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March 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Skye Bar to re-open this week
A BURNHAM-On-Sea night club is set to re-open this week with a new owner and manager. Skye Bar in Burnham's High Street closed its doors at the end of 2013 as the owners concentrated on other business interests
. Now the new owners are re-opening the club this Thursday. More...

Council reveals cost of losing boss
SOMERSET County Council has this week revealed the legal costs that it has incurred directly relating to the departure of its former Chief Executive Officer Sheila Wheeler. In a statement issued on Monday evening, the council outlined how much has been spent on legal fees. More...

TV chef coming to Burnham
Exclusive: A HIGH-profile TV chef will visit Burnham-On-Sea in May to be a judge at the town's Food & Drink Festival and also hold a unique show of his own. Glenn Cosby, a contestant in the BBC's 'Great British Bake Off 2013' will be bringing his UK tour to Burnham
during May. More...

Charitable group to close down
Exclusive: A charitable furniture business in Highbridge which was praised as being 'a great example of localism and community spirit in action' is to shut down in May, it has been announced this week. Highbridge Furniture Limited says the business has become financially "unsustainable"
. More...

Visitors flock to town beach
BRIGHT Spring sunshine brought visitors flocking to Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Temperatures reached 19.3c (66F) in Burnham on Sunday afternoon as the mild start to Spring continued. They were perfect conditions for visiting the beach
for horse riders and walkers. More...

Sports court to get revamp
THE outdoor sports court at Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre is to be refurbished during April by members of the town's Dreamscheme. The youngsters will be giving the facilities an overhaul during the group's prorgramme of Easter holiday events
, outlined here. More...

Golf club's £4k charity boost
OVER £4,000 has been presented to representatives from Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer this week by members of Brean Golf Club. The handover came during the annual Brean Golf Club Presentation Night, hosted by Richard House at Brean Leisure Park
. More...

Welsh international visits town
WELSH international women's footballer Natasha Harding was the special guest coach at Berrow Girls football development squad on Friday evening (28th March). The session was held at King Alfred School's astro pitch in Highbridge for the night
and was well attended. More...

Sackfuls of rubbish collected
OVER 40 sackfuls of rubbish were collected by a team of volunteers during a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches on Saturday (March 29th). Over 20 volunteers came forward to help the operation, overseen by Sedgemoor District Council
. More...

Lighthouses get 'thumbs-up'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea got a first chance on Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will be part of the town's new lighthouse trail launching later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display of more than thirty 6ft-tall replicas
. More...

£520 raised by carnival club
A DAY of supermarket bag packing raised more than £500 towards the cost of building Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart on Saturday. The club's members - who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year - held the fundraiser
at the town's Tesco store. More...

New £1.9m swimming pool opened
A NEW £1.9million swimming complex was opened in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday) by the town's Mayor. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of the new facilities at Burnham Holiday Village. Mayor Martin Cox led the grand opening alongside the park's General Manager John Ryan
. More...

Join beach clean-up today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches today (Saturday) ahead of the start of the tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council is hoping that a group of volunteers will come forward to undertake the work
. More...

Crane-in held at sailing club
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Friday afternoon (March 28th) when 21 boats were hoisted into the River Brue for the town's spring 'crane-in'. The annual tradition is arranged each Spring by the Sailing Club when the yachts are lifted
. More...

See mini lighthouses today!
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a first chance this Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will make up part of the town's new lighthouse trail later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display. More...

See mini lighthouses tomorrow
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a first chance this Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will make up part of the town's new lighthouse trail later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display. More...

New warning over phone scam
POLICE have again asked residents to help spread the word, especially to the elderly, about a phone scam involving bogus police officers and bank workers calling up and persuading people to provide bank card details before sending 'couriers' to collect cards. More...

Enterprise rumours are denied
RUMOURS that business units at a new £1.16m business enterprise centre being built in Highbridge have been reserved for Hinkley Point workers rather than local businesses have been denied by the county council this week. The new centre will house 35 business units. More...

Welsh star to visit local group
WELSH international women's footballer Natasha Harding will be the guest coach at Berrow Girls football Development squad today (Friday, 28th March). The session will be held at King Alfred School's astro pitch from 7.30-8.30pm when new players will be welcome. More...

Author to unveil fourth novel
A BURNHAM author is putting the finishing touches to his fourth book, which is set to be published later this year. Damien Boyd is completing work on the fourth novel in his successful DI Nick Dixon crime series. His novels have proved very popular, and therefore the new book is being progressed. More...

£12,000 boost for local groups
MORE than £12,000 of grant funding has been awarded to community groups across Sedgemoor this week, including several in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Sedgemoor District Council's Grant Awards Sub-Committee awarded 11 grants, totalling £12,760, to local groups. More...

Parking shake-up in Burnham
Exclusive: A SERIES of changes to parking restrictions across Burnham-On-Sea town centre is being completed this week - with mixed reactions from residents. Disabled parking spaces along Burnham High Street have been moved into side streets to make more general parking bays available. More...

Car seized by Burnham police
POLICE have seized a vehicle that was being driven without insurance. Officers from Burnham-On-Sea Police pulled over the car after it was seen being driven through a red traffic light in the town. Police discovered that no insurance was held and seized the vehicle. More...

Archers hit £6,500 target!
MEMBERS of an archery group in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating hitting their funding target after a grant windfall this week. Burnham Company of Archers, which is based at the town's BASC ground, has been awarded £6,500 of council grant funding for a modernisation project. More...

'Me and My Girl' opens tonight
FINAL tickets are on sale for a performance of the musical 'Me and My Girl' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre underway this week. Mark Youth Theatre group is performing the show over three days which promises to be a lot of fun for the audience and those taking part. More...

Cashless car parking launches
MOTORISTS who use council car parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will soon be able to pay for their parking without coins. Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that it has begun introducing a cashless payment system to make it easier for drivers to pay. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown food when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns in the town centre this Friday (March 28th). Burnham Farmers Market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with a great range of products on offer. More...

Bikers gear up for charity ride
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset will be taking part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Sunday (March 30th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising a special bike run, starting from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn at 10am. More...

£73,000 skate work approved
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's skate park will be given a £73,000 revamp as part of a major modernisation project, it was decided on Tuesday (March 25th). Sedgemoor District Council approved a project to upgrade the Apex Park facilities this year. More...

Town wins 'coach friendly' status
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's bid to attract more coaches and visitors into the town has been given a huge boost this week with the announcement of a top award. The town has this week become the first in the whole of the south west to achieve the accreditation of 'Coach Friendly Status'. More...

Police called to boat crash
POLICE were called to Highbridge town centre on Tuesday (March 25th) after a boat trailer left a towing vehicle and ended up slamming into a cycle rack. An eyewitness told Burnham-On-Sea.com the boat came off its towing hitch as it was being driven along Bank Street. More...

Cheese and wine festival
AN international cheese and wine festival plus an art exhibition are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during April. The two events are being organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club at the town's Princess Theatre to raise funds for a range of local groups and charities. More...

Fire crews called to car blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday) to tackle a car blaze. One fire engine was called to Queen's Drive at 12.49am by the owner of the vehicle, which was well alight. Crews used a compressed air foam jet. More...

Cash injection for free concerts
Exclusive: A COMMUNITY group which holds a series of free outdoor music concerts in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge each summer has this week secured funding for this year's events. CADS organises the popular concerts in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. More...

School to be hit by strike
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School will be partially closed on Wednesday when teachers hold a one day strike. Parents have been sent letters from Andy Owen, head teacher at King Alfred School, warning them of the disruption, which will affect three school years. More...

Taxi driver in sponsored slim
A BURNHAM-On-Sea taxi driver has begun a three-month weight loss challenge to shed three stones and raise funds for a local good cause. Phil Cooke has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic and is keen to improve his overall health while raising cash for a good cause. More...

£1,300 raised at fabric fun day
CROWDS of people attended a fundraising fabric fun day in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 22nd) where visitors were able to learn how to knit, sew and embroider. The successful event was held at the Catholic Church Hall in Highbridge Road. More...

Speedway season set to start
A NEW speedway season will get underway this Friday (March 28th) at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge when the Somerset Rebels take on the Plymouth Devils in the first leg of the Air-Fence Challenge matches. The Rebels welcome their local rivals to Highbridge. More...

Town MP at Moose Lodge night
MP Tessa Munt was among the guests at Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge's annual ladies night on Saturday (March 22nd). Members of the group's Ladies' Circle took over the function room at Brean Leisure Centre where almost 90 guests gathered for a meal. More...

Dog ban shake-up proposed
Exclusive: DOG walking areas on Burnham-On-Sea's beaches could soon be changed under new proposals being considered by the Town Council. Councillors are keen to see the ban lifted on dogs being walked on the stretch of beach between the Pavilion and Maddock's Slade. More...

In photos: Sport Relief Mile
SIXTY runners from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday morning (March 23rd). The fundraising event was held at Highbridge's King Alfred Sport Centre and was organised in conjunction with Burnham Harriers. Hundreds of pounds is expected to have been raised. More...

£1,200 raised for town hospital
OVER £1,200 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Hospital when supporters held a colourful fundraising event on Saturday evening (March 22nd). More than 150 people attended The Friends of Burnham Hospital's fundraising 'Bright Night' at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge. More...

Double blow to Hinkley C plans
THE Government’s plans for a new £16bn nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a double blow by the United Nations and a powerful group of MPs. A UN environmental committee has warned there is "profound suspicion" around the deal. More...

Cyclist injured in collision
Upated: A CYCLIST was injured after a collision with a car at a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday). Police and ambulance crews were called to the Edithmead roundabout next to Burnham's M5 motorway junction at 9.55am, as pictured. More...

Pubwatch cuts late night crime
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pubwatch group is helping to reduce late night crime and anti-social behaviour in the town. The group, which has been running for 14 years, is working with local police to encourage safe drinking environments in licensed premises across Burnham. More...

MP opens new-look Brean cafe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among the guests at the official opening of a newly-refurbished cafe and bar in Brean on Saturday (March 22nd). Tessa Munt cut a ribbon during a ceremony to open The Sundowner, which is under new management after a £5,000 refurbishment. More...

Neighbourhood Plan progress
WORK to create a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took another step forward this week with a meeting of the project's working group. A meeting of the new group was attended by 15 people on Thursday evening (March 20th). More...

Notice served at business park
SIX months notice has been served on firms at a Highbridge business park which is to be demolished later this year to make way for over 60 new homes. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee approved the re-development of Morland Industrial Park for 62 affordable homes. More...

Coffee morning boost for club
A COFFEE morning has raised more than £150 towards the cost of building Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart. The club - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - held a well-attended coffee morning at St Andrew's Church Hall on Saturday morning. More...

Burnham graffiti angers council
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council has this week hit out at vandals who have spray-painted graffiti over the town's sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade, pictured. More...

Join Burnham's Sport Relief Mile
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday (23rd March). Highbridge's King Alfred’s Sport Centre and Burnham Harriers are hosting the Sport Relief Mile with all welcome - including runners opn the day before 10am. More...

Spectacular rainbow over town
THIS spectacular rainbow brought a splash of colour to the skies over Burnham's seafront on Friday afternoon (March 21st). Bright sunshine and rain showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation, pictured here over Marine Cove gardens and St Andrew's Church. More...

Hospital fundraiser tonight
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital will be attending a colourful fundraising event this evening (Saturday). The Friends of Burnham Hospital will be holding a 'Bright Night' at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge from 8pm. The guests are being invited in colourful outfits. More...

Housing firm holds festival
A LOCAL housing provider held a popular resident festival in Highbridge this week. Knightstone Housing's first resident 'festival' event of the year was held at King Alfred School in the town. The event was attended by many Knightstone residents and members of the local community. More...

Phone scam warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have warned residents to be extra vigilant after several householders have been targeted by a financial phone scam. Residents in Burnham and surrounding villages have been telephoned by people claiming to be either police or bank officials. More...

Fire tackled at town home
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a fire at a home in Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (March 20th). Two fire crews were sent to a property in Worston Road after residents reported a chimney fire. Crews tackled the blaze with tall ladders to reach the fire. More...

Hinkley B resumes operations
HINKLEY Point B power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, has resumed power generation this week after a month of scheduled downtime. EDF Energy said the 480-megawatt Hinkley Point B "resumed outputting power to the transmission network late on Wednesday." More...

BARB wins top charity award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was named Sedgemoor's charity of the year at a regional business awards ceremony on Thursday night. The Burnham charity was awarded the title by a panel of judges at the Sedgemoor Business Awards. More...

Fabric fun day tomorrow
A FABRIC fun day where people can learn how to knit, sew and embroider is being held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 22nd). The event is being held at Burnham Catholic Church Hall in Highbridge Road from 10am until 3.30pm with admission £3. More...

Shock over new speed figures
Exclusive: Thousands of motorists are exceeding the 30mph speed limit along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea, a new study has found. Official data gathered in Marine Drive from Somerset County Council's speed monitoring system during February reveals some drivers are travelling at over 50mph. More...

£73,000 revamp for skate park
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's skate park looks set to be given a £73,000 revamp as part of a major modernisation project. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees Apex Park, has launched a project to give the facilities an upgrade. More...

Latest mini lighthouse unveiled
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have been putting the finishing touches to their entry for the town's mini lighthouse trail this week. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display of 6ft-tall beach replicas to be launched during May. More...

Floods clean-up kit donated
£1,000 of equipment to help with the clean-up operation after flooding on the Somerset Levels has been donated by residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. A coffee morning raised £400 and a further £600 has been donated by Burnham's Moose Ladies Circle for the kit. More...

Crime tips for Berrow residents
A UNIQUE event was held in Berrow on Monday (March 17th) when a group of residents were given advice about avoiding the dangers of doorstep crime. Berrow Active Living Group was visited by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) and Berrow police to hand out the advice. More...

Hillview fundraiser on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club will be hoping to raise a big sum towards the costs of building its new carnival cart this weekend. The club - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - is holding a coffee morning at St Andrew's Church this Saturday. More...

Police warning after break-ins
POLICE have advised homeowners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to check their security after several break-ins over the past month. Burglars have targeted four homes during recent weeks in the area with mobile phones and tablet computers stolen. More...

Pier boss 'relieved' at approval
Exclusive: A £100,000 project to modernise Burnham's pier will create up to 12 new jobs and secure its future, says its owner after a decision by district councillors to give the scheme the go-ahead yesterday (Tuesday). Delighted Pavilion Manager Louise Parkin was given approval to install the structure. More...

New bridal shop opens in town
A NEW bridal clothing shop has opened its doors for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Sarah's Bridal Wardrobe, run by Sarah Hackett, has opened at 1 College Court in Burnham's College Street. She got married herself in 2013, sparking her interest. More...

Coach project praised by group
A PROJECT to attract more coach visitors into Burnham-On-Sea has been praised by a national transport trade organisation this week. Cathy Summers and John Burch from the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) visited the town to hear more about the initiative. More...

Join 'Great Burnham Cake-Off'
A LOCAL hospice is set to hold a fundraising baking competition in Burnham-On-Sea this April. The Great Burnham Cake-off will take place on Saturday 5th April at the Baptist Church in College Street, Burnham from 10am-1pm with proceeds going to Weston Hospicecare. More...

Tax-free childcare welcomed
HUNDREDS of parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will get help with childcare costs next year after a government announcement this week. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed a new major tax-free childcare package which is set to help 3,110 local parents in the district. More...

Approved! Pier plan to go ahead
Updated: CONTROVERSIAL plans to modernise Burnham's landmark pier with a £100,000 revamp have been given the go-ahead by councillors today (Tuesday). Delighted Pavilion Manager Louise Parkin was today given approval to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof More...

New £64k play park is opened
A LONG -awaited new £64,000 public play park was officially opened in Highbridge on Monday (March 17th). Southwell Gardens play area in Highbridge has been given a major refurbishment by Sedgemoor District Council with building firm Halcrow over the past two years. More...

Hovis the badger cub rescued
THIS tiny badger cub has been rescued Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers and given the name Hovis due to his similarity to the size of a loaf of bread. The lucky little badger cub is getting safety and warmth at Secret World Wildlife in East Huntspill from the charity. More...

Artist's work on show today
AN exhibition of work by a Burnham-On-Sea artist opens in the town today (Tuesday). The artist's work is on display, including her series of six 'Baroque Trio' paintings. The artwork is on show for two weeks in The Arts Lounge at The Princess Theatre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Fire at Burnham holiday park
FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a small blaze at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Monday afternoon (March 17th). Crews were called to Burnham Holiday Village in Marine Drive at 1.47pm after a fuse box was reported to be alight, causing a small fire and smoke. More...

Minimum wage rise welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed the news that the National Minimum Wage is set to rise to £6.50 per hour from this autumn. The government has approved the rise from October that will see more than a million people getting a pay increase of up to £350 per year. More...

Burnham on EU beach 'blacklist'
TOURISM bosses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern after the town was named as one of 45 across the UK where sea swimming is set to be banned from next year due to the introduction of tough new EU regulations. A report in The Sunday Times has named Burnham. More...

Ofsted praise for town nursery
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursery is celebrating this week after being praised in an Ofsted inspection. Rose Cottage Farm Nursery has received a 'good' report under new ILM Manager Stephanie Patch and Early Years Qualified Teacher Bridget Griffiths and the nursery has been praised by the inspector. More...

Local Cubs given safety boost
A GROUP of local cubs near Burnham-On-Sea has received a safety boost thanks to the financial help of a local firm. Members of 1st Berrow Cubs have been given new high-visibility jackets donated by Trevor and Paul of TJ Dyer Electrical Services to help them with safety. More...

Sand yachts struggle in winds
STRONG onshore winds created challenging conditions for the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts when they competed in the British Land Yachting Championships at Brean over the weekend. The gusty weather led to several races being cancelled. More...

Two cars in head-on crash
Updated: A HEAD-on two-car crash shut Berrow's Coast Road on Sunday (March 16th). A Seat Altea and a Nissan collided along the busy stretch of road shortly after 3pm, as pictured here. Ambulance, fire and police crews from Burnham-On-Sea were quickly on scene. More...

Help make Highbridge bloom!
ORGANISERS of Highbridge In Bloom are to hold an open meeting in April when residents are being invited to get involved with brightening up the town over the spring and summer. The committee is hoping to attract more residents to join them. More...

Rickshaw service to launch
Exclusive: A UNIQUE rickshaw travel service is set to launch in Brean and Burnham-On-Sea this summer. The service, operated by local firm Redi-Pedi-Go, will initially be offering rickshaw journeys throughout Brean from later this month through until November 2014. More...

£2,700 raised at Welly Day
HUNDREDS of people pulled on their wellies to support a special fundraising day in Berrow on Saturday (March 15th) to raise cash for those affected by Somerset's recent floods. A total of £2,745.30 was raised during the fundraising Welly Day held at Animal Farm. More...

Team represents Somerset
A HIGHBRIDGE school's rugby team has represented Somerset at a regional competition. King Alfred School's Year Nine team represented the county as Somerset Champions in the South West State Schools Finals over the past week where they achieved third place overall. More...

Winds hamper beach racers
Video: High winds created challenging conditions for the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts when they competed in the British Land Yachting Championships at Brean on Saturday. Strong gusts of wind left participants battling to avoid toppling over during the the beach races, pictured here. More...

£4k boost for town health projects
FIVE projects which promote healthy living in Burnham-On-Sea have this week received thousands of pounds of grant funding. The five groups in the town are Burnbridge Wanderers, Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, Burnham Town Team, Burnham Food Festival and DanceFit. More...

Convicted robber on the run
A CONVICTED robber has escaped prison, sparking a police appeal across Somerset. Avon and Somerset Constabulary are trying to find Robert Stevens who absconded Leyhill prison and was last seen on Sunday. He was reported missing at 8.30pm and could be in the area. More...

Sand yachts event underway
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts are in action on Brean beach this weekend competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts today (Saturday March 15th). More...

Chilli contest comes to festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink festival will play host to the official South West England Chilli Cook-off on May 24th. Hugely popular in America, the Chilli Cook-off phenomenon is now well and truly established in the UK. Competition entrants have four hours to cook. More...

Charity's Spring clean appeal
A LOCAL charity is asked Burnham-On-Sea residents to have a spring clear-out of their unwanted clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac and furniture this month. BIBIC carries out free door-to-door collections of unwanted items and saves them from landfill disposal to help the environment. More...

Carnival will stay on Mondays
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival will take place on the second Monday of November in 2015, organisers have confirmed this week as they ended discussions about changing the day of the event. Burnham and Highbridge Carnival Committee met on Wednesday evening (March 12th). More...

Fog warning from Met Office
THICK fog will continue to make driving conditions hazardous in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday), forecasters have warned. A 'yellow warning' of fog has been issued for the region today by the Met Office. The fog will be dense and slow to clear, it predicts. More...

Town promoted at exhibition
HUNDREDS of holidaymakers have picked up information about Burnham-On-Sea and Weston during a national tourism exhibition this week. A team from Burnham's 'Project Coach', set up to promote the town to coach travellers, attended the show at the NEC in Birmingham. More...

Frances aims for world champs
A HIGHBRIDGE student is training hard to secure a place in an international triathlon competition later this year. Frances Palmer, 18, is studying for a coaching and fitness diploma at Bridgwater College and is currently training twice a day to take part in the event in Canada. More...

Appeal after Esso station theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for help in identifying the woman on this CCTV footage following a theft at a petrol station in the town. The incident took place at 10.30pm on 4th March when £15 of confectionery was stolen from the Esso garage
in Oxford Street. More...

Welly day fundraiser tomorrow
A WELLY-themed fundraising day is set to be held at Berrow's Animal Farm to help those affected by Somerset flooding. A group of Lympsham mums who held a half-term fundraising event in the village have organised the event for Saturday 15th March
throughout the day. More...

Anger over 59 new homes
Exclusive: ANGRY town councillors last night demanded an investigation into why work is underway to build 59 new homes on the former cattle market site in Highbridge while the crumbling Highbridge Hotel on the same site remains untouched with no timescale agreed for it to be overhauled. More...

TV film crew on town beach
Exclusive: A TV documentary has been filmed on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week featuring the town's fire crews taking part in a unique World War 2 re-enactment. Burnham's fire crews were filmed liquifying sand with water hoses in order to bury 'sea defences'. More...

Sara's in the swim for charity!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee shop barista has swapped lattes for lengths as she undertakes the final stages of her sponsored swimming challenge for charity this week. Sara Ward hopes to raise hundreds for Diabetes UK by swimming a total of 22 miles over 22 days. More...

RNLI seek new visits officer
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station is seeking to recruit a replacement Lifeboats Visits Officer. The successful candidate for this role will help to promote the work of Burnham RNLI station to the local community and holidaymakers, helping to raise awareness and funds. More...

Sky dive in memory of Sian
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent is preparing a daring sky dive from up to 13,000ft in memory of his friend's daughter who died of a heart condition. Ed Creswick, managing director of CJ Hole, intends to make the jump on Sunday June 8th in memory of Sian Wood, 24. More...

Wednesday Art Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Pier plans 'set for rejection'
Exclusive: PLANS for a £100,000 forecourt at the front of Burnham-On-Sea's Pier look set to be turned down by Sedgemoor District Council next week. In an official report to councillors, Sedgemoor case officer Chris Gomm has recommended that the application for a retractable roof and food forecourt is rejected when it is considered on March 18th. More...

Cash raised in Jacob's memory
THE family and friends of a teenager who was killed in a motorbike crash near Burnham last year have this week handed over a donation to a local charity that operates a life-saving blood transport bike service. Jacob Douglas, 17, was killed in an accident last April. More...

Top sand yachts head to Brean
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts on Saturday March 15th. More...

Town may miss £25,000 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea could miss out on £25,000 in developer funding after Sanders Garden World bosses this week said they have no plans to carry out an extension for which they had planning permission granted last month. It follows a council decisison last month to give the plans approval. More...

World Book Day celebrated!
SCHOOLS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been marking World Book Day with a range of reading activities. Youngsters at St Joseph's in Burnham and West Huntspill Primary School were among the local schools taking part in the global celebration of books and reading. More...

Have your say on town plan
AN open meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday March 20th to start work on the Burnham and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan. It follows the Town Council's recent decision to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan in the two towns after lengthy discussions. More...

Police probe 'deliberate' blaze
A Land Rover was set on fire by arsonists in a field near Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Tuesday morning (March 11th). At 12.30am a fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to extinguish the blazing vehicle in Rooksbridge, which was well alight. More...

£114k overhaul for town parks
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited new £64,000 play park is set to open next week, council bosses have announced as they begin an overhaul of several parks in Burnham and Highbridge. Southwell Gardens play area in Highbridge has been given a major refurbishment and is set to open on March 17th. More...

New tennis head coach for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has appointed a new head tennis coach. Following the recent retirement of Vinny Duddy, his replacement is Jonathan Horn, 29, or Jonny as he likes to be known. Jonny is an experienced senior tennis coach who has recently worked in Glasgow.
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MP eats and drinks for £1 a day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP will be eating and drinking on a budget of just £1 a day this week to support a campaign that helps some of Africa's poorest families. Tessa Munt was challenged to 'Live Below the Line' by the Bath-based Send a Cow organisation to help developing countries. More...

Trains resume after flooding
THE flood-hit railway line between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads re-opened on Monday (March 10th), with services running again through Highbridge Railway Station. First Great Western said there will initially be a reduced service because of the damage. More...

Monday's Arts Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Warm weather boost for town
WARM Spring sunshine brought crowds of visitors to Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. Temperatures in the town reached 14C on Saturday and 16.6C on Sunday, creating busy scenes along the town's seafront and on the beach. Queues of customers for ice creams even built up on Sunday afternoon.
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Daycare kids raise floods cash
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea daycare centre have raised funds for those affected by Somerset's floods. The children at Octopus Children's Daycare held several dress up days to raise money for the victims of the recent floods, collecting £50.50.
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Run for Sport Relief in Burnham
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday 23rd March. Highbridge's King Alfred’s Sport Centre, together with Burnham Harriers, is hosting the Sport Relief Mile and runners are being sought to take part. More...

Stranded beach car rescued
A FRESH warning has been issued about the dangers of driving in mud on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after a vehicle had to be rescued on Brean beach on Sunday evening. Brean's beachwarden called out BARB Search & Rescue at 4pm when the driver of a Ford Mondeo reported himself stuck
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Pilrow rejection hopes boosted
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting controversial plans for the Pilrow wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea say their hopes of success have been boosted by the Secretary of State's decision to reject a similar scheme at nearby West Huntspill. Secretary of State Eric Pickles threw out the plans by Ecotricity
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Theft at Burnham fishmonger
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of pounds worth of fresh fish was stolen from a Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger early on Saturday morning (March 8th). Seafoods in Burnham High Street had a large quantity of stock taken, including sea bass and 15 kilos of salmon
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£4,000 raised for floods fund
A NIGHT of comedy and live music held in Highbridge on Friday (March 7th) raised more than £4,000 for those devastated by Somerset flooding. The Oaktree held an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Buster and The Mangled Wurzels, supported by DJ Nigel Gulliford
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Flower Show sees 220 entries
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 8th). Organisers said the event, which was held in the hall at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a resounding success"
with hundreds of entries. More...

Saturday Arts Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Ambulances share fire station
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station has become the temporary base for the town's ambulance service for six weeks. Burnham ambulance station in Love Lane is currently being refurbished and therefore the crews are temporarily operating from the fire station in Marine Drive instead
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Maddy wins top youth award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager was last night (Friday) presented with a prestigious award for her volunteering work with the town's Food Festival. At the 2014 Pride of Somerset Awards, run by the Rotary Club, Maddy Francis, 15, was recognised
for her volunteering work. More...

Three-car accident on sliproad
TWO people were hurt in a three-car crash at a busy motorway junction near Highbridge on Friday (March 7th). Emergency services were called to junction 23 of the M5 at 7.15pm where a collision took place at the top of the slip road from the southbound carriageway
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40 jobs up for grabs today
TOURIST attractions in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding recruitment days today (Saturday) to offer dozens of seasonal jobs. Brean Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity are holding their annual recruitment event from 10.30am-3.30pm
when all will be welcome to attend. More...

Town horticultural show today
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
classes and a cookery section. More...

Friday's Arts Festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th
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Lighthouse trail takes shape
Exclusive: ARTISTS from Burnham-On-Sea area hope to replicate some of the success of Bristol's Gromit trail by launching a mini lighthouse trail across the town this summer. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the project to build over thirty 6ft-tall replicas of Burnham's iconic lighthouse
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Town singers star on BBC show
TWO local singers who have reached the finals of a Burnham-On-Sea hotel's karaoke competition were featured on BBC1's The One Show on Thursday evening (March 6th). Breeze Kilpin and Nina Fulbrook sang live during the programme
, which also featured the 2013 winner of The X Factor, Sam Bailey. More...

Tourism campaign is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Weston tourism bosses have teamed up to promote the message that our area is still open for holidaymakers despite flooding on the Somerset Levels. They have started the promotional campaign via social media and at an exhibition to be held next week in Birmingham. More...

Pupils promote Fairtrade brand
A COFFEE morning held at a Burnham-On-Sea church to promote Fairtrade products has been hailed a success by organisers. A good crowd came to the Fairtrade Fortnight Café run by children of all academic years from St Andrew’s School on Thursday morning. More...

Arts Festival results & photos
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th
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Oaktree holds flood fundraiser
A COMEDY and music night is to be held in Highbridge this Friday to help raise cash for those devastated by flooding in Somerset. The Oaktree Arena will be holding an evening of entertainment including a buffet, live music, auction and comedy from the stand-up comedian Buster. More...

Town flower show on Saturday
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
on display at the popular show. More...

Fresh calls for town manager
Exclusive: FRESH calls have been made this week for the appointment of a new Burnham-On-Sea Town Centre Manager to offset the financial damage from Somerset's flooding. The creation of the new role, to promote the town centre, is among several improvements funded by £440,000 from Tesco
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Missing man found after search
A VULNERABLE pensioner who went missing in Burnham-On-Sea was found safe and well after a widespread search last night (Wednesday). Police officers and crewmembers from BARB Search & Rescue were tasked with searching Burnham-On-Sea town centre
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Ceremony held for Coastguard
A BURNHAM Coastguard has retired this week after 15 years saving lives along Somerset's coastline. Robin Hewlett, 65, was presented with a glass tankard during a ceremony held at Burnham's seafront Coastguard station last night (Wednesday, March 5th)
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Cadets selected for Somerset
TWO Burnham-On-Sea army cadets have been selected to represent Somerset's Army Cadet Force at a national level later this month in football and cross country. Runner Tiger Oatley-Summers and Daniel Mortimer, a keen footballer, will both be taking part
in the event. More...

Driving ban for drink driver
A DRINK driver has this week been banned from driving for 20 months after being stopped by police who had seen him drinking in a Burnham-On-Sea bar. Roger Coles, 47, from Penmore Road in Berrow, was stopped by police and given a breath test
and was then arrested. More...

£1.6m jobs boost for Highbridge
Exclusive: CONSTRUCTION of a new £1.6m business enterprise centre in Highbridge is set to start this month, bringing new jobs and companies to the town, the county council has said this week. The new 'business enterprise hub' at Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre will be home to up to 35 small firms. More...

Family raises £20k for hospice
A BURNHAM family has raised £20,000 for a local hospice in memory of their mother who died from cancer. Christine Woodberry, pictured, passed away in 2008 and since then her daughter Kim and sons Scott and Mark have raised thousands
for charities in her memory. More...

Beach clean-up to be launched
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches ahead of the start of the tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council is hoping that a group of volunteers can be formed to undertake the clean-up after recent storms
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Town MP attacks 'bully banks'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has given her backing to local small and medium-sized businesses damaged by the appalling misconduct of high street banks. Tessa Munt this week attended a 'Bully Banks Campaign Day' in Westminster, organised by a group
of campaigners, to highlight the issue. More...

'Great day for local democracy'
Exclusive: A MAJOR £20,000 project to create a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge was given the go-ahead by town councillors last night (Monday). They voted in favour of proceeding with the scheme after more than 20 local people gave their backing to the project at an open meeting last week
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Burnham guided walks to start
Exclusive: A SERIES of guided walks around Burnham-On-Sea are set to be launched this summer. Burnham-On-Sea Town Team has been awarded a grant of £560 from Sedgemoor District Council's Community Health Fund to launch the unique walks
, which will have several themes. More...

67th festival to open this week
THE countdown to the start of Highbridge's 67th annual Festival Of The Arts has begun, with the competition getting underway this Thursday. A record-breaking number of entries of talented youngsters will be competing in the two towns from March 6th until March 15th
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40 tourism jobs up for grabs
TOURIST attractions in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding recruitment days this week to offer dozens of seasonal jobs. Brean Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity are holding their annual recruitment event this coming Saturday, March 8th from 10.30am-3.30pm
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Ready, set, bake for contest!
A POPULAR home and professional baker competition is set to return for a fourth time at the Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival on 24th May 2014. The Great Burnham Bake Off aims to encourage families to bake together with a sponful of added friendly competition
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Fairtrade event to be held
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school will be holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in the town this Thursday (March 6th). The children of St Andrew's School will be making and serving coffee to visitors to promote the idea of 'Fairtrade'
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New crossing plan to proceed
Exclusive: A long-awaited new pedestrian crossing will be installed along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea despite delays, a councillor has confirmed this week. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, initially announced last year that the project in Berrow Road would go ahead. More...

History project issues appeal
NOMINATIONS are being sought for a brand new project celebrating Burnham's history and heritage. North Sedgemoor Local History Group (NSLHG) was recently granted £25,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its 'Capture Burnham' project to develop the project
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New reading group launches
A NEW reading group is set to launch today (Monday) at Burnham-On-Sea Library. The group, called 'Feel Better with a Book', is supported by Public Health (part of Somerset County Council) and will be held from 2-4pm at the library in Princess Street
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30 complete endurance race
STRONG onshore winds provided ideal conditions for kite buggying racers from across the region at Brean on Sunday (March 2nd). Over 30 racers competed in the annual Connor Endurance Race, held on the beach, named after a 14 year-old who died of a terminal illness
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Welly day to raise flood funds
A WELLY-themed fundraising day is set to be held at Berrow's Animal Farm to help those affected by Somerset flooding. A group of Lympsham mums who held a half-term fundraising event in the village last month have organised the special fun event for 15th March
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Long-serving chairman retires
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard was the special guest at a function to mark the retirement of a long-serving boss at a sheltered housing provider in the town. A retirement party was attended by residents, staff and committee
when it was held over the past week. More...

17 new homes step closer
A DEVELOPMENT of 17 new homes has come a step closer in Burnham-On-Sea after a deal was reached on planning conditions. Outline planning permission has been granted for 17 homes to be built at the rear of Burnham's Tesco store and the Rosewood pub, pictured
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Spring bursts into bloom!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Manor Gardens have burst into colour as Spring officially gets underway this weekend. Scores of daffodils and crocuses were in bloom on Saturday (March 1st), as pictured here, on the official first day of Spring. It comes after a mild weather
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Festival to help town charity
THE organisers of a two day music festival set to take place in Highbridge during May have announced that BARB will be one of the two charitities benefiting from the event. Summerset Live will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Show entries now welcomed
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
classes to enter for locals. More...

£2m flood fund to help tourism
TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area affected by the floods – from bed and breakfasts and hotels to local attractions – could get help from a new £2m support fund that has been announced today (Saturday, March 1st) by the Culture Secretary
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Badgers are 'recovering well'
TWO badgers who were rescued last week after being stranded on a tiny strip of land in the middle of the flooded Somerset Levels are making a good recovery, wildlife carers have said. The two animals, named Storm and Noah by rescuers, were retrieved
during February. More...

Two-car collision in Highbridge
A TWO-car collision caused delays for motorists in Highbridge on Friday evening (February 28th). Police and ambulance crews were called to the roundabout at the junction of Burnham Road and Pepperall Road just before 7.30pm to reports of the crash, pictured here
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Schools in county tournament
BURNHAM-On-Sea schoolchildren have competed against dozens of other youngsters from across the county in the Somerset schools football tournament. The annual event, attended by over 360 children, included Burnham's St Joseph's School and Berrow School. More...

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