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April 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Cash to promote local beaches
THOUSANDS of pounds of funding has been secured for a new Coastal Officer to be based in Burnham who will promote local beaches to tourists and offset the impact of new EU sea water regulations. Fresh talks have been held this week around improving Burnham-On-Sea's sea water quality. More...

Police appeal after store theft
POLICE are asking for the public's help in identifying these three men after hundreds of pounds of alcohol was stolen from a Highbridge supermarket. Officers say the trio my be able to help their enquiries into the incident, which took place earlier this month. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their team. The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability and, as part of HM Coastguard, it can operate separately or jointly with the other services. More...

Beer festival returns to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival makes a return to the town this weekend. Now in its fourth year it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The 2015 Burnham Beer Festival will once again attract real ale fans to the town from a wide area. More...

High Court rejects wind farm bid
Exclusive: Controversial proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea were thrown out by the High Court on Tuesday (April 28th), delighting campaigners fighting the scheme. Green energy firm Ecotricity wanted to install a farm of huge wind turbines at Black Ditch in West Huntspill, as pictured. More...

Rings found in mud on beach
Exclusive: SHIFTING mud and sand on Burnham-On-Sea's beach has revealed part of the town's former Marine Lake swimming pool... and a few other treasures this week. A metal detecting enthusiast found two rings in the mud around the wooden stakes. More...

Masterchef finalist in Burnham
A FINALIST from last year's BBC1 hit show Masterchef will be among the chefs giving demonstrations of their skills at May's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival. Angela Langford, a finalist on the 2014 series, will be among the top chefs lined up for the festival. More...

May Day fun planned for Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens will host a free-to-attend May Day celebration on Bank Holiday Monday (May 4th). The usually peaceful gardens on Burnham’s seafront will be alive with activity, including a fairy hunt with prizes from 12-3pm on the day. More...

Join RNLI's 'yellow wellie' fun
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat volunteers are preparing to open their lifeboat station for a Mayday weekend of fun activities. The RNLI's nationwide 'yellow wellie weekend' will mark the charity's latest fundraising initiative with two days of fun for all to attend and support. More...

Hundreds raised at craft fair
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for improvements to Berrow Village Hall when a fundraising craft fair was held on Sunday (26th April). A steady flow of visitors attended the annual Berrow Craft Fayre in the village hall where many stalls were set up for visitors. More...

New crossing for Burnham road
A BRAND new pedestrian crossing that aims to make a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea safer has been completed this week. The project by Somerset County Council to build the new crossing in Berrow Road, next to the Texaco petrol station, was finished on Monday (April 27th). More...

Attempted burglary at shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for information after an attempted burglary at a shop in the town centre. The incident occurred at Sarah's Bridal Wardrobe in Burnham's College Street and took place between Wednesday 22nd April and Thursday 23rd April. More...

Church's 700 years celebrated
OVER 200 people attended a concert to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church at the weekend. Members of Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society performed a special line-up of music spanning the seven centuries. More...

Marathon efforts from runners
A BURNHAM pensioner was among the local runners who completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising thousands of pounds of charity. Sue Nicholls ran her fifth London Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, raising funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. More...

New co-ordinator for centre
A £1.16m flagship business centre aimed at driving enterprise and business growth in the Burnham-On-Sea area has appointed its centre co-ordinator. The Highbridge Enterprise Centre is the fifth business centre to have been built by Somerset County Council in recent years. More...

Pupils crowned swim champs!
PUPILS from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School have been celebrating this week after winning the sixth Annual Sedgemoor Schools Primary Schools Gala. Burnham Swim & Sports Academy hosted the popular event, which saw five teams taking part. More...

Store's 5am plan wins approval
Exclusive: ASDA'S plans to introduce early morning 5am deliveries at its Highbridge store on weekdays have been given the go-ahead despite opposition from some local people. The store in Caxton Road has been granted permission on a three-month trial basis by Sedgemoor District Council. More...

EastEnders star in town in May
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to Highbridge next month to lead a singing and musical theatre workshop for juniors and adults. The event, on Saturday 23rd May at Churchfield School in Highbridge, is being held for all local people. More...

Donkeys back on town beach
TRADITIONAL seaside donkey rides re-started on Burnham-On-Sea beach at the weekend after a council deal was sealed last week. Two local residents Kathy Jones and Lindsey Ripley stepped in to find another provider and the donkeys arrived on Saturday. More...

In photos: Burnham Triathlon
ALMOST 300 athletes of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Triathlon on Sunday (April 26th). Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon races were held in dry, but chilly conditions in the town. More...

Gracie wows village audience
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Brent Knoll Parish Hall for a special concert by talented young singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet and the Coastline Singers on Saturday evening (April 25th). The youngster sang a wide-ranging line-up of songs alongside the choir. More...

Town runners in Colour Run
TWO Burnham-On-Sea girls participated in the annual Weston Colour Run, helping to raise money for Weston Hospice Care. Along with 1,500 other participants, Olivia and Lauren from King Alfred School completed the 5km route along the beach on Weston seafront. More...

Police warn over fake £5 coins
POLICE have this week warned traders and shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea to be on the look out for fake £5 coins circulating in the town. Officers visited shops across the town centre on Saturday to give them advice after a woman used the coins over the past few days. More...

Roads shut for town triathlon
DOZENS of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday) when the town holds its annual spring triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the SuperSprint Triathlon will be held from 7am. More...

Crews called to Asda car crash
EMERGENCY services were called to the car park at Highbridge's Asda store on Saturday afternoon (April 25th) after an accident. A Peugeot collided with several recycling bins and several other vehicles near to the front to the Caxton Road store, as pictured here. More...

Crews tackle blaze at garage
TWO fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a blaze outside a commercial garage in Burnham this afternoon (Saturday). Crews found a fire involving rubbish outside which had affected the adjacent building. They used two breathing apparatus and hose reel jets. More...

London Marathon for runners
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner will be among several local runners taking part in the London Marathon tomorrow (Sunday). Sue Nicholls, 69, will be running her fifth London Marathon to raise funds for charity. She's running for Cancer Research UK and is hoping for a good time. More...

Choral Society concert tonight
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society's Spring concert, which will be celebrating the 700th Anniversary of St Andrew's Church by performing music that spans the centuries. The special concert will take place tonight (Saturday). More...

Vintage vehicles to join run
THE search is on for vintage vehicles in the Burnham-On-Sea area to join an annual road run in aid of Britain’s wounded servicemen and women. Organisers of the annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run are appealing for entries for this year’s event. More...

Have you seen stolen bikes?
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been asked by police to look out for two moto-cross motorbikes that have been stolen. Police are investigating the burglary, which occurred during the early hours of Tuesday morning, 14th April. More...

Town crime levels fall - police
OFFICIAL new figures out this week show overall levels of crime have fallen in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge - although there are some exceptions. Sgt Tracy Marlow told the Annual Town Council meeting this week that year-on-year figures show "a major reduction in crime." More...

Donkey rides return to beach
TRADITIONAL donkey rides are set to return to Burnham beach this summer, council bosses have said this week. We reported last month how Sedgemoor District Council had said the previous donkey rides provider had not had their licence renewed, with concerns that none would be in place this summer. More...

In photos: St George's Day fun
SCORES of Burnham-On-Sea youngsters sought dragons around the town centre as part of a St George's Day celebration. Thursday's event began with the flag of St George being flown on the town's flagpole at the southern end of Burnham's main High Street. More...

Burnham Famers Market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, April 24th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up, selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk over several hours from 9am-1pm. More...

Bake-Off contest is underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's popular baking competition The Great Burnham Bake Off is set to return to the town on Saturday 23rd May with a new challenge. The Spring contest has been launched this week with budding cake, bread and meringue makers being sought. More...

Bikers gear up for charity ride
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset are being invited to take part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham charity this Sunday (April 26th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising a special run across the county, starting in Highbridge when all bikers are welcome. More...

Gracie in concert tomorrow
TICKETS are on sale for a special concert by talented young singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet and the Coastline Singers. The event, taking place on Saturday 25th April, will take place in Brent Knoll Parish Hall. Gracie has hit the headlines many times for her super voice. More...

Outcry as 25 homes win approval
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans for 25 new homes in Berrow have been given the go-ahead by district councillors this week despite dozens of letters of opposition from residents. 48 letters of objection were sent to Sedgemoor District Council regarding the plans, including one from Burnham's MP. More...

Cafe unveils expansion plan
Exclusive: A SEAFRONT cafe in Burnham-On-Sea has this week unveiled plans for an extension. The Bay View Cafe on the South Esplanade is seeking planning permission for the erection of an extension to its north elevation to create a brand new covered area. More...

Vandals damage Apex seating
MEAN vandals have damaged a unique 16-seat wooden bench that was installed in January this year at Highbridge's Apex Park. Sections of the seating supports and upward wooden slats have been broken and deliberately ripped from the frame, the District Council said. More...

St George's Day fun today
BURNHAM-On-Sea youngsters will be seeking dragons around the town centre on Thursday (April 23rd) as part of a St George's Day celebration. The event will start with the flag of St George being flown on the town's flagpole at the southern end of the High Street. More...

Lorna loses her hair for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for two cancer support charities by having her hair cut off. Lorna Storey is having her locks removed to raise cash for two good causes - Cancer Research UK and the Little Princess Trust which both help sufferers. More...

Town Famers Market tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (April 24th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm in the High Street. More...

Driver freed from car by crews
FIREFIGHTERS freed a person from a car after an incident on the A38 involving a car and a lorry on Wednesday (April 22nd) near Burnham-On-Sea. Crews from Cheddar, Winscombe and Weston-super-Mare attended an accident in Rooksbridge, near the village of East Brent. More...

St George's Day fun planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea youngsters will be seeking dragons around the town centre on Thursday (April 23rd) as part of a St George's Day celebration. The event will start with the flag of St George being flown on the town's flagpole at the southern end of the High Street. More...

Photos: Town election hustings
OVER 200 residents crowded into a Burnham-On-Sea church to hear the views of four of the town's General Election candidates during a special hustings event on Tuesday (April 21st). The event saw James Heappey, Jon Cousins, Chris Inchley and Tessa Munt answer. More... | Video coverage

'Specsavers saved my sight'
Exclusive: A TRIP to an opticians in Burnham-On-Sea led to a life-changing cancer diagnosis for local pensioner Michael Beaumont. The Highbridge resident, 69, has had a lazy left eye since a young age which has meant his vision has always been poor. More...

Driver is charged after crash
A 29 year-old motorist has been charged after two people were injured when his car crashed into them in Burnham-On-Sea last Friday (April 17th). Emergency services were called to Oxford Street near the junction with College Street following the collision. More...

Town comedian in contest final
BURNHAM stand-up comedian Richard Baum has reached the final of a Taunton comedy competition at his first attempt after honing his skills as part in a stand-up comedy workshop. Richard, a novice comedian, attended a special Burnham workshop in January. More...

Hilarious farce opens tonight
TICKETS are on sale for a comedy farce being performed by the West Huntspill Players this month. The comedy Heatstroke by Eric Chappell will be performed at the village's Balliol Hall in the village from Wednesday April 22nd- Saturday 25th at 7.45pm. More...

Nurse retires after 46 years
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea District Nurse is retiring after forty six years’ service in the NHS. Carol Mutlow, pictured, has been a District Nurse for much of her nursing career, delivering care across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. She was also a Midwife in the earlier career. More...

Video: World Cup win for Liam
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liam Phillips was in a class of his own as he won the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester for a third consecutive year at the weekend. Liam, 26, saw off the challenge of world champion Sam Willoughby in the final during a thrilling race. More...

Election hustings event preview
VOTERS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a chance to hear a debate involving five of the town's General Election candidates this evening (Tuesday). Burnham's Election Hustings meeting will be held at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street when all will be welcome. More...

Car crashes into former garage
ONE person was taken to hospital following a crash in the centre of Burnham on Monday evening (April 20th). A Citroen and a BMW collided in Vicarage Street soon after 5pm, with one vehicle left partially embedded in the front of the former Vicarage Garage. More...

Paramedic helps Afghan boy
A BURNHAM paramedic has descibed how a charity he works for has helped a 12-year-old Afghan boy get life-changing treatment after he lost his leg in an explosion. Professional paramedic Nich Woolf is one of the team who runs the charity Festival Medical Services. More...

Berrow Craft Fayre this Sunday
A FUNDRAISING Craft Fayre is set to be held in Berrow this Sunday (26th April). Berrow Craft Fayre will be held between 12 noon and 3pm in the Village Hall. The event is being organised by The Friends of Berrow Village Hall and all proceeds will go to the hall. More...

Poignant £8k hospice donation
A HUGE £8,000 has been presented to a Somerset hospice by a Burnham-On-Sea charity in memory of a dedicated fundraiser who died last year. Burnham cancer charity Petal handed over the cheque to St Margaret's Hospice on Sunday (April 19th). The sum was raised during the mini lighthouse trail. More...

New setback for Hinkley project
CAMPAIGNERS have this week called for the multi-billion pound Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea to be scrapped after technical problems were identified with the nuclear reactors being designed for the power station. The head of France's nuclear regulator said weak spots had been found. More...

Deer rescued by police officer
OFFICERS from Avon and Somerset Police rescued a young deer which has been nursed to back to health and released by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers. Last week, a member of the public called police with concerns for a young deer that appeared to be badly injured. More...

Coffees raise cash for Hillview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club held a successful coffee morning on Saturday (April 18th) to raise funds for this year's carnival cart. A steady flow of visitors attended the fundraising event at Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church in College Street. More...

Annual Towns Meeting preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council will hold its Annual Towns Meeting this Monday (20th April) when residents will be able to hear about its work over the past year. The event will start at 7pm in The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Driver arrested after crash
A MOTORIST has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after two people were injured when his car crashed into them in Burnham on Friday (April 17th). As reported here, emergency services were called to Oxford Street near the junction with College Street following the collision. More...

Join carnival club fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is holding a coffee morning today (Saturday) to raise funds for this year's carnival cart. The fundraising event will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church in College Street from 10am-12noon, with all welcome to attend. More...

98% secure top school places
PARENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area woke up to the news of where their child will be going to primary school on Thursday (April 16th). Somerset County Council says nearly 98% of the 5,851 Somerset children secured a place at their top three choices. More...

Celebrations at care home
STAFF at Frith House care home in Burnham-On-Sea have been celebrating achieving a top qualfication. Eight care staff have achieved their level 2 QCF in Health & Social care - and they received their qualifications from the town's Deputy Mayor Mike Mansfield. More...

Hair show in Charley's memory
HAIRDRESSING students from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be taking part in a fundraising show for a local charity this week. L&F Inspired Hair Academy from Highbridge is holding a catwalk and auction event for Burnham's In Charley's Memory charity set up last year. More...

Two hurt after town car crash
TWO people were injured when a car crashed into them in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Friday, April 17th). Emergency services were called to Burnham's Oxford Street near the junction with College Street after the tea-time collision with two passers-by. More...

Talks underway on town revamp
Exclusive: COUNCIL talks are set to get underway on changes to the unpopular golden-coloured tarmac in the new events area in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street, it has emerged this week as councillors also formally threw out plans for golden-coloured pavements along the seafront. More...

Recycling banks overflowing
SEDGEMOOR District Council’s Clean Surroundings Team and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) have been working with contractors to clear overflowing recycling banks in Burnham and Highbridge and across other parts of the district during recent days. More...

Football clubhouse to expand
BURNHAM United Football Club's plans for a modern new clubhouse have been given the go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Council this week. The side is struggling on the pitch with a young squad, however Chairman Matt Counsell says the club has a good future. More...

Basil puts searchers in a flap!
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being asked to look out for a lost parrot which has been spotted several times across the town since escaping this week. The African Grey Parrot, called Basil, flew out of his home in Burnham's Grove Road on Wednesday (April 15th). More...

Firms improve hygiene scores
TWO food businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have improved their food hygiene ratings after a coaching visit from Environmental Health Officers from Sedgemoor District Council. The Shah Indian Cuisine and the Zalshah Tandoori in previously rated 2 in the scheme. More...

New town art workshops begin
BURNHAM residents who have wanted to try drawing and painting but found it difficult to commit to a training course are being invited along to a new series of sessions. Tutor Ade Bowen has begun the workshops at Somerset Skills & Learning in Princess Street for all. More...

Photos: Boris Johnson in Burnham
LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson made a flying visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (April 15th) as the General Election campaign continued in earnest. He made a special visit to the town, meeting residents, enjoying an ice cream, and also calling in at BARB Search & Rescue on the seafront. More...

New bid to overhaul job centre
Exclusive: A FRESH bid is being made to improve the appearance of the former job centre in Burnham-On-Sea amid growing concern about its deteriorating condition. Sedgemoor District Council has written to both the owner and tenant of the building about the concerns. More...

Players ready to perform farce
TICKETS are on sale for a comedy farce being performed by the West Huntspill Players this month. The comedy Heatstroke by Eric Chappell will be performed at the village's Balliol Hall in the village from Wednesday April 22nd through until Saturday 25th at 7.45pm. More...

Town model to hold charity ball
A BURNHAM model who is in running to become Miss England will be hosting a fundraising charity ball for two good causes next month. Emily Sanders, 22, is holding the event for two charitable groups - Variety, a children’s charity, and the Beauty With A Purpose campaign. More...

Asda staff raise charity cash
A SPONSORED cycle ride outside a Highbridge supermarket has raised hundreds of pounds for charity. The staff at the Asda store in Caxton Road, Highbridge raised a total of £300.25 towards the national charity Children With Cancer during the weekend. More...

Pensioner faces 11 years jail
A 69-year-old man with severe lung disease, who may have less than two years to live, has this week been warned by a judge to expect an 11-year jail term after admitting a catalogue of offences including rape, indecent assault and child cruelty over several years. More...

M5 tourist centre shuts down
Exclusive: AN M5 motorway tourist information centre near Burnham-On-Sea has closed down this week due to council funding cuts. The Somerset Visitor Centre at Sedgemoor Services on the southbound motorway shut for the final time on Friday (10th April), confirmed the County Council. More...

Video: Stranded Jeep rescued
A 4x4 had to be rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach yesterday evening (Tuesday). A Jeep Cherokee was being used to launch a boat into Bridgwater Bay when its wheels became stranded in mud on the town's beach, north of the jetty. More...

Town firm's pensions warning
A BURNHAM-On-Sea wealth management has issued a warning to local people after a surge of interest in pensions withdrawals. Watermark Wealth Management has spoken out about the government's new pension freedom rules. Over 55s have been given extra flexibility. More...

Cyclists head to John O'Groats
A TEAM of cyclists who are pedalling their way from Land's End to John O'Groats called in at Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (April 14th). The five are cycling the length of the UK in a tough 11-day challenge in aid of The Pied Piper Appeal for children. More...

Artists work set to go on show
FOUR artists from Burnham-On-Sea are taking part in North Somerset Art Week during May. Clive and Sue Hammond-Lovatt, Cora Stock and Margaret Micklewright will be displaying their work from 1st-10th May at a location near the village of Cleeve. More...

Eight councillors to step down
EIGHT town councillors who are stepping down from their roles at May's election have been thanked for their work by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor this week. At the final Town Council meeting before May's elections on Monday, the Mayor thanked them for their work. More...

£8k solar boost for town hall
AN £8,000 project to power Highbridge Community Hall from solar energy has been completed despite its council funding bid being turned down. The group that operates the Market Street building has installed sixteen solar panels on its roof to cut its energy bills and lower running costs. More...

Extra speed checks warning
COMMUNITY SpeedWatch volunteers will be out in force this week to reduce speeding across the Burnham area during Speed Awareness Week. Speed checks will be held by SpeedWatch volunteers, officers and the police Speed Enforcement Unit over the course of the week. More...

Dozens flock to book signing
DOZENS of book lovers attended a special event in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend when a town author held a book signing session to mark the publication of his fourth crime novel. Damien Boyd unveiled his fourth novel in his DI Nick Dixon crime series during a signing. More...

Cash boost for support group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Parkinsons Support Group has received a cheque for £250 from Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club. The presentation was held in the social area at Burnham's Roman Catholic Church this week. The club hold their annual show every August. More...

Artist's work to go on show
A BURNHAM artist's work is going on display in Bridgwater this week. Dave Eldergill is exhibiting his latest work 'Infirmary Tryptic' at The Engine Room in Bridgwater's High Street. The work is a collaboration with Ignite Somerset, the group responsible for a recent Princess Theatre project. More...

Dog rescued after cliffs fall
COASTGUARD, RNLI and BARB crews from Burnham-On-Sea were involved in a search for a missing dog and its owner after an incident on Brean Down on Sunday morning (April 12th). Several Burnham and Weston RNLI lifeboats joined a team from BARB. More...

Group marks first anniversary
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Carnival Queen were among the VIPs who led a first anniversary celebration for a local youth organisation at the weekend. Somerset Time For Youth, a charitable group based in West Huntspill, supports and provides activities for youngsters. More...

Mutt Strutt a howling success!
OVER 40 dog walkers and their pets joined a sponsored 'mutt strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday (April 12th). The 2.5 mile walk was held in aid of the RSPCA's North Somerset Branch, with over £1,000 raised for the charity. Organiser said it was a success. More...

Join Burnham housing meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Neighbourhood Planning team are set to kick off the next phase of the project's consultation process this week with a new topic group focusing on housing. The first scoping meeting will be held at the Community Centre in Burnham this Tuesday evening. More...

BARB boosts safety awareness
BURNHAM'S BARB Search & Rescue held a successful open day and fundraising hovercraft pull on Saturday (April 11th). A stream of visitors called in at the seafront charity, which operates two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, during the event held throughout the day. More...

Labour unveils local manifesto
THE Labour Party has launched its Sedgemoor election manifesto, which includes the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. Labour are standing 24 candidates across the district and hope to build on their current showing of 13 district councillors on May 7th. More...

Sea water quality sign unveiled
A NEW electronic sign has been installed on Burnham-On-Sea seafront to warn swimmers and paddlers about sea water quality ahead of controversial new EU regulations coming into force. The electronic sign, on the side of the jetty building at the top of Pier Street, has been introduced for the tourist season. More...

VW enthusiasts head to beach
HUNDREDS of VW enthusiasts will gather on Berrow beach today (Sunday, April 12th) for a charity vehicle run. The event, called Clubs Unite At The Beach, will see vehicles gathering from 10am to raise funds for the regional charity Childrens Hospice South West. More...

Wassail's £4,550 charity boost
A BUMPER cheque for £4,550 has been presented to the Stroke Association this week following a successful night of wassailing that was held near Burnham-On-Sea earlier in the year. The event at Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield was organised by the Rotary Club. More...

Apex to host mutt strutt today
DOG walkers are being invited to join a sponsored 'mutt strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park today (Sunday, April 12th). The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA North Somerset Branch, with registration starting from 2pm and the walk itself set to begin at 2.30pm. More...

Lloyds contest boosts charity
AN Easter-themed art competition at a Burnham-On-Sea bank has raised hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Lloyds Bank in Burnham's High Street has raised £227 for Children In Need by holding a popular kids colouring competition over the Easter holiday period. More...

Teens' garage sale raises cash
TWO Burnham teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons held a garage sale on Saturday (April 11th). James Whitrow and Tom Creswick began a fundraising campaign last year to raise thousands. More...

Bank's contest boosts charity
AN Easter-themed competition at a Burnham-On-Sea bank has raised hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Lloyds Bank in Burnham's High Street has raised £227 for Children In Need by holding a kids colouring competition. The winners were presented. More...

Election candidates revealed
THE candidates running for district, town and parish council positions in the Burnham-On-Sea area were revealed on Friday (April 10th). Sedgemoor District Council's Electoral Registration Officer made the formal announcement in Bridgwater at the start of the election process. More...

Free fireworks display preview
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, April 11th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its first display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

Author to sign new book today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is set to hold a book signing session in towbn today (Saturday, April 11th) to mark the publication of his fourth crime novel. Damien Boyd is unveiling his long-awaited fourth novel in his DI Nick Dixon crime series in the town during Saturday. More...

Crews battle thatch blaze
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a fire at a thatched property near North Petherton in the early hours of Friday (April 10th). Crews from Bridgwater, Taunton, Burnham, Wellington, Nether Stowey, Ilminster and Street were called to tackle the blaze. More...

Hotel given £800 cycle grant
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel has been given £800 of council grant funding towards the cost of new bicycles for its staff to promote healthy lifestyles. The Royal Clarence on The Esplanade has purchased the new bikes using an £800 Health Fund Grant from Sedgemoor. More...

Boy, 11, rescued from mud
AN 11 year-old boy was rescued after getting stuck in mud on Brean Beach on Thursday afternoon (April 9th). A rescue hovercraft from Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue and two teams of Coastguards were called to the beach next to Brean Down at 3.30pm. More...

Nursery is 'outstanding' again!
A BURNHAM nursery is celebrating after hearing it has achieved 'outstanding' status from OFSTED for a fourth consecutive time. Playaway Day Nursery has been given the top classification after a recent inspection. Owner Julia Gaskell says she is delighted with the news. More...

Teens to hold town garage sale
TWO Burnham teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by typhoons are holding a fundraising garage sale on Saturday (April 11th). James Whitrow and Tom Creswick have raised £3,000 of their overall target. More...

Youth group to mark first year
SOMERSET Time For Youth will be celebrating its first anniversary with a fundraising celebration in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Somerset Time For Youth is a charity that supports and provides activities for youngsters with learning difficulties - and is well used locally. More...

Last places on offer for course
A MARSHALLING training course is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend for helpers of local events. Local community group BOS Events has been given a grant by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to organise the unique training course this weekend. More...

Eight in General Election race
THE final list of General Election candidates for Burnham-On-Sea has been revealed this week. Eight candidates have put themselves forward to become MP of the Wells constituency, which covers the whole of the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. More...

Golden seafront plan re-think
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce a golden-coloured tarmac along part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront in a £200,000 upgrade are to be reconsidered following public outcry over the proposals. At their latest meeting, town councillors have decided to reconsider the scheme. More...

BARB Open Day this Saturday
BURNHAM'S BARB Search & Rescue is holding a special open day and fundraising hovercraft pull this Saturday (April 11th). The charity, which operates two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, will be opening its seafront station to visitors from 11am-4pm. More...

New shop opens in High Street
A NEW shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea High Street this week offering computer repairs, sales and accessories. The Laptop Shop has been opened by local businessman Nigel Ashwell, who also runs another outlet in Weston-super-Mare. More...

Election hustings announced
VOTERS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a chance to quiz the town's General Election candiates later this month. Burnham's Election Hustings meeting will be held at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street on the evening of Tuesday 21st April at 7.30pm when it will be open to all. More...

Two-vehicle crash near town
BURNHAM-On-Sea police were called to a crash between two vehicles on the outskirts of the town on Wednesday afternoon (April 8th). A car and a skip lorry collided near the junction of the A38 and Burnham Moor Lane shortly after 2pm, police said after the incident. More...

Coastguard exercise on beach
A SERIES of flares were fired into the sky to illuminate Burnham-On-Sea's coastline on Wednesday (April 8th) during a Coastguard exercise. Crews from Burnham and Weston took part in a successful joint exercise with BARB Search & Rescue in Burnham. More...

Gracie set to sing at concert
TICKETS are on sale for a special concert by talented young singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet and the Coastline Singers. The event, taking place on Saturday 25th April, will take place in Brent Knoll Parish Hall. Gracie has hit the headlines many times. More...

Top coach tourism accolade
BURNHAM-On-Sea has this week been announced as a finalist in The National Coach Tourism Awards after being named among the UK's top six coach tourism towns and cities. For the third year running Burnham-On-Sea has been named in the top Coach Friendliest Destinations. More...

Tories name poll candidates
THE Conservative Party has this week announced the names of their candidates who are contesting the district council elections in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on May 7th. In Burnham Central, the Conservative candidates include Maria Clarke, a community worker. More...

Derrick marks 25 years in role
THE President of Burnham District Pantomime Society has been presented with an engraved plaque to mark his quarter of a century in the role this week. Derrick Cooper has led Burnham's Panto Society for 25 years and this was marked by members. More...

Council issues bins apology
COUNCIL bosses have apologised to residents in Burnham-On-Sea this week after overflowing waste bins spilled rubbish across the seafront. Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun said the council apologises due to the 'unprecedented amount' of rubbish. More...

Hinkley Point B set to restart
HINKLEY Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea will restart power generation on April 18th following a ten-week maintenance shutdown. The plant, which was taken offline on January 23rd, will be reconnected to the National Grid late on April 18th and then be generating power again. More...

Food Fest in promotion deal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival has teamed up with a local estate agents firm to advertise the forthcoming festival. The festival is to be promoted at 22 local sites around Burnham and Highbridge during May on bespoke estate agent boards supplied by a local agent. More...

Busy Easter Day for BARB crew
BARB Search & Rescue's volunteers had a busy Easter Sunday after being called out to two incidents in the space of an hour. The charity’s inshore rescue boat crew was first called to help wildlife carers with a rescue at 3pm on a river near East Huntspill. More...

Easter weekend trade boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea businesses enjoyed a bumper Easter holiday weekend thanks to good weather bringing an influx of visitors into the town. Temperatures reached 15.5°C (60°F) on Bank Holiday Monday with beaches in Burnham, Brean and Berrow busy for the first main holiday of the year. More...

Over £2k raised for FolkFest
A RECORD sum was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest music festival during a day of non-stop music. The traditional Easter Sunday fundraiser, held at The Princess Theatre, attracted crowds of supporters and was hailed a great success by organisers. More...

Badger cubs draw big crowds
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea over the Easter weekend where several badger cubs were the centre of attention. Visitors to the centre were able to catch a glimpse of three young badger cubs and other animals. More...

Choral concert tickets on sale
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society's Spring concert, which will be celebrating the 700th Anniversary of St Andrew's Church by performing music that spans the centuries. The special concert will take place on 25th April and will be open to all. More...

Long delays after M5 crash
MOTORISTS travelling northbound on the M5 motorway are being warned to expect long delays this evening (Bank Holiday Monday) following a crash. The northbound M5 carriageway was temporarily closed at 5.45pm following an accident with a car and a caravan. More...

Video: Crowds see outdoor film
OVER 100 people turned out to watch the exterior wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre transformed into a giant 'cinema screen' for a unique outdoor film showing on Easter Sunday. Local arts group Ignite Somerset has worked with artists, children and young people. More...

Teenager rescued from mud
A TEENAGER was rescued on Berrow beach after getting into difficulty in mud on Easter Sunday afternoon. A team of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston, plus a hovercraft from Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue, was sent to the scene shortly before 4pm. More...

Final day of wildlife weekend
SPRING has begun at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea with three badger cubs once again currently requiring around the clock feeds. The first badger cub named 'Little Star' hit the headlines in February when she survived despite all the odds. More...

Motor boat rescued by RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crews have rescued a motor boat after it lost power in the channel near Hinkley Point on Saturday afternoon (April 4th). The two Burnham RNLI lifeboats Staines Whitfield and Puffin were launched at 2.30pm, at the lowest point of the day's tide. More...

£25k shops grant scheme open
A GRANT funding scheme that aims to encourage repairs, renovations and enhancements to business frontages in Burnham-On-Sea town centre is still open for applications. The Businesses Frontage Improvement Grant scheme is being run by the town council. More...

In photos: Cove Easter fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens became the centre of the town's Easter celebrations on Saturday (April 4th). The seafront gardens hosted a morning of Easter family fun, including craft activities and a colourful bonnet parade which were well supported by families. More...

Business park is bulldozed
THE demolition of Highbridge's Morland Industrial Park has been completed this week to make way for dozens of new homes. The site has been bulldozed since the start of the year after the final companies at the park left last November. Sedgemoor District Council approved the re-development in 2013. More...

Join Cove Easter fun today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a day of free Easter family fun this Saturday (April 4th). The event will take place between 10am and 12 mid-day when a line-up of Easter craft and fun activities will be held for all the family during the event. More...

30 join town Good Friday walk
MORE than 30 people took to the streets of Burnham-On-Sea during a special walk to mark Good Friday. Churchgoers from local churches around Burnham met together at the Catholic Church in Highbridge Road, before walking to The Esplanade during the sprecial event. More...

Appeal after fail-to-stop crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to come forward following a fail-to-stop crash in Burnham-On-Sea. Officers were called to the incident in Marine Drive on Sunday 22nd March at approximately 1am. A male was hit by a vehicle and the vehicle did not stop. More...

Folkfest fundraiser this Sunday
THE organisers of Burnham's FolkFest are all set to hold their traditional Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon. The event - which is being held at the Princess Theatre in Burnham - will see live music from 2pm. Nine great acts will be performing on the day until 11pm. More...

Financial woes hit Hinkley jobs
UP to 400 contractor jobs at the new Hinkley Point C power plant are at risk because finances for the nuclear build are still being worked out, it has emerged this week. Developer EDF Energy has announced that it will not start the next phase of construction work. More...

Fun weekend at Berrow club
BERROW and Brean Recreational Club is holding a weekend of Easter-themed entertainment open to all families. The 'Big Easter Funfest' starts today (Friday 3rd April) with a disco at 7pm when all will be welcome. It will be followed on Easter Sunday (5th April) by more family fun. More...

Legion re-opens in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion branch has held an open day to mark its official relaunch. The Burnham branch, which is based in Victoria Street, is now open for business and the open day was a great success with over 100 visitors dropping in to see the facilities. More...

Call for urgent action
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week called for 'urgent action' to improve Burnham-On-Sea's town centre following changes to the High Street that have led to walkers tripping up. New coloured paving stones and a yellow road surface have been introduced in the High Street. More...

Easter egg trail at Brean Down
FAMILIES are being invite to become 'Easter Eggsplorer' by the National Trust during a special event at Brean Down this Friday. The National Trust is inviting visitors to see whether they can follow a series of clues to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead during the event. More...

BMX decision deferred to June
A DECISION on the future of Burnham-On-Sea's BMX bike park has been deferred to allow more public consultation. The council discussed the proposals during a meeting of the Executive on Wednesday (April 1st) during a 'confidential' session behind closed doors. More...

New noticeboards for town
SEVERAL new noticeboards are being installed this week in Burnham's town centre as part of the ongoing raft of improvements. There will be seven noticeboards for community groups and organisers to advertise their events in Burnham town centre. More...

Garden bins service restarts
GARDENERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can now sign up to Sedgemoor District Council's garden waste collection service. Garden Waste collection is a service on offer across the Burnham, Berrow and Highbridge area at a cost of £48 per year for the service. More...

BMX track talks defended
Exclusive: Sedgemoor District Council has this week defended its decision not to discuss plans to sell off the BMX track at Highbridge's Apex Park in public. The council is set to discuss the proposals during a meeting of the council's Executive today (Wednesday) - however the item will be discussed in a 'confidential' session behind closed doors. More...

High rise drama for fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to remove a long length of lead roofing from the top of a town centre building after it was damaged by gale-force winds on Tuesday (March 31st). An aerial ladder platform from Bridgwater and a Burnham engine was sent to Victoria Street. More...

Lighthouse set to go orange?
NEW EU safety regulations will mean Burnham-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse will have to be repainted orange from next year. The European Union is introducing new safety measures that require large coastline structures, such as lighthouses, to be repainted. More...

Cute badgers go on show
SPRING has begun at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea with three badger cubs once again currently requiring around the clock feeds. The first badger cub named 'Little Star' hit the headlines in February when she survived despite all the odds. More...

Volunteer nominations sought
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to submit nominations for this year’s Somerset Star Volunteer Awards. The County Council-backed awards celebrate individuals and groups, young and old, who volunteer in their local communities. More...

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