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101-year-old 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. More...

Put 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 day. More...

Air ambulance called to crash
A 21
-year-old 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. More...

Garden 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 UK’s ‘favourite garden centre’ by the national weekly publication Garden News. More...

Cash 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...

Rally 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. More...

Crash 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...

Town 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. More...

Oil 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. More...

Major 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...

Two-car accident at Edithmead
POLICE
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. More...

High-flying girls visit Brean!
THE world’s 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...

Continental market for town?
THE 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...

New 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...

Cash 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...

Town's shipping traffic up 10%
OFFICIAL
figures 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. More...

Two-car 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...

Hovercraft flies pair to safety
A YOUNG couple walking in treacherous mud almost a mile from the sh
ore 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 tide. More...

BBC TV man to open RNLI shop
WORKMEN have 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 half-term. More...

Hinkley 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...

Now 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...

New 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...

Car 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...

Phone 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...

Siege 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 them. More...

Princess 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. More...

Bulls 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...

Top 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. More...

Police in photo appeal after M5 theft
POLICE 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 on CCTV cameras and are asking the public to contact Crimestoppers. More...

Burnham house prices to rise
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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. More...

New 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...

St 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.
A Grand Prior Award was handed to 15 year-old Stevie Smith by County Commissioner Margaret Sweet. We have a full photo round-up. More...

Drug 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...

Burnham 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...

Oh 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...

Drug 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. More...

Huge 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...

Town 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...

Burnham pool seeks new owner
A SEARCH
for a new owner to take over Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool is about to begin. Sedgemoor 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...

'Speed kings' are ready to rally!
DUNCAN
Holder and Nick Reeves are gearing up to defend their title at the 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...

Dog 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...

Angry 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...

Awards 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...

Fire-hit 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
. More...

Wildlife 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
. More...

Man rescued from mudflats
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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...

Heart attack kills pensioner
A PENSIONER has died at a Burnham-On-Sea pub after suffering a heart attack.
The 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...

MBE 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. More...

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