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over animal cruelty
carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Burnham-On-sea,
have been left reeling this week after a spate of a cruelty cases
reported to them in recent days. A duck brought in last Thursday
had been stoned in Burnham, followed by a herring gull.
holds open weekend
supporters flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church when it
opened its doors for an open weekend including a flower festival
and various live music events. The
special event marked the church's successful completion of various
short-listed for award!
has again been recognised as one of the region's top Web sites
by being short-listed for 'Web Site of The Year' in the 2007 South
West Media Awards. The
awards recognise the very best of the West Country's newspapers,
Websites and journalists. More...
day for town's rescue crews
emergency services had a busy afternoon on Sunday (April 29th)
after being called to two simultaneous incidents. A
lady had to be air-lifted from Brean Down
and, separately, a tractor got stuck in treacherous mud on Burnham
strike at town firms
shopkeepers are once again counting the cost of crime after vandals
struck three businesses in the town on Friday night (April 27th).
Kebab Kitchen in the High Street, pictured above, had a large
pane of glass smashed, leaving its owners with a repair bill of
several hundred pounds. More...
cycle service for seafront!
along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront when you can enjoy the fresh sea
air and glide along it in style? That's the question being asked
by an enterprising company which has this week launched a new
cycle transport service on The Esplanade, pictured.
day helps RNLI
of lifeboat supporters flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse
keepers' cottage on Saturday (April 28th) when the property was
opened to the public in aid of RNLI funds. The historic house
in Berrow Road is currently up for sale and the public was able
to view it. More...
crews called to hospital
were called to Burnham-On-Sea hospital twice in the space of an
hour on Saturday evening (April 28th). Three
engines from the town rushed to the main hospital building in
Love Lane at around 5.45pm after a fire alarm was heard by anxious
chief visits BARB AGM
Rickards, the Chief Executive of Sedgemoor District Council, enjoyed
a flight in the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft on Friday (April
27th) before he attended the AGM of BARB, the life-saving rescue
charity, as its VIP guest. Mr Rickards was flown along the beach.
boot sale under scrutiny
TRADING standards bosses are keeping
a "close eye" on a Burnham-On-Sea car boot sale amid
claims that hundreds of counterfeit CDs and DVDs have been on
sale there during recent weeks. Somerset County
Council is closely monitoring the sales. More...
plans new Brean mast
Mobile phone operator O2 has this week submitted a controversial
planning application to install a new phone mast in the centre
of Brean. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the proposed
12.5 metre tall mast is earmarked for land near South Road. More...
cancer cluster linked to Hinkley?
ROW has broken out over claims that an unexpected cluster of cancer
cases in Burnham-On-Sea may be connected to Hinkley Point nuclear
power station. Anti-nuclear campaigners this week claimed the
death rate from breast cancer in part of Burnham-On-Sea is 70
per cent above the national average. More...
chain opens in Brean
the nationwide fast food chain, has just opened a new outlet in
the centre of Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. The well-known burger
company has opened a restaurant at Brean Leisure Park in time
for the start of the busy summer tourist season. More...
award for town officer
BURNHAM-On-Sea police officer has this week been presented with
a commendation award for going beyond the call of duty. PC Chris
Guest was driving through Highbridge towards Burnham Police on
his way to work when he spotted a male who is known to be violent
and dangerous. More...
farm appeal date announced
The date has been announced this week for the appeal
hearing to decide whether a controversial wind farm on the outskirts
of Burnham-On-Sea can go ahead. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns a four-day
hearing will open on August 7th at 10am and be held in the town's
town buoy to be restored
has got underway this week on restoring a 150-year-old buoy which
once marked the shipping channels off Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham
Marine Limited in Love Lane has been handed the task of bringing
the historic buoy back to its original condition. More...
row over bridge closure
FRESH row has broken out over the closure of Walrow railway bridge
in the centre of Highbridge. MP David Heathcoat-Amory, who visited
the bridge last Saturday, has received a reply from Network Rail
placing the blame for the closure on Somerset County Council.
pilots ready for action!
daring Burnham-On-Sea water enthusiasts are making final preparations
to compete in this summer's national zapcat championships. Ashley
Chappell and Ryan Jones were training in Bridgwater Bay on Tuesday
(April 24th) as they trained for their first race. More...
reassure town traders
police have this week reassured businesses in the town that they
are winning the battle against crime. Sgt Ian Kennett and Beat
Manager Pete Wills addressed over 60 residents at the AGM of the
town's Chamber of Trade on Tuesday (April 24th). More...
contest winners unveiled
shoppers who took part in a competition to find dozens of unusual
items in shop windows across Burnham-On-Sea received their prizes
this week. The eight winners were announced during the AGM of
the Chamber of Trade on Tuesday evening (April 24th). More...
spotted on island
watchers in Burnham-On-Sea were teated to another rare sighting
on Stert Island on Tuesday (April 24th).
Spoonbill similar to the bird pictured here was spotted on the
island's muddy shore - just days after a large flock of Little
Egrets was seen in the area.
Edwards, the outgoing chairman of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of
Trade, was praised for his 'sterling work' in promoting the town
at the group's AGM this week. Mr Edwards, pictured, was presented
with a gift on behalf of the group by President Gerry Germain.
man found safe
holidaymaker has been found safe and well following a police appeal
for the public to help find him. Michael
Vinton, 47, of Worcester, pictured right, had not been seen for
a week since his visit to Burnham Holiday Village on April 15th.
signs to cut skating noise?
along Burnham seafront is to be reinforced with the introduction
of a new sign reminding skaters that they are breaking byelaws.
Town councillors have decided to proceed with the purchase of
a new sign following noise complaints from residents.
guide is launched
Mayor has officially launched the town's new Residents Guide.
than 8,000 copies of the new 2007/2008 Residents Guide recently
rolled off the presses and are now being distributed to homes
across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
Coastguard protest ends
Coastguards have ended their four-day protest over insurance compensation.
We were first to report last Tuesday that five officers in the
town had switched off their emergency pagers in support of an
injured Coastguard from Wales.
Egrets spotted on Stert
of 20 Little Egrets spotted on Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea,
delighted bird watchers on Saturday (April 21st). Greg
Dye-Hodge Beardsley, right, took a photo above of one of the birds
in the flock wading in the mud on the island's
Polish twin for Burnham?
Poland could become the latest to be twinned with Burnham-On-Sea
if a team of volunteers can be found to help set up the link.
Officials from Miechow, a Polish farming town, have written to
Burnham's Mayor asking whether we would consider the association.
arrested over car crime
have been arrested during a car crime crackdown in Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Sgt
Julian Brandon of Burnham-On-Sea Police said five vehicles had
been taken off the road in a dangerous condition during the 'Operation
Relentless' initiative. More...
left 'shaken' by crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist was left 'shaken up' after her car careered
off a road and ended up in a ditch on Friday morning (April 20th).
and paramedics were called to Queens Drive near the town's Tesco
roundabout at 8.25am after the lady driver lost control.
crews rescue 63-year-old
two lifeboats were called to Berrow on Thursday evening (April
19th) after a catamaran got into difficulties. Both
the Staines Whitfield and Puffin lifeboats were launched at 6pm
after Coastguards received a report regarding a sailor in difficulties.
cake shop for Burnham
NEW specialised cake shop has opened in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
this week. Especially For You 2 in Cross Street offers a varied
mixture of wedding cakes and decorative confectionery, and welcomed
its first customers. We spoke to the store's owner about its plans.
police get village base
DEDICATED police team has been set up in Brean and Berrow to tackle
crime in the two villages. Beat Manager PC Dominic Bryant and
Special Constable Chris Guest, pictured, who were previously based
in Burnham, now have a permanent base in the centre of Brean.
chain opens in town
shop Robert Dyas is preparing to open a new branch in Burnham
during May. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the nationwide company,
which has 95 stores across the UK, will open a branch in Burnham's
Somerfield supermarket in the centre of town in Pier Street. More...
Coastguards join protest
Coastguards have this week joined a nationwide protest in a row
over compensation payments. Five Burnham Coastguards have switched
off their emergency pagers in support of a Coastguard volunteer
from Wales who was injured during a rescue.
group comes to town
GROUP of Russian folk singers is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea
next month when they perform a concert at a town church. St Andrew's
Church in Burnham-On-Sea will play host to the highly successful
St. Petersburg Blagovest Ensemble on 1st May at 7.30pm. More...
arrested on estate
VANDALISM-hit Burnham-On-Sea estate which was visited by town
MP David Heathcoat-Amory during February has been the target of
a police crackdown during recent days. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns
that seven youths have been arrested on the Rosewood Estate. More...
fundraiser raises £1,000
at Burnham-On-Sea's Somerfield store have helped a junior football
club raise over £1,000 towards the cost of much-needed new
equipment. Players aged from 7-13 years from Burnbridge Wanderers
welcomed customers to the Pier Street store. More...
story goes national!
BURNHAM-On-Sea mother has been plunged into the national spotlight
after police halted her child's hopscotch game, saying his chalk
markings on the pavement were 'graffiti'. Lisa Badland's story
first appeared in Burnham-On-Sea's discussion forums in March.
after town assault
police have appealed for witnesses after an alleged assault took
place in a town car park on Easter Sunday evening (April 8th).
One man aged 18 was arrested following the incident at around
7pm at the Lynton Road car park just off Marine Drive. More...
bonnet fun raises £500
EGG-cellent £500 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft
group when fun-loving holidaymakers at a Brean caravan park held
their annual Easter bonnet parade at the weekend. The popular
event, held each year, was well supported by families at Diamond
you join Coastguards?
Coastguards have a vacant place to fill on their team. Station
officer Steve Bird said: "We are searching for an enthusiastic
team player who can give two hours a week for training on Wednesday
evenings, plus additional time for call-outs." More...
Easter for town traders
crowds of visitors flocked into Burnham-On-Sea as warm spring
weather meant the Easter holiday weekend was a prosperous one
for local traders. The town's main beach was busy with families
enjoying the warm weather while crowds of walkers thronged The
crews rehearse rescue
lifeboat crews took part in a major helicopter training exercise
in the Bristol Channel on Sunday (April 8th). The exercise involved
scores of leading RNLI lifeboats from across the region working
with the RAF's rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon. More...
spotted in Burnham?
'DOLPHIN' which was seen in the waters of Bridgwater Bay at Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday evening (April 7th) was probably one of several porpoises
spotted in the River Parrett earlier in the day. A group of residents
on the Esplanade saw the animal splashing around in the water.
Club event draws visitors
STEADY flow of visitors made a 'table top sale' in Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Social Club a resounding success on Saturday (April 7th).
Although the warm weather meant the crowds were not as large as
organisers had originally hoped, they were still happy. More...
shock for tourists
police were called to Berrow on Friday afternoon (April 6th) after
a family of holidaymakers reported seeing naked sunbathers in
the dunes. Two officers were called to an area near Berrow Church
at around 3pm amid reports of several naked men being spotted.
anglers land trophy haul
from a Burnham-On-Sea fishing club this week recalled some of
the year's biggest catches - and the 'ones that got away' - when
they met for their annual presentation night. Members of the 3Bs
Sea Angling Association met at the Ritz Club in Victoria Street.
escape for beach car!
were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Friday morning (April
6th) when a car became trapped in soft sand. Several local came
to the aid of the stricken car driver after the vehicle, which
had towed a jet ski and trailer onto the beach, sank into the
soft sand. More...
help Kenyan kids
fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea are hoping to raise £2,000
towards a group of needy Kenyan schoolchildren. A temporary charity
shop has been set up in the former CJ Holes premises in Victoria
Street for eight days until Tuesday April 10th. More...
mile tailback on M5
have re-opened part of the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea following
an eight vehicle accident on Friday morning (April 6th). Both
carriageways were shut between junction 21 at Weston and junction
22 at Burnham to allow an air ambulance to land. More...
skiers unveil schedule
details have emerged this week about the UK's national water skiing
championships, which are set to return to Burnham-On-Sea this
summer for the first time in over ten years. The UK's top water
skiers will flock to the town during the regatta on August 5th.
beach wins top award
NEW award highlighting England's best beaches
has recommended Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal place for paddling
and building sandcastles. The resort is one of 73 winners
in the Quality Coast Awards run by the leading environmental charity,
PAVEMENTS in Highbridge were damaged
when a huge convoy of lorries carrying grain silos travelled through
the town on Wednesday evening (April 4th) and the night before.
The huge lorries brought traffic to a standstill as travelled
on Church Street.
officer off to Taunton
top police officer, Roger Tolley, has been promoted and is taking
up a new role based at Taunton Police Station. Inspector Tolley,
pictured, has become Sector Inspector for Taunton and will be
responsible for the 27 beats in the area. More...
shows weather forecasts from town
was in the national spotlight on Thursday morning (April 5th)
when BBC One's Breakfast programme broadcast live from the town's
series of weather forecasts for the whole of the UK were presented
from the South Esplanade by BBC weather girl Carol Kirkwood.
take bike off the road
police continued their crackdown on dangerous vehicles on Wednesday
evening (April 4th) when they took a dangerous motorbike off the
road on the A38 near the town after finding it had scores of defects.
A 19-year-old was reported for several offences. More...
names of those who have put themselves forward to be considered
as councillors at May's district and town council elections in
Burnham-On-Sea were announced on Wednesday afternoon (April 4th).
We have full details of all the local names. More...
800 residents sign petition
than 800 angry residents in Highbridge have signed a petition
calling on Network Rail to bring forward work to open Walrow railway
bridge, Burnham-On-Sea.com can reveal today. In one of the town's
biggest-ever petitions, campaigners have this week piled on the
pressure onto Network Rail.
shop in charity boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea opticians shop has handed over £500 to a
charity that helps children and young people with visual impairments.
Specsavers has been fundraising for the Highbridge-based National
Blind Children's Society (NBCS) as its chosen charity. More...
new lights until summer
storm-damaged decorative lights will not be replaced until the
middle of the summer at the earliest, it emerged on Monday night
(April 2nd). Town councillors decided this week to delay their
decision until mid-May on whether to replace 45 of the illuminations.
group holds ladies night
of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International group pulled on their
glad rags on Saturday (March 31st) for their annual ladies' night.
Scores of members flocked to the Farmers Tavern at Brean Leisure
Park for the formal three-course dinner and entertainment. More...
arrested at night club
men have been arrested after an incident outside Shaker's Night
Club in Burnham-On-Sea. A 19 year-old, from Highbridge, was arrested
outside the High Street premises on suspicion of criminal damage
outside the club on Thursday night (March 30th) at 11pm. More...
arrested in police chase
men were arrested for allegedly carrying threatening weapons in
the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on Saturday morning (March
31st) after a police chase involving several officers. Two men
were detailed for further questioning in Pier Street. More...
'crane-in at yacht club
winds failed to affect Burnham-On-Sea's annual spring 'crane-in'
on Sunday (April 1st) when 22 boats were lifted into the River
delicate operation to move the boats was carried out over several
hours and had been in jeopardy due to 40mph winds.
stride out for charity
100 people strode out in aid of charity during a fundraising beach
walk from Burnham-On-Sea to Brean Down on Sunday (April 1st).
The walkers set off from besides Burnham-On-Sea's Pier at 11am
on their 16-mile trek, which included a picnic lunch at Brean.
wind farm plans unveiled
for a new wind farm in Burnham-On-Sea were unveiled on Sunday
(April 1st). One of the proposed 300ft wind turbines could be
sited between Quantock Court and the Yacht Club and others are
planned for the dunes near the town's lighthouse. More...
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