2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
safety calls after bus crash
FRESH concerns have been raised about the safety of Berrow's
Coast Road following an incident yesterday in which two passengers
were hurt when a bus fell onto its side. Two people were taken
to hospital after the bus pulled over to let a car through when
the verge gave way. More...
starts at Cove!
the arrival of Spring, Burnham-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove
are set to hold a number of events in the seafront gardens over
the coming weeks. The first event is to be held today (Saturday,
March 1st) when visitors can join a free gardening session. More...
represents UK in Canada
AN army cadet from Burnham-On-Sea is set
to represent the UK at a expedition in Canada. Cdt L/Cpl Prewett,
an army cadet from Burnham, has been selected as one of twelve
British Cadets to attend a Cadet Expedition Course in Camp Argonaut,
New Brunswick, Canada.
anglers fined by court
TWO men from Highbridge are among several
anglers have been given fines after being caught illegally fishing
in the county. The Environment Agency has caught more than a dozen
fishing without licences. They have been sentenced at Taunton
back Neighbourhood Plan
A GROUP of 20 Burnham and Highbridge residents
last night (Thursday) gave their backing to plans to create a
new Neighbourhood Plan for the two towns. Strong support was given
to the proposals during an open meeting held in the Town Council
Coward tribute tonight
SPECIAL tribute to the wit and song-writing of Noël Coward
will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre today (Friday,
February 28th). Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill, pictured,
will present 'The Wit and Song of Noel Coward', starting at 7.30pm
in the theatre. More...
hurt in Berrow bus crash
people were injured this afternoon (Thursday) after a double decker
bus with 17 passengers onboard fell onto its side in a ditch in
bus toppled over in Coast Road at 12.50pm, prompting a big response
from local emergency services. Several people inside, including
a pensioner, were helped free. More...
seeks tourism flood funding
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called
on the government to provide funding to help promote local tourism
which has been suffering from the effects of Somerset flooding.
Tessa Munt met with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, on Wednesday
to discuss the bid. More...
your say on town's future
Highbridge residents are being invited to an open meeting this
evening where the first steps towards creating a new Neighbourhood
Plan for the two towns will be made. Once in place, the plan will
provide residents with new powers under the 2011 Localism Act.
holes pledge from council
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists have this week
been assured by Somerset County Council that pot holes in the
town will be repaired soon. A series of storms and heavy rain
over the winter has left a number of pot holes on crumbling roads
in Burnham, as pictured. More...
farm plans thrown out
proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea
have been thrown out by the Secretary of State. Green energy firm
Ecotricity wanted to install four wind turbines at West Huntspill,
but its scheme was turned down by Sedgemoor District Council and
the company appealed. More...
and My Girl' comes to town
have gone on sale for a performance of the musical 'Me and My
Girl' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre during March. Mark
Youth Theatre group will be performing the show over three days
at the town theatre. Organisers say the show is coming together
well and promises to be fun. More...
Council to hold disco
and Highbridge Youth Town Council is to hold a fundraising disco
in March. The youngsters are organising a 'onesie disco' to raise
funds for the group's new youth facilities called The Zone. The
disco will take place on 4th March at the Bay Centre. More...
grows over disruption
to build a new 48-home housing development in Burnham-On-Sea is
causing 'huge disruption' to residents it has been claimed this
week. Homeowners in Lawrence Close say Persimmon's work to build
the new Mulberry Park estate is unreasonable. More...
plans divide council
TOWN councillors have voiced concerns about the impact that
Asda's plans to expand its Highbridge store will have on local
shops. The supermarket giant announced last month that it wants
to refurbish its Caxton Road store and add a new 10,000 sq ft
mezzanine floor with a cafe. More...
town's Sport Relief Mile
in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's
Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday 23rd March. Highbridge's
King Alfreds Sport Centre, together with Burnham Harriers,
will be hosting the Sport Relief Mile and runners are being encouraged
to come forward. More...
begins at Marine Cove!
Spring almost upon us, Burnham-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove
are busily planning a number of events for the next few months.
The first of the events will be held on Saturday morning (March
1st) when visitors will be welcome to join a gardening session.
budget plans revealed
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will see an increase in their
council tax bills from April after Sedgemoor District Council
this week voted to raise its council tax charges. Sedgemoor has
raised its proportion of council tax by 1.99% and the town council
has also raised its. More...
player stars for England
RUGBY player who used to play for Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club made
a big impact for England in the Six Nations tournament at the
weekend. British and Irish Lions' prop Mako Vunipola helped England
clinch an exciting 18-13 victory over Ireland at Twickenham at
the weekend. More...
firms swap tech tips
SPECIAL technology meeting was held by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber
of Trade on Tuesday (February 25th) when social networking was
the hot topic. Members of the trade organisation heard how local
businesses are successfully using services such as Facebook. More...
crews' parking concerns
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea say lives are being put at risk
due to motorists' poor parking in the town centre. They say crucial
seconds are frequently being lost by crews getting to incidents
due to fire engines having to negotiate their way around parked
half-term for tourism
businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area saw mixed fortunes during
the half-term holiday with some saying flooding on the Somerset
Levels has caused a downturn. Some holiday parks in Brean have
seen a 25% drop-off in trade due to floods in recent days. More...
sought for shops guide
across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given the opportunity
to have their work displayed in 40,000 copies of the town's new
shopper's guide. Burnham Chamber of Trade is currently working
on a new 2014 edition of the pocket-sized publication. More...
for Burnham bowls club
Short Mat Bowls Club has been given a financial boost this week
to help members with disabilities play. County Councillor Peter
Burridge-Clayton presented a cheque for £300 to Clive Pearce,
chairman of the club, last night (Monday February 24th). More...
injection for six groups
groups in the Burnham-On-Sea have this week shared a £700
cash injection from the town's Moose International Lodge. It follows
the organisation's recent 'jazz and chips' fundraising event.
Organiser Terry Cornelius presented the funds this week at the
latest meeting. More...
spends a day in surgery
MP swapped her political surgery for a medical surgery when she
spent the day with local doctors. Tessa Munt was keen to experience
firsthand how a busy surgery operates when she was given a tour
and met patients at the practice. More...
boost for town centre
PROPOSALS to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been
given a £25,000 boost this week to offset the impact of
the expansion of a local garden centre. Sanders Garden World has
been granted approval to go ahead with a 3,200 square metre expansion
of its store. More...
COMEDY and music night is to be held in Highbridge to help raise
cash for those devastated by flooding in Somerset. The Oaktree
Arena will be holding an evening of entertainment including a
buffet, live music, auction and raffle on Friday March 7th. More...
called to petrol station
firefighters were called to a smoking car at a petrol station
in the town on Sunday (February 23rd). One fire engine rushed
to the Esso station in Oxford Street just after 2.20pm. The fire
service received a call reporting a car on fire on the forecourt.
tumble at swim gala
Swimming Club's members enjoyed a night of success at the second
Cotswold Series swimming gala held in Brean on Saturday evening
(February 22nd). Burnham narrowly missed out on the top spot during
the event, which was held at Brean Splash. More...
raised for flood victims
GROUP of fundraisers near Burnham-On-Sea has raised hundreds of
pounds for Somerset flood victims by holding a special event.
A 'Stay and Play' event was held in Lympsham on Friday where a
range of fun-filled activities for families raised £185
for the appeal. More...
save heart attack victim
firefighters have saved the life of a jogger who suffered a cardiac
arrest while running near Highbridge. Two off-duty firefighters
were driving along Huntspill Road on Thursday afternoon when they
saw the jogger fall to the ground. They immediately put their
first aid training to practical use. More...
Burnham hair salon opens
NEW professional hair salon has opened for business in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre this week. Chelsea Pearce, 22, has opened Beaux Cheveux
in The High Street after receiving start-up funding from a government
enterprise scheme for young people across the UK. More...
wins photography title
Camera Club has named its Photographer of the Year for 2013 this
week. The club's Chairman, Mike Barnard, presented Past Chairman
Sharon Stevens with 'The Argos Cup' after she accumulated the
most points during the past 12 months, winning the award. More...
Coward tribute at theatre
SPECIAL tribute to the wit and song-writing of Noël Coward
will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday
(February 28th). Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill, pictured
right, will present 'The Wit and Song of Noel Coward', starting
at 7.30pm at the theatre. More...
group to meet today
BURNHAM-On-Sea drama that is celebrating its 20th anniversary
this year is holding a special event today (Sunday) to encourage
past members and newcomers to get involved. Burnham Excellent
Entertainment Society (BEES) will be gathering for the meeting.
demolished for new homes
A once-popular pub on the outskirts of Highbridge is being
demolished this week to make way for a new development of homes.
The Royal Artillery Arms in West Huntspill's Alstone Lane shut
in 2012 after struggling to survive during the financial downturn.
raise £7,500 for charity
GROUP from Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society have enjoyed
a busy day of singing at the Colston Hall in Bristol to raise
over £7,500 for Cancer Research UK. The singers, pictured
here, took part in David Pitts Scratch Chorus and Orchestra. More...
centre escapes cuts
HIGHBRIDGE'S Isleport Recycling Centre has escaped
the latest cost-cutting changes being made by Somerset Waste Partnership,
which were announced on Friday afternoon (February 21st). Two
recycling sites at Coleford and Middlezoy will close from April.
festival plans announced
will be a departure from the roar of speedway bikes at Highbridge's
Oaktree Arena later this year when it stages a two-day music festival.
The event, called Summerset Live, will take place on Saturday
24th and Sunday 25th May featuring local talent. More...
delays after crash
MULTI-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway caused delays between Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston on Friday afternoon (February 21st). Emergency services
were called to the northbound carriageway at around 3.30pm and
two lanes were closed. More...
'raises Hinkley concern'
earthquake served as a warning that proposals to build a new nuclear
power station at Hinkley Point should be halted, an independent
European candidate has claimed. Richard Cottrell says the quake
was "a signal warning of the follies of constructing the
Hinkley Point C power station." More...
camera decision praised
A WIDOW whose husband was killed by a speeding car near Burnham-On-Sea
has welcomed the news that six speed cameras across Somerset are
to be switched backed on again. Among the cameras which are set
to be switched back on is one on the A38 in Rooksbridge. More...
swaps lattes for lengths!
BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee shop barista will be swapping lattes for
lengths when she begins a sponsored swimming challenge for charity
this weekend. Sara Ward, who works at Burnham's Costa Coffee store,
hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Diabetes UK. More...
owner wants to thank duo
BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owner is keen to thank two youngsters who returned
his lost dog following a chase around the town centre earlier
this week. Boots, a seven month old pedigree Havanese, ran off
on Tuesday after being scared by a clattering dustbin lid. More...
backs flood relief appeal
residents are rallying to help victims of flooding on the Somerset
Levels. Thousands of pounds have been collected for Somerset Community
Foundation's emergency flood relief fund in recent days. Burnham
Rotary Club is among the groups helping. More...
rainbow over town
stunning double rainbow appeared in the skies over Brent Knoll
on Thursday afternoon (February 20th). Bright sunshine and rain
showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation,
which was pictured here from the town's BASC ground looking west.
shakes Bristol Channel
SMALL earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale occurred under
the Bristol Channel today (Thursday). A spokesman for the British
Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 1.21pm at a depth
of 5km. Centred on an area to the north of Ilfracombe, there were
no reports of damage.
£2m pool set to open
A NEW £2million swimming pool complex at a Burnham-On-Sea
holiday park is on track to open next month. Burnham Holiday Village
is building the new facilities, which are set to be opened by
Burnham's World BMX Champion Liam Phillips and Highbridge Paralympic
swimmer Anthony Stephens. More...
begins on 59 new homes
WORK to regenerate the former Highbridge
cattle market site has begun this week. 59 residential dwellings
are to be built on the old cattle market site, which is next to
the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel, as part of a multi-million
pound redevelopment project. More...
rescued from floods
badgers stranded on a tiny strip of land in the middle of the
flooded Somerset Levels have been rescued by wildlife carers this
week. The two animals, named Storm and Noah, were retrieved by
a team from Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning.
picks 2015 candidate
Labour Party has chosen its prospective parliamentary candidate
for the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea. Chris
Inchley will represent Labour at the 2015 General Election and
will be fighting the seat against incumbent MP Tessa Munt. More...
called to Berrow
for the welfare of a group of four people seen far out on the
mudflats on Berrow beach led to a call-out for Burnham Coastguards
and BARB this week. A beach walker spotted the group over a mile
from the shore on Tuesday afternoon (February 18th). More...
boss leaves £160k job
County Council's chief executive, who has been absent from her
£160,000-a-year job since November, has left the authority
"by mutual agreement" it has been announced this week.
Sheila Wheeler has not worked since before the flooding crisis
call for 'unfair' tax overhaul
MP has this week called on the Chancellor to undertake a 'fundamental
shake up' of business rates across the UK. Tessa Munt has says
the overhaul is needed in order to "remove the disincentive
to invest in and improve property and promote growth in jobs."
top award for 8th year!
DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea craft shop are celebrating
this week after scooping a top award in a national competition
for an eighth year running. At the British Craft Awards in Birmingham,
Material Needs in Burnham High Street won two of the coveted awards.
collapse area sealed off
area around a wall that collapsed in Burnham-On-Sea during last
week's storms has been cordoned off for safety. A 15-metre long
section was blown over next to the grounds of St Andrew's Church,
as pictured here. "It came down with a huge crash,"
said a spokesman at the businsess next door. More...
to cycle across China
sisters from Burnham-On-Sea area are set to pedal 450km on their
bike across China to raise cash for charity. Jessica and Melissa
Vearncombe will be taking part in the Action for Charity bike
ride, however they need to raise £6,400 in order to enter
it and get the go-ahead. More...
group marks 20th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea drama that is celebrating its 20th anniversary
this year is holding a special event this weekend to encourage
past members and newcomers to get involved. Burnham Excellent
Entertainment Society (BEES) is holding the event on Sunday. More...
attend jobs fair
of job seekers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to
a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 18th). Sedgemoor
District Council, supported by EDF Energy, organised the popular
event which was held at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...
jailed after 'brutal assault'
men were sentenced to prison at Bristol Crown Court on Monday
(February 17th) after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and
actual bodily harm. Stephen Waters, 54, from Brean and Justin
Weldon, 37, from Weston pleaded guilty earlier in the year. More...
rescued after high winds
PUFFIN has been rescued by RSPCA wildlife carers in Brean after
being blown off course during the recent high winds. Dozens of
birds have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre
near Taunton over the last few days. They include four tired puffins
in the south west. More...
holds jobs fair today
SEEKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend
a recuitment fair in the town today (Tuesday). Local residents
who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment
will be welcomed at the council-run, all-day event. More...
receives £3k from Lloyds
BARB Search & Rescue has received a £3,000 financial
boost from Lloyds Bank. The long-running charity that runs an
inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts, was nominated
by Lloyds Bank's staff in Burnham to receive a Lloyds Bank Community
Fund Award. More...
SPECIAL ceremony was held this week to welcome nine new members
at 5th Burnham-On-Sea Brownies group. Girls in guiding are encouraged
- through the 'Promise and Brownie Law' - to be honest, helpful,
considerate and to face challenges and to speak out. More...
helps collect for flood fund
MP has helped local Lions fundraisers collect hundreds of pounds
for the Somerset floods relief fund. Tessa Munt joined Lions members
in Street on Sunday in helping to collect £2,318 for those
who have been affected by the floods in the county. More...
panto fun underway!
Piper has burst onto the stage this week as Brean's Coastline
Players hold their annual fun-packed pantomime. The award-winning
group is performing their 28th annual pantomime over the course
of a week at Brean Village Hall - with all welcome. More...
road scheme to go-ahead
A £20,000 project to increase
safety on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea is set to go ahead. County
Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, has secured the funding
for a new traffic calming scheme in Stoddens Road. The work is
aimed at reducing traffic speeds following accidents. More...
to be switched back on
capacity water pumps are set to be pressed back into action today
(Monday) after being switched off over the weekend because of
damage to the banks of the River Parrett. The Environment Agency
said the riverbanks had been eroded at Dunball. More...
set to launch
Dreamscheme is set to launch its annual programme of activities
for local youngsters this week. Organisers of the town's Dreamscheme
organisation will be holding their 2014 launch this Wednesday
(February 19th) between 10am and 1pm when all will be welcome.
boost for garden project
Huntspill Primary School's plans to create a new wildlife garden
in part of their grounds has received a funding boost this week.
The school's gardening club, which has helped design the plans
with parents, teachers and children, has received £250 from
Wessex Water. More...
holidays survey starts
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to have their
say about proposed school term and holiday dates for the academic
year starting September 2015. Every year Somerset County Council
consults with schools, staff, governors and parents. More...
date for father and daughter
Highbridge resident and her father are set to appear as contestants
on TV's Bargain Hunt tomorrow (Monday). Amanda Ham and her father
Gerald, pictured, will appear on the BBC1 show at 12.15pm when
they will be shown competing to buy antiques and collectables
to be sold at auction. More...
raises £1,800 for flood
at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have donated more than £1,800
to the Somerset Flood Appeal Fund over the course of a week. Collection
buckets have been filled with coins throughout the past few days
by customers keen to help flood-hit residents. More...
wrestling comes to Brean
afternoon of top wrestling action comes to Brean this week during
the half-term holiday. Some of the UK's best up and coming grapplers
will be in action at Holiday Resort Unity on Tuesday, 18th February.
There will be plenty of opportunities to boo and cheer. More...
sunset in Burnham
walkers in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed this stunning sunset on Saturday
(February 15th) as stormy conditions headed away. The arrival
of more settled weather was a welcome change following a series
of storms during recent days and weeks which may have come to
an end. More...
rescued from ditch
HORSE was winched free after getting stuck in a water-filled ditch
in Stretcholt, near Bridgwater, on Saturday afternoon (February
15th). Fire crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were sent
to Seymour Farm, along with a vet, at around 12 noon to help the
winds cause damage
winds left a trail of damage in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening,
keeping the town's fire service busy. Gusts of wind of up to 60mph
hit the area during the latest in a series of winter storms. Burnham
fire crews were called to the Esso petrol station in Highbridge
Road shortly after 8pm. More...
bull rescued by crew
fire crews were called out to rescue this trapped bull from a
water-filled ditch on Friday afternoon (February 14th). Crews
were called out to Gold Corner near East Huntspill after the animal
had become stranded, prompting a call for help from the owner.
poet thanks readers
YOUNG poet from Highbridge has thanked Burnham-On-Sea.com readers
for helping her become the runner-up in a nationwide competition.
Shannon House, 16, was one of 12 young writers from more than
32,000 entrants who reached the finals of the annual contest.
centre meeting to be held
County Council is to hold two open meetings in Burnham-On-Sea
for local people to have their say about proposed changes to the
town's Octopus Childrens Centre. The Burnham centre is among
18 across Somerset that could be altered in the changes. More...
flood pump operational
FOURTH high-capacity water pump from the Netherlands started to
remove millions of tonnes of water from the flooded Somerset Levels
on Friday (February 14th). Thirteen Dutch pumps were brought in
by the Environment Agency and are being used to divert water.
counts cost of storms
bosses in Burnham-On-Sea are counting the cost of continuing stormy
weather. The high winds and stormy seas have caused thousands
of pounds of damage in recent weeks which Sedgemoor District Council
is hoping to get repaired, while it also deals with higher priority
flooding relief work. More...
membership reaches 600
growing University of The Third Age has attracted over 100 new
members during the past year as it has broadened its activities.
Membership has increased to nearly 600 as the U3A offers more
than 50 different activities led by its own members. More...
raises on Brean panto!
Piper will burst onto the stage when Brean's Coastline Players
hold their annual fun-packed pantomime from Monday (February 17th).
The award-winning group will perform their 28th annual pantomime
over the course of a week at Brean Village Hall. More...
of jobs on offer
of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer
in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday). Burnham Holiday Village is
holding its annual recruitment open day between 11.30am and 3pm
when those interested will be able to attend and find out more.
flood pumps start work
water pumps from the Netherlands have begun to remove millions
of tonnes of water from the flooded Somerset Levels. Thirteen
Dutch pumps were brought in by the Environment Agency and are
being used to divert water to try and cut levels. More...
swimmers celebrate wins
of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy's swimming team achieved an
incredible 72 personal best times when they took part in a regional
competition this week - and a local school swim team has also
been celebrating this week too after further success in the pool.
storm set to hit today
Met Office has issued another warning as more severe weather is
set to effect the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (February 14th).
Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph are predicted to sweep
across the area during the daytime on Friday and into the evening.
fears at business park
fears have been raised that jobs could be lost when a business
park in Highbridge is demolished to make way for over 60 new homes.
Sedgemoor District Council approved the re-development of Morland
Industrial Park, leading to job concerns at the site. More...
route change unveiled
THE route of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival is set to
be changed in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the town.
Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New says the proposals are aimed
at easing traffic congestion and diversions which plagued motorists
travelling in and out of the town. More...
call for town fire crew
fire crews were called to a Highbridge home on Wednesday (February
12th) after high winds caused damage to a chimney pot. Crews used
ladders and ropes to reach the damaged structure on top of the
building in Burnham Road, pictured here. More...
yourself for new storm
Met Office has issued another warning as more severe weather is
set to effect the Burnham-On-Sea area this Friday (February 14th).
Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph are predicted to sweep
across the area during Friday, adding to flooding issues on the
to 67th festival
preparations are underway for the 67th annual Highbridge Festival
Of The Arts which will be held across several venues this year.
With hundreds of entries from across the south west, this year's
festival promises to have something for everyone whatever their
help BARB and RNLI
Scouts have raised hundreds of pounds for the town's BARB and
RNLI rescue services. The youngsters held an 18-mile sponsored
cycle ride along the Strawberry Line and raised £929 which
has been equally split between the two rescue organisations. More...
novel launched by author
BURNHAM-On-Sea author is to launch his third book at the end of
this month. Damien Boyd has completed work on the novel, Kickback,
which is in final editing ready for publication on February 28th
2014. Readers will be on the edge of their seats, he promises.
your love of wildlife
team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea are asking
local people to share their love for animals this Valentine's
Day. The charity, based at East Huntspill, is offering adoptions
of rescued animals such as a fox, badger, otter or owl for the
special day. More...
open for business'
CAMPAIGN has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to promote
the message that Somerset is still open for business despite the
ongoing flooding in other parts of the county. The launch comes
amid concern that holidaymakers will be put off from visiting
Burnham and Brean this half-term. More...
plans receive backing
have given their backing to the proposals by Asda to expand its
Highbridge store. The first of two public consultation session
was held on Tuesday (February 11th) where plans to extend the
store by 10,000 sq ft by creating a new floor and a new cafe went
on show. More...
receive web safety tips
Police handed out safety advice to local schoolchildren during
a special event to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. PC Ian
Bartlett visited pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School where
leaflets and guidance were given out along other information.
power lives again!
'FLOWER power' themed party was held by a Burnham-On-Sea group
to raise funds for a good cause at the weekend. Members of Burnham's
Moose International Lodge donned sixties clothing for the club's
annual Governor's New Years Party on Saturday evening. More...
call for EU flooding cash
MP has called on the Government to apply for European Union funding
to help flooded areas of Somerset. Tessa Munt wants cash from
part of the European Union Solidarity Fund to be earmarked to
helping those areas affected across the region of Somerset. More...
taster session tonight
new group of Beavers and Cubs in Berrow is holding a series of
taster sessions tonight (Wednesday) when newcomers are welcome.
The 1st Berrow Scout Group is holding the open evening for children
of Beavers age (5¾ - 8) and Cubs age (8-10½). More...
stranded in ditch
HUGE recovery operation was underway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday
evening after this lorry ended up on its side in a ditch. Police
temporarily closed Burnham Moor Lane after the lorry slid into
the rhyne on the outskirts of the town, as pictured here. More...
warning for area
Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the westcountry
- including the Burnham-On-Sea area - with gusts of up to 80mph
expected to hit from tomorrow (Wednesday). Forecasters have issued
an amber warning for wind as the stormy weather arrives. More...
pumping plan revealed
A LONG convoy of massive pumps and drainage equipment
has been imported from the Netherlands to help drain the areas
of Somerset still underwater. Four Dutch engineers with enough
equipment for 21 pumps have been lining the A38 at Dunball this
raised over library revamp
Exclusive: FEARS have been raised this week
that the library service will be cut back in Burnham-On-Sea this
Spring when new 'smart office space' and other changes are made
to the town's library this Spring. Somerset County Council will
be temporarily closing the library in Princess Street during May.
Internet Day today
in Burnham will be joining hundreds of other organisations across
the country in holding an event to mark Safer Internet Day today
(Tuesday) and promote the safe and responsible use of technology.
Safer Internet Day 2014 is being held across the country and at
Burnham library. More...
Fest offers bursaries
of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival have this week launched
their Festival Bursary scheme, which provides up to five free
trading pitches at the event on 24th May. The bursary scheme is
open to food and drink producers not in retail trade. More...
plans go on show today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket is holding an public
consultation session today (Tuesday) where its plans to extend
the store are on show. The supermarket giant announced last month
it wants to refurbish its entire Caxton Road store, adding a brand
new floor with a cafe. More...
thanked by tourism bosses
MP has been thanked by tourism bosses for her role in halting
the government's plans to introduce a 'caravan tax' which could
have cost hundreds of jobs in Somerset. Tessa Munt was thanked
this week following a speech at a holiday industry conference.
over drinking craze
BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel owner has issued a stark warning to local
parents about a 'dangerous binge drinking craze' which is growing
in popularity among local young people. Paul Chatwin, owner of
The Royal Clarence Hotel on the seafront, is keen to raise awareness
of the dangers. More...
pair praised for rescue
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI crew have this week received personal letters
of commendation from RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier for their
part in the rescue of two girls in an incident last July. The
girls were spotted desperately clinging onto the jetty chains.
promoted at travel show
representatives from Burnham-On-Sea promoted the town to travel
bosses during a regional exhibition on Saturday (February 8th).
Bosses from Burnham's information centre and 'Project Coach' initiative
attended the 2014 'South West Group Travel Show'. More...
helps flood-hit Muchelney
from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue helped residents
in the flood-hit village of Muchelney on Sunday (February 9th).
BARB's inshore rescue boat and its volunteer crewmembers helped
over 20 villagers get between Langport and Muchelney. More...
raised at Swimarathon
£2,500 was raised for local charities and groups when 110
people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored
swim in Brean on Sunday (February 9th). The annual Swimarathon
involved 15 teams swimming lengths of the Brean Splash pool to
raise funds. More...
disrupts rail services
travellers in Somerset are being warned to expect continuing disruption
this week after flooding left railway lines submerged. Network
Rail said on Sunday that the routes to Exeter and Taunton from
Bridgwater and Castle Cary are still under water after flooding.
probe gas cylinders fire
police have launched an investigation after several propane cylinders
were set on fire. A fire crew from Burnham was called out at 11pm
last night (Saturday) to reports of a cylinder on fire in the
open in the area near Mudgley, Wedmore. More...
photos: Floods evacuation
the scenes on the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Saturday (February
8th) when crewmembers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search &
Rescue were tasked with helping the ongoing evacuation. Volunteers
from the Burnham charity worked alongside other organisations
to help. More...
at launch of history project
150 people attended the launch of a new project on Saturday (February
8th) to create a new archive of Burnham-On-Sea's history plus
a new historical trail in the town. The 'Capture Burnham' project
was officially started at a free event in the town's theatre.
holds awards night
than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival
Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday
(February 8th). Hillview Chairman Mark Bishop was joined by club
President Molly Simmonds in handing out the awards. More..
magician wows theatre fans
TV magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee performed in
front of a sell-out audience in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night
(February 8th). The well-known duo took to the stage at Burnhams
Princess Theatre as part of their continuing national tour. More...
relief appeal starts in town
FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea for local
people to help those affected by flooding across Somerset. Burnham
Lions Club is co-ordinating the appeal, which aims to raise funds
for those worst hit by the continuing floods. The funds will be
used for various items...
Swimarathon this Sunday
of charity swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be taking
part in a sponsored Swimarathon this weekend. The annual event
is being organised by Burnham Rotary Club and will be held from
10am at Brean Splash this from Sunday morning (February 9th).
visits flood-hit Somerset
Prime Minister met with flood-hit residents and council bosses
on Friday (February 7th) as he visited Somerset to see the ongoing
effects of flooding across the county. David Cameron met farmers
and waded through flood water in boots to see the problems. More...
council tax rise for town
TOWN councillors have this week approved a tiny 1.89% increase
in council tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a
bid to help residents feeling the financial pinch. Despite the
increasing cost of providing public services in the towns, members
proposed a small budget increase. More...
winds set to hit area
gales and more heavy rain are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea
area overnight tonight (Friday) and during tomorrow. The Met Office
has issued an amber warning of rain and 70mph winds as the latest
in a series of fresh storms is set to arrive. More...
attend town fashion show
150 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge
on Thursday evening (February 6th) for a fundraising fashion show.
Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club,
the seventh annual event was hailed a success after raising hundreds
of pounds. More...
Burnham' to launch
NEW project to document Burnham-On-Sea's history and launch a
new historical trail in the town will be launched on Saturday
evening (February 8th). The 'Capture Burnham' project will be
officially launched at a free event being held in the Princess
work with boy band
young film-makers from Burnham-On-Sea had the chance to work with
and photograph the big boy band Blue and Triple Threat this week.
Jessie Hawkes, Jake Hodge and Fran Inman have been dedicating
themselves for over a year to filmmaking. More...
Library fun day tomorrow
WEEK of events at Burnham-On-Sea library to mark National Libraries
Day will culminate with a day of fun-filled activities this Saturday
(February 8th). Storytelling for children plus crafts and jewellery
making for adults took place on Monday, as pictured here. More...
to retire this year
headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has announced he
will be retiring this summer. Andy Owen has written to parents
to let them know he will be leaving at the end of this academic
year in August. He will have completed 30 years as a teacher.
run quits Weston for town
ONE of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle
runs is switching from Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-On-Sea this
summer. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club usually finishes its
annual charity bike run on Weston seafront. More...
work continues for BARB
from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to
help in ongoing flood relief work across Somerset on Wednesday
(February 5th). Volunteers from the charity were called out by
the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit after further heavy rain.
refurb for funeral firm
FUNERAL directors in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a £150,000
refurbishment and a special event was held this week to mark its
completion. Reverend Graham Witts blessed the premises and its
staff during the function at Burnham Funeral Services. More...
fashion show tonight
of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King
Alfred School tonight (Thursday) when a popular annual fashion
show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the
Inner Wheel, the event is held for local charities. More...
police station set to close
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station is set to close when its staff
move to a smaller, new location as part of a cost-cutting programme,
it was revealed this week. Sgt Ash Jones discussed the plans with
town councillors when he addressed this week's Town Council meeting.
wild weather for town
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to brace themselves
for more extreme weather over the next few days. Forecasters from
the Met Office say the region is set to be hit by a new series
of storms which will bring high winds and heavy rain. More...
centres 'will not close'
Octopus Centre will not close under proposals being prepared for
consultation by Somerset County Council, the authority has reiterated
this week. It follows a debate in Parliament this week where the
centres' future was discussed by members of parliament. More...
tackle garage blaze
fire crews were called to tackle a blaze in a garage and outbuilding
this evening (Tuesday, February 4th). Two appliances from Burnham
and a third from Bridgwater were sent to Kingsway Road at 4.15pm.
Crews found a domestic garage and outbuilding on fire to the rear.
to play for England
YOUNG footballer from Burnham-On-Sea has been selected to play
the sport for England. Caitlin Berry, who is a member of Bridgwater
Colleges Team BC female football squad, has been selected
for the England Colleges under 19 Womens National Squad.
meets BARB volunteers
Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB
during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels today. BARB's
Mark Newman and Roger Flower were among scores of local organisations
invited to the event in Stoke St Gregory to thank those who are
providing support in the area. More...
shape Burnham's future
BURNHAM and Highbridge councillors last
night (Monday) took a step towards creating a new Neighbourhood
Plan for the two towns - and residents are being encouraged to
get involved. The formal 'plan' would provide residents with new
powers under the 2011 Localism Act. More...
after windows smashed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed
for witnesses to come forward after this car had two windows smashed
at the weekend. Police were called out at 2.20am on Saturday morning
(February 1st) to the parked Ford Fiesta which was damaged in
Worston Lane. More...
fair to be held in Burnham
SEEKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend
a recuitment fair in the town later this month. Local residents
who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment
will be welcomed at the council-run event later in February. More...
boxer turns professional
FIGHTER at a Highbridge boxing club has turned professional and
has signed a three-year contract with a promoter. King Alfred's
Amateur Boxing Club Michael Hughes has been signed up by Bristol
promoter Chris Sanigar, who runs a pro gym in the city and is
a keen supporter. More...
hands out awards
winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition
have received their prizes this week. Mayor Martin Cox handed
over the trophies and certificates before the Town Council's monthly
meeting which was held on Monday evening (February 3rd). More...
re-selected for election
Munt has been re-selected as the Liberal Democrats' parliamentary
candidate for next year's general election. At a crowded meeting
in Wells Town Hall on Friday evening (31st January), Burnham's
MP was re-selected by Wells Liberal Democrats. More...
waste 'to go into sea'
campaigners have this week attacked proposals to release treated
nuclear waste into the Severn Estuary from Hinkley Point power
station, near Burnham-On-Sea. The campaign group Stop Hinkley
has strongly critcised the plans from the Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority (NDA). More...
cut back by storm tides
dunes along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline have been severely cut
back during this week's high tides and storms - leaving the most
erosion for more than seven years. The dunes on Brean and Berrow
beaches, pictured here on Sunday, have been cut back 10-20 feet
by the stormy seas. More...
in national libraries event
library will be marking National Libraries Day today (Monday,
February 3rd) with an afternoon of fun-filled activities. The
event is being held from 2-4pm and will include free storytime
sessions, jewellery making and a parchment demonstration. More...
wash raises cash for RNLI
of pounds was raised for the RNLI during a fundraising car wash
at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on Saturday (February 1st).
Over 70 vehicles were washed by the station's volunteers at their
station in Pier Street, Burnham over four hours. More...
safety advice offered
Police will be joining hundreds of other organisations across
the country in holding an event to mark Safer Internet Day and
promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet
Day 2014 is being held on February 11th across the UK. More...
Tesco rumours quashed
that a village pub near Burnham-On-Sea is to be turned into a
Tesco Express have been quashed by the estate agents handling
the sale of the property. The Berrow Inn has twice failed to sell
at auction over the past year and last month went on sale for
battered by high tide
living along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront breathed a sigh of relief
on Saturday evening (February 1st) as high tides and gale force
winds failed to cause any flooding. Waves over-topped the sea
wall in several places, especially around the Pavilion, where
plumes of water rose into the air. More...
cententary walkers visit
GROUP of fundraisers who are walking around the whole of Britain's
coastline to mark this year's centenary of World War 1 will be
visiting Burnham-On-Sea during the summer. To commemorate the
centenary, they are holding a 4,000 mile walk around the UK. More...
'Why I oppose fracking'
MP has this week called on the Prime Minister to ensure that any
income generated from the controversial process of 'fracking'
is kept local and given to parish councils in the areas most affected.
Tessa Munt wants to see cash stay local from the process. More...
is apprentice of the year
BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has been named apprentice of the year
by a nationwide trade association. Adam Niblett, 19, a former
King Alfred School pupil, has won the prestigious Apprentice Of
The Year award from the British Engineering Manufacturers' Association
raises £750 for festival
SPECIAL film screening in Burnham-On-Sea has raised more than
£750 for Highbridge's Festival of the Arts. Over 100 people
attended the special matinee screening of Quartet at the Ritz
Cinema in Victoria Street. A total of £756 was raised for
the festival. More...
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