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Fire tackled at wildlife park
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a small blaze at a wildlife park near Highbridge on Thursday evening (June 30th). One fire engine was sent to Alstone Wildlife Park at 8.20pm, as pictured here, where a bonfire had burned out of control. More...

Rotary Club has new president
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club appointed its new president for the coming year on Thursday evening (June 30th). The club's members elected Ian Breed, who takes over from outgoing president Frank Clegg. Ian is a strong community fundraiser in the Burnham area. More...

Beer and wine-making festival
A BEER and wine-making festival will be held at a Burnham-On-Sea health food shop this Saturday (July 2nd). Kyffins in Victoria Street will be holding free tasting sessions from 11am-2pm plus demonstrations from an expert on how to make your own alcoholic tipples. More...

Stuck bull rescued by fire crew
FIRE crews were called to Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday afternoon (June 30th) after a farmer reported a bull had got stuck in a ditch. Two fire appliances from Burnham and a special animal rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Mendip Road at 2.49pm. More...

Axe falls on Belmont House
HEALTH bosses have confirmed this week that a mental health therapy centre in Burnham-On-Sea will close this summer. We first reported here on the concerns of users of Belmont House in Technical Street. The NHS says services will continue elsewhere in the Burnham area. More...

Road safety boost welcomed
Exclusive: Residents living along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed the County Council's decision to introduce new safety measures in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of serious accidents. New signs and road markings are to be installed by the council at two separate accident blackspots in Stoddens Road following a long-running campaign. More...

Couple raise £2k for hospice
A BRENT Knoll couple have raised £2,000 for a children's hospice by holding a strawberry tea in memory of their late grandson. Ian and Janet Breed, pictured, attracted more than 150 supporters to the outdoor fundraiser held in their garden on Sunday afternoon (June 26th). More...

MP attacks mobile library cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week attacked proposals by Somerset County Council to slash its mobile library service as part of an £80million cost reduction programme. Tessa Munt's comments came after the County Council unveiled cost-cutting plans. More...

Sea checking tool proves a hit
THOUSANDS of people interested in sea water quality on Burnham-On-Sea beach have used a new online checking tool launched recently by Wessex Water. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in May how the new website allows users to check beach water quality. More...

Schools braced for strike action
THREE schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be affected by a national strike by teachers today (Thursday, June 30th). Churchfield School in Highbridge and Brent Knoll School will both be closed to all pupils. And King Alfred School will close to pupils in years seven to ten. More...

£25m homes contracts signed
THOUSANDS of repairs to council properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge came a step closer this week with the formal signing of contracts for Homes in Sedgemoor’s Decent Homes Programme. The group plans to make many improvements over the coming months. More...

Tennis Club to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club will be holding its annual open day on Sunday (July 3rd) when members of the public will be able to receive free coaching and visit its facilities. The club in The Grove will be offering coaching for all the family from 10.30am-12.30pm. More...

MP praises town tourist centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised the team of volunteers who are running the town's seafront information centre. During a special visit, Tessa Munt met members of the community group that is running the centre and heard how it is dealing with 300 visitors a day. More...

Archery experts target Berrow
DOZENS of archery enthusiasts from across the UK gathered near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend to compete in a top tournament. Berrow's Coastal Archers hosted the eighth Somerset meeting of the British Long-Bow Society on the village's Red Road playing fields at the weekend. More...

TV star performs bird release
Exclusive: A well-known children's TV presenter was filmed helping wildlife carers release a gannett from the top of Brean Down today (Tuesday, June 28th). Dominic Wood, one half of children's TV duo Dick and Dom, was recording a new show in which he is helping Secret World's wildlife rescue team. More...

12 new homes draw objections
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week raised "strong objections" over proposals to demolish this former care home and replace it with 12 new homes. At a meeting on Monday evening (June 27th), the council's Planning Applications Committee raised a number of concerns about the plans. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were among several crews who tackled a big barn blaze on Monday (June 27th). Fire engines from Cheddar, Winscombe, Blagdon and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to a barn fire in Hythe Lane, Cheddar shortly after 2pm, which was well alight. More...

Artists to hold three day show
THIS local group of Burnham-On-Sea artists will be displaying their work during a special exhibition this weekend. For three days only, the students of Burnham artists Clive and Sue Hammond-Lovatt will be showing the work they have made over the past year to the general public. More...

Man injured after town assault
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued an appeal for witnesses after a serious assault in the town at the weekend. A man in his 30s suffered head injuries during the alleged attack, which took place late on Saturday night, police confirmed. More...

Design a logo for Marine Cove!
CHILDREN in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to enter a competition to design a new logo for the town's Marine Cove gardens. It comes as the project to refurbish the seafront gardens gathers pace ahead of its grand opening in September. More...

Town art helps Indian school
DOZENS of art lovers flocked to a fundraising art exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 25th). The 'R-Tex' exhibition at Burnham Baptist Church Hall in College Street raised £280 for the Peter Gilliard Memorial School in Rajahmundry which is named after late Highbridge resident Peter Gilliard. More...

Heatwave boosts tourist trade
THIS week's mini heatwave is giving the Burnham-On-Sea area a welcome financial boost. As temperatures reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, Brean beach saw an influx of hundreds of day trippers, as pictured above. Accommodation providers in Burnham-On-Sea also have been boosted. More...

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

Dinghy scare for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's marine rescue services were called to Brean on Sunday evening (June 26th) amid concerns for the welfare of several people in a dinghy. A beach warden spotted a small inflatable floating out into the Bristol Channel on the falling tide at around 6.15pm. More...

Centre to open after revamp
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Community Centre will be holding an open day on Saturday July 9th when its newly-refurbished facilities will be officially opened after a £150,000 project. The centre in Berrow Road has been given a new lease of life over the past year. More...

'Brew For The Few' raises £260
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among dozens of local residents who helped raise money for the Royal Air Forces Association during a special coffee morning in the town on Saturday (June 25th). The local RAFA organised it on the same day as Armed Forces Day. More...

Hinkley boss visits BARB AGM
THE boss of Hinkley Point power station was the special guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday (June 24th). Nigel Cann, Station Director at Hinkley Point B, joined almost 50 people at the Town Council Chambers for the annual charity meeting. More...

MP backs circus animal ban
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing to calls for a ban on the use of wild animals at circuses. Tessa Munt backed a motion calling for the Government to use its powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to ban the use of all wild animals. More...

In photos: Armed Forces Day
ARMED Forces Day was marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Saturday, June 25th) with two ceremonies. Dozens of residents attended the flag-raising ceremonies in Highbridge, outside the Community Hall, and in Burnham next to the Pier Street fountain. More...

Police probe 'deliberate' fire
BURNHAM Police are investigating a deliberate fire which occurred at a block of flats in Highbridge early today (Saturday, June 25th). One Burnham-On-Sea fire engine was sent to Parsons Road at 2.33am after reports of a fire in a building in two seats of the property. More...

Forces Day ceremonies today
ARMED Forces Day will be marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Saturday, June 25th) with two ceremonies. The Town Council is inviting residents to join flag-raising ceremonies in Highbridge at 9am, and in Burnham’s Pier Street fountain at 9.30am. More...

Council publishes finance data
SOMERSET County Council has this week published the full details of its staff's financial transactions using credit cards over the past five years. The cards are routinely used by councils to quickly and easily pay for low-priced items in line with government guidance. More...

Schools to close during strike
TWO schools in Highbridge will be closed next Thursday (June 30th) when staff join a national strike to complain about changes to their pensions. Churchfield School will be closed to all pupils and King Alfred School will close to pupils in years seven to ten, both organisations said on Friday. More...

40 join guided Berrow walk
MORE than 40 people joined a free guided walk around Berrow's Nature Reserve on Tuesday (June 21st). The event, led by Bob Corns from Natural England, saw the group get a tour of the nature reserve, which includes part of Berrow beach and sand dunes. More...

Christmas lights under threat
Exclusive: Traders in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned that the town's Christmas lights display could be in jeopardy due to a financial shortfall. Burnham's Chamber of Trade held its AGM on Wednesday evening (June 22nd), where the stark warning was issued. More...

West End concert to be held
TICKETS have gone on sale this week for a special outdoor concert in Brent Knoll where top singers will perform the best music from the West End and Broadway. The village's 'Music Of The Night' will be held on Saturday 16th July on Brent Knoll Village Green. More...

Super-fast Internet 'by 2015'
Exclusive: MORE details about the super-fast broadband service being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea were revealed this week. Somerset County Councillor David Hall, portfolio holder for economic development, said Internet speeds of around 20Mbs will be available. More...

Hinkley expansion steps closer
THE multi-billion pound expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea came a step closer on Thursday (June 23rd) when the government announced the nuclear plant is on a list of eight sites deemed suitable for new power stations by the year 2025. More...

Dismay over gambling arcade
RESIDENTS in Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the district council's decision on Wednesday (June 22nd) to give the go-ahead to controversial plans to convert this town centre tattoo shop into a new gambling arcade. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing and Gambling Panel made the decision. More...

Olympic Torch may visit town
Exclusive: A HUGE community celebration will be held in Highbridge next year if The Olympic Flame comes through the town. The Olympic torch is due to arrive in the UK from Greece on 18th May 2012 and visit Taunton on 21st May and Bristol on 22nd May, when it could come to our area. More...

Grant boost for artists group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group which organises art events in the town has received a financial boost from the Town Council this week. The Highbridge and Burnham Artists group (HABA) runs an annual arts festival in Apex Park and mural painting at Burnham Sailing Club. More...

MP praises wind farm consultation
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week praised an energy firm which plans to build a new wind farm on the outskirts of the town. Tessa Munt met with representatives from Broadview Energy Limited to hear about their plans for a six-turbine wind farm on land close to the M5 near Rooksbridge. More...

£100 reward for missing dog
A £100 reward has been offered for the safe return of this dog, which went missing a week ago from a caravan park outside Burnham-On-Sea. Sophie, an eight year-old famale black greyhound, ran off from Dutch Cottage Caravan Park last Thursday (June 16th). More...

Library appeal finds helpers
Exclusive: DOZENS of volunteers have come forward to offer their help in running Highbridge’s closure-threatened library. It comes after an appeal was published on Burnham-On-Sea.com last week amid fears by town councillors that the library would not be viable. More...

Bikes thefts warning for town
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week urged bike owners in the town to be extra vigilant following several thefts. A mountain bike worth £400 was stolen last Friday evening and an off-road scramber was taken the following night, police have said. More...

Search for new Queen begins
THE search has begun on for this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses. Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club has this week kicked off the annual hunt for this year's contestants. The competition is open to girls aged 16 and over. More...

Frank Bruno in surprise visit
Exclusive: FORMER world boxing champion Frank Bruno was a surprise visitor to Brean Beach on Monday (June 20th) when he took part in the filming of a children's TV programme. The celebrity boxer was the VIP guest during an episode of ITV's The Sooty Show featuring the long-running kid's puppets. More...

Join garden sessions at Cove
SOMERSET Skills and Learning will be holding a series of training sessions on garden restoration at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens during July. The taster courses will be carried out over two half days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during next month - which are open to the public. More...

Vandals attack kids centre
Exclusive: MEAN-spirited vandals caused widespread damage during an attack on a Burnham-On-Sea children's centre over the weekend. The thugs set fires, broke toys and left smashed beer bottles and empty alcohol boxes at the Octopus Centre in Winchester Road. More...

Forces Day to be marked
ARMED Forces Day will be marked in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this Saturday (June 25th) with two ceremonies. The Town Council is inviting residents to join flag-raising ceremonies in Highbridge at 9am, and in Burnham-On-Sea’s Pier Street fountain at 9.30am. More...

Cash stolen from phone box
Exclusive: THIEVES smashed their way into this phone box in Berrow at the weekend before removing cash from inside. Burnham-On-Sea police - who have appealed for information - were called to the Berrow Triangle, opposite the Berrow Inn, on Saturday night (June 18th). More...

Cabaret is a sell-out success
A NIGHT of cabaret music from the 60s, 70s and 80s attracted an audience of more than 100 people for a fundraising event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (June 18th). Burnham's Moose International Lodge 123 held 'Pop and Chips' at The Princess. More...

Neighbourhood Watch Week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and police will be marking National Neighbourhood Watch Week with a special stall in Burnham High Street this Thursday (June 23rd). Officers will be on hand from noon until 4pm, offering information and crime prevention tips. More...

Weather fails to hit church fair
A LARGE crowd of supporters of St John's Church in Highbridge braved wet weather on Saturday (June 18th) to attend its annual summer fair. The popular event, which is usually held outside, was brought in under the cover of the church hall where a number of stalls and entertainment was held. More...

Top St John award for Thomas
A 15-year-old St John Ambulance Cadet from Burnham-On-Sea has this week received the highest award a cadet can achieve. Thomas Fincham received his Grand Prior Award during the Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance Cadets Presentation Evening. More...

Couple's party raises £2,100
OVER £2,000 was raised for a local cancer charity when a Berrow couple held a successful tea party on Saturday (June 18th). For a fourth year, Steve and Hilary Cox served up hundreds of teas to the public at their home in Brent Road for Marie Curie Cancer Care. More...

In photos: Kindergarten party
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten summer garden party on Saturday (June 18th). The popular event went ahead in Rectory Road despite the threat of poor weather. Burnham's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, opened the event. More...

'Mixed response' to wind farm
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living near the site of a proposed new £20million wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have this week given a 'mixed reaction' to the plans during a series of consultation events. Over 120 people attended the five consultation events, held from Thursday to Saturday. More...

In photos: East Huntspill Fair
DOZENS of residents flocked to the annual summer fair in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (June 18th). The event went ahead despite poor weather and included a country dancing display plus a majorettes show by Bridgwater's Kestrels club. More...

Sandra elected as president
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Sandra Moon has this week been elected as the new President of the town's Inner Wheel group. It's her second term as president in the past eight years and she told Burnham-On-Sea.com she is looking forward to another busy year ahead. More...

Fly-tipping is up, says report
NEW figures published this week have proven that incidents of fly-tipping have increased since the introduction of new charges at recycling centres across Somerset. A report for Somerset Waste Board found a "clear increase" in district councils dealing with cases of fly-tipping. More...

Police volunteers honoured
Exclusive: A TEAM of police volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea have been honoured for their work at a national awards ceremony this week. Russell Fletcher, Linda Britton and John Alexander were invited to the National Policing Improvement Agency's annual Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards. More...

Motorist hurt in M5 accident
A MOTORIST was treated for head injuries following an accident on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (June 17th). Fire and ambulance crews were called to the northbound carriageway of the motorway at 4.10pm after a car struck the central reservation. More...

Teaching awards for town duo
TWO staff from Highbridge's King Alfred School have been presented with top awards this week in recognition of their high teaching standards. Miss Baylea Charles and Miss Hannah Stuart both received Pearson Teaching Awards for their commitment to teaching. More...

School celebrates 150th year
Photo Special: BRENT Knoll Primary School maked its 150th anniversary on Friday (June 17th) with a day of celebrations. Youngsters at the school held a mass balloon launch, took part in a musical performance, visited an exhibition of the school's history and unveiled a commemorative mosaic. More...

Hotel 'eyesore' petition starts
A PETITION calling on Sedgemoor District Council to make safe the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been launched this week. Members of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forums have launched the online petition following our recent report about safety at the site. More...

Classic cars set to go on show
DOZENS of classic vehicles will gather at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World this weekend (June 18th and 19th) for its eighth annual Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display. The event, which coincides with Father’s Day, will take place from 10am-3pm on both days. More...

BARB featured on BBC1 show
THE work of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft rescue charity BARB was featured on a BBC1 television series this week. Real Rescues featured video of rescues carried out by the hovercrafts and an interview with pilot Dave Bailey, who explained why the crafts are important in keeping the coast safe. More...

Arrest after indecent exposure
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police arrested a man following an indecent exposure incident on the town's beach earlier this week. Officers were called to Burnham beach at 6.30pm on Monday (June 13th) after a boy reported that the man had exposed himself to him. More...

Couple to hold tea fundraiser
A BERROW couple will be raising a cuppa for charity this Saturday (June 18th) when they hold a fundraising cream tea in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. For a fourth year, Steve and Hilary Cox will be serving up hundreds of teas to the general public at their home in the centre of Berrow. More...

Tony receives lifeboat award
TONY Deahl, Education Officer at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station has been awarded a award in recognition of his work at the station. The bronze medal was presented at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole by the coxswain of Brixham lifeboat during a short ceremony. More...

Wartime medal found in town
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea resident has discovered a wartime medal while digging in her front garden. Angela Jones, pictured, this week told Burnham-On-Sea.com how she made the find outside her house and is now researching its past. She made the find while installing a new path. More...

Seal rescued at Hinkley Point
WORKERS at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, showed their adaptability when they had to rescue a stranded seal this week. An atlantic grey seal was spotted swimming around in the power station's cooling water intake chamber. More...

MP bids to help disabled group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt met members of a threatened disabled users group this week. Burnham's Over 60’s Disabled Group, which meets at the town's Baptist Church every Monday, offers essential support services to disabled people throughout the area. More...

New hotel safety fears raised
Exclusive: FRESH concerns have been expressed about the safety of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel this week after children were seen playing inside. Highbridge district councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is concerned that youngsters may be injured playing in the crumbling building. More...

Train services halted by death
TRAIN services through Highbridge were halted this morning (Wednesday June 15th) after the body of a man was found on the railway tracks outside Weston. The body, believed to be that of a Weston man in his mid-50s, was discovered on the line near Weston at 6.10am. More...

Wind farm consultation starts
PLANS for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, go on show this week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Broadview Energy is in the early stages of plans to build six wind turbines on farmland east of the M5, one kilometre south of the village. More...

Green thinking wins £1,000!
TWO students from Highbridge's King Alfred School are among a group of 14 year-olds who have won money for their 'green thinking'. Teams of 14-year-olds entered the ‘Dragons’ Den’ to present their proposals for low carbon projects at the EDF Energy Challenge awards held in Taunton. More...

Apex boat permits launched
A NEW process for acquiring boating permits for Highbridge's Apex Park has been introduced this month. The permits are now being issued by Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team and can be applied for online via the district council's website or by phone. More...

Kindergarten party countdown
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten will be holding its annual summer garden party this weekend. The kindergarten at 11 Rectory Road will be holding its popular annual event on Saturday 18th June from 2pm-4pm. The community event will see police, fire and BARB attending. More...

Smiley face graffiti mystery
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued an appeal for help in tracing the culprit behind a spate of graffiti on walls in the town centre. The smiley face logo pictured here has been spray-painted on several walls in and around Cross Street in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Nature Reserve guided walks
FREE guided walks around Berrow's Nature Reserve are to be held by the conservation team from Natural England later this month. The event, to be held on mid summer's day, Tuesday 21st June at 7pm, will be led by conservation expert Bob Corns from Natural England (pictured). More...

£1,100 raised for local charity
FUNDRAISERS from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week handed over more than £1,000 to a local charity helping people with eating disorders following a series of events. Jackie Tanner organised a sponsored walk and quiz night for South West Eating Disorder Association. More...

Rose show a blooming success
CROWDS turned out to see displays of roses and sweet peas at an two-day festival at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll over the weekend (June 11th and 12th). The centre provided the venue for the eighth annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show, which attracted dozens of entries. More...

Fresh appeal for library helpers
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has this week urged volunteers who have expressed an interest in helping run Highbridge Library to get in touch as negotiations to save the facilities from closure continue. Town Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (June 13th) that helpers shoudl come forward. More...

Burnham stages 25th triathlon
OVER 300 athletes from across the country completed Burnham-On-Sea's grueling annual triathlon on Sunday (June 12th). The event, now in its 25th year, was staged despite wet and windy weather conditions. Will Massey from Cromhill Tri won the event in a fast time. More...

More water disruption for town?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been warned that they may experience low water pressure over the next few days as maintenance work takes place. Bristol Water says specialist teams from its water mains flushing programme will be working at night in the Burnham and Highbridge area from Sunday (June 12th) through to Friday morning (June 17th). More...

Cricket Club marks 150th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea Cricket Club held a very special celebration on Sunday afternoon (June 12th) when it marked its 150th anniversary. The club, based at Burnham's BASC ground, held a celebratory lunch and tea for more than 100 former players and the town's Mayor. More...

In photos: Berrow fayre fun
A MARCHING band, majorettes and kung fu were some of the activities on display at Berrow's action-packed summer fayre on Saturday afternoon (11th June). The popular event - which was held on the village green - included many popular displays and attractions which drew big crowds. More...

Crowds attend Brent Knoll fete
BIG crowds flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 11th). The spectators were treated to a variety of traditional music, games and stalls plus entertainment during the course of the afternoon. The event was held on the village green next to the village hall. More...

Weather cancels Jazz In Park
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Jazz In The Park has been cancelled due to bad weather, organisers said this morning (Sunday, June 12th). A top line-up of jazz and swing music was due to be held in the Manor Gardens over the course of four hours, including groups such as Boulevard Swing. More...

15,000ft leap for Coastguards
TWO staff from Burnham-On-Sea's Skye Bar will be making a 15,000ft parachute jump on August 5th to raise money for the Burnham Branch of the Coastguard Association. Kate Panayi, Manageress, and Simon Murdie, DJ at the bar in the High Street, will be travelling to Devon. More...

Club hit by power cable theft
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club has been left with a huge repair bill after thieves ripped up a long length of power line and stole the copper wire inside on Friday night (June 10th). A total of 130 yards of copper wire running between the club's compound and the pontoons on the River Brue was removed - leaving the club with a repair bill of up to £5,000. More...

Triathlon countdown begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 25th annual triathlon is being held on Sunday morning (June 12th). Hundreds of athletes will be running, swimming and cycling their way around the course. The race starts at 6.15am with a 500m swim in the pool, a 20km cycle and a 5km run through the area. More...

Legion celebrates anniversary
THE 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion was marked in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (11th June) by the town's Mayor, Mayoress and supporters of the group. A special event was held at the Legion's Burnham HQ in Victoria Street, as pictured, to mark the milestone. More...

Police appeal after fuel theft
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week appealed for help in identifying a motorist who stole fuel from a petrol station in the town. They have released these CCTV pictures of a silver transit van which was driven onto the forecourt of the Esso service station in Oxford Street, Burnham. More...

MP joins school politics debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP took part in a lively political debate with students at a town school on Friday (June 10th). Tessa Munt fielded answers to questions on a wide variety of topics from sixth form pupils at King Alfred School, as pictured here. The event was such a success that it over-ran. More...

Local rose show this weekend
SANDERS Garden World in Brent Knoll will be the venue for an annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show in June. The event, organised by members of Burnham-On-Sea and Nailsea Horticultural Societies, takes place on both Saturday June 11th and Sunday 12th June. More...

Town pond is centre attention
THE pond at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove was the centre of attention during an unusual community event on Thursday (June 9th). Over 20 people attended a 2-3 hour training session on pond management, run by Iain Turner from The Cannington Centre at Bridgwater College. More...

Cash cuts hit town crier decision
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge will be without a town crier for at least another year due to the high costs of employing one, the Town Council has decided this week. A meeting of councillors on Monday approved a recommendation from the council's own Policy Finance Committee. More...

Sports centre wins top awards
STAFF at Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre are celebrating this week after winning several top awards. The facilities won the coveted Centre of the Year Award at the annual Somerset Leisure Trust Awards. The Highbridge centre's manager, Toni McKinlay, was also honoured for a second year. More...

Pupils join schools folk festival
DOZENS of schoolchildren from the Burnham-On-Sea area will join more than 2,000 youngsters on Wells Cathedral Green later this month to dance the day away as part of an annual folk dance festival. The 37th festival will be held in Wells on Saturday 18th June. More...

£25k burglary outside church
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after £25,000 of building machinery was stolen from outside the town's catholic church earlier this week. The incident occurred between 5pm on Monday 6th June and 6.30am on Tuesday 7th June. Unknown offenders gained access to the rear of the building works. More...

Graffiti removed from sea wall
Exclusive: WORK to remove graffiti from Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall was carried out by district council workers on Wednesday (June 8th). Power cleaning equipment was brought onto The Esplanade by the staff from Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team. More...

Lifejacket safety clinic success
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Sea Safety advisors Dave Humphries and Bob Hitchings held a lifejacket clinic at the town's Sailing club at the weekend. The event saw more than 100 lifejackets checked over from 35 sailing club members during Saturday. More...

Teenager airlifted from Down
Exclusive: A teenager had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering an injury during a cycling accident on Brean Down on Monday night (June 6th). Two ambulances were called to the top of the Down at 6.40pm after the boy fell off his bike, suffering what is understood to be arm injury. More...

Isleport extension approved
ALMOST 100 new jobs look set to be created after a Highbridge company was this week given the go-ahead for a major expansion. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here in April, Isleport Foods submitted a formal planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to expand its factory. More...

New wind farm plans unveiled
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new wind farm on the outskirts of Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been unveiled this week. Broadview Energy Limited, a renewable energy company, said on Tuesday (June 7th) it is in the early stages of the new project. More...

Council's library viability fears
Exclusive: FRESH fears were raised by town councillors on Monday evening (June 6th) regarding whether Highbridge Library can be saved from closure. Several councillors expressed concerns about the viability of the library during a full town council meeting. More...

Mayor names official cadet
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke announced the identities of his offical cadet and chaplain for the coming year on Monday evening (June 6th). Corey Hayes, 16, became the Cadet while Paul Kingdom was named as Mayor's Chaplain. More...

Gymnasts celebrate again!
WEEKS of training have again proven to be worthwhile for youngsters at Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Gymnastics Club. Four competitions have been conquered by the club over the past couple of months including Novice and Prep A and B Prelims and Finals. More...

Groups hit by spending cuts
TWO local support groups based in Burnham-On-Sea look set to lose their support workers due to government spending cuts. Both the 'The Way4ward' and 'Sunflower Clubs' - which are based at Burnham's BAY Centre - are peer support groups that provide vital support to users. More...

Brief power cut hits Burnham
A POWER cut left 10,000 homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge briefly without power early on Monday morning (June 6th). Electricity went off at 7.37am and the cut lasted just a few seconds before supplies were automatically reconnected by Western Power Distribution. More...

250 cannabis plants seized
Exclusive: Over 250 cannabis plants have been seized by police after a drugs factory was found in a home in a quiet area of Burnham-On-Sea. These exclusive photos from inside the property show the scale of the operation that police discovered during their raid at 18 Rectory Road on Sunday (June 5th). More...

Police discover cannabis factory
Exclusive: A cannabis factory has been discovered by police during a raid on a home in a quiet area of Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews helped police officers gain entry to a house during the raid in Rectory Road on Sunday afternoon (June 5th), as exclusively pictured here. More...

Calls for water compensation
Exclusive: BRISTOL Water confirmed on Sunday night that a 'temporary fix' had been put in place to begin restoring normal water supplies to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge following a weekend of disruption - but the firm faces numerous calls for compensation from affected businesses and residents. More...

Council attendance revealed
Exclusive: A NEW report out this week shows the attendance levels of Burnham-On-Sea councillors at district council meetings over the past year. Sedgemoor District Council issues the annual report to highlight the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. More...

Emergency water on offer
EMERGENCY water supplies are being offered to residents in Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Sunday June 5th) as more taps run dry in more parts of the town following last night's major water mains burst in Love Lane. He added that supplies should be reconnected later tonight and be back to normal on Monday. More...

Taps run dry after mains burst
Several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have had to close today (Sunday, June 5th) as taps in the town have started to run dry following last night's major water mains burst. Several areas of central Burnham are without water following the mains burst in Love Lane last night. More...

Crowds turn out for car run
OVER 120 vintage vehicles visited Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (June 4th) during the 18th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. Police cars, fire engines, classic cars, lorries and motorbikes were among the vehicles taking part in this year's popular event. More... | Gallery

Mains burst causes flooding
A WATER mains burst left a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea under several inches of flood water on Saturday night (June 4th). Bristol Water was alerted to the incident next to the Love Lane roundabout, near to the town's Tesco supermarket, shortly after 10pm. More...

Anger over sea wall graffiti
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea Town Council has this week hit out at vandals who have scrawled graffiti over part of the town's sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade. More...

Classic cars in Burnham today
DOZENS of classic cars will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this evening (Saturday, June 4th) for the 18th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off a range of vintage vehicles, from cars and military vehicles. More...

Free Brean fireworks
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks tonight (Saturday, June 4th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its second display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

Police appeal after lady killed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman fell from the over-bridge at junction 21 of the M5 motorway at Weston-super-Mare and died. The incident occurred on the southbound carriageway on Thursday (2nd June), delaying motorists heading to Burnham. More...

Busy week for Dreamscheme
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's newly-formed Dreamscheme have had a busy half term. The group of 36 children carried out a planting, weeding and litter-picking session in Burnham town centre, as pictured here. Flower troughs were planted in Pier Street and the High Street. More...

NHS reassures Belmont users
Exclusive: NHS bosses have this week reassure users of a mental health centre in Burnham-On-Sea that its services are not under threat. Belmont House is based in Burnham's Technical Street and provides vital health assessment and treatment of patients through therapy. More...

Radio controlled cars in action
RADIO-controlled motor racing enthusiasts from across the UK will gather near Brean this weekend. Round three of the British Radio Car Association (BRCA) National Championships series will be held on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June at the Mendip Model Racing Circuit in Accommodation Road. More...

New name and look for theatre
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea theatre has this week been given a new name as a major programme of improvements is kicked off. 'The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre' is the new identity for the facilities in Princess Street, which were taken over by the Town Council earlier in the year. More...

14 Highbridge flats approved
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL proposals to convert the prominent Canal House building in the centre of Highbridge into a development of 14 flats and shops have this week been granted approval by the district council. Sedgemoor's planners considered the application. More...

£1,000 boost for carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club received a welcome financial boost on Wednesday evening (June 1st) when it was presented with a donation from the town's Lions Club. A group of Burnham-On-Sea Lions handed over £1,000 to the team from Hillview at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Flower power brightens town!
YOUNGSTERS from Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been getting creative this week, earning points by making hanging baskets ready for the town's Britain in Bloom entry this summer. Thirty young people from the Highbridge Dreamscheme met on Wednesday (June 1st). More...

Police target drink drivers
POLICE in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be putting the heat on drink drivers during Avon and Somerset Police's month-long 'Operation Tonic' campaign which started on Wednesday morning (June 1st). They are promising to stage high-visibility stop checks in the area. More...

Boat naming contest launched
A COMPETITION has been launched by Burnham-based charity BARB in which the public can suggest names for its new inshore rescue boat. The new boat replaces BARB's old inflatable and will be used for carrying out rescues on lakes and rivers in the Burnham area. More...

Peppa Pig Week proves a hit!
CHILDREN in the reception class at Berrow Primary School and Berrow Pre-School have been taking part in a number of activities around the theme of 'Peppa Pig goes Camping'. The youngsters spent most of the week outside and lessons were all taught in tents. More...

Closure fears hit care centre
CONCERNS about the future of a closure-threatened community mental health centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week. Belmont House, based in Burnham-On-Sea's Technical Street, provides adult mental health assessment and treatment services. More...

Waitrose boost for groups
TWO Highbridge groups have this week been given a financial boost by supermarket Waitrose. Highbridge Dreamscheme and Highbridge Community Youth Club have received a total of almost £500 from Waitrose in Weston after receiving donations from its community fund. More...

Village hall plans win approval
Exclusive: PLANS to extend a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. Brent Knoll Parish Council has applied for permission to build a single storey extension on the north east elevation of Brent Knoll Hall. More...

Runner races for lifeboats
A LOCAL man will be pulling on his running shoes to take part in the a half marathon this autumn. Steve Quinton has entered the Bristol Half Marathon on 11th September, and will be raising money for RNLI Lifeguards across the South West. He visited Burnham lifeboat station this week. More...

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