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April 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

New cycle route to be unveiled
A BRAND new £500,000 path linking Weston-super-Mare to Brean Down is set to be unveiled on Bank Holiday Monday with the inaugural ride taking place. It has taken 20 years of planning but cyclists and walkers will finally be able to enjoy the route, however the path will not be fully completed until late May
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Sports celebs support golf day
OVER £4,000 was raised for charity when a celebrity-backed golf day was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (April 28th). BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale was joined by Sir Gareth Edwards CBE, a Welsh former rugby union player, and rugby player Matt Perry. More...

Hundreds of bikes heading in
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (April 30th) 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 11.30am. More...

Choral society concert success
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's Spring Concert on Saturday 29th April. The popular annual concert was held in St John's Church, Highbridge, in front of a packed audience. The choir celebrated European music. More...

Burnham to celebrate May Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will come to life on Monday 1st May when a traditional May Day celebration is held. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm with entertainment and activities for children to take part in, including a fairy hunt around the gardens. More...

Flats plan for shop rejected
PROPOSALS for a hardware shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to be turned into a new development of flats have been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council this week. Salways Hardware in Regent Street shut at the end of 2015 after almost 100 years of business but WE Salway Limited had sought permission
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Hedgehog rescued by carers
WILDLIFE experts from the Burnham-On-Sea area have been caring for this tiny hedgehog who was found in a carrier bag where he'd crawled in to get some rest. The hedgehog, named Smoky, was found underweight at Weston-super-Mare Fire Station. More...

Plea issued over litter problem
VISIRORS to Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre are being urged not to drop litter around the facilities amid an upsurge in discarded rubbish. These were the scenes at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close this week where a wide range of litter has been left. More...

Blood pressure checks today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Stroke Association are joining forces today to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure. They are inviting residents in Burnham to take a moment to have a blood pressure test. More...

Hundreds of bikes heading in
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (April 30th) 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 11.30pm. More...

Beach jellyfish warning issued
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. Several Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting to paddlers and swimmers, have been washed up along local beaches. More...

African charity shop to open
A FORMER town centre leisure shop in Burnham-On-Sea is set to become home to a charity. The High Street walking and camping supplies shop — called 'A Walking Company' — shut in March, and is to be replaced by a brand new charity shop for Educate The Kids. More...

Lorry visits school for lesson
ROAD safety was in the spotlight at Berrow School when a special safety awareness day was held. The pupils were visited by a large lorry to illustrate road safety and explain the dangers to the children. The event was part of a national safety training programme for kids. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street on Friday (April 29th) with a varied line-up of stalls. Fresh produce stalls will be set-up, selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery items. More...

Town school wins swim gala
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's School has made a big splash by winning the Sedgemoor Schools Primary Swimming Gala this week. The eighth annual event, which took place at Burnham Swim & Sports Academy on Thursday (April 27th) was well supported. More...

Festival is up for 'small award'
A SMALL business from Burnham-On-Sea which stages five free to attend food and drink festivals across the region each year has been named among the shortlisted finalists in the UK's inaugural 'Small Awards' which recognise the achievements of small firms. More...

Appeal after man is assaulted
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following an assault in Burnham-On-Sea town centre at the weekend in which a man was injured and robbed. The victim, aged in his 20s, was attacked as he walked along South Street towards the direction of Burnham High Street. More...

Video: Amazing fireworks view
A BURNHAM-On-Sea drone enthusiast shot this unique aerial video footage of a fireworks display in Brean at the weekend. Piotr Pawlik used a TDJI Phantom 4 drone flying high above the village to record the sparkling display at Brean Leisure Park. More...

New Highbridge store planned
NEW plans to build a new convenience store in Highbridge have been unveiled this week by a local property developer. Westcountry Projects Ltd is seeking full planning permission to build a store on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. More...

Footfall camera data revealed
FOOTFALL cameras installed a year ago in Burnham-On-Sea town centre are revealing the busiest and quietest times of the year. The footfall monitors were installed in April 2016 at two locations in the High Street - on The Railway pub and at the YMCA building at the south end. More...

Butterfly trail starts in shops
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea town centre are being challenged to find 12 butterflies hidden in shop windows as part of a unique competition. Fibromyalgia Heart of Support Somerset Support Group has organised the shop window contest as part of an awareness campaign. More...

Beer festival opens tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town this month. Now in its sixth year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from Friday 28th April through the May Bank Holiday weekend when entry is free and all are welcome. More...

Burnham night club to re-open
A NIGHT club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre is set to re-open with the new owners hoping to open it until 4am. The new owners of Skye Bar in The High Street have applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a premises licence with the same hours as the previous owners. More...

UKIP quits General Election bid
UKIP has decided not to field a candidate in the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea - at the General Election on 8th June. Helen Hims, who stood for UKIP in the constituency in the 2015 General Election, made the announcement. More...

Mayor calls for shelter revamp
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week vowed to ensure that 'dilapidated' seafront shelters on the town's South Esplanade are refurbished. The town's Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke spoke out at the annual Town Council meeting, held on Tuesday evening (April 25th). More...

Annual council meeting held
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea groups gave an update on their council-funded projects during the annual Town Council meeting this week. The event was held on Tuesday evening (April 25th) in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre, and was led by the town's Mayor Michael Clarke. More...

Celebrities in town for golf day
THREE sporting celebrities will be in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (April 28th) to take part in a charity golf event. Well-known BBC sports presenter John Inverdale will be joined by Sir Gareth Edwards CBE, a Welsh former rugby player, and sportsman Matt Perry. More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (April 29th) with a varied line-up of stalls. Fresh produce stalls will be set-up, selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery items. More...

Funding crisis hits Sea Cadets
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's long-running Sea Cadets unit is under threat due to a funding crisis prompted by the loss of a major sponsor, it has emerged this week. Carol Roberts, Chairwoman of the group, attended a meeting of the Town Council to appeal for grant funding of £2,000
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Marathon in father's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has completed the London Marathon in memory of her father, raising thousands of pounds for a charity close to her heart. Charlotte Campbell from Burnham-On-Sea completed the London Marathon on Sunday, boosting a charity. More...

Hundreds of bikes head town
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (April 30th) 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 12.30pm. More...

Brean Down springs into colour
SPRING has sprung on Brean Down where a blanket of yellow flowers has appeared. Thousands of Cowslips are growing on the south-facing slopes of the Down, as pictured here. The National Trust says the mild start to Spring has helped their growth. More...

Comedy play opens tomorrow
TICKETS are on sale for West Huntspill Players' performance of the black comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace'. The show will be performed at the Balliol Hall in the West Huntspill from Wednesday April 26th to Saturday April 29th with the curtain up at 7.45pm. More...

Blood pressure checks offered
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Stroke Association are joining forces to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure. They are inviting residents in Burnham-On-Sea to take a moment to have a blood pressure test. More...

'Vandals won't stop crosses'
BRENT Knoll's Easter crosses will be repaired and replaced in time for next Easter despite being vandalised at the weekend in an attack that has left local residents 'sickened'. A group of vandals damaged and pulled down the three crosses on top of Brent Knoll late on Friday night. More...

Love Lane shuts for a month
WESSEX Water is closing Love Lane in Burnham-On-Sea for a month from today (Monday) as its work to lay new sewer pipes under the road continues. The closure was removed along the road for three weeks during the Easter holiday period to keep traffic moving. More...

UKIP in buoyant election mood
UKIP's candidates in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are in buoyant mood ahead of May's County Council election. The party's Lorna Corke and Brian Hobbs say they are getting lots of positive local support while campaigning on doorsteps in the two towns. More...

Triathlon attracts 270 runners
DOZENS of athletes from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 23rd) for the town's annual Spring Triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon was held in mild weather. More...

Beach mud rescue exercise
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguard took part in a major joint training session on Sunday (April 23rd) to rehearse a beach mud rescue at Berrow. The mud rescue exercise took place ahead of the start of the tourist season. More...

Video: St George's Day parade
THERE were patriotic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 23rd) when a parade was held to mark St George's Day. Over 30 people took part in the procession along the High Street, watched by flag-waving spectators along the pavements, to the sound of drummers. More...

Vandals damage Easter crosses
BRENT Knoll's Easter crosses have been vandalised this weekend in an attack that has left local residents 'sickened'. A group of vandals damaged and pulled down the three crosses on top of the Knoll late on Friday night. Colin Burt, one of the organisers of the Easter display, said: "It's shameful." More...

Photos: Sea Dogs Festival fun
HUNDREDS of dog lovers headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Sea Dogs Festival on Saturday (22nd April). The event - which was held for a second year - took place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade. Alongside a popular fun dog show were demonstrations. More...

St George's Day parade today
ST George’s Day is to be marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a parade through the town centre today (Sunday). It will begin at 11.30am from outside Material Needs at the northern end of the High Street. There will be a fancy dress contest with prizes during the day. More...

Roads shut for town triathlon
HUNDREDS of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday) when the town holds its annual spring triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon starts at 7am. More...

New carnival queen is crowned
MELISSA Fear, 17, was crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen during a special ceremony in the town last night (Friday, April 21st). The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Pageant evening took place at Burnham's Princess Theatre, where Melissa was chosen by a panel of judges
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Burnham artist displays work
A COLOURFUL exhibition of paintings by a local artist is underway in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Alan Ward is holding his annual display in Burnham's Community Centre in Berrow Road from 10am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday when all are welcome. More...

Sea Dogs festival today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Sea Dogs Festival returns to the town's beach today (Saturday 22nd April) to mark National Pet Month. The event - which is being held for a second year - will take place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade between 10am and 3pm. More...

Brean fireworks this evening
BREAN Theme Park will be holding its first free fireworks display of the season tonight (Saturday, April 22nd). The display will get started at 9pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm for visitors to enjoy. More...

Brent Knoll walk to be held
THE annual Easter Brent Knoll walk will take place this afternoon (Saturday, April 22nd). The event will start at 2pm and is open to members of the public, starting at the village school. Young walkers (or runners) can turn up at Brent Knoll School before the event to get a special stamp. More...

Parade for St George's Day
ST George’s Day is to be marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a parade through the town centre. The parade on Sunday April 23rd will begin at 11.30am from outside Material Needs at the northern end of the High Street. There will be a fancy dress contest with prizes. More...

Holiday trade boost for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been given a financial boost with a busy start to the tourist season, helped by good weather over the Easter holidays. Many accommodation providers and attractions reported a busy period, with large numbers of visitors heading to the Burnham-On-Sea area
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Town Council poll date named
AN ELECTION is to take place in Burnham-On-Sea on June 8th to fill a vacancy for a town councillor. There is a vacant seat on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council in the Burnham South Ward following this month's resignation of Cllr Paul Young from the council. More...

Sea Dogs festival tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Sea Dogs Festival returns to the town's beach on Saturday 22nd April to mark National Pet Month. The event - which is being held for a second year - will take place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade between 10am and 3pm. More...

Hinkley C project in pay row
A CONSULTATIVE ballot on possible industrial action by Hinkley C power station workers is to be held by the Unite and GMB unions. They claim contractors failed to pay a predicted bonus and warned industrial action could lead to "expensive" delays at the plant. More...

World Book Day fun at school
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students recently celebrated World Book Day with a week of events. Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the national event across an entire week, putting on various activities, all in the hope of raising awareness about reading. More...

17 new homes win approval
PLANS to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have been given the support of town councillors this week. The development of vacant land to the west of the Tesco store in Burnham-On-Sea's Ben Travers Way was discussed during a meeting. More...

Tonight: BBC features tsunami
THE BBC is to screen a TV documentary tonight (Thursday) exploring what caused an historic tsunami that hit the Burnham-On-Sea area in 1607, causing 28 deaths. The BBC4 programme 'Timewatch: The Killer Wave of 1607' will be screened at 8pm. More...

Trust to hold Brean Down walk
THE National Trust is holding a guided walk of Brean Down this Friday (April 21st) when its wildlife and history will be explored. The free walk will be held from 2pm-4pm and will be led by one of the National Trust's volunteers. It will start at the Brean Down Cafe. More...

Town man in Africa hitch-hike
AFTER visiting more than 80 countries in 40 years, Burnham-On-Sea teacher, explorer and author Michael Turner has been travelling again - heading across Africa. The Burnham adventurer has just completed an epic 1,200 mile hitch-hiking journey. More...

20th year of concerts to start
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new season of outdoor concerts will get underway with Party In The Park on May 7th. The organisers at CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society, say this year marks the group's 20th season. More...

Town artists to display work
THREE artists from Burnham-On-Sea are set to display their colourful work during a regional art festival. Sue Hammond-Lovatt, Magaret Micklewright and Cora Stock will be showing their latest work during North Somerset Art Week. The artists are well known. More...

Three arrests after burglaries
POLICE have arrested three people after a burglary at a Burnham-On-Sea newsagent early today (Wednesday) - the latest in a spate of commercial break-ins in the town. Intruders smashed their way into GW Hurleys newsagents in the High Street during the early hours. More...

MP's 'surprise' at snap election
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is "surprised" at the decision by Theresa May to call a General Election. James Heappey says he was expecting a normal week of Parliamentary business and was surprised to hear that we’re now just weeks away from a General Election. More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called out after reports of a property fire in East Huntspill on Tuesday evening (April 18th). The two crews of firefighters were called at 5.50pm after reports of a fire at a house in New Road, East Huntspill. More...

Beer festival set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town this month. Now in its sixth year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from Friday 28th April through the May Bank Holiday weekend when entry is free and all are welcome. More...

May Day event is planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will come to life on Monday 1st May when a traditional May Day celebration is held. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm with entertainment and activities for children to take part in, including a Fairy Hunt. More...

Medical centre holds open day
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre is holding an open morning this Thursday (April 20th) to provide patients and their families with the opportunity to ask questions and meet the team behind Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd (SHS). The open morning follows a new owner. More...

Woman assaulted on train
AN appeal has been issued by British Transport Police after a teenage woman was sexually assaulted on a train as it approached Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea railway station. A man fell into the victim after the train jolted and then "touched her inappropriately". More...

Snap General Election called
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey and former MP Tessa Munt are set to face off in a snap General Election in June after Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise announcement today. Calling the election on June 8th, she said Britain needs certainty, stability and leadership following the EU referendum
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Mud safety scare at Brean
THESE two children seen wading through mud to reach the sea more than a mile from the shore at Brean sparked a big safety scare on Bank Holiday Monday. The beach warden called Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after the youngsters were seen struggling through mud next to Brean Down. More...

BosFest boosted by £1,000
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club for an Easter Day fundraiser to help the town's new 'BosFest' music festival. Tanya Dyer, Chairperson at the BosFest, thanked all who made it such a successsful event and said over £1,000 had been raised. More...

Car crashes into cemetery wall
A MOTORIST was left 'shaken' following a crash in Highbridge at the weekend. The driver of a VW Polo lost control in Burnham Road, crashing into the wall of Highbridge cemetery. The vehicle suffered front-end damage but the occupants inside were unhurt and escaped. More...

Choral society concert planned
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's Spring Concert which is set to be held on Saturday 29th April. The popular annual concert will take place in St John's Church, Highbridge. The choir is celebrating European music at this special concert. More...

Carnival queen deadline nears
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses is underway and entries have to be in by this Wednesday (April 19th). Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area can enter this year's contest to become Carnival Queen or a Princess. More...

Third burglary at Boots store
BURGLARS smashed their way into Burnham-On-Sea's Boots chemist store on Easter Sunday during the THIRD raid in just 12 days. The glass doors at the entrance to the store were smashed in Burnham High Street in the early hours of Easter morning and a large quantity of stock was stolen. More...

£10,000 upgrade for Ritz Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has unveiled a £10,000 upgrade of its popular lounge. The town's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, cut a ribbon to open the new-look facilities in Victoria Street on Saturday evening when the new-look lounge was opened. More...

Players perform black comedy
TICKETS are on sale for West Huntspill Players' performance of the black comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace'. The show will be performed at the Balliol Hall in the West Huntspill from Wednesday April 26th to Saturday April 29th with the curtain up at 7.45pm. More...

Town group seeks volunteers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community events group is appealing for volunteers to join its ranks and is holding a meeting this week for people to get involved. BOSH Events is to hold a volunteers meeting on Tuesday 18th April at the BIARS Tourist Information Centre at 6pm. More...

Boat rescued after sea drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and lifeboats were called out last night (Saturday) to help a stricken boat taking on water. The 45ft launch boat was towed to Burnham-On-Sea Yacht Club by Burnham RNLI after getting into difficulty in the Bristol Channel near Hinkley Point power station
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School given a fresh new look
A GROUP of community-spirited residents near Burnham-On-Sea have been busy refurbishing a school's playground and garden over the Easter holiday. Eight members of East Huntspill School's PTA have been painting, repairing and planting to give the facilities a new look. More...

Knoll Easter crosses in place
A GROUP of local people clambered up the steep slopes of Brent Knoll to watch the traditional Easter blessing of three crosses. The three crosses are visible to motorists travelling along the A38 and M5 on the eastern side of the Knoll and are now in place. More...

Sea Dogs festival to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Sea Dogs Festival returns to the town's beach on Saturday 22nd April to mark National Pet Month. The event - which is being held for a second year - will take place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade between 10am and 3pm. More...

Free tennis course for kids
THE Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has just launched its nationwide 2017 initiative to introduce 5-8 year olds to the game of tennis and Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has been chosen as one of the clubs taking part. 2000 children will be involved. More...

Ducklings rescued from drain
A FAMILY of tiny ducklings has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers after getting stuck down a road drain. Secret World Wildlife Rescue's Graeme Thompson helped retrieve the tiny ducklings after they became stuck after being spooked by a vehicle. More...

Photos: Good Friday walk held
A GROUP of churchgoers in Burnham-On-Sea took part in a traditional Good Friday walk along the town's seafront. A symbolic cross was carried from the Catholic Church along Marine Drive to The Esplanade, finishing at the town's St Andrew's Church Hall. More...

Busy weekend on the roads
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being told to expect a busy bank holiday weekend on local roads. The RAC says 12.8 million leisure car journeys are likely to occur over the four days across the UK. Easter Sunday itself is set to be extra busy. More...

Easter Day fundraiser planned
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival are holding a day-long Easter fundraising concert on Easter Sunday. The Easter Fundraiser will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club from 1pm-11pm. Entry will cost just £5 for an all-day pass. More...

Town shops contest underway
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £100 this Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. The annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' runs until April 17th. More...

Secret World open for Easter
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea is holding a special weekend of Easter fundraising activities. The centre's 'Easter Wildlife Bonanza' in East Huntspill is being held through the weekend, from Friday April 14th through to Monday April 17th. More...

Aldi decision due in May
A DECISION on whether a proposed new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge gets the go-ahead looks set to be made in May. Sedgemoor District Council's consultation period on the plans ended this week, having attracted support from many residents, but opposition from some local businesses
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'Free Art Friday' underway
A UNIQUE event called 'Free Art Friday' is being held in Burnham-On-Sea today where artists are giving free art to members of the public. Burnham-On-Sea community group Hands Of Change and the team from Burnham's Spray Jam street art festival have organised it. More...

Model railway plans Easter fun
WEST Huntspill's model railway will be holding a special Easter egg hunt with train rides on Easter Sunday. This is the first event of Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway's 2017 summer season and entry will be a bargain £1.00 for an Easter Egg and train ride. More...

Quiz night for panto society
A FUNDRAISING quiz evening is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday) for the town's Pantomime Society. Every Friday night the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street holds a charity quiz to raise funds for local groups and charities. More...

Fire crews called to Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters had to force their way into a house to investigate a fire in Highbridge on Thursday (April 13th). Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to a home in Church Street at 3pm following reports of an alarm sounding from neighbours. More...

Man arrested after assault
A MAN has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea as Police investigate an alleged serious sexual assault in the town over the weekend. The arrest comes after Police were called to Abingdon Street in the early hours of last Sunday morning following an incident at the time. More...

'Stranded' goat is safe again
A GOAT that appeared to be stranded on a cliff ledge at Brean Down for more than a week is safe again after making its own way to safety. There was growing concern for the welfare of the animal after it was spotted by walkers to be stuck on a rocky outcrop on the south side. More...

Fire crew rescues pensioner
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to Brent Knoll on Wednesday evening (April 12th) to gain entry to a building and free a stranded elderly person. The crew was called to Station Road in Brent Knoll shortly before 7pm. A fire appliance from Burnham was sent. More...

Deadline for council vacancy
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents who are interested in becoming a town councillor have just a few days left to put themselves forward for a vacancy. There is a vacant seat on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council in the Burnham South Ward. More...

New park buggy walks to start
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge parents with pre-school children are being encouraged to meet friends, have fun and keep fit with their tots by joining a free, six-week course of Buggy Walks and Fun Fitness sessions at Apex Park in Highbridge, starting on 19th April. More...

Festival shortlisted for award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival organisers are in high spirits this week after the event was shortlisted in two categories at the 2017 Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards. Eat: Festivals have been shortlisted in two categories. More...

New sea jetty takes shape
A SERIES of 'oil platform'-like structures that are visible along the coast from Burnham-On-Sea seafront are part of a multi-million pound project to build a new jetty for Hinkley Point C power station. Work is underway on a temporary jetty for the power station along the coast. More...

Dickens relative to visit town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is inviting visitors to enter the world of Charles Dickens in the company of his Great Great Grandson, Gerald Dickens. The acclaimed actor will come to town with Nicholas Nickleby at The Princess on Friday evening, 19th May. More...

Morland Hall gets art upgrade
MEMBERS of The Prince’s Trust Team, run by Bridgwater and Taunton College, have completed a community project at Morland Hall in Highbridge. The team encouraged local companies to supply 24 tins of paint, plus paint trays and brushes to decorate it. More...

Pupils unveil glasses sculpture
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge youngsters have found a creative new use for their Comic Relief specs, creating an eye-catching sculpture. Pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School visited the team at Specsavers opticians on Burnham-On-Sea High Street. More...

Job centre hopes are dashed
HOPES that a new owner has been found for Burnham-On-Sea's former job centre have been dashed this week. Contractors have been installing scaffolding at the property during recent days as work to repair the building gets underway, prompting hopes that an owner had been found. More...

Award for man who saved a life
A LOCAL man has been presented with an award for saving the life of a person in Highbridge. Steven Foxley, from Bridgwater, received a Royal Humane Society (RHS) Commendation during an awards ceremony for police officers, staff and members of the public. More...

18 sacks of rubbish collected
A WELSH library card and a bird nesting box were among eighteen sackfuls of rubbish collected by volunteers during the latest community beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea. Over 20 helpers attended the event, which is run by The Friends of Burnham Beach. More...

TV star presents carer award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home worker has had his dedication recognised with a prestigious national award. Shaun Hills, who works for Homes Caring for Autism at their Holly Tree Cottage residential home in Berrow, won a Care Home Worker Award. More...

Life-saving training for runners
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Harriers running club have taken part in an extra special training session after their latest run by joining a CPR and defibrillator training session at the town's BAY Centre. Debra, a nurse from Weston Hospital, gave the training. More...

Busy speedway Easter ahead
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team the Somerset Rebels will have a busy Easter period with the club racing in three matches over a two-day period, starting with back-to-back matches against the Poole Pirates on Good Friday (14th), morning and evening. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance flew into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon to help an injured footballer. The man was playing on the grounds next to the BAY Centre when he suffered a serious leg injury and required the help of ambulance crews and the helicopter. More...

New Co-Op opens this week
A NEW Co-Op store on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea is set to open this week. The site of the former Berrow Inn in Berrow Road has been transformed into the new convenience store, which will open this Wednesday morning (April 12th) at 7am in time for the main Easter holiday period. More...

Photos: Dozens join mutt strut
DOZENS of dog walkers and their pets joined a sponsored 'Mutt Strut' at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday (April 9th). 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 at the event. More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A RIBBON was cut to open a new 'buy and sell' shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday (April 8th). Mayor Michael Clarke cut a ribbon to mark the launch of SmartXchange at 16 Regent Street. The store's Leanne Hunt welcomed customers to the new shop. More...

Parade for St George's Day
ST George’s Day is to be marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a parade through the town centre. The parade on Sunday April 23rd will begin at 11.30am from outside Material Needs at the northern end of the High Street. There will be a fancy dress contest with prizes. More...

200 attend lifeboat ceremony
OVER 200 people attended a ceremony where Burnham-On-Sea's new lifeboat was officially named on Saturday (April 8th). The ceremony at the Pier Street lifeboat station saw the new RNLI D-class lifeboat Burnham Reach named by Ann Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. More...

Protest over Brent Knoll homes
OVER 100 Brent Knoll residents have lodged objections against a controversial scheme to build 14 new homes at the junction of the A38 and Brent Street in the village. It comes after the village's Parish Council has this week approved the new housing proposals. More...

Goat stuck on Brean Down cliff
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (April 8th) amid concerns that a group of people were putting themselves in difficulty to reach a goat on the cliffs. The Brean beach warden initially raised the alarm amid the concerns. More...

VW weekend show underway
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts headed to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Saturday (April 8th) for a popular show. The event, V-Dub's Family Weekender', has attracted large numbers of spectators to see the vehicles on display over the two days at the location. More...

Biker killed in crash is named
A MOTORCYCLIST who died in a crash on the A370 at East Brent near Burnham-On-Sea, has been named. The biker was involved in a collision with a car on Saturday April 1st at around 2.40pm in the afternoon, leading to the closure of the road, as pictured here. More...

Join RSPCA mutt strut at Apex
DOG walkers are being invited to join a sponsored 'mutt strut' at Highbridge's Apex Park this Sunday afternoon (April 9th). The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA North Somerset Branch, with registration starting from 2pm when all local dog owners will be welcome. More...

300 take part in writing contest
HUNDREDS of students from across Somerset have taken part in a Young Writers Competition hosted by King Alfred School in Highbridge. Students from King Alfred, St Dunstans and Fairlands schools had great success in the competition. We feature the winners from the event. More...

Call handler sacked after death
A POLICE call handler who told a killer who was threatening to take the law into his own hands that it was "entirely up to you" has been sacked. Derek Hancock spoke to Susan Akerman minutes before he stabbed Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox (pictured) to death. More...

New lifeboat set to be named
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new lifeboat is set to be officially named in a ceremony at the town's lifeboat station on Saturday (April 8th). The ceremony for the new D-class lifeboat Burnham Reach will be held at the lifeboat station in Pier Street, starting at 3pm. More...

Parking machines confusion
SOMERSET County Council has apologised to seafront motorists in Burnham-On-Sea following technical problems with its parking meters when the summer tariff started at the weekend. Several motorists got in touch when the meters refused to take payments. More...

Crews tackle car fire on M5
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a blazing car on the motorway, leading to long delays on Thursday afternoon (April 6th). A fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the M5 southbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and 23 at Bridgwater. More...

Town beach clean tomorrow
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach are to hold their latest beach clean this Saturday when local residents are being encouraged to get involved. The group, pictured, will be meeting at 10am outside Burnham Sailing Club to clean the beach and banks along the Brue. More...

Care home fined £100,000
A care home in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been fined £100,000 for breaching fire safety regulations at a house used for staff accommodation. Almondsbury Care Ltd, of Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on Thursday 30th March facing five offences
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Rail line death 'not suspicioius'
DETECTIVES investigating the circumstances which led to a man's death at Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea station have now classified his death as 'non-suspicious'. The incident happened at approximately 11.45am on Sunday when a 30-year-old man from the local area fell from a bridge. More...

Parking machines apology
SOMERSET County Council has apologised to seafront parkers in Burnham-On-Sea after technical problems with its parking meters when the summer tariff started at the weekend. Several motorists got in touch when the meters refused to take payments. More...

New store to open in Burnham
A NEW 'buy and sell' shop is to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this weekend. SmartXchange will be opening for the first time at 16 Regent Street, offering a wide range of products. Leanne Hunt told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the plans for the new store's opening. More...

Bogus trading standards alert
HOUSEHOLDERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to be on their guard following reports that fraudsters, falsely claiming to be trading standards officers, are operating in Devon and Somerset. They have been knocking on doors and 'advising' residents. More...

Photos: Gig club's 16-mile row
NINE rowers from Burnham-On-Sea's pilot gig rowing club have undertaken their longest rowing challenge yet by heading to Bristol this week. They joined Clevedon Gig Club on their annual 'Long Row Home' from Bristol harbour to Clevedon Pier, just under 16 miles. More...

Final call for Carnival Queen
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses has begun this week. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess ahead of a pageant. More...

Bead fair comes to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a unique Bead Fair on Saturday (April 8th). The event, running from 10.30am-3.30pm, will see a wide range of beads being displayed in the theatre for various crafts. "If you like beads, you will love this," says organiser. More...

Missing person found in search
A HUGE search was launched today (Wednesday) for a missing vulnerable teenager at Brean. Police, Burnham Coastguards, BARB Search & Rescue and a police helicopter took part in the search between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean Down over the course of four hours. More...

Three burglaries in Burnham
BURGLARS in Burnham-On-Sea have stolen thousands of pounds of stock in THREE late-night raids in just one week. Burnham-On-Sea's Boots the chemist, the Central Garage petrol station in Berrow Road and The Childrens Society charity have all been burgled over the last week
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Foodbank issues urgent plea
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has appealed for help this week as it runs very short of vital supplies. The Foodbank has seen unprecedented demand and despite a bumper collection just before Christmas, organisers say need is out-stripping supply. More...

Election candidates announced
THE candidates standing in the local divisions of Somerset County Council within the Burnham-On-Sea area have been announced. The elections are being held on the 4th May 2017 when voters acros the area will be able to go to the polls to pick their choices. More...

Bosfest unveils logo and plans
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's new 'Bosfest' music festival have announced the winner of a competition to design a logo for the event as they prepare for a day-long Easter fundraising concert. The logo will appear on all of the event's media and merchandise. More...

Garden waste scheme begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents can sign up now to Sedgemoor District Council's garden waste collection service. At a cost of £53.50 per year, those joining this year's garden waste scheme will receive 25 collections over the course of the next 12 months. More...

Town optician starts contest
NADINE Coyle is asking glasses wearers in Burnham-On-Sea to prove their 'specs appeal' and be in with a chance of winning £10,000. Nadine took part in a special photo shoot to launch Specsavers’ search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017 competiton. More...

£84,000 boost for new cycle path
A NEW £300,000 cycle path between Brean Down and Weston Pier has been given a major financial boost from the Government this week. The eight-mile traffic-free 'Brean Way' cycle and walking route is due to open in May, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Burnham councillor resigns
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has abruptly resigned this week and spoken out about why he's stepping down. Paul Young, pictured here, was the second Deputy Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge and also Chairman of the Town Projects Committee. More...

Medical centre unveils changes
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has this week re-opened its patient registration list after becoming the fourth GP practice in Somerset to join NHS healthcare organisation, Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd (SHS). It follows a CQC inspection last year. More...

Chrissie's amazing weight loss
BURNHAM-On-Sea slimmer Chrissie Toleman has lost a huge, life-changing six and a half stone. Chrissie piled on the pounds after starting a new relationship when she gained four and a half stone in just six months. She tried cutting the size tags out of her clothes. More...

Burnham beach clean planned
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach are to hold their latest beach clean this Saturday when local residents are being encouraged to get involved. The group, pictured, will be meeting at 10am outside Burnham Sailing Club to clean the beach and banks along the Brue. More...

Biker dies after A370 accident
POLICE have today appealed for witnesses following a fatal collision near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 1st). The collision involving a car and a motorbike took place on the A370 Weston Road at approximately 2.40pm in Edingworth. A motorbike collided with a Ford Fiesta
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Rail line death 'unexplained'
POLICE have said that the death of a man in Highbridge on Sunday (April 2nd) is being treated as 'unexplained'. Police were called to the railway line near Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station shortly after 11.45am where they found the man on the line."
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Busy weekend of call-outs
CREWS at Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were busy with a series of call-outs over the weekend. It started on Friday evening at 8.45pm with the crews being called to an incident at the River Brue in Highbridge amid concerns for a missing person. More...

Weston ball raises thousands
THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity set up in memory of town teenager Charley Marks when it held a fundraising ball on Friday night (March 31st). Over 180 people attended the ball on Weston-super-Mare Pier including supporters and friends. More...

Easter bin collection changes
HOUSEHOLDS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will see Easter holiday rubbish collection day changes. Somerset Waste Partnership says pick-ups due on Good Friday 14th April will take place on Saturday 15th April. We outline the other changes for the period. More...

Rainbow run open for entries
PLACES are available for the colourful Burnham-On-Sea Rainbow Run which is set to return to the town's beach this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back the event on May 28th after its debut last summer. Over 300 people are expected to take part in the run. More...

Rock school event cancelled
YOUNG, aspiring musicians in the Burnham-On-Sea area won't be able to fine-tune their skills at a planned rock school over the Easter holidays. The Peter Gill Rock School won't be coming to the town's Princess Theatre this Easter after all, it's been confirmed. More...

Man dies at town rail station
POLICE have confirmed that a man has died following an incident in Highbridge today (Sunday, April 2nd). A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesperson said: "We were called to the railway line near Highbridge and Burnham station at 11.47am following reports of an injured man on the tracks."
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Shop windows contest begins
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £100 over Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. The annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' runs until April 17th. More...

Three hurt in serious A370 crash
THREE people were hurt in a crash that closed a busy road through the Burnham-On-Sea area for several hours yesterday afternoon. Police closed the A370 at East Brent for over two hours, as pictured here, after a serious collision involving a car and a motorbike.
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Sunshine Farm opens in Brean
A NEW £35,000 farmyard tourist attraction has opened in Brean this week featuring scores of rescued animals. Sunshine Farm has opened at Unity Farm holiday park and is open to holidaymakers staying at the park there and also local groups and schools by arrangement. More...

Cove gets a dash of colour
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove will be bursting into colour this Spring thanks to the work of a group of volunteers. The Friends of Marine Cove held a planting session at the seafront gardens on Saturday morning, as pictured here, as the ghardens got ready for the Easter holidays. More...

Speedway season's off to flier
THE speedway season at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena got underway with a well-attended fixture on Friday (31st March) when the SGB Premiership Pairs Championship took place. The Premiership Pairs is the first of two National Championship meetings. More...

Burglary at town charity shop
MEAN-spirited burglars smashed their way into a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop early on Friday (March 31st), stealing a quantity of stock. The glass door of The Children's Society in Burnham High Street was smashed in the early hours of the morning, say Police. More...

£50k bid to turn sea water blue
INNOVATIVE plans to boost Burnham-On-Sea's tourism economy by turning the town's sea water blue are revealed today. Tourism bosses are concerned at the financial affects of the EU's sea water bathing ban, introduced last year and are backing the scheme. More...

First Hinkley concrete poured
THE first concrete has been poured in the construction of Britain's first new nuclear power plant in more than 20 years. Work has now begun on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, including the building of tunnels to carry cabling and pipes. More...

Love Lane is re-open again
THE road closure signs were removed in Burnham-On-Sea's Love Lane on Friday (March 31st) as Wessex Water re-opened the road for three weeks to help alleviate traffic over the Easter holidays following concerns about holiday traffic delays over the busy period. More...

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