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Burnham scoops lotto windfall
MEMBERS of the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership are celebrating after securing a huge grant from the Big Lottery fund for almost £127,000. The money will be used to help the regeneration of the towns through the appointment of a person to oversee the work. More...

Police appeal for witnesses
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses to a frightening burglary that happened on the outskirts of the town on Monday night, February 27th. It happened at 9pm when two men smashed the glass front door of a pensioner's bungalow in East Brent, leaving her understandably very frightened.
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Wind farm 'accident threat'
A SET of photos showing what can happen when wind turbines encounter problems has been released by the pressure group fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The 'KNOll to Wind Farm' pressure group says the turbines pose a risk to people in the area.
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BBC man opens new RNLI shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI officially opened its new seafront lifeboat shop on Monday, February 27th, when crowds of people went along to watch BBC TV presenter John Inverdale (pictured) cut the tape to open the new shop. Dozens of onlookers and VIPs watched the seafront ceremony. More...

Public toilets could be closed
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea could be caught short if plans to close public toilets in the town get the go-ahead. The District Council's Policy Review and Service Improvement Committee says loos at the Yacht Club, BARB building and Seaview Road could be shut if cash is not found.
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Boys in blue have pitch battle!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police faced off against Highbridge Town Football Club on Sunday afternoon (February 26th) when the two teams met in a charity football match to raise money for a local youth club. The event was held at Highbridge Recreation Ground to raise for a new centre in the town.
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Police swoop on town street
POLICE swooped on a quiet back street in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning, February 25th. Tape marked 'Crime Scene' was put around a green waste container at the back of GW Hurleys in an area known as Phoenix Toe, not far from Technical Street - much to the fascination of nearby residents.
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St John awards for youngsters
MORE than 100 youngsters from across Somerset gathered in Highbridge on Saturday to compete in a St John Ambulance competition. The children, aged between 5 and 16, gathered for the first round of the St John Ambulance Cadets and Badgers Competition.
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Matt in final five on TV show
BURNHAM-On-Sea fashion student Matt Bowkett sailed through to the next round of Sky One's reality TV show Project Catwalk this week. After several nervous episodes where it looked as though the 21-year-old could be eliminated, he won this week's episode and make it through to the final five.
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MP steps into wind debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has labelled plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of the town as "ugly, ineffective and inappropriate" during a visit to the area. David Heathcoat-Amory met members of the 'KNOll to Wind Farm' pressure group in Brent Knoll on Friday and spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Town river in pollution scare
THE sighting of several hundred metres of turquoise-coloured fluid floating on top of a river at Burnham-On-Sea sparked fears of a pollution incident this week. But the Environment Agency said the substance is actually harmless and poses no risk to the environment. More...

£40k revamp for Marine Cove
PLANS to revamp a Burnham-On-Sea public garden have been given a big boost this week with the news that up to £40,000 has been earmarked for the project. The overhaul of Marine Cove includes plans to introduce new seating and other improvements. It's not clear yet when the project will start. More...

Smarten up Burnham dogs!
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea can pamper their pooches in style, thanks to a new tailored dog grooming service which launched in the town this week. 'It's A Dog's Life' is run by Louise Savill and offers clipping, brushing, cleaning and trimming for dogs of all breeds and sizes. More...

Stop the skaters, call residents
SEAFRONT residents in Burnham-On-Sea have called on town councillors to crackdown on skateboarders who use The Esplanade. Residents told the Town Improvements Commitee this week that the issue had "got out of hand" and "prompt action" was needed to stem the problem. More...

'Crimewatch' appeal by police
HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of jewellery recovered from a travellers site at Highbridge appeared on the BBC1 show Crimewatch on Wednesday night (February 22nd) in a bid to trace the owners. The jewellery was recovered during a warrant last August and is believed to be stolen. More...

Frightening attack on boys
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a 14-year-old boy and his friend were the victims of a frightening attack by a gang of men in the town this week. Matthew Lewis, 14, was left with bruises and scratches on his face and neck after the incident. More...

Driver injured in M5 accident
A BMW driver had a lucky escape when his car crashed into a ditch at a motorway services near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday lunchtime. The man lost control of his vehicle while driving on the slipway into the northbound Sedgemoor Services at around mid-day, but he got away wit minor injuries. More...

MP backs wind farm protests
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is this week expected to give his backing to protesters fighting a huge new wind farm planned for the outskirts of the town. David Heathcoat-Amory is scheduled to meet members of the 'KNOll to Wind Farm' group in Brent Knoll on Friday lunchtime, February 24th. More...

Horse rider injured at Berrow
A HORSE rider was injured in an accident on Berrow Beach on Sunday afternoon, February 19th. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard officers joined police and paramedics in rushing to the scene after the woman was thrown from the animal onto hard sand at 12.30pm. She was rushed to Weston General Hospital.
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Lifeboat crews rescue sailor
TWO lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea were scrambled on Sunday morning, February 19th, after a dinghy with one person onboard began sinking at Brean. 23-year-old Tanya Tucker from Cossington was safely brought back to shore, along with her craft, after she got into difficulties.
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Card-making group spotlight
WHY
buy greetings cards when you can make them yourself? That's the question on the minds of a popular Burnham-On-Sea group which met over the weekend and is proving that the art of card-making is alive and well. Burnham's Card-Making Group meets every month and we turn the spotlight on it. More...

Princess Hall threat recedes
THE threat of closure looming over Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall appeared to ease on Friday (February 17th) when the leader of Sedgemoor District Council gave his firm backing to community halls in the area and announced a new budget. It may mean that the Princess is saved
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New name for Kwik Save store
SIGNS went up outside Highbridge's Kwik Save supermarket this week letting shoppers know about a huge new relaunch being planned in coming weeks. The supermarket in Southwell Crescent will be closed for two weeks from March 17th while the store is refurished
and given the new branding. More...

M5 crash causes snarl-up
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening, February 17th, following an accident involving a lorry. Oil was spilt over two lanes of the carriageway after a lorry crashed into the central barrier near junction 23 at Pawlett - leaving motorists with long queues. More...

Band's tribute concert for Jon
MEMBERS of a popular 1980s Burnham-On-Sea rock group are reforming for the first time in 20 years to hold a special tribute concert for one of their former band members who died in an accident at a night club in the town.
Jon Cotton, 37, died in a fall at Shakers last December. More...

Pet centre opening is delayed
BOSSES at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, have postponed the opening of their new Pet and Aquatic Centre. The centre was due to open on March 11th but this has now been switched to Saturday March 25th to allow extra building work to be finished. More...

£18k lights project completed
AN £18,000 project to introduce new lighting in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens has been completed and an event to mark the milestone is to be held on Friday February 24th. Ten Victorian-style lamps now illuminate the whole of the footway around the garden, including the band stand. More...

Nine firms 'interested in pool'
NINE national companies have expressed an interest in taking over Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool - raising hopes that the facility will be saved. Much to the delight of local people who use the pool, the companies have responded to an advert in a leisure magazine to express an interest. More...

Olympian hands over award
OLYMPIC diver Peter Waterfield has presented a talented Burnham-On-Sea law student with a sought-after award. At a ceremony in Weston-super-Mare, former King Alfred school pupil Jade Kaye, 18, was handed the award for 'Outstanding Student' by the UK's leading diver. More...

Huge £9,000 hovercraft boost
DELIGHTED crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft are celebrating again this week after receiving one of their biggest-ever donations - £9,000 from Brean Golf Club. The huge cash injection comes after a major 12-month fundraising drive by the club, which held numerous special events. More...

Crash victim named by police
A 34-year-old woman who was killed in a road accident at Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, was formally identified by police on Monday. Natalie Cuthbertson of Mendip Road, Weston-super-Mare, was killed when her Rover 214 was involved in a crash along the Mark Causeway. More...

Unpopular flats get go-ahead
A 40-name petition from local residents has failed to stop district planners from giving the green light to controversial plans to build an apartment block along the main road at Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea. The go-ahead was given for eight one bedroom apartments at Barton Road. More...

TV nail-biter for Burnham man
FOLLOWERS of Burnham-On-Sea fashion student Matt Bowkett were kept on the edge of their seats this week when, once again, he only just managed to survive on Sky One's reality TV show Project Catwalk. The 21-year-old from Stoddens Road had a nail-biting time
on the latest episode. More...

Fire crews help trapped horse
A HORSE trapped in a water-filled ditch at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, was rescued by fire crews on Sunday morning, February 12th. A fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was among those who attended the scene on the A38 as they carried out one of their more unusual rescues. More...

Animal experts head to Sanders
A TEAM of animal experts is being drafted in to manage Sanders Garden World's new Pet and Aquatic Centre, which is set to open in March. Pauline Kidner, Founder of Secret World wildlife rescue centre, will officially open the brand new centre on Saturday March 11th at 10am. More...

Vandals attack Burnham shop
VANDALS
attacked a High Street shop in Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of Saturday, February 11th. A glass door at the front of Peacocks was smashed, leaving managers to clean up shards of broken glass and also fork out money for an expensive replacement door. More...

Top TV chefs coming to Brean
THREE top TV celebrity chefs are coming to Brean this March to perform cookery demonstrations and workshops at a popular food fayre. Lesley Waters, Ed Baines and Martin Blunos will appear at the 2006 Somerset Food Fayre at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

New RNLI shop opens its doors
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's new seafront shop welcomed its first customers on Saturday morning, February 11th, when it opened for the first time since a major refit.
A steady trickle of customers visited during the day to buy a range of RNLI collectables and merchandise. More...

Woman killed in car accident
A WOMAN was killed in a car accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (February 9th). Police and paramedics from Burnham rushed to the accident scene near the corner of Harp Lane and the Mark Causeway after the vehicle careered off the road into a tree during the rush hour. More...

Wells concert for local children
SCHOOLCHILDREN from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to sing alongside the BBC Singers and 240 other pupils from across Somerset during a special concert in Wells Cathedral. The pupils will join with the BBC Singers to perform 'Waters of Time' during the special event in March. More...

Break-in at town games shop
POLICE carried out house-to-house enquiries in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday February 9th following an overnight break-in at a computer games shop. A forensics team was called to Insane Games in Cross Street after the break-in after spots of blood were found. More...

Wind farm 'is risk to school'
A HUGE wind farm being planned for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea could 'pose a safety risk to children at Brent Knoll Primary School', according to a campaign group fighting against the proposal. The 'KNOll to Wind Farm' group has stepped up its campaign as the date that planners will decide the scheme approaches. More...

Flu bug hits Burnham pupils
MORE than 500 children and staff have been hit by a flu bug in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, it emerged this week. Hundreds of the pupils and teachers have called in absent each day last week after an outbreak of influenza and respiratory illness. The bug first began to strike in January. More...

Crime-busting musical in town
ELDERLY
people in Burnham-On-Sea are to be given the chance to see a musical aimed at helping them not to fall victim to crime. As part of a new 'Safer Homes in Somerset' initiative, a musical called 'Tricksters' will be performed in The Princess Hall in town on February 27th. More...

Awards for gym club leaders
TWO LEADERS of a Burnham-On-Sea gymnastics club have this week been presented with awards to mark their commitment to the group. Bristol Rugby Club player Lee Robinson presented awards to two of the long-standing Burnham-On-Sea Monarchs Gymnastics Club leaders. More...

Town's double-yellow howler!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident could hardly believe his eyes when he spotted double-yellow lines had been painted right across the entrance to a road in the town! The County Council has recently re-painted the lines along Oxford Street but has seemingly made a gaffe. More...

Mini golf course for seafront?
A NEW mini-golf complex could be opened up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this spring, according to proposals unveiled this week. RG Entertainment - which currently runs the trampolines on Burnham Beach - wants to set up a nine-hole crazy golf course opposite Quantock Court. More...

Grant windfalls for town groups
MORE than a dozen community groups from across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge received grant cheques from the town council this week. Members of 14 groups gathered in the town council chambers in Jaycroft Road to be handed their grant cheques by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Eric Gill. More...

Council opens talks on Princess
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have voted in favour of opening talks with the district council on the possibility of taking over the management of the town's closure-threatened Princess Hall. On Monday (February 6th) they decided to "show an interest" and to commence talks. More...

New atlas puts our coastline in focus
A UNIQUE
view of Burnham-On-Sea's ever-changing coastline is shown in a brand new online coastal atlas launched this week. The government-run service lets Web users find out about the materials that make up our coast and how they are changing. The service is freely available to all. More...

Police bid to trace shoplifter
POLICE have released a photo of a lady they want to speak to in connection with a shoplifting incident at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket. The woman has long, blonde straight hair and is aged in her mid-20s. She is shown pushing a toddler in a blue pushchair through an aisle. More...

£4,500 boost from Bristol City
BRISTOL City Football Club has given Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft a major financial boost by handing over £4,500 to help it continue saving lives along the Somerset coastline. The huge amount was presented to BARB on Friday, February 3rd, at Bristol City's football ground. More...

RNLI is ready to open new shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has announced more details about the official opening of its lifeboat shop, which will be officially performed by the BBC's John Inverdale (pictured) on Monday February 27th. The shop will also be open from Saturday February 11th at 10am for the sale of souvenirs. More...

Fears for Burnham pet shops
FEARS are growing that a brand new pet centre being opened at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, next month will hit trade at pet shops in the town. The garden centre has announced it is expanding its product range to include a wide range of pet and aquatic products. More...

Huge fire disrupts Highbridge
SOMERSET fire brigade spent much of Friday February 3rd dealing with a huge blaze that swept through six tetraced homes in Church Street, Highbridge. Burnham-On-Sea.com has a full photo round-up
from the scene of the incident, plus a report on the events as they unfolded. More...

TV nerves hit town's Matthew
THE nerves were starting to show on the face of Burnham-On-Sea fashion student Matt Bowkett on Thursday night (February 2nd) when he only just managed to scrape through to the next round of Sky One's popular reality TV show, Project Catwalk. We talk to Matt after the show. More...

Music festival plans unveiled
PLANS to hold a big two-day folk music festival in Burnham-On-Sea this autumn have been unveiled this week. Scores of musicians from across the UK will gather in the town for FolkFest 2006 on September 2nd and 3rd to play a lively mixture of music and entertain the crowds. More...

Police plea after mail is stolen
POLICE
have appealed for help in identifying a man after the theft of two mail bags in Burnham-On-Sea. A photo of the man was released on Wednesday (February 1st) in a bid to track down the man after the theft took place last week at a garage on Berrow Road in Burnham. More...

Fire crews tackle Brean blaze
THREE
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Glastonbury tackled a big blaze at Brean in the early hours of Wednesday February 1st. The fire at a barn in Warren Road was reported to the fire service shortly after 6.15am when the building was reported to be "well alight". It was completely destroyed in the fire. More...

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