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Calls to clean up town's beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach users have this week called for urgent action to clean up the town's beach. It comes after a series of high tides left debris strewn along the shoreline between Maddock's Slade and the town's famous lighthouse, as pictured here. More...

Pool closed by technical fault
A water chemical problem at Burnham-On-Sea's 33-year-old swimming pool forced the facility to close on Tuesday and Wednesday this week - and it is now expected to open at lunchtime on Thursday (February 29th). Engineers are currently working on the problem and hope to re-open it later. More...

Town ice rink plans slide closer
PLANS to build a 2,500 seat ice rink on land near Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground appear to be edging closer. A local company, Burnham Development (Somerset) Limited, which was first created in 1999, has outlined its plans for a rink on land near Stoddens Road. More...

Jetty re-opens to the public
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty was re-opened for public use on Wednesday 28th February, after a new barrier and warning signs were put into place on Tuesday. The district council said the jetty was re-opening to allow "residents and holidaymakers to use it." More...

Car thieves escape air police
A POLICE helicopter was launched in a search for three car thieves near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday night (February 26th). The helicopter pictured here carried out a search of land around Huntspill, south of Highbridge, after a Renault car was stolen at 11pm. More...

New barrier in place on jetty
A NEW barrier and warning signs went up on Burnham-On-Sea's storm-damaged jetty on Tuesday (February 27th) as the district council edges closer to re-opening the landmark to the public. Sedgemoor District Council said last week the jetty would open by April. More...

Police probe gardens 'assault'
BURNHAM-On-Sea police were called to investigate an alleged serious sexual assault in the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday (February 25th). A large section of the gardens in Berrow Road was taped off by officers as they conducted a search of the area. More...

Deadline nears for beach firms
BURNHAM-On-Sea businesses have just a few days left to apply for beach concessions for the next three years. A council spokesman said offers are now invited for beach concessions at Burnham-On-Sea, Apex Park and Berrow Beach for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. More...

Fire-hit club plans re-opening
THE first slates have been laid on the new roof of Berrow Football Club's newly reconstructed pavilion this week as work to rebuild the property following its devastating fire in November 2005 continues. The building is due to re-open to the public in April. More...

Vandals attack shop signs
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea art gallery and coffee shop are counting the cost of crime after vandals ripped down signs outside their two premises at the weekend. Empty spaces on the walls outside Burnetts Coffee Shop and The Art Gallery mark the site of the signs. More...

Arcade safety fears raised
WORRIED parish councillors have this week expressed concern about plans to build a new fast food outlet at an amusement arcade in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. Councillors are worried that a lack of car parking at Stardust may cause safety issues in the summer. More...

Video coverage of MP's visit
THE introduction of an 8ft high gate, new CCTV cameras, and more police patrols were among the options put forward when Burnham-On-Sea's MP visited the town on Saturday (February 24th) to discuss ways to tackle high-profile vandalism problems along a street. More...

Asda jumps to BARB's rescue!
SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has disappointed fundraisers at Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft group by asking them to remove a vital charity collection box from its store in the town. The distinctive collection box is a miniature replica of Burnham's low lighthouse. More...

MP visits Rosewood residents
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's MP met residents of the town's Rosewood Avenue on Saturday (February 24th) to see the extent of damage being inflicted by vandals in the area. David Heathcoat-Amory discussed the problem with residents Ron Parker and Eric Vause. More...

Night of fun raises £1,600
THE final sum raised for St Margaret's Hospice during a night of entertainment at a Burnham-On-Sea club was more than £1,600, it has been confirmed this week. Tich and Sue Williams, the managers of Lakeside, organised the special evening of music, comedy and magic. More...

Council publishes newsletter
BURNHAM
-On-Sea and Highbridge town council is publishing the second edition of its new quarterly newsletter this week. Featuring news and information about the two towns, the latest A4-sized issue will be available free of charge later this week. More...

Small blaze at seafront arcade
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire fighters rushed to a seafront amusement arcade on Saturday evening (February 24th) after flames had been spotted on the front of the building by a passer-by. A single fire engine was sent to Sunspot Amusements at 7.40pm, as pictured here. More...

£8k bill to replace town lights
Exclusive: THE final cost of replacing Burnham-On-Sea's storm-damaged decorative lights will be a huge £8,000, it emerged this week. Over half of the lights were wrecked or damaged during the 75mph storms which slammed into the seafront last month. More...

Land yachts breeze into Brean
BREAN Sand Yachting Club is set to hold its annual National Sand Yachting Regatta on Brean Beach next month. The event will be held on March 10th and 11th March, with racing taking place at approximately 10am each day, depending on wind conditions. More...

Film revisits 1930s Burnham
AN INCREDIBLE new film which provides a glimpse of Burnham-On-Sea during the 1930s is to get a special screening at the town's Ritz Cinema next month. The unveiling of 'Norman Gobey - Burnham's Movie Maker' is to be held on Sunday 11th March at 11am. More...

Stert foxes spark rescue scare!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out this week amid concerns that two dogs may be trapped on Stert Island. A holidaymaker dialled 999 after spotting the animals walking on the island opposite Burnham, causing fears that the owner may try venturing after them. More...

Party for Trevor's supporters
SUPPORTERS and family members of Trevor Hayes, the Burnham cerebral palsy sufferer who has been the focus of a big fundraising drive, will hold a party on Saturday evening (February 24th) to mark the successful conclusion to their fundraising campaign. More...

Bowling club's plan approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea Bowling Club's controversial bid to extend its opening hours until 2am have this week been given the go-ahead. Although residents organised a petition to try and stop the application, the district licensing panel this week gave it approval. More...

Rotarians give £2,500 boost
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Rotary Club handed over two cheques worth a total of £2,500 to two well-known Somerset charities on Thursday evening (Feb 22nd). The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Musgrove's Neonatal Special Care Unit benefited. More...

Lucky escape as car overturns
Exclusive: THESE were the dramatic scenes on Wednesday afternoon (February 21st) when a young motorist heading to Burnham-On-Sea on a shopping trip lost control of his vehicle, overturned and ploughed into a fence just off the M5 motorway near Highbridge. More...

Pub awaits ruling on decking
A BURNHAM seafront pub has run into planning problems with its new decking terrace, pictured here, which it installed late last year. Chaplins has spent more than £5,000 on building the new extension but did not have full planning permission for the structure. More...

Town shop is 'best in the west'
DELIGHTED Burnham-On-Sea shop owners John and Katharine Edwards are celebrating this week after scooping a top prize in a national awards competition. Material Needs in the High Street was voted 'South West Stitching Retailer Of The Year' at a top event this week. More...

Small rise in council tax rates
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will pay an extra £3.93 per year on their council tax after Sedgemoor District Council this week announced its proportion of the tax has been set at 3.5 per cent. This equates to a rise of just 7.5p a week for a band D property. More...

Sea safety advice from BARB
A GROUP of Bridgwater schoolchildren got to see Burnham-On-Sea's Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft up close on Wednesday (February 21st) when crew members took part in a special sea safety awareness event in Bridgwater. Crew members gave the children tips. More...

Last orders at Burnham pub
LANDLORD Kevin Tippets is preparing to call 'last orders' for the final time when his Burnham-On-Sea pub closes next month to be replaced by a new development of flats. The Crown Inn in Oxford Street will open for the final time on Saturday March 3rd. We spoke to its landlord this week. More...

TV's Little Britain helps charity
A HIGHBRIDGE-based charity's idea of writing to celebrities for support is paying off with the stars of TV's Little Britain now lending their support. Charity spokeswoman Margaret McDowell is selling two postcards signed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. More...

'Rising seas threaten Burnham'
Burnham-On-Sea is today (Wednesday February 21st) singled out as one of the Somerset towns most at risk from climate change. Somerset County Council has published a new report predicting what impact the effects of global warming and sea level rises will have on the county. More...

YouTube biker speaks out
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was accused of driving his motorcycle through a built-up area of the town at up to 100 miles per hour, filming the ride and then posting the footage on the Web, has spoken out for the first time. He gave an interview to a motorbike magazine. More...

Distraction burglars strike
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week urged local people – especially the elderly – to be on their guard following a distraction burglary in the town. The incident took place in Trowbridge Close, Highbridge at about 6.30pm on Monday (Feb 19th). More...

Jetty to re-open for Easter
BURNHAM'S storm-damaged jetty looks set to re-open in time for the busy tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council issued a statement on Monday (Feb 19th) confirming that the jetty would open by April - and that plans to increase the cost of launch permits have been deferred. More...

Town MP to receive petition
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, will be in town this Saturday (February 24th) to receive a petition from residents of South Street, who are angry about vandalism problems in the area. The visit comes after our report about problems along the street. More...

Poor turnout at town meeting
PLANS to extend Burnham-On-Sea's conservation area got a lukewarm reception when they were discussed at a poorly attended public meeting in the town on Monday evening (February 19th). Just 30 residents attended the gathering in The Princess Hall. More...

Drifting raft retrieved by RNLI
A drifting raft in Bridgwater Bay sparked a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an RNLI crew on Monday morning (February 19th). The object was reported at 9.10am by a member of the public on the seafront who saw it slowly drifting out of the bay with the falling tide. More...

D-day arrives for mobile phone mast
Exclusive: THE future of a controversial phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea could finally be decided on Monday (February 19th) when a government planning inspector is set to visit the site to decide whether O2, the phone giant that owns it, should be forced to remove it. More...

Burnham election race begins
THE timetable for budding politicians in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to get elected onto the town and district councils has been announced this week. Several key dates have been unveiled by officials in the run-up to polling day being held across the area in early May. More...

Pier flags get a makeover!
IT isn't a job for people who don't like heights... but for this man it's all in a day's work. Professional flag repairer Wayne Orchard of Porthcawl's Celtic Flag Services scales the heights of piers on a daily basis and was on Burnham Pier on Saturday morning (Feb 17th). More...

Car seized by Burnham police
ONE person was arrested and a vehicle was seized during an incident in Highbridge Road, Burnham-On-Sea, on Friday evening (February 16th). A car was impounded by police officers after it was found to have no tax, insurance or MOT, confirmed a police spokesman. More...

Wine lovers flock to festival
DOZENS of bottles were uncorked when scores of wine lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club's 45th annual wine festival on Friday night (Feb 16th). More than £1,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities from the popular event. More...

Police probe town incident
POLICE were called to Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (February 15th) after two men were reportedly acting in a 'suspicious manner' near several shops in the town. One local resident said: "There was concern that two men were attempting to enter several businesses." More...

Tourism fair comes to Brean
SCORES of Burnham-On-Sea tourist businesses will be flocking to Brean later this month when Sedgemoor Tourism Association holds its annual 'Somerset Attractions Leaflet and Information Fair'. This year's event will be held on Thursday February 27th throughout the day. More...

New look at 150-year-old firm
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's longest-running companies has this week formally unveiled its new look and new name. We reported in January that estate agent JH Palmer and Sons was being taken over by the west country property chain Greenslade Taylor Hunt. More...

Biker issued with summons
A 37 year-old motoryclist from Burnham-On-Sea has been issued with a summons for dangerous driving after publishing video footage of himself driving at speeds of up to 100mph on the Web. The video footage came to light earlier this week thanks to a contributor to Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forum. More...

Memorial damaged in works
THE base of Highbridge's historic war memorial appears to have been damaged by the extra traffic being diverted past it during ongoing major roadworks. Paving slabs around the Church Street landmark have split, as shown in our photo, prompting calls cfor more bollards to protect it. More...

Town band gets new uniforms
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's band has this week received a huge £3,000 cash windfall that will enable them to replace their 25 year-old uniforms. County Councillor Mike Facey handed over the bumper cheque as part of a £5,000 annual community cash handout. More...

Biker video probed by police
ONLINE video footage of a Burnham-On-Sea motorcylist apparently speeding at up to 100mph on roads on the outskirts of the town has been removed by the user this week. We reported on the footage yesterday, after it was orginally posted on YouTube. More...

VIP day for loyal hotel couple
IT was a Valentines Day to remember for two long-serving customers of the Battleborough Grange Hotel, near Burnham, this week when they were given VIP treatment to mark a special milestone. Pam and Jack Hyland have travelled to the hotel for lunch every week. More...

New setback for fire-hit farmer
A FARMER'S plans to build a livestock building at East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been controversially turned down by district planners this week. The District Council's Development Control Commitee rejected his bid for a new 250sq metre building. More...

'100mph biker' in video spotlight
Exclusive: Video footage of a Burnham-On-Sea motorcylist apparently speeding at up to 100mph on roads on the outskirts of the town has been published on the Web this week. The footage - which was posted on YouTube and first came to light in our our forum. More...

Town petition calls for action
Exclusive: WORRIED residents living along South Street in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have this week spoken out about their "living nightmare" caused by "escalating violence" besides their homes. Residents of South Street say their lives are being made a misery. More...

Seafront comes to standstill
BURNHAM'S seafront came to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon (February 13th) after a two-car accident. Police closed Cross Street at the junction with The Esplanade after the two estate vehicles collided at 3.30pm. No-one was injured in the incident. More...

New licencees sought for pub
THE owner of a busy town centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea is searching for new licencees to take it on. Greene King, the owner of The Railway on the High Street, says it is seeking new licencees for a five-year tenancy and has published details online. More...

Village hall funds given boost
COUNCILLOR Alan Ham, County Councillor for the Brent area, has this week handed over a cheque to the Brent Knoll Parish Hall Management Committee to help with their purchase of new tables at the hall. The grants is part of the annual £5,000 sum given to councillors for community causes. More...

Pro wind farm group slams council
Angry members of a Burnham-On-Sea 'green' group who are in favour of controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of town have this week hit out at councillors for deciding to spend £2,000 on fighting the scheme. FORCE (Families For Clean Energy) says it "strongly objects" to the town council. More...

Man injured in strong winds
AN ELDERLY Burnham-On-Sea man was rushed to Weston General hospital on Monday morning (February 12th) after suffering head injuries when he was blown over by gale-forced winds. Paramedics were called to Cross Street at 9.45am to deal with the man. More...

Cars 'trapped' by kerb work
WORK to raise the height of kerbs in Highbridge as part of a bid to stamp out pavement parkers took an interesting twist on Monday (Feb 12th) when several vehicles became trapped behind deep trenches. Several vehicles became trapped behind a 2ft x 3ft trench. More...

Motorist airlifted to hospital
THIS was the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (February 12th) after a serious accident involving four vehicles temporarily closed it. One woman was airlifted to hospital and two others were injured following the multiple crash at 1.45pm. More...

Ruth Kelly urged to visit area
RUTH Kelly, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has this week been urged by leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty to visit the Burnham-On-Sea area "to see for herself why a single unitary authority for the whole county would not work." More...

Brave Peter aims for Olympics
Exclusive: A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea swimmer who suffered a fractured spinal column in a serious accident seven years ago is battling against the odds and hopes to win gold at next year's Beijing Olympics. Peter Ross, 26, did all his early swimming at Burnham swimming pool. More...

Major donation fires up BARB
DELIGHTED crewmembers at BARB, the charity behind Burnham's rescue hovercraft, are celebrating after receiving a major donation of equipment from Avon Fire & Rescue Service. The service has given a 4x4 pick-up truck and other kit which it no longer uses. More...

Early Spring arrives at Apex!
SIGNS of Spring are already starting to burst into colour at Burnham-On-Sea's Apex Wildlife Park this week. It may only be early February, but dozens of colourful daffodils are already in full bloom at the park, as pictured, showing what a mild winter we have had. More...

Leading councillor steps down
A PROMINENT Burnham-On-Sea town councillor announced on Saturday (February 10th) she is stepping down from her position due to urgent family commitments. Cllr Louise Parkin, a former Mayor, has been a prominent member of the town and district councils. More...

Asda to launch loyalty scheme
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S forthcoming Asda supermarket is to launch a loyalty shopping scheme to help independent shops in the surrounding area. The store says it is keen to help local traders in Burnham and Highbridge and is to launch a loyalty scheme. More...

Tasting marathon at food shop
DOZENS of Burnham people flocked to a health food shop in the town on Saturday (Feb 10th) when it took part in a nationwide food tasting event. Kyffins in Victoria Street took part in 'Purple Love Week', a co-ordinated testing event across 600 shops. More...

New £7m water centre for area
THE likelihood of Burnham being affected by hose pipe bans in the future has been reduced this week with the news that a new £7.1m water treatment plant serving the town has been given the go-ahead. Planning permission has been granted for a new treatment plant. More...

Ambulance funds given boost
A CHEQUE for £2,972 has this week been handed to Burnham-On-Sea ambulance station after a succesful fundraising event was recently held in the town. Martin Robinson, the station's Paramedic Supervisor, received the money from the two groups this week. More...

Wine festival lined up for town
LOVERS of fine wines will have the chance to sample some of the best from around the world when Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club holds an international wine festival later this month. Burnham Rotary Club is hoping to attract wine connoisseurs from around the district. More...

Brean jobs fair to be held
ONE of Brean's biggest holiday parks is holding a jobs fair later this month when local people can find out more about dozens of temporary jobs available over the tourist season. Northam Farm and The Seagull will be holding their 2007 Job Shop on Thursday February 15th. More...

Car overturns on M5 near town
EMERGENCY services rushed to the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (February 8th) after a car overturned. The Vauxhall flipped over onto its side on the northbound carriageway between junctions 22 at Burnham and 21 at Weston at 2pm. More...

Anger over pavement parking
ANGRY town councillors have this week stepped up their calls for action to halt the ongoing problem of vehicles parked along pavements in the centre of Highbridge. The latest concerns were expressed after Liam Gill, Somerset County Council's Assistant Highways Service Manager for Sedgemoor, gave no schedule for the problem to be resolved. More...

Wintry weather misses town
PREDICTIONS that snow would generate wintry scenes in Burnham-On-Sea like those pictured here last year proved unfounded on Thursday morning (February 8th). While large areas of the south saw significant falls of snow, Burnham saw only rainfall patchy sleet and rain. More...

Contest is simply spud-tastic!
YOUNG Eleanor Barlett from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School was among the winners to be presented prizes on Wednesday (February 7th) after a Sanders Garden World potato modelling competition. We have a photo of the winners and details of the lucky winners. More...

Joint bid to fight wind farm
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Councillors this week voted to go ahead with a joint bid with Brent Knoll Parish Council to fight plans for five wind turbines on the outskirts of the town. At a council meeting on Monday (February 5th), councillors voted in favour of the funding. More...

Police step up car crime fight
POLICE across Burnham and the Somerset West region are continuing to take a stand against vehicle-related crime as part of the force's ongoing campaign. Officers will be holding a crime prevention roadshow at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 this Friday (Feb 9th). More...

Snow predicted for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents could wake up to wintry scenes like this on Thursday morning (February 8th) when the area is forecast to get its first real taste of winter. The Met Office is predicting Burnham and the rest of the West Country will see sleet or snow. More...

Army to remove mud vehicle?
A VEHICLE which became trapped in mud at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, may have to be removed by army experts. Brean parish councillors this weeek discussed how the Range Rover - which became stuck last April - could be removed for this year's busy tourist. More...

Town singer to release single
BURNHAM-On-Sea singer Jamie Lee is set to release his first single this summer, raising money for a cancer charity in memory of his grandmother. The 29 year-old's song, called I Need A Friend, will be released as a single in aid of the nationwide charity, Cancer Research. More...

Duck turns heads at town park
A VIBRANTLY coloured duck which is rarely seen in the UK has been turning heads at Apex Wildlife Park in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The Carolina Wood Duck has been attracting the attention of bird watchers in recent days after being spotted in one of the park's lakes. More...

Police probe 'suspicious' fires
POLICE in Highbridge are appealing for information after a suspicious fire at a block of flats in the town. At around 7.30pm on Sunday (February 4th) unknown offenders gained access to a ground floor flat at Gulliford Close and tampered with a gas meter before setting a fire against it. More...

Town groups share grant cash
ELEVEN Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups shared a £2,950 cash windfall on Monday (February 5th) when the town council handed out its annual grants to local groups. Burnham's town Mayor Eric Gill and councillor Neville Jones handed out the cheques. More...

Road partially closed by crash
AN East Huntspill road was partially closed on Monday afternoon (February 5th) when a vehicle slid off the road into a ditch. Burnham-On-Sea police were quickly on the scene at 4.45pm after the incident occured in Church Road, near the junction with Burtle Road. More...

Petition calls for action at chapel
Exclusive: A PETITION signed by over 70 people demanding urgent improvements to a derelict Highbridge church was handed to the town's Mayor on Monday (February 5th). The Old Gospel Centre chapel in Newtown Road has suffered years of neglect since it became disused several years ago. More...

Retiring roads boss praised
LONG-standing Somerset County Council roads boss, Highway Services Manager Dennis Herniman, who has overseen several road maintenance projects in Burnham and Highbridge was the centre of attention during a presentation ceremony at Monday town council meeting. More...

Corrie clothing up for grabs!
A PIECE of Coronation Street memorabilia is being sold this week to raise money for a Highbridge-based children's charity. When NBCS contacted Granada TV they were 'astounded' to receive an item of clothing worn by Leanne Battersby, the actress pictured here. More...

'Lost' fishermen spark search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards rushed to Brean beach on Sunday lunchtime (February 4th) amid concern for a group of fishermen on the mud flats. Coastguards conducted a search of the shoreline after the owner of a local caravan site dialled 999 to report the anglers. More...

Seal spotted by town anglers
A RARE sighting of a seal in the waters off Burnham-On-Sea was one of the highlights of the day when 31 anglers took part in a Burnham Boat Owners competition on Sunday (Feb 4th). A fortnight of disappointing catches continued with just nine fish being weighed in. More...

Big Issue seller in eviction plight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Big Issue seller Colin Johnstone could be forced to move out of his caravan because of a row over planning permission. The 59 year-old's plight has caught national attention when it appeared in the News Of The World today, Sunday Feb 4th. More...

Horse box gets that sinking feeling!
SOFT sand proved too much for a lorry carrying several horses when it became stuck on Berrow Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday afternoon (Feb 4th). Owner Helen Smith had to call for assistance from a local farmer to have the vehicle pulled free. More...

Jetty launch permits set to rise?
THE cost of launching boats from Burnham-On-Sea's storm-damaged jetty could rise in order to fund much-needed repairs, it was confirmed this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month that Sedgemoor District Council had closed the landmark after a series of storms damaged the surface. More...

'Upmarket' coffee shop to open
A NEW 'upmarket' coffee shop is set to open in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Entrepreneur Robin Luxon has taken over the former lifeboat station, next to the town's current RNLI HQ in Pier Street, and is spending a further £25,000 on turning it into a coffee shop. More...

BBC gardener comes to town
BBC gardening personality Tom Hart Dyke will be visiting a Burnham-On-sea garden centre during March to host an afternoon talk and book signing session to tie in with the launch of his new TV series. The plantsman will be at Sanders Garden World on Friday March 9th. More...

4x4 response group in town
SCORES of Land Rover owners and 4x4 enthusiasts were in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (Feb 3rd) for the annual meeting of the Wessex 4x4 Response Association. Members came from across Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire to the Lighthouse Inn. More...

Berrow song is tracked down
A SONG that was inspired by the death of a fisherman and his wife on Berrow beach is to be performed in the village later this month. 'On Berrow Sand' was written by renowned song writer Fred Weatherley, who also wrote 'Danny Boy' and 'Roses of Picardy'. More...

BBC gardener comes to town
BBC gardening personality Tom Hart Dyke will be visiting a Burnham-On-sea garden centre during March to host an afternoon talk and book signing session to tie in with the launch of his new TV series. The plantsman will be at Sanders Garden World on Friday March 9th. More...

Coast FM bids to extend hours
BREAN'S summer radio station Coast FM looks set to go on air for two months this summer - doubling its previous transmission time. Owner Josh Haywood, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the temporary station has applied to radio regulator Ofcom for an eight week licence. More...

Paramedics treat motorist
BURNHAM-On-Sea paramedics came to the aid of an elderly motorist who suffered breathing problems after being involved in a two-vehicle accident on the outskirts of the town on Friday morning (Feb 2nd). Police and paramedics rushed to the A38 at West Huntspill. More...

Angry residents call for CCTV
Exclusive: ANGRY residents living along a Burnham-On-Sea road who have been plagued by damage to their vehicles have today called for CCTV cameras to be introduced in a bid to tackle the problem. Dunstan Road residents say they have suffered months of damage. More...

Ring-side fundraiser at Brean
BREAN Leisure Park is set to hold its annual Dinner Boxing evening on Thursday March 22nd. The annual event, in support of Sydenham Amateur Boxing Club, helps raise funds for today's youth in learning a disciplined sport. The event has raised over £60,000. More...

Green tips for local schools
SCHOOLS from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School (pictured) and Berrow Primary School are to take part in a new Somerset County Council campaign called 'Somerset Schools Energy Action' to help cut energy waste and improve energy efficiency in schools. More...

New man at the top for Hinkley
HINKLEY Point B nuclear power station, near Burmham-On-Sea, has a new man at the top after Nigel Cann took over as station director. Nigel, previously plant manager at Sizewell B in Suffolk, took over from Les Francis who served 17 years at Hinkley Point. More...

First barrage plan is unveiled
Exclusive: THE first map showing the route of the proposed Severn Barrage - running between Brean Down near Burnham and Lavernock Point in Wales - has been unveiled. Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham has given Burnham-On-Sea.com a first glimpse at the causeway. More...

Holiday info service launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre is running a new holiday information service from now until the end of March. Visitor Services Manager Cindy Tee, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have over 100 destination guides for the UK on display." More...

Tim gets a standing ovation
LOCAL opera singer Tim Pitman received a five-minute standing ovation at the conclusion of his latest concert held near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Over 170 people filled East Huntspill Church for the 90-minute performance when Tim sang a wide range of opera music. More...

Multiple crashes hold up traffic
TRAFFIC on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was brought to a standstill on Thursday morning (February 1st) following a series of accidents. A car crashed into the central reservation near Sedgemoor Services on the northbound carriageway at 6.50am. More...

Animal charities given a boost
STAFF at the pet and aquatic centre at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll have selected two organisations as their Charities of the Year for 2007.The garden centre's pet centre is to run a series of fundraising initiatives for HorseWorld and Secret World near Highbridge. More...

County cash boost for groups
GROUPS in Brean, Berrow and Brent Knoll have this week been handed a cash boost from Somerset County Council. Each County Councillor - including lan Ham (pictured) - is allocated £5,000 to promote and assist community activities in their local district area. More..

Youth music event sells out
OVER 160 young people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area gathered in St John's Church, Highbridge to take part in a special 'Youth Makes Music' concert organised by the town's Rotary Club. The idea was to bring together local schools to promote music. More...

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