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Highbridge medical centres speak out on GP illness
Medical Centre has reassured patients that it is still offering
both emergency on-the-day and non-emergency appointments - and
Burnham and Berrow Medical Centre has said it "is working
hard to minimise disruption.
West Huntspill Show turns 80!
WEST Huntspill Flower, Vegetable and Craft
Show returns for a very special event today (Saturday). It is
the 80th show this year and the organisers are hoping for a bumper
turnout at the Balliol Hall. The show will by opened at 2pm by
the Mayor of Burnham & Highbridge. More...
supports homelessness bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed
the government's aim of ending homelessness by 2027. James Heappey
says he has "enthusiastically supported" the Homelessness
Reduction Act in Parliament. He says the matter is 'challenging'.
Holiday fete set to return
traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be 'bigger
than ever' when it returns to the town's Manor Gardens. The event
- run by community group Burnham Events Social Team - will be
held from 11am-4pm on August 27th. More...
nights raise over £6,000
OVER £6,000 has been raised this year
for local good causes from weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Social Club. The club in Victoria Street is now calling on
community groups to come forward to book quiz nights during the
coming year. More...
at plans for 47 homes
CONCERN has been expressed this week over
plans for a controversial new housing development of 47 homes
in Highbridge. Land to the north of Walrow in Walrow Road, Highbridge
could be transformed into a mixture of new flats and houses if
the plans are approved. More...
station escapes cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police station has escaped
a new round of cost-cutting across the region. From 3rd September,
the opening hours of several police enquiry offices are changing
following a review of the service. Several stations are having
hours reduced. More...
rescued from sewage
ANIMAL carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue
found out that caring for wildlife is not always glamorous after
rescuing a buzzard which became trapped in a sewage pit. Laura
Benfield and Jade Robuffo, both resident animal carers at the
charity, drew the short straw. More...
services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across
the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
this Sunday (August 19th) for the town's annual rescue services
day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the
seafront and beach from 10am. More...
success for school
SIXTH form students at Highbridge's King
Alfred School are this week celebrating an outstanding set of
A-Level results. Pupils opened the envelopes containing their
eagerly-awaited results at the school on Thursday (August 16th).
hit local village halls
VILLAGE halls in the Burnham-On-Sea area
have been urged to step up their security after two local break-ins
this week. Mark Village Hall was broken into during the early
hours of Monday (August 13th) and a quantity of cash was stolen
from the bowling club. More...
ski safety warning issued
JET skiers have this week been urged to
abide by strict safety rules in place for operating their machines
in Burnham-On-Sea. A number of rules are enforced around Burnham
jetty to ensure the safety of swimmers, paddlers and boat users
using the water. More...
baby deer rescued
A NEWBORN red deer calf, found abandoned
by the side of the road, is set to make a full recovery thanks
to Burnham-On-Sea animal care specialists at Secret World Wildlife
Rescue. The deer was found collapsed and crying for its mother
at the side of a road. More...
you recognise this man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents
have this week been asked by Police whether they recognise the
man in this CCTV image. Police have issued the photo of a man
they want to identify as part of their investigation into several
fraud cases. More...
sickness hits doctor surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow Medical Centre
patients will only be able to see their doctor in emergencies
this week due to GP illness. The centre in Burnham's Love Lane
told patients on Wednesday (August 15th) that they will not be
taking appointments this week. More...
work goes on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to
hold an exhibition of paintings by a local artist from Lympsham.
Margaret Riordan's artwork will be on show as a small exhibition
in the Café at The Princess Theatre from Tuesday 21st August
to 15th September. More...
Italian restaurant to open
A NEW Italian restaurant is set to open
in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. 'Buonissimo' will open
in Burnham's College Street in place of Sinatra's Wine Bar, which
closed in July. A spokesman says: "We will be a family-run
revamp given big boost
THE long-awaited multi-million pound redevelopment
of the Highbridge Hotel site has taken a major step forward this
week. YMCA Somerset Coast confirmed on Tuesday that it has awarded
the building contract for the Highbridge Hotel to a lcoal firm.
vole rescued on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea animal carers at Secret World
Wildlife Rescue have successfully rescued and released a poorly
water vole. The charity came to the water voles help earlier
this month after it was found collapsed and exhausted by a beach
warden in Burnham. More...
care service to launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea patients who become ill overnight
or need urgent medical advice, support or treatment can expect
to receive more responsive and joined-up urgent care services
from early next year. Somerset CCG has awarded a contract to Devon
on target for success
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast
is celebrating success this week after winning several top medals
at a national competition. Darragh Joyce, 13, who is a member
of the Burnham Company of Archers, took part in the Archery GB
Youth Festival. More...
store to open next week
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is set
to open next week, the firm has confirmed. Signs have been installed
outside the new supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just
off Bennett Road, revealing the opening date as next Thursday,
August 23rd. More...
will 'bring real benefits'
PEOPLE living in Burnham and Highbridge
are being urged by the Town Council and Burnham Without Parish
Council to have their say next month on the Neighbourhood Plan,
which it says will deliver 'big local benefits'. Residents will
have a referendum on September 20th. More...
van draws big queues
HUNDREDS of Burnham-On-Sea residents queued
up to buy amazing ice cream creations from The 'King of Desserts'
when he made an unscheduled appearance in the town on Monday evening
(August 13th). Mr Tee's King of Desserts van tours around Britain.
tides warning is issued
STRONG onshore winds combined with a high
tide to create blustery sea conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday
evening (August 13th). A series of high summer tides are being
seen along the coastline in Burnham, Brean and Berrow throughout
this week. More...
Run hailed a success
SCORES of runners took part in a colourful
fundraising run for charity on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday
(August 12th). Organised by Burnham RNLI, the RNLI Rainbow Run
was held next to the town's jetty and saw the participants covered
in clouds of dry paint! More...
disorder support plea
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman who is battling with
an eating disorder says not enough support is available in Somerset
for others like her. Vanessa Holbrow - known to many local people
as Ness - made the headlines earlier this year when she won at
HUNDREDS of colourful flowers went on display
at Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual
summer show on Saturday (August 11th). The popular show, which
is now in its fifth decade, was held at Burnham-On-Sea Community
Centre in Berrow Road. More...
cafe opens on seafront
THE grand opening of a new cafe on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront took place on Saturday. The opening of the new Round
Tower Café on the North Esplanade was performed by Burnham's
Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, who cut a formal ribbon. More...
care firm is praised
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dementia care firm has
been praised and rated as 'good' by the Care Quality Commission
(CQC). A new report praises Dementia Care TLC, which is based
in Victoria Street above Burnham's former Natwest Bank Chambers.
trucks show returns
A WEEKLY daredevil stunt show involving
high-flying trucks and vehicles is underway at Brean Leisure Park
this month. The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes
monster trucks, car-crushing action, motorcycle stunts and fire
exhibition opens in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is hosting
an exhibition of photography by members of the town's Camera Club
this summer. The exhibition has opened this week and runs until
Friday 14th September, each day from 11am to 4pm. More...
visits town centre business
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited the owners
of a town cafe to discuss the business climate in the town. James
Heappey visited George Eckford and Zena Driver, owners of Coffee
Corner in Abingdon Street. They recently emailed James office
to invite him to visit. More...
greengrocer wins award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre greengrocer
is celebrating after winning a top regional award this week. Gardiner-Whites
in Burnham High Street has received a gold 'Taste of the West'
award for being one of the region's best specialist retailers
in the south west. More...
drink driving arrests made
133 people have been arrested for drink
and drug driving during a month-long crackdown by Police for their
summer 'Operation Tonic' road safety campaign. Of those arrested,
74 people have been charged and a further 30 have been released
under investigation. More...
sewage plans revealed
LOCAL people can have their say on plans
to build a new sewage treatment plant at Hinkley Point C power
station near Burnham-On-Sea which will see up to 1,150 cubic metres
of treated sewage being pumped into the Severn Estuary every day.
dive boosts charity funds
A STAFF member at Highbridge's Asda store
has raised more than £500 after taking part in a skydive
for the mental health charity MIND. Leia Smith, 18, has worked
in the store for two years, and fellow staff members at the store
have supported her all the way. More...
tea dance to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to
hold its inaugural tea dance this Sunday afternoon. Organised
by The Friends of the Princess, the event is set to be the first
of several regular Tea Dances run as fundraisers for the theatre.
flower show today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural
Society's annual summer show returns today (Saturday) for a special
event in its 51st year. Hundreds of flowers and other entries
will go on display at the traditional show, to be held at Burnham
Community Centre. More...
THE countdown has begun to a referendum
being held on the Burnham and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Development
Plan this autumn. 16,434 residents will be able to vote on 20th
September to decide whether the proposed local Neighbourhood Plan
is adopted. More...
must be veteran friendly'
BURNHAM MP James Heappey is encouraging
local GP practices to become veteran friendly following the announcement
of NHS Englands new national scheme, which was unveiled
this week. The Military Veteran Aware Accreditation has been adopted
by NHS England. More...
flowers in full bloom
FLOWER beds along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
are in full summer bloom, thanks to the district council. Sedgemoor
District Councils Clean Surroundings Team said this week
that it plants over 46,000 plants across the district to make
the area look 'blooming lovely'. More...
issue e-fit photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have released this
E-fit image of a man they want to identify following a distraction
burglary in Highbridge. The incident happened in the Highbridge
area at about 10.30am on July 7th. The man claimed to be from
British Gas to gain entry. More...
area to get £8k upgrade
A BURNHAM-On-Sea public play area is set
to be given a £8,000 upgrade by Sedgemoor District Council
this autumn. Crosses Penn play area, which is located in Westfield
Road next to Burnham's Manor Gardens, will get new modern play
equipment valued at £8,080. More...
travellers site to expand
PROPOSALS for a change of use of land to
extend an existing gypsy and traveller caravan site to provide
additional accommodation in East Huntspill have been approved
over the past week. The extra space is for two mobile homes and
three touring caravan pitches. More...
attend meeting on changes
AROUND 50 people attended a Berrow Parish
Council meeting this week to hear about changes for walkers accessing
the golf course. Local residents flocked to Tuesday's meeting
to hear the discussion about Berrow residents having the freedom
to walk anywhere. More...
to hold free storytime
A BURNHAM-On-Sea children's author is to
hold a free storytime session in the town's library this month.
Ann Poole - who launched her second book called Field Friends
earlier this year - will be at Burnham-On-Sea Library in Princess
Street on August 16th. More...
999 calls warning issued
PARAMEDICS from South Western Ambulance
Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) are reminding parents in
the Burnham-On-Sea area to keep an eye on their mobile phones
during the school holidays after the service has received a number
of 999 prank calls. More...
wins Hinkley contract
BALFOUR Beatty has secured a deal with National
Grid to provide electrical cabling at the Hinkley Point C nuclear
plant near Burnham-On-Sea. The contractor will deliver the cabling
works contract to connect the power stations new reactor
to the grid. More...
injured in freak accident
AN air ambulance landed on Brean beach on
Tuesday to help an injured horse rider after she was kicked in
the chest and face by her horse. Brean's beachwarden raised the
alarm at 4.30pm, and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, a land ambulance
and air ambulance.
saved by charity
A PAIR of cygnets, abandoned by their parents
last week, are set to make a full recovery after being rescued
by wildlife carers from Burnham-On-Sea. The two baby swans were
found on their own in Weare, nine miles away from Secret World
Wildlife Rescue's rescue centre.
planes event takes off!
HUNDREDS of paper aeroplanes are expected
to take to the air in Burnham-On-Sea on Bank Holiday Sunday as
the 4th World Paper Aeroplane Championship returns to the town
centre. Jets, gliders and even the odd stealth bomber are expected
to be crafted. More...
film comes to Brean
WITH the exceptional warm and dry summer
set to continue, Holiday Resort Unity and Brean Leisure Park are
holding several outdoor summer events. Two outdoor cinema screenings
will be held on the field at the Leisure Park, featuring 'The
Greatest Showman'. More...
course fire 'deliberate'
FIRE investigators believe a huge blaze
that destroyed over five acres of grassland next to Burnham-On-Sea
and Berrow's golf course on Sunday was deliberately set. Devon
and Somerset Fire Service's lead officer says he believes the
incident was deliberate.
welcomes cannabis ruling
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this
week welcomed the news that cannabis-derived medicinal products
will soon be available on prescription from clinicians without
a Home Office license. Mr Heappey says several constituents have
needed the medicine. More...
A WEEK-long campaign to target irresponsible
and dangerous drivers on roads across Somerset, including in the
Burnham-On-Sea area, is underway. Speed enforcement week is part
of a European wide coordinated TISPOL speed enforcement campaign.
rescue sheep from mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Cheddar firefighters
have rescued a sheep stuck in mud. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and
Cheddar were called out at 3.35pm to a report of the animal stranded
in mud near Huntspill Nature Reserve. Upon arrival crews donned
dry suits. More...
plea after arson incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for
witnesses following an incident in Highbridge earlier this month.
It happened on Thursday 2 August during the early hours of the
morning at a building site in Newton Road. Four bottles of flammable
liquid were thrown. More...
supports water quality bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has co-sponsored
a new parliamentary Bill which aims to crack down on the amount
of sewage entering our seas. Over the past few years, Burnham
has struggled with the quality of its bathing water and Mr Heappey's
working to improve it. More...
of grassland destroyed
3,700 square metres of grassland were destroyed
next to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow's golf course during a big grass
fire on Sunday afternoon (August 5th) - but the golf club says
it will be open as usual this week. Crews from Burnham were called.
weekend for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards had a busy weekend
of call-outs amid a spate of incidents on local beaches in the
ongoing good weather. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search &
Rescue were called to Burnham's beach on Sunday at 12.29pm. More...
at M5 Sedgemoor Services
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called
to Sedgemoor Services on Sunday afternoon (August 4th) following
reports of a small fire. Crews were called to the southbound M5
services near Burnham shortly after 2.30pm. Two fire appliances
fun day this week
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill,
near Burnham-On-Sea, is hosting a whole series of wildlife-themed
events for all ages over the summer holidays. On August 8th, 15th
and 22nd, the charity will host Wild and Deadly Wednesdays
a family event. More...
dog fouling crackdown
DOG walkers in Burnham-On-Sea have this
week been urged to help crackdown on fouling along the town's
beaches and pavements. A fresh campaign has been launched by Litter
Free Coast & Sea Somerset that urges dog owners to be responsible
and 'bag it and bin it'. More...
raises £800 at head shave
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has raised hundreds
of pounds for charity by having his head shaved. Jim Baker raised
just over £800 for Macmillan Cancer Research, by taking
part in the charity's Brave The Shave event. The event has been
well supported locally. More...
home next weekend
THE village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea
is set to hold its annual harvest home on Saturday (August 11th).
Mark Harvest Home Lunch is a traditional festival to celebrate
a good harvest, with the tradition taking place in the village
of Mark for well over 100 years. More...
crash in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and ambulance crews
were called to a crash in Berrow on Friday afternoon (August 3rd).
Two cars collided near the Berrow Triangle, leaving both severely
damaged, as pictured here by a reader. Several shocked occupants
were helped. More...
has not halted boy racers
A NEW hi-tech CCTV camera system installed
at a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park in a bid to crackdown on
the ongoing issue of boy racers has not halted the
problem, say residents. Several on the South Esplanade say CCTV
cameras have moved the problem. More...
free park treasure hunt!
THE Friends of Apex Park are inviting families
to Highbridge's Apex Park to take part in a free children's Treasure
Hunt during the school holidays. The Treasure Hunt will take place
on Wednesday 22nd August between 11am and 1pm at Apex Park. More...
club to return to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Baptist Church is set to
hold its annual summer holiday club later this month. The 'Team
Builders Holiday Club' will run from Tuesday 28th-Friday 31st
August and this year consists of four mornings of fun, crafts,
games and bible stories for children. More...
over Apex vandalism
'MINDLESS vandals' have again put lives
at stake this week by damaging a high-tech defibrillator at Highbridge's
Apex Park, just days after two break-ins at the nearby BMX Club.
The life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is critical
in emergencies. More...
destroyed in blaze drama
THIS is all that remains of a shed following
a dramatic fire in Edithmead near Highbridge on Thursday evening
(August 2nd). Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called
to Bristol Road in Edithmead, Highbridge just before 6.45pm. More...
group heads to Ypres
MEMBERS of the Brent Knoll branch of The
Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of
Remembrance to a World War One battlefield that will culminate
in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First
World War centenary commemorations. More...
Look to close in Burnham
CLOTHING chain store New Look is to close
its Burnham-On-Sea shop this autumn, it has announced this week.
The store in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street will sadly be closing
for the final time on September 2nd. The fashion retailer initially
said the store was safe. More...
overturns on M5 motorway
A FAMILY had a lucky escape when their car
towing a caravan overturned on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and
Weston on Thursday (August 2nd). Part of the northbound carriageway
was closed following the accident at around 1pm, as pictured here.
7,000 flock to Play Day
OVER 7,000 people attended a fun-packed
Play Day at Apex Park in Highbridge on Wednesday (August 1st).
The ethos of Playday is to allow families to have a free day out
during the summer holidays and to allow children to take part
in a wide range of activities. More...
flags unveiled in towns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens and
Highbride's Apex Park proudly unveiled their new green flags on
Thursday (August 2nd) the sign of a quality park or green
space. This international award is a sign that the space boasts
the highest standards. More...
CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn Highbridge's
former Canal House site into a modern development of 29 flats
have been given the final go-ahead this week despite concerns
about local infrastructure and the loss of more commercial units
in the town centre. More...
algae warnings remain
WARNING messages remain in place around
Highbridge's Apex Park lakes after 'potentially toxic' algae was
found there last week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers
have again been urged to stay away from the water after an outbreak
of blue-green algae. More...
new homes edge closer
MAJOR plans for a huge new development of
550 new homes with a new school and nursery in Highbridge have
moved a step closer this week with the approval of the first phase
of the construction work. Town councillors have this week approved
an application. More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called
to East Huntspill on Wednesday morning to tackle an out-of-control
bonfire. Crews rushed to Withy Road in East Huntspill at 8.45am
where the fire was underway and in danger of spreading. One fire
appliance was mobilised. More...
rejects rising sea concern
THE Stop Hinkley campaign group has written
to the Office for Nuclear Regulation to express concern about
recent reports that the area could be heading for a sea-level
rise of as much as 6 metres during the lifetime of the Hinkley
Point C power station. More...
names charities of year
BURNHAM and Highbridge Mayor Bill Hancock
has announced his charities of the year for 2018-19 - two local
organisations who are well known. He said: "This year we
are shining a spotlight on all the work that takes place to keep
our beautiful beaches clean and safe." More...
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge families are
being invited to nominate their favourite 'Positive about Breastfeeding'
local places to mark this years World Breastfeeding Week.
They include cafes, gardens, open spaces, town halls, restaurants
and sports centres. More...
get safety lesson
BURNHAM-On-Sea youngsters have been getting
fun-filled advice about keeping safe from local Police. Burnham-On-Sea
PCSOs Yvette Mayo and Sam Piers have visited the children at the
Octopus Children's Centre in the town. They talked to the children
on safety. More...
Aldi store on track to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is on
track to open this summer, the firm has confirmed this week. Work
to build the two supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just
off Bennett Road, is progressing to schedule. The new Highbridge
Aldi store will open over the next few weeks.
visits farm protesters
LOCAL MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has this week
pledged his support to residents in East Huntspill who are campaigning
against a chicken farm's odour problems. During a visit on Monday
(July 30th), Mr Liddell-Granger met nearby residents and residents.
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary with members of a community group close
to their hearts. Terry and Yvonne Cornelius celebrated their golden
milestone at Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge 123's meeting.
to Rainbow Run
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back its
fundraising Rainbow Run to the town's beach this summer. Registration
is open now for the popular annual event, which will be held on
August 12th at 2pm. The 3.5km run will start at Burnham jetty
and takes participants on a run. More...
joins summer fayre fun
OVER £600 has been raised at a charity's
annual summer fayre in Burnham-On-Sea. The Kathleen Chambers RNIB
home in Berrow Road held its popular fayre last week when crowds
of visitors flocked to the event. Activities included the U3A
Ukelele band and stalls. More...
band played on.. in church
THE band played on, despite stormy weather
at a Burnham-On-Sea jazz event on Sunday (July 30th). High winds
and heavy rain hit the area on the day that the Marine Cove Gardens
on Burnham's seafront were due to host an afternoon of outdoor
jazz music. More...
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed
an incredible 100-mile fitness challenge in aid of a local charity.
Sonny Topham, 27, a personal trainer, took on the challenge of
walking and running ten circuits of a 10-mile route through Burnham
and Highbridge. More...
station marks 90th year
OVER 100 former staff from Highbridge Radio
Station (known locally as Portishead Radio) gathered at the Ritz
Social Club on Saturday (28th July) to mark the 90th year since
the station officially opened. The long-range service transmitters
moved in 1928. More...
dog to feature in diary
A PAINTING of a Burnham-On-Sea dog is set
to be featured in a 2019 diary sold nationally across the UK.
Border Terrier Sir Jack Spratticus, owned by Burnham resident
Ness Holbrow, will be featured in the 'The Little Dog Laughed'
of beach litter collected
A DOZEN sackfuls of waste were collected
by volunteers from the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach during
a summer beach clean held on Saturday (July 28th). The group cleaned
the south beach between the Sailing Club and The Pavilion and
took away litter. More...
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred
School stepped down last week after four years in the role. Denise
Hurr stepped down at the end of the summer term and Nathan Jenkins,
pictured below, is to become the new principal from September,
as we first reported. More...
NHS art exhibition opens
IN the week that the NHS is celebrating
its 70th anniversray, Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has
unveiled a new exhibition focussed on the NHS. Called '70x7',
it is an exploration of the NHS and its qualities by local author
and artist Dave Eldergill. More...
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