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Britain's Got Talent star in area
MERLIN Cadogan from ITV’s Britain's Got Talent will be making a special appearance at a circus show in Brent Knoll over the next few weeks. The escapologist, who reached the semi-finals of the talent show earlier this year, will be performing on December 7th and December 8th
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MP will honour daring promise!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week congratulated the team behind Berrow's successful bid for £50,000 of grant funding towards a new play area in the village and vowed to honour a promise he made if the bid was won. Last week, the village won the grant from a People's Millions contest. More..

Legal students win mock trials
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea students who became lawyers and court officials for a day won two out of three cases in a mock trial held at the weekend. Students from Highbridge's King Alfred School Sixth Form took part in the National Bar Mock Trial Competition in Plymouth at the weekend
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Oops... I wouldn't park there!
Exclusive: THE
owner of this BMW was lucky to to scramble free after careering off a road into a rhyne in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, this morning (Monday, November 30th). Police and fire crews were called to the Causeway at 6.50am, as pictured here, after the driver of the high-performance vehicle lost control. More...

Pylon protest goes to Prime Minister
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS
who are opposed to proposals for a new corridor of 400,000 volt electricity pylons running through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week taken their fight to the Prime Minister. The National Grid wants to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point with a new sub-station near Bristol using 46.5m high electricity pylons. More...

£2k boost for marine services
ALL
three of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services have benefited from a year of fundraising at a Brean bar. Krackers held raffles, music nights and a sponsored 'shootout' to raise a total of £2,100 for Burnham's BARB, RNLI and the local branch of the Coastguard Association. More...

Calm conditions hit sand yachts
DOZENS
of the UK's top land yachting experts were left disappointed in Brean on Sunday (November 29th) when the UK's national championships were cancelled due to a lack of wind. After a week of heavy winds, it was ironic that calm weather hit the event and led organisers to abandon it. More...

Five jobs go as off-licence shuts
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea's Threshers off-licence is to shut by the end of this year with the loss of five jobs, it has been confirmed. The College Street store has been formally earmarked for closure by KPMG, the administrators acting on behalf of the retailer's parent company, First Quench Retailing. More...

Over 120 finish Brent Knoll Run
OVER
120 runners from across the South West took part in the annual gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday morning (November 29th). The 5.5 mile Brent Knoll Run has been held for more than 20 years. It was won in a fast time despite the slippery conditions. More...

Fire crews tackle big blaze
BURNHAM
-On-Sea fire crews were among dozens of firefighters tackling a major blaze in Bridgwater on Saturday night (November 28th). Fire engines from Bridgwater, Taunton, Nether Stowey, Burnham, Street and Yeovil were called to Penel Orlieu in Bridgwater at 9.31pm, as pictured here. More...

Christmas lights switched on!
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Carnival Queen and her Princesses joined the Mayor in switching on the town's Christmas lights today (Saturday, November 28th). A special ceremony was held in front of hundreds of spectators outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street, where music and entertainment was laid on for the crowds. More...

Video: Christmas lights event
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Carnival Queen and her Princesses joined the Mayor in switching on the town's Christmas lights on Saturday (November 28th). A special ceremony was held in front of hundreds of spectators outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street. We have full highlights from the event. More...

All change at water users group
A LONG-running group that represents Burnham-On-Sea's anglers, marine rescue services and boat users has a new Chairman and Secretary following a meeting on Friday (November 27th). Ricky Holmes stepped down as Chairman of the Burnham Water Users' Forum
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Crash delays traffic on M5
THIS was the scene on the M5 motorway on Friday evening (November 27th) after a car crashed into a central reservation during heavy rain. Fire and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the southbound carriageway shortly before 6pm
after a car accident in slippery driving conditions. More...

£50k lotto cheque handed over!
DELIGHTED fundraisers in Berrow were handed this bumper cheque for £50,000 on Friday afternoon (November 27th) after they won a phone competition for National Lottery funding towards a new play area in the village. The village was named the 'lucky loser' of a phone poll
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Tesco urged to resolve path issues
Exclusive:
Residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on supermarket giant Tesco to step in and resolve lighting problems along a footpath it manages near its store. The footpath running between Rosewood Avenue and the rear of the store in Ben Travers Way, which is owned and maintained by the store, has been unlit since the start of November. More...

Burnham Xmas switch-on today
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Carnival Queen and her Princesses will join the Mayor in switching on the town's Christmas lights today (Saturday, November 28th). A special ceremony with live music and entertainment will be held outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street from 3pm. More...

'We've won £50k lotto jackpot!'
Exclusive: OVERJOYED
fundraisers in Berrow were celebrating on Thursday (November 26th) after learning they had won £50,000 of National Lottery funding by being named the 'lucky loser' in a TV phone competition. The news was broken to the stunned team on Thursday by bosses from the People's Millions competition. More...

Rescue teams bid to help swan
A RESCUE boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called to help wildlife carers retrieve an injured swan on Cheddar Reservoir on Wednesday (November 25th). East Huntspill based Secret World called on the help of BARB's inshore rescue boat to recover the bird, which sadly could not be retrieved. More...

Xmas lights countdown begins!
FINAL preparations are being made for this Saturday's official switch-on of Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights.
The switch-on ceremony will be held outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street and is being organised by the town's Chamber of Trade. Local group The Ginger Hitlas will be performing at the event. More..

Vandals damage parked cars
POLICE have today appealed for the public's help after a spate of car vandalism in this quiet Burnham-On-Sea street. Three cars were damaged overnight on Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd by being sprayed with a corrosive liquid in Creswick Way. More..

Flooded residents call for action
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents have called for action after this street in Burnham-On-Sea was left under five inches of water on Wednesday (November 25th) when a blocked ditch on a nearby holiday park caused drains to be overwhelmed. Residents of Sycamore Close have held talks with the County Council's Highways Department to try and get the problem resolved after two days of problems. More..

One half of record couple dies
ONE half of Britain's longest married couple has died peacefully in Burnham-On-Sea. Great-great-grandfather Walter Postings, known as Wally, was 101 when he passed away on November 19th. In September the couple were named the UK's longest married couple by record keepers. More..

Pylons plan attacked by Lib Dem
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has this week hit out at the National Grid's consultation process on a new corridor of electricity pylons being proposed to run through our area. Tessa Munt attacked the "ill-considered" proposals and said the consultation had been a "sham". More...

3am booze plans spark concern
Exclusive: CONCERNS have been raised this week after a new food shop in Burnham-On-Sea applied for a license to sell alcohol until 3am. Burnham-On-Sea.com understands the new convenience store opening soon in Abingdon Street intends to sell goods, including alcohol. More...

Seafront lights could be sold off
Exclusive:
SHOCK plans to remove and sell Burnham-On-Sea's decorative seafront lights as part of a money-saving initiative were debated by town councillors on Tuesday evening (November 24th). Ten of the 40 lights along The Esplanade are currently not working, and the cash-strapped town council has baulked at the high cost of repairing them. More...

Berrow lotto hopes are still alive
BERROW'S
hopes of winning a TV competition to secure £50,000 of National Lottery funding for a new play area in the village suffered a blow this evening (Tuesday, November 24th) when the winner of the latest round of the competition was announced - but the village could still win the cash later this week. More...

Woman arrested after drug raid
POLICE
stormed into a property in Highbridge this morning (Tuesday, November 24th) when they executed a drugs warrant. Officers were called to Bishop's Place in Church Street, as pictured here, as part of their ongoing crackdown against drug trading in the town. A small quantity of pills was seized. More...

MP joins fight against pylons
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week urged residents who think they will be affected by plans to build a new 400,000 volt power line through our area to contact him. The National Grid has been asked to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to Avonmouth, near Bristol.
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Nervous wait after phone vote
THOUSANDS of votes were cast in favour of Berrow winning a TV competition to secure £50,000 of funding for a new play area in the village during a special phone competition held on Monday (November 23rd). The parish council wants to refurbish the village's play area, but needs the funding.
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Xmas switch-on this Saturday
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Carnival Queen and her Princesses will join the Mayor in switching on the town's Christmas lights this Saturday (November 28th). A special ceremony with live music and entertainment will be held outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street from 3pm. More...

Parents mark tragic anniversary
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea couple who lost their son in a car accident exactly two years ago have this week returned to the spot where he died. Joe Montgomery, Nathan's dad, and mum Sally Edwards returned to the Long Ashton road junction near Bristol where their son Nathan, 17, was killed in November 2007. More...

Coastguards called to help surfer
A BEACH walker's concerns for the welfare of a windsurfer spotted struggling in heavy seas off Burnham-On-Sea prompted a call-out for the town's Coastguards on Sunday (November 22nd).
Burnham Coastguards and lifeboat crews were alerted shortly after 2pm when a concerned member of the public reported seeing the windsurfer in difficulty near Burnham's lighthouse. More...

School powered by sunlight
A HIGHBRIDGE
school is now partially powered by sunlight, following the introduction of 20 new solar panels at the school. King Alfred School held a special ceremony, attended by the town's Mayor and Mayoress, to mark the launch of its solar power scheme, which will cut its CO2 usage. More...

Petrol station shut by high winds
STRONG winds caused damaged to several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (November 23rd). And Burnham's Esso petrol station in Love Lane was forced to temporarily close for several hours after the winds tore away part of its canopy, as pictured here on the right.
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£50k phone competition underway
RESIDENTS in Berrow are today (Monday, November 23rd) appealing to Burnham-On-Sea.com readers to call a competition hotline to help them secure £50,000 of funding for a new play area in the village. As we first reported earlier this month, the parish council's application for funding to refurbish the play area on the Village Green has been short-listed to receive lottery funding. More...

Two arrests after eight bike thefts
Exclusive:
Two people were arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police this afternoon (Sunday, November 22nd) as officers investigated the theft of EIGHT local motorbikes in recent weeks. Officers were called to Talbot Close in Highbridge at 2.45pm, as pictured, after the latest stolen bike was spotted by police. More...

Big crowd at Rocky Horror ball
BURNHAM-On-Sea County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton and his wife Jo were among hundreds of people pulling on Rocky Horror themed costumes on Saturday night (November 21st) for a local charity's fundraising ball. The couple helped raise money for animal charity Secret World.
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Highbridge volunteers praised
DOZENS
of volunteers who make a difference in Highbridge were presented with well-earned awards at a special ceremony on Saturday (November 21st). The Highbridge Volunteers Celebration was held at the Battleborough Grange Hotel in Brent Knoll and organised by the Highbridge police team. More...

Country music club's boost for BARB
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity was one of four good causes to receive a funding boost from a Brean country and western club this week. The Tavern Country Music Club, based at Brean Leisure Park, handed over £750 to BARB, as pictured, towards the charity's ongoing hovercraft maintenance costs. More...

Tickets on sale for Xmas revue
FINAL rehearsals are underway at a drama group near Burnham-On-Sea as it plans to hold its annual Christmas revue.
Brent Amateur Dramatics (BAD) is holding 'A BAD Broadcasting Company TV Presentation' featuring entertainment, music, dance and sketches poking fun at well-known television shows. More...

BBC expert visits Highbridge
Exclusive:
BBC Gardeners' World expert Pippa Greenwood was in Highbridge on Saturday (November 21st) to give a talk about the impact of climate change on gardening.
More than 150 enthusiasts from across the South West gathered in King Alfred School for the lecture about gardening and plant diseases. More...

Burnham off-licence 'safe for now'
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Threshers off-licence is not on the list of stores closing due to the firm being put into administration. Staff at the Threshers store in College Street were relieved to be told on Friday (November 20th) that the shop is not among a further 381 stores across the UK earmarked for a new round of closures. More...

Burnham and Disney to be twins?
Exclusive: IT might be tens of thousands of miles away across the Big Pond, but Burnham-On-Sea has this week been nominated to become the twin town of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Burnham-On-sea is among over 400 towns to be proposed in the official Disney competiton. More...

In photos: Children In Need
FUNDRAISERS across Burnham-On-Sea have been raising thousands of pounds for BBC Children In Need today (Friday, November 20th). Pupils at King Alfred School held a 'no uniform day' and raised £1,142 while staff at Boots The Chemists, ASDA and Greggs The Bakery in Burnham and Highbridge also collected hundreds of pounds. More...

New ward opens at town hospital
Exclusive: THE next stage of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital's ongoing refurbishment has been completed this week with the opening of a new nine bed women's ward. This, and the new Out-Patients and Minor Injuries area, completes the first of four phases in the £740,000 major refurbishment. More...

O2 wins phone mast appeal
Exclusive: Mobile phone giant O2 has this week won its long-running bid to construct a five metre tall phone mast on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema. The Planning Inspectorate told Burnham-On-Sea.com it had overturned a decision by Sedgemoor District Council to refuse planning permission and give it the thumbs up. More...

Public praised over arrests
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week praised the public for helping to contribute information that led to four arrests of suspected thieves. Police were called to Rosewood Avenue after residents reported three youths acting suspiciously. Officers from the response team at Burnham police station attended and after a search they arrested a 16-year-old youth for burglary. More...

Council report on town blasted
Exclusive: A distrct council report outlining how Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge should grow over the next two decades does not go far enough, residents and councillors decided at a public meeting on Wednesday evening (November 18th). The meeting discussed Sedgemoor's 'Local Development Framework Core Strategy'. More...

Handbag snatched in High Street
POLICE are appealing for information following the theft of a handbag from an elderly couple in Burnham-On-Sea High Street. Between 1pm and 1.30pm last Friday (November 13th) a handbag, containing a large sum of cash and debit cards, was stolen from the back of a mobility vehicle travelling through the town. More...

Horse rescued at M5 services
Exclusive: A HORSE has been successfully rescued by fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea after a bizarre incident at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 on Wednesday afternoon (November 18th). Three fire crews rushed to the motorway service station after a horse became trapped. More...

Big Issue seller has brain tumour
POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea Big Issue seller Colin Johnstone has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Colin, who is often standing outside Shakers night club in the High Street selling the magazines, was given the shock news last week by Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital. More...

What a 'quacking' vegetable!
A RETIRED couple thought they were going quackers when they discovered this marrow in the shape of a duck in their vegetable patch this autumn! Marilyn and Lionel Partridge were so surprised by the way the vegetable had grown that they took it to Garden World. More...

Police alert over shed break-ins
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged to secure their sheds and outbuildings after a spate of break-ins. Six incidents have occurred over the last fortnight, according to Burnham-On-Sea police chief Roger Tolley, who advised local people to step up their security. More...

Christmas arts trail in Burnham
THIRTEEN artists from across Burnham-On-Sea will open up their galleries to the public later this month when they hold a three day Christmas arts trail. The event, organised by Burnham's Lighthouse Arts Group, will be held between Friday November 27th and iunday November 29th. More...

£850k expansion for park
Exclusive: THE world's third largest pizza chain will be opening in Burnham-On-Sea next year as part of a holiday park's £850,000 investment programme. A brand new Papa John's pizza restaurant will open at Burnham Holiday Village in time for the start of next year's tourist season. More...

'Don't speed through our street!'
Exclusive: A FRESH crackdown on speeding motorists has been launched this week by a group of Burnham-On-Sea residents after they received a donation to buy a new speed gun. County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has donated £1,000 from his community fund to the group. More...

Beaches achieve survey passes
BATHING water quality at beaches in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow have all passed basic bathing water quality tests in a nationwide survey published this week. The Environment Agency took 20 samples of sea water at dozens of beaches around the UK and compared the feedback against European guidelines. More...

Stolen motorbike dumped in pond
Exclusive: Police in Burnham-On-Sea have this week retrieved a stolen motorbike found dumped in a pond besides a river in the town. Officers were called to a pond next to the River Brue, as pictured, after a walker spotted the machine in the water on Monday (November 16th). More...

Carnival club wins County Cup
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's carnival club had good reason to celebrate on Monday night (November 16th) after making it a clean sweep by scooping their seventh win on the final night of the carnival season. Hillview's float, called Gee Wiz, won first place at Weston Carnival - the final event on the Somerset circuit. More...

Tesco expansion 'not on hold'
Exclusive: RUMOURS that Tesco has placed the expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store on hold have been rejected by the supermarket giant this week. The firm was granted planning permission by Sedgemoor District Council to extend its premises off Love Lane earlier this year, but there has been no activity at the store. More...

MP backs teenagers' petition
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP David Heathcoat-Amory has signed a petition organised by two youngsters calling for better water supplies in the third world. Freya Cottrell and Sophie Patten from Mark Church Youth Group met the MP in Highbridge on Saturday, as pictured here, where he added his signature to their petition. More...

Dishwasher causes small fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a dishwasher blaze in East Brent on Monday evening (November 16th). Crews were called to a property in Church Road at 7.48pm, where they disconnected the appliance and removed it to the open air. The smoke-logged property was ventilated. More...

Hundreds attend pylons meeting
HUNDREDS of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area attended a public meeting in Mark on Monday (November 16th) where controversial plans to build a new 400,000 volt power line connecting Hinkley Point to Avonmouth went on show. National Power wants to connect the proposed new power station at Hinkley Point. More...

Missing teenager found safe
A 15-year-old girl who went missing at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham, last month has been found safe and well. Fifteen year-old Samantha Parnell, who is from Cannington, was last seen at the leisure park on Saturday October 31st at around 9.45pm but has been found in South Wales. More...

Rotarians launch Xmas scheme
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is encouraging festive shoppers in Highbridge to donate presents to needy local people through their annual Christmas gift scheme. A specially labeled box has been placed opposite the tills at Asda to collect the gifts from generous shoppers. More...

£70,000 upgrade for town cinema
Exclusive: A £70,000 state-of-the-art digital projector capable of screening 3D films is being planned for Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema. The Ritz Cinema's owners, Pat and Beryl Scott, took over the popular entertainment venue in Victoria Street exactly five years ago and the couple have this week revealed their plans to upgrade the facilities to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

M5 fully re-opens after crash
THIS was the scene on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (November 15th) after an accident caused delays for motorists. Fire and ambulance crews from Burnham were called to the M5 northbound carriageway at 7pm after a car collided with the central reservation north of junction 22 at Burnham. More...

Bond night to be held in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being invited to dust off their tuxedos and step into the world of James Bond when a Casino Royale evening is held in the town's Princess Hall next month. Organised by The Friends of The Princess, the event will be on the evening of Friday 4th December. More...

Alice In Wonderland in Burnham
FINAL rehearsals are underway for a Burnham-On-Sea drama group's performance of Alice In Wonderland Junior. Burnham-On-Sea.com was invited to visit the members of Burnham's Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) on Sunday as they held a dress rehearsal ahead of their first performance. More...

Scouts help Blue Peter campaign
SCOUTS, Beavers and Cubs from Burnham-On-Sea turned dozens of T-shirts into hospital gowns on Saturday (November 14th) to support a BBC Blue Peter appeal for children in developing countries. The popular kids TV programme has launched an appeal to help youngsters overseas. More...

Six out of six for Hillview!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's £14,000 carnival float made it six out of six by wowing judges at Glastonbury Carnival on Saturday night (November 14th), winning first place in its class. Members of Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club were celebrating after their float, called Gee Wiz, was awarded the top place in the juvenile class. More...

Storms cause damage in town
GUSTS of up to 75mph and heavy rain gave the Burnham-On-Sea area a battering overnight into Saturday (November 14th) with dozens of homes losing power and damage being caused to signs and trees. A power cut near the village of Mark left dozens of people without power for several hours. More...

In photos: Burnham In Bloom awards
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Britain In Bloom ceremony was held on Friday evening (November 13th). Almost 100 residents and business owners crowded into the town council chambers to collect awards during the event. More... | Results

Gales sweep into Burnham
HIGH winds and heavy rain are giving Burnham-On-Sea a battering this evening (Friday, November 13th). The Met Office has issued a Severe Weather Warning amid predictions of gales picking up across the region later tonight, peaking on Saturday morning at up to 75mph. More...

1.30am plans draw objections
Exclusive: PLANS by a fast food outlet in the centre of Highbridge to open until 1.30am at weekends have been met with opposition by a group of local residents. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month that Yummies Pizza in Market Street had applied to Sedgemoor's licensing department to open until 1.30am at weekends. More...

Burnham lights up for Xmas!
BURNHAM-On-Sea took on a festive feel this week when the town's Christmas lights were installed along the High Street. Workmen placed the seasonal lights onto lamp posts and buildings just a few hours after the town's carnival finished - but the official lights switch-on is still a fortnight away. More...

M5 delays after fatal bridge fall
MOTORISTS on the M5 travelling through the Burnham-On-Sea area faced long delays on Thursday afternoon (November 12th) after a man fell to his death from a footbridge. Police closed the southbound carriageway of the M5 near Bridgwater's junction 23 shortly after 4pm. More...

Row over shelter removal
Exclusive: A row has broken out in Burnham-On-Sea over Sedgemoor District Council's removal of a Victorian shelter on the town's seafront. The shelter has been completely demolished and removed following vandalism and concerns about health and safety of the structure. Residents are councillors have complained. More...

More time to shape town's future
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have three weeks longer to submit their comments to Sedgemoor District Council regarding future plans for the town. The district council is inviting feedback on its 'Local Development Framework Core Strategy' report - but has extended the period to give feedback until Decemnber 18th. More...

Fond farewell to town crier
DOZENS of civic dignitaries, friends, family and fellow town criers bid a fond farewell to Burnham-On-Sea's former town crier, Fred Smith, on Wednesday (November 11th). Mr Smith's funeral was held in Bridgwater's St Mary's Church, where Burnham's Mayor read the lesson. More...

Armistice Day marked across area
NINETY one years to the day since the First World War came to an end, residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area marked Armistice Day on Wednesday (November 11th). Shops and businesses across Burnham fell silent at 11am to join in the nationwide two minutes of silence. More...

Teens jailed after race attacks
THREE teenagers have this week been jailed over a number of racist attacks on Asian shopkeepers in Bristol. Nicholas Gardener, from Burnham-On-Sea, and twins Luke and Justin Lovedale, all aged 17, were each handed 18 month sentences on Wednesday (November 11th). More...

Shop attacked for second time
A FORMER cafe in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has been attacked by vandals for the second time in a fortnight, prompting the owners to question whether their business is being targeted. A glass door has been smashed at the cafe previously occupied by JJ Welshs, which is due to re-open in the New Year as a pasty shop. More...

Hinkley gets the nod to expand
THE government has this week approved ten sites in the UK for new nuclear power stations - including Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. Ministers hope to fast-track the construction of some of the new plants so that some can be producing energy by as early as 2018. More...

Appeal to catch town dog fouler
Exclusive: DISGUSTED bosses at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have this week appealed for the public's help in catching a dog walker who has constantly been depositing their pet's excrement at the rear of the property. The Friends of Burnham Hospital wants help in stopping the problem. More...

Re-live classic town carnivals
IF this week's Burnham-On-Sea carnival has raised your interest in the event's history, there's a rare opportunity to step back in time and re-live some of the past festivities this week. North Sedgemoor's Local History Group has acquired several hours of cine film which it will show this week. More...

Louis wins Burnham's X-Factor!
FOURTEEN year-old street dancer Louis Cain has been named the winner of Burnham-On-Sea's very own X-Factor style talent competition final this week. Louis was among ten young entertainers who made it through to the finals of 'The B-Factor' in The Princess Hall. More...

Fire drama at Highbridge Hotel
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge this evening (Tuesday, November 10th) when firefighters from Burnham were called to tackle a blaze at the site of the former Highbridge Hotel. They rushed to the cattle market site next to the derelict Highbridge Hotel amid concern that a large bonfire might get out of control. More...

Online video highlights of carnival
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com provides three separate online video clips showing the best bits of Monday's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Our free online video highlights includes footage shot in the town centre and in Love Lane, plus a seperate video focussing on Hillview Carnival Club. More...

Carnival collection rises £1,000
A TOTAL of £10,332 was collected during Monday's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, up £1,000 on last year. Burnham Carnival Chief Marshall Phil New told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're delighted that such a good sum has been raised this year and thank spectators for their support." More...

Police enjoy quiet carnival night
POLICE dealt with only a handful of minor scuffles during Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival on Monday night (November 9th). Inspector Roger Tolley, pictured here in the town's High Street during the parade, said he was very happy with how the event had gone, with only a few public order incidents. More...

Power line fears delayed start
Exclusive: SAFETY concerns delayed the start of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival Club on Monday nght (November 9th). After several recent incidents in other parts of Somerset where carnival floats had hit overhead power lines, police asked for a rope to be placed across Love Lane. More...

In photos: Burnham Carnival
A HUGE crowd of more than 20,000 people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 9th) to watch the town's annual illuminated carnival. Over 90 floats and entertainers wowed the spectators with a cavalcade of colour and excitement. More...

Burnham Carnival Results
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club were celebrating on Monday night (November 9th) after scooping the first place in the juvenile category at the Burnham Carnival. Gemini won the award for best tableaux, while Gremlins scooped the top award in the feature category. More...

Hillview clinches home town win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club celebrated into the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, November 10th) after a triumphant carnival appearance in their home town. The club's Gee Wiz carnival float won the award for the best entry in the Juvenile category - the third in a row. More...

Kitchen fire at Burnham home
TWO fire engines were called to this property in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 9th) to tackle a kitchen blaze. The crews rushed to Oxford Street, as pictured here, at 5.30pm amid initial reports that property was alight, but they found a small fire in a kitchen. More...

Beach bike ride raises £1,000
A GROUP of supporters and members of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy got on their bikes to raise money for the organisation on Sunday afternoon (November 8th). A sponsored bike ride from Burnham to Berrow along the beach raised over £1,000 for the group. More...

Police called to illegal food seller
Exclusive: AN illegal burger van parked in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea angered traders by pinching their trade during the town's fireworks on Sunday evening (Sunday, November 8th). Police were called to Pier Street after the van selling burgers set up shop in a taxi rank. More...

Carnival countdown underway!
FINAL preparations are underway for tonight's 62nd annual Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which will feature more than 90 colourful entries. Spectators are being advised to wrap up warm, with weather forecasters predicting temperatures will dip to a chilly five degrees Centigrade - although it should stay dry. More... | Carnival Guide

Gremlins hit seafront fireworks
ELECTRICAL problems delayed the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display by almost 50 minutes this evening (Sunday 8th November), but the crowds were treated to a dazzling display. The thousands of spectators who lined the seafront were kept waiting for 47 minutes while Skyburst, the company behind the display, tried to fix problems. More...

Highbridge Remembrance Day
Photo Special: RESIDENTS in Highbridge marked Remembrance Day with a parade through the town, a service at St John's Church and a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial. Highbridge Mayor Derick Cooper and Lib Dem Tessa Munt were among the guests at the special ceremony. More...

Big crowds view carnival floats
LARGE crowds of carnival fans took advantage of the good weather today (Sunday, November 8th) to grab a sneak peak at the 90 colourful floats that have arrived in town ahead of Monday night's 62nd annual Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. The floats arrived late on Saturday along Queen's Drive. More... | Carnival Guide

Burnham remembers war dead
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor Derick Cooper, pictured above, was among the 200 dignitaries, former service personnel and representatives from local groups who gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on Sunday morning (November 8th) to mark Remembrance Day. The Royal British Legion organised the Remembrance parade. More...

Carnival club scoops second win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club was celebrating again on Saturday night (November 7th), after winning first place in their class. The float, called Gee Whizz, was awarded the top place in the juvenile class on the second night of the carnival season after a win at Bridgater Carnival. More...

Jetty re-opens after £80k repairs
Exclusive: An £80,000 project to repair Burnham-On-Sea's crumbling jetty has been completed this week and fully re-opened to the public. Sedgemoor District Council embarked on a scheme to restore the crumbling structure to its former glory, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Poppy festival in Brent Knoll
A BRENT Knoll church burst into colour on Saturday (November 7th) when villagers held a poppy festival to remember those who have lost their lives during recent conflicts. Sally Wingate, organiser of the event at St Michael's Church, said the day-long event had been a success. More...

Subway creates 10 jobs in town
Exclusive: A FORMER butcher's shop on Burnham-On-Sea High Street will be transformed into a new Subway cafe in the New Year, ending a year of speculation about where the chain will be based. Mike Bond, the entreprenuer who owns the licence to open a Subway in the town confirmed on Friday (November 6th) that the new business will open its doors in January. More...

Top place at Bridgwater Carnival
BURNHAM-On-Sea's £14,000 carnival float wowed judges at Bridgwater Carnival on Friday night (November 6th), winning first place in its class. Members of Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club are celebrating after their float, called Gee Whizz, was awarded the top place in its class. More...

Busy year for Burnham artists
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group that organises arts events across the town held its annual general meeting this week when its members looked back at a successful year. The Highbridge and Burnham Artists group oversees the annual River Brue visual arts festival and other community events throughout the year. More...

Carnival excitement growing
EXCITEMENT is building ahead of Monday's 62nd annual Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which will feature more than 90 colourful entries. This year's Carnival Queen Jessica Rogers and her princesses, Burnham girls Danielle Hockey and Bethany May Ellis, will lead the parade through town. More...

Town crier's funeral announced
THE
date for the funeral of Burnham-On-Sea's late town crier has been announced. As we reported last week, Fred Smith, 72, died on October 23rd following a long struggle with poor health. His funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon, 11th November, at 1pm in Bridgwater. More...

B-Factor stars ready for finals
FIFTEEN
budding singers, musicians and comedians of the future showed off their talent during Burnham-On-Sea's very own X-Factor style talent competition this week, with the finals due to take place on Saturday (November 7th). The event is 'B-Factor', organised by BEES with funding from the town council. More...

New dating website for Burnham
FINDING new partners and friends across the Burnham-On-Sea area is now quicker and easier than ever thanks to the launch of a new and improved dating website for the town. Burnham-On-Sea Dating is a new section of this website that puts you in touch with dozens of local people of all interests. More...

Lively debate on Hinkley plans
A LIVELY debate on the possible expansion of Hinkley Point nuclear power station took place in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday night (November 5th). The special consultation meeting was held in the Princess Hall and was organised by South West Planning Aid, a charity.
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Police in hunt for missing girl
POLICE are appealing for information to help locate this 15-year-old girl who was last seen at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham, last weekend. Fifteen year-old Samantha Parnell, who is from Cannington, was last seen at the leisure park on Saturday October 31st at around 9.45pm. More...

Play area short-listed for £50k
Exclusive: BERROW
residents and parish councillors are celebrating this week after being told their application for funding to refurbish the village's play area has been short-listed to receive lottery funding - but to get the money they need YOUR help. A televised vote will take place later this month. More...

Cyclist recovering after crash
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea cyclist who was injured in the town earlier this week when she was struck by a passing car suffered more serious injuries than originally thought and is recovering in hospital. The 59 year-old woman was knocked off her bike on Sunday evening, as first reported by this website. More...

Ferry boss raises Burnham hopes
Exclusive: THE
entrepreneur who is launching a Bristol Channel ferry service next year was in Burnham-On-Sea this week to reassure councillors that he is still considering adding the town to his list of routes. Chris Marrow, pictured above, visited the Town Council where he spoke about his hopes to bring his fleet of ferries into Bridgwater Bay to pick up Burnham passengers. More...

Seawall graffiti being removed
Exclusive: GRAFFITI daubed on Burnham's sea wall during the past few days is being removed by the district council this week.
Vandals have spray-painted a number of images and messages over the wall on the South Esplanade during recent days, as pictured here. They are now having to removed. More...

Leaflets boost winter safety
DOZENS of youngsters in Highbridge had a busy half-term holiday, making winter safety leaflets as part of the town's Dreamscheme initiative. The 40 youngsters created over 350 'Be Safe This Winter' leaflets featuring advice on housing, vehicle, road and personal safety over the winter period. More...

School's New York visit in photos
A GROUP of students from Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a dream trip to New York over the half-term school holiday. The sixth formers from King Alfred School visited many of the city's key landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, UN Building, NBC TV Studios and the Empire State Building. More...

Decision on beach pool looms
Exclusive: The future of Burnham-On-Sea's crumbling beach boating pool is set to be decided next month when district councillors consider whether to remove it or spend thousands of pounds on much-needed repairs. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported in August that the concrete base of the landmark was falling apart. More...

Groups tackle crime and disorder
MAGISTRATES, councillors and police officers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have taken part in a national campaign this week to raise awareness of issues such as anti-social behaviour, speeding and littering. They held an event in Highbridge throughout Tuesday (November 3rd). More...

Lucky escape for car's occupants
Exclusive: THE occupants of this car had a lucky escape this afternoon (Tuesday, November 3rd) when their vehicle careered off a road into a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea. Fire, police and ambulance crews from Burnham rushed to the Causeway on the outskirts of East Huntspill at 2pm after the car's driver lost control while negotiating a bend. More...

Here's to 150 years of marriage!
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors raised a glass to celebrate 150 years of marriage this week. Three well-known couples with strong links to Burnham have been celebrating their anniversaries in recent weeks - and this was marked with a cake-cutting ceremony at the town council chambers. More...

Tourist centre in jeopardy?
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre could be in jeopardy due to council cost-cutting plans. Cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council needs to make extensive savings across the area and one of the casualties could be Burnham's Tourist Information Centre. More...

Hundreds sign residents petition
Exclusive: Hundreds of concerned residents in Highbridge have signed a petition calling for the long-term future of two public gardens in the town to be safeguarded. Campaigners started the petition amid concern that Jubilee Gardens, next to Highbridge's town clock, and the Town Green could be sold off to developers by cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Litter pick carried out by youths
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Shed Youth Café gave up an afternoon of their Half Term Holiday earlier this week to take part in a litter pick. The group braved the cold and rain to clean up the BAY Centre grounds and fields surrounding Cassis Close in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Burnham off-licence to close?
A question mark is hanging over the future of an off-licence in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Staff at the Threshers shop in College Street, pictured, face an uncertain future after the retailer's parent company, First Quench Retailing, went into administration over the past few days. More...

Loyalty shopping card scrapped
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to launch a new loyalty shopping card scheme in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been scrapped by its organisers. We first revealed the proposals last month, with hopes high that the card, pictured above, could earn money for Burnham Hospital from subscriptions while also boosting trade in town centre shops. More...

Quiet Halloween for town police
POLICE received just four reports of anti-social behaviour across Burnham-On-Sea during a quiet Halloween night on Saturday (October 31st). Halloween is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for police across the country, but this year bucked the trend and was quiet. More...

Highbridge artist's work on show
THE work of talented Highbridge artist Tim Smith is on display this week at an exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. Tim's work consists mainly of watercolours of townscapes including Bridgwater, as well as Burnham and Highbridge. The exhibition is at Sea Breeze gallery in Victoria Street. More...

Cyclist injured in town accident
A WOMAN cyclist suffered suspected collar bone injuries after being knocked off her bike at a busy Burnham-On-Sea roundabout this evening (Sunday, November 1st). Police and ambulance crews rushed to the Esso petrol station roundabout next to the junction of Love Lane and Oxford Street at 7.15pm. More...

Arts group's AGM this evening
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group that organises an annual art festival in the town is holding its annual general meeting this evening (Tuesday, November 3rd) and has issued an open invite to the public. Highbridge and Burnham Artists oversees the River Brue arts festival and other events in the two towns. More...

Mystery of 'plane in flames' solved?
Exclusive: THE mystery surrounding the sighting of a 'plane in flames' over Brean appears to be over after a Burnham-On-Sea.com reader sent us this photograph of the burning object and is confident it was a Chinese lantern. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week how Sharon Witcombe of Warren Road had spotted what she thought was an "aircraft engulfed in a fireball". More...

Safety check for estuary buoys
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercrafts was used for a 'safety mission' with a difference on Saturday (October 31st). Sedgemoor District Council's Assistant Harbour Officer, Ricky Holmes, and Nick Prout were flown out to check the safety of several buoys around Stert Island, as pictured here. More...

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