Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

August 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Bus cutbacks to be debated
BUS users in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are unhappy at cutbacks in local bus services will be able to attend a public meeting on Monday (September 2nd). Bus operator First recently axed evening journeys on its 21 service serving Burnham and Bridgwater. More...

Award for town RNLI volunteer
A VOLUNTEER at Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station has been presented with a medal to recognise her help over the years. Mary Summers, who received a bronze badge for her volunteering duties, said she was "tickled pink" at the surprise when the RNLI's CEO visited last week. More...

In photos: Saturday's FolkFest action
MUSIC fans crowded streets, pubs and clubs in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday, when dozens of live music and dance acts performed across the town during the annual FolkFest, which continued on Sunday. Organisers say the eighth annual event has been the 'best yet'. More...

Bikers holding fun day today
BIG-hearted bikers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding a fundraising bike run and fun day today (Sunday) in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from the town's jetty last summer. Dozens of bikers are signed up. More...

Hot rods roar through Burnham
DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Brean today (Saturday, August 31st) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners drove in a procession through the Burnham and Brean area in a convoy. More...

MP: Why I abstained over Syria
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has explained why she decided to abstain in this week's crucial parliamentary vote on Britain taking military action against Syria. Tessa Munt says she made the decision after listening to the debate in the House of Commons on Thursday. More...

FolkFest gets off to great start
MORE than 120 people filled Burnham's Ritz Social Club on Thursday evening for the opening concert of the town's annual FolkFest. Four days of entertainment across Burnham got underway with a rousing performance by Three Sheets T'Wind, pictured. More...

Call for beach clean-up
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week been urged to carry out a clean-up of Burnham-On-Sea beach after rocks and metal from the town's former Marine Lake swimming pool re-emerged in the sand over the summer, raising safety fears. Marine Lake was removed many decades ago, but debris still appears. More...

£3,000 overhaul for clock wall
A BRICK wall at the base of Highbridge's town clock is to be replaced with a more 'welcoming design' at a cost of almost £3,000. Town councillors on the Town Projects Committee have voted in favour of the expense at their latest meeting held earlier this month. More...

Car convoy heads to Burnham
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 31st) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12.30pm, passing along the seafront. More...

Bikers to hold fundraising run
BIG-hearted bikers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding a fundraising bike run and fun day this Sunday in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from the town's jetty last summer. Dozens of bikers are signed up to join the event. More...

Brean fireworks tomorrow
THE skies over Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display on Saturday (August 31st) when Brean Leisure Park holds its final display of the summer. The display will get started at 9pm and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be charity collections for local groups. More...

Tractors complete £6,000 drive
THREE Massey Ferguson tractor drivers were greeted by cheers in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (August 28th) as they completed a 620-mile round trip to Land's End and back, raising £6,000 for charity. The drivers - Alan Rawles, Colin Durston and Gordon Cox - left Burnham last Thursday. More...

Tesco homes plan 'progresses'
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build 17 new homes on land next to Tesco's Burnham-On-Sea store are slowly progressing with discussions underway with the district council regarding the financial terms of the project. The supermarket's scheme was given approval in 2009. More...

Lots of interest in bank auction
LOTS of interest is being shown by potential buyers of an historic building in the centre of Highbridge which has been put up for auction at a price of up to £100,000. Bradbury House at 33 Market Street was formerly a Lloyds Bank and a charity headquarters. More...

Carnivalites test knowledge
MEMBERS of carnival clubs across Somerset will be competing for a cash prize for their club and the title of King or Queen Carnivalite this weekend. Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Association is holding a unique evening of fun and entertainment on Saturday. More...

FolkFest weekend starts today
FOUR days of live music return to Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend when the town holds its annual FolkFest. Dozens of musical acts will be performing across the town as the popular event is held for an eighth year. We have a full preview of all the highlights. More...

Mayor given tour of lifeboats
BURNHAM'S Mayor Martin Cox, Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard and Councillor Paul Young have visited the town's lifeboat station to learn more about the service and its crewmembers. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes and other volunteers welcomed them. More...

Civic Award winners announced
THE names of four community-spirited residents in Burnham and Highbridge who are to receive Civic Awards have been announced this week. John Alexander, Mark Newman, Roger Packer and Jason Vickers have been named by the Town Council as winners of this year's awards. More...

Badger culling under attack
WILDLIFE carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are "hugely saddened" by the start of a controversial badger cull in Somerset. About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire. More...

Tractors set to return today
THREE historic Massey Ferguson tractors which set off from Burnham-On-Sea last week on a fundraising journey to Land's End are due to return today (Wednesday, August 28th). The drivers - Alan Rawles, Colin Durston and Gordon Cox - left Burnham last Thursday. More...

MP praises harvest home spirit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised the community spirit on show at Harvest Homes across the area this month. Tessa Munt's comments come after she attended the traditional autumn festivities and harvest home events in Mark, East Brent and Wedmore. More...

Bake-Off back for another slice
HOME and professional bakers are being invited to get their aprons at the ready to begin perfecting their entries for the return of the Great Burnham Bake-Off on 28th September at the town's autumn Food & Drink Festival. There were dozens of entries last time. More...

Weather boosts tourism trade
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday week as good weather hs attracted crowds of visitors. Good weather boosted visitor numbers, creating busy scenes on Burnham beach on Monday, when temperatures reached 23.9C. More...

FolkFest countdown begins
FOUR days of live music return to Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend when the town holds its annual FolkFest. Dozens of musical acts will be performing across the town as the popular event is held for an eighth year. We have a full preview of all the highlights. More...

Crowds at Manor Gardens fete
BRIGHT sunshine brought crowds of spectators to Burnham-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete. The annual fete saw throngs of families enjoying the good weather in the town's Manor Gardens, raising over £3,000 for good causes. More...

Bird trapped in netting rescued
WILDLIFE rescuers retrieved a distressed bird trapped in netting on the fishing lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday afternoon (August 25th). Secret World's carers were contacted by several concerned members of the public after seeing it struggling. More...

Train enthusiasts flock to show
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK flocked to a two-day show in Highbridge over the weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, attracted a good turnout on Saturday and Sunday at Highbridge's King Alfred School. More...

Powerboat towed to safety
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats were called to rescue a broken-down powerboat on Sunday morning (August 25th). The town's two lifeboats were preparing to return to their station following a training session when they were tasked with helping the owner of the vessel. More...

Club bids farewell to coach
PLAYERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club have this week bid farewell to long-serving coach Nick Arnold. Head Coach Vinny Duddy and some of the young players gathered to wish Nick a 'bon voyage' as he travels to Australia to embark on tennis coaching. More...

Police probe 'deliberate' blaze
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a vehicle was deliberately set on fire in Highbridge early on Saturday morning (August 24th). One fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Smith Way at 4.08am following a call from the police that a car was well alight. More...

See Wild West gunfight up close
VISITORS to Brent Knoll will be able to sample a taste of the Wild West this weekend while raising funds for a good cause. The Boots & Saddles Western Re-enactment & Living History Club - which is based in Somerset - will be performing throughout this weekend. More...

'Yarn bombing' hits seafront!
WALKERS on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade had a surprise on Saturday (August 24th) when an area of seating was struck a 'yarn bombing'. The seats and bollards on the North Esplanade were covered in brightly coloured, seaside-themed knitting and crochet! More...

In photos: Sooty is VIP guest
CHILDREN'S TV character Sooty was the VIP guest to open Berrow Church's summer fete on Saturday afternoon (August 24th). Entertainer Richard Cadell and Sooty performed the opening ceremony outside St Mary's Church alongside Reverend Sally Lacey. More...

New dance teachers at school
TWO experienced local dance teachers are set to join a Burnham-On-Sea dance school this autumn. The duo will be joining Burnham's DanceFit during September. Lis Holliman, RAD Ballet Teacher, and Bryony Holliman, ISTD Tap and Modern Teacher, are joining. More...

Rubbish turned into artwork!
YOUNGSTERS in Highbridge took part in a unique project on Friday (23rd August) to turn rubbish into artwork as part of an initiative to gain more respect in the community. The children, aged between 8 and 12, spent the morning litter picking and then worked to turn it into artwork. More...

Firms urged to back youngsters
AS young people across the Bunham-On-Sea area weigh up their options having received their GCSE and A-Level results this week, Somerset's Chamber of Commerce has stressed the importance to local businesses of supporting local youngsters and bolstering local expertise and talent. More...

Hotel overhaul 'will still proceed'
THE YMCA has this week said that the £11million Highbridge Hotel redevelopment project will still 'eventually go ahead' despite a major funding shortfall. Sedgemoor district councillors councillors have been told at their latest meeting that the project faces significant financial challenges. More...

Final hurdle for pylons fight
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to plans to build a corridor of new power pylons across the Somerset Levels near Burnham-On-Sea are gearing up for a final push to force National Grid to re-think the scheme. It comes as National Grid offers residents one last chance to have their views heard. More...

Tractors set off to Land's End
THREE historic Massey Ferguson tractors set off from Burnham-On-Sea at the start of a week-long fundraising journey to Land's End on Thursday (August 22nd). The drivers - Alan Rawles, Colin Durston and Gordon Cox - left Burnham's Morrisons car park. More...

Model rail show this weekend
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK will be flocking to a two-day show this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, will be held on Saturday August 24th and Sunday 25th August. More...

In photos: GCSE celebrations
GCSE students in the Burnham-On-Sea area were celebrating on Thursday (August 22nd) after achieving an excellent set of results. For a third year running, the students at Highbridge's King Alfred School performed well with 58% achieving the headline figure of five or more grades at 'C' or above. More...

Thousands break speed limit
Exclusive: THOUSANDS of motorists are exceeding the 30mph speed limit along a busy residential road in Burnham-On-Sea, a new study has found. Official data gathered in Berrow Road from Somerset County Council's speed monitoring system during June and July reveals that thousands are ignoring the limit. More...

New funeral home opens in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of a new funeral home on Wednesday (August 21st). The Co-operative Funeralcare officially opened its doors in Adam Street after a ceremony attended by Mayor Cllr Martin Cox and the Town Crier. More...

Holiday fete 'bigger than ever'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete promises to be 'bigger and better than ever' this year, say organisers. Monday's fete will be held as usual in the town's Manor Gardens and will start earlier than normal at 11am to allow more time for the event. More...

A chance to see wildlife up close
SECRET World Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a Nature's Hunters Open Day over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Visitors will be able to see resident foxes and badgers up close during the event on August 24th, 25th and 26th. More...

Appeal after mystery 'hit and run'
Exclusive: POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a 'hit and run' incident in Highbridge this week. A car careered off Church Street and slammed into a fence and car, as pictured here, before it was driven off at speed. The owner faces a big repair bill following the unusual incident. More...

UK title wins for water ski family
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family is celebrating after winning the UK's water ski championships in several age categories. Steve Bird has won the UK Formula One Sprint Championships while his two daughters have also performed superbly to finish among the top two competitors in their age category. More...

Photographer holds exhibition
A TOP photographer is to hold an exhibition of his colourful landscape images in Burnham-On-Sea over the coming weekend. Don Bishop's exhibition, called Visions of the Landscape, will be held at the Baptist Church Hall in College Street, Burnham-On-sea. More...

Sooty to open summer fete!
TV character Sooty will open Berrow Church's annual summer fete this Saturday afternoon (August 24th). Childrens ITV entertainer Richard Cadell and Sooty will be the VIP guests at the event at St Mary's Church. Sooty will be there from 12.30pm to meet youngsters and families. More...

Food fest bursaries announced
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival have this week announced the three winners of their first festival bursary awards. The Chilli Alchemist, Xocolat and The Spice Rocket are all new businesses taking their first steps into trading. More...

Club enjoys community games
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Monday Club held its annual Community Games in the sunshine at the town's BAY Centre this week. The club's members overcame a number of disabilities to compete in a variety of sports including tennis, egg and spoon races and sack races. More...

Ben, 17, graduates as soldier
A YOUNG soldier from Burnham-On-Sea has graduated from the Army Foundation College in a prestigious ceremony. Rifleman Ben Rogers, 17, from Burnham, was one of nearly 700 junior soldiers to graduate from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in a parade marking a year of hard work. More...

Balloons released for Dylan
Dozens of balloons were released from Burnham seafront on Monday evening (August 19th) in memory of the four year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from the town's jetty exactly one year ago. To mark the anniversary of the tragedy, scores of relatives, friends and supporters gathered. More...

75th Flower Show impresses
THE 75th annual West Huntspill Show attracted hundreds of entries on Saturday (August 17th). There were more than 750 entries across the classes submitted from over 100 exhibitors. The judges said classes were difficult to judge because the quality was so high. More...

Loo opening hours extended
OPENING times at public loos on Burnham-On-Sea seafront have been extended over the summer holidays, Sedgemoor District Council has said this week. The council says it responded over a month ago to requests to keep the public conveniences open. More...

Ceremony to mark jetty tragedy
DOZENS of balloons are to be released in memory of a four year-old boy who drowned after falling from the town's jetty last year. Dylan Cecil drowned after falling into the sea on August 19th last year. Monday marks the first anniversary of the tragedy, and Dylan's family and friends will be releasing balloons. More...

300 tennis players head to town
ALMOST 300 tennis players of all ages are taking part in a major regional tournament in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The town's Avenue Tennis Club is hosting an LTA Grade 3 Junior and Adult Tennis Competition between August 18th-24th when spectators and visitors are welcome. More...

Tractor run to start in Burnham
THREE historic Ferguson tractors will set off from Burnham-On-Sea on a fundraising journey to Land’s End this week. The group will leave Burnham's Morrisons car park on the seafront at 9am on Thursday (August 22nd) to travel to Land's End and back for charity. More...

Rail fares to rise for commuters
RAIL commuters in the Burnham-On-Sea area will see fares rise by an average of 4.1 per cent next year - including the price of season tickets. Regulated rail fares are expected to rise by an extra one per cent when they are announced at the start of next year in January. More...

Harvest homes get underway
A SERIES of seasonal Harvest Home celebrations has got underway this week in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A total of 460 people attended the Mark Harvest Home, which featured a specially-prepared feast of locally-sourced meats, bread, cider and ale. More...

Jake, 19, hits radio airwaves
A HIGHBRIDGE student has taken to the airwaves and become the youngest radio breakfast show presenter in Somerset. Jake Hodge volunteers at Access FM, based at Bridgwater YMCA, for two hours each weekday morning. He is studying a Foundation Degree in Media Practice at Bridgwater College. More...

Police appeal after burglary
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after computer equipment worth hundreds of pounds was stolen in a burglary in Highbridge this week. The thieves struck at a premises in Church Street during lunchtime on Tuesday (August 13th). The incident occurred before midday. More...

Nick earns rescue centre role
A DISABLED man is celebrating his new job at an animal rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea thanks to the support of a social enterprise group. Nick Wynn, 50, from Burnham is employed as a Maintenance and Gardener Operative at Secret World in East Huntspill. More...

Allotments crime in spotlight
POLICE have been holding property-marking events at local allotments to help prevent thefts of tools and gardening equipment from sheds. There have been several thefts of this kind across Sedgemoor in recent weeks. Local PCSO Jo Farrow is working with shed owners. More...

Teenager directs alcohol video
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager is directing a new safety video advising young people about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. Molly Harding, 17, is leading production of the responsible drinking video, which is being made in conjunction with local councils. More...

Family fun on Burnham beach
A WEEKEND of family fun is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this weekend. The annual Lighthouse Children’s Beach Mission will be taking place on the sands besides The Pavilion. It will be held on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, and Monday 19th August. More...

£60k play park work to start
Exclusive: WORK is set to get underway on building a long-awaited new £60,000 play park in Highbridge. Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team has this week been removing the old 20-year old playing equipment at Southwell Gardens ahead of the construction work beginning. More...

MEP 'bombarded with abuse'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament says she has been bombarded with vicious abuse by Spanish internet trolls after standing up for Gibraltar over Spain's bullying. Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West, is upset at the comments. More...

In photos: Dancers go on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens played host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men on Thursday evening (August 15th). The Chalice Morris Men performed a display of their music and dancing in the seafront gardens despite the risk of rain. More...

MMR jab advice after outbreak
PUBLIC health officials in Somerset have said measles is now "circulating more widely" in the county following a further outbreak and are advising parents of children and teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea who missed their MMR vaccines to get vaccinations. More...

Record A-Levels celebrated
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating another record set of A-Level results on Thursday. At A2 level, Year 13 students have achieved an impressive 100% A*-E pass rate and an average points score that exceeds the previous record score set last year. More...

Objection over 62 homes plans
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week raised a number of formal objections against controversial plans to demolish an industrial park in Highbridge and replace it with 62 new homes. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last month that developer Property Link is seeking full planning permission. More...

Appeal for carnival groups
ORGANISERS of this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival are seeking local groups to collect money during the procession. The committee is inviting local charities and organisations to collect at the 2013 procession on Monday November 4th. More...

Library holds reading challenge
DOZENS of children in Burnham-On-Sea are taking part in a summer reading challenge. Burnham Library in Princess Street is one of several libraries across Somerset encouraging youngsters to take part and boost their reading skills. Families can sign up for free. More...

House building strong in area
NEW figures announced this week reveal the rate at which new homes were built in Sedgemoor during the last year has continued to exceed national trends. Data published by Sedgemoor District Council shows 618 homes were built, 6% below the pre-recession peak. More...

Tributes to stabbling victim
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 24 year-old former Burnham resident who has died after being stabbed in Bristol. Robert Cox was stabbed at an address in Egerton Road, Bishopston on Friday evening. An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said he was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards. More...

TV show filmed at Secret World
A STATE-of-the-art 'badgerland' specially created at Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea will feature in a new BBC nature series this week. The Burrowers, a new TV series presented by Chris Packham, starts on August 16th at 9pm on BBC 2. More...

Teenager meets Olympic star
A TEENAGER from Highbridge has met an Olympic star after reaching the finals of a UK-wide slimming competition after losing 6st 3lb. Steph Jeffries, 16, was chosen to represent Burnham at Slimming World's Young Slimmer of the Year 2013 competition held this week. More...

Drive-thru shop service starts
STAFF at Highbridge's Asda store have launched a new drive-through shopping service this week. Customers at the store in Caxton Road can order and pay for their groceries online via the Asda webste and then quickly collect them using the new 'drive-thru' facilities. More...

Jazz club's ball raises £2,300
MEMBERS of a jazz club based in West Huntspill have raised over £2,300 for a leukaemia support group. BD Jazz Club's third annual ball raised £2,350 for Somerset Leukaemia Group when it was held at Webbington Country Hotel at the weekend. A great evening was enjoyed by those who attended. More...

MP visits Brent Knoll RSPCA
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has paid a special visit to Brent Knoll's RSPCA rescue centre. She dropped in at the busy facilities in Brent Road to see the work that the centre does and drop off some blankets for the animals. The centre re-homes cats and dogs. More...

Delays hit £420k town revamp
Exclusive: A £420,000 project to modernise parts of Burnham-On-Sea town centre will not be completed until the year 2015, it has emerged this week. Town councillors last night (Monday) voted to appoint a new project manager to oversee the scheme, but the changes won't be undertaken until 2015. More...

Appeal for lifeboat volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station has this week appealed for new volunteers to come forward to help launch its lifeboats. The ability to work as part of a team is essential, and no experience is necessary since full training will be provided to successful volunteers. More...

Seafront art festival to return
AN arts and craft weekend is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this weekend. Over 40 stalls and exhibitors from across the area will be displaying their work at the two-day event on Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th. The event will feature many stalls. More...

New disabilities carnival class
PEOPLE with disabilities are to be invited to enter this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival as a new class is introduced by organisers. The popular winter procession comes to the towns every November, wowing crowds with dozens of impressive floats and other entries. More...

Folk musician to visit Burnham
A BONA fide 'hurdy-gurdy man' will be performing at Burnham's Ritz Acoustic Club this Thursday (August 15th). Damian Clarke, an original member of renowned folk rock band Pressgang, delivers traditional music on hurdy-gurdy and hammer dulcimer for audiences. More...

£1.5m expansion at Brean Splash
Exclusive: WORK is to begin this autumn on a major £1.5m project to further extend the facilities at Brean Splash. The House family, who own Brean Leisure Park, are to build a huge new indoor play area plus a new indoor water park. Sarah House told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We will be starting work this autumn." More...

Tattoo shop opens in Burnham
A TATTOO artist has opened a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Hallmark Tattoos has launched in College Street and is being run by Dave Hall, formerly of Worle-based tattoo business Kustom Kulture. Dave has lived in Burnham for 15 years. More...

Morris Men to visit Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens will play host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men this Thursday (August 15th). The Chalice Morris Men will be performing in the seafront gardens at 7.45pm for a display of their traditional dancing. More...

Horticultural skills go on show!
Results & Photos: HUNDREDS of colourful entries - from flowers and vegetables to fruit - went on display at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 46th show on Saturday (August 10th). Residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area displayed their skills. More...

Beach jousting raises £450
Photos & Video: AN afternoon of hobby horse jousting and medieval-themed entertainment on Burnham-On-Sea beach raised over £450 for a care centre in the town. Scores of spectators flocked to watch the unique event in aid of Burnham's Care Centre. More...

A38 re-opens after crash
Updated: THE A38 near Burnham-On-Sea was closed this morning (Sunday) after a head-on collision. Emergency services were called to Badgworth, near Rooksbridge, after two vehicles collided shortly before 7.30am. The accident, at the junction of the A38 with Biddisham Lane, left one person trapped. More...

Anger over seafront graffiti
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council has this week hit out at vandals who have scrawled graffiti over part of the town's sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade near Maddock's Slade. More...

Shops contest winner named
THE winner of a competition held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark National Independent Retailers Month has been announced. Burnham's Chamber of Trade and Town Team linked up to organise the contest to highlight the number of independent shops in the town. More...

Jousting event on beach today
A MEDIEVAL-themed fair will be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (August 11th). Hobby horse jousting and a medieval tournament plus other fun activities are among the activities being planned in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Care Centre in College Street. More...

Farm holding family open day
A FARM near Burnham-On-Sea will be open to the public for a farmyard fun day today (Sunday, August 11th). The unique event is being held at Highland Farm on Weston Road in Lympsham from 10.30am - 4.30pm. The event will give families a chance to meet the animals. More...

Police target illegal coaches
Exclusive: ILLEGAL coaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been targeted by police during a safety drive. 'Operation Tourist' is a national police operation designed to ensure coaches are legal and roadworthy for the safety of their passengers as well as other road users. More...

Book shop raises over £2,200
A BOOK shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has raised over £2,200 for charity since opening in May. Burnham Rotary Club is running the seasonal book store at 28b High Street, between West Coast Properties and Burnham Goldsmiths. The shop opens Monday to Saturday. More...

Charity fun day in Brean
A FUN day is being held in Brean today (Saturday) to raise funds for several good causes. The event at Brean Leisure Park will see a wide range of family activities from 12 noon until 4pm. They include a gunge tank, donkey rides, face painting and a bouncy castle. More...

Horticultural Show preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 46th annual show is set to take place on Saturday (August 10th). Green-fingered residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be showing off their gardening and craft skills at the event, which will be held at a new venue. More...

Housing scheme's 21st year
TENANTS at Homes in Sedgemoor's supported housing scheme in Burnham-On-Sea have marked its 21st birthday this week with a special celebration. The scheme at Elizabeth Court provides 42 flats for elderly people with support needs and a celebration was held to mark the milestone. More...

Hundreds of jellyfish washed up
Exclusive: PADDLERS and swimmers using beaches in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been given a fresh warning to watch out for jellyfish in the sea after hundreds of the creatures have been seen in the water this week. Large numbers of Moon Jellyfish have been seen. More...

Future of Play Day in jeopardy
Exclusive: THE future of Highbridge's popular Apex Park Play Day is in jeopardy due to a shortfall in funding. The annual summer event, which was held on Wednesday and attracted over 6,000 people, needs £5,000 to meet its running costs and hold next year's event. More...

Society's show switches venue
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 46th annual show is set to take place on Saturday (August 10th). Green-fingered residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be showing off their gardening and craft skills at the event, which will be held at a new venue. More...

Monica retires after 35 years
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea dental practice have bid farewell to a member who has retired. Monica Hart, right, has left Burnham's College Street Dental Practice after 35 years in the role. She qualified in November 1987 and started at Burnham's College Street practice in 1978. More...

Lidl shoppers donate to BARB
SHOPPERS have donated hundreds of pounds to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB during a collection at a supermarket in the town. Volunteers from BARB were invited to carry out two days of collections outside Lidl's store in Oxford Street. More...

Holiday tennis school underway
SCORES of youngsters are learning to play tennis whilst having fun as Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club holds its annual summer school holiday club. Head Coach Vinny Duddy said: "We have had a great turnout so far with quite a few new kids starting." More...

Charity leaves Highbridge HQ
Exclusive: A NATIONAL charity which is based in Highbridge is moving out of the town this month as it merges with another charity. The National Blind Children’s Society (NBCS) has joined forces with another charity, Guide Dogs, and has decided to shut its headquarters in Highbridge's Market Street. More...

Man arrested after sex assault
Exclusive: POLICE have arrested a man in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault which took place in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea last month. The incident occurred during the early hours of July 14th in an alleyway in Pier Street next to the newsagents. More...

Crowds drawn to Apex Play Day
THOUSANDS of young people and their families descended on Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (August 7th) for a day of fun on National Play Day. The free event included more than 50 activities including archery, canoeing, paint balling and a climbing wall. More...

Medieval jousting on beach
A MEDIEVAL-themed fair will be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Sunday afternoon (August 11th). Hobby horse jousting and a medieval tournament are among the activities being planned by a group of fundraisers in aid of Burnham's Care Centre in College Street. More...

Youngsters in biathle action
TWO Burnham-On-Sea girls have been competing in the National Biathle Championships in Manchester this week. Catherine Tolley (11) and Elizabeth Tolley (12) took part in their respective age group categories in running and swimming during the keenly-contested event. More...

Queues as caravan overturns
A CARAVAN overturned on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon, causing long delays for motorists. The incident happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 23 for Highbridge and junction 22 for Burnham, just before 3pm. More...

48 new homes approved in town
Exclusive: Controversial plans for a major new housing development on a former waste landfill site in Burnham-On-Sea were approved on Tuesday (August 6th) despite more than 40 objections from nearby residents. Persimmon Homes' plans for 48 new homes off Lawrence Close were approved. More...

Benefit fraudster gets jail term
A 24 year-old Burnham-On-Sea resident has received an eight week jail term after admitting benefit fraud. The woman, who lives near Marine Drive, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court and has been the subject of an investigation by Sedgemoor District Council's legal services team. More...

MP: 'Open public toilets longer'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for public toilets on the town's seafront to be open longer during the tourist season. Tessa Munt says she fully supports Burnham and Highbridge Town Council’s recent request to Sedgemoor District Council to re-think the opening hours. More...

Gardening boost for toddlers
A GROUP of green-fingered Burnham-On-Sea toddlers are developing their gardening expertise thanks to a donation of pint-sized watering cans. The Baker Toddler Group, which meets every Wednesday, are helping to maintain the BAY Centre's community garden. More...

Fun day raises charity funds
A WEEKEND of fun and fundraising at a Burnham-On-Sea gift shop has raised hundreds of pounds for two local good causes. Hidden Treasures in Burnham's Indoor Market in the High Street held the two-day event, including a cake sale and raffles, for Clic Sargent and BARB. More...

Apex hosts Play Day today
ORGANISERS are making final preparations for Highbridge's annual fun-filled Apex Park Play Day which promises to be bigger than ever. Over 50 activities will be offered to children of all ages at the annual event, which will take place on Wednesday from 10am-3pm. More...

Safety calls after seventh crash
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea's Oxford Street have this week called for safety improvements after SEVEN crashes in the space of a decade. Alison Haywood's wall and fence were damaged during Monday's crash when a car slammed into a nearby building. More...

MP 'horrified' at Ofsted report
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has said she was "horrified" to learn that child protection services in Somerset have been given the lowest rating of inadequate by Ofsted. The damning verdict comes after an unannounced inspection by Ofsted's inspectors, leading to a very poor report. More...

Pig and donkey racing begins
THIS month sees the return of Brean Leisure Park's annual pig and donkey race nights, which will be held throughout the summer for local charities. The fundraising race nights will take place in the park's arena every Tuesday evening until August 28th. More...

Fire in Burnham bungalow
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle an electrical blaze at a property in the town on Monday afternoon (August 5th). The incident in Margaret Crescent began just after 1.30pm. Two fire engines were called to investigate the blaze and put out the fire. More...

Apex hosts Play Day tomorrow
ORGANISERS are making final preparations for Highbridge's annual fun-filled Apex Park Play Day which promises to be bigger than ever. Over 50 activities will be offered to children of all ages at the annual event, which will take place on Wednesday from 10am-3pm. More...

New £25k BAY roof is opened
A BRAND new water-tight roof was formally opened at Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre on Monday (August 5th). Thanks to a joint £25,000 grant from Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, the centre's old leaky roof has been refurbished with brand new materials. More...

Flats evacuated after crash
A BUSY road through the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is closed after a car slammed into a building in the early hours of today (Monday). A yellow Polo was left embedded in the wall of a block of flats in Oxford Street at 1.15am, forcing shocked residents to be evacuated. More...

£26k upgrade for sailing club
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on Sunday (August 4th) to mark the completion of a £26,000 project. A brand new walkway onto the club's pontoons in the River Brue was officially opened following a four-year project. More...

HMS Burnham crewman visits
A CREWMAN from Burnham-On-Sea's adopted wartime destroyer was welcomed by a group of past Mayors when he visited the town on Sunday (August 4th). Ted Huffey, 91, who served on the destroyer HMS Burnham between 1943 and 1945, was welcomed by local dignitaries. More...

Van overturns on motorway
FIRE crews were called to a van on its side on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Sunday, August 4th). Crews were called shortly after 11pm to the motorway near to junction 23 for Highbridge where the transit van had overturned with police and ambulance crews on scene. More...

In photos: Folk On The Green
HIGHBRIDGE town centre played host to an afternoon of live outdoor music on Sunday (August 4th). Folk On The Green was held next to Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street and, despite poor weather, residents still attended in large numbers to enjoy the event. More...

East Huntspill Show results
HUNDREDS of entries, ranging from flowers and vegetables to artwork and fruit drinks went on display at East Huntspill's annual Flower Show on Saturday (August 3rd). Kay Bennett, show secretary, said the number of entries had been high again this year. More...

Kayakers rescued from sea
TWO kayakers were rescued from the sea between Brean Down and Steep Holm on Sunday (August 4th) after spending 45 minutes in the water when they were thrown from their boats. The man and woman were flown by air ambulance to Weston General Hospital. More...

Rain fails to halt cream tea
TORRENTIAL rain failed to halt a fundraising cream tea in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (August 3rd). More than 100 people turned out to brave heavy showers to support the Highbridge Festival Of The Arts Cream Tea. The fundraiser raised £750. More...

Jellyfish warning for paddlers
Exclusive: BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. Several Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up on Brean beach in recent days. The heatwave and warm summer weather are behind the increase. More...

£1,000 boost for Play Day
THE organisers of Highbridge's Apex Park Play Day have received a £1,000 boost just days before this year's event is held. The team behind the popular Play Day, which takes place on Wednesday 7th August, have received two cheques of £500 from the Masons. More...

Folk On The Green today
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to an afternoon of live outdoor music concert this afternoon (Sunday, August 4th). Folk On The Green will be held next to the Community Hall in Market Street from 1pm-5pm. The final free event of the CADS events season is free. More...

Council's £501k parking surplus
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week been ranked 181st out of 359 UK councils in a report showing a league table of those which have earned the biggest cash surpluses from parking charges. Burnham motorists have helped to boost the bank balance of the council, according to the RAC report. More...

Fun day today for local causes
A WEEKEND of fun-filled fundraising is underway in Burnham-On-Sea today and tomorrow for two local good causes. Kerry Mason, pictured, is organising the event at Hidden Treasures in Burnham Indoor Market in the town's High Street for two orgaanisations. More...

Volunteer thanked for her work
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity fundraiser has been presented with an award for her work in helping St Margaret's Hospice. Barbara Fletcher's fundraising activities began almost 40 years ago, when she attended a meeting for people who were interested in raising. More...

Vigilance warning to parents
POLICE have asked parents to be extra vigilant following an incident at a holiday park in Berrow on Thursday night (August 1st) where a young girl was approached by a man. Officers say the incident occurred at about 9.15pm when a 10 year-old girl was approached. More...

Stunning aerial views of town
Exclusive: THESE stunning new aerial photos of Burnham-On-Sea bathed in summer sunshine were taken by a microlight enthusiast this week. Burnham pilot Jeff Thomas got a 'birds-eye view' of the town as he flew in his microlight over Burnham and Highbridge on Thursday. More...

Cross-channel swim bid by pair
Exclusive: TWO brave Burnham-On-Sea ladies are planning to swim the English Channel next month to raise money for charity. Best friends Sarah Bowden, 32, and Lindsay Francis, 32, who met at primary school 25 years ago, will attempt to complete the feat in less than 16 hours. More...

Solar park plans approved
PROPOSALS to build a major new solar energy park in Watchfield, near Highbridge, have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council this week. The planning application by Hadstone Energy to construct a solar park on land next to Pillmore Lane was given the nod. More...

Folk On The Green this Sunday
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to a live outdoor music concert this Sunday (August 4th). Folk On The Green will be held next to the Community Hall in Market Street from 1pm until 5pm. The final free event of the CADS events 2013 season will be free. More...

Art group's exhibition to open
AN exhibition of 60 pieces of artwork will be on display during a week-long exhibition starting this Saturday (August 3rd) in Burnham-On-Sea. Members of Burnham-On-Sea Art Group will be holding the display, featuring a wide range of paintings and mediums. More...

In photos: Disney duo join fun
A VIP visit by two Disney characters was one of the many activities at a summer family fun day that took place in Highbridge on Wednesday (July 31st). Highbridge Children's Centre in Coronation Road held the annual event, featuring a wide range of activities. More...

Dog rescued by Coastguards
AN emotional dog owner has thanked Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after they rescued her pet following an 80 metre fall from the highest point of Brean Down yesterday (Wednesday). Alfie, an 18-month Shih Tzu, was found by Coastguards after taking a tumble down the steep cliffs during a walk. More...

£25k BAY Centre roof replaced
VOLUNTEERS and groups who use Burnham-On-Sea's popular BAY Centre no longer have to cross their fingers and get buckets out when it starts to rain. It's thanks to a joint £25,000 grant from Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. More...

Apex Park plans big Play Day
ORGANISERS of an annual fun-filled play day in Highbridge's Apex Park say this year's event will be bigger than ever. Over 50 activities will be offered to children of all ages at the annual event, which will take place on Wednesday 7th August between 10am and 3pm. More...

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