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Boats light up for procession
AN
illuminated night-time procession of boats began the 2006 Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club Regatta on Friday night (June 30th). Onlookers lined the town's seafront to watch the 22 illuminated boats move from the River Brue pontoons and past Burnham. More...

Trapped girls spark mud drama
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's hovercraft, two RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter were called out after seven members of a netball team briefly became trapped in mud at Berrow beach on Friday afternoon (June 30th). The rescue services rushed to the incident. More...

Seafront French market opens
A THREE
-day continental market opened to the public on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Friday morning (June 30th). The market is selling a range of continental foods, including bread, meat and cheese, from France and is the first event of its kind to be held in the town. More...

Lucky escape for crash pair
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea road was closed on Thursday evening (June 29th) after a vehicle span off the road into a ditch. A lady and a young boy had a lucky escape by crawling out of the car uninjured shortly after the accident at around 5pm during the rush hour. More...

Rotary welcomes new head
BURNHAM
-On-Sea Rotary Club members welcomed their new President for the year ahead at a meeting on Thursday evening (June 29th). George Moon handed over the chain of office to incoming president, Mike Young, a well-known face about Burnham. More...

Students flock to conference
AROUND 900 sixth formers from across Somerset - including some from Burnham-On-Sea - will gather together at the University of the West of England next week to attend a unique conference that aims to broaden their horizons and widen their knowledge of society. More...

Zebra crossing row rumbles on
A ROW over the lack of funding for new pedestrian crossings in Burnham-On-Sea rumbled on this week when a County Councillor was told there is no money for small road improvements in the town. The news angered councillors in Burnham and Berrow, where the crossings were planned. More...

Cow holds up M5 traffic!
RUSH-hour traffic on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was held up on Wednesday morning (June 28th) after a cow wandered onto the M5 motorway and would not mooo-ve! The animal wandered onto the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway at 8am. More...

Cycle pair return to their roots
A 1,000-mile birthday cycle ride will bring two former Somerset school boys back to their roots in Burnham-On-Sea when they cycle from one end of the country to the other. David Hembrow, a former King Alfred School pupil, will set off on the ride from Land’s End. More...

Building firm wins big contract
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea building company is celebrating after being named on a list of seven local companies to benefit from a multi-million pound building and maintenance scheme run by Somerset County Council. Boley & Skuse was named on Tuesday (June 27th). More...

Commando role for local man
A FORMER
King Alfred School student has successfully completed 32 weeks of the world's toughest physical training to become a Royal Marines Commando. Lee Whitfield, a 26-year-old from Highbridge, passed out at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. More...

OFSTED praises Infant School
OFSTED school inspectors have praised Burnham-On-Sea Infant School as 'outstanding' in a brand new report released this week.
The school, which is based in Winchester Road and has almost 200 pupils, was visited by inspectors at the end of May, who were clearly impressed by what they found. More...

Yachts take to the sky!
EYES
were on the skies above Burnham-On-Sea this week when a huge crane winched yachts from the sailing club into the River Brue. The delicate operation to move a trimaran and two yachts was carried out over several hours and took advantage of the calm weather. More...

Local children join musical
SCHOOL children from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Berrow are among 200 youngsters from across the county who are to stage a performance of a musical celebrating Somerset life.
The musical evening will be held at the Colston Hall venue in Bristol. More...

Labour backs barrage plans
AMBITIOUS plans to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary from Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, to Lavernock Point in Wales have been given the backing of local Labour Party officials. Dan Whittle of the Wells Constituency Labour Party is calling for cross-party unity. More...

Smile Walk is runaway success!
COLOURFUL costumes and strong walking shoes were the order of the day when over 30 Burnham and Highbridge residents took part in a fancy dress sponsored beach walk on Sunday afternoon (June 25th). Participants in the 'Smile Walk' started at Burnham-On-Sea Jetty. More...

Jazz event tickets go on sale
A FOOT-tapping line-up of jazz music will be performed by Roger Marks' Armada Jazz Band in July when Brent Knoll holds its annual Jazz on the Green event. Tickets have just gone on sale for the popular event, which this year will be held on Saturday July 15th at 7.30pm. More...

Dog owners to be targeted
FREE poop scoop bags and educational leaflets will be handed out to Burnham-On-Sea dog owners when National Poop Scoop Week is held over the next few days. Sedgemoor District Council
is joining forces with the Dog's Trust, a top dog charity, to mark the event. More...

Firewalk raises £5k for charity
MORE than £5,000 was raised for Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre from this week's fundraising firewalk, the charity said on Saturday (June 24th). Earlier in the week, we reported that 28 people had walked across 20ft of burning embers during the event. More...

Good weather boosts book sale
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion on Saturday morning (June 24th) when the organisation held a fundraising book sale. The event in Victoria Street was given a boost by warm sunny weather which pulled in dozens of book lovers. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a big barn blaze in Wedmore on Friday morning (June 23rd) and believe arsonists were responsible the incident. Three crews from Burnham, Cheddar and Wells were joined by support appliances from Bridgwater and Street . More...

Dog chipping sessions for town
SEDGEMOOR'S Dog Wardens are offering dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge a chance to have their pets micro chipped.
Micro chipping is now recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. Two sessions will be held. More...

Crowds flock to High St market
CROWDS
of shoppers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's first outdoor market to be held in the town's High Street on Friday (June 23rd). A dozen stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, crafts and other local produce were set up in the centre of the High Street near Cross Street. More...

End of the line for Parkway?
ANGRY residents living near Burnham-On-Sea's controversial Frank Foley Parkway say they are giving up hope of the road ever being completed after new lines directing motorists off the road were introduced this week. The new lines form part of a new traffic calming scheme. More...

Blaze body still unidentified
A BODY found in the charred remains of a bungalow near Burnham-On-Sea one week ago has still not been identified due to the severity of the blaze. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday, West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose said the identity was still unknown. More...

Firewalk is a sizzling success!
WATCHED by large crowds, more than 30 daring volunteers walked over burning hot coals to raise money for a local charity on Wednesday night (June 21st). Local bobby Mark Curran was among the gutsy locals taking part in the event at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. More...

Island swim entries still open
A FEW places remain for swimmers wanting to take part in this year's Stert Island Swim, which is being held this year on Sunday 30th July. The swim starts at 10am and the swimmers enter the water to the left of the jetty at the top of Pier Street in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Concerns grow for missing man
POLICE are concerned for the welfare of a missing man who is suffering from depression and who may be in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. Police say Ian Willis, 38, has not been seen since Friday 16th June. He was in the Weston-super-Mare area. More...

Three arrested after vandalism
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have arrested three youths after damage was caused to paving stones at Marine Cove, near to the town's Esplanade. Earlier this month, we reported how paving slabs had been pulled up and thrown into a nearby ornamental pond. More...

New shopping guide launched
A BRAND new pocket-sized booklet providing an A-Z guide to the best of Burnham-On-Sea's shops has been officially launched this week. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade Chairman John Edwards unveiled the pocket-sized guide at a ceremony on Tuesday night (June 20th). More...

Church receives 'green' boost
A CHURCH near Burnham-On-Sea has received a boost with the news that it is to get funding for environmental improvements from the Somerset Landscape Scheme, a County Council project which aims to conserve and restore the countryside across the county. More...

Fun Day raises £900 for BARB
A DAY of fun at a Brean caravan park raised several hundred pounds for Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft. Old-fashioned games and a children's sponsored walk were held at Diamond Farm, raising more than £900 for BARB, the charity that runs the hovercraft. More...

Town concert line-up unveiled
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's popular annual outdoor concert, Under A Summer Moon, have announced the line-up of acts playing at the event. The event will be held from 7.30pm to midnight on Saturday July 15th with gates at the BASC ground opening from 6.30pm. More...

School ties voted into history
NECK ties are no longer a compulsory part of student's uniforms at a Burnham-On-Sea school after pupils voted to ditch them. From Friday, King Alfred School students in Year 7 have been able to remove their traditional ties and wear a new shirt bearing the school logo instead. More...

Crowds flock to jazz event
HUNDREDS of jazz fans gathered in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (June 18th) for the town's annual Jazz In The Park. The popular event was organised by CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society. More...

Town vandals strike again
VANDALS have struck again in Burnham-On-Sea, smashing the windows of a shop in the High Street. Thomas's, a key cutting and shoe repair shop, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning (June 17th) when a front window at the premises was broken. More...

Coach trips boost for Burnham
HUNDREDS of Weston day trippers are coming to Burnham-On-Sea instead because they don't want to be dropped off in a coach unloading area that's more than a mile away from the resort's town centre. Coach bosses say the number of trips to Weston are at an all-time low. More...

Crowds ready for jazz event
HUNDREDS of jazz fans are set to gather in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (June 18th) for the town's annual Jazz In The Park. The popular event is organised by CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society. More...

Mum loses race case appeal
A MOTHER who lost a county court case in which she claimed her son was racially abused at a school in Burnham-on-Sea has been refused leave to appeal. The Appeal Court ruling is a blow to Aliya Smethurst's hopes of winning compensation against the school. More...

One dead in bungalow blaze
A BODY has been found by police as they searched through the burnt-out remains of a bungalow on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (June 15th). Brent Road was completely closed to traffic for much of the day after the blaze broke out early on Thursday. More...

Fire closes Brent Road
FIRE crews and police rushed to a serious bungalow fire on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (June 15th). Brent Road was completely closed to traffic, as pictured, after flames damaged a property next to the busy commuter route. More...

Prince Charles hands over MBE
A BURNHAM-On-Sea St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours this week received her award from Prince Charles. Pat Comer was presented with the award at a special ceremony in Buckingham Palace. More...

Round Table invites newcomers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Round Table has issued an open invitation to local people to join its group. The group, which meets fortnightly, is keen to hear from men aged between 18 and 41 who would like to become members. Those interested should contact Chairman Steve Bird. More...

Town regatta plans announced
AN illuminated night-time procession of boats in the waters off Burnham will be one of the highlights of the 2006 Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club Regatta, which is set to be held over three days in June and July. The illuminated procession will be held on June 30th. More...

We're now speech-enabled
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com is now speech-enabled to help those users with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, or anyone with a mild visual impairment. This new functionality lets visitors listen to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

New tourism boss starts job
THE tourist resorts of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow have a new person helping to promote them following the appointment of Cathy Bryon-Edmond as the district's new Tourism and Marketing Officer. Cathy has worked in tourism for approximately 20 years. More...

Zebra crossing cash row erupts
BURNHAM-On-Sea councillors have lashed out at roads bosses after learning that money earmarked for two new pedestrian crossings in the town has been taken away. A pair of new zebra crossings had been planned for Berrow Road and Marine Drive. More...

Darts champ faces pub players
DARTS ace Martin 'Wolfie' Adams - the British Darts Organisation's number one - was in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday night (June 12th) to play against regulars in a pub tournament. The English Darts Team captain took on 18 players at the Lighthouse Inn. More...

Holiday fun for Gateway Club
MORE than 35 Burnham-On-Sea people who suffer from learning difficulties boarded a coach for a summer holiday in Devon on Monday (June 12th). Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club has organised the five-day break to Seaton for 36 members and 17 staff. More...

Over 300 complete triathlon
THE 20th annual Burnham-On-Sea triathlon - a 500m swim followed by a 20km cycle and then a 5km run - took place on Sunday (June 11th) and attracted over 300 competitors. But it was an 85-year-old Burnham pensioner who stole the limelight. More...

EU praises sea water quality
SEA water quality at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow has this week been praised in a brand new EU report. The area's bathing water quality is excellent, according to the European Commission study, which looked at water quality at thousands of beaches across the whole of the UK. More...

Hovercraft helps mud couple
BURNHAM-On-Sea's training hovercraft was launched on Sunday (June 11th) amid concern that two people spotted half a mile out in thick mud near the town's beach lighthouse could get into difficulty. The craft was launched as a precautionary measure to advise them of the risks. More...

Beach fall woman in hospital
A HOLIDAYMAKER was taken to hospital on Saturday (June 10th) after injuring herself in a fall on Burnham beach. Phillis Phillips, who is believed to be in her 20s, stumbled after stepping into a hole whilst wandering along the beach - leaving her with a suspected broken ankle. More...

World Cup fever sweeps town!
BURNHAM-On-Sea went football-crazy on Saturday (June 10th) as England kicked off their first match in the World Cup. Large crowds of England supporters packed into pubs across the town to watch David Beckham and team mates beat underdogs Paraguay 1-0. More...

Swan dies as rescue bid fails
A SWAN which was caught by wildlife rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week has died after a battle to remove a fishing hook from the bird's throat. The male swan was put down after the vet operating on him realised the damage was too extensive for surgical repair. More...

Dog sparks lifeboat launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat was called out at 5.30pm on Saturday June 10th after reports that a dog had gone missing in Bridgwater Bay. Global Marine, the D-Class lifeboat, was launched from the slipway with a crew of two onboard to search for the animal. More...

Stert Island visitors risk fines
BOAT owners who land on Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea, have this week been warned they risk heavy fines by continuing to put wildlife at threat. English Nature issued the warning after sunbathers were seen on the island during the hot weather. More...

M5 crash delays commuters
EARLY morning traffic on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was held up on Friday (June 9th) after a two-car accident near Sedgemoor Services. The accident happened on the northbound carriageway between the junction 22 slipway and the service station. More...

330 ready for town's triathlon
THE 20th annual Burnham-On-Sea triathlon - a 500m swim followed by a 20km cycle and then a 5km run- will take place this Sunday (June 11th). When the event first started, it attracted 100 participants - it now has 330 competitors taking part this weekend. More...

New Deputy Mayor appointed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor was officially handed his chain of office this week when he formally took on the new role. Cllr Dave Parry was this week handed the cermonial Deputy Mayor's chain by Mayor Eric Gill in the town's Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road. More...

Rotary Club's £700 cash boost
BIG-hearted Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club members were out in force this week, collecting money for local charities. More than £700 was raised for the Burnham and Highbridge branch of St John Ambulance and other groups during a collection at Sanders Garden World. More...

Fears for town library funding
A BURNHAM-On-Sea County Councillor has this week raised concerns that cuts in library funding across Somerset could hit the town's library. County Councillor Mike Facey said he would fight any attempt to cut services at Burnham's Princess Street library. More...

Trapped cow freed by fire crew
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea joined in the rescue of a trapped cow at Brean on Wednesday morning (June 7th). Fire crews from Burnham and other local stations were called to help free the animal at Diamond Farm caravan park in the holiday village. More...

We win top Web site award!
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has been crowned the region's top Web site of 2006 by winning the coveted 'Web Site of The Year' award at the annual South West Media Awards. At a glitzy awards ceremony on Tuesday (June 6th), the Web site was presented with the top award. More...

Princess Hall thrown a lifeline
THE threat of closure looming over Burnham's Princess Hall appears to have eased this week after town councillors announced they are planning the possible launch of a charitable trust to oversee the facility. A working party of councillors had a "very constructive" meeting. More...

Stert speedboat runs aground
BURNHAM-On-Sea's two lifeboats rushed to the aid of a stranded speedboat which ran aground on Stert Island on Tuesday afternoon (June 6th). The speedboat, called Eclipse, suffered engine problems with four people onboard and drifted onto the island. More...

New Asda store gets go-ahead
ASDA was formally given the go-ahead by planners to build its huge new proposed supermarket in Highbridge on Tuesday (June 6th). As reported last year, the store is planned for land formerly used by the Woodberry and Haines furniture company. It could create 100 new jobs. More...

Photo review of Brean movie
FILMING of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster took place on Brean Down on Tuesday (June 6th) and several Burnham-On-Sea.com readers were among the extras on the set. They starred as foot soldiers in the The Golden Age - alongside Cate Blanchett - and we have several photos. More...

Mayor announces Civic Awards
THE names of the four residents who are to receive this year's Civic Awards were announced by the town's Mayor on Monday evening (June 5th). Cllr Eric Gill said there had been a good number of well-deserving people put forward for the awards, which will be presented later this year. More...

Vandals rip up paving stones
VANDALS have gone on the rampage in a Burnham-On-Sea public garden, ripping up paving stones and damaging seats - angering the town's Mayor. Marine Cove has been partially closed to the public after vandals conducted the night-time attack over the weekend. More...

No hosepipe ban for Burnham
THE possibility of hosepipe bans being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area have been reduced after a wet May. Bristol Water, which runs reservoirs in our area, said on Monday (June 5th) that water levels are now 96% full on average - 4% up on last week. More...

Sky News visits BARB crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft received national TV coverage on Sunday (June 4th) when Sky News aired several live reports from the town about the work of the life-saving service. Five live reports were broadcast throughout the day, with press officer Mark Newman being interviewed. More...

210 vintage cars roll into town
MORE than 200 vintage vehicles rolled onto Burnham's seafront on Saturday evening (June 3rd) for the 13th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The South Esplanade was closed to traffic for more than four hours to allow the crowds to wander around. More...

Hollywood movie boost for Brean
BREAN Down is being transformed in to a Hollywood movie set ahead of the filming of a brand new blockbuster at the site on Monday (June 5th). The cast and crew of The Golden Age are putting mock cannons and a huge film set into place on the top of the Down. More...

Star alongside Cate Blanchett!
HOLLYWOOD actress Cate Blanchett will be in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, this week to film a brand new blockbuster movie - and producers want local people to come forward to star as extras. The cast and crew of a film called The Golden Age will be filming at Brean. More...

Lifeboat crews rush to jet skier
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats joined Weston's RNLI crews in helping to rescue a jet skier who got into difficulties near Brean Down on Saturday morning, June 3rd. Boats from Burnham and Weston rushed to the skier, who was south of Brean Down when his machine's battery failed.
More...

12 new homes planned for field
A FIELD in Burnham-On-Sea could soon have a dozen new homes built on it if an application submitted to planners this week gets the go-ahead. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that an application for 12 new homes and 18 car parking spaces has been submitted for a field just off Love Lane. More...

New blow for wind farm plan
PARISH councillors living next to a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this week gave their verdict on the scheme. At a meeting of Burnham Without Parish Council on Thursday (June 1st), members narrowly voted to reject the application. More...

Stuck car sparks fresh alert
FOUR fire crews rushed to Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday evening (June 1st) amid concerns that a vehicle had become stuck in the mud... but it turned out to be a Range Rover which had been there since April. A tourist visiting the beach spotted the vehicle and dialled 999. More...

Vintage vehicles roar into town
MORE than 200 vintage vehicles are set to converge on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 3rd) for the 13th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The South Esplanade will be closed to traffic for four hours to allow the crowds to wander around. More...

Crazy Frog visits local funpark
LOVE him or loathe him, the Crazy Frog drew crowds to Brean Leisure Park on Thursday (June 1st) when he helped launch the park's summer season. Dressed in his trademark helmet and goggles, the character entertained visitors by wandering through the park. More...

Adult day services to move
ADULTS with learning disabilities who use day services at Highbridge's Pepperall Resource Centre will have to travel to Bridgwater when a number of changes are introduced during the next 18 months. A new Bridgwater building is to be built to cater for adults in our area. More...

Town lifeboat station opened
Members of Burnham-On-Sea's Lifeboat Supporters Group were on hand to open up the town's RNLI station to visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend and holiday period.
Visitors were able to talk about the lifeboats to a team of specially trained supporters members. More...

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