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scoops lotto windfall
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...
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. More...
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.
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.
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.
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. More...
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
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. More...
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. More...
steps into wind debate
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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...
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.
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...
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
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. More...
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.
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.
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.
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...
crash causes snarl-up
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
£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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
attack Burnham shop
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
musical in town
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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.
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...
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
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.
fire disrupts Highbridge
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.
nerves hit town's Matthew
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...
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...
plea after mail is stolen
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...
crews tackle Brean blaze
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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