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Wind farm 'invalid' - planners
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have been deemed "invalid" by district planners, we can reveal. In a surprise twist on Friday (March 31st) the
District Council said inadequate information about access to the site had been given. More...

Courage Awards for brave five
BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea youngsters who have overcome difficulties have been honoured at the town's 2006 Youth of Courage Awards.
The Rotary Club event is held every two years to celebrate the achievements of local youngsters who have shown tremendous courage. More...

World boxing champ visits Brean
world boxing champion Duke McKenzie was the special guest at a night of local boxing in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday March 30th. The former WBO and European Flyweight Champion joined an audience of more than 400 people for a dinner boxing evening at Brean Leisure Park. More...

Town seafront gets a battering
tides and strong winds combined to give Burnham a battering on Thursday morning, March 30th. The town's flood gates at the top of the jetty and Maddock's Slade were closed by the Environment Agency as a precuation, as the stormy weather conditions hit the area. More...

New homes plan wins backing
to build 12 new homes on a patch of derelict land near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given the thumbs-up by town planners. The proposal for a dozen new properties on land bordering Naish Road and Berrow Road were backed by planners at a meeting on Tuesday night. More...

14 new wind farm photos unveiled
A NEW set of photos has been released showing how the controversial wind farm planned for the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea would look if it gets the go-ahead by local planners.
Ecotricity, the company behind the scheme, has released 14 photos of the five wind turbines from different local spots. More...

Council strike hits Burnham
of council staff in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge joined a nationwide strike in protest at changes to their pensions on Tuesday. Several council-run services in the area were disrupted as workers walked out for 24 hours, but the towns were not severely affected. More...

Night club to re-open in April
that a Burnham-On-Sea night club may be closing down have been dismissed after the owner said that it is to relaunch in April. Shakers in the High Street has been closed for several weeks, prompting concerns among clubbers that the night spot might be shutting for good. More...

Cliff plunge dog not found
A COUPLE who lost their dog when it ran over the edge of cliffs at Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, returned on Monday for a renewed attempt to try and find the animal. But despite a big search of the area, David Staynings and Diana Benjamin did not find their four-year-old greyhound. More...

New Sanders pet centre opens
of animal lovers flocked to the official opening of Sanders Garden World's new Pet and Aquatic Centre on Saturday, March 25th. Pauline Kidner, Founder of Secret World wildlife rescue centre, declared the new Pet and Aquatic Centre open alongside Weston-super-Mare's mayor. More...

Town pupils hear about RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's visits and education officer Tony Deahl has been busy explaining to youngsters at King Alfred School the job of the life-saving lifeboats service and the need for continued fundraising. He was among several RNLI staff at the Higbridge school this week. More...

Dog lost in fall at Brean Down
A TORCH-lit search of Brean Down was called off by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Sunday night after a dog believed to have fallen over the steep cliffs was not found.
The animal's owners had been walking their greyhound along the top of the Down when it ran over the cliffs. More...

Wind farm power row erupts
A WAR of
words has broken out between campaigners fighting a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea and the company proposing the scheme regarding the amount of power that the turbines would generate. KNOll to Windfarm say it is "confused" by the figures supplied by Ecotricity. More...

Paramedics rush to eldery man
teams of paramedics raced to help an elderly man who collapsed in a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Sunday lunchtime. The man, believed to be in his 70s, suffered breathing problems and collapsed at around 1.15pm in a corridor at the Reed's Arms pub on Burnham seafront. More...

Scouts visit town's hovercraft
A GROUP of scouts from Worle, near Weston, met the crew members who run Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft during a special visit recently. A group of a dozen children from the recently formed Second Worle Scout Group were shown around the hovercraft and given safety advice. More...

Council strike 'won't disrupt Burnham'
-On-Sea residents have been reassured that a huge nationwide strike by council staff on Tuesday March 28th should not cause too much disruption in the town. A shutdown of public services is threatened when unions hold the action, but council bosses say we won't be affected. More...

Rebels unveil replacement rider
at the Burnham-On-Sea based speedway team Somerset Rebels have moved swiftly to cover for injured Czech International Pavel Ondrasik by signing Geramn rider Stephan Katt as his replacement. Katt rode for the team in 2003, when he took part in 30 meetings. More...

Seafront drinking crackdown
than a dozen signs like this one will be appearing along Burnham-On-Sea seafront in coming weeks as the town launches a fresh crackdown on anti-social drinking. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that fourteen of the signs are to be installed along The Esplanade. More...

Traders voice market fears
-On-Sea shop owners this week gave a cautious welcome to plans for a three-day continental market to be held on the town's seafront this summer. Further details about the event were unveiled by Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie Spalding on Wednesday evening, March 23rd. More...

Rebels rider 'recovering well'
ONE of the leading members of the Burnham-On-Sea based Somerset Rebels speedway team, Pavel Ondrasik, is recovering well after undergoing surgery on Wednesday following an accident at the weekend in which he broke his wrist. The Checz star had the operation in Prague. More...

Wind scheme reaches planners
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were officially submitted to district planners on Wednesday.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported on Monday that the bid would reach Sedgemoor District planners this week - and that's just what happened. More...

Barrage referred to Deputy PM
£650 million bid to build a huge Severn barrage between Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, and Wales has been referred to the Deputy Prime Minister, we can reveal. The proposal for a 1km wide barrage was unveiled earlier this month by entrepreneur Gareth Woodham. More...

Bishop visits Burnham school
-On-Sea school which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year was visited by the Bishop of Bath and Wells this week. The Right Revnd Peter Price, Bishop of Bath and Wells, visited St Andrew's School in Dunstan Road on Monday - much to the delight of pupils and staff. More...

Firefighters tackle heath blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from across Somerset tackled a major heathland fire at Crook Peak, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Monday March 20th. Seven crews from Somerset Fire and Rescue service dealt with the large gorse fire on the northern side of the hillside, which raged for more than four hours. More...

Free bus passes for over 60s
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents over 60 years old and certain categories of people with disabilities will soon be able to travel free on buses across the county.
Sedgemooor District Council announced this week that it and the County Council are launching a new Travelpass Scheme. More...

Court rejects racist claims
A MOTHER who claimed her son was racially abused at a fee-paying school in Burnham-On-Sea lost her claim for damages on Monday March 20th. Aliya Smethurst had claimed her son Mikhail was called "mud face" as a six-year-old at St Christopher's School, but the court rejected the claim. More...

Wind plan goes to planners
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea will be submitted to planners this week.
Ecotricity, the company behind the scheme, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday March 20th that its proposal would reach planners within 48 hours. More...

Speedway man injured in crash
ONE of the leading members of Burnham-On-Sea's Somerset Rebels speedway team could be out of action for at least a month after breaking his wrist in an accident over the weekend. New Czech signing Pavel Ondrasik was involved in an accident on Saturday night. More...

Sunshine boost for traders
LONG-awaited Spring sunshine brought the crowds into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, putting a smile back onto the faces of traders in the town. The weather was welcome news for the tourist trade which has been suffering from a late start to Spring caused by cold weather. More...

School celebrates 150 years
A BURNHAM school which is celebrating its 150th anniversary has being attracting former pupils, parents and teachers with an exhibition charting its history. Stephen James, head teacher at St Andrew's, opened the doors this week to let people join in with the celebrations. More...

Burnham man shot himself
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man suffering after the death of his wife shot himself because he could not cope without her, an inquest was told this week. Peter Whitcombe, 66, of Old Burnham Road, killed himself at Jaycroft Road after tragically suffering the loss of his wife to cancer. More...

Celebrity chefs draw crowds
A CROWD of over 3,000 people watched three top TV celebrity chefs perform cookery demonstrations and workshops at a popular food fayre in Brean on Thursday (March 16th). Lesley Waters, Ed Baines and Martin Blunos appeared at the annual 2006 Somerset Food Fayre. More...

Matthew just misses top spot
BURNHAM-On-Sea fashion student Matthew Bowkett just missed out on first place in the final of Sky One's reality TV series Project Catwalk on Thursday night.
But the 21 year-old from Stoddens Road is quite rightly proud of his overall second place in the overall series. More...

Angry motorist writes to PM
AN ANGRY Burnham-On-Sea motorist has written to Prime Minister Tony Blair demanding stiffer sentences for vandals who commit so-called 'petty' crimes. Dee Emery, pictured, has contacted 10 Downing Street after her family's car was attacked in a Burnham street. More...

Lighthouse sprouts extra leg!
walkers in Burnham-On-Sea were forgiven for taking a double take at the town's low lighthouse this week after it appeared to sprout an extra tenth leg! But there was no need for concern - the famous landmark was simply getting a spring clean and a makeover thanks to a fresh lick of paint. More...

Highbridge rail services boost
in Burnham-On-Sea have been handed a boost from train operator First Great Western, which has announced several new services for Highbridge Railway Station. From December, there will be 21 trains to the north and 22 to the south each day - an increase on the current service. More...

Clothing leaflets caution urged
in Burnham-On-Sea are being advised to be "cautious" about responding to a leaflet being dropped through town letterboxes which encourages donations of clothing for the third world. Scores of the leaflets were delivered across the Burnham area this week. More...

Big crowds to watch TV chefs
A CROWD of up to 3,000 people is expected to watch three top TV celebrity chefs when they perform cookery demonstrations and workshops at a popular food fayre in Brean on Thursday (March 16th). Lesley Waters, Ed Baines and Martin Blunos will appear at the annual event. More...

Lights spark Coastguard alert
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguard was called out in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 11th, after a visitor became concerned about a set of lights on the town's beach. The alarm was raised at 1am when the man spotted several lights on the sands south of the town's lighthouse
. More...

Animal lovers at garden centre
of animal lovers flocked to Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, at the weekend when it hosted an Animal Care Day to tie in with the upcoming opening of its brand new Pet and Aquatic Centre. Staff from Secret World rescue attended the one-day event. More...

Sand yachts compete at Brean
BITTERLY cold winds and snow showers failed to put off 20 sand yachting enthusiasts from gathering on Brean Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday March 12th.
The current leader of the British Land Yachting Championships, Martin Leach, was in top form at the two-day event. More...

Show is a blooming success!
A GROUP of green-fingered Burnham-On-Sea residents was celebrating on Saturday March 11th after winning trophies at the town's Spring horticultural show. More than 200 entries were submitted to the annual event, ranging from flowers and cookery items to photos
and artwork. More...

RNLI appeals for volunteers
-On-Sea lifeboat station has appealed for new volunteer crew members, shore helpers and tractor drivers to come foward. The station said on Saturday it urgently requires crew and a tractor driver, who must be available in the daytime. Full RNLI training will be given. More...

Two cars collide in A38 crash
ONE person was taken to hospital with neck injuries after a two-car accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (March 11th).
Paramedics and police were called to the scene, outside the Orchard Inn at Highbridge, shortly after 10.30am - but no-one was seriously injured. More...

Green Party attacks barrage plans
THE Green Party said this week it has
"deep misgivings" about the scale of the huge Severn Barrage being planned between Brean Down and Wales, but the party said it was pleased that the "looming energy crisis" would be put back on the agenda by coverage of the £650million plan. More...

Thieves target elderly woman
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was the victim of a distraction theft at a supermarket in the town.
The victim was shopping in Tesco at Love Lane at about 2pm on Thursday March 9th when she was approached by a man and a woman. More...

Town carnival 'under threat'
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's carnival is under serious threat because of a lack of volunteers, says the man running the popular annual event. Carnival Chairman Mike Young warned this week that if more volunteers are not found, the annual winter carnival's future could be in jeopardy
. More...

TV star Matthew reaches final
BURNHAM-On-Sea fashion student Matt Bowkett reached the final of Sky One's Project Catwalk TV show on Thursday night (March 9th) when he beat three other contestants vying for a place in next week's grand final of the programme which will be held at London Fashion Week. More...

Easter switch-on for new lights
SIXTEEN extra illuminations are to be switched on along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront over the next few weeks. A second set of colourful blue and white lights between the Tourist Information Centre and Sailing Club are to be installed before Easter, it was confirmed this week.

Town's holiday brochure is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 2006 holiday brochure was officially launched at a travel industry event in Brean this week. The 'More of a Holiday 2006 Sedgemoor' publication was unveiled at the Somerset Holiday Literature and Catering Trade Show at Brean Leisure Park on Tuesday
morning. More...

New photos of wind farm plan
NEW photos showing what the proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea will look like have been released this week by the pressure group fighting the scheme.
The 'kNOll to Wind Farm' group issued the photos to show how the five wind turbines will look. More...

Carnival cash boost for groups
GROUPS from across Burnham-On-Sea received cash windfalls this week from the town's Carnival organisers.
The Burnham and Highbridge Carnival Committee handed over more than £6,250 of donations to representatives of 14 groups when they gathered at the town's Ritz Club (pictured). More...

Woman injured after crash
TRAFFIC was disrupted through the Isleport Industrial Estate, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Monday morning after a rush-hour accident. The accident occurred at 8.45am when a Mercedes van collided with a Toyota MR2 sports car
. The female driver was taken to hospital suffering with neck and shoulder pain. More...

Skittles raise fun and funds!
players flocked to Highbridge over the weekend to take part in a two-day fundraising event for Burnham’s rescue hovercraft. The skittles marathon was held at the George Inn on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th in aid of BARB. Run by charity fundraiser Mikki Tilley, it raised £170. More...

Music scheme for High Street
PEOPLE wandering along Burnham High Street could soon be entertained with background music from the town's band in an effort to get shoppers to return more regularly. A proposal to play 'homely' music from several speakers along the street has been put forward
and is now under consideration. More...

Radio DJs take on Rebels riders!
RIDERS from the Burnham-On-Sea based Somerset Rebels took on the DJs from Somerset's Orchard FM during a special go-garting challenge on Saturday March 4th. The fast-paced event was full of thrills and spills and was watched by large crowds. Find out who won with our report. More...

Lifeboat station holds AGM
MORE than 40 crewmembers and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI gathered in the town's Sailing Club for the group's annual meeting on Friday night, March 3rd. During the meeting, three of the station's helmsmen were presented with competency certificates by RNLI Divisional Inspector Simon Pryce.

£650m barrage plan unveiled
A HUGE £650 million project to build a barrage between Brean Down and Lavernock Point in Wales has been submitted to district planners this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com spoke to Gareth Woodham, the wealthy entrepreneur who is behind the project
, which will link England and Wales. More...

TV thriller for Burnham's Matt
FOLLOWERS of Burnham fashion student Matt Bowkett were kept on the edge of their seats on Thursday night (March 2nd) when he only just managed to avoid being booted off Sky One's Project Catwalk TV show. He had been tasked with making an outfit for Top Shop
, but struggled. More...

Garden centre celebrates five years
STAFF and customers at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, will be celebrating the garden centre’s fifth birthday next week, March 14th.
The centre has played host to more than five million customers since opening in March 2001 and is marking its anniversary with several events. More...

Round Table cash up for grabs
NEEDY groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to step forward and make a claim for a pot of cash. Burnham Round Table has a surplus of money left over after a successful year of fundraising, which it wants to distribute to local groups
who apply over the next few weeks. More...

Icy start to spring for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea shivered in a winter chill on Wednesday, March 1st, as snow and sub-zero temperatures struck on a day seen by some as the start of Spring. Several light downfalls of snow passed through the town on Wednesday, briefly leaving some on the ground, and leaving impressive wintry scenes. More...

Vehicle stolen from Burnham street
THIEVES drove away an expensive people carrier vehicle from central Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday night, February 28th. The vehicle was stolen from a parking area in Cross Street, near The Esplanade, between 7pm and 10.45pm. Police conducted enquiries in the area on Wednesday and are appealing for information. More...

Burnham scoops lotto windfall
MEMBERS of the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership are celebrating after securing a huge grant from the Big Lottery fund for almost £127,000. The money will be used to help the regeneration of the towns through the appointment of a person to oversee the work. More...

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