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17-month wait for window fix
Exclusive: A Highbridge resident whose council home is plagued by damp has this week attacked Homes In Sedgemoor for telling her the soonest they can fix the problem is January 2013. Tina Gray says faulty windows in her home are causing condensation to build up and create damp. More...

Hospital praised by inspectors
NATIONAL inspectors have this week praised standards for patients at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital. Every year, the Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) publishes comparative information showing the standards across a range of patient services. More...

10m town sign wins approval
Exclusive: A 10-metre wide sign displaying the word 'Highbridge' is to be introduced next to the town's clock. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's application to introduce the new sign in Jubilee Gardens next to the A38 has this week been granted approval. More...

Children walk on water!
CHILDREN were able to experience walking on water when the unusual activity of water zorbing came to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Sanders Garden World had several giant bubbles, filled with air, which youngsters were able to climb into. More...

Model rail fans flock to show
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK gathered in Burnham-On-Sea over the Bank Holiday weekend for a popular two-day exhibition. The annual Sedgemoor Rail event, run by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, was held on August 27th and 28th. More...

Tourism business feels pinch
Exclusive: TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a busy August Bank Holiday weekend, but trade over the whole summer has been generally disappointing. Somerset Tourism Association says the Burnham area has seen more day-trippers and short-stay visitors. More...

Dreamscheme's busy summer
YOUNGSTERS from Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have ended their busy summer of community activities with a well-deserved trip to a fun park. The 42 members of Burnham Dreamscheme ended their hectic month with a day trip to Crealy Adventure Park on the final day of the summer. More...

Town Pubwatch group grows
BURNHAM-On-Sea's long-running Pubwatch group is linking up with schemes in Bridgwater and Taunton. The Burnham group - which represents 14 pubs and clubs - has amalgamated with the two other towns to strengthen its operation. Burnham Pubwatch has been running for over 11 years. More...

Idyllic Burnham rivals Med!
CALM weather combined with one of the highest tides of the year generated idyllic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (August 30th). The 11.79m high tide at 8.43pm was among the six highest tides of 2011, sweeping beaches clean of litter and touching the foot of the dunes at Berrow. More...

Children's Mission visit beach
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's Lighthouse Children’s Mission have taken to the town's beach for two days of fun and games. The event, sponsored by The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, was held on the sand next to Burnham Pavilion over the past week. More...

Coastguards called to walker
CONCERNS for a man spotted walking half a mile from the shore across mudflats prompted a call-out for a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Tuesday evening (August 30th). Five Burnham Coastguards were called to back up Weston Coastguards. More...

Four arrests at harvest home
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have arrested four people after trouble flared up at the end of the East Brent Harvest Home at the weekend. Officers were called to the village by on-site security staff at 11pm on Friday amid reports of fighting and disorder. More...

FolkFest countdown underway
THE countdown has begun to the sixth annual Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest, which is being held this weekend (September 2nd-4th). Vibrant young folk trio Uiscedwr will play at the FolkFest 2011 grand opening concert at the Princess Theatre this Friday, kicking off the big weekend. More...

Art plans for new hotel screening
Exclusive: A community group is being sought to decorate the new screening that has been installed over the past week at the front of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel. Following pressure from local residents and councillors, hotel owner Derek Mead has introduced the wooden hoarding to help tidy up the site. More...

MP: 'Bury power lines underground'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for a proposed 37-mile line of new power lines to be buried underground instead of running across Somerset's countryside. The National Grid wants to install the 152ft tall pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. More...

Hospital fete raises £4,000
Photo Special: A BRAVE fundraiser spent the afternoon of Burnham hospital's annual fete sat in a padding pool while passers-by poured baked beans over her! Rose Brooks from Mencap, pictured, helped to raise hundreds of pounds for her charity and Burnham Hopsital. More...

Crews rescue three in trapped car
FIRE crews removed the roof of a car to rescue three people trapped inside following an accident in East Brent earlier today (Monday, August 29th). Emergency services were called to the A38 at 2.50am after the car left the road, ending up in a roadside ditch. More...

In photos: Mark Flower Show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was the special guest at the annual flower and vegetable show in the village of Mark on Saturday (August 27th). Tessa Munt presented the trophies, cups and certificates to the 19 winners of this year's event, which was held in the village hall. More...

Man jailed over rape charges
A former East Huntspill man has been given a life jail term following the rape and indecent assault of two young girls. Vaughn Glynn, 48, has been convicted of nine counts of rape, four charges of sexual assault and two counts of making indecent images of children. More...

Jedward's granny leads walk!
Photo Special: A CHARITY walker dressed as the grandmother of popstars Jedward was among the colourful participants taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Smile Walk on Sunday (August 28th)! A small crowd turned out to watch the start of the fancy dress walk. More...

Toby, 16, gets big local send-off
Exclusive: A teenage water skier from Burnham-On-Sea is jetting off to Australia this week to compete in the World Water Skiing Championships - and he was given a big send-off by friends and family on Saturday (August 27th). Toby Duggun, 16, will be representing Great Britain in Brisbane. More...

In photos: Berrow church fete
BIG crowds flocked to Berrow Church's annual summer fete on Saturday (August 27th). Bright sunshine attracted large numbers of supporters to the popular event at St Mary's Church, where a line-up of entertainment was held alongside traditional stalls and games. More...

Village history records on show
RARELY-seen historical birth, marriage and death records from the past century are on display to the public at a village church near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. East Huntspill Church is holding an exhibition of parish records, some of which date back to 1911, throughout this weekend. More...

Bridge jumper prompts concern
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Bridgwater this evening (Saturday, August 27th) to assist police with an incident in which a man had jumped from a tall bridge into the River Parrett. A team of four Coastguards was called to the roadway over the river in Western Way at 6.10pm. More...

Convoy thunders through town
Photos and Video: DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday (August 27th) during a mass convoy for charity. Over 50 vehicles from the Blue Ridge Runners set off from the Oaktree Arena along the A38 and then drove in procession to Burnham via the A38 and Marine Drive. More...

Seafront Smile Walk today!
COLOURFULLY
dressed fundraisers will pull on their walking boots when Burnham-On-Sea's annual Smile Walk is held on Sunday (August 28th). The fancy dress walk will start next to the town's jetty at 2pm and the walkers will make their way along The Esplanade. More...

New homes plan gets backing
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build a new developent of nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given a thumbs-up by the Town Council. An application for outline planning permission for nine dwellings on land to the rear of 24 Golf Links Road was considered by members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee. More...

In photos: East Brent Harvest Home
HUNDREDS of people took part in traditional festivities at the annual East Brent Harvest Home on Friday (August 26th). Over 400 people filled the event's show tent to tuck into a hearty meal and enjoy a day of entertainment, which included Burtle Brass Band, live music acts and fairground rides. More...

100 car convoy heads to Burnham
ALMOST 100 classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday lunchtime (August 27th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will be setting off from the Oaktree Arena at around 12.30pm. More...

Police appeal over racist abuse
BRITISH Transport Police have today (Friday) appealed for the public’s help in identifying a man they would like to speak following an incident on board a train in Highbridge. Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they believe will be able to help the investigation. More...

Wild West hits Brent Knoll!
VISITORS to Brent Knoll will be able to get a taste of the Wild West this Bank Holiday weekend while raising funds for a good cause. Sanders Garden World will be hosting a Wild West Weekend from this Saturday (August 27th) right through until Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. More...

Volunteers give library support
Exclusive: A NEW group of volunteers that has been formed to help run Highbridge Library when the County Council closes it down later this year met for the first time at a public meeting on Thursday evening (August 25th). The group gathered at the Town Council chambers. More...

Fresh warning after 4x4 rescue
A FRESH warning has been issued to motorists driving on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after this stranded 4x4 had to be towed to safety at Berrow on Thursday (August 25th). Beach wardens called on the help of Burnham-based rescue charity BARB after a holidaymaker's Land Rover became stranded. More...

What's on at The Ritz cinema?
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews The Inbetweeners. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Town GCSE results celebrated
GCSE students at Highbridge's King Alfred School were celebrating on Thursday morning (August 25th) after achieving a fantastic set of results. 68% of students managed to achieve the headline figure of 5 or more GCSE grades at C grade or above including English and Maths. More...

Model rail show this weekend
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK will gather in Burnham-On-Sea this Bank Holiday weekend for a popular two-day exhibition. The annual Sedgemoor Rail event, run by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday at King Alfred School. More...

Olympic hopes for local trio
Exclusive: THREE well known local residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been officially nominated to become Olympic Torch Bearers and carry the symbolic flame through the area next year. The sucessful candidate will learn in December if they have been chosen. More...

Arcade tax proposals attacked
NEW gaming taxes could threaten the future of amusement arcades in Burnham-On-Sea, according to the manager of the town's pier. Louise Parkin, who runs Burnham's Pavilion, has warned that proposals by the government to introduce new legislation and taxes. More...

Nick could still win jet ski title
BURNHAM-On-Sea jet skier Nick Edrich narrowly missed out on winning the British title this week when he competed in the penultimate round of action. Riding his Hydrospace S4 at Grendon lakes in Northants, Nick could have lifted the British title but will have to wait for another chance. More...

Man City player in Burnham
FORMER Manchester City player Tommy Hutchison and Bristol City's Sam Downes were the two special guests at a football school held in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The two players coached a group of students at an event organised by Burnham United. More...

Patchy 3G coverage exposed
THE patchy nature of 3G mobile data coverage in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been exposed this week by a major new BBC study. Despite operator claims of high 3G coverage, there are still many so-called 'notspots' in the Burnham and Highbridge area, according to the map, where no coverage is available. More...

Three nominated for Olympic roles
Exclusive: THREE well-known residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been officially nominated to become Olympic Torch Bearers and carry the symbolic flame through the area next year. Burnham's 90 year-old triathlon runner Arthur Gilbert, charity runner Jason Vickers and Sara Cox-Conklin are among them. More...

Stuck lamb rescued from ditch
FIRE crews successfully rescued a stranded lamb trapped in a ditch in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (August 23rd). Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to the Isleport Industrial Estate at 7.41pm after a farmer discovered the animal stuck in a rhyne. More...

Credit union expands in town
A NEW collection point for Bridgwater and District Credit Union has been opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The new service in Elizabeth Court in Mendip Way was opened on Monday morning (22nd August). The union's aim is to provide a safe place to save and provide loans. More...

Police uncover 45 car offences
A HIGH-profile police operation in Brean targeting vehicle crime uncovered more than 40 offences at the weekend. Dozens of vehicles were checked during one of the village's busiest weeks of the year. Three vehicles were either seized or banned from the road, while other motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices. More...

Homes searched in drug raids
POLICE searched two homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge when they executed drugs warrants at the weekend. Properties in Burnham High Street and Burnham Road, Highbridge were searched by officers during their ongoing campaign to clampdown on drug dealing in the two towns. More...

Jamie visits rescued kittens
AN 11-year-old boy who rescued four kittens has this week been reunited with the tiny creatures during a visit to a wildlife centre near Burnham-On-Sea. Young Jamie crawled through a hedge to rescue the kittens after finding them discarded, crying and hungry. More...

Charity beach walkers sought
SUPPORTERS of The Alzheimer's Society will be pulling on their walking boots to take part in the charity's annual Sponsored Memory Walk in Brean on Sunday 18th September. This year's event is being sponsored and promoted by Brean Leisure Park and will start at 2pm. More...

Rugby tips from top player
FOUR young Burnham Rugby Club players have been picking up tips and advice for how to improve their game from former England World Cup player Mark Regan. The youngsters took part in a three-day rugby camp at Cheddar RFC when Mr Regan coached them in various rugby skills. More...

Apex Park needs your vote!
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Widlife Park is in the running to win the title of 'the nation’s favourite park'. It is one of 1,290 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The People’s Choice Awards, an annual online competition that gives the public the vote for their favourite parks. More...

Project tackles dunes erosion
Exclusive: A NEW conservation project to strengthen the sand dunes along Berrow beach and reduce the risk of erosion is underway. Members of Berrow Conservation Group, Sedgemoor District Council’s conservation team and Bristol University's Conservation Group have built a 40-metre line of wooden fencing in the sand. More...

Library volunteers set to meet
A FIRST meeting of the volunteers who will be helping to run Highbridge Library from later this autumn is to be held on Thursday (August 25th). The open meeting to consider the way forward for Highbridge Library will take place at 7.30pm in the Town Council Chambers. More...

Three 'shouts' for Coastguards
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to two incidents on Monday (August 22nd) where children had got into difficulty on Weston beach. In the first incident, at 4.15pm, Coastguards were called to Uphill amid concern for two children in difficulty on the beach. More...

CCTV costs in the spotlight
Exclusive: CASH-strapped Sedgemoor District Council wants Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council to take over the cost of running CCTV cameras in the towns as part of a new round of cutbacks. Alison Griffin, Sedgemoor's Corporate Director for Customers and Communities, outlined the controversial plans to the Town Council this week. More...

Village show sees 650 entries
MORE than 650 entries - ranging from flowers and vegetables to artwork - went on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show on Saturday (August 20th). John Inder won the trophy for the most points in the horticultural classes and Sarah Puddy, pictured, won the flower classes. More...

Group visits German twin town
Photo Special: A GROUP of residents from Burnham-On-Sea's twinning group have just returned from a visit to Burnham's German twinned town. The delegation of 11 residents from Burnham and Highbridge travelled to Fritzlar on an official visit, led by Chairman Chris Metcalfe. More...

In photos: BMX fundraiser
BMX enthusiasts jumped onto their bikes to raise money for a charity in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (August 19th). Burnham BMX Club and Sue Ryder Care organised the 'BMX Ride for Ryder' at the town's Apex Park BMX track, as pictured here. More...

Kids lead cake-making project
MEMBERS of Highbridge Dreamscheme made dozens of cakes for elderly residents in the town during their ongoing summer programme of community work this week. The young people made over 50 cakes, scones and pastries as part of an initiative to help the elderly. More...

Church holds summer kids club
A FUN-packed holiday club for children aged 5-11 is being held at a Burnham-On-Sea church this week. Burnham Baptist Church in College Street is holding Mission Rescue, a spy-themed summer holiday club from Monday August 22nd - Friday 26th each day from 10am. More...

Concert boosts Folkfest funds
A SPECIAL concert was held on Saturday night (August 20th) to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Folkfest. The award-winning Portishead Band performed a line-up of well-known tunes in front of a packed audience at the town's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Police launch new phone line
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who wish to contact police regarding non-urgent crime or anti-social behaviour will be able to do using a new phone number from next month. On Monday September 19th, police will be changing their non-emergency number. More...

M5 delays as caravan flips over
THIS was the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday, August 20th) after a serious crash led to a caravan overturning onto the central reservation. Long queues of traffic built up approaching the accident, which occurred on the southbound carriageway. More...

New £1.6m pool opened
THE UK's Minister for Tourism joined a Burnham-On-Sea athlete in cutting a ribbon to officially open the latest section of Brean Leisure Park's new £1.6m swimming complex on Friday (August 19th). John Penrose MP and Romana Winstone, who recently won five medals at the World Transplant Games in swimming, were the special guests at the opening. More...

In photos: Burnham RNIB fete
A SUMMER fete held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (August 18th) raised hundreds of pounds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The fete, held at the RNIB's Kathleen Chambers House, was attended by a good number of supporters including the town's Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Theft prompts CCTV appeal
POLICE in Highbridge have this week appealed for the public's help in identifying thes two people captured on CCTV as part of an investigation into a theft. Officers are keen to trace the two women who they think may be able to help with their enquiries into an alleged theft. More...

New-look village shelter opened
A NEW-look bus shelter in Berrow that puts Banksy to shame has been formally opened this week - almost a year after it was partly demolished in an accident. Berrow Parish Council successfully submitted an insurance claim and then gave village artist Malcolm Dormer the task of decorating it in an eye-catching way. More...

Madison's pilot hopes soar
A BURNHAM-On-Sea student's hopes of fulfilling her ambitions of becoming an airline pilot soared on Thursday (August 18th) when she received her A level results. Madison Brown, 18, from Lawrence Close in Burnham, is a high flier in more ways than one after doing well in her exams this week. More...

Xmas lights hopes boosted
Exclusive: HOPES of saving Burnham's annual Christmas lights display from the axe were given a major boost last night (Thursday, August 18th) when the town council pledged £3,500 to help the display. Rhonda Mills, Chairman of Burnham Chamber of Trade, told councillors at a meeting of the council's Policy and Finance Committee that the display is in jeopardy. More...

Dreamscheme receive reward
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme enjoyed a ride on Weston's big wheel on Thursday (August 18th) as a reward for their community work. The youngsters have this week been handing out safety leaflets, which they recently designed, to children on Burnham's seafront. More...

Town A-level students celebrate!
Photo Special: PUPILS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are today (Thursday) celebrating some of the best A-level results in the school's history. Over 40 students opened their envelopes this morning - and the vast majority were delighted at how they'd done. More...

Tucker's Garage flats rejected
Exclusive: COUNCIL planners have this week rejected plans for a block of 27 new elderly people's flats at Burnham-On-Sea's former Tucker's Garage site. At a meeting on Tuesday (August 16th), Sedgemoor District Council threw out the application due to concerns about funding. More...

Jo finds transplant donor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cancer sufferer's search for a bone marrow donor appears to have been successful after a German man was identified as a 'perfect match'. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month that Jo Burridge-Clayton had been diagnosed with chronic leukaemia. More...

Carnival supporters appeal
ORGANISERS of the annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival are holding a free skittles evening this Friday (August 19th) aimed at thanking its supporters and encouraging new helpers to come forward. The event will be at The Ritz Social Club from 7.30pm and is open to all. More...

Weather mast gets go-ahead
PLANS for a temporary mast to collect wind data at the proposed Pilrow wind farm site at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The meteorological mast, which is a steel tubular pole measuring between 70m tall, will be built shortly. More...

Bomb drama on town seafront
Exclusive: AN ARMY bomb disposal team was called to Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (August 17th) after this World War 1 device was brought to the town's Coastguard Station. A team from the Royal Logistics Corps was called to The South Esplanade when a member of the public handed in the device that he had uncovered in his garden. More...

40 new jobs at M5 services?
Exclusive: Up to 40 new jobs could be created at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea if proposals for a major new expansion get the go-ahead from council planners. Roadchef, the owner of the site on the M5 southbound at Brent Knoll, has this week submitted the expansion plans to Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Burnham swimmer strikes gold
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer who received a kidney transplant from her husband less than two years ago is celebrating success after winning a haul of medals at the World Transplant Games. Crohn's Disease sufferer Romana Winstone used to swim when she was a young girl. More...

More wins for tennis academy
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy have enjoyed more great results this month. In recent days, its players have taken part in the Clevedon Tennis Tournament where the standard is always very high in the younger age groups. More...

MP backs betting shops bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing to a new parliamentary bill to control the amount of betting shops on high streets. The current law means that no planning application is needed if a bookie wants to open at a site previously owned by a bank or estate agent. More...

Stranded beach van rescued
A council cleaning vehicle had to be rescued on Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (Tuesday) after getting stranded in soft sand and mud. One of Sedgemoor District Council’s Clean Surroundings vans became trapped at 2.30pm when its wheels got stuck during a beach clean-up. More...

Teenager robbed of cash
Detectives are appealing for information after a teenager was robbed of cash during an incident in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. The 18-year-old man was in Steart Drive on his way home from a night out during the early hours of Sunday morning (August 14th). More...

Pig racing fun in Brean tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will hold one of its summer pig racing nights this evening (Tuesday, August 16th). Crowds of onlookers are expected to flock to the family event, which will get underway at 7pm. In addition to pig races there will also be donkey racing and a tote. More...

Treasure Court enjoys fete fun
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for charity when a Burnham-On-Sea housing association held its annual summer fete on Saturday (August 13th). A steady flow of visitors attended the Treasure Court fete in Berrow Road, where stalls and entertainment were laid on. More...

Get on your bike for charity!
FUNDRAISERS are being encouraged to get on their bikes for charity at an event in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (August 19th). Burnham BMX Club and Sue Ryder Care have organised the 'BMX Ride for Ryder', which takes place from 6-9pm at Apex Park's BMX cycling track. More...

Cold calling fight stepped up
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge have this week welcomed the launch of a new scheme to combat cold callers in the town. The introduction of the new 'no cold calling zone' is part of a bid to tackle the often-unwelcome practice of doorstep selling on the Morland and Poplar estates. More...

Tributes paid to Teresa, 42
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Highbridge school pupil who has died this week after a long battle with drink-related problems. Teresa Hurley, a former student at King Alfred School, died on Sunday at the age of 42. A number of tributes have been paid. More...

Man in court after car attacks
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been arrested and is due to appear in court later this month following two car break-ins in the town. The 27 year-old has been charged with two offences of theft from motor vehicles in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow and the theft of a pedal cycle. More...

Parking clampdown begins
Exclusive: POLICE have launched a clampdown against inconsiderate parkers along a busy route through Highbridge. Following residents' concerns about parking along Church Street, officers have stepped up their patrols and been making bookings in recent days. More...

Busy Dreamscheme summer
MEMBERS of Highbridge Dreamscheme are having a busy summer holiday - with a charity car wash being the latest in a series of community activities to be held in recent days. The group, pictured, washed dozens of cars outside Burnham Fire Station on Saturday. More...

In photos: Horticultural Show
ALMOST 350 gardening and craft entries went on display at Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society’s 44th annual show over the weekend. While the number of entries was down on previous years, organisers said that the judges were impressed with the quality. More...

200 attend town's Civic Service
SEVEN residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with awards to recognise their work for the community during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday (August 14th). Graham Cook, Frankie Gratton, Mike Ross, Rosemarie Parsons and three members of the Pusil family received awards. More...

MP 'rescued' by lifeboat crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP experienced at first hand how lifeboat crews rescue people on Sunday (August 14th). Tessa Munt was herself retrieved by the town's lifeboat crews when she plunged from a yacht into the chilly waters of Bridgwater Bay, as pictured here. More...

45-mile charity trek completed
FOUR members of Burnham Sailing Club pulled on their walking boots to take part in a 45-mile fundraising trek from Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in Somerset, back to the town this week. Sue Mount, Chrissie O’Brien, Trish Windle and Dave Fisher did the walk. More...

Festival cream tea raises £750
OVER £750 was raised for the Highbridge Festival of the Arts during a fundraising cream tea in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (August 13th). Burnham and Highbridge Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, were among the guests at the special event in Rectory Road. More...

Trailer accident causes delays
MOTORISTS were delayed on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (August 12th) after a trailer toppled over, blocking a lane. The trailer fell onto its side on the southbound carriageway just a few hundred metres from Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22. More...

TV actor shows off tennis skills
AN actor who is well known for his appearances on television showed off his tennis skills during a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week. Tristan Gemmill, who has appeared in several TV series on BBC and ITV, including Eastenders and The Bill, competed in Burnham. More...

Mini owners head to car show
MINI owners from across the South West will be displaying their vehicles at a charity event in Brent Knoll next month. The Mini Show will take place at Sanders Garden World on Sunday September 25th in aid of Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service. More...

Horticultural Show underway
HUNDREDS of gardening and craft entries are on show at Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society’s 44th annual show this weekend (August 13th and 14th). Sanders Garden World is the venue for the popular annual show which boasts over 350 entries. More...

Soap and buckets are ready!
A FUNDRAISING car wash is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea throughout Saturday (August 13th) led by young members of Highbridge's Dreamscheme. The group's event will be held at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm in aid of the group. More...

Warning after burglaries
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned residents to be extra vigilant following several break-ins. In the latest incident on Thursday evening (August 11th), police were called to Golf Links Road, as pictured, after a house had been burgled. Police have asked residents to report suspicious activity. More...

Council steps in to save loos
Exclusive: A PUBLIC toilet block in Brean which was closed by Sedgemoor District Council earlier this year to save money has been re-opened by the parish council after it took over the ownership. Holidaymakers had complained about the closure and reduced facilities. More...

Man airlifted after accident
THESE were the scenes in East Huntspill this afternoon (Thursday, August 11th) when a man was airlifted to hospital following a serious accident. Burnham ambulance and fire crews rushed to The Causeway in East Huntspill at 2.46pm after a man trapped his right foot on the metal prongs of a drag fork. More...

MP joins Commons riots debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt joined a debate in the House of Commons today (Thursday, August 11th) regarding this week's riots. Tessa, pictured, said the media has a responsibility to report any criminality they witness to the police and asked whether footage has been passed on. More...

Tesco 'committed' to expansion
FEARS that Tesco has axed the multi-million pound expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store - and thereby pulled the plug on providing £300,000 of community funding to the town appear to have been quashed this week. The supermarket giant says it is 'still committed' to the expansion of its store. More...

Crews tackle caravan blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a caravan blaze on Wednesday afternoon (August 10th). Crews were called out at 2.09pm to reports of a caravan in flames on the A38 at Pawlett. Fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea attended. More...

TV's Orville to visit Burnham
TV entertainer Keith Harris is set to bring his famous puppet Orville to Burnham-On-Sea for a night of adult comedy next week. Tickets have just gone on sale for the special event, to be held at Home Farm Holiday Park on the evening of Wednesday August 17th. More...

Car wash fundraiser success
OVER 40 members of Burnham Dreamscheme spent the morning on Wednesday (August 10th) washing cars for charity. Despite a last-minute change of venue, dozens of cars queued up to be cleaned outside the town's fire station, raising money for two causes. More...

Oliver Twist gets a new twist!
A GROUP of 28 children aged 4-11 have performed a show called 'Olivia', a female version of Oliver Twist, in the town. The show was rehearsed during a summer school held at Burnham-based dance and fitness centre, DanceFit in Lane and then performed at The Princess. More...

Garden centre's charity boost
STAFF at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World have helped raise more than £1,830 for charity by selling tickets to a 'Get Gardening Raffle'. The centre in Brent Knoll sold the tickets throughout May, June and July in aid of Greenfingers, which creates gardens at children’s hospices. More...

Crash shuts Burnham road
ONE person was taken to hospital with neck injuries following an accident in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Wednesday, August 10th). Police and ambulance crews were called to the junction of Queen's Drive and Stoddens Lane at 10.25am after a three vehicle collision. More...

Free computing workshops
SEDGEMOOR Community Partnership is to launch a new public internet facility at the Community Café in Highbhridge's Morland Hall this autumn and to mark this is holding a series of free workshops from September. The first of the courses, called 'Get Online - Surfing the Internet', will be held on Wednesday 7th September from 9.30am – 12.30pm. More...

Appeal after indecent exposure
POLICE in Highbridge are appealing to the public for information following an incident in which a man indecently exposed himself in Bank Street. The incident occurred at around 9.15pm on Friday August 5th near to the recycling bins in the car park when the man exposed himself to a small group of people. More...

Fruit animals impress judges!
COLOURFUL characters created from fruit were among the humorous entries on display at East Huntspill's Flower Show at the weekend. This creature - made from kiwi, grapes, blueberries and apricots - won the category for an animal made from fruit at Saturday's annual event. More...

Road safety changes urged
Exclusive: URGENT safety improvements are needed to a busy road in Highbridge before a serious accident happens, a town councillor has warned this week. Cllr Helen Groves has called on Somerset County Council to make a number of changes to Pepperall Road. More...

Adult learners raise funds
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea adults with learning difficulties has been raising funds for East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The group has recently completed an NOCN Employability Award at Somerset Skills & Learning in Princess Street and held a fundraising coffee morning. More...

Kite surfer in difficulty
COASTGUARDS requested the launch of a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat on Monday afternoon (August 8th) after the town's jetty attendant spotted a fallen surfer in difficulty in the sea. The attendant recognised the danger the surfer was in, with an outgoing tide. More...

Vandals target Marine Cove
Exclusive: WORK to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is still 'on track' despite an attack by vandals earlier this week, claim project bosses. Two people gained entry to the gardens early on Sunday morning, pushing over metal fences protecting the site, before dumping a concrete ball into the refurbished pond along with a metal scaffold. More...

Driver drove wrong way on M5
A DRUNKEN motorist is facing jail after she this week admitted speeding down the M5 motorway past Burnham-On-Sea in the wrong direction while twice the drink-drive limit. Deborah Hunt, 43, almost collided with a police car with its blue lights flashing and other vehicles. More...

Charity car wash tomorrow
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme will be holding a charity car wash in the town tomorrow (Wednesday, August 10th). The youngsters will be washing cars outside the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive between 10am and 1pm in aid of BARB and the Dreamscheme. More...

Summer fun continues
Childrens TV stars Ben and Holly will be visiting Berrow's Animal Farm Adventure Park this Wednesday (August 10th) during the attraction's ongoing summer entertainment programme. The Nickelodeon TV duo will be at the park from 9am-6.30pm. Peppa Pig will also visit the park later this month. More...

Car show boosts church funds
DOZENS of classic cars from across the region trundled into West Huntspill on Saturday (August 6th) for the village's fifth annual classic car show. The Balliol Hall field next to the church hall was filled with motors of all models at the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show, which also helped to raise £2,000 for the church. More...

Dinghy washed up on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out this morning (Monday, August 8th) to investigate an upturned dinghy found drifting in the sea off Brean beach. The boat, pictured here, was spotted by a beach walker 50 metres from the shore and was soon washed up on the beach. More...

Inner Wheel's autistic help
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel have helped raise funds for autistic children during a fundraising event near Winscombe. President Sandra Moon and seven other members of the Inner Wheel Club manned a lucky dip stand during a fete at Barton Camp, as pictured. More...

Pub's boost for soldiers charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier Tavern has raised hundreds of pounds by holding a series of pub quizzes in aid of Help the Heroes. Charity fundraiser John Shaw joined forces with landlord Martin Taylor and quiz masters James Crenol and Becky Crump to raise a total of £309. More...

Mud walker in beach scare
A WALKER who was spotted by a beach warden struggling in mud a mile and a half from the shore at Berrow sparked a call-out for two rescue hovercrafts and a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday, August 8th). Both BARB's rescue hovercrafts were called to the scene. More...

Berrow keeps singing in rain!
WET weather failed to dampen spirits at Berrow's Gig On The Green on Sunday (August 7th). The event on Berrow Green was hailed a success by organisers following a day of top-class live music, which was enjoyed by a good number of spectators from across the area. More...

Fun Day enjoyed in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club held a Family Fun Day in the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday (August 7th). While the event was affected by the poor weather, many of the planned attractions, competitions, trade stands and displays still went ahead and were popular. More...

First aid skills for youngsters
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme have been brushing up their first aid skills during a special session. More than 40 youngsters from the group received first aid tips and advice from a Highbridge and Burnham St John ambulance volunteer, as pictured in our story. More...

Weather hits Highbridge event
POOR weather hit the attendance of an outdoor concert held in Highbridge on Sunday (August 7th). But the 150 people who braved the rain were treated to some great music during 'Music On The Green'. The event was headlined by Adam and Alex Lipinski. More...

Rescue services day in photos
A big crowd lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 7th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Dozens of emergency services from across the West Country held displays and demonstrations in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 people on the South Esplanade. More...

Man hurt in three-car accident
THIS was the scene on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Sunday, August 7th) after a serious accident closed two lanes of the northbound carriageway. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston cut the roof from a car to access a person inside shortly after 3pm. More...

Top golfers head to Burnham
A STRONG international field of golfers is set to contest the UK's national Boys Amateur Championships in Burnham-On-Sea in the coming days. Burnham-On-Sea golf player Jamie Clare (pictured) will be hoping that local knowledge counts when he takes part in the tournament, starting on Tuesday. More...

Busy day of events in Burnham
RESIDENTS and visitors to Burnham-On-Sea will be spoilt for choice for free entertainment today (Sunday, August 7th) on one of the busiest days of the year for the town. Dozens of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on the South Esplanade from 10am. More...

Top award for garden centre
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World was celebrating this week after winning a top prize for its show garden at Taunton Flower Show. The garden centre won a gold award for its display - named 'A Lost Piece of the Mediterranean' - on Friday afternoon (August 5th). More...

Appeal after cars damaged
POLICE in Highbridge have issued an appeal for information after two cars were damaged in the town last weekend. Officers were called to a party in Caxton Road during the early hours of last Saturday morning (July 30th) following complaints from residents. More...

Arthur raises £1,000 for charity
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week handed over more than £1,000 to charity, having completed two fundraising triathlons. 90 year-old Arthur Gilbert presented £1,085 to The Musgrove Leukaemia Group - after collecting the money from sponsors. More...

In photos: Art Club show opens
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists is underway in the town this week. Dozens of paintings by Burnham Art Club are on display at Burnham Community Centre. The event was opened on Friday evening by the Mayor. More...

Biker airlifted to hospital
A MOTORCYCLIST was air-lifted to hospital following a serious accident on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday, August 5th). The man was flown by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol following the incident shortly after 10.30am. More...

Search for missing person
A HUGE search operation was launched along Burnham's coastline this afternoon (Friday, August 5th) after a 44-year-old man went missing. Stephen Ball - who police believe is in a depressed state - went missing at about 1pm after leaving his girlfriend’s house in Westonzoyland. More...

Classic car show tomorrow
WEST Huntspill will hold its fifth annual classic car show on Saturday (August 6th) when dozens of vehicles will be on show to the public. The Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show will be held from 11am-4pm on West Huntspill's Balliol Hall field adjacent to the church hall. More...

TV star returns to Berrow
Exclusive: TV star Paul Merton will be returning to Berrow beach on Monday (August 8th) to complete his filming of a new TV show. As we reported last month, the star of BBC1's Have I Got News For You visited the beach near Burnham to film a Channel 5 TV series. More...

Speeding is voted top concern
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have picked speeding and anti-social behaviour as the top two priorities for police in the town over the next three months. Almost 30 residents attended a community police meeting this evening (Thursday, August 4th) in Burnham Community Centre. More...

Bloom Chairman steps down
BURNHAM in Bloom's Chairman and Treasurer has announced this week he is to give up his high-profile roles this autumn following three decades in the job. Dave Perrett, 65, said he is stepping down to give "the younger generation a chance to get more involved." More...

Flag-raising ceremony held
CELEBRATIONS were held at Highbridge's Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park this week when it was formally given its Green Flag Award for a fifth year. A short flag-raising ceremony was held at the park on Wednesday, where this year's Green Flag was formally unveiled. More...

Knoll craft fair this weekend
SANDERS Garden World in Brent Knoll will be holding a fundraising craft fair over three days of this weekend. The event - being held from Friday (August 5th) to Sunday (August 7th) - will be open each day from 10am until 5pm and will be raising money for Freewheelers. More...

Arcade bids for longer opening
Exclusive: THE owner of a soon-to-open gambling arcade in Highbridge town centre has launched a formal appeal against a council ruling that restricts his opening hours. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in June, businessman Mike Childs won approval to convert Highbridge Ink into a gaming arcade. More...

Top line-up at Berrow gig
BERROW'S annual Gig on The Green is due to be held this Sunday (August 7th) with a great line-up of live music acts. Opening the show will be 'The 335' from London, followed by well-known local band 'The Trisexual Winkers' and Two Choices from Brighton. More...

Lifeboats help stranded yacht
TWO Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were launched on Wednesday evening (August 3rd) to help a yacht that had run aground on the banks of the River Brue. The yacht, called Kate, initially got into difficulty on Wednesday morning when its owner misjudged the incoming tide and ended up stranded on the banks near the entrance to the river. More...

In photos: Apex Fun Day
AN estimated turnout of 7,000 people descended on Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (August 3rd) for a day of fun-filled activities on National Play Day. The free event included more than 35 workshops and activities including dragon boats, climbing, circus skills, rope building, art activities, bouncy castles, craft making, adventure sports and dancing. More...

Secret World appeals for help
EAST Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre has this week issued an appeal for more animal lovers to become volunteer animal carers at weekends. The charity says it needs many more willing hands to help look after dozens of injured or orphaned animals. More...

Bumper season for anglers
SEA anglers in Burnham-On-Sea are enjoying a bumper season of catches following several lean years. Dave Harding reeled in this 9lb 12oz bass from his boat near Burnham on Sunday afternoon (July 31st), which is one of several big catches during recent weeks. More...

Train safety talks to be held
SOMERSET County Council and Network Rail are to meet to discuss the safety of a train crossing on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea following the death of a Burnham man last month. Martin Robert Handel, aged 47, from Burnham High Street, was killed. More...

Rail heritage project launched
Exclusive: TWO Burnham-On-Sea history enthusiasts have this week launched a project to return a piece of the town's railway heritage to the seafront. John Strickland and Terry Temlett are planning to restore an old railway buffer stop - identical to one that used to be located in Pier Street - and get it located outside the Reed's Arms. More...

Lions Fun Day this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club will be holding a Fun Day in the town's Manor Gardens this Sunday (August 7th) between 11am and 4.30pm. The event will include a number of attractions, including a bouncy castle, a terror slide and a barbecue plus lots more for all ages. More...

Preview: Apex Park Fun Day
THOUSANDS of children and their families are set to descend on Highbridge's Apex Park this Wednesday (August 3rd) for a day of fun-filled activities on National Play Day. The free event runs from 10am-3pm and will include over 35 workshops and activities for children of all ages. More...

Fair raises £800 for church
OVER £800 was raised for a Burnham-On-Sea church when it held its annual summer fair at the weekend. Dozens of supporters - including the town's Mayor and Mayoress - attended the event at Burnham Methodist Church in College Street on Saturday (July 30th). More...

Confusion over closing date
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern about the mixed messages from the NHS regarding the closing date of a mental health care centre in the town. Belmont House in Technical Street is set to close this summer. More...

Pedestrianisation is axed
Exclusive: PLANS to pedestrianise part of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street have been dramatically thrown out by town councillors this evening (Monday, August 1st). The plans would have seen traffic banned from the Town Centre during the daytime between Cross Street and Adam Street. More...

£30k solar power plans approved
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will soon be partially powered by solar energy as part of a £30,000 project to reduce the building's electricity costs. The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has put forward proposals to the Town Council for a number of solar panels to be installed. More...

New arts shop opens today
A NEW art and crafts shop is set to open in Highbridge today (Monday, August 1st). Labelled With Love Crafty Locals Shop will open its doors to customers for the first time at 16 Church Street. Manager Nic Noad is offering a wide range of handmade arts, crafts and gifts. More...

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