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Dignitaries attend Legion service
from across the south west converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (October 1st) for the unveiling of the British Legion's new branch standard. VIPs from branches in Somerset attended a special parade along The Esplanade then attended a service in St Andrew's Church. More...

Half marathon results, video
of runners pounded the streets of Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday October 1st) during the town's annual half marathon. The weather promised to be wet, but it was fine at the 11am start where crowds cheered off the runners from the town's BASC ground. More... | Video

Brush up your computer skills!
-On-Sea residents are being invited to brush up their computer skills during a series of training courses in the town. Using up-to-date computer equipment at the town's BAY centre, Lewis Jones and Mike Turner are giving the public a chance to learn computer skills. More...

Badly injured swan rescued
AN INJURED swan which had swallowed a fishing hook and line was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft group's inshore lifeboat crew on Saturday, September 30th. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre contacted BARB, the charity that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft, for help after the bird was spotted
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Photos of stolen art released
-On-Sea artist has appealed for the safe return of four of her paintings which have been stolen during an exhibition at the town's Community Centre. Catherine Metcalf told Burnham-On-Sea.com that she is "extremely upset" by the theft of the four prints. More...

11 vehicles taken off the road
-On-Sea police launched a major operation to crack down on speeding motorists along the town's seafront on Thursday night (Sep 28th). In an operation lasting the whole evening, eleven vehicles were taken off the road and five fixed penalty notices were issued. More...

Will rides into town on UK tour
36-year-old postman who is peddling his way around the British Isles, visiting every RNLI station in the country, called in at Burnham-On-Sea this week. Will Blight started in April and is two thirds of the way to completing his target of visiting all 198 lifeboat stations. More...

New! Live video news updates
-On-Sea.com has added a live national TV news feed to its recently launched Video News section. By teaming up with the Reuters news agency, we now offer constantly-updated international news alongside our own Burnham video news footage. More...

One injured in Berrow kitchen blaze
and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the centre of Berrow on Thursday evening (Sep 28th) after a fire in a bungalow injured one person. Paramedics treated a lady for the effects of smoke inhalation and burns after the blaze started at 4.40pm. More...

Seafront blacked out by fault
fault on one of Burnham's decorative lights was likely to blame for a six-night blackout along the town's seafront earlier this week. Somerset County Council's street lighting team were called to the Esplanade after 17 street lights were knocked out. More...

£115k grant windfall for towns
-On-Sea and Highbridge were handed a major financial boost on Wednesday (Sep 27th) when the towns received thousands of pounds of grant cash. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive decided to direct more than £115,000 of funds into the towns. More...

Folkfest to expand in 2007
-On-Sea's successful Folkfest is set to return in 2007 as a three-day event. The inaugural event was held over two days earlier this month and attracted such large numbers of musicians and fans that organisers have decided to expand it next year with a third day. More...

High tides threat for Burnham
range forecasts of gusty winds and stormy conditions for Burnham-On-Sea during early October are being closely watched by Environment Agency bosses as they plan for the area's next round of record high tides. The forecasts are for October 7-9. More...

16 new homes win approval
plans to build 16 homes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea were given the go-ahead by planners on Tuesday (Sep 26th). Chelvey Homes had submitted an application to demolish a bungalow in Huntspill Road and replace it with the new homes. More...

Taxi firm loses planning bid
planning application to turn a shop in the centre of Burnham into a taxi office has been turned down by planners this week. Members of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee decided on Tuesday (Sep 26th) that enforcement action is needed. More...

Two arrested after huge blaze
people have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a major barn fire at East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, and a separate blaze at a nearby recycling centre in the early hours of Sunday (Sep 24th). Police said two people aged 18 and 21 had been held. More...

Earlier check-up for Hinkley
AN inspection of the nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point B power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been brought forward amid reports of new safety fears. It follows checks on reactors at Scotland's Hunterston plant, which showed problems with cracked pipes. More...

Walkers hike up RNLI funds
of generous pub regulars from Bristol put their best feet forward in the name of charity when they raised almost £1,000 for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI from a sponsored walk from to Brean. Asa Davies and other regulars held a sponsored walk from Burnham to Brean. More...

BARB to benefit from film show
BURNHAM-on-Sea’s Ritz Cinema is to hold a special gala screening of a major new sea-rescue blockbuster called ‘The Guardian’ in aid of BARB, the charity that runs the town’s rescue hovercraft. Starring Kevin Costner, the film is an exciting story of courage. More...

Crime fighting tips for group
security and crime prevention tips have been given to members of the Burnbridge Diabetes Group by Police Community Support Officers in Burnham-On-Sea. A special talk on home security was given by PCSOs Gill Udall and Claire Chambers. More...

MP leads Foley Parkway talks
-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, visited the town's controversial Frank Foley Parkway at the weekend amid renewed efforts to find a solution. The MP held talks with county council bosses in a bid to push forward the completion of the unfinished road. More...

New sign praises litter pickers
sign has been unveiled along Burnham-On-Sea's Queen's Drive this week to recognise the Rotary Club's efforts to keep the road litter-free. The Deputy Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Dave Parry, formally unveiled the new sign on Sunday (Sep 24th). More...

BAY Centre extension opened
HIGHBRIDGE paralympic medal winner Anthony Stevens cut the ribbon to officially open a brand new £200,000 extension at the Burnham Area Youth Centre on Sunday afternoon (Sep 24th). Crowds gathered at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close for a special open day. More...

BAY Centre website launched
A NEW official Website for the Burnham Area Youth Centre launched on Sunday afternoon (Sep 24th). Hosted on Burnham-On-Sea.com, the BAY Centre Website provides news, what's on information, photos and background details about the busy, popular facility. More...

Fire crews tackle huge blaze
FIRE crews from across Somerset tackled a huge blaze on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of Sunday. The fire service received numerous calls from the public at 1am alerting them to a fire at Church Road in East Huntspill. On arrival, they found two large five-bay barns well alight. More...

Country fans flock to festival
of country and western music fans are preparing to gather in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, for this year's ten-day Brean Country Music Festival. The 2006 event takes place between September 28th and October 7th and will attract crowds of music fans. More...

Town gets new 'green' expert
Conservation Officer for Burnham-On-Sea who will help with environmental projects and work on 'heritage regeneration' in the town has been appointed this week. English Heritage and Sedgemoor District Council are jointly funding the new position. More...

Medical group marks 20th year
of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are celebrating the 20th year of their organisation, during which time they have raised a mammoth £150,000 for the purchase of medical equipment in the town. The Community Medical Equipment Fund was formed in 1986. More...

D-day nears for homes bid
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 16 homes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea could be decided by planners next week. In August, Chelvey Homes had submitted an application to demolish a bungalow at 55a Huntspill Road and replace it with new homes. More...

Royal 'makeover' for fountain?
fountain in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to be given a makeover to mark next year's golden jubilee of the Queen. Under proposals unveiled this week, the 109 year-old structure at the junction of Sea View Road could be overhauled. More...

Decision on Xmas lights due
-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade is due to hear this week whether its application for a £2,500 grant from Sedgemoor District Council to update the town's Christmas lights is to be given the green light. The Grants Award Panel is due to decide on a funding plan. More...

Warning over cat flap burglars
are warning residents in Burnham-On-Sea not to get caught napping by leaving cat flaps insecure. The warning comes after a spate of incidents in the Somerset West region - which covers Burnham - when homes have been broken into after entry via a cat flap. More...

Youth Centre's official opening
new-look Burnham Area Youth Centre is set to be officially opened this weekend following a major revamp. The BAY Centre in Casis Close has been brought up to date and fully renovated during the last two years following a big fundraising campaign and lottery grant. More...

Continental market to return
-air continental market looks set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during the town's popular carnival weekend. Proposals unveiled this week by Burnham Town Centre Manager Anne-Marie Spalding indicate the market will be held on Sunday November 5th. More...

Teenager died after cliff fall
17-year-old student from Brent Knoll, near Burnham-On-Sea, drowned after falling from a coastal path in Greece, an inquest heard this week. Taunton Coroner's Court was told how a barman battled to save Catrine Basil, 17, after spotting her body floating in the sea. More...

No autumn hose ban for town
possibility of autumn hosepipe restrictions being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea remains very low despite falling reservoir levels in our area, Bristol Water said this week. Cheddar Reservoir, which supplies the town, is now just 62% full - down from 86% full in July. More...

Flood defences under scrutiny
-On-Sea residents will have a chance to find out more about Somerset's flood defences when the Environment Agency holds an open meeting in Brent Knoll next month. The Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee is being held at the Battleborough Grange Hotel. More...

Golfers raise £4,200 for BARB
than 80 golfers putted, chipped and drove their way around the fairways of Brean Golf Course, raising a bumper £4,200 for BARB, the charity that runs Burnham's hovercraft. Sixteen teams competed in Coast Radio's Charity Day, which was won by a local team. More...

Hinkley gas leak posed no risk
person was injured and scores of staff were evacuated at Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea when three tonnes of Carbon Dioxide escaped during an incident last week. British Energy said on Monday (Sep 18th) that local people should not be worried. More...

Carnival queen search begins
search has begun for a carnival queen and princesses to lead this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. The annual competition to find a queen and two princesses is set to be held on Friday, October 13th at the Farmer's Tavern in Brean Leisure Park. We have full entry details. More...

Half marathon entries to close
in Burnham-On-Sea have just a few days left to submit their entries for the town's annual half marathon, which is set to return in October. The Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon restarted last year after a 12 year absence and will be held on Sunday, October 1st. More...

Sunken boat rescued in Brue
-and-a-half hour bid to retrieve a sunken fishing boat from the treacherous banks of the River Brue ended successfully on Sunday (Sep 17th) when the craft was refloated with the help of Burnham's rescue hovercraft. BARB was called to help refloat the 21ft cruiser. More...

MP meets Burnham artists
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory was in town on Sunday afternoon (Sep 17th) to visit some of the artists exhibiting their work during Somerset Art Weeks 2006. He visited Phil and Judy Sharp in Stoppard Road to see their collection of paintings and pastels. More...

Beach anglers reel in eels
MORE than 80
anglers lined the water's edge at Burnham on Sunday afternoon (September 17th) when scores of eels were caught during a beach fishing competition. A total of 83 anglers took part in the four hour event, which organisers said had gone very well. More...

Art lovers flock to Burnham
ART enthusiasts from across the country are flocking to Burnham-On-Sea this week to visit scores of exhibits during Somerset Art Weeks 2006. For a fortnight from September 9th and 24th, artists and makers across Somerset are extending a warm invite to the public. More...

Air ambulance called to Brean
AN 11-year-old girl was rushed to hospital by air ambulance on Thursday afternoon (Sep 14th) after being struck by a vehicle in the centre of Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea. The young girl was walking with an eight-year-old friend along Coast Road when they were struck. More...

Two hoax 999 callers arrested
men were arrested on Thursday (Sep 14th) after making a series of hoax 999 calls which included one to the Coastguard claiming that people were trapped in mud on a beach near Burnham-On-Sea. A total of 12 'emergency' calls were made to police. More...

Deputy Mayor at charity party
-On-Sea's Second Deputy Mayor helped to celebrate the first anniversary of a town charity shop's collector's club this week. Cllr David Poole cut a special birthday cake at the Sue Ryder shop in the town's High Street to mark the first anniversary of club. More...

Darts champ visits Burnham
world darts champion Keith Deller was in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (Sep 14th) to compete in a pub's celebrity darts tournament. The player was at The Lighthouse in Highbridge Road to take on the pub's regulars in a special tournament over three legs. More...

Burglars in warehouse attack
stole thousand of pounds of high-tech equipment during a warehouse raid on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Wednesday (September 13th). They targeted a building on the Isleport Business Park owned by a communications firm. More...

Police investigate sex attack
POLICE are investigating a sex attack in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea, just weeks after two girls were allegedly attacked in neighbouring Highbridge. In the latest incident, an 18-year-old homeless girl says she was attacked in Technical Street on August 29th. More...

Earth tremor shakes Burnham
earth tremor briefly shook Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area during mid-August, it has been confirmed this week. News of the small quake came when we contacted the British Geological Survey after receiving an e-mail from a resident who felt the tremor. More...

Darts champion visits town
world darts champion Keith Deller will be in Burnham-On-Sea this week to compete in a pub's celebrity darts tournament. The player will be at The Lighthouse in Highbridge Road on Thursday night (Sep 14th) where he'll take on the pub's regulars. More...

Lighthouse damage not serious
to a power cable on Burnham-On-Sea's famous beach lighthouse has not caused any interruption to its power supply, the town's Harbour Master confirmed on Monday (Sep 11th). The main power cable that provides electricity to the vital navigational light is damaged. More...

Cycle race may visit Burnham
annual Tour of Britain cycle race could pass near to Burnham-On-Sea after a deal was signed this week to bring the popular race to Somerset each year from 2007 until 2011. The County Council has agreed a deal that will see Somerset as a focal point for the race. More...

Council tenants get their say
tenants in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to express their views about a new 'arms length' management organisation that has been set up to oversee their homes. A series of meetings and displays are to be held in coming days. More...

Photo special: Civic Service
LEADING figures from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with civic awards for their service to the community on Sunday (September 10th). The High Sheriff of Somerset, Brigadier Alastair Fyfe, handed over the awards at King Alfred School. More...

Baptism ceremony held in sea
of a Burnham-On-Sea church waded into the waters of Bridgwater Bay on Sunday morning, September 10th, to be baptized in a ceremony in the sea. The Community Church members picked the sea instead of the usual swimming pool. More... | Video

High tide passes with no floods
crowds turned out to watch one of Burnham's highest tides for several years on Saturday evening (September 9th), but calm weather meant the threatened flooding did not materialise. The Environment Agency issued a Flood Watch for Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Hot rods thunder into town
100 classic American hot rods and trucks thundered through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 9th) in a mass procession of enthusiasts' vehicles. The Blue Ridge Runners hold their cruise each year at this time and made through Highbridge and Burnham. More...

150 entries at Ritz craft show
bear with a gardening theme scooped one of the top awards at Burnham-On-Sea's annual Ritz Club Produce and Craft Show on Saturday (September 9th). Jenny Taylor said she was "thrilled to bits" to have won the trophy for the show's best craft entries. More...

Coast Radio may go full-time
-based radio station Coast Radio is considering becoming a permanent all-year-round service from next year. Owner Josh Haywood, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the station's second summer of broadcasts had been highly successful. More...

Parkway signs to be repaired
signs at a controversial Burnham-On-Sea road junction are set to be repaired during the next fortnight after being damaged in a car accident. The diversion signs along The Frank Foley Parkway were damaged by a vehicle travelling at speed. More...

Trio of otters progressing well
orphaned otters rescued in January this year are embarking on the next stage of their preparations for life in the great outdoors. The three siblings - females Splish and Splash and their brother Splosh - have been reared by Secret World's staff near Burnham. More...

Top award for Pubwatch boss
man behind Burnham-On-Sea's successful Pubwatch scheme has this week been presented with a top award for his work in reducing pub crime in the town. Keith Holman, who runs The Lighthouse pub in Highbridge Road, was nominated by Burnham-On-Sea police. More...

High tides: When to watch
-On-Sea is set to see some of its highest tides in years over the next few days. And while fears about potential flooding have receded with the calm weather, the huge tides are certain to attract plenty of attention. Saturday's tides will be the highest. More...

Berrow festival tickets on sale
eighth annual Berrow Classical Chamber Music Festival is set to get underway later this month at the village's picturesque St Mary's Church. A series of three evening concerts will be performed by members of Goya between September 21st and 23rd. More...

Mayor handed seafront book
book featuring the drawings and text from Burnham-On-Sea's new seafront information panels has been officially presented to the town's Mayor this week. The information panels were unveiled along the seafront by Cllr Neville Jones and Mike Murphy in August. More...

Elver fisherman is banned
has been banned from elver fishing for two years after being caught using an illegal net on the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea. The Environment Agency said on Wednesday (September 6th) that Jason Riddle had also been fined £140 and had his net confiscated. More...

NHS dental provision attacked
lack of NHS dental provision in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge is "unacceptable" and needs to be addressed by health bosses according to town councillors this week. Councillor Joanna Burridge said there are too few dentists offering NHS dental services. More...

Final rehearsals for town show
rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group, which is preparing to perform its annual show this weekend. The Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are performing the hit musical Annie at the town's The Princess Theatre. More...

High tides flood threat recedes
that this coming weekend's exceptionally high tides could cause flooding in Burnham-On-Sea have eased with the latest forecast showing the weather is likely to remain calm. The Environment Agency had warned coastal towns could be at risk from the high tides. More...

Beach race is runaway success
than 40 local runners paced across the sands at Berrow this week during the annual Burnham Beach Race. Organised by the Burnham Harriers running group, the 10km event was won by Steve Masters of Wells in a time of 35 minutes, 18 seconds. More...

Sally launches new pilot boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's brand new pilot boat was officially launched on Tuesday evening (Sep 5th) in a ceremony at the town's sailing club. Sally Denbee, the wife of the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, poured a bottle of local cider champagne over the boat. More...

Rotary Club gives cash boost
local worthy causes have this week received large handouts of cash from Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. The presentation of £2,100 each to Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre and Highbridge's National Blind Childrens Society came after a busy year of fundraising. More...

35 jobs axed in Highbridge
THE Highbridge-based National Blind Children's Society has axed the jobs of 35 of its telemarketing staff just a month after announcing it was putting its lottery fundraising activities under review. The charity had suffered a fall in income from its lottery. More...

New £300,000 kids centre planned
to build a brand new £300,000 children's centre in Burnham-On-Sea moved a step closer on Monday (Sep 4th) when the county council unveiled plans for the building to town councillors. The proposed building was originally proposed for the centre of Burnham. More...

New RAF plaque for seafront
new plaque has been unveiled on Burnham seafront to celebrate 60 years of the Royal Air Forces Association, Burnham-On-Sea and District branch. A number of RAF personnel attended the official unveiling on Monday (September 4th) along with town Mayor Eric Gill.More...

Town Civic Award winner dies
son of a Burnham-On-Sea man who has died just days before he was set to receive a Civic Award have this week collected his award on his behalf. Tim and Alan Heal received the Civic Award that Mayor Eric Gill was due to present to Hector, 88, this Sunday (Sep 10th). More...

Anglers rescued by RNLI crew
with two fishermen onboard was towed to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI crew after it broke down on an ebbing tide near Stert Island on Monday evening (September 4th). Global Marine, a D-class lifeboat, was launched at 5pm to recover the 14-foot speedboat. More...

Long service award for Alan
of Burnham-On-Sea's longest serving members of the Special Constabulary has retired after 21 years in the job. Alan Matthews has become a familiar face in the Burnham and Highbridge areas throughout his years of service, which began when he joined as a special in 1985. More...

Coastguards in search drama
COASTGUARDS were called to the River Axe estuary at Brean Down on Sunday night (September 3rd) after three youngsters dialled 999 after getting lost. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston used searchlights to find the boys - aged 17, 14 and 13 - on the banks of the river. More...

Crowds enjoy 'Folk In The Park'
late summer weather and a great line-up musicians attracted large crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (September 3rd) for the town's annual Folk In The Park concert. This year's six-hour event started at noon. More...

Photo special: FolkFest 2006
of music events are being held across Burnham-On-Sea during a two-day folk music festival this weekend (September 2nd and 3rd). Musicians from across the country are gathering in the town for FolkFest 2006 to play a varied mixture of live music. More...

Tesco expansion is rejected
TESCO will not be given permission to expand its Burnham-On-Sea store in Love Lane. On Friday (September 1st), the Department of Communities and Local Government published its report into the supermarket's bid to double its store - and it was bad news for Tesco. More...

Flood threat to town recedes
that exceptionally high tides could cause flooding in Burnham-On-Sea have eased with the news that the weather is likely to remain calm. The Environment Agency had warned coastal towns could be at risk from the high tides on September 8th, 9th and 10th. More...

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