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February 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Hinkley waste plans withdrawn
CONTROVERSIAL plans to transport nuclear waste from Oldbury power station near Bristol to Hinkley A near Burnham-On-Sea have been scrapped this week. Magnox has also withdrawn plans to dissolve waste in acid and filter it into the Bristol Channel. More...

Charity bears launch in town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop has launched a new 'build a teddy bear' service to help two local charities. Hidden Treasures in Burnham's Regent Street unveiled the new Teddy Mountain range on Saturday (February 28th). Two Burnham charities will benefit from the promotion. More...

Help at hand for gardeners
GREEN-fingered gardeners in the Burnham-On-Sea area heading out this spring to their flower beds or veg patches are being offered support from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP). As well as garden waste collections and taking garden waste at all recycling sites. More...

£100,000 grandstand opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club formally opened a new £100,000 grandstand at its ground in the town on Saturday (February 28th). The 114-seat covered grandstand has been built at the BASC ground with the help of major grant funding from several partners. More...

Town singer to stand in election
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE singer has this week entered the race to become MP at this Spring's General Election, saying she wants to become 'the voice of local people'. Gypsy Watkins, who is well known locally for her impressive singing performances, has announced she is running in May's election. More...

New Lord Lieutenant appointed
THE Queen has appointed Anne Maw as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset to succeed Lady Gass when she retires on March 2nd. Anne Maw, 67, was a state registered nurse who trained at Westminster Hospital and works at Wells Cathedral. More...

Bear sales to help charities
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop is launching a new 'build a teddy bear' service on Saturday (February 28th) with proceeds helping two local charities. Hidden Treasures in Burnham-On-Sea's Regent Street will be unveiling the new Teddy Mountain range from 10am-3pm. More...

Police search after lady's death
POLICE have been searching the scene of a crash near Burnham-On-Sea for evidence after a man was arrested on Thursday morning (February 26th) following the death of a woman. Officers were called to Southwick Road in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, at 9.15am. More...

MP: 'Give bus passes to young'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP would like to see free bus passes being given to young people instead of to wealthy pensioners, she said on the BBC's Question Time last night. Appearing as a panelist on the BBC1 programme, Tessa Munt made the comments during Thursday's show. More...

New wellbeing centre to open
A NEW Health and Wellbeing Centre will be opening at Burnham-On-Sea's Manor House in the town's Manor Gardens on Saturday (February 28th). The new facilities will be opening between 11am and 2pm for visitors to come along, meet the team and hear more. More...

Sand yachts in action at Brean
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts on Saturday February 28th. More...

Civic Award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented later this year. More...

Anger over bus funding axe
Exclusive: SOMERSET County Council has confirmed this week that it has withdrawn funding for a vital bus service through Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area. The 102 bus service which runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare via Burnham, has seen council funding withdrawn. More...

Firemen join Westminster rally
20 firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater joined a huge rally in Westminster on Wednesday (February 25th) to protest about changes to their pension scheme. The rally of over 2,000 people was organised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). More...

£1.1m centre to open in March
A NEW £1.16m centre built by Somerset County Council to champion high growth enterprises and drive business investment gets its grand opening on March 25th. The recently-completed Highbridge Enterprise Centre at Isleport Business Park will open formally. More...

Quiz night for tourist centre
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club this Friday (February 27th) in aid of the town's tourist information centre. The fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BIARS, the Burnham community group that runs the centre. More...

Internet taster day in Burnham
A SPECIAL event aimed at encouraging more people to use the Internet is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday. The Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be throwing open its doors to the public on Friday 27th February from 10.30am. More...

Moose lodge gathers for visit
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge joined dozens of members from other lodges from across the West Country for a weekend trip to Weymouth. The special event at The Crown Hotel in Weymouth saw members gathering for a weekend away. More...

Lorry driver killed in crash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lorry driver has died after the vehicle he was driving left a motorway and overturned this week. Wiltshire Police were called to the incident, on the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Swindon, at around 3.25am on Monday after receiving reports of a lorry in a ditch. More...

Psychic event raises £1,000
MORE than £1,000 has been raised this week for a local charity launched in memory of a Burnham teenager who died last autumn. International psychic and medium Bernie Scott led a fundraising evening of mediumship at Burnham's Ritz Social Club on Monday night. More...

Appeal after 'pub altercation'
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are seeking witnesses to a pub bar altercation earlier this month. At about 9.40pm on Sunday 15th February an altercation occurred in the sports lounge at the Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street, according to police investigating the incident. More...

Farmers market this Friday
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town for the first time of 2015 on Friday (February 27th). Stalls will sell local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and pies. More...

24-hour fire strike underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters are today (Wednesday) taking part in a 24-hour nationwide strike. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says today's strike is the latest action in a long-running dispute about changes to firefighters' pensions. Crews are unhappy at the proposals. More...

New date for dunes clean-up
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes, which will take place on Sunday, March 8th. The date of the event has been rearranged by Sedgemoor District Council to maximise attendance at the event and ensure it is a sucesss. More...

1.9% council tax rise approved
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area by 1.9% as it set its budget for the coming year. The increase of £2.74 per year makes Sedgemoor’s annual proportion of the council tax around £140. More...

Mya speaks out on town future
A NINE year-old Highbridge youngster's bright ideas for helping her town grow grabbed attention at the first meeting of Highbridge's Neighbourhood Planning group this week. Mya Carey went to the meeting and made the audience sit up with her ideas. More...

Dunes cut back by high tides
BURNHAM-On-Sea's coastline will fully recover despite this week's high tides washing away parts of the sand dunes, experts have said. A series of high Spring tides over the weekend cut back by the dunes at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow, as pictured here. More...

MP in debate over second jobs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week said she would never have more than one job while serving as the area's member of Parliament as a row raged in Westminster over policitician's 'jobs on the side'. Her comments came after two politicians were suspended on Monday. More...

Volunteers wanted by group
NEW volunteers are being sought by Burnham-On-Sea Medical Centre's Patient Participation Group. The group aims to provide feedback to the surgery on services and make suggestions for improvement. The members all have a serious interest in the service. More...

China-themed fun for pupils
PUPILS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea have been learning about China during a term of themed studies and fun activities to widen their horizons. The infant children at the school have celebrated the end of their topic on China with a dancing session and other fun activities. More...

Warning after beach dog attack
A BURNHAM-On-Sea jogger has warned beach users to take extra caution after he was attacked by a dog. Andrew Hyde was taken to hospital with leg wounds after the unprovoked attack by a border collie on Friday morning, which occurred in Berrow Beach parking area at 10.10am. More...

Top award for photographer
AN eye-catching portrait has helped a Burnham-On-Sea photographer win an international award. Alistair Stuart Campbell was named the Avant Garde Portrait Winner at the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers Print Competition, the largest such competition. More...

Mayor supports Guides fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at a special Girlguiding fun day on Saturday (February 21st). Martin and Arlene Cox attended the World Guiding Thinking Day held at King Alfred School, where 130 youngsters gathered. More...

Town quiz night boosts hospice
A BURNHAM-On-Sea quiz night has raised over £170 for a local hospice. Friday's quiz, which was held at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham, was well attended with a record attendance of 14 tables taking part to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice. More...

Town road closure starts today
MOTORISTS are being warned to expect more disruption in Burnham-On-Sea over the next month as major roadworks get underway. The Frank Foley Parkway and Love Lane will be partially closed when gas mains replacement works gets underway by Western Gas Alliance. More...

Life-saving kit for town hotel
THIS life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at a Burnham-On-Sea hotel for the public's use this week. The Royal Clarence Hotel on The Esplanade has purchased a fully-automated defibrillator for use during local medical emergencies. More...

Newly-raised road is opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue charity BARB was among the groups invited to the opening of a new £2.8m road that will reduce the risk of a Somerset village being flooded in the future. A 500m-stretch of the road into Muchelney has been raised by 1.2m in a six-month project. More...

Photos: High tide hits seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea saw one of its highest tides in years on Saturday (February 21st) during a weekend of exceptionally high Spring tides. These were the scenes at 8.30am as the 'supertide' reached its peak, with plumes of spray being sent into the air from the waves. More...

Stranded minibus rescued
A DIGGER was used to rescue a stranded minibus from mud on Berrow beach on Friday (February 20th) in a race against the incoming tide. The driver of the LDV minibus raised the alarm soon after 4.45pm when the vehicle with seven passengers onboard became stuck in soft sand. More...

Brave firewalkers raise £4,000
£4,000 was raised for charity when a group of brave fundraisers took part in a firewalk near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (February 20th). 43 people strode across 20ft of burning embers at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll after being sponsored by friends and family. More...

Burnham in focus at meeting
WORK to produce a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea is continuing to progress well with a meeting held this week to discuss the future shape of the town centre. The Neighbourhood Planning Burnham Town Centre group met on Thursday evening. More...

Sky duo entertain Oaktree fans
TWO TV presenters who lead Sky Sports' speedway coverage attended a unique event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Friday night (February 20th). Over 150 people attended the special entertainment evening with Kelvin Tatum MBE and Nigel Pearson at the arena. More...

Flood gates shut for high tides
FLOOD gates in Burnham-On-Sea are being closed by the Environment Agency this weekend as a series of exceptionally high Spring tides are set to occur. The Environment Agency has also issued a warning of potential flooding along the Bristol Channel coastline. More...

Fire drama at car showroom
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Lympsham as scores of firefighters tackled a big blaze at a car salesroom near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (February 19th). Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and across the area were called to the blaze at the rear of Lane Williams Vans at around 9.30pm. More...

Carnival Queen search begins
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to enter this year's competiton to find a new Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses. The entry period has now opened for the contest and the winners will be picked. More...

Man arrested for drink driving
THE driver of this car has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a dramatic crash in Berrow last weekend. As we first reported, police were called to the overturned red Nissan on Berrow's Village Green at 2am last Saturday after the driver lost control. More...

Helpers wanted for dunes work
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes on Sunday, March 1st. Bristol University Conservation Group will be making their annual visit to Berrow Dunes, along with the local Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers - and more hepers are wanted. More...

Hundreds raised for hospice
A WEST Huntspill restaurant has raised hundreds of pounds for a local hospice. The White Cottage Restaurant has rounded off a successful year of fundraising for St Margaret's Hospice by presenting £355.36 to the local charity which helps many people during their time of need. More...

High tides warning for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea is braced for a series of exceptionally high Spring tides over the next few days. A rare alignment of the sun, earth and moon will result in some of the highest tides for several years, say experts. The rare astronomical phenomenon results in a much higher gravitational pull on the Earth. More...

Panto fun underway this week
PERFORMANCES of the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players are underway this week. After many successes last year, the award-winning theatrical group is presenting 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'. Performances run until Saturday evening. More...

William Hague visits Burnham
WILLIAM Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons, was in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (February 18th) to back a campaign for 'English votes for English laws'. Mr Hague threw his support behind Tory parliamentary candidate James Heappey's campaign. More...

Artist unveils new town maps
A SERIES of brand new maps in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been unveiled this week. Local artist Juliet Farnese has worked with Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds to design the new-look maps displaying key landmarks and facilities for Burnham. More...

MP calls for broadband probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week called for an investigation into the speed of the roll-out of super-fast fibre Internet access across Somerset, including in the Burnham area. She has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to look into BT’s refusal to join an open bidding process. More...

Tae Kwon-Do success for club
SEVERAL students from Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do group have achieved new coloured belts this week after completing their grading. It was the second grading the club has attended since it was taken over by six-time World Champion Jane Lambert. More...

Villagers fight 24 homes plan
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents near Burnham-On-Sea have this week flocked to a meeting to air their concerns about plans to build 24 new homes in their village. Over 30 Berrow villagers attended a meeting on Monday where the Parish Council considered the controversial plans. More...

Birds-eye view of lighthouse!
A DRONE enthusiast has captured these stunning 'bird's eye view' photos of Burnham-On-Sea's famous beach lighthouse this week. Clive Long took several stunning shots from high above the landmark this week using a remote-controlled power drone, as pictured here. More...

Highbridge flats approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats were approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors on Tuesday (February 17th) despite objections from the Town Council. The Case Officer had recommended approval for the scheme. More...

300 attend recruitment fair
HUNDREDS of jobseekers attended a free Recruitment Fair, organised by Sedgemoor District Council, at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday. Employers advertised around 125 jobs on the day with six jobseekers interviewed during the course of the event. More...

Pancake Day flipping success!
DOZENS of people lined Burnham-On-Sea's High Street today (Shrove Tuesday) to watch a series of pancake races featuring local businesses and groups. Fourteen teams representing local businesses and groups battled it out to win an engraved silver frying pan during the inaugural town centre event. More...

National award for ninth year
DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea craft shop are celebrating this week after scooping a top award in a national competition for a ninth year running! At the British Craft Awards on Sunday evening, Material Needs was named the nation's top independent craft retailer. More...

Car slams into Burnham wall
A DRIVER was lucky to escape with no injuries after his car slammed into this wall in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Police say the vehicle left the road in Berrow Road, opposite Blake Vets Surgery, badly damaging the wall of Holley and Steer Solicitors in the town. More...

Date is set for new fire strike
THE date of a 24-hour nationwide fire strike in which Burnham-On-Sea firefighters will be taking part has been announced next week. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said this week that the strike is the latest action in a long-running pensions dispute to hit the service. More...

New pre-school group to start
A NEW pre-school activity group is to start in Highbridge later this month. Called 'Little Angels', the pre-school praise group will take place every Thursday morning at 10am during the school term time at St John's Church in Highbridge when all youngsters will be welcome. More...

Singer promotes theatre show
A POPULAR Highbridge singer has been entertaining shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week to promote her latest concert on Thursday (February 19th). Gypsy Watkins will perform her latest show on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Quiz night raises BARB funds
A QUIZ night held in aid of Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue has raised funds for the charity. The event, held at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, was well supported on Friday evening. It raised around £100 for the life-saving charity and was much enjoyed by the audience. More...

63 pupils escape coach blaze
DOZENS of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School had a dramatic start to their half-term ski holiday on Saturday evening (February 14th) when their coach caught fire on the trip to Italy. Their vehicle was travelling through Bracknell at around 6.40pm when several of the 63 students smelt smoke. More...

New Trail Run off to great start
DOZENS of runners from across the region took part in a new trail running event on Brean Down at the weekend. Two races of 10km and 5km were held on Sunday (February 15th), with the runners starting from the foot of Brean Down, then on to the slopes. More...

Jobs fair at town theatre
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town on Monday. It's aimed at local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment, or who want to improve prospects. More...

Hair cut raises £500 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity by donating locks of his hair. Ross Burland, 15, hadn't had a hair cut for 15 months in order to help The Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs to children with cancer. More...

Sanders holds bees fun week
A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea is holding a 'Busy Bee Week' during this week's half-term school holidays with a line-up of fun for families. Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll is offering interactive children's activities throughout the week from the 16th-20th February. More...

Get set for town pancake race!
A PANCAKE race featuring local businesses and groups is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Shrove Tuesday (February 17th). A dozen teams representing local businesses and groups will be battling it out to win a unique engraved silver frying pan! More...

Berrow Road is re-opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Berrow Road re-opened on Sunday (February 15th) after a six-day closure. The road was shut while Wessex Water carried out sewer repairs, causing disruption to residents and motorists who were diverted around a nine mile alternative route. More...

Car overturns in crash drama
THE driver of this vehicle was lucky to escape serious injuries after overturning in Berrow during the early hours of Saturday (February 14th). Police were called to the badly damaged red Nissan on Berrow Green at 2am when the driver lost control while driving through the village. More...

TV wildlife expert to give talk
CONSERVATION expert Chris Sperring MBE will explain his work in trying to protect Barn Owls across Somerset during a special event in Berrow next month. Berrow Conservation Group is holding the talk on Thursday 19th March when Chris will visit to speak. More...

Police plea to roadworks drivers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have been called out several times to Berrow Road on Saturday as motorists ignored road closure signs and illegally moved barriers to try and pass through the roadworks. The road is currently closed while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs. More...

School calls for fairer funding
THE head teacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week joined a campaign with other secondary Heads to demand fairer Government funding for Somerset’s schools. Denise Hurr is urging action after fears that students are suffering due to 'postcode discrimination'. More...

Erosion repairs for local river
WORK to repair the banks of the Huntspill River near Burnham-On-Sea has been underway by the Environment Agency this week. The Huntspill River Forms part of the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve and the agency oversees management of it. More...

Singer to perform in High Street
A POPULAR Highbridge singer will be spreading the love on Valentines Day in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today when she performs in the open air. Gypsy Watkins will be singing in the High Street, outside Thomson travel agents, at 12 mid-day today. More...

Fire crew halted by closure
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire engine was forced to turn around while responding to a call-out on Thursday (February 12th) due to the continuing road closure in Berrow Road. Firefighters were called out to an incident in Brean at 12.40pm and, as they had been assured that emergency access would be provided. More...

50 Shades tickets snapped up
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema says the opening of the heavily-hyped film 50 Shades of Grey has been a sell-out success. The first two screenings of the film, which opens today (Friday), are sold out. It's the busiest opening since the last Bond movie, says the cinema. More...

Cove to host Shakespeare play
SHAKESPEARE'S A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this summer - and residents are being encouraged to get involved. The event, scheduled for the 20th June, will be its first full-scale play ever. More...

Play area gets £4,400 revamp
A £4,400 revamp of a children's play area near Burnham-On-Sea has been completed and officially opened this week. The new facilities were opened by Council Chairman Peter Downing and ward councillor Cllr Bob Filmer, as pictured by our photographer here. More...

'Hinkley decision delayed': EDF
ENERGY group EDF has delayed an investment decision on its £16bn project to build two nuclear energy reactors in Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. There were assurances earlier this week that the decision would be made in late March - but all that's now changed. More...

Cycle rack removed after crash
A NEW cycle rack installed in Burnham-On-Sea High Street less than a week ago as part of the town centre's ongoing improvements has been removed after being struck by a vehicle. Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said it was "very regrettable" that the rack had been hit. More...

Road closure hits trade by 66%
Exclusive: THE owner of a petrol station in Burnham-On-Sea is seeking compensation from Wessex Water after seeing his trade plummet by 66% this week during the ongoing closure of Berrow Road due to sewer repairs. Gordon Reason says trade at his Texaco garage has "suffered tremendously". More...

Shop flats set to be approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats look set to be approval by Sedgemoor District Council next week despite objections from the Town Council. Sedgemoor Case Officer Liam Evans has recommended approval of the proposals. More...

Haven summer jobs on offer
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 14th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment open day between 10am and 4pm at The Princess Theatre in Princess Street. More...

Chinese New Year celebrated
CHILDREN in Highbridge have been learning to how to use chopsticks and say Chinese phrases as they celebrate Chinese New Year this week. The children at Churchfield School are studying China as part of an 'Explorers and Adventurers' topic for the event. More...

Fire crews in 24-hour strike
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crews will likely be back on strike over the next few weeks when firefighters across England hold a further 24-hour strike. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said this week that the strike, part of a long-running dispute about changes to pensions, will go ahead. More...

Folk group to be celebrated
SIMON and Garfunkel fans will flock to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (February 13th) when a show following their career is performed. The event, called Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years, is hailed as a 'truly magical show' that is not to be missed. More...

A38 speed camera back on
A WIDOW whose husband was killed by a speeding car near Burnham-On-Sea has welcomed today's news that seven speed cameras across Somerset are being switched back on again. Among the cameras which are set to be switched back on is one on the A38 in Rooksbridge. More...

Crews called to gas leak scare
FIRE crews were called to a home in West Huntspill in the early hours of today (Wednesday) after a gas leak scare. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rushed to Sealeys Close in West Huntspill at 12.35am. One resident was removed from the property for safety. More...

Art unveiled for hotel revamp
COMMUNITY artwork has been unveiled around the the derelict Highbridge Hotel as a £1.8million YMCA development is finally set to get underway this month. The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see the hotel transformed into 22 affordable flats for young people. More...

Derek Acorah to visit Burnham
ONE of the UK's leading spririt mediums is to make a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on the Living TV show Most Haunted, will be visiting Burnham's Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street on Thursday April 30th. More...

Tessa in row with council boss
A ROW between Burnham-On-Sea's MP and the leader of Somerset County Council has deepenend after a national newspaper story at the weekend. The Sunday Times claims that a law firm hired by the council wanted to reveal the identity of a whistleblower. More...

Quiz this Friday for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club this Friday (February 13th) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue charity. More...

Town gravestones go high-tech
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors last night (Monday) gave the go-ahead for gravestones in the town's cemeteries to be given rather modern makeovers. Barcodes are to be allowed on gravestones for the first time at Burnham and Highbridge's three cemeteries. More...

EDF denies new Hinkley delays
EDF Energy has denied national media reports stating that the final investment decision for Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed 'until at least the Autumn this year'. The Times says the nuclear scheme’s Chinese backers are stalling over the project. More...

Brean Down Trail Runs launch
A BRAND new trail running event is set to be held this weekend on Brean Down. Organised by Aspire Running Events, two races of 10km and 5km will be held on Sunday February 15th. Both runs will start from the foot of Brean Down, taking the runners up the hill onto the top. More...

Festival bursary plan unveiled
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have launched a new bursary scheme offering up to five free trading pitches at the Spring festival on 23rd May. The Bursary is aimed at local food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail. More...

Party turns back time to 50s!
A 1950s theme party was held by a Burnham-On-Sea group to raise funds for good causes at the weekend. Over 60 members of Burnham's Moose International Lodge were swept back to the 1950s for the club's annual Governor's New Year’s Party on Saturday evening. More...

Safer Internet Day today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police will be joining hundreds of other organisations across the country in marking Safer Internet Day today (Tuesday) to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet Day 2015 is being held across the UK during today. More...

Berrow Rd closure defended
A BUSY road between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow will be closed for nine days from today (Monday) while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs. A 22-metre long stretch of Berrow Road, near the junction with Golf Links Road, is closing and motorists are being directed along a 9-mile diversion route. More...

In photos: Brean Swimarathon
OVER £2,500 is expected to have been raised for local charities when dozens of people from across the Burnham area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 8th). The Swimarathon, run by the Rotary Club, attracted a dozen teams to Brean. More...

Council to reconsider cutbacks
FRESH hopes have been raised this week that a Burnham-On-Sea bus service could be saved after Somerset County Council said it has received a £600,000 Government cash windfall which will enable it to review some of its cost-cutting proposals before a final decision. More...

Skittles boost for carnival club
TWO days of skittles has raised over £200 for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club. Burnham's Lighthouse Inn hosted the successful event on Friday evening and Saturday (February 7th and 8th) with a steady flow of players taking part during the special event. More...

Talent show plans gather pace
THE organisers of a new talent competition in Burnham-On-Sea say they have received plenty of interest from up-and-coming performers in the area since announcing a unique new competition to held in the town later this month. Burnham's Princess Theatre is hosting it. More...

Youth centre Valentines party
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth group is holding a Valentines Party for youngsters in the town this week. The event will be held on Tuesday (10th February) and is aimed at young people aged 11-19. The group, called The Zone, is hosting the party at the Bay Centre in Burnham. More...

First look at High St changes
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea town centre have begun to appear this week, with new noticeboards, signs and lamp posts installed during the first phase of an ongoing project. Work to install the new street furniture is underway. More...

Crews rescue woman from lift
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a lady stuck in a lift at a property in Highbridge on Saturday (February 7th). Two Burnham crews were called to a home in Clyce Road just after 8.45am. Crews accessed the lift using small tools and released her unharmed. More...

Teens' car wash raises £340
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons raised cash by holding a car wash on Saturday. A long line of dirty cars kept James Whitrow and Tom Creswick busy. More...

National Library Day marked
BOOK lovers of all ages flocked to Burnham-On-Sea library on Saturday (February 7th) to join a series of activities to mark National Libraries Day. The event at the Princess Street library was well supported, with a Storyteller keeping children entertained. More...

Swimarathon returns today
CHARITY swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to take part in a sponsored Swimarathon next month. The fourth annual event is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and will be held from 10am onwards on Sunday, February 8th. More...

Minister's pledge in town visit
Exclusive: ENVIRONMENT Secretary Liz Truss made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (February 6th) when she pledged to hold top-level talks with the Environment Agency after hearing how new EU sea water regulations could hit the town's tourism trade. The Minister met James Heappey. More...

Ice forms along beach tide line
SUB-zero temperatures have left their mark on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. A long line of ice was washed up along the beach tide line, creating these unusual wintry scenes on Friday (February 6th). The white slush was left between Burnham and Brean. More...

Duo to hold car wash today
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons are holding a fundraising car wash today (Saturday). James Whitrow and Tom Creswick are fundraising for charity. More...

Firm challenges bills reduction
BRISTOL Water said this week it will challenge an order to reduce its bills over the next five years. The water regulator Ofwat told the company - which supplies tap water supplies across the Burnham-On-Sea area - that it needs to cut bills by 23% to its customers. More...

£1.1m business hub to open
Exclusive: A new £1.16m Enterprise Centre being built in Highbridge is set to create new jobs and boost the town's economy when it opens next month. Work on the new 'business enterprise hub' next to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre is currently being finished. More...

Tiny badger cub is rescued
THIS tiny badger cub is being nursed back to good health by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers this week. It comes after a lady was washing up when her Jack Russell came bounding into her kitchen with the tiny cub in his mouth. The cub was cold and wet. More...

Library celebration tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea library will be marking National Libraries Day on Saturday (February 7th) with several fun-filled activities. The day-long event at the library in Princess Street will be held from 9.30am–1pm. The library will be offering a parchment demonstration and other fun. More...

Over 120 flock to fashion show
OVER 120 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge last night (Thursday, February 5th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the eighth annual event was hailed a big success. More...

Food safety tips for town firms
SEDGEMOOR District Council's Food Safety team is set to hold a Food Safety and Law training course for Burnham-On-Sea business owners, managers and senior employees who work within food environment. The course will be held on 25th March and is open to all. More...

'Retro-on-sea' plans split council
Exclusive: NEW plans to promote Burnham as a 'retro-on-sea' shopping destination to encourage vintage shopping enthusiasts and visitors have been unveiled this week, with mixed reactions. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told town councillors that the plan would help to promote Burnham. More...

Mayor's daughter in charity bid
THE daughter of Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor is planning to have her head shaved to raise funds for a special cause. Sharon Davis, the daughter of Cllr Martin Cox, hopes to raise a good sum for the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol this Spring. More...

Flats to replace nursing home
A FORMER nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned into a development of flats. The owner of The Gables in Grove Road has submitted new plans to Sedgemoor District Council as it seeks Full Planning Permission to convert the property soon. More...

MP welcomes abuse inquiry
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed the Home Secretary’s appointment of New Zealand High Court Judge Lowell Goddard as the Chair of the Statutory Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Tessa Munt was among a group of MPs who met to campaign for the inquiry. More...

Care provider recruitment day
A CARE provider is holding a recruitment day in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (February 6th) for local people to find out more about job opportunities. Somerset Care is holding the event at Burnham's Frith House in Steart Drive from 10am-6pm when all will be welcome. More...

Highbridge fashion show today
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday February 5th when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the event is for charity and all are welcome. More...

Study: 53% breaking speed limit
Exclusive: FRESHcalls have been made for safety improvements along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road this week after a new survey revealed over half of drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit. A speed indicator device installed in Burnham's Stoddens Road recorded 53% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit. More...

TV show filmed on local beach
BERROW beach has been turned into a TV set this week as a new science and engineering programme for Channel 4 is being filmed. TV production company Nerd TV is filming a new series for Channel 4 and National Geographic. These were the scenes on Tuesday. More...

Council urged to clean up town
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged town councillors to do more to keep the town centre's streets tidy. Sylvia Young told councillors at their meeting on Monday that discarded litter on pavements and in gutters is blighting parts of Burnham. More...

Psychic to hold charity event
AN international psychic and medium will be leading an evening of mediumship in Burnham-On-Sea later this month for a local charity. Bernie Scott, right, will be holding the event on Monday February 23rd at the Ritz Social Club to raise funds for In Charley's Memory. More...

Don't lose your right to vote
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been urged to check they are able to vote at this year's General Election. Voters will go to the polls on Thursday May 7th to have their say on who will be MP for the area and also the local elections. More...

Firm buys Woodberry site
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S former Woodberry Bros and Haines site has been purchased by a Weston firm, it has been announced this week. Briarwood Products are relocating from their current facility in Weston-super-Mare where they have been trading successfully for over 30 years. More...

90p council tax rise approved
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night approved a small 90p increase in council tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help residents struggling in the economic climate. The council gave the go-ahead for the tiny 1.12% increase. More...

Basset Hounds flock to beach!
SCORES of Basset Hounds inundated Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday (February 1st) for a unique annual event. It was the 72nd outing for the Basset Hound Walkers, a west country group dedicated to enjoying Bassets. Every month the group meets for walks. More...

Ali Baba set to open in Brean
TICKETS are on sale for the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players. After many successes last year, the award-winning theatrical group is presenting 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'. Performances will be held from 16th February, with all welcome. More...

Brian hands hundreds to trust
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has presented hundreds of pounds to a group that helps terminally ill children. Brian Saunders has this week presented a cheque for £500 to Helen Mackie, Fundraising Co-Ordinator for The Jessie May Trust this week. More...

Round-Britain walker visits
A FUNDRAISER who is walking around the coast of Great Britain to raise money for the RNLI has called in at Burnham-On-Sea during his trek through the area. Alex Ellis-Roswell, 21 started his challenge on 3rd August at Margate and has passed through Burnham. More...

Third screen for town cinema
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is set to be expanded with a new £150,000 third screen this year, its owners have confirmed this week. The popular cinema in Victoria Street - which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year under its current owners - will get a new 63-seat screen. More...

£4,780 raised by teenager
A BIG-hearted Burnham-On-Sea teenager has presented more than £4,700 to Bristol Children's Hospital after holding a fundraising head shave in support of his cousin who is receiving cancer treatment there. £4,780.40 has been raised by James Tandy for the hospital. More...

Trader unhappy over kiosk
THE owner of a seafront fish and chip restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea says he is "very disappointed" that his plans for a new ice cream kiosk have been given a thumbs-down by town councillors. The Planning Applications Committee considered the bid last week. More...

RNLI car wash raises £1,000
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station's latest SOS Charity Car Wash has raised a record sum of more than £1,000. In chilly but dry conditions, Burnham RNLI's volunteer crews washed over 90 cars to a pristine finish, raising a total of £1,015 for the national life-saving charity. More...

Hillview to hold skittles event
A SKITTLES competition will be held this coming weekend to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club. Being held at Burnham's Lighthouse Inn, the event will start on Friday evening at 6.30pm and then continue on Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm. More...

King Alfred wins Somerset Day
THE date for a day to celebrate all that is great about the county of Somerset has been chosen. Somerset Day will take place on 11th May, in honour of King Alfred the Great, after residents in the Burnham area joined a public vote to choose the first special theme. More...

Election betting puts Tories ahead
THE Conservatives are the narrow favourites to win the General Election seat in the Burnham-On-Sea area, according to new betting odds from leading bookmaker Ladbrokes. The firm has updated its General Election odds over the past week and in the Wells constituency makes the Tories favourites. More...

Entries open for talent contest
UP-and-coming talent in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be placed in the spotlight later this month when a unique competition is held in the town. The Princess Theatre is hosting its first Talent Showcase on February 28th when local musicians will compete for the title. More...

Stop and search data released
STOP and search data for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area has been added to an online crime maps service this month as part of a new police initiative to promote openess. Map-based information shows details like the ethnicity, gender and age range. More...

Tech help offered in Highbridge
HELP is at hand for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents struggling with technology. Sedgemoor Digital Link is running free, weekly help sessions every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm-3pm at Highbridge Children's Centre in the town's Coronation Road. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday February 5th when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the event is for charity. More...

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