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Beirut joy for Burnham couple
A DELIGHTED Burnham-On-Sea couple have described their relief at hearing their ten-year-old grandson has escaped from war-torn Beirut. Edna Moore and husband Tony told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (July 31st) that they were "absolutely relieved"
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Windows of shop smashed
VANDALS caused £1,000 of damage when they smashed the windows of a Burnham-On-Sea High Street shop over the weekend. A pane of glass and a glass door at the front of GW Hurley newsagents were broken in an overnight attack during the early hours of Sunday
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Toxic algae fears at Apex lake
ENVIRONMENT Agency bosses are investigating a possible outbreak of toxic blue-green algae at Burnham-On-Sea's Apex Wildlife Park. On Monday (July 31st), both the Environment Agency and District Council said that they were investigating
after walkers reported their concerns. More...

Steam train thunders past
HIGHBRIDGE residents quite literally got a blast from the past on Sunday evening (July 30th) when a classic steam train thundered through the town's railway station. The traditional steam whistle on the 'King Edward 1' Great Western locomotive was blown
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Dave gets on his bike for RNLI
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguard officer is cycling from Street to Poole later this week to raise funds for the RNLI. Dave Ilsley, who is a very well known character about Burnham, will be getting on his bike on Saturday morning (August 5th) to cover the 58 mile route
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Stert Swim photos and results
LARGE crowds of
spectators lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront to watch the annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday morning (July 30th). Dozens of intrepid swimmers from all over the South West were participating in the 2,400m swim to Stert Island and back. More... | Video

Curtain Call wows audience
MEMBERS
of Burnham-On-Sea theatrical group Curtain Call performed an animal-themed production in front of an appreciative audience in the town's Princess Hall on Saturday night (July 29th). The group's summer production is called 'An Evening of Song and Dance'. More...

Free clinic to de-stress plants
GARDENERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who need advice on how to 'de-stress' their plants suffering from 'heat exhaustion' brought on by the recent heatwave can get free tips and guidance from staff at Sanders Garden World.
The centre's set up a 'plant clinic'. More...

Apex dog walker prosecuted
DOG wardens are stamping down on pet owners who allow their animals to foul community spaces in Burnham-On-Sea.
Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that it has prosecuted a resident for failing to pick up waste left by his pet at Apex Leisure Park in the town. More...

Farmers market is a success
HUNDREDS
of people visited Burnham-On-Sea's popular farmers market on Friday morning (July 28th) when the event was held in the town's High Street. Sixteen stallholders sold a wide variety of fresh produce and crafts in the centre of Burnham, near to Cross Street. More...

Historic ship passes Burnham
WALKERS
along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade were treated to a glimpse of an historic 50 year-old ship as it glided past the town on Friday morning (July 28th). The Balmoral was on its annual trip up the River Parrett to Bridgwater to collect people booked on an excursion. More...

Heath fire visible from town
THICK smoke from a heathland fire near Watchet could be seen from as far away as Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 27th).
Somerset Fire Service received numerous calls after a heathland fire covering several acres was spotted in the hills near Watchet. More...

Awards for Gateway members
SCORES
of Burnham-On-Sea people who suffer from various disabilities received awards during Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club's annual presentation night on Thursday (July 27th). The event, which included a barbecue, was held at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close. More...

Coast Radio ready for launch
BREAN
-based radio station Coast Radio is set to start a second summer of transmissions on Tuesday morning (August 1st). Owner Josh Haywood (pictured) told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the summer-time holiday station would go on air at 8am on 105FM. More...

New wind farms edge closer
SOMERSET
County Council has given the go-ahead to investigate plans for new wind turbines to be installed on farms across the county. The council's Executive Board gave the go-ahead to the second phase of its Somerset Wind Energy Initiative on Wednesday (July 25th). More...

Woman injured in town crash
A WOMAN
was rushed to hospital on Wednesday evening (July 26th) after a rush-hour accident in Burnham-On-Sea. The female driver of a red Fiat Punto collided with a parked van near to the town's Catholic Church on Burnham Road at around 6pm, leaving the the road blocked. More...

Family's mud drama at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft rushed to Brean on Wednesday afternoon (July 26th) after a beach warden alerted Coastguards that five people were in difficulties in the mud. The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was taken by road to Brean
beach during the incident. More...

Call for more parking 'ignored'
TOWN
councillors say their calls for more parking space outside a Burnham-On-Sea post office have been 'completely ignored.' Double yellow lines outside the Vicarage Street facility, pictured, are "excessive" and should be scaled back to allow for an extra parking bay. More...

Stert Island Swim this Sunday
A CROWD
of up to 3,000 people is expected to line Burnham's seafront to watch the annual Stert Island Swim this Sunday (July 30th). A total of 80 intrepid swimmers from all over the South West will be participating in the 2,400m swim to Stert Island and back. More...

Curtain up for summer show!
MEMBERS
of Burnham-On-Sea theatrical group Curtain Call are this week making final preparations for their annual charity production of 'An Evening of Song and Dance', which is to be held at the Princess on Saturday (July 29th). T he show is in aid of Secret World. More...

Solicitor gives career advice
A HIGHBRIDGE
solicitor has been passing on tips and advice to local children about how to pursue a legal career. David Sinclair of Gould and Swayne Solicitors in Highbridge was invited by King Alfred School to give Year 10 students several talks during its careers day. More...

Wind farm boss fights back
THE
man behind plans to build a controversial wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll has this week hit back at protesters in a heated row over 11th hour changes to the planning application. We spoke to Dale Vince, MD of Ecotricity, this week. More...

Seaside Fun Day announced
BURNHAM
-On-Sea will hold its fourth annual Seaside Fun Day on the town's beach on Friday 4th August. Alongside market stalls and games along The Esplanade, there will also be a host of other activities, such as a sandcastle building competition, taking place. More...

Farmers' market back in town
MORE than 15
stalls will be set up along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Friday (July 28th) when an outdoor farmers' market comes to the town. Stallholders will sell a wide range of fresh produce in the centre of the High Street near Cross Street from 9am. More...

Boy injured in Brean crash
A YOUNG
boy riding a bicycle was rushed to hospital after a car collided with him at Brean on Saturday night (July 22nd). Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at 6.20pm after it was reported that a car had collided with the lad - believed to be aged 10. More...

Concerts boost for hovercraft
BIG-hearted bosses at Brean Leisure Park are set to raise funds for Burnham's rescue hovercraft during a series of concerts this August. The park will be donating £1 from every £10 family ticket sold at its Party In The Park events to the charity BARB
which runs the craft. More...

Four-car crash causes choas
A FOUR
-car collision closed a major Burnham-On-Sea Road, leaving commuters with a huge traffic snarl-up on Monday morning (July 24th). Police and paramedics rushed to Burnham Road after a car crashed into three others at 8.21am - but incredibly no-one was injured. More...

Archers take aim at Berrow!
ARCHERY
experts from across Somerset gathered in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday (July 23rd) to compete in the 20th summer tournament held by the Coastal Archers group. The popular event attracted more than 20 experts to the Red Row Playing Fields. More...

11th hour change to wind plan
THE GROUP
fighting plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea claimed on Sunday (July 23rd) that Ecotricity, the developer behind the scheme, has submitted 11th hour amendments to its planning application, moving the turbines away from the railway line. More...

Parched mud dries at Berrow
SIZZLING
summer temperatures are taking their toll on the landscape around Burnham, with mud on Berrow beach drying up and creating unusual scenes this week. The parched mudflats at Berrow have dried up in several places and broken into pieces. More...

MP attacks coast path plan
WEST
Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has asked for a formal meeting over plans to build a new coastal path around the whole of Britain. The Countryside Agency is proposing that a path be constructed 100 yards inland right around the coastline for access to the foreshore. More...

Morris dancers delight crowds
A LIVELY
mixture of music, movement and colour swept onto Burnham's seafront on Saturday (July 22nd) when 70 morris dancers performed in front of large crowds. The onlookers cheered as the dancers performed a range of traditional routines in full costumes. More...

Injured swan rescued on lake
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft crew helped animal experts to capture an injured swan at Combwich, near Bridgwater, on Saturday morning (July 22nd) after the bird partially swallowed a fishing hook and line. A walker had spotted the animal in distress
and raised the alarm. More...

Lifeguards' broken glass plea
BURNHAM
-On-Sea lifeguards are appealing to people who take bottles of drink onto the town's beach and sea wall steps to remove their empty bottles afterwards following several accidents in which children have cut themselves on broken glass this week. More...

Lifeboats launched to yacht
BURNHAM'S
lifeguards were called out after a 32ft yacht got into difficulties in the Bristol Channel on Saturday evening (July 22nd) when both its engines failed. The yacht - called Offshore Asset - suffered complete power failure and began drifting towards the shore. More...

Berrow hosts 'Discovery Day'
WILDLIFE
enthusiasts are to hold a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Nature Reserve next weekend to help raise awareness of the importance of the land. A range of activities will take place on July 29th from 2-5pm such as pond dipping and plant hunting. More...

Town motorist hailed a hero
BURNHAM
-On-Sea motorist Greg Facey is being hailed a hero after running after and capturing the driver of a car who had injured him in an accident and allegedly tried to run away. Greg, 25, was taken to Weston General Hospital on Thursday evening (July 20th). More...

More wind farms planned
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's MP David Heathcoat-Amory has attacked controversial plans by Somerset County Council to build new wind farms at Brean, Edithmead and East Brent. The MP spoke out after the council confirmed it is investigating building new turbines. More...

Burks: 'Let's work together'
THE
boss of Sanders Garden World, Peter Burks, told traders in Burnham-On-Sea this week that he wanted to work with them to build prosperity in the town. He was speaking to more than 40 traders at the town's Chamber of Trade meeting in the Ritz Social Club. More...

Pig race is runaway success!
CROWDS
of onlookers turned out to watch Brean Leisure Park's first pig racing and donkey derby of the summer season this week. Tuesday's event raised money for local good causes and is the traditional curtain-raiser to several weeks of summer events at the park. More...

Petrol prices rise over £1/litre
PETROL
prices in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have increased this week as tensions in the Middle East rise have sent oil prices spiralling. The cost of oil has been going up steadily in recent few weeks as the situation in Iraq and the Middle East deteriorates. More...

Factory fire disrupts M5 traffic
VEHICLES on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea were reduced to crawling speed at 6pm on Wednesday evening (July 19th) after thick smoke from a factory fire spread across both carriageways. Fire crews rushed to a factory along the A38 to tackle a blaze
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Mopeds used to tackle crime
POLICE
officers in Burnham-On-sea and Highbridge are getting on their bikes to tackle crime with the introduction of two new mopeds. The vehicles have been introduced in the towns to help officers patrol the streets more effectively than with motorbikes. More...

Berrow caravan fire put out
BURNHAM
fire crews rushed to Unity Farm at Berrow late on Tuesday night (July 18th) after nearby residents dialled 999 after reporting that a caravan had 'blown up'. Two fire engines from Burnham attended the scene and found one caravan well alight. More...

Inflatables spark RNLI launch
SEVERAL
inflatable toys floating in the sea off Berrow beach sparked the third launch of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat in just four days on Tuesday (July 18th). The crew of the Staines Whitfield were called to Brean by Coastguards and quickly located the items. More...

Free operatic concert in town
A FREE
operatic music concert is set to take place at a Burnham-On-Sea garden centre during August. Professional operatic tenor singer and songwriter Tim Pitman, 36, from Radstock will be performing at Sanders Garden World on August 23rd from 2pm-4pm. More...

Call for horticultural entries
GARDENERS
, growers, handicraft hobbyists, cooks and amateur photographers alike are being invited to take part in Burnham-On-Sea & District Horticultural Society’s 39th annual show which is set to take place in August. The event will be held on August 12th and 13th. More...

Five Stert swimmers rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat and hovercraft were called out at 7.10pm on Monday evening (July 17th) after seafront walkers alerted Coastguards when they saw to their amazement five children swimming across from Burnham to Stert Island
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No hosepipe ban for town
THE
chance of a hosepipe ban being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea is still very low despite this week's soaring temperatures, Bristol Water said on Monday (July 17th). The company told Burnham-On-Sea.com that reservoir levels in the area are 91% full. More...

Rotary Club opens book shop
BURNHAM
-On-Sea book lovers will be in for a feast at the end of the month when the town's Rotary Club opens its annual charity book shop for two weeks from July 24th until August 6th inclusive. The popular summer-time shop has been running for over 30 years. More...

Picnic In The Park is a sizzler
SIZZLING hot
sunshine, cooling ice creams and superb music drew large crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (July 16th) for the annual Picnic In the Park. Dozens of families gathered in the town's Manor Gardens for the annual event. More...

Boy injured in sea wall fall
A BOY
was rushed to hospital with head injuries after a freak accident on the steps of Burnham's sea wall on Sunday afternoon (July 16th). The 12-year-old from Bridgwater slipped on some seaweed and fell backwards onto the concrete, injuring his head. More...

In pictures: Summer Moon '06
HUNDREDS
of music lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Under A Summer Moon concert on Saturday night (July 15th). The popular well-supported event, held at the town's BASC Ground, included live music from The Cavern Beatles, Ginger Hitlas and My Generation. More...

Rescuers help stranded craft
A COMMERCIAL hovercraft being tested in Burnham-On-Sea had to be rescued after suffering engine problems on Saturday afternoon (July 15th). The Canadian craft - which is not connected to Burnham's rescue hovercraft operation - was being trialled
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King Alfs concert group hits 25
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert Band celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday night (July 15th) by performing a special concert in front of 180 people. Past members and their families gathered in the main hall at King Alfred School for the landmark concert. More...

First aiders in national finals
MEMBERS of Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea St John Ambulance Badger Sett were celebrating on Saturday (July 15th) after doing well in the national finals of a St John Ambulance First Aid competiton. They travelled to Croydon to compete in the event
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Cinema celebrates 70th year
SUPPORTERS
of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema gathered to celebrate the building's 70th birthday this week when an evening of special events was held. Over 100 people, including current and former staff, projectionists and local VIPs, gathered in the Victoria Street cinema. More...

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