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May 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Mark crash victim is named
A 27-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal collision in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea has been released on bail. The man, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, is due to answer bail in July, police have said. More...

'Explosive' washed up at Brean
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean on Saturday (May 30th) after the beachwarden found an 'explosive object' washed up. Beachwarden Kevin Williams alerted Coastguards, who sent a team to investigate and safely remove the flare. More...

Classic cars on show today
A CHARITY classic and American vehicle show is set to be held in Brean today (Sunday, May 31st). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club, along with the Blueridge Runners, will be holding the event in aid of the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance throughout the day. More...

Food Festival commended
THE Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival was recognised for its hard-work and achievements at the Royal Bath & West Show this week where the festival had been shortlisted for The Prince of Wales Award, a community award for community events across the south west. More...

Art exhibition hailed a success
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists has been hailed a success. Dozens of paintings by Burnham Art Club members were on display at Burnham Community Centre, which attracted a steady flow of locals and visitors. More...

£40,000 grants scheme opens
UP to £40,000 of funding is available to village halls across the Burnham-On-Sea area thanks to a Sedgemoor District Council grant scheme. The Village Hall Grant Scheme is open for applications for projects that are of a capital nature to improve the use of the buildings. More...

Man dies as car crashes into rhyne
ONE person has died after a car crashed into a rhyne and ended upside down near Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of this morning (Saturday). Police have launched an investigation after a man died in the collision in the village of Mark shortly after 5am today. More...

Pair's despair over rising damp
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE couple who say their flat is suffering from long-running damp problems have called on a housing association and the industry's ombudsman to help them. Joe Chatwin and Rachel Yarnall-Chatwin say they are suffering from ill health. More...

Drink drive crackdown begins
POLICE have this week urged motorists across the Burnham-On-Sea area not to risk drinking and driving as they launch a summmer crackdown. Monday (June 1st) will see the launch of Operation Tonic, a month-long force-wide annual summer campaign to make local roads safer for all. More...

Photos: Stage star in Burnham
A STAR of film and stage visited Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (May 29th) to tell anecdotes from her incredible career and sing a line-up of popular songs. Anita Harris - best known for starring in many popular Carry On comedy films - perfomed at The Princess Theatre. More...

Brean fireworks show tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a free half-term holiday fireworks display tonight (Saturday, May 30th). The display will get started after 9pm and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

Couple run in memory of son
A LOCAL couple will be running the Bristol 10K this weekend in memory of their son who died prematurely. Ryan and Natasha Bird are fundraising for Sands, a charity that offers support to bereaved parents. Baby James was born at just 24 weeks for the couple. More...

Flood boat handed to BARB
THE village of Muchelney in South Somerset has handed a new boat to Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue. The boat was originally given to residents of the village last year by several companies to help them during the floods but is no longer needed by them. More...

New group opposes BMX plans
Exclusive: RESIDENTS gathered at a meeting in Highbridge this week to air their concerns about the potential sale of Burnham's BMX Park to holiday firm Haven. A new organisation called the Apex Preservation Group has been formed to campaign against the sale. More...

Police probe burglaries link
POLICE are investigating whether a burglary in Burnham-On-Sea last weekend was linked to a seperate second shop raid in Brean. Cash was stolen in the break-in at Brean's Quick Bite Cafe on the same night that Scott's Furnishings in Burnham's Victoria Street was burgled. More...

£1,000 raised for town charity
A CHEQUE for a £1000 has been presented to a Burnham-On-Sea charity this week following a fundraising hair show. Hairdressing students from Highbridge's L&F Inspired Hair Academy took part in an event at the Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater for the charity. More...

Crews tackle factory blaze
FIRE crews tackled a blaze at a Highbridge company's premises last night (Wednesday, May 27th). Firefighters from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Street tackled the blaze at 'Swallo Drinks' in Evercreech Way, which began at 6.15pm. An electrical fire had quickly spread inside the building. More...

Gracie in fifth place on TV show
An 11-year-old singing star from Brent Knoll has narrowly missed out reaching the final of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent. Gracie Wickens-Sweet appeared on the show’s third semi-final on Wednesday night, where she sang 'Reflection' from the Disney film Mulan. More...

Jane plans daring wing walk!
A DARING Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser is preparing to take to the skies to raise charity cash. Burnham Rotary Club President Jane Gibbs will be performing a sponsored wing-walk for charity on Saturday 5th July. Jane will be doing it at Compton Abbas Airfield for charity. More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea town centre shop has been officially opened this week by the Mayor and Mayoress. Town & Country Flooring has opened its showroom in Victoria Street, with the support of Michael Clarke. The company first opened over 18 months ago. More...

Market offers taste of summer
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (May 29th) with a wide line-up of locally produced food including Cheddar strawberries. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit and meat in the High Street. More...

Have you seen missing pair?
POLICE have issued an appeal for the public’s help today (Wednesday) to find a Highbridge mother and her child who have gone missing. Officers say Rebecca Minnock and her son Ethan have not been seen since yesterday (Tuesday) in Taunton. More...

Gracie needs your vote tonight!
BURNHAM'S Mayor has given his backing to Brent Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who will be appearing on the live semi-finals of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent tonight (Wednesday) when she'll need viewers' votes to progress to the final. The 11-year-old was selected by the judges last weekend. More...

Ice rink plan for town unveiled
A NEW project to bring an ice rink to Burnham-On-Sea later this year has been launched this week - with residents being encouraged to get involved. The project is being led by a new group of people from the Burnham area who aim to introduce various events. More...

Residents rally to help Nepal
KIND-hearted residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area aim to raise thousands of pounds for people affected by the recent Nepal earthquake. Schoolchildren, shoppers and residents have been giving donations to the appeal following the huge quake. More...

New indoor play area opened
A NEW indoor play area has been formally opened by Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress this week. Michael and Maria Clarke cut a ribbon to officially open the brand new Little Bouncers Indoor Play Centre at Unit 2, Monkton House in Walrow Road. More...

College fundraisers help BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity during a fundraising walk. A group of students from Bridgwater College's Learning for Life & Work Group raised £833.86 for BARB Search & Rescue which runs two rescue hovercrafts. More...

Crews called to Berrow beach
RESCUE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Berrow beach late on Monday evening (May 25th) to reports of a person stuck in mud. A man was reported to be in a distressed state on the beach, prompting a call-out for Coastguards plus BARB at 10.25pm. More...

Kite surfer rescued in Burnham
A KITE surfer has thanked Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat crew for coming to his rescue after he got into difficulty in the sea on Monday. Andrew Kruszynski from Bristol, pictured, was taking advantage of the strong onshore winds by kite surfing when several lines became twisted and he lost his board. More...

Video: EastEnders star in town
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge was the VIP guest at a special singing and musical theatre workshop in Highbridge on Saturday (May 23rd). The well-supported event was held at Churchfield School in Highbridge where over 50 local people took part. More...

Food Fest duo up for top award
THE team behind Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival are hoping to be celebrating some more this Wednesday after being shortlisted for The Prince of Wales Award at the Royal Bath and West Show. The award is run by the Royal Bath & West of England Society. More...

Gracie joins Guides on visit
YOUNG Brent Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who will be appearing on the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent this Wednesday (May 27th), made a visit into Burnham this week with a group of Guides. The Brent Knoll Guides made a visit to the Foodbank. More...

Tony promoted to national role
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Air Cadets warrant officer has been promoted to the top job in the organisation. Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps has congratulated Warrant Officer Tony Bird, who has been appointed to a national role within the organisation. More...

Burglars sought after break-in
BURGLARS smashed their way into a town centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Saturday morning (May 23rd). Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following the incident at Scott's Furnishings in Victoria Street at around 12.15am. The burglars removed a window. More...

Bee swarm creates a buzz!
BEEKEEPERS were called to collect a large swarm of bees after they landed in Burnham-On-Sea town centre during the town's Food Festival on Saturday (May 23rd). The swarm of thousands of bees gathered on a scaffolding rig at the rear of Saxons estate agents. More...

Mud scare on Brean beach
A FRESH warning about beach safety has been issued after beachwardens were called to help this person in mud at Brean on Sunday (May 24th). The teenager appeared to get into difficulty about a quarter of a mile from the shore at around 3pm. Keen-eyed beach wardens had seen them. More...

Charity ball raises over £4,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser who organsied a 'Miss England' charity ball this month has raised thousands of pounds for two good causes. Emily Sanders, 22, a trainee teacher from Burnham, hosted the ball earlier this month at Rookery Manor to raise funds. More...

Artist's exhibition to begin
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist's work will go on show for an exhitbition in the town this week. The paintings exhibition by Rod Downing is called 'Colours and Moods of Somerset' and is being held in The Arts Lounge at The Princess from 26th May to 13th June. More...

Gracie into the TV semi-finals
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet has progressed through to this week's semi-finals stage of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent. The 11-year-old was last night selected to appear in this week's live semi-final shows when she was among the final 40 acts to go through. More...

Town Bake-Off entries impress
DOZENS of home-made cakes, sponges and bread went on display when local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake Off during the town's Food & Drink Festival on Saturday. Cakemaker Dusica Roberts won the overall champion's trophy at the show. 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 22nd). Over 230 pupils and staff from King Alfred School gathered at Batch Farm in Lympsham for their special night to mark the end of the school year. More...

Photos: Food Festival success!
BRIGHT sunshine brought huge crowds to the centre of Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) for the town's sixth Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of locally-produced food and drink saw many of the region's best brewers and food producers taking part, with over 90 traders offering tastings and samples. More...

Gracie's heads back on TV
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet will be hoping to progress through to the next stage of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent tonight (Saturday). The 11-year-old gave a powerful performance of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' last Saturday, earning her four yeses. More...

Join fun day today at town pub
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub is hosting a fun day today (Saturday) to raise funds for a Parkinson's charity. The family fun day is being organised with Hillview Carnival Club at The Lighthouse Inn. There will be stalls, face painting, a tombola and a bouncy castle. More...

Food festival - final preview
BIG crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today for the town's sixth Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of locally-produced food and drink will see many of the region's best producers and brewers taking part. Over 90 traders will offer tastings and samples of products. More...

Step back in time at church!
THE congregation at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be invited to go back in time this Sunday (May 24th). As part of the 700th Anniversary celebrations of St Andrew's, a special service will be held at 10am when the the clergy will be re-enacting. More...

Town firm's run boosts charity
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea estate agents have raised cash for charity by taking part in a fun run. Staff and friends from Gary Berryman’s in Burnham joined partner agents Mayfair Town & Country, Tamlyns and Hobbs at the popular annual Weston Beach Colour Run. More...

Gary wins darts Premier title
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts player Gary Anderson has won the Premier League title to go with his world championship. The 44-year-old – who beat Phil Taylor five months ago in the world final – ruthlessly dispatched of Michael van Gerwen 11-7 in the playoff final. More...

Photos: Sheep freed by fire crews
THESE were the scenes when three stranded sheep were rescued by fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (May 21st). A walker spotted the three animals in difficulty in a water-filled ditch in the fields next to the Frank Foley Parkway in Burnham shortly before 10.15am. More...

Rising demand for food banks
THE team that runs Burnham and Highbridge's Food Banks say their service is being used by an ever-growing number of desperate local people. The service, which is run by volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge Churches Together, pictured, say economic hardship is behind the growth in users. More...

Burnham art exhibition opens
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists will be underway in the town on Saturday (May 23rd). Dozens of paintings by Burnham Art Club members are on display at Burnham Community Centre until May 29th. More...

Charity's thanks as shop shuts
THE manager of a Burnham-On-Sea shop which has closed down this week has thanked customers for their support over the past two decades. Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported that the Tenovus charity shop in Burnham's High Street would be closing due to rent costs. More...

Shona in record skydive bid
A LOCAL teenager is planned to join a world record attempt when she takes part in a sponsored tandem skydive. Shona Nicol, 16, who until recently lived in Highbridge and worked voluntarily at Animal Farm in Berrow, is set to undertake the challenge for a donkey charity. More...

Speed survey blow to residents
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge say a speed survey along a busy town road does not reflect the true problem of speeding there. Following concerns from local residents, Somerset County Council installed a Speed Indicator Device in Worston Road between 26th March and 9th April. More...

Cllr quits role after debate
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has stood down from her committee chairman's role following a heated debate earlier this week about funding for the town's Food Festivals. Councillors debated on Monday whether a £2,000 grant application from the organisers should be approved. More...

New Seaside Award flag raised
NEW Seaside Award flags have been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this week after both beaches were handed sought-after awards by national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The announcement of the awards came on Wednesday morning (May 20th). More...

Top touring band in Burnham
Video: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club will welcome the 'cream of American roots music' to the town this evening (Thursday). Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards will play at the club in Burnham's Victoria Street with doors opening at 8pm tonight. More...

Nikki beats her fear of heights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mum has overcome her fear of heights by abseiling down a 100ft cliff to raise money for a local support group. Nikki Day has raised in excess of over £900 for Somerset Time For Youth, a local support group that supports her son and others like him. More...

Thousands for good causes
THOUSANDS of pounds has been presented to local groups at the latest Burnham Moose Lodge meeting. A whopping total of £6,272.94 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance plus £1,470.71 to the Alzheimer’s charity, plus various other local groups. More...

Food Festival fun on Saturday
FINAL preparations are being made for this Saturday’s Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival in the town centre. Over 90 traders will be offering many cuisines - everything from Thai, Japanese and Indian dosa to Caribbean, American BBQ and Italian pizzas - over the course of the day. More...

Van blaze causes M5 delays
A RUSH hour van blaze on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea caused tailbacks for commuters this morning (Wednesday). Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called to the southbound carriageway shortly before 7am to tackle the fire incident. More...

Row over Food Festival funding
A TOWN Council row has broken out this week on whether a grant of £2,000 should be given to Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festivals. The funding is being sought by the organisers to meet the costs of holding the twice-yearly festivals in the town centre. More...

Top award for Burnham beach
BEACHES in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have today (Wednesday) been awarded sought-after awards by national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy. The Seaside Awards scheme highlights the best beaches across England that achieve the highest standards of facilities and cleanliness. More...

Jewellery burglaries - new plea
POLICE have said this week they are still seeking the public's help in identifying two burglars who forced their way into a block of Burnham-On-Sea flats and stole jewellery. As we first reported last week, Police have issued this e-fit of one of the suspects they are seeking. More...

Warning over phone scam
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been warned to beware of a new telephone scam. Sedgemoor District Council says it has called in the Police and Trading standards to investigate after a caller has been contacting local people about compensation claims. More...

Winds create stormy seas
STRONG onshore winds and a high tide created stormy scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (May 19th). The Environment Agency closed the flood gates at the jetty and Maddock's Slade as a precaution. The waves sent spray onto the seafront. More...

Bat walk success at Apex Park
A SPECIAL guided bat and moth walk took place at Highbridge's Apex Park last night (Tuesday). Pete Grainger, Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist, led the walk around the award-winning park. The trek focussed on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife. More...

New town Mayor is elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge have a new Mayor and Mayoress after being elected by town councillors on Monday (May 18th). Michael Clarke and his wife Maria were chosen by councillors after outgoing Martin and Arlene Cox's two years in the role came to an end. More...

Delays after lorry accident
TRAFFIC on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater was reduced to a crawl for several hours on Monday (May 18th) after an accident. One lane was closed on the southbound carriageway after a portable cabin came off a lorry onto the hard shoulder. More...

Drama tells Charley's story
A NEW drama project has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week that aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and tell the story of town teenager Charley Marks who died last autumn. Called 'About Charley', the project has been launched in the town. More...

Ladies ready for charity walk
FOUR Burnham-On-Sea ladies are planning to pull on their walking boots to take part in a fundraising walk. Avril Shepherd, Julia Smith, Julia Arthur and Pat Grimes will be setting out on the Pink Ribbon Walk in Wiltshire on Saturday June 6th for Breast Cancer Care. More...

Burnham swim club success!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club has had a very busy few weeks as it draws near the end of its 40th year. The club has seen swimmers gaining top results in Open and Regional competitions following a successful Somerset County Championships recently. More...

Prizes given at Chamber AGM
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has presented the winners of its latest shop window competition with their prizes during the group's AGM. The contest to find hidden items in shop windows was successful in attracting large numbers of extra visitors into Burnham. More...

Calls to halt beach party debris
Exclusive: RESIDENTS have hit out at late night revellers who are repeatedly leaving dozens of empty alcohol bottles strewn over the sand dunes in Burnham-On-Sea following weekend beach parties. Over 100 beer cans and bottles were left discarded on the sands north of the town's lighthouse. More...

Carnival club presents awards
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (May 16th). Hillview Chairman Mark Bishop handed out dozens of awards and certificates to members at the event in Burnham. More...

Photos: Gareth Gates in town
TV pop star Gareth Gates headlined a concert for holidaymakers in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 16th). The singer, who shot to fame during ITV's Pop Idol, performed at Burnham Holiday Village during a concert as part of a nationwide tour for Haven Holidays. More...

2.30am call-out to stuck car
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crewmembers were called out during the early hours of Saturday morning (May 16th) to rescue a motorist stranded on the town's beach. A Volkswagen car had been driven onto Burnham beach at Maddock's Slade. More...

Water quality data goes online
A NEW website has been launched by the Environment Agency giving constantly updated information about sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea as new EU regulations come into force. Burnham was this week placed on a list of 25 beaches that are at risk of failing. More...

In photos: Mad Hatters Party
BRIGHT sunshine and a VIP guest brought crowds of people to Brent Knoll on Saturday afternoon (May 16th) for a mad hatter's tea party. BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton opened the fundraising event at St Michael's Church in the village for the afternoon. More...

New Chairman for Somerset
A NEW Chairman, greater scrutiny for Children’s Services and new cabinet member responsibilities have been set out at Somerset’s Full Council meeting this week. Council Leader John Osman formally announced the creation of a new Scrutiny Committee. More...

Gracie impresses TV judges!
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet impressed the celebrity judges and got four yeses when she performed on ITV1's Britain’s Got Talent tonight (Saturday). The 11-year-old stole the show with a powerful performance of the song 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. More...

Keith makes birthday donation
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea fish and chip shop has donated hundreds of pounds to a town charity after accepting donations from friends and family instead of birthday presents. Keith Holman from Brit Chips recently celebrated his 60th birthday and gave charity donations. More...

Gracie on Britain's Got Talent
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet is set to win the hearts of millions of TV viewers tonight (Saturday) when she appears on ITV1's Britain’s Got Talent. 11-year-old Gracie is hoping to impress the judges, including Simon Cowell, with a powerful performance of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'. More...

E-fit released after burglaries
Updated: BURGLARS who forced their way into a block of Burnham-On-Sea flats and stole jewellery are being hunted by police. Police have issued this e-fit of one of the suspects to try and solve the two burglaries in Manor Road on Tuesday 12th May. More...

Gruelling challenge completed
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have tackled the world's largest assault course. The group took part in the 'Rat Races Dirty Weekend', a monstrous course set in the grounds of one of England's finest estates at Burghley House. More...

Bake-Off judges announced
A GREAT line-up of local judges has been announced for The Great Burnham Bake Off, the local competition for home and professional bakes which will return at Saturday's Burnham Food and Drink Festival on 23rd May. The free-to-enter contest is open to all. More...

Fresh praise for coach tourism
BURNHAM-On-Sea was named as one of the UK's top six coach destinations at the 2015 National Coach Tourism Awards last night (Thursday). Burnham was among the towns and cities aiming to win the title of 'Coach Friendly Destination Of The Year'. More...

BBC's Emma to open tea party
A MAD hatter's tea party in Brent Knoll will be opened by BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton this Saturday (May 16th). The event will get underway from 2-5pm at St Michael's Church where cream teas, stalls, games and a baking contest will be held. More...

Two-car crash in town centre
POLICE were called to a two-car collision in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Thursday evening (May 14th). A VW Golf and a Peugeot collided in Pier Street outside Fortes cafe shortly after 7pm, pictured. The occupants were not hurt in the incident in the road. More...

Young cake maker at festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival is continuing to champion young talent with its youngest chef to date. Isobel Simmons, a Year 6 pupil at Joseph's RC Primary School in Burnham, will be the star of the show on the 'KDS Fresh Ideas Demo Stage'. More...

Talks continue over hotel revamp
Exclusive: THE seven-year wait for the £1.8million redevelopment of the 'eyesore' Highbridge Hotel site is set to continue with talks ongoing between the YMCA and its contractors. The long-awaited overhaul of the fire-ravaged building will see it transformed into a modern premises. More...

Objections over new homes
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have raised formal objections over plans by a housing firm to remove parking spaces in the town to create seven new homes. Homes in Sedgemoor wants to demolish a set of garages to construct three new dwellings on land to the north of 2 Quantock Close. More...

Influx of wildlife for charity
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea has seen over 250 animals brought in already this month. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill says many are orphans who have been rescued. They include all sorts of birds from young robins to tiny sparrows. More...

Dozens sign parking petition
Exclusive: DOZENS of people have signed a petition calling on Somerset County Council to axe controversial plans to introduce new waiting restrictions for motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area. New parking and waiting restrictions are to be introduced across the area. More...

Horse rescued from swim pool
A HORSE was rescued from an outdoor swimming pool near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (May 13th). Fire crews were called to New Road in the village of Chapel Allerton where the animal had got stuck in the water-filled pool and needed help. More...

Spoof comedy Dracula opens
A LOCAL drama group's comedy play with a spoof gothic theme opens in Berrow for a three-night run today (Thursday, May 14th). 'The Case of the Count Formerly Known as Dracula - A Justin Thyme Mystery' is a comedy mystery one act play by Stage 2 Drama. More...

Pupils celebrates Ofsted report
BRENT Knoll Primary School staff and pupils have been celebrating after they were awarded a 'good' rating following a recent visit by Ofsted inspectors. The inspectors noted during their visit that there was a "positive" relationship between staff and pupils. More...

Charity to shut Burnham shop
Exclusive: A CHARITY shop in Burnham-On-Sea is to close down this week after 20 years in the town. Tenovus Cancer Care's shop in the High Street has announced that it will be shutting this Saturday (May 16th). Retail Area Manager Helen Robinson explained it. More...

Crews called to windsurfers
COASTGUARDS and hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston beach on Tuesday evening (May 12th) after two windsurfers got into difficulty in thick mud. The alarm was raised by a beach walker at 8pm when the pair were seen struggling in deep mud. More...

New signs trial starts in town
NEW traffic management signs has been unveiled this week on a trial basis by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council. Designed in conjunction with Highways, they are positioned around Burnham next to main roads to give motorists warning about events. More...

Toddle Waddle held on Knoll
YOUNGSTERS from Brent Knoll have pulled on their walking boots on to take part in the Big Toddle Waddle 2015 to raise funds for Meningitis Now. The children and Staff from Tadpoles Pre-School were joined by parents and grandparents for the walk in a bid to raise money. More...

Join moth and bat walk at Apex
A FREE guided bat and moth walk is set to take place around Highbridge's Apex Park later this month. The special walk around the award-winning park will focus on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife that live throughout the park, particularly bats and moths. More...

Food Hero Awards announced
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival have announced the two winners of their Local Food Hero Awards for 2015. Berrow Beef, one of the winners, has shown a commitment to sourcing and producing authentic and delicious food rooted in the local area. More...

Ads clampdown in Burnham
NEW guidance has been issued to town centre shops and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea as part of a clampdown on pavement advertising boards. After consultation with businesses, residents, councillors and council officers, Burnham's Town Centre Manager has published a new guide. More...

RNLI seeks new lifeguards
THE RNLI is looking for new lifeguards to join its team on beaches in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. The organisation provides lifeguard cover on our local beaches over the summer holiday season and is now looking to recruit new lifeguards for this year's season. More...

Dr Seuss comes to Burnham!
HORTON the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters will come to life when a Burnham-On-Sea musical theatre group performs 'Seussical Junior'. Rehearsals are underway by the show by Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES). More...

Police missing response times
POLICE in Somerset say they received 85 calls each day last year that were 'inappropriate' and wasted valuable time and resources. The time-wasting calls come as the force struggles to reach targets for response times, finds a new Freedom of Information request. More...

Somerset Day marked in town
THE first ever Somerset Day took place on Monday (May 11th) to celebrate the county. The 11th May was chosen by the public vote to commemorate the efforts of King Alfred the Great against the Danes. The Somerset Flag was flown at the town flag pole during Monday. More...

Stage star to visit Burnham
A STAR of film and stage is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea this month to discuss her career. Anita Harris appeared in several popular Carry On comedy films including Carry On Doctor. She was also one of the brightest singing stars of the 1960s and is a well known face. More..

Coach saves crash victim
A BURNHAM-On-Sea football club coach has put his first aid training to good use by saving an accident victim following a crash. Richie Crook of Burnbridge Wanderers JFC found himself caught up in a real life emergency drama last week just hours after completing a first aid course. More...

Call for re-think over Hinkley
CAMPAIGNERS fighting the proposed expansion of Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Burnham have this week issued a call for a fresh approach from the new Tory government. The Stop Hinkley Campaign has called on the new government to reconsider its policy. More...

500 enjoy Party In The Park
HUNDREDS of people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (May 10th) to watch the town's first free outdoor music event of the year. Party In The Park was held in the gardens and featured several local groups, headlined by the popular Lipinski Bros. More...

Carpet of blue on Brean Down
MILD Spring temperatures have led to record numbers of bluebells on Brean Down this month. The grassy northern slopes of Brean Down have been transformed into a carpet of blue. Walkers and photographers have been enjoying the sight of the colourful wild flowers. More...

RNLI manager thanked by crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's Past Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes has been thanked by his crew. Ricky handed over the reins at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station to Matt Davies just before Christmas and he's been Deputy Authority since until recently stepping down. More...

VE Day ceremony is held
THE 70th anniversary of VE Day has been marked in Burnham-On-Sea with a ceremony to honour the 37 residents who died in the Second World War. Members of Burnham's branch of the Royal British Legion held the special ceremony besides the town's War Memorial. More...

Town Council election results
THE results of the Town Council elections in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were announced on Saturday. The Conservatives have an overall majority on the council. The Tories won 12 seats, the Lib Dems won five, with one independent after the election on Thursday. More...

Carnival club bingo fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club will be hoping to raise a big sum towards the costs of building its new carnival cart today (Sunday). The club is holding a bingo session at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close from 2.30pm with eyes down at 3pm, with proceeds for the club. More...

Tourist centre set to hold AGM
THE team of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre are to hold their AGM on Tuesday May 12th. BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) has run the thriving centre with the help of volunteers since taking over it in April 2011. More...

Tessa will stand again in 2020
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt has vowed to stand again in the 2020 General Election and hit out at the levels of spending by the Conservatives during this year's campaign. An emotional Tessa lost her seat to Conservative candidate James Heappey. More...

James Heappey is town's new MP
CONSERVATIVE James Heappey has been elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP following the General Election in which Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt lost the seat. Mr Heappey took the seat after winning 26,247 votes and a majority of 7,585, with Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt coming in second with 18,662. More...

VIDEO: Watch MP announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new MP James Heappey was declared the winner of the General Election race in the Wells constituency on Friday May 8th. The video above shows the moment that Mr Heappey was declared the winner to the sound of loud cheers from supporters. More...

District Council election results
NEW district councillors for the Burnham-On-Sea area were announced on Friday afternoon (May 8th) after voters went to the polls this week. The count was held in Bridgwater Town Hall and the following local candidates successfully won enough votes to be selected. More...

Top film director to visit town
ACCLAIMED British film director Ken Loach will present a special screening of his film ‘It’s a Free World’ at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea this June. He will visit the theatre on Thursday June 11th, with doors opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm start, for the special screening. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first free outdoor music event of the year is set to be held this Sunday (May 10th). Party In The Park will take place in the Manor Gardens from 12.30pm featuring several popular local music groups. The headliners will be the Lipinski Bros Band. More...

Kids art workshop tomorrow
A FUN-filled special Children's Art Workshop is set to be held on Saturday morning (9th May) in Burnham-On-Sea. The workshop, led by Burnham artist Margaret Micklewright, will be held at the Community Centre in Berrow Road between 10am and 12pm. More...

Election latest: Busy day at polls
VOTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are going to the polls today (Thursday, May 7th) to vote in the General Election and to elect district and town councillors. Polling stations have been set up across the area and are open from 7am until 10pm. Eight candidates are standing. More...

VE Day to be marked tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion will be marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day this Friday (May 8th). The Burnham branch of the British Legion, based in Victoria Street, is holding a special traditional lunch at 12pm for 12.30pm when all will be welcome followed by a ceremony. More...

Voters head to election polls
VOTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are going to the polls today (Thursday, May 7th) to vote in the General Election and to elect district and town councillors. Polling stations have been set up across the area and are open from 7am until 10pm. Eight candidates are standing. More...

Car fire tackled at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to extinguish a car on fire on Wednesday evening (May 6th). One fire engine from Burnham was sent to the M5 Sedgemoor Services just after 6pm following reports of a vehicle fire in the services' car park minutes before. More...

Cafe expansion given approval
TOWN councillors have this week given the go-ahead for a seafront cafe in Burnham-On-Sea to build a new covered extension. The Bay View Cafe on The Esplanade is seeking full planning permission for an extension to its north elevation for a covered area. More...

Red Cross launches service
THE British Red Cross in Burnham-On-Sea has launched a new collection service for people who need a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or walking frame, to help them regain their independence after an illness or accident. The service is being run on a trial. More...

Election race enters final hours
THE final few hours of the General Election campaign in the Burnham-On-Sea area have seen senior Lib Dems visiting to give their backing to Tessa Munt. Party leader Nick Clegg and Paddy Ashdown both visted on Tuesday (May 6th) to support Tessa and appeal to voters. More...

Sweet shop election poll result
AN informal survey of political voting intentions by customers at a Burnham-On-Sea sweet shop closed on Wednesday (May 6th) with the Tories as winners of the General Election. Visitors to Bessies Sweet Shoppe have been invited to drop coloured sweets into jars. More...

Crews search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastghuards, BARB and RNLI crews were called out in the early hours of Tuesday morning after reports of a man in difficulty on a local beach. Crews were asked to help police in a search for a missing person in an area near Hinkley Point. More...

Gold award for cider maker
A BRENT Knoll cider maker is celebrating this week after winning a gold award in the industry's leading awards competitition. Westcroft Cider's Janet's Jungle Juice has won a joint gold award by being named Cider Of The Year for the third time since 1997 - a super result. More...

Town to host golf tournament
CROWDS of people are expected to head into Burnham-On-Sea for an international golf tournament this weekend. Burnham and Berrow Golf Club is hosting a competition between England and Spain. Amateur players will tee off on Saturday and Sunday mornings. More...

New Royal flower goes on sale
A NEW flower called Clematis Charlotte, named after the new Royal Princess, is set to go on sale at a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea this week. The limited edition pale blue double flowering Clematis will go on sale at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World this week. More...

RNLI boosted by open days
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for the RNLI when Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station held an open weekend over the Bank Holiday. The station in Burnham's Pier Street saw a quiet time during Saturday's poor weather, but the visitor numbers picked up on Sunday. More...

Mixed weekend of trade
BURNHAM-On-Sea traders experienced a mixed weekend of Bank Holiday trade despite large numbers of visitors in the town. Burnham town centre was busy throughout the weekend on one of the first holiday weekends of the year, but visitors were not spending, said traders. More...

PM speaks out in election visit
THE Prime Minister visited the Wells constituency on Monday afternoon (May 4th) to give his backing to his party's candidate James Heappey in this week's General Election. David Cameron visited Wells where he met local residents during an election walkabout. More...

'Inspirational' meeting for Jo
BURNHAM-On-Sea mother Jo Clements, whose teenage son Charley Marks who took his own life last autumn, met Health Minister Norman Lamb and Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt on Monday (May 4th) to discuss proposed mental health changes across the UK. More...

In photos: May Day celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens hosted a colourful May Day celebration on Bank Holiday Monday. The usually peaceful gardens on Burnham’s seafront were alive with activity, including traditonal Maypole dancing and music, plus arts and crafts fun in the gardens. More...

High winds warning for today
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned by the Met Office to expect high winds of up to 60mph across the area today (Tuesday). Forecasters say a deep and complex area of low pressure will bring stormy conditions widely throughout the day on Tuesday. More...

Gas explosion at camp site
A woman suffered leg injuries when a gas cylinder exploded at a Brean holiday park today (Monday). Emergency services were called to Northam Farm Caravan and Camping Park in the village at 10am. Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were joined by an ambulance crew at the scene. More...

Top election issues revealed
CONCERNS about jobs, parking and over-development are among the top local issues for voters in Burnham and Highbridge as voters go to the polls this week. Candidates out on doorsteps in the two towns say voters have been airing a number of local concerns in addition to national issues. More...

Apex Park given overhaul
A PROGRAMME of repair and restoration work has been completed across Highbridge's Apex Park in time for the busy summer period. Sedgemoor District Council has refurbished all of the park's interpretation panels, information boards, signage and posts as part of the project. More...

Cove May Day event today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens will host a free-to-attend May Day celebration this afternoon (Bank Holiday Monday). The usually peaceful gardens on Burnham’s seafront will be alive with activity, including a fairy hunt, with prizes available from 12-3pm. More...

3,500 in town for rugby festival
OVER 3,500 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 at the town's BASC Ground in Burnham. More...

Bid to save beached porpoise
RESCUE efforts were underway on Berrow beach this morning (Sunday) to try and save a beached porpoise. The 1.5m-long mammal got into difficulty after the high tide and became stranded on Berrow beach shortly after 7am. Beach jogger Jason Putterill, right, waded into the sea to try and save it. More...

Second wind farm victory!
Exclusive: Campaigners fighting against plans for wind farms in the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed a second victory in a week after EDF's plans were turned down by Sedgemoor District Council just days after Ecotricity's proposals were thrown out by the High Court. More...

New Burnham boutique opens
A NEW hair and beauty boutique opened its doors for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 2nd). Prim N Proper opened in Burnham's Oxford Street and provides a range of professional beauty treatments. The studio was opened with a ribbon cutting. More...

Derek Acorah performs at pub
ONE of the UK's leading spririt mediums made a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week to perform a show. Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on Living TV's Most Haunted, performed in Burnham's Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street on Thursday (April 30th). More...

Music concert at Berrow club
BERROW and Brean Recreational Club is holding a special Bank Holiday weekend event tonight (Sunday, May 3rd). Local band Snappa will be performing music from the 60’s onwards featuring hits from Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and T-Rex plus others. More...

Biker hurt at A38 blackspot
A BIKER was taken to hospital after an accident at a busy road junction near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (May 1st). Emergency services were called to the Fox and Goose junction on the A38 in the village of Brent Knoll shortly before 9.30am, police confirmed. More...

Election: Who will you vote for?
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com profiles the eight candidates who are running to become Burnham's next MP at the General Election being held on Thursday May 7th. We profile the eight candidates and also have video statements from the key parties to help you consider who to vote for. More...

Crews called to thatch blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were among more than 15 crews from across the region called to tackle a blaze in a row of thatched cottages in south Somerset on Friday afternoon (May 1st). The incident took place in Charlton Mackerell, near the town of Somerton. More...

Sea cadets seek new trustees
BURNHAM & Highbridge Sea Cadets are seeking new trustees to help manage the group. At the end of this year, three of the unit's trustees will be standing down from the management team and several vacancies have therefore arisen that need to be filled. More...

Royal visitor welcomed to town
A ROYAL visitor made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (April 30th). The Duke of Gloucester visited Beaufort House residential care home in Rectory Road, which has undergone a major refurbishment over the past five years. More...

Bike and van in seafront crash
EMERGENCY services were called to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Thursday evening (April 30th) after an accident. A fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the North Esplanade at 8pm to reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and a van. More...

Food Festival launch party held
THE countdown to this month's sixth Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival got underway last night (Thursday) with a special launch party. Local business and food retailers were among the 50 guests at the event, which was held at Benton Furniture in Highbridge. More...

Fox cubs being hand reared
ANIMAL carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea have their hands full this week with 25 fox cubs to look after. The charity, based in East Huntspill, has been inundated with sick and orphaned fox cubs over the past two weeks, including a cub mistaken. More...

Bike run boost BARB funds
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset took part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity last Sunday (April 26th). Somerset Motorcycle Group organised the ride across the county, starting from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn, and finishing in Burnham. More...

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