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July 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Woman killed in A370 accident
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following a fatal accident between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Sunday, July 31st). A woman in her 80s, who was out walking her dog, was involved in a collision with a black Landrover Freelander. She tragically died of her injuries
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Jazz comes to the Cove today
AN afternoon of live jazz music is coming to Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, July 31st). The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council’s Community Gardener are organising the free event at Marine Cove, next to St Andrew’s Church on the seafront. More...

Air ambulance lands on M5
THE air ambulance landed on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (July 30th) to help several people injured after a crash. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and one from Bridgwater attended the collision on the northbound carriageway. More...

Travellers leave village green
A GROUP of travellers camped on Berrow village green packed up and left on Saturday evening (July 30th) amid ongoing legal pressure. Several of the travellers vehicles camped on the grassed area left in the middle of the week, but another group remained until Saturday. More...

Hospital thanks outgoing chair
THE Friends of Burnham Hospital have thanked the former Chairman of the group who has stepped down after three decades of work. A special function was held on Friday evening (July 29th) to thank Tony Deahl for his work and dedication. More...

Beaches busy in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's beaches were busy today (Saturday, July 30th) as the summer holiday season got off to a great start. Holidaymakers and residents enjoyed the hot summer weather by heading to Burnham-On-Sea's beach, as pictured here. Many enjoyed paddling and swimming. More...

Burnham flags festival starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first Flag Festival was launched on Friday evening (July 30th) when dozens of unique flags which illustrate life in Burnham-On-Sea were officially unveiled in the town centre. It runs until early September over the whole summer holidays period. More...

Vintage and steam show starts
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 takes place on Saturday July 30th and Sunday 31st. More...

Wheel falls off car in town
A BUSY road through Highbridge was partially closed by police on Friday evening (July 29th) after a wheel dropped off a car. Burnham-On-Sea Police diverted traffic around the vehicle which was left stranded in the middle of Burnham Road, as pictured here. More...

Flower festival gets underway
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church is holding a unique flower festival this weekend. Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church in College Street is holding the event on Saturday July 30th from 10am-4pm. It continues on Sunday July 31st from 2pm-4pm. All will be welcome both days. More...

Secret World to open daily
A WILDLIFE charity near Burnham-On-Sea is welcoming daily visitors this summer, for the first time in over fifteen years. Secret World in East Huntspill takes in over 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year, from deer to dunnocks to dormice. More...

Yacht runs aground in river
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboats were launched to assist a grounded yacht on Thursday (July 28th). The Burnham crews were paged at 1.18pm to assist a grounded yacht, which was believed to have run aground so both boats were launched to help it. More...

Hinkley hit by new setback
PLANS to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF approved the £18bn funding at a board meeting held on Thursday evening. More...

Fire family thanks community
A FAMILY left that has been homeless after a fire destroyed their home in Burnham-On-Sea this week have thanked the community for their support. Rosie Clements, her husband Paul, and their children, Lily-Rose, Shae and Ruby, lost their home, dog and bearded dragon. More...

New Green Flags raised in town
PARKS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week been presented with coveted environmental awards. The national Green Flag Award project has unveiled this year’s award winners and both Marine Cove and Apex Park are again amongst the best in the UK. More...

£20,000 upgrade for play parks
TWO projects to upgrade play areas in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been completed this week with official openings. Two £10,000 schemes to introduce new swings in Burnham-On-Sea's Rosewood Park and in Rooksbridge have been completed over the past few days. More...

Farmers market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, July 29th) with a tasty line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Probe into Burnham blaze
AN investigation is underway into what caused a huge blaze that destroyed a family home in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Wednesday) as local residents have spoken of their shock at the incident. The fierce blaze spread quickly through the property in Burnham Road, leaving a family homeless. More...

Funds raised for fire-hit family
A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to help a Burnham-On-Sea family whose home was destroyed in a severe blaze on Wednesday. The online donations page was set up on Wednesday evening by several residents who wanted to help the family. More...

Hinkley Point decision today
FRENCH energy giant EDF will make its long-awaited final investment decision on the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea today. The company has announced that it has called a meeting of its directors for today. More...

Pig breeder wins top awards
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pig breeder is celebrating this week after winning several top awards for one of his animals at two agricultural shows. More than 230,000 people converged on the Builth Wells showground over four days for the Royal Welsh Show. More...

Farmers market heads back
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (July 29th) with a tasty line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Join gardening school today
THERE is still time for families to take part in a free Gardening School at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove today (Thursday) and Friday from 10am-noon. The gardening school sessions, which are aimed at families, are taking place in the seafront gardens. More...

Fire guts Burnham home
A HOUSE has been completely gutted in a huge blaze in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Wednesday) which left a family homeless and a police officer in hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. Sixteen firefighters were called to tackle the property blaze in Burnham Road. More...

Concerns for 'boat aground'
CONCERNS that this fishing boat had run aground on the far side of Stert Island led to a lifeboat from Burnham-On-Sea being called out on Tuesday evening. The RNLI was paged shortly after 4pm after fears that the blue-hulled vessel may be aground with a falling tide. More...

Two injured in serious crash
TWO people were injured in a serious two-vehicle accident near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Tuesday, July 26th). Fire, ambulance and police crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the junction of the Causeway and Harp Road in Mark at 8.30pm. More...

Travellers remain in village
Updated: BERROW Parish Council says it is "doing all it can within the law" to move a group of travellers camped on the village green who have raised a number of human rights issues. Several travellers have left the Village Green this week, but a larger group remains. More...

€4bn boost for Hinkley project
EDF shareholders have signed off on €4bn of equity fundraising to help pay for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea — a project that the company expects to approve tomorrow morning (Thursday). Investors have agreed to the package. More...

Play Day returns next week
FINAL preparations are underway for Highbridge's free annual Apex Park Playday which will be held on Wednesday 3rd August. Playday allows parents to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned money to keep the kids entertained during the school summer holidays. More...

Wild Wednesdays start today!
FAMILIES have the chance to get up close to insects and reptiles at a series of new 'Wild and Deadly Wednesdays' at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this summer with Nick Wadham, creator and presenter of The Wild and Deadly Show. The first is today. More...

Summer fayre raises £1,000
ALMOST £1,000 was raised at a charity's annual summer fayre in Burnham-On-Sea. The Kathleen Chambers RNIB home held its popular fayre last week when crowds of visitors flocked to the event to support it. Those who came along included the Mayor, Michael Clarke. More...

'Last chance to halt Hinkley'
ANTI-nuclear campaigners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have called on the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ditch proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley C. A Final Investment Decision is due on Thursday. More...

Councils merger to be debated
SEDGEMOOR District Council has said it is 'at a loss' to explain an '11th hour and 59th-minute' approach regarding a possible council merger between Taunton Deane and West Somerset. West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils have issued an approach. More...

Rosewood play area upgraded
A £10,000 project to install five new swings in Burnham-On-Sea's Rosewood Park has been completed this week. The works include the installation of an inclusive-use basket swing, two junior flat swings and two brand new toddler cradle swings - all ready for the summer holidays. More...

Reading challenge is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library has launched a new summer holiday reading challenge for local youngsters. The Somerset Libraries initiative aims to encourage children to read during the summer holidays, a time when a child’s reading habits typically can reduce without school. More...

Beach boy taken to hospital
A BOY was taken to Weston Hospital suffering from the early signs of possible hypothermia after being helped from the mudflats at Brean on Monday evening (July 25th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called out at 4.50pm to a person reported to be in the mud. More...

Brean tourism website starts
A BRAND new tourism website for Brean has been officially launched this month by a group of holiday businesses in the resort. Discover Brean offers a wide range of useful information for holidaymakers and visitors. The site includes accommodation listings and a what's on guide. More...

Crews called to property fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out on Monday evening (July 25th) to a property blaze in village near the town. The fire service received a call at 6.25pm reporting a fire in a home. Three appliances from Cheddar, Burnham-On-Sea and Glastonbury attended. More...

Hotel rebuild project 'on track'
THE multi-million pound redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel is on track, bosses behind the project have reassured residents this week despite a lack of visible progress in recent weeks. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Martin Hodgson of the YMCA said the project is focused on the new façade. More...

2am call-out for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 24th) to help a lady who had suffered a suspected broken ankle. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called out at around 2am to assist South West Ambulance Service. More...

Week-long fundraiser by group
A TEAM of youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be fundraising in the town this week as part of a special project to help a local charity. The 'social action project' is part of the group's National Citizenship Service to raise funds for the Huntspill Project. More...

Rock n roll comes to Burnham
A TWO-hour musical rollercoaster of classic country, rock 'n' roll and rockabilly music is coming to Burnham-On-Sea during August. The show, called Johnny Cash Revisited, will be held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea on the evening of Sunday August 7th. More...

Awards handed to town parks
PARKS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be presented with coveted environmental awards this week. The national Green Flag Award scheme has unveiled this year’s award winners and both Marine Cove and Apex Paek are once again amongst the best in the UK. More...

Barbecue causes caravan fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to a caravan fire in Brean on Saturday evening (July 23rd) caused by an unattended barbecue. Two fire appliances were called from Burnham and Bridgwater to Warren Farm Holiday Park in Warren Road, Brean at 7.45pm. More...

MP expresses 'green' concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has expressed concerns about the loss of a specific government department for climate change in Theresa May's Westminster reshuffle. James Heappey said he is "relatively relaxed" about the loss of DECC and said that he hopes departments will be self-policing. More...

Gardening school to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is to hold a free week-long gardening school to celebrate the nationwide Love Parks Week. The gardening school sessions, which are aimed at families, will be taking place in the gardens next to St Andrew's Church throughout the week. More...

Beach tournament is planned
A HISTORY-themed tournament is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in September. The annual family event, 'Backalong Avalon', will be held on Sunday 4th September on the town's main beach. It will be held by the pier from 12pm with the main event at 2.30pm. More...

New petrol station for Burnham
A NEW petrol station offering low-priced fuel has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week following a change of ownership. Independent company Applegreen has acquired Central Garage in Berrow Road for an undisclosed sum after the retirement of previous owner Gordon Reasons. More...

Have your say on new homes
SEDGEMOOR District Council is encouraging local residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to have their say on plans for new housing in the two towns. The authority's new long-term Local Plan sets out the areas where new houses could be built. More...

Hinkley Point decision next week
FRENCH energy giant EDF will make its long-awaited final investment decision on the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea next week. The company announced on Thursday night that it has called a meeting of its board of directors in a week's time on 28th July. More...

Florist up for top shop award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea florist is celebrating after being short-listed for an award as the UK's top Retail Florist Shop Of The Year. Flowers and Things - which is celebrating its 16th anniversary in Burnham this Saturday - is appealing for local people to vote in the awards. More...

Crews rescue sea 'casualty'
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue conducted a unique sea training exercise besides the town's pier this week. As part of the two groups' water rescue training, they carried out the rescue of a 'casualty' stuck in the water. More...

£10,000 play area set to open
A BRAND new £10,000 play area is set to open near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Works to install a brand new children’s play area with six items of equipment in Joseph's Pound in Rooksbridge are now complete. The new play area includes modern equipment. More...

Free fireworks show tomorrow
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a free fireworks display on Saturday evening (July 23rd) to mark the start of the school holidays. The display will get started from 9.30pm and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be charity collections. More...

Photos: Music On The Green
AN EVENING of live outdoor music was held in Brent Knoll on Saturday evening (July 16th) on the village green. Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green featured Kick the Cat, a Bristol-based band playing Blues Brothers, Soul, Motown and Funk, with a repertoire of tunes. More...

Man air-lifted from Highbridge
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been air-lifted to hospital after inhaling chorline gas. Paramedics were called to Kimber Close in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (July 20th) where a 29-year-old man had been taken ill. The fire service was called to help. More...

Travellers costs rise to £5,000
THOUSANDS of pounds has been spent by Sedgemoor District Council on moving groups of travellers from various locations in the Burnham-On-Sea area this summer, it has been confirmed this week. Groups of travellers have set up camps in Burnham's Pier Street car park, the Esplanade, the BASC Ground, and Berrow Village Green in recent weeks. More...

Pier owner explains sale plan
THE owner of Burnham-On-Sea's landmark Pavilion, which is Britain's shortest pier, has explained why she has put it on the market. The concrete pier, which is more than 100 years old, has been put up for sale by its owners, the Parkin family. Louise Parkin has explained why. More...

Falcon spotted on Stert Island
A PEREGRINE falcon has been seen on Stert Island, opposite Burnham-On-Sea, for the first time in almost a year. Keen bird watcher Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley spotted the bird through his long-range viewing telescope this week from Burnham's South Esplanade. More...

Lib Dem leader speaks in area
LIBERAL Democrats leader Tim Farron was the special guest at a dinner near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (July 21st) when he spoke out about his party's election chances, the birth of a new cross-party group, and a plan for a second referendum to be held on the EU. More...

Join RNIB summer fayre today
A SUMMER fete will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday, July 21st) in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind. The annual event will be held at the RNIB's Kathleen Chambers House in Berrow Road from 2-4pm when all will be welcome through the day for the event. More...

Wildlife walk today at Apex
A GUIDED walk through the stunning poppies and wild flowers at Highbrudge's Apex Park will be held this afternoon (Thursday, July 21st). Sedgemoor's Apex Park ecologist will be leading the wildlife walk at 2pm starting at the Apex Office in the main car park which will be suitable to walkers of all ages and abilities. More...

Pokemon players in mud scare
A WARNING has been issued to fans of smartphone app game Pokemon Go not to put themselves in danger on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after two youngsters were spotted wading through beach mud this week. Brean's beach warden had to call the two teenage girls back from knee-deep mud. More...

Tessa re-selected by Lib Dems
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt has been re-selected to contest the next General Election in the constituency and says she has her "sights firmly set on a return to Westminster". Tessa served as an MP for Burnham-On-Sea from 2010-2015. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far on Tuesday (July 19th) when thermometers hit 32.4°C (90.3°F), making the town warmer than many Mediterranean holiday resorts. Beach users in Burnham enjoyed a cooling dip in the sea as the heatwave continued. More...

Wild Wednesdays set to begin!
FAMILIES have the chance to get up close to insects and reptiles at a series of new 'Wild and Deadly Wednesdays' at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this summer with Nick Wadham, creator and presenter of The Wild and Deadly Show. More...

School visits BARB hovercrafts
DOZENS of children from Burnham-On-Sea Infants School have made a special visit to the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB this week. The 80 children from Burnham Infants heard about beach safety from the BARB crewmembers ahead of the start of the summer holidays. More...

Tae kwon-do medals success
TWO students from Burnham-On-Sea's TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Club had a brilliant weekend when they competed in the TKDI World Championships at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. 3,720 competitors from over 20 countries travelled to the event in the city at the weekend. More...

Lifeboat called to swimmer
A NEW lifeboat helmsman in Burnham-On-Sea was called to check on a swimmer during his first launch. Matt Edwards was onboard Burnham's D-Class lifeboat Puffin on Monday evening when he was carrying out a sequence of routine manoeuvres during an assessment. More...

Cameras to be worn by police
POLICE officers in Burnham-On-Sea, and across the force area, will begin using body worn video cameras from the end of this year. Initially there will be 2,300 cameras, which will be distributed in a phased approach to front-line police officers and PCSOs. More...

Tesco bag pack boosts Scouts
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Scouts when the group carried out a fundraising bag pack on Sunday (July 17th). Generous customers at Tesco in Ben Travers Way donated funds towards the group by having their shopping bags packed. More...

Burnham Flag Festival to start
MANY aspects of life in Burnham-On-Sea will be on show this summer when the town centre holds its first Flag Festival. Burnham-On-Sea artist Juliet Farnese, pictured, who is the artistic lead on the project, has been working with four local schools to create artwork. More...

Comedy duo to peform in town
AN EVENING of smart, modern comedy comes to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Thursday (July 21st). Matthew Fong and Nick Banks will perform 'An English Man, A China Man And A Joker Walk Into A Bar'. The duo will take the audience through modern life perspectives. More...

Swim gala hailed a success
OVER 100 young swimmers took part in Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Summer Championships Gala on Sunday (July 17th). The event was hailed a great success, with 147 heats taking place with four swimmers in each heat during the day. More...

Circus fun for school pupils
PUPILS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea have taken part in an end-of-term summer performance with a difference. The youngsters at Mark C of E First School and Mark Harvest Pre-School celebrated the Queen's 90th year by holding a Royal-themed Circus. More...

Now travellers head to Berrrow
A GROUP of travellers arrived on Berrow Green on Sunday evening (July 17th) as the summer issues with travellers continues. The caravans arrived mid-evening and Berrow Parish Council said it had already taken the first steps to getting them moved on. More...

Sailing Regatta: video & photos
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta have been announced after two weekends of yacht racing in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey presented the Harry Gratton Trophy to the crew of the winning yacht at a presentation ceremony. More...

Groups tackle litter problem
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Army Cadets joined forces at the weekend to carry out a litter pick along the town's Queen's Drive ahead of the busy summer holiday period. The team of 11 litter pickers collected several bin bags full of discarded rubbish. More...

Town treasure hunt launches
DOZENS of shops and businesses across Burnham-On-Sea are displaying cryptic clues in their windows as part of a special treasure hunt organised by the town's Chamber of Trade to coincide with the start of the school holidays, which get underway this week. More...

Cow rescued from river water
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out on Sunday (July 17th) to rescue a cow stranded in a local river estuary. The fire service was called to assist with a cow stuck in a water at Diamond Farm Caravan Park in the village of Brean shortly after 4pm. More...

Burnham Pier goes up for sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea's landmark Pavilion, which is Britain's shortest pier, has been put on the market. The concrete pier, which is more than 100 years old, has been put up for sale by its owners, the Parkin family. An advert has been placed in a trade magazine. More...

Fire crews called to blazing car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a car blaze in Highbridge on Saturday evening (July 16th). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was called to Bennett Road in Highbridge just before 8.45pm. "One appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was mobilised," said the service. More...

Heatwave coming this week
SUMMER is set to finally arrive this week - with the Burnham-On-Sea area predicted to enjoy its hottest temperatures of the year so far. After a disappointing summer so far, the Met Office forecasts soaring temnperatures from the early part of the coming week. More...

Crews called to lady in sea
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out amid concern for a person in the sea on Saturday evening (July 16th). Crews were called out just after 7pm to the vulnerable lady, aged in her 20s, in the water at the northern end of Burnham-On-Sea beach. More...

Hawaii-theme for leavers party
PUPILS from a Burnham-On-Sea school have celebrated the end of their primary school years with a tropical party. Thirty children from St Jospeh's School Year 6 gathered at the Scout HQ at Burnham's BASC ground on Saturday (July 16th) for a fun-filled evening. More...

Rail group's boost from council
SEDGEMOOR District Council has presented a cheque for £1,250 to Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group to help fund history-themed projects in the town. The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Councillor Ian Dyer, was thanked by Roger Miller, the group's secretary. More...

Town Co-op won't be sold off
THE future of Highbridge's Co-Op store appears to be safe after the retailer said this week it is not among 298 shops being sold off by the firm to McColl’s in a multi-million pound nationwide deal. The decision has been confirmed by the firm in a list of the stores affected. More...

Popular flower festival opens
DOZENS of colourful blooms are filling a tiny church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Edithmead Church is holding its popular annual flower festival on Saturday and Sunday (July 16th and 17th). The tiny church is open to the public 11am-5pm. More...

School is declared 'oustanding'
A SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after being declared "outstanding" in an inspection. The school's received its National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report (SIAMs Report) and has achieved 'outstanding'. More...

Sailing regatta this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta is underway this weekend with a line-up of activities in Bridgwater Bay. The event is being held over two weekends, with a wide range of gig rowing and yacht races taking place and visible to seafront walkers and visitors. More...

Power boat rescued after fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's crews were called out to help rescue a disabled powerboat in the Bristol Channel on Thursday afternoon (July 14th). Milford Haven Coastguard Control received a report of a fire onboard a 47ft Watson lifeboat conversion power cruiser, resulting in the Barry Dock offshore lifeboat and the Burnham RNLI lifeboats being paged at 4.18pm. More...

Travellers leave town car park
THE start of legal action has led a group of travellers who set up camp in a Burnham-On-Sea car park leaving on Thursday evening. The group of eight vans and motorhomes plus several horse boxes moved from the Pier Street car park soon after 9pm last night. More...

Four call-outs for town crews
COASTGUARD, BARB and RNLI crews from Burnham-On-Sea have had a busy 24-hours with several call-outs - including a mobility scooter accident on Brean Down, a search for a missing person at Berrow, a mud scare in Burnham-on-Sea, and a call to a power boat. More...

Chancellor calls Hinkley 'vital'
THE new chancellor, Philip Hammond, has this week affirmed the government's commitment to building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea, despite the possible cost of the electricity it will generate rising significantly over the years. More...

Pet shop supports new group
A TOWN centre pet shop in Burnham-On-Sea has this week given its backing to a new community group in the town which aims to tackle dog fouling. The Pet Shop on Burnham-On-Sea High Street is supporting Burnham Pooper Troopers, a new group set up last month. More...

Lighthouse to get £20k revamp
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse is to get a major £20,000 makeover this summer. Sedgemoor District Council has awarded a contract to commercial cleaning company Community Clean to repaint the exterior of the aging structure, which is a Grade II listed building originally built in 1832. More...

Two arrests after police chase
TWO men have been arrested by police this week after a high-speed pursuit through the Burnham-On-Sea area. The police helicopter was scrambled to track the vehicle as it was driven along the M5 through Somerset to Burnham on Wednesday (July 13th). More...

Colourful poetry tree unveiled
POETRY students at a Highbridge school have decorated this tree during a project to illustrate the beauty of poetry. Year 8 students at King Alfred School decorated the trees with colourful rbibons and poems. Each tutor group chose a theme for 'the Poetree'. More...

Travellers legal action starts
LEGAL action has been launched in a bid to move the latest in a group of travellers who have set up camp in a Burnham-On-Sea car park. The group of eight vans and motorhomes plus several horse boxes moved into the Pier Street car park on the town's seafront. More...

Music On Green this Saturday
AN evening of live outdoor music is set to be held in Brent Knoll this Saturday evening (July 16th) on the village green. Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green will feature Kick the Cat, a Bristol-based band playing Blues Brothers, Soul, Motown and Funk. More...

5,000 head to healing festival
AROUND 5,000 visitors headed to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea last weekend for a popular annual Healing Weekend. The show, now in its eighth year, not only allowed the crowds to enjoy a myriad of remedies and attractions. More...

Road safety event this Friday
ROAD safety organisations are teaming up to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding for an action day at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. The event is being held this Friday, 15th July, by the Safer Somerset Partnership representatives. More...

Town MP welcomes new PM
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed today's appointment of Theresa May as the country's new Prime Minister. James Heappey says he is confident she will secure the right Brexit deal for Britain and "I don't for a second doubt her commitment to doing so." More...

Pair's quick actions praised
TWO young first aiders from Highbridge have been praised after using their training to help of their grandmother when she fell and hit her head. Callum and Ellie-Mai Drewett, aged 9 and 6, were being looked after by Susan Stockwell, 69, but they ended up taking care of her. More...

More travellers arrive in town
LEGAL action has been started in a bid to move a new group of travellers who have set up camp in a Burnham-On-Sea car park this week. The group of eight vans and motorhomes plus several horse boxes moved into the Pier Stret car park on the town's seafront. More...

Popular head teacher to retire
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea head teacher is retiring this month after 16 years at the school. Gavin Morris is retiring from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School. His retirement comes much earlier than expected due to a health warning that he has received. More...

David Hamilton heads to town
A NOSTALGIC blast from the past is promised in Burnham-On-Sea this Thursday (July 14th) when legendary radio and TV presenter David ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton brings his exciting 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Back The Years' show to the town’s Princess Theatre in Princess Street this week. More...

Man jailed for three years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been jailed for three years after being convicted of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13. Raymond Storey, 70, has been convicted and sentenced at Taunton Crown Court. The charges include a sexual assault on a girl under 13. More...

Concern over 1,600 homes plan
FRESH concerns about traffic congestion and over-stretched schools and medical centres have been raised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents during the latest consultation sessions to consider plans for over 1,600 new homes. Sedgemoor District Council has held two local drop-in events. More...

New group tackles loneliness
A NEW venture to tackle loneliness and isolation in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area was launched on Monday (July 11th). 'Something to Do' is a joint venture between Age UK Somerset, 'Hands of Change' and the Somerset Village Agents project. More...

A drive down memory lane!
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear 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 and motorcycles in West Huntspill. More...

Combined authority is backed
SOMERSET councillors have this week backed a big step forward in devolution discussions following positive early talks with Government. On Monday (July 11th), Somerset County Council’s Cabinet signed up to the principle of creating a new combined authority. More...

Railway prompts name change
BURNHAM-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has expressed its gratitude to local councils after they agreed to a road name change as part of the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset line into Burnham. A stretch of Marine Drive recently had its name changed. More...

Under 13s celebrate title win
BURNHAM United Under 13s have been presented with the Woodspring District Under 13s Division 2 title. The presentation was recently held at the Webbington Hotel and attended by the young players and parents. It went down to the very last match of the season. More...

Pensioner treated after blaze
A PENSIONER was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Sunday). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a property in Berrow Road shortly after 10.20pm amid a kitchen blaze. More...

75 sign road crossing petition
DOZENS of concerned residents living along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea have signed a petition called for a new pedestrian crossing. Resident Pam McDonald, pictured, has collected 75 signatures in an effort to push Somerset County Council to introduce a zebra crossing. More...

Steam train revives memories
A CLASSIC steam train has begun its regular summer service, 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 10th) in the morning and evening. More...

In photos: Sixth form prom fun
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the end of their school year with a fun-packed prom on Friday night (July 8th). Around 120 pupils from years 12 and 13 gathered at Weston Pier for their special evening where the end of the year was celebrated. More...

Speedway duo race to victory
THE Highbridge-based speedway side Somerset Rebels won Friday night’s Premier League Pairs Championship, their duo of Josh Grajczonek and Rohan Tungate defeating Edinburgh in the final in front of a packed Oaktree Arena. This year saw the event's 10th successive staging. More...

Residents thanked for patience
WESSEX Water has thanked residents and businesses in and around the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea for their patience while essential sewer repairs have been carried out over the past four months, including several months of last year too. More...

New book shop opens in town
A BRAND new charitable book shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Burnham Rotary Club launched its seasonal book shop at the former Tenovus charity shop in the town's High Street. The club has a good stock of books to sell. More...

Fire station to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station will be open to the public for a day of demonstrations and activities today (Sunday, July 10th). The event, being held from 10am - 4pm, will allow visitors to see the station's own vehicles which include two fire engines and other recsue equipment. More...

Fresh alert over dogs in cars
WITH summer temperatures soaring this week, the RSPCA and several other animal welfare organisations have issued advice to pet owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure their animals are comfortable and happy in the heat. Twelve organisations have teamed up. More...

Woman rescued from mud
A YOUNG woman was rescued from beach mud at Brean after getting into difficulty early today (Saturday). The woman, in her 20s, was in a distressed state and was reported to be in trouble by a friend at 3.30am. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to the scene. More...

Town MP backs Theresa May
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is backing Theresa May in her battle to become Prime Minister against Andrea Leadsom. James Heappey, who backed Stephen Crabb in the early round of the Conservative Party leadership contest until he dropped out, says he is supporting Theresa May. More...

Lifeguards return to beaches
RNLI Lifeguards are back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from this weekend for the summer season. From today (Saturday. July 9th), they are on the two beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols over the busy summer months. More...

£250,000 gym opens in Brean
WORK on a new £250,000 gym at Brean Splash at Brean Leisure Park is nearing completion. The investment in the new complex has seen the addition of a 186-square metre gym area featuring brand new Matrix Cardiovascular and strength equipment for members to use. More...

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

New shops to open in Burnham
SEVERAL new shops are set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre over the next few weeks in time for the busy summer season. A new fruit and vegetable shop will launch in place of the former Brooks & Son off-licence in College Street, a welcome addition to the town centre. More...

Causeway opens... and shuts
THE Causeway through the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea is set to re-open today (Friday) following a four-month closure for sewer works, but more roadworks are set to shut the road again in August. Wessex Water has been installing a new sewer. More...

MP speaks out over Iraq report
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey - a former army officer - has spoken out in the House of Commons this week about his time in Iraq following the publication of the Chilcot Report. He said it was "sobering" to hear the reflections of those who took part. More...

Hinkley Point C will cost £37bn
THE total lifetime cost of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea could be as high as £37bn, according to an assessment published by the government this week. The figure was described as 'shocking' by critics of the scheme. More...

Healing festival starts today
CROWDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill this weekend when a popular healing festival returns. Now in its eighth year, The Healing Weekend will be held from July 8th-10th at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in the village. More...

£30k outdoor gym for Apex Park
MORE than £50,000 is to be spent on new outdoor play areas and leisure facilities across the Burnham-On-Sea area, it has been announced this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Grants Committee has earmarked funds from local housing developers for the three new projects. More...

Call to halt camping in streets
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors to do more to stop overnight camping along streets in the town. James Spottiswoode says the problem of campervans parking up overnight in Burnham's residential roads is "only getting worse." More...

B&M opening date 'not set yet'
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has this week said it has not set a date for the opening of its new store in Burnham-On-Sea. Last week, the firm began recruitment of staff for its new store in the former Morrisons store in Pier Street, as we first reported almost a week ago. More...

Nursery hailed as 'outstanding'
STAFF and children at Highbridge's Churchfield Church School Nursery are celebrating this week after an Ofsted report praised the facilities as "outstanding". Ofsted's inspector has ranked the nursery as 'outstanding' in every area in the June 2016 report that has delighted the nursery. More...

Sailing regatta starts Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta is set to get underway this weekend with a line-up of activities in Bridgwater Bay. The event will be held over two weekends, with a wide range of gig rowing and yacht races taking place and visible to seafront walkers. More...

Burnham groups get windfalls
LOCAL groups and individuals in Burnham-On-Sea have received financial boosts from Sedgemoor District Council this week. Several grants across the district have been announced following the authority's latest Grants Committee meeting, boosting several town organisations. More...

Shop windows scheme opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea businesses are been offered free assistance to help them improve their visual displays and merchandising. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There has been persistent feedback from members of the public." More...

Beach jellyfish warning
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week been warned to watch out for jellyfish along local tide lines. Several Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting to paddlers and swimmers, have been washed up along local beaches during recent days. More...

'Court jester' jibe for councillor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has been accused of acting like a 'court jester' during a heated debate about grant funding policy this week. Cllr Phil Harvey was accused of "political point-scoring" after proposing a new policy and procedure be introduced. More...

Tractor driver fined for queue
A HIGHBRIDGE tractor driver has been fined £485 for allowing a massive queue to build up behind him. Crawling along at 25 miles per hour, 20-year-old farm worker Jake Fear, of Highbridge, eventually caused a tail-back of 50 vehicles as he drove on the A39. More...

St Joseph's summer fair fun
DOZENS of families headed to Burnham-On-Sea's St Joseph's School to join in the fun at its summer fair. A wide range of activities were laid on in the school grounds on Friday for the annual summer event. Deputy head Rhonda Williams said the event had been a success. More...

New President for Rotary Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has a new President this week after the group's annual handover. Ash Edwards handed over the President's chain to Mark Newberry during a ceremony that was held at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club, as pictured here. More...

Motorist hurt in A38 accident
ONE person was hurt in an accident that partially closed the A38 near Burnham-on-Sea on Tuesday evening (July 5th). Fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on the A38 Bristol Road at Brent Knoll. More...

Town school closed by strike
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is closed today (Tuesday, 5th July) due to a strike by some teachers over school funding. The industrial action is being taken across the UK by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in a nationwide funding protest. More...

Cycle ride raises over £2,000
BRENT Knoll's fifth annual Chris Evans Bike Ride raised almost £2,000 for the British Lung Foundation. Sunday's bike ride saw more than 50 cyclists participating, starting at the Red Cow pub in the village and then heading across the Somerset Levels for 25 miles. More...

West End stage star in town
A STAR of several leading West End stage shows visited Highbridge at the weekend to hold a series of theatre workshops. Jon Tsouras, who has appeared in top musicals, including Singing in the Rain and Jesus Christ Superstar, was the VIP at the workshops. More...

Aircraft noise concerns raised
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on the Town Council to do more to reduce noise problems from light aircraft flying low over the town's beach. Bev Milner Simonds told Monday's town council meeting that noise nuisance issue is growing. More...

Model rail club's heritage boost
BURNHAM and District Model Railway Club has handed a donation to Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group towards their funds for a newly-installed railway station platform sign. The new sign is located on the original excursion platform located in Old Station Approach. More...

New convenience store opens
A NEW convenience store has opened its doors for the first time in Brean this week. The new Londis store in South Road is open from 8am-11pm every day and offers a wide range of products, from newspapers and alcohol, to groceries and household items. More...

School crossing patrol warning
STAFF and parents at a Burnham-On-Sea school are this week urging motorists to slow down after several road safety scares caused by the lack of a crossing patrol officer. St Joseph's is currently without a 'lollypop person', but many children and their parents still have to cross Oxford Street
. More...

Father and son are rescued
A FATHER and son were flown to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft after getting into difficulty in deep mud almost a mile from the shore at Weston on Sunday (July 3rd). BARB Search & Rescue's rescue hovercraft was called out by Weston Coastguards. More...

Photos: Geese halt town traffic
MOTORISTS were 'left in a flap' when a busy road through Burnham-On-Sea came to a temporary standstill on Sunday (July 3rd) due to a flock of wandering geese! The gaggle of over 16 birds landed in Love Lane and waddled along the road, oblivious to danger. More...

Hundreds at Picnic In The Park
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park when it returned to the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 3rd). The 20th annual event featured live music from headliners The Leylines, alongside Foreign Affairs, a fantastic duo from Bristol. More...

Three-vehicle collision on M5
THIS was the scene at Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction on Sunday evening (July 3rd) following a three-vehicle accident. The fire service were called to the northbound carriageway entrance sliproad at junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea shortly before 8pm. More...

Fire station to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station will be open to the public for a day of demonstrations and activities this Sunday (July 10th). The event, being held from 10am - 4pm, will allow visitors to see the station's own vehicles which include two fire engines and other specialist equipment. More...

Swim club's successful year
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club is celebrating another successful season of competitions. The club competes in six different categories of competition, as well as running a successful learn-to-swim programme run by its staff, all qualified volunteers. More...

Injured swan rescued on lake
VOLUNTEERS from Secret World Wildlife Rescue and Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue teamed up to retrieve an injured swan from a lake in Bridgwater on Saturday (July 2nd). A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing the swan struggling. More...

Pupils arrive at prom in style!
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (July 1st). Around 200 pupils from years 11 and staff gathered at the Webbington Hotel for the special night, pictured here. More...

Join Picnic In The Park today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens today (Sunday, July 3rd) with an afternoon of live music. The 20th annual event will feature headliners The Leylines, and Foreign Affairs, a fantastic duo from Bristol, plus other great acts. More...

Healing festival set to return
CROWDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill next weekend when a popular healing festival returns. Now in its eighth year, The Healing Weekend will be held on July 8th-10th at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in the village. More...

Somme war dead remembered
NINE candles have been lit in memory of the Burnham-On-Sea soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years ago this week. Dozens of people attended an emotional service at Burnham's St Andrew's Church on Friday (July 1st) to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the battle. More...

Summer jobs on offer today
DOZENS of summer jobs will go on offer at Brean Leisure Park today (Saturday) when it holds a special recruitment day. The event will be held at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday 2nd July between 2-4.30pm. Positions are available across a wide range of roles. More...

Fire crews to offer pet masks
PETS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will have a better chance of surviving household fires – thanks to new oxygen masks for animals that will be carried on selected fire engines. The funding for the sets of specially-designed masks has come from Pets at Home. More...

Disco for town charity tonight
AN old-school disco is set to be held in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Saturday evening (July 2nd). The event at The Oaktree arena will be held from 4pm onwards in aid of In Charley's Memory, raising money to provide mental health suppport. More...

B&M confirmed for Burnham
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has this week begun recruiting staff for its soon-to-open new store in Burnham-On-Sea. The discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site that was previously occupied by Morrisons until it shut down last November. B&M will employ around 50 staff at its Burnham store. More...

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