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From the editor Welcome to the February edition of LocalReach. Inside this issue you will find information about quiz nights, swimarathons and bingo, along with a host of other events being organised during the month. Many groups in the area are seeking new members, so with a new year, maybe you could start a new hobby or interest. Ian Jefferies, Tourism Manager, is trying to coordinate local groups and organisations who are busy planning events for the forthcoming year, and is keen to have the dates for your events to be included in the calendar available through the website. This is also to try and avoid clashes of big events taking place in the area. More information within this month’s LocalReach. If you would like to advertise your event and you are a non-profit making group or charity, the editorial space in LocalReach is free! However, space is limited, so please get in touch as soon as possible for this free publicity reaching over 9000 households in the local area! Deadline for the March issue is Thursday 13th February. Jacqui Strong, Editor,

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Do You Love to Sing? If so, why not bring your Valentine to join Burnham-on-Song, at the Community Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm – 9pm? There is a £2.50 charge per session. We sing show songs, pop songs and anything gorgeous. Come and join a happy, friendly group - no experience necessary.  Be warned - we are seriously good!

West Huntspill Players’ Spring Production The well-known and popular drama club will be presenting 'Dry Rot' by John Chapman for the next production. This is a very popular farce type play from the classic era of Brian Rix and company. The cast consists of six men and four women of various ages and types. We will be reading the play and starting rehearsals during February and anyone is welcome to come along - current members, or new members with an interest in assisting backstage or with future productions. We are meeting at 8pm at the Balliol Hall, West Huntspill on Mondays and Thursdays. Our Annual General Meeting will take place on 3 February, 8pm at the Balliol Hall. For more information or contact details visit

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The Trefoil Guild Have you ever been a Brownie, Guide, Ranger/ Young Leader, Guider or are you interested in Guiding? We are the Senior Section and we would love to meet you. Come and join us at our next meeting on Tuesday 11th February, 2-4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Manor Road for a Thinking Day Ceremony and a member's talk on foreign travels. For further information contact June 794638 or Christine 788308.

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Trees for Apex Park The Friends of Apex Park Improvement Group have been given lots of trees to plant in the park by The Big Tree Plant funding scheme, and we are asking you to please help us plant them! We will meet at the Information Centre by the car park at the park at 10am on Saturday 8 and Sunday 23 February; we will be working until about 4pm, but you are welcome to join or leave us when you like! Please bring along a spade if you have one (we do have a few for people to use if you don’t), as well as gardening gloves and warm clothes! You may even want to bring along lunch and a hot drink and make a day of it! For more details please contact Pete Grainger during office hours on 01278 435381 or

Rotary Heritage Tractor Run Raises £7,000! The Rotary Club of Burnham-on-Sea’s Heritage Tractor Run to Land’s End, started from Pier Street Burnham-on-Sea at 9am on Thursday 22 August, with three Ferguson tractors heading off to Land’s End, to raise funds for the Air Ambulance Trusts of Dorset & Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, and to increase awareness of Rotary. Sponsorship, nearly all from Somerset and Dorset, raised almost £7,000, and a cheque for this sum was presented by the Rotary Club to Colin Thomas, representative of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Thanking the Club for its efforts, Colin explained how the recent problems affecting the Bond helicopter had been rectified within 24 hours, and that each mission flown costs around £2,500, so that effectively three mercy flights have been paid for by the event. The presentation was enhanced by carols sung by ‘Burnham On Song’, under the musical direction of their founder, Siobhan Johnson.

The Vine Relax on a Sunday evening and listen to live music and a reading at the Vine Acoustic Café at the Princess Theatre. There are also crafts, refreshments and socialising with others – and what’s more, it’s free! Visit us on Sunday 2 February at 6pm. For more information call 01278 781818.

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Wassailing Event Raises £2,000 for Breast Cancer Charity A highly successful traditional Somerset wassailing held on Saturday 11 January, at Rich’s Cider Farm, Watchfield, has raised £2,000 for B.U.S.T., the Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust. The event, promoted jointly by the Rotary Club of Burnham-on-Sea and Rich’s Cider, featured musical entertainment by The Mangled Worzels and Bob Darch, washed down with copious quantities of Rich’s Cider and other refreshments. Fortunately the evening although cold, was fine. The Wassailing Princess was carried shoulder high on a sedan chair in the traditional manner to the Cider Tree where the invocation was made to the trees to bear good fruit for the coming year’s harvest, and shots were fired to ward off evil spirits.

Money Advice Sessions Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up with the Money Advice Service (www.moneyadviceservice. to bring more sessions for residents to discuss their financial problems. The sessions are planned for 12 and 26 February, and 12 and 26 March. They will be held at Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater. People can book an individual interview with a trained expert, who can offer help and advice on getting back to the financial straight and narrow. Just call into Bridgwater House reception; phone 0845 408 2540 or email  to make an appointment.

Family History Society The group will continue in 2014 with a new committee. On Thursday 6 February the speaker will be Hazel Hudson, and her talk is entitled ‘Sowing Wild Oats – Bastardy and Baby Farming’. We meet at St John’s Church Hall (behind the church), Church Street, Highbridge, TA9 3HS. The hall is open from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Visitors will be very welcome. For more information please call 01278 789637.

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Food and Drink Festivals We hope you have marked your 2014 diaries with the date for the Burnhamon-Sea Food and Drink Festivals - Saturday 24 May & 25 October. We have listened to your feedback on what works well and where you want to see changes. This is a delicate balancing act as we have the interests of traders, visitors and local businesses to take into account. Most of the changes are incremental, but the biggest one is the moving of the autumn festival back to October. This is to coincide with the autumn half term. We will have the three indoors venues full of stallholders: Baptist Hall, Methodist Church & Princess Theatre.  We are back at Somerset Skills & Learning, the home of ‘The Great Burnham Bake Off’, sponsored by Positive Wealth Creation. ‘The Great Burnham Brew Off’ homebrew competition returns at The Princess Theatre, sponsored by Balliihoo, and will have classes for cider, kit wine and hedgerow wine. Download entry forms for both competitions from There is a new event in May when we host the south west England heat of an international cooking competition - The ‘Chilli Cook-Off’, sponsored by Saxons Estate Agents. Teams can enter now online to be in with a chance of winning a £200 cash prize and a place in the UK finals. Entrants need to cook a chilli from scratch, within four hours, which will then be judged, and samples sold to raise funds for Highbridge Food Bank and the Coastguards Association. The outdoor market on Victoria Street will be back with a wide range of food and drink to enjoy whilst at the festival. To help you make a day of it we will have seating in this area with some busking style entertainment. We will also be looking out for more children's entertainment including some massive tractors and hopefully some farm animals too. We hope that this has whetted your appetites for what will be on offer in May and October. You can email us your ideas and suggestions anytime at and join us in Twitter-land and on Facebook. 

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Lambing Fun Day After the heavy rainfall and dark skies that the winter months have brought with them, the lighter evenings, glimpse of a snowdrop or two, and new-born lambs jumping around the local fields, are the first signs of Spring. At Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre, lambing season is in full swing. If you haven’t been to the College’s Lambing Fun Day event before, then put the date in your diary for a real treat! As the name suggests, it really is a great day out for all the family, and takes place this year on Sunday 16 March. The event improves year on year, with more to see and do than ever before – and this year’s very special guest is Tractor Ted – a real favourite of the young and young at heart! Tickets can be bought on the day, or with a 20% discount if bought in advance. Advance tickets can be bought through the College’s online store: There are lots of activities lined up for the day, with sheep dog demonstrations, sheep shearing, milking demonstrations, ferret racing and tractor trailer rides, plus many more. There will be marquees dedicated to food and drink and children’s activities, and of course a chance to see and hold the ever-so-cute new-born lambs. Jeremy Kerswell, Head of Land-based Studies at the College says: “This event is always very popular and a great way for the community to see the College’s working farm in Cannington. So many people put on their wellies and join us for the day, immersing themselves in all the activities and watching the demonstrations. The tractor trailer rides and sheep shearing are especially popular with the children, and everyone enjoys browsing the product stalls and sampling local produce, available to buy. “We’ve often had lambs born during the event day, and it is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the new-borns and enjoy a cuddle with some of the more confident lambs. The feedback we receive from the public is always very positive, and we are looking forward to this year’s event and meeting many new visitors to Rodway Farm.”

LAMBING FUN DAY Sunday 16 March, 11am – 4pm Rodway Farm, Cannington

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A Purrrfect Production The Burnham District Pantomime Society would like to say thank you to everyone who took part or helped in any way with the production of ‘Puss in Boots’, whether with loaned items or taking adverts in the programme, and of course our audiences who came to see it. Thank you - we hope you enjoyed it and will come again next year! Our regulars will have noticed a familiar face was missing in the auditorium, that of Bob Buckler who has been our front of house head for many years and a member of our society for over forty. He sadly passed away on Christmas Eve; he was a gentleman well-loved by all. We will miss you greatly, God bless. We always welcome new members and still meet at the Princess on the first Friday of the month at 7.30pm. We will be planning our next pantomime soon, so watch this space for audition dates. If you are looking for costumes and props for your production, or fancy dress, we do hire items at very reasonable rates. Chair Mo Cooper – Burnham District Pantomime Society.

Burnham & District Model Railway Club The Club was founded in 1976 with the aim of furthering the model railway hobby within Sedgemoor area of Somerset. We organise two exhibitions each year, the largest being Sedgemoor Rail, normally held over the August Bank Holiday weekend at King Alfred school. The other is North Petherton Show, held before Christmas. The club commissions limited edition wagons in OO gauge. Some of the monies go to charities, and we have been able to give in excess of £23000 so far. We are looking for new members to join us, so if your interest is model railways (any gauge), please come along to Burnham Community Centre, Berrow Road, on a Tuesday or Thursday after at 7pm (we are on the first floor, turn left at the top of the stairs). We look forward to meeting you. For more information visit

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East Huntspill Garden Club East Huntspill Garden Club will be meeting on Thursday 20 February at East Huntspill Church Hall. There will be a talk and film on 'Sweet Peas'. The evening starts at 7.30pm. Advanced notice: on Thursday 20 March at 7.30pm we will be visited by Gerald Fisher with his knowledge of Beekeeping..

Highbridge Furniture Ltd Highbridge Furniture Ltd would like to wish all our customers old, new and future, a happy and prosperous new year. As well as keeping our usual low priced furniture etc, HFL have now introduced a new range of furniture, unique pieces of furniture, designer styles and retro styles, all at our low prices. Pop in and see our new `kianti~lee range! We are still in need of furniture, household goods, electrical, books, clothing, bedding etc. We offer a free collection service for larger or multiple items and offer full or part house clearances, and free packing service if required. A new service starting in 2014 is scrap metal collection (excluding fridges and fridge/freezers) - this service is free. Visit us at 20 – 24 Morland Road, Highbridge to browse all our furniture, Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm or the first Friday (10am – noon) and Saturday (11am – 3pm) in the month, or call us on 01278 786482.

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship The February meeting of the C.S.R.F. will be held on Tuesday 25 February at the Burnham Area Youth Centre from 10.30am; all ex-Civil Servants are invited to attend.

Woolley Thinking Burnham Area Evening Flower Club starts the new year with a demonstration by Rosemary Bulled from Bridgwater entitled ‘Woolley Thinking’, in St Andrew's Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

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Coastline Players Pantomime Season After the success of last year’s pantomime ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’, the award winning pantomime group Coastline Players present ‘Peter Piper’. With a script by Joe Tohill and Alan Mawson, a completely new production team under the direction of Pat Carter and Greg Fear with musical direction from Kelliann Vennalls, and choreography by Carol Applegate, this pantomime promises to be a sure fire hit. This year’s pantomime has a cast of new and very familiar faces providing a pantomime that includes singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and stunning scenery. The pantomime will run from 17 February – 22 February starting at 7.30pm at Brean Village Hall. There will be a matinee on the Saturday at 2pm. Tickets are available from Brean Post Office or by calling 01278 751225.

Highbridge Community Hall On Saturday 1 February at 7.30pm, Highbridge Community Hall will be hosting their Prize Bingo, with refreshments and raffle.

Brent Knoll Bazaar The Farmers’ Market and Parish Cafe will be open on the second Saturday every month at Brent Knoll Parish Hall between 10am and 12 noon. There will be a range of locally produced fresh beef, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, pickles and preserves, as well as Asian food, a vegetable stall, Westcroft Cider, homemade cakes and savouries, Phoenix Cards, handmade cards, silver and beaded jewellery, children’s games, toys and puzzles, local crafts, textiles, CDs, DVDs, books, and bric-a-brac, plus a raffle! The Parish Café will be serving bacon and sausage butties and light snacks, and entrance is free. To book a table for £7 contact Eddie Fuller on 01278 760308 - all proceeds to Brent Knoll Parish Hall.

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Princess Theatre and Arts Centre A respectable 36 tickets were sold for the social night; people braved the weather and everyone commented on what a lovely event it was. Many faces had come back from the first event in September, but it was also great to see some new faces. A new weekly dance class has also started, and we need some more people to join. If you are interested, contact the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre for more details. Forthcoming shows in February include: Paul Daniels on Friday 7th at 7.30pm, tickets £17.50; Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt on Saturday 22nd at 7.30pm, £10 adults £8 children; The wit and song of Noel Coward on Friday 28th at 7.30pm, tickets from £11. The following artists will be displaying their work in the Arts Lounge: Feb 4th – Somewhere House Feb 11th – Jeff Burrows Feb 18th – John Abraham Feb 25th – Open Studios Mar 4th – Linda Gee The Arts Lounge and Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am - 3pm. ‘Meet the Artist’ is on Saturdays, 12 noon - 3pm. Each artist exhibits for three weeks. In addition to the shows and the exhibits there are a host of groups meeting at The Princess, from Playwrights Group, stitching groups, theatre groups for all ages, Pantomime Society, and Kurling to name a few. For a full list of all the groups running at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre visit the website www.theprincesstheatre. or telephone the box office for tickets and enquiries on 01278 784464/793099.

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Update on Fibre Broadband As you may be aware, the Burnham-on-Sea BT exchange was upgraded to allow fibre optic broadband several months ago, but as this technology required cabling to be run to the green cabinets dotted around the area, and having visited many local clients, I can report that there are still large gaps which do not have the capability of this exciting technology. I can now report that the Brambles Road area can now access fibre broadband. If you are a BT or Plusnet customer, you check to see if you can receive fibre broadband by visiting and put in your phone number. If you are not a BT customer, you can still use the same website and check your postcode (if your phone number does not work), although sometimes by checking by postcode, it does not always show if you can access the fibre system. If this is the case, you will need to contact your Internet provider directly to see if this is possible. Areas that have fibre broadband (in most cases) that particularly benefit from it, are East Huntspill and Berrow. Parts of Highbridge have fibre broadband (mainly the ones closest to Burnham), but I find for the majority this is yet to come Hopefully BT Openreach will do this work fairly soon – quite often you can see the large vans laying new cables when fibre is being installed – keep an eye out for this!! On another matter, for those of you running 'Microsoft Security Essentials', I have experienced many cases recently where viruses have infiltrated computers where Security Essentials is the main anti-virus product. My advice would be to use a decent paid offering as my view is that the free ant-virus products simply do not work. They scan and confirm that the computer is clean, but in hundreds of cases that I have personally dealt with, they do not detect threats. Free anti-virus is often a clever ploy to give people some free usage before the product suddenly runs out, then payment is requested for a full price version – please get in touch if you need any help with antivirus. Neil Buzzard, Computer Problem Solutions Ltd. Tel: 07973 536299

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Give Waste Some Space Stay road safe and let collection crews have the time to do their job for you - by Nick Cater Ever been stuck behind a recycling or refuse lorry in Burnhamon-Sea? And how did you react? Like the vast majority of drivers, I expect you waited patiently, knowing that the Somerset Waste Partnership crews have an important job to do for you and everyone else. But a few motorists get frustrated and put themselves and the crews in danger. Waste collection firms' terse safety records show the results: "Dangerous driving, eight cases; vehicles mounting the pavement, 12 cases; aggressive behaviour, seven cases ... third party mounted pavement and hit operative." Luckily, only some of these cases - like the last example - are from Somerset. Drivers can be delayed when a large Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) vehicle makes its house to house collections. If that is a big problem, calling Sedgemoor District Council customer services is the right response. Most drivers are understanding, but a tiny minority resort to anything from verbal abuse to racing by on the pavement and even physically attacking staff. Such unjustified behaviour could see them facing charges if staff are hit by a vehicle, put at risk, threatened, or assaulted. Drivers finding themselves behind a slow moving recycling or refuse truck have several options, such as calmly accepting the inevitable or finding another route and making a mental note to avoid the collection truck's regular round next time. The plea is simple: collecting your recycling and refuse will occasionally mean a delay, so please be patient and give hard-working crews the safe space to do their work. If you witness a driver behaving badly, stay safe but take notes and let SWP know via the district council. Nick Cater is Senior Communications Officer at Somerset Waste Partnership.

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The BD Jazz Club The BD Jazz Club is the local Burnham area Traditional/New Orleans Jazz Club. The Club usually meets on the last Friday of every month for regular club sessions at Laburnum House Lodge Hotel in Sloway Lane West Huntspill, which is situated a short distance down the A38 from Highbridge – turn right opposite the Crossways Inn into Church Road and follow the signs. The regular monthly club sessions continue on Friday 28 February presenting local band ‘Bob Reynolds New Society Jazz’. The venue is at our usual BD Jazz Club at Laburnum House Hotel; playing times are from 8pm to 11pm, admission £4. Find the full programme of events on the BD Jazz club page of For further information please contact Bob on 01278 794709 or Diane on 01278 788070. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future regular club sessions or additional special events. BD Jazz Club is a non-profit making organisation that aims to preserve and promote New Orleans/Traditional Jazz.

New Year – New Hobby? Burnham-on-Sea Bowling Club wishes everyone a happy new year. The indoor bowling season continues and still has a couple of months of enjoyment left, but the outdoor season rapidly approaches. Whether or not you made a new year resolution to become more active, or to take up a new hobby, you will find bowling a friendly sport that could fulfil your needs. You can get a head start on 2014 by joining the indoor group now and get to know a few members, or become a full member ready to start the outdoor season in April. For details of indoor membership, contact June Bridges on 781706. For general enquiries and information on full membership contact the Men's Secretary, Alan Lane on 792508 or the Ladies' Secretary, Joan Hazelton on 792410.


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Time To Do Something New? A new year’s resolution is often about giving something up, but Somerset Skills & Learning think it is much more exciting to start something new as a resolution. From learning a new language to getting fit in Pilates, the new mini Adult Learning Guide from Somerset Skills & Learning has lots of great ideas. For example, did you get a new iPad for Christmas? Then you could enrol on a ‘Getting to Know your iPad’ five week course and get the most out of it. Do you enjoy painting? Give yourself new challenges and sign up for a ten week course on ‘Acrylics for Beginners’ to help develop your creative skills. Last year Rosie Smith was brought a watercolour course by her son. She says, “On Christmas day, my son handed over a present of a load of watercolour materials. I have always fancied learning how to paint, but I thought this present was a bit much, until I opened the second present and it was a Beginner’s Watercolour course from Somerset Skills & Learning. Perfect! The class was very friendly and I am still enjoying my painting a year on. It was a great present.” There are lots of interesting courses that can inspire you to do something new. The new mini guide is now available from Somerset Skills & Learning centres, libraries and various outlets across Somerset. It is also available online at If your new year’s resolution is to improve your employment opportunities, then there are also lots of useful courses and training opportunities available, from upgrading your computer skills, to getting an apprenticeship or traineeship. If you know someone aged between 16 and 18, there is a guaranteed offer of learning for anyone who approaches Somerset Skills & Learning looking for training. Call 01278 426828 to enquire about training, or call 0845 688 0488 to enrol on a course.


Come to Burnham Mobility for all your mobility needs! We sell: Raise And Recline Chairs • Bath Lifts Scooters • Wheelchairs • Tri Walkers 4 Wheeled Walkers • Incontinence Wear Items to help you with day to day living.

We are happy to do home visits if you are unable to come to the shop. We also have an engineer that will come to your house to service or repair your scooter or wheelchair.

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Local Horticultural Society Spring Show This year’s Spring Show takes place on Saturday 8 March at St Andrew’s School, Dunstan Road, Burnham-on-Sea between 2pm and 5pm (presentation of awards 4.30pm). Free Admittance. Classes this year include Daffodils, other bulbs, plants, flowers, etc, Rhubarb, Domestic, Floral Art, Amateur Photography* and Junior Classes. For full show schedules and further details, including how to enter an exhibit, telephone the Show Secretary Dave Bryant on 01278 788058. *Photography class subjects this spring are: Any interesting building, SkyScape, a basket of fruit, a country footpath, a frosty morning, spring lambs.

What’s on at Watchfield Village Hall Wednesday Bingo & Raffle: Wednesday 5th and 19th February, eyes down 7.30pm. (Strictly 18 years and over only.) Prize Bingo & Raffle: Friday 28 February - fun for all ages, children welcome, eyes down 7.30pm. For more details on either event contact D Robinson on 01278 794823.

Hospital Friends Quiz The very popular annual quiz organised by the Friends of Burnham Hospital will take place on Saturday 8 February in Highbridge Community Hall. Doors will be open from 6.45pm and the quiz will start promptly at 7.30pm. Popular quizmaster Chris Williams, well-known to all local quiz fans, has set the questions and will be doing all the marking, leaving plenty of time for conversation and argument! The cost is £10 for a team of four members. There will be prizes for both winners and losers, and substantial nibbles will be provided to go with the drinks you bring along to see you through what is always a very pleasant, entertaining evening. To reserve a table for your team please phone Tony (783121) or Bernie (755727).

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Berrow Conservation Group Our next meeting brings the second of our presentations on very local topics, and following on from Coastal Drainage, we offer you '40 Years of Berrow Dunes 19752015 '. Our speaker will be John Attwood, who has vast experience in certain land management fields. With archive material and an excellent memory, he should bring a colourful history of the Berrow dunes to life. Come along and join us, John is happy to add a question time to the evening. The date is 25 February at Berrow Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. To cover costs and refreshments there is a small fee of £1 for members and £2.50 for visitors. 

Players Wanted! Berrow Juniors Girls Development Squad Football for all abilities with FA level 1 coaches, girls’ training for girls aged 6 – 16 years of age takes place on Friday evenings at The King Alfred School. For more information contact Dean Adams on 07764 305945 or email For times, visit our website at

Burnham Dreamscheme The AGM for the young people at Burnham Dreamscheme will be taking place between 10am and 1pm on Wednesday 19 February at the Bay Centre, Cassis Close. If you are aged between 7 and 13 years and would like to know more about the Dreamscheme and how you can get involved, start the process by attending this session and put your ideas forward. The aim of the group is to encourage young people to help out in their local community and achieve points which can be redeemed for trips with the group. There will be food on the day, and it’s all free. For more details visit www. The group is also in need of more volunteers, mainly during Monday afternoons for the after school club, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, or during the school holidays, two sessions per week. Any offer of help would be appreciated.. Kitchen image supplied by Dream Doors Customer

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The Friends of Marine Cove The volunteers at Marine Cove are busy organising the programme for this year and would welcome any new ideas or extra help with events or gardening. Information can be found at, as can a contacts page for anyone wishing to register an interest in helping the volunteers. Please be aware this website is being updated at the moment, should there be any problems. The first event will be the Easter event on Saturday 19 April – during the event there will be an Easter Bonnet Parade for children and adults. We would like to see some elaborate bonnets in the garden, which will be judged, and a prize given for the best in each category. If you are interested in gardening, the community gardener will be in the garden on the first Saturday in the month from 10am until 3pm, starting on Saturday 1 February, so you can ask any gardening questions. Please wear appropriate clothing, as we can get wet and muddy.

Calling All Groups in the Local Area! Are you involved with events organising in and around Burnham and Highbridge? Ian Jefferies, Tourism Manager at BiARS, has organised a meeting to take place at the Bay Centre on Thursday 30 January at 7pm. This will be an opportunity to link with other groups and coordinate the activities planned for the coming year. For more details contact Ian at the Information Centre.

Once Upon a Time in Burnham – The Spa The history of any part of town, particularly a small one such as Burnham, cannot be told in isolation as it is not possible to follow one strand of thought without finding that it is inextricably entwined with several others. The Spa is a case in point where its origins are in the problems of shipping and safety at sea and its legacy is in the number of the oldest buildings on the Esplanade. In 1827 the Rev. Davies came to an arrangement with the diocesan authorities whereby an exchange took place of land belonging to him for land that belonged to the church. On completion of the deal he owned all the land west of the church and vicarage from what is now Vicarage Street, northwards to where George Reed later built Catharine Terrace. This land he developed into the spa complex, later to be known as Daviesville, which comprised of the old lighthouse building, Marina House, Marina Cottage, Steart House, which was originally the bath house, together with North and South Myrtles, which were residential properties. At that time there was no esplanade, so all these properties were accessed by a carriage sweep from Berrow Road, the line of which was not dissimilar from that now followed by Myrtle Drive. The benefits attributed to “taking the waters” here were extolled by Doctor G Henning in 1836 when he published a paper entitled ‘An historical account of the medicinal waters, or medicinal springs of Daviesville at Burnham to which are subjoined copious analysis of their component parts; an enumeration and description of the diseases in which they are more particularly serviceable and suitable directions for the guidance of invalids’. Although its waters compared favourably with those of Bath and Buxton, it was always on a losing wicket as soon as the novelty of its fashionable newness wore off, because, unlike Bath and Cheltenham, Burnham had little to offer in the way of entertainment – Bath had the Theatre Royal, and Cheltenham boasted a beautiful Opera House. The final nail in the coffin was driven in by the advent of the railway and the paddle steamers from Cardiff – the ‘upper classes’ had no desire to have their relaxation disturbed by hoards of the Hoi Polloi cavorting on the beach and in the town, enjoying themselves, and by 1870 it was on its last legs. Thanks to Bob Thomas for the history of Burnham and the surrounding area.

Table Top Sale The Friends of Berrow Village Hall are organising an Indoor Car Boot/Table Top Sale on Sunday 16 February at Berrow Village Hall between 12 – 3pm. Tables cost £5. If you would like to book a table please phone Lynn on 01278 793968. There will be refreshments and cakes available. Come along and grab some bargains!

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FEBRUARY Work in the Garden The Flower Garden


If the weather is favourable, divide and replant herbaceous plants.

The secret of success in the vegetable garden is to sow as early as the weather permits.

Place dahlia tubers in boxes and lightly cover with soil to induce new shoots.

Broad beans and peas can be sown in the garden.

If frost continues you may need to protect new growth on some plants. Climbing roses should be trimmed and trained.

Shallots can also be planted - push the bulbs half way into the soil. There should be 8” between each bulb and at least 1ft between the rows. When buying tomato plants, pick sturdy plants with thick stems, which are short jointed and have dark green foliage.

For more tips, why not join your local gardening group? The Burnham and District Horticultural Society meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Community Centre, Berrow Road. On Monday 17th February, with a talk from the Gardens Group Gold Club on ‘Planning a Border’ All welcome - members of the Society free, visitors £1.

Windows Carers' Groups Windows Carers’ Group was formed in 2004 for those who care for someone with mental illness, so that they could chat in total confidence about the struggle they had in coping with their situation. Sharing their problems with others in similar circumstances who can understand and empathise, enables them to relieve the load and find possible solutions. The group meets every Tuesday evening at the BAY Centre 7pm - 9pm. Please pop along for a friendly cup of tea or coffee, to either listen or chat, in an environment which is completely confidential. The Sunlight Mental Health Library for people to borrow books - all free of charge - is open every Tuesday morning 10am – midday at the BAY Centre. The mental illnesses covered are numerous, and include depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, aspergers/autism, OCD and alzheimer’s amongst many others. If you require further information please phone Pauline on 07703014792 or Tony on 07502 126666, or take a look at our websites www.windowscarersgroup and

The Coastline Singers This popular singing group meet at the Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Forge Close, West Huntspill, on Tuesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Come and join us, and take part in the Highbridge Festival with us in March. We sing for all kinds of occasions, including weddings, special birthdays, etc, and programmes are tailored to suit. We also present evening concerts, so look out for us at a venue near you! Details from 01278 784184 or email:

Exercise to Music For an hour every Monday at the Highbridge Community Hall, 9.45a.m. A great way to start the week. Details from 01278 784184 or email: mary.

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Woodturning Club The Burnham-on-Sea Woodturning Club meets at 7pm on the last Tuesday of each month at the Community Centre, Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, (next to the swimming pool). The objective of the Club is to raise the profile of woodturning in South Somerset using a variety of approaches. Members will be able to develop their skills and knowledge through the regular monthly meetings, in a friendly, safe environment. The Club will have demonstrations by internationally renowned RPT woodturners as well as ‘hands on’ sessions. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 11, however, junior members must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information please telephone George on 01278 782074 or Sue on 01278 792021.

W.I. February Meeting The February meeting for Burnham-on-Sea W.I. will take place on Tuesday 25 February. The speaker is Simon Anderson who is talking about his charity ‘Support Dogs’. ‘Support Dogs’ is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and families of children with autism, by training dogs to act as efficient and safe assistants. Everyone is welcome to this meeting, whether you are a member or not. The charge for nonmembers is £3 and you will receive a warm welcome and a cup of tea! We meet at the Community Centre in Berrow Road next to the swimming pool and the meeting starts at 2pm. For more information please contact The President, Brenda Adams on 01278 781771 or go to

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Raw Comedy at the Bridgwater Arts Centre Last year Somerset Skills & Learning ran a comedy workshop for people interested in doing stand-up comedy. On 13 February, you can see members of this group try out their routines for free at the Bridgwater Arts Centre. At the workshops, learners explored techniques for developing comic material and a comedy stage presence. People came from as far as Bath, Minehead and Weston-super-Mare to develop and explore their stand-up comedy potential. The evening will be hosted by local up and coming comedian Niki McCretton, who recently took her new stand-up routine on tour to positive reviews, and there will be at least three new acts trying to make the audience laugh. One of the learners trying out new material is Stewart Gamble from Taunton, who has been travelling to Bristol, Bath and London to try his material out with new audiences. Another is Ade Bowen from Weston-super-Mare. He told us, “I think to live a full life you need to do something that scares you every day. Doing this is not scary, it’s terrifying – I may have bit off more than I can chew. I wrote a scary song about it yesterday using just three chords. It gave me the EBGBs!” The evening starts at 8pm in the bar area of the Bridgwater Arts Centre. Entry is free. If anybody wants to have a go themselves, the programme has the space. It is about developing opportunities for new comic talent, so if anybody has some comedy material they would like to try in front of a live audience, email or call Ade on 01278 783057 to book yourself in. Ade told us, “It is hoped this evening will generate some interest to run another comedy workshop around April. It would be great to put Bridgwater on the comedy map, so please get in touch, or come along and support the new acts on the night.”

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North Sedgemoor Children’s Centre Cluster Activities Programme (Term-Time) 13th January - 4th April 2014 ou are invited to access services and activities at any of our Children’s Centres. Please contact your local Children’s Centre for details about Half-term Activities or see websites. Day





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Groups are free of charge, however donations are always gratefully received. Messy Play may take place during activities, so a change of clothes for children is advisable.

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Burnham 2014 February  

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Burnham 2014 February  

Community Magazine