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search for crash motorist
are searching for the driver of a vehicle which careered through
a wall into this parked vehicle in a usually quiet road in Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday evening (October 30th). Police
were called to St Mary's Road at 5.35pm after a Vauxhall crashed
into a silver Honda parked in a private driveway, badly damaging
the rear of the vehicle.
down boarded-up shelters'
been calls this week for 'unsightly' boarded-up shelters outside
a Burnham-On-Sea public garden to be pulled down and removed.
The future of the gardens were discussed during a special Chamber
of Trade meeting held in the town at the Princess Hall. More...
estate agency to close
Burnham-On-Sea estate agency business is to cease trading on Friday
(October 31st). Hutchinson
Town and Country Estate Agents will shut its High Street offices
due to the impact of the continuing financial downturn and the
uncertainty surrounding the property market.
bids to build 17 homes
giant Tesco has this week submitted a formal planning application
to build 17 new homes on land at the western end of its Burnham-On-Sea
store in Love Lane. Tesco's plans for new homes were first reported
by Burnham-On-Sea.com in July. More...
charity shop shuts down
shop in the centre of Highbridge has shut down, with bosses blaming
the financial downturn for its demise. The charity shop for BIBIC,
the British Institute for Brain Injured Children, only opened
in Church Street last year but has been struggling to make ends
in night cycle safety drive
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are this week launching a campaign
to promote road safety to cyclists in the town. Operation Glitter
is aimed at reducing the amount of serious road traffic collisions
in the Burnham area which happen when bicycles are not properly
on sale for tennis concert
group The Ginger Hitlas are set to perform a concert at Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Social Club on Friday 7th November in aid of the Nathan Edwards
Tennis Academy. The academy was set up as a tribute to the 17-year-old
Burnham-On-sea tennis player killed in a road accident.
Cadets hold cabaret evening
of cabaret and dancing will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday
(November 1st) to raise funds for the town's Sea Cadets group.
The annual 'Bit of a Do' will be held from 7.30pm at Lakeside
Caravan Park. Tickets are available now, priced at £8.50
explorers postpone trip
explorers who have been training with Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft team have this week postponed their 2009 expedition
due to the current financial climate. The
pair, Alex Henney and Simon Marshall, have postponed their expedition
until 2010. More...
jailed after police chase
men have been locked up following what police called the "despicable
and cowardly" robbery of an 86-year-old Devon man which resulted
in a police chase across Devon and Somerset, ending in this dramatic
crash in Burnham-On-Sea. The trio had conned their way into the
pensioner's home, ransacked his bedroom, and threatened to kill
him with a screwdriver in Plympton.
to fight in county elections
Democrat members in Burnham North have this week picked local
councillor and lifelong resident Mike Mansfield to fight the Burnham
North County Division in 2009. Mike said: "I've lived in
the town all my life, and have always wanted to represent the
town in County Hall."
chipping sessions for town
SEDGEMOOR'S Dog Wardens are offering dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge a chance to have their pets micro chipped. Micro
chipping is now recognised as the most effective and secure way
of permanently identifying a pet.
Two sessions will be held next month in the town. More...
get £3,000 boost
supplying fireworks to Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront display
has this week donated fireworks worth almost £3,000 to the
event to make up for the disappointment of last year's cancelled
event. Skyburst The Firework Company has delighted organisers
at the town council by giving extra fireworks to the value of
£2,875 to this year's display, which will be held on Sunday
9th November at 7pm.
the horror out of Halloween
police are this week distributing this free poster to residents
in the town to place in their windows and deter callers on Halloween
night. The initiative is one of several being organised by officers
in the town to help 'keep the horror out of Halloween'
and ensure it is crime-free. More...
performers set to arrive
A TROUPE of
circus performers who are hosting Christmas shows at a garden
centre near Burnham-On-Sea from November will be arriving on site
next week to put up their big top tent. Clowns, trapeze artists,
hula hoopers and acrobats will be at Sanders Garden World.
ban raises safety fears
Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed fears that a government
decision to ban the use of emergency flares could put lives at
risk. The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) has told stations across
the UK that they are no longer allowed to send up illuminating
flares during search and rescue operations.
attract kite buggy racers
winds provided ideal conditions for kite buggying racers from
across the south west on Brean beach on Sunday (October 26th).
Among those taking part in the competition was Karen Mansfield,
who competed in the European championships.
Sooty comes to Brean
of children and their families flocked to Brean on Saturday afternoon
(October 25th) to enjoy a special performance by TV's Sooty and
friends. Richard Cadell from CITV performed two free live shows
with Sooty, Sweep and Soo during a special event at Brean Leisure
drama for 'Captain Calamity'
more drama on Saturday morning (October 25th) for the so-called
'Captain Calamity' skipper when his trimaran was craned out of
the River Brue. The 'Star Of Burnham' was being lowered by a crane
onto the back of a lorry to be driven by road to the skipper's
home in Whitstable, Kent, when it began to tilt at a precarious
angle on the side of the juggernaut, as pictured above.
crews tackle rubbish blaze
crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a rubbish fire on the outskirts
of Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (October 25th). Firefighters
were called at 1.45pm to the Clyce, besides the River Brue, where
a large pile of rubbish had been set alight inside a concrete
injured in Brean fall
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and two
ambulances were called to Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (October
25th) after a walker was injured in a fall. The emergency teams
were sent to Brean Cove at 2.45pm after a walker enjoying the
sunshine slipped and fell.
award presented to Mayor
Mayor and the organiser of the town's entry into this year's Britain
In Bloom competition were handed a sought-after silver award during
a special presentation on Friday evening (October 24th). Cllr
Peter Burridge-Clayton and Burnham In Bloom's Dave Perrett received
the Silver Gilt award from judge Terry Porter.
Burnham In Bloom results
of this year's Burnham-On-Sea In Bloom competition were announced
on Friday evening (October 24th) at a special awards presentation
evening in the town council chambers.
Burnham-On-Sea.com has a full A-Z list of all the winners across
the town in each of the categories. More...
main burst causes delays
hundreds of feet into the air when a water main burst in a field
besides the M5 motorway, causing delays for motorists near Burnham-On-Sea
this week. The
Highways Agency shut the inside lane of the motorway after the
spectacular incident on
to switch on Xmas lights
Festival organiser Michael Eavis has been chosen to switch on
Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas Lights this year.
familiar face behind Somerset's pop extravaganza - who is pictured
here on the town's beach last summer - will light up the town
with a colourful display of festive lights on Saturday November
Calamity' banned from sea
that was this week rescued twice in 48 hours by Coastguards and
lifeboat crews has been banned from the water by Burnham-On-Sea's
harbour master Chris Spencer. Mr Spencer said of the skipper:
"I have detained him under my authority and harbour safety
defends expansion plans
in Burnham-On-Sea have labled Tesco 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'
over its multi-million pound plans to expand its supermarket in
the town. Bosses
from the supermarket giant attended this week's Burnham Chamber
of Trade meeting in the town. More...
target Burnham shop
BURGLARS carried out an attack on a shop in the centre
of Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Thursday morning (October
23rd). Perfume and other items were stolen from Superdrug in the
High Street store after its front window was smashed at 1.20am,
sounding the alarms and waking nearby residents.
vandals - police appeal
A WAVE of political graffiti has been
scrawled across house walls and garage doors in the centre of
Burnham-On-Sea over the last few days. Slogans including 'BNP'
and 'Put the Great Back in Britain' have been daubed with paint
across walls and garage doors. More...
seal pup making recovery
YOUNG grey seal which was washed up on Brean beach last weekend
is making good progress in the safe hands of local wildlife carers.
Gandalf the Grey, pictured, is putting on weight and making a
good recovery thanks to a rich diet of fish from carers at Secret
photos: New plaque unveiled
NEW plaque to commemorate the birthplace of the late Sir John
Pople, the Nobel Chemistry Prize Winner 1998, was unveiled in
Burnham-On-Sea during a ceremony on Wednesday (October 22nd).
Sir John was born in Burnham in 1925 and spent his early life
in the town. More...
attacked after leaving club
appealed for information following a robbery in Burnham-On-Sea
in the early hours of Sunday (October 19th). The incident occurred
at 2.45am when a 27 year old male was walking home from Michaels
Bar on The Esplanade. He used a footpath from Love Lane. More...
disposal team called to town
disposal experts were dramatically called to the 25ft trimaran
moored in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (October 22nd) which
has had to be rescued twice in 48 hours. The trimaran, with two
people onboard including one who Coastguards have dubbed 'Captain
Calamity', was the scene of fresh drama.
rescue 'Captain Calamity'
25ft trimaran with two people onboard, including one who Coastguards
dubbed 'Captain Calamity', has been rescued for the second time
in 48 hours after going aground on mudflats near Burnham-On-Sea.
Two RNLI lifeboats towed the trimaran to safety just after midnight
on Wednesday morning (October 22nd). More...
dealt a blow
PLANS to regenerate the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have suffered
a major setback this week with the news that a bid for £500,000
of government funding has been turned down. Sedgemoor District
Council had applied for the 'Sea Change' funding from CABE (the
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) in an attempt
to secure much-needed cash. More...
clock up two centuries!
of Britain's oldest couples were celebrating in Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (October 21st) after BOTH reaching the grand age of
100. Pete Postings celebrated her 100th birthday in August and
Wally clocked up his century on Tuesday at Burnham's Tudor Lodge
Residential Home, where they enjoyed a day of celebrations with
friends and family. More...
force aims to clean up town
'TASK force' of council bosses, police officers and local councillors
performed a walkabout of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (October
20th) to see for themselves the areas of the town that need improving.
The group of a dozen people visited Burnham High Street, the Manor
Gardens and The Esplanade. More...
Dems announce candidate
Democrats in Highbridge and Burnham have this week chosen sitting
County Councillor, Rosemarie Parsons, as their candidate to contest
the Highbridge and Burnham South County Division in next year's
county council elections. Rosemarie has been County Councillor
for the division for nearly twelve years, having first won the
seat in 1997. More...
rescue for trimaran
25ft trimaran 'Star of Burnham' has had to be rescued for a second
time in 48 hours after going aground on mudflats near Burnham-On-Sea
on Tuesday (October 21st). On Sunday the trimaran had been overdue
into Burnham and was located by an RAF helicopter. More...
improvements in spotlight
the town centre of Burnham-On-Sea will be the theme for a special
meeting of the town's Chamber of Trade and Commerce on Tuesday
evening (October 21st). The meeting will be held at 6pm in the
Princess Hall in Princess Street and will be open to all businesses
in the town, as well as the general public for the main business
of the meeting. More...
donation for BARB
BUMPER cheque worth £3,225 has been handed over to the charity
that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. The Diamond Farm
Pubraisers have collected the funds for BARB, the charity that
runs the life-saving Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, over the summer
months in Brean pubs. More...
seal washed up at Brean
seal pup has been washed up on Brean beach, just a fortnight after
a common seal was found on the sands. Wildlife carers from Secret
World at East Huntspill were called to Brean Cove on Sunday afternoon
(October 19th) after a walker spotted the young seal near the
base of Brean Down.
in search for boat
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards was called to help search for a boat
encountering difficulties on Sunday evening (October 19th). The
crew onboard the fishing boat had contacted Swansea Coastguards
to say they were having difficulties in heavy seas in the Bristol
Channel at around 7pm.
hoisted from River Brue
than 20 yachts were winched into the skies above the River Brue
in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (October 18th) when the
annual spectacle of the winter 'crane-out' took place. Organisers
from Burnham's Yacht Club took advantage of the high tide and
calm weather. More...
restored after seven hours
Power Distribution restored electricity to homes in the centre
of Highbridge in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 19th)
following a seven hour power cut. Residents in Market Street were
without power from 6.51pm on Saturday night until 2.11am on Sunday.
plaque to honour Sir John
NEW plaque to commemorate the birthplace of the late Sir John
Pople, the Nobel Chemistry Prize Winner 1998, is to be unveiled
in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Sir John was born in Burnham in 1925
and spent his early life in the town with his parents until after
World War II in 1946. More...
probe deliberate blaze
A FIRE crew
from Burnham-On-Sea was unable to save this vehicle after it was
deliberately set alight in the early hours of Saturday morning
(October 18th). One fire engine from Burnham was sent to tackle
the blaze at Sloway Lane in West Huntspill at 4am after the alarm
was raised by local residents. More...
Parkway work begins
LONG-awaited work to complete Burnham-On-Sea's
'road to nowhere', the half-completed Frank Foley Parkway, finally
began on Friday (October 17th). Somerset County Council started
site clearance work to remove overgrown shrubs and brambles along
the road line. More...
bosses' promotion push
A BUSY year of promotional activities is being planned by tourism
bosses from the Burnham-On-Sea area to try and minimise the effects
of the financial downturn and a poor summer season of weather
on the holiday trade. The financial woes were the hot topic at
their AGM. More...
ferry service from Burnham?
pound plans to launch a ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea and
South Wales have been unveiled for the first time this week. Entrepreneur
Chris Marrow is setting up a £5million venture called Severn
Sea Ferries which will operate ferry services around the Bristol
Channel, between Somerset and Wales.
jobs cut at Highbridge firm
downturn has led to 20 workers being laid off at a Highbridge
manufacturing company this week. Manuflex, which is based on the
Walrow Industrial Estate in the town, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
it had made the decision with "deep regret." Managing
director Ray Stewart confirmed the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
shop opens in town centre
selling mobility scooters and related equipment opened its doors
for the first time in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday
(October 16th). Alex Turco, the Chairman of the town's Chamber
of Trade, was invited along to cut the ribbon at Burnham Mobility.
Car snapped in area
controversial camera car was spotted last month in the Burnham-On-Sea
area, according to a photo posted on a technology website. This
image of the so-called 'Google Car' parked at Sedgemoor Services
was posted five weeks ago, on September 10th, on a technology
out safety at road junction'
councillors in Highbridge have this week called for safety improvements
to be made to a busy road junction in the town after a series
of 'near-miss' accidents. The junction of Caxton Road and the
A38 besides the infamous Asda roundabout has been the scene of
several near-misses during recent weeks due to a lack of road
arts school back in action
peforming arts which had to move out of Burnham-On-Sea's Community
Centre because of structural problems has re-started lessons in
other parts of East Brent and Burnham. Curtain Call of Performing
Arts had to move earlier this year after problems at the Berrow
Road premises. More...
'Protect town's traders'
town councillors want to protect the livelihood of shops in Burnham-On-Sea's
town centre by restricting the sale of certain products at an
expanding Brent Knoll garden centre. The Council's planning applications
committee met on Wednesday (October 15th). More...
look at town's carnival float
final finishing touches are being made to a £14,000 monster-sized
carnival float which has been built entirely in Burnham-On-Sea.
With just a few weeks to go until Burnham Carnival on Monday November
10th, members of Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club are busily screwing
in 12,500 light bulbs.
'would raise flood risk'
a Severn barrage could increase the risk of flooding in Burnham-On-Sea,
Brean and Berrow, a campaign group has warned this week. The newly-formed
'Stop the Barrage Campaign' claims that a Severn barrage would
raise the threat of silting and inundations by sea water. More...
'hopeful' after appeal
GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents
fighting plans by a developer to turn a seafront property into
a block of apartments say they are "hopeful" that the
controversial scheme will be rejected following a two-day planning
appeal hearing. Allandale
Road residents were at the town's Princess Hall last week to listen
to the hearing, which was overseen by the Planning Inspectorate.
Alvin Stardust in town
rocker Alvin Stardust will be in Burnham-On-Sea next month to
perform a special one-off concert. Tickets have just gone on sale
this week for the event, to be held on Saturday November 15th
at Home Farm Holiday Park in Burnham. Stardust amassed seven Top
Ten entries in a chart span lasting almost 25 years.
police hold briefing
in Highbridge held a 'street briefing' in the town to let local
residents air their views about policing and tackling drugs misuse.
The event, pictured here, was held at Highbridge Quay last Friday
and a steady stream of residents came to meet local officers and
discuss local matters. More...
released back onto lake
injured cygnet which was retrieved by wildlife rescuers from a
Highbridge lake last month after swallowing a length of fishing
line has been nursed backed to good health and released back onto
the water this week. Secret World Wildlife Centre helped the bird
at Apex Park with a boat crew. More...
crackdown gathers pace
stepped up their crackdown against halt anti-social driving along
Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (October 12th) as the campaign
for safety improvements continued. Burnham Police held a special
event on the Esplanade to get the views of local residents about
how to tackle speeding and anti-social driving.
Den contestant visits
FORMER contestant from BBC One's Dragon's Den TV series visited
a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (October 12th) to
hold a series of food tasting sessions. Michael North pitched
his business idea for an Olive Oil Club to the judges of the hit
Burnham restaurant opens
NEW Italian restaurant has defied the current financial gloom
by opening its doors to the public in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend.
Bonomo restaurant has started trading at 30-32 Adam Street, and
says its authentic Italian cuisine is already proving popular
with diners. More...
crews called to Brean crash
crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out at 12.26am on Sunday
morning (October 12th) to reports of a car fire following an accident
near Brean. The collision occurred in Accommodation Road between
Weston-super-Mare and Brean and there is no reason to think the
fire was suspicious. More...
grant boost for school
SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea is planning to install solar panels
worth £24,000 by the end of the year thanks to a grant funding
boost. Brent Knoll School has been awarded funding from EDF Energy
and the government's Low Carbon Building Programme totalling £24,000.
visits hovercraft charity
MP visited BARB, the charity behind the life-saving hovercraft
rescue service, on Saturday (October 11th) to hear about another
busy year for the organisation. David Heathcoat-Amory met crewmembers
and was given an update on the fourteen incidents attended by
BARB's two hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat.
John attends fundraiser
television and radio presenter John Inverdale was the VIP guest
at a fundraising quiz evening held near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday
evening (October 10th). John was the guest at a quiz evening held
in Mark by the village's Community Association to raise money
for the village hall. More...
help up by turmoil
pound plans to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea are being held up during
the current financial turmoil on the world's money markets. Nicola
Slawski, Group Manager of Regeneration at Sedgemoor District Council,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the search for funding
partners "is very challenging."
Brean singer in X-Factor finals
SINGER who won a talent show in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, last
year has made it through to the final stages of ITV1's talent
show The X Factor. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month
how Marisa Billitteri, pictured, was taking part in the talent
and she's now reached the final dozen groups. More...
toast causes small blaze
PIECE of burning toast caused a small kitchen fire that led to
Burnham-On-Sea fire brigade being called out on Friday morning
(October 10th). One Burnham fire engine was sent to Highridge
Road at 7.38am after a home owner dialling 999 to alert the brigade.
thanks cycle race helpers
Mayor has this week officially thanked several residents for their
help during last month's visit of the Tour of Brtitain cycle race
to the town. Mayor
Peter Burridge-Clayton handed small gifts to Andrew Brewer and
John Smith in recognition of their work. More...
bench to be replaced
A VANDALISED public
bench in Burnham-On-Sea is set to be replaced with a new one,
thanks to a donation of hundreds of pounds from a county councillor.
Mike Facey has this week given £625 from his community budget
towards the cost of a new one for Berrow Road. More...
'unaffected' by banks
Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council both reassured residents
on Thursday (October 9th) that they had not lost money during
this week's collapse of several Icelandic banks.
The County Council said on Thursday it had lost £25million
in the collapse of one bank. More...
centre expansion fears
have this week expressed concerns about controversial plans by
a local garden centre to expand its store by more than 35,000
square feet - but they have delayed making a decision on whether
to formally oppose the scheme
until later in the month at the earliest. More...
firm unveils mast plans
signals in the centre Burnham-On-Sea could be boosted if proposals
to introduce several new antennas are approved by district council
planners later this month. Vodafone has applied for planning permission
to attach three new antennas to a mast.
shop appeals for help
pottery shop owner is seeking the public's help in tracing the
owners of four items that were painted at her seafront business.
Anya Burridge from Purrr-fect Pottery says the pottery items were
painted during the annual Burnham-On-Sea Folkfest on August 31st.
more homes for Burnham?
HOUSING developer has unveiled plans to build 48 new homes in
Bloor Homes wants to construct the properties on land off Thorndike
Way and Cookson Close. The properties would consist of affordable
homes comprising one, two and three bed homes. More...
restaurant has star appeal
DELIGHTED staff at a seafront restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea are
celebrating this week after receiving a sought-after five star
Sedgemoor District Council's Food Safety Team. The
Royal Clarence Hotel's downstairs dining area has been awarded
a top rating.
safety calls renewed
THE driver of this car was lucky to escape injury after careering
off a slippery road into a rhyne near Brent Knoll on Tuesday (October
accident in Harp Road has prompted fresh calls for safety improvements
following many similar incidents along the busy route during recent
boost at expanding firm
jobs are to be created at a Highbridge sheet metal manufacturing
firm after the district council gave it approval to expand its
premises this week. Cases Limited in Bennett Close has been granted
permission to build an extension to its factory on an industrial
park in the town.
MP's blog updated
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official blog on Burnham-On-Sea.com
has been updated. In his latest entry, he gives us his thoughts
on the 'credit crunch', talks over safety improvements to Berrow's
Coast Road, and the need for more power stations in the UK. More...
Dragon's Den man visits
A FORMER contestant
from the BBC's Dragons Den TV series will be visiting a garden
centre near Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (October 12th) to host
a series of tasting sessions. Michael North will be a familiar
face to fans of the show and will visit Sanders Garden World
this weekend. More...
duo on drugs charges
appeared before Sedgemoor Magistrates Court on Tuesday (October
7th) charged with possession of controlled drugs with intent to
supply. A 28 year old man who was arrested and charged
following a warrant at Highbridge Quay in July was bailed
appear at Taunton Crown Court in November for sentencing.
handed seafront petition
Mayor has this week been handed a petition signed by dozens of
caravan owners demanding action on speeding problems along the
town's seafront. The petition was handed to Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton
and was signed by 65 people
from Burnham Holiday Village. More...
over refuse disposal costs
owners in Burnham-On-Sea are having to pay an 'extortionate' £2.50
per bin bag to dispose of their rubbish. New prices introduced
by the Somerset Waste Partnership have seen the cost of refuse
sacks soar - much to the concern of small businesses in the town.
homes hit by power cut
homes across Burnham-On-Sea were briefly plunged into the dark
on Monday evening (October 6th) after a power cut. A total of
11,000 homes in the town suffered two short power cuts at around
7.20pm - each lasting around three seconds - following a high
thefts alert in Highbridge
have this week warned pedal cycle owners to be vigilant following
a number of thefts of bikes in the Highbridge area over the last
few weeks. To help combat the problem, cyclists can get their
bikes security-marked during a series of events being held on
gives charities a boost
causes were handed hundreds of pounds by Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor
on Monday evening (October 6th). Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton handed
over the proceeds of a collection from the town's recent Civic
Service to Weston Hospice Care and St Margaret's Hospice.
take part in half marathon
ON YOUR marks,
get set, go! Hundreds of runners sprinted off at the start of
Burnham-On-Sea annual Half Marathon on Sunday morning (October
5th). Over 230 runners from across the region took part in the
13-mile event, which was organised by the Burnham Harriers running
from Burnham Half Marathon
Navy runner Mark Goodridge, 38, from Sherbourne was the winner
of the 2008 Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon on Sunday. He completed
the race in a fast time of 1:12:57 that was just a few seconds
stray of the course record. Full A-Z results from the race are
attends Legion ceremony
branch of the Royal British Legion held a special service of dedication
on Sunday afternoon (October 5th)
to commemorate the branch's award of a 75-year pennant.
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, and the town's Mayor and Mayoress were
among the guests. More...
probe shooting incident
Burnham-On-Sea were investigating an alleged shooting incident
on the town's seafront on Saturday afternoon (October 4th). Officers
were called to the Esplanade Fish Bar, as pictured, at 1.45pm
after a teenage boy walking outside was shot in the shoulder by
an air rifle.
scenes on show at gallery
A THREE week
exhibition of artwork featuring scenes of Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow
and Brean starts on Monday (October 6th) at a gallery in the town.
Burnham-On-Sea.com was given a sneak preview of the display, which
will be held at Sea Breeze's gallery in Victoria Street. More...
fears at fire-hit hotel
police were called to the fire-damaged Highbridge Hotel this week
following reports that people had been seen inside. Officers found
several of the wooden boards at the rear of the property had been
tampered with in order to gain entry to the fire-ravaged premises.
crew called to car in ditch
A FIRE crew
from Burnham-On-Sea was called to Lympsham on Friday afternoon
(October 3rd) after this 4x4 vehicle careered off the road into
a ditch. Police taped off the area and an ambulance was called
to the scene near the village's school.
It comes during a busy week for emergency services in the Burnham
PCs given to club
worth more than £500 was formally handed over to Burnham-On-Sea's
BAY Centre by Duncan McGinty, the leader of Sedgemoor District
Council on Thursday evening (October 4th) following the club's
break-in during August. Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported in August how the Centre had been broken into.
you recognise this man?
police have asked for the public's help in identifying this man
who may be able to help them with their enquiries into the theft
of a TV from a supermarket in the town. CCTV images of the man
have been released by local police following the incident in the
town last month.
woman air-lifted after crash
woman was airlifted to hospital after being injured in a road
accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (October 3rd).
A motorcycle collided with a vehicle outside Burnham-On-Sea Memorial
Hospital at 3.30pm, leading to the closure of the busy route,
and an air ambulance being called to the scene. More...
seal washed up at Brean
were called to Brean on Thursday morning (October 2nd) after this
cute seal was stranded on the beach when he was washed up on the
high tide. The young common seal, weighing around 40kg, was spotted
on the beach by a local resident who alerted East Huntspill's
Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Torch-lit search under town pier
Coastguards and crewmembers from the town's lifeboat crew conducted
a torch-lit search for a person that had reportedly become cut-off
by the incoming tide underneath Burnham's pier on Thursday evening
(October 2nd). A thorough search of the area was carried out.
Police tackle rise in metal theft
the Burnham-On-Sea area have launched an operation to crack down
on metal thefts after a spate of incidents in the area in recent
officers are working with local scrap metal dealers to tackle
the problem, which they say is part of a nationwide increase.
meeting in Burnham-On-Sea to give residents the chance to quiz
power bosses about controversial plans to extend Hinkley Point
nuclear power station has been cancelled and replaced with a day-long
exhibition instead. It will be held on
Thursday 6th November. More...
230 set for town Half Marathon
230 runners are set to pace around the streets of Burnham-On-Sea
this weekend during the town's annual Half Marathon. Organisers
from Burnham Harriers running club say late entries will be accepted
right up until the race on Sunday (October 5th).
Coastguards find missing man
a dozen Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called out in the
early hours of Wednesday (October 1st) to search for a missing
man who had been reported by his parents to be in a 'distressed'
state. Coastguards rushed to Brean at 3am after the 28-year-old
holidaymaker was reported missing by his family.
batters Burnham seafront
winds and a high tide combined to give Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade
a battering on Wednesday morning (October 1st) when the first
storm of the autumn hit the town. These
were the scenes as waves slammed into the sea wall, sending plumes
of spray onto vehicles and several unspecting walkers along the
appeal after taxi stolen
in Highbridge are appealing for the public's help in tracing a
taxi that has been stolen from the town. Some time between 6.30am
on Monday (September 29th) and 1.45pm the following day, Tuesday
September 30th, the taxi was stolen from Morland Road in Highbridge.
on sale for fundraiser
have gone on sale for a fundraising night being organised by Burnham
and Highbridge Round Table in aid of The Children's Hospice South
West. The event will be held on Saturday evening October 11th
from 7pm at Brent Road Farm in Brent Road, Burnham-On-Sea. Tickets
are available now. More...
as fake cash is replaced
MYSTERY supporter of a Burnham-On-Sea carnival club has generously
come to the aid of the group by donating £100 to replace
the counterfeit money they were given in August. Hillview Carnival
Club inadvertently accepted £100 of worthless bank notes
during an event. More...
homes lose power in winds
of residents in Highbridge were without power on Wednesday morning
(October 1st) after strong winds brought down power lines. The
first heavy storm of autumn sent a wooden pole crashing down.
North Avenue on the Morland Estate was closed both ways. More...
boy found at Brean
police have praised the work of partner agencies after a boy went
missing in Brean this week. On Monday (September 29th) a five
year old boy went missing as his family were taking a walk through
Brean. The child was quickly found safe and well thanks to joint
working . More...
over snub for motor club
Exclusive: A LONG-running
classic car event which starts each year from Burnham-On-Sea has
this week been forced to start from a Brent Knoll pub car park
because Sedgemooor District Council was not prepared to forgo
an hour's income for thirty car parking spaces.
Furious Burnham-On-Sea Motor Club members have hit out at the
decision, including Mayor Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton.
leave trail of damage
left a trail of damage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea at the
weekend as they smashed the windows of three properties. Two
businesses on the High Street faced repair bills of several hundred
pounds after their shop front windows were broken by the thugs.
supper raises hundreds
OVER £300 was raised for local charities
when members of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Ladies Circle
Lodge held their annual Harvest Supper on Saturday (September
27th). A large number of members attended the popular annual evet,
which was held in Berrow
Village Hall. More...
award for garden centre
A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea has won a 'green'
award this week in recognition of its recycling scheme. Sanders
Garden World at Brent Knoll was presented with a 'Green Initiative
of the Year Award' at a special awards ceremony held in Birmingham.
The centre's manager received the award. More...
Italian restaurant to open
LOVERS of Italian food in Burnham-On-Sea are in
for a treat when a brand new restaurant opens in the town this
restaurant is making final preparations for its grand opening
at 30-32 Adam Street this Saturday evening (October 4th).
The restaurant will serve authentic Italian food. More...
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