...
Whittington set for Brean
Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline
Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows.
Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha
Nicol, this show promises to be a sure-fit entertaining hit with
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