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STREET of Christmas decorated homes in Burnham-On-Sea has been featured
on live national TV.
GMTV broadcast live from Trinity Rise on Monday December 20th when the
breakfast programme's reporter interviewed home owners about their decorations.
BURNHAM-On-Sea boxer Robert Boardman is celebrating
after being the first student in the new Filton College Boxing Academy
to win a national title. He competed at the Boxing Finals of the National
Association of Clubs for Young People Great Britain, which was held
on Wednesday 8th December. More...
lights raise funds
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft team has come with a bright idea
for raising funds for the group. Crew member Nigel Marshall has decorated
his home in Paddock Drive, Highbridge with dozens of Christmas lights
and is asking passers-by to dig deep into their pockets for the hovercraft.
and rescue drama
of Burnham-On-Sea's coastguard and hovercraft teams joined forces to
carry out a night-time search and rescue exercise along the banks of
the River Parrett on Wednesday (December 1st). The torch-lit search
for four casualties was carried out along a two-mile strip of coast.
drama group reaches 10
ONE OF Somerset's longest running drama groups, the Burnham
Excellent Entertainment Society,
is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month. The
group - which is also known as BEES - is marking its tenth birthday
with two performances of a special musical cabaret called simply 'Ten'.
lights switched on
Christmas lights were switched on along the town's High Street on Saturday
November 27th. Marking the start of the busy Christmas shopping season,
the brief ceremony was performed by the town's Mayor outside the Somerset
& Dorset Pub in the High Street. More...
marks its 30th birthday!
BURNHAM-ON-SEA swimming pool
has celebrated its 30th birthday with a number of events marking the
milestone. The official birthday celebration took place on Saturday
November 27th with the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Ann Bown,
and Burnham's Mayor, Louise Parkin. More...
RNLI Open Day before Christmas
Saturday December 4th the Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat Supporters Group will
be opening up the RNLI station to enthusiasts and local residents for
the final time before Christmas. Visitors will be able to buy RNLI Christmas
cards and calendars one final time before the festive period begins.
at risk from flooding
of homes in Burnham and Highbridge are at risk from flooding, according
to a new study from the Environment Agency.
A map released by the agency shows the two towns could be affected in
the event of a major breach of the sea wall. Flood
water could even be lapping at the foot of Brent Knoll. More...
crew's new look
THE life-saving team behind Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft have
a smart new look. The crew's new outfits include smart new attire for
formal hovercraft occasions plus fire-retardant overhauls for call-outs,
maintenance and training exercises along the coast. More...
runs aground on beach
A BARGE ran aground on Burnham-On-Sea Beach overnight on
Friday November 12th. The 50ft vessel was beached on a patch of sand
near the jetty after suffering an engine failure. It remained there
until the following morning when the incoming tide gave it buoyancy.
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are launching a drive to reduce
traffic offences in the town.
The moves come after complaints from residents regarding motorists parking
in restricted areas such as disabled bays and loading bays. Read the
full story. More...
Carnival 2004 heralded as 'best ever'
OVER 100 illuminated carnival floats paraded through Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday November 8th, 2004 when this year's annual winter carnival
procession was held in front of thousands of spectators. More...
the Burnham Carnival and Order
Burnham Carnival Video/DVD
watch seafront fireworks
BURNHAM'S annual seafront fireworks display took place on The Esplanade
on Sunday November 7th. The popular display, which heralds the start
of the Carnival weekend, lasted 25 minutes and was watched by thousands
of onlookers crowded along the seafront. More...
A PLAQUE dedicated to the wartime destroyer HMS Burnham has been unveiled
in Burnham-on-Sea. The ship, along with forty nine other escort vessels,
played a vital role in helping win the Battle of the Atlantic from 1940
to 1944. Exactly sixty years ago, the crew of the vessel marched through
the streets. More...
gets hero's welcome
swimming winner Anthony Stephens has received a hero's welcome by touring
the streets of Burnham and Highbridge in an open-top bus. Many hundreds
of people lined the route between Highbridge community hall and Burnham's
Princess theatre to get a glimpse of the 18-year-old.
station open days
RNLI Supporters Group will be opening up the town's lifeboat station
The series of events will be held during October, November and December,
allowing enthusiasts to see behind the scenes and buy souveniers.
washed onto beach
of jellyfish-like creatures have been washed up along West Country beaches
by the stormy weather - including Burnham-On-Sea beach. Shoals of the
harmless Velella Velella, which measure up to 10cm across, have been
found lying several creatures deep. More...
practices net landing
RNLI have been practising how to return their Atlantic 75 lifeboat to
shore during a storm.
A rope net was attached to the launch trailer and then driven into the
sea by the RNLI's tractor where it catches the lifeboat when the craft
is steered into it. More...
Knoll goes spotty!
residents thought they were going dotty when they looked up at Brent
Knoll and saw multi-coloured spots on the hillside.
But the spots - which are visible from the M5 motorway, the A38 and
much of Burnham - are actually part of a display marking Somerset Arts
Week 2004. More...
re-opens its doors
cinema has re-opened with two screens showing several films every night
of the week. Owner Patt Scott has spent over £120,000 renovating
the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. It has new screens, state-of-the-art
projectors plus air conditioning and can seat 230 people.
for daytime helpers
RNLI needs more day time lifeboat crew and day time shore helpers. Suitable
applicants would have the opportunity to work within a dedicated, friendly
team of volunteers. A spokesman said: "Experience
is not essential. We will train you. All we need is people willing to
become involved." More...
'bin day' for Burnham
residents will have to put out their rubbish on a different day as from
Monday September 27th. A
re-zoning exercise across the
Sedgemoor district has
become necessary due to the number of new housing developments throughout
Sedgemoor and the changes to the waste collection service. More...
sweeps through dunes
DOZENS of firefighters tackled a big blaze in Berrow dunes on Wednesday
night (Sep 1st). The
fire broke out at around 8pm and quickly spread across the marshy dunes
and brush to the west of Berrow Church. The fire appeared to be active
in at least four areas. More...
mud rescue at Brean
A RESCUE team involving Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft, the coastguard,
paramedics and an RAF helicopter were called to help a 46 year-old woman
who suffered an asthma attack while walking in treacherous mud on Brean
Beach on Wednesday, September 1st. More...
re-opens on Sep 17
cinema is to re-open on September 17 with two screens showing films
every night of the week. Owner Patt Scott has spent over £120,000
renovating the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. It has new screens, state-of-the-art
projectors plus air conditioning and can seat 230 people.
rescue at Brean Down
man is recovering in hospital after falling down cliffs near Burnham-On-Sea
at around 4pm on Saturday August 28th. The man lost his footing and
slipped down an 18ft gully at Brean Down seriously injuring both legs.
also sustained head injuries after rocks fell on to him.
wins Stert Island Swim
University triathlete Sarah Hartshorn has won
the gruelling sea swim between Burnham-On-Sea and Stert Island for the
second year running. In
front of big crowds of spectators, she beat 58 other competitors to
win the 2.4km event in
a time of 27 minutes, 43 seconds. More...
towed away by RNLI
ANGRY bosses at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI have carried out their
threat of getting vehicles towed away if they prevent the town's lifeboat
A Vauxhall Omega was towed away on Saturday night (August 21) after
blocking the entrance to the station. Full details
services on show
services have taken part in a joint promotional and fundraising event.
ESCAPE, the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event,
included the police, hovercraft, RNLI,
HM Coastguard and ambulance. More...
FATHER and son rescued on mudflats at Brean by Burnham's hovercraft
been saved again for the second time in 24 hours. The
Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft was
called out on
Thursday August 19th
by Swansea Coastguard at 14:44 after Brean Down's Beach Warden raised
the alarm. Then, on Friday, the same pair were rescued in Weston by
the local lifeboat. More...
Rail Club exhibition
and District Model Railway Club will hold its annual exhibition, Sedgemoor
Rail 2004, on August 28th and 29th at King Alfred's School. Over
15 model railway layouts from all over the UK will be exhibited, and
both local and national traders will be selling a wide range of model
railway equipment. More...
record twisting bid!
will aim to beat its own world record for the most people twisting on
a beach - as featured in the Guiness Book of Records - on Sunday August
29th. The first Lets Twist Again event held on the
seafront in August 2002 attracted a record 1,150 people and this year
it's hoped 2000 will attend. More...
emergency services go on display
services are to take part in a display of their life-saving skills on
Saturday August 21. ESCAPE, the Emergency
Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event, will include performances
from BARB's rescue hovercraft and the RNLI's lifeboats. More...
Youth Shelter opens
in Burnham are to get a new facility where they can gather informally
and which they can call their own.
The new youth centre in Wincester Rd is to be opened by the Burnham
Local Action Team (LAT) and Sedgemoor District Council. More...
hits out at poor parkers
BURNHAM'S lifeboat was prevented from returning to its station
on Sunday (August 8) by motorists' careless parking.
The lifeboat's trailer became stuck when it was unable to be moved between
a carelessly parked trade van and a saloon car without causing damage.
Seaside Fun Day Results
popular annual Seaside Fun Day was held on Burnham Beach and Esplanade
on Friday 6th August. During
the day there were competitions and games for children, including a
treasure hunt and sand castle building contest, plus a wide range of
live music and stalls. More...
launch for lifeboat
Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched to help in the search for two
people reported missing in the sea near the town's old Lighthouse.
They were found soon after and returned to the shore to a waiting ambulance.
BURNHAM-ON-SEA'S hovercraft crew have been presented
with a cheque for £270 following a successful fundraising event
at the town's Ritz Social Club.
A fun casino night attended by supporters last month helped to raised
cash for the BARB hovercraft.
hailed as a local hero
Miller, a Burnham-On-Sea RNLI tractor driver and chairman of the BARB
hovercraft rescue service, is being hailed as a hero after tackling
a teenager who was wielding a samurai sword. Alan, 34, apprehended the
youth who was threatening to harm passers-by and door staff in Brean.
major beach fishing competition is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea Beach
during August to help raise funds for the town's lifeboats.
The competition is open to all and is in aid of
the Lelaina Lifeaboat Appeal. Holidays and cash prizes are up for grabs,
plus quality runners-up awards. More...
rescued from Burnham mud
JCB digger was rescued from Burnham-On-Sea Beach on July 10, 2004 when
it became stuck in mud. Building
contractors working on new sea defences at the southern end of the town's
beach were driving out along the sands when they became stuck in soft
sand towards the foreshore. More...
some of the best sights of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow without
even leaving your chair! Burnham-On-Sea.com has launched a new set of
fully interactive panoramic images of the area which let you 'step into'
scenes by turning left and right and zooming in and out. More...
TV live in Burnham
RNLI took centre stage during a live BBC TV broadcast from the town's
beach as unseasonally stormy conditions swept the region.
Crew members from the Staines Whitfield and 'D' Class lifeboats were
interviewed and a live TV weather forecast was transmitted. More...
Island Swim entries now accepted
for this year's annual swim between Burnham-On-Sea and Stert Island
are now being accepted.
Last year's winner (pictured) completed the race in 27 minutes, 30 seconds.
The 2,400 metre sea swim starts on Burnham beach a at 10.15am on August
22, 2004. More...
A Summer Moon concert
OF Burnham's biggest musical events, Under A Summer Moon, is set to
be held on Saturday July 17, 2004. The
live outdoor music festival offers a wide line-up of music for all tastes.
This year's schedule includes top local bands, headlined by River Brue,
an eight piece band. More...
chief is awarded
COX, Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's Operations Manager, is one of four individuals
who have been presented with a civic award by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council for services rendered to the community. Read more about
the award and why Martin was such a deserving recipient. More...
CLASSICAL Berrow Chamber Music Festival takes place at the picturesque
St Mary's Church in Berrow near Burnham-On-Sea between July
1 and 3.
Read our guide to find out who's performing at this year's event and
how you can get tickets.
Community Centre has presented the John Godfrey Morris Lifeboat callout
board to the care of Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat station. Tony Winterburn,
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Chairman, was handed the board by Joan Christian
of the Community Centre. More...
Beach Lifeguard team have been involved in their first call-out of the
2004 summer season, rescuing a non-swimmer who encountered difficulties
after falling off a jet ski. The man in his early 20's was riding the
craft 100 metres offshore. More...
results & photos
A TOTAL of 330 athletes competed in the 2004 Burnham-On-Sea Triathlon
on Sunday, June 13th. The course included
a 500m swim, a 20km cycle ride to Lympsham and a 5km run to Berrow.
We have a complete round-up of all the results plus photos from the
recover 'man overboard'
BURNHAM-ON-SEA RNLI's D class lifeboat was launched at approximately
18:55 hrs on June 5th - followed shortly afterwards by the launch of
the Staines Whitfield, an Atlantic 75, at 19:05 hrs to assist in the
recovery of a 'man overboard' from an anchored 17ft white yacht. More...
saves teens in mud
hovercraft flew into action on June 6th to avert tragedy. Just eight
days after going into service, the vessel saved two teenagers from the
mud flats. Shaken, cold and wet, the stranded youths were delighted
to see the Burnham On Sea hovercraft, called the Spirit of Lelaina,
gets £1.2m revamp
THE FORMER Queens Hotel
on Burnham seafront reopens as a pub this Sunday (May 30) following
a £1.2 million development project. Pub
operator JD Wetherspoon has spent the past six months converting the
building in Pier Street. Many of the original features of the building
have been retained. More...
star in concert at Brean
Peter Andre will headline a summer concert at
Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday August 4th, 2004.
star of ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! will appear
with his full live band performing in excess of a one hour gig. There
will also be a host of other support acts. More...
Station officially opens
BURNHAM On Sea's new
was officially opened on Saturday 15 May when a service of dedication
for the Staines Whitfield Lifeboat was held in front of hundreds of
VIPs and supporters. The service was led by Rev Graham Witts of St Andrew's
awarded top UK status
beach has officially been
named as one of Britain's best beaches
in terms of safety, cleanliness, water quality, facilities and access.
It was awarded fifth place following an official survey of dozens of
beaches across the United Kingdom by the Keep Britain Tidy Group.
RNLI rescues walkers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI Lifeboat team have
carried out their first rescue since being setup earlier this year.
The B795 lifeboat was diverted by Swansea coastguards to two adults
and two dogs cut off by the tide at Black Tower near Watchet
where they were successfully picked up. More...
Arts Festival success
57th Burnham and Highbridge Festival of The Arts took place at
The Princess theatre in Burnham between March 5th and March 20th. More
than 650 musical acts entered the event this year after organisers decided
to move it from May to March to avoid clashes with school exams.
Unveiled For Wind Turbines Off Burnham-On-Sea
TO 20 floating pontoons - each housing four wind turbines - could be
built just off Burnham-on-Sea in Bridgwater Bay in an attempt to harness
energy from wind, tide and waves.
We asked you what you thought of the plans. Find out how you voted.
RNLI Lifeboat Web site
new RNLI Lifeboat station has launched a Web site providing a guide
to the history of lifeboats in the town.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is now based in a brand new
Lifeboat Station built behind Somerfields Supermarket. It houses an
Atlantic 75 as well as 'D' Class Lifeboats. More...
crowds watch 2003 Carnival
THOUSANDS of visitors descended on Burnham-On-Sea during November
to watch the town's hugely popular Carnival wend its way through the
streets. Dozens of brightly coloured floats moved through the town's
narrow streets to the sound of music and cheers from the crowds. The
weather stayed fine. More...
FIND out about the fascinating story behind Burnham-On-Sea's
lighthouses. In this special feature we examine the incredible history
behind the town's lighthouses. In
around 1750 a fisherman and his wife lived in a cottage close to the
church. One stormy night, anxious about her husband, she put a candle
in a window. More...
Island Swim 2003 won by triathlete
Triathlete Sarah Hartshorn beat more than 60 men to become the
first woman to win Somersets gruelling Stert Island swim. The
28-year-old University of Bath employee was one of 72 swimmers taking
part in the event, which sees competitors embark from Burnham on Sea
beach, swim across the mouth of the River Parrett to Stert Island, before
swimming back to Burnham on Sea.
seafront began to be developed in 1911 when the reinforced concrete
pavement and wall were constructed.
In this guide we take you on a photographic trip along the seafront
and assess what changes have been made to the seafront at Burnham over
the years. The Esplanade Pavilion, used as a theatre for many years,
replaced a Victorian bandstand. More...
Of Bridgwater Bay 2003 in Burnham-On-Sea
crowd of hundreds turned out to watch this year's reinactment of the
Battle Of Bridgwater Bay on Burnham-On-Sea Beach on August 9th and 10th.
In scorching 30 degree temperatures on both days, the colourful Cavaliers
and Roundheads of the Sealed Knot battled it out for almost an hour
amid fierce gun and cannon fire. More...
lights up for Christmas!
COLOURFUL lights lit up the High Street
in Burnham as the town got in a festive mood for Christmas. Burnham
On Sea Mayor Dennis Davey was helped by The Lions Club to put decorations
on a giant Christmas tree in Victoria Street. Carols were later sung
around the tree as part of fundraising efforts. A Christmas Fair at
Highbridge Community Hall raised £130, earning much-needed funds
towards its new extension.
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