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Councillor is latest car victim
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea county councillor has become the latest victim of a spate of car vandalism in the town. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, had two wing mirrors stolen from vehicles parked outside his home in Highbridge Road on Thursday night (December 30th). More...

Drink drive arrests fall again
POLICE have praised drivers for heeding their warnings not to drink and drive over the festive period. Since December 1st, police have arrested 132 motorists following Operation Tonic stop checks across the force area, which is down on previous years . More...

Where to celebrate New Year
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to celebrate the start of 2011 in style with a line-up of entertainment tonight, New Year's Eve. Local group Ginger Hitlas will be in action at the Railway Inn in Burnham High Street, playing a line-up of popular music from 9pm. More...

In photos: 2010 in review
WHAT a year! Burnham-On-Sea.com looks back at a dozen of the memorable moments of 2010. It was the year that Burnham and Highbridge got a new MP, saw heavy snowfall on several occasions, and enjoyed great success in the nationwide Britain In Bloom competition. More...

Police appeal after cars attacked
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after five vehicles were vandalised in a Highbridge street earlier this week. The yobs struck in Worston Lane during Boxing Day evening by damaging and removing the wing mirrors of parked cars. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers. More...

New Hinkley group formed
PROTESTERS fighting the expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea have this week joined a new nationwide group that aims to halt the development. Communities Opposed to New Nuclear Energy Development (CONNED) brings together groups across the UK. More...

Bookie baffles with shop move
A NATIONAL bookmaker's chain has confused some residents in Highbridge this week when it shut its town centre shop, then opened a new one just five doors away the following day! William Hill closed its Market Street shop next to the busy A38 roundabout but opened a new shop just 20 paces away down the same street! More...

Farmer issues lanterns warning
Exclusive: A BERROW farmer has urged residents in Burnham-On-Sea not to let off Chinese lanterns during this weekend's New Year festivities after six of the burning objects landed within a few metres of her hay barn this week. Wendy Welland, from Faircott Farm, told Burnham-On-Sea.com the lanterns which came down on Christmas Night could easily have caused a fire. More...

Rubbish collections resume
CHRISTMAS waste and recycling is being cleared this week in the Burnham-On-Sea area by Somerset Waste Partnership collection crews and recycling staff. After a week of severe weather when they were disrupted, kerbside services have been underway since Tuesday. More...

Council leader's 'optimism'
SOMERSET County Council Leader Ken Maddock has this week spoken of his optimism for the year ahead despite the threat of further multi-million pound financial cutbacks across our area. The comments come in his New Year's Message issued on Wednesday (December 29th). More...

This week's Ritz films reviewed
Includes Video Trailers: BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street - Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers. Read more of Molly's reviews of films showing in Burnham here each week. More...

Snow boost for golf range
DOZENS of golfers from across the area swung into Burnham-On-Sea Golf Range during the snowy weather after most local golf courses were closed by the extreme conditions. Collecting the white golf balls in the snow proved to be the proverbial needle in the haystack, but Burnham Golf Range remained open every day during the wintry weather. More...

Gifts ruined by burst pipe flood
Exclusive: FRESHLY-opened Christmas presents were ruined after a burst pipe sent water flooding through ceilings in a basement flat on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this week. The water gushed into the flat on The Esplanade early on Monday morning (December 27th) at the start of this week's thaw. More...

Sea dip to be held in Burnham
A GROUP of brave fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea will dash into the sea during a sponsored dip on the first day of 2011. Two local charities will benefit from the event, which is scheduled to start at 3pm this Saturday afternoon (January 1st) next to Burnham's jetty. More...

Thaw brings burst pipe floods
A rise in temperatures has caused flooding after a number of water pipes burst in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. Burnham's town fountain in Pier Street is among the structures to be affected, with water flowing out across surrounding pavements and streets. More...

Stress led to railway suicide
A DEPRESSED mother who committed suicide just a week before her daughter’s wedding ended her own life because the stresses of life had become too much, a court heard last week. Lynette Rawles, 63, killed herself by crouching in front of a train in Highbridge. More...

£500 boost for Shelterbox
A CHRISTMAS raffle by Burnham-On-Sea Scouts has raised hundreds of pounds for an international disaster relief charity. £500 was raised for Shelterbox by the youngsters, who sold hundreds of raffle tickets for cash prizes and meals in local restaurants. More...

20 starving swans rescued from ice
Wildlife carers and a rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea have today (Sunday) rescued more than 20 swans from a frozen waterway on the Somerset Levels. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue captured 21 birds, with the help of Burnham-based rescue charity BARB. More...

White Christmas in Burnham
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea woke to a white Christmas for the first time in many years. There were icy scenes throughout the Burnham area. A week of sub-zero temperatures meant last weekend's snowfall had not melted away, leaving the town under a coating of the white stuff. More...

Long-running shop to close?
Exclusive: A long-running shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea could close after suffering its worst-ever Christmas trade. Graham Cook, owner of GC Music in Cross Street, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is considering shutting his shop. The firm had its worst-ever year of Christmas trade. More...

Scouts Xmas post raises £800
SCORES of scouts have made their final deliveries of Christmas post across the Burnham-On-Sea area as part of an annual fundraising drive. The 1st Huntspill and Highbridge Scout Group delivered thousands of items of post, raising more than £800 for the organisation. More...

Benefit fraudsters targeted
SEDGEMOOR District Council's legal team has this month targeted alleged benefit fraudsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area by taking cases to court. Two local men have appeared at Bridgwater Magistrates Court over the past week in connection with cases of alleged fraud. More...

Icy roads claim two more cars
CHRISTMAS Eve turned out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons for these two unfortunate motorists. Icy side roads in the Burnham-On-Sea are still proving to be treacherous, almost a week after the last main snowfall swept in and blanketed our area. More...

Christmas church services
CHURCHGOERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week celebrating Christmas at numerous services. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled a guide to a selection of the main religious services taking place across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge areas on December 25th. More...

Post staff struggle with backlog
POSTAL services in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been severely disrupted by the wintry weather, with some residents not receiving any mail for the past week. While the team have been catching up with a huge backlog of post at Burnham Sorting Office, some Christmas deliveries may not be made in time. More...

Bingo players boost charities
TWO local charities have this week been given a Christmas financial boost by a group of Burnham-On-Sea bingo players. Burnham's Wednesday Bingo Club, which meets weekly in The Princess Theatre, has held a series of raffles and fundraisers during the year. More...

Youngsters spark ice safety alert
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have today (Thursday) issued a warning to residents about staying well clear of icy lakes after several youngsters were spotted walking across thin ice at Apex Park in Highbridge. Inspector Roger Tolley from Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com that people put themselves in great danger by going on the ice. More...

Catholic services to go ahead
CHRISTMAS services at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church are set to go ahead as planned after the danger from falling icicles decreased on Thursday (December 23rd). We first reported on Wednesday morning that the church in Highbridge Road had been sealed off as a safety measure. More...

Keep Christmas crime-free
POLICE are reminding people in the Burnham-On-Sea area of some simple crime prevention tips to help ensure they have a crime-free Christmas. Before heading off to visit relatives and friends, police are encouraging residents to ensure their homes are safe and fully secure. More...

100 enjoy Dickens celebration
OVER 100 people braved snow and ice to attend an evening of festive family entertainment in Brent Knoll's St Michael's Church. The event - called 'A Dickens Of A Christmas' - featured traditional carols, songs, poems and readings along with a special performance of Oliver. More...

Refuse collectors 'struggling'
RECYCLING and rubbish collections face continued disruption today in the Burnham-On-Sea area as Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) crews struggle to get through the snow and ice to carry out collections and catch up with past missed services over the past few days. More...

£13k Poppy Appeal boost
STAFF at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll have handed over a cheque for more than £13,000 to The Royal British Legion. The cash has been raised from the sales of the charity’s poppies at the garden centre during the past seven years for the Poppy Appeal. More...

Sweets donation for children
STAFF at Homes in Sedgemoor have raised almost £200 to buy sweets for local children in the Burnham and Highbridge area this Christmas. The team have collected £180 throughout December by holding various activities including raffles and auctions to raise the cash. More...

Man rescued from icy Apex lake
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea used ropes and ladders to rescue a man who became trapped in a lake in Highbridge this afternoon (Wednesday, December 22nd). Two fire engines and an ambulance rushed to Apex Park at 3pm after a man got into difficulty in one of the lakes. More...

MP welcomes power talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed the start of a public consultation period on burying new power lines in our area underground in place of building huge pylons across the countryside. National Grid had planned to build a 37-mile line across the county. More...

Icicles danger shuts town church
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea have sealed off a busy church in the town centre today (Wednesday, December 22nd) amid concerns that icicles may come crashing down onto passing pedestrians. Entrance routes to Burnham Catholic Church have been sealed off with fire service tape. More...

Winning lights displays named
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition were announced on Tuesday (December 21st). Town councillors Ken Smout and Phoebe Harling visited the best displays in the two towns last week before choosing the winners of the various categories. More...

Seafront skiing 'better than Alps'
Exclusive: THIS week's heavy snowfall in Burnham-On-Sea has created perfect cross-country skiing conditions along the town's seafront, according to one resident. Sara Cox-Conklin, who runs Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, strapped on her skis today Tuesday (December 21st) and found the snow on The Esplanade is "better than the Alps." More...

Dog injured on town seafront
Exclusive: A furious dog owner has hit out at seafront fishermen in Burnham-On-Sea after his spaniel was injured after swallowing a discarded fishing hook, line and bait on Monday night (December 20th). Ashley Wyton was walking his seven year-old dog, Archie, along The Esplanade when it found the fishing kit. More...

Town set for white Christmas
BURNHAM-On-Sea looks set to have its first white Christmas for years after forecasters predicted this week's freezing weather is due to continue into the weekend. The Met Office has issued new weather warnings for ice and snow over the next few days for the Burnham area. More...

RSPB against wind farm plans
Exclusive: THE RSPB has this week formally objected against plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has written a letter of objection regarding the proposals by Ecotricity to build four 120m tall wind turbines at West Huntspill. More...

Is that Burnham or North Pole?
FATHER Christmas must have felt at home when he dropped in at the town's hovercraft rescue station at the weekend! Dozens of families braved the snowy weather to visit him during a special festive fundraiser at the BARB hovercraft station on The Esplanade. More...

Carols in store for shoppers
THE foyer of a Highbridge supermarket has been a hive of festive activity this week as carol singers entertain shoppers. The Burnham and Highbridge Town Band, Coastline Singers and a group of Churchfield School pupils have been singing at the Asda store for charity. More...

Santa makes surprise visit
FATHER Christmas delighted scores of children at Highbridge Children’s Centre when he dropped in on the final day of term. Santa handed out presents to the youngsters, as pictured, during a surprise visit during the centre's last day before the festive holidays. More...

Latest: Town snow updates
SNOW is affecting various services and events across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. This regularly-updated list shows which services and events are being hit during the bad weather. Get in contact if you have an update that should be added. More...

Two inches of new snowfall
FURTHER heavy snow fell on Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday), covering roads and pavements in the town with a fresh covering. Forecasters said freezing temperatures overnight will create more hazardous driving conditions, prompting a fresh police plea. More...

Extra grit bins for residents
THE Town Council has placed four grit bins in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to help residents keep pavements free of ice. The council says it is working alongside Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council to try and keep roads and pavements in the two towns safe. More...

Rescue crews provide snow help
BURNHAM-On-Sea rescue charity BARB is helping health carers reach patients across the area during today's severe weather. This morning (Monday, December 20th), BARB's two 4x4 trucks are being used to transport local doctors and community nurses on their rounds across the Burnham area. More...

Rare birds stolen from aviary
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for the public's help after the theft of several rare aviary birds from a property in the town. Two separate thefts of birds have occurred this month and in October, prompting the appeal from officers investigating the cases. More...

Traders fume over icy High St
Exclusive: TRADERS in Burnham-On-Sea have been left reeling after snow turned the town's High Street and pavements into an 'ice rink' on what should have been the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Shop owners say Somerset County Council should be gritting the High Street and removing snow and ice. More...

Bird's eye view of town in snow
Exclusive: THESE stunning photos of Burnham-On-Sea were shot by an aerial photographer high above the town this weekend. Jeff Thomas took the 'birds eye' photographs of the snow-covered town from inside his microlight 1,500 fee soaring along the coastline. More...

Pontin's prospects 'dimming'
NATIONAL newspaper reports suggest that the prospects for the cash-strapped Pontin's chain of holiday camps is 'darkening' as property bidders descend upon the business with proposals to bulldoze the holiday parks. The firm went into administration during November. More...

'Heartless' snowman vandals
A Burnham-On-Sea mother has hit out at heartless vandals who destroyed her daughter's snowman. Nikki Triggol says her three-year-old daughter, Jasmine, was left "distraught" when the two teenage vandals struck her garden in Cheddar Close on Saturday afternoon. More...

Six inches of snow falls on town
ALMOST six inches of snow fell on Burnham-On-sea overnight and residents have today (Saturday) been warned to expect more in the hours to come. These were the wintry scenes across the Burnham area, which created treacherous driving conditions for motorists. More...

Snow causes road accidents
MOTORISTS have been urged to take extra care after treacherous road conditions in Burnham-On-Sea caused a number of accidents on Saturday (December 18th), including this one in Stoddens Road. Up to six inches of snow in Burnham created hazardrous driving conditions. More...

Kind gesture helps residents
THIS community-spirited group of Highbridge youngsters have come to the aid of residents struggling with slippery pavements caused by this weekend's snow. Lucas Adams, 12, Sophie Adams, 10, and Megan Adams, 6, spent Saturday clearing snow and ice along Church Street. More...

Town's Jingle Run postponed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Jingle Run, which was due to take place on Sunday morning (December 19th), has been postponed due to the wintry weather. The event has been rearranged by the organisers for Sunday 2nd January instead when it's hoped the weather will be milder. More...

Car careers off M5 into ditch
THREE people had a lucky escape after an accident on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 17th). In slippery wintry weather, a motorist lost control of his vehicle and ended up leaving the southbound carriageway and careering into a ditch. More...

150 at Choral Society concert
HIGHRIDGE'S Mayor Michael Clarke was among a congretation of more than 150 people who filled the town's St John's Church on Thursday evening (December 16th) for a festive choral concert. Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society performed a festive programme. More...

Man 'stole £4k from town firm'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was caught stealing from the company he worked for in Highbridge could face a possible prison term. Sedgemoor Magistrates Court heard how 59 year-old Stephen James Whild admitted six charges of theft from the Highbridge firm. More...

Snowfall blankets Burnham
A blanket of snow covered the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) with more forecast for this weekend. Around two inches of the white stuff had fallen by Friday evening, creating these wintry scenes around the town as captured by Burnham-On-Sea.com readers
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Council's gritters in action
SOMERSET County Council's gritting teams are working through the weekend to help main roads roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area passable despite the heavy snowfall. 23 gritters have been working to pre-treat key roads which consists of 870 miles. More...

Snow warning for Burnham
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect snow and ice over the next few days. Scenes like these in Burnham earlier in the year could be repeated as the Met Office predicts icy weather will sweep in, with snow following on Saturday. More...

Dickens evening in Brent Knoll
AN evening of festive family entertainment is to be held in Brent Knoll's St Michael's Church this Saturday (December 18th). The event - called 'A Dickens Of A Christmas' - will be filled with traditional carols, songs, poems and readings along with musical Oliver. More...

Hinkley subsidies attacked
THE coalition government has torn up its pledge of 'no subsidies for nuclear power' by this week unveiling a series of measures aimed at financially supporting the construction of new nuclear power stations like Hinkley Point C, according to the Stop Hinkley protest group. More...

Santa heads to Burnham!
FATHER Christmas is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend (December 18th and 19th) - and families are being encouraged to come and meet him. Part of the BARB rescue hovercraft station on Burnham's South Esplanade has become a Christmas grotto. More...

Police display stolen property
POLICE are asking people in Burnham-On-Sea to help identify almost 50 items of suspected stolen property. Residents in the town who have suffered a recent burglary are being invited to view the property during a special police event being held next month. More...

Princess talks 'are continuing'
Exclusive: TALKS to safeguard the future of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened Princess Theatre are still ongoing with a positive announcement expected over the next few weeks. The Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council are in talks about the future of the facilities. More...

Judges assess festive displays
JUDGING of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition got underway on Wednesday evening (December 15th). Town councillors Ken Smout and Phoebe Harling visited over 20 of the best displays in the towns over the course of several hours. More...

Busy start for Dreamscheme
Exclusive: OVER 20 children and three volunteer helpers have come forward to join the soon-to-launch new Dreamscheme youth group in Burnham-On-Sea. Officers at Burnham Police Station want to repeat the success of Highbridge's award-winning Dreamscheme with a new group. More...

Town library on cuts hit list
FEARS that the County Council may withdraw all funding for Highbridge Library moved a step closure on Wednesday (December 15th) when it was named on a list of threatened libraries. The council wants Highbridge Library to be community run with no authority funding. More...

This week's Ritz films reviewed
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews two of the latest films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. This week, she reviews the latest Narnia film. Read more of Molly's reviews of films showing in Burnham here on Burnham-On-Sea.com each week. More...

MP raises court travel fears
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area may be able to attend courts in Weston, instead of having to travel to Taunton when Sedgemoor Magistrates Court in Bridgwater closes next year, the government announced during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday. More...

In photos: Youth cafe party
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea youth cafe were in a festive mood on Tuesday evening (December 14th) when they held their annual Christmas party. More than 30 members of Burnham's Shed Youth cafe donned fancy dress for the special event held at the BAY Centre.
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Green light for 13 new homes
A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for 13 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea was approved by district council planners on Tuesday (December 14th), despite concerns from residents and town councillors. The application was given a green light at a district council meeting.
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Fishmonger competes in TV contest
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger sharpened up his knife to take part in a televised competition where the title of 'Young Fishmonger of the Year' was up for grabs on Tuesday evening (December 14th). Mat Murray, 24, has worked at Sea Foods on Burnham High Street for six years. More...

20 mile trip to nearest court
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon have to take a 20 mile trip to Taunton - instead of a ten mile trip to Bridgwater - to visit the nearest magistrates court. Controversial cost-cutting measures announced by the government on Tuesday (December 14th) will see Sedgemoor Magistrates Court in Bridgwater (pictured) closing.
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MP: 'Why I abstained in vote'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has explained why she abstained in last week's controversial parliamentary vote about raising students' university fees. Tessa Munt decided not to vote for or against the motion to increase university tuition fees in England to up to £9,000 per year. More...

Neil becomes Mrs Christmas!
A BRAVE VOLUNTEER helper at Highbridge's St John Ambulance Badgers has raised hundreds of pounds by dressing as Mrs Christmas for a day! Neil Adams, pictured, brought smiles to the faces of his group's members by agreeing to the crazy festive fun-raiser.
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Youngsters' safety boosted
THE safety of youngsters at Berrow School has been boosted this week with the donation of new fluorescent jackets. The clothing have been given to the Reception and Year 1 pupils to help increase their safety when travelling from the school on dark winter's evenings. More...

Choral concert this Thursday
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society will be holding its annual Christmas concert in Highbridge's St Johns Church this Thursday (16th December). Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, will cost £3 on the door for adults with children being admitted free of charge.
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German TV crew visits Burnham
A Burnham-On-Sea street's dazzling display of Christmas lights attracted international media attention on Monday night (December 13th) when a TV crew from Germany visited the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this month how Trinity Close had switched on its illuminations. More...

Medical centre set to expand
Exclusive:
Highbridge Medical centre has this week uneviled proposals for a huge expansion of its facilities. The centre, based in Pepperall Road, has submitted a planning application to build a new single-storey extension on its south west elevation. The plans cover the creation of an extra four additional consulting rooms and two treatment rooms. More...

Posters warn drink drivers
POSTERS drawn by three local youngsters to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving will be appearing in pubs and shops across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week after being declared the winners in an annual police competition on Monday evening (December 13th).
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100 attend Christmas concert
MORE than 100 people attended a Christmas concert in Highbridge's St John's Church on Saturday (December 11th). King Alfred Concert Band performed an entertaining line-up of seasonal classics alongside solo items and performances from the St Joseph's Singers
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Xmas lights deadline today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents who decorate their homes with colourful lights are being urged to enter the towns' annual Christmas lights competition. The Town Council is inviting residents and businesses to enter the yearly contest by today (December 13th). More...

Festive fayre boosts lifeboats
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats during a festive fayre in the town on Saturday (December 11th). The Christmas Fayre was held at Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church and included games, a raffle, a white elephant stall and plants
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Decision looms on 13 homes
Exclusive: A controversial planning application for 13 new homes in Berrow looks set to be approved this week, despite concerns from residents and town councillors. The application at 181 Berrow Road has been recommended by approval by the council's case officer.
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Christmas tree festival opens
A fortnight-long Christmas tree festival has opened in Burnham-On-Sea with a dozen sparkling trees on display. St Andrew's Church is holding the seasonal festival, along with a display of its life-size crib, every day until Christmas Eve.
Entry by members of the public to the Christmas Tree Festival is free. More...

Festive fire safety warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to take extra care with fire safety over the Christmas period. A new video has been released by Devon & Somerset Fire to demonstrate how quickly a small fire in a Christmas tree can spread
to a whole home in the space of one minute. More...

Motorists fume over petrol prices
Exclusive: PETROL prices in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reached record highs this week, angering local motorists. Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach is among the local people who are fuming. Unleaded prices have this week hit a record average of 121.76p per litre across the UK.
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Mayor issues Christmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Michael Clarke, has issued the following Christmas message to residents of the two towns... "Christmas is upon us, and as we prepare to celebrate this special time of year I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas."
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Rag week fun raises charity cash
FUN
-loving pupils at King Alfred School have been taking part in a range of crazy events during the school's annual fundraising Rag Week. Sponsored fancy dress competitions and fundraising events have been held throughout the week in aid of several local charities. More than £3,000 was raised last year. More...

Wintry weather hits town trade
Exclusive: WINTRY weather over the past fortnight has hit the Christmas trade of many businesses in Burnham-On-Sea town centre as shoppers headed to indoor shopping malls instead. Several shop owners say their early December trade was down on previous years due to the sub-zero temperatures
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Town band holds Xmas concert
AN evening of festive music that's guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas will be held in Highbridge on Saturday night (December 11th). King Alfred Concert Band's annual Christmas Concert will be held in St John's Church starting at 7pm
when all will be welcome. More...

Bins set on fire deliberately
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have tackled two rubbish bin fires in the town over the past 24 hours which may have been set deliberately. One fire engine was sent to Southwell Cresent in Highbridge on Wednesday - then again to Burnham town centre on Thursday. More...

Coastline Singers on top form
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Highbridge-based charity when a carol concert was held in the town this week. The Coastline Singers were on top form as they sang a collection of modern and traditional Christmas songs in Highbridge Community Centre
for a local charity. More...

Church fundraiser this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS-themed concert to raise money for a Burnham-On-Sea church's restoration fund will be held this weekend. St Andrew's Church Choir and Sunday School will perform 'A Night Of Miracles' at St Andrew's Church on Sunday December 12th
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Highbridge lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE has put the final finishing touches to its display of Christmas street lights, which was marked on Thursday evening (December 9th) with a short ceremony. More than 30 lights and Christmas trees have been installed on buildings in the town centre. More...

Tessa abstains in student vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has abstained in the controversial vote about raising students university fees today (Thursday December 9th). The coalition government won the vote to raise tuition fees in England to up to £9,000 per year amid violent protests in Westminster. More...

Vintage poster worth £1,000?
Exclusive: THIS iconic tourism poster promoting Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal holiday destination is expected to sell for more than £1,000 when it's auctioned this week. The poster is emblazoned with the words 'Burnham-On-Sea - The Favourite Family Resort' is on sale. More...

Community hall's future secured
Exclusive: Users of a popular community hall in Highbridge have a good reason to smile this week after a deal was struck with Sedgemoor District Council for a new five year lease for the building. Sedgemoor Community Partnership, which oversees Morland Community Hall in Pearce Drive, announced the good news about the deal during its AGM. More...

Trust open evening at Brean
A CHRISTMAS open evening will be held at Brean Cove Café on Tuesday (December 14th) when the public will be able to hear about the National Trust's plans for the area. The National Trust’s Somerset Countryside team will be on hand to discuss the proposals. More...

Burnham Dreamscheme starts
Exclusive: A NEW Dreamscheme youth group is to be set up in Burnham-On-Sea during the early part of 2011, with organisers appealing for volunteers this week. Highbridge's Dreamscheme group has been highly successful, winning several awards, and Burnham wants to repeat the success. More...

Mayor joins candle-lit service
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among a congregation of over 50 people during the town's annual Light Up A Life Service on Wednesday (December 8th). Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Jane Moreton also joined Mayor Michael Clarke at the event. More...

Highbridge on WikiLeaks list
A LOCATION in Highbridge has this week been named as being crucial to US security in the latest batch of documents to be published by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. The transatlantic undersea cable station in Highbridge has been named as a top security location. More...

Town clock to get fourth face?
HIGHBRIDGE'S crumbling town clock looks set to be replaced with a new four-faced clock in 2012 costing between £20,000 and £25,000. The Town Council confirmed this week that it is awaiting detailed drawings and plans from two clock manufacturers for the new design. More...

Carnival spirit keeps going!
THE carnival season may be over until next year, but that's not stopped generous members of Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club building this mini illuminated cart to transport Santa around the streets of the town to raise cash for two good causes over the next fortnight. More...

Anger over wind farm 'tactics'
PROTESTERS fighting energy firm Ecotricity's controversial plans to build a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have expressed their concern at the 'tactics' being used by the firm after it lodged its formal planning application this week. Ecotricity's plans for the Black Ditch site outside East Huntspill have been slightly amended to include four turbines instead of five. More...

Santa heads to Burnham!
FATHER Christmas is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station over two days on December 18th and 19th - and families are being encouraged to come along and meet him. Part of the BARB rescue hovercraft station on The Esplanade will be transformed into a grotto. More...

One arrest after drugs checks
Exclusive: Over 100 people were screened for drugs use during a series of police checks at two Burnham-On-Sea night clubs at the weekend. Officers carried out the checks on partygoers at Michael's Bar on The Esplanade and Skye Bar on Burnham-On-Sea High Street. More...

Joe wins Rotary chef contest
HOME economics students at King Alfred School in Highbridge have been putting their catering skills to the test by competing in the first round of the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition, organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. Joe Harrington was judged to be the winner. More...

Traders fined for alcohol sales
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have welcomed a court's decision to fine two traders in the town caught selling alcohol to under-age drinkers. Ismet Dogan from Zara's Mini Market in Abingdon Street pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to a person under 18 before Sedgemoor Magistrates. More...

Eric 'recovering' after attack
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor who has spent the past month in hospital after suffering a serious heart attack is slowly recovering, the town's Mayor said on Monday night (December 6th). Cllr Eric Gill suffered the attack at the start of November, shocking fellow councillors. More...

Booze ban to cover both towns
Exclusive: All public areas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge look set to become alcohol-free zones after a police proposal was unanimously approved by town councillors on Monday evening (December 6th). Officers are keen to see the existing no drinking by-law covering several streets extended to cover the whole of Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Fears over bus service cuts
Exclusive: A town councillor has warned this week that many bus services in the Burnham-On-Sea area are under threat due to the County Council's budget cuts. Cllr Chris Williams says six services in Burnham and Highbridge are at risk because the council is due to announce huge cuts to its subsidies. More...

Big band festive music in town
BURNHAM and Highbridge Band will hold their annual Christmas concert on Sunday 19th December at 7.45pm in the town's Princess Theatre. This is a regular, popular performance and the last three years' events have proved to be so popular that they have been almost total sell-outs. More...

Tories select Knoll candidates
THE Conservative Candidates who will contest next year's district council elections in the new Brent Knoll ward, covering Brent Knoll, part of Burnham Without, East Brent, East Huntspill and Lympsham, have this week been selected by the party's members. More...

Community centre refurb begins
Exclusive: A MAJOR £150,000 project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre has got underway this week. The building in Berrow Road - which is home to over 60 groups - is being given an overhaul and work is scheduled to finish next April. The historic building will be given a new lease of life with improvements to the kitchens and toilets. More...

Footpath protesters issue appeal
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS calling for a new footpath to be introduced along Berrow's Coast Road have this week urged local people to put pressure on Somerset County Council to include the project in its new transport policy. Their plea comes as Somerset County Council this month starts a public consultation about its Future Transport Plan. More...

New landlords for town pub
THE future of a long-running pub in Highbridge has been secured after new lease holders took over it this week. Sue and Chris Jefferies have become the new landlords at The Globe in Newtown Road. The couple say it is an "honour" to take over the historic town centre pub. More...

Musical Christmas lights lit up
A UNIQUE Christmas display of more than 10,000 lights whose sequence is determined by the beats of festive tunes, has been switched on in Burnham-On-Sea. Keith and Jane Mitchell have switched on their impressive display at their Winchester Road home. More...

Santa drops in at kids centre
HIGHBRIDGE Children's Centre staff and families have begun their seasonal celebrations with a festive fayre. Its Christmas Fayre saw in the region of 150 visitors and guests being treated to a wide variety of stalls run by staff, volunteers and parents - and a visit by Santa. More...

Rotarians spring into action
ROADSIDES in Burnham-On-Sea are set to burst into colour next Spring after hundreds of bulbs were planted on Sunday morning (December 5th). Several sackfuls of daffodil bulbs were buried along the grass verges of the town's Frank Foley Parkway and Queens Drive. More...

Drink drive warning issued
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who drink and drive risk big fines and prison terms if caught, police have warned this week. The stark warning was issued by Avon and Somerset Constabulary as it launched its annual Christmas drink driving campaign. More...

Artists support Indian school
AN exhibition of paintings and photos by local artists in Burnham-On-Sea raised more than £200 for an Indian school when it was held on Saturday (December 4th). Dozens of people attended the fundraising 'R-Tex' and bric-a-brac sale at Burnham's Baptist Church. More...

MP backs permanent clocks change
Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week voted in favour of the UK's clocks being permanently moved forward by an hour. She supported proposals to permanently move the clocks forward, saying it would save money and lives, generate jobs and boost tourism. More...

Couple light up for 10th year
A BURNHAM -On-Sea couple switched on their spectacular annual display of 20,000 Christmas lights for a tenth year on Saturday (December 4th). Mike Perrin and wife Denice of Wilde Close decorate their home to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice. More...

Christmas cheer across town!
Photo Special: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among the local people getting in a festive mood on Saturday (December 4th) when they attended a number of Christmas events in our area. Christmas fairs and coffee mornings were among the events. More...

Sea water gets EU thumbs-up
Exclusive:
The quality of sea water in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow has been praised this week after meeting strict EU guidelines in a new survey by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency's staff, pictured on their visit to Burnham earlier this year, take 20 samples from beaches throughout the bathing season from May to September. More...

Free gift giveaway at pier
CHILDREN in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to claim a free Christmas present from the town's pier when it holds a festive give-away during December. Bosses at Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion on The Esplanade are giving all children who register in advance a free gift. More...

Busy day of Christmas events
A BUSY day of Christmas events is being held in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday, December 4th). The events include several Christmas fayres, coffee mornings, a festive craft fayre in aid of charity, a lights switch-on and several appearances by Santa Claus! More...

Singer Ellie reaches finals
UP-and-coming young singer Ellie Rialas from Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, is among 13 young bands and musicians who have reached the semi-finals of a regional music competition. Ellie has been competing in 'Live and Unsigned', a competition run by Avon and Somerset Police. More...

New community choir formed
DOZENS of local people have formed a new community choir in Burnham-On-Sea. Almost 50 people attended the group's first singing session at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road - and a further session is now being planned for early in the New Year. More...

Group packs survival boxes
DOZENS of survival boxes for use in disaster zones across the world have been created by members of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club this week. Rita Jolliffe, Sue Newbery and President Janet Breed helped pack the Water Survival Boxes during a special session earlier this week. More...

£85k revamp for restaurant
Exclusive: A popular Italian restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea has re-opened this week after an £85,000 refurbishment. La Vela in Abingdon Street has re-opened its doors after a two-month makeover that has seen it get a new look and introduce a new menu. More...

£300,000 pool project takes shape
Exclusive:
Work to create a £300,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool stepped closer to completion this week. The steel structure of the new building at the front of Burnham Swim and Sports Academy in Berrow Road swung into place, as pictured, as the new pool and two-storey fitness complex started to take shape. More...

Mum's Xmas gift is a new boy!
DELIGHTED Amy Furber has already had the ultimate surprise Christmas gift - a new baby boy. The 19-year-old from East Huntspill has given birth to tiny David just a fortnight after discovering she was pregnant. She had no idea she was expecting. More...

Town restaurant calls it a day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre restaurant which opened its doors for business in March has shut down this week. Truly Scrumptious at 20 College Street has closed after struggling to attract enough customers, the third such business to close there in the past three years. More...

PM meets Sedgemoor boss
SEDGEMOOR District Council's leader has discussed the challenges facing local authorities with Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Downing Street. Council Leader Duncan McGinty and Chief Executive Kerry Rickards were invited to Number 10 alongside other council bosses. More...

Fire crews rescue stranded horse
A STRANDED horse was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews after it got into difficulty in a ditch in the village of Mark on Thursday morning (December 2nd). Crews were called to Vole Road in Mark when a farmer raised the alarm after finding the animal stuck. More...

Town survey 'not representative'
Exclusive: A survey which shows there is strong support among of Burnham-On-Sea residents for a proposed vehicle-free area in the town's High Street has been drawn into question this week. Just 23 people sent back feedback to the district council by the end of a formal consultation period on the proposed partial pedestrianisation of the High Street. More...

Flats approved at former club
Exclusive: A FORMER gentleman's club in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea will be turned into four new flats after the district council this week approved the scheme. The former Burnham Institute in Regent Street will be converted into two and one bed flats. More...

Trinity Rise lights up for Xmas
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of Christmas lights has been featured in the national media has this week burst into festive colour. A large crowd of people saw Trinity Close switch on its decorations on Wednesday evening (December 1st). More...

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