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December 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Man dies in police custody
A MAN has died in police custody after being arrested following a fire in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Sunday night (December 28th). College Street and John Street were sealed off for three hours while firefighters and police were at the scene of the blaze in College Street. More...

Killer is jailed for man's death
A PARANOID man who fatally stabbed a 24 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man has been jailed - but could be released after less than five years of a life sentence. Derek Hancock was given the term for manslaughter at a court hearing after admitting the stabbing in Bristol. More...

Driver of upturned car is found
THE driver of this upturned car has been found unhurt after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (December 29th). Emergency services from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the car on its roof in a ditch in Brean Road, Lympsham at 8pm on Monday. More...

Celebrate the start of 2015!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2015 in style with a choice of live entertainment on New Year's Eve. Burnham-On-Sea.com features some of the key local community and music events across the local area. More...

Swimmer's 40th year in town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has this week marked his 40th year of using Burnham's Swiming Pool. Michael Turner, 59, began swimming at Burnham's Pool in Berrow Road exactly 40 years ago - in December 1974. He says: "Swimming's great - it keeps you young." More...

Students cycle for Charley
A GROUP of college students are gearing up to take part in a charity bike ride from London to Paris in the Spring to raise money for recently-launched Burnham charity In Charley’s Memory. The youngsters from Bridgwater College will pedal a total of 280 miles. More...

Work to start on new crossing
WORK is set to begin in February on building a long-awaited pedestrian crossing along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea, it has been announced. Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, this week welcomed the news that the crossing in Berrow Road will soon be in place. More...

Festive street reaches £9,000
MORE than £9,200 has been raised for charity in just four weeks from donations collected from visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's Trinity Close Christmas lights display. The Trinity Close homes switched on their 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights at the start of December. More...

Crews called to car in ditch
EMERGENCY services from Burnham were called to a car on its roof in a water-filled ditch on Monday night (December 29th). Fire and police crews rushed to Brean Road in Lympsham at 8pm. Fire appliances from Burnham and Glastonbury attended the dramatic incident. More...

New Year: What's on in town?
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2015 in style with a choice of live entertainment on New Year's Eve. Burnham-On-Sea.com features some of the key local community events and music events in this preview.
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Wassailing tickets go on sale
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during two wassailing events in January. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at Brent Knoll's West Croft Cider Farm during January. More...

In photos: Coldest day of year
BURNHAM-On-Sea experienced its coldest day of the year so far on Monday (December 29th), creating icy scenes. Temperatures in Burnham plunged to -5.3°c overnight, leaving icy stretches across the area and a warning to motorists and pedestrians to take extra care. More...

Two rescued from town blaze
AN investigation is underway into the cause of a fire in Burnham-On-Sea town centre last night (Sunday) in which firefighters rescued two people from a block of flats. College Street and John Street were sealed off for three hours while firefighters and police were at the scene of the blaze. More...

Movie fundraiser for festival
A FILM is to be screened at Burnham-On-Sea's cinema in January to raise funds for a popular Highbridge event. The Highbridge Festival Of The Arts will benefit from a special matinee screening of Philomena at the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street to be held on January 26th. More...

Have your say on bus axe
BUS users in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few days left to air their views on proposals to axe a 'vital' service through the town. Somerset County Council announced in November that it plans to withdraw the 102 service through the area in order to cut costs. More...

Bowling club boost BARB funds
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been bowled over by a donation from a club in the town. Burnham Bowling Club has donated £400 to the seafront charity to help fund its life-saving work across Somerset with its two hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat. More...

Car crashes into town garden
FOUR people had a lucky escape in Highbridge on Friday evening (December 26th) after the driver of a car lost control and ploughed through a metal barrier and through a garden fence. Police and firefighters were called to the incident in Burnham Road, Highbridge just after 10.10pm. More...

Bid to tackle town fly posting
MORE noticeboards are to be installed around Burnham-On-Sea town centre in a bid to crack down on fly-posting. The new notice boards will be funded from a pot of £440,000 from Tesco to offset its store expansion plus cash from Burnham's Town Council. More...

Join weight loss challenge
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents is taking part in a Community Weight Loss Challenge, with a new one about to begin in the New Year. The 12-week weight loss challenge sees slimmers competing to lose the most weight to win a cash prize in Burnham. More...

Paws appeal hailed a success
DOG lovers in Burnham-On-Sea have donated hundreds of gifts to an appeal campaign to help local stray and rescue dogs. Sedgemoor District Council launched its first 'Santa Paws' appeal earlier this month. The successful appeal has now closed for donations, says the council. More...

Pam retires after 40 years
A LONG-serving staff member at Burnham-On-Sea Police Station has retired this week after 40 years in the force. Pam Whitehead began working in an admin role for Avon and Somerset Constabulary in July 1974 at Bridgwater and also worked at Taunton before moving to Burnham in 1981. More...

Festive tour of town by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Town Crier brought a smile to the faces of elderly residents in the town on Christmas morning. Cllr Martin Cox and Alastair Murray visited several care homes in the town and patients at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital in a classic 1938 Austin 10. More...

Flat blaze in Highbridge
FIRE crews tackled a blaze in a bathroom of a flat in Highbridge town centre on Boxing Day afternoon. Three fire engines were sent to the property in Church Street at 1.15pm, including one from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater, after the alarm was raised. More...

Sinbad heads to Burnham!
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea's annual January pantomime show. Burnham District Pantomime Society will be presenting 'Sinbad the Sailor' at The Princess Theatre from 23rd-31st January, which promises to be a real treat for the whole family. More...

Appeal after shop vandalism
A BURNHAM-On-Sea jewellery shop has become the second High Street business attacked by vandals in the space of a week. Caboodle at the southern end of the High Street had a large pane of glass smashed at the front of its shop in the early hours of Christmas Day. More...

Crews called to Brent Knoll fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brent Knoll on Christmas Eve to tackle a fire at a home. One fire appliance from Burnham was sent to Portland Place, Brent Knoll at just before 8pm after a call from the residents reporting a chimney fire at the property. More...

Arrests after drink drive checks
MORE than 100 drivers have been arrested for drink driving across the area as police continue to carry out stop checks in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Avon and Somerset Constabulary has stopped 3,676 drivers across the police force area, with 106 arrested. More...

Happy ending for Prancer!
LOCAL wildlife carers have given a deer the festive name Prancer after it was hurt in a car accident last weekend but has recovered fast enough to be released back into the wild before Christmas. The roe deer was struck down on a local road by a passing car at the weekend. More...

Appeal after shop vandalism
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a Burnham-On-Sea town centre shop was attacked by vandals in the early hours of Sunday morning (December 21st). Peacocks in Burnham's High Street had two of its windows smashed shortly after 2am, police have said. More...

Festive church services guide
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, giving all the times. More...

Running club's help for centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers Running Club has made a donation towards the cost of much-needed repairs to the Burnham Area Youth Centre's leaking roof windows. During the recent closure of King Alfred Sports Centre, the BAY Centre kindly helped the club and so the kindness has been repaid. More...

Christmas meal for pensioners
A FESTIVE meal and concert for more than 50 elderly residents has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church. The concert, arranged by Somerset Carers, featured musical performances from Highbridge's Churchfield School Choir and singer Gypsy Watkins. More...

Best Christmas lights named
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced this week. Town councillors Pat Burge and Tom Nicholls visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners. In Burnham-On-Sea, the best house award goes to 40 Love Lane. More...

Mobile library cuts planned
TIME is running out to have your say on proposed cuts to mobile library routes across the Burnham-On-Sea area as Somerset County Council aims to save £500,000. Cutbacks are being planned for routes through Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and West Huntspill. More...

Neighbourhood survey starts
BURNHAM and Highbridge's local Neighbourhood Planning group have launched a survey to seek people's reactions to local issues. The survey asks a number of general 'quality of life' questions but also some more specific questions which are open to all. More...

Events organisers set to meet
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together in January to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being planned for those involved in holding events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during 2015 on Monday January 5th. More...

One hurt in three-car crash
A MULTI-vehicle collision left one person injured near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (December 22nd). Emergency crews were called to the A38 in Rooksbridge at 10.20am after three vehicles collided along the busy route through the centre of the village. More...

Dozens join town Jingle Run
OVER 150 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 21st). The popular event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported despite a biting wind. More...

Church full for carol service
MORE than 300 people crowded into St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (December 21st) for the town's annual Christmas Carol Service. A group of pupils from Burnham's St Andrew's School gave a stirring performance of festive music. More...

In photos: Candlelight carols
AN evening of candle-lit carol singing attracted scores of families to Burnham's Manor Gardens last night (Sunday). Over 50 people attended the event, which was which was held for a second year in the gardens and organised by Burnham Community Church. More...

Photographer of year named
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has this week announced the winner of its photographer of the year award. The winner has scooped the top annual award for accumulating the highest number of points from the club's monthly competitions and was named at the latest meeting. More...

Hundreds visit BARB grotto
HUNDERDS 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 two-day festive event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas and many stalls. More...

Matt delivers new daughter
A BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crewman has shown he has a steady pair of hands delivering his baby! Matt Edwards remained calm and in control when he unexpectedly had to deliver his daughter earlier this month. Matt's partner Abbey experienced pains four days early. More...

Festive street raises thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national press has raised over £4,000 for charity in three weeks. The eight Trinity Close homes have had crowds of visitors. More...

Uninsured car seized by police
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have seized a car from a local teenager as part of a crackdown on uninsured vehicles. Sgt Tracy Marlow of Burnham Police said the Fiat Punto has been taken away and a local 18 year-old man is helping police with their enquiries into the case. More...

See Santa in Burnham today!
SANTA Claus is making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station today (Sunday) when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront from 10am-4pm with stalls and a tombola available through the day. More...

Counterfeit vodka alert issued
CHRISTMAS revellers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged by police to be aware that counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka with potential health hazards is on sale in the area. Trading standards officers say Isopropanol, commonly found in screen wash, has been found. More...

Santa welcomed at fire station
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station welcomed a special visitor on Saturday (December 20th) when Santa dropped in to see the families of the town's firefighters. Father Christmas handed out gifts to delighted youngsters by helping to spread plenty of cheer. More...

What's on this weekend?
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 annual Jingle Run takes place on the town's seafront on Sunday (December 21st) and Santa is at BARB both days. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, has issued a Christmas message to residents this week. 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 for 2015. More...

Brean bar re-opens after fire
A BREAN bar is open for business as usual despite an electrical fire on Friday morning (December 19th). Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Bridgwater were called to Krackers Karaoke Bar in South Road, Brean shortly after 2am when the fire started. More...

Council leader launches attack
SOMERSET County Council Leader John Osman says he is deeply disappointed by the Government’s "unfair" funding settlement for Somerset’s key services. Cllr Osman has also criticised what he describes as the Government’s failure to redress the balance between the South West and England’s other regions. More...

£1.8m hotel refurb begins
Exclusive: A DEAL was signed on Friday that finally allows the start of the long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel site. Martin Hodgson, the Chief Executive of the YMCA in Somerset, right, said: "The final legal agreement for the redevelopment is being completed this week." More...

Motorists escape two car crash
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a two-car crash in East Brent last night (Thursday, December 18th). A fire engine from Burnham was sent to the collision outside the Carbase car salesroom in Bridgwater Road at 6.15pm, it was confirmed. More...

Today: Xmas Farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 19th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along Burnham's High Street between 9am and 1pm and open to all. More...

Apex dog to be destroyed
POLICE have said this week that a dog that attacked a teenager in Highbridge's Apex Park, leaving her with nasty injuries, is to be destroyed. The 17 year-old girl had been with her Springer Spaniel on November 29th when they were attacked at the park, leading to an investigation. More...

Award for Burnham volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was among 20 voluntary organisations who pulled out all the stops during Somerset’s 82-day floods last winter - and who have been handed a prestigious award this week for helping with emergency planning. More...

New Co-op and homes unveiled
Exclusive: PLANS for a new Co-Op convenience store and three new homes have been unveiled for the site of the former Berrow Inn this week. Developer Rupert Baskcomb displayed his plans for the site during a drop-in session attended by over 80 residents in the village on Wednesday (December 17th). More...

Retiring Coastguards thanked
TWO long-serving Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards have been thanked for their work this week as they retire from their roles. Steve Bird and Nigel Smith have both stepped down after many active years helping to save lives along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline. More...

Courtyard unveiled for Georgia
A NEW-look courtyard was unveiled at a Burnham-On-Sea care home on Wednesday (December 18th) in memory of a young staff member who died earlier this year. 23 year-old Georgia Lavender passed away with diabetes in September after a brave fight. More...

Farmers market gets festive!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre on Friday morning (December 19th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along Burnham's High Street between 9am and 1pm as the town gets ready for Xmas. 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 (December 21st). 'Carols In The Park by Candlelight' is to be held in the town's Manor Gardens from 4.30pm-5.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

Over 130 gift boxes collected
CHURCHGOERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have collected three car loads full of gifts for needy seafarers. 135 Christmas Shoe Boxes have this week been delivered to the Mission to Seafarers in Bristol, from where they will be distributed. More...

Funeral date is announced
THE date of the funeral has been announced for a community-spirited Highbridge resident who has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Tributes have poured in for Paul Plume, who died on Monday morning following a long battle with lung cancer. More...

Row over High Street plan
PLANS to build a brand new public events area in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea High Street risk causing disruption and hurting the trade of nearby shops, it has been claimed this week. The new community events area will comprise of a coloured paved area for entertainment performances. More...

18 year-old dies after crash
AN 18 year-old man has died two days after being seriously injured in a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 14th). Cheddar man Zack Tame died of his injuries in hospital on Tuesday following the collision in Wedmore, prompting a police appeal. More...

RSPCA centre set to expand
PROPOSALS to extend Brent Knoll's RSPCA Animal Rescue Centre have been given the go-ahead this week. The centre in Brent Road had applied for Full Planning Permission to build a second cattery unit comprising three units in a fenced compound. More...

'Santa Paws' collection starts
A 'Santa Paws' shoe box appeal has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to help give stray and homeless dogs in kennels a Christmas to remember. Dog lovers are being invited by the District Council to donate either a shoe-box filled or gifts. More...

Teens start Philippines appeal
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons. James Whitrow and Tom Creswick have launched a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of their trip to the country next year. More...

Xmas celebration for Brownies
DOZENS of Girlguiding youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area have enjoyed a fun-filled Christmas celebration at Brean Play. Nearly 100 girls aged 7 – 10, from Burnham, Berrow, Highbirdge and Brent Knoll enjoyed using the play equipment and seeing friends. More...

Jackdaws rescued by carers
WILDLIFE carers from Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea were called to rescue two jackdaws after they shocked the owners of a home by falling down a chimney into their living room. A Secret World volunteer was called to rescue the soot-covered pair from the home. Moe...

Tributes pour in for Paul, 48
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited Highbridge resident who has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Paul Plume died on Monday morning after a battle with lung cancer. Tributes have poured in for the 48 year-old. More...

High Street set to bloom again
HANGING baskets will be returning to Burnham-On-Sea town centre for the first time in two years next year. The floral displays have not been in place along the High Street since 2012, pictured above, due to safety concerns about the aging lighting columns. More...

Santa set to arrive in Burnham
SANTA Claus will be making a very 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 Saturday December 20th and Sunday December 21st. More...

Town health scheme unveiled
A NEW initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea is set to launch in January. Running over 11 weeks, The Highbridge Health Plan promises to combine exercise with an in-depth approach to creating a healthy lifestyle from the start of January. More...

Store helps to promote town
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has linked up with supermarket giant Tesco to promote the town centre. The Chamber's new shoppers guides brochures are being distributed in the store to customers over the Christmas period and through next year. More...

Festive fun boosts MNDA funds
A CHRISTMAS Fayre held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (14th December) has raised over £200 for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association). The well attended event was held at St Andrew's Church Hall with beauty therapies and craft stalls during Sunday. More...

Fundraisers take to horseback
FUNDRAISERS have taken to horseback in Burnham-On-Sea to raise funds for a new charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager. Horse riders Jenna Picton and Gemma Dade rode around several residential areas of Burnham on Sunday, carol singing and collecting donations. More...

Man seriously hurt in crash
POLICE say a man has been left with life-threatening injuries following a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (December 14th). Emergency crews from across the Burnham area were called to Wedmore shortly before 5.30am when the car crashed into a wall. More...

Park Run plans gather pace
HELPERS are being sought to organise a series of runs at Apex Park in Highbridge to encourage healthy lifestyles. A series of free weekly community running events at Apex Park are being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote health in the New Year. More...

Scouts Xmas Fair raises £750
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts raised £750 towards the replacement of their HQ's roof during a fundraising Christmas fair on Saturday (December 13th). Crowds of supporters attended the event at the Scout hut at the BASC Ground during the afternoon to enjoy a range of fun. More...

Vehicle parts recycling starts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can from today (Monday) take vehicle parts to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Site for the first time. The new chargeable service is expected to help mainly car, motorcycle and mobile home enthusiasts who do repairs for themselves. More...

Win Brent Knoll circus tickets!
CHRISTMAS is in full swing at Sanders Garden in Brent Knoll with a wide range of festive entertainment on offer for the whole family - and readers can win a set of tickets this week. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the centre's Winter Wonderland and the circus itself. More...

Youth club to hold Xmas party
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's youth club is set to hold a Christmas disco for local youngsters on Tuesday (December 16th). The Zone Youth Club, based at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, is organising the free, fun event for all young people in the towns. More...

Christmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas tree festival has opened this weekend, with over 30 sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to the public for two weeks. Local businesses have set up and decorated the trees. More...

New food allergy rules launch
FOOD businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to ensure they are complying with new rules that come into operation this weekend on how they display allergen information to customers. From Saturday (13th December) the rules were introduced. More...

Busy day of festive events
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. Severa; Christmas events to be held today (Sunday) including two craft fairs this afternoon and a concert tonight. More...

Store holds race to North Pole!
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for charity when Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store held a two-day race to the North Pole. Staff at the supermarket in Ben Travers Way peddled hundreds of miles on fitness bikes at the front of the store to attract donations. More...

Town centre's future debated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Centre Neighbourhood Planning Topic Group met on Thursday night (December 11th) to firm up the boundaries of the area and discuss ideas for a future vision. A lively discussion took place and lots of ideas were considered, including part-pedestrianisation. More...

What's on: Festive events fun
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 Scouts will be holding their annual Christmas Fair from 1-4pm at the Scout Hut today - one of several events. More...

First same-sex marriage held
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds made history on Friday (12th December) when they converted their Civil Partnership to a Marriage at Burnham's Registry Office. The County Superintendent Registrar, Michaela Bellwood, conducted the simple conversion - the first in Burnham. More...

Brean Fort gets a big clean-up
CONSERVATION work is carried out at Brean Down throughout the year, however this December the National Trust site hosted a volunteer work party with a difference. The Squadron of 39th Signal Regiment have been working with the National Trust in recent days. More...

Two-car crash on roundabout
TWO cars collided at a busy roundabout in Highbridge on Friday morning (December 12th). Police were called to the junction of Pepperall Road and Burnham Road after the collision. Police were called to the two-vehicle collision just before 8am, and fortunately there were no injuries. More...

See hilarious comedy tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company is set to hold its latest production in the town this weekend. Its play, Hold The Line, will debut be performed in Burnham's Princess Theatre this Saturday evening (December 13th) at 7.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

Fresh talks over seafront lights
Exclusive: FRESH talks are set to be held between local councils to push forward plans for new coloured illuminations to be introduced along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. A total of £11,500 has this week been earmarked for the work by town councillors, who are keen to see The Esplanade lit up. More...

Charity reaches £5,000 target
A NEW group formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September has raised enough money to seek official charitable status. 18 year-old Charley Marks took his own life in September and the new charity has been formed in his memory to help others. More...

Rotary Carol Concert tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is set to hold its annual Christmas Carol concert tonight (Friday). There will be Christmas cheer a-plenty when the club sponsors a Christmas Carol Service at St Andrew's Church in Burnham. The service will feature several local choirs. More...

150 enjoy town choral concert
OVER 150 people attended Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert last night (Thursday). The festive concert was held in St. John’s Church, Highbridge, where the audience was entertained by a selection of songs and music. More...

Weather warning is issued
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being warned to expect high winds and stormy seas on Friday (December 12th) when a winter storm sweeps through the area. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west, saying winds of 70mph will hit. More...

Santa heading to Apex Park
FATHER Christmas will be dropping in at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park this Saturday (December 13th) to make a special appearance. The Friends of Apex Park has specially transformed the park's information office into a colourful grotto, which will be open free of charge. More...

Food Bank helps record numbers
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food Bank, which helps feed local people encountering severe economic hardship, is helping record numbers of struggling residents. The Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank is run by volunteers from the area, pictured above, who are currently getting set for a busy Christmas. More...

Dog seized after Apex attack
Exclusive: A DOG that attacked a teenager in Highbridge's Apex Park, leaving her with nasty injuries, has this week been seized by dog wardens. Sedgemoor District Council said this week the dog has been traced and the matter has now been left with Police. More...

70mph gales to hit tomorrow
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being warned to expect high winds and stormy seas on Friday (December 12th) when a winter storm sweeps through the area. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west, saying winds of 70mph will hit. More...

Free trees offered to groups
WORTHY causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area can put themselves forward to receive up to 100 free young trees. Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre is offering schools, charities, village organisations and community groups in the Burnham area free saplings. More...

Xmas shopping night halted
BURNHAM-On-Sea's late night shopping evening was cancelled last week after too few traders came forward to say they would be opening. Only 8% of traders committed to staying open until 8pm last Friday, which meant organisers had to call off the event in advance. More...

Singer to hold Xmas concert
HIGHBRIDGE singer Gypsy Watkins is teaming up with a group of dancers from Burnham-On-Sea for a special festive concert this Sunday (December 14th). The DanceFit Academy Dancers will be performing alongside the talented singer during the event at The Princess Theatre. More...

Have your say on town vision
A NEW vision for Burnham-On-Sea town centre will be discussed during the latest meeting of the town's Neighbourhood Planning Group this Thursday (December 11th). The Neighbourhood Planning Burnham Town Centre Topic Group will meet at 7pm in the community centre. More...

Fire crews join 24-hour strike
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have this week joined a 24-hour nationwide strike as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members walked out in Burnham at 9am on Tuesday (December 9th). More...

10 years jail for Highbridge man
A HIGHBRIDGE man who attempted to travel from Somerset to Kent to sexually abuse an eight year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. David Collins, 51, exchanged various messages with two women where he described how he would like to carry out sexual acts on their daughter. More...

Lights contest deadline today
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries this week as the contest deadline for entries closes. The Town Council is encouraging residents and firms to enter the annual competiton. More...

Stamp duty boost for Burnham
A BURNHAM -On-Sea estate agent says the Chancellor's decision to reduce stamp duty on house sales is already benefiting buyers in the town. Paul Hale from CJ Hole in Burnham High Street says: "Since the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the change in stamp duty levy we have already experienced a feeling of excitement and anticipation." More...

Lighthouse in world's top 10
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic wooden lighthouse has been named as one of the world's ten most beautiful lighthouses. An article on the US news website Huffington Post highlights Burnham-On-Sea's low lighthouse as being both "striking" and "fascinating". More...

Christmas Bazaar fun today!
A CHRISTMAS Bazaar in aid of the National Autistic Society will be held in Brent Knoll today (Wednesday, December 10th). Somerset Court in Harp Road, Brent Knoll just along from the Fox and Goose pub, will be opening its doors from 4-9pm for the fun event. More...

Youth centre given roof cash
BURNHAM Area Youth Centre is to receive a further £2,500 of council funds to fix problems with rain water leaking into the building, councillors pledged on Monday night. As we first reported last month, the centre's roof windows urgently need repairs costing £7,500. More...

Tories deny phone 'dirty tricks'
THE Conservatives have this week been accused of launching a dirty tricks campaign in the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea, ahead of May's General Election. Conservative activists are reportedly ringing voters in the area pretending to represent MP Tessa Munt. More...

Highbridge Xmas lights launch
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights were formally unveiled by the town's Mayor last night (Monday, December 8th). A group of residents, councillors and Mayor Martin Cox gathered outside the Community Centre in Market Street for the official launch of the town's lights. More...

Gum makers asked to pay up
CHEWING gum manufacturers are to be asked to help local councils fund the rising cost of cleaning discarded gum from pavements in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Sedgemoor District Council spends around £16,000 a year on local pavement washing. More...

'Help town beat EU sea ban'
REPRESENTATIVES of Wessex Water, the Environment Agency, the Drainage Board and Sedgemoor District Council have this week been asked do all they can to improve the quality of Burnham's bathing water ahead of new EU regulations coming into force. More...

Brean Rally 2015 is announced
90 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 19th annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park in January. The 2015 Brean Stages Rally will be held over January 24th and 25th and will form the opening rounds of three championships. More...

Hilarious comedy at theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company is set to hold its latest production in the town this weekend. Its play, Hold The Line, will debut be performed in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre in Princess Street this Saturday evening (December 13th) at 7.30pm. More...

Town club receives cash boost
BURNHAM and Highbridge Gateway club has been handed a cash injection this week. Highbridge's County Councillor, John Woodman, has presented a cheque for £500 to the club, which helps adults with learning disability adults from across the area get support. More...

Choral concert this Thursday
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert. The festive concert is set to take place on Thursday 11th December at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Highbridge with a super Xmas programme. More...

£25k shop front scheme starts
Exclusive: A £25,000 scheme to help traders improve the appearance of their shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has been launched this week. The 'Business Frontage Improvement Grant Scheme' is being run by the Town Council and funded from a pot of £440,000 funding from Tesco and others. More...

VIPs join cancer charity ball
OVER 250 people attended a fun-filled ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 6th) to raise funds for a breast cancer support charity. The annual Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Ball was held in Lympsham at the Batch Country House. More...

BBC's Emma makes flying visit
A BBC radio presenter got a chance to become a rescue hovercraft pilot for a day during a special visit to Burnham on Saturday (December 6th). Emma Britton from BBC Somerset visited BARB Search & Rescue to record a segment for her breakfast show. More...

Church holds popular Xmas fair
CHURCHGOERS in Burnham-On-Sea got into a festive mood on Saturday (December 6th) when they held their Christmas fair. A range of seasonal refreshments and gifts was on sale in St Andrew's Church Hall, attracting a steady stream of visitors. More...

Clifton celebrations watched
BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer Mo Hunt was among the tens of thousands of people who attended a spectacular fireworks display in Bristol last night (Sunday) to mark 150 years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The fireworks were part of a two-day celebration. More...

Advent church displays held
A CHURCH in Highbridge has held a unique display to illustrate the meaning of Advent. St John's Church set up interactive displays around the church, which were lit up at night for churchgoers. A projector was used to beam a huge star onto the wall and other displays were on show. More...

Man injured as car flips over
AN 84 year-old pensioner was taken to hospital with head injuries after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 6th). Marine Drive was closed to all traffic at 4.30pm following the two-vehicle collision near the town's fire station, leaving a car upside down. More...

'Shop local' campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to support local traders by shopping in town this Christmas. Burnham Chamber of Trade is encouraging shoppers to use the town's High Street over the festive season and sample the range of businesses open here. More...

Have you seen stolen bicycle?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been urged to get in touch with police if they are offered a cheap electric bicycle following a theft early on Saturday (December 6th). The bike is worth around £800 and was stolen overnight, prompting a police appeal. More...

Video: Santas roar in on bikes!
A LONG line of Santas swapped their reindeer for motorbikes on Saturday (December 6th) when they rode through Highbridge for charity. The parade of Father Christmases on two wheels roared through the town to reach the Children’s Hospice South West near Bristol. More...

Crowds drawn to Cove carols
CAROLS and mulled wine were enjoyed in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (6th December) during its popular annual festive afternoon. Dozens of people attended the 'Carols in the Cove' event, organised by The Friends of Marine Cove and others. More...

Police appeal after Asda robbery
POLICE have appealed for information after masked men with crowbars carried out a robbery at a Highbridge supermarket this week. As first reported here, two men entered Highbridge's Asda supermarket late on Thursday night and stole a large quantity of cash from the tills. More...

Rag Week fun at town school
COLOURFUL fashions of all shapes and sizes were on show on Friday (December 5th) when fun-loving pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School took part in their annual Rag Week. A 'wear what you want day' was held on Friday, when the students dressed up in a wide range of entertaining outfits. More...

Tessa: Why I back abortion bill
A PARLIAMENTARY bill put forward to the House of Commons by Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has received overwhelming support in a vote. The bill seeks to ensure abortion undertaken for reasons of sex-selection is made illegal across the UK and will be debated again in January. More...

Drink drivers set to be named
AVON and Somerset Police will be naming motorists charged with a drink or drug driving offence over Xmas. Anyone ordered to appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence will have their names and details published online, police have said. More...

Lucky bird cared for by centre
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are caring for a feathered baby bird who was brought in after falling onto someone's car bonnet when he was dropped from the mouth of a predator. Staff at Secret World have fondly named the little pigeon 'Turkey'. More...

Masked men in Asda robbery
MASKED men carried an overnight robbery at Highbridge's Asda supermarket in which a large quantity of cash was stolen from the store's tills. Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the incident occurred at 11pm on Thursday evening, and saw the men enter with crowbars. More...

Call for more high-wage jobs
MORE high-skilled jobs need to be attracted to Burnham and Highbridge to help the towns to continue to grow, a town councillor has called this week. Councillor Phil Harvey said the Burnham area has a thriving local tourism industry, but there are too many "low wage, low skilled jobs". More...

Fake £50 notes warning issued
RESIDENTS and firms in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be on the look out for fake bank notes circulating in the town. It comes after shoppers attempted to use counterfeit £50 notes at a town centre business to make large purchases on Thursday. More...

Emily still in Miss England race
A STUDENT from Burnham-On-Sea who is bidding to become Miss England has moved a step closer to lifting the crown. Emily Sanders, 21, is one of 30 contestants competing in the first Miss England semi-final heat for 2015. Emily received the most votes on a social network. More...

Gary wins £65k tournament
ROOKSBRIDGE darts player Gary Anderson defeated Adrian Lewis to win the UK's Players Championship at the weekend. The 43-year-old, who runs a pub in the village near Burnham-On-Sea, claimed his first televised major win since the 2011 Premier League. More...

Santas on bikes head to town!
HUNDREDS of Santas will be swapping their reindeer for motorbikes on Saturday (December 6th) when they ride through Highbridge for charity. The parade of Father Christmases on two wheels will be roaring through the town to reach Bristol on Saturday morning. More...

Fundraiser tonight for Charley
A PAMPERING and Christmas evening is to be held tonight (Friday) to raise funds for a new charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September. 18 year-old Charley Marks died and a charity is being set up in his memory to help others. More...

£14,000 boost for theatre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has this week been handed an early Christmas present with a major cash injection. The theatre in Princess Street has secured £14,000 of grant funding for improvements from waste company Viridor. More...

Apex 'dog conduct' unveiled
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week published a new version of its code of conduct for dog walkers at Apex Park in Highbridge following a dog attack there last weekend. As first reported on this website, a teenager suffered injuries last Saturday. More...

Scout post launches in town
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scout Group have launched their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for more than 20 years and is a key fundraising activity for the organisation. More...

£7k on offer to local projects
£7,000 is up for grabs from Sedgemoor District Council for groups to spend on health focussed projects in the Burnham-On-Sea area. The council has this week invited community groups to come up with their own ideas, based on local health and wellbeing needs. More...

Join town's 'Carols in the Cove'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a free 'Carols in the Cove' event this Saturday (6th December). The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council are organising the fre annual festive event, which will take place from 2.30pm. More...

Santa to visit Octopus Centre
FATHER Christmas will be the VIP guest at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (December 5th). The town's Octopus Children's Daycare Centre will be holding its annual Christmas Fayre from 3pm when families will be welcome to join in the fun and games. More...

Tidal power hopes boosted
FRESH hopes have been raised this week that tidal energy could soon be harnessed in the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea after a key government announcement. A £1bn plan to build the world's first power-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay has been given a boost as the government revealed further discussions with the developers. More...

Trio complete 7 marathons!
A GROUP of three runners from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater have completed an incredible challenge of 7 marathons in 7 days to raise £7,000 for charity. The trio - Scott Woodberry, Matthew Axe and Tim Scarrott were cheered on at the finish. More...

4G Burnham launch delayed
THE launch of super-fast 4G mobile Internet access in Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed until next year, it has been announced this week. Mobile network Three had said last week that it was on track to launch 4G mobile access in Burnham by the end of 2014. More...

Pony rescued by fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a pony stuck in a water-filled ditch in Lympsham on Tuesday afternoon (December 2nd). One crew from Burnham-On-Sea and a specialist water rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to the village shortly after mid-day to help. More...

Christmas lights contest starts
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries this week as the contest gets underway. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their properties for the festive period. More...

Linda's head shave raises £440
HIGHBRIDGE resident Linda Smart - who is fighting an aggressive form of Breast Cancer - has raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer by holding a headshave. £440 was handed over to the charity's Somerset fund-raising manager on Tuesday afternoon as a thank you. More...

Britain's most festive street!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by a national newspaper was lit up for the festive season on Monday (December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes switched on their illuminations. More...

New police plea after stabbing
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued a fresh appeal for witnesses following a stabbing of a man in the town's High Street last month. The incident happened on Burnham-On-Sea's High Street outside Lloyds Bank at 7.20pm on Tuesday 18th November. More...

M5 junction upgrade welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has welcomed the news that a busy motorway junction near the town is to be given a major overhaul. The Government announced on Monday that junction 23 of the M5 is to be improved as part of a £15m road investment programme. 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 three weekends. West Huntspill Railway will be holding a series of 'Santa Trains' combining Christmas cheer and plenty of steam. More...

£1,000 boost for cricket club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Cricket Club has been given a £1,000 funding boost by Somerset County Council's Health and Wellbeing Fund. Burnham North County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton handed over the funds to the club towards the cost of new club equipment. More...

Tickets on sale for choral event
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert. The festive concert is set to take place on Thursday 11th December at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Highbridge with a super festive programme of musical and singing. More...

Drive drinking purge begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today (Monday) launched a Christmas campaign to crack down on drink-related crime over the festive period. Avon and Somerset Police’s festive drink campaign gets underway today with 'morning after' drivers particularly in the spotlight. More...

BARB receives Royal award
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue were formally presented with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a national honour, during a ceremony on the seafront at the weekend. It was presented by Somerset's Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gass. More...

Warning after Apex dog attack
A TEENAGER has been injured after being attacked by a dog in Highbridge's Apex Park, prompting a safety warning to other walkers. The 17 year-old was with her Springer Spaniel near the river on Saturday when they were attacked by a white Bull Mastiff. More...

Brent Knoll Run won by Nathan
ALMOST 130 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 30th). Recent rainfall left slippery conditions underfoot runners during the annual 5.5mile run. 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 tonight (Monday, December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes will switch on their illuminations at 7pm this evening. More...

Princess Xmas bazaar success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre threw open its doors for a day of festive fun when it held its annual Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (November 29th). Scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street. More...

Town's spirit fair draws crowds
THERAPISTS, healers, clairvoyants and craft makers demonstrated their expertise at a unique mind, body and spirit fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (29th November). The inaugural event, held in Burnham Community Centre, saw a steady flow of visitors. More...

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