Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

July 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Motorist hurt in Berrow crash
A MOTORIST was injured when his car left the road and ended up in a water-filled ditch yesterday evening (Wednesday). Emergency services were called to Red Road in Berrow shortly after 7.40pm. Firefighters from Burnham helped the ambulance crew reach the casualty. More...

Fire scare at nursing home
A SMELL of burning led to fire crews being called to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Wednesday morning (July 31st). The fire service received a call from staff at Burnham Nursing Centre in Oxford Street, Burnham at 9am after reports of a strong smell of burning. More...

Top Beatles act to play in town
THE UK's leading Beatles tribute act will be playing at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Saturday night (August 3rd). The Fab Beatles will be playing the best of the famous four’s classic pop hits at The Princess from 7.30pm. Tickets are still available. More...

Vandals leave trail of damage
Exclusive: VANDALS left a trail of damage after going on a late night rampage following an outdoor music event near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Shocked organisers of East Huntspill's Music On The Green event, held on Saturday, called in police after gazebos, tents and a car were targeted. More...

Fresh lick of paint for mural
A COMMUNITY mural painted on the walls of Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club has been given a fresh lick of paint this week. The huge painting of various scenes around Burnham has started to fade, so members of Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) grabbed their brushes. More...

48 new homes for Burnham?
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a major housing development on a former waste landfill site in Burnham look set to be approved next week despite more than 40 objections from nearby residents. Persimmon Homes wants to build 48 new homes near Lawrence Close. More...

Highbridge fun day today!
FACE painting will be among the activities on offer at a summer family fun day taking place in Highbridge today (Wednesday July 31st). Highbridge Children's Centre in Coronation Road will be holding the event from 10am-2pm, featuring a wide range of activities. More...

Tennis club reception for pair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has played host to a wedding reception for two of its members. Mr and Mrs Rose, formerly Miss Anna Travers, one of a family of ex-players at the club, tied the knot at the weekend and held their wedding reception on a court. More...

270 sign EU water quality petition
MORE than 270 people have signed a petition in Burnham-On-Sea calling for a rethink on new EU regulations which could have a 'devastating' impact on Burnham's tourism economy. The tough new EU rules, due to come into operation in 2015, may lead to the town being labled as having poor quality sea water. More...

World Champ Liam congratulated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has congratulated the town's BMX cyclist Liam Phillips this week after he became the sport's world champion at the weekend. As reported here, Liam Phillips produced a sensational performance to become the BMX world champion in New Zealand on Sunday (July 28th). More...

Green Flags for Cove and Apex
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens are celebrating this week after the park received its second Green Flag Award. The gardens - which re-opened in 2011 following a £360,000 four-year refurbishment project - received the award on Monday. More...

Police appeal over tree vandals
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after vandals tore down several young trees along a Burnham-On-Sea road early today (Tuesday). A line of trees along Marine Drive were snapped and pushed over. Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them. More...

Pub holds Royal celebration
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub held a Royal-themed fundraising event to celebrate the birth of Prince George at the weekend. Dozens of people attended Saturday's event at The Railway Inn in Burnham's High Street, raising hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer. More...

Volunteer thanked by Lord Coe
A VOLUNTEER from Burnham who has helped hundreds of young people get involved in sport was thanked in person by London 2012 chief Lord Coe on Saturday (July 27th). Jonathan Smith, 21, received a VIP invitation to meet Sebastian Coe for his community games work. More...

Residents reassured over 111
BURNHAM residents have been reassured that the 111 NHS helpline service is continuing to operate despite NHS Direct announcing that it is to withdraw from its existing 111 contracts. The decision will not impact upon the delivery of the 111 service here. More...

Lifeboats called to drifting boat
Video and Photos: LIFEBOAT crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to help a boat with engine difficulties near Brean Down today (Monday, July 29th). Crews were paged shortly after mid-day to reports that a 28' motor boat was in difficulty four miles from Howe Rocks near Brean Down. More...

Fire crew called to flooded home
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to deal with flooding at a property in the town this afternoon (Monday). The Fire Service received a call to Westfield Close, Burnham at 12.52pm after water was reported to be coming into the property, affecting the electrics. More...

Awards for Coastguard team
TWO teenagers who were rescued when they got stuck on a steep rockface earlier this year have presented Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards with volunteering awards. Ten Burnham Coastguards were handed Queen's Volunteering Awards for their work on Sunday (July 28th). More...

Roger completes Stert Swim
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner Roger Venner stole the limelight at Sunday's Stert Island Swim by finishing it for a tenth time. Crowds lined the seafront to watch the annual 2,400m Stert Island Swim from Burnham to Stert and back, which began at high tide at 10.45am. More...

Crowds at rescue services day
BIG crowds lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (July 28th) for the town's annual rescue services day. The event began with an official opening performed by Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, Mayor Martin Cox and BARB President Neville Jones. Over 30 emergency services from across the West Country. More...

Liam is new BMX world champ
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liam Phillips produced a sensational performance to become the BMX world champion in Auckland, New Zealand, early on Sunday. The 24-year-old won his first world title by winning every race en route to the final including all three of his motos. More...

Heavy rain can't stop Romeo!
TORRENTIAL rain failed to halt a special outdoor theatre performance of Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet in Brent Knoll on Saturday (July 27th). Alfresco drama company The Festival Players performed the story of young love and family fueds. More...

Mayor and MP open new florist
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor formally opened a new flower shop in the town centre on Saturday morning (July 27th). Flowers and Things has opened in the High Street unit that was previously occupied by DP Menswear until it closed earlier this year. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held. More...

New flag raised at Marine Cove
A CEREMONY was held on Saturday (July 27th) to unveil a new flag at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens. Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Peter Downing formally unveiled the new flag and flagpole during Saturday's Pirate Fun Day which was held at the Cove and on the town's beach. More...

Photos: Crowd flocks to Pirate Day
DOZENS of people attended a pirate-themed family fun day in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, July 27th). The family event was held at Marine Cove and on the town's beach next to The Pavillion. A fancy dress competition for the best dressed pirates was well supported. More...

£1.5m building project begins
A £1.5m building project has got underway at Highbridge's King Alfred School this week. The facilities are benefitting from a long-awaited programme of modernisation work, funded by Somerset County Council. Highbridge councillor John Woodman visited the school with council leader John Osman this week. More...

Car in ditch after accident
A CAR ended up in a roadside ditch following an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night, July 26th. Police were called to Rectory Way in Lympsham, near the junction with Brean Road, at around 7pm after the Volkswagen left the road and ended on its side in the undergrowth. More...

Pirate fun day today!
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Saturday (July 27th). The family event is to be held from 10.30am to 4pm on the town's beach, next to The Pavillion, with other events being held at the nearby Marine Cove gardens. More...

Vintage show gets underway
ORGANISERS of the annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show near Burnham-On-Sea say visitors to this year's event, which takes place this weekend, are in for a treat. The event is being held on Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th with lots to see for all ages. More...

Anger over bus service cuts
Exclusive: BUS operator First has come under attack for its decision to axe evening bus services between Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton from this weekend. The firm is halting evening journeys on its 21 service which serves Burnham, Bridgwater and Taunton in a bid to reduce costs. More...

New era for choral society
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society says the appointment of a new Musical Director signals the start of a new and exciting era for the group. The long-running group has appointed Nicholas Bromilow into the top role. Although Nick is new, he has experience. More...

Delays hit new crossing plans
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has said work to create a new pedestrian crossing is once again in full swing after months of delays. The new crossing will be installed on the busy Berrow Road, outside Kathleen Chambers care home, which is operated by the RNIB. More...

Martyn is new British champion
BREAN land yachting enthusiast Martyn Hale has won the landsailing British Championships this week. Martyn, 61, who is a member of the Brean Land Yacht Club, and lives near Bridgwater, has been crowned champion in the Standart Class during the final round of racing. More...

10,000ft sky dive for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man stepped in to complete a 10,000ft sky dive over Wiltshire this week when one of his relatives was unwell enough to complete the jump. Innes Mackay jumped out of a plane above Redlands Airfield in Swindon to raise money for the Anthony Nolan fund. More...

Olympic star backs cycle ride
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Olympic BMX star Liam Phillips has helped a charity bike ride in Brent Knoll raise more than £1,700 for the British Lung Foundation. Family and friends of Chris Evans, who died nearly two years ago, took part in a 26-mile cycle marathon. More...

Missing a dragon in Highbridge?
TROPICAL animal experts are caring for a 17 inch long Bearded Dragon that has been rescued after being found roaming in a garden in Highbridge. The scaly creature was recovered on Wednesday (July 24th) after the homeowner alerted wildlife carers from Secret World. More...

'Busiest start to season in years'
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed their busiest start to the summer season for at least five years. The great weather in recent weeks has boosted accommodation bookings and brought extra visitors into the town at the start of the school holidays
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New pub landlords at the S&D
A TOWN centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea has new landlords this week who have unveiled plans to give it a £50,000 revamp over the coming year. Ben Solomon and Dave Yates have taken over management of the Somerset and Dorset pub in the town's High Street. More...

Crews called to two town fires
A MAN was rescued from his Highbridge home by firefighters on Wednesday afternoon (July 24th) during a kitchen blaze - one of two that were tackled by crews during the day. Two Burnham fire appliances were called to the semi-detached bungalow in Apex Drive at tea time. More...

Vintage show winds back clocks
ORGANISERS of the annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show near Burnham-On-Sea say visitors to this year's event, which takes place this weekend, are in for a treat. The event is being held on Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th with lots to see for all ages. More...

New Prince's birthday shared!
A COUPLE who married on the day after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a baby boy on the same day as the new Royal Prince! Liam and Emma Belgrove, who have family in Burnham and frequently visit the town, welcomed their new son on Monday. More...

Brean man air-lifted to hospital
A MAN
was air-lifted to hospital this week after suffering a suspected heart attack at a Brean holiday park. The yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance landed at Unity Farm on Monday (July 22nd). The air ambulance was called to help an adult male. More...

Romeo and Juliet in Brent Knoll
A SPECIAL outdoor theatre performance of Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet will be performed in Brent Knoll this Saturday (July 27th). Gloucester-based alfresco drama company The Festival Players will be performing the famous story of love and family fueds. More...

Plans for 62 homes unveiled
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish part of an industrial park in Highbridge and replace it with 62 new homes have been unveiled this week. Developer Property Link is seeking full planning permission to build 62 dwellings on the site of Morland Industrial Park in Morland Road. More...

Hi-tech pylons headed our way
POWER cables running through the Burnham-On-Sea area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth look set to use a revolutionary new pylon design in a bid to address the concerns of residents. National Grid has announced this week that the T-Pylon is being offered to Somerset. More...

Carnival queen contest begins
THE search has got underway this week to find this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen. Entries are now being accepted for contestants, who will take a leading role in this winter's carnival spectacle. The competition is open to entrants 16 years and over. More...

New group gives music therapy
A NEW singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Burnham-On-Sea this autumn. The group will meet each week at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street, starting on Tuesday 24th September at 2.30pm. More...

Help for Bedroom Tax 'victims'
TENANTS across the Burnham area who are suffering from the effects of the 'Bedroom Tax' are being offered a helping hand by Homes in Sedgemoor. Advice will be given to tenants who have been hit by a reduction in housing benefit for having too many bedrooms. More...

Business networking evening
A BUSINESS networking evening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 25th) for local traders to meet each other and hear more about business initiatives in the town. Burnham Chamber of Trade is organising the event at the Crafty Tea Cup Cafe in Victoria Street. More...

Thunderstorms sweep into area
THE Met Office has issued a weather warning for today (Tuesday) as thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The warning spans across the whole South West and comes after nearly three weeks of heatwave weather. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (July 28th) to take part in the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront from 10am. More...

Pirate fun day this Saturday
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Saturday (July 27th). The family event is to be held from 10.30am to 4pm on the town's beach, next to The Pavillion, with other events being held at the nearby Marine Cove gardens. More...

Local reaction to Royal birth
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has welcomed the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become the proud parents of a healthy baby boy. The couple's son weighed 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4.24pm at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. More...

In photos: Church fun day
BRIGHT sunshine attracted fun-lovers to Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 21st) for a successful summer fun day. Burnham-On-Sea Community Church organised the special event to bring together churchgoers and the community as a whole for a day of activities. More...

Horse rescued from rhyne
A HORSE had to be winched to safety after getting stuck in a rhyne near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (July 22nd). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea fire station were called to Lympsham just after 10.30am. Two fire engines from Burnham and a 4x4 were used. More...

Three arrests after arson blaze
THREE youngsters have been arrested by police following an arson attack on a Burnham-On-Sea home in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday, July 21st). Firefighters from Burnham, Bridgwater, Street and Wiveliscombe were called to the property in St John's Road shortly before 4am. More...

Kayakers rescued by lifeboats
THREE kayakers were rescued by lifeboat crews on Sunday evening (July 21st) after getting into difficulty several miles out into the Bristol Channel from Brean beach. The trio, pictured right, from Bristol, had headed out into the channel to do some fishing off Brean Down but got into difficulty. More...

World record dogs bid fails
A BID to beat the world record for the most dog owners taking part in a simultaneous stay was beaten by the weather on Sunday (July 21st). Dog owners group Little Orchard had asked people to visit the Oaktree Speedway arena to join the attempt. More...

Welly wanging a hit at fun day!
WELLY wanging was among the traditional activities laid on at a Somerset-themed fun day in Berrow on Saturday (July 20th). The annual event was held at Berrow and Brean Recreation Club and on the village green, attracting a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. More...

Music on Green draws crowds
VILLAGERS flocked to Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green outdoor concert on Saturday evening (July 20th). Popular local blues rock band Sodz Law provided the entertainment with a lively mix of music from the 1960s to the present day. It drew more than 100 spectators. More...

Nursery rhyme theme for show
EDITHMEAD Church's annual Flower Festival took place over the weekend with more than 20 colourful floral decorations on display. Visitors to the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday got a chance to see inside one of the smallest churches in England
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THREE more cars stuck in sea
THREE more motorists had to be rescued from beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area this evening (Sunday) as this week's high tides caught more out. Two motorists at Brean and one at Berrow were helped by beachwardens and Burnham-based rescue charity BARB shortly before high tide. More...

Crews at 'suspicious' house fire
THIS was the dramatic scene in Burnham-On-Sea early today (Sunday, July 21st) when fire crews battled a 'suspicious' blaze which tore through a home. Firefighters from Burnham, Bridgwater, Street Wiveliscombe were called to the property in St John's Road shortly after 4am. More...

Tessa attacks nuclear stance
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has said she is "disappointed" that the government's review of the Trident nuclear weapons did not consider removing nuclear arms altogether. Tessa Munt's comments came as she joined fellow MPs and campaigners at a CND event. More...

Fire crews at golf club blaze
A FIRE in an outbuilding at Brean Golf Club was tackled by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews last night (Saturday). Two fire appliances from Burnham, two from Weston and a water bowser from Bridgwater attended the incident just before 10pm on Saturday evening. More...

Tides warning after car stranded
Exclusive: A FRESH safety warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after the driver of this car got caught on Saturday evening (July 20th). A Vauxhall Corsa parked on Brean beach became inundated by the incoming tide shortly after 5pm. More...

Vote for the 'best on the beat'
BURNHAM and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for the 'best on the beat' with the launch of the annual Neighbourhood Policing Awards. The public is being asked to vote for the best neighbourhood police officers, staff and volunteers across the area. More...

Hottest day for six years
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day for six years on Friday (July 19th). The local weather station at Brent Knoll recorded a peak temperature at 4.42pm of 31.2C (88.2F) in the shade on fruday afternoon as the summer heatwave continued. More...

What's on this weekend?
THERE'S a busy day of weekend of events taking place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the main events in an at-a-glance guide. They range from music events and family fun days to a flower festival, open gardens event and a dog show. More...

Dog owners in world record bid
DOG owners are being invited to take part in a world record attempt on Sunday near Burnham-On-Sea. Little Orchard is asking people to visit the Oaktree Speedway arena in Highbridge on July 21st to try for the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous stay. More...

Three choirs sing for festival
OVER 40 singers from three choirs in the Burnham-On-Sea took part in a fundraising concert in the town on Friday evening (July 19th). 'Coastline Singers' joined up with 'Burnham on Song' and 'The Siobhan Johnson Singers Junior Choir' for the sepcial fundraising event. More...

Crews tackle town factory blaze
Exclusive photos & video: THESE were the scenes in Highbridge this afternoon (Friday) as firefighters battled a blaze at a factory. Three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Sanroy, in Commerce Way, Highbridge, which produces display units. More...

St Joseph's School visits beach
MORE than 300 pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school were treated to a morning on the town's beach this week to mark the end of their school year. The youngsters from St Joseph's School, aged 3-11, took part in a sandcastle building competition in the heatwave. More...

Seafront lights trial to begin
Exclusive: A TRIAL of new colourful decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea seafront is to go ahead over the next few weeks. The multi-coloured LED lights are to be trialled on the South Esplanade to find a low-cost replacement for the previous decorative lights which were recently removed. More...

Coastguards called to walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean on Thursday (July 18th) to help a walker who had suffered an injury after a fall. Coastguards were called to reach the 43 year-old lady from a patch of soft sand next to Brean Down and take her on a stretcher to an ambulance. More...

Town poppy volunteers sought
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion have this week issued a urgent appeal for more Poppy Appeal collectors to come forward. The Royal British Legion has issued an appeal for volunteers to help in Burnham and Highbridge during this autumn's annual Poppy Appeal collections. More...

Inquest opens into rail death
AN inquest has been opened this week into the death of a man found besides a railway line in Highbridge. The body of 39 year-old Matthias Watson of no fixed abode, was discovered behind a track-side building near Highbridge Railway Station on Friday July 12th. More...

Choirs in action this evening
FINAL tickets are on sale for a choral concert taking place in Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Friday, July 19th) that will feature three local groups of singers. 'Coastline Singers', 'Burnham on Song' and 'The Siobhan Johnson Singers Junior Choir' have joined together. More...

Hottest day of the year for town
THE Met Office has issued a 'heat health watch warning' to Burnham-On-Sea residents as the hot spell of weather continues. It comes after temperatures in Burnham reached a record for the year on Thursday of 30.1C at 5.42pm. The heatwave warning has been raised to "level three". More...

Western singer at Princess
COUNTRY and western artist Raymond Froggatt will perform an evening of music in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday night (July 20th). The Princess Theatre will play host to Raymond Froggatt during his nationwide 'Movin On Tour'. The event will start at 7.30pm. More...

£128m community boost pledged
BURNHAM-On-Sea community groups could be in line for major cash windfalls in the future after the Department for Energy and Climate Change this week announced £128m of funding for Somerset to offset the development of Hinkley Point C power station. More...

Knife-wielding man arrested
Exclusive: POLICE have arrested a man following a late night knife incident outside a Burnham-On-Sea town centre night club. Police were called to the High Street late on Saturday night (July 13th) when a doorman at the Skye Bar was threatened by the man. More...

3% council pay rise attacked
Exclusive: A Highbridge councillor has criticised Somerset county councillors for giving themselves a 3% pay rise. The £371 increase to the basic annual allowance was voted through on Wednesday (July 17th) and has now been accepted by councillors. More...

Medical centre holds open day
MORE than 200 people attended an open day at Highbridge Medical Centre on Tuesday afternoon (July 16th). Visitors got a chance to speak to the centre's staff, doctors and nurses in addition to meet local health groups and pick up advice and information. More...

Tractor blaze in East Huntspill
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a tractor blaze in East Huntspill on Wednesday afternoon (July 17th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to New Road in East Huntspill at 2.15pm where the crews found the vehicle was well alight. More...

Filming underway on movie
FILMING work is underway on a unique new film in Burnham-On-Sea that seeks to shine a spotlight on the town's close community. The Theatre Mélange production company is currently filming "Echo Burnham, Portrait of a Coastal Town". More...

History weekend cancelled
A HISTORICAL and photography weekend due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend has been cancelled. The event, which was to be held at Marine Cove on Saturday and Sunday, was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances." More...

New photos of jetty rescue drama
Exclusive: DRAMATIC new photos have emerged of the moment that two young swimmers were rescued from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty at the weekend. The images - taken on a mobile phone - show one of the girls desperately clinging onto the metal chains at the end of the jetty while the seawater flowing in. More...

Greg takes on top centre role
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Community Centre welcomed a new Chairman last night (Tuesday, July 16th). Greg Kelloway took on the role during the centre's AGM when former Chairman Ken Hindle retired from the position after nine years to become the centre's President. More...

Steam train's blast from past
A CLASSIC steam train has begun its regular summer service for an eleventh year running, passing through Highbridge railway station on its journey to the Devon coast. The Torbay Express passed through Burnham and Highbridge Railway Station on Sunday (July 14th) on its way to Paignton. More...

Inquest held into rhyne death
AN inquest has been held this week into the death of a Rooksbridge man who died after an accident. Michael Thornton died when the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and ended up in a water-filled rhyne in Pill Road, Rooksbridge, last year. More...

Blues band lead Music On Green
A POPULAR local blues rock band will be leading Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green this Saturday (July 20th). The band, Sodz Law, will be performing at the outdooor family event from 7.30pm, playing a line-up of well known music from the 60s to the present. More...

Irish Night fun at The Oaktree
THE Somerset Paddies will be entertaining the crowds at a fundraising Irish night near Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (July 20th). Highbridge's Oaktree Arena will be hosting the fun event from 7pm to raise cash for a new air fence at the speedway track. More...

Police appeal after sex assault
POLICE have appealed for information as they investigate an alleged serious sexual assault in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week. The incident is believed to have occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning (July 14th) in an alleyway in Pier Street. More...

Mayor opens new classroom
BURNHAM'S Mayor cut a ribbon to officially open a £215,000 extension at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrews Primary School on Monday (July 15th). The new classroom at the school in Dunstan Road will provide space for 30 extra students and has been welcomed by staff and parents. More...

Coach retires after 15 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club has this week said farewell to one of its longest-running leaders. Sarah Pusill has been head coach at the club for the past 15 years but has decided to step down because she is getting married this September. She was thanked for her work this week by the club. More...

Aussie folk band visits Burnham
POPULAR Australian folk band the Blue Mosquitoes will be playing in Burnham-On-Sea this Thursday evening (July 18th). Doors will open at 8pm for the performance, which will be held at Burnham's Ritz Acoustic Club in Victoria Street when all will be welcome. More...

Kayaking Guides given boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's outgoing president has put Brent Knoll Guides in a buoyant mood by handing over a donation this week. Hugh Mackay, the outgoing president of Burnham Rotary Club, visited the guides while they were kayaking on the River Axe. More...

Tributes for man killed by train
TRIBUTES have been paid to Shane Ponting, who was one of the two men whose bodies were found close to Highbridge railway station last week. Mr Ponting, 34, right, was struck and killed by a passing train on the Springfield Road foot crossing last Thursday evening. More...

Jetty girls 'could have been lost'
Exclusive: THE family of the girls who were dramatically rescued from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty on Saturday evening have thanked the town's rescue services for coming to their aid while the mother of two of them has admitted she "so easily could have lost both her children." More...

Busy weekend on beaches
BURNHAM-On-Sea's marine rescue services and lifeguards were kept busy over the weekend when the hot weather brought crowds of visitors into the town. Burnham's Coastguards, RNLI, BARB and lifeguards were all called out to deal with a variety of incidents. More...

Youth Weekend will return
ORGANISERS of Burnham and Highbridge's Youth Weekend say the event will return in 2014 after a successful first year. A day of dancing displays on Sunday followed a parade on Saturday involving more than 200 youngsters through Burnham at the start. More...

Vintage rally hailed a success
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear went on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally near Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. On display at the two day event were traction engines, classic cars and commercials, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. More...

Choirs join forces for fundraiser
TICKETS are on sale for a choral concert taking place in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (July 19th) that will feature three local groups of singers. 'Coastline Singers' together with 'Burnham on Song' and 'The Siobhan Johnson Singers Junior Choir' have joined together. More...

Punch and Judy car pulled free
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI came to the rescue of Punch and Judy on the town's beach today (Sunday). Punch and Judy entertainer 'Professor' Paul Wheeler had driven onto the town's beach on Sunday morning when his car's wheels became stuck in the soft sand. More...

Charlotte, 18, is golf runner-up
A BURNHAM teenager has finished runner-up in the Somerset Ladies County Golf Championships. Charlotte Humphries, 18, a four handicap player from Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, won the Silver Plate after playing superbly at the three-day Weston tournament. More...

New rescue drama on town jetty
ROPES and a lifeboat were used to dramatically rescue two girls from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty on Saturday evening - eleven months after four year-old Dylan Cecil drowned at the same spot. Faye Mays (12), April Mays (11) and Jess Woodford (13) from Bridgwater got into difficulty during a sea swim. More...

Grassland blaze in Lympsham
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a grassland blaze in Lympsham on Saturday evening (July 13th). Crews attended a field of grassland on fire near Bridgwater Road in Lympsham. The fire was extinguished using one hose reel jet. More...

No record temperatures yet
BURNHAM-On-Sea's beach was busy with dozens of sunbathers on Saturday (July 13th) as temperatures soared. However, while the forecast was for particularly high temperatures, a cooling sea breeze kept thermometers below the year's record whoch was set earlier this month. More...

200 join Burnham youth parade
MORE than 200 youngsters took part in a colourful parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday during the town's Youth Weekend. Youth groups from Burnham, Highbridge and Berrow took part in the procession from Maddocks Slade on the northern end of The Esplanade to Pier Street. More...

Police identify railway bodies
POLICE have identified the two men whose bodies have been found close to Highbridge railway station this week. British Transport Police said the men, aged 30 and 34, have been identified but their names have not yet been released as the investigation continues. More...

Pupil's discrimination award
A HIGHBRIDGE school pupil has won a prestigious award for challenging discrimination. Gemma Cain from Highbridge's King Alfred School Sixth Form was presented the prestigious individual prize during the annual Somerset Anne Frank Awards and has also written a book. More...

Heatwave warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a heatwave alert for the south west, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, triggered by forecasts of up to 30C. Forecasters say there is a 60 per cent chance of the heatwave in our region, with the highest temperatures of over 30C today. More...

Motorist hurt in A370 crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after being cut free from his vehicle following a crash early this morning (Friday) near Burnham-On-Sea. Two fire crews frrom Burnham and Weston were sent to the incident on the A370 at Lympsham shortly after 5.15am. More...

Two bodies found near rail station
RAIL services were halted through Highbridge on Thursday evening after a man was struck and killed by a passing train. Police and ambulance crews were called to a level crossing near Highbridge Railway Station at 5.45pm. Emergency services recovered a second body on Friday. More...

Skin cancer warning issued
WITH the current heat wave and school holidays on the way, Burnham-On-Sea's sun-worshippers are being asked to help improve Somerset's skin cancer record. Rates of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, are 45 per cent higher in Somerset than average. More...

Young deer rescued by carers
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after these two cute young deer this week. Secret World in East Huntspill currently has six deer - four roe and two fallow fawns (pictured). One was found in Dorset, incredibly thin and dehydrated, and the other came from West Sussex. More...

Youth theatre show tonight
A FUN-packed family show is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this evening (Friday). Over 30 young members of Burnham and Highbridge Youth Theatre group will be taking part in 'The Blue Bird', with the curtain rising for the start of the show at 7pm. More...

Asda's boost for local groups
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes - and those that attract the most receive a cash donation. More...

Chernobyl visitors in Burnham
A GROUP of children living in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which blew up in 1986, enjoyed a visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 11th). The trip to the town's beach and seafront included a pre-arranged visit to the BARB hovercraft station. More...

Man killed on railway crossing
RAIL services were halted through Highbridge on Thursday evening after a man was struck and killed by a passing train. Police and ambulance crews were called to a level crossing near Highbridge Railway Station at 5.45pm. Emergency services recovered the man's body. More...

MP: Huge pay rise 'ludicrous'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says proposals to give members of parliament big pay rises are "ludicrous and out of touch." Tessa Munt has this week spoken out after reports that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has recommended the pay hike. More...

Council grass cutting attacked
AN angry Burnham-On-Sea resident has hit out at Sedgemoor District Council for its 'poor standard' of cutting grass on public verges around the town. Sylvia Young, pictured, told councillors at their latest meeting that too few cuts are being undertaken and that grass cuttings are often not being collected. More...

Fire family had no insurance
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea family whose home was severely damaged by a huge blaze on Monday (July 8th) did not have home insurance in place, leaving them with a huge repair bill. As first reported here, ten homes were evacuated in Quantock Close. More...

Florist moves into High Street
A VACANT shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is to be transformed into a florist. Julie Dean, who runs Flowers and Things in Victoria Street, is moving her business into the High Street unit previously occupied by DP Menswear, which shut last month. More...

Healing Weekend set to return
CROWDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill this weekend when a popular annual Healing Weekend is held at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre. Now in its fifth year, The Healing Weekend will be held on Friday 12th July - 14th July. More...

Tea raises £765 for hospice
DELICIOUS homemade cakes and hot drinks were available when local fundraisers Chris and Anne Beckett held a 'Time 4 Tea' event in aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice at Burnham's Baptist Hall. This year’s event was bigger than ever and was attended by many. More...

Tax dodging crackdown begins
A TASKFORCE tackling tax dodgers in the holiday industry across the South West England - including Somerset - has been launched this week by HM Revenue and Customs. The taskforce aims to recover £2.5million and will be launching unannounced visits. More...

Hotel overhaul awaits EDF deal
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE Hotel owner Derek Mead says the £11million project to transform the fire-hit property into a modern housing complex is being held up by EDF's long-running discussions with the government over funding for Hinkley Point C. Mr Mead, pictured, recently won approval. More...

Burnham basks in heatwave
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been basking in Mediterranean temperatures this week as forecasters predict the heatwave is set to continue. These were the scenes on Tuesday evening (July 9th) when a calm high tide attracted paddle boarders and swimmer to cool off. More...

Vintage Rally this weekend
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear will go on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Rally this weekend. On display at the two day event will be traction engines, classic cars and commercials, motorcycles, stationary engines and a horticultural section. More...

Children learn life-saving skills
CHILDREN from Burnham-On-Sea have been learning about the dangers posed by open water during a life-saving scheme in the town. A total of 84 children from four local primary schools were taught water safety skills at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy. More...

Three incidents for fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to three separate incidents in the space of just five hours on Tuesday (July 9th). Crews were initially called to a van on fire on the southbound sliproad of the M5 motorway at Burnham's junction 22 and two other incidents. More...

In photos: Berrow Dog Show
DOZENS of dogs were on their best behaviour when the RSPCA held its annual dog show in Berrow on Sunday (July 7th). The event, held outside Berrow Village Hall, attracted scores of pooches and their owners, who competed in classes ranging from best puppy. More...

Wind protesters draw up plans
CAMPAIGNERS against a controversial wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea will hold a public meetings tonight (Wednesday) as they gear up to fight the developer's appeal application. Broadview Energy wants to build four 130m tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm. More...

Fire-hit family thanks commnunity
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea family whose home was severely damaged by a huge blaze on Monday (July 8th) have thanked well-wishers for their support. As first reported here, ten homes were evacuated in Quantock Close when fire crews were called to tackle the huge blaze shortly after 12.30am. More...

Wind farm protest meet today
CAMPAIGNERS against a controversial wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea will hold two public meetings this week as they gear up to fight the developer's appeal application. Broadview Energy wants to build four 130m tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm. More...

Countdown to Youth Weekend
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Youth Weekend are making final preparations for the event. The event will get underway on Saturday (July 13th) with a parade of youth groups through the town, followed by 'Dance On The Beach' on the town's seafront. More...

Two events today for Dylan fund
TWO events will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday) to raise money for a fund set up in memory of a four year-old boy who drowned after falling from the town's jetty last year. A summer bike night will see scores of bikers gather in the Morrisons car park. More...

In photos: Churchfield Fun Day
CROWDS of families attended a fun day at a Highbridge school on Saturday (July 6th). Churchfield PTFA organised the successful event in the grounds of Churchfield School where a wide range of outdoor activities were laid on in the ot temperatures and sunshine. More...

Albert Hall date for singers
A GROUP of singers from Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society travelled to London on Sunday (7th July) to take part in an unforgettable performance at The Royal Albert Hall. The group sang Verdi's Requiem with The Really Big Chorus at the world-famous venue. More...

Tenerife group visits Burnham
A GROUP of children from Tenerife has visited Burnham-On-Sea over the past week with the help of local Lions Club members. The group, Tenerife Sur Lions, has been organising childrens holidays for under-privileged and disadvantaged children for 16 years. More...

Huge fire damages town homes
SHOCKED residents are counting the cost of a major blaze which severely damaged two homes in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of today (Monday). Ten homes were evacuated in Quantock Close as fire crews from across Somerset were tackled the blaze which started shortly after 12.30am. More...

Sea Sunday service held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's marine rescue services attended a special Sea Sunday Service at St Johns Church in Highbridge. The Rev Sharon Crossman organised the special service with a nautical theme which was held on Sunday afternoon (July 7th) in front of a congregation. More...

Heatwave boost for tourism trade
SUN lovers flocked to the Burnham-On-Sea area over tehe weekend as the area enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures of 29.0C (84.2F) were recorded on Sunday in Brent Knoll, easily beating the previous record of 23.1C set on June 6th. More...

Town's Picnic In The Park sizzles
SCORCHING sunshine and a great line-up of live music attracted large crowds to Burnham-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park on Sunday afternoon (July 7th). The Fallen Apples led the event in the town's Manor Gardens which was followed by music from Combyne Arvester. More...

Olympic triathlon held in town
A BRACING sea swim was among the three activities that more than 65 athletes completed during an Olympic distance triathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (July 7th). Triathletes from across the UK competed in the event, which included a 1,500m swim. More...

Panto auditions to start today
IF you fancy taking a role in Burnham-On-Sea's next pantomime, there's a chance to get involved this week. Burnham District Pantomime Society is holding open auditions for their next performance at the Princess Theatre today (Monday, July 8th) and tomorrow. More...

In photos: Scarecrow Festival
SCARECROWS of all shapes and sizes descended on Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 6th) when the town's first Scarecrow Festival was held. Over a dozen of the colourful straw-filled creations were set up in the town's Marine Cove gardens on the seafront. More...

Wimbledon celebrations in town
TENNIS fans in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating on Sunday after Andy Murray's historic win in the Wimbledon Men's Final. Members of Burnham's Avenue Tennis Club gathered to watch the nerve-wracking final in which Murray became the first British man to be crowned Wimbledon champion in 77 years. More...

Police probe 'deliberate' blaze
FIRE crews believe a blaze outside a block of flats in Highbridge was started deliberately in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, July 7th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Charlotte Court at just before 12.30am to tackle the blaze. More...

Van blaze shuts busy route
A BUSY route between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston was temporarily closed last night (Saturday, July 6th) after a van blaze. These were the scenes on the A370 at East Brent after fire crews from Burnham and Weston were called to tackle the blaze at 10.30pm. More...

Busy first day for lifeguards
HOT summer weather attracted scores of visitors to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday, resulting in a busy first day on duty for the town's new RNLI lifeguards. Temperatures reached 21.9C (71F) on Saturday afternoon as the summer heatwave arrived in style. More...

Picnic In The Park today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday, July 7th, with an afternoon of great entertainment in store. The Fallen Apples will lead the free event from 12.30pm. The band’s offers popular folk songs with fast-moving dance tunes. More...

Armed forces scheme launches
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea have shown their support for the armed forces by signing up for a new discount scheme that has just been launched this week. Cafes, pubs and takeaways in the town have been asked to display a poster in their windows offering discounts. More...

Open day for Wimbledon final
TENNIS fans in Burnham-On-Sea will be cheering on Andy Murray during Sunday's Wimbledon final and will be able to get advice on their own playing skills. The Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham will be holding an Open Day on Wimbledon Men’s Finals Day from 11am when all will be welcome. More...

Hospice reunites war veterans
TWO war veterans from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston who are to be awarded the Arctic Star medal have been inadvertently united at a local hospice. John Walker, 93, from Southern Lea Road in Burnham and John Wyatt, 89, from Weston, both served in World War II. More...

New lifeguards go on duty
HEATWAVE temperatures are expected to bring crowds of visitors to beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend as new lifeguards go on duty for the first time. The new RNLI beach lifeguards begin work in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow today (Saturday) for the summer holiday season. More...

Heatwave prompts crime alert
POLICE are urging residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure windows and doors are shut and locked during this week's heatwave, even if they are only in the garden or another room. The campaign aims to give residents helpful advice about security. More...

Town flower festival underway
COLOURFUL blooms are on display at a Highbridge church when it holds a fundraising flower festival this weekend. St John's Church is holding the three-day festival to raise money for refurbishment work. The festival started on Friday and runs until Sunday. More...

Young artists hold exhibition
OVER 60 up-and-coming artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea area are exhibiting their work in the town's Princess Theatre this week. Art students from Years 10-13 at King Alfred School are displaying their work today (Saturday) at their annual exhibition of work. More...

Churchfield fun day today
STAFF and pupils at a Highbridge school are preparing to hold a summer fun day. Churchfield PTFA is hosting the event in the grounds of Churchfield School on Saturday 6th July from 11am-3pm when all will be welcome to come along and join in a day of fun. More...

Heatwave boost for tourism
Tourism businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area are preparing for a bumper weekend as forecasters predict temperatures will be hotter than parts of the Mediterranean. The Burnham-On-Sea area looks set to enjoy its hottest days of the year if the weather forecasts are correct. More...

Burnham pub's future secured
Exclusive: THE future of a Burnham-On-Sea pub has been secured this week with the arrival of new landlords. The Lighthouse Inn in Highbridge Road has been taken over by Burnham couple Darren Hodge and his partner Sharon Morgan and their family. More...

Young artists hold town exhibition
OVER 60 up-and-coming artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea area are exhibiting their work in the town's Princess Theatre this week. Art students from Years 10-13 at King Alfred School are displaying their work today (Friday) and tomorrow at their exhibition. More...

Flower festival opens in town
COLOURFUL blooms are on display at a Highbridge church when it holds a fundraising flower festival this weekend. St John's Church is holding the three-day festival to raise money for refurbishment work. The festival starts today (Friday July 5th) and runs until Sunday. More...

35 flats rejected by council
PLANS to build two blocks of four-storey retirement apartment blocks in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been rejected by planners this week. The scheme, from Abracore Ltd, proposed 35 flats be built in Victoria Street, at the Tucker’s Garage site, in the town centre. More...

Scarecrow festival tomorrow
A SCARECROW festival is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 6th). The town's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting the town's first sea-themed Scarecrow Day when residents and local groups will be displaying a number of fun designs. More...

School plans fun day tomorrow
STAFF and pupils at a Highbridge school are preparing to hold a summer fun day. Churchfield PTFA is hosting the event in the grounds of Churchfield School on Saturday 6th July from 11am-3pm when all will be welcome to join in the activities and day of fun. More...

Two motorists hurt in M5 crash
TWO people were cut free after a crash on the M5 between a lorry and two cars this morning (Thursday). The accident, which occurred shortly before 10.30am, happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 22 for Burnham and 21 at Weston. More...

12% crime fall in Burnham
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been praised by town councillors this week following a big fall in crime. Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police, on his last day before retirement, revealed the latest crime figures during a speech to councillors. More...

Shark snapped up by shoppers!
SHOPPERS in Burnham-On-Sea were able to sink their teeth into this fearsome sea creature this week! Fishmonger Seafoods in Burnham High Street has just added fresh shark to the wide selection of fish that it sells. Steve Wright said the fish is proving popular. More...

Fears for Berrow Inn's future
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents in Berrow fear the village's pub could soon be knocked down and replaced with new homes if it is sold at an auction late this month. The Berrow Inn is due to be auctioned on July 29th and has a guide price of £350,000 - £380,000. More...

Big band tunes this Saturday
AN evening of big band tunes performed by a local concert band is on offer in Highbridge this weekend. The King Alfred Concert Band, together with the Churchfield Voices, will be holding their annual Summer Concert in Highbridge Community Hall from 7.30pm. More...

Pilrow protest meetings planned
CAMPAIGNERS against a controversial wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea will hold two public meetings next week as they gear up to fight the developer's appeal application. Broadview Energy wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines - each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm. More...

Pudsey raises £700 in Burnham
A BID to raise thousands of pounds for Children in Need was given a welcome boost at Burnham Holiday Village over the weekend. Three days of fundraising in the town culminated with a fete at the Holiday Village on Sunday, where visitors were treated to fun and games. More...

Asda withdraws petrol plan
Exclusive: ASDA has withdrawn its controversial plans to build a new low-cost petrol station at its Highbridge store following a series of objections. The scheme for an eight-pump petrol station to be sited in place of the small parking area at the entry to the Caxton Road store has drawn a number of complaints. More...

Librarian retires after 22 years
A LONG-serving librarian in Burnham-On-Sea has retired from her role this week after more than two decades in the job. Eileen Long, 61, has been a familiar face at Burnham Library in Princess Street and the former Adam Street library. She started as a librarian in 1991. More...

Heatwave coming at weekend
THE Burnham-On-Sea area looks set to enjoy its hottest days of the year this coming weekend, according to weather forecasters. The south west is in for a very hot spell of summer weather, predicts the Met Office, with temperatures expected to rise to 75F on Sunday. More...

Festival offers free bursaries
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival has this week launched a new Festival Bursary scheme to encourage new traders to take part. The organisers of the autumn festival, which is to be held on Saturday 28th September, are offering up to five free pitches for new traders. More...

Local artist exhibits her work
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist's work has gone on display in the town this week. Margaret Micklewright is displaying a selection of her colourful paintings in The Princess Theatre's arts cafe until 13th July. A wide selection of paintings is on display in acrylics and inks. More...

Cleaning firm's boost for BARB
A LOCAL cleaning products supplier has given a boost to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. AutoSmart has donated £200 of cleaning and maintenance products to the seafront-based charity and will be supporting the organisation in the year ahead. More...

Stranded bird rescued by crew
FIREFIGHTERS rescued a bird after it became trapped on the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre on Tuesday. A Burnham fire crew was called to the centre in Berrow Road at 2pm after the young bird could not be reached by RSPCA volunteers. More...

New RNLI lifeguards start work
THE RNLI's new beach lifeguards will start work in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this week. The new lifeguards will be in operation from this Saturday (July 6th) for the summer holiday season. An RNLI beach unit is being sited on Berrow Beach while the lifeguards at Burnham will share the jetty beach hut. More...

£15k boost for coach project
Exclusive: A MAJOR project that aims to bring thousands of extra coach visitors to Burnham-On-Sea has this week been given a £15,000 boost. At a meeting last night (Monday), Burnham Town Councillors approved a huge grant application for the project. More...

Youth theatre show announced
TICKETS are on sale for a fun-packed family performance at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Over 30 young members of Burnham and Highbridge Youth Theatre group are busily rehearsing for the The Blue Bird, which they will perform on Friday July 12th and 13th. More...

New curate for town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has welcomed a new curate this week. A large congregation gathered at the church on Sunday to welcome Reverened Sharon Eldergill, who is to be an Assistant Curate. Sharon and her husband were welcomed by members. More...

Picnic In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday, July 7th, with an afternoon of great entertainment in store. The Fallen Apples will lead the free event from 12.30pm. The band’s offers popular folk songs with fast-moving dance tunes. More...

Cash stolen from parked vans
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following two thefts of money from parked vehicles in Burnham-On-Sea. Delivery vans have been targeted by thieves in two separate incidents. The first happened at around 3.10pm on Thursday June 27th when the driver was making a delivery in Victoria Street. More...

Fears on police cuts allayed
Exclusive: AVON and Somerset Police have reassured residents in Burnham-On-Sea that the town's top two policemen will be replaced following their retirements last month despite major financial cutbacks. Over 200 staff at the police are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of government cuts. More...

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