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June 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Rickshaws launch in Burnham
Exclusive: A POPULAR rickshaw travel service that launched in Brean earlier this year is set to expand into Burnham-On-Sea during July. The service, operated by local firm Redi-Pedi-Go, began offering rickshaw journeys across Brean in March where it has proven a success. More...

Ritz Cinema upgrade unveiled
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's cinema has invested thousands of pounds in new high-tech equipment to start showing live coverage of entertainment events for the first time. Top music and theatre events will be beamed by satellite into The Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street. More...

Vandal damages lighthouse
ONE of the mini lighthouses that forms Burnham-On-Sea's popular lighthouse trail was vandalised over the weekend. The wooden structure outside the Lighthouse Pub in Highbridge Road was damaged when it was pushed over late on Saturday, prompting repairsby the arts group overseeing them. More...

BMX jerseys raise charity cash
TWO signed jerseys worn by Burnham-On-Sea's BMX world champion Liam Phillips raised hundreds of pounds for charity at an auction on Sunday (June 29th). Over 100 family members and friends of Chris Evans held a 25-mile cycle marathon for charity during the day. More...

Casting call for tournament
A CASTING session is to be held for a Medieval Tournament due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this summer. Organisers are seeking a king, two games masters, six knights, six ladies and various pages for the event to be held on 27th July for the Poppy Appeal. More...

Vet's shock as cats are shot
Exclusive: A VET based near Burnham-On-Sea has expressed his shock this week at having to help two cats shot by air guns. Two incidents have occurred during the past week in and around Wedmore, prompting a warning from Axe Valley Vets about the use of the guns. More...

Armed Forces Day is marked
THE centre of Burnham-On-Sea briefly came to a silent halt on Saturday (June 28th) when residents marked Armed Forces Day. A flag-raising ceremony and a brief silence in memory of those who serve in the country's armed forces was held besides the fountain in Pier Street. More...

In photos: Berrow Fete fun
YOUNGSTERS in Berrow enjoyed a day of fun at the village school's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 28th). Large crowds of people flocked to Berrow Primary School's annual fete, where activities ranging from face painting and singing were laid on at the school. More...

Brew for the Few raises funds
OVER £130 was raised for the Royal Air Forces Association when a Burnham-On-Sea pub hosted a special coffee morning on Saturday (June 28th). The Burnham-On-Sea branch of the RAFA organised the 'Brew For The Few' event on the nationwide Armed Forces Day. More...

Wind farm appeal thrown out
CONTROVERSIAL proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea were dealt a further blow by a High Court judge on Friday (June 27th), delighting campaigners fighting the scheme. Green energy firm Ecotricity wanted to install four wind turbines at West Huntspill, but its scheme was turned down. More...

Two arrested in drugs probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea police arrested two people in connection with alleged drugs offences on Friday afternoon (June 27th). Officers swooped on an area near Stoneleigh Close, as pictured here, at around 4pm, where the two people were held by local police officers. More...

History trail given a boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group has this week given its backing to a project to launch a new history trail in the town. At its June meeting, Burnham's Moose International Lodge welcomed John Strickland, one of the enthusiasts behind the plans to launch the history trail project. More...

10-hour power cut hits 89 homes
Exclusive: DOZENS of homes in Highbridge were without power for over ten hours after a power line was accidentally cut by workmen. Western Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that 89 homes in and around Sparks Way, pictured, were without electricity. More...

£200 stolen at Pontins shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help in identifying this man following a fraud incident at Pontins in Brean earlier this month. Officers are keen to speak with the man pictured here as part of their investigation into the incident which occurred on 14th June. More...

Hospital cuts: mixed reactions
Exclusive: THE Chairman of the Friends of Burnham Hospital has expressed mixed opnions on plans by the NHS to temporarily cut eight beds at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital. Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust explained the changes. More...

Join Armed Forces ceremony
A CEREMONY to mark Armed Forces Day will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (June 28th). Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox will lead a flag-raising ceremony at 10am besides the town flag pole and Burnham water fountain in Marine Drive. More...

Farmers market in town today
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown food when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town thid Friday (June 27th). The market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with stalls offering local produce, including food and drink. More...

Appeal after sexual assault
POLICE have released information about the man they are seeking following an alleged sexual assault in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (June 24th). A helicopter and several police teams launched a manhunt after the incident in Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway at 11am, as we reported. More...

Lamp post crashes onto road
AN UNUSUAL accident brought down a lamp post across a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea, left two homes without power and causing a separate car crash on Wednesday (June 25th). The unusual turn of events began at 3.30pm when a wide lorry struck the post. More...

Singers prepare for busy show
FINAL rehearsals are underway for a production by Burnham-On-Sea's 'Siobhan Johnson Singers' this weekend. The group of local singers will perform a line-up of entertaining songs from films and musicals, old and new, called 'Strictly Come Singning' this Saturday. More...

MP calls for 'cover-up' inquiry
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for an inquiry into historical child abuse 'cover-ups' by local authorities. Tessa Munt is one of a cross party group of seven MPs which has called on the Home Secretary to hold a national inquiry into historical child sex abuse. More...

Ruby's hair raises charity funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by donating several inches of her hair. Ruby Barton, 10, decided to give seven inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK suffering from cancer. More...

Two-car collision blocks road
POLICE closed off Burnham-On-Sea's Rosewood Avenue for several hours on Wednesday (June 25th) after a two-car collision. Police were called to the accident at the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Love Lane shortly after 3.15pm during the afternoon. More...

In photos: Towans charity fete
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for charity when a Burnham residential home held its annual summer fete last Saturday. Bright sunshine attracted a crowd of visitors to the event at Towans Residential Home in Berrow Road, held in aid of local Rotary charities. More...

Jellyfish warning issued
Exclusive: BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. Several Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up in Burnham in recent days, measuring up to 16-18 inches across. More...

Art project to improve towns
Exclusive: A NEW community art project is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in July which aims to improve the two towns through art. Arts charity Take Art is overseeing the project, called What Change, which will see 100 residents each given £10. More...

Eight beds cut at town hospital
Exclusive: THE NHS has this week defended its decision to cut eight beds at Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital. Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the cutbacks are part of a raft of changes across the county. More...

Tasty line-up at street market!
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown food when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town thid Friday (June 27th). The market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with stalls offering local produce. More...

Free nature walk at Apex Park
A FREE guided nature walk around Highbridge's Apex Park is set to be held next week. The walk on Wednesday July 2nd from 2pm-4pm will give visitors an opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife around the award-winning park. Walkers will be led by an ecologist. More...

Brean park's splash for charity
BREAN'S Warren Farm Holiday Centre has donated more than £1,000 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance this week. The holiday park raised £1,073.67 for the charity during its day-long annual Summer Fête which was held successfully on Saturday June 21st. More...

£300 raised from cream teas
CREAM teas, delicious cakes and hot drinks were available when St Margaret’s Hospice held its summer Cream Tea in Burnham-On-Sea. The event was held in St Andrew’s Church Hall last Friday and raised an impressive £300 from the proceeds towards the hospice. More...

Air search after town assault
A POLICE helicopter hovered over Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday as officers investigated an alleged assault. Several police cars were seen in the the Frank Foley Parkway near Burnham's Tesco store following the incident. Police spokesman Police were called at about 11am. More...

Crews tackle seafront blaze
FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze at a flat on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront last night (Monday). Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to reports of a fire within a property on the north Esplanade near Seaview Road during the evening at 7.11pm. More...

Arrest after girl hurt in incident
A TEENAGER was taken to hospital with head injuries following a 'disturbance' on Burnham-On-Sea beach involving a large group of youngsters. Police were called to the town beach near Maddock's Slade last Friday night. Police spokesman Wayne Baker confirmed the incident. More...

Lyra inspires new drama group
A NEW fundraising amateur dramatics group is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea this summer, inspired by a young toddler's battle to overcome a brain tumour. Agate Creative Talent, an amateur dramatics society, is being formed to help Brain Tumour Research. More...

New ham radio club launches
A NEW ham radio club is to launch in Burnham-On-Sea following a successful weekend of broadcasts in the town. It follows positive feedback during Saturday's Folkfest Fun Day, when a temporary ham radio station was set up in Burnham for the two days of the weekend. More...

Fly-tipping fines set to rise
FLY-tippers in the Burnham-On-Sea area face higher fines from the start of July, it has emerged this week. New guidelines for fly-tipping will be used in all Somerset courts from Tuesday 1st July that may mean far higher penalties for the very worst offenders in the Burnham area. More...

Sheerness to Burnham by bike!
DOZENS of cyclists peddled 200 miles across southern England from Sheerness on the eastern coast to Burnham-On-Sea during a gruelling day-long cycling challenge on Saturday (June 21st). The 205-mile Chase The Sun cycling event started at sunrise and ended in Burnham. More...

Pier expansion due in autumn
THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul has been delayed until the autumn. Louise Parkin, who manages the Pavilion on the North Esplanade, was granted permission to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof earlier this year. More...

Hot weather boost for town
VISITORS flocked to cool off in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend when the town saw its hottest temperatures of the year so far. Thermometers hit 25.8C (78.4F) at 4pm on Sunday, exceeding the previous record for the year which was set on Friday afternoon. More...

New shop opened in Burnham
Video: A NEW shop selling vintage furniture and homeware has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Mayor and Mayoress Martin and Arlene Cox were the special guests at Sunday's ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open Magpie Vintage in Victoria Street. More...

BMX champ's jersey at auction
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BMX world champion Liam Phillips has donated a signed World Championship and domestic BMX jersey for a charity auction this coming weekend. Family and friends of Chris Evans are holding a 25-mile cycle marathon for charity this coming weekend. More...

150 motobikes visit seafront
ONE of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events visited Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 22nd). Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club usually finishes its annual charity bike run on Weston's seafront lawns, however organisers were unhappy. More...

Vulcan is air show finale
A graceful fly-past by a huge Vulcan aircraft through the Burnham-On-Sea area ended the two-day Weston Air Show on Sunday (June 22nd). The powerful aircraft flew over Burnham, Brean and Berrow during the final display at the popular show. Record numbers of spectators gathered. More...

Parachutist collides with woman
A PARACHUTIST and spectator have been taken to hospital after they collided at the Weston Air Show today (Sunday). A parachutist, part of the RAF Falcon display team, collided with an 82-year-old woman as he came into land on the beach at 1.20pm. More...

In photos: Folkfest Fun Day
OVER 2,000 peple attended a six hour free live music event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 21st) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day attracted crowds of supporters to the Burnham Road Playing Fields besides the Bay Centre, where stalls and live music were laid on. More...

Search for missing children
A HOVERCRAFT and a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called out during Saturday's Weston Air Day to search for three missing children. Burnham Coastguards were on a safety patrol on Brean Down when they were called to Weston to join the search. More...

200 bikes in Burnham today
ONE of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday). Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club usually finishes its annual charity bike run on Weston's seafront, but has switched to Burnham. More...

In photos: Churchfield fun day
BRIGHT sunshine brought out crowds of families to Highbridge's Churchfield School on Saturday (June 21st) for its Community Fun Day. The annual event included a variety of stalls, games and craft activities which proved popular in the great summer weather. More...

Red Arrows thrill the crowds
THE world-famous Red Arrows took to the skies over Brean Down on Saturday (June 21st) during the first day of the annual Weston Air Day. The planes roared through the clear blue skies, watched by record crowds of onlookers in hot sunshine on Brean Down. More...

Poll says MP will lose election
MP Tessa Munt is set to lose her House of Commons seat for the Wells constituency, which includes the Burnham-On-Sea area, at the general election next year, according to an opinion poll carried out in the west country of the key 'battleground constituencies'. More...

Hottest day of 2014 for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far on Friday (June 20th) as the hot spell of weather continues. Temperatures in Burnham reached a current record for this year of 24.7°C at 3.21pm. The Met Office says the heat will continue this weekend. More...

Town Folkfest fun day today
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, June 21st) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the Burnham Road Playing Fields at the Bay Centre and will run from 12.30pm-6.30pm. More...

Theatre group to hold auditions
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company is holding auditions for two of their upcoming productions on Tuesday 24th June. They are looking to cast four children, probably three boys and one girl around 12 years old for 'Dragged Up' and another show. More...

Lorry overturns on roundabout
THE driver of this lorry was lucky to escape without injury after his vehicle overturned near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. The lorry, operated by Perry's Recycling, toppled over while travelling around the A38 roundabout at Dunball shortly before 2pm. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called. More...

Second M5 bridge incident
POLICE are investigating a new incident in which a log of wood was thrown onto a car from a M5 motorway bridge near Burnham-On-Sea. An investigation has begun after a car was damaged when it was hit by the log, which was thrown from a bridge between junction 23 and junction 22. More...

England fans fill Burnham pubs
FOOTBALL fans crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's pubs on Thursday night (June 19th) to watch England's nail-biting World Cup match. The game finished Uruguay 2-1 England after an exciting match in Brazil, but the result gave England's hopes a severe blow. More...

Woman cut free after car crash
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital after a two-vehicle crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (June 19th). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the A38 Dunball roundabout at 9.30am. One person was trapped inside a vehicle and needed to be cut free. More...

Highbridge fun tomorrow
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John's Church and Churchfield School will be holding annual summer events on Saturday (June 22nd). St John's Church is holding its Grand Summer Fair from 2pm until 4pm with a wide range of stalls and neighbouring Churchfield School will also be holding a fair. More...

Six month inquiry into pylons
PLANS for more than 140 pylons connecting Hinkley Point to Avonmouth have been accepted for examination by the government this week. National Grid has applied to install the overhead line which would carry electricity from the proposed new Hinkley Point C. More...

Group bids to halt 35 new flats
Exclusive: AN action group of 15 Burnham-On-Sea residents has this week submitted formal letters to the Planning Inspectorate in opposition to controversial plans for 35 new flats in the centre of the town. Property developer Abracore owns the former Tuckers Garage site in Victoria Street. More...

Burnham to mark World War 1
A SERIES of events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the centenary of the First World War this summer. Members of Burnham's St Andrews Church are busily preparing to mark the centenary of the WW1. The church will be marking the outbreak of the world war. More...

New radio station goes on air
A NEW amateur radio station will be operating in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Burnham-On-Sea Moose International has recently started an amateur radio club and will be operating the station from the BAY Centre during the FolkFest fun day this Saturday and Sunday. More...

Famous jets to fly into area
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to the skies over Brean this weekend during the annual Weston Air Day. The event will take place on Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd and is being organised by North Somerset Council and others. More...

Fun day to help Secret World
A FUN day in Brean this weekend is set to raise funds for local wildlife rescue charity Secret World. One of the organisation's volunteer rescue drivers, Maria Dolan, is organising the fundraising event this Saturday for the wildlife rescue centre based near Highbridge. More...

MP's forestry disappointment
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week expresed her "deep disappointment" that the Prime Minister is not doing more to safeguard the country's forests. Tessa Munt has campaigned against the government's proposals to sell off publicly-owned forests across the UK. More...

250 attend football festival
OVER 250 youngsters took part in a football festival in Burnham-On-Sea last weekend. Burnbridge Wanderers held their first football festival over the weekend of June 14-15th in bright sunshine. Nearly 250 young players aged 7-10 took part in the inaugural event. More...

24-hour booze bid by station
Exclusive: A petrol station in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea could soon be able to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, prompting concerns from several nearby residents. The Esso station at the junction of Oxford Street and Love Lane has this week formally applied to Sedgemoor District Council. More...

300 Scouts join beach contest
MORE than 300 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across Sedgemoor gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 17th) for a mass sandcastle building competition. Youngsters took part in the 14th annual contest besides the jetty. More...

Police probe football incidents
POLICE are investigating several incidents in Brean and Burnham-On-Sea that occurred following England's opening World Cup match at the weekend. A scuffle involving a large group of people broke out in Cross Street at around 2am on Sunday morning. More...

Election candidates quizzed
LOCAL political candidates from the UK's five leading parties took part in a Question Time style debate in Highbridge this week. King Alfred School's Sixth Form Committee hosted the annual event where they quizzed the politicians, on a number of topics and subjects. More...

Free school meals offer starts
PARENTS of children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 across the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to register their children if they wish to take up the offer of free school meals from this autumn. A good lunch makes a big difference to health, say health bosses. More...

Firm helps illuminate church
HIGHBRIDGE-based fabrication company Manuflex Limited has designed and manufactured the lighting rig for the newly refurbished Holy Trinity Church Blackford. The unique church is octagonal in shape and the specification was set by specialist architects. More...

WI in visit to Burnham surgery
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Womens Institute have this week visited the town's Love Lane surgery for a guided tour behind the scenes. The group were shown how the surgery operates and also got a chance to meet some of the centre's staff who work at the facilities. More...

£14k dog project is rejected
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week turned down plans for a £14,000 project that would have seen Burnham-On-Sea become one of the first towns in the UK to tackle dog fouling with a high-tech scheme. At a meeting of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee last night (Monday), councillors voted to recommend that the project not proceed. More...

Stunning sunset in Burnham
MILD summer weather is creating stunning sunsets in Burnham-On-Sea this week. This was the colourful scene on Burnham beach last night (Monday, June 16th) when a calm, high tide lapped at the foot of the town's low lighthouse on the northern end of the town. More...

Author unveils his second book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is to hold two book signing sessions to mark the publication of his second novel. Following the release of his second novel, Andy Cruickshank will be holding the book signings at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Folkfest fun day this Saturday
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this coming Saturday (June 21st) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the Burnham Road Playing Fields at the Bay Centre and will run from 12.30pm-6.30pm. More...

Bloom team gets cash boost
Exclusive: A TEAM of volunteers who bring a dash of colour to the centre of Highbridge each summer have this week been awarded a cash injection. Pam Lyes, who helps to run the Highbridge In Bloom committee, pictured here, sought grant funding from the Town Council. More...

Oliver auditions this Sunday
AUDITIONS are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend for a production of Oliver to be performed in the town over the winter. Burnham-On-Sea's Excellent Entertainment Society will be following up their recent production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. More...

Community Games enjoyed
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Monday Club have taken part in their annual Community Games this week. Held outside in the sunshine at the Bay Centre, members competed in a variety of different activities and sports including egg and spoon races and sack races! More...

Club boss retires after 51 years
THE long-serving president of Burnham-On-Sea's football club has retired this month after more than half a century's service. An era has ended at Burnham United AFC with the retirement of President Albert Laurence. He has given the club 51 years service. More...

Small blaze at Burnham home
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to investigate a small blaze at a home on Sunday evening (June 15th). Two fire appliances were sent to Churchlands Court, near St Andrew's Church, at 6.50pm. It follows reports that an electrical fuse box was smoking. More...

Knighthood for former resident
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea resident has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours, announced on Saturday. Sir John Dunford OBE, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA) has received a Knighthood for his services to education. More...

£600 raised at music marathon
A 12-hour music marathon held in Highbridge on Saturday has raised over £600 towards toilet facilities for some of the world's poorest people overseas. The unique event at St John's Church saw a day of continuous musical entertainment by a dozen local groups. More...

Classic cars draw spectators
A CLASSIC car show in Burnham-On-Sea on Father's Day drew a steady flow of visitors. More than 20 classic and vintage cars went on display in Tesco's car park to take part in the 2nd Fathers Day Classic Car Show. The weather was on their side this year. More...

Sky dive boosts BARB funds
FIVE crewmembers from Burnham's rescue hovercraft charity BARB found Friday 13th was lucky for them after completing a sponsored sky dive. The group - Dan Lyons, Adrian Cunningham, Wayne Kilgallon, Chris Bess and John Ansell - took part in Friday's charity jump. More...

Residents join knitting event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens hosted a unique knitting event on Saturday (June 14th) to mark 'Worldwide Knit in Public Week'. The global event is being held this week in an attempt to encourage more people to knit and crochet in public together. More...

Hottest day of the year
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far on Saturday (June 14th) as the hot spell of weather continues. Temperatures in Burnham reached a record for the year of 23.8°C (74°F) at 1.10pm. The Met Office says the hot spell is set to continue during the next few days. More...

New lighthouse is unveiled
A NEW mini-lighthouse is to be added to Burnham-On-Sea's charity trail this week. Members of Highbridge and Burnham Artists unveiled the new addition - the 34th lighthouse - to the trail and announced that the total raised so far for charity this summer. More...

Crowds flock to Brent Knoll fete
BIG crowds flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 14th). The spectators were treated to an afternoon of traditional music, games and stalls plus entertainment. Organiser John Page said it was a fantastic afternoon. More...

Phone scammers strike again
TWO more residents in Burnham-On-Sea have been targeted by telephone scammers this week, prompting a new police warning. Officers are urging residents to be alert to phone scams which involve bogus 'police officers' telephoning people and trying to persuade them to provide bank card details. More...

Minister visits local school
THE Minister for Children and Families visited a school near Burnham-On-Sea this week to see how an activity project is benefiting pupils there. The staff and children of Pawlett School received a special visit from the Minister for Families and Children, Edward Timpson. More...

Classic car display tomorrow
A CLASSIC car gathering will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco car park this Sunday (June 15th) starting at 10am. The event is being run by members of the Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Car Club for Diabetes UK. Anyone with a classic car is welcome along with spectators. More...

Delays after M5 incidents
MOTORISTS travelling into the Burnham-On-Sea area faced long delays on Friday (June 13th) following a spate of incidents. Police and fire crews were called to the northbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and 23 for Highbridge at 1.30pm. More...

World Cup drink-drive warning
Exclusive: FOOTBALL fans in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged not to drink and drive during the World Cup. Burnham Police set up a display of a badly damaged car that was previously involved in a serious drink drive crash on the town's seafront on Thursday (June 12th). More...

Neighbourhood group formed
WORK to create a new Neighbourhood Plan in the Burnham and Highbridge area took another step forward last night (Thursday) with the formation of a new steering group. The new group has been set-up to lead the work in compiling the Plan over the next few months. More...

Get knitting at Marine Cove!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be holding a unique knitting event on Saturday (June 14th) to mark 'Worldwide Knit in Public Week'. The global event is being held this week in an attempt to encourage people to knit and crochet in public together across the world. More...

'Heroin a factor in man's death'
AN inquest has this week heard how a 'big hearted' father from Burnham-On-Sea was killed by a train. Anthony Shane Ponting, 34, was killed on July 11th last year after being struck by a train travelling at 110mph near Highbridge Railway Station which killed him instantly. More...

23 teams at charity golf event
BREAN Golf Club has hosted its annual Pro Celebrity Am day this week for the 24th time. The main benefactor was again the Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity chosen by the House family who own Brean Leisure Park. Many familiar faces took part over the course of the day. More...

Hotel overhaul hopes boosted
Exclusive: THE long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel site has finally moved a step closer, it has emerged this week. Derek Mead, pictured, the businessman who owns the Highbridge Hotel site, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "optimistic" that work will soon start. More...

Car transporter blaze tackled
BURNHAN-On-Sea fire crews were called to extinguish a blazing car transporter last night (Wednesday). Two fire appliances from Burnham rushed to the A370 in East Brent at 7pm where the car transporter was alight after its rear brakes jammed and set it on fire. More...

Music marathon for charity
A 12-hour non-stop music marathon is to be held in Highbridge on Saturday (June 14th) to raise money for some of the world's poorest people overseas. The event at St John's Church will see a day of continuous musical entertainment from local talent including singers and musicians. More...

Mayor defends council process
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week defended the process by which a new town councillor was selected last week, saying it was fair and not politicised. We first reported last week that Andy Brewer had been selected to fill the vacant Highbridge seat on the council. More...

MP on Question Time tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP will be one of the panellists on the BBC's primetime politics debate show tonight (Thursday). Tessa Munt will appear on BBC1's Question Time at 10.35pm, presented by David Dimbleby and to be broadcast from King's Lynn. She will be answering audience questions. More...

Summer fete in Brent Knoll
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete takes place this Saturday (June 14th) with a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for more good weather, with the event expected to draw large crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll Green from 2pm. More...

£440k town revamp concern
Exclusive: NEW concerns have been raised this week over the amount of time the Town Council is taking to deliver £440,000 of long-awaited improvements in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. A major project to enhance the appearance of Burnham's High Street and Victoria Street aims to boost the number of shoppers in the town centre. More...

Council defends 'baffling' sign
Exclusive: SEAFRONT visitors in Burnham-On-Sea seeking the public loos or tourist information centre have been left baffled by a road sign that points them in the opposite direction! This sign on the South Esplanade is just a few metres away from the building. More...

£125m new reservoir approved
PLANS to build a second reservoir supplying water to the Burnham-On-Sea area have been given the go-ahead by district councillors on Tuesday (June 10th). Bristol Water proposes to build the £125m reservoir next to the existing facility in Cheddar despite some local opposition. More...

New mobile mast plan unveiled
MOBILE phone coverage in the Brean area could soon be boosted after plans were unveiled this week for a new mast. It comes after Vodafone customers in the Highbridge area continue to suffer reception problems, which were first featured last December. More...

Cafe celebrates and grows!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea craft-themed cafe has celebrated its first birthday this week with the opening of new facilities. The Crafty Tea Cup in Victoria Street has held a celebration to mark its first anniversary and also unveiled a new function room upstairs which is a loft room. More...

Sports award for volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea volunteer has won an award for his work in promoting sport in the area. Jonathan Smith, 22, was crowned a 'shine a light volunteering champion' last year after organising a series of community sports events in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the last year. More...

Man punched in A38 incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for witnesses after a man was punched in the face during an altercation on the A38 at Brent Knoll. Two vehicles were involved in the incident, which happened northbound on the A38, near the roundabout with the A370. More...

Earl goes on walkabout
THE Earl of Wessex began his visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (June 9th) with an unscheduled walk-about, meeting residents who were standing on The Esplanade awaiting his arrival. He met residents and children before moving to the scheduled part of his visit. More...

Prince Edward visits BARB
The Earl of Wessex met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity on Monday (June 9th). Prince Edward visited BARB Search & Rescue where he met crewmembers and saw the charity's two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat. More...

Stones thrown at M5 lorry
A LORRY'S windscreen was smashed after a stone was dropped onto it from a bridge above the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea. Police have appealed for witnesses following the incident between Bridgwater and Highbridge on Saturday evening (May 31st) at around 8pm. More...

£125m reservoir debate today
PROPOSALS for a planned £125million new reservoir near Burnham-on-Sea will be debated today (Tuesday, June 10th). Bristol Water wants to build a second reservoir at Cheddar serving the Burnham area as there is a growing strain on current water supplies. More...

Artists work goes on display
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea artists are to hold two events this month where residents can pick up advice and learn more about their work. Emerging artists Elaine Amos, Terry Payne, Jane Sanders and Irene Kerr are holding an exhibition 10am-3pm Tuesday-Saturday. More...

Prince Edward in town today
THE Earl of Wessex is to visit the volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue today (Monday). Prince Edward will be returning to the town to visit the charity’s seafront headquarters where he will meet volunteer crewmembers and hear about recent work. More...

New dance studio unveiled
A POPULAR dance studio in Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled its expanded facilities this week. DanceFit, based in Love Lane, has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch their second dance studio, which doubles its total floor space and introduces new facilities. More...

Video: Bear parachute jump!
A SPONSORED bear parachute jump from the roof of a church near Burnham-On-Sea has raised hundreds of pounds. Mark Parish Church held the unique fundraising event on Sunday during its two-day flower show. Dozens of children took part in the fundraiser. More...

Rain fails to halt Jazz In Park
HEAVY rain failed to stop play at Burnham's annual Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 8th). Torrential downpours led to the audience diving for cover several times, but the foot-tapping line-up of tunes continued. Terry Williams' Ambasadors of Jazz headlined. More...

Photos: 200 complete triathlon
OVER 200 athletes from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 8th) for the town's annual summer triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Sprint Triathlon saw 197 athletes swim, run and cycle. More...

Crowds flock to see classic car
LARGE crowds of spectators turned out to watch more than 140 classic vehicles arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 7th) for the 21st annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. Despite earlier forecasts of rain, the weather stayed sunny and dry. More...

Mark flower show underway
A COLOURFUL flower show is underway in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Over 20 displays have been set up in Mark Village Church, all of which have a wedding theme. It's a superb show featuring a wide range of flowers said the organiser. More...

Berrow anniversary celebrated
THE 20th anniversary of Berrow Dunes being designated an official Local Nature Reserve was celebrated on Saturday (June 7th). Over 30 volunteers from local environmental groups gathered, as pictured, for a special walk through the dunes to see the work. More...

200 ready for triathlon today
DOZENS of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 8th) when the town holds its annual summer triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Sprint Triathlon will get underway from first thing. More...

Lightning caught on webcam
FLASHES of lightning and rumbling thunder woke residents in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) during a severe electric storm. The flash lightning was caught on Burnham-On-Sea.com's seafront webcam where The Esplanade was briefly illuminated by the flashes. More...

New film shows 1930s Burnham
Exclusive: WORK has begun on a new film that recreates how Burnham-On-Sea's railway station would have looked in its heyday. Local film maker Vic Jones is using computer graphics software to painstakingly compile the video from information in old photos and maps. More...

Skate park to shut for revamp
THE skate park at Highbridge's Apex Park will be temporarily closed for three weeks during July while work begins on a £73,000 overhaul, it has been confirmed this week. Sedgemoor District Council intends to replace the current facilities this summer. More...

120 classic vehicles visit town
OVER 100 classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this evening (Saturday, June 7th) for a very special 21st annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off a wide range of vintage vehicles. More...

125% jump in coach visitors
THE number of coaches visiting Burnham-On-Sea has jumped by 125% year-on-year, generating tens of thousands of pounds of extra business in the town. New figures presented to the Town Council this week show £45,000 of extra income has been created. More...

Horse rider hurt in beach fall
A HORSE rider was rushed to hospital after being thrown onto hard sand when her animal was spooked on Brean beach on Thursday (June 5th). The lady, aged in her 20s, was knocked unconscious when she fell from her horse near the main car entrance. More...

Classic cars head to seafront
OVER 100 classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 7th) for a very special 21st annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off a wide range of vintage vehicles over the course of the day. More...

Daring sky dive on Friday 13th!
FIVE crewmembers at Burnham's rescue hovercraft charity BARB are hoping Friday the 13th is lucky for them when they carry out a sponsored sky dive! The group will be completing the sky dive from 10,000ft above Salisbury Plain to raise funds for the Burnham charity. More...

Gracie to sing at charity event
A TALENTED young singer from Brent Knoll will be performing in Bridgwater this weekend. Gracie Wickens-Sweet, 10, who reached the grand finals of the national singing competition 'Star of Stage' earlier this year, will be singing at The Bridgwater Variety Show. More...

New appeal after Brean crash
A GIRL who was struck by a car in the centre of Brean last week remains in a 'serious condition' in hospital, police have said. The teenager was struck by a car in South Road near the entrance to Brean Leisure Park last Tuesday evening (May 27th), as pictured. More...

New seafront lifeguard station
RNLI lifeguards will be keeping beaches in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow safe from early in July. The team will go on duty from July 5th for the holiday season and in preparation, a new temporary unit has been constructed on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade, as pictured here. More...

Weather warning is issued
THE Met Office has issued a weather warning for this Saturday (June 7th), when violent thunderstorms are predicted to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area. Saturday is forecast to be a washout, as an extreme weather front will sweep through the region during the day. More...

Neville retires from BIARS role
THE community group that runs Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre has a new Chairman this week. Cllr Neville Jones, 93, stepped down from the role at BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) during the group's AGM on Tuesday. More...

Join guided Apex nature walk
A SPECIAL guided walk around Highbridge's Apex Park led by the area's top ecologist is to take this Saturday (June 7th). Residents are invited to join a free, leisurely guided walk around the park whilst looking at the wide range of birdlife in the award-winning park. More...

Jazz In Park this Sunday!
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday June 8th. The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from two well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm plus others through the day. More...

Fraud warning issued by police
THE police's regional organised crime unit has today (Wednesday) issued a fresh warning to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area about the threat of courier fraud. Police say the south west region is being targeted by unscrupulous fraudsters, especially the elderly. More...

Sea warning signs unveiled
NEW signs are being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to advise swimmers when sea water quality is unfit for swimming or paddling. The Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council are working together to provide information forecasting when pollution may pose a risk. More...

Funding boost safeguards club
MEMBERS of Highbridge Social Club are this week celebrating a council decision to provide it with financial help to keep it running. As we reported last month, members of Highbridge Social Club feared for the club's future due to financial difficulties. More...

New weight-loss project starts
A NEW fitness project that rewards people who lose weight with money for local community projects has launched in Highbridge this week. For every pound that participants lose over a 12-week period, £1 will go straight back into community projects over the period. More...

BEES get set for town musical
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are preparing to perform The Little Mermaid Jr at the town's Princess Theatre this coming weekend. The long-running society will perform the shortened version of the musical at the weekend. More...

£800 raised for flood relief fund
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised in support of the Somerset flood relief efforts by visitors to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea. A raffle held at Brent Knoll's Sanders Gardenworld in partnership with Burnham Rotary Club has raised more than £800 for the fund. More...

High-tech plan to halt dog fouling
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea could soon become one of the first towns in the UK to tackle dog fouling using a high-tech scheme. GeoVation, a scheme run in conjunction with map makers Ordnance Survey, has this week put forward a proposal to the Town Council. More...

Row over councillor's selection
A ROW has broken out over the selection of a new town councillor for Highbridge this week after claims that the vote was "highly politicised". Lib Dem councillor Helen Groves is unhappy about the selection of Andy Brewer to fill a vacant council seat. More...

Las Vegas show comes to town!
A NIGHT of Las Vegas themed entertainment comes to Burnham-On-Sea this Thursday (June 5th). The talented performers of Wessex Academy of Performing Arts will be holding a popular show from 7.30pm at town's Princess Theatre, with tickets available now. More...

Early morning search for man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out in the early of hours of Monday morning (June 2nd) to search for a missing person on Berrow beach. The crew was alerted at 3.20am when a 26 year-old man was reported to be in a distressed state on Berrow beach. More...

Music night in memory of Suzie
FAMILY and friends of a Highbridge mother of three who lost her battle with cancer last December are to hold a fundraising music night in her memory. Suzie Harris, 29, tragically lost her brave battle with Lymphoma last December, as we reported at the time. More...

Police appeal over missing Ria
POLICE have this week appealed for the public's help in locating a missing Staffordshire woman who could have travelled through the Burnham-On-Sea area over the past few days. Ria Adams, 34, right, from Wynyates in Tamworth, was last seen on Thursday 29th May. More...

Royal award for town charity
BURNHAM'S BARB Search & Rescue has today (Monday) been named as a recipient of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious national honour. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was first launched in 2002 to recognise outstanding contributions made by volunteers. More...

£7k Neighbourhood Plan boost
PLANS to create a new Neighbourhood Plan in the Burnham and Highbridge Area have been given a £7,000 funding boost. It follows a successful application for a grant to Locality, an organisation used by the government to support community initiatives. More...

In photos: Top dogs on show
DOZENS of local dog owners showed off their pets at the RSPCA's annual summer dog show in Berrow on Sunday afternoon (June 1st). The well-supported fundraising dog show and summer fete was held besides Berrow Village Hall in Parsonage Road, as pictured here. More...

Horror movie shot in Burnham
A NEW fictional horror movie filmed in Burnham-On-Sea area has been launched this month. Local film makers James and Kate Cameron worked with local actor Stefan Andrews and drama student Thomas Llywarch on the short film, called 'The Cursed', which is now released. More...

Wrestling is a hit at Princess
AN action-packed night of wrestling was held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (May 31st). Seating in the theatre's main hall was switched around to accommodate a wrestling ring and seating for scores of spectators for the successful evening. More...

'Thanks for saving my life'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner is planning to cycle coast-to-coast to raise money for a hospital which saved his life. John Simmons, 77, was an indoor rowing world champion in the over-70s category when he was diagnosed with cancer and needed treatment. More...

New bridal boutique opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor cut a ribbon to open a new bridal shop in the centre of the town on Saturday (May 31st). Primrose Place Bridal Boutique opened in Chapel Street, run by Burnham resident Sasha Walters. It sells designer bridal dresses and accessories. More...

RSPCA to hold dog show
THE RSPCA's annual dog show will be held in Berrow on Sunday (June 1st). The fundraising dog show and summer fete will be held at Berrow Village Hall in Parsonage Road, Berrow from 11.30am. The organisers hope lots of people will join in with their dogs at the show. More...

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