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Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, UK


Village backs widow's safety campaign

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:01:10 +0100

HUNDREDS of residents from a village near Burnham-On-Sea are supporting a widow's campaign for road safety changes following the tragic death of her husband in a road accident earlier this year. More...

Photo: Bumper fish caught from jetty

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:00:44 +0100

THIS bumper-sized bass was caught by an angler on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty on Wednesday evening (July 2nd).

Berrow classical music festival to open

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:00:10 +0100

BERROW Classical Chamber Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a three-day event in St Mary's Church which opens today (Thursday July 3rd).

Burnham fire crew called to kitchen blaze

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:59:37 +0100

A FIRE engine from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Wednesday evening (July 2nd) after a kitchen blaze broke out at a seafront property.

In photos: Burnham Coastguards ceremony

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:58:57 +0100

SIX members of Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard team were awarded Commendations by the UK's Chief Coastguard during a special ceremony in Weston on Tuesday (July 1st) following their work during the 2007 Gloucestershire floods. More...

Date set for Brean's TV appearance

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:58:13 +0100

BREAN Down will take centre stage in a brand new primetime BBC One drama series due to hit our TV screens later this month.

Seafront speed crackdown 'a success'

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:57:37 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea police have confirmed that a crackdown against speeding motorists along the town's seafront last Friday was a success.

Highbridge town clock vandalised

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:57:01 +0100

HIGHBRIDGE'S historic three-sided clock has been struck by vandals who have smashed one of its glass faces.

New £29,000 CCTV camera for Burnham

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:56:30 +0100

PLANS to introduce a new £29,000 CCTV camera in Burnham's vandalism-hit Manor Gardens received luke warm support from town councillors at a meeting on Monday evening (June 30th).

People power saves Burnham green

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:55:50 +0100

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans by developers to build two new houses on a patch of green land besides their homes were celebrating on Monday (June 30th) after being told they had been successful in getting the scheme thrown out.

Bishop ordains Highbridge Reverend

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:55:14 +0100

THE Reverend Christine Judson, Curate of St John's Parish Church in Highbridge, was ordained as a priest on Saturday (28th June) by the Bishop of Taunton.

In photos: Tai Chi in the park

Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:54:35 +0100

DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents took the opportunity to try out Tai Chi during a special martial arts taster day being held across the country on Sunday (June 29th).

Mother and daughter rescued by hovercraft

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:27:49 +0100

A MOTHER and daughter have been flown to safety onboard one of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts after becoming stranded in an inflatable dinghy on the mudflats at Uphill, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday (June 24th). More..

Search for new carnival queen begins

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:27:13 +0100

THE search has begun this week for a carnival queen and princesses to lead this year's Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival.

Mobile homes shouldn't be that mobile!

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:26:28 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists faced queues along a busy road into town on Tuesday evening (June 24th) after a lorry carrying two mobile homes partially blocked the route.

'Tidy up our town's streets', call residents

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:25:56 +0100

RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on refuse collection teams to spend more time tidying up the town's streets after litter and debris was left strewn across pavements following the latest refuse collection.

Award is icing on the cake for Burnham lady

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:25:25 +0100

A BURNHAM-On-Sea cake maker is celebrating this week after being named 'Cake Designer Of The Year.'

Teenager arrested after dramatic town crash

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:24:47 +0100

POLICE confirmed on Monday (June 23rd) that a teenager had been arrested following a dramatic accident in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend.

Mayor launches new information boards

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:24:21 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress officially launched the town's new information panels on Monday afternoon (June 23rd).

Park 'n' ride scheme confirmed for Burnham

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:23:49 +0100

A FREE 'park and ride' scheme will be in operation in Burnham-On-Sea this September when the South West Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race ends in the town, it was confirmed on Monday (June 23rd).

Swimmers queue up to join new pool

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:23:13 +0100

SWIMMERS queued for up to two hours to join Burnham-On-Sea's new Swim & Sports Academy on Saturday (June 21st) when the new owners of the town's swimming pool held a successful enrolment day.

Stert Island Swim is full for this year

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:06:07 +0100

THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have stopped taking entries almost a month earlier than planned due to all the places being filled.

Burnham residents shocked after crash horror

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:05:14 +0100

A BURNHAM-On-Sea family says they are fortunate to have escaped injury after a car dramatically ploughed into the front of their home during the early hours of Saturday (June 21st). More...

Photos: Burnham Smile Walk 2008

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:04:43 +0100

OVER 30 colourfully dressed walkers strode out for charity when Burnham-On-Sea's annual Smile Walk took place on Sunday afternoon (June 22nd).

Disney movie boosts Burnham charity

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:04:11 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema hosted the gala screening of Disney's new blockbuster movie 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of a Burnham charity on Friday evening (June 20th).

Rain fails to stop play at Brent Knoll!

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:03:39 +0100

OVER 150 people filled the garden of a Brent Knoll home on Saturday evening (June 21st) when a professional theatre company gave an outdoor performance of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

Highbridge car blaze extinguished

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:03:05 +0100

FIRE engine from Burnham-On-Sea was called out at 12.53am on Sunday (June 22nd) after a vehicle was reported to be well alight in Highbridge.

Photo special - David Bellamy in Burnham

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:02:35 +0100

TELEVISION star David Bellamy visited a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Friday afternoon (June 20th).

Power cut blacks out 50 Highbridge homes

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:01:58 +0100

DOZENS of homes in Highbridge and West Huntspill were without electricity on Saturday morning (June 21st) following a power cut.

Car fire tackled in Berrow - photos

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:01:35 +0100

THIS was all that remained of a car that was deliberately set alight in Berrow late on Friday evening (June 20th).

'Life-threatening injuries' for motorist

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 01:00:16 +0100

A MAN was air-lifted to hospital with "life-threatening injuries" following a serious crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (June 20th).

Highbridge Hotel's future set to be revealed

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:14:12 +0100

THE owner of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel plans to hold a meeting during the next fortnight to unveil his plans for the site. More...

Police re-open road after two-car crash

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:13:27 +0100

A TWO-car collision led to the main road through Mark being closed by police on Thursday evening (June 19th).

New information panels unveiled in town

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:12:58 +0100

A SERIES of new information panels are being installed around Burnham-On-Sea this week to help visitors find their way around the town.

Smile Walk to be held in Burnham on Sunday

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:12:26 +0100

DOZENS of brightly coloured costumes will be on show at Burnham-On-Sea annual's Smile Walk this Sunday (June 22nd).

Burnham Mayor thanks war bomb expert

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:11:44 +0100

A BOMB disposal expert who defused a device on Burnham-On-Sea beach during World War II was welcomed back to the town on Thursday (June 19th) by the Mayor and Mayoress.

Exclusive video of Burnham yacht rescue

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:50:50 +0100

Video coverage of tonight's incident

Stricken yacht pulled to safety in Burnham

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:50:16 +0100

A YACHT was pulled to safety by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews on Wednesday evening (June 18th) after its owner got into difficulties next to the town's jetty.

Why are TV cameras heading to Berrow?

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:49:39 +0100

BERROW Beach will be turned into a scene from the ancient Egyptian desert next week when film production company Atlantic Productions recreates a chariot scene from the Battle of Kadesh.

Injured swan retrieved by Burnham rescuers

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:49:00 +0100

AN injured swan is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (June 18th).

Police issue update after child safety alert

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:48:29 +0100

POLICE from Bridgwater CID who are investigating a recent attempted abduction incident in Wedmore confirmed on Tuesday (June 17th) that they are also probing a separate incident in Highbridge.

Tesco denies town centre shop rumours

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:48:03 +0100

TESCO has this week denied that it is considering opening a convenience store in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea.

Exclusive Burnham MP's blog updated

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:47:34 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official blog on has been updated.

Hair stylists take part in fashion show

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:46:53 +0100

THREE young Burnham-On-Sea hair stylists were among 30 'apprentices' who took part in a hair and beauty show held on Monday evening (June 16th) to shine the spotlight on the talents of those being trained at Weston College's Business Enterprise Centre. More...

Burnham Mayor unveils seafront signs

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:46:12 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor, Peter Clayton, installed one of several newly refurbished signs along the town's seafront this week when work to spruce them up in time for the summer holiday season was completed.

River Brue Arts Fesrtival announced

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:45:41 +0100

THE River Brue estuary running through Burnham and Highrbidge will be a hive of activity during August when a three day visual arts festival is held along its banks.

Young Jack's family thank air rescue team

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:45:09 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster Jack Dyer, 3, is recovering well after being air-lifted to hospital following a serious garden accident last month.

Beachfront flats scheme inquiry delayed

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:43:50 +0100

RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea who are fighting plans for a seafront property to be be turned into a multi-million pound block of apartments are celebrating a small victory after planners delayed their decision on whether the controversial scheme should proceed. More...

Download new regeneration newsletter

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:43:27 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership has published a new issue of its quarterly newsletter.

Large grey seal washed up in Burnham

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:25:00 +0100

A LARGE grey seal was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Friday afternoon (June 13th). More...

£190 fine for Apex Park dog fouler

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:24:20 +0100

DOG wardens are stamping down on pet owners who let their animals foul community spaces in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area.

Highbridge's Walrow Bridge re-opens at last!

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:23:41 +0100

THIS was the scene on Highbridge's Walrow railway bridge on Friday morning (June 13th) as it re-opened one day earlier than scheduled as work to strengthen it was finally completed.

Burnham pool to hold enrolment day

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:23:06 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's new Swim & Sports Academy is to hold a swimming lesson enrolment day later this month when swimmers of all ages will be able to sign up for tuition and find out more about the classes and activities on offer.

Three month closure starts in Brent Knoll

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:22:28 +0100

MOTORISTS living on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea are facing more disruption as a three month closure of a busy country road came into force this week.

Firms support Burnham fireworks fundraiser

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:21:46 +0100

OVER £1,000 was raised towards securing the future of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display on Thursday (June 12th) when dozens of local business people attended a special fundraising business breakfast.

Council axes Burnham Seaside Fun Day

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:21:16 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's long-running Seaside Fun Day has been axed by the district council, it was confirmed this week.

Police appeal after homophobic attack

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:20:46 +0100

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted in a homophobic attack in Brean,

It's official - Burnham public loos are sold

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:20:13 +0100

A CONTROVERSIAL block of public toilets in Burnham-On-Sea is to be sold off by Sedgemoor District Council, it was announced on Wednesday (June 11th).

Burnham group's flower show set to be held

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:19:19 +0100

COLOURFUL displays of roses and sweet peas will be on display when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual show this weekend (June 14th and 15th).

Shop shutters are 'hurting Burnham trade'

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:02:29 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea shops which shutter their windows after closing time are putting off visitors coming to the town, a town councillor claimed this week. More...

Photos: 250 scouts in beach competition

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:01:42 +0100

OVER 250 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the district gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 10th) for a mass sandcastle building competition,

O2 told Burnham phone mast must go

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:00:59 +0100

MOBILE phone giant O2 has this week lost its bid to keep a 15 metre tall 'temporary' phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea.

MP marks his 25th year in the job

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:00:29 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, says he has no intention of stepping down from his job any time soon as he marked his 25th year in the role on Monday (June 9th).

Bunham Gateway Club sets off on holiday

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:59:58 +0100

MORE than 70 Burnham-On-Sea people who suffer from learning difficulties boarded a coach at the start of a special summer break on Monday (June 9th).

Burnham singers set for Royal Albert Hall

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:59:14 +0100

YOUNG singers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will join over 500 singers from across the county in representing Somerset at the last night of the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.

Injured walker flown to hospital after fall

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:21:47 +0100

AN RAF helicopter joined Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston in rescuing a walker who suffered multiple injuries after falling down a steep cliff-face on Sunday evening (June 8th).

Photos: Big crowds at Burnham jazz event

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:20:55 +0100

HOT summer weather and a great line-up of jazz bands attracted large crowds of spectators to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Jazz In The Park event on Sunday (June 8th).

Online Video: Seafront car rally highlights

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:20:17 +0100

LARGE crowds of spectators filled Burnham's seafront Saturday afternoon (June 7th) to see more than 100 vintage vehicles arrive in town for the 15th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run.

Hollywood movie to help Burnham charity

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:19:47 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is to hold an exclusive gala screening of a major new Hollywood blockbuster on June 20th called 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of BARB, the Burnham charity that runs the town's two rescue hovercrafts.

Photos: Big crowds flock to town car rally

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:19:11 +0100

LARGE crowds of spectators filled Burnham's seafront Saturday afternoon (June 7th) to see more than 100 vintage vehicles arrive in town for the 15th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run.

Highbridge Volunteer Day hailed a success

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:18:30 +0100

THE work of volunteers in the Burnham-On-Sea area came under the spotlight when a special volunteer day was held on Saturday (June 7th).

Burnham shop bids for competition win

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:17:29 +0100

A BURNHAM-On-Sea greetings card shop has been selected as one of the finalists in an annual competition to find the UK's best independent card shops.

BBC Antiques Roadshow man to visit event

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:16:32 +0100

AN antiques expert who is a regular contributor to BBC One's Antiques Roadshow will be the guest auctioneer at a fundraising event near Burnham-On-Sea later this month.

BT calls time on Burnham phone boxes

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:22:42 +0100

BRITISH Telecom has this week called time on six telephone boxes in the Burnham-On-Sea area, announcing that they are to be removed as part of a cost-cutting programme. More...

This month's Burnham Photo Club winners

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:21:32 +0100

This superb photo of rays of sunshine over a beach has won the latest monthly photography competition organised by Burnham-On-Sea Photography Club

Burnham beach wins Quality Coast Award

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:20:53 +0100

BURNHAM-On-Sea beach has been awarded a Quality Coast Award this week, delighting tourism bosses in the town.

Motorist hurt in Berrow car crash

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:20:22 +0100

THESE were the scenes in Berrow, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday afternoon (June 5th) after a two vehicle accident caused delays for motorists.

Man injured in Burnham cement accident

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:19:41 +0100

A 24-year-old man was rushed to hospital after an accident on a Burnham-On-Sea building site on Thursday morning (June 5th) that left

Power cut hits homes in East Huntspill

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:19:08 +0100

SEVERAL homes in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, were still without electricity on Thursday morning (June 5th) after a series of power cuts.

£200,000 revamp for Burnham church

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:18:24 +0100

A MAJOR £200,000 renovation project is underway at a Burnham-On-Sea town centre church,

First Photos: Burnham In Bloom

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 23:36:38 +0100

A SPLASH of colour has been added to Burnham-On-Sea's streets in recent days as the town gears up to take part in this year's Britain In Bloom competition.

TV's David Bellamy to visit Burnham

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 23:35:51 +0100

TELEVISION star David Bellamy will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea later this month.

Coffee giant Starbucks comes to Burnham

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 00:04:37 +0100

STARBUCKS, the world's biggest coffee chain, is to open in Burnham-On-Sea later this summer when the town's swimming pool introduces a new cafe as part of its major revamp. More...

Burnham drama group holds cabaret show

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 00:03:48 +0100

AN all-female cast of performers from a Burnham-On-Sea drama group will perform a foot-tapping line-up of music and cabaret in the town this weekend.

Summer ball tickets go on sale

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 00:03:22 +0100

TICKETS have gone on sale for a special summer ball being held later this summer to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat station.

Tourist hovercraft service to launch

Tue, 3 Jun 2008 16:40:42 +0100

Tourists in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be offered trips around Bridgwater Bay in a hovercraft if plans by a commercial hovercraft company are given the go-ahead.

Stranded car pulled from sea in Burnham

Tue, 3 Jun 2008 00:01:45 +0100

A CAR was hauled from the sea by a team of rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (June 2nd) after its owner misjudged the fast-incoming tide. More...

Work starts on £1.6m town health club

Tue, 3 Jun 2008 00:01:04 +0100

BUILDING work has begun this week on a new £1.6m health club and swimming pool on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea.

Dinghy duo's ordeal - new photos

Tue, 3 Jun 2008 00:00:28 +0100

THESE exclusive photos show the two teenagers who sparked a Coastguard rescue near Burnham-On-Sea last week.

Highbridge Volunteer Day announced

Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:59:59 +0100

THE work of volunteers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will come under the spotlight on Saturday (June 7th) when a special Volunteer Day is held.

Vintage vehicles set to visit Burnham

Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:59:16 +0100

MORE than 100 vintage vehicles are set to converge on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Saturday (June 7th) for the 15th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run.

Parachute sighting sparks coastal search

Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:58:27 +0100

ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts joined Coastguards in searching four miles of Somerset's coastline on Sunday morning (June 1st) after reports that a parachute had been spotted in the skies above Burnham.

Burnham Triathlon photos and results

Mon, 2 Jun 2008 23:57:40 +0100

PENSIONER Arthur Gilbert was among the finishers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Triathlon on Sunday (June 1st).

Weekly food markets at garden centre

Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:42:35 +0100

WEEKLY outdoor food markets are set to be held at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea starting during June.

Police called to Burnham pier altercation

Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:41:36 +0100

POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea pier on Saturday afternoon (May 31st) after a customer allegedly became abusive after being asked to stop taking photos in the building.

Model railway enthusiasts gather in town

Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:41:07 +0100

MODEL railway enthusiasts flocked to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 31st) for a special exhibition of train sets.

Burnham artist's exhibition opens

Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:40:29 +0100

AN exhibition of paintings by popular Burnham-On-Sea artist Judith Champion has opened in the town this week.

New Burnham pool manager is named

Sat, 31 May 2008 09:05:00 +0100

FORMER Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool manager Martin Rogers has been recruited by the pool's new leaseholders to run the sports academy. More...

Police issue appeal in hunt for missing man

Fri, 30 May 2008 15:57:07 +0100

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE police issued an appeal to Burnham-On-Sea residents to help them trace a missing man on Friday (May 30th).

Burnham coastguards rescue teenagers

Fri, 30 May 2008 15:56:34 +0100

TWO teenagers who got swept out into the Bristol Channel in a pair of dinghies bought for £4.99 were rescued by Coastguards on Thursday evening (May 29th) after being swept ashore on Brean Down. More...