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Lifejacket saves pensioner's life
A LUCKY pensioner has recounted how a lifejacket has saved his life when his dinghy capsized in the chilly waters of the Bristol Channel near Brean on Friday morning (November 30th). Experienced water user Roger Ferrier, 72, was plunged into the water while rowing in his dinghy boat in the River Axe. More...

Ice warning issued by Met Office
THE Met Office has warned of icy conditions on roads in and around Burnham-On-Sea early today and tomorrow. A yellow warning - the least severe of the three types of Met Office warnings - was in place overnight as the weather turns seasonally wintry. More...

Xmas drink drive campaign starts
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Friday) launched their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign with a warning that offenders face jail terms. Extra checks of motorists will be carried over the festive period during the force's 'Operation Tonic' campaign, which runs until January 1st. More...

Lions appeal for new members
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions will be holding an open morning this Sunday (December 2nd) when visitors will be able to hear about how they can get involved with the work of the club. The event will be held between 10am and 12.30pm at Mr Beans Cafe in Burnham High Street. More...

Council thanks flood helpers
SOMERSET County Council has thanked a group of Burnham-On-Sea rescuers for stepping in to help a stranded community of 120 people. All roads in and out of the village of in Muchelney have been closed due to flooding for several days. The council called on BARB. More...

£25k boost for town shops
Exclusive: A £25,000 scheme to improve the appearance of shops along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street has been unveiled this week using funding from supermarket giant Tesco. Town councillors have backed the scheme, which was put forward by the Chamber of Trade, to improve shops' appearance. More...

Talent show seeks future stars
BUDDING musicians and entertainers will taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's very own version of the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent in December. The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre is holding a talent show called 'Highbridge and Burnham's Got Talent' on December 8th. More...

Burnham 'crack house' closed
POLICE have this week been granted a 'crack house closure order' for a home in Burnham-On-Sea. Magistrates at North Somerset Magistrates Court have approved the order for 64 Worston Lane, allowing the closure of the premises since after ruled it is used to supply drugs. More...

£75k boost for Town Manager
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week earmarked £75,000 towards appointing a new Town Centre Manager in Burnham-On-Sea. At a meeting of the council's Town Improvements Committee on Tuesday (November 27th), councillors supported the proposals. More...

Christmas fair this Saturday
MULLED wine and mince pies will be among the festive refreshments available at a fundraising Christmas fair on Saturday (December 1st). Local community group Hope For Highbridge is organising the event at Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street from 2-6pm. More...

Would you recognise Diabetes?
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt has this week given her backing to a national campaign by Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Tessa attended a parliamentary reception to launch the charity’s 'four Ts' campaign. More...

Rescue boat helps villagers
Photo Special: A rescue boat and crew from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB has been helping to deliver vital supplies to a flood-hit village in Somerset today (Wednesday). All roads in and out of the village of Muchelney, near Langport, have been closed for five days due to severe flooding. More...

Park's £14,000 charity boost
BREAN Leisure Park has raised over £14,000 for local charities during 2012, it said this week. The park's popular pig and donkey racing during the summer raised £6,000 alone for Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance and the Sea Cadets unit, alongside other events. More...

£20k overhaul for job centre
PROPOSALS to transform Burnham-On-Sea's former job centre into a thriving hub for small businesses have been given the backing of town councillors this week. At a meeting of the council's Town Improvements Committee on Monday, councillors supported plans to convert it. More...

Tessa meets young politicians
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed a group of local members of the Youth Parliament to Westminster this week. Burnham youngster Gemma Cain, representing Sedgemoor, and Jake Pit, representing Mendip, were greeted by MP Tessa Munt during the visit. More...

In photos: Floods from the air
Exclusive: THESE are the incredible scenes of flooding across Somerset that a Burnham-On-Sea microlight enthusiast has captured on film this week. Jeff Thomas got a 'birds-eye' view of the widespread flooding when he flew in his microlight from Westonzoyland. More...

Two-day craft fair opens today
A TWO-day charity craft fair is being held at the Oaktree Arena near Highbridge from today (Wednesday). The event, in aid of the Freewheelers bloodbikes charity, is being held today and tomorrow from 10am throughout the day with free entry to all visitors. More...

Cash boosts for town groups
Exclusive: OVER a dozen local groups are to receive cash boosts from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. The council's Policy and Finance Committee has this week decided on the names of the groups and clubs which it is to award grants to during the coming year. More...

Residents call for flood action
Exclusive: RESIDENTS of a flood-hit road in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for action amid long-running flooding problems there. Sycamore Close was again left under several inches of water, and residents want the County Council to step in and resolve the matter. More...

Flood aid offered to victims
A PROMINENT charity and Somerset County Council have linked up to provide emergency grants to help people hit by severe flooding across the county. The County Council has committed its support to the scheme this week and is providing £50,000 from its emergency fund. More...

Carnival change to hit fireworks?
Exclusive: The future of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display could be in jeopardy amid questions over the cost of the display and the possibility that the town's carnival may move to a new day in 2013. Members of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee have considered its future. More...

70s star Alvin Stardust in Brean
POPULAR 1970s and 1980s entertainer Alvin Stardust will be performing in Brean on Saturday (December 1st). The star will be peforming at Brean Leisure Park during a retro music event called the 'Yesterday Once More' weekend. He will be supported by Cliff Bennett. More...

Burnham Youth Trust launches
A BRAND new youth trust that aims to help to help youngsters in the area was formally launched in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (November 26th). Burnham's Diamond Jubilee Youth Trust intends to engage with local youths and encourage them to foster civic pride. More...

Hinkley licence is granted
THE first nuclear site licence for 25 years has been granted to Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea. The Office for Nuclear Regulation has this week awarded the licence to NNB Generation Company, which is handling the bid to build the new reactors. More...

Vintage vehicles go on show
CLASSIC engines, tractors and commercial vehicles went on display at a special vintage vehicle in Watchfield on Saturday (November 24th). Sedgemoor Vintage Club held a 'Vintage Vehicle Gathering And Stationary Engine Crank-Up' at the Watchfield Inn. More...

Holidaymakers' boost for BARB
HOLIDAYMAKERS at a Brean caravan park have handed over a bumper cheque to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday Park has raised £2,000 towards the running costs of BARB. More...

Xmas boxes head to Romania
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have been busy this week packing shoeboxes full of handmade gifts for needy families in Romania. The club has knitted a number of handmade hats, scarves, jumpers, cardigans, teddies, handbags and bed socks. More...

Park warning after flooding
WALKERS at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park have been warned to take extra care after heavy rain has left footpaths submerged this week. Several days of heavy rain has led to water levels in the lakes reaching a record high, causing footpaths and benches to disappear under water, as pictured here. More...

Entries open for Brean Rally
ENTRIES have this week opened for the 17th annual Brean Rally, which will be held at the village's Leisure Park during January. The 2013 K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally will be held over the weekend of January 26th and 27th and will form the opening round of the season. More...

Search held for 'missing man'
COASTGUARDS and lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea have carried out a search of the River Parrett estuary amid concern that a person may be missing. Coastguards and police officers conducted a foot search of the river banks towards Dunball on Saturday evening. More...

100 complete muddy Knoll run
OVER 100 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 25th). The annual 5.5mile run was tougher than usual as this weekend's heavy rain created slippery, muddy conditions. More...

Flooding affects Burnham area
FLOODING has caused more disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Sunday, November 25th) following further heavy rain. Vole Road in the village of Mark has been closed by police, as pictured above, after several days of rainfall left the road under up to six inches of water. More...

Police investigate garages blaze
Exclusive: POLICE are investigating a fire in which this car and three garages were badly damaged in Highbridge early on Saturday morning (November 24th). Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea fire station were called at 12.51am to the blaze near Burnham Road in Highbridge. More...

Rain can't stop Xmas switch-on!
HEAVY rain didn't stop the festive spirit in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday when the town's Christmas lights were switched on. Although visitor numbers were down on previous years, several hundred people braved the weather to watch local Paralympic athletes Deb Criddle and Anthony Stephens light up the town and enjoy seasonal entertainment . More...

£200,000 cost of library fight
THE cost of losing a judicial review into an earlier plan to restructure part of its library service has been announced as over £200,000 by Somerset County Council. The Council had proposed reducing hours at some libraries and changes at Highbridge's. More...

In photos: Town bloom awards
OVER 20 Burnham-On-Sea residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Britain In Bloom prize ceremony was held on Friday (November 23rd). Residents and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the presentation night. More...

Arrests after human blockade
A GROUP of protesters campaigned against the expansion of Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea blockaded access to the power station on Friday (November 23rd). Ten protesters halted access to the power plant and police made four arrests during the day. More...

Warning of more heavy rain
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect more heavy rain during Saturday (November 24th). The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the Burnham area on top of the yellow warning already in place, as shown on the map here. More...

Mayor unveils Jubilee mosaics
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week unveiled a unique set of mosaics to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The four colourful glass mosaics are hung together in the waiting room at Highbridge Medical Centre and were unveiled this week by Mayor Ken Smout. More...

Town shopping contest starts
A CHRISTMAS shopping crawl competiton is set to be launched in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend in which a prize can be won for visiting the town's independent traders. The initiative will be launched during Saturday's Christmas Lights switch-on in Burnham High Street. More...

Scrabble organisers seek a Q!
A SCRABBLE tournament is to be held in Highbridge next month and players are being encouraged to come forward. The competition, under the auspices of the Association of British Scrabble Players, will be held in the town on Saturday 1st December. More...

Pub counts the cost of floods
Exclusive Photos: A huge clean-up operation is underway at a pub near Burnham-On-Sea this week after flood water gushed into the property. Brent Knoll's Red Cow Inn in Brent Street was inundated on Wednesday when a rhyne outside the pub overflowed, sending water into its bar and restaurant. More...

Town band to perform for U3A
A SPECIAL concert will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday to celebrate twenty years of Burnham-On-Sea University of the Third Age (U3A). The concert by Burnham and Highbridge Band will be held at 7.45pm in the town's Princess Theatre in aid of the U3A. More...

Council offers free Xmas parking
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council is to offer free car parking in Burnham-On-Sea during this Saturday's Christmas lights switch-on, the first time it has waived charges since 2007. The council will remove charges in all of Burnham's car parks from 3pm on Saturday (24th November). More...

Tesco opens new-look store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tesco store has unveiled its new look this week with the formal opening of its expansion. Customers can now benefit from a larger store with many new and improved services including a new pharmacy, clothing department and fish counter. More...

TV appeal over sex offender
A MISSING registered sex offender who police say could be in the Burnham-On-Sea area has appeared on BBC1's Crimewatch this evening (Wednesday). Lee Whitting, who was deported from New Zealand in 2010, is a registered sex offender who is missing. More...

Flooding keeps fire crews busy
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews had one of their busiest ever days on Wednesday when they responded to scores of calls for help from flooded residents. The main road through Brent Knoll, Brent Street, was temporarily closed by police, as pictured here. More...

Met Office raises weather alert
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to brace themselves for further torrential rain and high winds on Thursday afternoon. The Met Office has upgraded its severe weather warning for our area to an amber alert, which will be in effect from 2pm. More...

East Brent flooding in photos
Exclusive Photos: THESE were the scenes in East Brent this morning (Wednesday) as Burnham-On-Sea fire crews battled to save properties from serious flooding. Police closed Brent Road, the main road through the village, as firefighters pumped out flood water from homes, gardens and roads. More...

Torrential rain causes flooding
HEAVY rain caused widespread flooding across the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Wednesday), causing chaos on roads. This was the scene in Brean's Warren Road today where motorists struggled through up to nine inches of water to access Brean Down. More...

Surprise victory for pier owner
Exclusive: THE owner of Burnham-On-Sea's pier has this week won her bid to retain a controversial conservatory used as a sweet shop on the forecourt of the landmark building. At a meeting on Tuesday (November 20th), district councillors over-ruled a recommendation by a case officer. More...

£25k raised by India cycle ride
EIGHT Burnham-On-Sea ladies have completed an incredible cycle ride across India this week, raising a mammoth £25,000 for charity. Pauline West, Caroline Heyes, Carol Keen, Jane Lewis, Trish Walker, Alison Harding, Mandy Gaylard and Jackie Wheelaghan raised the sum. More...

Classic vehicles to go on show
CLASSIC engines, tractors, cars and commercial vehicles will go on display at a special vintage vehicle show this Saturday (November 24th). Sedgemoor Vintage Club is holding a 'Vintage Vehicle Gathering And Stationary Engine Crank-Up' from 10am on Saturday. More...

Weather alert of heavy rain
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have being warned to brace themselves for more heavy rain on Wednesday (November 21st) and for the rest of the week. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the west country for overnight to lunchtime. More...

Cannabis factory uncovered
POLICE uncovered a cannabis factory in Highbridge on Tuesday (November 20th) during a force-wide 'day of action' on criminality across the west country. Officers swooped on a home in Burnham Road this morning and found a cannabis factory. They seized plants and arrested two people. More...

Domestic abuse in spotlight
AN event will be held in Highbridge on Wednesday (November 21st) to encourage people not to suffer domestic abuse in silence. Throughout Domestic Abuse Week (19th to 23rd November) Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset are supporting the event. More...

15p Xmas post service starts
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scout Group are gearing up to launch their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for many years and it is one of the organisation's key fundraising activities. More...

Comedy play opens tomorrow
FINAL tickets are available for West Huntspill Players' performance of the comedy Improbable Fiction, which runs from Wednesday (November 21st) until Saturday. The show is being performed each night at 7.45pm in the village's Balliol Hall by the award-winning group. More...

£600 raised from jazz night
THE Tone Valley Jazz Band played to an audience of 85 jazz enthusiasts in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday evening (17th November). The event, organised by Burnham's Moose International Lodge, included table-served fish and chips. More...

Thieves smash their way into club
Exclusive: BURGLARS smashed through this wall to gain access to Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club over the weekend before stealing £1,200 worth of alcohol from the club's cellar and bar. Police have appealed for witnesses to the robbery on The Esplanade, which occurred between 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Xmas switch-on this Saturday
SOMERSET equestrian rider Deb Criddle, who won three medals at the 2012 London Games, will be switching on Burnham's Christmas lights on Saturday (November 24th). An afternoon of free family entertainment will be held outside the Somerset and Dorset pub from 3pm. More...

Police appeal after arcade theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week asked for the public's help in identifying the two people shown in this CCTV camera footage. Officers are keen to speak to the man and woman in connection with an offence of theft at a Burnham amusement arcade in September. More...

£18k community centre boost
Exclusive: AN £18,000 project to renovate Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre has got underway this week. One side of the landmark building in Berrow Road suffers from severe damp, which has prompted the refurbishment. Chairman Ken Hindle says the east side of the building has long suffered from damp. More...

£700 raised for cancer charity
A CHRISTMAS fair held in Berrow on Sunday (November 18th) has raised more than £700 for a local cancer support charity. The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was organsied in aid of Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer and attracted large crowds to Berrow. More...

Dancers in world record bid
A GROUP of 25 tap dancers from Burnham-On-Sea joined in a nationwide bid to break a world record today (Sunday). The group, aged from seven to over 70, took part in a nationwide tapathon, with the aim of setting a new record for the most tappers dancing the same routine at the same time. More...

Wind turbine set for approval
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new wind turbine that will power Brent Knoll's RSPCA Centre look set to be approved by district councillors this week. Sedgemoor District Council's planning officer Rebecca Miller has recommended the application is approved. More...

Deputy Mayor ties the knot
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, tied the knot on Saturday afternoon (November 17th). A large congregation, including the Mayor and town councillors, attended the service at Burnham's St Andrew's Church and a reception was held afterwards at Lakeside Holiday Park. More...

Dutch marching band welcomed
A DUTCH marching band was given a warm welcome during its visit to Burnham-On-Sea over the past week. The Spuug Zat marching band for Zaltbommel in the Netherlands played at various locations across the town during its visit for the town's Carnival. More...

Mayor's Cup for town gardener
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Community Gardener has received the Mayor's Cup in recognition of her efforts towards Burnham's entry in the Britain in Bloom competition. Jacqui Strong was presented with the award at the Marine Cove AGM by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout. More...

Festive plea to town shoppers
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to support local traders by shopping in the town this Christmas. The Chamber of Trade and Town Team are encouraging shoppers to use the town's High Street over the festive season. Mayor Ken Smout has given his backing. More...

Town artist's exhibition opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Michael Squire is holding his annual exhibition of paintings this week. Michael will be showcasing his orginal work at his home at 16 Brightstowe Road in Burnham between Friday 16th November and Wednesday 21st November. More...

Town supports Children In Need
THOUSANDS of pounds was raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (November 16th) during a series of fundraising events. Schools, clubs and businesses joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon. Among them were pupils and staff at Brent Knoll Primary School. More...

Sue wins police election race
INDEPENDENT candidate Sue Mountstevens has won the election to become Avon and Somerset's first police and crime commissioner. Residents across the Burnham-On-Sea voted in the election on Thursday and the winner was announced this evening (Friday) after two counts. More...

Boycott Starbucks, says MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt has said boycotting tax-avoiding companies like Starbucks can work in pressurising them to change their ways. It came during her first ever appearance on BBC1's Question Time panel on Thursday evening in an episode was broadcast live. More...

Doorstep traders warning
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged not to buy from cold callers following an increase in doorstep crime. Council trading standards teams in Somerset have reported a rise in complaints from residents about rogue traders. More...

Fundraising walker visits town
A FORMER soldier who is walking around Britain's coastline to raise money for injured troops got a warm welcome in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Christian Nock is walking around the whole country to raise funds for the charity Help For Heroes and is now 100 days into the challenge. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (November 18th) to raise funds for a cancer charity. The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', is being organsied in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and will be held from 10.30am-3pm at Berrow Village Hall. More...

Beavers brush up on first aid
BEAVERS at Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group have this week been working towards their first aid badge. The group welcomed Julia Gibson and her team from St John Ambulance in Highbridge, who taught the children a number of essential potentially life-saving skills. More...

Pier plan 'set to be rejected'
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans by the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's pier to retain a controversial sweet shop on the forecourt of the building look set to be rejected by the district council next week. Sedgemoor District Council case officer Rebecca Miller has recommended that the application be turned down. More...

Former PCSO jailed for 8 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has today been jailed for eight years after being convicted of serious sex offences against a teenage girl. Former Police Community Support Officer Lawrence Dunn, 48, from Axbridge Close in Burnham, was given a prison term following a trial at Exeter Crown Court. More...

Motorist fined after seafront crash
A MOTORIST has been fined and banned from driving for 18 months after flipping over his car on Burnham's seafront last month. Joshua Tipton-Baker, 20, from Dunbar Close in Highbridge appeared before Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on Wednesday (November 14th), charged with drink driving. More...

'Clamp down on sign clutter'
Exclusive: A CLAMPDOWN on confusing sign 'clutter' is needed across Burnham-On-Sea, town councillors have been told this week. Alex Turco, representing the Chamber of Trade on the council's Town Improvements Committee, has proposed a number of improvements. More...

Wedding ring lost at carnival
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who lost his wedding ring during Monday's carnival has appealed for help in finding it. John Lyons lost the ring in Burnham's Love Lane while watching the dazzling display of floats going by and is keen for any help in recovering it. More...

Spanish guitarist in village visit
AN internationally renowned Spanish guitarist will be performing in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, this Friday evening (16th November). Eduardo Niebla will be giving an evening of top quality music at Mark Village Hall from 7.30pm which is sure to be a hit with guitar music fans. More...

Dylan bike funds handed over
A GROUP of motorbike riders have raised £1,430 for Burnham-On-Sea's four marine rescue charities in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after slipping into the sea from Burnham's jetty in August. Over 140 bikes took part in the bike run. More...

Police name crash victim
A man who died after a crash in Rooksbridge on Tuesday has been named by police. Michael Thornton, aged 30 from the East Brent area, died during the early hours of the morning. Police were called to reports of a Land Rover Discovery on its roof in a rhyne, off Pill Road, at about 1.40am. More...

Man held after drink drive crash
Exclusive: A TEENAGER has been arrested for drink driving after an overnight crash in Burnham-On-Sea. Police charged the 19 year-old man with drink driving after his car slammed into this wall in Berrow Road, opposite the junction with Ash Tree Road. Nearby residents reported being woken by a loud noise. More...

Election candidates face off
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be going to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner. Ahead of the big day, Burnham-On-Sea.com has contacted the four candidates and asked for their feedback on the role. More...

Carnival ends as Xmas begins!
WITHIN a few hours of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival ending on Monday night, work began on installing the town's Christmas lights along the High Street. The Chamber of Trade oversees the installation of the 70 lights across the town centre but is unable to start until after the carnival parade. More...

West End workshops in town
HIGHBRIDGE-based Curtain Call School of Performing Arts is offering local youngsters a taste of the West End this month. Two West End workshops will be held on Sunday 25th November with the guidance of a pair of top names from the theatre wold. More...

Carnival collection falls £2,000
A TOTAL of £9,400 was collected from spectators at Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - down almost £2,000 on last year. Andrew Bryant from Burnham Lions Club, who was among the collectors at the event, believes the smaller crowd numbers were partly responsible for the lower amount. More...

Video: Carnival highlights
CROWD numbers at Burnham-On-Sea's annual carnival were down from previous years - but the 20,000 people who attended were treated to a spectacular display. Dozens of illuminated floats rolled through town on Monday evening at the 65th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. More...

Motorist killed in rhyne crash
WITNESSES are being sought following an incident near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Tuesday, November 13th) in which a man died. Police were called to reports of a Land Rover Discovery on its roof in a rhyne, off Pill Road in Rooksbridge, at about 1.40am. More...

Dazzling carnival in photos
CROWD numbers at Burnham-On-Sea's annual carnival were down from previous years - but the 20,000 people who attended were treated to a spectacular display. Dozens of illuminated floats rolled through town on Monday evening at the 65th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. More...

Laser pens seized at carnival
TRADING standards seized several laser pens during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea carnival amid concern they would be shone into performers' faces - but police have praised the overall behaviour of spectators. There was a visible police presence in Burnham. More...

Carnival results in pictures
JUDGES had a tough job in picking winners due to the high standard of entries at Monday night's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Burnham-On-Sea.com has all the results plus all the winning entries in photos to help you decide whether your favourite entries won. More...

Classic drama comes to theatre
TICKETS have gone on sale this week for a special performance of 'The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe' in Burnham-On-Sea. Final rehearsals are underway for the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) show, which will be held at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this month. More...

Ladies cycling across India
EIGHT Burnham-On-Sea ladies have travelled to India this week to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising bike ride across the country in aid of charity. Pauline West, Caroline Heyes, Carol Keen, Jane Lewis, Trish Walker, Alison Harding, Mandy Gaylard and Jackie Wheelaghan hope to raise thousands. More...

Carnival excitement builds
DOZENS of colourful illuminated floats will be taking part in tonight's 65th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, which looks set to attract large crowds of spectators. The weather for tonight's procession, which starts at 7.30pm, should be dry and relatively mild, with temperatures of 11°C. More...

10,000 watch dazzling fireworks
A HUGE crowd of up to 10,000 spectators lined Burnham's seafront to watch a spectacular fireworks display tonight (Sunday). The dazzling 20-minute programme saw 5,000 fireworks launched into the air, accompanied by music, from the jetty and beach. The crowds had to wait 30 minutes. More...

Burnham remembers war dead
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Service today (Sunday) to pay tribute to those who died in the two world wars. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt and Mayor Ken Smout were among 500 dignitaries, representatives of local groups. More...

Highbridge remembrance
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. Sedgemoor Chairman Gill Slocombe was among the dignitaries at the event with town Mayor Ken Smout. More...

Power cut hits Burnham area
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area saw a brief power cut last night (Saturday, November 10th). Western Power Distribution confirmed that 2,717 households were without electricity following the interruption to supplies shortly after 11.30pm. More...

Care home pays its respects
ELDERLY residents at Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House - some of whom are war veterans - have taken part in a special outdoor remembrance service. More than 30 pensioners, staff and families took part in the service outside the care home, including the Mayor. More...

Blaze drama on M5 motorway
A DRAMATIC blaze on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea brought traffic to a standstill on Friday night (November 9th). A Burnham-On-Sea.com reader took this mobile phone photo of the scene from a motorway bridge overlooking near Sedgemoor Services. More...

Club wins second at Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival club clinched second place in its class at Friday night's Weston Carnival. Hillview Carnival Club's entry, called Hollywood Hotel, was given plenty of support along the route by a big crowd despite wet weather throughout the evening. More...

Seafront fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday evening (November 11th). This year's event will be held on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show set to a line-up of classical and modern music. More...

£4m boost for council tenants
COUNCIL tenants in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to benefit from a multi-million pound cash injection announced this week. Homes in Sedgemoor and Sedgemoor District Council received confirmation that £4million of 'Decent Homes' funding can be brought forward. More...

Towns to remember war dead
REMEMBRANCE services will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Sunday (November 13th) as residents remember those who died at war. The Burnham-On-Sea branch of The Royal British Legion is holding a Remembrance Day ceremony at 11am. More...

£50k theatre revamp unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has formally unveiled its new-look facilities this week following a £50,000 refurbishment. Mayor Ken Smout was joined by town councillors and Princess volunteers on Thursday evening (November 8th) at the unveiling of the new Princess Arts Lounge, which includes a bar. More...

Burnham book store raises £6k
MORE than £6,000 has been raised for charity in just six months at a fundraising book shop in Burnham-On-Sea. The town's Rotary Club operated the popular store at the former Thresher's Wine Shop in College Street over the summer and autumn and were delighted with the support. More...

Wedding fair in town tomorrow
GROOMS and brides-to-be will be flocking to a wedding fair in Burnham-On-Sea tomorrow (Saturday, November 10th). The Princess Theatre is holding its first wedding fair between 10am and 4pm. It will include scores of local exhibitors offering wedding services. More...

Bid to avoid diary event clashes
EVENT organisers in Burnham-On-Sea are being urged to contact the town's tourist information centre to avoid clashes of diary dates during 2013. Ian Jefferies, who recently became Burnham's Tourism Manager, is compiling a list of public events over the coming year. More...

Motorist hurt in A38 accident
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital with a chest injury following a two-vehicle crash on the A38 at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, today (Thursday). Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly before 9am after the collision in the centre of the village. More...

Warboat towed past Burnham
Exclusive: A UNIQUE boat with a wartime history was towed past Burnham-On-Sea this week on its way to be restored at a new maritime museum. Built in 1941, the former anti-submarine warboat played a crucial role in patrolling the English Channel during the second world war. More...

Free Xmas parking calls rejected
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week been labeled a 'Scrooge' after turning down a request from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council to waive parking charges in the two towns during the run-up to Christmas. Town councillor Chris Williams, right, asked Sedgemoor District Council to scrap parking charges for one. More...

Tesco's 'over-signage' attacked
Exclusive: TESCO has been criticised for having too many promotional signs outside its new-look Burnham-On-Sea store as its latest planning application for two additional signs has been turned down this week. The giant had applied for Advertisement Consent. More...

Dinosaur visit 'roaring success'
YOUNGSTERS from West Huntspill School's Under Fives Group enjoyed a day out at Bristol Zoo to coincide with a study about dinosaurs! The group's Alison Jones said: " The children had a great time, the dinosaur models at Bristol Zoo were fantastic." More...

Churchfield becomes academy
HIGHBRIDGE'S Churchfield School is to become an academy, it has been announced this week. It is among three Church of England primary schools across Somerset to be given the go-ahead by the County Council to become academies by April. More...

Pictured: Crews at house blaze
THESE were the scenes in Berrow this afternoon (Wednesday) when fire crews were called to tackle a house blaze. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brent Road shortly before 3.45pm to reports of a fire in a kitchen at the residential property. More...

Anger over two year safety wait
Exclusive: ANGRY residents have this week hit out at district council bosses after they said vital safety improvements for two public play areas will not go ahead until the year 2014 Town councillors are unhappy that Sedgemoor District Council says work is not scheduled for two years. More...

£30m jetty contract awarded
EDF Energy has chosen the firm that will build a temporary sea jetty at the site of its proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. The £30m jetty will be built by Hampshire-based Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering, subject to a final decision from EDF to proceed with the project. More...

Police seize cannabis from car
Exclusive: CANNABIS has been seized from a car after police swooped on it in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The Volkswagen Golf was stopped next to the Tesco roundabout in Love Lane on Sunday, as pictured. Police searched the vehicle after pulling it over. More...

Carnival trophies go on show
MORE than 40 trophies which will be presented to the winners of Monday's 2012 Highbridge and Burnham Carnival have gone on show this week. The silverware is on display in the window of Scotts Furnishings in Burnham's Victoria Street, as pictured here. More...

Pupils win at schools biathlon
DOZENS of children from across the district have competed in the first ever Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The event, which was organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, was supported by more than 60 youngsters from around the area. More...

Roof removed to free motorist
POLICE and Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to a two car collision near Wedmore on Tuesday evening (November 6th). Crews were called at 7pm to the scenes of the crash in Cheddar Road in Clewer. Crews found two cars involved with one person still inside. More...

Reaction to pylons announcement
CAMPAIGNERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are disappointed that National Grid has announced that it will not bury its 37-mile power connection running between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. National Grid today (Tuesday) announced the draft route More...

Video: Pylons route explained
CAMPAIGNERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are disappointed that National Grid has announced that it will not bury its 37-mile power connection running between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. National Grid today (Tuesday) announced the draft route More...

Hinkley pylons route announced
CAMPAIGNERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are disappointed that National Grid has announced that it will not bury its 37-mile power connection running between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. National Grid today (Tuesday) announced the draft route More...

Dog walking proposal attacked
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to relax dog walking restrictions on Burnham-On-Sea beach have this week been given a 'thumbs down' during a council debate. Town councillor Louise Parkin said she "vehemently objects" to any plans to increase the area where dogs can walk. More...

Smoking ban at Apex play area
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park looks set to become one of the first no smoking children's play areas in the south west region. The park has been chosen to receive thousands of pounds of government funding towards the launch of the scheme. More...

Two 2013 food festivals planned
THE team behind the first food and drink festival in Burnham-On-Sea have announced their plans for 2013. They will be holding two festivals next year - a Spring Festival at the start of the May half term on 25th May and a Harvest Time Festival on 28th September. More...

NHS manager receives award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea NHS manager's dedication to her dementia patients has been praised as an outstanding example of high quality care. Carol Prichard is Senior Manager with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Burnham Memory Service. More...

Power cut to 160 and A38 closed
OVER 160 residents in Brent Knoll were left without power and the A38 was temporarily closed for over three hours on Monday night after a power line caught fire. The A38 was closed in both ways between the junction with the Fox and Goose pub and Burnham's M5 roundabout. More...

Jacqui wins drama award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has picked up a best supporting actress award at the Somerset Fellowship of Drama Phoebe Rees ceremony. Jacqui Strong, pictured, won it after performing the role of Ida in the West Huntspill Players production of See How They Run. More...

Seafront fireworks this Sunday
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday evening (November 11th). This year's event will begin at 7.30pm on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show set to a line-up of music. More...

Cinema projectionist returns
Exclusive: A FORMER projectionist at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has revisited the facilities 70 years to the day since he began work there. John Smith has visited the Ritz in Victoria Street where he was given a tour of the facilities by current owner Pat Scott. More...

Survey backs burying power line
Exclusive: PROTESTERS who are campaigning against a controversial 37-mile line of proposed power pylons running through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed a new study that has found electricity customers would be willing to pay a little extra on their bills. More...

BARB marks 20th anniversary
A BURNHAM-On-Sea rescue charity has marked its 20th year and the end of a busy summer season with an informal function for current crewmembers and supporters. BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) held the event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Saturday night. More...

Beach hosts unique horse event
THESE were the unusual scenes on Brean Beach today (Sunday) when scores of horse-drawn carriages gathered for a regional competition. Horse driving enthusiasts from across the South West flocked to take part in the first competition held on the sands. More...

Town carnival float impresses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Carnival Club got off to a great start at last night's Bridgwater Carnival, coming second in their class. Hillview Carnival Club's entry, called Hollywood Hotel, impressed the judges and 100,000 strong crowd at the first event on the Guy Fawkes carnival circuit. More...

Lorry blaze causes M5 delays
A LORRY blaze on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea caused delays for passing motorists this afternoon (Saturday, November 3rd). Fire crews were called to the vehicle on the M5 northbound near junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 1.30pm. More...

Seafront rainbows captured
SUNSHINE and showers created this spectacular rainbow over Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday morning (November 3rd). Bright sunshine and heavy rain provided ideal conditions for the formation of the colourful displays. Weather forecasters are predicting more heavy rain and sunshine. More...

Warning of heavy rain issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned that more heavy rain will cause flooding and difficult driving conditions early on Sunday morning (November 4th). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Somerset and much of southern Britain. More...

Wrestling debuts in Burnham
Photo Special: A SELL-out audience enjoyed an action-packed night of wrestling at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday (November 2nd). Seating in the theatre's main hall was switched around to accommodate a wrestling ring and seating for spectators. More...

Doyle named 'rider of the year'
HIGHBRIDGE'S Somerset Rebels speedway team celebrated their 2012 season on Friday night (November 2nd) with their annual End of Season Presentation Night. The team agonisingly missed out by a single race point from being crowned Premier League Champions. More...

Town MP voices pylon concern
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says National Grid has not fully considered the social and environmental costs of building a proposed 37-mile long power line between Avonmouth and Bridgwater. Details of the exact route of the line, which is to be announced on Tuesday. More...

Graffiti attack at Marine Cove
Exclusive: A CLEAN-up operation was launched in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens today (Friday) following a graffiti attack. Spray-painted messages were daubed over the seafront shelters and benches, as pictured here, less than a year after the gardens were opened. More...

Two-car collision on M5 bridge
POLICE and a fire crew were called to a two-car collision on a motorway bridge near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday, November 2nd). Two vehicles collided in Harp Road, near the Fox and Goose pub, at 7.40am. Police diverted traffic around the scene. More...

Art scheme for High Street
Exclusive: SHOP shutters along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street could soon be decorated with artwork in a bid to make the town centre more appealing to visitors in the evenings and boost the night-time economy. Several councillors believe the "ugly metal shutters" along the High Street make it appear that Burnham shuts down after 5.30pm. More...

Healing festival in Burnham
CLAIRVOYANTS and mediums will be among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 3rd). The event at The Princess Theatre runs from 10am-5pm and will also include tarot readers, displays and workshops. More...

Carnival club excitement builds
EXCITEMENT is growing at Burnham-On-Sea's carnival club this week as the youngsters who will performing on the town's cart have been holding their final dress rehearsals. There are just hours to go until the start of the carnival season on Saturday in Bridgwater. More...

Asda bag packing raises £157
YOUNGSTERS have raised hundreds of pounds for Highbridge Dreamscheme by holding a fundraising bag packing event at a supermarket in the town. A dozen children and leaders from the group filled shoppers' bags in return for donations at Asda. More...

TV's Countryfile filmed in town
TV presenter Julia Bradbury filmed on Burnham-On-Sea beach today (Thursday, 1st November) when the BBC's Countryfile team visited the town. The crew attempted a small experiment to show low pressure storms can make water rise in river estuaries. More...

Hail storm turns town white
PAVEMENTS and streets in Burnham-On-Sea turned white today (Thursday Novembver 1st) when a winter storm passed through the area. A heavy downfall of hail caused slippery scenes along Burnham's High Street just after 3pm, as pictured in these images here. More...

Wind farm firm appeals decision
ENERGY firm Ecotricity has this week submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to reverse Sedgemoor District Council's decision to reject controversial plans for four huge wind turbines near Burnham-On-Sea. The application at Black Ditch in West Huntspill was turned down in April. More...

Pensioner trapped behind door
FIRE crews rescued an elderly woman who became stuck behind a door in her Highbridge home on Wednesday evening (October 31st). Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to Southwell Crescent at 6.15pm after reports that the pensioner was stuck behind a bedroom door. More...

In photos: Halloween spirit!
FUN-loving residents in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated Halloween with a whole host of spooky events. Members of Burnham Dreamscheme held a Halloween party at the BAY Centre, as pictured, after handing out sweets to residents in a 'treat, no trick' campaign. More...

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