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Police warn on festive crime
CHRISTMAS shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea were urged on Thursday (Nov 30th) not to leave gifts on show in parked vehicles. The warning from Burnham Police came at the start of a fresh bid to reduce the number of car break-ins in the town during the run-up to Christmas. More...

Town's tourist centre praised
THE quality of customer service at Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre has been praised in a new report out this week. The seafront-based centre finished in the top three places in an annual 'Mystery Shopper' test operated by the regional tourist board. More...

Mayor to open learning centre
A NEW Active Living Centre is set to be opened in Burnham-On-Sea during December by the town's Mayor. The facility, overseen by Somerset County Council and Age Concern, is to be opened at Burnham Community Centre by Cllr Eric Gill (pictured) on December 8th. More...

Family rescued from blaze
A FAMILY of four was rescued by firefighters on Wednesday night (Nov 29th) after being trapped by a blaze in their Highbridge home. Firefighters from Burnham and Taunton rushed to Morland Road at 9pm after two adults and two children became trapped in an upstairs bedroom of their home. More...

45 new homes given the nod
DISTRICT planners have given the green light for Barratt to build 45 homes and an office block on land north of Worston Road in Highbridge. The proposal was given delegated permission at the latest meeting of Sedgemoor's development control committee. More...

MPs debate unitary status
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory took the debate on the controversial issue of local government reorganisation in Somerset to the House of Commons on Tuesday night (November 28th). The debate came just days after a County Council vote on the plan. More...

Brent Knoll goes back in time!
BRENT Knoll Parish Hall will be transformed into an old time Music Hall on Saturday (December 2nd) when villagers hold a night of music and fun from across the ages. The village's popular Christmas Review returns with the theme 'Olde Tyme Music Hall'. More...

Lelaina Hall case is settled
THE mother of five year-old Lelaina Hall, who died at Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, in 2002 has settled her legal case with Sedgemoor District Council out of court. A brief statement issued by the council on Monday said: "The matter has been settled out of court." More...

Photo special: Brent Knoll Race
BLUE skies and bright winter sunshine provided ideal conditions for the 77 runners who took part in the annual Brent Knoll Race on Sunday morning (Nov 26th) The athletes began the 5.5 mile course in Burnham-On-Sea and wended their way across the fields to the knoll. More...

Third crash at dangerous bend
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist had a lucky escape when his car skidded off a road and into a ditch.
Police tape still marked the spot on Monday, pictured, where a Peugeot 306 ended up on its side in a ditch besides Stoddens Lane following the accident at 6pm on Friday. More...

Circus big top arrives in town
THE troop of circus performers who are hosting Christmas shows at Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea during December have arrived on site and been busy putting up their big top tent this week.
Clowns, trapeze artists, hula hoopers and acrobats are on site. More...

Mayor rescues lights switch-on
BIG crowds flocked to Burnham-On-Sea for the light-up of the town's new Christmas lights on Saturday (Nov 25th), resulting in ITV West News presenter Peter Rowell missing the big switch-on. Burnham's Mayor, Eric Gill, was asked to hit the switch instead. Full coverage: Story | Photos | Video

Coastguards find 'missing' man
A THREE-hour Coastguard search could have been avoided if a man reported to be missing had made a quick telephone call to let them know he was safe. That was the message from Burnham Coastguards after a search was launched in the early hours of Saturday (Nov 25th). More...

Commons debate on shake-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, is to raise the controversial issue of local government reorganisation at an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday (Nov 28th). It comes just days after a major County Council vote. More...

Garden centre is UK's best!
SANDERS Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea has this week scooped the National Garden Centre of the Year award at a ceremony in London. The centre received the top prize at the 2006 Garden Centre and Retail Awards, run by industry magazine The Grower. More...

Police probe £100k burglary
Exclusive: POLICE conducted an air search of several caravan parks at Brean on Thursday afternoon (Nov 23rd) as they investigated a £100,000 furniture robbery. The force helicopter carried out an air search of caravan parks across the resort at around 2.20pm. More...

Isleport expansion approved
DISTRICT planners have this week given the go-ahead to a thriving Burnham-On-Sea food company to expand its premises. Isleport Foods is to substantially extend its premises at Isleport Business Park, on the outskirts of Burnham, extending it northwards. More...

Water company probes smells
HIGHBRIDGE'S sewage treatment plant is not to blame for the unpleasant smells that have been plaguing residents across parts of Burnham and Highbridge in recent days. Wessex Water confirmed it has received several complaints about the smells. More...

Garden thieves strike again
A BED and breakfast owner in Burnham-On-Sea has hit out at thieves who have stolen ornaments from his garden for the TENTH time in two years. Colin Jones of Ashbourne House B&B in Berrow Road says a dozen hand-painted ornaments were stolen over the weekend. More...

Unitary council moves closer
SOMERSET County Council moved a step closer to abolishing Sedgemoor District Council when it passed a motion on Wednesday (November 22nd) instructing officers to work on a bid and submission to create a unitary council. The motion passed by a majority of nine. More...

Warning over imitation guns
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are warning parents not to be tempted to buy imitation weapons for their children this Christmas. Many outlets are now selling the look-alike firearms which often differ very little from the real deadly weapons which can cause accidents and injuries. More...

Three schools hit by break-ins
POLICE are helping schools in Highbridge to tighten up their security after three separate incidents in a fortnight where criminal damage has been caused and property stolen, police said on Wednesday morning (November 22nd). The incidents have angered teachers. More...

Land yachts blow into Brean
STRONG winds provided ideal conditions for more than 25 land yachting enthusiasts when they gathered on Brean Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, for their annual regatta over the weekend. A series of five races were held over two days on November 18th and 19th. More...

MP slams government shake-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has this week hit out at plans for a huge shake-up of local government across Somerset. His comments on Tuesday (November 21st) came after the leader of Somerset County Council proposed a single unitary authority. More...

Boats warned as barge visits
BURNHAM-On-Sea boat owners were urged to take caution on Tuesday evening (November 21st) when a huge barge sailed past the town on its way towards Bridgwater. The 100-metre Terra Marique manoeuvred off Burnham for 45 minutes from 5.10pm. More...

Fresh talks on hall's future
A DECISION about the future of Burnham-On-Sea's controversial Princess Hall looks set to be announced shortly after a special meeting of town councillors was held on Monday night (Nov 20th). Talks have been ongoing for months about a possible change of ownership. More...

Speedway track gets overhaul
LIGHTING at the Oak Tree speedway arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea is to be revamped in time for the start of the new 2007 Somerset Rebels season. Rebels Speedway promoter Mike Golding announced plans for the project on Monday (Nov 20th). More...

Fireworks cash handed over
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council was presented with a cheque for almost £1,200 on Monday night (Nov 20th) following a successful charity collection held during the recent seafront fireworks display. Burnham Rotary Club collected an impressive total of £2,978.91. More...

Hula hoop fun raises £1,200
A CIRCUS troupe hosted a hula hoop challenge to raise money for the BBC's annual Children in Need at Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. A group of clowns and hula hoopers from Circus Americano took part in the sponsored event, raising £1,200. More...

Man loses High Court legal row
A BIZARRE High Court parking row has left a Burnham-On-Sea man facing a legal bill of thousands of pounds. Howard Rhys Jones may now be unable to park in the garage of his Oxford Street home after losing a claim to right of way over a small area of hard standing. More...

Hinkley to re-open in January
REACTORS at Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea will re-open in January, it was announced by British Energy on Friday. Both the station's two advanced gas-cooled reactors are currently shut down after cracks were found in a reactor's graphite core and boiler pipes. More...

Children In Need events begin
SCORES of fundraising events will be held across Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (Nov 17th) as the BBC's annual Children In Need event gets underway. The Holiday Resort Unity at Brean Sands will be throwing a big party from 7pm and local pubs are also taking part. More...

Grant boost for Callum's family
A DELIGHTED Burnham-On-Sea family is celebrating this week after receiving a major grant to build vital facilities for their severely disabled son. Callum, 7, suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot even use the bathroom without specialised ceiling pulleys. More...

Top PR award for Sanders
A BURNHAM-On-Sea garden centre has this week been presented with a gold award at a glittering ceremony in Manchester. Sanders Garden World scooped the top accolade for its marketing and public relations initiatives at the retail and garden centre industry event. More...

Controversial path to re-open
A LONG-running campaign by Burnham-On-Sea residents to have a blocked-off path officially re-opened has been successful. The path running behind the town's Catholic Church, between Highbridge Road and Marine Drive, was blocked off by the church several years ago. More...

Christmas fayre to be held
SCORES of Christmas gifts made by local craftmakers will be on show this weekend when a festive craft and produce fayre is held in Burnham. The Christmas Craft and Produce Fayre will be held in the town's Ritz Club between 11am and 4pm this Saturday, Nov 18th. More...

Roger takes to the sea again!
A BRIDGWATER man whose sinking fishing boat was rescued from the bottom of the River Brue earlier this autumn was back sailing in Bridgwater Bay this week for the first time since the incident. Roger Geach, 58, hit the headlines in September after his boat sank. More...

Police name M5 fall victim
POLICE have named the woman who died on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea's Sedgemoor Services last Friday morning, November 11th. Joan Harrill, 77, of Cheddar was pronounced dead at the scene following an apparent fall from an overbridge over the northbound carriageway. More...

Remembrance Day marked
MORE than 200 dignitaries, former service personnel and representatives from local groups gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on Sunday morning, November 12th, to mark Remembrance Day. Wreaths were laid by Mayor Eric Gill and leaders of other groups. More...

Seafront gets £22k revamp
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront has been given a £22,000 face-lift during the last fortnight. Work to spruce up seating shelters and redecorate metal work was completed on Friday. The project included an overhaul of roofs, the replacement of facias and metal work. More...

Brean Rally ready to roar!
ORGANISERS of the annual Brean Stages Rally have this week announced details of their 2007 event. The popular rally, which is now in its 11th year, will be held over three days in late January and will once again be held at Brean Leisure Park. Entries open shortly. More... | Video

Two minutes silence in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea war veterans and local residents joined millions of people across the UK in remembering those who died in the two world wars during a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day on Saturday (Nov 11th). A ceremony was held in the High Street. More...

Traffic chaos on M5 as body is found
THE body of a woman has been found on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea, prompting the temporary closure of the motorway on Friday (November 10th). Avon and Somerset police said she was discovered at 6.05am on the stretch between Burnham and Weston. More...

Highbridge welcomes new store
A LARGE convenience store is set to open in the centre of Highbridge in the next few days, providing the town with a welcome boost. Final interior work is underway to allow the One Stop store in Market Street, pictured, near the town's Community Hall, to open. More...

New Christmas lights in place
BURNHAM-On-Sea's brand new £12,500 Christmas lights were winched into position along the town's High Street on Thursday morning (Nov 9th). It comes as more details were announced about the big switch-on being planned for later this month. More...

Town couple's golden gesture
A KIND gesture by two members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge resulted in a cheque for £250 being handed over to the Babe Appeal this week. Moose members David and Maggie Gully asked friends and family to help celebrate their Golden wedding. More...

Police arrest wanted man
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have arrested a Bristol man wanted in connection with an incident in Pier Street where a motorist fled from officers after being pulled over for questioning. A 19-year-old was caught in the town's Somerfield car park on Tuesday (Nov 7th). More...

Sea water quality praised
SEA water quality in Burnham, Brean and Berrow has been given the stamp of approval by DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in a national survey announced on Thursday November 9th. Bathing water quality was tested during a nationwide survey. More...

Fire crews called to Highbridge blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire fighters tackled a small blaze at a commercial premises in Highbridge on Wednesday lunchtime (November 8th). The alarm was raised by a haulage company on the Walrow Industrial Estate at 12.04pm after several lorry trailers caught fire. More...

Full carnival video highlights
EXCLUSIVE video highlights from Monday night's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea carnival are now available online, thanks to Burnham-On-Sea.com. We've condensed the whole parade into just 10 minutes to give you a glimpse of all the best bits of this year's event. More...

Fuel theft suspect wanted
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued photos of a motorist they believe may have stolen petrol from a Brent Knoll filling station. Police are appealing for help in identifying a white man with very short dark hair who was wearing a yellow fluorescent jacket - as pictured. More...

Tesco unveils expansion plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket is pressing ahead with plans to extend its Love Lane site despite controversially losing a bid to expand its store earlier this year. The supermarket has this week unveiled proposals to extend its car park by over 70 spaces. More...

Police hunt man in Highbridge
POLICE are appealing for information after a disturbing incident in Highbridge in which an 18-year-old woman was approached by a stranger. The incident happened at around 11.30am on Saturday morning (November 4th) as the woman walked along Church Street. More...

Indian fundraising trek for Mike
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is set to climb the peaks of India next summer to raise money for a good cause. Mike Barsby, who is a well known face about town, will trek with fellow participants for five days in Ladakh India amidst the Himalayas to raise money for disability charity Scope. More...

Ghost Ship steals the show!
A HUGE crowd of over 30,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets on Monday night (Nov 6th) to watch the town's annual carnival. The incredible Ghost Ship float from Gremlins Carnival Club stole the show, winning many of the event's biggest prizes. News and Photos | Results

Big crowd in town for carnival
LARGE crowds of up to 35,000 people are expected for the annual Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival on Monday evening (Nov 6th). Dozens of carnival floats have already arrived in Burnham for the annual event, which boasts over 103 entries. More... | Preview

Rail users warned of disruption
PASSENGERS using Highbridge & Burnham railway station have been warned to expect disruption over the next two months as repair work costing millions of pounds gets started. Network Rail will renew miles of track between the Burnham and Bridgwater stations. More...

Fireworks wow the crowds!
A SPECTACULAR fireworks display was watched by thousands of people along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (Nov 5th) as the town's carnival festivities officially got underway. A 20 minute multi-coloured display lit up the town. Full photo round-up shortly. More...

Man injured in fog accident
CARNIVAL traffic coming into Burnham from Berrow was being held up on Monday evening (Nov 6th) after an accident in thick fog on the Berrow Road. A man was taken to hospital with back injuries after being struck by a vehicle near the Warren Guest House at 5.30pm. More...

Carnival floats arrive in town
DOZENS of huge carnival floats arrived in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Sunday (Nov 5th) after travelling along the A38 to the town after Saturday's North Petherton carnival. A long snake of floats gathered along Queen's Drive (pictured) and the Frank Foley Parkway. More...

Legion members at memorial
MORE than 20 members of Burnham's Royal British Legion gathered at the town's war memorial on Sunday (Nov 5th) to mark the rededication of the memorial in preparation for next Sunday's remembrance service. Prayers were led by acting chaplain, the Revd Ken Piper. More...

River Brue oil spill is contained
ENVIRONMENT Agency bosses have contained a large oil spill in the River Brue at Highbridge after a major operation on Saturday (Nov 4th) to prevent the pollution spreading. Agency officials said the diesel oil appeared to have spilled into the river through a water inlet. More...

Fireworks launch pad is ready!
A HUGE platform sprouted up on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty on Saturday (Nov 4th) as workmen prepared to use it as the launch pad for Sunday night's annual fireworks spectacular. Workers spent much of Saturday constructing the huge structure, which attracted onlookers. More...

RBL's appeal for poppy sellers
MORE volunteers are needed by the Royal British Legion to sell poppies in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The town branch needs additional people to come forward in order to help in the run-up to this year's Remembrance Day service next Sunday (November 12th). More...

French market returns to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will be able to stock up on continental food when an outdoor French market comes to the town on Sunday (Nov 5th). Fourteen stalls will be set up on the seafront from 10am to 4.30pm selling a wide range of continental items. More...

Smoke grenade attack on restaurant
BURNHAM-On-Sea police made an appeal for witnesses on Friday (Nov 3rd) after revealing that a smoke grenade had been thrown into a crowded Chinese restaurant in the town earlier this week. Police said the incident at a High Street restaurant happened on Tuesday. More...

Concern grows for missing man
POLICE are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a man who is believed to have jumped into the River Parrett on Thursday (Nov 2nd). At around 11.30am a member of the public reported seeing the man jumping from Somerset Bridge into the fast-flowing river below. More...

Fears on 'over-development'
PLANS to build more than 200 new homes in Highbridge have this week been given a chilly reception after planners objected to the two schemes, which they claim will lead to over development and traffic safety problems. Councillors objected to the proposals. More...

Trust's anger at fort vandals
ANGRY National Trust bosses have this week hit out at graffiti vandals who have struck at historic Brean Down Fort near Burnham-On-Sea. The vandals attacked one of the former gun emplacements at the southern side of the Fort, leaving the Trust with a clean-up. More...

Flare sighting sparks search
AN RAF helicopter joined Coastguards and lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea in a search of several miles of Bridgwater Bay on Wednesday night (Nov 1st) after a red flare was spotted over the sea. Several miles of coastline between Hinkley Point power are being searched. More...

Have your say on town shops
A NEW online shopping survey was launched on Wednesday (Nov 1st) to give Burnham-On-Sea shoppers a say on how to make shopping in the town even better. Run by the town's Chamber of Trade in conjunction with Burnham-On-Sea.com, the online feedback form is available here.

Fresh fears for nursing home
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 12 homes on the site of an NHS care home at Berrow have been re-submitted to planners this week, but health bosses say the immediate future of the centre is not threatened. The NHS was originally granted permission to build on the site. More...

Lions raise cash for hospice
A BRASS band concert and fundraising walk have helped Burnham-On-Sea and District Lions Club raise £350 for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice in Taunton. The cheque was handed over to Sue Medlicott, Community Fundraiser from the Hospice, on Monday (Oct 30th). More...

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