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help yacht in distress
Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboats were called out by Coastguards at 6pm
on Wednesday (May 31st) after a 20ft sailing yacht issued a 'mayday'
message in Bridgwater Bay to the west of Stert Island when it began
taking on water in stormy sea conditions. More...
warned after thefts
police officers are warning farmers in the area to be on their guard
after a series of farmyard thefts. One
farmer in the Mark area has lost hundreds of gallons of diesel from
a farmyard tank - while others have reported tractors having fuel lines
cut and diesel tanks drained. More...
to receive her MBE
St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's
New Year Honours list is to receive her award during the next few weeks.
Pat Comer is set to receive the well-deserved award at a ceremony in
Buckingham Palace later in June.
goslings delight walkers
cool temperatures have been sending shivers through Burnham-On-Sea residents
in recent days, but signs of spring and summer are all around. At
Burnham-On-Sea's Apex Leisure Park this cute family of Spring goslings
has been attracting plenty of onlookers. More...
start for Coast Radio
radio station Coast Radio is set to begin a second summer of transmissions
in mid-June ahead of its full launch in August. Owner Josh Haywood
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the temporary holiday station
will start internet transmissions on June 14th. More...
tree blocks Love Lane
came to a halt in part of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(May 27th) when a large tree was brought down in high winds. Part
of Love Lane, near the roundabout outside Burnham Hospital, was blocked
and police faced the tough problem of keeping traffic moving. More...
for advertising boards?
shop owners in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be asked
to remove their advertising boards from pavements in the town. A
number of businesses are not abiding by strict rules about the position
of the boards, which this week prompted a fresh debate among councillors
about the problem. More...
swim entry period starts
wanting to take part in this summer's annual sea swim between Burnham-On-Sea
and Stert Island can now apply for one of the 80 places. The
2,400 metre swim from Burnham beach to Stert Island and back will be
held on Sunday July 30th at 10am. Find out how you can enter. More...
lap dancing bid rejected
plans to introduce lap dancing at a night club in Burnham-On-Sea have
this week been turned down by a licensing panel. Shakers, pictured,
had requested a variation to its licence in order to open until 4am
at weekends and introduce occasional lap dancing. More...
award for taxi driver
BURNHAM-On-Sea taxi driver who disarmed and wrestled
a sword-wielding man to the ground received a national award for his
bravery on Wednesday (May 24th). Alan Miller attended the Provincial
Police Awards in London's Docklands in recognition of his actions during
an incident at Brean. More...
campaigns against reforms
MP David Heathcoat-Amory and seven senior Conservatives are calling
on the government to scrap plans to introduce regional government in
Somerset. The MP has signed a letter stating his "concern"
at attempts to reorganise local authorities. More...
group marks 20th year
150 local business owners and tourism bosses gathered in Brean on Tuesday
night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sedgemoor Tourism Association.
Nicholson, Chairman of the group, was presented with a framed certificate
and photo as the group celebrated the milestone.
recycling service launched
NEW plastic bag recycling service has this week been launched at Burnham's
Household Waste Recycling Centre. The introduction of plastic bag recycling
wheeled bins at the Isleport centre comes after the recent introduction
of household battery recycling bins in an effort to boost recycling
Bellamy visits protesters
Sir David Bellamy is the latest celebrity to give his backing to protesters
campaigning against a controversial wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea.
The environmentalist met members of the 'kNOll to Wind Farm' action
group in the fields where the wind turbines are proposed on Tuesday.
panto groups celebrate!
groups from Brean and Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after
scooping awards at an annual ceremony. More
than 200 people from 21 pantomime Somerset groups gathered in Yeovil
for the annual Cinderella Awards at the weekend.
We have a full photo review. More...
launch knife amnesty
KNIFE amnesty in Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset
aims to reduce the number of offensive weapons on the streets of the
county. Burnham-On-Sea's Police Station was named on Monday May 22nd
as one of forty collection points across Somerset for the weapons.
TV gardener visits centre
TV gardening expert Christine Walkden visited Sanders Garden World,
near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday during the garden centre's Tomato Weekend.
award-winning horticulturalist recently starred in her own prime-time
television series on BBC2 on Friday evenings.
injured in A38 accident
MOTORCYCLIST suffered head injuries and was rushed to Weston General
Hospital after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea at 3pm on Sunday (May 21st).
The biker appeared to have collided with a blue-coloured Ford Ghia at
the entrance to the Brent House Carvery on the A38 near Burnham. More...
plan for play centre
indoor children's play centre in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned
into a new take-away cafe and restaurant. Mervin Popham, the owner of
the Play Centre in Pier Street, pictured, this week submitted an application
to local planners to change the premises' use. More...
event draws big crowds
NIGHT of exciting boxing action was watched by more than 200 people
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening. King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club
hosted a line-up of 16 bouts featuring the best of Burnham's up-and-coming
young boxers versus young boxers from across the west country. More...
roads chaos in store?
visiting Brean and Burnham-On-Sea during this year's summer holiday
season could face lengthy road delays after it was announced on Friday
(May 19th) that several key roads in the area are to be resurfaced as
part of a major highways project. The work will be held between now
and late August. More...
turns on the style!
streets looked more like the suburbs of Hollywood on Thursday night
(May 18th) when limousines and formal evening wear were on show. King
Alfred School was holding its annual Prom Night and, in keeping with
tradition, the students travelled in style. More...
slams council over seafront plan
MP has hit out at Somerset County Council for refusing to provide traffic-calming
measures along the town's seafront. David Heathcoat-Amory criticised
the County Highways
boss Tony Shire for not giving any cash to tackle the problem.
tourism Web site launches
NEW-look tourism Web site promoting Burnham-On-Sea and Sedgemoor has
been launched this week by a local tourism group. Sedgemoor Tourism
Association has revamped its web site with a fresh new look in time
for the start of the busy summer tourist season. More...
Street market for town
OUTDOOR market selling fresh farm produce WILL be held on Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street after all. Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie Spalding (pictured)
told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday (May 18th) that a deal had been
struck with stallholders to allow the market to be held over the summer.
move gets thumbs down
for a phone mast in Burnham-On-Sea to be moved onto the town's seafront
have been turned down by town planners this week. Burnham's
planning committee discussed the matter on Tuesday evening (May 16th)
and suggested the 15 metre-high be sited elsewhere. More...
farm group hits back
pro-wind farm group, FORCE (Families For Clean Energy), has hit out
at town planners' decision to object to the plans to build a wind farm
on the outskirts of the town. Spokeswoman Colette Winfield said: "We
clearly regret the decision of the council not to back the plans."
planners back protesters
protesters fighting a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
celebrated with loud cheers on Tuesday (May 16th) after Burnham's Planning
Committee voted to "strongly object" against the scheme. Earlier,
Brent Knoll Parish Council made a similar decision. More...
jailed after mugging
who mugged an 85-year-old woman, leaving her too scared to leave her
own home, has been given a three year prison sentence. Taunton
Crown Court heard this week how Mark Parsons, 41, of Apex Drive, broke
the lady's wrist when he snatched her bag. More...
halts traffic on walkabout!
bird hold the answer to stamping out the problem of speeding vehicles
in Burnham-On-Sea? Traffic ground to a halt along Burnham Road on Monday
lunchtime (May 15th) when the swan went on a walkabout, dodging in between
vehicles, forcing them to slow down.
Table charity cash boost
charities in Burnham and Highbridge this week received a cash injection
from the town's
Round Table. Burnham-On-Sea
Round Table Chairman Steve Bird handed out several cheques to the local
groups following a series of fundraising events during the past year.
SGW visit a success
to Sanders Garden World last weekend were able to meet the team behind
the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft from Burnham-On-Sea. Members of the
crew took the craft to the Brent Knoll garden centre's new 'Village
Square' area on May 12th, 13th and 14th. More...
hands to the buckets!
came to the aid of a Burnham speedboat owner when his craft got into
difficulties on the town's slipway on Monday evening (May 15th). The
fast-incoming tide and gusty winds caught out owner Dan Prentice, leaving
his boat to quickly fill with water,
and leaving him to struggle. More...
mast move to be debated
a controversial phone mast in Burnham-On-Sea to be moved onto the town's
seafront are to be debated by town planners this week. O2
has submitted a pre-planning enquiry asking to move the mast on Marine
Drive (pictured) to the Marine Rescue Centre on the town's seafront.
Lane crash delays traffic
faced delays going out of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon after a
collision between two vehicles in Love Lane. One
person was treated for minor head injuries following the accident, which
occurred opposite the Hungry Horse public house at around 3.30pm.
anti-social drinking signs
signs warning anti-social drinkers that their alcohol may be seized
by police have this week been introduced along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront.
new signs have been put up as part of a brand new co-ordinated police
on anti-social drinking
across the town. More...
Lady gets stuck in loo
dealt with one of their most unusual incidents of the year on Saturday
evening (May 13th) when a holidaymaker became trapped inside a public
toilet block. Red-faced
Isobel Thomas was trapped in the ladies loos for almost an hour
after being accidentally locked inside. More...
mud alert was false alarm
Coastguards and hovercraft were called out on Saturday afternoon (May
13th) after a beach warden spotted a suspicious object almost a mile
from the shore in the mud near Brean Down. The Coastguard was quickly
on scene, followed by the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft. More...
joins post office campaign
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has added his signature to a 1,000 name petition
demanding that the Government drops controversial plans to axe Post
Office Card Accounts by 2010. The
MP says the plans could threaten the future of post offices. More...
author's book on sale
A WALK along
the beach at Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, has provided the inspiration
for an adventure story that has just gone on sale worldwide. Local
author Linda Bond was wandering along the sand when she began wondering
about the creatures under the waves. More...
propose park changes
than 20 skateboarders flocked to a meeting of Burnham-On-Sea's Youth
Town Council on Thursday evening (May 11th) to discuss how to improve
the town's skating facilities. It
followed complaints from several seafront residents regarding noise
from skaters. More...
farm tourism row brews
A ROW has broken out between protestors fighting the proposed wind
farm at Burnham-On-Sea and the company that plans to build the farm
regarding the impact the scheme would have on tourism. KNOll to Windfarm
this week raised the issue of the 'risk' to the local tourist industry.
on display at Sanders
VISITORS to Sanders Garden World will be able to meet the team behind
the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft on Friday May 12th, Saturday May 13th
and Sunday May 14th. Members of the crew will bring the hovercraft to
the Brent Knoll garden centre for three days as part of a fundraising
short-listed for award!
has been recognised as one of the region's top Web sites by being short-listed
for 'Web Site of The Year' in the annual South West Media Awards. The
awards recognise the very best of the West Country's newspapers, Websites
and journalists. More...
injured in M5 accident
fire-fighters and paramedics were called to a two-car accident on the
M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning. Two
vehicles collided in a crash on the northbound carriageway between junction
22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...
is safe - it's official
Carnival Commitee confirmed on Wednesday night (May 10th) that the popular
annual winter event WILL go ahead this year following a deluge of support
from residents in the town. Carnival
Chairman Mike Young said: "It's fantastic news." More...
storm wows onlookers
A POWERFUL electrical
storm rumbled and crackled over Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday night (May
10th), giving walkers along the town's seafront an impressive light
show. We took several photos of
the storm as its mixture of fork and sheet lightning passed over. More...
cash for seafront speed plan
a cash injection to install traffic calming measures along Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront have been a dealt a blow by the County Council - prompting
a backlash from town councillors. In a bid to crackdown on 'boy racers',
councillors had asked for cash
helps injured dog walker
rescue hovercraft flew to the aid of an injured beach walker involved
in a freak accident on Berrow Beach this week. Christine Coombes of
Barton Road, Berrow, was walking her dogs when one of the animals ran
into her, pushing her over and injuring her knee. More...
homes win approval
build several new homes on a patch of derelict land at Berrow, near
Burnham-On-Sea, have this week been given the go-ahead by district planners.
proposal to develop a patch of land bordering Naish Road was given the
Tuesday afternoon, May 9th. More...
enquiry opens in town
controversial public inquiry into Tesco's plans to increase the size
of its Burnham-On-Sea store opened in the town on Tuesday (May 9th).
Around 40 people packed into the Princess Hall as the official inquiry
began into the Love Lane store's plans to expand. More...
jockeys in area for golf day
of the UK's top national hunt jockeys together with West Country professional
golfers and showbusiness celebrities will be playing in the 2006 Tom
Childs memorial celebrity pro-am at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea.
The event is on May 16th. More...
fury over Tesco
Burnham-On-Sea town councillors lashed out at Tesco on Monday night
(May 8th) after it emerged that the supermarket intends to spend £260,000
on launching a new bus service for shoppers instead of completing the
Frank Foley Parkway, as previously promised. More...
Cleese backs protestors
John Cleese has this week given his backing to the protestors fighting
a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The actor's mother used
to live at Brent Knoll, close to where the wind turbines are planned,
and he sent through his support to the action group. More...
is re-elected town Mayor
Burnham-On-Sea Mayor Eric Gill was re-elected to the post for a second
year this week when councillors picked their officials for 2006/2007.
Cllr Gill said he and Mayoress Gilli Kenyon-Gill were "honoured
and delighted" to be re-elected for a second year and are looking
forward to a busy period in office. More...
farm 'threatens tourism'
fighting plans for a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll
this week claimed the local tourism industry would be put at "significant
risk" if the scheme gets the go-ahead. The claim came during the
latest spat in a long-running war-of-words. More...
boost for Brean fun park
Leisure Park has spent more than £1.2million pounds on new rides
for the 2006 summer season and is about to start a brand new TV advertising
campaign. Bosses are embarking on a major marketing blitz ahead of the
start of the busy holiday period when tens of thousands of people flock
to the area. More...
after handbag snatch
are appealing for information after a woman had her handbag stolen from
a supermarket car park in Burnham-On-Sea. At about 2.30pm on Friday
(May 5th) the elderly lady was unloading her trolley in Somerfields
car par in South Esplanade when the incident occurred. Police want anyone
with info to get in touch. More...
speed sign for Burnham
about the speed of vehicles using Marine Drive in Burnham-On-Sea has
led to a new mobile speed warning sign being introduced. Somerset County
Council says it will provide the sign - similar to the one pictured
here - for Burnham later in the summer. Councillors debated where the
sign should be based. More...
trapped in Brean mud
were pulled to safety after becoming stuck in treacherous mud on Brean
Beach on Sunday afternoon (May 7th). Carol Brown, from Malmesbury in
Wiltshire, was walking two of her horses when a thin layer of top sand
gave way and both animals sank into the mud.
eels reeled in by anglers
eels were caught in the waters off Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (May 7th)
when the town's Boat Owners Sea Angling Association staged its annual
Tony Holly Trophy competition. Around 30 anglers took to the waters
of Bridgwater Bay in 15 boats for the popular event. More...
plan given DTI boost
to build a barrage between Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, and Wales
have been given a boost after a successful government meeting.
Director Gareth Woodham told
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday May 6th that "constructive"
talks had been held. More...
Who stars coming to Brean
of the BBC's original Doctor Who TV series will be able to meet
stars from the show and learn more about what happened behind the scenes
when a special event is held at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, during June.
The Doctor Who Weekend will be held on June 2nd and 3rd at Brean
Lesiure Park. More...
Henman helps town school
stars including tennis ace Tim Henman and rugby legend Jason Leonard
are helping boost a Burnham-On-Sea school's international hopes. Leonard,
who played for England in four World Cups, is guest speaker at a rugby
dinner to raise funds at King Alfred School. More...
Market move to Sanders
monthly farmers markets look set to be axed and held at Sanders Garden
World instead, we can reveal. Just a couple of months after the farmers
markets in Highbridge were scrapped, a similar fate is now hanging over
Burnham's event. Organisers say there is "no long-term enthusiasm
for it." More...
MOTORIST was rushed to hospital after a car accident resulted in the
wall around an electricity sub-station being demolished on Wednesday
evening (May 3rd). Burnham-On-Sea fire-fighters, police and paramedics
rushed to the scene at Marine Drive, opposite Apex Park, just after
removed from signs
this week hit out at vandals who have deliberately painted over the
words 'Burnham-On-Sea' on roadside signs leading into the town. Four
signs leading into the area have been daubed with white paint in recent
days, angering councillors, who have decided to leave them as they are
for the time being. More...
supporters pack into Carnival meeting
Carnival looks to have been saved after more than 150 people crammed
into the town's Ritz Club on Wednesday May 3rd to offer their help.
Carnival chairman Mike Young addressed the crowd of supporters and vowed:
"The carnival in Burnham will not die." More...
reviews town toilets
looks set to gain one set of public toilets and lose another as part
of a district council review of public conveniences in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com
revealed in February that the review was underway amid fears that facilities
were threatened. More...
Peru trek raises £2.5k
BURNHAM-On-Sea walking enthusiast has raised more than £2,500
for charity by trekking across the mountain tops of Peru. Debbie Miller,
pictured, returned home on Sunday night and told Burnham-On-Sea.com
about her experience on the trek, which she did with 15 other walkers
from the UK. More...
over poster vandals
protestors fighting plans to build a wind farm between Brent Knoll and
Burnham-On-Sea say their rights to free speech are being attacked by
vandals who have pulled down scores of their posters in recent days.
They say a "significant" number have been pulled down in recent
bid to tighten up safety
cameras are to be introduced at Highbridge's Household Waste Recycling
Centre in June in a bid by the County Council to make it safer and securer.
The cameras are to be introduced during the week commencing 5th June
and will monitor traffic movements of users at the site. More...
Man arrested after car crash
ONE person has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after
a car crash in Burnham-On-Sea early on Monday (May 1st). A white Ford
Fiesta, with three people inside, ploughed into a street lighting column
on the Tesco roundabout at Love Lane just after 6.40am. More...
Carnival D-day approaches
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's carnival looks set to be decided
this week when organisers hold an open meeting on Wednesday (May 3rd)
to discuss whether they have enough volunteers to man the popular event.
If more volunteers are not found, the event is in jeopardy. More...
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