2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive
vision for town unveiled
Neighbourhood Planning group has published a new plan for the
town over the next 15 years and is inviting residents to have
their say. Feedback is being encouraged on the vision for the
town ahead of it being finalised later this year and then formally
for re-think over barrage
THE entrepreneur behind plans to build a Severn Barrage between
Brean Down and Wales has this week called on the government to
take a fresh look at his project in the wake of ongoing delays
to Hinkley Point C. He visited Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend.
4x4 rescued on beach
FISHERMAN was left in a sticky position when his 4x4 became trapped
in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday afternoon (February 28th).
The Isuzu had been driven down the beach next to Burnham jetty
to retrieve a fishing boat when it got into difficulty. More...
compete in schools biathlon
of children from across the district competed in the annual Sedgemoor
Schools Biathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (February 28th).
Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, the event saw almost
100 youngsters competing in the pool and gardens. More...
boost for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that delivers mental health support to
young people in memory of a teenager who took his own life in
2014 has been given a funding boost this week. In Charley's Memory
has welcomed Bolton couple Hollie Hackley and Jamie Stockton.
9-mile diversion attacked
SMALL stretch of road in Burnham-On-Sea is scheduled to close
for a week's roadworks in March, and motorists will be diverted
along a nine-mile alternative route. Berrow Road will be closed
for a week from March 7th from the junction with Allandale Road
for a distance of 170 metres. More...
show to be filmed on beach
crews will be on Berrow beach this week to record scenes for a
new ITV documentary. Crews from Oxford Scientific Films will be
on Berrow beach throughout this Wednesday (2nd March) to shoot
scenes for their recently-commissioned ITV documentary. More...
for town lighthouse
iconic beach lighthouse is to get a major makeover next year,
it's been confirmed this week. Several residents have got in touch
with Burnham-On-Sea.com regarding the condition of the lighthouse,
which has paint peeling from its roof and sides. More...
election for police role
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area
will be able to have their say on who becomes Somerset's next
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 5th May. The Police
and Crime Commissioner is elected for a four-year term. More...
to arts festival
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual
Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this coming week.
The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The
Princess Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held back
in 1948. More...
hits Sedgemoor Services
fire crews from across Somerset battled a big blaze at Sedgemoor
Services near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. The southbound service
station on the M5 was closed to the public while crews tackled
a fire in a roof. 500 square metres of the roof was damaged in
the blaze. More...
plea over 'forgotten' station
James Heappey has stepped up his calls for improvements to Burnham
and Highbridge Railway Station during a debate in the House of
Commons. The town's MP has said during a transport debate in Parliament
that "the station is in a quiet backwater of Somerset and
is too easily forgotten." More...
after Burnham assault
Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault in the
town earlier this week. Officers were called to Oxford Street
on Monday evening (February 22nd) where a man had been attacked
Police are keen to speak to anyone in the area at the time. More...
tackles rising obesity
has a significantly higher proportion of its adult population
overweight than national and regional averages, according to new
figures that are released at the start of a new fitness campaign.
The study by Sport England found 73.4% are overweight. More...
called out three times
firefighters were called out to three separate incidents on Thursday
(February 25th). They included a telehandler blaze, a bin fire
and the rescue of two people trapped in a lift at a property in
Burnham-On-Sea's Oxford Street. More...
paid to town youngster
have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea youngster who has died after
an asthma attack. Veronica Chojnacka tragically passed away after
being rushed to hospital last Friday following a suspected cardiac
arrest. King Alfred School head teacher Denise Hurr has led tributes
to her. More...
warning to dog walkers
owners in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be extra
vigilant while walking their pets on the town's beach after several
animals fell ill. This dog, a smooth fox terrier, is being treated
for kidney problems by a vet after swallowing something toxic.
move was considered'
and Highbridge Town Council's Clerk told a meeting last night
(Wednesday) that a number of options have previously been considered
to move the council into a more prominent town centre location.
It comes after Neville Jones' comments earlier this week. More...
join 'Clean For Queen'
BEACH clean in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow, and a litter pick at
Highbridge's Apex Paerk are set to be held over the coming weeks
as part of a nationwide effort to spruce up the country in time
for the Queens 90th birthday. Community groups can get involved
through the council. More...
hike in council tax bills
District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax
charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area
by 3.6% as it set its budget for the coming year. Sedgemoor District
Council will increase its portion of the bill for Band D properries
by £5. More...
returns to Burnham
wrestlers will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (February
26th) for a night of grappling action. Former WWE, ECW and TNA
superstar Rhino will top the bill at Burnham's Princess Theatre
during an evening of action-packed matches between the wrestlers.
'undecided' over EU vote
MP has said this week he is "undecided" about how to
vote in the European referendum. James Heappey explained this
week: "I am still undecided. I think the Prime Minister's
deal was better than the one he had advertised previously."
investigate 'gun shots'
were called to a Burnham-On-Sea home in the early hours of Sunday
morning (February 21st) after a resident reported hearing 'gun
shots' outside. Officers were called to Heal Close in the town
just before 1am when the home owner raised the alarm about the
fine dispute in town
HIGHBRIDGE resident is considering taking Sedgemoor District Council
to court in a dispute over an "unfair" parking fine.
Ray Leach has received a £50 ticket for leaving his car
at the side of the roadway that runs between The George Hotel
and Highbridge Cash and Carry. More...
final decision this year
THE boss of EDF says he expects the company will make a final
investment decision on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea by
the end of this year. CEO Jean-Bernard Levy made the promising
statement at a conference in Brussels on Tuesday: "We are
working actively." More...
market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's second farmers market of 2016 comes to the town's
High Street this Friday (February 26th). Over a dozen stalls will
be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables,
cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am. More...
speedway duo visit town
SKY Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson
visited Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event
on Tuesday (February 23rd). The TV duo appeared live on stage
to give a night of sporting stories, opinions, and laughter in
front of a large local audience. More...
stabbing: woman held
HIGHBRIDGE woman has been arrested after an alleged stabbing in
the town at the weekend. Police were called to Scott Road on Saturday
night (February 2th) after a man was reported to have suffered
injuries. A 27 year-old woman was later arrested by officers.
badger cub is rescued
carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after their first badger
cub casualty of the year. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based
in East Huntspill, says the orphan was found alone and cold and
just a week or so old, in a garden in Yeovil in the daytime. More...
ambulance lands at school
air ambulance landed at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Monday
morning (February 22nd) to help a patient. The green Great Western
Air Ambulance landed in the school grounds to help a nearby resident
who had sadly suffered a cardiac arrest and required help. More...
saplings offer extended
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given an extra chance to
apply for free saplings from a local garden centre after it extended
its giveaway deadline. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre has
extended the deadline for applications to the scheme until February
tax bills rise from April
residents will see their council tax bills going up by 5.24% from
April. For average Band D households the decision by Somerset
County Council means an overall increase of about £52 over
the year during the coming financial year from April. More...
strikes gold in the pool
SWIMMER from Highbridge who will be heading to the Olympic Trials
next month is celebrating success after winning gold in the Somerset
County Championships. Chloe Edrich, 16, took Gold in the 50m Breaststroke
and also took the senior record while clinching several other
titles too. More...
urged to move premises
FORMER Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has this week called
on the Town Council to consider moving out of its current building
and into a new premises in the town centre to save money and make
it easier for residents to access its services. More...
join walk in memory of Joe
50 people completed a seven-mile beach walk from Burnham to Brean
at the weekend in memory of 12 year-old Burnham-On-Sea cancer
victim Joe Laoutaris. Joe died last March after a brave two year
fight against Ewings Sarcoma Cancer, leading to fundraising. More...
campaigns to stay in EU
former MP Tessa Munt has this week called on local political leaders
to join her in campaigning to keep Britain at the heart of the
European Union. The former Lib Dem MP for Burnham says: "The
Prime Minister has failed to ask the right questions." More...
TV duo in town tomorrow
Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson will
be visiting Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event
on Tuesday (February 23rd). Tatum and Pearson are taking to the
road for a tour of the UK following their first venture. More...
Factor star's surprise for girl
X Factor winner Shayne Ward delighted a Burnham-On-Sea youngster
by inviting her on stage to perform with him. Eight year-old Burnham-On-Sea
girl Rhianna Smith went along to watch a gig at the Blake Hall
in Bridgwater, when the unexpected invite came. More...
swimmer makes a splash
of Burnham-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team have achieved some fantastic
results at the 2016 Somerset County Championships. 20 swimmers
qualified to compete in 129 events at the event at Millfield School,
where the team captured ten medals at the event. More...
parking charges hike
charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will rise by 10 per cent
from April after Sedgemoor District Council approved the hike
this week. In a bid to gain an extra £90,000 in revenue
funding, Sedgemoor's Executive has this week voted through a package
of measures which will raise parking charges. More...
outside Burnham pub
were called to an accident outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Saturday
evening (February 20th). The collision occured in front of the
Dunstan House in Love Lane at 6.45pm, as pictured here. It was
described by an eyewitness as a "minor" incident. More...
for town sea cadets
and Highbridge Sea Cadets have enjoyed a busy and successful start
to 2016. Six cadets from the unit have this month taken part in
the Somerset and Dorset District Drill Competition where they
earned a well-deserved win during the event. More...
deal criticised by campaign
Burnham-On-Sea leader of a pressure group campigning for people
to vote against staying in the European Union has spoken out against
David Cameron's EU deal. Helen Hims is leading the local 'Sedgemoor
Leave.EU' group and has attacked the deal. More...
raises funds for group
Mayor was the VIP guest at a special concert to raise funds for
a Dementia singing group called 'Music for the Memory' on Saturday
night (February 20th). Kevin Baker and Julie Skinner welcomed
Mayor Michael Clarke to the concert. More...
MEP welcomes EU deal
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has welcomed the Prime
Minister's deal on the EU. Julie Girling last night pledged her
full support to the Prime Minister after his successful renegotiation
of Britain's relationship with the EU. More...
ambulance lands in town
air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (19th
February) to help a child who had suffered a suspected cardiac
arrest. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance touched down in
the grounds of King Alfred School, as pictured above. The paramedics
joined two ambulance crews. More...
boss pay rise defended
DECISION to give the boss of Sedgemoor District Council a second
job and increase his salary from £115,000 to a reported
£139,000 came under scrutiny at a special meeting on Friday
(February 19th). Sedgemoor's Corporate Scrutiny Committee met.
crash on M5 roundabout
and fire crews were called to a two-car collision on the outkirts
of Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday). They were called just after
9.30pm to the A38 Edithmead motorway roundabout. Police and two
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater attended. More...
after dog rescue
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboat crews
rescued a dog after it fell down the steep cliffs at Brean Down
on Thursday (February 18th). Crews were called to Brean Down Fort
just after 1.45pm to reports that the collie had fallen down the
cuts decision delayed
and Highbridge book lovers will have to wait until later in February
to find out whether the opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
libraries are to be cut. Somerset County Council's proposed cost-cutting
plans will see opening hours reduced. More...
classic comes to town
DRAMA classic will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
this Saturday (20th February). Local group Blue Sky Theatre &
Arts are producing Samuel Becketts 'Waiting for Godot',
a tragicomedy set on a lonely country road. Tickets are on sale.
grant boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has this week
been awarded a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new flood
rescue equipment and training. The long-running Burnham charity
has been successful in its bid for funding from the Department
of Transport. More...
centre to hold open day
KING Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge is set to hold
an open day this Saturday (February 20th) when children and their
families will be able to try out a range of activities. The half-term
holiday event will be held from 10.30am to 1pm and is open to
Club to start in Burnham
BRAND new series of computer programming workshops for children
are set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea in March. Code Club is a nationwide
network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children
aged 9-11 in the local Burnham area. More...
charges hike attacked
to increase car parking charges by 10% in Burnham-On-Sea would
be detrimental to town centre businesses, it's been claimed this
week. Sedgemoor Distict Council is considering a hike in car parking
charges across Burnham and Highbridge, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
earlier this month. More...
testing in dog fouling war
problem of pavement dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea could be tackled
with DNA testing, it's emerged this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com has
frequently reported on the problem of dog owners letting their
pets foul streets and pavements in recent years. More...
hurt in two-car crash
person was taken to hospital after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday (February 17th). Police, ambulance and fire crews
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the A370 Bridgwater Road at
Lympsham shortly after 1.15pm to a two-vehicle collision. More...
of spuds planned!
THE humble spud will be the focus of a special event near
Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 20th). West Huntspill's
Balliol Hall in Church Road will be hosting a Potato Day when
dozens of varities will go on display and growing advice will
be available. More...
firm takes on staff
THRIVING business near Burnham-On-Sea has expanded its staff team,
with six new employees joining the company. The new staff have
been recruited to keep pace with increased production at Somerlap
in the village of Mark near Burnham-on-Sea. More...
to festival begins
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual
Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this month. The
long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess
Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held in 1948 and it
has since grown. More...
target beauty salon
MEAN burglars have stolen a charity collection
box, a laptop computer and money in a break-in at a beauty salon
in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Prim N' Proper in Abingdon Street
was broken into overnight between 9pm on Monday night and 9am
on Tuesday morning. More...
councillor to step down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has said
this week she will be standing down from her position at the next
town council election. Louise Parkin, a Conservative town councillor,
revealed her decision this week on Burnham-On-Sea's discussion
forums after recent debates. More...
talks up Burnham economy
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area
flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February
16th) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor
District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre.
your say on beach litter
A NEW project to reduce marine and beach litter on Burnham-On-Sea's
beach in order to improve the town's bathing water quality has
launched a new survey this week. Burnham-On-Sea's recently-appointed
Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith is running it. More...
club hits charity goal
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week
handed over £1,000 for two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers
junior football team plays every weekend on the fields next to
the Oaktree Arena, thanks to the support of the owners, the Hancock
decision steps closer
has this week once again delayed making a decision on whether
to invest in a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near
Burnham-On-Sea as the energy giant is facing growing pressure
to abandon the £18bn project altogether due to financial
clean policy defended
District Council has this week defended its beach cleaning policy
in Burnham-On-Sea after several walkers expressed concern at the
piles of debris left over the weekend. One local resident says
a lorry load of debris, bottles, plastic was left on the beach.
Park's £10k for charity
Leisure Park has raised more than £10,000 for local charities
over the past year. "The money was raised at several events
we ran last year including our ever-popular pig and donkey racing
and our celebrity golf day," said Park Director Sarah House.
to run London Marathon
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser will be pulling on his running shoes
to take part in the London Marathon in April. Colan Walker is
currently in training for the 26.2 mile run around the capital,
which takes place on April 24th 2016 - all in aid of a local good
songwriter to perform
A POPULAR Christian singer-songwriter will be performing in a
village church near Burnham-On-Sea during February. Brian Houston
will be in concert on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm at the
Holy Cross Church in Church Street, Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea.
area to be phased out?
A £40,000 events area that was
installed in Burnham-On-Sea High Street last year could be 'phased
out' due to a lack of community events being held there, it has
been suggested during a council meeting. Cllr Martin Cox made
the comments during the debate. More...
Jobs Fair tomorrow
seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend
a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 16th). The
free event will be aimed at local residents who are looking for
a job or who are considering a change of employment in the area.
of starlings formed the shape of a heart over the Somerset Levels
in this remarkable picture taken by a local reader. Khi Deva took
the photo at Ham Wall Nature Reserve and says has been tracking
the Somerset Starlings for years but has never seen anything like
Burnham talent show
Princess Theatre hosted the town's second annual Talent Showcase
competition on Saturday night (February 13th). Up and coming bands
and musicians performed live in front of a team of judges during
the event, in aid of Somewhere House. More...
author launches novel
locations take a starring role in 'Murder on the Levels', a second
book in the murder mystery series by town author Frances Evesham.
The new book is set in Somerset and features cake baker and chocolate
maker Libby Forest in the story. More...
for Tae-Kwon do pupils
Gemini Tae Kwon-Do students, who train at Highbridge's King Alfred
School, were among nearly 450 competitors that attended the South
West Championships in Weston earlier this month. The club's Jane
Lambert said there was an amazingly friendly atmosphere. More...
locked in car is rescued
firefighters rescued a young child locked in a car on Saturday
evening (February 13th). The Fire Service received a report of
a two year-old child locked in a vehicle at the Tesco car park
in Ben Travers Way at 6.15pm and one fire engine was sent to the
over dumped cannabis
Police have appealed for information after several cannabis plants
were found dumped in a road layby. Police were called to Wick
Lane between Burnham and Lympsham this week where the plants had
been discarded besides the road. More...
Knoll re-opens after work
A MONTH-long closure of the main road through
Brent Knoll has been lifted this week with the completion of the
first stage of a major new flood prevention project. Brent Street
was shut for four weeks while the work went ahead by Axe Brue
Drainage Board contractors. More...
Half-term sports fun
IT promises to be an adrenaline-filled Half
Term Holiday for children at King Alfred's Sports Centre in Highbridge
with a packed programme of activities. The high energy events
are designed at inspiring local children to get fit and active
over the holidays. More...
jailed over murder
MAN who was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after murdering his wife
with a sledgehammer because she was having an affair has been
jailed for life this week. David Lancaster, 60, struck wife Helen,
54, six times with the weapon and smothered her with a pillow
at their home in Tewkesbury. More...
to host railway exhibition
UK's largest ever art exhibition dedicated to the Somerset and
Dorset Railway is set be staged in Burnham-On-Sea next month to
mark the 50th year since the rail line closed. West Country artist
Alan Ward is organising the exhibition from 1st - 6th March. More...
marks pub opening
RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of a Highbridge
pub's new function room and skittle alley on Friday evening (February
12th). Landlords Margaret Day and Des Griffiths led the opening
ceremony at The Globe Inn in Newtown Road. More...
talent contest tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting
the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity
Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and
musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges
during the event. More...
home owners criticised
MOTOR home owners have come in for criticism from a town
councillor for causing anti-social problems along Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront. Cllr Louise Parkin spoke out at the latest town council
meeting against the motor home owners, claiming they leave "effluence".
revamp to begin at last
THE long-awaited revamp of the derelict Highbridge Hotel
site looks set to finally start this month, the man overseeing
the project has said this week. The eyesore has been derelict
for almost eight years after a huge fire destroyed the Highbridge
Hotel in April 2008 followed by several smaller blazes. More...
otter recovering well
AN otter cub is recovering well after being rescued from
a river bank when she was flooded out of her holt during Storm
Imogen earlier this week. The cub, who has been called Immy after
the storm, is currently being cared for at Secret World Wildlife
creates stunning scenes
THICK fog and freezing temperatures created
these calm scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reader Jonny Butler took this stunning photo of the town's lighthouse
at high tide on Thursday morning, emerging out of the fog
and freezing conditions. More...
Relief Mile entries open
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
are being invited to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday
20th March. The annual fundraising event will this year take place
at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners
or walkers wanting to raise money. More...
coast path boost for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's tourism industry could be set to get a
big boost with the official opening of a new walking route along
the whole of Somerset's coastline next month. A 56-mile walking
route between Minehead and Aust in South Gloucestershire will
be opened in mid-March by Natural England. More...
jobs on offer this Saturday
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season
will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this Saturday
(February 13th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual
recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the holiday park in Marine
charity opens new base
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity has formally opened
its new premises in the town this week. In Charley's Memory -
which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley
Marks in 2014 - has been launched at the Manor House in the town.
lotto windfall for school
MODERN new playground facilities have been opened at a
school near Burnham-On-Sea, thanks to £30,000 of funding
from the National Lottery. East Brent C of E First School received
the cash from Sport Englands lottery-funded Primary School
Facilities Fund. More...
drill on town beach
COASTGUARD helicopter landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday
(February 10th) during a special training exercise. Crews from
Burnham RNLI took part in a series of winch training drills with
the Coastguard's 187 helicopter over the beach near the jetty.
will help music group
DEMENTIA singing group called 'Music for the Memory', run by volunteers
in Burnham-On-Sea, is set to hold a fundraising concert. The group's
event will be held on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm in Burnham's
Baptist Church. Tickets are on sale, priced at £5. More...
at bus cuts decision
users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay
to the news that vital services look set to be axed following
a cost-cutting decision by Somerset County Council's Cabinet this
week. Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow, is set
to be withdrawn. More...
opening date under wraps
retailer B&M has said this week it has no firm date to open
its new store to replace Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket.The
discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site and employ
around 50 staff. B&M said this week there's no further update
pub to open new facilities
A Highbridge pub is set to formally open a new functional
room and skittle alley this week. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road
is holding a special launch party to mark the opening this Friday
(12th February) from 8pm. The pub has been doing a project build
over the year. More...
B workers 'bring boost'
MORE than a 1,000 extra workers have been
hired to join Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea
to help carry out a major maintenance programme. Site operator
EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide an economic
boost to the area. More...
contest this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting
the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity
Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and
musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges
at the show. More...
£1,000 boost for BARB
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea
charity by customers at a supermarket in the town. Over the past
week, Tesco in Ben Travers Way has held a raffle in aid of BARB
Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's life-saving hovercrafts
and rescue boats. More...
placed in special measures
Medical Centre has been placed into special measures following
an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The practice in
Pepperall Road, Highbridge has been given an overall rating of
"inadequate" by a specialist team of inspectors in a
new report just published. More...
officer's rallying call
new Coastal Officer is calling on the community to work together
to reduce marine and beach litter in order to improve the town's
bathing water quality. Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign
called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...
Panto fun in Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's
Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime
shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by
Samantha Nicol, this fun-filled show promises to be a hit with
Imogen leaves damage
A clean-up operation is underway in the Burnham-On-Sea area after
Storm Imogen brought high winds and heavy rain on Monday (February
8th). The powerful storm - which saw 70mph gusts of wind in Burnham
- left damage across the area, with trees brought down and fences
set to open base today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity will be formally opening
its new premises today (Tuesday). In Charley's Memory - which
was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks
in 2014 - is opening at the Manor House in the Manor Gardens.
Storm Imogen to hit
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds
and heavy rain as Storm Imogen arrives. Gale force winds gusting
up to 69mph and low pressure will cause Monday's tide levels to
be higher than forecast in tide tables in the Bristol Channel,
warns the Envrironment Agency. More...
up for coach award
has been shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the award
of 'Coach Friendly Destination' in the National Coach Tourism
Awards. The town is up against Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth,
Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth. More...
Fire on M5 at Burnham
Range Rover was left badly damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway
at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (February 7th). Two fire
engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the blazing vehicle on the
hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway. More...
makes a splash!
£2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities
after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took
part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 7th). The
fifth annual Swimarathon was run by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club.
attacks solar cash cuts
former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid
to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected. Tessa Munt, the
Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015, said
she's unhappy about the decision ny the House Of Lords. More...
club's cash boost
Hillview Carnival Club has been given a cash boost towards the
costs of constructing a new shed to build its carnival float this
year. The Ladies Group at St John's Church in Highbridge has donated
£250 towards the carnival club's building project. More...
events guide launched
BUSY programme of more than 90 community events is to be held
in Burnham-On-Sea during 2016, it has been confirmed this week
as local organisers met to agree the dates of a joint guide. Burnham's
new 2016 programme of events is available to download. More...
Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash
today (Sunday, February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved
highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses
raising substantial sums. More...
driver' arrested by police
have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the
influence of drugs. The arrest took place on the Bristol Road
near Pawlett just before midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd)
when the 23 year-old man from Puriton was pulled over. More...
Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong
winds today (Saturday, February 6th) in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
A spell of persistent rain, heavy at times, accompanied by windy
conditions, will affect the Burnham area through the day, raising
the risk of potential flooding. More...
after town man's murder
MAN who falsely accused a Burnham-On-Sea hostel resident of sexual
abuse before killing him had made similar unfounded allegations
before, a formal review has found. Derek Hancock, 42, stabbed
Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox, 24, right, at a hostel in Egerton
Road, Bishopston, Bristol, in 2013. More...
full for TV star's visit
CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
for a special visit by a top TV motorcycle racing commentator
and former champion on Friday night (February 5th). Steve Parrish
has had a long career in motorcycling and was Champion. More...
kwon-do trio head to finals
TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are all set
to prove that they are the best in the South West. Students from
Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, are
competing at this weekend's South West regional Championships.
hunters flock to show
100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge
on Thursday night (February 4th) for a fundraising fashion show.
Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club,
the ninth annual event was hailed a success by organisers. More...
calls for railway upgrade
MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make
improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station to help
it benefit more residents in the area. It follows the release
of official new figures that show an extra 21,500 passengers used
the station. More...
your say on library cuts
and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say
on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
libraries. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see
Burnham Library's opening hours reduced and also the hours in
rescued in town centre
GREATER black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after
it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat.
The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with
fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight
fined by court over noise
District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident
for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice. Mr Ferenczi of 9 Regal
Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before magistrates at
Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. More...
gather for workshops
latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's
Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series
of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring.
Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed. More...
make city zoo visit
GROUP of Highbridge pupils have visited Bristol Zoo for a day
of animal learning. The Year 12 and 13 students from King Alfred
School visited the city's zoo for a fascinating lecture which
involved observing many types of animal behaviour over the course
of a day. More...
car park for town centre?
Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing
new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options
that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as
it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists. More...
EU deal criticised by MP
MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU
reform announced by the Prime Minister this week. James Heappey
has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave the
way for the UK's EU referendum later this year - possibly in June.
hurt in collision with car
YOUNGSTER was hurt following a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea
yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 3rd). Police and an ambulance
crews were called to the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Ashcott
Close shortly after 3.30pm after the collision. More...
collection changes on way?
residents could see rubbish collections being made every three
weeks next year if proposals are approved. The six councils which
make up Somerset Waste Partnership are considering reducing the
frequency of collections to three weeks to cut costs. More...
fun day planned
'Legomania' will be coming to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on
Friday 19th February. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding an afternoon
of Lego themed fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts open
to all children aged 4-11 when all will be welcome. More...
store and homes approved
THREE new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in
place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this
week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee approved
a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle,
during their meeting on Tuesday. More...
agent marks 25th year
CJ Hole estate agents is celebrating its 25th anniversary this
month. Since first opening in Burnham in February 1991, the agent
CJ Hole has grown from strength to strength, selling thousands
of properties in the Burnham area during that time. More...
project director quits
THE executive in charge of EDFs project to build
an £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near
Burnham-On-Sea has quit the French state-controlled electricity
company for a job in the United States. He was project director
for EDF at Hinkley Point since 2011. More...
our iconic sign posts'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors
to do more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across
the area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding
for their upkeep. Sylvia Young told councillors about her 'disbelief'
at the decision. More...
returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes
place at Brean Splash this Sunday (February 7th). The Rotary's
Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations
and businesses, raising substantial sums over the past four years.
rejects Apex Park deal
and Highbridge Town Council has this week firmly rejected a proposal
for it to take over the management of the town's Apex Park. Last
night's debate follows Sedgemoor District Councils Executive
asking the Town Council to consider "taking over the financial
and physical management of the park." More...
emotional visit to Judith
HIGHBRIDGE woman whose heart stopped just minutes before a performance
of The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome has been visited by the
star of the show. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, the musicals
leading actress, met with Judith Mansfield, who suffered the heart
defends decision to close
Co-Operative Bank has this week defended its decision to shut
down its Burnham-On-Sea branch. As we first reported here at the
weekend, the bank has confirmed that it is shutting its College
Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on the afternoon of Thursday May
show returns to town
of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King
Alfred School this Thursday, February 4th, when a popular annual
fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club
and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held for local charities. More...
recruitment drive starts
and Somerset Police has today (Tuesday) begun a recruitment drive
for new police officers and is encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea
area from all backgrounds to consider a career. The force says
is looking to recruit 120 officers per year. More...
speaks out against EU
of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have attended
the launch of a new pressure group that is campigning for local
people to vote against staying in the European Union. The new
group 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' was launched in Brent Knoll on Friday.
pancake races cancelled
to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses
about the impact on their trade. Burnham's Town Centre Manager
Bev Milner Simonds had proposed a location. More...
Whittington set for Brean
Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline
Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows.
Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha
Nicol, this show promises to be a sure-fit entertaining hit with
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