Burnham-On-Sea News Archive
2004 news archive
for town St John volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer has
been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Pat
Comer, of Rosewood Avenue, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was quite
surprised - I had no clues whatsoever!". She will be handed the
honour by the Queen during 2006.
go on sale
FINAL rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group
as it prepares to perform its 2006 pantomime. More than 30 local people
of all ages are set to take part in Burnham District Pantomime Society's
presentation of 'Sinbad The Sailor' during January and February 2006.
girl hurt in car accident
A SIX-year-old was rushed to Weston General hospital on Friday night
(December 30th) after being hurt in a car accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea.
The girl, who was being driven home after a trip to the circus at Sanders
Garden World, was treated by paramedics.
quizes raise £700 for RNLI
MORE than £700 has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI after a year of fundraising quiz evenings at The Berrow Inn. The
money has been used to buy a new computer projector for the station
so that it give slicker lifeboat talks and presentations to local groups
and visitors. More...
dies after fall at night club
A 37-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man has died after apparently falling
down the steps in a night-time accident at a High Street night club.
Jonathan Cotton of Dyrham Close, Burnham, died after the tragic incident
at Shakers Night Club during early December. He is beieved to have died
the following day.
sweeps into Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea got its heaviest fall of snow for several
years on Thursday afternoon, December 29th, when the town was blanketed
with a thick covering of the white stuff. Several hours of wintry weather
left the town under 2cm of snow - and even the beach was white.
shivers in icy chill
SUB-ZERO temperatures left Burnham-On-Sea shivering on Thursday
(December 29th) as the town got its first proper taste of winter. Temperatures
overnight sank to their lowest of the year at -7°c. And even by
lunchtime the thermometer had not got above a teeth-chattering -2°c.
windfalls for town groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge comunity groups are among those who
have received cash windfalls from Sedgemoor District Council's grants
programme, it was announced this week. The
council has given £62,270.79 to local groups during 2005,
much to the delight of leaders at the organisations.
centre's recycling plea
GO GREEN and recycle your Christmas tree and cards when you've finished
with them this year - that's the message from a Burnham-On-Sea garden
centre, which is launching its own festive recycling service. The
free service runs from January 3rd-15th
at Sanders Garden World.
photo moments of 2005
FROM a jellyfish invasion on our beach to a dramatic police accident
in the town, we've picked the 20 stories of 2005 which produced the
most powerful images. Burnham-On-Sea.com was there to capture the scene
as the news happened. See our round-up of the best photos of the year.
search drama at Brean
A SEARCH of Brean Down was carried out by Coastguards during the
early hours of Boxing Day, Monday December 26th, after reports of red
emergency flares being seen in the area. Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard
search team were called to the scene at 1.15am
and conducted a thorough search of the area.
Christmas gift for Keith
St John Ambulance worker who saved his father's life has been given
the perfect Christmas gift - £1,800 for vital new kit. As exclusively
reported earlier in December by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Keith Gough was
called on to save his father Peter when he had a heart attack.
Market replacement unveiled
regional agricultural centre, which is set to replace Highbridge market,
has come a step closer this week. After nearly four years of negotiations,
the District Council has passed the planning permissions necessary for
the developers to make a start
at the site at North Petherton.
150 years of married life!
popping when three married couples from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
jointly celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries at a special party.
The trio handed over money raised at the party,
which marked 150 years of married life, to
a grateful local group.
Car careers off road into ditch
motorist had a lucky escape when the car he was driving careered off
a country lane into a ditch on Wednesday, December 21st. The fire service,
paramedics and police rushed to the scene at Stoddens Lane at 5.50pm
after receiving an emergency call.
Best Xmas lights announced
shops and homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were announced
when judges unveiled the results of the annual Christmas Lights Competition.
Two judges from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council scored the decorations
to find the area's best lights.
Two arrested after disturbance
were arrested and a police officer was alleged to have been assaulted
during a night-time 'disturbance' on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Tuesday
night, December 20th. Four police vehicles were called to the scene
and two people were arrested
during the incident.
New £155k river path opens
and walkers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge can enjoy a new traffic-free
path between the towns after the first stage of building a brand new
path was completed this week. Running beside the River Brue, the path
provides a safe route for local people
to wander along the river.
BAY Centre receives funds
of Burnham-On-Sea Round Table and the town's 41 Club raised money in
aid of a very special event at Burnham's BAY Centre. The Burnham Area
Youth (BAY) Centre hosted a dinner on Christmas Day for local people
who might otherwise be on their own this Christmas.
Christmas warning from RNLI
RNLI has warned anyone planning to walk along the coastline or use the
sea over the Christmas period to be on their guard and stay safe. The
warning comes as RNLI crews across the south west can expect to be called
out to save the lives of seafarers. More...
Football club's fire fundraiser
Football Club has published a 2006 calendar featuring its players to
raise much-needed cash after the devastating fire which destroyed its
changing rooms in November. The
club hopes to raise thousands of pounds towards its appeal by selling
the special desk calendars.
boss saves father
THE BOSS of
St John Ambulance in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has saved the life
of his father in his own ambulance, we can exclusively report. Keith
Gough, the Divisional Superintendent for St John Ambulance, treated
the 66 year-old after he suffered a heart attack.
Wind farm to 'hit house prices'
THE GROUP fighting
a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has released
the findings of a survey which appears to back up claims that property
prices in the area will be hit if the development goes ahead. The group
says the farm would hit house prices.
Rumblestrips plan for seafront
PLANS to install rumblestrips along Burnham-On-Sea seafront have
been discussed this week in a fresh bid to tackle the problem of 'boy
racers'. The proposal is one of several options being considered by
the County Council after a special open meeting on December 16th.
Cheeky Christmas card raises £1,800!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hairdressing salon has been raising smiles and
money for charity with a cheeky Christmas card featuring some of its
male customers. More
than £1,800 has been raised from the sale of the daring cards,
which feature a photo of 11 customers in a state of undress!
Pub trouble makers warned
PUB bosses in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have warned
trouble makers to stay away this Christmas or face being banned from
premises in the towns. The town's Pubwatch has seen 31 licensed premises
come together with police to make a night out safer
in the two towns.
Horror crash closes Love Lane
THREE people were injured on Thursday night (December 15th) after
a horrific crash involving two cars on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea.
Love Lane, the main road into town from the M5 motorway, was closed
for four hours while police, paramedics and fire crews attended the
Kids join the circus for a day
A GROUP of lucky youngsters had the chance to improve their big
top skills at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, this week.
budding young clowns, acrobats and trapeze artistes attended the first
session of circus workshops hosted by Circus Americano at the garden
New Asda store for Highbridge
100 jobs are to be created when a huge new Asda supermarket - twice
the size of Burnham-On-Sea's existing Tesco store - opens in Highbridge.
Planning bosses have this week given outline planning permission to
Asda to build a 40,000 square foot store.
Wheelie bins for 900 residents
900 homes across Burnham-On-Sea may get free wheelie bins during 2006
as part of an effort to stamp out litter problems in the town. The district
council hopes to distribute the bins to tackle the problem of seabirds
pecking at bin bags during the summer months - leaving rubbish strewn
Seafront revamp gets started
to smarten up part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront has begun. Scaffolding
has gone up along part of the terrace of homes near the pier so that
work to paint them can get underway.
The work is partially funded by a regional
development grant and will be completed over several weeks. More...
Police appeal after accident
appealing for witnesses to an accident on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday night, December 10th. Paramedics treated one casualty on
the roadside at the scene, following the accident taking place at around
11.10pm near the Edithmead Roundabout.
gloom as gift shop shuts
shop has become the victim of a downturn in trade along Burnham-On-Sea
High Street - the fifth in the last two months. The Blazing Saddles
gift shop on the corner of Cross Street is to close at Christmas after
eight years in business.
Its owner blames charity shops for the store's demise. More...
Country fans' £2,300 donation
Country and Western music fans who held a series
of fundraising events in aid of the Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft have handed
over a huge cheque for £2,300 to the group. The cash was handed
over to grateful crew members during a special presentation at
Home Farm. More...
Lib Dems win Burnham
Liberal Democrats were celebrating on Thursday night, December 8th,
after their candidate, Chris Williams, won a seat on the town council.
The Conservative's Alan Miller was beaten by just 69 votes
in the by-election to represent the Burnham East ward. More...
Police plea after robbery bid
Police have appealed for information after an attempted robbery at Apex
Leisure Park. At
around 5pm on Monday December 5th a 17-year-old boy was riding his bicycle
on the Apex Park footpath when he was approached by an unknown man
who asked him for his bike. More...
Rag Week raises fun and cash
pupils at King Alfred School in Burnham-On-Sea have been raising money
for worthy causes during their annual Rag Week. The
students were free to wear what they wanted during the popular event,
which raises hundreds of pounds for charity each year. More...
Parking boost for Burnham
£45,000 has been spent on expanding two of Burnham-On-Sea's car
parks to help meet peak summer demand for parking spaces. The car park
off Lynton Road has had its number of spaces increased by 11%. It is
to be called the 'Shoppers' Car Park'
under the new scheme. More...
RNLI opens shop
RNLI has acquired a shop on the town's busy seafront in order to continue
fundraising efforts all year round. The building, situated next to Sunspot
Amusements, overlooks The Esplanade and jetty and sells RNLI souvenirs
and merchandise. More...
Mayor, Eric Gill, has issued his annual Christmas message to residents
in the town. He reviews the highlights of the year and looks forward
to the year ahead in the town. He also has a special mention for volunteers
in the area, especially those linked to youngsters in the town.
Woman cut from crash
was rushed to hospital after being cut free from her vehicle after a
two-car accident on the A38, near Burnham-On-Sea. The road was closed
for one and a half hours on Tuesday night, December 6th, following the
incident involving a VW Golf and a Ford Escort.
meeting on 'boy racers'
meeting is to be held to debate how to tackle the problem of speeding
motorists along Burnham-On-Sea seafront. Police officers, residents,
local businesses and councillors will attend the forum on Friday December
16th to discuss ways forward
and look at the options to tackle the problem. More...
scare at town's pier
teams of police officers rushed to
Burnham-On-Sea Pier late on Monday night amid fears that the building
had been broken into. The Pavilion's burglar alarms were activated at
around 11pm and a full security operation swung into operation
- but fortunately it was all just a false alarm. More...
art gallery for Burnham
has opened in Burnham-On-Sea, offering a wide range of artwork and gifts
from local artists. Called Sea Breeze, the Victoria Street premises
is situated opposite the town's cinema and is run by Rhonda Mills and
It sells a wide range of giftware and artwork. More...
of circus performers who are hosting Christmas shows at Sanders Garden
World, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been busy putting up a big top tent
as their performances began on Monday December 5th. Clowns,
trapeze artists and fire eaters are featured in
the 28-day circus. More...
rescued from beach
VAN was pulled to safety after it became stuck on Burnham-On-Sea
beach - the second time in a fortnight that a vehicle has got into difficulties
in the area. District Council dog warden Tina Kick was patrolling the
beach when her van sank into 'sinking sand' near the pier.
your say on council tax
residents are being invited to air their
opinions on how council tax is spent in our area. The District Council
is asking residents for input in deciding where money should be spent
- and has set up touch-screens in the town for people to give feedback.
Club's £500 donation
CHEQUE for £500 has been handed to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft
group after a series of successful Rotary Club fundraising events. Crew
members from BARB attended a presentation evening where they received
the money which will be put towards the £20,000
running costs of the craft. More...
farm group goes green
of the proposed wind farm outside Burnham-On-Sea are planning to promote
'green action' in the area in order to take the wind out of those who
say they are hurting the environment. The kNOll to Wind Farm group is
determined not to be labelled 'anti-green'. More...
fault blamed for fire
fire fighters have been tackling a large blaze at the rear of a property
in Church Road, Brean. Three
sheds and a workshop at the back of a property in the village were destroyed.
pumps from Burnham were initially sent to the scene,
and others joined them. More...
attack two town shops
caused more than £1,000 worth of damage by smashing the windows
of two High Street shops in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. A front window
at the Burnham Pet Shop was smashed and in a second attack a large pane
of glass at Tickle Your Taste Buds was broken.
of fish hits angling event
lined the water's edge at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday to compete in a beach
competition - but the fish stayed away and made it one of the group's
worst afternoons on record. Just six flounders were caught during the
five hour event.
Ogranisers blamed the cold weather. More...
weekend attracts crowds
of people attended a Tree Weekend at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea,
on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. During
the free event, which tied in with National Tree Week, experts were
on hand to answer tree-related questions. More...
attack on drink drivers
in Burnham-On-Sea are using the artistic talents of local youngsters
to bring home the 'Dont Drink and Drive' message this Christmas.
at Berrow School have designed a poster to publicise the dangers of
drink driving in a new bid by the police to stamp
out road accidents caused by drink. More...
race is runaway success!
hitch failed to mar the popular Brent Knoll Run on Sunday November 27th,
when 92 runners took part in the gruelling race from Burnham to the
top of the Knoll and back. Organiser Brian Beale of Burnham Harriers
said extra marshalls were drafted in
in order to ensure the event went ahead safely. More...
blaze 'was arson'
were called to a warehouse blaze in Tyler Way, Highbridge, at 4pm on
Sunday November 27th, which they believe was set alight deliberately.
appliances from Bridgwater and Burnham, plus one support appliance from
Street, were mobilised during the incident. More...
turns on Christmas lights
dropped in to help Burnham-On-Sea Mayor Eric Gill switch on the town's
Christmas lights on Saturday November 26th. Mr Gill signalled the start
of the switch-on by ringing a handbell in a simple ceremony at the top
of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street
in front of onlookers. More...
'Robbers were not local'
investigating an armed robbery at Tescos in Burnham-on-Sea
believe the robbers are not local. At 2.15pm on Monday, November 21,
2005, a Securicor guard was transferring cash from the store to his
nearby van when he was confronted by three masked men.
regenerate Burnham-On-Sea edged a step closer this week after two high-profile
meetings in the town between councillors, regeneration bosses and local
businesses. The consultants looking into the benefits of regeneration
presented their findings
during the special events. More...
election race heats up
to win the vacant seat on Burnham and Highbridge town council heated
up this week with both candidates taking to the streets of Burnham.
The Conservative's Alan Miller and the Liberal Democrat's Chris Williams
have both been canvassing support as the election day edges closer.
armed raid at Tesco store
thieves have again struck at Burnham-On-Sea's branch of Tescos, stealing
a large sum of money from the supermarket's cash office. A staff member
said the store had been the victim of an incident on Monday November
21st in which a Securicor guard was targeted.
fire at Berrow sports club
from across Somerset tackled a big blaze at Berrow Football Club overnight
on November 22nd. Two
appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Weston-Super-Mare attended
the scene, along with a further two appliances from Bridgwater
and Street. More...
more shops close in town
has suffered a double dose of bad news after two shops in the town announced
they were closing, just weeks after others also pulled the shutters
down. Crandon Computers in Cross Street and the Little Brum gift shop
in the High Street closed.
Charity Night rocks!
of supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft flocked to a special charity
event in the town on Saturday November 19th for a lively mixture of
fun and fundraising. More than 300 people crowded into the Burnham Holiday
Village for the BARB hovercraft group's first Charity Night. More...
car pulled from sea
came to the aid of two fishermen after their car became stuck on Burnham-On-Sea
beach early on Saturday morning, November 19th. The anglers were setting
off for a day's fishing at 6.30am when their vehicle became trapped
on a sand bank near the jetty. More...
man died on M5
INQUEST has heard how a Highbridge man was killed
on the M5 motorway while trying to drive to Weston-super-Mare despite
being nearly twice over the legal alcohol limit. Billy Cribbon, 20,
died at the scene when he was hit by another driver while standing next
to his car. More...
fundraising in town
of pounds was raised for local groups and charities at a popular Christmas
bazaar held in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The event, run by Burnham and
District Lions Club, attracted crowds of visitors to the town's Methodist
Church in College Street
for the group's first Xmas bazaar. More...
art exhibition opens
exhibition of Burnham-On-Sea paintings, video and sounds has opened
in Bristol at the city's annual Totterdown Art Trail. Formed in 2001
by a group of local artists, the event has grown steadily year on year
and attracts more than 3,000 visitors
to the front rooms of houses in the area. More...
feeders face £50 fines
and reisdents in Burnham-On-Sea who feed seagulls or pigeons could face
fines of up to £50 from next spring. The
district council is considering whether it can use new powers under
the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act to introduce fines
for those who feed sea birds. More...
bosses meet in Brean
bosses from Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean gathered together to look
back at a busy summer holiday season and discuss plans to further promote
the area during 2006. There was a packed audience for the AGM of Sedgemoor
Tourism Association at the Farmer's Tavern in Brean. More...
year-old dies after accident
BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has died after being involved in a road
traffic accident on Highbridge Road. The 18-year-old was formally identified
by police as Stephanie Shaw of Highbridge Road, Burnham-On-Sea. Police
have once again appealed for witnesses to the
Carnival Night accident. More...
at wind farm open day
plans to build a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea
and Brent Knoll were on display at an open day attended by several hundred
people on Tuesday.
of residents visited the
at Burnham's Scout HQ
when the plans were on view for the first time. More...
SCHOOL girl who was so moved by the tragic death of five-year-old Lelaina
Hall in the mud at Berrow three years ago has raised more than £1,500
for Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft by performing at Country
and Western events in Brean over the last two years. More...
carnival club celebrates
of a Burnham-On-Sea Carnival club are celebrating after being crowned
county champions, having won in their class at SIX events on the carnival
Juvenile Carnival Club picked up the
sought-after county award on
Saturday November 12th at Glastonbury Carnival.
lays wreath for war dead
than 200 dignatries, war veterans and residents gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's
war memorial on Sunday November 13th to mark Remembrance Day. In a ceremony
led by Rev Graham Witts, wreaths were laid by Burnham MP David Heathcoat-Amory
and leaders of various groups in the town. More...
unveils £500k revamp
than £500,000 has been spent on revamping Somerfield's
store in Burnham-On-Sea and creating 10 new jobs, the supermarket chain
announced this week. The Pier Street store has just completed work to
refit the premises with new facilities. It comes
at a time of fierce competition for shoppers in the town. More...
seal off street after raid
closed off Adam Street in Burnham-On-Sea late on Friday, November 11th,
after an armed robbery at a High Street amusement arcade. Police were
investigating reports that a staff member at the arcade beneath Shakers
had been threatened with a knife shortly after 10.15pm. More...
farm plans are delayed
to build a new wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll, as
pictured, have been delayed. Ecotricity,
the company behind the scheme, had intended to submit its plans for
five 65m tall turbines to district planners by the end of November
but this won't happen until later in the year. More...
falls silent for war dead
war veterans and local residents joined millions of people across Britain
in remembering those who have died at war during a two-minute silence
to mark Armistice Day on Friday November 11th. A brief ceremony was
held in the High Street
and at St Andrew's Church. More...
centre wins acclaim
waste recycling centre has won a national award to become the "UK's
Best Recycling Centre", it was announced this week. The
Highbridge site, operated by Wyvern Waste on behalf of Somerset County
Council, beat off the challenge of several other centres.
'health campus' for town?
proposal for a regional 'health campus' - which could be based in Burnham-On-Sea
and include a brand new swimming pool - was unveiled this week. A decision
on the future of Burnham's existing swimming pool has been put on hold
until January while more information is gathered. More...
rehearsals for BEES group
rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group in preparation
for one of their biggest ever performances. More
than 30 members of BEES, the Burnham
Excellent Entertainment Society,
will be performing 'Hood: The Musical' on
Saturday, November 19th. More...
boss to run for council
Conservatives have selected Alan Miller as their candidate for the Town
Council by-election in Burnham East on 8th December. Alan is the chairman
of BARB, the group that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft, and was the
winner of the 2004/5 Heathcoat-Amory Endeavour Trophy.
at risk' from snow policy
be put at risk in Burnham-On-Sea this
winter because many roads in the town will not be treated with salt,
councillors have warned this week. The stark message came after the
County Council revealed plans to grit far fewer roads in the town in
order to make cash savings.
rescued on Brean beach
have been recounting how they treated their first ever seal casualty
after storms drove the pup ashore at Brean. The stricken animal was
found on the sand by walkers, who called local animal rescue volunteers
from Secret World, near Burnham-On-Sea to help.
injured in town car crash
have appealed for witnesses after a car accident in Burnham-On-Sea left
an 18 year-old woman from the town in hospital with head injuries. Highbridge
Road was closed for three hours on Monday November 7th after a Rover
214 collided with her at approximately 5.20pm. More...
Carnival results 2005
Gemini Carnival Club took the top spot at Burnham-On-Sea's 58th annual
carnival with its enchanting float, Lion King The Show. Although there
was a mix-up over where the participants were able to get off their
carts at the end of the parade, the results stand. More...
fill town for Carnival
TO 35,000 people descended
on Burnham-On-Sea on Monday night, November 7th, to watch more than
90 carnival floats wend their way through the town's streets to the
sound of cheers and loud music. Burnham-On-Sea.com has a
full photo and news round-up. More...
wow the crowds!
4,000 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night, November 6th,
to watch a stunning firework display that marked the start of the town's
annual Carnival festivities. The display cost more than £5,000
and was one of the best seen in the town. More...
to appear on ITV1 show
couple who were forced to have their baby in Basingstoke, rather than
a local hospital because no facilities were available, will campaign
for change by appearing on the ITV1 current affairs programme West
Eye View this week.
The show features others mums as well. More...
Clarence Hotel on sale
hotel in Burnham-On-Sea that went on sale this week has
already attracted interest from several potential buyers. The Royal
Clarence Hotel at 31, The Esplanade, is up for sale at £595,000
with Garry Berryman estate agents and is attractin interest from local
farm action group formed
action group has been formed to oppose the proposed development of a
wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll. The
action group, which is called 'kNOll to Windfarm', has been created
by concerned residents of Brent Knoll,
to campaign against the wind farm plans. More...
council's litter clean-up
of community-minded youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea had an unusual start
to their half-term holiday by picking up rubbish around the town. The
Youth Town Council members tidied up the streets around King Alfred
School and the BAY Club after noticing lots of rubbish.
to serve alcohol from 9am
pub is to serve alcohol from 9am when new drinking legislation comes
into force later this month. JD Wetherspoon said virtually all its 650
pubs across the country, including The Reed's Arms on Burnham seafront,
will allow alcohol to be sold from 9am.
lights boost for Burnham
streets will have an extra dose of festive sparkle this Christmas season,
thanks to the town's Chamber of Trade. For the first time in more than
five years, extra lights will be switched on along Victoria Street in
addition to the High Street
in central Burnham-On-Sea. More...
David Cameron in town
Cameron, the front-runner in the race to become Conservative party leader,
visited Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon to meet supporters. In
front of a capacity audience in the Princess Hall, he addressed a crowd
of several hundred Tory members.
fireworks display planned
organisers behind next Sunday's Burnham-On-Sea seafront fireworks display
say the event will be one of the most spectacular shows ever. The
popular display attracted more than 4,000 spectators last year and is
sure to be another success when it starts at 6.30pm.
fundraiser tickets on sale
THERE are still a few tickets remaining for Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft
group's charity evening, to be held during November. The event will
include music, a finger buffet, raffle and a charity auction. The event
is open to all and will be held on November 19th at 7.30pm. More...
of fake goods seized
goods worth £50,000 have been seized by Somerset Trading Standards
Officers at a market in Brean. Trading
Standards Officers announced on Friday October 28th that they had shut
down two stalls at Brean outdoor market that had been selling fake DVDs
and CDs. More...
Xmas sale pulls in crowds
LIFEBOAT supporters flocked to the first of a series of Christmas
sales of RNLI-themed merchandise on Saturday, October 29th, at Burnham-On-Sea
lifeboat station. Organised by members of the RNLI Supporters' Group,
a wide selection of items was on sale during the morning. More...
arrested after Pontins fire
youths were arrested after what police described as a "suspcious
fire" at Pontins holiday centre in Brean on Wednesday, October
26th. Firefighters from across Somerset tackled the blaze in the early
hours of Wednesday, when several buildings were damaged.
raises restoration funds
hundred Burnham-On-Sea residents visited St Andrew's Church Hall
on Saturday morning, October 29th, to support a town church's restoration
fund. St Andrew's Church is holding various events to raise funds for
the restoration of the well-known seafront building.
slams wind farm plans
plans to build a huge new wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea
have been slammed by the leader of Burnham and Highbridge town council.
The proposal involves the construction of five 65 metre turbines on
land at Edithmead near to Brent Knoll. More...
beauty salon opens
has become one of Britain's only coastal resorts to have its own seafront
beauty salon! Lyndsey Redstone has opened Beautylicious, a nail and
beauty studio, on The Esplanade to tempt holidaymakers and seafront
walkers in for a range of hair, face and body treatments.
to use lifeboat tractors
tractors to those used to launch Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboats
from the beach are to be used in Weston-super-Mare too. At the end of
September inspectors from the RNLI visited the existing Weston lifeboat
station, based on Birnbeck Island, and noted a number of repairs were
Mountain rescue for teenagers
NINE teenagers from Burnham-On-Sea, some reportedly suffering
from hypothermia, were rescued by an RAF helicopter from the Black Mountains
in Wales this week. The group from King Alfred School were taking part
in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
when they got lost.
Town council seat up for grabs
NOMINATIONS are now being accepted for the vacant seat on Burnham
and Highbridge town council, following the resignation of Cllr Joyce
Smith. Nomination papers can be obtained from the offices of the Returning
Officer at Bridgwater House
or from the town council clerk.
New wind farm plans unveiled
proposals for a huge new wind farm near Burnham-on-Sea were formally
unveiled on Monday October 24th. The proposal involves five 65 metre
turbines being built at Edithmead which will produce enough electricity
for more than 8,000 homes.
We have full details. More...
Leisure Park owners' donation
BREAN Leisure Park has presented the Highbridge and Burnham Division
of St John Ambulance with a bumper cheque for £2,500 this week.
The money was raised at the Park's Donkey Derby and Pig Racing events
throughout the summer
months when large crowds flocked to watch and take part.
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has resigned from her post in order
to spend more time with her family. Liberal
Democrat Joyce Smith has been the ward councillor for Burnham East for
almost two years but has decided she needs to spend more time with her
family and has therefore stepped down.
winners pick up awards
GREEN-fingered Burnham-On-Sea residents of all ages gathered together
over the weekend to receive the awards they won in this year's Britain
In Bloom competition. More
than 30 children, residents and business owners were handed their awards
at a ceremony in the council chambers.
celebrates Trafalgar Day
marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on Friday, October
21st, with the unveiling of a new plaque and a special lunch for VIPs
from across the town. The
plaque was unveiled at Marine Cove between the two seats
by the town's MP and councillors. More...
Street phone shop closes
High Street was dealt a blow this week when one of its leading stores
closed for the final time. Bridgwater Communications, on the corner
of the High Street and Cross Street, shut down just 13 months after
coming into Burnham, blaming poor local support.
club unveils huge float
finishing touches are being made to one of the largest-ever carnival
floats to be built in Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge. Members of the Hillview
Juvenile Carnival Club are adding the final light bulbs and applying
a final coat of paint to their giant 100ft long float
whihc will be on show in November. More...
crews tackle house blaze
WOMAN was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation as firefighters
from Burnham tackled a house fire in Briar Close on Monday. A 45-year-old
female was found collapsed at the scene and an ambulance was called
to help her after fire broke out on the first floor of the house.
Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called out this week after a power boat got
into difficulties in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham Coastguards called on the
Staines Whitfield lifeboat to assist the boat after it suffered power
failure and began to drift quickly out of the bay.
ban for police officer
BURNHAM-On-Sea police officer involved in a dramatic accident
on Marine Drive in the town has been suspended from driving police vehicles.
Marine Drive was closed for almost an hour on October 15th after the
patrol car crashed and flipped over near the Catholic Church.
Further details are not yet known. More...
plaque to be unveiled
will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar this Friday,
October 21st, with the unveiling of a new plaque. The
Town Council will be unveiling the specialplaque at Marine Cove on the
wall between the two new seats outside the 'Nelson' gates.
blimey! Apple event fun
of people visited Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend
to see one of the largest collection of apple varieties in the South
in association with local apple growers and cider makers, put on a display
of 500 apple varieties at the garden centre. More...
rescue for man at Berrow
hovercraft was at the centre of a major mud rescue at Berrow during
the early hours of Monday October 17th. A 33-year-old man from
Brean had become stuck in waist-deep mud half a mile from the shoreline
at Berrow prompting a night-time rescue.
crash shuts Marine Drive
police officer was rushed to hospital on Saturday, October 15th, after
a dramatic accident. Marine Drive was closed for almost an hour after
the patrol car flipped over near to the town's Roman Catholic Church.
The officer involved suffered minor injuries.
alert was false alarm
30 firefighters from across Somerset rushed to the Isleport Business
Park in Highbridge on Saturday, October 15th, amid fears that an ammonia
leak was underway. Several alarms at the Brake Bros factory had been
activated and staff requested the help of the Fire Service.
issue Tesco robbery e-fit
in Burnham-on-Sea have released an e-fit description and further details
about an armed robbery at the town's Tesco store. The robbery took place
at the Love Lane store at 5.54pm on Tuesday October 11th, when a Securicor
guard was delivering cash to ATM machines. More...
back Sanders proposal
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week offered a cautious hand of friendship
to Sanders Garden World by voting to work with the store rather than
against it in the coming years. At
a packed meeting of the Chamber Of Trade, the vote was made to back
a promotion proposal.
members of the Burnham-On-Sea branch of Moose International have donated
two new wheelchairs to Weston Hospital's Quantock Rehabilitation unit.
It comes after lodge member Chris Harriss wife Rita was undergoing
long-term treatment at Weston Hospital.
Armed robbery at Tesco store
are appealing for witnesses after a dramatic hit and run robbery at
Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store on Tuesday evening, October 11th. A large
area at the northern side of the store, next to two cash machines, was
cordoned off by police for several hours. More...
MP reveals Tory vote plans
Member of Parliament has revealed in a national newspaper interview
who he WON'T be voting for in the upcoming Tory Leadership election.
Heathcoat-Amory is one of several MPs who have not yet publicly declared
their intentions, but he has said who he won't be backing.
Austism home's cash boost
at a home for adults with autism in Burnham-On-Sea have recently benefited
from an unusual swap between an artist from the town and a local garden
Lovell has exchanged some of her paintings for a £500 cash donation
to the NAS to help the group.
New owners for popular pub
managers of a popular restaurant and pub in the centre of Brean, near
Burnham, say they have big plans to grow the business. Carol
Doble and her partner Bill Fawdrey of Flaming Jaes Grill House have
pledged to overhaul the pub in the next months and add new facilities.
Kids enjoy 'Storm Force Day'
of children got to see the work of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat, hovercraft
and coastguard up close on Saturday October 8th during a special awareness-raising
day. The 'Storm Force Day' saw groups of local children given tours
of each organisation's station.
Call to improve public toilets
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has called on councillors to improve public
toilet facilities in the town's Manor Gardens, pictured. Mike Lang of
Gloucester Road has won the backing of town councillors after calling
on the District Council to improve the facilities
in the popular gardens.
Sailing Club expansion begins
crane towered over Burnham-On-Sea this week as work got underway to
double the number of berths for yachts and boats at the town's Sailing
demand for additional moorings at the mouth of the River Brue has prompted
and two pylons were lifted into place this week.
aim to raise RNLI cash
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club will be holding an open skittles
weekend on Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October when all will
be welcome to participate and help raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI
at the same time. The event is open to everyone and there's a chance
to win a £200 prize. More...
Civic Quarter moves forward
plans for a huge Civic Quarter in Burnham-On-Sea
moved a step closer this week when town councillors voted in favour
of pushing the application forward. The proposal would see a cultural
centre, new apartments, community buildings and a new civic square outside
man assaulted in Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea man was
rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary with multiple fractures to his face
following an incident in Weston. Police
are appealing for witnesses to the incident outside Yates
Wine Lodge in York Street
in the centre of Weston-super-Mare,
late on Saturday evening.
summer for lifeboats
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI followed the national trend by having
an incredibly busy summer of rescues. RNLI lifeboats in the south division
launched a record 682 times. In
Burnham, the RNLI was called out by the Coastguard a total of nine times
during the period, which was actually slightly down on 2004.
service is 'unacceptable'
services in Burnham
are "totally unacceptable" and must be improved, transport
pressure group Transport 2000 claimed this week. Speaking at Monday's
Town Council meeting, David Redgewell criticised the "totally unacceptable"
operation and said changes must be introduced.
crowds join hovercraft pull
and Western music fans pulled Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft
through the streets of Brean on Monday October 3rd to help raise funds
for the rescue service.
crowds pulled the vessel 1.5 miles along the seaside strip
to the sound of cheers from the watching spectators.
half marathon results
300 runners pounded the streets of Burnham on Sunday October 2nd when
the town's half marathon was held after a 10-year absence. 21-year-old
Peter Grist of Frome (pictured) won the 13 mile event in a time of 72
minutes and 33 seconds.
He was delighted to have won. More...
Hole shuts Burnham branch
Burnham-On-Sea estate agent has become a victim of the depressed
property market and closed its branch this week. CJ Hole has shut its
Victoria Street premises, blaming "difficult" property trading
conditions in the town, but said its overall operation continues across
A38 safety work to start
to make a dangerous stretch of the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea safer is
to begin this month, we can reveal. A
new speed limit, brand new traffic islands, a new anti-skid surface,
and new road safety markings are to be introduced between Pople's Bow
swimming pool for town?
QUESTION mark is hanging over the future of Burnham-On-Sea swimming
pool, with a review underway that could recommend it be knocked down.
for Sedgemoor District Council are giving it a check over before advising
the authority on what to do - and that could include bulldozing the
celebrates first year
and staff at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema are this week celebrating
its first full year since re-opening for business in September 2004.
cinema in Victoria Street closed in 2002 before local businessman Patt
Scott took over it and re-opened it, turning it into a thriving business.
for green fingered kids
young gardeners from Burnham and the surrounding area have won prizes
after entering a plant growing competition organised by staff at Sanders
Garden World. The
kids took part in a competition to grow the largest marrow or sunflower
plant and recived their prizes this week.
raised by town's Ritz Club
of pounds has been donated to charity following two successful fundraising
events organised by Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Club. A cheque for £706
was this week handed over to cancer charity Tenovus after the club's
craft fair and beach fun day both pulled in funds.
warning signs for seafront
in Burnham who cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the general public
will risk having their vehicles seized by police officers. That's the
stark warning featured on a set of new signs unveiled this week for
and the town's Somerfield supermarket. More...
flood scheme begins
to start next week on increasing the height of part of the flood defence
embankment on the Brue Estuary near Apex Park at Burnham-On-Sea. The
scheme will also involve the creation of a surfaced path linking Burnham
helping to regenerate one section of the town. More...
birthday invite at library
library is to celebrate its 20th birthday on Friday September 30th with
a special 'Wine and Words Celebration'. Residents are invited to join
staff at the library in Princess Street from 7.45pm as the facility
marks and celebrates 20 years in the building.
joins beacons light-up
A BEACON will
be lit on top of Brent Knoll during a nationwide chain of lightings
to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in October.
The beacon will be lit at 7:15pm on Friday October 21st as part of a
across the whole of the United Kingdom. More...
meals for school's menu
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school is putting hot meals on its lunchtime
menu provided by the County Council's catering service. Burnham Infants
School is to join 87 schools across the county which receive hot meals
from Somerset County Services (SCS), bucking the national trend for
hot meal uptake. More...
to open in High Street
THE Halifax Building Society is to open a new branch in Burnham-On-Sea
High Street later this year when an existing building society closes.
The Birmingham Midshires branch at 56 The High Street is to close and
the Halifax is to open a branch in its place - and is being seen as
a further boost to the town. More...
power raises £10,000
THREE Burnham-On-Sea cyclists who hope to have raised more than
£10,000 for charity by cycling to France have returned to the
town this week. Bobby Hanscombe, Judy Salisbury and Pam Whitehead rode
more than 280 miles over four days during their tiring trip to the French
crowds attend VE/VJ event
LARGE crowds descended on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday September
18th for a special event marking the 60th anniversaries of VE/VJ-Day
and the 65th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. We have a full round-up
of news and photos from this special occasion, attended by large numbers
of locals. More...
Cllr recounts war role
marks the 60th anniversary of VE and VJ-Day this week, we spoke
to one well-known resident about his time in Japan in 1945 when he saw
the first 500 prisoners of war released from captivity.
Neville Jones OBE was a Sub Lieutenant on HMS Speaker and saw prisoners
of war being released. More...
group visits RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboats, the Staines Whitfield
and Global Marine, were visited by Claverham, Cleve and Yatton
Beavers group this week. The enthusiastic group were given a tour of
the station and got a chance to see the lifeboats up close plus talk
to crew members about their work. More...
sign up for half marathon
MORE than 250 runners have signed up for Burnham-On-Sea's half
marathon, which is returning in October after a 12-year absence. The
event was last run in 1993, but will return on Sunday, October 2, 2005
when up to 500 people will be participating. We have full entry details.
the organiser of Burnham and Highbridge's entry into the annual Britain
In Bloom competition, was celebrating this week after receiving a prestigious
award for his years of effort. The
green-fingered organiser was presented with a trophy to mark his sterling
efforts over the years. More...
skier rescued at Berrow
A jet skier has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft
crew after getting into difficulties in thick mud at Berrow. The crew
were trialling a second smaller hovercraft on Berrow Beach on Saturday
September 10th when the incident unfolded close to where Lelaina Hall
died in 2002. More...
WEST Huntspill Church, near Burnham-On-Sea, was the setting
for one of the area's most unusual wedding blessings this week. The
Parish Church stepped back in time 140 years when a group of historical
reinactors gathered to celebrate a 30th wedding anniversary. More...
for speeding crackdown
councillors are calling on the County Council to clamp down on speeding
along a popular Burnham-On-Sea commuter route. Ever increasing traffic
speeds between the Tesco roundabout and hospital are making Love Lane
so dangerous that an accident is certain to happen,
they claim. More...
100 at diabetes screening
100 Burnham-On-Sea residents took up the offer of a free diabates check
this week when a mobile screening clinic visited the town. Some 112
people were tested during the three-hour period, and a total of nine
were referred to their doctors,
showing that the event was very worthwhile. More...
ship passes Burnham
Burnham's seafront were treated to a glimpse of the historic 50 year-old
ship Balmoral as it glided past the town on Friday morning. The ship
was on its way to Bridgwater to collect dozens of people as part of
an excursion around the Bristol Channel.
We caught the ship on film as it passed Burnham. More...
'threat' to beaches
growing that a huge new dredging scheme in the Bristol Channel could
damage beaches at Burnham, Brean and Berrow. An excavation group
wants to take one million tonnes of sediment each year from Culver Sands
for 15 years which could strip away sand from around our coast. More...
Street is at risk' - council
WORRIED councillors have issued a blunt message to shoppers
in Burnham regarding the town's High Street - 'Use it or lose it'. The
warning came during a debate about the controversial decision by the
government to give Sanders Garden World the go-ahead to expand. More...
Cove revamp unveiled
PROPOSALS to overhaul Marine Cove Gardens on Burnham
seafront have been unveiled by town councillors this week. The long-overdue
revamp includes plans to introduce sea-view
seating, repair the bus shelters, alter access to the facility and consider
introducing CCTV on one side of the gardens. More...
micro-chipping in October
DISTRICT Council Dog Wardens are offering pet owners in Burnham
and Highbridge another chance to have their dogs micro chipped. Usual
fees are between £20 and £30, but Sedgemoor District Council
is offering the service at a cost of £12 in October at the two
sessions in the town. More...
rescued from rocks
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were called out at 19:15 hours
on Monday September 5th after a woman reported to be in a 'distressed'
condition was spotted on rocks at Brean Down. The lifeboats were called
to the scene along with a Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. More...
In The Park draws crowds
HUNDREDS of jazz fans gathered in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens
on Sunday, September 4 for the town's annual Jazz In The Park event.
The popular event is organised by CADS, which holds three to four events
a year for the benefit of people in both towns. More...
challenge for residents
BURNHAM-On-Sea sailing enthusiasts are being offered the chance
to take part in a round-Britain rowing event to raise funds for the
RNLI. The Victory Challenge 2005 began last month when a Cornish gig
set off on Saturday 21st August bound for London, travelling cross country.
200 entries at craft show
A PATCHWORK quilt which has taken ten months to make scooped
one of the top awards at the annual Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Club Produce
and Craft Show on Saturday September 3. Margaret Budden, pictured, said
she was "delighted" to have won one of the trophies. More...
call-out for hovercraft
BURNHAM'S Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was called out for the
second day running after a yacht ran aground at Stert Island in Bridgwater
Bay, just yards from where a speedboat went aground the day before.
The hovercraft was called out at 11.40am on Saturday morning. More...
rescues three from Stert
THREE people who were stuck in mud at Stert Island, near Burnham-On-Sea,
were helped to safety by the town's rescue hovercraft on Friday September
2. The Spirit of Lelaina was called out by Coastguards at 10:54am and
launched shortly afterwards from the town's beach. More...
algae outbreak at Apex
FISHING has been temporarily banned at Apex Wildlife Park in
Burnham-On-Sea after a new outbreak of toxic blue-green algae at the
site. Bosses at Sedgemoor District Council put up warning signs around
the lakes on Thursday, September 1st after receiving feedback from residents.
beds recover after fire
IT IS exactly one year since a devastating fire tore through
a half mile stretch of reed beds at Berrow but the area has recovered
remarkably well and is now once again bursting with wildlife. We spoke
to English Nature's Conservation Officer for Bridgwater Bay to see how
it's sprung back to life. More...
dog owner fined £110
DOG wardens are stamping down on pet owners who let their animals
foul streets and community areas in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A local
resident has just been prosecuted for failing to pick up after his pet
at the Recreation
Ground in Berrow and given a fine of £110 by Sedgemoor District
'Bible garden' on show
REVEREND Brian Milloy from Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge
(pictured) was among the visitors at a unique display of plants devoted
to the Bible at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham, this week. Biblically
linked shrubs, trees and flowers were on show at the garden centre.
turnout at annual town fete
WARM weather and lots of stalls and attractions helped to attract
large crowds to Burnham's annual hospital fete on Bank Holiday Monday,
August 29th. Hundreds of holidaymakers and residents gathered in the
Manor Gardens to support local charities, organisations and groups.
sign warns of tide danger
A NEW warning sign has been put up on Burnham-On-Sea jetty alerting
walkers about strong tidal currents in the area, just weeks after two
people were almost swept away by the fast-flowing water. A lifeguard
and boy were rescued in July after getting into difficulty in the fast
flowing water. More...
party pulls in the crowds
HOLIDAYMAKERS and residents were quite literally dancing in
the streets on Sunday night, August 28th, when a popular outdoor concert
was held in the town. The Somerset and Dorset pub's annual Local Emergency
Services family street party drew crowds to Burnham's High Street. More...
train enthusiasts gather
MODEL train enthusiasts from across the UK gathered at a two-day
exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The popular event, now in
its 27th year, was held on August 27th and 28th at King Alfred's School
and attracted more than 1,000 people to see a wide selection of trains.
flock to Apex Open Day
APEX Wildlife & Leisure Park in Burnham-On-Sea held its
first open day on Sunday August 28th when a host of local groups put
on special displays. Crowds of families attended the event, organised
by The Friends of Apex Improvements Group, and found out more about
the Park. More...
walker helped at Brean
COASTGUARDS were called to Brean Down on Saturday afternoon,
August 27th, after a walker tripped and suffered a suspected broken
ankle. The 32-year-old lady from Birmingham was walking near the highest
point on the Down when she lost her footing and had to be rescued by
Burnham Coastguards. More...
Open Day was a success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat station held its annual open day on
Sunday, August 28th, when visitors were able to meet the town's crew,
see the lifeboats and watch the launch of a lifeboat on an exercise.
A range of collectables and souvenirs were also sold in aid of the group.
lucky cliff escape!
A DOG called Lucky lived up to its name when it was rescued
by Coastguards this week after being trapped for two hours on cliffs
at Brean Down. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard's cliff rescue team leapt into
action after people were seen climbing to the dog on the southern side
of the Down. More...
moves into Burnham
of the UK's largest High Street brands is to move into Burnham-On-Sea
next month when it opens a new shop in the town. Specsavers, the opticians,
has bought a vacant shop next to the Somerset & Dorset pub at the
southern end of Burnham High Street. More...
artists show off talents
HUNDREDS of people have been flocking to Burnham-On-Sea Community
Hall this week to see an exhibition of a range of art work from local
artists. The week-long show is the first event organised by the Lighthouse
Arts Group, a new organisation for local artists. More...
raid at Somerfield
THIEVES have stolen hundreds of pounds of alcohol from Somerfield
supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea during a daytime hit-and-run attack. The
dramatic incident was seen by several RNLI crew members as they returned
to the lifeboat station in Pier Street, Burnham following a call-out.
rescuers praised by family
A FAMILY whose two dogs were saved by Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina
hovercraft returned to the town this week - one year on from the rescue
- to thank the crew and hand over a cheque towards the upkeep of the
craft. They told how they had almost given up hope but were so grateful
that the hovercraft helped. More...
1930s film clips found
A COLLECTION of rare film footage of Burnham-On-Sea during the
1930s has been unearthed, prompting an appeal for local people who remember
the scenes to come forward. The footage includes images from the 1934
Burnham & Highbridge Carnival and other local events of the time.
News visits hovercraft
BURNHAM'S rescue hovercraft received national TV publicity on Monday
(August 22nd) when Sky News broadcast a report about the work of the
life-saving service. The three-minute feature about The Spirit of Lelaina
was shown throughout the day after Sky reporter Andrew Moore visited.
poster up for auction
A VINTAGE poster showing a traditional Burnham-On-Sea beach
scene from a bygone age is to be auctioned in London this autumn. The
item, which has a guide price of between £500 and £700,
is due to go on sale at a Christies auction of posters in the capital
during September. More...
statement on Sanders
Highbridge Town Council has issued a statement on the Secretary of State's
decision to give Sanders Garden World the go-ahead to expand its site
by 30,000 square feet. The council was one of the three objectors at
the inquiry into the application
and issued a statement through the clerk (pictured).
helped to safety
A SINKING yacht with a seriously damaged keel was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI's lifeboat crew on Saturday August 20th after its skipper issued
a May Day message to Coastguards one mile west of the low lighthouse
in Bridgwater Bay. The yacht was brought to shore in the River Brue.
river rescue drama
YACHTSMAN was winched to safety by an RAF helicopter in the River Axe,
near Brean, on Saturday afternoon (August 20th) after he ran aground
in TWO boats within just ten minutes. Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft
was briefly put on standby as the incident unfolded. More...
test for sound system
POWERFUL communication system used by the military and police to issue
advice and warnings to people several hundred metres away was tested
by Burnham's marine rescue services this week. The MRAD system could
be used in mud and sea rescues if it were purchased in the future. More...
wins expansion bid
at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, are celebrating this week
after hearing that the Secretary of State has granted them planning
permission to build a 30,000 square foot extension to their site which
will effectively double its size. Bosses had harsh words for local councillors.
saves dinghy man
35 year-old man was helped to safety by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard late
on Wednesday night, August 17th, after a member of the public reported
seeing him try to launch a dinghy from the town's beach in complete
darkness. The Coastguard found the man by launching flares. More...
O2 transmitter for town
phone company O2 has given in to pressure from Burnham-On-Sea customers
and emergency services and installed a new temporary mast in the town
to try and resolve reception problems. A 12.5 metre transmitter is being
installed this week in Marine Drive, we can reveal. More...
Park to hold Open Day
Wildlife & Leisure Park in Burnham-On-Sea is holding an open day
later this month when a host of groups from the town will be getting
involved with displays and demonstrations. The event is being held on
Sunday August 28th and entry will be free. The event will be attended
by many local groups. More...
prison cells back in use
in Burnham-On-Sea will soon be keeping prisoners under lock and key
in cells at the towns police station for the first time in three
years. Since the end of 2002 all prisoners have been taken to Bridgwater,
but in a bid to save officers time Burnham's cells are to be re-opened.
of gardeners, cooks, handicraft hobbyists and photographers took part
in the 38th annual Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Show in mid-August.
The two-day event was held at Sanders Garden World and attracted hundreds
of entries from a range of local enthusiasts. More...
river mooring expansion
number of berths at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons in the River
Brue is to be almost doubled. Increased demand for extra moorings at
the site means a £2,000 expansion of the facility is going ahead
over the next few weeks to allow up to 13 extra yachts and boats to
moor there. More...
signs City deal
Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft has scored a winner after being selected
as Bristol City's official charity for the new football season. Bosses
at Ashton Gate will be hoping to raise as much money as possible during
a series of collections throughout the new footie season.
boat towed to safety
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's Staines Whitfield lifeboat was called out
by Swansea Coastguard at 11:45am on Friday August 12th to help a 14ft
fishing boat in the River Parrett after it suffered engine failure.
The craft was towed back to Burnham Sailing Club. The sailor was unhurt
in the incident. More...
CHRISTMAS is still months away but that hasn't stopped Sanders
Garden World from announcing its plans to hold a yuletime circus this
December! A circus troop called Circus Americano will visit the centre,
near Burnham-On-Sea, for 28 days throughout the Christmas season. More...
biking ban edges closer
bikers and sand racers could soon be banned from Berrow and Brean beaches
amid fears that they are causing environmental damage and may even cause
potential court action. Parish
councillors claim they damage wildlife and put people at risk - which
could mean legal action. More...
welcomes RNLI VIPs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat and hovercraft stations opened their
doors to two VIPs from the Poole headquarters of the RNLI when Operations
Director Michael Vlasto and Divisional Inspector Simon Pryce visited
the two rescue services to meet the crews and see their life-saving
Radio to go full-time?
A NEW temporary radio station for Burnham, Brean and Berrow
has got off to such a strong start that its owner is drawing up plans
for it to become a full-time station operating around the year.
Radio is initially broadcasting on 105 FM for four weeks but wants to
be available round the clock. More...
flies in for RAF group
Burnham-On-Sea's branch of the Royal Air Forces Association have been
out in force this
week during their annual fundraising drive. Their event is held every
August and this year's is special because of an important anniversary
which the group has been marking. More...
damage to speedboat
A SPEEDBOAT suffered
more than £1,500 of damage on Sunday evening (August 7th) after
becoming swamped with sea water on Burnham jetty.
The craft was battered by waves and had several holes punched in its
hull when its crew got into difficulty. They were rescued by the Coastguard
runs aground in river
BOTH of Burnham-On-Sea's
lifeboats were launched on Sunday, August 7th, after a yacht ran aground
in the River Parrett. The D-Class and Atlantic 75 boats investigated
after the yacht ran aground near Hunstpill. Two crew from Burnham and
Weston were taken ashore. More...
over new street kiosk
TOWN councillors have voiced concerns about the security of
a new cash machine installed this week outside a busy Burnham-On-Sea
night club. The structure consists of a phone kiosk on one side and
a cash machine on the other. It has been installed outside Shakers in
the High Street. More...
crowds flock to Fun Day
BUCKETS and spades were out in force when hundreds of families
flocked to Burnham's annual Seaside Fun Day on Friday, August 5th. Scores
of children took part in a variety of competitions and events, including
a sand castle building competition and treasure hunt. We have the winners'
victory for yachtsman Graham
yachstman Graham Wills and his crew were celebrating this week after
clinching a double victory in the town's annual Sailing Club Regatta.
Strong winds provided challenging conditions for the yachtsmen during
the two-day event, but the sea remained calm. More...
for town show entries
GARDENERS, growers, cooks, handicraft hobbyists and amateur
photographers alike are being invited to take part in Burnham-On-Sea
& District Horticultural Society's 38th annual show, to be held
at Sanders GardenWorld on August 13 and 14. Entries cover a range of
Fun Day this Friday
BUCKETS and spades will be out in force when Burnham-On-Sea's
annual Seaside Fun Day is held this Friday, August 5th. A sandcastle
building competition and beach treasure hunt are just one of the many
attractions at the event, which runs from 11am-4pm, and also includes
a street and craft fair. More...
held for police officer
THE funeral of Bernard Doolan, a Neighbourhood Watch pioneer
and former community police officer from Burnham-On-Sea, was held on
Monday (August 1). The 59-year-old tragically died after suddenly collapsing
in the changing rooms at Burnham swimming pool last week. More...
Moon photo review
group EvanFly entertained the large crowds at Burnham-On-Sea's popular
Under A Summer Concert on Saturday, July 30th. The live five-hour
music event, held at the BASC Sports Ground, offered a line-up of music
for all tastes
and attracted large numbers of families.. More...
fire causes M5 chaos
A COACH fire caused traffic chaos on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday afternoon (July 30). Smoke was seen pouring from the engine
of the coach as it travelled north between junctions 23 for Bridgwater
and 22 for Burnham. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation.
hear about mud danger
A GROUP of Bridgwater Cubs has visited Burnham's hovercraft
station to learn more about the dangers of mud along Somerset's coastline.
The group listened intently as they were told how the hovercraft glides
out across the mud to save trapped people. They were also given a chance
to feel the mud. More...
expansion dealt a blow
expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store has been dealt a severe blow after
it emerged that a full inquiry into the proposal is to be launched.
At a district
this week, the decision to 'call in' the plans and launch the inquiry
was announced, giving the public a second chance to air their views.
barge passes Burnham
A HUGE 80 metre long barge manoeuvred its way past Burnham-On-Sea
this week, providing walkers along the seafront with an unusual sight.
The Terra Marique entered the Parrett Estuary to deliver some
heavy machinery for Hinkley Point power station.
It is one of the biggest vessels seen in Burnham Bay for many years.
after seagulls shot
WILDLIFE experts have warned that people in Burnham-On-Sea could
be injured if seagulls in the town continue to be the target of airguns.
Several gulls have been rescued by Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre
in recent weeks after being shot by airguns. It follows several attacks
on people by seagulls. More...
John Inverdale in town
BBC radio and TV commentator John Inverdale visited Burnham's
lifeboat station on Tuesday July 26. He took part in a Radio 5 broadcast
of Any Sporting Questions at Cheddar on Monday and, as he was
in the area, dropped in at Burnham's RNLI station the following morning.
beach guide launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has launched a brand new guide to the eight
beaches in our area. Covering Burnham, Berrow and Brean, the page provides
a range of useful information aimed at residents and visitors who are
planning to hit the beach this summer. It also includes tips for staying
acts at Burnham concert
TOP Weston group EvanFly are headlining Burnham's annual Under
A Summer Moon concert on Saturday July 30th. The live five-hour outdoor
music event at the BASC Sports Ground at Stoddens Road will offer a
line-up of music for all tastes - and is sure to be a hit with large
crowds again this year. More...
ban proposed for beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's beach could soon be added to the list of areas
in the town where drinking alcohol in public is banned. Several Designated
Drinking Orders came into force in parts of the town in June as part
of a bid to stamp out anti-social drinking - and now there are plans
to widen the ban. More...
death: two arrested
TWO MEN have been arrested following the death of a 32-year-old
man in a hit-and-run accident at Berrow in the early hours of Saturday
July 16th. Officers believe the victim, Mark Close of Weston, was walking
along Barton Road with two colleagues when he was struck by a car. More...
winners get hover trip
TWO Internet users who won a flight onboard Burnham-On-Sea's
hovercraft in an online auction have enjoyed a day-long trip to the
town to meet the crews and see how the rescue service operates. BARB,
the group that runs the craft, held the auction in May. They took a
trip along the coast. More...
crowds at Picnic in the Park
HOT summer weather and a foot-tapping line-up of music ensured
the crowds at Burnham's annual Picnic In The Park had a fun time on
Sunday (July 17th). Dozens of groups and families gathered in the town's
Manor Gardens for the popular event, which is one of several music events
in the town this summer. More...
and boy rescued
A LIFEGUARD and an eight-year-old child were rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's
hovercraft crew at 1pm on Sunday July 17. Young holidaymaker Neil Carruthers,
of Erdington in the West Midlands had been washing sand and mud from
his legs when he suddenly fell from the jetty. More...
on fire towed to safety
A 21-foot motor cruiser was engulfed with smoke off the Burnham-On-Sea
coastline on Sunday after an electrical fault started a fire on board,
prompting a call-out for Burnham RNLI, fire services and the Coastguard.
The Staines Whitfield was called to the scene and towed the craft to
wins Stert island swim
man Jon Rawlings beat more than 60 other swimmers to win the 2005 Stert
Island swim on Sunday July 17. He
completed the 2,400-metre sea swim race between Burnham and Stert Island
in an impressive time of 25 minutes, 53 seconds. The first lady home
was Burnham's Sara Hudghton. More...
dies in Berrow accident
A 32-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run accident at Berrow
in the early hours of Saturday July 16, police have revealed. Officers
said the victim, Mark Anthony Close, was walking along Barton Road with
two other men when he was struck by a car, thought to be a light blue
Ford Sierra. More...
at rescue services day
A CROWD of
2,500 people descended on Burnham seafront on Saturday (July 16th) to
support the county's leading emergency services and watch them perform
several dramatic rescue demonstrations during the
second annual ESCAPE Day. Hundreds of pounds are expected to have been
leads bombings tribute
Mayor led a period of silence on Thursday (July 14th) in memory of those
who died in the London bombings. Residents joined Cllr Eric Gill in
gathering at the town's fountain in Marine Drive at 12 noon for two
He was joined by several other councillors. More...
look at seafront lights
Burnham seafront had a first glimpse of the town's new illuminations
last night. The colourful blue and white lights are not due to be officially
switched on until July 20, but electricians installing them have been
testing them out
and that gave keen-eyed walkers a chance to see the new lights. More...
marks VE/VJ anniversary
residents across Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding villages have been celebrating
the 60th anniversary of VE and VJ day this week. A three-day event was
held in the village of Mark, near Burnham, involving a 1940s dance,
and other events. More...
online calendar launched
has launched a powerful new online calendar which provides visitors
with an at-a-glance guide to what's on in the town today. The database-driven
directory lists thousands of events and meetings from Burnham, Brean
and Berrow for several months ahead. More...
house for theatre event
theatre group Curtain Call attracted a full house at Burnham's Princess
Hall on Saturday July 9th when it performed a foot-tapping line-up of
songs from stage and film. The group performed 27 songs in aid of the
National Blind Children's Society in front of a large audience. More...
stranded on beach
of stranded jellyfish were washed up along Burnham-On-Sea beach at high
tide on Friday and Saturday evenings - leaving paddlers to tip-toe their
way around them. The
creatures, believed to be harmless Moon Jellyfish, varied in size from
6 - 20cm in width
and were spotted in several places. More...
TV show comes to Berrow
EXCITING new reality TV series is to be filmed at Berrow for the satellite
channel Living TV. Production company Shine Productions has picked our
area to film an episode of 'The Biggest Loser', a weight loss reality
show to be screened this autumn on the satellite and cable station.
compete for trophy
warm temperatures and a calm sea provided ideal conditions for the yachtsmen
who took part in Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's annual Queen's Trophy
event. Some 11 yachts set sail in Bridgwater Bay for the popular event.
The event involved just one minor incident. More...
for missing man
the West Midlands are appealing for information to trace a 43-year-old
man who went missing on June 3 and may be in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
Andrew Coleman, of Queens Road, Tipton was reported missing on 20 June
after failing to show up at work. More...
dunes in the spotlight
enthusiasts are to
hold a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve to help
raise awareness of the wildlife importance of the land. A range
of activities for all ages - from children to adults - will be held
at the event throughout the day on Saturday July 16th.
bravery award for Alan
BURNHAM taxi driver who risked his own life by wrestling a sword-wielding
man to the ground has received an award for his courageous actions.
Alan Miller, who is also chairman of Burnham's rescue hovercraft, was
parked in his taxi off Coast Road in Brean
when he spotted a man wielding a samurai sword. More...
radio station for Burnham
in Burnham, Brean and Berrow are to get their own radio station for
four weeks during August. Coast Radio will be broadcasting on 105 FM
from August 2nd to 29th and will provide a mixture of local news and
information plus music.
If successful, it could become a permanent fixture. More...
20th switch-on for lights
seafront illuminations will officially be switched on at 8.30pm on Wednesday
July 20th, it was confirmed this week. A "very well-known Somerset
character who is no stranger to camera flash bulbs" will hit the
switch at the long-awaited event
on the town's seafront. More...
bid to cut crime in town
for two new initiatives to cut down crime in Burnham were unveiled this
week. Sgt Mark Nicholson of the town centre police team addressed councillors
about a new ShopWatch scheme and, seperately, proposals for CCTV cameras
at Apex were discussed. More...
awards for cafe owner
BURNHAM-On-Sea cafe owner is celebrating after winning no fewer than
EIGHT awards at one of the West Country's most keenly contested shows.
Joan White and her daughter Sarah, who run Tickle Your Taste Buds in
the High Street, won an armful of rosettes
at the 2005 Royal Bath & West Show. More...
John's School visit RNLI
from St John's School in Burnham-On-Sea visited the town's RNLI station
this week, where they met some of the crew and heard about the life-saving
work they do.
The children enjoyed a tour of the station and a close-up look at several
of the lifeboats and launching tractors. More...
GROUP of Venture
Scouts who set out to build one of Burnham beach's biggest ever sandcastles
was beaten by the weather.
On what should have been a fine summer's evening, the group of 20 teenagers
from Mid-Sedgemoor Explorer Scouts gathered near the town's jetty with
foam was "just algae"
Agency has confirmed that a large quantity of brown foam
washed up along Burnham's tideline last week was just harmless algae.
concerned residents contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com after spotting the
foam on the beach
- and we asked the Environment Agency to investigate. More...
hands out civic awards
leading figures from Burnham and Highbridge received civic awards for
their service to the community on Sunday June 26th.
The awards were presented at the Annual Civic Service in St Andrew's
Church, attended by Burnham's MP and more than 200 local dignatiries
and residents. More...
training for RNLI crew
RNLI crew members have been rehearsing how they would react if a lifeboat
flipped over or capsized out at sea. Some 20 crewmembers gathered at
the mouth of the River Brue, near the Yacht Club, on Sunday to correctly
run through the procedure and practise. More...
to Sanders GardenWorld in Brent Knoll were able to meet some feathered
and prickly gardeners friends and learn how to make their gardens
wildlife-friendly. The event also marked the launch of a new Burnham
The Acorn Project, which specialises in rescuing and re-homing animals.
storm hits Burnham
were called to a Berrow home in the early hours of Friday (June 24)
after it was struck by lightning during an electrical storm. The
former Little Court residential nursing home at Berrow was struck at
6am, but no fire or damage was found after a search by the fire team.
birds prompt rescue
RNLI's D-class lifeboat and the town's rescue hovercraft were both called
out at 2pm on Wednesday (June 22) by Swansea Coastguard amid fears that
a group of people had been spotted far out in the mud on Brean beach
- but it was later found that the 'people' were just birds. More...
In The Park pulls in crowds
folk music enthusiasts descended on Burnham on Sunday afternoon (June
19th) for the town's annual Folk In The Park concert. The
crowds gathered in The Manor Gardens to enjoy a sweltering afternoon
of weather and an equally superb line-up of music.
cliff rescue rehearsed
Coastguard and hovercraft crews have rehearsed a dramatic cliff rescue
at Brean Down as they gear up for another busy summer season of life-saving
along Somerset's coast. The
teams were put through their paces on the south side of the Down, the
scene of many rescues over the years. More...
Casper to headline concert
Casper is to headline the annual Popstars On The Park concert at Brean
Leisure Park on Thursday August 4th. The
singer is best known for 'Cha Cha Slide', the song that climbed to number
one in the Official UK Top 40 in March this year
and will be the lead act at the popular event. More...
a splash at town's pool!
Pool and Tommy's, the baby charity, are inviting tots to take the plunge
on Friday June 24 by taking part in the annual Tommy's Splashathon.
popular event will be held between 10.30am and 12.00pm at Burnham Pool
for babies and toddlers. More...
briefly trapped in mud
hovercraft was called out shortly after mid-day on Saturday June 18
to help two people who were reportedly stuck in mud at Brean. The crew
were stood down a few minutes later when it emerged that the pair had
freed themselves - much to the relief of the BARB crew. More...
swan captured at lake
crew of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft performed one of their most unusual
rescues ever on Thursday June 16 by helping to capture an injured swan
from a local lake. The
bird was in a distressed state after swallowing a fishing hook and several
inches of line. More...
yacht club to open
newly refurbished Yacht Club will be officially opened by the town's
mayor this weekend.
The club's building at the southern end of The Esplanade has had £49,000
of improvements made to it during the last few months to bring it up-to-date.
boost for Apex anglers
at Burnham's Apex Leisure Park can now fish in comfort following the
opening of six brand new fishing platforms along the banks of the lake
- which have costed almost £5,000 to build. The
new platforms have been built next to the main lakeside path
and will help prevent bank erosion. More...
rescue drama for RNLI
Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched on Tuesday June 14 after a 16-foot
powerboat with a crew of three onboard encountered engine problems in
the River Parrett. The
lifeboat was launched at 13:09 hours and brought the boat back to shore.
swoop on town home
MAN was arrested after police swooped on a building in Abingdon Street,
Burnham-On-Sea this week in what local residents say was 'a drugs bust'.
A police spokesman confirmed that "a quantity of a suspicious substance
was taken away for analysis" and the man was held in custody. More...
wins triathlon for 5th time
sunshine and cooling winds provided ideal conditions for the 360 competitors
taking part in Sunday's 2005 Burnham-On-Sea Triathlon. Cheddar's
Jon Rawlings, 38, notched up his fifth win by completing the course
in under one hour and an incredible Burnham pensioner also completed
the course again this year. More...
reception 'risks lives'
crew members at Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft fear lives could
be put at risk because of a sudden drop in mobile phone reception across
the town. An SMS pager system is used to muster shore-helpers and crew
to launch the craft - but some messages have not been getting through.
visits rescue teams
GROUP of 60 children from St Josephs School in Burnham-On-Sea
were given a guided tour of the towns hovercraft and lifeboat
stations this week. Two classes of children all aged between
6 and 8 years old - met crewmembers from the rescue teams and saw the
life-saving kit up-close. More...
fly into town
enthusiasts took to the skies above Burnham-On-Sea this week using these
high-tech para-motoring systems on their backs. John
Hall and Pete Emery have each spent up to £6,000 on the revolutionary
systems, which enable them to take off anywhere. More...
High Street is blooming!
than £3,000 of colourful flower baskets were hung up along the
streets of Burnham and Highbridge this week ahead of the start of the
annual Britain In Bloom competition. Volunteers from Hillview Carnival
Club helped lift 46 baskets into place along Burnham High Street. More...
switch-on set for July
Burnham's Esplanade will be switched on during July, according to the
town councillor leading the project. Some 27 lights between the Reed's
Arms and St Andrew's Church will initially be switched on with others
to follow later in the year. The lights will be on in time for the busy
tourist season. More...
over mobile reception
ANGRY mobile phone users across Burnham-On-Sea have been left
with poor reception quality after the main phone transmitter in the
town was taken down. Signal strength for many O2 phone users has dropped
significantly in the last few days after the main transmitter was decommissioned.
to start 24hr cover soon
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft will soon go on service 24 hours
a day after modifications were made to the craft to help it perform
rescues at night. Special searchlights have been fitted to the Spirit
Of Lelaina to allow crewmembers to illuminate the mud around them. More...
flock to vintage display
HUNDREDS of people lined Burnham's seafront on Saturday evening
(June 4th) to watch more than 200 vintage vehicles converge on the town
for the 12th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The South
Esplanade was closed to public traffic for four hours. More...
crews hold joint event
SEVEN emergency services from across Somerset are to hold a
joint safety awareness event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday July 16th,
giving the public a chance to learn more about their vital life-saving
work. ESCAPE will be held on Burnham seafront and will include displays
and demonstrations by the groups. More...
hold security event
MOBILE phone owners in Burnham-On-Sea took the chance to get
their handsets security marked at a special safety awareness police
event in the town this week. Residents were able to have their handsets
ultra-violet marked for free during the event on Saturday morning, June
predicted during roundabout repairs
PARTS of Burnham-On-Sea
are likely to grind to a halt later this month when the town's Tesco
roundabout is closed for repairs. Somerset Highways, a partnership between
the County Council and Atkins, is replacing the 25 year-old road surface
on Sunday June 19th.
Knoll goes dotty!
MOTORISTS travelling along the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea
were forgiven for thinking they'd seen a crop circle on the side of
Brent Knoll this week.
For on the hillside is a collection of nine spots in the shape of a
circle or strange smiley face. More...
CROWDS flocked to Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft station this week
when the crew celebrated
the craft's first birthday with an open day, fundraising event and party.
It's exactly one year since the Spirit Of Lelaina went into service
in Burnham. More...
Beach wins praise
THE high standard
of Brean Beach's sea water has earned it a recommendation in the 2005
Good Beach Guide, which has just been published by the Marine Conservation
Society. The MCS recommended Brean for its high water standards and
the fact that any sewage is treated adequately.
in River Axe mud drama
BURNHAM Coastguard has rescued a family of three who foolishly
tried wading across the notorious River Axe estuary from Brean Down
to Weston-super-Mare after missing their last bus home. A man (32),
woman (28), and their son (7) were taken to Weston General Hospital
suffering from the early signs of hypothermia.
block RNLI station AGAIN
TWO cars were clamped and their owners forced to pay fines of
£85 after Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboat was almost prevented
from safely returning to its boathouse on Monday May 30 by cars parked
opposite the lifeboat station gates. The crew had problems manoeuvring
their tractor and trailer. More.
BOTH of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboats were launched on Monday
May 30 to help in the recovery of a disabled speedboat which was drifting
approximately half a mile up the River Parrett after encountering engine
problems. The crews investigated and discovered the vessel was drifting
in force three winds. More.
break into town shop
FIRE-FIGHTERS and police were called to Boots, the chemist shop,
at Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday night (May 24) after a smash-and-grab burglary.
Thick smoke billowed out of the store at 15, The High Street after thieves
smashed their way through a glass door at the front of the premises.
join Burnham to Brean walk
MORE than 80 people braved thunder and heavy rain to raise money
for cancer charity Scope by taking part in a 15 mile sponsored walk
from Burnham to Brean this week. Entrants lined up besides the pier
in bright sunshine at the start of the walk before setting off for Brean
'tornado' topples caravans
FIRE crews from across Somerset were called to Brean on Saturday
night after a mini 'tornado' blew over several caravans and left one
person injured. Engines from Burnham and Weston were called to Warren
Farm at 9:40pm after three caravans were blown over during "strong
localised winds." More...
drill for rescue crews
A TEAM of first-aiders from St John's Ambulance rehearsed how
they would react to a speedboat accident at Apex Leisure Park in Burnham
on Monday May 23. Four crew members from Burnham's hovercraft team became
the 'casualties' during the hour-long exercise at the slipway. More...
ANGRY residents on a Burnham housing estate called in the district
council after being kept awake by a faulty burglar alarm which continued
ringing while the owners of the house were on holiday. The Council had
no alternative but to deal with the matter under the Environmental Protection
rescued at Brean Down
BURNHAM Coastguard rescued three people at Brean Down late on
Sunday evening (May 22) after they had become trapped by the incoming
tide. A 35-year-old male from Gloucester and two boys, aged 8 and 10,
got into difficulties at Howe Rock at the Western end of Brean Down.
over by town's support
BURNHAM-On-Sea hovercraft team members were bowled over with
support during a Highbridge fundraising event. A short mat bowling competition
held at Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday (May 21) attracted 48
players, with money raised going to BARB, the group that runs the hovercraft.
end to vehicle's trial!
BURNHAM hovercraft group's trials of a six-wheel multi-terrain
vehicle came to a sticky end on the town's beach on Thursday (May 19)
when the machine became trapped in the mud. The £6,000 vehicle
was being put through its paces along the beach by its makers, Westland
Special Vehicles. More...
kids visit RNLI
MORE than 30 youngsters from Wembdon Sunshiners visited Burnham-On-Sea's
RNLI station to see the lifeboats and meet crew members on Friday (May
20) as part of their annual trip to the seaside. The children were accompanied
by teachers and parents during the visit. More...
boost for youth centre
BURNHAM Area Youth (BAY) Centre has been handed a cheque for
£2,500 following a successful charity golf day and race night
at Brean Leisure Park. The events were organised jointly by Burnham-On-Sea
Round Table, Lions and Rotary Clubs and is the first time the clubs
have come together to raise funds. More...
micro-chipping in town
SEDGEMOOR'S Dog Wardens are offering a cut-price micro-chipping
service to help protect dogs in Burnham and Highbridge.
Usual fees are between £20 and £30, but Sedgemoor District
Council is offering the service at a cost of £12 per dog at two
special sessions in June. More...
spectacle on Burnham pier
briefly came to a standstill this week when walkers and motorists watched
in awe as a brave man clambered across the roof of the town's pier.
Pavilion has to change its flags every few months or the strong onshore
winds tear them to shreds.
cyclist seriously injured
was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries following a traffic
accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon, May 13th. Police
were called to Marine Drive, near the Lynton Road car park, at 12.56pm.
Paramedics also attended the scene to give emergency first aid. More...
start for £25m scheme
BUILDING work to convert the former Woodberry Bros and
Haines site in Highbridge into a £25 million shopping and residential
complex is scheduled to begin in September. Derek Mead, chairman of
the Mead Group, the company behind the scheme, has set the target for
when the project will begin. More...
after vet surgery theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are appealing for information following
a burglary in which thousands of pounds worth of pet products were stolen.
Sometime between 7pm on Wednesday, May 11 and 8.30am on Thursday, May
12, offenders broke into a veterinary surgery in the Burnham area. More...
town Mayor is chosen
has been chosen to be the new Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
The 77-year-old, who has been a town councillor for two years, was elected
by councillors during a meeting on Monday evening. His wife, Gillian,
has become Mayoress and Cllr Davey has
become Deputy Mayor. More...
RNLI's crew helped to recover a partially-sunken speedboat near the
town's jetty on Saturday evening, May 7th. The 4.5 metre Bayliner boat
went down at around 6pm and the RNLI crew were called to help by the
Coastguard and assisted in a full rescue of the craft. More...
Foley statue unveiled
honouring Frank Foley, the Highbridge war hero who saved the lives of
thousands of Jews, has been unveiled in the town. The Highbridge-born
hero helped Jews escape from Germany before the start of World War II
by giving them visas to flee the country. More...
sea safety guide launched
NEW safety guide for boat owners, jet skiers and anglers who use Bridgwater
Bay has been released by Sedgemoor District Council. The
document has been drawn up to promote safe use of the waters of Bridgwater
Bay and the Parrett Estuary, particularly off Burnham-On-Sea.
beach buggy for sale!
buggy used by Anneka Rice during her 'Challenge Anneka' TV show in Burnham-On-Sea
in 1994 is up for sale on auction Web site eBay. The vehicle was shown
many times during the filming of the series, including during June 1994
when the town's hovercraft station was built by Anneka in just 72 hours.
just misses County post
Mayor Louise Parkin has missed out on becoming a Somerset County Councillor
by the narrowest of margins - just 39 votes. She was beaten into second
place by Liberal Democrat candidate Rosemarie Parsons in the Highbridge
and Burnham-On-Sea South ward.
classroom praised by mother
BURNHAM-On-Sea mother has praised a 'virtual classroom' service that
lets children continue their education even if they are unable to attend
school. Lynn Baker's 14-year-old daughter took part in the scheme when
she was absent from a Burnham school for around six months due to illness.
goes orange crazy!
went orange crazy this weekend as thousands of brightly coloured wristbands
were sold by the town's hovercraft and RNLI crews in aid of the Lelaina
Rescue Appeal. Crew members issued a 'thank you' after more than 1,600
Western Daily Press wristbands - worth £1,600 - were sold
in just 72 hours.
Brean man found safe
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's
lifeboats were launched shortly after midnight on Sunday May 1 to help
Avon and Somerset police and Coastguards search for a 45-year-old man
who had been reported missing at Brean. The man was later found
safe and well by police and the crews were stood down. More...
Carnival is saved
THE future of this year's
Burnham Carnival is safe after a solicitor said the organisers will
not face huge fees for licences. It comes after uncertainty has gripped
carnival committees across Somerset since it emerged that a new licensing
act could lead to charges of up to £64,000 being introduced. More...
Cup trophy in Burnham
World Cup trophy won by the England Rugby Union team was on display
in Burnham-On-Sea during a weekend in May. The
famous Webb Ellis Trophy (pictured) was on show on the ground floor
of Burnham Rugby Club's clubhouse at the BASC Ground in Stodden's Road.
for Lelaina Appeal
WRISTBANDS are the latest
'must have' fashion accessory and now the Western Daily Press
newspaper has had orange ones exclusively made to support the Lelaina
Rescue Appeal. The wristbands are being sold throughout the weekend
by Burnham's hovercraft and RNLI crew members. More...
wash raises funds
is an unusual way to spend your St George's Day - but these youngsters
from East Huntspill Pre-school were more than happy to do it to help
raise money. More
than 20 children braved wet weather to gather at the Coastguard station,
armed with buckets and sponges. More...
police stance cuts crime
CRIME rates in Burnham-On-Sea
have fallen by 14 per cent during the last year after police officers
took a tougher stance in the town, it was disclosed this week. Speaking
at the annual town meeting, Inspector Dale Baker said: "We have
targeted the town's most prolific criminals and many are now in prison."
groups get cash boost
groups from across Burnham-On-Sea have received donations from town
Mayor Louise Parkin. She
handed over the cheques from the Mayor's Youth Initiative Fund during
the annual town meeting, held on Wednesday (April 27). Those receiving
cheques included the Sea Cadets and Air Training Corps.
lights project on hold
project to light up Burnham's seafront with over 80 attractive illuminations
has been put on hold due to safety fears about some of the lampposts.
lights - which were due to be switched on during the May Day Bank Holiday
weekend - were due to look similar to those shown here.
has been at the centre of a major mud rescue operation in Weston-super-Mare
during the early hours of Monday April 25. Swansea Coastguard asked
for the assistance of the hovercraft at 02:24 hours to spearhead the
rescue of a male who had attempted suicide.
beach wins again!
at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have all received the 2005 EnCams
Seaside Award, putting them among the top seaside resorts in the country.
award is only given to beaches that comply with current legislation,
including the testing of bathing water, and the provision of facilities.
election poster defaced
Democrat general election poster in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has
been controversially defaced by vandals over the weekend. Using black
and white paint, they have altered the poster's words and added a Hitler-style
moustache to the image of the party leader.
biker on top form
A TOP motorbiker
from Burnham-On-Sea is in first place in a top national championship
and is now gearing up to race at Silverstone during May. After a highly
successful start to the season, Dean Nicholls is lying in first place
in the North Gloucester Road Racing Sounds Of Thunder Championship.
retrieved from town pond
BURNHAM's hovercraft crew have helped the Police and
Coastguard retrieve the body of an elderly man from a pond in the town.
During the joint operation at Hunts Pond in Burnham, the Coastguard
asked BARB to assist in the retrieval by providing its inshore rescue
£2,300 golf boost
BREAN Golf Clubs fundraising drive for the Burnham-On-Sea
hovercraft has got off to a tee-rific start by raising £2,300
from its first big event of the season. More than 80 golfers putted,
chipped and drove their way around the fairways to raise money for BARB,
the group that runs the hovercraft. More...
gather for race night
BURNHAM Lions, the Round Table and Rotary Club are making
final preparations for a Charity Race Night which will be held at Brean
Leisure Centre this Friday, April 22nd. The event starts at 8.00pm and
all are welcome to attend, with proceeds going to the Burnham Area Youth
(BAY) Centre's building fund. More...
in Burnham's seafront pavements pose such a hazard to walkers that they
could lead to claims for accident compensation being made, according
to local residents.
The cracks in the pavement near the Bay View cafe are singled out as
being particularly dangerous by
contributors to our
gift shop closes
gift shop has closed its doors to the public for the final time after
its owners decided to call it a day.
owners of 'Just Cats' in the High Street pulled down the shutters this
they closed down the business and moved out of Burnham.
appeals for crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguard is appealing for local people
to come forward to join its search and rescue service. Three new recruits
are needed by the team to work alongside the police, hovercraft and
RNLI in dealing with searches, cliff and mud rescues, and other call-outs
in the area. More...
TIC wins top award
Tourist Information Centre has won a top award by delivering good service
visitors to the town. In a recent National Mystery Shopper campaign
carried out on behalf of VisitBritain, Burnham TIC upheld its excellent
customer service record by coming top out of over 500 tourist offices.
man rescued by RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's Staines Whitfield lifeboat was
called out at 10pm on Tuesday night (April 12) after a man was seen
neck-deep in the freezing cold waters of Bridgwater Bay in the pitch
dark. Working with the coastguard and police teams, the RNLI brought
the distressed 21-year-old man ashore.
bill 'annoys' cinema boss
angry owner of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has hit out after being
told that his council tax bill is to rise by almost 50% because he has
spent so much money on renovating the building. Patt
Scott says his rates have just jumped from £7,500 to £10,000
a year after a visit by tax assessors.
visit turns heads!
TURBO-charged power boat worth £30,000 was
put through its paces in Burnham Bay this week, giving its crew a chance
to brush up their skills before competing in the UK's national power
boat championships. Walkers along the seafront were captivated by the
200 horse power craft speeding through the water. More...
OBE to be sold for RNLI
awarded to the late comic Frankie Howerd is to be raffled in order to
raise money for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI and other charities in the region
that were close to his heart, it has emerged. The
Up Pompeii star, who died aged 70 in 1992, left the award to
his manager Dennis Heymer. More...
town manager hears traders' problems
new town centre manager, Anne-Marie Spalding, is vowing to tackle some
of the town's biggest problems. During a special meeting with over 50
business representatives from across Burnham on Wednesday, she laid
out her aims for the role, saying she intends to begin by tackling three
is a worldwide hit
tourists Eileen and Janine Cleary may be thousands of miles from home
but, thanks to Burnham's recently-launched Webcam, they were able to
wave to their relatives in the USA while standing on the town's seafront
this week. New
Yorkers Eileen and Janine love the new Webcam. More...
reel in fish and cash
than 60 anglers took to the waters off Burnham in 25 boats on Sunday
(April 3rd) to compete in a mammoth sea fishing competition - and they
were rewarded with some bumper catches. The
annual event, organised by the Burnham Boat Owners group, attracted
competitors from as far away as Poole. More...
herald start of Spring
of Spring are emerging all around Burnham - and no more so than at Apex
Leisure Park where this cute family of ducklings was spotted on Sunday.
at the park have been transfixed by the 15 newly hatched ducklings and
their two proud parents feeding in the reed beds at the edge of the
MP David Heathcoat-Amory stepped into the pilot's seat of Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft on Friday (April 1st) during a special visit to the
station in which he met crew members and attended the group's annual
general meeting. More...
ALSO: MP visits Burnham RNLI
you fooled on April 1st?
story about builders in Burnham unearthing a secret tunnel running underneath
the town was indeed an April Fool's Day hoax!
Several readers contacted us about the article, believing it was true,
while others saw the funny side and made suggestions for how it could
be put to use! More...
free dog trapped in car
Police officers in Burnham-On-Sea had to smash the window of a vehicle
to free a traumatised dog that had been left inside for several hours
in soaring temperatures.
As condensation streamed down the windows of the vehicle and the Old
English Sheepdog became more desperate, the police came to the rescue.
fines for tow-away cars
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has carried out its threat of getting vehicles towed
away if they prevent the town's lifeboats from launching. The
owners of a blue Peugeot 206 and a Renault Laguna face fines of £334.88
each after their vehicles were initially clamped and then later towed
away on Monday. More...
Trafalgar gates opened
victory at Trafalgar 200 years ago has been remembered in a special
ceremony on the seafront at Burnham-On-Sea. Two wrought iron gates,
complete with the initial 'N' in honour of the legendary Admiral, were
installed at Marine Cove gardens. A number of VIPs were present at Saturday's
in Stert mud rescue
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft was launched on Saturday (March 26) to help
in the rescue of a person trapped in mud at Stert Island. The hovercraft
and RNLI were called out at 17:46 following a call from Avon and Somerset
Constabulary reporting that a man was stuck up to his waist in thick
mud at Stert Beach. More...
flood on BBC2
THE huge 1607 flood disaster which killed 2,000 people along the Bristol
Channel, including many in the Burnham area, is the focus of a major
BBC2 TV documentary. The Timewatch programme, The Killer Wave of
1607, examines whether the disaster was caused by a tsunami. More...
Mud rescue drama in Burnham
LANDROVER and a £5,000 twin-seater jet ski were rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's
hovercraft team on March 19th following a dramatic incident in the mud
near the town's beach lighthouse. Craig Morgan from the West Midlands
was jet skiing in Bridgwater Bay when his machine became stuck in mud.
Jet skier helped to shore
crew of the Elsie Francis II, Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's D-Class lifeboat,
were called out at 14:37 on Sunday 20th March to rescue the young female
rider of a jet ski in difficulties, in the sea, near the Burnham lighthouse.
The craft had suffered engine problems in Bridgwater Bay and had begun
to sink. More...
is 'inappropriate' for town
have called on the District Council to investigate whether Burnham's
new Lidl supermarket should be asked to reduce the size of its huge
sign in Oxford Street. Burnham's Mayor, Louise Parkin, says the council
thinks the structure is "inappropriate" for a residential
Scouts visit RNLI
BURNHAM and Highbridge Explorer Scouts visited Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station
this week, seeing at first hand how the life-saving service operates.
The group of Scouts were escorted around the station by Lifeboat training
officer John Sampson who showed them around the two lifeboats. More...
Chinese restaurant for Burnham
is to get a new Chinese restaurant later this month after the owners
of an Italian restuarant sold their business.
in Abingdon Street has closed down and the new owner has decided to
turn the building into a combined Chinese restaurant and takeaway.
Burnham hovercraft crew members were celebrating this week after
Brean Golf Club announced it would be a major sponsor of the service
during 2005. The club raised thousands of pounds for charity last year
and plans to hold a series of events during 2005 with the Burnham hovercraft
being the beneficiary. More...
application to expand its Burnham-On-Sea store has been given the go-ahead
after the company made changes to its proposal. The supermarket
giant's concesssions won the backing of councillors at a District Council
planning meeting on Tuesday March 8th. More...
A TORCH-LIT search of Burnham
beach was carried out after a member of the public rang police shortly
after 9pm after hearing distressed voices between Burnham Pier and Burnham
Jetty calling for help, shouting that they were stuck in the mud. The
Coastguard requested the assistance of RNLI crew members to help conduct
a search. More...
car wheels stolen
in Burnham are warning residents to be on their guard after high specification
wheels were stolen from a BMW in Brent Knoll. At around 11pm
on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, the BMW X5 vehicle had three of its four
wheels stolen while parked on a driveway in Burton Road. More...
in rescue drill
BURNHAM's hovercraft and coastguard
teams rehearsed a joint rescue of a casualty stuck in the notorious
mud at Brean on Sunday March 6th. Over 20 crew members from the two
teams gathered on the beach - which last summer was the scene of many
real incidents - to practise the rescue of a casualty. More...
in helicopter exercise
lifeboats joined other stations from the West Country in taking part
in a major rescue exercise in the middle of the Bristol Channel on Saturday
March 5. The four-hour event involved more than six lifeboats and dozens
of crew members from RNLI stations based around the region. More...
Club gets in the swing
are well in hand at Brean Golf Club to host a Charity Golf Day being
organised jointly by Round Table, Lions and the Rotary Club. Some 22
teams will take to the greens in serious and not so serious competition
on 22nd April. Proceeds will be donated to the Burnham Area Youth (BAY)
Of Praise in Burnham
BBC's popular religious TV programme 'Songs Of Praise' could be filmed
in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring, we can reveal. Burnham's
Mayor, Louise Parkin, has been approached by the programme's producers
about broadcasting the show from outside Burnham Pier and next to the
town's lighthouse. More...
Talent Fair to be held
of the Burnham and Highbridge Youth Town Council (YTC) arranged a sponsored
24-hour 'stay awake' event recently and raised money for Children in
Need. The group is also planning a Youth Talent Fair on Saturday April
9th when many youth groups will be on hand to raise awareness of themselves.
sighting sparks drama
lifeboat was called out on Friday 25 February at 8.42am after a resident
reported seeing a suspicious object - possibly a body - floating near
Stert Island in Bridgwater Bay. It turned out that the object
was a large log and, as this was deemed to be a danger to shipping,
it was returned to shore. More...
visit to town for Aimee
hovercraft crew played host to a special visitor this week when a young
girl suffering from an extremely rare chromosome disorder was given
a VIP tour of the station. Five-year-old Aimee Gascoigne from Bridgwater
is one of only a few people in the UK with Alfi's Syndrome. More...
Environment Agency is conducting an investigation into the effects that
sand dredging is having on Burnham's tidal estuary. A
team from the Agency was spotted in a survey boat as the probe got under
comes amid some residents' concern that the removal of large quantities
of sand and silt from the Bristol Channel could lead to Burnham's beach
being starved of sand.
as new Lidl store opens
residents living next to Burnham-On-Sea's new Lidl supermarket are fuming
after an 8ft tall fence was built around the store's perimeter - blocking
garden gates of homes and even a garage nearby. Residents say the fence
was built without
them being fully consulted. More...
winter fishing season
anglers in Burnham are celebrating the end of another bumper fishing
season, having reeled in large numbers of Whiting and Cod during the
Several large catches have been made from the beach between Burnham
Pier and Lark Spit, near the lighthouse.
Web cam launches
images of Burnham's seafront are now being broadcast around the world
24 hours a day thanks to the launch of a Web cam on this site. The free
service here gives Internet users the chance to
watch constantly updated images of Burnham's pier, beach and Esplanade.
marathon returns to town
marathon that once attracted 1,000 runners to Burnham-On-Sea is returning
after a 12-year absence.
The Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon was last held in 1993. But its return
on Sunday, October 2, 2005 is being hailed as another great sporting
event for the town. More...
help hit and run victim
Burnham-On-Sea taxi drivers came to the rescue of a man left injured
in the middle of the busy A38 after an apparent hit and run accident.
Alan Miller from Custom Cars and a fellow cabbie from M Taxis were driving
along the road early on Sunday when they saw the victim. More...
waves batter seafront
waves battered Burnham's seafront early on Saturday morning when 60mph
gales combined with some of the highest tides of the year. The spectacular
storm was watched by walkers along The Esplanade as the waves and spume
soared over the sea wall near the Tourist Information Centre. More...
rescue first aid training
hovercraft's crew has been rehearsing how to give emergency first aid
to casualties trapped in mud along the coasts of Somerset. Keith Gough,
the local St John's Ambulance Manager, visited the station to give the
team expert advice on how to help casualties. More...
sea traffic in bay
OFFICIAL new figures show that 79 ship visits
brought over 105 thousand tonnes of cargo to Dunball Wharf in Bridgwater,
passing Burnham-On-Sea on the way, during 2004.
The figure represents a 4% increase on 2003 and a huge 22% increase
on the previous year. More...
of burglaries in town
POLICE are asking people living in the Stoppard
Road area of Burnham-On-Sea - known locally as the Tesco Estate - to
be extra vigilant after a spate of burglaries. Burglars struck
at six homes on the estate in the early hours of Friday, January 28,
2005 and stole valuables. More...
seen in Burnham Bay
TWO DOLPHINS have been spotted swimming in the
sea off Burnham by a group of local fishermen. Adam
Picton told Burnham-On-Sea.com how he and fellow fishermen onboard a
small offshore boat noticed the two dolphins - identical to the ones
shown here - one morning this week.
Centre issues open invite
IF YOU live in the Burnham area and want to meet
new local people while learning new skills, a new group at the Burnham-On-Sea
Bay Centre could be ideal for you. The Centre's new 'Go For It!'
group has issued an open invitation to people of all ages to come along.
vehicle rescued from mud
BURNHAM'S hovercraft team helped rescue a 4x4 landrover
stuck in thick mud near the town's old lighthouse on Wednesday, February
1. The Coastguard was initially called to the scene at Lark Spit, near
the old lighthouse, but was unable to pull the 4x4 Shogun free. More...
men in Burnham!
residents were forgiven for taking a double take as they passed by the
town's main lighthouse this week. For
perched on top of the 30 metre tall structure were two brave workmen
carrying out repairs.
The famous landmark was being given some repairs to its roof.
drama at Brean Rally
DRAMATIC crash occurred during the first stage of the 2005 Brean Regency
Stages rally, held on Saturday January 29th, but fortunately both the
driver and co-driver escaped unurt. The
event was won by Duncan Holder from Mark.
Day One round-up and crash coverage
Day Two coverage and final standings
aground off Stert Island
ran aground just off Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea, soon after
11am on Tuesday (January 25).
Walkers along the seafront watched as the ship - measuring approximately
20 metres in length - came to rest on a bank of sand.
It stayed there until the incoming tide enabled it float off.
property prices rising
property prices are predicted to continue rising throughout 2005 according
to a survey by one of the UK's leading property forecasters. It believes
the cost of homes in both of Burnham's postcode areas will rise during
the next 12 months.
Coastguard team have rehearsed a dramatic mud rescue by using an RAF
helicopter to lift 'casualties' from a treacherous area near the River
Axe at Uphill, near Brean Down. An RAF 169 helicopter from Chivenor
was used by the Coastguard in the three-hour exercise.
seafront illuminations plan unveiled
seafront is to be lit up with attractive illuminations following the
town council's decision to gave the green light to a £15,000 project.
lighting, which will run along the Esplanade, could be in place for
the Spring Bank Holiday period this year.
for hovercraft appeal
BRAVE new band of volunteers has joined Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft
group following a successful appeal for help. More than a dozen people
have responded to an appeal in local newspapers and on radio, TV and
the Internet. Many came along to Burnham's hovercraft station on Wednesday
January 12. More...
BURNHAM-ON-SEA Town Council held a three minute silence in memory of
the victims of the tsunami tragedy on Wednesday January 5th. They gathered
besides the water feature in Pier Street, Burnham where the town flag
was lowered. It follows the deaths of over 150,000 people in the Far
launch vehicle arrives
A NEW £65,000 'Soft Track' lifeboat launching vehicle has
been delivered to Burnham-On-Sea RNLI - and volunteer lifeboat crew
members were able to use it for the first time during their latest training
session. It was bought after a will bequest from a Berrow resident.
strike town shops
TWO popular Burnham-On-Sea retailers are counting the cost
of crime after drunk Christmas revellers broke the front windows of
Burnham's fishmonger and a Chinese takeaway were targeted by the thugs,
who caused thousands of pounds of damage. More...
a New Year resolution?
STUCK for a New Year's resolution? If so, why not put something
back into the community this year and help Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft.
BARB, the group that runs Burnham's hovercraft, is appealing for new
crew and shore helpers to come forward. More...
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