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Bus operator raises local fares
BUS fares have this week increased by up to 25 pence in the Burnham-On-Sea area following the introduction of an annual price hike by transport operator First. The firm said fares have risen to reflect a jump in its operating costs, which includes higher fuel charges. More...

Motorcyclists hunted by police
A POLICE helicopter was called in to search for two motorbikers during a chase in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 28th). Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Police were called to Worston Road at around 10.45pm" More...

Crews called to M5 crash
TWO people escaped injury after their car crashed into a central reservation and burst into flames on the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday, December 31st). These were the scenes on the southbound carriageway between Burnham and Dunball, where two lanes were closed following the crash at 1.30pm. More...

The highs and lows of 2012
AS the clock counts down to the start of 2013, Burnham-On-Sea.com looks back at a year of highs and lows for Burnham and Highbridge. The year was marked by the tragic death of four year-old Dylan Cecil who fell into the sea from the town's jetty. We look back at the year in photos. More...

Scout post raised £1k this year
THIS year's popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised £1,000 for Huntspill and Highbridge Scout Group, up a fifth on last year. The service has been provided by the group for many years and it is one of its key fundraisers. More...

Earth tremor rattles Highbridge
Exclusive: A small earth tremor briefly rattled the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area early this morning (Sunday December 30th). The British Geological Survey, a group which monitors UK earthquakes, confirmed that a tiny quake measuring 1.3 on the Richter Scale took place at 2.52am. More...

Celebrate New Year in style!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2013 in style with a choice of live entertainment on New Year's Eve. Burnham-On-Sea.com features some of the main local community events and music events in this special preview. More...

Election candidates revealed
THE candidates for January's by-election in the Highbridge and Burnham Marine district council ward have been announced. The election has been called after Liberal Democrat Joe Leach stood down due to work commitments, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

MBE for Bob in New Year Honours
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Bob Nicholson has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list, it was announced on Saturday (December 29th). Bob, pictured, has received the award for his services to tourism after serving as the Chairman of Somerset Tourism Association. More...

New burglary at seafront cafe
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea cafe is again counting the cost of crime after burglars smashed their way into the building this week. This side window at the Bay View Cafe on the town's Esplanade was smashed to gain entry at 3am on Sunday December 23rd. More...

Vodafone 'sorry' after gremlins
Exclusive: Vodafone has apologised to its mobile phone users in the Burnham-On-Sea area after it suffered a technical fault this week. Many users in and around Burnham have been without their normal telephone and mobile Internet service for several days. More...

Developer fails in homes bid
A PROPERTY developer has lost an appeal to overturn Sedgemoor District Council's decision to reject 13 homes planned for Berrow. The proposals, for a mix of three and four bed homes in Manor Way, were rejected by the council's Development Control Committee. More...

Local backing for cull protest
WILDLIFE campaigners from the Burnham-On-Sea area joined a protest in Frome on Thursday evening (December 27th) to air their concerns about the proposed cull of badgers across the west country. Campaigners from East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Centre jonied it. More...

Rubbish collections delayed
SOMERSET Waste Partnership has announced revised Christmas rubbish collection schedules for the Burnham-On-Sea area. Collections of rubbish that would normally take place today (Friday December 28th) will go ahead on Sunday December 30th. More...

Tonight's speedway postponed
THE Somerset Rebels have been forced to postpone Friday night's Christmas Cracker speedway meeting due to a waterlogged track at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge. The Rebels have confirmed that the Grand Prix-style event will now be held on January 18th. More...

Flood repair bill for village?
Exclusive: PARISH councillors in Berrow are concerned that several weeks of flooding may have damaged the village's £70,000 play area. Heavy rainfall has caused the partial closure of the playing area besides Berrow village green, as pictured here on Thursday (December 27th). More...

Tickets on sale for dance show
TICKETS are on sale for a fun-packed dance, drama and music show to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre in January. The Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre will perform 'Hooray for Hollywood!' on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January. More...

Dylan tributes laid on seafront
CHRISTMAS tributes have been placed on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week in memory of Dylan Cecil, the toddler who tragically died in a fall from the town's jetty earlier this year. The floral tributes and displays have been placed on The Esplanade, near the top of the jetty. More...

Vandals target town centre shops
Exclusive: POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea town centre were attacked by vandals on Christmas Eve. Peacocks in the High Street had a large pane of glass smashed late on Monday evening, as pictured above. More...

Over £100 raised for helicopter
THE Patient Participation Group at Highbridge Medical Centre, supported by the medical centre staff, has raised over £100 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service with a Christmas coffee morning. A number of festive treats were offered for donations. More...

Xmas search for 'missing man'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards' Christmas lunches were interrupted today when they were called out to search for a suspected missing person. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to Brean Down at 1.45pm to assist the police with the search for a man. More...

Happy Xmas to all readers
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com wishes a very merry Christmas to all its readers and supporters. We thank our readers, advertisers, forum users and contributors for their support over the past year and hope that you enjoy a happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to a busy year ahead for the area in 2013. More...

'Snow' washed up on beach
AT first glance it looked as though snow and ice had been washed up along Burnham-On-Sea's tideline on Monday (Christmas Eve) despite the mild temperatures. Banks of white material were washed up along the river estuary next to Burnham beach on Monday. More...

350 attend town carol service
MORE than 350 people crowded into St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (December 23rd) for the town's annual Christmas Carol Service. A group of more than 20 children from Burnham's St Andrew's School sang several carols and Christmas songs alongside the church's own choir. More...

Boat blocks busy road junction
THIS boat was left blocking a main road in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (December 23rd) after coming off a trailer. An eyewitness said that the incident happened at around 5pm when a 4x4 towing the boat stopped in Pier Street. More...

Blaze couple thanks community
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea couple whose home was severely damaged in a fire last week have thanked the community for their support and offers of help. Dave and Julie Isom, pictured, have had to move out of their Highbridge Road home over Christmas following the huge blaze last Thursday. More...

Warning of wet Christmas Eve
THE current spell of wet weather shows no signs of letting up with forecasters issuing a new warning of more heavy rainfall in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Christmas Eve. A yellow warning is in place for the Burnham area from midnight on Monday until 6pm. More...

130 join festive fun run
Video and Photos: OVER 130 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' today (Sunday, December 23rd). The popular event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was well supported with a record turnout. More...

Appeal after wheel chair theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have asking for the public's help in identifying four people in fancy dress who may be able to help their enquiries into the theft of a wheel chair. The wheel chair was stolen from Krackers Bar in the centre of Brean on October 20th. More...

Christmas church services
CHURCHGOERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will this week be celebrating Christmas at numerous services. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled a guide to the main religious services taking place across the Burnham and Highbridge area on December 24th and 25th. More...

Raffle raises funds for BIARS
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre have drawn the winners of their annual grand Christmas raffle. £157 was raised from the fundraiser for BIARS, the community organisation that runs the centre on the town's Esplanade. More...

Rain can't stop carol singers!
HEAVY rain failed to dampen the Christmas spirit at a morning of carol singing in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (December 22nd) in aid of local good causes. Burnham Lions organised the event outside the Victoria Hotel, besides the town's official Christmas tree. More...

Fresh flooding in Burnham area
SEVERAL roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been hit by flooding again on Saturday following heavy rain - with more to come in the run-up to Christmas. Brent Street in Brent Knoll, pictured above, was only just passable this afternoon after a foot of water flooded the road. More...

Busy festive farmers market
SCORES of shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea stocked up on Christmas food at the town's annual festive farmers market on Friday (December 21st). A wide range of festive food was available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street, as pictured. More...

Crews tackle M5 blaze after crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a car blaze on the M5 motorway early this morning (Saturday). Two fire crews were called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 22 at Burnham and 21 at Weston shortly after 4am. A vehicle had crashed into the central reservation
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Warning of more heavy rain
PARTS of the Burnham-On-Sea area are on a flood alert this weekend as the Met Office warns of more heavy rain sweeping in on Saturday (December 22nd). An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office for the region, as pictured, as torrential rain and strong to gale force winds are predicted. More...

Nativities capture Xmas spirit
PARENTS and grandparents looked on with proud tears in their eyes this week as their youngsters took their turn in the spotlight during a series of Christmas nativities. The Christmas story has been played out in front of audiences in schools across the Burnham area. More...

Join community carol singing!
RESIDENTS are being encouraged to get involved in a morning of carol singing in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of local good causes on Saturday (December 22nd). Burnham Lions are organising the event outside the Victoria Hotel, besides the town's Christmas tree. More...

MP's anger over fly-tipping costs
BURNHAM'S MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at Somerset County Council for cutting recycling centre opening times after new figures revealed that fly-tipping has increased 65% across the county during the past year while nationally the rate has declined by 9%. More...

Busy Christmas at St Andrew's
CHRISTMAS is being celebrated with a number of events at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church this weekend. The Church will be open every day up until Christmas Eve for the annual Christmas tree festival. This year the church has more trees than ever. More...

Town theatre helpers thanked
MORE than 70 volunteers who help to run Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre have this week been thanked for their support during a special Christmas party. Dozens of helpers gathered at the theatre on Thursday night (December 20th) for the festive celebration. More...

Xmas lights winners revealed
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced this week. Town councillors Dennis Davey, Pat Burge and Tom Nicholls have visited scores of nominated displays across the towns before picking the winners. More...

Xmas farmer's market preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 21st). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street throughout the morning between 9am and 1pm. More...

House blaze drama in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a house blaze in the town this afternoon (Thursday). Three fire crews rushed to the property in Highbridge Road, Burnham at 12.56pm after flames were seen coming out of an upstairs window. Crews quickly managed to extinguish the blaze. More...

Traders attack parking changes
Exclusive: SEVERAL traders have this week blasted council plans to introduce a daytime lorry ban and one hour maximum parking restriction in Burnham-On-Sea town centre as "madness". Debbie Boardman from Rosemary's Florist says the plans will hurt traders in the town. More...

Deer in hands of wildlife carers
THIS red deer is being looked after by wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Polly the red deer has a new home at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill where she is already making friends with staff. Polly came from Alstone Wildlife Park near Highbridge. More...

£100 fines for human blockade
FOUR anti-nuclear protesters who chained themselves together outside Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, have this week been fined £100 each after pleading guilty to 'obstructing the highway'. The four appeared before Taunton Magistrates on Wednesday. More...

30 banned from town's pubs
Exclusive: Thirty people have been banned from visiting pubs and clubs in Burnham-On-Sea, Taunton and Bridgwater as part of a scheme to crackdown on pub violence and criminal behaviour in the area. Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC) runs the scheme with local police. More...

Torrentrial rain forecast today
Updated: A SEVERE weather warning remains in place as torrential rain sweeps across the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Thursday). A Met Office yellow warning has been issued for the entire region until 3pm this afternoon with up to 40mm of rain. More...

Town school's progress praised
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week been ranked among the UK's top 20% of schools for academic progress after its latest positive exam results. The findings have come from The Department for Education, which has just published its full exams analysis. More...

Fireworks move on the cards
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display could be switched to a new night in 2013 following this week's decision to hold Burnham's carnival on a Friday for the first time. Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Committee has announced that the carnival will be held on Friday 1st November. More...

Council transparency debated
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week given a 'thumbs down' to government proposals to make local councils more transparent and accountable. Councillors have debated a new government code of practice proposed for local councils. More...

MP visits Christmas posties
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited a local post office to lend a hand sorting the Christmas post this week. Tessa Munt met the team in Axbridge where she got a feel for the massive task with which the staff has to cope at this festive time with extra cards and packages. More...

Ambulance merger on cards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's ambulance station could soon be operated by a new foundation trust covering the whole of the south west. Burnham's station in Love Lane is currently operated by South Western Ambulance Service but plans have been unveiled this week. More...

Carols boost lifeboat funds
ALMOST 100 Brent Knoll residents and lifeboat supporters attended the village's annual Carols on The Green service on Monday evening. The weather was true to form and rain swept in just before the start, forcing the event's organisers to move into the nearby village hall. More...

Clubs celebrate Christmas
MEMBERS of two Burnham-On-Sea groups catering for local people with learning difficulties - The Monday Club and Gateway Club - have this week celebrated Christmas with two fun-filled parties. The Monday Club gathered at the Oaktree Arena for a traditional lunch. More...

Rain alert raises flooding risk
FURTHER heavy rain is set to sweep across the Burnham-On-Sea area during Wednesday and Thursday, leading a new weather warning being issued by the Met Office. Forecasters predict a further 20-40 mm of rain is likely to fall, leading to an increased risk of more flooding. More...

'Thumbs up' for £60k play park
RESIDENTS in Highbridge have given a 'thumbs-up' to proposals for a new £60,000 play park during a public exhibition in the town on Monday (December 17th). Sedgemoor District Council has commissioned building firm Halcrow to prepare a design for the new area. More...

'No injuries' after two-car crash
POLICE were called to a crash in the centre of Highbridge on Monday afternoon (December 17th). Police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the two-vehicle collision in Church Street, which caused delays for motorists passing through the town. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Ken Smout, has issued a Christmas message to residents of the two towns... "2012 has seen a year when many communities came together and enjoyed celebrating various events in our towns of Burnham and Highbridge..." More...

Petition handed to health boss
CAMPAIGNERS from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset have presented a petition with 2,669 signatures to the Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Board, Dr David Rooke, to air their concerns about the privatisation of NHS services in the county. More...

Beach body named by police
POLICE have named the body washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach earlier this month as 49-year-old Maureen McMeeking who went missing from the Monmouth area on October 23rd. A beach walker found the body washed up next to Burnham jetty at around 10am on Saturday December 8th. More...

Foodbank and police help needy
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Police have teamed up with the Highbridge Area Foodbank to help those in need this winter. The Foodbank launched earlier this year to help those in serious financial need through no fault of their own, such as unemployment or illness. More...

Row erupts over carnival change
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of people have joined an online group opposing plans to move next year's Burnham carnival to the night before Bridgwater for the first time ever. As we first reported, the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Committee has announced that the carnival will be held on Friday 1st November in 2013. More...

Two motorists fined by police
TWO motorists have been fined by police after causing an obstruction to emergency services in Highbridge. Police acted on complaints regarding parking in Southwell Crescent where two vehicles had to be removed. The vehicles would have blocked access. More...

79 join world carol singing bid
A CHURCH congregation in Highbridge took part in a world record attempt on Sunday (December 16th) for the most people singing the same Christmas carols at the same time. The current record was set last year when 18,114 carol singers sang carols in unison. More...

Helen to run in county election
Exclusive: TOWN councillor Helen Groves will be standing in Highbridge's county council elections next year - a switch caused by the recent resignation of Joe Leach. Cllr Groves had announced earlier this year that she would stand in the Burnham North election. More...

Snowfall greets grotto visitors!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft station was transformed into a winter wonderland - complete with falling 'snow' - during the weekend. More than 500 people visited the popular two-day Christmas fundraising event, which included a grotto for Father Christmas. More...

Rainbow over town's seafront
BRIGHT winter sun and passing heavy rain showers created another spectacular rainbow over Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday afternoon (December 16th). The weather provided ideal conditions for the formation of the rainbow, lasting several minutes. More...

Carnival will move to Friday night
Exclusive: NEXT year's carnival in Burnham-On-Sea will be held on the Friday evening before Bridgwater for the first time ever. The 2013 Highbridge and Burnham Carnival will be held on Friday 1st November on the night before the Bridgwater Carnival, making it the first event on the carnival circuit. More...

Fire crews free boy stuck in loo
A CHILD who became stranded in a public loo was successfully freed by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters this afternoon (Saturday, December 15th). One fire engine was sent to help a five year-old boy stuck in a block of public in Warren Road, Brean at 3pm. More...

Nursery plan for restaurant
Exclusive: A FORMER restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea looks set to be turned into a children's nursery. A new planning application has been submitted by Meltor Developments Ltd to transform the former Bonomo Restaurant site at 30-32 Adam Street into a nursery. More...

Police identify beach body
POLICE say they have identified the woman whose body was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach last weekend. A beach walker found the body next to the jetty at around 10am last Saturday, prompting police to seal off the area as they investigated the discovery. More...

Church to hold festive concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church Choir will hold a festive concert on Saturday night (December 15th). The choir will present The Christmas Tree, a feast of yuletide music, under the direction of Jenny Groves followed by the Sunday School singers. More...

Play park plans go on show
PLANS for a brand new play park expected to cost tens of thousands of pounds will go on show to the public for the first time in Highbridge on Monday (December 17th). Sedgemoor District Council has commissioned building firm Halcrow to prepare a design for the new children's play area. More...

Historic ship won't visit in 2013
THE historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral will not be sailing by Burnham-On-Sea on its annual trip to Bridgwater in 2013, the company that runs it has announced this week. The ship usually passes Burnham on one day each summer on its way to Dunball, near Bridgwater. More...

180 flock to Christmas concert
MORE than 180 people filled St John's Church in Highbridge on Thursday night (December 13th) for Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Christmas concert. The traditional event featured a programme of music that quickly put the audience in a festive mood. More...

Barrage 'could still be built'
A £30bn Severn Barrage between Brean Down and South Wales could still be built, a senior government minister has said this week. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a Commons debate this week that if the right proposals were submitted the government would look at them. More...

Warning issued for heavy rain
THE Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of heavy rain and strong winds in the Burnham-On-Sea area for Friday (December 14th). The yellow warning will be in place from 3am on Friday morning until 6pm. 15-20mm of rain will fall, locally up to 30mm. More...

Night sky puts on great show!
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea telescope enthusiast and astronomy lecturer is urging local people to get out and see the planet Venus in the night sky this week. Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley, who is often seen with his telescope on Burnham's Esplanade, took this photo. More...

Parking shake-up in town centre
Exclusive: MOTORISTS may soon be able to park for no longer than one hour in Burnham-On-Sea town centre - and delivery lorries could be banned during the daytime - as part of radical new plans to make the town more 'shopper friendly'. The new one-hour maximum parking restriction will be introduced in the town. More...

Unique Christmas tree display
AT a quick glance you might think this is a normal Christmas tree, but take a second look and you'll notice it is a very unique piece of artwork. Members of West Huntspill Methodist Church have created the impressive 7ft tree by stitching together pieces of fabric. More...

Police warning after burglary
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged to be extra vigilant following a burglary in the town. Police said a property in St Mary's Road was targeted in an overnight break-in between Monday night and Tuesday morning (December 11th). More...

MP and Mayor say 'shop local'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged to shop local and support local traders this Christmas. Burnham's Mayor Ken Smout and MP Tessa Munt were joined by representatives from The Federation of Small Business for a tour of the town centre. More...

Xmas bazaar in town theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (December 15th) to raise funds for new stage lighting equipment. The event will be held from 10am-4pm inside the Burnham theatre's main hall in Princess Street. More...

MP's anger over NHS pay rises
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says she is "stunned" that the Board of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has reportedly given its senior managers a 5% pay rise next year, with one individual awarded a 6% rise, at a time when front-line staff have a pay freeze. More...

Beach body was a woman
Exclusive: A POST mortem has concluded that a body washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach last Saturday was a woman. Police said on Tuesday (December 11th) that an investigation to formally identify her is ongoing. A post mortem has concluded that the body was that of a woman. More...

Green award for town students
A GROUP of environmentally aware pupils at a Highbridge school are this week celebrating winning a top 'green' award. King Alfred School's Student Green Team has achieved a Silver Eco-Schools Award for their work in reducing energy consumption and encouraging recycling. More...

Xmas choral concert tomorrow
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society will hold its popular annual Christmas concert on Thursday night (December 13th). The event will feature a programme of seasonal music that's sure to get you in a festive mood. The group will sing the Christmas Oratorio. More...

Final call for Xmas lights entries
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have made a final call for entries as the entry period closes this week. The Town Council is encouraging residents to illuminate their homes across the two towns and enter the contest, which will be judged by councillors. More...

'Unforgettable' Germany visit
DOZENS of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School have returned from a special trip to Germany. The 31 pupils visited various historical sites. Pupil Georgina Fowell from the school's class 10E told Burnham-On-Sea.com about how the highlights. More...

Father Christmas heads to town
SANTA Claus will be paying a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend. He will be calling in at the seafront BARB station during a festive fundraising event in which gifts will be handed out to children and their families in return for a donation. More...

Safety fears halt seafront lights
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to introduce colourful new decorative lights along Burnham's seafront have been scrapped amid concerns from the harbourmaster that they would have caused confusion for boat users, it emerged last night. A resident proposed the multi-coloured low-cost LED lights. More...

Sally to stand in by-election
AN independent candidate is to stand in next month's by-election in the Highbridge and Burnham Marine ward. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Lib Dem Joe Leach stepped down last week, prompting a district council by-election on January 24th. More...

Early weather warning issued
THE Met Office has issued an early weather warning of heavy rain and strong winds in the Burnham-On-Sea area this Friday (December 14th). A yellow weather alert has been issued for the area marked here from midnight until 9pm on Friday evening. More...

£1m Lotto boost for villages
AN early Christmas present has this week been delivered to two communities near Burnham-On-Sea in the form of up to £1million over ten years from National Lottery funding. The villages of Woolavington and Puriton have been chosen to receive the cash by Big Local. More...

Christmas disco this Saturday
A FUN-packed Christmas disco party night is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (December 15th). The event at Lakeside Holiday Park will feature an evening of hit music from the 70s, 80 and 90s plus other entertainment, including Irish bingo and a prize raffle. More...

Xmas lights raise charity cash
A FAMILY in Watchfield, near Highbridge, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for a local charity with their glittering display of Christmas lights. Matt Watts and his father Kevin have decorated the family's house and garden at Blakeney in Southwick Road, Watchfield. More...

Police team tackles metal theft
A NEW police team has been formed to tackle metal theft across West Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area. The team, which comprises four Special Constables and a volunteer, will work alongside the constabulary's existing anti metal theft team. More...

Family's praise for dog rescuers
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea family has thanked Coastguards for rescuing their two dogs following a four-hour night-time search on Brean Down. A team of Burnham Coastguards was called to Brean when the two Beagles went missing during a walk on the beach. More...

Santa calls in at Highbridge!
FATHER Christmas delighted youngsters when he called in at two festive events in Highbridge on Saturday (December 8th). Santa was the VIP guest at a grotto in the town's Apex Park, where he was welcomed by Mayor and Mayoress Ken and Janet Smout. More...

Town torch bearer visits Knoll
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Olympic torch bearer made a special visit to a group of local Brownies this week. Jason Vickers delighted Brent Knoll Brownies when he showed them his Olympic Torch and told them all about his exprience of carrying the torch and how it was made. More...

Runner in year-long challenge
A RUNNER who has set herself the challenge of taking part in competitive running races in every county of the UK in just one year took part in a Burnham-On-Sea event this week. Mary Mills has run races in 63 counties over the past 12 months to mark her 50th birthday. More...

Gracie wins town talent show
BUDDING musicians and entertainers took part in Burnham-On-Sea's very own version of the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night (December 8th). The Princess Theatre hosted the inaugural talent show, called 'Highbridge and Burnham's Got Talent'. More...

Christmas tree festival opens
A TWO-week Christmas tree festival is underway in Burnham-On-Sea, with more than a dozen sparkling trees on display. A lighting-up ceremony was held on Saturday (December 8th) inside St Andrew's Church where the annual tree festival is now open. More...

Body washed up on beach
POLICE have confirmed that a body was found washed up on Burnham-On-Sea's beach today (Saturday). A walker made the grim discovery of the body of an adult near to the jetty early this morning, prompting police to seal off the area. Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police confirmed the discovery. More...

Highbridge lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights were formally switched on by the town's Mayor on Friday evening (December 7th). A group of residents and town councillors gathered outside the Community Centre in Market Street to watch the ceremony, led by Mayor Ken Smout, as pictured. More...

Appeal after dogs kill deer
THE death of a deer by two dogs has prompted an urgent plea to dog owners by wildlife carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area. East Huntspill's Secret World was this week called to a female roe deer, near Cheddar, after two Jack Russells left the animal with fatal injuries. More...

20 new signs for town centre
Exclusive: OVER 20 new pedestrian signs look set to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea town centre as part of an £8,000 initiative to make finding important locations easier. Chris Betty from Somerset County Council's highways team made the proposals this week. More...

Inquest held into fencer's death
A WORLD-renowned fencing coach from Burnham-On-Sea died of drowning when his car ended up in a rhyne after colliding with another vehicle, a coroner ruled on Thursday (December 6th). Professor James Perry, 65, who had tutored many of Britain’s top fencers, was killed in a crash near Burnham in July. More...

Busy day of Christmas events
A BUSY day of Christmas events is being held in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (December 8th) - and we have compiled a complete guide. The events include Christmas Fairs, a visit by Santa, and several musical concerts plus a festive bazaar with lots of goodies on offer. More...

Rob loses 10 stone in 5 months
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was nicknamed 'Mitch' for his resemblance to the Michelin Man has shed more than 10 stone to win a top slimming award. Rob 'Mitch' Jones, 37, is celebrating an incredible turnaround after being named Cambridge Slimmer of the Year. More...

By-election date announced
A BY-election will be held in part of Burnham and Highbridge next month to fill a vacant district council seat following a resignation this week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Liberal Democrat Joe Leach is standing down due to work commitments. More...

New-look Costa plans unveiled
Exclusive: COSTA Coffee has submitted new proposals for an area of external seating at its planned new store in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Franchisee South West Coffee has submitted a planning application to extend the shop front at 30 The High Street. More...

Christmas art market in town
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham Artists (HABA) will hold their annual Christmas Art and Craft Market this Saturday (December 8th). The event will see a wide range of work from fifteen local artists on show and available to buy at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Coastguards rescue two dogs
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards carried out a search of Brean Down on Wednesday evening (December 5th) to search for two missing dogs. The team of eight Coastguards were concerned that the owners of the two beagles might put themselves at risk by searching. More...

Burnham councillor quits
Exclusive: BURNHAM and Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach has resigned from his position today (Wednesday), prompting a by-election over the next few months. Joe, 25, had been a district councillor in the Highbridge and Burnham Marine ward for six years. More...

Fears on Hinkley life extension
EDF Energy's decision to extend the life of its Hinkley B reactor, near Burnham-On-Sea, by seven years has been condemned by anti-nuclear campaigners this week. Hinkley Point B is now set to remain operational until 2023 instead of ceasing generation in 2016. More...

Councillors clash over plan
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have clashed this week during a heated debate on whether Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge a new £25,000 Neighbourhood Plan. The new policy would provide residents with the ability to decide the future shape of the two towns. More...

MP backs new press controls
BURNHAM's MP has this week said the press must not be free to bully or abuse innocent people as she signed a petition in support of the Leveson report on media standards. The town's MP, Tessa Munt, said: "It is important to have a free press but the press cannot be free to bully innocent people." More...

Whooping cough cases surge
DOCTORS have this week urged pregnant women in the Burnham-On-Sea area to have the whooping cough vaccination and parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease. In the first ten months of this year there were 53 infant cases. More...

Library investment announced
LIBRARIES in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge look set to benefit from new investment by Somerset County Council. A new council strategy for libraries across Somerset - including those in Burnham and Highbridge - was outlined to councillors on Tuesday. More...

'No arrests yet' after drugs raid
POLICE say they have not yet made any arrests following Burnham-On-Sea's biggest-ever drugs raid earlier this week in which 619 cannabis plants worth over £600,000 were found in a town home. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, officers swooped raid on a property in Patricia Close. More...

Water firm makes flood repairs
RESIDENTS of a flood-hit area of Burnham-On-Sea have this week thanked a water company for spending five days working to resolve the problems. Streets in Maple Drive and Sycamore Close were left under several inches of water last week following heavy rain. More...

Xmas lights contest begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition gets underway this week - with residents being encouraged to illuminate their homes and enter. The Town Council is inviting residents across the two towns to enter the contest. More...

£600k of cannabis plants seized
Exclusive: OVER half a million pounds worth of cannabis plants were seized in Burnham-On-Sea's biggest ever drugs raid today (Monday, December 3rd). Police swooped on Patricia Close, off St Christopher's Way, and found an astonishing 600 cannabis plants throughout the property. More...

Events group warns of cutbacks
Exclusive: A COMMUNITY group which holds a series of free outdoor music events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge each year has warned that its programme could be cut back without extra funding. CADS organises a series of popular concerts each year in the Manor Gardens. More...

Join carol singing record bid!
A CHURCH in Highbridge will take part in a nationwide attempt to break the world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers – all singing at the same time. The current record was set last year when 18,114 carol singers across the UK joined in. More...

Warning after chimney blaze
FIRERFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea have issued a safety warning to local homeowners after being called to the village of Mark on Sunday (December 2nd) to tackle a chimney blaze. Crews were called to a farm in Yarrow Road at around 3pm where a chimney was alight. More...

Young chefs taste success
OVER 40 Scouts from across Sedgemoor came together in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night to compete in a district cooking competition. The youngsters had 60 minutes to cook a two-course meal, using ingredients such as bacon, pasta, onions, cereal and chocolate. More...

RSPCA wind turbine approved
THE RSPCA has won permission to build an 18-metre tall wind turbine at its centre in Brent Knoll despite concerns from the parish council and residents about its impact. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee has granted approval to the charity. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of around 100,000 Christmas lights features in the national press burst into festive colour again on Saturday night (December 1st). Despite chilly temperatures, a large crowd of people turned out to watch the eight Trinity Close homes do the switch on. More...

Scouts Xmas fair raises £237
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group's annual Christmas fair on Saturday morning (December 1st). Stalls and entertainment were set up in the Scouts HQ at the BASC ground for the well-attended popular event, as pictured here. More...

Santa makes VIP visit at fair!
FATHER Christmas was the VIP guest at a special fundraising fair in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (December 1st). Local community group Hope For Highbridge organised the event at Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street where a number of stalls and entertainment was set up. More...

Town wakes to icy scenes
SUB-zero temperatures created these wintry scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (December 1st). Temperatures plunged to -4C overnight, leaving a coating of ice on roads, cobwebs and vegetation, as the sun struggled to push through the mist. More...

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