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Lifeboats help yacht in distress
BOTH of 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...

Farmers warned after thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Volunteer to receive her MBE
A BURNHAM-On-Sea 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. More...

Apex goslings delight walkers
UNSEASONAL 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...

June start for Coast Radio
BREAN-based 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...

Fallen tree blocks Love Lane
TRAFFIC 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...

Ban for advertising boards?
SOME 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...

Stert swim entry period starts
SWIMMERS 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...

Town lap dancing bid rejected
CONTROVERSIAL 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...

Bravery award for taxi driver
A 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...

MP campaigns against reforms
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Tourist group marks 20th year
MORE than 150 local business owners and tourism bosses gathered in Brean on Tuesday night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sedgemoor Tourism Association. Bob Nicholson, Chairman of the group, was presented with a framed certificate and photo as the group celebrated the milestone. More...

Bag recycling service launched
A 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 levels. More...

David Bellamy visits protesters
DEFIANT 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. More...

Local panto groups celebrate!
PANTOMIME 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...

Police launch knife amnesty
A 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. More...

BBC TV gardener visits centre
BBC TV gardening expert Christine Walkden visited Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday during the garden centre's Tomato Weekend. The award-winning horticulturalist recently starred in her own prime-time television series on BBC2 on Friday evenings. More...

Biker injured in A38 accident
A 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...

Restaurant plan for play centre
AN 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...

Boxing event draws big crowds
A 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...

Summer roads chaos in store?
TOURISTS 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...

Burnham turns on the style!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

MP slams council over seafront plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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. More...

New tourism Web site launches
A 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...

High Street market for town
AN 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. More...

Mast move gets thumbs down
PLANS 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...

Pro-wind farm group hits back
BURNHAM's 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." More...

Town planners back protesters
DELIGHTED 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...

Man jailed after mugging
A HIGHBRIDGE man 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...

Bird halts traffic on walkabout!
COULD this 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. More...

Round Table charity cash boost
GROUPS and 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. More...

Hover's SGW visit a success
VISITORS 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...

All hands to the buckets!
PASSERS-by 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...

O2 mast move to be debated
PLANS for 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. More...

Love Lane crash delays traffic
MOTORISTS 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. More...

New anti-social drinking signs
NEW signs warning anti-social drinkers that their alcohol may be seized by police have this week been introduced along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. The new signs have been put up as part of a brand new co-ordinated police crackdown on anti-social drinking across the town. More...

Oops! Lady gets stuck in loo
BURNHAM fire-fighters 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...

Brean mud alert was false alarm
BURNHAM'S 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...

MP joins post office campaign
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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...

Berrow 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...

Skaters propose park changes
MORE
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...

Wind 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. More...

Hover 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 event. More...

We're short-listed for award!
BURNHAM
-On-Sea.com 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...

Driver injured in M5 accident
POLICE
, 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...

Carnival is safe - it's official
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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...

Electric 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...

No cash for seafront speed plan
HOPES of 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 help. More...

Hover helps injured dog walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Berrow homes win approval
PLANS to 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. The proposal to develop a patch of land bordering Naish Road was given the go-ahead on Tuesday afternoon, May 9th. More...

Tesco enquiry opens in town
THE 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...

Top jockeys in area for golf day
SOME 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...

Council fury over Tesco 'deceit'
ANGRY 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...

John Cleese backs protestors
ACTOR 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...

Eric is re-elected town Mayor
POPULAR 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...

Wind farm 'threatens tourism'
PROTESTORS 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...

£1.2m boost for Brean fun park
BREAN 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...

Appeal after handbag snatch
POLICE 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...

New speed sign for Burnham
CONCERN 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...

Horses trapped in Brean mud
TWO horses 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. More...

Big eels reeled in by anglers
BUMPER-sized 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...

Barrage plan given DTI boost
PLANS to build a barrage between Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, and Wales have been given a boost after a successful government meeting. Project Director Gareth Woodham told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday May 6th that "constructive" talks had been held. More...

Dr Who stars coming to Brean
FANS 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...

Tim Henman helps town school
SPORTS 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...

Farmers Market move to Sanders
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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...

Crash damages sub-station
A 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 8pm. More...

Burnham removed from signs
TOWN councillors 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...

150 supporters pack into Carnival meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Council reviews town toilets
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Debbie's Peru trek raises £2.5k
A 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...

Anger over poster vandals
ANGRY 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 days. More...

CCTV bid to tighten up safety
CCTV 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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