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£70k upgrade for town post office
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new-look Post Office opens today (Thursday) as it becomes a main branch with longer opening hours and a brand new convenience store. More...

Burnham patisserie to open
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream and patisserie items is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Treats is scheduled to open soon with a wide range of freshly-made produce to suit all tastes. The High Street premises is currently being fitted out.
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'Fewer road potholes' pledged
FEWER potholes in roads in the Burnham-On-Sea are one of the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract in Somerset which was signed on Wednesday (January 18th). Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance.
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Car blaze at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to Sedgemoor Services on Wednesday (January 18th) to tackle a car blaze. Crews were called to the southound services between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston at 12.25pm where the car was fully alight. More...

Arrest for 'money laundering'
A 64 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in the town. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), working in partnership with Police. More...

Louise's slimming success
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over five stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the town. Louise joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World, held at Burnham Infant School, in January 2015 and achieved her target in 75 weeks.
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Damaged beach roadway shut
BERROW beach's car park entrance has been closed this week after stormy tides at the weekend damaged part of the concrete roadway. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the beach car park, shut the entrance at the weekend following the high tides.
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Grants fund shake-up planned
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is considering 'sub-contracting' the provision of local grants to a third-party group, Somerset Community Foundation. Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said at Monday's Policy and Finance Committee meeting. More...

Fire in Highbridge's Church St
ONE fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to reports of a chimney on fire at a property in Highbridge's Church Street on Tuesday evening (January 17th). On arrival, soon after 8.50pm, crews confirmed the chimney was well alight and got to work extinguishing the fire.
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MP praises PM on Brexit talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised Prime Minister Theresa May for her progress in negotiating a deal for the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU. James Heappey was full of praise, saying he felt that her speech set out clear plans.
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Brean Rally action nears
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this month. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries. More...

Pose your questions to police
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to put local policing questions to Chief Constable Andy Marsh when he takes part in a live video with Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens on January 24th. She's asking for questions.
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4.5% hike in council tax rates
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.6% increase in their council tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors on Monday (January 16th). Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's precept. More...

Dolphin washed up on beach
BEACH walkers found this dead dolphin washed up on the shoreline at Berrow after Monday's high tide (January 16th). Walkers came across the sad sight of the bloodied mammal, pictured here, which had an injury at the front of its body, which was 4.5 to 5ft long.
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Monarchs hand out top awards
HIGHBRIDGE-based Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club has held its annual presentation evening where awards were handed out to its top young gymnasts. For the first time, the club held its awards at the Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge.
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Tidal lagoon plans welcomed
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power were last week backed by a government-commissioned review
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Town cinema film raises £800
A FUNDRAISING film screening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (January 16th) for charity. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will screen the award-winnng comedy-drama The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet
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CCTV appeal after pub assault
POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with a serious assault at a pub in Highbridge earlier this month. A 20-year-old man was struck in the face with a glass at the Coopers Arms pub in Market Street on 8th January. More...

95% support for new Aldi store
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi says residents in Highbridge have given "overwhelming support" to its plans to build a new store in the town - with over 95% supporting the scheme. The firm plans to build the store between Isleport Road and Bennett Road
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Dog waste plea after clean-up
VOLUNTEERS collected 16 bags of rubbish during a community beach clean in Berrow at the weekend - and have issued a plea to local dog owners to ensure they remove their pet's waste. The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, saw a group take part. More...

Preview: Aladdin theatre fun
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is set to perform the classic panto Aladdin in the town's Princess Theatre. The family fun will be held on Friday 27th January at 7.00pm, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3.00pm plus other shows. More...

500 attend wassail ceremony
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday night (January 14th). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at the events at Rich's Cider in Watchfield, pictured here. More...

Interested in councillor role?
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are interested in standing for Somerset County Council’s elections in May are being invited to attend two special events to find out more. They are on 30th January and 1st March from 6pm to 8pm at County Hall in Taunton. More...

Missing lady found after search
BURNHAM-On-Sea's emergency services were called out on Saturday (January 14th) to search for a missing person. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were tasked by Police to search several locations for the woman. More...

Book of town stories unveiled
A NEW book of Burnham-On-Sea themed stories has been published by a local author. Jane Lee has published with seven short fiction stories, all of whcih are set in Burnham-On-Sea. Jane says the book features several local stories including a yard sale and seafront encounter. More...

Vandals attack life-saving kit
'MINDLESS vandals' have put lives at stake this week by damaging a high-tech defibrillator that was only formally unveiled at Highbridge's Apex Park a month ago. The life-saving equipment – also called an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - was installed for use. More...

MP: NHS in strain but not crisis
Video: SOMERSET'S NHS services are facing "real challenges" and are under "considerable strain" according to Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey, who says claims that the NHS is facing a crisis are "not true". Mr Heappey spoke in Parliament. More...

Care home to unveil revamp
BURNHAM Nursing and Care home will be opening its doors to the public later this month to showcase its newly-refurbished second floor which will soon be taking new residents. The residential floor will feature seventeen luxury bedrooms with en-suite
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25% pay hike plan attacked
THE leader of Somerset County Council has criticised a proposed pay rise of more than 25 per cent for the head of a government-backed regional business partnership. It opposes the pay rise for the CEO of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. More...

Tidal lagoon hopes boosted
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a major boost this week. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power have been backed by a government review.
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Old bank to be turned into flats
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building is set to be turned into four flats if a planning application gets approval. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported, and has been vacant ever since. More...

New owners for craft shop
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea craft shop has new owners following the sale of the business. Material Needs in Burnham High Street has been sold by John and Katharine Edwards to Cheddar couple Nick Hebborn and Nicky Garland. Nick says they hope to further develop it
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New club to open on seafront
A FORMER cafe on Burnham-On-Sea seafront is set to be given a new lease of life when a new bar opens there. The owners of Vinnies, a successful sports bar in Weston-super-Mare, are to open a new bar and club on Burnham's Esplanade in place of Jacks.
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Church demolition is rejected
PROPOSALS to demolish a former church in Highbridge have been turned down by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Monday night (January 9th), members of the Town Council Planning Applications Committee voted to reject the demolition plans.
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Four-month closure attacked
WESSEX Water has this week defended its decision to shut a busy Burnham-On-Sea road for four months following criticism from some local residents. Love Lane is shut from the junction of Stoddens Lane and the Tesco roundabout until 19th May. More...

Group to celebrate its first year
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area is set to celebrate its first anniversary. 'Hands of Change Burnham' was launched in January 2016 with the aim of making small, but positive, changes in the local community.
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Holiday park jobs up for grabs
BREAN'S Northam Farm holiday park is to hold a recruitment day this month when scores of vacancies will be on offer. The event - on Saturday 28th January from 10am-5pm - will be held at the Seagull Inn in South Road, Brean when all are welcome.
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Cinema screening for charity
A FUNDRAISING film screening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (January 16th) for charity. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will screen the award-winnng comedy-drama The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet. It will raise money for MNDA.
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Pensioner admits sex assaults
A PENSIONER from Burnham-On-Sea has appeared in court to plead guilty to a series of sickening sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl. Cyril Jenkins, 67, from Grove Road, appeared in Taunton Crown Court via a video link from Exeter Prison. More...

Town charity welcomes reform
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity offering mental health support in the area has given a cautious welcome to reforms announced by the Prime Minister this week. Plans to "transform" attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people.
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Drama group's top nomination
BREAN'S Coastline Players are celebrating this week after their fun-filled pantomime show was selected for a top regional award. The group's Dick Whittington - under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol - has been nominated by NODA.
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Victoria revamp is approved
PROPOSALS for a major refurbishment of a town centre hotel in Burnham-On-Sea have been given support by town councillors this week. The plans for the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street were considered at a council meeting on Monday (January 9th) by councillors. More...

£25K upgrade for sailing club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons are getting a £25,000 overhaul this winter as part of a modernisation project. The pontoons were initially built 17 years ago in the River Brue estuary, at the mouth of the River Parrett, and have been heavily used ever since
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Events meeting to be held
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together on Tuesday January 31st to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being planned for those involved in holding events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during this year
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