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Berrow post office may shut
BERROW could lose its Post Office after plans were submitted to change the current building into a home. Sedgemoor District Council has received proposals for the change of use of the building, in Berrow Road, from a mixed-use residential and retail site to a single-use home
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New £70k play centre planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother hopes to open a new soft children's play centre in Highbridge. Debbie Beckett, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week about her plans to open CrazyDayz Active Play Centre in the town due to a lack of facilities in the area. More...

80mph winds set to blow in
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could experience wind gusts of up to 80mph later this evening (Tuesday) and during Wednesday, the Met Office has warned as Storm Eleanor heads into the region. The fifth named storm of the season will bring a "very windy" spell of weather. More...

Football club given a boost
A FUNDRAISING sports match featuring Burnham-On-Sea's best rugby and football players was held on New Year's Eve to support Burnham's football club following a major burglary. Sunday's match saw Burnham United AFC take on Burnham RFC - and a local firm handed them a donation. More...

Lions raise local Xmas funds
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club has thanked shoppers this week for giving thousands of pounds to their Christmas appeal. The Lions team collected at Asda in Highbridge plus Tesco and Lidl in Burnham-On-Sea in the run-up to Christmas, raising over £2,000 for good causes. More...

2017 in review: Highs and lows
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com looks back at a busy year of news and events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. There have many memorable highs and lows for our area during 2017 - from new multi-million pound commercial developments, awards and popular events to several shocking deaths. More...

Ambulance service warning
STRUGGLING ambulance bosses have this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to think carefully before dialling 999 following a surge of calls over the festive holidays. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has spoken out. More...

Roads to shut for railway work
NETWORK Rail is to carry out work to two local bridges, leading to the temporary closure of two roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area over coming weeks. Stoddens Lane in Burnham-On-Sea will have a temporary road closure in place for five days from January 15th to 19th. More...

Match will help football club
A FUNDRAISING sports match featuring Burnham-On-Sea's best rugby and football players will be held on Sunday morning (December 31st) to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC, following a major burglary. Thieves broke into the Burnham football club building
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Darts star's world bid finishes
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson crashed out of the World Darts Championships in the quarter finals on Friday night (December 29th). Phil Taylor held off a spirited fightback from Gary to claim a 5-3 victory at Alexandra Palace during a drama-fille match. More...

New Year honour for local man
A WEDMORE man has received a top accolade in the Queen's New Years Honours list. Iain Ball has received an Order of the British Empire for his services to Cathedral Choral Music and to Young People. Iain is the former Chairman of Wells Cathedral Girl Chorister Trust. More...

Xmas contest winners named
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's 2017 Christmas lights competition have been announced. Town councillors Peter Clayton and Victoria Weavell, pictured, visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners who have dazzled passers-by during the festive season. More...

Burnham's pier gets new owner
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic seafront Pavilion — which is the UK's shortest pier — has a new owner this week. J Holland and Sons, a nationwide entertainment and gaming company, has bought the seafront building from the Parkin family, who had owned it for 49 years. A spokeswoman confirmed the deal
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Injury scare for darts player
BURNHAM-On-Sea's darts star Gary Anderson reached the PDC World Darts Championship quarter-finals on Thursday night (December 28th) despite suffering back pain. Gary beat Steve West 4-2 to earn his place in the quarter-finals against Phil Taylor tonight. More...

Smoking death rate announced
2,655 deaths in Somerset were caused by smoking during the years 2014-16, according to new figures released this week by Public Health England. The figures have been released here as Public Health England launches a new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar. More...

Police investigate 'mass brawl'
POLICE were called to a 'mass brawl' involving a large group of up to 20 people in Burnham-On-Sea early on Wednesday (December 27th). Officers were called to Abingdon Street shortly after 1am after reports of the disturbance. Police were called at 1.10am to Abingdon Street following reports of a disorder. More...

Store's raffle boosts charity
A CHRISTMAS raffle at a Burnham-On-Sea travel agent shop has raised hundreds of pounds for a national charity. TUI Travel in Burnham High Street organised the raffle in aid of Whizz-Kidz, who are one of the company's chosen charities. Whizz-Kidz help disabled kids. More...

Wassailing ceremonies return
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during local wassailing events in January. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at events across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Trinity Close lights raise £6,500
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised over £6,500 for charity after three weeks. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display over the past two weeks. More...

Crews called to East Huntspill
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a property fire in East Huntspill on Boxing Day evening (Tuesday). Crews were called out at 5.18pm to Church Road in East Huntspill after reports of a log burner incident at a private property in the village near Burnham. More...

Bins collection two days later
RUBBISH collections for households in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have changed over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Somerset Waste Partnership says pick-ups that are due this week (25th-29th December) will take place two days later. More...

Beaches busy on Boxing Day
HUNDREDS of people shunned the traditional rush to the Boxing Day sales to enjoy the fresh air on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday morning. Crowds of families walked off their Christmas excesses, taking full advantage of the dry morning weather to stretch their legs. More...

Festive lunch event praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised a group of volunteers who organised a Christmas Day lunch for 27 local people who would have been alone on the big day. A group of residents came together to organise Monday's special event at Burnham Methodist Church in College Street
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Care home visits by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress visited elderly residents in care homes and at the town hospital to wish them a happy Christmas. Mayor and Mayoress Bill and Frances Hancock visited four care homes along with Deputy Mayor Andy Brewer and the Town Crier on Monday. More...

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

World champ joins Rebels side
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team have given their fans a super Christmas present by announcing the final three riders for their 2018 line-up, led by current speedway world champion Jason Doyle. The Rebels will be led in 2018 by Doyle, who will be returning to the Oaktree Arena. More...

Skating rink opens in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink has opened for the Christmas holidays with dozens of families heading there to enjoy it. Organisers from community group Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) say they are pleased with the support shown by locals on the opening day. More...

Shoppers gave 25,760 meals
A TOTAL of 25,760 meals have been provided to people in need this Christmas thanks to customer donations at Tesco stores across Somerset, including in Burnham-On-Sea. Shoppers were asked to donate long-life items to help people in need across the region. More...

Optician helps Xmas mission
COTTON bags from a Burnham-On-Sea optician proved to be invaluable in transporting Christmas shoeboxes to children in Albania. Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea spotted the local appeal by the West of England Baptists and offered hundreds of cotton bags. More...

Residents enjoy carols service
RESIDENTS at a Burnham-On-Sea assisted living complex have celebrated Christmas with a special carol service this week. The Rev Steve Bennett with a number of his choir from Burnham Methodist Church led the residents of Abbeyfield Home and The Friends of Abbeyfield. More...

Shutters for Superdrug after raid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Superdrug store is considering installing security shutters after Friday's burglary in which a large quantity of stock was stolen - the latest in a spate of break-ins. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here that a large window at the front of the shop was smashed at around 2.30am. More...

12-hour power cut on seafront
A POWER cut left several Burnham-On-Sea seafront properties without electricity for over 12 hours on Friday (December 22nd). Parts of the North Esplanade were plunged into darkness just after 1am - and power was not fully restored until around 1.45pm. More..

'Street Auction' show screened
AN episode of the BBC's TV show 'Street Auction', which raised almost £2,000 to pay for a much-needed break for a Burnham-On-Sea mother and her family after the tragic loss of a young family member, was broadcast on Friday morning (December 22nd). More...

Photos: Xmas farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market attracted scores of shoppers into the town centre on Friday (December 22nd). A dozen-strong line-up of stallholders was set-up along The High Street for shoppers to stock up on festive food and drink. More...

Dead man 'not found for weeks'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was found dead in the bathroom of his flat had been there for several weeks, an inquest in Taunton has heard this week. The body of David Sheringham, 66, was discovered in his flat in Burnham's Abingdon Street on September 18th. More...

Shoppers help MS Society
HUNDREDS of pounds were donated towards a regional therapy centre for MS sufferers during a collection at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket last weekend. Organisers Rosie and Peter Little thanked shoppers at Burnham's Tesco store who donated a total of £880. More...

Burglary at Burnham Superdrug
BURGLARS smashed their way into Burnham-On-Sea's Superdrug store early this morning (Friday) and stole a large quantity of stock. A large window at the front of the shop in Burnham High Street was smashed, as pictured here, to gain entry, before high-value items were stolen. More...

'Youth civic awards' proposed
PLANS have been unveiled to introduce a new 'Junior Civic Awards' intitiative in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to recognise the work of local young people. Cllr Nick Tolley, pictured, unveiled the proposals for the 'Burnham and Highbridge Young Achievers Awards'. More...

Two-car crash in Burnham
POLICE and firefighters were called to a two-vehicle crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (December 21st). Crews were sent to Highbridge Road in Burnham-On-Sea just after 6.20pm where the collision occured and an elderly person was helped free. More...

Photographer of 2017 is named
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has named its photographer of the year this week. At its end-of-year meeting, Burnham Camera Club Chairman Phil Thorne awarded the 2017 trophy for the most competition wins to a member of the long-running Burnham Camera Club. More...

Xmas market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 22nd). A wide range of festive food will be available from around a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street between 9am and 1pm and open to all. More...

Council's new Chief Executive
ALLISON Griffin has this week become the permanent Chief Executive at Sedgemoor District Council. At a meeting on Thursday, Sedgemoor's Full Council voted unanimously that the post of Interim Chief Executive should be made into a permanent position. More...

Burnham is property hotspot
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been named as one of the top property price growth hotspots of 2017 after house prices leapt by nearly 10 per cent. The town is in fourth place in a list of UK towns and cities that have seen the biggest increases in prices during the past year. More...

Thieves target skating rink
THIEVES have broken into Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas skating rink overnight and left a trail of damage. The intruders entered the rink's large canvas tent in the car park next to Burnham's Marine Drive during the early hours of Thursday morning (December 21st). More...

£20k boost for town regenation
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is to spend up to £20,000 on getting an external consultant to draw up plans for the regeneration of parts of Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Councillors voted in favour of approving the spending at their latest meeting and will take forward the work in 2018. More...

Car dismantled to rescue cat
A CAT used up one of its nine lives after being rescued by kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea firefighters when it got trapped under a car’s dashboard for several days. Crews were called to East Brent at the weekend where the concerned car owner had raised the alarm. More...

Xmas market in town on Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 22nd). A wide range of festive food will be available from around a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street between 9am and 1pm and will be open to all. More...

Burglary: 'Thanks for support'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC, has thanked the local community for its "truly overwhelming support" after a burglary on Tuesday morning. As we first reported, thieves broke into the Burnham football club's building in Cassis Close on Tuesday morning. More...

Winter solstice service today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church is set to hold a special winter solstice service to mark the 'shortest day of the year' today (Thursday, December 21st). St Andrew's Church will hold the service at 6pm to celebrate the winter solstice and return of daylight. More...

Learning centre shuts down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Learning Centre closed its doors for the final time this week. The facilities in Burnham's Princess Street shut on Tuesday (December 19th) due to government funding cuts. "Staff moved out of Burnham on Tuesday so we are officially closed," says a spokeswoman. More...

MP announces card winners
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has announced the three winners of his annual Christmas Card Competition – and presented them with certificates to mark their achievement. The competition attracted hundreds of entries from across the constituency area. More...

Crime hotspots are revealed
NEW figures reveal the streets in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge where crime is at its highest. The latest publicly-available data on the Police.uk website shows the latest statistics up to October 2017. Across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, there were 200 crimes. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, has issued a Christmas message to local residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of community activities across the two towns and wishes residents a happy Christmas and a great 2018 ahead. More...

Burglars break into football club
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of valuables have been stolen in a break-in at Burnham-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC. Police have issued an appeal for information after thieves broke into the club's building in Cassis Close, stealing valuable items plus cash and leaving a trail of damage. More...

Brean Rally: Countdown begins
UP to 100 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 22nd annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during January 2018. The rally will be held over the weekend of 27th and 28th January with pre-rally scrutineering on the Friday before the event. More...

MP praises town's postal staff
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has congratulated the town’s postmen and women for all their hard work ahead of Christmas during a visit to their delivery office. MP James Heappey met with staff in Burnham, where he found out about how Royal Mail's operation works at Xmas. More...

Skating rink opens on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's family skating rink is set to open this Saturday (December 23rd) for the Christmas holidays. Organisers from community group Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) say there will also be a Christmas Market in place during the weekend. More...

MBE for local schools work
ONE of the key people working on improvements at Highbridge's King Alfred School has been awarded an MBE for services to education. Gail Webb, of The Priory Learning Trust, has been helping Worle Community School over the past 15 months as it continues its journey. More...

Hospital's big rise in patients
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit has seen a big increase in numbers of patients due to the ongoing closure of Weston Hospital's A&E each night and waiting times at local GP services. This has resulted in the number of patients at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital in Love Lane "shooting up". More...

Singers' cheer for care homes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members have been in full voice this week performing Christmas carols at care homes across the town. The club's members have been performing a mixture of traditional carols and modern festive songs at homes across the town. More...

Hinkley HGVs to rise by 50%
EDF has this week been given the go-ahead to temporarily increase its heavy goods vehicle movements from 500 to 750 per day until its jetty is fully operational. The decision was made on Monday afternoon (December 18th) by the county's Transport Review Group. More...

Food festival dates announced
THE team behind Burnham's Food and Drink Festival has this week announced that they are open for bookings for the 2018 events. The two 'Eat:Burnham'-branded festivals will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday 26th May and Saturday 27th October in the town centre. More...

Toys flood in following appeal
BREAN Play has this week thanked local people in the Burnham-On-Sea area for coming forward with donations of toys to help local families in need. Brean Play joined forces with the Salvation Army for its annual Christmas Toy Appeal this year to help provide a better Christmas. More...

Solicitors join Jumper Day fun
STAFF a Burnham-On-Sea solicitors company swapped their suits for colourful jumpers to support a nationwide festive fundraising day. The team at Alletsons in Burnham's College Street took part in the national Christmas Jumper Day, as pictured here when the staff joined the fun. More...

Town bids for coach award
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been short-listed for the prestigious award of the UK's 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year' in the 2018 National Coach Tourism Awards. It comes amid an ongoing project, led by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade, to encourage coach firms to bring visitors into the town. More...

70 join Burnham's Jingle Run
OVER 70 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 17th). The popular seafront event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported by local runners. More...

Trinity Close lights raise £3k
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised over £3,200 for charity after two weeks. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display over the past two weeks. More...

Photos: Town band gets festive
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band performed a stirring festive line-up of music at their annual Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday evening (17th December). 130 people attended the concert, called 'Christmas Crackers', during the event. More...

30 sacks of rubbish collected
30 sackfuls of plastic waste were collected from Burnham-On-Sea beach by an army of volunteers on Saturday (December 16th). A team of 30 helpers - including Burnham's MP James Heappey - took part in the clean-up along the River Brue banks and the beach from the jetty to the Sailing Club. More...

137 Xmas giftboxes collected
KIND-hearted members of St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea and St Mary's Church in Berrow have delivered dozens of shoeboxes full of gifts to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock. A total of 137 shoeboxes have been filled with gifts donated for seafarers. More...

Town band concert tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre tonight (Sunday 17th December) at 7.45pm. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics and upbeat tunes to get all in a festive mood. More...

Crews called to kitchen blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a cooker fire at a property in Brean on Saturday morning. Fire appliances from the two towns attended the scene shortly before 7am to reports of a kitchen fire, said a spokesman from the service. More...

Vehicle warning after thefts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being urged to be on the look out for this vehicle which may be linked to several thefts in the area. Griffin Toilet Hire on the Mark Causeway had a chainsaw and a strimmer stolen on Friday afternoon. More...

Foodbank sees surge in demand
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank are helping record numbers of struggling local families. The Foodbank volunteers, pictured here, have seen an influx of requests in recent weeks - and Burnham-On-Sea.com went behind the scenes to see the team at work. More...

England call-up for local runner
A TEENAGE Burnham-On-Sea runner is set to compete for England this weekend. Luke Prior, a former King Alfred School pupil, has qualified to run for his country at Spain's Venta de Banos International Cross Country Meeting on Sunday, 17 December. More...

Fire-damaged loos stay closed
A BLOCK of public toilets in Highbridge that was damaged by fire in a 'deliberate' blaze earlier this week is to stay closed until next week. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this week, two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the Bank Street car park. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean today (Saturday, December 16th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Busy week at Burnham church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church is getting ready for a busy week of Christmas activities. On Sunday December 17th at 6.30om there will be a Community Carol Service at which members of the community will share in the reading of the lessons. More...

Roof repairs needed at school
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for a Minister's help in resolving an "impasse" over "urgently needed repairs" at King Alfred School in Highbridge. James Heappey brought up the issue during a House of Commons debate this week, saying that funding is needed for repairs
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Ritz quiz nights raise £7,500
OVER £7,500 has been raised this year for local good causes from weekly quiz nights held at Burnham's Ritz Social Club. The weekly Friday quizzes have been well supported in 2017 for local charities, clubs and societies. Tonight sees the year's last quiz night. More...

Watchfield Inn set to re-open
A PUB near Highbridge that has been closed for over two years is set to re-open in February. Gordon Stevens has agreed to lease The Watchfield Inn on The Causeway in the village of Watchfield to another operator. He has agreed a lease with an 'third party operator'. More...

Choral Society in festive voice!
THERE was plenty of festive cheer at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church on Thursday evening (14th December) when Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society performed its popular annual Christmas concert. The concert was well-attended at St Andrew's. More...

Busy day of crashes on M5
BURNHAM-On-Sea police and fire crews were called to multiple accidents on the M5 motorway on Thursday (December 14th). Earlier, at around 7.15am, Avon and Somerset Police reported three separate collisions - two southbound and one northbound between J22-J23. More...

Last day to enter lights contest
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued one last call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns. More...

Hail turns Burnham white!
BURNHAM-On-Sea turned white early this morning (Thursday) following a hail storm. These were the wintry scenes in the town as the wintry weather swept through the area, giving pavements and roads an icy coating. Motorists and pedestrians were urged to take care. More...

Power restored after lorry crash
ALMOST 30 Burnham-On-Sea homes were in the dark last night (Wednesday) after a low loader articulated vehicle crashed into an electricity pole, snapping it, and bringing down power lines The vehicle had been trying to turn when it struck the pole and snapped it in Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Learning centre courses saved
SOMERSET Skills & Learning has said this week that it is making 'good progress' on moving some of its courses to other external venues before its learning centre in Burnham-On-Sea closes later this month. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported the closure last week in a special report. More...

'Positive' cycle path plan talks
'POSITIVE' council talks have been held this week on plans to extend a cycle path that runs between Brean and Weston to stretch along the coast to Burnham-On-Sea. On Wednesday (December 13th), town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea met organisers. More...

Workshop blaze in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a blaze in a commercial garage workshop in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (December 13th) in which one person was treated for minor burns. Crews were called to Commerce Way, Highbridge at 5.50pm, where three fire appliances attended. More...

Brean Play celebrates award
THE team at Brean Play are this week celebrating after scooping a top accolade at a national awards ceremony. Brean Play won a bronze award at the British Leisure Parks and Piers Association (BALPPA) family entertainment centre awards and says it ois delighted with the recognition. More...

Orphaned swan is rescued
AN orphaned swan has been given a new home and new companions after being rescued from a road near Burnham-On-Sea. The cygnet was brought into Secret World in East Huntspill after the family of five were hit by a passing lorry. Solo was part of a family hit by a lorry. More...

Girl seriously hurt in crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses after a serious accident in East Brent on Wednesday (December 13th). A Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision on the A370 near East Brent." More...

Burnham-West cycle path plan
A CYCLE path that runs from Weston to Brean could soon be extended to reach Burnham-On-Sea under plans being discussed this week. Town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea are meeting Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, the charity that successfully opened the 'Brean Down Way' over the summer. More...

Town insurance shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop selling home insurance services is shutting down this month. Higos Insurance Services is closing its branch in Victoria Street just before Christmas, the firm has confirmed this week. The Burnham branch will close on 22nd December. More...

£3,000 roadworks fine issued
A UTILITY firm which carried out unauthorised roadworks in Brean at the peak of the holiday season has this week been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to three offences. Bristol Water was fined after it went ahead with roadworks in South Road, Brean on 21st June. More...

Deliberate blaze in toilet block
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate' blaze in this toilet block in Highbridge town centre on Monday (December 12th). Two crews were called to the Bank Street car park in the town centre at 2.40pm, as pictured here, where smoke was seen coming out. More...

Hillview helps Santa tour town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is helping Father Christmas visit families across the area on a specially-built carnival float. Santa is currently being driven around the streets of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Berrow in the run-up to Christmas. More...

Enter Xmas lights competition
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns. More...

Vehicle run raised over £1,850
THE organisers of an annual classic vehicle event in Burnham-On-Sea have handed over £1,850 to a good cause this week following a collection at this year's event. The long-running Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run is held each June and saw dozens take part. More...

'Rid plastics from our beach'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week given its backing to a new 'green' project to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws and cups in the town in order to help local beaches and marine life. Mark Wakeling from Surfers Against Sewage addressed councillors. More...

Radio station memorial boost
PROPOSALS to introduce a new memorial to mark the work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station have come a step closer this week with good news on funding. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that £15,000 of funding for the memorial expires this Thursday. More...

Police reassure after murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week reassured residents about safety following a murder in the town last month. Sgt Ryan Edwards, pictured, spoke during a Town Council meeting on Monday (December 11th) following the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Town band plan Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday 17th December at 7.45pm. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics and upbeat tunes to get the audience in a festive mood. More...

Church appeal boosted by fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church welcomed scores of visitors to its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday (9th December). The popular event offered a wide range of homemade cakes, crafts, bric-a-brac, books and cards - all with a festive theme - to raise funds. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (December 16th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

New Xmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth 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 the public each day over the festive period. More...

Magical! Trinity lights in snow
SNOWFALL made a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights even more magical than ever on Sunday evening (December 10th). A dusting of snow fell on Trinity Close, making it even more special than usual for visitors. More...

'Missing man' found at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to conduct a search for a missing person at Brean. Crews were called out just before 3.30pm after abandoned clothing and personal items were discovered. More...

Santa's a hit at Apex Park
DOZENS of families queued up to see Father Christmas when he made a special visit to Highbridge's Apex Park on Saturday (9th December). The Friends of Apex Park had especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for children to visit. More...

Town fire crew called to Burtle
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to tackle a property blaze in Burtle. Crews were called to Catcott Broad Drove in Burtle at 1.51pm after reports of a fire in a house's bathroom. Fire appliances attended the scene. More...

Photos: Snow falls in Burnham
SNOW arrived in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 10th), with several hours of the white stuff creating wintry scenes. It comes after 70mph winds caused disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday morning, but then the temperatures dropped to 1 degree centigrade during the afternoon
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110 lose power in high winds
OVER 100 homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Sunday) after high winds and heavy rain swept in, causing damage. 70mph gusts of wind swept hit the area, bringing down power lines and trees, and damaging fences and street lights. 110 properties lost power. More...

Ice warning for Burnham area
MOTORISTS and pedestrians have been urged to take extra care today (Monday) as snow and ice create slippery conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Police urged drivers to take extra care after freezing temperatures in the Burnham-On-Sea area overnight. More...

High winds to hit area today
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to be braced for strong winds gusting up to 70mph during today (Sunday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds as a storm sweeps in across the area. The highest gusts are in our area. More...

£10K play area opened by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress officially opened a new £10,000 play area at East Huntspill Pre-School on Saturday (December 9th). It comes after Burnham's Tesco supermarket awarded £10,000 to the project from its 'Bags of Help' token scheme last year from the 5p levy on bags
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School rag week boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge sixth form students at King Alfred School have raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity during their annual Rag Week. Sam Collard and members of the Sixth Form Student committee have proudly presented a cheque to Somewhere House. More...

Crowds flock to Trinity Close lights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised almost £1,500 for charity in its first week. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display and have dug deep for this year's charities, raising £1,457 so far. More...

Group moves as centre closes
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fibromyalgia support group is set to move into The Princess Theatre when the town's Learning Centre closes later this month. As we first reported earlier this week, Burnham-On-Sea's adult learning centre is closing this month. More...

Concert band to hold concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert this evening (Saturday 9th December) at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes. More...

Call for radio station memorial
THE work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station could be formally recognised with a dedicated memorial if thousands of pounds of funding can be secured by the Town Council before a crucial deadline this month. The call came from Larry Bennett, a former employee, pictured
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Xmas lights contest starts
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns this festive season. More...

Students launch candle firm
A GROUP of entrepreneurial Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School's sixth form have created a new range of eco and vegan candles as part of a Young Enterprise programme. The group created a firm called Calore selling the special candles range. More...

Car crashes down M5 bank
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and fire crews were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Thursday afternoon (December 7th) where a car had crashed down a roadside bank. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called soon after 12.39pm to the M5 motorway northbound. More...

63 gift boxes filled for Romania
THE ladies at Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have filled dozens of shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy families in Romania. The ladies of Burnham Inner Wheel got together this week to fill 63 shoeboxes which are being sent to disadvantaged families in Romania. More...

Runners hold Xmas lights run
MEMBERS of a local running club have taken part in a special festive run around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's most sparkling Christmas lights disiplays. Highbridge Ladies Running Club completed the three-mile run this week, taking in Trinity Close's famous lights display. More...

Learning centre to close down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Somerset Skills and Learning Centre is to close down later this month as a result of a "massive funding cut" from central government. The centre, in Princess Street, will shut for the final time before Christmas, the organisation has confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. More...

Berrow beach road shut again
THE access road onto Berrow beach has this week again been closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council following damage caused by high tides. The concrete road surface is crumbling away, and with sand washed away from around it, there is a sharp drop. More...

David's emotional challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is on track to complete a run every day during 2017 as part of an emotional fundraising challenge. David Browne has completed a run every day of the year so far, amounting to over 2,000km, to help raise funds for the charity Cancer Research. More...

'Cowdeer' is a Christmas star!
A COW dressed as a Christmas reindeer has delighted children during a visit to Brent Knoll School this week with Santa Claus' wife - and is set to go on show at a local grotto. Willow, a friendly Jersery cow from Poplar Farm in the village of Mark, amazed youngsters. More...

£1,000 boost for boxing club
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club has been given a funding boost this week from a local couple. Peter and Helen Penfold from Weston's Penfold Plastics has presented £1,000 to the club, which is based at Burnham Waste in the town and is well supported by youngsters. More...

Xmas tree festival returns!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth Christmas tree festival will open 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 will be open to the public each day in the run-up to the Christmas period. More...

New Co-Op store announced
HIGHBRIDGE is to get a second Co-Op store when it opens next summer on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. The supermarket giant has this week confirmed that it will open the new convenience store in the summer of 2018, at the busy road junction. More...

Pride Award for town volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community volunteer has been recognised for her work in the town by being presented a 'Pride Awards' by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Kay Barrett were among those recognised with ‘PCC Pride Awards’ by Police and Crime Commissioner. More...

Town blaze tackled by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among crews from across Somerset called to tackle a blaze in Bridgwater last night (Tuesday). Three crews from the town were initially called to the restaurant in St Mary Street at just before 8pm. The fire started accidentally. More...

Photos: Charity ball success
OVER 250 people attended a formal ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 2nd) to raise funds for a local breast cancer support charity that's celebrating its 20th year. The Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball was held at the Batch Country House. More...

Emotional Xmas lights are on
A HOUSE near Burnham-On-Sea has been lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights to raise funds for a local baby bereavement suite and air ambulance service. The display in Southwick Road, near the former Watchfield Inn, is extra special for Leanne and Matt Watts who lost a child. More...

Photos: Festive mood at fair
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Highbridge church's funds when supporters flocked to its Christmas fair at the weekend. Dozens of people attended the popular event in St John's Church Hall, where festive food, gifts and decorations were on sale for the stream of visitors. More...

Pub kitchen shut this week
A SEAFRONT pub in Burnham-On-Sea has closed its kitchen for three days this week. The Reed's Arms in Pier Street has placed notices up around the pub announcing that its kitchen will be closed from Monday December 4th to Wednesday December 6th inclusive. More...

Plans to overhaul town signs
THOUSAND of pounds look set to be spent by the Town Council on updating "tired and deteriorating" information signs around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Councillors are this week considering proposals to spend an estimated £15,000 on upgrading signs to make it easier for visitors. More...

Candle lit vigil held at hospital
CAMPAIGNERS from the Burnham-On-Sea area were among the protesters taking part in a candle lit vigil outside Weston-super-Mare hospital last night (Monday) to protest ongoing A&E closures. Weston General's A&E has been shut from 10pm-8am each night since July. More...

Foodbank boosted by shoppers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has thanked shoppers who visited the town's Tesco Store at the weekend to donate an incredible 1,712.82kg of food. The annual Food Collection is supported by Tesco as a part of their ongoing effort to help the campaign. More...

Apex Park to welcome Santa
FATHER Christmas will be dropping in at Highbridge's Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park this Saturday (9th December) to give out treats to children visiting his festive grotto. The Friends of Apex Park have especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for the visit. More...

London Marathon prep begins!
THREE runners from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are in training to run the 2018 London Marathon next Spring. Katrina Prior, Lesley Goulding and Lindsey Ripley all train with Burnham-On-Sea’s River Brue Runners club and have secured spots for the big run. More...

Concert band gets festive!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert on Saturday 9th December at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes for the festive season. More...

Photos: Car overturns in Burnham
THE four ocupants of this car had a dramatic escape after flipping over in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre early on Sunday morning (December 3rd). Emergency services were called to Burnham's Oxford Street at around 2.20am where the overturned Peugeot 206 had slammed into a wall. More...

Guardian inspires angel art
A HIGHBRIDGE resident turned pages of The Guardian newspaper into an elaborately decorated 'Guardian Angel' in time for the town's Angel festival at the weekend. St John's Church organised the event, which included a display of 'scarecrow angels' and activities. More...

Concert boosts town charity
SINGERS from Burnham-On-Sea Youth Choir and Burnham On Song were in fine voice and sang their hearts out to a near-capacity audience at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (December 2nd) in aid of 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Black belts success for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club is celebrating after several of their members achieved black belts. A Black Belt Dan Grading session has been held where juniors Liam Rosser and Harry Chave both achieved their ambition to become 1st Dan Black belts. More...

Santa's grotto hailed a success
HUNDREDS of families headed to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station over the weekend to see Father Christmas in his grotto. The popular annual event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, saw Santa greeting children and their families, and handing out gifts. More...

£27,000 raised by Poppy Appeal
A HUGE total of £27,000 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during October and November. More...

Arts festival entries now open
ENTRIES have opened for the 2018 Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which will be the 71st to be held in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea. While the event won't be held until the Spring, the closing date for entries is 31st December, 2017. The festival attracts hundreds. More...

Busy start for Santa's grotto
FATHER Christmas is making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station today (Sunday) as his annual grotto continues. The VIP will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront during Sunday December 3rd from 10am-4pm after a busy day on Saturday. More...

'Reduce rubbish plea' issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to think about the waste they create over Christmas in a bid to reduce rubbish levels. Christmas is Somerset’s most wasteful time of the year, when tonnes of materials that should be recycled get buried in landfill. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
CROWDS of residents headed to 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' when it lit up for the start of the festive season on Friday evening (December 2nd). More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign this week. Operation Tonic, which will run until the start of January, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers across Somerset. More...

Cash machine axe welcomed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor who campaigned for the removal of a rusting cash machine in the High Street has this week welcomed the news that it will not be replaced by owners BT and Cashzone after it was recently severely damaged in a robbery. More...

Angel festival at town church
A HIGHBRIDGE church is holding a unique angel festival this weekend. St John's Church has organised the event, which includes a display of 'scarecrow angels' inside from 10am-4pm today (Saturday) and the church's Christmas fair from 10am-12 mid-day. More...

Ofsted praises school progress
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been praised for the progress it is making in a new Ofsted inspection monitoring report. Earlier in the year, as we reported here, the school was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted in five areas, with one area rated as 'requiring improvement'. More...

Trinity Close to switch on lights
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' will light up for the start of the festive season today (Friday, December 1st). Trinity Close is ready for the season. More...

Cats musical sell-out success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre hosted two sell-out performances of the musical 'Cats' by the talented youngsters from Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) last weekend. The well-respected society has been running for over 23 years. More...

Join comedy drama workshop
A THREE-hour free workshop on comedy drama will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (December 2nd). Organised by The Princess Theatre Company, the event will run from 10am-1pm and will be led by award-winning Michelle Graham-McMorrow. More...

Hinkley changes draw protest
NUCLEAR campaigners have this week called on the Planning Inspectorate to object to EDF Energy’s application for a 'Non-Material Change' at the Hinkley Point C development site. The Stop Hinkley campaign has written to the Planning Inspectorate over the proposals. More...

Former MP judges town debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students have taken part in a unique debating competitition this week. King Alfred School's Sixth Form hosted and starred in the English Speaking Union's Schools' Mace, a prestigious debating competition that was held on Wednesday. More...

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