2006 Burnham-On-Sea News
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
2006 news archive
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".
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.
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...
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
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
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.
Call wows audience
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'.
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'.
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.
market is a success
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...
ship passes Burnham
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.
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.
for Gateway members
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.
Radio ready for launch
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.
wind farms edge closer
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).
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...
mud drama at Brean
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...
for more parking 'ignored'
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.
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.
up for summer show!
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.
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.
farm boss fights back
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.
Fun Day announced
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,
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.
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.
boost for hovercraft
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...
crash causes choas
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.
take aim at Berrow!
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
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.
mud dries at Berrow
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.
attacks coast path plan
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.
dancers delight crowds
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.
swan rescued on lake
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...
broken glass plea
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...
launched to yacht
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
hosts 'Discovery Day'
are to hold a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Nature Reserve next
weekend to help raise awareness of the importance of the land.
range of activities will take place on July 29th from 2-5pm such
as pond dipping and plant hunting.
motorist hailed a hero
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
wind farms planned
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...
'Let's work together'
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.
race is runaway success!
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.
prices rise over £1/litre
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.
fire disrupts M5 traffic
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.