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March 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

'New school needed sooner'
TOWN councillors want to see the construction of a new primary school and A38 roundabout in Highbridge brought forward so that the town can better cope with the development of 550 new homes. Fresh concerns about the infrastructure in place around the site of the huge multi-million pound development. More...

New phone scam targets town
A NEW warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents this week as bogus callers target vulnerable people in the town. Sedgemoor District Council says it has received reports from residents in Burnham that bogus telephone callers are targeting them. More...

Head shave fundraiser planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to have his hair shaved off to raise money for a charity that has been supporting his mother as she battles cancer. David Bullimore will be holding the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 8th April from 8pm. More...

Beads fair comes to Burnham
THOUSANDS of beads will go on display when a unique bead fair is held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 2nd). The event, at The Princess Theatre, will be held from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry will be free of charge. If you love crafts that use beads, this is for you. More...

Pub closure is a 'terrible loss'
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor has this week expressed his disappointment that a long-running pub in the town centre is due to close this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week that The George Hotel in Church Street has been sold to developers. More...

£1m boost to local businesses
WITH £1million of funding available, Sedgemoor District Council is inviting firms in the Burnham-On-Sea area to make expressions of interest for a financial boost from Sedgemoor’s Business Accelerator Loan Fund. The re-launched fund is aimed at supporting businesses. More...

Car blaze drama in town
These were the dramatic scenes in Highbridge on Wednesday morning when fire crews were called to a blazing car. The fire service received a number of calls reporting large plumes of black smoke in Newtown Road shortly after 11am. Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to the scene. More...

M5 signs to reduce fuel prices?
NEW fuel price signs have been switched on along the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this week with motorists told they could lead to lower prices. The real-time price signs provide fuel prices on the southbound carriageway just before Sedgemoor Services. More...

Mayor's dismay over graffiti
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week hit out at vandals who have again scrawled bizarre graffiti over the town's sea wall. The huge message, simply stating "Flat Earth", has been daubed in three-metre tall letters over part of the wall on the North Esplanade. More...

Civic award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented at the Annual Civic Service. More...

EDF engineers seeking delay
SENIOR engineers at French energy firm EDF have called for at least a two year delay to the controversial Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea and recommended a redesign of the reactor technology, according to national media reports this week. More...

Choir to sing mass for peace
BURNHAM-On-Sea amd Highbridge Choral Society will be performing the ever popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace, at St Andrew's Church in April. The concert will be held on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at 7.30pm. It will be the second time they have sung it. More...

Bus pass changes to start
BUS users in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been advised that concessionary bus pass times are set to change from the start of April. The time from which the concessionary bus pass is accepted for free travel will change from 9am to 9.30am on Monday through to Friday. More...

£30,000 boost for projects
THREE projects to create or improve green spaces in and around Burnham-On-Sea have received £30,000 of funding this week week from the town's Tesco store. The supermarket has announced that shoppers at its Burnham store have chosen West Huntspill Primary School to receive £12,000. More...

Stranded speedboat rescued
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Easter Monday morning to help three people onboard a stranded speedboat. Burnham RNLI's crew was paged at 10.46am after a vessel was reported aground with three people aboard in the river upstream of Burnham. More...

Burnham beer festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town in April. Now in its fith year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The 2016 Burnham Beer Festival aims to attract real ale fans to the town from a wide area with tempting tipples. More...

River dredging set to restart
THE Somerset Rivers Authority is to mark the successful completion of 2.2km of dredging along the River Parrett with the start of an extra 750 metres of new dredging. The dredges are partly-funded by council tax payers across the Sedgemoor area including Burnham. More...

Storm halts Secret World event
THE final day of a four-day Easter fundraising weekend at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill had to be cancelled due to damage caused by Storm Katie. The charity's Badger Bonanza fundraiser was well supported but was brought to an end abruptly. More...

Storm leaves trail of damage
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Bank Holiday Monday) after Storm Katie's 70mph gusts brought a chimney down and left a trail of other damage across the town. Cross Street was closed by Burnham-On-Sea Police after a chimney stack crashed down. More...

Five-car shunt causes delays
A FIVE-vehicle crash on the A38 at Burnham-On-Sea caused traffic disruption on one of the busiest travel days of the year - Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The incident ocurred at 11.20am on the approach to the Edithmead roundabout just off the M5 motorway at Burnham. More...

Photos: Gig helps carnival club
A FUNDRAISING 'super-gig' helped to raise hundreds of pounds for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club on Easter Sunday. Six acts played more than ten hours of non-stop live music during the special day-long event at The Princess Theatre. More...

Town fair boosts local charity
AN Easter fayre was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 26th) with funds going to a local charity. The event held at the Bay Centre in Cassis Close raised cash for Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset. Face painting and stalls were among the activities on offer. More...

Young Farmers issue appeal
YOUNG people in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to have fun, take part in action-packed activities and learn new skills by joining a young farmers club. Highbridge Young Farmers Club is seeking new members from the whole area. More...

Photos: Cove Easter fun day
WET and windy weather failed to dampen spirits at a special Easter family fun day at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens on Saturday (26th March). Despite the poor weather, dozens of families attended the Easter-themed event where lots of activities were available. More...

Ice cream sales boost for BARB
SALES of ice creams at a Burnham-On-Sea fish and chip shop are set to raise funds for a charity in the town. The Esplanade Fish Bar is donating a proportion of all its ice cream sales over the holiday season to BARB Search & Rescue towards its running costs. More...

Busy start to Easter holiday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Easter holiday season has got off to a busy start with many businesses in the town reporting bumper trade despite the threat of a wash-out this weekend. Burnham's town centre was busy on Good Friday with large numbers of visitors in the High Street as the start of the Easter holidays. More...

Photos: Injured swan rescued
VOLUNTEERS from Secret World Wildlife Rescue and BARB Search & Rescue teamed up to retrieve an injured swan from a lake in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (March 25th). A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing the swan struggling in the water of the lake. More...

Ex-MP joins farmers protest
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's former MP Tessa Munt joined Farmers For Action in London this week to highlight rural issues in a demonstration where she was invited to speak. In her speech, she spoke to the assembled farmers and agricultural economy leaders. More...

Bikers in town for safety day
DOZENS of local motorcyclists have taken part in an advanced training day in Burnham-On-Sea. Over 30 bikers joined the event at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station this week which was organised by Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists for the first time to boost safety. More...

Students head off to France
STUDENTS from Highbridge's King Alfred School Year 11 Rugby and Hockey teams have headed off to Paris this Easter for an action-packed week of sport and sightseeing. Both the school's Rugby and Hockey teams will face two French opposition teams during the trip. More...

George Hotel to close in May
THE George Hotel in Highbridge has been sold to developers and could be converted into flats, it has emerged this week. Michael Robbins, the pub's landlord, has said that the pub is set to close its doors for the final time in late May or early June as new owners take over it. More...

Weather warning for Easter
STORM Katie is set to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Burnham-On-Sea area over the Easter weekend. The first signs of Storm Katie are expected on Saturday, getting worse over the weekend and peaking on Bank Holiday Monday with stormy conditions predicted. More...

Shop window 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 annual competition starts today. More...

New-look golf course opened
GOLFERS in Brean have an extra challenging course to negotiate with the opening of a new layout this week. "We have changed our course layout as part of a series of new developments around our golf club house and planned new leisure facilities," said the club. More...

Fire at Sedgemoor Services
FIREFIGHTERS were called to reports of a vehicle alight at Sedgemoor services on the M5 nar Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday). The incident, between junctions 21 and 22 of the motorway, occurred just before mid-day, said the fire service. More...

Stert Swim axed by EU rules
THIS year's Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim has been axed due to the EU's new sea water regulations, it has been revealed this week. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the organisers said this summer's sea swim will not go ahead due to concerns about insurance caused by the new rules. More...

Town MP puts EDF boss on spot
EDF has vowed “categorically” that the Hinkley Point nuclear plant will go ahead, dismissing expert claims that it would be in the public interest to scrap the £18bn project. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of UK division EDF Energy told MPs about the plans. More...

Jetty gets £12,000 of repairs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty is getting thousands of pounds of repairs this week after being damaged in recent stormy high tides. Sedgemoor District Council's contractors are working on the jetty in between the high tides. Spokeswoman Claire Faun said the work is underway. More...

Easter fun at Marine Cove
A SPECIAL Easter egg hunt and family activities will take place at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens this Saturday (26th March). The Easter-themed event will have lots of free activities, including balloon modelling, available between 10am-12 noon. More...

Mayor's donation for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has presented hundreds of pounds to a town charity. BARB Search & Rescue has received a cheque for £510 from Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke, which comprised of donations from last year's Civic Service. More...

Care home staff celebrate
STAFF from Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House have put on their best costumes for a Mad Hatter's tea party to mark Somerset Care's 25th birthday celebrations. Manager Vicki Mitchell was one of the organisers of the event alongside Operations Manager, Sue Harvey. More...

Cadbury back Easter egg hunt
A CADBURY Easter Egg Hunt is set to be held at Brean Down over four days of the Easter weekend. The National Trust is organising the Easter Egg hunt every day from Friday 25th March through to Easter Monday 28th March from 11am – 2pm each day. Children can join the hunt for £2.50. More...

Cars seized by Burnham police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have seized three vehicles in a crackdown on motorists driving without insurance this week. Officers have arrested two drivers following the seizure of cars in Burnham and Highbridge as part of an ongoing operation to reduce car crime. More...

Four month closure for road
THE Causeway through the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea is set to close for a further four months from April to allow major flood-prevention work to be completed. Wessex Water says it is investing more than £2 million into upgrading the sewerage network. More...

'We mustn't let terrorists win'
"WE mustn't let terrorism win"- those were the words of Burnham-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament on Tuesday after explosions in Belgium's capital Brussels killed over 30 people. A number of the South West’s MEPs were in Brussels. More...

Easter 'super-gig' this Sunday
A FUNDRAISING 'super-gig' is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Easter Sunday (March 27th). Six acts will play during the day-long event, organised by the team behind Burnham's Folkfest, to raise money for Hillview Carnival Club. More...

Hinkley decision due in May
FRENCH economy minister Emmanuel Macron has this week said EDF Energy will make a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea in early May. A decision on the £18bn nuclear plant has been delayed several times by EDF. More...

Litter plea to Burnham drivers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has urged motorists to be more responsible after collecting huge quantities of litter from hedgerows and verges along a busy road in the town. Hugh and Judith Champion launched a litter pick along Stoddens Lane at the weekend after getting increasingly frustrated. More...

'Protect local police services'
ONE of the candidates running to become Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has spoken out this week against cutbacks to the police force in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Speaking to us, Mark Weston said that more needs to be done stop the cuts. More...

New running club launches
A NEW running group has been set up in Highbridge to bring together all abilities of runners, including beginners. The River Brue Runners running club was initially set up last September and is aimed at all runners, from newcomers and seasoned athletes - all of whom are welcome. More...

Have your say on new housing
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to have their say about new housing in the two towns. A new round of consultation has begun this week by the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Planning group, with an online survey starting. More...

Sea Kings in flypast over area
FIVE Sea King helicopters flew through the area on Monday (March 21st) during a special farewell formation. Five of the Sea King Mk4 troop carrying green Sea King helicopters, which have carried Royal Marines into action for more than 36 years, staged a flight. More...

New funeral director opens
A NEW funeral director has opened in Highbridge this week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke have formally opened Richard Marsh Funeral Services, a branch of Burnham Funeral Services, in Market Street. More...

Fire drama at seafront flats
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has told how he helped to evacuate residents from a block of seafront flats after a fire broke out late on Friday evening (March 18th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to The Esplanade at 11.40pm after a kitchen fire in a flat, as pictured here. More...

Sea Kings in farewell flypast
FIVE Sea King helicopters are scheduled to fly over the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday, March 21st) during a special farewell formation. Five of the Sea King Mk4 troop carrying green Sea King helicopters, which have carried Royal Marines into action for more than 36 years. More...

£7,000 raised for good causes
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents has raised thousands of pounds for two good causes. Scott Woodberry from Petal, The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust, has handed over a total of £7,000 following several months of fundraising that included marathon running. More...

Crews called to help dog owner
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean Down on Sunday afternoon (March 20th) amid concerns for the welfare of a dog owner. Burnham Coastguards were contacted just after 12.20pm to reports of a dog falling off the side of Brean Down. More...

Aquathlon hailed a success
DOZENS of athletes of all ages competed in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Spring aquathlon on Sunday (March 20th). The popular event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 250m swim at the Pool followed by a 2.5km run on the town beach. More...

UK's top land yachts in action
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on Brean beach at the weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event was organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and was held on both Saturday and Sunday. More...

Video: Town's Sport Relief Mile
DOZENS of fun runners from across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing the town's Sport Relief Mile today (Sunday, 20th March). Over 60 entrants ran, jogged and walked around Highbridge's Apex Park at the event, which was started by Burnham's Town Crier. More...

Tributes paid to ex-councillor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Burnham-On-Sea town councillor who has passed away this weekend. David Poole was in politics for almost 50 years and was a familiar face about Burnham and Highbridge. He passed away on Friday March 18th aged 73. More...

Beach wardens back on duty
BEACH wardens will be returning to duty in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this week for the start of the new holiday season. Sedgemoor District Council's wardens go back on duty this Thursday (March 24th) and will then be in place until mid-September. More...

Speedway fixture abandoned
THERE was drama at the opening speedway fixture of the season for Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels on Friday evening (March 18th) when the meeting was abandoned following an accident. Rebels' Jake Allen suffered an ugly, horrible looking fall mid-evening. More...

Council to fund Royal parties
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is set to fund street parties across the two towns instead of providing commemorative mugs or coins to local children to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. The giveaway of coins or mugs was considered by the council.
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Have you registered to vote?
A CAMPAIGN has been launched this week to encourage voters in the Burnham-On-Sea area to register to vote ahead of May's elections. As a national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of the PCC elections. More...

Sport Relief Mile tomorrow
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encourage to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners and walkers who wish to take part.
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EDF bail-out for Hinkley nears
PLANS for to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea appear to be back on track after the French Government promised to financially back firm EDF Energy. French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has promised a bailout for the company. More...

Two-car crash in Berrow Road
POLICE and a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew were called to a two-vehicle crash in the town this evening (Friday). Two cars collided in Berrow Road shortly before 7.30pm. One fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the scene to investigate the incident.
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Car buying scam warning issued
SOMERSET Trading Standards Service is warning car buyers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra cautious when buying vehicles online after a local scam was uncovered this week. Several consumers have contacted Trading Standards after not receiving the vehicles they had paid for. More...

EDF bosses set to face MPs
EDF Energy will be grilled by a group of MPs next week over the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea. EDF's chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, and managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson are due to appear before MPs. More...

BARB wins community award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has received a top award for its work in the local community this week. BARB won the Community Engagement Award at Thursday night's 2016 Sedgemoor Business Awards, held in Bridgwater's McMillan Theatre. More...

New sugar tax is welcomed
HEALTH bosses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed the government's budget announcement for a tax on high sugar drinks. Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health, said: "This is great news for the health of our families." More...

Beach clean collects 50 bags
FIFTY sackfuls of rubbish were called by volunteers and beach wardens during a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches on Thursday (March 17th). Ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season, Sedgemoor District Council organised the beach clean. More...

Enjoy a night of gypsy jazz
A BAND of musicians with a passion for gypsy jazz and swing music will be entertaining an audience near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (March 19th). The Schmoozenbergs will be performing at 7.30pm at Mark Village Hall with tickets on sale by calling 641370. More...

Town wins coach award title
BURNHAM-On-Sea has won the title of the UK's 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year' at last night's National Coach Tourism Awards. Burnham lifted the title after being shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the top award. Burnham's Project Coach has beaten several towns. More...

Concern over 550 new homes
NEW concerns have been raised this week on whether Highbridge's infrastructure can cope with a planned development of 550 new homes. Hallam Land Management has this week unveiled new details about its huge multi-million pound development at Brue Farm. More...

Runner aims to raise £20,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser hopes to complete his 50th half marathon later this year as he paces closer to his target of raising £20,000 for a good cause. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco store, has raised £18,439 for the national MS Society. More...

Path attracts national media
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Brean have attracted national media coverage this week after the launch of the new Somerset Coast Path. The Daily Telegraph published a feature on the opening of Somerset's new Coastal Path on Wednesday featuring Burnham-On-Sea. More...

80s stars to perform in Brean
SEVERAL music stars from the 1980s will be performing at a special festival in Brean this weekend. Brean's Holiday Resort Unity is hosting the '80s Weekender' from Friday March 18th to Monday March 21st with scores of acts performing live during the whole weekend. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches today (Thursday, March 17th) ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council has appealed for volunteers to come forward. More...

Fresh appeal after robbery
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault and robbery in the town last Wednesday evening (March 9th). The incident happened at about 6.30pm in Burnham's Manor Gardens. A group of six teenagers - five males and a female - were approached. More...

MP bids to boost airport trade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is to hold talks with Bristol Airport to try and encourage more travellers to visit the Burnham area. James Heappey wants to see more done by the airlines and airport itself to encourage visitors to stay in Somerset rather than staying in Bristol. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this Thursday (March 17th) ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council has appealed for volunteers to come forward. More...

Heritage event set to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to join a nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme this September when historic buildings in the town will be opened up to the public. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds proposed the idea during a town council meeting this week. More...

Drones crime fears are raised
HIGH-tech burglars could be using drones to check out properties in the Burnham-On-Sea area in preparation for carrying out robberies, a meeting has heard this week. Residents in the village of Mark heard about the concerns during the annual parish meeting with the PCC Sue Mountstevens. More...

Club inducts new members
A SOCIAL gathering in aid of Moose International legion day has been held in Brean this week. More than 68 representatives and other legion members travelled from across the country for a day of renewal and updates, with several members inducted from the Burnham area. More...

Have you registered to vote?
A CAMPAIGN has been launched this week to encourage voters in the Burnham-On-Sea area to register to vote ahead of May's elections. As a national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of the PCC elections. More...

Alert over bogus council calls
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have been warned to be aware of bogus telephone callers claiming to work on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council. The council says those who have been affected should phone the police and contact their bank if they are concerned. More...

New model shop opens in town
A NEW shop selling radio controlled models and accessories has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. G&A Models, selling a wide range of model boats, planes, cars and related kit, has launched in Abingdon Street and is run by father and son Austin and Gary Baker. More...

Rescued otter gets a friend
A LONELY baby otter rescued in the storms last month is alone no longer, thanks to wildlife carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Immy now has another otter as a friend at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, and the two cubs are getting along famously. More...

Sport Relief Mile this Sunday
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encourage to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners or walkers of all abilities.
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New Coast Path is opened
THE official opening of a new walking route along Somerset's coastline between Minehead to Brean has been welcomed in Burnham-On-Sea this week, with hopes that it will boost visitor numbers and trade in the area. The launch of the new section of the extended England Coast Path by Natural England. More...

Burnham wine club to launch
WINE lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to join a new local club dedicated to the tipple. The 'Burnham Wine Club' will enable local people to discover wine, break down myths and uncover some hidden gems in a fun and friendly atmosphere. More...

Show is a blooming success!
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 12th). Organisers said the event, held at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a great success" with more than 130 colourful entries on display. More...

Awards for Hillview volunteers
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (March 12th). Hillview founder Mary Nicholson handed out awards and certificates to the members in recognition of their work. More...

£2k boost for lifeboat appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI’s lifeboat fundraising appeal has been given a £2,000 boost. During a personal visit to the RNLI's station in Pier Street on Friday evening, the Freemasons from Burnham-On-Sea presented Chairman Ashley Edwards with a cheque for £1,000. More...

Book Fair comes to Brent Knoll
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy when a special Book Fair is held in Brent Knoll this coming wekend. The event will be held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall on Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March from 10am-4pm on both the days with free entrance. More...

Berrow beach road re-opens
SEDGEMOOR District Council has re-opened the vehicle entrance onto Berrow Beach after high tides and storms caused damage there this week, shutting it for several days. The council's Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had to close vehicle access onto Berrow Beach due to damage." More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author formally launched his latest novel with a book signing session in the town on Saturday (March 12th). Damien Boyd, the best-selling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series launched Dead Level, his fifth novel, during an event at GW Hurleys. More...

Code club starts in Burnham
A NEW series of computer programming workshops for children has started in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects teach children how to computer program. More...

TV comedian to visit Burnham
A BEST-selling author, comedian and TV actor will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Alexei Sayle will be reading from the second volume of his amusing and thought-provoking memoir 'Thatcher Stole My Trousers' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre.
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EDF seeks Hinkley funding help
EDF will not go ahead with the contentious £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea unless it wins further financial support from the French government, according to a leaked letter by the utility’s chief executive, Jean-Bernard Lévy, seen by a national newspaper. More...

Lauren is Pride of Somerset!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager who is the British and European water skiing champion in her age category has won a Pride of Somerset Youth Award this week. Lauren Bird, 14, became the youngest ever girl to water ski across the English Channel last year. More...

Have you seen stolen bike?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea after being asked to look out for a bike that was stolen by thieves outside the town's Swim and Sports Academy on Friday afternoon (March 11th). The bike's owner, Harriet Dickinson, a local para swimmer, was inside at the time. More...

Spring Flower Show today
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show today (Saturday, March 12th). As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Robbery and assault in park
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault and robbery in the town on Wednesday evening (March 9th). The incident happened at about 6.30pm in Burnham's Manor Gardens. A group of six teenagers - five males and a female - were approached. More...

£200k expansion at water park
WORK is underway on a £200,000 expansion project at Brean Splash that will see a new gym and water facilities introduced. Ten new jobs will be created at the centre when the new gym and water slide facilities open later this year. A new 60-metre long waterslide is planned for the swimming pool. More...

Photos: Crews at farm blaze
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a farmyard blaze on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Thursday). One fire engine was sent to Collin's Farm in Sloway Lane, West Huntspill, at 5.30pm, as pictured here, where a waste fire had burned out of control. More...

Spring Flower Show tomorrow
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday (March 12th). As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Schools receive 'good' Ofsted
PUPILS and staff at West and East Huntspill schools are celebrating this week after being graded 'good' by Ofsted inspectors. Both the schools in the Huntspill Federation were graded 'good' in all five categories covering effectiveness of leadership. More...

Watchdog warns over Hinkley
FRANCE'S state audit body has said that EDF Energy should ask itself "serious questions" before moving ahead with the huge multi-billion pound project to build Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea. The Cour des Comptes said on Thursday that it was offering advice on Hinkley. More...

Fairtrade morning is a success
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school raised cash for charity by holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning in the town on Wednesday (March 9th). The children of St Andrew's School made and served coffee to visitors at St Andrew's Church and gave Fairtrade information. More...

Book Day event boosts charity
STAFF and students at Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from their favourite books. The event attracted participants from various different year groups and helped celebrate authors and illustrators from around the world. More...

Cold callers warning to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have been warned to be on the look out for a pretend 'deaf and dumb artist' who is calling on homes in the area. The cold callers gradually moved across the West country, after initially visiting homes in Wiltshire and over the past week in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

New signs proposed for beach
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has called for more to be done to reduce dog fouling on the town's beach. During a Town Council debate regarding work to improve sea water quality, Cllr Louise Parkin said: "Some people don't realise why dogs aren't allowed." More...

Volunteer raises £6k for centre
A DEDICATED volunteer has this week been thanked for raising thousands of pounds towards the running costs of Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre. Margaret Fielder has raised a huge £6,263 over five years for community group BiARS which runs the centre. More...

Carnival to celebrate 70th year
THE 70th aniversary of Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be marked with an extra special parade this year - and the group of organisers behind the event have this week started their preparations during their AGM. The group met last night (Wednesday) for the meeting. More...

Man arrested after car crash
A MOTORIST has been arrested by police following a crash at the weekend near Burnham-On-Sea. A car overturned on a bend of the A370 in East Brent on Saturday afternoon (March 6th), as reported here. The 38 year-old driver, who is from Bridgwater, has been held. More...

Call for end to M5 traffic chaos
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken in Parliament about the need for improvements to the M5 motorway through the region to minimise the impact of accidents on the local economy. James Heappey joined other MPs from across the region in calling for changes. More...

Crews tackle blaze at home
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to the aptly-named Sparks Way in Highbridge early this morning (Wednesday, March 9th) to tackle a poroperty blaze. The Fire Service was called to reports of a fire in a bedroom at the home in the early hours of the morning at 12.45am. More...

MP urges police station re-think
BURNHAM'S MP has this week called for the decision to shut the town's police station to be reversed. James Heappey has spoken out against the cost-cutting plans after we reported here that the Police Station's enquiry office looks set to move into the town's library. More...

Royal coins giveaway debated
THOUSANDS of schoolchildren across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could each receive a free commemorative coin to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. The Town Council is considering presenting 3,000 Primary School pupils with the coins. More...

TV star: 'Halt Hinkley debacle'
TV star Carol Vorderman has waded into the Hinkley Point power station debate by calling the project a "debacle". Ms Vorderman tweeted this week: "Isn't it time to stop this debacle now? A system of generation where you and I will subsidise the cost by billions." More...

Storm warning for area today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to be battered by strong wind and heavy rain on Wednesday morning (March 9th), with the Met Office issuing a 'yellow' warning for severe weather for the region. The Met Office is asking people to be aware of the risk of disruption. More...

Call for half hour's free parking
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns to town councillors this week over a proposed increase in parking charges, while there have also been calls for 30 minutes of free parking for shoppers. They spoke at Monday's Town Council meeting. More...

Fairtrade coffee morning today
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school will be holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in the town today (Wednesday March 9th). The children of St Andrew's School will be making and serving coffee to visitors at the special event in the town. More...

Arts Festival: Updated results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Skating rink returns despite loss
A SKATING rink will return to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre later this year, despite making an £8,000 loss in 2015, town councillors decided last night (Monday, March 7th). The organisers of last year's synthetic skating rink, which was set up in Burnham's Lynton Road car park over Christmas. More...

Motorist hurt in three car crash
POLICE, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a crash in the village of Rooksbridge on Monday afternoon (March 7th). The three-car collision took place outside the Wellington Arms pub in the village shortly before 2.15pm. More...

Hinkley C 'is still going ahead'
THE £18bn project to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has been backed by EDF Energy’s boss – a day after his finance director quit because of concerns about the project. EDF’s finance chief quit at the weekend, according to reports. More...

Conservation helpers wanted
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes on Sunday, March 13th. Bristol University Conservation Group will be making their annual visit to the Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve to undertake undertake sand fencing and other work. More...

Mental health course launches
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of a teenager who took his own life is to hold a training course on mental first aid this week. Charley Marks, 18, right, took his own life in September 2014 and the charity 'In Charley's Memory' was set up in his name. More...

Library role for police unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station's enquiry office could move into the town's library when the station closes as part of financial cutbacks, Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has said this week. Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens spoke to us. More...

Pensioner breaks swim record
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven age is no barrier by breaking a British swimming record over the weekend. Grenville Cole, 85, set a new British record when he took part in a 50-metre event at the Welsh Open Masters Championships on Saturday. More...

Road closure comes into force
PART of Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road is closed for a week's roadworks from today (Monday). Berrow Road is closed for a week from March 7th from the junction with Allandale Road, northwards for a distance of 170 metres to allow work by Wessex Water. More...

Park Runs are hailed a success
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Park Runs are proving to be a runaway success, with up to 140 runers taking part every week. The latest run, pictured here on Saturday, saw dozens taking part in the run around the lakes and paths at the town's Apex Park. More...

Fishermen rescued by crews
LIFEBOAT crews and Coastguards have rescued a boat with two fishermen onboard after it lost power in the Bristol Channel near Brean Down this afternoon (Sunday). The vessel got into difficulty and began drifting after suffering an engine failure shortly after 2pm. More...

Tidal barrier plans go on show
PROPOSALS for a tidal barrier across the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea are set to go on show at a public drop-in session this month. One of the aims of the proposed tidal barrier is to prevent major flooding on the Somerset Levels to the scale seen in 2013 and 2014. More...

Hospital group marks 50 years
OVER 160 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital at a special event last night (Saturday). The event, held at the Oaktree Arena, was well supported by the group's members and followers, many of whom wore gold and yellow. More...

Crews called to overturned car
POLICE and a firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were called to an overturned vehicle in East Brent on Saturday afternoon (March 6th). Crews were called to the A370 shortly after 3.30pm where the driver of a car had lost control on a bend of the road. More...

Help Burnham's carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club will be hoping to raise a big sum towards the costs of building its new carnival cart today (Sunday). The club is holding a bingo session at St Andrew's Church Hall in Burnham from 2.15pm with eyes down at 2.30pm. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Web is 'slower than Everest'
THE village of Brent Knoll has "worse broadband than Mount Everest base camp", with some residents reporting a service so poor it would take roughly five days to download an HD film, it's been claimed this week. Speed tests conducted by the website Cable.co.uk found there are just four other areas across the UK suffering slower average broadband speeds.
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Burnham firm's charity boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent has raised hundreds of pounds for a local cancer support charity.CJ Hole in Burnham High Street has this week presented a bumper-sized cheque to Breast Cancer Now as part of a year's charity fundraising commitment by the company. More...

Long-service awards for staff
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea care staff are celebrating following a long service event. The celebration acknowledged Somerset Care staff from Greenhill House and Frith House for their long service, celebrating an amazing combined total of 85 years of work. More...

Ramblers celebrate 40th year
A LOCAL group of ramblers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their organisation at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (March 4th). Members of Sedgemoor Ramblers gathered at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road for the event. More...

Thatcher in spotlight at show
FORMER Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be the focus for a unique theatrical performance in Burnham-On-Sea this May. Historian Lesley Smith has built a reputation for portraying the 'Women Who Shaped Britain' with academic excellence and experience. More...

Child rescued from flat by crew
A TWO year-old child has been rescued by a fire crew in Highbridge after getting accidentally locked in an upstairs flat. Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to a property in Church Street, as pictured, at 1.45pm after the child's mother raised the alarm. More...

Progress at last at town hotel
WORK to refurbish the eyesore Highbridge Hotel has finally got underway this week as part of a long-awaited project to breathe new life into the site. Almost eight years after a huge fire that destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008, workmen moved onto the site this week. More...

70 jobs offered at leisure park
MORE than 70 jobs will go on offer at Brean Leisure Park this weekend when it holds its seasonal recruitment day. The event will be held at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday 5th March between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Up to 70 positions are available for many roles. More...

Town author launches novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled his latest novel this week which is set on the Somerset Levels. Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Dead Level, his fifth novel, which is focussed around the Somerset Levels during the floods. More...

Top accolade for caravan park
A BURNHAM-On-Sea caravan park has been awarded a top customer service accoldade. Retreat Caravan Park says it is delighted to have received 'Approved Holiday Home Ownership Scheme' status from caravan industry trade body the National Caravan Council (NCC). More...

Apex holiday firm deal nears
CONTROVERSIAL proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to lease Apex Park's BMX track to Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal to enable it to build 16 new holiday homes on the site have moved a step closer to being approved this week. Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive considered the plans. More...

Van crash topples lamp post
POLICE were called to an unusual accident at Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway roundabout on Wednesday afternoon (March 2nd). Officers were called to the Edithmead roundabout after a van collided with a lamp post, sending it crashing across the road, as pictured here. More...

New homes get the go-ahead
PROPOSALS to build these three new homes in place of a former builders yard in Burnham-On-Sea have been given a thumbs-up by town councillors this week. Burnham businessman Barry Sherriff appeared before the Town Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday evening. More...

Arts festival impresses judges
THE speech and drama section at this week's 69th annual Highbridge Festival has seen many original and exciting performances, with over 300 performers taking part. Adjudicator Jonathan Owen said that he was very impressed with the standard of entries. More...

Parking income falls after closure
COUNCIL income from a car park based next to Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons supermarket has plunged since the store shut last November. The Pier Street car park in Burnham has been one of Sedgemoor District Council's most profitable in the whole area. More...

New food shop opens in town
A NEW Asian and oriental food store has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Ming Emporium has launched at 39 Victoria Street, overseen by Burnham businessman James Lim who also owns the nearby Kyffins health food shop. He says there has been lots of interest. More...

Nostalgic railway show opens
THE UK's largest ever art exhibition dedicated to the Somerset and Dorset Railway is underway in Burnham-On-Sea next this week to mark the 50th year since the rail line closed. West Country railway artist Alan Ward, pictured, is overseeing the exhibition. More...

Town MP defends election cost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has defended his election spending despite the Daily Mirror national newspaper naming him in an investigation into how 24 Tory MPs reportedly failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on their election campaigns in marginal seats. More...

EDF 'is committed' to Hinkley
CHANCELLOR George Osborne says he believes the French government, which owns the energy firm EDF, is committed to building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea. He was responding to MPs' questions about delays. More...

New pothole service launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents who report potholes can now receive email updates to track the repair process. The new initiative means anyone who notifies Somerset County Council of a potential safety defect can choose to be kept up to date by email updates on the issues. More...

Council row over road repairs
A row has erupted between residents and Somerset County Council over the poor condition of a residential road in Highbridge. Highbridge town councillor John Parkes says that Coronation Road's cracks, uneven pavements and potholes make it an "accident waiting to happen." More...

£30k boost for green projects
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoppers have a chance to help three local groups create or improve green spaces in the area this week. Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store has short-listed the Friends of Manor Gardens, West Huntspill Primary School and Bridgwater's Seed Of Hope. More...

8ft 'living sculpture' unveiled
AN 8ft living sculpture is set to be introduced at Apex Park in Highbridge as part of new public art display. Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Apex Park have been working with art students from Weston College to design the unique display for the park. More...

Could you become firefighter?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is looking for prospective on-call firefighters to join their ranks. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people in the Burnham community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters. No previous experience is necessary and full training is available. More...

Town opticians up for award
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea opticians are celebrating this week after being nominated for two prestigious industry awards. The team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea High Street are one of six to be shortlisted in the Community Eye Service Award category. More...

Food Fest bursaries launched
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have launched a new bursary scheme offering up to five free trading pitches at the Spring festival on Saturday 28th May. The Bursary aims to help local food and drink producers not currently in the retail trade. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

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