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May 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Boots to get security shutters
A BURNHAM-On-Sea chemist shop has drawn up plans to install new security shutters following its fourth burglary this year. As first reported here, burglars smashed through a glass door to enter Boots in Burnham-On-Sea High Street at 4am on Saturday morning (May 27th).
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Town election hustings tonight
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP are to take part in a hustings evening tonight (Wednesday May 31st). James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke will all be attending. More...

Panto group scoops top award
BURNHAM-On-Sea Pantomime Society's members are celebrating this week after winning several top awards. They attended the annual Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Trophy Awards at the Haynes Motor Museum where they were competing with 30 groups. More...

Travellers legal action begins
LEGAL action has begun this week to move a group of travellers parked on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. The five vehicles arrived on the South Esplanade over the Bank Holiday weekend and have been parked on the lawns and road opposite Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. More...

Photos: Huntspill Spring fayre
EAST Huntspill's All Saints Church hosted a popular Spring fayre on Saturday (May 27th) with a line-up of fun. The well-attended event included a dog show, stalls, entertainment, games and more outside the village church. "A steady flow of visitors came along," said one of the organisers. More...

School marks 'inter-faith week'
PUPILS at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School marked 'Inter-Faith Week' by learning about diffrerent religions and cultures. The week is an opportunity to learn, celebrate and explore different faiths - and each group focused on a different world religion. More...

Man is attacked on beach
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a walker was attacked by two youths on Brean beach. The man was walking along the sands with his pet dog when he was attacked on Friday afternoon (May 26th). He suffered head and facial injuries in the attack. More...

Burnham's top baker crowned!
THE Great Burnham Bake Off returned on Saturday 27th May when the search was on to find the Champion of Champions. The final bake-off competition in its current format was held during the tenth Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival at the weekend. More...

New board promotes events
A NEW noticeboard promoting local events has been installed outside a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket thanks to the work of two community groups. The recently-launched Burnham Men's Sheds group has teamed up with BOS Events to unveil the board outside a town store More...

Chocolate kebab craze arrives
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cafe and grill has become the first in the region to start selling a unique new sweet kebab. Relish in Burnham-On-Sea's College Street unveiled their new chocolate kebabs on Saturday (May 27th) to coincide with the town's Food and Drink Festival. More...

Brean fun day boosts charity
THE owners of Sunningcrest Holiday park in Brean held a family fun day for their park owners to raise money for Somerset Breast Cancer Now over the weekend. Poor weather didn’t stop the fun and lots of the park's owners and their families joined in the games. More...

Hill-top Ascension Day event
A GROUP of school pupils marked Ascension Day with a special walk to the top of Brent Knoll. The children, parents and staff of Brent Knoll Primary left school at 8am last Thursday to walk up the Knoll to commemorate Ascension Day on top of the hill with the village's vicar. More...

Warning issued over wave dodging
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this week warned youngsters who have been spotted playing 'chicken' with waves along the town's sea wall not to put their lives in danger The stark warning comes after several groups of youngsters were spotted dodging in and out of the waves
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Photos: 275 join Rainbow Run!
275 runners took part in a colourful fundraising run for charity on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (May 29th). Organised by Burnham-On-Sea RNLI, the RNLI Rainbow Race was held next to the town's jetty and saw the participants jogging along the beach. More...

Hotel hosts charity fundraiser
AN acoustic music night in Burnham-On-Sea raised hundreds of pounds for a town charity on Saturday (May 27th). The Victoria Hotel was packed with supporters of 'In Charley's Memory' at the start of a series of fundraising events by the new owners. More...

Hovercraft call-out to Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB rescue hovercraft was called to Weston-super-Mare by Coastguards on Sunday afternoon (May 28th) amid concern for a group of walkers. The walkers were spotted a mile from the shore at low tide, as pictured here from the beach. More...

Three hurt in M5 car crash
THREE people were hurt in a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May 28th). A fire crew and ambulance from Burnham-On-Sea was called to the M5 motorway's southbound carriageway shortly before 4pm where the one-vehicle incident occurred. More...

Security stepped up at festival
THOSE attending Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival may have noticed a higher than normal security presence following the terrorism attack in Manchester last week. Extra steps were taken to boost security at the tenth festival, including security guards. More...

Fourth burglary at Boots store
BURGLARS smashed their way into Burnham-On-Sea's Boots chemist store on Saturday morning (May 27th) during the FOURTH raid in the recent weeks. One of the glass doors at the entrance to the store was smashed in Burnham High Street, as pictured here. More...

27,000 head to Food Festival
THOUSANDS of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 27th) for the town's tenth Food & Drink Festival which was hailed a big success by traders and organisers. The crowds were able to see 130 stalls, cookery displays and more. More...

VIP visitor at archery club
A LOCAL Paralympic archer who won team gold and an individual silver medal at last year's Rio Para-Olympics was among the competitors at Burnham-On-Sea Company of Archers' annual May open tournament this week. The event was held at the town's BASC Ground. More...

Rainbow Run returns today
THE colourful Burnham-On-Sea Rainbow Run is set to return to the town's beach today (Sunday). Burnham-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back the event after its debut last summer. Over 300 people took part in the 2016 event, enjoying a great family day out. More...

Early morning storm hits town
THE Burnham-On-Sea area was struck by thunder and lightning early on Saturday as forecasters warn of more stormy weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. The dramatic photo here was shot in Burnham's Palmer's Close shortly before 4am on Saturday morning. More...

Water leak caused big delays
MOTORISTS travelling between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow faced long tailbacks on Friday (May 26th) following a water leak. Bristol Water had to partially shut Berrow Road despite large amounts of incoming holiday traffic for the Bank Holiday weekend. More...

Award will 'bring more visitors'
A NEW award for Berrow beach will help to promote the village and attract more beach visitors, the Parish Council has said this week. As first reported here earlier this week, Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Berrow Beach a coveted 'Seaside Award' for its clean beaches. More...

Dog show and fayre today
EAST Huntspill's All Saints Church is holding a Spring fayre today (Saturday) with a line-up of fun events. The event gets underway at 11am with a dog show, stalls, games, a tombola, gifts and crafts. There will also be refreshments and much more outside the church. More...

Food Festival returns today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre today (Saturday, May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run through the day until 4pm. More...

Charity acoustic event tonight
AN acoustic music night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, May 27th) in aid of a charity set up in memory of town teenager Charley Marks. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street is holding the event from 5pm onward when all will be welcome. More...

Weather brings boost to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea has seen a positive start to its tourist season with visitor numbers up on the same period last year, helped by good weather. Burnham Chamber of Trade says footfall cameras in the town centre show footfall is 4.2 per cent up on 2016. More...

Bees rescued by councillor!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor swapped his formal suit for a beekeeper's outfit to collect a large swarm of bees. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is a trained beekeeper alongside his council role, took away the swam after it landed on Burnham's South Esplanade. More...

Fire crews tackle big blaze
PLUMES of smoke were seen for miles around when Burnham-On-Sea's fire crew was among dozens of firefighters tackling a big blaze near Wedmore on Thursday (May 25th). Crews were called to the property at Mudgley Cross Roads in Mudgley Lane, Mudgley. More...

Food Festival returns Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run until 4pm. More...

Acoustic night for town charity
AN acoustic music night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (May 27th) in aid of a charity set up in memory of town teenager Charley Marks. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street is holding the event from 5pm onward when all will be welcome to go along. More...

Charity set to offer 250 prizes
A CHARITY stall at Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival will be offering a huge 250 food and drink prizes. St Margaret's Hospice will be running a tombola stall during the tenth Food Festival this Saturday. They have 250 prizes to give away during the day. More...

Lady hurt in seafront crash
A BUSY road junction in Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily blocked this afternoon (Thursday) after a crash which left one person injured. Two Ford vehicles collided at the busy junction of the South Esplanade and Pier Street at 1.40pm. Police were called to the scene. More...

Police appeal for wanted man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a new appeal for the public's help to find this wanted man as they investigate a series of local burglaries. They have released this photo in the hope of finding the whereabouts of John 'Froggy' Bale who could be in the area. More...

Fireworks to be family-friendly
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display will be held at a family-friendly time this year, councillors have agreed this week. The traditional fireworks display will be held on Sunday November 5th, the night before the 2017 Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. More...

County role for Burnham man
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has been elected as Vice Chairman of Somerset County Council this week. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who was re-elected in the Burnham North ward earlier this month, has been chosen for the leading county role by fellow councillors. More...

Entertainment comes to festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run until 4pm. More...

Election campaign restarts
POLICE have stepped up patrols and Burnham-On-Sea's General Election candidates had suspended their local campaigns following this week's Manchester terror attack. Monday's suicide bombing tragically left 22 people dead and many others injured after an incident at a concert. More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of an annual competition to find unusual items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have received their prizes this week. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual contest to 'spot the odd item in shop windows' attracted dozens of entries. More...

Two rescued from mud at Brean
TWO holidaymakers were rescued this morning (Wednesday) after getting stranded in mud on Brean beach, surrounded by thick fog. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and crews from BARB Search and Rescue were called out at 9.55am to help the man and woman, who had become stuck in mud. More...

Seaside Award for Berrow
NATIONWIDE campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has this week awarded Berrow beach with a coveted 'Seaside Award', but Burnham-On-Sea's beach has missed out for a second year running. Keep Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches around the UK. More...

Crowds see Flying Scotsman
HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the iconic Flying Scotsman train thunder through Highbridge on Tuesday (May 23rd). People of all ages watched from bridges, crossings and Highbridge Railway Station to catch a glimpse of the classic engine. More...

Anti-freeze kills Burnham cat
A WARNING has been issued to cat owners in Burnham-On-Sea town centre after a pet died after being sprayed with anti-freeze. The cat died last week and its distraught owners say they are "lost" without him. They are warning other cat owners to be aware. More...

Civic award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented later in 2017. More...

Angie's incredible weight loss
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Angie Smith has lost a life-changing six stone since getting embarrassed about her appearance in a TV interview. When the ITV series Broadchurch was filmed her shop, Alexandra News in Clevedon, Angie was interviewed on TV, More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of an annual competition to find unusual items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have received their prizes this week. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' attracted dozens of entries. More...

Cubs in sponsored beach walk
CUBS and Beavers from 1st Berrow Scout Group took part in a sponsored walk this week to help raise funds for new equipment. Around 25 children took part in the walk, as well as parents and helpers, along the beach from Berrow to Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Call to remove 'eyesore' machine
TOWN councillors have this week called for urgent repairs - or the removal - of this rusty cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea High Street which they say is an eyesore and poses a risk to members of the public. At their latest meeting, Town Councillors highlighted the poor condition of the machine
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Food Festival returns Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run through the day until 4pm. More...

See the Flying Scotsman
Updated: FANS of the iconic Flying Scotsman are being urged not to put their safety at risk to catch a sight of the train when it steams through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this evening (Tuesday). British Transport Police urge people to stay safe. More...

Call for more youth funding
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors to boost its spending on local youth groups and activities in the town. Speaking at a meeting of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee on Monday, Bev Milner Simonds called for a rethink. More...

Firm gives PCs boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue has been given a boost with the donation of £2,000 of new PC equipment. Two new computers have been donated by estate agent Abbott And Frost, along with screens and keyboards. More...

Youth parade coming in June
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade is set to be held on Saturday June 10th with a range of activities aimed at young people. The parade will this year be walking along the town's beach from Maddock's Slade to the jetty at 2pm with activities around it. More...

Flying Scotsman safety plea
FANS of the iconic Flying Scotsman are being urged not to put their safety at risk to catch a sight of the train when it steams through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area on Tuesday (May 23rd). British Transport Police urge people not to put themselves in danger by trespassing on the tracks
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Tesco staff in walk for charity
A GROUP of fundraising staff members from a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket has completed a fundraising walk for charity. Jason Vickers, Mandi Bloska, Lenny Lisnore and Josh Hussey - who are all Tesco staff in Burnham - walked from Weston to their home store. More...

Awards night for football club
BURNHAM United AFC held its annual Presentation Night on Saturday night (May 20th) when a successful season was reviewed. Players and supporters of the Burnham club gathered to look back at a positive year, during which its new clubhouse was opened. More...

Bereavement advice offered
A UNIQUE event is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (May 24th) to mark a national awareness week that aims to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. Dying Matters is a national coalition which aims to help people. More...

Election hustings announced
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP are to take part in a hustings evening in the town. Conservative James Heappey, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, Labour's Andy Merryfield and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke will join it. More...

TV news features beach group
SIXTEEN sackfuls of rubbish were collected when the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach held their latest beach clean on Saturday (May 20th) - and their work has been filmed by ITV News. The volunteers were undaunted by heavy rain as they scoured the banks. More...

Wet weather can't stop fayre!
AN afternoon of heavy rain showers failed to dampen spirits at a May Fayre in Brent Knoll on Saturday (May 20th). Villagers Michael and Margaret Smith, who organised the event in aid of St Michael's Church, moved the event into the Parish Hall to beat the weather. More...

Labrador in line for top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea labrador that was bred to be a gun dog but became too afraid of the noise is in line to win an award. Devon, a two-year-old labrador that lives with her owners in Burnham, used to be a hunting dog until she was forced to quit and has a new life. More...

Love Lane opens after closure
RESIDENTS have been thanked for their patience after a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea re-opened this week following four months of major roadworks. Love Lane has been shut from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout from 9th January through to Friday (19th May)
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'My Great Wall of China trek'
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has completed a 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' of walking along part of the Great Wall of China for charity. Tracey Kidner and three of her friends have returned this week from a trek along 50km of the famous Chinese landmark which raised funds for a good cause. More...

Young writers win competition
TWO Burnham-On-Sea schoolchilden have won a writing competition and will have their stories featured in a unique app available onboard coaches across the UK. Several pupils at St Andrew's School in Burnham entered the contest run by National Express. More...

Today: Fayre will boost church
A MAY Fayre and Garden Party is being held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall today (Saturday) to raise money for the village's church. Villagers Michael and Margaret Smith are organising the event, which starts at 2pm, to raise funds for the village's St Michael's Church, seen here. More...

Election row over school meals
TWO of the candidates who are standing in the General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP have this week exchanged verbal blows over claims that the Conservative's manifesto pledges to scrap free school meals. Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt attacked the plan, More...

Cash floods in for Sea Cadets
THE future of Burnham and Highbridge's long-running Sea Cadets unit has been secured after Burnham-On-Sea.com ran a story about its funding crisis last month. Carol Roberts, the unit's chairwoman, says a number of funders have come forward after our story in April highlighting its shortfall of funds. More...

New dementia group launches
A NEW Dementia Action Alliance Group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to work towards making the towns more dementia aware. Representatives from several organisations within the towns came together with a common interest, More...

Sea water data now online
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea beach can check up on real-time information about bathing water quality using a Wessex Water website. The firm is offering the free advice for surfers and beach lovers via its online Coastwatch service on the Wessex Water website, More...

Rugby event hailed a success
DOZENS of ladies supported a special event at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club at the weekend to help raise funds for the group. Stalls and entertainment were laid on at the club at the BASC ground on Sunday afternoon, all aimed at female supporters and members. More...

BBC TV star to visit Burnham
A LEADING BBC television personality is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea in June for an 'intimate evening of conversation". Tom Chambers, who is a familiar face on BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, also won one of the series of Strictly Come Dancing. More...

Police station closure plans
TALKS are 'continuing' over the proposed closure of Burnham-On-Sea Police station despite a recent increase in local crime, it has been confirmed this week. Following concern about a spate of crimes in the town, Burnham-On-Sea.com approached the Police for an update on the proposed closure. More...

Hinkley B online after outage
HINKLEY Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has come back online this week after what EDF Energy an 18-day "planned inspection outage". Hinkley Point B Unit 7 (Reactor 3) was taken offline on April 28th and was returned to service at 2.30am on Wednesday morning. More...

Burnham leisure shop to close
A LEISURE supplies and clothing shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to close in June, its owners have said this week. AOB in College Street will shut on June 25th and it's currently running a closing down sale, with up to 40% off its stock and fixtures. More...

Two groups given donations
TWO Burnham-On-Sea organisations have been handed financial boosts by Sedgemoor District Council. The outgoing Chairman of the council, Cllr Ian Dyer, presented two cheques to his nominated charities for 2016/17. These included the Sea Cadets and Bay Centre. More...

New council chairman elected
SEDGEMOOR District Council has elected a new Chairman this week. Councillor Mike Cresswell, pictured, has been sworn in as Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council at its annual meeting. Mike, a Carer with Somerset Care, is a Conservative councillor in Bridgwater. More...

Heroin seized in drugs raid
POLICE seized drugs and hundreds of pounds of cash in a raid on a property in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Officers raided a home in Abingdon Street during the early hours of Tuesday morning (May 16th). They executed a drugs warrant and seized a quantity of heroin. More...

Mini stranded in roadside ditch
THIS Mini was left stranded in the bottom of a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (May 16th). Police and a fire crew form Burnham-On-Sea were called to the vehicle in Yardwall Road, near the village of Mark, as pictured here in this photo from the scene. More...

SNP calls for MP's suspension
THE Scottish National Party has this week called on the Conservatives to suspend Tory candidate for Wells, James Heappey, after he told a schoolgirl to "f*** off" when she said she backs Scottish independence. Mr Heappey is seeking re-election in Wells. More...

United juniors receive awards
DOZENS of young football players from Burnham-On-Sea have celebrated a successful season for their club. Burnham United Juniors held their annual presentation night at Brean Leisure Park last weekend when scores of awards were handed out to the talented young players. More...

Pavement warnings unveiled
NEW warning messages about Burnham-On-Sea's summer-time beach dogs ban have begun to appear on pavements along the seafront. Sedgemoor District Council bans dogs from the town's main three beaches over the tourist holiday season and has various warnings signs out. More...

Sporty family triathlon success
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea family is celebrating after performing well at a regional triathlon. Oscar, Tabitha, Charlotte and Martin Rogers represented Burnham-On-Sea Swim & Sports Academy at the Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon last week and came away with plenty of medals. More...

Summer beach dog ban begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer-time ban on dogs has come into operation this month. Sedgemoor District Council bans dogs from the town's three main beaches over the tourist season. The council says that the seasonal dog ban came into force on May 1st. More...

Night club wins bid to re-open
A NIGHT club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has this week been granted a Premises Licence with opening hours until the early hours of the morning. The new owners of Skye Bar in The High Street had applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a new premises licence, which has been granted. More...

Cyclists plan world record bid
A GROUP of four cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea and Wells are set to take part in a World Record bid in June. The road bike relay team will be attempting to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End in 48 hours or less. The cyclists will set off on 23rd June at 10.30am. More...

Madagascar fun comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a special performance of 'Madagascar: A Musical Adventure' this weekend. The senior cast of BEES (Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society) will be performing the show on Saturday 20th May at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. More...

Opticians go dementia friendly
AS the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week (15th-21st May), the team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea is becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia. Specsavers employees nationwide are completing training. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach are to hold their latest beach clean this Saturday (May 20th) when local residents are encouraged to get involved. The group will be meeting at 10am outside Burnham Sailing Club to clean the beach and banks along the River Brue. More...

More large jellyfish wash up
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish this week after more of the creatures have been washed up along our tide lines. Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, were washed up at Brean and Burnham. More...

MP apologises for outburst
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP told a girl to "f*** off" when she said she'd vote for independence if a second Scottish referendum was triggered. According to national newspaper reports, James Heappey's outburst came as he addressed sixth-formers and he has since apologised. More...

Tesco staff pedal for charity
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have been peddling hundreds of miles for charity this month. They have been taking part in a nationwide 'Million Mile Challenge' in which Tesco staff across the UK aim to raise a million pounds for three charities. More...

How fall led to big weight loss
A BURNHAM-On-Sea slimmer has lost more than five stone of weight after a fall prompted her to make a change to her lifestyle. Georgina Edwards has dropped from a dress size 24 to a 12 after joining Slimming World in Burnham-On-Sea following a fall during a trip to France. More...

Woman 'takes flight' on beach!
BURNHAM-On-Sea provides the backdrop for this incredible 'Mary Poppins' inspired photo... but all is not quite what it seems. A group of professional photographers from Bristol held a photo shoot on the beach near the town's lighthouse on Sunday evening, as pictured here. More...

Free cooking lessons offered
THIS month's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival will offer visitors the chance to learn new cooking skills for free The 10th festival, which has been rebranded as 'Eat: Burnham', will be held on Saturday 27th May. Hawksmoor Cookery School will be running. More...

Opticians go dementia friendly
AS the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week (15th-21st May), the team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea is becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia. Specsavers employees nationwide are completing the unique training. More...

MP sorry for outburst to pupil
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP told a girl to "f*** off" when she said she'd vote for independence if a second Scottish referendum was triggered. According to national newspaper reports, James Heappey's outburst came as he addressed sixth-formers and he has since apologised. More...

Boots 'shoplifter' held by police
POLICE have been praised after the quick arrest of a woman following a shoplifting incident at Burnham-On-Sea's Boots store on Saturday afternoon (May 13th). Over £200 of make-up products and fragrances were taken from the High Street chemist shop at mid-day. More...

100th Parkrun is celebrated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's popular Parkrun celebrated its 100th event on Saturday (May 13th) with a special visit from the town's new Mayor. On his first engagement as Mayor since taking office on Monday, Cllr Bill Hancock and the Town Crier cheered off the 300 runners. More...

Photos: Somerset Day at Cove
CROWDS flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday for a family fun day to mark Somerset Day. Visitors enjoyed a line-up of live music and entertainment plus children's activities. Burnham Events Social Team said the day was a success. More...

Crews tackle big hay blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a big hay blaze near Bridgwater in the early hours of Saturday morning (May 13th). Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called out late on Friday evening to Cossington where a large amount of hay was alight. More...

Have your say on new plan
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have a final chance to give their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan that outlines how the two towns could develop over the coming years. The draft document has been published here and covers Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Burnham Without. More...

Church re-opens after refurb
WORK on a major refurbishment of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has been completed and the building is set to re-open this Sunday (May 14th). The building has been undergoing a programme of internal improvements - the first for 40 years. More...

Police target 'rogue traders'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have carried out patrols, handed out security advice and visited several commercial premises during a week of action against so called 'rogue traders'. The Rogue Trader operation week also saw police carrying out stop checks in the area. More...

Four stand in General Election
FOUR candidates have this week formally announced that they are to stand in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP. James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke were last night named as the candidates. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
THIS air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (May 11th) to help a patient. It landed on Burnham-On-Sea 's BAY Centre playing fields at 4.15pm, as pictured here. The green and white coloured Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is being used in place of the normal yellow one. More...

Founders gather for milestone
THE founders of one of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest, longest-running community groups celebrated its 25th anniversary on Thursday (May 11th). The group marked its silver anniversary with a special tea for its founding members at Burnham's Community Centre. More...

Somerset Day event tomorrow
A FAMILY fun day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (May 13th) to celebrate Somerset Day. The event will run from 11am-4pm to celebrate the unique day, with face painting, a tombola, barbecue, live music and and refreshments. More...

'999 Academy' visits Burnham
A GROUP of students visited Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB hovercraft crews this week to find out more about the work they do in keeping our coastline safe. The 19 youngsters from Bridgwater and Taunton College are part of a new educational scheme. More...

£20,000 upgrade for cycle path
A COUNTRY path used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and land owners between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll is to be given £20,000 of repairs to make it fully accessible. The condition of Crooked Lane Drove - which runs to the east of Burnham-On-Sea towards Brent Knoll - had become extremely poor. More...

Heappey cleared in probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP James Heappey – who is hoping to be re-elected in the General Election on June 8th – has been cleared by the Crown Prosecution Service of any wrong-doing after a year-long investigation into his 2015 election expenses around the use of a battle bus. More...

By-election candidates named
THREE candidates have declared their intention to stand in the Town Council by-election in Burnham South on 8th June. Bev Milner Simonds will stand for the Lib Dems, Debbie Matthews is standing for the Conservatives, while Brian Hobbs will be the UKIP candidate. More...

Town charity backs walk event
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity is giving its support to a new event in Weston-super-Mare which aims to increase mental health awareness, prevent suicides and work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. In Charley's Memory was set up in memory of Charley Marks. More...

Youth club launches litter-pick
COMMUNITY-spirited members of a Burnham-On-Sea youth club have launched a litter clean-up after reading about rubbish being left near the town's BAY Centre. The Zone Youth Club members collected several bags of rubbish near the sports courts as part of the clean-up. More...

Cow is rescued from ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a cow stuck in a ditch in Brent Knoll on Wednesday afternoon (May 10th). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea along with a special rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Crooked Lane, Brent Knoll at just after 4.15pm to assist. More...

Have you seen wanted man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today appealed for the public's help in finding this wanted man as they investigate a series of local burglaries. They have released this photo in the hope of finding the whereabouts of John 'Froggy' Bale who could be in the area. More...

Tributes paid to town resident
SCORES of tributes have been paid to a popular Burnham-On-Sea man who has died at the age of 35. James Griffiths died on April 30th at a hospital in London after suffering complications following a major heart operation. James was a familiar face in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Burglary at Highbridge shop
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a large quantity of jewellery was stolen in an overnight burglary in Highbridge this week. Thieves smashed their way into gold buying company 'Vault Of Gold' in Church Street at around 3.30am on Tuesday (May 9th). More...

New jellyfish warning is issued
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week again been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. More Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting to paddlers and swimmers, have been washed up along local beaches. More...

Art club to hold town exhibition
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists is set to be held this month. Over 70 paintings by Burnham Art Club members will be on display at Burnham Community Centre, where the event runs from May 27th to June 2nd. More...

School welcomes town author
THE pupils at St Andrew's Junior School in Burnham-On-Sea had a special visit from a local author this week. Burnham author Ann Poole, who recently launched her new children's book 'Beach Friends', visited the school's assembly to share her story and talk about the puiblication. More...

Aldi store gets final go-ahead
PLANS for a new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge have this week been given the go-ahead despite objections from the Town Council and Burnham Chamber of Trade amid concern that it will damage the town centre's economy. The proposals for a new 1,804 square metre store were approved
. More...

Lib Dem leader in 'flying' visit
THE leader of the Liberal Democrats made a flying visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday during the party's General Election campaign. Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and local candidate Tessa Munt took a flight in a hovercraft during the visit. More...

New Burnham Mayor is elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge has a new Mayor and Mayoress this week after they were elected by town councillors on Monday evening (May 8th). Bill Hancock and his wife Frances were chosen by councillors after outgoing Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke's two years in the role ended. More...

Talent showcase entries open
ENTRIES have opened for Burnham-On-Sea's third 'Talent Showcase' competition. The Princess Theatre will host the annual event on Saturday June 10th when local musicians will perform in front of a team of judges. There will be a number of prizes up for grabs. More...

VW fans flock to Brean beach
THESE were the scenes on Brean beach at the weekend when hundreds of Volkswagen enthusiasts headed into the village. The annual Van West festival took place at Warren Farm, with stands, entertainment and displays taking place over the two days. More...

Baking contest entries open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival returns with The Great Burnham Bake Off on Saturday 27th May when the search will be on to find the Champion of Champions - and a newcomer. Pevious winners will be back to compete with their winning bakes form the past five years. More...

Town team are double champs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Burnbridge U12s are celebrating after becoming League and Cup Double Winners - their first cup win for 15 years. Burnbridge faced high-flying Clevedon United on Sunday in the final of the Woodspring league cup. In an exciting match, they won. More...

New date for guided moth walk
THE date of a free guided bat and moth walk around Highbridge's Apex Park has been changed to Friday June 2nd. The walk around the award-winning park will focus on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife throughout the park, particularly bats and moths. More...

Horse stuck in ditch is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (May 7th) to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch. They were called to Bristol Road in Tarnock near Rooksbridge just after 6.30pm. Fire control received a call from the owner that the horse was stuck. More...

100th birthday is celebrated
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner marked her 100th birthday at the weekend with a special celebration. Frances Ranahan celebrated her centenary with friends and relatives at Kathleen Chambers Home in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, organised by her daughter. More...

Porpoise helped back into sea
AN injured porpoise was helped back into the sea after being washed up on Brean beach on Sunday (May 7th). A kite surfer and a member of the public guided the mammal back out into deep water after it was twice washed ashore with a visible injury on its side. More...

Singing success for groups
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Siobhan Johnson Singers and Burnham Youth Choir are celebrating after winning at the Weston Festival. Burnham Youth Choir performed their unique 'Andrew Lloyd Webber' mash-up medley and fully entertained the audience. More...

Out-of-control bonfire tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out this evening (Sunday) to tackle an out-of-control bonfire in Highbridge. They were called out just before 9pm to Walrow Farm in Mark Road, Highbridge after a motorist reporting seeing "plumes of smoke" in the area. More...

Crowds head to Party In Park
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (May 7th) for the first free outdoor music event of the year. An afternoon of Spring sunshine attracted record crowds to Burnham's Manor Gardens for over five hours of free music. More...

Police announce beat surgeries
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be able to ask local police about crime concerns and security when two drop-in beat surgeries are held this month. The events will be held in the store foyer at B&M in Pier Street, Burnham on both 13th May and 31st May. More...

Burnham bike nights start
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham-On-Sea which run until September and which are open to the general public. More...

Community rallies for Amelia
THE local community and family of a young Highbridge Cystic Fibrosis sufferer are rallying round to raise thousands of pounds for a charity that helps fellow sufferers across the UK. Amelia McKenna, 6, from Church Street in Highbridge, was diagnosed with the condition very young. More...

Mud walkers spark call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called to Weston on Friday evening (May 5th) after several people were reported to be in difficulty in beach mud. BARB's crewmembers were called out shortly after 7pm by Coastguards to attend the scene and help reach the walkers. More...

Church to hold Spring fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church is holding its annual Spring fair today (Saturday). The event, running from 10am-2pm at the church in College Street, will see a line-up of fun activities taking place including raffles, stalls and crafts when all will be welcome to attend. More...

Armed Forces parade planned
PLANNING is underway for an Armed Forces Day parade in Burnham-On-Sea this June. A working party of representatives from local groups, which includes the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association, met this week to finalise the parade plans. More...

Reaction to County Council election
THE Conservatives have won all four local seats in the Somerset County Council elections across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. The results were announced early on Friday and saw Peter Burridge-Clayton retain the Burnham-On-Sea North seat and John Woodman. More...

Look out for 'lonely bouquets'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's flower club is asking people to look out for 'lonely bouquets' about the town centre today (Friday). The Burnham Area Evening Flower Club is among thousands of other members celebrating National Flower Arranging Day across the UK. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new season of outdoor concerts will get underway with Party In The Park this Sunday (May 7th). The organisers at CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society, say this will be the group's 20th season. More...

County Council election results
THE Conservatives have won all four local seats in the Somerset County Council elections across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. The results were announced early today (Friday) and saw Peter Burridge-Clayton retain the Burnham-On-Sea North seat and John Woodman. More...

Food festival countdown starts
A LAUNCH party was held for Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Food Festival last night (Thursday) as the countdown to the tenth event gets underway. The festival returns to Burnham town centre on Saturday May 27th from 9am-4pm with a record 130 traders. More...

Church celebrates 50th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Our Lady and The English Martyrs church has started a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 'round' church. A Mass will be held with Bishop Declan Lang on 21st May, a Festival of Flowers in June and other events through the year. More...

Aldi store set to get go-ahead?
A DECISION on whether a proposed new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge gets the go-ahead will be made next week - with a case officer recommending it be given approval. The firm's planning application will be considered by Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee on May 9th. More...

Vote in county elections today
THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to vote in the County Council elections today (Thursday, May 4th). Polling takes place between 7am and 10pm at polling stations across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area today for those who are registered. More...

Burnham Greggs gets revamp
HIGH street bakery chain Greggs has refurbished its Burnham-On-Sea branch and re-opened as one of the businesses 'new look' outlets. The company says its revamped shop in the High Street aims to meet the demands of food-on-the-go shoppers and it is due to open shortly. More...

Crews tackle workshop blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among three crews called out to tackle a blaze in the village of Mark on Wednesday (May 3rd). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Bridgwater were all sent to Little Moor Road, Mark at 11.30am following reports of the fire. More...

Guided moth walk at Apex Park
A FREE guided bat and moth walk is set to take place around Highbridge's Apex Park later this month. The walk around the award-winning park will focus on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife throughout the park, particularly bats and moths. The walk will be on 17th May. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join the organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea. To respond to emergencies there are around 400 Coastguard Teams around the country. More...

M5 junction closed overnight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will be closed tonight (Wednesday). The northbound and southbound entry sliproads at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be closed for Highways England work. More...

Seven arrests after burglaries
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have made seven arrests following a spate of burglaries in the town during recent weeks. Residential homes and commercial properties have been targeted over the last two months, prompting the arrests by officers during recent days, it's been confirmed. More...

Help make Burnham bloom!
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

£13,000 boost for local groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea community groups have been handed a cash boost of nearly £13,000 thanks to fundraisers at the town's Moose Lodge and Burnham-On-Sea Ladies Circle. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was among the groups handed a cheque. More...

County elections tomorrow
THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to vote in the County Council elections on Thursday (May 4th). Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm at polling stations across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. We have a full preview. More...

Beer festival attracts 2,000
ORGANISERS of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Beer Festival - which was held over the Bank Holiday weekend - say it was the best one yet. The event was held at the Ritz Social Club and, over the course of the weekend the venue saw 2,000 people attend. More...

BASC car boot sales to restart
A POPULAR weekly car boot sale in Burnham-On-Sea is set to restart this weekend for the summer season. The Burnham-On-Sea BASC Ground car boot sales will start this Saturday, 6th May, following the winter break. The sales will run every Saturday. More...

Hundreds try new cycle path
HUNDREDS of cyclists joined an inaugural ride along a new £500,000 path linking Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down on Bank Holiday Monday. It has taken 20 years of planning but cyclists and walkers can finally enjoy the route, which opened on Monday. More...

Call-out for 'dog' on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Monday afternoon after a member of the public thought they'd spotted a dog on Stert Island. The animal had been seen several times and there was no sign of the owners - however it turned out to be a different animal! More...

Photos: May Day celebrations
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens burst into traditional colour and Spring music on Monday when a traditional May Day celebration was held. A crowd of spectators turned out in the sunshine to watch the Chalice Morris Men from Brent Knoll perform their dancing. More...

New art group displays its work
A NEWLY-formed Burnham-On-Sea art group is inviting newcomers to join its ranks, fresh from holding its first exhibition at the weekend. Members of The Art Of Inspiration group displayed their work in the town's Methodist Church on Saturday morning. More...

Lightning strikes during storm
A DAY of changeable weather saw sunshine, heavy showers and lightning sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Bank Holiday Monday. Several lightning strikes were seen inland over Weston during the afternoon from the top of Brean Down, as photographed here. More...

Drivers told: 'Check tide times'
A FRESH warning about checking tide times has been issued to motorists who use local beaches this week after this driver had a shock on Sunday morning (April 30th). Her car was parked on Brean beach and the driver walked off, without realising the tide would reach it. More...

Shop closes after 50-year run
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre closed down at the weekend after a half century of business. The Wool Sack knitting shop in Burnham's College Street has been in business for more than 50 years and its owner, Jean Hooper has retired. More...

300 bikes roar into Burnham
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes headed through Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 30th) during a fundraising rally. A parade of over 300 bikes roared through the High Street on its way to the South Esplanade where they went on display. More...

Theatre group to perform plays
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will perform a series of short plays on Saturday 6th May at the town theatre. 'PTC in Shorts' is a revue of short pieces written by eight writers. "It should be called Murder, Mayhem and Marilyn," says one. More...

73 get blood pressure checks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Stroke Association joined forces on Saturday (April 29th) to raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke - high blood pressure. 73 residents received a free blood pressure test at The Baptist Church Hall. More...

Burnham to celebrate May Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will come to life on Monday 1st May when a traditional May Day celebration is held. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm with entertainment and activities for children to take part in, including a fairy hunt. More...

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