Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

May 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Classic cars in town - preview
OVER 100 classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this evening (Saturday, June 1st) during the 20th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off a range of vintage vehicles, from cars to military bikes. More...

£100k revamp edges closer
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to part-pedestrianise an area of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street have moved a step closer this week after the Town Council agreed to begin discussions with Highways bosses on scheduling the work. The council is to hold talks with with Somerset County Council over the scheme. More...

Cow rescued from riverbank
FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a cow stuck on a riverbank near Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Thursday). The Fire Service received a call reporting a cow stuck on a tidal mud bank close to Ham Lane in Pawlett. One fire appliance was sent to the scene. More...

Town centre shop shuts down
Exclusive: THIS stark sign in the window of a clothing shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea explained the fate of the business this week. DP Menswear in the High Street closed its shutters for the final time on Wednesday (May 29th) after seven years of business in the town. More...

Youth sponsorship deal clinched
PLANS to hold a youth weekend in Burnham-On-Sea have been given a boost this week. Sunspot Amusements has been announced as the main sponsor for the event, which will take place on July 13th. The organisers said they are delighted to get the backing. More...

Wrestling in town on Sunday
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Sunday afternoon (June 2nd). Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they get up close and personal with the ringside action. More...

Free fireworks show in Brean
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display on Saturday night (June 1st) when Brean Leisure Park holds its first display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

35 flats scheme draw objections
Exclusive: Controversial plans to transform a derelict garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea into two modern blocks of 35 flats have this week been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors and local residents. Abracore Limited is seeking planning permission to build the buildings. More...

Pair cycle from London to Paris
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents have cycled from the London Eye to the Eiffel Tower in Paris to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Marcus Medd and partner Louise Crew pedalled between the two cities over five days, raising about £1,300 in the process. More...

Appeal for Burnham firefighters
NEW firefighters are being sought by Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station. A recruitment campaign has begun to find four new crewmembers to take on the life-saving role. An open evening is to be held at Burnham Fire Station in Marine Drive from 7-9pm on June 12th. More...

Band celebrates decade of gigs
A BURNHAM-On-Sea band is to celebrate a decade of performances with a special gig in the town this Friday (May 31st). The Riverbrew will be holding the event at The Dunstan House in Love Lane, ten years to the day that they first picked up their instruments. More...

Fundraiser held in memory of Sam
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother whose daughter died of cancer at the young age of 43 last year has held a fundraising charity event in her memory this week. Rose King held a cake sale at her home in South Terrace in memory of Sam Greenall, who passed away last September after a four-year battle with cancer. More...

New council Chairman is elected
SEDGEMOOR District Councillor Peter Downing has been elected the authority's new Chairman. Cllr Downing lives in Shipham and is a ward councillor for Cheddar and Shipham. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com that he is "delighted and honoured" to have been chosen. More...

Anger over play park graffiti
Exclusive: A BRAND new £350,000 park and play area in Burnham-On-Sea which opened just two months ago has been daubed with graffiti, angering parents and nearby residents. The long-awaited Rosewood Green public park opened in March but in recent weeks has seen considerable graffiti. More...

Stephanie's weight loss journey
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has shed six stone during an incredible period of weight loss in time for her prom night. Stephanie Jeffries, 16, joined Burnham's Slimming World in 2011 in a wheelchair and was unable to walk without help, weighing 17 stone. More...

20th classic car run on Saturday
OVER 100 classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Saturday evening (June 1st) during the 20th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show off a range of vintage vehicles, from cars to military bikes. More...

Motorist hurt in M5 collision
ONE person was treated for minor injuries following a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (May 28th). Two fire crews from Burnham and one fire from Bridgwater were sent to the northbound carriageway between junction 22 and 21 shortly after 9am. More...

Bikers roar into action for BARB
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset took part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity on Sunday (May 26th). Somerset Motorcycle Group held a 100 mile bike run, starting from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn and finishing on the seafront. More...

Mad hatters' tea party planned
A MAD hatters' tea party is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday June 8th. The unique event will be held at the town's Marine Cove seafront gardens from 11am. Visitors will be able to take part in fun games and also find out about how to volunteer. More...

New community garden opens
A NEW community garden in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage youngsters to grow healthy food was opened today (Tuesday, May 28th) by the town's Mayor and Mayoress. A disused area of land at the rear of the Burnham Area Youth Centre has been transformed. More...

Traders see Bank Holiday boost
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday weekend of trade, boosted by good weather. While cold winds meant the number of people visiting local beaches was down on the May Day Bank Holiday earlier in the month, visitors were out in force in areas such as the High Street. More...

Community garden set to open
A PROJECT to build a new community garden in Burnham-On-Sea that aims to encourage youngsters to grow healthy food has been completed - with the new facilities opening on Tuesday (May 28th). A disused area of land at the rear of the BAY Centre is being used for it. More...

New book store opens in town
A NEW charity book shop opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Monday (May 27th). Burnham Rotary Club has opened its seasonal book store at 28b High Street, between West Coast Properties and Burnham Goldsmiths. The shop is open until late August. More...

Top St John award for Chris
A LOCAL teenager received a top award when Highbridge and Burnham St John Cadets held their annual presentation night this week. Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress, Martin and Arlene Cox, were the special guests for the evening which was held at the St John HQ. More...

In photos: King Alfred prom
YEAR 11 students from a Highbridge school celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (May 24th). The pupils from King Alfred School gathered at the Winter Gardens in Weston for their special night, as pictured here. More...

Long-serving BARB crew retire
EDF'S David Eccles was the special guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday (May 24th) when two of the group's long-serving volunteers retired. Mr Eccles joined crewmembers and supporters at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Taxi driver rescued from sea at Brean
Exclusive: THIS was the dramatic moment a taxi driver was rescued by two holidaymakers after his car got stranded by the incoming tide on Brean beach on Sunday. The motorist from Yeovil had misjudged the incoming tide and his Ford Mondeo was completely inundated by the waves. More...

Brew-off winner clinches deal
A TEENAGER who won a home brewing competition at Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival on Saturday has already clinched a deal to sell his drink. Liam Penn, 18, won the 'Great Burnham Brew Off' with his impressive cider which was entered in the contest. More...

Smash-and-grab raid in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for witnesses after a smash-and-grab raid at this garage in Berrow on Sunday evening (May 26th). A motorbike was stolen from Triangle Garage when a large pane of glass was smashed at the front of the property. More...

FOUR Coastguards incidents in a day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards were called out to FOUR incidents in Brean on Sunday (May 26th). The team was kept busy with more than eight hours of incidents. Coastguards were first called out at 11am to reports of live ammunition having been uncovered on the beach. More...

Owls at Marine Cove today!
BURNHAM'S Marine Cove Gardens will play host to some unusual visitors on Bank Holiday Monday (27th May). The Avon Owls of Winscombe will be making a special visit to raise awareness of the birds. The owls will be appearing in the seafront gardens from noon-5pm. More...

Crowds flock to 2013 Food Festival
THOUSANDS of visitors flocked into Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) for the town's hugely successful Food and Drink Festival. The event attracted large crowds of around 7,000 people to the town centre over the course of the seven-hour festival which saw dozens of local brewers and food producers showcasing their products. More...

Hovercraft cake scoops award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was the inspiration behind this impressive cake which was crowned the winner of The Great Burnham Bake-Off during the town's popular Food Festival on Saturday. Cakemaker Sam Pashley, pictured, won the champion's trophy. More...

Motorist jailed after fatal crash
A 34-year-old motorist who killed his girlfriend when he crashed her car at speeds of up to 90mph on a road near Burnham-On-Sea has been jailed this week. Daniel Day lost control of Alice Hicks' Mini on a blind bend near Rooksbridge in September 2011. A court was told he ignored "ample warning signs". More...

Secret World open for weekend
VISITORS to Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-sea this bank holiday open weekend will be able to see an array of baby animals. The cold start to spring has resulted in an orphans baby boom, with staff and volunteers now at full stretch caring for them. More...

TV actress and MP launch event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham to recognise the contribution that local carers make on a daily basis at the launch of Carers Week 2013. Lynda has appeared on ITV's Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women and Country House Sunday. More...

Burnham Food Festival preview
BIG crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea for a popular Food and Drink Festival on Saturday (May 25th). The celebration of food and drink produced in and around Burnham will see local brewers and food producers bringing their best to the town centre and it starts from 10am. More...

Residents air new homes fears
Exclusive: OVER 30 residents who are opposed to a controversial development of ten new homes in West Huntspill attended a special meeting in the village on Thursday morning (May 23rd) when district councillors visited the development site to see it. More...

Ducklings take up residence!
THIS cute family of ducklings has made a Burnham-On-Sea garden their home. Burnham resident Pauline Knight says the furry new additions were born in her garden after a Mallard duck took up residence in April. She says the Mallard duck nested in April. More...

Volunteer award for Jonathan
A YOUNG volunteer who organises youth projects in Burnham-On-Sea has this week been handed a top award during a presentation celebrating the spirit of the Olympics. Jonathan Smith, 21, was crowned 'shine a light volunteering champion' at a ceremony this week. More...

Gales warning for later today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could be hit by strong gusts of wind of up to 50mph this afternoon (Friday), forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of strong winds for the area from mid-afternoon into the early evening. More...

Council celebrates beach award
COUNCIL bosses have celebrated the news that beaches in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have been awarded awards by the national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The Seaside Awards identify the best beaches across the UK that achieve the highest standards of facilities and cleanliness. More...

£23,000 gym equipment boost
A HIGHBRIDGE gymnastics club has received a major funding boost that will help it buy much-needed new equipment. Monarchs Gymnastics Club, which opened its new premises in Brue Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate earlier this year, has received £23,000. More...

Burnham beach scoops award
BEACHES at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have this week been awarded sought-after Seaside Awards by campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The group's awards scheme recognises beaches across England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. More...

Countdown to Food Festival
THE final countdown to Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival, to be held this Saturday (May 25th), is underway. The celebration of food and drink produced in and around Burnham will see local brewers and food producers bringing their best to the town centre. More...

Help Gracie reach contest final
A YOUNG singer from Brent Knoll needs your help in reaching the finals of a nationwide music competition at London's O2 Arena. Eight year-old Gracie Wickens-Sweet made it through to the regional finals of TeenStar, a new music competition, earlier this year. More...

Counselling after factory death
STAFF at a Highbridge factory where a man has died after falling from a high roof have been offered counselling this week. Police said the man passed away in Frenchay Hospital last Friday after suffering head injuries in a fall from a high roof at Cooper B-Line. More...

MP launches learners' week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has helped to launch Adult Learners' Week in Parliament alongside a local star apprentice. Tessa Munt attended a reception in Parliament to help start the annual event where she met up with apprentice Emma Rogers, who opened a beauty salon. More...

Trees donated to town school
ONE hundred free young trees have been donated to Churchfield Primary School in Highbridge this week. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Monkton Heathfield near Bridgwater has donated the saplings for the school’s Garden Club and Forest School pupils. More...

Velodrome plan for waterpark
Exclusive: WORK is set to begin shortly on transforming a waterpark near Burnham-On-Sea into a brand new sports complex featuring a cycling velodrome and athletics track. Middlemoor Water Park, located on the Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington, has been given the go-ahead. More...

Business as usual for glazier
A BURNHAM-On-Sea glass firm has this week reassured its customers that it's trading as normal and honouring product guarantees. Beach View Glass Limited in Victoria Street has opened in place of Burnham Glass and Windows, which went into liquidation. More...

Horse rescued by fire crew
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to Berrow to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch on Tuesday evening (May 21st). The animal got into difficulty at just before 6pm in a field near to Rosetree Paddock in the village, prompting the rescue attempt. More...

Vandals target wind farm signs
VANDALS have angered members of a wind farm campaign group near Burnham-On-Sea this week after tearing down their promotion signs. Four of the 'No Huntspill Wind Farm' boards were damaged and torn down from private properties along the A38 on Tuesday. More...

Bikers gear up for charity ride
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset will be taking part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Sunday (May 26th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising a 100 mile bike run, starting from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn at 10am. More...

Charity walkers hit the beach
SUPPORTERS of The Alzheimer's Society pulled on their walking boots to take part in the charity's annual sponsored walk from Burnham-On-Sea to Brean on Sunday (May 19th). Now in its 10th year, the Brean Beach Walk attracted over 20 walkers who strode out along the sands to raise cash. More...

£1,000 boost for carnival club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea carnival club has been given a welcome boost with a £1,000 donation from the town's Lions club. Hillview Carnival Club is having to move to a new building this year to construct its float and the money will help fund the changes for this year. More...

Car torched in Highbridge
POLICE are investigating a deliberate car fire which took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning (May 21st). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a lane just off Tyler Way and Newtown Road at just after 1am where a car was reported to be alight. More...

TV's Gareth Gates in Brean
POP star Gareth Gates headlined a concert at a holiday park in Brean on Saturday night (May 18th). The singer, who shot to fame during ITV's Pop Idol in 2002, performed at Holiday Resort Unity during a special concert at the start of the summer tourist season. More...

High Street book shop to open
BOOK lovers in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to visit a new charity bookshop opening in the town's High Street next week. Burnham Rotary Club is opening its seasonal book store on Monday May 27th at 28b High Street, between West Coast and Burnham Goldsmiths. More...

Crafters gather for charity fair
A DAY-long craft fair featuring some of the area's best craft makers is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (May 25th). The event, called Creative Gifts for Spring, will be held at St Andrew's Church Hall from 11am-4pm. Three local charities will benefit: Dreamscheme, BARB and Home Start. More...

Rainbow Run challenge for duo
A GROUP of fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in a colourful fundraising event during their year of fitness challenges on Sunday (May 19th). Nicola Noad and Tamara Ellis made a new year’s resolution to get healthy and get fit at the same time. More...

Disney musical proves a hit
DISNEY'S The Aristocats Kids was performed in front of a packed audience by a Burnham-On-Sea youth drama group on Sunday (May 19th). Members of Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) performed the hit show in front of a packed audience at The Princess. More...

Owls set to visit Marine Cove
BURNHAM'S Marine Cove Gardens will play host to some unusual visitors on Bank Holiday Monday (27th May). The Avon Owls of Winscombe will be making a special visit to raise awareness of the birds. The group will be appearing from noon-5pm at the seafront gardens. More...

Investigation after man dies
AN investigation has been launched after a man died in a fall from a roof in Highbridge on Friday (May 17th). Two air ambulances, police and paramedics were called to Cooper B-Line Willsher & Quick in Commerce Way at 11.45am. Police said today (Monday) that the man had died of his injuries. More...

Hundreds in badger cull protest
HUNDREDS of people took part in the filming of a protest video near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday to campaign against the government's proposed cull of badgers. Over 350 people attended the filming session at Secret World in East Huntspill, organised by The Badger Trust. More...

Seafront flower beds concern
FLOWER beds along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade are not being permanently removed, Sedgemoor District Council has reassured residents. It comes after several of the council's large lower beds along grass-covered areas of the seafront were bulldozed. More...

England rugby captain in town
FORMER England Rugby captain Lewis Moody was the special guest at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club's annual dinner and awards presentation night on Friday (May 17th). Lewis 'Mad Dog' Moody MBE gave an after dinner speech and handed out the awards. More...

Nursery holds its final party
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten held its final garden party on Saturday (May 18th) before closing down later this year. The kindergarten in Rectory Road was open to all past children, parents and staff ahead of the retirement of its owners later this summer. More...

Team of the year announced
BEAMING members of Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club's under 12s side had an extra reason to smile at the club's presentation evening at the weekend. The youngsters won the club's trophy for team of the year, having had a superb season in their league. More...

Long delays after M5 crash
MOTORISTS faced long delays today (Sunday) in the Burnham-On-Sea area following a three-vehicle crash that shut the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway. A Land Rover towing a mobile food trailer overturned after a collision with a silver car. More...

Police CCTV appeal after theft
POLICE have appealed for the public's help in identifying these two people following a theft from a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket. £400 worth of razors was stolen from the store on April 10th and offficers are keen to identify a man and a woman seen in the store. More...

Search for new theatre manager
Exclusive: A RECRUITMENT campaign for a new manager at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has got underway this week after the current boss stepped down. Andy Pulleyn, pictured, is leaving the high-profile role to take on a new job as Marketing Manager at the Exeter Phoenix arts centre. More...

Hotel's £150k education boost
THE developers behind the multi-million pound plan to regenerate the fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel will pay almost £150,000 towards new school facilities in the town as part of this week's decision to grant the proposals approval. Sedgemoor councillors gave the scheme approval earlier this week. More...

Toddlers conquer Brent Knoll!
TADPOLES Pre-school in Brent Knoll held its annual walk to the top of Brent Knoll this week in order to raise funds for the Meningitis Trust. It was the tenth year that Tadpoles has supported the 'Toddle Waddle' and this year was again very well supported. More...

Community Centre open day today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Community Centre will be holding an open day on Sunday (May 19th) when its facilities will go on show. The special open day at the centre in Berrow Road will be held from 2pm-4pm and will give visitors a chance to see how it serves the community. More...

Hinkley cash 'disappointment'
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week said it is 'disappointed' that there will be no community benefits on offer during the construction period of nuclear plants such as Hinkley Point C near Burnham. It comes after the Department for Energy and Climate Change re-iterated its commitment. More...

Minis cruise into Brent Knoll
SCORES of minis will be cruising into Brent Knoll today (Saturday) during a charity fundraising event. The vehicles will be taking part in the 'Mini Cheddars Run' in aid of Martock Charity Shop. The motorists will meet in Cheddar at 9am and then drive to Sanders. More...

Big audience for TV comedian
TV comedian Arthur Smith performed his show in front of a packed audience at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday evening (May 17th). The comedian is known for his appearances on the BBC's Grumpy Old Men, QI, Room 101 and Have I Got News for You. More...

Asda's boost for local groups
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes - and those that attract the most receive a cash donation. More...

Roof fall man air-lifted to hospital
A MAN was air-lifted to hospital with head injuries following a fall from a roof in Highbridge on Friday morning (May 17th). Two air ambulances, police and paramedics were called to Cooper B-Line Willsher & Quick in Commerce Way, as pictured here, after the mid-morning incident. More...

Southleigh's final garden party
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Southleigh Kindergarten will be holding its final garden party on Saturday (May 18th) before closing down later this year. The kindergarten in Rectory Road will be open to all past children, parents and staff during the afternoon between 2pm-4pm. More...

Police probe two digger fires
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are investigating two suspicious fires during the early hours of today (Friday) when construction diggers were damaged. Fire crews were called to Bristol Road in East Brent at midnight after a digger was reported to be on fire. More...

CCTV upgrade for Manor Gardens
CCTV in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens is to be upgraded following a cash injection from the region's Police and Crime Commissioner. Sue Mountstevens has this week earmarked £14,000 through the Somerset Community Safety Partnership to Burnham and Bridgwater. More...

Cubs' £200 for BARB and RNLI
A GROUP of Cubs in Bridgwater has raised £200 for Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft and lifeboat charities. When 20 Cubs from 14th Bridgwater Scout Group visited BARB and Burnham RNLI in September last year, they were inspired by the work they do. More...

Glazier goes into liquidation
A LONG-established Burnham-On-Sea glazing company has gone into liquidation, it was announced on Thursday. Burnham Glass and Windows Ltd, based at 57b Victoria Street, is in the hands of accountants Mazars. The firm had three employees and has now closed. More...

TV comedian in town tonight
TV comedian Arthur Smith will be performing at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre tonight. The comedian - famous for appearing on Grumpy Old Men, QI and Have I Got News for You - was booked to appear at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton but that venue folded. More...

Top cooks lined up for festival
THE countdown to Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival is underway with just a few days left until the event opens. This year, the festival on Saturday 25th May will see a great line-up of cooks and experts offering advice at two venues in the town centre. More...

Crews called to M5 car blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a car blaze on the M5 motorway last night (Thursday night, May 17th). The fire service received several calls regarding the vehicle on the southbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Dunball. More...

Apex nature walks get started
WILDLIFE enthusiasts gathered for the first of two special nature walks at Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday - with the next planned for tomorrow (Saturday, May 18th). Sedgemoor District Council organised a moth walk, led by the Somerset Moth Group. More...

£28,000 boost for youth centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BAY Centre has this week thanked the district and town councils for enabling a long-awaited £28,000 project to repair its leaking roof to get underway. The Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close was built in 1966 and its roof has suffered regular leaks in recent years. More...

Person hit by train at Highbridge
A PERSON was struck by a train near Highbridge railway station on Wednesday evening (May 16th), causing a suspension of services. Britsh Transport Police received a report at 10pm that a person had been struck by a passing train and emergency services were called to the scene. More...

Town Team Chair steps down
THE Chairwoman of Burnham-On-Sea's Town Team has stepped down from her role this week. Beverley Milner Simonds was re-elected Chairwoman at the group's annual general meeting last month. She spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com about her decision. More...

Card shop reaches award final
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop has been selected as one of the finalists in an annual competition to find the UK's best independent greetings card shops. Sentiments, based on Burnham High Street, has been chosen as one of the five finalists in the south west. More...

Wartime film to be screened
A FREE community screening of a classic wartime documentary will be held in Highbridge later this month. Somerset Film in association with Highbridge U3A are holding the screening of the Ken Loach film 'The Spirit of ’45' at the Community Hall on 21st May. More...

Super-fast broadband launches
HIGH-speed fibre broadband is now available to thousands of homes and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea, BT announced today (Wednesday). More than 4,000 households and firms across the town now have access and this will soon increase to more than 10,500 premises. More...

OAP jailed over £11k benefit fraud
A pensioner from Berrow has been jailed following an investigation into an £11,000 benefit fraud. The 74 year-old man was found guilty by a jury at Taunton Crown Court, having pleaded not guilty to offences relating to undeclared earnings within the holiday industry. More...

TV star visits centre's badgers
TV star Chris Packham dropped in at a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Chris - the preseter of the BBC's Springwatch - is a patron at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill and this week popped in to see some of this year's badger cubs. More...

Help Ben fulfil his acting dream
THE family of a talented Burnham-On-Sea boy who has been given a dream opportunity at a top London performing school are desperately trying to raise enough money to avoid him having to give up the oppoortunity. Ben Kempton, 12, is a multi-talented performer. More...

MP's plan for 'brownfield sites'
BURNHAM's MP has called for local 'brownfield sites' to be used for building projects to help train young people on the job. Tessa Munt spoke about the importance of pushing traineeships and apprenticeships during an event this week to discuss youth employment. More...

Dancers share stage with stars
EXCITED youngsters from a Burnham-On-Sea dance school will be performing in a show alongside stars from the BBC's hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing later this month. The 38 children from DanceFit will be performing two routines on May 22nd at The Playhouse in Weston. More...

New stylist joins salon team
BURNHAM'S Unique Hair and Beauty Salon is celebrating the arrival of a new member to its team. Josh Rogers has joined the College Street salon this month and offers a wide range of classic and modern hair styling techniques to customers at the town centre salon. More...

Long delays for rail commuters
TRAIN services have been halted through Highbridge railway station on Tuesday after a person was struck by a passing train on the line. First Great Western said its services were being replaced by buses between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton. More...

£11m hotel plans are approved
MULTI-million pound plans to regenerate the fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel have been approved by district councillors today (Tuesday). Members of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee granted approval to the £11million scheme during a meeting in Bridgwater this afternoon. More...

Heavy rain warning
HEAVY and persistent rain could cause flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Tuesday, May 14th), forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain across the region between 8am and midnight as a front passes through the region. More...

Caravan flips over on M5
THE shocked owner of this caravan was lucky to avoid serious injuries on Monday (May 13th) after his vehicle flipped over on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea. The caravan overturned on the northbound carriageway between Burnham and Weston, causing long delays for motorists. More...

Decision day for £11m hotel plan
MULTI-million pound plans to regenerate the fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel are due to be considered by district councillors today (Tuesday). Members of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee may grant approval to the major sscheme during a meeting in Bridgwater. More...

Panto groups scoop top awards
MEMBERS of Burnham's Pantomime Society and Brean's Coastline Players are celebrating this week after scooping top accolades at an annual awards night for pantomime groups across the region. The two local groups attended the annual Cinderella Trophy Awards. More...

Disney music show this Sunday
FINAL tickets are available for a special performance of Disney's 'The Aristocats Kids' in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (May 19th). Final rehearsals are underway for the show by young members of Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Knitters in community project
A GROUP of knitters and tapestry makers in Burnham-On-Sea has begun work on creating a colourful community blanket. The Yarn Over group, who meet each Wednesday evening at The Princess Theatre, are creating the artwork, which will be hung in the arts lounge. More...

Sea birds rescued after gales
Exclusive: WILDLIFE carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been looking after sea birds that were blown ashore during last week's gales. Two gannets were recovered in Burnham and Lympsham at the weekend after being brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill. More...

In photos: Party In the Park
WET weather failed to halt Burnham-On-Sea's annual Party In The Park on Sunday (May 12th). The event went ahead as planned despite on-and-off showers throughout the afternoon. While audience numbers were down on some previous years, the Manor Gardens were still busy. More...

Gymnasts at UK championships
A GROUP of 11 gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club have competed at the British Championships in Stoke-on-Trent with more successes. For many of the young gymnasts this was their first time competing at the prestigious event. More...

Brent Knoll craft fair success
A FUNDRAISING craft fair and cream tea in Brent Knoll has been hailed a success. The event, held outside the village's post office, was the first of its kind and attracted ten local craft makers from the Burnham area and a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon. More...

Hundreds join Van West event
THESE were the scenes on Brean beach today (Sunday, May 12th) when hundreds of Volkswagen enthusiasts held a mass convoy during the village's three-day Van West festival. Hundreds of VW camper vans and cars joined in a parade through Brean to mark the end of the successful festival. More...

85 objections over homes plan
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build ten new homes in West Huntspill have been recommended for approval despite more than 80 objections from local residents. The applicantion for 'outline planning permission' for 10 detached dwellings and a new access route centres on land next to Alstone Lane. More...

Barrage plans step closer
THE possibility of a Severn Barrage being built between Wales and Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, took a major step forward this week with the announcement that five major global companies have been signed up to work on the £25bn project. Hafren Power announced details of the five firms working with it. More...

VW enthusiasts head to Brean
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts have flocked to Brean this weekend for the village's annual Van West festival. Over 900 VW vehicles are at Warren Farm Holiday Park during the popular three-day festival, which started on Friday (May 10th) and runs until Sunday. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW gift shop selling locally-made products has launched in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Hidden Treasures has opened at Burnham Shopping Centre in the High Street and is already proving popular with shoppers. Jane Jenkins runs the shop with craft makers Kerry Mason and Mel Haslewood. More...

Party In The Park tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off on Sunday (May 12th) with the town's Party In The Park. The Manor Gardens will be alive with entertainment and live music throughout the afternoon, from 12pm to 5pm, featuring local group The Ginger Hitlas. More...

Youngster wins logo contest
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has won a competition to design a new logo for a local coach company. James Whitrow beat off stiff competition to design the artwork for Axe Vale Coaches. The firm decided to update its livery after more than 30 years and ran a contest in selected schools. More...

Arrests after local drugs raids
POLICE carried out drugs raids in Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Thursday) during a day of action across West Somerset when over 30 people were arrested. Three people were held in Berrow following a raid on a home in the centre of the village, as pictured here. More...

Bishop officially opens school
THE Bishop of Taunton, The Rt Reverend Peter Maurice, officially opened Highbridge's Churchfield School this week. The school in Burnham Road first opened in 2010, bringing St John’s Junior School and Beechfield Infants School together as one, but has undergone major work since. More...

Apex wildlife walks announced
TWO free events are to be held at Highbridge's Apex Park this month for local wildlife enthusiasts. Both events are being organised by Sedgemoor District Council to encourage new visitors to the award-winning park. They will be held on May 16th and 18th. More...

Town runner-up at coach awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea narrowly missed out on being named the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town of the Year' at an awards ceremony this evening (Thursday) - but it received plenty of praise from the judges. Burnham was one of six finalists in the running for the sought-after title of 'coach-friendly town or city of 2013'. More...

Gales whip up storm waves
GALE force winds whipped up storm waves in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (May 9th). It came after the Met Office issued a yellow warning of high winds as an Atlantic storm moved through the region, bringing with it winds gusting up to 60mph. These were the scenes at high tide. More...

Fire crews called to town home
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a chimney blaze at a house in the town this evening (Thursday, May 9th). Local residents reported seeing thick smoke in the area and two fire engines from Burnham were sent to St Marks Road to investigate. More...

Coach team heads to awards
A TEAM of residents is travelling to Liverpool today (Thursday) to represent the town at an awards ceremony where the the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town of the Year' will be announced. As first reported here, Burnham has been selected as one of six finalists. More...

New Mayor elected in Burnham
TOWN councillor Martin Cox was elected Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's new Mayor on Wednesday night (May 8th). He was chosen by town councillors during a vote to fill the civic role that has been held by Ken Smout over the past year with his wife Janet as Mayoress. More...

Cash stolen in two burglaries
Exclusive: TWO businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area are counting the cost of crime after two burglaries in one night earlier this week. A gang of four men are thought to be behind the break-ins at the Oaktree Arena and Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll early on Monday. More...

Gales warning issued for today
WEATHER forecasters are warning Burnham-On-Sea residents to expect gale force winds today (Thursday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of high winds for the south west region, including the Burnham area. It is in force from 9am until 9pm tonight. More...

Teams become county champs!
TWO football teams from Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating becoming county champions. The school's Year 9 team took on Nailsea in the Under 14s Somerset County Cup Final at Street Football Club. Having lost to Nailsea last year in the final. More...

Food festival launch party held
FOOD and drink producers from across the region gathered in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday night (May 8th) for a launch party to begin the countdown to the town's second annual food festival. More than 60 exhibitors and five demo chefs will take part. More...

'Young at heart party' enjoyed
OVER 50 senior citizens took part in a party for the 'young at heart' held by Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel this week. The event, held at Berrow village hall, was hailed a great success by organisers. It was an entertaining afternoon with lots of audience participation. More...

Bumper week for tourism trade
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday week as sunny weather has attracted crowds of visitors. These were the busy scenes on Burnham beach on Monday when temperatures in the town reached 20C - and they rose even further on Tuesday to 22.3C. More...

Police CCTV appeal after theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued an appeal for information to identify this man following a theft in Highbridge. They have released CCTV footage of a Middle Eastern man after an incident at a store in Highbridge on March 8th. The person police wish to speak with is described as a Middle Eastern man. More...

Guesthouse couple to retire
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea guesthouse is changing hands as its owners retire. Tom and Shirley Ashton are retiring after 15 years running the Warren Guesthouse in Berrow Road. The property has been sold to a businessman who is taking it on as a private home. More...

In photos: Charity bike night
THE first in a series of summer motorbike nights was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday night (May 7th). Over 100 bikers gathered at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons car park to raise money for local good causes. Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, attended. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off this Sunday (May 12th) with the town's Party In The Park. The Manor Gardens will be alive with entertainment and live music from 12pm to 5pm featuring local group The Ginger Hitlas. More...

BBC man to judge bake contest
THE first in a series of summer motorbike nights was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday night (May 7th). Over 100 bikers gathered at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons car park to raise money for local good causes. Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, attended. More...

New town crier is appointed
AN historic town bell was presented to Burnham-On-Sea's new town crier during a ceremony to mark his appointment on Monday (May 6th). Alistair Murray has been chosen to take on the traditional role and promote local events in Burnham in the tourist season. More...

Town bike nights start
THE first in a series of fundraising summer motorbike nights is to be held on Burnham's seafront this evening (Tuesday). Dozens of bikers will be gathering at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons car park each Tuesday night over the summer months to raise cash for local good causes. More...

Rugby festival attracts 2,800
OVER 2,000 people attended a rugby festival in Burnham-On-Sea over the Bank Holiday weekend. Youth rugby clubs from across the country took part in the 15th annual event, organised by Gullivers Sports Travel, which was held at the town's BASC Ground. More...

May Day event draws crowds
Video and Photos: BRIGHT sunshine brought dozens of people to Burnham's Marine Cove on Bank Holiday Monday (6th May) for a traditional May Day event. St Joseph's School dancers performed a May Pole country dance in the seafront gardens while children dressed up as fairies and elves. More...

Father and son cut-off by tide
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched to help Coastguards deal with a medical emergency at the foot of Brean Down on Monday (May 6th). Both boats launched at just before 4.30pm and found the casualty, a 21 year-old male and his father on the rocks. More...

Video: Lifeboats rescue speedboat
A SPEEDBOAT was towed to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats this evening (Monday) after a small fire onboard. Coastguards were alerted at 6.40pm when the speedboat was reported to be in difficulty on the falling tide, several hundred metres from Burnham's low lighthouse. More...

Traffic chaos as lorry overturns
BANK Holiday traffic came to a standstill in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday) when a lorry overturned on the entry slip to the M5 motorway. The entry slip road at junction 23 for Highbridge was closed after the lorry flipped over at around 9.45am. More...

Sky returns to speedway track
SKY TV has announced it will be broadcasting live coverage of a speedway fixture from the Oaktree Arena on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea in June. The Sky Sports cameras will be returning to the Oaktree Arena for the fixture between the Somerset Rebels and Edinburgh Monarchs on June 11th. More...

Marine Cove fun day preview
THE Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding a fun-filled May Day family event on Bank Holiday Monday (6th May). Taking place from 10am-2pm, the event will have a theme of flower fairies and will also see the new town crier announced. More...

Air ambulance called to beach
THESE were the scenes on Brean beach this afternoon (Sunday) after an air-ambulance was called to help a young girl who had been thrown from a horse. The eight-year-old girl was riding along the beach near the village's Seagull Inn just before 4pm when a dog spooked her horse and sent her falling. More...

Protest blimp takes to the skies
AN air blimp has this weekend been launched 400ft above the site of a proposed wind farm in West Huntspill to mark the re-start of a planning appeal hearing into the controversial scheme. The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group, which has long campaigned against Ecotricity’s bid to build four 120m wind turbines. More...

Local artists' work on show
THIRTEEN artists from the Burnham-On-Sea area are currently exhibiting their work during North Somerset Art Week. The Lighthouse Art Group has joined forces with HABA to display work at an exhibition in Sidcot Community Arts Centre in Winscombe. More...

Awards for long panto service
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society members have been presented with long-service awards this week. The group, who performed Jack and The Beanstalk earlier this year, were handed their awards at Burnham's Princess Theatre on Friday evening. More...

In photos: Town 'spirit' festival
CLAIRVOYANTS and mediums were among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 4th). A crowd of visitors attended the day-long event, which was held in Burnham's Princess Theatre in Princess Street.. More...

Lucky escape as car overturns
Exclusive: THE driver of this car was lucky to escape serious injuries after his car overturned near Burnham-On-Sea late on Friday night. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the vehicle, which was reported to be on its side in a roadside ditch on the outskirts of East Huntspill. More...

Beer Festival continues
BURNHAM-On-Sea's three-day Beer Festival is underway this weekend. Organisers of the second annual Burnham Beer Festival, which is being held at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, hope it will attract devotees of real ale from across the area to enjoy music and great beer. More...

Wind farm fight stepped up
CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to step up their fight against controversial plansto build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea after the firm behind the scheme this week submitted an appeal to the Government's Planning Inspectorate. Broadview Energy wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines. More...

Fire crew investigate fuel leak
BURNHAM-On-Sea's High Street briefly came to a halt on Friday (May 3rd) after a fuel leak. A Burnham fire crew was called to a car outside Peacocks in the High Street at around 5pm where a quantity of petrol had leaked onto the High Street, causing some concern about safety. More...

Brother and sister are on song
A BROTHER and sister from Burnham-On-Sea have been praised by judges for their singing at a local arts festival. Rachel Perry, 15, and her brother Matt, 13, claimed a bronze medal singing a beautiful duet, in harmony at the Weston Festival this week. More...

Rotary awareness event today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is holding a Rotary Awareness Day today (Saturday, May 4th) for newcomers to find out about the group's work. The event will be hosted at Mr Beans Café in the High Street from 9am-12 noon for the public to visit and find out more about ow to get involved. More...

Tories sweep to election wins
CONSERVATIVE Party candidates in the Burnham-On-Sea area were celebrating early this morning (Friday, May 3rd) after winning all four county council seats in the area. Peter Burridge-Clayton retained his Burnham North seat, while John Woodman held onto Highbridge and Burnham South. Reaction | Full results

£1,000 boost for Foodbank
A GRANT of £1,000 has been donated to Burnham and Highbridge's Foodbank thanks to tenants across Sedgemoor. The cash from Homes in Sedgemoor will go towards the running costs of the successful community scheme which serves the Burnham area. More...

New choir seeks local singers
A NEW 'modern day' adult choir has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea by a local music teacher, who is seeking singers of all ages to join in. Siobhan Johnson has pulled together the three or four part choir, which is called 'Burnham On Song'. The group meets weekly. More...

Spirit Festival in town
CLAIRVOYANTS and mediums will be among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 4th). The regular event will be held at Burnham's Princess Theatre in Princess Street and runs through the day from 10am-5pm. More...

May Day fun at Marine Cove
THE Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding a fun-filled May Day family event on Bank Holiday Monday (6th May). Taking place from 10am-2pm, the event will have a theme of flower fairies, with a whole host of activities and craft-tasks. More...

Wild West gunfights on show
VISITORS to Brent Knoll will be able to sample a taste of the Wild West this weekend while raising funds for a good cause. The Boots & Saddles Western Re-enactment & Living History Club, which is based locally, will be performing on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. More...

£1,000 boost for town Foodbank
A GRANT of £1,000 has been donated to Burnham and Highbridge's Foodbank thanks to tenants across Sedgemoor. The cash from Homes in Sedgemoor will go towards the running costs of the successful community scheme which serves the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Ferry service plans halted
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to launch a commercial passenger ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea and Wales have been halted, the businessman behind the ambitious plans has said this week. The Severn Link service had intended to operate ferries between Burnham, Cardiff and other Bristol Channel destinations. More...

Residents go to election polls
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be going to the polls today (Thursday) as County Council elections take place. Polling stations are open from 7am-10pm across the area. Somerset County Council has urged voters to take part and use their democratic right. More...

Beach mud rescue played out
HOVERCRAFT crews and Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea took part in a major rescue exercise on Berrow beach on Wednesday evening (May 1st). The rescue of several 'casualties' from waist-deep mud was carried out ahead of the tourist season getting underway. More...

Pilrow wind farm appeal lodged
THE developer behind controversial plans to build a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea, has this week appealed to the Government's Planning Inspectorate after the refusal of its planning application in April. Broadview wants to build four 130m turbines. More...

Crash victim named by police
POLICE have named the teenage victim of a fatal road crash near Wedmore on Monday night (April 29th). Jake Douglas, 18, died following the three-vehicle collision at about 8.10pm on Cheddar Road in the village of Cocklake on Monday evening. Police said he died at the scene. More...

New jetty warnings installed
Exclusive: NEW painted warnings have been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty this week as part of a raft of changes to boost safety following a tragedy last summer. Sedgemoor District Council is advising walkers not to use the lower half of the jetty and also to beware of the risk of falling from edges. More...

Revamp 'will avoid disruption'
Exclusive: TRADERS in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have this week been reassured that 'disruptive' roadworks in the High Street will not go ahead over the busy tourist season. A number of enhancements are planned in the town centre - including road changes. More...

Fancy a beach stroll, deer?
BEACH walkers in Burnham-On-Sea did a double-take when they spotted the unusual sight of a deer taking a paddle on Tuesday (April 29th). The young animal, pictured here, was spotted running along the sand and into the sea near the town's lighthouse. More...

New bins encourage recycling
NEW combined litter and recycling bins are being installed in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to encourage recycling. Sedgemoor District Council is introducing the new-look bins, which have separate compartments for general waste, paper, cans and plastics. More...

Zoe wins modelling contest
EIGHT-year old Zoe Loveridge from Highbridge's Curtain Call School of Performing Arts is one of just a handful of children chosen to be a model for an international catalogue. Zoe impressed the judges when she took part in her initial audition in January. More...

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