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Man held after town centre fight
A 30 year-old man has been arrested by police in Highbridge after a fight involving a knife. Three teams of police officers and an ambulance crew were called to Market Street on Thursday evening (July 30th) after reports of an altercation. Police were called to Market Street, opposite the One Stop Shop, at 7.45pm. More...

Cyclist hurt in road accident
A CYCLIST was treated for minor injuries after a collision with a vehicle at a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (July 31st). Police and ambulance crews were called to the Edithmead roundabout besides junction 22 of the M5 motorway at 7.15am, as pictured. More...

Six in race to be carnival queen
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and two Princesses will be chosen at a ceremony in the town this evening (Friday July 31st). Organisers said they had received six entries for the position of Queen and 13 entries for the role of Princesses by the deadline earlier this week. More...

Meet TV chef Martin Blunos
A CELEBRITY TV chef will be at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 1st) to officially launch a new concession. Martin Blunos, who has a regular slot as a guest chef on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, will be showing off his cooking skills at Sanders Garden World from 12pm-3pm. More...

Police target illegal parking
ILLEGAL parking in Burnham-On-Sea town centre is to be tackled by local police officers over the next three months. The problem was selected as the top priority at the latest Burnham Police PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting, which was well attended by residents. More...

FA football coaching in town
BUDDING football stars of the future will be able to show off their skills at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Two free-of-charge FA Skills Days are taking place on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August at the Tesco store in Ben Travers Way from 11am-6pm. More...

MP: 'Halt anti-social drinking'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week challenged the Government on what action they are taking to reduce irresponsible and anti-social drinking. David Heathcoat-Amory has taken up the matter with the Government to ensure supermarkets play their part in stopping the problems. More...

48 new homes for Burnham
A housing developer has this week been given permission to build 48 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea. Swindon-based Bloor Homes had applied to construct the properties on land off Thorndike Way and Cookson Close. The development covers one, two and three bed "affordable" homes. More...

Tesco expansion approved
Exclusive: Planning bosses have this week granted permission to Tesco to extend its Burnham-On-Sea store - but placed 19 conditions on the company. The supermarket giant had applied for permission to build extensions to its South and East elevations and create a new formation of access at its store in Ben Travers Way. More...

Safety advice at drop-in centre
BURNHAM and Highbridge residents can now get fire safety advice and discuss council housing issues with Sedgemoor District Council bosses at the Asda police pod in Highbridge. A series of new drop-in sessions has been arranged over the coming weeks for the benefit of local residents. More...

Man robbed in Berrow Road
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses and information after a robbery in Berrow Road in Burnham-On-Sea. The incident occurred on Monday (July 27th) between 10.30pm and 11pm. The victim was walking from Manor Gardens along Berrow Road, away from the town centre. More...

Call for action at danger junction
Exclusive: Concerned residents in Highbridge have this week called on the County Council to improve safety at a road junction where they say "an accident is waiting to happen." Residents of Isleport Lane say speed limits should be cut along neighbouring Mark Road and a fence that "severely hampers the visibility of motorists" should be cut back. More...

Sue becomes a London statue!
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident became a 'living statue' in London's Trafalgar Square at the weekend. Sue Quatermass, a community development worker in Burnham and Highbridge, was chosen to be one of the 2,400 people spending an hour alone on the empty plinth. More...

Lifeguards set for busy summer
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach will again be in safe hands this summer after the town's lifeguards this week completed an extensive training course in preparation for the holiday season. They have undergone a course covering rescue, resuscitation and first aid plus beach safety skills. More...

Work to begin on fire-hit hotel
WORK to renovate this fire-damaged former hotel in Highbridge will finally begin in August after Sedgemoor District Council this week said it had given permission for the work to begin. The Highbridge Hotel will be cleared of anything structurally unsound, while preserving those areas of the property covered by listed building regulations. More...

Body of porpoise found on beach
THE body of this dead porpoise was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea Beach on Monday morning (July 27th) - the second such discovery in as many years. Sedgemoor District Council collected the carcass, pictured here, after a resident near Maddock's Slade spotted it and alerted the council. More...

Novelty cake wins chef award
THIS colourfully decorated cake has won a Burnham-On-Sea school chef a top award in a culinary competition. Wendy Bishop, Catering Manager at St Andrew’s Junior School in Burnham, has been awarded a Gold award for her Decorated Celebration Cake in the 'Finishing Touches' competition, organised by LACA, the Local Authority Caterers Association. More...

Regeneration to be debated
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's regeneration plans will be debated at a public meeting in the town on Wednesday evening (July 29th). The Chamber of Trade has invited a rep from the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) to explain its decision, along with local council bosses. More...

Hula hoop record bid at Berrow
A HULA hooping world record attempt is set to be held on Berrow beach at the end of August. The bid is set to be held on Sunday August 30th from 11am-2pm, with the record attempt itself taking place at 12 noon. Organisers need to attract over 2,290 people to beat the record. More...

Tessa is dinner lady for a day!
TESSA Munt, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Burnham-On-Sea, spent a day serving lunches in a local school last week to see for herself how meals have changed since she was a pupil. She was impressed with the meals on offer and served up a few meals to the pupils. More...

BBC to film TV series on beach
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Beaches will come under the microscope on Thursday (July 30th) when a BBC TV crew will be filming there. The makers of BBC2's Horizon series will be filming several scenes on the beaches for a discussion on the programme about quantum physics. More...

Burnham's last butcher to close
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's last remaining High Street butcher's shop looks set to close later this year. 'Shop To Let' boards have been erected outside Palmers and shop manager Mike Gould (pictured below) confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that competition from local supermarkets has proved too much for butcher. More...

RNLI fundraiser earns award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat fundraiser has been recognised for her dedication. Jan Pearce, Treasurer and Acting Chairman of the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge RNLI Fundraising Branch, was presented with a Silver Award for Fundraising by Admiral Lord Boyce in Poole. More...

More vehicles in difficulty on beach
SOFT sand and fast incoming tides on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area have again caught out several vehicle drivers this week. The huge crane pictured above got into difficulty on Burnham-On-Sea beach, near Maddock's Slade, while attempting to reach the low lighthouse. More...

Four stranded in mid-air on fair ride
FIRE crews from across Somerset were called to Brean Leisure Park on Friday (July 24th) after four people became trapped on a huge fairground ride. The Fire Service was called to help four youngsters stuck on 'Extreme', a high-level fairground ride at the park. They were evntually lowered to safety with the help of the fire crews. More...

Tornado sweeps over Burnham
THESE were the remarkable scenes in the skies over Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (July 23rd) as a mini twister swept through our area. Burnham-On-Sea.com reader Graham Powell took these photos of the funnel cloud as it moved quickly across the skies in our area. Several forum users also reported seeing the twister. More...

New tourism group launches
A NEW association to unite Somerset's tourism trade and bring more visitors into the county has been launched this week with a ceremony at a much-loved local landmark. The Somerset Tourism Association Community Interest Company (STA) will allow local tourism businesses to have their say on how the industry is run. More...

Green Flag award for Apex
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park has this week been awarded a Green Flag Award for 2009-2010. The results of this year's Green Flag Award were announced by TV star Michaela Strachan at a Green Flag Awards Ceremony in Bournemouth on Wednesday afternoon (22nd July). More...

Dramatic rescue on Brean beach
A MAN trapped in waist-deep mud on Brean beach with a fast-incoming tide around him has been rescued after a race against time on Wednesday afternoon (July 22nd). Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was called out to help the man at 3.30pm, after a beach warden spotted him. More... | Video

Pupils promoted to teachers!
TWO pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school became assistant head teachers for a day as a reward for their 100 per cent attendance during the school year. Oliver Cook and Charlotte Small from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School, were promoted on Wednesday (July 22nd). More...

Police 'winning war on drugs'
RESIDENTS in Highbridge have this week been told by police that they are winning the war on drug dealing in the town. More than 30 people attended a special PACT meeting (Partners and Communities Together) at Highbridge Community Centre on Tuesday (July 21st). More...

Town concert tickets selling fast
TICKETS are selling fast for this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Mid-Summer Madness concert, which will be held over two nights at the town's Princess Theatre. The event, which replaces 'Under A Summer Moon', will bring together a top line-up of entertainers on Friday 24th July and Saturday 25th July. More...

PCs and cash stolen in break-ins
Exclusive: Thieves stole computers and cash during two night-time break-ins in East Huntspill last week. Burnham-On-Sea police officers are investigating whether the two break-ins, in Church Road and Willow Close, are connected although they currently think that they are probably not. More...

Britain In Bloom judges visit town
JUDGES from the Britain In Bloom competition visited Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (July 21st) and were impressed with the colourful floral displays on show across the town. The two judges were met by Burnham Mayor Derick Cooper and Burnham In Bloom organisers Richard Young and Dave Perrett. More...

Regeneration group 'mothballed'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Regeneration Partnership is being 'mothballed' due to a lack of funding, we can reveal. The group is being disbanded and its Chairperson, former County Councillor Rosemarie Parsons, has confirmed she will step down in September without a replacement being appointed. More...

Serious crash causes M5 delays
THIS multi-vehicle accident caused delays for motorists on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (July 21st). A lorry collided with a Highways Agency vehicle on the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway near to junction 23. Police officers, fire crews and ambulances were called to the scene at 11.30am. More...

Pupils' busy end to school term
IT has been a very busy end to the school term this week for sixth form students at Highbridge's King Alfred School. The school's Sixth Form Committee have been busy making preparations for the new term in September, laying down plans to receive the new Year 12s at a Freshers' Fayre. More...

Wildlife in spotlight at Berrow
GUIDED wildlife walks were one of the activities on offer during a special Dunes Discovery Day at Berrow on Saturday (July 18th). Pond dipping, a wildlife quiz and plant hunting were enjoyed by visitors to Berrow Nature Reserve. Somerset Moth Group's Bill Irwin was among the experts at the event. More...

Lucky escape for elderly motorist
AN elderly motorist was treated for shock after this accident in Brent Knoll on Monday morning (July 20th). Police were called to Brent Street at 11am after the red Fiat Panda crashed head-on into a tree, as pictured. Brent Street was partially closed while emergency services were at the scene. More...

Man sentenced over sex photos
A 25-year-old Burnham-On-Sea man has this week been sentenced to a three-year community order after pleading guilty to possessing child porn images. John Riches, of Aldwych Close, blamed a 'troubled childhood' and his inability to express his feelings for his actions. He was sentenced on Monday. More...

Public police meetings this week
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to have their say about policing at two public meetings this week. Burnham's PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting will be held on Thursday July 23rd at 7.30pm in the Town Council Chambers and Highbridge's on Tuesday evening. More...

Burnham sickness bug latest
AN outbreak of a sickness bug at a Burnham-On-Sea school is being brought under control, with just a dozen pupils still away on Monday morning (July 20th). A total of 48 pupils at Burnham Infants School were taken ill last week as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Royal rider Zara in local action
Exclusive: ROYAL horse rider Zara Phillips competed at a horse trials near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 18th). The daughter of Princess Anne attended the Stockland Lovell horse trials besides Hinkley Point, as pictured here, where she competed on three horses and did well in two categories. More...

Stert Island Swim in photos
WESTON
swimmer Mark Dunstone won first place in Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling Stert Island Swim this afternoon (Sunday, July 19th). The annual 2,400m sea swim went ahead despite high winds and choppy seas making challenging conditions. Several competitors were unable to finish. More... | Photo Gallery | Full Results | Online video

Flower show raises hundreds
A COLOURFUL flower festival held at a church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea attracted crowds of visitors over the weekend. Over a dozen flower displays with the theme birthdays and anniversaries were on show at the two-day event which was held inside Edithmead Church
. More...

Councils in row over Hinkley
A DEAL
between several local councils and a nuclear energy firm to process plans for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, has led to fears that it will by-pass the democratic process. Campaigners from the Stop Hinkley group say there is a "clear conflict of interest". More...

Lifeboat helps pair in river
In video: A Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew was launched on Saturday afternoon (July 18th) to help two sailors in difficulty in the River Brue. The Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched at 4pm from the jetty to assist a yacht that had run aground on the muddy banks of the river estuary near to Highbridge's sewer works. More...

In photos: Lions Family Fun Day
A DAY
of non-stop fun organised by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club was held on the seafront at its Family Fun Day on Saturday (July 18th). The free event was opened by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper on the South Esplanade and included entertainment from six local groups. More...

Kids centre celebrates five years
POOR weather failed to dampen spirits at Highbridge Children's Centre on Friday (July 17th), which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a busy day of activities. Staff, parents and children flocked to the centre in Coronation Road for the special event, held throughout the day at the centre. More...

Victorian circus comes to Brean
A VICTORIAN
-themed circus show has arrived at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea, and is set to entertain holidaymakers throughout the summer season. The Voltini Sideshow is taking place in a darkened Victorian-style tent near the entrance to the leisure park. More...

Fire scare at Burnham bank
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to a town centre bank on Friday afternoon (July 17th) after staff reported a smell of burning. Two fire engines were sent to Nat West Bank in Regent Street to investigate shortly after 4pm, as pictured here. No sign of a fire was found during the incident. More...

Fashion show raises RNLI cash
A FUNDRAISING
fashion s how held at Brean on Wednesday (July 15th) to raise money for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI raised more than £300. The event included entertainment from Burnham’s Wrinkly Rappers and comedian Jim Darch. There were several fashion parades from local retailers. More...

Burnham ready for Bloom judges
Exclusive: FINAL preparations are being made in Burnham-On-Sea this week for the yearly visit by the judges from the Britain In Bloom competition. Residents are being urged to tidy their gardens and keep the town litter-free ahead of the judges' visit on Tuesday July 21st. More...

CCTV photo released by police
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week released this CCTV image of a man they want to talk to in connection with an attempted theft from a Brent Knoll garden centre. Police want help in identifying the white man who may be able to help with their enquiries into the attempted theft of a garden strimmer. More...

Norovirus outbreak hits Burnham school
Exclusive: ALMOST 50 pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school have been struck down by the Norovirus sickness bug. The headteacher of Burnham Infants School, Andrew Marsh, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday morning (July 16th): "I can confirm that 48 of our 210 pupils have caught Norovirus and are not at school today." More...

Family Fun Day this Saturday
A DAY of non-stop fun is promised by Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club when the group holds its annual Family Fun Day on the town's seafront this Saturday (July 18th). The free event will be held on the South Esplanade from 11am-4pm and will include entertainment from six local groups, plus various attractions. More...

Fire crews called to kitchen blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea attended a kitchen fire in Watchfield, near Highbridge, on Thursday morning (July 16th). On their arrival, the fire appeared to be out, but after further investigation the crews found there were still hot spots from within an oil-fuelled Aga. More...

Fears for community group's future
Exclusive: THE future of one of Burnham-On-Sea's largest community groups could be in jeopardy if thousands of pounds cannot be found for urgently-needed repairs to the town's Community Centre. Burnham's University of the Third Age has more than 500 members and runs over 40 classes from the centre in Berrow Road. More...

Mayor unveils new history board
A NEW information board displaying photographs and the history behind the former brick works at Apex Park in Highbridge was officially unveiled by the town's Mayor on Wednesday afternoon (July 15th). Members of he Friends of Apex Park Group has been working on the project for two years. More...

Call for horticultural entries
GARDENERS, growers, handicraft hobbyists, cooks and amateur photographers alike are being invited to take part in Burnham-On-Sea & District Horticultural Society’s 42nd annual show. There are 10 sections and 133 classes to be entered with cups, shields, medals, trophies and tankards to be won. More...

Pontin's boosted by recession
PONTIN'S, the holiday parks company founded at Brean in 1946 by Fred Pontin, has this week reported a 25% surge in bookings as cash-strapped holidaymakers turn to cheap stay-at-home breaks. The company is in the midst of one of its busiest-ever booking periods. More...

Seafront boy racers in firing line
Exclusive: SEAFRONT residents in Burnham-On-Sea are tackling the problem of speeding motorists with the launch of a new community speedwatch group. Armed by speed guns, the group of six reisdents, who include town councillor Neville Jones, launched the group on the South Esplanade on Tuesday evening (July 14th). More...

200 compete in sandcastle event
O
VER 200 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the district gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (July 14th) to take part in a mass sandcastle building competition. The youngsters from across the area took part in the contest next to the town's jetty. More...

Drugs discovery shocks resident
Exclusive: A shocked resident in Burnham-On-Sea was stunned to find this bag of drugs discarded on a busy town centre pavement at the weekend. The discovery of the bag of cannabis was made by a woman walking home along Abingdon Street on Sunday evening (July 12th). More...

Stranded vehicle pulled to safety
THIS Land Rover had to be towed to safety after getting stuck in mud half a mile from the beach at Brean on Monday afternoon (July 13th). Burnham-based charity BARB was called to the scene at 3.15pm after the trapped vehicle with three people inside was spotted almost half a mile from the shore by beachwarden Dave Furber. More...

Turbo-charged fundraising!
QUICK-thinking organisers of the Highbridge and Burnham carnival have come up with a speedy way of driving up fundraising for this year's event. They have bought this fully-working replica of Lewis Hamilton's Formula One car and launched a competition for a child to win a ride in it. More...

Cold callers not welcome here!
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week launched a brand new 'no cold calling zone' in Pawlett. With zones now in operation across much of Burnham, additional schemes are now being rolled out into rural areas, with East Huntspill also set to follow during the next few weeks. More...

New exhibition opens at gallery
AN EXHIBITION of colourful paintings by Burnham-On-Sea artist Peter Howe has opened in the town this week. The display of artwork is open each day at Sea Breeze gallery in Victoria Street until Saturday August 1st. Somerset-born Peter has had many paintings exhibited across the world. More...

Drop-in sessions start in town
THE first of a series of weekly 'community drop-in sessions' is being held at Highbridge's police pod on Tuesday (July 14th). The centre, which is located in the Asda car park, will be open every Tuesday from 10am-2pm, when it will be manned by volunteers from Highbridge's LAT and local PCSOs. More...

MP at special regeneration meeting
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade met MP David Heathcoat-Amory at a special meeting in the town over the weekend to discuss how to take forward plans for regeneration. It follows the recent decision by the South West Regional Development Agency not to award £750,000 of vital funding to the project. More...

Stricken sailor swims to Down
A SAILOR who fell overboard into the Bristol Channel from his trimaran managed to swim to Brean Down on Saturday (July 11th) where he was rescued by a team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards. The sailor, from Weston, had set sail alone from Uphill on Saturday morning, but had got into dificulty in Weston Bay. More...

Park concert draws big crowd
WARM summer weather and a great line-up of musicians attracted a big crowd to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon (July 12th). The 12th annual Picnic In the Park was headlined by the highly-acclaimed Blues band ZZ Birmingham. They belted out almost an hour of top music. More...

BARB starts summer open days
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor and Mayoress were among the visitors to a new series of summer open days being held at the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. Danny Titcombe and his partner Jo Hughes met crewmembers and also climbed onboard the life-saving Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, pictured. More...

Sun shines on King Alfred Fair
FACE painting was one of the many fun activities at a Highbridge school's annual summer fair on Sunday (July 12th). King Alfred School's popular event included a traditional 'splat the rat' fairgraound game and a chance to throw a wet sponge at teacher Jean Paul Hoskins! More...

Dog walker injured in beach fall
THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday morning (July 11th) when Coastguards came to the rescue of a lady who had suffered a suspected broken leg in a fall. A team of Burnham Coastguards carried the middle-aged woman on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance after she fell near Maddock's Slade. More...

New bistro opened in Burnham
A BRAND new bistro and coffee house opened in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 11th). Yorkshire couple Sam and Steven Crowden have taken over the lease of the former French's Cafe in College Street, which shut down at the end of 2008. They officially opened on Saturday. More...

Third case of Swine Flu emerges
Exclusive: THE parent of a Berrow Primary School pupil has become the latest person in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be affected by Swine Flu, it emerged on Friday (July 10th). The father has been struck with a suspected case of the bug, and his child is not attending the school as a precaution. More...

Dreamscheme tidy-up in town
YOUNG members of Highbridge's Dreamscheme launched a big clean-up operation in the town to ensure it was tidy before the visit of judges from the Britain In Bloom competition. The enthusiastic group of 20 children and their leaders collected several sackfuls of rubbish from around the town. More...

Bloom judges praise Highbridge
JUDGES from the annual Britain In Bloom competition visited Highbridge on Thursday (July 9th) when the town showed off many colourful flower displays. Organisers from the Highbridge In Bloom committee have been busy making final preparations for the special day during recent weeks. More...

Get set for Picnic In The Park!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 12th annual Picnic In the Park is set to be held in the town's Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th). The entertainment will be headed by the highly-aclaimed group Zee Zee Birmingham, who will bring their unique style of music to the popular free annual event. More...

Fire false alarm at Morrisons
A FIRE alert at Burnham-On-Sea's newly-opened Morrisons supermarket on Thursday afternoon (July 9th) turned out to be a lot of hot air! A Burnham fire engine was sent to the new Pier Street store at 1.05pm after its alarms were activated - but it later emerged that a bakery oven had caused the alert. More...

Thieves target parking machines
Exclusive: THIEVES have attacked several parking payment machines along Burnham seafront this week, stealing money from inside and causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Several of the solar-powered machines along the North Esplanade have been attacked and coins taken from inside. More...

Princess drinks licence approved
Exclusive: BURNHAM town councillors have this week reversed their decision to disallow the town's Princess Hall to sell alcohol until midnight every day and on special occasions until 2am. Members of the council's Planning Committee had rejected the plan, but the full council has overturned the decision. More...

Search for carnival queen starts
THE search is on to find his year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and two Princesses. The successful entrants will lead the Burnham and Highbridge Carnival Procession on Monday 9th November and also present awards to the winners on the annual carnival presentation night later in the year. More...

Second case of Swine Flu reported
A PUPIL at King Alfred School in Highbridge was named as the second person in the Burnham area to be suffering from suspected Swine Flu on Wednesday (July 8th). Head teacher Keith Diffey told Burnham-On-Sea.com that a girl in Year 8 of the school had been diagnosed with Swine flu. More...

Nick appointed Mayor's cadet
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week formally welcomed his official new cadet for the coming year. Cllr Derick Cooper named Burnham Scout Nick Jones during this week's town council meeting and congratulated him on his new position, which he got after an interview. More...

Fashion show for lifeboat charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat supporters will be able to support the life-saving charity at a fashion show in Brean on Wednesday July 15th. The event, to be held at Brean Leisure Centre, will include a raffle and entertainment from Burnham-On-Sea's very own Wrinkly Rappers. More...

£80,000 book boost for charity
BLIND and visually-impaired children are to benefit from an £80,000 modernisation of a book production department at a charity based in Highbridge. The revamped, digitalised 'CustomEyes' equipment has expanded at the National Blind Children's Society and was unveiled at a special ceremony. More...

Group raises £750 for helicopter
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge 123 and The Julie Bowden School of Dancing have handed over £750 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance following a fundraising event. Members of the Burnham lodge visited the headquarters of the Air Ambulance at Sherborne, as pictured. More...

Couple star on BBC1 TV show
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple's search for a new home was the centre of attention on BBC1's To Buy Or Not To Buy TV programme on Tuesday morning (July 7th). John and Shirley Endall appeared on the show with the intention of moving home from Burnham to their family in Staffordshire. More...

Dramatic new town drugs raid
Exclusive: THIS was the dramatic moment when police in Highbridge this week raided a home in the centre of the town and then arrested a man in connection with drugs charges. Officers forced their way into the flat in Church Street by breaking down a front door and then arrested a man inside. More...

Swine Flu alert in Highbridge
Exclusive: A teacher at a Highbridge school has this week become the first local person to contract suspected Swine Flu. A letter was distributed to parents at St John's School on Tuesday afternoon (July 7th) telling them about the situation and offering advice, signed by acting headteacher Claire Nurse. More...

Berrow dunes day to be held
WILDLIFE enthusiasts are to hold a 'Dunes Discovery Day' at Berrow Nature Reserve to help raise awareness of the importance of the land. A range of activities for all ages will be taking place at the event on Saturday July 18th from 2-5pm including pond dipping, badge making and a guided walk. More...

Foley Parkway is open at last!
AFTER more than 30 years of campaigning by local councillors and residents, the long-awaited opening of Burnham-On-Sea's 'road-to-nowhere', the Frank Foley Parkway, finally took place on Tuesday (July 7th). Cllr John Edney, Chairman of Somerset County Council, opened the new section of road. More...

MP visits Guides' photo event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was the special guest at a fundraising photography exhibition organised by the town's Guides to raise money for young women in Liberia. The event was held at Burnham Scout HQ in Stoddens Road and was visited by David Heathcoat-Amory. More...

Town crime drops five per cent
CRIME figures in Burnham-On-Sea have fallen five per cent compared to the same period last year, according to new figures out this week. Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police said at a council meeting on Monday evening (July 6th): "Crime has fallen 5.3 per cent compared to the same time last year." More...

Call to boost safety at junction
WORRIED councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for safety improvements to be introduced at a busy road junction where it is claimed an 'accident is waiting to happen.' County councillors Peter Clayton and John Woodman, plus district councilor Joe Leach, say urgent action is needed at the Pier Street traffic lights. More...

In photos: Burnham dog show
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea pooches stepped into the spotlight on Sunday (July 5th) when a popular dog show was held in the town. Crowds of pet owners attended the event in the town's Manor Gardens, which was held to raise funds for the local branch of animal charity, the RSPCA. More...

Youth cafe appeals for helpers
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's youth cafe have this week issued an urgent appeal for more volunteers to come forward to help run the popular facility, which currently is threatened with closure over the summer period. More adults are needed to help run it on Fridays and Saturdays. More...

Foley Parkway opens at 2.30pm
THE long-awaited opening of Burnham-On-Sea's 'road-to-nowhere', the Frank Foley Parkway, is set to finally take place this afternoon, Tuesday July 7th. Work to build the missing link between Love Lane in Burnham and Pepperall Road in Highbridge got underway in March and final plans are now being made for the grand opening, which will be held at 2.30pm. More...

New-look supermarket opens
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new Morrisons supermarket this morning (Monday, July 6th). The supermarket's General Manager Steve Pearson and Oven Fresh Assistant Debbie Derrick officially opened the new-look store in Pier Street at 9am in front of a long queue of over 150 shoppers. More...

Rose completes charity leap!
A PLUCKY Highbridge Post Office staff member has raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity by completing a 15,000 foot tandem skydive. Rosemary Le-Marchand, 56, travelled to Devon's Dunkerswell Airfield on Friday (July 3rd) where she leapt from a plane for the Freewheelers Bloodbikes. More...

Air rifle seized in police raid
POLICE seized this air rifle, a quantity of drugs, a crossbow and fireworks in a raid on a Highbridge flat where a 40-year-old has been arrested and sent back to prison. The man has been charged with a firearms offence following a spate of serious incidents at Highbridge Quay. More...

Civic Awards ceremony in photos
FOUR residents from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards for their service to the community during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday afternoon (July 5th). The Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Derick Cooper, and Somerset's Deputy Lieutenant, Lt Col David Eliot, handed over the awards. More...

Up close: The four civic winners
FOUR residents from the Burnham-On-Sea area were presented with awards for their service to the community at the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday afternoon (July 5th). Here, we take a closer look at the four and explain their special qualities that led to them being nominated for the awards. More...

Police appeal after fatal crash
POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (July 4th). One person – a woman from the London area – died in the collision, while a man who was air-lifted from the scene remains in a critical condition at Frenchay Hospital. More...

Motorist killed in M5 crash
THESE were the scenes on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (July 4th) after a motorist died in a serious accident that shut the southbound carriageway. Fire engines, police and paramedics rushed to the scene, north of Sedgemoor Services, after a car went off the roadway shortly before 4.30pm. More...

Fresh outbreak of store wars
MONDAY'S opening of a new Morrisons supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea has sparked a fresh outbreak of 'store wars' in the town, with each supermarket trying to outdo the other on promotion. Tesco, Lidls, Asda, Somerfield and Morrisons are all competing for the attention of shoppers. More...

Five stars for town tea rooms
STAFF at a tea rooms in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after being told they offer a 'five star service'. JJ Welsh's in the High Street is one of only a handful of restaurants and cafes in the town to earn a coveted 5-star rating in Somerset's Food Scores scheme, run with Sedgemoor District Council. More...

£15k cannabis farm uncovered
CANNABIS plants with a street value of over £15,000 have been seized in a raid in Highbridge, police said on Friday (July 3rd). A large quantity of cannabis plants (pictured right) were recovered by officers from a property in the Walrow area of Highbridge last Thursday, 26th June. More...

54 compete in seafront race
FIFTY four runners from across the South West took part in a 5km race on Burnham seafront on Thursday evening (July 2nd). Despite high summer temperatures generating challenging running conditions, the event was well supported by athletes and spectators, who lined part of the South Esplanade. More...

Coastguards rescue climber
A ROCK climber was rescued by Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (July 2nd) after getting stranded on cliffs at Bean Down. The Coastguard team were lowered 40ft down the cliffs to the man, who was in his early 20s and from Weston. The man was in his shorts and trainers. More...

Riverside safety cordon is lifted
Exclusive: A safety cordon which was introduced around this chemical drum after it was unearthed by two metal detector users in Highbridge was lifted on Thursday (July 2nd) after scientists announced that the contents inside are not toxic. A stretch of the banks of the River Brue, near The Clyce, had been sealed off by fire crews and Environment Agency officials. More...

Guides hold sandcastle contest
MORE than 160 Burnham-On-Sea Brownies, Guides and Rainbows took part in a mass sandcastle building competition on the town's beach on Thursday evening (July 2nd). The annual event saw dozens of fun designs being moulded into the sands near the jetty over several hours. More...

New roundabout opened in town
ONE of the final pieces of work before next week's long-awaited opening of Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway was completed early on Thursday morning (July 2nd). A new mini-roundabout has been completed at the junction of Pepperall Road and Burnham Road, near the southern end of the Frank Foley Parkway. More...

Coastguards called to River Axe
Exclusive: JUST hours after they issued a warning about the dangers of crossing the treacherous River Axe estuary between Weston and Brean Down, Coastguards were called out to help a group of teenagers spotted crossing the muddy river on Wednesday evening (July 1st). More...

Duo to open new Burnham store
A SHORT ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday morning (July 6th) to mark the opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new Morrisons supermarket. Store General Manager Steve Pearson and Oven Fresh Assistant Debbie Derrick will officially open the store at 9am in front of the public. More...

Fire crews called to chip shop
TWO fire crews were sent to tackle a small blaze at a seafront fish and chip shop in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (July 1st). Two engines from Burnham were sent to the Esplanade Fish Bar at 8.12pm. Crews found that there was a fire withing the deep fat fryer. More...

Business boosted in heatwave
SCORCHING summer temperatures in Burnham-On-Sea have led to soaring trade for tourism businesses in the town this week. Visitors have been buying ice creams and cool drinks in their droves as temperatures hit 30°C on Wednesday afternoon (July 1st). "The weather has been wonderful for trade," said Louise Parkin. More...

Apex contest winners unveiled
THE winners of a competition to create a new promotional logo for Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park were named on Wednesday (July 1st). The competition, run by Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Apex Park's Improvements Group, called on art students from King Alfred School. More...

London visit for young scientists
STUDENTS from King Alfred School in Highbridge have been on a journey of scientific discovery to the Science Museum in London. Thirty pupils from the 'After School Science and Engineering Club' visited the museum to see a range of exhibitions and take part in interactive displays. More...

Lifeboat called to mudwalkers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was called to investigate several people walking on the mudflats at low tide near the town's famous lighthouse on Wednesday evening (July 1st). The Staines Whitfield was undergoing regular training at the time when they were tasked by Swansea Coastguards. More...

In photos: River bank chemical alert
Exclusive: EMERGENCY services cordoned off an area of river bank in Highbridge today (Tuesday, June 30th) after two metal detector users unearthed a corroded drum containing chemicals. The discovery of the industrial drum next to the River Brue led to the call-out of fire crews and Environment Agency bosses. More...

Video: Coastguards' warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have issued a safety warning after a group youngsters posted this video of themselves on YouTube claiming to have walked from Weston to Brean across the River Axe estuary. Coastguard Steve Bird said "They are taking their lives into their own hands." More...

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