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Gift shop shuts for final time
A GIFT
shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea shut its doors for the final time on Thursday (August 31st) - as it became an Internet-only store instead. The Gift Gallery in Cross Street began trading in April and sold a wide variety of gifts - from candles to collectibles. More...

TV cameras return to Berrow
BERROW
beach will be back in the media spotlight this week when filming of a new music video featuring a cast of 150 people gets underway. London-based Indie rock band The Holloways are shooting a music video this Sunday (September 3rd) from 10am. More...

Warning after life rings stolen
LIFEGUARDS
in Burnham-On-Sea are warning that lives could be put at risk if vandals continue to steal inflatable life rings from the town's seafront. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that thirteen of the life-saving rings have been stolen from the seafront in the last two years. More...

New £50k pilot boat for town
A NEW
pilot boat for Burnham-On-Sea is set to be officially launched on Tuesday September 5th in a ceremony on the South Esplanade. Sedgemoor District Council has invested in the new pilot boat for its duties around Bridgwater Bay and the River Parrett. More...

History lessons as you walk!
WALKERS
along Burnham's seafront can now quite literally step back in time following this week's launch of several new information points which provide historical information about the town. Six new points were officially unveiled on Monday (August 28th). More...

Brean visitors' boost for BARB
GENEROUS
Brean holidaymakers have raised more than £1,700 towards the charity that runs Burnham's two rescue hovercrafts after a busy summer of fundraising. Mike and Caroline Walsh of Pontypool organised a series of events at the Beachcomber Inn. More...

Fingerprint checks for clubbers
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea night club could soon introduce fingerprint scanning at its front door rather than requiring clubbers to show conventional ID. Shakers in the High Street is considering asking clubbers to provide fingerprint ID information in a bid to make it safer and easier for clubbers. More...

Big turnout at hospital fete
FAIRGROUND
games and stalls were among the many attractions that attracted large crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's annual hospital fete on Monday (August 28th). Hundreds of holidaymakers and residents crowded into the Manor Gardens for the popular annual event. More...

Park unveils expansion plans
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea holiday park has unveiled major plans to expand its sports facilities this week. Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village in Marine Drive has applied for outline planning permission to build an all-weather bowls court, boules rink and tennis court. More...

Street party raises £1,200
MORE
than £1,200 was raised for charity during a Burnham-On-Sea pub's annual street party on Sunday evening (August 27th). The Somerset and Dorset's annual street party attracted large crowds of revellers to the southern end of the High Street. More...

RSPCA struggles at Brent Knoll
AN
RSPCA animal shelter near Burnham-On-Sea is having to turn away abandoned dogs because it cannot afford to help them. The RSPCA says it is short of £300,000 to build new kennels at its Brent Knoll centre as dogs are having to be kept in private kennels. More...

Town's MP wants your views
BURNHAM
-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory is asking residents in the town to complete a survey on his Web site so he can better understand their views on hot topics. Subjects covered include the funding of political parties, the NHS, wind energy and the regional assemby. More...

Rail enthusiasts flock to show
MORE
than 800 train enthusiasts from across the country were in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 26th) for the town's annual Sedgemoor Rail exhibition. The popular two-day event - now in its 28th year - was held in the main hall at Burnham's King Alfred School. More...

FolkFest schedule announced
DOZENS
of music events are set to be held across Burnham-On-Sea during a two-day folk music festival on September 2nd and 3rd. Musicians from across the country are set to converge on the town for FolkFest 2006 to play a foot-tapping mixture of music. More...

Two arrested over cash theft
TWO
people have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea following the theft of a charity collection box from a High Street shop. Two men walked into Burnham's Specsavers store at lunchtime last Monday and walked away with the box full of money for a local charity. More...

River watch scheme starts
BURNHAM
-On-Sea residents are being invited to join a new River Parrett 'Trail Watchers' scheme. The project asks for volunteers to monitor a stretch of the River Parrett Trail to act as the county council's eyes on the ground, informing it when work is required. More...

Town GCSE pupils celebrate
SCORES
of GCSE students in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were celebrating on Thursday morning (August 24th) when they received their long-awaited results. Students gathered at the Burnham Road school at 9am to receive their sealed envelopes. More...

Bid for 16 new homes unveiled
PLANS to build 16 new homes on the outskirts of Highbridge were unveiled on Thursday (August 24th). Chelvey Homes has submitted a major planning application to demolish a bungalow at 55a Huntspill Road and replace it with the new housing development. More...

New flooding advice page
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has launched a new page offering advice and information regarding flooding in the town. It comes after the Environment Agency this week asked Burnham, Brean and Berrow residents to be aware that high tides in September could bring an increased risk of flooding. More...

Farmers' market this Friday
BURNHAM
-On-Sea residents will have another opportunity to buy fresh groceries from the town's successful farmers' market on Friday (August 25th). The event takes place from 9am until 1pm in the High Street near Cross Street in the centre of the town. More...

Graffiti vandals target sea wall
GRAFFITI vandals have once again scrawled messages along Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall, prompting a big council clean-up operation. Scores of messages have been daubed on the wall at the southern end of the Esplanade, angering the Town Council. More...

New town hovercraft in action
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's new £15,000 second rescue hovercraft was in action for the first time on Wednesday (August 23rd) during its first training session. Two pilots from BARB took the 'Light Of Elizabeth' on its first training flight along the beach and into Bridgwater Bay. Video

Opera singer beats the rain!
HUNDREDS
of opera fans flocked to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (August 23rd) to hear singer Tim Pitman perform an impressive line-up of opera music. Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits at the concert at Sanders Garden World. More... | Video

Police appeal for witnesses
POLICE
are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash near Burnham-On-Sea that left five people needing hospital treatment. The accident at West Huntspill occurred last Thursday (August 17th) at 8.35pm on the main A38 road. A car collided with a house wall. More...

Final Brean concert will be free
BREAN
Leisure Park is holding its final Party In The Park concert of this summer season on Thursday night (August 24th) when entry will be completely free. The final show will feature local band 'Cause for Concern', an up-and-coming West Country group. More...

Railway users face disruption
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge rail users face disruption this winter when major track maintenance work gets underway, closing the main line. Network Rail has announced that the line between Highbridge and Bridgwater will be closed during November and December. More...

Cashpoint scam hits Burnham shoppers
SCORES of shoppers at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket may have fallen victim to a cash mahine scam in which hundreds of pounds has been taking from bank accounts.
It was confirmed on Monday by Tesco that criminals had installed 'skimming' devices. More...

BBC Dracula film crew in Brean
BREAN
Beach was transformed into a movie set on Monday morning (August 21st) when filming of a major new BBC film got underway. To the sound of 'lights, camera, action', film crews from Granada TV were shooting a new version of Dracula, to be broadcast on BBC One. More...

RNLI shop's plea for helpers
BURNHAM
-On-Sea RNLI has made an urgent plea for more volunteers to come forward to help run its seafront store. Volunteers are desperately needed to maintain the fundraising shop, which is located on The Esplanade near the town's jetty. More...

High tide warning for Burnham
THE
Environment Agency is asking Burnham, Brean and Berrow residents to be aware that high tides in September could bring an increased risk of flooding. Coastal towns and villages could be at risk from the extreme high tides if they coincide with stormy weather. More...

Rush hour crash chaos on M5
TRAFFIC was queued for more than five miles along the M5 motorway on Monday (August 21st) after a serious accident at the Burnham-On-Sea junction. Police and paramedics rushed to the southbound sliproad at 6.10am after a car flipped over onto its roof. More...

In photos: ESCAPE Day 2006
A NEW second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea was officially unveiled on Saturday August 19th during the town's third annual ESCAPE day. A special service for the brand new £15,000 craft, called The Light Of Elizabeth after Lelaina Hall's sister, was held. More...

School records 93% pass rate
STUDENTS at King Alfred School in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated after receiving their A and AS Level exam results this week. The school said it was "very pleased" with its 93 per cent pass rate. A record number of students are applying to universities than ever before. More...

Police investigate rape claim
TWO
men have been arrested on suspicion of rape after an alleged attack on two teenage girls in Highbridge. Police confirmed on Friday (August 18th) that one of the girls has claimed she was raped while the second says she was seriously sexually assaulted. More...

Second hovercraft unveiled
A NEW second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea is to be officially unveiled this Saturday during the annual ESCAPE day. A special service for the brand new £15,000 craft - to be called The Light Of Elizabeth after Lelaina Hall's sister - is to be held at 10.30am. More...

Fire crews rush to Highbridge
TWO Burnham fire crews rushed to Highbridge on Friday evening (August 18th) after smoke was reported to have been spotted coming out of a derelict shop in the centre of the town. A small fire was reported in the yard at the rear of a former kebab shop in Church Street. More...

Civic Service date announced
THE
date of this year's annual Burnham and Highbridge civic service, when four residents receive Civic Awards for their service to the community, has been announced. The invite-only service will be held on Sunday, September 10th at 3pm in King Alfred's School. More...

Safety warning on new signs
BURNHAM
-On-Sea councillors have criticised the decision to introduce 'no cycling' signs along the town's seafront, saying the safety of cyclists is being put at risk. They have hit out at the decision by the district council to place 15 signs along the seafront. More...

Lost dog reunited with family
A YOUNG
puppy has been reunited with its Burnham-On-Sea family six weeks after being stolen from their garden. Stella, a 12-week-old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was returned to her "overjoyed" owner, Mark Knight, on Tuesday afternoon (August 15th). More...

New lap-dancing bid by club
CONTROVERSIAL
plans to introduce lap dancing at a Burnham-On-Sea night club will be debated again in September. Shakers night club has just submitted an appeal to Sedgemoor's licensing panel following a decision in May to turn down its unpopular proposal. More...

Top food award for Welsh's
STAFF
at a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant are celebrating this week after winning a top food hygiene award. JJ Welsh's Tea Rooms in the High Street was presented with a Somerset Hygiene Award for its "exceptional high standards" of food hygiene, much to the delight of its owners. More...

700 in town for Infuse festival
MORE
than 700 churchgoers from the Midlands are gathered in Burnham-On-Sea this week to take part in a seven-day religious festival. Five huge marquees have sprouted up on the BASC Ground in Stoddens Road where a series of events are being held. More...

In photos: Horticultural Show
GARDENERS
, growers, handicraft hobbyists, cooks and amateur photographers showed off their work during the 39th annual Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural show at the weekend. This year's event boasted over 500 entries and was held at Sanders Garden World. More...

Vintage vehicles go on show
MORE
than 200 classic vehicles roared into Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday (August 13th) for the village's vintage car show. Organiser Bruce Penrose told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had been a resounding success, attracting 1,000 visitors. More...

Barry lifeboat visits Burnham
A TRENT
Class lifeboat from Barry in South Wales sailed into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (August 13th) during a visit to the town. The lifeboat's crew took the short trip across the Bristol Channel to visit the town on a pre-arranged visit to meet RNLI crew. More...

Crowds flock to town show
GARDENERS
, growers, handicraft hobbyists, cooks and amateur photographers have been showing off their work this weekend at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 39th annual show. The event started on Saturday (August 12th) and continues on Sunday. More...

New video section launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has launched a brand new video news section offering instant video coverage of events in the town. The new section allows users to watch video footage of newsworthy events throughout the Burnham area soon after they have occurred. More...

Motorcyclist injured in crash
A MOTORCYCLIST
had a lucky escape when he was thrown off his bike during an accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (August 11th). The accident occured at around 10.30pm at the Edithmead roundabout, just off junction 22 of the M5 motorway. More...

Horses freed from Brean mud
TWO horses trapped in treacherous mud on Brean beach were pulled free by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a Bridgwater fire crew on Friday afternoon (August 11th).
The animals had quickly sunk to the top of their legs after running out into the mud after getting spooked. More...

Vandals in £1,200 car attack
VANDALS
have badly damaged a vehicle parked in a Burnham-On-Sea street, leaving the owner with a £1,200 repair bill. A Volkswagen Polo parked in Abingdon Street was attacked in the early hours of Thursday August 10th - much to the annoyance of owner Dan Moss. More...

Body washed up onto beach
A BODY washed up on Portishead beach on Thursday afternoon (August 10th) could be that of a missing swimmer who sparked a major air and sea search at the River Axe at Brean earlier this week. A police spokesman confirmed that a body had been found on Thursday. More...

Phone mast plan rejected
AN application
by phone operator Orange to build a new phone mast along Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Drive has been turned down by town planners. The town council's planning committee gave the thumbs down to a pre-planning application from Orange. More...

Anger over bus service axe
AN ANGRY
town councillor has this week demanded answers from bus company First Group after it ended its direct service from Burnham to Bristol. Cllr David Poole, second deputy mayor, said it was an "absolute disgrace" that the service had been axed. More...

Coastguard search called off
COASTGUARDS called off a search of the banks of the River Axe on Wednesday afternoon (August 9th) after no trace was found of a man believed to have been spotted trying to swim across the estuary on Tuesday. Coastguards searched both sides of the river. More...

Basil Brush entertains visitors
THE first of four free performances featuring TV puppet Basil Brush entertained families at Brean Leisure Park this week.
Basil - well known for his 'boom, boom' catchphrase - has shown he can still make people of all ages laugh and smile with his mix of stories and jokes. More...

Fears for missing swimmer
A HUGE air and sea search was launched on Tuesday night (August 8th) after a swimmer went missing after apparently setting out to cross the fast-flowing River Axe estuary near Burnham-On-Sea. A male is believed to have attempted to swim the estuary. More... | Video

Town artists set for Art Week
SEVEN Burnham-On-Sea artists will be joining more than 750 artists from across the county in exhibiting their work during Somerset Art Week (SAW) this September. They will all be showing their work at Middle Burnham Farm in Stoddens Lane
from September 9th to 24th. More...

Ecotricity boss 'still confident'
THE boss of Ecotricity, the company behind the failed bid to build five wind turbines on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea, says he remains "very confident" that a wind farm will one day be built on the site even though the plan was thrown out by councillors on Tuesday. More...

Wind farm bid is rejected
THE bid to build five wind turbines on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea was officially thrown out on Tuesday morning (August 8th). Sedgemoor planners decided to reject the bid to build a wind farm at Brent Knoll after hearing arguments from both sides. More...

Boundary dispute flares up
AN 80
square metre strip of Burnham-On-Sea land is at the centre of a border dispute between builders, allotment owners and the town council. The Chairman of the Allotment Association appealed to the town council on Monday (August 7th) to help resolve the matter. More...

Beach moves into church!
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea church has been transformed into an indoor beach for youngsters to enjoy seaside activities come rain or shine. Children are being invited into the town's Baptist Church to enjoy the beach, which has been especially created for a holiday club. More...

Jendy wins Bath Spa contest
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea lady was one of the first bathers to take a dip in the controversial Bath Spa complex when it officially opened to the public on Monday (August 7th). Six years late and built at a cost of £45m, the spa opened to paying customers at 9am. More...

Berrow flats bid rejected
A CONTROVERSIAL
application to double the size of a Berrow holiday park has been turned down. Twenty letters of objection were sent by anxious homeowners claiming that the plans at Sandy Glade Holiday Park would mean a loss of privacy for themselves. More...

£1,700 boost for hovercraft
A FANCY
dress competition at a Brean caravan park raised fun and funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft on Saturday (August 5th). Scores of holidaymakers at Diamond Farm dressed up in colourful costumes to raise money for the life-saving service. More...

Town art show gets underway
A WEEK
-long art exhibition showcasing the work of local artists got underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 5th). The annual show is being held at Burnham's Community Centre in Berrow Road from August 5-12th and is open from 10am-5pm each day. More...

Crowds flock to church fete
THE
sun shone on Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrews Church on Saturday afternoon (August 5th) when it held its annual summer fete. Residents and holidaymakers flocked to the seafront church to support the event's stalls, raffles and tombolas, which generate hundreds of pounds each year. More...

Wind farm meeting is packed
BRENT
Knoll Village Hall was packed with more than 150 people on Friday afternoon for a public meeting to discuss the controversial plans to build a wind farm on land outside Burnham-On-Sea. People on both sides of the debate gathered to hear arguments. More...

Trust to hold minibus tour of Down
THE
National Trust is organising a minibus tour of Brean Down during September for those who find it difficult to walk to enjoy a visit to the Victorian fort. Organised by the National Trust's Mid-Somerset Office, the tour will be held on Thursday 7th September. More...

In photos: Seaside Fun Day
LARGE
crowds of families flocked to Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (August 4th) for the town's fourth annual Seaside Fun Day. Alongside market stalls and games along The Esplanade, there were also a host of other activities, including competitions, taking place. More...

Berrow Dunes Day a success
NATURE
lovers flocked to Berrow for a 'Dune Discovery Day' to find out more about the wildlife living there. Organised by Sedgemoor District Council and assisted by Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers, the event saw many activities for all ages take place. More...

Tickets go on sale for concert
TICKETS
have gone on sale for a classical music concert to be held in Brent Knoll Parish Hall during September. The event, Music for an Autumn Evening, will be held on Saturday 16th September at 7.30pm and will include classic light music by various local artists. More...

Two crashes cause M5 chaos
MOTORISTS
on the M5 motorway faced slow-moving queues of traffic for up to seven miles on Friday afternoon (August 4th) after two separate accidents at Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22. A car and lorry collided in the first incident at mid-day next to the northbound slipway. More...

Police helicopter finds lost boy
A FIVE
year-old boy who went missing at Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, sparked a major Coastguard and police search on Thursday (August 3rd). The family of the young lad, who was on holiday in the seaside resort, reported him missing at lunchtime. More...

OAP robbed by bogus callers
BURNHAM
-On-Sea Police are asking residents to be on their guard against distraction burglars after a lady was robbed of £300 in Highbridge on Wednesday (August 2nd). An elderly woman at her home in Moorland Road was visited by a bogus caller who distracted her. More...

Toxic algae confirmed at Apex
FISHING has been banned and dog owners are being advised to keep their pets away from the water at Burnham-On-Sea's Apex Wildlife Park after a confirmed outbreak of toxic blue-green algae. The ban came into force on Wednesday afternoon (August 2nd)
. More...

First birthday for food shop
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea health food shop is celebrating its first anniversary this week by giving customers a free glass of bubbly. Tom Kyffin, the owner of Kyffins Food Shop in Victoria Street, is offering customers a free glass of bubbly on Saturday (August 5th). More...

High-octane action at Brean!
HIGH
-octane action came to Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday night (August 2nd) when hundreds of holidaymakers crowded into the park's arena to watch Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show. The show included 90 minutes of stunts. More...

Town shoe shop goes online
ONE
of Burnham-On-Sea's longest-running shops has jumped onto the Web to launch a new online store this week. Shickle Shoes, established for more than 50 years, launched the new Internet-based shop to let customers find shoes quicker and to buy online. More...

FORCE to speak at meetings
BURNHAM
-On-Sea pro-wind farm group FORCE is to have its say during two meetings on the proposed wind farm on the outskirts of the town. The Families for Clean Energy group will speak at a public meeting on Friday and at the planning committee meeting on August 8th. More...

Charity jobs are in jeopardy
THE
Highbridge-based National Blind Children's Society has warned that the jobs of 35 of its telemarketing staff may be in jeopardy after it announced a review of its fundraising activities. In an effort to lower its costs, the charity may cease lottery fundraising. More...

Fresh blow to wind farm bid
PLANNERS
at Sedgemoor District Council have this week recommended that the controversial application to build five wind turbines on land outside Burnham-On-Sea be rejected. Planners are recommending that the application be turned down at a meeting on August 8th. More...

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