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Chicken farm's 'pungent odours may plague hundreds of new homes'
CAMPAIGNERS against a chicken farm on the outskirts of Highbridge say a proposed development of hundreds of new homes could be plagued with "unacceptable odours". More...

Crews called to 'missing' kids
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and Coastguards were called out to help several missing children reported to be in the sea on the town's beach on Sunday afternoon (September 23rd). Crews from BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were also put on standby at 12.40pm. More..

Town darts star wins league
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson has win the Champions League of Darts for the first time. Gary Anderson, 47, added the Champions League title on Sunday night (September 23rd) to the World Matchplay crown he won in July. More..

VIDEO: Scarecrow festival fun
OVER 50 colourful scarecrows were on display in Brent Knoll at the weekend when the village held its seventh annual scarecrow festival. Villagers set up the fun scarecrows alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village, as pictured here. More...

New Burnham calendar on sale
A NEW 2019 calendar featuring historic scenes of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has gone on sale. The 'Memories of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge' calendar includes 12 scenes of the town from across the centuries. These photos will stir plenty of fantastic memories
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Emotional ride to Land's End
FUNDRAISER Peter Williams is riding his daughter's bicycle on a 211-mile ride from Bristol to Land's End in memory of her, passing through the Burnham-On-Sea area. His daughter, Ellie, died of a rare form of brain cancer in 2015, at the age of seven.
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Vehicle flips in Causeway crash
A MOTORIST was rescued by fire crews after a crash in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 22nd). The Causeway was partially closed for almost two hours after Police and fire crews were called to the incident near Harp Road. More...

Brean's 'Secret Wood' unveiled
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has formally recognised its partnership with Secret World Wildlife Rescue by naming a wood after the charity. Holiday Resort Unity has dedicated a piece of woodland, called Secret Wood, after it has become a release site
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Highbridge lady died on M5
THE family of a Highbridge woman who died in last week’s M5 collision have issued a tribute to her. Joanne Jennings, 45, died at the scene of the M5 crash, when a lorry and six cars crashed north of Taunton, on 13th September. Her family have this week issued a statement
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Burnham artists open studios
BURNHAM-On-Sea artists are displaying their work during Somerset Art Weeks this month. The event is currently underway and runs from 15th-30th September, presenting a rare opportunity to view established, new and emerging artists for free in their working environments. More...

Eye test saved town man's life
THE life of a Burnham-On-Sea man has been saved thanks to an eye test at a town centre opticians. Robert Reading from Burnham had been suffering from dizzy spells and episodes of temporary blurred vision when his daughter Leah recommended he take an eye test
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Referendum: 'Yes' vote wins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have voted in favour of adopting a new Neighbourhood Plan that will help shape the future of the area for generations to come. Residents braved poor weather to head to polling stations during Thursday
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Stoddens Road house rejected
PLANS for a new home to be built close to an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council. Town councillors and nearby residents had voiced concerns over the plans for a four-bedroom property at 25 Rectory Road. More...

'Centre helps me conquer pain'
AN exercise programme has helped a Highbridge woman conquer chronic back pain and anxiety. For the past 15 years Julie Baker from Highbridge has been living with back pain and a lack of mobility after fracturing her spine in a fall on black ice. But Julie is now improving. More...

27-mile charity walk for trio
THREE Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to take part in a 27-mile trek across London this weekend for charity. Paul Hale, Lewis Kerton and Mike Barsby are joining the London Marathon Trek this Saturday. The group are helping Children's Hospice South West. More...

Teams sought for charity event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 1610 King Alfred Sports centre is hosting its first ever Charity five-a-side football tournament on Sunday September 30th. The event is being organised to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation. Pre-Registration is required. More...

Shock as dentist halts service
A DENTAL practice in Highbridge is withdrawing its service due to "difficulties in recruiting dentists and ongoing running costs." Mydentist, based in Market Street, has sent scores of letters out to its patients this week explaining the reason for the shock move. More...

Travelodge begins recruitment
TRAVELODGE is set to create 26 positions at its new hotel in Highbridge, which opens in the lead up to Christmas. The hotel is located off Bennett Road in Highbridge and is the company’s first hotel in the area. The 'Highbridge Burnham-On-Sea Travelodge' is a 75-room hotel. More...

Tiny bat rescued from car park
A BAT will take to the skies again thanks to the treatment it received from Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers. Last week, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted a brown long-eared bat which was found helpless on the ground in a local car park. More...

Burnham cyclist raises £1,500
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser Jerry Cox has raised over £1,500 by completing the 'Ride London’ bike challenge for charity. He pedalled 100 miles in and around London to raise awareness and funds for Children with Cancer UK. Jerry raised over £500. More...

Bootcamp celebrates 1st year
A FITNESS instructor in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating her first year of business at her local premises. The Burnham Bootcamp, run by Victoria Taylor, is located at Unit 2, Highbridge Enterprise Centre in Bennett Road, Highbridge. Victoria has held a party. More...

Toxic lake algae still present
'POTENTIALLY toxic' blue green algae is still present in Highbridge's Apex Park lakes, new tests have found this week. Sedgemoor District Council, which manages the park, has urged Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers to keep away from the water. More..

Sue, 73, runs 16th marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age is no barrier to fitness by completing her 16th marathon this week. Sue Nicholls, 73, completed the Berlin Marathon at the weekend, finishing the challenge with her son in a time of 4 hours and 25 minutes. More..

889-day wait for a win is over!
BURNHAM-On-Sea rugby club's first team players celebrated the end of their 889-day wait for an away victory as they beat Minehead Barbarians in a close match at the weekend. The final score was Minehead 29, Burnham 31 after a tight game in which Minehead had led. More..

168 homes opposed by council
TOWN councillors have strongly objected against two separate housing schemes that would see 168 new homes built in the 'last green lung' of Highbridge. At a meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on Monday (September 17th), councillors voted unanimously. More...

Dog trainer's plea after theft
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea firm offering puppy and dog training has issued an appeal after mean thieves struck at the weekend. Tricky Paws Puppy & Dog Training specialises in puppies and companion dogs and offers services across the Burnham area. More...

Care home holds open day fun
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has held a seaside-themed open day to welcome visitors. The Towans opened its doors and laid on a range of coast-themed activities which included Punch and Judy shows, a singer and even a visit by a group of donkies. More...

Rebels off to a winning start
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team will take an advantage to Poole on October 1st but it will be much smaller than most local fans would have been liked as the Poole Pirates proved stubborn opposition in the Premiership play-off semi-final first leg. More...

EDF challenged over mud work
DEVELOPERS must clarify whether dumping mud from near Hinkley Point nuclear plant is covered by an environmental impact assessment (EIA), a judge has said. Judge Milwyn Jarman said EDF's evidence was "not accurate on a very important point". More...

Photos: Civic Awards honours
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic Awards and honoured for their service to the community on Sunday - town crier Alastair Murray, Burnham In Bloom's Jo Brown, Dennis Davey, and RNLI operations manager Matt Davies. More...

Photos: Beach cleans success
BEACH cleans have been held in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend. An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, took place over four days from the 14th - 17th September. The Friends of Berrow Beach held its clean on Saturday. More...

Record turnout at car show
OVER 130 classic cars went on display at the 12th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 15th). Classics from across the decades were on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles and commercials. More...

Sea cadets celebrate success
CADETS from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Sea Cadet Unit are celebrating after achieving success at a national competition. The town's cadets formed the backbone of the South West Area paddlesports team, competing both in flat-water race events
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Life-saving equipment unveiled
THREE new life-saving defibrillators have been unveiled in Brean this week following a successful fundraising campaign. The new units are located at Beachside Holiday Park and Brean Village Hall in the village. Funds were raised by the Brean Seasonal Caravaners. More...

Kingfisher helped by carers
A KINGFISHER that suffered a nasty head trauma is set to return to the wild after treatment from wildlife carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted the colourful bird after it accidently flew into a window. More...

162 new homes planned
BARRATT Homes has announced that it is preparing a planning application for a huge new housing development on land adjacent to Huntspill Road in Highbridge. The proposals include 162 new 2, 3 and 4 bed family homes, a new primary school and roundabout. More...

Beach clean weekend begins
THREE beach cleans are taking part in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend. An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, is taking place over four days from the 14th - 17th September to mark the special event. More...

School open evening this week
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is throwing open its doors for the whole community to meet its inspiring students and staff this month. The school is holding an open evening on Thursday 20th September with a chance to talk to students and staff. More...

Greengrocer is award finalist
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre greengrocer is celebrating again after being named as a finalist for a regional award this week. Gardiner-Whites in Burnham High Street is a finalist in the 'newcomer of the year' category in the 2018 Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards. More...

Play area is best in Somerset!
A GROUP of Berrow residents is celebrating this week after the village's play area was named the best in Somerset. The play area on Berrow Green - which opened in 2010 following a £50,000 National Lottery grant - was chosen by the Somerset Playing Fields Association. More...

Sunroof smashed under bridge
THE sunroof of a car was smashed when an object appeared to have been dropped from an M5 motorway bridge at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (September 13th). Motorist Paige Millerchip said on social media: "Just want to make people aware." More...

BBC man to host charity's ball
THE broadcaster Mike Dilger will be the celebrity host at a fun-filled auction and ball in aid of local charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue next month. It's inviting friends, supporters and wildlife-lovers to its largest fundraiser, hosted by BBC presenter Mike Dilger. More...

M5 re-open after fatal crash
A MAN and a woman died and four people were injured in a crash involving a lorry and six cars on the M5 on Thursday (September 13th). Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the southbound carriageway of the motorway, a mile north of Taunton, at 8.30am. More...

Councillors speak out on cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's county councillors have expressed concern at huge cutbacks to services that have been confirmed this week by Somerset County Council. As reported here, the County Council's cabinet has this week approved major financial cutbacks in order to save about £13m
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Dean Tate inquest set to begin
THE date of an inquest into the sad death of a man who went missing from Burnham-On-Sea for two months has been announced. The inquest into the death of Dean Tate, 40, a father of six, is scheduled to finish on October 9th. Dean was reported missing on February 23rd. More...

Chicken farm appeal issued
A COUPLE fighting a controversial chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea have appealed for the public's help. As we reported here, residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, say the pungent smells coming from the site have worsened. More...

Top ballet group in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a top quality ballet performance in October that brings to life the timeless story of Cinderella. Award-winning group Ballet Cymru will present the show on Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm with tickets on sale. More...

Weston Pier backs town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has joined forces with Weston's Grand Pier to give something back to students who have gone above and beyond, either in the school or the community. The King Alfred School in Highbridge wants to highlight its own local heroes. More...

County Council approves cuts
CASH-strapped Somerset County Council has this week agreed major cuts to services including highways and social care in a bid to balance its books. The Conservative-run council cabinet unanimously approved the action at a meeting on Wednesday. More...

Seafront shelters work to finish
SEDGEMOOR District Council's contractors working on the renovation of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront shelters are due to finally complete the work this week. Several of the shelters along The Esplanade have been fenced off with scaffolding since the start of the summer. More...

Local groups share £14k boost
BURNHAM and Highbridge town councillors have this week approved over £14,000 of grants to community groups in the two towns. Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee considered seven applications for grants from local groups at the meeting. More...

Enhanced flu vaccine offered
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to be offered an enhanced new flu vaccine this winter. Public Health England (PHE) said this week that the more effective flu vaccine for those aged 65 and over this winter has the potential to prevent deaths. More...

Boxing club holds awards night
BOXERS at King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club in Highbridge have celebrated achievements at their annual presentation evening. Over 80 boxers, friends and family filled the function room of The Coopers in Market Street this week for the event to recognise efforts. More...

Free spring bulbs are on offer
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups have this week been offered a chance to get a free supply of Spring bulbs. Sedgemoor District Council has managed to secure a limited supply of 'woodland mix' spring bulbs for Parish and Town Councils. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW crafts and gift shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'Flutter By' was opened on Saturday (September 8th) at 48 Oxford Street on the corner with Cross Street. Owned by Yvonne and Darren Gill the shop sells a wide range of quality gifts. More...

Town parks up for top awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for the town's Marine Cove Gardens and Apex Park to become the UK's favourite parks of the year. Keep Britain Tidy's judges awarded both Marine Cove and Apex Green Flag Awards. More...

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