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13 new homes for Berrow?
Exclusive: PLANS to build a hew housing development in Berrow have been unveiled by a property developer. ARC Homes has applied for full planning permission to build 13 dwellings plus garages on open land to the east of Manor Way. The scheme will be considered shortly. More...

Vandals attack town shop
Exclusive: VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds of damage in an attack on a Burnham-On-Sea jewellery shop. The front window of Caboodle in the High Street was smashed in two places early on Friday. Nothing was taken but the window had to be boarded up. More...

Jenny crowned Carnival Queen
Full Coverage - SIXTEEN year-old Jenny Yip was selected to become Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen last night (Saturday, July 30th). At a packed ceremony in Burnham's Princess Theatre, the King Alfred School student was chosen by a panel of five judges to lead this year's carnival parade. More...

RAF band performs in Burnham
TICKETS are still available for a concert by the Royal Air Force Association Concert Band being held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday August 6th. The event, to be held at The Princess Theatre, will raise funds for Help For Heroes and 290 Squadron Air Training Corps. More...

Teens trapped on Brean rocks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Saturday evening (July 30th) amid concern for two teenagers cut off by the incoming tide. Two members of the public who were climbing on the cliffs nearby managed to escort the girls to safety. More...

Stranded car towed to safety
Exclusive: A TRACTOR had to be used to retrieve this car and trailer after they became stranded in mud on Brean beach this afternoon (Saturday, July 30th). A Brean farmer hauled the Ford Mondeo and its trailer from the mudflats shortly after 4pm after as beach warden raised the alarm. More...

Top award for dental practice
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP joined in the celebrations at a dental surgery in the town on Friday (July 29th) when it was presented with a top award. Burnham's College Street Dental Practice has been awarded the British Dental Association's Good Practice Award. More...

Radio station's licence cut
A LOCAL radio station which is heard in Burnham-On-Sea has had its licence cut by a year for illegally boosting its transmitter levels, the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled on Friday. Total Star FM boosted its transmitter levels 10 times higher than it was allowed under its licence. More...

Stunt shows return to Brean
A DAREDEVIL stunt show is set to return to Brean Leisure Park this August. The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show at Brean Leisure Park will include monster trucks, car-crushing action, motorcycle stunts, quad and all-terrain buggy jumps and car crashes. More...

Town alcohol ban approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for public areas in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean to become designated 'no drinking zones' have this week been given the go-ahead. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing Committee has approved the plans to introduce new Designated Drinking Orders. More...

New queen to be chosen today
THIS year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses will be chosen during a special ceremony taking place in the town this evening (Saturday, July 30th). The Carnival Queen and Princess Selection Evening will be held from 7.15pm at The Princess Theatre. More...

Hedgehog event this weekend
HEDGEHOGS and tortoises will be in the spotlight during a special event at East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Centre this weekend. The charity in New Road, East Huntspill, will be open to the public from 10am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday for visitors. More...

Factory evacuated after fire
FIRE crews were called to extinguish a blaze at a Highbridge factory on Thursday evening (July 28th). Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea rushed to David Salisbury Joinery in Bennett Road on the Isleport Industrial Estate at 9.22pm to tackle the machinery fire. More...

In photos: Gateway awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress handed out awards to members of the town's Gateway Club during their annual presentation night on Thursday (July 28th). Michael and Maria Clarke were among the guests at the BAY Centre for the annual ceremony. More...

Flats fire 'was deliberate'
Exclusive: POLICE are investigating a 'deliberate' fire which occurred at a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday, July 28th). Two fire engines were called to Crown Gardens in Oxford Street at 8.27pm after a fire in an electrical fuse box. More...

Civic Awards winners unveiled
THE names of the community-spirited residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who will receive this year's Civic Awards has been announced this week. Graham Cook, Frankie Gratton, Rosemarie Parsons, Mike Ross and the Pusill family were all named today by the Town Council as winners of the awards. More...

Dreamscheme heads to Bath
A BUSY week of activities for members of Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme continued on Thursday (July 28th) when 40 youngsters headed to Bath's Victoria Park. The visit was their 'treat' for completing a number of tasks earlier this week, including making safety leaflets. More...

In video: Fire at Burnham flats
FIRE crews tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Thursday, July 28th). Two fire engines were called to Crown Gardens in Oxford Street shortly before 8.30pm after thick black smoke was seen pouring out of windows. Crews used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze. More...

Man killed by train is named
THE man who was killed after he was struck by a train in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend has today (Thursday) been identified. Martin Robert Handel, aged 47, from Burnham High Street, was pronounced dead on the tracks near to the town's Home Farm Holiday Park. More...

Alert after car break-ins
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week urged motorists in the town to be extra vigilant following several opportunistic break-ins. Car radios and satellite navigation systems have been stolen by thieves in Burnham and Highbridge over the past few days, prompting the security warning. More...

Karate Club pupils celebrate
HIGH-kicking members of Burnham and Highbridge Karate Club have this week been celebrating after getting through their grading exams. Nick Smith, the club's 7th Dan and Chief Instructor, said "It was great to see so many juniors - and one adult - pass in one day." More...

Burglar jailed for five years
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been jailed for five years after having admitted to committing burglary and several other offences. Peter John Smith, 32, burgled a house in Somerton on August 21st last year and he also forced entry into another home and stole several shotguns. More...

Dreamscheme unveil leaflets
Members of Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have been designing new safety advice leaflets during the first week of their summer holidays. On Wednesday (July 27th), they spent the day at the BAY Centre creating the new tourist leaflets which will be handed to youngsters visiting Burnham. More...

£400 boost for Sea Cadets
GENEROUS shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea dug deep into their pockets to donate over £400 to the town's Sea Cadets at the weekend. Members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets' TS Dulverton Unit collected along Burnham High Street and seafront. More...

Enjoy a short on shortest pier!
Exclusive: VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Pavilion can now enjoy a 'short' on Britain's shortest pier for the first time! Following the approval of its new alcohol licence, the pier has this week put on sale a selection of wines, beers and spirits at its refreshments kiosk. More...

Council defends roads disruption
Exclusive: SOMERSET County Council has this week defended its decision to carry out five weeks of major roadworks along a key road through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at the height of the tourist season. Burnham Road will be partially closed from 1st August to 2nd September for five weeks while the council's highways team resurfaces pavements. More...

Pressure mounts on hotel boss
A PETITION calling on Sedgemoor District Council to make safe the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been signed by hundreds of residents in recent days as pressure mounts on the owner to improve the site. The petition was first launched online last month amid safety fears at the site. More...

£300k expansion for school
BURNHAM Infants School could soon benefit from a £300,000 expansion, creating around 30 extra places for pupils. Somerset County Council has agreed with Sedgemoor District Council to lease an area of land at Winchester Road to build the new classroom and facilities. More...

Stuart's marathon challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea doctor is pulling on his running shoes to raise funds for a local hospice. Dr Stuart Anderson, a GP at Burnham Medical Centre in Love Lane, is in training to run the 26.2 mile Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham on 11th September in aid of a local hospice. More...

Harry Potter at The Ritz cinema
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews the final Harry Potter film. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Head teacher 'recovering well'
Exclusive: THE head teacher of Burnham Infants School has been 'recovering well' in hospital this week following an accident. Janet Sadiq was rushed to Weston General Hospital after suffering an accident in the school grounds. A spokeswoman confirmed she was in medical care. More...

Pupils end term with drama
YEAR 6 pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School ended their primary school years by performing two memorable nights of drama. Parents and friends of the pupils filled the school's hall to watch them perform an upbeat, entertaining and modern version of Romeo and Juliet. More...

Scooby Doo to visit Berrow!
SCOOBY Doo will be the special guest during a children's open day at Berrow's Animal Farm Adventure Park on Wednesday (July 27th). The attraction in Red Road will also be unveiling its new Dexter's Tractor Ride. The special event will run from 9.30am - 6.30pm. More...

Crews tackle town grass blaze
A DISCARDED cigarette is thought to have caused a big grass blaze next to Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway on Tuesday, July 26th. These were the scenes when fire crews were called to the scene at 4.20pm to extinguish the blaze. An area of grassland measuring 40 metres by 20 metres was destroyed. More...

Group bids to save Xmas lights
A NEW group of volunteers was formed last night (Monday) by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade to save the town's threatened Christmas lights display from the axe. It comes amid concern that a £5,000 funding shortfall will mean the festive illuminations cannot go ahead. More...

Megan wins top tennis contest
YOUNG Megan Rundle from Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club Academy was celebrating this week after a fantastic win at the Bournemouth Open. The youngster is pictured being congratulated by participants during the first day of the club's annual Summer Tennis Camp. More...

Masons charity tea raises £800
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among the supporters at a fundraising tea which raised £800 for a local hospice. For the fifth year running Burnham Masons and their wives organised a 'Time 4 Tea' event in aid of St Margaret's Hospice. More...

Apex wins Green Flag Award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park has this week been awarded a Green Flag Award for a fifth year running. Judges have praised its excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standards of safety and security. A ceremony at the park will be held next week. More...

Police incident closes A38
A SECTION of the A38 on the outskirts of Highbridge was sealed off to traffic on Monday evening (July 25th) after emergency services were called to help a man in a distressed state on a rooftop. Police, ambulances and three fire engines attended shortly before 7pm. More...

200 attend wind farm meeting
Exclusive: MORE than 200 concerned residents filled a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea to air their concerns about plans for a controversial new wind farm at Rooksbridge. There was standing room only in East Brent Village Hall as residents flocked to take part. More...

Death raises crossing concerns
Exclusive: THIS train crossing on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea where a man was killed on Sunday (July 24th) should be removed altogether, according to the owner of a nearby holiday park. We reported yesterday that a man had been fatally struck by a passing train on the crossing, next to Home Farm. More...

Beavers boost local charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea Beavers have raised more than £100 for a local charity that provides a life-saving blood bikes service. The group of youngsters have been growing sunflowers and collecting cash as part of their 'Grow a Life, Save A Life' project in aid of the Freewheelers blood bikes. More...

Chamber social event tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is holding a business-to-business networking and social evening tonight (Monday, July 25th). The informal event will be held at 6pm in The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre when a range of topics will be covered. More...

Blossoming talents go on show
DOZENS of colourful blooms filled a tiny church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend during its annual flower festival. A steady flow of visitors flocked to Edithmead Church where a number of displays were on show on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Visitors flock to open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Centre of Somerset Skills and Learning threw open its doors to the public on Wednesday (July 20th) for an open day featuring a wide range of free activities. The well-attended event at the centre gave visitors a chance to enjoy a number of workshops. More...

Man killed on railway line
A PERSON has been struck dead by a passing railway train near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday, July 24th). Train services through the Burnham-On-Sea area are being disrupted after police sealed off an area of the line near the Queen's Drive bridge, pictured here. More...

Last call for Stert swim entries
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim have this week made a final call for entries to this year's event. The entry period for the popular swim began earlier this year and 20 places remain available. The unique 2,400m race will this year take place on September 4th. More...

In photos: Berrow FC fun day
BERROW Football Club celebrated its championship winning season and promotion to the Somerset County Premier division with a special fun day on Saturday (July 23rd). The club's first team had been due to take on a team of Bristol City Legends, they pulled out at the last minute. More...

Town's rescue services gather
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday August 7th to take part in the annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and action-packed demonstrations will be held on the beach and seafront from 11am to 4pm. More...

Parking and drugs top priorities
Exclusive: DRUG dealing and illegal parking have this week been chosen by Highbridge residents as the top two priorities for police to tackle over the next three months. 20 residents attended this week's quarterly police community meeting in Highbridge's St John Ambulance Hall, as pictured, where the top issues were discussed. More...

Town club folds after 30 years
Exclusive: A ONCE-thriving Burnham-On-Sea group that supported partially-sighted people in the town has closed down this week after running for almost 30 years. Dwindling numbers of members and poor finances have resulted in the Somerset Sight Burnham Social Club folding. More...

Flower festival this weekend
A COLOURFUL flower festival will be held at a church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Over a dozen flower displays will go on show during the annual two-day festival in Edithmead Church, pictured. The church will be open from 11am-5pm on both days. More...

Berrow face Bristol City team
BERROW Football Club will take on a team of Bristol City legends to celebrate Berrow's championship winning season and promotion to the Somerset County Premier division. The game, at the Red Road playing field in Berrow, will kick off at 2pm and there will also be refreshments and more available. More...

Court halts library closure
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Highbridge's library from closure have this week welcomed the news that a judge has granted an injunction to postpone library closures across Somerset. The interim injunction means Somerset County Council will have to postpone its planned cuts to library funding. More...

Medal success for gymnasts
IMPRESSIVE gymnastic routines have produced more top medal wins for Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club over the past few weeks. The youngsters have competed in a series of competitions in the South West Championships, achieving excellent results. More...

Fundraisers complete beach run
THIS group of fun-loving fundraisers completed a beach run from Brean to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 21st) dressed in fancy dress. 14 youngsters from Highbridge's King Alfred School are aiming to raise £14,000 to enable them to go on a trip to Morocco. More...

New Marine Cove logo unveiled
THE winner of a competition to design a new logo for The Friends of Marine Cove was named by the judges on Thursday morning (July 21st). Sam Morris from Churchfield School in Highbridge was announced as the overall winner and was presented with a prize of £50, as pictured. More...

Car owner's shock at blaze
Exclusive: THE owner of this car says he got the 'shock of his life' when the vehicle dramatically burst into flames outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub today (Thursday, July 21st). Firefighters rushed to the car park of the Dunstan House in Love Lane at 12.50pm after the VW Golf suffered an engine fault. More...

Jo 'touched' by town's support
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cancer sufferer says she has been touched by the support of potential bone marrow donors who have come forward after hearing about her condition. Jo Burridge-Clayton was diagnosed with a rare chronic myeloid leukaemia last year and is awaiting a crucial operation. More...

'Lives at risk from poor parking'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have this week warned that lives are being put at risk by motorists who carelessly block access to emergency vehicles. The blunt message comes after two incidents in Alstone Road, Highbridge, where fire crews attending incidents have been unable to drive by cars parked on both sides of the street. More...

Scouts off to world jamboree
FIVE venture scouts from Burnham-On-Sea will be among 38,000 youngsters from dozens of countries flocking to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden this weekend. The group had a formal send-off at a special barbecue in Highbridge on Tuesday evening (July 18th). More...

Maggot-ridden cat dies
A FAT cat that could barely walk or even stand up because of its weight has been put down after it was found in Burnham-On-Sea severely injured and infested with maggots by the side of the road. The RSPCA says the black and white male cat weighed 23.5lb. More...

Post office flats plan rejected
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert and expand Highbridge's Post Office building into seven flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by the district council this week. The owner of 9 Church Street, pictured, applied for a change of use and conversion. More...

Police appeal after crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following an accident in Marine Drive early today (Wednesday, July 20th). Two cars were involved in the collision, which saw one car demolishing a roadside sign, as pictured. A Mercedes and a Fiesta were involved in a collision at around 2am. More...

New rollercoaster for Brean
A NEW 'dark ride' rollercoaster is set to open at Brean Leisure Park. Called Astro Storm, the park's promotional literature says the ride will promise to "plunge riders into the depths of space, experiencing 2 Gs in pitch black drops while spinning through meteor storms." More...

Pupils mark final school week
OVER thirty pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school marked their final week of their primary school years with a special party on Tuesday (July 19th). The Year 6 youngsters from St Joseph's School, pictured, enjoyed a disco and evening of entertainment at Berrow Village Hall. More...

New PayPoint machine in town
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed the decision by a town centre shop to introduce new facilities to top-up electricity and gas payment keys. The Toy Cupboard in Pier Street has introduced a PayPoint machine following a campaign by residents. More...

Schools hit by lead thefts
Exclusive: TWO schools have been targeted by mean thieves who have stolen large amounts of lead sheeting from roofs in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the past week. Similar incidents have occurred at Burnham Infants School, Berrow Pre-School and homes in East Huntspill and Axbridge. More...

Rugby Club's fun day success
DOZENS of families attended a fun day at Burnham-On-Sea's rugby club at the weekend. The event, held at the town's BASC ground, gave youngsters a chance to register to join some of this season's youth teams and also find out more about the sport and the club. More...

Cash blow for seafront plans
Exclusive: PLANS for a major leisure complex on Burnham's seafront have been dealt a blow after Sedgemoor District Council indicated it would not be giving £60,000 of funding to the project. We first reported earlier this month that entreprenuer Paul Chatwin hopes to build a £200,000 complex. More...

Town police meeting tonight
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be able to have their say about policing in the town when a quarterly public meeting is held this evening (Wednesday). The 'Have Your Say' meeting starts at 7.30pm and gives residents a chance to influence what happens in the neighbourhood. More...

Boxing club seeks new members
A BURNHAM-On-Sea boxing club has issued an invitation for new members to add join its ranks. Titans Seniors Boxing Club meets every Wednesday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close. Its weekly sessions are held from 7.30pm and last an hour. All are weclome. More...

Charity's hedgehog warning
EAST Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre has this week issued a warning to gardeners to watch out for hedgehogs when strimming long grass or clearing out their potting sheds at this time of the year. Britain's favourite mammal often nests in gardens. More...

Cadets win first aid trophies
MEMBERS of Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadets are celebrating this week winning two trophies at the weekend. On Sunday (July 17th), the team of cadets competed in the South West Regional First Aid competitions in Gloucester where they performed well in the tests. More...

Petition calls for halt to pylons
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP presented a petition to Parliament on Monday evening (July 18th) from residents across the area calling for a halt to National Grid’s consultation on the plans to build 152ft high pylons across the Somerset countryside. Tessa Munt handed in the petition. More...

Try your hand at a new hobby
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Centre of Somerset Skills and Learning will be throwing open its doors to the public this Wednesday (July 20th) when it holds an open day featuring a wide range of free activities. The event at the centre in Princess Street runs from 12.30pm-4pm. More...

Man arrested after crash
A MAN has been arrested following a crash on Burnham-On-Sea seafront at the weekend that left a councillor's car badly damaged. Police said today (Monday) that a 35 year-old man had been arrested following the collision, which badly damaged Cllr Neville Jones' parked car, pictured here. More...

Scout leader appears in court
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea scout leader appeared in court on Friday (July 15th) in connection with over 30 alleged sexual offences involving children. David Burland, who was previously leader of the 1st Burnham Scout Group, appeared at Taunton Crown Court. More...

MP backs wind farm protests
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build six 140-metre tall wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea met the town's MP at the weekend to discuss the plans and present her with a model showing the scale of the plans. The 'No Pilrow' group - which last week published several photomontages - met MP Tessa Munt, as pictured. More...

Kids centre given cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has given the town's Octopus Centre a cash boost this week to help it buy new play equipment. The group's Frank Clegg, Immediate past President of Burnham Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £500 to Rachel Bailey, cluster manager for the North Sedgemoor Children's Centre Cluster of which the Octopus Centre is a part. More...

School gets police training role
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to become a training centre for Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Dog Training Unit. As a result of the positive relationship that the school has with local police, the school was approached by the police's Dog Training Unit to become a training centre. More...

Town nursery holds fun week
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Fairstart Nursery have enjoyed a busy week of events during a special Fun Week. The children took part in a number of fun-filled activities and also welcomed some special visitors. BARB and Burnham police were among the guests invited along. More...

Barn blaze was 'suspicious'
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among fire crews from across the area who tackled a big barn blaze near Wedmore on Sunday (July 17th). Fire engines from Cheddar, Winscombe, Blagdon, Bridgwater, Street and Burnham were called to the blaze at Crickham. More...

Gales hit Apex Park art festival
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's 'Alice In Apex Park' arts festival say the final day of activities - which were cancelled on Sunday due to stormy weather - will be rescheduled at a later date. Organisers from HaBA called off the festival on Sunday morning due to gales. More...

In video: Brean Down rescue
A GROUP of eight people stranded on rocks at Brean Down by the incoming tide were rescued last night (Saturday, July 16th) after an operation involving Coastguards, an RAF helicopter, two RNLI lifeboats and a BARB crew. The alarm was raised at 7.15pm when the group got into difficulty. More...

Councillor's car in town crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a crash on Burnham-On-Sea seafront left a town councillor's car badly damaged early today (Sunday, July 17th). Officers were called to The Esplanade at 3.20am after councillor Neville Jones dialled 999 to alert police to the incident. More...

Eight rescued from Brean Down
A GROUP of eight people stranded on rocks at Brean Down by the incoming tide were rescued last night (Saturday, July 16th) after an operation involving Coastguards, an RAF helicopter, two RNLI lifeboats and a BARB crew. The alarm was raised at 7.15pm when the group of three children and five adults got into difficulty after getting cut off by the incoming tide. More...

Queen opens Burnham fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival Queen was the special guest who performed the opening of a church's annual summer fete on Saturday (July 16th). Anna Kevan cut a ribbon to open the popular annual event at St Andrew's Church, attended by dozens of supporters. More...

Burnham dog show cancelled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual dog show, which was due to take place today (Sunday, July 17th), has been cancelled due to bad weather. The RSPCA was due to hold the annual dog show and fundraising fair in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens from 11am until 4pm. More...

Coastguard cutbacks attacked
Exclusive: A GROUP of councillors in Burnham-On-Sea has expressed concerns at the cutbacks to the regional Coastguard service announced by the government this week. Liberal Democrat councillors Joe Leach, Helen Groves and Kate Lawson say the decision to close Swansea will lead to extra pressure. More...

Three-car crash on M5 today
EMERGENCY services were called to a three-vehicle accident on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday, July 16th). Two lanes of the northbound carriageway near to junction 22 at Burnham were blocked by the crash at 12.35pm, causing delays. More...

Town arts festival continues
A THREE-day visual arts festival with a theme of Alice In Wonderland is bring held in Highbridge's Apex Park this weekend. Called 'Alice in Apex Park', local artists have placed many wonderland characters around the lakes for visitors to see alongside art-related activities. More...

Five hurt after M5 accident
FIVE people were taken to hospital following an accident which led to the closure of the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (July 15th). The collision - involving seven vehicles - occurred shortly after 1pm. More...

TV star films beach camel polo!
BERROW beach looked more like a Middle Eastern desert than a Somerset seaside village on Friday (July 15th) when a celebrity camel race took place! TV personality Paul Merton, who is a familiar face on BBC1's Have I Got News For You, visited the beach near Burnham-On-Sea to film a new show. More...

Former Royal Mail boss is jailed
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea Royal Mail delivery office manager who stole foreign currency going through the postal system has been jailed after admitting theft and money laundering. Jayne Hopkins, 43, stole more than £14,000 while overseeing staff at Burnham and Bridgwater. More...

Mudlarks concert this evening
BURNHAM-On-Sea's community choir, The Mudlarks, will peform a fundraising concert in the town tonight (Friday, July 15th) - just days after holding their first public performance. The newly-formed group of Burnham singers will perform a line-up of popular songs. More...

New family cafe for seafront
A SEAFRONT night club in Burnham-On-Sea is being re-opened this weekend as a family-friendly cafe and bar. Richard Bamsey, owner of Micheal's Bar, has completely refitted the premises and it will be opening this Saturday (July 16th) under the new name and look of @Jacks. More...

CCTV appeal after shop thefts
Burnham-On-Sea police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to following shoplifting incidents in the town earlier this week. The incidents occurred at Boots and Superdrug in the High Street on Tuesday (12th July) at around 4.30pm and 5.15pm. More...

Cubs collect coins for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Kingfisher Cub Pack have turned pennies into pounds by collecting coins for a local good cause. The youngsters have collected hundreds of 1p and 2p coins in aid of the Freewheelers Emergency Blood Bikes service this term and have been seeing how far the coins will stretch. More...

Town MP joins hacking debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP this week joined the debate in the House of Commons regarding phone hacking by national newspapers. Tessa Munt attended both the Statement by the Prime Minister and the debate called by Labour on phone hacking, where she asked the PM a question. More...

Concern grows for Manor House
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concerns about the deteriorating condition of a once proud town landmark. The Manor House in Burnham's Manor Gardens has been attacked by vandals in recent weeks, with eight windows boarded up by a security firm while others are smashed, as pictured. More...

Apex to get arty this weekend!
A THREE-day visual arts festival with a theme of Alice In Wonderland is to be held in Highbridge's Apex Park this weekend. Called 'Alice in Apex Park', local artists will be placing many wonderland characters around the lakes for visitors to find plus other activities. More...

Taser gun used by town police
Exclusive: POLICE in Highbridge used a taser gun to subdue an aggressive teenager during an incident in the town earlier this week. Officers deployed the gun - which issues an electric shock - when the man become aggressive on Tuesday afternoon (July 12th) in the town. More...

In photos: School beach treat
MORE than 300 pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school were treated to a morning on the town's beach to mark the end of their school year on Wednesday (July 13th). The youngsters, aged between 3-11, from St Joseph's enjoyed a fun-filled morning on the beach. More...

Butterfly festival set to begin
GARDENERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to find out more about how to attract bees and butterflies to their gardens during a free event this month. Sanders Garden World is holding a free event called a Bee and Butterfly Festival from July 16th until July 31st. More...

Seafront fire was 'false alarm'
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to a building on the town's seafront this evening (Wednesday, July 13th) after alarms sounded in a flat. Two engines and a 4x4 were sent to the North Esplanade, as pictured, at 9.20pm after concern from local residents. More...

Have your say on policing
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be able to have their say about policing in the towns when quarterly public meetings are held shortly. The 'Have Your Say' meeting gives local residents a chance to influence what happens in the neighbourhood. More...

Cheque is music to the ears!
A GROUP of singers from the Burnham-On-Sea area has this week handed over hundreds of pounds to a local hospice charity following a fundraising concert. The Coastline Singers presented £800 to Childrens Hospice South West on Tuesday evening (July 12th). More...

Fire crews tackle house blaze
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fire engines were sent to tackle a house blaze in the town on Tuesday evening (July 12th). Crews arrived to find smoke coming from a first floor window of the home in Beatty Way. A window frame and a window ledge has been set alight by an unattended candle. More...

14 jobs go as firm closes down
Exclusive: FOURTEEN staff in Highbridge have lost their jobs following the closure of a firm making double glazing windows. Hill Leigh Glazing had been trading on the Walrow Industrial Estate since 1998 but has recently suffered from a fall in demand combined with increased costs. More...

Pupils show leadership skills
KING Alfred School's Sports Leadership Academy has been hailed a success following a number of activities over the past few weeks. A group of students from Years 7 and 8 were recently nominated by their PE teachers to undertake training to take on the leadership activities. More...

£10k Jubilee celebrations unveiled
Exclusive: EVERY primary school child in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could receive a free commemorative mug to mark next year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee as part of the two towns' celebrations, it was revealed this week. The Town Council confirmed on Tuesday (July 12th) that it has set aside £10,000 to help fund the celebrations in June 2012. More...

Wind farm photos 'misleading'
Exclusive: BROADVIEW Energy, the company behind plans to build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea, claims the photo montages released by campaigners this week to show how the wind turbines might look are 'misleading'. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on the photos on Tuesday. More...

Bill celebrates 102nd birthday
A WEST Huntspill pensioner celebrated his 102nd birthday this week with a special visit from Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor. Cllr Michael Clarke dropped in to wish Bill Gascoigne many happy returns during a celebration held at the West Huntspill Day Centre this week. More...

Ducklings rescued in glue ordeal
WILDLIFE carers from Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston's Winter Gardens this afternoon (Tuesday) to help a family of baby ducklings stuck on a roof. Staff and volunteers worked hard to remove the glue with white spirit and then gave the ducklings a bath in fairy liquid. More...

Wind farm fight gathers pace
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting against plans for six 140-metre tall wind turbines to be built near Burnham-On-Sea have published these photo montages of how the countryside might look if the scheme gets the go-ahead. The newly-formed No Pilrow group argues the Somerset levels around Burnham would be "spoilt forever" if the plans were to win approval. More...

Second river rescue in 48 hours
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called back to the River Axe estuary next to Brean Down this evening (Monday, July 11th) after two women sparked the second safety incident there in 48 hours. Two 22-year-olds got into difficulty at 5pm while attempting to walk across from Brean to Weston. More...

Vintage rally hailed a success
DOZENS of classic machines from the past century went on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. One of the highlights of the two-day show was a fly-past by Lancaster and Spitfire war planes. More...

Bloom judges praise Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor welcomed two Britain In Bloom competition judges to the town on Monday (July 11th) as they visited to make their formal assessment. Judges John Bawden and Ian Thompson were met at Apex Park by Mayor Michael Clarke for a grand tour of the town. More...

Sue thanks yacht race rescuers
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea sailing enthusiast whose boat capsized during a regatta race at the weekend, leaving her floating in the sea for 15 minutes, has thanked fellow Sailing Club members for coming to her rescue. Burnham Coastguards were alerted on Saturday (July 9th) when Sue Walker's boat, called Cameo, overturned near Stert Island. More...

Bloom judges in town today
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme and Burnham In Bloom groups carried out a tidy-up of the town centre on Sunday ahead of today's visit by judges from the Britain In Bloom competition. The group carried out litter picks yesterday and tidied planted areas. More...

5am queue outside newsagent
Exclusive: A QUEUE formed outside a Burnham-On-Sea newsagent at 5am on Sunday morning (July 10th) as residents snapped up collectable copies of the final edition of the News Of The World. Hurleys Newsagents sold out of its final copies by 10.30am after a busy morning of sales. More...

In photos: Picnic In The Park
HUGE crowds enjoyed an afternoon of live music during Burnham-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday (July 10th). The Veroneka Big Band led the free event in Burnham's Manor Gardens, and were followed by The Randy Swindlers, Phil King and Matt Wescott. More...

Band celebrates its 30th year
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Concert Band celebrated its 30th anniversary in style with a special concert on Saturday night (July 9th). The event took place in the main hall at King Alfred School and attracted an audience of more than 70 people. It included a display of the band's history. More...

Three spark mud rescue drama
Exclusive: THREE people stuck in mud in the River Axe estuary next to Brean Down sparked a rescue bid by Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Saturday evening (July 9th). One of the three men was stuck waist-deep in mud while attempting to cross from Weston to Brean. More...

Suspicious object shuts beach
Exclusive: PART of Brean beach was cordoned off by Coastguards for over an hour on Saturday (July 9th) after a 'suspect device' was found. Two beach walkers came across the rusty ten-inch cyclindrical metal object while walking to Brean Down and then reported the find to the beach warden. More...

Video: New-look centre is opened
NEWLY-refurbished Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre was officially opened by the town's Mayor during a special ceremony on Saturday afternoon (July 9th). A plaque and photograph were unveiled in the centre by Mayor Michael Clarke to mark the occasion before a ceremonial cake was cut. More...

Video: Take a flight over town
THESE unique birds-eye views of Burnham-On-Sea have been captured on film from a radio controlled aircraft. Burnham resident Greg Willis attached a video camera to his mini glider and then directed it over the town while filming hundreds of metres high. More...

Crash puts safety in spotlight
Exclusive: THE safety of Stoddens Road in Burnham-On-Sea was back in the spotlight on Friday (July 8th) following a car accident. The driver of this Ford Fiesta suffered minor injuries after losing control of his vehicle and slamming through a fence near the entrance to Balmoral Drive. More...

£4.5m school project starts
Exclusive: A 'ground breaking' ceremony was held in Highbridge on Friday (July 8th) to mark the start of a year-long construction project to build Churchfield Primary School's new multi-million pound classrooms. VINCI Construction has been awarded a £4.6million contract for the work. More...

Regeneration 'offer' proposed
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week given a 'thumbs down' to a controversial proposal that they take over the management of Burnham-On-Sea's Civic Pride regeneration project. Sedgemoor has written to the Town Council with the suggestion that it takes over the project. More...

Bloom judges praise Highbridge
Exclusive: BRITAIN In Bloom competition judges were left 'blooming impressed' when they visited Highbridge during their formal assessment of the town on Thursday (July 7th). Judges Tony Moore and Nick Jones were given an official welcome to the town by Mayor Michael Clarke and Highbridge In Bloom. More...

Band to hold celebratory concert
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Concert Band is celebrating its 30th anniversary by holding a special concert this Saturday night (July 9th). The event will take place in the main hall at King Alfred School at 7pm, when members of the public will be very welcome to attend. More...

Town charity marks 25th year
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea charity celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special dinner and dance earlier this week. Burnham Community Medical Equipment Fund has given £250,000 of equipment to needy people in the area since it was first formed in 1986. More...

Vintage vehicles to go on show
CLASSIC vehicles from the past century will go on show when the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally is held this weekend on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. More than 70 vintage tractors, cars, trucks and bikes will be on show at Isleport Farm on Saturday and Sunday. More...

TV star to film on Berrow beach
TV personality and comedian Paul Merton - who is well known for his appearances on the BBC's Have I Got News For You - will be on Berrow Beach next Friday (15th July) to film a new Channel 5 TV series featuring an offbeat look at the British seaside. He will film a match of camel polo! More...

Forensic security introduced
Exclusive: THIEVES or vandals who target Wessex Water's sewage treatment works in Highbridge could find themselves quite literally caught 'red-handed'. The firm has taken steps to forensically mark its equipment after a series of unwanted security breaches. More...

Call for more public toilets
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors to introduce more public toilet facilities in the town. Mike Young told town councillors at their meeting on Monday evening he is "disgusted" by the poor facilities for visitors in Burnham. More...

Arthur's fundraising gets boost
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner received a cheque from Burnham Lions on Wednesday evening (July 7th) after he completed the town's triathlon last month. 90 year-old Arthur Gilbert has raised almost £1,000 for charity completing two triathlons this year. More...

Hotel boss agrees to meeting
Exclusive: A CRUCIAL meeting is set to be held later this month when the future of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel could finally become clearer. The building's owner, Derek Mead, (pictured) has agreed to meet Highbridge councillors Chris Williams, Mike Mansfield and Joe Leach, along with senior officers from Sedgemoor District Council, on July 19th. More...

Picnic In The Park this Sunday
AN afternoon of free live entertainment will be on offer at Burnham-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park this Sunday (July 10th). The Veroneka Big Band will lead the event in Burnham's Manor Gardens from 2pm which will include The Randy Swindlers and Phil King (pictured). More...

£2,500 boost for town festival
A TOTAL of £2,500 has been raised for Highbridge Festival of the Arts by a fundraising raffle and concerts. Organiser Ann Burridge has this week thanked all those who supported the events, which were held to raise much-needed cash towards running the annual festival. More...

Dog owners given fouling fines
TWO dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have picked up fines after letting their animals foul streets in the two towns. Sedgemoor District Council has successfully prosecuted two residents for failing to pick up excrement left on pavements by their pets. More...

Pylons bill clears first hurdle
BURNHAM's MP spoke in parliament on Tuesday (July 5th) about controversial plans to build a long line of new power pylons across Somerset. Tessa Munt led the debate on the Protection of Landscapes Bill, which has won a second reading in parliament in November. More...

Council backs town alcohol ban
Exclusive: ALL public areas across the whole of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean could soon be designated 'no drinking zones' under controversial plans being put forward by Sedgemoor District Council. The alcohol ban for all public places has been proposed by the council in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour. More...

'We're ready for bloom judges'
MEMBERS of Highbridge In Bloom are making final preparations for this week's visit by judges from the Britain In Bloom competition. The group has been sprucing up the town centre and the railway station ahead of the judging going ahead this Thursday morning (July 7th). More...

Collector's airplanes stolen
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for information following a burglary in Lympsham. A number of radio controlled planes were stolen from the garage of an address located on the main A370 through the village last week, prompting the appeal by police officers investigating the incident. More...

Band to perform on seafront
A TRADITIONAL silver band will be entertaining visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (July 10th). Burtle Silver Band will be performing two hours of traditional seaside tunes on the Esplanade between the jetty and Bay View Cafe from 2.30pm-4.30pm. More...

Town centre bistro shuts down
Exclusive: A restaurant in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has closed down this week, becoming the fourth such business to close at the premises over the last four years. Geri's Wine Bar & Bistro has shut its doors at 20 College Street after poor daytime trade since opening in April. More...

Police appeal after fish stolen
POLICE have appealed for help in finding a thief who stole 17 koi carp from a collector's pond in Highbridge at the weekend. Officers were called to North Avenue on Monday (July 4th) after the owner reported to police that the fish had been removed sometime overnight. More...

Naked man rescued from mud
A NAKED sninny dipper had to be rescued on Brean beach early today (Tuesday, July 5th) after getting stuck on the mudflats. The 32 year-old man, who was not wearing any clothes, was pulled to safety by Coastguards at 4am after he became stuck in mud 200 yards out from the beach. More...

Library rescue group formed
Exclusive: HOPES that Highbridge Library can be saved from closure were given a further boost on Monday (July 4th) when a new group was formed to concentrate on the rescue of the facilities. The group of seven town and county councillors has been formed to save the library. More...

Mayor names official charities
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week named their official charities of the year which they will be supporting at events over the coming 12 months. Cllr Michael Clarke announced the names of the four local good causes at Monday's council meeting. More...

Belmont House concerns raised
Exclusive: CONCERNED town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their disappointment at 'conflicting statements' regarding the future of Belmont House mental health therapy centre. The centre in Technical Street has been earmarked for closure. More...

Seafront leisure complex planned
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a major new leisure complex on Burnham-On-Sea seafront were unveiled by an entrepreneur on Monday (July 4th) to mixed reactions from town councillors. Paul Chatwin, who last year proposed a mini golf course be built on The Esplanade, announced brand new plans for an entertainment and leisure complex called Burnham Point. More...

Scouts prepare for Sweden trip
TWO scouts from Burnham-On-Sea are among 28 from the Sedgemoor area who are getting ready to jet off to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Emily Burland and Rebecca Roseff were among the youngsters who this week got a formal 'send-off' for the trip. More...

Busy 24 hours for Coastguard
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to FIVE incidents in 24 hours during their busiest weekend of the year so far. On Saturday, the team were called to help people in difficulty on the mudflats at Brean and Weston and also led a search for a missing man. More...

In photos: Regatta tender race
BURNHAM-On-Sea's week-long sailing regatta continued on Sunday evening (July 3rd) when the town's traditional tender race was held. A small flotilla of boats took part in the annual race between Burnham jetty and the sailing club's pontoons, safely navigating into the Brue estuary. More...

New firms buck the recession
Exclusive: A number of new businesses are bucking the recession and opening their doors in Burnham-On-Sea. While many towns are seeing shops closing down and being boarded up, Burnham has only a handful of shuttered properties - and new firms are springing up in the town. More...

Breakfast fry-up raises £500
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents enjoyed a hearty breakfast with a difference on Sunday morning (July 3rd) when they tucked into their meals for a good cause. Macmillan Cancer Support's fundraisers served up full English breakfasts to more than 70 people, raising £500. More...

Tennis club's open day is a hit
DOZENS of people attended a summer open day at Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club on Sunday (July 3rd). Free coaching and tours of the club's facilities were available at the club, which is located in The Grove. The Somerset Closed Finals were also held during the afternoon. More...

Knoll guides to hold reunion
BRENT Knoll Guides are holding a reunion later this month and are keen to hear from as many former members as possible. The event will be held on Friday 15th July at Brent Knoll Parish Hall from 7pm when all former Brent Knoll Guides will be welcome. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the leader. More...

Town regatta gets underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual sailing regatta is underway this week, with a range of races and events being held at the town's sailing club. A beach party for the club's members was held on Friday evening and this was followed on Saturday (July 2nd) by the first of several yacht races. More...

Pupils launch £14k fundraiser
SPONGES and buckets were at the ready at Highbridge's King Alfred School this week when pupils held a fundraising car wash. A group of 14 youngsters from the school are aiming to raise £14,000 to enable them to go on a once-in-a-lifetime educational trip to Morocco. More...

'Royal' visitor calls in at homes
RESIDENTS of two local nursing homes welcomed a 'royal' visitor this week when members of Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA) called in to promote their upcoming arts festival, which this year has the theme of 'Alice in Apex Park' and includes the characters of the famous play. More...

Huge beach search launched
A HUGE beach search was conducted in the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Saturday, July 2nd) amid concern for the welfare of a missing person. Search teams from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB conducted a three hour search of the beach and dunes between Burnham and Brean. More...

Two week rose festival starts
VISITORS to Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll will this month be able to receive free advice about roses during a special event dedicated to the nation’s favourite flower. The garden centre is holding a Rose Festival from July 2nd until 17th with displays and a competition. More...

Pylons debate hits Parliament
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has won a ballot to speak in parliament next week about controversial plans to build a long lines of pylons across Somerset. Tessa Munt - who has been campaigning against plans by National Grid to construct a 37 mile stretch of pylons from Hinkley Point to Bristol - will lead the debate. More...

Overturned kayaker rescued
AN overturned kayaker suffering from hypothermia was air-lifted from the sea near Brean Down on Thursday afternoon (June 30th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean at 3pm to conduct a search for the kayak, with two people onboard, which was reported to be drifting in difficulty. More...

In photos: Students art display
DOZENS of young artists from the Burnham-On-Sea area displayed their work during a special exhibition in Highbridge on Thursday night (June 30th). King Alfred School opened its doors to parents and friends of the art students to see their colourful artwork at the event. More...

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