named Sedgemoor Charity of the Year 2015
POSTED: 22 March , 2015
BARB Search & Rescue won the title of Sedgemoor Charity
of the Year during a regional business awards ceremony on
Thursday March 19th. More....
Countryfile features work of BARB's volunteers
POSTED: 11 January, 2015
Countryfile featured the work of the volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea's
BARB Search and Rescue on Sunday January 11th. The Countryfile
team filmed an episode in Somerset, revisiting some of the
areas and people hit by last winter's floods. More....
most festive street raises funds for BARB's work
POSTED: 5 January, 2015
record total of £10,305 has been raised for charity
from visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's Trinity Close Christmas
lights display. Residents in Trinity Close turned off their
display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights for the final
bowled over by Burnham club's generous donation
POSTED: 29 December, 2015
BARB Search & Rescue has been bowled over by a donation
from a club in the town. Burnham Bowling Club has donated
£400 to the seafront charity to help fund its life-saving
work across Somerset. More....
flock to meet Santa at BARB hovercraft station!
POSTED: 22 December, 2015
of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft
station at the weekend to meet a VIP visitor - Santa Claus.
More than 500 people visited the popular two-day Christmas
event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas
and stalls. More....
volunteers receive Royal award for their work
POSTED: 30 November, 2014
at Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue were formally presented
with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious
national honour, during a ceremony on the seafront. The
charity received a certificate signed by The Queen and a
commemorative crystal award presented by Somerset's Lord-Lieutenant,
Lady Gass DVCO. More....
chemist team raises funds for BARB charity
POSTED: 30 July, 2014
chemist shop in Berrow has helped to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's
hovercraft rescue charity. A successful fun day was held
at Day Lewis Pharmacy in Berrow where funds were raised
for BARB Search & Rescue. More....
receives boost from Burnham-On-Sea group
POSTED: 14 July, 2014
BARB Search & Rescue has been given a financial boost
by the outgoing President of the town's Inner Wheel Club.
Debbie March made the rescue hovercraft group her charity
of the year for 2014 and has presented BARB's Roger Flower
with £1,000 following a year of fundraising. More....
Edward welcomed to BARB's seafront station
POSTED: 9 June, 2014
Earl of Wessex met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft charity on Monday (June 9th). Prince Edward visited
BARB Search & Rescue where he met crewmembers and saw
the charity's two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore rescue
awarded Queen's Award For Voluntary Service
POSTED: 2 June, 2014
BARB Search & Rescue has been named as a recipient of
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious
national honour. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
was first launched in 2002 by Her Majesty to mark the Golden
Jubilee to recognise the outstanding contributions made
by groups of volunteers to local communities. More....
chief visits Burnham hovercraft AGM
POSTED: 25 May, 2014
Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council was the special guest
at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity
BARB on Friday evening (May 23rd). Cllr Peter Downing joined
40 people at Burnham's Town Council Chambers to hear about
a busy year for the long-running life-saving charity.
Edward to visit Burnham hovercrafty charity
POSTED: 13 May, 2014
Earl of Wessex is to visit the volunteers who run Burnham-On-Seas
BARB Search & Rescue next month. Prince Edward will
be visiting the charitys seafront station on Monday
June 9th where he will meet volunteer crewmembers and see
the charitys two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore
named Sedgemoor's charity of the year
POSTED: 21 March, 2014
BARB Search & Rescue was named Sedgemoor's charity of
the year at a regional business awards ceremony on Thursday
night. The Burnham charity, which operates two hovercrafts
and an inshore rescue boat, was awarded the title by a panel
of judges at the Sedgemoor Business Awards.
receives £3,000 boost from Lloyds Bank
POSTED: 18 February, 2014
BARB Search & Rescue has received a £3,000 financial
boost from Lloyds Bank. The charity - which runs two hovercrafts
and an inshore rescue boat that has been heavily used in
recent weeks during flood relief work across Somerset -
was nominated by Lloyds Bank's staff in Burnham to receive
a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award.
Charles meets BARB duo during floods visit
POSTED: 4 February, 2014
Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity
BARB during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels on
Tuesday (February 4th). BARB was among scores of local organisations
invited to the event in Stoke St Gregory to thank those
who are providing support in the area.
James Cracknell visits Burnham hovercraft station
POSTED: 25 November, 2013
Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell make a special visit
to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 23rd) when he visited
the town's rescue hovercrafts and met traders in the High
Street. James Cracknell OBE, a British rowing champion,
made the visit with James Heappey.
receives donation from motorcycle group
POSTED: 22 November, 2013
group of fundraising motorcyclists has presented a cheque
to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB this
week. Somerset Motorcycle Group holds regular charity bike
runs throughout the year, with each one starting in Highbridge.
for BARB now to help us secure grant funding
POSTED: 2 October, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea charity is appealing to local people to vote
for it and help it secure £3,000 of community funding.
BARB, the long-running charity that runs Burnham's rescue
hovercrafts, has been nominated by Lloyds Bank's staff in
the town to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award.
for volunteers to join BARB support crew
POSTED: 1 October, 2013
rescue hovercraft charity BARB is seeking new volunteers
to join its support crew. The charity, which operates two
life-saving hovercrafts, is seeking local people to get
crowds flock to town's rescue services day
POSTED: 28 July, 2013
crowds of over 5,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
on Sunday (July 28th) for the town's annual rescue services
day. The event began with an official opening performed
by Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, Mayor Martin Cox and BARB President
Neville Jones. Over 30 emergency services from across the
West Country took part. More...
enjoy visit to Burnham's hovecraft station
POSTED: 4 July, 2013
from a Burnham-On-Sea school have visited the town's rescue
hovercraft station. Dozens of pupils from Burnham Infant
School made the special trip to the BARB station on the
seafront where they picked up safety advice, saw the hovercrafts
up close and met the crew, as pictured here.
firm's £200 donation for hovercraft charity
POSTED: 2 July, 2013
local cleaning products supplier has given a boost to Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft charity BARB. AutoSmart has donated £200
of cleaning and maintenance products to the seafront-based
charity and will be supporting the organisation in the year
fair raises funds for Burnham's rescue hovercrafts
POSTED: 18 June, 2013
fundraising craft show in Burnham-On-Sea has raised money
for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. Organiser
Kerry Mason has presented the seafront-based charity with
a cheque for £130 following a craft fair held last
month at the town's St Andrew's Church Hall. More...
crewmembers thanked as they retire
POSTED: 27 May, 2013
long-serving hovercraft pilots at Burnham charity BARB were
thanked for their eight years of volunteering during the
group's AGM on Friday May 24th. EDF regional boss David
Eccles was the special guest at the meeting, held at Burnham's
Princess Theatre. More...
over! BARB receives donation from bowling club
POSTED: 29 April, 2013
Ladies Bowling Club has presented a donation to the town's
rescue hovercraft charity this week. The ladies handed £80
to BARB during a presentation at Burnham Bowling Club in
St Andrew's Road on Saturday. More...
centre customers give hovercraft charity a boost
POSTED: 2 April, 2013
of pounds was donated to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
charity BARB during three days of fundraising over the Easter
weekend. Crewmembers from the Burnham charity were invited
by Sanders Garden World to collect outside the store in
Brent Knoll. More...
festive lights display raises over £2,000 for BARB
POSTED: 12 March, 2013
group of residents in Burnham-On-Sea who decorate their
street with thousands of Christmas lights to raise money
for local charities have this week handed out the cash to
three good causes. The residents of Burnham's Trinity Close
have presented the proceeds of their collection to hovercraft
rescue charity BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), PETAL, the
Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust which helps local cancer
hospices, and Musgrove Maternity Unit Trust Fund.. More...
Masons present £750 to hovercraft charity
POSTED: 26 February, 2013
rescue hovercraft charity BARB has this week received a
£750 donation from three local Masons lodges. The
Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Somerset,
the Installed Mark Master Lodge of Taunton and the William
Long Lodge of Burnham raised the money for the life-saving
thanked for donations of equipment to BARB
POSTED: 8 January, 2013
group of businesses have been thanked for donating new equipment
to Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB. The new
kit includes new search torches, map reading torches, helmet
torches and sat nav systems. More...
Diamond Farm gives BARB a £2,000 boost
POSTED: 20 November, 2012
at a Brean caravan park have handed over a bumper cheque
to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts.
A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday Park has
raised £2,000 towards the running costs of BARB (Burnham
Area Rescue Boat). More...
marks its 20th anniversary with special function
POSTED: 4 November, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity has marked its 20th year and
the end of a busy summer season with an informal function
for current crewmembers and supporters. BARB (Burnham Area
Rescue Boat) held the event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena
on Saturday (November 4th) to thank its team of volunteers.
for rescue charities at fun day in memory of Dylan Cecil
POSTED: 30 September, 2012
fundraising music and fun day was held in Burnham on Saturday
September 29th in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old
boy who died in August after falling from the town's jetty.
The 11-hour fundraiser was held outside The Dunstan House
in Love Lane and raised £3,660 for the town's search
and rescue teams including BARB. More...
hovercraft crewmembers receive Jubilee medals
POSTED: 2 July, 2012
volunteer crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
charity BARB have been presented with Jubilee medals in
recognition of their work. Burnham and Highbridge Deputy
Mayor Cllr Martin Cox handed over the medals to Roger Flower,
Dave Bailey, Clive Weal and Andy Croker outside the hovercraft
station to mark the 60th anniversary of the monarch's reign.
of Lelaina returns to Berrow ten years after tragedy
POSTED: 23 June, 2012
mother of a five year-old girl who died after getting stuck
on mudflats at Berrow scattered flower petals at the scene
of the tragedy on Saturday June 23rd, ten years to the day
since it occurred. Five year-old Lelaina Hall died after
getting trapped by the incoming tide in 2002. More...
cinema makes donation to BARB charity
POSTED: 10 June, 2012
fans have helped raise money for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft charity. Pat Scott from the town's Ritz Cinema
in Victoria Street has presented £114 to BARB (Burnham
Area Rescue Boat) following collections during several recent
charity screenings. More...
chief welcomed to BARB's annual general meeting
POSTED: 13 May, 2012
Chief Executive of North Somerset Council was the special
guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity
BARB on Friday evening (May 11th). Graham Turner joined
40 people at Burnham's Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft
Road to hear about a busy year for the life-saving charity.
Anneka Rice visits Burnham hovercraft station
POSTED: 31 March, 2012
and radio celebrity Anneka Rice made a special visit to
Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft station on Saturday (March
31st). She met volunteers from the charity and had a tour
of the seafront station, which she built in just 72 hours
as part of her popular Challenge Anneka TV series
in 1994. More...
backs world record sandcastle building bid!
POSTED: 14 March, 2012
Sunspot Amusements has come forward as the main sponsor
of the town's attempt to set a new sandcastle building world
record this Spring. The event is to be held on Saturday
June 2nd during Burnham's Jubilee celebration. More...
receives £2,500 donation from residents' Xmas lights
POSTED: 31 January, 2012
of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac who transformed their homes
into a Christmas wonderland featuring thousands of fairy
lights have collected over £5,000 for two local charities.
The residents of Trinity Close have presented the proceeds
of the collections at their annual fundraiser to hovercraft
rescue charity BARB and a cancer charity. More...
Highbridge store delivers a £2,000 boost to BARB
POSTED: 27 December, 2011
rescue hovercraft charity has been handed a £2,000
Christmas boost by supermarket giant Asda. Eight months
of fundraising at the Highbridge store has raised £2,087
for Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB), which is one of its
local charities of the year.
hovercraft station opens for Christmas weekend
POSTED: 19 December, 2011
MP and Mayor were among the dozens of visitors at the town's
rescue hovercraft station during a two-day Christmas fundraising
weekend. Scores of families got a chance to meet Father
Christmas, who put in an appearance at the event.
Sir Terry Pratchett meets Burnham hovercraft crew
POSTED: 27 November, 2011
author Sir Terry Pratchett met some of the crewmembers of
Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts during a visit to the
town on Saturday afternoon (November 26th). The author was
in Burnham to switch on the town's Christmas lights and
was keen to hear about the work of BARB. More...
presents donation to Burnham hovercraft charity
POSTED: 10 November, 2011
good causes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week
received donations from the town Mayor. Cllr Michael Clarke
handed out cheques for £107 each to the Highbridge
Festival of the Arts, Highbridge Dreamscheme, Burnham Dreamscheme
and BARB before this week's Town Council meeting. More...
crew fly in to help school's lesson
POSTED: 10 November, 2011
and staff from Berrow Pre-School and the reception class
at Berrow Primary School enjoyed a special visit by Burnham's
rescue hovercraft and its crew this week. BARB was invited
to bring one of its hovercrafts, The Light of Elizabeth,
to help the children with their studies on emergency colours.
roar into action to raise cash for BARB
POSTED: 1 November, 2011
motorcyclists in fancy dress costumes roared through Highbridge
on Sunday (October 30th) at the start of a sponsored 35-mile
bike ride. Members of the Somerset Motorcycle Group organised
the ride from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn to Watchet
to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB. More...
Diamond Farm gives £2,275 boost to BARB
POSTED: 23 October, 2011
at a Brean caravan park have this week handed over a bumper
cheque to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercrafts. A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday
Park has raised £2,275 towards the running costs of
BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). More...
as parked cars block BARB hovercraft station
POSTED: 11 October, 2011
hovercraft charity BARB has this week warned that vital
minutes could be wasted in reaching beach rescues because
of council delays in repainting double yellow lines outside
its seafront station. Parts of Burnham's South Esplanade
were resurfaced in late September, but the council has still
not repainted double yellow lines across the front of the
Coastguard and hovercraft stations. More...
care home raises funds for hovercraft charity
POSTED: 26 September, 2011
and staff at a Burnham-On-Sea care home have raised hundreds
of pounds for the charity that runs the town's two life-saving
rescue hovercrafts by holding a fundraising fair. The Towans
in Berrow Road has handed over £205.35 to BARB (Burnham
Area Rescue Boat), which operates an inshore rescue boat
and two rescue hovercrafts. More...