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June 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Tidal barrier plans go on show
PLANS for a new 'barrage' across the River Parrett upstream between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater are set to go on display. Sedgemoor District Council is organising an information session, designed to update people on the latest developments with the Barrier. More...

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

Picnic In Park today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's season of outdoor concerts continues with Picnic In The Park this Sunday (July 2nd). Picnic In The Park will be held from 12.30pm until 5.15pm with Nick and Emily's soft tones, followed by Jasmine and Melvy, Sam Patten and new Guizouki. More...

Objection over 8 new homes
TOWN councillors have raised a formal objection over plans to build a development of eight new homes at a site in Burnham-On-Sea. An outline planning application has been submitted for eight new homes on land at 150 Berrow Road. The plans were considered during the latest planning meeting. More...

Concert tonight for charity
A CONCERT will be held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Saturday) to raise money for the RNLI. The Cheddar Male Choir, Burnham's Coastline Singers and the U3A Ukelele Band will be performing popular line-up of music and songs from 7.30pm. More...

Two rescued from car crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have rescued two people stuck in a car that was 'severely buried in deep undergrowth' after it careered off the M5 motorway early today (Friday). The crash on the M5 northbound between J22 for Burnham and J21 for Weston. More...

Plans to improve school discussed
A meeting of parents from Highbridge's King Alfred School has been held this week to discuss Ofsted's findings that the school is 'inadequate'. There was a very high level of attendance of parents for this week's meeting, which was chaired by Eur Ing H Mackay (Chair of Governors)
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New Boots shutters installed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Boots chemist store plans has installed new security shutters this week following a spate of burglaries. The store in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has suffered four burglaries since the start of April, with thousands of pounds of stock stolen. More...

David is new Rotary President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has a new President this week folowing the group's annual handover. Mark Newberry handed over the President's chain to David Underwood during a ceremony at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club on Thursday evening (June 29th). More...

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

Town flower festival underway
A HIGHBRIDGE church is holding a colourful summer flower festival this weekend. Highbridge's St John Church is hosting the event, with many superb displays set up around the building showing the talents of local flower arrangers. The festival runs right through the weekend. More...

Tennis festival hailed success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has held a successful tennis festival, attended by hundreds of local school pupils. The festival was aimed at local Year 2 and 3 primary school children from the Burnham catchment schools. Hundreds of children attended. More...

Town ambulance service cut
BURNHAM-On-Sea's ambulance service is being cut back from the start of July, although bosses say patient care won't be affected. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that from July 3rd, an ambulance is being removed from Burnham Ambulance Station for 12 hours a day. More...

Duo set for 'ultimate marathon'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to take part in a 100km challenge for a charity close to their hearts this weekend. James Gadd, 33, and his father in law Barry Whitcombe, 53, are running The Cotswold Way Challenge during this coming Saturday (July 1st). More...

Police are 'pushed to the limit'
CASH-strapped Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been "pushed to the limit" by budget cuts, leading chiefs to call on the Government for more funding this week. The PCC said it is a "testing time" for the force after seven years of cuts and more money is needed. More...

280 take part in beach contest
MORE than 280 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the area gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 27th) for a mass sandcastle building competition. Youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding are were among the groups. More...

Farmers market set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (June 29th) with a varied line-up of stalls. Fresh produce stalls will be set-up, selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese and bakery items and more. More...

School holds graduation event
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has held a graduation celebration for pupils of Year 8. The Year 8 pupils celebrated their graduation from the end of Key Stage Three before starting their GCSE courses in year 9. Fiona William and Jacob Kemp were 'Pride of Year 8'. More...

'Halt sand issue' call residents
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents is calling on the Environment Agency to do more to prevent large amounts of sand blocking drives and gates along their road during high winds. Residents in Maddock's Slade have seen their drives blocked. More...

Nine arrests after police chase
NINE people suspected of ram-raiding a shop in Exeter have been arrested 95 miles away after a police chase along the M5 motorway, including through the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend. The incident started in Exeter at a little after 9.30pm on Saturday evening. More...

Lifeguards return to beaches
RNLI lifeguards will be back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from next weekend for the summer season. They will be on the two beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols from Saturday July 8th until Sunday 10th September inclusive. More...

Picnic In Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's season of outdoor concerts continues with Picnic In The Park this Sunday (July 2nd). Picnic In The Park will be held from 12.30pm until 5.15pm with Nick and Emily's soft tones, followed by Jasmine and Melvy, Sam Patten and new Guizouki. More...

Burnham author unveils book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has published his first book which gives his unique perspective on a 700-mile walk along the South West Coast Path. 'A Long Walk Home' is the first published book by Burnham-On-Sea artist, songwriter, and author Dave Eldergill. More...

Charity women's night in town
A FUNDRAISING women's evening is to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this Saturday (July 1st). The event at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge will be held from 6-10pm, with tickets costing just £5 per person (over 12’s), including a glass of bubbly. More...

'Full review' of Hinkley costs
FRENCH utility company EDF has told investors it is still reviewing the costs and schedule of its Hinkley Point C power plant near Burnham-On-Sea following media reports that overruns are likely. It says a "full review" of the costs and schedule is in progress and more details will be announced soon. More...

Long-running town shop to close
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is to close down after 27 years of business. Steve and Clare Scott, the owners of S&A Linens in The High Street have announced the closure this week. Steve told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is with regret that I have decided to close." More...

Phone scam warning issued
A NEW council tax phone scam warning has been issued to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this week. Sedgemoor District Council is warning local people to be aware of scammers who may offer deals to reduce monthly council tax payments. More...

RNLI seeks new volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has this week issued a new appeal for volunteers to join its team. The RNLI can provide suitable volunteers with on the job training. Operating lifeboats can be a natural progression for volunteer shore crew, or maybe a position as a launch tractor driver. More...

Crews tackle Highbridge blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were sent to tackle a commercial fire in Highbridge on Monday afternoon. Three appliances were mobilised to the incident in Commerce Way, Highbridge, including one from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater rushed to the scene. More...

Ascot event boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel has held a special horse-racing themed charity fundraising afternoon. The hotel in Victoria Street marked Ascot Ladies Day with a unique event while the horse racing took place - the ladies were encouraged to dress to impress. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join the organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea. To respond to emergencies there are around 400 UK Coastguard teams. More...

'Street Auction' raises £2,000
LOCAL residents have helped the BBC TV show 'Street Auction' raise almost £2,000 to pay for a much-needed break for a Burnham-On-Sea mother and her family who lost a young family member and set up a well-known charity in his memory following his loss. More...

Coastguards called to kayaker
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Clevedon were called out on Sunday (June 25th) amid concerns for a kayaker reported to be in difficulty in mud next to Brean Down. The team were tasked just after 3.30pm to investigate the sighting of the kayaker in the River Axe. More...

Florist wins shops competition
A BURNHAM-On-Sea florist has won a competition to find the most patriotic-dressed shop window in the town on Armed Forces Day. The annual competition was held on Saturday and run by Burnham Chamber of Trade and the Royal Air Forces Association. More...

Video: Stormy tide in Burnham
STRONG onshore winds combined with a high tide to create stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 25th). Plumes of spray were blown over the seafront in several spots at the height of the tide on Sunday evening, as captured here in this video clip. More...

160 bikers roar onto seafront
OVER 160 motorcyclists roared into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 25th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events headed into the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club held its 29th annual Coast to Coast Run from Lyme Regis to Burnham. More...

Pupils meet Cat In The Hat!
PUPILS at Brent Knoll Primary School got to meet a popular children's book character this week after winning a national writing competition. It comes after Dr Seuss Class from Brent Knoll Primary entered a national story writing competition and won overall. More...

Video: Armed Forces Day parade
DOZENS of people from local service charities and cadet groups took part in a parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. Crowds lined the route of the parade, as pictured here, applauding those taking part while waving Union Jacks. More...

Car crashes into roadside ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police were called to this accident on the outskirts of Highbridge on Saturday (June 24th). Officers were called to Pople's Bow where a Ford Fiesta had collided with a sign and partially ended up in a roadside ditch, as pictured here on Saturday morning. More...

Bikers head to Burnham today
OVER 150 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 25th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run. More...

BBC show films in town today
AN episode of BBC One TV programme Street Auction is set to be filmed in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens tiday (Sunday, June 25th) and local people are being encouraged to come along and get involved. Paul Martin will be raising cash for a local neighbour or friend. More...

Police plea after deliberate fire
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a "deliberate" overnight fire on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week. A Burnham fire crew was called to the Bay View Cafe on the South Esplanade at 1am on Friday where a large wheelie bin full of rubbish was alight. More...

MP invites Corbyn to town parade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has invited Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to attend today's Armed Forces parade in the town before he heads onto Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid stage. MP James Heappey has invited the Labour leader to Burnham's Armed Forces Day parade. More...

Burnham author's bool signing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is to hold a book-signing session today (Saturday) for her collection of beach-themed children's stories. Ann Poole, from South Street in Burnham, first began writing the book over 20 years ago when her grandson was young. More...

Forces Day parade in Burnham
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Saturday, June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony besides the town fountain. More...

Head teacher reacts to Ofsted rating
KING Alfred School's head teacher says strategies are already in place to address several issues raised in a 'disappointing' Ofsted report this week. As reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the school has been rated as 'inadequate' in five areas and has been asked to take action. More...

Ofsted rates school 'inadequate'
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been a dealt a blow with a new Ofsted inspection report that rates it as 'inadequate'. The report - which was sent to parents of the school's pupils on Thursday (June 22nd) - rates four areas as 'inadequate' and one area as 'requiring improvement'. More...

Van stranded in sea at Brean
A VAN has been recovered from the sea at Brean on Thursday evening by crews from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue and Coastguard after it become stranded by the tide. The two occupants of the Renault Kangoo had walked up onto Brean Down without realising the tide would reach it
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Cyclists start world record bid
A GROUP of four cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea and Wells have today (Friday) set off on a bid set a new World Record. The road bike relay team - Karl Burkett, Steve Clark, Ollie Taylor and Tim Clark - are attempting to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End in 48 hours. More...

Baby locked in car is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a baby that was accidentally locked in a car on Thursday afternoon (June 22nd). One fire engine from Burnham was called to help at 1.11pm after the alarm was raised by a concerned family member. One fire crew attended. More...

Beauty and Beast in Burnham
BEAUTY and the Beast Junior is set to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this July. Over 40 local children will be performing in the fun family show, which is being produced by theatre group Re:Act. The performances start on July 6 and are open to all. More...

Golf event hailed a success
IN sweltering heat with temperatures touching 30 degrees golfers took to the golf course at Brean this week to compete for the Tom Childs Memorial Trophy in the 27th staging of the Sports Celebrity Am. The 23 teams did battle for the silverware, to raise money. More...

Safety fears over planned homes
PLANS to build four new homes on land next to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home were given a 'thumbs down' by councillors last night (Wednesday) amid safety concerns. Land to the south of Burnham Nursing Home in Oxford Street, pictured, has been earmarked for the development of four new homes. More...

Forces Day parade in Burnham
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Saturday (June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony besides the town fountain. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
THE longest day of the year proved to be the hottest day of the year so far in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Temperatures at Brent Knoll weather station reached a sizzling 32.8°C at 3.36pm during Wednesday afternoon (June 21st). And overnight the lowest temperature of the 24 hours was 16.6°C at 4.57am. More...

New school plans to go on show
PLANS for a new school near Highbridge, which would accommodate up to 420 pupils, are set to go on show in the town during July. Wessex Learning Trust (WLT) has unveiled its proposals to establish the Wessex Church of England Primary Academy. More...

Cream tea day to be marked!
NATIONAL Cream Tea Day is to be celebrated at a Burnham-On-Sea guesthouse when it serves up traditional teas. The Round Tower Guest House on Burnham's North Esplanade will be holding the event on Friday 30th June 2017 between 11am and 4.30pm. All welcome. More...

Sign up for Brean Down Ramble
REGISTRATION is now open for the 2017 Brean Down Ramble, which will be held this autumn in aid of Childrens Hospice South West. This family-friendly sponsored walk will be held on Sunday September 3rd, starting at 10.30am from outside Brean Leisure Park. More...

Boots to install new shutters
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Boots chemist store plans to install new security shutters this month after a spate of burglaries. The store in Burnham's High Street has suffered four burglaries since the beginning of April, with thousands of pounds of stock stolen. Bosses have given the go-ahead for metal shutters
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BBC show to be filmed in town
AN episode of BBC One TV programme Street Auction is set to be filmed in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 25th) and local people are being encouraged to come along and get involved. Paul Martin will be raising cash for a local neighbour or friend. More...

Marines run through Burnham
THE hottest day of the year didn't stop this group of hardy Royal Marines from going ahead with a fundraising run through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday (June 20th). They are taking part in the '1664 Global Challenge', running 16.64 miles a day for 100 days. More...

Coastguard called to help boys
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB's hovercraft were called out on Tuesday (June 20th) to reports of three people crossing the treacherous River Axe estuary between Weston and Brean. The three young men were already quite a distance across. More...

Cooler weather set to arrive
BURNHAM-On-Sea will see another sweltering day of weather today (Wednesday) before cooler conditions arrive tomorrow. It comes after a Brent Knoll weather station recorded a maximum temperature of 31.2°C (88.2°F) on Tuesday afternoon (June 20th). More...

Join race day fun for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel will be holding a special horse-racing themed charity fundraising afternoon on Thursday (June 22nd). The hotel in Victoria Street is marking Ascot Ladies Day with a unique event while the horse racing takes place in aid of a Burnham charity. More...

Burnham band play at festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea band Daft Folk played at the Happy Valley Festival in Oxford over the weekend, helping to raise money for a good cause. The popular festival was held in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and as part of AAA (All about Alie) during a day of fundraising and music. More...

Crews called to stranded vehicle
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out last night (Monday) to help Coastguards and the RNLI in the rescue of a stranded vehicle on a local beach. BARB Search & Rescue's hovercraft was tasked ay 6pm by Coastguards after a brand new Range Rover was reported to be stuck. More...

Heatwave warning is issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to take care of themselves and to check on vulnerable people during this week's heatwave. Temperatures reached 30.6°C (87.08°F) on Tuesday in the Burnham-On-Sea, and the heatwave is due to continue this week. More...

Highbridge circus opens today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Oaktree Arena is set to host one of the largest circus groups to have ever visited the area this week. The Charles Chipperfield circus, which is jam packed with artists from all around the globe, is performing from Tuesday to Sunday this week. More...

Mayor joins church celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP visitors at a unique quilt and flower show held at a local church over the weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Mayor Bill Hancock and his wife Mayoress Frances toured the exhibition at the weekend. More...

New picnic event announced
A BRAND new outdoor family music event is coming to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this summer. Moose International Ladies’ Circles is organising the new family day-out called ‘Picnic in the Park’ on Sunday 9th July. The event includes music and entertainment for all. More...

Pupils compete at dance event
CHILDREN from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were among more than 1,000 Somerset primary school children celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green at the weekend. The 43rd Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival was held on Saturday. More...

17 new homes win approval
PLANS to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have been given the final go-ahead this week. The development of vacant land to the west of the Tesco store in Burnham's Ben Travers Way was the subject of a so-called 'reserved matters' application. More...

Beach rescues in hot weather
SEVERAL people were rescued after getting into difficulty on beaches in the area over the weekend. Burnham-On-Sea's BARB rescue hovercraft was called out several times alongside local Coastguards to rescue people in Weston and at Sand Bay near Weston. More...

Park run marks second year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's popular Parkrun celebrated its second birthday on Saturday (June 17th). Over 300 runners took part in the weekly run, which is held every Saturday at Apex Park. Parkrun co-director Reg Huxtable thanked the runners and marshalls. More...

Photos: Air Show wows crowds
THE world-famous Red Arrows were among a great line-up of planes that soared across local skies at the weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. Crowds of spectators headed to Brean Down to get a close-up view of the aircraft as they thundered past, as pictured. More...

Companion dog show success
Over 50 dog owners and their pets competed for top honours at a dog show held in East Huntspill on Sunday (June 18th).
The West of England Dachshund Association organised the event, The Companion Dog Show, which was held at East Huntspill Village Hall More...

Temperatures soar in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea is enjoying a sizzling week of weather, with tempertaures soaring. Beaches have been busy in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean as the good weather draws in visitors, as pictured here on Saturday afternoon when the warm weather got started. More...

Kelly becomes club President
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Group has selected its new President this week. Kelly Rowe, left, has taken over as President of Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel from Sandra Moon. Kelly says: "Sandra has had a very busy year filled with fun and friendship." More...

RSPCA appeal after gulls shot
AN RSPCA inspector fears more animals could be at risk after a spate of incidents in Highbridge where seagulls have been fatally injured by someone shooting at them with an air rifle. Inspector Hayley Lawrence has been called to the industrial estate in Commerce Way, Highbridge three times this month. More...

Award for Burnham group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community group has won a top volunteer award during National Volunteers’ Week to recognise the time and commitment it gives to the local area. Voluntary organisations and members of the public across Somerset were asked to nominate. More...

Air ambulance flies in for man
AN air ambulance landed in a Burnham-On-Sea park this week to help a patient following an accident. The Great Western Air Ambulance landed on Burnham's Rosewood Green, much to the surprise of residents. The green helicopter touched down. More...

400 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this evening (Saturday) when the annual coast-to-coast cycle ride finishes in the town. Over 400 riders are signed up for the cross-country Chase The Sun event that sees riders leaving Kent at 4.30am at sunrise. More...

Town band concert this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band returns to The Princess Theatre stage this Sunday with the sounds of summer. Whether you’re a lover of modern favourites, marches, swing, soul or stomp, you should find something to tickle your musical taste buds. More...

Air show jets fly into our area
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to local skies this weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. The event begins on Saturday and continues on Sunday, featuring a number of famous aviation names. The Red Arrows will be in action. More...

Medical centre changes attacked
OVER 40 people attended a public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday night to air their concerns about a controversial decision to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses, as first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Video: Huge sand art created
AN internationally-renowned artist who is known for his displays of snow art switched his attention to sand when he left his mark on Brean beach this week. Simon Beck spent six hours creating a huge 180-metre circular design on the sand next to Brean Down. More...

Quilt show opens in Burnham
A DISPLAY of colourful hand-made quilts and flowers is on show at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church throughout this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary celebrations. The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs is well worth a visit from Friday to Sunday for the display. More...

Boxing night comes to town
A NIGHT of top-class local boxing will be held at Highbride's Oaktree Arena on Saturday night (June 17th). HardKnox Boxing and TRK Productions have organised the show, HardKnox Ultimate Fight Night Home Show, which features a roster of great local talented boxers. More...

MP speaks out on blood testing
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out this week about a controversial decision to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre has written to 230 patients. More...

Three rescued from mudflats
THREE youngsters were rescued by Coastguards and Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft last night (Wednesday) after they got into difficulty in deep mud next to Brean Down. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to Uphill with BARB shortly after 5pm. More...

MP's concern at A&E closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has expressed his concern at the decision to temporarily close the Accident and Emergency department at Weston General Hospital overnight because it cannot find enough senior doctors to staff it. It comes after it was rated "inadequate". More...

Brent Knoll WI's 90th birthday!
BRENT Knoll Women's Institute members gathered together to celebrate the group's 90th anniversary on Wednesday (June 14th). Thirteen of the Brent Knoll members, together with invited guests from other local WI groups, gathered at Brent Knoll Village Hall. More...

Call for better road markings
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on Somerset County Council to do more to ensure road lines are visible across the town, saying pedestrians' safety is currently being put at risk. Mike Young told the Town Council's latest meeting about the issue. More...

Call for bloom contest entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

One in hospital after town fire
ONE person was taken to hospital following a fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday. Fire crews and an ambulance were called to Willis Court in Marine Drive at around 2.30pm. A resident raised the alarm after a fire started in the bathroom. More...

Gateway Club heads to Butlins
MORE than 30 members of a Burnham-On-Sea group that helps people suffering with learning difficulties have boarded a coach for a summer holiday this week. Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club has organised a five-day break to Butlins in Minehead. More...

Overnight search for missing man
A MAJOR beach search operation was launched in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) for a missing person. Teams of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were joined by volunteers from BARB Search & Rescue at 1.20am. More...

BBC show visits local garden
THE wildlife in a West Huntspill couple's garden is being featured on the BBC's Springwatch programme this week. Clare and Steve Scott opened up their two-acre garden, which contains a heronry, to the film crew. They filmed a colony of white little egrets nesting. More...

New bid to tackle dog fouling
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has proposed that Town Council staff should be given powers to issue dog fouling fines to crackdown on the problem. Bev Milner Simonds told this month's Town Council meeting that more needs to be done to address fouling. More...

400 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday evening (June 17th) when the annual coast-to-coast cycle ride finishes in the town. Over 400 riders are signed up for the cross-country Chase The Sun event that sees riders leaving Kent at 4.30am. More...

Callum qualifies for swim event
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea swimmer has qualified to compete in England's biggest domestic swimming event of the year. Callum Richards from the Academy Swim Team in Burnham-On-Sea has qualified for the Summer Nationals taking place during the early part of August. More...

Join dog show this Sunday
A DOG show is set to be held in East Huntspill this Sunday (June 18th) when dog owners and their pets will be competing for top honours. The West of England Dachshund Association is organising the event, which is open to all dog owners and their dogs with a small entry fee. More...

Call for bloom contest entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

Upgrade for Highbridge town centre
A RAFT of new improvements to help boost Highbridge town centre have been welcomed this week and hailed as the start of the town's 'regeneration'. Several high-profile, multi-million pound developments are set to go ahead, with the overhaul of the former FF&F site and the Highbridge Hotel. More...

New air ambulance unveiled
THIS brand new air ambulance is set to become a familiar sight in the skies over the Burnham-On-Sea area as it goes into operation this week. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced on Monday that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered service. More...

Rail station travellers legal bid
LEGAL action has started to move a group of travellers camped on land next to Highbridge Railway Station's Car Park this week. The group moved there after leaving Burnham's South Esplanade seafront lawns and Burnham Sailing Club car park at the end of last week. More...

Photos: Brent Knoll Fete fun
AN afternoon of great weather attracted crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll village on Saturday (June 10th) with a line-up of summer entertainment and fun. The event's theme of a Medieval Market gave visitors and organisers plenty of scope for dressing up. More...

Jellyfish wash up in Burnham
MORE jellyfish have been washing up along tidelines in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow over the past week during a series of high tides. Several Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up along Burnham's main beach this week. More...

Brean car show boosts charity
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park hosted their third annual classic car show on Sunday (June 11th). The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean held the event, which is run by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club along with their sponsors at the Sundowner cafe in the village. More...

Public meeting called on health
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this week for residents to air their views about health provision following the news that vital Warfarin blood testing is being withdrawn at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. The meeting will be held this Thursday evening. More...

Coastguards called to surfers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday afternoon (June 11th) to help two kite-surfers. Coastguard Station Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Two kite-surfers were out in the bay off Burnham Beach enjoying the afternoon breeze." More...

Photos: Youth Day held in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade attracted hundreds of people to the town's seafront on Saturday (June 10th). It was organised by Somerset Time For Youth, a voluntary group for children and young people with special needs. More...

Crowds flock to Jazz In Park
CROWDS of people enjoyed a great afternoon of top jazz and swing music at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 11th). The annual free event returned to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands over the course of five hours. More...

Farm joins Open Farm Sunday
BERROW Beef & Lamb opened their farm gates to visitors on 'Open Farm Sunday' when visitors got a chance to see the fascinating world of farming up close. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event gave visitors a cance to see the work. More...

Talent show winner is crowned
UP and coming musical acts gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday night (June 10th) to compete before a panel of judges at the third annual Talent Showcase competition. Local band Drop The Mic, pictured, won the competition overall. More...

Art club exhibition opens today
A MONTH-long exhibition of artwork by three Burnham-On-Sea artists starts today (Monday) at the town's Princess Theatre. Catherine Main, Jane Smith and Lynn Harling are displaying their colourful work in the theatre's Arts Lounge until Monday 10th July. More...

Brean challenge completed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fitness instructor has completed a gruelling challenge of walking up and down Brean Down 100 times in a day to raise money for a children's charity and inspire others to conquer their personal goals. Sonny Topham, 26, a lecturer at Bridgwater College, was cheered on
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Club puts 190 photos on show
AN exhibition of colourful work by Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club members drew a steady flow of visitors when it was held on Saturday (June 10th). The group's ninth annual photography exhibition was held at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College Street. More...

Crews help lady after crash
FIRE crews were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea and also helped a woman after a collapse today (Saturday). One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea fire station and one from Bridgwater was set to the scene in Burnham Moor Lane. More...

MP criticizes election campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's re-elected MP James Heappey has said that Theresa May "blew it" after her decision to call a snap election backfired. He said the Conservatives' campaign "very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory". He said: "Our campaign lacked a sort of human touch." More...

Burnham's Jazz In Park returns
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 11th). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5.15pm. All welcome. More...

Biker hurt in A38 accident
A MOTORCYCLIST was injured in an accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (June 9th). Burnham Police and several ambulances were called to the A38 near the junction with the Edithmead roundabout at 4.30pm, as pictured here. More...

Car left upside down in ditch
A CAR was left upside down in a ditch in Berrow following a crash early this morning (Friday, June 9th). Burnham-On-Sea Police were called to the upturned Vauxhall Corsa in Coast Road after an overnight crash. Police said residents heard a loud bang at 3am after the crash. More...

Heappey re-elected as town MP
CONSERVATIVE James Heappey has been re-elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP after Thursday's General Election. The results were: Conservative James Heappey (30,488), Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt (23,906), Labour's Andy Merryfield (7,129) and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke (320). More...

Tory wins Burnham by-election
Updated: CONSERVATIVE candidate Debbie Matthews won a seat on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council. It comes after a by-election was held in the Burnham South ward on Thursday. Debbie Matthews (Tory) was elected with 568 votes with the Lib Dems in second place. More...

Drink drive appeal is issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police officers are asking the public to look out for friends or family who may be driving over the limit as part of the force's annual Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign. The campaign has launched across the region this month for the summer. More...

Youth parade coming Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade is set to be held on Saturday June 10th with a range of activities aimed at young people. The parade will this year be walking along the town's beach from Maddock's Slade to the jetty at 2pm when all are welcome. More...

Farm opens to the public
BERROW Beef & Lamb is to open their farm gates to visitors for 'Open Farm Sunday' on 11th June to show the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event from 11am-4pm gives visitors an opportunity to see it. More...

Horse rescued from M5 crash
THERE were long delays for motorists on the M5 stretching back to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday after a horse box overturned near Weston. The horse was successfully freed from the vehicle which was left on its side on an embankment, as pictured here. More...

Voters head to polls for election
VOTERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be going to the polls today to vote in the General Election to pick the area's next MP. The four candidates - Tory James Heappey, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, Labour's Andy Merryfield and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke - have been visiting voters. More...

Highbridge Hotel plan unveiled
THE long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site is finally set to begin later this year, the owners have said this week after submitting a brand new planning application. YMCA Somerset Coast, the owner of the site since 2014, has submitted plans. More...

BBC star in Burnham on Friday
A LEADING BBC television personality is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea this Friday for an 'intimate evening of conversation". Tom Chambers, a familiar face on BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, also won one of the series of Strictly Come Dancing. More...

Gruelling challenge for Sonny
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is set to walk up and down Brean Down 100 times to raise money for a children's charity this weekend, as he hopes to inspire others to conquer their personal goals. Sonny Topham, 26, has been following a rigorous training regime. More...

Finnish choir heads to town
A FINNISH choir is set to perform a unique line-up of music in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (June 9th). The Uusi Ääni mixed choir was founded in 2008 by members of the Oulunsalo parish in Oulu, North Finland, with the aim of 'bringing joy and uniting people across the world. More...

Hinkley strike action is averted
THE threat of industrial action by workers constructing the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been averted due to an interim pay deal. Unite union members had warned of strikes over bonus pay, but it has a deal has been reached. More...

Walks held in memory of Joe
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers has raised hundreds of pounds for the Children's Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital by taking part in a series of sponsored walks. Mel Bax and Dre Laoutaris Dre completed a four-day 'Walk For Joe' in memory of Joe Laoutaris. More...

Boy hurt in cycle accident
A YOUNG boy is recovering in hospital following a serious accident in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Tuesday). Police shut roads around the accident, including Ben Travers Way, for two hours while their investigation into the collision got underway, as pictured. More...

Top award for nursing home
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursing home has been recognised with a major national award - for a second time. Burnham Lodge Nursing Home is among 20 homes from across England to win a Quality Hallmark Award, three years after receiving the prestigious honour. More...

Residents help homeless man
A GROUP of kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea residents has raised over £300 to give a young man sleeping rough in the town a room for a week. Community group Hands Of Change started a social media campaign and invited donations, aiming to raise £230. More...

Photos: Gales hit Burnham
HIGH winds brought down trees and caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area on Tuesday (June 6th). Winds gusting over 60mph battered the area through the day after a night of heavy rain. A tree was blown over by the force of the winds. More...

Mayor picks new appointments
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's new Mayor Bill Hancock has announced his official cadet and chaplain this week. Mayor's Cadet Rebecca Fear, 14, will accompany the Mayor at Civic events across the area. The St John Ambulance cadet said she's "delighted." More...

Travellers move to car park
A GROUP of travellers parked up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns has moved a few metres into a car parking area for the town's Sailing Club. Sedgemoor District Council headed to court on Monday (June 5th) in a legal bid to move the travellers. More...

Photos: Gales hit Burnham
HIGH winds brought down trees and caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area on Tuesday (June 6th). Winds gusting over 60mph battered the area through the day after a night of heavy rain. A tree was blown over by the force of the winds in St Mary's Road, Burnham. More...

BARB AGM reviews busy year
DOZENS of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (June 2nd) when a busy year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed. The charity's volunteers and supporters gathered. More...

Council falls silent for London
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have held a minute's silence in memory of those who died in the London terror attacks. At the start of their monthly Town Council meeting on Monday evening (June 5th), they paused to remember. More...

Town centre gift shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop is closing in the town's High Street due to a drop in trade caused by the opening of discount store B&M, say its owners. Hidden Treasures is due to shut down at the end of June after three years in the town centre - in the indoor market and at Regent Street. More...

Town Policing concerns addressed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's new neighbourhood Police sergeant has assured town councillors this week he is dedicated to keeping the town safe. Sgt Ryan Edwards has taken on the local policing role for the area, and answered councillors' questions about travellers, policing and terrorism. More...

Fears voiced on medical centre
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns about how 'lives could be put at risk' by plans to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at Burnham Medical Centre. A shortage of doctors and nurses means the centre is to withdraw Warfarin blood testing from July 1st. More...

Enjoy the 'sounds of summer!'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band returns to The Princess Theatre stage this month with the sounds of summer. Whether you’re a lover of modern favourites, marches, swing, soul or stomp, you should find something to tickle your musical taste buds. More...

Brean classic car show returns
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park will be hosting their third annual classic car show this Sunday (June 11th). The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean will hold the event run by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club along with their sponsors at the Sundowner cafe. More...

Tributes paid to Derek Mead
TRIBUTES have been paid to the former owner of the Highbridge Hotel and a prominent farmer and businessman who was killed in an accident on his farm at the weekend. Derek Mead is reported to have suffered a heart attack after the "tragic accident" on Sunday afternoon. More...

Shock at Medical Centre changes
SHOCKED patients at a medical centre in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their concern at the sudden withdrawal of vital Warfarin blood testing due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre has written to patients stating that it has been unable to recruit new staff. More...

Stormy weather heads to area
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is forecast to see heavy rain and gusty winds this week as a spell of stormy weather moves in from the Atlantic. The Met Office is warning that the unseasonal weather will sweep across the region through Monday and into Tuesday. More...

Award for karate club founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club instructor Sensei Nick Smith is celebrating receiving his 8th Dan. Club founder Sensei Nick was totally lost for words last week when what seemed to be a routine training session for the junior cadets was extra special. More...

VIDEO: Final election pitches
Updated: THE four candidates standing in this week's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP have made their final pitches to attract your vote. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke. More...

Celebrity golf day announced
BREAN Golf Club is holding its annual Sports Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday 20th June at the club to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice and The Injured Jockeys Fund. The 2017 event will mark the 27th running of the popular competition. More...

Police statement on terror
COMMUNITIES across Somerset are being urged to remain calm but alert following terror attacks in London on Saturday night (3rd June). Avon and Somerset Constabulary has issued a statement following the attacks in which seven people died and dozens were injured. More...

Missing man found, say Police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the search for a missing person has been called off. They appealed for the public's help in locating missing man Brian Shields, 48, pictured here, who they thought was in the Highbridge area. The man was found safe and well, say Police. More...

Classic vehicles head to town
LARGE crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday evening (June 3rd) to see dozens of classic vehicles arrive for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event showcased a wide range of vintage vehicles. More...

Fire crews called to barn blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater firefighters were called out to tackle a big blaze involving 500 bales of hay on a farm in Cossington during the early hours of Saturday (June 3rd). The crews attended the incident in Whitchey Drove shortly before 1am on Saturday. More...

Council defends youth policy
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has defended its youth policy following recent criticism during a local election campaign. The Town Council says it "cares a great deal about supporting the young people in our community" following recent comments. More...

Have you seen missing man?
POLICE have today (Saturday) appealed for the public's help in locating a missing man who is thought to be in the Highbridge area. Brian Shields, 48, was last seen at 4am this morning in the Godney area of Glastonbury and is now thought to be in our area. More...

Seafront travellers case in court
SEDSEMOOR District Council will be appearing in court on Monday (June 5th) to move a group of travellers who are parked on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here, legal proceedings are underway to move the group of travellers from Burnham's seafront lawns
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Classic cars head to Burnham
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tonight (Saturday) for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars and lorries to military vehicles. More...

Town Scouts in beach clean-up
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea Scouts has collected sackfuls of rubbish during a litter clean at Berrow. The 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout troop carried out the litter sweep through Berrow nature reserve and along the beach. The Scouts are working towards an award as part of their programme. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, June 3rd). The display will get started at around 9.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm to all who come along. More...

Megan joins football scheme
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea footballer is set to join an elite programme that could help her meet her goal of playing the sport professionally. Megan Robinson, 16, has signed up to the elite performance programme at Bridgwater and Taunton College. More...

Town centre is blooming again!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre has been given an extra dash of colour this week as scores of hanging baskets go up for the summer season and in time for judging of the Britain In Bloom competition. Community group Burnham In Bloom installed flower baskets. More...

Classic cars head to Burnham
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday (June 2nd) for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars and lorries to military vehicles. More...

Report praises 'improving' NHS
THE Chief Inspector of Hospitals has this week welcomed 'significant improvements' to services provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust following its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Overall, the trust has been rated 'Good'. More...

Camera club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club's ninth annual exhibition is set to be held on Saturday June 10th. The group is holding its popular photography exhibition at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College Street, where a wide selection of photos will be on show to the public. More...

Car and bike crash at junction
AN accident at a busy roundabout caused delays for motorists travelling between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater on Thursday (June 1st). Police were called to the collision between a car and a motorbike at junction 23 of the M5 motorway, which caused tailbacks. More...

Hot topics debated at hustings
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP took part in a hustings evening on Wednesday (May 31st) when local hot topics were debated. James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke all attended. More...

Final call for talent entries
FINAL spaces are available for local musicians and aspiring singers who want to enter Burnham-On-Sea's third 'Talent Showcase' competition. The Princess Theatre will host the annual event on Saturday June 10th when musicians will perform in front of a team of judges. More...

Tiny ducklings are rescued
WILDLIFE carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after these tiny ducklings this week following an unusual rescue. The tiny creatures were brought to the charity in East Huntspill after being trapped down a cattle-grid. More...

Funding windfall for groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups are among those across the district set to benefit from nearly £10,000 of grant funding, thanks to awards given out this week by Sedgemoor District Council. Monarchs Gymnastics Club is among them. More...

Shop celebrates second year
A HIGHBRIDGE craft shop will be celebrating its second birthday this weekend. Kerry's Card Kreations in Highbridge's Market Street opened in the summer 2015, as we reported at the time, and it has since gone on to be a success by selling a wide range of crafts. More...

Have you found lost wallet?
A VISITOR to Burnham-On-Sea has appealed for help in finding his lost wallet. The resident, Alan Read, got in touch after losing his wallet in Burnham town centre on Wednesday morning (May 31st). He says it contains personal items that are difficult to replace. More...

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