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February 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

15-year vision for town unveiled
HIGHBRIDGE'S Neighbourhood Planning group has published a new plan for the town over the next 15 years and is inviting residents to have their say. Feedback is being encouraged on the vision for the town ahead of it being finalised later this year and then formally adopted. More...

Call for re-think over barrage
Exclusive: THE entrepreneur behind plans to build a Severn Barrage between Brean Down and Wales has this week called on the government to take a fresh look at his project in the wake of ongoing delays to Hinkley Point C. He visited Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. More...

Photos: 4x4 rescued on beach
A FISHERMAN was left in a sticky position when his 4x4 became trapped in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday afternoon (February 28th). The Isuzu had been driven down the beach next to Burnham jetty to retrieve a fishing boat when it got into difficulty. More...

97 compete in schools biathlon
DOZENS of children from across the district competed in the annual Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (February 28th). Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, the event saw almost 100 youngsters competing in the pool and gardens. More...

£4,500 boost for town charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that delivers mental health support to young people in memory of a teenager who took his own life in 2014 has been given a funding boost this week. In Charley's Memory has welcomed Bolton couple Hollie Hackley and Jamie Stockton. More...

'Barmy' 9-mile diversion attacked
A SMALL stretch of road in Burnham-On-Sea is scheduled to close for a week's roadworks in March, and motorists will be diverted along a nine-mile alternative route. Berrow Road will be closed for a week from March 7th from the junction with Allandale Road for a distance of 170 metres. More...

ITV show to be filmed on beach
FILM crews will be on Berrow beach this week to record scenes for a new ITV documentary. Crews from Oxford Scientific Films will be on Berrow beach throughout this Wednesday (2nd March) to shoot scenes for their recently-commissioned ITV documentary. More...

Revamp for town lighthouse
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse is to get a major makeover next year, it's been confirmed this week. Several residents have got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com regarding the condition of the lighthouse, which has paint peeling from its roof and sides. More...

May election for police role
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be able to have their say on who becomes Somerset's next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 5th May. The Police and Crime Commissioner is elected for a four-year term. More...

Countdown to arts festival
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this coming week. The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held back in 1948. More...

Fire hits Sedgemoor Services
SIX fire crews from across Somerset battled a big blaze at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. The southbound service station on the M5 was closed to the public while crews tackled a fire in a roof. 500 square metres of the roof was damaged in the blaze. More...

MP's plea over 'forgotten' station
MP James Heappey has stepped up his calls for improvements to Burnham and Highbridge Railway Station during a debate in the House of Commons. The town's MP has said during a transport debate in Parliament that "the station is in a quiet backwater of Somerset and is too easily forgotten." More...

Appeal after Burnham assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault in the town earlier this week. Officers were called to Oxford Street on Monday evening (February 22nd) where a man had been attacked Police are keen to speak to anyone in the area at the time. More...

Centre tackles rising obesity
SEDGEMOOR has a significantly higher proportion of its adult population overweight than national and regional averages, according to new figures that are released at the start of a new fitness campaign. The study by Sport England found 73.4% are overweight. More...

Crews called out three times
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to three separate incidents on Thursday (February 25th). They included a telehandler blaze, a bin fire and the rescue of two people trapped in a lift at a property in Burnham-On-Sea's Oxford Street. More...

Tributes paid to town youngster
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea youngster who has died after an asthma attack. Veronica Chojnacka tragically passed away after being rushed to hospital last Friday following a suspected cardiac arrest. King Alfred School head teacher Denise Hurr has led tributes to her. More...

Beach warning to dog walkers
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be extra vigilant while walking their pets on the town's beach after several animals fell ill. This dog, a smooth fox terrier, is being treated for kidney problems by a vet after swallowing something toxic. More...

'Council move was considered'
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council's Clerk told a meeting last night (Wednesday) that a number of options have previously been considered to move the council into a more prominent town centre location. It comes after Neville Jones' comments earlier this week. More...

Towns join 'Clean For Queen'
A BEACH clean in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow, and a litter pick at Highbridge's Apex Paerk are set to be held over the coming weeks as part of a nationwide effort to spruce up the country in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Community groups can get involved through the council. More...

3.6% hike in council tax bills
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area by 3.6% as it set its budget for the coming year. Sedgemoor District Council will increase its portion of the bill for Band D properries by £5. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
TOP wrestlers will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (February 26th) for a night of grappling action. Former WWE, ECW and TNA superstar Rhino will top the bill at Burnham's Princess Theatre during an evening of action-packed matches between the wrestlers. More...

MP 'undecided' over EU vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has said this week he is "undecided" about how to vote in the European referendum. James Heappey explained this week: "I am still undecided. I think the Prime Minister's deal was better than the one he had advertised previously." More...

Police investigate 'gun shots'
POLICE were called to a Burnham-On-Sea home in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 21st) after a resident reported hearing 'gun shots' outside. Officers were called to Heal Close in the town just before 1am when the home owner raised the alarm about the shots. More...

Parking fine dispute in town
A HIGHBRIDGE resident is considering taking Sedgemoor District Council to court in a dispute over an "unfair" parking fine. Ray Leach has received a £50 ticket for leaving his car at the side of the roadway that runs between The George Hotel and Highbridge Cash and Carry. More...

Hinkley final decision this year
THE boss of EDF says he expects the company will make a final investment decision on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea by the end of this year. CEO Jean-Bernard Levy made the promising statement at a conference in Brussels on Tuesday: "We are working actively." More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's second farmers market of 2016 comes to the town's High Street this Friday (February 26th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am. More...

TV speedway duo visit town
SKY Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson visited Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event on Tuesday (February 23rd). The TV duo appeared live on stage to give a night of sporting stories, opinions, and laughter in front of a large local audience. More...

Highbridge stabbing: woman held
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has been arrested after an alleged stabbing in the town at the weekend. Police were called to Scott Road on Saturday night (February 2th) after a man was reported to have suffered injuries. A 27 year-old woman was later arrested by officers. More...

Tiny badger cub is rescued
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after their first badger cub casualty of the year. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, says the orphan was found alone and cold and just a week or so old, in a garden in Yeovil in the daytime. More...

Air ambulance lands at school
AN air ambulance landed at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Monday morning (February 22nd) to help a patient. The green Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the school grounds to help a nearby resident who had sadly suffered a cardiac arrest and required help. More...

Free saplings offer extended
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given an extra chance to apply for free saplings from a local garden centre after it extended its giveaway deadline. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre has extended the deadline for applications to the scheme until February 29th. More...

Council tax bills rise from April
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will see their council tax bills going up by 5.24% from April. For average Band D households the decision by Somerset County Council means an overall increase of about £52 over the year during the coming financial year from April. More...

Chloe strikes gold in the pool
A SWIMMER from Highbridge who will be heading to the Olympic Trials next month is celebrating success after winning gold in the Somerset County Championships. Chloe Edrich, 16, took Gold in the 50m Breaststroke and also took the senior record while clinching several other titles too. More...

Council urged to move premises
A FORMER Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has this week called on the Town Council to consider moving out of its current building and into a new premises in the town centre to save money and make it easier for residents to access its services. More...

50 join walk in memory of Joe
OVER 50 people completed a seven-mile beach walk from Burnham to Brean at the weekend in memory of 12 year-old Burnham-On-Sea cancer victim Joe Laoutaris. Joe died last March after a brave two year fight against Ewings Sarcoma Cancer, leading to fundraising. More...

Tessa campaigns to stay in EU
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt has this week called on local political leaders to join her in campaigning to keep Britain at the heart of the European Union. The former Lib Dem MP for Burnham says: "The Prime Minister has failed to ask the right questions." More...

Sky TV duo in town tomorrow
SKY Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson will be visiting Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event on Tuesday (February 23rd). Tatum and Pearson are taking to the road for a tour of the UK following their first venture. More...

X Factor star's surprise for girl
FORMER X Factor winner Shayne Ward delighted a Burnham-On-Sea youngster by inviting her on stage to perform with him. Eight year-old Burnham-On-Sea girl Rhianna Smith went along to watch a gig at the Blake Hall in Bridgwater, when the unexpected invite came. More...

Town swimmer makes a splash
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team have achieved some fantastic results at the 2016 Somerset County Championships. 20 swimmers qualified to compete in 129 events at the event at Millfield School, where the team captured ten medals at the event. More...

10% parking charges hike
PARKING charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will rise by 10 per cent from April after Sedgemoor District Council approved the hike this week. In a bid to gain an extra £90,000 in revenue funding, Sedgemoor's Executive has this week voted through a package of measures which will raise parking charges. More...

Collision outside Burnham pub
POLICE were called to an accident outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Saturday evening (February 20th). The collision occured in front of the Dunstan House in Love Lane at 6.45pm, as pictured here. It was described by an eyewitness as a "minor" incident. More...

Success for town sea cadets
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets have enjoyed a busy and successful start to 2016. Six cadets from the unit have this month taken part in the Somerset and Dorset District Drill Competition where they earned a well-deserved win during the event. More...

EU deal criticised by campaign
THE Burnham-On-Sea leader of a pressure group campigning for people to vote against staying in the European Union has spoken out against David Cameron's EU deal. Helen Hims is leading the local 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' group and has attacked the deal. More...

Concert raises funds for group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor was the VIP guest at a special concert to raise funds for a Dementia singing group called 'Music for the Memory' on Saturday night (February 20th). Kevin Baker and Julie Skinner welcomed Mayor Michael Clarke to the concert. More...

Town's MEP welcomes EU deal
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has welcomed the Prime Minister's deal on the EU. Julie Girling last night pledged her full support to the Prime Minister after his successful renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (19th February) to help a child who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance touched down in the grounds of King Alfred School, as pictured above. The paramedics joined two ambulance crews. More...

Council boss pay rise defended
A DECISION to give the boss of Sedgemoor District Council a second job and increase his salary from £115,000 to a reported £139,000 came under scrutiny at a special meeting on Friday (February 19th). Sedgemoor's Corporate Scrutiny Committee met. More...

Two-car crash on M5 roundabout
POLICE and fire crews were called to a two-car collision on the outkirts of Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday). They were called just after 9.30pm to the A38 Edithmead motorway roundabout. Police and two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater attended. More...

Warning after dog rescue
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboat crews rescued a dog after it fell down the steep cliffs at Brean Down on Thursday (February 18th). Crews were called to Brean Down Fort just after 1.45pm to reports that the collie had fallen down the cliffs. More...

Library cuts decision delayed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge book lovers will have to wait until later in February to find out whether the opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries are to be cut. Somerset County Council's proposed cost-cutting plans will see opening hours reduced. More...

Drama classic comes to town
A DRAMA classic will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Saturday (20th February). Local group Blue Sky Theatre & Arts are producing Samuel Beckett’s 'Waiting for Godot', a tragicomedy set on a lonely country road. Tickets are on sale. More...

£16,000 grant boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has this week been awarded a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new flood rescue equipment and training. The long-running Burnham charity has been successful in its bid for funding from the Department of Transport. More...

Sports centre to hold open day
KING Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge is set to hold an open day this Saturday (February 20th) when children and their families will be able to try out a range of activities. The half-term holiday event will be held from 10.30am to 1pm and is open to all. More...

Code Club to start in Burnham
A BRAND new series of computer programming workshops for children are set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea in March. Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11 in the local Burnham area. More...

Parking charges hike attacked
PROPOSALS to increase car parking charges by 10% in Burnham-On-Sea would be detrimental to town centre businesses, it's been claimed this week. Sedgemoor Distict Council is considering a hike in car parking charges across Burnham and Highbridge, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this month. More...

DNA testing in dog fouling war
THE problem of pavement dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea could be tackled with DNA testing, it's emerged this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com has frequently reported on the problem of dog owners letting their pets foul streets and pavements in recent years. More...

Lady hurt in two-car crash
ONE person was taken to hospital after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (February 17th). Police, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the A370 Bridgwater Road at Lympsham shortly after 1.15pm to a two-vehicle collision. More...

Celebration of spuds planned!
THE humble spud will be the focus of a special event near Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 20th). West Huntspill's Balliol Hall in Church Road will be hosting a Potato Day when dozens of varities will go on display and growing advice will be available. More...

Thriving firm takes on staff
A THRIVING business near Burnham-On-Sea has expanded its staff team, with six new employees joining the company. The new staff have been recruited to keep pace with increased production at Somerlap in the village of Mark near Burnham-on-Sea. More...

Countdown to festival begins
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this month. The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held in 1948 and it has since grown. More...

Burglars target beauty salon
MEAN burglars have stolen a charity collection box, a laptop computer and money in a break-in at a beauty salon in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Prim N' Proper in Abingdon Street was broken into overnight between 9pm on Monday night and 9am on Tuesday morning. More...

Town councillor to step down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has said this week she will be standing down from her position at the next town council election. Louise Parkin, a Conservative town councillor, revealed her decision this week on Burnham-On-Sea's discussion forums after recent debates. More...

MP talks up Burnham economy
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 16th) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Have your say on beach litter
A NEW project to reduce marine and beach litter on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in order to improve the town's bathing water quality has launched a new survey this week. Burnham-On-Sea's recently-appointed Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith is running it. More...

Football club hits charity goal
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 for two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football team plays every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena, thanks to the support of the owners, the Hancock family. More...

Hinkley decision steps closer
EDF has this week once again delayed making a decision on whether to invest in a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea as the energy giant is facing growing pressure to abandon the £18bn project altogether due to financial pressures. More...

Beach clean policy defended
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its beach cleaning policy in Burnham-On-Sea after several walkers expressed concern at the piles of debris left over the weekend. One local resident says a lorry load of debris, bottles, plastic was left on the beach. More...

Leisure Park's £10k for charity
BREAN Leisure Park has raised more than £10,000 for local charities over the past year. "The money was raised at several events we ran last year including our ever-popular pig and donkey racing and our celebrity golf day," said Park Director Sarah House. More...

Colan to run London Marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser will be pulling on his running shoes to take part in the London Marathon in April. Colan Walker is currently in training for the 26.2 mile run around the capital, which takes place on April 24th 2016 - all in aid of a local good cause. More...

Singer songwriter to perform
A POPULAR Christian singer-songwriter will be performing in a village church near Burnham-On-Sea during February. Brian Houston will be in concert on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm at the Holy Cross Church in Church Street, Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Events area to be phased out?
Exclusive: A £40,000 events area that was installed in Burnham-On-Sea High Street last year could be 'phased out' due to a lack of community events being held there, it has been suggested during a council meeting. Cllr Martin Cox made the comments during the debate. More...

Burnham Jobs Fair tomorrow
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 16th). The free event will be aimed at local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment in the area. More...

Photo: Valentine murmuration
THOUSANDS of starlings formed the shape of a heart over the Somerset Levels in this remarkable picture taken by a local reader. Khi Deva took the photo at Ham Wall Nature Reserve and says has been tracking the Somerset Starlings for years but has never seen anything like this. More...

Photos: Burnham talent show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre hosted the town's second annual Talent Showcase competition on Saturday night (February 13th). Up and coming bands and musicians performed live in front of a team of judges during the event, in aid of Somewhere House. More...

Town author launches novel
BURNHAM-On-Sea locations take a starring role in 'Murder on the Levels', a second book in the murder mystery series by town author Frances Evesham. The new book is set in Somerset and features cake baker and chocolate maker Libby Forest in the story. More...

Medals for Tae-Kwon do pupils
FIVE Gemini Tae Kwon-Do students, who train at Highbridge's King Alfred School, were among nearly 450 competitors that attended the South West Championships in Weston earlier this month. The club's Jane Lambert said there was an amazingly friendly atmosphere. More...

Child locked in car is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a young child locked in a car on Saturday evening (February 13th). The Fire Service received a report of a two year-old child locked in a vehicle at the Tesco car park in Ben Travers Way at 6.15pm and one fire engine was sent to the scene. More...

Mystery over dumped cannabis
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for information after several cannabis plants were found dumped in a road layby. Police were called to Wick Lane between Burnham and Lympsham this week where the plants had been discarded besides the road. More...

Brent Knoll re-opens after work
A MONTH-long closure of the main road through Brent Knoll has been lifted this week with the completion of the first stage of a major new flood prevention project. Brent Street was shut for four weeks while the work went ahead by Axe Brue Drainage Board contractors.
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Preview: Half-term sports fun
IT promises to be an adrenaline-filled Half Term Holiday for children at King Alfred's Sports Centre in Highbridge with a packed programme of activities. The high energy events are designed at inspiring local children to get fit and active over the holidays.
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Man jailed over murder
A MAN who was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after murdering his wife with a sledgehammer because she was having an affair has been jailed for life this week. David Lancaster, 60, struck wife Helen, 54, six times with the weapon and smothered her with a pillow at their home in Tewkesbury. More...

Town to host railway exhibition
THE UK's largest ever art exhibition dedicated to the Somerset and Dorset Railway is set be staged in Burnham-On-Sea next month to mark the 50th year since the rail line closed. West Country artist Alan Ward is organising the exhibition from 1st - 6th March. More...

Ceremony marks pub opening
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of a Highbridge pub's new function room and skittle alley on Friday evening (February 12th). Landlords Margaret Day and Des Griffiths led the opening ceremony at The Globe Inn in Newtown Road. More...

Town talent contest tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges during the event.
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Motor home owners criticised
MOTOR home owners have come in for criticism from a town councillor for causing anti-social problems along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. Cllr Louise Parkin spoke out at the latest town council meeting against the motor home owners, claiming they leave "effluence". More...

Hotel revamp to begin at last
THE long-awaited revamp of the derelict Highbridge Hotel site looks set to finally start this month, the man overseeing the project has said this week. The eyesore has been derelict for almost eight years after a huge fire destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed by several smaller blazes. More...

Rescued otter recovering well
AN otter cub is recovering well after being rescued from a river bank when she was flooded out of her holt during Storm Imogen earlier this week. The cub, who has been called Immy after the storm, is currently being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. More...

Fog creates stunning scenes
THICK fog and freezing temperatures created these calm scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reader Jonny Butler took this stunning photo of the town's lighthouse at high tide on Thursday morning, emerging out of the fog and freezing conditions.
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Sport Relief Mile entries open
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The annual fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners or walkers wanting to raise money.
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New coast path boost for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's tourism industry could be set to get a big boost with the official opening of a new walking route along the whole of Somerset's coastline next month. A 56-mile walking route between Minehead and Aust in South Gloucestershire will be opened in mid-March by Natural England. More...

150 jobs on offer this Saturday
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this Saturday (February 13th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the holiday park in Marine Drive. More...

Town charity opens new base
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity has formally opened its new premises in the town this week. In Charley's Memory - which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks in 2014 - has been launched at the Manor House in the town. More...

£30k lotto windfall for school
MODERN new playground facilities have been opened at a school near Burnham-On-Sea, thanks to £30,000 of funding from the National Lottery. East Brent C of E First School received the cash from Sport England’s lottery-funded Primary School Facilities Fund. More...

Helicopter drill on town beach
A COASTGUARD helicopter landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday (February 10th) during a special training exercise. Crews from Burnham RNLI took part in a series of winch training drills with the Coastguard's 187 helicopter over the beach near the jetty. More...

Concert will help music group
A DEMENTIA singing group called 'Music for the Memory', run by volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea, is set to hold a fundraising concert. The group's event will be held on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm in Burnham's Baptist Church. Tickets are on sale, priced at £5. More...

Dismay at bus cuts decision
BUS users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the news that vital services look set to be axed following a cost-cutting decision by Somerset County Council's Cabinet this week. Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow, is set to be withdrawn. More...

B&M opening date under wraps
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has said this week it has no firm date to open its new store to replace Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket.The discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site and employ around 50 staff. B&M said this week there's no further update yet. More...

Town pub to open new facilities
A Highbridge pub is set to formally open a new functional room and skittle alley this week. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road is holding a special launch party to mark the opening this Friday (12th February) from 8pm. The pub has been doing a project build over the year. More...

Hinkley B workers 'bring boost'
MORE than a 1,000 extra workers have been hired to join Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea to help carry out a major maintenance programme. Site operator EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide an economic boost to the area.
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Talent contest this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges at the show.
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Tesco's £1,000 boost for BARB
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by customers at a supermarket in the town. Over the past week, Tesco in Ben Travers Way has held a raffle in aid of BARB Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's life-saving hovercrafts and rescue boats. More...

Centre placed in special measures
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The practice in Pepperall Road, Highbridge has been given an overall rating of "inadequate" by a specialist team of inspectors in a new report just published. More...

Coastal officer's rallying call
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new Coastal Officer is calling on the community to work together to reduce marine and beach litter in order to improve the town's bathing water quality. Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...

Preview: Panto fun in Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this fun-filled show promises to be a hit with audiences. More...

Storm Imogen leaves damage
A clean-up operation is underway in the Burnham-On-Sea area after Storm Imogen brought high winds and heavy rain on Monday (February 8th). The powerful storm - which saw 70mph gusts of wind in Burnham - left damage across the area, with trees brought down and fences damaged. More...

Charity set to open base today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity will be formally opening its new premises today (Tuesday). In Charley's Memory - which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks in 2014 - is opening at the Manor House in the Manor Gardens. More...

70mph Storm Imogen to hit
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds and heavy rain as Storm Imogen arrives. Gale force winds gusting up to 69mph and low pressure will cause Monday's tide levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables in the Bristol Channel, warns the Envrironment Agency. More...

Burnham's up for coach award
BURNHAM has been shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the award of 'Coach Friendly Destination' in the National Coach Tourism Awards. The town is up against Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth, Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth. More...

Photos: Fire on M5 at Burnham
THIS Range Rover was left badly damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (February 7th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the blazing vehicle on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway. More...

Swimathon makes a splash!
OVER £2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 7th). The fifth annual Swimarathon was run by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. More...

Tessa attacks solar cash cuts
BURNHAM'S former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected. Tessa Munt, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015, said she's unhappy about the decision ny the House Of Lords. More...

Carnival club's cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been given a cash boost towards the costs of constructing a new shed to build its carnival float this year. The Ladies Group at St John's Church in Highbridge has donated £250 towards the carnival club's building project. More...

2016 events guide launched
A BUSY programme of more than 90 community events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2016, it has been confirmed this week as local organisers met to agree the dates of a joint guide. Burnham's new 2016 programme of events is available to download. More...

Swimarathon returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash today (Sunday, February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses raising substantial sums. More...

'Drug driver' arrested by police
POLICE have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the influence of drugs. The arrest took place on the Bristol Road near Pawlett just before midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd) when the 23 year-old man from Puriton was pulled over. More...

Weather warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong winds today (Saturday, February 6th) in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A spell of persistent rain, heavy at times, accompanied by windy conditions, will affect the Burnham area through the day, raising the risk of potential flooding. More...

Review after town man's murder
A MAN who falsely accused a Burnham-On-Sea hostel resident of sexual abuse before killing him had made similar unfounded allegations before, a formal review has found. Derek Hancock, 42, stabbed Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox, 24, right, at a hostel in Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, in 2013. More...

Theatre full for TV star's visit
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre for a special visit by a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion on Friday night (February 5th). Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was Champion. More...

Tae kwon-do trio head to finals
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are all set to prove that they are the best in the South West. Students from Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, are competing at this weekend's South West regional Championships. More...

Fashion hunters flock to show
OVER 100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday night (February 4th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the ninth annual event was hailed a success by organisers. More...

MP calls for railway upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station to help it benefit more residents in the area. It follows the release of official new figures that show an extra 21,500 passengers used the station. More...

Have your say on library cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see Burnham Library's opening hours reduced and also the hours in Highbridge. More...

Gull rescued in town centre
A GREATER black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat. The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight attached. More...

Man fined by court over noise
SEDGEMOOR District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice. Mr Ferenczi of 9 Regal Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before magistrates at Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. More...

Writers gather for workshops
THE latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed. More...

Students make city zoo visit
A GROUP of Highbridge pupils have visited Bristol Zoo for a day of animal learning. The Year 12 and 13 students from King Alfred School visited the city's zoo for a fascinating lecture which involved observing many types of animal behaviour over the course of a day. More...

New car park for town centre?
TURNING Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists. More...

"Duff" EU deal criticised by MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU reform announced by the Prime Minister this week. James Heappey has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave the way for the UK's EU referendum later this year - possibly in June. More...

Boy hurt in collision with car
A YOUNGSTER was hurt following a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 3rd). Police and an ambulance crews were called to the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Ashcott Close shortly after 3.30pm after the collision. More...

Bin collection changes on way?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's residents could see rubbish collections being made every three weeks next year if proposals are approved. The six councils which make up Somerset Waste Partnership are considering reducing the frequency of collections to three weeks to cut costs. More...

Lego-themed fun day planned
HALF-term 'Legomania' will be coming to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Friday 19th February. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding an afternoon of Lego themed fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts open to all children aged 4-11 when all will be welcome. More...

New store and homes approved
THREE new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee approved a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle, during their meeting on Tuesday. More...

Estate agent marks 25th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's CJ Hole estate agents is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Since first opening in Burnham in February 1991, the agent CJ Hole has grown from strength to strength, selling thousands of properties in the Burnham area during that time. More...

Hinkley project director quits
THE executive in charge of EDF’s project to build an £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has quit the French state-controlled electricity company for a job in the United States. He was project director for EDF at Hinkley Point since 2011. More...

'Protect our iconic sign posts'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors to do more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across the area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding for their upkeep. Sylvia Young told councillors about her 'disbelief' at the decision. More...

Swimarathon returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash this Sunday (February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses, raising substantial sums over the past four years. More...

Council rejects Apex Park deal
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has this week firmly rejected a proposal for it to take over the management of the town's Apex Park. Last night's debate follows Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive asking the Town Council to consider "taking over the financial and physical management of the park." More...

Star's emotional visit to Judith
A HIGHBRIDGE woman whose heart stopped just minutes before a performance of The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome has been visited by the star of the show. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, the musical’s leading actress, met with Judith Mansfield, who suffered the heart attack. More...

Bank defends decision to close
THE Co-Operative Bank has this week defended its decision to shut down its Burnham-On-Sea branch. As we first reported here at the weekend, the bank has confirmed that it is shutting its College Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on the afternoon of Thursday May 5th. More...

Fashion show returns to town
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School this Thursday, February 4th, when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held for local charities. More...

Police recruitment drive starts
AVON and Somerset Police has today (Tuesday) begun a recruitment drive for new police officers and is encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea area from all backgrounds to consider a career. The force says is looking to recruit 120 officers per year. More...

MEP speaks out against EU
DOZENS of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have attended the launch of a new pressure group that is campigning for local people to vote against staying in the European Union. The new group 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' was launched in Brent Knoll on Friday. More...

Town pancake races cancelled
PLANS to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses about the impact on their trade. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds had proposed a location. More...

Dick Whittington set for Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this show promises to be a sure-fit entertaining hit with audiences. More...

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