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Fire crews called to 3am crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out in the early hours of Saturday (March 31st) to deal with an accident involving two cars on the M5 motorway near the town. One fire appliance from Burnham and another from Weston were alerted at 3am to the incident on the southbound carriageway. More...

RNLI fundraising sales begin
BURNHAM
-On-Sea RNLI's Supporters Group is holding a daily sale of souvenirs and collectables at the lifeboat station during the Easter period. The group's first sale was held on Saturday morning (March 31st), pictured here, and these will continue until mid-April. More...

Police chief to address meeting
CRIME
and regeneration will be the two main discussion points at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's 33rd annual town meeting in April. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday April 11th, will be held in the town council's Jaycroft Road chambers from 7pm and will be open to the public. More...

Graffiti vandals strike again
GRAFFITI vandals have struck again in Highbridge this week, daubing more messages on walls and fences in several areas of the town, much to the concern of local residents. In the latest incidents, Southwell House, Wade House and Alpha House have all been targeted. More...

Mayor opens new charity shop
A NEW charity shop was officially opened in Highbridge by the town's Mayor on Friday morning (March 30th). Eric Gill and Mayoress Gilli Kenyon-Gill did the honours for the British Institute for Brain Injured Children when its new shop opened in Church Street. More...

New-look town pub re-opens
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub will re-open on Friday night (March 30th) following a three-month revamp. The Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street has spent thousands of pounds on redecorating its interior and outside facia in recent months and opens on Friday evening. More...

Brave youngsters honoured
THREE young people from the Burnham-On-Sea area who have successfully overcome difficulties received recognition during the Rotary Club's annual Youth Of Courage awards ceremony held Brent Knoll's Battleborough Grange hotel on Thursday evening, March 29th. More...

Deadline nears for elections
BUDDING local politicians in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have just a few days left to put their names forward for this year's district and town council elections. Residents can put their names forward for positions on the district and town councils until 12 noon on April 4th. More...

New search for bridge solution
CONCERNED town councillors discussed the long-term closure of Walrow railway bridge in Highbridge when a Somerset roads boss visited the bridge on Thursday (March 29th). The group met Liam Gill, Highways Service Manager, to try and find a solution at the bridge. More...

Burnham praised in new survey
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been heavily praised in a brand new tourism survey published on Thursday (March 29th). Its "warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere" has been highlighted, along with its "quality beaches" and "flat walking terrain". The survey involved over 400 people. More...

Police issue 'skimming' advice
POLICE have this week issued security advice to Burnham-On-Sea cashpoint users after a visitor to the town voiced his fears about a 'skimming' device being attached to a cash machine in the town. Ernie Horobin was contacted by Lloyds Bank after an incident in February this year. More...

Enforcement notice served
Exclusive: AN enforcement notice is set to be issued during the next 24 hours requesting that a Burnham-On-Sea land owner stops using her garden for a caravan occupied by well known Burnham Big Issue seller Colin Johnstone (pictured). The landowner is likely to appeal. More...

Coastguards in cliff exercise
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards rehearsed a rescue on the steep cliffs of Brean Down on Wednesday night (March 28th). Two members of the group's cliff rescue team were lowered from the trig point at the top of the Down to the sea below in order to reach a 'casualty'. More...

River Brue oil spill is contained
THESE were the scenes at the River Brue in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (March 27th) after a big clean-up operation was launched following an oil spill. The Environment Agency has been using large booms and sandbags to contain the oil at the point where it discharged from a culvert into the river. More...

Cargo ship traffic set to rise
Exclusive: THE number of large cargo ships passing Burnham-On-Sea on their way to Dunball Wharf could be set to jump after this week's signing of a major new deal. Riverbulk Shipping Limited has secured an exclusive option to use Dunball Wharf for the next 20 years. More...

Unitary council moves closer
DISTRICT Council leaders in Somerset have expressed confidence that Somerset County Council’s plans to create a single-tier local authority covering Burnham and the whole of Somerset will soon be dropped. A decision was made on Tuesday (March 27th) to put the plans out to consultation. More...

Shoe shop hopes for Web win
BOSSES at a Burnham-On-Sea shoe shop are keeping their fingers crossed for success after their website was this week short-listed for a top online retailing award. Shickles Shoes launched its website last year and is in the running for an award in the 2007 Drapers awards. More...

St John group trials new kit
ST JOHN ambulance volunteers in Highbridge have this week been trialling a new mobile spinal board which is set to speed up the process of helping casualties injured in car accidents across our area. The new extraction device has just been introduced in ambulances. More...

Busy start to tourist season
SUMMER opening hours have this week begun at Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information Centre, which is now open seven days a week right through to the end of October. Cindy Tee, Visitor Services Manager, said: "We have already had a positive start this year - the number of enquiries about places to visit has ben high." More...

Youngsters help town police
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are recruiting schoolchildren in their latest crime-fighting initiative to tackle distraction burglars. On Tuesday (March 27th) they handed out greetings cards to children at St Andrew's School to give to elderly and vulnerable relations. More...

Council rallies to help bridge firms
CONCERNED Burnham and Highbridge town councillors have this week called for parking charges in Highbridge to be abolished and tax relief to be given to shops in a bid to help those businesses that have been hit by the long-term closure of the busy Walrow railway bridge. More...

Spring appeal from charity
ANIMAL carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea are being kept busy with a whole host of Spring newcomers including a goat kid, baby badgers and newly-hatched birds. Looking after the youngsters is keeping staff busy around-the-clock. More...

Busy evening for fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled FIVE incidents in four hours during one of their busiest-ever evenings on Monday (March 26th). The busy few hours began when crews tackled a hedge fire at 4.55pm at the rear of the Somerfield store in Highbridge. More...

Town group helps Babe Appeal
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge 123 have this week handed over a bumper cheque for £632.50 to The Babe Appeal. The money has been raised by the 'ladies circle' during the past 12 months through donations and fundraising events. More...

Anglers reel in funds for BARB
OVER sixty anglers have reeled in a bumper £1,000 for Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft rescue group during a beach fishing competition in the town. The money was handed over this week following the successful competition on Burnham beach earlier this month. More...

Man arrested after racist attack
POLICE in Highbridge are appealing for witnesses and information after a racially aggravated assault in the town. Shortly after midnight on Saturday (March 24th), the 38-year-old Asian male victim was at the Hot Shots club on Morland Road when racist comments were made to him. More...

Police appeal after boy robbed
Burnham-On-Sea police issued an appeal for witnesses on Monday morning (March 26th) after a boy was robbed of money in the town over the weekend. The 13-year-old was asked to hand over a quantity of money by a 20-year-old man on Friday (March 23rd) near the Somerset & Dorset pub in the High Street. More...

Shop window contest begins
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers will be able to win £100 by taking part in a competition to find unusual items hidden in 37 shop windows across the town in April. Run by the Chamber Of Trade, the contest to 'spot the odd item in shop windows' starts on March 31st. More...

Kit boost for young footballers
TWO Burnham-On-Sea youth football teams are celebrating this week after receiving a cash windfall that will help them buy new kit. County Councillor Mike Facey handed over a cheque for £500 to the club's under 15s team manager, Mark Smith, at the club's training ground. More...

Sand causes a heap of trouble
DISGRUNTLED Highbridge residents are calling on the district council to remove a heap of builder's sand which has been left unused in a car park for several months and is being spread across the tarmac by youngsters. Several PCSOs were called to the car park. More...

Fire destroys garden sheds
TWO garden sheds and a fence were destroyed during a fire at Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (March 24th). Two Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to Orchard Close at 4.30pm after a garden bonfire got out of control. It took 20 minutes to fully extinguish. More...

Fresh fears over credit card skimming
THE security of cash machines in Burnham-On-Sea is back in the spotlight after a holidaymaker who visited the town last month says he was contacted by Lloyds Bank regarding a new fraud scare. Ernie Horobin, from Surrey, used his credit card to draw money from one of the cash machines in College Street. More...

End of an era at Highbridge radio station
Work on demolishing a well-known Highbridge landmark has this week been completed as construction vehicles moved onto the site to begin work on building a multi-million pound housing estate. The former marine radio communications site in Pepperall Road has been razed to the ground to make way for 200 homes. More...

Police warn after van break-ins
BURNHAM-On-Sea van owners were warned on Friday (March 23rd) to be on their guard after a spate of tool thefts from vehicles in the area. During the last two weeks there have been at least 18 incidents along the A38 corridor where vans have been broken into. More...

Twin town visitors welcomed
MIKE Mansfield, Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea's Town Twinning Association, welcomed a group of visitors from France on Thursday (March 22nd) at the start of their week-long stay in the town. 19 pupils and staff are visiting from Louvigne, the town which is twinned with Burnham. More...

Calm weather for spring tides
CALM weather meant this week's series of very high 'spring tides' passed without any problems in Burnham-On-Sea. Earlier in the week, stormy seas had led Somerset's coastline to be put on a routine Flood Watch by the Environment Agency, extending from Porlock to Avonmouth. More...

Closure order served by police
A closure order has been served on a property in Burnham-On-Sea to stamp out anti-social behaviour. It is the first time that a closure notice has been granted on a property in the town. The notice was granted at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on Wednesday (March 21st). More...

Pub's seafront terrace plan rejected
Exclusive: A Burnham seafront pub's bid to get retrospective planning permission for a wooden decked terrace outside its premises has this week been turned down by planners. We recently reported how Chaplins on The Esplanade had spent more than £5,000 on building the new extension. More...

100 sign up for beach walk
OVER 100 people have already registered to take part in a sponsored beach walk between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean Down on Sunday 1st April to raise funds for the disability charity Scope. But organiser Mike Barsby is keen to hear from others who would like to take part. More...

Acoustic group to lead ceilidh
THE organisers behind Burnham-On-Sea's annual FolkFest are to hold a fundraising ceilidh and barn dance at the town's Ritz Club next month. Leading the revelry will be Banshee, a three-piece acoustic roots group who will be playing Irish and English jigs. More...

Surplus silt moved at club
TONNES of surplus silt that has been causing problems for Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club has this week been shifted by several bulldozers. The extra sand and mud had been swept in by a series of stormy high tides - raising the height of the beach. More...

Top water skiers return to town
Exclusive: The UK's national water skiing championships will return to Burnham-On-Sea this summer for the first time in more than 10 years. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that the UK's leading water skiers will be flocking to the town on Sunday August 5th during Burnham's regatta weekend. 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 in April. More...

Quantocks fire visible from Burnham
SOMERSET fire service received several calls from anxious Burnham-On-Sea residents on Wednesday morning (March 21st) when a large heathland fire was visible from the town. The blaze in the Quantocks - pictured here at 11.30am - lasted for around two hours and sparked a flurry of calls. More...

'Fame' opens at Princess Hall
THE high-spirited musical 'Fame' opens at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Thursday (March 22nd) when members of Mark Youth Theatre perform in the town. Three separate shows will be held on Thursday March 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th. More...

Lions Club marks its 30th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club has celebrated its 30th anniversary with a black tie dinner in Brean this week. More than 75 Lions Club members and guests from across the region gathered at the Farmer's Tavern at Brean Leisure Park for the special occasion. More...

Gales topple tree near homes
THE owners of this Burnham-On-Sea home received a big shock when they opened their curtains on Tuesday morning (March 20th) to find a huge tree had been blown over in last night's gales. The lime tree was blown over at Gardenhurst near Grove Road. More...

150 sign sports centre petition
MORE than 150 disgruntled members of Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre have signed a petition calling for discussions to take place on why a popular bar was removed from the building without notice earlier this year. The page-long petition calls for discussions. More...

Man robbed of laptop in town
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was assaulted and robbed of a laptop computer in the town on Monday (March 19th). At around 4.30pm the victim, who had his arm in a sling, was sat at the bus stop in Pier Street. More...

O2 must remove 'obtrusive' mast
Exclusive: Mobile phone operator O2 has one month to remove its controversial phone mast from the centre of Burnham-On-Sea after losing its bid to keep the structure in place. But the phone giant has also won the right to locate a separate mast in Highbridge. More...

Burnham braced for high tides
THE Arco Dart dredger sailed past Burnham-On-Sea on its way to Dunball Wharf on Monday evening (March 19th) after gale force winds and rough seas had earlier forced the ship to abort its trip. With winds reaching Gale Force 9 at times, the dredger postponed its trip on Sunday. More...

MP hits out at bridge closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has branded the decision to close a busy railway bridge in Highbridge for three years as 'outrageous' and vowed to fight the decision. We were first to report that the busy Walrow bridge would close to traffic for repairs. More...

First aiders come up trumps
ST JOHN Ambulance Cadets from Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea swept the board at the weekend's County First Aid Competitions. Two teams from the local division, based in Highbridge, competed against cadets from across Somerset in a range of group and individual tasks. More...

Police surgeries announced
RESIDENTS in Highbridge are being offered the chance to get closer to their Neighbourhood Policing Team. Community Beat Manager PC Gwilym Starks and Police Community Support Officer Sam Haydon are holding community beat surgeries every Thursday from 10am-11am. More...

Choral concert this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society members will be in good voice when they perform a concert later this month. The group will be performing Mozart's Requiem and excerpts from Samson by Handel on Saturday 24th March at St. Andrew's Church. More...

St Patrick's Day fun in town!
ST Patrick's Day was celebrated across Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (March 17th) when various events were laid on. 'Paddy's Party', a large fundraising event organised by Burnham's League of Friends, attracted big crowds to the Lakeside holiday village. More...

Clampers penalise motorist
CLAMPERS were back in action outside Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station's gates on Sunday afternoon (March 18th). Despite several prominent 'no parking' signs, including one on the gate in front of him, this motorist chose not to head the warning sign. More...

Major blaze in Highbridge
FIRE crews from across Somerset were tackling a major blaze at a furniture factory in Highbridge on Sunday morning (March 18th). Ten fire appliances from across the area were in attendance at the site at the Woodberry Haines site on the Walrow Industrial Estate. More...

MP visits former landfill site
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, visited a former landfill site in the town on Saturday (March 17th) which is set to be transformed into a recreational facility. The land on the Rosewood Farm Estate has been earmarked for a £240,000 project. More...

Second smoke bomb attack in town
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have been called out to deal with a second smoke bomb attack in the space of a week. On Friday night (March 16th), crews were called to East Avenue in Highbridge after a smoke grenade was pushed through the letterbox of a private home. More...

Mud drama during beach clean-up
A BIG clean-up operation on Burnham-On-Sea beach didn't quite go to plan on Saturday morning (March 17th). The event, organised by Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association, ground to a halt when the group's tractor became stuck in the mud. More... | Video

Firm's anger over vandalism spree
THE angry owner of a Burnham-On-Sea High Street business whose shop front has been damaged 14 times in 15 years has this week claimed police in the town are fighting a losing battle against crime. Boss Mark Woods said: "This is one of the hidden costs of running a business with shop front premises." More...

Fun all round on Red Nose Day
THESE were the some of the outfits worn by staff and students at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Friday (March 16th) when they took part in a 'wear what you want day'. It was all aimed at raising funds for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day - and they were incredibly successful. More...

Burglars target Highbridge shop
Burglars smashed their way into a Highbridge newsagents shop in the early hours of Friday morning (March 16th) in order to steal two crates of beer. Almost £1,500 of damage was caused to Smarts Newsagents in Church Street during the daring 3am raid. More...

Shadow minister visits town
LIBERAL Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Nick Clegg MP visited Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (March 16th). The MP was accompanied by Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency, which covers Burnham. More...

Jetty barrier moved by council
A BARRIER installed on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty to keep walkers away from storm-damaged areas has this week been moved to allow the RNLI to launch its lifeboats from further down the slipway. There were fears the RNLI would have problems in launching during spring tides. More...

Lib Dem minister visits town
LIBERAL Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Nick Clegg MP is to visit Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (March 16th). Mr Clegg, pictured, will be accompanied by Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency, which covers Burnham. More...

Buggy boosts Berrow family
A DISABLED Berrow lady and her mother are celebrating this week after receiving a life-changing buggy from a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Rebecca Wright, 33, was born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which her head is smaller than normal. More...

Highbridge rail bridge 'shut for three years'
Exclusive: A busy railway road bridge in the heart of Highbridge which was suddenly closed on Wednesday (March 14th) for emergency repairs may not re-open for THREE YEARS, county roads bosses have revealed to Burnham-On-Sea.com. The news has shocked residents and councillors. More...

Badger cubs arrive at centre
THREE cute young badger cubs are the latest arrivals at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Burnham-On-Sea. Bracken, Fern and Ivy arrived from Worcestershire Badger Group after having their set disturbed by builders and are being hand-reared by carers. More...

Volunteers wanted at Berrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to take part in a clean up at Berrow Dunes on Sunday (18th March) at 10.30am. Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will be visiting the Nature Reserve to undertake scrub clearance and marram grass planting and want more helpers. More...

Town MP joins London protest
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP joined council leaders, trades unionists and council chief executives in a protest in London on Wednesday (March 14th) as they stepped up their campaign to defeat government plans to establish more unitary authorities across Britain. More...

Repairs begin at Pontins Brean
REPAIR work will get underway shortly at Pontins holiday centre in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, after a lorry caused damage by crashing into the front entrance at the resort. The main front gates and a lamp post were damaged, as pictured, after the collision. More...

Town sea foam was harmless
LARGE quantities of white foam seen floating off Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday (March 13th) were harmless, the Environment Agency has confirmed. Several seafront residents spotted the foam floating up the estuary towards Bridgwater with the tide at 7.30am. More...

50 homes without power after accident
DOZENS of residents on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were left without power and telephones on Tuesday evening (March 13th) after a construction lorry brought down several power lines. Alstone Lane in Highbridge was closed to traffic by police and fire crews near the Royal Artillery Arms at 5.15pm. More...

Fears rise as plans approved
Exclusive: Controversial plans to demolish two huge industrial units in Love Lane, Burnham-On-Sea, have been given the go-ahead by district planners. The modernisation plans at Westmans Trading Estate were given the go-ahead by planners on Tuesday (March 13th). More...

Nuclear waste plan unveiled
HUNDREDS of tonnes of radioactive waste could be dumped in a new facility at Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, it emerged on Tuesday (March 13th). Plans are being drawn up for a bunker capable of holding 24,000 square metres of low-level waste. More...

New no cold calling zone starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first 'no cold calling zone' has officially been launched by town and district councillors in conjunction with residents and police. We reported last week how with help from the Safer Sedgemoor Partnership, Ashcott Drive residents are the first to set up the zone. More...

Carnival cash boost for groups
POOR weather may have caused a downturn in finances for Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival but on Monday night (March 12th) eight local groups shared a cash windfall. Burnham's 2006 Carnival Queen performed her final duty of the year by handing out cheques. More...

Inquest opened into death
AN INQUEST has been opened into the sudden death of a 21-year-old woman from Burnham-On-Sea. Callie Ford was found dead in her home by a family member late in the evening of Thursday February 22nd. Her funeral was held at St Andrew's Church on Friday. More...

Gold medal wins for Monarchs
THIS group of talented gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after striking gold during a top competition. The youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Gymnastics Club were competing in the South West Preliminaries at Yate. More...

Decision day for town firms
ANXIOUS companies on a Burnham-On-Sea industrial estate will learn on Tuesday (March 13th) whether controversial plans to demolish two huge industrial units are to be given the go-ahead. We reported last week that up to fourteen firms may close and the jobs of 30 people are threatened by the plans. More...

Capacity crowd sees 1930 film
ALMOST 200 people crowded into one of Burnham's Ritz Cinema screens on Sunday (March 11th) to watch rare film footage of the town during the 1930s. As we reported last month, a special screening of 'Norman Gobey - Burnham's Movie Maker' was held. More...

Happy ending in search for Penny!
Exclusive: A JACK Russell which went missing for four days near Burnham-On-Sea is back in the arms of her relieved owner this week after a lucky rescue. Penny, an eight year-old Jack Russell, went missing from her home near the M5 Sedgemoor Services and her owner, Rona Phillips, had almost given up hope of seeing her again. More...

50th anniversary at King Alfs
KING Alfred School in Highbridge is to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a special open evening and the publication of a 'memories book' featuring stories from former pupils and staff. The school wants to collect memories from anyone who has been associated with it. More...

Town's oldest resident in 110th year
THE funeral of Burnham-On-Sea's oldest resident, who died last week in her 110th year, will take place on Tuesday (March 13th). Kate Ackland passed away peacefully at Holywell Nursing Home in Brent Knoll on March 2nd, where she had lived for the last years of her life. More...

Baptism performed in the sea
THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday afternoon (March 11th) when two people were baptised in Bridgwater Bay. Thirty people from a Gloucestershire church gathered on the beach near the pier for the 30-minute ceremony. More...

Enthusiasts flock to RNLI event
THE room at Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre was filled to overflowing when almost sixty RNLI enthusiasts attended an open meeting to hear more about the RNLI's fundraising work and watch film footage of its rescues. Helmsmen Glenn Cutter also gave a first-hand account of the rescues at Burnham. More...

Red Nose Day fun in town!
FUN-loving staff at a Burnham-On-Sea travel agent raised hundreds of pounds towards Red Nose Day on Sunday (March 11th) when they held a fundraising car wash. Staff at First Choice washed scores of vehicles in their effort to raise £500 towards the BBC's Comic Relief. More...

Bumper year for Spring show
A MILD winter helped boost the number of entries at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring show when it was held on Saturday (March 10th). Show Secretary David Bryant, pictured, said the good weather had helped increase entries to 245. More...

Steady as she blows!
GUSTY wind provided challenging conditions for competitors taking part in the 2007 National Sand Yachting Regatta at Brean on Saturday (March 10th). The two-day event kicked off in the morning and strong winds initially challenged the 27 competitors. More... | Gallery

Five month wait on wind farm
ECOTRICITY'S bid to overturn the decision to throw out its controversial plans to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea will not be decided until late summer, it emerged this week. Town Clerk Eileen Shaw said the appeal is "unlikely to be assessed until August." More...

30 jobs 'threatened' by rebuild plans
UP TO to ten Burnham-On-Sea firms may close and the jobs of up to 30 people are threatened by plans to demolish two huge industrial units in the town, according to worried businesses. It comes as a scheme is due to go before planners on March 13th that would see two large buildings demolished. More...

70 cyclists roll into Burnham
A GROUP of 70 cyclists descended on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade on Saturday morning (March 10th) when a Taunton club stopped by on a 40-mile training trip. The group from Somerset Road Club frequently visit Burnham during the summer months for a refreshments stop. More...

Rose gives group a £250 boost
DELIGHTED youngsters at Highbridge Community Youth Club were celebrating on Friday night (March 9th) after being handed a £250 cash boost. Somerset County councillor Rosemarie Parsons presented the money towards the purchase of play equipment. More...

Busy town road dug up again
MOTORISTS travelling through Highbridge faced more delays this week as workmen dug up Church Street... only weeks after it was resurfaced. We reported last month how kerbs along Church Street were raised in an attempt to stop the problem of pavement parking. More...

Town gets no cold calling zone
A BURNHAM-On-Sea road is to become the first in the area to introduce a 'no cold calling zone'. With help from the Safer Sedgemoor Partnership, Ashcott Drive residents will be the first to benefit from the initiative, which targets unwanted sales people. More...

No charges for YouTube biker
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was interviewed by police about internet video footage of a high-speed biker tearing along roads on the outskirts of the town will not face charges. A police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is insufficient evidence for a prosecution." More...

Cyclist injured in town accident
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital with leg injuries after colliding with a van at a busy road junction in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (March 7th). Paramedics rushed to Adam Street after the lady came off her bike after hitting a Royal Mail van at 3.25pm. More...

Fire crews rush to High Street
FIRE crews rushed to Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Wednesday afternoon (March 7th) after thick smoke was seen pouring out of a doorway. Two fire engines from Burnham were quickly on the scene after the thick black smoke was spotted near Berrymans. More...

Driver escapes bridge attack
Exclusive: A Highbridge lorry driver is lucky to have escaped injury after a rock was thrown at his vehicle from a motorway bridge, smashing his windscreen as he drove along the M5. Simon Triggol was driving near Birmingham when the rock was thrown at his lorry. More...

Council draws up 'green list'
BOTH of Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouses are included on a list of 'special interest buildings' that town councillors have this week recommended be included in any plans to extend our conservation area. On Monday (March 5th), the council approved the list. More...

Police hunt robbery suspects
POLICE on Tuesday (March 6th) issued an image of the man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at an antiques shop in Burnham-On-Sea. The incident took place during the afternoon of Thursday March 1st at Castle Antiques in Victoria Court. More...

Diabetes group to hold AGM
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Burnbridge Diabetes Group will review a successful year of fundraising when they meet for their annual meeting next week. The group is set to gather on Wednesday March 21st at 7.30pm in Chichester Close Communal Hall. More...

Village market this weekend
A WIDE range of fesh meat, cheese and vegetables will be on sale when Brent Knoll holds its monthly village market this weekend. The event, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month, will be held this Saturday, March 10th, from 10am in the village hall. More...

Call for 'zero tolerance' on crime
Burnham-On-Sea councillors have this week called on local police to take a tougher stance in tackling crime in the town. Discussing the recent problems in South Street and the Rosewood estate at their meeting on Monday night (March 5th), councillors said there needed to be a 'zero tolerance crime policy'. More...

Firm aims to re-open Hinkley B
BRITISH Energy has this week formally applied for permission to reopen Hinkley B nuclear power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, after six months of repairs. The station was closed in September for repairs to cracked pipes in the boiler system, but now wants to re-open. More...

Flood watch for coastline
SOMERSET'S coastline was put on a Flood Watch by the Environment Agency on Monday afternoon (March 5th) after forecasters warned of strong winds and heavy rain overnight into Tuesday. The Flood Watch was issued for the coast between Porlock and Avonmouth. More...

Range Rover raised from mud!
Exclusive: THESE were the incredible scenes at Brean over the weekend when a Range Rover - which has been trapped on the mudflats for almost a year - was finally retrieved by salvage experts. The vehicle is hardly recognisable after 11 months in the mud! More...

Top award for Stephanie
BURNHAM-On-Sea ten-year-old Stephanie Jeffries, who has suffered from Cerebral Palsy since birth, is to receive a special Kennel Club award with her canine companion later this week. She and Kimmy, a 23-month-old pedigree Yellow Labrador, will be at Crufts. More...

Graffiti vandals target Highbridge
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE has suffered from an 'epidemic' of graffiti vandalism in recent days with scores of messages daubed across walls, fences and lamp posts - angering residents and local councillors alike. Most of the scrawlings have appeared in the last week. More...

Lunar eclipse visible in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer Andy Slade captured these incredible photos of the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years on Saturday night (March 3rd). The eclipse began at 8.18pm, with the Moon totally immersed in the shadow of the Earth. More...

Mud rescue drill at Berrow
WITH just weeks to go until the start of the tourist season, teams from Burnham's coastguard and hovercraft groups are gearing up for a busy summer of rescues. On Sunday (March 4th), the two teams rehearsed the rescue of three people trapped in mud. More... | Video

'Last orders' called at town pub
LANDLORD Kevin Tippets is pictured calling 'last orders' for the final time on Saturday night (March 4th) when his Burnham-On-Sea pub shut in order to be replaced by a new development of flats. Dozens of regulars gathered for a party at The Crown Inn in Oxford Street. More...

Big spring clean for town beach
A BIG beach clean-up operation is to be carried out in Burnham-On-Sea later this month to tidy up the sands in time for the start of the busy tourist season. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this week how the beach is strewn with debris, including tyres and barrels. More...

£10,000 antiques shop robbery
Exclusive: ROBBERS who burst into a Burnham-On-Sea antiques shop on Thursday afternoon (March 1st) threatened the owner with a knife and fled with valuables worth up to £10,000. Police said the huge haul came during a terrifying robbery at Castle Antiques in Victoria Street, which started at 3pm. More...

Huge rainbow lights up town sky
EARLY morning walkers along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade were treated to the sight of this vibrantly coloured rainbow above Bridgwater Bay on Saturday (March 3rd). A mixture of bright sunshine and light rain showers proved ideal conditions for the phenomenon. More...

Town's RNLI gathers for AGM
MORE than 40 crewmembers and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI gathered in the town's Yacht Club on Friday evening (March 3rd) for the organisation's Annual General Meeting. Retiring chairman Tony Winterburn was presented with a picture and certificate. More...

Chitty Chitty car in Burnham!
ONE of the nation's favourite four-wheeled film stars is set to come to a Burnham-On-Sea later this month. The original, road-going Chitty Chitty Bang Bang motor car that featured in the 1968 film will be the guest of honour at Sanders Garden World from 10am on March 17th. More...

Town crime rises, but trend is down
NEW figures out this week show crime in Burnham-On-Sea is continuing to rise year-on-year, but the four-year trend is actually DOWN, according to the town's top police officer. Inspector Roger Tolley said crime figures have actually fallen since 2003. More...

Cash boost for town gymnasts
DELIGHTED members of a Burnham-On-Sea group did cartwheels and back-flips when they were presented with a cheque for £170 this week. But the actions were all part of their normal routine since it was the town's Monarchs Gymnastics Group getting the cash. More...

New lease of life for landfill site
Exclusive: A FORMER rubbish tip in Burnham-On-Sea which has been left untouched for almost 20 years is set to become a children's play area and public amenity space. Sedgemoor District Council has this week formally applied for permission to construct the facility. More...

Town swimming pool re-opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool re-opened at mid-day on Thursday (March 1st) after staff completed urgent technical work to resolve a water chemical problem. The facility was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday after a problem with the water treatment system was found. More...

Spring bursts into colour!
CHILLY wintry breezes and blue skies heralded the first day of spring in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (March 1st). But signs of warmer times ahead are all around, with crocuses already in bloom in the town's Manor Gardens - as pictured - and daffodils in colour in gardens. More...

Calls to clean up town's beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach users have this week called for urgent action to clean up the town's beach. It comes after a series of high tides left debris strewn along the shoreline between Maddock's Slade and the town's famous lighthouse, as pictured here. More...

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