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Burnham-On-Sea food festival returns to town centre today
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre will be full of amazing tastes and flavours again today (Saturday) when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham-On-Sea', returns. More...

Storm Brian heading our way
HEAVY rain and strong winds are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (October 20th) when Storm Brian sweeps in from the Atlantic. The strong south-westerly winds are expected to hit this morning and may exceed 70mph. More...

New headteacher for school
ONE of the area's smallest and most picturesque schools has a new Head Teacher. Emma Hardy-Smith will take on Pawlett Primary School, which is now being supported by the high-achieving Priory Learning Trust, as part of changes at the school.
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Town cider festival underway!
BURNHAM-On-Sea is hosting a Cider Festival this weekend with three days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October at The Ritz Social Club, coinciding with Saturday's Food Festival.
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Four to receive civic awards
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards on Sunday. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock recently announced the names of the four winners ahead of the Civic Service on Sunday. More...

Fresh fears for learning centre
A SOMERSET community learning provider that has been hit hard by government cuts says it is likely to close six centres and make over 50 redundancies in the coming months - with fears that Burnham-On-Sea's centre could be affected by the cuts
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Tree planting ceremony held
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest and longest-running community groups marked its 25th anniversary this week with a ceremonial tree planting. Burnham-On-Sea's University of The Third Age (U3A) is celebrating its silver anniversary throughout 2017.
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Photos: Young chefs in contest
BUDDING young chefs from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have taken part in a cooking competition in the town this week. Six students from King Alfred School took part in the Rotary Club of Burnham-On-Sea Young Chef Competition on Thursday.
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TV presenter comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion for a special event today (Saturday). Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was 500cc British Champion in recent decades.
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Photos: Music night for hospital
MORE than 80 people flocked to a fundraiser for Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital last Saturday evening (October 14th). The Friends Of Burnham Hospital organised a Music Night at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge to raise money for the hospital's work. More...

New outdoor theatre for town?
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has proposed that a new 'open-air Roman amphitheatre' is built in Highbridge's Apex Park to serve as a major new arts attraction. Cllr Martin Cox suggested the unique proposal during a Town Council debate. More...

Parking meters taking new £1
MOTORISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been reassured by Sedgemoor District Council this week that its parking machines are compatible with the new one pound coin. Several motorists got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com after meters refused to take the new coin
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Boundary changes welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week welcomed new Boundary Commission proposals to redraw the political map. Under the planned constituency boundary changes, the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea - would be redrawn. More...

Award for town estate agent
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent has been praised for its customer service at an awards ceremony. Creswick Estates, trading as CJ Hole, said its sales department is "thrilled" to have received an 'Exceptional' award for their efforts and customer service.
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MP visits school's 'ministers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has made a special appearance to celebrate St Andrew’s Church of England Junior School’s newly-elected ministers. As part of Democracy Week, the school held its very own elections - and the children voted for ministers.
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Two-car crash shuts A370
A TWO-car collision led to the closure of a main road between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday. Two cars collided on the A370 at Bleadon, leaving debris across the road, as pictured here by a resident. The busy route was closed for several hours.
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Travelodge decision next week
PLANS for a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge look set to be approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors next week. The council's planning officer Dawn de Vries has this week recommended the hotel be approved in a report to councillors. More...

New look for council chambers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has unveiled a £6,000 upgrade of the council's chambers this week. The old horseshoe-shaped arrangement of seating and tables - which was often criticized because the audience could not see councillors
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Search for a marching band
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day parade are putting the final finishing touches to this year's event and have this week issued an appeal for one missing part to the event. The Remembrance Day parade will be held on Sunday November 12th
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Half-term tennis club in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club will be holding a children's camp for youngsters during the Half Term holiday. It will be held each day from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, from 9am to 5pm. This is a chance for kids to be active and enjoy fun.
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Accolades for Sensory Time
HIGHBRIDGE-based childrens activity organisation Sensory Time has received four prestigious accolades at a national awards ceremony. The team from Sensory Time headed to the 11th National What's On 4 Kids Awards this month in London.
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Officers guilty of misconduct
ALLEGATIONS of misconduct have been proven against three Police officers this week following an incident in Burnham-On-Sea three years ago. A public panel ruled that allegations of gross misconduct were not proven, but they the officers committed misconduct
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England cricket star ties knot
ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes married Clare Ratcliffe at a ceremony in East Brent, near Burnham-On-Sea, at the weekend. International team-mates Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook were among the guests at the church service.
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New cafe opens in Burnham
A BRAND new cafe has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Mono's, named because of its modern black and white interior, has launched in Burnham-On-Sea's College Street in place of cafe Relish, which shut last month.
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Child trapped in car is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued an 18-month child stuck in a car at a local garden centre on Monday afternoon (October 16th). One fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Sanders Garden World in Bristol Road, Brent Knoll shortly before 1.10pm
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Crews called back to Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB volunteers were called back to Weston on Monday (October 16th) in the search for a missing person. Crews were re-tasked to Weston super Mare for a further search for a missing vulnerable person
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'Red sun' seen in Burnham
AN unusual reddish sky and red-looking sun have been spotted by resdients in the Burnham-On-Sea on Monday and across many parts of England. The phenomenon was initially seen in the west of England and Wales before spreading to other areas
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Ophelia leaves a blustery day
THE Burnham-On-Sea area saw high winds from former hurricane Ophelia on Monday (October 16th) but escaped the disruption seen elsewhere. The storm swept across the Atlantic into Ireland and strong gusts of wind were experienced in the Bristol Channel
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Night search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to a major search for a missing person on Weston beach during the early hours of this morning (Monday). A Coastguard helicopter also joined the search for the missing man
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Air ambulance flies in to town
AN air ambulance landed in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea fire station on Sunday to help a casualty nearby. A patient was understood to be in a serious condition following a medical emergency next to the car park at Apex Park in Highbridge. More...

Comedy play coming to Berrow
A COMEDY play set around four people visiting Royal Ascot races will be performed in Berrow in November. Stage 2 Drama will perform Amanda Whittington's highly entertaining play, 'Ladies Day', at Berrow Village Hall from November 30th to December 2nd, starting at 7.30pm
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Police advice after crime spree
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have handed out safety advice to residents and urged extra vigilance following a series of burglaries and attempts by a man to gain entry to homes over the weekend. Police spent much of Sunday giving out leaflets to shoppers. More...

Auction boosts BARB by £700
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue received a financial boost of more than £700 during a succesful fundraising auction on Saturday (October 14th). Local residents headed to the charity's first 50/50 auction.
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Carnival programme on sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea carnival programmes have gone on sale this week, featuring full details of the entries that will be in the parade on Monday November 6th. The programme, costing £1.50, includes a list of the floats taking part plus road closures, the route and more
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Volunteers to help countryside
COUNTRYSIDE lovers across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to step forward and help protect and maintain Somerset’s public rights of way. The county has over 6,000km (3,728 miles) of public rights of way and the council encourages the public to help
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Police warning after thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this weekend urged residents to be extra vigilant following a series of thefts and attempts to gain entry to homes. Police have warned residents to keep doors locked, and to check that gates and windows are fully secure. More...

Portuguese Man O'War warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beach users have this week been warned to look out for Portuguese Man O’War being washed up. Beachgoers have been urged by The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) not to touch these stinging jellyfish-like creatures
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Photos: Brean ladies night
THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for a breast cancer support charity when 200 people attended a ladies night in Brean on Friday evening (October 13th). Breast Cancer Now held its annual ladies night at Brean Leisure Park, which was hailed a big success. More...

Free flu jabs for vulnerable
BURNHAM-On-Sea children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions are are being urged to get a free flu jab. Somerset County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint Stay Well This Winter campaign. More...

Have your say on new Plan
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being asked for their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan which will determine how the two towns develop over the coming years. The new draft document outlines future housing needs and local development. More...

Hospice to open second shop
WESTON Hospicecare is set to open its second charity shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this month. The new shop in the High Street will officially open its doors open on October 23rd at 9.30am, selling a wide range of clothing and household goods
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Post office closure is halted
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP James Heappey says he is delighted that the Post Office has announced a six-month grace period for the town's Post Office which was due to shut down later this month. The Post Office in Church Street was set to close on October 25th
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See 'laugh-out-loud comedy'
LOCAL drama group The West Huntspill Players are set to perform a hilarious comedy farce this month. 'One Man, Two Guvnors' will be performed at The Balliol Hall in West Huntspill on October 25-28th. The production is set in Brighton in 1963. More...

Beach training for students
NEARLY 40 Tae Kwon-Do students from across the West of England headed to Burnham-On-Sea to enjoy an evening training session on the beach, making the most of a bright autumn evening with a high tide. It was a perfect evening for the session. More...

Post strike in town called off
NEXT week's planned 48-hour strike by postal workers in Burnham-On-Sea and across the UK has been blocked after Royal Mail won a High Court injunction. Employees had been due to walk out from Thursday (October 19th) to protest against pensions. More...

Greengrocer boosts town trade
THE opening of a new greengrocer in Burnham-On-Sea has helped boost the trade of other food shops in the town centre. 'Gardiner-Whites' opened a week ago at 25 The High Street, offering a mixture of fresh fruit, vegetables and food produce. More...

Mayor praises Foodbank team
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has been praised by the town's Mayor during an 'eye opening' visit to the group this week. The town's Foodbank has seen a surge in demand during recent months and organisers often find local need outstrips supply. More...

35 new flats plan welcomed
PROPOSALS to build 35 new retirement apartments on a derelict garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been supported by councillors who say development is long overdue. Property developer Abracore won approval in 2014. More...

Skating rink returns this Xmas
BURNHAM-On-Sea's family skating rink is set to return in the run-up to this Christmas. Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) has confirmed this week that the skating rink will be back in December. The rink will again be located on the Lynton Rd Car Park. More...

Concern over 95 homes plan
PLANS to build 95 new homes at a Highbridge housing development site have led to fresh concerns from residents and councillors this week. A developer plans to transform a vacant site off Highbridge's Newtown Road - formerly home to Delta Engineering
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£2,000 handed over by family
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician and his family have this week presented a bumper £2,000 cheque to a national charity after holding a sponsored head shave last month. It comes after we reported last month that the family who run Specsavers held the event. More...

Burnham board game unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church and community group Hands of Change have teamed up to launch a new venture with a specially designed game featuring life and attractions in Burnham-On-Sea. Called 'Burnham On Board', it is a new games morning. More...

Sailing club holds crane-out
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea early on Tuesday morning (October 10th) when 20 yachts were hoisted into the skies during the annual autumn 'crane-out'. Members of Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of the high tide. More...

Signs come down at NatWest
NATWEST Bank wasted no time in taking down the signs outside its branch in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening as it closed for the final time. The controversial decision to shut the branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street has drawn criticism. More...

Lidl store re-opens after crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lidl supermarket has re-opened after building inspectors declared it safe, a day after a vehicle crashed into the front of the store, forcing it to close. Yesterday's crash at Burnham-On-Sea's Lidl store saw the owner of a Land Rover lose control in the car park. More...

Two arrests after drugs seized
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested two people after a large amount of drugs were found as a result of warrants carried out in Cheddar and Wedmore. Three warrants were executed and a quantity of class A drugs and £95,000 of cannabis were seized. More...

Matt's off to UK championships
BURNHAM-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiast Matt Palfrey is heading to the British Championships this month, fresh from his latest success. Matt Palfrey, who trains at Burnham's T.A.G.B. Tae-Kwon-Do Club, competed at the Southern Championships. More...

Health Fund cash available
GROUPS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to submit applications for cash for local health projects. Sedgemoor District Council is inviting applications to its Community Health Fund, which has cash available. More...

Berrow beach road re-opens
THE access road onto Berrow beach is set to re-open today (Tuesday) after being closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council due to damage caused by winds and high tides. The concrete road surface was crumbling away and sand was washed away around it. More...

Memory wall raises £3,200
A 'MEMORY wall' painted outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub has helped to raise funds for a local good Cancer support charity. Burnham artist Damian Nicholson, pictured, has painted the colourful mural featuring Burnham's iconic lighthouse outside a pub. More...

Burnham wins Bloom award
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's entry into the national Britain In Bloom competition are this week celebrating after the town won a silver award. Burnham In Bloom organisers Dave Perrett and Jo Brown received the award from two ITV Downton Abbey stars. More...

Photos: Mens Shed open day
SCORES of people attended an open day organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Men's Shed Society on Saturday (October 7th) when its range of activities went on display. The group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources. More...

Tourism firms up for awards
TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after being shortlisted for Somerset Tourism Awards. The awards were launched last year and recognise the best tourism businesses across Bristol, Bath and Somerset. More...

Crews free trapped motorist
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out to help free a motorist after a two-vehicle accident on Sunday morning (October 8th). Burnham firefighters were called to Parchy, near Chedzoy on the outskirts of Bridgwater at 7.45am. Two fire appliances attended. More...

'Deliberate' barn fires probed
POLICE are investigating three 'suspicious' barn fires in the Burnham-On-Sea area in the early hours of Saturday. Firefighters from across Somerset were called to blazes in the early hours - one in Burtle Road at 2.20am, another close by, and a third at Wedmore. More...

Nursery's bridging the age gap
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursery hopes to bridge the age gap between youngsters and pensioners with a new community project. Children at Burnham-On-Sea's Footprints Nursery in Adam Street are making visits to Frith House, a local care home. More...

Pub gets £15,000 play area
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has formally opened its new £15,000 play area this week. The Lighthouse Pub in Burnham's Highbridge Road installed the play equipment over the summer to the delight of young families. "It's been a big project for us," says the pub. More...

Award for town WW2 veteran
A CEREMONY was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night to present a town war veteran with France's highest wartime honour for his role in the Normandy landings 73 years ago. Tony Winterburn was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur. More...

Sue to run Great Wall of China
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has completed her 13th marathon at the age of 72 and is now in training to run part of the Great Wall of China next year. Sue Nicholls only started running nine years ago and hasn't looked back since, regularly taking part in events. More...

Library to hold fossil fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is to host a special 'Fun Fossil Friday' during the school half-term holidays. The family event, to be held on Friday 27th October from 10.30am-12noon, will be free of charge. There will be fossils and rocks to see, plus hands-on fossil and rock fun. More...

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