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August 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Brooch appeal issued in town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is appealing for help in locating a missing brooch that has huge sentimental value to her family after it was accidentally donated to a charity shop in the town. The brooch belonged to her 80-year-old grandmother, she says, and is treasured by them. More...

Berrow crash: Mum out of hospital
A MOTHER who was injured along with her two children in a shocking collision with a car on Friday has been released from hospital. The mum and her two children were airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car in Berrow on August 26th, as first reported here. More...

Big search for missing person
FIRE, police and ambulance crews descended on Highbridge last night (Tuesday) during a major search operation. Crews searched for the missing person, who was believed to be in a vulnerable and distressed state, in the Walrow and Morland areas of the town. More...

Pottery firm opens new studio
A LOCAL pottery painting business has expanded and now has a permanent studio based in Highbridge. Purrr-fect Pottery has been running for eight years and is managed by mother and daughter team Anya and Shanice Burridge who are now expanding the business. More...

Funeral date for Neville Jones
THE funeral of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor and war veteran Neville Jones OBE will take place on Thursday afternoon (September 1st). Neville, a well-known face about Burnham and Highbridge, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday August 16th at the age of 94. More...

MP promotes faster broadband
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge MP James Heappey is to hold a special event for local people suffering with poor broadband to discuss the issue with technical experts and find out how to get faster speeds. MP James Heappey will host the 'Faster Broadband Fair' this week. More...

Dementia group celebrates
A SPECIAL party has been held to mark the first anniversary of a Burnham-On-Sea musical activity group for people living with Dementia called 'Music for the Memory'. Music For The Memory is an independent group, not a charity, with more than 60 members in the Burnham area. More...

Have you seen wanted man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have been asked to keep an eye open for a wanted man. Police have appealed for the public’s help to find 41-year-old wanted man Mark Morris. Morris is wanted by police in connection with a series of theft offences across the region. More...

Missing man found after search
A LARGE-scale search was launched in Brean and Burnham-On-Sea last night for a missing pensioner. The 84 year-old man was reported to be missing at around 4.30pm by his concerned family while visiting Stardust Amusements in Brean. Police called out Coastguards alongside BARB Search & Rescue to help
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Summer fete draws big crowds
HUNDREDS of people filled Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday for the town's popular annual summer fete. The event - which included a range of traditional entertainment, stalls and games - was organised by the BEST for the first time this year. More...

Video: Balmy Burnham boosted
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a busy Bank Holiday weekend, with trade boosted by the mostly good weather. The town's beach and holiday parks have been busy with visitors during the final week of the summer school holidays, they say. More...

Extreme fundraising for charity
A HARDY group of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers have boosted a local charity by more than £2,000 by completing an extreme sports event. Seven members of Somerset Breast Cancer Now took part in the latest Tough Mudder South West event to raise the funds. More...

BARB seeks more volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue is holding a recruitment evening this week for local people to find out how they can become part of the charity's operational crew. BARB operates life-saving hovercrafts and inshore inshore rescue boats from its seafront station. More...

Child 'serious' after M5 crash
Updated with video: THERE were long delays on the M5 motorway in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday following a serious crash which closed both carriageways while the air ambulance landed to air-lift a child to hospital. These were the scenes on the motorway. More...

Town summer fete fun today
FINAL preparations are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's summer fete which is set to take place in the town's Manor Gardens today (Bank Holiday Monday). Organised by Burnham Events Social Team, it runs from 11am until 4pm with entertainment through the day. More...

Kevin holds fundraiser today
BURNHAM-On-Sea runner Kevin Clements is holding a fundraising event today (Monday) as he prepares a charity run from John'o'Groats to Lands End in memory of a fellow runner who died recently. Kevin is a member of Burnham Harriers running club and is appealing for help. More...

Child air-lifted from M5 crash
THERE were long delays on the M5 motorway in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday following a serious crash which closed both carriageways while the air ambulance landed to air-lift a child to hispital. These were the scenes after the crash occurred between Junction 21 and 22 for Burnham. More...

Hinkley approval urged by EDF
THE head of EDF Energy has urged the government to approve Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea in an explict appeal ahead of a decision due within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May intervened last month to delay the £18 billion project just as it seemed to be proceeding. More...

Ram-raid causes £10k damage
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop faces a huge £10,000 bill for repairs following a ram-raid on Friday morning. A car slammed into The Laptop Shop in Burnham High Street at 5am and the occupants then stole laptops and iPads. Two people were later arrested by police. More...

Model railway show continues
MODEL train enthusiasts from across the UK are flocking to a show in Highbridge this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is being held on Saturday August 27th and continues on Sunday 28th August. More...

Water skier hurt in sea crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to Weston on Saturday afternoon (August 28th) after a young water skier suffered a suspected back injury in an accident near the Grand Pier. Coastguards from Burnham, Clevedon and Weston were quickly on scene. More...

Crowds flock to Berrow fete
CROWDS flocked to a popular summer fete at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday afternoon (August 27th). A line-up of family entertainment was held alongside traditional stalls and games on the grass area outside the church during the popular annual event. More...

Berrow crash: 3 are 'stable'
A WOMAN and two young children are in a "stable condition" in hospital after they were hit by a car outside a Berrow holiday camp on Friday evening. Avon and Somerset Police spokesman Scott McPherson told Burnham-On-Sea.com this afternoon: "The woman is in hospital in a comfortable condition." More...

Hovercraft called to mud trio
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft crew and a team of Coastguards were called to Weston on Friday evening (August 26th) amid concerns for several people struggling in the mud. BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina II hovercraft was called to Weston beach after 8pm. More...

Berrow church fete today!
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church this Saturday (August 27th). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-4pm. Among the attractions will be a kung fu display and a bar plus stalls for all. More...

Youth award nominees sought
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being invited to honour unsung young heroes of the local community by nominating them for the first ever British Citizen Youth Awards (BCYA). BCYA co-founder Mike Faulkner is calling for Burnham-On-Sea.com readers to help them. More...

Three seriously hurt in crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Berrow on Friday evening. The incident took place shortly before 5.20pm on Coast Road outside the Unity Farm Holiday Centre. Three people were air-lifted to hospital from the village. More...

Ram-raid drama at town shop
A RAM-RAIDER who slammed his car into the front of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre shop early today before stealing over £1,000 of laptop computers and iPads has been arrested. Police were called to The Laptop Shop in Burnham High Street just after 5am this morning where they found a window smashed. More...

Call for seafront CCTV upgrade
A FRUSTRATED motorist has called for CCTV coverage to be improved along Burnham-On-Sea's busy seafront after his car was damaged in a collision this week. Local musician John Prescott's car was left dented and scratched, as pictured here, when it was struck in one of the seafront parking bays. More...

Food awards finalists named
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea businesses and groups are celebrating being named as finalists for the 2016 Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards. The Mitre in College Street and The Chandni Indian restuarant in Burnham High Street have been short-listed for the restaurant award. More...

Town farmers market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, August 26th) with a great line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Berrow church fete tomorrow
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church this Saturday (August 27th). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-4pm. Among the attractions will be a kung fu display and other displays from local groups. More...

Town GCSE pupils celebrate
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated a superb set of impressive GCSE results on Thursday August 25th. Over 200 students headed to the school to open their all-important envelopes to discover how they'd done in their crucial exams to determine their future education. More...

Hinkley 'exit plan' considered
GOVERNMENT officials reviewing the massive Hinkley Point nuclear project are exploring how the UK might withdraw from the deal while minimising financial risk and damage to international relations, it has been reported this week by a national newspaper. More...

Liam aims for 2020 Olympics
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX star Liam Phillips says he "would be a fool" to turn his back on the sport after his disappoinment at the Rio Olympics and he is now turning his attention to the 2020 Tokyo games. A dramatic crash ended the medal hopes of Liam, 27, last Thursday. More...

Street art attracting visitors
LARGE numbers of people are visiting Burnham-On-Sea to see its new street art - three weeks after the town's Spray Jam festival. The organisers of the festival say the unique, eye-catching art has become a visitor attraction that is pulling in extra people. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (August 26th) with a great line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Bank Holiday summer fete fun
FINAL preparations are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's summer fete which is set to take place in the town's Manor Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August. Organised by Burnham Events Social Team, it will start at 11am and finish at 4pm with entertainment. More...

Teddy bear's picnic today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to hold a teddy bear's picnic today (Thursday). The seafront gardens next to St Andrew's Church will host the free family event between 11am and 12.30pm with all families welcome to attend and get involved through the 90 minutes. More...

First look at £30k outdoor gym
THE first designs have been unveiled for a new £30,000 outdoor gym that's set to be installed at Highbridge's Apex Park this autumn. The state-of-the-art outdoor gym, which will be open to all for free, is being funded from £30,000 of community funds from local housing developers contributions. More...

Woman hurt in van collision
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a pedestrian was hurt in Brean on Tuesday afternoon (August 23rd). A white Peugeot Expert van and a female pedestrian were involved in the collision in Coast Road in the village on Tuesday when police were called. More...

Vehicle show boosts charity
OVER 140 vehicles - from American hot rods to trucks and classic vehicles - went on show in West Huntspill at the weekend during a fundraising show for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The Blue Ridge Runners held a convoy of vehicles through Burnham town centre on Saturday before Sunday's show. More...

New Priest In Charge for area
THE Bishop of Taunton was among 200 people who filled a local church on Tuesday evening (August 23rd) to formally welcome the area's new Priest in Charge. The Rev'd Jonathan Philpott has this week taken on the role of Priest in Charge in the area close to Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Have you seen stolen truck?
AN East Huntspill family has appealed for help in finding a truck which was stolen from outside their home on Tuesday evening (August 23rd). The red single-cab Mitsubishi agricultural truck - registration plate WG08BFA - was stolen from the village just after 7pm. More...

Big backing for coach scheme
OVER 50 business owners and residents attended a meeting in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Monday) to give their support to a new project that aims to encourage more coach visitors into Burnham-On-Sea. The launch took place in the town centre on Monday evening. More...

Seafront dog fouling tackled
A NEW group in Burnham-On-Sea that's been formed to tackle dog fouling along the town's beach and seafront has held its first clean-up operation this week. The 'Burnham Pooper Troopers', comprising of a group of volunteers, collected 5lbs of dog waste during the clean-up. More...

'Tough Mudder' is completed!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident and local solicitor has faced his fears of water, heights, submersion and electrocution in order to raise funds for charity. David Sinclair completed the gruelling 12-mile extreme mud marathon obstacle race called Tough Mudder at the weekend. More...

Call for cuts to 'tourism tax'
SOMERSET tourism chiefs are lobbying MPs in a bid to reduce the rate of VAT levied on accommodation and attraction entry tickets which could help businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area. The campaign by Visit Somerset comes on the back of Brexit and a MP's comments. More...

Punk icon to sing at concert
PUNK icon Toyah Willcox and rock legends Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel will perform on stage at a new music festival near Burnham this September. Somerset’s newest festival, Music in the Meadow, will take place at Secret World on 10th September when all are welcome. More...

£39m sea project progresses
WESSEX Water will be closing a busy road through Bridgwater later this month so major sewerage work can be carried out as part of the ongoing multi-million pound work to improve Burnham's sea water quality. The Clink will be closed from Monday 22nd August. More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS have been laid in Burnham-On-Sea in memory of a four year-old boy who drowned after falling from the town's jetty exactly four years ago. Dylan Cecil died in the sea on August 19th 2012 and his family have left flowers next to a plaque on the anniversary. More...

New music festival announced
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea music festival called BOSfest is to be launched next year to replace the town's Folkfest, which will be going out with a final farewell on September 3rd. After a decade of musical fun and frolics, the final Folkfest was held last year. More...

New coach scheme to launch
A NEW project to encourage more coaches into Burnham-On-Sea has been formally announced and will be launched today. The new scheme is being run by Burnham Chamber of Trade and BIARS, with the backing of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. More...

Photos: West Huntspill Show
OVER 650 entries went on display at the annual West Huntspill Horticultural Show on Saturday afternoon (August 20th). Crowds flocked to Saturday's show in the Balliol Hall where a large number of exhibits went on display across 130 classes from flowers to crafts. More...

Police called to van in ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea police and fire crews were called to a 3am accident in East Huntspill early this morning (Sunday). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Burtle Road in East Huntspill at 3.09am where a van had left the road and ended up in a ditch. More...

VIDEO: Stormy seas in town
STRONG winds and high tides created unseasonably stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea during this weekend. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning as 50mph southwesterly gusts whipped up big waves, as pictured, which saw plumes of spray flying over the sea wall. More...

New store planned for post office
A NEW convenience store is set to be opened in the same building as Burnham-On-Sea's post office this autumn by its new owner. Malav Desai, who runs Bargain Booze in Burnham-On-Sea High Street, is taking over the town's post office in nearby Victoria Street this October.
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Sea search for 'missing person'
A HELICOPTER, Coastguards, lifeboats and police launched a huge search for a person suspected to be in the sea between Weston Pier and Brean Down last night (Saturday). This was the scene as the helicopter used a search light to scour the waters at 11pm. More...

Vehicles to go on show today
OVER 80 classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will go on show today (Sunday) in West Huntspill for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners held a parade through the area yesterday and the vehicles will go on show today from 10am-4pm when all will be welcome. More...

High winds create stormy seas
STRONG winds and high tides created unseasonably stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 20th). The Met Office issued a severe weather warning as 50mph southwesterly gusts whipped up big waves in Burnham, as pictured. More...

62 new homes opened in town
A NEW multi-million pound housing development in Highbridge has been formally opened this week. The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Ian Dyer, and the Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Cllr Michael Clarke, officially cut a ribbon to open the 62 new, affordable homes at Morland Chase
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New B&M store opens next month
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has today confirmed that its new store in Burnham-On-Sea will open on September 22nd. The new store in Pier Street, which replaces the former Morrisons store, will create more than 60 new jobs. The new store will open its doors for the first time on Thursday 22nd September at 9am. More...

Crocodile spotted in Brean lake
HOLIDAYMAKERS at a holiday park in Brean got a shock this morning when this crocodile was spotted in the resort's fishing lake. Following several alarmed calls from tourists, staff were called to investigate at Holiday Resort Unity in the village of Brean. More...

BMX star Liam is 'devastated'
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX star Liam Phillips has made an emotional statement after a dramatic crash ended his Rio Olympics dream on Thursday evening in the men’s BMX quarter-finals. Liam, 27, got off to a great start after taking the lead in the first race. More...

Mayor's praise for town BMX star
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised the town's BMX cyclist Liam Phillips for 'doing us proud' in reaching the Olympics quarter-finals, despite his bid for a medal coming to an abrupt end after a crash on Thursday evening. Liam suffered a heavy fall after initially making a great start in the first race. More...

Street artist completing work
A WELL-known street artist is putting the finishing touches to a huge sea-themed piece of art in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Syd the artist, whose business is called The Stencil Shed, has been featured on Channel 4's programme 'Shed of the Year'. More...

Apex Park opera is postponed
AN outdoor screening of a powerful Tchaikovsky opera at Highbridge's Apex Park has been postponed this Saturday (August 20th) due to the threat of severe weather. A big screen was due to be set up in the park for Garsington Opera to live-screen its production. More...

M5 car fire tackled by crews
DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received multiple calls reporting a car fire on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Thursday morning (August 18th). A section of the northbound carriageway between the junctions 22 and 21 was closed. More...

A-levels success for pupils
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating this week after receiving a superb set of A-level and AS level results. 100% of students gained success at A-level with 69% of the students achieving 1 A* - C grade and 18% of all grades achieved at A* and A grade. More...

Liam crashes out of Rio Olympics
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips has dramatically crashed out of the Rio Olympics quarter-finals this evening (Thursday). Liam suffered a heavy fall after initially making a great start in the first race of the quarter finals. He was involved in a dramatic collision with several riders. More...

Crews search for missing kids
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and a hovercraft crew from BARB Search & Rescue were called to Weston on Wednesday afternoon (August 17th) to search for two missing children. The crews were called out at 3.30pm to back up Weston Coastguards. More...

Plans for 11 flats are rejected
PROPOSALS to convert a residential care home in Burnham-On-Sea into 11 self-contained flats has been turned by council planners this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee rejected a request to convert 139 Berrow Road. More...

Liam reaches Rio quarter finals
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips powered into today's quarter-finals of the Olympics in Rio last night (Wednesday). The BMX cyclist completed his seeding run on Wednesday evening in a time of 35.095 seconds, earning him tenth place overall at the openinhg BMX event. More...

Wind warning issued for area
THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning as high winds are set to sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area this Saturday (August 20th). It says a spell of unseasonably strong southwesterly winds, accompanied by heavy, blustery showers, will arrive. More...

Vehicle convoy through town
OVER 80 classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday, August 20th, in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will be moving through the town at around 12.30pm in a procession. More...

Holiday club places available
PLACES are filling up fast at this year's children's holiday club at the Baptist Church in Burnham-On-Sea. The club, called Rumble in the Jungle, is taking place next week, from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August, from 10.00am to 12.15pm at the church open to all children. More...

Tributes for former Mayor Neville
TRIBUTES have been paid to former Burnham-On-Sea Mayor and war veteran Neville Jones OBE who passed away earlier today (Tuesday). Neville died peacefully early this morning and many tributes are being paid to the 94 year-old. During World War II, he was a Sub Lieutenant onboard the carrier HMS Speaker. More...

RNLI raises £48k for lifeboat
AN appeal to buy a new lifeboat for the Burnham-On-Sea area has raised £48,000 in a year. It means the RNLI will now be able to buy a new D-Class lifeboat in Burnham-On-Sea so crews will have the latest equipment to enable them to continue to save lives. More...

New history calendar unveiled
A NEW 2017 calendar featuring historical scenes of Burnham-On-Sea has gone on sale. The 'Memories of Burnham' calendar includes 12 old scenes of the town from across the decades. "The photos will stir plenty lots of memories," said orgniser Sylvia Young. More...

Gin tasting event in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is inviting guests to join them for a journey through the world of the clear botanical that is gin this Saturday (20th August). Ticket holders will learn all about the spirit and enjoy a tasting session of fine gins and tonics during the evening. More...

Teddy bear's picnic for Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to hold a teddy bear's picnic later this month. The seafront gardens next to St Andrew's Church will hold the free family event on Thursday 25th August between 11am and 12.30pm when it will be open to all families. More...

Second dredge phase finishes
THE latest dredging work on the River Parrett has been successfully completed over the past week. Contractors have spent three months removing 13,000 cubic metres of material from a 750m stretch between Northmoor Pumping Station and Linden Farm. More...

New beach clean group formed
A NEW community group called the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach is set to launch this week as part of a project to clean up the town's beach. The new group is being formed by Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, the campaign that's overseeing Burnham's attempt to improve its sea water quality. More...

Circus fun comes to Brean
ACROBATS, jugglers and magicians are heading to Brean this month when a circus comes to the resort. Chaplin's Circus is holding two weeks of shows at Brean Leisure Park from August 17th-August 31st. Chaplin's Circus will provide great fun for families. More...

Join local fundraising bike run
MOTORBIKE enthusiasts are being encouraged to join a fundraising bike run in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity on Sunday August 21st.The Burnham Bike Knights are organising the charity ride-out to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, which runs rescue hovercrafts. More...

Army cadets head to Cornwall
ARMY cadets from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset have returned from an action-packed annual summer camp on the North Cornwall coast. Using the fantastic facilities of RAF St Mawgan as their base, 100 cadets from units across our area took part. More...

Road re-opens after crash
A multi-vehicle collision closed a busy road through Berrow on Sunday afternoon. Burnham-On-Sea Police and ambulance crews were called to Berrow Road at around 4.30pm after a car transporter and a vehicle collided outside Berrow Social Club, as pictured here. More...

Spray Jam hailed a success
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s first-ever Spray Jam Festival has been hailed a success by organisers after crowds of people headed into the town centre on Saturday (August 13th) to see scores of street art displays and entertainment. Dozens of contemporary and traditional street artists displayed their work. More...

New barber opens with fun day
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea hairdresser is marking its opening in the town centre with a charity fun day today (Sunday). John Edmiston, who is opening his first barber shop, Victoria Street Barbers, in Victoria Street, is raising money for local charity In Charley’s Memory. More...

Flower show marks 50th year
HUNDREDS of colourful flowers went on display at the town's 50th annual summer flower show on Saturday. Burnham and District Horticultural Show organised the popular show, which is now in its fifth decade, at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Motor show draws crowds
OVER 380 exhibits including 28 vintage, classic and sport motor bikes went on show last weekend at the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival. Among the vehicles was a replica World War 2 camp with Willys Jeeps, field guns, rifle stacks and a tent plus other attractions. More...

Local artist to display her work
A LOCAL artist will be displaying her work in Burnham-On-Sea's Princes Theatre later this month. Margaret Riordan, a self-taught Lympsham artist, will be exhibiting some of her works in the Arts Lounge at the Princess Theatre in Princess Street this month for the public to see. More...

Hannah is European champion!
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea water skier is celebrating after being crowned European Champion in her age category this weekend. Hannah Bird, 17, lifted the top European title in Austria on Friday afternoon (August 12th) after winning three competitive races this week. More...

Town's 50th flower show today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's 50th annual show is set to take place today (Saturday, August 13th). As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography, floral art, domestic and junior classes. The event is from 1-6pm. More...

Spray Jam festival to debut
BURNHAM'S first-ever Spray Jam Festival is set to take to the town’s streets today (Saturday) with a schedule of street art and entertainment. Dozens of contemporary and traditional street artists will head into the town centre on August 13th and 14th. More...

Quality award for youth club
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Zone Youth Club has become the 30th club in Somerset to achieve the County Council’s 'Safe and Welcoming' award. The 'Safe and Welcoming' benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and appeal to young people. More...

Travellers issued discussed by MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP met with police and local councillors this week to discuss the recent spate of travellers in our area and consider what steps can be taken to move them on faster in future. Wednesday's closed meeting took place in Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's Chambers. More...

Jason's charity total hits £22k
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser Jason Vickers has this week thanked customers at a supermarket in the town for helping him raise over £1,300 for charity. Jason has held a week-long collection for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the foyer of Burnham's Tesco store. More...

Fresh doubts over Hinkley C
FRESH doubts are hanging over the £18bn project to build Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea this week after damning allegations that Chinese firms are involved in espionage. First it emerged that Britain’s Chinese partner in the project has been accused. More...

Sign up for Brean beach walk
WALKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to register for a new fundraising event taking place in Brean next month. Registration is now open for the 2016 Brean Trekathon, supporting Children's Hospice South West, which will be held in September. More...

Kids Fest to be held in Berrow
BERROW'S Animal Farm Adventure Park is set to hold its first 'KidsFest' this weekend. The attraction says the event on Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th will be a fun-packed event, full of entertainment, live music and childrens' TV personalities. More...

Crews called to big silage blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea crews tackled a large fire in a silage pit at Wedmore this morning (Thursday). They were called at 6.20am to a barn in Poolbridge Road where firefighters surrounded the fire using three attack jets, compressed air foam, a safety jet and drag forks. More...

Replica railway signal installed
A REPLICA railway signal has been erected in Burnham-On-Sea this week as part of an ongoing project to celebrate the town's rail history. The Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has installed the traditional signal in Old Station Approach, formerly called Marine Drive. More...

Row over council 'mistrust' poll
A ROW has erupted over a controversial survey in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge that has found 89% of residents believe the Town Council does not spend money wisely and there is a "deep mistrust" of councillors in the two towns. Over 700 completed the survey, organised by former councillor Helen Groves. More...

Seagull rescued by fire crew
A SEAGULL trapped in netting on the roof of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre business was rescued by firefighters on Wednesday (August 10th). A Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called out to the High Street to bring down the bird using an extension ladder to the roof. More...

50th flower show this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's 50th annual show is set to take place this Saturday (August 13th). As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography, floral art, domestic and junior classes. The event is from 1-6pm. More...

15,000ft sky dive completed!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent and his son have completed a daring 13,000ft sky dive for charity. Edward Creswick, managing director of CJ Hole in Burnham, and his son Thomas performed the sky dive for Breast Cancer Now. He persuaded his son to jump too! More...

Sad end after dolphin rescue
A BEACHED dolphin has been put down after a desperate bid to try and save it at Brean during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday). The male common dolphin was initially washed up alive at nearby Berrow on Tuesday afternoon when it was guided out to deeper water by BARB. More...

B&M opening steps closer
THE opening of discount retail chain B&M in Burnham-On-Sea continues to step closer with a banner appearing outside the store this week to promote its recuitment of staff. B&M is taking over the former Morrisons store and is expected to open the store this autumn. More...

Crews called to chip shop fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out after a blaze broke out at a fish and chip shop in Highbridge on Tuesday morning (August 10th). A deep fat fryer was alight at Rob's Fish Bar in Church Street shortly after 11.30am. Fire crews were sent to the incident. More...

Opera preview comes to town
AHEAD of Highbridge's Apex Park playing host to an outdoor screening of a powerful Tchaikovsky opera later this month, a preview of the show is to be performed on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. Singers from Garsington Opera will be coming to busk to promote it. More...

Kevin plans cross-country run
BURNHAM-On-Sea runner Kevin Clements is in training to run from John'o'Groats to Lands End for charity in memory of a fellow runner who died recently. Kevin is a member of Burnham Harriers running club, and is running to raise funds for Weston Hospice Care. More...

Two deny causing death crash
TWO men appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Monday (August 8th) where they denied responsibility for a collision that saw a young man die just a few days before Christmas. Lewis Rogers was a passenger in a BMW that crashed at 1.10am in December last year. More...

Popular show returns to town
FOLLOWING their sell-out performances at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre last year, the New Jersey Boys are returning this month for two performances of their hit show. Final tickets are on sale for the shows to be performed this week on 11th and 12th August. More...

Two deny causing death crash
TWO men appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Monday (August 8th) where they denied responsibility for a collision that saw a young man die just a few days before Christmas. Lewis Rogers was a passenger in a BMW that crashed at 1.10am in December last year. More...

Care home set to close
A CARE home in Brent Knoll that is being investigated by police over allegations of abuse is to shut, its owners have announced this week. It comes after Mendip House was branded "inadequate" by Care Quality Commission inspectors. Staff at the home did not meet the "basic needs" of residents. More...

New fruit and veg shop opens
A NEW fruit and veg shop has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'Fabulous Fruit And Veg' has opened in College Street, replacing the off-license Brooks And Sons, which shut down earlier this year. The new business is run by Debbie Gazzard and Mandy Shute. More...

Spray Jam festival to debut
BURNHAM'S first-ever Spray Jam Festival is set to take to the town’s streets this coming weekend with a schedule of street art and entertainment. Dozens of contemporary and traditional street artists will head into the town centre on August 13th and 14th. More...

Baby owls rescued from straw
THESE three baby barn owls are being cared for by wildlife rescuers from the Burnham-On-Sea area after being found in a lorry among a load of straw. A man recently rushed through the doors of Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill with four pink, helpless birds. More...

Road crossing gets its stripes
USERS of a Burnham-On-Sea pedestrian crossing have this week welcomed the completion of work to restore safety markings there. Until Monday, the crossing in Berrow Road had not had its usual white painted road markings after recent roadworks saw the surface removed. More...

TV show seeks dog owners
THE makers of a new TV series are inviting dog owners in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to get involved. The Channel 4 show will focus on improving the behaviour of poorly behaving dogs. Is your dog's behaviour getting seriously out of control? More...

Crowds at rescue services day
THOUSANDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday for the town's annual rescue services day. 30 organisations from across the West Country gathered along The Esplanade to provide displays and demonstrations through the day involving hovercrafts and lifeboats. More...

Apology as event is cancelled
THE organiser of an outdoor music event due to be held in Highbridge on Sunday (August 7th) has apologised to residents after it was cancelled due to high winds. Several residents were left diappointed after arriving at the event, called Music at The Rec. More...

New hovercraft is unveiled
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rescue charity has formally unveiled a new hovercraft this week. BARB Search & Rescue's new hovercraft, the Spirit of Lelaina II, was formally unveiled at a naming ceremony held during Sunday's rescue services day in Burnham. More...

Photos: Colour run raises £2k
FUNDRAISERS who took part in Burnham-On-Sea’s first ever colour run have helped raise more than £2,000 for local charities. 260 people took part in the first Rescue Rainbow Run during Sunday's rescue services day, getting showered with coloured paint along the beach. More...

Cinema owners are thanked
A COMMUNITY group has thanked the owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema for their work in keeping the facility running as it marks its 80th anniversary this year. Burnham Socialites have presented the cinema's owners, Pat and Beryl Scott, with a special cake. More...

Boy rescued from mudflats
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft rescued a child stuck in mud at Brean and flew six people to safety on Weston beach after receiving multiple call-outs on Saturday afternoon (August 6th). One of BARB Search & Rescue's hovercrafts was launched at 3pm. More...

Rail group boosted by walkers
BURNHAM-On-`Sea's Railway Heritage Group was given a funding boost by a group of sponsored walkers on Saturday (August 6th). The Little Helpers, a local community group, held a successful walk from Highbridge Railway Station to the rail buffers in Burnham. More...

Show attracts over 400 entries
HUNDREDS of colourful floral and craft works went on display when East Huntspill held its annual Flower Show on Saturday (August 6th). The popular event attracted more than 400 entries from 64 different competitors, delighting organisers who said it had been a great success. More...

Cream teas help local hospice
OVER 100 people attended a successful fundraising cream tea in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 6th). The annual Time For Tea event was held at White Lodge in Burnham's Rectory Road, raising funds for St Margaret's Hospice during the course of the afternoon. More...

Teenager in 120mph chase
AN 18-year-old who led police on a chase along the M5 motorway through the Burnham-On-Sea area on his motorbike, reaching speeds of 120mph, is due to be sentenced later this month. A court heard this week that Ramin Haghighat of Upshire Gardens, Bracknell, ignored police. More...

TV show filmed on local beach
A BBC film crew visited Brean beach on Friday (August 5th) to film an episode of a popular daytime show. The BBC1 programme 'Escape To The Country' visited Brean Land Yacht Club to film a segment for a episode. Martyn Hale, club chairman, was interviewed. More...

Rescue services day tomorrow
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's on Sunday (August 7th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Mark Moor car show returns
HUNDREDS of vehicles will go on show near Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (August 7th) when the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival takes place. The show, which happens every two years, will be held on the playing fields next to Mark Village Hall and is sure to be very busy. More...

Driver rescued by crews
A MOTORIST was rescued from a stranded car on Brean beach last night by Burnham Coastguards and a BARB hovercraft after he got stuck in mud and soft sand. Crews were called to Brean beach at 5pm after a Ford Galaxy with two adults, a baby and two dogs became trapped in the mud. More...

Naomi celebrates 100th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday this week with family and friends at a residential home in the town. Naomi Vowles enjoyed a very special party with staff and other residents at Beaufort House Residential Home in the town. More...

Free music event in Highbridge
AN AFTERNOON of free outdoor music will be performed in Highbridge town centre this Sunday (August 7th). The event will be held from 12.30pm to 5.15pm on the green at Southwell House next to Highbridge's Memorial Gardens in the town centre when all are welcome. More...

Seafront ice creams on the go
A TRADITIONAL ice cream seller on Burnham-On-Sea seafront is inviting walkers to 'stop me and buy one'. Marc Lynham is operating his traditional ice cream tricycle over the summer holiday season, providing cooling ices along The Esplanade for the six weeks. More...

Opera's coming to Apex Park
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park is to play host to an outdoor screening of a powerful Tchaikovsky opera this month. A big screen will be set up in the park for Garsington Opera to live-screen its production of Eugene Onegin in the open air on the evening of Saturday, August 20th. More...

Join Burnham treasure hunt
DOZENS of shops and businesses across Burnham-On-Sea are displaying cryptic clues in their windows as part of a special treasure hunt organised by the town's Chamber of Trade to coincide with the start of the school holidays, which get underway this week. More...

Town BMX star heads to Rio
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips is heading to Rio to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games with high hopes of medal success. The BMX cyclist - who is a former pupil of Berrow School and Highbridge's King Alfred School - started cycling in 1994 when he was just five-years-old. More...

Safety fears at zebra crossing
USERS of a Burnham-On-Sea pedestrian crossing have this week called on Somerset County Council to urgently restore markings along a busy road. The zebra crossing in Berrow Road, close to the junction with Rectory Road, has not had the usual markings for weeks. More...

Father and son plan sky dive
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent and his son are preparing to do a daring 13,000ft sky dive to raise cash for a good cause this weekend. Edward Creswick, CJ Hole managing director in Burnham, and son Thomas will do the jump during this Saturday (August 6th). More...

Warning over cold callers
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged not to give out personal information following several reports of cold callers pretending to be from Somerset County Council. Bogus calls are being made by a person saying they are from the county council. More...

Fringe Festival for Burnham
SEVERAL events during the Somerset Fringe Festival will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The festival will showcase a wealth of talent – both of a professional calibre and of up-and-coming talent. The shows include a range of theatre performances in the town. More...

Police appeal after fatal crash
POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to identify a specific witness who may have information about a collision in which a pedestrian died. Edith Caunt, 86, of Uphill, died following a collision involving a black Land Rover Freelander on the A370 on Sunday. More...

Rock n roll comes to Burnham
A TWO-hour musical rollercoaster of classic country, rock 'n' roll and rockabilly music is coming to Burnham-On-Sea during August. The show, called Johnny Cash Revisited, will be held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday evening (August 7th). More...

Family 'humbled' by support
A FAMILY whose home in Burnham-On-Sea was destroyed by a major fire has said they are "incredibly humbled" by the huge outpouring of support from local residents and businesses. The home in Highbridge Road, near to Burnham-on-Sea Police Station, was completely gutted during a blaze
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Apex Play Day returns today
THOUSANDS of people will be heading to Highbridge's Apex Park today (Wednesday, 3rd August) when it hosts its annual Playday. The free event allows parents to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned money to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. More...

Call for quick Hinkley decision
SOMERSET County Council has urged the Government to make a quick and positive decision on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea after its move last week to delay the project until the autumn. Cllr David Hall has written to the Prime Minister Theresa May calling for a decision. More...

Rail exhibition comes to town
A TRAVELLING exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of closure of a railway is touring venues across Somerset and Dorset during 2016 and the next stop is Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August it will be in Burnham's Baptist Church Hall. More...

Caravans destroyed in blaze
TWO caravans were destroyed in a fire near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (August 2nd). Two crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Sloway Lane in Stretcholt just after 5pm after reports of a fire by an eyewitness. Crews found two caravans on fire. More...

Coffee bar celebrates first year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee bar is marking its first anniversary today (Wednesday) by holding a unique challenge. Calm Gourmet Coffee Bar in the High Street opened on 3rd August 2015 and the business is holding a unique 'balloon bursuit' today taking place from 11am-5pm. More...

Charity holding Brean fun day
A LOCAL breast cancer support charity is holding a fundraising event in Brean today (Wednesday, August 3rd). Somerset Breast Cancer Now is holding a cake sale with cream teas, tombola and raffle from 10am-3pm at Brean Village Hall. Entry is free and all are welcome. More...

New coach scheme unveiled
A NEW project to encourage more coaches into Burnham-On-Sea has been formally announced this week. The new scheme is being jointly run by Burnham Chamber of Trade and BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support), with the backing of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. More...

Art shop and gallery opens
A BRAND new artisan art shop gallery and shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Andrews of Abingdon Street features a wide range of locally-produced modern and vibrant work, from paintings to ceramics run by Jerome Andrew and Lisa Skinner. More...

Play Day returns tomorrow
FINAL preparations are underway for Highbridge's free annual Apex Park Playday which will be held on Wednesday 3rd August. Playday allows parents to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned money to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. More...

Tenant takes over as Chairman
A HOMES In Sedgemoor tenant has become the new Chairman of the Board at Homes in Sedgemoor. It comes after several resignations from the organisation's Board occurred last autumn, which Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported at the time last September. More...

Rescue services day nears
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's this Sunday (August 7th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Arrest after woman is killed
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following a fatal accident between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Sunday). A woman in her 80s, who was out walking her dog, was involved in a collision with a black Landrover Freelander. She tragically died. More...

Campervan rescued from sea
A FRESH warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto local beaches after this campervan was partially submerged by the sea at Brean on Sunday evening. The owners had parked on the beach and then gone for a walk on nearby Brean Down. More...

Seagulls campaign launches
A COMMUNITY campaign to improve sea water quality standards in Burnham-On-Sea has this week urged visitors and holidaymakers 'to feed the bin, not the local seagulls' this summer. The school holidays are now in full swing and many families enjoy chips in the town. More...

Blossoming talents go on show
OVER 20 different flower arrangements went on display at a Burnham-On-Sea church's flower festival over the weekend. Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church in College Street held the event over three days, attracting a flow of visitors who included the Mayor and former MP Tessa Munt. More...

Nostalgic show draws crowds
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by returned to Isleport Farm in Highbridge over the weekend. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show took place on Saturday July 30th and Sunday 31st and drew big crowds. More...

Insurance firm's BARB boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Higos Insurance Services is backing a voluntary search and rescue service in the town with a donation. BARB Search & Rescue is an independent charity run by more than 20 volunteers who are on-call 24 hours a day to help across the Somerset area. More...

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