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New owner for GardenWorld
Exclusive: SANDERS GardenWorld, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been taken over by a national garden centre chain in a multi-million pound deal. A spokeswoman for the Brent Knoll garden centre exclusively broke the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday afternoon (August 31st). More...

Candle caused Highbridge fire
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to Highbridge on Thursday evening (August 30th) after an unattended ornamental candle caught fire. The small blaze, at a property in Grange Avenue, burnt itself out but caused 75% light smoke damage to a room. More...

Asda roundabout open at last!
Eight months of disruptive roadworks in Highbridge finally came to an end on Friday morning (August 31st) when a new supermarket roundabout was opened. Work to construct the new road layout outside the soon-to-open Asda supermarket was finally completed and the road was opened at 7am. More...

Cyclist injured in road crash
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital with suspected various injuries after being knocked down in a road accident in the centre of Highbridge on Thursday evening (August 30th). Police officers and ambulance crews rushed to the scene, at the roundabout on the corner of Market Street and Church Street. More...

Fire crew tackles kitchen blaze
THIS was the scene in Highbridge on Thursday morning (August 30th) when Burnham firefighters were called to tackle a small fire in a flat. Smoke had been spotted coming out of a flat in General Higgins House, Southwell Crescent when nearby residents raised the alarm. More...

Shelters attacked by vandals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens were partially closed on Thursday (August 30th) after vandals attacked shelters at the site. Sedgemoor District Council played down reports that the site is 'completely closed', saying that the damage is restricted to the shelters, which have been cordoned off. More...

Tour of Britain will miss town
THERE was disappointment for Burnham-On-Sea cycling fans on Thursday (August 30th) when it was confirmed that The Tour of Britain, the country's leading cycle race, will not visit the town. The race will come into Sedgemoor but it won't take in Burnham as hoped. More...

Police hold bike security event
BURNHAM-On-Sea cyslists can get their bike security-marked at a series of special events being held in the town next week. The Bike Security Marking events will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday (4th and 5th September) from 9am until 4pm and on Thursday 6th September from 2pm to 7pm. More...

FolkFest 2007 starts on Friday
OVER 100 hours of live music and dance will be held in pubs and other venues across Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when the town's annual folk festival gets underway. Folkfest 2007 runs from 31st August to 2nd September and features non-stop music acts and entertainment. More...

Rail station slammed in survey
Highbridge and Burnham railway station has been named and shamed in a new nationwide survey published this week. The station, pictured here, has been nominated in the annual 'Weakest Link' survey - organised by campaign group Transport 2000 - which seeks to identify the best and worst train stations. More...

Car saved in race against tide
Crowds of holidaymakers rushed to help the anxious owner of this car when he got that sinking feeling in mud at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. The car had been driven along the shoreline when its wheels started to sink into the soft sand and mud, leaving it stranded. More...

Highbridge hall holds open day
MORLAND Community Hall and Highbridge Community Youth Club are throwing open their doors for a special open day during September. On Saturday September 22nd visitors are being welcomed to the hall to see for themselves what facilities it offers and also to give their opinions on what events should be held there. More...

Two arrests by Burnham police
TWO people have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea during a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in the town. Police increased their patrols in a pro-active operation as part of their ongoing county-wide Operation Relentless campaign. More...

Lifeguards help injured seagull
An injured seagull found limping along Burnham-On-Sea's beach is in safe hands after being spotted by the town's lifeguards. They rescued the gull realising it had a broken wing and alerted Secret World. The bird is now being cared for by the animal rescue charity. More....

Model train enthusiasts in town
MORE than 800 train enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend for the town's annual Sedgemoor Rail exhibition. The popular two-day event - now in its 29th year - was held at King Alfred School on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Street party helps good causes
OVER £1,000 was expected to have been raised for local good causes during a Burnham-On-Sea pub's annual street party on Sunday evening (Aug 26th). The Somerset and Dorset's event attracted large crowds of revellers to the southern end of the High Street. More...

Two-car crash closes A38
THESE were the scenes on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (August 26th) after a two-car collision partially closed the busy route. Police had to shut one lane of the road after the accident at West Huntspill near the junction with New Road. More...

Seal pup washed up on beach
A SEAL pup found on Berrow beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, is being nursed back to full health by carers at Secret World Wildlife Centre. The Common Seal pup, pictured here, was weak and dehydrated when he was discovered by walkers on Berrow beach last week. More...

Zapcat pilot injured in accident
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeguards came to the aid of a zapcat pilot who suffered a suspected broken ankle during an accident near the town's jetty on Monday evening (August 27th). The man, in his late 30s and from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, was taken to Weston General Hospital by ambulance. More...

Photo special: Hospital Fete
LARGE crowds of holidaymakers and residents turned out to support Burnham-On-Sea hospital's annual summer fete when it was held on Bank Holiday Monday (August 27th). Organiser Tony Dheal said "several thousand pounds" was raised. More... | Photo gallery

150 entries at town craft show
ALMOST 150 top quality entries gave the judges at Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Club's annual Produce and Craft Show a tough task in choosing winners on Saturday (August 25th). The event, held in the Ritz Social Club, attracted a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. More...

High-flying BMX bikers in town
HIGH-flying BMX racers from across the UK crowded into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 26th) when the British BMX Championships returned to the town. Over 550 cyclists took part in the event and more than 2,000 spectators watched at Apex Park. More...

Major blaze at Burnham farm
FIRE crews from across Somerset tackled a major blaze at an agricultural buiding on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (August 26th). One engine from Burnham and two from Bridgwater dealt with a fire at Inner Farm in Edithmead. More...

BARB's 15th birthday delayed
FIFTEENTH anniversary celebrations at BARB, the Burnham-On-Sea charity behind the town's two life-saving hovercrafts, had to be put on hold when crewmembers were called out to rescue a girl stranded on the mudflats. BARB was marking the occasion on Sunday (August 26th). More...

Stranded child in mud rescue
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft flew to the rescue of an autistic teenager stranded on mudflats at Brean on Sunday afternoon (August 26th). The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was called out at 1.29pm by Coastguards after the girl's carers alerted a beach warden. More... | Video

Jet skier injured in accident
AN injured jet skier was carried from the sea and rushed to hospital after a freak accident near Burnham jetty on Saturday evening (August 25th). Lifeguards were joined by two ambulances and a team of Coastguards at 5.40pm when the 45-year-old, from Burnham, was injured. More...

Weather boosts tourist trade
GLASTONBURY Festival organiser Michael Eavis is among the visitors flocking to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend as long-overdue hot summer weather arrives, giving the tourist trade a welcome boost. The familiar face behind Somerset's pop extravaganza was in town. More...

Children in mud trap drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards rushed to Berrow and the town's rescue hovercraft was put on immediate standby on Friday evening (August 24th) after four children became stuck on the mudflats. BARB was asked to prepare for an immediate launch at 8.52pm. More...

Vintage poster up for auction
A VINTAGE poster advertising Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal holiday destination is expected to sell for between £300 and £500 when it is auctioned in London next month. The poster, emblazoned with the words 'Come to Burnham for sea, sand and sun', features a tanned lady. More...

Bird lovers flock to Apex event
SCORES of children and families flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Apex Wildlife Park this week to learn more about helping wild birds. A free workshop was held on Thursday (August 23rd) focussing on how bird lovers can help build garden homes for feathered friends. More...

No wind farm decision until November
A DECISION on whether controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham will proceed will be made in November, it was announced on the final day of this week's appeal hearing. Planning inspector Robin Brookes of The Planning Inspectorate said on Thursday (August 23rd): "My best estimate is Friday November 23rd." More...

Council pulls out of Princess talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council has this week said it no longer wants to buy the town's Princess Hall. Deputy Mayor Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com that town councillors had decided they no longer wanted to take on sole ownership of the building. More...

Head hails 'best-ever' GCSEs
GCSE students in Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating on Thursday morning (August 23rd) when they received their long-awaited results. Scores of nervous students gathered in King Alfred School's new building at 9am to receive their sealed envelopes with their results. More...

Speed crackdown nets 21 drivers
OVER 20 motorists were caught speeding along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road during a special police operation on Wednesday (August 22nd). Officers pulled over the vehicles in Marine Drive, pictured, during the 90-minute crackdown. Sgt Julian Brandon told Burnham-On-Sea.com about what happened. More...

Carnival queen search begins
THE search for a carnival queen and princesses to lead this year's Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival has begun this week. The annual competition to choose a queen and two princesses will be held on Friday, September 14th at Unity Farm in Brean Leisure Park. More...

Town fire crew called to Brean
BURNHAM-On-SEA fire crews were called to Brean on Tuesday evening after smoke from a fire was spotted on the resort's beach. The crew arrived at the scene at around 7.30pm to find the incident had been a false alarm with good intent, said fire officers. More...

Sky Sports in town for BMX event
BURNHAM-On-Sea will get nationwide TV exposure when Sky Sports broadcasts coverage of the British BMX Championships, which are taking place in the town this week. Over 500 cyclists and more than 2,000 spectators are expected to visit Sunday's races at Apex Wildlife Park. More...

Folkfest scoops lotto windfall!
DELIGHTED organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Folkfest event are celebrating this week after securing a £7,000 grant from the National Lottery. The windfall has come in time to boost this year's event, which gets underway across the town next week. More...

Anti-social behaviour targeted
BURNHAM-On-Sea police will be running an operation this Friday (August 24th) aimed at targeting anti-social behaviour and underage drinking. Burnham police officers will be joined by officers from across the area to launch the crackdown in the town. More...

BARB celebrates its 15th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rescue charity is this week celebrating its 15th year of life-saving with an open day to mark the milestone. BARB, the organisation behind Burnham's two life-saving hovercrafts, was formed in 1992 and initially operated two lifeboats. More...

Town MP's wind farm worries
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week voiced his concerns over the application to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory spoke as the public inquiry into the controversial wind farm plans entered a third week. More...

Chemical scare closes pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea swimming pool was evacuated on Monday evening (August 20th) as fire crews from across Somerset dealt with a hazardous chemical leak at the building. These were the scenes as four fire engines from Burnham, Bridgwater and Taunton, plus a command unit from Street were mobilised. More...

Football field plans: statement
BURNBRIDGE Wanderers Junior Football Club has this week expressed its "disappointment" at Sedgemoor planners' decision to turn down its application to convert a field on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea into several new football pitches to the benefit of the local community. More...

Queen Square appeal begins
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE councillors and residents are gearing up to fight controversial plans to build two three-storey buildings, each containing six flats, on public amenity land in Highbridge. The firm behind the scheme hopes to overturn a decision to turn it down. More...

Rotary book sale extended
BURNHAM
-On-Sea Rotary Club's annual charity book sale has been extended to the middle of this week. The temporary bookshop at the Masonic Hall in Sunny Lawns, had been due to close on Saturday, but has been extended until Wednesday (August 22nd). More...

Stranded windsurfer rescued
A WINSURFER whose mast broke in strong winds was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat crew on Sunday morning (August 19th). The crew of the 'Staines Whitfield' were called to the 37-year-old surfer in Bridgwater Bay at 10.45am after the man (circled in our photo) lost his surfboard
. More...

Stert Island Swim cancelled
ORGANISERS
of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim called off the event after strong winds whipped up big waves in the channel on Sunday (August 19th). The race was cancelled for the first time ever by organisers as they agreed that the conditions were too dangerous in the channel. More...

West Huntspill Show results
GREEN-fingered gardeners and handicraft experts sumbitted more than 775 entries to the annual West Huntspill Show on Saturday (August 18th). Organisers from the village's Horticultural Society were delighted with the number and overall standard of entries. More...

Man injured in seafront crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Esplanade was closed to traffic on Saturday afternoon (August 18th) after an accident involving a motorcyclist. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene outside Vicarage Court, as pictured here, at 2.15pm after a cyslist and car collided. More...

Stranded surfer sparks rescue
TWO Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were launched on Saturday (August 18th) after a windsurfer got into difficulty in mud at Berrow. The D-Class lifeboat 'Puffin' and Atlantic 75 lifeboat 'Staines Whitfield' were called to the scene by Coastguards at 1.20pm. More... | Video

Beachfront flats plan rejected
MULTI-million pound plans to replace this house with a three-storey block of 14 apartments on Burnham-On-Sea's beachfront have been turned down by planners. The application at 17 Allandale Road would have seen the demolition of the current property. More...

Anti-social behaviour tackled
A CLAMPDOWN on anti-social behaviour in Burnham-On-Sea has started this week with two new poster campaigns being launched. Burnham police have put up posters in several spots along The Esplanade, as pictured, warning people that "urinating in a public place is an offence." More...

Roadworks cause more delays
MOTORISTS faced long delays through Highbridge on Friday (August 17th) when the A38 was partially closed by ongoing work to build a new supermarket roundabout. The busy route came to a standstill while one lane of the road was closed for construction work. More...

Three arrested after assault
Exclusive: THREE men were arrested in Burnham-On-Sea this week on suspicion of assault after a man was rushed to hospital with internal injuries following an early morning incident. Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com they were called to Southern Lea Road at 4am on Sunday (August 12th). More...

Lucky escape for M5 motorist
THE driver of this vehicle was lucky to escape uninjured after being involved in an accident on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (August 16th). Burnham police, fire crews and paramedics rushed to the scene, at Highbridge's junction 23, after a Ford Escort ploughed into a safety barrier. More...

Free kids swimming at pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea pool is offering free swimming sessions to all children under eight years old during the last week of the Somerset school holidays, beginning on 28th August. Children will be able to swim free during the sessions but must be accompanied. More...

A-Level celebrations in town!
WHOOPS of delight were heard from A-Level students in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (August 16th) when they received their eagerly-awaited exam results. Pupils from King Alfred School in Highbridge gathered to receive their A Level and AS results. More...

300 sign flower stall petition
MORE than 300 people have signed a petition supporting a Burnham-On-Sea flower stall which claims its livelihood is being threatened by new council regulations. The 'Forget Me Not Flowers' stall has been a familiar scene outside the Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Kite surfer rescued by RNLI
A KITE surfer who got into trouble in high winds off Stert Island was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat crew on Wednesday evening (August 15th). The D-Class lifeboat 'Puffin' was already out on training in Bridgwater Bay when its crew of three were alerted to the man. More...

23 new homes for former farm
CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert a former East Huntspill farmyard into a housing estate consisting of 23 new homes have been given the go-ahead this week. The proposed 23 new Barratt homes at Smithy Farm in Chapel Lane were given the green light by planners. More...

Swashbuckling fun at Brean!
SWASHBUCKLING stories and pirate songs will be on offer when Brean Leisure Park holds a Pirate Adventure Day on Monday (August 20th). The event, to be held from 12 noon throughout the afternoon, will include a treasure hunt and family pirate fancy dress competition. More...

New children's centre approved
PARENTS and young children in Burnham-On-Sea are set to benefit from a new Children’s Centre after the County Council announced on Tuesday (August 14th) that it had secured planning permission to build the exciting new Children’s Centre in the Winchester Road area of the town. More...

Bus shelter gets makeover
THOUSANDS of pounds of repairs have been completed to a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea. Sedgemoor District Council has recently refurbished the shelter in Victoria Street, pictured here. The works were undertaken by local builders Boley and Skuse. More...

Drunken man in 75mph chase
DRUNKEN Martin McKenna took a classic car without consent and then led police on a 75mph chase in order to return to his Burnham-On-Sea rehabilitation centre, a court has heard. Bristol Crown Court was told this week how McKenna had become frustrated. More...

Football scheme thrown out
PLANS to convert an open field on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea into several new football pitches were rejected by Sedgemoor planners on Tuesday (August 14th). Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report in June that Burnbridge Wanderers had applied for permission. More...

Hospital display for local art
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist's work has this week gone on display at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital. Fifteen of Roy Wallis' seascapes are on show in a corridor on the first floor of the hospital and will be on display until the end of September. Roy told us how the display came about. More...

Man arrested over shop attack
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hairdresser is the latest business in the town left counting the cost of crime after a vandal damaged its shopfront at the weekend. One man was taken into custody after a window was smashed at Central Hair Studio in Abingdon Street early on Saturday. More...

Health centre plans unveiled
MULTI-million pound plans for a brand new medical centre at Berrow were unveiled for the first time at a special public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (August 13th). Over 60 members of the public gathered in the town's Love Lane surgery to hear about the plans. More...

In photos: Horticultural Show
A BUMPER display of more than 500 entries gave the judges at Burnham-On-Sea's 40th annual horticultural show a tough task on Sunday (August 12th). Large crowds of visitors flocked to Sanders Gardenworld throughout the weekend to see the show. More... | Photo gallery

Former golfer remembered
THE life and times of a former Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club Captain were recounted when his family met up with current players during a special commemoration at the club. In the 1930s, Pat Mac Allister was renowned as a top Burnham and Berrow golfer More...

Travellers leave wildlife park
A GROUP of travellers who moved onto council-owned land at a wildlife park in Burnham-On-Sea left the site on Sunday (August 12th) amid the threat of court proceedings. We reported on Friday how the group of vehicles and ponies had moved onto land at Apex Wildlife Park. More...

Lifeboat launched to help yacht
MINEHEAD'S lifeboat was launched to help a drifting yacht from Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (August 12th). The D-Class lifeboat was called at 2.20pm after Rascal, pictured here, dragged its anchor and was spotted drifting towards the shore at Minehead. More...

New homes plan for car park
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea town council is seeking planning permission to build two new homes on its car park, prompting fresh speculation that it intends to move out of its current offices and into the town centre. The car park, pictured, is in Jaycroft Road. More...

80 ready for Stert Island Swim
EIGHTY swimmers will take to the sea from Burnham beach on Sunday morning (August 19th) when the annual Stert Island Swim gets underway. There has been so much interest from participants across the west country this year that there is a waiting list of swimmers. More...

Flood debris on local beaches
LAST month's severe floods in Gloucestershire have led to large amounts of debris being washed up on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area. During the last two weeks, local farmers and beach wardens have removed whole trees, animal carcasses and other debris. More...

Four-car collision at Edithmead
A MOTORIST was cut free from the wreckage of his car following a four vehicle accident on the A38 at Edithmead, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday afternoon (August 11th). The accident occurred at around 12.40pm outside the Oak Tree Arena and led to queues of traffic in the area. More...

Rotary Club opens book shop
BURNHAM
-On-Sea book lovers will be in for a feast at the end of the month when the town's Rotary Club opens its annual charity book shop for two weeks from August 13th until August 18th inclusive. The popular summer-time shop has been running for over 30 years. More...

Two-day horticultural show starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 40th annual horticultural show got underway on Saturday morning (August 11th) with more than 500 entries on display. The Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society’s show is being held at Sanders Gardenworld throughout this weekend. More...

Burnham fire crew called to Street
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters joined crews from across Somerset in tackling a major fire in the centre of Street on Friday evening (August 10th). Six properties were hit by the blaze, which left a large area severely damaged. One engine from Burnham-On-Sea, with six crew onboard, helped to tackle the blaze. More...

Court action 'starts on Monday'
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council is set to begin court proceedings on Monday (August 13th) to move a group of travellers from a wildlife park in Burnham-On-Sea. We reported on Thursday how a group of vehicles and ponies had moved onto land at Apex Wildlife Park. More...

'Protect our coast', call groups
A DOZEN of Britain's leading outdoor organisations gathered at Brean Down on Thursday afternoon (August 9th) to express their support for a coastal access corridor in England during the Government's consultation on improving access to England's coast. More...

Travellers face court action
CONCERNED councillors and residents in Burnham-On-Sea are up in arms after a group of travellers set up camp in the town's Apex Wildlife Park this week. The group of vehicles and two ponies moved onto land near Marine Drive at the western end of Apex Wildlife Park. More...

Tortoises rescued from fire!
TWO pet tortoises were rescued from a smoke-logged caravan when fire crews dealt with a blaze in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (August 9th). Fire crews were called to Home Farm Holiday Park on the outskirts of the town after reports of a static caravan fire. More...

Have your say on Marine Cove
MORE than 2,000 questionnaires will be dropping onto the doormats of residents in Burnham-On-Sea next week to gather feedbacks about the town's Marine Cove Gardens. Community groups, schools and users of the gardens will be asked for their views. More...

Impact of wind farm debated
A GOVERNMENT planning inspector was told how a wind farm proposed for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea would generate noise and other adverse effects on the second day of an appeal hearing into the scheme. A large crowd of supporters and opponents heard evidence. More...

Coastguards find missing man
COASTGUARDS and police joined in a hunt for a missing person at Brean on Wednesday evening (August 8th). The alarm was raised at 7pm by a beachwarden when he found a pile of clothes and a wallet belonging to a 22-year-old man on the beach close to Brean Down. More...

No Coast Radio this summer
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer holiday radio station, Coast Radio, has this week confirmed that it will not go on air this year. The station had applied for a temporary licence from government regulator Ofcom and had hoped to hit the airwaves during August. More...

Man assaulted on seafront
A MAN was left with a cut to the head after being assaulted on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront at the weekend. He was walking along The Esplanade at just after 1am on Sunday morning (August 5th) when he claimed to have been assaulted by a group of people. More...

Warning over rail chicken game
Exclusive: BRITISH Transport Police this week asked train drivers to slow down while passing Burnham-On-Sea after several children were seen playing a dangerous game of 'chicken' on a railway crossing. The alarm was raised when three children were seen on rail tracks. More...

Pig races hit by foot and mouth
BREAN'S annual summertime pig races have become the latest events to fall victim to the new outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Brean Leisure Park usually holds the weekly races every Tuesday evening throughout the summer season when the porkers are cheered on. More...

Jamie's set for ride of his life!
FUNDRAISER Jamie Baker is wheely pulling out the stops to help Highbridge-based Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre - he's cycling 950 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End, starting this Saturday (August 11th). Jamie is determined to raise as much money as possible. More...

Wind turbine scheme changed
ECOTRICITY, the company behind plans to create a wind farm at Brent Knoll near Burnham, unveiled changes to its scheme on Tuesday (August 7th) when an appeal hearing got underway. It now wants to build four turbines instead of the originally planned five. More...

Floods give urgency to barrage
THE case for a Severn barrage has received a boost following recent floods in Gloucestershire, according to national press reports. Ministers want experts to analyse whether the £15bn proposal to create a 10-mile barrage could help to reduce the risk of floods. More...

Treasure hunt winner named
THE winner of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Regatta Treasure Hunt has been named this week by organisers. Bridgwater's Diane Stuart beat off competition from 55 other entries and was handed her first prize of £100 cash and a bouquet of flowers by Alex Turco. More...

Bid for listed status for jetty
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week unanimously voted in favour of backing a proposal to get listed status for the town's historic jetty. At their meeting on Monday (August 6th), councillors backed plans to get protected status for the structure. More...

Cash boost for town groups
THREE Burnham-On-Sea groups have this week been presented with welcome funds by the one of the town's County Councillors. County Councillor Mike Facey, who represents Burnham-On-Sea north, handed over cheques on Monday (August 6th) to representatives from the groups. More...

Wind farm appeal gets started
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea are back in the spotlight this week as Ecotricity, the company behind the plan, launches its bid to overturn the decision to turn down its application. The appeal hearing opens on Tuesday (August 7th). More...

Seaside Fun Day draws crowds
BUCKETS and spades were out in force when Burnham-On-Sea's annual Seaside Fun Day ewas held on Friday (August 3rd). The popular summer event, organised by Sedgemoor District Council, saw entertainment on the Esplanade from Chucklefoot plus beach activities. More...

Town artists shows off work
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Art Club are exhibiting more than 100 colourful paintings in the town's Community Centre this week. The 47th annual exhibition began on Saturday 4th August and continues all week, with artwork from over 20 artists on show. More...

Online video: ESCAPE Day '07
EMERGENCY services from across Somerset held a joint safety awareness day in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 4th). Burnham-On-Sea.com has complete online video coverage and highlights of all the leading demonstrations and displays held on the day. Video

UK's top water skiers in town
FAST-paced, top class water skiing action was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 5th) when the UK's National Water Skiing Championships returned to the town after an absence of more than 10 years. Burnham-On-Sea.com has full coverage: More... | Photos | Video

Highbridge enjoys jazz event
AN afternoon of live jazz music held in the centre of Highbridge was well supported by local residents on Sunday (August 5th). The event, called Jazz On The Green, was laid on by the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Cultural Arts Development Society (CADS). More...

Crowds flock to ESCAPE Day
A crowd of around 3,000 people flocked to Burnham seafront on Saturday (August 4th), when more than a dozen emergency services from across Somerset gathered for a joint safety awareness day. The fourth annual ESCAPE Day included a wide range of demonstrations and displays. More...

Illuminated yachts light up bay
AN IMPRESSIVE fireworks display and sail-by of illuminated yachts attracted a crowd of more than 3,000 people to Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade on Friday evening (August 3rd). The display involved 23 yachts from Burnham Sailing Club, all of which were lit up. More...

Switch-on for new town lights
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's new £22,000 seafront lights were officially switched on during a special ceremony on Friday (August 3rd). Burnham's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Neville Jones, was joined by the former Chairman of Burnham's Chamber of Trade, John Edwards, to push a plunger. More...

Two brought to shore by RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crew was called to help a young jet skier in trouble in the waters off Stert Island on Friday afternoon (August 3rd). The girl, aged 15 from Bridgwater, got into difficulty when her machine broke down. With a falling tide, she was being swept away. More...

Gateway awards handed out
SCORES
of Burnham-On-Sea people who suffer from disabilities received awards during Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club's annual presentation night on Thursday evening (August 2nd). The event, which included a barbecue, was held at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close. More...

New eye clinic opens in town
A NEW £150,000 eye clinic with hi-tech equipment has been opened at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital in Love Lane this week.
The new facility will mean patients will no longer have to travel into Taunton to have their eyes checked. It has been funded by several groups. More...

Busy day of events in Burnham
LARGE crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today (Friday August 3rd) when the town holds its annual Seaside Fun Day, officially switches on its new seafront lights, and holds an impressive sail-by of illuminated yachts in the twilight (pictured). More...

Long tailbacks after M5 crash
MOTORISTS on the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea faced long delays on Thursday afternoon (August 2nd) after a serious accident closed two lanes of the southbound carriageway.
Burnham police, fire crews and ambulances rushed to the scene, near Sedgemoor Services, as pictured here, just after 11.30am. More...

In Photos: Apex Park Fun Day
OVER 1,000 children and their families from across Somerset flocked to Apex Park on Wednesday (August 1st) for a special day of holiday activities. Called 'Sedgemoor Playday', the event included over 20 workshops and fun outdor activities
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Football legend in Highbridge
FORMER Scottish World Cup football player Tommy Hutchison was the VIP referee when a special soccer event was held in Highbridge on Thursday evening (August 2nd). The Football Fun Day was held at Highbridge Football Ground and was supported by dozens of kids. More...

Warning after town burglary
POLICE have warned Burnham-On-Sea residents to be on their guard against opportunist thieves during the hot weather after burglars struck in the town on Wednesday afternoon (August 1st). Police were called to a property after a laptop computer was stolen. More...

Shock over underage drink sales
An undercover operation by Trading Standards and police officers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has found a disturbing number of pubs and off licences in the town are willing to sell alcohol to youngsters. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that officials launched a secret study last week. More...

Beach survey team in town
WORK to survey beaches in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow is continuing this week with a team studying how the area's natural sea defences are changing. A survey team run by the Channel Coast Observatory has spent several days monitoring beaches in our area. More...

Local archery group on target
ARCHERS from Burnham-On-Sea were on target when they took part in a special 21st anniversary 'Clout' tournament at Berrow. The Coastal Archers organised the 'Clout Shoot' where archers try to land their arrows close to a small flag - called a Clout - on the field. More...

Illegal elver fishermen fined
TWO local elver fishermen have this week been fined £1,790 after being caught using illegal nets and trespassing on land near Burnham-On-Sea to catch eels. Both cases were brought by The Environment Agency. Fisheries bailiffs were on patrol and spotted one man scale a fence. More...

Scouts celebrate 100th year
SCOUTS from Burnham-On-Sea joined in a celebration to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scouting movement on Wednesday (August 1st). Over 20 scouts gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church to reaffirm their commitment to Scouting's values. More...

Big day for young water skier
A YOUNG water skier is being trained by two former national champions ahead of this weekend's National Water Skiing Championships in Burnham-On-Sea. Toby Duggan, 12, has received several weeks' training from stepfather Steve Cox and family friend Steve Bird. More...

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