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December 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Beach plane crash recalled
IT is 72 years since this American B17 Flying Fortress crash-landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Walt Skinner, a crewman onboard the plane, explained to local historian Iris Rowe what happened during the dramatic wartime incident on December 31st, 1943. More...

New Year honour 'surprise'
A long-serving community volunteer near Burnham-On-Sea has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours. Keith Hart says he is "hugely honoured" to have been chosen for a British Empire Medal for his services to the community of Lympsham. "It's come as a complete surprise," he said. More...

Celebrate the start of 2016!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2016 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...

Families offered free saplings
BURNHAM-On-Sea families who want to attract more wildlife into their gardens in the New Year can put themselves forward to receive free young trees. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is opening its annual sapling giveaway up to anyone who would like them. More...

Lifeboats launched for surfer
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were called into action today (Wednesday) after a wind surfer was reported to be in difficulties. Both lifeboats were ready to launch next to the town's jetty soon after mid-day however the volunteers were stood down minutes later. More...

Hospital praised by patients
BURNHAM-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital has been given a big thumbs up from patients in an annual survey. Somerset’s 13 community hospitals and nine mental health wards have been praised for their food, cleanliness, privacy and dignity and maintenance. More...

Skate rink enters final days
AS BURNHAM'S Christmas skating rink enters its final few days, the organisers have this week said they hope to bring a rink back to the town next year. The synthetic skating rink set up in Burnham's Lynton Road car park has attracted "a steady flow" of visitors. More...

Tesco offers free fruit to kids
A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket is giving free fresh fruit to children while their parents shop in the store. Tesco in Ben Travers Way is offering a complimentary piece of fruit to youngsters as part of a new healthy eating promotion in selected stores. More...

Park Runs hailed a success
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Park Run is proving to be a runaway success at Apex Park by attracting dozens of runners each week. The first Boxing Day run, pictured, saw more than 100 participants taking part - all eager to work off their Christmas excesses. More...

Woman rescued from sea water
A 'vulnerable' 22 year-old woman has been rescued from the sea this evening (Tuesday) after a huge search operation by crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. Teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were joined by two hovercrafts from BARB Search & Rescue on Weston beach at 7pm. More...

Anger over sea wall graffiti
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week hit out at vandals who have scrawled graffiti over part of the town's sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade near Maddocks Slade. More...

Car blaze drama in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out last night (Monday) to tackle a car blaze in Berrow. The fire service was called to Red Road, Berrow shortly after 8.30pm following a road traffic collision. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton attended. More...

Met Office issues wind warning
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds later today when Storm Frank sweeps through on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for wind for parts of the south west. More...

'VIP dog' Bobby passes away
A 'VIP' dog has died this week at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home where staff had looked after him for five years since his owner died in 2010. Bobby, a black Labrador, became a resident at Burnham Lodge Nursing Home after his war veteran owner died in 2010. More...

Darts star reaches last sixteen
REIGNING William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson from Burnham-On-Sea has reached the last 16 of the PDC World Championship with a victory over Daryl Gurney at London’s Alexandra Palace on Boxing Day. Anderson won 4-1 on Saturday evening. More...

Xmas circus fun continues
ROLL up! Roll up! Paulos Circus is underway at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World with a brand new family Christmas show, as seen on ITV. Paulos Circus has returned with an all-new line up and programme that runs through until this Sunday, 3rd January 2016. More...

Mixed Xmas trade for shops
SHOPS in Burnham-On-Sea saw mostly positive business during the run-up to Christmas, even though some traders say the closure of Morrisons has reduced the number of shoppers in the town centre. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to a cross-section of shop owners this week to get their feedback. More...

Mild weather draws walkers
MILD temperatures saw hundreds of walkers venturing outdoors for Boxing Day walks in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday. They ignored the traditional rush to shops for sale bargains, and instead walked off their Christmas excesses on local beaches and the public spaces. More...

Gifts for rescue dogs collected
RESCUE dogs in kennels in the Burnham-On-Sea area over Christmas have been sent presents from as far away as America following a council appeal. Sedgemoor District Council launched its annual Santa Paws gift scheme for stray and homeless dogs in November. More...

Power cut hits Burnham homes
DOZENS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without electricity on Christmas Eve following a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 62 homes in and around Ben Travers Way were without supplies from around 9.30am. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, has issued his annual Christmas message to residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of events across the two towns and wishes residents a happy Christmas. "At this festive time I’m sure that like me most of us look back," he says. More...

Trinity Close raises £7,600
Updated: A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised more than £7,600 for two local charities during the display's first three weeks. More...

Xmas lights winners revealed
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced this week. Town councillors councillors Paul Young and Martin Cox visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners over the past few days. More...

Firm pays tribute to Lewis
WORKERS at a Highbridge firm have paid tribute to a colleague who was killed in a horrific crash on the A38 in the early hours of Sunday morning. Lewis Rogers, right, known to friends and family as 'Lew', was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the A38 Dunball roundabout. More...

Gifts delivered to needy kids
HUNDREDS of needy children in Albania have received shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts thanks to the generosity of people in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Burnham Baptist Church, together with St Andrew's School and Berrow School, collected over 200 boxes. These were added to those collected in churches. More...

Weight loss winner announced
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea slimmers have lost 74lbs by taking part in a weight loss challenge. The 12-week Burnham Better Body Challenge was run with nutritional company called Herbalife to encourage local people to lead a healthier active lifestyle over the past few months. More...

Theatre full for band's concert
A CAPACITY audience filled Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Sunday evening (20th December) to enjoy Burnham & Highbridge Band's annual Christmas concert. The band, under its new musical director Stephen Sykes, started the proceedings with festive tunes. More...

VIP visitor at town fire station
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station welcomed a special visitor at the weekend when Santa dropped in to see families of the town's firefighters. Father Christmas made his annual visit, handing out gifts to delighted youngsters and spreading plenty of festive cheer. More...

Town darts star aims for title
REIGNING William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson from Burnham-On-Sea has eased through to the second round of this year's championships at Alexandra Palace, vowing "I'm here to win". Anderson showed no sign of the nerves he said he was feeling. More...

Festive shop windows praised
THE judges of Burnham and Highbridge's Christmas shop window competition have praised the quality of the entries this week. Town councillors John Parkes and Kate Lawson, pictured, have the job of choosing the best-decorated shop windows in the two towns. More...

Club's bag pack boosts funds
YOUNG football players in Burnham-On-Sea have raised more than £1,300 for their club by packing shopping bags over the Christmas period. Burnham United Juniors held a bag pack at Tesco in Burnham on Sunday December 20th where they raised £565 for the group. More...

20th Brean Rally ready to roar!
UP to 90 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 20th annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park in January. The rally will be held over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016 with pre-rally scrutineering on the Friday. More...

Syrian refugees set to arrive
SOMERSET will welcome an initial six refugee families next year as part of a national programme to support those fleeing war-torn Syria. The UK Government has pledged to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees over a five year period, including 1,000 in the first group. More...

Burnham bank raises hundreds
THE staff at The Co-Operative Bank in Burnham-On-Sea have been busy raising funds for local charity 'In Charley's Memory' this month. The bank's Christmas raffle has raised £600, with a further £400 to be donated by the firm in January - all for the Burnham charity. More...

New weather record set in area
DECEMBER daffodils have burst into bloom in parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area this week as the mild winter continues. Spring flowers are already in full colour in Berrow, as pictured here over the weekend, due to the unseasonable conditions which are set to continue. More...

Photos & Results: Jingle Run
ALMOST 120 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 20th). The popular event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported with plenty of runners. More...

Party held by Somerset Care
A GROUP of pensioners in Burnham-On-Sea has enjoyed a Christmas party provided by Somerset Care. The second annual event saw a buffet lunch held at Burnham's Baptist Church Hall in College Street, organised by Janine Stent, a local community care worker. More...

Final day to see Santa Grotto!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and his family were among the visitors at Father Christmas' grotto at the town's seafront hovercraft station over the weekend - and there's a final chance for the general public to visit it today (Monday December 21st). The grotto is open today from 10am-4pm for its final day. More...

New sponsor for rugby club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club Minis and juniors section have announced a new sponsorship deal with local company Trafalgar Automotive Cleaning Products. The sponsorship has enabled 120 brand new shirts to be bought for the 2015/16 rugby season for the club. More...

Jazz club's boost for charity
A GROUP of jazz enthusiasts from the Burnham-On-Sea area has presented a bumper cheque to a local good cause. The BD Jazz group held its annual ball in the autumn which was hailed a success after attracting scored of music fans. Over £2,000 was raised at the event for charity. More...

Band plays for Gateway Club
MEMBERS of Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club have been treated to a Christmas Carol concert by Burnham and Highbridge town band. After the concert, Santa Claus delivered presents to each and every one of the members, delighting them all during the evening. More...

Police appeal after fatal crash
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision during the early hours of this morning (Sunday, 20th December). A BMW driving along the A38 Bristol Road was travelling from Pawlett near Burnham towards Bridgwater but failed to negotiate the roundabout. More...

New orphans centre to open
ORPHANED wildlife in the Burnham-On-Sea will soon have a new crèche to stay safe and warm with the launch of new facilities at a local wildlife charity. Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill says work is well underway on their new orphan centre which will be ready in time for early spring arrivals. More...

Preview: Burnham Jingle Run
ENTRIES are open for Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas Jingle Run, which is set to place on the seafront today (Sunday, December 20th). Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, there are two races - a one-mile fun run and a four-mile run. More...

Police name charged drivers
THREE motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area are among those charged by police with drink or drug driving offences during the opening week of the force's Xmas road safety campaign. Avon and Somerset Police is naming all those charged with drink or drug driving. More...

Mayor opens Santa's grotto
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress officially opened Father Christmas' special grotto at the town's seafront hovercraft station on Saturday (December 19th) as it opened for a three-day run. The pair were among hundreds of visitors at the BARB station. More...

Hoverboards safety warning
CONCERNS about exploding batteries in hoverboards have prompted Somerset Waste Partnership to issue safety advice to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. The waste collection firm says there are "serious safety concerns" about the equipment. More...

Festive church services guide
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be celebrating Christmas at seasonal church services over the next few days. Burnham-On-Sea.com has compiled a guide to a selection of the main religious services in churches across the Burnham area. More...

Swimmer aims for Paralympics
A TALENTED disabled swimmer from Brent Knoll has won six medals at the National Para-Swimming Championships - and has qualified for the Paralympic Trials. Harriet Dickinson, 18, was crowned British Champion over the 100m Backstroke event this week. More...

What's on today in Burnham
A BUSY day of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday, December 19th). We've highlighted some of the key events taking place: Father Christmas is holding a grotto at the town's hovercraft station over the whole weekend. More...

Centre starts reminder service
BURNHAM & Berrow Medical Centre has introduced a new patient appointment reminder service. From next week patients at Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre will benefit from text message reminders for booked appointments at the surgery to act as prompts for visits. More...

Xmas Jumper Day marked!
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea pulled on their festive woolies to mark national Christmas Jumper Day on Friday (December 18th). Four years after the first official Christmas Jumper Day was launched, Save the Children has joined forces with ITV's Text Santa for the fundraiser. More...

£10k raised in memory of Joe
MORE than £10,400 has been raised to improve facilities for children being treated at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital in memory of 12 year-old Burnham-On-Sea cancer victim Joe Laoutaris, who tragically passed away earlier this year. Joe tragically died in March. More...

Two-vehicle collision on M5
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a two-vehicle collision on the M5 motorway early today (Friday). A lorry and a car collided on the southbound carriageway near junction 23 at Dunball shortly after 12.15am, said crews from Burnham. More...

King Alfred School celebrates
THE talents of pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been recognised this week during a special awards ceremony. A Celebration Evening was held for last year's Year 11 and Year 13 students to recognise their successful exam results over the pasy year. More...

Photos: Gull rescued from roof
FIRE crews were called to Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Thursday afternoon (December 17th) to rescue a seagull stranded on a roof. The crew was called to Burnham's High Street at 12.30pm where the bird was stuck above Calm Gourmet Coffee Bar. More...

MP welcomes climate deal
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed this week's Paris Agreement on climate change. James Heappey said in Parliament that he "very much welcomes" the Paris pact, which aims to curb global warming. Nearly 200 countries took part in tense negotiations. More...

Burnham Xmas market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 18th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen Christmas produce stalls set-up along the town's High Street from 9am-1pm. More...

Fire service faces huge cuts
GOVERNMENT grant funding for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will reduce by a total of £7.3 million by 2019/20, it has been announced this week - raising concerns over cuts to the service. The draft budget shows an 8.6% reduction for 2016/17, according to new figures. More...

£260k boost for football club
BURNHAM United Football Club's plans to build a modern new clubhouse have been given a major boost with a huge cash injection. The club has been awarded £225,000 of funding from waste firm Viridor Credits and a further £10,000 from the Town Council. More...

Xmas lights judging underway
JUDGING of Burnham and Highbridge's official Christmas lights competition got underway last night (Wednesday). Town councillors Martin Cox and Paul Young, pictured, have the job of assessing the best decorated homes across the two towns this week. More...

Seafront Jingle Run on Sunday
ENTRIES are open for Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas Jingle Run, which is set to place on the seafront on Sunday (December 20th). Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, there are two races this year - a one-mile fun run and a four-mile run open to all. More...

Mildest December for years
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is experiencing its warmest December for years, with forecasters predicting more mild weather to come. On Wednesday, the thermometer reach 14.7°C at mid-day and the lowest temperature of the day was 12.8°C at 6am. More...

Lizard found in recycling box
A FOOT-long tropical pet lizard has been rescued from a recycling box by a waste collection crew. The scaly, cold-blooded reptile was hardly moving in the box when it was discovered by the shocked crew. The hungry and thirsty lizard is a dragon species. More...

Social club gets £20k revamp
A POPULAR village club near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a £20,000 refurbishment. The Pawlett Royal British Legion Social Club has held an official opening of its new look facilities this week. It has been fully redecorated and modernised by members of the club. More...

Crash driver charged by police
A MOTORIST has been formally charged with drink driving following this dramatic crash in Berrow. Police were called to Barton Road soon after 2am on Saturday (December 12th) after residents reported the Peugeot 307 had slammed into a wall opposite Berrow Green. More...

£450k revamp for sports centre
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre has formally opened its new-look facilities this week following a £450,000 refurbishment. The centre has been equipped with state-of-the-art interactive fitness equipment, some of which is the first to be installed on a school anywhere in the UK. More...

Xmas farmers market in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre on Friday (December 18th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen Christmas produce stalls set-up along The High Street from 9am-1pm with lots to see and buy. More...

Two-car collision in Brent Knoll
A FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called to Brent Knoll on Tuesday evening after a crash in the village. Police and fire crews confirmed there had been a collision in Brent Road just after 7.15pm involving two vehicles with all persons accounted for. More...

Xmas farmers market in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre on Friday (December 18th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen Christmas produce stalls set-up along The High Street from 9am-1pm with lots to see and buy. More...

Churchgoers give Xmas gifts
ELEVEN members from St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea and St Mary's Church in Berrow have delivered dozens of shoboxes full of gifts to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock. Around 90 shoeboxes had been filled with gifts donated for seafarers. More...

Moose Lodge awards given
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International's Lodge has presented long-service awards for to two of its members. A 25-year certificate was presented to Brother Geoff Amesbury by lodge Governor Ron Fisher. And Brother Peter Shannon was awarded his life membership. More...

Cash boost for Burnham club
BRIDGWATER Classic & Vintage Club has this week presented a cheque for £100 to Burnham-On-Sea Parkinsons Disease Support Group during their regular meeting in Burnham's Catholic Church. The money was part of the proceeds from a vehicle show at West Huntspill. More...

Donations for flood-hit families
A HIGHBRIDGE transport firm has collected hundreds of items for families affected by last week's Cumbrian floods. Jays Logistics, based in Commerce Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate, says it has been bowled over by the support of local people in the Burnham area. More...

Fox cubs released into the wild
SEVEN orphaned fox cubs are running free and wild once more thanks to wildlife rescuers near Burnham-On-Sea. It's been a long road from rescue to rehabilitation to release, but the cubs have been hand-reared at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill near Burnham. More...

Santa to hold Burnham grotto
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront this Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st from 10am each day. More...

Van blaze tackled in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to Coast Road in Berrow after a report of a fire in a van on Monday afternoon (December 14th). One engine from Burnham attended and the crew found a van with a small fire in the engine compartment which was extinguished. More...

Shop gets 'all clear' to re-open
A FOOD shop has re-opened in Highbridge after being temporarily closed last week due to an infestation of rats and mice. Officers from Sedgemoor District Council’s Food Protection Team used their emergency powers to temporarily close the shop last week but the issue has been resolved. More...

Club kicks off 25th anniversary
BERROW Junior Football Club, founded in 1991, has begun its 25th anniversary year celebrations this week. All its players were presented with new training jackets by club sponsor Alletsons Solicitors of Burnham-On-Sea, who supported the purchase of the clothing. More...

Charity's anger over vandalism
AN angry Burnham-On-Sea charity worker says vandals who attacked his car over the weekend have caused deliveries of supplies to army veterans across the region to be halted. Burnham resident Steven Fraser, right, works for Blesma, an Army charity that supports servicemen. More...

Video: Brean Santa Scramble
DOZENS of Santas took part in a festive running event on Brean Down near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 13th). The athletes donned traditional red suits for the gruelling Santa Scramble where the runners raced up the steep slopes to the fort and back. More...

Huntspill Energy Park progress
SEDGEMOOR District Council - whose joint bid for Enterprise Zone status for Huntspill Energy Park near Burnham-On-Sea was the largest nationally to make it into the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement - is wasting no time in pushing the project forward in coming weeks. More...

New phone scam warning
A NEW warning has been issued to residents in Burnham and Highbridge following a fresh phone scam. Sedgemoor District has been contacted by several worried residents in recent days who have received phone calls from people claiming to be working with the council. More...

Busy weekend in town centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea was in a festive mood over the weekend when a line-up of fun-filled Christmas events and entertainment was held in the town. Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society sang festive music in the High Street during Sunday afternoon, alongside other entertainment. More...

Pub to hold own carol service
VISITORS to a Burnham-On-Sea pub will be able to sing along to Christmas carols while enjoying a pint. Burnham's Wetherspoons pub The Reeds Arms on The Esplanade is holding a Christmas Carols event led by Church leaders from Burnham and Highbridge this week. More...

Photos: BEES festive concert
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) were in a festive mood on Sunday when they held their annual carol concert. Dozens of people filled the The Princess Theatre in Burnham's Princess Street for the popular festive entertainment show. More...

Motorist held after 2am crash
A MOTORIST has been held on suspicion of drink driving after this dramatic crash in Berrow on Saturday (December 12th). Police were called to Barton Road at 2am after residents reported the Peuegeot 307 had slammed into a garden wall opposite Berrow Green. More...

Police appeal after car attacks
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a series of attacks on vehicles in the town during the early hours of Saturday (December 12th). Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com that there were three thefts from vehicles and four incidents of criminal damage. More...

Hundreds watch X-Factor star
HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch 2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle perform in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday evening during a special Christmas event. The singer performed in front of over 350 people at the Christmas Spectacular. More...

BEES to hold festive concert
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are holding their annual carol concert today (Sunday) when all are welcome to come along and join in. The group aims to get the audience in the mood for Christmas with carols, songs and music. More...

New-look sports centre to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre is set to open its new facilities next week following a £450,000 refurbishment project. The centre has been equipped with state-of-the-art interactive and multi-sensory fitness technology, which is the first to be installed on a school site. More...

Join festive wreath-making
BUDDING wreath-makers will be able to learn how to make their own festive foliage displays during a hands-on workshop by a Brent Knoll florist on Monday evening (December 14th). Lisa Pringle from Dotty Daisy’s in Brent Knoll will be hosting the festive event. More...

B&M plays down store interest
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has no current plans to take over the former Morrisons store in Burnham-On-Sea, it has said this week - just a day after Sainsbury's said it also has no interest in the site. B&M has spoken out after rumours that it was considering taking over the Pier Street store. More...

Police called to rhyne crash
POLICE were called to this vehicle in a rhyne near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Officers rushed to Burnham Moor Lane, between Edithmead and Watchfield, where the Seat Ibiza was found resting bonnet-first in the water - but fortunately with no occupants inside. More...

Xmas lights deadline today
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries as the deadline for taking part nears. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to light up acros the towns over the holidays. More...

Stuck horse rescued by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a horse stranded in a ditch on Thursday (December 10th). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea and a specialist water rescue team from Bridgwater was called to Vole Road in the village of Mark at 1.30pm where the animal was stuck. More...

Carol service for town charity
A CHRISTMAS Carol Service is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend to raise funds for a local charity. Local choirs organiser Siobhan Johnson is overseeing the event when all her choirs and singers participating to help the Burnham charity 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Safety boost for school pupils
CHILDREN at a school near Burnham will be seen more clearly this winter thanks to a donation of high-visibility vests from a local opticians. Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has donated 25 hi-visibility vests to youngsters at East Brent Pre-School to boost safety. More...

Sainsburys not coming to town
SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury's has this week said it is not interested in taking over Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons store. Morrisons closed down its store in Burnham's Pier Street at the end of November with the loss of dozens of jobs, leading to speculation. More...

Council attacked on BMX plans
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is to be invited to take over the management of Apex Park, it emerged this week, as talks continue over the future lease of the park's BMX track. Controversial proposals to grant Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground lease. More...

New shop to open in Burnham
A NEW florist shop is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this weekend. Bees Flower Emporium is opening this Saturday (December 12th) inside the existing AOB outdoor clothing and leisure activity store in College Street. The new shop is set to open. More...

Trinity Close lights raise cash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised more than £1,600 for two charities in the first week since the lights were turned on. More...

Chloe is the Pride of Somerset!
A HIGHBRIDGE teenager has been awarded two top accolades at the annual Pride of Somerset awards. Highbridge swimmer Chloe Edrich, 16, who recently qualified for the Olympic trials in Glasgow next year for the 200m breaststroke, has been recognised by the awards. More...

MP 'target of trolls' after vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey said this week that he has been the target of internet trolls since he voted in favour of attacks on Islamic State in Syria. The MP said that one person had wished a "death by air strike" on the MP and his family, much to his concern. More...

Choral Society concert tonight
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Christmas Concert, which will be held tonight (Thursday 10th December) at 7.30pm in Burnham's St Andrew's Church. They are singing a selection of festive music for the audience. More...

Rats infestation closes shop
OFFICERS from Sedgemoor District Council’s Food Protection team have this week used their emergency powers to temporarily close a shop in Highbridge following an infestation of rats and mice. The shop has Prohibition Notices displayed at the entrances. More...

Councillors plea for re-think
THREE Highbridge councillors have written to the Chief Executive and Leader of Sedgemoor District Council urging them to renegotiate the terms of the funding agreement with the developer of the Asda store. Almost £400,000 of community cash is at stake. More...

Cold callers not welcome here
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents and police have this week stepped up their efforts to ward off unwanted doorstep callers with the launch of a new 'No Cold Calling Zone'. Set up by Burnham Police, the latest zone is in Truro Close just off Winchester Road to deter visitors. More...

Cash boost for rescue charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity has been given a £600 boost by country and western enthusiasts at Brean. BARB Search & Rescue - which operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats - was one of several good causes to receive funding. More...

Traders 'shop local' promotion
SMALL Business Saturday was marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a promotional campaign by the town's Chamber of Trade encouraging shoppers to support local shops. The nationwide Small Business Saturday scheme aims to encourage shoppers across the country. More...

Three-car crash on motorway
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a three-vehicle accident on the M5 motoway on Tuesday evening (December 8th). Police and fireighters were called to the southbound carriageway next to junction 22 at Burnham shortly before 5.20pm. More...

Santa Paws appeal underway
A 'Santa Paws' appeal to help give stray and homeless dogs this Christmas is underway in Burnham-On-Sea. Dog lovers are being invited by Sedgemoor District Council to donate either a shoe-box filled with presents such as dog chews, collar and ID tags and other treats. More...

New crash at crash blackspot
AN accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea has claimed another casualty today (Tuesday). The driver of this Peugeot went off Harp Road into a ditch early this morning while driving between the villages of Mark and Brent Knoll. Police were called by a member of the public at around 6.45am. More...

High winds sweep into area
HIGH winds swept through the Burnham-On-Sea area over the weekend - and were welcomed by land yachting enthusiasts at Brean. The gusty winds created stormy sea conditions and breezy walks for beach users, including members of Brean Land Yachting Club. More...

Nuclear waste fears raised
A BURNHAM-based anti-nuclear campaign group has this week voiced concerns that "highly radioactive" waste skips are set to be transported through the area on their way to Hinkley Point A. Burnham-based Parents Concerned About Hinkley (PCAH) says it's worried about safety and security risks. More...

MP's praise for business centre
HIGHBRIDGE Enterprise Centre’s achievements in helping to drive new enterprise and business growth have been commended by the town's MP this week. During a day to celebrate economic development in Somerset, the town's MP James Heappey visited the centre. More...

Turnip Prize entries go on show
A DOODLE on a piece of wood by a former theme park worker has won the top prize in a Somerset contest that recognises the "lack of effort" required to create it. The entry 'Dismal And' by "Bonksy" was one of 69 entries submitted for this year's Turnip Prize. More...

Town choir wins carols contest
A HIGHBRIDGE choir has scooped the top prize at Weston Grand Pier's Carol Singing Competition. Churchfield Voices, the choir of Churchfield Church School in Highbridge took part in the event - and impressed the audience to win the top spot at the annual event. More...

Choral Society to hold concert
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Christmas Concert, which will be held this Thursday evening, 10th December, at 7.30pm in Burnham's St Andrew's Church. They are singing a selection of festive music for Christmas. More...

X-Factor star to sing in town
2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle is set to perform in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre during a special day-long event in the town centre on Saturday December 12th. The event, the Christmas Spectacular, includes live music, a fun fair and entertainment. More...

Three hamlets service held
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Edithmead's tiny tin church at the weekend for a Christmas tradition. The 'three hamlets service' saw villagers from Edithmead, Southwick and Watchfield gather for the annual Christmas service of lessons and carols sung by children. More...

Promotional push for shops
NEW signs have been installed outside Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons store to promote the independent shops that are open in the town centre. Morrisons shut down its Pier Street store in Burnham at the end of November with the loss of dozens of jobs just weeks before Christmas. More...

Xmas lights deadline this week
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries as the deadline for taking part nears. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to light up their homes for the festive period. More...

Polar bear captures hearts!
NANUQ, an animatronic polar bear, captured the hearts of hundreds of Burnham-On-Sea residents during a unique show held in the town during Saturday (December 5th). The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street hosted a special visit by Bjorn, a unique life-size bear. More...

Photos: Busy festive weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea was in a festive mood over the weekend when a line-up of fun-filled Christmas events and entertainment was held in the town. Burnham's Coastline Singers, above, sang carols in the High Street during Saturday as part of the festive fun laid. More...

Swim club welcomes Olympian
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club welcomed Sarah Price, a double Olympian and Double Commonwealth Gold medallist, to their presentation night. Sarah was delighted to join the club to celebrate their 41st year and present more than 80 event trophies to the winners. More...

Lifeboats launched to Brean
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Friday evening (December 4th) amid concern for the safety of two kite surfers. A member of the public had called the Coastguard to voice concerns for the safety of two kite surfers, operating at Brean Down. More...

Burnham skating rink opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor have officially opened a new Christmas skating rink in the town on Saturday (December 5th). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of the temporary rink in Burnham's Lynton Road car park. The synthetic rink takes up to 25 skaters at a time. More...

VIPs support charity's ball
OVER 250 people - including two VIPs - attended a formal ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 5th) to raise funds for a breast cancer support charity. The annual Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball was held at the Batch Country House. More...

Christmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seventh annual Christmas tree festival has opened in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to members of the public each day over the festive period. More...

Care home gets £20k upgrade
A CARE home in Burnham-On-Sea unveiled a £20,000 refurbishment of its facilities on Saturday (December 5th). Abbeyfield in Burnham's Berrow Road welcomed the town's MP James Heappey and the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham, Michael and Maria Clarke. More...

Hundreds sign bus petition
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition to try and save two bus services in Burnham-On-Sea that are threatened by council financial cuts. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last month, Somerset County Council has started a consultation process. More...

What's on in Burnham today
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Marine Cove garden. The free Carols in the Cove event will take place on Saturday 5th December between 2 and 4pm. The King Alfred Youth Brass Band will be performing carols in the garden, alongside the local Hand Bell Ringers. More...

It's Small Business Saturday!
SMALL Business Saturday is being marked in Burnham-On-Sea today with shoppers being urged to give local firms a try. Across the country, the nationwide scheme aims to encourage people to use small shops and traders in their area, with Burnham Chamber of Trade & Commerce leading the initiative. More...

Apex BMX decision looms
APEX Park's BMX track could be transformed into 16 holiday homes if Sedgemoor District Council gives controversial proposals the go-ahead next week. Town councillors have formally opposed the plans to lease part of Highbridge's Apex Park to holiday firm Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal. More...

Recycling centre thief in court
A MAN who stole items from Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre has received a community order from magistrates. Somerset Waste Partnership said there was no escape for Husyin Guda, who was tracked down by police and brought to court. More...

Xmas tree festival set to open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seventh annual Christmas tree festival is set open this weekend, with dozens of 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 from Saturday December 5th. More...

Matt Cardle to perform in town
2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle is set to perform in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre during a special day-long event in the town centre on Saturday December 12th. The event, called the Christmas Spectacular, will include live music, a fun fair and entertainment. More...

Asda plans for more growth
THE boss of Highbridge's Asda supermarket says plans to expand the store with a new mezzanine floor have been put on hold - but a new cafe could still be introduced in the future. Manager Gary Lumsden, pictured, says an in-store cafe could be introduced. More...

VIP visitor welcomed at school
A HEADTEACHER from Kampala has been welcomed to Highbridge during a visit to the town's King Alfred School. Benedict Ssaazi, a Headteacher and Geographer from St Charles Lwanga School in Kampala, visited the school's geography department to see the school at work. More...

School Christmas fair today
WEST Huntspill School will be holding its annual Christmas Fair today (Friday 4th December) with a bumper raffle set to offer some great prizes. The fair will be held from 3.15-5pm in the West Huntspill School Hall. The PTA has received lots of local business support. More...

MP: Why I voted for air strikes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has explained why he voted in favour of Syrian air strikes during last night's big vote in the House of Commons. Mr Heappey was among the 397 MPs who voted to authorise UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria. A total of 223 voted not to proceed. More...

'Save green land from housing'
A FORMER Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea has this week urged town councillors not to allow green land to be "decimated" by the building of new homes in the town. Former Mayor Neville Jones told councillors: "I urge you to do everything you can to prevent building". More...

Cash stolen in distraction theft
A SHOPPER in Burnham-On-Sea has told how thieves have begun targeting single female motorists in the town. Shirley Gray was shopping at the town's Tesco store in Love Lane this week when her debit and credit cards were taken during a distraction theft in the car park. More...

Festive event gets £3k boost
TOWN councillors have given £3,000 of funding to enable a new festive event to be held in Burnham town centre, to include live music acts, a fun fair and entertainment to coincide with a late night shopping evening, to be held in the town on Saturday 12th December. More...

Noise equipment seized at flat
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of noise equipment including amplifiers, speakers and turntables – all capable of producing very loud base music - has been seized from a flat in Highbridge by Sedgemoor District Council’s Environmental Health Team, it was announced. More...

Xmas skating rink set to open
A CHRISTMAS skating rink in Burnham-On-Sea is set to open this Saturday (December 5th). The synthetic rink will be open to the public from Saturday December 5th through to January 2nd in Burnham's Lynton Road car park for the whole of the Christmas holidays. More...

Scouts issue appeal for helpers
BERROW Scouts are urgently seeking new volunteers to help run their Beavers and Cubs groups. Both groups are well supported by local youngsters, girls and boys alike, and a weekly programme of activities is held for the youngsters to learn lifeskills and other activities. More...

Asda opens new petrol station
ASDA'S new petrol station in Highbridge has opened today (Wednesday, December 2nd) with the area's lowest priced fuel. The supermarket has honoured its promise to offer motorists the best local prices on petrol with the opening of its long-awaited station outside its Caxton Road store in the town. More...

Burnham shop to shut down
A LONG-running hardware shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to shut down at the end of this month after almost 100 years of business. Salways in Burnham's Regent Street will close its doors for the final time at the end of December, it's been confirmed. More...

'Britain's most festive street!'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national press lit up for the start of the festive season on Tuesday evening (December 1st), watched by crowds. More...

£39m sea water work 'on track'
WESSEX Water has said this week that a £39 million project to "significantly improve" the quality of sea water in Burnham-On-Sea is progressing well. Wessex Water is investing in various upgrades to its sewerage network in the area to reduce pollution in the water. More...

Brean Splash wins top awards
STAFF at Brean Splash waterpark are celebrating this week after winning two top awards. The waterpark has achieved a gold award for Holiday Park Pool of the Year, and a silver award for Water Leisure Venue of the Year at national level during the ceremony. More...

Christmas bazaar on Saturday
FESTIVE family fun is in store when Somerset Court in Brent Knoll holds its annual Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, 5th December. A wide range of free entertainment will be held at the charity fundraising event at Somerset Court in Harp Road, Brent Knoll, from 4pm-8pm. More...

£46,000 new look completed
A £46,000 project to resurface part of Burnham-On-Sea's South Esplanade has been completed. Sedgemoor District Council's contractors have been laying a new black tarmac surface between the jetty and pilot hut building over the past week, replacing the old surface. More...

Drink drive crackdown begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week launched their annual Christmas campaign to clamp down on drink driving and alcohol-related crime over the festive period. Avon and Somerset Police’s festive drink campaign got underway on Tuesday December 1st and runs over Xmas. More...

Asda starts 'Morrisons buses'
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket has launched a brand new free bus service to take shoppers from the former Morrisons supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea to their store instead. The supermarket says it wants to help residents in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. More...

Meet a polar bear in Burnham!
FAMILIES in Burnham-On-Sea can meet a huge polar bear when he makes a Christmas visit to the town centre this Saturday (December 5th). Nanuq is a life-sized animatronic polar bear that will delight young and old alike with his performances at the Ritz Social Club. More...

New RNLI shop opens in town
THE RNLI has opened a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street this week. The existing temporary shop on the forecourt of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station in Pier Street has closed and the charity now has a new permanent home instead in the town centre which has opened. More...

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