Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
for markets to move
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers markets should be moved out of the
town's High Street in order to reduce disruption on shops and
motorists, a town councillor has called this week. Proposals have
been put forward by Cllr Neville Jones for the monthly markets
to be moved into Adam Street instead. More...
blaze on M5 motorway
fire crews were called to tackle a lorry blaze on the M5 motorway
on Thursday afternoon (September 18th). Crews from Burnham and
Bridgwater were called to the southbound carriageway between junctions
22 and 23 at just before 3.45pm. More...
'to win EU approval'
to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea
are likely to gain EU state aid approval within weeks, according
to national media reports this week. The European Commission has
been examining the proposed £16bn project since December.
event in town on Saturday
SPECIAL event is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September
20th) to celebrate a summer-long arts project. The 'Keep the Change
Celebration' will be held by arts charity Take Art at The Princess
Theatre at 7pm. The event will see a night of music. More...
club holds tournament
annual ladies doubles tennis tournament played in memory of Jo
Gooden, a past member of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club,
was played at the weekend. Jo Gooden (nee Champion) was a very
popular member and prominent County player for many years. More...
supper raises £500
80 Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge members and guests have raised hundreds
of pounds for charity by holding a fundraising harvest supper.
The event, held in Berrow Village Hall, raised £500 for
local charities with a successful evening of fresh food and music.
for Burnham woman
have been paid to a popular 23-year-old Burnham-On-Sea cystic
fibrosis sufferer who has died. Georgia Queen worked as a carer
at Burnham Nursing Home until she became too ill to continue.
She was taken ill on August 30th and was airlifted to Taunton.
steal Royal plaques
thieves have stolen two metal plaques at Highbridge's Apex Park
that were installed two years ago to mark the Queen's Diamond
Jubilee. Burnham Rotary Club oversaw the construction of the commemorative
wall in 2012 next to the main car park. More...
clubs which create excessive late night noise in residential areas
of Burnham-On-Sea face could have points docked by organisers
during the run-up to this year's event as part of proposals to
appease nearby residents. More than 40 residents attended a public
meeting last night. More...
boost for town rifle club
Rifle Club is to receive a much-needed funding boost to overhaul
its aging headquarters, it has been announced this week. The club,
based in Cassis Close next to the Burnham Area Youth Centre, has
this week been awarded £2,500 of funding. More...
injured after accident
at a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after
a deer this week after it was injured in an accident. The team
at Secret World in East Huntspill are caring for a Roe Deer that
was brought in with a missing antler. It was found in Sandford.
long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel has
moved another step closer with the formal submisison of the plans.
Mead Realisations has submitted plans to Sedgemoor District Council
for the erection of two retail units at ground floor. More...
centre's free taster day
BURNHAM-On-Sea dance studio is holding a free taster day this
Sunday (September 21st) with a wide range of activities for all
ages. The refurbished Dance Studio on The Westmans Trading Estate
in Love Lane is holding a day of free children's and adult classes.
fireworks costs reach £9k
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks
display have this week appealed for local businesses to help fund
the event's £9,000 costs. This year's display is scheduled
to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd November with a sparkling line-up
of fireworks from the town's jetty. More...
cut hits 3,000 homes
homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without electricity on Tuesday evening
(September 16th) after a power cut. Western Power Distribution
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 3,000 homes were briefly without
supplies following the cut which began at 5.38pm. More...
bid for grant funding
good causes in Burnham-On-Sea have been shortlisted for a community
fund which could see them receive thousands of pounds in grant.
They are Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club, St Andrews Parish
Church, the Burnham Food & Drink Festival, and Heads Up. More...
to host kiting day
eyes will be trained on the skies above Burnham-On-Sea beach later
this month when the town hosts a special kiting day. The free
event will be held on the sands next to The Pavilion on Saturday
September 27th from 2.30pm when all willm be welcome to join in.
picked for western team
up-and-coming Highbridge boxer has been selected to fight for
the Western Counties team. Shaunessy Abraham, right, trains at
Highbridge's King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club and is delighted
to have been picked to represent the region which the club says
is a great honour. More...
kung fu group celebrates
MEMBERS of a Berrow Kung Fu group are celebrating success at the
national championships. The youngsters - all of whom are members
of Berrow's Kung Fu Club - attended the Fei Lung Kwan National
Junior Championships in Horton, Berkshire. They competed against
other participants from across the UK. More...
changes to be debated
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea
tomorrow night (Wednesday) for residents to have their say about
controversial changes to this year's carnival. The dozens of carnival
carts will be gathering for the start of this year's carnival,
which is being held on November 3rd. More...
head teacher takes helm
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has a new head
teacher this month. The deputy head teacher of one of the UKs
most improved schools is enjoying her new role at the helm of
the school and is keen to continue the good work of the former
head teacher. More...
thinking actions praised
THE speedy actions of a quick-thinking member of staff at Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Cinema has led to the safe return of a laptop computer. Purple
Watkins had accidentally left his laptop PC on the pavement next
to his parked car outside the Burnham cinema. More...
comedy at theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will be performing an
original comedy drama this Friday (September 19th). 'Dragged Up'
by Kim Cook is an original work about growing up in the North
in a not-so-conventional family. It tells the story of a family
and how life changed them. More...
ballot gets underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of Youth Parliament is leading Somerset's
part in the UK's largest-ever youth consultation exercise. Thrinayani
Ramakrishnan, an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP)
from Burnham, is taking part in the annual ballot. More...
Eavis leads Civic Service
GLASTONBURY Festival organiser Michael Eavis was
the VIP guest who presented Civic Awards to four residents from
Burnham and Highbridge to recognise their work in the community
during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday. Mark and Sara
Cox-Conklin and Tony and Sue Merrett received awards. More...
warning' for parents
A HIGHBRIDGE mother has warned parents of schoolchildren
to be extra alert after a stranger approached her daughter on
the way home from school. Caroline Hutchins says the incident
has been reported to Burnham-On-Sea Police, and wants children
to take extra care. More...
go on show in village
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear went on display at West Huntspill's
annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 13th).
The show attracted crowds of spectators to the Balliol Hall Field
in West Huntspill next to the village church during the day. More...
horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews were called out to rescue a stranded
horse in a ditch near East Huntspill on Sunday (September 14th).
Two fire appliances and a specialist rescue team with a telehandler
from the service's Urban Search and Rescue team were sent just
after 8am. More...
paid to teenager
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea teenager
who has died this week. 18 year-old Charley Marks passed away
on Wednesday (September 10th). Scores of tributes for the former
King Alfred School student have been posted online by his friends.
flock to see TV star
HUNDREDS of fans flocked to Brean Leisure Park
on Saturday (September 13th) to meet TV celebrity Joey Essex during
a special visit. The star of ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out
Of Here and The Only Way Is Essex visited the fun park for two
shortlisted for Pride award
A WOMAN from Burnham-On-Sea who has dedicated more than thirty
years of her life to raising money for schools in Kenya was this
week shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Award. Sue Stevens spends
all of the summer months selling bric a brack in aid of charity.
A BERROW meat company is one of the two winners
of a new bursary scheme being run by the organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's
Food & Drink Festival. The two winners are beef meat box scheme
Berrow Beef and the fundraising arm of St Margaret's Hospice.
Civic Service today
community-spirited couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are
to receive Civic Awards on Sunday when the town's annual Civic
Service is held. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin and Tony and Sue Merrett
will be receiving this year's awards at the service. More...
car show today
DOZENS of vehicles are set to go on display at
West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday
(September 13th). The show will be held from 11am - 4pm on the
Balliol Hall Field in Church Road, West Huntspill next to the
village church. More...
celebrity set to visit Brean
TV celebrity Joey Essex will be making a special visit to Brean
Leisure Park on Saturday evening (September 13th). The star of
ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Only Way Is Essex
will be visiting the fun park from around 6pm when he'll meet
miss Hinkley millions
THE government's decision to give millions of pounds of funding
to Somerset to help improve transport links ahead of the construction
of Hinkley Point C has been attacked by local residents after
Burnham and Highbridge received nothing. The Department for Transport
announced on Thursday. More...
Cove needs your vote!
Marine Cove gardens are also in the running to win the title of
'the nations favourite park' and residents' votes are needed
to help it win the crown. The Cove is among 1,482 parks across
the UK to have been nominated in the awards. More...
injured in M5 accident
THE M5 near Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily closed
on Thursday afternoon (September 11th) after a serious crash involving
up to five vehicles. Two people were taken to Southmead Hospital
following the collision on the southbound carriageway at 1.20pm.
after cannabis seized
TWO men have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea following the discovery
of more than 140 cannabis plants at properties in the town. Over
the past fortnight, Burnham Police have carried out raids at two
homes in the town where they seized the plants and held two people.
bids for national park title
Apex Widlife Park is in the running to win the title of 'the nations
favourite park' and your vote is needed to help it win the crown.
It is one of 1,482 parks across the UK to have been nominated
in The Peoples Choice Awards, an annual online competition
that gives the public the chance to decide. More...
cull 'dismay' by carers
carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are "dismayed"
by the start of a controversial badger cull in Somerset for a
second year. DEFRA confirmed this week that the second year of
the pilot badger culls are underway in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
lifeguards set to return
lifeguards have finished their second summer season on Burnham-On-Sea
and Berrow beaches this week - and will return again next year.
Sedgemoor District Council introduced the team of lifeguards last
year to boost safety on local beaches and they have proved a success.
to perform in Burnham
Male Choir will be holding a concert featuring a programme of
well-known favourites in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September
13th). The performance will be held at The Princess Theatre in
Burnham's Princess Street, starting at 7.30pm. More...
expansion for cinema
Ritz Cinema could soon be expanded with a new £150,000 third
screen to show even more films and entertainment. The popular
cinema in Victoria Street is this month celebrating its tenth
anniversary under the ownership of Pat and Beryl Scott. More...
sign snack van petition
DOZENS of people have signed a petition
calling on Tesco to re-think its decision to force a popular snack
van to leave the car park outside its Burnham-On-Sea store. Andy
Bell from West Huntspill got permission from the supermarket to
set up his van. More...
World book to launch
THE founder of a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will
be launching a new book about her work this weekend. Pauline Kidner
from Secret World will be unveiling 'A Place Of Safety' featuring
stories and photos about the animals that have been cared for
anniversary fun at centre
STAFF, residents and supporters of a specialist
care centre in Brent Knoll celebrated its 40th anniversary at
the weekend with a day of fun. Somerset Court was the first specialist
centre for people with autism in the UK and remains among the
best centres in the country. More...
reel in great catches
SEA anglers in Burnham-On-Sea took to their boats for an annual
competition at the weekend. Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association
held its annual Thornback Trophy competition when anglers reeled
in a range of catches over the course of nine hours. More...
NEW group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea this week to help
crackdown on speeding motorists. The new speedwatch group has
this week started operating in Berrow Road after securing funding
for new speed-monitoring equipment in their area of the Burnham.
weather to continue
STUNNING autumn sunset created these colourful scenes in Burnham-On-Sea
last night (Monday). The mild weather combined with a calm high
tide to create perfect conditions for canoeing and photography,
as captured here by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...
area revamp hit by delay
on starting a long-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a
play area in Highbridge which was due to begun on Monday (8th
September) has been delayed. Sedgemoor District Council says the
work at Talbot Close will now start later this month on September
car collision in Burnham
motorists were left shaken following a crash in Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday afternoon (September 8th). Two vehicles collided at
the junction of Edithmead Lane and the B3140 near Home Farm Holiday
Park at around 3pm, confirmed a spokesperson from Burnham police.
£20m habitat is flooded
tides have been allowed to deliberately flood the Steart peninsula
coastline near Burnham this week in a £20 million scheme
to reduce the loss of inter-tidal habitat. 250 hectares of low-lying
land near the mouth of the River Parrett are under water as part
of the project. More...
hands laptop to cadets
and Highbridge's Mayor has made a special visit to the towns'
Air Cadets where he presented them with a new laptop PC purchased
with the help of a grant from the Town Council. Cllr Martin Cox
visited the group's hut in Highbridge Road where he handed over
the kit. More...
revamp set to start
Exclusive: THE long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore
Highbridge Hotel site is on schedule to be start this November,
it has been confirmed. The Chief Executive of the YMCA in Somerset
has written to town councillors to confirm that the project to
create is progressing to plan. More...
raises £18k for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has raised over £18,000 for charity
by completing scores of races across the UK - including Sunday's
Great North Run. Jason Vickers, pictured, was among 57,000 runners
taking part in the annual 13.1-mile run on Tyneside during Sunday.
book launched at Cove
PAPERBACK version of a new fantasy children's book set in Burnham-On-Sea's
Marine Cove gardens has been launched this week. Berrow author
Linda Bond's 'The Marine Cove Princess', a short family story
for children, has been inspired by the seafront gardens in Burnham.
photos: RSPCA fun day
of people attended a fun day at Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre
on Sunday (September 7th). The event in the village's Brent Road
attracted a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon for
a range of attractions and fun family activities. More...
in Brean Memory Walk
170 people pulled 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 television
star Sooty from outside Brean Leisure Park in the resort. More...
hosts community day
Marine Cove Gardens hosted an array of guest speakers and stalls
on Saturday (September 6th) when it held a Community Day. Visitors
were able to pick up gardening tips, security advice, see artwork
and hear about how to help groups in the town. More...
for beach driver
owner of this car had a heart-stopping moment on Brean beach on
Saturday evening (September 6th) when the incoming tide started
to lap around his vehicle's wheels. The owner of the Audi A3,
believed to be from Bristol, had gone for a walk along Brean Down.
after boat is stolen
Police have appealed for help after thieves stole a speedboat
and its engine from a business in the town. The Crusader boat
and grey Mercury 85hp outboard engine were takem from oustide
the Marine Boat Shed on Westmans Trading Estate in Burnham's Love
bird dies after cat attack
'incredibly rare' bird has died after migrating 3,000 miles from
Africa to Burnham-On-Sea only to be mauled by a pet cat. The starving
Wryneck was foraging for ants to eat in a garden when the cat
pounced. It was rushed to an animal rescue centre. More...
Sports centre to partially re-open
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre will
partially re-open on Monday (September 8th) after suffering severe
flooding damage caused by a torrential rain storm last month.
The centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior after
exceptionally heavy rain caused flooding. More...
called to dog walker
Coastguards and BARB crewmembers were called to help a dog walker
after her pet was injured in an accident on Friday morning (September
5th). Crews were called to an isolated footpath along the River
Brue on the far side of the estuary. More...
to start Memory Walk
170 people will be taking 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 on Sunday
(7th September). The walkers will gather at 2pm at the Leisure
Park for the start of the event. More...
for more car parks in town
EXTRA car parks and residents parking schemes are needed in
Burnham-On-Sea to help ease congestion, town councillors have
said this week. The comments came during a council debate this
week following calls from a group of residents for more double
yellow lines to be introduced. More...
sand memorial created
artist who has been creating huge sand art displays on Brean beach
in recent weeks has completed his biggest design yet. Simon Beck
spent over six hours creating the huge 200-metre circular design
on the sands next to Brean Down, much to the interest of beach
fun day on Sunday
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold a fun day and fete
with a range of animal-themed activities this Sunday (September
7th). The event will be held from 12-4.00pm at the centre in Brent
Road, Brent Knoll with all profits going to the charity's animal
care work. More...
water challenge for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea family has completed their own unique version of
the ice bucket challenge to raise money for a cause close to their
hearts. Maggie Mutton and her family were doused with buckets
of sea water next to the town's jetty this week for MNDA. More...
starts charity fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea shop is holding a month of fundraising fun in aid
of a cancer support charity. Hidden Treasure in Burnham's Regent
Street is selling CLIC Sargent gold ribbons and in return she
is giving customers a free Bomb Cosmetics goody bag and a free
raffle ticket. More...
saves life during flight
FIREFIGHTER from a village near Burnham-On-Sea has received a
letter of thanks from an international airline after he helped
save the life of a passenger onboard a flight to the UK from Australia.
Firefighter Neil Punt is based at Weston but lives in the village
of Mark. More...
escape after M5 crash
people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this
morning (Thursday) which led to long delays for motorists travelling
south past Burnham-On-Sea. A Land Rover was in collision with
a Ford Transit van on the southbound carriageway. More...
Police station closure confirmed
THE closure of Burnham-On-Sea's police station is set to go
ahead over the next year, the area's top officer has confirmed
this week. Inspector Andy Pritchard told town councillors that
plans to shut the police station as part of a cost-cutting exercise
are proceeding. More...
sell for charity
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week snapped up almost 30 of the mini-lighthouses
which went on display across the town this summer. 34 of the 6ft-replicas
of the iconic wooden lighthouse have been on show for four months
as part of the trail. More...
hunt for missing man
POLICE search was launched in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (September
3rd) for a missing person. The police helicopter and several police
teams were called to Burnham Holiday Village, as pictured here,
in the hunt for the missing man. More...
crews called to town shop
fire crews were called to a town centre shop on Wednesday afternoon
(September 3rd). Two fire appliances were sent to the premises
in the High Street, as pictured here, after staff and customers
reported a smell of burning there. More...
No-fly zone now in operation
zone is in operation in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea this week
during a three-day Nato summit when leaders from around the world
are meeting in Wales. The no-fly zone stretches for a wide area
around Cardiff to prevent light aircraft flying over the area.
50 enjoy town holiday club
50 children enjoyed the last week of their summer holidays at
a Burnham-On-Sea church's holiday club. Burnham Baptist Church
in College Street held a 'Mega Makers Holiday Club' during the
final week of August. The organisers said they were delighted.
Pier expansion delayed
Exclusive: THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier
as part of a £100,000 overhaul has been delayed until next
year. Louise Parkin, who manages the Pavilion on The Esplanade,
was granted permission to install a £60,000 high-tech folding
roof and other improvements earlier this year. More...
for gull-proof bins in town
A BURNHAM resident has this week called
for seagull-proof bins to be introduced in the town to reduce
the amount of rubbish strewn over pavements. Sylvia Young told
town councillors at this week's meeting that more needs to be
done to combat the problem of rubbish. More...
will be all the buzz
and District Bee Keepers are holding a special open day this Saturday
(September 6th). The group is holding an informal course for local
people to find out more about beekeeping and how to help honey
bees. The event will run from 2-5pm. More...
to hold information day
Marine Cove Gardens will be hosting an array of guest speakers
and stalls this Saturday (September 6th) when it holds a special
Community Day. Visitors will be able to pick up gardening tips,
security advice, see artwork and hear about how groups. More...
completes busy summer
YOUNG apprentice from King Alfred School in Highbridge has completed
a four week placement at Homes in Sedgemoor over the summer. The
Young Apprentice Programme was a collaborative project between
Homes in Sedgemoor and the school. More...
school meals introduced
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week serving up thousands
of free daily infant school meals for the first time after new
government legislation came into force. Somerset County Council
is working closely with the schools to introduce the meals. More...
Awards winners named
community-spirited sporty couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
are to receive Civic Awards, it was announced on Tuesday. They
are Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run Burnham's Swim and Sports
Academy, and Tony and Sue Merrett from Highbridge Monarchs Gymnastics
interest for new town role
application period for Burnham-On-Sea's Town Centre Manager has
been extended after a poor initial response. Recruitment for the
new part-time role, which will earn £15k a year over two
years, was due to finish in August, but the campaign has been
on sale for Boycie visit
of the stars of the classic BBC1 TV sitcom, Only Fools And Horses,
is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this autumn to
entertain the audience with humorous anecdotes. Actor John Challis
is bringing his touring show to Burnham. More...
Fest appeals for votes
Food and Drink Festival is appealing for residents' votes to secure
a funding boost. The town's festival has this week been shortlisted
for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 and needs votes from local
people to win the funding for the festival. More...
overturns into road ditch
MAN was rescued after his car overtuned into a ditch and started
filling with water near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 1st).
Two fire engines and a water rescue crew were sent to the scene
at The Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington. More...
revamp for play area
A LONG-awaited £31,600 project
to upgrade a play area in Highbridge is set to start on Monday
8th September. Sedgemoor District Council says the three weeks
of work will get underway at Talbot Close. The new play area will
include a four-seater seesaw. More...
crowds at FolkFest finale
of people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday
for the finale of this year's 'best ever' FolkFest music festival.
Organisers said the ninth annual event, which started on Thursday,
had been the 'best yet' with record crowds. More...
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