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Hospital merger plan revealed
PLANS have been revealed to merge the hospital trust which shut Weston Hospital's A&E overnight because of staff shortages with a neighbouring trust. Weston General Hospital A&E has been closed between 10pm and 8am since July last year, much to the concern of local people. More...

£73,000 lotto boost for town
TEN groups from across the Burnham-On-Sea area received a huge £73,000 lottery funding windfall last night (Tuesday) after winning the cash at a unique 'Dragon's Den' style event in the town. Fifteen groups competed for cash from the Big Lottery Fund by presenting their cause to a capacity audience
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Pet lamb killed in barn blaze
A FARMER has spoken of her shock at the death of five lambs in a fire near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. As first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater, were called on Sunday. More...

Week-long flood alert issued
A FLOOD Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Somerset coastline today (Wednesday) as high tides are due to coincide with strong winds. It has a Flood Alert in force for Burnham-On-Sea and says the warning is likely to remain in force this week. More...

Swimarathon is cancelled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has cancelled its annual fundraising Swimarathon, which was due to take place this coming weekend. The seventh Swimarathon, organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, was due to take place at Brean Splash on Sunday. More...

Ritz cinema's gala screening
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special VIP guests at a charity film screening in the town. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street held a screening of the award-winnng Lion for the South and West Somerset MNDA earlier in the month. More...

Police crackdown on speeding
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have started a new series of speed gun checks in the town at known speeding blackspots. The first patrols have taken place this week in Burnham's Stoddens Road, as pictured here, and further speed checks are planned in the area. More...

Success for town gymnasts
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts have competed in this month's Scottish Invitational Championships, achieving multiple successes. Highbridge-based Monarchs Gymnastics Club took a team of 17 gymnasts to this year's competition in Glasgow. More...

Community grant cash on offer
THOUSANDS of pounds of community grant funding are available to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups and individuals. Sedgemoor District Council's community grant scheme is open for applications until the final applications deadline of Friday, February 9th. More...

Driver hurt in Brent Knoll crash
A MOTORIST was hurt after an accident in Brent Knoll on Saturday evening (January 27th). Burnham-On-Sea Police and an ambulance were called to the two-car collision in Brent Street. They were called to a two-car collision shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 1st 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 at this time for charity. More...

Second burglary hits football club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has been burgled for a SECOND time in five weeks with another trail of damage left behind. A Burnham United spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com the club has been left shocked by the the latest "heartbreaking" burglary during the early hours of Sunday (January 28th). More...

Have your say on library plans
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham-On-Sea residents are being urged to have their say from today (Monday) on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset - which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library among other cutbacks across the county. More...

Photos: Carnival awards night
DOZENS of carnival club members from across Somerset gathered on Saturday night (January 27th) for the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival presentation evening. Over 150 people crowded into The Oaktree in Highbridge to see awards handed out. More...

Holocaust Day marked in town
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Saturday to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service, which was led by Rev Sharon Crossman and Rev Graham Witts. More...

Brean Rally roars into village
AARON Newby and Andrew Leach stormed to a second consecutive victory in their Subaru Impreza at the 2018 Brean Rally over the weekend. 72 teams from across the UK headed to the two-day rally, which was held for a 22nd year at Brean Leisure Park, watched by spectators. More...

Lambs killed in barn blaze
FIVE lambs have been killed in a blaze which badly damaged a barn near Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Sunday). Three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater, were called to Harp Road between Brent Knoll and Mark at 5.11am. More...

£12,000 minibus appeal starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Sea Cadets unit has this week launched a £12,000 appeal to fund a much-needed new minibus. The long-running cadet group, which is based in Casis Close, Burnham-On-Sea - has issued an appeal for help amid a "dire transport situation". More...

Flowers laid in Laura's memory
FLOWERS and touching tributes have been left at a Highbridge road junction where a young mother died at the weekend. Flowers have been left at the junction with Burnham Road where Laura Biss, aged 34, was killed during the early hours of Saturday (20th January). More...

Woman rescued under bed
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called out on Saturday morning after an elderly woman was reported to be trapped under her bed. The crew was sent to Alstone Road in Highbridge shortly after 11am. The fire service was called to a stuck elderly female. More...

Pub caught up in meat recall
BURNHAM-On-Sea's JD Wetherspoon pub The Reed's Arms has been caught up in a nationwide meat recall this week that has seen steak taken off all its menus. The chairman of JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, has apologised to customers after it was forced to remove meat from its menu
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Beach rubbish inspires artwork
A NEW type of street art has appeared in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to highlight the problem of packaging waste washed up on local beaches. Burnham-On-Sea artist Jacob Dear's work has appeared on the side of Calm coffee shop in Chapel Street, as pictured. More...

New musical director for band
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band has this week announced the appointment of their new musical director. As a cornet player, Ellis Holt has played in brass bands at all levels, from 4th to championship section. He was principal cornet for Castleton Brass for six years. More...

Photos: Pig rescued from ditch
A HUGE 20-stone pig was rescued from a ditch by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters after being chased by a boar trying to mount her, a local farmer has said this week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here, fire crews were called to the farm at Lympsham. More..

Town hotel's new lease of life
A MAJOR renovation project to give a new lease of life to Highbridge's former George Hotel by turning it into a new furniture store is progressing well. Matt and Emily Scott, the owners of the former hotel in Church Street, plan to open 'Sopha', a new furniture store. More...

100+ jobs on offer in Burnham
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this Saturday (January 27th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the park in Marine Drive when all are welcome. More...

Man accused of killing in court
A MAN accused of killing Highbridge woman Laura Biss appeared in court via a video link on Thursday (January 25th). Christopher Harris, 34, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Laura, whose body was found in Burnham Road early on Saturday. More...

Beach concessions available
BREAN Parish Council is seeking local traders to set up concessions on Brean Beach over the holiday season. Parish Council Clerk Jacqueline Manning said this week that Brean Parish Council has openings for concessions trading on Brean Beach over the holiday period. More...

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

MP backs Holocaust memorial
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment and pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on Saturday (January 27). Mr Heappey has been honouring victims this week. More...

Mayor's tribute to murder victim
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has this week spoken of his "utter shock" at the death of a young mother in the town at the weekend. Laura Biss, aged 34, was killed during the early hours of Saturday morning (20th January) and Police have launched a murder investigation. More...

Erosion fears over beach plan
TOWN councillors have this week supported a new project that could see several of Burnham-On-Sea beach's historic Mulberry Harbour concrete blocks moved to a new exhibition. Over 30 of the beach Mulberry Harbour blocks are located near the town's lighthouse. More...

Fire crews rescue 20-stone pig
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out on Wednesday evening (January 24th) to rescue a 20-stone pig stuck in a water-filled ditch. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and a Special Rescue Team from Bridgwater were sent to Brean Road, Lympsham, at 5.45pm. More...

Do you recognise this man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have released these CCTV images of a person they want to identify as part of their investigation into a New Year's Eve incident in the town. They are trying to identify the man following some anti-social behaviour and damage on December 31st. More...

Young farmers boost for RNLI
MEMBERS of Highbridge Young Farmers’ club visited Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat station on Wednesday (24th January) where they handed over a cheque for £551. The group talked with the crew, saw the lifeboats and explained how the money had been raised. More...

Brent Knoll wassailing success
BRENT Knoll's Westcroft Cider Farm attracted hundreds of spectators for its traditional wassailing event at the weekend. Local music acts Six Machine and Daft Folk entertained the crowds alongside belly dancers, The Mummers, Nat Topping and Brent Knoll School. More...

Power cut hits Burnham homes
AROUND 50 homes in Burnham-On-Sea are without power this morning (Wednesday). Western Power Distribution said a total of 46 homes in the Burnham area were without electricity following a supply issue which the company is working on resolving as quickly as possible. More...

Residents' anger over sat-navs
ANGRY Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week called for more to be done to stop holidaymakers using in-car sat-nav systems from being mis-directed into their residential roads instead of Burnham Holiday Village. Gillian Kidner, a resident of Atlantic Crescent, is among the residents who have spoken out. More...

Dozens attend homes meeting
DOZENS of concerned residents attended a special meeting in East Huntspill this week to air their views about plans for a major new development of 40 homes. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, the developer Core Strategic Land is seeking permission. More...

Highbridge will get new school
BURNHAM-On-Sea won't benefit from a huge £140million schools building programme unveiled by Somerset County Council this week despite a confusing statement suggesting it may do. Instead, the council has confirmed a new school will be built in Highbridge. More...

Family of Laura issue statement
THE family of murdered Highbridge woman Laura Biss have released a touching tribute following her tragic death at the weekend. Laura, aged 34, died during the early hours of Saturday morning (20th January). Laura’s family said in a statement issued today (Tuesday). More...

Top award for Burnham firm
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea beauty salon are celebrating this week after winning a leading national apprenticeship award. Paul and Sarah Hallaran have won the 'Small UK Employer Of The Year' award at the National Apprenticeship Awards held in London. More...

Tributes paid to Laura Biss, 34
HEARTFELT trubutes have been paid to Highbridge resident Laura Biss, 34, whose body was found in the town at the weekend. Christopher Harris, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Laura, whose body was found in Burnham Road during the early hours of Saturday. More...

Photos: Injured swan rescued
A RESCUE boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Monday (January 22nd) to help wildlife rescuers retrieve a badly injured swan on a canal near Bridgwater. Secret World called for the help of BARB Search & Rescue's inshore rescue boat and volunteers. More...

Volunteering 'was a lifesaver'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who suffered two strokes and lost his leg in a car accident says volunteering at a local organisation has been a 'lifesaver' for him. Cliff Puddy, 73, from Burnham-On-Sea, has volunteered with Healthwatch Somerset and says it has had huge benefits. More...

Man charged with town murder
POLICE have charged a 35-year-old man in connection with the death of a woman in Highbridge at the weekend, who they have named as Laura Biss. Christopher Harris, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Laura, whose body was found on the Burnham Road early on Saturday. More...

New school pledged for town
A HUGE £140million schools building and improvement programme unveiled by the County Council this week will see one new school being built in 'Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge', it was announced today (Monday). A new 420-pupil school is to be built on the site of the Brue Farm housing development in Highbridge, which was reported a year ago by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Two vehicles rescued on beach
A FRESH warning about the danger of driving on beaches along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline has been issued after two vehicles became stranded over the weekend. BARB Search & Rescue's volunteer crews were called out on Sunday afternoon (January 21st). More...

Big crowds head to wassailing
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (January 20th). Cold, but dry weather boosted attendance levels at the events at Rich's Cider in Watchfield, near Burnham, pictured here. More...

Heavy rain causes flooding
A DAY of torrential rain caused flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea are on Sunday (January 21st). A local weather station in Burnham-On-Sea recorded a total of 27mm during the day as an Atlantic weather system headed through the region with large quantities of rain. More...

Murder investigation launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Highbridge on Saturday (20th January). The woman in her 30s - who has not been formally identified - died after she was in collision with a car in Burnham Road, which failed to stop, said Police
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'Don't flush away cotton buds'
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach have urged local residents not to flush plastic cotton buds down toilets because increasing numbers of them are being washed up on local beaches. The group of volunteers held their latest beach clean-up in Burnham on Saturday. More...

Police appeal after woman dies
POLICE have apppealed for witnesses after a woman was killed in Highbridge early on Saturday morning (January 20th) when she was hit by a car which failed to stop. Police were called to Burnham Road, Highbridge at around 2.20am where they found the woman, who was believed to be in her 30s
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Meeting over new homes plan
A MEETING is to be held for residents to air their view about plans for a major new development of 40 homes in East Huntspill. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here, the developer Core Strategic Land is seeking outline planning permission to build the homes. More...

Stabbing: Man admits killing
A BRISTOL person has admitted killing a man who died from a single stab wound at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last July. During a court appearance, Dominic Lacey pleaded guilty to manslaughter. It follows the more serious charge of murder being dropped. More...

Woman dies in Burnham Rd incident
POLICE have confirmed that a woman was killed early on Saturday after she was hit by a car which failed to stop in Highbridge. Police were called to Burnham Road, Highbridge at around 2.20am where they found the woman, believed to be in her 30s. The driver has since been arrested
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New Aldi to open this autumn
WORK has begun on a new access road at the site of Highbridge's planned new Aldi store, which is set to open later this year. Sedgemoor District Council approved plans for the new Aldi supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, in May last year. More...

BARB helps charity after fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has come to the aid of an independent rescue charity in Wales which lost much of its life-saving equipment in a devastating fire. When BARB heard about the major fire in November it wanted to help the group in some way. More...

Two kite festivals to be held
TWO high-flying beach kite festivals are set to be held in Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea this year. The first event will be held on June 2nd and 3rd on Berrow beach in front of Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, and Burnham-On-Sea Kite Festival will be held in September. More...

Wanted man has been found
A HIGHBRIDGE man who was being hunted by Police after he failed to appear at court on several charges has been found, Police said this afternoon (Friday). 33-year-old Wayne Savage, who is from the Highbridge area, was wanted for offences including breaching orders. More...

Highbridge Library could close
SOMERSET County Council has this week said Highbridge Library could close under new cost-cutting proposals unless community volunteers are found to keep it open. Highbridge Library in Market Street, pictured, is one of 15 of Somerset's 34 libraries that will have to find local helpers or close. More...

Crews in water rescue drill
OVER 20 members of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services teamed up this week to take part in a night-time water rescue exercise. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue took part in the training exercise on Wednesday evening (January 17th). More...

Burnham panto opens today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's award-winning Pantomime Society is making final preparations to perform its annual family show, the classic Robinson Crusoe. The show will open at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday 19th January and runs until Saturday 27th January. More...

Open evening at town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is set to hold a Sixth Form Open Evening this month when the facilities and work there will be showcased. The event will take place on Tuesday 30th January 2018 from 6-7.30pm when all will be welcome to attend and find out more. More...

1,300 homes unlikely to proceed
PROPOSALS for over 1,300 new homes to be built on fields north of Burnham-On-Sea's Stoddens Road are unlikely to proceed for at least 15 years, it has emerged this week. At a district council meeting to review their inclusion in Sedgemoor's Local Plan on Wednesday, a number of concerns were raised. More...

Mulberry blocks may be moved
SEVERAL of Burnham-On-Sea beach's historic Mulberry Harbour concrete blocks could be moved to a new exhibition. Over 30 of the Burnham-On-Sea beach Mulbery Harbour blocks are located near the town's low lighthouse, partially buried in the sands at the top of the beach. More...

Car recovered after hit and run
A CAR has been recovered and a driver is being hunted after a hit and run incident in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (January 17th). Police are hunting for the driver of a Volkswagen Passat, while another car linked to the driver was located in the Knowle area of Bristol. More...

Hinkley Point C to open in 2025
THE new boss of EDF says he's confident the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea will be producing electricity by 2025. The firm's CEO, Simone Rossi, visited the construction site on Wednesday morning (January 17th) to see the progress so far by the project. More...

Police hunt local wanted man
A MAN is being hunted by Police after he failed to appear at court on several charges. 33-year-old Wayne Savage, who is from the Highbridge area, is wanted for offences including breaching a court order and failing to appear at court on charges of criminal damage. More...

Police appeal after crash drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following a fail-to-stop crash in the town on Tuesday (January 16th). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Adam Street just after 3.30pm where a vehicle was left damaged and the elderly driver inside was left shaken
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4.95% council tax hike likely
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents could be landed with a 4.95% hike in their council tax bills this April. A big £20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government financial cutbacks. More...

Wassailing fun this weekend
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during local wassailing events this Saturday (January 20th). The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at two events in the Burnham area. More...

Warning of high winds for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned by The Met Office to expect more high winds plus snow showers and ice this week. A yellow warning for high winds gusting over 60mph has been issued for our area during today (Wednesday) and into Thursday. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (January 20th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Police chase drama after crash
EMERGENCY services descended on Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Tuesday following a two-car crash in which one vehicle failed to stop at the scene. Crews were called to Adam Street just after 3.30pm where a vehicle was left damaged and an elderly man inside was left in shock. More...

New coastal officer for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have a new Coastal Community Officer who is set to launch several new initiatives to reduce marine and beach litter and protect bathing water quality along our coastline. Tanya Cox has joined the Litter Free Coasts & Seas Somerset project as Coastal Community Officer. More...

Girl, 9, declines gifts for charity
A KIND-hearted Burnham-On-Sea youngster has celebrated her birthday with a selfless act by inviting family and friends to give donations to two charities close to her heart instead of buying her presents. Venice Winstone, pictured, celebrated her ninth birthday. More...

Warning of high winds for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned by The Met Office to expect more high winds this week. A yellow warning for overnight high winds has been issued for our area between 9pm on Wednesday January 17th and 1pm on Thursday 18th January - so residents are being urged to take care. More...

'Two Man Macbeth' in Burnham
A UNIQUE two-actor theatre production of Macbeth that makes Shakespeare fresh and exciting is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this February. Out of Chaos, a London-based touring company have won awards and filled theatres around the world since 2008 for their shows. More...

Fashion show set to return
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 1st 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 at this time. More...

'Halt beach fouling' says dog owner
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owner has urged pet owners to be more responsible and halt beach fouling after she cleaned up large amounts of dog mess on Sunday. Sue Lowe, pictured, collected 10kg of waste along Burnham-On-Sea's beach amid new concerns about the issue of dog fouling. More...

Anglers reel in good catches
BURNHAM-On-Sea angler Nigel Devey reeled in this bumper cod weighing 12lb 3oz during the opening boat fishing competition of the year on Sunday. Nigel won the annual Presidents Cup competition, organsied by Burnham Boat Owners, when a group took part. More...

Comedy night raises £500
A FUNDRAISING comedy night held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (January 13th) raised £500 for a local community group. The event at The Ritz Social Club was held for Hands of Change, which launched two years ago to encourage more social interaction. More...

Swim team off to a great start
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea swimmers made a splash when they competed in the first regional tournament of the year. Burnham-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team kicked off the 2018 season by taking part in the prestigious Derek & Val Ross Memorial Trophy Gala at the weekend. More...

'Person in river' sparks call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews were called out on Sunday following a sighting of a 'person' in a local river estuary. The HM Coastguard Operations Room in Milford Haven had received a call at just before 12.30pm to the sighting in the River Parrett. More...

Scheme aims to help hospitals
HOME First, a new Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds during this busy winter period by giving people the care they need at home. The numbers of people being admitted to local hospitals has increased significantly this winter, but the pressures are being relieved. More...

Road closed for bridge works
NETWORK Rail is to carry out work to two local bridges, leading to the temporary closure of two roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area starting this week. Stoddens Lane in Burnham-On-Sea will have a temporary road closure in place for five days from January 15th to 19th. More...

S&A Linens back in town store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's S&A Linens has recently re-opened as a large department within Scott's Furnishings in Victoria Street. It comes after S&A Linens' own dedicated shop in Burnham High Street closed last year after 27 years. Steve Scott outlined the changes. More...

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

Man denies murder of woman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man accused of murdering his former partner has denied the charge. Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road was charged with murder after his former partner, Lisa Marie Thornton, 36, was found dead at a property in Berrow Road on November 23rd. More...

Photos show beach in full glory
THESE spectacular new aerial images of Burnham-On-Sea have been filmed this week by a drone enthusiast on a day of winter sunshine. Owen Bishop took the shots of Burnham-On-Sea's low lighthouse and the sweeping coastline during Wednesday's bright weather. More...

Charity starts volunteer drive
WESTON Hospicecare shops in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a volunteer recruitment week during February. The event takes place from 5th-10th February and will allow interested volunteers to find out more about they can help at the charity's two shops in the town centre. More...

Man accused of death detained
A CROWN court judge has this week approved the continued detention of a man who is accused of a fatal stabbing in Burnham-On-Sea. Dominic Lacey is due to stand trial at Exeter Crown Court later in January, accused of the murder of Joseph Pearce, whose body was found in July. More...

Butcher to return to Burnham
A NEW butcher's shop is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Spring in a move that will be welcomed by shoppers. The new business, selling a wide range of fresh local meat, plans to open in the High Street in time for the start of the busy holiday season
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NHS advice issued on flu
SOMERSET County Council’s Public Health and NHS teams have this week reminded residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area that getting a flu jab and self-care are the best ways to stay well this winter. Amid long waiting times at local hospitals, the NHS wants to help local people. More...

Comedy night for town group
A FUNDRAISING comedy night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (January 13th) for a local community group. The event will held Hands of Change, based in Burnham-On-Sea, which launched two years ago to encourage more local community social interaction. More...

BBC star in area for quiz night
BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale will be the special guest at a unique quiz evening near Burnham-On-Sea in February. The sports presenter, who is a well known face of the BBC's coverage of events such as Wimbledon and the Six Nations rugby, will be visiting the village of Mark. More...

Solar farm's £50k local boost
A HUGE multi-million pound solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea is generating enough power for 2,000 homes - and its owners say £50,000 a year of 'surplus income' is to be given to local community groups. The site at Wick Farm has been running since June. More...

Referendum to be held in town
A REFERENDUM is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge later this year when residents will be given a chance to have their say on whether a new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. The document has been compiled over the last three years by local groups. More...

Rallying in her dad's memory
A LOCAL rally driver is gearing up to compete in this year's Brean Rally in memory of her father. Cheryl Spencer will be driving in the 22nd Brean Rally which is to be held during the weekend of 27th and 28th January 2018. "I am taking part in the rally as a local girl." More...

Lighthouse on top website
A PHOTO of Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse was the 'image of the day' on the front page of a leading search engine this week. The colourful photograph of the iconic low lighthouse was selected by Bing as the site's main cover image. It was taken by Robert Maynard. More...

Town memory tree raises £261
OVER £200 was for raised a local charity by a Burnham-On-Sea hotel encouraging visitors to attach colourful baubles and ribbons to a Christmas tree to serve as touching tributes to loved ones. The Victoria sold festive baubles and ribbons for charity over the festive period. More...

Box of foam caused Asda scare
A HIGHBRIDGE resident says a box of foam caused bomb disposal teams to carry out a controlled explosion of a 'suspicious item' on Tuesday. Police and an army Bomb disposal team were called to Asda in Highbridge's Caxton Road shortly after 7am, as we reported on Tuesday. More...

New restaurant in Burnham
A NEW restaurant is set to open for business today in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The Lounge replaces The Mitre in College Street with a revamped dining area and a new menu of local food. Managers Craig Peters and Jimie Scully are looking forward to welcoming diners. More...

Fire walk fundraiser to be held
ANIMAL lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being asked to take on the hottest walk of their lives in aid of local wildlife animal rescue charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The group, based in East Huntspill, is organising a sponsored fire walk on 17th February. More...

Burnham pub goes on sale
A TOWN centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea has gone on the market with buyers being sought by the agents. The freehold for The Old Pier Tavern in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street is available now.. The pub has a well known previous landlord from the music world. More...

Five new flats win approval
PROPOSALS for a new development of flats in Highbridge town centre, in place of office space, have been given the go ahead by Sedgemoor District Council. The council plans to build new 'Social Rented Housing' at the rear of Alpha House in Market Street, pictured. More...

Coast path closed by landslip
WALKERS using the England Coast Path between Burnham-On-Sea and Watchet are being advised that a section of the path has been closed by a landslip. Last week's stormy weather caused a section of cliff at St Audrie’s Bay to fall away. A new route is being worked on. More...

Asda re-open after scare
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket was closed on Tuesday morning as Police investigated "an unattended item" let outside the store. Police sealed off roads and paths around the store shortly after 7.30am following the discovery of what one eyewitness desccribed as a "box" outside the store. More...

Cash machine goes after raid
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cash machine which was severely damaged in a robbery last autumn has finally been removed this week - and it won't be replaced, say its owners. BT and Cashzone have decided not to replace it on the corner of the High Street and Adam Street. More...

Holiday park sale price is cut!
A BREAN beach holiday park which has put up for sale has been reduced in price to £995,000 this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village.. Specialist business property firm Christie & Co has been instructed to sell Lazy Days. More...

Food festival bursaries open
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's food festivals are offering support to new businesses to enable them to make their first steps into trading. Eat:Burnham-On-Sea has launched a new bursary that aims to encourage business start-ups and entrepreneurial spirit. More...

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

Berrow beach road re-opens
BERROW beach's access road has re-opened after council contractors carried out repairs and rubbish clearance following last week's storms. Sand and concrete were washed away from around the road's surface, leaving a sharp drop that could damage vehicles. More...

Crews called to suspicious fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a tackle a 'suspicious' blaze at a home in Puriton early this morning (Monday). Three fire appliances from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Canns Lane, Puriton where the porch of a property was on fire. More...

Trinity Close lights raised £10k
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights raised a huge final total of more than £10,000 for charity. Crowds of visitors flocked to the Trinity Close display over the five weeks, and they dug deep for this year's charities, raising £10,427. More...

Damaged local road stays shut
BERROW beach's access road remains closed today (Monday) after storms damaged it last week. Sand and concrete were washed away from around the road's surface, leaving a sharp drop at the end that could damage vehicles, and large amounts of rubbish were washed up. More...

Panto fun comes to Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's award-winning Pantomime Society is making final preparations to perform its annual family show, the classic Robinson Crusoe. The show will open at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday 19th January and runs until Saturday 27th January. More...

Local 'autism champion' dies
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited resident in West Huntspill who championed autism support. Campbell Main, pictured, passed away peacefully but suddenly at home on January 2nd, aged 85. Allison Ward has led the tributes on behalf of the autism community. More...

Recycling centre takes cups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge coffee drinkers are now able to recycle single-use plastic-lined paper coffee cups from High Street cafe and takeaway chains for the first time. Higbhridge's Isleport Recycling Centre has begun taking the plastic-lined cups. More...

146 arrested for drink driving
A TOTAL of 146 people were arrested for drink and drug driving this Christmas as part of local Police's crackdown across the region. The 'Operation Tonic' road safety campaign saw 78 people charged and a further 40 people were released under investigation by Police. More...

World champion speaks out
WORLD speedway Champion Jason Doyle has given his first interview since sealing a sensational return to the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels. Aussie ace Doyle, a favourite with Rebels fans after his previous spell with the club, lifted the biggest prize last year. More...

40 new homes in East Huntspill
PLANS for a major development of 40 new homes in East Huntspill have been unveiled this week. The developer, Core Strategic Land, is seeking outline planning permission to build the new properties on green land at New Road in the village of East Huntspill near Burnham. More...

Swan hit by train is rescued
A YOUNG swan has had a lucky escape after being hit by a train - and is now recovering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. The bird has been rescued from the railway line between Taunton and Bridgwater after the wildlife charity received a call. More...

Hip hop artist heads on tour
BURNHAM-On-Sea hip hop artist Joe Mooney is heading off on a tour across the UK and Australia. Joe, who is better known as Big Smokin’ Joe, will be performing at the Old Pier Tavern in Burnham this evening (Saturday) before heading to Australia on his musical tour. More...

Photos: Storm causes damage
SAND dunes have been cut back, beach safety signs have been destroyed and a beach access road closed along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline following this week's storms and high tides. The sand dunes on Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow beaches have been cut back 10-20 feet in some spots. More...

£9,600 boost for town hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club members have raised a huge £9,600 for the Friends of Burnham Hospital. The Club Captains picked the YMCA and The Friends of Burnham Hospital as their nominated charities of the year and this weeek handed over the money raised. More...

Rock Choir seek new members
A 'PIONEERING contemporary choir' in Burnham-On-Sea is encouraging local teenagers and adult to join its group. Rock Choir Burnham-On-Sea meets weekly during term time on Thursday evenings at the St John’s Ambulance HQ in Highbridge from 7.30pm. More...

Could you become a PCSO?
AVON and Somerset Police is welcoming applications for "enthusiastic, confident and resilient members of the community" to serve as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The force says it's committed to investing in neighbourhood policing across the region. More...

Town charity given £3k boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of Burnham teenager Charley Marks has received a financial boost. In Charley's Memory was set up after 18 year-old Charley took his own life in September 2014. The charity now supports and helps hundreds of young people. More...

Mixed Xmas trade in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea traders experienced a mostly positive festive season of business amid an increase in visitor numbers to the town centre. Footfall counters in Burnham-On-Sea town centre show there were 5.8% more shoppers in the High Street in the run-up to Christmas than a year before
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Post office plan wins backing
BERROW Parish Councillors last night (Wednesday) voted in favour of the village's Post Office being converted into a residential home. It now looks certain that the post office, in Berrow Road, will change from being a mixed-use to a single-use home. More...

New appeal after 'mass brawl'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week said they are continuing to investigate a 'mass brawl' in the town centre during Christmas week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Police were called to a 'mass brawl' in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street. More...

Storm leaves trail of damage
STRONG onshore winds from Storm Eleanor left a trail of damage in Burnham-On-Sea. Two yellow marker poles on the town’s jetty were damaged by the force of the sea water, with one twisted in the storm and the other bent over. Seafront gratings and beach signs were also damaged. More...

Beekeeping course to begin
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Bee Keepers are launching a new beginners course on beekeeping this month. The group is organising a six-week course for local people to get involved and find out more about how to keep honey bees in the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Festival duo up for two awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds have this week been named among the finalists in this year's Weston Business Awards. The Burnham-On-Sea based duo behind the Eat:festivals are finalists in two categories this year. More...

VIDEO: Storm Eleanor hits town
BURNHAM-On-Sea seafront was hit by 70mph winds early on Wednesday as big waves caused plumes of spray to be blown onto The Esplanade, leaving debris, pools of water and some damage. Big waves broke against the sea wall at high tide at just before 7.30am, as pictured here
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Skating rink shut for high winds
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink will be closed on Wednesday (January 3rd) due to the Met Office's warning of severe weather - and will re-open on Thursday for its final two days of the Christmas season. Organisers said they are not taking any risks during the winds. More...

Town cafe explains low score
A LACK of staff due to illness caused a Burnham-On-Sea town centre cafe to receive a low food hygiene score. BOS Cafe in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has spoken out after it received a surprise 'two-star' rating in Sedgemoor District Council's latest inspection. More...

Hinkley buoy is washed up
A MARKER buoy has been washed up onto Burnham-On-Sea's beach during this week's high tides. The metal Fugro marker buoy was washed up near the low lighthouse after breaking free from its anchor near Hinkley Point. It has been used there to mark the new jetty that is being built. More...

Warning ahead of big storm
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could experience wind gusts of up to 80mph during Wednesday, the Met Office has warned as Storm Eleanor heads into the region. The fifth named storm of the season will bring a "very windy" spell of weather and raises the prospect of potential flooding in the area. More...

24 beach dog walkers fined
A TOTAL of 24 dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea have been fined during the past year for walking their pets on the town's beach between the jetty and Pavilion. Sedgemoor District Council has revealed the number receiving fines in a bid to deter owners from getting caught. More...

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