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MBE award for Burnham resident
THE manager of a Bridgwater children's centre who lives in Burnham-On-Sea is among those recognised today in the New Year Honours List. Dr Jaswant Kaur Jutley-Plested, who is manager of Sydenham Children's Centre in Bridgwater, has received an MBE award (pictured) from the Queen. More..

Plans for 70m mast unveiled
THE company which plans to build several new wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea has submitted a planning application for a 70 metre tall weather monitoring mast. Next Generation Limited wants the go-ahead from Sedgemoor District Council to construct it in West Huntspill. More...

Shock over badger death
WILDLIFE carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week expressed their shock after a badger was killed by three men at a sett in East Huntspill. The trio digging the badger out of its sett near the Gold Corner Pumping Station on Monday afternoon (December 28th). More...

Murdered man was stabbed 13 times
THE man who was murdered in Burnham-On-Sea on Christmas Eve had been stabbed thirteen times, it has emerged this week. A police officer found George Lawson, 20, lying dead on a bed in a flat in Abingdon Street shortly after 9am on Christmas Eve. A post mortem has been carried out. More...

Quiet Christmas for traders
BUSINESSES along Burnham-On-Sea High Street experienced a "flat" Christmas, according to the town's Chamber of Trade. Many shops in the town failed to benefit from a big seasonal uplift in custom due to the recession, the trade group said this week. However, trade was no worse than last year. More...

Celebrate New Year in Burnham
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2010 in style with a great line-up of live entertainment on New Year's Eve (Thursday). Burnham's Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street will feature live music from a local version of the Blues Brothers, along with a disco. More...

Bike thefts warning from police
BIKE owners in Burnham-On-Sea have been targeted with several thefts in the town this week. A BMX bike was stolen from a youngster in Burnham Road. It was left unlocked for several minutes and when its owner returned, it had gone. A quad bike was also stolen from a farm in the north of the town. More...

Three car collision causes delays
THESE were the scenes on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday, December 29th) after a three-car collision caused long delays for motorists returning from their Christmas holidays. Police and ambulance crews rushed to the southbound carriageway. More...

Coastguards search for woman
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards was called to Brean on Monday evening (December 28th) to conduct a search for a missing person. Police were also called to the village after a 50 year-old woman went missing from a holiday park in the centre of the resort. More...

Tessa praises Burnham posties
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Tessa Munt saw at first hand the hard work that postmen and women do throughout the festive period during a visit to the town's sorting office last week. She joined postie Val Stone at 6am on Christmas Eve on her found. More...

Auction off unwanted presents
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts are appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to them for a fundraising 50/50 auction being held in January. The auction will held at Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group's HQ at the BASC Ground in Stoddens Road on the afternoon of Saturday, January 9th. More...

27 flats for former garage site
Almost 30 new apartments could be built on a former garage site in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Sedgemoor District Council has received a planning application for a three-storey block of 27 apartments at the fomer Tucker's Garage site in Victoria Street. The application has been submitted by Abracore Ltd. More...

Murder update: January court date
A 23-year-old faced magistrates on Monday (December 28th) charged with the murder of a Burnham-On-Sea man on Christmas Eve. Adam Lapthorne appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court charged with killing 20-year-old George Lawson (pictured) in Abingdon Street. More...

Man charged with murder
A MAN has this evening (Sunday) been charged with the murder of 20-year-old George Lawson (pictured), who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea on Christmas Eve. It follows the discovery of the body of 20 year-old Mr Lawson at a flat in Abingdon Street, Burnham-On-Sea. A man named by police has been charged with murder. More...

Praise for retiring Coastguard
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this week bid farewell to a retiring member of the team. Jenny Thorogood was presented with a glass tankard by Burnham Coastguard Officer Steve Bird, as pictured here. Jenny was a member of the Burnham rescue group for nine months. More...

Boost for Coastguard Association
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguard Association has received a financial boost following a fundraising golf day and auction. NFU Bridgwater and Enmore Park Golf Club held a charity golf day in aid of the Burnham Branch of the Coastguard Association. Eighteen holes of golf was followed by lunch, a raffle and and an auction. More...

Tributes paid to murdered George
Exclusive: THE man who police believe was murdered in Burnham-On-Sea on Christmas Eve has been named locally as George Lawson - as tributes have flooded in from family and friends. Scores of tributes have already been paid to the man, pictured right, on the social networking website Facebook. More...

30 take part in fundraising dip!
DOZENS of fundraisers braved the icy waters of the Bristol Channel to take part in a bracing sea dip at Brean today (Boxing Day) to raise hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Over 30 supporters of rescue hovercraft charity BARB ran into the Bristol Channel during the sponsored event. More...

MP in festive mood during visits
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was in a festive mood when he visited two nursing homes in the town this week. MP David Heathcoat-Amory visited Burnham Nursing Home and Elizabeth Court where he met residents and staff in the run-up to Christmas Day, joining in a festive party. More...

One hurt in Christmas Eve crash
ONE person was taken to hospital following an accident on the outskirts of Highbridge on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th). Police were called to a two car collision on the A38 at 8pm, as pictured here, near the entrance to the Lakeside housing development. More...

Highbridge home sealed off
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's police chief has confirmed that a cordon placed around this Highbridge home on Thursday afternoon (December 24th) was linked to Burnham's Abingdon Street murder investigation. Police swooped on a home in Kimber Close, as pictured, after the earlier arrest of four people. More...

Four held in murder probe
FOUR people have been arrested following the discovery of a man's body in a Burnham-On-Sea town centre flat earlier this morning (Thursday, December 24th). As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, scores of police descended on Abingdon Street at 9am, as pictured, after the body of a man in his 20s was found. More...

Body of man found in Burnham flat
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre street was cordoned off by police this morning (Thursday, December 24th) after a body of a man was found in a flat. Scores of police were seen in Abingdon Street from 9.30am, as pictured here, as investigations into the grizzly discovery began. More...

Icy roads cause accidents
ICY road conditions led to several car accidents in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday, December 24th). A BMW careered off the Frank Foley Parkway into a ditch, as pictured above, although no-one was injured. Another accident occurred near the BASC Ground where a car struck a bus. More...

Police seal off town centre street
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre street was cordoned off by police this morning (Thursday, December 24th) as officers investigated a serious incident. Five police cars were seen in Abingdon Street at 9.30am, as pictured here, as investigations into a "serious incident" got underway. More...

Christmas church services guide
CHURCHGOERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week celebrating Christmas at numerous services. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled the following guide to a selection of the main religious services taking place across the Burnham, Highbridge and Brean area. More...

CCTV plea after cash point fraud
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued CCTV photos of two men they want to speak to regarding their investigation into a cash machine fraud at a Highbridge supermarket earlier this month. We were first to report earlier this month how a 'skimming' device had been fitted to a cash machine outside Asda. More...

D-Day for town tourist centre
Exclusive:
The future of Burnham-On-Sea’s Tourist Information Centre looks set to be decided at a special meeting in early January. Town and district council bosses will discuss how the busy centre, based on The Esplanade, can be funded amid a round of cash cuts at Sedgemoor District Council. More...

BBC soap star at Burnham B&B
Exclusive:
A familiar face from BBC1's EastEnders was in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week when he stayed at a bed and breakfast in the town. Wheelchair-bound David Proud, who plays Adam Best in the hit TV soap, stayed at Magnolia House B&B in Manor Road with his parents. More...

Fatal crash was 'accidental'
A CORONER has recorded an accidental verdict after coming to the conclusion that a slow puncture was partly to blame for a crash which killed a young Burnham-On-Sea man earlier this year. Jon Puddy, 20, died in August after colliding with a taxi on the outskirts of Highbridge.
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Xmas lights winners announced
THE winning entries in Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition were announced on Tuesday evening (December 22nd). A panel of judges from the town council - Cllrs Peter Burridge-Clayton, Pat Burge and Cllr Dennis Davey - toured both towns over several nights to decide on a list of the best displays. More...

In photos: Burnham's cold snap
THESE were the wintry scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday morning (December 22nd) when the town was left shivering under a 'sugar coating' of frost and snow. Temperatures plumetted to minus six degrees Centigrade overnight, leaving a sharp frost, followed this morning by a fresh dusting of snow. More...

Roadworks announced for area
SEVERAL
road closures in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been announced this week while essential roadworks are carried out. Somerset County Council has announced that Coast Road at Berrow will be closed for resurfacing on January 7th. Adam Street in Burnham is also to shut for a day on January 12th. More...

MP backs pylons pressure group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP attended a public meeting in the village of Mark on Monday afternoon (December 21st) where he supported the launch of a new campaign group fighting plans for a line of 150ft electricity pylons to be built through our area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth. More...

Police probe town break-in
Exclusive: Jewellery has been stolen during a burglary at a Burnham-On-Sea home. Police were called to Abingdon Street in the town centre this morning (Monday, December 21st), as pictured, after the break-in was discovered at a private property in the street. Police are investigating. More...

Festive end to year for toddlers
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Music with Mummy and Jolly Babies classes celebrated their final sessions of the year with a real festive feel. All the classes wore fancy dress costumes and they were also treated to a visit and gift from Santa's Sleigh, together with seasonal music. More...

Access award for garden centre
STAFF at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating today (Monday, December 21st) after being presented with an award to highlight the access available for less able people in its restaurant. Sanders Garden World's restaurant has been recognised for its accessibility. More...

Brrr-nham shivers in icy chill
THE Burnham-On-Sea area was left shivering under a layer of snow and ice this morning (Monday, December 21st). Temperatures dipped to minus five centigrade overnight, leaving slippery roads and pavements, as pictured here. Police said motorists should take care and only drive if it is absolutely necessary. More...

Cheques boost Burnham groups
TWO of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services have received financial boosts from members of Burnham Area Evening Flower Club this month. The club has presented both BARB and the RNLI with cheques for £400 each following a number of events throghout the past year. More...

Snow sweeps into Burnham
THE streets of Burnham-On-Sea turned white this evening (Sunday, December 20th) when wintry weather swept through the town. Pavements and roads were blanketed in a layer of hail at 5.30pm, as pictured here. Police have warned motorists to take extra care if they are driving. More...

In photos: 120 compete in Jingle Run
Photo Special: MORE than 120 fun runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Christmas Jingle Run' on Sunday morning (December 20th). Slippery pavements caused by the wintry weather led organisers to switch the route of the course at the last minute from The Esplanade to the beach. More...

New off-licence to open in town
Exclusive: THE shutters came down for the final time at Burnham-On-Sea's Threshers off-licence on Saturday (December 19th) as the store's manager revealed he is planning to open a new off-licence in the town soon. Threshers in College Street has been forced to close down due to the nationwide collapse of First Quench. More...

£1,000 boost for Highbridge hall
A HIGHBRIDGE community hall has been handed a £1,000 Christmas boost this week. Burnham and Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman presented the money from his council community fund to Sedgemoor Community Partnership, the charity which runs the Morland Hall. More...

Driver 'shaken' in Burnham crash
THE driver of this car was left "shaken" after demolishing a street lighting column in an accident in Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Saturday, December 19th). Police were called to the A38 roundabout close to the Isleport Industrial Estate after the BMW driver lost control of his vehicle. More...

Drink drive poster contest held
YOUNGSTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been taking part in a poster-making competition to highlight the risks of drinking and driving over the Christmas period. School pupils have produced scores of posters to encourage drivers to think twice before puttinng themselves at risk. More...

Fire crews help duo stuck in lift
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have rescued two elderly people who became trapped in a lift at a care home in the town. Two fire crews were called to the Kathleen Chambers Care Home in Berrow Road, as pictured here, after concerned staff reported the pair stuck between floors. More...

Late night opening approved
Exclusive: Plans by a fast food outlet in the centre of Highbridge to open until the early hours of the morning at weekends have this week been approved by the district council after the owners backed down on proposals to open until 1.30am. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in October that Yummies Pizza in Market Street had applied to open until 1.30am at weekends. More...

Mayor's Christmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Derick Cooper, has issued the following Christmas message to residents of the two towns. "Time flies fast, Christmas is almost here and it is already more than half way through my Mayoral term. Being Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is a great honour." More...

In photos: Crime prevention day
MOBILE phone security marking was one of many police activities taking place across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Thursday (December 17th) when officers focussed on the prevention of theft and burglaries during a special day of action called 'Operation Relentless'. More...

Kindergarten's carols for OAPs
YOUNGSTERS from a Burnham-On-Sea kindergarten were in a festive mood on Thursday morning (December 17th) when they sang Christmas carols for elderly residents at a residential home in the town. A group of Southleigh Kindergarten's children visited Allandale Court, as pictured here. More...

Three drink driving arrests in town
Exclusive: THREE people have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea on suspicion of drink driving during the first fortnight of the police's annual Christmas drink drive campaign. It comes as more than 100 people have been arrested in total across the whole force area during 'Operation Tonic'. More...

Join Boxing Day dip at Brean!
BRAVE fundraisers are being sought to take part in a bracing dip in the sea at Brean on Boxing Day in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Over a dozen supporters of rescue hovercraft charity BARB have already signed up to take part in the sponsored splash, being held as a fundraising event. More...

1,300 name petition handed in
A PETITION containing 1,300 names calling for two public gardens in Highbridge to be safeguarded from development was handed in to the Chairman of Council, Councillor Jane Moreton, on Wednesday (16th December). Campaigners launched it on Burnham-On-Sea.com in October. More...

Trapped couple freed from car
AN elderly couple was left "shaken" after being trapped in this car in a water-filled ditch at Brean on Wednesday afternoon (December 16th). Five fire crews, police and an ambulance crew were sent to the Weston Road at mid-day after the Toyota Yaris slid into the roadside ditch, as pictured here. More...

Reading Week marked at school
STUDENTS at a Highbridge school have been taking part in a special Reading Week aimed at boosting their interest in books. The Year 7 pupils at King Alfred School were given an opportunity to read a book of their choice over the course of the week during the special themed week. More...

Pool axed but Civic Pride saved
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s beach boating pool is to be dismantled and removed next year, but proposals to axe the town’s Civic Pride regeneration project were given a dramatic reprieve at a meeting this morning (Wednesday, December 16th). Members of Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive met in Bridgwater to discuss a list of controversial cost-cutting proposals. More...

£50k pool revamp hits setback
Exclusive: The £50,000 project to replace every tile in Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool got underway this week and immediately hit a setback when it emerged that the scale of the problems is worse than first thought. The owners of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy have received the "disappointing" news this week. More...

Police offer property crime tips
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are holding several events in the town this week to help residents prevent property crime. The events will be held as part of the forcewide police initiative called 'Operation Relentless'. Throughout the week there will be crime reduction displays. More...

Marine Cove scheme in jeopardy
Exclusive: THE £360,000 project to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront is also under threat by the district council's funding problems. Sedgemoor District Council had pledged £35,000 to the scheme to modernise the public gardens, but that could now be re-considered. More...

Long-service award for Kathy
A LONG-serving staff member at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital has this week been praised for her "simply wonderful" service and dedication to patient care over the past 25 years. Kathy Mould, a Healthcare Assistant at the hospital in Love Lane, has been presented with a special 25-year long service award by the Chairman of NHS Somerset, Mrs Jane Barrie OBE. More...

Mayor congratulates footie team
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have this week congratulated a Burnham school's football team who have become county schools' champions. St Andrew's Junior School Under 11 team won the Somerset large primary school's tournament final after a close encounter. More...

Snow this week for Burnham?
BURNHAM-On-Sea could get its first sprinkling of snow later this week if weather forecasts prove accurate. The Met Office forecasters predict temperatures will plunge over the next few days, with wintry weather expected to follow across the south west region, including Burnham, by the weekend. More...

1,300 sign Highbridge petition
Exclusive: OVER 1,300 concerned residents in Highbridge have signed a petition calling for two public gardens in the town to be safeguarded. A group of anxious campaigners in the town launched the petition amid growing concern that the Town Green and Jubilee Gardens could be sold off. More...

Young cyclist off to UK awards
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea cyclist has been invited to attend the British Cycling Awards and 50th annual gala dinner. Roy Jones, who is a King Alfred School student in Highbridge, will travel to Manchester on February 20th 2010 for the special awards evening following a win earlier this year. More...

Battle is on to save £338k plans
A GROUP of concerned Burnham-On-Sea residents will this week make a last-ditch attempt to secure £338,000 of funding towards the town centre's regeneration. Sedgemoor District Council will be deciding at a crunch meeting on Wednesday (December 16th) whether to approve plans to modernise the town centre as part of a 'Civic Pride' project costing a total of £750,000. More...

Road safety advice for pupils
PUPILS at a Highbridge School have thanked police for giving them safety tips during UK Road Safety Week by sending them over 25 thank you cards! PCSOs Gill Bawler and Claire Chambers held a series of safety lessons at St John's School, giving road safety tips and other advice. More...

Pylon plans hitting house prices
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a 400,000 volt electricity line through the Burnham-On-Sea area are already hitting property prices along the planned route, it was claimed during a packed protest meeting on Sunday evening (December 13th). "Why would people want to buy a house here if they could be moving underneath a long line of 150ft pylons," asked one villager. More...

Police offer free bike marking
CYCLISTS can have their bikes security marked and pick up safety tips when Highbridge police hold a special bike marking event later this week. A police surgery will be held on Wednesday afternoon (December 16th) from 2.30pm - 4pm at the Police Pod at the Asda store in Highbridge. More...

Rapping group launches new CD
A GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea officially launched their first album at the weekend with the hope of clinching number one in the seasonal pop charts! The Wrinkly Rappers performed at Asda in Highbridge on Saturday morning (December 12th). More...

Christmas drama attracts crowds
LARGE crowds flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall over the weekend to watch a drama group's performance of Alice In Wonderland Junior. Hundreds of people watched the annual performance held by Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Santa visits Burnham-On-Sea!
SANTA Claus made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend when the charity that runs the town's rescue hovercrafts held a fundraising grotto. Part of Burnham's rescue hovercraft station has been transformed into a temporary home for Father Christmas over two weekends. More...

Burnham carollers in good voice
A MORNING of Christmas carol singing outside a Burnham-On-Sea hotel raised hundreds of pounds for charity on Saturday (December 12th). The event, organised by Burnham Lions, was held outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street besides the town Christmas tree, as pictured here. More...

Candle lit protest held in town
A CANDLE-lit protest was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 12th) when local residents joined a campaign for a stronger global climate treaty. Highbridge resident Ben Metcalfe organised the gathering on Burnham's seafront on Saturday, as pictured here. More...

MP denies expense claim reports
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has rigorously denied that he claimed expenses for several packs of slug pellets. Following the latest release of expense claims published here on the Parliament website, it was reported that David Heathcoat-Amory had made several claims for gardening items, including slug pellets. More...

£2.4m clear-up project approved
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week approved spending £2.4m to clear up a former waste landfill site in Burnham-On-Sea and turn into a public space and new homes. Once specialist cleaning work at Rosewood Green, off Worston Lane, is completed this will allow the currently disused site to be used for providing 'community green space' and up to 117 new homes. More...

RAF air cadets receive award
SEVERAL air cadets from 290 Squadron Air Training Corps in Burnham-On-Sea and Weston received awards when their annual presentation dinner was held this week in Lympsham this week. The dinner was held in the Batch Country Hotel this week and attended by Group Captain Chris Brazier RAF. More...

Rag Week fun raises thousands
FUN-loving students from Highbridge's King Alfred School hit the streets of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater on Friday (December 11th) when their Rag Week fundraising came to an end with a traditional walk through the local towns. Thousands of pounds is expected to have been raised for three good causes. More...

Fire drama at Burnham pub
THREE fire crews rushed to a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Friday (December 11th) after an electrical fault caused a drama. Three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rushed to The Rosewood on Love Lane following the report of an electrical fire in the pub's kitchen. More...

MP in new expenses revelations
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP claimed £2.69 for a pack of slug pellets, according to the latest set of parliamentary expenses released on Thursday (December 10th). According to the expense claims published on the Parliament website, David Heathcoat-Amory submitted an invoice, dated 30 April 2008, for several gardening items. More...

Missing girl at garden centre
Exclusive: POLICE were called to a Brent Knoll garden centre on Thursday (December 10th) after a young girl was reported missing. Woried staff at Sanders Garden World called in officers to investigate and the store was temporarily shut to prevent people leaving or entering. More...

Tributes paid to speedway star
TRIBUTES have been paid to Somerset Rebels speedway star Emil Kramer, who died in a road accident in Sweden on Wednesday night (December 9th). The 30-year-old first joined the Highbridge-based Rebels in 2006, quickly becoming a firm favourite, and was due to lead the team in 2010. More...

Beach pool set to be axed
Exclusive: The future of Burnham-On-Sea's crumbling beach boating pool will be decided next week with the district council recommending that it is removed, much to the sadness of town councillors. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in August that the concrete base of the landmark was falling apart. More...

Burnham's Disney hopes dashed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hopes of becoming twinned with Walt Disney World in Florida have been dashed this week. Four nominations were put forward for Burnham-On-Sea to gain the title of 'Walt Disney World's UK Twinned Town' in a unique competition that closed in November. More...

Bus timetable changes attacked
Exclusive: Travelling by bus between Burnham-On-Sea and other towns in the district is set to become more difficult due to changes to timetable booklets in the new year. That's the view of Burnham town councillor Chris Williams, who this week attacked the County Council for unveiling "short-sighted" changes to timetables. More...

Tourism staff celebrate award
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information Centre were celebrating on Tuesday (December 8th) when they were officially handed a top customer service award. As we first reported last week, the centre has been praised in Visit England's Mystery Shopper Programme. More...

BBC broadcasts live from town
BBC Points West broadcast a live report on Wednesday evening (December 9th) from a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac which has been dubbed the 'brightest in Britain'. Presenter Clinton Rogers interviewed several residents of Trinity Close, including the Gardner family, where 100,000 illuminations are lit up. More...

Decision made on schools merger
THE proposed merger of two Highbridge schools was given the go-ahead by the county council on Wednesday (December 9th). Proposals to amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St John’s Church of England Junior School were considered by the County Council. More...

MP raises pylons in parliament
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP raised controversial plans to build a new 400,000 volt power line connecting Hinkley Point to Avonmouth in the House of Commons on Monday (December 7th). As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in September, the National Grid wants to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station near Bristol. More...

Fraud probe at town cashpoint
Exclusive: SCORES of shoppers at a supermarket in Highbridge may have fallen victim to a scam operating at a cashpoint outside the store. Bosses at Asda in Caxton Road called in police last week after noticing a strange device attached to one cashpoint, as pictured here. More...

No 3am booze for new shop
Exclusive: Town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week recommended that a new food store opening in Burnham-On-Sea should not be allowed to sell alcohol until 3am. Councillors want the new convenience store in Abingdon Street to stop booze sales at 10pm. More...

'Hinkley must help Burnham'
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week asked energy giant EDF to deliver more benefits to Burnham-On-Sea if proposals for a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station get the go-ahead. Simon Dunford, EDF Project Manager, was in town on Monday to discuss the plans with town councillors. More...

Armed police siege ends in town
A DRAMATIC police siege at a property in Burnham-On-Sea has ended this evening (Tuesday, December 8th) after a huge search for a missing man. Officers were initially called to a home in Rectory Road on Monday night after 54 year-old Robin Graham was reported missing. More... | Video

Full Monty performers in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's very own Full Monty group will be stripping off at a town pub this Friday (December 11th) in aid of a good cause. The event, to be held at the Somerset And Dorset pub on Burnham High Street, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer research. More...

Helicopter search for missing man
A POLICE helicopter hovered over Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, December 8th) as part of a police operation to find a missing man. Police have been hunting for a 54 year-old, Robin Graham, who was last seen at his home in Rectory Road in Burnham at around 11pm on Monday evening. More...

Decision due over school merger
THE proposed merger of two Highbridge schools could be decided on Wednesday (December 9th) when councillors meet to discuss the plans. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in April, proposals to amalgamate Beechfield and St John’s are being considered by the county council. More...

Two car crash leaves one hurt
POLICE were called to a two car accident on the Edithmead roundabout next to junction 22 of the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (December 7th). Police were called to the scene shortly before 10.30pm when a Peugoet 307 collided with a Vauxhall Vectra. More...

Four cars seized by town police
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The introduction of dispersal areas in several Burnham-On-Sea car parks has this week been hailed a success by the town's police after four vehicles were seized and reports of anti-social driving plummeted. Sgt Ian Kennett said on Monday that since the new dispersal orders came into operation in October one person has been arrested. More...

Rapping pensioners bid for no.1!
A GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched their first album with the hope of clinching number one in the seasonal pop charts! The Wrinkly Rappers' CD, called "Wrinkly Rappers Unrapped", will hit shop shelves later this week and will be raising money for charity. More...

Speed camera torched by driver
Exclusive: A disgruntled motorist is thought to be behind a blaze which destroyed this roadside speed camera near Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Monday, December 7th). Fire crews were called to Rooksbridge at 5am to put out the blaze, which appeared to have been started deliberately by placing a burning tyre at the base of the structure. More...

Santa sets up grotto in Burnham
SANTA Claus will visit Burnham-On-Sea over two weekends in the run-up to Christmas - and families are being encouraged to come along and meet him. Part of Burnham's rescue hovercraft station on The Esplanade will be transformed into a grotto for Father Christmas over two weekends. More...

Turnip Prize winner is just pants!
THIS pair of baggy underpants was judged the winner of Somerset's annual Turnip Prize on Monday night (December 7th). The winning artwork, named 'Manhole Cover', was displayed above the bar at the New Inn in Wedmore, near Burnham-On-Sea, where the winner was chosen. More...

MP steps up pylons fight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP told a public meeting of over 170 residents on Sunday night (December 6th) that he is "optimistic" of halting controversial plans for a new network of electricity pylons running through our area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth. The National Grid wants to connect a proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station near Bristol. More...

BBC's Emma switches on lights
A BBC radio presenter was the guest of honour to help switch on a Burnham-On-Sea couple's display of 20,000 Christmas lights on Saturday night (December 5th). Mike and Denise Perrin have decorated their home to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice for nine years. More...

190 attend Xmas charity concert
MORE than 190 people filled Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Saturday night (December 5th) for a Christmas concert performed by youngsters from two local schools. Organised by Burnham Lions Club, the 'Children Singing For Children' event raised more than £700 for charity. More...

Bulbs planted along town road
GRASS verges along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road will be bursting into colour next Spring after hundreds of bulbs were planted by members of the town's Rotary Club on Sunday (December 6th). Volunteers from the group grabbed spades and shovels to bury the daffodil bulbs
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'Stranger danger' alert at school
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Pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school have this week been issued with a 'stranger danger' warning after a child was approached by a motorist as he cycled home. The incident occurred last Friday after the boy left St Andrew's School to cycle home. The headteacher has written to all parents. More...

110 trees planted in record bid
Photo Special: OVER 100 new trees were planted in one hour at Highbridge's Apex Park this morning (Saturday, December 5th) when residents armed with shovels took part in a nationwide attempt to set a tree-planting world record. Almost 40 people planted a total of 110 saplings around the main car park area. More...

Dozens attend Bond theme night
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents dusted off their tuxedos and stepped into the world of James Bond on Friday night (December 4th) when a Casino Royale evening was held in the town's Princess Hall. The event was organised by The Friends of The Princess and was well supported. More...

Berrow Road shuts for fortnight
Exclusive: A BUSY
route between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow will be closed for two weeks next month while essential roadworks are undertaken, it has been confirmed this week. The County Council has announced that Berrow Road will be shut to all traffic from January 11th between the junction with Links Gardens and Ash Tree Road. More...

Musical lights show switched on
A STUNNING display of more than 10,000 light bulbs, accompanied by Christmas music, has been unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Keith and Jane Mitchell switched on their annual display at the front of their Winchester Road home this week attended by neighbours and charity supporters.
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Tourist centre 'is in UK top ten'
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information Centre were celebrating today (Thursday) after being praised in a nationwide customer service awards scheme.
Over 290 tourist centres across the UK took part in this year's Visit England Mystery Shopper Programme, with Burnham named seventh overall. More...

New £140k play area opens
THE long-awaited £140,000 revamp of Apex Park’s play area in Highbridge has been completed and the new facility was officially opened by Cllr Jane Moreton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, on Thursday (December 3rd). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new play area, attended by parents and children. More...

Mayor joins festive celebrations
TURKEY and tinsel were the order of the day for a group of residents in Highbridge this week when the town's Mayor and Mayoress were the guests of honour at a special Christmas luncheon. Over 20 people attended the annual Christmas Dinner organised by the trustees of Southwell House
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Police in CCTV video appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week released CCTV footage of a man they want to interview in connection with an alleged public order offence in Highbridge in June. The man is described as white, in his 50s with a bald head, 5'6" in height and of stocky build. It follows an incident in Market Street. More...

Young water skier scoops award
A YOUNG water skier from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after making a splash at a national awards ceremony. Teenager Toby Duggun was presented with the end-of-season winning trophy and the award for 'most improved skier' at the national water ski awards in Oxford. More...

Rag Week fun planned in town
SIXTH formers at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been busily organising their annual Rag Week, which will take place between December 7th and 11th. The students will be supporting three charities this year - Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, BIBIC and Guide Dogs for the Blind. More...

Town road re-opened after crash
A BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea was closed for several hours today (Wednesday December 2nd) following a car accident. Stoddens Road was closed by police after a two-car collision on the bend near the entrance to the town's BASC Ground. A large amount of oil was spilt and officers sealed off the road. More...

Bomb handed in at police station
BURNHAM-On-Sea police felt very fortunate when the bomb disposal team were on hand to make safe a live shell that had been handed in at the front desk. The shell was discovered with other live explosives that had been brought to the police station's front desk and handed to the front office clerk. More...

£330k pool expansion approved
Exclusive: THE £330,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy has this week been approved by district council planners. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this year how owners Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin wanted to build a huge new two-storey extension at the Berrow Road property. More...

Candle-lit protest in Burnham
Exclusive: A CANDLE
-lit protest will be held in Burnham-On-Sea later this month to campaign for a stronger global climate treaty. Highbridge resident Ben Metcalfe, pictured, is organising the gathering on Saturday December 12th at 5.30pm on Burnham seafront and wants residents to join him. More...

Police seek speedwatch helpers
Exclusive: A NEW
speedwatch group could soon be set up along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road if volunteers can be found. Police are seeking volunteers from the Berrow Road area who are interested in being part of the new group to help reduce speeding along the busy route. More...

Rescued otter is recovering well
THIS
adorable otter cub is being looked after by carers at an animal rescue charity near Burnham-On-Sea. The 10-week-old animal, called Puddle, was brought to Secret World in East Huntspill after getting separated from her family in flooding She was swept along a river in the floods and was found in a distressed state. More...

Six week closure for swim pool
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool is to close for six weeks later this month when thousands of pounds of repairs to the base of the pool are carried out. Burnham Swim and Sports Academy's pool in Berrow Road will close at 6pm on December 12th and not re-open until 6am on January 25th. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas!
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose impressive display of Christmas lights was featured on national TV last year burst into festive colour again on Tuesday (December 1st) when residents lit up their homes. A large crowd of onlookers watched the eight Trinity Close homes switch on their decorations and residents celebrated with a Christmas street party featuring live music. More...

Three arrested after cash theft
THREE
youths have been arrested after the theft of a cash box from a gaming machine at Burnham-On-Sea's Sunspot Amusements earlier this week. It came after police received a report from a walker on the town's seafront on Sunday (November 29th) about suspicious activity on the beach below. More...

Concern over new flats scheme
NEW
plans for a controversial block of 13 beachfront flats in Burnham-On-Sea have been submitted to the district council. The proposed building, pictured above, is next to the beach in Allendale Road and is different to the original scheme which caused uproar last year - however nearby residents are still opposed to the plans. More...

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