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July 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Library cuts on the cards?
CUTS to libraries in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could be on the cards as Somerset County Council reconsiders plans to save £12m from next year's budget. In 2011, the council was forced to shelve its plans to withdraw funding to 11 libraries after a judicial review. More...

Homes affected by power cut
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without power on Sunday morning (July 30th). Western Power Distribution worked on a low-voltage fault in the town, which led to a temporary fault for over an hour across the town affecting residents in several aereas. More...

Ambulance fire causes delays
MOTORISTS using the M5 through the Burnham-On-Sea are faced long delays today (Sunday) after an ambulance fire closed three lanes. Motorists driving on the M5 northbound facing delays after the mid-morning fire, between Junction 21 and Junction 20. More...

Atlantic challenge for Nathan
A BURNHAM-On-Sea sailing enthuasiast is set to sail across the Atlantic in a prestigious tall ships race this summer. Nathan Meager has volunteered for over 17 years with the Rona Sailing Project, an initiative that helps develop young people from all walks of life, by positively changing their lives. More...

Arson probe into barn blaze
Updated: AN arson probe is underway into a 'deliberate' blaze near Burnham-On-Sea which destroyed a barn and large quantities of hay early on Saturday morning (July 29th). As reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, five fire crews from across the region were called. More...

Reading challenge starts
LOCAL children are being invited to join an 'Animal Agents' themed reading challenge at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries. Children can sign up for the libraries' Summer Reading Challenge 2017, which asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read six library books. More...

Vintage show continues
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 started on Saturday and continues today (Sunday). More...

Overnight barn blaze tackled
FIVE fire crews from across the region tackled a big barn blaze near Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of today (Saturday). Firefighters were called to Southwick Road in Mark, near Highbridge, shortly before 2.15am where a barn with 500 bales of hay was well alight. More...

Driver rescued from rolled car
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a serious accident early today (Saturday) in which a car left a road and rolled over, trapped the driver inside. Burnham firefighters were called to the A371 Cheddar Road in Axbridge shortly after 12.30am. More...

Holiday crime warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a seasonal warning for residents to protect their homes against burglary when houses are empty over the summer holidays, and doors and windows are left open in warmer weather. Around one third of burglaries in the force area are opportunistic ‘walk in’ incidents. More...

Beached boat helped by crews
BARB volunteers were called out on Friday morning (July 28th) to help the owner of a speed boat that had taken on water while being launched from Burnham-On-Sea beach. The owner had tried to launching the small powerboat next to the town's jetty shortly before mid-day. More...

Isleport vintage 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 29th and Sunday 30th. More...

Kids winning art goes on show
HOMES in Sedgemoor recently held a children’s art competition and the winning entries from local pupils are being exhibited in Bridgwater until Friday 18th August for everyone to see. Local schools were invited to take part, with the theme of 'Homes and Housing'. More...

Three hurt in A38 accident
THREE people required first aid after a crash on the A38 this afternoon (Friday). Fire crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called to the junction of A38 and Bristol Road at Walpole, near Bridgwater, just after 2.30pm where two vehicles had collided. More...

Roof fall lands firms with notice
EDF Energy and building firm Doosan Babcock have been served with improvement notices from the government's Office for Nuclear Regulation after a worker at Hinkley Point B station was injured in a fall from height. The ONR said this week that an investigation is ongoing. More...

Farmers market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, July 28th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery. More...

10th Playday coming to Apex
THOUSANDS of people will be heading to Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday, 2nd August, when it hosts its annual Playday. The organisers of the 10th Apex Park Play day are hoping for a bumper attendance to beat last year’s record attendance. More...

Charity seeks ambassadors
A CHARITY set up in memory of Burnham-On-Sea teenager Charley Marks is seeking to recruit young people as ambassadors. In Charley's Memory was set up after Charley took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. The charity now supports hundreds. More...

Fete boosts local good cause
A CHARITY fete in Burnham-On-Sea has been hailed a success after raising funds and awareness for a local good cause. A team of local youngsters on the National Citizen Service programme held a fundraising fete in aid of local group 'Sensational Kids Somerset'. More...

Ecologist leads wildlife walk
A GUIDED wildlife walk was held around Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday (July 27th). Residents were invited to become wildlife explorers to discover what is living in the park, under the expert guidance of Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist Pete Grainger, during the walk. More...

Pupils write to PM on safety
A CLASS of Year 9 students at Highbridge's King Alfred School has written letters to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for tighter laws on fire safety in communal buildings. Over the last fortnight of term, a class of Year 9 students spent researched the Grenfell fire. More...

Work starts on 17 new homes
BUILDING work has started this month on a new development of 17 Burnham-On-Sea homes which is set to be completed in June 2018. Yarlington Homes is building the properties on land at the rear of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket and a ceremony was held this week as work begins. More...

Isleport vintage show returns
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 29th and Sunday 30th and is open to all. More...

Police call for more funding
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh will continue talks with local politicians and ministers over the 'critical' funding situation facing the police service amid concerns about the service levels. More...

Council names new chief exec
SEDGEMOOR District Council has approved that Allison Griffin should be appointed as its Interim Chief Executive, replacing outgoing Chief Executive Kerry Rickards (pictured). Allison has worked for the authority since 1991, holding several key posts in management. More...

Jazz at the Cove this Sunday
AN afternoon of live jazz music is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (July 30th). The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council are organising the free event at Marine Cove, next to St Andrew’s Church on the town's seafront from 2pm-4pm. More...

£10,000 boost for town groups
ALMOST £10,000 was awarded to local community groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this week by the Town Council. Members of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed several applications and agreed they should receive funding. More...

Charity fete in Burnham today
A CHARITY fete is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday) in aid of a local good cause. A team of local youngsters on the National Citizen Service programme are holding the fundraising fete in aid of 'Sensational Kids Somerset' from 11am-3pm. More...

Arrest over jewellery theft
Updated: POLICE have arrested a man as they investigate the theft of several valuables from a Burnham-On-Sea jewellery shop. Hundreds of pounds of items were taken from Antony James in Burnham-On-Sea High Street, pictured, last week as we first reported. More...

Youth club saved by council
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club has been saved this week thanks to a new £3,500 cash injection from the Town Council. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the club - based at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close - was set to shut when its original funding ran out
. More...

Burnham florist bids for award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea florist is celebrating after being short-listed for a prestigious award as the UK's top Retail Florist Shop Of The Year - and she needs your vote to win. Flowers and Things in Burnham High Street is appealing for local people to vote for it online. More...

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

Abi to compete for England
A HIGHBRIDGE teenager has been selected to represent England in the European baton twirling championships in Holland. Abi Cooper, 15, who is a student at King Alfred School, has been selected to compete this autumn. Abi is part of the Chameleon Batonettes. More...

Updated: Crash in Highbridge
MOTORISTS faced long delays through Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (July 25th) after a car flipped over onto its roof in an accident. The incident occurred shortly after 1pm in Burnham Road, Highbridge, and Police diverted traffic around the scene of the incident. More...

Anglers reel in £1k for charity
A CHARITY fishing match at a Brean holiday park has raised £1,000 for The Alzheimer's Society. Northam Farm holiday park's charity fishing match is held every summer at this time of the year. All the fishermen pay £5 each for their peg and also held a raffle. More...

Highbridge to get new Travelodge
PLANS for a brand new 75-room Travelodge hotel in Highbridge have been unveiled this week, with a cautious welcome being given by the town's Chamber of Trade. The plans from ERC Developments reveal it intends to build a hotel with 75 bedrooms, 75 parking spaces, and a built-in cafe. More...

Lifeboat called out to life-raft
A LIFEBOAT crew from Burnham-On-Sea RNLI faced stormy sea conditions when they were called out on Monday evening (July 24th) to reports of a life-raft floating in the Bristol Channel. The Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched to investigate the sighting at Weston. More...

MP welcomes bus being saved
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed the news that a key bus service between Wells and Burnham has been saved fron the axe and will run until at least March 2018. The 67 service was due to end on Friday, but the parishes have come to the rescue and saved it. More...

Car flips over in Highbridge
Motorists faced long delays through Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (July 25th) after a car flipped over onto its roof in an accident. The incident occurred shortly after 1pm in Burnham Road, Highbridge, and Police diverted traffic around the scene while recovery took place. More...

Students head to Cambridge
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School have enjoyed a two day visit to the University of Cambridge. Staying overnight at Trinity Hall in order to experience undergraduate life, the students took part in several masterclasses, visits and tours of the facilities. More...

Video: Stormy tide in Burnham
STRONG onshore winds created these stormy sea conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (July 24th). 40mph gusts whipped up big waves and sent plumes of spray into the air along the sea wall. A series of high tides is due in Burnham this week, prompting a warning. More...

Bubble Rush fun comes to town
WESTON Hospicecare is bringing a brand new event to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday, 5th August at Apex Park - the Bubble Rush! The Bubble Rush event is a 5k course, open to all ages, which sees participants running their way through a sea of colourful foam and bubbles. More...

Jewellery stolen from shop
A POLICE investigation is underway after the theft of several rings from a Burnham-On-Sea jewellery shop. They were taken from Antony James jewellery store in Burnham-On-Sea High Street last week. Police are investigating the incident last Tuesday. More...

Steam train visits Highbridge
A CLASSIC steam train has begun its regular summer service, passing through Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Railway Station on its journey to the Devon coast. The Torbay Express passed through Burnham and Highbridge Railway Station on Sunday (July 23rd). More...

Burnham treasure hunt begins
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. Each clue features a nautical symbol. More...

Town fire crew to kitchen fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to Highbridge on Sunday evening (July 23rd) after reports of a kitchen blaze at a property. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called out at 5.53pm to Foster Court, Highbridge following a fire in an oven. More...

Burnham tea boosts hospice
BURNHAM-On-Sea Freemasons have raised hundreds of pounds for a local hospice by holding a successful afternoon tea event. The event, at the town's Baptist Church in College Street, was held on Thursday with all proceeds going to St. Margaret’s Hospice. More...

Photos: RNIB summer fair
HUNDREDS of pounds were 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. Activities included cake stalls, cream teas and more. More...

Hinkley costs to surge again?
HOUSEHOLDS could end up paying £50bn to support the new Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea, according to government figures out this week, which are more than eight times the 2013 estim
ate. The latest forecasts were revealed this week. More...

Hundreds attend fire open day
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station on Saturday (July 22nd) when it held a popular family open day. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service opened its doors to the public at the town station in Marine Drive for the second annual open day. More...

Drink drive warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have warned motorists not to drink and drive as their summer safety campaign continues. The Police's Operation Tonic road safety campaign has seen 108 people arrested so far for drink and drug driving across the force area, including Somerset. More...

Kids group marks its third year
SENSATIONAL Kids Somerset celebrated their third birthday party at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social club on Saturday afternoon (July 22nd). The event was well attended by members, who enjoyed party games, music and refreshments before cutting a birthday cake. More...

Bus service 'safe until March 2018'
A KEY bus service between Wells and Burnham-On-Sea will continue until at least March 2018, the County Council has announced. The 67 service was due to end on Friday (21st July), but after months of meetings and discussions between Somerset County Council and eight parishes. 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 22nd and 23rd). The tiny church is open to the public 11am-5pm. More...

Town fire station open today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is to hold a family open day today (Saturday, July 22nd). Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be opening its doors to the public in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and learn about firefighting. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, July 22nd). The display will get started at around 9.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm for all families to enjoy. More...

Dog owner and pet are rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft flew out to rescue a stranded dog and its owner from mud at Uphill on Thursday (July 20th). Weston and Clevedon Coastguards were called out alongside a crew from Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue at mid-day to reports of the dog walker attempting to rescue. More...

Hair salon shuts in Burnham
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre hair salon has closed this week, although the beauty salon side of the business is continuing with a new owner. Enhance in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street ceased trading on Thursday (July 20th), its owners announced, in a surprise announcement. More...

Warning for gales and rain
A SPELL of heavy rain and strong winds could lead to difficult travel conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday), as the summer holiday season starts for some. Standing water and spray may make journeys longer, and could lead to some surface water flooding. More...

Fire station open tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is to hold a family open day this Saturday (July 22nd). Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be opening its doors to the public in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and learn about firefighting. More...

Bowled over! Club celebrates
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church Hall Short Mat Bowling Club has celebrated its 19th anniversary this week. The bowls club - which has 35 members - meets at the church hall on Mondays from 7-9m and on Fridays from 10am-12 noon when all are welcome. More...

Archery duo hit the target
TWO Burnham-On-Sea youngsters have competed in a national archery competition this month. Darragh and Molly Joyce travelled to the Junior National Outdoor Archery Competition at Archery GB’s base in Lilleshall, Shropshire where they took part over two days. More...

Crews called to person on jetty
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB volunteers were called out on Thursday (July 20th) to reports of a despondent person threatening to enter the water from the town's jetty. Concern for the person’s wellbeing paramount was key, said Coastguards. More...

Couple spend £8k clearing path
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has spent over £8,000 clearing away 100 tonnes of sand away from a public footpath in the town order to increase safety and security. Residents at Burnham's Retreat Holiday Park say that sand had piled up over three metres deep. More...

Golf event boosts Burnham
A BIG golf tournament taking place in Burnham-On-Sea this week is delivering a boost to the town's economy. 144 players from across Europe are playing in the English Boys Under 16 Amateur Championships at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club through the week. More...

Stuck boat and trailer rescued
A BOAT and trailer were rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday afternoon (July 19th). Burnham's jetty supervisor called out BARB Search & Rescue at 2.30pm after a 4x4 got into difficulty while attempting to launch it near the jetty. More...

Council unveils £18m of cuts
SOMERSET County Council is making millions of pounds of cutbacks following what it calls "massive reductions" in funding from central Government. The leader updated the Full Council on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. More...

Tea event in Burnham today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Freemasons are hosting a funsraising 'Time for Tea' event at the town's Baptist Church today (Thursday July 20th). The event, in College Street, will be held from 2.30pm and all are welcome, with all proceeds going to St. Margaret’s Hospice. More...

Inquest opened into death
AN inquest into the death of Burnham-On-Sea man Joseph Pearce has been opened this week. Tony Williams, Somerset's senior coroner, opened the inquest on Wednesday, July 19th at Taunton Coroners Office. The court heard that an ambulance was first called. More...

Two-car crash in Oxford Street
POLICE were called to a crash in Oxford Street in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (July 19th). Officers were called to the junction with College Street at around 10.15am when the vehicles collided. Police confirmed that the road had not been closed. More...

Objection over new store plan
TOWN councillors have this week expressed concerns at plans for a proposed new convenience store in Highbridge. The new grocery store is earmarked for land at the junction of Morland Road and Burnham Road on the town's former Morlands Industrial Park. More...

Town cyclists plan charity ride
A TEAM of cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea are tackling the famous John O'Groats to Land's End (JOGTLE) cycle challenge this month in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Richard Campbell, Simon Walsh, Jamie Saunders (all from Burnham-On-Sea) will be joining two friends. More...

Apex wins top parks award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has this week been recognised by the nationwide Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best parks in the country. Apex Park is among 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. More...

School display marks 60th year
HUNDREDS of photos, newsletters, stories and newspaper cuttings went on display when Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated its 60th anniversary with an exhibition this week. A group of students worked with teacher Cerrie Williams to compile the historical display. More...

Murder: Two men refused bail
TWO men who have been charged with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea have been refused bail. Dominic Lacey, 21, of Newham Place in Patchway and James Hobbs, 43, of Churchill Close appeared before Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday (July 18th). More...

Barbecue fundraiser planned
A GROUP of youngsters are to hold a fundraising barbecue in Burnham-On-Sea for two good causes on Thursday (July 20th). The group from Somerset Rural Youth Project, pictured, are organising the event in aid of In Charley's Memory and Young Minds charities. More...

Church starts dementia group
A NEW group aimed at helping those living with the effects of Dementia and other forms of vulnerability has launched in Burnham-On-Sea. The town's St Andrew's is starting regular Dementia-friendly events called 'Third Thursday - A place to feed Body and Soul'. More...

Town parking fees 'confusing'
A TOWN councillor has called for a re-think on 'confusing and inconsistent' car parking charges in Burnham-On-Sea. Speaking at the latest Town Council meeting, Cllr Martin Cox, pictured, said the current charges vary across Burnham's car parks and "the maths don't seem to add up" on the costs. More...

Fire crew called to fuel spill
THE road entrance onto Brean Beach was temporarily closed for three hours on Monday (July 17th) after a car lost its exhaust, causing a fuel spill. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to the main road entrance onto Brean beach by the village's beachwarden. More...

Join Apex guided wildlife walk
A FREE guided wildlife walk is set to be held around Highbridge's Apex Park this month. Residents are being invited to become wildlife explorers to discover what is living in the park by joining Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist on Thursday 27th July. More...

New centre nurse employed
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has recruited a qualified nurse to support the Warfarin blood monitoring service that was withdrawn at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Medical Centre last month. Dr Harvey Sampson told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the changes. More...

Mayor is VIP at Guides event
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests at a special Girlguiding Burnham District event. Over 300 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Leaders aged 5-85 from around Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll and Berrow gathered for the event. More...

School performs summer show
CHILDREN at Mark First & Pre-School Academy have performed a fun-packed summer show 'Cinderella & Rockerfella' to mark the end-of-term. Held in a marquee on the school field, the show involved the whole school and pre-school - including the headteacher. More...

Safety calls over one-way drivers
NEW calls have been made for safety improvements to Burnham-On-Sea High Street to address the long-running problem of vehicles being driven the wrong direction along one-way parts of the town centre. Over the summer months, residents and traders often see vehicles being driven the wrong way. More...

Eastenders star heads to town
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to Highbridge in September to lead a musical theatre singing workshop for juniors and adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, will be held during the day on Saturday 9th September. More...

Garden party raises £1,375
SCORES of supporters of The Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital attended a successful fundraising garden party on Sunday (July 16th), raising over £1,300. Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Bill and Frances Hancock, opened the event at the hospital on Sunday. More...

Pupils to hold concert tonight
A GROUP of music students from Highbridge's King Alfred School will be displaying their musical skills during a concert this evening (Monday, July 17th). The concert starts at 7pm in the main school hall, with an interval with home-made refreshments. More...

Classroom unveiled by school
AS the summer term comes to an end, the children and staff of Brent Knoll Primary School entertained parents and friends at their annual Tea Party, where a new mini classroom was also unveiled. The guest of honour at the event was John Harris of West Croft Farm. More...

Cash stolen in Lympsham raid
POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a burglary at a house in Lympsham in which a substantial amount of cash in US dollars were stolen. It happened at about 9.45pm on Friday 14th July. The residents were at home when they were disturbed. More...

Dog killed in Brean Down fall
A FRESH warning has been issued to dog owners after a pet was killed in a fall down cliffs at Brean Down on Saturday. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down by the beach warden this afternoon amid concerns for the safety of the pet's owner, who was trying to retrieve the animal. More...

Murder: Two men in court
TWO men who have been charged with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court today (Saturday). Joseph Pearce, 40, right, died at a property in Churchill Close, Burnham just before midnight on Monday (July 10th). More...

Upgrade for pool is unveiled
A NEW disco waterslide and toddlers swimming pool has been opened at Brean Splash. The toddler pool, which is 10m x 4m, is open during certain public sessions and is also the base for baby and toddler swimming lessons. The new facilities have resulted in four new employment vacancies for local people. More...

Two charged with town murder
POLICE have charged two men with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week. Mr Pearce, 40, died at a property in Churchill Close, Burnham-On-Sea shortly before midnight on Monday night (July 10th). The victim was killed by a single stab wound. More...

Crews tackle landfill blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling a big blaze at a waste landfill site near Bridgwater today. Crews were initially called to the site at Bristol Road, Walpole shortly before 11pm on Thursday evening. Fire engines were called along with water carriers. More...

Wi-fi plan for beach and town
PLANS to introduce a free wi-fi Internet network in Burnham-On-Sea town centre and along the seafront are being reconsidered after being raised by a Burnham-On-Sea resident this week. The £20,000 scheme was first considered by the Town Council last autumn. More...

New shop opens in town centre
A NEW business has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. The Bed and Discount Furniture Store has been opened in College Street by owners John and Cheryl White, who have recently moved into the Burnham area and were keen to start a new business. More...

Six arrests after murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the man who died following an incident in the town earlier this week has been formally identified. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported, a murder probe was launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane. More...

Free events planned in town
HOMES in Sedgemoor will be celebrating their ten-year anniversary this month with a range of events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. The company is hosting three events from July 24th to July 27th, including coffee mornings and family fun days. More...

Car park shuts for resurfacing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea car park is set to temporarily close in July for maintenance work. The car park in Berrow Road next to Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre and the swimming pool will be shut from July 17th for eight days as part of resurfacing work set to take place. More...

Murder victim died from stabbing
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the man who died following an incident in the town earlier this week has been formally identified. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported, a murder probe was launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane. More...

War vet receives D-Day medal
A BURNHAM-On-Sea war veteran has been awarded France's highest wartime honour for his role in the Normandy landings 73 years ago. The French government has awarded Burnham pensioner Tony Winterburn, 91, the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur for his involvement in WW2. More...

New convenience store plans
REVISED plans to build a new convenience store in Highbridge have been unveiled this week by a local property developer. Calderwood Property Developments Ltd is seeking full planning permission to build a store on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. More...

Stuck horse rescued at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Wednesday afternoon (July 12th) to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch. They rushed to Weston Road in Brean at 11.30am when a call was received from the animal's owner to say it was stranded and in difficulty. More...

Grassroots football gets boost
BURNHAM United AFC is celebrating this week after being awarded a £1,500 'Grow the Game' grant, a scheme that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate. The grant will provide a boost to grassroots football in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

5,000 head to Healing Festival
THOUSANDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when a popular healing festival returns. Now in its ninth year, The Healing Weekend will be held on July 14th-16th at Secret World Wildlife Centre. More...

Music On The Green returns
BRENT Knoll's annual summer music evening 'Music on the Green' returns this Saturday, 15th July. The Lipinski Band will be headlining the event to be held on Brent Knoll Village Green, starting at 7.30pm when all will be welcome to get involved in the fun. More...

Car park to shut for resurfacing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea car park is set to temporarily close in July for maintenance work. The car park in Berrow Road next to Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre and the swimming pool will be shut from July 17th for eight days as part of a big resurfacing project. More...

Crews rescue man stuck in mud
A MAN has been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach today (Wednesday). Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out at 2.20pm to help a man stranded near the jetty. The RNLI lifeguards spotted the man was in difficulty and raised the alarm. More...

Murder: Police reassure town
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have sought to reassure residents about safety after the murder of a 40-year-old man in the town earlier this week. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported yesterday, a murder probe has been launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close on Monday. More...

Coach gets stuck in Berrow
A COACH was pulled to safety after getting stuck on the bank of a roadside ditch in Berrow on Tuesday (July 11th). The Bakers Dolpin coach - which was empty at the time - was stranded o the side of the ditch in Coast Road near Berrow Village Church, as pictured. More...

MP 'reassured' by school visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey says he is 'reassured' about King Alfred School's plans for the future after meeting the management team following its latest Ofsted report. Mr Heappey has met with Headteacher Denise Hurr and others to discuss the plans. More...

Video: Vintage vehicles show
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear were on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials were displayed alongside motorcycles and horticulturals. More...

Photos: School prom nights fun
PUPILS at Highbridge's King Alfred School have enjoyed end-of-year proms at Batch Country House in Lympsham and Weston Pier. Year 11 pupils from King Alfred School celebrated the end of their GCSE exams and secondary schooling in style with a formal prom celebration. More...

Council defends homes policy
BRENT Knoll Parish Council has this week defended its "correct and democratic" process and said all decisions have been "taken in good faith" amid a debate about controversial plans for 14 new homes. Coln Developments hopes to build the new housing in the village next to the A38. More...

Man murdered in Burnham
POLICE have begun an investigation today (Tuesday) into a 'suspicious death' in Burnham-On-Sea overnight. Officers were called to Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane, shortly before midnight last night after reports of a person having been attacked. More...

Call for town parking overhaul
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on councillors to reduce parking charges - or scrap them altogether - to reduce 'growing parking problems' in side streets across the town. Nick Hubbard, pictured, addressed town councillors about the issue of crowded side streets surrounding the town centre. More...

Bloom judges praise Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hopes of achieving success in the Britain In Bloom competition were given a boost this week when two judges visited the town. The judges were met by Burnham In Bloom organiser Dave Perrett and supporters on Monday morning (July 10th). More...

Footfall jumps 10% in a year
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea's town centre has risen by almost 10 per cent in a year, according to new figures. The Town Council's football cameras have recorded a 9.6% year-on-year increase in the number of people visiting the High Street. More...

Three groups to hold concert
THREE groups of Burnham-On-Sea singers are holding a summer concert this coming weekend to raise money for a good cause. Siobhan Johnson Singers, Burnham Youth Choir and Burnham On Song will be performing a 'Summer Nights' concert on Saturday July 15th. More...

Swim event makes a splash
DOZENS of young swimmers took part in Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Summer Championships 2017 at the weekend. The Swim Team & Swim Academy Stages 6-10 and Stages 2-5 Gala on Sunday (July 9th). Some superb swims were achieved by the children. More...

Lifeboats rescue boat aground
A SAILING boat was rescued by lifeboat crews from Burnham-On-Sea after running aground on Sunday evening. The 25ft boat, called Scamp, ran aground on a mud bank in the River Parrett just before 8pm. The skipper, Graham Wills, is a member of Burnham RNLI. More...

Two climbers rescued at Brean
TWO rock climbers were taken back to shore last night (Saturday) amid concern that they were cut off by the high tide at Brean Down. Weston RNLI and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were sent to Brean Down shortly before 6.30pm after reports of people in difficulty. More...

Burglars target Burnham store
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop is counting the cost of crime after being burgled in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 8th). A glass door at the entrance to New Look in Burnham High Street was smashed to gain entry at around 4.30am, as pictured in this story. More...

Tessa opens summer fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt was the special guest who opened a summer fete in East Brent at the weekend where hundreds of pounds was raised for local good causes. The event, at East Brent village green, attracted a steady flow of visitors. More...

Ribbon cut to open cycle path
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held to mark the long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean on Friday (July 7th). The new Brean Down Way stretches for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and is great for walkers and cyclists. More...

Police called to people on car
POLICE were called to a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park this week after several young people were spotted jumping around on top of a vehicle. Mobile phone video footage posted on Facebook showed two people moving around on top of the stationery yellow car. More...

Vintage show turns back time!
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 displays. More...

Costs to move travellers rise
THOUSANDS of pounds of public money is being spent on moving travellers from council land in Burnham-On-Sea. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it is facing a constant stream of work to move travellers parked in the town. More...

New cycle route opens today
THE long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean will take place today (Friday, July 7th). The Brean Down Way runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over the River Axe for the first time. More...

£3,000 window appeal starts
A HIGHBRIDGE church has started a fundraising appeal to enable urgent repairs to go ahead to a 160 year-old stained glass window which is in danger of collapse. One of the large windows at the eastern end of St John's Church needs to be repaired at a cost of £3,000. More...

Wildlife charity seeking helpers
A SUMMER influx of animals has prompted Secret World Wildlife Rescue to issue an appeal for more volunteers this week. "This summer has been extremely busy and numbers are much higher than in previous years," said the charity's founder, Pauline Kidner this week. More...

Brean emergency services day
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding its first Emergency Services Day this Saturday 8th July. The event will run from 10am to 4pm and will feature various emergency services including mounted Police, RNLI, BARB, South West Ambulance and NHS Blood Bikes with all visitors welcome. More...

Burnham park to host Hinkley workers
OVER 120 new caravan pitches are set to be built at a holiday park on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea for workers at Hinkley Point C power station. Westcountry Park Homes has submitted a planning application for a change of use of land at Edithmead Caravan Park at Edithmead near the M5 junction
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VIDEO: Sand collapse 'rescue'
THESE were the scences when more than 80 members of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services used their bare hands to dig out a 'casualty' from the sand dunes at Berrow following a sand hole collapse this week. Crews took part in Wednesday's training exercise. More...

Beauty and Beast opens today
BEAUTY and the Beast Junior is set to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Over 40 local children will be performing in the fun family show, which is being produced by theatre group Re:Act with performances starting today and running until Sunday. More...

Fracking concerns raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week expressed concern that the controversial process of fracking for shale gas could begin in our area. It comes after Kevin Ogilvie-White from anti-fracking group 'Frack Free Exmoor, Quantocks and Sedgemoor', spoke. More...

Lynn steps down in 15th year
THE clerk of Berrow Parish Council is stepping down after 15 years in the role, it has been announced this week. Lynn Smith was thanked by councillors this week for her dedication to the role over many years. "I have very much enjoyed my 15 years," she said. More...

Charity walk in Joe's memory
A SPONSORED walk is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (July 9th) to raise funds for the Children's Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital. Mel Bax is organising the 'Walk For Joe' in memory of Joe Laoutaris, a 12 year-old who died of cancer in 2015, and who is remembered with the event. More...

Recycling change announced
A VEHICLE permits scheme at recycling centres across Somerset - including Highbridge - has proved so successful that councillors have decided to relax it to allow vans, pick-ups and car-towed trailers access whenever recycling sites are open. We have full details of the changes. More...

New cycle route opens on Friday
THE long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean will take place this Friday (July 7th). The Brean Down Way runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over the River Axe for the first time via the Brean Cross Sluice
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Protest held over A&E closure
A PROTEST has been held outside Weston General Hospital as its A&E department started closing overnight from Tuesday (July 4th) because it cannot be staffed safely. The hospital, which serves over 200,000 people, is now shut from 10pm-8am daily, with no end date in sight. More...

Could you become firefighter?
TWO open days are to be held at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station for prospective on-call firefighters to find out more about joining the service. The open days will be held on Monday 10th July from 2pm to 7pm, and Wednesday 9th August from 2pm to 7pm, when all will be welcome. More...

Womens event boosts charity
A FUNDRAISING women's evening held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena at the weekend has been hailed a success after raising hundreds of pounds. The event first came to life when Somerset Breast Cancer Now's late chairperson Christine Piper organised it and it's now returned. More...

New shedders group launches
A FORMAL opening for Burnham-On-Sea's new 'Men's Sheds' group was held on Tuesday (July 4th). The unique group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly, inclusive environment. More...

Town concert held for RNLI
AROUND 150 people attended a concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre which raised funds for the RNLI. Saturday's event was compered by RNLI Chairman Ashley Edwards and included entertainment from The Coastline Singers and the U3A Ukulele Band. More...

Crews called to kitchen fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a kitchen fire at a holiday park in Brean on Tuesday evening. Two fire engines were sent at 7.30pm to South Road in Brean where a fryer was reported to be alight and required the assistance of fire crews. More...

Bus saved with £5,000 lifeline
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week pledged to give £5,000 towards keeping a 'crucial' local bus service running. It comes after a lively debate on Monday night (July 3rd) when town councillors heard from users of the '67 bus service', which runs from Wells to Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Duo complete 100km challenge
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers have completed an incredble 100km challenge for a charity close to their hearts. James Gadd, 33, and his father in law Barry Whitcombe, 53, ran The Cotswold Way Challenge on Saturday (July 1st), a 100km 'ultra marathon' in Gloucestershire. More...

Police: 'Knife crime very rare'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have reassured residents that the town centre remains safe after an 'isolated, very rare' incident in which a woman was threatened with a knife on Friday. As we reported at the weekend, Police launched an investigation following the incident. More...

Frustration over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week aired their frustrations at the difficulty of moving travellers camped in the area. Several groups are currently pitched up in Burnham's Pier Street car park and on a field in West Huntspill, with legal action underway again. More...

Cycle ride in memory of Chris
BRENT Knoll's sixth annual Chris Evans Bike Ride raised almost another great sum for the British Lung Foundation. Sunday's bike ride saw dozens of cyclists participating, starting at the Red Cow pub in the village and then heading across the Somerset Levels during the day. More...

Hinkley costs soar by £1.5bn
FRENCH energy supplier EDF has said this week that the cost of completing the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea will be nearly 10% more than expected. The company said on Monday (July 3rd) that the cost was likely to rise by £1.5bn to £19.6bn. More...

Decades-old car resurfaces
THE remains of a car believed to have been stranded in mud beneath Brean beach for several decades has emerged this week... and the owner faces a huge parking bill in the unlikely event that he or she comes forward. Beachwardens have been watching the rusty remains appear out of the mud
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Lions pick first lady President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club enjoyed a special lunch at the town's Lighthouse Inn on Sunday where outgoing Club President Roger Tolley handed over the chain of office to Claire Oliver for the club’s 40th year. She becomes its first female to hold the Office of the group. More...

Driver shaken after night crash
A DRIVER was left 'shaken' after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. A car slammed into a garden wall in Love Lane, at the junction with St Mary's Road, at around 12.40am on Sunday morning, as pictured here. An eyewitness said the driver was shaken but not seeriously hurt. More...

Photos: Picnic In The Park fun
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 2nd) when the town's season of outdoor concerts continued with Picnic In The Park. Bright sunshine drew out the crowds for a line-up of live music, fun and entertainment during the day. More...

Pupils head to World Cup game
PUPILS from Burnham-On-Sea headed to Taunton on Sunday (July 2nd) to watch a very special cricket game. St Andrew's School students attended a Women's World Cup match between England and Sri Lanka in Taunton at the Somerset County Cricket Ground. More...

East Huntspill Fair success
RESIDENTS in East Huntspill were able to enjoy a taste of summer during their Village Fair on Saturday (July 1st). A stall selling cream teas was among the attractions set up on East Huntspill Playing Field for the popular annual summer event which raised money for the school. More...

Lady threatened at cashpoint
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched an investigation following an incident in which a woman was allegedly threatened with a knife at a cashpoint in the town centre. Police say that at approximately 6.30pm on Friday evening (June 30th), the incident took place. More...

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