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42, in court today charged with murder of Lisa Thornton
42-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder
of 36-year-old Lisa Thornton in the town will appear in court
today (Saturday). More...
Xmas switch-on today!
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston
will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special
day of festive entertainment today (Saturday). The event, in Victoria
Street, will include an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions.
owner given ban by RSPCA
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has been disqualified
from keeping dogs for five years after her underweight springer
spaniel suffered with a painful untreated skin condition. Sarah
Taylor of Cookson Close, Burnham, admitted causing unnecessary
suffering to her pet. More...
to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE will be holding a special event
to turn on its Christmas lights this Saturday (November 25th).
The event starts at 3pm with a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in
the Community Hall in Market Street. The Churchfield Voices School
Choir will perform. More...
Xmas bazaar today
A CHRISTMAS bazaar will be held today (Saturday)
in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, raising funds for town charity
In Charley's Memory. The event will run from 12pm-4pm with stalls
selling gifts such as jewellery, sweets, food and drink and merchandise.
Xmas Fayre to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is holding
its Christmas Fayre this Saturday (November 25th). The event will
be held in the Church from 10.30am-12.30pm, and will feature a
variety of traditional festive stalls and Christmas activities.
shut over sickness bug
outbreak of a sickness bug has forced a Burnham-On-Sea school
to close early on Friday - and the head teacher has sent a letter
to parents defending its sickness policy. Burnham Infants School
sent pupils home after scores of youngsters went down with the
brings down BT poles
TWO BT telegraph poles came crashing down
across a road near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (November 23rd)
following a two-car collision. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were
called just before mid-day to Blackford Road in the village of
Mark, as pictured. More...
warning for local revellers
CHRISTMAS revellers in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area have this week been warned to stay safe by
booking taxis in advance of their evening out. Sedgemoor District
Council says that when parties are over and you need to get home,
there are guidelines to follow. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts competed
against teams from across the UK when they took part in a prestigious
competition this month. Seven gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics
Club headed to the Pat Wade Classic in Stoke on Trent. More...
Police called to car park
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Pier
Street car park last night (Wednesday)
after several motorists were seen performing 'doughnuts' and driving
at high speed. A nearby resident shot this video of four vehicles
in the car park at around 9pm. More...
dies in town incident
POLICE arrested a man in Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday after a woman suffered serious injuries and died in
an incident. Police were called to a property next to the Co-Op
store in Berrow Road soon after 7.30am. An air ambulance landed
at the nearby golf course. More...
free parking proposed
PROPOSALS to introduce an hour's free parking
and reduced-rate season tickets at a car park in Highbridge have
been unveiled this week in a bid to give the town centre a boost.
The plan for the Bank Street Car Park in Highbridge has been drawn
up by a group of councillors. More...
praise for BMX star
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week praised
the achievements of the town's former BMX world champion Liam
Phillips, who has announced his retirement from the sport after
failing to recover from "career ending" injuries in
welcomes 'positive' budget
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed
this week's "positive" budget. The MP says he's pleased
to see the Chancellor unveil some positive changes to universal
credit and £7.5billion of extra funding for the NHS plus
give a boost house building. More...
firm receives boost
A DESIGN company in Highbridge is celebrating
this week after getting a boost from retail entrepreneur Theo
Paphitis. The Design Hive, who are based in Highbridge, received
a Twitter Boost from Theo when Melanie Downing, owner of The Design
Hive, tweeted him. More...
Society Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Societys
popular annual Christmas concert will be held on Thursday 14th
December at 7.30pm in St. Andrews Church when a festive
line-up of music will be performed. The group will be singing
a selection of music.
'will hit poorest worst'
A GROUP of MPs has said that the £18bn
cost of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea
will hit the country's poorest the hardest. The Public Accounts
Committee said that households had been "locked into an expensive
did not go far enough'
THE Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber
of Commerce says the Chancellor did not go far enough in delivering
change to support the economy. Responding to Philip Hammonds
Budget speech on Wednesday, Dale Edwards gave his reaction to
the speech. More...
new homes are rejected
PLANS to build four new homes in the grounds
of a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home have been rejected by district
councillors this week amid concern that the scheme would result
in the loss of protected trees and affect the character of the
surrounding area. More...
Litter turned into art
LITTER discarded in Burnham-On-Sea has been
transformed into art that has gone on show at a unique exhibition
this week. Pieces of plastic bottles, aluminium cans and other
rubbish have been collected by Burnham-On-Sea artist Janine Wharmby.
park boosts charity
A BREAN holiday park has raised over £3,300
for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Northam Farm Holiday
Park presented a bumper cheque for £3,344.78 to the charity
on Tuesday (November 21st). The money was raised thanks to country
and westerners. More...
boxes become gift boxes
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers running club members
have filled up their empty running shoe boxes with gifts for children
in the third world. The kind-hearted members wanted to help the
annual 'Operation Christmas Child' campaign for the world's poorest
coming to Burnham
WELL over 70 per cent of tickets - 500 tickets
- have already been sold for local drama group's Re:ACT performances
of 'Aladdin: The Magical Pantomime Adventure!' which is coming
to Burnham-On-Sea this December. The shows will be held from 7th
- 9th December. More...
woman found safe
POLICE have thanked the public for their
help in finding missing woman Linda Pruvedenti who had not been
seen in several days since being spotted in Highbridge at the
weekend. . Linda, who is from Bridgwater, was last seen in Highbridge
on Sunday. More...
jobs' for business park
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week
welcomed the sale of land near to Junction 23 of the M5 motorway
from BAE Systems to Salamanca Group, saying that the deal will
unlock 'huge potential' to deliver economic and financial benefits
across the area. More...
dancing raises £2,865
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean has
raised over £2,800 for a local charity. Local pole dancing
fitness group Pole Essence organised the annual charity showcase
event on Saturday 18th November, with members performing a number
of routines at The Beachcomber. More...
boss 'must resign'
AMBULANCE staff have called for their boss
to quit as they "struggle to maintain a crumbling service."
GMB union members from South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) have
written a letter "apologising" to the public for "potentially
putting them at risk." More...
new parking spaces in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors
have this week given their backing to plans to create an extra
15 car spaces in residential parts of Highbridge. Town councillors
considered two proposals at last night's meeting of the planning
applications committee. More...
spa to hold open day
BEAUTY Oasis Spa in Burnham-On-Sea High
Street will hold an open day on Wednesday (22nd November) when
vistors will be able to find out more about what it offers. Starting
at 3pm and going on to 7pm, the open day will showcase their new
in Burnham up 6%
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre is up year-on-year, according to new figures from
the Town Councils two footfall counters. The counters show
a six per cent increase in visitors overall compared to the same
time a year ago. More...
finish as runners-up
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival
Club are celebrating this week after finishing the carnival season
as runners-up. The club's cowboy-themed cart, called 'Yee Ha!",
featured colourful western decorations and came second overall.
Xmas fair raises £700
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit
by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on
Sunday (19th November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas',
was held in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now in Berrow Village
Hall during Sunday. More...
box stranded on beach
A HORSE box became stuck in soft sand on
Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (November 19th). The lady driver
from Bristol had parked the vehicle at the top of the beach on
the soft sand where its wheels had become stuck fast, stranding
at Princess Xmas bazaar
OVER 450 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Theatre on Saturday (November 18th) when scores of locally-made
crafts and gifts went on sale. The annual Grand Christmas Bazaar
was held in the theatre's main hall in Princess Street, raising
window cleaning service
A BRAND new window cleaning service for
Highbridge, Brean, Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding areas has launched
this week. The father and son team, Lee and Josh Hall, use a "hot,
pure water window cleaning system to ensure high quality results."
delays - multiple crashes
THE M5 northbound between Burnham-On-sea
and Weston-Super-Mare was temporarily closed on Sunday afternoon
after three separate collisions. Motorists faced long delays on
the M5 motorway after the spate of incidents during the afternoon.
misuse doctors and A&E'
A NEW survey has found that too many people
turn to busy emergency services when suffering minor ailments
or illness. Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week been advised
of the simple things they can do to help themselves to avoid trips
to doctors or A&E. More...
numbers set to grow?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Police hope
to increase the number of officers in the towns over coming months,
it's been revealed this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards from Burnham-On-Sea
Police gave an update on local policing matters at this week's
seeks food volunteers
VOLUNTEERS are being sought in Burnham-On-Sea
to help with a nationwide food collection to help people in need
this Christmas. Leading food charities FareShare and The Trussell
Trust are looking for members of the public to help with donation
points at Tesco. More...
Children In Need fun
THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for
Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area during a series
of fundraising events. Schools, local businesses and groups joined
in the annual BBC fundraising marathon by holding fun events.
BBC Somerset come to town. More...
cash boost for Somerset
SOMERSET'S County and District councils
have bid to be part of a pilot scheme that could mean an extra
£4m of funding for local services. The Government has asked
local authority areas if they want to be part of a Business Rates
retention trial next financial year. More...
builder boosts RNLI
BUILDING firm Costain - which is working
on the Hinkley Point C project - has handed over a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI this week. Representatives from the company visited Burnham-On-Sea's
lifeboat station to present a cheque for £2,825 to the charity.
Cow rescued from tree
THESE were the remarkable scenes when a
Burnham-On-Sea fire crew rescued a cow with its head stuck in
a tree on Thursday (November 16th). Crews were called to The Kingsway
in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea at 9.03am when a farmer
raised the alarm.
feedback on homes plan
PROPOSALS to build new affordable homes
near Burnham-On-Sea attracted mixed feedback from 80 local people
during a special event to display the plans this week. Sedgemoor
District Council and Brent Knoll Parish Council hosted a 'Housing
Project Drop in Session.
for triathlon juniors
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's
Junior Triathlon Superstars team is celebrating success in this
year's South West Triathlon Series. The series comprises of five
very competitive multi-sport races throughout the summer at various
service in special measures
THE Care Quality Commission has told Vocare,
known locally as Somerset Doctors Urgent Care, that it must make
further improvements to its NHS 111 service and its GP Out of
Hours service following a recent re-inspection of its services
by CQC. More...
club's catwalk shoot
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club hired
Berrow Village Hall this week for a catwalk shoot. The hall's
pack-away staging was set up to create a long cat-walk, approximately
5ft wide, and members took turns to model and photograph organised
by Phil Thorne.
disco held for charity
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Gateway Club held a pyjama-themed fundraising disco on Thursday
(November 16th) for Children In Need. Supporters and helpers made
cakes and biscuits to help the fundraising push, and Members dressed
up in their pyjamas.
centre praised by CQC
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been praised
in a new inspection report published by the Care Quality Commission
(CQC). The centre now holds a 'Good' rating in all five areas
of the CQC inspection for providing high quality healthcare services.
It was in 'special measures'.
road safety' plea
WORRIED residents living in Highbridge's
Walrow have this week spoken out about road safety during a Town
Council meeting - calling on councillors to step in and avoid
a serious accident. Homeowners say they have "growing concerns"
about road safety. More...
challenges parking fine
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has lodged an
appeal against a parking fine he received in the town's High Street
during a "confusing" closure last week. Contractors
working in the town centre gained permission from Somerset County
Council for parking to be suspended.
Berrow beaches praised
PADDLERS and swimmers using Brean and Berrow
beaches have this week been told the sea water quality there is
of a high standard. Sedgemoor's Bathing Water Quality Group has
this week warmly welcomed the news that Brean beach is 'excellent'
and Berrow 'good'.
seen at cash machine
CCTV cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street
captured the moment that a town centre cash machine was dramatically
blown apart by thieves early on Tuesday morning (November 14th).
Two people were seen in dark clothing in the street near the cash
sale to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Hands of
Change community group is holding a 'chrumble' - a Christmas jumble
sale - this Saturday (18th November). The fundraiser will be held
from 11am till 3pm at Hope Baptist church when all will be welcome.
for Brean holiday parks
HOLIDAY parks in the Burnham-On-Sea area
are celebrating after winning several top accolades at the Bristol,
Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. The awards, held at Somerset
County Cricket Club in Taunton, saw staff from businesses gather.
call over poor sea quality
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey spoke in
Parliament on Tuesday (November 14th) when he called for a better
understanding of what is causing the towns bathing water
to fall short of expected standards and continue to be rated as
poor in a new survey out this week. More...
boost for local groups
OVER £9,000 has been raised for local
charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area following a summer of fundraising
at Brean Leisure Park. A total of £9,361 has this week handed
over to the local groups during a special presentation evening
held by Brean Leisure Park. More...
swimmer makes splash
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea swimmer is winning
gold medals with her brilliant swimming talent. Isabelle Puddy,
a Year 7 student at Highbridge's King Alfred School, won a gold
and silver medal in the 100M and 50M fly events. She's a member
of the Academy swim team. More...
machine attacked in town
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea
High Street on Tuesday after thieves attacked a cash machine to
steal cash inside. The junction of Burnham-On-Sea High Street
and Adam Street was closed for much of the day, as pictured here.
veteran gets to Cenotaph
JOHN Brice, a local blind veteran, marched
at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday with the help
of military charity Blind Veterans UK and Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers.
The 71-year-old joined more than 100 other blind veterans. More...
STRONG northerly winds created these wonderful
scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, as large quantities of sand
were blown along the beach to the fascination of walkers. The
northerly gusts blew the swirling soft sand along the beach toward
erupts over 'privatisation'
A ROW erupted between Burnham-On-Sea councillors
last night (Monday) over the 'privatisation' of childrens centre
services in Somerset. Burnham Lib Dem town councillor Phil Harvey,
right, spoke out during a debate at Monday night's town council.
in court over burglaries
A MAN has appeared in court charged with
burglaries in Burnham-On-Sea and Somerton. A 39-year-old from
Morland Road in Highbridge has been charged with a burglary at
a house in Woodfield Close, Burnham-On-Sea in which jewellery
was stolen. More...
care home congratulated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Frith House care home has
marked its 'outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission
(CQC) with a celebration for residents, staff and visitors. Celebrations
began at the Burnham-On-Sea care home with breakfast and a Bucks
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