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April 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Driver flees after 3-car collision
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are hunting for the driver of a car which slammed into two vehicles and demolished two walls late on Friday night (April 29th). The Volvo driver careered off Highbridge Road just before 11pm before he was seen running away from the scene. More...

Harley bikes head to town
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront today (Sunday, May 1st) during a fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham-On-Sea around 12 noon. More...

Photos: Sea Dogs Festival fun
DOG lovers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed to the town's first Sea Dogs Festival on Saturday (April 30th). The inaugural event took place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade and also marked the start of National Pet Month across the UK. More...

Car park fees hike introduced
PARKING charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have risen by 10 per cent this week as Sedgemoor District Council introduces new higher rates. In a bid to gain an extra £90,000 of revenue, Sedgemoor's Executive voted through a package of measures to raise car parking charges. More...

New Carnival Queen crowned
FIFTEEN year-old Hannah Sainsbury was crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen during a special ceremony in the town last night (Friday, April 29th). The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Pageant evening took place at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

New Sea Dogs festival preview
DOG lovers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to take part in the towns' first Sea Dogs Festival. The event is taking place this Saturday (April 30th) on the beach alongside the South Esplanade from 10am as part of National Pet Month. More...

Badger shock for wildlife carers
WILDLIFE carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area were shocked to find a badger spotted on the side of a road near Weston on Thursday (28th April) had died after being caught in a snare. Secret World Wildlife Rescue carers say it suffered "horrific injuries." More...

Rugby success for town pupils
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School sent a team of eleven Year 9 and 10 girls to Somerset's Girls Rugby Festival. The girls have been having skill sessions with Mr Shepherd and RFU Community Rugby Coach Chris Hurd since February this year and all did well at the event. More...

Hurt child air-lifted from Apex
AN air ambulance touched down at Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday afternoon (April 28th) to take a youngster to hospital. A green helicopter operated by Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the park after an accident, confirmed a spokeswoman from the service. More...

MP: Crime figures 'deceptive'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey MP has welcomed news that crime in Somerset has fallen by 12% since 2010, but believes more must be done to protect local communities. Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great that nationally crime is down." More...

Harley bikes head to Burnham
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront this Sunday (May 1st) during a fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham-On-Sea around 12 noon. More...

Burnham beer festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town this weekend. Now in its fith year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The 2016 Burnham Beer Festival aims to attract real ale fans to the town from a wide area for the weekend. More...

Sam's run helps good causes
A BRENT Knoll woman has raised hundreds of pounds for two good causes by completing the London Marathon. Sam Stockham has raised over £750 for two good causes close to her heart by joining the thousands of runners jogging 26 miles through the capital. More...

Town adventurer visits Chile
AFTER visiting 80 countries in 40 years, Burnham-On-Sea teacher, explorer and author Michael Turner has been travelling again by heading to Easter Island and Chile. Michael Turner made a video on eco-tourism to illustrate one of his geography lessons that he holds. More...

£900 raised for Sport Relief
STUDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by taking part in a fundraising run. The pupils at King Alfred School in Highbridge raised a total of £906.46 for Sport Relief, it has been confirmed this week by the school. More...

Building site branded 'disgrace'
TOWN councillors in Highbridge have this week called for more to be done to improve the appearance of a boarded-up building site in the town centre. Cllr Bill Hancock told a council meeting that the former Canal House development site needs to be redeveloped. More...

Festival 'highly commended'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival has this week been awarded a 'Highly Commended' award at the Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony. Festival organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds travelled to the House of Lords in London for Wednesday's ceremony. More...

Rowing club seeks second boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's gig rowing club has this week unveiled plans to launch a new fundraising campaign for a second boat. The club's Graham Wills told this week's annual town council meeting that a new £15,500 boat is being sought by the group to supplement the current one. More...

Burnham school's swim win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's School is celebrating this week after winning the 7th Sedgemoor Schools Primary Swimming Gala for a seventh year running. Held at Burnham's Swim & Sports Academy, schools from across the district took part in a series of swimming races. More...

Hotel's bricks 'to be re-used'
THE front of a new building to replace the Highbridge Hotel will be built using the original bricks from the listed building in an effort to retain its heritage, council bosses have confirmed this week.. The Highbridge Hotel is currently being redeveloped. More...

High-tech exercise launches
BABIES, toddlers and young children in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be the first in the UK to try a new interactive sensory exercise programme which is being launched at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge on Tuesday (May 3rd) and will be open to all in the area. More...

Crime figures show big fall
CRIME rates in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have tumbled over the past year, according to new figures released by local police this week. Burglaries from dwellings have fallen by 19% to 21 cases over the past year, while other burglaries are down 32% to 48 cases. More...

Marathon marriage proposal!
A LONDON Marathon runner had a special surprise for his Highbridge girlfriend as he jogged through the capital. Mark Bailey proposed to his long-time partner, Sarah Kidner, while taking part in the 26-mile charity run around the city of London on Sunday afternoon. More...

Police station 'taken off sale'
THE sale of Burnham-On-Sea police station has been put on hold, it's been announced this week. Burnham-On-Sea Police Neighbourhood Beat Manager Ryan Dinham, speaking at Monday's Annual Town Council Meeting, said the station had been up for sale. More...

Air Cadets and Legion link up
A CEREMONY has been held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the official affiliation of the Royal British Legion and the town's air training corps. The Burnham branch of the Royal British Legion has marked its official link with the town's 290 Burnham & Highbridge unit. More...

MP votes against Syrian plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has voted in the House of Commons to reject a plan for Britain to accept 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees who had travelled to Europe. The vote took place on Monday night, and saw MPs vote narrowly by 294-276. More...

Man killed in road accident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in West Huntspill at the weekend. A Toyota Yaris being driven along the A38 in a southbound direction near the junction with Old Pawlett Road was in collision with the nearside kerb and went down a roadside bank on Sunday (April 24th). More...

Travellers 'served with papers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say legal papers have been served on a group of travellers who have set up camp in a car park in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported at the weekend that a group of travellers have descended on Pier Street car park just off the seafront. More...

Two marathons in six days
Updated: A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has run two marathons in six days to raise cash for charity. Sue Nicholls, 70, completed the London Marathon on Sunday in a time of 3 hours, 58 minutes and 26 seconds. Just six days earlier, she ran the Boston Marathon. More...

New Sea Dogs festival to start
DOG lovers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to take part in the towns' first Sea Dogs Festival. The event is taking place this Saturday (April 30th) on the beach alongside the South Esplanade from 10am as part of the UK's National Pet Month. More...

Shed blaze in Burnham probed
POLICE have launched an investigation into a shed fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (April 25th). Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the incident in Oxford Street at 1.50pm where they found the shed well alight. Crews extinguished the blaze. More...

Town centre gets spring clean
COLOURFUL new banners have been unveiled at two derelict sites in Burnham-On-Sea in a bid to make the town centre more welcoming. The 'welcome to Burnham-on-Sea' banners have been introduced by the Town Council on hoardings at the former Tuckers Garage in Victoria Street. More...

Quiz nights raise over £2,000
OVER £2,000 has been raised this year for local good causes by weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The popular weekly Friday quizes have raised a total of £2,004 so far during 2016 for local charities, clubs and societies through the area. More...

Food Festival bids for Oscar!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev & Sarah Milner Simonds are hoping to be celebrating this Wednesday (April 27th) when they take a trip to the House of Lords for the 'Rural Oscars'. The festival has been shortlisted. More...

Photos: St George's Day fun
ST George’s Day was celebrated at both Apex Park in Highbridge and Marine Cove in Burnham-On-Sea when a line-up of free family activities was held on Saturday (April 23rd). The day of fun was organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s parks team in thetwo locations. More...

Cancer patients raise funds
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents who are receiving treatment for cancer at Weston General Hospital have raised hundreds of pounds to buy three big-screen TVs for the unit. Burnham resident Elaine Holman and Julia Gaskell are being helped by the hospital. More...

Crews called to blazing car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a car blaze on the M5 motorway on Sunday morning (April 24th). One crew from Bridgwater and one crew from Burnham-On-Sea were called out at 10am to extinguish the vehicle on the M5 entry slip road at junction 21. More...

Group celebrates its birthday
A COMMUNITY group that helps families in the Burnham-On-Sea area who have children with special needs celebrated its second anniversary with a special event at the weekend. Somerset Time For Youth held a successful fundraising event at the Baptist Church. More...

Council to hold annual meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council will hold its Annual Towns Meeting today (Monday, 25th April) when residents will be able to hear about its work over the past year. The event starts from 6.30pm in The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Punch and Judy return to town
A TRADITIONAL seaside Punch and Judy show has returned to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront for the tourist season. 'Professor' Paul Wheeler has secured a concession from Sedgemoor District Council to run his show on The Esplanade, near the jetty, during 2016. More...

Travellers arrive in car park
A GROUP of travellers has set up camp in a car park in Burnham-on-Sea this weekend. The travellers began arriving in the Pier Street car park just off Burnham's seafront on Friday evening and a dozen vehicles were parked up in the car park by last night (Saturday). More...

300 watch Choral Society show
OVER 300 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (April 23rd) to watch the town's Choral Society give a powerful performance of the popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace under the expert direction of Nicholas Bromilow. More...

Say cheese! Charities boosted
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for local charities when a fundraising cheese and wine evening was held in Brent Knoll on Saturday. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club held the event at the village Parish Hall where 60 people enjoyed an evening of nibbles and wines. More...

Two arrests after car attacks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested two people during their investigation into attacks on vehicles in the town. We reported earlier this week that several cars had been attacked in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. Police have arrested two men in their 20s. More...

Father and son plan sky dive
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent and his son are preparing to do a daring 13,000ft sky dive to raise cash for a good cause. Edward Creswick, CJ Hole Burnham managing director, has set a date for his next sky dive. This time his Thomas, will jump out of the plane too! More...

Food awards for local firms
NINE out of ten businesses serving food to the public that were inspected in the Burnham-On-Sea area in the past year achieved top hygiene ratings. Officers in the environmental health team at Sedgemoor District Council regularly visit firms that serve food to customers. More...

Hinkley decision delayed again
FRENCH energy group EDF is to postpone its final approval of the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea by several months. Bloomberg business news reported on Friday evening that EDF will delay its final investment decision on the huge project. More...

Hotel finally goes, 8 years on
EXACTLY eight years after a huge fire tore through the Highbridge Hotel, new life is finally being breathed into the site as it's dismantled, signalling a fresh start. The unsightly scaffolding and charred brickwork that had been in place since a huge fire in April 2008 has been removed. More...

Burnham marks Queen's birthday
RESIDENTS of all ages came together in Burnham-On-Sea for a ceremony to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday (April 21st). A flag-raising ceremony was led by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke besides the town water fountain in Pier Street. More...

Video: Beacon lit on top of Brent Knoll
A BLAZING beacon was lit on top of Brent Knoll last night (Thursday) to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. A chain of beacons was lit across Somerset, with Glastonbury lit first in our area followed by Brent Knoll and then Uphill near Weston to mark the special occasion. More...

Rowing club to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Cornish pilot gig rowing team is to hold an open day on Saturday for those interested in joining the club to find out more. The team - called BOS Pilot Gigs - is organising the event between 11am and 2pm at the Sailing Club when all are welcome. More...

Books boost for town school
PUPILS at a school in Highbridge have a bigger choice of hundreds of extra books to read thanks to a fundraising push. The pupils at Churchfield School and nursery took part in a sponsored read, raising over £900 and Claudette Murley, held a book pledge scheme. More...

See Choral Society in full voice
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society will be performing the popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace, at St Andrew's Church. The concert will be held on Saturday 23rd April at 7.30pm - it will be the second time they have sung it and all are welcome. More...

Warning over car vandalism
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea motorists to be extra vigilant after several vehicles parked in the town have been attacked by vandals. Police are investigating several cases across Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow during recent days where petrol tanks have been attacked and drained. More...

Queen's birthday to be marked
A SHORT ceremony is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea by the Town Council today (Thursday, April 21st) to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. A flag-raising ceremony will be led by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke alongside other dignitaries during the event. More...

Mayor's concern over job fears
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week expressed his "deep concern" over fears that jobs could be lost if a leading town business shuts its warehouse and moves out of the town. We first reported last week that Brakes has acquired a new depot in Portbury. More...

Pier gets new flags for birthday
NEW Union Jack flags have been installed on the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's Pavilion in time for the Queen's 90th birthday today (Thursday). Roofer Greg Fleming climbed up to the top of the pier this week, as pictured here, to replace them in time for the celebration. More...

School seeks academy status
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is considering seeking academy status. The school's Governing Body said it is exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status following months of discussions and investigation. More...

Youth club to hold celebration
A COMMUNITY group that helps families in the Burnham-On-Sea area with children who have special needs will be celebrating its second anniversary this weekend with a special event at Burnham's Baptist Church from 11am-3pm during this Saturday (April 23rd). More...

Mystery over B&M opening date
COUNCIL negotiations over the opening of a new B&M discount store in place of Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons supermarket have ground to a halt. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it is "not actively discussing the future of the store" in Pier Street. More...

Sue's double marathon effort
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner is running two marathons in six days to raise thousands of pounds for charity. Sue Nicholls, 70, completed the Boston Marathon in America on Monday and is flying back home before heading off to the London Marathon on Sunday. More...

Carnival queen search begins
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have until Wednesday April 27th to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries for the annual competition are being accepted now ahead of the winners being picked during a pageant. More...

Crashes cause delays in area
A SIX-car accident on the M5 motorway and a two-car collision on the A38 caused traffic delays for motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday evening (April 19th). Police and fire crews were called at 5.15pm to the six-vehicle crash on the M5 between Weston and Burnham. More...

Cheese and wine for charity
A WINE and cheese evening is set to be held in Brent Knoll this Saturday (April 23rd) to raise funds for local good causes. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club is organising the event, which will be accompanied by mellow jazz, swing and pop tunes from vocalist Debra Jay. More...

'Brexit would threaten farming'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Conservative MEP Julie Girling has said this week that leaving the EU would threaten income to farms across the region. She welcomed the National Farmers Union's backing of the 'remain campaign' in the EU referendum which is set to take place in June. More...

School seeks academy status
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is considering seeking academy status. The school's Governing Body said it is exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status following months of discussions and investigation. More...

Street party funding offered
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is set to fund street parties across the two towns to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. £100 is available for each councillor to fund Royal street parties in their ward during the Queen's birthday celebrations. More...

Burnham health walks launch
RESIDENTS who want to get more active outdoors, meet new friends, and find out more about Burnham-On-Sea can join a new series of weekly Health Walks. Organiser Sedgemoor District Council is encouraging people to pull on their walking boots for the free walks. More...

RSPCA in double celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RSPCA charity shop will be holding a special event on Thursday (April 21st) to mark a double celebration. The shop at 44 The High Street will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RSPCA centre in Brent Knoll opening and the Queen's birthday. More...

Quiz night boost for BARB
A QUIZ night at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club raised funds for a life-saving charity in the town. BARB Search & Rescue benefited from Friday's fundraiser, which was well attended by supporters, including Burnham-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt, pictured here. More...

Anna shares £25k bingo win
A GENEROUS Brent Knoll woman is celebrating winning a £25,000 bingo jackpot - and is to give half the money to a close friend. Lucky Anna Bream, 21, struck gold when she played the nationwide game at Taunton's Mecca Bingo on a night out at the weekend. More...

Two rescued from beach craft
A RESCUE operation was launched after this mystery vessel was spotted washed up on the beach near Brean Down at the weekend, with two people stranded inside. The bizarre-looking orange craft baffled beach walkers on the Weston side of Brean Down. More...

Howzat! Cricket comedy starts
THE West Huntspill Players drama group are set to perform a hilarious cricket-themed comedy play later this month. The award-winning drama group will perform Outside Edge, a play by Richard Harris, from April 27-30 at the village's Balliol Hall when all will be welcome. More...

Photos: 300 in town triathlon
ALMOST 300 athletes of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Triathlon on Sunday (April 17th). Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon races were held on a perfect Spring's morning. More...

Horse box fire at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater firefighters rushed to a horse box blaze at Sedgemoor Services on Sunday evening (April 17th). Crews were sent to the southbound carriageway service station on the M5 motorway shortly after 7pm. The horses were successfully removed unhurt. More...

French 'committed' to Hinkley
THE French government is "completely committed" to constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea, the French economy minister has said. Emmanuel Macron told the BBC that the £18bn project is "very important" for France. More...

Crews rescued trapped dog
A NEW safety warning has been issued to dog owners this weekend after Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out to rescue a stranded pet at Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (April 16th). Coastguards received a 999 call from a walker who had lost his dog. More...

Photos: Shops theatre success
A STEADY flow of visitors headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 16th) when 48 live theatre performances were held in town centre shops to promote small businesses. The unique day of shows was organised by Show of Strength theatre company. More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to the village of Mark last night (Saturday) to tackle a property blaze. A fire appliance from Burnham was sent to the home at 10pm where a chimney was reported by the owner of the home to be on fire, requiring assistance. 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 this morning. More...

Queen's birthday to be marked
A SHORT ceremony is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea by the Town Council this Thursday (April 21st) to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. A flag-raising ceremony will be led by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke alongside other dignitaries at the event. More...

Coastguard volunteers sought
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are searching for new volunteer rescuers to join their organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea, and to respond to emergencies there are around 400 teams around the UK. More...

£500k Brean cycle path planned
PLANS for a brand new cycle path between Weston Pier and Brean Down are edging closer to becoming a reality. John Grimshaw, the manager of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, right, is overseeing the project to create a traffic-free cycle and walking route which he hopes will be open in 2017. More...

Apex Parkruns will stay free
RUNNERS who are concerned that they could be charged for weekly Saturday morning Parkruns at Highbridge's Apex Park have nothing to fear. Sedgemoor District Council has this week said that it has no plans to impose a fee on the dozens of runners, easing the concerns. More...

Tributes paid to Burnham man
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited resident in Burnham-On-Sea who has passed away this week. Jim Tancock, 78, pictured here on the left, was the former President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. He has passed away after a heart illness. More...

Artist puts comedy art on show
A BERROW artist's unique take on the world of art is set to go on display when he holds a Spring exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. Malcolm Dormer's colourful animal artwork will go on show at the The Princess Theatre's Art Cafe in Princess Street from Saturday May 14th. More...

Quiz tonight for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club today (Friday, April 15th) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue charity. More...

Jobs fears at Highbridge firm
STAFF at one of Highbridge's largest employers fear jobs could be lost as the company considers shutting its warehouse and moving out of the town. Brakes Group has recently acquired a new depot in Portbury, which it says may affect its three warehouse sites at Highbridge, Bristol and Yate. More...

New wildlife creche is opened
BRAND new facilities for the care of orphaned wildlife have opened at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Local businesses and volunteers who donated materials and time to construct the facility were invited along to the opening this week. More...

New name and owners for cafe
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea cafe has new owners and a new name this week. The new-look Coffee Corner Company has opened on the corner of Abingdon Street and Marine Drive, replacing the former cafe. The new owners are Fran Stockwell and Zena Driver. More...

Centre gets cash for new roof
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Youth Centre is set to receive thousands of pounds towards the cost of refurbishing its roof. The BAY Centre has been awarded a £2,500 grant from the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee towards the cost of urgent repair work at the centre. More...

Theatre heads into town shops
A UNIQUE arts project is set to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 16th). Burnham-On-Sea will play host to six professional actors who will be staging 48 free live performances in shops across the town centre. More...

'EDF not ready to build Hinkley'
EDF Energy's unions, including the moderate CFDT union, have said in an open letter to French President Francois Hollande this week that the French company is not ready to start building Hinkley Point C, near Burnham-On-Sea. They have voiced criticism. More...

Council split over festival
TOWN councillors were divided this week on whether to give funding to Burnham-On-Sea's Food Festival, with several saying the events should now be self-funding instead. A £1,800 grant application from the organisers of the twice-yearly festival sparked a heated debate on Monday (April 11th). More...

Birds killed in 'sickening attack'
FOUR ducks have been killed by a knife-wielding intruder in a "sickening attack" at a Brean holiday park. Staff at Lazy Days Caravan Park in South Road, Brean were shocked to find the birds had been killed over the weekend, it has emerged this week. More...

Award nomination for centre
A HIGHBRIDGE children's activity centre has been nominated for a top accolade as part of a nationwide awards scheme. Little Bouncers Play & Sensory Time, based in Walrow Road, Highbridge, is one of the nominees for 'Best New Activity For Children' in the awards. More...

MP joins dementia campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has taken a step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a 'Dementia Friend'. Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society and is an initiative that helps remove the stigma. More...

DJ and life coach unveils book
EMMA Holmes, a tenant at Highbridge Enterprise Centre, has combined her unique expertise of being an online scratch DJ tutor and a life coach to publish a new book. In her coaching business, which is called Be Deliberate, Emma works one-to-one with people to help confidence. More...

Tea and poetry at Princess
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is inviting residents to enjoy tea with poet Wendy Cope. The special event will be held on Saturday May 7th at 3pm with a relaxed and informal reading of her superb poetry, accompanied by a cup of tea at the town's theatre. More...

ATM repairs are welcomed
WORK to repair a "lethal" cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has got underway this week - just days after town councillors raised serious safety concerns about the facility. The operators of the cash machine were on site on Monday, as pictured, to repair it. More...

Liam clinches World Cup win
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips has kicked off his Olympic year in style by claiming his fourth consecutive victory at the BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester. The 27-year-old led home a British one-two in the elite men's event, held at the weekend. More...

St George's Day fun planned
ST George’s Day is to be celebrated at both Apex Park in Highbridge and Marine Cove in Burnham-On-Sea with a line-up of free family activities. The day of fun will be held on Saturday 23rd April, organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s parks team, and free of charge. More...

Sophie raises £540 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having eight inches of her hair cut off. Sophie Greenwood, 7, a pupil at St Andrew's School in Burnham, decided to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, which donates wigs to children. More...

Shopfront scheme is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre shops are being invited to sign up to a new scheme to improve the appearance of shop window displays. Up to 20 businesses in Burnham can benefit from a three-hour consultation with a merchandising and display expert. More...

Library cuts decision defended
THE County Council has this week defended its decision to cut the opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries from this month as part of a cost-reduction exercise. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans have seen Burnham Library's opening hours reduced by four hours per week. More...

High tides cause dunes erosion
A SERIES of exceptionally high Spring tides in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow left their mark along the coastline over the weekend. The sand dunes have been cut back by a couple of metres in several exposed areas by the erosive action of the waves and winds. More...

Photos: Apex Park Mutt Strutt
OVER 40 dog walkers and their pets joined a sponsored 'Mutt Strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday (April 10th). The annual 2.5 mile walk was held in aid of the RSPCA's North Somerset Branch, with over £1,000 expected to have been raised for the charity. More...

Stoddens Lane shut for a week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Stoddens Lane will be closed to traffic for a week from today (Monday, April 11th) while flood prevention work is carried out. The Axe Brue Drainage Board is due to install a new culvert under the road as part of its flood works scheme. More...

Crews rescue stranded horse
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rescued a horse stuck in a ditch in Highbridge on Sunday morning (April 10th). The fire service was called to Alstone Lane at 7am where a horse had become stranded in a water-filled rhyne, requiring assistance. More...

Walker air-lifted at Brean Down
A WALKER was air-lifted to hospital after suffering a serious fall on Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (April 9th). The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed on top of the eastern end of the Down, near the top of the roadway, to help the lady after she suffered a fall. More...

New spray art festival for town
SPRAY-painted artwork from some of the UK's top street artists will be appearing around Burnham-On-Sea in August when a new modern arts festival is held for the first time. The arts, music and poetry festival called 'Burnham-On-Sea Sea Spray' will be held across the town centre on August 13th. More...

M5 junction to close overnight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction will be closed overnight on one day this week. The Highways Agency says the northbound M5 entry sliproad will be closed from 8pm on Monday April 11th until 6am on Tuesday April 12th. More...

Burnham Bake-Off launches
THE Great Burnham Bake off is set to return to the Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival in May and bakers are being invited to start their preparations for the big event. The categories for the contest - which is set to be held on Saturday 28th May - have been announced. More...

Road safety projects boost
MORE than 40 schemes designed to improve highways and road safety across the county have been approved for further development by Somerset County Council. The list of schemes put forward as part of the Small Improvement Schemes programme includes several in the Burnham area. More...

New cafe opens in Burnham
A NEW cafe and coffee shop offering a wide range of smoothies, drinks and food opens in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. Relish has launched in College Street in place of The Windrose restaurant and its owner says he aims to provide something different. More...

Free fireworks display in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding its first free fireworks display of the year tonight (Saturday, April 9th). The display will get started at 9pm and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

New cold callers alert issued
DEVON & Somerset Trading Standards has urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea to say no to doorstep criminals. Residents are being warned to be vigilant against rogue doorstep traders offering home maintenance services. In 2015, 87 complaints were made. More...

Election candidates unveiled
THE names of the seven candidates that residents in the Burnham area will be able to elect to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner have been announced this week. On Thursday 5th May, voters across the Avon and Somerset police area will go to the polls. More...

High tides warning issued
WALKERS and other beach users have been warned to be aware of exceptionally high tides in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow over the coming days. A series of high tides at around 12 metres are due, prompting Coastguards to warn beach walkers and motorists to take extra caution. More...

Pothole repairs funding boost
POTHOLES in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area should be repaired quicker in the future thanks to a government funding injection this week. However, while Somerset County Council has welcomed news of a one-off pot of £1.17m to fix potholes in the county. More...

Brave mother plans skydive
A BRAVE mother from Burnham-On-Sea is peparing to skydive from 13,000ft to raise charity funds after her baby boy was born at just 23 weeks. Debbie Morris and her friends Julia Barker and Claudette Murley will take part in the daring jump on Saturday June 4th to raise funds. More...

Apex mutt strutt this Sunday
DOG walkers are being invited to join a sponsored 'mutt strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park this Sunday (April 10th). The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA North Somerset Branch, with registration starting from 2pm, said a spokesman who added that all are welcome. More...

Brexit group attacks leaflets
THE leader of a local group campaigning for residents to vote against staying in the European Union has hit out at the government's plan to distribute pro-EU membership leaflets across the country. The 16-page leaflets will be sent to 27 million UK homes. More...

Irate man holds up bus service
AN irate holidaymaker stood in protest in front of a bus in Brean after he and his friends were barred by the driver from taking their dogs on board. Paul Mason halted the 21 bus just as it left the stop in Brean after he and his two dogs were refused entry onboard. More...

Free parking hopes boosted
HOPES that shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could soon be given 30 minutes of free parking to encourage local trade have been given a boost this week. In the wake of the Morrisons closure in Burnham and reduced footfall, the Council and Chamber of Trade have both urged change. More...

Appeal over BB gun shooting
POLICE are this week investigating an incident at Highbridge's Apex Park in which a teenager was hurt when he was shot by a BB pellet gun. A local resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the incident this week. More...

Theatre heads into town shops
A UNIQUE arts project is set to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday April 16th. Burnham-On-Sea will play host to six professional actors staging 48 free live performances in shops across the town centre during the day from 10am. More...

New president for town band
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band has appointed Cllr Michael Clarke as its new president this week. Michael, who is the currently the towns' Mayor, said he was "hugely honoured" to be chosen for the role. "I have always admired the town band's performances." More...

Park's living art gets new look
STAFF at Sedgemoor District Council are working with Highbridge's Friends of Apex Park and Weston College to design and install a new living sculpture in the park. In March, Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on the first draft of the living sculpture design. More...

ATM: Urgent work order raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have welcomed the news that action has been taken against the operators of a cash machine in the town's High Street amid safety concerns. We reported on Monday (April 4th) that councillors had aired a number of fears. More...

'Don't close our police station'
AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has this week been urged to suspend the closures of Burnham-On-Sea police station. It comes as a new Freedom of Information request has revealed that 12 stations across the police force area are in the process of being vacated. More...

'Replace Hinkley, save £40bn'
MINISTERS cannot keep "blindly carrying on" with expensive plans for a new reactor at Hinkley Point a group of MEPs has said this week following the relase of a new report suggesting that renewables could supply the same energy for the sum of £40billion less. More...

Sophie in hair cut fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster is raising funds for charity by having several inches of her hair cut for charity. Sophie Greenwood, 7, from St Andrew's School in Burnham, decided she'd like her hair cut short to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust. More...

Minister's responds to concern
THE government's housing minister spoke out about local infrastructure concerns during a visit to Highbridge this week where he saw several of the town's multi-million pound housing developments. Brandon Lewis met MP James Heappey and local councillors. More...

50th year for town BAY Centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's youth centre is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its building next month. The Burnham Area Youth (BAY) Centre Annual General Meeting will mark the special milestone on Wednesday evening 11th May, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Safety concerns over ATM
CONCERNED Burnham-On-Sea councillors have this week given the operators of a 'lethal' cash machine and phone box in the town's High Street a 30-day warning to make 'urgent' safety improvements or face having it cordoned off with barricades. Town councillors aired a number of concerns. More...

Emily wins Miss Bristol title
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is celebrating winning the title of Miss Bristol 2016 - and a place in the Miss England Final. Emily Sanders, 23, was delighted to win the Miss Bristol title on Sunday evening (April 3rd) during a ceremony at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Bristol. More...

Appeal issued over lost photos
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is asking for help in finding a set of treasured photos which have been lost on the town's seafront. Anne Fowler is appealing to anyone who has found two digital camera memory cards on The Esplanade to get in touch via this website. More...

Police station 'too big for town'
SOMERSET'S Police & Crime Commissioner has said this week that Burnham-On-Sea Police Station is three times bigger than needed - and that's one of the reasons why it's due to close down. Sue Mountstevens officially launched her candidacy this week for the May election. More...

Model rail carriage is unveiled
WEST Huntspill Model Engineering Society has officially unveiled its new passenger carriages this week at the village's miniature railway station. Called Betty, Molly, Peggy and Joyce, the carriages are named after the wives of former members at the club. More...

Crews called to stranded boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and a team of Coastguards were called out this morning (Monday April 3rd) amid concern for the welfare of a person onboard this catamaran which had run aground on Stert Island. BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called out. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (3rd April) to help a patient who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance touched down near the BAY Centre on the playing field, as pictured here. More...

Second UK record for Grenville
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has again proven that age is no barrier to success by breaking a second British swimming record. Grenville Cole, 85, set a new British record last month when he swam in a 50-metre event at the Welsh Open Championships last month and he's gone on to win again. More...

Catamaran aground on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday evening (April 3rd) amid concern for the welfare of a man onboard this catamaran after it ran aground on Stert Island. Coastguards were called out shortly before 6.30pm after a seafront walker raised the alarm. More...

Benches in memory of Tim
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club has formally unveiled two new pitchside substitute benches in memory of a long-time club supporter. Tim Harcombe passed away over the past month after many years involvement with the club in which he also set up the colts team. More...

Rescued swan returned to lake
AN injured swan that was rescued from a Burnham-On-Sea lake after swallowing a discarded fishing hook and line has been released after being given the 'all-clear' by vets and carers. Volunteers from Secret World and BARB teamed up to retrieve it. More...

Busy end of term for pupils
STUDENTS from Brent Knoll School had a busy end-of-term by taking part in an annual Easter Egg run and joining a martial arts demonstation. The weather stayed fine for the popular Brent Knoll Easter Egg Run where the pupils and their families dashed up to the top. More...

Green bin cost hike defended
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to increase charges for Burnham-On-Sea residents who use its garden waste bin collection service. The council has this week announced an increase in the annual charge for 'green bins' from £48 a year to £53, an increase of £5 from 2015. More...

New microchipping rules near
DOG owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being reminded that from Wednesday 6th April it will be a legal requirement that their pets are microchipped. It is already a legal requirement that every dog shall wear a collar and ID tag while in a public place. More...

Rabbit fun day draws crowds
ANIMAL lovers flocked to a Brent Knoll animal centre where a rabbit-themed fun day was held on Saturday (April 2nd). The Bunny Bonanza was held at the RSPCA's Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Brent Road. The event was held to promote rabbit awareness. More...

Graffiti removed from sea wall
SEDGEMOOR District Council has removed graffiti scrawled over Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall this week. A bizarre message, simply stating "Flat Earth", was daubed in two-metre tall letters over part of the wall on the North Esplanade earlier this week, as we reported at the time. More...

RSPCA bunny bonanza today!
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA Animal Centre is holding a rabbit-themed fun day throughout today (Saturday, April 2nd). The Bunny Bonanza will be held from 11am to 3pm at the Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Brent Road. The event will be promoting rabbit awareness to visitors. More...

Poetry competition underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea wordsmiths are being asked to put their creative writing skills to the test and enter a poetry competition being run by an opticians in the town to mark World Poetry Day. Specsavers in Burnham High Street is looking for poems not longer than 250 words. More...

Isleport consultation begins
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week invited residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to have their say on plans to extend Highbridge's Isleport Business Park. The council is encouraging comments from local people regarding the scheme and plans. More...

Beads fair in Burnham today
THOUSANDS of beads will go on display when a unique bead fair is held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 2nd). The event, at The Princess Theatre, will be held from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry will be free of charge. If you love crafts that use beads, this is for you. More...

Coach service to be axed
A 'super fast' coach service between Burnham-On-Sea and London is being axed next week due to low numbers of users. Berrys Coaches launched the high-profile service last August to take travellers to the city of London in less than three hours total travel. More...

Could town be renamed?
BURNHAM-On-Sea could have to be renamed because of a shock new European regulation that requires town names to more accurately reflect their physical locations. Burnham, which is located next to the River Parrett, faces being renamed 'Burnham-On-River'. More...

Housing minister in Highbridge
A GOVERNMENT minister visited Highbridge on Thursday (March 31st) to see multi-million pound housing developments in the town. Brandon Lewis, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, met Burnham and Highbridge's MP James Heappey and councillors. More...

Jayne runs in uncle's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lady is set to take part in a race in aid of the charity which cared for her uncle. Jayne Biddiscombe will take part in Weston Hospicecare’s Colour Run next month in memory of her uncle Paul Jackson, who died in 2014. She also ran in 2015. More...

Care home jobs on offer today
SCORES of care home jobs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be available at a recruitment event today (Friday). Somerset Care will be holding the event at The Globe Inn in Newtown Road, Highbridge on Friday 1st April between 10am and 4pm. More...

Road re-opens after crash
A BUSY road into Burnham-On-Sea was partially closed following a crash on Thursday morning (March 31st).Two vehicles collided at the junction of Edithmead Lane and the B3140 near Home Farm holiday park at Edithmead. A van was left badly damaged, as pictured here. More...

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