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Storm damage clean-up begins
A CLEAN-up operation was underway at Burnham Sailing Club on Wednesday (March 31st) after gale-forced winds and high tides left a trail of damage. The wooden walkway leading onto the pontoons was broken, as pictured, and several boats also slipped their moorings during the bad weather. More...

Emotional farewell for Sheelagh
STAFF, pupils and parents bid a fond farewell to the head teacher of a Highbridge school on Wednesday (March 31st) when a surprise ceremony was held on her final day. The huge crowd gathered in the school's playground to cheer on Beechfield's Sheelagh Aslett on her last trip out of the gates. More...

Inner Wheel marks 60th year
THE 60th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel group was celebrated at a formal dinner on Wednesday (March 31st). The celebratory event was held at Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham, and was attended by 145 guests including many from other clubs and the Rotary Club. More...

Brean cable car plans unveiled
Exclusive: PLANS have been drawn up for a new cable car service to be launched in Brean Down to make it easier for walkers to get to the top. The commercial sevice could come into operation for the start of the 2011 summer season to meet new government guidelines on accessibility. More...

Council objects to 14 new flats
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to knock down a prominent property in the centre of Highbridge and convert it into 14 new flats plus a restaurant and a leisure facility have this week been opposed by town councillors. Burnham-On-Sea.com first unveiled plans by Property Link earlier in the month. More...

Photos: Huge waves hit seafront
HUGE waves gave Burnham-On-Sea's seafront a hammering this morning (March 31st) after strong gales swept in at the same time as one of the highest tides of the year. These were the scenes on The Esplanade by the tourist information centre when the 11.9 metre tide reached its peak just after 8am. More...

Round Table bounces back to life
A YEAR after almost being wound up due to a lack of members, Burnham-On-Sea's Round Table has bounced back following an influx of new supporters. The Burnham-On-Sea group has appointed a new Chairman, Tim Walters, and President, Nick Tolley, who are breathing new life into the organisation. More...

£250 boost for town air cadets
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Air Training Corps was given a financial boost during a flying visit by a local County Councillor on Tuesday evening (March 30th). Cllr John Woodman visited Burnham's 290 Squadron Air Training Corps and presented them with a cheque for £250 from his community fund. More...

Storm waves batter seafront
ONE of the highest tides of the year combined with gale-force winds to give Burnham-On-Sea's seafront a battering on Tuesday evening (March 30th). These were the scenes along The Esplanade when the 11.7m Spring tide reached its peak just after 7pm, with spray sent over the seafront in several places. More...

KFC denies job centre interest
Exclusive: FAST food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has this week denied rumours that it is planning to open a store in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The company had been linked to the former job centre in Burnham High Street, which remains vacant and on sale. A spokesman for the multi-national company ended the speculation on Tuesday. More...

In photos: Hill-top Easter service
MORE than 100 local people clambered up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll on Sunday (March 28th) to take part in the traditional blessing of three Easter crosses. Churches from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were represented at the 20-minute service, held on the very top of the Knoll. More...

Tickets on sale for black tie ball
TICKETS have gone on sale for a black tie ball to raise funds for a new £60,000 rescue hovercraft in Burnham-On-Sea. The event is being jointly overseen by The Rotary Club of Burnham, in partnership with BARB, and will be held at the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham next month. More...

IBM's boost for Octopus Centre
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre are now able to use the latest early learning technology thanks to a donation from computing giant IBM. The company has donated a KidSmart unit to the centre as one of the benefits from the recently launched Southwest One. More...

Moose Lodge hands out £10,000
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge have this week handed out over £10,000 of charity donations to three local good causes. Members have been collecting at supermarkets and have held numerous fundraising activities throughout the year to raise the huge sum for local causes. More...

Over 30 complete Aquathlon
MORE than 30 athletes ran and swam their way around a course during Burnham-On-Sea's spring aquathlon on Sunday morning (March 28th). The annual event, which was organised by Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 750 metre swim and a 7km run. More...

Town volleyball teams celebrate
MEMBERS of a Highbridge volleyball team are celebrating this week after scooping four trophies. King Alfred School's volleyball teams have won the haul of silverware after a successful season in the South West Junior Volleyball Grand Prix. The school's four teams have played in events at Weston, Melksham and Bournemouth. More...

Car overturns in M5 accident
THE driver of a car was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after overturning on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (March 29th). Emergency services were called to Highbridge's junction 23 at 12.10pm after the vehicle flipped over after hitting the central reservation on the southbound carriageway. More...

Safety calls after dog killed
THE body of a dog which plunged down steep cliffs on Brean Down at the weekend was retrieved by its owners on Monday (March 29th), who have called for more warning signs to be introduced. A friend of pet owners Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins found Daisy, their missing greyhound cross whippet, at the base of the cliffs near the fort. More...

Election poster row flares up
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has strongly rejected claims that a controversial poster campaign being waged against the town's MP is 'a front for the Liberal Democrats'. The leaflets accuse MP David Heathcoat-Amory of "failing our democracy". More...

Success for martial arts group
A TEAM of Ju Jitsu martial arts enthusiasts from Burnham-On-Sea have won five medals at a national competition. The group, from Burnham-On-Sea's KJ2 Martial Arts Club, entered the UK Premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Bristol, which were attended by 400 competitors. More...

Fire alert at town swimming pool
FIREFIGHTERS rushed to Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy on Sunday evening (March 28th) after reports of smoke being seen above the building. Fire crews were sent to the property in Berrow Road but they were relieved to find the incident was a false alarm with good intent. More...

Easter race held in Brent Knoll
DOZENS of youngsters took part in the annual Easter run to the top of Brent Knoll on Saturday afternoon (March 27th). The annual race is held from outside the village's primary school and this year's event saw almost 100 children and parents making their way to the summit. More...

Search for missing dog called off
AN extensive Coastguard search for a missing dog which plunged over cliffs at Brean Down on Sunday (March 28th) has been called off. A team of Burnham Coastguards was called to Brean at 4pm after dog owners Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins from Bath reported Daisy, their greyhound cross whippet, had disappeared over the edge of the cliffs near the wartime fort. More...

Palm Sunday marked with parade
OVER 50 Burnham-On-Sea churchgoers have taken part in a traditonal procession through the town - complete with a real donkey - to mark Palm Sunday. Residents carrying crosses and palms walked from St Andrew's Church into Victoria Street and along The Esplanade. More...

Anger grows over cider tax hike
ANGRY cider makers across the Burnham-On-Sea area are backing several online campaigns to make the Chancellor re-think his increase on cider duty announced in the Budget. John Harris of West Croft Cider in Brent Knoll, pictured, is among many local cider makers who are furious that Alistair Darling said cider duty would soar by 10% above the rate of inflation. More...

£330k BASC extension opened
A £300,000 extension of a popular Burnham-On-Sea sports centre was officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday morning (March 27th). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Burnham's BASC Ground to mark the opening of its refurbished changing facilities and new viewing terrace. More...

£5k wall repairs for car park
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of repairs have been made to a crumbling wall at a council-owned car park in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Sedgemoor District Council has completed £5,000 of improvements at the Oxford Street car park in the centre of town, as pictured here. More...

World darts champ in Burnham
A FORMER world darts champion dropped in at a Burnham-On-Sea bookies on Friday afternoon (March 26th). Bob Anderson, who was ranked world number one for more than three years in the late 1980s, visited the Bet Fred shop in Burnham's College Street during a promotional tour. More...

Rescue crews called to climbers
TWO rock climbers who were feared to be cut off by the high tide at Brean Down prompted the launch of a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat and a team of Coastguards on Friday afternoon (March 26th). A nearby resident was concerned for the welfare of the pair and called Coastguards at just before 4pm. More...

Pub fined over under-age drinking
Exclusive: A SEAFRONT bar in Burnham-On-Sea has been fined hundreds of pounds for serving alcohol to an under-age customer. The owner of Chaplins on The Esplanade has appeared before Sedgemoor Magistrates, where he received a £265 fine plus £250 costs after a customer aged under 18 was served. More...

No £5m Whitehall cash for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea has missed out on £5m worth of government money to boost employment, businesses and skills in seaside towns across England. The government announced on Thursday morning (March 25th) that several resorts would share windfalls across the South West - but not Burnham. More...

Charity car boot sale today (Fri)
THE latest in a series of weekly charity car boot sales will be held today (Friday, March 26th) at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea. Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service, which transports medical supplies to hospitals in Somerset, is organising the event at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll. More...

England rugby duo visit Burnham
YOUNG rugby players from Burnham-On-Sea, West Huntspill, Berrow and Pawlett battled it out on Wednesday (March 24th) at the annual Sedgemoor and Mendip Sports Partnership 'TAG' football festival, held in Burnham. Two England women's players were the special guests at the event at Burnham's BASC Ground. More...

MP attacked in leaflet campaign
CONTROVERSIAL leaflets accusing Burnham-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, of "failing our democracy" are being posted through letterboxes across the area. The leaflets are being distributed by Power 2010, a political pressure group funded by the Rowntree Reform Trust. More...

U3A quilt raises cash for centre
A PATCHWORK quilt that took eight months to complete by talented members of Burnham-On-Sea's University Of The Third Age has helped raise hundreds of pounds for the town's Community Centre in Berrow Road. Eleven members of the U3A Patchwork Group hand- stitched it. More...

Three shops open in Burnham
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre has been given a recession-busting boost this week with the launch of three new shops. Larkins 99p Store has opened in the High Street, Giggles novelty shop is set to open on the seafront, and Highly Strung is opening in Cross Street. More...

Cash machine fraud hits town
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been hit by a wave of cash machine crime in recent weeks. Several members of Burnham's discussion forums have reported how they have had money taken from their bank and building society accounts after using cash machines in the town. More...

Work starts on £8m pool and cinema
Exclusive:
An £8million project to create a new swimming pool and cinema complex in Brean has this week been given a green light by district council planners. Construction work is already underway at Brean Leisure Park, as pictured, with the first phase of work scheduled to be completed this summer. More...

Asbestos killed Burnham man
A LETTER written by a deceased Burnham-On-Sea man has been read out at his own inquest. The dramatic letter was read out at the inquest into the death of Geoffrey Matthews, 72, who died last year after working with asbestos for a number of years
. A postmortem report was also read out at the hearing in Bridgwater. More...

Seafront golf plans boosted
Exclusive: Ambitious plans to transform part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront into a £200,000 mini golf course have been given a boost this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last month how Birmingham entrepreneur Paul Chatwin wants to turn a grassy area of The Esplanade into a large, purpose-built golf park. More...

Dance show opens this weekend
TWO Burnham-On-Sea dance groups are set to perform a show in the town's Princess Threatre this Saturday (March 27th). Dancers from Dancefit and The Bay Centre Dancers are currently rehearsing for the event, called Dance School Musical
. The audience will be treated to dance numbers from Disney and West End Musicals. More...

MP in drive to halt M5 disruption
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week attacked the government over unnecessary restrictions on local motorways. David Heathcoat-Amory raised the matter during a debate in the House of Commons with Chris Mole, Parliamentary Under-Secretary. The MP receives many complaints from constituents about unnecesary restrictions. More...

Fire crews' water skills tested
FIRE fighters from Burnham-On-Sea and across the district gathered in the town's swimming pool for two days of water training earlier this week. The unusual sight of a team of fully-clothed firefighters greeted swimmers at the town's Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Man assaulted in town centre
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted in an early morning attack on the forecourt of a Burnham-On-Sea petrol station police at the weekend. Police were called to the Esso petrol station in Love Lane at just after 1.30am on Saturday (March 20th) following the attack, which left the victim with facial injuries. More...

Flower Power night raises £1k
'FLOWER power' was the theme of The Friends of Burnham Hospital's annual social function at The Oaktree Arena last Saturday night (March 20th). A large number of guests dressed in colourful flower-themed clothes - including Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper. More...

Photo group gathers in Burnham
PHOTO experts from across the region gathered at the Burnham Area Youth Centre at the weekend when it temporarily became the home of the Western Counties Photographic Federation, whose members were selecting entries for their annual 2010 exhibition which will be held in April/May. More...

In photos: Moose Ladies Night
OVER 90 members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose Lodge group met at Brean Leisure Centre on Saturday night (March 20th) for a special ladies night. Members of Burnham-On-Sea Moose and Ladies’ Circle took over the function room at the park for their annual ladies night. More...

Coffee drinkers raise £1,350
LIFEBOAT charity the RNLI has this week been handed a bumper cheque following a series of coffee mornings at a Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church. The church's congregation hold regular Saturday fundraising coffee mornings have given help to the RNLI on one Saturday a month. More...

Bikers descend on M5 services
THE car park at Sedgemoor Services, near Burnham-On-Sea, was alive with the sounds of roaring motorbikes last week when a group of charity bikers gathered. The 200 bikers were en-route to Wooton Bassett in Wiltshire to join a mass bike ride in support of the Afghan Heroes and mothers who have lost sons in the conflict. More...

St Pat's Day celebrated at club
ST Patrick's Day was celebrated with a night of Irish-themed fun at a Burnham-On-Sea tennis club at the weekend. Members of the Avenue Tennis Club enjoyed an air guitar performance from youngsters James Cameron, Cameron and Jarrod Nell during the evening, as pictured here on the right. More...

Top cello player in Brent Knoll
ONE of the UK's leading cellists will be performing a concert in a Brent Knoll church in May. Tickets have just gone on sale for the special concert by Anup Kumar Biswas, who will be playing in St Michael's Church on Saturday, May 15th. Anup has given concerts throughout the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall and St James’ Palace. More...

Paedophile recalled to prison
A PAEDOPHILE who was believed to be living in Burnham-On-Sea has been recalled to prison after concerns that he may have contacted children on social networking website Facebook. Alain Hegarty has been arrested by police, who are now investigating the incident whether or not he is in breach of his licence. More...

'Doorstep callers not welcome'
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents and police have stepped up their efforts to ward off unwanted doorstep callers with the launch on Sunday (March 21st) of two 'No Cold Calling Zones'. The zones have been set up by Burnham North PCSO Pete Williams in the St Pauls, St Andrews, St Marys, St Johns and Martins Close areas. More...

£300k BASC revamp completed
Exclusive: A £300,000 project to modernise a popular Burnham-On-Sea sports centre has been completed and an official opening ceremony is to be held later this week. Burnham's BASC Ground will officially open its refurbished changing facilities and new viewing terrace on Saturday morning (March 27th) at 11am. More...

In photos: BARB super hero night
DOZENS of people turned up in colourful costumes for a super hero themed fundraising event to help a life-saving Burnham-On-Sea charity on Saturday evening (March 20th). BARB's 'Super Hero Night' was held at Brean's Beachcomber Inn in aid of the hovercraft rescue group's £60,000 campaign to buy a new replacement craft. More...

Church unveils major overhaul
Exclusive: A major refurbishment of a Burnham-On-Sea church is being planned for later this year. The Roman Catholic Church in Highbridge Road, pictured, has applied for planning permission to make a number of alterations to its entrance and also modernise the interior of the building. More...

Tourism bosses take to the road
LOCAL tourist bosses from Pontins and Brean Leisure Park were among those who joined forces to promote the Burnham-On-Sea area as a holiday destination to the people of Wales last week. The Somerset Tourism Association tour visited supermarkets in the Cardiff and Swansea area. More...

In photos: Huntspill Spring Show
RESIDENTS in West Huntspill were full of the joys of spring on Saturday (March 20th) when the village held its annual Spring Show. A colourful display of flowers, food and crafts was laid on at the village hall, impressing the judges with their overall high standard despite a harsh winter. More...

Mayor supports cubs workshop
HIGHBRIDGE Cubs had a special visit from the town's Mayor and Mayoress this week when they supported a photography workshop aimed at encouraging youngsters to take more pictures of the town. Derick and Christine Cooper visited Huntspill and Highbridge Cubs earlier this week. More...

Accident cuts power in village
Exclusive: A DOZEN homes in Brent Knoll were without power for seven hours on Friday (March 19th) and a man was treated for minor injuries after a van crashed into an electricity pole, as pictured here. Police closed Burton Row amid fears that the pole, which carries a live electricity supply, could topple onto the road. More...

Town recycling move welcomed
Exclusive: BUSINESS leaders in Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed the move of ten 'ugly' recycling banks which had been the first thing many visitors saw when they stepped off coaches. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade has been campaigning for over a year to get skips re-located from the rear of Morrisons. More...

Handbag stolen in car break-in
Exclusive: THIEVES smashed a car window and stole a handbag during a break-in at a Highbridge car park earlier this week. The grey VW Golf was attacked outside Highbridge Scout Hut in Coronation Road between 3.05pm and 3.15pm on Monday afternoon (March 15th) when a passanger window was smashed. More...

In photos: Annual yacht crane-in
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Thursday morning (March 18th) when the spring 'crane-in' saw 19 boats hoisted into the River Brue. The annual tradition is arranged each Spring by Burnham Sailing Club when the boats are lifted out of the yard down to the pontoons. More...

Swim gala won by town school
DELIGHTED members of the swimming team at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School made a splash on Wednesday (March 17th) when they were crowned Sedgemoor Schools Swimming Champions. The team won first place at the Sedgemoor Schools Gala in Burnham, which was held at the town's sports academy. More...

Free clay modelling workshop
VISITORS to Highbridge's Apex Park will be able to enjoy a free wildlife clay workshop over the Easter holiday next month. Children aged between 5 and 9 years old are beiung invited to attend the creative, and messy, activity which will be held on Saturday April 3rd from 10am-12 noon. More...

In photos: Peter Pan starts in town
THE classic British musical Peter Pan opened on Thursday (March 18th) in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Members of Mark Youth Theatre are holding four performances of the entertaining show, starting tonight at 7.30pm and then continuing on Friday and Saturday. More...

Crime fighting goes high tech!
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are getting a high-tech weapon to help them in their fight against crime. Police Officers & PCSOs are being being issued with PDAs to help them out on their beats across the two towns. The handheld computers enable officers to access detailed logs about incidents. More...

New hours for tourist centre
WITH Easter fast approaching, Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre will soon be opening seven days a week as the annual holiday season gets underway. From Monday 29th March, the centre's opening hours will be 10.00am – 4.00pm daily when visitors can buy tickets and book accommodation. More...

Town church event helps charity
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a cancer charity when fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea held a special fundraising day earlier this week. The event was held at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College Street during 'Yummy Mummy' week and helped to raise cash for CLIC. More...

Pontin's man receives award
THE manager of a Brean holiday park has this week been given an award to thank him for his work with GCSE students at Highbridge's King Alfred School. Brian Howe, Training Manager, has been working closely with GCSE Leisure and Tourism classes for more than three years. More...

Sea King helicopter visits town
A HUGE RAF Sea King helicopter landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (March 17th) when its crew took part in a local rescue exercise. The 62ft long helicopter landed at the BASC ground where it was welcomed by the town's Scouts, Coastguards, RNLI and the fire service. More...

14 new flats planned for town
A PROPERTY in the centre of Highbridge could soon be turned into a new development of 14 flats, a restaurant and a leisure facility. Property Link has submitted an application for Outline Planning Permission to the district council for the redevelopment of Canal House. More...

Couple in runaway wedding!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have tied the knot in a spur-of-the-moment wedding at Scotland's legendary Gretna Green. Gary and Rebecca Jones (nee Tipton) told their family and friends they were going away for a quiet holiday in Cornwall, but instead they got hitched. More...

New woodturning club launches
A NEW club aimed at woodturning enthusiasts is being launched in Burnham-On-Sea this month. George Foweraker and John Brewer are starting the new Burnham-On-Sea Woodturning Club to raise the profile of the hobby locally and help people get started. Members will be able to develop their woodturning skills. More...

Stranger danger alert for pupils
Exclusive: PUPILS at a Highbridge school have this week been issued with a 'stranger danger' warning after a man was spotted acting suspiciously outside its gates on several occasions. Claire Nurse, acting headteacher at St John's School, has informed all parents about the sighting in Coronation Road. More...

Man arrested after bar incident
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an incident at a seafront bar in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week in which one man was arrested. At around 2.25am on Sunday morning (March 14th) an altercation occurred between a member of door staff and a member of the public. More...

Final pool piece won't be saved
Exclusive: A FINAL piece of Burnham-On-Sea's dismantled beach boating pool will NOT be retained after all, the district council has decided this week. We reported at the weekend how contractors working on the demolition had reserved a final chunk of the landmark to move onto The Esplanade. More...

Wind farm campaign gathers pace
DOZENS of villagers near Burnham-On-Sea have stepped up their campaign to prevent huge new wind turbines being built near their homes. Residents from East and West Huntspill attended a public meeting last week, as pictured below, where they said the huge structures would blight the landscape and destroy wildlife. More...

Meet the world's biggest lamb!
THIS newly born lamb in East Huntspill has been in the national media spotlight this week after being called the world's largest after weighing in at a massive 23lb. The stocky-legged animal is three times the size of a normal lamb and farmer Ken Jones was a little puzzled about the birth. More...

Runner raises £550 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teaching assistant has successfully raised hundreds of pounds for a charity close to her heart. Sam Stockham, who works at Brent Knoll School, was among the 11,000 runners taking part in last week's Bath Half Marathon to raise money for MPS, a charity that helps her godson. More...

Tessa joins conservation workers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt has been giving volunteers from the Woodland Trust a helping hand over the past week. Tessa took a break from her preparations for the general election by joining the volunteers for a tree-felling sessions on the Mendips. More...

'How we rescued lady from blaze'
Exclusive: TWO men who rescued an elderly woman from a burning house in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend have been telling Burnham-On-Sea.com about their heroic actions. Burnham-On-Sea.com broke the news on Sunday that three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater had rushed to St Mark's Road at 8.50pm after a lady in an adjoining property dialled 999. More...

Land yachts gather in Brean
STRONG onshore winds provided ideal conditions for more than 30 of the UK's top land yachting enthusiasts in Brean at the weekend. Brean Land Yacht Club hosted the annual two-day National Regatta on Brean Beach on both Saturday March 13th and Sunday March 14th. More...

Awards galore for air cadets
CADETS from Burnham-On-Sea's Air Training Corps were rewarded for a busy year of activities when they held their annual presentation evening in Weston at the weekend. The cadets celebrated a busy year which included numerous flying, shooting, adventure training, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and other award events. More...

Trio hailed as heroes after blaze
Exclusive: THREE Burnham-On-Sea residents have been hailed heroes after helping to save the life of an elderly neighbour trapped in a burning house on Sunday evening (March 14th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to St Mark's Road at 8.50pm, as pictured here, after a lady in an adjoining property dialled 999 to report that smoke was emerging from the roof. More...

Students meet top Paralympian
A GROUP of students from Burnham-On-Sea met one of the country's top paralympic swimmers during a special event to mark London's 2012 Olympics. Caitlin Berry, Connor McKenna, Fabihha Tarafdar and Tim Bennett represented King Alfred School at the London 2012 Student Leadership Conference last week. More...

More medal wins for gymnasts
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea gymnastics club were celebrating more success at the weekend after winning several medals at a regional competition in Taunton. More than 30 members of Monarch Gymnastics Club competed in the South West Prelims over the weekend in Taunton. More...

Gym's £50k revamp completed
THE £50,000 refurbishment of a Burnham-On-Sea gym has been completed. The final phase of Fit 4 All's modernisation, which began in January, has seen the completion of the upgrade of its resistance equipment, while the free weights area has doubled in size and other kit has been modernised. More...

Final piece of pool is saved
Exclusive: WORK to dismantle Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool was almost complete on Saturday (March 13th) - but for one final piece of the concrete structure, pictured here, which is to be retained as a permanent war memorial. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the final chunk of the landmark is being kept and will soon be moved. More...

Proud moment for town PCSO
A POPULAR member of Highbridge's police team has this week received a top accolade after being named 'PCSO Of The Year' for Somerset West in the annual Community Policing Awards. PCSO Gill Bawler received her award from Dr Moira Hamlin, Chair of the Police Community Trust and Police Authority, as pictured. More...

Late spring hits flower show
POOR weather led to a drop in the number of entries at Burnham-On-Sea's annual flower show on Saturday (March 13th). The event, held at St Andrew's School, attracted 200 entries but the late start to spring meant the overall numbers were down. Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Derick and Christine Cooper, were the VIP guests. More...

Stricter license conditions on pub
STRICTER licensing conditions are to be placed on this Brean pub by Sedgemoor District Council following a number of concerns raised by local police. It comes after Burnham-On-Sea Police this week took the premises license of Krackers Bar to a review by the district council's licensing panel. More...

Water pressure problem hits town
THOUSANDS of homes across the Burnham-On-Sea area were suffering low water pressure on Friday (March 12th). Bristol Water, the company that oversees water supplies in the area was investigating a fault. A spokesman confirmed it was experiencing problems. More...

Horse rescue drama in Burnham
Exclusive: THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (March 12th) when fire crews were called to rescue a horse trapped in a muddy rhyne. Two fire crews from Burnham and two from Weston were sent to a field at Pople's Bow just before 1pm after the distressed animal became stranded. More...

Busy year for lifeboat service
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI welcomed the charity's divisional inspector for the south west to their AGM on Friday evening (March 12th). More than 50 people attended the annual meeting, held at the town's sailing club, where the lifeboat service's year was reviewed by members. More...

Google Street View launches
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area can now look up their homes online after Google this week rolled out its Street View technology to 95% of the UK. Anyone can now journey down the streets of Burnham, Highbridge, Brean and Berrow and enjoy a 360 degree view without leaving their own home. More...

Berrow chimney blaze tackled
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a chimney blaze at a property in Berrow on Thursday evening (March 11th). One engine was called to the home in Berrow Road at around 6.15pm, as pictured, after the residents reported their chimney alight. One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire. More...

BNP to stand in general election
A CANDIDATE from the controversial British National Party will contest Burnham-On-Sea’s parliamentary seat at this Spring's General Election it has been announced this week. Richard Boyce has been picked by the right-wing party to contest the Wells constituency, which covers the Burnham area. More...

Award for Highbridge war hero
THE bravery of a Highbridge man who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi gas chambers has been recognised at Downing Street. A new award – British Hero of the Holocaust – was presented in recognition of the courage of Major Frank Foley, the spy who risked his life to rescue Jews. More...

£5,000 buys new hospice bed
MEMBERS of Burnham's Medical Equipment Fund have this week handed over a bumper £5,000 cheque to St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice to fund the cost of a new bed. The fund's Chairman, Tom Ashton, presented the funding to Pam Knight, director of fundraising at the Taunton facilities. More...

Wanted: A new Wrinkly Rapper!
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea rapping pensioners is looking for a new member to join their team. One of The Wrinkly Rappers, who auditioned for ITV's Britain's Got Talent last year, has retired which leaves a vacancy to fill. The group got together in 2008 but Snowy, its oldest member, has decided to hang up her bling! More...

Hospital re-opens after sickness
BURNHAM-On-Sea hospital has this week re-opened to new patients after an outbreak of Norovirus was brought under control. Burnham-On-Sea.com first broke the news in February that the sickness bug had shut the main ward at the hospital in Love Lane. The hospital put in place additional cleaning and infection control measures. More...

CCTV photo appeal after fraud
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued two CCTV photos of a woman they want to speak to in connection with a suspected case of fraud at a bank in the town. The woman, who is black with tied back hair, when the fraudulent activity was committed at Lloyds Bank on Burnham High Street last Wednesday (March 3rd). More...

Beach pool demolition begins
WORK
to demolish Burnham-On-Sea's historic beach boating pool began this morning (Wednesday, March 10th). Building contractors started the task of breaking up the stone structure and taking away the huge quantities of rubble. The pool, built in the 1920s, was given to Burnham by members of the Braithwaite family. More...

Pupils help design pool's extension
SARA Cox-Conklin, one of the owners of Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, visited a Highbridge school this week where students are currently working on designs for the proposed extension of the pool. King Alfred School's students are doing the work as part of their coursework. More...

Marine Cove revamp approved
A £360,000 project to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens took another step forward this week with the approval of a planning application for the scheme. The scheme covers the restoration of the seafront public park and modernisation of various facilities.
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£6m housing plans gather pace
Exclusive: THE developers behind ambitious plans for a new £6million housing development in Highbridge have this week held a public meeting to unveil further details about the huge scheme. Burnham-On-Sea first reported last month how developers Henglade and Property Link want to build up to 60 new houses. More...

£100k lotto tickets sold in town
TWO mystery Burnham-On-Sea residents have each won over £100,000 on the National Lottery after buying their tickets at a supermarket in the town. The winning tickets were bought from the cigarette kiosk at Tesco in Ben Travers Way and posters have been put up to promote the sale of tickets. More...

30 new jobs at Brean's Subway
THIRTY new jobs are to be created with the transformation of this pub in the centre of Brean into a huge new entertainment venue containing a Subway fast food store. Burnham-On-Sea.com first revealed last weekend the plans for the former Flaming Jaes pub in South Road. More...

Seafront flats decision deferred
RESIDENTS campaigning against controversial plans for a huge block of 13 flats to be built next to Burnham-On-Sea beach were given fresh hope on Tuesday (March 9th) when councillors delayed making a final decision about the scheme. Proposals to build a three-storey property at the end of Allandale Road were considered. More...

Safety lesson from Coastguards
YOUNGSTERS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea were given a lesson on sea safety on Tuesday (March 9th) when a group of the town's Coastguards made a special visit. The Burnham Coastguard truck was driven to East Huntspill School, where the team gave a talk to the interested youngsters. More...

Eye check proves a life saver
A NEW county-wide eyesight health check service has proved a potential life saver for a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner. For the last six months NHS Somerset has been working with optometrists across the county developing a new and free eye assessment service called Acute Community Eyecare Service (ACES). More...

New 15 home project opened
A NEW multi-million pound housing project consisting of 15 new affordable homes at Huntspill Road in Highbridge has been officially opened this week. The new homes have been built by Southwestern Housing Society on the site of a former car lot with the collaboration of Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Heroin recovered in police raid
A 42-year-old unemployed man from Burnham-On-Sea was charged with two offences of possession of heroin on Monday (March 8th). Neil Edward Cartwright was bailed to appear at Sedgemoor Magistrates Court on 30th March. This follows a police drugs raid as part of a continuing local police crackdown. More...

Brent Knoll fundraiser in photos
DOZENS of music fans flocked to Brent Knoll on Saturday (March 6th) for a night of live music and an auction of rock and roll memorabilia in aid of a good cause. Music from Gary French, The Ben Pang Experience, Squirrelcatapult and The Wrinkly Rappers was performed at the popular event. More...

New off-licence opens in town
A NEW off-licence opened its doors for the first time in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (March 8th). Mark Brooks, the manager of the town's former Threshers off-licence, has launched 'Brooks and Son' in College Street - next door to where the nationwide chainstore was based. More...

Double cash boost for hospice
TWO groups of generous Burnham residents have raised hundreds of pounds for a local hospice charity. The successful weight loss of members at a Burnham-On-Sea slimming group led to £150 being donated to St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, while a Christmas lights display raised more. More...

Fire shuts recycling centre
HIGHBRIDGE'S recycling centre was shut to the public on Monday afternoon (March 8th) after a fire broke out. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the Isleport Industrial Estate at 4.15pm, as pictured here, after a large metal container full of refuse was accidentally set alight. More...

Eight arrests after crime wave
Police made eight arrests over the weekend following a wave of incidents in Highbridge. PCs Adrian Jones and Ryan Dinham from the Highbridge police team have made the arrests after windows were smashed, a ticket machine was attacked and stones were thrown at people. More...

35th year for town concert band
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Scout and Guide's Concert Band are celebrating the group's 35th anniversary during 2010. To mark the special milestone, Burnham-On-Sea.com looks back at the colourful history of the long-running group over the past three and a half decades. More...

New Subway store for Brean?
Exclusive: A former pub in the centre of Brean looks set to be transformed into a huge new entertainment venue containing a Subway fast food store. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the former Flaming Jaes pub in the centre of the resort, which is currently derelict, is to receive a major make-over by its owners. More...

Rays of hope for town anglers
A PAIR of Thornback Rays each weighing more than 10lb helped two anglers land the two top places during a sea fishing competition in Burnham on Sunday (March 7th). The decent-sized fish were reeled in from the waters around Stert Island during what is widely seen so far as a poor fishing season. More...

Rally organisers give £2k boost
THE organisers of Brean's annual car rally have this week handed over a bumper cheque for over £2,000 to a national charity. Club Rallysport West, the group behind the two-day rally, gave £2,115 to the charity 'Help for Heroes'. The money came from donations given during the event. More...

Boating pool's history filmed
Exclusive: A GROUP of young film makers from Bridgwater was in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 6th), capturing scenes for a 'small screen drama' about the town's beach boating pool. The war memorial, which is set to be demolished shortly, is the focus of a history film by members of Bridgwater's Engine Room studio. More...

Gallery showcases local artwork
A NEW exhibition of local artwork inspired by poems has opened at a Burnham-On-Sea gallery this week. 'The Literary Link' is the title of the latest exhibition to open at Sea Breeze in Victoria Street, which features a mixture of drawings produced by local schoolchildren, as well as adults. More...

Police warning after thefts
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Saturday) warned residents to be extra vigilant after an opportunist thief struck twice in 24 hours. Police are investigating two incidents in Stoddens Lane where a burglar entered insecure properties on Friday evening (March 5th) and Saturday morning before taking valuables. More...

Fight to stop new homes launched
Exclusive: A group of worried Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week launched a campaign to try and stop a property developer building 53 homes on an area of green space in the town. More than 30 residents from the Lawrence Close area held a meeting in the town where they unanimously agreed to fight the plans. More...

Ribbon-cutting for shop launch
BURNHAM'S Mayor and Mayoress opened a new shop selling outdoor leisure equipment in Highbridge on Friday morning (March 5th). Derek and Christine Cooper were the special guests at the launch of the new Outdoor Leisure Store at Highbridge Caravan Centre on the A38 Bristol Road. More...

Queen opens town restaurant
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival Queen cut a ribbon to officially open a brand new restaurant in the town centre on Friday evening (March 5th). Jessica Rogers was the special guest at the opening ceremony for Truly Scrumptious at 20 College Street, attended by over 40 guests, as pictured here. More...

Fears over 'rising' beach erosion
Exclusive: A REGULAR Burnham-On-Sea beach user has this week raised concerns over the amount of sand being washed away from the town's beach and warned the problem could worsen with the removal of the boating pool. Brian Burt, pictured, warned town councillors at their meeting this week. More...

MP attacks £7bn gold losses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP clashed with a senior Labour politician in the House of Commons this week over the sale of Britain's gold reserves. David Heathcoat-Amory demanded an apology from Harriet Harman, deputising for the Prime Minister, over the $11 billion loss suffered by the government. More...

Town celebrates World Book Day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea kindergarten celebrated World Book Day on Thursday (March 4th) with a special reading session attended by a PCSO from the town's police station. The youngsters listened intently while a number of books were read aloud by Burnham's PCSO Pete Williams. More...

Virus keeps hospital ward shut
BURNHAM-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital's wards remained closed to new patient admissions on Thursday (March 4th) following the outbreak of a virus last week. There are still a small number of patients showing symptoms of the Norovirus and the hospital's Matron and Infection Control staff are monitoring them. More...

O2 in £214k compensation claim
MOBILE phone giant O2 is demanding almost £214,500 from cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council following an enforcement notice it issued in Burnham-On-Sea, it has emerged this week. The company wants an "award of costs" made against the council
over the Pier Street mast decision. More...

Man jailed after drugs raid
Exclusive:
A Highbridge man has been jailed for 18 months and had thousands of pounds seized following a successful police drugs raid in the town. Darren Sedgebeer was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of possession with the intent to supply class C drugs and possession of class B drugs. More...

Garden centre holds orchid show
COLOURFUL blooms will go on show when a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea holds its annual Orchid Weekend this weekend (March 6th and 7th). The event will be held at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll from Saturday. Visitors will be able to get free advice during the event dedicated to the exotic plants. More...

Railway ticket machine attacked
Exclusive:
THIEVES have smashed their way into a ticket machine at Highbridge Railway Station in an attempt to steal money from inside. The electronic pay machine on the northbound platform next to the station's car park, was discovered by commuters on Wednesday morning (March 3rd). More...

Highbridge Arts Festival opens
HIGHBRIDGE'S 63rd annual Festival of the Arts got underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 3rd). Town Mayor Derick Cooper officially opened the popular festival, which shines the spotlight on talented youngsters from the ages of three up at The Princess
. More...

Royal backing for town charity
PRINCE Edward has this week been unveiled as the patron of Burnham rescue charity BARB's fundraising campaign to raise £60,000 for a new hovercraft. The Earl Of Wessex has given his backing to the campaign following a visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft and coastguard teams last April
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New pasty shop opens in town
FRESHLY cooked pasties are being served up at a new town centre shop which opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The Newquay Pasty Shop Company officially open its doors to the public on Monday morning (March 1st) at 36 The High Street
. Visitors can choose from more than 20 varieties of pasties. More...

53 new homes planned for Burnham
A DEVELOPMENT
of 53 new homes could be built on this patch of open space in Burnham-On-Sea if planning bosses give it the go-ahead. Persimmon Homes has submitted a new proposal to Sedgemoor District Council for the homes on land to the west of Lawrence Close and north of Wallace Wells Road, pictured here. More...

National Grid to justify pylon plans
NATIONAL Grid has announced plans to hold a series of events to further explain the background to its controversial proposals for a new overhead electricity line between Hinkley Point power station and Avonmouth, running past the Burnham-On-Sea and East Hutspill area. More...

Race ace's suit raises £2,800
ONE of Formula One World Champion Jenson Button’s winning race suits has been auctioned off to benefit the Highbridge-based National Blind Children’s Society.
Jenson is a long-standing vice-president of the National Blind Children’s Society, a provider of specialist support for children across the UK. More...

Fire crews called to nursing home
TWO fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a retirement home in the town on Tuesday (March 2nd) after a tumble dryer caught fire.
Crews rushed to the home in Berrow Road and found the fire within an industrial-sized tumble dryer had already been put out. More...

Tickets on sale for dance event
TWO
Burnham-On-Sea dance groups are set to perform a show in the town's Princess Threatre later this month. Dancefit and The Bay Centre Dancers are currently rehearsing for the event, called Dance School Musical, which will be held on Saturday 27th March at 2.30pm. The audience will be treated to an exciting feast of dance. More...

Sedgemoor's warning for council
SEDGEMOOR District Council bosses visited Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (March 1st) and issued a stark warning on future funding of local public services. Alison Griffin, Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council, and Council Leader Duncan McGinty visited this month's council meeting
. More...

Top award won by Burnham shop
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop are celebrating this week after winning the title 'National Retail Volunteer Team Of The Year'. The Sue Ryder shop, based in Burnham High Street, has beaten more than 350 stores across the UK to win. Judges recently visited the store and were impressed how the volunteers get involved. More...

Town pubs fail police checks
Exclusive: TWO pubs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face possible prosecution after serving alcohol to under-age drinkers, it emerged this week. And, separately, two pubs in Burnham-On-Sea are being investigated by police in connection with breaches of door staff security laws. More...

Seafront flats to get go-ahead?
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL
plans to build a huge new block of 13 flats next to Burnham-On-Sea beach have been recommended for approval this week. The proposals to construct a three-storey property at the end of Allandale Road in place of a current house are set to be debated next Tuesday (March 9th) when Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee meets. More...

Mayor swaps chains for guitar!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fun-loving Mayor swapped his official chains for a guitar and dark glasses when he attended a local fundraising event at the weekend. Derick Cooper was a guest at a cabaret night in Draycott Village Hall to help raise funds for Fairlands Middle School in Cheddar. More...

Safety fears over CCTV camera
Exclusive: A CCTV camera introduced on Burnham seafront last week is set to be moved because of concerns about health and safety. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last week how high-tech cameras had been installed next to the jetty and on the seafront by the police and local councils. More...

Town centre shop attacked
A jewellery shop in Burnham town centre suffered hundreds of pounds worth of damage when a vandal threw a brick through its window earlier today (Monday 1st March). Burnham-On-Sea police were called to fashion accessories shop Spangles at 10a The High Street at 12.20am. More...

3D films hailed a success at Ritz
THE introduction of 3D movies at Burnham-On-Sea's cinema has been hailed a success by its owners. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last week, The Ritz in Victoria Street has invested £75,000 in a new state-of-the-art digital projector. The first 3D film, blockbuster Avartar, was watched by film fans at the cinema on Friday. More...

BBC 'blip' set to affect Burnham
TV viewers across parts of Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean could automatically receive the Welsh version of the BBC by default after this month's digital switchover. The expected blip is as a result of a boost to the signal strength of a Welsh TV transmitter, which is expected to affect almost 30,000 homes. More...

Town's Elgar Festival in photos
DOZENS of classic music lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre over the weekend for a two-day festival celebrating the work of one of England's greatest composers. Burnham's University of the Third Age (U3A) oversaw the Edward Elgar Weekend, which was held on Saturday and Sunday. More...

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