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November 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Man hurt in 3.50am crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital following an early morning crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (November 30th). Fire, ambulance and police crews were called to the Old Pawlett Road in West Huntspill at 3.50am after a car, pictured, left the road and ended up in a ditch. More...

Sports Academy 'is not on sale'
Exclusive: THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy have this week dispelled rumours that the business is up for sale. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, pictured, said they are bemused why the rumours have been circulating in the town in recent weeks. More...

Garden waste charges to rise
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to increase charges for Burnham-On-Sea residents who use its garden waste bin collection service. The council has this week approved an increase in the annual charge for green bins to £46.50 from next April. More...

Swan hurt after power line hit
THIS swan was rescued from a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (November 29th) after injuring itself by flying into a power line. A walker alerted East Huntspill based Secret World Rescue Centre, who sent its carers to retrieve it from a ditch. More...

New-look play area is opened
A NEW-look play park near Burnham-On-Sea has been re-opened this week following a £25,000 overhaul. Sedgemoor District Council bosses have formally opened the East Brent play park in Red House Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week, as pictured here. More...

Parking charges hike approved
Exclusive: PARKING charges are set to rise in Burnham-On-Sea next year following a decision to hike up the rates by Sedgemoor District Council this week. The council's Executive has approved income-generating plans to increase certain parking fees from April 2014 despite concerns. More...

Busy weekend of Xmas events
A PACKED weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place across the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We have a full preview of all the main events, from Christmas fayres to festive art exhibitions and visits by Father Christmas and church services! More...

Boys to hold typhoon cycle ride
TWO Burnham-On-Sea youngsters are holding a sponsored cycle ride tomorrow (Saturday, November 30th) to raise funds for the Philippines typhoon disaster fund. James Biddiscombe, 12, and his friend Oliver Davies, 13, will cycle from Highbridge to the village of Mark to raise money. More...

Darts stars help raise £2,748
OVER £2,700 was raised when almost 200 people flocked to a successful darts fundraiser on Wednesday evening (November 27th) to see two of Britain's top players in action. Justin Pipe and Gary Anderson took part in an exhibition match at The Oaktree, watched by a big crowd. More...

Town Manager to be recruited
A NEW Town Centre Manager for Burnham-On-Sea is set to be appointed early in 2014, town councillors have proposed this week. The creation of the new role is among several improvements that are being funded by £440,000 of cash from Tesco community funding. More...

Swim team makes a splash!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Swim Team have made a big splash at their first ever open competition this week. The Academy Swim Team travelled to Exeter for the regional event and came third overall out of 15 teams, a great result for the new team. More...

£1.4million deal agreed on hotel
Exclusive: LONG-running plans to redevelop the Highbridge Hotel and former cattle market site have taken a leap forward this week with the agreement of a £1.48million grant funding deal. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive has agreed to give a grant worth £1,481,000 from its New Homes Bonus Fund. More...

Spinathon raises charity funds
OVER £300 was raised for a cancer charity during a sponsored spinathon in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Seventeen fundraisers jumped onto the exercise bikes at King Alfred Sports Centre to pedal for two hours in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Benefit fraudster prosecuted
A BENEFIT fraudster has been handed a fine and a community order of unpaid work after being prosecuted. The District Council has prosecuted Robert Karlsson (61) of Waliscote Road, Weston for failing to declare he'd sub-let his SHAL-owned property in Highbridge. More...

Beach plane crash man dies
WALTER Skinner, the last survivor of the crew of an American B17 Flying Fortress which crash-landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach on December 31st, 1943, has died peacefully back home in the United States. He never forgot the town that came to the help of the crew. More...

Xmas Art Market this Saturday
PAINTINGS and artwork created by artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will go on show at Christmas Art Market this weekend. Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) are holding their annual Christmas Art Market on Saturday 30th November from 10am. More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week launched a Christmas campaign to crack down on drink-related issues over the festive period. At this time of year around one in every five arrests across the region are for assaults and many are drink-related. More...

Shop to hold Xmas craft fair
A TOWN centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a two-day craft and gift fair this weekend. Flowers and Things in the High Street is organising the event on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st from 10am-4pm. A wide range will be on show. More...

Christmas gift appeal launched
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have launched their annual Christmas gift appeal this week. The club is encouraging shoppers at Highbridge's Asda supermarket to donate gifts, toys and food to needy people in the area by placing them in a collection box. More...

Tributes to town crash victim
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea man who has died in a tragic incident. Keith Randall, 45, was killed when he became trapped under the wheel of a tractor in East Pennard last week. Keith worked as a depot manager at a plant hire firm and was driving a flat bed lorry. More...

Asda petrol station approved
Exclusive: ASDA'S plans to build a controversial petrol station outside its Highbridge store have this week been given the go-ahead despite a high profile campaign to halt the scheme by residents. Sedgemoor District Council gave the go-ahead for the eight-pump petrol station on Tuesday. More...

Darts stars in action tonight
TWO of Britain's leading darts players will be in action at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena tonight (Wednesday November 27th). Justin Pipe and Gary Anderson will be taking part in an exhibition match. Justin is currently number 9 in the PDC order of merit in the world. More...

Highbridge lights up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights will be formally switched on this Saturday evening (November 30th). A group of residents and town councillors will gather outside the Community Centre in Market Street to watch the ceremony at 6.45pm, led by the Chamber of Trade. More...

Club collects for typhoon fund
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club were so shocked at the scenes of devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan that they had to help. In recent days, the club's members have been collecting for the Philippines Typoon Disaster Appeal. More...

105 new homes approved
MAJOR plans to build 105 new homes in Highbridge have moved a step closer this week with the approval of an outline planning application. Permission has been granted for the development of the former Delta Engineering factory site in Newtown Road, pictured here. More...

Lighthouse trail plan unveiled
A GROUP of artists in Burnham-On-Sea hope to replicate the success of Bristol's Gromit trail by launching a trail of mini lighthouses next year. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) are leading a project to build 20 6ft-tall replicas of Burnham's famous beach lighthouse to be installed across the town. More...

Crews rescue lady stuck in lift
FIRE crews rescued a distressed pensioner who became stuck in a lift at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Monday (November 25th). Two fire engines from Burnham were called to Allandale Court in Rectory Road, pictured, at 4pm. Crews were mobilised following a call from staff. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW gift shop selling locally-produced products has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. With Love has opened in Cross Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Burnham Mayor Martin Cox. Janet Probert and Jimi Sculley have opened the new business this week. More...

Flooding risk views wanted
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been invited to have their say on plans to manage the risk of flooding in Somerset. The Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out the approach that the County Council proposes to take to limit the impacts of flooding. More...

£10,000 grant for war project
THE Heritage Lottery Fund has this week awarded £10,000 to a project near Burnham-On-Sea marking the centenary of the First World War. The 'Isle of Wedmore Remembers the First World War 1914-19 Project' has received the grant for its history research project. More...

18th Brean Rally announced
OVER 80 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 18th annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during January. The 2014 Brean Stages Rally will be held over the weekend of January 25th and 26th with plenty of fast-paced action in store. More...

New £64k play park takes shape
Exclusive: WORK to construct a brand new £64,000 play area in Highbridge is underway and is on schedule to be completed in the New Year. Sedgemoor District Council is working with building firm Halcrow on delivering the new facilities in the town's Southwell Gardens, as pictured here. More...

Olympic rower visits Burnham
DOUBLE Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell make a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 23rd) when he visited the town's rescue hovercrafts and met traders in the High Street. James Cracknell OBE, made the visit with parliamentary hopeful Hames Heappey. More...

Bob saved from bankruptcy!
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea care home who are looking after a VIP dog whose owner died several years ago have this week thanked a group of fishermen who have raised £2,000 to save the pooch from bankruptcy! Bob, a Labrador, lives at a ursing home. More...

Vandals cause £600 of damage
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist is counting the cost of vandalism after his car was attacked last week, causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Ian Cook's VW Polo was damaged with a key outside Burnham's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way on Thursday (November 21st). More...

Lone Sharkz gig raises £1,900
£1,900 was raised for charity when popular Burnham-based band The Lone Sharkz reunited after ten years apart on Saturday night (November 23rd). A sell-out concert was held at The Oaktree where the crowd were also entertained by Snappa and The Talk Show Hosts. More...

Record number finish Knoll run
A RECORD number of runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll on Sunday (November 24th). Recent rainfall left slippery conditions for the 153 runners during the annual 5.5mile run, which was won by an 18 year-old. More...

Power line falls onto Brean road
POLICE closed a main road through Brean on Sunday morning (November 24th) after a power line came down. Police shut Warren Road after a motorist found the fallen power line stretching across the road. Western Power Distribution worked to restore power throughout the morning. More...

In photos: Christmas switch-on
HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch Burnham's world BMX champion Liam Phillips and BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday (November 23rd). The switch-on included an all-day outdoor Christmas street market and an afternoon of music. More...

Video: Town festive switch-on
WATCH video highlights of Burnham's annual Christmas lights switch-on. Hundreds turned out to watch Burnham's world BMX champion Liam Phillips and BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton light up Burnham on Saturday (November 23rd). Many groups took part. More...

Preview: Brent Knoll Run
OVER 100 runners from across the South West will take part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back today (Sunday, November 24th). The annual 5.5mile run will start at 11.30am from the BASC Ground in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Cove visitors join carol singing
DOZENS of people got into the festival spirit during a free Christmas carol concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove on Saturday (November 23rd). Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Marine Cove held the special event at the seafront gardens. More...

Roadworks to shut M5 junction
MOTORISTS have been warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will be temporarily closed during overnight roadworks next month. The Highways Agency is currently undertaking work to improve safety between Burnham and Weston. More...

Christmas fayre on Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fayre is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Sunday (November 24th). Doors open at 11am and a wide range of craft and gifts will be on display until 5pm. Entry to the event is just £1 and there will be a number of gifts on show and for sale. More...

RNLI receives boost from Asda
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes - and those that attract the most receive a donation. More...

In photos: Bloom awards night
OVER 20 residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Burnham In Bloom prize ceremony was held on Friday night (November 22nd). Scores of residents and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the annual presentation night. More...

Band reunites for town concert
POPULAR Burnham-based band The Lone Sharkz are getting back together after ten years this evening (Saturday 23rd November) to raise money for charity. Supported by Snappa and The Talk Show Hosts, the event will be held at the Oaktree Arena at Edithmead. More...

One hurt as car leaves road
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after this car plunged into a water-filled ditch near Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of today (Friday). Fire, police and ambulance crews from Burnham were sent to the A370 at Lympsham shortly before 6am where the Ford Fiesta had left the road. More...

Building firm in administration
A LONG-running building firm in Burnham-On-Sea has gone into administration with the loss of more than 20 jobs. Boley and Skuse Ltd was established in 1952 and was based in Berrow Road. The firm had a turnover of over £1.5-2million per year and was a supplier of building services. More...

Brave couple renew their vows
A BRAVE couple from West Huntspill have renewed their vows in an emotional ceremony in the chapel at Weston Hospicecare. Julie Trott, 53, who has secondary cancer, and her husband David, 54, held their ceremony in the chapel at Weston Hospicecare. More...

Christmas switch-on tomorrow
FINAL preparations are underway for Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, November 23rd). An outdoor Christmas street market with festive food and craft stalls will be held from 10am, followed by entertainment. More...

Mayor welcomes school pupils
PUPILS from a Burnham-On-Sea school have swapped their classroom for the Town Council chambers during a special visit to councillors. Members of the St Andrew's School Council met members of the Town Council, including Mayor Cllr Martin Cox during the visit to the council's base in Jaycroft Road. More...

Bikers raise cash for BARB
A GROUP of fundraising motorcyclists has presented a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB this week. Somerset Motorcycle Group holds regular charity bike runs throughout the year, with each one starting in Highbridge, and raising cash for good causes. More...

Coastguards back Movember
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard team have new looks this month as they join the ranks of moustache-growing supporters of a charity campaign. The crewmembers have been growing moustaches since the beginning of the month in support of Movember. More...

Drinking ban served by court
A COURT has this week issued a Drinking Banning Order on a Burnham-On-Sea man which means he is no longer able to visit pubs across the area. The middle-aged man was served with the order by magistrates in Taunton after police said he had caused 'trouble and public concern' at several pubs in the area. More...

New hair salon opens in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor cut a ribbon to officially open a new hair salon in the town on Wednesday (November 20th). The new business, called Freshair, opened in Victoria Street and specialises in wedding and special occasion hair and make-up. More...

Boxers in action this Saturday
UP-and-coming boxers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be in action at a special event in the town this Saturday (November 23rd). Highbridge's King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club is hosting the event at Burnham Holiday Village with a visit by a local boxing champion. More...

Man hurt in two-car crash
A TWO-car crash partially blocked a main road near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning. Part of Mark Causeway on the B3139 was blocked due to an accident involving two vehicles shortly after 9am. Police and fire crews were called and said the injuries were not serious. More...

Dancers to appear on TV show
MEMBERS of a Highbridge dance group will be appearing on TV alongside pop group B*Witched this Sunday (November 24th). Youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area were featured alongside the Irish pop quartet for the new ITV series of The Sooty Show. More...

New off-licence wins go-ahead
Exclusive: A PROMINENT former electrical shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has this week moved a step closer to being transformed into a new off-licence and convenience store. Sedgemoor District Council granted a new premises licence to Shreeji Enterprises to transform the shop. More...

£40k council web costs attacked
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE councillor has this week attacked Somerset County Council for spending £40,000 on a new website that aims to promote how it is saving money. District councillor Helen Groves, right, submitted a Freedom of Information request to the County Council to reveal its costs. More...

Darts stars in action next week
TWO of Britain's leading darts players will be in action at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Wednesday November 27th. Justin Pipe and Gary Anderson will be taking part in an exhibition match. Justin is currently number 9 in the PDC order of merit while Gary is ranked at number 19. More...

Cove to hold carol singing event
A FREE festive carol concert will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove this Saturday (November 23rd). Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Marine Cove are holding the event at 1.30pm. The King Alfred School Youth Band will be at the gardens. More...

Fireworks fundraisers appeal
MORE than £200 was raised at a quiz night towards the cost of holding next year's Burnham-On-Sea fireworks display - and organisers are appealing for more support of future fundraising events. The quiz night at The Oaktree last Friday raised £207 for the fund. More...

Community award for Colin
A COMMUNITY-spirited Burnham-On-Sea man has been presented with an award to acknowledge his willingness to go the extra mile to help neighbours. Colin Clark received the award during the annual Residents Day for Homes in Sedgemoor tenants, held at Bridgwater College Academy in Sydenham. More...

Car crashes into store's wall
Exclusive: A CAR was left embedded in the wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket after a crash on Monday (November 18th). Police and fire crews were called to the store in Ben Travers Way after a motorist briefly lost control of her Volkswagen, sending it crashing into a wall. More...

Dancers in world record bid
DANCERS at a Burnham-On-Sea dance school took part in a world record bid for the most tappers tapping at the same time in multiple venues across the UK on Sunday afternoon (November 17th). 30 people ranging from 7 years-old to 60+ took part from the Burnham area. More...

Litter-pick launched in town
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Army Cadet Force have carried out a litter-pick and a bulb planting session in the town this week. The litter licking sesion was held along Queen's Drive and daffodil bulb planting took place in Frank Foley Parkway. More...

Xmas shopping night planned
A CHRISTMAS shopping evening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday December 5th when shops across the town centre are set to stay open during an evening of festive entertainment. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is organising the event for local shoppers. More...

Chilli contest for Food Festival
THE Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink festival will play host to the official South West England Chilli Cook-off on 24th May 2014. Popular in America, the Chilli Cook-Off phenomenon is now in the UK and entrants will have four hours to cook a gallon of Chilli con Carne at the contest. More...

Business breakfast with Tessa
A BUSINESS breakfast with Burnham-On-Sea's MP is to be held in the town on Friday December 6th. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is organising the special event for local businesses to meet Tessa Munt and discuss local issues with her during the event at The Princess Theatre. More...

Countdown to Xmas switch-on
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on which will take place this Saturday (November 23rd). An outdoor Christmas street market with festive food and craft stalls will be held from 10am, followed at 2.30pm by entertainment. More...

Concern over car wash plans
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket has unveiled plans to build a new permanent car wash outside its store, raising fears among some nearby residents about extra noise. Burnham's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way has submitted a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council outlining its plans. More...

In photos: Berrow festive fair
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending Berrow's annual fundraising Christmas fair on Sunday (17th November). The event, called 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', raised over £650 for Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer at Berrow Village Hall. More...

'Wizard of Oz' comes to town!
THE classic stage musical 'The Wizard of Oz' is set to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend. Members of Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) will perform the hit show in front of audiences at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Hillview wins runner-up award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival club has finished the season with further second places at Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury Carnivals. Hillview Carnival Club's entry, called Luck Of The Irish, received plenty of support from spectators at each event on the circuit. More...

Cove planting session held
VOLUNTEERS shrugged off recent vandalism at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens to hold a successful bulb planting session. Dozens of daffodil bulbs were planted around the seafront gardens on Saturday (November 16th) by the Friends of Marine Cove. More...

£23k raised for Poppy Appeal
OVER £23,000 was raised in Burnham-On-Sea for the Royal British Legion during the annual Poppy Appeal - and the group had further good news this week when it received a unique donation. The legion was presented with a very special collection of poppy petals. More...

Daycare centre reassures users
USERS of a Burnham-On-Sea Children's Day Care service have been reassured that its future is not in jeopardy in light of the possible closure of the Octopus Children's Centre. The Daycare Centre is based in the same building as Burnham's Octopus Children's Centre which is in jeopardy of closing. More...

Crowds flock to see Santa
FATHER Christmas made a grand arrival for the start of the festive season at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World on Saturday (November 16th) by arriving on a double decker bus! Over 200 people flocked to see Santa's arrival outside the garden centre at its entrance. More...

MP attacks energy price rises
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has called on energy firms to lower their bills but attacked Labour's plans for a price freeze during a House of Commons debate. Tessa Munt said Labour's proposed energy price freeze would not solve the problem of soaring prices in the longer term. More...

Pavilion holds festive market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pavilion is holding a two-day Christmas market this weekend. The event is being held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm, giving visitors a chance to see a wide selection of hand-made gifts. A range of gift baskets are among the items. More...

In photos: Children In Need
A SPONSORED nail painting event was among the many fundraising activities taking place across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (November 15th) for Children In Need. Scores of schools and local businesses joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon, raising thousands of pounds. More...

New estuary bridge proposed
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has this week proposed a new bridge be built across the River Parrett estuary to open up more of the coastline to walkers. Cllr Phil Harvey, right, told a Town Council meeting that a bridge could run across the river from south of Burnham. More...

Shopper's car keyed at store
Exclusive: A SHOCKED shopper in Highbridge has been left with an expensive repair bill after having her car keyed. Tara Baker parked her Renault outside Asda's Caxton Road store on Thursday (November 14th) and found a long scratch along its side when she returned. More...

New book launched in Burnham
A NEW book featuring short stories and poems written by recovering sufferers of addictions has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Called Looking In, the book was launched at the town's Princess Theatre on Thursday (November 14th) where several of the emotional stories were read. More...

Children In Need events begin
THOUSANDS of pounds are expected to be raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday, November 15th) during a series of fundraising events. Schools, clubs and businesses will be joining in the annual BBC fundraising marathon. More...

Santa set to arrive tomorrow
FATHER Christmas will make a grand arrival for the start of the festive season at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World on Saturday (November 16th). Santa's arrival will take place at 11am and the centre is encouraging local children and families to come along and meet him. More...

Fireworks fundraiser tonight
BURNHAM'S spectacular fireworks display may have dazzled spectators last week - but organisers are already planning next year's event by getting fundraising underway. The Oaktree in Highbridge will be raising funds for the event over the coming year. More...

Mayoress' shock at disaster
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayoress - who has family in the Philippines - has this week spoken of her 'complete shock' at the devastation left by Typhoon Haiynan which has killed thousands of people. Arlene Cox, Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge, says she has been overwhelmed by the support shown locally. More...

School museum raises funds
TALENTED pupils at a Highbridge school have raised funds for two local charities by creating their own history museum. The Year 3 students at Churchfield School have been creating historical artwork and crafts with a Roman theme as part of a project, which then went on display. More...

New flats to replace offices?
Exclusive: A BLOCK of prominent former solicitors offices in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre could soon be turned into flats. The owner of the building at 9-11 Abingdon Street has this week submitted a planning application to convert the premises, pictured, into flats. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (17th November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', is being organsied for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and will be held from 10.30am-3pm at Berrow Village Hall. More...

Country star to sing in town
A LEADING Irish country singer will be performing at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday evening (November 15th). Jimmy Buckley will perform for one night only at the Burnham theatre in Princess Street with the show starting from 7.30pm. Tickets are available. More...

TV star helps fund hall's refurb
A WELL-known BBC TV sports presenter has helped to raise thousands of pounds for a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea. John Inverdale was the VIP guest at the fundraising quiz night in Mark which raised £2,000 towards the refurbishment of part of Mark Village Hall. More...

Trio of awards for golf couple
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple are celebrating this week after scooping three accolades at a leading golf awards ceremony. Nick and Carole Pope - who live in Burnham and are the golf professionals at Wedmore Golf Club - picked up three awards at the ceremony. More...

CCTV appeal after Tesco theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week appealed for help in identifying these two people following a shoplifting incident at a supermarket in the town. Officers are investigating the theft of more than £670 worth of alcohol and nappies from Burnham's Tesco store. More...

Kids centre's future in doubt
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre has been thrown into jeopardy this week after Somerset County Council unveiled a major cost-cutting initiative. The controversial restructuring plans will see the merger of many of Somerset's existing children's centres. More...

Pub raises £10,000 for charity
A BREAN pub has donated more than £10,000 to Cancer Research UK following fundraising over the holiday season. The pub held various events in aid of the charity and raised a grand total of £10,595.90 which has been handed over to the cancer charity this week. More...

MP backs 17,000 name petition
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has joined several MPs in presenting a petition to the Speaker in Parliament with 17,000 signatories from across the UK calling for a better deal for our rural areas. Tessa Munt says government funding is weighted more to urban areas and this hurts counties like Somerset. More...

Bulb planting session at Cove
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a bulb planting session at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (November 16th). The event will be held at the seafront gardens from 10am when the Friends of Marine Cove will be planting daffodil bulbs throughout the morning. More...

RNLI celebrates its tenth year
MORE than 200 people attended a black tie ball on Saturday (November 9th) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat Station. Supporters, crewmembers and their families joined the event at The Webbington Country Hotel near Burnham. More...

Police appeal after girl followed
POLICE issued an appeal for witnesses today (Tuesday) after a Highbridge schoolgirl was left shaken when she was followed by a man. Police say the incident occurred near the alleyway that runs between the Pepperall Road roundabout and Worston Lane between 3-3.30pm. More...

Anger over parking fees hike
Exclusive: COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voiced their concerns at proposals to hike up parking charges in the town. Sedgemoor District Council wants to boost its revenue from parking in Burnham by increasing the annual cost of season tickets from £560 to £650. More...

Shop tastes sweet success!
A FAMILY-run confectionery store in Burnham-On-Sea has tasted sweet success by being named among the UK's top 100 small businesses. Bessie’s Sweet Shoppe in the High Street has been included in the list set up by Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. More...

Fireworks fundraiser on Friday
BURNHAM'S spectacular fireworks display may have dazzled spectators last week - but organisers are already planning next year's event by getting fundraising underway. The Oaktree in Highbridge will be raising funds for the event, starting with a 'Quiz & Curry Night' on 15th November. More...

Towns mark Armistice Day
DOZENS of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in special ceremonies to mark Armistice Day on Monday (November 11th). The ceremonies took place next to the fountain in Burnham's Pier Street and at Highbridge's Memorial Garden to honour those have died in conflicts. More...

Coach loses wheels on M5
TWO wheels came off a coach as it drove along the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea, causing damage to the road and long tailbacks for motorists on Monday afternoon (November 11th). The southbound carriageway between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea was partly blocked following the incident. More...

Band's return is a sell-out
POPULAR Burnham-based band The Lone Sharkz are getting back together after ten years on Saturday 23rd November to raise money for charity. Supported by Snappa and The Talk Show Hosts, the event will be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena at Edithmead. More...

Video: Crews at landfill site blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from across Somerset were called to tackle a big blaze at a waste landfill site near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (November 10th). Several hundred tonnes of green waste went up in flames at the Walpole Landfill Site in Puriton shortly before 11.30am. More...

Hillview clinch second spots
BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival club clinched second place in its class at both Weston and North Petherton Carnivals over the weekend. Hillview Carnival Club's entry, called Luck Of The Irish, was given plenty of support along the route by big crowds at both events. More...

Lost Smidge is found safe
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family who issued an appeal to find their lost cat says he has been found safe and well. Smidge, a large tabby, went missing last week just days after his owners moved into the town from Devon, as we featured last week. Fortunately, the cat has been found safe and well. More...

MP visits Highbridge ceremony
MP Tessa Munt joined residents in Highbridge to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday. The town's event began with a parade along Church Street of local groups followed by a service at St John's Church and a wreath-laying ceremony at the town's war memorial. More...

Burnham Remembrance Day
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Service on Sunday to pay tribute to those who died in the two world wars. Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox was among 500 dignitaries, representatives of local groups and residents who gathered at the war memorial for the ceremony. More...

New-look bank for Burnham
A TOWN centre building society in Burnham-On-Sea got a new name and and a fresh look on Saturday (November 9th). Workmen were taking down the Britannia Building Society branding from the branch in College Street as it became a Co-Operative Bank. More...

Inaugural toy show a success
DOZENS of local toy makers gathered in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 9th) when the town's first ever toy model show was held. Trains, planes, buses, fairground scenes and dolls houses were among the items on display in Burnham's St Andrew's Church Hall. More...

Care home remembers war
ELDERLY residents at Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House - some of whom are war veterans - have taken part in their own special remembrance service. Dozens of pensioners, staff and families took part in the service at the care home and members of local services. More...

Power cut hits 10,000 homes
THOUSANDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were briefly left without electricity this evening (November 9th) after a power cut hit the town. Western Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that 10,618 households were without electricity following the interruption to supplies at 5pm. More...

Man arrested over school incident
A 24 year-old man has been arrested by police in Burnham-On-Sea after he approached several schoolgirls in the town earlier this week. Police say on Monday afternoon the man allegedly approached several girls in Highbridge. A man was later arrested by police. More...

Towns to remember war dead
REMEMBRANCE services will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Sunday (November 10th) 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...

Have you seen lost Smidge?
A FAMILY who has just moved into Burnham-On-Sea is seeking help in finding their lost cat. Smidge, a large tabby, has gone missing and the family is desperate to be reunited with him. Owner Emily Green has asked Burnham-On-Sea.com readers for help. More...

Toy show in Burnham today
DOZENS of toys from the past few decades will go on show at a toy model show in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 9th). The event will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall in Manor Road, Burnham from 10am-4pm. Models will include trains, planes and buses. More...

Two cars torched overnight
POLICE are investigating these two car fires in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Friday morning (November 8th). Firefighters were called to separate incidents in Marine Drive and Sutherland Avenue within minutes of each other at just before 2.30am in the morning. More...

Xmas switch-on parking free
Exclusive: VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday November 23rd will be able to park for free in the town centre in a bid to boost trade, it has been announced this week. Burnham's Christmas lights are this week being installed across the town centre. More...

Hair today, gone tomorrow!
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has raised more than £500 for Children In Need by having her hair shaved off this week! Gilly James-Parry, 56, had her locks removed during the fundraiser at Peter's Hairdressers in Cross Street, Burnham on Thursday afternoon (November 7th). More...

Toy show comes to Burnham
DOZENS of toys from the past few decades will go on show at a toy model show in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 9th). The event will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall in Manor Road, Burnham from 10am-4pm. Models will include trains, planes and buses and more. More...

New 22-metre mural unveiled
LOCAL residents and their children joined representatives from Raglan Housing, Sedgemoor District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and artist Andrew Bolton this week to unveil a brand new 22-metre wide community mural at a housing complex in the town. More...

Vandals target Marine Cove again
Exclusive: VANDALS have struck again at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove this week, setting fire to one of the seafront shelters. The latest incident took place at around 1.30am during the early hours of Wednesday (6th November). Sedgemoor District Council has confirmed the damage
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24-hour Asda plans withdrawn
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket has this week withdrawn its controversial plans to open the store 24 hours a day following concern from nearby residents. We first reported last month that the Town Council had raised a number of objections regarding the supermarket's plans. More...

Bravery awards for four officers
FOUR members of Burnham-On-Sea's police team who risked their lives to prevent a motorway tragedy have received national bravery awards this week for their part in the incident. They include Philippa Baskwill, Ryan Dinham, Sarah England and Tracey Grobbeler. More...

£20,000 of cannabis seized
Exclusive: POLICE seized more than £20,000 of cannabis during a drugs raid in Highbridge last night (Wednesday). Officers swooped on a property in Worston Road following community intelligence and took away over 24 plants and a quantity of dried, cultivated material. More...

TV star to appear at quiz night
TV personality John Inverdale will be the special guest at a fundraising event near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (November 8th). The BBC sports presenter will be leading a celebrity quiz night being run on behalf of Mark Community Association. More...

£1,300 collected at fireworks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has thanked the spectators at last Sunday's rain-soaked seafront fireworks for donating almost £1,300. The club oversees the collection at the annual event, which went ahead despite torrential rain, as we featured on Sunday evening. More...

Do you recognise this man?
POLICE have this week asked for the public's help in identifying this man outside a Highbridge supermarket. Officers from Burnham Police Station want to identify him as part of their investigation into the use of a stolen credit card at the town's Asda supermarket. More...

Pensioner hurt in 'hit and run'
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a pensioner was injured in a 'hit and run' incident in Highbridge this morning (Wednesday). At about 6.45am, a car was in collision with a 69 year-old man who was crossing Pepperall Road at the junction with Burnham Road. The man suffered a broken leg. More...

Carnival collection increases
A TOTAL of £10,765 was collected from spectators during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - an increase of over £1,300 on last year. Organisers thanked supporters for donations, which help to run the event and also boost local charities. More...

Appeal after 'arson' attack
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a suspected arson attack in Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of yesterday (Tuesday). The fire service was initially called to Chichester Close at 12.32am after reports of a fire alarm activating. There was a fire within the laundry building. More...

Radio presenter opens shop
A LOCAL radio presenter has opened a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre selling power tools this week. I M Tools has opened in Regent Street in place of a former chemist by its owners Ian and Mel Everett Giles, who is a radio presenter. More...

Two hurt in separate crashes
EMERGENCY services in Burnham-On-Sea had a busy morning on Tuesday dealing with two accidents in the space of an hour. In the first incident shortly before 8am, a car and cyclist were involved in a collision near the Esso petrol station in Love Lane. More...

Owen named as top cadet
A TEENAGE army cadet from Burnham-On-Sea has been rewarded for his hard work by being name Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Somerset. Cadet Serjeant Owen Bishop, a member of the Somerset Cadet Battalion Army Cadet Force, is one of five cadets chosen in the area. More...

£1m solar energy plant opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt joined fellow local investors at the official opening of a £1.1 million community solar plant at the weekend. Many of the 150 people have ploughed their funds into Wedmore Community Power Co-operative's one-megawatt plant. More...

In photos: Carnival spectacular
A crowd of up to 30,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets to see the town's spectacular carnival last night (Monday). A cavalcade of illuminated carts rolled through the town for the 66th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. The results saw Ramblers Carnival Club win the award. More...

Video: Great night for Hillview
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has thanked spectators for their warm support during Monday's carnival. There were loud cheers all along the route for the club whose cart, called Luck Of The Irish, impressed the judges, helping it win several awards. More...

Oops! Carnival night fire drama
Exclusive: A FLAME-thrower left his mark on Burnham-On-Sea's High Street by accidentally setting fire to a hanging basket fixture during last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival! The Gremlins' entry, called Xtinct, included flame throwers at the front and one briefly set alight the fixture. More...

Full results from 2013 carnival
BURNHAM-On-Sea Carnival attracted scores of top-quality entries - from colourful carts from the leading clubs across Somerset to entertaining masqueraders. We have the full results from last night's event with all the top placed entries and those in the placings. More...

Museum invite for town student
A BURNHAM-On-Sea student is carrying out research at the Natural History Museum in London as part of a study on human ancestors. Katie Chedzey of Year 13 at Highbridge's King Alfred School was invited into the research laboratories of the museum to carry out her study. More...

Food fest hoarding unveiled
THE Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is to return in 2014 with double helpings and to promote the events, the organisers have decorate a town centre hoarding with the dates. The organisers confirmed that there will be two festivals in May and October. More...

Carnival day arrives in town
THOUSANDS of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part in the 66th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. The weather for tonight's procession - which starts at 7.30pm - is forecast to be overcast and dry. More...

Crosses laid at war memorial
CROSSES were laid next to Burnham-On-Sea's war memorial on Sunday (November 3rd) during a special ceremony to dedicate the ground where the town's Remembrance Day commemorations will be held. Sunday's ceremony was held in Love Lane outside the town's hospital. More...

Fire crews in new strike today
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea are staging another walkout today (Monday) in the continuing nationwide row over pay and pensions. The strike comes after the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) said the Government had worsened its offer on retirement over the past week. More...

'Phantom firms' action pledged
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed an announcement by the government that it is to clampdown on 'phantom firms'. The Coalition Government has pledged to make public the names of who actually owns and controls British companies in the clampdown. More...

Cadets train with RAF heli crew
YOUNG air cadets from Burnham-On-Sea took to the skies on Sunday (November 3rd) during a day of training with RAF Search and Rescue. A dozen cadets travelled to Chivenor in Devon where they met the RAF crew that operates the life-saving helicopter and then took a flight. More...

Rain fails to halt seafront fireworks
HEAVY rain failed to halt Sunday's seafront fireworks in Burnham-On-Sea which were watched by a crowd of around 3,000 people. Umbrellas were out in force along the seafront, but spectators were rewarded with a spectacularly colourful display that lasted more than 20-minutes. More...

Carnival countdown underway
DOZENS of carnival carts have arrived in Burnham-On-Sea ahead of tomorrow's 66th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which looks set to attract bumper crowds. The carts arrived in Burnham's Queen's Drive last night from the Bridgwater Carnival. More...

Carnival road closures in force
SEVERAL roads in Burnham-On-Sea are closed during the town's carnival with diversions in place. Unlike previous years, carnival entries will only line up along Queens Drive between the Tesco and M5 roundabouts. This ensures that the Frank Foley Way remains open. More...

Gales whip up stormy seas
GALE force winds whipped up stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Saturday, November 2nd). The Met Office issued a yellow warning as a deep area of low pressure tracked through the region, bringing a spell of very windy weather with gusts of up to 70mph. More...

Seafront fireworks set to dazzle
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are keeping a close eye on the weather ahead of tonight's scheduled display (Sunday, November 3rd). This year's fireworks are due to begin earlier than usual at 6.30pm on The Esplanade, timed around the high tide. More...

Dance boosts Poppy Appeal
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion held a 1940s-themed dance in aid of the Poppy Appeal on Saturday evening (November 2nd). The event took place at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, with all funds raised going to The Royal British Legion. More...

Gardens re-open after vandalism
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens have been partially re-opened after being vandalised earlier in the week. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the seafront gardens, temporarily shut the facilities after widespread damage on Monday but re-opened them on Friday. More...

Crews called to flooded home
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to help residents at a sheltered housing complex in the town last night (Friday, November 1st) when water poured through a ceiling. Fire crews were called to a property in Barton Close at 9.20pm where residents were concerned. More...

Poppy Appeal dance preview
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal British Legion are holding a fundraising 1940s-themed poppy dance this evening (Saturday). The event will take place at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street from 7pm with all funds raised going to the British Legion. More...

Gales warning this evening
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned that gales could bring disruption to the area this evening (Saturday). The Met Office says a deep area of low pressure will track eastwards during the course of Saturday, bringing a spell of very windy weather to the area. More...

Rebels bus tour through town
THE celebrating Somerset Rebels speedway team were given an open-deck bus tour through Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (November 1st). The club made history when they became Premier League Champions last Monday after beating Edinburgh Monarchs to win. More...

Beach searched for missing lady
A POLICE helicopter and a team of Coastguards launched a search for a missing person in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday). Several miles of coastline were searched after the concerned family of a vulnerable 43 year-old lady reported her missing. More...

Town gets into Halloween spirit
FUN-loving residents in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated Halloween with a whole host of spooky events. Scores of young people got into the spirit of the day by going 'trick or treating' while others decorated their homes to raise funds for charity. Burnham residents Gemma and Ricky Baillie decorated their house. More...

Unsung local heroes thanked
THREE unsung heroes in Burnham-On-Sea area have been congratulated by Somerset County Council this week. The council's Chairman, Cllr David Fothergill, congratulated Sedgemoor’s unsung heroes for services to their community during a special awards ceremony. More...

Healing festival in town today
CLAIRVOYANTS and mediums will be among the exhibitors taking part in a 'Living With Spirit Festival' in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 2nd). The event at The Princess Theatre runs from 10am-5pm and will include tarot readers and workshops. More...

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