2006 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
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joins pool fight
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's oldest residents celebrated her 101st
birthday on Tuesday (January 31st) by taking a dip in the town's swimming
pool and joining the high-profile campaign to keep the facility open.
The spritely resident was the centre of media attention at the event.
your best foot forward!
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has received a cash boost thanks
to the fundraising efforts of a Cheddar company who took part in the
latest RNLI 'SOS' Day. The fun-loving staff at Connaught Service Force
wore novelty shoes to work in support of the RNLI's annual SOS fundraising
ambulance called to crash
motorist was rushed to hospital by air ambulance on Monday morning (January
30th) after fire crews had to cut her free from her car when it crashed
into a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and
Glastonbury were called to Harp Lane near the Fox & Goose restaurant.
centre wins top award
STAFF at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, are celebrating
this wek after the centre was presented with a national gardening award.
Directors and staff have been given the title of the UKs favourite
garden centre by the national weekly publication Garden News.
pours in for cancer man
MORE than £2,000 has been raised by local groups in Burnham
and the surrounding area to help a local man fight cancer. A cheque
for £2,090.35 was handed over to the Cancer Research organisation
on Saturday by big-hearted supporters who have held a series of events
in recent weeks. More...
results and photo review
HUSBAND and wife team Steve and Yvonne Furzeland raced to overall
victory at the 2006 Brean Regency Stages Rally on Sunday. The Plymouth
couple scooped first prize after a blistering round in their Impreza
WRC, beating locals Steve Winter and Neil Dashfield who came second.
drama at Brean Rally
A RALLY team from Devon had a lucky escape when their Ford Escort
spun off the road into a ditch during an action-packed first day at
the 2006 Regency Stages Rally in Brean on Saturday January 28th. Steve
Hollis and Sarah Carcillo were lucky to walk away from the scene with
just a bruised ego. More...
marks Holocaust Day
DOZENS of local people gathered besides the Frank Foley Statue
in Highbridge on Friday to mark World Holocaust Day. Organised by the
Highbridge Memorial Trust, the ceremony in Market Street was attended
by local dignataries including Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Eric Gill.
spill prompts river clean-up
A BIG clean-up operation is under way on part of the River Brue
near Burnham-On-Sea after an estimated 100 gallons of oil spilled into
the river. The Environment Agency has been using 60ft booms to contain
the oil which appeared to have leaked from a premises in Bason Bridge.
refurb for Tourist Centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre is to get a new
look in time for the 2006 tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council
is about to begin a major refurbishment of the seafront building. It
opened more than 15 years ago and has received a million visitors in
that time. More...
accident at Edithmead
and fire-fighters rushed to Edithmead, near Burnham-On-Sea, late on
Monday night (January 25th) after a two-car accident. The B3140 road
into Burnham from the M5 motorway was closed from around 10.30pm until
midnight while emergency teams dealt with the incident.
girls visit Brean!
THE worlds only formation wing-walking team will take
to the skies above Brean Leisure Park this weekend during the village's
annual rally. The glamorous 'Utterly Butterlys' - who are sponsored
by a brand of butter - will perform a 12-minute display in the skies
above the village on Sunday. More...
market for town?
possibility of a large continental market coming to Burnham seafront
this summer moved a step closer this week. Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie
Spalding revealed she has held "positive" talks with a leading
market operator about a two to three day event this summer. More...
group backs wind farm
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea pressure group has been formed to support
renewable energy and back the controversial plans to build a huge wind
farm at Brent Knoll. The organisation - FORCE (Families for Clean Energy)
- has been set up by a group of ten residents in the town. More...
boost for fire-hit club
FIRE-hit Berrow Football Club received a much-needed double
financial boost this week when more than £2,000 was raised at
a big fundraising concert in Brean and a local brewery began selling
a special new beer to raise further cash. The money will go towards
replacing lost equipment. More...
shipping traffic up 10%
out this week show the number of cargo ships passing Burnham-On-Sea
on their way to Dunball and Bridgwater increased by almost ten per cent
during 2005. The stats show 85 large vessels passed Burnham-On-sea last
year, compared to 79 in 2004.
accident on seafront
TWO vehicles were badly damaged after colliding in an accident
on Burnham's seafront on Sunday evening, January 22nd. Burnham-On-Sea
Police were called to The Esplanade, near the Sailing Club, at around
6.10pm after the crash was reported to them. The road was not cleared
until 7.15pm. More...
flies pair to safety
A YOUNG couple walking in treacherous mud almost a mile from
at Brean have been brought back to safety by Burnham's hovercraft. The
craft and its crew were training in the area on Saturday January 21st
when a member of the public spotted the pair walking to the sea at low
TV man to open RNLI shop
been busy making final adjustments to Burnham-On-Sea's brand new lifeboat
station shop, which is set to be officially opened by BBC TV sports
presenter John Inverdale during February. The shop is situated on the
seafront next to Sunspot Amusements and will also be open over the school
smoke was false alarm
FIRE services were alerted on Saturday morning (January
21st) after residents in Burnham-On-Sea reported seeing plumes of 'smoke'
over Hinkley Point power station. A tall pillar of 'white smoke' was
visible for miles around Bridgwater Bay - but it turned out to be a
false alarm when it was put down to harmless steam. More...
our fireworks are at risk
SEDGEMOOR District Council is considering cancelling Burnham's
annual beach fireworks display as part of its ongoing cost-cutting initiative.
The popular event attracts thousands of people each November and is
the curtain raiser for the town's annual carnival celebrations. More...
loyalty scheme unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea could get its own loyalty shopping card scheme
later this year in a bid to encourage more local people to spend money
in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that plans are already being
drawn up for the scheme, which could launch this autumn. More...
crash blacks out 80 homes
POWER was cut to dozens of homes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
this week when a car crashed into a pole and brought down electricity
cables. Police were called to the scene between Highbridge Caravan Sales
and the Alstone Road junction on January 17th. More...
store opens in Burnham
A NEW mobile phone shop is moving into Burnham-On-Sea High
Street this week and is scheduled to open on Saturday. JAG Communications,
which has more than 75 stores throughout the UK, is moving into the
premises on the corner of the High Street and Cross Street. More...
police officers honoured
NINE police officers who were fire-bombed while dealing
with a dramatic siege in Burnham-On-Sea during 2004 have been honoured
at an awards ceremony this week. The officers were called to a house
in Oxford Street when a man barricaded himself inside and threatened
Hall closure threat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Hall could be shut down unless
a new local organisation or the town council takes it on, we can reveal.
As part of a cost-cutting exercise at Sedgemoor District Council, the
authority is seeking to find different organisations to manage the building.
trapped in road crash
A VEHICLE towing a trailer with three bulls onboard overturned
during an accident on the A38 at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, on
Monday January 16th. Fire crews were to the scene after it emerged that
the trailer contained three bulls - one of which died at the roadside
after escaping. More...
award for Burnham pool
BURNHAM-On-Sea swimming pool has received a top leisure
facility award, just days after bosses at the Berrow Road facility began
a search for new owners to take it on. The pool passed an inspection
on the 10th and 11th of January, gaining top marks from the inspectors.
in photo appeal after M5 theft
are appealing for help in identifying three men who may have been involved
in a theft from a fruit machine at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea.
Avon and Somerset Police have released photos of the three men caught
cameras and are asking the public to contact Crimestoppers. More...
house prices to rise
property prices are predicted to show small increases during 2006, according
to a survey from one of the UK's leading property value forecasters.
It believes the cost of homes in both of Burnham's postcode areas will
rise during the year. We have full details.
holiday guide unveiled
A TOTAL of 75,000 copies of the new 2006
Sedgemoor Holiday Guide have just rolled off the printing presses -
and Burnham-On-Sea features heavily inside. The 60-page glossy promotes
Sedgemoor as a tourist destination and focusses on the beach and countryside
to tempt tourists. More...
John cadets handed awards
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham and Highbridge St John Ambulance Cadets group
have been handed awards during a special presentation evening this week.
Grand Prior Award was handed to 15 year-old Stevie Smith by County Commissioner
Margaret Sweet. We have a full photo round-up. More...
rehab centre gets the nod
CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert a Burnham-On-Sea B&B into
a drug rehabilitation centre were given the go-ahead on Tuesday (January
10th) when Sedgemoor's
development control committee voted by the smallest
of margins to approve the unpopular Berrow
Road scheme. More...
man stars in Sky One reality series
A TALENTED Burnham-On-Sea fashion student is to get nationwide
attention when he takes part in a brand new Sky One reality TV series.
Matt Bowkett, 21, of Stoddens Road, is a contestant on Project Catwalk,
a new reality series about the fashion industry. More...
my cod! It's another big catch!
A LOCAL fisherman has
caught one of the heaviest Cods to be landed off the coast of Burnham-On-Sea
for several years. Tom Adams reeled in the monster 26lb 4oz cod,
pictured here, while fishing in a Burnham charter boat near Hinkley
Point. We have the story on his incredible catch. More...
rehab decision this week
CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert a Burnham-On-Sea B&B into a drug
rehabilitation centre could get the go-ahead on January 10th. Sedgemoor's
development control committee will decide whether to approve
the scheme - as recommended by a planner inspector's report.
fish caught by anglers
FISH stocks might be falling in Bridgwater Bay, but that didn't
stop one angler from reeling in two monster Thornback Rays during a
fishing competition off Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday,
January 8th. Martin Quinn from Bristol
was the overall winner during the competition. More...
estate agent to expand
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent is to expand its operations and move
into a vacant High Street gift shop later this month. Berrymans has
bought what used to be the Little Brum gift shop - allowing it to increase
its shop frontage alongside its existing premises
and expand its letting business. More...
pool seeks new owner
A SEARCH for
a new owner to take over Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool is about to
District Council is to 'test the waters' to see whether there are any
partners who would be interested in managing or investing in the 30
year-old facility in Berrow Road. More...
kings' are ready to rally!
and Nick Reeves are gearing up to defend their title at
2006 Brean Regency Stages Rally on January 28th-29th. The
local duo, from Mark and Ilminster, raced off with the title last year
and are optimistic of their chances this year. The event enters its
10th year this January. More...
walker praises Burnham rescuers
A PENSIONER who
was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft after being trapped up to
his waist in mud on Monday January 2nd, has sent a heartfelt "thank
you" to coastguards and volunteers who raced to his aid. Ian Makepeace
was walking his dogs when one ran off into the mud. More...
council in 'blackmail' row
ANGRY Burnham-On-Sea councillors have accused the District Council
of "blackmail" after claiming they have been asked to pay
£6,000 towards the cost of a traffic warden in the town or face
not having one at all. The town council this week rejected the request
and lashed out at the district council. More...
for Christmas winners
BURNHAM-On-Sea Mayor Eric Gill this week handed over trophies to
the four winners of the annual Christmas competition to find the town's
best decorated homes and businesses. It
comes after two judges toured the area to find Burnham and Highbridge's
very best festive lights. More...
club to hold concert
FIRE-hit Berrow Football Club hopes to raise hundreds of pounds
towards the cost of replacing damaged sports equipment when it holds
a fundraising concert and auction. Tickets have gone on sale for the
special fundraising night, which will be held on Saturday January 21st.
centre helps tiny bat
BIG-hearted wildlife rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea have been looking
after one of their tiniest-ever casualties this week when a bat weighing
no more than a 20 pence coin was brought in to them. The creature was
coated with white paint after colliding with a window frame.
rescued from mudflats
Coastguard and hovercraft rescue teams saved the life of a man trapped
waist-deep in treacherous mud at Brean Beach on Monday afternoon, January
2nd. Ian Makepeace from Evesham was dug out of the mud after trying
to retrieve his dog which had run out on the mudflats. More...
attack kills pensioner
A PENSIONER has died at a Burnham-On-Sea pub after suffering a heart
elderly man, believed to be in his 80s, was enjoying a New Year drink
with relatives at The Reed's Arms on Sunday January 1st when he suffered
the sudden attack at the seafront pub. More...
for town St John volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer has
been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Pat
Comer, of Rosewood Avenue, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was quite
surprised - I had no clues whatsoever!". She will be handed the
honour by the Queen during 2006.
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