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Police at 'tipping
point' and warn of 'serious consequences'
Police bosses have this week issued a stark warning to the government,
saying the force has reached a 'financial tipping point' and cannot
sustain further funding cuts without "extremely serious consequences."
cartel details revealed
THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
has this week published new details of the findings against a
group of six Burnham-On-Sea estate agencies which fixed commission
rates. The agencies agreed to fix their minimum commission at
1.5 per cent. More..
picks Trust for upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this
week issued an update on the process of 'academisation', which
was impacted by their Ofsted report of April 2017. In June the
Somerset local authority commissioned Clevedon Learning Trust.
club unveils changes
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club has unveiled new
upgraded darts facilities to encourage more local participation
in the game. The popular club, based in Church Street, has invested
in improved sports facilities and new safety features in recent
star! Praise for caterers
THE catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred
School are celebrating after achieving a five star food hygiene
rating. Inspectors from Sedgemoor District Council visited the
school earlier this month and awarded the school a five star rating
for a sixth time. More..
to celebrate Schubert
TICKETS are on sale for a special event
near Burnham-On-Sea celebrating the music of classical composer
Schubert. Organised by the Friends of St Michael's Church, the
event will included an illustrated talk about the Austrian composer's
life and music. More..
'dragon' slays potholes!
A FIRE-breathing 'dragon' is the latest
weapon being used to slay potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area
and other parts of Somerset. The 'dragon patcher' so called
because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface
is currently on trial. More..
fun day draws crowds
CROWDS of people headed to Brent Knoll's
RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 17th) when it held its
annual Fun Day. The popular event was held at the Brent Road centre
over the course of four hours with a range of activities and displays
set up. More...
centres in shake-up
CHILDREN'S centres in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge could be set for big changes under proposals set to
be unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority has released
draft plans showing which of its centres would stay open as part
of a reorganisation. More...
bomb safely detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was
found in the Bristol Channel not far from Hinkley Point C was
safely detonated on Sunday (September 17th). The 250lb device
was the fourth to be found during recent weeks by the team building
the power station. More...
turnout for beach clean
THE first anniversary of the formation of
the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach was marked on Saturday (September
16th) with a beach clean. The volunteers met at the entrance to
the River Brue to remove rubbish washed up along the banks and
Model rail's 50th year
HUNDREDS of people attended an event to
mark the 50th anniversary of West Huntspill Model Engineering
Society over the weekend. The well-attended event, held on Saturday
and Sunday, took place at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway
in New Road. More...
RNLI ball tickets available
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI ball tickets are selling
out fast with just a few remaining available. Over 80 per cent
of the tickets for the black-tie RNLI ball on 14th October have
been sold, with only five full tables of ten left. It will be
a chance to hear popular local band 'Six Machine'. More..
bank prepares to close
NATWEST is preparing for the closure of
its Burnham-On-Sea branch in October by appointing a new 'community
banker' to help customers. Robbi Maggs has taken on the role in
Burnham where NatWest's branch is shutting down on October 10th.
warning after burglary
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea
residents to be extra vigilant after a burglary in the town on
Friday night (September 15th). Police say a property in Priestley
Way was broken into and property stolen from inside during the
car wash raises £400
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters washed dozens
of cars at their station on Saturday (September 16th) to raise
funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. A line of vehicles turned
up at the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive where the team
of firefighters took part. More...
pub gets £200k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Railway Inn has re-opened
this week after being given a £200,000 revamp. Landlords
Antony Doble and Jade Parkes, pictured, unveiled the new-look
pub this week. Antony says: "It has been a total refurbishment"
with a new bar and decor. More...
over missing Phoebe
POLICE have appealed for the public's help
to find missing 14-year-old girl Phoebe Sheldon. The teenager
was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on Tuesday (September
12th). A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're
concerned for her welfare." More...
reassured on terror level
AVON and Somerset Police has reassured residents
that there is "no known terrorism threat to the South West"
despite raised concerns nationally. The UK terror threat has been
increased to 'critical' following Friday's terror incident on
a tube train. More...
tackles PM over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week asked
Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to prevent 'illegal' traveller
encampments in the local area. James Heappey raised the issue
during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons.
completes 105-mile race
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed
a gruelling 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise
money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at
Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, headed up to Scotland this
'still busy despite algae'
SEDGEMOOR District Council says new water
quality tests in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week
have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger.
However, the council says there are plenty of activities ongoing
at the busy park. More...
group's 2nd year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Bereavement Cafe is set
to mark its second anniversary this weekend. The support group
is held on the third Sunday of every month in the town's St Andrew's
Church at 4pm, and this weekend's event on September 17th will
mark the second anniversary. More...
M5 signs halted by costs
IMPROVED signage is needed on the M5 motorway
to promote Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist destination, town councillors
have agreed at their latest meeting - however the huge costs have
halted the plans. Councillors have considered a £34,000
after buoy washed up
A COASTAL research company is hoping beach
users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow or Brean will be able to find
the other half of this survey buoy. The 7ft yellow marker buoy
was washed up on Brean beach this week, as pictured, but the other
half has gone missing. More...
Park living art planted
A NEW 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's
Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been
planted this week. The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor
District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley from
the Friends of Apex Park. More...
bikers ride laps for funds
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club have
jumped on their bikes to raise funds this week. A sponsored bike
ride has been held at the club, based at Highbridge's Apex Park,
to raise funds for a new gazebo to help provide shelter to the
children at competitions. More...
attend harvest home fun
OVER 280 people attended Lympsham's Harvest
Home at the weekend as the seasonal celebrations came to an end.
The village's traditional, long-running event is held every autumn
and is one of several harvest homes held across the Burnham-On-Sea
dies on Brean Down
THE ambulance service says a man sadly died
after suffering a cardiac arrest on Brean Down at the weekend.
Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, landed on the Down
on Sunday afternoon to help the man. Three ambulances and Coastguards
were sent. More...
dog scoops award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog has been judged to
be one of the friendliest in Britain in a nationwide competition.
Ness Holbrow entered her border terrier Jack by submitting a photo
to the 'Dog Friendly' judges, who had the job of selecting the
most friendliest dogs. More...
TV star in Highbridge
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star
John Partridge made a special visit to Highbridge at the weekend
to lead two musical theatre singing workshops for juniors and
adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held
at Churchfield School. More...
cut hits 180 homes
DOZENS of homes were without power in the
Burnham-On-Sea area as strong winds caused by Storm Aileen swept
through the region overnight. Western Power Distribution told
Burnham-On-Sea.com that over 180 homes were without power in Brent
Jeep rescued from mud
A US Army jeep driven onto Brean beach got
into a sticky situation when it became stuck in mud at the weekend.
The beach warden says the vehicle, pictured here, was a US Army
WW Jeep which got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon (September
boost for area
SEVERAL communities in the Burnham-On-Sea
area are to be connected to a new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband
network that will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds
in the UK. They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be
connected in the broadband rollout. More...
return from Rome
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from
King Alfred School have returned to their studies following a
summer trip to Rome.nb A group of sixth form students enjoyed
a special trip to the Italian city over the summer, visiting many
well-known tourist destinations. More...
bike ride raises £560
A TEAM of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club to hold a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday
(September 10th) which raised hundreds of pounds for a little
boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers held a static sponsored
cycle ride. More...
rescued from stuck car
A FAMILY of four people was rescued after
getting stranded in a car on Brean beach on Sunday (September
10th). BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called
to the beach at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into the
fest is soaraway success!
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea
beach at the weekend to take part in the town's fourth annual
Kite Festival. The two-day free event saw demonstrations and displays
taking place with many visitors taking the chance to fly a range
of kites. More...
fly in to help man
TWO helicopters landed on Brean Down on
Sunday after a walker suffered a heart attack. Ambulance, Police
and Coastguards were called to an area at the top of the steps
where where the casualty had suffered a serious attack and was
in a serious condition. More...
crews tackle roof blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called
to help tackle a roof fire near Bridgwater on Sunday afternoon
(September 10th). The fire service was called to reports of a
roof alight at Cricketer Farm, Cannington Road in Nether Stowey,
near Bridgwater, which is a shop. More...
BosFest arts festival
HUNDREDS of people headed into Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday (September 9th) to support the town's new 'BosFest'
music festival. Despite a day of showery weather, the entertainment
event was be held across the town centre including Princess Street
and Victoria Street. More...
Readers queue for new book
FANS of a Burnham-On-Sea author queued up
to get signed copies of his brand new novel on Saturday (September
9th). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien
Boyd, launched his seventh novel, called Heads Or Tails this week.
for help' heard on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to
the town's beach on Saturday evening (September 9th) after a person
reported hearing what sounded like 'cries for help'. The Coastguards
were called to The Esplanade opposite the Round Tower Guesthouse.
MP bids to halt education cuts
MP was among four local MPs who held an emergency meeting this
week with the Skills Minister to try and reverse a massive £3.3
million funding cut imposed on community education provider Somerset
Skills and Learning. More...
back dementia push
SIX months after its formation, further
progress is being made by the Burnham and Highbridge Dementia
Action Alliance Group in making both towns both more dementia-aware
and more accessible. On Wednesday, Burnham Coastguards and BARB
signed up. More...
apology on parking
SOMERSET County Council has quashed concerns
that it is planning to introduce winter parking charges along
Burnham-On-Sea seafront. It comes after a new parking machine
installed on The Esplanade this week incorrectly displays a "winter
achieves charity status
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is celebrating after
gaining official charity status. Somerset Time For Youth offers
social and leisure activities for local special needs children
and young people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 0-18yrs.
boot sales cancelled
A SERIES of Car Boot Sales scheduled to
take place during September at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground have
been cancelled. The organisers, Paul and Chris Goodyer, announced
the cancellation following long delays for motorists in the area
to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host
its annual Open Evening for all Year 6 parents, carers and students
who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers and students
from other years are also welcome to attend the event on September
Highbridge flats opposed
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a
prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs
down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Wednesday
(September 6th), members of the Council's Planning Applications
Committee voted against the plan.
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