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May 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Car blaze drama in Burnham
Updated: THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (May 31st) as fire crews tackled a car blaze. Burnham's Tesco roundabout in Love Lane was partially closed at 11.30am as firefighters extinguished the blazing vehicle with hose reel jets. More...

Burnham crime falls by a third
CRIME has dropped by a third in Burnham-On-Sea during the first three months of the year, according to new police figures published this week. Burnham saw a 34% decrease in reported crime from January to March, compared to the same three months in 2013. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a dazzling fireworks display this evening (Saturday, May 31st). The display will get underway at 10pm and while there will be no admittance cost, there will be collections on the night for several local Burnham-On-Sea charities. More...

Four bid for town council seat
FOUR residents have put forward their names to be considered for a vacant position on Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. The council is seeking a local person to fill the role, which was created last month after former councillor Alan Miller’s resignation due to poor health. More...

Jazz In Park line-up unveiled
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park next Sunday June 8th. The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from two well-established bands during the day between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Late night search for intruders
A POLICE helicopter and officers from Burnham-On-Sea were called to search a building site next to the Highbridge Hotel this week in a search for two intruders. Police were called to the former cattle market site in the town late on Thursday night (May 29th). More...

Theatre running costs fall
Exclusive: THE annual cost of running Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has fallen below £50,000 for the first time, according to new figures released this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council took over the theatre from Sedgemoor District Council in 2011. More...

Girl, 15, dies after collapsing
A TEENAGE girl died this week after suffering a suspected heart attack at a holiday park in Brean. The 15-year-old collapsed at Warren Farm Holiday Centre at around 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday. She was taken to Weston General Hospital but later passed away. More...

3,000 history pics submitted
OVER 3,000 photos, postcards and articles featuring old scenes and stories about Burnham-On-Sea have been submitted to a project celebrating the town's history and heritage. North Sedgemoor Local History Group (NSLHG) is running the lottery-financed project. More...

In photos: Young bird rescued
THIS tiny young blue tit has been rescued from a garden in Burnham-On-Sea after falling out of its nest and narrowly avoiding becoming a cat's dinner. The youngster was spotted struggling to crawl up a brick wall to reach its nest in Palmer's Close earlier this week. More...

Berrow dog show this Sunday
THE RSPCA's annual dog show will be held in Berrow this Sunday (June 1st). The fundraising dog show and summer fete will be held at Berrow Village Hall in Parsonage Road, Berrow from 11.30am. The organisers hope lots of people will come along and join in. More...

MP joins EU sea water fight
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has called for more action to be taken to prevent the town's sea water being black-listed by the European Union - leading to a ban on beach swimming next year. During a visit to Burnham this week, Tessa Munt met with several residents and local councillors. More...

New bus service set to launch
Exclusive: A BRAND new Saturday bus service linking Highbridge, Burnham and Berrow is to be launched this summer. The service comes 18 months after 550 local residents signed a petition calling for the subsidised 113 shuttle bus service to be retained. More...

Tributes for rail crash victim
THE teenager who was killed after being struck by a train near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night (May 25th) has been named. Jake Bowles, 16, was killed the day after he finished school. He was hit by a train near to Highbridge and Burnham station at 9pm. More...

Power line plans are submitted
PLANS to install a new power line running between Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea and Avonmouth have been submitted this week. The grid connection will see 30 miles of overhead wires carried on pylons through the Burnham area while a smaller section will go underground. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown food when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns in the town centre this Friday (May 30th). The market will be held in the High Street from 9am-2pm with many products on offer. More...

Town cyclists raise £1,500
A GROUP of 54 local cyclists have raised £1,500 for charity in a ride across Somerset. The cyclists, all from the Burnham area, started at Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, as pictured, before cycling to Crook Peak and Brent Knoll, hiking up the two hills. More...

Wrestling action in Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre later this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action on Saturday 31st May at 7pm. More...

Huge solar farm approved
PROPOSALS for a huge new solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea which will be big enough to power almost 1,500 homes have been given the go-ahead this week. The 25,000-panel solar farm next to Pill Road in Rooksbridge will span a 7.62-hectare site. More...

Local teenager killed by train
POLICE have said the man killed after being struck by a train near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night (May 25th) was a teenager. Police were called to a stretch of railway line close to Highbridge and Burnham Station where the body was found, as reported here. More...

Lorry smashes into walls
A LORRY smashed into the walls the front of a guest house in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday, causing damage to the property. Police and ambulance crews were called to Berrow Road shortly before 3pm after the vehicle lost control at the bend near Shelley Drive. More...

Mayor opens new-look club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has formally opened a refurbished club near the town offering new facilities. Sean and Sally Abrahams have spent the last four months refurbishing The Windmill Club in Edithmead to make the venue bigger and improved. Cllr Martin Cox opened the facilities. More...

Girl injured in Brean collision
A YOUNG girl has suffered 'serious injuries' after being hit by a car in the centre of Brean on Tuesday night. Police closed South Road near Brean Leisure Park this evening, as pictured here, after the youngster was struck by a passing car in the centre of the village. More...

TV duo help shop celebrate!
TWO colourful children's TV characters have helped a Burnham-On-Sea business celebrate its first anniversary this week! The characters fron Peppa Pig were invited to help Styles Ice Cream and Ye Olde Sweete Shoppe on The Esplanade mark their anniversary. More...

Local rail survey is launched
RAIL passengers in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being asked for their views on the future of rail services across the region. It comes as the government considers how the Great Western franchise can best support the massive investment planned. More...

New town book shop opened
A BRAND new charitable book shop opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Tuesday (May 27th). Burnham Rotary Club launched its seasonal book shop at 62 The High Street in the former Watermark Wealth Management premises towards the northern High Street. More...

Cars submerged by tide
A FRESH warning has been issued to motorists about checking tide times if they park on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after TWO vehicles got stranded during last night's high tide. The cars became submerged by the tide at Brean, as pictured here, after their owners had wandered off. More...

Regatta winners announced
THE winners of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Regatta have been crowned after three days of competitive yacht racing. The overall winners of the weekend regatta were Andy and Sue Walker in their yacht Merlin, which narrowly took top honours. More...

Join Coastline Players tonight
LOCAL people interested in joining Brean's award-winning pantomime society The Coastline Players are being invited to attend a read-through today (Tuesday) of their 2015 production Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which is coming early next year to the village. More...

New book shop opens today
BURNHAM-On-Sea book-lovers will have a feast of reading available to them when the town's Rotary Club opens its annual charity bookshop today (Tuesday). The book shop is located centrally at 62 The High Street in the former Watermark Wealth premises. More...

Singers impress festival judges
A GROUP of young singers from Burnham-On-Sea struck a chord with judges at the Weston Junior Arts Festival. Burnham Youth Choir performed an impressive medley from The Lion King which gained them a gold medal plus other individual awards for a group of singers. More...

Man killed by passing train
A MAN was killed after being struck by a train near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Sunday). Police were called to a stretch of railway line close to Highbridge and Burnham Station where the body was found. British Transport Police (BTP) was called to the scene shortly before 9pm. More...

How you voted in Euro election
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area backed UKIP during the European Elections, official voting figures have confirmed. Sedgemoor figures for the European Elections, released today, showed UKIP was the biggest party locally after getting the most votes in the poll. More...

High winds hit town regatta
GUSTY winds created stormy seas and challenging conditions for the competitors in Burnham-On-Sea's annual sailing regatta on Sunday (May 25th). One yacht ran aground after being blown off-course and another lost its ropes during the action-packed race in Bridgwater Bay. More...

Deadline nears for council role
RESIDENTS in Burnham and Highbridge who want to be considered for the vacant position on the Town Council have until Tuesday morning (May 27th) to complete their applications. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council is seeking a local person to fill the role. More...

Art group's exhibition opens
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists is underway in the town this week. Dozens of paintings by Burnham Art Club members are on display at Burnham Community Centre, where the event runs until this Friday. More...

Council chief visits BARB AGM
THE Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council was the special guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday evening (May 23rd). Cllr Peter Downing joined 40 people at the Town Council Chambers to hear about a busy year. More...

BAY Centre boosted by Co-Op
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Co-Op Funeral Services has come to the help of the Burnham Area Youth Centre. A project of improvements can now go ahead at the centre in Cassis Close following a £500 donation. The cash will be pooled with other donations. More...

Prom night fun for town school
YEAR 11 students from a Highbridge school celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (May 23rd). A total of 268 pupils and staff from King Alfred School gathered at Rookery Manor for their special night, as pictured here in a special feature. More...

One hurt in West Huntspill fire
A WOMAN was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by ambulance crews following a fire in West Huntspill on Saturday (May 24th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to a property in Church Road, West Huntspill just before 11am. More...

Summerset Live continues
A GREAT line-up of live music is underway at a two-day music festival on the outksirts of Highbridge this weekend. Summerset Live got off to a great start on Saturday and continues today (Sunday 25th May) at the Oaktree Arena. The event is showcasing local talent. More...

In photos: Town Food Festival
WET weather failed to dampen the spirits of crowds of people who flocked into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 24th) for the town's fourth Food and Drink Festival. Although umbrellas were out in force, the eight-hour festival featured over 80 stalls, plus displays and demonstrations. More...

TV chef crowns bakery winner
DOZENS of home-made cakes, scones and bread went on display when local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake Off during the town's Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Cakemaker Asta Howard, pictured, won the overall champion's trophy. More...

Winemaker toasts contest win
A WINEMAKER from Weston won the home brewing competition at Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Mark Davies, above, won the 'Great Burnham Brew Off' champion's trophy with his fruity wine in a contest with brewers from across Somerset. More...

Berrow Inn reduced to rubble
THE Berrow Inn was reduced to a pile of rubble on Friday (May 23rd) after a demolition team completed its work. As reported here earlier this month, a demolition order has been granted to the new owner of the property by Sedgemoor Disrtrict Council. More...

Food Festival fun today!
CROWDS of visitors are expected to flock into Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) for the town's Spring Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of locally-produced food and drink will see many of the region's best brewers and food producers taking part across the town. More...

TV chef Glenn in town for show
A HIGH-profile TV chef visited Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday) to hold a unique show. Glenn Cosby, a contestant on the BBC's 'Great British Bake Off 2013' brought his UK tour to The Princess Theatre as the opening event of the town's Food Festival. More...

M5 roadworks won't be lifted
MILES of roadworks on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea will continue over the Bank Holiday weekend. The traditional surge towards Somerset and Cornwall at Bank Bolidays often brings the motorway to a standstill and the issue could be worse than normal. More...

£1.8m park to open this summer
Exclusive: BREAN Leisure Park is investing £1.8 million in building a new children's indoor play centre which is set to open this summer. The new indoor soft play centre - to be called Brean Play - will feature a large indoor children's play area with three designated areas aimed at children aged from 0-11. More...

Fireman retires after 32 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter has retired this week after 32 years service, following in the footsteps of four generations of his family. Fellow crewmembers and past colleagues marked the retirement of Mike Wynn with a special presentation outside the fire station. More...

Sailing regatta this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual sailing regatta will be held this weekend with three days of yacht racing planned. The races in Bridgwater Bay will get underway on Saturday May 24th at 2.45pm, at 3.45pm on Sunday May 25th and 4.45pm on Bank Holiday Monday. More...

Food-themed shops contest
A FOOD-themed shop window competition has launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to coincide with Saturday's Food and Drink Festival. The competition is being run jointly by Burnham Chamber of Trade and the organisers of the Burnham Food Festival. More...

MP in summer work experience
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is to complete a series of fact-finding work experience days in local businesses this summer across Somerset. MP Tessa Munt says she hopes to learn more about the challenges that local businesses face, whilst highlighting the benefits of work experience. More...

20 attend BAY Centre AGM
OVER 20 people attended the AGM of the Burnham Area Youth Centre when the special guests included the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham's Deputy Mayor. The Chirman, Cllr Peter Downing, and Deputy Mayor, Dennis Davey, attended. More...

Rail project gets green light
Exclusive: A project to celebrate Burnham-On-Sea's railway heritage has finally been given the 'green light' this week after three years of work. Sedgemoor District Council has approved a planning application to install a set of old railway buffers in Pier Street, where the town's former railway line once ended. More...

Appeal after buoy washed up
THIS large buoy has been washed up on the beach at Brean this week, prompting an appeal from the beachwarden for more information. The orange buoy, which is around two metres wide, was washed ashore on the rocks at high tide. Its owner has not been traced or located. More...

Get set for town Food Festival
THE final countdown is underway to this Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. The organisers, Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, say the event on Saturday May 24th from 9am will be even bigger than the previous three festivals with scores of stalls and demonstrations. More...

Top drama awards for society
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is this week celebrating after winning several nominations and awards at the Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Trophy Awards. The annual ceremony was held in the Winter Gardens at Weston this week. More...

Voters go to polls today in area
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are going to the polls today (Thursday) to cast their votes in the European Elections. Across the Burnham area, voters will be able to choose between candidates in the South West region representing eight parties. More...

Cashless parking service starts
MOTORISTS who use council car parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge can now pay for their parking without coins. Sedgemoor District Council has this week formally launched a cashless payment system in its local car parks to make it easier for drivers. More...

Flower group marks 30th year
MEMBERS of the Burnham-On-Sea Area Evening Flower Club marked their 30th anniversary this week with a special celebration. The group held a cake-cutting ceremony and function at St Andrew's Church Hall to mark the milestone on Monday. More...

Town club folds after 60 years
A LONG-running group in Burnham-On-Sea has folded after running for more than 60 years, it has been confirmed this week. Burnham and Highbridge Round Table, which was formed in the 1950s, has been wound up due to falling numbers of members in recent years. More...

Seaside Award flags raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow have this week been presented with sought-after Seaside Awards by national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The awards scheme shines the spotlight on beaches across England that achieve the highest standards of facilities. More...

'Crop circle' appears on beach
Exclusive: VISITORS to Brean beach did a double take this week when they saw a huge 80-metre wide 'crop circle' in the sand. However, this eye-catching artwork was not the work of UFOs. Sand artist Julian Richardson spent five hours creating the design. More...

Brean Splash robbery appeal
A LARGE quantity of cash has been stolen in a robbery at a Brean swimming centre, police said this week. Police said the incident occurred at Brean Splash on Thursday 24th April. They have issued CCTV images and appealed for the public's help in helping. More...

Voters told to check poll cards
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are planning to vote in Thursday's European Elections are being advised to make sure they know which polling station they need to use. Some people may need to visit a different polling station to the normal one. More...

Live music at Summerset Live
A GREAT line-up of live music is promised at a two-day live music festival set to take place on the outksirts of Highbridge this May Bank Holiday weekend. Summerset Live will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Power lines brought down
HEAVY storms in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday night led to a tree falling and bringing down power lines. Burnham-On-Sea fire brigade was called to East Brent at 9.30am on Tuesday morning where they found the overhead lines dangling across a roadway. More...

New book shop to open in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea book-lovers will have a feast of reading available to them when the town's Rotary Club opens its annual charity bookshop later this month. The book shop will be at 62 The High Street in the former Watermark Wealth premises at the northern end of the town. More...

Food Festival unveils winners
ORGANISERS of the Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival have this week announced the three winners of their Local Food Hero Awards for 2014. Stefano's Homemade Food, Heavenly Hedgerows and Tricky Cider will be presented with their awards this Saturday. More...

Silver medal win for Max, 10
A YOUNG martial arts enthusiast from Burnham-On-Sea has won a medal at a regional national tournament. Max Bradley, 10, took up Taekwondo two years ago and is showing huge promise, having recently earned his blue belt while training with a Cheddar group. More...

Local beaches scoop awards
BEACHES in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have today (Tuesday) been awarded sought-after awards by national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The Seaside Awards scheme shines the spotlight on beaches across England that achieve the highest standards of facilities and cleanliness. More...

In photos: Lightning storm hits
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (May 19th) when a powerful electric storm swept through the area. The mini-heatwave of recent days came to a crashing end as thunder and lightning arrived with heavy downpours of rain and crackling lightning bolts. More...

Biker dies in crash with car
Updated: A motorcyclist has died following a collision near Highbridge last week, police said on Monday. The victim had been riding his Suzuki SV650 motorcycle along the B3139 on Thursday morning (May 15th). At 7.40am the motorcyclist collided with a parked Mini One. More...

Rescued jet skier thanks crews
Video: A JET skier who became stranded on Stert Island on Sunday (May 18th) has thanked Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services for coming to his aid. Ian Cooper, from Bristol, was stranded on the island when his jet ski broke down after a mechanical problem. More...

Camera club show impresses
THE work of 25 Burnham-On-Sea photographers went on show at an exhibition in the town on Sunday (May 18th). Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club held its sixth annual exhibition, where visitors were able to browse over dozens of eye-catching shots during the day. More...

Helicopter's search for girls
A SEARCH was launched for two young girls on Sunday afternoon (May 18th) after they were reported missing by their family. Police, Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to the beach after the two youngsters - aged 11 and 8 - went missing. More...

Car wash raises cash for kids
YOUNG members of Highbridge's Gospel Tabernacle raised hundreds of pounds to help underprivileged children by holding a car wash. The proceeds of Sunday morning's event in Bank Street will help poor children in Romania to attend a summer camp this year. More...

Wrestling action in Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre later this month. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action on Saturday 31st May at 7pm. More...

Cooking challenge launched
A BURNHAM youth club is set to hold its own version of Ready, Steady, Cook to encourage young people into cooking. The Zone Youth Club, which meets at the town's BAY Centre in Cassis Close, is holding the challenge on June 3rd, 10th and 17th June to encourage cooking. More...

Digger stranded on Brean beach
Video: A DIGGER had to be pulled to safety by a farmer's tractor after getting stranded on Brean beach on Saturday (May 17th). The digger was carrying out a beach clean during the current good weather, but got into difficulty when its wheels sank into the soft sand and mud. More...

Rugby star attends club event
FORMER England rugby player Andy Gomarsall MBE was the special guest at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club's annual presentation night on Friday (16th May). Andy is a former rugby union player who played at scrum-half for Leeds Carnegie and England. More...

Hovercrafts rescue two men
A FATHER and son were flown to safety by hovercrafts at Brean today (Saturday) after being spotted struggling in deep mud. The village's beach warden raised the alarm after seeing the two men wading through thick mud next to Brean Down. Coastguards alerted Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Crews called to kitchen blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a kitchen blaze in West Huntspill this morning (Saturday). Two fire appliances from Burnham and a water carrier from Bridgwater were sent to a property in Ringstone at 10.05am where the blaze was underway. More...

'Major upgrade' for town parks
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council is planning major upgrades of several parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, it has confirmed this week. The council wants to replace outdated childrens' play equipment and also upgrade seating at three parks including Crosses Penn near Burnham's Manor Gardens. More...

Crews called to two crashes
POLICE, ambulance and fire crews were kept busy during an afternoon of incidents in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow on Friday (May 16th). One person was taken to hospital following a two-car collision in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road and a separate incident in Berrow. More...

Baby boom at wildlife centre
AFTER a wet and soggy start to the year, wildlife is fighting back with a baby boom at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. The centre has been inundated with all manner of feathery and furry orphans, requiring staff and volunteers to provide 24-hour care. More...

Biker air-lifted to hospital
ONE person was air-lited to hospital following a crash on the A38 outside Highbridge on Friday afternoon (May 16th). Fire crews from Burnham, Bridgwater and Taunton were sent to West Huntspill where the incident occurred on the A38 near the Wood Pile. More...

Group could buy garage site
Exclusive: A NEW community interest company could be formed to take over the derelict former Tucker's Garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea where a controversial development of 35 flats is planned. Fifteen people attended the first meeting of the newly-formed Tucker's Garage Action Group. More...

Burnham in top 6 coach towns
BURNHAM-On-Sea just missed out on winning the top award at the finals of the National Coach Tourism Awards held in Blackpool last night (Thursday). Burnham - which recently received official 'coach friendly status' - made the top six towns in the national competition. More...

First look at £73k skate park
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week unveiled its plans to give the skate park at Highbridge's Apex Park a £73,000 overhaul. As first reported here in March, the council is replacing the current facilities this summer using developer contributions and will start work soon. More...

Mini heatwave arrives in area
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to bask in a weekend of high temperatures, say weather forecasters. The current spell of mild weather saw temperatures in Burnham reach 21.8C (71.2F) on Thursday. The Met Office says temperatures could rise to 24C (75F) over the weekend. More...

New look for theatre's stage
THE stage at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has a smart new look this week. The Friends of The Princess have presented the theatre with a set of brand new stage curtains following several months of fundraising to get the funding in place to enable the purchase. More...

History boost at town library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library has this week reinstated a microfilm reader for the use of local researchers. The reader was removed last year as part of a number of changes, but has been reintroduced thanks to the efforts of The North Sedgemoor History Group. More...

Urgent demand to fight EU ban
Exclusive: URGENT demands have been made this week for funding to improve the quality of Burnham's sea water to avoid the town being black-listed when tough new EU regulations are introduced next year. Concerned town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern. More...

Demolition order at village pub
VILLAGERS in Berrow have reacted with dismay this week to the news that the new owner of the village pub has been granted a demolition order. Residents were told the news at Berrow's annual parish council meeting this week after months of uncertainty about the future. More...

Camera Club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its sixth annual exhibition this weekend. The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close throughout this Sunday in the daytime (18th May) between 10am-2pm. More...

Social club's future in jeopardy
THE future of Highbridge Social Club is in jeopardy due to a funding crisis - just as it gets ready to mark its 100th anniversary. The long-running club in Church Street has said this week that its future is being threatened by severe financial difficulties that need addressing. More...

'Rescue' on Burnham beach
SEAFRONT walkers in Burnham-On-Sea could be forgiven for thinking a major sea rescue was underway last night (Wednesday, May 15th). But Burnham Coastguards were in fact carrying out a training exercise timed to coincide with this week's high Spring tides. More...

Busy year for town's Chamber
MEMBERS and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade gathered to hear about a busy year of activities for the organisation when its AGM was held last week. At Tuesday's meeting in The Princess Theatre, traders received updates on projects to boost local trade. More...

Group celebrates anniversary
BURNHAM-based support group Fibromyalgia Somerset celebrated its second birthday in style by not only having a birthday party but celebrating International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on Monday (12th May). Members of the group gathered to celebrate the anniversary. More...

Arrest after Burnham robbery
A MAN has been arrested this week following a smash-and-grab robbery at a Burnham-On-Sea shop. As first reported here, cash was stolen during last Friday's robbery at Sweet Shack in the High Street just before 5pm as the shop was preparing to close for the day. More...

Brean Down slopes turn blue!
MILD temperatures and a wet winter have led to record numbers of bluebells on Brean Down. The grassy slopes of Brean Down have been transformed into a sea of blue, as pictured here. Thousands of bluebells have been in full bloom on the northern slopes. More...

Road safety schemes approval
A £20,000 project to increase safety on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea is among several local schemes to get the formal go-ahead this week. A new traffic calming scheme in Stoddens Road, on the bend near the Rectory Road junction, and separate improvements. More...

Town library seeks volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's library is offering young people the chance to boost their CVs with a volunteering opportunity over the school summer holidays. During July and August each year, over 7,000 children visit Somerset’s libraries to join in various activities and helpers. More...

Police chief is suspended
A POLICE chief has been suspended following "serious allegations" of inappropriate behaviour towards female officers and staff. Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said several allegations had been made against Nick Gargan. More...

Quiz night tonight for Legion
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is set to hold a quiz night tonight (Wednesday) in aid of the Royal British Legion as part of a 'marathon' fundraising push. James Warren also intends to run this year's Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 25th May when he will be raising cash. More...

Prince Edward to visit Burnham
THE Earl of Wessex is to visit the volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue next month. Prince Edward will be returning to the town to visit the charity’s seafront headquarters on Monday June 9th where he will meet volunteer crewmembers. More...

Rogue trader warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week urged residents to be extra vigilant after two rogue trader incidents in the town. Officers were called to two incidents over the weekend in which elderly women were targeted. The first incident occurred in Rectory Drive on Friday morning (9th May). More...

Burnham's Mayor re-elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress were unanimously re-elected to their civic roles for a second year by members of the Town Council last night (Monday, May 12th). Councillor Martin Cox and his wife Arlene said they were "honoured" to be re-elected. More...

Chamber of Trade AGM tonight
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to attend the AGM of the town's Chamber of Trade this evening (Tuesday, May 13th). The meeting will be held at 6.30pm in the Pizey Room at Burnham's Princes Theatre in Princess Street and will be open to all traders. More...

Youth side scores cup final win
BURNHAM United Under 15s team are celebrating after winning the Woodspring League Knockout Cup on Sunday (May 11th). The final, played at at Cheddar Football Club, was well contested with a spirited Weston town performing strongly to put in a good show for the spectators. More...

Bruce plays on in town gardens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Party in the Park may have been cancelled on Sunday due to bad weather but that didn't stop a small group of people having a good time in Manor Gardens. Local musician Bruce Hudson played his guitar and sang 35 songs in front of a small audience. More...

£350 raised at RNLI car wash
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's car wash has raised £350 on a rainy and windy day. Lifeboat crew are well used to water, and during Saturday’s car wash worked diligently amongst the rain drops to wash vehicles of all kinds using professional cleaning materials during Saturday's event. More...

Get set for bake-off challenge
THE Great Burnham Bake Off returns to Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 24th May when home and professional bakers will be battling it out to get the attention of the judges. There are three free-to-enter competitions for local residents and budding chefs to enter. More...

New group opposes flats plans
Excusive: A NEW action group is being formed to fight proposals to build 35 flats at the former Tucker's Garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. Property developer Abracore wants to build 35 'retirement apartments' in two blocks of three-storey buildings at the prominent site of the former garage. More...

Shop nominated for top award
A GREETINGS card shop in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a stamp of approval, with the business reaching the final of a prestigious national competition. Sentiments in The High Street has been short-listed as one of the best greeting cards retailers in the south west. More...

Donation during town concert
A SELL-out audience filled St John's Church in Highbridge on Saturday evening (10th May) for a special Spring concert by Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society. The singers were given a boost at the beginning of the evening when they received a donation. More...

VW festival hit by high winds
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts braved high winds in Brean over the weekend for the village's annual Van West festival. Gales gusting up to 60mph battered Warren Farm Holiday Park during the festival and organisers were forced to end the event early. More...

900 bottles of water collected
OVER 900 surplus water bottes have been collected by a charity after last month's Burnham-On-Sea water mains burst. Unwanted bottes of water were collected at Tesco's car park in Burnham during the course of Saturday, a week after the mains cut-off. More...

Thousands of leaflets dumped
Exclusive: COMMERCIAL fly-tippers have illegally dumped thousands of leaflets into bins in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea, leaving them overflowing. Large quantities of the leaflets have been discarded in the bins in Burnham's Lynton Road car park, as pictured here. More...

High winds hit Burnham area
GALE-forced winds hit the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (May 10th), causing two incidents for fire crews - and creating great conditions for windsurfers. Burnham-On-sea firefighters were called out twice on Saturday by wind-ralated incidents. More...

Ballroom dancing starts today
A UNIQUE course of ballroom and sequence dancing lessons start in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday, May 12th). The Princess Theatre is hosting the six-week course suitable for both beginners and those wishing to brush up their moves with previous experience. More...

Craft fair raises £400 for centre
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham's Octopus Children's Daycare Centre when a successful craft fair was held on Saturday (May 10th). The Handmade with Love Craft Fayre raised £405 during the three-hour event held at the centre in Winchester Road. More...

Store evacuated by alarms
A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket was evacuated on Saturday morning (May 10th) after fire alarms were triggered by an overheating chicken rotisserie! Staff and customers at Morrisons in Pier Street were evacuated as a precaution before 9am in the morning. More...

Ladies in 26-mile fundraiser
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to take part in this weekend's 26-mile London Moonwalk in aid of Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer. 17,000 people will be taking part in Saturday's event and among them will be Holly MacBeth from Burnham and friends. More...

Robbery at town centre shop
A SHOP assistant was left shaken after a smash-and-grab robbery at a Burnham-On-Sea shop on Friday evening (May 9th). Cash was stolen during the incident at Sweet Shack in the High Street shortly before 5pm, just as the shop was preparing to close for the day. More...

Party In The Park tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer season of free outdoor music events kicks off this Sunday (May 11th) with the town's Party In The Park. The Manor Gardens will be alive with entertainment and live music from 12.30pm to 5pm featuring popular local groups. More...

Football team seeks players
YOUNG footballers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to join a team in the town. The under 11s Burnham Athletic team are busily training for the start of the new season at the end of August and they are appealing for more local young players to join them. More...

Highbridge's last bank to shut
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S last remaining bank is to shut down this summer following a sharp decline in its number of customers, it has been announced this week. NatWest's branch in Huntspill Road, pictured here, will close for the final time on 25th July - ending a long history of banking in the town. 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 runs over the whole of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More...

Town choral concert tomorrow
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society's Spring concert, which is to be held this Saturday (10th May). Talented guest soloist Mary Morgan (Soprano) will be joining the choir for the concert, along with a 12 piece orchestra. More...

Food Festival launch is held
THE countdown to this month's fourth Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival got underway last night (Thursday) with a special launch party. Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox was among the guests at the event, attended by over 50 people, which provided a sneak peak. More...

Have you seen stolen bike?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for the residents' help in finding this eye-catching customised Harley Davidson motorbike. The striking black and white bike was stolen on Saturday May 3rd at about 6.45pm. It was parked in a lay-by in the Cheddar Gorge area. More...

Students win enterprise award
A GROUP of entrepreneurs from Highbridge's King Alfred School have this week been celebrating winning a top award at the Young Enterprise Somerset County Finals. The event celebrates the hard work, commitment and success of students across Somerset. More...

Fresh bid for town centre flats
Excusive: THE developer behind controversial plans to build 35 flats at the former Tucker's Garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has this week appealed against the district council's decision to reject the scheme. Property developer Abracore wants to build 35 'retirement apartments'. More...

No Highbridge election called
Exclusive: NO by-election will be held in Highbridge in the wake of a town councillor's resignation, it has emerged this week. Too few residents came forward to express an interest in standing for the election by the deadline, so the Town Council will co-opt a resident instead. More...

Police bikes target speeders
POLICE motorbikes fitted with speed cameras are to be used to trap speeding motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Avon and Somerset Police announced on Thursday that three bikes will enable the force, for the first time, to monitor roads across the region and film speeders. More...

RNLI to hold charity car wash
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station are holding a fundraising car wash this Saturday (May 10th). Burnham RNLI volunteers will be donning their dry-suits to wash scores of vehicles between 11am and 3pm. Payment will be by donation on the day. More...

Michael in Paraguay hitch hike
BURNHAM-On-Sea adventurer Michael Turner has returned home from a 600 mile hitch-hiking journey across Paraguay in South America. Michael, 58, has spent much of his life writing about his travels and following in the footsteps of explorer Sir Francis Drake. More...

Boost for history researchers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is to reinstate a microfilm reader for the use of local researchers. The reader was removed last year as part of a number of changes, but is being reintroduced thanks to the efforts of The North Sedgemoor Local History Group and staff. More...

Youth council's special visit
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Youth Council have made a special visit to the Town Council's chambers. Kate Lawson, who is a town councillor for Burnham and Highbridge, explained the history of the council and the chambers, and invited them. More...

Two in court over vandalism
TWO men have appeared in court charged with criminal damage following £10,000 of vandalism in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens last October. A 20-year-old man from Highbridge and a 19-year-old man from Burnham have been charged with criminal damage. More...

Oops! Hinkley in TV war drama
Exclusive: KEEN-eyed viewers of the BBC's flagship first world war drama TV series have spotted Hinkley Point in the background of several scenes filmed on Berrow beach - even though the power plant's construction didn't start until 1957! Crimson Field was filmed in the dunes and on the beach. More...

11th hour offer saves Hillview
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been saved from becoming 'homeless' at the 11th hour after finding a new location to build its cart. The club recently issued an urgent appeal to find a new site after its former home was put up for sale. No new home was found instantly. More...

Top chefs lined up at Food Fest
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival on Saturday May 24th which will boast a top line-up of chefs. A busy programme of cooking demonstrations will be held during the day with tips and advice on offer to chefs of all standards. More...

Pupils tackle town dog fouling
PUPILS at a Burnham-On-Sea school have been congratulated for doing their bit in helping to stamp out dog fouling in the town. Youngsters at St Joseph's School have produced a series of posters aimed at raising awareness of the problem around their school. More...

Craft fair to be held in town
A CRAFT fair showcasing a wide range of locally-made items is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (May 10th). The Handmade with Love Craft Fayre will be held between 10am and 1pm at Burnham's Octopus Children's Daycare Centre when entry will be free. More...

Pupils tackle town dog fouling
PUPILS at a Burnham-On-Sea school have been congratulated for doing their bit in helping to stamp out dog fouling in the town. Youngsters at St Joseph's School have produced a series of posters aimed at raising awareness of the problem around their school. More...

Daytime dance classes begin
TWO new daytime dance classes are starting in Highbridge this week. Ballroom Dancing and Line Dancing lessons are starting at the St John Ambulance HQ in Bank Street with an eight-week course starting from Wednesday May 7th. Tutor Ade Bowen is leading the sessions. More...

Bank Holiday boost for town
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday weekend as good weather attracted visitors. There were busy scenes on Burnham beach as visitors soaked up the Spring sunshine while town centre shops and businesses also experienced an uplift in their trade. More...

£12,000 injection for groups
THOUSANDS of pounds have been handed out to local charities and good causes by Burnham-On-Sea Moose International. The latest lodge meeting saw the funds raised and collected throughout the past year presented to representatives of charities. More...

Record turnout at beer festival
THE third annual Burnham-On-Sea Beer Festival has been hailed a success after a record turnout at the event over the Bank Holiday weekend. Large numbers of real ale lovers flocked to the event over four days at Burnham's Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. More...

2,000 attend rugby festival
OVER 2,000 young rugby players and their families attended a successful rugby festival in Burnham-On-Sea over the Bank Holiday weekend. Youth rugby clubs from across the country took part in the 17th annual event, organised by Gullivers Sports Travel. More...

In photos: Cove May Day fun
BRIGHT weather brought dozens of people to Burnham's Marine Cove on Bank Holiday Monday (5th May) for a day of traditional May Day festivities. St Joseph's School dancers performed a May Pole country dance in the seafront gardens and 20 children came dressed as fairies and elves for a parade. More...

Sea wall becomes cinema screen
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's sea wall was transformed into a unique outdoor cinema screen for the first time on Saturday (May 3rd). A group of design students from the University of London visited Burnham to use a stretch of the curved sea defences on the South Esplanade. More...

New director at Brean golf club
BREAN Golf Club has welcomed Andrew March as its new Director of Golf this week and is marking the appointment with a new £1 a hole promotion for players during May. Andrew is a familiar face to both the Brean members and regular visitors to the club over several years. More...

Hog roast raises BARB funds
DOZENS of members of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel group attended a successful hog roast on Saturday (May 3rd) to raise funds for the town's BARB Search & Rescue. The Inner Wheel organised the event at Retreat Caravan Park, which was attended by 100. More...

Caravan flips over on M5
HOLIDAYMAKERS travelling southbound towards Burnham-On-Sea on the M5 motorway faced delays on Sunday (May 4th) when a caravan overturned. A Range Rover towing the caravan ended up facing the opposite direction, as pictured here, after the caravan flipped over during the lunchtime incident. More...

May Day fun in Burnham today
THE Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding a fun-filled May Day family fun day on Bank Holiday Monday (5th May). Taking place from 1-4pm, the event will see a whole host of free activities and craft fun taking place for peope of all ages. More...

Wartime bullets uncovered
Exclusive: POLICE and Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean beach on Saturday (May 3rd) after a metal detecting enthusiast uncovered several rounds of wartime ammunition. Brean's beachwarden raised the alarm after the man reported uncovering the corroded bullets. More...

Queen's card delights Winifred
BURNHAM-On-Sea birthday girl Winifred Morse celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday (May 3rd) with a visit from the Mayor and the owner of Burnham Pavilion, which is also 100 years old this year. Winifred was delighted to receive a greeting card from The Queen. More...

Charity wants unopened water
SURPLUS water bottes left unopened after last week's Burnham-On-Sea water mains burst can be donated to a charity. Unwanted bottes of water will be collected at Tesco's car park in Burnham between 9am-7pm on Saturday May 10th. Fareshare are in need. More...

In photos: Mini lighthouse trail
MINI lighthouses have been arriving at shops and tourist attractions in Burnham-On-Sea in time as the town's Lighthouse Trail launches. Volunteers from HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists), who have organised the trail, have delivered the 6ft replicas. More...

May Day fun day planned
THE Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding a fun-filled May Day family fun day on Bank Holiday Monday (5th May). Taking place from 1-4pm, the event will see a whole host of free activities and craft fun taking place during the day. More...

In photos: Lighthouse trail launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has today (Saturday) launched the town's mini lighthouse trail. Burnham's Mayor Cllr Martin Cox and Town Crier Alistair Murray were the special guests at the launch event alongside artists from HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists), who have organised the trail. More...

Wildlife charity seeks helpers
WILDIFE rescue charity Secret World has issued an appeal for more volunteers. The charity, based in East Huntspill, is keen to find more helpers of all ages and abilities. Volunteering your time for any charity or organisation is easy and can be very rewarding for volunteers. More...

Lighthouse trail launches today
A DAY of entertainment and music will be held today (Saturday, May 3rd) to mark the launch of Burnham-On-Sea's mini lighthouse trail. Artists from HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists), who are organising the trail, have completed the 33 mini 6ft replicas of Burnham's iconic beach lighthouse. More...

Doctor on the run for hospice
A BURNHAM-On-Sea doctor is pulling on his running shoes to raise funds for a local hospice. Dr Stuart Anderson, a GP at Burnham Medical Centre, is in training to run the Mercury Mendip Challenge on Sunday June 1st for the hospice Weston Hospicecare. More...

£70,000 grants cash available
GROUPS and individuals in the Burnham-On-Sea area can apply for a total of £70,000 of Small and Project Grants from Sedgemoor District Council. Small grants are aimed at funding individuals, up to £500, to undertake projects such as volunteering. More...

Cheers! Beer Festival continues
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town this coming weekend. Now in its third year, the four-day event will be held at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street over the whole May Bank Holiday weekend. More...

£7.1m funding boost unveiled
AN extra £7.1 million will be invested in improving services across Somerset, it was announced on Friday (May 2nd). Somerset County Council had already announced plans to spend £46.5m as part of the 2014/15 Capital Investment Programme and there is now a further boost. More...

Water firm 'sorry' for disruption
BRISTOL Water is reconnecting thousands of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) after a major mains burst yesterday. Over 24,000 residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area saw their taps run dry after an underground pipe ruptured in East Brent. More...

Water firm 'poor' in Highbridge
RESIDENTS in Highbridge say the town has been poorly treated by Bristol Water during this week's water supply issues. Resident Alan Miller was among a group of volunteers at Highbridge Furniture Shop who wanted to help distribute water to needy locals. More...

Cash stolen in fraud incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week appealed for the public's help following a fraud incident. Police were called to Sanders Garden World where a man defrauded £50 from the till when a staff member became confused. The incident happened on 9th April. More...

Three-day fire strike starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters are set to join a nationwide strike from today in a long-running pensions row. Firefighters across England and Wales are staging strikes on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th May, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has confirmed this week. More...

Major water main burst
Breaking News: THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area were without water supplies on Thursday after a major water main burst. The incident is affecting supplies to Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and the surrounding area. Updates to follow. More...

Tributes for Dylan Cecil's 'uncle'
A MAN who was killed on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea early on Wednesday (April 30th) has been identified as the 'uncle' of tragic toddler Dylan Cecil, who died after falling into the sea from Burnham's jetty in 2012. Pete Thurlow visited Burnham this week to lay flowers on the seafront. More...

Anger over charity box theft
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop owner has warned traders in the town centre to be vigilant after mean thieves stole a full charity collection box. The box was stolen earlier this week from next to the till at the AOB camping shop in Burnham's College Street. More...

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