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March 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Photos: Gales cause damage
GALE force winds in the early hours of Tuesday (March 31st) brought down trees and caused damage in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A large advertising hoarding next to Highbridge Social Club in Church Street was blown onto the side of the building, as pictured. More...

Council opposes Asda 5am plan
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have backed residents in Highbridge by formally objecting against supermarket giant Asda's plans to introduce early morning deliveries at 5am on weekdays. The store in Caxton Road is seeking a variation to its planning conditions to allow lorries to make 5am deliveries. More...

Beach wardens back on duty
BEACH wardens have gone on duty at Burnham-On-Sea and on Berrow beach this week for the start of the new holiday season. The Sedgemoor District Council wardens went on duty on Monday (March 31st) and will now be in place over the Spring and Summer until mid-September. More...

Join Marine Cove Easter fun
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a day of free Easter family fun this Saturday (April 4th). The event will take place between 10am and 12 mid-day when a line-up of Easter craft and fun activities will be held for all the family during the day. More...

Golfers raise £5k for charity
A BUMPER-sized cheque for £5,000 has been presented to a regional charity by members of Brean Golf Club. Golf Club Captain Paul Jones handed over a cheque for just under £5,000 to CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association) and the South West Cleft team. More...

Check your election poll card
POLLING cards for May's General and Local Elections will be arriving on doormats in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the Easter weekend. Residents are being advised by Sedgemoor District Council to check their polling cards when they arrive for any errors. More...

Delays after police bike crash
A POLICE motorcyclist was taken to hospital as a precaution after a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (March 30th), which led several hours of delays. The officer was responding to an emergency call when he was knocked off his motorbike. More...

Outdoor film event at theatre
THE exterior wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to be transformed into a giant 'cinema screen' for a unique outdoor film showing on Easter Day. Ignite Somerset has been working with artists, children and young people in Somerset to create digital art designed for large-scale projection. More...

Shop windows contest begins
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £100 over Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the competition to 'spot the odd item'. More...

Rain fails to halt procession
HEAVY rain and strong wind failed to halt Burnham-On-Sea's annual donkey-led Palm Sunday parade at the weekend. The procession went ahead on a shorter route and was joined by a group of around 40 residents. Members of St Andrew's Church carried palms. More...

Aquathlon beats the weather
STORMY weather failed to dampen spirits for dozens of athletes competing in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Spring aquathlon on Sunday (March 29th). The popular event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 250 metre swim at Burnham Pool. More...

Easter race held in Brent Knoll
DOZENS of youngsters have taken part in the annual Spring run to the top of Brent Knoll and back. The traditional race, held on Saturday (March 28th), started outside the village's primary school and saw the children dash up to the top of the hill and back. More...

High winds batter Burnham
STRONG winds caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, March 29th). Winds gusting up to 65mph battered the town, causing several fences to come down, a cafe's signage to be blown away, and a street light to be damaged - requiring a fire crew to help. More...

Walkers hurt after town revamp
Exclusive: THE safety of Burnham-On-Sea's new town centre 'events area' is in the spotlight this week after several accidents where walkers have tripped up. New coloured paving stones and a yellow road surface have been introduced in the High Street as part of a raft of changes. More...

Rock concert draws big crowd
OVER 180 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday night (March 28th) for a concert by one of the UK's leading rock tribute groups. 'Hats Off to Led Zeppelin' performed at The Princess Theatre in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday night. More...

Shakespeare gets makeover!
TICKETS are on sale for a special comedy play by Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company next weekend. The group is performing 'What You Will (or Twelfth Night)' on Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm. Shakespeare's comedy has been re-written with a twist. More...

Villagers turn out for clean-up
A COMMUNITY clean-up was held in West Huntspill on Saturday morning (March 28th). Residents rolled up their sleeves to take part in the bi-annual 'clean sweep' to clear up public areas of the village. Approximately 20 bags of rubbish were collected during the event. More...

Town beach gets Spring clean
VOLUNTEERS joined forces with council beach wardens to conduct a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches on Friday (March 27th). They included staff from Burnham's Tesco supermarket, who helped in the clean-up in readiness for the Easter holiday. More...

Home Secretary visits Burnham
HOME Secretary Theresa May made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Friday (March 27th). The Minister was shown around the town's Farmers Market and chatted with traders and shop owners along the High Street during an hour-long visit as part of an election tour. More...

MP launches election campaign
FORMER Liberal Democrats party leader Paddy Ashdown has helped to formally launch Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa's Munt election campaign this week. Lord Ashdown - who led the Lib Dems from 1988 until August 1999 - attended Thursday evening's event. More...

Legion to hold open day today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion branch is holding a special Open Day today (Saturday, March 28th). The event will take place from 2pm - 5pm at the legion's HQ at 15 Victoria Street behind Material Needs and opposite BOS Mobility in the town centre. More...

£1.5m Dunball work finishes
A £1.5 million project to improve flood defences on the Somerset Levels has been completed at Dunball near Burnham-On-Sea. The purpose-built platform at Dunball Sluice means flood water can be quickly pumped away. It also means water flows can be properly managed. More...

Controlled burning underway
CONTROLLED burning of gorse and heather is underway on the Quantocks this week, with rangers advising residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area not to be worried if they see smoke on the hills. Residents have called the fire brigade in the past, fearing an accident. More...

Cold calling crackdown
A major clampdown on cold callers in the Highbridge area has seen six new 'no cold calling zones' introduced with plans to target the whole town. The Burnham & Highbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team are working with Sedgemoor District Council to install the new signs. More...

Fire crews called to crash
FIRE crews were called to a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (March 26th). A car hit a telegraph pole at the junction of Harp Road and Yardwall Road on the Mark Causeway at 2.20pm. Crews made the vehicle safe after ensuring the ocupants were free. More...

Speedway season starts today
THE tapes go up on the opening match of the speedway season at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge tonight (Friday, March 27th). The Somerset Rebels will take on the 2014 Elite League Champions, the Poole Pirates, in a season-opening match. More...

Town farmers market today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this morning (Friday, March 27th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm. More...

Town Manager holds drop-ins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Centre Manager has this week launched a series of new 'Meet the Manager' drop-in sessions. The new events give local people a chance to share their thoughts directly with the Town Manager responsible for the town centre. More...

Laughs galore at comedy night
A NIGHT of laughs will be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this Saturday (28th March) when a professional Comedy Night is held for charity. The event is being held as part of World Autism Awareness Week and is being organised by the National Autistic Society. More...

£1.1m business centre opens
A NEW £1.16million business enterprise centre on the outskirts of Highbridge was officially opened by the County Council on Wednesday (25th March). Entrepreneurs and business people from across the area joined Somerset County Council at the grand opening event. More...

Beach donkey rides halted
TRADITIONAL donkey rides will not be offered on Burnham-On-Sea beach this summer, council bosses have said this week. Sedgemoor District Council says the previous donkey rides provider in Burnham-On-Sea has not had their licence renewed. More...

Appeal after motorway crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to an accident at Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction last weekend. Officers were called to a single vehicle collision on Saturday evening (21st March) at 7.23pm where the occupant had left the scene of the incident. More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday morning (March 27th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm. More...

Clare to appear in local musical
A BURNHAM-On-Sea actress is set to appear in Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society's production of 'Hairspray' in April. Clare Hunter, a regular performer with local pantomime society Coastline Players and Weston Operatic Society, is playing Penny Pingleton. More...

Water quality upgrade to start
Exclusive: WORK is set to begin on the first phase of a major multi-million pound project to help improve sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea. Wessex Water has said this week that its work on the project will start in the next few weeks at its pumping station in Highbridge. More...

Fall in unemployment figures
NEW figures out this week show unemployment has continued to fall across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Data provided by the House of Commons Library shows the number of people in the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. More...

Join beach clean in Burnham
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to take part in a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this Friday (March 27th) at the start of the Easter holiday season. Organised by Sedgemoor District Council, the event will see the beach between Berrow and Burnham. More...

Tribute concert set to be held
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band will pay tribute to the late David Fisher, their former musical director, with a special concert this Sunday evening (March 29th). A programme of popular band music that includes many of David's favourite pieces will be held at the concert. More...

New caravan park is approved
Exclusive: PLANS to build a new caravan park near a busy A38 road junction in Brent Knoll look have been approved despite Parish Council concerns about traffic safety. The Fox and Goose pub in Brent Knoll has been granted permission for the new facilities. More...

Hair show to help town charity
HAIRDRESSING students in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be taking part in a fundraising show for a local charity in April. L&F Inspired Hair Academy, based in Highbridge, is holding a cat walk and auction event at Robert Blake Science College in nearby Bridgwater. More...

Man air-lifted after ladder fall
AN air ambulance landed in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (March 23rd) to fly a casualty to hospital following an accident. A person fell from a tall ladder while working at a nearby property, prompting several ambulances to be called. More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is set to publish his fourth crime novel next month. Damien Boyd is set to unveil his long-awaited fourth installment in his DI Nick Dixon crime series. The book, called 'Swansong', will be released later next month on Tuesday 7th April. More...

'Plane crash' rehearsed in sea
A PLANE crash in the Bristol Channel near Brean Down was rehearsed by lifeboat crews on Sunday (March 22nd) as part of a planned training exercise. A group of walkers on Brean Down took these photos of what appeared to be an aeroplane's tail fin being retrieved. More...

Tourist centre team thanked
A SOCIAL evening was held on Monday (March 23rd) to thank the team of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre. BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) has run the thriving centre with the help of local people since 2011. More...

St George's Day fun planned
FAMILIES, carers and nurseries are being invited to join a fun day of free celebrations in Burnham-On-Sea on St George's Day (April 23rd). Aimed at pre-schoolers, there will be a trail around the town centre encouraging them to try and spot the baby dragons in shops and firms. More...

Bridal store marks first year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea bridal clothing shop is celebrating its first anniversary this week after a successful 12 months helping to make wedding days extra special. Sarah's Bridal Wardrobe in College Street specialises in wedding, bridesmaid and prom dresses. More...

Evening closures for High Street
BURNHAM-On-Sea's High Street will be closed on three evenings this week while resurfacing work is carried out as part of the town centre's programme of ongoing improvements. A new surface is set to be laid by Somerset County Council in the High Street. More...

Mayor's award for town street
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has presented the residents of 'Britain's most festive street' a special award to recognise their efforts in raising £60,000 for charity. Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox visited the residents of Trinity Close on Saturday morning. More...

£1,000 boost for town charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of local teenager Charley Marks, who died last autumn, has received a funding windfall this week. Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has presented £1,000 to In Charley's Memory from his County Council budget. More...

BIARS to hold social evening
A SOCIAL evening to thank the team of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre is to be held this evening (Monday). BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) operates the thriving seafront centre with the help of volunteers. More...

Hotel raises £635 for Olivia
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel's fundraising music night has raised hundreds of pounds to help buy a Braille reader for a five year-old local girl who is registered blind. The Royal Clarence Hotel on the town's seafront held a successful Karaoke and Pop Quiz Night. More...

Explosive found in beach clean
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean on Saturday afternoon (March 21st) when a group of volunteers taking part in a beach clean found an explosive object washed up. Brean's beachwarden Dave Furber alerted Coastguards, who sent a team to investigate. More...

Colourful scenes for high tides
HIGH spring tides and calm weather have created stunning scenes along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline this weekend. The 12.2m tides have been lapping at the foot of the dunes and sea wall, creating colourful scenes at the Yacht Club and the lighthouse. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (March 20th) to help a resident who had suffered a suspected heart attack. The yellow Dorset and Somerset helicopter landed in a field next to the town's Tesco store in the Frank Foley Parkway, as pictured. More...

Crufts appearance for Daisy
A 'REMARKABLE' rescue dog owned by a Burnham-On-Sea man has competed at this year's Crufts. Spencer Dibble took Daisy, his "very affectionate" four-year-old Red Fox Labrador to the leading dog show as part of a local team, which finished second in their class. More...

56 sackfuls of waste collected
56 sackfuls of rubbish were collected by volunteers during a National Trust beach clean at Brean on Saturday (March 21st). More than 40 volunteers took part in the event at Brean Cove, removing the rubbish that has been washed up by several recent high tides. More...

£8.5m housing project launches
A government minister visited Highbridge on Friday (March 20th) to formally launch an £8.5m affordable housing project in the town. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, accompanied by Conservative General Election candidate James Heappey, visited the former cattle market site. More...

Abbi chosen as Carnival Queen
EIGHTEEN year-old Abbi Fear has been chosen as Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen following a ceremony on Friday night (March 20th). At a special selection evening held in Burnham's Ritz Social Club, the teenager was chosen by a panel of four local judges. More...

TV wildlife expert draws crowd
BROADCASTER and conservationist Chris Sperring MBE from the Hawk and Owl Trust was the VIP guest at a well-attended meeting in Berrow this week. Berrow Conservation Group hosted the very well-attended meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday evening. More...

Brent Knoll jobs on offer today
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area can attend an Open Day at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll on Saturday (March 20th). The event will be aimed at local residents who are looking for careers working with autistic people. Visitors are encouraged to drop in. More...

Solar eclipse watched in area
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area watched a stunning partial solar eclipse this morning. These were the scenes in Burnham as the moon partially blocked the sun for several minutes. The peak of the 88% eclipse occurred in Burnham at 9.28am. More...

Lorry crashes off M5 at Burnham
TWO people were treated by ambulance crews after an articulated lorry left the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday, March 19th. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between junction at Burnham and junction 21 for Weston shortly after 10pm. More...

Two year wait for sign is over!
A ROAD sign near Burnham-On-Sea has finally been fiexd after a two year wait and consultation with 22 separate organisations! The sign lay hidden in the undergrowth while Somerset County Council consulted with 22 bodies to repair it despite negotiations by the MP Tessa Munt. More...

Firms invited to centre opening
BUSINESSES in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been invited to the opening of a new 'Enterprise Hub' in Highbridge. The new £1.16m centre built by Somerset County Council on the Isleport Industrial Park to champion high growth enterprises and drive business. More...

BARB wins top charity award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue won the title of Sedgemoor Charity of the Year during a regional business awards ceremony on Thursday evening (March 19th). The Burnham-based charity operates two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat. More...

'My barrage plan is still alive'
Exclusive: THE developer of a proposed Severn Barrage between Brean and Wales has this week vowed that the project is still "alive and progressing" during a visit to Burnham-On-Sea. Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham of the Severn Lake project has met several "influential potential investors". More...

Ice cream kiosk plan approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a new ice cream kiosk on Burnham's seafront have been given the go-ahead this week by Sedgemoor District Council despite being earlier rejected by town councillors. The Town Council had formally objected to the plans when they were recently considered. More...

In photos: Burnham crane-in
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Wednesday (March 18th) as 24 boats were lifted into the River Brue during the town's Spring 'crane-in'. The annual tradition is organised each Spring by the town's Sailing Club to start the Spring season. More...

New rail users group to launch
A NEW rail users group is being formed at Highbridge and Burnham Station - with commuters being urged to get involved. The new group will meet for the first time on Thursday March 26th at Highbridge Community Hall from 3.30pm to 5.45pm when all will be welcome. More...

Cloud to hide Friday's eclipse?
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to see the partial eclipse on Friday (March 20th), providing the skies stay clear of cloud. The Met Office says there is a risk of cloud cover at the same time as the eclipse, which is expected to occurr at 9.28am. More...

Fundraiser for Olivia planned
A BURNHAM -On-Sea hotel is holding a special fundraising music night this weekend to help a five year-old local girl who is registered blind. The Royal Clarence Hotel on the seafront is holding the Karaoke and Pop Quiz Night on Saturday evening, March 21st. More...

150 attend pylons hearing
Exclusive: OVER 150 residents filled a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Tuesday) when the Planning Inspectorate held a public hearing on controversial plans by National Grid to build a long line of huge pylons across the Somerset Levels between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. More...

Join Brean beach clean team
THE National Trust is appealing for volunteers of all ages and abilities to join a beach clean at Brean beach this Saturday (March 21st). The clean-up operation is being held as part of the Trust's annual 'Big Beach Clean Week' and follows recent high tides. More...

Eclipse on show this Friday
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area lok set to see the partial eclipse this Friday (March 20th) - providing the skies stay clear of cloud. The Met Office says there is a risk of cloud cover on Friday at the same time as the eclipse, which is expected at 9.28am. More...

Highbridge crash victim named
A 48-year-old man who was killed in a crash in Bridgwater last Tuesday has this week been named as Ron Nutt of Highbridge. He was driving north on the A38 from Bridgwater when his Citroen Xantia left the road and hit a tree near the Dunball roundabout. More...

Pupils help with planning work
PUPILS from King Alfred School are helping to produce a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge – and have produced a giant map for their school. The map shows the Burnham and Highbridge Town Council area and the majority of the parish. More...

New community project starts
A NEW project for residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to build on and grow new ideas gets underway this week. Project Blueprint is a design and consultation process run by RIO (The Real Ideas Organisation) for the people of Burnham and Highbridge. More...

High Street bucks national trend
A NATIONAL report on the numbers of shops in town centres has found that more stores closed than opened in Somerset last year - however Burnham-On-Sea is one of two towns to buck the trend. The new PricewaterhouseCoopers report looked at 500 towns across the UK - including seven in Somerset. More...

Resignation sees UKIP change
UKIP local party chairman and regional representative Helen Hims has been selected to stand as UKIP's parliamentary candidate in the Wells constituency which includes Burnham-On-Sea following the resignation of previous candidate Jeff Bolter due to a family matter. More...

Fire scare at Burnham shop
FIREFIGHTERS were called to Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Monday morning (March 16th) after a scare at a shop. Two fire engines were called to David Bull Optometrists in the High Street at 11.45am after staff there reported a small of burning inside the premises. More...

Sign up for Apex mutt strutt
DOG walkers are being invited to sign up to take part in a sponsored 'mutt strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park next month. The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA North Somerset Branch on Sunday 12th April, with registration starting from 2pm and the walk at 2.30pm. More...

Led Zeppelin comes to town!
THE UK's leading tribute to rock group Led Zeppelin is returning to Burnham-On-Sea this month. 'Hats Off to Led Zeppelin' will be performing at The Princess Theatre on Saturday 28th March. The group has created a buzz unheard of for a tribute act by their popularity. More...

Parish Council clerk retires
THE clerk of a parish council near Burnham-On-Sea has retired this week after almost 12 years in the role. Bruce Poole, from Burnham, has been clerk at East Huntspill Parish Council since 2003 and was thanked for his time in the position during a presentation. More...

Street seller plan welcomed
Exclusive: A FRUIT and veg seller could soon return to Burnham-On-Sea High Street for the first time in four years under proposals to create a new street trading pitch in the town centre. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, right, is behind the proposals. More...

Final call for queen entries
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have until this Wednesday (March 18th) to enter this year's competiton to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Following lots of interest in recent weeks, the entry period has been extended by two days. More...

Dog owners beach record bid
SOFT Coated Wheaten Terriers, and their owners, took to Brean beach on Sunday as part of a worldwide 'walk our Wheatens day' to celebrate the breed society's 60th anniversary and attempt a world record. Owners from the Burnham-On-Sea area and beyond took part. More...

Burnham flower show - results
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 14th). Organisers said the event, held in the hall at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a great success" with more than 170 entries in all. More...

Marshalling course to be held
A MARSHALLING training course is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea next month for helpers of local events. Local community group BOS Events has been given a grant by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to organise the unique training course for the first time. More...

Tributes paid to Joe, 12
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old Burnham-On-Sea youngster who has passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Joe Laoutaris has died following a two-year fight against Ewings Sarcoma cancer. Joe was recognised at the 2014 Pride of Somerset Youth Awards for his bravery. More...

Petrol station now 24-hours
A HIGHBRIDGE petrol station is now under new management and is open 24 hours a day. The Esso station in Burnham Road has extended its opening hours in time for the start of the busy tourist season. Manager Jason Adams, pictured, explained the change. More...

Driver unhurt in Burnham crash
THE driver of this car was left "shaken", but unhurt after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (March 14th). The vehicle demolished a road sign and was left embedded in a hedge at the junction of Archer Driver and Ben Travers Way at around 1pm. More...

More RNLI volunteers wanted
MORE volunteers are being sought to help launch Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboats as two of the group's shore team have progressed to probationary boat crew status. No experience is necessary because training will be provided, said an RNLI spokesman. More...

Radio club continues to grow
BURNHAM Amateur Radio club is going from strength to strength as it continues to grow eight months after being formed. The group has recently been issued with its own official callsign - G4RGY - and is also running a foundation radio licensing training course. More...

MP publishes tax returns online
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has published her tax returns online and vowed to be fully transparent about her earnings. Tessa Munt has published her tax returns on her website here for the years since she was elected Burnham's MP in 2010. Her move comes after MPs' incomes have been in the spotlight. More...

Pink post box mystery solved!
RESIDENTS in part of Burnham-On-Sea were bemused to find their post boxes had turned pink this week! Boxes in Rectory Road and Berrow Road changed from their traditional red to the new colour instead. But Royal Mail has reassured residents about the change. More...

Teenage fraudsters jailed
TWO teenagers have this week been jailed for defrauding vulnerable people across the south west - including the Burnham-On-Sea area - out of more than £88,000. Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee, both 19, of Quaker Street in London, were jailed. More...

Flower show preview
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual show on Saturday (March 14th). As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography, floral art and junior classes. More...

School receives trees donation
LYMPSHAM First School has recently received a donation of young trees from a garden centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre recently held a sapling giveaway for worthy causes on a first come first served basis and has donated the trees to the school. More...

Caravan park set for approval
Exclusive: PLANS to build a new caravan park near a busy A38 road junction in Brent Knoll look set to be approved next week despite Parish Council concerns about traffic safety. The Fox and Goose pub in Brent Knoll wants to create a new 25-pitch touring caravan site on land at the rear of the pub. More...

Town flower show tomorrow
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual show on Saturday (March 14th). As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography, floral art and junior classes plus more. More...

Berrow Green car removed
BERROW Parish Council has expressed its relief that the wreckage of this overturned car was finally removed from the Village Green on Thursday (March 12th), almost a month after a crash. The red Nissan had been there since an accident occurred at 2am on February 14th. More...

Group becomes official charity
A GROUP that was set up in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died last autumn has gained official charity status this week - exactly six months on from the tragedy. Charley Marks, 18, took his own life last September and the charity has been created. More...

Pupils hold Fairtrade morning
A COFFEE morning held at a Burnham-On-Sea church to promote Fairtrade products has been hailed a success by organisers. Around 60 visitors came to the annual Fairtrade Café event run by the children of St Andrew’s School. They enjoyed tea and cakes. More...

Cliff abseil promotes tourism
JAMES Heappey, the Conservatives' General Election candidate in Burnham-On-Sea, has abseiled 450 feet down the cliffs at Cheddar Gorge to mark the launch of English Tourism Week. The descent coincided with the launch of English Tourism Week which runs over the next few days. More...

Row over High Street closures
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have clashed this week over proposals to temporarily close the town's High Street for community events. It comes after Burnham's Town Centre Manager this week proposed that the High Street is closed for a parade and street party in June. More...

New park wildlife trail launches
A BRAND new free wildlife trail guide for Apex Park in Highbridge has been launched this week. The colourful leaflets have been produced by Sedgemoor District Council to guide visitors of all ages around the park. Visitors are being encouraged to see the park's wildlife. More...

Sam, 17, wins volunteer award
A TEENAGER who volunteers his time as a crewmember at a life-saving Burnham-On-Sea charity has received a prestigious Pride of Somerset Youth Award. Sam Mason, 17, from the village of Mark is a volunteer at BARB Search & Rescue and is its youngest crewman. More...

Highbridge man dies in crash
Updated: A MAN from Highbridge has died after his car collided with a tree near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (March 10th). Emergency services were called to the A38 just after 2pm when the 47-year-old man's Citroen Xantia came off the road and struck a tree. More...

Taxi driver raises vital cash
A KIND-hearted Burnham-On-Sea taxi driver has raised hundreds of pounds of cash towards vital medication for a local Tuberous Sclerosis sufferer by undertaking a weight loss challenge. Denise Bone has completed a sponsored 12-week weight loss programe to raise the funds. More...

New Age UK group for town
AGE UK Somerset has launched a new multi-activity session in Highbridge after receiving funding from the local committee of the Community Development Foundation. The fortnightly sessions include New Age Kurling, Boccia, Ping and seated Hockey plus other activities. More...

Food Festival quiz this Friday
A FUNDRAISING quiz night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (March 13th) for Burnham's Food and Drink Festival. The quiz will begin at 8pm in Burnham's Ritz Social Club and is one of several weekly quizzes organised by the club's committee for good causes. More...

'Mega pylons' must be stopped
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week stepped up her calls for National Grid's controversial 'mega pylons' proposals to be rejected and thrown out. She has written to the Planning Inspectorate as it undertakes the final stage of the planning process. More...

Councillor set to stand down
A BURNHAM and Highbridge councillor has announced this week that she will be stepping down from her role at the election in May. Cllr Helen Groves, pictured, has taken the decision not to seek re-election after four years in the position as a district and town councillor. More...

Can you help town sea cadets?
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets are seeking volunteers to help with running the popular group. Mike Jackson, Chairman of the unit, is appealing for people to come forward who have some spare time and would like to make a contribution to the unit on its committee. More...

Appeal after fatal car accident
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a fatal accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (March 10th). Emergency services were called to the A38 Dunball roundabout shortly after 2pm where a car had collided with a tree, police confirmed. More...

Pub unveils refurbishment
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has unveiled its new look following a refurbishment. The Somerset & Dorset in Burnham High Street has a bright new look that retains the history of the pub alongside vintage colours through the building, say its popular owners. More...

Positive report for pre-school
STAFF and pupils at a pre-school near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after achieving a positive Ofsted report. The pre-school has received an overall achievement of 'good', delighting the team. Manager Emma Allen said: "We are delighted." More...

Arrest after taxi driver assault
A MAN has been arrested after a Burnham-On-Sea taxi driver was beaten in an assault at the weekend. Police were called just after 9.30pm on Saturday 7th March by members of the public reporting that a taxi driver had been assaulted by a passenger in his vehicle. More...

Flag raised for commonwealth
BURNHAM-On-Sea marked Commonwealth Day on Monday (9th March) with a civic flag-raising ceremony. Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor was joined by local residents for the special ceremony besides the town flag pole at the end of the High Street and Abingdon Street. More...

Tidal surge barrier proposed
THE Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council have met to discuss options for a new flood barrier on the River Parrett, near Burnham-On-Sea, which is one of several actions proposed in order to reduce the risk of more Somerset flooding in the future. More...

Holiday park's boost for BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity during a weekend of fundraising at a holiday park in Brean. Northam Farm in South Road, Brean held the popular annual event, which was attended by scores of visitors from across the country. More...

Legal wrangle over car wreckage
THIS overturned car should finally be taken away from Berrow Village Green this week after three weeks of legal discussions by the Parish Council. The wreckage of the red Nissan has been in place since a crash at 2am on February 14th when the 23 year-old driver from Hertfordshire lost control. More...

Mayor to lead flag ceremony
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be marking Commonwealth Day on Monday 9th March with a civic flag-raising ceremony. Burnham's Mayor is inviting residents and town centre workers to join him at the flag pole at the end of High Street and Abingdon Street for the special ceremony. More...

Fundraisers see the blues!
OVER £1,400 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Hospital when supporters held a colourful social evening on Saturday night (March 7th). 150 people attended The Friends of Burnham Hospital's blue-themed fundraiser at The Oaktree arena in Highbridge. More...

Buckthorn cleared from dunes
A DAY of conservation work took place in Berrow dunes on Sunday (March 8th) during a day of sea buckthorn scrub clearance. Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers joined a team from Bristol University Conservation Group for their annual visit to Berrow Dunes. More...

£1,000 raised for carnival club
A FUNDRAISING bag pack in a supermarket was one of three events held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club over the weekend as the group starts building this year's carnival cart. It included a fundraising quiz night at the Ritz Social Club and a bingo session. More...

Updated: Arts Festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2015 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 68th annual festival, which is underway for another week. More...

Revamp 'on track for Easter'
Exclusive: WORK to revamp Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is on track to be completed for Easter, the Town Council has said this week. Pavements in the centre of the High Street have been resurfaced with new paviers over the past week, as pictured here. More...

Sunshine boost for Burnham
THE warmest day of the year so far saw visitors flocking to beaches in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Saturday (March 7th). Temperatures reached 16.5°C (61F) in Burnham on Saturday afternoon, a welcome warm spell following a chilly start to the year. More...

New town plan steps forward
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents who are compiling a Neighbourhood Plan for the town that will define its future development reviewed the proposals during a town centre walk on Saturday (March 7th). Representatives from several groups took part. More...

Spring fayre hailed a success
A SPRING fayre in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (March 7th) raised funds for a local good cause. The well-attended event was held at the Bay Centre in Burnham's Cassis Close and was in aid of the local group Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset. More...

70 jobs on offer in Brean today
OVER 70 seasonal jobs will be up for grabs at Brean Leisure Park when it holds its annual recruitment day on Sunday 8th March. The event will take place at the park 10am–4pm with positions ranging from leaders to food and beverage roles plus many others for the summer. More...

Council phone line launched
SOMERSET County Council is making it easier and cheaper for people in the Burnham-On-Sea to get in touch with the launch of a new 0300 number. The council's ten separate 0845 numbers have this week been replaced with a single number for all enquiries to simplify the process. More...

Parking fines grace planned
DRIVERS
in Burnham-On-Sea look set to be given a 10 minutes' grace period after a parking ticket runs out before they can be fined. The concession will apply to on-street and off-street council parking spots in England under changes to the law in the next few weeks. More...

Hannah wins top Pride award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager was last night (Friday) presented with a prestigious Pride of Somerset Award. At the 2015 'Pride of Somerset Youth Awards', run by the Rotary Club, Hannah Bird, 16, was recognised for her voluntary work for the town's Food Festival and in water skiing. More...

Spring fair today in Burnham
A SPRING fayre is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) with funds going to a local good cause. The event is being held at the Bay Centre in Cassis Close from 2.30pm-5pm in aid of Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset. There will be lots to see and do. More...

70 jobs on offer tomorrow
OVER 70 seasonal jobs will be up for grabs at Brean Leisure Park when it holds its annual recruitment day on Sunday 8th March. The event will take place at the park between 10am and 4pm with positions ranging from leaders and managers to food and beverage roles. More...

Legal delays hit rail project
Exclusive: PLANS to re-introduce a set of railway buffers in Burnham-On-Sea to celebrate the town's rail heritage are back on track after months of legal talks. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old railway buffers in the town's Pier Street. More...

New financial woes for Hinkley
ENERGY giant EDF has given a strong hint this week that nuclear reactor-maker firm Areva may pull out of funding the huge Hinkley Point C development near Burnham-On-Sea. Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy chief executive, spoke to national media on Thursday. More...

In Photos: World Book Day fun
WORLD Book Day was celebrated in Burnham and Highbridge on Thursday (March 5th) when a line-up of colourful costumes went on show. Literary lunacy come to the Burnham-On-Sea area when staff and pupils, including those at King Alfred School, joined in. More...

Support Hillview this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is holding a weekend of fundraising activities when local people are being encouraged to get involved. The club is holding a quiz night at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street at 8pm this evening with more events at the weekend. More...

Highbridge Festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2015 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 68th annual festival, which is underway until March 14th. More...

Brean caravan show weekend
A BREAN holiday park is holding its annual caravan show this weekend as part of a kick-off to the holiday season. Northam Farm in South Road, Brean is holding the event, plus a line-up of family activities, from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th March with all visitors welcome. More...

Anger over Asda 5am deliveries
Exclusive: ANGRY residents in Highbridge have this week hit out at supermarket giant Asda over controversial new plans to introduce early morning deliveries at 5am each weekday. The store in Caxton Road is seeking a variation to its planning conditions to allow lorries to make 5am deliveries. More...

Fake cash warning in Burnham
RESIDENTS and firms in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given a fresh warning to be on the look out for fake cash circulating in the town. It comes after shoppers attempted to use counterfeit £20 notes at town centre businesses to make large purchases. More...

Matt's back wax to raise funds
THE chairman of Burnham United football club is set to hold a fundraising back wax later this month to raise cash for the clubhouse's refurbishment and a charity close to his heart. Matt Counsell is bravely holding the event at the club on Saturday 14th March. More...

Manor House is 'now thriving'
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Manor House say the property is now fully occupied for the first time in many years and has become a 'thriving business hub'. Following its acquisition in 2012 and subsequent modernisation, the building is occupied with several businesses. More...

Pupils are crowned champions!
PUPILS at St Andrew's School in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after winning a top regional competition for a third year. Dozens of children from across the district competed in the Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon, held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday. More...

Town seafront to turn golden!
Exclusive: TARMAC pavements along part of Burnham-On-Sea seafront are to be replaced with a golden-coloured surface as part of a £200,000 project later this year, it has emerged this week. Sedgemoor District Council wants to remove the crumbling tarmac along the South Esplanade. More...

68th festival opens this week
THE countdown to the start of Highbridge's 68th annual Festival Of The Arts is underway with the competition getting underway on Thursday (March 5th). Hundreds of youngsters from the ages of three upwards will be competing in venues around Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Lamb rescued after cliffs fall
A LAMB which tumbled down the cliffs at Cheddar Gorge is making a speedy recovery with the help of animal carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, based in East Huntspill, were called to the village to help the animal. More...

'Crafternoon' comes to town
AN afternoon of craft-making displays and stalls is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Comic Relief. The event, called a Crafternoon, will be held at The Princess Theatre on Wednesday March 11th and will be open to all from 1pm-9pm to raise funds for the charity. More...

Boost for town library users
FREE wi-fi and computer usage is coming to Burnham-On-Sea Library as part of a raft of changes announced for Somerset’s Library Service this week. 80% of respondents to a library consultation survey said more should be done to inspire all and therefore the changes are coming. More...

Sisters re-open family's pub
TWO sisters who were raised in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea have returned to save the pub they grew up in, less than a year after it was closed by the previous owners. The White Horse Inn was home to Harriet and Hannah McKenzie for many years and now they're back. More...

New phone scam warning alert
COUNCIL tax bills won't be landing on doormats across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge until mid-March, but tax fraudsters have been operating in the area this week, prompting a warning from Sedgemoor District Council. The authority has warned residents to be aware. More...

Mixed reaction to lagoon plans
PLANS to generate electricity from a huge tidal lagoon in the sea off Burnham-On-Sea have been met with mixed reactions this week. The huge lagoon in Bridgwater Bay would be one of six to be introduced across the UK to capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant walls to power turbines. More...

Tony begins Arctic skiing trek
A BRENT Knoll resident has set off on a trip to the Arctic Circle for a 300 mile skiing trek from the Russian border to the Swedish border. Tony Gore, 60, is taking part in the world's longest regularly-organised cross country ski trek over the course of this week. More...

Lib Dems announce candidates
LIBERAL Democrats in Burnham-On-Sea have this week unveiled their candidates to fight the Burnham Central ward in this Spring's Sedgemoor District Council elections. Councillor Kate Lawson is being joined by Phil Harvey and Sarah Milner Simonds for the May poll. More...

Celebrate Commonwealth Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be marking Commonwealth Day on Monday 9th March with a civic flag-raising ceremony. Burnham's Mayor is inviting residents and town centre workers to join him at the flag pole at the end of High Street and Abingdon Street for the special occasion. More...

Group to visit Mumbai slums
A GROUP of caring Girl Guiding leaders from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the surrounding area will be visiting India this month to deliver much-needed equipment to needy children in the country's slums. 22 adult members will be making the trip at the end of March. More...

Dolphin washed up in Burnham
FISHERMEN in Burnham-On-Sea were surprised when a dolphin was washed up on the town's beach on Sunday (March 1st). The 4ft mammal, pictured here, was washed up on the sands adjacent to Allandale Road and appeared to have recently died. More...

Talent show hailed a success
UP and coming musical performers in the Burnham-On-Sea showed off their talent during a new competition in the town on Saturday night (February 28th). Burnham's Princess Theatre hosted the first Talent Showcase when local musicians performed. More...

Man, 50, charged with murder
A 50-year-old man has been charged following the murder of a woman in Glastonbury and a dramatic car crash near Burnham-On-Sea last week. Neil Winn of Watts Corner, Glastonbury is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court, Yeovil, on Monday morning. More...

In photos: UK championships
OVER 20 of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on Brean beach over the weekend to compete in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event was organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. More...

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