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January 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Injuries unit hours extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Minor Injuries Unit is to keep its summer opening hours all year-round. From 6th February 2017, the facilities in Love Lane, Burnham-On-Sea will be open daily from 10am–6pm, including over the winter, in a boost to the Burnham service. More...

Aldi store opposed over fears
PLANS to build a new Aldi supermarket have been strongly opposed by town councillors this week amid growing concern that the store would severely hurt trade in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Aldi's own research indicates that Lidl in Burnham could lose 19.4% of its trade. More...

Sea quality to be boosted
THESE impressive photos show the vast scale of Wessex Water’s work to improve Burnham-On-Sea's sea water quality. Wessex Water is digging very deep at the sewage pumping station in Bristol Road, Bridgwater to boost river water quality in Bridgwater. More...

Town festival launches contest
WITH Burnham-On-Sea's annual Folkfest finishing last year, the team is setting up a new, one-day festival this autumn to be known as BOSfest. Taking place on 9th September 2017, it will feature a wide range of music and there will also be childrens entertainment and comedy. More...

Singers join scratch orchestra
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society have this week taken part in 'Bristol Scratch Orchestra' to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The local singers performed in a choir of 250 people and an orchestra of 300 at Colston Hall in Bristol. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 2nd when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held each year for charity. More..

New warning to dog walkers
A FRESH safety warning has been issued to dog owners who use Brean Down after a pet was rescued yesterday following a fall down the cliffs. As first reported here, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday morning to retrieve the Sprocker from the sea
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Town coach award celebrated
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea business owners, residents and councillors attended a special dinner on Saturday night (January 28th) to celebrate the town winning the title of 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year'. Saturday's dinner was held at The Oaktree. More...

In Photos: Brean Rally action
ARRON Newby and Ian Davis say they are "over the moon" to have stormed to their first victory during the 2017 Brean Rally in their Subura Impreza, watched by large crowds of spectators at the weekend. 99 teams from across the UK headed to the two-day rally. More...

Carnival AGM is announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea Carnival organisers and supporters are set to meet for the event's annual general meeting on Wednesday 8th February. The Highbridge & Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Committee AGM will be held at 7pm in the upstairs of The Coopers Arms in the town centre. More...

WW2 beach device detonated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to place a safety cordon around a suspected World War Two device found on a beach near Weston on Saturday afternoon (January 28th). Believed to be a Spigot mortar, it was spotted on the beach at Sand Bay. More...

Events meeting tomorrow
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together on Tuesday (January 31st) 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 2017 through the year. More...

Dog rescued after cliffs fall
A DOG was rescued after falling down the cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday morning (January 29th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and RNLI crews were called out soon after 9.30am to retrieve the Sprocker from the water on the southern side of the Down near the fort. More...

Brexit could delay Hinkley C
RESTRICTIONS on trade and foreign labour caused by the UK’s departure from the European Union could mean cost hikes and delays to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea, EDF has warned this week in a brand new submission to MPs. More...

'Hands of Change' celebrates
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday (January 28th). Dozens of people attended the celebration at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, including the Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Police renew appeal after fire
POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward after Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office last Sunday afternoon (January 22nd). Firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office. More...

Burnham MP visits town school
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has made a special visit to a town school where he met pupils and staff. James Heappey spent Friday morning at St Andrew’s Junior School where he was shown around by Acting Head Teacher Ali Pook to see the children in their learning. More...

£6,000 boost for local groups
COMMUNITY groups in Burnham-On-Sea and across the district are to benefit from over £6,000 of grant funding, thanks to the latest round of grants being given out by Sedgemoor District Council. The council has this week announced it will help BOS Events and the choral society. More...

Photos: Holocaust event held
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Friday to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service, which was conducted by members of the Highbridge clergy. More...

Brean Rally back starts today
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 20117 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries. More...

Tavern re-opens after upgrade
A MAJOR refurbishment at Brean Leisure Parks’ Tavern entertainment venue has been completed this month. The Tavern re-opened its doors on Friday afternoon (January 27th) following a big upgrade in recent weeks. It's opened in time for this weekend's Brean Rally. More...

Fire at shop in Brean tackled
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea abd Bridgwater were called out in the early hours of Friday morning to tackle a blaze at a shop in Brean. Firefighters from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to Warren Road, Brean, at 3.20am to reports of a fire at the premises. More...

Burnham bank closes down
HSBC is to shut down its branch in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Friday) as part of a nationwide cost-cutting move. HSBC blames a sharp 28 per cent reduction in customers at the branch for the "difficult decision". Plans to shut the branch in College Street were first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Town cadets link with Legion
A CEREMONY has been held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the official affiliation of the Royal British Legion with the town's Sea Cadets and Army Cadets. The event was held at the Sea Cadets Centre in Casis Close, Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (January 26th). More...

'Treat rural areas fairly' - MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the Prime Minister to ensure that rural areas of Somerset get their fair share of business rates income. James Heappey said: "How we fund local public services is one of the big questions at Westminster." More...

Curry night boosts local charity
A FUNDRAISING curry night has raised hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity this week. More than 60 people attended Tuesday's meal at Wedmore's Table Eight restaurant, raising £757 for Burnham marine rescue charity BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Holocaust Day to be marked
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street today (Friday) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the service at 12 noon, which will be conducted by town's local Clergy. More...

Pontins holds recruitment day
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park is holding a recruitment day on Monday (January 30th) when visitors can find out more about job vacancies. The Brean holiday park has vacancies for Security Guards (SIA badge required), lifeguards andshop assistants plus others. More...

Brean Rally back this weekend
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries. More...

£170k expansion for Brean Splash
BREAN Splash is set to be given a £170,000 upgrade this year with a new waterslide and new pool. The work to add a new 0.8m-deep toddler pool at the facilities at Brean Leisure Park is due to begin this week. The toddler pool will be located at the very end of the main pool hall. More...

Person stranded in lift rescued
FIRE crews were called to a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea where a person had become trapped in a lift on Wednesday evening (January 25th). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called at 6.38pm to Allendale Court in Rectory Road. More...

Awards for contest winners
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's Town Projects Committee on Wednesday (January 25th) to receive their cups. More...

Taxi rank won't be changed
TOWN councillors have this week decided that a taxi rank in Burnham-On-Sea town centre should remain as it is and not be converted into extra shoppers parking. The Town Projects Committee discussed the College Street rank during a meeting on Wednesday. More...

Brean Rally back this weekend
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries for the event. More...

Burnham shop seeks helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop is holding a volunteer taster day on Friday (January 27th). Residents will be able to find out more about how they can heolp at the Sue Ryder shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street. Pop in for a chat and see how you can help. More...

Big clean-up for Queens Drive
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have teamed up with Burnham Army Cadets to pick up litter on both sides of Queen's Drive this week. It really doesn't take long for both verges to be sprinkled with rubbish, which ranges from cigarette ends to wheel disks. More...

Car flips over at crash hot spot
A CAR ended upside down in a ditch following a crash at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea this week. The driver of the smart car lost control while driving along Harp Road between Brent Knoll and the village of Mark soon after 8am on Tuesday. More...

Church demolition to go ahead
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to demolish a former church in Highbridge have been been go-ahead this week despite objections from several councillors and residents. The owner of the former Gospel Hall has been told by Sedgemoor he is free to demolish it. More...

Passers-by thanked after fall
THE family of a Burnham-On-Sea woman have thanked several members of the public this week who came to her air when she fell. Sharon Hart told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My mum, Maureen, would like to say thanks to the kind people who helped her when she fell." More...

MEP welcomes Brexit ruling
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MEP has this week welcomed the news that Parliament will decide when the process of starting Brexit begins. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment on Tuesday, ruling that the UK Government requires a Parliamentary vote before the Article 50 can proceed. More...

Swim event to honour founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club will be dedicating a long-running charity swimming event to its founder in February. The annual Brean Swimarathon will be dedicated to the late Jim Tancock, Past President of the Club, who sadly died last year after a period of illness. More...

Sky TV duo to visit Highbridge
KELVIN Tatum is set to return to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena alongside Sky TV colleague Nigel Pearson in February. The Sky Sports duo will be back for a third successive year on Tuesday February 7th with their tour where they’ll be discussing the sport. More...

MP's praise for thriving centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is delighted to see the town's BAY Centre "going from strength to strength" - as he made a special visit to the popular facilities. During a short tour with Mike Lang, BAY Centre Chairman, MP James Heappey heard about its success. More...

Town Crier gets surprise party
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Crier was given a surprise party to mark his 70th birthday on Monday (January 23rd). Town Crier Alistair Murray has been a familiar sight and sound on the streets of Burnham-On-Sea for the past four years as he helps to promote events. More...

Aladdin set to open this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is set to perform the fun-filled panto Aladdin in the town's Princess Theatre. The family fun will be held on Friday 27th January at 7.00pm, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3.00pm plus other shows. More...

Town air cadets in RAF visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea air cadets have made a memorable trip to RAF Brize Norton. The cadets from 290 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge made the special visit to the RAF's largest station last week. More...

Join calligraphy taster session
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is set to hold a calligraphy writing taster session this Saturday (January 28th). The session is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning the art of beautiful writing, from basic Roman letterforms to Gothic and decorated verse for the day. More...

Appeal after 'deliberate' fire
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office on Sunday afternoon (January 22nd). As first reported here, firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office building in Victoria Street
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Hounds group gathers in town
OVER 65 basset hounds headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (January 22nd) for an annual walk. The group, called the Basset Hound Walkers, met at Highbridge's Apex Park before heading along the river path to the seafront and out to the lighthouse. More...

Carnival celebrates 70th year
THE 70th anniversary of Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival was marked during the event's annual presentation evening on Saturday night (January 21st). Over 200 people crowded into The Oaktree in Highbridge to see more dozens of trophies and shields handed out. More...

Stuck 4x4 rescued on town beach
THIS stranded 4x4 was rescued this afternoon (Sunday) after it became stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were called to the beach near Maddock's Slade at 3.40pm where a Nissan Navarna had become trapped in thick mud. More...

'Deliberate' fire tackled in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office this afternoon (Sunday). Firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office building in Victoria Street. One appliance was mobilised to the scene. More...

Photos: Brent Knoll wassailing
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch a traditional wassailing ceremony in Brent Knoll last night (Saturday). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at the event at Westcroft Cider Farm in Brent Knoll. The crowds watched a torch-lit procession. More...

Bag pack raises cash for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoppers raised hundreds of pounds for a Berrow-based Kung Fu group's fundraising campaign on Saturday (January 21st). Youngsters from the Fei Lung Kwan Kung Fu club held a successful bag packing session throughout the day at Tesco. More...

Missing Tina found safe and well
POLICE say a missing woman who sparked a big search in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday) has been found safe and well. Tina Wilford, 70, left her home in Weston at approximately 1.30pm on Friday (January 20th) and hd not been seen for 24 hours, they said. More...

Youth club in fundraising push
ORGANISERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club have this week launched a fundraising campaign to try and save the group from closure. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the club was set to shut due to its funding running out from the council. More...

Care home unveils big upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor opened a newly-refurbished second floor at Burnham Nursing and Care Home on Friday (January 20th). The new residential floor features seventeen luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, new lounges and new dining areas. More...

New crime advice site starts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can get crime prevention tips and advice from a new police website which has launched this week. The new website is packed full of crime prevention advice and downloadable material - all of which is free of charge. More...

Firms repair life-saving kit
A VANDALISED defibrillator is back in place at Highbridge's Apex Park this week, thanks to the help of two local companies. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that vandals had damaged the life-saving kit at the park in Marine Drive, forcing it to be removed. More...

MP praises PM's Brexit plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey says the Prime Minister's plan on Brexit will deliver "all the things that were offered in the EU referendum debate." James Heappey spoke out on Thursday (January 19th) after Theresa May's comments earlier in the week. More...

Brave sky dive for charity!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is planning a sky dive to raise money for a charity in the town that offers counselling and support to people in need. Angie Clarke says: "I will be taking to the skies and embracing my fear of heights by skydiving out of a plane for a great cause." More...

Brent Knoll wassail tomorrow
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during Brent Knoll's wassailing event on Saturday (January 21st). The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at events across the area. More...

Oxford Uni place for student
A HIGHBRIDGE sixth-form school student has gained a place at prestigious Oxford University. Rory Edwards, a King Alfred School sixth form graduate, has been accepted into the university and will start at St Edmund Hall from the autumn where he will be reading Physics. More...

Post office open after upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new-look Post Office is opens today (Thursday) as it becomes a new main branch with longer opening hours and a brand new convenience store. The new-look branch in Burnham's Victoria Street now offers a wide range of extra post office services and extended opening times. More...

Burnham patisserie to open
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream and patisserie items is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Treats is scheduled to open soon with a wide range of freshly-made produce to suit all tastes. The High Street premises is currently being fitted out. More...

Louise's slimming success
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over five stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the town. Louise joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World, held at Burnham Infant School, in January 2015 and achieved her target in 75 weeks. More...

'Fewer road potholes' pledged
FEWER potholes in roads in the Burnham-On-Sea are one of the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract in Somerset which was signed on Wednesday (January 18th). Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance. More...

Car blaze at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to Sedgemoor Services on Wednesday (January 18th) to tackle a car blaze. Crews were called to the southound services between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston at 12.25pm where the car - a Ford Mondeo - was fully alight. More...

Arrest over 'money laundering'
A 64 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in the town. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), working in partnership with Trading Standards and Police, executed a warrant. More...

MP praises PM on Brexit talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised Prime Minister Theresa May for her progress in negotiating a deal for the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU. James Heappey was full of praise, saying he felt that May's speech set out clear plans on the deal. More...

Beach road damaged by tides
BERROW beach's car park entrance has been closed this week after stormy tides at the weekend damaged part of the concrete roadway. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the beach car park, shut the entrance at the weekend following the high tides. More...

Fire in Highbridge's Church St
ONE fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to reports of a chimney on fire at a property in Highbridge's Church Street on Tuesday evening (January 17th). On arrival, soon after 8.50pm, crews confirmed the chimney was well alight and got to work extinguishing the fire. More...

Grants fund shake-up planned
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is considering 'sub-contracting' the provision of local grants to a third-party group, Somerset Community Foundation. Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said at Monday's Policy and Finance Committee meeting. More...

Brean Rally action nears
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this month. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries - and the event is set to be a big hit. More...

Pose your questions to police
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to put local policing questions to Chief Constable Andy Marsh when he takes part in a live video with Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens on January 24th. She's asking for questions from locals. More...

Dolphin washed up on beach
BEACH walkers found this dead dolphin washed up on the shoreline at Berrow after Monday's high tide (January 16th). Walkers came across the sad sight of the bloodied mammal, pictured here, which had an injury at the front of its body, which was 4.5 to 5ft long. More...

4.5% hike in council tax rates
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.6% increase in their council tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors on Monday (January 16th). Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's precept for the coming financial year. More...

Monarchs hand out top awards
HIGHBRIDGE-based Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club has held its annual presentation evening where awards were handed out to its top young gymnasts. For the first time, the club held its awards at the Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge - which was hailed a success. More...

Tidal lagoon plans welcomed
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power were last week backed by a government-commissioned review of the plans. More...

CCTV appeal after pub assault
POLICE have today released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with a serious assault at a pub in Highbridge earlier this month. A 20-year-old man was struck in the face with a glass at the Coopers Arms pub in Market Street on 8th January. More...

95% support Aldi store plans
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi says residents in Highbridge have given "overwhelming support" to its plans to build a new store in the town - with over 95% supporting the scheme. The firm's plans to build the store on vacant land at the junction between Isleport Road and Bennett Road were first revealed by us
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16 bags of rubbish collected
VOLUNTEERS collected 16 bags of rubbish during a community beach clean in Berrow at the weekend. The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, saw a group of volunteers take part in the community clean-up of the beach on Saturday morning (January 14th). More...

Aladdin flies into town theatre!
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is set to perform the classic panto Aladdin in the town's Princess Theatre. The family fun will be held on Friday 27th January at 7.00pm, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3.00pm plus other 7pm daily shows. More...

Photos: Wassail celebrations
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday night (January 14th). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at the events at Rich's Cider in Watchfield, pictured here. More...

Interested in councillor role?
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are interested in standing for Somerset County Council’s elections in May are being invited to attend two special events to find out more. They are on 30th January and 1st March from 6pm to 8pm at County Hall in Taunton. More...

Missing lady found after search
BURNHAM-On-Sea's emergency services were called out on Saturday afternoon (January 14th) to search for a missing person. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were tasked by Police to search several locations for the missing woman, a dog walker. More...

MP: NHS in strain but not crisis
Video: SOMERSET'S NHS services are facing "real challenges" and are under "considerable strain" according to Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey, who says claims that the NHS is facing a crisis are "not true". Mr Heappey spoke out in Parliament during a debate. More...

Vandals attack life-saving kit
'MINDLESS vandals' have put lives at stake this week by damaging a high-tech defibrillator that was only formally unveiled at Highbridge's Apex Park a month ago. The life-saving equipment – also called an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - was installed for use. More...

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

Care home to unveil revamp
BURNHAM Nursing and Care home will be opening its doors to the public later this month to showcase its newly-refurbished second floor which will soon be taking new residents. The residential floor will feature seventeen luxury bedrooms with en-suites for residents. More...

25% pay hike plan attacked
THE leader of Somerset County Council has criticised a proposed pay rise of more than 25 per cent for the head of a government-backed regional business partnership. It opposes the pay rise for the CEO of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. More...

Berrow beach clean-up today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Berrow today (Saturday, January 14th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will run from 10am-2pm at Berrow Beach. The first beach clean of 2017 will start at 10am. More...

Old bank to be turned into flats
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building is set to be turned into four flats if a planning application gets approval. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported here, and has been vacant ever since. The new owner plans to develop it. More...

Tidal lagoon hopes boosted
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a major boost this week. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power have been backed by a government review. More...

New owners for craft shop
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea craft shop has new owners following the sale of the business. Material Needs in Burnham High Street has been sold by John and Katharine Edwards to Cheddar couple Nick Hebborn and Nicky Garland. Nick says they hope to further develop it. More...

Pontins offering jobs today
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park is holding a recruitment day today (Friday) when visitors can find out more about job vacancies. The Brean holiday park has vacancies for Security Guards (SIA badge required), lifeguards, shop assistants and the facilities team. More...

New club to open on seafront
A FORMER cafe on Burnham-On-Sea seafront is set to be given a new lease of life when a new bar opens there. The owners of Vinnies, a successful sports bar in Weston-super-Mare, are to open a new bar and club on Burnham's Esplanade in place of Jacks. More...

Four-month closure attacked
WESSEX Water has this week defended its decision to shut a busy Burnham-On-Sea road for four months following criticism from some local residents. Love Lane is shut from the junction of Stoddens Lane and the Tesco roundabout until 19th May while Wessex Water lays new sewer pipes. More...

Church demolition is rejected
PROPOSALS to demolish a former church in Highbridge have been turned down by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Monday night (January 9th), members of the Town Council Planning Applications Committee voted to reject the demolition plans. More...

Group to celebrate its first year
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area is set to celebrate its first anniversary. 'Hands of Change Burnham' was launched in January 2016 with the aim of making small, but positive, changes in the local community. More...

Rain could turn to snow later
Updated: FORECASTERS say there is a 'small chance' that Burnham-On-Sea will see snow later today (Thursday) when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office has widened its amber snow warning area to include Burnham-On-Sea and the rest of Somerset. More...

Holiday park jobs up for grabs
BREAN'S Northam Farm holiday park is to hold a recruitment day this month when scores of vacancies will be on offer. The event - on Saturday 28th January from 10am-5pm - will be held at the Seagull Inn in South Road, Brean when all are welcome to come along to find out more. More...

Cinema screening for charity
A FUNDRAISING film screening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (January 16th) for charity. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will screen the award-winnng comedy-drama The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet. It will raise money for MNDA. More...

Pensioner admits sex assaults
A PENSIONER from Burnham-On-Sea has appeared in court to plead guilty to a series of sickening sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl. Cyril Jenkins, 67, from Grove Road, appeared in Taunton Crown Court via a video link from Exeter Prison. He admitted sexual activity with a child. More...

Town charity welcomes reform
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity offering mental health support in the area has given a cautious welcome to reforms announced by the Prime Minister this week. The proposals aim to "transform" attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people. More...

'Small chance' of snow in town
FORECASTERS say there is a 'small chance' that Burnham-On-Sea will see snow or sleet on Thursday and Friday when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office has widened its amber snow warning area to include Burnham and the whole of Somerset. More...

Drama group's top nomination
BREAN'S Coastline Players are celebrating this week after their fun-filled pantomime show was selected for a top regional award. The group's Dick Whittington - under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol - has been nominated by NODA. More...

Community fund open for bids
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has announced that her 2016 Community Action Fund is now open for applications. Voluntary organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to £3,000 from the special fund. More...

Group to celebrate its first year
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area is set to celebrate its first anniversary. 'Hands of Change Burnham' was launched in January 2016 with the aim of making small, but positive, changes in the local Burnham community. More...

Fun baby classes are launched
A NEW series of fun classes for mums and their babies has launched this week in Burnham-On-Sea. Sensory Time is organising the new classes every Wednesday during term-time at 9.30am at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close which are open to all mums. More...

Victoria revamp is approved
PROPOSALS for a major refurbishment of a town centre hotel in Burnham-On-Sea have been given support by town councillors this week. The plans for the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street were considered at a council meeting on Monday (January 9th) by members of the Planning Applications Committee. More...

Snow on the way this week?
WINTRY scenes like this could return to the Burnham-On-Sea area this week when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office is warning that bitterly cold conditions will move southwards from Wednesday evening, bringing freezing winds and ice to the area. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Berrow this Saturday (January 14th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will run from 10am-2pm at Berrow Beach. The first community beach clean of 2017 will start at 10am when all are welcome. More...

Drink drive arrests rise again
A TOTAL of 117 drivers across the police force area were charged with drink and drug driving during this year’s Christmas crackdown. The annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign ran from December 1st, 2016 through to January 1st, 2017. More...

Runners selected for countries
TWO young runners from the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating this week after being selected to compete for their country. Luke Prior from Berrow and Oliver Dickinson from Brent Knoll have been picked to take part in top competitions for their respective countries. More...

Mental health centre opens
A NEW mental health drop-in centre has opened in Burnham-On-Sea, offering help and advice to local people with mental health conditions. The new Mind Burnham and Highbridge Mental Health Drop-In Centre, at The Princess Theatre, opened on January 4th and runs each week. More...

Four month road closure starts
A BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea is scheduled to close for four months from today (Monday) when major roadworks get underway. Love Lane is shutting from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout from 9th January through to 19th May 2017 while Wessex Water lays new pipes. More...

Record fish caught by angler
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fisherman reeled in this record-setting catch during a Bristol Channel fishing event on Sunday (January 8th). Aaron Devey caught a 15lb spurdog in the waters off Minehead during an event run by Burnham-On-sea Boat Owners Association. More...

Inspirational swimmer visits
PUPILS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a special visit from an 'inspirational' local swimming star. Disabled swimmer Harriet Dickinson visited Brent Knoll School with her impressive haul of medals following her success in a national competition. More...

Search for new clerk underway
RECRUITMENT for a new Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council Clerk is underway ahead of the upcoming retirement of the current clerk this Spring. Denise Emery is set to step down from the role on 31st March and the council is keen to find a replacement. More...

Skating rink hailed a success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink has been hailed a success after a busy festive holiday season. The organisers from BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) say the synthetic skating rink - which was set up in the Lynton Road car park - saw "numbers of visitors that were comparable to last year". More...

Postcard surprise for Nick
A BURNHAM-On-Sea postcard collector had an amazing surprise after buying a card on eBay. Nick Tolley, who runs a photography shop in Burnham's Abingdon Street, regularly uses the auction site to buy old postcards featuring historic scenes of Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Ofsted praise for local school
EAST Huntspill Pre-School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted in all areas, following an inspection by the education regulator. The report, which has just been published by the government organisation, says children make good progress while attending the village's pre-school. More...

Star prompts name change
A VETERAN folk musician has been forced to change the name of his musical project – from his own – given the online prominence of Burnham-On-Sea darts player Gary Anderson. Mr Anderson, 49, has been a stalwart of the music scene for many years and has changed his name. More...

£25K upgrade for sailing club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons are getting a £25,000 overhaul this winter as part of a modernisation project. The pontoons were initially built 17 years ago in the River Brue estuary, at the mouth of the River Parrett, and have been heavily used ever since. More...

Wine club to hold tasting event
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is inviting residents to try a range of leading wines from across the world during a special tasting event this month. The club will be hosting a wine tasting to celebrate sparkling wines on Sunday afternoon, January 29th, when all will be welcome. More...

Man hurt in collision with car
A PEDESTRIAN suffered leg injuries after an accident in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Police and ambulance crews from Burnham were called to the junction of Berrow Road and Seaview Road on Thursday evening just before 7pm where the collision took place. More...

Care home rated 'outstanding'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has been rated as 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission this week. Beaufort House is one of only five of 421 inspected residential care homes across the UK to receive an overall 'outstanding' rating, delighting the staff at the home. More...

Trinity lights raised record sum
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights raised a record total of £13,329 for charity. The five-week display in Trinity Close attracted crowds of visitors who generously dug deep to raise a record sum for two town charities. More...

Church refurb gets underway
WORK has started this week on a major refurbishment at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church. The building is undergoing a programme of internal improvements - the first for 40 years. The project has started this week and follows work last year. More...

Events meeting to be held
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together on Tuesday January 31st 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 this year. More...

Cinema holds film for group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has hosted a special visit by members of the Somerset Young Carers junior group. The members were invited for a trip to the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street by owners Pat and Beryl Scott over the Christmas period. More...

'Halt town church demolition'
HIGHBRIDGE residents are calling for a halt to the proposed demolition of a derelict church in the town without a 'robust action plan' for the future of the site being in place first. The former Highbridge Gospel Tabernacle building in Newtown Road is due to be pulled down. More...

Christmas tree chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out late on Wednesday night (January 4th) to tackle a chimney fire at a town centre home. A fire appliance was sent to Adam Street at 11.18pm where the residents reported the chimney was alight. The crew used a hose reel jet and chimney gear.
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Town pet shop couple to retire
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pet shop is set to close down this month as the owners retire after 23 years of business. Alan and Carol Rose, pictured, are shutting Animal Fayre in Victoria Street at the end of January. The couple have thanked their customers for their backing. More...

Photos: Icy start to the day
THESE were the wintry scenes at Highbridge's Apex Park this week as freezing temperatures returned to the area. Burnham-On-Sea motorists and pedestrians have been warned to expect icy roads and pavements as temperatures drop below freezing overnight. More...

Victoria Hotel to get new look
PUNCH Taverns, the firm that owns Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel which temporarily closed at the end of 2016, has this week unveiled plans to give the premises a major overhaul. The firm plans to give the town centre hotel in Victoria Street a new look over coming we
eks. More...

Student meets Princess Anne
FORMER King Alfred School sixth form student Thrinayani Ramakrishnan says she was 'honoured' to meet Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace as part of her work for Unicef. Thrinayani is one of only two UK Unicef Ambassadors and had the honour of meeting Royalty. More...

Police hunt for wanted men
POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to locate two wanted men who could be in the area. Craig Starkey, 34, and Dean Hart, 27, are wanted in connection with a number of theft offences. The men are believed to be travelling around the Somerset area or other areas. More...

Mixed Xmas trade for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea traders have experienced a mixed festive season of business, with some reporting their best-ever Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to many shop owners along the High Street to find out how they faired over the vital holiday period. More...

Burnham hotel closes down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre hotel has closed its doors after its long-time owners retired. Martin and Dee Lloyd had run the hotel in Victoria Street for 18 years but left in December. A simple notice from the couple has been posted on the door. More...

Fireman retires after 43 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter retired at the end of 2016 after 43 years of front-line work that made him the region's longest-serving fireman. Dick Solomon was presented with a meritorious medal for his work in November by Devon and Somerset Fire Service. More...

Theatre starts tickets scheme
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has launched a new deal on tickets to encourage people to attend a more varied range of shows. The theatre's manager, Sam Nicol, pictured above, says that she arranges a mixed schedule of shows to suit many tastes. More...

Film academy open for entries
YOUNG people in the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 16-19 years have the chance to become filmmakers thanks to a new Somerset British Film Institution (BFI) Film Academy Programme in partnership with BAFTA and Pinewood Film Studios. The entry period has opened. More...

Church picks its charity of year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist church has chosen a local hospice as its charity of the year for 2017. St Margaret's Hospice says it is "absolutely delighted" to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from the church's regular coffee mornings in the town centre. More...

Good samaritan is thanked
THE family of a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week thanked a mystery good samaritan who came to his help when his mobility scooter toppled over. Kevin Street got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com to thank the local man who did the kind good deed. More...

Mayor praises Gary's valiant bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised town darts star Gary Anderson after he put up a valiant battle in the final of the World Darts Championship last night (Monday). Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea - lost 7-3 to Michael Van Gerwen in a tense final in front of a huge audience. More...

Record line-up for Brean Rally
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this month. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries, say organisers. More...

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

Darts ace misses third world title
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson has lost his bid to win a third consecutive World Darts Championship this evening (Monday). Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel - lost 7-3 to Michael Van Gerwen in a tense final in front of a huge audience and millions of TV viewers
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Nine-car collision on motorway
M5 motorway traffic was brought to a standstill south of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (January 2nd) following a nine-car collision. This was the scene on the M5 Northbound between junctions 23 and 24 shortly after 11am. Three fire appliances were sent. More...

Quiz nights raise over £6,000
OVER £6,000 has been raised this year for local good causes by weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The popular weekly Friday quizes raised thousands during 2016 for local charities, clubs and societies. Many groups have benefited through the past year. More...

Carbon monoxide leak drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a carbon monoxide leak at a property in the town on Sunday evening (January 1st). Two appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Love Lane at 5.40pm. The Fire Service had received a call reporting a leak of Carbon Monoxide in a property. More...

Town darts ace through to final
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to today's final of the World Darts Championships last night as he remains on course for a third successive title. Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel - beat Peter Wright 6-3 to reach the final at Alexandra Palace. More...

Burnham marks start of 2017
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area celebrated the start of 2017 with a night of special New Year's Eve events. Around 200 people attended a New Year's Eve Party at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park where the audience enjoyed a disco. More...

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