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December 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

Burnham celebrates New Year
RESIDENTS across Burnham-On-Sea celebrated the start of 2014 with a night of special events including a masquerade ball. 175 people crowded into Burnham's Princess Theatre where local group the Ginger Hitlas played at a special New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. More...

Fire crew seals off courtyard
A COURTYARD in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has been closed off by fire crews due to falling masonry. High winds have sent several pieces of concrete falling from a nearby building in Victoria Street in recent days. Fire crews were called to investigate. More...

Police investigate burglaries
POLICE have begun an investigation into a series of burglaries across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Since the August bank holiday weekend there have been 12 burglaries around the Highbridge, Cheddar and Axbridge areas which police officers believe are linked. More...

Lucky escape after A38 crash
Exclusive: THE driver of this car was lucky to escape with only minor injuries following a dramatic crash on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea. The Vauxhall careered into a fence after the motorist lost control when his car hit a pool of standing water. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called. More...

Celebrate New Year in style!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2014 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...

Eighth strike to be held
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike later today (New Year's Eve) during the ongoing nationwide industrial action over pensions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says thousands of firefighters across the UK will walk out for a total of six hours this evening. More...

120 arrests for drink driving
MORE than 120 people have been arrested across the Avon and Somerset police area since the start of this year's Christmas drink drive crackdown. Operation Tonic aims to target motorists who put their own lives and those of people around them at risk by drink and drug driving. More...

Mobile users hit by technical fault
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of mobile phone users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been left fuming over the Christmas holidays due to an ongoing technical fault. Vodafone users have been without phone reception for around two weeks when trying to use their handsets in the TA9 and TA8 areas. More...

Warning after car break-ins
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week warned motorists to keep valuables secure following several break-ins. Two parked cars have been broken into by opportunistic thieves, prompting the advice. They advise motorists to ensure valuables are not on display. More...

Chimney blaze extinguished
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a chimney blaze at a home in West Huntspill last night (Sunday, December 29th). The owners of the property in Old Pawlett Road contacted the fire service at 8.20pm amid concern. One fire crew attended. More...

Festive boost for tourist centre
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre have given it a seasonal boost. A raffle held over the Christmas period for BIARS (Burnham-On-Sea Information and Rescue Support), the community group that runs the seafront facilities, has raised £201. More...

Police investigate BMW crash
A BMW was left severely dented in the middle of a motorway roundabout near Burnham-On-Sea following an incident on Friday evening (December 27th). The silver car was left in the middle of the Edithmead roundabout next to Burnham's motorway junction, as pictured here on Saturday morning. More...

New weather warning issued
MORE heavy rain and strong winds will sweep into the Burnham-On-Sea area later today (Sunday), prompting another warning from the Met Office. A yellow warning has been issued of heavy rain and gusty winds hittinh the region overnight into Monday morning. More...

Crews rescue lady from bridge
Exclusive: FIREFIGHTERS rescued a lady who became stuck on a river bridge at Highbridge Railway Station on Saturday (December 28th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to the station shortly after 2.15pm. The woman, aged in her 20s, had accidentally dropped her mobile phone over the side. More...

MP holds record 500th surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP notched up her 500th surgery on Saturday (December 28th). Tessa Munt reached the milestone when she held her latest surgery in the village post office in Meare, near Glastonbury. Tessa's team believes the 500 milestone is a record for any MP. More...

Crime fighting group quits town
Exclusive: A NIGHT-time crime fighting initiative operating in Burnham-On-Sea pubs has pulled out of the town due to a lack of support, according to organisers. Somerset Businesses Against Crime says it is "very disappointed" that pubs in the town have not supported the scheme. More...

Results 'feel unable to influence'
SATISFACTION with Sedgemoor District Council has reached an all-time high level despite many residents feeling unable to influence the council on decisions affecting the local area, according to a new survey. The conclusions come in a council budget consultation study. More...

Dog walkers boost for charity
A FUNDRAISING dog walk held in Highbridge on Boxing Day has raised over £120 for charity. The 'Festive Fun Wag and Walk' was held at Apex Park in aid of Canine Partners, a registered charity that helps disabled people to enjoy greater independence and a better quality of life with the help of dogs. More...

Town carol singers raise cash
A GROUP of carol singers in Burnham-On-Sea has raised festive cheer and cash for a good cause at the same time. The group sang in the foyer at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way earlier this week and raised £172.78 for Somewhere House. More...

Busy Xmas for Secret World
AN injured badger and a swan were among the animals keeping volunteers busy over the Christmas period at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea. Volunteers were called out on Christmas Day evening to help a badger after it was reported to have been hit by a car in Street. More...

Storms raise flooding threat
MORE heavy rain and gales swept through the Burnham-On-Sea area overnight, prompting a fresh warning of possible flooding from the Environment Agency. The latest rainfall will raise river levels through Highbridge, where the Brue overflowed earlier this week, as pictured. More...

Model railway set to expand
A MODEL railway near Burnham-On-Sea is set to expand after a series of successful fundraising events. West Huntspill Railway has raised hundreds of pounds towards its expansion this month by holding two weekends of 'Santa Trains' which have helped to pull in funds for the project. More...

Xmas tournament held at club
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club took part in a Boxing Day tournament. A dozen players took part on a beautifully sunny morning and the matches were competive with Colin Christison and Bernard Hampton winning all their matches to scoop the honours. More...

Beaches busy on Boxing Day
BRIGHT winter weather attracted crowds of walkers to beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Boxing Day. Large numbers of visitors took advantage of the dry, bright conditions to walk off their festive excesses in Burnham, as pictured here, and also at Brean and Berrow. More...

Tributes left for tragic Dylan
POIGNANT tributes were left on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Christmas Day in memory of Dylan Cecil, the toddler who tragically died in a fall from the town's jetty last year. Floral tributes, messages and toys were placed on a bench near the top of the jetty. More...

Rail fares to rise next week
RAIL commuters travelling from Burnham and Highbridge Train Station face an increase in the price of their season tickets from the start of January. First Great Western has announced its new prices, which will rise with inflation at 3.1%. The Chancellor announced in December regulated rail prices. More...

Young poet needs your help
A TALENTED Highbridge teenager has reached the finals of a nationwide poetry competition - and needs your help to win. Shannon House, 16, is one of just 12 writers from more than 32,000 entrants who have reached the finals of the 2013 Young Writers Poetry Games. More...

Fire station welcomes Santa!
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station welcomed a special visitor last weekend when Santa dropped in to see the families of the town's fire crews. Father Christmas handed out gifts to children and met the fire crews, thereby helping to spread plenty of festive cheer at the station. More...

Festive spirit at Xmas shows
YOUNGSTERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area have taken their turn in the spotlight during a series of festive performances in the run-up to Christmas. Many local schools have been holding nativities and festive events in front of audiences for the last few weeks. More...

Charity dog walk on Boxing Day
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to take part in a Boxing Day fundraising walk. Highbridge's Apex Park will be hosting the 'Festive Fun Wag and Walk' in aid of Canine Partners. The event, which will start at 2pm, will be held for dog lovers. More...

Heavy rain and batter area
Updated: TORRENTIAL rain and high winds caused difficult driving conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday and early today. The Met Office issued an amber warning as a spell of heavy rainfall and 60mph winds swept through the region at the start of the festive holidays. More...

Festive boost for town traders
Exclusive: BUSINESSES along Burnham-On-Sea High Street say trade during the run-up to Christmas has been positive. While some shops in the town have failed to benefit from a seasonal uplift due to the wider economic gloom, the majority have reported positive business over the festive period. More...

Fire strike to be held today
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike later today (Christmas Eve) in a nationwide strike over pensions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says thousands of firefighters across the UK will walk out for a total of 14 hours over three days during the Christmas period. More...

Santa draws crowds to grotto
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft station at the weekend to meet a VIP visitor - Santa Claus. More than 500 people visited the popular two-day Christmas fundraising event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas. More...

Town candle-lit carols success
AN evening of candle-lit carol singing attracted scores of families to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday evening (December 22nd). Over 50 people attended the popular event, which was held for the first time and organised by members of Burnham-On-Sea Community Church. 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...

300 attend town carol service
MORE than 300 people crowded into St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (December 22nd) 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 alongside the church choir. More...

Heavy rain hits Burnham area
TORRENTIAL rain and high winds caused difficult driving conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday). The Met Office issued an amber warning as a spell of heavy rainfall and 60mph winds swept through the region. The storm left pools of rainwater. More...

Night club to close this month
Exclusive: A prominent night club in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to close at the end of this month, its owners have announced. Owners George and Katie Panayi have revealed that Skye Bar in the High Street will open for the last time on December 31st. More...

New warning of gales and rain
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned to brace themselves for torrential rain and high winds today (Monday). The Met Office has issued an amber warning as a spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect the region during Monday, risking flooding. More...

Video: 175 join Xmas fun run
OVER 175 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 22nd). The popular event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was well supported with a record turnout. Many runners came in costumes. More...

Car blaze on M5 near Burnham
A CAR fire caused hold-ups for motorists travelling along the M5 southbound between junctions Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater on Sunday evening. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the blazing Audi just before 7pm in between junctions 22 and 23. More...

Town swim club makes splash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club has held its first gala with outside clubs at Brean Splash. The 'Three Winter Series Galas' finished on a high with trophies, a fun relay and spot prizes. In this third gala of the series Burnham Swimming Club finished third overall. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, has issued a Christmas message to residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of events in the two towns and wishes residents a happy holiday period and a prosperous New Year ahead. He reviews some of the highlights of 2013. More...

Club's £7k for air ambulance
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has this week presented a huge £7,000 cheque to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance following a unique fundraising tractor run. The club held its 620-mile heritage tractor run from Burnham-On-Sea to Land's End over the summer months. More...

Rubbish collection changes
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been advised that rubbish and recycling will be collected on the two Saturdays and one Sunday over the festive period. Kerbside collections are unchanged on Monday December 23rd, and Christmas Eve but will not take place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. More...

Carols give Food Bank a boost
A CHRISTMAS carol concert has raised hundreds of pounds for the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Food Bank. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Burnham-On-Sea, was held in St Andrew’s Parish Church last weekend and raised the super sum of £340. More...

Santa to visit Burnham today!
SANTA Claus will be paying a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft station today (Sunday) when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront throughout the day from 10am-4pm to meet families and local children. More...

Winning Xmas lights unveiled
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced this week. Town councillors Pat Burge, Tom Nicholls, Dennis Davey (right) and Kate Lawson have visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners. More...

First look at planned reservoir
A PLANNING application for a major new reservoir that will supply water to the Burnham-On-Sea area has been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week. Bristol Water’s £125 million project, if approved, will see a 9,400 million litre reservoir built near to the one at Cheddar. More...

Arrests in drink drive campaign
MORE than 70 people have been arrested across the Avon and Somerset police area since the start of this year's Christmas drink drive crackdown. Operation Tonic aims to target motorists who put their own lives and those of people around them at risk by drink and drug driving. More...

Busy week at St Andrew's
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church faces a busy time with a variety of activities and services over the next few days. Burnham's Christmas Tree Festival in the church continues until Christmas Eve. The church is open each day between 10am and 4pm while the festival is on. More...

Cashback theft investigated
POLICE have issued a CCTV appeal after cashback mistakenly left at a checkout in Highbridge was stolen. A theft investigation has begun after the incident occurred at the Asda store in the town at 12.30pm on Wednesday afternoon, December 11th, police have said this week. More...

Students design new drink
STUDENTS from King Alfred School in Highbridge who designed a brand new drink product have reached the South West Regional Finals of a nationwide competition. The group of Year Nine business students are competing in the regional final of the Real Business Challenge, run by Coca Cola Enterprises. More...

Santa heads to BARB for grotto
SANTA Claus will be paying a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront on both Saturday December 21st and Sunday from 10-4pm. More...

Xmas concert this Sunday
POPULAR songs and Christmas classics will be performed when Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band holds its festive concert this Sunday (December 22nd). Members of the band will be presenting their rousing rendition of carols and festive music in The Princess Theatre. More...

Met Office issues flood warning
TORRENTIAL rain and strong winds could cause flooding and travel disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the next few days, forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain across the region between 3pm today and through into the early part of Saturday. More...

Weight loss project raises £3k
OVER £3,000 has been raised for local community projects by a Highbridge fitness project which rewarded residents who lose weight by giving them money. A total of 36 people have taken part in the 'Pound 4 Pound Community Project', raising cash for losing weight. More...

Town MEP backs Hinkley probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MEP has said she supports the European Union's investigation into whether the government's support for a plan to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham is breaking state aid rules. MEP Julie Girling welcomed the news this week. More...

Xmas farmers market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today - Friday, December 20th. A wide range of locally produced festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls that will be set-up along The High Street between 9am and 1pm. More...

Awards for two lifeboat crew
TWO crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station have this week been presented with the awards to recognise their dedication to the roles. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes presented Training Coordinator Lyndon Baker with the LOM award. More...

Gateway Club festive concert
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Gateway Club were treated to a festive concert and a visit by the town's Mayor on Thursday evening (December 19th). Burnham and Highbridge brass band visited the BAY Centre in Cassis Close where they played to the club's members. More...

Burnham to star on national TV
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Trinity Rise Christmas lights display is to be featured on national TV. The eight houses and their 100,000 lights will star in a documentary called Britain's Craziest Christmas Lights, to be shown on Channel 5 on Christmas Day and on breakfast television. More...

Eight new homes win approval
Exclusive: Controversial plans to build eight new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been approved by town councillors this week. The council's Planning Applications Commmittee met last night (Wednesday) reviewed the proposals to demolish a bungalow in Golf Links Road and build eight homes. More...

Students visit Downing Street
A GROUP of students from the Burnham-On-Sea area have visited the most famous street in Britain. The Year 12 and 13 Public Services groups from Highbridge's King Alfred School visited Number 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament over the past week. More...

Fire strikes planned for Xmas
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike again on three days over the Christmas holidays. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that thousands of firefighters across the country will walk out for a total of 14 hours over the three dates during the holidays. More...

Youth Council issues appeal
BURNHAM and Highbridge's new Youth Town Council - which has been formed to give young people a voice in the two towns - has issued an appeal for new members to join the group. The Somerset Rural Youth Project is overseeing the meetings for local 11-19 year-olds. More...

EU to probe Hinkley Point deal
EUROPEAN Union regulators are to investigate whether the government's support for a plan to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham breaks state aid rules. Energy giant EDF is leading a consortium building the £16bn Hinkley C plant but the plans have come under scrutiny. More...

Deer recovering after collision
WILDLIFE carers at Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea are this week looking after a deer which suffered head injuries after being struck by a car over the weekend. The cute Roe deer has been named Ivy by staff at the wildlife care centre, which is based in East Huntspill. More...

£440k town overhaul 'on track'
Exclusive: A major project to introduce £440,000 of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is on schedule to start delivering next year despite concerns over the time it is taking. New plans unveiled this week show how the list of improvements will be introduced in the town centre. More...

Christmas lights judging starts
JUDGING of Burnham and Highbridge's official Christmas lights competition got underway last night (Tuesday). Town councillors Pat Burge, Tom Nicholls and Dennis Davey, have the job of assessing the best decorated homes and businesses across the two towns. More...

Xmas farmers market preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre this Friday (December 20th). A wide range of locally produced festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street during the morning between 9am and 1pm. More...

BAY Centre sale raises £160
A CHRISTMAS table-top Sale was held at the Burnham Area Youth Centre on Sunday (December 15th). Visitors got to see a wide range of locally-made gifts, from food to crafts and greeting cards, while helping to raise £160 towards the Burnham centre's ongoing costs. More...

Isleport centre survives cuts
OPENING hours at Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre will not be altered despite a raft of cutbacks across the county announced by Somerset Waste Partnership this week. Two recycling sites at Coleford and Middlezoy have been earmarked for closure, it has been announced. More...

Silo blaze at Highbridge factory
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a silo blaze at a factory in Highbridge last night (Monday). Two fire engines from Burnham were sent to reports of a fire within a silo at the firm in Bennett Road at 11pm. Crews initially got to work with a CO2 extinguisher. More...

Dozens voice local bus concerns
DOZENS of irate residents have attended a public meeting to voice their concerns about 'unacceptable' problems with bus services in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Concerns regarding services from Burnham to Weston were raised during a packed public meeting held in Brean Village Hall. More...

Crews at overnight car blaze
FIREFIGHTERS were called to extinguish a car blaze in Highbridge during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, December 17th). The Fire Service received several calls to a car on fire in Sparks Way at 12.25am. Crews used hose reel jets to bring it under control. More...

Carols by candlelight in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being invited to join a unique outdoor carol singing event in the town's Manor Gardens this Sunday evening (December 22nd). 'Carols In The Park by Candlelight' is to be held in the town's Manor Gardens from 5pm-7pm. More...

Top fraud prevention award won
A BURNHAM-On-Sea policeman has won a top award for his work in helping elderly people fight fraud. Sergeant Ash Jones was among the volunteers from the regional Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) who attended the annual 'Fighting Fraud Awards' ceremony. More...

Nicola's fun run boosts hospice
A HIGHBRIDGE mother and her six year-old son donned festive suits to take part in a charity fun run at the weekend. Nicola Noad and her six year-old son Jacob took part in a 2km Santa Fun Run in Taunton in aid of Children's Hospice South West on Sunday afternoon. More...

Capacity audience for concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church was filled with festive music when the town's Choral Society held its annual Christmas concert. Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society performed in front of a full-capacity audience, who enjoyed a super concert. More...

Woman flees town house blaze
PLUMES of thick smoke billowed out of this home in Highbridge on Sunday morning (December 15th) when three fire crews were called to tackle a house blaze there. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Sparks Way in Highbridge just before 10am. More...

Liam 'humbled' at BBC mention
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BMX star Liam Phillips says he was "humbled" to get a mention during last night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year broadcast. Liam - who produced a sensational performance to become BMX world champion in July - was shown in the audience and given a mention during Sunday's show. More...

Flooding 'no threat to Hinkley'
EXTRA safety features are to be installed at Hinkley Point C to help protect it from storm surges and withstand the impact of an aeroplane crash. Engineers working on the new power station near Burnham-On-Sea have designed the new measures following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. More...

Group's first panto is a success
SNOW White and The Magnificent Seven was performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday by a local drama group - its first-ever pantomime. Curtain Call School of Performing Arts brought the funny, unique and quirky pantomime to life with a bit of a twist. More...

DVD version of film launches
A DVD version of a film highlighting Burnham-On-Sea's community has been launched this week. First shown to a packed house at Burnham's Princess Theatre in September, Theatre Mélange’s film 'Echo Burnham, Portrait of a Coastal Town' is now on sale in DVD format. More...

Motorist hurt in seafront crash
ONE person was taken to hospital after a two-car collision on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Sunday). Fire and ambulance crews were called to the South Esplanade at 12.30pm after a car leaving Margaret Crescent was in collsion with a vehicle travelling along the seafront. More...

Tributes for brave Suzie
TRIBUTES have been paid to a brave Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser who has lost her battle with cancer. Suzie Harris, 29, was recently featured here during a fundraising event with Joanna Burridge-Clayton has sadly lost her battle with Lymphoma. Suzie, pictured on the right, has passed away. More...

Helicopter returns to service
THE air ambulance that covers the Burnham-On-Sea area which was suspended from flying for three days went back on service on Sunday. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance model is one of the 22 particular models that were grounded across the UK on Thursday. More...

Kids' donation for Food Bank
A GROUP of kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea youngsters have given up their Christmas sweets to donate them to the town's food bank. Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church's Junior Youth Club has donated the confectionery to the Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank. More...

Hillview open meeting tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is holding a special open meeting this evening (Sunday) for youngsters to come forward and get involved. Children who would like to appear on the club's cart next year are being encouraged to go along at 6pm with parents. More...

Santa heads to BARB for grotto
SANTA Claus will be paying a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station next weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront on both Saturday December 21st and Sunday from 10-4pm. More...

Table top Xmas sale at centre
A CHRISTMAS table-top Sale is to be held this Sunday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre. The event will run between 9am and 2pm with a wide range of goods on sale. There will be a visit by Santa, plus the opportunity to enjoy tea and toast in the BAY Centre. More...

Bargain Booze opens in town
A NEW convenience store has opened in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this week. Bargain Booze Select Convenience has opened in place of the former Central Radio Services shop at 58 The High Street, providing a wide range of products including alcohol and food items. More...

Helicopter set to return to air
THE air ambulance that covers the Burnham-On-Sea area has been suspended from flying but is expected to be back on service this weekend. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance model is one of the 22 particular models that were grounded on Thursday afternoon. More...

Pensioner rescued from lift
FIRE crews rescued a pensioner from a lift at a Burnham-On-Sea residential home on Friday (December 13th) - the third incident there in recent months. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Allandale Court in Rectory Road at 9.40am on Friday morning. More...

MPs push for lines to be buried
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt and North Somerset MP Liam Fox have held top-level talks with Energy Minister Michael Fallon this week regarding calls for controversial proposed power pylons to be buried underground. Ms Munt and Dr Fox discussed their concerns. More...

One-hour parking limit starts
Exclusive: A NEW one hour parking time limit is being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea town centre in an effort to make the town more 'shopper friendly'. The new one-hour maximum parking restriction is being introduced this week across the town centre, excluding The Esplanade and car parks. More...

Electrical blaze at town home
TWO fire crews were called to tackle an electrical blaze at a home in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (December 12th). Crews were sent to the property in Burnham's Cross Street at just after 5.30pm, as pictured here, to investigate the fire. More...

What's on this weekend?
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is lined up to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the key events, including a Christmas Concert featuring the King Alfred Concert Band, Churchfield Voices and a local brass group. More...

Snow White comes to Burnham
SNOW White and The Magnificent Seven will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this weekend by a local drama group. Curtain Call School of Performing Arts is bringing this funny, unique and quirky pantomime to life with a bit of a twist! More...

Survival boxes sent to victims
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel and Rotary Club have this week packed dozens of survival boxes for victims of the recent Philippines typhoon disaster. A group of eight local people packed just over 60 of the specialised survival boxes to be sent to the victims. More...

All change at lifeboat station
THE management of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station is set to change as part of a raft of moves. After more than six years as Burnham Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM), Ricky Holmes has handed over the 'keys' to the station to Deputy Manager Matt Davies. More...

New theatre manager unveiled
Exclusive: A NEW manager has taken over the helm at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Sam Nicol has many years of experience in local and national theatre and says she is excited to be taking on the role of running Burnham's theatre following the departure of the previous manager. More...

Wind farm appeal date is set
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea are calling on local people to get involved ahead of an appeal against its refusal. Wind farm protest group NoPilrow is urging residents to attend the appeal over plans to build four huge turbines near the village of Rooksbridge. More...

Gift boxes handed to seafarers
CHURCHGOERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have collected dozens of shoeboxes full of gifts for needy seafarers. 125 Christmas Shoe Boxes have this week been delivered to the Mission to Seafarers in Portbury Dock in Bristol, from where they will be distributed. More...

Two more fire strikes this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters are set to join another round of strikes this Friday and Saturday. As part of an ongoing national dispute with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) has announced two four-hour walkouts on both days. More...

New Brownies group to start
A BRAND new Brownies group is being formed in Burnham-On-Sea due to rising demand at other units in the area. The new group - called 5th Burnham-On-Sea Brownies - will formally launch in January 2014 and will be aimed at local girls in the area aged between 7-10. More...

Heating bills cash help offered
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area could be eligible for financial help with paying their heating bills this winter, the town's MP has said this week. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt says that nine per cent of homes in the Wells constituency are entitled to relief. More...

MP attacks plans for 11% pay rise
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says proposals to give members of parliament a huge 11% pay rise are "ludicrous and out of touch." Tessa Munt has spoken out this week after national media reports that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is considering the huge pay hike for MPs. More...

'The day I met Nelson Mandela'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week recounted the incredible moment he shook hands with Nelson Mandela just days after the former South African president was released from prison. Michael Turner met Mr Mandela outside his bungalow in 1990. More...

Choral Xmas concert today
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society have been warming up for their annual Christmas Concert, which is set to take place on Thursday evening (December 12th). The group, pictured, have been entertaining shoppers at Sanders Garden World over the past few days. More...

£40,000 of grants up for grabs!
GROUPS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to apply for a slice of £40,000 grant funding pot. The cash is available from Sedgemoor District Council until the end of the budget year through its Community Health Fund and Small Grants Scheme. More...

Gracie reaches contest final
A TALENTED young singer from Brent Knoll has sung herself into the final of a nationwide competition. Gracie Wickens-Sweet, 9, took part in the national final of the 'Star of Stage' competition in Cardiff on Sunday. The contest is the UK's largest theatre music competition. More...

Table top Xmas sale at centre
A CHRISTMAS table-top Sale is to be held this Sunday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre. The event will run between 9am and 2pm with a wide range of goods on sale. There will be a visit by Santa, plus the opportunity to enjoy tea and toast in the BAY Centre. More...

Heating bills cash help offered
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area could be eligible for financial help with paying their heating bills this winter, the town's MP has said this week. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt says that nine per cent of homes in the Wells constituency are entitled to relief. More...

Drink driver held after crash
Exclusive: A DRINK driver has been arrested following a fail-to-stop crash in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Sunday. The motorist lost control of his car at the junction of Ramsay Way and Love Lane at 1.40am and careered into a garden, demolishing a brick wall, a fence and a road sign. More...

Youngsters launch fashion line
A GROUP of young entrepreneurs from a Highbridge school have unveiled their new fashion brand during a regional trade fair. The sixth formers from King Alfred School attended the West of England Trade Fair in Bristol as part of the Young Enterprise Competition. More...

Missing boy found after search
A MISSING teenager has been found after a search by Burnham-On-Sea police and Coastguards on Monday evening (December 9th). Police were concerned for the welfare of the 15 year-old boy and asked for the help of Coastguards and a police helicopter in searching for him. More...

Church Xmas fair raises £850
CHURCHGOERS in Burnham-On-Sea got into a festive mood on Saturday (December 7th) when they held their Christmas fair. A range of seasonal refreshments and gifts went on sale inside St Andrew's Church and the event attracted a steady stream of visitors. More...

All aboard the Santa Train!
FATHER Christmas will be visiting a model railway station near Burnham-On-Sea to take families on festive train rides over the next two weekends. West Huntspill Railway will be holding a series of 'Santa Trains' combining Christmas cheer and plenty of steam during December 14-15 and 21-22. More...

Hotel celebrates qualifications
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea hotel are celebrating after achieving their licensing qualifications. The Royal Clarence Hotel on Burnham's seafront has seen another two of its supervisors pass a prestigious licensing exam - the (BIIAB Level 2) Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH). More...

Poster contest winner named
A BURNHAM-On-Sea primary school pupil has demonstrated her artisitic skills by being chosen as a winner in a contest to help Somerset families recycle food waste into clean green power. Teacher Faye Duncan sent in the entry from Catherine Taylor, 7., who is a St Joseph's pupil. More...

Scouts launch £20k roof appeal
Exclusive: A major project to fund vital repairs to Burnham-On-Sea's Scout hut has been launched this week. The group says it's in a "desperate" need to replace the leaking roof on its building at Burnham's BASC sports ground. It needs £20,000 to carry out the work and is planning a number of fundraising events. More...

Mild start to winter continues
WALKERS along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront enjoyed this spectacular golden sunset last night (Sunday) - as forecasters predict the current calm conditions are set to continue. Burnham experienced autumn temperatures and has seen a mild start to the winter. More...

Town dance show a sell-out hit
OVER 100 members of a Burnham-On-Sea's dance school performed a colourful, lively show in front of sell-out audiences at the weekend. Dancefit, based in Burnham's Love Lane, took the audience at The Princess Theatre on a journey around the world during two shows. More...

Couple's lights raise £6,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has switched on their dazzling display of Christmas lights - which have raised over £6,000 for charity during the past 13 years. Mike and Denice Perrin from Wilde Close decorate their home with thousands of fairy lights each Christmas in aid of a local hospice. More...

Free Xmas trees for schools
CHRISTMAS celebrations at three schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been given a 'tree-mendous boost' with donations from a local garden centre. Sanders Garden World has delivered free Christmas trees to Brent Knoll, Lympsham and East Brent Schools over the past week. More...

Pupil achieves bronze award
A HIGHBRIDGE school student has achieved a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award through volunteering work at Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station. King Alfred School pupil Jayme Gower, a Year 11 student, completed over six months at the station, turning up in all weathers. More...

Scouts Xmas fair raises £860
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts raised over £860 towards the replacement of their roof during a fundraising Christmas fair on Saturday (December 7th). Crowds of supporters attended the event at the Scout hut at the BASC Ground to enjoy a range of festive games. More...

Christmas tree festival opens
A CHRISTMAS tree festival has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend, with over 20 sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the annual tree festival and life-size crib scene every day until Christmas Eve. A dedication service was held on Saturday. More...

Ambulances miss targets
SOUTH West Ambulance Service missed its emergency call-out response targets in October, a new report has revealed this week. The service, which covers the Burnham-On-Sea area, achieved the eight-minute response time for 71.68% of the most urgent calls. More...

Two face court after vandalism
TWO men will appear in court later this month charged with criminal damage following an incident at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove in October when £10,000 of damage was caused to the gardens. A 20-year-old man from Highbridge and a 19-year-old man from Burnham have been charged. More...

Award for Hillview chairman
THE Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been presented with an award to thank him for his work with the organisation. Mark Bishop has received a decanter to mark his 40 years of involvement with the club. He received the Community Decanter from the Burnham In Bloom group. More...

MP attends business breakfast
LOCAL businesses owners got a chance to quiz Burnham-On-Sea's MP while munching tea and toast during a business breakfast in the town on Friday (December 6th). Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade held the successful event in The Princess Theatre's art lounge. More...

Two-car crash on M5 bridge
POLICE partially closed a busy road bridge over the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 6th) following an accident. Two vehicles collided on the bridge next to junction 23 for Highbridge and Bridgwater North at around 6pm, partially blocking the road. More...

Plans for new homes unveiled
Exclusive: Controversial plans to build eight new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week. Coln Residential Ltd is seeking to demolish a bungalow in Golf Links Road and build the new development with a new access road on the 3,325 square metres of land behind. More...

RNLI joins flood relief efforts
LIFEBOAT members from Burnham-On-Sea are among a group of RNLI crewmembers who have joined flood relief efforts in Essex following yesterday's storms. The south west regional flood rescue team is helping those affected after a storm surge left flooding and damage. More...

£2.8m lotto surprise for Colin
A BURNHAM-On-Sea newsagent has been named the top independent retailer for lottery funding in the South West. GW Hurley in Burnham's High Street has raised a huge £2.8million for the lottery's good causes through its customers since 1994 and has been recognised. More...

Weekend preview: What's on
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the key events below: Burnham's St Andrew's Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday December 7th from 11am-3pm. More...

Xmas shopping night success
OVER 50 businesses across Burnham-On-Sea took part in a special Christmas shopping evening on Thursday night (December 5th). Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade organised the initiative to give shoppers an opportunity to visit shops and buy gifts out of normal hours. More...

Groups given 'right to bid' powers
Exclusive: THE future of key community buildings and facilities in Burnham-On-Sea is to be safeguarded through new government legislation that gives community groups the right to bid for them. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has this week approved plans to draw up a formal asset register. More...

Xmas shopping night tonight
OVER 50 shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when a special Christmas shopping evening with festive music is held tonight (Thursday, December 5th). Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has organised the initiative to give shoppers a chance to visit and support local traders. More...

Owl rescued from chimney top
AN owl is recovering at Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea after being rescued from a chimney. The bird became trapped at a house in Wellow near Bath and was only found thanks to his increasingly desperate hooting, prompting the roof-top rescue. More...

Police seize cannabis plants
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have seized cannabis plants in a swoop on a town centre home. Officers entered the Regent Street property after noticing a strong smell outside the building. They found several cannabis plants, which were taken away and destroyed. More...

U3A unveils new wall hanging
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's University of Third Age unveiled this colourful wall hanging at Berrow Medical Centre on Wednesday (December 4th). The U3A Patchwork 1 Group made the wall hanging to mark the 20th anniversary of Burnham U3A. More...

Council given standing orders!
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councilllors will have to stand to their feet before speaking in formal debates from next year. In a bid to bring more formality and order to debates in the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road, councillors have this week approved the proposals. More...

Food Bank sees record demand
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food Bank, which helps feed local people encountering severe economic hardship, is helping record numbers of struggling people. The Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank is run by volunteers from a number of churches across the area and has seen a big upsurge in visitors. More...

20p Xmas post service starts
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scout Group are gearing up to launch their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for many years and is one of their key fundraising activities. More...

New Burnham boutique opens
A BRAND new women's dress agency opened for business for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (December 3rd). Just Labels Boutique Dress Agency welcomed its first customers at its brand new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Court, located in Victoria Street. More...

Over 50 shops to open late
OVER 50 shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when a special Christmas shopping evening is held this Thursday (December 5th) alongside festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has organised the initiative to help shoppers. More...

New Youth Council to meet
A NEW Burnham and Highbridge Youth Town Council has been formed to give young people a voice in the two towns. The Somerset Rural Youth Project is overseeing the meetings and is inviting young people aged 11-19 to get involved as the freshly formed group grows. More...

MP in row over kids centres
A WAR of words has broken out between Somerset County Council and Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt over statements she made in the House of Commons regarding financial cuts to children's centres. Tessa spoke about the matter in Parliament last week. More...

Roof fall man flown to hospital
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (December 2nd) to fly a man to hospital after an accident. The yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance landed on the playing fields next to the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, as pictured here. More...

Trial of seafront lights begins
Exclusive: A TRIAL of new decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea seafront has got underway this week. The new LED lights, which change colour, have been installed along the raised walkway on the South Esplanade near Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club following lentghy discussions. More...

Concern over £1.4m hotel plan
Exclusive: ANGRY town councillors have this week attacked Sedgemoor District Council for changing the major redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site without consulting them first. At a meeting last night (Monday), councillors raised concerns about the deal. More...

Entries open in Xmas contest
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries this week as the entry period begins. The Town Council is encouraging residents to illuminate their homes across the towns and it will be judging the very best displays. More...

Turnip Prize winner announced
THIS clever entry was judged the winner of Somerset's annual Turnip Prize awards on Monday night (December 2nd). The winning artwork, named 'A play on words', comprised of a dictionary with a copy of a Shakespeare play on top, and was displayed at the awards. More...

Town gets into festive spirit!
SCORES of Christmas events were held across the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend as the town's festivities got underway. A Christmas fayre was held at Burnham Nursing and Residential Home in Oxford Street where visitors and residents enjoyed a fun day. More...

EU threat to Hinkley expansion
THE European Commission is close to concluding that Britain’s nuclear expansion programme at Hinkley Point breaches EU state aid rules and may have to be revised, a move that could lead to long delays and even cause the complex deal to unravel, according to national press reports. More...

Anger as new rail bridge opens
Exclusive: NETWORK Rail has this week come under attack for building a new footbridge at Highbridge Railway Station without introducing access for disabled and elderly travellers. The old concrete footbridge was removed on Sunday (December 1st) as part of a Network Rail modernisation project. More...

Xmas shops event on Thursday
DOZENS of shops across Burnham-On-Sea will be opening late when a special Christmas shopping evening is held this Thursday (December 5th) alongside an evening of festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has organised the event. More...

Old rail footbridge dismantled
A HUGE piece of Highbridge history was removed early on Sunday morning (December 1st) when the town's railway station footbridge was removed. A huge crane was brought in by Network Rail to remove the huge concrete structure, as captured here by our photographer. More...

Emotional rainbow for family
A BURNHAM-On-Sea widower has described the emotional moment a rainbow formed over the town's lighthouse soon after his wife's ashes were scattered there. Deryk Walker's wife, Vera, 84, recently passed away and was a keen Burnham beach walker who loved the beach. More...

Trinity Close switches on lights
CROWDS of people turned out to watch the grand switch-on of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of Christmas lights this evening (Sunday, December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes switched on their display - which frequently appears in the national press - following festive music. More...

Santa calls in at Highbridge!
SANTA called in at Highbridge over the weekend to meet children and give his support to two ladies who are holding a year of fundraising challenges. Nicola Noad and Tamara Ellis made a new year’s resolution to get healthy and have held 11 of their 12 events. More...

Princess bazaar draws visitors
A FESTIVE atmosphere swept into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (30th November) when a Christmas Bazaar attracted visitors. The event, organised by The Friends of The Princess, was opened by Burnham and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard. More...

Boys' cycle ride raises £520
THREE Burnham-On-Sea youngsters raised £520 for the Philippines typhoon disaster fund by completing a sponsored cycle ride on Saturday (November 30th). James Biddiscombe, 12, Oliver Davies, 13, and Chris Wood, 15, raised the money through sponsorship by cycling. More...

Higbridge lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights were formally switched on by the town's Deputy Mayor last night (Saturday). A group of residents, councillors and MP Tessa Munt gathered outside the Community Centre in Market Street for the gathering, led by Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard, as pictured. More...

Trinity Close switch-on tonight
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of thousands of Christmas lights often features in the national press will burst into festive colour this evening (Sunday, December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes will switch on their illuminations at 7pm. More...

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