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August 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Rescue services day success
HOVERCRAFTS, lifeboats and a helicopter performed displays in front of thousands of people on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 31st) during the town's annual rescue services day. The popular event was held under glorious blue skies and sunshine. More...

Stert Swim watched by crowds
CROWDS lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday to watch 65 swimmers take part in the annual Stert Island Swim. The 2,400m swim from Burnham to Stert and back was won by Wells triathlete Marcus Williams for a second year in a time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds. More...

Video: Hot rods roar into town
DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Saturday afternoon (August 30th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners drove in a procession through Burnham-On-Sea and the area. More...

Annie strides out for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has pulled on her walking boots to put her best foot forward for charity. Annie Vickerstaff set off on her 12-mile walk from outside Burnham Baptist Church, pictured here, where she was given plenty of support by the group's members and friends. More...

200 entries at Watchfield Show
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables, cakes and craft exhibits went on display at Watchfield's annual show near Highbridge on Saturday (August 30th). Watchfield Hall Chairman Keith Whitting told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had been a success despite a fall in entries. More...

Man's hand stuck in letterbox
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crew was called to help a man with his hand stuck in a letterbox early today (Saturday). One Burnham fire engine was called to a home in Highbridge Road at 4.19am. The man, in his early 40s, had got his hand and arm stuck. More...

FolkFest fun underway today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual FolkFest continues today (Saturday) with dozens of live music and dance acts performing across the town. The ninth annual event, which started on Thursday, will scores of free performances being held across the town plus an arts and crafts sale along the High Street. More...

Car convoy heads to Burnham
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 30th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12 noon for the event. More...

New opening hours for police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station is introducing new opening hours from Monday (September 1st) as part of a number of changes. The opening hours of the station's enquiry office will be 10am-6pm Monday to Friday to make them simpler for visitors and users. More...

Work set to close M5 junction
MOTORISTS have been warned that Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction will be closed for several hours on Monday (September 1st). Drainage roadworks are set to take place, leading to the southbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 22 being closed. More...

Burglary at model rail station
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a burglary and vandalism at a model railway station attraction near Burnham-On-Sea this week. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society's facilities in the village suffered damage in the "pointless" attack earlier this week. More...

Full house for FolkFest opener
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among a capacity audience at the opening performance of the town's annual FolkFest last night (Thursday). Tessa Munt was among 120 people who crowded into the The Ritz Acoustic Club in Victoria Street for the festival's first event. More...

7 new homes at care home site
A FORMER care home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned into seven new homes if plans to overhaul the site win approval. The former Gables Care Home on the corner of Burnham's Grove Road and Berrow Road closed because there was not enough space. More...

Tiny bat rescued from thistle
THIS tiny little bat is being cared for by rescuers from East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre this week after being retrieved from a prickly position. The tiny creature was found well and truly stuck on a thistle near Shapwick Heath and had to be rescued. More...

Town charity sale is cancelled
A CHARITY craft sale due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street this evening (Friday) has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather. The event had been due to be held in a floodlit area of the car park for Macmillan and The Poppy Apppeal. More...

EU rules threaten Stert Swim
Exclusive: THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim is in jeopardy due to the EU's new sea water regulations. The annual 2,400m race takes place this Sunday (August 31st) during Burnham's annual emergency services day, but organisers fear it may have to be axed altogether in the future. More...

Call for earlier school holidays
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week backed calls for school summer holidays to be held earlier to help the area's tourism industry. Tessa Munt says she supports calls from Somerset tourism bosses for the start of the school holiday period to be moved into June. More...

Burnham YMCA shop re-opens
THE YMCA has re-opened its Burnham-On-Sea shop this week after a temporary three-week closure caused by flooding after a torrential rainstorm in early August. The shop in Burnham High Street has been closed since August 5th when torrential rain caused flooding. More...

Alex's run raises charity funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his late father. Alex Bradley from Thorndike Way in Burnham raised over £770 for the charity by completing his first half marathon at the weekend over the Severn Bridge. More...

New team at town arts festival
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of the Arts has a team of organisers following its annual general meeting. After some nine years in post the festival's General Secretary, Maureen Phillips, has stepped down. She was warmly thanked for all her hard work and efforts by the team. More...

Society seeks more singers
BURNHAM And Highbridge Choral Society is seeking new singers to join its ranks for a new season of concerts. The long-running society meets on Thursday evenings and performs a number of special events through the year, including two concerts in the Spring and at Christmas. More...

Flood-hit centre shut 'til 2015
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre is to remain closed until January after suffering severe flooding damage caused by a torrential rain storm earlier this month. The centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior when exceptionally heavy rain caused flooding on August 5th. More...

Auction of lighthouses starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's mini lighthouse trail comes to an end next week after a successful summer display - and residents can now submit bids to buy the colourful wooden structures. 34 of the 6ft-replicas of the town's iconic beach lighthouse have been on show across the area. More...

Asda expansion wins approval
PLANS for a 10,000 sq ft expansion at Highbridge's Asda store have this week been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. As we first reported in January, Asda wants to refurbish its Caxton Road store and expand it with a new mezzanine floor for a cafe and extra clothing sales space. More...

FolkFest fun starts Thursday!
FOUR days of live music will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea when the town holds its annual FolkFest this weekend. Dozens of musical acts will be performing across the town when the popular event returns for a ninth year from Thursday to Sunday later this week. More...

Delicious challenge for bakers
THE Great Burnham Bake-Off baking competition is set to return in October with a brand new challenge. The event will be held on Saturday 25th October during this year's second Burnham Food and Drink Festival. There will be three competitions open to all residents and visitors. More...

Stunt show in Brean tonight
A DAREDEVIL stunt show involving high-flying trucks and vehicles will be held at Brean Leisure Park this evening (Wednesday). The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes monster trucks, car-crushing action and motorcycle stunts plus other tricks to wow the crowds. More...

Town heritage trail launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor led a day of celebrations to mark the launch of the town's new heritage trail on Saturday (23rd August). Cllr Martin Cox cut a ceremonial cake alongside organiser John Strickland from North Sedgemoor Local History Group. More...

Mile-long loom band created!
ONE of Britain's longest-ever loom bands has been produced by dozens of holidaymakers in Burnham-On-Sea. Visitors to Burnham's Haven Holiday Village have created a massive loom band measuring over one mile - or a whopping 5,347.7 feet (1,630 metres). More...

Hospital fete raises £1,500
WET weather forced Burnham-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday summer fete indoors on Monday - but it was still a success with over £1,500 being raised. Monday's fete was held inside St Andrew's Church Hall and also at the Methodist Church Hall. More...

Kids holiday club starts today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church will today (Tuesday) be starting its ninth annual children's holiday club. This year's club is called Mega Makers and takes place from Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th August. Each morning, from 10am to 12.15pm, at the Baptist Church. More...

History event to return in 2015
CROWDS of people attended a historical re-enactment show at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena over the weekend - with heavy rain during Bank Holiday Monday failing to dampen spirits. Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups took part from across the UK. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 31st) to take part in the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront from 10am. More...

Stunning rainbow ends wet day
THIS spectacular rainbow formed in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (August 25th) in between a day of heavy showers. The colourful formation was visible at around 6pm over the high lighthouse in Burnham's Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Head shave pair raise £2,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother and her sister have raised over £2,000 for a cancer support centre after a family member was diagnosed with the illness. Elaine Luscombe's son Peter is receiving treatment for Germ Cell Cancer and a campaign has started. More...

Rain moves hospital fete inside
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be held indoors because of the threat of forecast wet weather. Monday's fete will be held inside at St Andrew's Church Hall and the Methodist Church Hall in College Street for the day. More...

Sanders holds family fun day
A FREE animal-themed family fun day is being held at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World today (Bank Holiday Monday). Visitors to the centre will be able to meet Sergea, a meerkat, and get up close with an array of his friends including lizards and snakes. More...

Shakespeare evening today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be the stage for a reading of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream on Bank Holiday Monday evening (25th August). As part of this summer's Take Art 'What Change Burnham' project, the super comedy will be read. More...

New history show underway
CROWDS of people flocked to a historical re-enactment show at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena which continues on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25th). Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups are taking part in the special brand new public event. More...

Teenager air-lifted from beach
A TEENAGER was air-lifted to hospital on Sunday afternoon after being injured in a bike accident on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to an area of the beach north of the low beach lighthouse shortly after 2.30pm. More...

History show gets underway
BIG crowds are expected to flock to a major two-day historical re-enactment show starting today (Sunday) at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena. Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in A Walk Through History on Sunday August 24th and Monday August 25th. More...

Powerboat rescued by crews
LIFEBOAT crews from Burnham-On-Sea rescued a stranded powerboat on Saturday (August 23rd). Crews were called out at around 9am when two people onboard the boat, called Trinity alerted Coastguards that they were drifting without power to the west of Stert. More...

Final chance to have your say
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who want their say on controversial plans by National Grid to install a line of new pylons have just a few days remaining. The new Hinkley Point C power station will need to be connected to the National Grid at Avonmouth. More...

Town store in charity challenge
STAFF at Morrisons in Burnham-On-Sea have been taking part in the supermarket chain's 'Round the World Cycle Challenge' this weekend with the aim of cycling 24,902-miles, the circumference of the globe. It features the team from the Burnham Pier Street stre. More...

Model rail show this weekend
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK are flocking to a two-day show this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is underway on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday 24th August. More...

Sun shines on Berrow fete
BIG crowds flocked to Berrow Church's annual summer fete on Saturday (August 23rd). 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...

Arrest after cannabis seized
A MAN has been arrested after Burnham-On-Sea Police swooped on a property in Highbridge this week in a drugs innvestigation. A quantity of cannabis plants was seized from a town centre flat on Thursday evening (August 21st) after police received information from the community. More...

New RNLI lifeboat launch area
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crews have been trialling a newly-laid beach launch area this week which will allow quicker and safer launches. Work to install a series of made from hardwood timber planks known as bog mats on the beach has been completed near the town's jetty. More...

Heritage trail to launch today
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched today (Saturday 23rd August) with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Village holds church fete today
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 23rd). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-3pm. Gymnastics and kung fu displays will be performed by local clubs and groups. More...

GCSE joy for town pupils!
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are this week celebrating a set of impressive GCSE results but the head teacher says nationwide changes to the exams have 'significantly impacted' the school. It was announced on Thursday (August 21st) 54% of pupils had achieved. More...

24 killed on roads in local area
NEW figures published this week show 24 people have been killed across the Burnham-On-Sea area during an 11 year-period to 2010. Official data recorded by police across Great Britain between 1999 and 2010 has been released which shows the numbers. More...

History calendar is launched
A NEW calendar for 2015 featuring historical photos of Burnham-On-Sea from the past century has been launched this week. The 'Burnham Before' calendar has gone on sale, priced £3.99, at the town's seafront tourist information centre this week and is available now. More...

Delays after M5 ditch crash
MOTORISTS faced delays on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (August 21st) after a car crashed off the carriageway. One fire engine from Burnham and ambulance crews were sent to the collision between junctions 21 at Weston and 22 for Burnham. More...

Village church fete on Saturday
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 23rd). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-3pm. Gymnastics and kung fu displays will be performed by local clubs during the afternoon. More...

Town salon to hold fun day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hair salon will be holding a fun day in aid of a Cancer support charity on Saturday (August 23rd). Freshair Salon in Burnham's Victoria Court, Victoria Street is holding the day-long event to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. More...

Asda petrol station nears
Exclusive: ASDA'S plans to build a new low-cost petrol station outside its Highbridge store have moved a further step closer this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee gave the go-ahead for the automated eight-pump petrol station. More...

Police reassure over shake-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week assured residents that levels of service will not be cut in the town despite a team of officers being moved to Bridgwater. A team of response officers based at Burnham Police Station have this week been relocated to the new police HQ in Bridgwater. More...

Hair today, gone tomorrow!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has this week raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having his head shaved. Matt Smith raised more than £530 on Wednesday evening (August 20th) during his sponsored head shave which was held for the charity Macmillan Cancer. More...

Call for improved town signs
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist has this week called for improve signs across the town centre to promote The Princess Theatre. Margaret Riordan wants the Town Council to introduce improved signs to encourage more visitors to the theatre facilities in Princess Street. More...

Secret World's busiest summer
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be opening its doors to the public this weekend during its busiest summer on record. For the last open weekend of the year, visitors to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill will get a rare glimpse behind the scenes. More...

Heritage trail set to launch
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched on Saturday 23rd August with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS were laid on Burnham's seafront on Tuesday evening (August 19th) in memory of four year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from the town's jetty exactly two years ago. Dylan Cecil died in the sea on August 19th 2012 and flowers were laid. More...

Flood-hit store remains closed
Exclusive: THE YMCA says the ongoing closure of its Burnham-On-Sea shop due to flooding caused by a torrential rainstorm two weeks ago is a "significant blow" to its local fundraising. The shop in Burnham High Street has been closed since August 5th when torrential rain caused flooding. More...

Town shooter wins top trophy
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shooting enthusiast has hit his target by winning a top place at the sport's English National Championships. Peter Pearce, from Burnham, achieved national recognition by winning The W McCloud (Mac) Memorial Trophy in Bisley, Surrey. More...

TV dance duo in Brean tonight!
BRITAIN'S Got Talent contestants Stavros Flatley will be performing in Brean on Wednesday evening (August 20th). The comedy dancing duo will be performing their routine at The Tavern at Brean Leisure Park. The father and son reached the final of the ITV show. More...

Arts workshops set to be held
A SERIES of workshops are being held in Burnham-On-Sea this month as part of a summer arts programme. The What Change? Project is being run in Burnham and Highbridge by arts charity Take Art. Three final workshops of the summer are being held this week. More...

New Cove fantasy book on sale
A NEW fantasy children's book set in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been published this week. Berrow author Linda Bond has this week launched her latest book, 'The Marine Cove Princess', which is a short story for children inspired by the seafront gardens. More...

Pair's emotional charity walk
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple are pulling on their walking boots to take part in an emotional fundraising walk. Jo and Peter Burridge-Clayton are walking the 51 miles of the Coleridge Way to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after Jo was struck down by Leukaemia three years ago. More...

Step back in time this weekend
A MAJOR two-day historical re-enactment show is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this coming weekend involving groups from across the country. Members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in the event on August 24th and 25th. More...

Garage site sells at auction
A FORMER garage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has sold at a public auction and looks set to be retained as commercial premises. The former Vicarage Garage next to Burnham's Post Office in Vicarage Street has gone under the hammer and sold for £108,000. More...

Olympic champion in Burnham
AN Olympic gold medallist made a promotional visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 16th). Britain's Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who took gold in the 57kg category at London 2012, signed autographs and met fans and holidaymakers. More...

Three arrests in fraud probe
THREE men have been arrested in London as part of an investigation into a £1m fraud in the south west, which has also seen elderly people in Burnham-On-Sea targeted. Search warrants were executed at three properties in Tower Hamlets in East London on Monday. More...

Medical centre issues warning
A WARNING has been issued regarding a "crisis in general practice" by Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre. The centre's summer newsletter includes an article outlining its concerns and it warns that "things have never been closer to breaking point both in Somerset and the UK as a whole". More...

Video: Huge beach art unveiled
AN internationally-renowned artist who is known for his displays of snow art switched his attention to sand when he left his mark on Brean beach on Sunday. Simon Beck spent five hours creating a huge 100-metre circular design on the sand next to Brean Down. More...

Have your say on council cash
SOMERSET County Council is to ask residents in Burnham-On-Sea to try their hand at balancing its budget later this month. The council's budget roadshow will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea on Friday, August 29th when residents will be encouraged to have their say. More...

Sun shines on garden party
AN afternoon of sunshine and great local food, drink and music was enjoyed at a special garden party in Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday (August 17th). The team behind the town's popular Food Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, organised it. More...

Record crowds visit car show
THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to see almost 300 classic cars near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 17th) at the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival. Bright sun boosted the crowds at the bi-annual display organised by the Community Association. More...

In photos: Apex fishing fun day
A FAMILY fishing fun day encouraged dozens of young people to try angling for the first time at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park on Saturday (August 16th). The free event provided free taster lessons led by qualified angling coaches alongside other angling games and activities. More...

West Huntspill Show in photos
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables and art went on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show on Saturday (August 16th). The show's organisers from West Huntspill Horticultural Society said the event, which was held on the Balliol Hall, was a great success. More...

Tractor fire at pulling contest
THE UK Tractor Pulling Championships briefly came to a halt in Brean on Saturday evening when one of the vehicles burst into flames. A high-performance tractor briefly caught alight after suffering an engine failure, as pictured here, but no-one was hurt. More...

Army cadets win county award
A GROUP of army cadets from Burnham-On-Sea is this week celebrating after their most successful annual summer camp in the platoon's history. The 24 cadets were awarded the Lucas Tooth Trophy for being the best detachment in the whole of Somerset. More...

MP featured on audio service
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has been interviewed about her life as MP for the town's audio news service. Tessa Munt was interviewed on Saturday for Sounds and Voices, the audio news service for the blind and visually impaired in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Heritage trail set to launch
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched on Saturday 23rd August with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Lifeguards praised after rescue
TWO lifeguards at Berrow have been praised for their quick actions in helping four horse riders following a major incident on the beach this week. As first reported here, four people were injured after they were thrown from their horses. The casualties were treated for a range of suspected injuries. More...

Fishing fun day preview
A FAMILY fishing fun day is set to be held today (Saturday, August 16th) at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park. The free event is being held from 10am-5pm and provide free taster sessions with the help of qualified angling coaches plus other activities for non-anglers. More...

Mobility scooter crash in town
A WOMAN was left 'shaken' after her mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a vehicle in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Friday afternoon (August 15th). Police and ambulance crews were called to an area of the town centre shortly after 3pm. More...

Meet Olympic medallist in town
AN Olympic gold medallist will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 16th). Britain's Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who took gold in the 57kg category at London 2012, will be signing autographs at Sunspot Amusements on Burnham seafront. More...

Concern over nine new homes
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors. Proposals to build nine home on land to the east of 150 Berrow Road have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Record A-Levels by town pupils
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School were celebrating another record set of A-Level results on Thursday (August 14th). The Year 13 students have achieved an impressive 100% A*-E pass rate for the second year running, the school has announced. More...

Fireman retires after 20 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter has officially retired this week after 20 years of service in the town. Retained Fire fighter Steve Moxey has stepped down and was presented with a special long-service certificate to mark the milestone by crewmembers at the station. More...

Cream of the crop on show
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables and artwork will go on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show this Saturday (August 16th). The show's organisers from West Huntspill Horticultural Society say the event, which takes place from 2pm at the Balliol Hall. More...

Four beach horse riders hurt
FOUR horse riders were injured at Berrow on Wednesday (August 13th) when their animals were spooked and threw them onto the sand. Ambulance crews and Coastguards were called to the scene by lifeguards and beach wardens, as pictured here. More...

Accolades for young film maker
A FORMER Highbridge school student is making a name for himself in the filmmaking industry after receiving two award nominations and winning an industry accolade. Levi Dean, formerly of King Alfred School, has had a successful career so far as he tries to make a name for himself. More...

Free garden party this Sunday
A FREE Garden Party is to be held in Burnham's Manor Gardens this Sunday (August 17th). The team behind the town's popular Food & Drink Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are organising the brand new event, which will run from 1-7pm in the gardens. More...

£1.16m business park on track
WORK on a £1.16m Enterprise Centre in Highbridge which will create jobs and boost the local economy is taking shape, with a number of key milestones reached, the county council has said this week. Cllr David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, led a visit. More...

New owner for Brean fun park
Exclusive: THE new owner of Brean Leisure Park's fun park has this week said he plans to expand the facilities in the coming years. Phil Booth, a former Wales international rugby player, has just taken over ownership of the Fun City complex at Brean Leisure Park. Phil already owns two thriving hotels. More...

Did you see A38 incident?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident near Highbridge earlier this month. It occurred on the A38 in West Huntspill on Saturday August 2nd between 7pm and 7.30pm. Police say a Vauxhall Astra overtook a blue Peugeot 307 and nearly caused a collision. More...

New cold-calling zone starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents and police have this week stepped up their efforts to ward off unwanted doorstep callers with the official launch of a new 'No Cold Calling Zone'. Set up by Burnham Police, the latest zone is in Willis Court next to Marine Drive and is part of an ongoing operation. More...

Anger over rates of low pay
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Labour parliamentary candidate has this week blasted the govermment's 'failure' to deal with low wage in the area. New figures across the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham and Highbridge, show 38% of workers now earn less than a living wage. More...

Groups urged to claim grants
GROUPS in Highbridge have this week been urged to claim cash available from a grant funding organisation in the town. Thousands of pounds worth of grants are being distributed in the town by 'Community First for Highbridge' using central government funding. More...

Sandcastle contest fun today!
THE National Trust will be holding a special event for children on Brean Beach this Wednesday (August 13th) with a mass sand castle building competition. The Trust is holding a series of family-themed days over the summer called Wild Wednesdays which aim to get kids playing outside. More...

Rail heritage project hits delays
Exclusive: A PROJECT set-up to celebrate Burnham's railway history by installing a set of train buffers looks set to be delayed due to ongoing negotiations around the ownership of the land where it is hoped they will be installed. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old buffers. More...

Town MP boycotts Israeli goods
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has explained this week why she has taken the decision to boycott Israeli goods and services in the wake of ongoing military action in the region. She said that the majority of people around the district are "disturbed and angry" about the action. More...

200 classic cars flock into area
HUNDREDS of classic cars will go on show near Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (August 17th) at the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival. Members of the village's Community Association are holding the long-running and popular bi-annual display next to Mark Village Hall. More...

Sand castle contest tomorrow
THE National Trust will be holding a special event for children on Brean Beach this Wednesday (August 13th) with a mass sand castle building competition. The Trust is holding a series of family-themed weekly activity days over the summer called Wild Wednesdays. More...

Firm's green light to expand
A SHEET metal manufacturing company in Highbridge has this week been given the thumbs-up to expand its premises. Cases Ltd, based on the Isleport Business Park, fabricates sheet metal to customers’ drawings which are used in various industries across the country. More...

High tides safety warning
BIG waves whipped up by the former Hurricane Bertha crashed onto Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (August 10th), leaving onlookers to get a soaking and prompting a safety warning. Crowds of people watched the storm waves at high tide and more high tides are due this week. More...

Tractor pulling heads to Brean!
THE unique sport of tractor pulling heads to Brean this coming weekend when the resort hosts a round of the the UK Tractor Pulling championships. Tractor pulling was last seen in Brean over 20 years ago and the sport used to be popular in the South West. More...

RNLI creates new launch area
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI will be starting a project over the next few days to lay a new surface on which to launch their lifeboats from the town's beach. Some 50 metres of 'bog mats' are being laid over the lower section of the beach next to Burnham-On-Sea's jetty. More...

Police plea after cars damaged
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help in investigating several vandalism incidents against cars parked in the town. Shortly before 10am on Friday morning (August 8th), officers were called to Rectory Road, as pictured here, after a blue Toyota had been damaged. More...

In Photos: Folk On The Green
A WHIRLWIND of entertainment blew into Highbridge town centre on Sunday (August 10th) when a great line-up of local musicians performed Folk On The Green in a marquee on the town green despite the threat of former Hurricane Bertha affecting things outside. More...

Motorist hurt in M5 crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after a car crash during heavy rain on the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday. Police, fire and ambulance crews were sent to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between Burnham and Weston shortly after 7.30am after a car overturned. More...

No-fly zone for Nato summit
A NO-FLY zone will be put in place for parts of the south west, including Burnham-On-Sea, during a three-day Nato summit next month. It will prevent light aircraft flying over the area below 10,000 ft (3,048 m) between 3rd-5th September. The Civil Aviation Authority has imposed the restriction. More...

In photos: Horticultural Show
HUNDREDS of colourful entries - from flowers and vegetables to crafts - went on display at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show on Saturday (August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area displayed their skills during the popular event. More...

Cove craft event is cancelled
A CRAFT fair due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront on Sunday (10th August) has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather. A wide selection of stalls and childrens entertainment was planned to take place during the day. More...

Video: Yarn bombing at Cove
YARN bombers struck Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (August 9th). Walls, seats, decking and even the cherub statue in the seafront park were decorated with brightly coloured knitted items which will remain in place for several days to come. More...

Traders count cost of floods
Exclusive: Torrential rain in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week has cost businesses thousands of pounds with many calling for improved maintenance of drains in the town centre. Several inches of torrential rain fell in a short space of time last Tuesday (August 5th), causing flooding in several shops. More...

Storm warning for Burnham area
THE remains of Hurricane Bertha, which has now weakened to an Atlantic storm, looks set to sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (August 10th), according to forecasters. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain for the region. More...

Town Horticultural Show today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show is set to take place today (Saturday, August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area will be able to show off their gardening and craft skills when the event is held at the town's Community Centre. More...

Folk on the Green in Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to an afternoon of live outdoor music concert this Sunday (August 10th). Folk On The Green will be held in a special marquee set up next to Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street from 12.30pm until 5pm, with the event free for all. More...

24-hour booze bid approved
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea petrol station has this week won its controversial bid to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. As first reported here, the Esso station in Oxford Street had applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a change to its premises licence to allow round-the-clock alcohol sales. More...

Flooding shuts sports centre
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre has been temporarily shut due to flooding damage following a torrential rain storm earlier this week. Spokeswoman Gail Livingstone from operator 1610 told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The centre has been temporarily closed." More...

History show heads to town
A MAJOR two-day historical re-enactment show is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena later this month involving groups from across the country. Members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in the event on August 24th and August 25th. More...

Society's town show tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show is set to take place this Saturday (August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area will be able to show off their gardening and craft skills when the event is held at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Cove gets crafty this Sunday!
A CRAFT fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront this Sunday (10th August). A wide selection of stalls selling locally-made crafts and free childrens entertainment will be set up in the gardens from 11am until 3pm for free. More...

Big Berrow solar farm unveiled
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a further big new solar energy farm in Berrow which will be large enough to power hundreds of homes are set to be unveiled. Plans for the huge solar farm on land to the South of Wick Road in the parishes of Berrow and Brent Knoll go on show. More...

Deputy Prime Minister in town
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (August 6th). Mr Clegg gave a helping hand to the town's MP Tessa Munt, who is currently volunteering in the community over the summer to see the work. More...

Lighthouse trail in final month
THERE is now just a month remaining to complete Burnham-On-Sea's mini lighthouse trail. The 34 lighthouses are on display across the Burnham area until September when they will be auctioned off by sealed bids. Organisers from say over £1,000 has been collected. More...

Crowds flock to Apex Playday
BIG crowds of families flocked to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday on Wednesday afternoon (August 6th). Bright sunshine encouraged over 5,000 people to attend the popular event and the organisers have hailed it a big success after a great day of activities. More...

New-look skate park opened
A £73,000 new look for the skate park at Highbridge's Apex Park was officially opened on Wednesday (August 6th). Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Cllr Peter Downing officially cut a ribbon to launch the revamped skate park during the annual Playday. More...

Community order for offences
A FORMER Highbridge councillor who admitted taking indecent images of two boys and sexually assaulting one of them has been given a community order. Joe Leach, 27, committed most of the offences while the boys, aged 16 and 17 at the time, were asleep in his flat. More...

Flooding incidents after rain
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to help residents deal with several flooding incidents after torrential rain swept through the area on Tuesday (August 5th). Summer storms briefly left several inches of rain water on streets in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. More...

Five rescued from stuck lift
FIRE crews rescued five people from a lift at a Burnham-On-Sea block of flats on Tuesday (August 5th). Two fire engines from Burnham were called to Allandale Court in Rectory Road at just before 2.30pm. Three adults and two children were trapped in the lift. More...

Crowds expected at Apex Playday
BIG crowds of families are expected to flock to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday today Wednesday (August 6th). Last year's event was one of the most successful in the whole country with around 6,000 people attending and today's spectacle will be even bigger. More...

Town MP takes on bakery role!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has swapped parliament for a baker's shop this week during her ongoing summer of 'fact-finding work experience'. Tessa Munt has rolled up her sleeves to spend time at Burns the Bread in Glastonbury to see the work of the team there at first hand. More...

Child snatch rumours rejected
RUMOURS that a child had been snatched from a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket on Tuesday evening (August 5th) were rejected by police. Officers were called to Morrisons in Pier Street when the initial reports came in, however they said it was a domestic incident and ended happily. More...

Second crash at blackspot
A SECOND crash in three days at a Burnham-On-Sea accident blackspot has put further pressure on Somerset County Council to introduce new safety measures. A car slammed into a wall on the sharp bend in Stoddens Road, near the junction of Rectory Road, soon after 5pm on Tuesday. More...

Burnham marks WW1 centenary
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have marked the centenary of the First World War with a series of special events. On Monday evening (August 4th) a candlelit vigil was held at St Andrew's Church to mark the actual date and time of the outbreak of war. More...

Teenager dies after M5 crash
A 14 YEAR-old boy has died after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea involving a lorry and a car on the M5 motorway. The Vauxhall Astra collided with the rear of an articulated lorry, causing the car to spin in the carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and 23 at Bridgwater North shortly after 2am. More...

Pirate day hailed a success
DOZENS of children enjoyed a pirate-themed family fun day on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (August 3rd). The family event was held on the town's beach next to The Pavillion in the afternoon and at the nearby Marine Cove gardens during the morning. More...

Michael Eavis will be VIP guest
MICHAEL Eavis, the founder of The Glastonbury Festival, is to be the special guest at this year’s Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service next month. Mr Eavis - pictured here in Burnham last month - will lead the towns' annual Civic Service at St Andrew's Church. More...

Countdown to Apex Playday
THE countdown is underway to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday, which takes place this Wednesday (August 6th). Last year's event was one of the most successful with around 6,000 people attending and the organisers say it will be even bigger and better than ever. More...

Firemen praised for saving jogger
TWO Burnham-On-Sea firefighters who saved the life of a jogger when he suffered a cardiac arrest while running near Highbridge have been recognised with awards. Burnham firefighters Rob Davey and Stephen Pike were off-duty and driving along Huntspill Road on February 20th
. More...

'Mindless vandals' steal sign
A BURNHAM businessman is counting the cost of crime after a sign was stolen from outside his shop on Friday night (August 1st). The owner of the Styles ice cream store on The Esplanade says a £250 sign promoting his range of products was removed on Friday evening. More...

Poignant war play in Burnham
A PLAY will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this October marking the centenary of World War 1 and also the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The production by the acclaimed AsOne Theatre Company promises to be a poignant mix of stories, music and song for all. More...

Car crash on busy road bend
THE safety of a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea was back in the spotlight on Saturday (August 2nd) following a crash. The driver of a Renault lost control of her vehicle and smashed into a wall, as pictured, on the sharp bend of Stoddens Road near the junction of Rectory Road at around 9am
. More...

Burnham marks WW1 today
A SERIES of events is being held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the centenary of the First World War. St Andrew's Church hosted a special commemoration of the outbreak of World War 1 on Saturday evening (August 2nd) when songs and poems from the time were recited. More...

Buddy Holly event a success
A SPECIAL night of music celebrating Buddy Holly drew a capacity crowd to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday evening (August 2nd). Marc Robinson, with his horned rimmed glasses and Stratocaster guitar recreated the star for the threatre show. More...

M5 queues after car overturns
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 on Saturday (August 2nd) after an accident saw a car leave the motorway. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between junction 24 for Highbridge and junction 23 for Bridgwater at 10am. More...

Town fayre beats the weather!
A DAY of showers meant a summer fayre at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Saturday took place inside. Burnham Nursing and Residential Home in Oxford Street held the annual event, which still attracted a steady flow of local visitors throughout the afternoon. More...

Pilrow wind farm thrown out
Exclusive: THE government's Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has rejected controversial plans for the proposed Pilrow wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Broadview Energy wanted to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm in Rooksbridge
. More...

Trust loses bid to halt Hinkley
IRELAND'S National Trust has lost its fight to stop a new nuclear power plant being built near Burnham-On-Sea. The group, also called An Taisce, contested the legality of a March 2013 decision by the Energy Secretary to grant development consent for the huge project. More...

Library volunteer wins award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Library volunteer is among helpers from across Somerset who have been recognised for their commitment at an awards ceremony. The council recently invited members of the public to nominate volunteers deserving special recognition and received many suggestions. More...

Summer fayre in town today
A SUMMER fayre is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday) with a line-up of traditional fun and activities. Burnham Nursing and Residential Home at 19 Oxford Street is holding the event from 2-5pm when all will be welcome to visit and join in the fun. More...

Lifeboat car wash today
THE team at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station are holding a fundraising car wash today (Saturday, August 2nd). Burnham RNLI crewmembers will be donning their dry-suits for the regular event which woill be held outside their Pier Street station between 10am and 2pm. More...

New £45,000 play areas open
THREE new-look play areas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were opened on Thursday (July 31st) following £45,000 of refurbishment work. The play areas at Crosses Penn, Coleridge Gardens and Stiling Close have been given major facelifts by Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Pirate Day fun on town beach
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Sunday afternoon (August 3rd). The free family event is to be held on the town's beach next to The Pavillion and also at the nearby Marine Cove gardens on the seafront. More...

Duo to hold town head shave
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother and her twin hope to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer support centre after her son was diagnosed with the illness. Elaine Luscombe's son Peter is receiving treatment and she and her twin, Celia Martin, are fundraising. More...

Unique floral art goes on show
WATERING cans filled with colourful paper flowers have been appearing across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week as part of a unique summer art project. Burnham artist Sue Hammond-Lovatt has made scores of the displays with a care home's help and support. More...

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