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Highbridge parking costs slashed
CAR parking charges in the centre of Highbridge have this week been slashed in an effort to stimulate trade following the controversial closure of the town's Walrow rail bridge. District councillors have approved new charges of just 10 pence for an hour's parking at the Bank Street car park (pictured). More...

CCTV camera moves closer
RESIDENTS of a vandalism-hit Burnham-On-Sea street who campaigned for a CCTV camera earlier this year may soon be granted their wish. Lucy Wilmott, Sedgemoor's Community safety Officer, confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that a CCTV camera is being considered. More...

Jazz fans ready for park event
BURNHAM-On-Sea jazz fans are in for a treat this weekend when the resort's annual Jazz In The Park concert is held in the town. The event will get underway at 1pm in the Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 3rd) with three different jazz bands providing a foot-tapping line-up. More...

Schools gain 'healthy status'
CHILDREN at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Burnham-On-Sea have good reason to celebrate this week after their school set a glowing example of healthy living by achieving National Healthy Schools Status (NHSS). Several schools have achieved the award. More...

Princess fun is a half-term hit!
LARGE
crowds of children and their parents flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Wednesday evening, May 30th, for a special half-term holiday visit by a group of fun-loving clowns! It was the first time the National Clown Spectacular has come to Burnham. More...

Petition calls for road changes
Exclusive:
Hundreds of concerned Burnham-On-Sea residents have signed a petition demanding for safety measures to be introduced along a dangerous road in the town. Recently-elected councillor Joe Leach has launched a campaign to get a speed camera and pedestrian crossing introduced. More...

Roadside signs in the firing line
A CRACKDOWN on distracting advertising signs besides roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area could be on the way, with councillors set to debate the matter next week. Scores of the roadside signs have sprung up in Burnham and Highbridge during recent weeks. More...

Vintage vehicles roar into town
MORE than 150 vintage vehicles are set to converge on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 2nd) for the 14th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The South Esplanade will be closed to traffic for four hours for the crowds. More...

Town skittles team celebrates
A BURNHAM-On-Sea skittles team is celebrating this week after beating one of the leading skittles teams at the British Championships. The Burnham team produced the shock of the round in their first game of the British Skittles Championships. More...

Vintage train passes town
AN historic steam train rolled through Highbridge on Monday (May 29th) when it took hundreds of sightseers from London to the south coast. The Duke of Gloucester locomotive, pictured, passed through Highbridge at 11.30am on its way to the city of Plymouth. More...

New crime initiative launched
SUPERINTENDENT Gary Davies, the Deputy District Commander for the police area of Somerset West which covers Burnham-On-Sea, has this week launched a new approach to tackle crime in the area. He's answered our questions about the new initiative. More...

Highbridge comes to standstill
The centre of Highbridge came to a standstill on Monday evening (May 28th) after a dramatic police motorway pursuit ended in the town. Two people were taken into custody by Burnham-On-Sea police after being pursued along the M5 in a vehicle believed to have been stolen. More...

Poor weekend for traders
WET weather hit Bank Holiday trade of businesses in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. Sunday was a day of strong winds and wet weather which left the town's beach far quieter than normal and Burnham's streets absent of crowds of holiday shoppers. More...

Walrow saga: Is the end in sight?
Exclusive: A HIGH-level meeting of councillors and Network Rail has raised fresh hopes of an early end to the dispute over Highbridge's Walrow railway bridge. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively broke the news in March that the previously busy bridge could close for up to four years due to strengthening work. More...

Rain hits Burnham events
SEVERAL roads in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea were left under pools of water on Sunday (May 27th) as heavy rain swept the town, cancelling various events. This scene in John Street was repeated across the town as the traditional wet Bank Holiday weather led to disruption. More...

Health food shop goes on sale
THE owners of a popular Burnham-On-Sea health food shop are retiring and selling up after several successful years running the business. Tom and Sue Kyffin of Kyffins in Victoria Street told Burnham-On-Sea.com the business has recently gone on sale. More...

Police close car park in probe
Police partially closed a car park in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (May 26th) as they investigated a 'suspicious accident' in the town. A man was run over by another a vehicle in a corner of the Somerfield supermarket car park on the town's seafront at around 5pm. More...

In photos: BARB safety event
WET weather failed to dampen the spirits of over 100 holidaymakers when they attended a Beach Safety Awareness Day at Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station on Sunday (May 27th). Crew from BARB handed out leaflets and explained how beach users can stay safe. More...

Prom Night photo special
DOZENS of youngsters from Highbridge's King Alfred School pulled on their best dresses and smartest suits for their Prom Night on Friday evening (May 25th). Stretch limousines were out in force as the Year 11 students travelled in style to Rookery Manor. More...

Job centre is 'under threat'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's job centre is under threat of closure - according to concerned bosses at Somerset County Council. The Jobcentre Plus office in the High Street - along with a separate office in Chard - could be closed in a cost-cutting exercise. More...

Fire crews tackle kitchen blaze
THREE fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Highbridge on Saturday morning (May 26th) after a kitchen blaze broke out in a flat. Neighbours called '999' at 11.20am after hearing smoke alarms ringing at the premises in Newtown Road. More...

New phone shop opens in town
A NEW mobile phone shop opened its doors for the first time in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (May 26th). Phone Tek Nation opened in Cross Steet and manager Dean Ancil, pictured, has high hopes that the business will be a success. More...

Mud drama for elderly couple
TWO elderly people from Glastonbury who were briefly trapped in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday afternoon (May 24th) were helped free by a workman. Joy Taylor was walking along the beach between the town's jetty and yacht club, pictured. More...

Stranded car pulled from sea
A STRANDED 4x4 vehicle was pulled from the sea by rescuers after it became stuck in mud on Brean Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Friday afternoon (May 25th). The wheels of the Nissan Terrano became stuck at 2.45pm after its owners drove to the water's edge to try and retrieve a jet ski. More...

Drugs seized by town police
BURNHAM-On-Sea police confiscated drugs from a 17-year-old boy during an operation in the town on Friday (May 25th). Several officers searched youths at Winchester Road, near the Infants School, following complaints that youths were smoking suspicious substances. More...

£20,000 lights plan unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors are considering going ahead with a £20,000 project to replace the town's storm-damaged seafront lights. The proposal was discussed at the latest meeting of the Town Improvements Committee on Thursday May 24th. More...

Lighthouse cottage is sold
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic lighthouse keeper's cottage has been sold to a local family. An 'Under Offer' estate agent's notice went up outside the Grade II Listed property in Berrow Road this week. We reported last month how the 19th century cottage was on sale. More...

New £16,000 centre at Apex
WORK to construct a new £16,000 information centre at Apex Leisure Park in Highbridge has been completed this week as part of a facelift at the site. Harley Cook, Sedgemoor's Parks and Open Spaces Officer the keys to the building had just been handed over. More...

D-Day veteran's story on film
EVERY soldier has a tale to tell and Highbridge D-Day veteran John Gundy from has just had his first-hand account turned into a moving new film, made especially for schools. ‘Finding Buck’ traces Private John Gundy’s return to the battlefields of France to revisit places. More...

Hip hop lessons start in town
A NEW dance class combining 'Street Jazz' and 'Hip Hop' is to be launched by a Burnham-On-Sea performing arts group in June. Burnham's Curtain Call School of Performing Arts is to hold free 'Fusion Funk' trial classes for youngsters aged six and over on Saturday 9th June. More...

Farmers' market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will have another opportunity to buy fresh local produce and crafts when the town's monthly farmers market is held this Friday (May 25th). The event takes place from 9am until 1pm along the High Street in the centre of the town. More...

Barrage plans edge closer
PLANS for a £14bn barrage to harness the tidal energy of the Severn estuary took taken a step forward on Wednesday (May 23rd) when Trade Secretary Alistair Darling said tidal power was "in its infancy" but the government wanted to encourage its development. More...

Beach glass vandals tackled
LIFEGUARDS and police in Burnham-On-Sea met this week to discuss how to tackle the problem of broken glass being left by drinkers along the town's beach and seafront. It's a problem that has left two tourists with minor cuts already this holiday season. More...

Busy road shuts for fortnight
A POPULAR commuter route on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea is to close for two weeks during June whilst work to strengthen the route gets underway. Stoddens Lane will close for two weeks from June 4th, the County Council's Highways department has confirmed. More...

Party time for tourist group!
SUPPORTERS and members of a local tourism association based in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated their group's 21st anniversary on Tuesday (May 23rd). Sedgemoor Tourism Association marked the milestone with a celebratory continental-themed party at The Place in South Road, Brean. More...

Queen Square flats rejected
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build two three-storey buildings, each containing six flats, on public amenity space in Highbridge were thrown out by district planners on Tuesday, May 22nd. we reported last week on the unpopular scheme for Queen Square, pictured. More...

New row over unitary plans
THE leader of Sedgemoor District Council has this week reacted with "shock and dismay" to news that the County Council’s new leader, Jill Shortland, considers it "wasteful" to allow local people to express their democratic views on plans to create a unitary authority. More...

Cyclist dies after collision with car
A CYCLIST who was injured in a collision at the Edithmead roundabout near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this month has died, police announced on Monday (May 21st). The 66-year-old man from Winscombe tragically died at Frenchay Hospital on Sunday May 20th. More...

BARB to hold beach safety day
BEACH users will be able to learn how to keep themselves safe during a special beach safety awareness event in Burnham-on-Sea this weekend. BARB, the charity that runs Burnham's two hovercrafts, will be holding a Beach Safety Awareness Day on Sunday May 27th. More...

Tickets on sale for Ritz concert
TOP guitarists Cliff Moore and Jason Morris will perform together for the first time at a concert in Burnham-On-Sea next month. Organised by Jeff Ham of Burnham Rock, the event will be held in the Ritz Social Club on Saturday June 16th. Cliff Moore has played with top musicians. More...

Secret World holds open day
ANIMAL lovers will be flocking to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Burnham-On-Sea, this coming weekend when the charity opens its doors to visitors to come and see some of their new born babies! The rescue centre will be open on May 26th, 27th and 28th. More...

Fatal accident on M5 near town
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the M5 between Weston and Burnham during the early hours of Monday (May 21st). A Fiat Punto travelling southbound between junctions 21 and 22 left the carriageway at 12.30am and went down a bank. More...

Adult Learners Week in town
ADULT Learners' Week is being marked in Burnham-On-Sea this Wednesday (May 23rd) with a special educational event. Information and help will be available at Burnham's library in Princess Street, pictured, from 12pm to 5.30pm to coincide with the week. More...

Drugs seized, one arrested
ONE man was arrested and drugs were seized during a police operation in the centre of Highbridge on Friday evening, May 18th. This was the scene in the centre of the town as Burnham-On-Sea police teams and dog handlers swooped on a flat in Market Street at 6.30pm. More...

RAF band holds town concert
THE South West Concert Band of the Royal Air Forces Association will be performing a fundraising concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening, May 26th. Organised by the Lions Club, the concert at The Princess Hall will raise money for a Childrens Hospice. More...

Double rescue for RNLI crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Staines Whitfield lifeboat helped a jet skier in difficulty on Sunday morning (May 20th) after his craft broke down in Bridgwater Bay. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was out on training at the time and redirected to the craft at around 9.30am. More...

PCs in new drink drive arrest
BURNHAM-On-Sea police's crackdown on drink drivers continued on Saturday (May 19th) when a man was arrested in Brean for driving while intoxicated. Brean beat officers PC Dominic Bryant and PC Chris Guest stopped a silver Vauxhall Corsa in Coast Road. More...

Open-top bus tour for team!
A LOCAL football team celebrated a successful season with an open-top bus tour around Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (May 19th). Berrow Under Nines won the North Somerset Mini League and also the League Cup in their first competitive season. Video coverage

Decision nears on flats scheme
CONCERNED residents met councillors on Friday (May 18th) to air their views on controversial plans to build two new three-storey buildings, each containing six flats, on green land in Highbridge. A decision is due to be made on the scheme this coming Tuesday. More...

Survey praises bathing water
BATHING water quality in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean has been praised in a new survey published this week. The findings of the annual study by the Marine Conservation Society, announced on Friday, are being published in the 2007 Good Beach Guide. More...

Highbridge house fire tackled
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a big blaze at a house in Highbridge during the early hours of Saturday morning, May 19th. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station were called to a domestic property fire in Dorset Close at 1.59am. More...

Pensioner duped out of cash
POLICE have warned residents in Burnham-On-Sea to be on their guard against bogus callers after two men duped a pensioner out of a quantity of cash on Thursday May 17th. The victim, 89, returned home in Severn Grove and shortly after entering the home there was a knock at his door. More...

Second RNLI launch in a week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat was launched on Friday morning, May 18th, for the second time in a week after a walker reported that a person was in the sea. The Puffin lifeboat was launched from the jetty with a crew of three at around 9.00am. More...

Boxing event knocked out
A NIGHT of amateur boxing planned for Saturday evening, May 19th, in Highbridge has been cancelled at the last-minute. Roger Cross, one of the organisers, explained that a clash of events had led to several planned bouts being pulled at the eleventh hour. More...

Coastguards warn wave dodgers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this week warned youngsters who 'play chicken' with big storm waves that they are potentially putting their lives in danger. It comes after an incident in the resort on Thursday night (May 17th) when several children were issued with safety advice. More... | Video

Fire crews tackle town blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to the centre of Highbridge on Thursday evening (May 17th) after smoke was reported to be billowing out of a window. Fire crews found an unattended chip pan had ignited in the kitchen of a flat above a hair salon in Market Street. More...

Big Issue seller Colin on film
A SHORT film recounting the story of Burnham-On-Sea Big Issue seller Colin Johnstone has been published on the Web this week.
The three-minute film, called 'Working Not Begging', is available online and has been directed by film maker Michael Howard. More...

Drink driving arrest near school
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has been charged with drink driving after an incident close to Berrow School on Wednesday morning (May 16th). Police were called to Berrow Road at 8.50am after a Volvo vehicle almost collided with a wall as kids were walking nearby. More...

Man arrested after police chase
Exclusive: A MAN wanted by police on suspicion of being involved in a racially aggravated assault was arrested on Wednesday afternoon (May 16th) following a dramatic chase in the centre of Highbridge. Two off-duty Burnham police officers spotted the man in Church Street. More...

Celebrity golf day postponed
A CELEBRITY golf tournament at Brean was postponed this week after several parts of the course were damaged by contaminated water. Top jockeys and other sporting personalities from the world of golf, football and cricket were due to take part in Tuesday's event. More...

Concert cash boosts charities
TWO worthy local causes have this week been presented with cheques following a night of fundraising music at a Burnham-On-Sea pub. Burnham's Gateway Club and the local branch of the NSPCC both received £437.50 - their share of the proceeds from a concert. More...

Library hours under review
OPENING hours at Burnham-On-Sea library look set to change under proposals outlined this week. Phil Nichols, Senior Manager of Library Operations at Somerset County Council, is undertaking a review of opening times and asked councillors for their opinions this week. More...

Brave sea swimmers wanted!
BRAVE swimmers wanting to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim can now sign up to take part in this year's event. The entry period for the popular summer event began this week - and entry forms are available here on Burnham-On-Sea's website. More...

Tea room pair hang up aprons
A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea tea rooms has gone on sale this week after its owners announced they were hanging up their aprons and retiring. Jeff and Jackie Welsh, pictured, are selling JJ Welsh's Tea Rooms after three and a half years running the High Street business. More...

Round Britain walkers in town
TWO fundraising walkers and their dog who are pacing around the coastline of Britain called in at Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station this week during their 5,000 mile trek. Wendy Bathard, Paul Barber and Havoc the dog have walked from John O'Groats to Lands End. More...

Local sea water testing begins
THE Environment Agency has started its annual testing of bathing water in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow. Every year, between May 1st and the end of September, samples are taken from the coasts of Somerset and then analysed at the Agency's laboratory in Devon. More...

New Mayor for Burnham announced
FORMER town clerk Pauline Pollard became Burnham-On-Sea's new Mayor on Monday night (May 14th) following a vote by town councillors. Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com after Monday's Annual Meeting of the Town Council, she said she was "very excited and honoured" to be taking on the role. More...

O2 mast goes, new one arrives
MOBILE phone operator O2 dismantled its controversial phone mast in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (May 14th)... as a new 'temporary' mast was erected just a few hundred metres away near the town's lifeboat station in a nearby street. More...

Quality status award for town
DELIGHTED staff at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council received formal notification on Monday evening, May 14th, that its bid for quality status had been successful. The award was handed over by Peter Lacey of the Somerset Association of Local Councils. More...

Lifeboat launched for surfer
THIS was the scene when Burnham-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat was launched on Monday evening (May 14th) amid concern for a windsurfer in Bridgwater Bay. The Puffin lifeboat launched from the jetty in heavy seas to investigate an area of water where a surfer had been seen earlier. More...

Dishwasher fire extinguished
FIRE crews rushed to Pizey Avenue in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night (May 13th) after a dishwasher was reported to be on fire in a kitchen. "On arrival, the crews found the fire had already been extinguished by the occupier," a fire service spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Newsagent changes hands
A BUSY shop in the centre of Highbridge has new owners after Pat and Beryl Scott decided to sell the business on. Pat and Beryl have sold Highbridge News in Church Street, pictured, to spend more time running Burnham-On-Sea's cinema, which they own. More...

Top boxer to visit Highbridge
FORMER WBC boxing champion Glenn Catley will be the VIP guest at a night of amateur boxing in Highbridge next Saturday, May 19th. The professional, pictured, will be at King Alfred School Hall to watch an evening of action from King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club. More...

Tim in fine voice at concert
POPULAR local opera singer Tim Pitman was in fine voice when he entertained almost 100 people at a classical recital in a church near Burnham-On-Sea. The concert, held on Friday at St Peter and All Hallow's Church in West Huntspill, raised hundreds of pounds. More...

Video: RNLI Naming Ceremony
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com offers exclusive online video highlights of Saturday's Naming Ceremony for Puffin, Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's brand new 'D-Class' lifeboat. This special eight minute video focusses on the ceremony held in the station's Pier Street forecourt. Video...

Police appeal for crash witnesses
POLICE have appealed for motorists to come forward after a serious accident on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week how a cyclist had been rushed to Frenchay hospital with 'life-changing injuries' following the incident at the Edithmead roundabout at 10.40am on Thursday. More...

RNLI lifeboat officially named
CROWDS of VIPs and onlookers filled Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboat station on Saturday afternoon (12th May) when the town's new 'D Class' lifeboat, Puffin, was officially named by its donor during a special service of dedication. Over 180 people watched the service. More...

Trapped vehicle pulled free
A STRANDED vehicle had to be pulled free after getting trapped in soft sand on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Saturday (May 12th). Despite the best efforts of onlookers (pictured right), the Volvo S8 became stuck fast when its wheels sank into the deep sand near the jetty. More...

40th birthday at kindergarten!
OVER 140 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten on Saturday afternoon (May 12th) when it celebrated its 40th anniversary. A special champagne and strawberry afternoon was held alongside the school's annual fete to mark the milestone. More...

Power cut hits town centre
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents were left without power on Friday evening (May 11th) during a power cut. Western Power Distribution confirmed that 39 homes in the centre of town were cut off for almost two hours after a fuse blew in the company's low voltage network. More...

New childrens centre plans unveiled
Exclusive: AMBITIOUS plans for a new £300,000 childrens centre in Burnham-On-Sea took a step forward this week when formal plans for the site were submitted. The application for the centre at The Community Infants School in Winchester Road includes a single-storey building plus parking. More...

Busy summer for town band
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band has announced a busy schedule of summer events for its players across Somerset. The group will be playing at a wide range of events throughout the county, from Clevedon in the north to Taunton in the south. More...

Two injured in two-car collision
TWO people were rushed to hospital after a serious accident near Burnham-On-Sea left one car in a deep ditch and another vehicle so badly damaged that the occupant had to be cut free by fire crews on Thursday afternoon (May 10th). There were no serious injuries. More... | Video

Busy week for Brean parks
BREAN'S caravan parks enjoyed one of their busiest May Day holiday weekends ever after trade was boosted by warm weather. Holiday Resort Unity in Brean enjoyed far higher numbers of visitors than usual, with its best May Day holiday period on record. More...

Cyclist suffers serious injuries
A CYCLIST was rushed to Frenchay hospital in Bristol with 'life-changing injuries' following a serious accident on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (May 10th). Traffic ground to a halt in the area after the cyclist was struck by a car near to the roundabout. More...

Two arrests in swoop on car boot sale
Exclusive: Two people have been arrested and a large quantity of suspected counterfeit CDs and DVDs has been seized from a Burnham-On-Sea car boot sale this week following a joint operation by Somerset County Council Trading Standards officers and police. More...

Second fire at town band hut
FIRE crews have been called to the Burnham-On-Sea's town band hut twice in just a matter of days - and on both occasions fire officers believe the incidents were caused deliberately. We reported last week how the door of the building has been set alight. More...

National Pet Week celebrated in town!
HUNDREDS of animal lovers from across Somerset visited a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea this week to get advice on pet care and the best ways to pamper their furry friends. Garden World's Pet and Aquatic Centre hosted the event during National Pet Week. More...

Search for police volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's neighbourhood policing team are looking for members of the public to join the town's Community Policing Panel. A Burnham police spokeswoman explained: "This will involve volunteers becoming the voice for local residents with any arising issues." More...

Bridge closure talks to begin
SOMERSET County Council bosses are set to meet Network Rail to discuss possible solutions to the controversial closure of Walrow rail bridge in the centre of Highbridge. MP David Heathcoat-Amory said on Tuesday (May 8th) he has received a letter from Network Rail. More...

Meet town's youngest councillor
NINETEEN-year-old Joe Leach has become Burnham-On-Sea's youngest ever councillor after winning seats on both the town and district councils in last week's elections. The enthusiastic youngster told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week he is "delighted" to have won and outlined his aims for improving the area. More...

Six arrests during busy weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea police made several arrests following several incidents over the busy Bank Holiday weekend. Sgt Julian Brandon of Burnham police told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's been a very busy weekend with a wide range range of incidents. However, we have seen some really positive outcomes." More...

Charity concert raises £1,250
A NIGHT of live music at a Burnham-On-Sea pub has raised over £1,250 for two worthy groups. Hundreds of people flocked to The Railway Inn on Sunday (May 6th) for its popular annual charity concert, raising cash for the Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club and NSPCC. More...

Fire shuts Berrow Road
POLICE temporarily closed a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (May 7th) as fire crews tackled a blaze in two garages. Three fire engines from Burnham and Bridgwater plus a Command Support Unit from Street and an Incident Support Unit from Yeovil rushed to 130 Berrow Road at 8.07am. More...

O2 to 'remove mast this week'
Exclusive: MOBILE phone operator O2 is scheduled to remove its controversial phone mast from the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week after losing its bid to keep the structure in place earlier this year. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in March that the Planning Inspectorate had concluded O2 should remove the mast. More...

Tourism group marks 21 years
SUPPORTERS and members of a local tourism association based in Burnham-On-Sea will be celebrating their group's 21st anniversary this month. Sedgemoor Tourism Association will be marking the milestone with a celebratory evening of entertainment on May 22nd. More...

Barrage would 'create floods'
A PROPOSED barrage across the River Severn from Brean to Wales could cause flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area, a local study group has warned this week. The Burnham & Somerset Levels Sea Flood Study Group says the barrage should start at Minehead, not Brean. More...

Man treated for smoke inhalation
A MAN was treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at a property in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, on Friday evening (May 4th). Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to Pine Grange, pictured, following a report of smoke emerging from a flat at the premises. More...

RNLI to hold naming ceremony
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's recently-introduced 'D Class' lifeboat, Puffin, is to be officially named by its donor during a special service of dedication on Saturday 12th May at the town's RNLI lifeboat station. The event will begin with the singing of the National Anthem. More...

Town council election results
DELIGHTED Liberal Democrats made gains in Highbridge, but the Conservatives have retained control of Burnham-On-Sea during the district council elections held on Thursday May 3rd.
Burnham's district council results...

Town council results...

A38 accident holds up traffic
POLICE and paramedics rushed to the A38 roundabout near Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction on Friday evening (May 4th) after an accident took place. A motorcylist was hit from behind by another vehicle at 6pm whilst approaching the Edithmead roundabout. More...

Van blaze closes lane of M5
ONE lane of the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater was closed on Friday morning (May 4th) after a van caught fire on the hard shoulder. Two fire engines from Burnham were called out at around 7.20am to extinguish a blazing white van. More...

Folk group return to Burnham
A LEADING West Country folk group who were highly popular at last year's Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest are returning to the town later this month to play at the Ritz Acoustic Club. Howard Sinclair and Alex West - better known as Master Of None - will play on May 17th. More...

Hot start to holiday weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been enjoying temperatures hotter than some Mediterranean holiday resorts this week. Thermometers in the town rose to 69°F (21°C) on Tuesday, May 1st, and 68 °F (20°C) on Wednesday, May 2nd, according to official Met Office figures. More...

Speedboat rescued at Brean
A SPEEDBOAT was rescued on Thursday afternoon (May 3rd) after hitting rocks at the end of Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea. The crew of Weston's lifeboats were paged at 12.27pm by Coastguards following a radio call from the 19' speedboat reporting engine failure. More...

Small fire at town band HQ
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rushed to a small building near to Highbridge's King Alfred School on Wednesday evening (May 2nd) after a small blaze broke out. Two engines attended the incident at Burnham and Highbridge Town Band's hut shortly after 6pm. More...

Polls open for town elections
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Mayor was among thousands of residents casting their vote on Thursday morning (May 3rd) as district and town council elections got underway in the town. Cllr Eric Gill was among the first to cast his vote at the Burnham Avenue Tennis Club polling station. More...

Council achieves 'quality status'
DELIGHTED
staff at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council have been told this week that their bid for quality status has been successful. A panel met on Wednesday (May 2nd) to consider whether the council had met various criteria to gain the standing. More...

Local firewalkers wanted!
BRAVE
Burnham-On-Sea residents are being invited to walk over red hot coals and smashed wine bottles all in the aid of charity. Secret World Wildlife Rescue has this week announced details of its annual Fire and Glass Walking Challenge at Brean on 27th July. More...

Concerns raised on 190 homes
TOWN planners have this week expressed concerns about controversial plans to construct a huge new 190-home housing estate on the outskirts of Burnham. Members of the Town Council's Planning Committee raised objections to the scheme at their latest meeting. More...

Town artists set for Arts Week
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Judith Champion is among a group of more than 25 local artists taking part in this year's North Somerset Arts Week from this weekend. Over 250 artists will open their homes and studios or join together to exhibit their work from May 4th-13th. More...

Security shutters for florists
A FLORIST
'S shop is the latest business in Burnham-On-Sea to install security shutters in a bid to beat vandals. Salisbury Florists is one of a dozen shops along The High Street to introduce shutters in recent years to prevent vandals from attacking its windows. More...

Opera signer back in action
POPULAR
local opera singer Tim Pitman will be back in action later this month when he performs a classical recital at a church near Burnham-On-Sea. Tickets have gone on sale for the event, to be held on Friday 11th May, at St Peter and All Hallow's Church in West Huntspill. More...

New RNLI Chairman welcomed
GRAHAM
Wills has this week officially been appointed as Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat Station's new Chairman, replacing Tony Winterburn who has stepped down after a three year stint. He said: "I feel privileged to take over from a long-time friend, and mentor." More...

Top jockeys race to Brean
BERT
House, the 90-year-old founder of Brean Leisure Park and well-known West Country race horse owner, will be among those taking part in a Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament later this month. Bert, together with his son Richard are both looking forward to May 15th. More...

Charity shop targeted by thieves
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MEAN
-spirited thieves have stolen cash from a charity shop in Burnham-On-Sea. Almost £100 was taken from a till at the RSPCA Shop in Regent Street during an attack at the shop. The incident has angered volunteers who man the shop to raise vital funds towards helping animals across the UK. More...

Burglars target elderly man
BURNHAM
-On-Sea police are appealing for witnesses and vigilance after a series of eight distraction burglaries occurred around the county - including one in Highbridge - at the weekend. An elderly man in Clyce Road in the town was targeted on Saturday afternoon. More...

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