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food festival returns to town centre today
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...
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...
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. More...
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
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...
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
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
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
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. More...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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. More...
visits school's 'ministers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has made
a special appearance to celebrate St Andrews Church of England
Junior Schools newly-elected ministers. As part of Democracy
Week, the school held its very own elections - and the children
voted for ministers. More...
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. More...
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.
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.
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
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. More...
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. More...
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
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. More...
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
to help countryside
COUNTRYSIDE lovers across the Burnham-On-Sea
area are being invited to step forward and help protect and maintain
Somersets 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.
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...
Man O'War warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beach users
have this week been warned to look out for Portuguese Man OWar
being washed up. Beachgoers have been urged by The Marine Conservation
Society (MCS) not to touch these stinging jellyfish-like creatures.
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...
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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