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January 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Crews called to kite surfer
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out on Sunday afternoon (January 31st) amid concerns for a kitesurfer in difficulty. The crews were alerted at 1.49pm after reports that the person was in difficulty in the sea near Burnham's lower lighthouse. More...

Burnham bank branch to close
THE Co-Operative Bank has announced it is closing its Burnham-On-Sea branch in May. In a letter to customers, the bank has this week confirmed that it is shutting its College Street branch on May 5th. This decision has not been taken lightly, says the bank. More...

Council proposes huge cuts
MILLIONS of pounds worth of budget cuts across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, are set to be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet next week. The authority says it is considering its first Council Tax increase for six years as well as other savings. More...

Xmas winners receive prizes
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have received their prizes this week. The winners were invited along to a meeting of the Town Council this week to receive their cups and prizes from the councillors who judged the annual competition. More...

B&M store to create 50 new jobs
OVER 50 new jobs are set to be created when a new B&M store opens in place of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket. The discount retailer, which is set take over the Pier Street store shortly, says it hopes to employ some of those who previously worked at the former Morrisons store. More...

New name for Burnham road
A ROAD through Burnham-On-Sea looks set to be renamed as part of a project to celebrate the town's rail heritage. Burnham Railway Heritage Group hopes to bring a railway signal post and signal box back to Marine Drive, where Burnham Railway Station was sited. More...

Panto praise from town Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among a group of VIPs who praised the town's Pantomime Society this week for its entertaining performances of Mother Goose. The fun-filled show has attracted large audience numbers to the Princess Theatre over the week. More...

EDF sets up Hinkley Point base
ENERGY giant EDF has leased offices to provide a base for a large part of the project team working on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Their work will support the construction of the proposed new nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

B&M to take over Morrisons site
Full Reaction: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor have given their reaction to the news that discount retailer B&M has CONFIRMED that it will be opening a store at the site of the town's former Morrisons supermarket. B&M said on Thursday: "We are pleased to confirm that we have exchanged contracts." More...

Town farmers market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first farmers market of 2016 comes to the town's High Street today (Friday, January 29th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-ul produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, pies, bakery items, meat, milk and a lot more over the event. More...

Tessa hits out at 'dirty' nuclear
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP has spoken out in favour of renewable energy this week after EDF delayed its final decision on building Hinkley Point C and in the wake of the decision to give the go-ahead to the installation of a row of unpopular power pylons across Somerset. More...

Bowie tribute night tonight
A TRIBUTE night to the late David Bowie is being held at a club near Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday, January 29th). The Windmill Club at Edithmead is holding the special function alongside entertainment from local singer Tim Pitman. Tickets are available at £15. More...

BARB to hold recruitment day
BURNHAM'S BARB Search & Rescue is to hold a recruitment day this weekend when new volunteers will be able to find out more about getting involved. The charity, which has been running for over 20 years, had one of its busiest years ever in 2015 and is seeking more helpers.
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B&M to take over Morrisons site
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has today CONFIRMED that it will be opening at the former Morrisons supermarket site in Burnham-On-Sea. A spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com this afternoon: "We are pleased to confirm that we have exchanged contracts with Morrisons on their development in Pier Street." More...

New pedestrianisation debate
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to part-pedestrianise Burnham-On-Sea High Street have been debated by councillors this week. Town councillors considered a plan for a "semi-pedestrianisation" of the High Street at peak times of the week. Cllr Paul Young, Chairman of the council's Town Projects Committee, said: "Lots of towns have semi or part-time pedestrianisation." More...

Seafront closure plan attacked
PLANS to temporarily close part of Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade for two vehicle events later this year have been attacked by traders this week. Speaking at the Town Council's latest meeting on Wednesday night, Pavilion manager and councillor Louise Parkin hit out at the proposals to shut The Esplanade. More...

Motorist hurt in two-car crash
A FEMALE motorist was rushed to hospital after being cut free from her car near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Wednesday). Police, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham and Glastonbury were called to the junction of Buttlake Road and Southwick Road at 8.50pm. More...

'Confusing' event signs axed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is to stop using blue event signs like these after concerns that they are putting off motorists travelling into the towns. At a meeting last night (Wednesday January 27th), town councillors voted to halt using them. More...

Photos: Holocaust ceremony
A SERVICE took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley statue in Market Street this week to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service on Wednesday (January 27th), which was conducted by Burnham vicar Rev Graham Witts. More...

Crews rescue dog from car
A PET dog has been rescued by fire crews after getting trapped in this upturned car next to a water-filled ditch near Burnham-On-Sea. Fire crews from Burnham, Bridgwater and Taunton were called to the B3141 between the villages of East Huntspill and Woolavington. More...

Town family thanks 'life saver'
A THEATRE-goer got a standing ovation from the audience after saving the life of a woman from Highbridge who had suffered a heart attack. 24-year-old Kristian Keyte, pictured, had gone to see The Bodyguard at The Bristol Hippodrome when Judith Mansfield, 71, collapsed in the stalls. More...

Hinkley decision postponed
FRENCH energy group EDF will postpone giving final approval to the construction of a new £18bn nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea, according to national financial press reports. EDF's final decision to build Hinkley C won't be made today. More...

Double call-out for fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews saw a busy day on Tuesday (January 26th) dealing two incidents - a car fire and a kitchen blaze. Two Burnham engines were called to the forecourt of Buncombes garage in Highbridge at 8.30am after a Volkswagen was alight. More...

B&M again plays down interest
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has this week again denied continuing rumours that it is set to take over the former Morrisons supermarket site in Burnham-On-Sea. B&M spokeswoman Lauren Wynne-Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are not looking at the site. More...

Town farmers market returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first farmers market of 2016 comes to the town's High Street this Friday (January 29th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk. More...

Concert will boost 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...

Toxic paint playground claims
LEAD and other toxic metals in paint could be poisoning children in playgrounds across the west country, scientists have warned this week, prompting an investigation by Sedgemoor District Council. It comes after a study by scientists was published this week. More...

Pub homes plan to be rejected?
Exclusive: PLANS to build a new development of homes and a new convenience store in place of the former Berrow Inn look set to be rejected by councillors next week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee is due to consider the plans for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle. More...

Storm warning for area today
SEVERE weather warnings have been issued for the area today (Tuesday) as the storm that brought snow to America sweeps across Britain, bringing heavy rain and high winds. The Met Office says heavy and persistent rain will fall in the Burnham-On-Sea area today. More...

New volunteer group is formed
A NEW volunteer group has met for the first time this week after formally launching in Burnham-On-Sea to help needy people across the area. Members of 'Hands of Change Burnham And Surrounding Area' intend to help scores of local people during 2016. More...

CCTV appeal after wallet theft
POLICE have this week issued an appeal for help in identifying two men following a money theft at a M5 service station near Burnham-On-Sea. Officers have issued CCTV images of two people who they would like to trace after a wallet was stolen from Sedgemoor Services. More...

Beach and park pitches offered
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week formally invited interest in a wide range of beach and park concessions for the next three holiday seasons - 2016, 2017 and 2018. Interested parties are invited to contact the council for an information pack. More...

Firms discuss Morrisons future
DOZENS of businesses attended a meeting organised by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade & Commerce on Friday evening (January 22nd) where the future of the former Morrisons site was discussed. MP James Heappey was among those at the meeting. More...

Photos: Carnival awards night
CARNIVAL clubs from across Somerset gathered together for the annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival presentation evening on Saturday night (January 23rd). Over 200 people crowded into Highbridge's Oaktree Arena to see the trophies and awards handed over. More...

Holocaust ceremony this week
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street this week to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the service on Wednesday January 27th at 12 noon, which will be conducted by members of the Highbridge clergy. More...

Pair's delight at 4th rally win
STEVE and Yvonne Furzeland say they are "over the moon" to have stormed to a fourth victory at the 2016 Brean Rally in their Subura Impreza World Rally Car, watched by large crowds of spectators. 99 teams from across the UK took part in the two-day rally, which was held for a 20th year at Brean. More...

Grants boost for good causes
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week given thousands of pounds of community grants to good causes in Burnham-On-Sea. It follows the authority's Grants Committee meeting held on Tuesday (19th January). £1,250 has been given to Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group. More...

Crowds head to Brean Rally
CROWDS of spectators have flocked to Brean this weekend to watch 90 drivers from across the UK take part in the 20th annual Brean Rally. The 2016 rally started on Saturday and continues on Sunday at Brean Leisure Park from 11am. The crowds got to watch fast-paced bumper-to-bumper action. More...

Hinkley decision due this week
THE final decision on whether to build Britiain’s first nuclear power station in decades is set to be made by energy giant EDF this week, amid claims of “panic” among the French firm’s board over the viability of the £18bn project, say national press reports. More...

Coastguards called to boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean on Saturday afternoon (January 23rd ) amid concern for the welfare of those on a fishing boat. A walker reporting seeing several lights on a boat located in the waters off the end of Brean Down and raised the alarm. More...

Writing workshop draws ideas
OVER 20 people attended a unique writing workshop in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (January 23rd) as part of the first phase of an arts project that will bring theatrical performances to shops in the town this Spring. Six actors will perform in shops during the Spring event. More...

Fall in jobless rate welcomed
UNEMPLOYMENT has continued to fall in the Burnham-On-Sea area and across Somerset, according to new figures out this week. Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey welcomed the news. The total of unemployment claimants is 1.2 per cent, says the government. More...

Driver's good deed turns sour
THE driver of this articulated lorry was lucky to escape without injury after his huge vehicle toppled into a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday). Police and fire crews were called to the 18-wheeler Scandia lorry in River Road between Burtle and East Huntspill at 5pm amid concerns for the driver. More...

Hedgehog admissions spike
WILDLIFE carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are dealing with an influx of hedgehogs. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, has seen a seasonal surge in the number of the prickly arrivals following the recent cold spell of weather in recent days across the Burnham area. More...

Brean Rally revs into action!
UP to 90 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 20th annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park this weekend. The rally will be held on Saturday 23rd January and Sunday 24th January with pre-rally scrutineering taking place (Friday). More...

Town panto season underway
THE final countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea and District Pantomime Society's first performances of the entertaining tale of Mother Goose, which start today. The fun-filled show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is being over the next few days.
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Tourist plan for Morrisons site
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says the town's former Morrisons site is well suited to becoming an indoor leisure or tourist attraction if no replacement supermarket can be found. Speaking exclusively to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the MP has warned that it's important to spend time to find the right replacement. More...

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

TV guitarist in Burnham tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club is welcoming a talented guitarist who recently performed on Sky Arts. Darren Hodge will be performing as the guest artist at Ritz Social Club this evening (January 21st) at around 10pm. The performer makes a return to the town. More...

Coldest night in four years
THE Burnham-On-Sea area has experienced its lowest temperatures this week for four years. Winter finally arrived after an exceptionally mild December, with the thermometer dropping to -5.9C shortly before 4am early on Wednesday morning (January 20th). More...

Bellringers set to ring tribute
A GROUP of church bellringers in Burnham-On-Sea are set to remember a fellow bellringer with a poignant tribute this Friday. Glyn Luxon, 87, passed away suddenly at his home on 19th December. He was the last of three generations of Luxons to live in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Pylons decision may be fought
CAMPAIGNERS say they are considering lodging an appeal against the government's "devastating" decision to allow a row of overhead power lines across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area. National Grid's 35-metre high pylons will stretch from the proposed Hinkley Point C.
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Rebels ditch Confederate flag
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels will go into the new 2016 season sporting a new team logo which will be more representative of the club's Somerset roots. Since their formation in 2000, the team logo has been the Confederate flag, but it's got a new look. More...

Flower school off to great start
A SERIES of new flower arranging school evenings has launched at a Burnham-On-Sea florist this week. Bees Flower Emporium in College Street, Burnham held its first session on Tuesday evening (January 19th) with further sessions planned for the coming months.
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Firefighters tackle van blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a van blaze near Bridgwater on Tuesday (January 19th). The fire service received a call at 9.30am reporting a van on fire at Dunball Industrial Estate amid concern that acetylene cylinders may have been inside the vehicle. More...

Hospital coffee mornings begin
A SERIES of monthly coffee mornings has launched in Burnham-On-Sea to raise funds for the town's Friends of Burnham Hospital. The regular coffee mornings are being held on the third Saturday of every month at Burnham's Methodist Church in the town centre. More...

Curtain rises on town's panto
THE final countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea and District Pantomime Society's first performances of the entertaining tale of Mother Goose. The fun-filled show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is being held this coming weekend, starting on Friday.
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MP attacks Hinkley pylons decision
CAMPAIGNERS have reacted with dismay to the news that the government has approved a controversial row of overhead power lines across part of Somerset. The lines of 35-metre high pylons will stretch from the proposed Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea to Avonmouth.
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Four week road closure starts
A MONTH-long closure of the main road through Brent Knoll comes into force this week during the latest stage of a major new flood prevention scheme. Brent Street is closed from 18th January for up to four weeks, from the western junction with Church Lane.
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Ponies given unique Brean role
THE protection of a coastal peninsula managed by the National Trust near Burnham-On-Sea is being ensured for future generations thanks to the efforts of some unusual eco-warriors. Brean Down is home to rich coastal limestone grasslands and rare plants.
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Flower school launches today
A SERIES of new flower arranging school evenings are set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Bees Flower Emporium in College Street, Burnham is holding its first session this evening (Tuesday, January 19th) from 7-9pm when all are welcome. More...

Young footballers win praise
A TEAM of young footballers has competed in the County Football Finals. The girls football team travelled to Bridgwater College Academy on Friday to take part in the U11 ESFA County football finals. In very cold weather, the girls played six tough games. More...

Council's vow over road deaths
NEW figures released this week show 22 people were killed on Somerset’s roads during 2015 as a fresh effort is launched to increase road safety. The total for 2015 was 11 fatalities fewer than in 2014 but the council wants to reduce the numbers still further. More...

Hospital to celebrate 50 years
TICKETS for a special social evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have gone on sale. The event will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge when all will be welcome. More...

Tributes paid to Christine
TRIBUTES have been paid to Burnham-On-Sea's Christine Piper who touched many people’s lives with her passion in the fight against breast cancer. Christine, 68, died at 1.55pm on Wednesday January 6th at Burnham Lodge Nursing Home after a brave battle with the disease.
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Rowing club launches £10k boat
MEMBERS of a new Burnham-On-Sea pilot gig rowing club held the first launch of their £10,000 boat from the town's beach at the weekend MP James Heappey was among the crew who rolled up their sleeves to 'put their oar in' for the first launch from the town's beach on Saturday (January 16th).
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Concern over EDF Hinkley role
ENERGY giant EDF looks set to make a final decision next week on whether to start the construction of Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea amid new concerns from anti-nuclear campaigners. French paper Le Figaro says EDF may be about to make the decision.
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BARB to hold recruitment day
BURNHAM'S BARB Search & Rescue is to hold a recruitment day later this month when new volunteers will be able to find out more about getting involved. The charity, which has been running for over 20 years, had one of its busiest years ever in 2015.
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Comedy night comes to town
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park are sure of a good laugh when a comedy night is held there later this month. The park's last comedy night in November was a sell-out success and less than half the tickets are remaining for this month's follow-up event.
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Photos: Wassailing ceremonies
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies in the Burnham-On-Sea area last night (Saturday, January 16th). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at two events in Brent Knoll and Watchfield as the fun got underway.
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Missing boy found by police
A TEN year-old Highbridge boy was found safe and well after going missing on Saturday evening, prompting a full-scale search. Police issued an urgent appeal for help in finding Connor Coles, who was reported missing at around 5.50pm - but they found him two hours later.
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Dog rescued after cliffs fall
A DOG has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after plunging 100 metres down cliffs at Brean Down this afternoon (Saturday). Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called out mid-afternoon when the owners of the missing Spaniel raised the alarm.
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Man arrested after crash
A MAN was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a crash in Highbridge last night (Friday, January 15th). Police officers from Burnham-on-Sea were called to a single vehicle collision just after 4pm. A car collided with a barrier just after 4pm, said police.
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Pylons 'target for terrorists'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says pylons planned to service Hinkley Point C could provide a target for terrorists. The Conservative MP James Heappey is firmly against the proposed 40-mile chain of pylons and has suggested the cables should be buried under the sea instead.
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TV presenter comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion for a special event in February. Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was 500cc British Champion in recent decades in his career.
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Library opening hours to be cut
OPENING hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries could be cut under controversial proposals by Somerset County Council. Under the plans - which are currently out for consultation until Februray - Burnham Library will see its opening hours reduced by four hours a week.
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New shop to open in Burnham
A NEW shop selling kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Hardsons is set to open its new showroom in Regent Street over the next few weeks. Manager Richard Hardwich says the showroom is set to open shortly.
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Sport Relief Mile entries open
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to enter the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The annual fundraising event will this year take place on The BAY Centre fields and will include several distance runs that are open to runners of all expertise.
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Events meeting to be held
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together in February to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being planned for those involved in holding events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during the coming weeks and months ahead.
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4.5% tax hike 'regrettable'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.5% hike in their council tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors last night (Wednesday). Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's precept for the coming financial year.
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TV comedian to visit Burnham
A BEST-selling author, comedian and TV actor will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Alexei Sayle will be reading from the second volume of his amusing and thought-provoking memoir 'Thatcher Stole My Trousers' at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in April.
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Campaign group starts in town
A NEW campaign group has launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to encourage local people to vote against staying in the European Union. The newly-formed 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' has been started by Helen Hims, pictured, who stood as UKIP's local candidate in last year's General Election.
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Cinema screening raises £490
A MOVIE screening in Burnham-On-Sea has raised hundreds of pounds for two good causes. A screening of the film The Theory of Everything - which tells the life story of Stephen Hawking, was shown at The Ritz Cinema on Monday afternoon (January 11th).
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Brean tourism push underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has hosted a meeting to discuss the development of tourism in Brean. The meeting was attended by all but one of Brean's holiday parks as well as representatives of Somerset County Council and Visit Somerset plus local groups.
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Mum's the word for slimmer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea slimmer has revealed how she's successfully lost weight and stayed healthy while expecting her second child. Hannah is a member of the successful Slimming World group that meets every Thursday evening at Burnham-On-Sea Infants School.
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Mayor welcomed by group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at the town's twinning group annual lunch this week. Mayor Michael Clarke, Patron of the Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge Fritzlar Twinning Society, and Mayoress Maria Clarke attended the special event.
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Concerns raised on homes plan
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS and residents last night (Monday) gave a cool reception to multi-million pound plans for a planned new housing development on farmland on the outskirts of Highbridge. As we first reported, the developer behind the huge Brue Farm project wants to build 49 new homes.
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Theatre heads into town shops
A UNIQUE arts project is set to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea will be transformed on Saturday 16th April when six professional actors stage 48 free live performances in shops across the town centre in Burnham-On-Sea.
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Town MP to lead pylons debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey will be leading a debate in Parliament this Thursday (January 14th) ahead of next week's decision on National Grid's controversial pylon line through the area. Mr Heappey wrote to Secretary of State Amber Rudd last week ahead of the debate.
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Flu jabs offered to residents
SOMERSET'S Director of Public Health has this week reminded parents and people in 'at risk groups' across the Burnham-On-Sea area that it is not too late to get a free flu vaccine. With a cold spell of weather arriving in the Burnham area, the NHS has warned residents.
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Town club plans dance night
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Gateway Club are set to transport audiences back in time during a special event next month. They are organising a unique one-off event, 'Dancing Through the Decades', on Friday 26th February in Weston, open to all.
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Police plea after 'racist incident'
POLICE are asking for a man to come forward, who is suspected may have been subjected to racist abuse and assaulted in Highbridge. Witness and CCTV enquiries suggest there was an altercation between two men onboard a train between Bristol and Taunton at around 8.30pm on 23rd December.
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Dog rescued on town beach
THIS was the moment a dog was reunited with its relieved owners after being rescued in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (January 10th). Burnham Coastguards were alerted shortly after 11.30am when the dog's owners reported Ruby, a Scottish Terrier, had run off.
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Photos: Panto fun in Burnham
THE final countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea and District Pantomime Society's first performances of the entertaining tale of Mother Goose. The fun-filled show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will provide audiences with a traditional fairytale.
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Groups team up for litter pick
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Army Cadet Force are working together to make a busy route into the town cleaner and more inviting. A litter picking sesion was held along Queen's Drive and at the same time hundreds of bulbs were planted.
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Photos: Minecraft Fun Day
A DAY of Minecraft-themed family fun actvities attracted more than 70 people to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park during Saturday (January 9th). Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park in Westfield Road played host to the popular Minestars Activity Day.
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Missing lady found on beach
A MISSING person was found on Berrow Beach in the early hours of Sunday morning following a full night search by crews from Burnham-On-Sea, including the town's Coastguards, police officers and BARB Search & Rescue. A search of the beach was carried out and the woman was found soon afterwards.
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Flying Scotsman heads to area
ONE of the world’s most iconic railway locomotives is set to roar through Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station in May. The Flying Scotsman is running again after a 10-year restoration project which has cost £4.2m. It will be travelling through Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station.
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New seafront plaque unveiled
HEAVY rain failed to dampen spirits at the official unveiling of a new wartime plaque on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday (January 9th). The ceremony, led by former Mayor Neville Jones, was attended by the town's MP James Heappey and current Mayor Michael Clarke.
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Crews battle Wedmore blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were among crews from across Somerset who battled a huge fire in Wedmore last night (Saturday) that left two properties damaged. Crews from Cheddar, Wells and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to the scene at 6.20pm.
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Bogus caller warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to be wary of strangers at the door asking for money for street lighting repairs. Sedgemoor District Council has been alerted to the issue that a bogus caller claims to be visiting from local authorities in the district.
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Man charged after sex assault
POLICE say a Highbridge man has been charged with a sexual offence. They have charged a 50 year-old man from Highbridge with sexual assault after an incident in Bridgwater on 31st December 2015. He has been charged with sexual assault and will appear in court in February.
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Coffees boost tourist centre
THE community group that runs Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre has raised over £1,500 towards its work by holding a series of coffee mornings. BiARS (Burnham Information and Recue Support) holds coffee mornings at Burnham's Methodist Church.
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Minecraft fun day today
A MORNING of Minecraft-themed family fun will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (January 9th). Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park in Westfield Road will play host to Minestars from 11am-1.30pm which will be open to all at a cost of £4 per person.
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Chimney fire at Burnham home
FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a blaze in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening. Crews were called out at 7.25pm to a property in Love Lane where a chimney was reported to be on fire, which was quickly confirmed. They brought it under control and made it safe.
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MP in row over fracking vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week defended his decision to vote in favour of fracking for shale gas, despite an attack from the town's former MP Tessa Munt. It comes after we reported here that the Government's Oil & Gas Authority has sold the rights to explore in 27 different parts of the west country.
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Are these stolen items yours?
POLICE are trying re-unite these items of property, which they believe were stolen, with their rightful owners. Officers have seized over 100 items during the past year following information provided from a member of public linked to a car boot sale in the area.
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Charity shave raises £600
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having his beard shaved off this week. Mike Perrin held the sponsored beard shave and hair cut for St Margaret's Hospice while his grand-daughter, Kylie Perrin, 8, also took part to raise money.
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Drama group seeks helpers
THE award-winning West Huntspill Players drama group is seeking volunteers to help with set design and building for future productions. The group, which usually holds two plays each year, is keen to hear from local people who would like to get involved in the plays.
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Wassailing tickets go on sale
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during two wassailing events in January. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at Brent Knoll's West Croft Cider Farm on January 16th.
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Shop owner holds sit-in protest
Exclusive: AN angry shop owner in Highbridge has held a sit-in protest this week to prevent Somerset County Council resurfacing the pavement outside his business as part of a dispute over safety. Russell Chedzoy is fuming about the planned work by the council.
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550 new homes a step closer
Exclusive: MULTI-million pound plans for 550 new homes on farmland on the outskirts of Highbridge have moved a step closer this week. The developer behind the Brue Farm project has revealed that it wants to build 49 new homes at the site in a first phase.
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Trinity lights raise record £11k
A GRAND total of £11,678 was raised for charity by the residents of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose sparkling display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street'. Trinity Close lit up for five weeks ovcer Christmas and attracted big crowds.
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Drink drive arrests increase
AVON and Somerset Police say they are disappointed at the increased number of people caught drink or drug driving over the Christmas and New Year holiday. A total of 155 people were arrested on suspicion of drink/drug driving compared with 106 in 2014. More...

New volunteer group launches
A NEW group of volunteers has launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to help needy people across the area. Members of 'Hands of Change Burnham-On-Sea And Surrounding Area' hope to help scores of people during 2016 with a number of activities planned through the year.
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Oil tanker crash drama on M5
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 and A38 on Wednesday following a lorry crash that completely closed the motorway. An oil tanker overturned on the northbound carriageway of the M5 at junction 23, spilling 1,000 litres of kersone and resulting in the closure in both directions.
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600 sign bus cuts petition
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition to try and save two bus services in Burnham-On-Sea that are threatened by council financial cuts. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last month, Somerset County Council has started a consultation process. More...

Burnham helps African pupils
THANKS to the generosity of local residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area last year, local charity Educate The Kids is admitting a record number of new starters their school in Kenya. The charity brought a choir of 23 Kenyan children to Burnham last year.
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Mild December set new record
THE Burnham-On-Sea area saw its mildest December for years, it's been confirmed this week. Brent Knoll based weather enthusiast Steve Baggs told Burnham-On-Sea.com that December’s average temperature was 11.2C, by far the warmest on record here.
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Broadband hotspots revealed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed the launch of a smartphone and tablet app by Ofcom that helps residents find out the quality of their wireless internet signal, as well as offering practical steps to get the best from their connection at their home or business.
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Minecraft fun day on Saturday
A MORNING of Minecraft-themed family fun will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (January 9th). Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park in Westfield Road will play host to Minestars from 11am-1.30pm which will be open to all at a cost of only £4 per person.
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Fracking to start in area?
THE possibility that parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area could see fracking for shale gas has moved a big step nearer, after the Government sold the rights to explore in 27 different parts of the west country. Wales-based South Western Energy has secured the sole rights to explore almost all the locations.
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Hundreds arrested by CCTV
HUNDREDS of arrests were made in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge last year thanks to CCTV cameras in the towns. New figures released this week show that the cameras - which are run by Sedgemoor District Council's CCTV team - handled 3,850 incidents in 2015.
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Mike's close shave for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser who has raised thousands of pounds for good causes is set to have his beard shaved off for charity this week. Mike Perrin is having a sponsored shave and hair cut for St Margaret's Hospice while his grand-daughter will also take part in the event.
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Entries open for talent contest
ENTRIES have opened this week for a Burnham-On-Sea talent competition which aims to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming talents in the town. Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host the second annual Talent Showcase on Saturday February 13th when all are welcome.
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Mayor congratulates darts champ
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson has won his second consecutive World Darts Championship after an exciting final match. He beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 to seal back-to-back world titles at Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening and becomes only the fourth player to successfully defend their first title.
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Plaque unveiling on seafront
A NEW ceremony is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this coming weekend to mark the addition of comments from the Prime Minister to a wartime plaque. Last September, a pair of plaques were unveiled on the sea wall to mark 75 years and now they are to be updated.
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Panto fun comes to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Pantomime Society is set to bring the entertaining tale of Mother Goose to the town this month. The family show at Burnham's Princess Theatre & Arts Centre will provide the audience with a traditional fairy tale about the goose-themed characters!
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Dog chipping service launches
DOG owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being offered a free micro-chipping service for their pets ahead of a new law being introduced. From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be micro-chipped and registered to their owners in England.
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Darts star is world champ again!
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson has won his second consecutive World Darts Championship after an exciting final match. He beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 to seal back-to-back world titles at Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening and becomes only the fourth player to successfully defend their first title.
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Brent Knoll flood work to begin
WORK on a major new flood prevention scheme in Brent Knoll is set to begin over the coming week. Axe Brue Drainage Board contractors will be arriving in Brent Knoll from Monday January 4th to start work - and several road closures will come into force.
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Charity quiz nights raise £4k
A HUGE £4,019 was raised for local charities and community groups during Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club's weekly quiz nights during 2015. The Friday quiz nights raised money for many different charities and local groups during the past year and they are about to re-start for 2016.
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Darts star reaches world final
REIGNING William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson from Burnham-On-Sea is on track to retain his crown after reaching tonight's world championship final. Anderson easily beat semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen last night (Saturday) during a 6-0 win to set-up a showdown with Adrian Lewis in today's final.
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Cigarette causes shed blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Highbridge this morning (Saturday) after a discarded cigarette set a shed on fire. Crews were called to Caxton Drive, Highbridge just before 11.30am after reports that a shed was fully alight in a back garden.
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Car gutted in blaze near town
A CAR has been left completely gutted following a fierce fire in Berrow. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to Red Road, Berrow shortly after 8.30pm following a road traffic collision and they found the car well alight. It was badly damaged in the blaze, as pictured here.
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Wassailing tickets go on sale
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during a wassailing event later this month. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday January 16th.
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New Year celebrations in town
RESIDENTS across Burnham-On-Sea celebrated the start of 2016 with a night of special events which included a Las Vegas themed ball. Over 150 people crowded into Burnham's Princess Theatre for the New Year's Eve Ball, and other events were held across the town.
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