Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

 

July 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Apex swimming warning issued
COUNCIL bosses have this week issued a warning about the dangers of swimming in the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park. It follows several incidents during recent days when young people have been cooling off by swimming in the lakes at the busy park
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Community agent appointed
THE Community Council for Somerset has appointed its first Community Agent in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Steve Ballinger, pictured, will work closely with GPs and other health professionals at Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre and Highbridge Medical Centre. More...

New trains unveiled for region
RAIL passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys after the government gave the go-ahead for a brand new fleet of trains running between London and Cornwall. The deal will allow First Great Western to buy 29 new long-distance trains. More...

'Mini tornado' spotted in skies
A SEAFRONT walker in Burnham-On-Sea has described the moment she saw a 'mini tornado' form in the skies over the estuary this week. "My son and I were walking along Burnham seafront when we spotted the twister over by Hinkley Point," said Julie Harris. More...

School campaign launches
PARENTS of students at Highbridge's King Alfred School have launched a campaign to seek cheaper, better quality uniforms. Several parents have set up the campaign to encourage the school to look into getting a new supplier for its school uniforms introduced. More...

Green Flag ceremonies held
COVETED Green Flags were raised in two parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Wednesday (July 29th) after they were named as being among the country's very best. The Green Flag awards were announced last week by the national charity Keep Britain Tidy. More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (July 31st) with a wide line-up of locally produced food including Cheddar strawberries. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fresh fruit in the High Street. More...

Man identified after appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week said they have identified a man in CCTV coverage who may have information about a disturbance at a town hotel earlier this year. Earlier this month, we reported that police had appealed for the public's help. More...

Join quiz fundraiser for ice rink
A QUIZ night is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (July 31st) to raise funds for a proposed new ice rink for the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham's town centre this festive season. More...

Gull crackdown plan rejected
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have voted against spending thousands of pounds of tax payers money on trying to rid the town of seagulls. Members of the Town Projects Committee discussed the proposals at their latest meeting after receiving complaints from residents. More...

Unique art display for seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting a unique art installation this autumn as a part of Somerset Arts Weeks. A pride of lions is being placed on the seafront as a part of a specially commissioned art project that will be on show on the seafront this autumn. More...

Daredevil stunt show in Brean
A DAREDEVIL stunt show involving high-flying trucks and vehicles will be held at Brean Leisure Park this evening (Wednesday). The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes monster trucks and motorcycle stunts plus other tricks for holidaymakers over the sumnmer. More...

Folk On Green for Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to an afternoon of live outdoor music concert this Sunday (August 2nd). Folk On The Green will be held in a special marquee set up next to Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street from 12.30pm until 5pm - the event will be fully free. More...

Fishmonger takes lead role
BURNHAM-On-Sea fishmonger Steve Wright and his partner Gaynor will be bringing a special seafood display and tasting sessions to crowds of young children and their families in Weston-Super-Mare this week. Fish is the Dish is the consumer face of Seafish. More...

Digger collides with power line
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to this digger after it collided with power cables in Highbridge on Monday evening (July 27th). Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to a lane next to Bristol Road in Highbridge at 4.55pm. Crews were called to help. More...

Stuck horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews were called out to rescue a horse stuck in a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (July 27th). Burnham firefighters were called to Pill Road in Rooksbridge at 8pm after local residents reported the horse was standed in a water-filled ditch. More...

Travellers set up in car park
SEDGEMOOR District Council has begun legal proceedings to get a group of travellers removed from a Burnham-On-Sea car park. The travellers moved into Burnham's Pier Street car park on Sunday afternoon (July 26th) and action is underway to remove them. More...

Have your say on makeover
STAFF from Homes in Sedgemoor have been out and about on the Morland Estate this week inviting tenants to have their say on plans for a makeover. The initiative is part of a new five-year programme called 'Great Estates' which is focusing on improvements. More...

MP backs scams awareness
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week joined with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to support Scam Awareness Month. The initiative aims to provide support for those local people who have been scammed and protect people from being caught. More...

Pig racing underway in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park's 30th year of pig and donkey race nights are being held every Tuesday night over the summer for local charities. The fundraising race nights will take place in the park's arena every Tuesday evening from today (July 28th) until September 1st. More...

Petition to halt Isleport expansion
Exclusive: A PETITION has been launched online in opposition to proposals to expand a Highbridge business park. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this month how plans are being drawn up to create the Isleport 2 Business Park. Sedgemoor District Council has started consultation. More...

Top award for sea cadets unit
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets unit is celebrating this week after receiving an award. Following their annual assessment by the Royal Navy, the unit has been awarded a Burgee for their achievements over the past 12 months. This award is given to top units. More...

Gracie is a hit with TV band
AN 11-year-old singing star from Brent Knoll who reached the semi-finals of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent appeared in a concert alongside last year's winners Callabro on Saturday (July 25th). Gracie Wickens-Sweet wowed TV audiences and the celebrity judges. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action on Thursday 30th July at 7.30pm. More...

Weather ends Liam's title hopes
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips fought hard but could not win a second UCI BMX World Championship title in horrendous conditions in Belgium on Saturday (July 25th). An uncharacteristically slow start in the final cost Liam and he finished fifth. More...

Teens plan week of fundraising
A GROUP of community-spirited teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea are set to complete a series of fundraising challenges to raise money for local charities. The 13 teenagers are currently undertaking their National Citizen Service in Burnham over the coming week. More...

Artist's work goes on display
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist is showcasing her work at the town's Princess Theatre this week. Mary Thompson's wildlife paintings are on display in the Arts Lounge from July 23rd until July 31st from 10am-3pm on certain days of the week. We have a full preview on the display. More...

Vandals target beach lifeguards
MEAN vandals have caused hundreds of pounds of damage by attacking lifeguards equipment on Berrow beach since the start of July. The RNLI says there have been two incidents in recent weeks where their huts have been damaged and kit damaged as a result. More...

Hinkley 'biggest future burden'
THE Stop Hinkley Campaign has this week welcomed a speech by the former Conservative Secretary of State for Energy (1979-81), Lord Howell, who described the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as "by far the biggest future burden". More...

Countdown starts to Play Day
THE countdown is underway to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday, which takes place on Wednesday August 5th. Last year's event was one of the most successful in the country with around 6,000 people attending and organisers say this year will be even bigger. More...

Childminder leads recruitment
A MALE childminder from Highbridge is encouraging others interested in making a difference to a child’s Early Years development to follow in his footsteps. It comes as Somerset County Council is calling for individuals to consider childminding. More...

Green flags joy for town parks
TWO parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have achieved coveted Green Flag Awards this week, ranking them among the best in the country, it was announced on Thursday, July 23rd. The awards, announced by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. More...

Insurance hike for concerts
THE group behind four open air music festivals in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week requested £2,500 of grant funding from the Town Council. Mike Murphy, Chairman of the organising group CADS, spoke at this week's council meeting where the costs were dicussed. More...

Free fireworks display preview
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display on Saturday night (July 25th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its first sunmmer display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for charities. More...

Lib Dems welcome new leader
LIBERAL Democrats in the Burnham-On-Sea area have congratulated Tim Farron on his election as the party's leader. Despite a difficult general election for the party, resulting in the loss of MP Tessa Munt, support for the Liberal Democrats has increased. More...

Gypsy on concert this Sunday
AN evening of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Princess Theatre this Sunday (July 26th). The performance will take place at 7.30pm. There will be something for all tastes - from rock to opera. More...

Hospital 'safe despite cuts'
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's hospital is safe, despite plans to remove several beds there in a cost-cutting shake-up by NHS bosses, it has been confirmed this week. Burnham's War Memorial Hospital in Love Lane currently has 22 beds with two temporarily closed, which Somerset's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed should be permanently closed. More...

Two rescued from stuck car
A MOTHER and baby were led to safety after getting their vehicle stuck on Brean Beach on Tuesday evening (July 21st). The car was driven half a mile down the beach towards the sea when its wheels became stuck in the soft sand and mud, prompting a call-out for BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Over 50 attend Cove picnic fun
OVER 50 youngsters enjoyed a special teddy bear's picnic at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Wednesday (July 22nd). The gardens on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade next to St Andrew's Church hosted the free event over the course of two hours. More...

Wildlife walk held at Apex Park
SEDGEMOOR'S District Council’s Ecologist held a free wildlife walk around Apex Park in Highbridge on Wednesday (July 22nd). Peter Grainger, Sedgemoor District Council Ecologist, led the walk alongside Chairman of Sedgemoor Cllr Ian Dyer during the special one-off event. More...

Summer crime warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched a summer campaign to help tackle anti-social behaviour, burglary and bike crime in the area. New figures released show calls to the police about anti-social behaviour go up by more than a quarter (28%) in July and August compared with the rest of the year. More...

New Highbridge store to open
A NEW convenience store is to open on a housing estate in Highbridge. Sedgemoor District Council has announced the completion of a new 10-year lease for 20-24 Morland Road. The shop unit, pictured, has been unoccupied for 12 months since the furniture shop shut. More...

Free family fun at Marine Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a teddy bear's picnic for children today (Wednesday). The gardens on Burnham's Esplanade next to St Andrew's Church will host the free event between mid-day and 2pm. Bring along the whole family. More...

Dog safety campaign launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has launched a safety campaign to prevent dog owners leaving their pets in cars during hot weather. The council has installed new warning signs in car parks across the towns to raise awareness of the issue in summer weather. More...

Isleport show this weekend
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by are set to return to Isleport Farm in Highbridge this weekend. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show on July 25th and 26th promises to be a great family event. More...

Panto theme for flower show
CROWDS of spectators flocked to Edithmead Church's annual Flower Festival at this weekend. Over 20 colourful floral decorations - all with a pantomime theme - went on display during the colourful two-day event which was raising funds for the church. More...

In photos: Beach jousting fun
AN afternoon of medieval-themed entertainment drew crowds of spectators on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (July 19th). The unique mixture of hobby horse jousting and medieval fun was held next to The Pavilion in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Hedgehog artwork unveiled
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue cares for hundreds of hedgehogs each year, so is no stranger to these much-loved creatures, but now a very special hedgehog has taken up residence at the wildlife centre near Burnham-On-Sea. A beautiful new work of art by street artist ATM will be on show. More...

Sheep rescued from rhyne
A STRANDED sheep was rescued by fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (July 19th). A walker spotted the animal in difficulty in a water-filled ditch in the fields next to the Tesco store on the Frank Foley Parkway in Burnham-On-Sea shortly before 6.30pm. More...

New tea room opens in town
A TRADITIONAL tea rooms has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week in time for the summer holiday season. Daintea Tea Room has launched at 13 Cross Street, serving up freshly baked pastries and teas, including home-made scones that will be open through the week. More...

'Adopt a path' scheme starts
PEOPLE who regularly use rights of way in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to help keep routes open and accessible for all under a new 'adopt-a-path' scheme. Somerset County Council’s rights of way team wants to hear from residents willing to adopt a public footpath. More...

Lodge helps lifeboat appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose Lodge has raised funds for Burnham RNLI's new D-class lifeboat appeal by holding a barbecue on Saturday afternoon (July 18th). The group's annual Governor’s Barbecue was held at Berrow Village Hall with 60 supporters attending. More...

Gift shop expands in Burnham
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea gift shop has expanded into new premises this week. Hidden Treasures initially opened in a unit in Burnham Shopping Centre two years ago before moving to a premises in Regent Street last year and now has moved again into the High Street. More...

Walk boosts ice rink project
A SPONSORED walk was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 18th) to raise funds for a proposed new ice rink for the town. Local group BEST announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham town centre this Christmas and is fundraising. More...

Isleport consultation begins
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week invited the public's feedback on plans for a huge expansion of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Park. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here that the major proposals to expand the business park could create up to 1,000 new jobs in coming years. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have been tackling a big barn blaze this morning (Saturday). Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham were called to Pawlett at 6am after smoke was seen rising from the barn by residents in the surrounding area. Crews tackled the blaze. More...

CCTV appeal after hotel incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for the public’s help in identifying a man who may have information about a disturbance in the town earlier this year. Police say the incident took place at the Royal Clarence Hotel on The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Sunday 31st May. More...

Brean Play celebrates birthday
A £2.1m children's indoor play centre in Brean is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with a special event for families. The indoor soft play centre and splash area - called Brean Play - opened at Brean Leisure Park in July last summer and is celebrating its anniversary. More...

Two-day flower show opens
EDITHMEAD Church's annual Flower Festival is set to place over this weekend with over 20 colourful floral decorations on display Visitors to the two-day event on Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th will get a chance to see inside one of the smallest churches. More...

Dickens relative heads to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is inviting visitors to step enter the world of Charles Dickens in the company of his Great Great Grandson Gerald Dickens. The acclaimed actor will perform Dickens’ masterpiece 'Great Expectations' by taking on all the characters. More...

£10K regeneration boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council is celebrating, having securing thousands of pounds of funding after being selected by the Department for Communities and Local Government to set up a 'Coastal Communities Team'. The funding will be focused on creating a plan that identifies opportunities for economic regeneration. More...

Enforcement action on owner
THE district council's Planning Enforcement team are set to put pressure on the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site to clean it up following a deliberate fire and other security issues in recent weeks. As we reported here earlier this month, crews were called to Victoria Street on July 5th. More...

MP elected onto energy group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week been elected onto Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. James Heappey attended the committee's first meeting on Wednesday 15th July. Speaking about the role, he's said he's excited to take it on. More...

Beach walk to support ice rink
A SPONSORED walk is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Saturday to raise funds for an ice rink in the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham this Christmas season. More...

Medieval fun at village school
YOUNGSTERS at Berrow School stepped back in time for their end of their term this week when they took part in a Medieval Day. The pupils of Year 1 and 2 at Berrow have been finding out about Kings and Queens all term and even visited Caerphilly Castle during the year. More...

Quiz tonight for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham's Ritz Social Club this evening (Friday) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 7pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham marine rescue charity. More...

Jousting fun returns on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach is set to be filled with sword fighters as the unusual spectacle of hobby horse jousting returns for its third year this Sunday (July 19th). Beginning at 1pm, a parade of characters in special costumes will take place on the sands. More...

Cash stolen in pub break-in
POLICE are investigating a break-in at a Burnham-On-Sea pub in the early hours of Wednesday morning (July 15th). Burglars broke into The Rosewood in Love Lane before making off with cash duruing the incident that police occurred at around 2.30am in the morning. More...

Emily's in Miss England final
A TEACHER from Burnham-On-Sea who won the title of Miss Somerset earlier this year has reached the final of Miss England. Emily Sanders, 22, won the title of Miss Somerset in May and has now reached the Grand Finale of the Miss England competition in August. More...

Snakes rescued from netting
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after two snakes that had to be rescued after getting tangled up in garden netting. The team at Secret World in East Huntspill have been nursing the grass snakes after they got into difficulty over the past fortnight. More...

EDF hopeful of Hinkley decision
THE boss of energy giant EDF has this week said he is "hopeful" that the company can take an investment decision on Hinkley Point C later this year. EDF expects to take a final decision on the £16billion nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea after the summer break. More...

Kung fu enthusiasts gather
DOZENS of people from across the country have attended Berrow-based Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan's annual National Junior Grading competition. Held at Berrow School, this year's event saw the largest participation of students from right around the UK. More...

Rail buffers return to town
A PROJECT to bring a set of railway buffers back to Burnham-On-Sea seafront to celebrate the town's rail heritage has been completed this week following six years of negotiations. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project has installed a set of old railway buffers at the top of Pier Street. More...

Petition on Food Festival grant
Exclusive: A PETITION signed by dozens of businesses and residents has been presented to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council calling for a re-think on whether grant funding should be given to the town's Food and Drink Festival. 14 businesses signed it. More...

£5k upgrade for town play park
A PLAY area in Burnham-On-Sea has received a £5,000 upgrade in time for the start of the school holidays. Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that Crosses Penn play area, next to Burnham's Manor Gardens, has received an upgraded modern basket swing. More...

3,500 attend Healing Weekend
HEALING Weekend organiser Elaine Fenton admitted to being "quite moved" by the sight of the sea of visitors flowing through the entry gates as visitors came from far and wide for the event held at Secret World wildlife rescue centre in East Huntspill over the weekend. More...

Vintage vehicles draw crowds
SCORES of historical vehicles went on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. On display at the two-day event were steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials, plus motorcycles and more. More...

MP's call for flood funding
BURNHAM'S MP has urged the Government to continue investment in "essential" flood defence schemes in the face of the ever-increasing threats of coastal flooding. James Heappey, MP for Wells, praised ministers for the multi-million pound improvements which have already taken place. More...

BARB receives £4,400 boost
THE inshore rescue boat operated by Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a £4,400 upgrade thanks to a donation by a local group of fundraisers. The Freemasons have presented the funds towards the Burnham charity's boat, based on the town's seafront. More...

Sky to screen local speedway
SKY Sports will be returning to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena next month when a top fixture is broadcast live to millions of TV viewers. The Somerset Rebels will be featured live on satellite TV on Tuesday 11th August for the top of the table clash with Edinburgh. More...

Horse rescued by fire crews
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called out on Monday (July 13th) to rescue a horse stranded in a rhyne. Crews were called to Northwick Road in Mark at 6pm following a call reporting that the stranded animal was stuck in the water-filled rhyne. More...

Brent Knoll fun this Saturday
LOCAL singer Tim Pitman will be performing a line-up of classical and pop music at Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green this Saturday (July 18th). Tim will be returning to Brent Knoll after a successful performance last year when he appeared at Brent Knoll Parish Hall. More...

Beach visit for town school
DOZENS of 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 and nursery, aged 3-11, took part in a beach sandcastle competition and fun. More...

VIDEO: Two rescued from yacht
TWO men were rescued by lifeboat crews after their yacht ran aground in the River Brue estuary in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (July 12th). The 22ft sailing yacht, called PipaLotta, got into difficulty when it lost power while travelling from Combwich to Portishead at 4.50pm. More...

MP backs villagers over pylons
MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has backed a group of residents near Burnham-On-Sea who have voiced their concern about controversial plans to build a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed line of power pylons, as we first reported here last week. More...

Brolly good show! Picnic event
HARDY spectators who braved wet weather at Burnham's annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday (July 12th) were treated to a super afternoon of live music. The 19th event went ahead despite rain showers and featured Six Machine, Daft Folk and Rootabaga. More...

Race For Life held in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraisers took part in the town's first Race For Life event on Sunday (July 12th). The event was started from next to Burnham's jetty by Deputy Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock and his wife, and was held to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. More...

Jousting fun returns on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach is set to be filled with sword fighters as the unusual spectacle of hobby horse jousting returns for its third year this coming Sunday (July 19th). Beginning at 1pm, a parade of characters in fancy dress will take place on the sands. More...

Duo head off to the Philippines
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are heading off to the Philippines this weekend to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons after reaching their target to fund the trip. James Whitrow and Tom Creswick have been fundraising. More...

Join Picnic In Park today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th) with an afternoon of great live music. The 19th annual event will feature local groups such as Six Machine, Daft Folk, Rootabaga, Maya, Hazel Lloyd and Odds To End. More...

Fire crews called to fuel spill
FIRE crews were called to tackle a fuel leak at a motorway services near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (July 11th). Crews were called to Sedgemoor Services on the southbound M5 motorway carriageway shortly after 5pm following a petrol spillage. More...

Head shave raises charity cash
TWO charity fundraisers have lost their locks to raise cash for a good cause close to their hearts. Suzie Gibbs from Burnham-On-Sea and Di Cornfield-Craven from Bridgwater held the charity head shave outside Highbridge's Asda supermarket on Saturday afternoon. More...

Jellyfish warning for beach users
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. Several Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up on Burnham beach in recent days. The warm summer weather has led to an increase in the numbers of the creatures. More...

Join town Race For Life event
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to run, walk, skip or dance during the town's first Race For Life event this Sunday (July 12th). The event, which starts at 12 noon from Burnham jetty, will be raising funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. More...

RNLI man praised at awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboats press officer Mike Lang has been presented with an inscribed statuette at a regional awards ceremony. Many medals, bronze silver and gold, plus certificates of thanks, were presented by RNLI CEO Paul Boissier to the helpers. More...

Power cut for 79 town homes
OVER 70 homes in Highbridge were without electricity overnight into today (Friday) following a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 79 homes in the Apex Drive area of the town were without supplies following a low voltage fault. More...

Pylons road plan to be debated
Exclusive: A public meeting is to be held this evening (Friday) near Burnham-On-Sea for residents to voice their concerns about controversial plans to build a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed line of power pylons. East Huntspill Parish Council is fighting National Grid's plan. More...

Man jailed for life for murder
A 50-year-old man has been jailed for life following the murder of a woman in Glastonbury and a dramatic car crash near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this year. Neil Winn of Watts Corner, Glastonbury appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday (July 9th) when he was sentenced. More...

Rail strike hits local commuters
A 48-hour strike on First Great Western trains has left commuters who use Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station facing more disruption today (Friday). High-speed services through the area have been halved by the industrial action, which started on Wednesday. More...

Town students put art on show
OVER 70 up-and-coming artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea area exhibited their work in the town's Princess Theatre this week. Art students aged 16-18 from Highbridge's King Alfred School displayed their work throughout Thursday during the exhibition. More...

Brownies head to town beach
DOZENS of Brownies and Guides gathered on Burnham beach on Thursday (July 9th) for an evening of summer fun. The group comprised of more than 70 Berrow Guides, Berrow Brownies and 4th Burnham Brownies. They gathered on the sands near Burnham's Pavilion. More...

£150k expansion for cinema
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is set to be expanded with a new £150,000 third screen this autumn after its owners this week got the go-ahead for the plans. The popular cinema in Victoria Street - which celebrated its tenth anniversary last yearwill get a new 72-seat screen. More...

Burnham beach cordon lifted
Updated: PART of Burnham-On-Sea's beach was sealed off last night (Wednesday) after an explosive flare was washed up on the high tideline. A crewmember from rescue charity BARB Search & Rescue spotted the device at 7.30pm during a training session on the beach. More...

New craft shop for Highbridge
A NEW shop selling crafts and offering craft-making classes has opened in Highbridge town centre. Kerry's Card Kreations has opened in Market Street, with a ribbon cutting ceremony being held by Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Young to mark the special occasion this week. More...

Sedgemoor show this weekend
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear will go on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend. On display at the two day event will be steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials and motorcycles. More...

Tea party helps local hospice
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a local hospice when Burnham Freemasons and their wives held a fundraising tea party on Wednesday (July 8th). The 'Time for Tea' event, held for a ninth year, took place at the Baptist Church Hall and was well attended. More...

Student takes to the water
BURNHAM Sea Cadet and King Alfred School student Timon Massarella has been taking part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and spending his voluntary service time at Burnham lifeboat station. During his time at the station he has learned a lot. More...

Expansion could create 1,000 jobs
Exclusive: MAJOR proposals to expand Highbridge's Isleport Business Park could create up to 1,000 new jobs in coming years, it has emerged this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive is considering the expansion of the business park and has identified three potential development sites. More...

Shifting sands uncover history
SHIFTING sands on Burnham-On-Sea beach have uncovered this wooden structure, which local historians believe is an important part of the town's shipping history. They say the object near the jetty may be part of the town's sea water flushing ponds. More...

Rail strike to disrupt services
RAIL travellers using Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station have been warned to expect a reduced service as a result of a strike from later today (Wednesday). First Great Western has released new timetables ahead of a 48-hour rail strike starting this evening. More...

Crowds head to healing event
NOW in its seventh year, The Healing Weekend returns to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill on 10th, 11th and 12th July. This year there will be over 180 exhibitors and 90 workshops plus music, performances and evening shows to enjoy for all. More...

Join Picnic In Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th) with an afternoon of great live music. The 19th annual event will feature local groups such as Six Machine, Daft Folk, Rootabaga, Maya, Hazel Lloyd and Odds To End. More...

Trust holds beach picnic fun
THE National Trust held a special beach picnic event at Brean Down on Saturday (July 4th) to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting the UK's coastline. The Big Beach Picnic at Brean Down was one of 15 Big Beach Picnics taking place across the region. More...

Vandal jailed for a year
A VANDAL who caused £10,000 of damage to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been jailed. Jesse Thorne, who lives locally, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared at Taunton Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. More...

New healthcare provider starts
A NEW organisation has been unveiled to provide out-of-hours and 111 healthcare services across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Somerset Doctors Urgent Care (SDUC) has been commissioned by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to provide innovative out-of-hours urgent care and the NHS 111 helpline service. More...

African choir impresses Mayor
A CHOIR of children from Africa continues to entertain audiences across the Burnham-On-Sea area while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who are performing songs across the Burnham area. More...

£16bn Hinkley challenge filed
AUSTRIA has this week formally filed a legal complaint at the European Court of Justice against the use of government subsidies for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea. Austria's leader said the subsidies were unfair to the countries. More...

Gracie is a hit at Summerfest
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, wowed the audience at the Summerfest charity music fundraiser at the weekend. Despite a day of heavy rain showers, spectators flocked to the event. More...

Pupils visit BARB hovercrafts
DOZENS of pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea School have made a special visit to the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue to learn more about beach safety. Over 80 pupils from St Andrew's School were invited along to the seafront station to see the hovercrafts. More...

Arsonists hunted after blaze
Exclusive: THIS was the dramatic scene in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning (July 5th) as firefighters tackled a 'deliberate' blaze. Crews were called to Victoria Street at just before 2am where the wooden hoardings around the former Tuckers Garage site were alight. More...

Jane's on a wing and a prayer!
A PLUCKY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has described a daring wing-walk as a "brilliant, breathtaking experience." Jane Gibbs, 63, travelled to Compton Abbas Airfield near Shaftesbury on Sunday (July 5th) to complete the sponsored wing-walk for charity. More...

Prom night fun for sixth form
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (July 3rd). Around 150 pupils from years 12 and 13 gathered at The Webbington Hotel for their special evening on Friday. More...

Four-vehicle crash on A38
EMERGENCY services were called to a four-vehicle crash at Burnham-On-Sea's motorway roundabout on Sunday morning (July 5th). Fire and ambulance crews were called to the incident, which occurred on the A38 Edithmead roundabout at around 10.45am. More...

Isleport steam show to return
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by are set to return to Isleport Farm in Highbridge later this month. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show is on July 25th and 26th and promises to be a great day for all the family. More...

Family in beach mud drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeguards have been called out to their first incident of the summer season. Within hours of starting their summer operations on Saturday morning (July 4th), the lifeguards and beachwardens were called to help this family when they got into difficulty on Burnham beach at 1pm. More...

Head shave raises funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser lost his hair on Saturday (July 4th) to raise cash for a special trip to help people in Fiji. Ross Newman, 19, raised over £400 by taking part in a head shave at Burnham's Hair Of The Dog on Saturday morning, supported by friends and family. More...

Reading challenge to begin
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library will be taking part in a countywide Summer Reading Challenge to encourage young readers to get into books over the holiday season. The challenge runs from Saturday 11th July and will encourage youngsters to read ovcer the holidays. More...

Search for 'struggling swimmers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out last night (Friday) after a pair of swimmers were reported to be in difficulty in the sea. There were concerns that two young swimmers had got into difficulty near the Pavilion, prompting a call-out for the town's Coastguards and RNLI. More...

Big-hearted pupils raise £1k
CHILDREN at a Burnham-On-Sea school have raised £1,000 towards a memorial bench in memory of a youngster who passed away earlier this year. The St Andrew's School pupils had hoped to raise £600 for the bench in memory of 12 year-old Joe Laoutari. More...

Lucky escape for van driver
THE driver of this van had a lucky escape on Brean beach this week when he returned from a walk to find his vehicle surrounded by sea water. The van had been parked on the beach next to Brean Down by the driver who had wandered off without realising the tide times. More...

Care home plans opposed
TOWN councillors have this week lodged an official objection at plans to convert an elderly residents home in Burnham-On-Sea into a development of 11 flats. The owner of Newton Lodge Residential Home at 139 Berrow Road in Burnham is seeking full planning permission for the scheme. More...

Bunting and flags go up in town
BUNTING and flags have gone up in Burnham-On-Sea to bring a splash of extra colour to the heart of the town. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds says the bunting will be in place over the summer season to make the town centre more welcoming. More...

Lifeguards start summer duty
RNLI Lifeguards are back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this weekened for the start of the summer season. From Saturday (July 4th), they will be on the beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols and keep people safe this summer season. More...

Thunderstorm warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) due to the risk of thunderstorms. The forecasters say there is a chance of heavy and possibly severe thunderstorms developing from late afternoon and through the evening hours. More...

Wizard Of Oz begins at theatre
THE timeless classic The Wizard Of Oz is currently being performed this week at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Mark Youth Theatre returns for its yearly performance with this fun show, which opened on Thursday. Shows will take place today and Saturday. More...

Join Brean's Big Beach Picnic!
THE National Trust will be holding a special beach picnic event at Brean Down this Saturday (July 4th) to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting the UK's coastline. The Big Beach Picnic at Brean Down is one of 15 events to be held across the south west region. More...

Town rail history film unveiled
WORK has been completed on a new short film that recreates how Burnham-On-Sea's railway station would have looked in its heyday. Film maker Vic Jones has used computer graphics software to painstakingly compile the ten minute video from information in old photos and maps. More...

Car slams into wall in village
ONE person was treated by ambulance crews after a car slammed through a wall in Brent Knoll on Wednesday evening (July 1st). Emergency services were called to Bristol Road at 5.45pm after reports of a collision involving two vehicles, one of which into a wall. More...

Town author unveils new novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is set to launch his new novel this weekend. Andy Cruickshank will unveil his new book, ‘From the Smallest of Beginnings’, a modern day thriller. "The story line opens in Taunton, moves on to Draycott and France," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Roof fire at town nursing home
FIREFIGHTERS rushed to a nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (July 1st) after a small roof blaze. Three fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Burnham Lodge Nursing Home in Berrow Road at 4.45pm to tackle the fire. More...

Town temperatures reach 85°F
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday (July 1st) as the heatwave sent temperatures soaring. Temperatures hit 29.7°C (85.46°F) at 3.31pm in Burnham, exceeding the previous record of 28.8°C that was set on Tuesday. More...

Join learning centre's open day
THE Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding an open day on Tuesday (7th July) when visitors will be able to find out more about its workshops at courses. The event will be held from 1pm-6.30pm and will showcase the many opportunities. More...

Hottest day predicted today
COUNCIL bosses have received over ten complaints regarding a rough sleeper who has set up home in a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds has been trying to help the man and find a solution to his problem. More...

Man living in town bus shelter
COUNCIL bosses have received over ten complaints regarding a rough sleeper who has set up home in a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds has been trying to help the man and find a solution to his problem. More...

Megan scores in national win
A KEEN young footballer from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after scoring the winning goal in a national competition. Megan Robinson, 14, played for Frome Under 15 Ladies and helped them to become National Aces Champions by scoring the goal. More...

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