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Trinity Rise ready to light up!
A QUIET cul-de-sac in Burnham-On-Sea which has been transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland with more than 100,000 fairy lights will be lighting up for Christmas on Thursday evening (December 1st). A special ceremony will be held in Trinity Close at 7pm. More...

Xmas shopping night on Friday
OVER 40 businesses across Burnham-On-Sea are holding a late night shopping evening this Friday (December 2nd) during the run-up to Christmas in a bid to encourage more people to do their festive shopping in the town. Friday's event will run from 5pm to 9pm. More...

Crews tackle West Huntspill fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a home in West Huntspill early this morning (Wednesday, November 30th). Crews rushed to the smoke- filled property in Main Road, West Huntspill at 12:32am, where they used breathing apparatus to investigate it. More...

Lucky escape from upturned car
Exclusive: POLICE described the two occupants of this overturned car as 'very fortunate' after they escaped unhurt following an accident on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea last night (Tuesday, November 29th). The Vauxhall Corsa flipped over near the junction of Church Road and the Mark Causeway at 10pm. More...

Trio praised in photo contest
THREE young photographers from Highbridge's King Alfred School have had their pictures shortlisted in a national competition. Year 8 pupils Ruby Moxey, Tom Harkness and Lewis Butler entered their photographs of the school's field visit into the Colliers Green Focus Awards . More...

Fireworks collection raised £2k
OVER £2,000 was collected for local charities during this month's Burnham-On-Sea fireworks display, the organisers revealed this week. Members of Burnham Rotary Club, their partners and friends collected a total of £2,667 at the seafront display on Sunday 6th November. More...

Strike latest: School closures
STAFF at several schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be joining a nationwide strike to protest about changes to their pensions on Wednesday (November 30th). Burnham Infants School, Churchfield School and East Huntspill Primary School will be shut. More...

Kung fu club scoops awards
MEMBERS of Berrow's Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan are celebrating this week after winning a number of awards in a grading competition. The event, held Berrow Primary School last Saturday (November 26th), saw more than 20 senior and junior students taking part. More...

£2k confiscated from drug dealer
A DRUG dealer from Burnham-On-Sea has been ordered to pay for his crimes by handing back more than £2,000 which he gained illegally from the sale of drugs. Eric Freeman, 47, has been ordered to pay £2,335 during a Confiscation Hearing at Taunton Crown Court after a financial investigation. More...

Speed device for crash blackspot
Exclusive: A NEW speed reduction device has been temporarily installed at an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea following a long-running safety campaign by concerned residents. A speed indicator system has been installed in Stoddens Road, where there have been car several accidents in recent years. More...

Xmas lights contest underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition gets underway this week - with residents being encouraged to illuminate their homes. The Town Council is inviting residents across the two towns to enter the contest to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize. More...

Youth team seeks funds for kit
A FUNDRAISING quiz night will be held at a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Tuesday (November 29th) to raise much-needed funds for a youth football team's new kit. Burnham United Under 7s are seeking £700 to buy a new kit for when they join the Somerset Mini League. More...

New weekly craft club launches
A NEW weekly craft-making club has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding the regular sessions every Wednesday afternoon from 12pm–2.30pm for all ages and abilities. A £5 weekly charge covers all the materials and the session. More...

MP joins charity concert crowd
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt was among hundreds of people who attended a successful fundraising Christmas concert in Brent Knoll on Saturday night (November 26th). An evening of live rock music was held at Westcroft Cider Farm in aid of a national charity. More...

Oops! Manure causes delays
POLICE were called to the outskirts of Highbridge on Monday (November 28th) after an accident led to several tonnes of manure being spilt across the busy A38. Police slowed passing traffic near the entrance to the Oak Tree speedway arena at around 2pm. More...

Police issue burglary warning
Exclusive: POLICE have warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra vigilant following a spate of burglaries over the past week. Four break-ins have occurred where jewellery, cash and other valuables have been stolen.
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Food shop owners to retire
Exclusive: THE owners of a long-running health food shop in Burnham-On-Sea are set to retire this week and begin a new life overseas. Tom Kyffin, 80, and his wife Sue, 60, have run Kyffins Health Food Shop in Victoria Street, Burnham for the past six and a half years. More...

Safety tips for older drivers
SOMERSET'S Road Safety Department held an event in Berrow last week specifically aimed at helping older drivers drive safely. The 'Route 60 Plus' drop-in session attracted a large number of local residents and covered topics like driving licences and the highway code. More...

120 complete Brent Knoll Run
MORE than 120 runners from across the South West took part in the gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 27th). The annual 5.5 mile Brent Knoll Run has been held for more than 20 years, having originally started as an event attached to a village fete. More... | Results

Town road closes for two days
A ROAD in Burnham-On-Sea will be closed for two days this week during essential roadworks. Seaview Road will be temporarily shut to all traffic between The Esplanade and Berrow Road throughout Monday and Tuesday (November 28th-29th) while the resurfaing work proceeds. More...

Body discovery 'not suspicious'
POLICE have confirmed that a 49-year-old man was found dead in his Burnham-On-Sea home on Thursday morning. Officers were called to Holts House in Highbridge Road, as pictured, but have said the since said that the death is not being considered as suspicious. More...

In photos: A 'knight' of fun!
OVER 200 people attended a fundraising Medieval Ball in aid of East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre on Saturday (November 26th). The event at The Webbington Hotel saw supporters turn up in a range of colourful Medieval-themed costumes. More...

Sir Terry lights up town for Xmas
Photo Special: HUGE crowds turned out to watch leading author Sir Terry Pratchett switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening (November 26th). Sir Terry and the Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, hit a plunger at 4.45pm to light up the town for the festive season. More...

New hardware shop opened
A REGIONAL chain of hardware shops has launched a new branch in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Proper Job has opened its new branch in Adam Street, in place of Larkins which closed earlier this year. It is the firm's seventh store across the whole of the south west. More...

Josh high-kicks his way to top!
A YOUNG karate enthusiast from Burnham-On-Sea has high-kicked his way to a top award. Josh Proctor from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club won second place in a keenly-contested category at a regional competition in Yate, near Bristol, this week. More...

Two rescued by top policeman
SOMERSET'S top policeman waded through deep water to rescue two injured motorists following a motorway crash near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Colin Port, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, dashed to help a father and son after their transit van careered off the carriageway. More...

Xmas countdown underway!
FINAL preparations are underway for leading fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights this Saturday (November 26th). An afternoon of festive entertainment will be held from 2.30pm outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street. More...

Cove seeks knitting helpers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove are seeking volunteers with an interest in knitting. The recently-unveiled logo for the refurbished gardens features a frog and community gardener Jacqui Strong is looking at ways of raising money by getting the community involved. More...

Fundraising train is unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club is putting the finishing touches to a new addition to its fundraising machine. The club has built a wooden train, illuminated with more than 60 metres of lights, which will be making several appearances during the next few weeks. More...

Cash point fraud device seized
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week being warned to be extra vigilant when using cash machines after police seized a 'skimming' device from a cashpoint outside Highbridge's Asda store on Thursday afternoon (November 24th). Officers recovered the "sophisticated" set-up, which included a miniature video camera and card reader. More...

Next phase of £5m project starts
WORK on the second phase of a major construction project to build 117 affordable homes in Highbridge has got underway this week. Councillors and senior staff from Sedgemoor District Council joined bosses from Raglan Housing Association to celebrate the start of construction of the final phase. More...

Channel 4 to film on beach
Exclusive: CHANNEL 4's cult youth drama Skins will be filmed on Berrow Beach next week. A TV production company will be visiting the beach on Wednesday (30th November) to film the scenes for an upcoming episode featuring sand dunes. The show has a loyal following of a million viewers. More...

Bulb planting at Apex Park
YOUNGSTERS from a Highbridge school have this week joined forces with a group of volunteers to plant hundreds of bulbs across a local park. Churchfield School pupils worked with the Friends of Apex Park and Sedgemoor to bury the daffodil bulbs at Apex Park. More...

Police appeal after assault
BURNHAM Police have this week issued this CCTV video footage as part of their investigation into an assault in the town. The video footage was shot at the Esso filling station in Love Lane on September 10th, minutes before a man was assaulted in nearby Princess Street. More...

Town artists hold Xmas fair
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea artists is holding a Christmas fair in the town this weekend. Redlynch Studio artists Sharon Campbell, Mary Stradling, Anna Nicolaides and Angela Uren will be holding their annual festive art fair from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th. More...

By-election ballot paper error
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week assured voters in the Brent Knoll area that a minor error on their ballot papers will not affect the by-election due to take place there next week. The word Burnham has been mis-printed as 'Burham' on the official papers. More...

£2,500 stolen from arcade
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued these CCTV images of two people who they believe may be able to help them with their enquries into a burglary at an amusement arcade in the town. A large amount of coins worth £2,500 was stolen in the raid. More...

School braced for strike action
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School will be partially closed next Wednesday (November 30th) when staff join a national strike to complain about changes to their pensions. The school will close to pupils in years 7-11 for the day, it has been confirmed by the head teacher this week. More...

Coastguard safety fears raised
THE government has confirmed the closure of Swansea coastguard station, which co-ordinates beach rescues in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Transport Minister Mike Penning said the station, which employs 28, will close by March 2015 - raising concerns about safety. More...

Seafront lights could be axed
Exclusive: PLANS to remove Burnham's decorative seafront lighting to save money have been considered by town councillors this week. During a meeting of the Town Improvements Committee on Monday (November 21st) a vote took place where councillors were split on whether to take down the lighting. More...

Two day Xmas fair at weekend
A TWO day Christmas fair is to be held in West Huntspill this weekend. The Greenwood B&B at 76 Main Road will holding the festive event on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November from 2pm on both days when a large number of stalls will be set up selling gifts and food. More...

16th Brean Rally announced
ORGANISERS of the annual Brean Stages Rally are gearing up for their 16th annual event, which is set to roar into action during January 2012. The K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally will be held during the weekend of January 28th and 29th at Brean Leisure Park. More...

Domestic abuse in spotlight
A SPECIAL event was held in Highbridge on Monday (November 21st) to mark Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. The largely hidden and emotive issue of domestic abuse was in the spotlight when organisations participate in Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. More...

JCB severely damaged in blaze
A JCB digger was severely damaged by fire after a blaze near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday morning (November 22nd). Fire crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called to East Farm in Woolavington Road, Puriton at 8.15am to reports of a blazing digger. More...

£16k raised for new town clock
Exclusive: A total of £16,700 has been pledged in donations towards the cost of replacing Highbridge's crumbling town clock, it was revealed on Monday (November 21st). Members of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's Town Improvements Committee were told that building developer Raglan Homes has promised £8,000. More...

Xmas countdown underway!
FINAL preparations are underway for leading fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights this Saturday (November 26th). An afternoon of festive entertainment will be held from 2.30pm outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street. More...

65th festival entries underway
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's Festival Of The Arts have published the syllabuses for next year's big event. Hundreds of youngsters from the ages of three upwards will compete at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham between 29th February and 10th March. More...

Official Christmas trees arrive
THE countdown to Christmas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge got underway on Monday (November 21st) when the town's official Christmas trees were moved into position for the festive season. The two council-funded Grand Firs were hauled into position. More...

Cancer support group starts
A NEW support group for breast cancer sufferers, family and their friends is to launch next month in Burnham-On-Sea. The first meeting of the group will be held on 7th December in the Somerset and Dorset pub's upstairs room at 7.30pm when all will be welcome to attend without charge. More...

Young chefs in kitchen contest
BUDDING young chefs from Highbridge's King Alfred School have been putting their catering skills to the test by competing in the first round of the annual Rotary Young Chef Competition. The youngsters designed, prepared and cooked a two-course meal for the event. More...

Man jailed for 12 years after rape
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of rape. Michael Herbert Solomon, of The Poplar Estate, was arrested by Burnham Police after a sickening attack on a girl. Solomon, 64, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on the charges. More...

Star's guitar to be auctioned
A GUITAR played by 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' bass guitarist Flea is to be auctioned for charity during a fundraising Christmas concert in Brent Knoll later this week. Michael 'Flea' Balzary is best known for being the bassist and co-founding member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. More...

£4k revamp for Burnham club
A BIG project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club is underway, with work due to be completed over the next few weeks. The club's Travers Suite in Victoria Street is being given new flooring, carpets and decor as part of a modernisation programme. More...

Judges praise Burnham school
A SCHOOL in Burnham-On-Sea has secured praise from the judges of a county-wide gardening challenge and is now in line to win valuable prizes. The 'Dig It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It' challenge pupils to plant, harvest and eat their own food.
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Domestic abuse in spotlight
A SPECIAL event will be held in Highbridge on Monday (November 21st) to mark Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. The largely hidden and emotive issue of domestic abuse will be in the spotlight next week when organisations across Somerset participate. More...

Police contest deadline nears
TIME is running out for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to nominate their best on the beat in this year's Community Policing Awards. Nominations for the awards, which recognise the work of police, close on Tueesday November 21st. More...

Council plans ahead for snow
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to 'tackle winter together' if snow and ice bring a harsh winter for a fourth successive year. Somerset County Council says the Burnham area is better prepared than ever with more road salt this year. More...

Breaking Dawn comes to Ritz
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews Breaking Dawn. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Ritz Cinema here on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Crews called to M5 car blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a car blaze on the M5 motorway on Friday afternoon (November 18th). One fire engine was called to the southbound carriageway in between junctions 22 and 23 near Burnham-On-Sea at 12.09pm after the occupants raised the alarm. More...

Annie on stage this weekend
MEMBERS of the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are performing their autumn production of 'Annie Junior' at the town's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this weekend. This year's show will be the group's third all-children production and will be held on two performances. More...

MP makes visit to local hospice
DR Liam Fox MP made a special visit to a local hospice on Friday (18th November) which serves people across the Burnham-On-Sea area. He visited Weston Hospicecare where he met with Gill Auden, Chief Executive, before meeting staff, volunteers and patients. More...

Town supports Children In Need
FUNDRAISERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area collected thousands of pounds for BBC Children In Need during Friday (November 18th). Children from Burnham's Rose Cottage Nursery took part in a sponsored beach walk in their pyjamas while singing songs! More...

Video reveals car park problems
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police are stepping up patrols along the town's seafront after a nearby resident shot several seconds of video showing the scale of anti-social driving. The short video clip, which is embedded on this page, was filmed earlier this month on a mobile phone before being sent to us. More...

Town's Xmas lights installed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Christmas lights are being installed across the town centre this week ahead of the official switch-on later this month. 75 lights are being installed on lamp posts and buildings by a local firm to add a splash of festive colour to the town's shopping areas. More...

Verity set for Himalayas trek
A HIGHBRIDGE resident is set to take part in a trek across the foothills of the Himalayas in order to raise funds for a local hospice. Verity Wood, the manager of Francesco Hair Salon in Highbridge, is training to complete the trek during October 2012. More...

Art exhibition opens today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist is holding an exhibition of colourful paintings in his home over the next week. Michael Squire, pictured, is throwing open his doors to the public from Friday November 18th until 23rd November, excluding Sunday, from 10am-4pm. More...

Moose Lodge picks charities
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Moose Lodge Governor, Arthur Thorogood, has this week chosen the group's local charities who will benefit from fundraising events during his year in office. The group will be supporting two Burnham and Highbridge groups over the course of the coming year. More...

New captains for Swim Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club has this week selected its new captains and vice captains for the 2011/2012 swimming season. They are Aleisha and Beth Churchill, Edward Lupton and Tommy Davies. The captains were selected by application and have varying roles. More...

Pampering night at Brent Knoll
FINAL tickets are on sale for a pampering Ladies Night to be held this weekend in aid of The Lily Foundation. The event is being held at The Battleborough Grange on Saturday, November 19th from 7.30pm.
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£70k boost for town centre
Exclusive: ALMOST £70,000 of improvements are set to be made to Burnham-On-Sea town centre as part of a mini regeneration project, it has been confirmed this week. New street lighting, seating, plants, street paving and bins are to be introduced in Burnham High Street and Victoria Street. More...

'Thank you' meal held in town
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's bid to win the Britain in Bloom competition have this week held a special meal to thank Sedgemoor District Council's gardeners and cleaners for their help in getting the town ready for the judges. The lunch was held at Southwell House. More...

Bats rule the roost in Berrow!
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has placed a number of strict conditions on the developer of a former Berrow care home in order to preserve a colony of bats. Full planning consent has been granted to Elderfield Developments for 12 two and three bed dwellings. More...

Picnic boosts Children In Need
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea kindergarten raised money for Children In Need on Wednesday (November 16th) by holding a fundraising picnic. Southleigh Kindergarten in Rectory Road enjoyed a Teddy Bear's Picnic with each making a donation. More...

Library closure 'was unlawful'
HOPES that Highbridge Library will be saved from closure were given a major boost on Wednesday (November 16th) when the High Court in London ruled that Somerset County Council's decision to withdrawing funding from the facility was "unlawful" and will have to be reversed. More...

Concern over sea effluent plans
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern over plans for liquid effluent to be discharged into the Bristol Channel from the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Councillors raised a number of concerns during a meeting in which they assessed an application by NNB Generation Company for an environmental permit. More...

Bob retiring after 25 years
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Bob Nicholson is set to retire from his role as Chairman of Somerset Tourism Association this week after 25 years in the job. Bob, pictured, will be chairing his final Annual General Meeting at Wookey Hole Caves this Thursday. More...

Town MP calls for PM's backing
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has urged the Prime Minister to back an initiative that encourages people who do not need their cold weather payments to give them to those who are less fortunate. She urged David Cameron to support Somerset Community Foundation's 'Surviving Winter Appeal'. More...

Season ends for carnival club
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club have earned a well-deserved rest after completing the final circuit of the carnival season on Monday (November 14th). Hillview's One Way Ticket entry took part in Weston's carnival where it won second place. More...

Ambulance visit for town cubs
BURNHAM-On-Sea Kingfisher Cubs had a surprise visit this week from one of the town's ambulances to extend their knowledge of first aid. Paramedic Steve Nullmeyers kindly gave up his own time to bring the ambulance to Monday’s pack meeting at the BASC ground. More...

Medieval ball tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are available for a spectacular Medieval Ball and Auction which is to be held later this month in aid of East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The 12th annual event is being held at The Webbington Hotel on Saturday, November 26th, from 6.30pm. More...

Man finds dead bird in salad
TESCO has promised a full investigation will take place after a shopper found a dead bird in a prepared salad he bought from the Burnham-On-Sea store earlier this week. Paul Streeter from Weare said his girlfriend became sick after the carcass of the bird was discovered in a baby leaf and rocket salad. More...

Blue badge costs set to rise
SOMERSET County Council has this week invited disabled motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea to give their views on a potential increase in the cost of Blue Badges. In response to national changes, the council said on Monday it is considering raising the cost. More...

Ruby switches on festive lights
HIGHBRIDGE youngster Ruby Newell won the role of officially switching on a Bridgwater garden centre's Christmas lights. The 10-year-old started Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre’s countdown to Christmas near Bridgwater by flicking the switch this week. More...

Rotary launches gift appeal
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have launched their annual Christmas gift appeal this week. The club is encouraging shoppers at Highbrdge's Asda supermarket to donate Christmas gifts to needy people in our area by putting them in a collection box in the store. More...

Traders in Xmas shopping drive
THIRTY businesses in Burnham-On-Sea are to hold a late night shopping evening during the run-up to Christmas in a bid to encourage more people to do their festive shopping locally this year. The event on Friday, December 2nd will be run from 5pm to 9pm and is being backed by a range of businesses. More...

Nominate best police on beat
TIME is running out for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to nominate their best on the beat in this year's Community Policing Awards. Nominations for the awards, which recognise the outstanding work of police, close on November 21st. More...

Moustache fundraiser grows
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB are sporting new looks this month as they join the ranks of moustache-growing supporters of a charity campaign. The crewmembers are among thousands taking part. More...

Second deliberate car blaze
Exclusive: THESE were the scenes in Highbridge late last night (Sunday, November 13th) as Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a second deliberate car fire in the space of 24 hours. Crews were called to a small lane running by the Apex Park sewage treatment plant at 10pm, as pictured. More...

Lucy joins Cenotaph parade
LUCY Westlake of Highbridge and Burnham St John Cadets has been attending her last two events in her role as Somerset Cadet of the Year. On Sunday morning (November 13th) she took part in Britain's main Remembrance Day parade at the Cenotaph in London. More...

Video: Top land yachts in action
OVER 20 of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts headed to Brean beach over the weekend to compete in the two-day British Land Yachting Championships. The event was hosted by Brean Land Yacht Club and began on Saturday (November 12th) and concluded on Sunday. More...

Car destroyed in deliberate fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Lympsham on Saturday evening (November 12th) to tackle a 'deliberate' car blaze. The vehicle was reported to be well alight in Accommodation Road at 9.50pm on the outskirts of the village as crews arrived. More...

Burnham Remembrance Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among 500 dignitaries, representatives of local groups and residents who gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on Sunday (November 13th) to mark Remembrance Day. The Royal British Legion organised the service. More...

Highbridge Remembrance Day
RESIDENTS in Highbridge marked Remembrance Day with a parade through the town followed by a service at St John's Church and a wreath-laying ceremony at the town's war memorial. Highbridge Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke were among the dignataries who took part in the event on Sunday. More...

Towns remember war dead
Remembrance services will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Sunday, November 13th) as residents pay tribute to the armed forces. The Burnham branch of The Royal British Legion is holding a Remembrance Day ceremony at the town's War Memorial in Love Lane at 11am. More...

Businesses meet in Brent Knoll
REPRESENTATIVES from 50 Somerset businesses met for dinner at the Battleborough Grange Hotel on Thursday evening. The event was run by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, with support from other local Chambers of Commerce, including Burnham-On-Sea's. More...

Two scramble out of upturned car
Exclusive: TWO people had a lucky escape after scrambling out of this upturned car in a water-filled ditch near Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, November 12th). Police and ambulance crews were called to Burnham Moor Lane, on the outskirts of Burnham, after the Ford Escort left the road. More...

UK's top sand yachts in action
THIRTY of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts are in action on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and continues on Sunday November 13th. More...

Seafront project tackles corrosion
Exclusive: A FIVE-week project to halt corrosion to part of Burnham-On-Sea's sea defences is underway by the Environment Agency this month. The agency has cordoned off part of the Esplanade while it carries out work to repair rusting sections of metal sheet piles either side of The Pavilion. More...

Lighthouse given a makeover!
Exclusive: YOU certainly need a head for heights when carrying out maintenance work on this familiar Burnham-On-Sea landmark. Abseiling workmen attached to ropes have been painting and repairing Burnham's 30 metre tall lighthouse this week, as pictured. More...

Man hurt in two-vehicle crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital with chest pains following a crash on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (November 11th). Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the B3140 next to the M5 roundabout at 6.15am after a two-vehicle crash. More...

Towns fall silent for war dead
DOZENS of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in special ceremonies to mark Armistice Day this morning (Friday, November 11th). The ceremonies took place in Burnham High Street and at Highbridge's Memorial Garden to honour all who have fallen since WWI. More...

Theatre's £27k loss in six months
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has made a loss of £27,439 during the six months since the Town Council took on its ownership earlier this year. The council's Princess Management Committee said this week it expects the deficit to reach over £66,000 by March 2012. More...

Burnham artist to hold display
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist will be holding an exhibition of colourful paintings in his home later this month. Michael Squire, pictured, will be throwing open its doors to the public from Friday November 18th until Wednesday 23rd November, excluding Sunday, from 10am-4pm. More...

Ashdowns recount links with town
Exclusive: PADDY Ashdown and his wife recounted their links to Burnham-On-Sea during a visit to a social function in Highbridge this evening (Thursday, November 10th). Lord Ashdown and his wife Jane joined MP Tessa Munt and more than 140 guests at the Wells Lib Dems dinner in King Alfred School's hall. More...

Kids clothing markets to begin
A NEW series of regular baby and children's clothing markets are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea. The first event, being held on Saturday 19th November from 10am-12 noon, will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre in Berrow Road when all will be welcome. More...

Fire crews called to Bridgwater
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have been helping to tackle a big blaze at a commercial garage in Bridgwater this morning (Thursday). Crews were called to the Showground Road in Bridgwater at 5.45am after the building burst into flames and plumes of smoke were seen. More...

Bah humbug! Xmas parking snub
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week turned down a request from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to scrap parking charges in the two towns during the run-up to Christmas. We first reported that town councillor Chris Williams had asked Sedgemoor to waive parking charges in December. More...

Plans for 13 homes rejected
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans for a development of 13 new homes in Berrow - which attracted dozens of complaints from local residents - have this week been rejected by district planners. We first reported last month that 31 residents had objected. More...

Cove seeks young gardeners
BUDDING young gardeners in Burnham-On-Sea are being sought by the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens to carry on the work in the future. The Cove's Community Gardener, Jacqui Strong, has this week told Burnham-On-Sea.com she is keen to get youngsters involved. More...

Mayor's boost for good causes
FOUR good causes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week received donations from the town Mayor. Cllr Michael Clarke handed cheques for £107 each to Highbridge Festival of the Arts, Highbridge Dreamscheme, Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme and BARB. More...

Hovercraft joins school lesson
CHILDREN and staff from Berrow Pre-School and the reception class at Berrow Primary School enjoyed a special visit from Burnham's rescue hovercraft this week. Burnham-based charity BARB was invited to help pupils with a lesson on emergency colours. More...

Two car crash in Highbridge
A BUSY road through Highbridge came to a halt this afternoon (Wednesday) following a two vehicle collision. Police and two ambulance crews were called to Church Street at 2.33pm after the accident, as pictured, which involved a Citroen and a Vauxhall. More...

Olympic flame won't visit town
HOPES that the Olympic Flame would come through Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge next year have been dashed with the unveiling of the official route this week. The Olympic torch is due to arrive in the UK from Greece on 18th May 2012 and visit Taunton. More...

Town fails Euro water survey
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach has failed to meet European standards for water quality during Environment Agency testing over the summer months, it was revealed on Tuesday (November 8th). The beach at Burnham Jetty was one of only 11 out of 191 tested in the South West that failed to meet the standard. More...

Crosses laid at war memorial
CROSSES have been laid next to Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial this week during a short ceremony to dedicate the ground where the town's Remembrance Day commemorations will be held this coming weekend. A crowd of onlookers watched the ceremony outside the town hospital. More...

Carnival collection up by £2,000
A TOTAL of £11,298.86 was collected for charity during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - up almost £2,000 on last year. Andrew Bryant from Burnham Lions Club, who was among the collectors at the successful event, said the bigger crowd numbers were partly responsible for the amount collected. More...

Cllr 'sorry' for parking incident
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has said he regrets upsetting volunteers at the town's RNLI station after leaving his car in a 'no parking area' outside. One of the volunteers from the RNLI shop in Pier Street approached Cllr Neville Jones after he parked there. More...

Video highlights of carnival
20,000 people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea last night (Monday, November 7th) to watch dozens of illuminated carnival carts pass through the town for the annual winter carnival - and we have video highlights of all the best entries and fun in the event. More...

Illegal cars towed away
Exclusive: THE start of Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival was delayed by 10 minutes after two illegally parked vehicles blocked the route of the procession and had to be towed away. The two cars were left in Victoria Street and the owners wandered off just before the start. More...

MP witnessed M5 crash horror
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt told the House of Commons last night how she was a horrified witness of the "absolute inferno" following the fatal M5 crash on Friday. She was travelling south on the motorway when the incident happened on the opposite carriageway. More...

No arrests or carnival crime
BURNHAM-On-Sea police said there were no reports of any disorder or trouble at last night's carnival. Inspector Roger Tolley, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com it was one of Burnham's quietest carnivals ever for crime. "It was an absolutely superb evening," he said. More...

Full results from the carnival
PENTATHLON Carnival Club's stunning tableaux cart, called Overthrow Of The Tsar, scooped the top award for the best entry in the entire procession by impressing the judges at the 2011 Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, held on Monday November 7th. More...

Collision holds up procession
BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival came to a halt for more than 20 minutes during the middle of Monday's procession after a cart became stuck after hitting a roadside sign. As pictured here, Marina Sydenham's entry, Twilight Express, hit a sign shortly after 9.30pm. More...

Carnival dazzles the crowds
A BIG crowd of over 20,000 people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday, November 7th) to watch dozens of illuminated carnival carts roll through the town. Over 80 carts and entertainers wowed the spectators with a cavalcade of colour and excitement. More...

Carnival day excitement
MORE than 80 colourful entries will be taking part in tonight's 64th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, which looks set to attract bigger crowds of spectators than normal following the cancellation of Saturday's North Petherton event. Crowds of people have been taking a first look at the carts. More...

By-election candidates named
THE Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for next month's county council by-election in the Brent Knoll area. John Denbee will be representing the Conservatives and Helen Groves, from Burnham, will represent the Lib Dems. More...

Video highlights of fireworks
THOUSANDS of spectators lined Burnham's seafront to watch the town's spectacular fireworks display on Sunday (November 6th), which started with one minute's silence in memory of those who were killed in Friday's M5 motorway crash. The dazzling 25-minute programme saw 3,500 fireworks launched. More...

Record crowd watches fireworks
THOUSANDS of spectators lined Burnham's seafront to watch the town's spectacular fireworks display tonight (Sunday, November 6th), which started with one minute's silence in memory of those who were killed in Friday's M5 motorway crash. The dazzling 25-minute programme saw 3,500 fireworks launched. More...

M5 re-opens after accident
THE M5 motorway has re-opened in both directions this evening (Sunday, November 6th) following a two-day closure between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton after a serious accident on Friday night. Seven people were killed and 51 injured ion the accident. More...

Beavers finish special cart
YOUNGSTERS and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea Scout group's Beavers section have been putting the finishing touches to their special entry in this year's Burnham Carnival. As part of the Beavers' 25th anniversary celebrations, the group has built its own cart. More...

In photos: Victorian bazaar
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents took a step back in time when the town's Women's Institute held a successful Victorian Bazaar on Saturday (5th November). The popular event was held at Burnham Community Centre and raised £860 for the building's ongoing refurbishment. More...

Overhead photos of M5 crash
THESE photos, taken from a light aircraft on Saturday morning, show the full horrific scale of the tragic crash on the M5 motorway which has claimed the life of seven people. Burnham-On-Sea gliding enthusiast Jeff Thomas took the 'birds eye' photographs. More...

Carnival carts arrive early
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Queens Drive has shut earlier than scheduled today (Saturday) to allow dozens of carnival carts to arrive due to the cancellation of tonight's North Petherton Carnival following a serious crash on the M5. The decision to cancel North Petherton's Carnival was made by organisers. More...

Parrot causing a flap in town!
THIS vividly coloured parrot has been causing a flap in Burnham-On-Sea, appearing in trees across the town. Reverend Graham Witts from St Andrew's Church took this photo of the bird after seeing it twice in just 24 hours in two locations on Thursday and Friday. More...

7 dead, 51 injured in M5 crash
MOTORISTS travelling south from Burnham-On-Sea along the M5 are being warned to expect major delays today (Saturday) following a major accident last night which has shut the motorway. Police said 34 vehicles - which included six articulated lorries - were involved in the collision, which has closed the M5 in both directions between junctions 24 and 25. More...

Third place at opening carnival
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club won third place at Bridgwater Carnival on Friday night (November 4th). The club's colourful cart, called 'One Way Ticket', was met with cheers from large crowd lining the route during its first appearance of the carnival season. More...

Man jailed after police chase
A DRIVER from the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, who stole a van and used it to ram a police patrol vehicle in Highbridge has this week been jailed. Barry Veysey, 52, was already banned from driving when he took a van which was stopped in Highbridge. More...

M5 shut after 26 vehicle crash
MOTORISTS travelling south from Burnham-On-Sea along the M5 are being warned to expect major delays this evening (Friday) following a serious accident which has shut the motorway. Police say around 25 vehicles have been involved in a major collision on the M5, which has been closed in both directions. More...

First photos of M5 crash scene
THIS was the scene on the M5 mtorway this evening (Friday, November 4th) following a major accident which has shut the motorway in both directions. Police say 26 vehicles - 20 light vehicles and six articulated lorries - were involved in the collision, which has closed the M5 in both directions. More...

Torrential rain causes flooding
TORRENTIAL rain caused flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area this afternoon (Friday, November 4th). Fire crews were called to The Esplanade at 4.15pm after rain water gushed through the ceiling of a flat, causing damage. A large amount of water came through the ceiling and crews were called to the flat under. More...

Police to target illegal parking
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week picked illegal town centre parking and speeding as the top two priorities for police in the town over the next three months. Residents attended the latest community police meeting, held on Thursday (November 3rd). More...

Snow gritting routes expand
Exclusive: SEVERAL key roads in Burnham-On-Sea which ground to a halt during last year's heavy snowfall have been added to Somerset County Council's gritting routes, meaning there should be less disruption this winter. The County Council's Highways Department has this week confirmed the news. More...

Tourist centre team thanked
VOLUNTEERS and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre were thanked for their help during a special end-of-season party on Thursday night (November 3rd). More than 60 people, including Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, attended the function. More...

Victorian bazaar tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Women's Institute is holding a Victorian Bazaar this Saturday (5th November) when a wide range of early Christmas gifts will be on sale. The event will be held between 10am and 3pm at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Is your child a Christmas star?
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World is inviting parents, grandparents, guardians and teachers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area to nominate a child who they think deserves to be a 'star'. The centre is seeking nominations for a child who has VIP qualities and who want to meet Santa. More...

£1,300 boost for Xmas lights
OVER £1,300 was raised towards Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights fund on Tuesday (November 1st) when a fundraising screening of the film Jurassic Park was held at the town's cinema. A total of 66 people attended the gala screening at the Ritz Cinema. More...

School teams up with club
STUDENTS from Year 13 at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been visiting a fitness club in Bridgwater over the past few weeks as part of their Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas in Sport. The students have been using the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the club operates. More...

Camera Club winner is named
KEEN amateur photographer Ian Brown has this week been named the winner of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club's latest print competition on the theme of nature. The club's newly-appointed Chairman, Sharon Stevens presented Ian with a framed copy of his image. More...

Bogus callers warning issued
POLICE have this week warned residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area to beware of bogus callers. Recently there have been a number of reported distraction burglaries where criminals have gained access to homes by pretending to be from a water board. More...

Carnival club's final countdown
THE team at Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are working around the clock this week, making final preparations to their cart before Friday's Bridgwater Carnival, which marks the start of the carnival season. The Burnham club's colourful cart is called 'One Way Ticket'. More...

Long-running shoe shop to shut
Exclusive: One of Burnham-On-Sea's longest running shops is to close its doors for the final time later this month with the loss of eight jobs. Shickle Shoes has been operating in Burnham High Street since 1966, but revealed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that it will be shutting on 20th November. More...

Three hurt in head-on crash
A WOMAN was taken to hospital and two other people were injured in an accident outside Highbridge's King Alfred School this morning (Wednesday, November 2nd). Burnham Road was briefly blocked when a Peugeot 206 and a Vauxhall Corsa collided head-on at the junction of North Avenue. More...

Day Centre marks 30th year
MEMBERS of Berrow Day Centre have this week celebrated the group's 30th anniversary. A celebratory party and cake cutting ceremony was held at the village hall on Monday (October 31st), as pictured here. A good time was had by one and all at the party. More...

Brave Jenny in daring fire walk
A MEMBER of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel club, has braved red-hot embers to raise money for a worthy cause. Jenny Gamlin, pictured, completed the fundraising fire walk on Weston Beach in aid of Children's Hospice South West. The embers were raked and glowing. More...

Free Internet sessions on offer
SCORES of people will be able to take their first steps on the Internet during a special event in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (November 4th). Burnham's BAY Centre in Cassis Close is one of hundreds of locations across the UK joining an initiative to promote Internet use. More...

Top award for police inspector
ROGER Tolley, the Neighbourhood Inspector for the Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar policing sector, was presented with a top award on Tuesday morning (November 1st) in recognition of his work in boosting community relations. He was awarded the Ray Robinson Award. More...

Man rescued from River Brue
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards waded through thick mud to reach a man stuck in the River Brue estuary this afternoon (Tuesday, November 1st). Burnham RNLI's lifeboats, police and BARB were called to the scene, near Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park, at 4pm. More...

Oops! Lorry drama in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a petrol station in Highbridge this afternoon (Tuesday, November 1st) after this huge lorry became wedged underneath the canopy. The removals lorry struck part of the roof of the Total Garage in Burnham Road shortly after 4pm, prompting a call-out for fire crews. More...

'Huge opposition' to wind farm
A SURVEY of residents living near the site of a proposed wind farm development on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has found overwhelming opposition to the scheme. NoPilrow, the campaign group, asked 624 residents for their opinions during a survey throughout October. More...

Seafront fireworks this Sunday
BIG crowds of spectators are expected to line Burnham's seafront on Sunday (November 6th) to watch the town's annual fireworks display. Hundreds of spectacular fireworks will be fired from the town's jetty during a dazzling 20-minute display which will get underway at 7.30pm. More...

EDF Hinkley plans condemned
EDF's planning application to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has this week been condemned by campaigners opposed to the expansion of the site. EDF announced on Monday (October 31st) it has submitted an application. More...

TV appeal attracts owl friends
CASPER, an abandoned baby barn owl will soon have some young companions at East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre thanks to his two minutes of stardom on national television. He made his appearance on the BBC’s latest Autumn Watch show with founder Pauline Kidner. More...

Biking group in charity action
FUN-loving motorcyclists in fancy dress costumes roared through Highbridge on Sunday (October 30th) at the start of a sponsored 35-mile bike ride. Members of the Somerset Motorcycle Group organised the ride from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn to Watchet harbour. More...

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