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Police search for crash motorist
Exclusive: POLICE 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. More...

'Pull down boarded-up shelters'
Exclusive: THERE have 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...

Burnham estate agency to close
A 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. More...

Tesco bids to build 17 homes
Exclusive:
SUPERMARKET 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...

Town charity shop shuts down
Exclusive: A CHARITY
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 meet. More...

Police in night cycle safety drive
POLICE 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 lit. More...

Tickets on sale for tennis concert
POPULAR local
rock 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. More...

Sea Cadets hold cabaret evening
AN
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 each. More...

Polar explorers postpone trip
Exclusive: TWO
polar 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...

Trio jailed after police chase
THREE young 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
. More...

Mike to fight in county elections
LIBERAL 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."
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Dog 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...

Fireworks get £3,000 boost
THE
company 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. More...

Take the horror out of Halloween
BURNHAM
-On-Sea 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...

Circus 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. More...

Flare ban raises safety fears
COASTGUARDS in 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
. More...

Winds attract kite buggy racers
STRONG
onshore 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. More...

TV's Sooty comes to Brean
CROWDS
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 Park. More...

More drama for 'Captain Calamity'
THERE
was 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. More...

Fire crews tackle rubbish blaze
TWO
fire 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 tank. More...

Walker 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
. More...

Bloom award presented to Mayor
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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. More...

Full Burnham In Bloom results
THE
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...

Water main burst causes delays
WATER
gushed 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 Thursday evening. More...

Eavis to switch on Xmas lights
Exclusive: GLASTONBURY
Festival organiser Michael Eavis has been chosen to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas Lights this year. The 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 29th. More...

'Cpt Calamity' banned from sea
THE
trimaran 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 law." More...

Tesco defends expansion plans
Exclusive: SEVERAL
traders 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...

Burglars 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.
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Graffiti vandals - police appeal
Exclusive: 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...

Young seal pup making recovery
A 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 World. More...

In photos: New plaque unveiled
A 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...

Man attacked after leaving club
POLICE have 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...

Bomb disposal team called to town
BOMB 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. More...

RNLI rescue 'Captain Calamity'
A 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...

Regeneration dealt a blow
Exclusive: 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...

Couple clock up two centuries!
Exclusive: ONE 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...

Task force aims to clean up town
A '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...

Lib Dems announce candidate
LIBERAL 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...

Double rescue for trimaran
THE 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...

Town improvements in spotlight
IMPROVING 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...

Bumper donation for BARB
A 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...

Second seal washed up at Brean
A YOUNG grey 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. More...

Coastguards in search for boat
A TEAM of 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. More...

Yachts hoisted from River Brue
MORE 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...

Power restored after seven hours
WESTERN 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. More...

New plaque to honour Sir John
A 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...

Police 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...

Foley 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...

Tourist 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...

New ferry service from Burnham?
Exclusive: MULTI-million 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. More...

20 jobs cut at Highbridge firm
Exclusive: THE financial 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. More...

New shop opens in town centre
A NEW shop 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. More...

Google Car snapped in area
GOOGLE'S 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 website. More...

'Sort out safety at road junction'
Exclusive: CONCERNED 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 markings. More...

Town arts school back in action
A SCHOOL of 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...

Council: 'Protect town's traders'
WORRIED 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...

First look at town's carnival float
Exclusive: THE 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. More...

Barrage 'would raise flood risk'
BUILDING 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...

Residents 'hopeful' after appeal
A 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. More...

Rocker Alvin Stardust in town
CLASSIC 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. More...

Highbridge police hold briefing
POLICE 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...

Swan released back onto lake
AN 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...

Speed crackdown gathers pace
POLICE 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. More...

Dragon's Den contestant visits
A 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 show. More...

New Burnham restaurant opens
A 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...

Fire crews called to Brean crash
FIRE 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...

£24,000 grant boost for school
A 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. More...

MP visits hovercraft charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 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. More...

TV's John attends fundraiser
BBC 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...

Regeneration help up by turmoil
Exclusive:
Multi-million 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." More...

Brean singer in X-Factor finals
A 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 show, and she's now reached the final dozen groups. More...

Burnt toast causes small blaze
A 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. More...

Mayor thanks cycle race helpers
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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...

Vandalised 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. Cllr Mike Facey has this week given £625 from his community budget towards the cost of a new one for Berrow Road. More...

Councils 'unaffected' by banks
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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...

Garden centre expansion fears
TOWN
councillors 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...

Phone firm unveils mast plans
Exclusive: MOBILE
phone 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. More...

Pottery shop appeals for help
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea 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...

48 more homes for Burnham?
A HOUSING developer has unveiled plans to build 48 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea. Swindon-based 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...

Town 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 rating from Sedgemoor District Council's Food Safety Team. The Royal Clarence Hotel's downstairs dining area has been awarded a top rating. More...

Road 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 7th). The accident in Harp Road has prompted fresh calls for safety improvements following many similar incidents along the busy route during recent years. More...

Jobs boost at expanding firm
Exclusive: TEN
new 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. More...

Burnham 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...

BBC 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...

Highbridge duo on drugs charges
TWO
men 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 to appear at Taunton Crown Court in November for sentencing. More...

Mayor handed seafront petition
Exclusive: BURNHAM
-On-Sea's 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...

Anger over refuse disposal costs
Exclusive: ANGRY
shop 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. More...

11,000 homes hit by power cut
THOUSANDS
of 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 voltage fault. More...

Cycle thefts alert in Highbridge
POLICE
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 October 14th. More...

Mayor gives charities a boost
TWO
worthy 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. More...

230 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 club. More...

Results from Burnham Half Marathon
ROYAL 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 available here. More...

MP attends Legion ceremony
THE
Burnham-On-Sea 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. Burnham's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, and the town's Mayor and Mayoress were among the guests. More...

Police probe shooting incident
POLICE
in 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. More...

Local 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...

Security fears at fire-hit hotel
Exclusive: BURNHAM
-On-Sea 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. More...

Fire 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 area. More...

Replacement PCs given to club
COMPUTER
equipment 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. More...

Do you recognise this man?
BURNHAM
-On-Sea 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. More...

Injured woman air-lifted after crash
A
49-year-old 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...

Young seal washed up at Brean
WILDLIFE
rescuers 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. More...

Torch-lit search under town pier
BURNHAM-On-Sea 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. More...

Police tackle rise in metal theft
POLICE in 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 weeks. Local officers are working with local scrap metal dealers to tackle the problem, which they say is part of a nationwide increase. More...

Hinkley meeting cancelled
A PUBLIC
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
MORE than 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). More...

Coastguards find missing man
A TEAM of 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. More...

Storm batters Burnham seafront
GALE-force 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 seafront. More...

Police appeal after taxi stolen
POLICE 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. More...

Tickets on sale for fundraiser
TICKETS 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...

Mystery as fake cash is replaced
A 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...

89 homes lose power in winds
DOZENS 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...

Missing boy found at Brean
BURNHAM 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...

Anger 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. More...

Vandals leave trail of damage
Exclusive: VANDALS 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. More...

Harvest 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...

Green 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...

New 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 weekend.
Bonomo 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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